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William J. Fishlinger, founder and former CEO & Chairman of The Wright Insurance Group and its subsidiary companies, is one of the leading entrepreneurs in the insurance industry, having created WRM and seen it through to consolidation with Brown and Brown in one of the industry’s largest transactions of 2014.

Bill revolutionized the financing of public sector risk in a partnership with public schools in 1989 with the formation of the New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal.  In 1992, in partnership with the New York Conference of Mayors, Association of Towns and the Association of Counties, Bill formed the New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal.  Currently both of those companies have received an A.M. Best A rating and are the predominant underwriters of public sector risk in the state of New York.

In October 2008, Bill teamed up with Aquiline Capital Partners LLC to form WRM America and capitalize WRM America Indemnity Company, Inc., a specialized property casualty insurance company.  WRM America Indemnity served the insurance needs of the education market, particularly K-12 public and private schools as well as colleges and universities.  Today, in partnership with Catlin Indemnity Company, the Wright program provides property and liability coverage to over 850 educational institutions in the United States.  In 2010, Wright acquired the largest writer of Federal flood insurance from Fidelity Financial, rebranding the company as Wright Flood.

Before creating WRM, Bill led a top law firm with expertise in insurance, government and major corporate sectors, Congdon, Flaherty, O'Callaghan, Reid, Donlon, Travis and Fishlinger.  As an attorney, he led the defense of many of the largest and most complex civil cases brought in the New York State and Federal Courts.  A graduate of St. John's University School of Law and the University of Maryland, he is admitted to practice law in the federal and state courts of New York.  Before law school, Bill served in the United States Air Force.

In June 2014, Bill announced the creation of Gramercy Risk Holdings, LLC to, among other things, provide financial, operational and legal resources for both domestic and foreign property and casualty insurance entities across the country.  Bill serves as Chairman & CEO of Gramercy.

As a volunteer, Bill is deeply involved with not-for-profit organizations that support the educational needs of young people.  He is a Trustee of the College of Mount St. Vincent and is a recipient of its highest award, The St. Vincent DePaul Medal for service to fellow man. He has been honored by the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami where he sits on the National Board and has been a landmark contributor.

Together with his wife, Joan, the Fishlingers founded the Future Leadership Foundation, whose mission is to help young people hurdle health and education obstacles that block their paths to becoming future leaders.  Today he is deeply involved in the Fishlinger Family Foundation, which has a similar mission.

Bill Fishlinger shares with Henry Ford, Maurice “Hank” Greenberg, Donald Trump and thirty leaders of America’s top companies the IFNY’s prestigious Free Enterprise Award.

Bill and Joan Fishlinger reside in Manhasset, NY, and they have two grown children, Matthew and Alexandra, who are involved in the family’s charitable and corporate ventures. Watch the video here to learn more about his passionate commitment to find a cure.

Harold Doran, Chairman of the National Board of Directors, Diabetes Research Institute FoundationHarold G. Doran, Jr., is a veteran of the banking industry with over 30 years of experience. Though retired from the business, he continues to serve on several corporate and philanthropic boards and is a strong supporter of his community.

Mr. Doran served as President and CEO of the Peoples Bank of Murray in Murray, KY, from 1988 to 2000.  He started his career at the bank in 1977. He currently serves on several boards of directors, including Investors Heritage Capital Corporation, Investors Heritage Life Insurance Co., Murray State University Foundation and the Murray-Calloway Economic Development Corporation.  

Additionally, he has held various leadership positions with several organizations, including Chairman of the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority and the Bank of Lyon County; President of the Murray State University Alumni Association and the Four Rivers Scout Council, Boy Scouts of America; Vice Chairman of the Dees Bank of Hazel; Director of the Bank of Livingston County; Trustee of the National Scouting Museum; Boy Scouts of America; and member of the Leadership Kentucky Class 1988.
 
Mr. Doran received a Bachelor of Science in Business at Murray State University in 1975 and earned a Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1977.
 
