Martin Gayeski- Pembroke Pines, Florida
Served in the United States Army from 1967-1973, serving in Vietnam from January 9, 1968 until February 1969. Mr. Gayeski has always placed a significant emphasis on the hiring of Veterans and the disabled for all job vacancies at the City of Pembroke Pines. He is a member of Vietnam Veterans of America in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. Member of the American Legion #347 in Lady Lake, Fl. Supported the "Band of Brothers" in The Villages, FL, a Veterans club who are incredibly involved in community affairs within The Villages. Sponsored the mobile Vietnam Memorial program and Honor Flights for Veterans to visit Washington DC to tour the Nation's Monuments. Spearheaded the design and construction of Memorial Park in Pembroke Pines which honors those that lost their lives on 911 and pays homage to the US Armed Forces and its Veterans.
In 2015 Mr. Gayeski worked with the City's Community Services Department, Home Depot, and several private contractors to renovate five homes owned by the City to develop Reconnect and Reenergize (R&R) Village. R&R Village was established in 2015 to provide transitional housing for Veterans getting back on their feet.
Mr. Gayeski, being a proponent of high quality education, was instrumental in the development and construction of the largest Charter School System in the United States. This system now serves over 6000 elementary, middle, and high school students on five campuses. Unlike many other Charter Schools, the City of Pembroke Pines Charter School system works in conjunction with the Broward County School District and is free for residents to attend. One campus, FSU Elementary has had a long standing relationship with Florida State University. Mr. Gayeski remains a timeless advocate of Charter School Education.