For much of our nominee’s career they have practiced public accounting and law. However, it is her leadership and community service that sets her apart. Serving previously on the community advisory board for Junior League, as an officer of Suncoasters, a board member of Eckerd College, University of South Florida Foundation, American Red Cross, and First Presbyterian Church, to name a few. Currently a member of the Mission and Community Affairs committee of St. Anthony’s Hospital Board of Trustees. She is active on the Pinellas Homeless Leadership Board and H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. She is the proud mother of three adult children and three grandchildren and is the Executive Director of the St. Petersburg Free Clinic.
Our nominee has been active in the St. Petersburg community for over 50 years. She has served on many Board of Directors including the YWCA for 10 years, Christmas Toy Shop, the Junior Woman’s Club and La Sertoma. She has been a volunteer for the Museum of Fine Arts and chairwoman of many events sponsored by the Stuart Society. For over 35 years she has served on the Women’s Chamber of Commerce, including past president. She has served on the Florida Orchestra Guild, including also as their president. She also has the distinction of being honored by some of the organizations she devotes her time and love into such as the Junior Woman’s Club, St. Petersburg Panhellenic Association, La Sertoma Service to Mankind and Queen of Hearts.
She has been appointed to the City Beautiful Commission and honored with the Senior Hall of Fame and Keys to the City. She is currently very active at St. Anthony’s Hospital. At St. Anthony’s she has been a strong advocate of the Memory Disorders Center and serves of the Mission and Community Affairs Committee of the Hospital Board, as well as a member of the Auxiliary.
Our nominee is a graduate of Fordham University in the Bronx and completed his Master's in physiology from Georgetown University and his medical degree from State University of New York. He fulfilled his training in surgery and otolaryngology at Albany Medical Center and completed his fellowship in Rhinology at both Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes and the University of Pennsylvania. He now hosts one of only 25 fellowship training programs in the United States. A board certified ears, nose & throat surgeon; he founded the Sinus and Nasal Institute of Florida in 2004.
He is internationally recognized as a sub-specialist performing skull based surgery. He is the past president of the American Rhinologic Society and served on the board of the American Academy of Otolaryngology.
He is listed in “Best Doctors in America” since 1994 and “Top Doctors in America for Cancer” since 2006. He has introduced or aided the development of nearly a dozen surgical techniques and the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications, articles and book chapters. Since 2004 he has been a member of the medical staff at St. Anthony’s Hospital and previously served on the Board of Trustees of the Foundation.
In 2010, he hosted a very successful international medical education course on Sinus and Nasal disorders which was attended by more than 120 physicians from 4 continents, 6 countries and 22 States. The course has been repeated, most recently, last November.
Our nominee is co-director, along with neurosurgeon Dr. Kirk Jobe, of St. Anthony’s Hospital Minimally Invasive Skull Base Center and is Chair of the division of otolaryngology.
Our nominee this year is currently a student nurse at Largo Medical Center learning while in her last semester at St. Petersburg College to earn her Associate Degree in nursing. She also mentors through coaching volleyball and teaching values of sportsmanship and hard work for young girls with the St. Pete Volleyball Club.
She has a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in biology from Eckerd College.
Previously she has volunteered with terminally ill children at “Give Kids the World” and the youth at The Crossing Church.
She is currently active with St. Anthony’s Future Leaders in Philanthropy and has acted as an ambassador for the Foundation with FliP through volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Southeastern Guide Dogs and Pinellas Hope Homeless shelter.