Hardee Athletic Foundation,Inc.
Hardee Athletic Foundation,Inc.

2017-2018 Board of Directors Back row left to right: Matt Reichel, Ruben Rivas, Dr. Maria Carlton, Barry White, Derren Bryan, Millie Bolin, Russell Melenday, Paul Samuels, Abel Hernandez and Jason Clark. In front left to right: Stacy Sharp, Teresa Crawford, Tanya Royal, not in photo Andy Bonjokian

2017-2018 Board of Directors:


President, Derren Bryan

Married to Diane Bryan

Two Sons, Jace and Joren

B.A. Western State College of Colorado

COO Albritton Insurance Services, LLC

1990 Graduate of HHS

Former Teacher HHS

Former Head Football Coach Hardee Senior High

Former HHS Athlete-Football and Baseball

Hardee County Chamber of Commerce Director

Member of Kiwanis

Hardee Youth Sports Assistant Coach

Hardee Junior High Football Assistant Coach

South Florida State College Board of Trustees, Chair


Vice President, Paul G. Samuels 

Married to Jamie Davis Samuels

Son Eli

Land Lease Manager, Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC

BS Business Management University of South Florida

1989 Graduate of HHS

Former HHS Athlete-Baseball and Football

Former Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach

PRECO Operation Round Up-Vice President 2005-2008

Founding Board Member Hardee Athletic Foundation

Member Lions Club, President 2006-2007

Hardee County School Board 2nd. term

Member Oak Grove Baptist Church


Secretary, Stacy Sharp

Married to John Sharp

Two children, Gavin and Caroline

MA English Education

Department Chair, Humanities Professor, English and Humanities South Florida State College

Enrolled in Ed. D. of Ed Leadership at Florida Southern College

Former HHS Cheerleading Coach

Former HHS Girls Weightlifting Coach

Former HCYL Cheer Coach



Treasurer, Matthew Reichel

Married to Savanah Reichel

Two daughters, Reese and Palmer

BA Finance Clemson University

CPA Hackney, Ames and Company, PA Certified Public Accountants

Reichel Financial

Member First Baptist Church

Executive Director, Tanya Royal

Married 28 years to David Royal

Two Sons, Kalan and Kramer

Hardee Athletic Foundation Executive Director

1981 Graduate of HHS

Former HHS Athlete-Basketball 

Former Youth Girls Softball and Tee Ball Coach

Former President Women's Church Softball League

Former Hardee County Little League/HCYS Board of Directors/Public Information Officer

Former Hardee County School Board Member-Chairperson 2007-2008

Former Main Street Wauchula Board of Directors-Promotions Chair-Design Committee

Former HHS Jr. Class Sponsor 2012-2013 and Sr. Class Sponsor 2013-2014

Student Ministry Family Group Leader FBCW

Youth Advisory Committee FBCW

Member First Baptist Church Wauchula

Member Main Street Wauchula

Member Rotary Club of Hardee County

Member Hardee County Chamber of Commerce

Member Hardee County Farm Bureau

Member Hardee County FFA Alumni

Board Member Florida Hospital Wauchula Foundation


Millie Carlton Bolin

Married 26 years to Todd Bolin

Daughter Taylor, Son Jacob

Partner and Office Manager/Bookkeeper for family owned Cattle ranches and Citrus Production

1990 Graduate of HHS

Former HHS Athlete-Softball, Basketball

Former HHS Cheerleader

Former Youth Girls Softball Coach

Former Member/Chair Hardee County YMCA

Former Main Street Wauchula Board of Directors

Former Hardee Chamber of Commerce Board of Director

Founding Board Member Hardee Athletic Foundation

Board Member Florida Cattlemen's Foundation

Hardee County Cattlewomen

Secretary/Treasurer Hardee Adult Huddle Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Member First Baptist Church Wauchula

Assistant Treasurer First Baptist Church Wauchula

Board Member Florida Baptist Children's Home


Andy Bonjokian

Married to Sophia Bonjokian

Hardee County Disposal

Hardee County Chamber of Commerce Director

Former High School Football Coach

Hardee County Chamber President 2018



Dr. Maria Carlton

One daughter Cloe

Owner Carlton Family Chiropractic

Graduate of  HHS

Former HHS Cheerleader

Member Rotary Club of Hardee County 


Jason Clark

Married to Holly Clark

Three Children, Abby, Griffin, and Dean

B.S. University of Florida

Graduate of HHS

Former HHS Athlete-Football and Baseball

Former HHS Varsity Football Coach

Former Hardee Junior High Football Assistant Coach

Sanford University Football Letterman

Founding Board Member Hardee Athletic Foundation

Hardee Youth Sports Coach

Hardee County Fair Board

Hardee County Youth Livestock Steer Co-Chair

HHS Varsity Football Coach

Member First Baptist Church Wauchula


Teresa Crawford 

Married 33 years to Vent Crawford

Daughter Kaylyn Walton, husband Dustin and grandson Crawford 

BA Ed, MA Guidance and Counseling, M. Ed Leadership Ed University of South Florida

Currently enrolled in Florida Southern's Doctoral Progam for Educational Leadership

Hardee Campus Director South Florida State College

Former Athlete-Track and Cheerleading

Former Cheerleading Coach HHS and HYFL

Former Educator and Guidance Counselor HHS

Hardee County School Board 2nd. term

Founding Board Member and Secretary Hardee Athletic Foundation

Hardee County Chamber of Commerce Director

Hardee County Fair Board of Director/Coordinator of Civic Center Events




Abel Hernandez

Married to Vanessa Hernandez

Son Bryce, Daughters Peyton and Eva

Graduate of HHS

Former Athlete-Football

Vandolah Power Company

Member Florida's First Assembly



Michael Kelly

Married to Chelsea Kelly March 2016

Publisher at The Herald Advocate

Graduate of HHS

Former HHS Athlete

Member of Kiwanis

Member of Rotary Club of Hardee

Member First Baptist Church of Wauchula

SFSC Foundation Member


Russell Melendy

Married to Kristen Melendy

Two daughters, Kate and Anna

Bachelor of Business Management University of Florida

Vice President/Fourth Generation of Coker Fuel, Inc. family owned Propane Gas Company

Vice President of Sebring Natural Gas System, Inc. family owned Natural Gas Company

Member Alph Gamma Rho Fraternity

Member and Deacon of First Baptist Church Wauchula

Hardee County Commissioner District 4, Chairperson 2017-2018


Ruben Rivas

Married to Jamie Rivas

Three children, Reese, Roland and Rebecca 

Graduate of HHS

Former Athlete Football

Degree Webber International

First National Bank of Wauchula

Former Executive Director YMCA Wauchula

Member First Methodist Church of Wauchula

Member Rotary Club of Hardee County



Barry White

Married to Dr. Laura White

Three daughters, Sherri, Tammi, and Kristi

1969 Graduate of HHS

A.A. South Florida Junior College (presently, South Florida State College)

Retired Manager of Operation Support Peace River Electric Cooperative-40 years

Former Hardee Youth Football Coach-25 years

Former Hardee High Junior Varsity and Varsity Basketball Coach-12 years

Hardee High School Junior Varsity Assistant Football Coach-15 years

Founding Board Member Hardee Athletic Foundation

2015 Hardee Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame Member 

HHS Varsity Football Assistant


2016 Board of Directors Back row:Russell Melendy, Jason Clark, Derren Bryan, Matt Reichel, Millie Bolin, Barry White and Andy Bonjokian Front row: Michael Kelly, Teresa Crawford, Paul Samuels, Stacy Sharp and Tanya Royal
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