Distinguished Alumni Panel: Our Living Legacy


Pete Fay

Hon. Peter Fay ’51
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals
Pete Fay has spent his life dedicated to public service including U.S. Justice, three judicial appointments, professional and judiciary boards and committees, legal practice and military service.  He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including Outstanding Federal Apellate Judge, honorary doctorates and induction into the Rollins College Sports Hall of Fame.  Fay’s major at Rollins was elementary education.

 Rust Deming


Hon. Rust Deming ’64 P’85
Former Ambassador to Tunisia
Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Rust Deming has spent his career representing the United States all over the world.  Focusing on Japanese and Asian affairs, Deming has served as liaison between the U.S. and the Asian and Pacific communities in a variety of capacities. He currently serves as an adjunct professor of Japan studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Deming majored in politics at Rollins.

 Janis Hirsch


Janis Hirsch ’72
Executive Producer of Will & Grace
Writer for television shows including Murphy Brown, Frasier and The Nanny
Janis Hirsch began her career in local theaters in Florida and Massachusetts before moving to New York to work with the likes of Chevy Chase and John Belushi. Eventually Hirsch made her way to Los Angeles and has since worked on shows such as Will & Grace, The Nanny, LA Law and My Wife and Kids, as both a producer and writer. She lives in Los Angeles. Hirsch majored in theatre arts at Rollins.
 John Race


John D. Race, Sr. ’77 ’84MBA
Partner at DePrince, Race & Zollo, Inc.
An Arts & Sciences graduate as well as a Rollins' Crummer Graduate School of Business alumnus, John Race handles portfolio management and small-cap investments as a founding partner for DePrince, Race & Zollo, Inc. Race previously served as president of SunBank Capital Management. Business administration was the focus of Race’s undergraduate and graduate degrees from Rollins.
 Renee Stone


Renee Stone ’85
Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Dept. of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar
Renee Stone worked for the U.S. Department of the Interior during the Clinton administration as a lawyer and manager and returned in 2009, at the beginning of the Obama administration, as the Deputy Chief of Staff. In between her jobs in government, she worked for non-profit environmental organizations, foundations, and in private law practice. An English major, Stone graduated from Rollins in 1985—the 100th anniversary of the College—and was awarded a Truman Scholarship, for students aspiring to public service, and a Rhodes Scholarship. She then received a master’s degree in history from Oxford University and a law degree from Stanford.
 Stacy Van Praagh Stacy Van Praagh ’93
President of Fendi, North America, Inc.
Stacy Van Praagh began her career as an assistant for Chanel and quickly climbed the fashion ladder to become director of Ready to Wear for Chanel, vice president of sales at Kate Spade and global vice president of sales for Oscar de la Renta. She is currently the President of Fendi, North America, Inc. Van Praagh majored in international relations at Rollins.



Distinguished Alumni Panel: Government Service


 Syd Burt Goodwin


Hon. Sydney Burt Goodwin ’60 
Former event coordinator at the residence of the U.S. Vice President; Executive Director of the Vice President’s Residence Foundation
Syd Goodwin has worked in the diverse fields of education, interior design, politics and event planning. Currently a member of the Board of Directors of The First Tee, Montgomery County (MD), Goodwin previously served as the event coordinator at the vice president’s residence from 2001 to 2004 and as the executive director of the vice president’s residence Foundation, a non-profit foundation established to furnish and maintain the vice president’s residence from 2005 to January 2009. Goodwin majored in theatre arts at Rollins.

 Rust Deming


Hon. Rust Deming ’64 P’85
Former Ambassador to Tunisia;
FormerPrincipal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
(see above)

 Glenda Hood


Hon. Glenda Hood ’72
Former Mayor of Orlando and Former Florida Secretary of State
Glenda Hood was elected the first female mayor of the City of Orlando after serving for 10 years as a district commissioner. She served three terms as mayor before being appointed secretary of state by then-governor Jeb Bush. Hood currently serves on the board for the national non-profit Afterschool Alliance, an organization that supports after-school programs for children. Hood’s major field at Rollins was Spanish.

