Fall 2010 Issue


Welcome Aboard

Dr. Jeffrey Jensen has been named dean of the School of Podiatric Medicine and Physician Assistant program. Jensen, who takes over for interim dean Dr. John (Jack) Nelson, began his new role August 23.

Formerly in private practice in Denver, Colorado, Jensen has been the owner and clinical director of the Diabetic Foot and Wound Center since 1994. He earned his doctorate of podiatric medicine from the California College of Podiatric Medicine and completed his surgical residency training at Kern Hospital in Warren, Michigan.

For the past decade, Jensen has served as externship and research director at North Colorado Podiatric Surgical Residency. He has also been an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center since 1995.

An active researcher, Jensen has been the principle investigator on more than 30 multi-center clinical trials for wound care-related drugs and medical devices. He is also the founder of MedEfficiency, Inc., a medical device company that has generated $2.8 million in research funds from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He holds four patents for devices to assist in off-loading fractures and treat diabetic foot wounds.

“As a practitioner for 17 years, I understand the opportunities and challenges our students will face in delivering high-quality medical care,” Jensen said. “As dean, I look forward to bringing these experiences to the students. The thought of working with them in their formative years is very appealing. I also look forward to collaborating with Barry’s many reputable programs such as nursing, biomechanics and exercise physiology to foster research opportunities.”

Londa Adkins joins Barry University’s School of Law’s Juvenile Justice Center as staff attorney. Adkins, a longtime child advocate, is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and received her JD from the University of Dayton College of Law.

Prior to joining the Law School, Adkins worked for the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy’s Juvenile Post Disposition Branch, which represents children in that state’s residential treatment facilities and detention centers. In 2007, she became the Frankfort Trial Office juvenile specialist representing children in five counties.

The Monsignor William Barry Memorial Library welcomes Tom Messner as its new library director. Messner began his duties as director August 9. He earned his master’s in Library and Information Science from The University of Oklahoma and has more than 17 years of experience working in both public and private academic libraries.

In his last position, Messner served for nine years as library director and instructor of library services at Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, where he was responsible for overseeing all campus library budgeting, planning, library services and collection development.


The Barry University Board of Trustees welcomes its two newest members: Dr. James V. Stelnicki and John G. Primeau. Stelnicki is a podiatric physician in New Port Richey, Florida, and past president and member of the Executive Board of the Florida Podiatric Medical Association (FPMA).

Stelnicki, who has been closely involved with Barry for more than 20 years, is a Florida State Boxing Commissioner presently serving as the vice chairman, and has been a member of the State Board of Florida Medical Examiners and the Department of Professional Regulation.

He received a doctorate of podiatric medicine from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and is board certified in podiatric surgery and primary podiatric care by the American Podiatric Medical Specialties Board.

A member of the Podiatric Medical Advisory Council, he established the James V. Stelnicki Scholarship for Excellence in Lower Extremity Vascular Medicine with a $100,000 gift to the University. The scholarship awards one $10,000 scholarship each year to a deserving senior podiatric medical student.

The donation, made in 2008, inducted Dr. Stelnicki to the Barry University Society of Founders, which recognizes and honors individuals who have contributed $50,000 or more toward the mission and goals of the University.

Primeau, who serves as president and CEO of Valley Bank, has been involved with the South Florida financial industry for more than 40 years. He earned his Master of Business Administration from Barry’s Andreas School of Business in 1987 and is past chair of Barry’s Board of the Alumni Association.

He served as executive vice-president for the Commercial Lending Division of Hollywood Federal Savings and Loan, and later was president and CEO of Unifirst Bank in Hollywood, where he successfully directed the merger with Republic Security Bank in 1998. Before joining Valley Bank, he was senior vice president and market executive for First United Bank in Broward County.

Primeau has served as a board member of the American Red Cross, the Barry University Advisory Council, the City of Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the American Diabetes Association. He also served on the board of the South Florida Hospital District for eight years, two of which as its chairman.

He currently serves on the board of trustees of Women in Distress and the Broward United Way Campaign Cabinet, and is an active member of the State of Florida Consumer Affairs Committee.