Give Prostate Cancer the Finger!
The International Prostate Cancer Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization with a voluntary faculty of international expert physicians and survivors who have joined in the fight against prostate cancer. Our mission is to cure those afflicted with the disease and to help prevent it in those who are predisposed to it.
Sejal Dharia Patel, M.D.
Sejal Dharia Patel, M.D.,is at the Center for Reproductive Medicine with more than 15 years of experience in medicine, most recently serving as the co-director of the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Division at Ohio State University’s College of Medicine. Dr. Patel serves as the Medical Director for Reproductive Medicine at Celebration Hospital.
Dr. Patel is also actively involved with the American Society for Reproductive Medicine through the Patient Education Committee and the Society for Reproductive Surgeons. Dr. Patel is on faculty at the University of Central Florida’s College of Medicine.
Dr. Patel’s chief medical interests include general infertility, fertility preservation, and robotic reproductive surgery. Dr. Patel brings her expertise to Central Florida to offer patients robotic gynecologic surgeries such as fibroid removals and tubal reversals.
Foundation Executive Director
Ralph E. Jordan is a recognized leader, innovator, and entrepreneur in the health care industry. In 1988, Jordan founded Trident Health Resources, an international perfusion management services company where he currently serves as CEO. Jordan began his career with Baxter Laboratories and with Johnson & Johnson. In the 1980's he founded several successful enterprises. Among the innovative products developed, manufactured, and marketed was a state-of-the-art electrosurgical scalpel; a patented process that coated electrosurgical blades to prevent tissue adherence; helped form a biotech research company that developed a successful process using monoclonal antibodies that successfully predicted the sex of a bovine embryo; developed a miniaturized laser that was used on the posterior capsule of the eye after cataract surgery; and developed a microsurgical diamond knife that was used for RK surgery (radial keratotomy). Jordan was instrumental in the formation of Cryo-cell International, a company that harvests and cryo-preserves stem cells from cord blood. He is an alumnus of Frostburg State University and is on the advisory board for the School of Business, the University Foundation, and is a founder of the Sloop Leadership Institute.
Ravindra Jahagirdar, MD
Ravi R. Jahagirdar, MD is a practicing Urologist in Orlando, FL. Dr. Jahagirdar graduated from University of Mumbai in 1975 and has been in practice for 38 years. He completed a residency at Lsu Health Sciences. He currently practices at Associates in Urology and is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. Dr. Jahagirdar accepts multiple insurance plans including Aetna, Medicare and Humana. Dr. Jahagirdar is board certified in Urology. Dr. Jahagirdar also practices at Associates in Urology in Lake Mary, FL. In addition to English, Dr. Jahagirdar's practice supports these languages: Hindi and Spanish.
Anthony J. Nicholson
Tony Nicholson started his entrepreneurial career in 1962, shortly after he graduated from college. He attended Tulane University, where he was very engaged in the college life. He was a member of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, which he joined in 1956, and he was elected senior class president in 1960. That same year, he graduated from Tulane with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
After graduation, Nicholson began working in new site acquisition and lease negotiation for the McDonald’s Corporation. This experience led Nicholson to Site Finders Unlimited, a real estate brokerage, where he offered site locations to food chains. Within a short period of time, Nicholson had mastered the business and decided to start his own company, Anthony J. Nicholson Inc. The company’s main function was as a real estate brokerage dealing in the placement of first, second and land mortgages. In this position, Nicholson could place several million dollars-worth of land mortgages, the largest being the Tyson Corner Shopping Center in Washington, D.C. At that time, this was the largest shopping center in the United States.
Soon thereafter, he expanded his services to financing and managing apartments. This decision led him to the Orlando area in 1967. Once in Central Florida, he joined in limited partnerships with interests in some 2,000 apartments from West Berlin, New Jersey, to Orlando, Florida. He was responsible for locating properties, selling properties and managing the assets for the partners. He also owned and operated more than 850 apartment units in Louisiana.
Meanwhile, Nicholson’s Orlando-based business empire started to grow. In 1981, he founded Alltelco, Orlando’s first long-distance telephone resale company, which he sold in 1990 to Phone One. Not long after, he founded Hi-Res Magazine, which was internationally distributed by Dell with 150,000 copies in monthly distribution. Nicholson then bought Microfilm Services in Orlando and formed Dakota Microfilm Services, which he sold in 1996.
