Through its commitment to furthering the mission and goals of Florida Coastal School of Law, your Alumni Board of Directors is continually working to enhance alumni opportunities to socialize and network. Their work also helps the educational experience and reputation of your alma mater. The continuing success of Florida Coastal depends largely on the support of its alumni. The positive impression created by the improvements in our curriculum, facility, faculty, and staff are resulting in a larger, more competitive pool of applicants. In turn, the quality of our students and graduates is attracting a greater number of prospective employers. Our alumni remain its most valuable resource in terms of referring potential students and providing potential internships, clerkships and jobs for its graduates.
Congratulations to our Spring 2014 new board members!
• Eugene Fuller ’10 –Atlanta, GA. The City of Atlanta
• Kenneth Jenkins ’07- Orange Park, FL. The Jenkins Law Firm, LLC
• Barry Johnson ’08- Orlando, FL. O’Kelly & Sorohan
• Kyle Kelley ’12- Jacksonville, FL. Wounded Warrior Project, Inc.
• Rachel Rall ’02- Jacksonville, FL. Rachel Rall, Attorney at Law
• Pamela Simons ’06- Baltimore, MD. The Law Office of Pamela Simons
• Christina Tatum ’12- Jacksonville, FL. Public Defender’s Office, 4th Judicial Circuit
• Edward Phipps ’01- Charleston, SC. Phipps Law Firm
Alumni Board of Directors 2013-2014
Preston Oughton '08
The Law Office of Preston H. Oughton
10365 Hood Rd. S., Suite 204
Jacksonville, FL 32257
Preston Hall Oughton is the founder of The Law Office of Preston H. Oughton. His practice of law focuses primarily on civil litigation, real estate law, business law, probate and estate planning.
While attending Florida Coastal School of Law, Preston earned Dean’s List honors as well as Four Book Awards. During his Second year, Preston was privileged to have an internship with the Chief Legal Officer of the PGA Tour, Inc. During his Third year, Preston served as President of the Christian Legal Society. Preston received his Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2008 and is admitted to practice in the State of Florida.
Renee J. Maxey '08
Preston was born in Washington, North Carolina, but was raised in Lexington, Kentucky. While living in Lexington, Preston graduated With Honors from the University of Kentucky with two Bachelor of Arts Degrees in History and Political Science. In addition, Preston received Departmental Honor’s in History for having the highest GPA in his graduating class.
Preston is married to Kathryn Murk Oughton, another Coastal Law graduate and practicing attorney. Preston, Kathryn, and their son, Noah, worship and serve at the historic Riverside Avenue Christian Church.
Assistant Vice President - Legal
Deutsche Bank- Global Markets Division
Renee J. Maxey Assistant Vice President - Legal in the Global Markets Division of Deutsche Bank.
Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Renee practiced at Holland & Knight primarily in the areas of commercial law and transportation law. She is experienced in motor carrier, broker, truckload, less than truckload, and intermodal (multimodal) agreements, as well as complex commercial litigation, with a focus on the areas of antitrust, breach of contract and tort law.
While in law school, Renee was an active member of the moot court and mock trial teams arguing in both national and international competitions including the ABA Labor & Employment Law Trial Advocacy Competition (Regional Finalist), Chicago Bar Association Constitutional Law Moot (Octo-finalist), the Jerome Prince Evidence Moot Court Competition (Octo-finalist) and the 15th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot held in Vienna, Austria.
Prior to starting law school, Renee worked in public schools as a music educator where she taught junior high and high school students.
Sumeet Shah '08
Shah Legal Group, LLC
3440 Preston Ridge Rd., Suite 150
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Sumeet is a solo practitioner practicing in Atlanta, Ga. His clients range from small to medium-sized businesses that are in a wide variety of industries such as IT, Hospitality, and Retail and his role of general counsel to many of these companies has brought great value to each company.
During his years of practice, Sumeet has worked for business law firms preparing corporate and real estate documents for closings. He has spent time as a public defender honing his trial skills and worked as a commercial litigator helping to resolve business disputes.
