Tracy Joinson, Past President, Florida Association of Colleges and Employers
She was off and running almost from day one. Tara Stevenson, Director of Career Services at Flagler College, joined FloridaACE in 2012 and became immediately active in the organization. She very quickly joined a conference committee and although not the chair of the group, took the lead in efficiently organizing an activity. Maybe she caught the FloridaACE bug (or is it more of an addiction???) because after the conference was over, she again quickly responded to a call for volunteers for a new standing committee of the organization, the Communications & Outreach committee. It was obvious Tara was making a more long-term commitment to the organization because it was clear that this wasn’t a “temporary” committee. It was no surprise that when the new Committee members were solicited for chair/co-chairs, Tara did not hesitate to be a co-chair, and remains as such today. As part of that Committee’s work, she started FloridaACE’s first Facebook page in late 2013 and continues to manage it always looking for interesting content and postings to engage members. Who doesn’t love her TBTs or Friday Fun posts?
There must have been more than one person noticing Tara’s quick involvement and contributions because she was nominated and elected to the FloridaACE board of directors as the Private College/University representative at the 2014 annual conference.
Although we have MANY wonderful and dedicated members in Florida ACE, it seems Tara is just the type who was in mind when the New Member Award was created in 2010. She joins the ranks of (illustrious!) past winners: Valerie Kielmovitch (2013), John Sheehy (2012), Lisette Guillen-Dolby (2010), Eric Hall (2009) and Jennifer Browning (2008).