Miami Dade College Alumni Hall of Fame 2024

Photo credit: Miami Dade College Top Row (from left to right): MDC President Madeline Pumariega; Jose “Pepe” Dans; Alex Mena; Chief Raied S. Jadallah; Jesus Lebeña; Vania Laguerre Bottom Row (from left to right): Heide Dans; Ashley V. Gantt; Mari Tere Rojas; Stephanie Ann Perez; James R. Haj; Jorge A. Plasencia, chair of the Board of Directors, Miami Dade College Foundation
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Miami Dade College (MDC) honored a new class of outstanding community leaders at its 22nd MDC Alumni Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony held Friday, May 17, at the Loews Coral Gables Hotel.

The annual Hall of Fame ceremony recognizes alumni who are civic and business leaders in the community and across the nation while raising vital funds to support student scholarships. Since 2003, more than 410 alumni have been inducted, representing various industries, from banking, journalism, marketing, public service, education, public safety and non-profit to name a few. MDC’s Hall of Fame is the signature fundraising event of the Miami Dade College Foundation.

Below, the inductees full titles.


Vania Laguerre

Sr. Vice President, Local Market Executive

Bank of America



Jesus Lebeña

Sr. Vice President, Corporate Operations

MasTec Communication Group



Mari Tere Rojas

School Board Chair, District 6

Miami-Dade County Public Schools



Stephanie Ann Perez

Central Pharmacy Pharmacist

Publix Supermarkets, Inc.


Journalism – Print

Alex Mena

Executive Editor

Miami Herald



Heide Dans

Vice President



José “Pepe” Dans





James R. Haj

President and CEO

The Children’s Trust


Public Safety- Fire

Chief Raied S. Jadallah

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue


Public Service

Ashley V. Gantt

State Representative, District 109

Florida House of Representative


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