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Pedro Reis-Rodrigues, PhD – Scripps Institute

Pedro Reis Rodrigues, PHD

Pedro Reis Rodrigues, PhD

Pedro Reis-Rodrigues, PhD is a molecular biologist working at the Scripps Institute to uncover the molecular mechanisms that cause us to age and develop age-related disease. Aging affects us all and is likely to be causal to the development of many illnesses that affect us. Although research on aging is a relatively new field in biology some insightful progress has been made that hint at the possibilities of delaying disease onset and even extending lifespan. Pedro’s research focusses on the basic cellular stresses that cause tissue dysfunction. In particular he has described that aging is accompanied by a loss in protein solubility with detrimental effects during lifespan. Using the model organism C. elegans, Pedro is currently trying to develop methods to discover new genes that are able to increase longevity.

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Gabriela Cora, MD, MBA – Executive Health & Wealth Institute

Gabriela Cora, MD, MBA

Gabriela Cora, MD, MBA

Dr. Gaby Cora is president of the Executive Health & Wealth Institute. A renaissance woman, she’s a leadership consultant, executive coach, and board-certified psychiatrist with an MBA. She completed her general residency in Psychiatry at Saint Elizabeths Hospital and a fellowship in Psychopharmacology at the prestigious National Institutes of Health. She speaks and consults nationally and internationally with companies including The Coca-Cola Company, Universal Group, the pharmaceutical industry, and the Department of Defense. She’s the author of ExecutiveHealth.com’s Leading Under Pressure (Career Press, 2010) and Alpha Female Leader (2008). She’s quoted regularly in printed media including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Men’s & Women’s Health, and has appeared on national TV including FOX and CNN. She has been the Wellness Mindset expert on Mission Makeover on Lifetime Television.

Dr. Gaby built a professional career while building a family. She graduated from medical school at the age of twenty-four with a two-year old daughter and a one-year old son graduating with honors. She lives with her husband of twenty-five years, their adult kids, and their Border Collies in South Florida.

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Andrew McClary, CEO – High Voltage Hotrods Inc.

Andrew McClary - CEO

Andrew McClary - CEO

Andrew McClary is an inventor and designer, with a degree in architecture from Ball State University, who has been working in broadcast television as an art director for over 20 years. He has designed and produced a number of very high traffic web sites for national television shows. He is also a very skilled animator and editor, producing show opens and graphics for numerous national television shows. He is also an inventor and builder of his own GT-40 replica, the EVGT-40 which is powered entirely by electricity. Mr. McClary has a soft spot for anything that goes fast and he can ride in it. He is also an accomplished private pilot.

High Voltage Hot Rods, Inc. was founded by Andrew McClary 2 years ago to turn classic cars into electric street beasts and to provide quality parts to others that wanted to do the same. Over the past 4 years he has been working on perfecting his car and working closely within the electric car community and is the president of the Gold Coast Electric Auto Association. Unlike many in the EV community, Andrew was part of a growing trend of adopters who saw the real potential for the technology for building cool fast cars not only ones which were good for the enviroment . He was not interested in many of the cars being offered. Inspired by the Tesla Roadster, Andrew’s dream was to put together an electric car using off the shelf components that a user could service.

He is also the executive producer and co-host of the television show Car Show Television which airs every Saturday in South Florida on The Auto Channel.

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Pete Marzilli – Performance Artist

Pete-MarzilliPeter is a native of the historic town of Tiverton, Rhode Island. He has studied acting for stage and music performance at Southeastern Massachusetts, Eastern Connecticut State Universities and California Institute of the Arts. He is the recipient of the Rhode Island Arts Grant, The Outstanding Achievement in Performing Arts Award presented by the Newport Arts Society. Peter has studied acting for film and television with Gail Garrison, Kenneth Kay, Richard Zavaglia and recently with acting legend Burt Reynolds.

Peter’s other skills include martial arts training as well as stunt work. He is also an accomplished musician. Peter is now the drummer for Platinum Award Winner Cooper Getschal.

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Share Ross – CEO of ShareRoss.com, Creativity Expert

SHARE ROSS - CEO of SHAREROSS.COM

SHARE ROSS - CEO of SHAREROSS.COM

SHARE ROSS - CEO of SHAREROSS.COM, CREATIVITY EXPERT

When you think of a rockstar from the decadent and wildly amoral 80's the last thing you'd expect is an outrageously positive personality. Share Ross loves to give you the unexpected.

As the bassist in platinum selling all female 80's rock band Vixen she played dates all over the globe with Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, Bon Jovi, Deep Purple, The Scorpions and more. A decade after Vixen broke up, she went on to surprise rock fans when she took up knitting and 2 years later published a knitting book, Punk Knits with a major publisher.

