FKCC is governed by a five member Board of Trustees. The purpose of the board is to provide policy direction for Florida Keys Community College, and we do that in part through formal action at regularly scheduled meetings. Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month at 2:00 p.m.
Dr. Antoinette Martin, Chair
Dr. Antoinette Martin is a licensed psychologist, operating a private practice in Key West, where she provides outpatient therapy for adults, children, couples, and families. She was recently employed by Monroe County School District, treating local middle and high school students and their families. Raised in Key West, Martin has a Doctorate of Philosophy and a Masters of Arts in Psychology from Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Florida.
A former board member for the Domestic Abuse Shelter and current member of the Key West Chamber of Commerce, Martin actively volunteers her time serving the community through programs for disadvantaged youth, AYSO soccer, and church related activities. She also helped establish the “Why Try” program at Horace O’Bryant Middle School and Key West High School, which is designed to keep at-risk kids in school. Martin resides in Key West with her two daughters, ages 9 and 13.
Edwin Scales, Vice-Chair
Ed Scales practices law as a sole practitioner in Key West. His practice consists of commercial litigation, appellate work, administrative law and mediations. He serves as General Counsel to the Florida Citrus Commission. He was appointed to the FKCC Board of Trustees in 2006, and had previously served as Board Chair from 2007 to 2009. He is a former City of Key West Commissioner and a former City of Key West Planning Board Member.
Mr. Scales currently represents the 16th Judicial Circuit (Monroe County) on the Florida Bar Board of Governors and also serves on the Florida Commission on Ethics.
Mr. Scales received his Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications (with honors) from the University of Florida and holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida’s College of Law. While in law school, Mr. Scales was the Student Body President of the University of Florida.
Brian C. Schmitt, Trustee
Brian Schmitt previously served on the college's Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2007 and served as Board Chair for two years during his term. Mr. Schmitt is a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate in Marathon. Before that, he was co-owner and operator of Brian's in Paradise Restaurant and the Boat Inn Marina.
Mr. Schmitt has served as past president for the Marathon Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Dolphin Research Center's Animal Care Committee, was a past president of the Florida Keys Land & Sea Trust, a past trustee of the the Pigeon Key Foundation and is a board member and past president of the Historic Florida Keys Foundation.
Mr. Schmitt received his Bachelor's and master's degree from Florida Atlantic University.
Anne O'Bannon, Trustee
Anne O’Bannon is the producer and host of The Morning Mix radio show on WGMX FM, where she interviews guests of local, state, and national importance relative to issues affecting our community. Originally from Pennsylvania, O’Bannon enjoyed a successful career in technical sales support and corporate IT training, before moving to Key Colony Beach in 1990. O’Bannon also spent several years teaching computer applications classes to employees of numerous organizations and private businesses in Monroe County. O’Bannon has passionately focused her energy on philanthropy and serving the community, since the sudden loss of her husband in 2005, for whom she founded “The Captain Bill O’Bannon Memorial Scholarship” to benefit marine business students at FKCC. Currently, she is the Chairman of the Monroe County Republican Executive Committee, a Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, and a Marathon Yacht Club Rear Commodore, in addition to serving on several boards, including Florida Keys College Campus Foundation, the Rotary Club of Marathon, and the City of Key Colony Beach Code Enforcement Board.
Robert C.Stoky, Trustee
Robert Stoky is president and chair of the board of Florida Keys Restaurant Management, overseeing operations of eight Keys restaurants.
Mr. Stoky has served as a college adjunct instructor of Emergency Medical Services and is a member of the FKCC Foundation Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Mr. Stoky holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Communications for the University of Florida, as well as two Masters of Business Administration, in Finance and Management, from the University of Miami
Dr. Jonathan Gueverra, Executive Secretary, President
With island roots, a New England education, and an impressively effective track record in numerous leadership and faculty positions at nearly a dozen colleges, Dr. Jonathan Gueverra is a perfect fit to be Florida Keys Community College’s sixth President.
Since 2009, Gueverra served as Chief Executive Officer of the Community College of the District of Columbia. He was recruited from his former position as Provost at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus to lead the creation of D.C.’s first community college, which was built from existing programs under the capital city’s university. In three years under his leadership, enrollment tripled, programs and locations expanded and over $10 million of outside funds were raised.
Gueverra has a Doctorate of Education and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, as well as a bachelor’s degree from Providence College and an associate degree from Newbury College.
Gueverra has served on numerous boards, including the American Association of Community Colleges, the New England Educational Assessment Network, the Alexandria and Arlington Chamber of Commerce, and Washington DC’s Economic Development Partnership Board and Workforce Investment Council. In 2008, he was awarded a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Wentworth Institute of Technology and a “Highly Commended Award” at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence.
Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Gueverra and his wife of 30 years, Josephine, have three children: two grown daughters, Joy and Joanne, and a 13-year-old son Julius.
Debra Leonard, Recording Secretary, Director, President's Office
Debbie Leonard graduated from Florida Keys Community College with an Associate in Arts degree in 1995. She has been an employee of the college for 22 years and has worked in the President's Office for 12 years. Debbie has played an active role in the planning of many college events, including graduation ceremonies and celebrations. Debbie has been the BOT recording secretary for 12 years. She also serves as recording secretary for the FKCC's direct support organization, the FKCC Foundation.