COPLA Advisory Board
The Florida Tech College of Psychology and Liberal Arts (COPLA) Advisory Board provides vital input to the Dean on the strategic direction of the college and helps realize opportunities for advancing the variety of fields covered by the college in education and research. The Advisory Board consists of diverse global leaders, alumni and friends.
Exec. Dir., Neuropsychology & Counseling Associates, LLC
After earning his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Florida Tech., Dr. Ted Batlas received his Neuropsychology Fellowship training at JFK Medical Center. He is an Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, at Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, and a Clinical Instructor, Dept. of Psychiatry, at Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine.
For 14 years, he served as the Chief of Psychology at Jersey Shore University Medical Center and as the Director of Neuropsychology for the Meridian Neuroscience line, as well as Neuropsychology Intern supervisor at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. He has served as a consultant for the New Jersey Brain Injury Alliance and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.
He had previously taught at the College of New Jersey and has served as a supervisor for students at many of the local universities. He is the Director of Neuropsychology and Counseling Associates, LLC—one of the largest private behavioral health practices in the state of New Jersey. Neuropsychology & Counseling Associates, LLC, is a multidisciplinary practice with five offices in Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex, and Burlington counties.
Paul Cecala (BS-Psy ’85, AS-Av Mgt/Flt Tech ’85) is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator, work search author, and founder of Cecala Career Consultants. He has been coaching since 1999 and has assisted over 3000 people in either changing careers or starting their professional lives. He specializes in creating a project plan for a job search. He is recognized for his listening skills and ability to help clients find work fast. He has been commended for his networking skills, interview techniques, and resume writing prowess.
Paul has helmed the adult continuing professional education programs for Fairleigh Dickenson University and the County College of Morris where he was responsible for organizing and facilitating their departmental industry advisory boards. Additionally, he has worked in Workforce Development through his local Chamber of Commerce and One-Stop Career Center.
Paul has published a job search booklet, “WORK SEARCH BUDDIES, Finding A Job With A Little Help From A Friend,” and multiple print articles on job search related topics.
Prior to career coaching, he spent 12 years in corporate aviation working for FlightSafety International, K-C Aviation, Jet Aviation, and ending as Vice President of Aircraft Charter Sales for Atlantic Aviation.
Paul was a board member of the FIT Alumni Association from 1991 to 1998 holding positions as President (1996-1998), Vice President (1994-1996) and Alumni Admissions Recruiting Cmte Chair (1991-1994). While at Fla Tech, Paul was student athletic trainer to the men’s soccer and basketball teams, held part-time jobs at an ice cream shop and the university mailroom, was leader of the Catholic Campus Ministries Newman Club, and was a student ambassador for the Admission Dept.
Paul has been a board member for his church (8 years) and a community development corporation (2 years). He also spent 25 years in the USAF Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol working his way to Lt Colonel and Vice Commander for New Jersey.
Paul lives in Lake Parsippany, NJ with his husband since 1996 and FIT grad, Dan Nazzaro (BS-Psy ’95) and their teenage son.
Allen Dyer P.A.
David Carus is a Shareholder and Registered Patent Attorney at Allen Dyer P.A. based in Orlando, Florida, and practices in the areas of patent prosecution and portfolio management. As a computer engineer, Dave has obtained patents for Fortune 100 companies in the areas of electrical and electronic equipment including, for example, mobile wireless communications devices, antennas, finger biometric sensing devices, and haptics. Dave's patent experience also includes the areas e-commerce, digital couponing, and Internet of Things (IOT) systems.
Dave also currently serves and the President and CEO of D&J Aviation, LLC, an aircraft leasing and flight services company based out of Apopka, Florida.
Dave's professional experience includes Test and Evaluation for defense contractor Northrop Grumman. As part of the flight test crew at Northrop Grumman, Dave designed and tested aerial ground surveillance and battle management systems on the Joint Stars E8-C Aircraft platform.
Dave is a private pilot, and enjoys flying for breakfast, ice hockey, and spending time with his family.
John Gorvin is a Massachusetts native, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree (Stonehill College) and Master’s Degree (Boston College) before completing his Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology at Florida Tech in 1990.
John returned to Massachusetts and became licensed as a Psychologist in 1992, and has subsequently worked in various outpatient and inpatient clinical settings, evaluating and treating adolescents and adults. John later completed a Neuropsychology Recertification through the Fielding Graduate University in 2005. He is presently employed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Developmental Disabilities.
