Board of Directors- Bios

Dennis Kramer, Board Chair  

Dennis serves as an Assistant Professor of Higher Education and the Associate Director of the UF’s Institute for Higher Education. His prior research has focused on the economics of higher education, the evaluation of federal and state policy adoption, and impact of state decision on community and four-year institutions. Dr. Kramer specializes in the adaptation of advanced quantitative measures to education-based policy questions and program evaluation. He focuses on the utilization of the econometrics, quasi-experimental, parametric and nonparametric economic models, and hierarchical linear models within higher education. Email:

Bruce Carroll

Bruce Carroll is the undergraduate coordinator and associate professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering at the university of Florida.  He has interests in students with special needs and diversity and inclusion within the engineering profession.  He moved to Gainesville in 1988 and currently lives in Newberry, FL with his wife, Pam and son, Morgan.


Steve Bradford

Steve is a Sergeant with the Gainesville Police Department in Youth Services. He is head of the School Resource Officers and is heavily involved in school safety in Northeast Gainesville. He has experience consulting with school officials regarding issues at the school or in the community, investigating the circumstances surrounding crime which may have occurred on the school grounds, conflict intervention/resolution between students, providing advice to a troubled student, teaching law-related topics to students in a classroom setting, and building a positive rapport with the students at the schools. He is also a point of contact for parents in the community. Email:

Cindy Boulware  

Cindy is a descendant of the Boulware family of North Gainesville. She is an active member of the NE Gainesville community. She has taught and/or coached at Gainesville High School for 32 years. She is currently the Athletic Director and a teacher at Gainesville High School, having recently relinquished her position as the GHS volleyball coach. She had an extremely successful career as the volleyball coach, having been named the Florida Dairy Farmers’ state coach of the year in 2003. In 2009 Coach Boulware was named The Gainesville Sun’s Coach of the Decade; and in 2012 was inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Email:

Audrey Sommer

Audrey is retired and has been a volunteer at Boulware Springs Charter School since 2015, dedicating approximately 300 hours a year to the school. She had previously volunteered in Gainesville at the Boys & Girls Club as well as Kids Count. Prior to retirement, Audrey was a Fitness Director for Club Corporation of America (CCA), managing 95 employees at one of their flagship clubs in New York City. She was a Certified Fitness Director by the American College of Sports Medicine and had been recognized by CCA as the Health Fitness Director of the Year (award given to the top performing CCA Fitness Director in the country). Audrey graduated from University of Florida with a B.S. in Business Administration.


Megan Lane

Megan is the co-founder of Boulware Springs Charter School, along with the school’s current director, Kay Abbitt. Megan helped launched the school’s opening and served as a co-director for the first 3.5 years of the school’s operation. She is currently a Harvard University fellow for the Strategic Data Project where she provides high-level policy and data analysis for the Talent Department.


Chanel Gay

Chanel is a parent of two boys who currently attend Boulware Springs Charter. Chanel is an active member in her community and has been involved with Boulware’s PTA in the past.


Cassie Macias

Cassie is retired and has a 40 year career in education including teaching, coaching and being an administrator. Cassie was the Captain of the first Varsity Women’s Basketball Team at the University of Florida and was the first female Athletic Director at San Diego City College. She was honored as Florida Women’s Basketball 2012 SEC Great (a program that showcases the extraordinary talent women have brought to athletics in the Southeastern Conference). Cassie is very involved with the community and was the Director for Living Well, is a Gator F Club member, past President of Gator Backcourt Club, past Director of Living Well (UF) and is a former Executive Board Member at Girls Place, Inc.


Kathy Franks