New College of Florida Board of Trustees

Keith D. Monda - Chair
Keith D. Monda was president and chief operating officer of Coach, Inc. from May 2002 until June 2008, having served previously as chief operating officer and executive vice president. Monda also served as a director of Coach, Inc. from June 2000 to November 2009. Prior to that, he was at Timberland Company, where he held the positions of senior vice president for finance and administration, as well as senior vice president for operations and chief financial officer.

He was also executive vice president for finance and administration at J.Crew, Inc. and held management positions with Bunge Corporation and Pfizer, Inc. Monda earned his B.S. degree in business administration and M.A. in economics from Ohio State University.

He is currently a member of the Ohio State University Foundation Board, co-chair of the Advisory Committee for the executive dean of Arts and Sciences at Ohio State and chairman of the Arts and Sciences Ohio State University Capital Campaign. He is a resident of Siesta Key. Appointed by the governor; term ends January 2015.

Felice Schulaner - Vice Chair
Felice Schulaner is a retired human resources executive who now spends her time serving on nonprofit boards in our community. Besides her role as a vice chair of the New College Board of Trustees, she is the vice chair of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, a director of the New College Foundation and serves on the boards of Visible Men Academy and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

From March 2011 until May 2015, Schulaner served as the executive director of the Coach Foundation, whose mission areas were women’s empowerment and education for underserved populations, causes near and dear to her heart.

Prior to this role, Ms. Schulaner was the senior vice president of human resources for Coach Inc., a multibillion-dollar global accessories company, a position she held from 2000 through 2008. She she held similar positions at Optimark Technologies and Salant Corporation. Her 25-plus-year business career also included senior human resources positions at American Express and Macy’s, and retail management positions at Sears and Jordan Marsh.

Ms. Schulaner graduated from New College of Florida, the honors college of the Florida university system, with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. She and her husband, Dennis Rees, live on Siesta Key and are proud owners of a Sarasota School of Architecture home designed by Tim Siebert, which recently won a “Test of Time” award.

Bradford Baker
Bradford Baker has had a long association with New College and served most recently as chair of the New College Foundation Board of Trustees.  He has been the director of Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. since 2008 and president of Nexus Biometrics Inc. since 2004. He has also been president of Bramar Housing Inc. since 1996.

Baker was executive director of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation from 1999 to 2000. He is a past board member of the Manatee Community College Foundation, as well as the Nova Southeastern University Foundation. Baker received an associate’s degree from State College of Florida (formerly Manatee Community College) and a bachelor’s degree from Nova Southeastern University. Appointed by the Governor; term ends Jan. 6, 2016.

Audrey Coleman
Audrey R. Coleman received her Bachelor’s degree in Music/Education from Youngstown University (PA) and her Master’s in Education from Boston State College. She rose through the administrative ranks during a 34-year career with the Boston School Department, ultimately directing the critical area of comprehensive school planning. While serving as national president of Lambda Kappa Mu, a sorority of black professional and business leaders, she was selected as one of the “10 most influential” African-American women to meet with President Reagan at the White House in 1985.

Since retiring to Florida with her husband, Bill, nine years ago, Coleman has been affiliated with several local non-profit organizations including Girls, Inc., the Community Foundation of Sarasota, and the Women’s Resource Center. She was instrumental in chartering The Society, Inc., an NGO committed to providing opportunities for the development of fine and performing arts talent among young people, particularly African-American youth. She resides in Lakewood Ranch. Appointed by the Board of Governors; term ends Jan. 6, 2016.

William R. "Bill" Johnston
Bill Johnston is highly regarded throughout financial circles. He served from 1996 to 2001 as the president and chief operating officer of the New York Stock Exchange, followed by two years of consulting with the Exchange. He has a long and distinguished record on Wall Street, with Johnston & Lunger, Mitchum Jones & Templeton, Agora Securities, and LaBranche & Co. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University, where he has remained active and is an emeritus trustee.

Johnston served on the board of Hollins University in Virginia. Currently he is a member of the boards of Friends of DeSoto National Park, Plymouth Harbor, and Boys & Girls Club of Manatee Foundation. His past advisory board service included the Lubin School of Business at Pace University in New York, Goizueta School of Business at Emory University and the Jepson School of Leadership Studies of the University of Richmond.

Johnston and his wife, Betsy, now make their primary home in Bradenton. Appointed by the Board of Governors, term ends January 6, 2015.

Charlene J. "Charlie" Lenger
New College alumna and local entrepreneur, Charlie Lenger '78 was appointed to the late State Sen. Bob Johnson's seat on the Board of Trustees four days after his death. She has been the owner and CEO of Tropex Plant Leasing company since 1981. She currently serves on New College Foundation's Board of Directors and previously served as chair of the Goodwill Manasota, Inc. board. Her term began on Sept. 4, 2015, and ends on Jan. 1, 2020.

Elaine Keating
Elaine M. Keating is a local philanthropist. She and her late husband, Ed Keating, and The Keating Foundation have supported interests in numerous local arts, social service, and educational initiatives. Ms. Keating is former president of E. Mason, Inc., a financial services firm in the Midwest. In addition to being a trustee of New College Foundation (1996-2006) where she chaired the Student Activities Committee, she has held and continues to hold seats on many other boards. Ms. Keating is a graduate of Carleton College and a resident of Longboat Key. Re-appointed by the Governor; term ends January 2016.

