Bruce P. Chapnick, Esq.* Of Blessed Memory
Bruce P. Chapnick, Esq.* Of Blessed Memory
Sandra R. Chapnick
Sandra R. ChapnickSandi Chapnick, along with her husband Bruce P. Chapnick, of blessed memory, and daughter Nicole, is Co-Founder of JoshProvides Epilepsy Assistance Foundation.
Co - Founders
ChairDan VigneDan is the current President of United Way Suncoast.
Supported by an integrated team of wealth management experts, Dan is a dedicated Wealth Strategist with over 25 years of financial experience. Utilizing Northern Trust’s propriety Goals Driven Wealth Management process, Dan works with high net worth clients to provide holistic solutions geared at aligning client’s financial resources with their personal goals to create an integrated strategy that empowers clients with a complete understanding of how they may achieve their lifetime goals.
Dan received a B.S. degree in Economics from Florida State University and currently holds the designation of Certified Financial Planner and Certified Wealth Advisor along with his Series 7 and 63 licenses. An accomplished speaker and author, he has been published on such topics as Legacy Building, Charitable Giving, and Estate Planning. A native Floridian, Dan lives locally with his wife Jennifer and their three children.
Dan is the current President of the Southwest Florida Planned Giving Council and Treasurer of United Way Suncoast. Additionally, Dan serves on the board of the United Way of Manatee County, Manasota 2-1-1, and JoshProvides Epilepsy Assistance Foundation. Previously, he has served on the boards of the Selby Foundation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Suncoast, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Central Florida, and the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). He is also a member of the Southwest Florida Estate Council.
Dan is a graduate of Leadership Florida’s Class XXXI.
Michael Furen, Esq.
Vice PresidentMichael Furen, Esq.Michael J. Furen, the Chairman of the Board of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A., is a third-generation Floridian, born in St. Petersburg, Florida on May 14, 1940. He graduated valedictorian of Bishop Barry High School in 1958 and obtained both his undergraduate degree (Business Administration) and law degree (Juris Doctor) from the University of Florida with honors. He is a member of the Order of the Coif, a prestigious legal honorary society. Since his graduation from the University of Florida Law School in 1966, Mr. Furen has practiced with the Icard, Merrill firm. He is a member of the Florida Bar and the American Bar Association, as well as, the Sarasota County Bar Association.
Since the early 1970’s he has limited his practice to land use, development, real property, administrative and governmental law. He has extensive experience in representing private development interests throughout Florida and beyond. He provides a total package of development legal services including site acquisition, governmental approvals and permits, project documentation and post development litigation matters. He has extensive experience with development of regional impacts and planned unit developments and in drafting various forms of development agreements between private development interests and local governments. He has also participated extensively in various aspects of and legal and administration challenges involving developments of regional impact, planned unit developments, comprehensive planning and various zoning, special exception, variance and other land use issues. Mr. Furen has been recognized by his peers as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” and as a member of Florida’s “Legal Elite”. He and his wife, Joan, reside in the “Landings” development.
Merrill Wynne, CPA
TreasurerMerrill Wynne, CPAMerrill Wynne is a founding partner of HA&W, LLP and was named the firm’s first managing partner in 1978. He has more than 40 years of experience working with clients in the healthcare, real estate and retail industries, providing guidance as a sounding board and a trusted business advisor. Through the years Merrill has served as a business consultant to many businesses, bringing innovative solutions to business problems and succession issues they faced.
Merrill specializes in individual, estate, financial and tax planning and has advised numerous clients regarding wealth transfer matters. He is committed to helping his clients develop sound, long-term strategies for wealth management, including careful planning and intergenerational strategies to avoid estate taxes and other inherence-related issues.
Merrill is a long-time resident of Atlanta, GA and Sarasota, FL and he continues to develop the Firm’s practice in both cities. He is a graduate of the Emory University School of Business Administration. Through the years Merrill has been very involved in the variety of professional and civic organizations and past affiliations that include, past advisor to the boards of the Chattahoochee Bank, The Buckhead Bank, the Riverside Bank, and the Bank of North Georgia/Synovus Financial Group, member of the Davis Academy Board of Trustees, committee chair with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta Planned Giving and Endowment, member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta Board of Trustees, past president and member of the Standard Club of Atlanta Board of Governors and member of the Temple Sinai Board of Trustees.
