Board of Trustees and Staff


STANLEY SUSSMAN

Chairman

STANLEY SUSSMAN

Stan is Founder and Co-chairman of the Connecticut-based Schmitt-Sussman Enterprises. The company has been providing insurance products nationally to credit union members for over 35 years. A graduate of the University of Connecticut and a Chartered Life Underwriter, Stan consistently holds a place on the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table, a leading association of financial professionals. As former President of the American Technion Society (ATS) of South Palm Beach County, Stan also serves on the National and Internatinal Board of Directors. He received ATS’ highest honor, The Albert Einstein Award, recognizing his leadership and support of Technion. Stan served the US Military as an Army Second Lieutenant in Fort Knox, Kentucky, and completed his tour in active reserves retiring as a Captain. He brings an acute sense of responsibility to identify and provide for the needs of the men and women serving our Country. He is committed to the extensive exposure of the valuable service that is offered by Connected Warriors, Inc..

JUDY WEAVER

Founder, Director of Education

JUDY WEAVER

It is Judy's vision that created Connected Warriors, Inc.. Judy is widely recognized for her expertise and knowledge of yoga and other mind/body disciplines, regularly conducting 200 and 500 hour certified yoga teacher training classes, facilitating workshops and lecturing on the college and university level. As Director of Education, she is responsible for the content of the yoga classes taught by Connected Warriors, Inc.; establishing a program functional, safe and enjoyable for all levels of ability and physicality, and focused on addressing the issues that military personnel face. Additionally, Judy directs the training of new yoga teachers joining the program; having developed a curriculum based on the latest scientific and psychological research available for yoga as a healing modality for traumatic stress. Judy was appointed to Yoga Alliance's Schools and Studios Advisory Board in 2012.

DAVID FRANKEL, JD.

Co-Founder, Past Executive Director. ERYT

DAVID FRANKEL JD.

David is an attorney and spent 22 years as a prosecutor with the Florida States Attorney's Office. As a senior trial attorney he was responsible for many high profile and complex cases. Currently he is in private practice in South Florida specializing in the areas of criminal law and civil rights. David was instrumental in the founding of Connected Warriors, Inc., and in addition to his role as a member of the Board of Directors, acts as legal counsel. His first yoga teacher was his grandmother and he has been a certified yoga teacher since 2003. David's passion and intention to help the men and women of our military comes from a very simple belief in the power of selfless service.

ODETTE ARTIME

RYT HHC

ODETTE ARTIME

Odette has 20 years of experience in non-profit development and administration, as well as publishing, the arts and historic redevelopment. She has served on the Board of Directors of Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut and founded the non-profit Yaxche Learning Center in Taos, New Mexico, as well as the Milagro Center, in Delray Beach, Florida to serve at-risk minorities and youth. Her passion is supporting and empowering individuals to gain their physical health, improve their quality of life and reach their personal goals as a yoga teacher, holistic health counselor, reiki master and certified living foods chef. She is a partner in Illuminated Star Productions which hosts nationally recognized health and wellness educators in local communities, and created Organic Soul, an online presence offering health tips, individual health counseling, lectures and group programs.

LT. COMMANDER KENNETH BINGHAM

MBA., U.S.N. (Ret)

LT. COMMANDER KENNETH BINGHAM

Ken is currently the Director of the ROTCJ Program at Boca Raton Community High School. Founding the program in 1994 with 39 Cadets and with his efforts, the enrollment has grown to over 320 Cadets. The unit has won the top award as the Naval Service Training Command Distinguished Unit for the past 19 years. He has served several distinguished tours with the Navy such as Operations Test Director for the F-14 Tomcat. He provides Connected Warriors, Inc. with invaluable experience and knowledge of the military.

MARIA KESSLER GUTTUSO, Esq.

Board Member

MARIA KESSLER GUTTUSO

Maria serves as Vice President and General Counsel of JM&A Group, a division of JM Family Enterprises, Inc. (One of the largest privately held companies in Florida.) For over twenty years, Maria has been, and continues to be, responsible for overseeing the legal and compliance departments at JM&A. Prior to serving at JM&A and its parent company as in-house counsel, she worked for a sister company to JM&A as an Accountant. Ms. Guttuso formerly served as the board attorney for Deliver the Dream, a charitable organization based in South Florida. She is a memberof the Florida Bar, American Corporate Counsel Association, South Florida
Chapter and the American Bar Association.

