Our Talented Alumni

College Matriculation

NSU University School students matriculate to the nations finest colleges and universities.

Truly lifelong learners, our graduates have gone on to successful careers as scientists, app-developers, Oscar-winning producers and actors, New York Times best-selling authors, artists, physicians, historians, attorneys, and investment bankers.

Our graduates are also leaders – worldly, innovative, and accomplished – who contribute to society in valuable and countless ways. They are uniquely connected and understand the importance and the impact of giving back to their communities.

Whether they use their experiences at NSU University School as the basis for a professional career or simply as inspiration, our students graduate with confidence and showcase their talents in diverse and exciting ways.

Class of 1979

Lawrence J. Leon is the current chief of police for the Palm Beach County School District Police. Leon is the president of the Palm Beach County Association of Chiefs of Police and 1 of the 13 commissioners for the Commission of Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation.

Class of 1983

Ron Feldman is currently a software QA engineer at Linq3 Technologies in Long Beach, California, where he resides. Prior to working at Linq3 Technologies, he was the lead software QA engineer at IBM in Costa Mesa, California.

Class of 1998

Marco Andres Gabbai graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing and is currently working as an acute care nurse practitioner caring for liver and kidney transplant patients at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland.

Class of 2001

Danny Ghitis is currently working as a freelance photographer with clients such as The New York Times. To start off the new year, he was hired by the Rhode Island School of Design to document their ceramics study-abroad course in Japan.

Class of 2002

Elizabeth Somerstein Adler is a land use litigation attorney at Greenspoon Marder. Fort Lauderdale city commissioners recently appointed Adler to the city’s Sustainability Advisory Board.

Class of 2003

Lauren Book presented as the keynote speaker at NSU’s inaugural conference on Child Abuse, Neglect, and Human Trafficking. Book serves as founder and CEO of the Lauren’s Kids Foundation, which educates adults and children about sexual abuse prevention through in-school curricula, awareness campaigns, and speaking engagements around the country and the world.

Class of 2004

In addition to practicing law, Sammy Zolot continues to create and sell abstract pieces of art at art shows and in galleries across South Florida.

Class of 2011

Joanna Brown is currently the Director of Sales for Marriott and is overseeing the sales and marketing for the newly renovated Residence Inn in Plantation.

Class of 2012

Daniel Braverman was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 2016 NFL draft.

Class of 2013

Kali Rosendo spent the summer doing field research in marine biology and ocean resources in the Turks and Caicos. Rosendo is currently in her junior year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) studying environmental engineering with a focus in biology. She is also earning a minor in energy studies and working at MIT's Chisholm Lab, which is a biological oceanography lab.

Class of 2014

Emily Kopas participated in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, which were held in Omaha, Nebraska. This event served as the only selection meet for the U.S. Olympic Swim Team competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Kopas placed 19th in the 200-meter breaststroke and 43rd in the 100-meter breaststroke. Kopas is studying environmental science at the University of Michigan and is a member of their swim team.

Class of 2015

Rachel Sereix, a sophomore at Duke University, recently served as a full-time congressional intern in Washington, D.C., in the United States House of Representatives. As part of her internship, Sereix identified key legislative issues and completed research based tasks, attended various House and Senate markups and hearings, and wrote memoranda regarding appropriations bills, veteran’s affairs, foreign affairs, tax policy, banking, finance, and health care policy. She was selected as presidential writer for Duke’s student government and serves as the political beat writer for the student newspaper, The Chronicle.

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    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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