Advisory Council

Mission Statement

The Advisory Council of the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) supports the College’s mission to provide high-achieving students access to a top-quality education.  The Council is made up of community members from outside of FAU, and members are appointed by the Dean to two-year terms, which may be renewed for three terms.  Each member contributes time and expertise to activities such as building relationships with external constituencies, planning and facilitating targeted outreach and fundraising activities, and raising awareness about the College throughout the region and beyond.

 


Advisory Council Members

Chair: Mr. Charles Fischer
Vice Chair: Ms. Daphne Nikolopoulos
Mr. Barry Berg
Mr. Lawrence Buck, Esq.
Ms. Cristina Ciolacu
Ms. Liz Klein
Ms. Leanna Landsmann
Ms. Diane McNeal
Ms. Emily Pantelides
Ms. Ann Marie Rezzonico, Esq.
Mr. Marty Rogol
Mr. Christopher Rooney
Ms. Caitlin Saladrigas, Esq.
Mr. Thomas Zeichman, Esq.
 

Barry BergBarry Berg is a Managing Director and Wealth Manager at First Republic Investment Management, Palm Beach. Berg has over 40 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining First Republic, Berg spent five years at Credit Suisse as a Director of Private Banking. Prior to Credit Suisse, he spent seventeen years at Bernstein Global Wealth Management where he constructed, implemented and maintained sophisticated investment plans for high net-worth individuals and families as well as large endowment, foundation and pension plans. Prior to joining Bernstein, he spent sixteen years at Ernst & Young in Tax Services in the West Palm Beach office.

In addition to his service with Wilkes Honors College, Berg is a board member of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County and served as 2015 and 2016 Campaign Chair. Previously, he served as the Florida Chair of the Anti-defamation League. He’s a member of the ADL National Commission and the ADL Pension Investment Advisory Committee. He has served on the executive board of the Florida Atlantic University Foundation and Kravis Center Corporate Advisory Board. Berg was the founding chairman of Leadership Palm Beach County from 1984 -1987 and member of the board until 1990. Mr. Berg was a founding board member of the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County in 1986, serving by gubernatorial appointment.


Lawrence BuckLawrence Buck, principal, The Buck Law Firm, is an experienced litigation and trial attorney admitted to practice in Florida in 1999.  He is former Assistant Public Defender for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida. He entered private practice in 2002, focusing on representing adults and juveniles facing criminal prosecution in adult and juvenile court.  The practice expanded to encompass residential real estate transactions and title work, general practice issues concerning civil and business-related matters and basic family needs including will and trust preparation.  Buck is Rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell for legal ability and the highest ethical standards of practice.  He has considerable expertise in mental health related legal matters, specifically Baker Act and Marchman Act proceedings.

Buck is Past President of the North County Section of the Palm Beach County Bar Association and served on the Board of Directors from 2008 to 2017. He has been recognized twice by the Florida Supreme Court for pro-bono work advocating on behalf of children for the Palm Beach County Legal Aid Society and for his participation on the Planning and Implementation Committee for the creation of the Palm Beach County Juvenile Drug Court program. He was recognized in 2010 by the local Knights of Columbus Catholic Charity for providing pro-bono service to U. S. Military Veterans.  He is Adjunct Instructor at the FAU Honors College, teaching a popular course “Law in the Real World.”


Cristina CiolacuCristina Ciolacu is a Private Wealth Relationship Manager, First Republic Bank, Palm Beach, Florida. She engages in performance analysis, research and planning, sales strategies, investment management and client relationship management and new business development. Ciolacu has worked in the financial services sector her entire career. Prior to joining First Republic, she worked in investor relations at Global Sigma Group. Prior to that was Associate Portfolio Manager for BMO Harris Private Banking; Business Manager, FISCO Investment Management; and Relationship Management at U. S. Trust. She began her career at Bank Atlantic where she was a Supervisor and Customer Service Representative. She is fluent in English and Romanian.


Charles FischerCharles Fischer is Chair of the Wilkes Honors College Advisory Council. During his career in financial services he served in the trust departments of banking institutions in New York, Michigan, and Florida. In 1996, be moved to Palm Beach where he became Managing Director and Senior Trust Officer for the southeast region of Deutsche Bank Trust Company America.

