Razor’s Edge Leadership Alumni

Razor’s Edge Leadership Alumni 

The Razor’s Edge program focusing on teaching students “To Learn, To Lead, To Achieve” throughout their time in the program and in their life journey.  After five years, the students in our first two class, the Alpha and Beta Classes, embark on the next stage.  These students have graduated from the Razor’s Edge Leadership program and Nova Southeastern University.  Below you will find a little bit about what they were involved in during their time at NSU.  Additionally, each student in the program is given a Legacy Question during their first Razor’s Edge Leadership retreat which they reflect on throughout their four years in the program.  Each of these students reflected on the question, and during their capstone course wrote and presented about their legacy question.  In addition to their involvement information you will find out a little bit about them and the response to their legacy question.  We know these students are leaving the walls of NSU and going out into the world to do great things.



Noemi Bermudez

Noemi Bermudez
Hometown:  Hollywood, FL
Involvement:  IOC Chair for Students Working for Equal Rights, Women’s Connect Group Leader for Ablaze, Academic Society Program Peer Leader, President’s 64, Leadership Conference Presenter, CommunityFest Volunteer
Legacy: “In the next year, I plan on completing a Master of Arts in Christian Studies at Duke’s Divinity School, followed by four years of medical school.  I am going to be tempted to put academics and my career first, but I will take the steps necessary to not get sucked in.  I am going to set limits to the amount of time I spend studying and working, so that I can spend quality time with others.  In this world of selfies and commands to ‘do you’ it is easy to become self-absorbed and forget what matters most.  It is family, friends, and strangers that give life its meaning.”


Kamryn Blackwood

Kamryn Blackwood
Hometown: Farmington, NM
Involvement: Student Athlete Advisory Committee, President’s 64, Captain of the Tennis Team
Legacy: “I lead to inspire, to help, to create, to move others, so others can follow, so I can follow others.  I lead because I care, because I want to grow, I want to change, I want to challenge myself, and most importantly I lead because I love.”


Daniel Brookins

Daniel Brookins
Hometown:  Coral Springs, FL
Involvement: Undergraduate Student Government Association President, Resident Assistant in the Commons, Kappa Sigma, Ablaze, Intramurals, CommunityFest Volunteer
Legacy: “These experiences have led me to see that it’s not organizations I want to change.  I want to be an agent of change by making meaningful investments in the lives of the people around me.  Whether these changes are big or small, I’ve realized through these experiences that investing in other people is the most meaningful change one can make.”


Nile Dresser

Nile Dresser
Hometown: Monroe, NC
Involvement: Secretary for Beta Theta Pi, President’s 64, Orientation Leader, Intramurals, Leadership Conference presenter, Intramurals
Legacy: “Who will come with me?  I was told I would have four years to think about the question but honestly it finally came to me about 10 hours ago.  Every single one of you will come with me”. 


Kat Fleming

Kat Fleming
Hometown: Satellite Beach, FL
Involvement: Vice-President of Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Vice-President of Exercise Science Student’s Organization, Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society, Official DII Soccer Representative for Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Research Symposium Representative for Exercise and Sports Science major, CommunityFest Volunteer
Legacy: “Throughout the years of overcoming adversity I have truly found my calling and my passion.  I know exactly where I want my future to go and how to accomplish my goals … I hope that through my passion for health and wellness, armed with my dedication and determination and equipped with everything that has been shared with me, I will give everything I have.  I will give more passion to my work.  I will give more dedication to my cause.  I will give more love to my friends and family.  I will trust more … I will GIVE more.” 


Jennifer Goetzl

Jennifer Goetzl
Hometown: Aurora, CO
Involvement: Delta Phi Epsilon, Fundraising Chair of Psychology Club
Legacy: “In my freshman year, I was given the amazing opportunity of taking an old storage room and converting it into a fully functioning office that would act as the home for all student organizations … Looking ahead, I will continue to make a positive and impactful difference in the lives of those around me by focusing on the youth of the world.  I will achieve this by going into the field of school counseling.”


