From a nurse inspired by women in Uganda to a Criminal Justice graduate turned hospital chaplain (yes, you read that right), we caught up with five Southeastern University alumni to see what they’re doing now and how they’re making an impact in our communities.
Read on to be inspired by their stories.
Class of 2022 | Nursing
After helping mentor medical staff in various areas of Uganda, Simpson says she found her calling to not only treat and heal people physically, but to also encourage them when they are at their weakest and most vulnerable points.
Class of 1998 | Executive Director of Dream Center of Lakeland
The Dream Center hosts weekly Kids Clubs that bring together children from 18 at-risk neighborhoods. The program is hosted at the recently-completed Kids Club Park, which also houses a community garden that supports the center’s food pantry and soup kitchen. Volunteers give an average of 23,000+ hours of service per year, and have been a part of restoring once-dangerous streets through neighborhood cleanups.
Cooper says he prioritizes creating real connections with people in the community, whether that’s local businesses, individuals, law enforcement, or city officials.
Class of 2015 | Lakeland Regional Health Chaplain
How does a Criminal Justice graduate become a hospital chaplain?
After feeling like he wasn’t where he wanted to be, Devon Barnett met a hospital chaplain while visiting a family member at Lakeland Regional Health — and the rest, as they say, was history.
Completion of LRH’s Clinical Pastoral Education program qualified him to work as a hospital chaplain, but Barnett is back at SEU to earn his Master of Divinity (MDiv).
Whether calming nerves or comforting those who just lost a loved one, Barnett says he has learned you need to be led by love and respect.
Class of 2017 | Founder of A B Counseling
Anastasia Brokas earned an MS in Professional Counseling through SEU — and has gone on to start her own practice that specializes in counseling teen girls and young adult women into their 30s.
Brokas notes the increased prevalence of mental health issues in society and says SEU’s program prepared her to navigate and understand those conversations — “to teach from a place of knowledge instead of assumption,” as she put it.
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