Alumni

Hall of Fame - 2015 Honorees

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Guy Carbonneau `59

Currently the founder and CEO of Scientific Capital Technologies, a firm specializing in security systems for industry and government facilities. He has spent virtually all of his adult life engaged in the field of electronics, computer science and technology. Early in his career, Guy developed a prototype computer terminal for a blind associate, which sparked the creation of other Braille embossers, communication systems and book productions methods and technologies. He has recently published a book entitled "First Medical Protocol – Prayer," which serves as an encouraging message to family and friends of those suffering from cancer therapies, that prayer is as important as medical treatment.

Jean Desdunes `79

The Senior Director of the Diversity and Inclusion Department at the United State Tennis Association (USTA). Formally serving as a USTA national coach for nine years, Jean's focus is primarily on Player Development. He oversees the Diversity & Inclusion grant program, which aims at supporting high performance American players, as well as programs that are dedicated to training and cultivating high performance American players. Earlier in his career, Jean was the head coach at George Institute of Technology Men's Tennis Team for 14 years and was awarded numerous honors: 2 time ACC Coach of the Year, 2 time Tennis All-American and 4 time All-ACC at Clemson University and playing on the ACC 50th Anniversary Tennis Team.

Jorge Gonzalez `83

President and Chief Executive Officer of City National Bank of Florida. During his tenure, he has overseen the diversification of the 65-year-old institution to include four main lines: Personal and Business Banking, Corporate, Private Client Group and Real Estate. Jorge has more than 26 years of banking experience, including 20 years with Wachovia in various leadership and management roles, and was named Ultimate CEO and a two-time finalist for the South Florida Business Journal's CEO of the Year. He is also involved in a number of local charity and community organizations such as the Young Presidents Organization, United Way of Miami-Dade and the board of directors of the FIU Foundation.

Johnny LaPonzina `65

The founder and President of Professional Course Management, a privately held, full service golf course management company that has owned, operated and managed more than 20 golf properties across South. Johnny is also the founder and President of Premier Golf Card Inc., one of the most successful golf membership programs ever established, having sold over 100,000 memberships to local golfers in South Florida. Other notable achievements of Johnny's career include serving as Secretary, Vice President, and President of the South Florida PGA Section and being inducted into the South Florida PGA Hall of Fame in 2003.

Judy O'Connor Kretzschmar `72

Has been a practicing CPA for more than 25 years in the South Florida community and assists her diverse client base in all aspects of tax compliance at a local, state and federal level. She is also the Tax Talk columnist for Bankrate.com where she answers questions that the readers submit on various tax topics. Prior to being in private practice, Judy worked for five years in the tax department of KPMG's Miami office, focusing on resolving Internal Revenue Service matter and assisting on Florida state tax issues on a firm-wide basis. At the community level, Judy has served as Treasurer for numerous organizations including the Miami Shores Mayor's Task Force and the Archdiocese of Miami Serra Clubs.

Frances Sevilla-Sacasa `74

Serves as Chief Executive Officer of Banco Itau International, a Miami-based international subsidiary of Banco Itau. With 35 years of experience in financial services, Frances has served as president and chief executive officer of U.S. Trust Company and president of U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. She has also led private banking businesses at Citigroup where she was president of Latin America Private Banking, president of Europe Private Banking and head of the international trust business. Frances has received numerous recognitions including The Wall Street Journal – The 50 Women to Watch and Hispanic Business Magazine – 20 Elite Women and was appointed interim dean of University of Miami's School of Business Administration, while the university searched for a new dean in January 2011.

The Peterson Family

Shortly after he returned from World War II to his native Wisconsin, Phil Peterson would soon marry his childhood sweetheart, Charlotte "Charlie" after she graduated with a degree in education and art. A lifelong passion for motorcycles would eventually bring the Petersons to South Florida. Phil is the founder and owner of Peterson's Harley-Davidson which has grown from a modest single man operation, into a successful enterprise supporting 120 families with two full dealerships in Miami-Dade, plus retail stores in Key West, Downtown Miami/Bayside, and a third coming soon to Dolphin Mall. Throughout their lives, Phil and Charlie have remained the same humble, warm hearted and selfless people they were when they met…dedicated to their family and friends, their employees, their community, St. Rose of Lima Church, and their country.