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Business Advisory Board Profiles 2015-2016

Seth Shortlidge

Chair, Business Advisory Board

Seth ShortlidgeSeth Shortlidge founded NTE Energy. As the company’s president and chief executive officer, he is responsible for managing NTE Energy's day-to-day operations, strategic planning and investor relationships.

Prior to founding NTE Energy, Seth served as general counsel, managing director and finally chief executive at Tamarack Energy. There he led the successful divestiture of the company’s portfolio of energy project development opportunities.

Seth was a partner at the law firm of Pierce Atwood. He also served as a Partner/Chair Energy Law Practice at the law firm of Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell where he represented a wide variety of national and international energy clients in major commercial transactions and regulatory proceedings.

Seth has four children and together they enjoy sailing and traveling.


Joe Bateman

Joe BatemanJoe Bateman received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and began his career in the marketing department at Norfolk Southern Railway Corporation. He became the director of public affairs, where he managed the railway’s lobbyists across ten states. In 1984, Joe left Norfolk Southern to join Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha, Nebraska as director of government affairs. In 1988, Joe was promoted to senior assistant of government affairs. He held this position until 2007 when was promoted to the Northern Region vice president of public affairs. In early 2013, Joe became Union Pacific’s vice president of government relations, leading special projects and serving in an advisory role. Joe retired from Union Pacific on October 1, 2013.

Joe has served as an elected delegate for five state party conventions. He also has served on numerous committees and boards related to campaigns, policy, and business. Recently, Joe served as chairman of the Association of American Railroads’ State Rail Policy Committee


John Berlin

John Berlin

John Berlin is the President of Carlisle Interconnect Technologies (CIT), headquartered in St. Augustine, FL, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Carlisle Companies Inc. CIT is a global company with 20 locations including the United States, Mexico, China and Europe, and has over 6,100 employees all dedicated to designing, manufacturing and delivering the highest quality interconnect products in the world.

John holds two engineering degrees, one in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and one in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado‐Boulder.

John serves on the Board of Directors for St. Johns County Education Foundation and is also a member of Wire Association International.


Jessica L. Evans

Jessica EvansJessica Evans is the Senior Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager,  and  a 10 year veteran  with Regions, a top U.S. bank-holding company headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, with $122 billion in assets, operating over 1,700 branches in 16 states.

Evans joined the AmSouth team in 2005.  She has been in the Business segment since starting her career with AmSouth/Regions and was a Chairman’s winner in 2012 (top 10% in the bank). Prior to that, Evans worked at SunTrust Bank, sold real estate, and owned her own business while in college.

Evans holds a bachelor's degree from St. Leo University. She was named the SBA Lender of the Year in 2011 for the State of Florida, was named one of the Top 50 Influencers for Small Business Owners, won Best Banker in St Augustine for four years, and was runner up as a Woman of Influence.

Community activities include:  Board of Trustees and Finance Committee for WJCT, Past Board member for the St John’s County Chamber of Commerce, Past President of Small Business Resource Network of St John’s County, member of the Jacksonville Small Business Resource Network, Volunteer of the Year for the Small Business Development Center, Past Speaker of the SBA North Florida Lenders Conference regarding SBA loan structuring, Cattle Baron’s Ball Baroness benefiting the American Cancer Society, United Way volunteer, and a mentor in the Women’s Business Owners mentorship program.  Evans resides in Saint Johns County with her husband, Ronald and son Spencer (7) and daughter Annabelle (2).


Don Fox

Don Fox

Don Fox is Chief Executive Officer of Firehouse of America, LLC, in which he leads the strategic growth of Firehouse Subs, one of America’s leading fast casual restaurant brands. He also serves as its chief spokesperson, sits on various boards of influence in the restaurant community, and is a respected speaker, commentator and published author.

In 1980, he relocated to Florida with Burger King Corporation, which led to a 23-year career with the national chain.  He joined Firehouse Subs in 2003 as director of franchise compliance. He was promoted to chief operating officer in 2005 and was named chief executive officer in 2009. Under his leadership, the brand has grown from 65 restaurants to more than 870 restaurants in 43 states and Puerto Rico, and is consistently recognized as one of the best franchises in the country.

Don was named as one of National Restaurant News’ (NRN) 2011 Golden Chain honorees, and was named Operator of the Year by NRN in 2011. Most recently, Don was ranked No. 1 on’s 2013 Top 100 Movers & Shakers list and received the prestigious Silver Plate.


Peter Freytag

Peter Freytag

Peter graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1958 majoring in finance. In 1960, Peter joined State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company at its corporate headquarters in Bloomington, Illinois. He retired after 39 years as Vice President of Common Stocks where he was responsible for several billion dollars of investments for State Farm’s mutual funds, pension funds, and the auto, fire, and life insurance operations.

