Board of Advisors

 

Dr. Rhya Marohn

Dr. Rhya Marohn

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

Dr. Marohn graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. After graduation, she served for three years as an active duty United States Army Veterinarian, based in Ft. Meade, Maryland. During this time she had the opportunity to care for some incredible working dogs – National Security Agency, Secret Service, Military Police and Capitol Police Canines. She also cared for the personal pets of military members at Ft. Meade. After ending her time on active duty, she began law school at Georgetown Law Center in Washington, D.C. Throughout law school, she continued working at small animal clinics on a part-time basis. In January of 2006, she traveled to Mississippi to volunteer as a veterinarian at the Best Friends Katrina disaster relief center. It was an incredible undertaking that resulted in hundreds of reunifications of families with their lost pets as well as new adoptions of displaced animals. Dr. Marohn graduated from law school in May of 2006 and then decided to start her housecall practice rather than pursuing a legal career.

Heidi Herzberg

Heidi Herzberg

Mayor, City of Deltona, Florida

Mayor Herzberg was born in Milwaukee, WI, the daughter of German immigrants. She is a first-generation American, the daughter of hard-working immigrants who played by the rules and made their way in America through talent and hard work. She has lived in Florida since 1983 and she knows what it's like to have to meet payroll and grow something with her own hands. As a former small businesswoman for 13 years, she understands the problems facing working families in a country where hard work and talent are no longer enough to secure a piece of the American Dream. She attended public schools, and knows how vital our schools are in nurturing the talents of all of our children. She is an alumni of Daytona State College, has been a member of the William S. Harvey Scholarship Selection Committee, a participant in Destination Deltona Task Force, a volunteer for United Humanitarians, and an advocate for abused, neglected, homeless and unwanted animals. She currently serves as Deltona's representative to Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation, Board Member of the River of Lakes Heritage Corridor, Board Member of the Daytona State College Center for Women & Men, Board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia & Flagler County, Past President of the Volusia League of Cities, and Member of the Florida League of Cities Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Legislative Policy Committee. Through public service and volunteerism, Mayor Herzberg recognizes the importance of partnerships, working together and using our collective resources for the greater good of not only Deltona, but the residents of all of Volusia County.

Dr. Lacretia Carroll

Dr. Lacretia Carroll

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Nursing Research

Dr. Lacretia Carroll is a talented and accomplished Nursing Professional and currently a Post- Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Nursing. Dr. Carroll has a passion for improving health outcomes and decreasing health disparities. As a clinician, she assisted with the development of the Options Clinic at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Lacretia and her colleagues saw a need in the community and the Mississippi River Delta Region for a multidisciplinary clinic to serve as a medical home for children and adolescents who have a diagnosis of disorders of sexual development (DSD). Dr. Carroll’s initiative, creativity, and resourcefulness led her to write and publish an age appropriate book for children with DSD. The increased education not only assisted the nurses and providers, it also improved satisfaction with the patients and families. Dr. Lacretia Carroll not only has a strong clinical background, she has strong ties with community partners. Together they aim address the needs and improve overall outcomes for the underserved. The quality of her work has been recognized by local, regional, national, and international organizations. Dr. Carroll has been involved in several political campaigns and serves as the Treasurer of the Shelby County Democratic Party. She is a recent alumnus of the Leaders of Color Initiative, an initiative designed to elevate progressive Black and Latino leaders to public office. Dr. Lacretia Carroll is a rising star in the community and was recently named the Training Director for the Leaders of Color Initiative.

Kassandra Blissett

Kassandra Blissett

Assistant City Manager, City of DeBary, Florida (2010 -2015)

