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Announcing Our Volunteer Leadership Transition

As of July 1, 2018, we have a brand new volunteer board serving Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida.

First, our thanks go out to Shannon Elswick, our Board Chair from 2016 to 2018, for his leadership during challenging times.

“Shannon is a great leader who was a tremendous help to me in my transition. I am grateful for the opportunity he and the entire Board of Directors gave me to be part of this wonderful organization,” said Keith Padgett, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida CEO.

Taking the reins as Board Chair for 2018 to 2020 is Edward Schrank. Ed has seamlessly stepped into the Chairman’s role with enthusiasm and dedication. He brings with him a lifetime of business experience and community service.

Full biographies for Edward Schrank and Shannon Elswick below. View the full board list, here.


Shannon Elswick

Board Chair


Shannon Elswick currently serves as Executive in Residence for the Department of Health Management & Informatics in the College of Health and Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida. He teaches Issues and Trends in Healthcare and Leadership for Healthcare Executives at the graduate level. Shannon is also a candidate for Florida House of Representatives, District 32. His career in healthcare has spanned 4 decades, over half of which was at the senior executive level. Before moving into academics, Shannon was the President of the Adult Hospital Group and President of ORMC for Orlando Health.

Shannon served 6 years in the US Navy as a hospital corpsman. He earned a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration degree from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Services from Southern Illinois University. He has served on the credentials committee and as a member of the faculty for the American College of Healthcare Executives and is published in Hospitality, Lean/Six Sigma, Lifestyle Medicine, and HIT Support for Post-Acute Care.

Mr. Elswick is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the Central Florida board as Higher Education Liaison. He has served on boards and committees of multiple healthcare and community organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters, American Heart Association, Cornerstone Hospice, United Way of Lake and Sumter, UCF College of Health and Public Affairs Dean’s Advisory Council, Lake Sumter State College Health Sciences Collegiate Academy Advisory Council, Southlake Chamber of Commerce, Lake County Industrial Development Authority, MyRegion.org, Lake & Sumter EMS, Community Foundation of South Lake County and Oakland Presbyterian Church.

Shannon and Becky, his wife of 37 years, who serves as a Client Advocacy Manager in the Fifth Circuit Guardian ad Litem program and is a former member of the Lake County School Board, live in Clermont. They have three sons and four grandchildren.

When he is not teaching or singing in one of his a cappella groups, Shannon enjoys tennis, scuba, and riding the tandem bike with Becky.


Edward Schrank

Board Chair


As the incoming President of the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Board of Directors, Edward Schrank brings with him a lifetime of business experience and community service. Most recently, Mr. Schrank has served the past six years on the Executive Committee of BBBS of Central Florida, including four years as Treasurer. He currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association’s Foundation. In the past he has served as President of the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Mr. Schrank has over 40 years of experience in the real estate development and construction industry. He has owned and operated Plan B Holdings for the past 28-years. Originally from New York, Mr. Schrank has called Central Florida home since the mid 1970’s. He is married with two adult sons and three extremely gifted grandchildren.

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