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FAU National Alumni Association Elects 2008-09 Board

Bank Vice President Gloria Branch to Lead

            BOCA RATON , FL (August 28, 2008) – The Florida Atlantic University National Alumni Association (FAUNAA) recently held its annual meeting and election.   Completing two terms as the FAUNAA’s chair was real estate developer Anthony Barbar, BBA ’78.   A recent appointee to the FAU Board of Trustees, Barbar, who will serve as the FAUNAA’s immediate past-chair, passed the gavel to Gloria Branch, BBA ’91, newly-elected FAUNAA chair. Branch is a 22-year-veteran of the banking industry.   She is the current vice president of Private Banking for Colonial Bank.   In addition, Branch was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and March of Dimes, and served on the board of directors for the League for Educational Awareness of the Holocaust, Inc. (LEAH).   She is currently on the board of directors of the Florence Fuller Child Development Center.

               Other members elected to the 2008-09 FAUNAA executive committee were Chair-elect Romayne Berry, MBA ’98, a finance, operations and corporate human resources professional who is currently senior vice president for Consulting Services for Right Management;   Secretary Sameko Munroe, BBA ’05, a senior accountant at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, who while at FAU was student body governor for the Broward campuses; and Treasurer Elliott Starman, BBA ’79,  a certified public accountant and partner at Ribotsky, Levine & Company.              

            Five new members have joined the board.   These members will serve three-year terms.  They are as follows:

            Delsa Bush, BA ’91, police chief for the city of West Palm Beach, has been a law enforcement officer for the past 24 years.   A graduate of the FBI Academy and a Ph.D. candidate, Bush is the first African American and first female in her current position.   She has broken both color and gender barriers by accomplishing a number of such “firsts.”                              

            Ben Dickinson, BA ’04 is a senior recruiter for First Data Corporation.   He has been in the field of human resources since graduating from FAU.   Dickinson is an Owl Club member and has, for the past four years, been a season ticket holder for FAU Football.

            He currently sits on the Board of Governors and is president of the Alumni Volunteer Corporation for the Florida XI Chapter of the Sigma Phi Epsilon National Fraternity.

            Ronald Coe Smith III, BA ’07 is the assistant director of alumni relations at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. A leader in student government while an FAU student, Smith, better known as “$mitty,” was a force behind FAU’s “prOWLers.” He is also a member of the Owl Club and co-founded the student brick   campaign to help fund the construction of the stadium.


            MacKenzie Ross-Fidler, BA ’99 is the business development manager for Balfour Beatty Construction’s South Florida operation.   She has been in the architecture, engineering and construction industry for 12 years, and is well known for her numerous professional and community affiliations.

            May Ellen Schad, BFA ’89 is the president of Abe Schwartz Air Conditioning ASAC Mechanical & Welding.   Running her family’s 50-year-old business, Schad oversees sales, service and installation staffs, and still manages to have time for professional and civic activities.

            Re-elected to the board are Romayne Berry, MBA ’98; Mark Hansen, BA ’93; Ursula Chavez Iafrate, BS ’03; Ray Monteleone, MBA ’92, and Michael Moore, BS ’04.   Retiring this year are Jorge Cabrera, BS ’98; Edgar “Klip” Klueppelberg, Jr., BS ’68; Neale Poller, BA ’66; David Struve, BS ’90, MBA’01, and Donna Towe, MBA ’87.  

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