Student Spotlight

Josh Brown

Josh Brown

Josh Brown

A conversation with one of his St. Johns River State College professors led Josh Brown to a career as a pharmacist. Read More >>

Lauren Taylor

Lauren Taylor

Lauren Taylor

Growing up with a love of hunting, fishing and the great outdoors, Lauren Taylor is thrilled to work as an officer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Read More >>

Ernie "Bubba" Silcox

Ernie Silcox

Ernie "Bubba" Silcox

After taking many dual-enrollment classes at St. Johns River State College, Ernie “Bubba” Silcox said he knew it made sense to continue on the path to earning his A.A. degree. Read More >>

Veronica Charltray

Veronica Charltray

Veronica Charltray

The quality of education she received at St. Johns River State College inspired Veronica Charltray to enroll in the College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Read More >>

Matt Pennington

Matt Pennington

Matt Pennington

If former student-athlete Matthew Pennington could repeat his time at St. Johns River State College, he wouldn’t change a thing about it. Read More >>

Alena King Lawson

Alena King Lawson

Alena King Lawson

Alena King Lawson is a hands-on, service-oriented leader with several notable firsts. Read More >>

Josephine Brown

Josephine Brown

Josephine Brown

Josephine (Josie) Brown, a first generation college student, recalls a quote she heard time and time again when she attended St. Johns River State College, "Shoot for the moon, for if you miss, you will land among the stars." Read More >>

Doug Valenti

Doug Valenti

Doug Valenti

Doug Valenti graduated from SJR State in 1966 and spent 32 years as an educator in the Putnam County School District. Read More >>

Andy Hall

Andy Hall

Andy Hall

Although Andy Hall felt he was already destined for a newspaper career prior to studying at St. Johns River State College, he said that his “experience at the College helped cement” his career choice. Read More >>

Aubrie Simpson

Aubrie Simpson

Aubrie Simpson

Not only did the former Ms. St. Johns County Forestry Queen Aubrie Simpson receive her Associate in Arts degree, cum laude, from St. Johns River State College, she also received nine student awards, including being inducted into the SJR State Hall of Fame. Read More >>

Bruce Butler

Bruce Butler

Bruce Butler

In his role as a federal wildlife zone officer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bruce Butler frequently travels across the country, from his home base in San Juan, Puerto Rico to as far as Alaska and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Read More >>

John Rowe

John Rowe

John Rowe

John Rowe discovered that he had a passion for accounting while earning his Associate in Arts degree at St. Johns River State College. Read More >>

Leon Hunter

Leon Hunger

Leon Hunter

Inspired by his father’s work as a Florida Highway Patrol trooper, Leon Hunter decided to serve his community by pursuing a career in law. Read More >>

Patrick Maxcy

Patrick Maxcy

Patrick Maxcy

Patrick Maxcy is certainly no reflection of his favorite quote, “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent” from the movie “A Bronx Tale.” Read More >>

Rick Beseler

Rick Beseler

Rick Beseler

For more than 40 years, Sheriff Rick Beseler has strived to provide security and stability in Clay County through his work in the criminal justice field. Read More >>

Bill Garrison

Bill Garrison

Bill Garrison

Bill Garrison was a successful real estate developer for 25 years until the economic recession forced him to reconsider his career options. Read More >>

Greg Baker

GregBaker

Greg Baker

Greg Baker earned a respectable reputation in St. Augustine for his expertise in the insurance industry and for his 45 years of work with the Thompson Bailey Agency. His journey began when he graduated from SJR State with his Associate in Arts degree in 1967. Read More >>

Allana Alexander

Allana Alexander

Allana Alexander

Allana Alexander’s curiosity about medicine and passion for helping others began at an early age as she watched her mother work at her hometown drugstore and assisted with her grandmother’s health care. Read More >>

Ryan Blanco

Ryan Blanco

Ryan Blanco

For the past 11 years, Ryan Blanco, R.Ph. has been voted the best local pharmacist in St. Augustine. Ryan’s journey to become one of the many well-respected pharmacists in the city began when he enrolled in SJR State’s dual enrollment program as a high school student. Read More >>

Mike Patterson

Mike Patterson

Mike Patterson

For more than 30 years, Mike Patterson has dedicated his life to helping others. He began his career as a firefighter and paramedic, before rising through the chain of command to become Putnam County’s Chief of Emergency Medical Services. Read More >>

David Shoar

David Shoar

David Shoar

For more than 30 years, Sheriff David Shoar has kept his promise to serve and protect his community. After graduating first in his police academy class, Sheriff Shoar began his career with the City of St. Augustine, serving as a patrol officer for 10 years. Read More >>

Roger Suggs

RogerSuggs

Roger Suggs

Roger Suggs’ extensive career in the assessment/appraisal field includes serving as the assistant Clay County Property Appraiser and as the regional supervisor for the Florida Department of Revenue. Read More >>

Chereese Stewart

Chereese Stewart

Chereese Stewart

Chereese Stewart began her college trek as a student-athlete, enrolling at SJR State with a softball scholarship. Read More >>

Daniel Franzese

Daniel Franzese

Daniel Franzese

After attending the Florida School of the Arts, Daniel Franzese quickly jumped into the acting world with his first appearance in “Bully” (2001). Read More >>

Jason Dunning

Jason Dunning

Jason Dunning

As a child, a fear of thunderstorms sparked Jason Dunning’s interest in weather. This, combined with a love for the art of telecommunication, led him to a career in broadcast meteorology. Read More >>

Tina Gordon

Tina Gordon

Tina Gordon

Tina Gordon’s love for environmental science began during a visit to Anastasia State Park where she saw a turtle nesting and was instantly awed by the sight. Read More >>

Ron Brown

Ron Brown

Ron Brown

Following a brief stint as a college speech and debate team coach that ignited his talent for debate, Ron Brown, J.D., has dedicated more than 27 years to public law and local government - a gratifying career.... Read More >>

Charlie Douglas

Charlie Douglas

Charlie Douglas

Since his graduation from SJR State in 2001, Charlie Douglas has been making big waves in the legal world. Read More >>

Rebecca Faunce O'Leary

Rebecca Faunce O'Leary

Rebecca Faunce O'Leary

Dr. Rebecca Faunce O’Leary took her knack for science and her desire to help others and pursued an education in dental medicine. Read More >>

Lori Wagner

Lori Wagner

Lori Wagner

Since the beginning of her collegiate journey, Lori possessed the admirable ability to balance her responsibilities as a wife, mother, student and full-time employee. Read More >>