Class Notes — October 2012

Come read about what your UF classmates are doing … and maybe find your name, too. Our class notes are drawn from reader submissions and media reports. Listings are alphabetical by decade, and they are updated on the first of each month. So check back often to see what your classmates are doing!

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Robert Trohn* (BA ’52, LLB ’54) was included in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in America, an annual reference guide where attorneys are evaluated by their peers. He has been a trial lawyer for more than 50 years and works at GrayRobinson in Lakeland, where he lives.

I. Joe Ross (BSEAG ’55) received a Gold Medal Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers in August. He’s a professor emeritus in the University of Kentucky’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering in Lexington, Ky., and has focused his 41-year career on researching the safe production and processing of food. He lives in Versailles, Ky.


W. George Allen (JD ’62) released “Where the Bus Stops,” an autobiography about growing up during the time of the Jim Crow laws. He was the first African-American to graduate from UF’s College of Law (now named the Frederic G. Levin College of Law). He lives in Fort Lauderdale.

William Andrews (BS ’69, JD ’72), Neil Linden (BSJ ’69), Terry Moore (BSBA ’68, JD ’75, MBA ’73), Richard Robinson* (BA ’62, JD ’66), Mary Smallwood* (BA ’69) and John Vreeland* (BA ’68, JD ’71) were included in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in America, an annual reference guide where attorneys are evaluated by their peers. All of these alumni are lawyers at GrayRobinson, a Florida-based law firm with 10 offices around the state. Andrews lives in Jacksonville, Linden lives in Miami, Moore lives in Jacksonville, Robinson lives in Orlando, Smallwood lives in Tallahassee and Vreeland lives in Lakeland.


Jeff Ashton* (BA ’78, JD ’80) is state attorney for Orange and Osceola counties. He is known as one of the Orlando prosecutors who worked on the Casey Anthony case. He lives in Winter Park.

N. Diane Holmes (BA ’76, JD ’79) received the 2012 Summit Award for her community service and leadership. Her commitments include the American Cancer Society, the Florida Lawyers Assistance Program. Holmes, who will be recognized at the award presentation ceremony Oct. 16, founded the N. Diane Holmes, P.A. Family Law Group in Orlando, where she lives.

Dr. Larry Leitner* (BA ’73) received the Constructivist Psychology Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the organization’s biennial conference in July. This award recognizes contributions to scholarship, mentoring and research. Leitner, a psychology professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, oversees the university’s Psychology Training Clinic. He lives in Indianapolis. 

Frederick Leonhardt* (BA ’71, JD ’74) and Richard Zabak (BA ’76, JD ’78) were included in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in America, an annual reference guide where attorneys are evaluated by their peers. Leonhardt works at GrayRobinson law firm in Orlando, where he lives, and Zabak practices at GrayRobinson in Tampa, where he lives.

Dennis Suarez (BDES ’79, BBC ’79) is senior vice president of development for the Southeast and Texas at Archstone Apartments, a national apartment development and management company. He was co-founder and president of York Residential. He has worked in real estate for 30 years and lives in Marietta, Ga.

Wanda Wallace
(PhD ’78) released her first novel, “The Soothsayers,” in September. Wallace, who is a professor emerita of The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., has written 50 non-fiction books and 250 articles. She is working on her second novel, “Blacksmith.” She lives in Williamsburg, Va.

Paul Singerman
(BA ’79, JD ’83) was named the 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” for Miami’s bankruptcy litigation category by Best Lawyers, a peer-review guide. He is co-chair of Berger Singerman and works with commercial transactions, loans and bankruptcy. He lives in Miami.


Sidney Ansbacher* (BA ’81), Stephen Kussner (BSAC ’80, JD ’83), Michael Neukamm (BSAC ’83, JD ’85) and Steven Solomon (BSAC ’88, JD ’91) were included in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in America, an annual reference guide where attorneys are evaluated by their peers. All of these alumni are lawyers at GrayRobinson, a Florida-based law firm with 10 offices around the state. Ansbacher lives in Jacksonville, Kussner lives in Tampa, Neukamm lives in Apopka and Solomon lives in Miami.

Robin Aube-Warren (BA ’86) is associate director of the Lebanon VA Medical Center in Lebanon, Pa. She was previously the associate director of the Coatesville VA Medical Center in Coatesville, Pa. She has worked with VA centers for 20 years. She was also a police officer and served in the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg, N.C., before her retirement from the Army Reserves in 2006. She lives in Honey Brook, Pa.

John Bolduc (BA ’87) is police chief of Port St, Lucie. He served as the interim chief for three months and has been an officer on the force for almost 18 years. Before joining the Port St. Lucie Police Department, he was an officer for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for seven years. He lives in Port St. Lucie.

Eric Guth (BS ’85) is public works director of Spokane Valley, Wash. He was public works services manager for Centennial, Colo., and director of public works and city engineer for Castle Pines, Colo. He will relocate from Castle Rock, Colo.

