Board of Directors

 

Officers

W. George Allen, Esq., 
Chairman
W George Allen Law Office
 
W. George Allen, a native of Sanford, Florida, is the sole proprietor of the Law Offices of W. George Allen in Fort Lauderdale,Florida, where he has been in practice for more than forty-nine years. He has championed Human Rights and Dignity throughout his career. Mr. Allen filed the lawsuit that integrated Broward County and Hendry County public schools and which assured that all the children were entitled to an "equal" education.
Throughout his career Mr. Allen has received numerous awards for his professional achievements and civic contributions.  The University of Florida Levin College of Law, Black students named their bar association, "The W. George Allen Black Student Bar Association," was bestowed with the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the University of Florida (2000), and was inducted into the National Bar Association Hall of Fame (2003).
 
Mr. Allen matriculated at Florida A&M University (1958), served in the United States Army as a Special Agent with the Counter Intelligence Corps (1958 - 1960), entered the College of Law at the University of Florida where, in 1962, he was the first Black person to earn a degree in any former white institution in Florida, thus integrating higher education in Florida and the Southeast United States. On October 12th and 13th of 2012, Mr. Allen was the special honored guest at the University of Florida and the Levin School of Law, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of his graduation and his part in integrating former all whites colleges and universities in the Southeast United States. 
 
Mr. Allen is married to his college sweetheart, Enid C. Meadows Allen, and has four children, three sons, Timothy, Frederick, and Jonathan, and one daughter, Amy.
Andrea Braynon
Treasurer
Early Learning Coalition of Broward County
 
Andrea A. Braynon is the Chief Financial Officer for the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County, Inc. She oversees the financial and administrative management responsibilities at the Coalition. Andrea's professional experience includes sixteen years in private industry with IBM Corp in the administrative and leadership capacities as a government contracts administrator, procurement buyer and a statistical forecast planner, then ten years in local government working four years in the Office of Management and Budget as a budget analyst and six years of experience as a Director managing fiscal operations in two Miami-Dade County departments with budgets from $72.8 million to over $465 million. She graduated from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Ms. Braynon also has a history of leadership and services in the community including active affiliation with the local public service organization Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Richard Berman,
Vice-Chair of Board
Member of Executive Committee
Member of Finance Committee
Retired College President
 
Richard Berman is currently the President and CEO of LICAS, a K-12, College and University, and Health Care consulting firm. For more than 30 years, he has been dedicated to serving his community—in the private and public sectors as well as at the national, state, and local levels.
 
From 1972 to 1974, he worked in Washington, DC for the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. He carried this knowledge with him to Albany, New York, where he was a cabinet official from 1977 to 1982, first as Director of the New York State Office of Health Systems Management and then as Commissioner of the Division of Housing and Community Renewal. He was Executive Vice President of NYU Medical Center and Professor of Health Care Management at the NYU School of Medicine from 1983 to 1986 and then joined McKinsey & Company as a Management Consultant. Following this, he spent four years in various roles in the executive search field with Korn Ferry International and Howe-Lewis International. In 1995, Mr. Berman was selected by Manhattanville College to serve as its tenth President. Mr. Berman is credited with the turnaround of the College, where he served until 2009. In 2006, Berman was awarded a Fulbright Commission grant to travel to Uganda and provide strategic planning and leadership training to Kabale University.
 
Richard has served on the Commission on Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equality of the American Council on Education, Division III President’s Council of NCAA, ProPAC, and the New York State’s Commissioner’s Advisory Council on Higher Education. Since “retiring” in 2009, Mr. Berman has served as a consultant to the Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and as an advisor to the government of Rwanda in the fields of healthcare and education, and in 2010, he accepted a full-time position as Advisor to the Joint Special Representative of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) – the largest peacekeeping operation in the world. He is currently an elected member of the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, and is on the Board of EmblemHealth, a healthcare company, as Chairman of the Quality of Care Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.
 
Richard attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1966 and his MBA and MPH degrees in 1968. He holds an honorary Doctor of Laws from Manhattanville College and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from New York Medical College. He became a member of the Board of Directors of Seeds of Peace in 1997, Chairman of the Seeds of Peace Board of Directors in 2006-2012 and is still an active board member.
Sue-Ann Robinson Caddy Esq.
Secretary of Board
Member of Executive Committee
Chair of Government Relations & Marketing Committee
Robinson and Caddy Law
Legal Advisor
 
Practice Areas: Civil Litigation and Criminal Defense
 
Education:
J.D. Florida International University College of Law, 2006
BSc. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University , 2003
 
Bar Admission: Florida and United States Southern District
 
Sue-Ann Robinson Caddy handles federal and state criminal defense, as well as civil litigation.
 
