Board of Directors

Workforce Advantage Academy’s board of directors guides the school’s direction. This culturally diverse group of citizens shares a commitment to the educational needs of high school students. Individuals with experiences in both the private and public sectors of the Central Florida business community serve on the board. They draw from careers in education, business, banking, law and accounting. Workforce Advantage Academy benefits greatly from the broad base of expertise board members provide to the organization.

The Workforce Academy Board of Directors meeting is held the second Monday six times a year at the Academy, 2113 E. South Street, Orlando, FL 32803.

Board of Directors

Elizabeth Hughes

Board Member

Elizabeth Hughes P.O. Box 540055 Orlando, Florida 32854-0055 407-529-5315

Kenneth E. Hartsaw, Jr.

Board Member

Workforce Advantage Academy 2210 S. Rio Grande Ave., Florida 32805 Cell: 407-808-5616

Hugo de Beaubien

Board Member

de Beaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris & Neal LLP 332 N. Magnolia Avenue Orlando, Florida 32801 407-422-2454

Steve Blomley

Board member

JMHC Inc. 2170 State Road 43 Longwood, Florida 32750 321-303-2982

Ed Thomas Jr.


Orlando Utilities Commission 500 S. Orange Avenue Orlando, Florida 32801 407-737-4243

Parent Representative

Neil Cavanagh

Workforce Partners

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Jharisha Blackman

A 2007 graduate, Jharisha Blackman has completed her political science degree at Florida State University in Tallahassee and has been...

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

They are doing a marvelous job of uplifting students who haven’t been successful in their academic careers and pointing them...

Rick Roach – former school board member

I worked with Workforce Advantage Academy CEO Ken Hartsaw to obtain approval for the school 10 years ago and am...

Army Brigadier Gen. Henry L. Huntley

Workforce Academy offers advantages to students and staff members advocate for the young people attending the school. “You are a...

Eric Smith

Former Florida Commissioner of Education Eric Smith: “Connecting the class work to them and their lives and making it meaningful....

John Winn

Former Florida Commissioner of Education Mr. John Winn “we need to find ways to not only make their learning environment...

Student holistic development

Our students develop the academic, employment and social skills that they need to build rewarding lives and promote positive change in their communities.

Dedicated team of education professionals

Workforce Advantage Academy is operated by a dedicated team of education professionals, with no ties to a management company.

Experiential learning opportunities

Experiential learning opportunities allow students to achieve academic excellence, employment success and social responsibility.

Provides students with work experience

Workforce Advantage Academy provides students with work experience while remaining in school and learning more about business and careers.

Workforce Advantage Academy Charter School, an Orange County Public High School, offers juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn while they learn. Students spend half their time in a paid job, gaining valuable work experience while earning school credit as an elective for the internship.