Lindsey Goldstein

Lindsey Goldstein
Hometown: Pembroke Pines, FL
Involvement: President of Omicron Delta Kappa, Vice President of Traditions for SEABoard, President’s 64, Homecoming Committee Director, Orientation Leader, Leadership On Demand Facilitator, Leadership Conference Presenter
Legacy: “I realized in a lot of ways I have been a fish trying to climb a tree.  I let my fear of failing stop me from opportunities such as trying out for a sorority because I didn’t think I was pretty enough or would be liked enough.  I didn’t try out for SGA because I was scared of not being elected.  I learned that I am never going to be the best at science like all of the bio majors at Nova.  But I have learned in a new of being my best, by being in the moment … To put it simply, when am I at my best  When I am not trying to be the best?” 


Josh Grant

Josh Grant
Hometown: Naples, FL
Involvement: Resident Assistant in Goodwin Hall, Undergraduate Student Government Association Residential Senator, Pledge Educator for Beta Theta Pi, Intramurals
Legacy: “As President of CAUSE this was the first time that everybody in an organization turned to me to find an answer to the problem, how are we going to get the organization back on track?  This was probably one of the biggest responsibilities I have had as a leader … Law school and the path to becoming a lawyer will be a difficult one … but, those experiences such as having people turn to me for guidance and making personal connections will benefit in the difficult path to becoming a lawyer.”


Brynne Hunt

Brynne Hunt
Hometown: Weston, FL
Involvement: President’s 64, ICUF, Delta Phi Epsilon


Sindy Mandujano

Sindy Mandujano
Hometown: La Ceiba, Atlántida
Involvement: Vice-President of American Association of University Women, President’s 64, CommunityFest Volunteer, Intramurals
Legacy: “I will do good to others even if they are mean to me.  Forgiving is something really hard to do, but once we do it, it’s very liberating.  Forgiving is not something we do for other people, we do it for our own inner peace and happiness.  So, now if someone asks me what will I commit to, my answer will be, living my life in a way where I can look back and smile, look back and feel a sense of pride and fulfillment, because why throw away the only life we get to live?”


Jennifer McDaniel

Jennifer McDaniel
Hometown: Kissimmee, FL
Involvement: President of American Association of University Women, Out of the Darkness Walk Committee, Intramurals
Legacy: “When things don’t work out, finding those next steps to get where you want to go and not giving up, that sometimes the path we take isn’t always the one we plan.  But I’ve learned that to get to your goals some paths have not been written yet and it’s up to you to write them.  Take the first step.”


Wacey Mooney

Wacey Mooney
Hometown: Hollywood, FL
Involvement: Community Action Using Student Empowerment, Athlete Training Student Organization, Cozy Corners, Intramurals, Crunch Brunch Volunteer
Legacy: “I do not know where I want to go in life.  I believe if we were to know where we will end up, we will never reach our full potential because we will be comfortable with the end result.  I do not want to know where I will end up if it means I will never reach my highest potential.  I would rather be the best I can be so no matter what happens I could be ready for where I end up.”


Dona Rose

Dona Rose
Hometown: Parkland, FL
Involvement: Vice President of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., Resident Assistant,  President’s 64, United Greek Council delegate, Out of the Darkness Walk Committee
Legacy: “What do I want to influence?  I want to influence the field of medicine, challenge it so it could change from what it was to what it could be, and alter the idea of doctors simply working for money rather than care for their patients.”


Katie Ostrovecky

Katie Ostrovecky
Hometown:
 Haymarket, Virgina
Involvement: Athletic Training Student Organization, FCA, Suicide Prevention Walk, Fall Senior Year Internship at Virginia Tech University 

Priscilla Aguilar

Priscilla Aguilar
Hometown: Aurora, IL
Involvement: President of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., President’s 64, Unified Greek Council,  Homecoming Committee Volunteer, Out of the Darkness Walk Committee, CommunityFest Volunteer
Legacy: “Throughout these four years of reflection I have learned that what matters most is to be responsible, work hard and believe in myself, but I must also seek help when I need it. I must build connections and surround myself with those that will lift me up and help me get where I want to be and that they trust me to do the same for them.” 


