2017 - 2018 Board of Governors
Paula Smith is a 1976 graduate with a B.S. in Fashion Merchandising from Florida State University. She has chaired many projects in the Tallahassee community and at FSU, including the planning and construction of the Leon County Public Library, renovation of the downtown chain of parks, the 2001 United Way Campaign and the 50th anniversary celebration of Florida State University. She is a graduate of Leadership Florida Class IX and an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Paula and her husband, Bill, have a daughter and son-in-law in St. Louis and a son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons in Tallahassee.
Juan Diaz serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for The HCI Group, a healthcare IT consulting services provider based in Jacksonville and leads all corporate legal activities including government and commercial contracts, business transactions, and legal and regulatory compliance matters. He also oversees international strategic business development with IT consulting firms, hardware providers and application developers to enhance the company’s go-to market approach and service offerings, with specific focus on the Middle East, Pacific and Asian markets. Diaz received his undergraduate degree in Economics and International Affairs in 1998 from Florida State University and his law degree from the University of Florida’s College of Law in 2003. Diaz was a founding co-chair of IMPACTjax, the young professionals’ initiative of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce and has served the City in a variety of roles, including the Cultural Services Grant Panel, the Public Service Grant Council, and the Convention Center Task Force. He has supported a number of philanthropic and community endeavors including Board service for the United Way of Northeast Florida, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida, Dreams Comes True, and Theater of Jacksonville. He is married to Kristen, a television reporter and freelance producer and together they have a 2 year old son, Daniel.
Marian Christ is a 1969 graduate with a major in Fashion Merchandising from the College of Human Sciences at Florida State University. She experienced all levels of management including buyer, merchandise manager, and store manager with Ivey’s and May Cohens before shifting her career path. From 1991, she owned All About Kids, in Orlando, Fl. Her company provided private child care for families, group childcare for conventions, and baby equipment rentals for visiting tourists. In 2013 she retired and moved to Tallahassee. She is very proud to have received the 2012 Human Sciences Alumni Award, and to have served on the Board of Governors for 3 deans.
Judge Paul M. Glenn, Jr.
The Honorable Paul M. Glenn was appointed to the Budget Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States in 2013. Prior to that, in 2010 he was elected to the National Board of Trustees of the American Inns of Court Foundation. Glenn was appointed to the bankruptcy bench for the Middle District of Florida in 1993 where he served until September, 2011. In 2005 he was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, and was honored by the Hillsborough County Bar Association with the Robert W. Patton Outstanding Jurist Award in 2007. Judge Glenn has served as President of the Ferguson-White American Inn of Court in Tampa, and currently serves as President of the Chester Bedell American Inn of Court in Jacksonville. He practiced corporate and commercial law in Jacksonville and Miami and has been the Chief Executive and Administrative officers of two insurance companies. Glenn received his Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Florida State University, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Gold Key, and was Most Valuable Player on the Varsity Basketball team in 1966-67. He received his J.D. degree from Duke University School of Law, where he was President of the Law School Student Body.
Kevin Hayes, DO, MS, FACC
Kevin Hayes obtained both his bachelor and masters (B.S. Education 1992 and M.S. Exercise Physiology 1994) degrees from Florida State University. During his time there he was also a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. After graduating, he worked as a clinical specialist with Medtronic Inc. programming and analyzing implantable pacemakers and ICDs before deciding to further continue his education. At that point he obtained his doctorate in osteopathic medicine from Nova Southeastern University (NSU). Hayes completed his residency at The Johns Hopkins/Sinai program in internal medicine and his fellowship in cardiology at Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, N.J. He has worked in private practice in Jacksonville, Florida since 2008. Currently he is working as a founding partner at First Coast Heart and Vascular Center and also serves as Vice President of Medical Executive Committee for Specialty Hospital of Jacksonville. Hayes lives in Jacksonville with his wife, Ashley (who is also an FSU grad, Human Sciences-2005’) and their two children, Langley and Easton. In his free time he enjoys going to the gulf, exercising and traveling.
Jeff Pelage is a former 2013 Track and Field Student Athlete, graduated with a M.S Global Merchandising and Product Development from Florida State University. Prior to FSU Jeff attended Boston University, where he played on the Men’s Basketball Team and received his B.S. in Hospitality Administration. After graduation, Jeff joined the retail industry and pursued a career in Retail Management with Target Corp. and currently works as Human Resources Manager in the Local Tallahassee Market. Outside of work, Jeff volunteers within the community at local organizations and schools while balancing working out and watching sports and movies!
Loretta J. Willis
Loretta J. Willis is a 1977 graduate with a B.S. from the College of Human Sciences at Florida State University. After enjoying a career with AT&T/Ameritech she has owned and operated her own company, Loretta’s Interior Design, LLC and Classic-chairs.com since the early 1990’s and is currently based in Alpharetta, Georgia. Willis was an FSU Cheerleader and husband Ken, a Marching Chief. Loretta and Ken have three children (a current FSU student and two FSU graduates) and live in Roswell, Georgia.