FSU Alumni Association

Board of Directors

National Board of Directors

The National Board of Directors is the chief governing body of the FSU Alumni Association, representing the interests of the association’s members and constituents. The Board of Directors has the responsibility to ensure the success of the association through the approval of an annual budget, setting policy, following the Strategic Plan, providing input, guidance, oversight and expertise. 

For questions related to the National Board of Directors, please email Alumni-BoardofDirectors@fsu.edu.


 

Dazi Lenoir

B.A. '02, M.S. '03, Chair

 -Executive Committee
 -Board Development Committee, Chair

Dazi Lenoir is a legal and sales professional who was a founding and managing partner of Lyons & Lenoir LLC, now Lyons Legal, LLC that specializes in personal injury and wrongful death litigation. She began her legal career concentrating on personal injury and wrongful death litigation with the Parks & Crump law firm of Tallahassee, where she settled her first $1 million case. She later practiced for a personal injury firm in Orlando, where she served as a pre-suit attorney and settled more than $1 million in cases for Central Florida clients.  She began her professional career in Indianapolis, Indiana where she worked for Pacers Sports & Entertainment in their sales and marketing department.

A two-time graduate of FSU, Lenoir earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature with a concentration in business in 2002 and a master’s degree in sports administration in 2003. As a student at FSU, she was elected the 2001 Homecoming princess. In addition, she was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha and the Student Government Association President’s Cabinet from 1999-to 2001. She was named Member of the Year of the Garnet & Gold Girls recruiting organization in 2000 and served as vice president in 2001. Lenoir is a life member of the FSU Alumni Association.

Jeanne Curtin

B.S. '92, MBA '99, J.D. '01, Vice Chair

 -Executive Committee
 -Board Development Committee
 -Audit & Finance Committee

Jeanne Curtin earned three degrees from Florida State University and continues to share her time and talent with the university. She brings the perspective of an alumna, former professor, volunteer, donor and development officer for the university to the FSU Alumni Association National Board of Directors.

Ms. Curtin previously served as the Director of Livable Florida and as the deputy general counsel of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. Before joining the Department, Ms. Curtin served as the Assistant Dean for Development and as a professor of legal research and writing and law practice management at the FSU College of Law. Prior to that she was in private practice.

Ms. Curtin served as Co-Chair of the State Health Improvement Plan Priority Area 9 – Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias and as an Ex-Officio Council Member of the Florida Council on Homelessness. She served on the board of the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, including terms served as chair of the board, secretary, and chair of the annual gala; she was twice honored with the Donna O’Meara Chairman’s Award. She also served on the executive committee of the Women for Florida State University, including serving as chair of the strategic planning committee.

Ms. Curtin earned a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s in business administration, and a juris doctor from Florida State University. Ms. Curtin is a Lifetime member of the FSU Alumni Association, a member of the FSU College of Law’s Board of Visitors, a member of Seminole Boosters – The Platinum Chiefs, and an annual donor to the FSU College of Law. She is a graduate of Leadership Tallahassee Class XXII and a former Catalyst with the Knight Creative Communities Initiative in Tallahassee.

Jeffrey D. Boykins

B.S. '92, M.S. '93, Secretary

 -Executive Committee
 -Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
 -Board Development Committee

Jeff Boykins is a partner in EY’s Transaction Advisory Services Practice. A certified public accountant with 24 years of experience in public accounting, he has spent the past 17 years serving as a dedicated transaction advisory services professional.

Over his career, Mr. Boykins has focused on providing financial due diligence services to both private equity and corporate clients across a broad spectrum of industries. He has worked on more than 350 transactions, coordinating and executing transaction services ranging from joint ventures, minority investments and standalone acquisitions to complex carve-outs of public entities in the U.S., Europe, Asia and South America. In addition to his professional responsibilities, he serves on EY’s Transactions Inclusiveness Steering Committee, where he assists in guiding the practice’s initiatives as it relates to diversity and inclusiveness.

Mr. Boykins has served on several nonprofit boards, including the African American Partnership for the United Way of Atlanta and Cool Girls Inc., an organization dedicated to the self-empowerment of at-risk girls in Atlanta. While on the board of Cool Girls, he has served as secretary, treasurer and chair.

Mr. Boykins earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting from FSU. He is an annual donor to the FSU College of Business accounting department, a 24-year member of Seminole Boosters and a member of the FSU Alumni Association.

A native of Clearwater, Florida, Mr. Boykins is married to Tiffany Boykins, a ’93 graduate of FSU. They have four daughters: Kayla, Lauren, Julia and Olivia.

Colleen Dean

B.S. '02, Treasurer

 -Executive Committee
 -Audit & Finance Committee, Chair
 -Membership & Business Development Committee

Colleen Dean is senior vice president and manager of the Funds Treasurer’s Office at PIMCO in the New York office. Ms. Dean serves as assistant treasurer for PIMCO Funds, PIMCO ETF Trust, PIMCO Variable Insurance Trust, PIMCO Equity Series, PIMCO Equity Series Variable Insurance Trust, the PIMCO Closed-End Funds and the PIMCO Managed Accounts Trust. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2013, she was a vice president in the investment administration group at Cohen & Steers Capital Management. Prior to that, she was with Franklin Templeton Investment where she was a manager in the fund accounting group.

Ms. Dean was a member of Delta Sigma Pi and received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Florida State University’s College of Business in 2002. She earned her MBA from the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University. Ms. Dean is a founder of Harlem Girls Cheer, Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 2016 to provide a supportive environment that allows young women to build their self-esteem while simultaneously encouraging healthy behavior, teaching accountability, providing leadership opportunities and building character.

She is currently a Life Member of the FSU Alumni Association.

Scott Wiegand

B.M. '90, Immediate Past Chair

 -Executive Committee
 -Awards Committee

Scott E. Wiegand is a Partner with the law firm Scale LLP, based in Denver, Colorado. His practice is focused on the legal needs of gaming industry participants and emerging growth companies.

Mr. Wiegand earned a B.A. in Music at Florida State University, graduating magna cum laude in 1990. At Florida State, he also received a minor in law and society and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Wiegand attended Cornell Law School, graduating in 1993 with a concentration in business law and regulation.

After receiving his law degree, Mr. Wiegand began his legal career practicing corporate law with large firms based in Cincinnati, before serving as General Counsel of a publicly-traded technology company in Las Vegas. In 2003, he joined Caesars Entertainment, one of the world’s largest casino entertainment providers, where he was responsible for corporate governance and securities laws compliance and legal matters related to the company’s capital markets activity and resort development transactions worldwide. Mr. Wiegand returned to private practice in 2018 with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, a leading Denver-based law firm with a large Las Vegas office serving the gaming industry. He joined Scale LLP in September 2021.

Mr. Wiegand is originally from Lexington, Kentucky. He and his wife, Erin, have two children, a son, Patrick, and a daughter, Ryan. In addition to his passion for Seminole athletics, he enjoys Jeeps, cycling, backcountry hiking, skiing and snowboarding.

