FSU Alumni Association

Thirty Under 30 - Past Recipients


Thirty Under 30

Pradiip Alvarez (B.S. ’12, M.S. ’14)
World Humanitarian Summit Project Assistant, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Panama City, Panama

Shannon Brockman (B.S. ’10)
Lieutenant and Intern Physician (Pediatrics), U.S. Navy
Orlando, Fla.

Lauren Cameron (B.A. ’11)
VVIP and Corp Foreign Trainer, Wall Street English
Tianjin, China

Jill Chandler (B.A. ’09)
Senior Account Executive, Ketchum
Atlanta, Ga.

Nydia Counts (B.S. ’08)
Senior Managing Director, Teacher Leadership Development, Teach for America
Houston, Texas

Brooke Druliner (Ph.D. ’14)
Research Fellow, Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minn.

Herneshia Dukes (B.S. ’08)
Principal, KIPP Leadership Academy
New Orleans, La.

James Enos (B.S. ’07)
Pediatric Cardiology Fellow, Children's National Medical Center
Silver Spring, MD

Leslie Flesner (B.A. ’08)
Tallahassee, Fla.

Christopher Gardner (B.S. ’09)
Lieutenant, U.S. Coast Guard
Alexandria, Va.

Ryan Green (M.S. ’10)
Opera Singer, Vienna State Opera and Metropolitan Opera in New York
Vienna, Austria

Matthew Earl Hauer III (B.S. ’07, M.S. ’08)
Applied Demographer, Carl Vinson Institute of Government
Athens, Ga.

Mitch Hutchings (M.M. ’10)
Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera, Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College
Houghton, N.Y.

Andrew L. Jimenez (B.S. ’09)
Principal, Jimenez Law Offices, P.A.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Katelyn Jordan (B.S. ’08)
Optometrist and Manager, Brooks Rehabilitation Center for Low Vision
Jacksonville, Fla.

David Kenton (B.S. ’08)
Assistant Dean, Office of Minority Education, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Mass.

Tashinea Lee (B.S. ’08) 
Medical Student, Georgia campus of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Atlanta, Ga.

Joseph Mahshie (B.S. ’08)
Trip Coordinator, Office of the First Lady, White House
Washington, D.C.

Paul Malone (B.S. ’10, B.A. ’10)
Threat Signature Collection Lead Engineer, Arnold Air Force Base, U.S. Air Force
Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Sarah Mandell (B.S. ’08)
Director of Research and Programming, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
Washington, D.C.

Brendan Mattingly (B.S. ’09)
Doctoral Candidate Teaching Assistant, Boston University
Boston, Mass.

Amber McIntyre (B.S. ’09)
Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
Washington, D.C.

Cesar Mize (B.S. ’13)
Communications Officer, U.S. Navy
Jacksonville, Fla.

Michael Molczyk (B.S. ’08)
Chief of Operation, Task Force Lethal, U.S. Army
Colorado Springs, Colo.

Mark Neifeld (B.S. ’09)
Events Manager, Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium; General Manager, Ingress Events
Arlington, Texas

Michael Sanchez (B.S. ’09)
Nuclear Submarine Officer, U.S. Navy
Arlington, Va.

Nico Scavone (B.A. ’08)
Special Education Life Skills Teacher, Worcester Public Schools
Shrewsbury, Mass.

Zachary Smith (B.S. ’08)
Senior Associate, Riveron Consulting; Owner of RIDE DC
Washington, D.C.

Raynard Stewart Moore(B.A. ’07)
News Anchor, NBC Affiliate
Orlando, Fla.

Jenna Susko (B.A. ’05)
Investigative Reporter, NBC Universal
Universal City, Calif.


Reubin O'D. Askew Young Alumni Award

The recipients of the 2014 Askew Award

The 2014 Thirty Under 30 and the six recipients of the Reubin O'D. Askew Young Alumni Award were honored at the Young Alumni Awards Dinner in Tallahassee, Fla. on Friday, June 20, 2014.

