Glen Winter was born and raised in a small town in northern New Jersey. He attended Bucknell University where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration, then went on to earn a Master’s degree in Accounting from Bucknell. For many years, he worked in banking, then started a video projection business that provided service for large business meetings, concerts, and conventions. Ten years later, after a back injury, he returned to his accounting roots and became CFO of an electronics manufacturing company. Glen retired from that company in 2013. He has been an active member of the University Club since joining in 2013.
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 Executive VP, is on the Receptions committee, and is our immediate Past President.
Executive Vice President
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.
Vice President Development
Myra Gaziano is a native of Southwestern Pennsylvania. She received a bachelor and master’s degree from West Virginia University. The majority of her working career was in various management positions in Florida County Government including grants and management. She is the author of the cookbook Generations. She is also the president and cofounder of a foundation that raises funds and provides services to the cystic fibrosis community in coordination with Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. Myra is active in several community organizations where she has held leadership positions including past president of the Orlando-Winter Park AAUW. She has been a member of the University Club since 2019.
Vice President Finance
Jim Fitch is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana. He attended Louisiana Tech, and graduated from LSU with a bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering. Following graduation, he worked as a refinery engineer for two years and then went to Naval Officer Candidate School and served three years in the Civil Engineer Corps in the Philippines. After the Navy, he earned his master’s in business administration from Stanford University. His career included management positions in the paper industry, process control, automatic test equipment for electronic manufacturing, and home building. A member since 2017, Jim serves on the Finance Committee.
Vice President House & Grounds
Rob Beck has a bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Buffalo, a master’s in education from Buffalo State University, a doctor of education degree from Columbia University, and a post-doctoral Certificate of Advanced Study in Consulting and Counseling Psychology from Harvard University where he was also a part-time undergraduate admissions officer. He and his wife Ann served for thirty years as educators in k-12 international schools in India, Hong Kong, South Africa, Paraguay, and Sudan. Rob served variously as a school counselor, psychologist, and head of the school; Ann was a teacher, counselor, drama director, and principal. Rob also served as the Director of Psychology and Preventive Services for the Fairfax, Virginia, County Public Schools and he was a member of the Advisory Council of the Foreign Service Youth Foundation.
Vice President Intellectual Activities
Christine Porter was born and raised in Dearborn, Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan, receiving her BS in biochemistry and her MHSA from the School of Public Health in Ann Arbor. She came to Orlando in 2006 to be closer to family, where she worked remotely for Trinity Health doing statistical analyses on patient safety and quality for the board of directors, until her retirement in 2016. Christine has been a member of the University Club since 2018 but enjoyed many dinners and lunches as a guest prior to joining. She currently heads the Scrabble group.
Vice President Membership
Patricia Johnson was born in Winter Park, at her family home at the time on Lyman Street. She attended what was then Webster Elementary and Jones High School. She received her BA in psychology, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and her MA in clinical psychology from Fisk University. She enjoyed two careers, first as a district-wide School Psychologist and later as a Systems Engineer with IBM, before retiring and moving back to Florida. Patricia is on the Board of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, volunteers as a member of the Friends of the OPO, and is on the Board of Music Kitchen, Food for the Soul, NYC. She has been a member of the University Club since 2017.
Vice President Programs
Diana Sisley loves volunteering. After moving to Westminster Baldwin Park in 2017, she served on several committees in her community, including two terms as representative on the Resident Council. Currently, she and her husband Tim sing with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park. Diana also enjoys volunteering with the Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic, the Orlando Ballet, and various other community organizations. She’s an active member of the First Congregational Church in Winter Park, where she serves on the Music Board. For the University Club, she served her first term as the VP of Programs during Covid. She’s looking forward to getting back to normal programming in 2021.
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.
Sandy Rizzo was born in Charleston, South Carolina; while studying nursing in Minnesota she met her first husband who was in the Navy. They traveled to London and Cuba and had two children. While in London, she was treasurer of the European Navy Wives Club. She later married Joe Rizzo. For more than forty years in her real estate business function, she has managed monies. Her late father-in-law Joe was a club president, who, through his considerable music contacts, was able to bring many music programs to the University Club for members’ enjoyment. Sandy enjoys the Club and is happy to contribute.
Myrna Ossin graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a double major in dietetics and in Spanish. She attended the University of Madrid, Spain, for one year and has also lived in Mexico. She has a master’s degree from the University of Central Florida in teaching Spanish and she is a Certified Nutraceutical Specialist. She has held board positions in many of the volunteer activities in which she has participated and is currently an active member of the University Club.
Steve Bertha was born in Budapest, Hungary but grew up in Venezuela. In 1963, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Chemistry, then attended Florida State University where, in 1967, he graduated with a PhD in Chemistry. He worked as a research chemist at DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware, and for thirty-one years, he managed the inventions of Yale University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He founded the Chemistry Department of Simon Bolivar University in Caracas, Venezuela, and later served as director of the University-based Industrial Research Institute. He has traveled extensively worldwide, including Hungary and its surrounding neighbors, and has written a partial biography so his children and grandchildren will know about their origins. He has been an active member of the University Club since joining in 2015. He cochairs the Foreign Affairs Group, is a member of the Spanish-Speaking Group, reviews books regularly for the Book Review Group, and currently serves as a Director.
Edward Korry. Born in Paris, France, he has lived in several countries including Ethiopia, Chile, Egypt, and the UK, and has also visited more than seventy countries, giving him a global viewpoint. He attended Harrow in the UK, graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA and the University of Cairo in Egypt with an MA. He also studied hospitality in Lausanne. He worked in the food and beverage industry at various corporate and independent hotels and restaurants and worked as F&B Director for the Practicum Properties of Johnson & Wales University until he became a fulltime academic where he taught for twenty-six years and created a new department focused on beverage education for culinary, hospitality, retail, and business students. He achieved a number of beverage certifications and served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Wine Educators for eight years before becoming president. Ed also served on other community-centric boards including the French American School of Rhode Island. He moved permanently to Winter Park in 2019 after retiring.
Roger McDonald was raised in Miami Beach. He graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Finance and minor in History. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a captain in the Military Police. Later he graduated from the University of Florida School of Law. He practiced law in Orlando for twenty-three years and was elected a circuit judge. He served three terms and retired. He now works as needed as a senior judge in court. He is married to club member Sue McDonald.