Throughout the year, Valencia College graduates share milestones and successes. In “Class Notes,” catch up on the personal and professional accomplishments of your fellow classmates.
Robin R. Poole, ’79
Currently serving as a faculty member at Valencia College, Robin was in the second graduating class of the college’s Dental Hygiene Program. Robin now serves as vice president of the Florida Dental Hygienists’ Association, and serves as a state and national delegate to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. She recently received the Valencia College Foundation’s Wayne Densch Chair in Geriatrics.
Linh Dang, ’90
Linh, who is Chief Development Officer for CFE Federal Credit Union, has been named one of Orlando Business Journal’s 2018 Women Who Mean Business and The Business Journals’ Influencers: Top 100 Executives in Finance. Linh is also a member of the Valencia College Foundation Board of Directors.
Dr. Marci Dial, ’96
Marci began her nursing journey with an ASN degree from Valencia College and spent 22 years as a nurse in Central Florida. She earned a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and currently works full time as a Professor of Nursing in Valencia College’s Nursing Program. She also works part time as an ARNP at the Shepherds Hope Clinic in Orlando. Marci is currently pursuing a second doctorate, in nursing research, at UCF. She has earned various national certifications and is recognized as a simulation leader by the National League for Nursing.
Jeff Hogan, ’01
Jeff recently earned a master’s degree in public health from Fort Hays State University and continues trying to make a go at growing food at his home in Apopka, Fla.
Neil B. Otto, ’02
Neil, Orange County Public Schools’ human resources talent acquisition administrator, was awarded the 2018 Workforce Game Changers Award from “Workforce” magazine. By increasing OCPS human resources department’s presence on social media and improving the school system’s external branding, he led efforts to decrease vacancies. Neil’s also created a database of candidates to ensure the growth of the county’s network of qualified teachers. This work has allowed schools to reach and keep in touch with a new generation of teachers.
Mary E. Myers, ’05
Mary recently earned a doctoral degree in communication from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. Her dissertation was written on an early radio broadcast pioneer, Dr. Clarence M. Morgan, who produced the longest running children’s educational radio program in broadcast history, which was called “Story Princess of the Music Box.”
Kerry-Ann Martin, ’09
Kerry-Ann served as director of staffing for a nursing facility after graduating from Valencia College, but in 2017, she launched an interior design business, “Kerry’s Kreations.” Today, she has more than 70 clients and her company continues to grow. When she’s not working, Kerry-Ann enjoys volunteering and community service projects.
Ashlee Brown, ’15
While studying at Valencia College, Ashlee participated in the UCLA Summer Medical Dental Education Program, and after graduation, transferred to UCF, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in health science – pre-clinical track. Today, Ashlee is a first-year dental student at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and is projected to graduate in May 2022.
Varsha Sujanani, ’15
After earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology from Valencia College, Varsha accepted a job with Microsoft. She was recently promoted to work in the advanced analytics and artificial intelligence department where she’ll lead Microsoft’s in-depth technical readiness (training) and specializes in Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Analytics (Machine Learning) and IOT (Internet of Things). She’s excited to be a part of the AI/AA/IOT world as it ties back to her engineering roots.
Jeffery Stephen Villegas, ’16
Jeffery is currently in his final year at Rollins College, where he is on track to graduate with a double major in International Affairs and Communication Studies, with a specialization in Organizational Communication and Leadership. After graduating from Rollins, Jeffery is planning to earn his master’s degree in international relations.
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