Fall 2015 issue

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FALL 2015


President Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Affairs Sara B. Herald, J.D. Managing Editor Catherine Grieve

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News Editors Jessica Alexandre Gladys Amador Jeff LaLiberte


Art Director Artis Design Group Writers Gladys Amador Catherine Grieve Jeff LaLiberte Rebekah Lanae Lengel Walter Villa Rebecca Wakefield

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THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY MASS OF THANKSGIVING A celebration in the restored Cor Jesu Chapel

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THE BARRY LEGACY: EVERY GIFT COUNTS A look at two alumni donors

BARRY WELCOMES . . . New trustees and new faculty

Photography & Illustration Barry University Archives and Special Collections Christopher Casler Daniel Bock Photography Patrick Farrell HistoryMiami Jim McCurdy John Parra/Getty Images for Barry University Brett Wilhem Mitchell Zachs/MagicalPhotos.com Printer Bellak Color Graphics, Inc. Barry Magazine is published biannually for all current students and their parents, alumni, trustees, employees, and other friends of Barry University. Communications may be addressed to:

06 08 Over 60,000 alums throughout the world are “Barry proud.”

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GIVING BACK: 75 ACTS OF SERVICE Honoring Barry through collaborative service

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BARRY THROUGH THE YEARS 75 years of memories

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CLASS NOTES Alumni news and updates

Unsolicited manuscripts and art must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Copyright© 2015 Barry University www.barry.edu

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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT Dear Friends, It’s safe to say that certain dates and events in our lives take on enduring meaning for us, especially if they were joyful occasions and well-springs of lifelong memories. The same is true of institutional anniversaries. So this academic year Barry University has created an array of celebratory events to commemorate our founding in 1940 – BARRY IS 75! Marking the important moments and stages in Barry’s life impels us to remember those whose passion created us, reflect on why we came to be, celebrate our successes, and dream and determine how we shall ensure our next significant anniversary. Like our biological families, we are telling stories about the women and men who played central roles in the creation of Barry. They shaped Barry’s biography and, as such, shaped ours. Barry has four historic founders. Bishop Patrick Barry, for whom Barry College for Women was named and his sister, Mother Gerald Barry, OP, dreamed of a college for young women. They were joined in their resolve by their brother, Reverend Monsignor William Barry, the founding pastor of Saint Patrick’s Parish on Miami Beach, and his good friend, Mr. John (Jack) Graves Thompson, a Miami attorney and one-time mayor of Miami Shores. No Catholic college for women existed in the southeastern United States. No women’s college had been founded for the daughters of working class families. Forty-five students were registered from 12 states – 39 full-time students and six part-time students. Twelve of the 45 students were not Catholic. From the beginning, everyone was—and everyone is—welcome at Barry. Among other objectives, including the expectation that the Barry College graduate be “a valiant woman and put her hand to strong things,” the College was to “develop to the fullest the intellectual powers of the young women.” As an undergraduate from 1958 through 1962, my classmates and I were the beneficiaries of those convictions. The groundbreaking took place eight months later in January 1940. Hard to believe, but classes began on September 19 of that same year with five buildings already constructed. I wish those permitting procedures still existed!

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Look how far Barry College has come! The original 40 acres were purchased for $24,000 on May 18, 1939. The University now owns over 120 acres in Miami Shores and 20 acres in Orlando, home of the Law School. Our institutional gene pool is extraordinarily rich, robust and resilient. We not only carry the legacy of the Barry family, but through our foremothers, the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan, we abide in the Dominican charism that is 800 years old. Through teaching, service, scholarship and research, Barry’s outstanding faculty enrich the lives of our students, their professions and the world. Our students, faculty and staff are committed to collaborative community engagement, and our diverse outreach efforts respond to the unmet needs of diverse social, civic and global communities. This year, while telling our favorite Barry stories, we shall craft the University’s 2016-2021 Strategic Agenda that reflects our best strategic thinking and delineates the path to our preferred future. Like Mother Gerald we shall read the signs of our time and ask ourselves: What unmet educational and societal needs do we see and experience in this 21st century? What unmet needs await our creative responses? Who among our sisters and brothers would benefit from the lived expressions of Barry’s mission and core commitments? So you see, we have much to commemorate and celebrate this year! I hope you’ll enjoy your walk down Barry’s memory lane in this special edition of the Barry Magazine. Rejoice with us in Barry’s 75 years of faithfulness to the mission of Catholic higher education and to our institutional mission and identity. Come to campus for any and all of our anniversary events! I believe that everyone associated with Barry has the potential to recreate the University and contribute to its unfolding. Whether you were part of our life long ago or walk with us now, I thank you for your presence, affirmation of our mission, and support of our students and faculty. Reflecting on the countless blessings Barry has enjoyed for the last 75 years, I thank the God of all life and of our journeys for you. Blessings,

Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD President Class of ’62


Seventy-five years after Dominican sisters founded Barry University, the school celebrated its anniversary with a special mass in the campus’ newly renovated chapel. Cor Jesu Chapel, one Barry’s original buildings, has been outfitted with new windows, beautifully restored terrazzo floors and refinished pews. The Mass of Thanksgiving marked the first in a yearlong series of events commemorating the Dominican sisters from Adrian, Michigan who in 1940 established a women’s college on a 40-acre lot in Miami. The mass was attended by alumni, board members, staff, faculty, students and esteemed clergy. University Chaplain Father Cristóbal Torres, OP, was the celebrant, assisted by Deacon Dr. Carl Cramer. Father Mark Wedig, OP, PhD, professor of theology and chair of the Department of Theology and Philosophy, stirred parishioners with his preaching. Father Jorge Presmanes, OP, and Father Jose David Padilla, OP, members of the theology faculty, were also present, as was Rev. Monsignor Franklyn Casale, president of St. Thomas University and a longtime friend of Barry.


