USF Health Professions Conferencing Corporation
Board of Directors
Partner, Ernst & Young
President and Chief Executive Officer Visit Tampa Bay
His current Board Affiliations include The Florida Aquarium-Board and Executive Committee, Hillsborough County Hotel Motel Association-Board and Executive Committee, Outback Bowl, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa Bay History Center, Tampa Bay Hospitality Alliance Board, Tampa Bay Sports Commission, Tampa Hillsborough Film and Digital Media Commission, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa Theatre, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo-Board and Executive Committee. He graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Exceptional Student Education as well as a Master in Education.
Charles J. Lockwood, M.D., MHCM
Senior Vice President, USF Health
Dean, USF Morsani College of Medicine
USF President Designee
Dr. Lockwood has received multiple research grant awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the March of Dimes and other foundations. He has chaired and/or served on multiple committees of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, NIH, and the Food and Drug Administration. He serves on the national board of the March of Dimes Foundation, is president of the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society, and a past president of the Society for Reproductive Investigation, the largest international reproductive science organization. He has been a tireless advocate for the training of physician-scientists.
Dr. Lockwood is a prolific writer, having authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications (Google H-index of 80; 21,590 citations), 280 editorials, textbook chapters and reviews, authored or co-authored three books and co-edited seven major textbooks, three with multiple editions). He is obstetrics section editor for UpToDate, and the long-standing Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary OB/GYN, where his editorials won five national publication awards.
He has been elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine). He is a recipient of the Pardi President’s Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society for Reproductive Investigation, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the NICHD Frontiers in Reproduction Beacon Award.
Harold “Hal” W. Mullis
President Emeritus, Trenam Law
President/CEO, Tampa Bay Wave
Linda is an original member of Startup America Partnership and is currently an active member of Startup Champions Network. Linda also serves as an Honorary Commander at MacDill Air Force Base and serves on the advisory boards at Synapse Florida, Centre for Women, and Visit Tampa Bay. In 2019, Linda was selected to the U.S. delegation to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Bahrain.
Linda has a CPA license from the State of Florida (currently inactive), Masters and BS degrees from Florida State University, and an MBA from Columbia University. A native of St. Pete Beach, Linda enjoys spending time with her family, including her two daughters whom she is raising to be future female entrepreneurs in Tampa Bay.
Charles N. Pozner, MD
Former Executive Director, Neil and Elise Wallace STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Pozner was the co-founder and founding medical director of the Neil and Elise Wallace STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Under his leadership, the center has grown from a center exclusively for emergency medicine to serving the entire academic medical center. Skills training and content education is provided to a wide variety of clinicians at all levels. There is a particular emphasis on interprofessional team training. Simulation is also used for quality initiatives at the hospital.
Dr. Pozner’s research interests are in non-technical skills and team training and his primary clinical interest is in resuscitation. He has been an invited speaker nationally and internationally and has been a consultant on simulation projects across the globe. He is the chairperson of the Strategic Relations subcommittee of the Society of Simulation in Healthcare. In 2016, Dr. Pozner received the Bernard Lown Teaching Award, an award to celebrate physicians who are outstanding clinical leaders and recognize the significant role that education plays in the missions of both Harvard and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
President/CEO, Tampa Downtown Partnership
During her twenty-one years tenure with the Partnership, she has served in many roles, becoming President and CEO in 2019 after a one-year appointment as Interim President and CEO. She leads the organizational structure, management, vision and mission, and fiscal responsibility of the Partnership, as well as establishing and executing programmatic and strategic initiatives for the growth of Tampa’s Downtown.
As former Chief Operating Officer, and Director of District Operations, her responsibilities have included the development and management of clean and safe operations, beautification and public art initiatives, membership, and events. The most impactful work she guided during this time was setting the strategic direction and management of the Downtown Special Services District (SSD) through an annual contract with the City of Tampa, including facilitating the special assessment budget.
Since appointed President & CEO, Lynda led the expansion of the SSD boundaries for the first time since 1994, implemented a 2023 Vision Plan with four strategic initiatives to support the transformation of Tampa’s Downtown into a live-work-play-learn community.
Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Strategic Property Partners LLC
Mark H. Taylor, PhD CPA
Director, Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy
Muma College of Business, University of South Florida
President Elect, American Accounting Association
He had been with Case Western Reserve University since 2009 and was the Andrew D. Braden Professor of Accounting and Auditing, teaching courses in corporate governance and auditing assurance areas. He is the past president of the Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association and he also has served on the Auditing Section Executive Committee.
For three years, he was on the Senior Technical Committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Auditing Standards Board. He also is the audit committee chair and independent trustee on three investment company trusts and has had research sponsored by the Center for Audit Quality twice in the past three years.
Taylor earned a doctorate from the Eller School of Business at the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management.
Dr. Haru Okuda
Chief Executive Officer, USF Health Professions Conferencing Corporation
Leigh Ann Drexler
Secretary/Treasurer, USF Health Professions Conferencing Corporation
Assistant Vice President, Business and Finance, USF Health
Controller, USF Morsani College of Medicine
Interim Chief Financial Officer, USF Health
Chief Financial Officer, USF Health Professions Conferencing Corporation
Deputy General Counsel, USF Office of General Counsel
Sr. Administrative Support