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2000s Featured Alumni

There were many ‘firsts’ in the first decade of the Millennium: a woman won an Indy race, a Hispanic-American joined the Supreme Court, a female became Speaker of the House and an African-American was elected President of the United States. While America embraced diversity, the spotlight also flashed on global warming and sustainability. ‘Going green’ became a lifestyle as people became environmentally conscious.

Entertainment was dominated by the literature and film worlds with their triple threat of wizards, vampires and superheroes. Social media stormed into mainstream America; ‘friend’ became synonymous with ‘Facebook’ and ‘search’ became synonymous with Google. Use of broadband and wireless internet for mobile devices and gaming consoles skyrocketed.

And, in American education, the internet and simulation technologies made it easier for students to visualize and learn-by-doing—experimentation and real-world problem solving supported this educational process. More students carried laptops and tablets or used mobile apps to view podcast lessons and tweets from professors. The face of the American student changed—the struggling economy and increased unemployment rates led Baby Boomers and their children back to class to develop a new skill or learn a new trade. Also, early admissions and dual enrollment continued an upward trend after a brief downturn in the beginning of the decade. 

Featured Alumni of the 2000s

Mark CurtisMark Curtis—PHCC 2000

Mark Curtis is a Pasco County Sherriff’s Office Corporal assigned to Youth Services as a School Resource Officer. Curtis started his career in corrections (2000) and moved into law enforcement through the PHCC crossover academy (2002).  He went on to receive his Associate in Arts degree at PHCC in 2011, then transferred to St. Leo University where he is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Curtis was a student ambassador for academic terms 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 and a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Psi Beta honor societies.

SSharon Fitzpatrickharon Fitzpatrick—PHCC 2000

Sharon Fitzpatrick entered the PHCC Nursing program having already obtained a Bachelor of Science degree. Fitzpatrick worked on a medical/surgical floor for only a few months before entering a surgical nurse training program and has been an operating room circulating nurse since that time.

Aaron StalfordAaron Stalford—PHCC 2001

Ensign Aaron Stalford is a commissioned submarine warfare officer, recently graduated from the Naval Officer Training Command Newport, Rhode Island (1/2012).  ENS Stalford is currently training in Charleston, South Carolina. 

Sonia RodriguezSonia Rodriguez—PHCC 2002

Sonia Rodriguez has worked in various positions at PHCC since 1994 and in 2011 accepted the role of associate dean of North Campus in Brooksville, Florida. In 2007, Rodriguez received her Master of Science in management. She received her Bachelor of Science in management in 2005. Both degrees were earned from Hodges University. She started her higher education journey as a dual enrolled student at PHCC prior to receiving an Associate in Sciences degree in 1994, Associate in Arts degree in 1995, then in 2002, an Associate in Science in legal assisting. Rogriguez is a member of the Hernando County School Board Career and Professional Strategic Planning Committee, Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club of Brooksville. She also is an Adjunct Instructor and has participated in various student mentor programs. Rodriguez is the new associate dean at the Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch.

John DiPaloJohn DiPalo—2003

John has lived and worked in the Hernando and Pasco county areas since 1988. He is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and has earned an MBA from Benedictine University, a double bachelor’s degree from Rasmussen College, an associate’s degree from Pasco-Hernando Community College, and graduated from Central High School. Pasco-Hernando Community College was the first step in the right direction, giving him a solid foundation to keep continuing his education. John is an entrepreneur in the real estate industry as a multimillion dollar producer.  He has held multiple state licenses in insurance and banking while working for USAA, a top 200 financial company. Future plans may include pursuing a doctorate in education and teaching at the college-level.