In the mid-80s, Nicholson even brought a touch of Hollywood to Orlando. In 1985, he formed Nicholson International Productions Inc., a company that promoted concerts and managed and produced videos here in Florida. The company co-produced Richard Harris in Camelot and produced “Swayze Dancing,” featuring actor Patrick Swayze. The video won the ITA Gold Video Award for production. Additionally, the company is responsible for employee leasing and real estate acquisition.
After working in video production, Nicholson then ventured into radio production. He purchased “Pirate Radio” in Panama City, Florida, and under his direction, the station soon rose to No. 1. He owned the radio station for two years before selling it in 1992.
Although Nicholson wore many different hats over the course of his career, his focus was on real estate development and building. He founded Nicholson Homes, and was the president and co-owner of the company, along with his wife, Sonja. Since 1995, Nicholson has overseen the development of more than 3,000 homes and 10,000 lots in the Orlando area.
Over the past few years, Nicholson’s focus has shifted toward the arts. He has been a limited partner in Broadway shows such as “Porgy and Bess,” “The Best Man,” starring James Earl Jones; and “Evita,” starring Ricky Martin. He has also invested in “Matilda” and “Cinderella.”
Professionally, Nicholson has been involved in many organizations. He has been elected to the board of directors for Who’s Who Worldwide Business Leaders, the New York City Center, the Orlando Area Apartment Association, the Florida Apartment Association and the National Apartment Association. He also serves as president of the Orlando Area Apartment Association, the Committee of 200 for the Orlando Area Chamber of Commerce and the Walt Disney Memorial Cancer Center at Florida Hospital.
Nicholson’s present companies include Nicholson USA Properties Inc., Affordable Homes of America Inc., Magic Housing Inc., United States Financial Services Inc., U.S. Title Co., and Systems and Solutions International. He is also one of the owners of the Orlando Predators.
Dr. Perera is an Associate Professor and the Director of Analytical Genomics and Bioinformatics at Sanford-Burnham Institute for Medical Research at Lake Nona Orlando FL. Prior to joining Sanford-Burnham in 2009, Dr. Perera held faculty positions at Mercer University's School of Medicine as an Associate Professor and Director of Genomics and R&D at Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial Health Medical Center. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from Moscow State University, Russia and the University of Gent, Belgium. Dr. Perera completed his postdoctoral studies in gene targeting and DNA recombination at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Prior to his academic affiliations, he held leadership positions at several major biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, including ISIS Pharmaceuticals and Life Technologies Corporation (formerly Invitrogen Corporation) in San Diego California.
Irving Rosenbaum, D.P.A., Ed. D.
Dr. Rosenbaum is Interim Chancellor of the Health Professions Division of Nova Southeastern University (NSU). He previously served as Executive Dean for Administration at the Health Professions Division. Dr. Rosenbaum served for nearly 25 years in local government; as City Manager of Hollywood, Florida, Town Administrator of Davie, Florida, Aand in the Office of the Mayor in New York City. Dr. Rosenbaum was a director of Regent Bank from 1986 to 2016. He served on the Broward County Charter Review Commission and on the board member of Palmetto General Hospital.
Bill Silliman has been building beautiful custom homes for well over three decades. The Orlando luxury home building team at Silliman CitySide Homes have become synonymous with high-end design and fine craftsmanship. The company is well-known for finding hidden gems in communities throughout CentralFlorida – the overlooked home sites and older homes ready for demolition – and constructing new homes with innovative custom design options.
Recently he hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for “House of Hugs,” a four-bedroom, 2,594 square-foot custom home being built and sold at fair market value to benefit three local nonprofit organizations.
Proceeds from the sale will be distributed among the Florida Hospital for Children, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida and Greater Orlando Builders Association’s Foundation.
Sheetal P. Dharia, PharmD, PhD
Dr. Dharia is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida College of Pharmacy in the Department of Pharmacotherapeutics and Clinical Research. She currently teaches the geriatrics and the clinical research topics in the curriculum.
Prior to joining USF College of Pharmacy, she completed her Doctor of Pharmacy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy in 2010. Her PhD is in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a focus in Geriatric Pharmacotherapy. Her dissertation was on the functional, behavioral, and cognitive outcomes associated with the concomitant use of anticholinergic and acetylcholinesterase medications in patients with dementia. In addition, she earned a post-baccalaureate degree in Aging Studies while at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. She completed a 16-month post-doctoral appointment at the Byrd Institute on the University of South Florida campus under the guidance of Dr. Chad Dickey, an Alzheimer’s disease researcher and expert in 2012.
