The University’s Alumni Association will honor eight distinguished graduates during the Homecoming Alumni Celebration Friday, Nov. 8 at the Lake Pavilion.
The honorees are Christina Coakley, of the Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy; Sterling Frederick, of the School of Music & Fine Arts; Joshua Holbrook, of the School of Arts and Sciences; Cynthia Kanai, of the Catherine T. MacArthur School of Leadership; Janie Lacy, of the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences; Alexandra Renelus, of the School of Nursing; Aarron Schwartz, of the School of Ministry; and Rudina Toro, of the Marshall E. Rinker Sr. School of Business.
Lacy earned her master’s degree in mental health counseling from PBA Orlando in 2007. She was one of 22 women recognized as Orlando’s Women of the Year for her counseling programs for women: Woman Redeemed, a 12-week intensive program for women in toxic relationships, and Safe Haven, a program for women experiencing the trauma of betrayal such as spousal infidelity or pornography addiction.
She is a faculty member for International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals, training others in the treatment of addiction recovery and trauma. As the founder of Life Counseling Solutions, she won the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida’s 2018 Enterprise Business of the Year Award and an entrepreneur award from Women on the Rise Orlando. She has been a guest on numerous national radio and TV shows.
Renelus earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2018 and works as a family nurse practitioner in Greenacres, Florida. She entered the nursing field not only to care for patients’ physical needs but to be obedient to the call of Jesus on her life. She enjoys educating people on how to practice self-care and improve their health. Renelus, who is of Haitian descent, aspires to improve health literacy among the aging adult Haitian-American population. She serves at her local church mentoring girls in a group called “Girl Talk,” where they learn about sexual education as it relates to spirituality.
Renelus is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing – Chi Phi Chapter, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Haitian American Nurses Association, American Nursing Association and Nurse Practitioner Council of Palm Beach County.
Schwartz is a 1996 graduate of the School of Ministry and lead pastor of Restoration Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He is passionate about humility and transparency in the church, the truth of scripture and living a life guided by the Spirit of God. He speaks at church-planting boot camps and marriage seminars for pastors and their wives in the Tennessee Baptist Convention. Additionally, he serves on the Nashville Baptist Association church-planting team, encouraging church planters in the Nashville area.
He has been a camp pastor for Crosspoint and Student Life camps and currently serves Centrifuge camps. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is on the board for Sight Ministry. He is married to Crystal Holland Schwartz; the couple has two children, Judah and Chayah.
Toro is a Certified Public Accountant and CFO of the Hanley Foundation, which is Palm Beach County’s leading nonprofit for providing substance abuse prevention and education programs. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in applied finance and accounting from the Marshall E. Rinker Sr. School of Business in 2001. She has a Master of Science degree in Taxation.
She joined the Hanley Foundation team in September 2018 with 18 years of public accounting and auditing experience. She has been responsible for developing and implementing financial controls and supervising all corporate financial and business processes, including human resources. Toro has conducted audits for numerous non-profit and governmental clients. She and her husband, Jason, have two daughters, Logan and Remi. Her brother, Emin Toro, is a 1997 graduate.
Read a profile of Coakley, Frederick, Holbrook and Kanai here.
Photo 1: Janie Lacy is a 2007 graduate of the mental health counseling program.
Photo 2: Alexandra Renelus earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2018.
Photo 3: Aarron Schwartz is a 1996 ministry graduate.
Photo 4: Rudina Toro is a 2001 graduate of the Marshall E. Rinker Sr. School of Business.