Palm Beach County
Commission on Ethics

Robin N. Fiore - Chair • Patricia L. Archer - Vice Chair • Daniel T. Galo • Salesia V. Smith-Gordon • Michael S. Kridel

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Salesia became a Florida registered pharmacist as a graduate of Florida A&M University’s College of Pharmacy in 1989, then a lawyer as a graduate of Florida State University’s College of Law in 1992. Salesia is proudly a second generation lawyer who opened her law practice in 1993 which bears her name with offices in West Palm Beach and Belle Glade, Florida.  

Holding bar memberships in Florida’s state and federal district courts (Northern, Middle and Southern) district courts, Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court, Salesia has handled an array of cases. Her boutique civil law practice concentrates its advocacy for justice in the areas of medication error, personal injury and wrongful death on behalf of those who have suffered through the wrongdoing of others.  Her education and professional experiences as a pharmacist is an asset in understanding the complex medical issues suffered by her clients. For over 20 years as a lawyer, she has zealously represented clients with competence and integrity with professional courtesy and civility.  She has won multimillion dollar awards for clients through verdict and settlement. She frequently lectures at bar seminars and serves as a mentor. Twice the firm has been awarded the Christian Business of the Year Award and recognized as a community leader.

Salesia delicately balances her time between family, work, and civil responsibility along with her most recent quasi-judicial appointment, by the joint bar associations, as a Palm Beach County Commissioner of Ethics and is the first African American female to serve. Activities also include President – F. Malcolm Cunningham Sr. Bar Assoc. (2012-2013), Chair – The Florida Bar Grievance Committee – 15th Judicial Cir Div. D (2010-2011), Palm Beach Co. Bar Assoc., Palm Beach Co. Justice Assoc., Life Member – National Bar Assoc., Florida Pharmacy Assoc. In civic memberships include Parliamentarian: Constitution & Bylaws Committee Chair (The Links, Inc. – WPB Chapter), Board of Directors – Street Beat, Inc. (2009-present), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., League of Women Voters of Florida and the Urban League of Palm Beach County.  Salesia has honors including “25 Most Prominent & Influential Black Women in 2007” by Success South Florida magazine, named “25 of the most powerful & influential black business leaders of 2012” by Legacy Palm Beach and 2014 ICABA finalist as Most Accomplished Black in South Florida in law.  She is married to Lawrence Gordon, Councilman Town of Haverhill.

Michael Kridel is a Certified Public Accountant and Shareholder in Michael S. Kridel, C.P.A., P.A., in Delray Beach. He holds the Certified in Financial Forensics, Certified Information Technology Professional and Certified Forensic Consultant designations as well as others. Mr. Kridel has practiced public accounting in South Florida since graduation from The George Washington University. Prior to reestablishing his named practice in 2018, he was a Partner in Daszkal Bolton for 17 years and then a Principal in Rehmann Robson for nearly 5 years. He previously practiced as a sole practitioner. Mr. Kridel has provided accounting, tax and litigation services in a broad range of matters including family law, stockholder actions, financial damages, fraud detection, criminal and civil tax matters, wrongful discharge and professional malpractice defense.

Mr. Kridel is a frequent speaker and author, garnering numerous awards, at national and local conferences for accountants and attorneys on topics such as litigation services, professional ethics, eDiscovery, practice management, information technology and human resources. He is a certified ethics instructor for CPAs in Florida and, an online instructor in forensic accounting courses for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a guest instructor at Florida Atlantic University and other institutions. He is a longtime member of the Editorial Review Panels of the Journal of Accountancy and Florida CPA Today. Mr. Kridel has been a Rotarian since 1986 and is a board member of multiple not-for-profit organizations.

For more than 25 years, Mr. Kridel has facilitated an award-winning seminar, Ethical Decision Making in the Workplace and Society, for Broward County high schools, positively influencing in excess of 15,000 seniors. He is also the accounting profession’s representative member of the Education Advisory Committee of the Florida Board of Accountancy.

Dr. Loffredo began a career in law enforcement as a United States Army military policeman where he served 3 years active duty.  He remained in the reserves and ultimately retired from the Army Reserves Criminal Investigation Command as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 after 25 years of reserve service.  Upon leaving active military duty in 1961, Dr. Loffredo Became a Trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol until 1967.  In 1968 he joined the newly formed Florida Bureau of Law Enforcement as a special agent becoming the fourth investigator hired with the new agency.  Over the course of the next 30 years, he served throughout south Florida as a special agent, supervisor and Agent in charge within various offices.  His investigation experience is in a variety of criminal violations including drug and white collar crime.  Upon retiring after 35 years in State law enforcement, Dr. Loffredo became an adjunct faculty member at Lynn University in the Masters Criminal Justice Program.  In 1998 Dr. Loffredo became Chief of Police for Jupiter lsland, where he served until 2005.

Dr. Loffredo received a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice Education from Union University.  He attended the FBI National Academy in 1973.  His professional affiliations include being a life member of the Florida Police Chiefs Association and Palm Beach County Police Chiefs Association.  Dr. Loffredo has also served as past president and life member of the Treasure Coast Police Chiefs Association and past president of the Florida chapter of the FBI National Academy.   He is one of the original members of the Palm Beach county Criminal Justice Commission in 1989 and is currently a member of the Reserve Officers Association with the United States Army, Fraternal order of Police, and the International Narcotic Association and is active in various community organizations.  

A resident of Wellington for 28 years and of South Florida for more than 65 years, Dr. Priore was first elected to the Village of Wellington Council in March 1996 and re-elected in 2000, 2004 and 2008.  He served as Wellington’s Mayor from 1998-2000.  Dr. Priore began his civic involvement in 1992 when he was elected to the Acme Improvement District’s (prior to Village of Wellington’s incorporation) Board of Supervisors and served as the Board’s President from 1994-1996.

In 2002 he was President of the Palm Beach County League of Cities, and in 2008 he became President of the Florida League of Cities.  Additionally he served on the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities.

He was a member of the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council from 2004-2012 and the Metropolitan Planning Organization from 2009-2012.

He was appointed by three former governors to state wide committees and also served on multiple Palm Beach County Advisory Boards.

Dr. Priore graduated from the Medical College of Virginia and received both Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration from the University of Miami.

He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Palms West Hospital, a member and past President of the Rotary Club of Wellington and a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Wellington.

Dr. Priore graduated from Leadership Palm Beach County in 1994 and in 2010 received the Florida League of Cities distinguished E. Harris Drew Lifetime Achievement Award and the Florida City/County Managers Association Presidents Award. In 1999, Dr. Priore received the Tradewinds Division, Gulfstream Council Boy Scouts of America Citizen of the Year Award and in 2012; the Palm Beach County League of Cities awarded Dr. Priore the “Defender of Home Rule.”

Clevis Headley, Ph.D. - Vice Chair

Clevis Headley is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University.  He grew up in Delray Beach and graduated from Atlantic High School in 1980.  He attended Sewanee: The University of the South, from which he received his Bachelor’s degree in 1985, and conducted his graduate studies in philosophy at the University of Miami, receiving his Ph.D. in 1991.  He has been teaching at Florida Atlantic University since 1993 and served as Chair of the philosophy department from 2008 to 2010.  Professor Headley publishes regularly in scholarly journals and anthologies and is a founding member of the Caribbean Philosophical Association.  He teaches courses in a variety of areas, including ethical theory and political philosophy.

“Honesty, Integrity, Character”

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