The Battle Contestants

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The Battle Contestants2018-04-19T15:46:35+00:00

Meet the Lip Sync for Lungs Battle Contestants!

Steve Gunter

Steve Gunter

Best known for his passion for University of Arkansas football, Razorback Steve Gunter also happens to be the owner of The Tap Room at Dubsdread and Dubsdread Catering. A proud Pitch Perfect fan, Steve spends much of his private time singing and practicing his dance moves. He jumped at the opportunity to participate in Orlando’s first annual  Lip Sync for Lungs contest.

Steve’s passion for exercise (he’s an avid cyclist, swimmer and power yogi) leaves him feeling incredibly grateful for his lung health. He can’t imagine life without it. After watching a close friend lose his life to lung cancer, and knowing several others who have fought the awful disease, he is honored to be a part of funding research for lung health. 

Steve Gunter

Nancy Robbinson, Linda Kobert, and Pamela Gould

Nancy Robbinson, a native of Orlando, has served on the Orange County School Board representing District 6 since 2008. As a school board member, she serves on the Communications and Legislative Committees and served as vice chairman from 2015-2016. She became a Florida School Board Association (FSBA) Certified Board Member in June 2010 and served on the FSBA Board of Directors from 2011 – 2015. Mrs. Robbinson also represented the Central Florida School Boards Coalition on the Congress of Regional Leaders through from 2010 – 2015.

Nancy is passionate about serving her community and is on the board of directors for the Urban Think! Foundation which supports literacy programs for inner-city Orlando students. She also serves on the advisory boards of United Against Poverty and The Children’s Movement of Florida–Central Florida Region. Her service also includes the YMCA of Central Florida Education Committee and she is the Immediate Past President of Tiger Bay Club of Central Florida.”

Linda Kobert is the Vice Chair of the Orange County School Board and representative from District 3, South Orlando.  She is a small business owner and community leader who over the past 10 years has established four non-profit organizations including Fund Education Now, The Blankner Foundation, The Alliance for Public Schools and the SoDo neighborhood revitalization project. She and her husband of 28 years are proud parents of 3 children who have all attended Orange County public schools. She received the Orange County Public Schools South Learning Community Volunteer of the Year Award for her work in 2006, the Florida School Boards Association Presidents’ Award in 2011, Blankner School’s Education Advocacy Award and the Orange County Public School Chairman’s Award in 2012.  With her 2 advocacy partners, she was runner up for Central Floridian of the Year. Linda currently serves on the Education Committee for the League of Women Voters, Co-chairs the Ambassadors Council of the Timucua Arts Foundation and was named to the Council of Valencia and the Central Florida Congress of Regional Leaders. A Certified Board Member, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida School Boards Association and is Chair of the Central Florida School Boards Coalition.  Linda is a native Floridian and a graduate the University of Florida.

Pamela Gould  was first elected to serve on the Orange County Public Schools in 2012 as the District 4 Board Member. Her appointments include: the Foundation for OCPS; she was appointed by Mayor Teresa Jacobs to the Community Action Board and the Family Homelessness Committee. Since Pam’s election she has helped usher the advancement of multiple relief schools, increased industry certification and skills training for our students, and open new lines of intergovernmental cooperation and communication. In 2015, she received the 2015 STAR School Board Member of the Year award from the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations. This award recognized her efforts in building stronger relationships and better alignment between the education foundation, the school district, individual schools and the community.

Pam brings years of executive experience from the industries of healthcare, hospitality and entertainment to Dave’s House. She has developed and managed successful programs for both profit and non-profit entities, including Health Central Foundation, Island One Foundation and Orlando Health. She founded Advocate Enterprises in 2010. In 2013, it was through her consulting that she first began to work with Dave’s House and became President and CEO in November 2015.

Jose Arias, MD

Fellowship: Allergy/Immunology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Residency: Internal Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Clinical Appointments: Associate Professor, University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Florida Hospital, Orlando Regional Healthcare System
Member: American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; Florida Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Society; American Medical Association; Pan-American Medical Society.

Sharing my expertise & personal experiences. “After medical school, I chose to specialize in allergy and asthma because I know what it’s like to suffer with these problems. My children have allergies and I have had asthma most of my life. I feel that being able to relate to what you’re going through helps me be a better doctor for you. I understand the physical and emotional side of dealing with these kinds of issues, and I can share my experiences as a specialist, a parent and a patient.”

The importance of specialized care “Compared to other medical specialties, the specialty of allergy, asthma and immunology is relatively small, yet what we do is incredibly important. Allergies and asthma affect the lives of millions of people and often require sophisticated testing and treatment. As specialists, my colleagues and I work in partnership with you, your doctor and your entire healthcare team. We are equipped to provide standard-of-care allergy and asthma care. If you’re suffering with allergy symptoms that make you miserable or asthma that’s putting your health at risk, you need this level of specialized care.”

Dr. Arias is active in the American Lung Association and served as President. He volunteers with the National Asthma Screening Program, Boggy Creek Asthma Camp and the Rotary Club and enjoys giving presentations to the local medical community. Dr. Arias has also been recognized as one of “America’s Top Physicians” and has experience in clinical research trials. He is married with two children and speaks Spanish fluently.

Mike Bianchi

Columnist | Open Mike, Writer

Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi is one of the foremost sports voices in the Southeast.

He covers many teams, including the Orlando Magic, Florida Gators, UCF Knights and Florida State Seminoles.

Mike’s favorite quote: “The job of a sports columnist is to observe the battle from the mountain top and then ride down and bayonet the wounded.”

Tony Sos

Tony Sos is a trial lawyer and a partner at Dellecker Wilson King McKenna Ruffier and Sos. At night, he finds himself immersed in musical adventures, living dangerously at the intersection of soulful country, old-school hip-hop, and pop hits.  

 Working with people who have been seriously injured has inspired Sos to be an advocate for health and wellness not just for his clients but for all people. He is thrilled to support Lip Sync for Lungs whilst performing some of his favorite songs.

Carol Burkett

Carol Burkett is the Executive Director of the Orange County Drug Free Coalition.  For the past 13 years, Carol has worked closely with community leaders, law enforcement, and residents to ensure that Orange County is working together on drug prevention, education, enforcement, and treatment.  Also a member of the American Lung Association’s Central Florida Leadership Board, Carol has been dedicated to tobacco prevention efforts.