Paul Grove (BSTEL ’87) is president and CEO of WTCI-TV, Chattanooga’s PBS affiliate. He is also chairman of the Tennessee Public Television Council. He has worked for WTCI-TV for six years and in public television for 18 years. Prior to that, he was a producer at NBC and ABC affiliates in Florida. He lives in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Bruce Kleinman (BSEE ’86) is vice president of product marketing at Globalfoundries in Silicon Valley, Calif.  He was corporate vice president of platform marketing at Xilinx Inc. in San Jose, Calif., vice president of marketing at MicroUnity Systems Engineering Inc. in Los Altos, Calif., and an engineer at Hewlett-Packard Co. in Santa Rosa, Calif. He lives in Mountain View, Calif.

Phil Pharr* (BSJ ’81) is executive director of Gator Boosters Inc. Pharr, who was previously associate executive director of major gifts, has worked with the organization since 1981. He lives in Gainesville.

Kathy Womble (BS ’86) and her husband own Floriday Pet Cremation in Melbourne, which offers mass cremation, private cremation (only a single pet in the chamber), deceased pet removal and memorial products such as urns and stone markers. Womble is also a risk analyst for range safety at Patrick Air Force Base in Cocoa Beach, and she lives in Melbourne.


Jonathan Adams (BSADV ’91) is senior vice president of media for North America at iCrossing, a global digital marketing agency based in New York. He was senior vice president and director of global media at Digitas in Stamford, Conn., where he lives.

Leslie Hay (MS ’91) is an associate professor of biology at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. She has worked as an ecologist for the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service. She lives in Hilo, Ohio.

Denise Matthews (PhD ’94) presented her research on Anatolian Christians who were displaced from Greece in the 1920s at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, Conn., in September. She is an associate professor of communication and has worked at the university since 2003. She lives in Willimantic, Conn.

Ken McAteer (BA ’97, Med ’05) is principal of Dunnellon High School in Dunnellon. He was an assistant principal in the Marion County School District for seven years. He lives in Ocala.

Fernando Menendez Jr. (BA ’98) was promoted to shareholder at GrayRobinson’s Miami office. He was previously an of counsel attorney. He lives in Miami.

Dr. Ray Morse*
(DMD ’92) received the 2012 Fellowship Award from the Academy of General Dentistry at the academy’s 60th Annual Meeting & Exhibits in June. The award is given to dentists who provide high quality work and stay well-informed with developments in the field. He practices in Panama City and lives in Lynn Haven.
John Washington (BA ’92, JD ’94) is assistant dean of admissions for Florida A&M University’s College of Law in Tallahassee. He was previously director of the university’s pre-professional law program. He lives in Monticello.


Bryan Beaty* (BSA ’03) received the Doris Fleischman Award from the Florida Public Relations Association for his support of the organization and his public relations efforts. He is director of Indian River State College’s National Preparedness Institute in Fort Pierce, where he lives. 

Kristen Bridges (BSPR ’04) is senior vice president of Bascom Communications & Consulting in Tallahassee. Bridges, who has worked for the company since 2009, will also continue on as lead communications consultant. She lives in Tallahassee.

Nicholas Dancaescu (BA ’00, JD ’04, MS ’04) was promoted to shareholder of GrayRobinson’s Orlando office. He was previously a senior associate. He lives in Orlando.

Richard Danese
(BSBA ’04) is a member of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s 2012-2013 Leadership Miami class. This program helps young professionals become community leaders. Danese is an attorney at GrayRobinson law firm in Miami, where he works with commercial litigation, real estate and banking law. He lives in Miami.

D. Ty Jackson
(BSBA ’04), Brian Smith (BSBA ’02) and Robert Wilson* (BSAC ’01, MACC ’02, LLMT ’10) were all promoted to senior associates at GrayRobinson, a Florida-based law firm with 10 offices around the state. They were previously associates in their respective offices. Jackson lives and works in Tallahassee, Smith lives and works in Orlando and Wilson lives in Longwood and works in the Lakeland office.

Daniel Julich
(PhD ’08) is a professor in the History and Government Department at Sterling College in Sterling, Kan. He will relocate from Indialantic.

Ryan Nee
(BSBA ’05) is sales manager of Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services in New York. He was previously the sales manager of the company’s Fort Lauderdale office. He lives in Hampstead, Md.

Holli Smith
(BSN ’08, DNP ’12) is a nurse practitioner at the Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute in Gainesville, where she lives. 


Rebecca Cash (BAE ’11, Med ’12) is a first-grade teacher at Allapattah Flats K-8 School in Port St. Lucie, where she lives.

Christopher Chuong (DMD ’10) recently opened his own practice, Trinity Pediatric Dentistry, in New Port Richey. He lives in Largo.

Jennifer Harris (BDES ’12) is an associate interior designer at Renee Gaddis Interiors in Naples. She lives in Fort Myers.

Jennifer Hunt (BSADV ’10) is a buyer team agent for John R. Wood Realtors in Naples, where she lives.

Joseph Yates (BSBA ’08) is a naval aviator in the U.S. Navy. He received his “wings of gold,” which signify the end of the flight training he took part in at the Naval Air Station in Meridian, Miss. He lives in Roswell, Ga.

Heather Young-Kelly (PhD ’12) is a plant pathologist at the University of Tennessee’s West Tennessee Research and Education Center in Jackson, Tenn. She was a biological scientist at the North Florida Research and Education Center. She lives in Jackson, Tenn.

*UF Alumni Association member

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