18 0f the Last 9 Honorees

Nearly a third of this year’s 18 honorees from the past nine graduating classes (2005-2013) are EHS alumni (well above the percentage of EHS enrollment at Miami). The group of 18 was selected from a nominee pool of more than 120 outstanding young Miamians. Congratulations to all, with special appreciation to our EHS honorees:

Brian Dean, 2006

BrianDeanM.A.T., Integrated Mathematics Education
Senior Instructional Specialist for 6-12 Mathematics, Pasco County, Fla.
After earning his M.A.T. in secondary mathematics education at Miami, Brian Dean relocated to Tampa, Fla., where he began his teaching career for the District School Board of Pasco County. After teaching eighth grade math and algebra for four years—during which time he was named Paul R. Smith Middle School’s Teacher of the Year and Pasco County’s Middle School Mathematics Teacher of the Year in 2009—Brian became a mathematics instructional trainer coach at the high school level. In 2013, he was promoted to senior instructional specialist for 6-12 mathematics in Pasco County, Fla., leading and supporting mathematics education for approximately 900 teachers and 38,000 students in the county’s secondary schools.

JessicaJonesHughesJessica Jones-Hughes, 2007

B.S., Health & Sport Studies (Dietetics)
Vice President, Oke USA

After receiving her B.S. in dietetics from Miami in 2007, Jessica Jones-Hughes completed her M.S. in international nutrition and became a registered dietitian at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston. Since graduating from Tufts, Jessica has worked for Oke USA, the only 100 percent fair-trade banana company in the U.S. and the produce importing subsidiary of Equal Exchange; she was appointed vice president of Oke USA in 2011. For the past two years, Jessica has taught a nutrition 101 course to prisoners as part of Boston University’s Prison Education Program. She co-created the course curriculum and instructs approximately 25 male students each semester.

Chester Mason, 2005ChetMason 

B.S. Health & Sports Studies (Sport Organization)
Former NBA Player & Founder, Chet Mason Foundation

A former guard for the RedHawks men’s basketball team, Chet Mason went on to play professional basketball in the NBA’s D-league for two seasons and spent some time with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He also achieved success playing high-level basketball in the European leagues for six years. Through the self-established Chet Mason Foundation, Chet provides free basketball camps for inner-city youths each summer, an inner-city youth reading program and a fight-hunger program which feeds 1,000 families each summer. Chet graduated from Miami in 2005 with a B.S. in health and sport studies (sport organization).

Cheryl Murray Miyamasu, 2005CherylMurrayMiyamasu

B.S., Family Studies
CEO, Jeevan Aadhar Transformative Aftercare Services
Cheryl Murray Miyamasu currently works as CEO of Jeevan Aadhar Transformative Aftercare Services. Cheryl currently lives in Mumbai, India, working with survivors of human trafficking. She leads the organization that presently operates five transitional aftercare homes with 30 young women. The program was developed as a model for holistic transitional aftercare, encompassing educational opportunities, vocational training, counseling services and daily life skills, along with providing housing and meeting the basic needs of the girls. Cheryl holds a bachelor’s in family studies from Miami and is a Miami Merger with Dave Miyamasu ’06.

Erin Bower Patterson, 2006ErinBowerPatterson

B.S., Health & Sports Studies (Exercise Science)
Pediatric Physical Therapist, Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent

Erin Bower Patterson is a pediatric physical therapist at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. After graduating with a B.S. in exercise science from Miami, Erin earned a doctorate in physical therapy from Indiana University. She then earned a specialty certification in pediatric neuro-developmental treatment (NDT) in 2012. Erin currently specializes in working with children and their families by addressing developmental and gross motor abilities through treatment, including building strength, increasing flexibility, and improving balance and coordination. She is skilled at working with children with a wide variety of diagnoses, including cerebral palsy, neuromuscular disorders, autism spectrum disorder, developmental delay and oncology conditions.


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