Broward College understands that making continuous investments in our employees is the key to a great workforce. As we continue to adopt new benefit strategies to better meet the expectations and the needs of our employees, we understand that promoting education is key. Our employees strive to enhance their own academic and professional development not only for their personal growth, but for the growth and success of our students, through qualifications that better equip them to help our students meet their desired goals.

Below is a summary of degrees, awards, recognition, honors, published papers, performances and community outreach participation completed by our employees over the last two years. We are incredibly proud to recognize these members for their achievements and accomplishments.

Broward College employees

Completed Degree in the last 2 years.  
Nicole Karam AA
Bruce Louis AA
Sharon Daley AS
Jean O’Brien BAS
Tina Nguyen B.S.
Crystal Riollano BAS
Tiffany Craig BAS
Marycelle Palomino-Leslie MPA
Eileen Diaz M.S. Ed
Caron Delancy MPA
Douglas Laurence M.S. Physics
Kandice Damestani MBA
Farah Pierre MBA
Naomi Hammond MBA
Kimberley Thompson M.Ed
Jane Grell M. Mgmt
Theresa Cowan M. Acct.
Monique Blake Ed.D
Sara Turpel D.N.P.
Brittany Roberts Ph.D
Debra Renna D.N.P.
Sibi Peter Ph.D
Pascal Roubides Ph.D


Name Book/Scholarly Work
Douglas H. Laurence (Book) “High School Physics Unlocked,” 10/2016, Random House
(Article) “Coordinated Micro-Variability CIRCE Polarimetry and SARA JKT Multi-Frequency Photometry Observations of the Blazar S5 0716+71,” 2017, Galaxies
Rod Jenks “A Lucid Portrayal of Ambiguity:  Locating Meaning in Hawthorne’s “My Kinsman, Major Molineux,” Humanitas, Sp 2018
Review of Christopher Warne, Arguing with Socrates:  An Introduction to Plato’s Shorter Dialogues, Ancient Philosophy Sp 2018
Merrie Meyers I am the editor of a national newsletter, Ruff Drafts, the publication for the members of the Dog Writers Association of America
Billy Jones Journal: Distance Learning: Perspectives, Outcomes and Challenges’s Chapter 9 titled “The Impact of Technology on Generating Results for Online Students Who Write Composition Research Papers” (2017). The publisher’s name is Nova Science Publishers.
Brittany Roberts “Ghost Stories and Sensation.” Routledge Companion to the Ghost Story. Ed. Scott Brewster and Luke Thurston, January 2018.
Dyanne Martin Articles:
“Racial Passing and Double Consciousness in Philip Roth’s _The Human Stain_. Philip Roth Studies, vol. 14, no. 1, 2018. Publisher: Purdue UP
“Island Squalls of Indignation: The Rhetoric of Freedom in _The History of Mary Prince_.” The CEA Critic, vol. 79, no. 3, 2017. Publisher: Johns Hopkins UP
Karen Lawrence The New Drug War or the New Race War: Incarceration’s Impact on Minority Children, Families, and Communities
Published in NovaCat
Rod Jenks Referee for a paper on Plato’s Laches for International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 3/18
Book Review of C. Warne’s Arguing With Socrates for Ancient Philosophy Spring 2018
Review or Prangle’s Virtue is Knowledge for Ancient Philosophy Fall 2017
Pascal Roubides Book/book chapters
– Distance Learning: Perspectives, Outcomes, and Challenges, Nova Science Publishers, 2017
– Emergent Technologies Shaping Instructional Design (featured book chapter in Innovative Applications of Online Pedagogy and Course Design), IGI Global, 2018
 Conference Papers/Proceedings
– Self-regulation and Successful Completion of Mathematics Online, 25th Int’l Conference on Learning, Athens, Greece
– Polyparadigm Competency-focused Learning in Online Mathematics Curriculum, 29th Teaching Academic Survival and Success Skills Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 2018
– Impact of Competency-based Polyparadigm Delivery on Retention and Success of Online Mathematics Learners, MAA Annual Meeting, Florida Atlantic University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 2018
– Legal Issues of Technology in Education and Implications for Educational Leaders, 9th Annual Int’l Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Seville, Spain, 2016
– Improving Performance and Motivation within a Team of College Admissions Counselors, 9th Annual Int’l Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Seville, Spain, 2016
– Indicators of Student Success in Online Learning Environments: A Case Study, Lilly Conference on Innovative Learning Experiences in Higher Education, Asheville, NC, 2016
– Self-Regulatory Functioning and Successful Completion in an Online Gateway Mathematics Course: A Case Study, Association of Florida Colleges Spring Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, 2016
– Self-Regulation as a Predictor for Successful Completion of an Accelerated Online OER College Mathematics Course, Keiser University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 2016
– Disability Laws and Legal Issues in Higher Education, 10th International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain, 2016