Also on hand: Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin, OP, PhD, Barry’s president emerita, and Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD, a former Barry administrator and current president of Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. Dr. Giselle Rios, associate professor of music, directed the Mass’ choir and musicians. Afterward, guests enjoyed a reception brunch in Thompson Hall as the 75th Anniversary Celebration of Photography Exhibition had its official opening in the Andy Gato Gallery. “My heart overflows with great gratitude and appreciation to everyone who created a prayerful, memorable and beautiful Mass of Thanksgiving,” said Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD. “We made a joyful noise unto the Lord that will resound throughout this anniversary year!"

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The party was hosted by one of Barry’s biggest alumni, former Miami Heat all-star and future NBA Hall-of-Famer Shaquille O’Neal, EdD ’12. Joining Dr. O’Neal were a number of prominent members of the South Florida and Barry communities including alumni and members of the Barry University Board of Trustees. The gala featured an extravagant musical show highlighted by Grammy Award winning musicians Wyclef Jean and produced by Miami’s own Betty Wright. Members of the Barry community, including faculty and students, took part in the musical showcase that took guests on a journey from the 1940s to present time. Barry President Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD, gave a heartwarming and inspirational invocation recounting the transformative experience Barry University students enjoy and assuring the Barry community of the school’s position as one of the country’s premiere Catholic universities. The party was one for the ages and plunged Barry into its next 75 years in style!


By Jeff LaLiberte

Almost a year in planning and three-quarters of a century in the making, the celebration of Barry University’s first 75 years reached new heights in October at the 75th Anniversary Birthday Bash. Barry rolled out the red carpet and took a step back in time to celebrate the seminal event converting an empty studio into Club Barry, an exquisite supper club evoking the days of Barry’s founding in 1940.

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By Rebekah Lanae Lengel


Ryan O´Donnell

As part of the 75th Anniversary celebration, Barry is encouraging all students, faculty and staff to participate in an act of service during the 2015-2016 academic year. And with 75 collaborative service projects scheduled throughout the year, there is a vast assortment of opportunities to choose from! Barry’s Center for Community Service Initiatives (CCSI) is facilitating this anniversary initiative, which is aptly called “75 Acts of Service.” The CCSI collaborated with various community partners including Lotus House, People Acting for Community Together (PACT) and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to coordinate projects both on campus and at locations across Miami-Dade County. Make a Difference Day marked the kickoff of the “75 Acts of Service” initiative with participants contributing to nine service projects. Bank of America is sponsoring the “75 Acts Barry MAG | 8

The initiative’s projects cover a wide range of social issues, including civil rights, human trafficking, hunger, domestic violence, affordable housing and juvenile justice. Projects include painting, landscaping and designing bulletin boards at local elementary and middle schools, and inspecting, packing and sorting food for Feeding South Florida’s Third Annual Sort-A-Thon. Several projects are open to the community, and Barry alumni are encouraged to participate. Courtney A. Berrien, the CCSI’s associate director, said “75 Acts of Service” was a natural choice to commemorate Barry’s 75th anniversary. “Two of our core commitments at Barry are collaborative service and social justice, and they go hand in hand,” she said. “Barry has a long history of impacting social change, and service is a way we have grown roots in the community.” For a complete list of the 75 Acts of Service, visit www.barry. edu/75/acts-of-service. To register for a service project, contact CCSI at service@barry.edu or 305.899.3696.

For alums Mary (Mack) Motkowitz ’54, ’56, and Ryan O'Donnell ’11, their annual gifts to Barry University are a testament to their belief in Barry’s mission and their understanding that philanthropy can start at any level. Motkowitz came to Barry from Indiana at the urging of her father. She shared an apartment with her mother and took buses to school and her part-time job on Miami Beach. To this day, she fondly remembers her time at Barry, the classes taught by sisters, and their lessons in service. “It made a very deep impression on me and it stayed with me my whole life,” she said, reflecting on her time as a student at what was then Barry College for Women. “It influenced me in a lot of my decisions through the years. I volunteered different places and did a lot of things, and I made the judgment thinking about how it was at Barry.” Ryan O'Donnell, from Syracuse, New York, experienced the personal attention that students received at Barry during his initial campus tour when his would-be advisor took the time to meet with him. He knew right away that Barry was the place for him. As a student caller for Barry’s Phonathon, O’Donnell saw firsthand the importance of giving back. “It was a surreal moment, knowing that people who never met me before, who have this affiliation and this affinity to the university, but not to me personally, were giving back to help my education and that resonated with me.”

of Service” initiative and Maria Alonso, Bank of America senior vice president and market manager of enterprise business and community engagement, spoke to students participating in Make a Difference Day during the kickoff breakfast and service orientation. Barry Service Corps Fellows supervised Make a Difference Day’s projects and facilitated orientation and reflection activities.

By Walter Villa

Alumni giving is a critical component of Barry’s success. With the support of alumni, Barry provides scholarships for more than 90 percent of current students. Alumni giving also sends a message to the world that alumni value their Barry degree and their years here as students.

Since their respective graduations, O'Donnell and Motkowitz have both regularly donated to Barry and been involved in alumni activities, including regularly attending the annual Reunion Weekend.

Mary Motkowitz

“There’s this life cycle of giving to your institute of higher learning,” O'Donnell said about his commitment to giving back to Barry. “None of these people knew me and they were going out of their way to do what they could to support me getting an education. So now I kind of feel that it is my duty to pass that on and pay it forward, and give what I can back to help the students that came after me—just as those who came before me did.”


Motkowitz agrees with the sentiment: “I feel that [giving] is what I should do because I got so much out of it. I enjoyed [Barry] so much, learned so much, that I think I should help support it. I know other people who went to other schools, and they don’t have that feeling or that connection, but there is something about Barry that does give you that.”

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D Owns three clinical practices in Hutchinson Island, Fort Pierce and Vero Beach, Florida, where he counsels individuals and families suffering from addiction, codependency and grief. He is also an adjunct professor at Indian River State College where he teaches courses in human services, nursing, social work and social science. In 2013, Dr. Bird earned a PhD from Barry in clinical social work with a concentration in leadership, direct practice and teaching—his second PhD.



