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Below please find upcoming Crummer Alumni Association Events. Contact the Alumni Relations team at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
March is Crummer Alumni Appreciation Month!
Slate of programming includes guest speakers, Rollins-wide events, and networking opportunities.
As part of the School’s ongoing commitment to bringing high-quality, valuable programming to our alumni community during these challenging times, Crummer is excited to present Crummer Alumni Appreciation Month during the month of March.
The month will be chock full of events designed to keep you connected as a part of our Crummer Alumni family.
Be sure to connect on the Crummer Alumni Association social media channels for event reminders, contests, giveaways, and more!
Schedule of Events
Wednesday, March 3
Career Networking & Recruiting Event
The Crummer and Rollins Career Centers are pleased to invite alumni and students to an interactive, virtual evening of networking and recruiting. Meet representatives from top employers seeking candidates for internships and full-time positions as well as learn about companies from a variety of industries. Register for this event and schedule time(s) to meet with employers on Handshake.
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET
Friday, March 5 - Sunday, March 7
Rollins Virtual Alumni Weekend
Rollins is bringing the sights are sounds of Alumni Weekend to you! The event lineup offers myriad opportunities to catch up with classmates, go back to class, and reconnect with the mission that unites our community.
Wednesday, March 10
Women in Leadership Panel
Join us for a panel discussion with diverse, successful women in business. Our panelists will share accomplishments and challenges they have faced while navigating their careers. The event is hosted by the Crummer Student Leadership Advisory Board and the Center for Leadership Development.
Time: 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. ET
- Lori DeLone ’81 ’04MBA, CIO, Health Plans at Cambia Health Solutions
- Stacey Engle, Founder, staceyengle.com
- Rosene Johnson, Executive Director, Pace Center for Girls
Thursday, March 11
Crummer Connections: Fireside Chat with Patrick de la Roza '08MBA
Patrick de la Roza ’08MBA will share his journey from Crummer and winning the 2014 Venture Plan Competition to selling his company, EASE Applications, for $25mm to Vocero, a publicly traded company on the NYSE.
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. ET
Moderators: Crummer’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence Dr. Pete McAlindon & Crummer student Ralph Lehnert
Thursday, March 18
Crummer Rollins Venture Plan Competition Finals
Be there when the next great business is born! Watch live as our finalists vie for their share of a total prize package valued at over $100,000. Don’t miss this exciting event where the three finalists will compete to determine who has the best new business. This annual competition is Central Florida’s very own Shark Tank-like competition where teams battle for funding and mentorship in front of the region’s top entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Participants will also have the opportunity to cast their vote to chose the winner of the Community Choice Award!
Time: 5:30 p.m. ET
Click here to learn more about the competition and to REGISTER >>
Wednesday, March 24
Crummer Connections: Virtual Alumni Social
Mix and mingle with alumni and students from across the globe during this interactive, virtual event. Join us for group activities, networking opportunities, and more! Spoiler alert: special guest appearances includes our fantastic, finance faculty trio: Dr. Halil Kiymaz, Dr. Koray Simsek, and Dr. Brian Walkup!
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. ET
Friday, March 26
Alumni Referral Day
Join us in celebrating our founder, Roy E. Crummer’s birthday, by helping to give one of the greatest gifts – an education. We know that alumni like you, who have experienced Crummer firsthand, are our best advocates, and the best MBA and Executive Doctorate in Business Administration candidates often come from referrals by members of our Crummer community. We invite you to tell us about a friend, family member, or colleague you think could benefit from a Crummer graduate business degree. If your referral is accepted, we will award a $2,500 tuition scholarship in your name!
Tuesday, March 30
Giving Day is one day when Crummer & Rollins alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends come together to celebrate the impact Crummer has on each of us. This virtual fundraising event is an opportunity for everyone to participate to show our collective impact and support.
Giving day link will be available soon!
Wednesday, March 31
Crummer Connections: Book Club Event
The Crummer Connections: Book Club is an online community that reads books covering professional development, lifelong learning, personal growth, and other business and career related topics. The next title is 21st Century Corporate Citizenship: A Practical Guide to Delivering Value to Society and Your Business by Dave Stangis and Katherine Valvoda Smith. The book club book discussion will be led by Dr. Keith Whittingham, Associate Professor of Management Science.
Alumni Holiday Social
Crummer Alumni Association hosted an entertaining evening of holiday cheer to virtually celebrate the season (and the end of 2020). The agenda included a cocktail class, a comedy show, two networking sessions, and a raffle to win a night’s stay at The Alfond Inn with a wine basket.
Spanish “Eggnog” Coquito Ingredients
(makes about 2 liters)
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 can evaporated milk
- 1 can cream of coconut
- 1 can of coconut milk
- 1.5 cups of rum
- 1/8 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- ½ teaspoon of nutmeg
- Star anise for serving
- 3 eggs yolks
- 1/2 cup of sugar
More about Diahann Smith ’17MBA
Diahann Smith, Florida Dairy Farmers Director of marketing and Business Development, community volunteer and enthusiastic cook.