Name Certification
Nicole Karam CRLA Tutor Certification Level 1, Spring 2016, Broward College
Phit Theta Kappa’s Competitive Edge Professional Development Course, Spring 2017, Phi Theta Kappa
CRLA Tutor Certification Level 2, Fall 2017, Broward College
Joe Kohler Master Certificate in Business Analytics, January 2018, Michigan State University
Caron Delancy Facilitating Career Development Instructor 07/2017
National Career Development/ Global Career Development facilitator Curriculum Training 11/2016
Oyinka Coakley Certified Management Accountant
December 2016
Institute of Management Accountants
Russell Betts Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt completed July of 2017
Ted Hay International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators March 2018 IACLEA
National Incident Management System IS-700 May 2016 FEMA
National Response Framework IS-800 April 2016 FEMA
Tiffany Craig Global Career Development Facilitator- July 2017-Center for Credentialing & Education
Tuere Allwood Lean Six Sigma White Belt – April 2017 – BC Office of Institutional Planning & Effectiveness
Vanessa Casebolt Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator, 2/2016, Society for Simulation in Healthcare
Francisco Lizano Executive Development Institute, March 2018, International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)
Rodica N. Charles Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist, completed in July, 2017, issued by The Corporate Health and Wellness Association
Nancy Calderon Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt – 02/2018  – Offc of Institutional Planning & Effectiveness
Lean Six Sigma White Belt – 06/2016 – Offc of Institutional Planning & Effectiveness
Building Coaches – 11/2016 – H.R. & Equity
R.A.D – 03/2018 – FAU Davie Police
Sarah Zubairi Professional Teacher Certification- Mathematics 5-9 June 2017, FLDOE
Professional Teacher Certification- ECE PRE-K 3 to 3rd grade  June 2017, FLDOE (Renewal)
Barbara Folz-Blum Master Certificate in Business Analytics 01/18 Michigan State University
Applying Business Analytics 01/18 Michigan State University
Data Mining and Management Strategies 11/17 Michigan State University
Analytics for Competitive Advantage 09/17 Michigan State University
Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt 02/18 Broward College
Karen Lawrence Certificate in Conflict Resolution
Nova Southeastern University
Peter Eschenbrenner Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification, May 2017, Lean Sigma Corporation
Farah Pierre Lean Six Sigma – Green Belt – – May 2017
Julie Simon Graduate Certificate in Marketing, December, 2017, Liberty University.
Maureen Heaslet Admissions SME/WorkDay
April 2016
Broward College
Crystal Umana GCDF-Global Career Development Facilitator, 2/10/2017, CCE-Center for Credentialing and Education
Sharon Daley Office Management, Office Support, Office Specialist and Business Specialist 12/15/16 from Broward College
Kimberley Thompson Team building certification FIU , 2016
Erika Hudson CIW v5 Database Design Specialist     May 2017
Yolima Cueto Institutional Research Graduate Certificate, January, 2017, Pennsylvania State University
Queen Davis Lean Six Sigma White Belt, June 7, 2017, Broward College (Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness)

Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt, July 01, 2017, Broward College (Continuing Education) & The Continious Improvement Institute

Takuana Jackson R.A.D. Self defense training 03/2018
Domenica Diraviam Quality Matters Reviewer Certification –
Cindy Denkhoff I earned a BUSINESS SPECIALIST  Certificate on 20173 08/10/17 
Lisbeth Isaacs Six Sigma White Belt
Jade Kastel National Weather Service
Miami Forecast Office
Certified Skywarn Storm Spotter
Broward College CTEL
Name Artistic Performance
Steve Cooper “Aladdin, a Musical for Children in One Act” (January 2018) & “Bonnie Reed, Queen of the Pirate Ants, a Musical for Children in One Act” (January 2017)  Pied Piper Theater, Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Wilmington, North Carolina
Chad Stewart “The West is the Best: Capitalism in Post-Doi Moi Vietnam” Digital Photographic In
FAU Fine Arts Gallery
February – April 2017
Tuere Allwood Who Is Art? – Poetry/Dance – BC TEDx event – 10/2017 – Central