His current professional, civic and philanthropic involvement includes:
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants
- Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, Board of Trustees
- Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, Board of Directors
- Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Advisory Board
- Child Protection, Advisory Board
- JoshProvides Epilepsy Assistance Foundation, Board Member and Treasurer
Sandra R. Chapnick
SecretarySandra R. ChapnickSandi Chapnick, along with her husband Bruce P. Chapnick, of blessed memory, and daughter Nicole, is Co-Founder of JoshProvides Epilepsy Assistance Foundation. JoshProvides was established in memory of their son Joshua David to improve the lives of those living with and affected by epilepsy or other seizure disorders. JoshProvides offers Sandi and her daughter Nicole the opportunity to directly help others affected by epilepsy. Sandi leads the monthly Epilepsy Support Group where she shares her experience, offers moral support and emotional comfort, and gives practical advice that may help other parents and caregivers.
Board of Director Officers
Ronald Aung-Din, MD
Ronald Aung-Din, MDDr. Aung-Din has practiced general neurology and neuro-psychiatry in Sarasota, FL for more than 25 years. He is board-certified by American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology and a member of the American Academy of Neurology.
After studies in Mechanical and Environmental Engineering at Bucknell (Lewisburg, PA) and Cornell (Ithaca, NY) Universities, he worked for a period in the industry as supervising engineer. He then attended Columbia University in New York City for premedical studies, followed by medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX. Residencies in neurology and neurosurgery were at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Additional studies included a medical student fellowship in cardiology at Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford and clinical neurology postgraduate fellowship at National Hospital for Nervous Disease, Queen Square, London, UK.
Through his affiliation with Lovelace Scientific Resources, Inc., Albuquerque, NM and his own clinical practice, he has participated in over 60 pharmaceutical industry-sponsored clinical trials. He currently functions as Principal Investigator in a number of ongoing drug research studies in MS, epilepsy, pain, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurological diseases.
Dr. Aung-Din is also active in treating varied neurological and psychiatric conditions using delivery of CNS-active drugs with Direct Effects topical delivery, a technology developed by him for which 7 patents have to date been granted in the United States, Europe, and Australia; with others pending.
Publications using this novel therapy in migraine, Parkinson’s disease, and diabetic neuropathy appeared in Drug Delivery Technology, Vol.10. No 8, p. 48, October 2010 and Drug Delivery Technology, Vol. 9. No 9, p. 44, October 2009, www.drugdeliverytech.com; and in June 2015 www.drug-dev.com: “THERAPEUTIC FOCUS – Direct Effects(TM) Diabetic Neuropathy Therapy: Treating Symptoms & Modifying Disease.”
Direct Effects topical drug delivery is unique in that therapeutic effect occurs through cutaneous free-nerve endings with direct afferent connections to CNS. As such, general circulation and blood-brain-barrier are bypassed, with avoidance of systemic side effects and drug interactions. AfGin Pharma, LLC was founded by Dr. Aung-Din in 2009 to advance this unique technology and its goal of “Enhanced Neuro-Therapeutics through Direct Effects Topical Technology;” website: www.afginpharma.com.
John CannonJohn Cannon was born in Missouri and grew up in Jackson, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelors’ in building construction.
John and his wife, Phillipa, founded John Cannon Homes in 1987, shortly after they were married. Today, both John and Phillipa continue to play an active role in the daily operations of their award-winning custom home business.
John Cannon has served two terms as President of the Home Builders Association of Sarasota County where he was an active Board Member of the Association for 10 years. He is currently a member of the Florida Home Builders Association; Future Home Builders of America Association and a member of the Building Industry Association of Manatee-Sarasota. He was the former President of Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities and a past President of Sarasota’s Argus Foundation and a former Trustee at Out-of-Door Academy.
Mr. Cannon was a founding member of The Bank of Commerce and is currently a member of their Board of Directors and is on the Advisory Board at USF-Sarasota-Manatee College of Business. He is also a member of Sarasota Association of Realtors and Sarasota/Manatee Chambers of Commerce.
John Cannon and John Cannon Homes has been recognized for both his leadership skills and business acumen as a finalist in Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, awarded the 2006 Excellence Award by Residential Design and Build Magazine and in 2005 John Cannon Homes was recognized as one of the fastest–growing companies in the Tampa Bay Area by The Tampa Bay Business Journal. The company has been voted as Sarasota/Manatee Best Builder for 24 Consecutive Years in the Herald-Tribune Readers’ Choice Awards and has amassed over 300 Parade of Home honors.
