Kevin P. Boyd – Chairman of Florida Bulldog. Owner of Boyd Public Relations and former managing editor, Hollywood Sun-Tattler.
Kevin Boyd enjoyed a 17-year, award-winning career as a newspaper reporter and editor for such major news providers as the Chicago Tribune Co., Knight-Ridder, Scripps Howard and United Press International. For the past 19 years, he has worked as a senior account executive and partner/owner at three prominent Florida public relations firms. During his public relations career, Boyd has represented companies and organizations regionally, statewide and nationally, for both privately-owned and publicly-traded companies, as well as educational and non-profit organizations. Boyd has served on Broward’s Charter Review Commission and is an elected officer and member of the board of directors of the nonprofit, nonpartisan legislative advocacy group Broward Days. He has done pro bono work, including fundraising, for a number of charities including the United Way of Broward County, Henderson Mental Health Center, Women in Distress of Broward County, American Cancer Society and Boys and Girls Club of Broward County.
Doug Clifton – Former editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and executive editor of the Miami Herald.
Doug Clifton retired from The Cleveland Plain Dealer in 2007 where he served as editor for eight years. Prior to that he was executive editor of The Miami Herald from 1991 to 1999. The Herald won three Pulitzer prizes under his leadership including the gold medal for meritorious public service and another for investigative reporting. He started his career at The Herald in 1970 and served as a reporter and editor for 17 years. He was news editor of the Knight Ridder Washington bureau and managing editor of the KR owned Charlotte Observer before returning to The Herald as executive editor.
Gene Cryer – Former editor of the Sun-Sentinel.
Gene Cryer was editor and vice president of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel for 15 years before retiring to pursue his passion for writing novels. Before becoming the chief editorial executive of the Sun-Sentinel, he worked as a reporter and editor at several Illinois newspapers. During his tenure in South Florida, the Sun-Sentinel doubled its circulation to more than 300,000 daily and 400,000 Sunday.
Cryer is a former Pulitzer Prize juror who has won awards as a journalist, manager and short story writer. He was honored by Southern Illinois University as an outstanding journalism alumnus, and served on the alumni advisory committee of the College of Mass Communications and Media Arts. He taught journalism as an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University, conducted editing workshops for the Florida Center for the Book and the National Writers Workshop and is the immediate past president of The Writers’ Network of South Florida. He serves as a volunteer narrator recording books and periodicals for Insight for the Blind. Gene’s principal avocation over the years has been as an award-winning horse exhibitor and breeder. He served two years as national president of the Appaloosa Pleasure Horse Association and ten years on the board of directors.
Bonnie Gross – Adjunct professor of multimedia journalism at Florida Atlantic University
Bonnie Gross teaches multimedia journalism at FAU and is co-founder of the outdoors Florida travel site FloridaRambler.com She is a digital pioneer with a successful track record developing web strategies and content during 15 years managing online content at the Sun-Sentinel. Prior to her online work, Bonnie was an editor and reporter in the Sun Sentinel newsroom.
Darcie Lunsford – Director of Business Development and Marketing for Butters Group
Darcie Lunsford spent 22 years as journalist before joining the Butters Group, a privately held real estate firm based in Coconut Creek. Most recently, she was a senior editor of the South Florida Business Journal and held the office of national president-elect of the Society of Professional Journalists, the nation’s oldest and largest journalism and free press advocacy organization. She is also immediate past-president of SPJ’s South Florida Pro Chapter. A veteran reporter, Darcie spent 14 years covering South Florida real estate and the economy and tacked broadcast editor onto her Business Journal duties. She is a former on-air correspondent for WPLG Local 10 in Miami, WPBF TV-25 in Palm Beach Gardens and reported business stories for WPTV TV-5, the NBC station in West Palm Beach. Prior to that, Darcie held staff writing positions at the Daily Business Review, and several other daily newspapers.