After Sumeet obtained his undergraduate degrees in Finance, Marketing and Management he went on to work for Fortune 500 companies such as NCR, Hewlett-Packard, and AT&T in various finance and accounting roles.
These experiences have provided Sumeet with a broad business background complimenting his legal skills and providing each client with a valuable business consultant as well as a legal counsel.
Sumeet fluently speaks Gujarati and is novice in Hindi, Kuchi & Spanish.
Fraz Ahmed '06
The Law Offices of Eric S. Block
6817 Southpoint Parkway, Suite 2502
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Fraz Ahmed earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor concentration in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh. While at the University of Pittsburgh, Mr. Ahmed was on a scholarship based on his dedication to community service and academic performance.
Following college, Mr. Ahmed earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Florida Coastal School of Law. At Florida Coastal, Mr. Ahmed was honored to serve as a board member on the school's successful Mock Trial Team, where he advocated at both the State and National levels. Mr. Ahmed remains dedicated to the success of Florida Coastal by devoting his time to coach current and future members of the Mock Trial Team. Throughout his law school career, Mr. Ahmed complimented his legal education with practical experience by clerking for several prestigious law firms including a state-wide civil defense firm, a commercial litigation firm, as well as interning as a certified legal intern for the State Attorney's Office, Fourth Judicial Circuit, Duval County, Florida.
Prior to joining the Law Offices of Eric S. Block, Mr. Ahmed aggressively prosecuted and defended cases on behalf of his clients to reach favorable results as an associate for commercial and personal injury litigation firms located in Jacksonville, Florida.
Michael Bateh '99
Office of the Public Defender, 4th Judicial Circuit
407 N Laura St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Christopher Cobb '01
Jimerson & Cobb, P.A.
701 Riverside Park Place, Suite 302
Jacksonville, Florida 32204
Christopher Cobb is a shareholder of Jimmerson & Cobb, and practices in areas of construction litigation and business litigation. He is recognized as an expert in construction law by The Florida Bar as a Board Certified Construction Attorney. He has been recognized by Florida Super Lawyer Magazine as a Rising Star in Construction Law for 2009 and 2010 and was recently named by the Jacksonville Business Journal as one of Northeast Florida’s “Top 40 Under 40”. He has ten years’ experience litigating a variety of construction defect and construction lien matters for developers, contractors, subcontractors, manufacturers, suppliers and insurance companies and, for the past several years, condominium associations. Chris has sued on behalf of owners, developers, unit owners and condominium associations, and has defended developers, contractors, engineers and subcontractors in construction defect litigation involving, among other things, roof design, building envelope and water intrusion, construction issues, mechanical equipment design and construction, EIFS-related issues and overall design defects. In his business litigation practice, Chris represents local and national companies in all types of business and contract disputes, including breach of fiduciary duty, non-compete, commercial and residential foreclosure matters, and commercial collections.
A member of The Florida Bar and the American Bar Association, including the ABA’s Forum on the Construction Industry, Chris serves on the Construction Law Jury Instructions Subcommittee of the Construction Law Committee of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar. He has authored numerous article on Construction Law including an article published by the Florida Bar Journal on construction venue and lectures extensively on Construction Liens and Construction Litigation. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Florida.
William C. Devereux '00
943 Cesery Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32211
Adam Edgecombe '09
Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.
One Independent Drive Suite 1650
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Adam B. Edgecombe is an associate in the Jacksonville office of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A., where he focuses his practice in the areas of insurance defense, premises liability, general liability, automobile liability, and wrongful death. His practice involves insurance carrier representation and first party property claims.
Prior to joining QPWB, Mr. Edgecombe was an associate attorney with a litigation and insurance defense statewide Florida law firm, where he was a member of the general civil litigation group handling insurance carrier representation. His practice involved catastrophic and personal injury defense, wrongful death, vehicle negligence, and first party property claims. Previously, he worked for a civil litigation law firm in Jacksonville, specializing in commercial and probate litigation. Mr. Edgecombe’s experience also includes shareholder and partnership disputes, contract disputes, estate and trust litigation, and legal malpractice.