Barry welcomes three new appointments to its Board of Trustees, Daniel Bird, PhD ’03, Tanya I. Davis ’83, and Joyce Landry. “The board is very excited to have elected these new trustees,” said John M. Bussel, chairperson of Barry University’s Board of Trustees. “Daniel, Joyce and Tanya each bring unique skills and experiences but all share a great commitment to contribute their great expertise and best judgment to the betterment of Barry University.”





JOHN ACEVEDO Visiting Assistant Professor, Law, School of Law





Assistant Professor, Law, School of Law



Is a partner of S. Davis & Associates, PA, one of the largest minority-owned Certified Public Accounting firms in the Southeast United States. She has over 31 years of experience in auditing and accounting services. Davis graduated cum laude from Barry in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in accounting, and is a member and past president of the Greater Miami chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc.

Assistant Professor, English and Foreign Languages, College of Arts and Sciences Assistant Professor, Law, School of Law

Daniel Cawley

Instructor, Podiatry, School of Podiatric Medicine





Nancy Cantalupo


MARGARET BECKLEY Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy, College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Dennis Cichon

Visiting Assistant Professor, Law, School of Law

Jeffrey Donnelly

Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Program,

School of Podiatric Medicine

Benjamin EdwardS LANDRY & KLING, INC.

Assistant Professor, Law, School of Law

John Houseworth Assistant Professor, Podiatry, School of Podiatric Medicine

Is CEO and co-founder of Landry & Kling, Inc., a company that pioneered the planning of corporate events at sea and the use of cruise ships as floating hotels. She has been at the forefront of projects involving dockside charters, including Super Bowl MMV in Jacksonville and the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies, and was recently awarded the contract to place ships at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Christopher Jones Assistant Professor, Theology and Theological Ethics, College of Arts and Sciences

Olga Osby

Associate Dean, School of Social Work

Patricia Propheter Assistant Professor, Law, School of Law

Keith Sealing

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Visiting Assistant Professor, Law, School of Law

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Bishop John Hurley officiates at Pan American Day.

1941 Penafort Pool opens.



By Rebecca Wakefield


Three siblings from a large Irish family—Mother Gerald Barry, Bishop Patrick Barry and Monsignor William Barry—had a dream of creating a small Catholic college for women in Florida. With the help of John Graves Thompson, they founded Barry College on 40 acres of verdant scrubland in Miami Shores in 1940. The school consisted of just five buildings, including the campus heart, Cor Jesu Chapel. It was dedicated by a host of some 1500 people, including local VIPs and a who’s who of Catholic clergy. The first students to enroll included 19 freshmen, 15 sophomores, six juniors and a handful of candidates studying to join the Adrian Dominican order. They hailed mostly from northern states, with the balance from Florida. Some students from that time later recalled the quiet, simple, somewhat rough-hewn campus and the difficulties of getting used to 85-degree temperatures and mosquitoes.

Students participate in the American Red Cross’ “Go Catch the Lifesaver” contest.

Eleven Dominican sisters served as faculty and staff, doing everything, including the cleaning. Early on, supplies were in short supply, even such basics as cleaning rags. When Dominican sisters in other parts of the state found out about the rag situation, they presented rags as Christmas presents to their Barry sisters. “This institution… is the result of the daring undertaking of courageous Sisters,” noted Archbishop Amleto Giovanni Cicognani at the dedication in 1941. Throughout the 75 years since, the courage, spirit, vision and leadership of the women of Barry University have steadily propelled it forward.

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Barry’s Glee Club entertains at the US Naval Air Station in Miami.

The first four-year students earn degrees. The graduating class of five sisters and six lay students enjoy Commencement Week events, including Baccalaureate Mass at Cor Jesu Chapel, a reception and Alumnae Tea at Angelicus Hall (now Adrian Hall), and a serenade by freshmen and sophomores. Barry MAG | 13


Mother M. Gerald Barry, OP, led an astounding life of service in her 80 years, including her time as Barry’s founding president, from 1940 to 1961. From honorary degrees from Catholic universities to contributing to the building of two colleges, three hospitals, a home for the aged, and a residence for businesswomen—and the education of some 100,000 students in 189 Catholic schools in the United States and the Caribbean—she was well recognized in the Catholic world. But it's possible that her highest honor came in 1950, when Pope Pius XII awarded her the Lateran Cross for outstanding service.

Sister Gonzaga Green, vice president of Barry, travels to Washington, DC, to make a passionate case to the War Production Board for college expansion as a patriotic duty—to restore the spirit of citizens, particularly women who had made many sacrifices, and to create opportunities for students from South and Central America. The War Production Board approves the plans for what became Weber Hall, originally known by its Latin name, Stella Matutina, which means “Morning Star.”


Weber Hall opens.


Barry is accredited by the Southern Association of C o l l e g e s a n d S ch o o l s Commission on Colleges.

Students paint murals in the second floor rotunda of Angelicus Hall (now Adrian Hall).

1947 Campus Queen Barbara Lane is crowned by founder John G. Thompson.


Barry establishes its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

Sodality of Our Lady is founded at Barry. The student organization’s mission is to foster an ardent devotion, reverence and filial love toward the Blessed Virgin Mary.

1953 Dominican sisters and students travel to Cuba.

1949 Barry’s first president, Mother M. Gerald Barry, OP, receives an honorary degree from the University of Santo Domingo.

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1952 Students train on office equipment in a secretarial science class.

1954 Barry initiates its first graduate program with courses for Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees in education.

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Barry awards Bob Hope the honorary degree, Doctor of Hilaritis.

Barry purchases the former Town & Country Motel, known as “The Villa.” Over the years, the facility served as a residence hall for undergraduate women, the Honors House, the first residence for Barry men, and a residence for active and retired Adrian Dominican sisters. The Villa was demolished in 2014.

