Leadership

Leadership

Meet the FAU Kelly/Strul Team

Co-Founders/Chairs

Dr. John Kelly
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Meet Dr. John Kelly, Co-Founder, the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program

 

John Kelly was named the seventh president of Florida Atlantic University in January 2014, and quickly declared his intention to make FAU “America’s fastest-improving university.” The university has established a track record of relentless improvement under his transformational leadership, which includes doubling research expenditures, enrolling an all-time high number of National Merit Scholars, setting new records for private gifts to the FAU Foundation, increasing graduation and academic progress rates, and raising the profile of FAU’s athletics program.

 

President Kelly began his academic career in 1982 as an assistant professor at Texas A&M University. Three years later, he went to Clemson, rising through the ranks to become professor and department head by 1991. He was named vice president for public service and agriculture in 1997 and vice president for economic development in 2010. During his 28 years at Clemson, the university advanced from 78th to 20th in the U.S. News & World Report rankings of all public universities. Active on the national level, President Kelly has served on the boards of the Administrative Heads Section of the National Association of State Universities and Land-grant Colleges (now the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities) and the American Distance Education Consortium.

 

President Kelly was raised in South Carolina. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clemson and both a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. In 2017, he received the Clemson Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor for a Clemson graduate. He is married to FAU First Lady Carolyn Kelly, and they are the parents of Carly and Stella.

Aubrey Strul
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Meet Aubrey Strul, Co-Founder, the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program

 

When asked the question, “What does it take to level the playing field that perpetuates societal imbalance,” Aubrey Strul, businessman/philanthropist, answers in a singular word – “passion.”

 

After more than a year of crafting the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program, Aubrey knows that his passion for leveling the playing field so that more and more worthy students can attend Florida Atlantic University, must never ebb. With the initial class of four emerging scholars in 2017, his enthusiasm and vision for the program has only intensified.

 

As co-founder of the program with FAU President John Kelly, his goal is to grow the program to include 80 students per year, or a total of 320 students by 2029. The Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program enrolled 18 students in 2018 and enrolled15 students in both 2019 and 2020. He has also recruited passionate people to the program’s board of directors to ensure rapid and steady growth.

 

A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, Aubrey, and his family immigrated to the United States in 1977. His educational background is in accounting, finance, and mathematics. He represented South Africa in the World Bridge Championships in 1972 and has won three American National Bridge Championships in 2007, 2012, and 2016. Aubrey decided to retire from world class bridge at the end of 2018 to focus more of his time on building the Kelly/ Strul Emerging Scholars Program at FAU.

 

Major businesses Aubrey has owned were involved in plastic extrusion, machine tool industry, chemical manufacturing, injection molding, land development, real estate development etc.

 

Aubrey is currently a private equity investor who invests in companies with strong management teams, quality product lines and exceptional people. He has often been quoted as saying “it’s always all about the people.”

 

His ability to groom and develop people carried over to his passion for emerging scholars. He has always wanted to help young people who had the intellect, ability, and desire, but not the resources to attend college. The Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program became a calling for Aubrey and his wife Sally.

 

The Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program is far more than the money that goes into the program. The goal is to build a turnkey program that allows students to graduate in four years without debt and leaves them with a passion to “give-back” when they graduate.

 

Beyond the education of young, deserving people, Aubrey sees a larger paradigm shift in the works, one that will help balance prevailing socio-economic inequities. He is concerned about the decimation of the middle class in this country and believes it is imperative that we lift up young people who have the desire and ambition to do well and give them a level playing field.

Board Members

Glen Stein
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Meet Board Member Glen Stein of the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program

 

Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Board Member Glen Stein has witnessed how economic disparity can lead to a malfunctioning society. The solution, in his opinion, is to create economic opportunity through education as a bridge to the middle class.

 

“There was no middle class in South Africa,” he said. “Education is a way from low-income into the middle class. I’m passionate about creating those opportunities.”

 

Through his work, serving on the Board of the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program, Stein is helping first-generation students attend Florida Atlantic University, free from worry about how they will pay for their education.

 

In addition to providing a full, four-year scholarship, the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program also helps students with each step of the college process, from acceptance to orientation, mentoring, housing, achieving financial literacy, embracing Owl pride, planning a career, joining student organizations, becoming a mentor, becoming an intern, preparing for graduation, and finally, giving back.