Mr. Edgecombe received his Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville, Florida in 2009; and he received a Master of Science in 2003 and Bachelor of Arts in 2002, both from the University of Florida. While in law school, Mr. Edgecombe served as Submissions Editor of the Law Review and was a teaching assistant for Legal Research and Writing.
Mr. Edgecombe is licensed to practice law in Florida and is a member of The Florida Bar. He is also admitted in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
In his community, he serves as chair of the Jacksonville Bar Association Holiday Project (2013). He is a member of the Florida Coastal School of Law, Alumni Board of Directors, and serves on the board of the Kona School. He is co-president of the Florida Coastal School of Law Alumni Association, Jacksonville Chapter.
James E. Farah '99
The Farah Law Firm, P.A.
1506 Prudential Dr., 2nd Floor
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Jim Farah, a native of Jacksonville, was a charter member of The Florida Coastal School of Law where he earned his law degree. Jim earned a Doctor of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. Jim also earned an M.B.A. from Jacksonville University, and completed his undergraduate work at the University of North Florida and Jacksonville University.
He previously worked for United Parcel Service, and in 2003 after dedicating twenty years to UPS, he left to start and manage The Farah Law Group, P.A. where he primarily focuses on business and legal representation for medical doctors. Jim is also the Chairman of Agility Press, Inc., a commercial printer located in Jacksonville, Florida.
Jim is a member of the Florida Bar as well as the Federal Court in the Middle District of Florida. Jim is active in various non-profit organizations including Volunteer Jacksonville and Dreams Come True.
Gordon Fenderson '04
The Fenderson Law Firm
644 Cesery Blvd., Suite 310
Jacksonville, FL 32211
Gordon Fenderson is the managing partner at The Fenderson Law Firm. Concentrating his legal practice on personal injury accident claims and DUI defense, Gordon has represented numerous clients throughout the state of Florida. He fights to recover losses from accident-related injuries while helping clients understand the legal and insurance landscapes. Gordon represents DUI defendants by giving them a strong voice in court and helping them through their difficult time with compassion, as well as the honest answers and information they need.
In addition to practicing law, Gordon volunteers his time as a judge in Teen Court, a local intervention program that helps first-time, teenaged offenders avoid incarceration and get their lives on the right track.
Gordon received a B.S. degree in Political Science from Appalachian State University and a J.D. from Florida Coastal School of Law. He is a member of the Florida Bar, Jacksonville Bar Association, Middle District of Florida, and Florida Justice Association
Eugene Fuller '10
Clayton County Board of Commissioners
112 Smith Street
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Eugene was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a proud alumnus of Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama. Upon receiving his Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal he returned to Atlanta to practice law. Eugene started his career as a Criminal Defense Attorney, and transitioned to a sole practitioner specializing in Real Estate and Contract Law. Eugene then worked with the City of Atlanta in the Department of Procurement and is currently working for the Clayton County Board of Commissioners.
Eugene holds professional memberships as an active member in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia, National Institute of Government Purchasing, Association of Technology Procurement Professionals, Florida Coastal School of Law Alumni Board of Directors, and serves as President of the Florida Coastal School of Law Atlanta Alumni Chapter.
Kyle Kelley '12
Wounded Warrior Project
4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300
Jacksonville, Florida 32256
Kyle R. Kelley is a staff attorney at Wounded Warrior Project, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Jacksonville, Florida with a mission to honor and empower wounded warriors. Prior to working with Wounded Warrior Project, Kyle clerked for several judges in the Middle District of Florida.
Kyle grew up in Northern Michigan and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Grand Valley State University in 2009. Kyle graduated from Florida Coastal in 2012. While in law school, Kyle as a teaching assistant, Staff Editor with the Public Interest Research Bureau, and an Executive Editor of the Florida Coastal Law Review. Kyle also has experience working with the prosecutor’s office in Michigan’s 84th District and with civil litigation firms in Jacksonville, Florida.