1956 Founder John G. Thompson receives Barry’s first Laudare Medal from Monsignor William Barry. From the Latin “to praise,” the Laudare Medal is awarded for outstanding leadership service to the community by those who show an exceptionally devout spirit to the betterment of the human family. The award salutes those who have reached extraordinary heights in energizing the community on behalf of those most in need of justice, integrity and alleviation from suffering.

1957 Sisters teach puppet class

Twenty-one Barry nursing students dressed in white uniforms, become the first to graduate from the fledgling Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The nursing students, who included doctor’s daughters, a student from Denmark and the president of the Florida Student Nursing Association, trained at St. Francis Hospital in Miami Beach, where they often practiced their trade on a mannequin dubbed “Mrs. Chase.” Perched on their heads Barry MAG | 16

1959 Students gather in the Foods Laboratory for home economics class. The home economics department included a “practice house” where students lived for a semester, learning how to cook, clean, sew and entertain.

were white nurse’s caps, as heavy with symbolism as any graduate’s cap and gown. On one side was a gold cross pin. On the other, the embroidered letters “BC,” for Barry College. Three pleats on the top border symbolized Faith, Hope and Charity. Buttons securing the pleats were arranged in an M shape, signifying Mary, Mother of God. A thin black strip was added to the cap once the students graduated. Barry MAG | 17

1962 Mother Genevieve Weber, OP, becomes Barry’s second president and prioress general. Mother Genevieve, who first came to Barry as a botany professor, greatly influenced the landscaping on campus. Her presidency lasted only one year because she separated the roles of prioress general and president. Mother Genevieve remained as prioress general for six years and later returned to Barry as vice president of building development.

Monsignor William Barry celebrates the 50th Anniversary of his ordination.

Students enjoy the Junior-Senior Prom, “A Night in Seville,” at the Seville Hotel in Miami Beach.

Monsignor William Barry meets President John F. Kennedy, Jr.

1961 A young Barry student named Linda Bevilacqua had heard President John F. Kennedy in his inaugural speech ask for the prayers of the nation during a time of crisis. Inspired, she establishes the Presidential Prayer Corps, a battalion of students who would regularly offer the power of their prayers to the president and the nation. Bevilacqua promotes the idea to other colleges as well, spreading the movement to Catholic schools across the country in the early 1960s.

1963 Student Linda Bevilacqua registers members for the Presidential Prayer Corps.

Thompson Hall is constructed.

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Sister M. Dorothy Browne, OP, becomes president of Barry. Hers was a familiar face in that she had taught at Barry since 1942, served as academic dean from 1946 to 1957 and helped guide the creation of the nursing program and the graduate degree program. Browne broke tradition, however, by becoming the first president in residence at Barry. The students, Browne later wrote, “found me a novelty” as a fixture living on and walking around campus. That constant presence served her well in a decade of physical and social change that included the modernization of the school's curriculum, a large building campaign and expansion of the Miami Shores campus. Barry MAG | 19

1964 The Installation of Sister M. Dorothy Browne, OP, as Barry’s third president.


Mother Genevieve Weber, OP, and Sister M. Dorothy Browne, OP.

The School of Social Work opens.

1967 Barry hosts the Women’s Conference with featured speaker Barbara Gordon, wife of U.S. astronaut Richard Gordon.

1965 Barry celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

1968 The Monsignor William Barry Library opens on February 14, 1968. Although Monsignor William Barry didn’t live to see the library built to honor him, the college founder did witness the beginning of construction of what would be the jewel of a growing Barry campus. When built, the library was state of the art, including a 300-capacity audiovisual lecture room, and special rooms for children’s literature, rare books, typing and seminars. Students spent the opening day moving boxes containing roughly 63,000 books from the old library to this beautiful new space envisioned to eventually hold more than 300,000 books. A fitting “labor of love” that Valentine’s Day.

1969 The Council of Social Work Education grants the School of Social Work full accreditation.

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Sister M. Trinita Flood, OP, is inaugurated as Barry’s fourth president. When she took the helm at Barry, in 1974, the college was facing a significant financial crisis that threatened its long-term health. Social changes in the ’60s amid a sizable expansion of Barry’s footprint required the college to change the way it worked. The biggest changes—opening Barry’s doors to male full-time students for the first time and restructuring and modernizing the undergraduate and graduate divisions to schools by discipline. “Barry finds itself in a day of uneasy peace—a day when wants must surrender to needs, when development must give way to sustenance,” Flood wrote near the beginning of her term. Flood’s efforts helped stabilize Barry through the economic recession of the 1970s, setting the stage for rebirth in the decades ahead.

Ruth Shack ’70

Before becoming one of South Florida’s leading philanthropists and advocates for human rights and the arts, Ruth Shack was an English major at Barry University. Elected to the Miami-Dade County Commission three times, Shack sponsored the county’s Human Rights Ordinance in 1977, prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Shack later went on to lead the Dade Community Foundation (now the Miami Foundation) for 25 years. Now retired, Shack remains active in the philanthropic community, with the Miami Foundation’s annual Ruth Shack Leadership Award named in her honor.

The Edwin L. Wiegand Center opens.

ALUM SPOTLIGHT Allyson Maynard Gibson '75


U.S. Senator and former vice president Hubert Humphrey speaks at President’s Day.


The Honorable Senator Zoey Camille Allyson Maynard Gibson received her bachelor’s degree from Barry University’s School of Business in 1975 when she was just 18 years old. A leading advocate for the rights of woman and children, Gibson has served in the Bahamian cabinet for most of her professional career and is currently serving her second term as attorney general. She

credits Barry for “a true values-based liberal arts education” and for starting her on her leadership path, having served as vice president of the Student Government Association during her freshman year. Gibson received Barry University’s Distinguished Alumni award in 2015, and remains active with the University’s Bahamian site and alumni.

The Board of Trustees votes to admit male students to all undergraduate programs.


Shepard Broad, founder of the law firm Broad and Cassel, a banker, philanthropist and 26-term mayor of Bay Harbor Islands, is elected first lay chairman of Barry’s Board of Trustees.

