Board Members Bios
Lynne W. Gassant, Founder/Executive Director: Lynne founded Scholar Career Coaching in December of 2012. She received her Master of Science in Human Resources from Florida International University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Management from Florida Atlantic University. With her 10+ years of experience in Human Resources and Business, she oversees the Human Resources Department at Boca West Master Association. Lynne is a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and Human Resources Association of Palm Beach County. She was nominated and proudly selected by Volunteer Florida in August 2017 for the Champion of Service Award. The Award was presented to her by Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet. In 2018, she was humbly chosen for the Alumni MLK Leadership Award presented by Palm Beach State College. In addition, she received the MLK Jr.’s Drum Major Innovation Service from the Department of Education in Washington, D.C in 2018. Lynne has a passion for education and the youth. Hence, she is constantly striving to make a positive impact in the community.
Dr. Eddie Ruiz , Vice President: Eddie is the Florida State Director for Charter Schools USA. Prior to joining Charter Schools USA, Ruiz served as Assistant Superintendent of the Division of Student Services, Equity, and Access for the School District of Palm Beach County. Dr. Ruiz holds a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Phoenix and received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida. Ruiz served 15 years as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal and has worked passionately to ensure that all students receive a quality education that will equip them with the skills needed for post-secondary education and employment in today’s ever-changing world. He is excited to be part of the Scholar Career Coaching board. Influenced to become an educator as a result of being impacted by caring educators who saw talents in him, Dr. Ruiz’s mission is to inspire and motivate the next generation, one student at a time.
Lisa Rabinsky, VP/Finance Director: Lisa joined the Scholar Career Coaching Board of Directors in 2014 and took over the role of Finance Director. She is a Florida native who attended Palm Beach State College. She has 30+ year experience in banking and commercial finance and is a top performer in her industry. She is currently Senior Vice President at CenterState Bank in her role as a Commercial Relationship Manager. She has provided the expertise to help in growing revenues and managing our finances. Lisa has been active with many nonprofits for over 30 years; our focus on disadvantaged youth was a primary driver for her.
Laurie Myers, Executive Secretary: Laurie serves on the Board of Directors as the Executive Secretary for Scholar Career Coaching since 2016 where she facilitated new SCC by-laws and has helped the organization with various projects. Laurie graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education. She is a certified Senior Human Resources Professional with 20+ years of HR experience currently working at Zimmer Biomet. Her HR work history includes supporting wholesale distribution/sales, retail sales, manufacturing, and non-profit / governmental organizations. Laurie also volunteers with Human Resources of Palm Beach County and All-For-One Pet Rescue.
Nicholas C. Johnson, Esq., Outreach Director: Nick is an Attorney at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, and a member of the firm’s Complex Tort Litigation practice. In that role, Nick’s practice focuses on medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, and personal injury cases. Earlier in his career, Nick practiced as an Assistant Public Defender in Palm Beach County, where he represented indigent clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies, ranging from DUI to crimes punishable by life in prison. Nick remains active in the legal community and is currently the Immediate Past President of the F. Malcolm Cunningham Bar Association. Nick believes a strong education can open so many pathways, and his passion and commitment to helping the younger generation establish an educational foundation, led him to Scholar Career Coaching in 2018.
Ashley Dahl, Events & Fundraising Director: Ashley is the Principal and Creative Director of TechCake, a small business website design and online marketing firm. Prior to acquiring TechCake in 2018, Ashley was the Client Relationship Manager for S2 Development, a South Florida based real estate developer. Before joining S2 Development, Ashley had a thirteen-year career in the banking industry – holding various sales, relationship and operational management positions in both retail banking and private wealth management. She grew up in the northeast and moved to South Florida to attend Florida Atlantic University. Over the last eighteen years, Ashley has volunteered and held board positions with multiple non-profits throughout our community. She is passionate about connecting disadvantaged children to community members, businesses and resources that will assist them in creating the best opportunities for themselves and is looking forward to connecting such passions with the primary objectives of our organization.