Alumni Updates: Where are they now?

January 26, 2015

Filed Under: Alumni

Deborah Burgess, BS ’77, is now an admissions counselor at the University of the Rockies in Denver, Colorado.

James “Mac” Dills, BS ’14, recently began his first career opportunity as a law enforcement officer with the Florida State University Police Department.

Grant Duwe, MS ’96, PhD ’02, research director for the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC), was awarded the Practitioner Research Award last month from the American Society of Criminology’s Division of Corrections and Sentencing (DCS). The DSC’s Practitioner Research Award was created to recognize researchers in government in agencies whose work often goes unnoticed, “even though it is of high quality and it has a real and positive impact on the operation of the criminal justice system.” The award highlights research related to sentencing/court policy or operations, or correctional policy or operations.

Lonnie Groot, BS ’73, JD ’76, of Daytona Beach Shores and Lake Mary law firm of Stenstrom, McIntosh, Colbert & Whigham, P.A. law firm, participated in the Seminole County School District’s “Teach In,” where students across Seminole County get a chance to learn many things that are not taught in text books. Groot taught the entire school day at Lyman High School located in Longwood.

John Murphy, BS ’74, retired from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in September 2012 after a 27-year career as a law enforcement aircraft pilot. Originally hired by the Florida Marine Patrol in 1982, his first assignment out of the academy took him to Key West. Over the course of his career, he served throughout the state including Panama City, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Tampa, St. Augustine, and Marathon. He flew many kinds of aircraft, including single engine and twin engine airplanes, and turbine helicopters in support of ground and water based officers enforcing fishing, hunting and boating safety laws as well as search and rescue ops.

Dr. Larry D. Potts, BS ’91, published a book on April 1, 2014 about the parables of Jesus found in Matthew 13. The book is titled “The Kingdom of Heaven is Like….”

Franklin, Tenn., Police Chief David Rahinsky Friday was appointed to succeed the retired Kevin Belk as head of the Grand Rapids Police Department. Rahinsky, 48, worked for the Broward County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office before moving to Franklin in 2006. He became that city’s chief three years ago.

 Luke Clinton Savage, BS ’03, JD ’06, was recently selected for recognition by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as one of “40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of South Florida.”  The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s selection committee, comprised of well-known local attorneys and community leaders, selects recipients based upon demonstrated excellence in the legal field and contributions to the community.

Jessica Ticktin, BS ’01, was recently elected to be a Circuit Court Judge in Palm Beach County, Florida. She will take office in January 2015.