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Mr. Stevens is a native of Delray Beach, Florida. He was born at Bethesda Hospital, and raised in Delray Beach. He is passionate about the growth and development of his community. Mr. Stevens is a graduate of Southern University, and practices Criminal Defense law. He has served on the Delray Downtown Development Authority Board, the Parking Advisory Board and has been a member of the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Board of Directors since 2009.
Joseph Bernadel was born in Haiti, where he graduated from the Institution St. Louis de Gonzague. He served in the United States Army and retired as a Major in 1997 after 22 years of worldwide sensitive military assignments. Major Bernadel is the founder of Toussaint L’Ouverture High School for Arts & Social Justice in Delray Beach since its opening in August 2001. Fluent in five languages, Major Bernadel’s diverse civic involvement includes serving as the Delray Beach Housing Authority Chairman and Community Land Trust member, Florida Board of the Community Hospital Educational Council and Department of Education Materials Selection Committee, and PBC Criminal Justice and Education Commissions. Following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, he served on the Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission (IHRC). Most recently, Major Bernadel was appointed to the board of Human Powered Delray. His current professional priorities are to build institutions honoring the presence and contributions of people of color in South Florida and to enhance their welfare through education, political advocacy, and economic opportunities.
Mr. Zacks has been a resident of Delray Beach for 36 years. In addition to being a current Commissioner for the Delray CRA, Paul was Chairman of the Delray Beach Planning and Zoning Board, and served on the Delray Beach Board of Adjustment. He also coached soccer and baseball in Delray for 15 years. Professionally, Paul served as an Assistant Attorney General, a Legal Advisor to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, and as a prosecutor for over 3 decades. He was Chief Assistant State Attorney in Palm Beach County from 1993- 2013. Now he is an adjunct professor at Keiser University, teaching criminal justice and legal studies classes, and serves as a Commissioner on the State of Florida Retirement Commission.
Dedrick D. Straghn is a native of Delray Beach, FL and a product of the West Atlantic Neighborhood. Mr. Straghn graduated third in his class from Bethune Cookman-University with a B.A. in Political Science. He earned his Juris Doctor from Howard University, School of Law and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2000. Upon moving back to the area in 2004, he opened his law practice in the heart of the West Atlantic Neighborhood. Mr. Straghn is general practice civil litigator with an emphasis in Labor and Employment, Municipal Law, Probate & Estate Planning and Appellate practice. He is the grandson of Alfred “Zack” Straghn, a lifelong community activist in the City of Delray Beach and former CRA Board member. Like his grandfather, Mr. Straghn is an avid supporter of community rights and frequent attendee of community meetings. He and his wife, Anitra have 6 children; Ryala, Adore, Fearless, Endear, Loveyu and Courageous.
Daniel Rose grew up in South Florida and graduated from the University of South Florida in 1997 with a BBA in Criminology and Speech Communication. After obtaining his Juris Doctorate from Touro Law Center in 2000, he was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2001. Mr. Rose founded his general practice law firm “Daniel J. Rose, P.A.” in 2005 and in 2007 received his NFLPA Agent Certification and founded Gridiron Sports Agency, a full service NFL agency which has negotiated numerous NFL Contracts and endorsements for current and former NFL players and members of the entertainment field. In addition to being an attorney, agent, and on and off member of the Recording Academy (Grammys), Rose volunteers for numerous non-profit charities such as the Special Olympics.
A dynamic and influential force within South Florida’s travel and hospitality industry, Balestriere has been the GM of Crane’s Beach House Boutique Hotel & Luxury Villas since 2003, overseeing its dramatic transformation from a sleepy getaway to one of this area’s most popular boutique hotels, with 28 distinctive suites and four luxury villas. Balestriere also serves in leadership positions for several civic and hospitality organizations such as incoming Chairman of the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce and Florida Superior Small Lodging Association. Balestriere is Past Chair of the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative (DBMC) and is currently the DBMC’s liason for the Delray Beach CRA.
A native of Delray Beach, Mr. Cox grew up in the West Atlantic neighborhood and is one of its success stories. Mr. Cox’s diverse background extends over 30 years beginning with his first Job with the City of Delray Beach Utilities Department in 1986. Mr. Cox is the first African American licensed architect born and raised in Palm Beach County who established an architectural practice. In addition to having a MBA, Mr. Cox is a certified building official, plans examiner and building inspector. Reggie has served on numerous advisory boards over the last 14 years and looks forward to continue volunteering for the betterment of the community.