About Bound For College

Founded in 2012 by Mark Sauer, the purpose of Bound For College is to provide academic, financial and emotional resources for motivated students so they can reach their full potential.  Our college readiness program includes ACT/SAT prep, college tours, college and financial aid application guidance, career exploration and developmental counseling.  At Bound For College, young people are encouraged to acquire an education after high school to set themselves on a secure career path and fulfill their vision.

Our Staff and Board of Directors

Staff

Kirsten Stevens is the Chief Executive Officer of Bound For College. She brings a strong background in Nonprofit Development to our organization and has worked in the philanthropic communities of The Bahamas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina and Latin America. Kirsten started her career in Hospitality Management, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree from FIU and working with companies such as Ritz-Carlton Hotels and Turnberry Isle Resort. Kirsten discovered her passion for social change while living in The Bahamas and has served in roles such as board member, volunteer, Director of Development and Executive Director for nonprofits and foundations. With an MBA and certifications in Nonprofit Management and BoardSource Board Consulting, Kirsten is active in the community and frequently conducts workshops and trainings.

Michel DiPalma is the Director of Academic Development and has been with Bound For College since the inception of the organization. She has a 15 year background in finance and technology as an Assistant Vice President working in financial services system development at State Street Corporation  in  Boston. With a degree in Finance and an MBA from Simmons College, Michel transitioned to teaching after a move to Florida.  Her desire was to help students in their development of real world skills and has taught Math, Science and Technology to 6 through 12 graders for 10 years in Delray Beach, FL. At Bound For College, Michel develops and implements new academic programs to increase student college readiness. She also focuses on securing STEM based summer opportunities for student academic growth and opportunities and has been a mentor and club coordinator with Palm Beach County’s Take Stock in Children program since 2013.

Board of Directors

Mark Sauer – Founder 

Mr. Sauer is the Founder of Bound For College, formerly known as Delray Students First Inc. Since 2007 Mr. Sauer has taught, coached and volunteered at Village Academy. In 2012 he retired as a teacher from the School District of Palm Beach County in order to create and manage Bound For College, formerly Delray Students First Inc. From 1989 to 2006 Mr. Sauer held senior management positions with three professional sports franchises: the St. Louis Cardinals, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League. He served as President and C.E.O. of the Pirates and Blues.  He holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

Leo Ressa  Chairman  

Leo joined the Board in 2014. He lives in Delray Beach and Hampton Bays, New York.  Since 2005 he has had a leadership and mentoring role in New York’s Student Sponsor Partners organization.  He served as Managing Director-Institutional Sales and Trading at Merrill Lynch from 1986-2004 and Senior Vice President-U.S. Institutional Trading at Alliance Bernstein from 2005-2011.  Leo is a graduate of Hobart College.

Ann Pepper 

Ann holds a nursing degree from Florida Atlantic University and is a longtime resident of Delray Beach.  Through her own education and the education of her two children, she is very knowledgeable regarding the School District of Palm Beach County and its diverse student population. She is well versed in all local issues within the Delray Beach community.   Ann is a certified personal trainer and is involved in the wellness activities of Bound For College, formerly Delray Students First, students.  She directs BFC fundraising events and is also responsible for public relations and social media communications for Bound For College.

Jeffrey Margolis  

Jeffrey Margolis earned his MBA in Finance and Accounting from Cornell University. Jeff has 25 years of experience as a former investment management executive along with nine years as a current investment management consultant in his own business. By lending his expertise, he helps to grow the organization strategically. He serves as a board member for Bound For College where he has volunteered to tutor students in financial literacy.

Jerilyn Walter

Bio Coming Soon

Jordana Jarjura 

Jordana L. Jarjura is Vice President and General Counsel of Menin Development, Inc.  Menin Development provides acquisition, development, re-development, leasing and property management services for ‘Class A’ retail and mixed-use properties across the United States.  Before joining Menin, Jordana was General Counsel for a leading South Florida construction company. Prior to that, Jordana’s private practice focused on government affairs, development entitlements, and land use/zoning appeals. She has found that the combination of knowledgeable lobbying with a mindful eye on litigation is very effective in seeking and preserving development rights.  Jordana is the former Vice Mayor of the City of Delray Beach. She also served on the Palm Beach County MPO and the PBC State Attorney’s Sober Homes Task Force. A former International Baccalaureate graduate of Delray’s own Atlantic High School, Ms. Jarjura has a BA from the University of Florida, a JD from Pepperdine University’s School of Law and a MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management.  

Margi Greenfield  

Margi is a native of Florida and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Sciences from the University of Florida.  She worked 12 years for JM Family Enterprises in the positions of programming, systems analysis and teaching computer languages to JM associates for data analysis and reporting. Margi was a member of the Pine Crest School Parent’s Association, a Girl Scout Leader and a tutor/mentor for students attending Saint Andrew’s School and Village Academy. She co-chaired the Connected Warriors 4th Annual Gala Event and is currently a member of their Board Event Committee.

Jonathan Elias 

A Palm Beach county native, Jonathan is training as a mental health counselor and is the founder of a private tutoring company which assists college students recovering from addiction. For the past year he has mentored Bound For College, formerly DSF, students at Village Academy through an after-school fellowship program. Jonathan earned a B.A. in comparative literature from the University of Chicago and an M.S. in counseling from Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Shar Solis 

Coming Soon

Academic Advisory Committee

Chair – Michel DiPalma

Sheldon Silver – Retired Principal
Leo Ressa – BFC Board Chair

Tutors / Teachers

Tammy Mose-Cooper
Debra Weier
Shar Solis
Shannon Solis

Retha Prescod
Nickoletta Loulis
Marissa Kingham