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Tampa Bay's Leading Experts

The Tampa Bay community is packed with internationally renowned experts that perform innovative research right in our back yard.  This list is just a sampling of the areas of expertise and the minds that regularly consult with businesses to create meaningful results.  Contact the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce at www.tampachamber.com to make a connection! 
 

Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship

 

Andrew Gold, Ph.D. 
Hillsborough Community College
Faculty, Business Administration and Entrepreneurship 

Dr. Gold is a full-time business faculty member at Hillsborough Community College, and also teaches in the graduate school at the University of Tampa, and the University of South Florida. In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Gold serves as an internal entrepreneurial evangelist at HCC, promoting and building various programs related to innovation and entrepreneurship. Gold is native of New York City, and a lifelong entrepreneur having started three businesses over the past 22 years. He is the founder of Terrapath, Inc., a social entrepreneurial venture started in 1994 with a mission of delivering IT and business consulting services to the nonprofit sector. Prior to starting Terrapath, Dr. Gold had a 12-year career in finance, working on Wall Street. First serving as a Senior Vice President and Market Strategist for Prudential Securities and Lehman Brothers, and later Gold and a business partner raised $52 million in capital to start-up a hedge fund business. Dr. Gold holds a bachelors degree from the State University of New York, a MS degree in Management from Manhattanville College and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from North Central University. His core areas of research interest include using social entrepreneurship to reach at-risk students, the effects of moral suasion on academic dishonesty, and the lean startup methodology and its effect on entrepreneurial venture success.


Craig R. Johnson 
Hillsborough Community College
Vice President, Academic Affairs

Craig R. Johnson is currently the Vice President, Academic Affairs, at Hillsborough Community College.  He has been at the College for 35 years, having been a faculty member of the English Department for approximately 19 years.  During that time he also served in various administrative positions, including Program Manager, Dean, Director of Parallel Programs (now called Associate in Arts), Quality Program Coordinator, and Chair of the Quality Enhancement Plan Steering Committee.  Mr. Johnson also served as a Baldrige examiner four times between 2005 and 2011.



Dr. Donna Davis
University of South Florida
Center Supply Chain Management and Sustainability, Associate Professor Marketing

Dr. Donna Davis is an associate professor of marketing and the co-director of USF's new Center for Supply Chain Management and Sustainability. The center employs globally recognized faculty to teach both students and corporate clients about reverse logistics, supply chain and sustainability. Companies can get involved in study cases, research and internship opportunities. Davis possesses undeniable expertise in supply chain management, brand management, and demand forecasting. Her research has been published in leading supply chain management journals including the Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Supply Chain Management, and the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management.  Davis serves on the editorial review boards of the leading supply chain management journals as well as several business journals including the Journal of Business Research and Industrial Marketing Management. She has also been the principal investigator on grants from the U.S. Department of Education, the Canadian government, and several Fortune 100 companies. 


 

Dr. Jody Tompson
The University of Tampa
Career Specialties

Jody Tompson specializes in strategic management and entrepreneurship.

Professional and Community Activities:
Jody Tompson serves as director of the Naimoli Institute for Business Strategy that manages the strategic analysis program for the Sykes College of Business (www.ut.edu/naimoli). He is a member of the vetting committee at the Tampa Bay Innovation Center, the business accelerator in Pinellas County, and is on the Board of Advisors of College Hunks Hauling Junk, Inc. He is a member of the Academy of Management and the Southern Management Association.

 

Dr. Rebecca White
The University of Tampa
Career Specialist 

Developing and building academic programs in entrepreneurship education. Primary research and teaching interests are in strategic leadership in equity backed companies and entrepreneurship pedagogy.

