Alumni of the Year
Each year, John F. Kennedy University selects alumni - one representing each college of the University - to honor as the University's Alumni of the Year. We welcome this opportunity to applaud these individuals who are excellent role models for both our alumni and students. Each has gone on from JFK University to apply the knowledge and insights gained to the benefit of their fields, society, as well as themselves.
Dr. Mac Powell, President, JFK University
The following are the 2014 Alumni Award Recipients.
COLLEGE OF LAW
Larry Cook ’85, JD, is a partner of Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook, where he has been a trial lawyer for 27 years. Mr. Cook holds an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell which is the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards. Mr. Cook represents plaintiffs exclusively in serious personal injury cases. Particular areas of emphasis include traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, medical mal practice, products liability, construction accidents, elder abuse, automobile accidents, boating accidents, defective products and wrongful death. Mr. Cook has successfully represented tenants in large-scale toxic mold exposure litigation. He is a leader in the legal community both as a litigator and as a contributor to the local bar association. He was the 2009 President of the Contra Costa County Bar Association, past president of the Contra Costa Barrister's Association and former Board member of the Contra Costa Legal Services Foundation. He holds membership with the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and the Alameda Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association (ACCTLA). Mr. Cook was named a Super Lawyer by San Francisco Magazine in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Helping victims and their families who have suffered grievous injury or the death of a family member is always the first priority for Mr. Cook and his firm.
Jennifer Hosterman, JD,‘05, former Mayor of Pleasanton (2004-2010), completed her B.S. degree from the University of San Francisco before earning her Juris Doctorate from John F. Kennedy School of Law. After her term as Pleasanton’s mayor, she began a consulting business helping cities across America finance storm water infrastructure to be incompliance with the Federal EPA laws. In addition to her consulting business, she works as a real estate agent with Prudential Real Estate in her hometown of Pleasanton. She serves on the Valley Children's Museum Advisory Board and the Honorary Board of Directors for the Livermore Valley Opera. Hosterman is also an active member on the Association of Bay Area Governments’ Regional Planning Committee, the California Local Government Commission, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
COLLEGE OF GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
Adonal Foyle, MA, Sports Psychology, ’11, earned his MA in Sport Psychology from JFK University. He began his NBA career with the Golden State Warriors in 1997 and over the next nine seasons, became the team's leading shot-blocker. He joined the Orlando Magic in 2007, proving himself incredible as the team enjoyed their best season in franchise history. Off the court, Adonal is committed to giving back to his community. He spearheaded his own nonprofit, the Kerosene Lamp Foundation, promoting education and health awareness for kids through free basketball clinics in the Eastern Caribbean and the US. He recently authored a children's book,Too-Tall Foyle, to inspire young people, as well as his latest published work, Why NBA Players Go Broke. He received the Mayor of San Francisco's Sports hero award and the Athlete with a Heart award from the American Heart Association. In 2009, he was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame for helping voting-age youth understand campaign finance reform in America.
Gloria Wilson, MBA, ’05, received her MBA from JFK University and her Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University in 1986. She has worked in numerous roles for Kaiser Permanente since 1999, including as an analyst and consultant in their Human Resources Benefits department. She currently works in business risk management at the Kaiser Permanente headquarters in Oakland, CA overseeing compliance issues. Gloria is very involved the community and in her workplace. She is Vice President of the Kaiser Permanente African American Professional Association and serves as Scholarship Chair of the organization. She has also volunteered with Hands on Bay Area, the nonprofit that connects volunteers to “done in a day” projects in the community.
Teresa Nguyen, MA, Counseling Psychology, ’11,completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Human Development at UC Davis. She went on to earn her Master’s Degree at JFK University in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), while working full time at Alum Rock Counseling Center. Due to her academic recognition and dedicated work in the community, Teresa was a 2010-11 recipient of the Bay Area MFT Educational Stipend from the California Department of Mental Health and the MFT Consortium.. After graduating in 2011, Teresa was recruited by Santa Clara County Mental Health Department and went on to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, now working in Mental Health Urgent Care at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
Brendan Ellis, MA, Marriage and Family Therapy, ’13, graduated from the University’s Counseling Psychology program with degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling. He is continuing his education towards a certification in sex therapy through the American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists. Brendan has 15 years' experience working with youth and their families in the juvenile justice system. He currently works for the San Mateo County Probation Department in the Institution Division as a Group Supervisor. In 2012, he was recognized by the California State Assembly for his work and dedication to the students of West Valley Elementary School where he continues to intern. In addition, he also interns at JFK University’s Community Counseling Center in Sunnyvale. At the center, he provides positive peer support and has lead mentoring groups for preparation for the oral exams required for graduation since 2012.
COLLEGE OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES
Miles Woodruff, BA, Philosophy & Religion, ’08, completed a BA in Philosophy and Religion from JFK University in 2008 and is presently working on his PhDc in Biological Anthropology from Durham University. Since 2012, Woodruff has been the Principal Investigator of the Jane Goodall Institute’s mandrill reintroduction program in the Republic of Congo where he has been conducting research surrounding primate reintroduction.
Shaian Mohammadi, BA, Legal Studies, ’11, has worked in politics since his graduation in 2011. He currently works as the Deputy Field Director for Mike Honda for Congress, and previously was the legislative intern for Honda (D - CA 17) tasked with committee briefs, constituent correspondence, and district outreach. He was also Deputy Regional Field Director for the Obama campaign in 2012 for San Francisco/Oakland, and was a field organizer for Gavin Newsom's campaign for Lt. Governor. During his time at JFK University, he served two terms in student government and chartered the school with the California College Democrats, focusing on campus voter registration events. While still a student, he was one of the youngest elected delegates to the California Democratic Party. He has volunteered for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll and was recently elected as a Santa Clara County Democrat Central Committee member.