Board Of Directors

 

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David Clevenger President

David began his film making career at the age of sixteen when he wrote, directed and produced his first feature length film. He has directed and co-directed four additional movies and in addition to his fictional work he has produced and directed documentaries and training and safety videos for prestigious clients such as John Deere and Sears. David is also an accomplished composer and songwriter and has composed several original soundtracks for his films and others.

As a husband and father of four children, one of which suffers from complications related to Rheumatoid Arthritis. David is an advocate for sick and at risk children. He conducts free educational clinics in Videography in the Quad Cities for these children and assists the YMCA and Veterans Association of the Quad Cities in their fundraising and outreach programs.

David currently serves as President of Kids Wish Network’s board of directors. He frequently volunteers and personally assists Kids Wish Network with wish granting and gift-giving programs.

Andrew Gottlieb Treasurer

Andrew, a retired tax accountant and former real estate agent, resides in Cooper City, Florida. He is currently working in the Broward County Education System as a substitute teacher. Andrew loves working with children and also volunteers his services, through Broward County Special Olympics coaching basketball, soccer and swimming. Andrew earned his master’s degree from the University of Florida; he holds bachelor degrees in general business from Jacksonville University and accounting from Florida Atlantic University.

Andrew has been a long supported Kids Wish Network through the generosity of his Family Foundation, the Arnold and Joy Gottlieb Family Foundation and in 2008 he joined Kids Wish Network’s board of directors.

Andrew and his family generously sponsor annual events at children’s hospitals throughout Florida, New York and Texas, which include:

  • Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Hollywood, FL
  • Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Ft. Lauderdale
  • Southwest Florida Children’s Hospital, Ft. Myers, FL
  • Children’s Hospital in Brooklyn, NY (for victims of Hurricane Sandy)
  • Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital
  • Shrines’ Hospital for Children – Houston

James Mai Secretary

Jim was first introduced to The Kid’s Wish Network in 2003 after his daughter Melissa was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Melissa went through 2 brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation. It was during this time that he first learned about KWN. The charity was able to grant Melissa’s wish of going to Disney World with the family in spring of 2004. For the first time in months, Melissa’s cancer was not the central focus and everyone was able to have fun. Seeing Melissa’s smile was amazing and the memories made that week were priceless.

That experience had a profound impact on Jim and served as the motivation for Jim to pledge to assist Kid’s Wish Network in carrying out their mission following Melissa’s death.

In 2008, he decided he wanted to do something to help other families going through similar situations. The result was the birth of the Melissa Mai Memorial Golf Scramble. To date, the event has raised thousands of dollars Kid’s Wish Network.

Jim worked for 30 years in the hospitality industry. He worked with companies including Walgreens and McDonald’s. During his tenure he oversaw the building and grand opening of multiple locations and received numerous rewards.

In 2007, life took another turn when Jim was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The effects of the disease are heightened when subjected to stressful situations. Therefore, the family took this opportunity to re-evaluate roles and to make the decision that the priority must be on maintaining the family’s quality of life.

Today, Jim is taking advantage of the opportunity to be a stay at home father for his three children. He is grateful for this incredible gift of time to dedicate to family.

Jim has a number of hobbies including golf, cycling, photography and RV camping with his family. With the experiences that he has gone through, these day to day life activities are times that are cherished and no longer can be taken for granted.

Thomas Nurse Director

Thomas Nurse has been a financial advisor since 2005. He graduated from Florida State University and is a financial advisor with Manning and Nurse. Tom compliments Manning and Nurse’s skills to understand the needs of persons and families with special needs by bringing over twenty years of experience in advocating and involvement in the disability movement, including the following:

  • Presented hundreds of workshops and personalized assistance to thousands of individuals and families
  • Statewide Parent Consultant for Florida Department of Health, Children’s Medical Services, Early Intervention Program
  • Parent Resource Organization
  • Inaugural Class of Partners in Policymaking
  • Nationally recognized assistive technology expert and disability advocate
  • Served on numerous committees and task forces on a variety of disability issues
  • Former Statewide Training Director for Florida Parent Training and Information Center

Foremost of importance, Tom has real world experience as being the husband, father, caregiver and advocate in a family with special needs.

John G. Bruns Director

John G. Bruns is the COO and Vice President of Advocate Consulting Group, Inc. (Benefit Firm), Advocate Risk Management, Inc. (P&C Firm) and Client Payroll Services, LLC. (Payroll, HR, and Background Firm). John is an accomplished benefits professional with over 33 years experience in employee benefits consulting.

In today’s volatile marketplace, John has always taken continuous education classes not only to stay current in today’s market, but also to stay on top of the ever increasingly challenging future in group healthcare. His expertise is in ACA/Healthcare Reform dealing with group medical, dental, disability, and life insurance products. His expertise includes self-funded benefits, fully funded and managed care programs and he is skilled at negotiating favorable rates and terms on behalf of his clients. His experience includes working with clients of all sizes ranging from small private employers to large public employers. John prides himself with having a “hands-on” approach when solving healthcare issues and by proactively providing a wide range of value-added services to his clients at no additional cost. John sits on several Medical Carriers Broker Advisory Boards giving insight and input from the employers’ perspectives ranging from plan designs to customer service issues and network development.

John earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Business Administration at Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, Florida after serving in the United States Navy. He went on to Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida to play basketball on a full scholarship. He is past Vice-President and was on the Board of Directors for many years for the local Chapter, Tampa Bay Association of Health Underwriters. He is an active member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church and has coached children of all ages in team sports for over 25 years. John resides in Tampa, Florida with his wife Susan of 36 years. They enjoy raising their grandson Kaleb, from their son Jason. Their daughter Katelyn graduated from Florida State University with her Masters.