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Panel on “The Impact of Rastafari on the Culture of Jamaica and the World,” June 10
The Shepard Broad Law Center’s Caribbean Law Program is proud to bring a panel to campus to examine “The Impact of Rastafari on the Culture of Jamaica and the World” as part of South Florida’s celebration of Caribbean-Amer...

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Jennifer Billings, J.D. ’11, has joined the law firm of Barry I. Finkel, P.A. as an Associate Attorney. Billings focuses her practice on marital and family law, as well as marital and family law appeals. She was employed as a legal secretary and paralegal for Mr. Finkel while attending college and law school.

Ms. Billings is a member of The Florida Bar, the Broward and Dade County Bar Associations, Broward County Women Lawyers Association, Florida Association of Women Lawyers and Emerge Broward. She is also a member of Lawyers to the Rescue, where she volunteers her time at Camillus House offering free legal services to the homeless.

John Burdzy, D.O. ’98, has joined the family practice of Physicians' Primary Care of Southwest Florida. He will continue to practice from his Fort Myers office at 7780 Cambridge Manor Place, Suite C, near College Parkway and Summerlin Road. Burdzy has been in private practice in Fort Myers since 2004 and is board-certified in Family Medicine.

Thomas Cristello, J.D. ’04, was Coldwell Banker’s top sales and listing agent for April.

Mariely Diaz, Pharm.D. ’07, has been named Puerto Rico entrepreneur of the year by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Díaz started Optima in 2004 when she was just 26 years old, and has continued to look for new ways to expand Optima’s services and products for a healthier, quality-driven community. Díaz is the only pharmacist on the island certified by the National Home Infusion Association.

Merilee Ehrlich, J.D. ’79, offers juvenile offenders on probation the chance to do poetry for their required community service hours. On Friday, May 6, 2011, a number of them read poetry or essays in court to get their credit - and Judge Ehrlich gave them an example of her own when she performed a rap she wrote. Read more...

George Gabb, J.D. ’02, has been appointed to netTALK.COM’s Board of Directors. Gabb is Chair of the Computer Information Systems Department (CIS), Miami Dade College (MDC) North Campus. With eighteen years' experience in the education field, Gabb oversees class offerings at the MDC North Campus CIS Department, covering a wide variety of programming languages. Gabb has been with MDC since 1998. Prior to that he held a variety of Director-level academic IT-related positions.

Sean Gallagan, M.S.Sean Gallagan, M.S. ’95, was recently named by the Miami-Dade school district as its top principal Wednesday night. Gallagan works at George T. Baker Aviation School, the only public school in Miami-Dade County authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to offer technical training to students. Gallagan is not only an experienced principal, he is an experienced pilot. He has been crucial in building community partnerships with local businesses. Gallagan recently helped secure a $6 million donation to the school in the form of a jet from American Airlines.

Robert Jones, Ed.D.’06, has been appointed the Interim Collier Campus President. Jones will continue to serve as vice president and provost of the Hendry/Glades Center. Jones previously held a similar position at the campus eight years ago.

John Maclennon, D.P.A. ’83, has been elected President of the Greater Chicago Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). He is currently a manager for the US Department of Labor. He lives in Chicago with his wife Bette. They have two children and three grandchildren.

Lisa McBrideLisa McBride, Ph.D. ’07, was named president of the California University of Pennsylvania's President's Commission for the Status of Women.A former police officer with the St. Louis Police Department, McBride spent eight years as a federal criminal investigator working as an overseas undercover operative. A dispute resolution practitioner, McBride previously held positions as an associate professor of criminology and is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a county mediator. She has developed, implemented and assessed university wide diversity policies and related initiatives.

Dave PeacosDave Peacos, M.Acc. ’93, has joined Gifford, Hillegass & Ingwersen LLP (GH&I), as a risk advisory partner and lead partner of the firm’s fraud, forensic and litigation support service team. Peacos, who has earned the Certified Public Accountant/Certified in Financial Forensics and Certified Information System Auditor (CPA/CFF/CISA) credentials, has experience serving public and private companies in a wide variety of industries. His service offerings include providing fraud and forensic accounting services through fraud investigations and anti-fraud education. Peacos’ commitment to fraud-related cases has allowed him to be deemed an expert witness in corporate fraud in a Superior Court in Cobb County, Ga. His professional expertise also extends deeply into internal control evaluation and remediation with respect to corporate governance, operational compliance and information technology solutions.

David Peterson, Ed.D. ’85, was recently appointed by the Scottsdale Unified School District governing as interim superintendent. Peterson, who has been assistant superintendent for business services, will start the new job on July 1. Peterson was hired by the Scottsdale district in July 2005 after 10 years with Mesa Public Schools. He is a graduate of the U.S Naval Academy and is a member of the California State Bar. Peterson has been instrumental in bringing several solar energy projects to the Scottsdale schools.

Karin Posser, J.D. ’04, has joined McGlinchey Stafford PLLC’s Jacksonville, Florida office. Posser represents clients in consumer financial services litigation, real estate litigation, bankruptcy and creditors' rights. While at NSU, Posser served as an editor on the Nova Law Review, Editor-in-Chief of the law school student newspaper and was a member of Moot Court.

Christopher Ray, J.D. ’09, recently became employed as the Vice Director of Noche De Arte, presented by the US Embassy in Lima, Peru.  Noche De Arte is the largest art exposition in Peru, at which works are sold to benefit local charities.

John Scola, Ed.D. ’99, is the third and final candidate for the job of superintendent, the State College Area School District announced. Scola previously served as superintendent and assistant superintendent of the Central Dauphin School District, and was principal of Hershey High School in Derry Township and a site director for the Delaware Valley High School.
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