Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson Among Distingushed Alumni Honoured by Barry University
By Oswald Brown
Feb 20, 2015 - 3:45:57 PM
Senator Allyson Maynard-Gibson, Bahamas Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, speaking at Barry University’s Distinguished Alumni Awards luncheon on Thursday, February 19, 2015.
MIAMI, Florida – Senator the Hon. Allyson Maynard-Gibson, Bahamas Attorney
General and Minister of Legal Affairs, was among seven noted alumni of Barry University who were
honoured with the university’s Distinguished Alumni Award at a luncheon held at
the Jungle Island Treetop Ballroom on Thursday, February 19, 2015.
Held annually since 2007, Barry University’s Distinguished Alumni Awards
recognize Barry alumni for their distinguished professional achievements and
contributions to society through service. Senator Maynard-Gibson earned her
Bachelor of Science in Business from Barry in 1975. At the age of 18, she was
the youngest graduate in Barry’s history at the time.
Guests at the luncheon, which also recognized Barry’s “Rising Star
Recipients,” were welcomed by Mr. Matthew Blair, Associate Vice President for
Alumni Relations and Annual Giving.
Mr. Victor Oquendo, News Anchor for WPLG-TV, Channel 10, was the
honorary host and the Rev. Cristobal Torres, a 2006 Barry alumni, gave an
eloquent and inspiring invocation.
In her remarks, Sister Linda Bevilacqua, President of Barry
University and a 1962 alumni, congratulated the honorees for their
distinguished professional accomplishments, contributions to society, and
support to their beloved alma mater.
Pictured from left to right at Barry University’s Distinguished Alumni Awards luncheon are: Dr. Jill Farrell, Associate Dean for the Adrian Dominican School of Education at Barry University; Sister Linda Bevilacqua, Barry University President; Senator Allyson Maynard-Gibson, Bahamas Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs; and Barry student Sheila Perez.
Other alumni honoured included Adriane Jackson, MSW ’12, Executive
Director of Partners In Education; Joy Taylor, BA ’09, co-host of the Zaslow
& Joy Morning Show and sister of former NFL All-Pro DE Jason Taylor; Mira
Fuentes, BS ’01, a lifelong children’s advocate known as “The Mother Teresa of
Miami;” Saima W. Hossain, BA ’97, MS ’02, SSP ’04, international advocate for
children with autism, recent winner of the World Health Organization Excellence
Award for Public Health, and daughter of Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh
Hasina; Nelson Lazo, BS ’94, Chief Executive Officer of Doctor’s Hospital in
Coral Gables; and Maria Mas Blet, BS ’01, Managing Principal and CEO of GSK
Wealth Advisors, Inc.
Closing remarks were delivered by Dr. Sara B. Herald, Vice
President for Institutional Advancement and External Affairs of Barry University.
She admonished the alumni to continue their success and be proud about being a
product of Barry University, support present and future developments of the
institution, and share the BARRY-PROUD to the world at large.
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