 Renee Stone


Renee Stone ’85
Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Dept. of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar
(see above)
 chauncey goss Chauncey P. Goss, II ’88
Government and Fiscal Policy Consultant
Chauncey Goss spent many years in public service before founding his own consulting firm. His posts include former program specialist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington, U.S. House of Representatives—Committee on the Budget/Director of Budget Review and the President’s Office of Management and Budget—National Security Division. Goss earned a master’s in public policy from Georgetown University and majored in area studies at Rollins.




Distinguished Alumni Panel:  Media and the Arts


Janis Hirsch 


Janis Hirsch ’72
Executive Producer of Will & Grace
Writer for television shows including Murphy Brown, Frasier and The Nanny
(see above)

 Beth Lincks


Beth Lincks ’75
An award-winning playwright who wrote Last Train to Nibroc, which received a New York Drama League nomination for best play. Her play, Letters to Sala, will be produced at Annie Russell Theatre this coming February. Lincks is also an actor, director and costumer with credits ranging from Off-Broadway to Saturday Night Live and Law & Order. She majored in theatre arts at Rollins.
 Matt Rothschild Dicker Matt Rothschild Dicker ’04
A writer, Matt Rothschild received wide acclaim for his first published book, Dumbfounded, which explores his unconventional childhood of growing up on New York’s Upper West Side. The memoir received favorable reviews from the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews. Rothschild majored in art history at Rollins.



Distinguished Alumni Panel: Business and Entrepreneurship


Tony DeChellis 


Anthony “Tony” DeChellis ’84
CEO of Private Banking for the Americas for Credit Suisse
After earning a bachelor’s degree in economics from Rollins and an MBA from the University of Chicago, Tony DeChellis worked for notable financial and wealth management companies such as Merrill Lynch and UBS. As CEO at Credit Suisse, DeChellis is a managing director and head of private banking for the Americas. 

 Stacy Van Praagh


Stacy Van Praagh ’93
President of Fendi, North America, Inc.
(see above)
 Lindsay Phillips Lindsay Phillips ’07
Business Entrepreneur and Founder of SwitchFlops
Switchflops by Lindsay Phillips, was born out of a high school art project and, thanks to Phillips' energetic determination, has become an enormous success. Drawing upon her experiences studying abroad at Rollins, Phillips found inspiration and motivation to expand her company beyond footwear to include handbags and accessories. Phillips majored in art history at Rollins. 



Distinguished Alumni Panel: Social Advocacy


Muriel Fox 


Muriel Fox ’48
Co-founder of the National Organization for Women
Muriel Fox is a prominent public relations executive who, in 1966, co-founded the National Organization for Women (NOW) and led the communications effort that introduced the modern women's movement to mass media of the world. She has remained active as a feminist organizer, speaker, writer, editor and events chair. After her time at Rollins, Fox went on to Barnard College where she earned a degree in history.

 Hal George


Hal George ’76
Habitat for Humanity, Founder and President of Winter Park Affiliate
Hal George has a passion for the Winter Park community originating from his time at Rollins. Since graduating, George has developed his own real estate and construction company and most notably founded the Winter Park affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, which is embarking on building its 47th home in the Winter Park/Maitland area. George majored in English at Rollins.

 Liz Abrams


Elizabeth “Liz” Abrams ’00 ’05MA
Social Justice and Peace Activist
Liz Abrams is a doctoral student in the counseling psychology program at the University of Utah, and a two-time alumna of Rollins. Abrams has identified as a feminist and social justice activist for many years, formed through her interaction with progressive and feminist professors at Rollins as an undergraduate student in English/women's studies. Abrams has traveled three times to Thailand with Dr. Kathryn Norsworthy to participate in workshops dedicated to activism, feminism and peace-building with other women from around the globe. Abrams also earned her master’s in counseling from Rollins.
 LeLaina Romero LeLaina Romero ’00
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Lasell College
LeLaina Romero is an assistant professor of psychology and human services at Lasell College and a post-doctoral clinician at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Mass Art) Counseling Services. Her research and practice focus on well-being and thriving, particularly in low-income urban communities. She completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where her dissertation on thriving in the context of racism and poverty was recognized with distinction. She has co-authored book chapters, scholarly articles and encyclopedia entries on participatory action research (PAR), poverty and social class and multicultural counseling. While at Rollins, Romero double-majored in psychology and music with a concentration in women’s studies.

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