Meet the Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Michelle Leeper
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Mrs. Leeper currently serves as the Vice President of Leeper Air Conditioning & Heating in Lecanto, FL.  Her son was a graduate of AES in 2008.  She has served on the board since 2006, and has been amazed at how AES has been able to positively affect Citrus County. She is proud to serve the students, families, and community.


Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors

Christopher Monrad
Chris Monrad

I have spent most of my career in Consumer products sales and management with General Mills, Lipton Tea and Performance Food Group. But the best years of my career was spent as a teacher at the Academy of Environmental Science. 


Treasurer 

Pierre Santos
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Treasurer of the Academy of Environmental Science Board of Directors since June 2017 after retiring as a Math, Science and Social Studies teacher, of which 6 years were at the Academy. Prior to that, I retired from The United States Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician C.P.O. and multiple deployments with carrier based squadrons. During that time I received a Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College and a Masters of Arts degree from St. Leo University. I have resided in Citrus County since 2002 and co-own a golf Cart sales and repair business.


Secretary

Benjamin Smith
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Member

Brian Tambasco
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Mr. Tambasco majored in farm and construction management and later moved to Pennsylvania, working as a superintendent and general contractor. 
He currently heads up the Facilities Committee for AES.
Involved in many community organizations, including past president of Citrus Sertoma.


Member

Sarah Ellis
Sarah Ellis

Member

Barry Widman
Barry Widman

Barry grew up in northern New Jersey and attended Lehigh University, graduating in 1966 with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering. After graduation he spent a four year tour of duty in Dayton Ohio as an Air Force officer working as a chemist developing instruments for NASA for measuring impurities in manned spacecraft air environments. After discharge he worked at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in upstate New York as a chemical engineer working on nuclear reactor water purification projects and developing computer models for ion exchangers and filters. While there Barry earned a Master of Engineering degree in Environmental Engineering, and was awarded a patent for a method for reducing radiation levels in nuclear reactors. He retired in 2006 and moved to Dunnellon, Florida where he lives now. While in Florida Barry has served as a board member of the Citrus County Youth Educational Symphony Orchestra (CYESO).


Member

Tom Gotterup

Tom Gotterup

Tom has served as the President of two Christian school boards, he is a retired law enforcement officer, [NYPD] opened and set up two security departments and became Director of Security for both hotels on Marco Island, Florida [Hilton and Radisson]. Opened dive store business in Naples, Florida before moving to Little Cayman, Cayman Islands managing and then opening dive a business. He helped start up the  AES scuba program [first of it's kind in state] and presently member of AES school Board. President of Friends of Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. Four years in Marine Corp, BS degree in Criminal Justice.

 

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