The Eric Dolch Children's Encephalitis Foundation

Board of Directors

Craig Dolch, Chairman

Mr. Dolch is the Foundation founder along with his wife, Ava Van de Water. He was a sports writer with the Palm Beach Post for 26 years before leaving to start his own company.

Olin Browne, professional golfer

Mr. Browne has been a professional golfer since 1984 and is a member of the PGA Tour. He has won three PGA Tour events and in 2005 was in the top 30 money winners. He has been a member of PGA Tour Policy Board. He has been active in supporting many charitable activities as a professional He was a sports writer with the Palm Beach Post for 26 years before leaving to start his own company.

Eddie Carbone, executive 

Mr. Carbone is Executive Director of the World Golf Championships CA Championship at Doral Resort & Spa in Miami. He was previously the Executive Director of the South Florida Golf Foundation, the host organization for Ford Championship at Doral, and he worked for the New England Section of the PGA of America from 1993-2004, serving as the executive director in 1997. He received his BA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Alan Espy, attorney

Mr. Espy is the principal of Alan C. Espy in Palm Beach Gardens. He graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Law in 1983. He specializes in civil litigation and is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer by the Florida Bar. He has been chosen for inclusion in the consumer guide published by Best Lawyers in America. He has previously served on the corporate board of trustees for the Benjamin School; the board of directors of Friends of Abused Children and the board of directors of The Center for Children in Crisis. 

Ken Kennerly, executive

Mr. Kennerly is CEO and owner of IGP Group, a group of companies that provides golf tournament management, PGA Tour player management and planning and managing corporate events and hospitality. He is also the Executive Director of the Honda Classic, a PGA Tour golf tournament benefiting the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation. Ken serves on the Board of the Benjamin School.

Kevin Murphy, golf professional

Mr. Murphy is the Head Golf Professional at McArthur Golf Course, Hobe Sound. He is a member of the PGA of America and Southeast Florida Professional Golf Association, and former Board Member of the Palm Beach County Amateur Golf Association. He graduated in 1984 with a degree in Business Administration from St. Leo University in Tampa. He has worked with various non-profits in South Florida. 

Barbara Nicklaus, philanthropist and community leader

Mrs. Nicklaus is one of the most recognizable and inspirational figures in golf. She is Chairman of the Board for the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation and Children’s Healthcare Charity, Inc. She has and continues to support such charities and groups as the Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio; the Nicklaus Children's Hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla.; Stop! Children’s Cancer; and the Barbara and Jack Nicklaus Junior Golf Endowment Fund, among others. Mrs. Nicklaus has been honored numerous times for her service to numerous charities and her efforts to enhance the health and welfare of children nationwide. Among the many recognitions, she was the inaugural winner of the PGA of America's First Lady of Golf Award and the first winner of the Winnie Palmer Award, established to acknowledge an individual in golf who has "consistently given their time, energy and enthusiasm to those less fortunate." 

David B. Norris, attorney 

Mr. Norris graduated from the University of Florida with a major in accounting in 1980, and a law degree in 1982. Mr. Norris has served on the Village Council of the Village of North Palm Beach since 1997 and currently is Mayor for the fourth time. He practices in commercial and residential real estate, corporate and partnership law, construction, banking and general contract law as a principal of the firm of Cohen, Norris, Scherer, Weinberger and Wolmer. 

Frank Peard, financial advisor 

Mr. Peard has been a Senior Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch for the past 5 years and was a member of the Chicago Board of Trade for 17 years. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1982 with a B.S. in finance. He resides in Hinsdale, Illinois where he is active in his church and is the Commissioner for the local American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) league. 

Nike Price, professional golfer

Mr. Price was born in Durban, South Africa is a PGA Tour professional, turning pro in 1977. He is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and noted worldwide. He has won 18 PGA Tour events and includes two PGA championships, a British Open Championship and a Players Championship among his victories.

Dottie Pepper, professional golfer

Ms. Pepper is a former member of LPGA Tour and is well known as a Golf Announcer for NBC and The Golf Channel. She is a graduate of Furman University with a degree in Physical Education. She won two major LPGA Tour events and 17 titles, and is 10th in career earnings. She is a Board member of the National Golf Foundation, co-winner of the 2001 Daytona Beach, Fl., Kiwanis Club Humanitarian of the Year Award and actively supports charitable activities. She hosts the Loxahatchee LPGA Pro-Am every year that raises money for West Palm Beach-area charities. 

Gil Pomar III, executive

Mr. Pomar is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Jacksonville Bank. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1982 with a B.S. in finance. He has been Treasurer of the American Cancer Society in Jacksonville for several years, and serves on the Mayor's Faith-Based Ministry Board. 

Tim Rosaforte, sports writer

Mr. Rosaforte is a Senior Writer for Golf World magazine and on-air talent at NBC and Golf Channel. He is past president of the Golf Writer's Association of America. He is also a TV announcer for NBC and the USA Network. He is a constant contributor to many television programs and author of five books. He has previously worked for the Palm Beach Post newspaper and Sports Illustrated magazine. He has a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Rhode Island.

Ava Van de Water, real estate broker and Eric's mom

Ms. Van de Water is a Broker/Vice-President with Brown Harris Stevens, a real estate firm in Palm Beach, Fl. Formerly she was a real estate writer for the Palm Beach Post and managing editor of Palm Beach Life magazine. She is president of the Palm Beach Board of Directors. .

Medical Advisors

Trevor Resnick, M.D. PH.D.

Chief of the Neurology Department at Miami Children's Hospital, Miami, Fla.

Dr. Resnick is Chief of the Neurology Department at Miami Children’s Hospital, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He completed his Pediatric residency at the University of Connecticut Medical Center and Neurology training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Dr. Resnick, who is Eric Dolch's primary pediatric neurologist, has authored numerous scientific publications and edited books and journal supplements. He is a member of editorial boards of pediatric and neurology journals and lectures widely in North America. His research interests have focused on the neurodevelopmental correlates of chronic epilepsy and the use of neurodiagnostic techniques for seizure localization and semiology.

Elizabeth A Thiele, M.D., Ph.D.

Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children's Pediatric Epilepsy Program, Boston, Mass.

Dr. Thiele is the Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital for Pediatric Epilepsy Program. She received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1990. She completed her Pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins and at Children's Hospital of Boston, where she also completed her fellowship. Dr. Thiele is board certified in Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology. She is one of the nation's foremost experts on Tuberous Sclerosis Complex and also a huge advocate of the ketogenic diet.