Drew Weatherford 

B.S. '08, Board of Trustees Chair Designee

 -Executive Committee
 -Membership & Business Development Committee

Drew Weatherford is a Founding Partner of Weatherford Capital, a private investment firm focused on growth equity in rapidly growing technology and technology-enabled businesses with a business-to-business (B2B) or business-to-government (B2G) focus, as well as those operating in highly regulated industries. Drew founded Weatherford Capital with his two brothers, Will and Sam. With offices in Tampa and Dallas, Weatherford Capital seeks to make value-added and value-aligned investments while working closely with an expansive network of founders, advisors, and executives who are committed to helping management teams scale and lead their businesses. Weatherford Capital focuses on growing companies with leaders who share the firm's dedication to excellence, integrity, faith, family, and community.

Prior to Weatherford Capital, Drew co-founded Strategos Group, a leading business consultancy and advocacy firm in Florida. Drew serves on the boards of several companies and organizations including Summit Broadband, Florida Venture Forum, Accelerator 111, and Family First. Additionally, Drew was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis to the board of directors of the Florida Opportunity Fund, Inc. Drew also has served on the boards of the Florida Medical Clinic Foundation of Caring, Take Stock in Children of Florida, onbikes, Space Florida, and Enterprise Florida.

Drew led the Florida State University football team for three years as starting quarterback for the Seminoles. Convinced as an 8-year old that he would some day play for the legendary coach, Drew spent his time at FSU under the tutelage of late Coach Bobby Bowden.

Drew earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Real Estate from the College of Business. Drew resides in Tampa, Florida with his wife Morgan, daughters Kennedy and Emerson, and son Truett.

Julie Decker 

Alumni Association President & CEO

 -Executive Committee
 -Board Development Committee

Julie Decker is president and chief executive officer of the Florida State University Alumni Association. Decker has spent 20 years as an alumni relations strategist, having also worked in the alumni associations of the University of Georgia, the University of North Carolina, and Coastal Carolina University. Decker’s wide-ranging résumé includes in depth experience in program development, membership, fundraising, budgeting, student leadership, and working with boards and volunteers.

Decker is a recognized leader in alumni relations. She is often called upon to share practices and trends to help further alumni work at other universities, colleges, and with vendors who specialize higher education advancement. Decker strongly believes that alumni relations should be a leader in supporting the overall advancement efforts of the university.

Julie’s past accomplishments include being recognized as a member of “The Exceptionals”, a group of emerging young community leaders, a graduate of L.E.A.D. Athens, named “Rookie of the Year” for the American Cancer Society, and received recognition as an Outstanding Career Mentor. Additionally, she has served as Vice President and Secretary for the Board of Directors of Nuci’s Space and Southeast Clarke Park respectively. In 2020, she became a member Leadership Tallahassee Class 37.

Decker is proud to represent Florida State University as a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) where she has been recognized as Distinguished Faculty and a “Stellar Speaker” for five consecutive years. She has provided leadership as a CASE District III conference committee member responsible for developing the Alumni Relations sessions for 1200+ attendees. Additionally, she has been called upon to serve as a faculty member for the Institute for Senior Alumni Relations professionals; and most recently for the CASE Institute in Alumni Relations where faculty develop new alumni relations practitioners. Julie also represents FSU as a communications committee member for the Council of Alumni Association Executives (CAAE).

Julie holds two degrees from the University of Georgia: a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies and a Master of Education in human resource and organizational development. In addition, she has completed doctoral coursework in human resources and organizational development (HROD) in higher education at UGA, studying the changing landscape of alumni relations in the overall advancement framework.

Michael Hartline 

FSU Presidential Designee 

 -Interim Vice President of the FSU Foundation
 -Dean, College of Business

Dr. Michael D. Hartline is the interim vice president for university advancement and president of the FSU Foundation. He also serves as dean of the Florida State University's College of Business.

Hartline has served as dean in the College of Business since July 2015, including nine months as interim dean, and has been a member of the FSU faculty for 21 years.

He chairs the Dean's Advancement Committee, which works closely with the FSU Foundation and the FSU Alumni Association on fundraising and alumni engagement initiatives.

He also serves as an ex-officio member of the FSU Foundation Board of Trustees, for which he has served on the development and donor stewardship committees.

Hartline is a Charles A. Bruning Professor of Business Administration. He received his bachelor's degree in marketing and his master's in business administration from Jacksonville State University and his doctoral degree in business administration from the University of Memphis.

Hartline and his wife Marsha live in Tallahassee with their three daughters.

Les Akers 

B.S. '73 

 -Audit & Finance Committee
 -Membership & Business Development Committee

Les Akers is an accomplished business man with many years of commitment to Florida State University. He has been a faithful supporter of University initiatives and he brings his extensive leadership experience to the FSU Alumni Association’s National Board of Directors.

Mr. Akers is the dealer principal and president of Legacy Toyota in Tallahassee, Florida. He is also the president and majority stockholder of Wayne Akers Ford in Lake Worth, Florida – the city where he spend the early part of his life. As a second generation Ford dealer, he grew up in the business and worked in all departments within the company before assuming management roles after college. Since relocating to Tallahassee in 1992, he has maintained senior management and ownership positions in several franchised dealership. Currently, Mr. Akers oversees the operation at his Ford dealership in Lake Worth in addition to his responsibilities at Legacy Toyota.

Mr. Akers earned a bachelor’s degree in risk management and insurance from the Florida State University College of Business in 1973. He was a member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity at Florida State, an organization which he has continued to support. He has remained engaged with the University as a member of the College of Business President’s Club and the Florida State University National Campaign committee. He has served on the Seminole Boosters Board of Directors, is a life member of the FSU Alumni Association and, in recognition of his service to Florida State University, Mr. Akers was inducted into the FSU Alumni Association’s Circle of Gold in 2006.

Mr. Akers lives in Tallahassee, Florida with his wife Ruth. He remains very involved in the Tallahassee community having supported FSU’s Opening Nights, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Capital Area Chapter of the Red Cross, and Habitat for Humanity. He has served on the board for Live the Life Ministries, University Musical Associates, Phi Kappa Tau - Beta Iota Chapter at Florida State University, and the Tallahassee Quarterback Club. He currently serves on the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors and the Capital City Bank Advisory Board. Mr. Akers is also a past winner of the Rotary Clubs Ethics in Business Award.

Melinda Benton 

B.S. '77, M.S. '78  

 -Board Development Committee
 -Marketing & Communications Committee
 -Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

Melinda "Lindy" Benton is an experienced executive in the healthcare information technology industry. She has held several senior executive positions within the nation’s leading healthcare information technology companies and played a critical role in shaping the industry over her more that 30 years of leadership.

Ms. Benton is the president and chief executive officer of Vyne Corporation, a provider of secure healthcare communications, electronic attachment and health information exchange solutions to the hospital, dental practice and payer markets, with offices in Atlanta and Knoxville. Ms. Benton is a past board member for the Florida Hospital for Children Foundation; a fellow and a past president of the Florida Chapter for the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS); and she continues to serve on executive councils for several health-related committees and industry associations.

