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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.
Tuesday, August 17
On Bended Knee: A Retirement Celebration for Dr. E
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. ET
After more than 21 years at Crummer, Dr. Bruce Elwell, aka Dr. E, is trading in his binders and spreadsheets for more time on the greens. We invite all alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends to join us in a celebration of Dr. E and his time at Crummer, and to thank him for his dedication to so many students throughout the years. During the event, Dr. E will give one more classroom lecture. Attendees are encouraged to share their favorite Dr. E memories, stories, and photos via the registration form. Video messages are welcome!
Thank you, Dr. E – QBA at Crummer will not be the same with you!
Wednesday, May 26
Crummer Connections: Pick Your Libation - A Tasting Event with Crummer Faculty
During this event, two of our talented faculty members shared their knowledge and wisdom about two of their passions – beer and coffee. Participants choose their beverage of choice and enjoyed an interactive tasting session with the corresponding faculty member.
- Beers Around the World: A Virtual Global Beer-Tasting Event with Dr. Jim Johnson
- Coffee: A Treat for the Senses with Dr. Keith Whittingham
Beers Around the World: A Virtual Global Beer-Tasting Event
Dr. Jim Johnson, Nancy Siebens Binz ’55 Chair of International Business, took guests on a journey around the world through a beer tasting experience. Participants tasted 6 different beers (see below) that covered the range from light and fruity to dark and sweet.
- Wheat Beer: Hoegarden Witbier OR Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, Blue Moon
- Lager: Peroni Nastro Azzuro, Corona (not Light), Red Stripe
- Pilsner: Pilsner Urquell OR Warsteiner, Heineken, Stella, Grolsch, Bitburger
- Pale Ale: London Pride, Bass, Abbot Ale, Boddington’s Pub Ale
- Red Ale: Smithwick’s Red Ale, Kilkenny Irish Red Ale, Fat Tire (American Amber Ale)
- Stout/Porter: Guinness Draught Stout, Murphys Draught Stout, Sierra Nevada Stout
Other types of beer that were discussed included Lambic, Saison, Abbey Ales, and Strong Ales.
Coffee - A Treat for the Senses
Associate Professor Keith Whittingham traced the journey of coffee from the farm to the cup, with an emphasis on factors that impact aroma and flavor. Guests got a glimpse into the formal cupping process and the coffee flavor wheel.
Guests who wanted an interactive version of the experience, purchased the below Artifx Cafe varieties to join the tasting.
- Tacana Select-organic Vienna Roast Arabica
- Tierra Monterverde- Vienna roast Arabica
- Monterverde Natural-Light Roast Costa Rica Coffee
Artifx Cafe can be purchased via its website.
Thursday, March 11
Crummer Connections: Fireside Chat with Patrick de la Roza '08MBA
Patrick de la Roza ’08MBA shares his journey from Crummer and winning the 2014 Venture Plan Competition to selling his company, EASE Applications, for $25mm to Vocera, a publicly traded company on the NYSE.
Moderators: Crummer’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence Dr. Pete McAlindon & Crummer Early Advantage student Ralph Lehnert
Watch the Video
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.