Mr. Doran is married to Kelly Williams Doran, a retired mathematics instructor at Murray State University.  The couple has two children, Sarah and Will, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1994 at the age of two.

Bonnie Inserra has worked relentlessly on behalf of a multitude of charitable organizations, filling many different roles as board member, fundraiser, facilitator and often, caregiver. She is an angel within her community. Bonnie possesses an ability to find people’s strengths, which helps guide innovative conversation and forward progress with whomever she might be engaging at the time. Bonnie believes in the power of collective intelligence.

Most people never discover their purpose in life, yet if you know Bonnie, you quickly realize that she, in fact, has discovered hers. She has a definite aim, vision and purpose, no matter what the result may be. She is an ardent proponent and champion for medical research. Bonnie is especially knowledgeable in the fields of diabetes and cancer.

Bonnie’s son, Lawrence, is a 22-year cancer survivor due to the diligence of a mother. Her commitment to the Diabetes Research Institute began after her daughter, Lindsey, was diagnosed with a difficult-to- manage form of type 1 diabetes 19 years ago at the age of 11. Due to Bonnie’s tireless pursuit of a revolutionary medical treatment to save her child’s life, Lindsey has directly benefited from groundbreaking research and development, which allowed her to be the first child in the world to use the MiniMed Intraperitoneal Implanted Pump.

In addition to her role as Vice Chair of the DRI Foundation’s National Board, Bonnie also serves on the National Board’s Executive Committee. She is a member of the Foundation’s Northeast Board and its Executive Committee, and acts as the current co-chair for the Foundation’s annual DREAMS in the City fundraiser in New York. The event has raised more than $7 million to date for the DRI's cure focused research.

She also currently sits on the Board of Converge Biotech, Hackensack University Medical Center’s Special Events Committee and The Colleen Giblin Foundation, which supports childhood neurological and cancer research. Bonnie has had the distinguished honor of being that foundation’s first recipient of their “Woman of the Millennium Award”.

Bonnie’s greatest honor however, is her role as representative and staunch supporter of the Inserra Family Foundation, where she can directly affect change in the lives of others. Bonnie has committed her life to the pursuit of peace, health and purpose for so many. She is an inspiration.

John Doscas has been on Wall Street for over 30 years and is Managing Partner of Axios Capital. Previously, John was Co-Founder and President of Hudson Bay Capital. He has served on many financial industry panels and committees.  Mr. Doscas also invests and is active in the commercial real estate market globally.

The Doscas family has supported the Diabetes Research Institute and Foundation since 1999. In 2009, at the age of 20, John’s son, Christopher, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.  At that time, John began a world-wide search to identify an organization that he believed was best equipped to find a cure for diabetes.  The DRI became John’s organization of choice.  In 2012, he was chosen to serve as the honoree for the Crystal Ball and joined the DRIF National Board of Directors. 

John holds a BS in finance from Fordham University and has returned to lecture there. He has served on the executive committee of Fordham University’s President Council, the Parents Leadership Committee of Vanderbilt University, and the Board of Visitors of The Wake Forest Schools of Business. He established the Doscas Family Foundation to support leading scientific, education and medical research institutions, including St. Francis Hospital, the Diabetes Research Institute and others.

Bruce A. Siegel, Secretary, National Board of Directors, Diabetes Research Institute Foundation Bruce A. Siegel is executive vice president and general counsel with First Long Island Investors and also is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee.  Bruce has been employed by FLI since 1989.

His responsibilities at FLI include wealth management, estate panning, insurance evaluation and acquisition, and real estate advisory services.  Bruce began his career as an attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  He worked in private practice with a New York City law firm, was assistant general counsel for a public company, and managed the Partnership Review Group for Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner and Smith.  Bruce was a senior vice president of W.P. Stewart Asset Management (N.A.) from 1998 to 2003.

Bruce graduated from Cornell University in 1970 and received a J.D. degree from New York University Law School in 1974. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1975. Bruce currently serves as co-chairman of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation Northeast Region and is a member of its executive committee, as well as a member of DRI’s National Planned Giving Committee. 