Paige Pellaton
Paige Y. Pellaton is a third-year Political Science student at New College of Florida and currently serves as co-president of the New College Student Alliance with Shelby Statham. As co-president, Paige holds a statutory appointment on the Board of Trustees. Previously she served as a representative and Secretary of the Student Allocations Committee and the Council of Student Life.

She chose New College for its unique academic system, encouragement of student independence and ideal student-faculty ratio. Paige, Shelby and their administration are looking forward to advocating for greater student involvement in policy, procedural and developmental decisions around campus as well as making student government more responsive and accessible to the community. Paige was born in China and now resides in Daytona Beach. Her first term began on March 3, 2015, and ended on June 30, 2015. Paige was re-elected for a second term, which began on July 1, 2015, and ends on June 30, 2016.

Mary Ruiz
Mary Ruiz is President and CEO of Manatee Glens, a nonprofit behavioral health hospital and outpatient practice which employs 450 staff. Earlier in her career she worked for both Sarasota and Manatee Counties in health and human services. A graduate of New College of Florida with a concentration in Urban Studies she received her MBA at the University of South Florida and is the founding president of the New College Alumni/ae Association.

Ruiz has senior management experience in hospital administration, corporate strategic planning, business development, government relations, and nonprofit agency administration. She is a founding board member of Central Florida Behavioral Health Network, a provider-sponsored network recently awarded a $130 million state contract for behavioral health services. In recognition of her contributions to the behavioral health field in the state, she was named a Fellow of the Florida Council for Community Mental Health and Administrator of the Year by the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association in 2002. She resides in Bradenton. Appointed by the Board of Governors; term ends Jan. 6, 2016.

John Saputo
John W. Saputo is owner and president of Gold Coast Eagle Distributing of Sarasota and a highly decorated colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps (retired). He served with distinction during the Persian Gulf War and was awarded a bronze star with Combat V for valor in 1992. In 2004, he was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal by the U.S. Central Command for his service during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

A third-generation beer wholesaler, Saputo’s business career has been as distinguished as his military service. He has been in the industry for more than 30 years and has served on various community boards, including Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and SunTrust Bank. His company currently serves more than 1,400 businesses in the Sarasota-Manatee area, employs 150 associates, and is involved with numerous local charitable events. Saputo graduated summa cum laude from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He is a resident of Longboat Key. He was reappointed by Governor Rick Scott for a second five-year term beginning on Feb. 6, 2014, and ending on Jan. 6, 2017.

Suzanne Sherman
Suzanne Sherman, Chair of the Faculty and Associate Professor of Chemistry, has been at New College since 1989. Dr. Sherman earned her B.S. in chemistry at the State University of New York at Albany, and her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

At Harvard University, she held a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship. She teaches inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry, and conducts research with her students on synthetic active site models of metalloenzymes. She served as Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences from 1999-2002 and Faculty Secretary from 2007-2009. She has chaired the Provost's Advisory Committee and the Educational Policy Committee. Currently, she chairs the Faculty Budget Committee and is a member of the Writing Advisory Committee. Dr. Sherman resides with her family in Sarasota. As Chair of the Faculty, she is a statutory member of the Board of Trustees. Her term ends in August 2016.

George Skestos
For the past 12 years, George A. Skestos has lived on Longboat Key, Florida. He was born in Owosso, Michigan and graduated from high school there, before going on to the University of Michigan where he earned his B.A., M.B.A., and J.D. degrees. He served three years in the U.S. Navy and went on to found several very successful businesses, including Homewood Corporation, Trinity Home Builders and Franklin Bank.

A longtime resident of Columbus, he served as a member of The Ohio State University Board of Trustees for nine years, from 1992-2001, and chaired the task force to build The Ohio State University’s Schottenstein/Value City Arena and to renovate the University’s football stadium. A man of many interests, he was appointed to numerous other boards, including those of the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Huntington National Bank and Midland Insurance. He has been a member of the board of The Ohio State University Hospital since 1992 and now chairs the board of The Ohio State University Hospital East. Originally appointed by the Board of Governors to complete the term of the late J. Robert Peterson which ended on Jan. 6, 2013, he was appointed to a full term which ends on Jan. 6, 2018.

Steven Snyder
Born in Miami Beach, Steven Snyder is a native Floridian.  He has been the developer and chief executive officer of RSP-USA Inc., a Sarasota real estate marketing business, since 1997. He earned a B.S. degree in Marketing from Indiana University in Fort Wayne and his M.B.A. in Marketing/Finance from Indiana University at Bloomington. Highly skilled in marketing and computer programming, he was a senior manager for R.J. Reynolds from 1977 to 1992, working in their marketing and marketing research departments. Appointed by the Governor; term ends Jan. 6, 2016.

Future Meetings

BOT Teleconference
To be scheduled in Dec. 2015 or Jan. 2016 TBA

Next regular BOT and BOT Committee Meetings on March 5, 2016.
9 a.m.:  Committee meetings will start, followed by full BOT meeting.

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