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1973 Sister M. Dorothy Browne, OP, is honored as Citizen of the Year by the Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce.

1976 Miami Shores Mayor Donald McIntosh presents proclamation declaring November 8 – 14 “Barry College Founders’ Week” in honor of Barry’s scholarship, research and service. Barry MAG | 23

Sister M. Trinita Flood, OP, and trustee Ellen Whiteside McDonnell are honored as “Florida Women of the ’80s,” along with then Miami-Dade County State Attorney Janet Reno.

1977 D. Inez Andres is elected chairperson of Barry’s Board of Trustees.

Barry College becomes Barry University.

1981 Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin, OP, PhD, becomes Barry’s fifth president. In 1981, Barry was a small college of roughly 2,000 students and a $6 million budget. O’Laughlin, a gregarious networker of legendary status, immediately began engaging the school, the community and funders in the transformation of the small college into Barry University, the fourth largest private university in Florida. O’Laughlin hugged and charmed her way into Miami society, including notorious boys’ clubs, in her mission to grow Barry. By the end of her 23 years, student enrollment topped 9,000, the budget was over $150 million, and endowments had increased from almost nothing to $24 million. Buildings on campus increased from 16 to 55, four new schools were initiated, and 19 off-campus learning sites were opened around the state.

U.S. Senator George McGovern visits Barry.

1978 The School of Business is established.

1982 Barry opens a location in Brevard County.

1979 Students celebrate at a toga party in Thompson Hall.

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1983 The auditorium is renamed Shepard and Ruth K. Broad Center for the Performing Arts.

1984 Men’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s cross-country kick off their inaugural seasons as Barry’s first NCAA sports teams.

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1985 Barry opens the School of Podiatric Medicine, the first in the southeastern United States, and the seventh in the nation.


Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin, OP, PhD, receives a blessing from Pope John Paul II.

Nelson Lazo ’84

Nelson Lazo earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business management. He serves as the chief executive officer of Baptist Health South Florida’s Doctors Hospital. Lazo is a member of the Orange Bowl Committee, the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and is on the executive committee of the board of the Beacon Council. In 2015, Barry honored Lazo with its Distinguished Alumni Award.

1989 Women’s soccer wins Barry’s first NCAA national championship.


Barry joins the Sunshine State Conference.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger speaks at the dedication of the D. Inez Andreas School of Business Building.


For decades, newsman and commentator David Brinkley was the gold standard of serious television journalists. So when Brinkley headlines an event in Barry’s Broad Auditorium, the over-capacity crowd of 1200 people is clearly star struck by the veteran journalist. President Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin, OP, PhD, presented to him Barry’s very first award for excellence in communication, henceforth known as the David Brinkley Award for Excellence in Communication. The award has since been given to a diverse crop of distinguished journalists, including Ted Koppel, Cokie Roberts, Tim Russert, Helen Thomas and Jorge Ramos. Brinkley, who maintained a home part-time in Bal Harbour in his later years, became a great benefactor of the school and lent his name to Barry’s state-of-the-art David Brinkley Television Studio. Barry MAG | 26

Alberto Carvalho ’90

Alberto Carvalho earned a Bachelor of Science in biology at Barry. In 2008, he became the Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the fourth largest school district in the nation. In 2009, he received Barry’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Carvalho is known for his passion and advocacy for education; under his watchful eye, graduation rates and test scores for Miami-Dade County students have consistently increased. In 2014, he was named the National Superintendent of the Year.


Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter visits Barry.

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Campus Ministry volunteers for the Hurricane Andrew relief effort.

1992 Sister M. Trinita Flood, OP, receives the Pro Ecclesia et Pontific Medal from Pope John Paul II for exceptional service to the Church and papacy.

Women’s soccer wins its second national championship.


L-R Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin, OP, PhD, First Lady Hillary Clinton, and President Bill Clinton.

Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin, OP, PhD, attends the Summit of the Americas in Miami where she meets President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton. President Clinton was subsequently photographed jogging wearing a Barry University sweatshirt.

ALUM SPOTLIGHT Jennifer Boyd-Pugh ’94, MS ’01 Frank X. Loconto creates Barry’s Alma Mater, “All Hail to Barry.”

1993 Women’s soccer repeats to win its third national championship.

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Jennifer Boyd-Pugh has many connections to her alma mater. Her mother and sister graduated from Barry. She met her husband when both were Barry students, and they later married in Cor Jesu Chapel. Their daughter also graduated from Barry. Boyd-Pugh, an All-American softball star, earned two degrees at Barry—a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice in 1994 and a Master of Science in human resource development and administration in 2001. She has worked at Barry since October 1994, and currently serves as vice president for human resources and university Title IX coordinator.

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The Physician Assistant Program is founded and admits its first students. The Program later expanded to locations in St. Petersburg and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.



Women’s volleyball wins its first national championship.

ALUM SPOTLIGHT Laurent Lamothe ’96

1996 Barry’s official (and unnamed) mascot debuts at a women’s volleyball game in front of a home crowd at the Health and Sports Center. Students later chose the name Bucky for the half-parrot, half-pirate symbol of Barry spirit. After a recent sabbatical and makeover, Bucky is now a modern mascot with social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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For decades, cars zooming down Interstate 95 would know they were approaching Miami Shores by the big, blue Biscayne Kennel Club pavilion marked with three white greyhounds, a legacy of a forgotten racing era. With $5.5 million and a dream, Barry changes all that by buying almost 40 acres that included the defunct dog track. A few years later, a 30-foot-high sign and a 73-foothigh tower proudly marked Barry University to interstate travelers. “We want it to be beautiful so people can see the beauty of our community,” Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin told The Miami Herald. A few acres was subsequently sold to Miami-Dade County Public Schools, but the balance was developed. After working with the Miami Shores Council on zoning changes, the University planned to create residential halls and athletic fields and link Barry’s original campus with the new land at NW 115th Street and NW 2nd Avenue.

