Our Alumni

Our Alumni

Universities throughout the nation compete for our graduates, offering scholarships. Lee Academy graduates have been accepted at and/or attended numerous distinguished universities across the nation, including Agnes Scott, American Conservatory Theater, American University, Auburn, Bard, Bard College Berlin (Germany), Boston University, Brown, Case Western Reserve, College of William and Mary, Columbia, Cornell, Eckerd, Elon, Embry-Riddle, Emory, Eugene Lang, Florida State, George Mason, George Washington, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Guilford, Hillsdale, Marquette, New College, Northwestern, Oxford (England), Pomona, Pont Even School of Contemporary Art (France), Queens University (NC), Ringling School of Art & Design, Rollins, Rutgers, Sarah Lawrence, St. Leo, Taylor, Tufts, Tulane, University of Chicago, University of Evansville, University of Florida, UNC Chapel Hill, University of South Florida, University of Nebraska, University of Tampa, Vassar, Virginia Tech, Wilkes and Wooster.

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Claire Winters (’92)

graduated from the American Conservatory Theater and has played numerous roles on stage and screen in New York and Hollywood.  When Claire is not playing people, she likes to write about them, with essays in Elle.com, The Liberty Project and Human Parts. Claire also profiles interesting women for Investor’s Business Daily’s Leaders & Success Column.

Jimmy Chang (’93)

holds an MA degree in Mathematics and Theatre from Eckerd College and is Dean of Mathematics at St. Petersburg College. He received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Mathematical Association of America.

Dan Guy (’95)

earned his BA in Information Technology from Wilkes University. He is founder and Chief Technology Officer at Clutch Holdings and was named 2014’s Startup Tech Star by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

James Thoms (’97)

holds a Master’s degree in History from the University of South Florida and is working for a testing company in Tampa.

Chaz Preston (’99)

holds a PhD from the University of Chicago, was an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University and is presently  doing post doctorate work at the University of Mississippi. Chaz found time to marry (in India and in the US), has several published works, presents his papers at academic conferences and completed a Fulbright-Nehru Project on Sanskrit Dramas.

Leo Bermudez (’99)

earned his Bachelors Degree in Nursing while serving with the United States Army. Presently a 1st Lt. stationed at Ft. Benning in Columbus, Georgia, Leo served two tours in Iraq.

Chris Thoms (’99)

earned his BS in Physics (USF), then joined a local engineering firm. He is now pursuing his Master’s degree.

Chintan Thakkar (’99)

earned his MS in Computer Science (USF) and is a senior software engineer, mobile applications architect and Co-Founder and Managing Member for Object Lounge’s Empower Network in Tampa.

Brian Dudley (’99)

holds a PhD in Genetics from Case Western and a Juris Doctor from American University. He is presently an associate at a law firm in Washington, D.C. in the Biotechnology/Chemical practice group. Brian has authored publications on stem cell biology, genetics and molecular biology.

Melissa (Ratcliff) Champagne (’00)

holds a Juris Doctor from Boston University Law School. She moved back to the area and is now President of Community Law P.A. in Palm Harbor.

Philip Dudley (’00)

has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from George Mason, works as a Compliance Analyst and is active in South Carolina politics.

Sally Moore (’01)

earned her PhD in School Psychology with specialization in Early Childhood from the University of Florida. She recently married and is a School Psychologist at Desoto Elementary in Tampa.  Sally is also a postdoctoral resident at Tampa Bay Testing.

Amanda Leaders (’01)

graduated with honors from USF with a BA in English and earned a Master’s degree in Medical Science from the College of Medicine at USF.

Lee Hildebrand (’01)

holds Masters degrees in Management (USF) and Teaching (Belmont) and is Salesforce.com Consultant at EMS Consulting in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jennifer Field (’01)

graduated from USF with a BA degree in Education and Mass Communications. She is ACH Client Advocacy Manager at JP Morgan/Chase in Tampa and married recently.

Jake Zydek (’01)

holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of South Florida, where he is presently working toward his Master’s degree.

