About AdventHealth's Central Florida Division

AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division encompasses more than 20 hospitals and ERs in the seven counties in and surrounding metro Orlando. The world-class hospitals, combined with a comprehensive outpatient care network, sees more than 3.4 million patient visits annually.

The division’s flagship campus — AdventHealth Orlando — boasts internationally recognized programs, and serves as a major tertiary referral hospital for much of the Southeast, the Caribbean and Latin America. Quality specialty care is provided through AdventHealth Institutes, which is nationally recognized in numerous specialties.

AdventHealth also has an expansive research portfolio with more than 500 clinical trials in progress.

The organization has a deep commitment to serving the community and has a local financial impact of more than $1 billion annually. AdventHealth and its employees are responsible for nearly 20 percent of Central Florida’s economy.

Fast Facts (CFD):

  • 3.4M+ Patient Visits Annually
  • 20+ Hospitals and ERs
    • 4,511 Beds
  • 3,400+ Staff Physicians
  • 500+ Clinical Trials
  • 176 Medical Specialties
  • Expansive Outpatient Services Include:
    • 300+ AdventHealth Medical Group practices
    • 35 Urgent Care Centers
    • 30+ Sports Medicine and Rehab
    • 30+ Lab Care Services
    • 35 Imaging and Diagnostic Centers

Board of Directors

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Terry D. Shaw

President/CEO, AdventHealth

Shaw is president and chief executive officer for AdventHealth. In this role, he provides leadership for one of the largest faith-based health care systems in the United States, comprising nearly 50 hospital campuses across nine states, with a continuum of integrated care that includes urgent care centers, home health, hospice, physician practices and skilled nursing facilities.

Shaw's career with AdventHealth spans many years. In that time, he has played a pivotal role in defining the organization’s vision and direction through his broad understanding and deep knowledge of health care finance, information technology and overall operations. Prior to becoming president and CEO of the organization, Shaw served as its executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief operations officer.

Before transitioning to the corporate leadership team, he held numerous positions at the organization’s Central Florida Division – South Region (formerly Florida Hospital), including chief financial officer, senior vice president, vice president, and assistant vice president.

Shaw earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Central Florida, and bachelor's degrees in accounting and computer science from Southern Adventist University. He was appointed to the Healthcare Leadership Council, a policy think tank, and serves as chairman of the Premier, Inc. board of directors. He is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Health Evolution Leadership Committee, as well as a Fellow of the Health Evolution Forum. Mr. Shaw actively participates in AdventHealth's community involvement program, and several other professional and service organizations.

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Randy Haffner, Ph.D.

President/CEO, AdventHealth CFD

Haffner is president and CEO of AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division, which encompasses more than 20 hospitals and ERs in the seven counties in and surrounding metro Orlando. The world-class hospitals, combined with a comprehensive outpatient care network, treats more than 3.4 million patient visits annually.

Haffner has been with AdventHealth since 1989 and has held senior leadership positions throughout the organization. As president/CEO of the multi-state division, Haffner oversaw AdventHealth’s operations outside of Florida, comprising of 20 campuses across eight states. He also previously served as CEO of Porter Adventist Hospital in Colorado, and as administrator of AdventHealth Orlando.

Haffner graduated from Walla Walla College, earned his graduate degree from the Roy E. Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, and a doctorate in leadership studies from Andrews University. He is a member of the Florida Hospital Association Board and the Orlando Economic Partnership’s Governor’s Council.

Haffner and his wife, Cindy, have three children. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time outdoors including running, cycling and snow skiing.

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Brian Adams

President/CEO, Acute Care Services, AdventHealth CFD – South Region

Adams leads strategies, planning, development, implementation, and operational oversight of hospitals and hospital-based services across Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties reporting to AdventHealth Central Florida Division President and CEO Randy Haffner.

Prior to taking on his current role, Adams was responsible for future growth of AdventHealth facilities in Polk County, supervising the infusion and planning of more than $25 million in renovations and technology upgrades at AdventHealth Heart of Florida, a 202-bed facility located in Davenport and AdventHealth Lake Wales, a 160-bed facility in Lake Wales.

