Congratulations to the 2017 John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award Winners

Congratulations to Valencia’s six outstanding 2017 John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award recipients.

The John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards are open to League for Innovation in the Community College alliance member institutions to celebrate outstanding contributions in improving student learning and leadership by community college faculty and staff.

This year’s recipients are:

East Campus:

Rachel Allen, professor, humanities: Rachel was chosen for her contribution to the advancement of innovation and creativity on the East and Winter Park campuses through her work with the Peace and Justice Institute (PJI), the City of Orlando Mayor’s Office, the University of Central Florida and the School of Public Safety. Rachel exhibits expertise and scholarship in her field of humanities and peace studies, while also demonstrating outstanding contributions to campus and college learning communities.

Andrea Bealler, counselor: Chosen for her work in spearheading the development of a new collegewide campaign for academic and emotional fitness, Andrea demonstrates an exceptional commitment to serving all of Valencia’s students. In addition to developing the academic and emotional fitness campaign, she is also leading efforts to foster connections between adult/non-traditional students on East Campus.

West Campus:

Claudia Genovese-Martinez, professor, mathematics: Claudia was chosen for her work in developing the Innovation Academy to support adjunct faculty in demonstrating the Essential Competencies of a Valencia Educator. Claudia has developed a workshop to help adjunct faculty understand, practice and demonstrate the indicators of each competency. Her work has provided keen insight to the collegewide Developmental Math Advisory Group by addressing consistency with all developmental math courses at Valencia.

Neal Phillips, professor, English: An eccentric personality who isn’t afraid to try something new, Neal was chosen for his work in advancing innovation and excellence on West Campus. Neal currently serves as the Faculty Association president and also develops learning support with his work on the online learning plan. He is active in all of the work done for online students, and he is working with colleagues to create and implement the faculty online preparedness course.

Osceola Campus:

Pierre Lubold, professor, psychology: Pierre was chosen for his instrumental role in developing the Camino a UCF cohort program, where he has helped to develop a cadre of students interested in studying psychology. Pierre has also shown an incredible commitment and dedication to the September 11th flag display by developing the flag layout plan and investing many hours of physical labor in completing the flag installation.

–  Jorge Valladares, faculty, New Student Experience (NSE): Jorge was chosen for his work with Valencia’s students through his teaching, advising and College engagement. As a professor of NSE, he has played an integral role as a leader for the Camino a UCF program. Whether it is his recruitment, advising or teaching in the cohort, his leadership has made a lasting impression on his students and colleagues.

Recipients will be recognized in a series of activities and promotions and honored at special events during the 2017 Innovations Conference on Sunday, March 12 – Wednesday, March 15 in San Francisco.

For additional information about the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards Program, click here.


  • Karen Cowden said:

    Well done, colleagues. Your work inspires me to up-my-game!

    AMWed, 07 Dec 2016 10:20:33 +0000Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:20:33 +0000am16,10:20 am

  • Raquel Morales said:

    Congratulations Andrea and Jorge. It is an honor to work amongst motivated, passionate and influential colleagues such as yourselves. You are an inspiration to all of us.

    AMWed, 07 Dec 2016 11:42:43 +0000Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:42:43 +0000am16,11:42 am

    • Andrea Bealler said:

      Thank you so much Raquel!

      PMThu, 08 Dec 2016 16:25:05 +0000Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:25:05 +0000pm16,4:25 pm

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