Board Members

Mission Statement

The mission of Oak Hammock at the University of Florida is to support the well-being of its members and create an active, caring community by providing a continuum of quality lifestyle and healthcare programs, and outstanding enrichment opportunities in conjunction with the University of Florida.



Gerald (Jerry) T. O'Neil, DPA
President/Board Member

Nova-Southeastern University DPA.; 1980
Nova-Southeastern University MPA; 1976
Florida Atlantic University MPA; 1972
University of Miami BA; 1961

Accomplishments:  Gubernatorial Appointee to the North Central Florida Planning Council; Past: Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida in the Department of Health Services Administration Graduate School; 14 years in Executive positions with AvMed-Santa Fe Healthcare Systems

Other Activities: Chair, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce; Beacon Council Trustee; American Hospital Association; Past President and Chariman of the Board of the Florida Association of Health Maintenance Organization; American Society for Public Administration.




Emily S. Pugh, MA, OTR/L, LHRM
Vice President

Rollins College, MA, 1991
University of Florida, BS, 1985

Accomplishments: Licensed Occupational Therapist and Health Care Risk Manager with over 25 years of experience. She is currently the Program Director and Associate in the Department of Occupational Therapy of the College of Public Health and Health Professions at University of Florida. Chair, of the Faculty Council and represents the college as a UF Faculty Senator. She serves on the Executive Board of the Florida Occupational Therapy Association and as the Florida representative to the Representative Assembly of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Has served as the Director of OT for Shands Hospital at UF; Associate Director of Rehabilitation Services for Shands Health Care system; Director of Quality Management for Shands Rehab Hospital and Vista Behavioral Health Hospital. 1990, Associate Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Florida Hospital Medical Center, Orlando, FL and Manager of OT services and the neurorehabilitation program for the health care system.

Other Activities: American OT Association 1983-present,current FL Representative, Representative Assembly; 2000-present, Administrative Site Surveyor for State of Florida, Department of Health, Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program; 2003-present, Member, Research, Data Collection and Evaluation Committee; AOTA Chair, Student Affairs Subcommittee; AOTA National Conference Committee 1997; was a Member of the Commission on Education 4 yrs; Florida OT Association 1983-present; FLOTA Chair, Lela Llorens Research Fund Ad Hoc Committee; 2008 Chair, Local OT Annual Conference Committee; Chair, Physical Disabilities Special Interest Section 1991-1995;


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Michael B. "Mike" Reid, PhD

Southeastern Conference Academic Consortium, Administrative Fellowship; 2009-2010
Harvard University, Research Fellowship; 1981-1983
UT Southwestern, Research Fellowship; 1980-1981
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Ph.D., 1980
University of Texas at Arlinton, B.S., 1974

Accomplishments: Currently, Dr.Michael B.Reid is Professor of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology and Dean of the College of Health & Human Performance at the University of Florida, a position he recently accepted after serving as chair of the Department of Physicology and vice dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky.  Dr. Reid is an established investigator whose research addresses the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie muscle weakness and fatigue.  His research team was the first to demonstrate tha tskeleta lmuscle produces reactive oxygen species, the first to identify nitric oxide as an endogenous modulator of muscle contraction, and the first to demonstrate that oxidative stress plays a causal role in human muscle fatigue.  He has maintained an unbroken record of NIH funding for over a quarter century and has published over 120 scientific articles.


Other Activities:  As an educator, Dr. Reid has taught numerous courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels.  He has been thesis advisoror primary mentor for 28 pre-and post-doctoral trainees, many  of whom are now pursuing successful academic careers, and he directed separate NIH-funded training programs at two prior institutions.  Among his professional activities, Dr. Reid has chaired two standing NIH study sections, was a founding investigator in NASA's National Space Biomedical Research Institute, was associate editor of Physiological Reviews, and served on the board of directors of the American Thoracic Society.  He currently is a consulting editor for Journal of Applied Physiology and sits on the editorial boards of Antioxidants and Redox Signaling and Skeletal Muscle.



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George T. (Tom) Mallini
Past President

University of South Alabama, B.S., 1970

Accomplishments: President/CEO of M & S Bank since 1985 to present. M & S is a locally owned community bank and operates from 12 banking offices in Alachua, Clay and Marion counties. He has been in the banking business since 1977 in the states of Georgia and Florida.

Other Activities: 2010 Florida Economic Development Council Co-Volunteer of the Year; 2010 Chair, Advisory Board, UF College of Public Health and Health Professions; 2008 March for Babies Honorary Co-Chair Trustee, Santa Fe College; Member, Rotary Club of Gainesville; Chairman, Chairman, Alachua County Republican Party Committee of 100; Director, Santa Fe College Foundation; Member, Council for Economic Outreach Opportunity 2010; Director, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce; Campaign Chair, Council for Economic Outreach Momentum 2015; Member, Heart of Florida Regional Coalition; Director/Finance Chair, Haven Hospice; Former United Way Director.


