New PBA Orlando Alumni Council Creates Campus ‘Ambassadors’

Shannan Lewis-Blair is leading the new Orlando Alumni Council.PBA’s Orlando Campus has formed an alumni council to raise the profile of the University and its programs in Central Florida.

The local group gives local alumni opportunities to “be an ambassador for us in the community,” said campus Executive Director Dr. Jeremy Couch. That includes speaking with prospective students at admissions events and campus preview days.

The University wants to help alumni by creating more opportunities for them to network with each other and potential employers, Couch said.

Shannan Lewis-Blair heads the 15-person Orlando Alumni Council, which is made up of successful graduates who work in human resources, the non-profit arena, counseling, ministry, public speaking and writing. Lewis-Blair is also forging new connections with alumni at churches, chamber and community events.

The council includes Martha Christlieb, Shanel Morris, Alvin Brinson, Krystle Lynch, Gabriel Lynch, David Miller, Sheena Montgomery, Nadege Nicolas, Lisa Alexander, Sarah O’Hern, Maisie Alicea, Kaprece Stallings, Paul Nuzzo, Cristina Ally.

PBA Orlando alumni Shanel Morris and Nadege Nicolas greeted prospective students at a campus preview day.Lewis-Blair graduated from PBA Orlando in 2010 with her bachelor’s degree in organizational management and in 2012 with her master’s degree in leadership. She previously worked as an admissions counselor and was hired as an adjunct professor teaching courses in leadership for academic success and organizational leadership soon after finishing her master’s degree.

She was sidelined by cancer, but now that she has recovered, she’s a “cheerleader” for PBA Orlando. She and the core group of alumni promote PBA Orlando on social media and attend events for future students — just as two did at a recent campus preview luncheon. The alumni fielded questions and shared testimonials.

“It’s really a group that’s intentional about connecting, communicating and doing whatever they can to spread the word that we’re here,” Lewis-Blair said. “They automatically legitimize our programs.”

Photo 1: Shannan Lewis-Blair is leading the new Orlando Alumni Council.

Photo 2: PBA Orlando alumni Shanel Morris and Nadege Nicolas greeted prospective students at a campus preview day.