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.


Donna BrownBrown Donna
Board Chair

University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida

Master in Business Administration (M.B.A.), 1994

University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
Bachelor of Science (B.S.), 1990

State of Florida Certified Public Accountant, 1992
State of Georgia Certified Public Accountant, 2004

Accomplishments:   Donna Brown has had the opportunity, throughout her professional career, to work extensively with nonprofit organizations, governmental entities, for-profit corporations, partnerships and sole-proprietors.  As a Partner with James Moore & Co., P.L., she holds 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:  She presently holds an appointed Board position, which she has held for the past several years, with the Columbia County Industrial Development Authority and was a Board Member with Big Brothers/Big Sisters for 3 years.  Donna is currently an 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.


Judith "Judy" RussellRussell Judith
Board Co-Chair

Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross, BA
Catholic University of America, MBA (Library Science)

Accomplishments:   Judith Russell is the current Dean of University Libraries at the University of Florida.  She is the first Dean of the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries, with the position elevated to the Dean rank from a directorship to reflect the increased importance of the libraries and information for the University of Florida.  She has held this position since May 2007.

Recent Award: On January 5, 2017, in Annapolis, MD, the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS), a global nonprofit membership organization serving the information services community, awarded Judith Russell the NFAIS 2017 Miles Conrad Award.

NFAIS’s Miles Conrad Award, long considered the information community’s premier annual honor for achievement in fostering the growth of information services, was given to Ms. Russell in recognition of her significant achievements in librarianship and for her leadership in information services throughout a career spanning academia, government, the non-profit and private sectors.

Involvement: She currently serves as a member of the board of LLMC-Digital.  She also is a former board member and president of NFAIS.  Former board member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).  She is active in the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

Accomplishments:   Prior to her position at the University of Florida

Russell served as the 22nd Superintendent of Documents at the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) on the Government Publishing Office, from 2003-2007. It was her responsibility to provide public access to Government information published by the U.S. Congress, Federal agencies and the Federal courts.  As the Superintendent of Documents, she was responsible for a staff of 220 employees with an annual budget of $70 million.

From 1998-2003 she served as the Deputy Director for the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS).

She served as Director of the Office of Electronic Information Dissemination Services and the Federal Depository Library Program at GPO from 1991-1997.

Russell also worked for over ten years in the information industry, doing marketing and product development as well as serving as a government-industry liaison. Her corporate experience includes Information Handling Services (IHS) and its parent company, the Information Technology Group; Disclosure Information Group; Lexis-Nexis, and IDD Digital Alliances, a subsidiary of Investment Dealers Digest.  She also worked for over 10 years in special libraries.

Publication: Meeting the Information Needs of the American People: Past Actions and Future Initiatives


Michael "Mike" McKee
Mike McKee
Board Secretary/Treasurer

University of Florida, BA, CPA

Accomplishments:  Michael McKee has been the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at the University of Florida since 2014.  He was previously the Controller at UF from 2003-2014. Mr. McKee also served nineteen years on the staff of the State Auditor General and was Director for the Administrative Services Department for the St. Johns River Water Management District.

Other Activities:  He is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Business Administration and, as a CPA, is a member in the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants.  He also serves on the Research and Doctoral Committee for the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers and is an active member of the Inter-institutional Committee on Finance and Accounting for the Florida Universities.


Sherry Ahrentzen

Sherry Ahrentzen, Ph.D.
Board Member 

B.A., Psychology, University of California, San Diego, 1977

M.A., PhD, Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine, 1982, 1980

Sherry Ahrentzen is Shimberg Professor of Housing Studies at the University of Florida and Holland Professor in the Rinker School of Construction Management. 

Activities:  Dr. Ahrentzen’s research and teaching activities focus on housing and community design that fosters sustained physical, social and economic health of households.  She currently co-leads the Vital by Design Initiative (VxD) at UF. A member of the inaugural cohort of AIA’s Consortium of Health and Design Research, VxD undertakes research and its translation to design and policy strategies that improve occupant safety, environmental quality, active living and social connectedness in residential settings occupied by older adults. She is also a member of several professional organizations, including:  American Institute of Architects, American Association of University Women, American Public Health Association, and Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA).

