Board of Directors
Bradley “Brad” Lorimier, Board President – Independent Consultant to the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industries since 1999. Mr. Lorimier served as Senior Vice President of Business Development at Human Genome Sciences Inc., from 1994 to July 1997. Previously, he served as a Senior Vice President of Business Development at Johnson and Johnson. Mr. Lorimier served as a Vice President of Corporate Development at Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Corp., (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) from 1991 to March 1994 and as a Vice President of Licensing (Pharmaceuticals) of Johnson & Johnson from 1986 to 1991. He served as a Vice President of Licensing at Sterling Drug Inc., from 1984 to 1986. He served in licensing, business planning and marketing positions at Revlon Health Care Group, Armour Pharmaceutical and Bristol Laboratories. He Co-founded Avalon Pharmaceuticals Inc. and served as its Chairman of since August 6, 2007. Mr. Lorimier has served as the Chairman and Director of over nine Pharmaceutical and research corporations globally. Mr. Lorimier holds a BS in Biology from the University of Illinois in 1967. Indian River County resident.
Charles “Robi” Robinson, Board Secretary/Treasurer – Doctorate of Education in Curriculum & Instruction from East Texas State University, a Masters in Reading & Supervision from the University of Bridgeport and a Bachelors’ Degree in History from King’s College. His first teaching position was in St. Lucia in the Eastern Caribbean as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Since then he has taught grades 5-12 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Okinawa, Japan, Aschaffenburg, Germany, and Commerce, Texas. From 1980 – 2003 he lived in Massachusetts where he was a professor of education at Bridgewater State University and educational consultant to many districts. He and his wife Sandy now live in Indian River County.
Rev. Dr. Robert Baggott – Currently the Senior Minister at Community Church of Vero Beach and a strong supporter of Crossover since the very beginning. He graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he was an Honor Initiate with Sigma Nu Fraternity, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where his emphasis was Preaching, receiving his Master of Divinity degree in 1984. He holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Graduate Theological Foundation, South Bend, Indiana. He also holds a Doctor of Divinity Degree, from Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia. Dr. Baggott has done further study in the Religious Studies program of Christ College, in Oxford, England and served as Senior Minister of two of the largest congregations in the United Church of Christ before coming to The Community Church of Vero Beach in 2004. Indian River County resident.
Linda Knoll – BA from Nazareth College of Rochester, NY, and continued her education at Temple University Graduate School of Business. During her career she managed public relations and marketing responsibilities in banking, advertising, and small appliance manufacturing, and co-founded a marketing research firm in Philadelphia, PA. In 1992, Linda and her husband Jay embarked on their sailboat for a trip down the east coast; two years later, they anchored permanently in Vero Beach. They established an in-home computer training business, which served the community for over 15 years. Linda has volunteered for Crossover and various other community organizations and served in leadership capacities at Community Church, where she is a member. She is a past president and honorary board member of Indian River Impact 100. Indian River County resident.
Robert Parsons – President, CEO and Chairman of a specialty construction products company covering the northeast region of the US. Founding board member of Crossover Mission. Indian River County resident.
Rev. Gregory Pitts, Sr. – Pastor of Center of Joy Church, entrepreneur and local business owner, Indian River County resident.
Milo Thornton – 21 years of law enforcement experience and during that time he earned his Bachelor Degree from Indian River State College (currently enrolled at UCF, master’s program). Currently the Captain of Uniform Patrol Operations for Indian River County Sheriff’s Office. He’s affiliated with several non-profits throughout the State of Florida and has positions with respective organizations boards. He’s an adjunct instructor at Indian River State College (15 years), where he teaches several disciplines regarding to the Criminal Justice profession. Indian River County resident.
John Vanderzee – Engineering degree from Princeton. Active Duty Navy Officer 1954-1957. He spent 31 years with the Ford Motor Company in a number of sales and marketing roles. He retired from Ford in 1994 as the International Executive Advertising Director. He then joined Young & Rubicam Advertising as CEO of the Detroit office. He retired in 1999 and moved to Vero Beach. He is a board member of the Indian River Neighborhood Association and Bermuda Bay Management Board Director, and executive supporter with the United Way. Indian River County resident.
Crossover Mission, Inc. Founders
Antoine L. Jennings – Director of Operations & Co-Founder – Head Basketball Coach and Director of Athletics and Mentoring. Indian River County resident & native of Gifford in Vero Beach.
Catherine “Cathy” De Schouwer – Executive Director & Co-Founder – MBA/MAcc University of Florida, International Business Woman, Co-Owner Green House Produce Company, Co-Owner Promex Fresh, Inc., Crossover Mission Executive Director, wife and mother of three. Indian River County resident & native of Vero Beach.