The Eric Dolch Children's Encephalitis Foundation

Board of Directors

Craig Dolch, Journalist/Author

Mr. Dolch is the Foundation founder and chairman. He was a sportswriter with the Palm Beach Post for 26 years before leaving to start his own company. He continues to freelance, co-hosted a golf radio show for almost a decade and has written books on Lost Tree Club, McArthur Golf Club and is finishing a book on his son’s medical journey. Craig was named Father of the Year by Golfweek in 2013, was inducted into the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame in 2016, received the Steven C. Owen Award (country singer Jake Owen’s father) for leadership skills to promote the game by the Indian River Golf Foundation in 2020 and was inducted into the PGA South Florida PGA Section Hall of Fame in 2022.

Alan Espy, attorney

Mr. Espy is the principal of Alan C. Espy, P.A. In Palm Beach Gardens. He specializes in civil litigation and has been a practicing attorney for 40 years. Mr. Espy has been Board Certified in Civil Trial by the Florida Bar since 1992. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America, Florida Super Lawyers, and has been listed as a top civil litigation attorney by both Palm Beach Illustrated Magazine and Jupiter Magazine. Mr. Espy previously served on the corporate Board of Trustees for The Benjamin School, the Board of Directors of Friends of Abused Children and the Board of Directors of The Center For Children in Crisis.

Ken Kennerly, golf executive

Kennerly is a 35-year sports marketing and event management industry veteran having focused his career on professional athlete management, corporate consulting, PGA TOUR professional event development and management, and strategic corporate branding in the sports and golf industry. His strategic vision has been in the forefront of the industry bringing creative and innovative ideas to complex business strategies and assisting in multi-level marketing solutions. Kennerly started his career in 1987, and over the last 35 years, he has worked and consulted for leading sports marketing firms including ProServ, Advantage International, IMG, and currently is President & CEO of K2 Sports Ventures, Executive Vice President for Pro Links Sports, Senior Advisor for PopStroke Productions, and Managing Director/Owner of The Palm Beaches Marathon.

Kevin Murphy, golf professional

Mr. Murphy is the Director of Golf/General Manager at McArthur Golf Course, Hobe Sound. He is a member of the PGA of America and Southeast Florida Professional Golf Association, and former Board Member of the Palm Beach County Amateur Golf Association. He graduated in 1984 with a degree in Business Administration from St. Leo University in Tampa. He has worked with various non-profits in South Florida. 

Barbara Nicklaus, philanthropist and community leader

Long known as the First Lady of Golf, Mrs. Nicklaus is one of the most recognizable and inspirational figures in the sport. Married to Jack Nicklaus – arguably the game’s greatest golfer – Mrs. Nicklaus is Chairman of the Board for the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation and Children’s Healthcare Charity, Inc. Through their efforts, more than $150 million has been raised for children’s hospitals and charities. Mrs. Nicklaus has been honored numerous times for her efforts to enhance the health and welfare of children nationwide. Among the many recognitions, she was the inaugural winner of the PGA of America's First Lady of Golf Award, the first winner of the Winnie Palmer Award, she won the USGA’s Bob Jones Award in 2015 and the PGA of America’s Distinguished Service Award in 2019, when she also was inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame.

David B. Norris, attorney 

Mr. Norris graduated from the University of Florida with a major in accounting, and a law degree. Mr. Norris has served on the Village Council of the Village of North Palm Beach since 1997 and has been Mayor nine times. He practices in commercial and residential real estate, corporate and partnership law, construction, banking and general contract law as a principal of the firm of Cohen, Norris, Wolmer, Ray, Telepman, Berkowitz & Cohen. Mr. Norris serves on numerous other boards for various charities and non-profit organizations. 

Frank Peard, financial advisor

Mr. Peard has been a Senior Financial Advisor for the past 5 years and was a member of the Chicago Board of Trade for 17 years. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1982 with a B.S. in finance. He resides in Hinsdale, Illinois where he is active in his church and is the Commissioner for the local American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) league. 

Nike Price, Hall of Fame golfer

Mr. Price was born in Durban, South Africa is a PGA Tour professional, turning pro in 1977. He is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and noted worldwide. He has won 18 PGA Tour events and includes two PGA championships, a British Open Championship and a Players Championship among his victories.

Dottie Pepper, golf announcer/ex-pro golfer

Ms. Pepper is a former member of the LPGA Tour and is well known as a Golf Announcer for CBS Sports having previously worked for NBC, Golf Channel and ESPN. She is a graduate of Furman University with a degree in Physical Education. She won two major championships among her 17 career LPGA Tour titles. She played on six U.S. Solheim Cup teams and also was a vice-captain on another squad before retiring from competition in 2004. She is a Board member of the National Golf Foundation, co-winner of the 2001 Daytona Beach, Fl., Kiwanis Club Humanitarian of the Year Award and actively supports charitable activities.

Gil Pomar III, executive

Mr. Pomar is State President for SouthState Bank which is the largest Florida-based with $46 billion in assets. He has served as President of the local chapters of American Cancer Society, Junior Achievement, University of North Florida Business School, as well as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Riverside Presbyterian Church. He is a graduate of The University of Florida in finance, and is currently a Board Member of the University of Florida Real Estate Masters Program. Mr. Pomar is active in reducing homelessness. He now resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife Jane.

Tim Rosaforte, sports writer (Posthumous) 

Mr. Rosaforte was known as “golf’s insider” when he worked as an on-air talent at NBC and Golf Channel. He was a Senior Writer for Golf World magazine, past president of the Golf Writers’ Association of America and author of fiver books. He previously worked for the Palm Beach Post Post, Sports Illustrated, Tampa Times and Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. He has a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Rhode Island. URI has endowed a scholarship in Tim’s name. Tim was the only media personality to be awarded an honorary membership by the PGA of America.

Rebecca Seelig, executive 

Ms. Seelig is a 20 plus year PR veteran who founded Palm Beach Public Relations (PBPR) after a nine year career with the PGA of America. Ms. Seelig is active in her community serving on the board for SunFest and the National Alliance for Eating Disorders. She is also a member of the Golf Writers' Association of America and a sustaining member of the Junior League of the Palm Beaches.  

Medical Advisors

Trevor Resnick, M.D. PH.D.
Chief of the Neurology Department at Miami Children's Hospital, Miami, Fla

Dr. Resnick is Chief of the Neurology Department at Miami Children’s Hospital, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He completed his Pediatric residency at the University of Connecticut Medical Center and Neurology training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Dr. Resnick, who is Eric Dolch's primary pediatric neurologist, has authored numerous scientific publications and edited books and journal supplements. He is a member of editorial boards of pediatric and neurology journals and lectures widely in North America. His research interests have focused on the neurodevelopmental correlates of chronic epilepsy and the use of neurodiagnostic techniques for seizure localization and semiology.

Elizabeth A Thiele, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children's Pediatric Epilepsy Program, Boston, Mass.

Dr. Thiele is the Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital for Pediatric Epilepsy Program. She received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1990. She completed her Pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins and at Children's Hospital of Boston, where she also completed her fellowship. Dr. Thiele is board certified in Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology. She is one of the nation's foremost experts on Tuberous Sclerosis Complex and also a huge advocate of the ketogenic diet.