Lourdes A. Boue
Lourdes Boue is currently responsible for West Kendall Baptist Hospital’s general operations, including the planning, implementation and ongoing evaluation of services offered at the hospital. She has more than three decades of experience as a healthcare executive in South Florida. Previous positions include vice president of Baptist Outpatient Services and corporate director of Strategic Planning and Business Development for Baptist Health South Florida.
Her focus areas included resource allocation, long-range planning, leadership development, strategic marketing, quality and patient-satisfaction initiatives. Prior to joining Baptist Health, she was the CFO for the Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged and audit/consulting manager for an international accounting firm. Ms. Boue is a graduate of Florida International University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, and of the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University with a Master of Science degree in Leadership.
Steve is a governmental and public affairs strategist from Tallahassee, where he’s led Democratic campaigns and advised corporate clients for more than sixteen years. Steve began his career in Florida politics in 1996, where he managed the political efforts and legislative office for State Representative Doug Wiles. In 2002, he moved to Tallahassee becoming the Communications Director for the Florida House Democratic Caucus and in 2005, Schale stepped over to the Florida Democratic Party to run their State House political operation.
In 2008, Schale was tapped by then Senator Obama to run his successful Florida operation, and again in 2012 by President Obama to serve as his Florida strategist. In 2010, he served as Senior Advisor to Dan Gelber’s successful Attorney General primary win before becoming a Senior Advisor to Alex Sink’s campaign for Governor. Steve has been named one of Florida’s most influential political figures by the Tampa Bay Times, Campaigns and Politics Magazine, and was named one of the top 100 Movers and Shakers in Florida by Florida International Magazine.
Today, Steve runs Schale Strategies, which assists corporate clients with their governmental and public affairs needs, serving clients such as Walt Disney World, AT&T and the Florida Hospital Association. He is also serving as a Senior Strategist for Gwen Graham’s race for Congress in the 2nd Congressional District of Florida. Steve is a graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, TN with degrees in History and Political Science and has an MA from Florida State University in Communications. A native of the Chicago area, Steve grew up in St. Augustine and has lived in Tallahassee for the last decade with his wife Nikole, who is a Regional Vice President with the American Heart Association.
Immediate Past President
Jonathan Anderson is Vice President of Health and Benefits for Aon, the premier global advisor of risk management and health benefits. Prior to joining Aon, he was CEO and President of Anderson Dynamics Consulting, LLC, a privately held health and wellness consulting company focused on process improvement and wellness outcomes for organizations. He was vice president of Sales Strategy, Distribution, Training, Administration and Operations for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida and directed strategic collaborations that integrated their mission and objectives into efforts that advanced the health and well-being of Florida citizens. Anderson led development and executed Florida strategies and programs to enhance local presence and drive market share growth.
Prior to joining Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida in 2004, Anderson was vice president of sales for Humana, focusing on sales and marketing strategies that resulted in exceptional performance results encompassing sales, network strategy and integration expertise. Anderson’s experience in strategic planning and execution is complemented by his broad and balanced business experience in health care. His background includes work in the self-funded and large group arenas in addition to consumer-driven health care and Medicare.
Actively involved throughout his career in academic, industry and civic organizations, Anderson is a Fellow of America’s Health Insurance Plans and serves as President of the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, President of the Ronald McDonald House of Jacksonville, class member of Leadership Florida Class of XXXI and former Board of Governors member for the Greater Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. He has served on various committees within organizations including the American Heart Association, Goodwill, the American Lung Association, Health Underwriters Associations, Jax Care, United Way and the Super Bowl Golf Host Committee. A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science in Management with a Minor in Economics. He earned his MBA from Nova Southeastern University.
Carlos Garrido is the founder of Sandler Training Miami. His award winning firm provides Coaching, Consulting, Training and Speaking on the Behaviors, Attitudes and Techniques needed to be more successful in Sales, Management and Leadership. Carlos has 15 years of experience in sales, business development, finance, transaction lead advisory and sales training for some of the best-recognised, trusted, and globally-influential companies in the world. He is an enthusiastic and developmental driver of senior teams delivering successes through ambitious strategies for growth.
Before founding the Miami Sandler training business, Carlos was Senior Director for Business Development at AstraZeneca leading global business development activities.
Carlos is a prize winning chartered accountant (ICAEW), authorized by the Financial Services Authority to conduct investment business, and an Economics Graduate (Hons) of Manchester University. Carlos is a British national and permanent resident of the USA.
