Juan R. Borges
Biomedical International Corporation
Mr. Borges escaped from Cuba in 1966. He attended FAU and earned his
bachelors degree in Psychology from the College of Science in 1973. Prior to
founding Biomedical International Corporation in 1982, Juan served as Sales
Manager and President of Baxter Travenol Laboratories, Venezuela and as General Manager
of Baxter Travenol Export Corporation.
His company has received numerous recognitions including the Top 100
Hispanic Companies in Dade County, Hispanic Business Magazine’s Top 500 Largest
Hispanic Owned Corporations in the Nation, Dade Partners – a program of the
Dade County Public Schools, and Hispanic Business Magazine’s Top 100 fastest
growing Hispanic companies.
B. Michael Budd
Senior Vice President
Wachovia Wealth Management
Mr. Budd is a Senior Vice President and Relationship Manager with Wachovia Wealth Management
in Boca Raton. He has over 25 years of private banking and commercial lending experience in South Florida.
Michael received his undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Notre
Dame and is a Certified Financial Planner. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Boca Raton
Museum of Art. Michael is also involved with the Boy Scouts of America and is the Scoutmaster of Troop 323.
Nathan W. Dean, Ph.D.
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Florida Atlantic University
Nathan W. Dean served as dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science from 2002 through 2006. He came to FAU in 1993 as the Vice President for the Boca Raton Campus and subsequently served as Vice Provost prior to accepting the deanship.
The recipient of a BS degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, Dean is the author of one book, Introduction to the Strong Interactions, and of more than thirty articles published in major scientific journals. During a faculty career at Iowa State University, he earned the rank of Professor of Physics and conducted research in high energy physics for the US Atomic Energy Commission. Later, Dean served as Acting Vice President for Research at the University of Georgia and Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Research at the State University of New York at Binghamton
Although retired, Dean continues to enjoy teaching introductory courses in the Department of Physics. An avid photographer, he enjoys traveling the world with his wife Mary and spending time on their boat Lady Sunshine.
Raafat E. F. Fahim, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Research and Development, Technical and Production Operations
Dr. Fahim was educated in Cairo, receiving his B.Sc., Biochemistry and
M.Sc., Microbiology at Ein-Shams University. He received his doctorate in
Biochemistry and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow, Molecular Biology at the University of Toronto.
At Nabi Biopharmaceuticals Dr. Fahim is an officer of the company and
member of the Executive Management Committee with responsibility for strategic
planning, R & D and operations. Prior to joining Nabi in 2003, Dr. Fahim
was president of RF Consulting, providing consulting services for the
pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry.
Dr. Fahim has 20 years experience in the Biopharmaceutical, Biotechnology
and Biologicals industry and has authored several refereed publications.
Christopher Gagic, Esq.
Ward Damon, Attorneys
Chris focuses his practice in the areas of estate planning; including special needs planning and the preparation and implementation of multigenerational family and business succession plans. He handles administration of complex probate estates and trusts across Florida. He also handles taxation.
Chris received his undergraduate degree at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada and his law degree from Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is a board member of the Young Friends of the Kravis Center and a member of the George Snow Scholarship Fund.
Ira J. Gelb, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Affiliate Professor, U. Miami Miller School of Medicine @ FAU
Assistant Dean, Prebaccalaureate Programs
Clinical Professor, Biomedical Science Program
Florida Atlantic University
Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science
Dr. Gelb is currently the Clinical Professor and Director of Clinical Programs
for the Biomedical Science program at FAU. Dr. Gelb’s specialty is cardiovascular disease and he
currently holds professorship appointments at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Mount
Sinai School of Medicine and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Gelb completed
his medical education at New York University College of Medicine. He has held clinical positions at
New York Medical College, Cornell Medical School, the University of Colorado Medical Center, The Mount
Sinai Hospital and the U.S. Army Medical Corps.
Clinical Professor and Director of Clinical Programs, Biomedical Science FAU
Chairman, Clinical Faculty Recruitment, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine at FAU 2003-2005
Visiting Professor of Medicine, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Member, Admission Committee, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Adjunct Professor of Clinical Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Adjunct Professor of Cardiology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Senior Editor, American Journal of Cardiology 1968-1983
Senior Editor and one of the Founding Editors, Journal of the American College of Cardiology 1983-1992
Associate Editor, Cardiology 2005 to date
Chairman, FAU Foundation Board
Chairman, Leadership Council of the American Heart Association, South Palm Beach County
Dr. Gelb also currently serves on the Foundation Board of Trustees and the Medical Staff Review Committee of the Boca Raton Community Hospital, and the Board of Advisors of Cleveland Clinic Florida.
