MEET THE PRESENTERS
Nicholas DeAngelis is a bright and dedicated technology professional. As one of GroovyTek's foremost Florida Technology Trainers, he is an expert at taking the pain out of personal technology. Trained to CompTia A+ certificate standards, he can accurately diagnose and resolve a wide swathe of issues on computers, cellphones and tablets. Teaching is his passion, and he loves to see the ways in which technology can improve the lives of people of all ages.
Dr. Michael A. DeDonno received his MA and Ph.D. in psychology from Case Western Reserve University. He also has an MBA in Finance from Baldwin Wallace University. As a cognitive psychologist, Dr. DeDonno has worked with the US military in optimizing soldiers’ cognitive performance. He has worked with behavioral hospitals in exploring thought patterns of individuals with severe mental illness. Dr. DeDonno is an Associate Professor at Florida Atlantic University where he teaches research methodology and statistics. He has a primary appointment in the College of Education and a secondary appointment in the College of Medicine. He is also an Affiliate Faculty member in the College of Nursing, and adjunct faculty in the College of Business. In 2017, Dr. DeDonno was the recipient of the Florida Atlantic University College of Education, Distinguished Teacher of the Year award. In 2019, he was the recipient of the Florida Atlantic University College of Education, Assistant Professor Researcher of the Year award.
del Real, Pablo F.
Pablo del Real, M.A. is a mindfulness teacher and community organizer. He serves as lead teacher with The Way Mindfulness Education, a provider of mental wellbeing. Pablo is also the founder of Soil & Soul, a nonprofit organization that teaches mindfulness and eco-healing.
A Florida licensed psychologist, Bert Diament, Ph.D., is a graduate of Albert Einstein’s Yeshiva University Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. He provides brief goal-oriented therapy to individuals and couples. He is an associate fellow and therapy training supervisor at the Albert Ellis Institute of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy in New York and has trained at the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy and the Westchester Institute for Family Therapy. He is also a Gottman Institute certified Seven Principles of Marriage educator. Diament was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for service to children and families from the Connecticut Association of School Psychologists and has been elected to diplomate status in the area of professional psychotherapy by the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy.
Dr. Samuel Director, Ph.D studies biomedical ethics and political philosophy, especially issues related to consent. He completed his PhD in philosophy at the University of Colorado. He did a postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University's Political Theory Project and is now an assistant professor of philosophy at FAU. Sam is a talented public speaker, having competed in speech and debate for over a decade (winning multiple collegiate national championships).
Joseph Dorinson is a retired History professor at Long Island University. Dorinson has written books, "Kvetching and Shpritzing: Jewish Humor in American Popular Culture," (2015), has co-edited the SABR Award winning book, "Jackie Robinson: Race, Sports and the American Dream", (1999), and has written numerous articles on a variety of subjects spanning his beloved borough of Brooklyn focusing on sports, politics, humor, race, gender, and ethnicity. He has organized conferences at LIU on Jackie Robinson (1997), Brooklyn (1998), Paul Robeson (1998) and Basketball, (2001) at St. Francis College in Brooklyn.