4 Under 40 Winners Honored at Eastern Florida
By Eastern Florida State College // March 3, 2014
next generation of Space Coast leaders
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BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Four young professionals were honored for their leadership and commitment to community service Friday night during LEAD Brevard’s annual “4 Under 40” awards at Eastern Florida State College.
Community leaders packed the Simpkins Fine Arts Center on the Cocoa campus for the event, which was co-sponsored by the Eastern Florida State College Foundation.
Dr. John Dietrich, the college’s Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, thanked LEAD Brevard for its work in “identifying the next generation of Space Coast leaders.”
He also said the college’s new Bachelor Degree programs in Business, Health Care and Information Technologies that are scheduled to start in August will provide more opportunities for young adults to advance their careers.
The following winners were selected from 12 finalists:
• Susan Hammerling, 37, a physician’s assistant.
• Erica Lemp, 32, a program officer, Career Source Brevard.
• Michelle Naberhaus, 37, a Suntree-Viera attorney.
• Jarvis Walsh, 36, pastor and founder of the R.E.A.L. Church and My Community Cares.
LEAD Brevard also honored two others for their work in improving life along the Space Coast.
The Distinguished Alumni Award was given to State Rep. Steve Crisafulli of Merritt Island, the in-coming Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.
Crisafulli is an Eastern Florida State College graduate whose work in the Legislature has focused on boosting business, agriculture and the space program.
The Rodney S. Ketcham Leadership Award was given to Brevard County Commissioner Robin Fisher for his efforts in revitalizing Titusville and North Brevard in the post-shuttle era.
‘4 UNDER 40’ FINALIST
Other finalist for the 2014 “4 Under 40” included David Alpizar, Alpizar Law; Amar Patel, Brevard Achievement Center; Laura Seward, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space; Tyler Sirois, Office of the State Attorney; Joani Slawson, Brevard Public Schools; Kyle Smith, Brevard County Manatees Baseball Club; Kelly Swartz, Ingenuity Law; and Robert Vitaliano, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
LEAD Brevard is a non-profit, community based organization committed to leadership development and citizen engagement.