Liza Lugo-ClarkLiza Lugo-Clark—PHCC 2003

Liza Lugo-Clark’s legal experience includes internships at NASA Headquarters and the National Science Foundation in the DC area. She is certified in Lexis/Nexis and Westlaw research and has been a research assistant for a number of authors. Lugo-Clark received her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and her bachelor's degree in government and world affairs (minor in criminology) from The University of Tampa (Magna Cum Laude). She graduated with honors from PHCC. Lugo-Clark is an accomplished public speaker. She is dedicated to a number of community organizations including Boys & Girls Club, the American Cancer Society, the Salvation Army, and the Restoration of Civil Rights Project. Lugo-Clark is a published author. She is currently a contributor on the affirmative action anthology Affirmative Action: Contemporary Perspectives slated for publication in 2013 and is working on her own book How Do Hurricane Katrina's Winds Blow? Racism in 21st Century New Orleans slated for publication in March 2014. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Psi Beta, and Pi Sigma Alpha honor societies; the American Bar Association, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the NAACP.

Amber OsborneAmber Osborne—PHCC 2005

Amber Osborne a.k.a. Miss Destructo is a social media guru. Currently the chief marketing officer at Meshfire in Seattle, she specializes in building brand and creating personality through social media avenues. Osborne is a Twitter mastermind. Prior to her role at Meshfire, Osborne was vice president at Head of Lettuce Media in Tampa, Florida. Osborne’s tactics launched Bruce’s Yams to the cyber world and have promoted nationally recognized events like Foursquare Day, Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, and the Audi Road Trip. Miss Destructo has been featured on, MSNBC, CNN Headline News and in the Tampa Bay Times to name a few. She was voted Creative Loafing’s Best of The Bay 2010 - Best Tampa Twitter Personality.
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Corrie BoyerCorrie Boyer—PHCC 2006

Corrie Boyer is an instructor at both PHCC and Rasmussen College. At Rasmussen, she spearheaded the Radiology program while working at Bayonet Point Regional Medical Center in New Port Richey, Florida. Boyer received her bachelor’s degree in radiologic sciences from Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences, Orlando. She currently is pursuing a master’s degree from Hodges University, Naples, Florida. Boyer also is a nationally certified medical assistant.

Michael BoyerMichael Boyer—PHCC 2006

Michael Boyer is a radiologic technologist at Trinity Medical Center in Trinity, Florida. He is a product champion trainer of the GE workstation for 3D post-processing and most recently, he successfully passed the national certification in Computed Assisted Tomography Scanning. Boyer spent numerous years in the airline industry prior to entering the PHCC Radiology program. While at PHCC, Boyer was awarded Academic Excellence and also served as member of Phi Theta Kappa and the Lambda Nu honor societies for radiologic and imaging sciences.

Anesta BoiceAnesta P. Boice—PHCC 2007

Everyone hopes for financial freedom. With more than15 years of trust and wealth management experience, Anesta Boice helps others achieve their goals by planning for financial success. Boice is a certified trust and financial advisor and a Certified Financial PlannerTM. She is the recipient of the Tinsley-Wells Honor Graduate Award from the Florida Bankers Association Graduate Trust School. Currently, Boice attends the University of South Florida in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science degree with a focus in finance. She serves as chair of the Hernando County Junior Achievement Board, advisory council vice-chair and Grants Committee chair for the Community Foundation of Hernando County and accounting chair for the American Cancer Society’s Spring Hill Relay for Life. She also is a member and past-president of the Estate Planning Council of the Nature Coast. Boice is a 2014 recipient of the Community Hero Award from the Vinik and Tampa Bay Lightning Foundations.

Milene CrossmanMilene Crossman—PHCC 2008

Milene Crossman is passionate about helping others and has dedicated herself to social work focused on gerontology. Since graduating from PHCC, she received her Bachelor of Science in social work (2010) and Master of Science in social work (2012) from Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas. Crossman is a member of numerous aging and social work associations and a crew member for “Magic Toy” hot air balloon team, Wolfforth, Texas. She also volunteers at the Food Bank of West Central Texas. Crossman was awarded 2012 ACU Graduate School Project/Thesis of the Year for her work, An Investigation of Undergraduate and Graduate Social Work Students’ Attitudes Toward the Elderly.

