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1990s Featured Alumni

Monday Night Football, Friends and ER topped the TV charts and Broadway revivals like Cats, and Les Miserables took the stage in the 90s. Nearly every American male wanted to ‘be like Mike’ and Tiger brought star power to the world of golf; Jordan and Woods topped the athletic hero list and teenyboppers were wild about the Dixie Chicks and Spice Girls. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were household names—technology soared with the launch of the World Wide Web and the rapid installation of cell phone towers across the country.

Americans feared that higher education would soon be unobtainable for middle and lower classes and they wondered about technology’s overall impact on the education system.  Though technology revolutionized research and greatly influenced education administration, it was unclear at that time if the efficiencies provided with these advancements would eventually compensate for the increased costs and enhance the quality and delivery of higher education as a whole.
 

Featured Alumni of the '90s

Tracy McKayTracy McKay–PHCC 1990

Tracy McKay is a family medicine doctor practicing at Florida Medical Clinic in Dade City, Florida.  Dr. McKay received his training in 1998 from the University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas. He interned at University Community Hospital, Tampa, Florida and completed his residency at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. McKay is board certified in family practice with special interests in dermatology, diabetes and preventive medicine.

Troy LaBarbaraTroy LaBarbara—PHCC 1991

Troy LaBarbara is the first principal of Hernando County’s newest high school— Weeki Wachee High School. LaBarbara earned his bachelor’s and master's degrees in education from Florida State University with a focus on learning disabilities, emotional handicaps and early childhood education. He taught middle school and high school students with learning disabilities until 1997 then became a job placement transition specialist at Gulf High School, helping students with varying levels of disabilities get the education and training they needed to enter the workforce. In 2009, LaBarbara took a role as assistant principal at Central High School and then moved to the new Weeki Wachee school, in 2011.

Robert PacchiarottiRobert Pacchiarotti—PHCC 1992

Robert Pacchiarotti has served as a law enforcement officer in Hernando County since 1985. He is currently a detective and an in-service trainer for the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, a part-time instructor for WTI Criminal Justice Academy, since 2009, and also is a partner and instructor for Fleet Auto Collision Training Services, LLC. Pacchiarotti co-authored the Florida Sheriff's Association's Teen Driver Challenge, a defensive driving and collision avoidance course geared at reducing teen driving incidents and helped develop the Defensive Driver program for the Citrus County Commissioners Risk Management Board which helped to reduce county employee fleet crashes by 70% in just ten months. He is active with the Nature Coast Lodge #164 of the Fraternal Order of Police and serves as Committee Member for Boy Scouts of America Troop #433, since 2002. Pacchiarotti has received numerous awards and recognitions including Deputy of the Year (1996), DARE Officer Practitioner (2008), Pride in Achievement awarded for service to Explorer Post #409 (2010), and Master Deputy Sheriff, re-certification (2012).
 

Marlin GreenMarlin Green—PHCC 1993

Marlin Green is an attorney at law with Brown Sims, P.C.  His areas of practice are diverse and include product and commercial liability, employment and maritime law, personal injury and wrongful death defense, and civil litigation, etc. In 1995 Green earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science and then in 1996 his Bachelor of Science in communications, both from Florida State University. He was awarded his Juris Doctorate from Florida State University College of Law with honors in 2000. Greene is a member of the Florida Bar Association since 2000. Also, he is a member of the Defense Research Institute, the Wilkie D. Bar Association, the T.J. Reddick Bar Association, and the Miami-Dade Bar Association.

