Board/Staff


Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale Team

  • Genia Duncan Ellis, President and CEO
  • Patrick A. Harris, Vice President and COO
  • Kimberley Spellacy, Accounting Director and CFO
  • Jo Ann Smith, Parks Oversight Manager
  • Jeremy Collette, Administrative Manager
  • Donisha Brockington, Events Manager

Executive Committee

  • CHAIR: Richard Rodriguez, Centuric LLC
  • VICE CHAIR: Howard Elfman, The Agency
  • TREASURER: James Ferriero, UrHealth Benefits
  • ASSISTANT TREASURER: Jacqui Hartnett, Starmark
  • SECRETARY: Karla Nelson Thatcher, Hotwire Communications
  • PAST CHAIR: *John Ropes, Ropes Associates, Inc.
  • AT LARGE: Andrew Britton, Wells Fargo Advisors
  • AT LARGE: Ann Fox, Richard J. Fox Foundation
  • AT LARGE: Jim Farrick, Kunin Associates
  • AT LARGE: Alexa Lanier, Two Men and A Truck
  • AT LARGE: Jack Seiler, Seiler, Sautter, Zaden, Rimes & Wahlbrink
  • AT LARGE: Tyler Smillie, Bank of America Private Bank

Directors

  • Mary Adams, The Employee Relations Group
  • Lori Adelson, Approved Dispute Resolution
  • David Beckey, Consultant
  • Lacey Brisson, Truist
  • Nectaria Chakas, Lochrie & Chakas, P.A.
  • *Courtney Crush, Crush Law, P.A.
  • Lisa Duke, Walter Duke & Partners
  • Candice Ericks, TSC Consulting
  • Jeff Falkanger, Falkanger, Snyder, Martineau & Yates
  • Jill Ginsberg, Ginsbert Shulman, PL
  • Tom Jennings, Payrolls Plus
  • Michael Johnston, FitFactor Training
  • Nadia Locke, E Sciences
  • *Renée Korbel Quinn, QuinnProQuo Corporate Strategies
  • Micki Scavone, Carr Workplace
  • Margarethe Sorensen, Make-up Artist
  • *Barbra Stern, Law Office of Barbra Stern, P.A.
  • Bill Walker, Water Taxi

Advisory Board

  • *Mark Budwig, S. MARK Graphics
  • Roger Craft, Sunchase Group, LLC
  • Christopher Couzens, The Couzens Group @ Douglas Elliman
  • Bob Dugan, EDSA
  • Jim Ellis, Ellis Diversified, Inc.
  • David Greenberg, Florida Panthers
  • Alice Harry, Morton’s The Steakhouse
  • Tim Heiser, City of Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue
  • Steve Hudson, Hudson Capital Group
  • Britt Lanier, Two Men And A Truck
  • Blaise McGinley, Consultant
  • Melissa Milroy, The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale
  • Ed Murphy, RCC Associates
  • Coleman Prewitt, Attorney At Law
  • Enrique Sanchez, City of Fort Lauderdale Parks & Rec.
  • Lisa Siegel, Beer Famous Group
  • Ed Strobel, Island Solar Inc
  • Jerome W. Vogel Jr, Vogel Law
  • Paul Weinberg, Keith and Associates
  • Michael Weymouth, The Las Olas Company

*Former Board Chair

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Past Board Chairs

  • 1989 – 1992    Cynthia Lubin
  • 1992 – 1994    Welcom Henry Watson Jr.
  • 1994 – 1996    Virginia ‘Ginny’ Miller
  • 1996 – 1997    Bob Brantmeyer
  • 1997 – 1999    Randy Dunlap
  • 1999 – 2000    Brenda Sigurdson
  • 2000 – 2002    Kenneth Ortner
  • 2002 – 2004    Stephen K. Tilbrook
  • 2004 – 2006    Renée Korbel Quinn
  • 2006 – 2008    Kelley Shanley
  • 2008 – 2010    Tom Vogel
  • 2010 – 2012    Mark Budwig
  • 2012 – 2014    Courtney Crush
  • 2014 – 2015    Gregory Oram
  • 2015 – 2016    Barbra Stern
  • 2016 – 2019    Jim Ellis
  • 2019 – 2022    John Ropes