Kaitlyn Baran

Kaitlyn Baran
Hometown: West Homestead, PA
Involvement: Treasurer of Pre-Physical Therapy Society, Treasurer of American Association of University Women, President 64, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Delta Phi Epsilon, Intramurals
Legacy: “To stand for strong millennials who are proud of who they are – physically, mentally, and spiritually. I stand for those who continue to prove you wrong, one stereotype at a time.”


Taylor Brown

Taylor Brown
Hometown: Coconut Creek, FL
Involvement: President of Alpha Kappa Psi, Entrepreneur’s Council, Ambassador Resume Book, Calvary at Nova, Intramurals, Leadership Conference Planning Committee, Intramurals
Legacy: “I will use business, social entrepreneurship specifically, to help this person [who is homeless] obtain a job, a residence, and sustainability, so that he or she may pursue potential and purpose.”


Stephanie Cedeno

Stephanie Cedeno
Hometown: Hialeah, FL
Involvement: Vice President of Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society, Co-Event Chair of Relay for Life, Treasurer of Students Working for Equal Rights, Leadership Conference presenter, Out of the Darkness Walk Committee, CommunityFest Volunteer
Legacy: “I wanted to change the fact that some people simply did not care. There was so much going on at any given time that I wanted to change, and I just had so much to say. But time has shown me that I want to change so much more, and with more specificity…When I become a doctor, I will continue to do research as I practice. Because numbers need to be changed.”


Sarah Erickson

Sarah Erickson
Hometown: Sunrise, FL
Involvement: Orientation Leader, Athletic Senator for Undergraduate Student Government Association, Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, Relay for Life Team Captain,  Homecoming Council, Rowing Representative for Student Athlete Advisory Committee, CommunityFest Volunteer
Legacy: “What do I want to say with my life? I want to say that I went through more in my twenty-two years of life then a lot of people will go through in their life time. I want to say that my life literally proves that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. A lot of people have asked me the meaning of my tattoo and that’s exactly it; that through it all, I had the courage to keep living and I was made stronger for it.”


Kelsey McCusker

Kelsey McCusker
Hometown: Stone Harbor, NJ
Involvement:  Vice President of American Association of University Women, Secretary of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Public Relations Chair for Community Action Using Student Empowerment
Legacy: “I am motivated to pursue a legal education to gain the understanding of the I need to play a part in helping to fix and recreate the lives of those unjust. I was given an unbelievable second chance to continue to live on this earth and I want to give my life for the service of others to find their second chance.”


Daniel McFadden

Daniel McFadden
Hometown: Davie, FL
Involvement: Service Vice President of Alpha Phi Omega, Event Chair for Relay for Life, Ambassador Board, President’s 64, Peer Leader, Leadership on Demand Facilitator, Intramurals, CommunityFest Volunteer
Legacy: “I know I will have a bright future within the field of Student Affairs because I have a passion to put the student’s needs and achievements before my own. I look forward to being able to continue helping student’s to reach their highest potential and accomplish their goals. I believe that my purpose on Earth is to help others. I look forward to the future and to knowing that eventually I will be in a high enough position so that I can make a difference for even more student’s.”


Paula Munoz

Paula Munoz
Hometown: Cooper City, FL
Involvement: President of Psychology Club, President of Best Buddies, Entertainment and Activities Chair for Relay for Life, Vice President of  Students Working for Equal Rights, Leadership Conference Planning Committee, Out of the Darkness Walk Committee
Legacy: “I believe that we create a social system where what you earn measures how successful you are, and that success is based on how hard you work. So the life I want to earn will be displayed through the fruits of m hard work. Where I will be able to help a student with Down Syndrome get a corporate job and see them succeed in their occupation; where I will see less of a need for social justice organizations because awareness has spread and I have has a part in that; and where I will see the values that my parents instilled in me, through mine and Robert’s children and watch them, grow as open minded individuals with no need for derogatory language of lack of acceptance with their peers. That is how I will know that I have truly earned the life and purpose God has given me."


