Chief Albert A. (Butch) Arenal served as a member of the Punta Gorda, Florida Police Department from 1986 to 2015, the last 8 years of which he served as Chief of Police. In his 28 year career with the department, he supervised all facets of the agency, to include service as the agency's Accreditation Manager, coordinating the department’s effort to achieve its first State law enforcement accreditation award in 1998. During his service as Chief of Police, the agency achieved Florida Excelsior accredited status, the highest level of accreditation excellence in the State of Florida. The department was also selected as the 2013 Pinnacle Business of the Year by the more than 1,000 members of the City of Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce. Retiring from the City of Punta Gorda in September 2015, Chief Arenal was selected as Chief of Police for the Coconut Creek Police Department in October of 2015.
Chief Arenal holds an Associate in Arts degree from Edison State College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Hodges University where he was graduated with honors and was designated by faculty as the Management Student of the Year. He is also a 1998 graduate of the 193rd Session of the FBI National Academy. Chief Arenal has served as Chair of the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Region 10 Training Council, and he currently serves as Chair of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute (FCJEI) Policy Board. He served three consecutive terms as President of the Southwest Florida Police Chiefs Association (2010-2012), where he was voted the 2013 Outstanding Law Enforcement Chief Executive of the Year by the Association. Chief Arenal served as President of the Florida Police Chiefs Association in 2016/2017, the third largest association of its kind in the country. In 2018, he was honored as Florida’s Outstanding Chief Executive of the Year by the association.
Chief Arenal is an ardent supporter of law enforcement accreditation and he served as a Commissioner for the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. (CFA) for three consecutive two year terms from 2009 to 2014. He was elected as Commission Vice-Chair in 2010 and Chair in 2011. He also served as an assessor, team leader, and instructor for the Commission for more than 10 years. Chief Arenal was the 2005 recipient of the Commission’s prestigious Sheriff Neil J. Perry Service Award recognizing top performance in the field of Florida law enforcement accreditation and commitment to the law enforcement profession. Additionally, he served as Second Vice President (2001-2003) and President (2003-2005) for the Florida Police Accreditation Coalition, Inc.; an organization of more than 200 Florida criminal justice agencies united in pursuit and maintenance of accredited status
Chief Arenal and his wife Barbara currently live in Parkland, Florida where he serves in his most important capacity; husband and father to their 14-year-old son, Connor.Top
Scott Fiske is principal of Coconut Creek High School in Broward County, Florida. He has a B.S in Civil Engineering from the University of Miami, his M.S in educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University and is currently writing his dissertation for his Ed.D from Barry University. He has been in education for over 29 years, serving the last 17 as a high school principal.
When not at work Mr. Fiske spends much of his time volunteering with youth sports organizations and traveling the world.Top
CarolAnn Bown is in her 30th year with the Coconut Creek Police Department. She started her career as a dispatcher for CCPD in July 1990. After three months, she was promoted to Public Safety Aide III and worked for the Support and Administrative Services Bureau Commander handling payroll and purchasing. Just over one year later, in 1991, she was promoted to Secretary III as the assistant to the Chief of Police—a position she has held since. Prior to her career with CCPD, CarolAnn had a variety of work experiences from the law offices of Geller and Geller, to the Broward County Clerk’s Office, to the United States Army.
CarolAnn fell in love with Do The Right Thing of Coconut Creek the very first ceremony she attended. She loves the recognition the students receive for doing exceptional deeds. CarolAnn is excited to be involved with our DTRT program and looks forward to watching the program grow.Top
Sergeant Barb Hendrickx started her career in law enforcement in 1989 in Naples, Florida when she was hired by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office as a Community Service Aide. In 1991, she moved to Boca Raton where she attended Florida Atlantic University and studied Political Science. After earning her Bachelor’s Degree, Barb worked in the public sector in various executive management positions including Regional Loss Prevention Manager and District Operations Manager. In November 2011, she decided to re-enter law enforcement and graduated from the police academy at the Institute of Public Safety at Broward College.
In 2013, Barb became a police officer for the City of Coconut Creek Police Department. During her first five years as an officer, she was the bike patrol officer representative on her team as well as a Field Training Officer where she trained 23 newly hired officers. In March 2018, Barb was transferred into the Criminal Investigations Division as a Detective. In August 2018, Barb was promoted to the Sergeant over the Community Services Unit. Barb currently is a member of the Crisis Negotiation Team, the department’s Recruitment Team, and proudly serves as one of the founding members and is an instructor for the Self-defense Awareness & Familiarization Exchange program. It’s a great class that is available to our community.
In July 2019, Barb was voted in by the Do The Right Thing of Coconut Creek Board of Directors as the new Executive Director of the program.Top
Jeannette Camacho has been an Attorney for the past 25 years.
She began her career as an Assistant State Attorney in Orlando, Florida, in 1994. In 2000 she transferred to the Broward State Attorney’s Office, where she worked until 2011.
