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By: The James Madison Institute / 2017


MARCH 2, 2017

CONTACT: Logan Pike


Tallahassee, Fla. – As The James Madison Institute celebrates its 30th year as Florida’s oldest and largest nonpartisan, free market think tank, we are fortunate to add four new talented board members that reflect the continued growth of both the Sunshine State and the organization. The new members are Tim Cerio, Frank Kruppenbacher, Lisa Schultz and Joe York.

“I am pleased to welcome our new board members, and excited about the depth of knowledge and experience they represent when it comes to the issues that affect the lives of everyone who calls Florida ‘home,’” said Dr. Robert McClure, CEO and President of JMI. “I look forward to benefitting from their leadership and support as we continue to provide public policy solutions and ideas that advance the principles of the free market, limited government and greater individual liberty.”

Tim Cerio is a lawyer practicing in Tallahassee, Florida. Cerio previously served as General Counsel to Florida Governor Rick Scott, was a shareholder with the state-wide law firm of GrayRobinson, P.A. and served as general counsel and chief of staff of the Florida Department of Health. Cerio was raised in Bradenton, Florida, and received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Florida in 1990, was a member of the Florida Blue Key leadership honorary and was elected to the University of Florida Hall of Fame. Cerio earned his juris doctor degree with honors from the University of Florida College of Law in 1995, was a member ofThe Florida Law Review and served as a law clerk to The Honorable Thomas G. Wilson, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Florida. Cerio is a graduate of Leadership Florida, Class XXX, and he previously served as President of the University of Florida Alumni Association, and President of the UF College of Law Alumni Council.

Frank Kruppenbacher attended Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland and graduated magna cum laude; and New York Law School where he graduated cum laude. He subsequently attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education program on public engagement. He clerked for the Honorable Arnold Fraimon, New York Supreme Court, Manhattan and Honorable Stanley Lesser, United States Bankruptcy Judge, Southern District of New York. Frank Kruppenbacher is a Partner with the law firm of Morgan and Morgan and Chairman of the “For the Children’s Fund”, a Foundation he founded with Dr. David Moser, M.D.He also serves as General Counsel for the Florida Virtual School, is a gubernatorial appointee to the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and its current Chair, is a Board Member of “A Gift for Teaching”; Linda Sutherland Group and a consultant to both educators and parents on bullying. Kruppenbacher was a member of the Greater Orlando Chamber of Commerce and is a past President.

Lisa Schultz is CNL Financial Group’s Chief Services Officer and serves as a member of the CNL Financial Group Board of Directors. Schultz has more than 25 years of experience in real estate and financial services, including leadership roles with Bank of America, NationsBank and Barnett Bank. She holds a Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Appalachian State University.Schultz is also Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Grace Medical Home, is on the Board of Directors for LIFT Orlando, is the founder of J4 Leaders, a network of encouragement for Christian women leaders, and serves on the Advisory Board for The Collaborative Orlando, a culture-shaping workforce at the Center for Work and Faith at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, where Schultz is also a past Elder. She previously has served on other nonprofit Boards, including United Arts, Lifework Leadership and Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics.

Joe York is the President of AT&T Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. York is a member of the Florida Council of 100, a member of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as well as a member of the Enterprise Florida Board. He is Past Chair of the Jacksonville Port Authority (JaxPort) and currently sits on the Board of Directors. York is also a member of the Jacksonville Civic Council, serves as a member of The Players Council which is a community group that advises The PGA Tour and is a member of the Orange Bowl Committee. He is the past Chairman of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists, is a Member of the Wolfson Children’s Hospital Dream Coat Society and has been honored as a 40 under 40 Community Leader in Orlando and Jacksonville by the Orlando and Jacksonville Business Journals. York’s other past community service includes Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Northeast Florida Board of Directors, the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission Board of Directors, the Orlando Regional Chamber Executive Board of Directors, and BusinessForce Executive Board of Directors. Joe is a Graduate of Leadership Florida Class 22 and Leadership Orlando.