Carisa Champion-Lippmann (B.S. ’08)
Champion-Lippmann is the inaugural student in a medical, law and master of public health joint degree program at Nova Southeastern University. She began as a White House intern working on health care initiatives and continues to advocate for quality patient care in underserved areas, including through the development of national legislation for health policy. Champion-Lippmann received the 2013 American Osteopathic Association Presidential Memorial Leadership Award for her leadership and commitment to the profession.

Layla Dowdy (B.S. ’05, M.S. ’07)
Dowdy is a lead communications manager at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C. She develops and implements communication plans and policies for the Space Technology Mission Directorate to promote NASA’s technology portfolio and engage key stakeholders. She began as a Co-Op intern at the Kennedy Space Center, where she organized space shuttle events, engaged media and visitors, and cultivated agency partnerships. She has also earned her M.B.A. from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Kevin Garvey (B.S. ’06, M.S. ’07)
Garvey is the chief engineer for spacecraft assembly, integration, test and launch. He was instrumental in launching numerous satellite systems and fielding a first-of-its-kind intelligence capability that garnered acclaim across government agencies. A founding member of an interagency mentoring and training group for junior government officers, he helps others network, gain career guidance and collaborate. Garvey also volunteers at local schools in science, technology, engineering and math through seminars and speaking engagements.

Wonkak Kim (M.M. ’09, Mus.D. ’12)
Kim is an assistant professor of clarinet at Tennessee Tech University. A Korean-born clarinetist, he has released several internationally acclaimed CDs and performed live in notable venues, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Seoul Arts Center. At FSU, he received the Presser Music Award for demonstrating excellence and outstanding promise for a distinguished career in music. Kim is a regular guest artist and teacher at the Juilliard School and other renowned institutions worldwide.

Shayne Mifsud (B.A. ’05)
Mifsud, who began as an advertising intern with Universal Orlando, is the director of brand strategy and new business development at DreamWorks Animation. At Universal, he launched The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, oversaw campaigns for the grand opening of Universal Studios Singapore and spearheaded licensor relationships for theme parks around the world with entertainment companies such as Warner Bros. and Marvel Entertainment. Mifsud, who has an M.B.A. from Rollins College, now oversees partnerships on five continents.

Myron Rolle (B.S. ’08)
Rolle, a Rhodes Scholar, left the NFL to pursue his dream of becoming a neurosurgeon through FSU’s College of Medicine. He founded Our Way to Health, which aims to fight obesity among Native American children, and is working on aid projects for developing countries. In 2009, he founded the Myron L. Rolle Foundation, which supports health, wellness, educational and other charitable initiatives throughout the world to benefit children and families in need.

Thirty Under 30

Bobby Adelson (B.S. ’07)
Foreign Service Officer and U.S. Diplomat, U.S. Department of State
U.S. Embassy, London, UK

Tanya Anim (B.S. ’06, M.D. ’10)
Family Physician/Women’s Health Fellow, Florida Hospital
Maitland, Fla.

Naomie Baptiste (B.S. ’06)
Field Operations Engineer, Solar Turbines, a Caterpillar Company
San Diego, Calif.

Vincent M. Bocchino Jr. (B.S. ’06)*
University of South Carolina
Columbia, S.C.

Carisa Champion-Lippmann (B.S. ’08)
Inaugural Joint D.O., J.D., M.P.H. Student, Nova Southeastern University
Tamarac, Fla.

Jacob Cremer (M.S.P. ’10, J.D. ’10)
Attorney, Smolker Bartlett Schlosser Loeb & Hinds, PA
Tampa, Fla.

Kristen Daniels (B.S. ’06)
Clinical Excellence National Group Team Lead, Hospital Corporation of America
Franklin, Tenn.

Rachel Davidson (J.D. ’11)
President, Jonathan Bernstein Consulting Corporation
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Kristin Del Toro (B.S. ’07)
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition of Florida, PA
Lutz, Fla.

Karla Dhungana (M.S. ’09, Ph.D. ’12)
Senior Research Associate, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Washington, D.C.

Faith Doles (B.S. ’07)
Third Grade Exceptional Student Education Teacher, Orange County Public Schools
Winter Garden, Fla.

