Alumni Award Winners

Since 1998, Seminole State College has presented an alumnus with its Distinguished Alumni Award, which honors graduates who have demonstrated service to the College and/or community, achieved success in their chosen field and are considered a role model for Seminole State students. This award expanded into the Alumni Legacy Awards in 2016 with the addition of the Outstanding Graduate Award.  In 2019, the Honors Alumni Award and Alumni Excellence Honorees were introduced.

Learn more about our past winners below.

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Diane Crews '94

Diane Crews '94

2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

Crews graduated with her Associate in Arts degree in 1994 and has served as the president and CEO of Orlando Sanford International Airport since 2015. Crews served the City of Sanford for 11 years prior to accepting a vice president position at the airport in 2001. Crews was born and raised in Sanford and has served on numerous boards and committees in the community and at the College. In addition to her associate degree from Seminole State, Crews earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and a Master of Public Administration degree from University of Central Florida.

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Haley Furman '18

Hayley Furman '18

2019 Outstanding Graduate Award Winner

Furman graduated in Fall 2018 with her Associate in Arts with an Environmental Engineering pathway. She was awarded a 2019 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. She attends Stetson University pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy and Economics. Furman participated in many ways at Seminole State College, serving as the president of the Environmental Initiative Club, a member of the Honors Advisory Council and as an Honors Ambassador. She lead a project to install composters on campus to improve sustainable practices and has presented at conferences sharing the great work in progress at Seminole State.

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Daniel Leon-Davis '11

Daniel Leon-Davis '11

2019 Honors Alumni Award Winner

A Dreamer who went on to earn a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Leon-Davis continued his education at American University in Washington, D.C., working with distinguished members of the federal government to help reform policies regarding immigrants and undocumented citizens. He is a proud co-founder and former partner at The Soze Agency, a trailblazing social impact agency dedicated to creating innovative campaigns for causes they deeply believe in including Immigrant Heritage Month, Sons and Brothers and #IAmAnImmigrant. He resides in Brooklyn with his husband, Dom, and is the proud father of two Mini Schnauzer puppies named Raj and Rowan.

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Harry Ellis III '01

Harry Ellis III ‘01

2019 Alumni Excellence Honoree

The founding chair of the Seminole State College Alumni Association, Ellis earned associate degrees from Seminole State in Microsoft computer engineering and Cisco engineering. He went on to get his bachelor’s in information systems technology and master’s in computer forensics from University of Central Florida. Ellis is the CIO and president of Next Horizon and was recognized as CEO of the Year in IT by i4 Magazine.

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Juanita Martin '14

Juanita Martin ‘14

2019 Alumni Excellence Honoree

A 2014 Seminole State graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business and information management, Martin is the owner and administrator at R.E. Martin Plumbing, Inc. She is the Orlando Chapter Director for HOPE worldwide - Orlando Chapter and sits on the National Chapter Advisory Board for HOPE worldwide, a global organization that changes lives by delivering sustainable, high-impact, community-based services to the poor and needy.

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Josh Murdock '99

Josh Murdock ‘99

2019 Alumni Excellence Honoree

A 1999 Seminole State graduate, Murdock has served on the Alumni Leadership Team since its inception in 2015. Murdock went on to earn a bachelor’s in criminal justice, a master’s in educational leadership, and a master’s in instructional technology from University of Central Florida. Murdock is the department head of the Technology & Education Center at the Orange County Library System (FL). He serves on the Valencia Foundation Board of Directors and was recognized by Orlando Business Journal as a 40 under 40 award winner.

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Flavio Umeda Pacheco '16

Flavio Umeda Pacheco ‘16

2019 Alumni Excellence Honoree

Flavio Umeda Pacheco graduated from Seminole State College in 2016. Pacheco participated on campus as a member of the Seminole State Student Government Association and the Grindle Honors Institute. He was awarded a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship and went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in molecular cellular biology with a minor in law and society from Cornell University. He completed internships with Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and Pfizer. Pacheco works as a legal investigations associate with Google in Silicon Valley.

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Kristin Ramirez '99

Kristin Ramirez ‘99

2019 Alumni Excellence Honoree

Kristin Ramirez is the vice president of membership strategies for Girl Scouts of Citrus Council. While her professional career took a turn toward customer care and management, she was able to draw on her time from Seminole State and apply the teachings to motivate teams. Kristin has proven herself to be a strong, capable and creative thinker. Within a seven-year span, she has risen through the ranks at Girl Scouts of Citrus Council, from a managerial role to directorship and is now among the senior leadership.

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Patty Sheehan '86

Patty Sheehan ‘86

2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

Sheehan earned an Associate in Arts degree at Seminole State College in 1986. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from University of Central Florida. Since then, she has pursued a life of public service and continues to lead the Central Florida community, serving as City Commissioner for the City of Orlando, District 4. She served nationally as president of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Local Officials (GLBLO) constituency group at the National League of Cities and has championed non-discrimination ordinances and the domestic partner registry. Sheehan was a first responder during the Pulse Nightclub tragedy and represented the “face of Orlando” in the weeks and months that followed. She has consistently been voted one of Orlando’s Best Elected Officials in polls conducted by Orlando Magazine, The Watermark and Orlando Weekly. She was named one of Orlando Life Magazine’s Top 25 Influential Women and was awarded the Diversity Champion Award by the Asian American Chamber of Commerce. Sheehan enjoys many outdoor activities, including, gardening, paddle boarding and Dragon Boat racing and she regularly paints and exhibits her artwork in local restaurants, clubs and shops. Sheehan always shows her appreciation for Seminole State College and fond memories of her time here.  

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Don Eslinger '79

Don Eslinger ‘79

2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

Eslinger, a 1979 graduate of the College’s Law Enforcement Academy, served the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office for over 38 years and was Sheriff from 1991 to 2017. From Seminole State College, Eslinger continued his education by earning a bachelor’s degree in applied behavioral sciences from National Louis University. He also is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. During his career, Eslinger championed community policing, advocated for mental health and youth programs and was integral in founding Kids House of Seminole. He serves at the executive director of the Florida Sheriffs Risk Management Fund. Eslinger has served on numerous board and achieved numerous honors and awards, including serving as past president and board member of the Florida Sheriffs Association.

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