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Board of Trustees

The members of the Life University Board of Trustees comprise some of the greatest minds in Chiropractic, finance, law and education. Their combined experience has helped build Life University into the largest chiropractic college in the world.

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    Jeffrey Aita, D.C.

    South Carolina

    Board of Trustees member Dr. Jeffrey Aita, a 1979 graduate of National College of Chiropractic, has been in practice since 1980, and is currently practicing and managing a multi-chiropractor office in Bluffton, South Carolina. Dr. Aita is a LIFEforce doctor and member of LIFE’s President’s Circle. He lives an innate driven and vitalistic lifestyle to the extent that two of his children are also chiropractors.

  • Eddy Diaz, D.C.

    Puerto Rico

    Dr. Eddy Diaz, a 1995 Life University graduate and Board of Trustees member, is a pioneer for the principle of Chiropractic in Puerto Rico. Along with being an incredible member of our LIFEforce team, he has practiced in Puerto Rico since 1996, tremendously growing principled chiropractic awareness in the country. To learn more about Dr. Diaz, his wonderful wife Neia Diaz and the amazing work he has done in Chiropractic, check out this story from the archives of Life University's alumni magazine, Your Extraordinary LIFE.

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    Sandra Elbaum, D.C.

    Virginia

    Board of Trustees member Dr. Sandy Elbaum, a 1990 graduate of LIFE, has been in family practice since 1991 in Chester, Virginia with her husband and fellow LIFE graduate Adam Elbaum, D.C. Along with representing many chiropractic organizations within the state of Virginia and beyond, Dr. Elbaum is a LIFE P.E.A.K. doctor, a State Alumni Representative for LIFE, a LIFEforce doctor and a member of LIFE’s President’s Circle. She was named Chiropractor of the Year in 1999 and 2007 by the Virginia Society of Chiropractic.

  • Kevin Fogarty, D.C. (Chairman)

    Chairman, Florida

    Elected Board of Trustees Chairman in July 2015, Dr. Kevin Fogarty has served on the LIFE Board for almost eight years and is currently a postgraduate faculty member at the University. Dr. Fogarty is the owner of The Fogarty Chiropractic Life Clinic in Rockledge, Florida and serves as the chair of the Florida Board of Chiropractic, as well as being involved in many more chiropractic organizations and associations. He is a 1985 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic.

  • Aaron Gagnon, CPA

    Ohio

    Board of Trustees member Aaron Gagnon, CPA, was elected to the LIFE Board in July 2012. He is a 1994 Accounting graduate of Kennesaw State University and is currently the Chief Audit Executive & GVP of Finance at Abercrombie & Fitch.

  • Janell Gibson, M.S.

    Texas

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    Richard Giuli, B.S.

    California

    Board of Trustees member Richard “Rich” Giuli, a graduate of California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo, is the VP of Engineering at GE Digital. He is married to LIFE graduate Amie Bend, D.C. Both are the lead contributors to LIFE’s Generations wall project, which recognizes families that exemplify the passage of the Chiropractic torch down through their family members, generation to generation, helping to ensure the health of a nation.

  • R. James Gregg, D.C.

    Michigan

    Board of Trustees member Dr. R. James Gregg is one of the co-founders of Life University and has been in chiropractic practice in Garden City, Michigan since 1970. He has been honored with numerous awards and appointments throughout his career, including being named 1995 Chiropractor of the Year by the International Chiropractic Association. His son, Dr. James Gregg, a Life University graduate, practices alongside him at Greg Chiropractic Life Centers in Garden City.

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    John (Jack) Griesbaum, J.D.

    Florida

    Board of Trustees member Jack Griesbaum, a graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas, is an experienced lawyer and judge, most recently serving as Brevard County judge of the 18th Judicial Circuit Court in Florida. He was appointed to this position by former Governor Jeb Bush in 2000 and retired in January 2015. He won many awards for his service to the state.

  • Jay Handt, D.C.

    New York

    Board of Trustees member Dr. Jay Handt, a graduate of New York Chiropractic College, is a founding member of LIFEforce and the New York Chiropractic Council, a New Beginnings board member and a partner in the InnerWinners Seminars. He has been an unwavering supporter of LIFE’s President’s Circle and loves being a facilitator at LIFE Leadership Weekends, helping prospective students discover how Chiropractic fits in their lives. His wife Mrs. Kathi Handt is a member of the league of Chiropractic Women, and both his son Dr. Josh Handt and daughter Dr. Morgan Handt are also chiropractors.

  • Dr.Leana Kart, Life University Board of Trustee

    Leana Kart, D.C.

    Georgia

    Board of Trustees member Dr. Leana Kart is a 1987 graduate of Life University. She has been in practice for more than 20 years at Northwest Chiropractic in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Kart personally trained under LIFE founder Dr. Sid Williams in dynamic essentials and peak performance certification. She has been ranked as a top doctor in the city of Atlanta.

  • Thomas M. Klapp, D.C.

    Michigan

    Board of Trustees member Dr. Thomas M. Klapp is a 1979 graduate of Life Chiropractic College (now Life University) and received a Diplomate in Applied Chiropractic Science from LIFE in 1997. He has been in practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan since 1980 at First Choice Chiropractic. Dr. Klapp has been honored three times (1993, 2006 and 2007) as the Michigan Association Chiropractor of the Year. He was also honored by Hour Detroit Magazine as “Top Chiropractor” in 2012. Dr. Klapp is a proud co-founder of OneChiropractic, an organization for preserving and promoting drugless Chiropractic.

  • Joseph Lupo, D.C.

    Michigan

    Board of Trustees member Dr. Joseph Lupo is a 1978 graduate of Life Chiropractic College (now Life University). He is a board certified chiropractor through the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, a Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner (CCWP) and a non-surgical disc herniation specialist with Spinal Aid Centers of America. Dr. Lupo is a member of numerous organizations at LIFE, most notably the President’s Circle, Elite 150 and LIFEforce, and was named Life University alumnus of the year in 2005. He has practiced in Roseville, Michigan at Lupo Chiropractic Life Center since 1978.

  • Rhonda Newton

    Rhonda Newton, B.A.

    Georgia

    Board of Trustees member Rhonda Newton, B.A., brings financial expertise to LIFE’s Board, having worked in various VP and leadership roles in banks such as IberiaBank and NorthSide Bank over the years. She was also the VP State Banks & Trust for the Cobb Chamber of Commerce for 22 years from 1989-2011.

  • Randolph O'Dell, D.C.

    Michigan

    Board of Trustees member Dr. Randolph O’Dell, a Palmer College of Chiropractic graduate, has more than 30 years of experience in Chiropractic. He practices at Walled Lake Chiropractic in Walled Lake, Michigan with his son and Life University graduate Dr. Chris O’Dell. Dr. Randolph O’Dell is currently serving as Oakland County’s district Board Member for the Michigan Association of Chiropractors.


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