Professional and Community Activities:
Rebecca White is a 2006 Athena® Award finalist, a 2005 recipient of the Freedoms Foundation Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education and was named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Supporter of Entrepreneurship in 2003. Under White’s leadership the NKU program was named one of the top 25 undergraduate entrepreneurship education programs in the country by Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine and one of the Top 50 MBA programs for entrepreneurship by Women 3.0. In addition, the program won the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) 2007 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Teaching and Pedagogical Innovation Award and in 2004 the AACSB Innovation in Leadership of Business Education Award. White has been awarded several distinguished research and service honors, and she currently serves on the Executive Council of the National Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers and the Executive Board of the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and is a director for Northstar Bank and Muzime, LLC.




Dr. Michael Fountain 
University of South Florida
Center for Entrepreneurship, Instructor

Nationally recognized program uses innovative, interdisciplinary approaches and provides opportunities in the fields of business, engineering, health sciences, and sustainability through the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and other graduate programs. Companies can be actively engaged in business plan competitions, research or Institute for Excellence initiative, which drives creation, growth and failures of businesses and technologies in the Life Science industry.

Dr. Fountain currently serves as the Founding Director of the University of South Florida's (USF) Interdisciplinary, Cross-Campus Center for Entrepreneurship, where he directs the University-wide Undergraduate and Graduate programs in Entrepreneurship. He holds faculty appointments across the Colleges of Business, Medicine, and Engineering. 




Linda Hayden Tarrago
Hillsborough Community College
Professor of Accounting and Business


Mrs. Tarrago earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting and Master’s degree in Management from Florida State University and is currently a CPA. Mrs. Tarrago has over 20 years of experience as business and accounting faculty and served as Program Manager for the Accounting and Business Department for 13 years. Mrs. Tarrago also served as an Auditor for the Florida Department of Revenue and State of Florida Office of the Auditor General.  

 

Communications

John Lax
Saint Leo University
Instructor, Business/Marketing and Communication


In addition to his teaching responsibilities in our Department of Communication and Marketing, Mr. Lax also advises a student organization called Pride Consulting. Pride Consulting is a student managed consulting firm providing cost effective services in a number of mission-critical business disciplines to Tampa Bay area businesses and non-profits. Operating within the Donald R. Tapia School of Business, Pride Consulting allows students to gain hands-on, real world business experience and network with area business professionals while earning class credit and completing their internship requirement. Recent clients include the Tampa Bay Partnership, Dade City Chamber of Commerce and a pro-bono project for the Thomas Promise Foundation.

 

Computer Science

Dr. Derek Mohammed
Saint Leo University
Associate Professor Business/Computer Science


Dr. Mohammed’s research emphasis and expertise lie in the field of cybersecurity, specifically as it is applied to the technological and societal challenges presented by the ascendance of cloud computing. His 2011 article, “Security in Cloud Computing: An Analysis of Key Drivers and Constraints,” published in Information Security Journal: A Global Perspective (Vol.20, Issue 3), has been accessed more than 3,000 times.



Dr. Vyas Krishana
Saint Leo University
Business / Computer Science, Chir and Asspciate Professor

Dr. Krishnan has published in two clusters within the computer science field of study: hardware & architecture and algorithms & theory. In addition to being a highly sought after instructor, Dr. Krishnan serves the Computer Science Department as Chair, capable of aligning faculty effort to strategic collaborations with members of the business community. A recent example of Dr. Krishnan’s leadership in terms of strategic collaboration can be seen in a newly founded masters’ degree in cybersecurity.

 
Criminal Justice
 
Dr. Jalika Waugh
Saint Leo University
Education and Social Services / Criminal Justice - Criminalistics,  Asspciate Professor

Education and Social Services/Criminal Justice – Criminalistics
Dr. Waugh is consistently recognized by her students for her engaging teaching style. Her professional expertise lies in the fields of criminology, social research, and occupational psychology. The topic of her doctoral dissertation tested the occurrence and impact of sudden and traumatic stress on first-responder personnel, specifically crime scene investigators.