Accomplishments:  She has 75+ published articles, chapters, and reports, 2 books, and has received more than 45 research and instructional grants from various agencies, including: the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, Urban Land Institute, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Fannie Mae Foundation, American Institute of Architects, National Center for Real Estate Research, Graham Foundation for the Study of the Arts, among others.

Awards:  She has received the Distinguished Professor Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture; the Career Award from EDRA; and ARCC James Haecker Award for Distinguished Leadership in Architectural Research.


Ryan Frankel
Ryan Frankel
Board Member

Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL

Accomplishments:Ryan Frankel is the President of Frankel Media Group, headquartered in Newberry, Florida.  In 2005, Ryan founded Frankel Media Group to give amazing minds a place to impact amazing brands.  He has an endless imagination, inherent skill for marketing and an intense passion for each client’s success.  Ryan’s the big-picture guy of his company with an emphasis on creating big ideas to grow great brands.  He lives and breathes creativity and brand development, using a lifetime of business experience to create campaigns, strategies and communications for a wide range of organizations including Mack Trucks, Nextran Corporation, Allied Specialty Vehicles, E-ONE, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), University of Florida, Florida State University, Florida Gateway College and many others.

Awards: Frankel Media Group has grown to become a regional creative powerhouse and was most recently named one of Inc. Magazine’s 2015 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America.

Frankel Media Group’s regional, national and international work has been recognized with numerous Addy® and Telly Awards and most importantly in the bottom lines of the brands they serve. 

Involvement: Ryan is a member of the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce; Gainesville Advertising Federation, and became a member of the Board of Directors of Oak Hammock at the University of Florida in  2019.


Peter F. GearenGearen Peter, M.D. 
Board Member

Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Fellowship Hospital, 1983
Shands Hospital at the University Of Florida, Residency Hospital, 1982
University Of Chicago, Internship Hospital, 1976
Loyola University of Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, 1975

Dr. Gearen, originally from Chicago, graduated from Spring Hill College in Mobile Alabama and Stritch-Loyola Medical School. His Orthopedic Surgery training was at the Universities of Chicago and Florida with a fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic.

He started as a UF faculty member in 1982, became The Chief Of Staff of Shands, and rose to become Chair of Orthopedics. He taught hundreds of students, residents, and fellows and performed thousands of operations helping his patients recover their freedom.

Dr. Gearen retired in 2012.

Other Activities: 2018 Board Appointment, Oak Hammock at the University of FL


John D. Jopling, PAJopling John
Board Member

University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida, 1982, J.D., With Honors
Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, 1979, Bachelor of Arts; Major: Political Science
Honors: Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa

Background: John was born and raised in Lake City, Florida, and has practiced in North Central Florida his entire career. After graduating from the University of Florida College of Law in 1982, he served a year as a research aide to Justice Parker Lee McDonald of the Florida Supreme Court. John joined Dell Graham as an associate in 1983. He has concentrated his practice in the areas of medical malpractice defense and governmental tort liability. His clients include hospitals, physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers. He also represents school boards, community colleges, and police departments, as well as individuals and businesses. John and his wife, Yolanda, live in Gainesville. They have three children.