Peter is a member of the Bascon Hill Society at the University of Wisconsin and the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. He has also created a Faculty Support Fund in the business school.

Peter and his wife Sue moved to Palm Coast, Florida in late 2002. They have been instrumental in creating the Freytag Children’s Rehabilitation Center at the Florida Hospital Flagler in Palm Coast. They also are involved with the local Take Stock in Children Program by providing two college scholarships for deserving high school students with financial and social challenges. They made one of the first major gifts to Pollard Hall, the new Communications Building at Flagler College. Recently, Peter was appointed to the board of directors of the Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation.


Nick Furris

Nick Furris

Nicholas J. Furris is the owner and operator of Spectrum Films, Linx Educational Publishing and Shannon Miller Lifestyle in Jacksonville, Florida. Furris is also the founder and senior producer and director of Greek Orthodox Telecommunication (GOTelecom), the video ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Furris received a B.A. in Communications from Rutgers University, as well as completing studies at Gene Frankel’s Acting and Directing Workshop in New York. He has won multiple Emmy Awards in his career as a producer and director of motion pictures, television series and concerts, including 250 documentaries and 80 educational films, as well as commercials for national and international clients, including Sodexo USA, CSX Corporation, The Mayo Clinic, Blue Cross & Blue Shield and St. Vincent’s Health System.

Furris is a member of AFTRA/SAG and has served on the Boards of University of North Florida-Library Dean’s Leadership Council, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, St. Photios National Shrine, Orthodox Christian Network and Orthodox Christian Fellowship.


Mike Jones

Mike Jones

Mike Jones is the Director of Global Manufacturing and the St. Augustine Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence Leader at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.  He is responsible for managing and integrating all manufacturing and support operations at the St. Augustine site in coordination with the company's various aircraft programs and other functional organizations. The site produces, modifies, repairs and overhauls military aircraft and subassemblies.

Jones has served Northrop Grumman for 37 years and has experience providing oversight and support for numerous manufacturing activities, ensuring effective, efficient, meeting cost, schedule, quality, and affordability goals. He has a successful track record depicting continuous improvement of manufacturing people, products, processes, systems, and services. Jones also has a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and is a graduate of the Integrated Management Course, as well as the Advanced Program Management - Defense Systems Management College.

Wayne Robison

Wayne Robison


Wayne Robison is President and CEO of Rulon International, the worldwide leading manufacturer of High-End Wood Ceiling and Acoustical Wood wall systems made in St. Augustine, Florida and PVC Ceiling and Canopy systems manufactured in Dayton, Ohio.

Robison attributes the company’s success to its practice of donating a portion of its profits to the less fortunate.


Patrick McEnerney 

Patrick McEnerney

Patrick McEnerney is a Managing Director of Deutsche Bank’s Non Core Operations Unit with responsibility for legacy RMBS and related mortgage risk in the US and UK.  Pat joined Deutsche Bank in 2007 and has held multiple roles in the firm as part of DB Americas Regional Management team and within Global Markets.

Over his 30 year banking career, Pat has held multiple senior management roles in the mortgage banking and banking industries including as President of The Bank of New York Mortgage Company, President of Priceline Mortgage, Executive Vice President of EverBank and Chief Credit Officer of Participants Trust Company (currently part of DTC).

Pat has also been active in numerous industry boards and not-for-profit organizations focused on housing finance, affordable housing and community development.  He is an Executive Committee member of the Financial Services Roundtable’s Housing Policy Council.  He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Enterprise Community Partners, on the Advisory Board for Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City and as an Advisory Board Member of The Institute for Affordable Housing Policy at New York University’s Furman Center. 

Randal Ringhaver

Liaison to Flagler College Board of Trustees

Randy Ringhaver

Randal Ringhaver serves as Chairman and President of Ring Power Corporation in Jacksonville, Florida and President of RPC, Inc., a holding company for Ring Power/Ringhaver Equipment.

Randal is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served in the Florida National Guard and in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. He was elected to the Board of Trustees at Flagler College on October 6, 1989, and he served as Chairman of the Board from 2005-2010.

Among his civic and professional activities are: Jacksonville Port Authority Board and former chairman; past director Toyota Gator Bowl; cornerstone member Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce; past executive committee member Boy Scouts of America; past Commodore Epping Forest Yacht Club.


Richard W. “Rick” Groux, Jr.

Liaison to Flagler College Alumni

Richard W. "Rick" Groux, Jr.Rick Groux is a graduate of Flagler College and earned his J.D. degree from George Mason University School of Law.  He served as an Assistant Judge Advocate General in the 49th Armored Division of the Texas Army National Guard. 

