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Philip Garton (DBA ’20) | February 2021

Garton (DBA 2020) is Chief Financial Officer at Shoals Technologies Group, a leading provider of electrical balance of systems solutions for coal, storage and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.  Shoals recently debuted on the public markets, delivering the year’s second-biggest IPO and largest renewable energy IPO in history. 

Kathleen Plinske (MBA ’12) | February 2021

Plinske (MBA 2012) was recently named the next president of Valencia College in Orlando. She is the fifth and first female president of Valencia.  Previously, Dr. Plinske served as Executive Vice President and Provost and as Campus President of the Osceola, Lake Nona, and Poinciana Campuses at Valencia College. Prior to joining Valencia in 2010, Dr. Plinske began her career at McHenry County College, a community college in her hometown of Crystal Lake, Illinois. She was hired as an Instructional

David Hidalgo (MBA ’19) | February 2021

Hidalgo (MBA 2019) is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist with Envision Physician Services. He is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist, National Firewood Association and the South Lake Chamber of Commerce. He was recently appointed to the Lake-Sumter State College District Board of Trustees by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. 

Lisa McAlister (BSBA ’04, MBA ’10) | February 2021

McAlister (BSBA 2004, MBA 2010) is Global Myopia Lead at Johnson & Johnson Vision. She and her team are working on a solution to help patients with myopia. Read more about McAlister and how she hopes to slow the rapidly increasing prevalence of myopia around the world in this story from Johnson & Johnson. 

Nermine Khouzam Rubin (MBA ’86, MHS ’86, BS ’83) | February 2021

Khouzam Rubin (MBA 1986, MHS 1986, BS 1983) Founded Water 4 Mercy(W4M) a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2018 whose Mission is To Uphold Human Dignity by Eradicating Thirst, Hunger & Poverty. In just 2 years over 20,000 people’s lives have dramatically improved for generations to come. Now W4M’s AITEC-Agricultural Innovation & Technology Center-a partnership between Embassy–Israel in Kenya, Israeli Tech & the largest Catholic skills training school in the world is enabling Africa to be food secure within 3-5 yrs. Connect

Shasta Almi (BSBA ’05) | February 2021

Almi (BSBA 2005) is Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator at the International School of Monaco.  Over the past ten years, she has worked in education, communications, advertising and digital marketing for a range of industries in Monaco. Prior to her time in Monaco, she worked in Menton, France and Perth, Australia.  She earned her MA in linguistics from the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg in Germany.  You can read more about Almi in the International School of Monaco’s Pulse newsletter. 

Alice Bonaime (Ph.D. ’08) | January 2021

Bonamine (Ph.D. 2008) is Associate Professor of Finance and Philip Rhoads Fellow in Finance at the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona.  Prior to joining Eller, she taught at the University of Kentucky. Her research interests include empirical corporate finance, payout policy, insider trading and mergers and acquisitions. She recently topped the list of most cited scholars in the Journal of Financial Economics since 2018. 

Krishna Memani (MA ’82, MBA ’84) | January 2021

Memani (MA Economics 1982, MBA 1984) was named CIO at Lafayette in October 2020. Prior to Lafayette, Memani was vice chairman of investments at Invesco.  Memani joined Invesco when the firm combined with OppenheimerFunds in 2019, where he was chief investment officer. Before joining OppenheimerFunds in 2009, he was a managing director at Deutsche Bank, heading U.S. and European credit analysis. Earlier, Memani headed global credit research at Credit Suisse, was in charge of high-grade and high-yield portfolios at Putnam

Thomas Olmsted (BAA ’65, MBA ’71) | January 2021

Olmsted (BAA 1965, MBA 1971) retired from the accounting industry after 25 years of working at a Gainesville firm. He is an avid collector, with over 100 collections in his possession.  Read more about Olmsted and his collections, from coffee cans to left-handed tools to banana labels, in this story about his unique life from WUFT. 

Robert Klein (BSBA ’97) | January 2021

Klein (BSBA 1997) was recently appointed Chief Financial Officer at Postal Realty Trust.  Klein joins Postal Realty Trust with extensive experience in corporate finance, capital markets and real estate operations stemming from his over 20-year career. Prior to joining Postal Realty Trust , Klein served as a Managing Partner and head of capital markets at Monday Properties Services since June 2016, where he led the strategic growth of the firm. From 1998 to the time he joined Monday Properties, Klein