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We are very proud of our alumni and their accomplishments. Each month, we will be highlighting alumni from hundreds of careers that Broward College has offered since our opening in 1960. If you, or someone you know would like to be featured, please click here to submit your information.



Melissa Morales

Patient Services Specialist

Cleveland Clinic Florida

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Alumni Spotlight

Melissa earned her A.A with Honors from Broward College and continued to receive her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. She has gained experience working an academic tutor, research intern, sales supervisor and teaching assistant throughout her years receiving her education. She appreciates her time spent at Broward College, and grateful for the lessons learned with the help of her professors.

Abdon Orrostieta

Patient Access Lead

AdventHealth

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Abdon Orrostieta began his academic career at Broward College where he earned his associates in Health Science. He thanks Broward College for exemplifying extensive skills in the health services industry and demonstrating effective communication. He shares “My mission is to create a trusting environment for my patients and coworkers so that we may prosper together.”

Loki Skylizard,MD

Vascular Surgery Fellow

Midwest Aortic & Vascular Institute, P.C.

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Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Skylizard began his education at Broward College and now specializes in team and program development, multi-disciplinary thoracic oncology care, and advanced minimally invasive thoracic surgery. He regularly performs robot-assisted surgery to treat lung cancer patients.

Subash Bhandari

NeuroBiology Research Assistant

Florida Atlantic University

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Alumni Spotlight

Subash earned his associate’s degree at Broward College and is currently studying hard for his PH. D in neurosciences. He thanks Broward College for providing him the fundamental knowledge to succeed in his program. As well as the ability to give back to the community through tutoring in subjects like college physics, calculus, ACT and SAT prep., much and more.

Sereatha Virtanen

C.E.O.

Harmonies Brew LLC

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Alumni Spotlight

Sereatha is a registered nurse at Jackson Health System, and prior to that was an intensive care trauma nurse for eleven years at Memorial Healthcare System. Broward College Nursing program made her well prepared to save countless lives for many years. She is also the executive director of Harmony and Hope, a performing art after school program, where she is determined to provide equal access to the performing arts regardless of income.

Rosie Roessler

Property Manager

RMI

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Alumni Spotlight

While worked as a Property Management for 13 years, Rosie earned an Associate Degree in Nursing at Broward College. She is grateful to Broward College for providing the flexibility she was looking for to complete her nursing degree. She also volunteers at Crisis Text line as a crisis counselor, helping individuals cope within the United States.

Kristina Vickery

Registered Nurse

Cleveland Clinic Florida

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Alumni Spotlight

Kristina is a former U.S. Coast Guard Airman, she earned her Associate of Science in Nursing and will soon graduate with her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing by the end of 2020. With great pride, she recently shared the following with Dr. Sara Turpel, our Dean of Nursing: "We opened a COVID unit recently, and knowing we have at risk nurses on our unit, I volunteered to be placed permanently in the COVID unit, to help aid in them floating to a safer floor.” She credits Broward College for giving her the courage and confidence to caring for patients at the highest standard.

Glenna Brewster

Assistant Professror

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University

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"The opportunities I received at BC by being a tutor at the LRC at North Campus and participating in Omega Phi strengthened my ability to communicate effectively and showed me what was possible in terms of what I could accomplish."

Frantz Richard

Owner and Board Certified Optician

Garlock RV Optical

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Alumni Spotlight

Mr. Richard earned his A.S. degree from Broward College in Opticianry and Vision Care Technology. He has spent over ten years as a Vision Center and Optical Manager. He is now the proud business owner of his own center.

Andrew Schall

Medical Dosimetrist

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Alumni Spotlight

I earned my A.S. at BC in Radiation Therapy, my B.S. from FGCU in Health Science, and reached my goal of earning my Master's degree in Medical Dosimetry. I am now a vital member of the radiation oncology team."