Lon A. Gopie
SunTrust Commercial Banking
Mr. Gopie is Vice President and Relationship Manager with SunTrust Bank in West Palm Beach with clients throughout South Florida and the Southeastern USA. He has over 14 years of Commercial Lending and Treasury Management experience in South Florida with companies having sales between $10M and $500M annually.
Lon received his undergraduate degree in Finance from Florida Atlantic University and his MBA from Nova Southeastern University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Urban League of Palm Beach County, Chairman of the Board for New Urban Community Development and is involved in other organizations such as The Business Development Board, RMA of South Florida and The Angel Forum.
Erik Edward Joh, Esq.
Mr. Joh is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Union University’s Albany Law School. He moved to Florida in 1980 to open a branch office of his Binghamton, New York law firm, Hinman, Howard & Kattell. He remains “of Counsel”
with that firm and practices in his own firm, Erik Edward Joh, P.A., in Boynton Beach. Mr. Joh is a member of the American Bar Association, New York and Florida bars and is active in many civic and commercial organizations in New York State and in Palm Beach County.
Over the course of a 30-year leadership volunteer relationship with the
American Red Cross, Mr. Joh has held a variety of positions both at the Chapter
level and nationally. Mr. Joh received the Harriman Award from the American
Red Cross in May, 2001, the highest award given by the American Red Cross at
any level for leadership and service and remains a member of the Council for
the American Red Cross Museum and an ex-officio member of the American Red Cross
National Nursing Committee.
Allen D. McGee
Chairman and CEO
Radiology Corporation of America
With more than 30 years in the
ever-changing healthcare industry, Allen McGee understands the special
challenges of taking care of business while providing the highest quality care
to patients. Before joining RCOA as CEO, Mr. McGee was Chief Executive Officer
and co-founder of Dialysis Centers of America, the largest dialysis treatment
organization in Chicago. Before co-founding DCA, he served as Senior Vice
President responsible for marketing, sales and acquisition development at Damon
Corporation, a clinical laboratory services company that was acquired by Corning in 1993.
His background also includes the positions of Senior Executive Vice President
of Specialty Laboratories in Los Angeles, Vice President of Marketing at
International Clinical Laboratories (acquired by SmithKline) and National
Marketing Director of American Biomedical Corporation (acquired by National
Mr. McGee has a BA in economics from Hendrix College awarded in 1962. He also serves on the Board of Hendrix College.
W. S. Ozzie Osborne
Mr. Osborne recently retired as Vice President,
Alliances and Operations, IBM Pervasive Computing Division which creates
alliances and partnerships that enhance adoption and fuel the growth of
wireless and pervasive systems. Within IBM, Ozzie has held various positions including
General Manager of Voice Systems. His work earned him the recognition as one
of the top ten most influential leaders in the speech market. Ozzie has also
served as vice president for systems strategy in IBM’s PC division.
Ozzie received a bachelor of science in mathematics
from Florida Institute of Technology. He serves on the Board of Directors of
the Rinker School of Business at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Gary W. Perry, Ph.D.
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Florida Atlantic University
Dr. Perry is a graduate of the Universities of London and Manchester in the UK.
Before joining FAU in 1989, he held faculty appointments at the University of Miami Miller
School of Medicine and the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York.
He has published numerous articles, served on the national review panels of the NIH and NSF,
and reviews for scientific journals.
At FAU Dr. Perry has served as Interim Dean for Graduate Studies and Senior Associate Dean
for Research and Graduate Studies. He is a tenured Professor of Neuroscience in the Center for
Complex Systems and Brain Sciences and the Department of Psychology. He is jointly appointed in the
Department of Biological Sciences and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science and
is a member of the Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. Dr. Perry was appointed as Dean
of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science in June 2006, serving as the chief executive and
administrative officer of the College and as liaison between the faculty and the Office of Academic Affairs.
