Daniel BrookinsDANIEL BROOKINS, a double major in Legal Studies and Philosophy, minoring in Business and Leadership, is a local student from Coral Springs, Florida.  Daniel has acted as the President of the Undergraduate Student Government Association since May of 2013.  Prior to becoming President, he served on the executive board as a Vice President of Legislative Affairs from May 2012 to May 2013 and prior to his Vice President Position he also served as a Residential Senator.  Prior to his service with the student government, Daniel was President of the club Ablaze Christian Ministries from August 2011 through May 2012.  While attending NSU, he also was a member of the President’s 64 and the Razor’s Edge Leadership Program.  From August of 2012, Daniel has worked as a Resident Assistant for the Office of Residential Life and Housing.  He also has interned with Judge Robert Diaz, County Court Judge 12th Circuit.  Daniel has worked in several positions while attending school, including Outside Operations Associate for the Country Club of Coral Springs, an Office Administrative Assistant for One Hope Ministries, Policy Issuance Associate for BASS Underwriters, Inc. and as a Residential Call Center Associate for NSU.  While a student in the Honor’s program, Daniel has made the Dean’s List all eight terms he attended.  In both 2013 and 2014, Daniel received the Learning to Lead Award from the Razor’s Edge Leadership Program.  He was also recognized as the Rising Star Student of the Year in 2011 and in 2012 he received the Founder’s Award.  He is currently a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.    After graduation, Daniel plans on attending the George Washington University School of Law in Washington, D.C. 

Outstanding Students by Colleges


Katherine Alyssa McInerneyKATHERINE ALYSSA McINERNEY, an English major with a minor is Business and Psychology, completed the Honors Program and the 15 credit requirement for the Honors Citation.  She is currently a member of the Sigma Tau Delta honor society.  She has been on the Dean’s list from Fall of 2010 through her final term.  Katherine has been a part of the Writing Fellow Program since Fall of 2012.  In 2011/2012 she became the Editor for the Digressions Literary Magazine, in 2012/2013 she became the Managing Editor and then in 2013/2014 she was named Editor-in-Chief.  During the summer of 2013, she interned at the Taylor and Francis Group.  Katherine has been a co-presenter at several conference and symposiums including “Real World Sensitivities within Tutoring Sessions at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, “Student Literary Magazine” at NSU’s Multi-Media Conference, “Up in the Clouds” at NSU’s Undergraduate Symposium, and “Real World Sensitivities Within the Tutoring Microcosm” for the Southeastern Writing Center Association.  While attending school she worked part time as a Sales Associate at Kirkland’s Home.  She has made the Dean’s List from fall of 2010 to the present.  She plans on continuing with her studies and wants to earn her Ph.D. in English Literature.  She wants to become an English professor and hopes to be able to travel internationally.  

Desiree KennedyDESIREE KENNEDY, is a double major in Legal Studies and Political Science who was also a member of the honor program since 2011. She is a member of both the Delta Epsilon Iota and Alpha Chi honor societies.  Desiree participated in an internship with the Washington Center at the Department of the Interior.  She participated in Dr. Gershman’s travel study course: Genocide in the 20th Century and Beyond where students traveled to several cities in Serbia, Bosnia, Hungary and Poland as part of the 12 day trip during Spring Break.  According to Desiree, “This trip truly opened my eyes to many of the world’s horrors as well as to its wonders”.    She has worked as an assistant in the Testing and Tutoring Center and has assisted Alumni Relations with reaching out to current alum.  Desiree recently was recognized at the Stueys as the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences Student of the Year for 2014.  Desiree plans on attending George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management to seek her Masters in Political Science.  She will also be working as a program manager for the SFS Program at the Department of the Interior. 


Naomi Rachel KingNAOMI RACHEL KING, an Environmental Studies major with a minor in Mathematics, has been on the Dean’s List for four years starting in 2010.  Naomi comes from a family of Sharks, including her mother Diane Obregon who received her Master’s in Writing and Daniel King who is a graduate of the University.  Her grandmother, Linda Simunek, works for the Abraham Fischler College of Education and has been a big inspirational support to her granddaughter. Naomi participated in several internships including an internship with the South Florida Water Management District and Broward County’s section of Air Quality Control.  Through her internship with the SFWMO, she at the opportunity to attend an ESRI Conference entitled “Sharpen your GIS Skills” in the fall of 2013.  During the summer of 2011, she participated in a Study Abroad program in Sweden which explored the educational process of the Lovewell Performing Arts Workshop.  This was her first experience to the European culture.   For several semesters she was involved in Nomatics, the NSU math club.  As part of her membership, she attended several lectures of the Mathematics Colloquium Series and did some voluntary tutoring for high school students.  She is currently a member of the Student Chapter National Association of Environmental Professionals.  Naomi is considering starting graduate school in the fall of 2015, either back in her home town of Seattle, Washington or perhaps California.  

