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14 Prominent St. Thomas University Alumni

Over the last 53 years, more than 18,000 men and women have marched out into the world as St. Thomas University graduates. Across the country and the world, STU graduates are successful in every profession imaginable. They have become congressional leaders; made careers as business executives, lawyers, and doctors; won prizes, honors, and awards; and have become innovators in their fields. Here are just some of the University’s many prominent alumni:

1. Kenneth “Kenny” Anderson ’10 – Retired American basketball player who played for the New Jersey Nets, Hornets (Charlotte and New Orleans), Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics, Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, and Los Angeles Clippers. Kenny represented the East squad in the 1994 NBA All-Star Game. 2. Enrique “Kiko” Calero (1994-1996)* – Former Major League baseball relief pitcher who played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics and the Florida Marlins. While playing for the Cardinals, Kiko won the 2004 National League title and played in the 2004 World Series.
3. Alexia Echevarria ’90 – Executive Editor of Venue Magazine and Bravo TV’s reality show the Real Housewives of Miami cast member. 4. Andy Elisburg ’89 – Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations/General Manager of the Miami HEAT.

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5. Hon. Michael G. Fitzpatrick ’85 – U.S. House of Representative for the 8th District of Pennsylvania. 6. Shirley Gibson ’81 & ’03 – First Mayor of the City of Miami Gardens, the third largest city in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
7. Domenick “Dom” Irrera ’72 – Stand-up Comedian. 8. Joseph C. “Joe” Klink ’84 – Retired Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Minnesota Twins, Oakland Athletics, Florida Marlins and Seattle Mariners from 1987 to 1996. Klink once went 90 consecutive games without allowing a home run, and he was part of the 1989 Oakland A's World Series champion team.
9. William Levy (1999-2000)* – Played baseball at STU. Currently, he is an Actor/Model and was a Dancing with the Stars finalist. 10. Paul D. Mainieri ’82 – Head Coach of the LSU Tigers baseball team. Mainieri was the head coach of the Notre Dame baseball team from 1995–2006, the United States Air Force Academy baseball team from 1989–1994 and the St. Thomas University baseball team from 1983–1988. Mainieri coached LSU to the 2009 College World Series championship.

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11. Marysol Patton ’97 – President of the Patton Group and Bravo TV’s reality show the Real Housewives of Miami cast member. 12. Alex Penelas ’81 – Became the youngest county commissioner in Dade County history in 1990. Mr. Penelas served as the Fifth Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Florida from 1996 to 2004.
13. Rebeca Sosa ’82 – Chairwoman of the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners for District 6. 14. Cynthia A. Stafford, Esq. ’93 and ’99 – Member of the Florida House of Representatives for the 109th District.

Note: An asterisk (*) indicates an individual attended but did not graduate.


The names listed above are just a small sample of the diverse St. Thomas University alumni who have achieved outstanding success in their professions.


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