Her research interests and experience are in the areas of inappropriate medications in the geriatric population, prostate cancer, medication-related problems, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, substance abuse and psychiatric disorders in older adults.
Vipul R. Patel, MD, FACS
Foundation Founder and Chairman
Vipul Patel, MD, FACS is the medical director of the Global Robotics Institute at Florida Hospital Celebration Health and medical director of the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute Urologic Oncology Program.
He leads one of the world’s most experienced robotic surgery teams and travels around the world to educate physicians and care for patients. He is the editor emeritus of The Journal of Robotic Surgery and editor of the first-ever robotic urology textbook. Dr. Patel is world-renowned for his contribution to the field of robotic surgery and is committed to personalized patient care and quality outcomes. He is one of the most experienced robotic surgeons in the world and has personally performed over 11,000 robotic prostatectomies.
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As Founder and Managing Member, Zahir "Ken" Kanji brings over 40 years of Corporate, Audit, Managerial and Financial Accounting experience to Financial Accounting Services, PLC. Zahir obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of California, a Master’s Degree in Accounting from Nova University, and has been a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida for over 25 years. Zahir currently serves on the board of directors for Platinum Federal Credit Union and the United Financial Bank of Florida. Zahir also is a Registered Representative for Genworth Financial Securities Corporation.
In 2011, together with her husband, Josie NeJame founded Runway to Hope. Runway to Hope’s mission is to provide direct support and aid to Central Florida children and their families impacted by pediatric cancer. Through partnerships with Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Florida Hospital for Children, and Nemours Children’s Hospital, Runway to Hope fosters collaborative efforts among corporations, local businesses, and philanthropists to not only raise funds and awareness, but also bring new programs and initiatives to the pediatric cancer community.
Runway to Hope has raised approximately $6 million. Pledges exceeding $1 million have been made to each of Central Florida’s children's hospitals; Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Florida Hospital for Children, and Nemours Children’s Hospital. Runway to Hope has insisted that each of the hospitals utilize the funds to create new and unique programs, treatments and care that were otherwise absent or underserved in the Central Florida region.
Sonja Nicholson has a passion for real estate. She is the owner of RE/MAX Park Avenue in Winter Park, a boutique real estate agency that was previously known as Rose Properties Inc.
In 1980, she moved to the Orlando area from Birmingham, Alabama, and shortly thereafter, she earned her Real Estate Salesman License and her Brokers License. After working with local real estate experts, she started her own real estate company.
Nicholson is currently on the Florida Hospital Cancer Board, the Board of the Nicholson Center, the Board of Directors for the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, the YMCA of Central Florida’s Metropolitan Board, Winter Park Memorial Women’s Task Force, the Florida Leadership Council, The Rep Theatre, and is an Emeritus Board Member. She was previously on the Orlando Chamber of Commerce Committee and Record Management Boards.
Her humanitarian efforts extend to other parts of the Central Florida community, with donations that have led to the construction of aquariums in numerous Florida Hospital locations around the area. The Coalition for the Homeless, the Central Florida Children’s Home, the Shrine Circus and Kissimmee Little League have also benefited from her support.
Stacey Papp is the creative designer and founder of Bay Hill Jewelers, with three thriving locations in the Orlando Area. The values of Bay Hill Jewelers are family, loyalty and service, making them a sought-after retailer to be your personal jeweler. In addition, Stacey and her husband are passionate about the Orlando community and started the Bridges of Light Foundation, a nonprofit organization helping at-risk youth of Central Florida further their education and attend college. They believe one person can make a difference in a child’s life.
Sampath Parthasarathy, MBA. Ph.D., F.A.H.A.
Dr. Sampath Parthasarathy obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India in 1974. He spent one year at the Kyoto University, Japan as a postdoctoral fellow and subsequently joined the Duke University at Durham, NC. He then joined the Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota and became an Assistant Professor.
From 1983-1993 Dr. Parthasarathy was a member of the faculty and reached the rank of professor at the University of California at San Diego. He was closely associated with Dr. Daniel Steinberg, with whom he developed the concept of oxidized LDL.
In 1993 he was invited to become the director of research division in the department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University. He held the title of McCord-Cross professor in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics and in the Department of Medicine at the Emory University. He joined LSUHSC in November 2003 as Frank Lowe Professor of Graduate Studies and holds the rank of Professor of Pathology. He holds joint appointment as Professor of Medicine and directs the Center on CAOS (center on Antioxidants and Oxidation Systems). He joined The Ohio State University as the Klassen Chair of Cardiothoracic surgery and developed a large animal model for heart failure. He is currently at University of Central Florida as the Florida Hospital Chair in Cardiovascular Sciences and professor of medicine. He also serves as the Interim Associate Dean of Research.
