Each month, we'll share highlights of NSLS members' accomplishments, and we hope you will find their stories as inspirational as we do.
Our mission at the NSLS is Building Leaders Who Make a Better World. Nationwide, our members participate in social events, volunteer for charities, and take part in a wide range of community service initiatives. Additionally, upon graduation and entering the workforce, members apply the interpersonal skills they've acquired to start businesses, pursue promotions, and continue applying what they learned as NSLS members!
NSLS Member Promoted to Associate Principal
Ryan Garza will be stepping into a new leadership role as Associate Principal at Aquinas High School and Middle School in Wisconsin. Dedicated to a career in education, Garza is currently working on his dissertation for his doctorate degree in education from Northcentral University. This follows a master’s in educational leadership and years of teaching experience, including two years at Aquinas High School where he taught business education. Prior to joining the Aquinas school district, Garza taught both fifth and sixth grade social studies in Title 1 schools in the Houston area.
Brookdale Community College Student Receives Outstanding Student Award
Adam Meliani, from Howell, NJ, was one of eight Brookdale Community College graduates recognized for their academic excellence, community service, and personal accomplishments at the May 13th and 14th commencement ceremonies. The Outstanding Student Award winner for the Business and Social Science Institute participated in a number of organizations in leadership roles and cited the NSLS as a great help in developing key leadership skills. In leadership roles, he has balanced budgets, organized fundraising events, and created a financial literacy presentation.
Adam plans on transferring to a four-year university in the fall where he will further his studies in finance, and has already been accepted into the Rutgers University Business School in New Brunswick, NJ and the Rennes School of Business in France.
Graduating Senior Joins Cloud Concepts as VP of Sales and Marketing
Kyle Jones of California State University San Marcos will become the newest member of Cloud Concepts Corp., a boutique master agency for Cloud Services. The 4.0 student will lead sales and marketing and take on the responsibility of creating new “modern era” programs to enhance customer experiences and key strategic partnerships. His new role will allow him to utilize the leadership skills he’s learned to generate more business through creative solutions.
Before joining Cloud Concepts, Kyle impressed a local San Diego business with his fresh ideas by developing an entirely new “go to market” strategy to revitalize sales, which was so successful it is still being implemented today.
Inspiring Teen Graduates from Community College Before Finishing High School
Isabella McCray did things a bit out of order on May 15th. One week before her high school graduation, McCray walked the stage at South Piedmont Community College, where she enrolled with the dream of becoming a nurse. After being diagnosed with lupus at 11-years-old, she’s been on a mission to become a nurse and to give back and help others.
Her dream is now that much closer – and, at 18, happening much earlier than most. She will finish her nursing requirements next summer at SPCC and continue her education at Wingate University from there. The Dean’s List go-getter is making quick work of her leadership skills!
NSLS Member Receives Full-Tuition Scholarship to Top 25 Law School
After graduating from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Victoria Jones will be taking her leadership skills to the University of Alabama School of Law on a full-ride. At UCCC, she led the charge as an intern for the online learning platform startup, Brainitz, conducting market research on national organizations and helping prepare a competitive analysis for a key pitch to the Computing Technology Industry Association. Though her undergraduate degree is in marketing, she always dreamed of pursuing a career as a lawyer and minored in Pre-Law.
Her leadership skills extend beyond the classroom or the courtroom. Jones volunteered for non-profits such as One Fair Wage and the Beagle Freedom Project. She plans on pursuing business law once she earns her law degree.
Other NSLS Members Receiving Recognition:
Alyssa Williams, a senior at the University of Montevallo in Alabama, has been awarded the prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation Award given to high-achieving students who demonstrate noble character. Full story >>
Julie Castillo, from the Southern New Hampshire University Chapter, published the timely book Readjusting to the Workplace with Mental Wellness in Mind, offering insights into the return from remote work back to the office. Available Here >>
Aija James, a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Rookie team selection, and Conference Academic Honor Roll player, has transferred from Saint Peter's University and joined the women’s basketball team at Elon. Full story >>
Adoum Allamine, a Criminal Justice major, was one of two Hudson County Community College students to receive the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, which awards select students scholarships to help complete their bachelor’s degrees. Full story >>