PBSC has prepared generations of leaders to achieve lifelong success and give back
to our communities. Alumni enter the workforce with the skills and knowledge to innovate
in fields such as business, finance, technology, public service, healthcare, law,
criminal justice, and other industries. To commemorate our 90th anniversary, we will
be highlighting the accomplishments of many of our graduates through our Panther Proud:
Alumni Spotlight series below.
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In addition to these spotlights, we've also collected 90 of our past alumni stories
in our Panther Proud 90 series.
Palm Beach State College alumnus George Gentile has practiced as a landscape architect
and planner in Palm Beach County for more than 35 years. He is the founder, senior
partner and principle of Gentile Holloway O’Mahoney & Associates Inc., a full-service
landscape architecture, planning and environmental consulting firm in Jupiter. |
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When Brad Peacock was a high school third baseman in 2006, Palm Beach State College
recruited him to play for the Panthers. There was one change. Instead of third base,
former PBSC baseball coach Alex Morales signed him as a pitcher. That turned out to
be the best move for Peacock, who helped lead the Houston Astros to its first World
Series Championship in 2017. | Read Full Story
When Susan Klarich was 15 years old, she was a student at Twin Lakes High School.
She was also working full time, eventually as a 911 dispatcher for the Palm Beach
Sheriff’s Office and a technician in a crime lab. It was there that a colleague suggested
Palm Beach State College. Read Full Story
After earning an Associate in Arts degree in business, Zach Ingram had initially started
a bachelor's program at another university but decided to transfer back to Palm Beach
State College for his bachelor's degree. “Palm Beach State had just as good an educational
program and was exactly what I needed,” says Ingram, who recently earned his Bachelor
of Applied Science degree in Supervision and Management with an entrepreneurial focus.
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Life has come full circle for Michael Garrison, a community business owner for the
past 23 years. Growing up in Belle Glade, Garrison earned his associate degree in
architectural design at Palm Beach State’s Belle Glade campus and has designed some
of south Florida's most prestigious properties. | Read Full Story
When Thomas Beckwith graduated from Santaluces Community High School, he dreamed of
being a college student far away from home. That dream, however, didn’t immediately
come to fruition as he lacked discipline and struggled academically. Instead, Palm
Beach State gave him a home advantage that developed him and gave him the skills which
would lead to success at future institutions and in his current role as the associate
director of the Academic Advisement Center at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla.
| Read Full Story
Today, Ornella Barile is the accessibility advisor for Palm Beach State College at
the Boca Raton campus. In 2018, she was a Palm Beach State student who graduated with
an Associate in Arts degree. As both a Palm Beach State alum and an employee, Barile
sees the College from two sides. For students, she encourages them to keep learning
always. “Look for opportunities; they are out there waiting to be discovered.” |
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Dr. J. Marc Davis
When Palm Beach State College alumnus Dr. J. Marc Davis moved to Boca Raton from Washington,
D.C., in his early 30s, he had been out of school for 12 years. “It began to weigh
on me that I started something and did not finish,” said Davis, who today is a professor
and chair of PBSC’s Student Life Skills Department on the Boca Raton campus. “Moreover,
I was a dad. I wanted to be a good example. I couldn’t rightfully advocate for education
and have given up myself.” | Read Full Story
Palm Beach State College alumna Sandra Raymond remembers the student-oriented, friendly
environment she experienced as a student earning an Associate in Science degree in
Nursing after graduating high school. Raymond was working as a cashier at the time
and chose the PBSC Nursing program partly because of its flexibility so she could
continue to work while attending college. She also wanted to stay local. | Read Full Story
Jean Louis Fadino
PBSC alumnus Jean Louis Fadino has accepted an invitation of lifetime membership in
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), the nation’s leading certified
honor society for high-achieving first- and second-year college students with a minimum
of a 3.0 GPA. NSCS is an honors organization that invites less than 10% of all eligible
students nationwide to join the ranks of its diverse membership each year, a tremendous
honor for Fadino. A leading interdisciplinary academic honor society, NSCS is made
up of scholars from two-year, four-year and online institutions. | Read Full Story
Ana Isabel De La Cruz
Ana Isabel De La Cruz graduated from PBSC with her Associate in Arts degree in 2022.
She is now pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services to become a mental
health counselor. De La Cruz's experience at the College had such a significant impact
on her that she is currently working as an Administrative Assistant II with Palm Beach
State at the Lake Worth campus and the TRIO Upward Bound Program. | Read Full Story
When Dorothy Sanders moved to Riviera Beach in January 1957, attending college was
not on her list of life ambitions. Her dream was simple: join her husband and his
family in South Florida because there were better opportunities for people of color.
At the time, she was pregnant with her first child and remembers the bus ride clearly.
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Palm Beach State alumna Kerima Gorigoitia earned her Associate in Science degree in
Nursing in 2014. Today, she is enjoying a career at Kindred Hospital in Riviera Beach,
serving in the Clinical Appropriateness Management department. Gorigoitia conveys
a strong sentiment to all the PBSC students that they are at the right place to complete
their education and professional dreams. In fact, according to Gorigoitia, Palm Beach
State completely changed her life for the better with an opportunity to become a highly
skilled professional while taking care of her family. | Read Full Story
Noel Guillama has been a resident of Palm Beach County since he was a child, attending
elementary, middle and high school in Lake Worth, where he enrolled in Palm Beach
State College. Since 1984, he has been in real estate, construction, health care and
technology as a lifelong entrepreneur and serves as president/CEO of Guillama, Inc.
and OXIO Health, Inc. He has been recognized as an innovator with over 20 patents
issued in his name by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Read Full Story
Luis Angel Arroyo
Luis Angel Arroyo needed his own angel, someone in his corner who believed in him.
He found more than one at Palm Beach State College and truly transformed his life.
Beyond thankful, Arroyo has been empowering young people since graduating from PBSC
in 2019 with his Associate in Science degree and in 2022 with his Bachelor of Science
degree, both in Human Services. Read Full Story
Bernard Harrigan has interned with local constituencies to use the power of cultural
expression to empower communities impacted by environmental injustice. His goal is
to work in the environmental justice field as a community change agent to mitigate
climate change impacts and seek environmentally focused funding through state and
federal grant programs for the Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities
in South Florida. Read full story
The fear and loneliness of an intensive care unit can be devastating. When Palm Beach
State College Foundation Board Chair Ricky Wade found himself at Good Samaritan Medical
Center, he expected quality care but not from who would give it, his own good Samaritan.
Wade spent 17 solitary days in the ICU. “The nights were the worst,” recalls Wade.
“I was afraid to sleep, the anxiety unbearable.” Several nights into his stay, Wade
was greeted with something unexpected: a familiar voice. “Is that you, Mr. Wade?”
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Matt Cox and his wife, Laura.
PBSC alumnus Matt Cox has been brewing since 2000. When Cox opened Copperpoint Brewing
Company in 2015, he brought a gem to Boynton Beach. Keeping everything close to home
with local resources for both beer and bar—from the ingredients for brewing to the
tables for gathering—Copperpoint is a true neighborhood establishment that has become
a staple of local craftsmanship. Read full story
Isabella Henderson (left) with her mom Paula McLeod.
When Isabella Henderson started taking classes at PBSC, she was confident she would
get a great education. That’s because Henderson was following in the footsteps of
her mother, Paula McLeod, who not only shared with her the benefits of attending but
that the College would offer her a great path to a university like it did for her.
McLeod, the vice president of major gifts at the United Way of Palm Beach County,
and Henderson, who is pursuing an Associate in Science degree in Human Services, are
an example of the many alumni legacies being built within families at PBSC. Read Full Story