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Board of Directors

Note From The School Director: Cynthia Trevino-Aversa

It is hereby advised that if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at these meetings, he will need to ensure that a verbatim record is made including the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be made.

Anyone who needs a special accommodation for this meeting may contact Ms. Aversa at 772-567-6600 at least 48 hours in advance.


Meet the Board Members

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Gene Waddell, Chairman

Gene Waddell grew up in Vero Beach and graduated University of FL with degree in Finance. Have spent most of my working career as an independent insurance agent, owning Waddell & Williams Insurance Group in Vero Beach. Was chairman of the FL Association of Insurance Agents.

Have served over the years on the boards of Indian River Chamber of Commerce, Riverside Theatre, United Way and Community Church of Vero Beach.

I served 6 years on the Indian River County School Board and in 1998 became a charter board member of Indian River Charter High School and have served as Chairman since then. We have watched the school grow from a graduating class of 6 to 160+ and has been one of my most rewarding experiences.

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Karl Zimmerman, Treasurer

Karl Zimmermann has been a resident of Indian River County since 1971 & Broker Associate for more than twenty-five years. Specialist in Residential and Commercial Real Estate, with the firm since 2001.
Prior business experience includes Human Resource experience with numerous major corporations in six geographical locations. Indian River County experiences includes ownership of two local business in addition to elected government tenure as County Tax Collector for two terms, (8 years). Local community involvement includes Vero Beach Tree Commission, (over 28 yrs), County Code Enforcement Board, IRC/Vero Beach Enterprise Zone Board, County Economic Development Council, Indian River Charter High School Board and local political campaigns and County Executive Committee, to name a sampling. Professional Realtor activity includes Government Affairs Committee, Realtor Association Board Member, (6 yrs), and Board President, (’09-’10). Dedicated to superior Client/Realtor service and communication, provide Concierge Service to both Seller and Buyer, Listing Inventory limited to a maximum of 10 properties, committed to personal service, personally conduct all showings, no use of lock boxes. Assistant is experienced Agent, well informed regarding local areas, happenings, events and community amenities. Available as backup when necessary.

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Robert A. Brackett, Secretary

Robbie Brackett, is a Vero Beach native with strong roots in the community.  His career background was anchored within the information and data sector.  He served as Managing Partner for the Florida Experian franchise until 2005.

Today he serves as Managing Partner for his private company, Edge Information Services, and works in the real estate management and development field. He represents the Brackett Family Foundation, which endowed the Brackett Library at Indian River State College, along with projects at Indian River Charter High School, and many other educational organizations in Indian River County.

Robbie also serves on the Board of Trustees at his alma matter, Lipscomb University, ranked 18 overall in the Regional Universities-South category.  He is married with three daughters, two of which graduated from IRCHS and one currently enrolled.

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Pamela Kae Bjorkman

Pamela Bjorkman grew up in Miami, Florida & graduated with an Associates of Arts degree from Miami Dade College. Pamela moved to Vero Beach in 1989 to start a business with her husband and to enjoy the beachy small town lifestyle.

Pamela has served on the boards for the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce, VNA Hospice, The Buggy Bunch & has been on the board of directors for Indian River Charter High School for 15 years.

Some of Pamela’s honors include being the first recipient of the Affiliate of the Year for the IRC Realtors Association, Ambassador of the Year for IRC Chamber of Commerce, & the First recipient of IRC Character Counts! Award. Pamela also volunteered on the first “Women Build” home for IRC Habitat for Humanity of Vero Beach.

Pamela has two children, Russell who lives in Santa Monica California, and Diana who lives in Winter Park, Florida.

Russell is an international corporate attorney who also works in social impact investing. He holds degrees from USC in both psychology and accounting. Russell earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, along with an MBA from The Wharton School of Business.

Diana started her college education at UCF in Orlando and earned a Master’s degree from The George Washington University in Washington DC. She holds a PhD for Exceptional Education from the University of Kansas and is now the owner of a tutoring company that focuses on students with special needs.

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Joan L. Johnson

Joan graduated from Georgian Court University in Lakewood, N.J. in 1966.  She had a Federal career as a Senior Budget Analyst on the Polaris/Poseidon  submarine program, a Senior Planning Officer for Employee & Labor Relations at the USPS Headquarters, an Acting Division Chief for Property Management at USDA Headquarters (with Nation-wide  and international policy and location oversight) and as an Administrative Officer with oversight for Headquarters and five regional offices for the National Mapping Division of the U.S. Geological Survey – from which she retired  in 1995.  Throughout her career she received several high level  awards, including the Department of the Interior’s Meritorious Service Award, the second highest award given within the Federal Government.

Before retiring she was also one of two team leaders on President Reagan’s Financial Integrity Task Force, assigned to implement methods to reduce fraud, waste and abuse  throughout all Federal agencies and military branches.  This included working with the Secretary and Assistant Secretary of each civilian agency and with the Secretary of Defense and Joint Chiefs of Staff to develop implementation processes and policies for each Department.

Joan was a partner in a small consulting firm, Interpretations, for several years.  The company provided contract services to ECOWAS, the Economic Community of West African States; ISCARI, the International Sickle Cell Anemia Research Institute; and Citizens for Alaska.  Marketed period reproductions through the National Trust for Historic Preservation and improrted designer fashions from Milan.

Since retiring, Joan, a member of the IRC Republican Executive Committee since 1996, was Secretary of that organization for seven years, President of the Republican Women of the Treasure Coast for 6 years and Vice President for 10 years.  She served as the IRC Representative to the regional (five county) Treasure Coast Health Council for seven years and was on the board of the Indian River American Family Association for 12 years.  Joan is also a founding and continuing member of the Board of Directors of the Indian River Charter High School (an A school, which has grown from an initial enrollment of 29 to ± 650 students in), where she also serves as Chairman of the Budget, Finance and Audit Committee.

Growing up in the Washington, D.C. Area, with two Repubulican parents, she has worked to support the campaigns of various Republican candidates at the National, state and local levels since she was twelve years old.

In 2008, in celebration of the school’s 100th anniversary, Joan was selected for the “Court of Honor”  at Georgian Court University – as one of 100 notable alumni.

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Casey Lunceford


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Ryan C. Scarpa, Esq.


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Barbara Van Arman


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Jordan J. Lulich, Esq.


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This is a great opportunity for students to earn government hours!