Bringing Vision to Reality

MCRA Board Members

Frank Talerico

Chair
Frank B. Talerico

Frank Talerico has been a professional and active community member in Broward County for more than 30 years.  Talerico has served on the City Commission for 18 years and is currently MCRA Chairman.  An avid proponent of redevelopment, Talerico has spearheaded land acquisition efforts and supports MCRA activities that work to better the community.

 

Lesa Peerman

Board Member
Lesa Peerman

Commissioner Lesa Peerman, originally from Illinois, has lived in South Florida since 1985 and has worked for the Broward County School Board since 1988. Lesa was elected Commissioner in a special election held in January, 2011. She currently serves on the following boards/committees:  Margate Parks & Recreation Trust Board, NW Focal Point District, Margate CRA, Resource Recovery Board, Florida League of Cities Legislative Committee for Urban Administration, and the National League of Cities Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Group for Local Officials.


Joanne Simone

Vice Chair
Joanne Simone

Joanne Simone has lived in Margate since 1989. She is a retired Broward County school teacher of 35 years. Joanne was elected Commissioner in November 2012.

Joanne is very active in and believes in giving back to the community. She is currently the school liaison for the city and has initiated several programs under this title. Joanne is Vice President of the Margate Recreation Foundation Board, board member of the Margate Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Employee Benefit Trust Fund board. She is a trained member of C.E.R.T (Community Emergency Response Team). Joanne volunteers with Shop with a Cop, her church, Atlantic West Elem. School, as well as Feeding South Florida and various Hope South Florida projects. She is also a member of the Relay for Life Team. She envisions Margate's future to be bright as we move forward with our redevelopment plan and various improvement projects. She is an avid animal lover and enjoys outdoor activities.

Tommy Ruzzano

Board Member
Tommy Ruzzano

Tommy Ruzzano was born and raised in Middlesex County, New Jersey. He has lived in Broward County for over 20 years and has lived in Margate since 2002.  He was elected Commissioner in November, 2012 and has been serving on the CRA Board since March, 2013.

He is happily married to his wife Amanda and has four young children: Alina, Thomas, Jr., Michael, and Sophia. He is a licensed General Contractor and has been involved in building/developing for over 20 years in South Florida. He loves animals and is a huge sports fan as well as a competitor. Tommy supports the development of improving growth for Margate. Tommy is devoted to his Church and family; he thanks God everyday for what he has.

Brian Donahue

Board Member
Brian Donahue

The MCRA welcomes its new Board Member Brian Donahue