Dale Petersen’s career in Orthotics & Prosthetics spans more than 50 years. Petersen’s father,Adolph Petersen, owned Harper Balanced Shoe Company in St. Petersburg, Florida. Dale began working with his father in his shop at 11 years of age. There he learned
custom shoe and arch support fabrication, to become certainly one of the youngest persons skilled in this craft.
After completing a three year enlistment in the United States Army in 1962, Petersen entered an apprenticeship program in O&P and embarked on a career that has included ownership and management of orthotic &
prosthetic clinical facilities and fabrication and manufacturing businesses. After retirement from his businesses in 2008, he joined the Administrative Staff at St. Petersburg College where he currently works in the Orthotics
& Prosthetics Program. He also continues to do O&Pconsultation and product design and fabrication work.
Petersen and his wife Donna, both Florida natives, live in Clearwater. They have six children and 12 grandchildren. They have a son, a daughter and a son-in-law who are Orthotic & Prosthetic Practitioners. Their
charitable pursuits include First Christian Academy, a Pre K through 8th grade private school in New Port Richey, Florida.
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Licensed to practice in Washington, D.C. and Florida.
Mary Simmons, CPA
As a Certified Public Accountant in West Central Florida and the Tampa Bay area for almost thirty years, Mary Simmons has built a very solid reputation for assisting individuals and companies. With her experience and expertise
in accounting services, financial planning and tax services, she is committed to providing personal service and building professional relationships.
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Kay M. Burniston is currently Executive Director for the Daytona State College Foundation. In this position she oversees the distribution of over one million dollars
to students and program support. She works with donors and the community to find appropriate matches. During her three year tenure, at DSC, there has been over 5 million dollars received in donations. She is active with
local literacy initiatives. Prior to this position, she was Vice President for Baccalaureate Programs at St. Petersburg College. This was the first community college in Florida to offer bachelor’s degree.
Kay was instrumental in designing this successful system which created over 20 bachelor degrees, including the Bachelor program for Orthotics & Prosthetics. This design was the pilot for other Florida community
colleges, who now offer four year programs in their communities. St. Petersburg continues to be the largest and most diverse in its four year degree offerings. During her time at St. Petersburg College, she served in various
capacities on state and local boards. She was a member of the Community College Baccalaureate Association, Leadership Tampa Bay, Council for Resource Development, and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Accreditation.
Her previous roles included Vice President for Planning, Research and Development, Daytona Beach Community College. In this position she had oversight for grants, marketing, institutional research, and technology.
During this time, a 6.2 million technology installation occurred, connecting 5 campuses with a fiber optic network and installing new data base manager. She, also, played a role in establishing the college’s public television
station. She was involved in Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and local children advocacy organizations.
She received her bachelor degree from Western Michigan University and her master’s from the University of Central Florida. She received a fellowship to attend Harvard University’s Institute of Educational Management.