Becky Preston (’02)

holds a BA in Psychology and Early Childhood Education from National-Louis University. After working as an early childhood teacher in Chicago, Becky returned to Tampa and is working with young children.

Katherine (Field) Johnson (’03)

earned her PhD in Discrete Mathematics at the University of Nebraska and is an Assistant Professor on the faculty at Florida Gulf Coast University. Prior to joining FGC, Katie was a Monroe Scholar in Mathematics at William & Mary, a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke scholarship and an intern at the National Security Agency.

Julie Zydek (’03)

earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and is working as a Hydrogeologist at the Southwest Florida Water Management District.  She will soon be taking her Professional Geologist licensure exam.

Kathy Thoms (’03)

graduated summa cum laude with an MA in Secondary Social Science Education at USF and is teaching in Tampa.

Sarah Grimme (’03)

holds a BLA from New College and a JD from Stetson Law School. She is now a Grants Specialist at the University of Florida. Sarah was previously a Development and Policy Associate with a non-profit community development institution.

Jenna (Leitao) Bullard (’04)

earned a BA from the University of Rhode Island in Psychology, following a year of study at Oxford (England). Jenna returned to Tampa, where she is Manager of Marketing and Strategic Development at CoreRx, a pharmaceutical formulation company.

Spencer Moore (’04)

majored in Journalism in the University of Florida’s ROTC Program.  He recently married, is serving in the Army as a Training Infantry Staff Sergeant at Fort Irwin (California) and awaiting his next overseas deployment.

Avirut Thongsuriyapong (’05)

(’05) is working as an engineer in his home country of Thailand, after completing his BS and graduate work in Engineering at Cornell.

Erin Derrick (’06)

graduated from Hillsdale College in Physics and is an EOS Tabel Fellow finishing her doctorate in Geophysics at the University of South Carolina. Her research has provided essential information for planning emergency responses to earthquakes in South Carolina.  Erin was recently married and is working as a Science teacher at The Hammond School in South Carolina.

Jenna McCulloch (’06)

(’06) holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Government and International Relations from USF.

Melanie (Ratcliff) Perdue (’06)

graduated in Fine Arts from Ringling and is a Thinkspace Jeweler Specialist at Typethink in Portland, Oregon.

(’07) Adrian Errico

graduated summa cum laude from USF in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts/Digital Video & Electronic Media and is completing her Masters in Classical Art at Florida State. Adrian also attended the Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art in France.

Brendan Collett (’07)

graduated from USF with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations. He recently married and is Assistant Vice President Citibank’s AML Operations.

Jeremy Evans (’07)

graduated with a BA in Neuroscience and Psychology from New College. He is a Marketing Account Executive and lives in Boulder, Colorado..

Nicolas Stemm (’07)

earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the University of South Florida. He is now working independently as a Mobile Application Developer.

(’07) Andrea Williams

(’07) holds a BA in Economics from Bard College and is majoring in Chemical Engineering in graduate school at Columbia University.

John Kluwin (’07)

earned his MBA in Management and Entrepreneurship at Rollins College’s Crummer Business School and is presently CEO at Clean Footprint, a renewable energy company.

Matthew Gil (’07)

earned his BA in Mass Communications and Political Science at USF, where he was Associate Director of Marketing for the Student Government. He started his own copywriting and marketing strategy business, MGilCreative.

Tedder Bridges (’08)

is presently a Sergeant in the 82nd Airborne Division and served two deployments in Afghanistan.

Tung Bui (’08)

completed his Master’s degree in Business Administration at St. Leo University and is working on a second Masters in Cybersecurity. Tung is also working as a business manager for a medical office in Tampa.

Harrison Gross (’09)

holds a BA in Creative Writing – Poetics from Columbia University. He founded a charity-focused poetry & music publisher called Sphirah and authored several poetry chapbooks.  Harrison is Digital Media Manager at Tekcapital.plc.

Colin Pritchard (’10)

completed his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Clemson. He has also worked at Jabil Circuit.

Greg Sinadinos (’10)

earned his Bachelor’s degree in English from Florida State University and is working as a mortgage loan originator with Core Financial. Greg is the author of Fiction and Fantasy and the Echo of Eos series.

(’10) Orion Brader

is majoring in Biology at St. Petersburg College and intends to  pursue graduate studies.  He also teaches science projects for “Mad Science.”

Jerry Jones (’11)

received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in Business Administration – Information Systems with minors in Computer & Information Science and Engineering. He is transitioning into a job as a Software Support Specialist.

Olivia Harries (’11)

received her Bachelor’s degree in Media Studies and Anthropology from Vassar, where she still holds three swimming records. Olivia is a Product Innovator at Trader Joe’s corporate office and has sourced, developed and launched over 40 items in their stores.

Erik Fink (’11)

recently transferred from Tufts to Rutgers University, where he is majoring in English, with a specialty in Editing.

Joseph Alford (’11)

graduated with a 4.0, majoring in Economics and minoring in Entrepreneurship at the University of Florida.  He is working with the nation’s largest homebuilder, D.R. Horton and is based in their Tampa office.

Nghi (Nguyen) Tong (’11)

graduated  with a 4.0 from USF with a BS in Finance and was named the King O’Neal Scholar in 2015.

Jonathan Jones (’12)

is in the Honors College  at USF, where he is majoring in Interpreter Training for Sign Language.  He intends to become an interpreter.

Cara Shields (’12)

earned a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Tampa and is a student at Emory University in Atlanta, working on her PhD in Cancer Biology.

Manuel Thornberry (’12)

earned his Bachelor’s in Chemistry at USF.  He is a graduate teaching assistant at Georgia Tech and is working on his doctorate in Physical Chemistry.

Meghan Kelley (’12)

just graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology.  She intends to pursue a doctorate in that field.

Alexandria Sinadinos (’12)

earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, with honors, from Florida State University and is headed toward law school.

Joshua Joseph (’13)

attended Florida Atlantic University and is working for Humana here in Tampa.

Carter Pugliese (’14)

chose to stay in Tampa and just completed his sophomore year studying Cybersecurity.

Aaron Ortiz (’14)

just completed his junior year at Georgia Tech, majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Economics. He is the Head TA for the Data Structures and Algorithms course at Tech and is the lead software and programming trainer for RoboJackets, the Tech robotics club. Aaron was invited to intern at Google again this summer in software engineering.

Othman El Alaoui (’14)

moved back from his native Morocco and is studying for his Bachelor’s degree in Science at USF.

Lukas Harries (’15)

completed his sophomore year at Vassar, majoring in Biochemistry and is now working as a teaching assistant. He is also a member of the swim team, competing as part of  the 200 yard freestyle relay squad. Lukas is participating in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program at NC State this summer.

Donovan Bottini (’15)

is going into his Junior year at St. Leo University, majoring in Psychology.  He plans on becoming an investigative writer.

Nicholai Babis (’15)

is in his junior year at Vassar, majoring in International Relations and minoring in German.  He was a Student Fellow in 2016-17 and will be studying abroad with Bard College Berlin this fall semester.

Han Nguyen (’15)

completed her sophomore year at HCC with plans to transfer to USF for a career in pharmacy or nursing.

Alexander Strid (’15)

completed his sophomore year at USF St. Petersburg, majoring in Mass Communication and Journalism.  As a staff writer with TFW2005, he continues to hone his skills as a writer and journalist.

Phong Tran (’15)

completed his second year at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, majoring in Pharmacy.

Kaylie Caraway (’16)

“compacted” her freshman and sophomore years into one and will be a junior at USF this fall and then plans on going to medical school.

Augustine Haile (’16)

completed her first year in the Honors College at USF St. Petersburg,  majoring in Anthropology.  In her first year of collegiate sailing, Augustine earned her Letter Jacket and received one of three Team Player awards.

Samantha Lochmandy (’16)

is a sophomore, majoring in Psychology at Eugene Lang College New School in New York City.  She is planning to enter their Master’s program in Social Research.

Marisol Thornberry (’16)

completed her first year at the University of South Florida, studying Communications Sciences and Disorders and minoring in French.