Paul McElroy retired as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of JEA - Jacksonville, Florida's municipally owned electric, water and wastewater utility.
Before joining JEA, Mr. McElroy served as a Vice President and General Manager for Bombardier Capital Corporation in Jacksonville, Florida and Colchester, Vermont. Prior to that, he served as Vice President, Internal Finance Division of Pitney Bowes Credit Corporation in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Mr. McElroy previously served on the boards of Florida Electric Power Coordinating Group, Inc. (FCG), as Chair, The Energy Authority, Inc. (TEA), Florida Reliability Coordinating Council, Inc. (FRCC), Northeast Florida Safety Council, Inc., and the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. He also served as a member of the American Public Power Association (APPA) Board's Executive Committee and as Chair of the Tax and Finance Committee at the Large Public Power Council (LPPC).Mr. McElroy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He pursued graduate-level studies at the University of Bridgeport, as well as the University of New Haven in Connecticut.Mr. McElroy was appointed to the UNF Board of Trustees by the Board of Governors in January 2016, and was reappointed in 2021 for a second term ending January 6, 2026. He serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee.
Jason Barrett serves as President and CEO of Flagler Health+, a total care enterprise aimed at advancing the physical, social and economic health of Northeast Florida communities. Since joining the Flagler organization as Vice President of Operations in 2003, Mr. Barrett has served in a number of executive roles, including Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Integration Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Previously, Mr. Barrett served in various leadership capacities at UF Health Jacksonville.
Mr. Barrett is very active in the community, having served as the Chairman of the St. Johns County Economic Development Council, a board member of the St. Johns County Education Foundation, a mentor in the Take Stock in Children Program and a Board Member of the St. Johns County Planning and Zoning Agency. He is currently a member of the First Coast Health Care Executives Group, the American College of Health Care Executives and having a role on the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida Board of Governors. Mr. Barrett holds a Master of Science in Systems and Engineering Management from Texas Tech University and both a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Health Science, Health Administration from the University of North Florida. Mr. Barrett was appointed to the UNF Board of Trustees by the Florida Board of Governors on March 12, 2021 for a term ending January 6, 2026.
Henry K. Brown is the Chief Executive Officer for Miller Electric Company. He is a third-generation CEO of the company and his primary responsibilities include fostering a culture that aligns with the core values of the company, developing strategy to position the company for long term success, and effectively allocating human and financial capital to implement strategy.
Mr. Brown is involved in a variety of community and industry organizations. He is currently Chair of the JAX Chamber; a member of the Board of Trustees of Jacksonville Country Day School; a member of the Executive Committee of Stetson University’s Family Enterprise Center; a member of the Executive Advisory Board for JU’s Davis College of Business; a member of the Board of Directors of United Way of Northeast Florida; a member of the Board of Directors of NECA’s North Florida Chapter; and a member of YPO.
Mr. Brown is a graduate of Stetson University where earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Masters of Accountancy. He is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) licensed by the State of Florida. After starting his career in Public Accounting with Deloitte and working as a financial analyst in the shipbuilding industry, Henry joined Miller Electric Company in 2001 as the Controller, and moved up through the company as Vice President and later Sr. Vice President of Corporate Operations. He became CEO of the company in 2012.In addition to his formal education, Mr. Brown has significant continuing education in the electrical contracting industry and broader construction industry. He is a graduate of NECA’s Executive Management Institute (EMI), and has previously earned the designations of Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP) and Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS).
Travis Cummings is Vice President – Benefits at The Bailey Group, where he consults with individuals and businesses in regards to their insurance and employee benefit plans. He has been an employee benefits consultant for more than 15 years and holds both 215 and 220 licenses in FL.In 2012, Mr. Cummings was elected to the Florida House of Representatives for District 18 and served until term limits took effect in November 2020. He was elected four terms and was House Appropriations Chair from 2019-2020. In 2008, Mr. Cummings was elected to a four-year term as the Clay County Commissioner for District 3 and was subsequently appointed to serve as Chairman of the County Commission in 2009, a position he held until 2011. He also served as Mayor and Councilman for the Town of Orange Park from 2002 - 2008.
Mr. Cummings has devoted much of his time throughout his career to community involvement, including serving as Chairman of both the Clay County Charter Review Commission and the Clay County YMCAs, and as President of the Jacksonville KA Alumni Chapter. He has also served on the boards of the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization, the Jacksonville Association of Health Underwriters, the Borland-Groover Foundation, the Boys & Girls Club of North Florida, and Orange Park Medical Center. He is a graduate of Leadership Florida and worked as a corporate controller for the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast.Mr. Cummings received an Accounting degree from Valdosta State University and a M.B.A. from the University of North Florida. He received UNF Alumni Association’s “2017 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award”, the highest award given to a UNF graduate.
worked as a prosecutor in the State Attorney's Office in the 4th Judicial Circuit from 2004 to 2007 where she prosecuted over 900 criminal cases, ranging from misdemeanors to life felonies.