Share believes in creating your own luck. She never let 2 bankruptcies, divorce or a myriad of unsuccessful business ideas stop her. She's a walking testament that you gotta live in the now and let your inner rockstar guide you towards your true path.

Adventure and creativity are her life force and guiding light.

She found that the more open your heart the more you can receive. "It's never been about owning things. It was never about becoming a rockstar so I could own a big fancy house. It was always about creating a feeling. I love to experience life and to inspire others to do the same."

Call it freedom. Call it your life purpose. Call it pursuing your dreams.

Share calls it living with intention.

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Corinne Lasmezas, PhD – Scripps Research Institute

Corinne Lasmezas, PhD

Corinne Lasmezas, PhD

Dr. Lasmezas conducts research at Scripps Institute with a focus on Prion Neurodegenerative diseases.

Prion diseases are fatal neurodegenerative diseases affecting humans and animals. There is no cure for prion diseases. They are caused by an unconventional infectious agent called prion, which is thought to be composed mainly by a misfolded form of a host protein, the prion protein (PrP). In humans, prions cause Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease; in animals, scrapie has been known to ravage sheep flocks for two hundred years, and chronic wasting disease is of concern in the United States. The recent epidemic of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in the United Kingdom has caused major turmoil throughout Europe, and later, in other countries such as Japan, Canada and the United States, because the bovine prion disease is transmissible to humans causing variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The transmissibility of the latter by blood transfusion created a novel public health issue.

Recent years have witnessed major advances in our understanding of the role of the prion protein and other host factors in prion replication. Our aim now is to devise intervention strategies based on blocking the neurodegenerative process on one hand, and prion replication on the other hand. The latter is part of a drug discovery program that we are running in collaboration with the Scripps Florida Lead Identification Division.

Prion diseases belong to the same group of protein misfolding neurodegenerative diseases as Alzheimer, Parkinson, Huntington’s diseases, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and others. In all these diseases, a host protein misfolds, aggregates and becomes toxic to neurons. We use the prion protein as a model system and starting point to study the neurodegenerative mechanisms that cause these diseases. We aim to understand which form(s) of these culprit proteins cause the death of neurons, and to decipher the death program(s) that they trigger in order to devise neuroprotective strategies.

A full description of her work can be found at http://www.scripps.edu/research/faculty/lasmezas

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Stan Bronson – Executive Director of the Florida Earth Foundation

Stan Bronson - Executive Director of the Florida Earth Foundation

Stan Bronson - Executive Director of the Florida Earth Foundation

Stan Bronson is a seven generation Floridian, born in Orlando, with undergrad education done at Florida Southern College and grad work done at Florida Atlantic University and the University of Florida.  Spending most of his career in the citrus industry, 14 years of which was COO of a large citrus operation, in 1999 he joined the extension faculty of the University of Florida, developing a natural resources education program for South Florida ecosystem restoration initiatives. That program has evolved into the Florida Earth Foundation, begun in January 2002.  FEF is a public-private partnership of over 120 agencies, universities, industries and not-for-profits, whose mission is to “put people together through education, outreach and facilitation to ensure the environmental integrity of Florida and quality of life”  Bronson now serves as Executive Director of Florida Earth, which administers Florida’s only permanent program with the United Nations, the UNESCO-IHE/Florida Earth Partnership.  Florida Earth also runs the US-Netherlands Connection (USNC) program, which brings teams of delegates from the US to the Netherlands to see Dutch expertise in water infrastructure and management, especially as it relates to sea-level rise adaptation and resilience.    Coming from a ranching family who supplied the land for Walt Disney World in the 1960’s, Stan’s love of the land has always been an inspiration throughout his career.

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Jeramy Pritchett, Editor in Chief of Blindfold Magazine

Jeramy Pritchett, Editor in Chief of Blindfold Magazine

Jeramy Pritchett, Editor in Chief of Blindfold Magazine

Jeramy Pritchett started taking pictures in the 2nd grade and was hooked.  He loved the emotion that he could capture and the stories that each picture told.  However, as he grew up he was tricked into thinking money was the key to happiness and having more and more was the right way to live.  A few years ago he woke up and realized he had been very, very wrong.  Now he's back to living his dream shooting photos, writing and running the first socially conscious photojournalism magazine in the world, Blindfold.  A magazine he founded less than two years ago that is now in Whole Foods and Sprouts Farmers Markets across all of North America.

