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1980s Featured Alumni

Geraldine Ferraro, as the first woman, and Jesse Jackson, as the first African-American, broke ground when they ran for the presidency. The explosion of the space shuttle Challenger stunned America. New Wave, Punk, Rap and Hip Hop music videos dominated the music scene and everyone had a Walkman or Boombox. Madonna reigned supreme, influencing fashion as much as Calvin Klein. Flashdance legwarmers, jean jackets and parachute pants were the rage. TV’s Oprah and Geraldo were first names needing no further introduction. E.T., Ghostbusters and Raiders of the Lost Ark were blockbuster movies, while Pac-Man arcade and video games and Rubik’s Cube provided endless entertainment.

Also in the 80s, rising costs and budget cuts threatened American education. Book censoring tripled leaving classics like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Catcher in the Rye off the shelves at the New York City Public Library. Business Management led the list of top majors for incoming college freshman as many considered status, power and money to be signs of success.
 

Featured Alumni of the '80s

Sandra Windham

Sandra Windham—PHCC 1980

Administrator at Meadow Lane Surgery Center, native Floridian, Sandra Windham, has been on a course to master the world of health care. Windham’s passion for health care has taken her through all facets of surgery. She traveled the United States and taught laser physics and techniques to surgeons and nurses around the country while in her position as laser surgery program director at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Prior appointments include center director for wound care programs for Curative Health Services and operating room charge nurse at Bayonet Point Hospital. Windham first received her associate's degree in business from PHCC, then enrolled in the PHCC Nursing program while she taught several business and banking courses at PHCC. Windham received her bachelor’s degree in health care management from St. Leo University in 1987—the same year she was nominated by her peers to receive the Clinical Nurse of the Year award from Bayonet Point Medical Center. Currently, Windham serves on the advisory committee for the Gulf High School Health Careers Academy program and on the Advisory Board for the Adult Nursing Assistant program at Marchman Technical Education Center, New Port Richey, Florida. Windham is an active member in the National Notary Association, AORN, ASLMS, FSASC and SGNA.

Geraldine BishopGeraldine BishopPHCC 1981

Geraldine Bishop has been general magistrate of the Fifth Judicial Circuit for Hernando County since 2004. Prior to her appointment she worked as a State of Florida law clerk/staff attorney for Hernando County. Bishop graduated, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of South Florida, in 1983. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and passed the Bar exam in 1986. Bishop was instrumental in creating the Ask-a-Lawyer program and currently serves as president for Hernando County Bar Association. In 2004 she was named Outstanding Member of the Year by the Hernando County Bar Association. And, in 2010 she was honored with the “Over the Bar” award by the Women’s Bar of Citrus and Hernando counties. Bishop is the recipient of the PHCC Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013.

Ray MooneyRay Mooney—PHCC 1982

Ray Mooney is at home in his role as Citrus Hernando advertising manager for the Tampa Bay Times, formerly St. Petersburg Times, having spent over 25 years in the newsprint industry. Mooney worked in various advertising capacities, including account sales, advertising manager and general manager. Prior to his history with the Times, Mooney was general manager of the Daily Sun-Journal and Spring Hill Sun. Under Mooney’s guidance, the Daily-Sun Journal was named Hernando County Business of the Year in 1986 by the Hernando County Chamber of Commerce. Mooney is a board member and past vice president of the Hernando County Education Foundation. He is also a founding member for the Hernando County United Way and a retired sergeant at arms from the Brooksville Rotary Club. Mooney is also the recipient of the Jack Lake award, Sales Person of the Year.

Robert WhiteRobert L. WhitePHCC 1983

Bob White is best known as Pasco County’s sheriff. He spent his career protecting the citizens of Pasco County and Florida. White started as a policeman in the Brooksville police department and then went on to be a trooper for the Florida Highway Patrol and later a special agent supervisor for the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco. Elected in 2000, White served 2 ½ terms as sheriff before retiring in 2011, ending a career as one of the most respected law enforcement leaders in the state. White has served on the advisory committee for PHCC’s law enforcement program and was named Public Servant of the Year by the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce in 2004.
Bob White—In The News

Anita CruzAnita CruzPHCC 1984

Thirty years ago, Anita Cruz was a young migrant worker who brought her infant son to the fields with her while she worked. Alarmed by the dangers she and her child encountered there and the harsh living conditions endured by farm workers, Anita vowed to never work in the fields again. After earning her degree from PHCC, she became a counselor with the Florida Department of Women, Infants and Children (WIC), where she has assisted low income women and their children for more than 25 years. She also serves on boards of human services organizations to broaden her efforts to reach community members who need counseling and support. Cruz received the PHCC Distinguished Alumni award in 2011.

