Dean's Leadership Council

The College of Arts and Sciences is privileged to have the leadership and commitment of its Dean's Leadership Council. The Council's mission is to foster a vital relationship between the College and the community that it serves. The College is honored that the following individuals have given at least $2000 per year to the College and have committed to serving the Arts and Sciences with their time and their talent:

  • Tanner Azar* -- Chemistry Teacher
  • Jason Burnett* -- Attorney
  • Beth Burwell* -- Vice President, Dental Operations, Florida Blue
  • Judy Eisen* -- Community Volunteer
  • Joshua Garrison* -- President, Miranda Contracting LLC
  • Tom Hornsby -- Retired Judge
  • Carol Lakkis -- Clinical Research Fellow, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care
  • Rhodes Robinson -- CEO, Environmental Services, Inc.
  • Brian Rose -- Owner, Remedy Intelligent Staffing
  • Troy Spurlin -- Owner, Troy Spurlin INTERIORS
  • Jim Van Vleck -- Community Volunteer

* UNF Alum

**UNF Honorary Alum

Jason Burnett

Occupation: Jason is a shareholder in the Jacksonville office of GrayRobinson, P.A., practicing in the areas of commercial litigation and bankruptcy and is a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy issues. He is currently president of the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville and director of the Florida State University College of Law Alumni Board. Jason is a member of the University of North Florida Foundation Board and a member of the pre-law program Board of Advisors. Jason is a past chair of the University of North Florida Dean’s Council for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Education: University of North Florida, B.S., Business Management; Florida State University College of Law, J.D.
Personal: Jason lives in Riverside with his wife Leslie Dean, their Pomeranians Dixie and Sugar, and their cat Ruby.

Elizabeth (Beth) Burwell

Occupation: VP, Dental Operations, Life & Specialty Ventures, L.L.C., an Affiliate Company of Florida Blue. Beth has served 26 years with Florida Blue in various roles including Technology Infrastructure, Operations, Partnership Management, M&A and Vendor Management.
Education: University of Florida, B.S., Computer Science Engineering; University of North Florida, M.B.A.
Personal: Beth is a native Floridian. She has been married to Richard Burwell for 29 years. Richard is also a UNF alumni with a B.S. and M.B.A. They have three children, Amanda, Sarah and David. Amanda is a Chemistry major and Sarah is a Sociology major both at UNF. David is a High School Senior who will be applying to UNF Coggin College of Business in 2017. Beth enjoys her family, the beach, camping, and outdoor activities.

Judith (Judy) Eisen

Occupation: Retired Human Resources Professional
Education: University of Washington, Seattle, B.A.; University of North Florida, M.A.
Personal: In addition to serving on the UNF College of Arts and Science’s Dean’s Leadership Council, Judy is a MOCA Trustee. She enjoys traveling and collecting art.

Thomas (Tom) Hornsby

Occupation: Tom served 23 years as a Circuit Court Judge in Dixon, Illinois. He then became President of the National Council of Juvenile Court Judges in 1997 and joined the faculty of the Florida Coastal School of Law (FCSL) in Jacksonville in 1997, retiring as a full professor 13 years later. He is a Professor Emeritus of FCSL and Director Emeritus of the National Court Appointed Advocates (CASA).
Education: University of Illinois, B.A.; John Marshall Law School, J.D.
Personal: Tom is a community volunteer, having served as President of the Board of Directors of Betty Griffin House Domestic Violence Shelter in St. Johns County. Tom and his wife, Jill retired to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1995.

Dr. Carol Lakkis

Occupation: Currently a Clinical Research Fellow and Head of Applied Clinical Sciences in Research & Development at Johnson & Johnson Vision Care. Carol has previously held the positions of Director of Research, Australian College of Optometry, University of Melbourne and Assistant Clinical Professor at UC Berkeley School of Optometry.
Education: University of Melbourne, BScOptom, Optometry; University of Melbourne, Ph.D., Ocular Microbiology; University of Melbourne, PGCertOcTher, Ocular Pharmacology
Personal: Originally from Melbourne, Carol moved to Jacksonville in 2010. She enjoys cooking, music, theater, museums and watching Aussie Rules football.

Rhodes Robinson

Occupation: Currently a Principal at Environmental Services, Inc. Rhodes is a wildlife biologist, Certified Environmental Professional, and Professional Wetland Scientist. During his career, he has conducted environmental studies throughout the Southeastern United States and Eastern Caribbean on over 1,000,000 acres of land. He has extensive experience in large-scale planning and permitting projects, conducting and coordinating master plans, developments of regional impacts, environmental impact statements, and mitigation banks.
Education: North Carolina State University, B.S., Textile Technology; North Carolina State University, B.S., Wildlife Biology; North Carolina State University, M.S., Wildlife Biology
Personal: Rhodes and his wife Sarah live in Queens Harbor.

Troy Spurlin

Occupation: Troy leads a team of five Interior Designers at his firm, Troy Spurlin Interiors and is looking forward to the opening of a retail arm in the New Year. Before beginning his business ten years ago, Troy was the Director of Marketing and Special Events for MOCA Jacksonville and the Director of Business Relations at Jacksonville University.

Education: Jacksonville University, B.F.A.
Personal: Troy loves cars, houses, and a great red wine! His husband, Scott, is also a small business owner. They travel the world any chance they can get.

James (Jim) Van Vleck

Occupation: Jim began and ended his 35 year business career with the Mead Corporation (Dayton, OH), a Fortune 500 Company in the forest products industry. He served as CEO of several Mead divisions, spent seven years in Europe and retired in 1990 as Senior VP-International.
Education: Principia College, B.A., Economics; Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, M.B.A., Marketing
Personal: Jim and wife, Joan live in Riverside, and enjoy reading, learning, walking, tennis and being actively engaged in the Community. They have 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. Jim has also been on the Board of several non-profits, notably Jacksonville Symphony and Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens.