The Florida State University Alumni Association will honor a group of outstanding alumni at the Young Alumni Awards Dinner on Friday, Nov. 16

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State University Alumni Association will honor a group of outstanding alumni at the Young Alumni Awards Dinner on Friday, Nov. 16.


The event will recognize FSU’s 2018 Notable Noles and spotlight the three recipients of the 2018 Reubin O’D. Askew Young Alumni Award, the highest honor presented by the FSU Alumni Association. It is named for the late Gov. Reubin Askew, a 1951 FSU graduate who served as Florida’s governor from 1971-1979.


The three honorees are:

  • Joseph Albano (B.S. ’06), Tampa
  • Jenna McHenry (B.S. ’07, M.S. ’12, Ph.D. ’13), Durham, N.C.
  • Daniel Smith (B.M.E. ’05), Tallahassee

“These recognitions are especially meaningful because the three recipients are chosen from a distinguished group of peers,” said Julie Cheney, president and CEO of the FSU Alumni Association. “These young alumni have distinguished themselves as leaders in their professions. Their hard work and determination are an inspiration and a testament to the values of Florida State University.”


The three Askew Award recipients are among 22 young alumni in the 2018 class of Notable Noles, formerly called “Thirty Under 30.” Notable Noles are recognized for exceptional accomplishments and significant contributions to their professions, communities or Florida State.


Here are members of the 2018 class of Notable Noles:


Joseph Albano (B.S. ‘06)

Executive Vice President, Program Execution, Ardent Eagles Solutions, Tampa


Cynthia Carter (B.S. ‘07)

Lead Clinician, UT Physicians PATH Program, Houston, Texas


Sarah Eccles-Brown (B.S. ‘04)

Board Certified Ophthalmologist, Elmquist Eye Group, Fort Myers


Eric Emery (B.S. ’06, M.S. ‘07)

Second Circuit Supervising Attorney, Guardian ad Litem Program, Tallahassee


Andrew Fay (B.S. ’06, J.D. ‘10)

Public Service Commissioner, Public Service Commission, Tallahassee


Bethany Gilot (B.S. ’09, M.S. ‘10)

Statewide Human Trafficking Prevention Director

Florida Department of Children & Families, Tallahassee


Alain Goindoo (B.A. ‘06)

Director of Bands, Pahokee Middle School, Pahokee


Sharon Graham (M.M. ‘11)

Founder and Director, Tampa Bay Institute for Music Therapy, Tampa


Jamie Jackson (B.S. ‘06)

Operations Specialist, FBI Counterterrorism Division, Washington, D.C.


Mark Johnson (B.S. ‘04)

Full Teaching Professor, Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, N.C.


Sabrina Kinslow (B.S. ‘07)

Girls Program Coordinator, Junior Achievement, Jacksonville


Valerie Laboy (B.S. ‘04)

Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State, Panama City, Panama


Xinya Liang (Ph.D ‘14)

Assistant Professor of Educational Statistics & Research Methods

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.


Jenna McHenry (B.S. ‘07, M.S. ‘12, Ph.D. ‘13)

Assistant Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, Duke University, Durham, N.C.


Divam Mehta (B.S. ‘05)

President, Mehta Financial Group, LLC, Richmond, Va.


Colette Miller (B.S. ‘07)

Biologist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Raleigh, N.C.


Justin Moniz (D.M. ‘17)

Coordinator of Vocal Studies & Assistant Professor of Voice

Millikin University, Decatur, Ill.

Executive Director, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Waimea, Hawaii


LaKeitha Poole (B.S. ‘09)

Director of Sport Psychology & Counseling

Louisiana State University Athletics Department

Owner, Small Talk Counseling & Consulting, Baton Rouge, La.


Janel Robinson, (B.S. ’14)

Program Coordinator, Center for Interpersonal Violence Intervention & Prevention

Florida A&M University, Tallahassee


Brittany Sinitch (B.S. ‘17)

Teacher, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland


Daniel Smith (B.M.E. ‘05)

Instructional Specialist II, Florida State University, Tallahassee


Tiffanie Williams (B.S. ‘04, M.S.W. ‘08)

Owner, MasterPeace Counseling Services, LLC, Jacksonville


Tickets for the Young Alumni Awards Reception and Dinner are available at


About the FSU Alumni Association

The Florida State University Alumni Association, established in 1909, is dedicated to creating meaningful relationships and a strong network of Seminole alumni and friends on behalf of Florida State University and its more than 350,000 alumni. The association works to foster pride and enhance lifelong connections to Florida State through events, programs, clubs and Seminole stories. Learn more about the FSU Alumni Association and membership benefits at Follow the association on social media for current news and events.



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