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Board of Directors
Sean Farrell - Chairperson
Mr. Farrell, a Managing Director and Vice President of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management at Tampa City Center, in Tampa, Florida, brings to our Board a unique business and financial background, as well as a passion to advocate on behalf of former NFL players. Mr. Farrell played college football for Penn State University, where he was named to two All-American teams, and was a first round draft pick for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played for the NFL for over 11 years. As a former player, he has a genuine interest in ensuring that football is made safer for current players, appropriate benefits are made available for all players, and that former players receive assistance so that they can access the benefits to which they are entitled.
Jorge Diaz - Vice Chairperson
Mr. Diaz is a former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys Offensive linemen from 1996 - 2000. He spent two years in the AFL with the Austin Wranglers and Tampa Bay Storm. Mr. Diaz grew up in Katy, Texas where he later played for Kilgore JR College and Texas A & M Kingsville. Since retiring from football, Mr. Diaz has been a Buccaneers Analyst for WTVT Fox 13 and a restaurateur.
W. Mitchell Welch - President/CEO
Mr. Welch is a private businessman based in Sarasota, Florida. He has a diverse professional background that includes property management, development and agribusiness, among others. Mr. Welch has an extensive history of supporting environmental and endangered species issues as well as the preservation of native Florida habitats. Mr. Welch has worked on behalf of and devoted considerable time and resources to various minorities and disadvantaged groups, and has a special interest in the advocacy of football related health issues.
Patience Smith - Executive Director
Miss Smith joins us with over 15 years experience and a diverse background in both corporate and government work. She has a B.S. in Management, with a focus on International Business from Oklahoma State University, and a personal passion for promoting education in both children and adults. As a contractor for NASA Education, she was actively involved in public affairs activities, media events, and community outreach, as well as promoting the astronauts' educational agendas. Her management background and organizational skills make her an integral part of our team. Patience is actively involved in rescue and adoption of animals, and has a strong commitment to her church and local community. She is well traveled throughout the world and across the U.S. and has made the Tampa Bay area her home since 2003.
Dr. Gay Culverhouse, Ed.D. - President Emeritus
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