He previously served on the board of directors of the New York Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRFI) for 10 years, as vice president of government relations, and was government relations New York State leader – downstate.  Bruce also served on the investment committee of JDRFI from 2001-2002 and served on the Board of Directors of JDRFI’s Westchester Chapter for over 20 years, including serving as chairman of the nominating and major gifts committees.

Bruce and his wife, Rachel, are parents of two adult children, Jason and Sara.

Steven K. Orr_Chief Executive OfficerStephen K. Orr is currently serving as the Interim CEO of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF). In his role with DRIF, he is responsible for providing overall strategic direction, leadership and management of the organization. He is engaged in articulating DRIF’s mission, goals, and case for support to internal and external stakeholders in a compelling way; managing DRIF’s board, and relationships between the board and the executive function; high-level oversight of and coordination between the interim executive team and senior DRIF staff; and directing fundraising strategy.

Steve brings more than 30 years’ experience at the intersection of the corporate and nonprofit worlds to this position. He began his professional career as an investment banker, working at Citibank, Paine Webber and Goldman Sachs in the 1980s and early 1990s. In 1991, Steve and his wife Carol Orr founded Orr Associates, Inc. (OAI) to bring a business orientation to problem-solving, a metrics focus, and an outcomes-driven perspective to the nonprofit world. OAI partners with nonprofits, providing teams of professionals to fundraise, recruit and improve board leadership, build consensus and direction through new strategies, and provide executive, fundraising, human resources and financial leadership.

Previously, Steve led a number of other nonprofits, including New York City-based Youth, INC where he served as the outsourced Executive Director for more than 20 years. As Executive Director of Friends of the Hudson River Park he managed all fundraising, board development, and major events, and provided oversight for the human resources and finance functions. He also led the Deafness Research Foundation for two years on an interim basis, rebuilding this organization from the ground up.

Steve serves on several for-profit and nonprofit boards, including the board of Aspen REIT, Inc., which is developing a full-service luxury hotel and indoor and outdoor conference venues in the Rockies, and the board of the Federal City Council (FCC) in Washington DC. As founder and Co-Chair of the Entrepreneurial Committee of the DC FCC, he is working with business leaders and local government to foster a stronger startup ecosystem that will nourish and nurture entrepreneurship.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing from Michigan State University and a Masters in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Steve and Carol split their time between Washington D.C. and New York City, have three adult children and five grandkids.

 

Directors

Diane Beber is a Virtuoso travel specialist with PROTRAVEL INTERNATIONAL/DORAL, a division of TravelLeaders Group, in Miami, FL.  She specializes in luxury cruises, tours, and safaris, along with special business and first-class air and corporate travel management in another division which requires special handling.

A South Florida native, she became involved in the original group that evolved to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF) when her son, Hugh, developed diabetes more than 42 years ago at the age of eight.  Diane is a longtime member of the National and Florida Board of Directors and volunteers on several fundraising event committees.

Diane is also involved in dog/cat rescue and, along with her husband, has personally rescued 15 dogs and cats. One cat and one dog became diabetic and took two injections daily, prolonging their lives for many years. Diane is also a member of a dog rescue organization, Born Free, and the Humane Society.

Diane and her husband, Dr. Bernard "Bud" Beber, have 4 adult children and 9 grandchildren, one of whom was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2004.

Marlene Berg is the chief development officer at Miami Heart Research Institute and has been a loyal member of the MHRI fundraising team since 1992.

Marlene has served her community for more than 35 years as a leader, innovator and ultimate volunteer.

With the skills of a professional and the heart of a volunteer, she has served on the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation's (DRIF) Love and Hope committee for many years and has been involved with the organization since her daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

 

 

 

Ronald Maurice Darling, Jr., is an American former right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the New York Mets, Oakland Athletics and Montreal Expos. Ron currently works as a color commentator for national baseball coverage on TBS, as well as for the Mets on both SNY and WPIX. In addition to serving on the DRIF's National Board, he is the founder of the Ron Darling Foundation, which raises funds for diabetes research and other charities, and is a member of the board for Habitat for Humanity.