Layla Dowdy (B.S. ’05, M.S. ’07)
Communications Manager, NASA
Arlington, Va.

Patrick Downes (B.S. ’06, M.S. ’08)
Chief Operating Officer, Tenet Heathcare, Hialeah Hospital
Coral Gables, Fla.

Kelly-Ann Fasano (B.S. ’10, M.S. ’12)
Account Coordinator, The Zimmerman Agency
Tallahassee, Fla.

Kevin Garvey (B.S. ’06, M.S. ’07)
Chief Engineer, Satellite Assembly, Integration and Test Branch, Department of the Air Force
Manassas, Va.

Camilo Giraldo (B.S. ’13)
Real Estate Broker and Developer, Legendary Inc., Sail Real Estate
Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.

Jerrold M. Jackson (B.A. ’06, M.S.W. ’08)
Post-Doctoral Fellow and Associate Investigator, Emory University
Atlanta, Ga.

Wonkak Kim (M.M. ’09, Mus. D. ’12)
Assistant Professor of Clarinet, Tennessee Technological University
Cookeville, Tenn.

Christopher LaPrade (B.A. ’07)
Manager of Global Affairs, The Society for Neuroscience
Washington, D.C.

Shayne Mifsud (B.A. ’05)
Director, Brand Strategy and New Business Development, DreamWorks Animation
West Hollywood, Calif.

Clinton Mitchell (B.A. ’06)
Principal, Diplomatic Enterprises, LLC
Rockville, Md.

G.C. Murray Jr. (J.D. ’11)
Deputy General Counsel, Florida Justice Association
Tallahassee, Fla.

Jo-Anna Nieves (B.S. ’05, J.D. ’09)
Attorney, The Nieves Law Firm
Oakland, Calif.

Tenisha Patterson (B.S. ’07, M.S. ’08)
Sports Attorney/Business Manager for Professional Athletes, Definitive Sports Representation
Charlotte, N.C.

Jesse Peppers (B.S. ’05)
Fighter Pilot, U.S. Marines
Beaufort, S.C.

Donald Post (B.S. ’07)
Global Health Communicable Disease Candidate, USF Health
Tampa, Fla.

Ilya Pozin (B.S. ’05)
Founder, Pluto TV
Los Angeles, Calif.

Hoyt L. Prindle III (B.S. ’07)
Assistant Vice President, Florida Business Development Corporation
Tampa, Fla.

Myron Rolle (B.S. ’08)
Student/Philanthropist, FSU College of Medicine
Tallahassee, Fla.

Kirby Ross (B.S. ’07)
Founder and Executive Director, The Miami Music Museum Inc.
Miami, Fla.

Jessica Wente (B.S. ’08)
Child Life Specialist, Florida Hospital for Children
Orlando, Fla.

*Posthumous award



Reubin O’D. Askew Young Alumni Award

Chad Corbitt (B.S. '09)

Corbitt is the co-founder of an online educational company called Study Edge, which provides mass college tutoring through Facebook. He also serves as the vice president of Group Interactive Networks, which provides online communication tools for more than 2,500 student groups on over 800 campuses. Corbitt also serves as president of Tutor Matching Service, an online marketplace for students and tutors to connect through an iPad app that provides a medium for the actual tutoring to take place.

Michael Lowry (B.S. '05, M.S. '09)

Lowry is the hurricane specialist and storm surge expert for The Weather Channel. In that role, he provided live on-air coverage of Superstorm Sandy, the highest-rated event in TWC history, after only one month on the job. Before joining The Weather Channel, Lowry worked at the National Hurricane Center, where he led the design and development of a new storm surge forecast graphic that will become public in 2015.

Joe O'Shea (B.S. '08)

As an FSU undergraduate, O’Shea co-founded the Lower Ninth Ward Health Clinic, which raised funds and constructed free health clinics after Hurricane Katrina. He helped construct a school in Rwanda and championed community healthcare in Leon County. For those efforts and more, O'Shea was recognized with a Rhodes Scholarship and obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Oxford University. Today he is back at FSU as director of undergraduate research.