Mega MargapuramMEGA MARGAPURAM, a Biology major part of the 3 plus 4 year Dental Medicine program, has been a Tribeta honor society member for 3 years.  Mega is from San Jose, California and has been a member of the Honors Program here at NSU.  Mega has participated in research in the areas of “Algae as Biofuel” and “Chlorophyll Cell Dimer” with several faculty members.   She has also been a member in several clubs on campus, including Operation Smile, Medlife and the Indian Students Association as well as a member of the Clinical Explorations Program.  Mega has also participated in community events including Give Kids a Smile and a public foot screening.  She has assisted other students acting as a Math and Science tutor for the Testing and Tutoring Center.  She was recognized as the “Most Dedicated Member” by the Predental Society.  She is certified in College Level Reading and Learning, HIPPA/OSHA and CPR along with an American Red Cross Lifeguard certification.  She plans working in cosmetic dentistry, but also plans to practice in underserved areas.  Because of this, she is also considering work in the U.S. Air Force or the Peace Corps.  


Kristen GhandourKRISTEN GHANDOUR, a double major including Communication Studies and Art with a minor in Marketing, is originally from Neptune Beach, Florida.  Kristen was accepted into the Honors program and will have completed all of the requirements while graduating with honors.  She is currently a member of the Lambda Pi Eta and Florida Eta Chapter of Alpha Chi honor societies.  Kristen participated in the 2013 Semester Study Abroad Program in Florence Italy for the Arts.  She was an intern during the summer of 2013 at the Florida Times-Union Media Group in Jacksonville, FL.  She also completed an internship for Design and Social Media for the Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale in early 2014.

Emma MagnerEMMA MAGNER, a Marine Biology major with a minor in Spanish, is from Belleville, Illinois.  While a student she completed research in “Particulate Matter as a Potential Driver of Antibiotic Resistance with several faculty members.  Emma participated in several internships including the Dolphin Research Center and the Salt Life Park Hawaii as the Hawaiian Ocean Theatre Intern.  She participated in a trip to the Galapagos Islands with Dr. Joshua Feingold, a trip to Baja California with Dr. Keith and looks forward to future trip to Alaska with Dr. Arena.  The first two experiences allowed her to study marine life in a real life setting.  She has been the Secretary for the Nature Club since 2010 and Secretary of the Scuba Crew from 2009-2013.  She is part of two honor societies, Delta Epsilon Iota and Tri Beta Biological Academic Honors.  Emma has been on the Dean’s List all ten semesters at NSU.  Emma has either held a role or acted behind the scenes to act and help manage several theatrical productions at NSU including, Everyman, Once on This Island, The Importance of Being Ernest, Tartuffe, Wonder of the World, Trojan Women, Stop Kiss and the Student Works Festival.     She has served in several roles as an employee and student leader on campus through her job as a Resident Assistant, Aquatics Lifeguard and an office assistance for the Department of Performing and Visual Arts.  Since 2001, she has been a member of the Florida Master Naturalist Program and has her Advance Open Water Scuba Diver certification since 2001.  Emma plans on attending graduate school and blend both of her passions (marine biology and theater) into one job.  


Haydee Margarita MartinezHAYDEE MARGARITA MARTINEZ, a Paralegal Studies major, has been on the Dean’s List for academic excellence every semester since she transferred to Nova Southeastern University in 2012. She was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and raised in Miami.  In 2012 she received a South Florida Paralegal Association Scholarship based on her winning entry of a hypothetical defense in a fictional, vehicular-homicide case.  Haydee has active membership in the South Florida Paralegal Association, the National Federation of Paralegal Association and the Broward County Bar Association.  In addition, she is currently a member of several honor societies, including Lambda Epsilon Chi, Tau Sigma and Delta Epsilon Iota.  Currently she is working full time as a paralegal for a litigation firm in downtown Fort Lauderdale.  She plans on applying to the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences here at NSU to begin his master’s degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.  Her future plans include teaching in his field of work once he completes his graduate work.  