 
Finance

Dr. Passard Dean
Saint Leo University
Business / Accounting, Assistant Professor


Dr. Dean, in addition to recieving consistently high marks for his instruction and advising, maintains an active reseach and publishing agenda along two clusters: accounting & business pedagogy and regulatory practices associated with international accounting standsrds. His recent article, "Cause and Challenges of Healthcare Frad in the US" in the Interantinal Journal of Business and Socail Sciences (Vol. 4, No. 14, November 2013) represents a new line of unquiry into enterprise risk management within the healthcare industry. 



Joe Mohr
University of South Florida
Visiting Assistant Professor

Dr. Mohr’s expertise includes but is not limited to financial modeling, capital structure, as well as valuation and M&A for private, public, and pre-public entities. Prior to joining USF Dr. Mohr owned and operated a Financial Consulting firm, served as CFO for a NASDAQ-listed entity, and served as CFO for a privately held exploration and production firm.  He has since served on the Board of Directors of various internet, energy, and telecommunication firms domestically and internationally.  He also worked as a Managing Consultant in the energy, chemicals and financial services industries while with Gemini Consulting. Dr. Mohr earned his Ph.D. in Finance from USF and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.  He has taught investments and corporate finance at the University level for over ten years.  His work has been presented at the FMA, EFA, MFA and SWFA conferences. His current research interests cover the impact of individuals and information on asset prices including advertising, social media, real estate listings, and other unique asset pricing mechanisms.



Tyanne Campbell
Hillsborough Community College
Faculty Mathematics 

Tyanne Campbell has been teaching mathematics at Hillsborough Community College since January 2011. Prior to HCC she taught math (Advanced Placement Calculus, Trigonometry, Analytic Geometry, Algebra 2 Honors, & Advanced Topics in Math) for 6 years and held the position of department chair for two years at Brandon High School in Brandon, Fl. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Mathematics and from Nova Southeastern University with a Master’s of Science in Math Education. Currently she teaches College Algebra, Trigonometry, Liberal Arts I & II, Pre-calculus, Statistics, and Intermediate Algebra. In addition she is the club advisor for Students For the Environment at the Brandon Campus of HCC, actively participates in HCC Sustainability Council meetings, Focus International meetings, and volunteers with the Florida Association of Mu Alpha Theta Regional & Invitational competitions for the last eight years.

 

Healthcare and Life Sciences

Athena Smith, Ph.D.
Hillsborough Community College
Associate Professor of Sociology

As an assistant professor in Sociology, Dr. Smith has been teaching at HCC since 2003. Prior to 2003 she lived in Belgium and Greece where she was the Director of a Research for a company dealing with research projects funded by the European Union. Dr. Smith is a well published author with pieces appearing in the National Social Science Journal and Globalization. During the spring 2014, as a member of the Diversity Council, she chaired and helped organize two events on human trafficking and domestic violence.  Dr. Smith is editor-in-chief of the African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure and is fluent in French, Spanish and Greek. Areas of expertise include tourism, education, poverty and human trafficking. 



Debarati Ghosh
Hillsborough Community College
Faculty and Program Manager Biotechnology

Debarati Ghosh is full time faculty at Hillsborough Community College and the Program Manager for Associate of Science in Biotechnology at HCC. Ms. Ghosh earned a Master’s Degree in Medical Sciences from the College of Medicine in Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology, and a Master of Science in Biology, providing her with a well-diversified background that qualifies her to teach, understand and appreciate life sciences and its industries. Her present professional memberships are to National Science Teacher Association, National Association of Biology Teachers, and Society for College Science Teachers. As an educator teaching undergraduate science courses, it is her mission to instill in my students a sense of adventure, and to help them discover the wide body of scientific knowledge. As a Program Manager for a workforce program in Tampa bay, I am a facilitator for application of knowledge in the workforce. HCC is invested in workforce training for productive careers in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education, simplified as the STEM initiative. To strengthen HCCs program with the industry advisory council, she has built a robust partnership with local life science companies, academic institutions, hospitals, and also research labs. 



