Alumni Class Notes

July 2012

Beverly Allen, Ed.D. '11 works every summer as a volunteer educator overseas. She has volunteered in China, Rwanda, South Africa, and Ghana. As a volunteer educator Allen works with students, teachers, and administrators. When she works with students she provides direct instruction, differentiated instruction, and character development. Her work with teachers and administrators includes lesson planning, modeling lessons, classroom management, time management, organizational skills, and computer skills. This summer Allen will be working in Accra, Ghana at Child Care Development School where the student population ranges from Pre-K to Junior High. She will also be the guest speaker at the student graduation scheduled for Saturday, July 28, 2012 in Sarpeiman, Ghana, West Africa.

Ximena Alvarez, B.S. '11 is a proud NSU graduate and very happy to have been selected to represent Chile in the 2012 Miss Mundo Latina pageant. Miss Mundo Latina is one of the biggest and most recognized beauty competitions in the state of Florida. Miss Mundo Latina is under way, with a grand finale at the DoubleTree Hotel, Universal Orlando, on Saturday, August 11th, 2012.

Javeshnev A. Azua, M.S., & M.A.Ed. '07 has been teaching a variety of Science course levels for five years in the High School setting, and has written books (available on lulu.com) in the process of attaining graduate degrees and teaching. You can find any of her published books at: http://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?type=&keyWords=javeshnev+azua&x=12&y=8&sitesearch=lulu.com&q. She has focused on increasing her Biotechnology Skills, Administrative Skills, and has focused on development of Science High School Curriculum within her work while specializing on the two major topics she has taught (Biology, and Anatomy & Physiology).She will be attending New York Chiropractic College for a Masters in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction with a 2014 graduation date starting the Fall 2012. 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 who will be attending college after graduation during the 2013 school year, and they both have been taking care of their elderly grandmother. Azua's mother passed away in 2011 and she stated that “it was a great blow to our family, but we are holding strong sticking together as a familial unit.”

Alexandra Cook, D.B.A. '07, CPA, CFF has been named the new Director of Finance for the Broward County Port Everglades Department, announced Steven Cernak, Chief Executive and Port Director for the South Florida cruise, cargo and petroleum seaport. Cook comes to Port Everglades from the Office of the Clerk & Comptroller of Palm Beach County, where she served in the capacity of Deputy Comptroller and Finance Manager, overseeing cross-functional Finance and Accounting operations in excess of $3 billion. Her diverse professional background and experience spans a 20-year career and also includes positions in internal audit, academia, private industry as a commercial real estate Chief Financial Officer and marina developer, and over a decade in public accounting in both audit and taxation.

Michael Anthony Elam, Ed.D. '08 was appointed interim chancellor of Central Louisiana Technical Community College. Elam will be the college's first chancellor under the Central Louisiana Technical Community College banner.

John Wayne Falbey, M.B.A. '95 and D.B.A. '00 served as a full time faculty member and chair of the Master's program in Real Estate Development from 2005 to 2010. His latest novel, Sleeping Dogs: The Awakening, is a techno-political thriller in the David Baldacci-Vince Flynn-Brad Thor genre, was recently published. Visit: www.sleepingdogs.biz. for more information.

Larry Flegle, D.B.A. '03 has been nominated as internet Radio Personality of the Year by the 2012 Artists Music Guild Heritage Awards. One of his internet radio stations (Cowboy Gospel NETradio) has been nominated for AMG Radio Station of the Year. The Artists Music Guild was established to help in the understanding, appreciation and to advance the contributions of the arts to American culture — from the artistic genius' of the current day; to the technical legends of the past; and to those still unimagined artistic breakthroughs of future generations. Dr. Flegle is a Professor for American Public University. He also manages the university's award winning internet radio station, AMU Radio. His latest project is writing a new course SPMT 500 Sportscasting for the university.

