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Walden Magazine // Aug 01, 2019

Announcing Our 2019 Outstanding Alumni Award Winner

Congratulations to this year’s Outstanding Alumni Award winner, LaRonda Howard ’12!

LaRonda Howard ’12.

LaRonda Howard is a Master of Public Health graduate and CEO and founder of H.E.R. Story Productions LLC, an affiliate of HOPE Empowerment Resources (H.E.R.) LLC. Howard is a certified professional life coach, author, trainer, and motivational speaker. After publishing her book Finding Freedom in Forgiveness, H.E.R. Story Productions was born as a storytelling platform to help others share their stories and heal from their past wounds.

In addition to hosting speaking events, Howard is very active in her church, serving on global missions trips, leading fundraising efforts, and serving as a small-group leader for singles in the church. On a missions trip to Peru, she helped coordinate anger management activities for a men’s rehabilitation center, and she was the lead event coordinator for the inaugural “One City, One Vision” event in Jacksonville, Florida.

From the judges: “LaRonda has committed herself to making a positive difference in the lives of others. In the process of taking back herself, she was able to encourage others to do the same. She is showing others how to turn stumbling blocks into steppingstones.”

This year we received 90 nominations, representing 15 class years and 28 degree programs.

We also congratulate the following four finalists for their commitment to effecting positive social change in their communities:

  • Dr. Willie Johnson ’13, Doctor of Education
  • Dr. Vincentia Paul-Constantin ’12, PhD in Education
  • Vahan Setyan ’07, MS in Psychology and PhD in Psychology student
  • Dr. Patricia Spearman ’15, Doctor of Business Administration

The Outstanding Alumni Award is granted each year to a graduate who exemplifies our mission to effect positive social change by making an impact on his or her profession, discipline, or community.

Nominations for next year’s award will open in early 2020.