Dr. Mara Manis
Hillsborough Community College
Faculty and Program Manager Biological Sciences

Dr. Manis has been teaching biology at the Dale Mabry Campus as a full-time faculty member since 1987.  She earned a B.S. degree in biology from S.U.N.Y. Albany, an M.S. in Biology from Adelphi University, and a Ph.D. in Zoology from Miami University in Oxford Ohio.  Her research during those years focused on behavioral and physiological ecology of frogs and toads.  Dr. Manis’s current position is as a full professor and she has served as the Program Manager for biological sciences at the Dale Mabry Campus for almost twenty years.  She has taught almost every course offered at the college.  In recent years her assignments consisted mostly of classes in Human Anatomy & Physiology and Nutrition & Drugs.

 

Information Technology

Dr. Balaji Padmanabhan
University of South Florida
ISDS Practice Center, Associate Professor 

Provides local businesses with a real solution to an issue or problem that they face within the areas associated with the ISDS program. Companies are able to engage and observe students perform projects for future consideration of full time employment, thereby reducing the cost of recruitment.

Dr. Padmanabhan’s specialties include technology-driven solutions for business, business intelligence, innovative web-based businesses and models, predictive data mining techniques in marketing and healthcare, and electronic commerce. Padmanabhan's research addresses data analytics for business applications, algorithms for online news recommendation systems, management of data analytics in firms, fraud detection in healthcare, analytics in examining service quality and customer churn, behavioral profiling, and pattern discovery. His work has been published in both computer science and information systems journals and conferences including Management Science, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, and INFORMS Journal on Computing. 





Dr. Barry Hubbard
Hillsborough Community College
Faculty and Program Manager Computer Science

Barry Hubbard is a Professor and Program Manager for the Dale Mabry Computer Science Department at Hillsborough Community College. Dr. Hubbard holds a doctorate in Instructional Technology and teaches classes in web design, multimedia development, educational technology, and computer fundamentals. He is an active member on Florida state-wide IT curriculum committee and participates in various professional organizations related to technology and higher education.



Dr. Ken Knapp
The University of Tampa
Career Specialties

Kenneth Knapp's specialties include information systems management, information and cyber security, IT governance and strategy, data and network communications, systems analysis, and development and design. Knapp also conducts seminars on the topics of identity theft, online safety and personal information security for community groups and businesses requesting such a presentation.

Professional and Community Activities:
Knapp’s research focuses on information and cyber security effectiveness in organizations. He has been published in Computers & Security,Government Information Quarterly,Information Systems Management, Information Systems Security, Information Management & Computer Security, International Journal of Information Security and Privacy, Journal of Digital Forensics, Security, and Law, and Communications of the Association for Information Systems. He served as the editor of a peer-review chapter book titled Cyber Security and Global Information Assurance: Threat Analysis and Response Solutions. His research has been covered in media outlets such as Computerworld, Network World, CIOand CSO magazines and in (ISC)2 press releases. He is a member of the Association for Information Systems (AIS), the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), and the Tampa Bay Technology Leadership Association (TBTLA).




Ian Gibbons
Hillsborough Community College
Faculty Computer Science

Ian Gibbons has more than 30 years of IT professional experience with a broad range of technical and managerial experience. During his career he has made significant contributions to business objectives in the following areas: Applications Development Management, IT Education and IT Infrastructure Support. Mr. Gibbons held management positions with Lucent Technologies, AT&T and Level 3 Communications. Prior to leaving Lucent, he served as CIO for the Real Estate, Law, and Intellectual Property departments within Lucent. He was responsible for translating high-level strategic initiatives into application architectures and or projects that met customer requirements on a timely basis; he  supported, managed and coached a highly productive staff of information systems professionals in the development and maintenance of client/server and Web applications for the Lucent corporate center organizations; he  developed and managed a $15M-20M budget; he monitored +50 applications through various stages in their systems life cycle; and engaged and monitored vendors in software development and maintenance. Mr. Gibbons holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University Teachers College in Computer Education and Administration, and a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from the City University of New York.