Professional Admissions:
United States Supreme Court, 2003
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1994
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1985
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1982, 1984

Other Professional Activities:
• The Florida Bar: Committee on Professional Responsibility, 1991-1994; Committee on Judicial Evaluation, 1994-1997; Grievance Committee, 1997-2001
• Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association; Defense Research Institute; Federal Bar Association; American Bar Association; Florida Defense Lawyers Association; International Association of Defense Counsel; American Board of Trial Advocates; Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, inducted 2002

Awards & Honors:
James C. Adkins American Inns of Court, Master

Accomplishments: Dell Graham Attorneys Defeat Plaintiffs’ Attempt at Attorney’s Fees and Costs After Appraisal Award
Attorneys Susan Seigle and Lisa Debroux defeated Plaintiffs’ claim for attorney’s fees, costs, and pre-judgment interest after an appraisal award was issued for a homeowner’s property insurance claim. In July 2012, an insurer issued payment for fire damage totaling approximately $15,000.00. In January 2013, Plaintiffs’ counsel sent a demand package for additional monies. Two weeks […]

Four Dell Graham Partners Selected as Super Lawyers
Dell Graham attorneys have once again been recognized for excellence in the practice of law. John Jopling, Carl Schwait, Ellen Gershow, and David Delaney were all selected by the Super Lawyers rating service for 2014. Only 5% of the total lawyers in each state are selected for inclusion on the Super Lawyers list. “We are pleased […]

John Jopling Testifies at Administrative Law Hearing
In a change of roles from attorney to litigant/witness, firm president John Jopling testified at an administrative law hearing in Tallahassee, Florida recently on behalf of the Ichetucknee Alliance, a not-for-profit advocacy group Jopling leads. Jopling’s testimony on behalf of the Ichetucknee Alliance was in support of a challenge brought by the Alliance to the […]


Anna McDanielMcDaniel Anna 2018
Board Member

Regenstrief Institute for Health Care, Post-Doctoral Fellowship Medical Informatics, 2000
Indiana University, PhD, 1991
Ball State University, MA (Nursing), 1981
Ball State University, BSN, 1974

Accomplishments: Anna M. McDaniel assumed the role of fifth dean of the University of Florida College of Nursing in July 2013. Dean McDaniel has had an accomplished career devoted to advancing nursing science and educating new nursing scholars and clinicians. McDaniel received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Ball State University in Indiana and her PhD in Nursing Science from Indiana University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in medical informatics from Regenstrief Institute for Health Care in Indianapolis. Dean McDaniel has served as a principal investigator or co-investigator on more than $34 million in research and training grants and has contributed to more than 120 scientific publications and presentations. Elected a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Dean McDaniel serves on the academy’s expert panels on informatics and technology and health behavior. She is currently serving as Chair of the Florida Association of Colleges of Nursing (FACN). In 2016 she received the honor of being named the Linda Harman Aiken Professor at the University of Florida. Under her leadership, the college has experienced growth in research funding, is nationally recognized for its nurse-managed, federally designated rural health clinic, and continues to provide leadership in innovative academic programs.


Emily S. Pugh, MA, OTR/L, LHRMpughemily1
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 the 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 years; 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.


Fred Roberts, Jr.
Fred Roberts
Board Member

University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 
Bachelor of Arts (BA), 2002

Stetson University College of Law
Gulfport, Florida, Juris Doctor Degree (JD), 2005

Fred Roberts, Jr. of Ocala, Florida is a sixth generation Floridian. He has been with the law firm of Klein and Klein since 2006 to present where his practice consists predominantly of real estate, banking, probate and commercial matters.

Accomplishments & Awards: Mr. Roberts received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Florida in 2002. While attending the University of Florida, Mr. Roberts served as the Florida Blue Key Director of Special Events, as a Justice on the Student Traffic Court and received the President’s Award in Recognition of Outstanding Achievement and Contribution to the University. He received his JD from Stetson University College of Law in 2005 and began practicing with Klein and Klein shortly after being admitted to practice law in Florida.

Involvement: Mr. Roberts’ civic involvement includes service as an officer and member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Marion County, and the Central Florida Community College Foundation, serving as Division Chair for the United Way 2009 Campaign Cabinet and serving as counsel for the Florida Horse Park Board of Directors. He joined the Oak Hammock at the University of Florida’s Board of Directors in January 2019.

Mr. Roberts and his wife, Sarah, were married in June of 2008.