Fischer retired in 2012, accelerating the charitable work that had always been an important part of his career. He has served on advisory board and committees for several Palm Beach institutions, including the Norton Museum, Rehabilitation Center for Children and Adults, Planned Giving Council, Camp Boggy Creek, and Palm Beach County Estate Planning Council. 

Fischer co-founded the Cancer Alliance of Help and Hope, an organization that provides Palm Beach County cancer patients with financial assistance for day-to-day living expenses. 

Elizabeth Klein is a retired educator who taught High School English and At-Risk students and held administrative positions in Palm Beach County Public Schools for 25 years. She was instrumental in guiding students who need flexibility through the many learning options provided at Palm Beach Virtual School, a fully accredited, online institution built for personalized learning. She currently volunteers as Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in Palm Beach County where she is appointed by the court to protect the rights and advocate for the best interests of a child involved in a court proceeding.

Klein has been a member of the Wilkes Honors College Advisory Board for three years.  She serves on the Outreach Committee, where she taps her networks and deep knowledge of the Palm Beach County Schools to develop awareness of WHC’s presence in the community among high school and college counselors. Klein considers WHC a “hidden gem” and is passionate about “spreading the word that a stellar program exists among us.”
 
Leanna LandsmannLeanna Landsmann is a nationally recognized publisher, editor and writer. She was founding president, TIME Magazine For Kids. Prior to joining TIME Inc. in 1997, Landsmann had corporate and entrepreneurial experience. She was vice president, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; president, Instructor Publications, an HBJ subsidiary; and director, HBJ Children’s books. In 1989, she founded a publishing services company to help corporations and associations create appropriate learning materials for kids. She was a weekly columnist for Universal U-Click Syndicate.

She launched New York City’s “Principal for a Day” initiative in 1100 public schools and co-founded the nonprofit PENCIL (Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning). She has served on the boards of Girls Clubs of America; Girls, Inc.; Impact Two; U.S. Fund for UNICEF and the San Francisco-based GreatSchools.org, where she was board chair for eight years. Landsmann received the Henry Luce Leadership Award from Time Inc. for management excellence and inducted into the EdPress Hall of Fame in 1999.

She served on the board of the Loxahatchee River Historical Society and was co-chair of The Scripps Florida Council from 2008 to 2015. She is a board member of Sustainable Palm Beach County and Loggerhead Marinelife Center. She tutors at Edna Runner Tutorial Center in West Jupiter, Florida.
 
Diane McNealDiane Peterson McNeal is part of Wilmington Trust’s Wealth Advisory team in Florida where she oversees Private Banking services. She has 40 years of experience in the financial services industry — 35 of those in the Florida market. Prior to joining Wilmington Trust in 2014, she was group manager for Florida Private Banking for Comerica Wealth Management.

McNeal has taught courses on integrating private banking into overall wealth planning at Florida Banker’s Association Wealth Conferences. She is a member of the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden Board of Directors, a Palm Beach North Chamber Board Member, and a Member of Executive Women of the Palm Beaches.
 
Daphne NikolopoulosDaphne Nikolopoulos is editor-in-chief of Palm Beach Illustrated magazine and editorial director of Palm Beach Media Group. She oversees all creative functions for 12 lifestyle and custom titles. She is vice chair of the Wilkes Honors College Advisory Council. 

A native of Athens, Greece, she is a career journalist who has worked in the U.S. and Europe. She sits on the Advisory Board of Quantum House and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach Public Orchestral Strings Foundation.

When her busy schedule permits, she teaches at the FAU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.  Nikolopoulos, writing as D.J. Niko, is the author of award-winning historical fiction and thrillers.  
 
Emily PantelidesEmily Pantelides is founder, Pantelides PR & Consulting, a company that provides press training, reputation management and innovative media campaigns for a wide range of clients. Prior to launching her company, Pantiledes was news anchor at WPEC-TV in West Palm Beach, serving as the station’s main morning anchor. She hosts two television shows on CBS12 — Spotlight on Business and Extraordinary People — and writes “Emily’s Picks” for Palm Beach Illustrated magazine.

