Alumni Class Notes

October 2011

Muath Aljarbou, M.B.A. '08, is the assistant manager with Samba Financial Group. He states that his NSU education was "One of the best life experiences. If I could, I would do it all over again without hesitation."

Alsanie Bassam, M.S.  '08, says "my previous experience and academic experience that I gained from the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences at NSU, boosted my knowledge and put me in one of the cutting edge technologies of Radio Frequencies industry. I am proud to be part of NSU. I hope in the future that NSU became on the top ranks of the US universities."

Mark Cannizzaro, Ph.D.  '02, says "I sincerely want to thank NSU. The knowledgeable professors, the strong training through the Adult Practicum with Ana Martinez, Ph.D. and the Child/Adolescent/Family Practicum with Veronica Salcedo, Ph.D., and the wonderful experience through work with the Quality Improvement Department have all made me into a confident and competent therapist for children/adolescents/families and couples. I am currently a therapist and owner at Lansing Psychological Associates, P.C. in Michigan and have significantly impacted the lives of many. Therefore, in many ways NSU has touched the lives of many in Michigan. Thank you."

Joseph Clift, Ed.D.  '07, accepted a position as a Public Health Analyst for the federal government at the Health Resources & Services Administration's (HRSA) Data Bank. In this position, Dr. Clift will support HRSA's efforts to protect the public from health care practitioners, providers and suppliers with a history of malpractice, disciplinary actions, fraud and abuse.

Kelly Cohen, J.D.  '00, has been named to the Orlando Business Journal�s 2011 40 under 40.

Todd Connolly, M.S.  '01, is the new principal of Riverhills Elementary.

Kerri Duncan, Ed.D.  '10, has been named a "Medical Mover" by Springfield News Leader.

Sara Peace Ebarb, Ed.D.  '08, will serve as the next Sabine Parish schools superintendent.

Larry Flegle, D.B.A.  '03, has been nominated for induction into the Florida Radio Hall of Fame. Today, a college professor for American Public University System, Dr. Larry Flegle runs classic rock award winning AMU (Internet) Radio for American Military University in Charles Town, WV, NSSA Radio (Internet) for the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and Hall of Fame and Cowboy Gospel Radio (Internet).

Tony Gaskew, Ph.D.  '05, was awarded tenure and named an associate professor of Criminal Justice in a Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also the Coordinator of Criminal Forensic Studies. Gaskew has an extensive professional background in the field of criminal justice, including serving as a member of a Counterterrorism/Counterdrug Task Force in Southeast Asia. He was assigned to an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), working with agencies such as the U.S. Attorney's Office, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Customs, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He is a Fulbright-Hays Fellow, an FDD Terrorism fellow and a University of Pittsburgh Diversity Fellow.

Susan Healy, J.D.  '84, a partner in the Naples law firm Vernon Healy, was installed as the President of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) at FAWL's 60th Anniversary Gala. As FAWL President, Ms. Healy also serves as FAWL's representative on the Florida Bar Board of Governors.

Jason Himschoot, J.D.  '09, recently joined the Condo & HOA Law Group. Himschoot specializes in community association litigation related to covenant enforcement, as well as a variety of commercial litigation matters

Gary Jenkins, M.B.A.  '93, was recently named to specialty line leader of RSM McGladrey, one of the country's leading providers of tax and consulting services under the McGladrey brand. In this role, Jenkins will work with the firm's regional and national tax leaders to develop policies and procedures for the AIT practice area and create a centralized group for knowledge sharing, training and best practices..He will continue to be based out of the firm's Fort Lauderdale office.

Gino Martone, M.Acc.  '99, Bank Atlantic's Senior Vice President, has been appointed by the Supreme Court of Florida to serve on the Standing Committee on Unlicensed Practice of Law. Martone's appointment became effective in July 2011 and is for a term of three years.

Kellie Mosley-Mendez, D.O.  '98, was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for The Assistance Fund, a leading 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Shayna Reitman, J.D.  '06, has joined Brinkley Morgan as an associate and will practice with the firm's tax, corporate and business litigation group. Prior to joining Brinkley Morgan, Reitman was an associate attorney at Fowler White Burnett, P.A.

Jason Shedrick, B.S.  '02, has been awarded the Assistant Principal of the Year award in Osceola County. Read more here.

Jacqueline Smith, B.S.  '07, says "NSU helped shape who I am today. I had such a positive experience. It all started with personal attention from the teachers in the classroom and developed into campus activities. The NSU library is state of the art and has so many resources that aid in learning. I love NSU! Go Sharks!!!"

Kelly Steinke, Ed.S.  '00, is the new assistant principal at Piedmont Lakes Middle School.

Virginia Wallace, Ed.D.  '00, co-authored her recent book, available here.

John Whittles, J.D.  '99, with the litigation and business law firm of Richman Greer, P.A., in West Palm Beach, has earned Florida Bar Board Certification in the specialty area of Business Litigation.Whittles practices in the areas of complex commercial litigation, employment law, constitutional law and election law and served on the Palm Beach County Bar Association's Board of Directors.