is vice chair of the UNF Board of Trustees
and is a managing partner and employment lawyer with Foley & Lardner
LLP in Jacksonville, Florida. He is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Labor
and Employment matters. Kevin has been recognized by the highest performance
rating in Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system as AV® Preeminent™. He
has also been recognized as a leading lawyer in various publications, including TheBest Lawyers in America; Who’s
Who Legal USA - Management Labor & Employment; Chambers
USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers; Florida’s Legal Elite™ by Florida Trend magazine; and Florida Super Lawyers®.
Kevin is active in civic and community matters. He was an elected member and
past president of the Jacksonville City Council. Additionally, he served as
chair of the Board of Directors for WJCT Public Broadcasting; the Jacksonville
Public Education Fund; Jacksonville Community Council, Inc.; the Jacksonville
Civic Council; and the Youth Crisis Center.
Kevin is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Law (J.D., with
honors, 1988); and the University of South Florida (B.A., magna cum laude,
is Professor and Richard deRaismes Kip fellow at the
Department of Economics and Geography and co-director of the Flagship program
in International Business at the Coggin College of Business, University of
Andrés received his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Licentiate degree in Economics
from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina. He also
received a graduate Diploma in Economics from the Instituto Torcuato Di Tella,
Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a Master of Science from the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Bella Genta is originally from Sarasota, Florida where she graduated from Pine View School in 2014. She is currently a junior at UNF, majoring in International Relations and minoring in Environmental Studies. During her time at UNF, she has been an active student in the Hicks Honors College, a sister of Delta Gamma, served as a research assistant, and completed two study abroad programs. Bella plans to graduate in Spring of 2018 and continue her education by pursuing a master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development. She hopes to one day work for a subsect of the United Nations Environmental Programme.
Ann Hicks is a former member of the UNF Board of Trustees and very active in the community. She is a 1994 graduate of UNF and she and her husband, David, are supporters of the university. Both the Hicks Honors College and Hicks Hall are named after the couple. They also established the Gray Scholarship Program and created the Pathways to Success Scholarship program.
Ann is a civic leader providing guidance to the Bolles School, the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation, the Jacksonville Area Planning Board, the Daniel Memorial Home, HabiJax, the Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens, the Junior League of Jacksonville, and the Jacksonville Public Library.
serves on the UNF Financing Corporation and is on the Executive Committee of the UNF Foundation Board.
Mac is a Principal with Heritage Capital Group, and works with owners of mid-sized companies to create value through strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, and comprehensive exit strategy design and implementation.
Mac serves as a board member for the Northeast Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America where he is the president. He is a past chair of the Baptist Health Foundation Board, a former member of the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast Metro Board and is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville’s Class of 2002.Mac served as chair of Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce’s economic development organization, Cornerstone, in 2003. He was appointed in 2003 by Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton to chair the Blue Ribbon Commission (the mayor’s transition subcommittee for financing efficiency) and was appointed in 2002 by Jacksonville Mayor Delaney to chair the Preservation Project, an initiative to purchase and protect green space for public access in Duval County.Mac holds a B.S. in Corporate Finance from the University of Alabama.
Debbie Johnson served on the UNF Alumni Association board for more than 25 years in various positions, including former president. She has also served on the Student Affairs Community Council and on the Coggin College of Business Alumni Chapter. Debbie helped establish the On Campus Transition (OCT) program at UNF.
Debbie is active in the community, including involvement with The Arc Jacksonville, the Kiwanis Club of Jacksonville Beaches, the United Way of Northeast Florida, Leadership Jacksonville, Lifework Leadership Jacksonville, and Switzerland Community Church. She also serves as a member of two ministry boards: Grace for Glory Ministries and Compass-finances God's Way.
is a member of the Florida Board of Governors. She is also a founding partner and serves as Managing Partner of Ackerman Link & Sartory and concentrates her legal practice in the areas of commercial real estate, asset-based financing, and general corporate law.
Wendy serves as secretary/treasurer of the Florida Colleges Trustee Commission, a designated division of the Association of Florida Colleges, and as immediate past chair of the District Board of Trustees for Palm Beach State College. In 2011, Wendy was honored by the Florida Association of Community Colleges with its Trustee of the Year Award. She is chair of Florida Healthy Kids Corporation. She currently serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, WPBT Channel 2, the United Way, the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches, BizPac, and a member of the Board of Supervisors for CityPlace Community Development District. She has served on the Community Forum on Ethics for Leadership Palm Beach County, is a member of Leadership West Palm Beach Steering Committee, and the SunFest Special Needs committee. As a past chair of the Dwyer Awards, she still serves as a committee member.
Wendy received her bachelor degree from the University of North Carolina and her law degree from Duke University School of Law.
Rad Lovett has given his time and talents to both the UNF Board of Trustees and the UNF Foundation. In addition, he served as co-chairman of UNF’s The Power of Transformation campaign.
Rad is the Managing director and co-founding partner of Lovett Miller & Co., a Florida-based venture capital and growth equity firm that invests in privately held companies primarily in the Southeastern United States; also founder, chairman and chief executive officer of two growth companies, TowerCom Development, LP, developers of wireless communication infrastructure, and TowerCom Limited, a developer of broadcast communication towers; has served as a director of more than 20 private companies.
