Advisory Board

Rochelle-Friedman Web

Rochelle Friedman Walk, Esq.
President and Owner, Walk Law Firm, PA

Rochelle Friedman Walk, Esq. is an experienced, thoughtful and strategic attorney, business executive and neutral mediator. She has been court-appointed as a receiver and mediator, and is a member of the FINRA arbitration and mediation panels. She is known for her negotiating skills and the ability to bring parties together in win-win, creative solutions. She offers a practical and business-oriented approach to the practice of law. Her background in business enables her to relate well to clients and to quickly define the work and potential solutions.In her more than twenty-five years of business and legal experience, she has served as the chief restructuring officer, chief administrative officer, chief legal officer and Business Unit Manager to several national and multi-national business organizations. As an attorney, she has represented clients in a wide range of legal transactions and disputes including complex commercial, insurance coverage, real estate, construction, financial restructuring and employment matters. She has served as an ombudsman in employment, elder care, NAACP, creditor and shareholder matters and has worked with a number of different international unions to resolve concerns. Most recently she has been engaged to help business partners and owners resolve disputes and differences so that their businesses can operate more effectively. Her work includes mediating and negotiating buy-sell agreements, partner or member buy-outs and new partner or member admissions for LLCs, partnerships and corporations.

Ms. Walk is a Martindale-Hubbell Preeminient (AV)-rated lawyer, has been consistently named as one of the Top Lawyers in Tampa Bay since moving to Florida in 2007 and is included in Martindale-Hubbell’s inaugural and subsequent editions of its Bar Register of Preeminient Women Lawyers (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014). A graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Colgate University, she is a Florida Supreme Court Circuit Civil, Family and Appellate certified mediator, licensed to practice law in the States of Florida and Ohio, and is a member of the America Bar Association, Section for Dispute Resolution, the Hillsborough County Bar Association and the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators. She has been recognized by the YWCA as a Woman of Professional Excellence and the Tampa Jewish Community Federation as a Woman of Distinction. She volunteers for SCORE as a presenter on various business topics and serves on the Boards of a number of not-for-profit community agencies in the Tampa Bay area, including a community foundation and assisted living facility. Previously, she served on the Board of a Crisis Nursery.

Cindy-Tofthagan Web

Dr. Cindy Tofthagen- PhD, ARNP, AOCNP, FAANP
USF College of Nursing Assistant Professor & Concentration Director, Oncology

Tofthagen recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Massachusetts and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She has twenty years of experience as a nurse specializing in cancer treatment. Her research interests include management of cancer related symptoms, health disparities chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, psychological aspects of cancer, and cancer survivorship. She is active in numerous professional organizations, including ONS and ASCO, and directs a supportive care clinic for people with peripheral neuropathy. Dr. Tofthagen also leads a Neuropathy Association support group in Tampa, Florida, helping people with neuropathy and their family and friends better understand the disease and find support. Dr. Tofthagen has received numerous grants and is well published.


Betty Otter-Nickerson Web

Betty Otter-Nickerson
Business Consultant

Most recently Ms. Otter-Nickerson has been doing independent consulting across multiple business domains. She served as the President of the Sage North America Healthcare Division from 2010 – 2011, where she was responsible for the strategic vision and operational oversight of the $240M Healthcare Division, representing 1/3 of the organization’s NA revenue, managing a workforce of approximately 1,200 employees across 5 offices throughout Florida, Arizona, Massachusetts, and New York. The business was sold to a private equity firm in November 2011 and Ms. Otter-Nickerson stayed on for transition through December 2011.After beginning her professional life in social work, Ms. Otter-Nickerson’s career has extended to the corporate and nonprofit arenas.

Prior to joining Sage she was the COO of the LIVESTRONG Foundation, where she provided executive leadership for the foundation’s activities and was instrumental in the development and growth of the LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence Network, gaining international recognition for the network as an innovative, reputable, and sustainable model of cancer survivorship care in large academic medical centers as well community practice settings.

Ms. Otter-Nickerson pursued entrepreneurial and risk-based ventures as the president and CEO of both Gallery Watch and Vincera Software. Prior to that she spent ten years at BMC Software, where she advanced from R&D product line manager to vice president of operations for product management and development, focusing on worldwide operations for BMC’s enterprise management solutions.