In May 2020, Adams was honored for his business leadership and named one of Florida Trend magazine’s People to Know.

Prior to becoming Market CEO in Polk County, Adams served as President and CEO of AdventHealth Tampa and AdventHealth Connerton, Long Term Acute Care for five years. AdventHealth Tampa is a 536-bed tertiary acute care facility. During his tenure the hospital grew substantially including the planning of the Taneja Surgical Tower a $230 million expansion and secured a $10 million philanthropic gift to the organization. The hospital also improved quality transforming from a Leapfrog C to a Leapfrog A.

Adams holds a master’s in business administration degree from the University of Central Florida, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Originally from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada; Brian and his wife Gwendy have two sons. In his spare time Brian enjoys fishing, watching hockey and spending time with his family.

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Todd Goodman

Chief Financial Officer, AdventHealth CFD

Goodman is the Chief Financial Officer of AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division, which encompasses more than 20 hospitals and ERs in the seven counties in and surrounding metro Orlando. The world-class hospitals, combined with a comprehensive outpatient care network, treats more than 3.4 million patient visits annually.

Goodman has been in health care leadership for more than 25 years and oversees the financial operations of one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country, with a net annual revenue of more than $7 billion.

Prior to his current role, Goodman served in positions including Senior Finance Officer/Senior Vice President of AdventHealth’s Central Florida market, Chief Financial Officer of the organization’s Heartland division, and the AdventHealth Foundation.

Goodman earned his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida and is a licensed CPA. He is a member of the Heart of Florida United Way Board and multiple university boards. He and his wife, Melinda, reside with their two children in Mount Dora, Florida.

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Allan Machado

President, Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Machado currently serves as the Florida Conference President. Prior to this role, he served the church in various capacities, including Executive Secretary, Vice President for Florida Conference Spanish-language Ministries, Volunteer Lay Ministry Coordinator and more.

Machado holds a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Ministry from Andrews University and serves as an adjunct professor in the university’s Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs, Michigan. His desire is to serve Christ Jesus in the advancement of the gospel for the glory of God. He has dedicated his life to proclaiming with passion the love of God and His saving grace.

His personal relationship with God, the love of his wife Elsa and their children Alan, Erich, and Tatiana, are his greatest pride and joy.

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Anne Kelley

Chief Credit Officer, Northstar Financial Group, Inc

Kelley has been the Chief Credit Officer at Winter Park-based Northstar Financial Group, Inc. since May 2014. Prior to this role, she was the Senior Executive Vice President at BankFIRST for over 17 years.

She holds a Master of Business Administration from Rollins College’s Crummer Graduate School of Business.

Kelley gives back to the community by serving on the boards of several organizations, which include AdventHealth’s Collaborative Community Council, Crummer Graduate School of Business’ Board of Overseers, WMFE 90.7’s Chair of the Board of Trustees and Interlachen Country Club’s Board.

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Beat Khali

President/CEO, Avalon Park Group Management

As founder, President, and CEO of Avalon Park Group (APG), Kahli leads an executive leadership team focused on the mission to change the way the world lives, learns, works and plays. Under his leadership, APG drives the vision for creating sustainable communities under an umbrella of diverse companies, spanning multiple industries. With over 30 years of experience in the fields of real estate, investment banking and financial consulting, Kahli provides direction and guidance for all APG operations, including the development of strategic alliances and joint venture relationships.

Kahli has been named by the Orlando Business Journal as one of the Top Ten Most Influential Businessmen and the Reader’s Choice, Most Respected CEO in Central Florida. Additionally, the Orlando Magazine awarded Kahli the honor of one of the 50 Most Powerful People in Orlando for three consecutive years.

Kahli has served on the boards of many community not-for-profit organizations, including the Red Cross of Central Florida, the Central Florida YMCA, the Central Florida Boy Scouts and the University of Central Florida’s Health and Public Affairs.