Stephanie McCann lives in Tallahassee with her husband Joe and 3 children. Her 15-year-old twin daughter was recently diagnosed with epilepsy. Stephanie has been diligently getting educated and seeking resources to ensure that her athletic daughter is able to maintain the highest quality of life. Stephanie is a Social Studies teacher and is the Senior Class Sponsor at the Maclay School in Tallahassee, Fl. Her husband, Joe, works as a lobbyist with Ballard and Associates.
Daniel Acevedo is a Miami native who graduated from Florida International University with a Business Administration degree. He works as a VNS therapeutic consultant with LivaNova, formerly known as Cyberonics. Dan has extensive knowledge across multiple therapeutic areas and he has been a loyal supporter of our Foundation and participated in several walks over the years. Dan has advocated for our Foundation to the tri-county Neurologist networks and he has assisted with the introductions of new doctors. Thanks to these introductions, we acquired Dr. Zakaria as a wonderful Board Member. Dan continues to support and sponsor EFOF events and programs.
Guy Blanchette has served as the CEO of Eaglevue Technologies, located in Naples, for the past 13 years. His company advises, designs and implements cross entity solutions to enhance visibility, increase performance, maintain compliance and improve productivity for the Government, Fortune 100 companies and the small to medium business circuit. Overall, Mr. Blanchette has 19 years of experience in business. Previous positions include Vice President of World Wide Sale and President/CEO of Interstar Technologies. Mr. Blanchette has also been serving the community for the past 5 years as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Great Naples YMCA.
His functional background includes domestic and international general management and consulting with broad industry experience and specific expertise in information technology service delivery, finance, administration, operations and sales. He has a proven ability to secure venture capital funding for legacy and nascent organizations in difficult economic conditions. Mr. Blanchette graduated from the University of New Hampshire with Bachelor of Arts in History. He also received an executive training program certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Sloan School of Management.
Michael J. Bowen
Michael J. Bowen began his career in domestic and international banking before moving into commercial real estate development. At an early age, Michael was one of the top 50 developers in the United States and the State of Hawaii’s largest developer. By the age of 40, Michael was appointed as the National Republican Congressional Committee of Michigan Co-Chair. Over the course of his career Michael has negotiated over $1 billion in capital markets transactions and has a 100% entitlement track record. Mr. Bowen has also branched into a variety of charitable initiative including establishing and funding Central Michigan University’s School of Real Estate Development which bears his name. Michael now dedicates his time to venture philanthropy and political activism.
J. Jose Campos
J. Jose Campos or most commonly known as “Chamby” has an extensive career as a broadcaster for Spanish TV and radio. He now hosts a daily show at WWFE, La Poderosa 670 am. Mr. Campos has broad professional experience broadcasting various sports including, football, basketball and baseball. His professional career has made him highly known in the Hispanic community. Chamby is the official Spanish broadcaster for all the University of Miami sports games and contributes by writing on a variety of newspapers, magazines and several blogs. Additionally, he is a certified mortgage broker since 1981 and has co-owned and operated his own company.
DirectorSteve Feig is the founder and owner of Foreign Parts Distribution, Inc. located in Hialeah, Florida. Mr. Feig received his Masters in Psychology from Mont Claire State College. He has served on the boards of various non-profit and business organizations. For 10 years, Mr. Feig served on the board of the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida and became Board President during his tenure. The founder of the Clayton Feig Fund, he has continuously held annual fundraisers to help support several Epilepsy Foundation of Florida programs for children with Epilepsy. The fund was created in memory of his son, Clayton Feig, who in 1993 at the age of 18 years old, passed away from complications he suffered due to epilepsy. Each year, the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida will select one youth in each location to receive the Clayton Feig Youth Award. The award not only commemorates those like Clayton who battle with seizures, but highlights the important work of those who are dedicated to removing the stigma and misunderstandings that have been associated with epilepsy.
Carlos Gimenez, Jr.
As the VP and General Counsel at Balsera Communications, Carlos leads the firm’s government affairs, development and land use practices. At Balsera Communications, Carlos provides clients with a unique blend of substantive knowledge on issues of planning and development and interpretation of the political influences that often determine project success. His experience includes work in connection with some of the largest private development projects in Miami as their representative to local, state and federal agencies.
