- Mauricio Gonzalez
Mauricio Gonzalez, Ph.D. recently retired from the University of North Florida (UNF) where he served for 18 years as Vice President of Student and International Affairs. Altogether, he served for 41 years at four institutions of higher learning, including the University of Cincinnati, the University of Toledo, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Gonzalez completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Arlington, his master’s degree at the University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico, and his Ph.D. at Florida State University.
Gonzalez was a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, a recipient of a USIA Academic Specialist Grant, and a recipient of a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar Award. He was installed as a member of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars for achievements in the area of international education and exchange, and served as a member of the Discipline Advisory Committee for Fulbright Scholar awards, as well as, a Field Reviewer at the Institute of Museum Services in Washington, D.C.
He has served on countless boards over the years, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, The City of Jacksonville’s Hispanic Council, and Girl Scouts of America. In 2015, Gonzalez was the recipient of the Robert Arleigh White Award for Art Advocacy from the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and in 2017 was selected to serve as an evaluator for the Cultural Service Grant Program. Most recently, he received a courtesy appointment of Professor from the UNF Department of Art and Design.
In his spare time, Gonzalez enjoys woodworking, exercising and traveling.
Dr. Randy Kluender serves as Chairman of the Georgia School of Orthodontics Board of Trustees. Dr. Kluender attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and Masters of Science degree in Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Kluender’s professional career has been that of a clinician, educator and administrator. Dr. Kluender previously was the Associate Dean for Admissions, Student Affairs and Advanced Dental Education along with being the Director for Continuing Dental Education and Information Technology at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. His career in dentistry did not start in dental education but in a solo pediatric dental practice in 1979. He started his dental education career as a part-time clinical instructor in 1985 while maintaining his private practice.
During his tenure as a faculty member and administrator at the University of Colorado, he secured over $2.5 million in grant funding with the majority of those funds starting new programs to help people in need. For three years he was the Regional Consultant for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentist’s Dental Home Initiative that linked Headstart children with dental homes.
Dr. Kluender participated in the American Dental Education Association’s Leadership Institute and was selected for ADEA’s Harry Bruce Legislative Fellowship in Washington, D.C He actively worked on legislative issues impacting oral heath, informing legislators about the relationship of oral heath and general health, diversity in the healthcare workforce, student indebtedness and financial aid, and funding for dental schools in the United States. These issues also included advocating for additional funding for oral heath care for the underserved, continuation of Graduate Medical Education (GME) funding for dental schools, loan repayment strategies for students, dentists and new dental faculty. Additionally, he advocated for increasing the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) funding that provides significant financial support for research grants to health science centers and dental schools in the U.S.
He holds or has held many leadership roles in organized dentistry including the American College of Dentists and Omicron Kappa Upsilon. Dr. Kluender initiated the White Coat Ceremony for dental students at Colorado that emphasizes ethics and professionalism in dentistry.
Dr. Asercion attended the University of New Orleans and received a Bachelor of Science (’73) and a Masters of Science (’77) in Biology. Completing his Doctorate in Dental Surgery (’79) from LSU School of Dentistry, he chose to enter LSU’s residency program and was awarded a certificate in orthodontics in 1981. During his professional career, Dr. Asercion practiced the specialty of orthodontics in Louisiana, Arizona, and Colorado for more than 30 years. He retired from private practice in January 2016 to participate in the development of the GSO orthodontic program. Dr. Asercion was a member of the LSUSD Curriculum Committee and was the Director of Clinical Operations at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Department of Orthodontics.
Notable academic awards include: Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor society, C Edmund Kells Dental Honor Society, Mosby Scholarship Award and the American Association of Orthodontics Oral Facial Development Scholarship Award. He has presented different research papers to the International Association of Dental Research, the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the American Association of Orthodontics. He was Director of Clinical Advancement for Orthodontic Centers of America.
Dr. Asercion was a member of the New Orleans and Louisiana Dental Associations, the Metropolitan Denver and Colorado Dental Associations, the Rocky Mountain Association. He was awarded Life Active Membership of the American Association of Orthodontists.