Ms. Benton is part of a long line of FSU legacy graduates, dating back to 1910 when her great aunt graduated from the Florida State College for Women. Ms. Benton received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the FSU College of Education with extended post-graduate work in measurement and statistics. She has continued to support FSU alumni by mentoring many FSU graduates in her past and current positions in the healthcare industry.

Ms. Benton has been recognized as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT” by Health Data Management for three consecutive years; she has been named one of the FSU College of Education’s Distinguished Alumni in Business and Industry; and she was a finalist for the Women in Tech’s 2016 Woman of the Year Award.

Robyn Metcalf Blank 

B.S.W. ’13, M.S.W. ’15, M.P.A. ’15  

 
 

Robyn serves as the Director of Special Projects for the Florida Alliance to End Human Trafficking, a nonprofit organization created by the Florida Legislature to provide funding, support and assistance to the statewide effort to end human trafficking. Robyn has over a decade of experience advocating and developing solutions to improve outcomes for Florida’s most vulnerable children. Prior to this role, Robyn served as the Statewide Director for the Open Doors Outreach Network, providing 24/7 care and support to survivors of sex trafficking ages 10-24 throughout the state. She also served as the Associate Executive Director for the The Children’s Campaign, advocating for policy change on behalf of children in Florida.

Robyn currently serves as a board member on the board of directors for the National Florida State University (FSU) Alumni Association and Healthy Start MomCare Network. She has held various volunteer roles with the Junior League of Tallahassee, Guardian Ad Litem and Relay for Life and previously served on the FSU College of Social Work Alumni Group board of directors.

Robyn received her Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), Masters of Social Work (MSW) with a concentration in Social Policy and Administration and Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from FSU. She was named a 2020 Notable Nole (formerly 30 Under 30) from the FSU Alumni Association and in 2016 she received the Distinguished Young Alumni Award from the FSU College of Social Work.

Originally from Sarasota, FL, Robyn resides in Tallahassee with her husband Michael and their dog Hoyt.

Javier Borges 

B.S. '97 

 -Board Development Committee
 -Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, Chair

Javi Borges is a Global Client Service Partner with Ernst & Young LLP (EY) dedicated to serving large, complex, global organizations. Located in Miami, Florida, he brings over 20 years of experience helping commercial and public sector organizations achieve their strategic, operational and risk management goals.

Javi has served in various roles successfully growing and transforming the business of EY. He has held positions in EY’s tax, markets, health sciences, and government & public sector practices. He has served fortune 1000 companies in Florida and some of the largest state governments across the U.S.

In 2016, Javi was selected as a Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR). He also served on EY’s Latino Professional Network Steering Committee and is committed to driving diversity, inclusiveness and equality in the workplace.

Javi and his wife Lauren have two children and are proud Florida State University Alumni. Javi served as President of the Seminole Club of New York City, where he helped establish the Noles in NYC program and the 9/11 memorial scholarship at FSU. He also served as President of the Miami Seminole Club where he established the ’77 Club, which honors Seminole alumni from south Florida who have shown special dedication to our alma mater.

Javi has a B.S. in International Affairs and Multinational Business from FSU graduating in 1997; he is a Life Member of the FSU Alumni Association and a Seminole Booster.

Christopher Bosler 

B.S. '83 

 -Audit & Finance Committee
 -Membership & Business Development Committee
 -Board Development Committee

Chris Bosler, senior vice president, LabCorp, has full profit and loss responsibility for a business generating more than $1 billon in annual revenue with more than 4,500 team members. He leads all aspects of the business, including operations, logistics, supply chain, sales, marketing, finance, patient services, customer service and medical (pathology). He is a member of the Executive Operating Committee of LabCorp Diagnostics Inc. and has been named to the board of directors of the University of Tennessee/LabCorp, Laboratory Services LLC.

Mr. Bosler began his health care career in sales with Abbott Diagnostics, a division of Abbott Laboratories, for which he worked in a variety of sales and marketing management positions. He later joined Roche Diagnostics as head, U.S. Marketing, Hospital Point of Care/Diabetes. Afterward, he assumed the role of head, U.S. Marketing, Centralized Diagnostics.

Mr. Bosler then became part of Stericycle Inc. as vice president, Marketing/Business development. He next led a new venture startup as the founding VP/GM, leading that business from zero revenue to more than $150 million in annual revenue in four years.

His final role with Stericycle was senior vice president, SQ Business Unit. He was a member of the corporate senior leadership team and acted as a representative to the investment community as a member of Stericycle’s investor relations team.

Mr. Bosler earned a bachelor’s degree in English and business from FSU in 1982. He completed post-graduate executive business education at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School, the University of Michigan’s Ross School and The University of Chicago’s Booth School.

Tanya Bower 

J.D. '96 

 
 

Coming Soon!

Dr. Cyd Bougae 

B.S. '75 

 -Membership & Business Development Committee
 -Scholarship & Student Success Committee
 -Audit & Finance Committee

Dr. Cyd Bougae has had a distinguished professional and academic career. Academically, she is a past full time professor at New York University in the Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism and at Montclair State University in the Feliciano School of Business, teaching classes in the Department of Management. Professionally, she has held executive leadership roles with several global membership organizations. This includes serving as Senior Vice President of Professional Development for the Club Managers Association of America, a membership association for managers of private clubs and as a Regional Director of Human Resources for Club Corp, a membership organization, comprised of private golf, country clubs, business clubs and resorts.

As Senior Vice President at CMAA she oversaw the prestigious industry certification, the CCM- certified club manager designation. She was also responsible for the educational programming for the annual Golf Industry Show attended by 21,000 and the association’s annual World Conference on Club Management. From 2002 to 2014, Dr. Bougae was under contract with Augusta National Golf Club, site of the mega sporting event, the Masters Tournament, to provide management and human resource consulting services. She created and facilitated their Programs for Leadership Development, an ongoing leadership-training program conducted for all levels in the club.

Dr. Bougae earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in business administration, majoring in hospitality management in the Dedman School of Hospitality. She has served on the National Alumni Board for the Dedman School of Hospitality and is a past president. In 2006, she was honored as the Alumna of the Year for FSU’s College of Business and the Dedman School of Hospitality.

Dr. Bougae has also served on the advisory boards for Rosen College at UCF and the School of Hospitality at University of South Carolina. Dr. Bougae has further distinguished herself professionally by recently being interviewed and quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Hotel News Now, and did an on camera interview with Globo TV in Brazil. Dr. Bougae is a Lifetime member of the Alumni Association.

Mahogany Campbell 

B.S. '02 

 -Audit & Finance Committee
 -Membership & Business Development Committee

Coming soon!

Eleanor Connan 

B.S. ’63  

 -Awards Committee
 -Scholarship & Student Success Committee
 -Clubs & Networks Committee

Eleanor Connan is the Chair of the Emeritus Alumni Society. She worked in retail management and merchandising for 48 years, serving Burdines, Frost Bros., Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and finally as the Director of Chanel, Inc. where she retired in 2011.

Her philanthropic work over the course of her career included service with the Houston Symphony where she sat on the Board of Advisors and was a part of the Conductor’s Circle. She also worked on the Executive Committee of the Houston Symphony League. She sat on the board for the Museum of Fine Arts for their Clothing and Textiles Division and the Moores School of Music Board of Directors for the University of Houston.

