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BOARD OF TRUSTEES

The ISSTA Board of Trustees is a group of individuals who volunteer their time to offer their unique talents and experiences to ensure the school's success. The Board members play a very significant role through their involvement and leadership. Their contributions shape ISSTA as a major educational, cultural, and economic resource, while serving the educational needs of all our students.

The ISSTA senior management team is directly responsible for managing the school’s day-to-day operations.

Ambassador Charles A. Ray

Board, Chair

Robert Dollinger, M.D.

Board Member

Attorney Eloise Gomez Reyes

Board Member

Mrs. Maribel Rodriguez

Board Member

Mr. Raul Perez

Board Member

Mr. Raul Amores

Board Member
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Ambassador Charles A. Ray is a retired Foreign Service Officer who served 30 years in the US Foreign Service, and before that, 20 years in the US Army. During his army service, including two tours in Vietnam, he served in Military Intelligence, Special Operations, and Public Affairs, with tours of duty in Germany, Korea, Vietnam, and Panama, as well as posts throughout the U.S., and retired in 1982 with the rank of Major.

During 30 years in the Foreign Service, he was posted to China, Thailand, Sierra Leone, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Zimbabwe. His overseas assignments included service as Deputy Chief of Mission in Sierra Leone during that country’s transition to democratic rule, he was the first US Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and was ambassador to Cambodia and Zimbabwe. From 2006 to 2009, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs and Director of the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office.

Since retirement from public service, he has been a full time freelance writer and consultant, and is the author of more than 50 books of fiction and non-fiction, including three books on leadership. He is a frequent blogger and contributor to several Internet news and content sites. Ray is also a photographer and artist, and has worked as a journalist and artist for a number of publications in the US and abroad. During the late 70s he was editorial cartoonist for the Spring Lake (NC) News, a weekly newspaper near Fort Bragg, NC. He was the first chairman of the American Foreign Service Association’s Professionalism and Ethics Committee. He runs a workshop on professional writing for Rangel Scholars at Howard University each summer, and is a lecturer at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Johns Hopkins University, speaking on global hotspots and the History of American Diplomacy. He has also done consulting work for the Department of Defense on personnel recovery (working with the Angel Thunder PR exercise) and as an interagency subject matter expert during army unit pre-deployment training.

Ray is a member of the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), the Association of Black American Ambassadors, and the American Academy of Diplomacy.

A native of Texas, Ray now makes his home in North Potomac, MD, a suburb of Washington, DC.

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Robert Dollinger, M.D. is the Chief Medical Officer of Student Health Services at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and Affiliate Professor of Clinical Biomedical Sciences at the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, arriving in August 2015. He also currently is a founding faculty member for the Florida International University (FIU) Center for Leadership and provides presentations to CEO’s, company presidents and executive leadership, as well as principals and teachers.

Prior to arriving at FAU, he served as the Founding Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. He has taught clinical skills to medical and nursing students, emphasizing communication skills, empathy, physical exam, and diagnostic skills. He also has experience “coaching” undergraduate, graduate, and medical students to enhance their interpersonal skills, manage stress, improve academic performance, and cultivate professionalism, mentorship, and leadership.

Dr. Dollinger previously served as the Executive Director of the FIU University Health Services from 1989-2008. Recognized as a leader in the field of college health, Dr. Dollinger is Past President of the Southern College Health Association (SCHA) from 1996-97 and also from 2006-07. He has been a member of the American College Health Association (ACHA) Board of Directors as the Regional Representative for the southern and southwest colleges and universities. He remains the Chair of the ACHA Consultation Services Program and is a past Chair of the ACHA Awards Committee and the Association’s National College Health Assessment Committee. He chaired the FIU Healthy University Task Force from 1997-2015. His areas of interest include preventive medicine, health and wellness for improving performance, as well as teaching clinical skills and facilitating case-based learning to medical and allied health professional students.

Prior to arriving at FIU, Dr. Dollinger was the founding President of Westgate Medical Center, his private practice in Southwest Broward County with three other primary care physicians from 1985 to 1989. He was also the Medical Director for the Bonaventure Resort and Spa from 1986 to 1989. He has made several professional presentations on a variety of topics in the field of college health and has received several local, state, and national grants.

Dr. Dollinger earned his M.D. with A.O.A. recognition from the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed internship and residency training in general internal medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital and Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, FL.

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Attorney Eloise Gomez Reyes has spent her lifetime fighting for families in southern California. Her passion is equal access to justice –social justice, legal justice, gender justice, environmental justice. She has always been a leader fighting alongside those who seek a better community and a better world.

For the past 25 years Eloise has unselfishly dedicated much of her free time, treasures and talents to helping the indigent. She has been a member of the Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association which has Legal Aid Clinics in the Inland Empire.

As an attorney, her private practice has focused on workers’ compensation and personal injury. For the past 20 years, Eloise has represented countless workers, families, and small businesses helping them with everything from jobs and employment to Social Security, pensions and insurance to disability and medical treatment. Most recently, she helped to found VALOR Youth Foundation, was a co-founder of the Inland Empire Community Health Center in Bloomington, and is on the Executive Board for the Children’s’ Spine Foundation. Eloise serves on various other Boards in the community including: Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Assoc., SBVC Foundation Board, and National Orange Show Board of Directors. Eloise was commissioned for a five-year term as an advocate with the Mexican Consulate for San Bernardino, California.

Eloise has been a Court Appointed Arbitrator, Personnel Board Member and Judge Pro-Tem. Most recently, Eloise ran for a coveted Congressional seat in the State of California raising one million dollars. Although short of winning the election by only 781 votes, many believe her candidacy increased voter participation -especially among the disenfranchised voters.

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Mrs. Maribel Rodriguez, a decorated veteran, pubic administrative leader, internationally recognized nutrition advocate, and contractor who for several years served as a top administrator at FEMA, and led a national and international effort in support of wellness and nutrition.

She has served our country honorably as a Marine Corps Lead Project Officer, US/NATO Army Representative, White House Education Program Manager, and other military defense agencies where she provided input to the Joint staff and the Department of the Army, and reported to Congress. She has also served our country as Chemical Officer at Pentagon Ops Center, Executive Officer, and Company Commander & Brigade Chemical Officer in Germany. If this was not enough, she is an entrepreneur having founded Eagle Pointe Custom Contractors where she successfully completed 100 residential construction projects.

Maribel holds a Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies and National Defense from the prestigious US Army War College, a second Master's degree in Health Care from CMU, and was a Fellow at the National Hispana Leadership Institute. Maribel also holds a General Class A Contractor License, is Board certified in Nutrition, and has also taught at Brevard County, Community College in Florida as Associate Professor in Health and Nutrition.

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Mr. Raul Perez is an experienced Information Technology and Business operations professional who loves to champion growing business challenges. He serves as adjunct professor of both business and Information Technology at Miami Dade College. Mr. Perez is a proud graduate of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Leadership Miami Program, and has served as a team facilitator mentoring other professionals as a board member. Besides his academic and professional experience, he is a caring, and loving, father and husband.

Mr. Perez holds a Master of Science degree in Information Technology from Barry University and an MBA from Florida International University

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Mr. Raul Amores is a veteran K-12 Language Arts teacher who discovered his life long passion to inspire young minds in order to make the planet a better place.

He coaches tennis, golf, and cross-country, enjoys skydiving, scuba diving, surfing, snow skiing, bungee jumping, mountain climbing, kayaking, and hang gliding when he is not teaching.

Mr. Amores holds an MBA from the University of Miami and a BA Degree from the University of Florida in English Literature