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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Four to the Broward College District Board of Trustees

From Governor Ron DeSantis’ Press Office:

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Cindy Kushner, Alexis Yarbrough, and Mario Zanotti-Cavazzoni and the reappointment of Zachariah “Reggie” Zachariah Jr. to the Broward College District Board of Trustees.

Cindy Kushner

Cindy Kushner
Kushner, of Fort Lauderdale, is a Partner with Crowe LLP. She is the Chair and Founder of Women Executive Leadership Florida and was listed as one of Florida’s 500 Most Influential Business Leaders in 2019. Kushner earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Thomas Jefferson University.

Alexis Yarbrough
Yarbrough, of Fort Lauderdale, is the current Vice Chair of the Fourth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission. She is the former General Counsel for the Florida Department of Transportation. Yarbrough earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and her juris doctor from Nova Southeastern University.

Mario Zanotti-Cavazzoni

Mario Zanotti-Cavazzoni
Zanotti-Cavazzoni, of Weston, is the Senior Advisor of Organizational Transformation for CONMEBOL. He is the former Senior Vice President of Latin America for Millicom International. Zanotti-Cavazzoni earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul and his master’s degree in business administration from Universidad Católica de Asunción in Paraguay.

Reggie Zachariah Jr

Zachariah “Reggie” Zachariah Jr.
Zachariah, of Fort Lauderdale, is a Shareholder of Greenberg Traurig, LLP. He was previously appointed to the Seventeenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission and is a current member of the American Bar Association. Zachariah earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and his juris doctor from the University of Florida.

These appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

“They Spend A Lot Of Money!” Tamarac Commissioner Elberg Mike Gelin Tries To Get City To Pay $300K “Disparity Study” Pushed By His Wife

Shaheewa Jarrett Gelin and Disparity Study Consultant Ann Marie Sorrell

On Wednesday morning, Tamarac Commissioner Elberg Mike Gelin wanted his fellow commissioners to approve a $300,000 deal to conduct a “disparity study” of Tamarac’s business dealings. One of these consultants is the niece of former Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness, a Gelin ally. Gelin also failed to disclose his wife Shaheewa Jarrett Gelin pushed for disparity studies in Broward County and its thirty-one municipalities since at least 2020. REDBROWARD obtained an August 2020 video where Shaheewa Jarret Gelin, founder of the Broward County Black Chamber of Commerce, bragged how the studies would help her affiliates get a piece of the 41 million dollars spent by the City Of Tamarac. The 2020 interview was conducted by one of consultants seeking the $300K deal with Tamarac.


According to the City of Tamarac, “A Disparity Study determines whether a government entity, either in the past or currently, engages in exclusionary practices in the solicitation and award of contracts to minority, and women‐owned, and disadvantaged business enterprises….” Under questioning by commissioners, Tamarac staff stated there are no legal issues with how the City conducts its business. But in her 2020 interview with Ann Marie Sorrell of The Mosaic Group, Shaheewa Jarrett Gelin claimed disparity studies were needed because white government and businesses believed there is no reason to share with black businesses. “You’re getting money, they’re making money, they’re fine,” Jarrett Gelin said.

Shaheewa Jarrett Gelin said her group needed a disparity study to, “Understand if [government’s] vendor base is diverse, if not, we can do something to correct the disparity study.” In addition to County and municipalities, Jarrett Gelin wanted to target disparity studies at big “anchors” such as Broward College, Broward Health and the Broward Sheriff’s Office. “How can we partner with you to ensure public monies are being spent equitably with black companies,” Jarret Gelin told Sorrell.

Then, Shaheewa Jarrett Gelin brought up the City of Tamarac:

“I always give this example. An unexpected example of the City of Tamarac. Last year when we took a tour on getting certified, their procurement director announced that they in spent $41 million dollars last year.”

Ann Marie Sorrell had a one word reply, “wow.”

Shaheewa Jarrett Gelin stated, “We need to get in on that!

Shaheewa Jarrett Gelin wants to “get in on” the multi-million dollar budget of the City her husband represents?

Was the $300K contract with Miller 3 Consulting and Ann Marie Sorrell a way to “get in on that?”

Why did Commissioner Elberg Mike Gelin fail to disclose his wife’s strong advocacy of a disparity study in the City of Tamarac?

Luckily for taxpayers, the contract was not approved.

But if it had been approved, what would have stopped Shaheewa Jarrett Gelin and the Broward County Black Chamber of Commerce from coming in to “correct the disparity study?”

Tamarac taxpayers deserve answers, right?

NEXT: Team Holness and The Disparity Study

Ann Marie Sorrell with her Uncle Dale Holness