In 2011, she was hired by the City of Coconut Creek as the first Police Legal Advisor for the Coconut Creek Police Department.Top
Mark and his wife Kathy are 1975 graduates of Coconut Creek high school. They have three adult children and four grandchildren. Mark’s doctorate is from Westminster Theological Seminary, and he is the founding pastor of the North Creek Presbyterian Church (1992). The church hosts the North Creek Explorer 5K each December to raise support for the CCPD Explorer program, and is the 2019 recipient of the CCPD Community Alliance Award.Top
Judge John Fry has been a judge for the 17th Judicial Circuit Court since January 2011 where his County and Circuit Assignments include but are not limited to County Criminal Misdemeanors and Circuit Felonies ranging from Disorderly Conducts to 1st Degree Murder trials. Judge Fry earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami, School of Law. After graduating law school he was the Principal Attorney for his own law firm which practiced in Criminal and Labor Litigation until he became a judge in 2011.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Judge Fry worked for the Margate Police Department from January 1990 until January 2000. During his tenure with the police department he served in multiple capacities within the Agency and on County Wide Task Forces. He has extensive experience in Patrol, Neighborhood Policing, School Resource Officer, Multi-Agency Gang Task Force, and Structural and Neighborhood Policing and Security. Judge Fry had earned the rank of Sergeant during his time with Margate Police Department.
Judge Fry also is currently an Adjunct Professor at Broward College in the Para-Legal Program teaching Criminal Litigation, Civil Litigation, Debtor Creditor, and Introduction to Paralegal Studies, Immigration, Legal Writing / Drafting and Real Estate. He developed and implemented a hybrid lesson plan where he implements real issues raised in South Florida Courts. Judge Fry was awarded the Adjunct Professor of the year 2018.Top
Karen E. Matroni has been in the commercial real estate field for the past 25 years. She started her career in central Florida with Prime Site Realty, a shopping center development, leasing and property management company, working her way up to Vice President of Property Management. During this time, she was one of the youngest people to earn her Certified Shopping Center Manager designation. When the owners sold their portfolio, she went to work for another shopping center owner, Tricon Development, as their head of property management and leasing.
Looking for new challenges, Ms. Matroni relocated to south Florida where she worked for a variety of shopping center owners. She settled down with the largest property management firm in Palm Beach County, Merin Hunter Codman, where she was Senior Property Manager for a 700,000 square foot portfolio of shopping centers and office buildings. When the opportunity to step into the General Manager position with the Promenade at Coconut Creek presented itself, she welcomed the chance to oversee this luxury outdoor mall and help it to maintain its place as the premier shopping destination in Coconut Creek, Florida.
Ms. Matroni has extensive experience in interacting with city officials, politicians and public servants in a business capacity. She served for ten years on the International Council of Shopping Center’s Governmental Affairs committee, raising awareness and lobbying for change to a number of laws affecting real property owners in the state of Florida. She has also volunteered her time with a number of organizations, including the Brevard Public Library, Space Coast Therapy Dogs and Centaur of Orlando. She serves on the Board of Directors for Do the Right Thing of Coconut Creek, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing the youth in our community who do the right thing day in and day out. She is also a member of the Coconut Creek Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors.
Ms. Matroni is an alumnus of the University of Florida and the University of Notre Dame. She feels that giving back to the community is an integral part of enhancing the businesses and residents of south Florida.Top
Our District 7 School Board Member and past Chair, Mrs. Nora Rupert, is a former high school reading teacher, a mom of three children, all of whom have attended public schools, and a tireless community and children’s advocate.
Mrs. Rupert was elected to the School Board of Broward County in 2010 to serve District 7. She was selected as Vice Chair for 2016-2017, and selected as Chair for 2017-18.
She has served, or is currently serving as the Broward County School Board representative on the National School Boards Association, on the Florida School Boards Association Board of Directors, as the state legislative liaison for the Broward School Board, and on the Youth Education and Scholarship Committees of the Broward League of Cities.Top
Mr. Thomas Reid has served the Florida Department of Corrections for over 26 years. He began his career as a Correctional Officer in 1992 at Charlotte Correctional Institution in Punta Gorda, Florida.
Mr. Reid promoted through the security ranks while working at Charlotte C.I., South Florida Reception Center, and Hendry Correctional Institutions to the rank of Colonel. In 2006 Mr. Reid was promoted to Assistant Warden back at Charlotte Correctional Institution and in 2008 he served as Acting Warden at Indian River Correctional Institution for six months and then was promoted to Warden at Martin Correctional Institution in November of 2008. In July of 2012 Mr. Reid was transferred back home to Charlotte Correctional as a Warden. He was then offered the opportunity to serve as Warden at Suwannee Correctional institution in Live Oak, Florida. Mr. Reid was promoted from Suwannee C.I. to his current position as Director of Institutions for Region IV.
During Mr. Reid’s career, he has supervised both youthful offender and adult populations within the Florida prison system. Mr. Reid has managed segregation, mental health and general population inmates as well as two different in-patient mental health units within the prison system. In his current position he oversees the daily operations of seven major correctional facilities as well as their many satellite facilities in the southern region of our state.
Mr. Reid believes that our employees are our most valuable asset and due to their hard work and dedication to public safety they are Inspiring success by transforming one life at a time.Top
Steve Bonner was named President of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa in November of 2018.
He is responsible for all operations and management of Tampa Bay’s largest entertainment complex, which includes one of the largest casinos in the nation, as ranked by the number of gaming positions.
Bonner arrived at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa after serving as General Manager and President of Seminole Casino Coconut Creek for 16 years. During that time, he was responsible for managing the evolution of what was a small gaming facility into a major South Florida casino, dining and entertainment destination, with nearly 2,000 slot machines, five restaurants and a 1,200-seat event center (The Pavilion) for concert and comedy performances.
Bonner has a knack for identifying creative casino publicity, marketing and promotional opportunities. He has three decades of gaming industry executive experience, including previous positions with Black Hawk Gaming & Development Company in Black Hawk, Colorado, and Hemmeter Enterprises in Denver, Colorado.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.Top