He is active in the community, volunteering his expertise to the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, the Youth Crisis Center and the Jacksonville Jaguars Honor Rows Program.
Rad earned an A.B. degree from Harvard College.
Dr. Anne Lufrano serves on the UNF Student Affairs Council. She is a retired counseling psychologist. In 2009, she and her husband, Robert, retired chairman and CEO of Florida Blue, established the Lufrano Intercultural Gallery, located in UNF's Student Union. The not-for-profit gallery features traveling art shows and offers educational opportunities for students, faculty and staff. The Lufranos have been dedicated university supporters over the years, making generous gifts to the UNF Parents Association Endowed Scholarships, First Generation Scholarships, Student Affairs Community Council, Music Flagship Program and the MOCA Jacksonville, a cultural institute of UNF.
Additionally, Anne is significantly involved in the community, serving as a volunteer for the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and The Arc Jacksonville.
Anne received a B.A. in Psychology from Queens College, CUNY, and a Ph.D. in Child and Family Psychopathology from Cornell University.
is a member of the UNF Board of Trustees and is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of JEA – Jacksonville, Florida’s municipally owned electric, water and wastewater utility.
Paul currently serves on the boards of The Energy Authority, Inc. (“TEA”), Florida Reliability Coordinating Council, Northeast Florida Safety Council, Inc., and the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. Paul is a member of the American Public Power Association Board’s Executive Committee and serves as Treasurer, as well as Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee and Chair of the Retirement Committee. He is also a member of the Large Public Power Council CEO Roundtable.He holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana and a certificate from the Advanced Management Program of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and pursued graduate-level studies at the University of Bridgeport and the University of New Haven in Connecticut.
Dr. Karen Patterson is the Associate Vice President for Faculty Resources and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, overseeing UNF’s Hicks Honors College, first-year academic advising, student academic success services, and undergraduate research.
Dr. Patterson received her Ph.D. in Special Education from Kent State University. Her professional experiences have included teaching students with emotional and behavior disorders, and autism. Her research has a focus on improving practices for under-served students, college students with disabilities, collaborative partnerships, and parental involvement for students at risk for failure. Karen co-sponsored UNF’s student chapter of the special education national organization, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and is an Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award recipient. She served as Department Chair (Exceptional, Deaf, & Interpreter Education) from 2010-2016.
Dr. Radha Pyati
is Professor and Chair of the UNF Department of Chemistry and President of the UNF Faculty Association. She serves as the faculty representative on UNF’s Board of Trustees. She has been at UNF since 2008 and served as Director of the UNF Environmental Center from 2008 to 2013.
Before that, Dr. Pyati was on the faculty of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, from 1997 to 2008. She earned her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995. She is an analytical and environmental chemist active in research with undergraduates, and she has led the scientist team writing the State of the Lower St. Johns River Basin Report since 2008.
Dr. Judith Rodriguez
is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and is chair of, and professor in, the Department of Nutrition & Dietetics at UNF. She has many peer-reviewed and consumer publications, including the Latino Food Lover’s Glossary, and The Diet Selector. Dr. Rodriguez, a past president of, and Medallion recipient from, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a UNF Distinguished Professor (2013). She has numerous other recognitions.
Dr. Rodriguez has been active in education, service and research, done media interviews and served on international projects and a national study of U.S. Hispanics. She has collaborated on study abroad and community-based experiences for students. She received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Rutgers and a M.A. in Nutrition and Higher Education and a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics from NYU.
Dr. Bruce Taylor has been a supporter of UNF for many years. He previously served as chair of the UNF Board of Trustees and currently serves on the UNF Foundation.
Dr. Taylor is chief executive officer and chairman of Taylor Engineering, Inc. The Taylor Engineering Research Institute and the Taylor Leadership Institute at UNF are both named in his honor.
Dr. Taylor is the recipient of a number of honors and recognitions for his leadership roles, including the Distinguished Alumnus at the University of Florida and Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Florida Engineer of the Year and the nation’s highest honor given to a professional engineer: the National Society of Professional Engineer’s Award.
Dr. Taylor served as an officer in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine Service, receiving his Bachelor of Science (with distinction) from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1964. He subsequently earned his Master of Science in Oceanographic Engineering from the University of Miami in 1971 and his Ph.D. in Civil and Coastal Engineering from the University of Florida in 1974.
Sharon Wamble-King is a member of the UNF Board of Trustees and works in corporate communications, providing executive leadership for reputation management, external communication, internal and executive communications.
Throughout her career, Sharon has held leadership positions for large, complex and global organizations. Sharon has been active in community and professional organizations including Florida Memorial University in Miami, the APEC Board in Orlando, WJCT, Public Broadcasting in Jacksonville, the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, and the Regional Advisory Council for Leadership Florida.
She is a member of the Arthur Page Society, Council for Communications Management, Public Relations Society of America, Society for Human Resource Management and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). She has served as an international executive board member for IABC and trustee of the IABC Research Foundation. Sharon holds a B.S. in communication arts and sociology from the University of the Pacific and a Master of Science in Mass Communication from the California State University, San Diego.
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