Alumni Class Notes
11 Fowler White Burnett attorneys Named Super Lawyers and 4 Named Rising Stars
MIAMI, Florida – June 13, 2012 – Fowler White Burnett, P.A. proudly congratulates 15 of their attorneys who are recognized in the 2012 issue of Florida Super Lawyers magazine.
The recognition includes the title of 2012 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. As per Super Lawyers, "Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations."
The Fowler White Burnett attorneys recognized include:
Florida Super Lawyers | Rising Stars
- Michael Drahos (Personal Injury Defense) J.D. '02
- Sheryl Moore (Family Law) J.D. '00
- Michael P. McCahill, J.D. '06 has joined the firm as an Associate at the Fowler White Burnett downtown Fort Lauderdale office. McCahill comes to Fowler White Burnett from Shendell & Pollock. Prior to that Mr. McCahill was with Fulmer LeRoy Albee Baumann where as a trial attorney he gained broad experience in insurance defense including mass tort and class actions matters involving Chinese Drywall and Federal Multi-District Litigation Panel.
- Leonard A. Comma, M.B.A. '97 was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of Jack in the Box.
- Kimberly Kowalski Bersamin, D.B.A. '06 personnel services administrator at the Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority, was named the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus of Guam Community College during the GCC Foundation 35th Anniversary Gala.
- Brenda Ellis, Ph.D. '09 graduate of the Computer Information Systems doctoral program, has been named Acting Privacy Manager at NASA Glenn Research Center. Dr. Ellis is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Maryland University College.
- Michele A. Finneran, M.S. '12 LMHC graduated with her doctoral degree in Conflict Resolution on June 9th. Dr. Finneran is also a licensed mental health therapist and has a clinical private practice in Coral Springs, Florida. Finneran's dissertation was about domestic violence survivors perceptions of formal and informal supports. Finneran also recieved her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from NSU Psychological Studies in 2001.
- Dayton Hibbs, M.S. '01 was named new Associate Superintendent for Marietta City Schools.
- Cheryl Hill, M.S. '11 was recently promoted to Regional Director of Education overseeing a new acquisition as well as beginning a starter school from the Dade Medical College family of schools.
- Rebecca Ingram, J.D. '92 is being inducted into the alumni hall of fame in the field of law for Miami Dade College. The event takes place on Thursday, May 10, 2012. The event takes place on Hilton Miami Downtown located at 1601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, Florida.
- Peter Kopack, Ed.D. '10 is receiving recognition by the NJ Principal and Supervisors Association for a technology program in his school. Kopack is the vice-principal in an elementary school in Marlboro, NJ. He also serves as the technology director for the district since the completion of his dissertation that was an evaluation of a teacher training program for new teachers in his district. He developed a program that provided additional training beyond the induction stage. Bring Your Own Device is a relatively new concept in the application of technology in K-12 education, but until recently had been limited to middle and high schools. Kopack's school district took it to the next level, that of the elementary school.
- Norman J. Landry, Ed.D. '79 of Haverhill, Massachusetts, Dean Emeritus of Student Affairs of Northern Essex Community College was recognized as one of the recipients of the Making A Difference Award at the 50th Anniversary celebration event "Fifty Years of Making a Difference" on Friday, April 27, 2012. The award honors influential members of the NECC community who have made a difference in the lives of others.
- Noel Lawson, Ed.D. '03 is a special education liaison at Bronx Academy of Health Careers and train and support teachers' use of technology in the classroom. Lawson plans to open a school focusing on music and computer school next school year. Lawson also coordinates and chaperones high school students on international trips to Europe.
- Gary Rosato, Ed.D. '00 has been named principal of Fairfield Woods Middle School.
- Jonathan Sanz, B.A. '12 studied Theatre and Music. He is passionate about acting, singing, and directing. He hopes to use his love for the arts to educate future generations. He was the 2011-2012 James Farquhar Award Winner and Commencement Speaker. Go Sharks!
- Jack Wilhelm, D.P.A. '79 has just published a new novel, Resurrection Pond, on Amazon's Kindle.