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Theodore W. Burns, DDS, MD
Board Member

Loyola School of Dentistry, New Orleans, LA, DDS, 1968Louisiana State University, MD, 1972
University of Florida:
   Internship in Straight Medicine - 1973
   Residency in Internal Medicine - 1975
   Fellowship in Gastroenterology - 1977

Accomplishments: He has served as a contract physician for the North Florida & South Georgia V.A. Hospital System since 2011 to present.  Had his own private practice with Digestive Disease Associates in Gainesville, FL from 1986-2014, when he retired. His earlier medical practice was with National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland from 1977-1970 and Ochsner Clinic, New Orleans, LA, 1979-1986. Dr. Burns received the George S. Bel Award as Outstanding Graduate from Louisiana State University School of Medicine; High M. Hill Award for Outstanding Clinical Teacher from the University of Florida; and National Research Service Award for 2 years from UF. 

Other Activities: Serves on the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities in Gainesville, FL, 2013 to present. He holds current certifications through the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology.


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Elias Eldayrie
Board Member

State University of New York at Buffalo, BA, 1987
State University of New York at Buffalo, MBA, 1997

Accomplishments: Currently serves as the Vice-President and Chief Information Officer to the University of Florida (June 2010-Present) where he is responsible for leading the central information technology organization and campus-wide IT strategic planning. He came to UF from State University of New York at Buffalo and was the Associate Vice-President and Chief Information Officer there for several years. He serves on many university-wide committees and is a Member of Innovation Gainesville; Chair, of Sunshine State Education & Research Computing Alliance; Cabinet Member, United Way of Gainesville; and Member of Internet 2 External Relations Committee. He is a Board Member of Florida LambdaRail, since 2010; Leadership Board of CIOs since 2009; Dell Platinum Advisory Board since 2007, and Board Member of Oak Hammock at the University of Florida as of January 2013.

Other Activities and Awards: Past Board Member of New York State Education and Research Network 2006-2010; Council of Chief Information Officers, SUNY, 2006-2010; Blackboard Advisory Board 2005-2007. He has been recognized and awarded with the Milton Plesur Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching 2009; University at Buffalo Service Excellence Award 2005; SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service 1999; Sallie MAE Education Institute Award 1999; Student Access Excellence Award 1999; and University at Buffalo Service Excellence Award 1996.



E.L. Roy Hunt
Board Member

Vanderbilt University, BA
University of Mississippi, JD
Yale University, LLM

Accomplishments: Vice-Chair of the Board of Advocacy for the College of Design, Construction and Planning at UF; Distinguished Service Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Florida Levin College of Law; taught in the UF College of Law for 50 years.

Other Activities: National Historic Landmarks Committee in Washington; Florida advisors to the National Trust for Historic Preservation; Past president of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation; Past chair of the legislatively created Historic Preservation Advisory Council; Past president of the Florida Natural History Museum Associates, the University Gallery Guild, and Florida Arts Celebration; Emeritus board member of the University of Florida Performing Arts Center.



Patrice (Patti) C. Moore, BSN, MSN, RN, ARNP
Board Member

University of Florida, BSN, MSN, RN, ARNP
Daytona Beach Community College, AA

Accomplishments: President and Founder of the Watershed Group, a nationwide strategic consulting/organizational company based on hospice concepts of care. The Watershed Group has tailored its services to the specific needs of each client, bringing together a unique blend of consulting, executive management placement and acquisition, and executive coaching services to help organizations and individuals achieve financial and strategic success. Patti's prior experience was as the Executive Director of Hospice of North Central Florida (now known as Haven Hospice) for 16 years. She started Hospice of North Central Florida with three employees and built it to 200 employees with multiple satellite offices in an area across 7,500+ square miles and a Hospice House Care Center exclusively serving terminally ill patients and their families. While being the Executive Director of HNCF, she served as the Acting COO of North Central Florida Retirement Village during an executive management change. Patti also worked as a part-time hospice consultant/surveyor/educator for JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

Other Activities: Chair, United Way Campaign for SantaFe Health Care; Member, Jr. League of Gainesville; Member, Rotary Club of Gainesville, FL (mentor for at-risk high school students); UF, College of Medicine, Curriculum Committee Member; Women's Giving Circle of Gainesville Community Federation. Honors: Outstanding Young Women of America; Who's Who in American Nursing; Signa Theta Tau, Honorary Academic Nursing Society; 2014 nominated to the National Hospice Foundation Board of Directors




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Donald A. Padgett
Board Member

University of Florida, BS, 1980

Accomplishments: Don has his own CPA firm in Jacksonville, Florida (Donald A. Padgett, P.A.), which was originally Padgett, Maige & Mathews, P.A. Has been associated with Deloitte, Haskins and Sells. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Board of Trustees for Community Presbyterian Church; Board of Trustees for City of Neptune Beach Police and Fire Pension; past President of Leadership Jacksonville; Safari Club International North Florida Chapter; past President St. Johns River City Band; Youth Leadership Jacksonville Founding Director and Treasurer; Fundraising Committee for United Way; Junior Achievement; Robert E. Lee High School Restoration Committee; Funding Chairman of Beaches Fine Art Series.