His orthodontic philosophy is founded upon evidence based outcomes and result-directed clinical efficiency.
Dr. Lazzara is a Florida native and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Emory University in 1966. He received his Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans in 1969.
Dr. Lazzara joins GSO with more than 40 years of experience in the field of orthodontics. His experience includes maintaining private orthodontic practices for 25 years, and serving as Founder/CEO/Director/Chairman of the world’s largest orthodontic management company, Orthodontic Centers of America (OCA) from 1985-2001. Additionally, Dr. Lazzara has lectured on a variety of orthodontic and business-related topics at numerous professional conferences.
Dr. Lazzara retired as a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics and a member of both the American Association of Orthodontists and the Southern Society of Orthodontists.
When out of the office, he enjoys traveling, golfing, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends.
A Vice President of Neuberger Berman, Ms. Boyer joined Neuberger Berman in 2007. Ms. Boyer has focused on client relationships, becoming NB Alternatives client investment contact for large separate account mandates. During 2011, Ms. Boyer spent six months in Neuberger Berman’s Hong Kong office working on private equity investments throughout the Asia Pacific region. Ms. Boyer received a B.B.A. in Finance from Southern Methodist University.
Marc Fraga serves as a Managing Director at MountainStar Capital. Mr. Fraga is an operations executive with extensive experience in the business aspects of orthodontics and in investing/managing commercial and multi-family real estate. With over twenty years of experience creating growth and increasing profitability, Mr. Fraga oversees the firm’s ongoing operations and procedures. His focus is on systematically improving internal systems, strengthening operational processes, and mobilizing vital resources to ensure stable, profitable entities. He was vital in helping build MountainStar Capital’s real estate portfolio, including the necessary infrastructure to service the properties.
Prior to joining MountainStar Capital in 2013, Mr. Fraga was a Vice President at Ponte Vedra Management Group (PVMG), an asset management group. He also served as VP of Operations and Development at Orthodontic Education Company (OEC) and Imagine Orthodontics Inc. At OEC, Mr. Fraga helped raise $17 million in startup capital and was instrumental in establishing the first public-private partnership in dental education. The result of this partnership was the creation of three of the largest ADA-accredited orthodontic programs in the nation. Mr. Fraga started his healthcare management career in 1995 at Orthodontic Centers of America (NYSE: OCA), where he helped roll out 100 new orthodontic offices per year and implemented new initiatives into the office network.
Mr. Fraga currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Georgia School of Orthodontics, the largest orthodontic residency program in the country. Mr. Fraga has also donated his time to the Ponte Vedra Athletic Association and the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation.
Mr. Fraga earned a Masters of Business Administration from the Warrington College of Business and a Bachelor’s of Science in Management, both from the University of Florida.
On April 11, 1995, Nathaniel Glover, Jr. made history by being elected as the first African American sheriff in Florida in more than 100 years. Sheriff Glover served for two terms and retired from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office on June 30, 2003.
Nathaniel Glover was born on March 29, 1943, in Jacksonville, Florida. He is married to Doris J. Bailey and has two children, two grandsons and a granddaughter. Sheriff Glover received his childhood education from New Stanton School. He graduated from Edward Waters College with a Bachelor of Science in Social Science before receiving his Master of Education from the University of North Florida. He is a graduate of the 130th Session of the FBI National Academy and a graduate of the 1989 class of Leadership Jacksonville. In 1995, Edward Waters College presented Sheriff Glover with an Honorary Doctorate of Law.
Sheriff Glover began his law enforcement career with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office on November 12, 1966. In 1969, he became an investigator in the Detective Division. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1974 and headed the Police Hostage Negotiation Team from 1975–1986. He served as Chief of Services from 1986–1988, and was then appointed Deputy Director of Police Services. In 1991, he was named Director of Police Services, one of the top three positions in the Department.
During his first term in office, Sheriff Glover donated approximately $250,000 of his pension benefits to a college scholarship fund for deserving low-income children in the Jacksonville community. In 1999, Sheriff Glover was awarded the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. In 2003 Nat Glover served as co-Chair and then Chair of Mayor Peyton’s Transition Team after opposing him as a run-off candidate in a heated Mayoral race.
