Press Release for Tuesday, July 2, 2002
Six Named to UNF Foundation Board
JACKSONVILLE -- The University of North Florida has added six new members to its Foundation Board. The new members are Karen Burdette, Jay Demetree, Dr. Jonathan Howe, Dr. Robert Lufrano, Marilyn McAfee and Jeremy Smith.
Karen Burdette is the managing director and founder of BurdetteB2B, which is a $15 million marketing consulting and communications firm. BurdetteB2B provides senior-level marketing, business strategy and communications help to its clients. The B2B stands for business-to-business.
Jay Demetree Jr. is president and CEO of Demetree Brothers Inc. The company is involved in real estate management and leasing, development and construction management. They lease and manage more than 2 million square feet of commercial real estate.
Dr. Jonathan Howe is the executive director of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. The national philanthropic organization, based in Jacksonville, was established by industrialist Arthur Vining Davis. The organization’s purpose is to provide financial assistance for private higher education, secondary education, graduate theological education, health care and public television. Howe is a retired Admiral in the Navy.
Dr. Robert Lufrano was elected president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Inc. earlier this year. He is also the CEO for the company and president and CEO of Health Options Inc. Blue Cross and Blue Shield is a not-for-profit mutual company which offers an array of health choices for more than 6 million Floridians.
Marilyn McAfee was a career foreign service officer who served as the U.S. ambassador to Guatemala from 1993 to 1996. McAfee retired in 1998 after 30 years with the diplomatic service. She is the president of the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville and is on the National Advisory Board of the World Affairs Councils of America. McAfee was appointed last year by Gov. Bush to the board of directors of the Jacksonville Port Authority.
Jeremy Smith is the vice president of finance for Gate Petroleum Company and the president of Gate Riverplace Company. Smith is a member of the board of directors for the Bolles School and several civic organizations.
The Foundation Board offers counsel and financial support for the University. In addition, the non-profit, tax-exempt board strives to strengthen UNF’s community ties and to increase private contributions to the University. Board members serve a three-year term.