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J. Charles (B.A. Arts & Sciences, 1955) and Saundra Gray were honored at Leadership Florida's annual conference when they became the first couple to receive the LeRoy Collins Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes those who have demonstrated exemplary leadership abilities in an effort to improve the quality of life for current and future generations of Floridians. J. Charles Gray is one of the founding partners of GrayRobinson, P.A. and graduated from UF as a Hall of Fame inductee with both a B.A. and a J.D. He has established himself as a leading philanthropic, legal and political figure in Central Florida, with leadership roles in a broad range of organizations from the Florida State Turnpike Authority to the Economic Development Commission of Mid-Florida. His wife, Saundra, is a leader in the agricultural industry in Florida, where she held leadership roles on the Beef Cattle Advisory Committee for Volusia County and the Florida Santa Gertrudis Association. Saundra also makes time for charitable work, especially work for the protection and advancement of disabled or underprivileged children. "This unique couple truly represents the heart and soul of Florida," says Keith Houck, Vice President for Administration of Valencia Community College and a Leadership Florida member. "They represent not only the wonderful heritage of Florida, but its glorious future as well."
Robert L. Parks (B.A. Political Science, 1960), a veteran trial attorney, was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialties of Personal Injury Litigation and Product Liability Litigation. Parks is an appointee to the Governor's Commission on Property Rights, he serves as vice chair on the Board of Visitors for The National Judicial College, he is on the Board of the Historical Association of South Florida He is principal of The Law Offices of Robert L. Parks, P.L. in Coral Gables, Florida and is co-chair of fundraising for Legal Services of Greater Miami. A native of Nassau, The Bahamas, Parks is a long-time South Florida resident, who currently resides with his wife, Lyn, in Coconut Grove.
Evan Aidman (B.A. Psychology, 1979), principal at the Law Offices of Evan Aidman, he has accepted an adjunct professor position to teach civil litigation at Peirce College.
Mary Wood Bridgman (B.A. English, 1978) read her original essays and short stories on In Context, a program of WJCT 89.9 FM, National Public Radio affiliate in Jacksonville. Bridgman's work has appeared in national and local publications and recently received recognition from the Florida Writers Association. She retired in December 2008 as vice president, after twenty-two years with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Inc.
Erik Viker (B.S. Psychology, 1987) was promoted to associate professor of theatre with tenure at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania, as of 2009. He teaches courses in theater production, stage management, and dramatic literature and serves as faculty technical director for the Department of Theatre. Viker received an M.F.A. in theater technology from the University of Texas at Austin, and is an elected member of the town council of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.
Lucy B. Wayne, (M.A. Anthropology, 1981) will serve a two-year term as president of the American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA) where she was elected at the annual conference held in September in Providence, RI. Wayne is an archeologist and architectural historian at SouthArc, Inc., a company that she co-owns in Gainesville, FL (www.southarc.com). ACRA is the only trade association for cultural resource management firms; it provides input on cultural resource issues, compiles information, maintains a searchable database of consultants and employs a wide range of specialists.
Melissa Aubin (B.A. Classics & Religion, 1992), the 2008-2009 Supreme Court Fellow assigned to the Supreme Court of the United States, formerly a staff attorney for Magistrate Judge Thomas M. Coffin on the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, has been selected to continue her fellowship at the Supreme Court for 2009-2010. As the fellow at the Supreme Court, Aubin's duties include researching and providing background information for speeches and reports, briefing visiting dignitaries, preparing analytical reports, and overseeing the Judicial Internship Program. Before starting her legal career, Aubin was assistant professor at Florida State University in the Department of Religion from 1998-2001. After law school, Aubin was a law clerk to Judge David Schuman on the Oregon Court of Appeals. In addition to working for Judge Schuman and Judge Coffin, she has been a legal researcher for Professor Laird Kilpatrick of the University of Oregon School of Law. Aubin was also a part of a team that evaluated the District of Oregon Drug Court, a reentry program for drug offenders. In addition, she serves on the Boards of Directors for the Relief Nursery and Oregon's Federal Bar Association.
Caryn Clark (B.A. English, 1994), known as "The Hip Chick Voice" and a professional voice over actress in Fort Myers, Florida, was honored with UF's 2009 Outstanding Young Alumna Award. Clark's work includes network television commercials for the Rooms To Go Disney furniture line, the voice of Hasbro/Milton Bradley's "The Littlest Pet Shop Mall Madness" electronic board game, television commercials on The Disney Channel for Hannah Montana products, and many other credits. Clark is also very active in her community as a member of the Junior League of Fort Myers, in the past serving on their Board of Directors as their Membership Vice President, Treasurer, and Finance Vice President. She is currently active with the Southwest Florida Gator Club, and the University of Florida Alumni Association as a member of their national Board of Directors and a Regional Vice President.
Jennifer J. Campbell (B.A. English, 2006) was awarded the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Leadership Development Award at the 99th Annual NCTE Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 21, 2009. The $500 award to attend the NCTE Annual Convention is given to early career teachers who have demonstrated a capacity for professional leadership. The organization of 50,000 members is dedicated to improving English education at all levels. Campbell is in her fourth year of teaching language arts and journalism at Suwannee Middle School. She serves in several different leadership positions in teaching councils and commissions.
Stephen K. Rice (Ph.D. Sociology, 2006), an Assistant Professor at Seattle University, is lead editor for the NYU Press volume Race, Ethnicity and Policing: New and Essential Readings (2010).