Diahann Albarrán Smith, a consumer marketing professional with more than 20 years’ experience. Diahann has local, regional and international marketing experience. She began her career at the Orlando Sentinel where she helped launch the Spanish-language El Sentinel and committed to working with the Central Florida Hispanic community where she is an active volunteer. Florida Dairy Farmers recruited Diahann to grow its Hispanic marketing outreach in Florida. She also worked with sister organization the U.S Dairy Export Council, to help market U.S. dairy in the Caribbean. In her current position as Director of Marketing and Business Development for Florida Dairy Farmers, she develops and executes marketing plans and partnerships to promote Florida dairy farmers and the health benefits of dairy. Diahann has volunteered for over 15 years with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando where she not only serves on the board, she leads the 25-person Chamber Ambassadors program. She also serves on the Alumni Board for the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College where she completed her executive MBA. Diahann enjoys running, baking, and cooking. While not a trained chef, Diahann “plays” one TV where she regularly shares her recipes in national and local TV shows as well as online. She lives in Orlando with husband Jim and their two kids Ethan and Eliana.
About Mike Freed
Comedian, Attorney, Runner and Do-Gooder
Mike is a clean observational comic who counts as his influences Demetri Martin, Steven Wright, and Jerry Seinfeld. He performs regularly at the Comedy Zone in Jacksonville, Florida and at other clubs and venues nationally. Mike is a Jacksonville transplant from Washington D.C. He is a father of five who became a comedian after rising to a level of success as both an attorney and an ultra-marathoner. In other words, Mike has a short attention span. His material is largely self-deprecating and draws on the trials and tribulations of being a little bald guy in a big person world and his role as a father, husband, lawyer and a runner. Mike’s material is fresh, regularly updated, sometimes intellectual and sometimes stupid, but always clever. His comedy sets are fast-paced, provocative and engaging. So, they are nothing like this biography.
August 25, 2020
Free Business Resources for Crummer Alumni During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Blake Robinson, the Business Librarian at Rollins College’s Olin Library, spotlights a variety of FREE business resources for both for-profit and nonprofit businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the recording to learn more about specialized COVID-19 business information, virtual business libraries, and key Rollins resources.
Watch the Recording
About Blake Robinson
Blake Robinson is the Business Librarian at Olin Library, Rollins College, which he joined in 2019. Blake works with students, faculty, and staff of the Crummer Graduate School of Business, along with Crummer alumni, to meet their research and information needs. Prior to Rollins, Blake worked in various academic, public, and government libraries in North and Central Florida.
Thursday, July 23
The Intersection of Healthcare and Business: A Leadership Perspective
Join the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) as we explore the challenges and most rewarding moments of leading in a rapidly changing healthcare industry.
In a landscape filled with risk and disruption, how does a leadership team develop and sustain a culture of safety and innovation?
Learn what it takes to build a high-performing, clinically integrated network that keeps the consumer at the heart of every decision, and remains viable into the future.
Watch the Webinar
- Brinsley Lewis, MBA, FACHE – CEO of Kindred Healthcare
- Dr. Omayra Mansfield, MD, MHA, FACEP – Chief Medical Officer at AdventHealth Apopka and AdventHealth Winter Garden
- Jerry Senne – Vice President of Value-Based Care & Population Health at Orlando Health
Moderator & Host
- Keenan Yoho, PhD – Professor of Operations Management at the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College
Brinsley Lewis, MBA, FACHE- CEO of Kindred Healthcare
Brinsley Lewis is an experienced, transformational HealthCare Executive who has served as a hospital CEO for over 20 years with both non-profit and for-profit national health systems – Advent Health, Trinity Health, and Kindred Healthcare. He has a diverse background in operations, clinical, business development and strategy, with a track record of positioning organizations competitively and producing stakeholder value.
Born on a small island in the Caribbean, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Brinsley started out his career as a respiratory therapist. He received a Bachelor’s in Biology, holds an MBA and is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is recognized as pro-active, innovative, community-minded, and committed to servant leadership, people-development, and teamwork.
As a CEO, Brinsley has led hospitals ranging from 200 to 2600 employees, and medical staffs up to 750 physicians. As an energetic and relationship-driven transformational leader, Brinsley ensures that the appropriate leadership team is first assembled. Then through continuous mentoring, collaboration and leadership development, a high-performing team emerges. Evidence-based leadership tools are deployed, with heavy emphasis on Associate and Medical staff engagement. Shortly thereafter, the organization will begin to experience a significant up-tick in all of its metrics.
As a change-agent, Brinsley understands the complexity of change and how to lead this transformation.
As the industry continues to transform, care will be delivered differently in the future. This transition requires strategic business development, horizontal collaboration, and communication skills. Care sites will need assistance in making the shift while feeling valued, and Brinsley is there to lead the way.