Mrs. Connan earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Florida State University in 1963. During her time as a student, she was a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority and actively involved in two business fraternities- Gamma Alpha Chi and Phi Chi Theta. She also participated in the Marketing Club, the Women’s Glee Club where she served as President and Treasurer, the Raquettes, the University Singers where she served as Publicity Chair and Librarian, and Fashion, Inc. She was a junior counselor and a member of the Sophomore Council. She was inducted into Garnet Key for her outstanding leadership, service, and spirit. She and her husband, Andre, reside in Tallahassee where they are enjoying their retirement. Mrs. Connan is an ardent supporter of music and the arts. She is a national patron of the Houston Grand Opera and a member of the Tallahassee Community Chorus. She is also very supportive of Seminole Athletics as a member of the Seminole Boosters, Inc. Board of Directors, a Golden Chief, and the Coaches clubs for men’s and women’s basketball and the Softball Locker Room Legacy.

Staci Cross 

B.S. '04 

 -Marketing & Communications Committee
 -Membership & Business Development Committee , Chair

Staci Cross is a seasoned development officer with nearly 20 years of experience in multimillion-dollar fundraising programs.

Staci Cross is the Vice President of Community Operations for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In her current post, she provides strategic and operational leadership to a department responsible for increasing fundraising through a large portfolio of hospitals, universities, media partners, national and regional corporate partners, donors and advocates across the Southeast region of the United States. She is also responsible for developing and implementing the business development strategy across North America and leading the team as they seek new corporate partnerships for her organization.

Working directly with companies such as Aflac, GameStop, Coca Cola and others, Staci has helped bring corporate social responsibility to life through customer point-of-sale campaigns, event sponsorships, consumer package goods, employee giving, and more. Staci also created several fundraising events, including Dance Dash, Miracle Jeans Day, and Miracle Challenge, which raised more than $2M in within its pilot phase. During her time with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Staci has served in a variety of capacities, including managing relationships with corporate partners, serving as a Regional Director for 30+ east coast hospitals, creating national events, and business development.

Now an experienced fundraiser for the nonprofit industry, Staci’s career path began when she was a student at Florida State University. She discovered her passion for helping communities through Florida State University Dance Marathon (DMFSU), an organization raising funds for children’s hospitals, after volunteering for the organization and serving on its executive team.

Staci earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from Florida State University, and currently serves on the FSU Alumni Association National Board of Directors. She earned a master’s degree in public service administration from Texas A&M University, where she was awarded the George H.W. Bush Presidential Leadership Award. Staci also earned a Certificate of Professional Fund Raising from Boston University.

Ms. Cross now lives in Pinehurst, North Carolina, but maintains roots in South Florida where she serves on the board of the Crockett Foundation. She spends her weekends rooting for the Seminoles and remaining free time traveling to new countries and communities across the globe.

Susan Delgado 

B.S. ’91, M.S. ’92  

 -Audit & Finance Committee
 -Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Susan Pollack Delgado leads the new Tax Integration team at Amazon, which is responsible for generating value for the worldwide Direct Tax Organization by focusing on process improvement, seamless integration between tax and other functions, and overall efficient operations.

Prior to joining Amazon and moving to the west coast, Susan spent 25 years working in the Atlanta area in the Corporate Tax field in a variety of roles. She spent over 13 years at General Electric (GE) supporting the overall finance organization on cross-functional projects while managing the foreign income tax compliance for entities in more than 65 countries for the GE Power business. During her tenure at GE, she was the primary tax member on a GE initiative to streamline and standardize processes worldwide for accounting and tax.

From 1999 to 2004, Susan led the US Tax Compliance function at Coca-Cola Enterprises. Under her leadership, the US tax compliance process was entirely re-engineered. She was later chosen to partner with a business CFO to create a team to manage a unique joint venture with all the US Coca-Cola Bottlers, which ultimately generated significant procurement savings for the group. Susan completed her Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting in 1991 and her Master degrees in Accounting in 1992. Susan was a member of Beta Alpha Psi, a teaching assistant and a tutor for the athletic department.

While at FSU, Susan was 4-year letterman on the Swimming & Diving team, twice qualifying for the regional diving championship and culminating with a win for FSU women at the Metro Conference championship in 1991. Susan was a two-time winner of the FSU Scholar Athlete award provided to a varsity athlete with the highest GPA for the year. She was also awarded the Metro Conference Post Graduate Scholarship.

She is a member of the FSU Alumni Association and a lifetime member of the Varsity Club. Susan is an active participant as a pilot for the charitable organization Pilots n Paws. The organization supports animal rescue groups and shelters by offering transportation of animals to other rescues that can place the animals in forever homes.

Kyle R. Doney 

B.S. '07 

 -Scholarship & Student Success Committee
 -Clubs & Networks Committee
 -Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

Kyle Doney is a member of the Panther Clan in the Seminole Tribe of Florida. From a young age, Florida State University was always his first and only choice for school.

Mr. Doney graduated from FSU in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in criminology. As a Tribal member, he has had the honor of participating in the Tradition of Tribute for three games. The first, at the Miami game on Labor Day 2005, was in response to the NCAA and their ruling to take away Native American “mascots” from universities. With the support of his Tribe, he is proud to be a Florida State University Seminole.

Mr. Doney resides in Hollywood, Florida, where he works for the Seminole Tribe’s Native Learning Center. As the deputy executive director, he works to educate Native Americans of different Tribes throughout Indian Country.

Ebo Entsuah 

B.S. '16, J.M. '20 

 
 

Ebo Entsuah serves as the Director of Government Relations at Project Lead the Way, a national nonprofit that develops STEM and Career Technical Education Curriculum for K-12 students. Since 2020, Ebo has also served as an elected official on the Clermont City Council, where he is the youngest person to serve in the City of Clermont. Ebo has a passion for community service and helping people achieve their full potential, which serves as the driving force behind his professional and public service work.

Ebo currently serves on a number of distinguished boards, including the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, the Give-A-Day Foundation, the Lake Sumter Seminole Club, the FSU Young Alumni Council and as a member of the Orlando Economic Partnership’s Political Leadership Institute class of 2020. Ebo has earned recognition for numerous awards such as Florida Politics’ 30 Under 30 Rising Star award, Maverick Pac’s Future 40 award, and the Black Conservative Federation’s 30 Under 30 award. Additionally, Ebo was appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to the board of Volunteer Florida, Florida’s state agency for volunteerism and national service.

Ebo is a first generation American who is the product of the American dream. Ebo’s family immigrated from Ghana, West Africa to give him and his sister a better life. Ebo is a two-time graduate of Florida State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Sociology and a Juris Master’s from the Florida State College of Law. During his time at FSU, he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity, a Global Ambassador, a member of FSU Rugby and also spent multiple years playing football for the Florida State Seminoles, eventually winning a National Championship.

Ebo lives in Clermont with his wife, Morgan and their two dogs, Milo and Maverick. Aside from his love for education, the environment and public policy, he enjoys working out, hiking, traveling and watching the Seminoles.