Groux is a partner in Dominion Construction Group, LLC, a firm involved in the planning and constructing of commercial and church-related projects in Maryland and Virginia.   Rick and his wife, LeighAnn are co-owners of Hart Song Farm, LLC, a 400-acre organic farm in Iowa, where they raise various crops and Red Devon beef cattle. 

Among Mr. Groux’s civic and professional activities are: the Christian Stewardship Ministries Board and the Middleburg Bank Advisory Board.



William T. Abare, Jr.

President of Flagler College

William T. Abare, Jr.Dr. William T. Abare, Jr., is in his 44th year at Flagler College and his 14th year as President. Prior to assuming his position as the institution’s chief executive officer, Dr. Abare served as the Executive Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs for 12 years. He began his tenure at Flagler in 1971 as Dean of Admissions and assumed responsibility for student financial aid in the late ‘70s.

Dr. Abare earned his bachelor's degree from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, his master's degree from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, and his doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. He also completed graduate work at Georgia College in Milledgeville, West Georgia College in Carrollton, and the University of Florida.

Dr. Abare has been active in professional organizations, councils, and boards related to higher education, admissions, financial aid, student services, and academic affairs; he has been involved in state policy matters related to accountability, assessment, articulation, funding of higher education, and student financial aid.

Dr. Abare is a member of the Council of Presidents of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida and currently serves as Chairman of the Council. He is a member of the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities and served as president of FACU in 2007-08. He is a member of the Council of Independent Colleges and was recently elected to serve a three year term on the CIC Board of Directors. Dr. Abare is a member of the Council of Presidents of the Peach Belt Conference and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Council. He is also an active member in the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Abare is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the regional accrediting body for the degree-granting institutions of higher education in the Southern states. While on the Board of Trustees, he chaired one of the Commission’s Committees on Compliance and Reports. He is called upon regularly to chair visiting committees for institutions seeking reaffirmation

Beverly Carmichael

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Beverly Carmichael

A member of the first graduating class of Flagler College, Dr. Beverly Carmichael  worked for her alma mater after her graduation in 1972 as Resident Supervisor of the Dorms, and then for three years as Assistant Dean of Students.  She attended the George Washington University in 1976, where she obtained her M.A. Degree (1978) and Ed.D. Degree (1985) in Higher Education.

Dr. Carmichael served as Director of Development and later Associate Executive Director of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education until 1986, when she returned to Flagler College to become Director of Development from 1986 to 1989.  Dr. Carmichael was Director of Corporate Relations at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, and was partner in the Winston Group (a fundraising consulting company in Green Bay, Wisconsin) for five years.  In 2010, Dr. Carmichael became Assistant Chancellor for University Advancement at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay until July, 2013 when she returned to Flagler College August, 2013, to serve as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement.


Alan Woolfolk, Ph. D.

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty

Alan Woolfolk

Dr. Woolfolk is Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Flagler College.  He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, a M.S. in Political Science from the University of Oregon, and a B.S. in Economics-Political Science from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  Before becoming Dean at Flagler in 2008, he was Professor of Sociology, Director of the Core Curriculum, and Associate Provost at Oglethorpe University. 

Dr. Woolfolk has published extensively on contemporary culture, public intellectuals, and film; edited volumes on the works of Thomas Masaryk and Philip Rieff; and twice been a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow. 

Since arriving at Flagler, Dean Woolfolk has worked extensively with the faculty to establish a system of shared governance, develop a program for first-year students, and expand the curriculum.  Most recently, he has led the effort to develop a college-wide strategic plan. 

Dean Woolfolk oversees the faculty, 11 academic departments, and all offices under Academic Affairs, including the Office of the Registrar, the Proctor Library, the Learning Resource Center, the Office of Institutional Analytics, and several other offices.


Allison Roberts, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Economics and Chair of the Business Administration Department

Allison Roberts

In her eight years at the college, Dr. Roberts has taught 15 different economics and business courses.  Professor Roberts is an applied microeconomist and primarily enjoys teaching policy-relevant courses like Labor, Environmental, and Health Economics.  She received the Dean’s Award for Leadership and Service in 2011 and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2015.

Dr. Roberts earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Northern Illinois University in 1998 and a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Lake Forest College in Illinois in 1991.  Her previous research has focused on the labor market effects of having an ill family member.  She has written a textbook for use in the Quantitative Methods in Business course at Flagler, which was published in 2015.

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Professor Roberts is the 7th of 8 children in her family.  She won twenty-five national and four world handball championships between 1980 and 2010, and was inducted in the U.S. Handball Hall of Fame in 2014.  She makes her home in St. Augustine with her mother, Marion, and her 6-year-old grandson, Vincent.