Randolph D. Brock III (Chairman)—Senator Brock was elected to the Vermont State Senate in 2008. He previously served as the Vermont State Auditor from 2005–2007. He retired as an executive vice president for Fidelity Investments and was formerly the firm's General Auditor. Brock earned the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in Vietnam, where he served as a captain in the Military Police Corps. He serves on the National Board of Directors of the Alzheimer's Association and as a trustee of the Vermont Law School. In 2008, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Brock holds a Bachelor's degree from Middlebury College and a Master's degree from Yale University.
Barbara Burris (Vice Chairman)—Barbara Burris has been a member of the Hodges University Foundation Board since 2006. She is a retired clinical social worker who operated a private practice in Indianapolis, IN. After her two children were born, she went to college and earned her BA from Butler University, then went on to earn her MSW and ACSW at Indiana University. It was her personal educational experience that piqued her interest in Hodges as an adult learner institution. She continues to be actively involved with the Oaks Academy in Indianapolis, as well as the Indianapolis Zoo and the Indianapolis Art Museum. Locally, she supports the David Lawrence Center, the Shelter for Abused Women and Children, and the children's outreach for the Naples Museum of Art.
John W. Fisher III (Secretary)—Namesake of the Fisher School of Technology at Hodges University, Mr. Fisher is an alumnus of Hodges University, graduating in 1996 with a Bachelor's in Management, and was recognized as Alumnus of the Year in 1999. Mr. Fisher is the son of John W. Fisher, chairman emeritus and former president of Ball Corporation and former chairman of the Ball Foundation. Mr. Fisher is semi-retired from the hotel/restaurant supply workforce and currently a rental property owner/manager. He actively pursues his goal of helping provide a good education to anyone with a thirst for knowledge. He is also a member of the American Military Veterans Education Fund Cabinet.
Frederick Nerone (Treasurer)—As Corporate Treasurer for the Hodges University Foundation, he directly oversees the Foundation's portfolio on a daily basis. His business experience includes positions as President and CEO of two hi-tech manufacturing firms and three investment companies in Michigan and Florida. Dr. Nerone holds a master's degree in management and a Ph.D. in business administration and management. He was founding Dean of the Johnson School of Business at Hodges University, and is currently the Chief Investment Officer for the institution.
Terry Flynn—Originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, Terry Flynn spent 25 years with MBNA America Bank headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware (now a credit card subsidiary of BankAmerica), moving up through the corporate ranks and retiring as Vice Chairman in 2004. Mr. Flynn has generously given financial contributions and volunteer time to a countless number of worthy not-for-profit organizations, including board and/or officer positions with the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County, the NCH Healthcare Foundation and Greater Naples Leadership, Inc. He and his wife, Christine, are also active in St. Ann Catholic Parish in Naples. Terry and Christine Flynn were honored as Hodges University's Humanitarians of the Year in 2009.
Lavern Norris Gaynor—Mrs. Gaynor is the daughter of Lester and Dellora Norris, a family that was instrumental in the early growth of Naples. Their initiative and unrelenting willingness to help was consistent through some of the most critical moments of Naples' history, including funding the rebuilding of the iconic Naples City Pier following its destruction by Hurricane Donna in 1960. Mrs. Gaynor has furthered this legacy of philanthropy, evident in her many efforts supporting initiatives involving education, the arts, health & wellness, and causes especially pertinent to the needs of neglected children. Mrs. Gaynor was recognized by Hodges University as its Humanitarian of the Year in 1997. She endowed the Hodges University President's Chair in 2006. Today she is quite active in archiving the history of Naples with Naples Backyard History.
Earl G. Hodges—The namesake of Hodges University, the contributions of Mr. Hodges and his wife Thelma are significant, spanning nearly 50 years of service in our area. Mr. Hodges is perhaps best recognized as owner of the Earl G. Hodges Funeral Chapel in Naples, which provided more than 40 years of business and service to the local community. He has had a number of other successful business interests both in and out of state and has been actively involved in a countless number of local causes. In 2001, he was recognized as the Hodges University Humanitarian of the Year. His donation to International College in 2007 facilitated the institution's name change to Hodges University, honoring this great entrepreneur.