She serves on the boards of American Red Cross, Quantum House, March of Dimes, and Jupiter Police Foundation. She has served on the boards of Boys and Girls Clubs, Best Buddies, Opera Fusion, The Honda Classic CoTOURe Club, and The United Way Women’s Leadership Council. She has served on event committees for KidSanctuary and Humane Society of the United States and as event chair for Big Dog Ranch, ARC, Quantum House and Habitat for Humanity.
 
Ann Marie RezzonicoAnn Marie Rezzonico is founding partner of the Boynton Beach based law firm, Rezzonico & Eagen PLLC. In her law practice she focuses on wills and estates, trust law and real estate. Rezzonico is a member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, the Florida Bar, and is a member and past president of the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

Rezzonico is a former Trustee of the Palm Beach Community College (now Palm Beach State College); Past President and current Board member of Easter Seals, Florida; Charter member of Palm Beach County Women’s Chamber of Commerce; and Honorary Board Member of Palm Beach Dramaworks, Inc.
 
Marty RogolMarty Rogol is founding principal of Marketing Concepts, Inc., a marketing and communications firm that specializes in integrated marketing campaigns, brand building, cause-related marketing programs, strategic communications planning, issues and events management. Prior to creating Marketing Concepts, Inc. he was Executive Director of USA for Africa where he produced the “We Are the World” campaign that mobilized over 7,000,000 people for its Hands Across America project, raising nearly $100,000,000.

He has served as Special Advisor to the Governor's Forum on Developmental Disabilities (Florida) and Special Consultant to the District IX Florida HRS Reorganization. Rogol serves on the board of SunFest and co-chairs the Palm Beach County Ethics Committee and Leadership Palm Beach County where he is past president.

Rogol has appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, Larry King Live, McNeil/Lehrer Report and NPR's Morning Edition. He is the on-air Political Analyst for WPBF-TV.
 
Chris Rooney is co-owner of the Palm Beach Kennel Club, an entertainment complex featuring greyhound racing and simulcast thoroughbred racing, poker room and World Series of Poker Stop (WSOP). Rooney, a Florida resident since 1992, is a graduate of Lynn University Class of 1999. He lives in Palm Beach Gardens with his wife Janine, and children Finn, age 10 and Bridget age 7. Rooney is a board member of The Hope Trust, a technology-based service that handles the day-to-day needs of people with special needs.
  
Caitlin SaladrigasCaitlin Saladrigas practices law at Akerman LLP in their West Palm Beach office. Akerman is ranked one of the top 100 law firms in the United States.She concentrates her practice on investigating and litigating fraud claims in state and federal courts, including health care fraud, insurance fraud, corporate theft and Ponzi schemes. She assists in corporate investigative efforts to identify fraudulent conduct and behavior, develops best practices concerning fraud investigations, coordinates discovery efforts, and civilly prosecutes related fraud claims.

Saladrigas previously served as an intern at the United States Attorney’s Office, for the Southern District of Florida, where she assisted the Asset Forfeiture Division on the United States v. Rothstein matter. She also interned for the Honorable U.S. Magistrate Judge William C. Turnoff and the Federal Public Defender’s Office, both in the Southern District of Florida.

Saladrigas graduated Florida Atlantic University, Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, cum laude and received her law degree at University of Miami School of Law, magna cum laude, where she received the Dean’s Award and Natasha Pettigrew Memorial Piranha for Children Award. She is a member of Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Palm Beach County Chapter, Public Relations Committee Member. She was listed as “Rising Star” for Healthcare in Super Lawyers Magazine 2017-2018.
 
Thomas ZeichmanThomas Zeichman, an attorney at Marshall Socarras Grant, P.L., focuses his practice on business law, complex commercial litigation, and the representation of debtors, creditors, and trustees in various aspects of bankruptcy. He has experience representing purchasers and sellers of distressed assets through bankruptcy, receivership, and assignments for the benefit of creditors.  In commercial litigation matters, Zeichman has achieved several seven-figure results for clients.  He is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers as a Rising Star. He co-authored a brief for a case before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Zeichman received his Bachelor of Arts from the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University and his law degree summa cum laude from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law and was member of the Nova Law Review.  Before and during law school, Mr. Zeichman was a consultant for federal and state candidates for elected office providing advice on campaign messaging, debate preparation, and fundraising.

He is on the Financial Advisory Board for the City of Boca Raton and the Board of Directors for Florida Atlantic University Alumni Association.