Richard Senker
Hillsborough Community College
Faculty Computer Science

Richard is a faculty member in the Computer Science Department at the Ybor City campus of Hillsborough Community College. From January of 2011 until August 2014 Richard served as the Director of Instructional Technology at HCC. Richard has worked in higher education for more than 18 years at a variety of institutions, both public and private. Before arriving HCC in 2003, he worked in the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Florida. Additionally, Richard is a doctoral candidate in Instructional Technology at the University of South Florida (USF). He earned a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at USF, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. His research interests include online learning, digital literacy, teaching with technology, digital multimedia, visual/graphic communication, business processing software, and online learning.

 

Language

Yohanis Carrera, MA
Hillsborough Community College
Adjunct Professor of Spanish

Yohanis Carrera is a professional Spanish adjunct professor at HCC and she has been a Spanish teacher at a public high school for 9 years. She holds a Masters of Education from the University of Tampa where she graduated with the highest honor. She’s also earned 18 credit hours at the University of South Florida’s Masters of Spanish literature. She writes poetry in Spanish language. She earned 1st place in a poetry contest sponsored by Hillsborough County Public Libraries. She read her written work at Poetry events for the World Language Department at the University of South Florida held in November, 2013. She has trained Hillsborough county teachers on how to integrate technology into world language education. She has also designed county assessments for final exams in the county. Yohanis also wrote assessments for the Pearson Publishing company, Spanish levels 1, 2, and 3.

 

Law

Darryl C. Wilson
Stetson University College of Law
Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund Professor of Law and Co-Director, Institute on Caribbean Law and Policy

In addition to his expertise in Real Property law deed and title issues, Prof. Wilson is an expert in Intellectual Property matters dealing with the intersection of Trademark law and the Internet. Prof. Wilson has served on a number of committees for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the international body that oversees the determination of web addresses, a/k/a domains, throughout the world. Prof. Wilson also arbitrates disputes between trademark holders and domain name registrants for the National Arbitration Forum (NAF), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Center (ADNDRC). Prof. Wilson writes decisions involving many diverse parties such as Lady Gaga, Astrid Munoz, the New York Times, Google, Amazon and Disney.


Ellen S. Podgor
Stetson University College of Law
Gary R. Trombley Family White-Collar Crime Research Professor

A leading researcher in the area of white collar crime, Podgor has authored books and articles on corporate and individual criminal activities.  She has focused on areas such as criminal fraud, computer crimes, corporate internal investigations, overcriminalization, and other business crimes topics.



Kristen David Adams
Stetson University College of Law
Professor of Law

Professor Adams teaches, researches, and publishes in the areas of commercial law (with a subspecialty in payments), affordable housing, and the uniform law movement.  She has a background in commercial litigation including product liability, real estate, and business matters.  She is active in the American Law Institute and American Bar Association.  Some of her other interests include leadership training for students and attorneys and interdisciplinary jurisprudence.



Michael P. Allen
Stetson University College of Law
Associate Dean, Professor of Law and Director, Veterans Law Institute

One of the nation’s leading experts in the law of veterans benefits.  Allen has testified before the Veterans Affairs Committees of both the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives.  He has also written widely in the area and spoken to groups across the country about issues related to veterans, including the intersection between the law of veterans benefits and elder law.  He has also been a featured speaker at the past four judicial conferences of the United states Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington DC.



Rebecca C. Morgan
Stetson University College of Law
Boston Asset Management Chair in Elder Law and Director, Center for Excellence in Elder Law

Rebecca C. Morgan is the Boston Asset Management Chair in Elder Law, the Director of the Center for Excellence in Elder Law at Stetson University College of Law and the Director of Stetson’s on-line LL.M. in Elder Law. She is a successor co-author of Matthew Bender’s Tax, Estate, and Financial Planning for the Elderly and its companion forms book, a co-author of Representing the Elderly in Florida and a co-author of Fundamentals of Special Needs Trusts and serves as a member of the elder law editorial board for Matthew Bender. She also co-authored Planning for Disability for BNA with Robert Fleming and co-authored Ethics in an Elder Law Practice for the ABA RPPTL section. 



