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UCF Honors '30 under 30' Alumni, Including Five from COHPA

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The UCF Alumni Association introduced its inaugural 30 under 30 awards program Nov. 20 at the FAIRWINDS Alumni Center.

The program recognized 30 outstanding UCF alumni under the age of 30 who "continue to reach for the stars in their professional and personal lives," according to the association. Alumni of both undergraduate and graduate programs were honored.

The program's first awardees included five graduates of the College of Health and Public Affairs.

Members of the UCF community who gathered for the program enjoyed a dinner and an awards ceremony. They celebrated the achievements of the awardees and their impact in areas of business, research, leadership, arts, community, education and philanthropy.

The awardees from the College of Health and Public Affairs are identified below.

  • Dr. Shelby Campbell, B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, '09
    Doctor of Audiology, My Family ENT
  • Bridget Keefe*, B.S. in Event Management, '09, Master of Public Administration, '11
    Executive Director, Downtown Orlando Partnership
    * Alumna of two colleges
  • Stephanie Koszalka, Master of Social Work, '12
    Director of Human Trafficking Victim Services, Florida Abolitionist
  • Danny Rivera, B.S. in Criminal Justice, '12, Master of Public Administration, '14
    Special Assistant to Mayor Theresa Jacobs, Orange County Government
  • Victoria Vighetto, B.S. in Health Services Administration, '10, Master of Nonprofit Management, '13
    Executive Director, March of Dimes Central Florida Division

Shelby Campbell
Dr. Shelby Campbell, '09
Bridge Keefe
Bridget Keefe,
'09, '11
Stephane Koszalska
Stephanie Koszalka, '12
Danny Rivera
Danny Rivera, '12, '14 

Victoria Vighetto
Victoria Vighetto,
'10, '13 

 

 

 

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