She formerly served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Felony Trial Unit for the 17th Judicial Circuit in Florida. While working with the office of the State Attorney Ms. Robinson handled thousands of cases and tried over a hundred cases ranging from Driving under the Influence and Drug Offenses to Attempted Homicide. Sue-Ann Robinson has engineered her immense in court trial experience and insight gained from her work as a prosecutor to skillfully and aggressively represent those accused of crimes and to defend clients in civil litigation cases.
 
She is President of the T.J. Reddick Bar Association (Black Lawyers Association of Broward County, Florida), a Director for the Broward County Bar Young Lawyers Section and also serves on The Florida Bar Board of Governors for the Young Lawyers Division. In addition to being a member of the Florida Bar she is also a member of the Federal Bar, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida. She is trained as a County Court Mediator.
 
In 2003, she graduated summa cum laude receiving a B.S.c in Finance and Business Administration from Florida A& M University. She is member of the second graduating class of Florida International University College of Law. During her matriculation at Florida International University College of Law she acted as the founder and President of the Caribbean Student Bar Association, Editor of the Chromatic Times Newsletter and President of the Board of Advocates Trial Team Division.
 
Ms. Robinson volunteers countless hours to various community based cultural and educational activities. Including serving on the lobbying committee for the Lake Hall School Grant, assisting in the Butler Street YMCA restoration project in Atlanta Georgia, and acting as the Barbadian Delegate at several International Coronation Events.
 
Ms. Robinson was named twice as a Coca-Cola Corporate Scholar a Florida Merit Scholar and is a recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Black Law Students Association at FIU.

Members

Debra L. Block, Branch Manager
Center State Bank
Member of Finance Committee
Willard Bryant
OIC Program Alumnus
Member of Program Committee
Kimm Campbell
Member of Program Committee
Sandy Coleman
Member of Fundraising Committee
Miesha Darrough, Esquire
Member of Personnel Committee
Derek Koger
Seminole Hard Rock
Rev. Carl E. Flemister
Emblem Health, Head of HIP-Integrative Wellness Dept.
Member of Fundraising Committee
Marc Collingwood Francis
Broward County Human Services
Chair of Fundraising Committee
Carla Hepburn
American Ambulance
Pastor Wayne Lomax
The Foundation of New Life
Member of Fundraising Committee

Staff

Newton Sanon
President/CEO of OIC of South Florida
Member of Executive Committee

Standing Committees

There shall be six committees including Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Personnel Committee, Public/Government Relations Committee, Resource Development or Fundraising Committee and Program Committee.
 
Each committee shall have a chairperson who is responsible for calling meetings, keeping committee members informed about corporate affairs relevant to his/her committee, and for appointing a secretary.  Each committee secretary shall be responsible for notifying committee members of meetings utilizing OIC staff, recording minutes and votes at committee meetings and supplying said records to the secretary of the Board of Directors.  Committees shall meet as often as necessary to carry out the goals and objectives of the committee. 
 
Note: most committee meetings are typically held bi-monthly, and last 1- 1 ½ hours in duration.  Finance committee may meet monthly. Additionally, fundraising committee may meet more and or as needed during planning for upcoming fundraising events.
 
Executive Committee:  Shall be comprised of all the officers of the corporation to include two board members at large and shall have all the powers and duties as are prescribed by the Bylaws in Article V, Sections 1 through 4.
 
Finance Committee:  Shall be comprised of the Chairperson, Treasurer and at least one other member of the Board of Directors who shall be appointed by the Chairperson of the Board.  This committee shall review, monthly and annually, the financial status of the corporation and advise the Board of Directors and Executive Director as indicated. 
 
Personnel Committee:  Shall have at least three (3) members who shall be appointed from the Board of Directors.  This committee shall provide guidance to the Executive Director regarding personnel policies in alignment with labor law standards, and or personnel polices collectively agreed upon by the Board of Directors utilizing Board standard methods of adapting polices to be set forth and implemented.
 
Public/Government Relations Committee:  Shall have at least three (3) members.  This committee shall be responsible for the development of public and government relations goals and a public/government relations campaign, and shall share the responsibility for the execution thereof with the Executive Director of the corporation.
 
Resource (Fundraising) Development Committee:  Shall be comprised of at least three (3) members of the Board of Directors.  This committee is responsible for assisting the Executive Director in identifying and securing public and private monetary and people resources for the corporation.  Additionally, this committee shall be responsible for developing and executing such resource and/or fund development campaigns as the Board of Directors deems necessary.
 
Program Committee:  Shall be comprised of at least three (3) members of the Board of Directors.  This committee shall be responsible for monitoring the development and implementation of corporate programs and for providing technical assistance thereto.