Born in Honolulu to a Hawaiian-Chinese mother and a French-Canadian father, Ron is a fluent speaker of both Chinese and French. He attended Yale University, managing a dual major in French and Southeast Asian history. Ron was set to graduate in December 1982 but was drafted in June 1981. He compiled the most prolific major league career of any Yale alumnus since 19th century pitcher Bill Hutchison.

During his 13-year career, Ron amassed a 136-116 win-loss record, including 1,590 strikeouts and a 3.87 ERA. He was selected to the 1985 All-Star team and also won a Gold Glove Award in 1989.

Post retirement in 2006, Ron was hired by SportsNet New York joining veteran Gary Cohen and former Mets teammate Keith Hernandez. He also appears on some of the SNY-produced WPIX broadcasts in the New York Metropolitan Area. He won an Emmy Award as “Best Sports Analyst” for his work on the Mets broadcasts.

Ron is married to Joanna Last and has two children, Tyler and Jordan, and currently lives in Manhattan.

Ron found himself personally affected by diabetes when his youngest son was diagnosed with type 1 at age 11, and has since dedicated himself to making a difference. He has teamed with the DRI to fight diabetes, find a cure and find it now.

Piero GandiniPiero Gandini, from Bovezzo, Italy, is the president of Flos Lighting, an international lighting company that operates subsidiaries in France, Germany, Spain, Japan, Norway, Belgium, China, and on Long Island, NY, in the USA.

A husband and father of three, Piero was inspired to become active in diabetes causes when one of his daughters was diagnosed with the disease. In 2001, he founded Associazione Sostegno 70, a non-profit organization established by a group of parents of children with diabetes that assists children, teens, and families after the onset of the illness. The organization aims to improve the quality of life for children and teens with diabetes through education, increased awareness, and the support of research.

Piero and his wife, Paola, have become generous supporters of the DRI, traveling from their home in Italy to attend fundraisers here in the United States and designating financial gifts towards the furthering of research on tolerance induction. They are Leadership Council members of the Foundation, and Piero was elected to the national board of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF) in 2004.

Marc S. GoldfarbMarc S. Goldfarb currently serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for FULLBEAUTY Brands, Inc., the leading brand portfolio of women’s and men’s apparel, shoes, lingerie and swimwear dedicated exclusively to plus sizes.  Marc previously served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Kid Brands, Inc. (f/k/a Russ Berrie & Company), a NYSE-listed manufacturer of infant and juvenile products (2005-2013); and Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Journal Register Company, a NYSE-listed newspaper publishing company (2003-2005).  Prior to that, he served as Managing Director and General Counsel of The Vertical Group, an international private equity firm, and as a partner with a New York City law firm.

Marc graduated from Cornell University in 1985 and received a J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1988.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, Northeast Region, since 2006; as a member of the DRIF Northeast Region Executive Committee since 2012, and as Co-Chair of the Northeast Region Board of Directors since 2013, and currently serves on the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation's National Board of Directors Audit Committee.  He also served as Co-Chair and/or a member of the Event Committee for the DRIF’s Carnival for a Cure from 2006 - 2011, along with his wife, Carolyn.

Marc and Carolyn are parents of 13 year old twin girls, Brooke and Isabelle.  Brooke has type 1 diabetes.

Esther Goodman is a co-Founder and Managing Director of Conyers Consulting Group, a consulting firm for asset management companies.
 
From July-1986 until April- 2014, she was the Global Chief Operating Officer and Senior Executive Vice President of the The Kenmar Group (which became The Kenmar Olympia Group in April-2012).  For the three years prior to joining the Kenmar Group, Esther was a marketing executive at Commodities Corporation in Princeton, NJ.  From 1979 to 1983, she was a founder and principal of Westchester Commodity Management, an alternative investment management firm.  Prior to that Esther worked in various capacities in the commodity futures industry.
 
