Hunter Appointed Interim Director for Libraries

Julie Junter
Julie V. Hunter
Julie V. Hunter has been appointed interim director of the Libraries Division. Hunter came to the Libraries Division in September 2002 from Atlanta, Ga., where she served in several library capacities including director of the Auburn Avenue Research Library on Black History. Her first position with Broward County Libraries was as executive director of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center. In 2007, Hunter was promoted to the associate director for Public Service. With more than 47 years as a library professional, Hunter has a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Musarra Takes Lead at Construction Management

Ariadna Musarra has been appointed as the acting director/county architect for the Construction Management Division. Musarra is a registered architect in Florida and New York and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional. She brings more than 24 years of professional experience to the position; most recently serving as assistant director of the Construction Management Division. She has served as project manager for the replacement of Human Services’ Edgar P. Mills Multi-Purpose Center and the Environmental Protection & Growth Management laboratory projects—both projects are notable for their thoughtful design solutions and certification as LEED-Silver buildings by the United States Green Building Council.

John Burkholder
John Burkholder
Risk Management Director John Burkholder has been appointed to the Professional Development Advisory Council (PDAC) for the Risk and Insurance Management Society, a world leading organization dedicated to advancing the practice of risk management. As a member of PDAC, Burkholder will oversee the professional development activities of the Risk and Insurance Management Society’s activities, including training and professional development. According to Burkholder, “Participation in the PDAC allows Broward County input into the education and skills development process of the Risk Management discipline. It will also help the County remain on the cutting edge of our profession.”

Susan Friend
Susan Friend
Susan Friend, director of the Accounting Division, was recently appointed to the advisory committee that updates the Governmental Accounting Standards Board’s (GASB) annual Comprehensive Implementation Guide. Advisory committee members serve as resources for suggested topics to be included in the guide and review and provide feedback on materials prepared by the GASB’s staff. Friend will serve a three-year term. The GASB establishes and improves standards of accounting and financial reporting for state and local governments and serves as the official source of generally accepted accounting principles.

Yu Tsao
Yu Tsao
Another Broward County employee has joined the ranks of “author” by publishing her first book. Yu Tsao, an operations agent with the Transit Division, tells the story of her father, Xunzheng Shao, a very well-known academic and professor in China. Mr. Xunzheng Shao’s Story spans the tumultuous years between the Sun Yat-sen Revolution and Mao Zedong’s infamous “Cultural Revolution.” Currently, the book is only available in Chinese, but is expected to be translated into English in the near future. More...

Management and Budget’s “Wheel of Fortune” Fundraiser a Complete Success

Community Partnership’s winning team
Community Partnership’s winning team, the “Hipsters” include: (front row l-r): Anika Hamilton, Carol Cook, Ralph Silverstein, Deren Stevens, Judith Scheidt, Gladys Mordon and Susan Batchelder, (back row l-r): Dalton Barrett, Susan Saul and Dwight Thompson.
The Office of Management and Budget raised a total of $750 at its First Annual “Wheel of Fortune” fundraiser. All proceeds will assist young adults aging out of foster care. Twenty-six teams competed for the coveted grand prize – a gourmet breakfast served by the Office of Management and Budget staff.

The five teams that made it to the finals included the Planning Council, County Administration, Community Partnerships, Human Services Administration and Human Resources. The “Hipsters” from Community Partnerships was the grand prize winning team. The Office of Management and Budget staff congratulates the winning team and thanks all the participants who contributed to the fundraiser’s success.

North Regional/Broward College Library Honors Sandy Hook Elementary Victims

Staff members from North Regional/Broward College Library
Front row: Michele Shneider, Rosmei Sperandio, Judy Messer, Toni Cichocki, Nancy Richardson and Rosa Gaskins. Middle row: B.J. Redling, Doug Kelley, Eileen Rieback, Frank Marin, Betty Taylor, Jermaine Gates and Ronnie Kowal. Back row: Marty Onieal, Morgan Reeves, Robert Stearns, Victor Lawrence, John Catalina, Gabe Moliterno, Andre Lain and Chuck Elliott
In December, NBC journalist Ann Curry sent out a suggestion on social media and television that people perform “26 Acts of Kindness” to honor and remember the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. Staff at North Regional/Broward College Library donated 26 items in 26 gift bags that were given to a homeless shelter in Pompano Beach. On January 16, the Library held a remembrance hour in the lobby and shared refreshments with customers with a wish for peace and love in the New Year.