Kassandra Fields is a public servant with more than 18 years of leadership experience in various positions within local government. She has experience with all components of elections, human resources management, public record laws and management, preparation, implementation and management of budgets, stormwater improvements and maintenance, facilities construction and maintenance, visioning processes, strategic planning & goal setting, event planning and management, public policy analysis, recommendation and implementation. As Budget Analyst for Prince George’s County, she is responsible for all phases of budgetary development and administration, and management analyses projects for assigned County departments and agencies. In addition, she collects, tabulates and analyzes budgetary, management, statistical and accounting data and prepares associated written analyses and reports. In addition to the budgetary assignment, she serves as the Liaison to the Annapolis Office / Intergovernmental Affairs. The duties include drafting and implementing the County Executive’s Maryland General Assembly legislative Priorities/Agenda. During Session, she works in Annapolis monitoring, tracking and analyzing proposed legislation with potential fiscal impacts to the County, to include attending Senate and House hearings, preparing testimony for bills, communicating with the Legislative Delegation and Staff. As Assistant City Manager for the City of DeBary, Ms. Fields has directly oversaw, supervised and/or participated in numerous capital improvement projects, to include LAP agreements with FDOT. She supervised the parks and recreation and growth management projects and managed the contracts with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services and Orange City for animal control and fire services. She was the liaison to the Economic Development Advisory Committee and Streetscape Advisory Committee. She was responsible for citywide event planning and management. She also created the City’s FB page and maintained it; posting information and special events daily. In addition, she was responsible for updating the website. In her role as Town Manager, for the Town of Ponce Inlet, she encountered many intricate land use issues and litigation prior to her tenure as Manager. However, she was involved in formal mediation and was successful in resolving many of the outstanding cases. She understands the importance of networking and has developed exceptional working relationships with all my counterparts and colleagues within the County. She has used this attribute on numerous occasions over the years to develop beneficial partnerships for the communities she serves. During the four years she served as Town Manager in Ponce Inlet, she was nominated as Manager of the Year for two years through the Volusia League of Cities by my councilmembers. She recently received her credentialing through the International City/County Managers’ Association, ICMA-CM. She recognizes the importance of serving the community and has served as an active member of the Ponce Inlet Lions Club for years, several years as a Port Orange Elk, serving as the Scholarship Chair, Executive Board member of the Volusia/Flagler Healthy Start and Chair of the Governing and Nominating Subcommittee along with serving on the board for the Women’s and Men’s Center at Daytona State College. In her spare time, she volunteers with numerous animal groups, helping transport animals from high kill shelters to rescues for fostering and adoption, as well as feeding and cleaning the cages of the Concerned Citizen for Animal Welfare (CCFAW) rescued cats available for adoption and working with the City of Deltona to promote and bolster their TNR program.

Patricia Northey

Patricia Northey

Councilwoman, Volusia County Council (2007-2014)

Ms. Patricia Northey is a public servant with more than twenty years of leadership experience. She served on the Volusia County Council from 1993 to 2004 and twice served as Chair during that time. She also served on the council as the District 5 representative from 2007 to 2014. Her public service also includes 20 years on the Volusia Transportation Planning Organization during which she served twice as chair. She chaired the Central Florida MPO Advisory Council (MPOAC), served as the Florida Association of Counties appointee to the FDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Partnership Council, and chaired the Tourist Development Council. Professionally, Ms. Northey has worked in the engineering industry. From 2015 to 2018, she worked at Benesch (previously known as Ghyabi & Associates) an engineering and planning firm. She led several major projects including the ISB Master Plan, I-95 Widening, the Volusia Transit Corridor study, R2CTPO Bike Ped Feasibility Study, and the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan. She was named by My Coast Magazine as one of their 30 Most Influential People and received numerous awards including the Blaine O’Neal Service Award, the Espiritu Latino Award, the Hispanic Heritage Month Award, the 2012 Outstanding Elected Official of the Year, and the Adventist Health Systems Community Service Award to name a few.

Arielle Brandy, MPA

Arielle Brandy, MPA

Director, St. Joseph County Voter Registration

A native Hoosier, Arielle Brandy was born and raised in the Rust Belt city of South Bend, IN, where she resides. A graduate of Indiana State University, she received her Bachelor's degree in Political Science with a concentration in Legal Studies. She is currently obtaining her Masters in Public Administration from her alma mater. Arielle served as the Indiana State Director for former presidential candidate Peter Buttigieg and is the Democratic Board Member of Voter Registration for St. Joseph County, where she maintains the voter rolls and oversees the elections as an Election Administrator. Arielle previously worked as a Regional Field Director in 2016 for the Indiana Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign for John Gregg for Governor, Evan Bayh for U.S Senate and Lynn Coleman for Congress. As an organizer in 2016, she co-founded the St. Joseph County African American Democratic Coalition. She is currently serving her second term as Vice President and is continuously following the Coalition’s mission which aims to educate, empower and engage communities of color in politics and increase voter turnout in communities that have been disenfranchised. Alongside her membership, she continues to advocate for issues that affect the Black community through community forums and initiatives. She strives everyday to bridge the gap between government and the community. Arielle was recently awarded ‘Leader Under 40’ by Mayor Pete Buttigieg and the City of South Bend. She serves her South Bend community as Political Action Chair of the South Bend Branch of the NAACP, Committee Member for the Westside Memorial Day Parade Scholarship Fund, a member of IDAAC South Bend Chapter and a Press committee member of ‘Not In My Community’ Campaign- combating the use and distribution of synthetic drugs in her community. Since 2011, Arielle has served the state of Indiana as an Executive Board Member for Indiana Young Democrats and currently serves as the National Committeewoman. Standing strong with women’s rights and advocating for women’s healthcare accessibility & policies, she now serves on the Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana/Kentucky Political Action Committee (PPINK PAC). A proud Afro-Latina voting rights activist and community organizer, she is passionate about empowering the youth into leadership and mentoring. She has become her community’s go-to on voting rights, voter registration and voter education. A full time mother to two beautiful daughters Madisyn and Harlyn, Arielle strives to ensure that our communities are safer, educated and full of diverse leadership not only now but for future generations to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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