Michael Galliano, M.S. '07 recently completed a comprehensive training program hosted by the MetLife Center for Special Needs PlanningSM, to develop skills for helping families with dependents with special needs develop customized financial solutions. The training program covered such topics as educational advocacy, recent changes in Social Security laws, financial planning and special needs trusts. Special Needs Planners can help families address critical issues, including how to protect future government eligibility and ways in which a special needs trust can provide lifetime care.

Corrine Holdridge, M.S. '05 is a self employed change agent working nationally in the patient safety and risk management arena. Professional coaching, program development, strategic planning, claims analysis and interim staffing.

Gabriel Kengni, Ph.D. '00 was invited to the White House to participate in a forum to discuss effective teaching in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and the White House Domestic Policy Council. During this forum, he had the opportunity to engage in a dialogue with Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and other senior Administration officials on ensuring high-quality instruction for every student.

Rhoda Kublickis, MHsc '12 became Utah's Southeast Region xylitol educator. She has conducted hundreds of lectures (4-series) throughout SE in dental offices, doctors' offices, dental hygiene meetings, dental meetings, study club meetings, universities, colleges, schools, and health food stores about the many wonderful benefits of xylitol. To learn more, contact rhoda@xylitoleducators.com.

Zoe Leal, B.S. '01 has been named 2012 Teacher of the Year for Mater Academy Charter School in Hialeah Gardens, FL. Principal Telleria made the announcement at a school event during Teacher Appreciation Week, and formally honored Zoe Leal on June 2, 2012 at Mater Academy's End of School Year Celebration amongst other honorees represented by sister schools. Leal, a 5th Grade teacher, has worked at Mater Academy 4 years. In a statement addressed to her colleagues Leal expressed, “I know there are so many other teachers that could be here receiving this award. We all work equally hard and are passionate about making a difference in our students' education. I am honored to be receiving this year's Teacher of the Year Award. I truly did not expect this!” Like Leal, Ms. Cecilia Telleria, Mater Academy's Charter School Principal and Ms. Saili Hernandez, Vice Principal, are also NSU alumni for the Abraham S. Fischler School of Education.

Thomas Melvin, Ed.D. '97 has published his book "Danny's Tavern." The book is available at all major online bookstores. You may find it at Barnes &Noble's site: http://bit.ly/ME4bqM

Will Moya, M.B.A. '10 was appointed by Berkeley College to Campus Operating Officer at its New York City location. In this role, Mr. Moya will oversee day-to-day operations, space management and staff and student retention, among other responsibilities. He also will monitor policies related to personnel, including training and professional development programs. Mr. Moya began his career at Berkeley College in 2002. Moya was an honorable mention recipient of the Berkeley College Associate of the Year award in 2003 and received the Associate of the Year award in Teamwork in 2004.

Fran Orenstein, M.S. '94 just published The Book of Mysteries [World Castle Publishing], the young adult fantasy adventure trilogy of two boys from New York City.

Holly Sullivan, Ed.D. '11 was honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She is also a past Kershaw County District Teacher of the Year honoree.

Bridgette Taylor, M.S. '11 has established her own consulting firm specializing in Conflict Resolution and Human Resources Management. The name is Open for Discussion, located in Pembroke Pines, FL. She can be contacted at (305) 215-3865 or via email

Timothy Tierney, Ed.D. '12 has completed his doctoral studies at NSU. Tierney is one of the very few physical education teachers in the county to earn such a high academic achievement. Tierney has devoted his life to cultivating character in his students. Tierney plans to continue his work in the field of character education. Those who know him recognize his commitment to the education of the whole child.

Dominique Wimmer, B.S. '12 as an Athlete at NSU for tennis, received: Scholar Athlete of the Year Award 2011-2012 Tennis: Most Valuable Player Award 2010-2011 and the Coaches Award 2011-2012. Wimmer also participated at the Undergraduate Student Symposium: Poster Presentation of "Attitutes Towards Business Ethics: A Study of Austrian Student Views" and presented the research paper at the Academy of Business Disciplines Conference in Fort Myers, FL in 2011. Wimmer is a member of Alpha Chi Honor Society.