 

Stein also serves as Partner of Integrated Dermatology, the country’s largest independent dermatology practice, and Chair of the Advisory Board for the FAU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. Inspired by the effectiveness of FAU’s Center for Autism, Stein expanded his work at FAU through the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program, thanks to his relationships with program co-founder Aubrey Strul, and his admiration of FAU President John Kelly and First Lady Carolyn Kelly.

 

“They are caring and competent leaders.  I see the difference they are making already,” he said.

 

He hopes to be an inspiration for people who want to contribute in a meaningful way and welcomes others to support the program and its students.

 

“Helping people pursue their goals is a joy,” Glen said. “Being educated in America gave me an opportunity for a great life, and I want to share that with others.”

Andrew Queen

Andrew Queen
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Meet Board Member Andrew Queen of the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program

 

Board Member Andrew Queen can relate to the students who apply for the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program, now being offered at Florida Atlantic University. As the father of college-aged children, Andrew understands the challenges of student life and the importance of focusing on academic success. He joined the board not only because his friend and program co-founder Aubrey Strul invited him, but also because he hated the thought of qualified, ambitious students being unable to attend a university due to lack of finances.

 

“When I first learned about the program’s mission and about the talented students, who had only a financial requirement holding them back, it was an easy decision to become involved. My brother and I are delighted to provide scholarships to pay for tuition, housing, and other university expenses for these capable students,” he said.

 

In addition to providing a full, four-year scholarship to Florida Atlantic University, the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program also helps students with each step of the college process, from acceptance to orientation, mentoring, housing, achieving financial literacy, embracing Owl pride, planning a career, joining student organizations, becoming a mentor, becoming an intern, preparing for graduation, and finally, giving back.

 

As the Executive Chairman of Integrated Dermatology Group, Andrew and his brother, Jeff, offer paid internships within their company to the FAU Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program. The internships will be offered during the breaks and summer, so students can concentrate on their studies.

 

“We hire students from FAU, and they are phenomenal,” Andrew said. “Professionally, we are excited to help them, mentor them along this road, as they take this journey to further their education.”

 

Andrew Queen is one of the founders of Integrated Dermatology Group, LLC and currently serves as a Manager and Director. Mr. Queen brings 26 years of technology and business operations experience to Integrated Dermatology Group. Mr. Queen is also a founder and serves as an executive officer of US Path Labs, LLC, OnSite Dermatology, LLC, and eDerm Systems, LLC. Prior to co-founding these businesses in 2004, 2005, and 2007, respectively, Mr. Queen co-founded Health Watch, Inc. in 1991, a provider of home medical alert systems. From 1991 through 2001, Mr. Queen served in a variety of executive officer capacities with Health Watch and its successor, to whom Health Watch was successfully sold. Mr. Queen is currently a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Jeffrey Queen
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Meet Board Member Jeff Queen of the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program

 

Board Member Jeff Queen sees an active role for the community to play in helping the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program assist local university students.

 

“It takes a few people to help a few,” he said. “But it takes a village to help all who need to be helped.”

 

Along with his brother and business partner at Integrated Dermatology/eDerm Group, Andrew Queen, Jeff is encouraging all who can to assist low-income, first-generation students in becoming the next generation of the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program at Florida Atlantic University. Jeff joined the board not only because his friend and program co-founder Aubrey Strul invited him, but also because he understands how improbable attending college can be without financial resources and support.

 

“We’re helping tomorrow’s leaders afford college,” Jeff said “The concept of the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program is that these kids can focus on college. (Andy and I) had jobs while we were in college. We want these kids to focus on getting a great education and not worry about making ends meet.”

 

In addition to providing a full, four-year scholarship to Florida Atlantic University, the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program also helps students with each step of the college process, from acceptance to orientation, mentoring, housing, achieving financial literacy, embracing Owl pride, planning a career, joining student organizations, becoming a mentor, becoming an intern, preparing for graduation, and finally, giving back.

 

Jeff and his brother, Andrew, plan to offer paid internships within Integrated Dermatology/eDerm Group to the FAU Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program. The internships will be offered during the breaks and summer, so students can concentrate on their studies.

 

“We’re the largest independent dermatology practice in the country, and we want to offer internships to any of the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program who wants to work during their off time,” Jeff said. “Our corporation offers opportunities in just about every field from medicine to accounting. We want to offer them a real-life, professional perspective.”

Howard Boilen
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Meet Board Member Howard Boilen of the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program

 

Board Member Howard Boilen spent his career pioneering marketing strategies that led to global sales. From calculators to Seiko watches to Direct Response TV, Howard led marketing initiatives that took products from one side of the world to the other.