Beyond the project approval process, Carlos has a wealth of experience dealing with permitting authorities in Miami and specifically with building departments that allow his clients to engage in a close working relationship to ensure a smooth permitting process. This also extends to post development issues and potential code enforcement matters. Carlos has also successfully represented several clients before governmental entities, specifically clients competing for contracts issued by public procurement. His representation of clients has also included successful legislative lobbying efforts to make changes, modifications or additions to current law to forward public policy efforts by his clients. Carlos has also represented clients in the bid protest process at various jurisdictions.
Additionally, Carlos provides public outreach advice to firm clients, especially with regard to politically sensitive issues. His knowledge in this area often leads to identifying issues before they become problems, leading to effective and efficient resolution to a given matter.
Charles Hood III
Charles “Chuck” Hood is the CEO for the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County, Inc. He is responsible for the overall leadership, organization, and operational management of the agency, its programs and services as per governing statues. Chuck’s professional career includes over 12 years of real estate development and property management experiences.
He also has over 11 years of social work and human services experiences, where he served as Senior VP of the United Way of Miami-Dade, District Administrator of the Miami-Dade Department of Children and Families and as President/CEO of the Miami-Dade School Readiness Coalition. Chuck was a Captain in the U. S. Army and serves on several Boards including the Baptist Health South Florida and the Health Foundation of South Florida.
Mr. Hood graduated from Colorado State University with a B.A. in Political Science. Chuck worked as a consultant to help re-organize EFOF and develop innovative programs for people with epilepsy. His goal is to make a difference in the lives of those impacted by epilepsy and their families. Hood is a former foster parent and current mentor of several young adults. He resides in Miami and with his wife, Christina, and their six children.
Marques' career experience includes running business, merchandising, buying, and replenishment operations across numerous Fortune 500 retailers in various market and regional capacities for companies like ALDI, Sam's Club, & Walmart. In addition, he currently serves as the Health & Wellness Director for Walmart Neighborhood Market pharmacies, overseeing the business and compliance operations of a patient care organization.Marques' formal education includes attending the University of Florida and obtaining an undergraduate degree in Sports Management, and two master’s degrees in the specializations of International Business and Business Management. To add, he recently acquired a Six Sigma Green Belt certification through Villanova University. His passion for education has allowed him to take on the role of Adjunct Faculty with Bryant and Stratton College, in which he currently teaches in the disciplines of business administration, global management, and performance management. Last but not least, Marques has always had a passion for the community and social/medical causes. He is an active member of the One Hundred Black Men of America, Inc, served on the Board of Directors for the New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council (Upstate New York Committee), and was on the Board of Directors of the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York. His passion for accelerating the fight for a cure and saving the lives of those who suffer with epilepsy is close to his heart, and is the reason he chose to champion this cause. Marques has a beautiful wife and two children that are the inspiration to his perseverance and tenacity.
Shanna Klauk is a Jacksonville native, mother of two and wife to Jeff for over 12 years. Jeff was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2006 and Shanna has been very involved with educating herself on epilepsy and helping to manage Jeff’s seizure control. Shanna has been an active member of the PGWA (Professional Golf Women’s Association) along with the PTO of Palencia Elementary School. Shanna’s mission is to help raise funds and educate others about epilepsy which is a disease the affects the entire family.
Joe A. Martinez
Commissioner of Miami-Dade
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Joe A. Martinez was first elected to in October 2000 and was re-elected by a wide margin for his third term in August 2008. In 2010, the Board of County Commissioners selected Martinez to serve as Chairman for a two-year term. As Chairman, Martinez will preside over County Commission meetings. He has served as the Chair and Vice Chair of the Budget, Planning, and Sustainability Committee.
He was appointed as the Chair of the Public Safety Committee and has served as a member of other committees, including Government Operations, Housing and Community Development, Airport and Tourism and Recreation, Cultural Affairs, and the Unincorporated Municipal Services Area Committee. Commissioner Martinez’ previous 17-year career with the Miami-Dade Police Department was exemplary.
He received more than 70 awards and commendations. The Department also honored him with the Officer of the Year Award in 1992 and he was twice recognized as “Officer of the Year” by the Hispanic Police Officers Association. Additionally, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners honored Martinez by proclaiming July 27, 1993, “Detective Jose Martinez Day” for bravery. A native of Miami, Commissioner Martinez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Studies in Public Administration from Barry University in Miami Shores.
Dr. Mingel, a native of South Florida, received his Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in New York City with a major in Biology. He then went on to receive his dental degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. After graduation, Dr. Mingel practiced dentistry in Boston for a few years before returning home to Florida to be closer to family and to pursue his dream of starting his own dental practice. He is committed to providing the best possible dental experience to the residents of Fort Lauderdale, Galt Mile, Wilton Manors and the surrounding communities.
