Alumni Class Notes

August 2012

The following NSU alumni are candidates for office.

Billi Bromer, Ed.D. '99 writes "after many years as an early childhood general and special educator, I am excited to be an educator of the next generation of teachers. As Director of Teacher Education at the Augusta, Georgia campus of Brenau University, for the last six years, I have had the satisfaction of helping students of all ages attain their dream of becoming a teacher. The doctoral program I completed at Nova Southeastern embedded in me a belief that education truly is a life-long process. I'm pleased to have the opportunity to share that process with others."

William Brent, D.B.A. '93 recently promoted from Associate Professor to Full Professor of Finance.

Roberto Casas, Ed.D. '02 and Dr. Paul Rodriguez recently published Reflective Practice of Multi-unicultural School Leaders. Available at:

Eddy Del Rio, M.B.A. '05 joined Paragon Financial Group (Paragon), a leading provider of invoice factoring, purchase order financing and other working capital solutions, as Vice President, Regional Marketing Manager.

Michael Dreith, Ed.D. '99 is the new president of John A. Logan College

Daniel Espino, J.D. '08 is a candidate for the Broward School Board.

Jonathan Ewing, J.D. '07 was recently named Broward Lawyers Care Attorney of the Month

Ariana Fajardo, J.D. '96 was officially sworn in as a Miami-Dade circuit court judge.

Mary Ann O'Grady, Ph.D. '11 presented at the International Conference on Revenge at Oxford from July 15 to July 17, 2012. This was a multiple-disciplinary conference that investigated the topic of revenge as portrayed in literature and film as well as the legal, social, and cultural implications of "getting even." O'Grady chaired the first session of the conference on July 15, and presented her research on filicide with revenge as the underlying motive on July 17, 2012.

A collaboration with a non-profit organization, Brandon's House, that was part of her dissertation research has resulted in the construction of trainings and workshops to assist professionals who work with families that are at high risk for intra-family conflict and crises resulting in filicide, homicide, violence, aggression, and domestic violence. In addition, the framework for support groups for filicide survivors and victims, their families and friends are also being initiated at the present time. This novel perspective of viewing filicide and other types of intra-family homicide, violence and aggression as extreme cases of intra-family conflict and crises has culminated in a model specifically tailored to conflict and crisis management within a variety of family structures.

Than Pham, Ph.D. '01 is a manager for the Data Management Lifecycle team at the National Geospatial Management Center (NGMC) in Fort Worth (TX). Pham also manages project teams. Pham is professionally certified as Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and Master Project Manager (MPM). He loves to travel and read and lives with his my wife in Arlington (TX). His two grown daughters are practicing professionals working for large firms in Missouri and Arizona. Pham is a proud alumnus and am forever grateful of his teachers at the GSCIS, especially his dissertation advisor, Dr. Mukherjee.

Teresa W. Rawe, D.O. '88 is medical director for emergency medicine at Manatee Memorial Hospital. Rawe was born and raised in Bradenton and graduated from Manatee High School. She received a chemistry degree from the University of South Florida. She has worked in Florida hospitals her entire career.

Otelia Royster, Ed.D. '12 completed her doctoral studies at NSU. Royster is an Inclusion Curriculum Instructor, the only Teacher of ESE to earn high academic achievement in her district. Recognized by NSU's Phi Gamma Sigma Fischler School of Education as a scholar and leader; inducting her into the Professional Society during their 9th Annual Induction Ceremony. Royster's Practical Dissertation, "Effects of an Inclusion Professional Development Model on Inclusion Knowledge and Perceptions of Regular Middle School Educators" has been successfully implemented in her school where teachers' knowledge base broaden and students' needs met using research based strategies. Royster promotes success in students through motivation, differentiation.