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Keith W. Rizzardi – Chairman of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

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Keith W. Rizzardi

Keith W.Rizzardi advises the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on living marine resource matters as the Chairman of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee. A board certified lawyer, with experience in administrative law, environmental law, and legal ethics, he has worked on the Everglades restoration for the South Florida Water Management District, litigated endangered species cases from coast to coast for the U.S. Department of Justice and taught water law at the United Nations in the Netherlands. Married with three children, he lives in Palm Beach County and earns his living as a law professor at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens and as consultant to Jones Foster Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. in West Palm Beach

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Dr. Roy Periana – Director, Scripps Energy and Materials Laboratories

Dr. Periana

Co-Founder and Member of Board of Directors, Qateomix, Inc. Covina, CA Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship, 2007 Topics in Current Chemistry. Volume Editor: C-H Activation, 2005 “Seminaire Hors-Ville en Chimie Inorganique” Switzerland, September, 2001 Catalytica Adv. Technologies, Inc. Co-Founder and Vice President 1994 – 2000 Chairman of National ACS Inorganic Symposium in 1999

 Research Focus: Design and Study of Coordination Catalysts for Small Molecule Conversion

CH4 (and other hydrocarbons) N2, O2, H2O and CO2 are among the most abundant raw materials on Earth. The chemical conversions of these small molecules generate the majority of the World's energy and materials. However, in spite of over 75 years of research, key fundamental chemistry challenges remain that lead to the generation of substantially more emissions, faster depletion of reserves, higher costs and greater dependence on petroleum than required. The focus of our research is to address these challenges and to design a new generation, Single-Site, coordination catalysts for the direct, selective, low temperature conversion of these molecules that would be substantially more efficient, lower cost and allow the use of abundant CH4 for the production of Energy, Fuels and Chemicals.

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Dr. Jean Wihbey – Provost, Palm Beach State College

Dr. WihbeyJean A. Wihbey, Ph.D. is the Provost for Palm Beach State College’s Palm Beach Gardens campus. As the campus’ chief executive officer, she is responsible for providing leadership and inspiration to a campus of over 9000 students and 225 employees so that its culture is vibrant and welcoming to the public it serves. Dr. Wihbey ensures the quality and relevance of the campus’ academic programs, oversees campus operational activities, and leads through encouraging ideas and strong relationships. She offers a progressive academic vision and leadership that maintains a highly collaborative, student-centered environment.

Dr. Wihbey believes in and enjoys community service and is actively involved in the PGA Corridor Association Board of Directors as Vice President, the North Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, serving as a Trustee, on the Board of Director’s Executive Committee and on the Women in Business Steering Council. She also serves on the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida Board of Directors, the Boy Scouts of America Advisory Board, the Max Fisher Boys and Girls Club of Riviera Beach as Board Member and Secretary, the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center Governing Board and the Florida Association of Colleges. She also participates in the Executive Women of Palm Beaches and the Forum Club. It would be unusual to not see her at a local event that is raising money or awareness for education, health or general support of the community. Dr. Wihbey was recently honored as the North Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Community Leader of the Year, and this July the Jupiter Magazine's Impact Player. She received the University of Connecticut's 2012 Outstanding Higher Education Professional Award, is a Florida Weekly Power Woman, and has been recognized by both the New England College Board and the Chair Academy with their Exemplary Leader awards.  Dr. Wihbey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairfield University and a Master of Science in Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University. She is a national certified counselor and has a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in Educational Psychology.

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Farmer Jay – Expert in Sustainable Agriculture

farmerjayJason McCobb is an expert in Sustainable Agriculture specializing in Urban Gardening.  Jason gained most of his experience in Sonoma, California from Bob Cannard, long time farmer for Alice Waters and her critically acclaimed restaurant Chez Panisse.  With the belief that the garden is an extension of nature and something that must be protected and nurtured, Jay never uses pesticides, synthetic chemicals or any other adversity.

In addition to the farming and building gardens, Farmer Jay has also started a program for children called Farmer Jay’s Jr Sprouts and an advanced program for older kids and adults teaching them the lost art of Sustainable Agriculture.

Jason built a sustainable garden for the chefs at The Breakers Hotel which digested over 3000 pounds per week of vegetable waste from the kitchen that he utilized to grow specialty salads, herbs, and micro greens on a half acre plot.  Other noteworthy gardens Jay has built and done consultation for are, Calloway Gardens, Little St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island, Pine Jog Environmental Center, Palm Beach County Schools, various Palm Beach County private schools, Federation of Gardens, Herb Society of Palm Beach, Palm Beach County Extension/UF, the South Florida Fair, Sublime, Dig, Max’s Harvest, Kapow, Delray Community Garden, Boca Raton Community Garden, IPic, and Green Gourmet. Jay also was a guest host for The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television Network and the lead consultant for the Backyard Gardens infomercial. McCobb is also a writer for Blindfold Magazine and has his own blog called Farmer Jay’s Soapbox for New Times.

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