Our Alumni


Alumni List

Lee Academy has an active alumni community comprised of men and women located across the state and worldwide. These young men and women are reaching academic heights and making an impact in a wide range of endeavors. Our alumni have been accepted at Agnes Scott, American Conservatory Theater, American University, Bard, Boston University, Brown, Case Western Reserve, College of William and Mary, Columbia, Cornell, Eckerd, Elon, Embry-Riddle, Emory, Florida State, George Mason, George Washington, Georgia Tech, Guilford, Hillsdale, Marquette, New College, Northwestern, Oxford (England); Pomona, Pont Even School of Contemporary Art (France); Ringling School of Art & Design, Rollins, Sarah Lawrence, 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)

(’92) graduated from the American Conservatory Theater and has played numerous roles on stage and screen in New York and Hollywood. She also writes, teaches acting workshops and co-founded Brains of Minerva, an online lifestyle resource for professional actors. Claire also volunteers for literacy causes.

Jimmy Chang (’93)

(’93) holds an MA degree in Mathematics and Theatre from Eckerd College and is Dean of Mathematics at St. Petersburg College. He recently 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 Of-ficer at Clutch Holdings and was named 2014’s Startup Tech Star by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Jimmy 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)

is a PhD Candi-date at the University of Chicago and a Fellow in the Martin Marty Center. He 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 2nd Lt. stationed in San Antonio, Texas, 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)

holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from George Ma-son and works as a Compliance Analyst in Pendleton, South Carolina.

Sally Moore (’01)

earned her PhD in School Psychology with specialization in Early Childhood from the University of Florida. She is now a School Psychologist in the Hillsborough County School System and 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 Developer at Parallon Business Solutions in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jennifer Field (’01)

graduated from USF with a BA degrees in Education and Mass Communications. She is ACH Client Advocacy Manager at JP Morgan/Chase in Tampa, but plans to teach Kindergarten.

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 teaching young children with special needs.

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)

(’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.

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)

(’04) majored in Journalism in the University of Florida’s ROTC Program. He is serving in the Army, having completed advanced training at Fort Carson.

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 Geo-physics at the University of South Carolina. Her seismology research has provided essential information for planning emergency responses to earthquakes in South Carolina. Erin also initiated a science outreach program for local elementary schools.

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)

(’06) graduated in Fine Arts from Ringling and is a photographer. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

(’07) Adrian Errico

graduated summa cum laude from USF in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts/Digital Video & Electronic Media. Adrian also earned a scholarship to the Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art in France. She is now studying for her Masters at FSU.

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 recently 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 Writing from Columbia University, where he is pursuing a graduate degree in English. Harrison founded a charity-focused poetry & music publisher called Sphirah and has authored several poetry chapbooks.

Colin Pritchard (’10)

is at Clemson, completing his degree in Mechanical Engineering. During the summer, he works as an intern at Jabil Circuit.

Greg Sinadinos (’10)

earned his Bachelor’s degree in English from Florida State and intends to pursue a law degree and is working as a Legal Process Manager. Greg is the author of Fiction and Fantasy and is completing a new series, Echo of Eos.

(’10) Orion Brader

(’10) is majoring in Biology at St. Petersburg College and intends topursue graduate studies. He also teaches science projects for “Mad Science.”

Jerry Jones (’11)

will graduate from the University of Florida this fall with a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems and Operations Management and minor in Computer Science. Jerry will be interning this summer with the Tampa YMCA.

Olivia Harries (’11)

received her Bachelor’s degree in Media Studies and Anthropology from Vassar, where she still holds three swimming records. Olivia was immediately hired by Trader Joe’s corporate office and just completed a 10 day business trip to Japan, Singapore, Jakarta and Manila.

Erik Fink (’11)

finished his sophomore year at Tufts University concentrating on Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Last summer, he worked at Harvard as a teaching assistant with Digital Media Associates.

Joseph Alford (’11)

graduated with a 4.0 majoring in Economics at the University of Florida. His intention is to pursue a law degree.

Nghi (Nguyen) Tong (’11)

 (’11) graduated with a 4.0 from USF with a BS in Finance and wasnamed the King O’Neal Scholar. She still found time to get married 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 pursue a Master’s degree in that field.

Cara Shields (’12)

earned a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Tampa and is headed to Emory University in Atlanta to work on her PhD in Cancer Biology.

Manuel Thornberry (’12)

earned his Bachelor’s in Chemistry at USF, working in the lab of Dr. Li-June Ming. He has been accepted into the doctorate program at Georgia Tech.

Meghan Kelley (’12)

(’12) is completing her senior year at the University of South Florida and is studying Sociology. She intends to pursue a doctorate in that field.

(’12) Alexandria Sinadinos

is completing her senior year at Florida State University, majoring in Marketing and headed toward law school.

Joshua Joseph (’13)

completed his sophomore year, majoring in Education and is deciding whether to complete his studies in New York or Tampa.

Carter Pugliese (’14)

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

Aaron Ortiz (’14)

is finishing up his sophomore year  at Georgia Tech, majoring in Computer Science with focus in devices and intelligence threads.  He is also a Teaching Assistant in the Data Structures and Algorithm’s course and will be interning with Google this summer.

Othman El Alaoui (’14)

is studying for his Bachelor’s degree in Science in Rabat, Morocco.

Lukas Harries (’15)

completed his freshman year at Vassar, majoring in Biochemistry.  He is also a member of their swim team, competing as part of  the 200 yard freestyle relay squad.

Donovan Bottini (’15)

completed his freshman year at St. Leo University, majoring in Homeland Security and plans on becoming a forensic psychologist when he graduates.

Nicholai Babis (’15)

completed his freshman year at Vassar, double-majoring in Political Science and German, with a minor in Arabic.  He will be working  with the Duke TIP programs at Davidson College this summer.

Han Nguyen (’15)

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

Alexander Strid (’15)

completed his freshman year at USF St. Petersburg, majoring in Graphic Design.  Alex was asked to be a staff member with TFW2005 and posts up-to-date information on transformers.

Phong Tran (’15)

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