Alumni Spotlight

Chad Draizin - Class of 1997

Chad Draizin is founder and owner of Fifty Licks, an innovative ice cream company in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from NSU University School, Draizin attended the University of Florida, where he spent many weekends honing his beer-brewing skills. He then headed to Portland to pursue an internship at Portland Brewing and explore his interest in food science. Draizin quickly realized that he did not like brewing beer on an industrial level and returned to Florida to practice real estate and spend time with his family. After a few years, when the real estate market crashed, Draizin moved back to Portland. His love of art and passion for science led him to the art of making ice cream. In 2009, after a lot of experimentation and taste-testing, the innovative Fifty Licks ice cream company was born. Draizin said, "Portland is known for high-quality, artisanal products made with integrity and from the heart."

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Jennifer Stringfellow - Class of 1992

Jennifer Stringfellow graduated from the University of Mary Washington (UMW) with a B.A. in Historic Preservation and a concentration in historic archeology and museum work. Upon graduating, she was hired by UMW to work at their Center for Historic Preservation, where they did cultural resource management work and field archeology. Ultimately deciding to pursue a graduate degree, she attended George Washington University (GWU) on scholarship, earning an M.A. in Anthropology with a concentration in museum studies.

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Brandon Bergman - Class of 1999

Brandon Bergman, Ph.D., graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, after which he returned home and taught math at NSU University School's Middle School. While teaching, he took courses in Nova Southeastern University's master's degree in mental health program and volunteered as a research assistant for NSU's psychology department. Finding his passion in the substance-use disorder recovery, Bergman ultimately earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from NSU. He completed his psychology internship and an addiction psychology postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

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