Fred Macdonald, a native of Huntington, West Virginia, graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Electrical Engineering, and from Harvard University with an MBA. He worked for the next 35 years in operations management and marketing for various high tech companies, the last one being the Electronic Imaging Division of DuPont. He retired from the corporate world at age 55 to start a wholesale gift business based on the artistic skills of Linda, his wife of 31 years. The products were manufactured in Mexico and sold in the US and Caribbean. After ten years, Fred and Linda sold the business and moved to Costa Rica where Fred started a construction company to build houses designed by Linda. In 2011 the Macdonalds moved to Winter Park, and immediately joined The University Club.
Executive Vice President
Barbara Buchele grew up in Cedar Vale, Kansas and has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kansas State University. She taught in Australia, Germany, Kansas, Indiana, and New Jersey. Before moving to Florida in 2007, she worked part time in New Jersey for Literacy Volunteers of America. Several years ago, Barbara served as the secretary for the University Club board and is currently on the UC Library committee and the Development Committee.
Diana Secor, who calls Pennsylvania her home state, is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and works in Association and Real Estate Management. She has been President for the past two years, and before that served two terms as Vice President of House and Grounds. Diana continues to be leader in the management of the Club.
Vice President Development
Vice President Finance
VP FINANCE: Michael N. Quigley holds a BA from Penn State University and a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He served as an attorney with the Internal Revenue Service, tax manager for various banks, and as National Bank Examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency before spending twenty-nine years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Following his army service, he was an Adjunct Professor at Bryant University where he taught Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates for fourteen years. Michael has expertise in Fiduciary Income Tax, Social Security, and Estate and Gift Tax, with membership in various Masonic organizations and Mensa International.
Vice President House & Grounds
Robert Rolle is a PhD chemist (Pratt Institute, Purdue, and the University of London) whose career at Johnson & Johnson as a scientist progressed to Director of Technical/Administrative Services where he devised a master facilities plan. Subsequently he worked at Shuster Labs (now Underwriters Laboratories) consulting on healthcare products manufacturing where he traveled extensively and provided tactical and strategic design input for a new facility. Bob is an active member of the American Chemical Society, the Mercedes Benz Club and an aficionado of classical music and opera.
Vice President Intellectual Activities
VP INTELLECTUAL ACTIVITIES: Jeannie Schiff grew up in the local area, and received a BA in Political Science from UCF. She was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force and pursued a career in military intelligence. While on active duty she obtained a master’s degree in public administration (MPA) from the University of Oklahoma. She retired from the Air Force in 1998 and continued her formal education at UCF, culminating in a PhD in public affairs in August 2010. She currently chairs the Science, Health, and Wellness.
Vice President Membership
Gilda Gomez, a native of New York, moved to Casselberry, Florida in 1959. She attended Lyman High School and the University of Florida. She has taught in Orange County Public Schools for thirty years. For six years, she was a facilitator at a Senior Center for the Central Florida YMCA. She joined the University Club in 2008 where she presently serves as board secretary and is head of the cashier committee.
Vice President Programs
Jim Arnold attended Yale University on a full NROTC scholarship and graduated with a BS in mathematics. He was then awarded a NSF scholarship to Bowdoin College where he earned an MA in mathematics. After graduation he taught advanced math and computer science at some of the finest colleges and private schools in the country, including Lawrenceville, NJ and Trinity Preparatory in Orlando. His interest in musical theater and opera brought him to Central Florida in 1974 and he has performed professionally in more than 1,000 shows at Once Upon A Stage and the Orlando Opera Company. Jim has been an active member of the Club since joining in 2011. His background and experience in music and theater has helped him, in his role as Deputy Director of Programs, to bring excellent quality programs to the University Club.
Meryl Schwartz graduated from Hunter College of the City University of New York with a BA then attended Dominican University in River Forest, Ill where she graduated with an MLS. Since then she has served in both public and corporate libraries as a reference librarian. She joined the University Club in 2013 after having retired as senior librarian of the Casselberry Branch of the Seminole County Public Library System.
TREASURER: John Benz graduated from Iowa State University in 1961 with a bachelor of architecture degree. He spent thirty years practicing architecture and was a registered architect in eighteen states. He served as Chair/CEO of HLM, a 540-person architectural firm with a national practice. In 1989 he joined the Orlando firm TLC Engineering for Architecture as Chair/CEO, which grew to eight offices in Florida plus one each in Texas and Tennessee with a total staff of 400 engineers and support staff. He also served as president of PSMA, the national professional organization. John and his wife Lee joined the University Club in 2012.
ASSISTANT TREASURER: Terry Hyman, a native of Louisville, KY, graduated from the University of Louisville with a BS degree in accounting. He earned his CPA license in Kentucky and worked there as a staff accountant for two CPA firms. He then was named Controller of a healthcare management firm and became the CFO involved in all aspects of the company’s financial affairs after relocating to Orlando. In 1986, he acquired part ownership of a group that acquired several healthcare publications based in Washington D.C., serving as the CFO. After selling his ownership interest in 1988, he started a financial consulting business in Orlando. In 1994, he became licensed as a CPA in Florida, providing business and tax-planning-and-return preparation services until 2016. Since 2014, Terry has been a Volunteer Business Advisor for the Seminole [county] Advisory Board Council
Eli Porth, a native of Lode, Poland, attended the University of Illinois where he graduated with a BS in 1966. In 1971, he obtained a DO degree from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. For the past thirty-three years, he has had an private ENT medical practice in Casselberry, He and his wife Ina have been active members of the University Club since joining in 2010.
DIRECTOR: Laura Pruyn grew up in New York City and has been involved in the education of girls and young women all of her life. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College, then returned to New York where she taught in the all-girls’ high school that she had attended. After marriage and a few years off for her two children, she again taught math at another all-girls’ school, The Chapin School. When she retired in 1999, she and her husband moved to Florida to be near their daughter, Susan, and her two children. A life-long violinist, she founded a string quartet in Altamonte Springs, and she also tutors high school math as well as PSAT and SAT review. Laura joined the University Club in 2010 and is an enthusiastic member of the library committee and the fiction book group.
DIRECTOR: Charles Davis was born in Frederick, Maryland. He attended Morgan State College, graduating with a BA degree in Geography. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, Infantry, in the U.S. Army Reserves in 1963 and retired twenty years later. While in the Army, Charles served tours in Ft. Benning, Georgia; Ft. Hood, TX; Ft Bragg, NC; Ft. Riley, KS; Ft. Holabird, MD; Richmond, VA; and two tours each in Germany and Vietnam. Service included five years in the Infantry/Special Forces and fifteen years in Military Intelligence. After retirement, he worked at Orlando’s Lockheed Martin in Industrial Security and at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, retiring in 2005.