In 2007, Ms. Davis left the State Attorney's Office to start her family and focus on philanthropy and fundraising for many organizations in the North Florida region.
In addition to her volunteer efforts, Ms. Davis has served on numerous boards throughout Jacksonville. She currently serves as a Museum of Science and History (MOSH) Board Trustee, MOSH Genesis Capital Campaign Chair, and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Board Trustee. Her past service includes Community Advisory Board Member for North Florida Pediatric Hospice (2013) and Board Member of Teach for America Jacksonville (2016-2013).
Ms. Davis graduated Cum Laude from Salisbury University with a B.A. in Political Science. She received a J.D. from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2004. Upon graduation, Ms. Davis was admitted to the Florida Bar, and has remained an active member for 14 years. Ms. Davis is currently pursuing a certification as a Title IX Investigator to assist organizations receiving federal funding with sexual assault allegations.Ms. Davis was appointed to the UNF Board of Trustees by the Board of Governors in 2019 for a term ending in January 6, 2025. She serves as Vice Chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee and of the Audit and Compliance Committee.
Chuck Ged is the owner of Advanced Environmental Laboratories (AEL), headquartered in Jacksonville, and is a state and federal certified environmental testing laboratory specializing in the analysis of drinking water, wastewater, groundwater, soil, and hazardous waste. He is responsible for the overall operations and direction of the company.
Mr. Ged's background includes seven years with the Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) and five years with commercial labs in Jacksonville before starting AEL.
In 2007, Mr. Ged and his wife Jennifer established the Ray Bowman endowment in honor of UNF Chemistry Professor Dr. Ray Bowman, who was also the founding director of the Institute of Environmental Research and Education (IERE). The endowment supports the IERE with funding for research, scholarships, and curriculum development. Mr. Ged also supports chemistry majors through the Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Ged Sciences Scholarship.
Mr. Ged is a graduate of the University of North Florida and received his B.S. degree in Chemistry. He chairs the UNF Foundation Board of Trustees.
Lakshmi Goel is the associate dean of the Coggin Graduate and Executive Programs. She is a professor of information systems and former chairperson of the Coggin College of Business (CCB) management department. She holds an endowed chair in strategic management and has taught various undergraduate and graduate courses on management, information systems, business analytics and strategy.
In March 2021, Goel was named the inaugural associate dean of the new Coggin Graduate and Executive Programs department. In this role, Goel works to expand CCB’s high-quality graduate program offerings including executive training and customized consulting to businesses while developing industry partnerships for professional mentoring, internship and job opportunities for students.
Earlier this year, Goel was named a 2021 Woman of Influence by the Jacksonville Business Journal. The annual award recognizes women leaders in Northeast Florida whose leadership has helped their organizations grow and has shaped the next generation by providing a model for the community.
Goel holds a doctoral degree in decision and information sciences and a master’s in computer science from the University of Houston, a master’s in computer applications from the University of Pune, and a bachelor’s in commerce from the University of Mumbai.
Ann Hicks has a longstanding involvement with UNF and the Jacksonville community. A former president of the UNF Foundation Board, Mrs. Hicks, along with her husband David, served as co-chair of UNF's “Access to Excellence” capital campaign. In addition to her years of service on the UNF Foundation Board, Mrs. Hicks was appointed to the UNF Board of Trustees by then-Governor Jeb Bush in 2001. She was reappointed and served on the board until 2011.
As a trustee for the Hicks Charitable Foundation, Mrs. Hicks has supported many organizations in the region. UNF named the Hicks Honors College in honor of Ann and David Hicks on Oct. 15, 2015, after the couple generously donated $7 million to the university. In 2012, UNF named Building 53 as Hicks Hall, to honor the couple for their dynamic leadership and unselfish support. In 1996, the couple originated and funded the Pathways to Success Scholarship program at UNF, which provides a way for students in HabiJax and public housing to attend UNF. Additionally, the Hicks have been involved in providing scholarship assistance to UNF students through the establishment of the Gray Scholars scholarship program.
Over the years, Mrs. Hicks has also served on the boards of numerous Jacksonville organizations, including the Jacksonville Area Planning Board, Jacksonville Service League, Junior League of Jacksonville, HabiJax, Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, and The Bolles School. She has also served on the boards of the Jacksonville Public Library, Jacksonville Public Library Foundation, Jacksonville Art Museum, and Daniel Memorial Home. Beyond Jacksonville, she is on the board of Bravo! Vail. Mrs. Hicks received a bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA, in 1959, and a bachelor's degree in liberal studies with a concentration in religion at UNF in 1995.
Susan M. Perez, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology and is serving as the Interim Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Studies and the Director of Research for the Center for the Advancement of Women in Engineering. Dr. Perez also teaches courses in lifespan developmental psychology, foundations of child and adolescent psychology, and advanced psychology among others.
