Since 2001, Walden has recognized the achievements of our graduates through the Outstanding Alumni Award. This honor is given each summer to one alum who exemplifies Walden’s mission to effect positive social change through contributions to his or her profession, discipline, or community.
2023: Dr.Dean Michael Aguon
2022: Dr. Nadine Lukes-Dyer
2021: Dr. Alvin Mena
(DNP ’17 and MSN ’15)
2020: Kay Ramsey
Dr. Kay Ramsey is a 2017 PhD in Public Policy Administration graduate and Executive Branch Director Bethany Christian Services of Southern California.
As a former foster youth and adoptee, Dr. Ramsey has a personal commitment to her work as she has triumphed beyond adversity throughout her life. Dr. Ramsey’s post-doc research focuses on social change initiatives for underserved populations in the areas of foster care, emancipated youth and social justice.
2019: LaRonda Howard
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.”
Dr. Avon Marie Hart-Johnson
Making a difference in the lives of those affected by incarceration
Dr. Lovely A. Thornton
Serving youth around the world for 40 years
Dr. John Henry Felix
A legacy of public service 8 decades in the making
Dr. Walter McCollum
Dr. Jonas Nguh
A commitment to volunteering
Dr. Tia Campbell
Creating continuing education for nurses
Dr. Gary Bickford
Comprehensive healthcare for the underinsured
Ivy Garcia Zwicker
Advocate for autism treatment
2009: Dr. Prince Augustine Ordu
Helps make clean water available in Nigeria
Dr. Souror Baetjer
Began continuing education allied health program