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.


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G. T. (Tom) Mallini

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.



Gerald (Jerry) T. O'Neil, Ph.D.
Vice President

Nova-Southeastern University Ph.D.; 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.



E.L. Roy Hunt

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.



John (Ed) Poppell
Past President

University of Florida, M. Ed., 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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Donna Brown
Board Member

University of North Florida, M.B.A., 1994
University of Florida, B.S., 1990
State of Florida Certified Public Accountant, 1992
State of Georgia Certified Public Accountant, 2004

Accomplishments: Partner with James Moore & Co., P.L. Donna has had the opportunity, throughout her professional career, to work extensively with nonprofit organizations, governmental entities, for-profit corporations, partnerships and sole-proprietors. In her current position, she holds the final responsibility for completion of multiple client services, including financial statement audits, reviews, compilations, and various income tax returns. In addition, she is the acting finance director for several nonprofit organizations where she is responsible for maintaining accounting and finance functions. Donna has also been instrumental in developing continuing professional education courses for the firm.

Other Activities: Board Member, Columbia County Industrial Development Authority; was a Board Member with Big Brothers/Big Sisters for 3 years; active member in several professional organizations including, AGN International, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Florida Government Finance Officers' Association, the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Florida Petroleum Marketer's and Convenience Store Association, and the Florida Schools Finance Office Association. She is also an alumna of Leadership Lake City.



James W. DeFord, M.D.
Board Member

University of Florida, BS, 1961
University of Florida College of Medicine MD, 1965

Accomplishments: Clinical Associate Professor of Community Health and Family Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine; Adjunct Professor of Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine; Private Practice of Gastroenterology, Founder, Digestive Disease Associates; President, Medical and Surgical Affiliates; Hospital Appointments, Alachua General Hospital; Hospital Appointments, North Florida Regional Hospital; Hospital Appointments; Shands at Live Oak.

Other Activities: Member, Board of Directors, AvMed, Inc.; Member and Secretary of the Board, Santa Fe HealthCare, Inc.; Jodi DeFord Brasfied Memorial Scholarship, Culver Girls Academy.


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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.


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Michael B. "Mike" Reid, PhD
Board Member

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.




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.



Emily S. Pugh, MA, OTR/L, LHRM
Board Member

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;



Marilyn L. Tubb
Board Member

Agnes Scott College, BA, 1965
University of Florida, MA, 1972

Accomplishments: Assistant Vice President of Community Relations for Santa Fe Community College since 2008. She has more than 30 years as a healthcare community relation executive as the Vice President of Community Affairs for Shands HealthCare; Sr. Vice President, AvMed/SantaFe HealthCare; Marketing and Communications, North Florida Regional Medical Center.

Other Activities: 2007 Chamber of Commerce "Chairman's Award"; 007 Girls Club Grill Award; 2007 Gainesville area "Woman of Honor Award"; March of Dimes "Lifetime Achievement Award"; "Heart of the Girls Club Award "; "Richard McLaughlin Achievement Award" from the State of Florida's Economic Development Council; "J. Wayne Reitz Leadership Award" from the Council for Economic Outreach; March Of Dimes "Volunteer of the Year" Award; and the Girl Scouts' "Women Who Make a Difference" Award; Business and Arts Award; and Alachua County "Woman of Distinction"; Chair, Alachua County Economic Development Advisory Committee; Past Chair Gainesville Community Foundation; Past Chair, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Past Chair, Gainesville Community Foundation; Co-chaired the Market Gainesville Partnership; Past Chair, Gainesville/Alachua County Regional Airport Authority; 2006 Co-Chair, Opportunity 2010 Campaign" for the Council for Economic Outreach, raising nearly $3 million for economic development in the community; Founder and Coordinator, Healthy Community Initiative in Alachua County; 2003 Co-Chair, Well City USA Campaign, which earned Gainesville the "Well City USA Award"; March of Dimes (Past Chair of Board, Walk America Honorary Chair, Board Member State of FL Chapter, Board Member for the National Office of Volunteers, and most recently chairing the 11-state Southern Region); Founding Director for Florida Citizens Bank; Board Member Chamber of Commerce, Board Member Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Board Member American Red Cross and the Girls Club Foundation. She is a member of the Gainesville Women's Forum, the Rotary Club of Gainesville, PEO, Junior League, and she also helped develop the Advantage Program for Oak Hammock Members between Shands HealthCare and Oak Hammock at the University of Florida; Retired Associate Vice-President for "Special Projects" at Santa Fe College.


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Gene Hemp
President, Partnership Council of Advisors 2014
Oak Hammock Board Member

University of Minnesota PhD (Mechanics and Materials);1967
University of Minnesota MS (Mechanics and Materials); 1963
University of Minnesota BSB (Business Administration); 1962
University of Minnesota BS (Aeronautical Engineering); 1961

Accomplishments: Currently Dr. Hemp serves as Vice Provost Emeritus and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Emeritus, University of Florida; previously served in 2005-2006 Interim Chair of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, University of Florida; 2003-2004 Interim Provost/CEO of the New World School of the Arts (Miami, FL); 1999-2000 Acting President, then Interim Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Florida Gulf Coast University;   6/1990 – 3/1999 Vice Provost and Sr. Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs at University of Florida.   Other positions held at UF were: 1989-1990 Interim Provost and Vice-President Academic Affairs, Acting Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in 1982, Assistant Dean College of Engineering 1972-1974. Dr. Hemp joined the College of Engineering faculty in 1967 as an Assistant Professor as post of the National Science Foundation Center of Excellence expansion and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1970 and Professor of Engineering Sciences in 1976.

Dr. Hemp has had research interests in nonlinear oscilla­tions, biomaterials research and dynamic material properties. He
has served as a consultant to Harry Diamond Laboratories
and as the academic member of the IBM Communications Programming Customer Council as well as an educational
consultant to the Boards of Regents of Georgia, Tennessee
and Louisiana. Past Member of the Higher Education
Technology Committee of the National Association of Land
Grant Colleges and Universities from 1986 to 1999; Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and the
Florida State computing Center; Northeast Regional Data
Center and was also active in the Coalition for Academic Supercomputing (CASC).

As a past President of the National Association for
N.R.O.T.C. Colleges and Univer­sities, was active in the
review and development of educational policy matters with
the Chief of Naval Education & Training (CNET) and the
Department of the Navy for more than 29 years. In 1993, the Department of the Navy awarded him the Distinguished Public Service Award, which is the Navy’s highest award given to a citizen. In 1996 the Chief of Naval Education awarded
Dr. Hemp the Meritorious Public Service award the second
highest award the Navy confers on a civilian. In 2000 the Department of the Army (TRADOC) awarded Dr. Hemp the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, the Army’s second
highest civilian award.

Dr. Hemp and his wife Evelyn have two daughters and three grandchildren.




Catherine Ferguson, B.A., M.B.A., NHA
CEO, Oak Hammock at the University of Florida

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

Accomplishments:  Over 20 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 ®.