Jessica Desantis Kennedy '11
Law Clerk to the Honorable James R. Klindt
300 North Hogan St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Jessica Kennedy is a law clerk to the Honorable James R. Klindt, United States Magistrate Judge. She graduated from Florida Coastal in May 2011. While in law school, Jessica was the Editor-in-Chief of the Florida Coastal Law Review, a member of the Moot Court Honor Board, a teaching assistant, and a student ambassador. She received seven Book Awards during her tenure at Coastal. Jessica was selected as the 2011 commencement speaker and was awarded the FCSL Student Recognition Award by her peers.
After her first year of law school, Jessica served as a paralegal specialist for the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps at Fort Stewart, Georgia. The summer after her second year, Jessica interned with Judge Klindt.
Jessica received her undergraduate degree in Marketing from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While at Robert Morris, Jessica was a member of the RMU women’s soccer team.
Jessica is admitted to practice in the State of Florida and the Middle District of Florida. She is a member of the Federal Bar Association.
Dave Lazzaroni '05
575 Anton Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
John Leombruno '04
Arnold & New, LLC
6279 Dupont Station Ct.
Jacksonville, FL 32217
John Leombruno joined the Arnold Law Firm in 2007, and currently represents clients in the fields of Criminal Defense, Family Law, and Civil Litigation. In the summer of his third year of law school, John was selected as a legal extern for Justice Kenneth B. Bell of the Florida Supreme Court. Following his externship, he worked as a clerk for the law firm of Pajcic & Pajcic conducting research and drafting memoranda of law for both state and federal personal injury cases. John later accepted a position as an Assistant Public Defender for the Fourth Judicial Circuit, Florida. For two and a half years he served the people of Jacksonville by providing legal services for indigent clients. As a Public Defender, John handled thousands of cases ranging from municipal ordinance violations to life felonies. John had 17 trials while serving as a public defender, and received an award for trying the most trials in county court.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, John attended Penn State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History.He earned his law degree in 2004. While in law school, John served as the treasurer of the Phi Delta Phi legal honors society, and served on both the Mock Trial and Moot Court Honor Boards where he competed in several competitions. John graduated with distinction by finishing in the top 25% of his class, earning the Legal Pro Bono award, and was elected by his peers to be the commencement speaker at graduation. John coaches law students in mock trial competitions and guest lectures on trial practice. He is a recurring guest speaker for the Youth Leadership Jacksonville Program, and has also been serving as a member of the University of North Florida, Pre-Law Program Board of Advisors since 2007.
John is admitted to practice in the State of Florida as well as the Middle District of Florida. John is a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association and the Florida Family Law American Inn of Court, Jacksonville.
Coral Messina '08
Office of the Public Defender, 4th Judicial Circuit
407 N Laura St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Coral Messina is a criminal defense attorney in Jacksonville, Florida. She has prior experience in the area of civil litigation and personal injury. She is an Associate in the Chester Bedell Inn of Courts. She is also an active member of the Judicial Relations Committee for the Jacksonville Bar Association.
Coral graduated, with honors, from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2008. While in law school, Coral was the Director and Founding Member of the Student Ambassador Program. She was also a member of the nationally-recognized Moot Court Honor Board. Her 2008 team won the Southeast Regional for the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.
Coral graduated, magna cum laude, from the University of Florida where she served as a Florida Cicerone and Presidential Personal Host. The Jacksonville Beach native is a member of the Junior League and is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of America.