Thirty Under 30

Alisia Adamson (B.S. ’05, J.D. '08)
Attorney/Partner, Hylton Adamson Watson PPLC
Orlando, Fla.

Theodore Aquino (B.S. ’05)
Medical Department Head, United States Navy
San Diego, Calif.

Claudia Avalos (B.S. ’10)
Ph.D. Candidate, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore, Md.

Natalie Binder (B.A. ’06, M.L.I.S. ’11)
Librarian, Jefferson County R.J. Bailar Public Library
Monticello, Fla.

Brittney Brock (B.S. ’07), CPA
Senior Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Charlotte, N.C.

Sara Cameron Ombres (B.S. ’08)
Faculty Development Instructor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Lake Mary, Fla.

Chad Corbitt (B.S. ‘09)
Vice President, Group Interactive Networks
Gainesville, Fla.

Terin Barbas Cremer (J.D. ’10, M.B.A. ’10)
Associate General Counsel, Bankers Financial Corporation
Tampa, Fla.

Keshara Davis (B.S. ’04, J.D. ’07)
Senior Attorney/Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar
Orlando, Fla.

James Walter Doyle (B.A. ’06)
Director of Teacher Engagement, DonorsChoose.org
New York, N.Y.

Julian Dozier (B.S. ’05, M.Acc. '06)
Audit Manager, Thomas Howell Ferguson, PA
Tallahassee, Fla.

Ryan Duffy (B.S. ’06)
Communications Director, Florida House of Representatives
Tallahassee, Fla.

Juan Escalante (B.S. ’11)
Researcher, Florida Center for Reading Research
Tallahassee, Fla.

Dana Ford (B.S. ’08)
Foreign English Teacher, English First
Shanghai, China

Ben Gibson (J.D. ’08)
Assistant General Counsel, Executive Office of the Governor
Tallahassee, Fla.

Laymon Hicks (B.S. ’09, M.S. ’11)
Professional Speaker and Author, Laymon Hicks Enterprises
Riverview, Fla.

Sandy Holt (B.S. ’06)
Owner/Coach, Triattic
Tallahassee, Fla.

Jesce Horton (B.S. ’07)
Senior Sales Engineer
Portland, Ore.

Johnson Hunt (M.F.A. ’12)
Adjunct Instructor, FSU Florence Study Center
Gaithersburg, Md.

Sarah Hutchings (M.M. ’10)
President of Graduate Student Governance Association, University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio

Gregory LaManna (B.S. ’05)
Director of Product Development, WellCare Health Plans
Tampa, Fla.

Michael Lowry (B.S. ’05, M.S. '09)
Hurricane Specialist and Storm Surge Expert, The Weather Company
Atlanta, Ga.

Joe O’Shea (B.S. ’08)
Director of Undergraduate Research, Florida State University
Tallahassee, Fla.

Aakash Patel (B.A. ’06)
President, Elevate, Inc.
Tampa, Fla.

Jennifer Quinton (B.S. ’06)
United States Navy
Norfolk, Va.

Garrett Schanck (B.S. ’10)
CEO, COO & Treasurer, Stellar Recovery, Inc.
Jacksonville, Fla

Amanda Spann (B.A./B.S. ’09)
Co-founder and CMO of Blerdology
Washington, District of Columbia

Megan Swiggard (B.S. ’07, M.S. '08)
Director, Mainland Japan, Central Texas College – Pacific Far East Campus

Kim Waser (B.A. ’06)
Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County
Port Saint Lucie, Fla.

Kari Whaley Ramsey (B.S. ’08)
President and Co-Founder, Speaking of History, Inc.
Kissimmee, Fla.