Mr. Raiffe is the retired Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Gund
Manufacturing Company, where he began working in 1950. Founded in 1898, Gund
is famous for making keepsake soft toys. In 1969 Mr. Raiffe became President
of the company and continued Gund’s tradition of producing high quality plush
toys, ensuring that the company prospered under his leadership. At his
direction, the company began using its now trademarked under-stuffing
technique, the heart of the world’s most huggable plush toy. The GOTTA GETTA
GUND advertising campaign in the early 1980’s led to the company’s recognition
as a leading consumer brand.
Mr. Raiffe and his wife, Rita, are now retired and reside in Boca Raton.
Marsha H. Rimokh
Owner and Managing Director
Mathnasium of Boca Raton
Ms. Rimokh is Owner and Managing Director of Mathnasium of Boca Raton, a math learning center offering enrichment mathematics education and tutoring to grades 2 -12. She is also President of Aquarius International, Inc., a corporate relationship marketing company.
She is a member of the Spanish River High School Entrepreneurship Academy Advisory Board; member, Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce; Chairman, Mastermind America; and past chairman of board of directors, Make-a-Wish Foundation of South Florida.
A native of South Florida, Marsha received her B.S. in Economics at the University of Miami.
Claire Thuning-Roberson, Ph.D.
Director, Pharmaceutical Development
Dr. Thuning-Roberson has held multi-disciplinary positions in clinical, non-clinical, and manufacturing in the biopharmaceutical industry. Her therapeutic expertise in international drug development includes oncology, infectious, cardiovascular, and inflammatory diseases. She has published in the fields of tumor biology, immunology, infectious disease, and physiology.
Prior to Thallion, she was Vice President of Product Development and Compliance at Sunol Molecular Corporation; co-founder and CEO of Goodwin Biotechnology (GBI), a contract manufacturer of biologics for clinical trials; Director of the Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research.
Dr. Thuning-Roberson received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, Indiana; Medical Technology certification at St. Vincent Charity Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio; and Masters and Ph.D. degree in Biological Sciences from Nova University, Florida.
Affiliations include BioFlorida Board (Member and Past Chair); Florida Atlantic University Schmidt College of Science Advisory Board (Vice Chair, Legislative Committee Chair); Florida Atlantic University; former Chair, Center of Excellence Research Advisory Committee; Executive Advisory Council Member, CISAT, James Madison University; Science Advisory Board Member; and Member, AACR, AAI, and MT/ASCP. Dr. Thuning-Roberson also serves as a consultant to the biopharmaceutical industry.
James E. Tisdale
Mr. Tisdale received his MBA in Project Management from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. He is a current holder of a State of Florida Mortgage Broker License.
Jim is the founding Chairman of a committee that created a college program with initial funding from the FannieMae Foundation focused on increasing minority and underserved market participation in the mortgage finance industry at Miami-Dade Community College. He was recently appointed to a newly formed National Advisory Committee whose mission is to replicate this program on a National basis.
Thomas G. Vinci, Ed.D.
Dr. Vinci holds a BS in Education from Fordham University, an MA in Ed.
Adm. from Columbia University and an Ed.D. in Science Ed. from Columbia University. Now retired, his past academic career includes having been a Teacher
and Science Coordinator in New York City public schools, Instructor at the City
University of New York, Professor and Associate Dean at Fordham University, and visiting Distinguished Scholar at Worcester State College, Worcester, MA. He is the founder and owner of Pine Brook Day Camp in Tallman, NY.
Dr. Vinci received many professional and academic awards during his
career, some of which include: the Scanlon Award and the Bene Marenti Medal
from Fordham University, and the Outstanding Educator of the Year from the
Doctorate Association of New York. Currently, he is Vice President and
Treasurer of the Christ Child Society of Boca Raton, a Member of the
Educational Advisory Board of Boca Raton, Director of Palm Beach Atlantic
College School of Education, and President of the Fordham University Club of
John Wiesenfeld, Ph.D.
Dr. Wiesenfeld received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Case Institute of Technology in 1969,
his Masters from the University of Cambridge in 1970 and is a Professor Emeritus of Chemistry.
Over the course of his career he has be awarded many Fellowships and has held professional appointments
at Cornell University, Stanford University and the University of Washington. Dr. Wiesenfeld was Dean
of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science from 1995 to 2001.
Dr. Wiesenfeld has written extensively for a wide range of publications and has lectured frequently
at corporations and universities in the United States and Canada. He is currently retired and lives in Port