Show Your Pride While You Drive

Getting a Barry University license plate is a great way to show your Barry Pride every day. But the benefits don’t end there: Barry license plates also support student scholarships!


Visit your local tag agency and get your new license plate for only $25, in addition to your annual registration fee.

Barry’s Florida license plate debuts.

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Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Laurent Lamothe completed his undergraduate work at Barry, with a major in political science and a minor in French. In 1993, he was the first Barry men’s tennis player to be named an All-American, and he represented Haiti at the Davis Cup in 1994 and 1995. Lamothe served as special advisor to Haitian President Michel Martelly, and became a member of the Interim Commission for the Reconstruction of Haiti. In 2011, Lamothe and former U.S. President Bill Clinton co-chaired the Presidential Advisory Council for Economic Growth and Investment to help redevelop Haiti by making it more attractive to foreign companies and investors. Later that year, Lamothe was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Haiti. He served as Prime Minister of Haiti from May 2012 through December 2014. Lamothe was named to Barry’s Athletics Wall of Honor in 2000 for his achievements as a Barry Buccaneer, and received Barry’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012. Barry MAG | 31

ALUM SPOTLIGHT Carlos A. Gimenez ’99 A dedicated public servant, Carlos A. Gimenez has served as Miami-Dade County’s Mayor since June 28, 2011. Only one year after earning a bachelor's degree in public administration from Barry, he was appointed to serve as manager of the City of Miami. Before being elected mayor, Gimenez served

on the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners for seven years and spent 25 years with Miami's Fire-Rescue Department, including nine years as its chief. Barry honored Gimenez with its Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011.

The Center for Dominican Studies is established for research, graduate studies and programs dedicated to celebrating and supporting the Dominican traditions of theology, spirituality, history and the arts.

1999 Barry purchases the University of Orlando School of Law, renaming it Barry University School of L aw (now the Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law). It is the only Dominican law school in the United States.

2001 Barry’s Faith and Freedom Award is inspired by and awarded to its first recipient, Monsignor Bryan O. Walsh. The award recognizes men and women who represent in an extraordinary way the shared religious values of compassion, mutual respect and justice when addressing controversial and divisive issues.

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2001 Women’s volleyball wins its second NCAA national championship.


Women’s volleyball wins its third national championship.

2002 The Peace Pole is raised in front of Cor Jesu Chapel on the one-year anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Peace Pole monuments are an internationallyrecognized symbol of dedication to world peace. The words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” are written in several languages on the Peace Pole.


The R. Kirk Landon Student Union opens. Landon, a well-renowned philanthropist and member of Barry’s Board of Trustees for 21 years, donated $5 million for the hub of student life and activity.


MSNBC’s Hardball College Tour is broadcast live from the Broad Auditorium. Host Chris Matthews interviewed former Senate Majority Leader and 1996 Republican presidential candidate, Bob Dole.

2004 Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD, is installed as Barry’s sixth president. Sister Linda, who graduated magna cum laude from Barry in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, first returned to Barry in 1981 as director of alternative programs. In 1982, she became associate vice president for academic affairs and the first dean of Barry’s School of Professional And Career Education.

2005 Benincasa Hall opens.

Barry dedicates the landmark Sylvester Tower, modeled after Cor Jesu Chapel.

2006 The Dwayne O. Andreas School of L aw earns full accreditation from the American Bar Association. Barry MAG | 34

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Barry hosts its first Distinguished Alumni Awards event. The award is presented to the most prestigious Barry graduates for their professional achievements, contributions to society and support of the University. Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD, was also honored at the inaugural event, receiving the 2007 Distinguished Adrian Dominican Alumna Award.

2008 The Andy Gato Gallery opens. The exhibition space includes a lecture facility, reception hall and student lounge.

“Mary Bearer of Good News” sculpture is installed in front of James G. Garner Hall. The statute of an energetic woman in midstride is dedicated to the Adrian Dominican Sisters, Barry’s founding order.

Men's tennis claims its first NCAA national championship.

2011 Women’s tennis wins its first national championship.

ALUM SPOTLIGHT Rai Johnson ’96, MSW ’13

Men’s golf wins its first national championship.


The Glenn Hubert Learning Center opens.

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Rai Johnson has a full spectrum of experience in the field of social work—both as a provider and a beneficiary. Johnson has successfully battled depression, substance abuse and homelessness to become a champion for women through her work as the health and wellness director of the Lotus House Women’s Shelter in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood, where she initially came as a client in need. After earning two degrees from Barry University, a Bachelor of Liberal Studies in 1996 and her Master of Social Work in 2013, she now proudly stands in service of others.

2012 In her role at Lotus House, Johnson serves and protects her clients, providing them a safe environment from the streets and abuse, as well as developing holistic programming that sees not only to her client’s physical needs, but also to their spiritual and creative growth. Johnson will be honored with Barry's Distinguished Alumni in 2016.

Barry opens a health science location in Hollywood, Florida, converting an old firehouse into classrooms for graduate programs in anesthesiology and biomedical sciences.

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Men's tennis goes undefeated to win its second national championship.

Women’s rowing wins its first national championship. The Bucs won both the Varsity 4 and Varsity 8 finals to secure the first national title in program history.

2013 Men’s golf wins its second national championship.

Men’s tennis wins its third national championship. The championship marked the second time in three years the men's tennis team went undefeated to claim the national title.

Men's golf claims back-to-back NCAA national championships, its third overall in program history.

2014 Sister Linda joins President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House for the College Opportunity Day of Action. Wo m e n ’ s g o l f w i n s t h e S S C Championship, making Barry the first school in SSC history to win a championship in every sport it offers. Women’s tennis wins its second national championship.

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Patty Bourke Green writes, “Marty and I congratulate Barry and my dear classmate, Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD, on Barry's 75th anniversary of dedication. In the Dominican tradition of excellence in education, Barry has become a star. As we sit, surrounded by hundreds of country acres of corn and soybeans and four 50-foot radio towers, we are enjoying the benefits of our ham radio hobby. Recently, Marty traveled with his buddies to the island of Curaçao to win a worldwide radio contest. I have also enjoyed other trips to Curaçao and China with ham radio friends. Much love to the Class of ’62.”

