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The Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences strives to provide professionals with the skills necessary for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease and disability in order to assure optimum health conditions in the community and beyond. With an unwavering commitment to ethical practice and in support of the Nova Southeastern University Core Values, the College endeavors to advance research, scholarship, and the development of leadership skills utilizing traditional educational methods, distance learning, and innovative combinations of both to achieve its educational goals.

Board Members

Professor Wagner is the Chair of the Department of Anesthesia in the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences. He has been a healthcare provider for over 30 years and has a long list of accomplishments as an anesthesia provider and leader within the healthcare profession. He has been with NSU for 10 years and started the Master of Science in Anesthesia programs at the Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa, Florida NSU campuses. The programs train students at the Master’s level to be Anesthesiologist Assistants (Anesthetists). Professor Wagner’s passion for obtaining corporate sponsorship over the years has led to large amounts of medical equipment to be donated to NSU.

Dawn Seay serves as the South Florida Executive Director for the American Diabetes Association. She and her team work to generate diabetes awareness through community programs for at risk populations; fundraise to provide funding for diabetes research for a cure; and advocate for the rights of people living with this disease. She works to carry through the mission of the association which is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Under her leadership, she has created a community partnership with Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County designed to address obesity and advocate for healthy living for at risk youth populations who are most susceptible for developing diabetes and other chronic disease states.  Prior to joining the American Diabetes Association, Dawn served as Development Director with the American Heart Association in Broward County.  She is a graduate of Leadership Broward Class XXIX and has a B.A. in Public Relations from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Margaret “Maggie” Reilly is the Director of Occupational and Physical Therapy at All Children’s Hospital in St Petersburg, FL. She is a physical therapist, who graduated from Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY in 1989. Her career included practicing as a pediatric physical therapist in a variety of settings prior to taking on her current administrative role in 2000. Maggie has been involved in research, and has been a guest presenter at various local and national meetings. In 2010, she received her MBA from Nova Southeastern University H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship. She currently serves as the chair of the Health Care and Prevention Task Force for the Florida Developmental Disability Council and a member of the Nova Southeastern University College of Health Care Sciences Advisory Board.

Dr. Heidi Schaeffer received her Bachelor Degrees in Biology and Psychology (and Minor in Chemistry) from Barry University and was Valedictorian of both majors.  She earned her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Miami School of Medicine and subsequently trained in Internal Medicine training at Jackson Memorial Hospital. She has been a licensed Florida physician since 2000.  Dr. Schaeffer is a member of the American Woman's Medical Association and its P.A.T.H.(Physicians-Against-the-Trafficking-of-Humans) Committee.  

Nationally known for her service and expertise on combating human trafficking, Dr. Schaeffer has helped advance HT legislation and has been invited to educate on HT, including at the US Capital. She won the State of Florida’s 2017 HT “Community Advocate of the Year Award.”  Dr. Schaeffer is the Vice-President of the Human Trafficking Coalition of the Palm Beaches, as well as the Coalition Communications Specialist for the Broward Human Trafficking Coalition.  She is part of the Advisory Board for NSU CREATE, 1HTC, and KidSafe Foundation. She is the twice-elected President of Soroptimist International of Boca Raton/Deerfield and has served on two Foster-care-related committees for ChildNet. She is the proud mother of a young son.

Dr. Terry Morrow is the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Assistant Professor in the College of Health Care Sciences at Nova Southeastern University and President of the Partnership for Leadership and Transformation.  She holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and is a Florida Supreme Court Mediator and Certified Christian Conciliator.  Dr. Morrow served on the Florida Board of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) as the Co-Chair of the Student Leadership Programs Knowledge Community for five years, is the Co-Founder and former Co-Chair of the South Florida Diversity Alliance, and helped develop the National Peace Academy.  In 2013, she was appointed by the mayor to serve on the City of Sunrise Education Advisory Board.

Dr. Morrow is a member of the editorial review boards for the Journal for Leadership Education, The Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies, and The Qualitative Report.  During her 15 years in higher education, she has focused on bringing faculty, students and staff together to identify opportunities for improvement and create collaborative initiatives that promote success and engagement. Dr. Morrow has published numerous articles and book chapters and presented at a variety of international, national and state conferences.  In 2013, she was named Nova Southeastern University Executive of the Year.

As a former graduate of a Masters in Human Resource Management from Nova Southeastern University and presently enrolled in the Leadership Certificate Program, Franklin Renwick has joined forces with the Department of Justice in a classified position. Throughout his career Franklin has held executive positions within two of the Fortune 100 companies, Target Corporation and Bank of America and he has lead the teams of each individual organization to achieve goals beyond their expectations. Franklin has also received numerous sales awards during his journey and has provided clients with superior leadership during critical transition phases including hiring professional staff, implementing budget reductions and applying long-term strategic planning. Franklin has also been involved in the community as an ambassador with Make a Wish foundation, March of Dimes and Food for the Poor. Among his significant positions Franklin is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

As Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the CHCS, Peter L. Taylor, Ph.D., is responsible for professional program accreditations, academic program review, instructional support, and college publications.  Prior to his appointment at NSU, Dr. Taylor served as assistant dean of academic affairs at the University of California, San Francisco and associate director of admissions at Northeastern University School of Law. He has held faculty appointments at Santa Clara University, Virginia Tech, and Florida Memorial University.

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