Esther graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. degree in Child Psychology.

She is also a founder and Board Member of the Stacy Joy Goodman Memorial Foundation, a non-profit charity committed to finding a cure for juvenile diabetes.

Marc Goodman is a co-Founder and Managing Director of Conyers Consulting Group,LLC, a consulting firm for asset management companies.

Until March 31, 2014 he was Co-Executive Chairman and Global Co-Chief Investment Officer of the Kenmar Olympia Group. Prior to that Marc was the  President, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chief Investment Officer of The Kenmar Group. Prior to Co-founding The Kenmar Group in 1983, Marc was a Vice President and Director of Pasternak, Baum and Co., Inc., a global dealer of cash commodities.

Marc graduated from the Bernard M. Baruch School of Business of the City University of New York with a B.B.A. degree and an M.B.A. in Finance and Investments. He was awarded an Economics and Finance Department Fellowship during his studies.

Marc is the Chairman of the Board of the Stacy Joy Goodman Memorial Foundation, a non-profit charity committed to finding a cure for juvenile diabetes. In addition to his role on the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation’s National Board, he is a member of the Foundation’s Northeast Board and its Executive Committee.

Eleanor KosowPhilanthropist Eleanor Kosow is a member of the Leadership Council of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF), and is a member of the Love and Hope executive committee.

Born in Boston, Eleanor has lived in South Florida for more than 30 years. She has three children and five grandchildren.

In addition to the DRI, she is a Platinum Angel of Jackson Memorial Hospital, and is involved with the Ovarian Cancer Center, The Eleanor and Joseph Kosow Bio-Chemistry Center for Cancer Research at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, The North Pavilion at Mt. Sinai Hospital, Founder, The Eleanor and Joseph Kosow Laboratory at the City of Hope, Duarte, California.

Eleanor is a Member of the Merrick Society at the University of Miami, Founder at Mt. Sinai, Recipient of the Helping Hands Award from the University of Miami School of Medicine.

She has also volunteered at the DRI's Kosow Diabetes Treatment Center, which was named in honor of a landmark gift by her and her late husband.

Sandra Levy is a dedicated volunteer, who has been raising funds for various causes since the age of 18.

Years ago, she and her late husband, Sid, were once voted one of the "Beautiful Couples of Miami."

Sandra was honored as Woman of the Year by the Women's International Zionist Organization, as a Miracle Maker for Big Brothers and Sisters, and as a Woman of Distinction and Caring by the Hebrew Home for the Aged.

She is currently Executive Chairman of the Love and Hope Committee, a volunteer group of women who raise funds for the Diabetes Research Institute in the hopes of helping to find a cure for diabetes.

Sandra has served as a board member for the DRI Foundation (DRIF) for many years and is a former vice president.

Sandra and her late husband are Distinguished Humanitarians of the Foundation and, due to their generosity, the Institute’s sixth floor Cell Biology/Signal Transduction room was named in memory of her late daughter, Jennifer Ann Boals.

Sean McGarvey, President of the North America's Building Trades Unions, started his career with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) in 1981 in Philadelphia, PA, and subsequently worked his way up through various leadership positions within the IUPAT.

In 2005, he was elected Secretary-Treasurer of North America's Building Trades Unions, and in 2012 was unanimously elected to the office of President.

Sean currently serves in various capacities for the following organizations:

• Co-Chair of the Oil and Natural Gas Industry Labor-Management Committee - a unique partnership between America's Building Trades Unions and the American Petroleum Institute (API)
• Board of Directors - Nuclear Energy Institute
• Member; US Council on Competitiveness
• Secretary-Treasurer - the Union Labor Life Insurance Company (Ullico)
• Treasurer- National Alliance for Fair Contracting, Inc.
• Board of Directors - National Coordinating Committee for Multi-Employer Plans
• Chairman of the Board - CPWR, The Center for Construction Research and Training
• Labor Co-Chair of the Center for Military Recruitment, Assessment, and Veterans Employment (CMRAVE) which operates the "Helmets to Hardhats" program

Sean also serves on several other union construction industry labor-management committees.

