Sandy Sosa-Guerrero, FACHE, RN, BSN, MBA-HA

University President

sandy_picSandy Sosa-Guerrero brings to Larkin Community Hospital over 30 years of experience in healthcare. In addition to serving as Chief Executive Officer of Larkin Community Hospital, she is the President of Larkin University and Larkin School of Nursing where she inspires the administrative team to carry the mission and vision of the hospital and educational Institute. Her clinical background gives her a unique perspective on hospital management as well as into academia.

Prior to joining Larkin Community Hospital, Sandy Sosa-Guerrero began her career in nursing and quickly progressed to leadership roles reaching the highest level as Chief Nursing Officer. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida International University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Miami.

Sandy Sosa-Guerrero is an active board member of the Epilepsy Foundation, as well as a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Cecilia Rokusek, EdD, MSc, RDN

University Provost & Executive Vice – President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Cecilia Rokusek is the first Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs for Larkin University. Prior to joining Larkin, Dr. Rokusek was at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine as the Assistant Dean for Research and Innovation and Founder and Director of the Center for Interprofessional Education and Practice. An innovative and visionary administrator committed to students, faculty, staff and the external community, Dr. Rokusek has previously worked at Winona State University as the Dean of the College of Education, Dean of the College of Health Profession at Florida Gulf Coast University and Governors State University. A recognized national leader in interprofessional team development, including faculty development and curriculum integration, Dr. Rokusek is committed to shared governance and community and interagency collaboration.

Dr. Rokusek received a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Marty College with double majors in Home Economics/Dietetics and Oral Communication and double minors in Chemistry and Biology. She went on to study at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she earned a Master of Science degree with a major in Human Nutrition and a minor in Journalism. Later, she earned a Doctor of Education degree from the University of South Dakota – Vermillion where she had the opportunity to study under the long-time President of the University of South Dakota – Dr. I. D. Weeks. Dr.  Rokusek also completed post-graduate studies at Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania.

Her academic appointments have included faculty position at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Winona State University College of Education, Florida Gulf Coast University College of Health Professions, Governors State University College of Health Profession, University of South Dakota School of Medicine, and Mount Marty College where she was a tenured faculty member. Dr. Rokusek is board certified by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Board of Directors as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and has also completed the Harvard Win-Win Negotiations Program presented by the Training Conflict Management, Inc at the Harvard Law School. She is a Fellow of the American Association of State Colleges and University, where she was the inaugural member of the Millennium Leadership Initiative.

Dr. Rokusek is proficient in the Czech and Slovak languages and maintains academic affiliations in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovak Republic, and Slovenia. She also serves as the Honorary Consul of the Slovak Republic in the State of Florida.

Gary M. Levin, PharmD, BCPP, FCCP

Dean, College of Pharmacy

gary-levinPrior to joining Larkin, Dr. Levin was the Associate Dean and Professor for Clinical Programs at Roseman University.  Prior positions include Founding Dean and Professor for LECOM – School of Pharmacy, Bradenton Florida Campus; Chairman of the Pharmacy Practice Department at Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy; the same position at South University School of Pharmacy in Savannah, Georgia.  Prior to that, Dr. Levin was a tenured faculty in the Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine (Department of Psychiatry) at theUniversity of Florida where he became a vice chairman for research.  He received his Pharm.D. from the University of Florida, then completed a Residency in Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice at the Gainesville VAMC followed by a Research Fellowship in Psychopharmacology at the University of Florida.  His first academic position was at Albany College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Levin has been board certified in psychiatric pharmacy practice (BCPP) since 1996 and is an elected fellow in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (FCCP).  He is a founding member and was the first elected president of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP).  He recently completed a two-year term on the CPNP Board of Directors (his second time on that BOD).  Dr. Levin has lectured at Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine, as well as national and international meetings on various topics in psychiatry, psychopharmacology, and pharmacogenomics.  He has also been a preceptor for students, post-doctoral residents, and research fellows in both pharmacy and psychiatry.

Dr. Levin has been active in many professional pharmacy organizations and has held various appointed and elected positions.  He served two consecutive three-year terms as a member of the Psychiatry Specialty Council on the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties and served a five-year term with the U.S. Pharmacopeia Convention.  Dr. Levin is a reviewer for many journals in both pharmacy and psychiatry and has served on several editorial boards.  He has published almost 150 peer review articles, book chapters, and scientific abstracts.

His research interests include improving outcomes in patients with psychiatric disorders, pharmacokinetics of psychoactive agents, and pharmacogenomic applications in patients with psychiatric and neurological disorders.  He most recently had external funding to determine what effects certain antidepressants have on P-glycoprotein, an important efflux transport protein.  His research group has published several papers on this topic over the past few years.

Mercedes Perez, DNP, MBA, MSN, PMC-NE, RN, NE-BC, CPHQ

Program Director, College of Biomedical Sciences, Vice President of Patient Care Services, CNO & ADA Officer

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Jorge E. Machado, EdD, MSEE

Director of Technology

 Dr. Machado has 28 years of experience in the field of Information Technology. In the early nineties he participated in the design of several interface boards for IBM PCs. After moving to South Florida in 1993 he has worked as an Engineer, Administrator and College professor. His vision, “community service is more effective through education”, motivated him to go for his Doctoral degree in education that he earned in 2012. As Director of Technology for Larkin University, Dr. Machado has proficiently combined his different expertise in one place.

Sharon Argov, EdD, MLS, AHIP

Director of the Library

Dr. Argov, the founding library director of Larkin University,  has over 30 years of experience in the field of Library and Information Sciences. She began her library career with the New York State Department of Correctional Services, establishing an online database of resources for peer counselors. This brought Dr. Argov to New York City and led to the establishment of a City-wide (five-county) resource database for community service providers, a joint effort of the Community Council of Greater New York and the United Way. Dr. Argov moved to Florida in 1986.   Prior to joining Larkin University, Dr. Argov was the Library Director for fourteen years at the Florida campus of American InterContinental University.  Dr. Argov has been involved in publishing professionally and in the community and has even been an assistant producer of a feature film entitled, “Beyond Good and Evil.” Actively engaged in her community, holding various appointed and elected board positions, Dr. Argov uses her skills and experience to foster adult learning,  cultivate critical thinking and advocate for human rights.