Dr. Mingel became involved in epilepsy advocacy after losing his 21-month-old daughter, Emmy, to Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) in July 2013. Since then, he and his family have participated in our annual Broward Walk the Talk as part of “Team Emmy,” in honor of their daughter. In 2015, he joined EFOF’s Board of Directors. In addition to serving on the Board, Dr. Mingel and his wife, Stefanie, have been ambassadors for the Danny Did Foundation, which is dedicated to advancing awareness of epilepsy and SUDEP, since 2014.
Dr. Mingel is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, the South Florida District Dental Association and the Broward County Dental Association.
A. G. "Terry" Newmyer III
A. G. Newmyer III is a "lifer" in the epilepsy community. Known as "Terry," he had a couple idiopathic seizures during his teenage years (the last was 50 years ago) and has spent decades trying to help others with the disorder, particularly kids.
Terry has had a diverse business career and is the founder of The Newmyer Organization, based in Palm Beach County, focused on a broad array of investment and consulting activities.
Terry served for almost 20 years on the national board of The Epilepsy Foundation. He held several officer positions -- including Treasurer -- and was on the executive committee as well as the search committee to recruit the CEO. Terry chaired The Governor's Council in the late 1990's, an organization to recognize the foundation's largest donors. After moving full-time from Washington, DC, to Florida at the end of 2004, he joined the EFOF board and was nominated by our organization as an affiliate director of the national organization. Over the years, he was asked to chair the national and state organizations; he declined due to time constraints and other commitments.Terry, a graduate of Yale, has served on numerous boards of non-profit and business organizations. He has four children and two grandchildren.
Daniel Perez is an attorney at Cole, Scott & Kissane P.A. law firm located in Miami. He received his J.D from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law where he also served as the President of the Student Bar Association. Mr. Perez has served his community for the past 4 years. In 2012, he become part of the Christopher Columbus High School Alumni board and began to serve as a lector for St. Theresa, Church of the Little Flower. In addition, he volunteers as an educator for the CCD program at Church of the Little Flower. Since 2014, he has served as the Vice Chair of the Hispanics Affairs committee of Miami Dade and is contributor with BLUE Missions Group.
Richard T. Rundle lives in Gainesville. He is an Automotive Sales Trainer and Consultant and is involved in many charitable organizations throughout Gainesville. His efforts often include spearheading many fundraising events. His success is predicated on the belief that every employee, regardless of standing or position, be treated with the same respect and level of appreciation. Mr. Rundle has been a supporter and donor to the EFOF for many years in honor of his grandson who recently attended Camp Boggy Creek. He has committed to serve on the board of directors and help raise awareness and funds for the Foundation.
Todd Victor is a Realtor at Signature International Real Estate, where he specializes in commercial and residential properties. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Todd spent 18 years in medical sales. He was inspired to get involved with the Epilepsy Foundation during this time when working for Cyberonics, a medical technology company that developed and markets the Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) Therapy system, which is FDA-approved for the treatment of refractory epilepsy and treatment-resistant depression. His mission is to help patients and families who are affected by epilepsy and give back to the community in any way he can. Todd is a U.S. Army veteran who served honorably in Operations Just Cause and Desert Storm (1989–93), and holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from University of Arizona. A native of South Florida, Todd resides in Delray Beach with his family.
Sara Widing graduated from Ohio State University with a Masters and Bachelors of Science in Health Service Administration.
Sara works as the Brain Institute Service Line Administrator at the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital – Miami Children’s Health System where she leads and oversees Brain Institute daily operations and strategic planning for health system including hospital, ambulatory and employed physician practices.
Prior to working at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital she served in a variety of senior executive and managerial positions at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Sara has more than 15 years of operations management and strategic planning experience in healthcare industry and experience building and implementing cross-functional, strategic, and business planning programs.
Tarek Zakaria, MD
Dr. Tarek M. Zakaria is a board-certified neurologist who specializes in neurophysiology and epilepsy.
Prior to joining Memorial Healthcare System, Dr. Zakaria served as the director of the epilepsy program and as co-director of the epilepsy surgery program at Norton Neuroscience Institute in Louisville, Kentucky.
Dr. Zakaria earned his medical degree from Damascus University in 1998, and completed his internship in internal medicine at West Virginia University Charleston Area Medical center in 2005. He completed his residency in neurology at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in 2008. He completed his fellowships in neurophysiology and in epilepsy at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, where he later served as assistant professor.