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Alumni Spotlight

Reed-Daly’s Winding Journey Shows Success Delayed is Still Success

Heather Daily

As a child growing up in suburban Philadelphia, Heather Reed-Daly worked hard to fend off failure in school. Though wrestling with dyslexia and other learning issues, she managed to graduate from high school, took a job at a car dealership and thought she’d put formal schooling behind her. Then came Beacon College.

Her mother, a registered nurse, was on a professional trip to Florida in 2010 when she discovered Leesburg-based Beacon — the country’s first accredited undergraduate school for students with learning disabilities. One thing led to another and in the spring of 2011, Reed-Daly began her freshman year.

Today, she is Beacon’s assistant director of admissions, a position she has held since September 2019.

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Alumni News

Art Alumnus Places High in International Art Competition

Hearts Fire painting

Emily Marra, ’22, finished as a finalist in the abstract art category in the Art Show International Gallery 2022 International Juried Art Competition.

Hurdles for Beacon Alumnus Become Helping Hands for Peer

Thomas Minor III - thumb

Six months after he capped off his Beacon College career with graduation in 2019, Thomas Minor III stepped into his first real world job, sorting, packing and doing other entry-level work for an e-commerce shipping firm.

Beacon Alumna Found Her Mojo at Beacon and Through Martial Arts

At the Santa Barbara Dojo — a center for martial arts instruction — they know Shanie Healy for her dedication and inspirational expertise in teaching karate to people of all ages with special needs. She’s come a long way since her Beacon College days more than two decades ago when she was still searching for her place in the world.

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Alumni Updates

Jamar Butler

Jamar Butler, Beacon College Alumnus

I currently work as a Cyber Threat Analyst for the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) located in Tampa FL. I work with other Cyber Threat Analysts to interpret, analyze and execute Cyber Security policies, procedures and tactics. I am responsible for monitoring the Cyber Security Sensor Grid for Black Hat Hackers that attempt to gain unauthorized entry into our network. Also monitor CENTCOM sensor grid disruptions, outages and/or anomalies. In 2017 I acheieved my Masters in Information Technology. In 2018 I passed my computer certifications exams and received my Certified Network Defense Architect (CNDA) & Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certificates.

Alex Sweet Back at Beacon for Anthrozoology

It’s been a long journey but after being in Americorps NCCC FEMA corps years ago that helped me grow as a person even more so , I am happy to be back at Beacon College and finishing with my bachelors degree in Anthrozoology here at Beacon. I’m so happy to be finally finishing school with a degree relating to the field I have wanted to get into since I was little and that I believe will help me aim my dream careers of working with sea animals and ocean conservation.

Talia Kohan and Scott Diamond

Talia Kohan and Scott Diamond-Class of 2009

A classic ad pitch assured consumers that “Diamonds are forever.” So sold was she on that pitch that Beacon alumna Talia Kohan (Class of ’09, Human Services) not only put one on her finger, but took the indestructible gem as her last name marrying last month fellow Beacon alum Scott Diamond (Class of ’11, Computer […]

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