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Stacie Branam

Stacie Branam

Stacie Branam

Stacie, a 2007 graduate, is Senior Community Health Nursing Director at the Putnam County Health Department.
MEET STACIE

Robin Cleary

Robin Cleary

Robin Cleary

Now a ESE Paraprofessional and Registered Behavior Technician, Robin wanted to work in education for as long as she can remember.
MEET ROBIN

Roshonda Phillips

Roshonda Phillips

Roshonda Phillips

As a high school dropout, Roshonda’s story of personal triumph begins with her decision to earn her GED. She then enrolled in SJR State’s nursing program and persevered until she earned a doctorate of nursing practice.
MEET ROSHONDA

Mallory Scott

Mallory Scott

Mallory Scott

My interest in health information technology came from my love for the medical field. I knew I didn’t want to be a “hands-on” professional, but I wanted to still care for patients.
MEET MALLORY

Amanda Owens

Amanda Owens

Amanda Owens

Her grandfather inspired her to become a respiratory therapist due to his history of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
MEET AMANDA

Staci Damato

Staci Damato

Staci Damato

Staci Damato loves her job as a country approval specialist at Pharmaceutical Product Development.
MEET STACI

Jennifer Sherman

Jennifer Sherman

Jennifer Sherman

Jennifer Sherman landed her "dream job" as a 2nd grade teacher after training in SJR State's Early Childhood Education program.
MEET JENNIFER

Eddie Anderson

Eddie Anderson

Eddie Anderson

Retired attorney Eddie Anderson says that he is “proof that a kid in America can start pretty much at the bottom and still become a success, if he or she has some get-up-and-go, some basic smarts, and some pride and ambition.
MEET EDDIE

Sheriff Gator DeLoach

Sheriff Gator DeLoach

Sheriff Gator DeLoach

As a lifelong resident of Putnam County, it has always been important to Sheriff Gator DeLoach to establish personal and professional roots within the community.
MEET GATOR

Joy Herring

Joy Herring

Joy Herring

Joy Herring finds great joy serving in the field of nursing. As vice president of clinical analytics with Health Care Management Group, Joy says, “I am so blessed to be given the opportunity to care for people.
MEET JOY

Swinita Moore

Swinita Moore

Swinita (Suni) Moore

"When the respiratory program was starting at SJR State, I was looking to do something with all of the previous health and science classes I took. There were several nurses and doctors in my family, and I didn't want to do either of those. I just wanted to do something different."
MEET SWINITA

David Cummings

David Cummings

David Cummings

Dr. David Cummings got his start at St. Johns River State College as a dual-enrollment student before transferring to the University of Florida and ultimately earning his M.D. from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 2012.
MEET DAVID

Rian Giddings

Rian Giddings

Rian Giddings

My time at SJR State prepared me well for launching into an IT career soon after I graduated. Today, it serves as a solid foundation of knowledge and experience for continuing to develop and expand upon my skills as an IT professional.
MEET RIAN

Logan Becker

Logan Becker

Logan Becker

There are many employees (faculty, staff and administration) who went the extra mile to help me and guide me. I wouldn't be where I am today without SJR State. And, for that, I am forever thankful.
MEET LOGAN

Glehn Von Loh

Glehn Von Loh

Glehn Von Loh

During the Fall of 2016, I interned at the Office of Korean Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. It was an international relations student’s dream come true, as I felt like I was at the forefront of foreign policy.
MEET GLEHN

Delonja Duncan

Delonja Duncan

Delonja Duncan

After receiving a full African-American scholarship to St. Johns River State College, Delonja Duncan completed her Associate in Arts degree and went on to study at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU).
MEET DELONJA

Blankenbiller Sisters

Blankenbiller Sisters

Blankenbiller Sisters

This week, St. Johns River State College is honoring THREE of its own in an alumni salute, celebrating the career milestones, community contributions and personal reflections of three sisters who began their collegiate journey as SJR State Vikings.
MEET THE BLANKENBILLER SISTERS

Tera Gwaldis

Tera Gwaldis

Tera Gwaldis

Tera Gwaldis received three degrees from St. Johns River State College before returning to the College in 2016, not as a student, but as a clinical instructor for the Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) program.
MEET TERA

Chase Mason

Chase Mason

Chase Mason

As a child, Chase Mason spent hundreds of hours exploring places such as the tide pools of the Matanzas Inlet and the remote parts of Ravine Gardens.
MEET CHASE

Stanley Bishop

Stanley Bishop

Stanley Bishop

As a member of the Future Business Leaders of America in junior high and high school, Stanley Bishop knew he wanted to become a business owner.
MEET STANLEY

Robley Davis

Robley Davis

Robley Davis

As Robley Davis prepares to retire from 36 years of brightening smiles, a big smile lights up her face as she reflects on the many “wonderful people” she has met as patients over the years.
MEET ROBLEY

Ben Brotemarkle

Ben Brotemarkle

Ben Brotemarkle

After receiving his Associate degree in music/voice performance from FloArts in 1983, Ben went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and a Master of Liberal Studies from Rollins College.
MEET BEN

Lacie Silcox Klann

Lacie Silcox Klann

Lacie Silcox Klann

As a student worker in the Foundation office at St. Johns River State College, Lacie Klann was introduced to the field of nonprofit fundraising.
MEET LACIE

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.
MEET JOSH

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.
MEET LAUREN

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.
MEET ERNIE

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.
MEET VERONICA

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.
MEET MATT

Alena King Lawson

Alena King Lawson

Alena King Lawson

Alena King Lawson is a hands-on, service-oriented leader with several notable firsts.
MEET ALENA

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."
MEET JOSEPHINE

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.
MEET DOUG

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.
MEET ANDY

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.
MEET AUBRIE

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.
MEET BRUCE

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.
MEET JOHN

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.
MEET LEON

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.”
MEET PATRICK

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.
MEET RICK

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.
MEET BILL

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.
MEET GREG

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.
MEET ALLANA

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.
MEET RYAN

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.
MEET MIKE

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.
MEET DAVID

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.
MEET ROGER

Chereese Stewart

Chereese Stewart

Chereese Stewart

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

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).
MEET DANIEL

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.
MEET JASON

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.
MEET TINA

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....
MEET RON

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.
MEET CHARLIE

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.
MEET REBECCA

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.
MEET LORI

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