Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience is a group of dedicated professionals representing a variety of backgrounds and expertise. The Board actively participates in the guidance of the Institute towards fulfilling its mission while maintaining the highest standards of accountability.

As a public not-for-profit institution, the Institute takes seriously its responsibilities to maintain public trust and to integrate sound business practices into its daily operations. The Board reviews the Institute’s activities and progress towards its fundamental goal of conducting basic research to stimulate novel approaches in understanding the structure, function and development of neural circuits.

Dr. David C. Auth, PhD., P.E., NAE,
Chairman and CEO, Coaptus Medical Corporation

Mr. Mark W. Cook
President, Royal Palm Management

Mr. Alexander W. Dreyfoos
Chairman, The Dreyfoos Group

Mr. George Elmore
Founder and President, Hardrives, Inc.

Dr. David Fitzpatrick PhD
Scientific Director and Chief Executive Officer
Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience

Judge Louis J. Freeh
Founder and Chairman, Freeh Group International Solutions,
LLC Founder and Partner, Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP

Mr. Frank J. Folz, III
Managing Director, AE Capital

Professor Dr. Bill S. Hansson, PhD
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Director, Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Dr. Neen Hunt, Ed.D
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Mary Woodard Lasker Charitable Trust and the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, Inc.

Mr. Erik E. Joh, Esq.
Special Council, Hinman, Howard, & Kattel

Mr. Kenneth F. Kahn
President, LRP Publications

Mr. Nasser J. Kazeminy
Founder and Chairman, NJK Holding Corporation

Mrs. Becky Mayer
The Good Life Executive Seminar

Ms. Bonnie McElveen-Hunter
CEO & Owner, Pace Communications

Mr. James R. Mellor
Chairman, USEC Inc.

Mr. Michael V. Mitrione
Co-Chair of Corporate Practice Group, Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A.

Mr. Gregory V. Novak
Vice-chair Intellectual Property Group, Co-Chair IP Litigation, Polsinelli, PC

Mr. Bernard J. Poussot
Retired Chairman, Wyeth

Mr. John Sculley
Chairman, RxAdvance

Mr. Markus Schleier
Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science

Dr. James N. Weinstein
Immediate past CEO and President, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

Professor Dr. Peter Gruss – Chairman Emeritus
President, Max Planck Society for the Advancement
of Science (2002-2014)