John is a volunteer for the Stonehill College Alumni Association, past chair of the Stonehill College Annual Fund, and past member of the Stonehill College Alumni Council. He also serves on the Board of the New England Chapter of the Florida Tech Alumni Association.
John also has taken up distance running, trains with a local running club near Boston, and volunteers annually at the Boston Marathon.
MAJ USA, (Ret.)
Senior cybersecurity Leader, Board member, University Professor, retired U.S. Army Officer, and Iraq War Combat Veteran with over 25 years’ experience.
Founder and Owner of Wellspring Services, Senior Cybersecurity leader with extensive education, training, and experience, with business acumen working in the commercial, government, military agencies. Very knowledgeable across cybersecurity and business domains with a proven track record of success as a senior leader, to include consulting members of leadership, including, the CIO, CISO, and DAO. Active government Top-Secret Clearance with CI polygraph w/ Q clearance.
Extensive experience working within the international community and allied partners in cybersecurity. Certified CISO and CISSP. Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification- Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB) Register Practitioner, very knowledgeable, trained, and savvy with the CMMC model, assessment method, practices, and domains. Tedx speaker, published author, and featured speaker for State of Cyber Security discussions, actively contributes to the National Institute for Standard and Technology, with experience testifying in front on the National Academy of Science on cybersecurity threats. Technical Editor for CISSP Exam Cram for Pearson Education North America and Featured Course Author. 4/5 Star rated Cyber Instructor for Udemy for Business collection, teaching Advanced Cryptography Concepts on Udemy for Thousands of companies, including Adidas, Barclays, General Mills, Pinterest, Lyft, Volkswagen and many others.
Nemours Children’s Hospital
Ansley received a dual Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Education and Elementary Education from Flagler College and a Master of Science (2005) and Ph.D. (2020) in ABA from the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT).
Ansley has had a variety of clinical work experiences, including founding an ABA-based school, running an early intervention clinic, working with adults in group homes and community settings, consulting nationally and internationally, and teaching.
For the last seven years, Ansley has served as Nemours Children’s Hospital first lead behavior analyst with the goal of embedding behavior analysis in a hospital setting. At Nemours, she is part of a multi-disciplinary assessment team for children with complex medical conditions and intellectual disabilities; she also leads an ABA team in providing services to children and parents. As part of her role, Ansley uses ABA and OBM in training the administrative teams, medical residents, medical students, and other medical divisions on the utility and value of our science.
Finally, she has published over 17 articles and book chapters and secured over $4.5 million in grant funding.
Thomas “TJ” Jones, LMHC | Lionrock Recovery
Thomas "TJ" Jones was born and raised in Oklahoma. He attended the University of Oklahoma, where in 1988 he earned a BA in Political Science and a commission as a Second Lieutenant, Infantry from the Army ROTC program.
TJ spent 20 years in the Army and retired in 2008 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. TJ’s unit assignments included 3rd Armored Division, 2nd Infantry Division, 2nd Armored Calvary Regiment, the Multinational Forces and Observers (MFO), and the 7th Transportation Group. TJ’s deployments include; Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti, Operation Joint Endeavour in Bosnia, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. In 1997, TJ was selected to attend the Logistics Executive Development Course with follow on to Florida Institute of Technology (LEDC/FIT). In 1998 he earned a MS in Logistics Management from Florida Tech.
In 2010, TJ earned a M.Ed. in Community and Addictions Counseling from the College of William and Mary. He completed his counseling residency in Virginia and became a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner (LSATP). TJ worked both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs while in Virginia. In 2016, TJ and his family moved to Jupiter, Florida where he is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and employed as a Substance Use Disorder Counselor with Lionrock Recovery.
When he’s not working, TJ is an avid master’s level swimmer. He competes year round in both pool and open water events as a member of the Palm Beach Masters Swim Team.
Leadership & Organizational Development Consultant, Cox Communications
Twenty years of professional corporate experience in the fields of Leadership Development, Consulting and Talent Management. Corporate experience includes executive coaching, leadership development and assessment, strategic planning, organizational needs assessment and interventions, leading organizational change, and succession planning. Designed and delivered enterprise wide Leadership Development Programs to 3000+ leaders.
Elizabeth McChrystal, Ph.D.