Dr. Parthasarathy has published over 250 articles has written a book "Modified Lipoproteins in the Pathogenesis of atherosclerosis." He has served on numerous editorial boards and NIH committees. He also has a MBA degree in technology management.
He has been continuously funded by NIOH and other agencies for over 30 years and he was awarded the Scientific Achievement Award for his contribution to vascular biology by the American Heart Association and by the American Association of Cardiologists of Indian Origin and from SASAT International. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Ranbaxy Award for excellence in cardiovascular research.
Nikki G. Setzler
On March 7, 2012 - Senator Nikki Setzler went public on the senate floor with his battle against prostate cancer, creating awareness about the importance of PSA screening. We are proud to have him on our board, and very excited to support him as he goes public with his fight. After undergoing surgery in August of 2011, performed by our chairman Dr. Vipul Patel, we are happy to report he is cancer free and doing well. We appreciate his support and willingness to speak publicly to help educate and create awareness on the importance of PSA screening.
Click to watch the video!! At the 5:00 minute mark he discusses his surgery and treatment, at the 10:00 minute mark he discusses the importance of PSA screening, and at the 11:29 minute mark he discusses The International Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Mr. Stewart has worked in the healthcare industry for over 6 years. His unique background has afforded management opportunities in the hospital, laundry, and education marketplaces. His ability to identify new market opportunities and create innovative solutions that have an impact on undeserved, nonprofit, public or private healthcare organizations and respective communities brings tremendous value to our mission and goals. Prior to founding the Unison Group, a medical supply MBE, Michael played in the NBA for 8 seasons.
Michael is very active in the Orlando Charity Community. Supporting not only the International Prostate Cancer Foundation, but the Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center, Runway for Hope and many more...
Rasesh Thakkar is senior managing director of Tavistock Group and a member of the board of directors. For the past 20+ years Rasesh has focused on mergers and acquisitions, operations and strategic planning for the Group. He helps determine overall strategy, targets sectors for investment, negotiates acquisitions and sales, and transitions acquisitions into the Group's holdings. He has been a key leader in the cities he has lived in and most recently has been the leading force in forming Lake Nona's Medical City which the Tavistock Group owns. He has lived in the United States, South America and Europe on behalf of the Group.
Currently, he serves on the Board of Trustees for the Central Florida Partnership, the Governors’ Council of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission and the Board of Governors for M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Orlando. Rasesh is also a member of the State of Florida Governor's advisory council known as The Florida Council of 100, the Board of Trustees of the Tavistock Foundation, Board of Directors of the UCF Foundation, and the Board of Directors for BioFlorida.
With more than 20 years of graphic design, advertising and commercial art experience, Amy Morelli has created award winning projects for some of the nation's top educational publishing, real estate, tech and medical companies. Amy has served as an Art Director for many international advertising agencies and industry corporations. Where she developed and created various marketing materials for top clients such as The Westin New York at Times Square, Florida Hospital, and PlayLabs. Amy has successfully worked with high profile clients such as Ginn Clubs and Resorts (formerly the Ginn Company), The International Prostate Cancer Foundation, Florida Hospital Celebration Health, The Global Robotics Institute, AARP, AARP New York, My Central Florida Family, Hopper, The Nicholson Center and many more. Additionally, she owned and operated a stationery and event design company for ten years. She has been known to lend her design prowess to assist charities such as: Wish Upon a Wedding, Florida Vision Quest, the American Heart Association and The Boys & Girls Club of America others.
Throughout her career, Amy has earned many advertising and design awards and accolades for her creative work, as well as been covered in multiple national press outlets. Her passion for quality design is evident in everything she creates.
A native of Paris, Illinois, Amy is a graduate of Southern Illinois University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree, with a specialty in cinematography and photography. Today, Amy’s true passion of creating customized designs and working one-on-one with clients has finally arrived. Amy has had long-awaited ambitions of taking her client’s specific ideas and fashioning their vision into an artful design they can truly claim as their own.
Kenneth J. Palmer, MD
Practicing medicine has been a dream for Dr. Palmer. The journey in the healthcare of patients and the desire to help others, motivated him from a very young age to study medicine in his native Maracaibo, Venezuela.