Reubin O’D. Askew Young Alumni Award

Audrey Chisholm (B.A. ’04)
Partner/Attorney, Chisholm Law Firm, LLC
Orlando, FL

Matthew Gaetz (B.S. ’03)
Florida State Representative, District 4
Attorney, Keefe, Anchors, Gordon & Moyle
Fort Walton Beach, FL

Jessica Hanson (B.S. ’04, M.B.A. ’08)
Federal and International Public Affairs Director, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America
Alexandria, VA

Caite Hevner (B.F.A. ’06)
Designer, Caite Hevner Design
New York, NY

Garrett Johnson (B.S. ’05)
Co-Founder and CEO, SendHub
Mountain View, CA

Craig Milton (B.S. ’05)
U.S. Operations Manager, Data Center Security, Google
Redwood City, CA

Thirty Under 30

Junior Bernadin (B.A. '08)
Technology Manager, The Ron Clark Academy
Atlanta, Ga.

Audrey Chisholm (B.A. ’04)
Partner/Attorney, Chisholm Law Firm, LLC
Orlando, Fla.

Gamal Codner (B.S. ’07)
Account Executive, Wells Fargo Insurance Services
Atlanta, Ga.

Lauren Dalton (B.S. ’07, M.S. ’08)
Senior Program Analyst, Bureau Veritas
Dallas, Texas

Mickey Damelio (B.S. ’03, M.S. ’05)
President, Ability Beyond the Horizon
Visiting Assistant Professor, FSU
Tallahassee, Fla.

Dustin Daniels (B.A. ’11, B.S. ’11)
Policy and Research Coordinator, Young Elected Officials Network
Washington, D.C.

Matthew Gaetz (B.S. ’03)
Florida State Representative, District 4
Attorney, Keefe, Anchors, Gordon & Moyle
Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Lindsey Gift (B.S. ’05)
Sales Manager, Park Hyatt Chicago
Chicago, Ill.

Kate Gunning (B.A. ’06)
Account Director, JWT
London, England

Dawn Gunter (B.S. ’04, M.B.A. ’06)
Business Manager, Taylor County Health Department
Perry, Fla.

Jessica Hanson (B.S. ’04, M.B.A. ’08)
Federal and International Public Affairs Director, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America
Alexandria, V.A.

Nelson Hernandez (B.A. ’07)
Councilman, City of Miami Lakes
Miami Lakes, Fla.

Caite Hevner (B.F.A. ’06)
Designer, Caite Hevner Design
New York, N.Y.

Garrett Johnson (B.S. ’05)
Co-Founder and CEO, SendHub
Mountain View, Calif.

Mark Kandra (B.S. ’05, M.S. ’06)
Federal Advisory, KPMG LLP
Washington, D.C.

Jordan Kirby (B.S. '04)
Attorney, The Law Offices of Robert Rubenstein
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Michael Lowry (B.S. ’05, M.S. ’09)
Physical Scientist/Storm Surge Specialist, National Hurricane Center
Doral, Fla.

Jared Lyon (B.S. ’11)
National Program Manager, Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Syracuse University
Syracuse, N.Y.

Craig Milton (B.S. ’05)
U.S. Operations Manager, Data Center Security, Google
Redwood City, Calif.

Joshua Montagna (B.S. ’05)
Commercial/Corporate Banking Vice President, BankUnited
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Navarro Moore (M.A. ’09)
U.S. Diplomat, U.S. Department of State
San Salvador, El Salvador

Stephanie Nisivoccia (B.S. ’04, M.S. ’06)
Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
Nairobi, Kenya

Katherine O’Donniley (B.A. ’04)
Attorney, Holland & Knight LLP
Tampa, Fla.

Ryan Powers (B.S. ’09)
Legislative Correspondent, Office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio
Washington, D.C.

Ashley Ross (B.S. ’05)
Finance Director
Tallahassee, Fla.

Shannon St Val (B.S. ’08)
Examiner, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
New York, N.Y.

Tadarrayl Starke (B.S. ’03, M.S. ’10)
Director, FSU Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement
Tallahassee, Fla.

Robbie Stokes (B.S. ’10)
Event Coordinator for Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C.

Clint Wallace (B.S. ’04, J.D. ’08)
Partner, Scott & Wallace LLP
Tallahassee, Fla.

Karissa Wimberley (B.A. ’09)
Master Choreographer
Tallahassee, Fla.