Ester S. TibbsTibbs Ester 4384
Board Member

Atlanta University, MSW
Alabama A&M University, BA

Retired Circuit Administrator, Department of Children and Families, District Administrator, Department of Health and Rehabilitation Services, Unit Director, North Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center

Community Engagement:
Community Foundation of North Central Florida, Board Member, Oak Hammock at the University of Florida, Board Member, Partnership for Strong Families, Board Member, Children’s Services Advisory Board, Board Member, United Way Community Investment Council, Member, Altrusa International, Member , Women’s Giving Circle; Member

Interests: Reading, spectator sports, spoiling my grandchildren


Cynthia TothToth Cindy 5x7 2047 1
Board Member

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

Accomplishments:   Has served 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.


Nancy Wood

Nancy Wood
Board Member, Oak Hammock Resident Representative

University of Missouri, BA Special Education

Jacksonville University, MAT

University of North Florida, Educational Leadership Endorsement 

Accomplishments: Until her retirement in 2014, Nancy served as Head of School/CEO of eight independent not-for-profit schools in Florida and the Southeast, and served as consultant for several boards for Strategic Planning, Board Development, and Executive Search Committees.  She was elected to two terms on the board of the Florida Council of Independent Schools, and multiple terms on the Florida Kindergarten Council.  As Chair of the Board of Regents for the Episcopal Diocese of Florida, she managed oversight, evaluation and consulting for fifteen schools in North Florida.  She was board member/founding President of Phi Delta Kappa in Duval and Clay Counties.

Other Activities: In 2015, Nancy moved from the Jacksonville area to Oak Hammock at the University of Florida.  She serves as Vice President of the Residents’ Council (second term), has chaired several Residents’ Council ad Hoc committees and is an active member of several other committees. Nancy serves as Vice President of the Board of Trustees, Holy Trinity Episcopal School, and is Secretary for her P.E.O. chapter in Gainesville.


Douglas "Doug" MerryDoug Merrey 2018
Board Member, Oak Hammock Residents' Council President 

Tufts University, BA, History, Magna cum Laude, 1967
Peace Corps Volunteer in India, 1968-1970
University of Pennsylvania, MA in South Asian Studies, 1972; and PhD in Anthropology, 1983 (NDF Title IV Fellowship, 4 years)

Accomplishments: Currently, Doug Merrey works as an independent consultant on water management for agriculture in Asia and Africa. As he completed 18 months of field research in a small village in Pakistan in 1979, he was hired by an American university implementing an applied water management research program in Pakistan. This launched him on his career in applied interdisciplinary water management research. He and his wife have lived for much of their adult lives in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Egypt and South Africa. He worked for over 20 years at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), where he held several senior positions, including Deputy Director General of Programs and the founding Director for Africa. Since 2008, he has worked as an independent consultant for many international institutions and consulting firms.

Other Activities: He was appointed by the Minister in charge of water affairs as a member of the Board of Directors of the South African Water Research Council for three terms (2003-2010). He was also elected as a member of the Steering Committee of Waternet, a Southern Africa regional network of universities promoting capacity building in Integrated Water Resources Management (2003-2006). Since coming to Oak Hammock in 2016, he has been mentoring a high school student enrolled in the “Take Stock in Children” Program; and among others, he is a member of the Curriculum Committee, Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR).


Jeffrey Hagen, BS, NHA Hagen Jeff
Oak Hammock at the University of Florida (5/2016 to Present)

Central Michigan University, BS, Accounting, 1976

Accomplishments:   Over 30 years experience in Health Care Administration and Senior Living including Executive Director of life plan communities in and central and southwest Michigan, management positions with traditional and managed care insurance organizations and leadership positions in physician management and consulting. His operational experience includes major campus repositioning, financial management, strategic planning and policy development primarily in the non-profit arena.

Other Activities: Leading Age Florida. Gainesville Rotary. Community Foundation of North Central Florida. Alliance Board (Chair), Sage Grove Senior Community Board (Chair), Community Inclusive Recreation (Vice Chair and Finance Committee), Rotary International of Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, Michigan.

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