As a public charter school, BDCHS is governed by a school board of directors.
Derrick Brooks, Vice President of Brooks DeBartolo Charities & Chairman Emeritus of the Board
As one of the most respected athletes in the NFL, Derrick Brooks holds the distinction of being the only Buccaneer to be named to eleven Pro Bowls. Brooks is recognized as much for his hard work in the community as he is for his hard hits on the football field. Brooks remains one of the most community-minded players in the NFL. Brooks received his B.A. from Florida State University, where he later returned to complete a Master’s degree.
Derrick was presented with the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2000 and was named to the Florida State University Board of Trustees in 2003.
Through his foundation, Derrick Brooks Charities, Inc., Brooks has made it his life’s mission to positively impact the lives of youth in the Tampa Bay area and beyond. In August of 2007, through a partnership with the DeBartolo family and a strong board of directors, one of Derrick’s lifelong dreams was realized with the opening of the Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School, the only traditional charter high school in the Tampa Bay area.
For much of her adult life, Lisa has found joy in helping others and giving back to the community. A graduate of St. Mary’s College in California, with a double major in philosophy and art history, she currently serves as executive vice president of DeBartolo Holdings and is active on the board of the Florida Veterinary Services Foundation.
Since 2001, Lisa has worked tirelessly for the DeBartolo Family Foundation, which awards scholarships to deserving young men and women, provides grants to individuals and organizations with special needs and presents the Spirit of Humanity Award, an award for non-profit organizations that provide extraordinary assistance to Tampa Bay residents. She has also been instrumental in creating and producing unique programs and fundraising activities, such as the Foundation’s popular All Star Gala.
Prior to creating the DeBartolo Family Foundation, Lisa served as vice president of the San Francisco 49ers and executive director of the San Francisco 49ers Foundation, where she developed popular events such as Mini-Camp for Kids and the team’s “Out of Uniform” winter fashion show. She also was co-founder of the 49ers Academy, which serves at-risk and disadvantaged fifth to eighth graders in East Palo Alto, Calif. Lisa is married to Don Miggs and has two sons, Milo and Jasper.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chad Chronister, Board Member
Chad has been in law enforcement and employed with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for the past 21 years. With a Masters in Criminology from St. Leo University, Chad has held numerous positions throughout his career, most of which were in a covert capacity. Chad is a Captain in the Community Outreach Division. His experience ranges from patrol, street crimes and S.W.A.T. to serving as supervisor of narcotics, warrants, and intelligence. Chad is married to Nicole DeBartolo and has two sons, Zack, 19, and Asher, 9.
Norma Matassini, Vice Chairman of the Board
Education Committee, Governance Committee, & Fundraising Committee
Norma was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Tampa. She earned a B.A. in Elementary Education and has a M.A. in Educational Leadership. Norma believes in the power of having a community of scholars. Her philosophy of education is grounded in a combination of several theories that focus on how children develop holistically and the Transcendence-oriented teaching style that focuses on learner development. Norma spent 14 years teaching in the Department of Education at the University of Tampa, and her extensive background as an educator, intern supervisor and community server has illuminated her vision of educational excellence. She has been married for 42 years, has two children, Nicole (Eric) and Nicholas (Christina) and 4 beautiful grandchildren, Chloe Nicola, Zachary, Gianni and Ilianna. Mrs. Matassini also serves on the Board of Trustees at the Academy of Holy Names.
James Palermo, Founding Board Member
James Palermo is the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for DeBartolo Holdings, LLC and its affiliate companies. He brings more than 47 years of legal experience to the company and is responsible for all legal matters and the governance of the Company and its affiliate companies.
A Tampa native, Palermo received a B.S. in Political Science from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, and an LL.B. Degree from The University of Florida College of Law.
David Mallitz, President DeBartolo Charities and Chairman of the Board of Directors
David S. Mallitz is the Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer at DeBartolo Holdings, LLC. He brings more than 19 years of knowledge in finance and transactional experience to the company and is responsible for the DeBartolo Sports and Events’ financial management, including accounting, reporting, planning and analyses. Mallitz joined DeBartolo Holdings, LLC in 2002 as Senior Vice President-Tax. DeBartolo Holdings manages and directs the DeBartolo portfolio of entities, real estate investments and diversified holdings. He holds several management positions with the DeBartolo group of companies including Senior VP-Tax, DeBartolo Holdings LLC; Senior VP-Tax, DeBartolo Development LLC; Treasurer, DeBartolo Family Foundation; and Board Member, Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School. Mallitz is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of CPAs. He currently resides in Tampa, Florida, with his wife Libby, daughter Jordyn and son Joshua.
Bonita Pulido, Ex-Officio Board Member
Fund Raising Committee
Bonita Pulido was born in Baltimore, Maryland and has resided in Tampa for the past 26 years. She received her degree in Fashion Merchandising from Bauder Fashion College in Ft. Lauderdale. After moving to Tampa and starting a family, her focus changed to non-profit management. She spent five years as a Business Administrator for a large Tampa-based ministry and went on to become the Executive Director for The Hardy Nickerson Foundation, a non-profit. After the closing of the Foundation, Mrs. Pulido went on to assist Derrick Brooks in the formation of Derrick Brooks Charities, Inc., where she has been employed for the past twelve years. With her work at Derrick Brooks Charities, Inc., she was also very involved with the formulation of Brooks DeBartolo Charities, Inc., where she currently serves as a Founding and Governing Board member. Bonita has been married to Philip Pulido for the past 22 years and has three children, Dane, Shelby and Brendan.
Maria Tudela, Secretary of the Board
Education Committee, Attendance Committee
Maria was born in Havana, Cuba and raised in Key West, FL. She earned her B.A. in Arts and Education from the University of South Florida and an M.A. in Administration and Supervision/School Principal from Nova University in Fort Lauderdale. Maria spent 16 years teaching in the Hillsborough County School District and another 19 years as an Administrator (Assistant Principal, Principal, and Director) in the County. She has always had a passion for the education of students and has received much recognition over the years for her dedication and service to the community. Some of her honors include being named Middle School Literacy Leader of the Year for the State of Florida, Ida S. Baker Minority Educator of the Year for Youth Services, and administrator of the Year from Council for Exceptional Children.
Barry Davis, Board Member
Chairman of the Attendance Committee, Education Committee
Mr. Barry Davis is a Tampa native and a graduate of Bethune-Cookman College and Nova University. He spent 35 years in the Hillsborough County School District as a teacher and later principal. His educational philosophy is to always serve the best interests of the students in executing his responsibilities. It is his goal to maintain this objective as a mentor of the BDCHS community of learners.
Geza Henni, Treasurer of Board of Directors
Chariman Finance Committee
Since September 2008, Geza Henni has been the President of DeBartolo Holdings bringing more than 25 years of experience in finance, real estate and operations to the company. Geza is entrusted by the DeBartolo family to provide leadership in guiding the capital allocation, investment decisions and operating performance of a diverse portfolio of DeBartolo related companies and investments. The DeBartolo investment reach extends from the core of real estate into sports marketing, restaurants, automotive parts, health care, private equity, financial securities.
Areon Atkinson, Teacher Representative
Asa Scott, Ex-Officio Board Member
Parent Advisory Council Representative