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Congratulations to the Everglades University Sarasota Campus Masters of Public Health Capstone class on four amazing presentations. Students Ryan Clapham, Lida Gonzalez Santiago, Marcie Novis Levine, and Riki Perdue presented to a group of Everglades University administrators, faculty and students, including EU President, Kristi Mollis. The MPH students provide a wealth of information on topics including: Transgenderism, and Transgender Healthcare with Advocacy for the Transgender Community, Microbiome Healthy Gut/Brain Rejuvenation, and HIV/AIDS Prevention and the PrEP Program.

Tables of literature and topic related flags, pins, buttons, brochures, and a catered buffet of macrobiotic fare were provided by the MPH students for the audience to experience. Not only are these students researching their topics, they are putting them into practice as their careers.

Ryan Clapham has started her own business and is writing a grant to provide quality educational programs for the ethical treatment of Transgender patients.

Riki Perdue is currently working for Manatee County’s new PrEP program. Lida Gonzalez Santiago and Marcie Novis Levine are collaborating on patents for their health food products for resale. As Dr.

Jennifer Bencie, EU Sarasota MPH faculty and County Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County, said, “These capstone presentations are the culmination of years of research and knowledge gained during their MPH program at EU, and it is exciting to see them put it into practice for their future careers.”

The 13th Annual Commonwealth Institute Top Women Awards Luncheon honoring the Top Women-Led Businesses in Florida was held Thursday, May 3, 2018 in downtown Miami. The event was held at the Hilton Miami Downtown and Everglades University President, Ms. Kristi Mollis was honored for the 5th consecutive year in the Top 10 Woman-Led Not-For-Profit Organizations coming in 2nd for 2018.

President Kristi Mollis, Vice President David Shelpman, Vice President Lori Kaufman and Regional Director of Financial Aid, Seeta Singh-Moonilall attended the 5th Annual Angel Mom’s Brunch and Benefit presented by the Coulombe Family Foundation at the Boca West Country Club.

The Place of Hope provides care for over 340 children and youth daily throughout their campus network. These children have been subjected to unspeakable abuse, neglect or abandonment. Place of Hope’s missions is to “place hope” in their lives by providing a stable and caring environment free of fear and endangerment and most of all abuse. The event raised funds to support this goal and our team was proud to sponsor and attend the function!

“Everglades University is committed to community service and supporting and partnering with organizations like the Place of Hope.  The Place of Hope has changed the lives of so many children who otherwise would not have “hope.”  It’s a tremendous organization & we are proud to have sponsored this event” stated, President Kristi Mollis.

Everglades University has recently announced a partnership with Dallas-based Parker University. Students who wish to continue their education in chiropractic care will now have a clear path towards a successful career in chiropractic wellness. From undergraduate courses at Everglades University straight to Parker University’s Doctor of Chiropractic program, students will gain the education and skills they need to become leaders in the field.

Parker University focuses on providing students with opportunities related to healthcare, specifically in the realm of chiropractic. Parker has two chiropractic wellness clinics in addition to their research institute. The research institute includes the Parker Seminars, the largest chiropractic seminar organization in the world, and the Parker SHARE products, which provides innovative products and current information on chiropractic wellness to professionals in the field.

The Doctor of Chiropractic program at Parker University prepares students for a career in chiropractic wellness, focusing on biology, chemistry and the physical sciences. “Parker University has a long tradition of providing opportunities to students interested in pursuing successful careers in service and healthcare through chiropractic,” says Dr. Brian McAulay, President of Parker University. “Everglades’ students who complete the Doctor of Chiropractic program are going to be a tremendous asset to patients and communities in need of dedicated and compassionate healthcare professionals.”

Both Everglades University and Parker University are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Everglades University offers students a well-rounded education in a variety of health-related fields. Fostering their students’ dedication to learning, Everglades is happy to give them this added opportunity. “We believe in fostering a collaborative environment in which student learning can flourish,” says Kristi Mollis, President of Everglades University. “This will make an excellent complement to Parker’s community-based programs.”

For more information about Parker University’s Doctor of Chiropractic program, visit or call Everglades University at 888.854.8308.

President Kristi Mollis and Vice President Caroline King meet with Professor Newman and the McGarther High School students to review the AquaGrove system in Hollywood, Florida.
President Kristi Mollis and Vice President Caroline King meet with Professor Newman and the McGarther High School students to review the AquaGrove system in Hollywood, Florida.

The AquaGrove will be the latest addition to the EU Sarasota outdoor Solar and Renewable Energy teaching Lab.

The AquaGrove is a solar operated system allowing people in remote and off the grid areas to grow fish and vegetables in a self  contained system.  EU Sarasota students will participate in a pilot program studying this system and comparing notes to develop optimum operating capacity as part of the BS/Alternative and Renewable Energy Degree program.

The AquaGrove is scheduled for installation in September 2017 in time for fall classes.

For the past 15 years, Kristi Mollis has served as the president and CEO of Everglades University, an accredited, private, not-for-profit university offering bachelor’s and master’s degree programs online and on-campus. She oversees performance, operations, and compliance at their five Florida-based campuses in Boca Raton, Sarasota, Tampa, and Orlando, as well as for their online division.

“It’s one of the most rewarding jobs,” she says. “I have a strong passion for inspiring others to discover their purpose and potential through education.”

That passion has always driven her to do more—more for the university, the people around her, and the greater community.


Throughout her 27 years as an academic leader, Kristi Mollis has dedicated her time and efforts to leaving people and places a little bit better than when she found them. Under her leadership, Everglades University has grown from one campus to five, from college to university status, and from a nationally accredited university to a regionally accredited university. President Kristi Mollis was recognized as Team Leader of the Year for ACCSC and later elected as a Commissioner for ACCSC.

CommunityKristi Mollis believes that the University’s impact extends far beyond its classroom walls. Each student that receives a bachelor’s or master’s degree there will someday go out into the world to apply it. That is why, when the University expanded its programs in 2012, it was important to Kristi Mollis to add programs that would potentially impact our community. “We added degree programs that we felt would significantly impact the community, such as Alternative and Renewable Energy Management and Crisis and Disaster Management,” says Mollis. The university is also committed to community service, working with organizations such as Junior Achievement, Boca Helping Hands, The Place of Hope, KIDS in Distress, and Habitat for Humanity.

AwardsRecently, Kristi was ranked second in the Top 10 Women Led Not For Profit Organizations in Florida, in 2017. The Commonwealth Institute, a non-profit organization devoted to advancing businesswomen in leadership positions, compiled the list and it is the fourth consecutive year that she has received the accolade. She has also been recognized as the 2007 ACCSC’s “Team Leader of the Year” and the 2012 South Florida Business Leader of the Year in Education.