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Caceres, Jennifer

Jennifer Caceres, M.D., FACP is the senior associate dean for student affairs and associate professor of medicine in the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. She was born and raised in New Jersey. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology with the highest honors at Rutgers College, and her MD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and completed her training in internal medicine at St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center, New York Medical College.

Cadwallader, Gary

Gary Cadwallader, MFA, is the director of education and community engagement at Palm Beach Dramaworks. As a professional actor, director, and educator, Cadwallader is committed to providing strong, vibrant arts and arts integration opportunities for educators and students to nurture creativity, inspire potential, build confidence, and encourage self-expression. Cadwallader was most recently seen onstage at PBD as Captain Brice in "Arcadia" and John Adams in "1776" (Carbonell nomination.) He maintains a career as an actor and director and has performed across the country at theatres such as Wisdom Bridge Theatre in Chicago, ZACH Theatre in Austin, Great Lakes Theater in Cleveland, and on the national tour of "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story." On camera, roles include "A League of Their Own", "The New Untouchables", and "Forensics" (pilot). He has an MFA from Western Illinois University and is currently the president of the Florida Theatre Conference. He is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA).

Founded in 2000, Palm Beach Dramaworks is a professional theatre company with a mission to engage and entertain audiences with provocative and timeless productions that personally impact each individual. They are dedicated “to enhancing the quality of life through the transformative power of live theatre.” Consistent artistic excellence throughout their history places Palm Beach Dramaworks at the forefront of the artistic landscape of Palm Beach County.

Caputi, Robert

Robert Caputi, Ph.D. earned his doctoral degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2011, and before joining the FAU faculty in January 2019, he taught at Borough of Manhattan Community College and Long Island University Post. His dissertation was an ethnographic study of the sexual aesthetics and sexual politics of the bear community, a gay male subculture. Caputi is currently teaching undergraduate courses on the FAU's Boca Raton and Davie campuses including Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Mass Media, Sociology of Popular culture, Gender and Society, Human Sexuality and Social Change, and Introduction to Research Methods.

Cimarusti, Thomas

Thomas M. Cimarusti, Ph.D., is a professor of music history at Florida Gulf Coast University. He has lectured at various campuses across the country including Florida State University, Utah Valley University, and Texas Tech University. With an interest in 18th and 19th-century music, Cimarusti has presented conference papers and has published on the topics of Mozart, Beethoven, Italian opera, and chamber music in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. His current research interest concerns the musical culture of the Koreshans, a Utopian group that settled in Estero, Florida in the late 19th century.
Cohen, Stephen Z.

Cohen, Stephen Z.

Stephen Z. Cohen Ph.D., is an author, educator, entertainer, humorist, and lecturer. Retired from the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago, he taught social group work practice and group psychotherapy. An early expert in the field of gerontology and services to the elderly, he co-authored an award-winning book written for the layperson. But his greatest delight has always been in the telling and the analysis of classical Jewish jokes and stories. As a presenter of unique and nostalgic performances, lectures, and courses, he has regaled audiences at prestigious venues across the country.
Jeff Conine

Conine, Jeff

Jeff Conine was originally acquired by the Florida Marlins in the 1992 Expansion Draft from the Kansas City Royals, and after stops in Kansas City and Baltimore, returned to the Marlins at the trade deadline in 2003 for the team's playoff run. Among his career highlights, he carried a .304 average in 32 postseason games, all with the Marlins. In addition to his MVP honors with the Club, he also earned the award with the Baltimore Orioles in 2001. After retiring from baseball, Conine trained for and completed the 2008 Ford Ironman World Championship, becoming the first former Major Leaguer to finish the endurance race. In January/February of 2018, Conine completed the World Marathon Challenge. In this endurance race, competitors must complete seven marathons in seven days on all seven continents, becoming one of only 104 people that have ever accomplished the feat. The Conine family has been active in South Florida since 1993, founding the Conine All-Star Classic, an annual golf tournament to raise money for the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Fla.