Sean holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the National Labor College and is a graduate of the Harvard University Trade Union Program.  Sean currently resides in Maryland, and has two lovely daughters - Kerri Ann and Kelsey Marie.

Ramon Poo is president of Miami-based Altira, Inc., a plastic container manufacturer.

Born in Spain and raised in Cuba, he came to Miami in 1961 and earned a degree in engineering from the University of Miami in 1967.

Ramon became personally aware of the tragedy of living with diabetes when his four-year-old daughter was diagnosed with type 1. Working with the DRI’s Scientific Director, Dr. Camillo Ricordi, he has designed and built a device used in islet cell transplantation. Known as the Ricordi Chamber, this vital piece of equipment makes islet transplantation possible and is being used by researchers worldwide. Ramon's company produces this life-saving instrument and distributes it to diabetes centers around the globe.

He continues to work closely with the scientists at the DRI to design and manufacture other pieces of equipment that will help to improve the processes needed to further diabetes research.

With his wife, Cristina, the couple are Distinguished Humanitarians of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF), and the entire Poo family continues to support many of the organization’s fundraising efforts.

 

Charles Rizzo is president of  Rizzo Group, Building and Zoning Law Consultants in New York City. Considered by many in his field as a leading expert in building and zoning law, his clients include some of the largest architectural firms, commercial real estate owners and Fortune 500 companies in New York City.

Charlie studied in the architectural program at Pratt Institute in New York and worked in several architectural firms prior to founding CR&A. He is chairman of the subcommittee on the Americans with Disabilities Act of the Building Owners and Managers Association and a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, where he sits on the Building Management Committee.

He was also an adjunct professor at the Real Estate Institute of New York University and sat on the Mayor’s Committee for Service Improvement and on the Joint Fire and Building Department Task Force on High-rise Building Fire Prevention Law in New York City.

Charlie has authored many articles featured in Real Estate Weekly, Better Buildings Magazine and other technical journals.

In addition to his role on the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation's National Board, Charlie is a member of the Foundation's Northeast Board and its Executive Committee. He began his relationship with the Foundation after his daughter Andrea was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12. He and his wife, Marie, have given their time and resources to further the research devoted to finding a cure for the disease.

Ricardo Salmon is a Founding Partner of Silver River Capital Advisors.  Prior to founding Silver River, he was a Partner and Senior Managing Director at Eton Park Capital Management where he was responsible for public markets investments in Emerging Markets.  Before Eton Park, Ricardo was a Director at Deutsche Bank Capital Partners.  He started his professional career in Mergers & Acquisition at James D. Wolfensohn, Inc. 
 
Ricardo graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Finance and Accounting. 
 
He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Huntsman Program of the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the Wharton Executive Board for Latin America.  Ricardo is the Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors of ReachingU.  He is also a member of the Investment Committee of Catterton Latin America.
 
Ricardo and his wife, Leslie, have a daughter, Eliana, and a son, Mathias, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 3 ½ years old. Originally from Uruguay, he came to the United States in 1989. 

David Sherr is Founder and Managing Partner of One William Street Capital Management, L.P. (OWS). He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the firm’s day-to-day activities, including investment strategy across all asset sectors, risk management, strategic business initiatives, operations, compliance and communicating closely with clients. David is also the head of the firm’s Investment and Management Committee and a member of the Risk and Valuation Committees.