 

As a board member for the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program, Howard is continuing to build bridges, but now instead of connecting people to products, he is connecting first-generation students to next-level education.

 

“I am personally involved with other charities that support immigrant families that bring with them the spirit and dreams that most of our own families came here with – to have a better life for their families, especially their children,” he said.

 

“These are typically young adults who have … achieved educational and community service success, and they have proven that they can achieve their dreams, if they can continue their education. Although their parents did not have the chance or the means to go to college, with the help of the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program, they can be the first in their families to achieve this.”

 

In addition to providing a full, four-year scholarship, the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program helps students with each step of the college process, from acceptance to orientation, mentoring, housing, achieving financial literacy, embracing Owl pride, planning a career, joining student organizations, becoming a mentor, becoming an intern, preparing for graduation, and finally, giving back.

 

Howard invites local community leaders, residents, and even other students to join him and the board, in increasing the opportunities for other worthy young people to attend FAU. He suggests two real ways for people to get involved.

 

“We want to get financial and mentoring support to as many students as possible. The need is there – our goal is to support every deserving student that needs our help,” he said.

 

“Among all the elements that students need to be successful in school, two stand out – money — $16,000 per year for four years will cover the financial need. This covers all the costs that the student will need, so the financial worries are taken away. Second is mentoring. The students will need guidance and support. FAU is doing a fantastic job, but as the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program grows, we will need additional one-on-one mentoring.”

Barry Beck

Barry Beck
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Meet Board Member Barry Beck of the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program

 

As someone who has always recognized and appreciated the value of accessibility to education, the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program is the perfect match for Board Member Barry Beck.

 

Raised in the suburbs of London, Barry was educated in England’s state school system. His strong academic performance allowed him to bypass university studies and pursue a career in accounting through an apprenticeship program.

 

Barry went on to qualify as a chartered accountant – the U.K. equivalent of a CPA – at the age of 21. He quickly realized, however, that accounting was not his calling.

 

Instead, Barry used the skills gleaned from his accountancy training to enter the commercial arena. He has since been involved with several successful startup businesses. In growing these businesses, Barry witnessed firsthand the value of both teamwork and strong leadership – something he feels makes the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program an exemplary program.

 

“Aubrey Strul’s board appointments represent professionals with a diverse range of skills and accomplishments,” said Barry. “This, combined with the exceptional student mentorship team President Kelly has put together, makes for an impressive group of personnel committed to promoting student success.”

 

It is the program’s mission, however, with which Barry can personally identify.

 

“My parents could not afford to provide a private education for me, but they were able to financially and emotionally support me through my school years and my accountancy training,” recalled Barry. “I have been so fortunate in this respect, and I think that is one of the drivers that enables me to identify with the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program.”

 

Barry and his wife purchased a vacation home in Florida in 1990 and have lived in the state full-time since 2015.

Cecilia Peters
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Meet Board Member Cecilia Peters of the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program

 

Cecilia Peters is a native of Rutigliano, a beautiful medieval town in the region of Puglia, Italy, and just fifteen minutes away from the Adriatic Sea. She has been married to Gary Peters, president of Boca Helping Hands, for 40 years, and they have two sons: Gary 30 years old, a Vanderbilt B. Eng.’13, and Carnegie Mellon University MA of Science from the School of Engineering,’18 graduate, and Adam, 26 years old, a graduate of Belmont University and currently attending Miami Law School.

 

Cecilia enjoyed a Wall Street career from 1979 until 1990, the birth of her first son, Gary. She began her second career and greatest passion, teaching, 21 years ago. For three years, Cecilia served as a board member at the Saint Andrew’s School, Boca Raton, Florida. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Gary Peters Family Foundation and serves as Board Trustee and Committee member for the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program. She has also volunteered her time teaching English to international students at Boca High School and Boca Helping Hands and is currently an English tutor at A Place for Hope on their Boca Raton campus.

 

To Cecilia, family is the greatest of all responsibilities, a most fulfilling endeavor, and the most important aspect of her life. However, she regards teaching as integral to the future of our country and an extremely rewarding career. To that end, she devotes most of her spare time helping kids of all walks of life reach their full potential through education.

Natalya I. Sabga, DBA
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Meet Board Member Natalya I. Sabga, DBA of the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program

 

Dr. Natalya I. Sabga is a practitioner-scholar specializing in corporate learning and organizational leadership. Dr. Sabga has held senior roles in both the private and public sectors, where her expertise in operations management, project management, process improvement, and transformational change were applied to high-profile client relationships, strategic program development, team, and organizational performance.