Julianne Rosset—2008Julianne Rosset

Julianne Rosset works at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences in the environmental quality department testing air quality for the entire island of Bermuda. She also leads snorkeling trips and educates the community and tourists about coral reef ecology and the history of sunken ships. Rosset graduated from the University of West Florida, Pensacola with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science in 2010.  Rosset held the position of research technician studying Karenia brevis (red tide) at the Mattie Kelly Environmental Institute located at Northwest Florida State College. Also, Rosset responded to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill through efforts to save sea turtles and water fowl in the Gulf of Mexico in northwest Florida. Future plans for Rosset include the pursuit of a doctorate degree in marine and environmental affairs and/or marine conservation.

Danny HufforDanny Huffor—PHCC 2009

Danny Huffor is a professional basketball player, most recently with the Glasgow Rocks basketball organization in the United Kingdom. Huffor began his education and college basketball career while attending Jackson State University. In 2007 he was given the opportunity, via scholarship, to attend and play basketball at PHCC, where he received his Associate in Arts degree in 2009. While at PHCC he made the Sunshine All-Conference Team.  Huffor received another scholarship to Newberry College, Newberry, South Carolina, where he played basketball for two years. He was recruited to Glasgow Rocks in 2011. Huffor had the honor to represent Team Scotland in Italy in the European Championship games. And, most recently, he played in a game with Team Scotland vs. Team England, scoring 35 points!

Tim Moore—PHCC 201Tim Moore0

Tim Moore is CEO of Diamond View Studios, a professional video production business that specializes in creative media. Moore has achieved national success and has been recognized as a trendsetter in the DSLR community. Moore is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in marketing at the University of Florida, Tampa. Moore is a two-time Telly Award winner and his film, Accounting for Loss, was awarded Best Film at the 48 Hour Film Project of Tampa/St. Pete. He received 1st Place Digital Video Production in the National Phi Beta Lambda competition.

Tammy WhiteTammy White—PHCC 2010

Tammy White turned a love of art into her livelihood when she opened the Tammy White Galleries located in New Port Richey, Florida in 1993. She became an authorized dealer for the Art of Dr. Seuss and The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss in 1999. Prior to the gallery opening, White had been a small business owner and in the art and framing industry for 30 years. White graduated from PHCC in May 2010 with an Associate in Arts degree and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in management from Hodges University in 2011. White is a certified by the Professional Picture Framers Association as a picture framer and is a member of Professional Services Network where she previously served as president and vice president/secretary.

Sonia BandooSonia P. Bandoo—PHCC 2011

Sonia Bandoo has led a life serving others—whether it was singing internationally with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, serving the indigent in New York City, or volunteering for the Arts in Medicine program at Shands Hospital at University of Florida in Gainesville. In New York she developed, established and directed a licensed, faith-based multicultural daycare/preschool facility to serve working mothers inclusive of lower socioeconomic challenges. Her desire to help others remains evident in her current employment at the Dawn Center of Hernando County—where she helps people in crisis while pursuing her master’s degree in social work. Among her successes, Bandoo was named “Who’s Who Among Students” in American Universities & Colleges, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society; served as president of Psi Beta Honor Society and secretary of the Student Government Association, and serves as chaplain for Men/Women of Excellence, PHCC North Campus.

Richard MullenRichard Mullin—PHCC 2011

Richard Mullin received a PHCC Foundation scholarship helping him fulfill a life-long ambition to attend college.  Mullin received an AA with honors in August, 2011 and returned to PHCC to earn an AS degree in business. Mullin has plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration at a four year university. Mullin served as president of Phi Beta Lambda Business Club, is a member of PTK and Psi Beta, and has been a volunteer high school football and basketball coach.

Jarred FerreiraJared Ferreira—PHCC 2012

Jared Ferreira served in the U.S. Navy as a sonar technician and work center supervisor prior to enrolling at PHCC. He was the first Student Government Association (SGA) president on the Spring Hill Campus. While actively involved at the state level, he served as the Florida College System SGA vice president in 2011-2012 and has been elected to serve as president for 2012-2013. Ferreira is earning his AA degree and plans to continue his education at St. Petersburg College to earn his bachelor’s degree in public policy and administration. Ferriera received the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for Outstanding Performance and Knowledge of the sonar suit, maintaining a combat effectiveness while key equipment was not operational. Also, he received the PHCC 2011 Dr. Felisha R. Barker Outstanding Student Leader Award.