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Edith Rogovin Frankel

Rogovin Frankel, Edith

Edith Rogovin Frankel, Ph.D., is a native-born American who lived in Israel and taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for many years. Her bachelor’s degree is from Cornell University, and her master’s and doctoral degrees are from Columbia University. For years Frankel specialized in the Soviet Union and then gradually moved into Jewish history, particularly that of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, as well as the Habsburg Empire. She taught these subjects at various institutions, including Dartmouth, Stanford, Hunter College, the University of London and Columbia University. Her most recent book, “Old Lives and New: Soviet Immigrants in Israel and America”, deals with the subject of migration and immigration.
Rowe, Cymonie

Rowe, Cymonie

Hon. Cymonie S. Rowe graduated from the University of Miami double majoring in Broadcast Journalism and Psychology. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Law, where she was the Managing Editor of the ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law. She is a first generation Jamaican American. Prior to serving on the bench, her practice focused on insurance defense and complex commercial litigation. Judge Rowe is a member of the Florida Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges, where she serves as the Fourth District Representative and Co-Chair of the New Judges Committee. She is a Florida Supreme Court Judicial Mentor, and a CoChair of the Florida Bar Constitutional Judiciary Committee. In 2018, the Florida Bar honored Judge Rowe as the Florida Bar Jurist of the Year. In 2019, she received the South Palm Beach County Bar Association’s first Diversity and Inclusion Impact Award. In 2021, she received the Palm Beach County Florida Association for Women Lawyers Jurist of the Year Award, the Craig S. Barnard American Inns of Court Jurist of the Year, and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers Rosemary Barkett Award for Outstanding Achievement. In 2022, she received Judicial Diversity Institute Jurist of the Year for the 15th Judicial Circuit. Governor Rick Scott appointed Judge Rowe to the 15th Circuit Court in July of 2016. She is the first Jamaican American to serve on the judiciary in Palm Beach County. She began her judicial career presiding in the Civil Division. In January 2018 until January 2021, she presided over a Civil Division with the majority of the Engle progeny cases. In 2021 and 2022, she presided in the Juvenile Division, handling delinquency and dependency matters. Currently she presides in the Criminal Felony Division. Judge Rowe is keenly involved in judicial education and considers it a privilege to participate in educational presentations with her colleagues. Judge Rowe is also actively committed to her community, volunteering at her church as well as several schools and universities with a focus on civics education
Lenore Nolan Ryan

Ryan, Lenore Nolan

Celebrated chef, Lenore Nolan Ryan, began her career at 19 with a brunch restaurant in Indianapolis. Returning home in 1999 to her native south Florida, Lenore opened her first Florida eatery, Gina Lenore's in an Italian pizzeria in Lauderdale by the Sea and Lenore Nolan Ryan Catering & Cooking School, an inventive and inviting culinary destination in Lauderdale by the Sea in 2000. In 2016, Lenore moved her business to the Galt Ocean Mile. She hosts private corporate team-building events, celebration dinners, networking events, culinary tastings, and off-premises catering services at clients' homes and businesses. More importantly, all events are imbued with Chef Lenore's irrepressible joie de vivre as she expresses her passion for food and her love of entertaining with some of South Florida's finest. Lenore gives back to the community through generous contributions to nonprofits, schools, and organizations helping others. Lenore's co-authorship with Jack Canfield in "The Key to Authenticity" is going to be published in the fall of 2023, soon to be followed by "Love is the Main Ingredien Cookbook, Memoir, and Life Lessons", a book that has taken a lifetime of experiences and memories to create.

Sabatella, Matthew

Matthew Sabatella, M.A. brings to life music that is woven into the fabric of the United States. As a singer, instrumentalist, recording artist, performer, speaker, and writer, he illuminates the connection between music and the story and people of the United States. He performs regularly, both as a solo artist and as the leader of the Rambling String Band. The nonprofit he founded, Ballad of America, Inc., preserves and celebrates music from America's diverse cultural history. Sabatella has been singular in his mission to share America's rich musical heritage with others, both for the sheer love of the music and for its value in inspiring people to better understand each other, the past, present, and future. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Miami and a Master of Arts in History from Florida International University.
Merle Saferstein

Saferstein, Merle

As the director of educational outreach at the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center for twenty-six years, Merle Saferstein worked closely with hundreds of Holocaust survivors helping them to pass along their Legacy of Remembrance to students and teachers. When she retired from the Holocaust Center, she developed a course entitled Living and Leaving Your Legacy® and teaches and speaks to audiences locally, nationally, and internationally. She does sacred legacy work with patients at the end of their lives. For fourteen years, she culled through her journals taking excerpts according to approximately seventy topics. Living and Leaving My Legacy, vol. 1 is her legacy journal which she has written from these excerpts and which was published in June 2022. Merle is a council member of the International Association of Journal Writing, is the author of Room 732 and is a contributor to the Huffington Post, Medium, Authority Magazine, and Thrive Global. Her chapter on legacy journaling appears in The Great Book of Journaling.

Sarajedini, Ata

Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., is a professor and the Bjorn Lamborn Endowed Chair in Astrophysics at FAU. Before coming to FAU in January of 2017, he served as associate dean for natural sciences and mathematics as well as associate dean for research in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida. Before that, he was Associate Chair and Acting Chair in the Department of Astronomy. After earning his doctoral degree in astronomy at Yale in 1992, he spent seven years as a postdoctoral researcher and a Hubble Fellow at Kitt Peak National Observatory and San Francisco State University. Sarajedini spent two years at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT as an assistant professor before moving to the University of Florida in 2001. His research is focused on resolved stellar populations in Local Group galaxies. These include field stars, open and globular clusters in the Milky Way, M31, M33, the Magellanic Clouds, and the numerous nearby dwarf galaxies. In 2024, Sarajedini was selected as a Fellow of the American Astronomical Society, which honors members for extraordinary achievement and service for contributions to the field of Resolved Stellar Populations as applied to the formation and evolution of star clusters and galaxies, extensive service to the astronomical community through leadership of committees, and outstanding efforts in public outreach such as hosting the "Astronomy Minute" podcast.