Dr. Omayra Mansfield, MD MHA FACEP
Dr. Omayra Mansfield is an emergency medicine physician. She is the Chief Medical Officer at AdventHealth Apopka and AdventHealth Winter Garden. She is the immediate past Chief of Staff of AdventHealth Celebration and is a proud graduate of the AdventHealth Physician Leadership and REACH Leadership courses. Dr. Mansfield co-authored The Trust Transformation, a workshop that helps participants transform and improve the relationships in their lives by building a foundation of trust. Her primary areas of interest are improving the physician and patient experience as it relates to improving provider wellbeing, patient adherence to care, and clinical outcomes, and she has lectured extensively on these topics. She is married to Frederick, a pediatric anesthesiologist with USAP-Florida. Together they enjoy the adventure that is raising their daughter Elizabeth and son Alexander who regularly remind them to savor the little joys in life. They stay healthy doing Crossfit and running together.
Jerry Senne - Vice President of Value-Based Care & Population Health at Orlando Health
Jerry Senne is Vice President of Value-Based Care & Population Health at Orlando Health. Orlando Health is a $3.4 billion integrated healthcare system in Central Florida that operates: nine hospitals, 200+ sites of care, 700 employed physicians, urgent care facilities, free-standing ERs, healthcare pavilions, home care, imaging centers and a full range of health services.
Jerry is responsible for a team managing 182,00 lives in value-based care arrangements with five national health insurers, Medicare Shared Savings, and Disney Worldwide Services– the largest direct-to-employer arrangement in the U.S.
In five years, Orlando Health’s value-based arrangements have produced savings of over $120 million and have returned over $60 million to ACO partners.
Prior to joining Orlando Health, Jerry was SVP of Evolent Health helping healthcare systems develop strategies for value-based care and managing under risk.
Jerry was the Founding CEO of Health First Health Plan, a successful provider based health plan in Central Florida serving Commercial and Medicare Advantage patients. In addition, he served as Chief Strategy Officer and CEO of the 500 bed tertiary flagship hospital of the Health First System.
Keenan D. Yoho, Ph.D., Professor of Operations Management
Dr. Keenan Yoho has spent more than a decade working with senior management leading change in both commercial and public sector environments. Dr. Yoho’s research and applied work is focused on supply chain cost modeling and operations management to achieve enterprise-wide outcomes under conditions of uncertainty and resource scarcity.
Dr. Yoho served as Senior Special Advisor to U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) from 2012 to 2014. During this time Dr. Yoho worked with a special team reporting directly to the Commander, USSOCOM that was charged with crafting and executing a plan for posturing special operations forces (SOF) for the next three decades. Dr. Yoho has advised several U.S. and international organizations to include IBM (semiconductors), General Motors (autos), General Mills (foods), Intel (semiconductors), Rockwell Automation (machine automation), BASF (chemicals –Germany, US and Mexico), Merck, KGaA (chemicals – Germany), Ryerson (steel processing & distribution), Qualcomm (designer/supplier telecommunications technology), and Polioles SA de CV (chemicals – Mexico), the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Transportation Command in the areas of operations management, supply chain management, continuous improvement and organizational transformation.
Prior to joining the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, Dr. Yoho was an associate operations researcher at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California where he led projects to improve the operational effectiveness of the U.S. military during war. Dr. Yoho was recently an assistant professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California where he received 4 consecutive teaching awards including the School’s highest award for excellence in teaching and impact beyond the classroom. Dr. Yoho has published in the International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Operations and Quantitative Management, Journal of Cost Analysis and Parametrics, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, and the Journal of Operations and Supply Chain Management.
Dr. Yoho holds a Ph.D. in Operations Management, M.B.A. in Operations Management, and M.S. in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also holds a B.A. in Religion with a concentration in Chinese and Japanese Buddhism from Temple University.
Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College
Just outside Orlando in Winter Park is the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, a graduate school distinguished by its renowned faculty, intimate class size and applied approach to learning. It touts top MBA rankings from Bloomberg Businessweek and Forbes magazines and is among a select group of business schools carrying AACSB International graduate-level accreditation, including the first accredited Executive Doctorate in Business Administration program in the state. The school also houses its renowned Centers of Excellence, which include the Center for Leadership Development, the Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship, the Center for Management & Executive Education, and the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership and the Crummer Alumni Association.
Founded in 1885, Rollins College is Florida’s oldest college. Located in Winter Park, near Orlando, Rollins is consistently ranked as one of the top regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report. In addition to full-time undergraduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts, Rollins offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs for working adults through its evening program at the Hamilton Holt School and graduate business degree programs through its Crummer Graduate School of Business. Rollins serves approximately 3,200 degree-seeking students annually. For more information, visit www.rollins.edu.
The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) of Central Florida
The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) of Central Florida is comprised of executive healthcare professionals committed to providing the experiences needed to achieve management excellence. We encompass nine counties – Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Brevard, Volusia, Indian River, Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Lake County.
The Mission of the Chapter is to be the professional membership society for healthcare executives; to meet its members’ professional, educational and leadership needs; and to advance healthcare leadership and management excellence through professional interaction and promoting social collegiality.
The Purpose of the Chapter is to provide an organized structure for members and others in the field of healthcare management that will enable them to work together on problems of interest; to conduct educational programs and further the professional knowledge of its members; to serve as a resource to related healthcare associations; to promote channels of communication between the Chapter, and other organizations; to promote the purpose of, and membership in, the ACHE; and to help advance the mission of the ACHE.