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Honorary Degree Recipients 2018

Co-founder, President and CEO, Amarex Clinical Research

DR. KAZEM K. KAZEMPOUR is the president and CEO of Amarex Clinical Research, a global clinical research organization he co-founded in 1998. For the last 20 years, Amarex has been working with the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device development industries.

During his more than 30 years of experience in biomedical research, Dr. Kazempour has been involved in more than 200 clinical trials around the world. He has conducted presentations to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and FDA advisory committees on more than 100 different clinical trials. During his tenure at the FDA, he also worked as a senior staff fellow and as a mathematical statistician, supervising and conducting independent statistical analyses of clinical trials and reviewing statistical sections of submitted protocols and statistical analyses.He has led research activities with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the pharmaceutical industry, and universities.

Dr. Kazempour started his career in statistics at the Genetics Institute in 1975. He published his first article on genetics in 1979. His experience in the industry and the FDA has allowed him to understand biometrics and quality assurance/quality control from both a sponsor’s perspective, and from a regulatory perspective. He has worked in many therapeutic areas including vaccines, anti-infectives, anti-virals, AIDS, and cardiovascular, as well as devices. He has been a key contributor in the approval of these drugs and devices. Additionally, he has established, presented, and participated in many data, regulatory and safety monitoring boards.

Dr. Kazempour received multiple recognition awards from the FDA for his contributions in the drug approval process. He also received several awards for innovative problem solving and teamwork. He has been active in the biomedical research community throughout his career as an organizer, a panel discussion member, and presenter at national and international meetings. Dr. Kazempour has authored numerous published articles, clinical study reports, and technical reports.

He serves on the George Washington University Regulatory Affairs Advisory Board. He teaches at George Washington University’s Medical School and Montgomery College.

Co-founder and Executive Director, Identity, Inc.

MR. DIEGO URIBURU is the co-founder and executive director of Identity, Inc., a Montgomery County-based nonprofit group specializing in providing social/emotional, academic, and workforce development supports so Latino youth can realize their highest potential. Today Identity serves more than 3,000 vulnerable students, disconnected youth, and their families living in high-poverty areas of the county. Identity works with youth in school, in the community, and on playing fields. To complement their programs, Identity provides case management, mental health and substance abuse counseling, as well as recreation opportunities.

Mr. Uriburu’s passion for this community and belief in the power of second chances inspires Identity’s work with youth, who report real improvements in their ability to resolve conflict, speak up for themselves, connect to school and the community, and avoid substance abuse and delinquent behavior. They also show improvement in school attendance and grades, and they have better relationships with their families.

In 2014, the White House honored him as a César E. Chávez Champion of Change. He also earned the 2016 Advocate of the Year award from Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett. Identity received the Family Leadership 2016 Hero Award from the Maryland Out of School Time Network and the 2017 Making a Difference Award from Nonprofit Village.

Mr. Uriburu is a co-chair of Montgomery Moving Forward and serves on the Nonprofit Montgomery Board of Directors and the Worksource Montgomery Workforce Development Board. He is also an active member of the Montgomery County Latino Health Initiative Steering Committee, the Latino Student Academic Action Group, and the Latino Public Safety Workgroup. In 2015, he co-created the Montgomery County Latino Advocacy Coalition (MCLAC), which he now co-chairs.

This summer, he will be training at Harvard University with a scholarship from the Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Greater Washington. He holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Belgrano in Argentina.

He lives in Rockville, has three children, Delphine, Sophia, and Benjamín, and is an avid white water kayaker.

Senior Vice President and Senior Trust Officer, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

MS. ERICA L. WEBBER, ADPA®, is a senior vice president and senior trust officer at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management in the Washington, DC area, where she works with high-net-worth individuals and their families on the fiduciary aspects of private wealth management.

Ms. Webber advises clients on estate and gift planning, wealth transfer techniques, asset titling, trust administra-tion, and eldercare needs. In her role, she often acts as a liaison between clients and their CPAs, attorneys, and other advisors. She has worked in the legal and financial services field for more than 20 years. She holds the Accredited Domestic Partnership AdvisorSM (ADPA®) designation.

Ms. Webber is a longtime member of the Montgomery College Foundation Board of Directors. Through the Webber Family Foundation, she has directed significant major gifts totaling more than $900,000 to support the Global Humanities Institute, the Innovation Fund, Webber Family scholarships, and more. More than 180 Montgomery College students have benefitted from the Webber Family scholarships since its inception. The Montgomery College Foundation established the Adrian Webber Memorial Lecture at the College.

Founded in 1999, the Webber Family Foundation has distributed approximately $14 million in grants to support a variety of education programs throughout the United States. The emphasis of the foundation is closing the achievement gap in academics and the arts. The foundation offers grants to organizations aligned with its mission of focusing on the gap between proficiency and potential for lower income youth, with an emphasis on school readiness/early literacy, out of school time enrichment, and high performing charter schools. 

Ms. Webber’s parents, Adrian and Arthur Webber, were lifelong learners at Montgomery College. They took dozens of art, humanities, and science classes over a 20-year period. Mrs. Adrian Webber was an elementary school teacher, and later, worked at the National Institutes of Health as an administrator. Mr. Arthur Webber enjoyed a long career working with the government and private industry in the intelligence and aerospace sectors.

She has an undergraduate degree from Tulane University and a law degree from the Carey School of Law at the University of Maryland. She is married to David Deep and lives in Montgomery County. 

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