Alumni Class Notes

November 2011

Christopher J. Alterio, Ph.D. ’07, owner of ABC Therapeutics Occupational and Physical Therapy, a private practice in East Amherst, was re-elected chairman of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. NBCOT is the national credentialing agency that provides certification for the occupational therapy profession. Alterio has been an occupational therapist for 24 years.

Eddy Blanco, Pharm.D. ’02, co-owner of VH Pharmacy, a three generation, family-owned business since 1923 located in Miami is making waves in South Florida Community. Dr. Blanco was honored at Biz-Ability award luncheon, co-hosted by Ability Exposition and the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, on October 21, 2011 for his use of technology in the accessibility efforts. He has also been featured in NSU College of Pharmacy Alumni Profile of Excellence.

Maria Soledad Bodero, J.D. ’10, has joined Boyd & Jenerette in Miami as an associate. She was an associate with Pathman Lewis. Bodero has a second law degree from Universidad Catholica de Santiago de Guayaquil and an associate's degree from Miami Dade College.

Crystal Conway, M.S. ’10, accepted a job in Portland from the Oregon State Police and is now part of the Forensic Services Division's DNA Unit. The Forensic Services Division provides Oregon's only full service forensic laboratory system by serving all state and local law enforcement agencies, medical examiners and prosecuting attorneys in Oregon. The DNA Unit of the Oregon State Police is responsible for providing DNA analysis to state law enforcement officers and comparing DNA from unsolved cases to a computerized Convicted Offender Database to develop investigate leads.  Besides working for the DNA unit in her free time she gets to learn about the other forensic disciplines such Forensic Biology, Firearms, Prints, and Drug Chemistry. 

Charlene Felser, O.D. ’10, joined Overholser EyeCare this summer in Ocala, Florida. Dr. Felser’s training includes low vision, binocular vision, as well as pediatric and geriatric optometry. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, the New York Optometric Association, and the Florida Optometric Association.

Matthew Fiorello, J.D. ’08, has joined Peterson Bernard in West Palm Beach as an associate. He was an assistant public defender with the Office of the Public Defender in Broward County.

Pauline Grant, M.B.A. ’82, earned the distinct recognition of being named one of the 56 Women Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems.  Recognized by “Becker’s Hospital Review,” this designation highlights the talents and extraordinary accomplishments of some of today's most notable female leaders in the health care industry.

Deborah Hirschhorn, Psy.D. ’01, wrote a knol for Google called "What is a psychotherapist?”. She is grateful for her NSU education which facilitated her research.

Susan Horovitz Maurer, J.D. ’80, Managing Partner of the Law Firm of Panza, Maurer and Maynard, P.A., has been re-appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve two-year appointment on the State of Florida Ethics Commission.  Mrs. Maurer was previously appointed to serve in this capacity by Florida Governor Charlie Crist in June of 2009. Mrs. Maurer, a 30-year member of the Florida Bar, is Managing Partner of the Law Firm of Panza, Maurer & Maynard, P.A., and is a resident of Broward County.  Her reappointment term begins October 12, 2011 and ends June 30, 2013. 

Nneka Howard-Sibilly, M.S. ’00, of Charlotte Amalie High School is the St. Thomas-St. John District's 2012 Teacher of the Year. Howard-Sibilly was one of seven finalists in the running for the title, each of whom were nominated by school principals and members of the faculty. Teachers nominated for the award go through a rigorous application process that looks at the applicant's teaching philosophies, academic histories, accomplishments and community involvement.

Gillian McKnight-Tutein, Ed.D. ’08, was recently awarded the 2011 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course, which honors those who excel in industry best practices in eLearning. She was honored this summer at the Blackboard World conference in Las Vegas. Dr. McKnight-Tutein has also co-authored a journal article: HAVING IT ALL: THE HYBRID SOLUTION FOR THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS IN WOMEN’S POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION, Distance Learning, Volume 8 #3, 2011.

Keren Peters, B.S. ’98, has been promoted to Chief Marketing Officer with Madison Commercial Real Estate Services, LLC. In her new role, she will direct the traditional and online marketing plans for the 10 companies and 12 joint ventures that are part of the Madison organization and related entities nationwide. She will focus on brand and reputation expansion and management, corporate vision and synergistic opportunities.

Robert Preziosi, D.B.A. ’77, was quoted in the Business Monday cover story “The Holiday Season Push” in the Oct 31st issue of The Miami Herald. In addition, he had a sidebar column (titled “How to end the year strong”) for managers with his seven suggestions for strengthening company-employee relationships.

Joe Reichert, J.D. ’08, has joined Tripp Scott in Fort Lauderdale as an associate. Previously, Reichert was an associate with the Law Offices of David J. Stern.

Bruno Renda, J.D. ’11, has been named an associate at McIntosh Sawran & Cartaya in Fort Lauderdale. He was a law clerk with the firm.

G. William Riggs, J.D. ’90, was promoted to Colonel, United States Marine Corps on September 1, 2011.  Colonel Riggs is currently assigned as Circuit (Supervising) Military Judge, Eastern Judicial Circuit, Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary.  1st certified as a military judge in 2007 Colonel Riggs became the Circuit Judge for the Eastern Judicial Circuit in December 2010.  The Eastern Judicial Circuit is one of the busiest in the Department of Defense and with five active duty military judges, provides judicial support for all Marine Corps installations and commands in North Carolina.

Deborah Scrambling, M.S. 02, is a licensed Therapist working with adults and children, individuals, families, and couples. She teaches a 12 week Parenting Class that she created and has been in private practice since 1998. She has worked with The Centers since 2008.

Benjamin Sowles, M.S. ’00, and his wife Lillian Sowles have opened HandCrafted Physical Therapy in Charlotte, NC. Physical therapy is focused on runners and triathletes.

Julio Valle, M.S. ’03, Ed.D. ’10, of the Sawgrass Bay Elementary Lake County Schools was recognized by the 2011 Latino American Who’s Who.

Robyn L. Vines, J.D. ’98, shareholder in the Fort Lauderdale office of GrayRobinson, P.A., has been reappointed to the Florida Supreme Court Family Law Forms Workshop. Dedicated to improving the practice of family law, Vines has previously held membership with the Florida Supreme Court Family Law Forms Workshop throughout her career.

Daniel Wagner, J.D. ‘06, has opened his own law firm in North Miami Beach, Florida as Daniel Wagner, P.A. d/b/a Daniel Wagner - The Law Firm in July of 2011. The Law Firm is a boutique firm handling all types of civil and contract matters and foreclosures.

David Weiss, J.D. ’86, was recently granted a patent by uVu Lid Company, revolutionizing the beverage packaging industry .The patent is one of approximately 34 granted in this various field to David, who is CEO of uVu Lid Company. He was successful in the litigation field then, employing the talents honed in law school, was able to forge success in several businesses.  Information on uVu and its U.S./International patents and patents pending may be found at www.uvulids.com. uVu Lid Company is a Delaware Limited Liability Company with offices in Boca Raton, Florida and manufacturing facilities in Lake Zurich, Illinois.

Aimee Zadak, Ed.D. ’02, is the founder of the Zadak Research & Development, Inc., which assists leaders and corporate entities with interpersonal skills. She is also founder of the Count Down to Success.