Dr. Michael Diaz joined Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) in 2011. Dr. Diaz is a current member and Co-Chair of the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation Board of Directors, which provides non-medical financial assistance to qualified cancer patients in Florida. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors and as the Immediate Past President for the Florida Society of Clinical Oncology (FLASCO) as well as the FLASCO Director of Patient Advocacy. Dr. Diaz provides leadership on the Board of Directors for Community Oncology Alliance (COA) as Immediate Past President, serving on the Government Affairs and Policy Committee working to champion Medical Oncology Health Care Reform and on the Biosimilars Committee. Dr. Diaz has participated in numerous medical missions to Kingston, Jamaica.
Cory J. Person, Esq. is a Shareholder with Hill Ward Henderson, practicing in the firm’s Complex Liability and Labor & Employment practice groups. Cory has extensive experience defending businesses, religious and charitable organizations and individuals in matters arising from claims of premises liability, negligent security, product liability, construction defect, automobile negligence, and claims brought against employers pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Americans With Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Florida Civil Rights Act.
For the past six years, Cory has served as a Board Member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA), and is presently the HCBA 2020-2021 President-Elect. Cory is a past president (two terms) of the George Edgecomb Bar Association (GEBA) and recipient of GEBA’s President’s Award (2012) and Delano S. Stewart Diversity Award (2020). Cory’s service to the Florida Bar includes 6 years on the Florida Bar’s Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee and current service on the Florida Bar Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.
In addition, Cory is a member of the Defense Research Institute and the invitation-only International Association of Defense Counsel. Cory graduated from Methodist University with a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, in Political Science and received his J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. During law school, Cory served as president of the UNC Broun National Trial Team and UNC Trial Law Academy and was Managing Editor of the UNC First Amendment Law Review. Prior to law school, Cory served as a non-commissioned officer in the United States Army JAG Corps, stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Among the awards Cory received for his service are the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.
J. Thomas Uhler is a founding principal of Uhler and Vertich Financial Planners, an independent firm specializing in comprehensive estate, financial, retirement and investment planning for successful families, and a forty-year veteran of the financial services profession. Uhler is a survivor of both cancer and heart disease. Tom and his wife Linda chaired the 2004 American Heart Association Lee County Heart Ball and co-chaired the 2005 Heart Ball. Uhler was chosen as Hero of the Year 2013 by the Fort Myers News-Press and was nominated in 2014 as a national finalist for the Community Leadership Awards by the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation.
He has served the United Way of Lee County as board chair, 2011-2012 campaign chair, and 2016-17 campaign co-chair. Uhler serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation and serves as board chair of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. He is an Eagle Scout and a life member of the National Eagle Scout Association. Uhler is proud to have been chosen as a Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida Lee County Business Hall of Fame Laureate in 2010. A resident of Sanibel Island since 1977, Uhler is a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Sanibel-Captiva Islands. He was chosen as the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 2011. Uhler is a graduate of Susquehanna University in his native Pennsylvania, with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences.
As a senior pharmaceutical executive, Jill DeSimone has built a reputation for leading large-scale global business transformations that revitalize Fortune 500 companies and revolutionize patient care with innovative, cutting-edge therapies. She brings award-winning leadership (2021 MM&M Hall of Femme) and a record of building business success.
Jill is also known for her commitment to developing talent, which has been a focus throughout her career.
Jill has leveraged her 40 years of expertise as a transformational leader to drive organizations forward by establishing excellence in patient-centric operations, igniting profitable, scalable growth and enabling agility in complex regulatory environments and dynamic, competitive markets. In her most recent role as President, U.S. Oncology at Merck, Jill led the launch of the U.S. Oncology business.
With considerable experience in the non-profit sector, Jill is passionate about building innovative, high-performing organizations that drive patient and customer impact. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from Northeastern University and completed a fellowship with The Wharton School. Prior to joining the FCS Foundation Board, she sat on the boards of the American Lung Association – New Jersey Chapter and Dress for Success; she also served as Board Advisor for the Children’s Health Fund.
Dr. Hussein currently serves as Chair of the Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS) Foundation Executive Board. He also is on the Board of Directors for the Florida Association of Clinical Oncology (FLASCO). As a cancer researcher, Dr. Hussein has participated in numerous clinical trials and was named the Principal Investigator on a recent lung cancer trial conducted through Florida Cancer Specialists and Sarah Cannon, one of the leading community-based clinical trial organizations in the US. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Leesburg Regional Medical Center Outstanding Achievement Award, Leesburg Regional Medical Center Foundation Hope in Healing Humanitarian Award in 2014 and was named Physician of the Quarter Award at Florida Hospital Waterman. In his spare time, Dr. Hussein enjoys playing recreational soccer, traveling, and spending quality time with family and friends
Praveen B Reddy, MD, MCh, FAANS is an attending neurosurgeon at Ocala Regional Medicine Center and Director of the Comprehensive Neuro Oncology program of Sarah Cannon Research Institute at HCA-North Florida. Board-certified in Neurosurgery, Dr. Reddy attended medical school in Hyderabad, India. He completed a fellowship in General Neurosurgery at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, NY. Following completion of his residency training in Neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota, he was awarded a Neuro oncology, Cerebrovascular fellowship at Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey. He relocated to Ocala in 2019. Dr, Reddy has a special interest in primary brain tumors and is an active participant in clinical trial research. His work has been presented and published in prestigious industry journals and forums.
Patsy Sanchez served the University of South Florida for over 20 years as Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Director for the USF Latino Scholarship Program. Throughout her career she has provided life-changing opportunities to uplift students and their families through higher education. While working for the USF Foundation, she built strong community partnerships, raising funds for scholarships to support and mentor first generation in-college Latino students with financial need. Patsy has published numerous articles on Latino student success and is a frequent speaker at leadership conferences and community events. She has received widespread recognition for her work throughout the Tampa Bay community and beyond. Most recently, in Spring 2021, Tampa City Council awarded her a City Council Commendation. In 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis appointed her to the CareerSource Florida Board of Directors. Patsy arrived in the U.S. from Cuba at the age of 13 through the 1980 Mariel Exodus and settled in Tampa, where she and her family began their lives from scratch. She went on to earn a master’s degree in Spanish Literature and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at USF.
John retired from Chevron, as a Retail Business Consultant, after 43 years of employment. He served as President of Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County for 20 years. John is a member of the American Legion Post in Wellington as Public Relations Officer and Adjutant. In 2015, he became a Patient Support Volunteer at the FCS Wellington facility, then Volunteer Group Lead, and in 2018, became a Member of the FCS Foundation Board of Directors. John is also a volunteer for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Community Advisory Group – as Group Lead, teaches High School Seniors “Personal Finance” for Junior Achievement, and is Team Captain for his local Neighborhood Watch Group. John is a Marine Vietnam veteran and received a B.S. and M.A. in Business.
Marjan serves as a Business Development Associate for Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) developing physician and community partnerships in Sarasota, Bradenton, and Lakewood Ranch. After graduating from Northeastern University, she began her 25-year career in the medical industry as a licensed respiratory therapist and held positions at Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts Eye and Ear. Her lifelong passion has been devoted to leading and helping others to live a healthy lifestyle. In 2001 and 2002, she ran the Boston Marathon with the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge team, raising over $10,000 for cancer research. Marjan, her husband, and two sons relocated to Florida in 2013. They enjoy the outdoors, the Florida sunshine, and the boys’ travel baseball activities.