Jose Luis Martinez SerranoJOSE LUIS MARTINEZ SERRANO, a Psychology major from Manati, Puerto Rico, was chosen as a member of the Honors Program.  Jose acted as Vice President in 2011 for Psi Chi, the International Society in Psychology and was the President from 2012-2014.  He participated in research for “Sensation seeking behavior of aggression and low physiological arousal under stress”.  Jose also attended several conferences including the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference, Society for Neuroscience Social and the Undergraduate Student Symposium hosted by NSU.   He worked with several professors during his research and conference travel including Dr. Fagan, Dr. Tartar and Dr. Garcia-Brown.  He has participated in several community events including GSA Charity Prom, Block Painting Party and Suicide Prevention Walk.  In 2010 he received the Silver Knight Honorable Mention and the Sun Sentinel Kid Character of the Year.  In 2013 he was on the Dean’s List.  He has been accepted into NSU’s graduate Psy D. program and plans to graduate in 2019.  After graduating in 2019, he plans on Commissioning as an Officer of the Navy and become a U.S. Navy Psychologist.

Renya Shari MassacRENYA SHARI MASSAC, a Human Services Administration major with a concentration in Social Work, was raised in the British Virgin Islands.  While pursuing her degree, Renya became a member of the Tau Sigma Honor Society.  She joined several clubs, the Caribbean Student Association where she held an executive position as Campus Liaison, the Rotaract Club and Cozy Corners.  Through her participation in her organizations she developed a family away from home while learning valuable life lessons of helping others.  She participated in several community events including Relay for Life, volunteered at the Susan B. Antony’s shelter for women and assisted with feeding the homeless.  Renya also completed several different internships with the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development and the Psychological Services Center.  She is thankful to her family for their support and feels like she has accomplished an important milestone in her life by graduating.

Lindsey GoldsteinLINDSEY GOLDSTEIN, an Education major with a concentration in Child Development and a Certificate in Leadership, is a local resident from Pembroke Pines, FL.  She was accepted into the Education Dual Admissions Program.  She served as the President for the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society.  She participated in Dr. Gershman’s travel study course: Genocide in the 20th Century and Beyond which toured Poland, Bosnia and Serbia.  Lindsey stated that her grandparents were holocaust survivors and expressed her feelings regarding the trip as “very emotional and difficult experiences but I gained a deeper understanding and connection to my history, spirituality and my identity that I wouldn’t trade for the world”.  Lindsey was part of the Razor’s Edge Leadership Program and well as a member of the President’s 64.  She also acted as the President of Student Events and Activities Board (SEA Board) and was Homecoming Council Director.  She also contributed to the NSU community by acting as an iPeer and Orientation Leader.  Lindsey also participated in two Alternative Break programs, one Spring Break to New Orleans restoring homes after Hurricane Katrina and a winter trip to Nashville to help restore homes of flood victims.  She is also a volunteer for Lead America, American Cancer Society and Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida.  While a student she worked in several NSU offices including the Office of Student Activities, Student Leadership and Civic Engagement, and the Office of Orientation.  She was a recent nominee for the Overall Student of the Year for the Abraham Fischler College of Education.  She has received the Freshman, Sophomore and Junior Leader of the Year Award, the Campus Impact Award as well as the Girl Scout Gold Award.  She will be pursuing a Master’s Degree in Higher Education while doing a graduate assistantship in the Center for Leadership and Service overseeing their alternative break programs and service initiatives.  

Marissa Ashley HoffmanMARISSA ASHLEY HOFFMAN, a Secondary Mathematics Education major with a minor in Mathematics, is from Plantation, FL.  She is a dual admission student in the subject area of Secondary Education.  She has been a member of the Honors Program since her Freshman Year and served in a leadership position for two years.  She earned her Honors citation by completing 15 credits in honors course work and she completed an Honors Divisional Thesis.  The thesis was conducted with Dr. Gershman, Dr. LeBlanc and Dr. Trotman reviewing the statistical analysis of charter and traditional high school performance on state and national assessment looking at learning outcomes for both short term and long term learning.  Marissa was a member of the Kappa Delta Pi and Delta Epsilon Iota honor societies while being a directing officer for Alpha Chi.  She participated in a teaching internship at Nova High School.  She has served the NSU club Ablaze Student Christian Ministries as the treasurer for two years.  She has served the community through her participation in Community Christian Church Vacation Bible School Crew and the Science Alive program with Dr. Schmitt.  While attending school, she worked in the Alvin Sherman Library, the Dean’s Office for the Farquhar Arts and Sciences office and the Testing and Tutoring as a peer math tutor.  Since beginning at NSU she has been on the Dean’s List every semester and was also the Fall 2011 FCAS Dean’s List Scholar.  She plans on starting her Master’s degree in January of 2015 but hopes to work as a full-time teacher in a Broward County high school starting in August of 2014.