Jay ForryJay Forry—PHCC 1994

When Forry lost his vision at age 27, he turned to PHCC for a new career direction. While working for PHCC News, he jokingly suggested he become a movie critic. Students and staff agreed and thus, a new career was born. Since then, Forry has reviewed hundreds of movies on his radio show Blindside. He picks up on nuances and perceives elements in films that viewers often miss because they are distracted by visual effects. Music and sound effects are keys to his understanding as well. He has won numerous awards, including the Florida Association of Community Colleges Distinguished Alumni of the Year award. Forry received the PHCC Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012.
Jay Forry—In The News

John LeggJohn Legg—PHCC 1995

John Legg’s mission is to ensure Florida’s children have the best education to prepare them for college and for life. In 2000, Legg and his wife founded Pasco County’s first charter school, Dayspring Academy. The Pre-K-8 school provides education through the arts. Legg is the school’s business administrator and also teaches history and government, which he knows firsthand. Legg is serving his third term in the Florida House of Representatives and is chair of the Pre-K-12 Policy Committee, which has responsibility for all aspects of elementary and secondary education in the state. He is also House Speaker Pro-tempore. In Tallahassee he has earned a reputation as a consensus builder who works across party lines for the common good. Legg earned his BSW in 1996 and his master’s in public administration in 2010, both at University of Florida.
John Legg—In The News

Jean RagsJean Rags—PHCC 1996

Jean Rags, former community development director for Hernando County was the coordinator for Hernando County’s first social services department. She has spent 12 years as a Hernando County employee, responsible for overseeing county health and human services. Other areas of responsibility included veteran’s services, the library system, the housing authority, public health and county extension services. Rags was instrumental in coordinating the volunteer efforts after Hurricane Katrina, organizing the Centenarian program, honoring county residents age 100+, procuring numerous grants and securing the county’s discount prescription card service for residents. Prior to her role with the County, Rags worked at Pasco-Hernando Community College for twelve years.

 

Wilton SimpsonWilton Simpson—PHCC 1996

As a young boy, Wilton Simpson worked in his father’s business in asbestos and mold removal and also on the family farm. Today Simpson has grown that family legacy into two major Pasco County businesses—a million-chicken-plus farm that supplies eggs to supermarkets throughout the state and an environmental services business that specializes in asbestos removal and indoor air quality concerns. Simpson is also a dedicated community leader, recently taking the Florida Senate seat for District 18. He has served on countless county boards and service organizations, among them the PHCC Board of Trustees, Pasco County Fair Association, Pasco County Farm Bureau, Pasco Economic Development Council, Habitat for Humanity, the Boys, and Girls Club and the Dade City downtown redevelopment efforts.
Wilton Simpson—In The News

Greg JonesGreg Jones—PHCC 1997

Major League Baseball player Greg Jones retired from baseball following the 2008 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jones was drafted in 1995 by the Anaheim Angels and spent nearly 13 years with the ball club prior to his time with the LA Dodgers. He was a relief pitcher for the Angels and spent six years as a pitcher for the Salt Lake Bees. Jones is now an insurance agent in his hometown of Seminole, Florida.

Charlene Charlene DonatelloDonatello—PHCC 1998

Charlene Donatello teaches developmental education at PHCC and also holds a part- time position in PHCC’s Teaching Learning Center since 1997. Donatello is also an English and GED/ESL tutor.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tampa where she double majored in English and education prior to completing her master’s degree in education at National-Luis University in Tampa.  Donatello currently is pursuing a doctorate degree at Walden University.

Barbara BookerBarbara Booker – PHCC 1999

Barbara Booker is a late bloomer when it comes to education, but she has been on the educational fast track since graduating from PHCC in 1999 at the age of 47. Booker earned her bachelor’s degree in English education from USF in 2001. In 2003, she earned her master’s degree in English Rhetoric and Composition from USF.  That same year Booker was hired as a full-time faculty member in the Communications department at PHCC’s West Campus where she is professor of language arts. Booker has completed her Ph.D. from USF focusing on higher education for curriculum and instruction.

Melissa McNultyMelissa McNulty—PHCC 1999

Melissa McNulty says the day she decided to teach was the best day of her life. Her nursing and nutrition students at PHCC use words like inspirational, remarkable and caring to describe her. McNulty’s path to teaching was not direct. She first became a registered pediatric nurse, then earned a master’s in nursing, another in holistic nutrition, and finally earned a doctorate in health science. Academic integrity and ethics are the focus of her research and writing and she shares her subject matter expertise with publishers in the health care field. She has shared her passion for raising healthy children through her book, The Health Plan for Overweight Children, which shifts the focus from weight issues to overall health and provides fun strategies to reach goals.