Vice President of Revenue Science
Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Ph.D. 2004
Fifteen years of professional experience in revenue enablement, professional services, business process analysis and change management. Lead client consultations and successful implementation of Revenue Enablement programs and technology for Fortune 1000 companies with sales teams ranging from 25 sellers to 10,000 sellers. This includes the scoping, deployment, adoption and analysis of each program’s key sales improvement metrics.
Publisher, Al Dia Today
Publisher, Al Dia Today
Communication, BS'81 | Global Strategic Communication, MS'13
Javier Molinares came to the United States in 1991. His first job was as a cargo handler. He then drove trucks for 4 years before joining the US Army as a paratrooper of the 82nd Airborne Division. During his time in the 82nd Airborne, he completed his Associate in Arts, moved back to Palm Bay and enrolled in the communication program of Florida Institute of Technology. In 2003, he graduated Magna Cum Laude and recorded his own music CD, Vallecumbia. He later wrote for Florida Today’s business section and ultimately started the bilingual newspaper Al Día Today eight years ago.
CareerSource Central Florida
PRESIDENT/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Pamela Nabors is president and CEO of CareerSource Central Florida (CSCF) – Florida’s second-largest regional workforce board.
Overseeing a budget of more than $30M, Pam continues to lead the ever-evolving board to attract and engage the Central Florida community and deliver top-quality service to businesses, career seekers and partners.
Since 2012, Pam has reinvigorated the organization’s positioning as the premier workforce development board in connecting Central Floridians to careers and developing talent for businesses. Under her leadership, CSCF expanded regional partnerships, tailored service delivery to meet the needs of local businesses and executed a state-wide rebranding to leverage community outreach efforts.
Tapping into her unparalleled knowledge of workforce programs, Pam also navigated strategic efforts in implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) federal legislation, which represented a major shift in operations and service delivery. CSCF’s programs were revamped to focus on businesses and services to better meet the unique needs of individuals.
Beyond operating the organization efficiently and transparently, Pam’s innovation and progressive leadership evolved CSCF’s programs to become relevant and valuable to the business and stakeholder community at large. This includes investing more in the healthcare and construction industries due to the high-volume of in-demand professions. Moreover, collaborating with local educators for specialized training is a key factor in creating a deeper talent pool of qualified individuals.
Prior to joining CareerSource Central Florida, Pam led program operations for Capital Workforce Partners and was the planning director for Brevard Workforce Development Board. She also obtained the Certified Workforce Development Professional credential with a management endorsement from the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals.
Pam earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the State University of New York College and a Master of Science degree in Personnel Psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology. In addition, she has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in career development, human resources and psychology.
Pam has received numerous accolades throughout her career including Orlando Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” Executives of the Year Award in 2015 and as a CEO of the Year in 2016. In addition, Pam was presented with the Woman of Distinction, Visionary Award in 2015 by the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council and was also named i4 Business Magazine’s Spirit of Collaboration honoree as part of the 2018 Women’s Inspired Leadership Awards program.
Pam is an active member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Workforce Development Council, the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, Junior Achievement, Orlando Economic Partnership Board of Directors, Leadership Florida Class XXXVI and many other civic boards.
Her favorite pastimes include traveling, watching movies and listening to music; her music trivia skills are second to none!
Melissa Parker came to Brevard County through the military after her father was transferred to Patrick Airforce Base in 1987. A graduate from Satellite High School, she later obtained her degree as a Registered Nurse from Eastern Florida State College and worked in the Acute Care settings at Holmes Regional Medical Center and Florida Hospital, specializing in Orthopedics, Neurology and Trauma. She keeps her RN license active and is currently President of Precision Screening, Inc. a boutique, pre-employment background screening and verification service provider which she founded in 2008.
Melissa and her husband Ted live in Indialantic, FL, and have two children, son Brendan and daughter Carson. Their son was diagnosed with autism in 2010 and attended The Scott Center for Autism to receive early intervention ABA Therapy. In 2015 Melissa and Ted founded their non-profit, The Parker Foundation for Autism and Child Development, to provide free resources to children and families impacted by autism and special needs through three fully funded programs specializing in education, sports, and the arts. Melissa also serves on the Board of Directors for the Senior Resource Alliance and is an active volunteer at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School where their children attend.
Melissa is an artist, a sports enthusiast, and educator who has a genuine love for bringing people together; she developed The Parker Foundation’s “Be a Buddy” initiative as a platform for bullying prevention and to empower young peer volunteers to connect with special needs children in hopes of crushing barriers and encouraging young leaders to embrace diversity to help build a kinder, more understanding and inclusive world for all.
