Alumni Class Notes

February 2012

Janine Caffrey, Ed.D. ’98 recently authored her second book Nurturing Brilliance: Discovering and Developing Your Child’s Gifts (Great Potential Press, www.giftedbooks.com) . During her career, she has taught special education at several different schools in all kinds of communities. While at Renaissance Academy, she wrote a parenting book called Drive: 9 Ways to Motivate Your Kids to Achieve. She later worked for the New York City Department of Education, improving parent involvement and student achievement.

Joe Caruncho, J.D. ’85 has been appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve on the Board of Governors running the state university system. Caruncho has been the co-founder and chief operating officer of Preferred Care Partners Inc. since 1996. Prior to founding the company, he was a corporate healthcare attorney representing clients in the healthcare industry for more than 13 years. He serves on the Florida International University (FIU) Center for Leadership Advisory Council and has been a member of the FIU Foundation Board of Directors since 2006, and most recently served as the board’s chairperson. He has also served as a board member of the FIU Alumni Association, chairperson of the FlU College of Business Dean's Council, and is a founder of the FIU College of Medicine.

Suzan Johnson, M.S. ’07 is a Media Specialist in a local elementary school.  Throughout her pursuits she has always had a love of reading and books.  Last year she made her dream of becoming an author come true.  Last year, Johnson self-published a book called, “Sofie at Bat” with authorhouse.com.  The story is about a young girl who has to overcome her insecurities about trying to hit a softball.  Sofie learned that with practice and effort she can do anything she set her mind to.  Johnson’s  goal is to continue to write and publish more children’s books and instill a love of reading in her students.  The book can also be found on Amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.

Belinda Keiser, M.B.A. ’91 the vice chancellor of Keiser University, has been appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the board of directors of Enterprise Florida Inc., the public-private partnership devoted to statewide economic development. Keiser has been the vice chancellor of Keiser University for over 20 years.  She is currently a member of the Government Efficiency Task Force, the Florida Chamber of Commerce board of directors, the Florida Chamber Foundation board of trustees and the 17th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. She has also been a board member of Broward Days since 2002.

Jim Lockwood, Ed.D. ’95 associate superintendent with Apache Junction Unified School District, was hired last month as chief financial officer for Higley Unified School District.

Kevin McNish, M.B.A. ’10 was appointed to serve as Spindle, Inc. vice president for product development. McNish will oversee the strategic direction and development of Spindle payment platform including the recently acquired RhinoPay® solutions. Prior to joining the company, Kevin held several key positions with First Data, including global product development, business development and product management for wireless Point of Sale (POS) solutions, as well as mobile payment initiatives in North America. In addition, McNish is the named inventor on Point of Sale System with Ability to Remotely Update Firmware, publication number: US 2009/0037284 A1 for remote firmware updates for POS systems, and has developed and deployed several processes to streamline and manage the rollout of PA-DSS initiatives, contactless technologies, along with EMV and wireless provisioning of POS devices for large scale activation and deployment.

Jessica McVeigh, M.M.S. ’11 has recently joined PSG Medical Practice in Stuart, Florida.

D. Duane Mohon, O.D. ’98 was sworn in as the 2011-2012 president of the Alabama Optometric Association, or ALOA, during the association’s 2011 Annual Convention, which was held Nov. 4-6, at The Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham. Mohon was awarded the Feinbloom Award for Excellence in low vision care. He completed his ocular disease externship at the Eye Foundation Hospital in Birmingham and low vision training through his externship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. Mohon was voted the 2007 ALOA Young Optometrist of the Year, serves on Southern Council of Optometrist Logistics Committee, is a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA), the AOA Low Vision Section, has served on many committees and the Board of Directors for ALOA, The Lions Club International (past-president of the Piedmont Club), and Eagle Point Baptist Church of Jacksonville.

Glenn Ravelo, M.B.A. ’95 was promoted to Vice President of Business Solutions at Spectrum Pharmaceuticals. Ravelo has more than 25 years of pharmaceutical experience, including 21 in the oncology space. He is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in sales, sales management and account management. In his new role as Vice President of Business Solutions, Ravelo will be responsible overseeing the FUSILEV Specialty Sales Team. In addition, his responsibilities will include: Account Management, Managed Markets, Government Affairs, Logistics and Business Informatics. He will report to Mr. Gonzalez. Prior to joining Spectrum in 2007, he held various positions of increasing responsibility at Abraxis Oncology. Ravelo was a charter member of Amgen Corporation where he spent 18 years and gained experience in many areas of the business. Previously, he worked at Roche Laboratories.

Mark Stevenson, M.I.B.A. ’94, has been promoted to senior vice president and chief of staff of bank services from his previous position as vice president, program manager.  In his new position, Stevenson will oversee the selection, implementation and support of new technologies, products and services, mergers and acquisitions, system conversions and bank compliance. In 2011, Stevenson was responsible for leading the bank’s core system conversion project to better meet the needs of its customers. Previously, he was responsible for managing high impact information technology projects in support of critical business lines including residential and commercial loans, finance and accounting, bank operations, customer service and treasury management.