1968 Barry nursing alumni Ellen Fallon Peterson, Gretchen Worden Peske, Elizabeth Carter Torrence, and Rosemary Shearin Means

In Memoriam Sister Jean E. Bellswinger ’57 Kevin D. Berkowitz, DPM ’97 Michael P. Blaisdell, J.D. ’10 Patricia J. Boido ’50 Sister Frances E. Bowery ’50 Felicia Bryn, MS ’89 Sister Thomas J. Burns, MS ’59 Rita N. Chait ’66 Irene L. Culmo ‘83, MS ’88 Marcos J. Dabdoub, MBA ’98 Johanna Eliot Dall’au ’76 Martha L. Dorrell, MS ’64 Nicio M. Evertz, MSN ’96 Joan O. Fey ’55 Diana Hardouin, MS ’72 Gordon L. Hudson, MA ’66 Betty J. Knight ’81 Rebecca R. Kollaras ’93 Susan N. Leff ’95 Alexandra M. Lindheimer, J.D. ’11 Sister Joan M. Loeffler, OP ’58 Elvira Martinez ’54 Connie F. McHugh ’53 Sister Ann M. Meagher, MS ’63 Steven A. Morris, MS ’77 Clifford G. O’Connor, DPM ’92 Adelia E. Paisley ’48 Robert L. Parker ’94 Joan Petesky ’65 Deborah A. Reato ’03, MS ’06 Silvia V. Rossbach ’67 Kristine B. Shaw ’85 Miguel Valdes-Perdomo ’87 Rudi J. Vyhnanek ’83 Former faculty member Mary Emmanuel (formerly known as Sister Marie Rosaria, OP) Barry MAG | 40

L-R Ellen Fallon Peterson ’68, Gretchen Worden Peske ’68, Liz Carter Torrence ’68 and Rosemary Shearin Means ’68.

1969 Michele (Mickey) Leonardi LaBute writes, “18 members of the Class of 1969 celebrated 50 years of friendship (1965-2015) with a cruise from San Diego to Vancouver with a stop in Victoria, British Columbia. These gals, who call themselves the Barry Babes, had a truly special time together and plan to have their next reunion in 2019.”

1976 Michele Cummings, MA ’76, a shareholder in GrayRobinson, PA’s Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale offices, was named 2015 Attorney of the Year by Broward Lawyers Care, the pro bono project of Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida. As a board certified family law practitioner, Cummings uses her expertise to obtain restraining orders and divorces for pro bono clients, most of whom are survivors of domestic violence.


Roymi Membiela was named one of South Florida Business Journal’s Influential Women of 2015.


Alfredo Gonzalez received the James McDonnell Outstanding Board of Governor Award from the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce in December 2014. Timothy Brenden Stout is president and principal lighting designer of Lumamerica. Lumamerica produces innovative lighting design solutions for parties, weddings and corporate events.


“Barry Babes” from the Class of 1969.

1972 Terri deVivero Franck and her husband Charlie celebrated their 43rd anniversary. They have been retired for two years and enjoy traveling. They have three children, two sonsin-law, one granddaughter, and another grandchild on the way.

1973 Andrew Dott, BSN ’73, MSN ’89, received a Doctor of Nursing Practice Nurse Executive degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston with the Practice Improvement Project—Improving Transition of Care from Hospital to Home.

Ron Johnson is the dean of students, athletic director and head boys basketball coach at The Burlington School in Burlington, North Carolina. Johnson’s Spartans won the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association State Championship in 2015. Johnson’s previous positions include head boys basketball coach and dean of students at Davidson Day School in Davidson, North Carolina; athletic director and head boys basketball coach at Cannon School in Concord, North Carolina; head boys basketball coach at Central Catholic High School in Melbourne, Florida; and head boys basketball coach at The Benjamin School in North Palm Beach, Florida. At the university level, Johnson has served as an assistant basketball coach at Marist College and an assistant basketball coach and program coordinator at The University of Georgia. Johnson, a three-time winner of the Palm Beach County High School Coach of the Year award, was named State of Florida High School Coach of the Year in 2001. More than 25 years after graduating, Johnson still holds Barry's career records in scoring and steals. In 1989, Barry retired his #12 jersey, and in 1996, he was named to the Barry's Athletics Wall of Honor. Barry MAG | 41

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recently reunited on Florida’s Anna Maria Island for lunch and a fun day of catching up. Several of the women had not seen each other since their BSN graduation.

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Sandra Dilts was promoted to vice president of managed care for Memorial Healthcare System.

1994 Jesus Gonzalez was appointed principal of Palmetto Middle School in Miami-Dade County. Hal Hutchins is the new chief of police for Ocean Ridge, Florida. A 10-year veteran in the department, the former lieutenant has won praise for improving morale and shifting emphasis to more community-oriented policing. Dr. Debbie Nogueras has been appointed as the academic director for the Tri-Cities campus of Washington State University College of Nursing. She was inducted as a fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in June 2015.

1995 Anne Llewellyn received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Case Management Society of America (CSMA), the organization’s highest honor. The award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to practice of case management and in support of CMSA.

1996 Dr. Jesus Jara is deputy superintendent for Orange County Public Schools, the 10th largest school district in the United States and the fourth largest in Florida. He oversees the teaching and learning division and supervises five area superintendents. Jodi Pascal was promoted to director of clinical education by the Miami Jewish Health Systems.