Kerry VelasquezKERRY VELASQUEZ, a Health Science major with a concentration in Vascular Sonography, is a local student from Kendall, Florida.  During her time with NSU, she participated in the annual Community Fest and did several fundraisers including a Valentine’s Day bake sale.  She is currently the assistant for the Spinning Aerobic instructor as well.  She has received several awards including a Certificate of Appreciation in the Life Empowered Diabetes Training by Health Care Sciences and also received the Outstanding Support as a Member of the Advisory Board Committee” by the General and Vascular Sonography program.  She hopes to further her education by pursuing a MBA in Healthcare.  She also looks forward working as a registered vascular technician while exploring a specialty in Echocardiography.  Kerry would like to travel to Egypt and Spain.

Mariana Cristina O'NeillMARIANA CRISTINA O’NEILL, a nursing major in the Entry Level program, is a local student from Miami, Florida.  She holds memberships in the Golden Key, Tau Sigma and Delta Epsilon Iota honor societies.  She has been a part of the Miami-Kendall Student Government Association serving as Treasurer in 2013 and is currently serving as a Senator for 2014.  She was also the former President of the Namaste Yoga Club at the Miami Kendall Regional Campus.  In 2012 she participated in a Habitat for Humanity project in Key West helping paint the house of an elderly resident.  She also participated in the Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk in October of the same year.  Mariana participated in the 2013 Health Fair at Jackson Memorial Hospital North Campus checking clients’ blood sugar and cholesterol.  She also helped check children for lice during NSU’s A day for Children in 2013.  She is currently a part-time secretary and VFC vaccine coordinator at a local pediatric office.  Some of her accolades include a 2014 nomination for Student of the Year at the Miami-Kendall Regional Campus for the Stuey Awards, Chancellor’s list 2013-2014 and she made the Dean’s List in 2012.  She plans on pursuing her Master’s degree in the Science of Nursing and eventually go on for a Doctorate in Nursing Practice hoping to become a family nurse practitioner.  She also hopes to travel overseas and visit the Mediterranean, Europe and Japan.  

Rolando Nathaniel NormanROLANDO NATHANIEL NORMAN, a nursing student in the Entry Level program, is a local student from Miami, Florida.  He is a member of two honor societies, Sigma theta Tau and Tau Sigma International.  He participated in an Internship at Holy Cross Hospital Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit.  He also attended a conference for the Florida Nursing Association’s Annual Convention.  Rolando was a participant in research conducted on medical professional students’ perceptions of clinical safety and quality issues during the clinical experience.  He is a member of the NSU Nursing Student Association and participated as a member of the College of Nursing Ethics Bowl for two years.  He also played soccer on the College of Nursing Intramural Soccer team for two years.  He has participated in many community events including, Tutoring Learning Enhancement Sessions for Physiology, Relay for Life, A Day for Children, and the HPD International Cultural Market Place.  He has also contributed to the local community through a Feeding the Homeless Program at the Cosac Foundation Shelter as well as participating in nursing home visitations.  While a student he worked as a Store Protection Specialist at Ross Store Inc. and tutored for high school math.  He had previously earned his Associates of Arts Degree and received the Shining Star Award.  He acted as the Director of the West Park Seventh-day Adventist Youth Department and was the Social Director for South Florida Advents Sports.  He hopes to gain some real life experience through employment in an Intensive Care Unit or Emergency Room and then apply to medical school to pursue his goal of becoming a cardiologist.  

