Alumni Class Notes

September 2011

The following are Class Notes submitted by your fellow NSU Alumni during the month of September. To submit a Class Note, click here.

Joshua Alper, J.D. '08, has joined Roetzel of Ft. Lauderdale as an associate attorney. Alper focuses his practice in the areas of bankruptcy and creditors' rights, as well as business and commercial litigation.

Marie Alvarez, M.B.A. '04, announced the launch of Comprehensive HealthCare Partners of Florida, LLC, a premier consulting and educational services firm specializing in hospice/palliative care, long term care, home health, multi-specialty  physician practices, and managed care. The firm provides organizational and business development, operations management and compliance services to local, regional and national healthcare providers.  Alvarez, a nationally-recognized expert in hospice/palliative care, has nearly two decades of experience serving as an industry executive, consultant, education provider, staff trainer, leadership coach, much sought-after presenter, and conference organizer.

Javeshnev Aimee Rivera Azua, B.S. '07, has been teaching Biology, Chemistry, and Anatomy for four years in the High School setting, and has written books (available on lulu.com) in the process of attaining graduate degrees and teaching. Since graduating from Nova, she has attained a M.S. in General Psychology and a M.A.Ed in Administration and Supervision. She is currently raising her younger sister, and taking care of her elderly grandmother. Azua’s mother passed away this year and says that “it was a great blow to our family, but we are holding strong sticking together as a familial unit.”

Nicole Boodram, M.B.A. ’10, Vice President of Financial Planning, Corporate Underwriting for Tower Group, Inc., has been recognized by Cambridge Who's Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in financial services. With 15 years of professional experience, Boodram has established a reputation as an expert on financial planning, analysis and business development. Boodram ventured into the insurance field because of her aptitude for numbers and the strong career connections she made at college. She attributes her success to her ability to translate numbers into information and the quality of the education that she received.

Roberto Casas, Ed.D. ’02, was recently selected as California State Chair for Administrative Credential Program for Argosy University. He will be establishing and overseeing the Tier-1 administrative services credential for individuals seeking either their M.A. or Doctorate in Educational Leadership for five California campuses.

Cameron Chambers, M.S. '93, recently published "Three Novellas", available on amazon.com in ebook and paperback in September. Three Novellas is a collection of two sequels to Chambers' more popular novels, Confessions of an Internet Don Juan, Don't Cross the Devil, and a third novella dealing with illness, madness, alien invasions and an odd spiritual quest.

Paul Ewell, D.B.A. ’04, is utilizing the latest technology to create a searchable database documenting the history of the Eastern Shore of Virginia's watermen. Ewell and his wife, co-founders of the Waterman's Heritage Foundation of Virginia's Eastern Shore, have been documenting the wooden boats of the Chesapeake. He is seeking photos and other artifacts related to the age of wooden boats working the bay. The database will be available free of charge. The couple are also working on a book proposal and hope someday to open a museum highlighting their heritage.

Debbie Glasser, Ph.D. ‘96, and her daughter, Emily Schenck, co-authored a self-help book for tweens and young teens. “New Kid, New Scene: A Guide to Moving and Switching Schools,” published by Magination Press (a division of the American Psychological Association), is available on Amazon and other booksellers.  This book offers hand-on tips to help kids meet new friends, keep old friendships, cope with challenging feelings, and more. Dr. Glasser lives in Virginia with her husband and three children, serves on the board of Commonwealth Parenting, and publishes a free newsletter for parents: NewsForParents.org

Carol Incarnacao-Shirm, J.D.’10, has been named an associate at Diaz, Reus, & Targ. Incarnacao-Shirm focuses in contracts, intellectual property and regulatory matters of global clients in international transactions and trade.

Teresa James, M.S. '03, was appointed principal of Club Boulevard Elementary School by the Durham school board. James most recently served as an assistant principal at Fuquay-Varina High School, where she has worked since 2007.

Jesus Jara, M.S. '00, was appointed by Governor Rick Scott as Monroe County Superintendent of Schools.

Janice Law, J.D. '79, published "The Secrets of a Client are Inviolate", a fiction short story about a Houston patent attorney in West Texas who inherits one of Texas' greatest mysteries and the ethical issues to go with it. The book was an Honorable Mention in the statewide annual "Write Stuff" competition sponsored by the Texas Bar Journal, circulated to 90,000 Texas attorneys. It is available to read on line in the Texas Bar Journal June issue.

Zehra Limon, M.B.A. ’03, started Exact Air Parts and Logistics LLC two years ago. The organization specializes in less than truck and also full trailer loads throughout the United States. Limon values her time at Nova, stating “it never felt like we were in classroom…our professors were highly achieved in their businesses, sharing real-life perspectives in the classroom. They helped blend theory with practice. I also had awesome classmates.”

Licet Martel, Pharm.D.’08, addressed attendees of the Latin Chamber of Commerce of Broward County (LCCB) Scholarship Luncheon held in May, 2011 at the Renaissance Plantation. Martel was recipient of a LCCB scholarship in 2006 in partnership with NSU’s Health Professions Division (HPD) College of Pharmacy. Her message to the scholarship recipients reinforced the importance and meaning of scholarships, life-long learning and leadership roles in their personal and professional lives. Martel also shared some of her achievements made possible through LCCB/HPD.

Christopher Piehota, B.S. ’93, was recently appointed by FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III to Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Division. Piehota most recently served as the Deputy Director for Operations at the Terrorist Screening Center. He officially arrived for duty in Buffalo on July 18.

Kathy Platoni, Psy.D. ’85, is a clinical psychologist and colonel with the Medical Service Corps and U.S. Army Reserve. Platoni recently published an article in "OPA Update" about serving in Afghanistan following the Fort Hood shootings. Platoni, who is also an Army Reserve Psychology Consultant to the Chief of the Medical Service Corps, was at the scene during the shooting.

Karen Elise Roselli, J.D. ‘85, moved back to her hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana in 2010 and is employed as Assistant District Counsel with the New Orleans District of the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

David A. Salomon, J.D. ’97, of Salomon Bravo has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association (“BCHBA”). For more than two decades the BCHBA has served as a unique and respected forum for judges, lawyers and business leaders alike to better address the needs of the rapidly growing Broward County Hispanic population.

Laura Sweeney, Ed.D. '05, has recently published a book entitled "Research on Writing Approaches in Mental Health." This is a scholarly book that would interest individuals who wish to explore the use of writing in psychology, available on Amazon.com

Michael Tomberg, B.S. '92, has returned to Florida after practicing law for 12 years in Texas and has started the Tomberg Law Firm based out of Juno Beach, Florida.

Marjorie Wilson, Ed.D. ’93, celebrated her 30th anniversary at Child Care of Southwest Florida on July 15. About 50 people attended a surprise luncheon in Wilson’s honor at Edison State College, where Wilson currently is an adjunct professor teaching early childhood courses. She also continues to work with Child Care of Southwest Florida as an instructor of the Florida Child Care Professional Credential.

James Woolen, D.B.A. ’01, was recently selected by the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology to be trained and serve as a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award examiner. He is currently the accreditation co-champion and student learning assessment facilitator for Ferris State University's College of Business. Woolen is active in the Big Rapids community, serving as president of the Board of Directors for Crossroads Charter Academy during the past several years. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Big Rapids, and serves as a board member for Recycle of Mecosta. He is also a board member of the Mecosta County Development Corporation.