At its foundation, the Lake Nona Institute believes that individuals have a profound impact on wellness, education and sustainability issues within a community. That’s why our projects promote awareness, empowerment and collaboration amongst each and every community member. The result: Lasting, positive impact and a chance at a better, healthier tomorrow.
By working with our Lake Nona Medical City tenants, a collective list of partners, and the Lake Nona community at large, the Lake Nona Institute has the perfect stage to shape this vision.
Gloria A. Caulfield
Executive Director, Lake Nona Institute
Gloria Caulfield leads health and wellness strategy and planning for the Lake Nona Institute. Passionate about innovating pivotal health and wellness solutions, Gloria manages corporate partnerships in the Lake Nona community to advance research, technology and new solutions for improved quality of life.
Prior to joining Lake Nona Institute, Gloria worked as an executive for a national consulting group with the mission of identifying and quantifying new revenue streams for large health care systems across the country. In addition, she served as the Executive Director for Community Development at Florida Hospital, directing strategic community health initiatives and employee relations in Central Florida.
Gloria is on the Executive Leadership Council for the American Heart Association, co-chaired the philanthropy committee for Hospice of the Comforter, and is a member of the University of Central Florida’s Town & Gown Council, actively increasing awareness of critical health issues.
Gloria has a BA in Business Administration and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives as well as the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development.
Program Director, Technology
Ron Domingue leads technology initiatives for the Lake Nona Institute to assess and drive adoption of best practices and innovative technologies alongside corporate partners and the community at large.
Ron has more than 20 years experience executing programs to improve products and processes, bringing an entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen to move the needle on technology efforts. His extensive career with GE in Silicon Valley included a focus on empowering the OEM and design firm communities to create world-class products. After GE, he founded SupplyBase, a successful collaboration software company focused on streamlining the product design process. He then went on to commercialize a range of other ventures including safer, wireless headsets, and a waterless, closed-loop PET recycling process.
Ron holds a BSME from the University of Vermont and an MSME from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a graduate of GE’s Advanced Course in Engineering and Edison Engineering Programs.
Program Director, Education
Mark Hayes leads the education initiative for Lake Nona Institute, serving as Program Director of Education and the founding Chairman of the Lake Nona Medical City Education Council. Mark is responsible for executing Lake Nona’s mission for improved education through the facilitation of a Collaborative Learning Environment where schools, homes, businesses and Medical City partners are more easily connected to promote opportunities for inspired learning. This vision includes attracting world-class education partners who will provide learning opportunities for all ages, creating personalized learning options, and implementing the latest technologies to attract and develop the brightest minds.
Mark has been a strategic consultant for Tavistock Group for more than ten years, working on initiatives in real estate and economic development. Outside of the Group, he actively taught in classrooms for more than 25 years, most recently lecturing on entrepreneurialism at both UCF and Rollins College. Over the past few years, Mark has also been an adjunct teacher at Lake Highland Preparatory School, leading his own course on entrepreneurialism. He currently serves as a Venture Plan judge for the Rollins College Center for Entrepreneurialism, and was a former advisor for the Entrepreneurs in Residence Program at the UCF Business Incubator.
Mark holds a BA from UCF, an MBA from Rollins College, and is a CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member).
Project Manager, Innovation
Health & Wellness
Jessica Jones serves as Project Manager, Innovation for Health & Wellness at the Lake Nona Institute. She is passionate about guiding innovative and data-driven changes to promote improved outcomes.
Prior to joining Lake Nona Institute, Jessica was North Carolina’s statewide Project Director for Reclaiming Futures, a national evidence-based model to improve outcomes for juvenile justice-involved youth with mental health and/or substance abuse needs. In this role, she provided strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation support through the first Reclaiming Futures State Office in the nation in order to increase the capacity of local cross-systems teams and integrate best practices into state policy.
Before joining the NC Department of Public Safety, Jessica was the Research & Evaluation Director for the Down East Partnership for Children, an early education non-profit where she directed the strategic planning, evaluation, program development, grants management, and community collaborative initiatives for the organization.
Jessica earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Elon University.
Community Relations & Marketing Director
Kathy Brown leads the marketing and community relations activities for the Lake Nona Institute’s health and wellness initiatives. This includes the Lake Nona Life Project, a long-term community health and wellness study, WHIT, a wellness home built on innovation and technology, and the Lake Nona Impact Forum, an event that convenes over 250 thought leaders from business, academia, government and industry sectors who are driving creative, innovative health and wellness solutions. Kathy earned her MBA in International Management from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern University. She is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.