Don Silver — Chief Operating Officer of BoardRoom PR
Don Silver brings 30-plus years of successful public relations and marketing management experience working with the state’s top entrepreneurs, corporations, law firms, schools and non-profits on crisis planning, reputation management, public relations, marketing, community outreach, and online and search engine marketing. Prior to joining Boardroom in 1995, he held management positions with companies such as Duracell USA, Forster Manufacturing and Park & Sun Sports. Don is a frequent speaker, moderator and author on topics including how to handle a crisis in your business, designing a crisis plan and dealing with traditional and social media under fire. He is also active in the community where he has been chairman of the board and/or marketing-communications committee in organizations such as NAIOP, Legal Marketing Association, Legal Aid Service/Coast to Coast Legal Aid, Broward Partnership for the Homeless and Gold Coast Venture Capital Association. He is a native Floridian and received his BBA in Marketing from Florida Atlantic University.
Florence Beth Snyder – First Amendment attorney and former Administrative Law Judge in the Southern District of Florida
Florence Snyder is a former general counsel to Palm Beach Newspapers, Inc. Her media clients have included Miami’s Channel 7, USA TODAY, the Ft. Myers News-Press, the Independent Florida Alligator, and radio talk show host Randi Rhodes. Snyder has chaired The Florida Bar’s Media Law Conference and Reporters’ Workshop, and is a past recipient of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County’s Juvenile Advocacy Award. She was a Supreme Court appointee to the Board of the Florida Bar Foundation, and sits on the advisory board of the Bureau of National Affairs’ Media Law Reporter. She has served as a trustee of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, a school for journalists which owns the St. Petersburg Times. Snyder entered public service as an administrative law judge in 1999 and was later special counsel to the Secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Family Services. Snyder returned to private practice in June 2009. She concentrates her practice in assisting businesses, governmental entities and individuals in the development and execution of sound and sustainable business strategies. She lives in Tallahassee.
Ellen Soeteber – Former editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Ellen Soeteber’s leadership put her on the masthead of three major U.S. newspapers. She moved up through the ranks of the Chicago Tribune, working as a reporter, copy editor, metro editor, associate managing editor and deputy editor of the editorial board. She was named managing editor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in 1994 and editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 2001 – the only woman to hold the post in the paper’s 134-year history. Awards won by her staffs include the Pulitzer Prize, the Education Writers Association’s Grand Prize, the Society of Professional Journalists’ top award for deadline news (for coverage of the Gianni Versace murder in Miami Beach), and World Press and Pictures of the Year photo honors. Soeteber, a Fort Lauderdale resident, is a graduate of Northwestern University and a recipient of a journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan. She was the Edith Kinney Gaylord Visiting Professor in Journalism in ethics and diversity at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism in 2008.
Merrett R. Stierheim – Former Miami-Dade County Manager and school superintendent
Merrett R. Stierheim is a highly respected Florida public administrator who served twice as Miami-Dade County manager and later as superintendent of the Miami-Dade Public School system. He was responsible for overseeing construction of landmark Miami-Dade facilities including Metrorail, the People Mover, regional water, sewer, park, library, cultural, seaport, airport, Zoo Miami, and other public facilities. Stierheim is recognized for his ethical, scandal free leadership. He began his public career as a Wharton Graduate Intern in the Miami city manager’s office in 1959, and was assistant city manager for eight years. He also has served as city manager of Clearwater, county administrator of Pinellas County, and city manager of the City of Miami and Miami Lakes. Stierheim ran Women’s professional tennis (WTA) worldwide for four years and served nine years as president of the Miami-Dade Convention and Visitors Bureau. In addition to his masters degree from Wharton he has received honorary doctorate degrees from St. Thomas and Barry Universities. While Stierheim has spent a working lifetime on the other side of the table from the press, he is deeply committed to a strong and unfettered press. He said he considers it an honor to lend his support to the Bulldog and its investigative journalistic mission.
Joe Thomas – Senior organizational management and institutional development consultant
Local businessman Joe Thomas has witnessed the decline of the area’s newspapers and television stations and wants to find ways to promote sustainable economic growth that will allow Broward Bulldog to provide the kind of watchdog news that is essential to good government. Thomas has more than 30 years experience assisting foreign governments, communities, organizations and businesses to achieve their goals. He has provided training and technical assistance in institutional development, organizational management, strategic planning, economic development, financial self-sufficiency, marketing and export promotion, communications and policy reform for business and non-governmental organizations. Thomas has managed and consulted for a wide range of US Agency for International Development projects and US AID-sponsored organizations, as well as other public and private organizations.