Dr. Perez previously served as the Associate Dean for Student Learning in the College of Arts and Sciences and as the Co-Chair for the General Education Council at UNF. She joined UNF as an Assistant Professor in 2004.
Dr. Perez has two primary areas of research. One line of research focuses on cognitive development with an emphasis on children’s opportunities to develop complex cognitive skills, like planning and decision making, while interacting with parents or others who are more skilled than themselves. The second line of research involves interdisciplinary collaboration and examines sociocultural and developmental processes involved in children’s, especially girls’ interest and skill in STEM areas as well as the recruitment and advancement of women in STEM fields.
Dr. Perez earned her Doctorate in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside and also holds a M.S. in Clinical Psychology from California State, Fullerton.
Thobias Sando, PhD., P.E., is a professor in the School of Engineering within the College of Engineering, Computing and Construction. He teaches and conducts research in the area of transportation engineering.
His research interests include evaluating emerging technologies in transportation engineering, economic appraisal of intelligent transportation systems, sustainability, connected and autonomous vehicles, transit safety analysis, intermodal facility design, multi-modal operational analysis, and sustainability.
He has conducted numerous FDOT research projects on a variety of topics.
He received his doctoral and master degrees in civil engineering from Florida State University and a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania.
Kent Stermon is a member of the Florida SUS Board of Governors and the COO of Total Military Management. Prior to joining TMM, Governor Stermon served as Corporate Controller of HADCO, an Atlanta-based distributor of specialty appliances. Before HADCO, he served as a Divisional Controller of a 350-million-dollar food menu manufacturer.
Governor Stermon has received the Jacksonville Businessman CFO of the Year award and was also selected as one of Jacksonville’s 40 Under 40.
He has served on several nonprofit boards including Boys and Girls Club, Dreams Come True and NFCA of Northeast Florida. He is an ardent supporter of law enforcement and has been named Citizen of the Year by both Duval and Saint John’s County Sheriff’s Office for his philanthropic efforts supporting law enforcement. He currently serves on the Florida Highway Patrol Advisory Council and was chair of the Governor’s Public Safety Transition Advisory Committee.
Governor Stermon earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Georgia State University.
Aundra Wallace is the president of JAXUSA Partnership, the regional economic development arm of JAX Chamber. He directs a staff of 16 in the areas of business development, international, workforce development, research and marketing.Prior to joining JAXUSA, he served as CEO of the City of Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority, where he has directed economic development efforts in the city’s downtown, facilitating more than $150 million in public investment dollars that created more than $800 million in private capital investments during his tenure.A leader in managing community, housing and economic development initiatives throughout his career, Mr. Wallace has held similar leadership positions for agencies in Detroit, Miami and the state of North Carolina. Throughout his career, he has managed more than $650 million in equity, grants, loans and tax-exempt bonding capacity, in addition to creating and/or retaining 9,500 direct jobs.
Mr. Wallace is a Certified Housing Development Finance Professional and a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional.
John Wesley White is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum; Assistant Chair for that department; and serves as President of the UNF Faculty Association (2020-2022). He joined UNF as an Assistant Professor of Education in 2008.
He has been the recipient of the UNF Outstanding Faculty Service Award (2017), was twice awarded UNF’s Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (2012 & 2019), and won the Democracy in Higher Education Award from the National Education Association (2017). He also served for three years as President of UNF’s Faculty Union (2014-2017). Prior to coming to UNF, Dr. White was an English teacher in Denver, a postdoctoral fellow in adolescent literacy at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a faculty member at Regis University in Denver.
Dr. White completed his doctoral degree in English education and postdoctoral fellowship in literacy at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He has a master's degree in English from Southern Methodist University, a bachelor's in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a bachelor's in political science from Wake Forest University.
Dr. White assumed his role on the UNF Board of Trustees in August 2020 with a term ending in August 2022.
Shiju Zacharia is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Crowley Solutions of Crowley Maritime. He joined Crowley in 2009 with more than a decade of advanced technology project leadership centered on developing, deploying and integrating state-of-the-art solutions to support high-level business objectives for major enterprise customers.
Before officially joining Crowley, he worked as a consultant for the company on the Beacon Project, which helped define the business architecture and led to the creation of the Crowley Logistics online platform. Throughout his career, Zacharia has gained a wide variety of leadership experience in industries such as logistics, health insurance, manufacturing and direct marketing. He is active in the entrepreneurial community and an avid supporter of small businesses.He received the Thomas Crowley Award in 2013, the company’s highest honor, as director, technology, for his demonstrated expertise in crafting digital transformation solutions that enhance competitiveness and increase profitability. He led the start-up, management and execution of the $2.3 billion multi-year Defense Freight Transportation Services (DFTS) contract. In 2018, he was promoted to vice president, government supply chain, before advancing to the senior leadership team in 2019.Mr. Zacharia holds a Master’s Degree in Modeling and Simulation from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mumbai.