Ashley Folladori 

B.S. '04 

 -Clubs & Networks Committee
 -Marketing & Communications Committee

Proud to call Northeast Florida her hometown, Ashley Folladori has always had a passion for the region. Ms. Folladori’s decade of experience at the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce has only served to make her a stronger advocate for the region’s outstanding quality of life. As Vice President of Public Affairs, Ms. Folladori works daily to share the story of how our JAX Chamber members foster a business friendly environment to encourage sustainable economic growth in Northeast Florida.

Ms. Folladori has also been a member of the Chamber’s economic development division, JAXUSA Partnership, in both Workforce Development and Investor Relations roles. Prior to her time in JAXUSA, she led several talent development initiatives, first as manager of the Chamber’s large and robust young professionals’ group ImpactJAX, and later as a senior manager for a wider variety of workforce development programs. Under her leadership, she established a successful YP mentoring program, led teachers on externships in companies throughout the region, and worked on efforts to develop a formal higher education collaborative in the region.

Ms. Folladori has also served as the Director of Membership and Marketing for The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach. During her time at The Plantation, the club was recognized as a Distinguished Club, an award recognizing private clubs and their management for outstanding delivery of exceptional Member Experiences. Ashley was also awarded the Distinguished Achievement in Leadership designation, recognizing exceptional contributions in leadership to the Member Experience.

Ms. Folladori received her bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Florida State University. She is an active member of the Jacksonville community, serving as Past President of the Jacksonville Seminole Club, a member of the 2019 Leadership St. Johns Class, and was recently named to the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2023. She also serves on the Florida State University National Alumni Association Board of Directors. She enjoys spending her free time with her two sons, JD and Leo.

Glen Hallowell 

B.S. '09 

 -Scholarship & Student Success Committee
 -Clubs & Networks Committee

Glen E. Hallowell is a Department of Air Force Civilian working for the United States Special Operations Command. Mr. Hallowell leads a team supporting requirements for special operations units across the globe. In addition to United States Special Operations Command, Mr. Hallowell has worked for Special Operations Command Central, and Naval Special Warfare Command.

Mr. Hallowell is a 2009 graduate of Florida StateUniversity and earned a Bachelor of Science in Geography and certificates in Urban Planning and Emergency Management. While at Florida State, he was a founding member of the Collegiate Veterans Association and the group’s third President. Mr. Hallowell was also a founding member of Student Veterans of America and brought FSU in as a founding University. Student Veterans of America is focused on addressing the needs and concerns of American military veterans in higher education. FSU continues to be an invaluable member of Student Veterans of America.

Prior to attending Florida State University, Mr. Hallowell was on active duty in the Marine Corps for nine years with deployments supporting Operation Gallant Venture, Operation Enduring Freedom,Operation IraqiF reedom, and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. Mr. Hallowell’s duty stations included locations at Augusta, Georgia; Okinawa, Japan; and Oahu, Hawaii.

Mr. Hallowell is married to his wife Jamie who he met at Florida State during a tailgate for a Miami game.Mr. Hallowell and Jamie were also married during a Miami game, both of which the Seminoles were victorious.

 

Mr. Hallowell and Jamie have a dog named Buster that enjoys traveling with them. In addition to all things Florida State, the Hallowell’s are avid Rays and Buccaneers fans.

As a government civilian, Mr. Hallowell’s awards include the Joint Civilian Service Achievement Award, the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award, and the Department of Navy Civilian Meritorious Service Award.

Kaitlyn Heintz 

President - Student Alumni Association  

 -Clubs & Networks Committee
 

Kaitlyn Heintz is the current president of the Student Alumni Association. Kaitlyn is from Orlando, FL, double majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management and also General Business Management with aspirations of continuing onto Law School upon graduation in the Spring of 2023.

Kaitlyn believes in furthering the mission of the Student Alumni Association by providing professional resources to FSU students and also helping those students to develop dynamic relations with alumni. She is excited to bring SAA to all corners of Campus, empowering the Seminole Spirit for all students.

Zach Heng 

B.S. '07 

 -Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
 

Zach Heng is a Global Co-chair of the Multicultural Business Resource Group at Booz Allen Hamilton, a consulting firm that has been at the forefront of strategy, technology and engineering for more than 100 years partnering with public- and private-sector clients across the globe to solve their most difficult challenges. With specializations in Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI), Organizational Change Management, Branding and Marketing, Zach has been in the management consulting industry for 15 years supporting Fortune 500 companies, state and federal government agencies, and national nonprofit organizations.

Zach graduated from FSU in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. During his time at FSU, he served in various leadership roles across several organizations, most notably as the Treasurer and Director of the Asian American Student Union and was inducted into the 2007 Senior Hall of Fame by the Garnet & Gold Key Leadership Honorary. His continued involvement and passion for both Florida State and the Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community led him to join two other FSU alumni in co-founding the FSU Asian American Alumni Network in 2014.

A highly regarded community leader, Zach has served in various leadership roles around the Washington, DC metro including as a member of the Board of Directors for the Asian American Chamber of Commerce, serving on the Advisory Council for the Digital Marketing Certificate Program at George Washington University, as well as the President for the Greater Washington Chapter of Ascend Leadership, the largest nonprofit Pan Asian organization for business professionals in North America. He continues his solopreneurship journey as the owner/operator of The Heng Group, LLC – specializing in social media strategy and digital media content development working with major brands like Dunkin’ and Bloomin’ Brands restaurant group. He is also a lifetime member of the FSU Alumni Association, Tomahawk-level member of the Seminole Boosters, and annual donor to the FSU Foundation.

Cecil Howard 

B.S. '81 

 -Clubs & Networks Committee
 -Board Development Committee
 -Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Cecil Howard is the Associate Vice President for Diversity, Inclusion & Equal Opportunity and the Chief Diversity Officer for the University of South Florida System in Tampa, Florida.

He has also served as Chief Legal Counsel for the Florida Commission on Human Relations as well as Chief Diversity Officer for the City of Gainesville, Florida, and has maintained a solo law practice. Mr. Howard is a licensed attorney and has 35 years of civil rights, diversity, and social equity experience through governmental, non-profit, and higher educational settings.

Mr. Howard earned his bachelor’s degree in Government from FSU in 1981 and law degree from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 1984. While at FSU, he joined Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and went on to become National General Counsel of the fraternity, as well as Associate Counsel for the fraternity’s National Education Foundation, in addition to holding many other regional and national committee chair assignments. He was also a candidate for General (National) President of the fraternity.

Mr. Howard was elected as FSU’s first black Homecoming Chief in 1980, and served as National President of the FSU Black Alumni Association from 1987 to 1989. Mr. Howard is a member of the FSU Alumni Association and Seminole Boosters. Additionally, he and his wife, Priscilla (B.S. ’82, M.S. ’86), recently created a scholarship in the James D. Westcott Legacy Society through the FSU Foundation.

The former Southern Scholarship Foundation resident (Selby III Scholarship House) recently completed his first book, entitled, “Pains for a Purpose.” He and Priscilla have four children, Alexandria (UNF), Coleman (UCF ’15 and FAU ‘18), Gabrielle (USF ‘16) and Nataleh (FSU ’17).

