Young Alumni Award


2014 Recipient

Patrick Mize '05 

Naples attorney Patrick Mize, who graduated from PBA in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in communications, was a student in the University’s Frederick M. Supper Honors Program. He served in several leadership roles, such as working with the Student Activities office and volunteering on the Homecoming Committee.

He later attended the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida, where he was active on the Moot Court Team. He volunteered with the Alachua Conservation Trust and excelled in his Wetlands and Watersheds course, earning the book award. Mize decided to specialize in trust and estate planning. He joined Laird A. Lile, P.A., where he has worked as an associate dealing primarily with estate planning, trust administration, probate and transfer tax compliance. He recently joined the law firm of Woods, Weidenmiller, Michetti and Rudnick, where he will assist with the development of the firm’s estate planning and probate department. Mize has held several professional positions, including serving as an executive council member of the Florida Bar Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section, chair of the Collier County Bar Association Trusts and Estates Section and secretary of the Collier County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. He also has been a presenter for Probate and Pumpernickel, a luncheon and educational series for attorneys and CPAs.

His wife, Laura Ammerman Mize, is also a 2005 PBA graduate.

2013 Recipient

Gregory Langowski '01/'08 

Gregory Langowski, who majored in political science and minored in business administration at Palm Beach Atlantic University, graduated in 2001. At PBA, he was president of the University’s Young Republicans Club, active in student government, and was selected to be a Presidential Ambassador. Langowski, who went on to earn a master’s degree in organizational leadership from PBA in 2008, is the Southeast regional director for the office of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. The Jupiter resident’s duties include overseeing all district office operations, representing the senator in the district and traveling within the district to keep abreast of local concerns. He has worked for Sen. Rubio’s office since 2011. Since 2005, he has served as executive director of the Republican Party of Palm Beach County, a role in which he is involved in candidate campaigns and strategies, raising money and media relations. He previously worked for several years at Jupiter Medical Center as a unit liaison and later as a physician referral coordinator. Among the professional boards on which he has served are the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, Prevention Partnerships for Children, The Children’s Movement of Florida and the Century Commission for a Sustainable Florida.

2012 Recipient

John Templeton '02 CPA, CVA

John Templeton, audit partner at Templeton & Company, is a 2002 graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University. Templeton is an experienced provider of accounting, auditing and advisory services for private enterprises in a variety of industries including real estate, nonprofit, educational institutions, healthcare, manufacturing and distribution. He is a hands-on professional who approaches each client and audit engagement with focus and efficiency. He also serves as a mentor to Templeton & Company’s younger staff members. He is a member of the Affordable Housing Association of Certified Public Accountants, a board member of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches and a board member and treasurer of the Community Land Trust of Palm Beach County. Templeton majored in history and education at PBA and went on to pursue graduate studies at Florida Atlantic University.

2011 Recipient

Stephanie Malia Kilstein Krauss '04

At age 15, Stephanie Malia Kilstein Krauss dropped out of high school. Seven years later, this experience coupled with her college and post-collegiate experiences, influenced the founding of Shearwater High School, a college-preparatory public charter school serving disconnected and dropout youth, ages 17-21 in the City of St. Louis, Mo.  Over the past few years, Krauss has raised more than $3 million in financial and in-kind contributions to support the planning and start-up of the school. Today, she is president and CEO of Shearwater Education Foundation, an organization that aims to lead policy change and program design efforts that positively impact the education of disconnected youth, which includes supporting the growth and development of Shearwater High School. She serves as a member of the St. Louis Regional College Access Pipeline Project, and as an advisory board member of Preferred Family Healthcare. Krauss earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from PBA,  a master’s degree in education from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in social work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2010, she was recognized as one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s “30 under 30.”Krauss and her husband, Evan, reside in St. Louis with their 10-month old son, Justice Hi'ilani.

2009 Recipient

Tenth Avenue North 

For the first time, the Young Alum Award goes to a group of alumni who individually and collectively personify the best of  PBA: Mike Donehey ’03, Jason Jamison ’03, Scott Sanders ’02 and Jeff Owen. Together they are the Dove Award-winning band Tenth Avenue North. The group got their start in the early 2000s while students at Palm Beach Atlantic. They took their name from the street where they lived: 10th Avenue North in Lake Worth. The band’s debut album, Over and Underneath, released in May 2008, became a best-seller and made them the most-played new Christian Gospel artists of 2008. It also earned them CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) magazine’s Readers’ Choice for Best New Artist, plus the New Artist ofthe Year award at the Gospel Music Association’s 40th annual Dove Awards for achievement in Christian and Gospel music. Mike Donehey is married to PBA alumna Kelly Whipple Donehey. They had their first baby, a daughter, in October. Jason Jamison is married to alumna Melissa Homan Jamison, and they have one child. Jeff Owen married Heather Lawrence earlier this year. Scott Sanders is single.

2008 Recipient

Elizabeth Eubanks ’04 

For 11 years Elizabeth Eubanks has taught integrated middle school science. She presently teaches at St. Mark Catholic School in Boynton Beach, Fla. In 2006 she was the first private school teacher to win the Dwyer Award for Excellence in Teaching. This past summer Eubanks spent more than a month in the Arctic Circle in Barrow, Alaska, where she studied global gases with a PolarTREC team funded by the National Science Foundation. Eubanks holds a bachelor’s in zoology from Auburn University and a master’s in education from PBA. She and her husband, Rob, live in Lake Worth, Fla. 

2006 Recipient

Angela Price Recker '93

For more than two years, Angela M. Price was special advisorto then-Vice President Dick Cheney. The Palm Beach Atlantic University graduate, who also holds a law degree, advised Vice President Cheney and his senior staff on domestic and international policy matters ranging from education and veteran’s affairs to housing and financial services. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from PBA in 1993 and was part of the first graduating class of PBA’s Frederick M. Supper Honors Program. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Central Florida in 1997. She served as policy advisor to then-Florida House Speaker Tom Feeney from November 2000 to July 2001. Also in 2001, she earned a law degree from Florida State University. She later worked for the Atlanta law firm of King & Spalding. In 2003, she joined the Georgia Department of Education as assistant general counsel. The following year, she began working for the U.S. Department of Education as the deputy secretary’s regional representative. From there, she joined the Office of the Vice President, where she served from October 2006 through January

Past Recipients

2005: Michele Rigby Assad ‘95 and Joseph Assad ‘94
2004: Emin Toro ’97
2003: Steve Scalici ‘95 and Apryl Ellis Scalici ’96
2002: Dr. Renda Knapp '92
2001: Susan Richmond Johnson '95
2000: James Dean '90/ '95 MED
1999: Jeff Charlton '90
1997: Tom Pence '88
1994: Chris Gryskiewicz '88
1993: Jennifer Jolly Rothschild '86
1992: Janie Thomas Fogt '86