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 Executive Vice President of the University Club board and is currently on the UC Library committee and the Development Committee.
Executive Vice President
Gilda Gomez, a native of New York, moved to Casselberry, Florida in 1959. She attended Lyman High School and the University of Florida and 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; she previously served as vice president of membership and is on the Receptions committee.
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.
Vice President Development
Vice President 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
A member of the Club since 2005, Diana Secor calls Pennsylvania her home state. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and works in Association and Real Estate Management. Diana previously served two years in the House and Grounds vice presidency, another year as Executive Vice President, and a two-year term as President.
Vice President 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
Gayle Austin grew up in a small town in Virginia and graduated from the College of William and Mary with history and government majors. She began her teaching career in the public school system in Virginia Beach and moved to Florida in 1974 where she taught at Park Maitland School. Later careers included owning a plant business and becoming a real estate broker. In the latter venture, she progressed from Sales to managing the Altamonte Watson Realty office. Gayle has been a member of the University Club since 2011and is Chair of the popular Canasta Group.
Vice President Programs
Mark Cooper spent his formative years in Atlanta, moving to Central Florida in 1971 where he practiced law continuously until his retirement in 2012. Mark is an active member of the History Group, where he has been a frequent speaker on issues related to Civil Rights and social justice. An activist by nature, Mark has stepped down as a long-time director of the American Lung Association of the Southeast and recently completed a three-year term as a member and chair of the committee of the Florida Bar, responsible for enforcing lawyers’ compliance with the rules of ethics.
John Perry spent almost fifty years in the newspaper industry starting as a reporter for The Columbia Record while still a journalism student at the University of South Carolina. In 1968, he began a seventeen-year career with United Press International as a reporter, editor, and eventually vice president of the Southern Division. In 1984, he joined King Features Syndicate, first as Southeastern Sales Representative and then as International Sales Manager. He also served two years in the Army, including a year in Vietnam. He and wife of fifty years, Anne, live in Orlando. He joined the University Club in 2014 following his retirement from King Features. He is an avid history reader, and leads the Club’s Nonfiction Discussion Group.
Clayton Swain has been a member of the Club for seventeen years. During much of that time he served as the Finance VP. The chief responsibility of that position is chairing the Finance Committee, which manages the Club’s investments. A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in accounting, he practiced as a CPA in the Orlando area for fifty-six years. He recently retired from the local CPA firm that he co founded. Prior to that, he served as a partner in one of the large national CPA firms. He is currently Chair of the Club’s Investment Discussion group.
Matt Giles holds a BA in Business Administration and a minor in Spanish from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. After a few weeks of post-graduation travel abroad, Matt returned home and began his career in wealth management as an Associate at Morgan Keegan & Co. A 2012 merger with Raymond James & Associates offered Matt the perfect opportunity to go into practice for himself where he continues to have the privilege of serving families to this day. Matt joined the University Club of Winter Park in 2014 and is the proud chair of our Economics Group. He also currently serves as Treasurer for the Orlando Museum of Art Acquisition Trust.
Niles Rosen received a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Chicago and did his post graduate training at the University of Chicago and State University of New York (Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse). He also received BS and MS degrees in mathematics from the University of Illinois in Urbana. He practiced pathology for more than twenty years in Chicago and Indianapolis. For the last twenty years he has been a contractor of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. His two companies have developed anti fraud, waste, and abuse programs for the Medicare and Medicaid programs that have saved the American taxpayer more than $10 billion. He joined the University Club in 2011 and became a lifetime member the following year.
Hans Bucheli, a native of Switzerland, began his career in the Hotel/Restaurant industry after attending the renowned École Hôtelière de Lausanne.
After immigrating to the USA in 1971, Hans travelled extensively throughout the USA and internationally as an American Express Tour Director, escorting Europeans around the USA and Canada. He also accompanied tourists from many countries on multiple world cruises with companies such as the Cunard Line, where he developed and managed the cruise line’s overland tour programs.
With his extensive background in travel and tour management, he embarked upon a new career in 1979 becoming an executive for USAirways (now American Airlines), where he ultimately held the position of International Sales Director. Before retiring in 2012, Hans was National Sales Director for Spanair, an international airline based in Mallorca, Spain.
Hans and his wife Christine, also a member of the University Club, make their home in Winter Park, Florida.
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.