NICK SADOWSKY CMP

Board Member

NICK SADOWSKY CMP

Nick is a Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager for Constellation Private Wealth Management at UBS Financial Services. He has extensive knowledge of restricted securities, liability planning and estate planning for private and public companies. He has guided numerous entrepreneurs in both debt and equity financing over the past decade. He has been awarded the Certified Portfolio Manager Designation by The Academy of Certified Portfolio Managers at Columbia University, which designates an expertise in technical and quantitative analysis. He has authored a range of papers on the topics of behavioral finance and relative strength investing. A graduate from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Economics. He also serves on the Board of Economics Development in Delray Beach, Florida and is a Trustee for The Department of Neurology at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.

JEFFREY WEAVER

U.S. Air Force

JEFFREY WEAVER

Jeffrey is an Air Force Veteran who is actively involved with today's Armed Forces and NASA Robotics Program. He is a well known wireless engineering consultant for tactical and strategic communications networks, currently working for Aruba Networks. He recently spent time in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan, supporting a Marine deployment. He provides timely Armed Forces perspectives and contacts resulting from his commercial endeavors. Jeffrey is instrumental in advising the Board of Directors on growth with Connected Warriors, Inc., and assisting the organization achieve its mission.

GENERAL WILLIAM MERCURIO

US ARMY (RETIRED)

GENERAL WILLIAM MERCURIO

Bill resides in Fort Lauderdale with his best friends Evelyn and Jake (black lab). He is father to Nicole, a veterinarian surgeon in New York and Marcus, the COO of Eastland Electronics in New York. Bill’s favorite charities include St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Make-A-Wish Fund, USO, Disabled American Veterans, VFW and now Connected Warriors, Inc.. Bill was President, Eastland Electronics Co., Inc, Ronkonkoma, NY. An electronics contract manufacturer with offices in New York and Hong Kong and manufacturing facilities in Dongguan, China. CEO, Security Optics, LLC, NJ. Designer/developer, manufacturer and marketer of technologically advanced Wearable Body Cameras for Law Enforcement and other market areas. US Army Major General (Retired). Service in Thailand, Europe, Viet Nam in staff and command positions in a Combat Engineer Battalion, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait & Iraq in Desert Storm as commander of a Logistics headquarters, the Pentagon in the Deputy Chief of staff – Logistics office and US Atlantic Command, Norfolk, VA as Deputy Commander-in-Chief.

HON. ANNIE MARIE DELGADO

Board Member

HON. ANNIE MARIE DELGADO

Hon. Annie Marie Delgado has lived in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida for 38 yrs. Annie is a small business owner for over 30 yrs in Palm Beach County. She is the Broker-Owner of A Delgado Realty & Government Consulting Group, Inc. Achieving multiple national and international designations and awards. Annie is a Certified International Property Specialist and bilingual. Fluent in Spanish. As an elected official, Annie was first elected as a Commissioner for the City of Palm Beach Gardens, Fl. Then she served 11 yrs in Tallahassee as the Liaison to the Florida State Legislature representing the Florida Association of Realtors and served 5 yrs. as a Federal Coordinate for Congressman Mark Foley in Washington representing the National Association of Realtors. Annie has worked on many political campaigns from a local, state and federal levels. Serving as campaign manager, fiance director, grassroots coordinator, and most recently as the Florida Statewide Grassroots and Coalitions Director for the Donald J. Trump for President campaign. Annie has a long history of volunteering for many non-profit organizations in multiple position which include, but not limited to, fund-raising and issues campaigns. She served on many boards and enjoys being a team player. As the Chairwoman for United Way she broke all records in fund-raising for the Real Estate Development division.

BARBARA KATZ

Board Member

BARBARA KATZ

Barbara was born in Northwest Philadelphia and completed her education living in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania. Upon graduation from Germantown High school, she was awarded a City research grant to Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, where she studied with freshman medical students, as well as becoming a Histology Technician.Prior to her residing in Palm Beach Florida, she was involved with the inception and success of Nutri System Weight Loss Medical Centers.While living in Florida she dedicates her time to many charitable organizations, either as a Board member, Chairwoman, or committee representative. Barbara was nominated by Wachovia Bank for the “Woman of the Year Award” and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Foundation, has recognized her long standing support, leadership and fundraising achievements for twenty years, as a volunteer. Being the proud mother of three grown children and grandmother of four, her belief is that children must be educated, respected and protected. Barbara is an author of Feelings from the Heart, a collection of poems that offers a glimpse into her emotions, reflecting the many facets of her personality. She feels she can better express herself by writing her own thoughts. It’s not what you say, but how you say it. Her poems have appeared in the Examiner Newspaper.
When time allows Barbara designs original wearable art and writes Haiku, which have become added inspirations.