 

Dr. Sabga earned her Doctorate in Business Administration with a concentration in adult learning, leadership, and succession planning. Prior to attaining her doctorate and moving into a consultancy role, Dr. Sabga enjoyed serving as an Associate Director in FAU’s College of Business for 11 years, leading its corporate and professional executive education programs. In this role, she helped working professionals accelerate their careers by creating version 2.0 of themselves, and she assisted organizations with developing educational programs that solved real-time business issues.

 

In addition to her research on leadership, adult learning, and motivation, Dr. Sabga has published two books and written numerous articles.
Dr. Sabga feels very fortunate to have been blessed with limitless educational opportunities and believes that “learning is the key to confidence, fulfillment, success, and independence in life.”

 

Dr. Sabga hopes to be a positive influence for the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program scholarship recipients.

 

“Having a role helping students change and improve their lives through education will be as fulfilling and life-changing for me as it will be for them.”

Arthur Adler
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Meet Board Member Arthur Adler of the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program

 

Board Member Arthur Adler only serves on one other board besides the Board of Directors for the new Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program, but it is a very significant one. As chairman of the Boca West Foundation, which he has spearheaded since 2010, Arthur has been focused on caring for underprivileged area children at every stage of their development.

 

He joined the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program board because he saw it as way to provide for the last part of the life cycle, which is support and financing of a child’s higher education. The Boca West Foundation facilitates services for children from birth through high school; however, its comprehensive reach stopped at college.

 

“I knew giving young people an opportunity at an advanced degree was more than just putting up money for scholarships,” Arthur said. “When my dear friends (and program co-founders) Aubrey Strul and FAU President John Kelly unveiled the program, it was so important to me that it provided housing on campus and gave the scholars a chance to engage with other students through the mentoring program. I knew that the kids would have the greatest chance at being successful, and that was my impetus for getting involved. The Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program completed the childhood circle from birth to college.”

 

In addition to providing a full, four-year scholarship to Florida Atlantic University, the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program also helps students with each step of the college process, from acceptance to orientation, mentoring, housing, achieving financial literacy, embracing Owl pride, planning a career, joining student organizations, becoming a mentor, becoming an intern, preparing for graduation, and finally, giving back.

 

Arthur was an emerging scholar, the first and only in his family to attend a university.

 

“I understood very quickly that without a degree as part of your paperwork, you simply are not going to have the same opportunity to achieve a certain level of success,” he said. “We have tens of thousands of jobs going unfilled in this country. The good news is that we also have tens of thousands of people who could be doing those jobs, if they were better educated. If we can prepare the young people to take on these jobs, the country will just fly.”

Board Advisors

Michael Sneider

Michael Sneider
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Meet Board Advisor Michael Sneider of the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program

 

Michael Sneider, an advisor to the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program Board of Directors, brings extraordinary, diversified experience to the board that makes him an incredible asset to the students receiving scholarships.

 

Mike has more than 60 years’ experience in real estate development and finance. As a CEO and managing partner, he has been involved in joint venture development of hotels, shopping centers, residential facilities, and shipping facilities. He has owned, developed, and financed residential properties in Georgia, California, Ohio, New York, and Florida.

 

He is a past president of the Boca West Country Club Masters Association Board of Governors, and has also been on the Country Club board for more than a dozen years serving on myriad committees including budget, finance, strategic planning, golf, fitness, and facilities planning. As Vice Chairman of the Facilities Planning Committee, he was involved with many of the designs of the original Boca West clubhouse.

 

Mike also served on the Board of Governors of the Jewish National Fund of New York, Shun Tak Far East Venture Corporation, 900 Fifth Avenue Corporation, and the Rockrimmon Country Club in Stanford, CT. He is currently a board member and chairman of the advisory committee of the Boca West Children’s Foundation.

 

He is a graduate of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Michael Lissauer
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Meet Board Advisor Michael Lissauer of the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program

 

Michael Lissauer has more than 50 years’ experience in marketing, strategic planning, branding, advertising, social media, and public relations.

 

From 1990-2007, he was executive vice president of marketing and business strategy for Business Wire, and as a member of the company’s Board of Directors played a decisive role in the company’s acquisition by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway in March 2006.

 

After retiring from Business Wire, he was an adjunct professor of marketing at Baruch College from 2009-2015, where he founded Park Bench Marketing Group; an in-house student operated pro-bono marketing communications company.

 

Michael has an MBA in Communications from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business (1971), and a BA in Political Science from the University of Bridgeport (1968).