Distinguished Alumni

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes an alumnus for personal and professional achievement and for bringing honor to Palm Beach Atlantic University. The individual has been a graduate of the University for at least 10 years.

2015 Recipient

Dr. Steven Donchey

A resident of Destin, Florida, Donchey is a practicing physician in Okaloosa and Walton counties. He currently serves as a hospitalist for North Okaloosa Medical Center in Crestview, Florida. He also has practiced sports medicine at Bluewater Orthopedics in Niceville, Florida, for more than two decades, and on a part-time basis, he serves as a hospitalist for Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. He also is an associate professor at the Florida State University College of Medicine. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and he holds board certifications in sports medicine and Hospice and palliative care. Donchey was the medical director of Emerald Coast Nursing Home in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, for 18 years and the director of Emerald Coast Hospice Care for Okaloosa and Walton counties for eight years. He also serves as the rehab director for Grand Boulevard and Silver Crest skilled nursing facilities. His community involvements include serving as team physician for several northwest Florida college and high school sports teams. Donchey also went on a medical mission through Mission to the World in Patchakan, Belize, in Central America. He also serves on the advisory board of directors for Summit Bank in Fort Walton Beach. After leaving Palm Beach Atlantic, Donchey attended medical school at Ross University of Medicine in Dominica, West Indies, and served his residency at Seton Hall University. He is originally from New York City. Donchey was elected as a fellow of the American College of Physicians and is a member of the American Medical Association and the American College of Sports Medicine. He has two children.

2014 Recipient

Terri Bowers Hunter '94



2014 Recipient

Sasha Rampersad Noe '94



2013 Recipient

Martin Kiar '99




2012 Recipient

Lee Ann DeHass Miller '90




2011 Recipient

Michele Rigby Assad '95



2010 Recipient

Edward Trask '85



2009 Recipient

Scott Whitaker '91



2008 Recipient

Thomas Olliff '84





Past Recipients

2002: Dr. Philip Rothschild ' 85
1995: Dr. R. Wayne Stacey '74
1994: George Thomasson '77
1988: Tony Adams*
1985: Lynn Gibbony Sloan '72*
1984: Bro. Joe Ranieri '79
1979: Dr. Tim Owings '75
1977: Rev. Wayne Padgett '72
1975: Dr. James Renault '72


Note: All time references are based upon the honoree's date of induction.