Edward Sarnowski '08
Holland & Knight
50 N. Laura St., Suite 3900
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Edward S. Sarnowski is an associate in Holland & Knight's Jacksonville office and a member of the firm's Public Companies and Securities Team. Mr. Sarnowski's practice focuses on corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, commercial lending and real estate finance. He assists in representing lenders, private and publicly-held companies, and investors in a wide array of transactions. Mr. Sarnowski has been involved in numerous stock and asset acquisitions, including acquisitions and dispositions of long-term care and assisting living facilities and acquisitions of providers of in-home health services and medical products. He also represents clients in connection with financing, leasing, acquiring, and selling vacant land and developed properties, including office buildings, single and multi-family developments, master planned communities and various commercial properties. In particular, Mr. Sarnowski has assisted in representing lenders in numerous loan workouts, restructures, forbearances, loan sales, deed-in-lieu transactions and commercial foreclosures.
Robert Riva '07
Holland & Knight
50 N. Laura St., Suite 3900
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Rob Riva is an associate attorney in the Jacksonville office of Holland & Knight LLP and is a member of the firm's Real Estate, Sustainable Development, Corporate and Public Companies and Securities practice groups. While in law school, Rob was the Editor-in-Chief of the Florida Coastal Law Review and was awarded the Founder's Award by his peers, which recognizes a recipient's significant contributions to the ideals and objectives of Florida Coastal School of Law. Additionally, he also received a Book Award in each of Contracts, Professional Sports Law and Legal Research and Writing, in addition to receiving the Best Respondent Brief and Best Respondent Oral Argument in Legal Research and Writing.
Rob concentrates his practice in real estate financing, leasing, acquisition and development with an emphasis on green building and sustainable development, as well as in corporate formation, corporate governance matters and asset-based financing. In 2008, he became the first attorney in Jacksonville to be recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED® AP). The LEED AP designation identifies professionals who have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED Rating System. As a result, Rob has been a featured speaker in presentations addressing legal issues with an emphasis on risk and litigation management in connection with green building and sustainable development from the perspective of property owners, developers, lenders, contractors, architects, engineers, landlords and tenants.
Rob currently co-chairs Holland & Knight's Opening Doors for Children program, which is part of the Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation and focuses on helping children in need of tutors, mentors, and role models locally in Jacksonville. Rob is also a member of the Jacksonville Chapter of the Urban Land Institute and the North Florida Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, where Rob serves on the Advocacy Committee and Marketing, Advertising and Communications Committee. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, The Florida Bar Association and The Jacksonville Bar Association. He graduated from Penn State University where he received a degree in Psychology.
Matthew Shirk '99
4th Judicial Circuit
25 N. Market St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Matt Shirk is the fourth Public Defender elected to serve the 4th Judicial Circuit. Prior to becoming Public Defender, Shirk spent time as a sole practitioner, as an associate with a Jacksonville law firm and five years as an Assistant Public Defender under the late Lou Frost. He worked in the State Attorney’s office as a law student.
As a law student, he received various awards and accolades for his academic accomplishments as well as his extra-curricular involvement. Matt holds two Bachelor’s Degrees from Western Illinois University; Law Enforcement Administration and Political Science.
Matt is on the Board of Directors for the Clara White Mission and the Northeast Florida Safety Council. He serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Salvation Army. He is a member of the Southside Business Men's Club and First Baptist Church downtown.
Sarah Spear Sands '06
Owner, Dance Trance Fitness DC
1111 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
Sands opened Dance Trance DC in May 2012 after getting hooked on the workout at Coastal. Prior to opening the Dance Trance studio, Sands was the Director of Policy and Public Affairs at AALU. She came to AALU from the Washington National Tax Office for KPMG where she was a Senior Associate and assisted firm professionals and clients with tax issues relevant to financial institutions. Sarah grew up in Ft. Myers, Florida before pursuing her B.S. from Vanderbilt University in English Literature and Financial Economics. After Vanderbilt, Sarah pursued her J.D. at Florida Coastal School of Law where she served as the chief of staff to the student bar association and graduate cum laude.
