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John Kuchta Joins EFSC Foundation Board of Directors

November 7, 2022 - The Eastern Florida State College Foundation recently elected John Kuchta to serve on its Board of Directors.

John KuchtaKuchta is the Chief Security Officer at Embraer Aircraft Holdings, Inc. located in Melbourne. As CSO he is responsible for the safety and security of company personnel, data and assets, including physical and cyber threats and data breaches, as well as development of training and safety protocols. He leads the crisis management team, Threat Analysis Team, Insider Treat Program and insures the physical and travel security of executives and employees.

“The Eastern Florida State College Foundation plays a monumental role in our community and is an important partner to Embraer,” said Kuchta. “I am pleased to join the Board of Directors at the EFSC Foundation during such incredible growth within our region—and aerospace, as well. Together, we are aligned with building the future of the area and look forward to fostering innovation.”

Before joining Embraer, Kuchta was the director of global security and ethics/compliance investigations at a Fortune 50 corporation. He is a former federal prosecutor who retired from a 27-year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Senior Supervisory Resident Special Agent in charge of the Southwest Florida region. He served in Washington, D.C., Tampa, Florida, Regional East Command in Afghanistan, and as a U.S. Diplomat serving as the FBI representative to Her Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom, Channel Island and the Republic of Ireland.

He is the recipient of the FBI Medal of Valor, the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Heroism, two U.S. Attorney Office Law Enforcement Officer of the Year recognitions, FBI Combat Theatre Ribbon, and a U.S. Attorney General’s Award for National Security Investigations.

He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the Duquesne University School of Law and a member of the Florida Bar Association and a retired member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He is also a member of the Domestic Security Alliance Council, the Overseas Security Alliance Council and FBI Infragard, partnering private sector and government to collaborate in protecting critical domestic infrastructure.

He will serve alongside board members including Moses Harvin, II (Board Chair), Michael Scialdone (Vice Chair), Mel Mills (Treasurer), Stephanie Bergsieker, Adam Bird, Randy Coleman, Sherry Covell, Trizia Ginarella Eavenson, Dr. Edgar Figueroa, Judy Healy, Dan Kelley, Thomas LaFlore, Dave Lightholder, Mark Mikolajczyk, Pam Persse, Bill Row, Natasha Spencer, and Dr. Jim Richey.

For more information about the Eastern Florida State College Foundation, or the Alumni Association, contact the Foundation at (321) 433-7055.