Hall Of

Distinction

Since 1983, Broward College has recognized alumni who have made outstanding contributions in professional, civic, public and philanthropic arenas and have demonstrated how their lives have been enriched by their educational experiences at their alma mater.

Nominations are reviewed carefully by a committee comprised of past recipients and college representatives. Through the Broward College Hall of Distinction we honor alumni whose accomplishments, character and commitment to their community are deemed meritorious.

2016 Alumni Hall of Distinction Honorees

  • Amos Ford

    Service to Broward College

    Recognizing service rendered voluntarily to Broward College that enriches the college community and advances the college’s objectives and ideals.

    After earning his Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice at Air Force University, Amos earned his Associate of Science in Computer Programming and his Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology from Broward College, and he currently is pursuing his Master of Science in Information Technology Management at Florida Atlantic University. Amos is CEO and Founder of Brandage, LLC, and Product Manager for Tofani, which works with the Broward College Innovation Hub to provide internship opportunities for students, allowing them to work on real, professional projects with the real responsibilities expected of permanent employees. He serves on the college’s Computer Science and Information Technology Advisory Board.

  • Michael Long

    Community Service

    Recognizing voluntary efforts of alumni for contributions to causes that improve our community.

    Michael earned his Associate of Arts degree at Broward College and his Bachelor of Science at Florida Atlantic University.
    He is Chief Development Officer with the Broward Partnership, a nationally recognized human services organization helping the large homeless population in South Florida. He has served as a commissioner with the City of Lighthouse Point since 1999. Making a difference in our community is a value that he has held since childhood.

  • Taren Ruggiero

    Professional Merit

    Presented to those who have distinguished themselves in their chosen professions or fields of endeavor in such a way as to reflect positively upon their alma mater.

    After earning her degree in nursing at Broward College, Taren continued her education at Florida Atlantic University and earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her Master of Science in Nursing. She is Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Holy Cross Hospital. Becoming a nurse was her childhood dream. A visionary leader, she believes the healthcare profession must be fluid and responsive to ever-changing demands.

  • Scott Russell

    Professional Merit

    Presented to those who have distinguished themselves in their chosen professions or fields of endeavor in such a way as to reflect positively upon their alma mater.

    Scott trained at the Police Academy of Broward College’s Institute of Public Safety. He is a Captain with the Broward Sheriff’s Office. After spending 27 years as a police officer, he became an ordained minister, providing family and marriage counseling and working with recovery groups. He now leads BSO’s Homeless Outreach Initiative, allowing him to utilize both his law enforcement and pastoral experiences.

  • Kingman Schuldt

    Professional Merit

    Presented to those who have distinguished themselves in their chosen professions or fields of endeavor in such a way as to reflect positively upon their alma mater.

    Kingman earned his Associate in Science in Fire Science Technology at Broward College and his Bachelor of Public Administration at Barry University. He is the Fire Chief and District Administrator for the Greater Naples Fire Rescue District. He believes public service, the desire to serve one’s community and citizens, is perhaps the most profound calling an individual can experience.

  • Cheryl-Dene Spring

    Professional Merit

    Presented to those who have distinguished themselves in their chosen professions or fields of endeavor in such a way as to reflect positively upon their alma mater.

    Cheryl-Dene earned her Associate in Science in Legal Assisting at Broward College and her Juris Doctorate at Nova Southeastern University. She is Managing Partner of Solaris Law Group, P.A., a firm she and her partner started in 2011 that provides Broward College students with internship opportunities. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the college teaching Legal Technologies, one of the core classes for the paralegal program.

Previous Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

  • 2015Bob Birdsong, Christopher M. “Chris” Neilson, Cynthia Thuma, Paola Mariselli, William Becker, Dr. Carl W. Carruthers, Jr., David R. Maymon, Jennifer Troppello Hamilton
  • 2014Franklin C. Adderley, Joshua Lenchus, D.O., Bob Saxon, Nancy Tanner, Sharry A. Kimmel, Ed.D., Rick Mijares
  • 2013Dr. Deb Adair, Michelle Alban-Lane, Kyle Boos, Marissa Kelley, Jeffrey Koch, Matthew Rocco, Maria Alexandra Sanchez
  • 2012Mike Borrone, Shubert Chang, Dr. Robert Easton, Jr., Diana Hunter-Gonzalez, The Honorable Charles LaMarca, Michael Nyitray, David Sirois
  • 2011Lisa Scott-Founds, Ignacio Reyes
  • 2009Dr. Susan B. Hassmiller
  • 2008Paul D. Bain, Jodie Fry, Max B. Osceola, Jr.
  • 2007Dr. S. Kimara March, Dr. Theodore J. Wright
  • 2006The Honorable Catalina M. Avalos, Teresa S. Justice
  • 2005Patti Barney, Edwin Moore
  • 2004Louise Crocco, Charles N. Lyle*
  • 2003Denise M. Nieman
  • 2002Miles McGrane
  • 2001Arden Dickey
  • 2000Dr. Michael David Bartberger
  • 1999Michael Rudolph*
  • 1998The Honorable Gary Farmer
  • 1997Steven Berrard
  • 1996Dr. Rita Mae Brown, Terry Glatt, Dr. Seth Kalichman, Sharon Robb
  • 1995Cherokee Paul McDonald, Wil Trower
  • 1994Dr. Deborah Sloan, William Milano
  • 1993Deborah Hazleton, Cynthia Lodge, Ray Recchi*, Winifred Warnat*
  • 1992Varen Black, The Honorable Ronald Cochran*, Donna Wallace
  • 1991Dr. Betty Brady, Barbara Jane Ellis, Dominick Calabro, Gabriel Grasso*
  • 1990Robert Ferrigno, Evelyn Hardy
  • 1989Dr. Irmgard Bocchino*, Dr. William Proctor, Jasmine Shirley
  • 1988Dr. Timothy Adkins, The Honorable Parris Glendening, Sandra McCray, Carlton Moore*
  • 1987Dr. Betty Adkins*, Robert Alexander, Bonnie Flynn, Dr. William Greene, Richard Hanauer, Stephen McDonald, The Honorable James Naugle, Aldanzo Pratt
  • 1985Lt. Col. Thomas Taylor
  • 1984Larry Ellis, Donald Harvey, The Honorable Debby Sanderson, Teresa Sjogren*
  • 1983Al Rantel, George Platt

*Deceased