Meet the Village Square Advisory Board and Staff
about our leadership

The Village Square is proud to be a non-partisan public educational forum dedicated to growing civil dialog on divisive issues, maintaining factual accuracy in civic and political discussions, and rediscovering the democratic spirit of debate and compromise on matters of local, state, and national importance. The Village Square Advisory Board, which oversees programming including topics and panelists, is made up of 24 members representing a mix of political affiliations and industries. Currently, among the Advisory Board members, 50 percent are Democrats, 33 percent are Republican, and 16 percent are No Party Affiliation (NPA) or Independents.

The new Advisory Board meets each summer to identify the topics for the entire year. The Advisory Board is divided into sub-committees to explore each topic further and to propose potential panelists and moderators. The Board as a whole reviews all recommendations, including the makeup of the panel, such as balanced views, expertise, name recognition, etc.

Cindy Arenberg Seltzer | President
Children's Services Council of Broward County
Doug Bartel | Senior Director
Florida Blue
Kareen Boutros | Executive Director
Broward Workshop
Barbara Burnette | President
B. Burnette Consulting
Margarita Castellon
Lauren Cooley | Political Commentator
Stan Eichelbaum | Planning Developments, Inc.
Downtown Fort Lauderdale Civic Association
Candice Ericks | Government Relations
Tripp Scott
Beam Furr | Commissioner
Broward County
Isabel Gonzalez | Chief of Staff
Broward College
Maggie Gunther | Communications & Programs
Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance
Gregory A. Haile, Esq. | President
Broward College
Jeff Hirsch | Shareholder
Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
Ellice Martinez | AVP, Community Partnerships & Institutional Events
Broward College
Tom McMahon | District 3 Commissioner
City of Pompano Beach
Chip LaMarca | State Representative
Florida House District 93
Quakish Williams Liner​ | District Director, Honors College
Broward College
Burnadette Norris-Weeks | Attorney
Law Offices of Austin, Pamies, Norris Weeks LLC
Rob Pacienza | Lead Pastor
Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church
Robert Runcie | Superintendent
School Board of Broward County
Daphnee Anne Sainvil | Legislative Policy Advisor
Broward County
Scot Sasser | Vice President
TSYS, Inc.
John P. “Jack” Seiler | Principal
Seiler, Sautter, Zaden, Rimes & Wahlbrink
Megan West | Curriculum Supervisor
Broward County Public School