Board Of Trustees
Don Crisp, of Panama City Beach, recently retired as vice president of First American Title Insurance. He was elected as chair of the board in July of 2015 and is also serving as the board chair for Panama City Port. He has previously served on the Bay County Airport Authority and the Gulf Coast State College Foundation, as well as President of several organizations including the Panama City Jaycees and the Bay County Chamber of Commerce among others. He’s received several noteworthy awards, some of which include Outstanding Young Man and the Bay County Chamber’s Lauren Merriam Memorial Award. Mr. Crisp attended Marianna High School and Chipola College, and received his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University.
Katie Patronis is a company partner and real estate broker with Century 21 Ryan Realty and has been active with the Bay County Association of Realtors for many years, where she once chaired the Leadership Development Program and served as the association’s President. Ms. Patronis served as President of the FSU-PC Development Board, and is a member of the Junior Service League. She is a proud alumna of Gulf Coast Community College and holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication from FSU. She was elected vice chair of the board in July 2014.
Tom Lewis is a long-time local television news journalist. He is currently the News Director at WMBB-TV. Mr. Lewis has spent more than 30 years in television broadcasting, starting at WMBB as a reporter/weekend anchor in 1980. He graduated from Bay High School, is a proud alumnus of Gulf Coast Community College and earned a BA in Communications at FSU. Mr. Lewis has won dozens of awards for his work from the Florida Associated Press and received the prestigious Telly Award.
Elizabeth Kirvin, of Apalachicola, is a licensed speech language pathologist and is currently the assistant principal of the Apalachicola Bay Charter School. She has previously served as a board member of Early Education and Care, Inc. , the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida and was a founding board member of the Bay Community School and the Apalachicola Bay Charter School. Ms. Kirvin received her associate’s degree at Gulf Coast Community College and both her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Florida State University.
Jim McKnight, a native of Tampa and resident of Gulf County since 1987, is a health care executive currently serving as the Assistant Hospital Administrator at Florida State Hospital. He previously served as the CEO of North Florida Medical Centers, Inc., and Doctors’ Memorial Hospital. He is a board member of the Big Bend Health Council and served as the Chairman of the Gulf County Planning Board and the Gulf County Republican Party. In his spare time he has coached high school football and baseball, and has been a leader in a number of civic clubs and fundraising organizations including the United Way and Relay for Life. Mr. McKnight holds a BA degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida and an MS degree in Health Services Administration from the University of St. Francis.
Steve Millaway, a native of Panama City, is a technology entrepreneur. During his career, he has worked for both public and private companies and started eight new businesses. He is currently President and CEO of Techfarms, LLC, a local technology incubator. Mr. Millaway is an investor in start-up companies and enjoys exploring opportunities in emerging technology. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida in Electrical Engineering.
Ralph Roberson, of Port St. Joe, served as the chair of the board July 2013 – July 2015. He is a certified public accountant and is the owner of Roberson & Associates. From 1993 to 2001, he served on the District Board of Trustees of then Gulf Coast Community College. Mr. Roberson is a member of the Florida Institute of CPAs, Sacred Heart Gulf Coast Health System Finance Committee, Port St. Joe First United Methodist Church Board of Trustees, Chair of the Operating Board of Sacred Heart Hospital, member and past president of the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce and the Port St. Joe Rotary Club. He completed basic studies at Florida State University, received an Associate in Arts degree in Business Administration from Tallahassee Community College and a BA degree in Accounting from the University of West Florida.
Joe Tannehill, Jr., is President and CEO of MERRICK Industries, Inc., and owner of ENGEN, LLC, both based in Lynn Haven, Florida, serving industrial customers worldwide. He holds a BE in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and a MBA from Dartmouth College. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council, as well as the local SunTrust Bank Board.
David Warriner is the president of Tapper and Company Properties Management, Inc., and serves as managing director for the George G. and Amelia G. Tapper Foundation that serves the needs in Gulf, Bay and Franklin counties. A graduate of Bay High School in Panama City, he earned a BSBA in Finance from the University of Florida in 1986. After graduation he enjoyed a short career in banking and worked as a legislative assistant in both the Florida House and Senate. Currently he serves on the Board of Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and the Port Theatre Arts and Culture Center. He is the chairman of the Gulf County Tourist Development Council and is an Advisory Council Member of the Sacred Heart on the Gulf Hospital. He is the past President of the GCSC Foundation and served on its Board for 12 years.
Derrick Bennett, a native of Panama City, has practiced law in Panama City for over twenty years and serves as General Counsel for the District Board of Trustees. Mr. Bennett holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctor from Stetson University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. John Holdnak, a former Gulf Coast employee for 26 years, became the sixth president of the College in 2014. He holds a bachelor's degree in Leisure Services from Florida State University, a master's degree in Applied Psychology from FSU Panama City and a Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in educational leadership from University of West Florida. He most recently served as Executive Vice Chancellor for the Florida College System.