Class Notes

 

Spring 2023

David Pereda, English ’63, Mathematics ’63, published “The Wall” (Drake Valley Press, 2021). An adjunct instructor at A-B Tech Community College in Asheville, North Carolina, Pereda is an award-winning author of 12 novels.

Paul E. Johnson III, Geography ’70, Life Member, achieved the rank of Platinum Life Master in the American Contract Bridge League.

James “Jim” Lamb, Mass Communications ’77, published “Dark Fruit,” a book of poetry (Amazon, 2022). He is an independent publisher and a writer at My Classified Ads, LLC, in Tampa.

Richard Weinstein, Marketing ’79, was appointed to the College of the Florida Keys’ district board of trustees in Key West, Florida. He is the president and chief operating officer of the Ocean Reef Community Foundation.

Rick Williamson, Theatre and Dance ’77, Life Member, won Best Comedy at the Sensei Tokyo Film Festival for a TV pilot he wrote and directed, “Combat Nuns All or Nothing.” Williamson was also named Sensei Master of Cinema by the director of the festival.

Robert Anderson Jr., Marketing ’81, Life Member, placed among the top RE/MAX producers in Florida for the second quarter of 2022 for combined residential and commercial sales.

Joseph Borelli, Jr., MD ’88, has joined West Coast Musculoskeletal Institute as an orthopedic surgeon in Brooksville, Florida. He also serves as a professor of orthopedic surgery at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine.

Robert Flippo, Electrical Engineering ’89, was appointed to Florida Atlantic University’s board of trustees in Boca Raton, Florida. He is chief executive officer of MobileHelp, a medical alert system. 

Linda Hartley, Marketing ’89, was named to the 2022 “Florida Super Lawyers” list, recognizing the top lawyers in the state. She is an attorney at Hill Ward Henderson, a law firm in Tampa.

Dr. Todd Hazelton, Biology ’87 and MD ’93, was named chief of the department of radiology’s division of thoracic imaging at UNC Health in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He previously served as chair of the USF Department of Radiology.

Albert Kelley, Government ’87, was elected to the Monroe County Court Judge Group 1 in Key West, Florida. Kelley, an attorney, serves as a magistrate for the 16th Judicial Circuit of Florida in Monroe County.

Dr. Catherine O’Connor, Biology ’84 and MD ’88, Life Member, joined Southern Illinois Healthcare as Medical Director of Breast Services in Carbondale, Illinois.

David Roos, Government and International Affairs ’91, was elected to a second term on Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.’s executive committee. Roos is chair of the firm’s Worker’s Compensation department based out of its Fort Myers, Florida, office.

Charles Samarkos, Accounting ’86, Life Member, was named to the 2022 “Florida Super Lawyers” list, recognizing the top lawyers in the state. He is a partner at Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns, LLP.

Amy Slifko-Hilbelink, MS Biology ’86 and PhD Education ’07, was promoted to campus president of South College in Pittsburgh, where she previously served as vice president of online operations.

Tobias Winright, Political Science ’87, joined St. Patrick’s Pontifical University in Maynooth, Ireland, as professor of moral theology. He previously was an associate professor at Saint Louis University.

David Baran, MD ’92, has joined Cleveland Clinic Weston Hospital in Weston, Florida, as section head of advanced heart failure, transplant and mechanical circulatory support. He was previously system director for advanced heart failure and transplantation for Sentara Healthcare in Virginia.

Timothy Bobanic, Management Information Systems ’96, was appointed Brevard County Supervisor of Elections by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. He previously served as the director of information technology and election services for the Brevard County Supervisor of Elections.

John Rocco Cafaro, Government ’97, was named to the 2022 “Florida Super Lawyers” list, recognizing the top lawyers in the state. He is a shareholder and attorney at Hill Ward Henderson, a law firm in Tampa.

Barbara Case, Social Sciences ’97, was appointed to the Florida Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims. She serves as president of the Law Office of Barbara Kay Case, P.A., in North Palm Beach, Florida.

Ronald Christaldi, History ’93, was appointed to the board of directors for Leadership Florida, a community leadership nonprofit in Tallahassee, Florida. He serves as the managing partner, president and chief executive officer of Shumaker Advisors Florida, LLC, a public affairs firm in Tampa.

John Connery Jr., Accounting ’95, was named to the 2022 “Florida Super Lawyers” list, recognizing the top lawyers in the state. He is a practice chair at Hill Ward Henderson, a law firm in Tampa.

Sara DuCuennois, Mass Communications ’99, Life Member, has been promoted to vice president of alumni relations at Florida International University in Miami, where she previously served as assistant vice president.

Kyle McDowell, Mass Communications ’98, published “Begin with WE: 10 Principles for Building and Sustaining a Culture of Excellence” (Lioncrest Publishing, 2022). McDowell is an author, speaker and leadership coach based in Tampa.

Michael Wynn, Accounting ’97, has been appointed to Florida Gulf Coast University’s board of trustees. Wynn is the president of Sunshine Ace Hardware in Naples, Florida.

Kira Zwygart, MD ’98, Life Member, was listed as a 2022 Castle Connolly Top Doctor, which recognizes the top doctors in the country. Zwygart is a professor and associate dean at USF’s Morsani College of Medicine Department of Family Medicine.

Ryan Angel, Economics ’09, was named to the Super Lawyers’ 2022 “Florida Rising Stars” list, recognizing the state’s top lawyers under 40 with 10 years of practice or less. He is an attorney at Hill Ward Henderson, a law firm in Tampa.

Brandon Bellew, Government ’03, was named to Florida Trend’s 2022 “Florida Legal Elite” list, recognizing the state’s top licensed and practicing attorneys selected by their peers. He is a partner at Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns, LLP, a law firm in Tampa.

Christopher Brennan, Criminology ’09, has joined B2 Communications, a public relations agency in St. Petersburg, as operations director. He previously served as chief operating officer for NPC Creative Services.

Amy Harroun, Mass Communications ’05, joined USF Advancement Communications and Marketing as senior director of special projects. She previously served as communications and marketing director for the Judy Genshaft Honors College.

Owen LaFave, Finance ’01, Life Member, and his wife, Jessica Muroff, Mass Communications ’01 and MA English Education ’02, Life Member, competed in the endurance event 29,029 Everesting in Whistler, Canada. The goal of the event is to summit a single mountain within 36 hours as many times as it takes to equal the elevation of Mount Everest. LaFave and Muroff climbed Blackcomb Mountain eight times to accomplish the feat.

David Luikart, Government ’01, was named to the 2022 “Florida Super Lawyers” list, recognizing the top lawyers in the state. He serves as assistant general counsel at Hill Ward Henderson, a law firm in Tampa.

Stephen Maher, Political Science ’07, has been appointed executive director of Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation and Hackensack Meridian Old Bridge Medical Center Foundation in New Jersey. He previously served as the assistant director of development at Hackensack Meridian Ocean University Medical Center Foundation.

Megan Latchford Morgan, Government and International Affairs ’08, Life Member, joined Benco Dental, in Pittston, Pennsylvania, as a learning development coordinator. She previously served as founder and president of Principal Ops.

Suzanne Rhodenbaugh, English ’66, published a book of poetry, “The Girl Who Quit at Leviticus,” (Homestead Lighthouse Press). She is a poet, essayist and critic in St. Louis, Missouri.