FAU Foundation Board Appoints Seven New Members

The Florida Atlantic University Foundation Board of Directors has welcomed seven new members.

By brittany sullivan | 6/3/2016

The Florida Atlantic University Foundation Board of Directors has welcomed seven new members: Zachary Berg ’97, ’00; Phyllis M. Gladstein, D.Ed.; Melissa Miller ’94, ’96, ’04; Susan Skemp ’81; Cheryl Budd; Maurice Plough Jr.; and Jay Weinberg.

The FAU Foundation Board is comprised of a dedicated group of alumni and friends of the University who volunteer their time and expertise to spearhead fundraising efforts and manage the Foundation’s assets.

“I am pleased to welcome these seven new members to the FAU Foundation Board,” said David Kian, interim chief executive officer of the FAU Foundation. “Their experience and strengths, combined with their dedication to this University, will greatly benefit the Foundation and the FAU community as a whole.”

Zachary Berg ’97, ’00, CFP® is managing director and portfolio manager at First Republic Investment Management, Inc. in Palm Beach. He is responsible for advising affluent families and institutions, as well as their respective family offices, trusts, estates, foundations and endowments on matters related to the capital markets. Previously, Berg was a relationship manager at Credit Suisse Securities (USA), LLC. He has more than 13 years of experience in commercial real estate asset/property management, leasing, due diligence and servicer/lender relations as director of operations at American Commercial Realty Corp. Berg received a B.A. in political science from FAU in 1997 and earned an M.B.A. from FAU in 2000.

Phyllis M. Gladstein, D.Ed. is a child psychoanalyst, professor at Yale University’s Child Study Center, and on the faculty of the Western New England Institute of Psychoanalysis. She previously served as vice president of the International Association of Child Psychiatry and the Allied Professions and is an advisor to the Eastern Mediterranean Association of Child Psychiatry, which encompasses the 22 Arab countries. Gladstein earned a D.Ed. from Boston University and trained at the Western New England Institute of Psychoanalysis.

Melissa Miller ’94, ’96, ’04 serves as the director of human resources operations for Florida Power & Light Company (FPL). She and her team focus on providing HR support to the company’s leaders and employees across the U.S., Canada and Spain. Miller previously served as the director of employee benefits and services for FPL’s parent company, NextEra Energy. She joined FPL in 1995, where she began her career on the employee services helpline. Miller earned a B.B.A. in human resources management/personnel administration in 1994, a B.B.A. in finance and marketing in 1996, and an M.B.A. in 2004, all from FAU.

Susan “Sue” Skemp ’81 is the executive director emeritus for the Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center at FAU. Prior to joining FAU in 2008, she served as the executive vice president for The American Society of Civil Engineers’ newly formed Civil Engineering Forum for Innovation and is a past president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Previously, Skemp spent 31 years with Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, Conn. She has been active at FAU through the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Skemp earned a B.S.M.E. in mechanical engineering from FAU in 1981 and has been inducted into FAU’s Parliament of OWLs alumni leadership society and the Alumni Hall of Fame.

Cheryl Budd is currently the president and CEO of Budd Solutions LLC, a consulting firm. Prior to this, Budd was the chief communications officer at NCCI in West Palm Beach. Her specialties include brand management, messaging, marketing communications government and community relations and media relations among many others. She excels at building winning reputations for both private and Fortune 500 companies. She currently sits as the chair of the Boca Raton Airport Authority and has served on many other business civic and philanthropic boards, including Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, Golden Ball Foundation, Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition and the Palm Beach County Kidney Association.  Budd has a bachelor’s degree in English from James Madison University.

Maurice Plough Jr. is the president and owner of Florida Health Consultant. Plough is currently the chair of the advisory board of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at FAU. Plough retired in 2015 and prior to that he worked in the healthcare field, law enforcement and private business. He has given his time, both professionally and as a volunteer to many community organizations. Plough has received three bachelor’s degrees in psychology, sociology and social work from Christian Brothers University.

Jay Weinberg retired from the practice of law in 2009 and is now chairman emeritus of Hirschler Fleischer law firm. He has been selected as one of Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s “Leaders in the Law” and was honored for his leadership in the development of the Nuremburg courtroom reconstructed at the Virginia Holocaust Museum. Weinberg is a former president of the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, Congregation Beth Ahabah and the Jewish Community Center, and was involved in the establishment of the Virginia Biotech Research Park and Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Engineering. He previously was a full board member for the FAU Foundation from 2012-14.  

Continuing their service as members of the Foundation Board’s executive committee are Patricia McKay ’78 as chair and Stewart Martin ’89 as vice chair. Former secretary Christopher Fluehr was elected second vice chair, a new officer position. The secretary is now Ed Sabin and the board treasurer and chair of the finance committee is Dr. Richard Yules.

“I look forward to working with our new board members to advance the mission of the FAU Foundation,” said McKay. “Their knowledge and wide variety of professional backgrounds will provide a great benefit to Florida Atlantic University.”

For more information about the FAU Foundation, visit http://fauf.fau.edu.