Svetlana ShurikSVETLANA SHURIK, a Nursing major (RN to BSN), is from Tashkent, Uzbekistan.  She started her nursing career as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) on a busy medical-surgical floor.  After working as an LPN for two years, Svetlana obtained her associate degree in nursing and became a Registered Nurse (RN).  She then got hired as an RN in the Emergency Department, where she has been working for the last 16 years.  Her passion for emergency nursing inspired her to become certified in Emergency Nursing (CEN), to join the Emergency Nursing Association (ENA) and to obtain her Trauma Nursing Certification (TNC).  As a result of her extensive experience in ED, Svetlana acts as a resource for other nurses.  She is a Hypothermia Champion and her expertise allows her to assist in initiation of hypothermia protocol for patients following cardiac arrest.  During her career growth, Svetlana recognized the importance of advancing her education and enrolled in Nova Southeastern University to obtain her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.  Her current professional goal is to obtain a Master of Science in Nursing with the eventual goal of practicing as a Nurse Practitioner in the acute care setting and provide high quality care to the community.  

Hope D. BrownHOPE D. BROWN, a Nursing major (RN to BSN), is a local student from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  While being a student, she worked part time at Baptist Health South Florida, while maintaining a full time job as a wife and a mother of three.  She homeschools two of her three children and is dedicated to her family.  She hopes her hard work is an inspiration to her children and she is thankful for her husband’s support; without his support the journey would have been more difficult.  She hopes to use her degree to help improve the delivery of healthcare.  She is appreciative of Dr. Stone-Gales sharing of real life experiences which helped Hope consider new possibilities for her future.  She plans on taking one semester off to travel and then return to her education and obtain her Masters or Doctorate degree. 

Kristi Marie SchneppKRISTI MARIE SCHNEPP, a double major in Accounting and Sports and Recreation Management, is a local student from Davie, Florida.  Kristi has been on the Dean’s List every semester for four years.  She is a member of Delta Epsilon Iota and Alpha Chi National Honor societies.  She participated in several internships including Special Teams Intern with the Miami Dolphins and Accounts Receivable Intern with the Florida Panthers Hockey Club.  With the assistance or Dr. Olson, Dr. Finley and Dr. Fountain, she also worked as an intern for the Anthony Segreto Florida Sharks U14 Softball team.  She is currently a member of the Accounting Club and was one of the first tutors for students in the Accounting program.  She has volunteered to work charitable events such as the Hope Outreach Golf Tournament and the Jeff Conine Golf Tournament.   She acted as a team leader and volunteer for the Miami Dolphins’ Special Teams Volunteer Program and participated in several community events including the Nat Moore Foundation, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 5000 Role Models, the American Diabetes Association and the Rally for Kids with Cancer.  She has been employed as a full time Junior Staff Accountant at Streimer and Flusberg, P.A. in Sunrise Florida.  She plans on continuing to work in her current position while beginning the Becker Review program in order to study and sit for her CPA exam.  After passing the exam, she plans on returning to school to complete her Masters of Accounting.  

Barbara RossoBARBARA ROSSO, a double major in Accounting and Finance, is from Torino, Italy.  She has been an active member of Sigma Delta Tau since 2011 and held the positions of Social Media Chairwoman for 2012 and Vice President of Programming in 2013.  In her position as Vice President of Programming she held the “Greatest Man on Campus” philanthropic event raising funds to benefit Child Abuse America.  Barbara has served as an executive board member of the Undergraduate Student Government Association acting as Treasurer for two consecutive years.  While serving as Treasurer she oversaw the allocations of financial resources for student organizations and helped revise the Budget Guidelines to help improve the funding process.  She has also been a member of the Accounting Club.  She has also helped with outside community organizations like JAFCO, a local foster care entity that helps children with difficult family situations.  She has acted as an Accounting tutor over the last year helping fellow students with accounting theory and applied principles.  Recently she participated in the revision of the Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship’s mission statement.  After graduation, she will begin a full time position with PWC, one of the Big Four companies for Accounting majors.  She plans on pursuing a career in external auditing and risk assurance.

Kimara ChinKIMARA CHIN, a Human Services Administration major, is a local student from Tamarac, Florida.  While maintaining her full time job as a teacher at Tamarac Preschool Academy, she was also able to complete an internship at her same school.  She is involved with the community by assisting with summer camp provided by the Faith Center Ministries.  Based on her academic performance, Kimara has been recognized for her academic achievements and has made the Dean’s List several times.  She hopes to work towards a master’s degree in either Human Service Administration or Psychology.