Kahli earned his Business Degree from the Zurich Business School. He resides in Winter Park with his wife Jill and their four children, Daniel, David, Alex and Anna.

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David Freedman

Treasurer, Southern Union Conference of SDA

Freedman has served as VP of Finance for Alaska, Illinois, Texico, Oregon and Upper Columbia Conferences of Seventh-day Adventists for the last 27 years. Before he was called to conference treasury work, he served as a pastor in the New Jersey and Nevada-Utah Conferences. He was then called to the Southern Union Conference as Treasurer in February of 2019.

A native of Philadelphia Freedman was raised in southern New Jersey. He graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and a concentration in accounting. He then completed a Master of Divinity degree at Andrews University.

Freedman and his wife Ann have three adult children and three grandchildren.

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David G. Varnagy, M.D.

Med Staff President, AdventHealth

Varnagy came from a family of immigrants that moved from Europe to Venezuela after World War II. He obtained his medical degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela with several honors.

After Varnagy immigrated to the United States, he trained at Mount Sinai Medical Center of Greater Miami Beach. He continued his education at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School and became a vascular surgeon in 2008.

Following his training, Varnagy relocated to Orlando and established his practice with his current partners at AdventHealth, which has become one of the largest vascular practices in Florida.

Varnagy was elected by his peers as the Chairman of the Department of Vascular Surgery from 2014-2015. In 2017, he was elected as Secretary/Treasurer of AdventHealth Medical Staff and has moved upward since. Varnagy currently serves as the President of AdventHealth Medical Staff System, allowing him to represent more than 3,000 physicians and allied health professionals across all the AdventHealth campuses in the greater Orlando area.

Varnagy’s hobbies include running, Peloton spin classes, scuba diving and triathlons. Together, he and his wife Miriam have two kids, Estrella and Michael.

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Dick J. Batchelor

President, DBMG Inc.

Batchelor is the founder and President of DBMG, Inc. (Dick Batchelor Management Group), a consulting firm specializing in business development, strategic governmental affairs and public policy issues. Named one of "The 50 Most Powerful People" by Orlando Magazine (2004 to 2007), the 2002 "Central Floridian of the Year" (The Orlando Sentinel) and the 2002 "Businessman of the Year" (Orlando Business Journal, November 2002), Batchelor is a longtime Orlando resident who received degrees from the University of Central Florida and Valencia Community College.

He served in the Florida House of Representatives (1974-1982) and was chairman of the Auditing Committee, Health and Rehabilitative Services Committee and House Energy Committee. He has received more than 50 awards for legislative service.

A concerned and caring neighbor, Batchelor continued his commitment to his community when he left the Florida Legislature in 1982. He currently serves on several boards, including the AdventHealth for Children Board (Chair), AdventHealth Foundation Central Florida Executive Board (Chair), and Florida's Children First! Since 1981 he has served as honorary chairman of the "Dick Batchelor Run for the Children," an annual 5-K run that raises funds to treat abused children. Batchelor's passion as an advocate for children, education, the environment, and his knowledge of international affairs, has garnered recognition by The White House and three Presidential Appointments.

Today, Batchelor serves as a weekly on-air political analyst for WESH TV (NBC Affiliate), WMFE (PBS) radio, and WDBO radio (Cox Broadcasting). He and his wife Andrea have been donors of AdventHealth for Children since 2000, with Batchelor serving on the board since 2006. He and Andrea have three sons.

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Elisa Rahming

Treasurer, Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Rahming is a native of Nassau, Bahamas, where she enjoyed growing up five minutes away from the beach. She earned an Associate’s Degree from the University of the Bahamas (formerly College of the Bahamas), a Bachelor’s of business degree from Southern Adventist University, and an MBA degree from Georgia State University.

Rahming is a CPA and currently serves as the Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer of the Florida Conference and loves her mix of ministry, numbers and visioning. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and traveling for missionary trips. Her mission trips have taken her to Brazil, Peru, Africa and Guam. Towards that end, she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministries and was commissioned/ordained as a pastor in August 2021. She is also an Author.

