Senior Fellow
Robert S. Taylor

Robert (Bob) Taylor has lived in the Gainesville, Alachua County area for over 35 years. He proudly served his country in the United States Coast Guard from 1965-1971 with 4 years active and 2 years Reserve Duty. He earned both his Undergraduate Degree in Architecture (1974, High Honors) and his Master of Arts in Architecture Degree (1976) from the University of Florida. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and winner of the Alpha Rho Chi Architectural Medal. He is a member in good standing of The American Institute of Architects. Locally, Mr. Taylor was an Associate Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida, Structural Design in Architecture (1978-1979) and a member of the Board of Directors of Alachua Habitat for Humanity (1993-1994). He currently is a NCARB Certified Licensed Architect in Florida, Georgia and Alabama. He has won numerous architectural awards and has designed and helped build over $120 million dollars worth of commercial, mixed use, apartments and residential construction in Alachua County. He currently works for Scherer Construction as their Staff Architect and resides in Alachua County.



Fellow Emeritus
Marin Smillov, Ph.D.

Marin Smillov has lived in the Gainesville community for over 20 years.  In 1989, Marin earned his BA degree in philosophy from the Sofia University, Bulgaria.  He earned his MA (1993) and Ph.D. (1997) in philosophy from the University of Florida.   Marin Smillov has taught as a visiting faculty at the University of Central Florida and the University of North Florida.  He is currently a tenured faculty at the Department of Humanities and Foreign Languages at Santa Fe College.  Marin Smillov is a member of the American Philosophical Association and the Florida Philosophical Association.   He is currently residing in Gainesville with his wife and daughter.



Associate Fellow
Darin Cook, Infinite Energy.

Like many entrepreneurs, Darin Cook honed his business skills on a series of childhood endeavors before applying his talents to a serious commercial venture. In 1987, he earned a BS in Statistics at the University of Florida.  Shortly thereafter, he passed his series 7 test and became a stockbroker.  In 1991, he became a natural gas buyer for Gainesville Regional Utilities and a consortium of cities called Florida Gas Utility.  When the natural gas industry was deregulated, Darin and his business partner Rich Blaser created Infinite Energy in 1994 to take advantage of the multitude of new opportunities. Today Infinite Energy employs more than 300 people and provides energy in five states.  Darin continues to oversee the development and growth of Infinite Energy. His primary strengths include non-linear thinking and a strong ethical compass.


gerry_dedenbachAssociate Fellow
Gerry Dedenbach, AICP, LEED AP, Director of Planning and GIS Services.

Over eighteen years of professional land use, transportation, and community development planning experience. He has extensive knowledge of the local government and State regulatory land entitlement process.  Gerry has acquired approvals for projects requiring variances, special exceptions, re-zonings, and Comprehensive Plan Amendments and can speak of the challenges regarding growth in Alachua County and some of the things that we could do to encourage growth.


Adrienne Thieke

Associate Fellow
Adrienne Thieke, Hands On Gainesville

Adrienne Thieke  earned  B.S. in Chemistry from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY and a M.S. in Metallurgy from the University of Connecticut in Storrs.  She is the department chair, the science fair coordinator, the science bowl mentor, and a middle school science teacher at the Lyceum magnet program in Gainesville.   Prior to her change of career in 2001, Ms. Thieke  worked  in private industry and government laboratories as a chemist and metallurgist specializing in Quality Assurance/Quality Control .


jmInactive Fellow
Jack Maleh, B.S.B.A., Finance, University of Florida, C/O 2015.