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District Board of Trustees

Tricia Berry

Tricia Berry, of Panama City, is the Co-Owner of Panhandle Pediatric Dentistry. She is a current member of the Government Affairs Committee of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce. Berry earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Florida. She was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis on December 6, 2022.

Boyd Bulger Boyd Bulger, of Port St. Joe, is President of the Bulger Company.  Previously, he held leadership positions with CTI Foods and Tyson Foods.  Mr. Bulger has served on the Universal Pure Advisory Board, has volunteered his time with the American Pecan Board, and he currently serves as Chair of the Rebuild Committee of First United Methodist Church.   Mr. Bulger attended Gulf Coast State College before earning his bachelor’s degree in business from Florida State University.  He was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis for a term beginning January 13, 2021, and ending May 31, 2023.
Bill Cramer

Bill Cramer, of Panama City Beach, is the Owner of Bill Cramer Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC. He is a current board member of the Florida College System Foundation and Chapter President of the local Air Force Association. Cramer earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of North Carolina and his juris doctor from Harvard University. He was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis on December 6, 2022.

Abel De La Rosa, Ph. D.

Abel De La Rosa, Ph.D, of Port St. Joe, co-founded Antios Therapeutics and served as CEO and Director, later transitioning to Chairman of the Board and Scientific & Strategic Advisor. Prior to Antios, he was Chief Scientific Officer of the Drug Innovation Ventures at Emory (DRIVE) and the Emory Institute for Drug Development (EIDD) at Emory University, focused on the discovery and development of antiviral drugs for the treatment of viral diseases of unmet medical need and global concern. While at Emory University, he was an inventor on technologies licensed to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

Prior to joining Emory University, Dr. De La Rosa was Senior Vice President of Business Development & Scientific Affairs with Pharmasset. He provided business and scientific leadership to drug development programs for the treatment of infectious diseases, including Sofosbuvir for the treatment of Hepatitis C. Prior to Pharmasset, Dr. De La Rosa was Vice President of Product Development at Visible Genetics, and held scientific positions at Innogenetics, Boston Biomedica, and Digene, developing molecular diagnostic tests for infectious diseases. He is an inventor and author on several U.S. patents and publications relating to molecular diagnostic methods, techniques and therapeutics for infectious diseases and cancer and has served on the Board of Directors of private and public biotechnology companies. 

Dr. De La Rosa earned a Fogarty Fellowship and an Intramural Research Training Award Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health, where he completed post-doctoral training in the Laboratory of Biochemistry and the Laboratory of Pathology of the National Cancer Institute. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology from the University of California, San Diego, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Miami University.

He was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis on December 6, 2022.

Frank Hall

Frank Hall, of Lynn Haven, is the President, Florida Region of Cadence Bank. He is actively involved with the Panama City Port Authority,  HCA Gulf Coast Hospital Board of Directors, Florida State University Foundation, Florida State University (Panama City) Dean’s Council, Alignment Bay County, and the Value Adjustment Board for Bay. Mr. Hall earned his associate’s degree in business administration from Gulf Coast Community College, his bachelor’s degree in business management from Florida State University, and his banking diploma from Louisiana State University’s Graduate School of Banking. He was reappointed by Governor Ron DeSantis for a term beginning December 6, 2022.

C. David Powell C. David Powell, of Panama City, is the Commercial Lender Manager with Innovations Federal Credit Union. Previously, he held positions with Brown and Brown Insurance, Hancock Bank, and Peoples First Community Bank.  Mr. Powell has been involved with the Bay County Military Affairs Committee, Bay County Chamber of Commerce, Bay Education Foundation, the Anchorage Children’s Home, and the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce.   He earned his associate’s degree from Gulf Coast Community College, his bachelor’s degree in finance and real estate from Florida State University, and his banking diploma from Louisiana State University’s Graduate School of Banking. He was reappointed by Governor Ron DeSantis for a term beginning December 6, 2022.
Floyd Skinner Floyd Skinner, of Panama City, is the President of Skinner Tax Consulting, Inc., a company he started in 1994. He served in and received an honorable discharge from the United States Army. Mr. Skinner has volunteered his time with the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital Board, Bay Medical Center Foundation and Board of Trustees, Salvation Army of Panama City, Gulf Coast State College Foundation, and the Florida State University -Panama City Dean’s Advisory Council.  He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Alabama Birmingham and his master’s degree in taxation from the University of New Haven, Connecticut.  He was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis for a term beginning January 13, 2021, and ending May 31, 2024.
Joe Tannehill Joe Tannehill, Jr., is President and CEO of MERRICK Industries, Inc., a custom-design capital goods manufacturing company 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 was reappointed by Governor Ron DeSantis for a term beginning December 6, 2022.
Caroline Windham

Caroline Windham, of Panama City, is the Owner and Office Manager of David D. Windham, DMD. She is the current President of the Bay County Genealogical Society and a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. Windham attended the University of Florida. She was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis on December 6, 2022.

Derrick Bennett Derrick G. Bennett, a native of Panama City, has practiced law in Panama City for over thirty years and serves as General Counsel for the District Board of Trustees. Mr. Bennett holds a bachelor's degree of finance from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctor from Stetson University. He has served as a board member of Bay Medical Center, Salvation Army, Northstar Church, and as the chair of the Panama City Beach Chamber.
Cheryl Flax-Hyman Dr. Cheryl Flax-Hyman serves as interim president. Since joining the College in 1985, she has worked in the areas of leadership training, economic development, and student support services. She most recently served as vice-president of Instructional Effectiveness and Student Affairs where she focused on strategic planning, accreditation, and articulation agreements. She holds a bachelor's degree in Speech Communication from the University of Maryland, a master's degree in Educational Leadership & Administration from Florida State University and a doctorate of education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of West Florida.
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