Sarah then pursued her L.L.M in taxation from the University of Florida where she focused on the taxation of trusts and estates. Sarah also served as the technical editor for Wiley Publications famous line of books titled “Limited Liability Companies For Dummies.” Sarah held internships with the Chicago Board of Trade, the Office of U.S. Senator Bob Graham, and the Department of Environmental Protection.
Butch Tanner '09
Lindsay Tygart '06
Edwards & Ragatz, P.A.
501 Riverside Avenue, Suite 601
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Born and raised in Jacksonville, Lindsay graduated from The Bolles School. She followed in a family tradition of attending the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. While in law school, Lindsay was on the Dean's List for four straight semesters and won the The Book Award as the best student in Civil Procedure. She also received the Barbara McCalla Award in 2006, for seeking justice for those who are less fortunate. She is a member of the Family Law Inns of Court.
Lindsay is admitted to the Florida Bar and is licensed to practice in all Florida State Courts and the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida.
Chelsea Winicki '06
1200 Riverplace Blvd., Suite 850
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Chelsea Winicki is an associate at Kubicki Draper in Jacksonville, Fla. Ms. Winicki graduated cum laude from Florida Coastal School of Law and received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since joining Kubicki Draper in 2008, Ms. Winicki has maintained a varied practice that has included handling cases in the areas of automobile liability, premises liability, products liability, insurance coverage, negligent security, PIP defense, construction defect, and workers compensation. Ms. Winicki works closely with her clients to develop a strong litigation strategy for the handling of cases and always strives to obtain the best possible result for her clients, whether through settlement or trial.
Prior to joining Kubicki Draper, Ms. Winicki worked as an Assistant State Attorney with the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville, Fla. Ms. Winicki was quickly promoted from the misdemeanor division, to the felony division, and ultimately was promoted to the specialized Repeat Offender Court division, where she prosecuted only repeat felony offenders charged with violent, drug, or gun-related crimes. While working as an Assistant State Attorney, Ms. Winicki was known for her passion and success in the courtroom, especially when she was in front of a jury. She tried 29 cases to jury verdict and tried additional cases in non-jury trials.
While at Florida Coastal School of Law, Ms. Winicki was a member of the school's successful Moot Court Honor Board. Ms. Winicki competed in 5 Moot Court Appellate Competitions, winning the Robert Orseck Moot Court Competition in 2006. Also in 2006, Ms. Winicki, won the Jessup International Law Moot Court Regional Competition, allowing her to travel to Washington, D.C. to compete in the international rounds against teams from around the world. Ms. Winicki secured a rank of 24th best team in the world. These competitions allowed Ms. Winicki to write multiple appellate briefs and argue numerous oral arguments before judges, including justices from the Florida Supreme Court. Ms. Winicki was also awarded the Founder's Award in 2006, by her fellow students, recognizing her significant contributions to the ideals and objectives at Florida Coastal.
Jo-Anne Yau McDaid '04
Yau Law, P.A.
10435 Midtown Parkway, #250
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Jo-Anne Yau McDaid is an attorney at Yau Law, P.A. Her areas of practice include Personal Injury, Patents, Trademarks, Franchising, and Criminal Defense. She has represented businesses across the United States, and inventors, artists, and musicians from around the world. Prior to founding her firm, she practiced at Wood, Atter and Wolf. Jo-Anne's experience includes litigation of various legal disputes in Florida. She is also a Magistrate, presiding over Duval County Court’s Civil Traffic division.
Since 2005, Jo-Anne has been invited speak about trademark law to Franchise Law students at Florida Coastal School of Law, and to Graphic Arts students at the University of North Florida. For three consecutive years, she has also coached the law school’s Trial Team in preparation for nationwide competitions. In addition, Jo-Anne is an adjunct professor for the Paralegal Studies department at Florida Community College in Jacksonville.
Jo-Anne is a member of the Jacksonville Asian American Bar Association, the Jacksonville Bar Association, the Florida Justice Association, the American Association for Justice, and the Jacksonville Chinese Association.
Jo-Anne received her J.D.in 2004. She received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Calgary, in Canada in 1999.