Congratulations 2022 Award Winner Frances Werner-Watkins


Distinguished Alumni

  • Portrait of Amanda Martin

    Amanda Martin, RN, MSN

    Distinguished Alumni Award 2023

    Assistant Vice President of Nursing

    Amanda Martin is a Florida native; she was born in St. Petersburg and her family migrated to Pasco County in the early 90’s. Amanda’s interest in healthcare started early on as a volunteer at Dade City Hospital. During her junior year of high school, Amanda obtained her CNA…

  • Portrait of Frances Werner-Watkins

    Frances Werner-Watkins, JD

    Distinguished Alumni Award 2022

    Criminal Defense Attorney

    Frances Werner-Watkins comes from a family that has been and is still engaged in the building of Pasco County from its inception. Her family is one of Florida’s Pioneer families recognized by the State of Florida for being here for over 100 years. Her ancestry includes a long…

  • Portrait of Thomas Giella Jr.

    Thomas Giella Jr.

    Distinguished Alumni Award 2021

    Thomas Giella, Jr. was born and raised in Dade City, Florida. After earning his Associate in Science degree and a certificate in AutoCAD Foundations, a degree he used immediately after graduating, he later returned to PHSC earning an Associate in Arts degree. Giella continued his education to…

  • Portrait of Angela Yvette Lewis-Bennett

    Angela Yvette Lewis-Bennett

    Distinguished Alumni Award 2020

    Angela Lewis-Bennett, a Dade City native, is a 1975 graduate of Pasco High School and received her Associate in Science in Business from Pasco-Hernando Community College in 1977. Lewis-Bennett continued her education receiving a Bachelor of Science in Physical…

  • Photo of Heather Fiorentino

    Heather Fiorentino

    Distinguished Alumni Award 2019

    Former Superintendent of Pasco County Schools

    Heather Fiorentino became the first female superintendent for Pasco County Schools in 2004. She served eight years as Pasco Superintendent before retiring. During her tenure, Pasco School District was the seventh in the state to obtain District wide accreditation, Gulf Trace Elementary was the…

  • Photo of Margarita Romo

    Margarita Romo

    Distinguished Alumni Award 2018

    Founder/Executive Director of Farmworkers Self-Help, Inc.

    Margarita Romo completed the Certificate in General Studies from Pasco-Hernando State College in 1980. In 1982, Romo founded and still serves as the Executive Director of Farmworkers Self-Help, Inc. (FSH), an organization which facilitates the self-development of farmworkers…

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    John Legg

    Distinguished Alumni Award 2017

    Founder/CFO, Dayspring Academy

    2017 Distinguished Alumni

    John M. Legg has been a valuable asset to the education system not just in the community but also statewide. A Hernando County native, Legg attended Pasco-Hernando State College where he earned an Associate in Arts degree in…

  • Portrait of Timothy Moore

    Timothy Moore

    Distinguished Alumni Award 2016

    Founder/CEO, Diamond View Studios

    2016 Distinguished Alumni

    Tim Moore founded Diamond View Studios. Ltd., a professional video production business that produces over 450 videos annually. He has worked with the regional offices of Disney, Corona, Purina, Gatorade, and 5-…

  • Portrait of Becky Young

    Rebecca Young, RT, BSRT

    Distinguished Alumni Award 2015

    Director of Respiratory Therapy and Sleep Lab, Bayfront Health Dade City

    2015 Distinguished Alumni

    After going through a divorce, Becky Young found herself as a single parent with a 2-year-old to raise. Young was working as a legal secretary but knew this was the time to follow her call to the healthcare field. In preparation for that,…

  • Portrait of Diana Joyner-Mattox

    Diana Joyner-Mattox

    Distinguished Alumni Award 2014

    Veterinarian and Founder of Spay Pasco, Inc.

    2014 Distinguished Alumni

    Diana Joyner-Mattox has had a lifelong love affair with animals. By the time she reached PHSC, she was a veterinary assistant dreaming of her own small animal practice. In 1997, just two years out of the University of Florida…

  • Portrait of Gerri Bishop

    Geraldine Bishop

    Distinguished Alumni Award 2013

    Former Magistrate, Fifth Judicial Court, Hernando County, Florida

    2013 Distinguished Alumni

    Geraldine Bishop was the general magistrate of the Fifth Judicial Circuit for Hernando County for 13 years. Prior to her appointment she worked as a State of Florida law clerk/staff attorney for Hernando County. Bishop graduated, Magna Cum…

  • Portrait of Jay Forry

    Jay Forry

    Distinguished Alumni Award 2012

    Award winning movie critic, columnist

    2012 Distinguished Alumni

    When Forry lost his vision at age 27, he turned to PHCC for a new career direction. While working for PHCC News, he jokingly suggested he become a movie critic. Students and staff agreed and thus, a new career was born. Since then, Forry has…

  • Portrait of Anita Cruz

    Anita Cruz

    Distinguished Alumni Award 2011

    Health Care Advocate for Disadvantaged Women and Children

    2011 Distinguished Alumni

    Thirty years ago, Anita Cruz was a young migrant worker who brought her infant son to the fields with her while she worked. Alarmed by the dangers she and her child encountered there and the harsh living conditions endured by farm workers,…

  • Portrait of Kurt Browning

    Kurt Browning

    Distinguished Alumni Award 2010

    Pasco County Superintendent of Schools, Former Florida Secretary of State

    2010 Distinguished Alumni

    Florida’s Secretary of State fell in love with the elections process during a high school summer internship at the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections office. At 22, Kurt Browning was elected Pasco County’s supervisor of elections, the…

  • Portrait of Lucy Morgan

    Lucy Morgan

    Distinguished Alumni Award 2009

    Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist

    2009 Distinguished Alumni

    The renowned Florida journalist started her career at the St. Petersburg Times in the early 1970s when women rarely worked in news rooms and never in investigative reporting. Her relentless pursuit of truth led to dangerous…