Glenn Pierce (Chairman)
Mr. Pierce is the President of the Turner-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund. Prior to the formation of Turner-Agassi, he was the founder and CEO of Pacific Charter School Development, a nonprofit developer of charter school campuses based in Los Angeles. Over the past decade, he and his team have built more than 70 schools serving over 32,500 at-risk students and their families. He has been a leader in the charter school movement since 1997, following management roles with Citibank and PepsiCo. He holds an AB in Economics and Business from Lafayette College and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate Citicorp’s Institute for Global Finance and the Broad Superintendents Academy. He is the parent of a child with autism.
Lawrence Popritkin (Vice Chairman)
Lawrence Popritkin is the principal at the Law Offices of Lawrence D. Popritkin, P.A. a Florida Law Firm comprised of a committed group dedicated to serving its clients with an integrated array of professional services. The law firm prides itself in implementing a legal approach that shuns the bureaucracy often associated with larger firms and emphasizes effective, cost-efficient, representation. Their practice areas include all aspects of Insurance Defense (with an emphasis on Auto, Bad Faith, Bodily Injury, Coverage, First Party Property, General Liability, and Personal Injury Protection Claims), as well as General Liability, Contracts Law, Landlord Tenant, American Disability Act, and Errors & Omissions. Mr. Popritkin graduated from Florida International University in 1993 with a Political Science Major Degree and a Minor in Philosophy. In 1997, Mr. Popritkin graduated Nova Southeastern University School of Law and was admitted to the Florida Bar later that year. In 2004, as a 7th year lawyer, Mr. Popritkin opened his own Law Firm, currently located in Coral Springs, Florida. Mr. Popritkin has been litigating on behalf of his clients since 1997 and regularly lectures to insurance carriers and private clients in numerous insurance related matters, with a specialty in first party insurance defense techniques, fee hearings techniques and avoidance of regular business practices that could lead to bad faith liability. Currently, Mr. Popritkin is admitted to the Florida Bar; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; and the District of Columbia. Mr. Popritkin has been married to Brenda (Fernandez) Popritkin, whom he met at FIU, for 15 years. His entire wedding court was composed of brothers from Sigma Phi Epsilon. The couple has two sons, Dylan Kai (13yrs old) and Oliver Quinn (6yrs old). When not working, Mr. Popritkin is a fierce Autism Advocate. His love for Obstacle Course Racing, the Miami Heat, Pittsburgh Steelers, and his Cabernet Sauvignon’s is almost as fierce.
Carrie Landess, M.D. (Treasurer)
Dr. Landess is a neurologist who practices in North Miami Beach, Florida. She graduated from Cornell University in 1984 with a degree and psychology, and received her medical degree from Universidad Central del Caribe in Bayamon, Puerto Rico in 1989. Dr. Landess has practiced in South Florida since 1994. She is also the parent of a child with autism, and very active in the autism community.
Tamara Moodie Ph.D. (Secretary)
Dr. Moodie has 17 years experience in autism education. She has a B.A. in Psychology, an M.A. in Special Education, and a Ph.D. in Education/Administration, and is certified to teach in the State of Florida. She has also completed her coursework for her Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification. Dr. Moodie is presently the Principal/Director at SFACS. Dr. Moodie was recently honored as part of Legacy Magazine’s “Top 25 Most Influential & Prominent Black Women in Business,” as well as “2011 Woman of Excellence” by Nostalgia in Gold, Inc.