Sheriff Glover has received the Liberty Bell Award from the Jacksonville Bar Association and the Law and Spirituality Award from the Catholic Lawyers Guild. He is the past recipient of the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award granted by the Jacksonville Jewish Community and the Sallye B. Mathis Award for outstanding community service from the Jacksonville Branch NAACP. The Mental Health Association of Northeast Florida presented the Sheriff with the Community Service Award, and the Arthritis Foundation selected the Sheriff as the Community Leader of the Year 2002. Sheriff Glover was chosen to participate in the White House Leadership Conference on Youth, Drug Use and Violence. He has also received the outstanding alumnus awards from the University of North Florida, Edward Waters College and Leadership Jacksonville, Inc.
In November of 2006 Sheriff Glover was introduced as a special advisor to University of North Florida President John Delaney. The Sheriff’s role at the University is to promote higher education, college recruitment, and drop-out prevention. He also serves as a special envoy for education to Florida Community College at Jacksonville and Edward Waters College. In partnership with FCCJ, Edward Waters College, and Jacksonville University, Sheriff Glover is championing a program entitled The Jacksonville Commitment.
Sheriff Glover remains involved in many community activities. He is President Pro-Tempore of the Trustee Board, St. Stephen AME Church; a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Fraternal Order of Police, and the Brotherhood of Police Officers. He serves on several boards including Fresh Ministries, Hope Haven, and The Bridge of Northeast Florida. Sheriff Glover also serves on the Board of Trustees of The Police and Fire Pension Fund and Edward Waters College.
Dr. Hodges was born and reared in Philadelphia where she excelled academically and studied opera as a lyric soprano at the Philadelphia High School for Girls. Dr. Hodges then went on to Howard University where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and valedictorian of the Chemistry department in 1988. She earned her Doctorate in Dental Medicine and Masters Degree in Orthodontics at Temple University, graduating Summa Cum Laude.
Dr. Hodges currently owns and operates three orthodontic practices in the greater Philadelphia area. Customized and detailed treatment designed to enhance the natural smile and facial beauty is her sub-specialty. Dr. Hodges is the expert orthodontic consultant to various ERISSA Funds and Unions in the Tri-State area, overseeing and reviewing the orthodontic cases of other orthodontists and assisting in appropriate treatment approaches for their patients. Dr. Hodges truly considers it a privilege not only to be able to help people improve their appearance, but also to touch lives in a positive way.
In addition to her scholarly achievements and professional accomplishments, Dr. Hodges loves teaching and speaking at churches and in the community about self- improvement, and empowerment. As the servant leader of the Vacation Bible School at Bethlehem Baptist Church, she began speaking and teaching about faith and life-balance to various organizations throughout the United States. She has been called to share her learned insight and experiences with others who desire to live a life that is balanced and fulfilling.
Dr. Hodges has numerous charities that are dear to her heart and volunteers countless hours with a number of civic organizations mentoring, speaking, planning or serving in whatever capacity is needed. Her most gratifying efforts, however, are building wells for desolate villages in Africa and adopting African children in various ways.
Dr. Hodges lives her life believing to whom much is given, much is required.
Dr. Hodges is very happily married to Dr. Eric Hodges, a former classmate and well-known Endodontist in Philadelphia. They have three children and currently reside in the Philadelphia area.
It is Dr. Hodges’ sincere desire to have a positive impact and influence on all who know her.
Mrs. Felicia Karsos is the Chief Nursing Officer of Hudson Regional Hospital. She has previously served in the positions of Chief Executive Officer and President. She has many years of experience in healthcare management, with strong working knowledge of nursing and management, including critical care, pulmonary, maternal child services, medical/surgical, acute in-patient rehabilitation, perioperative services, case management, infection control, performance improvement, and risk management, while growing constantly in customer and patient satisfaction. Her background is in nursing. Her proficiency is Hospital Operations: Ancillary & Nursing Services. Her expertise lies in budget development, project management, risk management, and continuous quality improvement. She is equipped with strong leadership skills and is very committed to development through communication. She maintains membership with the New Jersey State Nurses’ Association (NJSNA) and Organization of Nurse Executives (ONE). She is a Sunday school teacher for the 4th grade and is involved with the GOYA youth organization based out of The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Mrs. Karsos is also enthusiastic about being an active part of the community.