Rahming's favorite gems are: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Prov 3: 5, 6 and “Higher than the highest human thought can reach is God’s ideal for His children” by E.G. White. Her daily prayer is that the Lord will continue to lead in her life as she surrenders daily to Him.

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Georgia L. Lorenz, Ph.D

President, Seminole State College

Lorenz began her tenure as the third president of Seminole State College of Florida in August 2018. As president, Lorenz brings more than 20 years of experience in higher education to the College. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Planning and Administration from the University of Southern California.

Prior to joining Seminole State, Lorenz served as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Santa Monica College in California. In her role as Vice President of Academic Affairs, Lorenz had direct responsibility for providing leadership and administrative oversight to the college's instructional programs, including all academic departments, curriculum, satellite campuses, learning resources, distance education, and continuing education.

Lorenz has worked with the outstanding faculty and staff at Seminole State to build upon its record of success. Seminole State was named by the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence program as one of the top 150 community colleges in the country. In addition, Aspen and the Siemens Foundation awarded the college’s Networking program the Equity and Excellence in STEM Award in 2019. Seminole State’s enduring commitment to equity and academic excellence were also recognized in 2020 with the Association of Community College Trustees Southern Region Equity Award and the American Association of Community College’s national “Advancing Diversity” award.

Lorenz is active in building partnerships with educational and business leaders and engaging with faculty, staff, students and the community. She is committed to open access, ensuring that a high quality, affordable, college education is available to all students, including those from economically and socially disadvantaged backgrounds.

Lorenz currently serves on the boards of IMPOWER, the Orlando Economic Partnership, and Florida Citrus Sports. She lives with her husband Mike in Lake Mary.

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James Coffin

Executive Director, Interfaith Council of Central FL

Coffin, Executive Director of the Interfaith Council of Central Florida, brings diverse life experience to his role. After a year at Union College in Nebraska, Coffin spent a year as a church volunteer in Mexico. He subsequently earned a degree in theology at Newbold College in England and was later ordained as a minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. During his ministerial career, he worked in both the United States and Australia.

Coffin spent nine years of his pastoral work in youth ministry and nine years as an editor of Seventh-day Adventist publications. In his last 18 years before assuming his current role, he served as senior pastor of the Markham Woods Church of Seventh-day Adventists in Longwood, Florida. Concurrent with his pastoral work at Markham Woods, he directed a study center/think tank that sought to create deeper understandings of and more effective communication between religious adherents and our postmodern and increasingly secularized society. He assumed his current role with the Interfaith Council in November 2011.

Coffin has authored three books dealing with the theory about practice of and questions arising from religion. He has written scores of articles for religious publications and websites and has had some sixty “My Word” opinion pieces printed in the Orlando Sentinel. He and his wife, Leonie, have three adult sons.

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Jim Davidson

Executive Secretary, Southern Union Conference of SDA

Davidson is a second generation Seventh-day Adventist minister. Born in Avon Park, Florida, he grew up in a variety of cities, ranging from Boston to Denver.

Graduating with degrees in Theology and Business Administration from Columbia Union College, as well as a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University, he began his pastoral ministry with eight years of service in the Pennsylvania Conference. Receiving a call to return to the Conference of his birth, Davidson pastored several churches in the Florida Conference before he was called to pastor in the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference.

It was during his tenure at the Madison Campus Church in Tennessee that he was called to serve in the Carolina Conference office, where he began as Ministerial Secretary and then as Executive Secretary. In January of 2005, the Carolina Conference Executive Committee elected him as President of the Carolina Conference. The Southern Union Constituency elected him as Executive Secretary for the Southern Union Conference in September of 2011.

The joy of Davidson's life is found in his family. He and his wife, Bonnie, have two adult children, Sarah and Jonathan.