He received his General Practitioner degree from the University of Zulia in 1997 and degrees of General Surgery and Urology from the Central University of Venezuela. He then undertakes a NeuroUrology Fellowship at the Hospital de Clínicas Caracas in Caracas, Venezuela; institution with the first da Vinci robotic system in Latin America.
At the Ohio State University, he trains under the world-reknown expert in uro-oncological robotic surgery, Dr. Vipul Patel. Upon completion, he joined the Global Robotics Institute in Celebration, Florida, serving as Director of the Global Robotics Institute - Latin America. He’s an Associate Professor of Urology, Central University of Florida; Honorary Professor, University Hospital of Caracas; Advanced Clinical Instructor "Proctor" of the Global Robotics Institute with experience of more than 6800 urological robotic procedures. Likewise, Dr Palmer is a recognized national and international lecturer, published author on urological robotic surgery and recipient of multiple international awards.
His education includes proficiency in Spanish, English, Portuguese and French. He’s a lover of music and passionate about cooking.
Wilson Dondo, born in Brazil, married with Lirian Dondo. Children's are Nigel Dondo (26) and Nathalia Dondo (23).
Graduated in Business and Master’s degree in Marketing. President of Nigata of America Corporation. Board member and co-founder of Sportsmanias Inc., the fastest growing sports app. Shareholder of Dolphin Films (nasdaq: dlpn), a film production company. Board member of VMD Group. Proud Booster to Florida State University (Go Noles) and Florida International University (Paws Up).
Mark NeJame was born in Orlando, Florida. In 1976, he received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Florida and graduated with his Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida, College of Law, in 1980. He has been admitted to multiple courts throughout Florida and has practiced in numerous states and districts throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Although most of his cases are in Central Florida and throughout the State of Florida, he has represented clients and handled cases in Georgia, Texas, Massachusetts, California, New York, Virgin Islands, New Jersey, Michigan, North Carolina and Virginia. He routinely practices in both State and Federal courts. He is the principal, Senior Partner and founder of NeJame Law a/k/a NeJame, LaFay, Jancha, Ahmed, Barker, Joshi & Moreno, P.A.
He has chaired a variety of charities including The Heart Fund Ball, Shepard's Hope and Fashion Funds the Cure. Significantly, Mark along with his wife Josie, founded Runway to Hope in 2011, a charity benefitting children with pediatric cancer.
The creative spirit has always been a part of Yatin. Even his years spent developing successful business ventures across the globe were filled with creative outlets—from owning a design agency to designing his own homes to his latest form of artistic expression... Yatin uses photography and a free-spirited shooting style to capture rare, often unseen perspectives. Then, using custom inks, special hand-crafted paper canvases and a meticulous attention to detail, he brings the images to life, relying on tones and, most importantly textures, to tell a story. With each new image, Yatin hopes to document the numerous balances taking place in society—the pure, peaceful coexistence of architecture, humanity and the surroundings. Each scene is an intimate, richly detailed reflection of these threads that define our cultures.
Yatin, who has always had a generous and philanthropic spirit, has decided to create a platform to "give back" . Yatin's passion for photography is now coupled with his wish to care for humanity. To begin with, Yatin started his Aids Awareness and Prevention (AAP) foundation in 2009. Through the sale of his artwork, his goal is not only to support the cause he believes in; but also raise awareness of art, culture and philanthropy for worthy causes. He strives to create a unique environment while providing a creative experience for all philanthropy causes as a platform to build awareness and funds.
Oscar Robertson (The Big O) has made an indelible impression on the game of basketball and on American society, off the basketball court as well as on. At every level -- high school, college, the Olympics, and the NBA -- The Big O set new standards of excellence and changed the way the game was played. He is the NBA's all-time leader in triple-double games (points, rebounds and assists) for a career with 181 and a single season with 41, and in rebounds by a guard. As President of the NBA Players Association, Robertson filed a class action anti-trust lawsuit in 1970 on behalf of his colleagues, seeking to prevent an NBA merger with the ABA until issues regarding the reserve clause, the draft, and other restrictions on player movement were resolved. As a result of a 1976 settlement known as the Oscar Robertson Rule, NBA players became the first to gain free agency. In 1992, he was one of five founders of the National Basketball Retired Players Association, dedicated to improving pension benefits and medical care for an earlier generation of players, and served as its first president from 1992-1998.
