What is your current job title and responsibilities?
Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs and Chief Legal Officer, College of Medicine
As part of the College of Medicine leadership team and the General Counsel’s office, I facilitate strategic and business initiatives and oversee the College’s legal and related services. It is a great opportunity to work with many talented colleagues and help build a tremendous resource for our university and community.
What is your history at UCF and before UCF?
In 2008 I joined UCF to help build the College of Medicine.
2007-2008, partner at Shuffield, Lowman & Wilson in Orlando, chaired a new Health Care Division.
1982-2007- partner and attorney in New England based law firm, practicing in heath law and policy, representing the Yale-New Haven Health system and other hospitals, physicians, home care agencies, and health care organizations. Building health care programs and services, strategic planning and development, government relations, health care payment and compliance, ethics and risk, health information technology.
What is your academic background?
Harvard Law School, JD, cum laude, 1982
Florida State University, MSW, with highest honors, 1978
Emory University, BA, with high honors, 1976
What is your favorite UCF memory?
Opening Day in 2009 at the College of Medicine, when the university and community celebrated achieving the dream of having a UCF medical school and welcomed the first class of medical students.
If you could change one thing at UCF, what would it be?
Fast forward to a fully developed academic health sciences center at Lake Nona including a teaching hospital and continuum of other clinical facilities with integrated educational and research programs, including many specialties and disciplines in medicine, nursing, public health and other UCF health sciences, and bringing a new level of medical care to the community.
What is one piece of advice you would like to share with your colleagues?
Reach out and partner with your colleagues and recognize the great diversity of talent and expertise across UCF faculty and staff.
If UCF was going to name something in your honor, what would you like it to be and why?
A Center that develops multi-disciplinary, collaborative, sustainable programs that improve the health and well being of our communities. This would engage collective expertise, build community relationships and informational resources, provide research opportunities and engage and train students through service learning.
If you could have lunch with anyone at UCF (who you do not normally eat lunch with), who would you choose and why?
Martha Hitt. As UCF’s enduring first lady and accomplice to an amazing President, she makes a major contribution and would have great perspectives on UCF – and our strengths and opportunities.
Who at UCF would you like to thank for your success?
My two bosses Scott Cole and Deborah German for allowing me the flexibility to serve and grow in many different directions.
Name and describe a teacher or researcher from your past who truly inspired you and why.
Dr. Delores Aldridge, now Emeritus Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Emory University, a sociologist, clinical social worker, and civil right activist http://aas.emory.edu/home/people/emeritus/aldridge-delores.html. She was inspirational in early discussions of cross cultural studies and social determinants of health, and she introduced me to inner city community health clinics in Atlanta.
What undergraduate or graduate class/program/experience inspired you the most and why?
My thesis project at Harvard Law School, which analyzed the earliest models of Medicaid HMOs, their legal and regulatory structure and their cycle of launch to failure. This was my first look at the complexities of building financially sustainable health care plans that serve all.
What is your favorite restaurant or food?
Ethos Vegan Kitchen in Winter Park. Generally the challenge of making healthy food taste great.
What is your favorite movie, book or music?
Book currently Comfortable With Uncertainty: Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion by Pema Chodron. Movies- Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Avatar
What is your favorite vacation destination?
Beaches, most especially St Augustine, FL and Cape Cod, MA