Womens Business Center Welcomes Three New Board Members

MELBOURNE, FLA.—Three new members have joined the Board of Directors at the Women’s Business Center at Florida Institute of Technology. They are Kim Zipper, Beth Gitlin and Julie Braga.

Zipper, a fellowship trained physician in the field of anti-aging, leads the team at Fountain of You in Melbourne and Cocoa Village, a medical center that offers preventive therapies to combat the negative aspects of the aging process. She received her medical degree from the University of Miami and interned at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Fla. Zipper is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology; and a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Medical Association, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery.

Gitlin is president and owner of Global Passages LLC in Melbourne, Fla., an international trade consulting firm, which assists and trains small to medium-sized businesses across the globe. She has extensive experience in retailing, manufacturing and importing and exporting packaged goods. In addition to being an adjunct professor at Florida Tech’s Nathan M. Bisk College of Business, Gitlin was recently named president-elect for 2011-2012 of the Rotary Club of Indialantic, where she currently serves as the youth exchange chair. She received a master’s in business administration from Chaminade University of Honolulu and a master’s in Asian studies from the University of Hawaii and is currently working on her doctoral degree at Florida Tech in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Braga is the area director of sales for the Melbourne Courtyard & Residence Inn by Marriott where she has worked for 12 years excelling in operations and sales management. At the University of Central Florida, she earned her bachelor’s degree in science concentrating in business administration and marketing. Braga currently serves as the membership vice chairman on the Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida, Inc. Board of Directors and is a member and event chair for the Women’s Business Council Steering Committee’s Back to School Event. She is also an ambassador for Young Professionals of Brevard and a board member and president of the West Melbourne Business Association.

Other WBC members are: Barbara Switzer, Specialty Pharmacy; Bobbie Dyer, Wells Fargo-Wachovia; Carey Gleason and Tim Muth, Florida Tech; Carol Craig, Craig Technologies; Connie Chiles-Cooke, Breast Friends of Florida; Debbie Steininger, Tastefully Simple; Deborah Goode, Hoyman Dobson; Debra Pavlakos, BB&T; Edna Patten, Unfading Beauty; Jeff Piersall, Space Coast Media; Katherine Cobb, J.D., Brevard Community College; Laraine Schultz, Wells Fargo-Wachovia; Mary Baldwin, CFP; and Steve Thomas, J.D. Hayworth, Chaney and Thomas.

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