MEET THE PRESENTERS
Dr. Raphael Bloch is a retired physician, having practiced in Georgia, New York, and Connecticut for 45 years. He graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and did his residency training in medicine, surgery, and ophthalmology at Montefiore Medical Center, both in New York City. Following residency, he served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps for two years during the Vietnam era. Dr. Bloch has been the Chief of Ophthalmology at Martin Army Hospital in Fort Benning, Georgia, and at Northern Westchester Hospital Center in Mount Kisco, New York. After retirement, his interest shifted to the history of medicine, and he published an 800-page work on biographies of unique physicians from ancient Egypt to the present time ("Healers and Achievers," 2012). He is an emeritus assistant professor at the Einstein Medical College and an assistant professor at Nova Southeastern University Medical College in Florida. Bloch has lectured extensively on the history of medicine to laymen and physicians in South Florida.
Dr. Anita Blowers is a Visiting Instructor and Legal Studies Coordinator at FAU's School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. She is also Assocociate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She received her Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University at Albany, State University of New York. Her current research focuses on elder abuse and neglect, older offenders and the criminal justice system, sentencing, and criminal justice policy.
The Boca Raton Historical Society
The Boca Raton Historical Society was founded in 1972 with the mission to collect, preserve and present artifacts relating to the history of Boca Raton. The Society operates the Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum at 71 N. Federal Highway in Boca Raton. The museum brings history to the community through a wide variety of programs, exhibitions, publications, and other outreach services. BRHS curator Susan Gillis has been with the museum since 2002. She has a BA in History and Anthropology and an MA in Anthropology. She is the author of eight books on local history, including Boomtown Boca: Boca Raton in the 1920s Palm Beach County During World War II.
Bill Boggs has a long and distinguished career as a four-time Emmy Award-winning TV host/producer of 15 different programs. He's interviewed thousands of the most significant people of our time; presidents, cultural icons, music legends, business leaders, and movie stars. He is a celebrity speaker on Crystal Cruises, Viking and Silver Seas, a stage performer, and author. Bill's an officer of the Friar's Club in NYC, a member of the Philadelphia Hall of Fame, Board Member of the American Popular Song Society, and was a recipient of the National Father of the Year Award. He is a University of Pennsylvania graduate, and also holds an M.A. from Penn's Annenberg School for Communication. His recent satirical novel, "The Adventures of Spike the Wonder Dog," was pronounced "ready for the big screen" by the "N.Y. Daily News." He resides on the tranquil island of Manhattan, in Palm Beach, and in East Hampton with long-suffering girlfriend, Jane Rothchild.
Minx Boren, MCC, is a Master Certified Coach credentialed through the International Coach Federation. Boren is the author of 16 books and workbooks. She is a columnist for various publications, as well as a motivational speaker and workshop facilitator. Since 1994, she has been designing, developing, and presenting innovative programs that support health and balance, reflection, and achievement. Boren is a past president of Executive Women of the Palm Beaches and has served on the Board of the Women's Foundation of Florida since 2007. She is a 2013 recipient of the Giraffe Award, presented by the Women’s Chamber of Commerce to women who stick their necks out for others. She is also an activist with Elders for Climate Action (ECA) and has facilitated webinars on The Empowered Elder as well as on Sustainable Living.
Wesley Borucki, Ph.D., a native of Detroit, Michigan, is in his 19th year as an Associate Professor of American History at Palm Beach Atlantic University. His specialties are the Antebellum South, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. In 2002, he received his Ph.D. in American history from the University of Alabama, where he edited the annual journal “Southern Historian.” Professor Borucki has published two biographies for Nova Science Publisher’s “First Men, America’s Presidents” series: “Ronald Reagan: Heroic Dreamer” was published in 2014, and “George H.W. Bush: In Defense of Principle” was published in 2011. He was part of C-SPAN's Presidential Historians Survey Group in 2021. Professor Borucki received his master’s degree in American history from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1994), and his bachelor’s degree in history from Michigan State University (1992).