Rose ChapmanRose Chapman, LCSW, graduated from Fordham University in New York with a Masters in Social Work in 1977. She worked in the areas of Child Welfare, Medical Social Work and Mental Health Centers in New York prior to her move to Miami. In 1978 she went to work for Jewish Family Service in Miami as a Clinical Director from 1978 to 1993. In 1993 she moved to Sarasota as CEO of Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Sarasota-Manatee. In addition, she is an adjunct Professor of Social Work at USF Sarasota-Manatee. Ms. Chapman retired from Jewish Family & Children’s Service of the Suncoast after 25 years of service in January 2018.
In addition to her volunteer service at JoshProvides, she is a member of the Honor Animal Rescue Board of Directors.
Gayle GuynupGayle Guynup, former Editor of STYLE Magazine and Social Editor at Herald Tribune Media Group recently established her new business, Content Connections, which offers corporate communications for both profit & nonprofit companies, web-based communications, traditional media and memoirs or biographies. “I am thrilled to join the JoshProvides Board. Having lived with epilepsy for more than 40 years, I am anxious to help spread the word that epilepsy does not define who we are, but rather is something we have and learn to live with,” noted Gayle.
Ruth HarshmanRuth Harshman received her B.A. in psychology from Florida State University and her M.A. in psychology from the University of Toledo. Ruth has always been very community minded, and was appointed by Ohio Governor Voinovich to serve on the Youngstown State University Board of Trustees, also serving as Chairperson of the Board.
Ruth has considerable government experience. She was mayor of Poland Ohio for nearly 18 years, leaving that position to become Director of Grants Management for Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann. She and her husband, Atty. Michael Harshman, moved from Columbus to Sarasota in 2008. Here, Ruth received certification from the Supreme Court of Florida in County Mediation, in Family Mediation and in Circuit Civil Mediation; she is experienced in Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation.
Alfred RoseAlfred Rose was born and raised in Bronx, New York. Alfred enter the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1954 and graduated with a BS degree in economics in 1958, including a major in real estate and finance. Upon graduation from Wharton, Alfred joined the family business, which owned and managed apartment buildings in New York City and Westchester County New York. In 1981, the family liquidated the family real estate holdings. Alfred and his wife, Adela, were married in 1985. Alfred has three children and six grandchildren. Also, in 1985, the Rose’s discovered Sarasota, FL. Alfred turned his attention to the rewards of philanthropy. For 16 years, Alfred was a board member at the Center for Building Hope. Recently, he joined the board at the Jewish Housing Council and has found a special passion for JoshProvides.
Edward ScharfEd Scharf is Managing Director at The Portfolio Strategy Group, in White Plain, NY. His experience in the investment field spans over 25 years, and he focuses primarily on overseeing client investments, servicing clients and overseeing the firm’s fixed income investments. Prior to joining PSG, Ed held positions at Glickenhaus and Co., Pennfield Capital, and Citibank. At Glickenhaus and Co., he was Director of Individual Marketing and Client Operations. During his time at Pennfield Capital, Ed was Managing Director for their high net worth investment business, which also included management of bond portfolios. At Citibank, he was an Assistant Vice President with broad operating responsibilities in the Worldwide Securities Division of the Financial Institutions Group. Ed received his undergraduate and MBA degrees from the University of Rochester. Ed and his wife, Karen, and their three children live in Chappaqua, NY. Ed and his family knew Josh since he was a teenager.
Paul SchwebelPaul Schwebel graduated from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in accounting. After graduation, Paul was employed by the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company in Youngstown, Ohio in the Management Services Department. After two years at Sheet & Tube, he joined the Schwebel Baking Company, a family owned bakery currently in its 108th year of operation. He was elected Executive Vice President in 1984 and President in 2012. In 1972 Paul formed Lake Park Data Services, Inc., a computer service bureau, and served as its President until the company was dissolved in 2002. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Harvest Insurance Company, a captive insurance company serving the food industry, and is a past president.
Paul has also been very involved in the not for profit sector. He serves on many boards and is a past president of Akiva Academy, a Jewish day school, Heritage Manor, an assisted living facility and nursing home, and the Family Service Agency, a family counseling service with a resident program for run a ways, all in Youngstown, Ohio. He also served on the allocations committee for United Way of the Mahoning Valley and is a Board member and former vice president of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation. Paul lives in Youngstown, Ohio with his wife Dorothy. They have three grown children. Paul and his family have known Josh since Josh was in pre-school.