Theresa Pulley Radwan
Stetson University College of Law
Associate Dean for Administration and Business Affairs and Professor of Law

Professor Theresa Pulley Radwan teaches and writes in the areas of bankruptcy and commercial law. Her pieces have included discussions of nondischargeability of debt in bankruptcy, religion entity bankruptcies, bankruptcy and the elderly, and mitigation banks and bankruptcy.  She also coordinates two internship programs—the In-House Counsel Internship and the Bankruptcy Judicial Internship.  

 

Marketing

Vicki Panzer
University of South Florida
Practicum Internship

Victoria Panzer is a marketing instructor, teaching courses in professional selling and coordinating the undergraduate marketing practicum (counseling students, soliciting internship opportunities, and maintaining contact with 50+ businesses that employ USF interns). Known for teaching excellence, Panzer received an Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2006, 2003 and 1997; she also received the Kahn Memorial Award three times. Opportunity for marketing companies to partner with a marketing department to obtain senior level business students for a semester long internship. Companies must have 5 specific projects submitted and approved beforehand.


 

Mathematics
 

James Wysong
Hillsborough Community College
Dean of Associate in Arts, Mathematics and Sciences Division

Mr. Wysong’s educational background includes undergraduate degrees in Geology and Geography and a Master's degree in Physical Geography from the University of South Florida. In 26 years of service at the community college level, he has taught Earth Science, Meteorology, and Astronomy courses. Jim has long been active in curriculum issues, serving as General Education Committee chairman since 2000, as board member for the Florida Geographic Alliance since 1990, as committee member/representative on Florida's state-wide Physical Sciences Committee, and most recently, a member of the SAGE - 2YC Advisory Committee for Geo-Sciences. Since 1999, Jim has been associated with the NSF Chautauqua Program for faculty development under the direction of the Center for STEM Education at the University of Texas at Austin serving as course director for numerous field courses in the United States, Greenland, and Iceland.



Ocean Studies

Dr. Daniel Huber​
The University of Tampa
Career Specialties

Daniel Huber specializes in studying the biomechanics of feeding and locomotion in cartilaginous fishes (chondrichthyans: sharks, skates, rays and chimaeras). Through the use of biomechanical modeling, force measurements, material science, CT scan reconstruction and FInite Element Analysis, he works on comparative analyses of the diverse feeding mechanisms found in these fishes to infer the mechanical influences involved in their function and evolution. Using these same techniques he also investigates the mechanical basis of spinal deformities in captive sharks in an effort to improve captive animal health and reduce dependence on wild populations for aquarium exhibits.

Huber and his colleagues are the first to have successfully measured voluntary bite force in free-swimming sharks, which provide a glimpse at the behavioral basis of evolutionary diversification in chondrichthyan feeding mechanisms. His research is conducted at The University of Tampa and University of South Florida.

Professional and Community Activities:
Huber is a member of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology and American Elasmobranch Society. He has consulted on and appeared in numerous television shows and media productions about shark feeding biomechanics and behavior.




Dr. Craig S. Kasper
Hillsborough Community College
Faculty and Program Manager Aquaculture

Dr. Craig S. Kasper has a strong background in the life sciences earning a B.S. in Ecology and Population Biology from Purdue University (1993), a M.S. in Human Biology from the University of Indianapolis (1995) and a Ph. D. in Aquaculture from Purdue University (2000).  He currently serves as Program Manager for the Aquaculture Program of Hillsborough Community College, Tampa Florida where he trains students to work in entry level positions in the aquaculture industry. Dr. Kasper’s professional interests include general aquaculture, fish nutrition, and recirculation aquaculture systems. His research interests include fish nutrition and aquaculture recirculation systems technology.  He has published in several peer-reviewed journals and currently serves as an Assistant Editor of several aquaculture journals. He is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of the World Aquaculture Society (www.was.org).


 

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