The Alumni Awards were initiated in 1999 to honor those who have made significant contributions to their fields, the college or their communities. Every spring, the awards are presented to deserving alumni at the Alumni Weekend banquet.
The following alumni were recognized with Flagler College Alumni Awards at Alumni Weekend in 2013:
Pride of Flagler Award – Nancy Rutland, ‘80
Rutland was elected to the Flagler College Board of Trustees in 2010. With a law degree from Stetson University College of Law, she is in private practice in St. Petersburg, Fla. She is a member of the Florida Bar Foundation and served on the Board of Directors for Rutland’s Bank and First State Bank. Some of her present and former civic and service activities include trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Junior League of St. Petersburg.
Professional Achievement Award – Rick Hankey, ‘84
Hankey has a long and distinguished career devoted to improving the lives of persons with mental illness and substance use disorders. He is the chief hospital officer/senior vice president for LifeStream Behavioral Center Inc. in Leesburg, Fla.. He served as executive director of the North East Florida Addictions Network, and he is active on the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association Board and The Mental Health Association of Central Florida.
Professional Achievement Award – Debbie Castillo, ‘83
Castillo is the vice president of sales and marketing for the Eastern United States and Canada for Loews Hotels & Resorts. She oversees all of the sales, marketing and revenue management efforts for 10 hotels. Castillo has more than 25 years of hospitality experience, including the last 14 years with Loews. She is active within the South Florida business, tourism and hospitality communities.
Young Alumni Achievement Award – Thomas Lawrence, ‘07
Lawrence is the executive director of The First Tee of Central Florida, a chapter of The First Tee, a youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. He helped begin chapter operations there in August of 2012. Before that, he spent five and a half years at The First Tee of St. Johns County, starting as an intern in 2007, then coach and program director. At 24, he was the youngest executive director in The First Tee Network, and he increased participation by 266 percent.