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Marjorie B. Thomas

President, Ivanhoe Broadcast News

A graduate of Duke University and the University of Florida law school, Thomas began her career as an attorney.

After 10 years of practicing law, Thomas joined Bette BonFleur, an executive news producer and award-winning writer. Their combined talents resulted in a company that continues to be ahead of its peers in everything from news production to employee satisfaction.

Currently, Thomas serves as the CEO of Ivanhoe Broadcast News, which is a news service for television stations and internet websites covering medical breakthroughs, family health, topics of interest for women and discoveries and breakthroughs inside science.

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Patricia Maddox

President & CEO, Winter Park Health Foundation

Maddox has served as President & Chief Executive Officer of the Winter Park Health Foundation since its inception in 1994. In this leadership role, Maddox was responsible for the original structure, staffing and start-up of the organization. Together with its Board of Trustees, she set the Foundation’s mission – to make a positive difference in people’s lives by optimizing physical, mental and social health and wellbeing. Today, Patty leads all facets of the Foundation’s operation, management, program planning, and partnership development.

Maddox came to Winter Park in 1993 to serve as Executive Vice President of the Winter Park Memorial Hospital Foundation, leaving Duke University in Durham, North Carolina where she spent fifteen years in various philanthropic development roles for Duke University Medical Center and the School of Medicine.

Currently, she is active in the local community, serving on the Community Supports, Inc. Board of Directors, the Orange County Chairman’s Healthcare Roundtable, and the Florida Hospital Board of Directors. On a state level, Maddox is Chairman of the Florida Philanthropic Network.

Under Maddox's leadership, the Winter Park Health Foundation has received numerous awards and recognition for its efforts to create healthier communities and improve the health of residents, especially children, youth and older adults. In 2017, the Winter Park Health Foundation was named Community Organization of the Year.

Maddox received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of North Carolina. She is an accomplished equestrian and dog breeder. The Maddox family currently includes four horses and four dogs.

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Ron C. Smith, Ph.D.

President, Southern Union Conference of SDA

Smith, a native of Brooklyn, NY, is a product of Christian education and was mentored in the Seventh-day Adventist ministry by his late father, Pastor Doc Smith.

As a graduate of Oakwood University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Biblical Languages, he pursued his Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University, a Doctor of Ministry degree from Colgate Rochester Theological Seminary in NY in 1985, and a Ph.D. from the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA, in 1995.

As a pastor, he has served congregations on the east and west coasts of North America. After serving for eight years as vice president of the Review and Herald Publishing Association and editor of Message magazine, Smith joined the Southern Union administration and served as executive secretary. Since 2011, he has served as the president of the Southern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

He and his wife, Yolanda, have two adult children.

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Sam Stark

VP Communications & External Relations, Rollins College

Stark began working at Rollins College in 2017. With a diverse and extensive background in marketing and community relations, this opportunity brings him “home” to his alma mater and institution where he served as a volunteer since graduation. The portfolio he leads includes Community Relations, Communications, Events and Scheduling, Print Services and the Winter Park Institute.

Before coming to Rollins, Stark was the President & CEO of Moxé, lead the Chicago Sports Commission in 2011 as the first Executive Director, served as President and CEO of the Central Florida Sports Commission and was successful in turning the financially underachieving Winter Park Chamber of Commerce into a profitable, vibrant, and relevant membership organization as its president.

In his first job out of Rollins College, Stark held several roles at Florida Citrus Sports and served almost four years as the Director of Events and Operations, managing major sports events such as the annual Florida Citrus Bowl and first-round soccer matches during the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

Stark is the past president of the Rollins College Alumni Board and served on the Board of Trustees. He is a Trustee of the Winter Park Health Foundation and serves on the Board of Trustees of Trinity Preparatory School. He is married to Heather Stark and they have two children.

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Sandy Hostetter

Retired/Former Central Florida Regional President, Truist Financial Corporation

With over 35 years of local experience in the financial services industry, Sandy Hostetter served as the Central Florida Regional President at Truist Financial Corporation. Hostetter was the senior leader in the market, responsible for directing the commercial business and delivering the full complement of the firm’s services to clients.

