Palm Beach County Ethics

Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics

Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics

Michael S. Kridel - Chair Clevis Headley - Vice Chair Bryan Kummerlen Judy M. Pierman Sarah L. Shullman

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Monthly Meeting - Thursday, September 7, 2017- 1:30 p.m. - Palm Beach County Robert Weisman Governmental Center - 6th floor BCC Chambers
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Michael Kridel is a Principal with Rehmann Robson and practices primarily from the Boca Raton office. He is a practice leader in the litigation services area of Rehmann Consulting and its corporate investigation group. Mr. Kridel has practiced public accounting in South Florida since graduation from The George Washington University. Prior to joining Rehmann in 2013, he was a partner with a large Palm Beach County accounting firm for nearly 17 years. Since 1974, Mr. Kridel has provided 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. Mr. Kridel is a frequent speaker, 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 instructors in Florida and is an online instructor in fraud courses for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is a longtime member of the Editorial Review Panels of the Journal of Accountancy and Florida CPA Today. He is also active in several community service organizations and is a Partner in Education at numerous Broward County high schools. For more than twenty years, Mr. Kridel has facilitated an award-winning seminar, Ethical Decision Making in the Workplace and Society, for Broward County high schools, positively influencing nearly 1,500 students annually. He is also the profession’s representative member of the Education Advisory Committee of the Florida Board of Accountancy.

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.

Bryan Kummerlen was hired as an officer by the West Palm Beach Police Department in 1987. During his 30 year career, he held a variety of assignments and was appointed to Chief in 2014. Bryan was recognized as Palm Beach County Police Chief of the Year in 2016.  He retired as Chief in the spring of 2017.  Currently, he is an independent security and risk consultant and also has served as an adjunct professor of Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University.

Bryan was raised in Palm Beach County and attended Florida State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology.  Later he received a Master of Public Administration Degree from Florida Atlantic University. Bryan also attended the Southern Police Institute Executive Leadership Program, Senior Management Institute for Policing and the Florida Atlantic University Criminal Justice Executive Leadership Program.

Bryan is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Palm Beach County Chiefs of Police Association. He has served on the Palm Beach County Law Enforcement Planning Council, Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission and the 15th Circuit Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.

Bryan Kummerlen, MPA

As former councilperson and first woman Mayor of North Palm Beach, Ms. Pierman has been a positive force in the Palm Beach County community for several decades, most notably in the area of education. Currently, she is the Hispanic Human Resources Council’s (HHRC) Deputy Director.  Ms. Pierman, who also doubles as the HHR Director of Education, a post she has maintained since 1994, is a long standing educator, former teacher in Ohio, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and Michigan and founder of pre-school programs in Ohio.  She has served as President of Child Advocacy Board of Palm Beach County, Inc., a board member of Hope Rural School, a board member of The Benjamin School Corporate, a board member of Deaf Service Center of Palm Beach County, Inc., and the former Director of Puppetry Arts Center of the Palm Beaches.  Ms. Pierman is a member of the American Association of University Women, Friends of the North Palm Beach Library and the National Association for Education of Young Children.  Her honors include the Deaf Service Center Distinguished Service Award, Child Advocate Award in 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003 from the Child Advocacy Board of Palm Beach County, Inc., Extended Hands Community Literacy Award in 2004, Fair Housing Award in 2004, One Child at a Time Award in 2008, Brightest and Best Award in 2009, and the 4-H University of Florida Palm Beach County Outstanding Partner Award in 2015.

Sarah Shullman is an Assistant Attorney General with the Florida Office of the Attorney General, where she conducts investigations and civil prosecutions of persons and companies engaged in deceptive trade practices.  As a result of her work in shutting down fraudulent scams that victimized Florida consumers and homeowners, Sarah was named Consumer Protection Division Attorney of the Year.  Previously, Sarah served Palm Beach County as a Civil Traffic Hearing Officer for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit and practiced in business and consumer finance litigation at Steel Hector & Davis and Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP.  She was recently named a "Top Government Lawyer" in Florida Trend's Legal Elite and was selected as a "Leader in the Law" by the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. 

Sarah earned her law degree magna cum laude from Georgetown and her business degree with honors from the University of Florida.  Upon graduation, she published The Illusion of Devil's Advocacy: How the Justices of the Supreme Court Foreshadow Their Decisions During Oral Argument, in The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process.  Dedicated to her local community, she serves on the Board of Managers for the Boys & Girls Club of Wellington, is a founding member of the Young Professionals of Wellington, and is an honorary trustee of the Jewish Women's Foundation.  She is also active in the legal community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Palm Beach County Chapter, various committees of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, and the Consumer Protection and Grievance Committees of The Florida Bar.  Sarah frequently speaks at consumer protection seminars, and prior to her appointment, served as a Volunteer Advocate for the Commission on Ethics.