When Cecil is not spending time with his two granddaughters Giselle and Nissa Rae, he spends time serving on committees at his church, mentoring young men, and serving on community boards that advance eradication of hunger, homelessness and domestic violence.

Ramiro Inguanzo 

B.S. ’91, M.P.A. ’94  

 -Scholarship & Student Success Committee
 -Marketing & Communications Committee

Ramiro J. Inguanzo is the Deputy City Manager for Bal Harbour Village, Florida where he assists in the day-to-day management and operations of this coastal community in Miami-Dade County. He served as the President of the Miami-Dade County / City Management Association (MDCCMA), the professional association of city managers in Miami-Dade County from 2019-2021. Previously, he worked for the City of Miami Beach as the Chief of Staff and Director of Human Resources/Labor Relations from 2001-2012.

Prior to his work in local government, Ramiro was the Senior Advisor to the College President and Assistant Dean of Students at Miami Dade College, the largest and most diverse institution of higher education in the U.S. where he oversaw government and community relations and has taught as an Adjunct Professor since 2005 teaching courses in government and the U.S. Constitution. He was also the Director of Leadership Development at the Council for Excellence in Government in Washington, D.C. and worked as a Legislative Fellow for the Florida House of Representatives. He was appointed, twice, by Florida's former Governor Lawton Chiles to serve as a member of Florida's Postsecondary Education Planning Commission (PEPC), the state board responsible for making policy recommendations to the Florida Board of Education.  During his tenure as a member, he led the initiative to implement service-learning programs in Florida's higher education curriculums.

Currently, Ramiro serves as a board member on the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) affiliate Local Government Hispanic Network; board member of the Miami-Dade County Neat Streets Miami; and board member of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Secure Our Future Advisory Committee.

Ramiro is a proud two-time graduate of Florida State University (FSU) having graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science/Communication and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. While at FSU, he was inducted into the FSU Gold Key Hall of Fame; awarded the Seminole Torchbearer Award; and was the first-ever recipient of the FSU Apollo Visko Award. Since 2015, he has served as a Board Member of the Student Affairs Development Council (formerly Seminole Torchbearers). In 2021, he was appointed to the FSU Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Altony “Tony” Lee III 

B.S. '02 

 -Board Development Committee
 -Audit & Finance Committee
 -Clubs & Networks Committee, Chair

Tony Lee is a seasoned development officer who prides himself on his ability to build relationships. As director of major gifts for Florida Gulf Coast University, he strives to expand the university’s partnerships by engaging alumni and community leaders. Mr. Lee is also an adjunct professor in the College of Arts and Sciences and faculty advisor to Kappa Alpha Order fraternity.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at Florida State University in 2002. As a student, he was active in the Vice President of Student Affairs office and Student Government. Later, Mr. Lee served on the Seminole Torchbearers Board of Directors aa a member and chair. He is also past president of both the Tampa and Naples Seminole Clubs. In 2015, he earned a master’s degree in global and strategic communications from Florida International University.

Mr. Lee has received numerous community awards and is an active member of the Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce, City of Bonita Springs Citizen Board & Outreach Committee and Leadership Florida Regional Council. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, watching college sports with friends and attending cultural events with his wife.

Mr. Lee was a presidential appointee to the board and plans to utilize his experience to assist the Alumni Association and Florida State University with engagement and member development.

Shannon Libbert 

B.S. '93, M.P.A. '97  

 -Clubs & Networks Committee
 -Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Shannon S. Libbert is a Partner with Kingsley Gate Partners. She has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare consulting. Her current executive search practice focuses on identifying diverse talent to fill clinical and operational leadership roles in health systems, academic medical centers, medical practices and private equity-backed healthcare services organizations. Prior to joining Kinsley Gate Partners, Shannon led the healthcare human resources practice at Korn Ferry. Additionally, she has spent many years leading human resources and national partnerships in the award-winning healthcare consulting firm, Studer Group.

Her extensive experience in the healthcare sector and her background as a CHRO make her particularly skilled in assisting complex organizations maintain high levels of engagement during times of continuous change. Her background in consulting and advising on selection and retention, leadership development, mergers and acquisitions, integration and change management make her a frequently sought out strategic partner. She has also been invited to speak at national conferences based on her industry expertise and engaging presentation style.

FSU is in Shannon’s blood as she was born in Tallahassee while her father was finishing his PhD. She graduated in 1993 from Florida State with BS degrees in Criminology and Criminal Justice and Political Science. In 1997, she earned a Master’s in Public Administration from the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy. Additionally, she has graduate certification in human resource management with specialization in healthcare administration.

Shannon lives in Pensacola with her husband and son. On most non-football weekends, they are at youth wrestling and/or fishing tournaments. She is a member of Impact 100, PACE Center for Girls-Believing in Girls Society, the Pi Beta Phi Alumni Club as well as other local community organizations. For 10 years, Shannon was a mentor in the Escambia County School District’s Youth Motivator program. As a lifetime member of the FSU alumni association, she is honored to serve her alma mater in recognition of all it has given her.

Ben McKay 

B.S. '91 

 -Membership & Business Development Committee
 -Scholarship & Student Success Committee, Chair
 -Audit & Finance Committee

Ben McKay is the CEO & Executive Director of the Surplus Line Association of California (SLA), the largest association of its type in the country. Prior to leading the SLA, Ben spent eight years with the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) as its Senior Vice President for Federal Government Relations. In that role, Ben was named one of Washington, D.C.’s top lobbyists five times by The Hill, one of the city’s leading political newspapers. Before his time at PCI, Ben served as Chief of Staff to a member of United States Congress in Washington, D.C. where he worked on financial services and international relations issues.

Ben received his Bachelor of Science from Florida State University, his Master in Public Administration from Harvard University, and his Juris Doctor from Catholic University. While at FSU, he was involved in the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and was an avid participant in FSU intramural sports. He is a Life Member of the FSU Alumni Association and a member of the Seminole Boosters.

Ben lives in Danville, California, with his wife Danielle and their three children: Margaret, Elizabeth, and Gus. Ben and his family enjoy many outdoor activities but especially fishing, running, and scuba diving.

Jeanne Miller 

 -Scholarship & Student Success Committee
 -Board Development Committee

Jeanne M. Miller is an experienced lawyer with a passion for public service. Ms. Miller brings her diverse and unique set of skills and experiences to the FSU Alumni Association’s National Board of Directors.

Ms. Miller currently serves as president and chief executive officer of the Jacksonville Civic Council, where she works closely with Northeast Florida’s most dynamic and influential leaders to identify and promote solutions to the region’s most complex business and public policy challenges. Immediately prior to joining the Civic Council, Ms. Miller served as General Counsel & Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Florida State College at Jacksonville, where she oversaw the transition from community to four-year college. Her other experience includes corporate and municipal legal practice and service as both Deputy Executive Director and Interim Executive Director of the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission, where she helped grow hundreds of jobs and add over $500M to the Duval County tax base.

