New Governing Board Members 
 
Monday, 01 January 2007 
 
 
West Boca Medical Center CEO Walt Mickens announced that community leaders Marlaine Smith and J.C. Perrin have joined the hospital’s board of directors for a two-year term beginning this month.

“We are pleased to have these two very active members of the community join our board of directors,” Mickens said. “Both have already made their marks through extensive professional careers and civic involvement and bring invaluable expertise to our Board.”

Smith, RN, PhD, AHN-BC, FAAN, is associate dean for academic programs and the Helen K. Persson Eminent Scholar in Community Caring at Florida Atlantic University. For the past 15 years, she has conducted research regarding the integration of holistic therapies into health care. Her studies focus on the effect of massage, therapeutic touch and intentional touch on pain, symptom distress, sleep, anxiety, complications, engraftment and quality of life for cancer patients.

Smith previously served as associate dean and masters’ program director at the University of Colorado and held faculty positions at Duquesne University, Penn State University and LaRoche College. She graduated from Duquesne University, University of Pittsburgh and New York University with a BSN, master’s degrees in public health and nursing education and a PhD in nursing.

West Boca Medical Center also welcomes J.C. Perrin, who is a senior vice president and market executive for 1st United Bank. He leads all banking, business development and customer-focused activities in South Palm Beach County. Previously, Perrin was senior vice president and manager, private banking, for SunTrust in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties.

Perrin was recognized by the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce as its 2006 Business Leader of the Year. He currently serves as a director of the Chamber’s political action committee and was board chairman for the Chamber during the 2000-’01 term. Perrin also devotes much of his free time to the community and has served and supported the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which named Perrin one of Palm Beach County’s Leading Men in 2002.
Education is among Perrin’s key priorities. He currently serves as co-chair of the Community Academy Advisory Board at West Boca Raton Community High School, and previously served in the Chamber’s Golden Bell Foundation and the George Snow Scholarship Foundation. He holds a degree in finance from West Virginia University.