ADoH Scientific, LLC,
Practitioner, academician, researcher, and inventor, Brian K. Sullivan, PsyD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in practice since 1994.
He attained a B.A. in Psychology at Clemson University in 1990, and both Master’s and PsyD (doctorate of clinical psychology) degrees at the Florida Institute of Technology four years later. He completed a pre-doctoral internship with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and post-doctoral work in Charleston, SC.
He has served as President of the South Carolina Psychological Association and in other varying capacities within that organization, including Federal Advocacy Coordinator for 17 years and Executive Board member in other roles.
He was a staff psychologist at the College of Charleston’s Counseling & Substance Abuse Services (CASAS) from 1994 to 2017, where he served as Training Coordinator, Psychological Assessment Coordinator, and as Associate Director. He taught as an adjunct professor of psychology at the College of Charleston for nearly 20 years, teaching courses in Introductory Psychology, Personality, Developmental, and Abnormal Psychology.
He has published peer-reviewed research in the Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology and elsewhere on the phenomena of malingering of psychopathology by college students; this research has been used in efforts to combat illicit use of controlled substances.
He has initiated and/or partnered in several ventures locally, including his multi-disciplinary practice, Lifeworks, LLC, which was featured by the American Psychological Association Practice Organization (APAPO) as an early model for integrative care in 2007. He was an invited chapter contributor to Getting Better at Private Practice (Wiley Press, 2012; edited by Chris Stout).
He was a 2017 TEDxCharleston speaker, and Emcee’d the event in 2019.
He currently serves as Chief Science Officer for a Mount Pleasant, SC based healthcare analytics business, ADoH Scientific, LLC, which is devoted to leadership in the domain of applied science in affective determinants of health.
He and his wife, Corley Sullivan, co-founded Vizbii, Inc. in 2013 and successfully patented their invention, commonly referred to as Morphii, in 2018. He is the proud father of three children and lives in Charleston, SC.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Jonathan Wilson, Vice President, Organization Development & Talent Management, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. B.A. Class of '98- Florida Tech
Jonathan is the Vice President, Organization Development & Talent Management for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. In his role, Jonathan is responsible for leading a team of Strategic Talent Partners that partner with the LLS Field & Operations teams, senior leaders, and HR centers of excellence regarding workforce planning, capability and competency management, organization design and development, talent acquisition and internal mobility, succession planning, and leadership development. Jonathan is also responsible for the LLS enterprise-wide succession planning and change management functions Prior to taking on his multiple roles in HR, Jonathan was the Executive Director (ED) for the LLS Maryland Chapter for 5 years. In his role as ED, Jonathan was instrumental in providing overall leadership and management for fundraising strategies designed to create cost-effective and on-going sources of revenue, community presence, and mission awareness. Before joining LLS, Jonathan was a Senior Associate at Booz Allen & Hamilton, a leading global strategy consulting firm, where he led multiple teams providing organizational transformation, annual strategic planning, workforce planning, change management, and human capital/talent management consultation and solutions for clients. Prior to joining Booz Allen, Jonathan served in the U.S. Army as a Human Resources Officer after receiving his commission through the Army R.O.T.C. program at Florida Tech. Jonathan received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology ('98) and his master’s degree in organizational change from Hawaii Pacific University ('07).
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Jonathan Wilson, Director Leadership & Organizational Development, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. B.A. Class of '98- Florida TechJonathan is the Director Leadership & Organizational Development for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. In his role, Jonathan is responsible for developing, leading, and evaluating forward-thinking HR strategies and plans to ensure successful change initiatives. Jonathan is also accountable for enhancing and leading LLS’s talent review process. Prior to taking on his current role, Jonathan was the Executive Director (ED) for the LLS Maryland Chapter for 5 years. In his role as ED, Jonathan was instrumental in providing overall leadership and management for fundraising strategies designed to create cost-effective and on-going sources of revenue, community presence, and mission awareness. Before joining LLS, Jonathan was a Senior Associate at Booz Allen & Hamilton, a leading global strategy consulting firm, where he led multiple teams providing organizational transformation, annual strategic planning, workforce planning, change management, and human capital/talent management consultation and solutions for clients. Prior to joining Booz Allen, Jonathan served in the U.S. Army as a Human Resources Officer after receiving his commission through the Army R.O.T.C. program at Florida Tech. Jonathan received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology ('98) and his master’s degree in organizational change from Hawaii Pacific University ('07).