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Board Members

Our passion for helping underprivileged families in South Florida.

Providing stability and resources for families in South Florida, our staff brings a wide range of experience, deep knowledge of economic and political development, celebrity and popular campaigns for organizational growth in order to influence South Florida’s youth. Catch 81 Foundation's Board of Directors is a diverse and skilled group responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the Foundation. Its members work closely with staff in all areas of the charity, they help carry the Catch 81 message to new and wide-ranging audiences to enhance the organization’s profile, resources, and effectiveness.

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Management Team

O.J. McDuffie

Co-Founder & Board Chairman

O.J. McDuffie is a former first-team All-American who graduated from Penn State University in 1992. He was then drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the first round where his entire nine-year career began and flourished. “Juice” quickly became Dan Marino’s favorite target and broke multiple receiving records, including leading the NFL in receptions in 1998. O.J. earned the team MVP Honors in 1997 and 1998. In December of 2013, O.J. was inducted into the Miami Dolphins Walk of Fame. His commitment and passion to the South Florida community didn't end with his contributions on the field. Prior to his retirement in 2001, O.J. contributed much of his time to various charitable causes and continues his dedication to help the area’s youth through his work with the Catch 81 Foundation.

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Lara Sahakian

Co-Founder & President

Lara Sahakian is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, Smeal College of Business with a Bachelors Degree in Economics and a Minor in Business Law. Upon graduation, Ms. Sahakian began her career in the financial industry as a trader on the Nasdaq trading floor. She served as Nasdaq Market Maker, specializing in a list of over 300 public companies. She has over 17 years of trading and investing experience in the financial and real estate industries. She currently serves as President and CEO of an international concierge company, Elite Global Access, LLC. In addition to her professional career, Ms. Sahakian is heavily involved in the philanthropic arena. She has been involved with several charities and fundraising initiatives. She is a Co-Founder and currently serves as Board President of the O.J. McDuffie Catch 81 Foundation.

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Fran Smock- McDuffie

Vice President

Fran was born and raised in Saint Louis. After attending the University of Missouri where she studied Business management, she perused her love for traveling and real estate. Moving to Washington, DC then sunny south Florida, Fran grew her 16 year real estate business into what is now her own brokerage. As co-founder of McDuffie Realty, Vice President of The Catch 81 Foundation and proud supporter of The Susan B. Anthony recovery center, Fran's passion is giving back to the community and spending time with her husband OJ and their two young boys Otis and Cameron.

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Johnny Williams Jr.

Legal Counsel & Governance

Johnny Williams Jr. has more than 15 years of marketing and management experience, specializing in the implementation and management of integrated marketing programs and Promotions. Williams’ extensive industry experience began with positions with the Don Shula Foundation, the Super Bowl XXIX Host Committee, and the PGA Tour. He leverages his knowledge and understanding of the sports & entertainment industry to strategically align athletes and performers with corporate America to enhance their marketing investments and develops strategic integrated marketing programs that assist companies in accomplishing their stated marketing objectives.

Williams has proven successful in managing comprehensive complex projects for Pro Series, ISC (PSI), a special event marketing firm in Fort Lauderdale, FL where he structured major contracts that delivered multi-million dollar ROI for PSI’s corporate partners. He has cultivated his skills by teaming local intergovernmental agencies and corporate sponsors and aligning their objectives into cohesive synergistic integrated marketing campaigns. He was an asset to Pro Series’ organizational structure, managing the team that produced the annual McDonalds® Air & Sea Show® and Fleet Week USA® presented by McDonald’s for more than a decade. He is seasoned in the areas of marketing & endorsement, corporate special event operations, sponsorship research, and solicitation, and contracting.

Williams has been recognized by Success South Florida Magazine as being one of South Florida’s most successful African American businessmen under 40 and in the inaugural edition of Who’s Who in Black South Florida. Williams is a former adjunct professor at St. Thomas University where he taught Legal Aspects of Sports Administration. He has given back to the community through his work as a Guardian Ad Litem, mentoring students and sits on the Executive Board of the Winterfest Boat Parade, SOS Children’s Foundation and the Twan Russell Life Skills and Reading Foundation. Williams also serves as General Counsel for the O.J. McDuffie Catch 81 Foundation.

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Theresa Ansbaugh

Board Member

Theresa Ansbaugh is in Business Development for ParkCreek  and Delray Beach Surgery Centers focused on the Workers Compensation Industry. With over 23 years of experience in the field, she works closely with employers and workers comp carriers in the Tri-County area to assist them with coordinating medical care for their injured employees. She stays very involved in the industry and coordinates educational medical lectures throughout the year for her clients.

Theresa is also very passionate about her community and served as a Board Member for the Russell Education Foundation for 7 Years.

In 2017 Theresa joined the OJ McDuffie Catch 81 Foundation as a Board Member and serves on the Events Committee. Her role is to assist with our various community events to raise money for at-risk youth in the South FL. Community.

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