Christopher M. Lazzara is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of MountainStar Capital. Mr. Lazzara is an expert in finance, operations, and management. He leads the firm’s investment committee, directs investment strategy, and oversees all major initiatives for MountainStar Capital and its affiliated companies. Mr. Lazzara’s focus is overseeing the success of the company by modeling and setting the company’s culture, values, and behavior, as well as building and leading the executive team, and allocating capital to the company’s priorities.
Prior to founding MountainStar Capital in 2013, Mr. Lazzara served as Managing Partner of Ponte Vedra Management Group, an asset management group with diverse real estate, securities, and corporate holdings.
Mr. Lazzara currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Georgia School of Orthodontics, the largest orthodontic residency program in the country. Additionally, he resides on the Board of Trustee’s Executive Committee as treasurer for the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation. He Chairs the Community Outreach Committee of the University of North Florida’s Student Affairs Community Council. Mr. Lazzara directs all operations of the Lazzara Family Foundation, which has provided more than $17 million in grants to worthy organizations since 1997. He has donated hours of his time to Beaches Habitat for Humanity, which provides affordable homes for qualified families in need at no profit. In addition, Mr. Lazzara co-chaired the 2016 Cowford Ball benefitting the American Cancer Society, which raised more $650,000 for the fight against cancer.
As a graduate of the Political Leadership Institute of Jacksonville, Christopher Lazzara is an influential leader in the community. He was recently honored with a “40 Under 40” award from the Jacksonville Business Journal. This award was given to the top leaders in Jacksonville that exemplify business success, leadership skills, and a high level of involvement in shaping the community where they live and work. Mr. Lazzara was also honored with the 2017 Cultural Council Robert Arleigh White Award for Advocacy. Through his generous donations and his desire to make a positive impact on the community, he is recognized as one of the six individuals who have demonstrated the highest dedication to arts and culture in the Jacksonville Community.
Mr. Lazzara graduated from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, and he received specialized training in Private Funds Management from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Jessica Wynne serves as a Managing Director of MountainStar Capital. Mrs. Wynne is a business and legal affairs executive with a comprehensive background in organizational agreements and compliance. With her extensive legal and business knowledge, Mrs. Wynne reviews and advises the company on issues of compliance, legal structuring, and governance. She advises the company and our partners on how best to structure entities and ensure regulatory compliance and correct reporting.
In addition to her executive leadership at MountainStar, Mrs. Wynne is President and Founder of Vail Valley Luxury Rentals, a luxury vacation property management company. Mrs. Wynne uses her vast experience in the luxury real estate industry to lead the team in the ongoing operation and management of the company.
Prior to her role at MountainStar Capital, Mrs. Wynne was Partner and Associate General Counsel for Ponte Vedra Management Group. Before joining Ponte Vedra Management Group, she worked as a Legal Fellow at the University of North Florida Office of General Counsel. Mrs. Wynne currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Georgia School of Orthodontics, the largest orthodontic residency program in the country.
Mrs. Wynne is a Director of the Lazzara Family Foundation, and an active member in the community. She serves on the University of North Florida’s Student Affairs Community Council, as well as on the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation. Mrs. Wynne is a member of the Young Ambassador’s Council of the Florida House and has served on event committees for the American Cancer Society, St. Vincent’s, Wolfson Children’s Hospital, and the Jacksonville Public Library. One of the largest events she co-chaired was the Cowford Ball benefitting the American Cancer Society in the fall of 2016, which raised more $650,000 for the fight against cancer. Mrs. Wynne has also donated hours of her time to Beaches Habitat for Humanity, which provides affordable homes for qualified families in need at no profit.
Mrs. Wynne is a bar admitted practicing attorney in the State of Florida, and is a certified realtor in both Florida and Colorado. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law and a B.B.A. in finance from Southern Methodist University.