AV-Preeminent-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, Ms. Miller is a past member, chair and vice-chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the First District Court of Appeal. She has held leadership positions on numerous state and regional non-profit boards of directors, and currently serves on the JAX Chamber Board of Governors, the board of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, and as chair-elect of Goodwill Industries of North Florida.

Ms. Miller is an honors graduate from Albertus Magnus College, and an honors graduate from the Florida State College of Law. In law school at FSU, she was an associate editor and writing and research editor of the Law Review, and earned recognitions including the Citation of Honor & Meritorious Service. She served the FSU College of Law as a past board member of the FSU College of Law Alumni Association. Ms. Miller now lives in Jacksonville with her two daughters.

Listed in the National Registry of Preeminent Women Lawyers, Ms. Miller was named a Woman of Influence by the Jacksonville Business Journal and designated as one of Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite, and as a Top Lawyer by 904 Magazine. A graduate of Leadership Jacksonville and Leadership Florida, she was a finalist for the 2018 EVE Award.

Ahli Moore 

B.S. ’93, M.S. ’95, President – National Black Alumni  

 -Awards Committee
 -Scholarship & Student Success Committee
 -Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Ahli Moore is an Atlanta-based business consultant, leadership coach, and strategist with over 26 years of organizational development experience. Most importantly, Ahli considers himself a Nole for life!

Ahli currently serves as the President of FSU’s National Black Alumni. As an undergrad, among many organizational affiliations, Ahli was the President of the Black Student Union and a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, where he is still an international life-member. Since graduation, Ahli has continuously given back to FSU, formerly serving as the Chairman of the FSU College of Communication & Information Leadership Board. He is a life member of the FSU Alumni Association, a Seminole Booster, a member of the FSU President’s Club, and an active member of the ProfessioNOLE mentoring network. Ahli has helped to raise funds for numerous scholarships and initiatives to support students, including the construction of the new Black Student Union house, which opened in 2019.

Ahli is a double FSU alumnus with a MS in Marketing Communications & Information Technologies and a BS in Political & Public Affairs Communication. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Global Leadership and Change from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology.

As the Founder & CEO of X-Factor Solutions, Ahli is passionate about helping people from all walks of life identify and grow their unique leadership talents. Since 1993, Ahli has worked with senior executives, training organizations, and human resources departments to increase organizational efficiency and employee performance across a multitude of industries. He has consulted for several Fortune 500 companies, federal government agencies, and non-profit organizations to develop customized performance improvement programs that span an array of interventions, including training, employee performance assessments, organizational needs assessments, and leadership development. Ahli is often a guest instructor at many prominent universities.

Ahli’s other professional training includes Human Performance Architecture study at Loughborough University, Leicestershire, United Kingdom. He holds numerous certifications, including Inclusive Global Leader from Cal Berkeley - Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership; Certified Facilitator from Core Strengths; and Master Trainer from Courageous Leadership – Giant Leap Consulting.

Ahli has also converted his corporate focus to the youth community, incorporating a non-profit youth leadership initiative entitled Building Future Leaders (BFL) which offers several programs to prepare young adults for lives as leaders.

Joe Paul 

B.S. '02 

 -Clubs & Networks Committee
 -Membership & Business Development Committee

Joe Paul is the founder and CEO of Campus 2 Careers Strategies, a training organization dedicated to equipping individuals with essential skills to successfully navigate both personal and professional relationships. Joe is also the new Chief Operating Officer for the Stafford Foundation, a charitable organization committed to doing good around the world. He is the author of Morning Cup of Joe and a devoted philanthropist. Prior to starting his own business, Joe worked with Management Leadership for Tomorrow, where his strategies and tactics led to a 300% increase in overall outcomes, attracting and connecting high achieving, high potential underrepresented minorities to the nation’s top business schools and meaningful employment opportunities. Joe also served as Human Resources Officer for the government before joining Management Leadership for Tomorrow.

Joe is the first of his 10 siblings to graduate from college. Prior to graduating from Florida State University with a double bachelor’s degree in Social Science and Linguistics (Russian and Spanish) in 2002, Joe was inducted into FSU’s Hall of Fame. Joe is also the recipient of the coveted Outstanding Brother of the Year award, which is the highest honor Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. bestows on its over 170,000 members worldwide. Most recently, Joe was recognized as the 2018 Alumni of the Year by the FSU Black Alumni Association and the 2019 Unconquered Spirit Recipient from FSU Alumni Association.

Joe proudly serves on the following boards: The Seminole Club of Greater Washington DC (President), United Way Emerging Leaders, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Hope for Haiti and Central Union Mission. Joe enjoys volunteering, writing, traveling internationally, playing golf and is an avid cyclist.

Cameron Pennant 

B.S. ’15, M.P.A. ’17  

 -Marketing & Communications Committee
 -Clubs & Networks Committee

Cameron Pennant is the Legislative Manager for Charlotte County, Florida and manages the county’s state and federal policy and budget affairs. He represents the interests of the Board of County Commissioners before the Florida Legislature and Governor’s office, the U.S. Congress, the White House, and federal regulatory agencies. Mr. Pennant has more than 10 years of government relations and political affairs experience, including key public policy and process management positions.

In early 2011, he charted a path to work in key roles at the Florida Legislature. Prior to his current position, he served as Legislative Analyst for the Florida House Majority Office’s with a focus on health and tax policy. Mr. Pennant also served as a Legislative Intern, Reading Clerk, Assistant to the Speaker pro tempore, and Analyst for the Florida House Majority Office.

In addition to his formidable Florida politics background, Mr. Pennant has an array of experiences that cross industries and countries. In the last five years, Mr. Pennant represented FSU as a Co-Seminar Leader at the European Marshall Center for Security Studies in Germany. Upon his return, he began guest lecturing at FSU with a specific focus in international crises and global affairs. Upon completion of his master’s degree at FSU in public administration with a concentration in emergency management and homeland security, he broadened the scope of his guest lecturing work to include domestic affairs.

A two-time graduate from FSU, Mr. Pennant has been directly assisting students enrolled in the FSU C.A.R.E Program. As the Business, Government, Hospitality, and Entrepreneurship Learning Specialist he has provided students with strategic planning and career advice for the last four years, noncongruently. In 2020, Mr. Pennant created the Pennant Scholars, the inaugural scholarship for the FSU C.A.R.E S.C.O.P.E Program, consistent with his policy-solutions mindset. The scholarship’s focus is on “removing all common and unique barriers to students so that they can be better prepared to achieve their dreams.”

Mr. Pennant’s passion for policy solutions that will enact real and lasting change has been the cornerstone of his career, and the guiding principle for his advocacy, and audacious endeavors.

Alexander Quince 

B.S. '92 

 -Marketing & Communications Committee
 -Scholarship & Student Success Committee

Alexander Quince is an Executive Producer for two #1 rated newscasts for WABC-TV in New York City, where he manages content for Eyewitness News, as well as digital content across social media platforms. Prior to joining WABC-TV, Mr. Quince was News Director for KTUL-TV in Tulsa, having worked his way up from an earlier role as assistant news director and news producer roles in Birmingham, Atlanta, Tampa/St. Petersburg, and Tallahassee.