Take It Back(Poetry) & Rise(Dance) – BC South’s Loud Voices: Overheard Series – 4/2017

Woman: An Ebony Story(Poetry/Dance) & Foolish(Dance) – BC South’s Diverse Elements show 3/2018 

Peter Eschenbrenner Yes, “Mission Rap”, posted to YouTube and Broward College Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness Intranet Page, August 2017
Domenica Diraviam Woman’s Roots: Coming, Going, Returning, presented at the Italy in Transit Symposium at FAU 2/3/2018
Jade Kastel April 13, 2018
FIU Wolfsonian Micro-Residency, Music & Poetry
1001 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Name Award/Honor
Chad Stewart Honors Faculty Travel Grant
February 2016
Nicole Karam President’s List , Fall 2017, Broward College
Academic Achievement Award, Spring 2017, Student Life North Campus.
American Dream Scholar, Spring 2017, Broward College Foundation.
Caron Delancy Unsung Hero February 2017
Russell Betts Professor of the Year for North Campus 2015 – 2016 Broward College North Campus
ATT Endowed Teaching Chair May 2017 Broward College
Aspen Faculty Innovation Grant recipient November 2017 Broward College/Aspen Institute
Ted Hay Two PTS presenter award for Shots Fired Course
Sandra D. Gans 2016  Unsung Hero Award
Vanessa Casebolt PTS Outstanding Achievement Award
Rodica N. Charles Teacher Champion, Teach-A-Thon’s Gem Society, The Education Fund, February, 2018
Peggy Zicarelli Unsung Hero Award, July 2016,
Merrie Meyers Unsung Hero
Evelyn Robinson Lean Six Sigma White Belt June 2016
Power Bi September 2017
Billy Jones Aspen Innovation Grant Award, Project title, “Many Voices: Digital Storytelling” at Broward College (2016)
Aspen Innovation Grant Award, Project title, “Academic Research Showcase” (2016)
Claudia Alvarado I have been selected for the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award.
Name Member of Board
Nicole Karam Vice-president of Scholarship & Co- president, May 2016 , Execute Board of Omega Phi Chapter, Being in charge of the Honors in Action, help the advisor and fellow co-officers.
Rodica N. Charles Programs Director, Human Resources Association of Broward County, January 2018
VP of Communications, WEC Ft. Lauderdale, June 2015
Dr. Merrie Meyers Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale, Program Chair 2016-2017 (organizing all meeting activities), At Large board member 2017-2018 (assisting with special projects).
Maureen Heaslet State of FL FCS Residency Committee served from 2012-2017:
Major legislative changes in FL residency were recommended and implemented during this tenureState of FL FCRAO Steering Committee served 2015-2017:
Responsible for conference duties



Name Community Event
Katrina Cosme Actively participated in Legal Aid Adopt-A-Family Project in Dec. 2017 & Dec. 2018.  Emerging Leaders Group sponsored the event. Our group has helped many families in need for the holiday seasons. We delivery holiday gifts to families in need.
George Makiya IR organized 11 extremely well attended Power BI workshops for 231 colleagues savings the college money, 6 Pathway KPI workshops
Sandra D. Gans Designed programs for the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Ballet Theater (non- profit). This Non-profit allows children to learn and achieve a semi-professional creative arts learning  performance experience.
Sara Turpel Research Presentation
Florida Nurses Association Annual Research Conference
July, 2017
Presented my dissertation research
Rodica N. Charles HRABC Annual Conference, sponsoring organization (Sapoznik Insurance), Margaritaville Hollywood, October, 2017
Merrie Meyers Broward Public Library Foundation, co-chair of the Night of Literary Feasts, 2017 and 2018. Assist with planning and execution of this event, including Lit Live, a panel discussion with best selling authors that is free to the public.
Nancy Calderon 2018 AARP Foundation and Miami Dolphins 5th Annual Million Meal Pack at Miami Dolphin Arena, Davie FL – April, 2018 we team up to increase the social bonds, economic opportunities to prevent isolation in older adults and provide seniors with a meal.
Billy Jones Keynote speaker at the 8th Mango Writers Conference (Feb. 2018). My selected theme: Writing and Publishing in an Age of Digital Rhetoric.The event is sponsored by the South Florida Writers Association for writers across the southeast region of the US
Sarah Zubairi MDC- Children’s Holiday at North December, 2016.

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