John (Ed) Poppell
Board Member

University of Florida, MEd, 1978
Florida State University, BS, BA, 1971

Accomplishments: Vice President for Business Affairs (UF); Associate Vice President for Administrative Affairs (UF); Assistant Vice President for Administrative Affairs (UF); Assistant to the Vice President for Administrative Affairs (UF); Associate Controller (UF)

Other Activities: University Athletic Association, Inc. (Board Member & Treasurer); University of Florida Foundation, Inc. (Board Member & Treasurer); Shands Teaching Hospital, Inc. (Finance Committee, Audit Committee); University of Florida Research Foundation, Inc. (Board Member, Finance Committee, Audit Committee); United Way Board Member, (Treasurer, Past President); Eastside Task Force, Revitalization of East Gainesville; Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization (Member, along with 7 City Commissioners and 5 County Commissioners); Town/Gown Neighborhood Task Force (Co-Chair, issued Report on the Protection and Restoration of Neighborhoods surrounding UF; Southern Association of Colleges and University Business Officers (Board Member); National Association of State University and Land Grant Colleges (Business Officers Executive Committee); Council of Administrative and Financial Affairs (Chair); Currently serving as Director for Economic Development at UF Development Corporation.



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Cynthia Toth
Board Member

Ohio State University, School of Applied Medical Professions, BS, 1976
   Physical Therapy
University of Florida, MBA, MHS, 1988
   Healthcare Administrator

Accomplishments:  Currently serves as an Independent Health Care Consultant, University of Florida, College of Public Health and Health Professions, January 2009-Present. Previous experience as V-Pres., Southeastern Integrated Medical, Gainesville, FL 2005-2008. She was a part of the Shands Health Care System, Gainesville, FL, 1984-2004 (Administrator/Shands at AGH-2000-2004; Administrator/Shands Rehab Hospital and Shands at Vista, 1996-2000; Director of Operations/Shands at UF, 1989-1996; part of the Administrative Team in Operations 1987-1988; Sr. Physical Therapist 1984-1986); Sharp Health Care, San Diego, CA 1976-1984/Director & Clinician.

Other Activities:  United Way Allocations Panel, Alachua County; Board Member, Community Sponsored Rural Health Clinic, Alachua County; North Central Florida Boy Scout Council; Church & Family. She loves gardening, honey bees, fitness, cooking, sewing and artistic crafts.


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Nelson S. Logan, PhD
President, Partnership Council of Advisors
2015 Board Member

University of Utah PhD, 1968
   Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
University of Utah MS, 1965
Wichita State University BS, 1961

Accomplishments:  Dr. Logan is Professor Emeritus and Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs, University of Iowa College of Dentistry. He was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Utah before moving to University of Iowa where he facilitated the design and implementation of the College of Dentistry’s first computerized clinical and student management system. While on special assignment to the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), he designed and built the prototype and beta version of the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service.  Dr. Logan has served on numerous national committees including several Commission on Dental Accreditation site visit teams. Dr. Logan was the recipient of the ADEA Presidential National Award for Outstanding Service. At the University of Florida College of Dentistry he served as Director of Multicultural Affairs and initiated the Colleges Summer of Learning for underrepresented ethic groups in Dentistry. In business for the past 10 years, he is an Executive Coach working with Vistage Florida a subsidiary of Vistage International and his own company, Education for More Effective Action, Decisions and Results, serving CEO’s and business owners.  The mission of these Master Mind groups is to address common issues and exchange best practices for the purpose of becoming more effective in their businesses.

Other Activities:  Previously a two term member on the University of Iowa Credit Union Board; a member of Rotary International in Iowa City, IA and Gainesville, Fl.; Board member on Mary Mae Financial; A mentor in Alachua County Schools Take Stock in Children; a commercial rated and former charter pilot; and aircraft owner for more than 40 yrs.



Catherine Ferguson, BA, MBA, NHA
CEO, Oak Hammock at the University of Florida

William Woods University, MBA, 2007
University of Colorado-Boulder, BA, Sociology, 1980

Accomplishments:  Over 30 years of experience in Senior Living and Health Care Administration, including CEO of Florida and Missouri CCRCs, working in partnership on community programs/projects with the University of Missouri and the University of Florida.  Her operational support experience includes strategic planning, new construction, Board policy, as well as budgeting and property management.  She has served as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in both Texas and Missouri and is currently licensed in Florida.  She is a Senior Staff Member of PRAXEIS, LLC in Jacksonville, Florida, managing Life-Fulfilling Communities ®.