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Meet the Board

The Board of Directors of the South Florida Education Center (SFEC) is made up of professionals from a variety of backgrounds —academic, scientific, financial and business. Their broad diversity, experience and commitment are integral to the success, growth, vitality and future development of the SFEC campus.

 

Dr. Kimberly Moore - Board Chair

I am Dr. Kimberly Moore, professor of Environmental Horticulture located at the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education center.  I have a 70% teaching and 30% research appointment.  I teach 4 online undergraduate courses and 2 online graduate courses.  My research focus is on nutritional management strategies for greenhouse crops, specifically the use of alternative growing substrates and the use of reclaimed waste water.  I have been at the University of Florida since 1995 (20 years). I received my PhD and MS in horticulture from Iowa State University.  I received my BS in Environmental Science and Botany with a minor in chemistry from Eastern Illinois University.  In the past 5 years, I have served on the CALS Teaching Innovation and Enhancement committee, University of Florida Faculty Senate, and chair the Environmental Horticulture Academic Programs Committee and Doctor of Plant Medicine Advisory Committee.  I also am the chair of the educational committee for the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture society and serve on the editorial advisory committee for HortTechnology a journal for the American Society of Horticulture Science.  I represent the University of Florida on the SFEC board and serve as the current SFEC president.

 

Lynn D. Goldman

Lynn Goldman is a seasoned Business and Community Relations coordinator with significant experience in community outreach focused on increasing communication and knowledge of Broward County Public Schools. Her extensive experience and organizational skills have helped organizations with project development.  Goldman is highly regarded for her effectiveness in driving results through a consensus approach, while still demonstrating a strong leadership style. She has a passion for education issues, life-long learning, leadership development and the community.

Currently Lynn is the Community Relations Coordinator for Atlantic, McFatter and Sheridan Technical Colleges. With a focus on closing the knowledge and communication gap between the business community and the school system, Goldman is often called upon to showcase the Technical Colleges.

Throughout her more than 25 years of experience in community relations and leadership roles,  she has been responsible for integrating multiple factions of the community into a seamless process for a variety of activities. Goldman established a non-profit scholarship foundation for students to access funds for continuing their education.

Goldman holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. Her contributions to the community boards and committees include: Chairperson of the Davie-Cooper Chamber of Commerce (DCC), President of the South Florida Education Center, Chairperson of Senior Executive Orientation Program, Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Board & Trustee Member (FLCC), Chairperson of the Broward Alliance Education/Workforce Committee, Board member and Chairperson of the Post-Secondary Education Broward Days Committee, Florida Bar Association, Broward Workshop Youth Advocacy and Education Committee and Marine Industries Association of South Florida.

Awards include: Hall of Fame-Distinguished Alumni (Broward Education Foundation), Excellence In Leadership-SEO Program, Salute to Business-(Ft. Lauderdale Chamber), Crystal Apple/Community Service, Service to Chamber (Davie-Copper City), Dedication & Leadership–Alliance, Rock Solid Leadership-N. Central Area Broward Schools, Meritorious Public Service- Florida Bar Association…

Goldman enjoys an active lifestyle, entertaining friends & family at home, cooking, football, golf, and spoiling her granddaughter.

 

Mercedes (Mercy) Quiroga

Mercedes (Mercy) Quiroga has over 30 years of experience within the Higher Education arena.  She is a native of Havana, Cuba and has lived in South Florida for most of her adult life.  In her current role as President of the Central Campus in Davie and the Willis Holcombe Center in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale, she oversees a combined enrollment of  35,000 students. She has led the Central Campus to a position of prominence within the Art Circuits by restablishing a performing arts series at Bailey Hall and launching a Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VADA) for students seeking to become professional artists.   Prior to joining Broward College she was at Miami Dade College and New World School of the Arts where she served as Provost.  She is passionate about the role of the arts in education and in our society and feels creativity is key to success in life. In addition she is a member of the United Way of Broward County, Women’s Leadership Group and is on the board of the of the Florida Humanities Council and an advisory member of the Key Clubhouse of South Florida.  She earned a Bachelor of  Arts in Liberal Arts from the University of Florida and an Masters Degree in Art History from the University of Miami, where she also earned a PH.D. in Educational Leadership.

 

Dr. Monica Elliott

Dr. Monica Elliott is Acting Center Co-Director and Professor of Plant Pathology with a research/extension/administrative appointment.  She obtained a B.S. in Botany and Environmental Science and B.A. in History from Eastern Illinois University, M.S. and Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Montana State University and J.D. from Nova Southeastern University.  Her areas of expertise are field diagnosis of palm problems and fungal palm diseases, with current research on Fusarium wilt disease pathogens.  Extension activities include a 2-day palm problem workshop for professionals (3 to 4 times each year), 1-day palm workshop for Master Gardeners (multiple times a year), co-author of the Disorders and Diseases of Ornamental Palms (card deck available in English and Spanish), co-developer of LUCID key on palm problems for USDA-APHIS-CPHST with Dr. Broschat and Ian Maguire, and senior editor and author of the Compendium of Ornamental Palm Diseases and Disorders published by the American Phytopathological Society (APS).  She is also author or co-author of over 75 refereed publications and multiple extension and trade journal publications on palm and turfgrass diseases.  She is a member of APS and serves as Director of the Office of Public Relations and Outreach for APS.  She is a member of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm (GPSSF) section of The Florida Bar and serves as editor of the newsletter The Link for the GPSSF.

 

Jane Morgan  jmorgan@fau.edu

Jane Morgan started with Florida Atlantic University in 2003 with part-time work in the University budget office. She transitioned into full-time work overseeing Campus Student Financial Services while working on obtaining her Master’s Degree. Jane completed her advanced degree in 2009 which was the same year she moved into campus operations. She is now serving as the Director of Campus Operations for the three Broward Campuses of FAU. Jane is responsible for the day-to-day operations for the Broward Campuses which currently serve approximately 5000 students with approximately 400 employees.