Margarita RomoMargarita Romo—PHCC 1985

The daughter of Mexican-American migrant workers, Margarita Romo is a passionate advocate for Hispanic migrant workers who live in the depressed, crime-ridden area of Dade City called Tommytown. The death of a migrant worker’s 5-year-old daughter in 1981 was the impetus for Romo to found Farmworkers Self-Help, a group that now provides immigration assistance, a free medical clinic, after school programs for teens and often food for residents. She has built a church in the community and turned an empty lot into a neighborhood park. Romo lobbies in Tallahassee on legislation that impacts immigrants and continually advocates for the residents of Tommytown. In 2010, Romo was named Hispanic Woman of the Year by then Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio. In 2013, Romo was selected as one of four inductees into the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame by Governor Rick Scott.
Margarita Romo—In The News

 

Tony BrackinsTony Brackins, Sr.—PHCC 1985

Tony A. Brackins, Sr., is a psychiatric assistant at La Amistad Behavioral Services in Orlando, Florida.  Prior to his current position, Brackins served in both the criminal justice and social service industries where he worked for the State of Florida, Orange County, the City of Orlando, and several private entities. Brackins received his Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies from the University of Central Florida in 1987.  He held the positions of vice president and president of Alpha Phi Alpha Frat. Inc., and the National PanHellenic Counsel. Brackins, in his spare time, is a basketball official for semiprofessional, collegian, high school, and recreational leagues and associations.  He also serves in the Health and Wellness Ministries.

John Sannuto John Sannuto—PHCC 1986

John Sannuto is vice president of Hospice Operations at Avow Hospice in Naples, Florida. Prior to his current position, Sannuto was CEO/administrator of Springbrook Hospital in Brooksville, Florida.  Sannuto has held direct patient care and administrative positions throughout his health care career in the areas of emergency medicine, rehabilitation, long-term care and Hospice. Sannuto received his paramedic/firefighter certificate (1983), an Associate in Science degree for emergency medical services (1986), and Associate in Science degree in nursing (1990)—all from PHCC. Sannuto went on to receive his BS in health care administration (1996) and his MS in business management/leadership (2000) from National Louis University, Tampa, Florida. Sannuto has served in the United States Air Force Reserve and currently facilitates RN orientation and CPR instruction for the 927th ASTS Madill AFB Florida.

Ross Wolf—PHCC 1986

Ross Wolf is associate dean in the College of Health and Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando, Florida. He holds a Doctorate degree in higher education administration and education leadership, and a Master’s degree in public administration. Dr. Wolf has over 17 years of experience as a law enforcement officer and has co-authored four criminal justice course textbooks. Also, Dr. Wolf received numerous faculty awards at UCF, including the University Teaching Faculty Leadership Award, the Excellence in Professional Service Award, and the Administrative Faculty Leadership Award.  In 2009 he was named Research Fellow by the UCF College of Health and Public Affairs.

Sallie SkipperSallie SkipperPHCC 1987

Sallie Skipper of Skipper and Skipper, P.A., focuses much of her practice on estate planning and administration. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in political science from University of South Florida in 1989 and received her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law in 1992. Skipper is a member of the Florida Bar Association since 1993 and served as Pasco County Bar Association president from 1993-2011. Other memberships include the Clearwater Bar Association and Hernando County Bar Association. Skipper has a passion for education; she is a trustee for a nonprofit preparatory school and served on the Advisory Board and the Foundation Board of Directors for PHCC from 2007 to 2011. In 2011, Skipper was honored with Best of the Best by Suncoast News and the Lady Justice award from West Pasco Legal Support Association.
 

Shirley CherryShirley Cherry—PHCC 1988

Shirley Cherry, Associate Professor of Mathematics at PHCC, has the distinct honor to be the very first student to register for classes at the college in 1972. It was perseverance and a passion for knowledge that helped Cherry complete her Associate of Science degree in 1988. Prior to receiving her master’s degree, Cherry received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1990 from the University of South Florida, Summa Cum Laude. Cherry returned to where her journey to higher education began—though this time she was teaching her favorite subject, math. Cherry received the 2013 Distinguished Teacher Award from the PHSC Foundation.

Diana Joyner-MattoxDiana Joyner-Mattox—PHCC 1988

Diana Joyner-Mattox has had a lifelong love affair with animals. By the time she reached PHCC, she was a veterinary assistant dreaming of her own small animal practice. In 1997, just two years out of the University of Florida Veterinary School, she opened San Antonio Animal Hospital. Providing care for household pets is her daily work, but her crusade is to eliminate pet overpopulation in Pasco County by providing low-cost spaying and neutering through her nonprofit, Spay Pasco. Her long-term goal is to eradicate euthanasia as a means of pet population control in the county. In 2010, the Humane Society of the Nature Coast recognized her impact on animal welfare, awarding her the Judy Schwartz Humanitarian award. The Florida Veterinary Medical Association has also recognized her with a Gold Star award.