Board of Directors


Sherrill M. Tomasino, Chairman of Board and former member of USF Board of Trustees

Sherrill Tomasino is retired from IBI Group, Inc., formerly Tomasino & Associates, Inc. – Consulting Engineers. Mrs. Tomasino is President of Sherwood Forest of Temple Terrace, Inc. She has been a member of the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute Board of Directors since 2007, and has served as Board Chair since 2009. Mrs. Tomasino is a member of the Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business, serving on the Florida Leadership Trust and the Tampa Action Council. She is a Founding Member of the University Area Community Center Complex, a member of the USF Area Community Civic Association, and past President of the Pleasant Terrace Civic Association, Inc. Mrs. Tomasino is a former USF Trustee; while serving as a trustee, her assignments were the Finance and Audit Workgroup and Chair of the USF Lakeland Campus Board. Mrs. Tomasino resides in Temple Terrace.

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Eric Pfeiffer, M.D., Vice Chairman of Board and founding Director of Suncoast Alzheimer's and Gerontology Center

Dr. Pfeiffer is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and founding Director of the Suncoast Alzheimer's and Gerontology Center at the University of South Florida. He is a nationally and internationally recognized authority on health and aging. Dr. Pfeiffer is the author of two important consumer health books: “Winning Strategies for Successful Aging,” published by Yale University Press in 2013, and “The Art of Caregiving in Alzheimer’s Disease,” published in 2011 by Amazon.com. In 1977 Dr. Pfeiffer was awarded the Allen Gold Medal for outstanding achievement in the area of Geriatric Psychiatry by the American Geriatric Society. In 1985 Dr. Pfeiffer was honored for his work in the area of Alzheimer's disease through the establishment of the Eric Pfeiffer Chair in Alzheimer's Disease Research at USF. He is listed in Who's Who in America and in The Best Doctors in America. In 1999 Dr. Pfeiffer was given the Jack Weinberg Award of the American Psychiatric Association for "outstanding work in the field of geriatric Psychiatry." Dr. Pfeiffer has conducted numerous studies on new medications for use with Alzheimer's patients and individuals with minor cognitive impairment. These studies include work with each of the cholinesterase inhibitors, Aricept, Exelon and Razadyne, as well as with the only approved NMDA-inhibitor, Namenda.

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 Mary M. Barnes, Executive Director, Alzheimer's Community Care

Mary M. Barnes is one of the original founding members of Alzheimer's Community Care, Inc., a Florida-based, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 1996 to provide specialized care to patients and caregivers living with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders in three Florida counties. She has been the organization's leader since its inception and continues to serve as the President and Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Barnes has been working in the field of gerontology for her entire career but emerged as a leading advocate for her home state of Connecticut, where she was the Senior Citizen Program Director at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield. She is an accredited Fulbright Scholar and has and continues to serve on several state-level committees, including the Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative Advisory Committee’s Home and Community-Based Services Subcommittee (co-chair), Special Needs Shelter Interagency Committee, and Silver Alert Support Committee (chair). Ms. Barnes' life continues to be dedicated to being an advocate for Alzheimer's patients and caregivers residing in the community.

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Johnnie B. Byrd, Jr., J.D., former Chairman of the Board, former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives

Johnnie B. Byrd, Jr. has been a longtime advocate in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. His father died of the disease in 1998. Mr. Byrd sponsored legislation in 2002 creating the Alzheimer's Center at the University of South Florida with $25 million in state funding. He enjoys speaking to and encouraging Alzheimer's support groups and continues to champion efforts to support family caregivers. Mr. Byrd served as a Florida State Representative from 1996 until 2004, and served as Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives from 2002 to 2004. Mr. Byrd is an attorney with the Plant City law firm of Byrd & Barnhill, P.L. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Auburn University and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama. Active in civic affairs, Mr. Byrd is a member of the Plant City Rotary Club and has served as a board member of a number of local charities and civic organizations.

Johnnie and wife Melane have four children and one grandson. Johnnie and Melane are active members of the First Baptist Church of Plant City where Johnnie is an ordained deacon and a Sunday School teacher.

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 John M. Hehn, Jr., Executive Director, Florida Presbyterian Homes., Inc.

John M. Hehn, Jr. is a respected professional in the healthcare industry, with more than 20 years of experience in health care administration. Mr. Hehn is the Executive Director of Florida Presbyterian Homes, Inc., a 300 resident continuing care retirement community with residents in single family houses, apartments, assisted living and a forty eight bed skilled nursing center. Florida Presbyterian Homes is accredited by CARF-CCAC and is a five time recipient of the Governor’s Gold Seal for excellence in long term care. From 1992 to 2003, Mr. Hehn was an executive with BayCare Health System. Mr. Hehn earned his Bachelor of Arts in Marketing at the University of South Carolina and his Master’s degree in Finance at New York University.

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Paul Sanberg, Ph.D., D.Sc., Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation at USF


Dr. Paul R. Sanberg is Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation, Distinguished University Professor, and Executive Director of the Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair at the University of South Florida. He trained at York University, the University of British Columbia, the Australian National University and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, among others. He has held academic positions at Ohio University, the University of Cincinnati, and Brown University. He is an inventor on approximately 100 health-related patents. His work has been instrumental in translating new pharmaceutical and cellular therapeutics to clinical trials and commercialization for Tourette syndrome, stroke, ALS, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, and Parkinson’s disease and he has significant biotech and pharmaceutical industry experience in these areas. He is the author of more than 600 scientific publications and is considered a highly cited scientist, with more than 20,000 citations to his published work. He serves on editorial boards for more than 30 scientific journals and has received numerous scientific awards. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, a Charter Fellow and President of the National Academy of Inventors, and serves on the evaluation committee of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation awarded annually by the United States President.

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Frank L. Morsani, Trustee of the Frank and Carol Morsani Foundation, Inc., and member of USF Foundation Board of Trustees
           

Frank L. Morsani has been described as a consummate philanthropist, businessman and community leader who is constantly enriching the Tampa Bay community. Mr. Morsani is the chairman of Automotive Investments Inc. and a trustee of the Frank and Carol Morsani Foundation, Inc. His work as a businessman includes service on national, state and local committees and boards. National recognition came to Mr. Morsani when he was appointed by President Bush and President Reagan to two Small Business Councils. In 1986, he chaired the board of the United States Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Morsani has served on the USF Foundation Board of Trustees since 1995 and is a past vice chairman of the board. Mr. Morsani served as chair of the USF Endowment Fund for USF Football and on the executive committee of the Great Achievements – Great Expectations Campaign from 1996-2001 – a campaign that raised more than $255 million in support of USF's academic priorities. In 1981, he was presented the USF President's Distinguished Citizen Award and he received the Alumni Association's Class of '56 Award in 1986. In 2005, Mr. Morsani received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from USF.

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