PAUL BURKHART, Esq.

Board Member

PAUL BURKHART

Paul J. Burkhart, Esquire established his law practice after moving from Baltimore, Maryland, to Palm Beach, Florida, in 2004. Mr. Burkhart has over fifteen (15) years of business experiences, including establishing and managing the Totts Foundation charitable organization and other entrepreneurial ventures. Utilizing Mr. Burkhart's strong business background, the firm initially focused on Business Law matters and Corporate Governance. As a natural extension of these areas of practice, the firm expanded to include Estate Planning and Real Estate Law, among other services. Mr. Burkhart graduated from the University of Baltimore Law School in Baltimore, Maryland. He was admitted to practice law in the State of Florida on January 24, 2005. Mr. Burkhart is also currently licensed as a Real Estate Sales Associate, FINRA arbitrator, Life, Health and Variable Annuity Licensee and Notary Public licensed in the State of Florida. Mr. Burkhart's experience includes working at a Family Law Clinic, Circuit Court for Baltimore County and an Intellectual Property Law Firm. Mr. Burkhart also owned a collection, tax preparation and direct sales company based in Baltimore, Maryland.

KEITH O'DONNELL

Board Member

KEITH O'DONNELL

During the past 35 years, Keith O’Donnell has established himself as one of the top commercial real estate specialists in the southeast United States. In October 2012, Mr. O’Donnell joined Avison Young, as a Principal, along with 30 former Codina/Flagler Real Estate Services executives and employees. Avison Young has now grown to almost 80 offices in North America and Europe. Prior to Avison Young, Mr. O’Donnell served as an Executive Development and Marketing Officer for Arvida Development and was Senior Managing Director of Codina/Flagler Real Estate Services for 20 years, where he managed a team of commercial asset specialists whose mission was to design and execute value enhancing real estate activities for national and international clients. Mr. O’Donnell has been responsible for over $6 billion of transactions during the past 20 years including several notable regional transactions. These transactions include the new 635,000-square-foot Build-to-Suit for Office Depot’s Global Headquarters and subsequent sale; a 310,000-square-foot headquarters for NCCI; repositioning and sale of Mizner Park, an 825,000-square-foot mixed-use complex on behalf of TIAA-CREF; redevelopment of Palmetto Park Place, a 9-acre mixed-use project in Downtown Boca Raton; transaction and advisory services for the Research Park at FAU and over 3.5 million square feet of business park transactions for IBM and Siemens throughout the Southeast United States. Other notable projects and clients include Lynn University and Lynn Financial Center. Current projects include the 1.5 billion dollar 72-acre Metropica project in Sunrise and repositioning the 43-acre former Office Depot Campus in Delray Beach. Mr. O’Donnell currently serves on the Boca Raton Regional Hospital – Board of Trustees and Foundation as a Board Member.

GINA FRANANO

Executive Director

GINA FRANANO

Gina Franano added involvement with non-profit organizations after relocating to Palm Beach County in 1994.
Her prior business experiences included entrepreneur as the owner of All Star Temps & Personnel, NJ and Gina Franano Public Relations, NJ, NY and FL where her PR clients included A-list musicians and professional athletes. Prior to her role as Executive Director of Connected Warriors, Inc., Franano served as the Executive Director of the Tico Torres Children Foundation and Charities for Chidren, Development Director of the Gary Player Foundation, Home Safe, the ARC of PB County and the Jerome Golden Center for Behavioral Health. Her expertise in marketing, branding and event management has secured millions of dollars in donations.
Franano served on several boards including; Miami City Ballet, Palm Beach Republican Board of Trustees, Angels of Charity and the RNC.

Board of Administrators

Gina Franano, Executive Director
Judy Weaver, Founder,  Director of Education and Operations
David Frankel, Legal Counsel
Linda Citron, Corporate Secretary

Contact us at: info@connectedwarriors.org

Military Advisory Board

Lt. Commander Kenneth Bingham,  US Navy
Command Sergeant Major Tom Sheridan, US Army
Kathy O. Rogers, US Army (Ret)

Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Don Stewart