Michael London—Mr. London's leadership in industry and philanthropy is unprecedented. He has served as Chairman of the Foundation since 2009 and has provided vision for the Foundation and a plan that continues to grow the culture of positive change at Hodges University as well as the funds of the Foundation. London retired in 2006 from Best Buy as Executive Vice President of Global Sourcing. He had also served Best Buy as Executive Vice President of Merchandise and of Customer Centricity. Since retiring, London has been a consultant for various retail concerns. Mr. London has a Bachelor's degree from Duke University.
Terry P. McMahan (Ex-Officio)—Dr. McMahan has served as President of Hodges University since 1991. Under his leadership, the school has grown from a small, store-front location in Naples to two, large, free-standing campuses in Naples and Ft. Myers as well as several learning sites. McMahan practiced law for many years before assuming the leadership post at International College, now Hodges University, in 1991. He earned an undergraduate degree from Florida State University in 1971, and received his Juris Doctorate from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama in 1974.
Phil Memoli (Ex-Officio)—Mr. Memoli serves as Executive Director of the Foundation, and is also the Vice President of University Advancement at the institution. A graduate of Florida State University, Phil has resided in Lee County for 50 years. Phil has had a long and distinguished career in real estate, serving as CEO for the Del Tura Group, developers of the Del Tura Community in North Fort Myers. He also worked as marketing director for CellularOne and eventually AT&T, covering the entire state of Florida. Phil entered the non-profit industry when he was recruited by Hodges University in 2005 as its Director of Development. His civic affiliations include Past President of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and Past Chairman of the SW Florida Symphony Board of Directors.
Jerry F. Nichols—Mr. Nichols serves as Senior Vice President for Brown & Brown Benefits and is a financial representative for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, where he has been recognized for his community service four times. Nichols generously gives both financial contributions and volunteer time to a countless number of causes focused primarily on local children and education. These not-for-profit organizations include the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County, Junior Achievement, Community Foundation of Collier County, Quest for Kids, American Red Cross, and the Ronald McDonald House and Care Mobile. He has been actively involved with Hodges University for years, including his service as Chairman of the Hodges University Foundation Board in 2008. In 2008, Mr. Nichols and his wife were recognized as Hodges University's Humanitarians of the Year. In 2010, the School of Professional Studies was renamed as the Nichols School of Professional Studies after Jerry and his late wife Arlene.
Kathleen C. Passidomo (Ex-Officio)—Representative Kathleen C. Passidomo is a member of the Florida House of Representatives, District 76, and a partner in the law firm Kelly, Passidomo & Alba LLP. Mrs. Passidomo is a Past President of the Collier County Bar Association and the founding Chairman of the Collier County Juvenile Justice Council. She also served as a Chairman of the Florida Commission on the Status of Women in 2006. She currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Collier County Foreclosure Task Force. Mrs. Passidomo is a graduate of Leadership Florida Class XII and Leadership Collier Class of 1991. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Hodges University, The Moorings Park Institute, The Moorings, Inc., and is a founding director of the Collier County Senior Resource Center, Inc. She served as Co-Chair of the Community Engagement Initiative of the Education Foundation of Collier County (Connect Now). In 2010 she received the Attorney of the Year Award by the Legal Aid Service of Collier County and the Ad Miller Service Award by the Naples Area Board of Realtors. In 2000 she and her husband were co-recipients of the Naples Daily News Collier County Citizen of the Year award.
Peter Thomas—Dr. Thomas is a highly respected narrator of television programs, including shows such as Nova and Forensic Files. Thomas is known for his crystal clear voice and precise diction. He has been a narrator for over fifty years. Dr. Thomas first began his radio career at age 13 and continues to be one of the most in-demand voices in the industry. One of the many highlights of his career includes an Academy Award won for his work on a documentary produced by HBO. Dr. Thomas volunteered for the U. S. Army in 1943 and served with the First Infantry Division in five major campaigns, including the Battle of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. He was issued a Battle star for each of the five campaigns. He was also awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Unit French Croix de guerre, and Belgian Fourragère. In 2004, Hodges University named him its Humanitarian of the Year.
John W. White (Ex-Officio)—Mr. White is the Executive Vice President of Finance at Hodges University. He began his career as a CPA with Coopers and Lybrand. An early college audit client ignited his interest in higher education management and he has spent the last 32 years in higher education, with 17 years at Hodges University. His responsibilities include managing the University's finances as well as supervising all areas of student services, including admissions, financial aid, business office, student development, counseling and career development. He is an active member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers and participates with the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida Business Officer's group.
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