Class Notes: 2000s


Betty Smithson, M.S. Marriage & Family Therapy, is currently seeking a Ph.D. in Psychology at Walden University. She is enjoying her time in rural North Florida, and looks forward to connecting with her STU classmates from the graduate counseling programs. Her email address is


Elizabeth A. Creighton-Diaz, M.S. Sports Administration, is the Senior Business Operations Manager for Player Development at the USTA in White Plains, NY.

Alan Hancock, M.S. Sports Administration, recently joined Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL, as a professor in the sports marketing and media bachelor’s degree program. He is enjoying teaching and helping the next generation of sports marketers.

Tarik M. King, B.B.A. Finance, became the Director of Finance with AutoNation Honda Miami Lakes in February 2014. He joined the AutoNation family in July 2012. Previously, Tarik has overseen finance departments at Nissan and Ford dealers.

John Vassiliou, M.S. Sports Administration, moved to Pennsylvania in August 2012 to accept the Dean of Student Affairs position at Montgomery County Community College.

Steve Stroud, M.S. Sports Administration, is the Senior Associate Director of Athletics, External Relations at Troy University in Troy, AL.


Nino Berticelli, M.S. Sports Administration, accepted the Associate Director of Athletics position at Chicago State University (IL) where he oversees compliance.

Nerry Louis, B.A. English, has been a Miami Dade County teacher for the past 11 years.

Lynsi House, B.A. Sports Administration, is now the Director of Development for Community Youth Services.


Christopher Francis, M.B.A. Sports Administration, took a BSA Analyst position at Cape Bank in Atlantic City, NJ.

Bret Tollefson, JD/M.S., is working at a law firm that specializes in white-collar tax criminal defense.


Michael Hurt, M.B.A. Sports Administration, was promoted to Senior Director, Ballpark Operations for the Miami Marlins.

Paulette Perryman, J.D., of Ft. Lauderdale, was admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and New York in 2012. Admitted to Florida in 2004, she specializes in insurance litigation.

Christopher Ambrosio, J.D., is a partner at Johnson, Anselmo, Murdoch, Burke, Piper & Hochman, P.A.  Chris represents a majority of the municipalities in South Florida and the Florida Keys.


Brandon Brown, M.S. Sports Administration, was promoted to Event Manager at MainGate, Inc.

Salomie P. Chung, B.A. Organizational Leadership ’03 and M.B.A. Business Administration ’05, recently because a licensed realtor.

Richard Comisky, M.B.A. Sports Administration, is an Accounting Consultant for various companies in Miami, FL.

Curtis Gilpin, M.S. Sports Administration, was named Acting Athletic Director at the University of the Virgin Islands.

Guy Jackman, B.B.A. Sports Administration, is now Financial Aid Officer at American Advanced Technicians Institute, Corp.

Eric Smith, M.B.A. Sports Administration, has returned to his undergraduate alma mater, West Virginia University, as Coordinator of the Wellness Program at WVU Healthcare. Eric was married to Allison Hedrick on March 22, 2012, at a ceremony on Smathers Beach in Key West.


Kristiana Bennett, M.B.A. Sports Administration, is the Owner of Yonkers Courier Service & Deliver and a Coordinator at US Tennis Association in Yonkers, NY.

Joshua T. Chilson, J.D., was sworn in as president of the Clearwater Bar Association in May 2014, and was also honored with a President’s Award from the immediate past president for his extraordinary contributions to the bar during the past year. Chilson is a past president of the association’s Young Lawyers’ Division and a past chair of the association’s Civil Practice Section. Additionally, he was elected as a Florida Super Lawyer Rising Star (since 2012) and was named a “Legal Elite Up & Comer” in multiple years by Florida Trend magazine. Chilson is a partner at Kwall, Showers & Barack in Clearwater, FL.

Tina Kelly, M.B.A. Sports Administration, has been promoted to Marketing Manager at IMG Performance Academy in Bradenton, FL.

Raimundo Lopez-Lima Levi, MAC, is managing member of Lopez-Levi, a boutique international tax and consulting firm in Coral Gables, FL. In November 2012, Lopez-Levi acquired the long-standing firm of Pierce & Bowen of Homestead, FL, to better serve the firm’s growing commodities and agriculture practice.

Kevin Shea, M.B.A., recently took a new position as Territory Sales Manager for North and South Carolina with Paradigm, a specialty hematology/oncology diagnostic laboratory. He lives in Charlotte, NC.


Sharlin Aldao, B.A., Political Science & History, became engaged to Philip Carrillo on November 13, 2012. They met through
a mutual friend in Chicago in 2009. They currently live in the Chicago northwest suburbs and will be married May 18, 2013 in the Pabst Mansion in Milwaukee, WI.

Sheri Dooley, M.S. Sports Administration, is the Associate Compliance Director, Student Services position, at the University of Miami.

Amelie Gagnon, M.S. Sports Administration, is currently at TAMM Management working in business development and as a legal consultant in Vancouver, Canada. She is married to Tommy and they have two daughters Makayla & Maddox.

Daniel Lassman, M.B.A. Sports Administration, is a Search Engine Marketing Analyst at Cendyn in West Palm Beach, FL.

Christopher M. Pardo, J.D., was recently honored as a “Rising Star” in employment litigation defense by Super Lawyers Magazine. Chris relocated to Boston, Massachusetts in 2009 and has been an attorney at Constangy, Brooks & Smith LLP, a national employment defense firm, since that time. Chris defends employers nationwide in federal and state courts, arbitration, and before administrative agencies, and specializes in the defense of class and collective actions, complex wage and hour issues, discrimination, retaliation, and trade secrets and non-compete litigation.

Bryan Shelangoski, M.B.A. Sports Administration, accepted the position of Associate Director/Community Manager for Education Realty Trust at the University of Louisville. He is directly involved with a $10M budget for campus housing and residential life. Additionally, Bryan started working toward a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organization Development with a specialty in Sports Administration.

John C. Webb, Esq., J.D./M.B.A. Business Administration, has his own law firm in Ft. Myers, John Webb Legal Group, P.L.


Karla Hernandez-Mats, M.S. Business Management, is an active member of the Hialeah Church of Christ and United Teachers of Dade and serves as Activities Director at Hialeah Middle School. Karla was Hialeah Middle School’s Teacher of the Year for 2010-2011. She is married to Felix Mats ’04, STU Men’s Head Soccer Coach.

Cicely Nash, M.B.A. Sports Administration, was promoted to Catering and Special Events Manager for AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

Nate Thompson, M.B.A. Business Administration, was promoted to Ticket Operations Manager with the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland, OH.


Dennis W. Alexander III, M.S. Sports Administration, is the new Director of Basketball Operations for 3 Point Play Academy at Global Athletics in Miami, FL.

Josh DiScipio, M.S. Sports Administration, is currently an Adjunct Faculty Member and Ph.D. Candidate at Grand Canyon University.

Luis Gonzalez, Jr., B.B.A. Sports Administration ’09 and M.B.A. Management ’12, was promoted to Store Manager at Sherwin Williams in Miami, FL.

Robin Harmony, M.S. Sports Administration, was inducted into the ACC Women’s Basketball Legends and was recently named the Head Women’s Basketball Coach for Division I Lamar University, in Beaumont, TX.

Giovanni Hernandez, M.S. Sports Administration, was recently recruited away from the Detroit Tigers organization by Major League Baseball in New York to be their International Baseball Operations Manager.