An energetic leader and a catalyst for change, Hostetter currently chairs the Orlando Economic Partnership. She also serves on the board of AdventHealth, as well as the board of the Central Florida YMCA and is a founding member of the board of LIFT Orlando. Additionally, Hostetter serves on the boards of 4Roots Farm and Florida Citrus Sports.

Hostetter earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida and an MBA from the Crummer School of Business, Rollins College. When she isn't working, Hostetter enjoys playing golf, reading and spending time with her grandchildren.

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Steven P. Johnson, Ph.D.

President/CEO, HealthFirst

Johnson is responsible for providing overall direction and leadership for the fully Integrated Delivery Network (IDN). Under Johnson’s leadership since 2011, Health First has become an IDN focused on health and wellness, as well as prevention. These wellness and preventive assets are coordinated through Health First Health Plans, which currently covers more than 160,000 lives.

Prior to joining Health First, Johnson served as the President of Hospital Operations for SSM Health in St. Louis, Missouri. He began his career as a clinical psychologist and then served as administrator for a state-run residential rehabilitation center in St. Louis. He later served as a regional vice president for a rehabilitative services company that provided healthcare services in sub-acute and post-acute settings.

Johnson earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Puget Sound in Washington, a Master of Science in human development and a doctoral degree in psychology, from the University of Kansas. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Florida Hospital Association.

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Ademola Adewale, MD

Emergency Medicine, AdventHealth Medical Staff, President-elect

Dr. Ademola Adewale was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and emigrated to the United States 30 years ago to settle in New York City. He completed his undergraduate education at The City College of New York and his medical education at Howard University College of Medicine. Following medical school, Dr. Adewale completed his residency training in emergency medicine at Drexel University and Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, serving as the chief resident in his final year.

Dr. Adewale relocated to Orlando in 2003 to join Florida Emergency Physicians, where he later became a managing partner. During his time at FEP, he and two colleagues were tasked to start the emergency medicine residency program at Florida Hospital East Orlando, now AdventHealth East Orlando. Dr. Adewale has served as the assistant program director and the director of research and simulation since the program’s inception.

Dr. Adewale is the vice president of the Physician Society of Central Florida, president of the Harbor House of Central Florida’s executive committee and board of directors and is the founder and CEO of Platinum Men’s Health & Wellness. Additionally, he served on the Orange County Mayor’s Heroin Task Force and is currently a member of its advisory board.

Dr. Adewale and his wife, Tasha, have three children.

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Thomas Yochum

Retired/Former Chairman of the Board, Seaside National Bank and Trust

With 43 years in the financial services market, Yochum was the Chairman of both Seaside National Bank & Trust and the Three Shores Holding Company, a community bank headquartered in Orlando. Yochum is also the Director of Community Services and Business Strategy at Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, and Reed, P.A.

Previously, he was the CEO of SunTrust Bank for seven years and the CEO of Barnett Bank for 28 years. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Business at Rollins College in 1974.

Yochum was formerly the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at the University of Central Florida. He serves on numerous non-profit boards including the Orlando Magic Foundation, United Cerebral Palsy Foundation and works with Michelee Puppets.

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Belinda O. Kirkegard

Economic Development Director

Kirkegard is the Economic Development Director for the City of Kissimmee. Kirkegard is responsible for planning, coordinating and executing the City’s economic development activities and incentives programs. Additionally, her office consistently works to promote a host of City attributes which provide an extraordinary quality of life for residents and businesses alike.

Kirkegard's professional experience includes the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association, Orange County's Business Development Office, as well as having worked for a couple of Central Florida elected officials. She is a nationally certified Economic Development Finance Professional and has a master’s degree in Public Administration.

She and her husband Eric live in Osceola County and are the proud parents of their daughter Victoria and son Christian.

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Ken Shaw, Ed. D.