For his achievements in both college and professional basketball, Robertson was named "Player of the Century" by the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 2000. He was one of the first five inductees into the NABC's Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. He has been enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame since 1979 and was inducted into the International Basketball (FIBA) Hall of Fame in 2009. A street in his hometown of Indianapolis now bears his name, and an eight-foot high statue stands on the University of Cincinnati campus as a monument. He holds an honorary doctorate in humane letters from the University of Cincinnati as well as its Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship and its William Howard Taft Medal, the highest honor it bestows on an alumnus. Robertson is also honored by Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce as a Great Living Cincinnatian.
He is the author and publisher of "The Art of Basketball," the definitive guide to fundamental skills development for boys and girls of all ages. His autobiography, "The Big O: My Life, My Times, My Game," was published in 2003. He has contributed bylined essays on basketball to The New York Times and TIME Magazine. At University of Cincinnati, he was a three-time first team All-American, the first player to lead the NCAA in scoring three straight years, and the first to win National College Player of the Year honors three times. (In 1998, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association renamed its men's college Player of the Year Award the Oscar Robertson Trophy.) He co-captained the undefeated 1960 U.S. Olympic gold medal team. During his 14-year NBA career, The Big O led his teams to 10 playoff appearances including an NBA championship with the Bucks in 1971. He was the NBA's Rookie of the Year in 1961 and Most Valuable Player in 1964. He was a 12-time NBA All-Star and was voted Most Valuable Player in three All-Star games. In 1961-62, he became the only player in NBA history ever to average a "triple double" for an entire season.
Since his retirement, The Big O has been active as an entrepreneur, broadcaster, and author. He serves as President of OR Solutions, founder of Big O Foods, and as general partner in Oscar Robertson Media Ventures. Mr. Robertson is involved in numerous charitable and community activities, including the NBA Legends Foundation, the Boys Club of New York, and the National Kidney Foundation. The Oscar and Yvonne Robertson Scholarship Fund at the University of Cincinnati annually provides three different kinds of scholarships to students. The Robertsons also serve as co-chairs of UC's $1 billion capital campaign.
Nicole Stewart, a graduate of UC Berkeley, began her career in Film and Television in Los Angeles. Nicole's creative background and passion for style is the impetus for creating her own jewelry line. Nicole is very active in the Orlando Charity Community. Supporting not only the International Prostate Cancer Foundation, but the Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center, Runway for Hope and many more…
Vinod Thomas is Director-General and Senior Vice President of the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) at the World Bank Group. He reports directly to the Board of Executive Directors and oversees the impact of the activities of the World Bank, IFC and MIIGA. During his tenure since August 2005, he has led IEG with a new mandate -- unifying the work across public and private sectors, strengthening IEG's independence as well as engagement with Operations, and fortifying the quality and impact of evaluation. He was formerly Country Director for Brazil and Vice President of the World Bank, a position that he held from October 2001 to July 2005. Prior to that, he was Vice President of the World Bank Institute, where he led the Institute's efforts to improve its focus, quality and impact.
Before heading WBI, he held positions as Chief Economist for the World Bank in the East Asia and Pacific Region. He was the Director for the World Development Report, entitled "The Challenge of Development" (Oxford University Press, 1991) which assessed crucial issues for inclusive and sustainable growth. He was also Chief of Trade Policy and Principal Economist for Colombia.
Vinod Thomas joined the Bank in 1976. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from of the University of Chicago. He is the author of over a dozen books, numerous journal articles and opinion pieces in areas from trade and macroeconomics to project evaluation and finance. Among the books are: The Quality of Growth (Oxford University Press, 2000), From inside Brazil (Stanford University Press, 2006), and Best Practices in Trade Policy Reform (Oxford University Press, 1991). He has taught at Vassar College, New York and the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Jay P. Zavada
Jay has over 29 years of marketing and business experience that extends across several different brands and industries. Jay held senior executive roles with Coca-Cola Florida, where he was VP of Marketing, as well as Disney Parks where he was Vice President of Global Relationship Marketing. Jay also held executive positions with Disney in Global Special Events, Global Marketing Strategy, Brand Marketing, and Disneyland Paris, where he lived with his family for two years. Before coming to Orlando, Jay was Vice President of Marketing for Day-Timers Inc., a Fortune Brands Company. He has also held Brand Management roles at Johnson & Johnson and Heinz Foods.
Jay has a B.S. in Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He is originally from Ashley, Pennsylvania, and currently resides in Windermere, FL with his wife and three sons where he is an active member of his church and local community.