September 2011, Volume 15, Number 4

Alumni News

MDC Hall of Fame inductees

Miami Dade College Inducts New Members Into Its Prestigious Hall of Fame

Miami Dade College recently honored some of its successful alumni with its top recognition: induction into MDC’s Alumni Hall of Fame. Nearly 1,000 people attended the celebration at Jungle Island.


Carlos Giménez

County Leader From MDC

Many Miami Dade College alumni perform vital roles in public service both nationally and locally. Now one MDC alumnus is fulfilling yet another as mayor of Miami-Dade County.


Katherine Fernández Rundle

From Degree Recipient to State Attorney

With an impressive track record of helping to reduce crime in Miami-Dade County and protecting the interests of Florida’s children, Katherine Fernández Rundle’s tireless work as Miami-Dade County State Attorney goes to show that MDC graduates really do go far in giving back to the community that gave them their start.


Gerardo M. Simms

Giving Back In Myriad Ways

MDC alumnus Gerardo M. Simms has a strong history of giving back to the community. Busy with his work as Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Florida, he also serves as a board member for Redlands Christian Migrant Association, the Hispanic Heritage Council and Operation Pedro Pan Group.


Joe A. Martínez

Commission Chair: MDC Honed My Service Skills

Protect and serve: There’s no denying that Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Joe A. Martínez, who got his start at MDC, has fulfilled both parts of that mission throughout his 25-plus years of service to South Floridians.


Johnny Martínez

Miami City Manager a Proud MDC Grad

After building up a 30-year career in leadership as a professional engineer for private, county and state authorities, MDC alumnus Johnny Martínez is applying those leadership skills in a new arena: city management. Recently appointed city manager of Miami, Martínez will now be overseeing 3,500 employees.


Addy Villanueva

Alumna’s Historic Promotion Ensures Region’s Security

Miami Dade College alumna Addy Villanueva has had an impressive career in law enforcement, and she credits MDC’s School of Justice with setting her on the path to success.


Genaro “Chip” Iglesias

MDC an Integral Part of Public Servant’s Career

Whether handling a burning building or a budget crisis, MDC alumnus Genaro “Chip” Iglesias has been on the front lines of public service in Miami-Dade County for three decades.


Carlos J. Martínez

Public Defender a Champion of the Poor

Miami-Dade Public Defender Carlos J. Martínez knows something about being the underdog. After arriving from Cuba with his family in 1969, he ambitiously set out from an early age to prove that the American Dream can definitely become a reality.


Eric D. Molina

Alumnus Earns Supreme Honor

MDC graduate Eric D. Molina has been admitted to practice as a member and an officer of the U.S. Supreme Court.


Nicole Golden

MDC Mentors Transformed Her World

MDC Honors College alumna Nicole Golden now inspires students of her own to excel in Washington, D.C.



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