President, Southern Adventist University

Shaw graduated from Southern Adventist University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and is the university’s first alum to return as president. In fact, his entire family graduated from Southern: his wife, Ann (Kennedy), earned her nursing degree in 1979; their daughter, Kate Myers, earned her associate and bachelor’s degrees in nursing in 2008 and 2009; and their son, Martin, earned his pastoral care degree in 2012.

“Ann and I cherish our memories from Southern,” Shaw said. “Returning to campus is like coming home for us, and we’re delighted to be part of this institution. I really admire that Southern is still fundamentally centered on its mission and on the core values that the institution has been about for 129 years.”

For the past seven years, Shaw has served as president of Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas. Previously he worked at Florida State University for 25 years in various capacities, from assistant professor of mathematics education to campus dean of Florida State University Panama City and academic dean of the College of Applied Studies. His track record as a leader in higher education includes increasing enrollment, establishing new academic programs and improving institutional financial stability.

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Tico Perez

Attorney, Retired

Perez serves on the National Order of the Arrow (OA) Committee as its Vice Chairman and lead of the Membership and Joint Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Programs Sub-Committee. He is a Distinguished Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor Member from Tipisa Lodge in Orlando, where he has served as Council President of the Central Florida Council. Perez has also served on the BSA Hispanic Initiative National Committee. In 2008, Perez was appointed to a four-year term to serve as the BSA National Commissioner, which is a volunteer position and includes serving on the Executive Board of the National Council.

Professionally, Perez is an attorney in private practice. He serves as a member of the Florida Board of Governors, a governor appointed seven-year term to the committee that runs the Florida state public university system.

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Michael Kwaku Agyei Owusu

President, Southeastern Conference of SDA

Owusu was born and raised in Ghana. He completed his undergraduate education in Theology, Biblical Languages and History at Adventist Missionary College (now Valley View University) in Ghana, and West Indies College (now Northern Caribbean University) in Jamaica. He also holds two graduate degrees – a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry with a specialization in Youth and Young Adult Ministry from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

Owusu has spent 27 of his 32 years in pastoral ministry with the Southeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists with headquarters in Mount Dora, Florida. After serving the Conference as a pastor for 21 years, he was elected Executive Secretary of the Conference in 2016. Since November 2020, Owusu has also been serving as President of the Conference.

In addition to his ministerial experience Owusu has worked in both the private and public sectors, including four years in the Library system and seven years in higher education.

Owusu and his wife, Dr. Brenda Owusu, have been married for 30 years. Together, they have a son named Michael.

Owusu’s favorite Bible text is 1 Timothy 6:6-8: “Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content” (NKJV).

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Sandra L. Randolph

AdventHealth, Retired Vice President

Randolph is a retired hospital executive whose health care career began as a physical therapist. She served most of her leadership career with AdventHealth including twenty years at its flagship hospitals in Orlando. During her AdventHealth tenure, Randolph served in the capacities of Assistant Administrator, then rising to Administrator of AdventHealth East Orlando, and culminating as a system Vice President. Prior to joining AdventHealth, Randolph served as Assistant Hospital Director at Vanderbilt University Hospital, Vice President at Riverside Adventist Hospital, Assistant to the President, and a Director at Washington Adventist Hospital, and as a clinical leader at Howard University Hospital.

Randolph currently serves on the boards of AdventHealth Central Florida Division and AdventHealth Hospice Care, as well as Board Chair for the U.S. Dream Academy. After completing a term on the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Governance, she continues her American Hospital Association service within their Trustee Advocacy Ambassador Community. Her healthcare governance experience, and health justice penchant, led to her current participation in the inaugural organizing of the Black Directors Health Equity Agenda.

Randolph’s past volunteer community leadership roles include an appointment to the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Regional Advisory Council, as well as election to the American College of Healthcare Executives Central Florida Chapter Board of Directors. She volunteers as a co-founder and mentor of a leadership development forum focused on diversity and inclusion.

Randolph is a Life Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. She received a Master of Business Administration degree in Health Administration from Howard University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College.