David has 25 years of experience in the investing and origination businesses, fixed income markets, and managing global trading. Prior to founding OWS in 2007, he was a Managing Director of Lehman Brothers, where he served in a senior leadership role across a significant portion of the firm’s Fixed Income businesses. As Global Head of their Securitized Products Business; and a member of its Global Risk and Fixed Income Operating Committees, he had responsibility for all of the firm's residential mortgage, CMBS and asset-backed trading businesses globally as well as responsibility for Lehman Brothers' Global Structured and Principal Finance, and Insurance related businesses. In addition, he was actively involved in the acquisition and management of a number of specialty finance companies involved in the origination and servicing of various real estate and consumer loans. David graduated with a B.S. in Finance from Babson College.

Rick Tonkinson, MBA, MPA, CFP®, CLU, AIF®, has been passionately committed to the Diabetes Research Institute for over 10 years. He was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in December 2006 and has been a patient at the DRI’s Eleanor and Joseph Kosow Diabetes Treatment Center since then. Rick has been a member of the Florida Board for six years. He and his wife, Margarita, are Distinguished Humanitarians of the DRI Foundation and members of the DRI Heritage Society.

In June 2017, they donated $50,000 to support the #MultiplyCellSupply Match Challenge campaign in support of the stem cell research conducted by Dr. Juan Dominguez-Bendala. Rick and Margarita, through The Tonkinson Foundation, have just made a five-year pledge of $250,000 and are now at the Governors’ Society donor level.

Rick and Margarita currently financially support 46 charities and they believe in tithing.

Rick is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Florida International University (FIU) College of Communication, Architecture and the Arts (CARTA) and a board member of the University of Miami (UM) School of Business Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. For five years, he was a board member of the Miami Music Association (MMA) which financially supported the Cleveland Orchestra residency in Miami.

Rick is the founder and President of Tonkinson Financial that has provided money management services for 25 years.

Rick has a master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and a master’s in Public Health (MPA) with a focus on budgets and cash flow.

Jill Viner’s personal connection to the Diabetes Research Institute dates back several decades. She is a graduate of the University of Miami and during her years in college she attended the Love and Hope Ball with her parents. The family’s interest in supporting type 1 diabetes research was sparked when Jill’s brother, Craig Silver, was diagnosed with the disease as a child.

Jill has continued to champion the cause and finding a cure for diabetes has become her top priority. She has become a major supporter of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF).

Not only is Jill a contributor, she has helped steer other donations to the DRI. A few years ago, she was honored by Chanel and Saks Fifth Avenue at an elegant luncheon and fashion show held at the Boca Raton Resort. Jill was instrumental in having the Diabetes Research Institute named as the beneficiary of this successful event. She also underwrote all of the expenses, to channel the maximum proceeds to the organization.

Jill also hosted more than 300 people in her Hamptons home to raise awareness and funds for the DRI. She engaged top Miami event planner, Barton G., to produce a spectacular evening of food and drink, complete with a concert by Patti LaBelle. Jill Viner and her good friend, Barton G., underwrote the entire cost so that all of the money raised would benefit the DRI.  The following summer, they hosted another "Evening Under the Stars," and this time Diana Ross performed.

Jill is also involved with Love and Hope.  She has served as an honoree of the Ball for the past few years.

Bruce Waller is the president of Gold Coast Properties and Development, LTD., and is an officer of a variety of real estate entitites.  He is involved in private real estate development, operation and management.  Prior to this, he served as an executive of a large private manufacturing and import/export conglomerate and as president of Décor, Inc.

Bruce joined the DRIF's Long Island Regional Board in 2008 and is actively involved in the annual Crystal Ball.  He currently serves on the Foundation's Northeast Board of Directors.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of Congregation Tifereth Israel, Glen Cove, NY. 

He and his wife, Northeast Board member Roberta Waller, have been dedicated supporters of the DRI ever since their daughter, Dara, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 20 years ago at age 8.  At that time, Roberta’s father, Rowland Schaefer, who is a member of the DRI Foundation’s Honorary Board and a Visionary of the organization, ensured them that the DRI was the best hope for a cure.  The DRI building at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is named in honor of Roberta’s parents, Rowland and Sylvia Schaefer.

Bruce and Roberta reside in Upper Brookville, NY, and also have two sons, Andrew and Skylor.

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