Throughout his career, Mr. Quince has won multiple awards for his leadership, including four Emmy Awards and three regional Edward R. Murrow awards. He was also recognized by the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters for having produced the 2015 Best Special Program and received a Citation of Congratulations from the Oklahoma State Legislature for Outstanding News Coverage, as well as earning first place for his coverage of online election reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Mr. Quince served for two years as Vice President of the New York Association of Black Journalists and is a fellow with the Carole Kneeland Project for Responsible Journalism.  

In 1992, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in Communication with a minor in English. While an undergraduate, he led training for student orientation, and was an advisor with the Center for Academic Retention & Enhancement where he provided academic support to minority and economically disadvantaged students. Additionally, he achieved a position of Resident Assistant, collaborating with University staff to develop programs and services for students living on campus in residence halls.

Mr. Quince is married to Sandra Quince, a 1994 FSU graduate; the couple has one son.

Anne Smith 

B.S. '87

 -Marketing & Communications Committee
 -Scholarship & Student Success Committee

Anne Smith is an assistant vice president of marketing and communications for Baptist Health South Florida. Since joining Baptist Health 22 years ago, she has served in various roles to provide leadership in the development and execution of marketing and communications strategies. She began her Baptist Health career designing and implementing campaigns for Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute to launch numerous “first to market” heart and vascular procedures. She developed successful media relations plans and coverage for high-profile events with celebrities, including Celine Dion, whose concert benefited the Institute’s expansion, and First Lady Laura Bush’s visit to Baptist Hospital for the Go Red campaign promoting awareness of heart disease among women.

Most recently, Ms. Smith’s focus is on mergers and acquisitions. Over the past two years, four hospitals, from Palm Beach County to the Middle Keys, have joined Baptist Health. Ms. Smith oversees and executes the transition, integration and brand conversion in new markets and leads the marketing and communications team that covers Baptist Health’s 11 hospitals.

Ms. Smith earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida State University and a master’s degree in administration from Barry University in Miami, Florida. While at FSU she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, served as Vice President, and was also an active member of numerous campus organizations. She continued her involvement with FSU by serving as a Miami Seminole Club board member for five years and its president from 1995-1996. She has given back to the community through volunteering and Board service, including The Commonwealth Institute, the American Heart Association, PTSA school boards and her church. In addition, she is a graduate of Leadership Miami (1995-1996).

She resides in Miami with her husband Gary, who is also a graduate of FSU (criminology, ’87). Their son, Austin, graduated from FSU in May 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in business (RMI). Other FSU family grads include her sister, nursing, ’84; brother, communications, ’89; and sister, J.D., ’90, Florida State College of Law.

Linda Smith 

B.A. '69, M.A. '71, Ph. D. '09 

 
 

Dr. Smith is an education and professional development consultant with a specialization in distance learning. From 2014 through 2019, she served as Professor and Program Chair for the Master of Distance Education and E-learning (MDE) program at the University of Maryland Global Campus.

She received her Ph.D. in Instructional Systems from Florida State University (FSU) where she also taught graduate courses in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department and currently teaches graduate courses in the Education Psychology and Learning Systems Department. She also received B.A. and M.A. degrees from FSU.

She is involved internationally for work in both academe and professional development, including consulting and teaching in higher education. From 2010-2019, she served as Coordinator of Online Courses and Professional Development Consultant for the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

Prior to work in higher education, she was a senior staff director for many years for the Social Security Administration in Baltimore, MD, where she led projects of national scope. Her current service activities include supporting education programs at Florida State University.

Michael Stephens 

B.S. '91 

 -Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
 -Audit & Finance Committee
 -Scholarship & Student Success Committee

Michael Stephens is the Director of Human Resources & Diversity at Alston & Bird, an international law firm with more than 1700 lawyers and employees in twelve offices. Alston & Bird has been recognized by Fortune Magazine on their annual list of "100 Best Companies to Work For©" for the past 21 consecutive years. In his role, Michael manages all human resources operations, including supporting the firm’s award-winning culture that prioritizes trust, service, and inclusion. He also serves on the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion and Data Privacy & Security Committees. Michael pursued human resources training through the Stern School of Business at NYU and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.

In 2020, Michael completed his term as Chair for the Association of Legal Administrator’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, where he lectured and provided diversity and inclusion best practices to law firms across the country. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Science from FSU, class of 1991. During his time at Florida State University, he served as a member of the Marching Chiefs and was a Seminole Ambassador. He is passionate about FSU and is an annual donor to the School of Theatre, School of Social Science, Seminole Boosters, Marching Chiefs, and is a life member of the FSU Alumni Association.

He is dedicated to community involvement and public service. Michael has served as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, Year Up Greater Atlanta, and POSSE. Currently, Michael serves on the Board of Trustees for the Historic Oakland Cemetery Foundation.

A native of Miami, Florida, Michael currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia and is married to Collen Reedy. Together they are proud parents of two Boston Terriers, Jake and Hudson. In his spare time, he enjoys running half marathons, travelling internationally, and supporting the Florida State Seminoles.

Joshua Tyler 

B.S. '02 

 -Awards Committee
 -Board Development Committee
 Clubs & Networks Committee

Lt Col. Josh Tyler, an active-duty U.S. Air Force colorectal and general surgeon at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, is the chief of colon and rectal surgery and director of robotic surgery. He started the Air Force’s first DaVinci Xi robotic surgery program. He serves as the colorectal surgery consultant to the US Air Force Surgeon General, and was recently named Chair of the Robotic Surgery Steering Committee for the Defense Health Agency, overseeing robotic surgery throughout the Department of Defense.

Dr. Tyler is the founder and director of the Institute for Defense Robotic Surgical Education (InDoRSE), a joint enterprise between the Department of Defense and Intuitive Surgical. It serves as a teaching facility for all Department of Defense and Veteran’s Affairs surgeons and is the only such facility in the nation. He also has a volunteer civilian practice serving the local nonmilitary population as the only colorectal surgeon in Mississippi, and he serves as director of robotic surgery at Merit Health Biloxi.

Dr. Tyler received the 2017 USAF Air Education and Training Command Field Grade Officer Award for Clinical Excellence. He was named a Notable Nole and received the Reuben O’D. Askew Young Alumni Award from the FSU Alumni Association in 2016. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

During his time at FSU, Dr. Tyler served as director of Health Concerns for the Student Government Association and as president of Phi Delta Theta. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Seminole Torchbearers, Air Force ROTC and Burning Spear.

Dr. Tyler has four children: Drew, Luke, Blake and Austen who all plan to be FSU alumni one day. He is a life member of the FSU Alumni Association, a member of Seminole Boosters and a member of the FSU Foundation’s President’s Club. He also serves on the board of directors for Seminole Torchbearers.lake and Austen. He is a life member of the FSU Alumni Association, a member of Seminole Boosters and a member of the FSU Foundation’s President’s Club. He also serves on the board of directors for Seminole Torchbearers.

Jessica Washington 

B.S. '04 

 -Audit & Finance Committee
 -Membership & Business Development Committee

Coming soon!