Kaitlyn Pope

Kaitlyn Pope
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Involvement: President of SEABoard, Treasurer of Riff Tides, Treasurer of Scientific Literature Society, President’s 64, Orientation Leader, Homecoming Committee Volunteer, Crunch Brunch Volunteer
Legacy: “Providing a culture, this place where you build yourself, and laugh, and make mistakes and memories, and you worry more about who you are than what you do. Making a place for others with my passion, and hoping they find theirs.”


Laurieann Robinson

Laurieann Robinson
Hometown: Lauderhill, FL
Involvement: President’s 64, Warden of Alpha Kappa Psi, Ablaze, Entrepreneur’s Council, Leadership Conference Planning Committee, Intramurals, CommunityFest Volunteer
Legacy: “I want to go where I can be a source of strength and encouragement to those I encounter.”


Rachel Salveson

Rachel Salveson
Hometown: Saint Charles, IL
Involvement: Sharkettes Dance Team, Leadership Development Chair for Phi Sigma Sigma, Dance Marathon, Treasurer of Cozy Corners, President’s 64, Leadership on Demand Facilitator, Service Trip Student Site Coordinator for Jamaica, Leadership Conference presenter
Legacy: “Being willing to sacrifice a little bit of our own comfort to ease one another’s suffering.”


Antonella Sanchez

Antonella Sanchez
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Involvement: President of Students Working for Equal Rights, Treasurer of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., Vice President of Unified Greek Council, Out of the Darkness Walk Committee , Intramurals
Legacy: “I am not looking for happiness; I am letting it find me. I’ve found that happiness meets me half way when I am doing what I love and spending time with the people whom I love. I want to be the one who tells an individual in doubt that they too can achieve anything that they set their minds to. In the long run, I dream of working for or starting a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help middle school and high school student achieve higher education.”


Kelly Scott

Kelly Scott
Hometown: Stuart, FL
Involvement: President for Undergraduate Student Government Association, ICUF Presidential Fellow, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, President’s 64, Orientation Leader, Novelty Chair for Homecoming Committee, CommunityFest Volunteer
Legacy: “What do I want to influence? I want to influence others to be the best that they can possibly be. I want to influence other people to reach their fullest potential and more. I want to influence those around me to be their best by being themselves. Through this, I want to challenge them but be able to help them along the way. I also want to selflessly give anything that I have in order to make this world a better place, and what better place to start than your own community.”


Gabriela Teixeira

Gabriela Teixeira
Hometown: Coconut Creek, FL
Involvement: President of Cozy Corners, Vice President of Rotaract, Service Student Site Leader of New Orleans, President’s 64, CommunityFest Volunteer
Legacy: “My foundation was my faith and my family. My day to day life reassures me that I did have a strong foundation and have built upon it well by taking advantage of every opportunity that appeared and sometimes even creating my own. I have stood strong in the face of adversity and stayed true to myself. I have l lent out a hand when others needed and spent time on helping people who could learn something from me. With my faith as my compass and my family ass my fuel, I stand here as the person you know today, ready for what is yet to come.”


Alixandria Tucci

Alixandria Tucci
Hometown: St. Johns, FL
Involvement: Logistics Chair of the Relay for Life Committee, Vice President of Omicron Delta Kappa, CommunityFest Volunteer
Legacy: “I’ve learned that I will contribute my time, my dedication, and most of all myself – any stories I may have that can help someone in any aspect, any knowledge I may have that can help someone grow, and any love and compassion that I can extend to someone in difficult, and even good, times. I will contribute whatever I can to help those around me grow and become the best version of themselves possible. But if I push myself, and really push the boundaries of what I can contribute, I can help create a more financially savvy culture, which will help thousands of families live a happier life – not worrying about long term care costs if someone gets sick, no worrying about if their child can go to their dream college.”


Aubrey West

Aubrey West
Hometown: Plantation, FL
Involvement: Vice-President of Membership & Development for SEABoard, Publicity Chair for Relay for Life, Delta Phi Epsilon, Pre-Student Osteopathic Medicine Association
Legacy: “To truly appreciate the value of courage and patience and to also stand up for myself. To show courage and patience for my Plan A, also strength and independence to choose what I want in life.”