Traci SmullenTraci grew up in California where she earned her BS Degree in Psychology and Human Development at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo. While attending school, Traci was a nationally ranked competitive swimmer and participated in the Big Brother-Big Sister organization.
Traci’s professional experience is varied. In Newport Beach, CA, she owned and operated a successful children’s swim program, which was responsible for hundreds of children learning to swim.
Traci spent 11 years in the Pharmaceutical-Biotech industry where she held positions in Sales and Sales Training. Her areas of responsibility spanned working with products for infectious diseases, organ transplantation, and pediatric/premature infant diseases. She collaborated with physicians and other health care providers on research projects, educational symposiums, and patient advocacy.
For 3 years, Traci sat on the board of the Helen Day Art Center, a non-profit community art center dedicated to bringing the arts to the New England area and beyond.
Traci is a founding member of the TLC Community Fund Giving Circle, which provides grants for selected causes.
Currently, Traci holds the position of Director, Philanthropic Partnerships at AltMed, LLC. Traci works with select foundations to help provide awareness, funding, education, and research for approved medical areas that could benefit from high quality, tested medical cannabis.
Above all, Traci is the stepmother of 4 children, and along with her husband, Michael, moved to Sarasota in 2010. Traci’s youngest stepdaughter, Kayla, suffered from the effects of Epilepsy over many years, and has provided the inspiration and passion for her current work as well as her commitment to the Josh Provides Epilepsy Assistance Foundation.
Deborah VaughanDeborah Vaughan was born and raised in San Antonio Texas. She is the oldest of five children and moved to the Sarasota area in 1986 after her father retired from the U.S. Air Force. Deborah graduated from the University of South Florida in 2017 after earning a Masters degree in Business Administration. She is currently the Vice President, Banking Center Manager at CenterState Bank and has been in the banking industry for almost 30 years here in the Sarasota-Manatee area. Deborah and her husband Rod were married in 2005, and they currently have one son.
Anne Weintraub, Esq.
Anne Weintraub, Esq.Anne L. Weintraub received her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law in 2003 and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2004. She is the founder of Sarasota-based Anne Weintraub, P.A. and in April of 2014, Temple Sinai of Sarasota awarded Anne its first Humanitarian of the Year award.
Anne’s practice focus is real estate property closings, title insurance and foreclosure avoidance. She issues title insurance for buyers, sellers and lenders on properties located throughout the entire State of Florida. She assists clients with short sales, deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure, purchasing bank-owned properties and negotiations with lenders.
Ms. Weintraub was named one of Tampa Bay’s “Top 25 People to Watch” in 2013 by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She is a frequent speaker at public forums on the subject of real estate, and appeared weekly for years on WWSB ABC-7 News on “Real Estate Talk with Anne Weintraub.”
In 2008, Anne was instrumental in implementing Circuit Court Chief Judge Lee Haworth’s precedent-setting Homestead Conciliatory Program, which requires lenders to attempt to meet and speak with homeowners before proceeding with foreclosure. She was the author of the Homestead Conciliatory Consumer Handbook for the 12th Judicial Circuit, and recorded video information about the program for the benefit of homeowners in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties.
Away from work, Ms. Weintraub serves on several boards, including Stetson University College of Law Board of Overseers; Campus Board for USF Sarasota-Manatee; Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County and has co-chaired events for JoshProvides Epilepsy Assistance Foundation. She is also Past Chair of the Sarasota Association of Realtors, as well as the Sarasota County Bar Association’s Realtor/Attorney Joint Committee.
Board of Directors - Members
Chief Executive OfficerAndria BilanAndria Bilan was hired as the first CEO of JoshProvides Epilepsy Assistance Foundation in October 2017 after having served 18 years as Vice President of Development at Jewish Family & Children’s Service of the Suncoast, Inc. She has more than 40 years of executive non-profit experience including the United Way, YWCA and JFCS. Her donor-centric approach to fundraising, passion for message and mission, and commitment to expand vital services to vulnerable and at-risk individuals & families has advanced the goals of JoshProvides Epilepsy Assistance Foundation. Andria has expanded the visibility of the agency through local media outlets; increased resources and funding by building strong relationships with foundations and donors; structured two signature events for friend raising, fundraising and awareness; and strengthened partnerships with the medical community, social service organizations and service vendors in order to increase access to services for individuals living with epilepsy. Andria is honored to carry forth the torch from Co-Founder Bruce P. Chapnick, Esq, Of Blessed Memory, and strengthen the impact JoshProvides has in our community.
Chief Executive Officer