The Episcopal Board of Trustees welcomed three new members this year: Mr. Len Allen, Mrs. Heather Fouts, and Dr. Ryan Uitti.
Mr. Len W. Allen has been a resident of North Florida since 2014. His two daughters, a junior and a sophomore, both enrolled in Episcopal beginning their freshman year. He is active in evolving and improving education and opportunity for all students, with primary emphasis on the economically disadvantaged. He previously served on the Jacksonville University Board of Trustees and currently serves on the Board of a private Christian primary school and on the Board of Governors of the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida. In addition, he invests significant time in collaborating with others to improve local neighborhoods that have seen the flight of investment capital to more affluent areas. Prior to his relocation to Florida, his career included over 25 years in finance and commercial real estate. He maintains a family office in the beaches area.
Mrs. Heather Fouts, a resident of Ponte Vedra Beach, has been very involved in her children\'s education from their time at Jacksonville Country Day School through their time at Episcopal. Heather and her husband, Lou, have three sons, two of whom attend Episcopal and one who attends Jacksonville Country Day School (JCDS). While at JCDS, Heather was involved in the Parent Association. She is on the Board of Trustees at Christ Church Preschool and she is co-chairing the capital campaign at Christ Church, while also serving on the Foundation Board for the Church. She has recently served on the Institutional Sustainability Sub-Committee for the ESJ Strategic Plan. Originally from Old Greenwich, CT, Heather attended Duke University where she graduated cum laude. She graduated from Harvard Business School and worked at J.P. Morgan & Company as an associate and an investment adviser in the private client group; at Kidder, Peabody as an investment banker; at American Express in new industry development; and at Armor Holdings in corporate development.
Dr. Ryan J. Uitti is a professor and consultant in the Department of Neurology at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, where he has served since 1994. He was promoted to full professor of neurology in 2003 in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine (now Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science) and is a fellow of the American Neurological Association and American Academy of Neurology. He is an international expert on Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. He has had an active research career and received funding from the National Institutes of Health for his work for the last 16 consecutive years. He has been principal investigator in surgical and pharmacological trials and published peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters and editorials. He has made presentations at national or international meetings and given additional invited lectures. Dr. Uitti served on the initial and current editorial board for Parkinsonism & Related Disorders and has been a member of the Executive Committee of the World Federation of Neurology/International Association of Parkinsonism and Related Disorders. Dr. Uitti also serves as associate editor for Neurology, a position he has held since 2006.
The former chair of the Department of Neurology and medical director for Development at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida, he now serves as the medical director of the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, an activity which involves Mayo Clinic locations in Minnesota, Arizona and Florida. In addition, Dr. Uitti serves as medical director for Mayo Clinic Provider Relations in the Southeast. Dr. Uitti\'s children -- Daniel '07, Erica '09 and Rachel '11 -- graduated from Episcopal.