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Board Members

Carol Culberson

Carol Howard-Culberson

Mrs. Culberson has served on the Board of Directors since April 2009. She currently resides with her husband and two children in Lake Worth, Florida.

Contact Information

Phone: 561-792-4123 (School will get message to Board Member)

Christine Janiszewski

Christine Janiszewski
Vice-President & Secretary

Christine Janiszewski is an elementary school teacher, author of Soldier from Heaven, and mother of two boys, one attending Western Academy and the other in high school. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Nova Southeastern University and a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Capella University. Mrs. Janiszewski currently lives in Loxahatchee with her husband and two sons. Her time is most enjoyable when it is spent with her family making lifetime memories.

Contact Information

Phone: 561-792-4123 (School will get message to Board Member)

Peter Cummings

Peter J Cummings

Mr. Cummings has served on the Board of Directors since November 2004. He retired in 2010 from the Palm Beach County School District after having worked for 25 years in the Department of Safe Schools and as a liaison with the Department of Juvenile Justice. Mr. Cummings resides in Jupiter, Florida with his wife and daughter.

Contact Information

Phone: 561-792-4123(School will get message to Board Member)

Barbara Suflas

Barbara Suflas-Noble

Ms. Noble is a founding Board Member and has served as Vice-President and President of the Board and has served on the Board since prior to the school opening in 2003. She is currently Vice-President for Advancement at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and President of the Max Planck Florida Foundation. She was previously employed by Scripps Research Institute as Director of External Affairs. She has been named one of the Most Influential Business Women of South Florida by the South Florida Business Journal, received the Woman of Distinction Award for Volunteer Service to Woman and Children by Soroptimist International and was a finalist for Woman Volunteer of the Year by the Junior League of the Palm Beaches. She is a board member and former chairman of the Citizen Advisory Council for the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, board member of the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches and a longtime member of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County. Her extensive knowledge of fundraising, philanthropic endeavors, strategic planning and marketing skills provide a great asset to the Board. She currently resides in Royal Palm Beach, Florida.

Contact Information

Phone: 561-790-0767

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Jorge C. Garrido, RFC

Parent Liaison

Jorge C. Garrido is Chief Executive Office of Financial Management Strategies. Financial Management Strategies is an independent financial services firm specializing in providing customized financial solutions to individuals, small businesses, and families through investment advice, retirement planning, insurance protection, estate planning, and fee based financial planning. In 1994, Jorge graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy with a BS in Economics and received a commission as an Ensign in the United States Coast Guard. During his assignment, he participated in one of the largest maritime rescue operations in US history in 1994 when more than 25,000 Cuban rafters fleeing Cuba for freedom were rescued at sea in the Florida Straits. From 1996 through 1999 he was instrumental in the Coast Guard’s local efforts to stop the illegal trafficking of narcotics. For his dedication, honorable service and devotion to duty, he was awarded the Coast Guard’s Achievement Medal, Commendation Medal, Meritorious Team Commendation, Unit Commendation, Outstanding Unit Citation, Special Operations Service Ribbon, Navy “E” Ribbon, Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and the National Defense Service medal, among others. Upon receiving an honorable discharge from the military, Jorge began his career in the financial services industry as a financial planner. He quickly achieved membership in the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT). In 2010 he was awarded “Life Member” status to MDRT. Jorge has also attained the Registered Financial Consultant (RFC) designation, the Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF) designation, and the Retirement Planning Specialist designation from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. As a strong believer in community service, he has served on the board of directors of Big Brother Big Sisters, Communities in Schools, the Hundred Club of Broward, Palm Beach Habilitation Center, and The Hispanic Vote PAC. Since 1992 he has been active in mentoring young children and was awarded the Board Member of the Year award by Big Brothers Big Sisters. He served as Chairman of the Board of Big Brothers Big Sister in Broward County from 2005 to 2007. He was recognized for being one of the community’s leading children’s advocates and received the Big Brothers Big Sisters advocacy award. For his lifelong commitment to community service, he was awarded AXA South Florida’s Community Service Award. Jorge resides in Wellington with his five children, Jorge, Jager, Gabriela, Sofia and Catalina and his lovely wife, Alejandra.

Contact Information

Phone: 954-452-9590