2003 Omoleye Ajileye is a Secondary STEM Education Program specialist at Maryland’s State Department of Education. She collaborates with Maryland’s 24 school districts, The Maryland Business Roundtable, institutions of higher education, local businesses, museums and government agencies to develop resources aimed at facilitating high student achievement and teacher growth. Ajileye has won several Teacher of the Year awards and plans to pursue a doctorate degree. Jeffrey Campos was promoted to midnight supervisor of the Crime Scene Unit for the City of Miami Police Department. Barry MAG | 42

2004 Laura Gerstner married Patrick Walbridge in Houston on March 7, 2015. Julie Hutchins-Wilson, MS ’04, PhD ’14, has joined the MindSpa Integrative Wellness Center in Sarasota, Florida. Hutchins-Wilson is a veteran counselor, consultant, coach and research scientist with over 35 years of experience in settings including clinics, hospitals, schools, corporations, professional athletic organizations, art communities, private practice and the wilderness. Maduo Matlapeng works for Deloitte Consulting as a manager of its strategy and innovation service line in Botswana.

2007 Matthew Connolly is an art director for SK+G Advertising in Las Vegas. He has directed and designed advertising, print and branding projects for worldwide clients including Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Galaxy Macau in China and the Baha Mar Casino & Hotel in The Bahamas. Brian K. Furgala, J.D., has been promoted to shareholder in the Orlando office of Gray Robinson, PA. He focuses his practice on assisting companies with employee benefits and employmentrelated issues.

2008 Carolyn Bennett and wife Consuelo RuizBennett welcomed daughter Madison Cayden, born on April 11, 2015.

2005 Paris McBean-Schmidtke was named Ms. Mompreneur by the Ms./Mrs. Corporate America Pageant. The award honors female business owners in North, South and Central America who are balancing the role of a mom and the role of an entrepreneur. Her business, Luke Institute for Infant and Toddler Education, offers parent/baby dance classes and a Picasso-and-Me toddler painting class which uses her handmade, edible, organic fruit-based paints. Zachary M. Gill, J.D., a partner with Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, PA, has been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers for the fourth consecutive year as a Rising Star in the field of personal injury litigation.

2006 Lamont Hinson, MBA, MS, Fayetteville State University’s assistant athletic director, received the 2014-15 John Holley Award as the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Sports Information Director of the Year. He also received this award in 2013 as the director of sports information at Johnson C. Smith University. Hinson recently completed his first year of service as the president for the CIAA Sports Information Directors Association.

John Peterson, MS, has been promoted to chief administrative officer for Sunstar Paramedics. He will oversee the organization’s daily operations and 550 employees. Peterson was previously the chief operating officer of the Emergency Medical Services Authority, the Paramedics Plus-operated ambulance service provider for Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Nadira Ramatally, a marketing manager for Penton, has been selected as one of Folio’s “30 Under 30”— an annual award honoring the brightest individuals under age 30 who are involved in some of the most innovative ideas in media and marketing.

2010 Kellyn George was honored with the “Queen’s Young Leaders Award,” presented by Queen Elizabeth II in London in June 2015. The award celebrates the achievements of young people who are taking the lead to transform the lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities. George, who was born with sickle cell anemia, founded The Sickle Cell Cares Foundation to raise awareness of the disease in her native Dominica. As a winner of this award, George was invited to participate in the Queen’s Young Leaders Program, which provides leadership training through Cambridge University. Julie Tyk, J.D., has been promoted to senior associate at GrayRobinson, PA.

Madison Cayden, daughter of Carolyn Bennett '08 and Consuelo Ruiz-Bennett.

Carlos A. Musibay was recently named one of MassMutual Life’s top five new advisors in the United States. He also gained membership into the Million Dollar Round Table, an organization comprised of the top 2 percent of insurance advisors worldwide.

2009 Christopher E. Brown, J.D., was a guest lecturer for the Duval County Medical Society Leadership Through Mentorship Program. He spoke about rules, regulations and issues that can affect medical practices. He is an attorney with The Health Law Firm in Altamonte Springs, Florida. Katie Turecki Madyun received Inlet Grove Community High School’s “My Teacher, My Hero” award in the category of Passion for Students. She is a ninth and 10th grade English teacher at Inlet Grove in Riviera Beach, Florida.

2011 Lance O. Leider, J.D., led a seminar on defensive medicine, safeguarding your license, how to structure your practice to reduce liability, and protecting professional and personal assets from lawsuits at the Florida Academy of Family Physicians Spring Forum. He is an attorney with The Health Law Firm in Altamonte Springs, Florida. Samantha Eve Morris is a student doctor of behavioral health at Arizona State University, bridging the gap between family therapy and primary care. She is also the founder and clinical director of Family Psych Central, LLC, a private practice that is contracted by Psychotherapy Associates of Broward in Davie and the Counseling and Wellness Center South Florida in Cooper City. Morris passed the national Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist exam and expects to complete her clinical/supervision hours for full licensure in December 2015. Erin Murphy has opened The Local Healing Room in Dania Beach. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in oriental medicine and a second bachelor’s degree in biomedicine. Murphy plans to begin a clinical program for a doctorate in oriental medicine. Ryan O’Donnell is the associate director for annual giving at Oswego State University and has moved back to his hometown of Syracuse, New York. O’Donnell writes, “I will miss being so close

to Barry and all of its community members so very much. Thank you for being so good to me over the years.”

2012 Courtney Coleman has moved to Ollantaytambo, Peru, to work with Sacred Valley Health to improve health in rural Peru through education, access and community empowerment. Coleman writes, “It is my dream job!” Dr. Victor Tejera’s dissertation capstone was recently published by the MEDCRAVE group. Melissa Tellez has accepted a position as a licensed social worker with the Hawaii State Judiciary in Honolulu. Tellez writes, “My education has continued to be one of my most valuable assets. Thank you Barry University and the Ellen Whiteside McDonnell School of Social Work!”

2014 Kelly Rose, J.D., earned a Master of Laws from the University of Miami School of Law Heckerling Graduate Program in Estate Planning.

2015 Steff Miller accepted a position at Blackstone Media, an advertising agency in Fort Lauderdale.

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Brian Mullen is the communications director for research and economic development at Clemson University. He is married to Dr. Melinda Weathers.

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