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Press Release for Wednesday, January 27, 2016

‘Best of the Best’ UNF Alums Recognized During Annual Awards Ceremony

Media Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192

The University of North Florida Alumni Association announces the recipients of its alumni awards honoring several notable graduates for their exemplary service and contributions to UNF during its annual Alumni Recognition Dinner and Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Student Union Ballroom, Building 58W, Room 3703, on campus.


“The true measure of a university’s greatness can be found in the achievements of its alumni,” said Michelle Tatum, president of the University’s Alumni Association. “A vast number of UNF alumni have gained distinction and success in their profession and contribution to their communities. This year’s award recipients represent the best of the best of our alumni and are exemplary representatives of the University.”


Honorees include Lisa Davis, CEO and founder of Analytics Partners; Sam Inman, chief financial officer of Community First Credit Union; Dr. Derrick Robinson, visiting assistant professor of economics at UNF; and Dave Polovina, account executive at Demetree Insurance Services.


Davis is the recipient of the highest award given to a UNF graduate by the Alumni Association, the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. This award recognizes alumni who have made a significant contribution to their profession, community and/or society, having consistently maintained the pursuit of excellence as a representative and graduate of the University.

“Receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award is an accolade I hold in very high esteem,” said Davis. “My education from UNF has been the foundation for my success and it’s very humbling to be awarded this honor.”


In 2002, Davis founded Analytics Partners, a health care data consulting firm based in Jacksonville’s Riverside neighborhood, and under her leadership, the company has become one of Jacksonville’s top-ranked and fastest growing advanced analytics companies specializing in health care.  


She has received numerous honors for her work and outstanding contributions to the Jacksonville community, including recognition as a 2013 Women’s History Month honoree from the Jacksonville Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women. The Jacksonville Business Journal named Davis as a “Woman of Influence,” one of the “Forty under Forty” and an “Ultimate CEO.” Additionally, the Journal named Analytics Partners as one of the “Partners in Philanthropy” in 2015 for its support of charities and philanthropic enterprises. 


Davis serves as the vice-chair of the Dean’s Leadership Council for the Thomas G. Carpenter Library and has invested in the new Learning Commons by naming a collaborative computer station on the second floor of the Library. Davis, a member of the University’s inaugural softball team, established the Lisa M. Davis Student-Athlete Endowed Scholarship and also contributes annually to UNF’s Osprey Club Athletic Scholarship to support athletes taking summer courses.


Inman is the recipient of the Alumni Service Award, presented to alumni who have demonstrated continuous outstanding volunteer service to the University and/or meritorious public service. He is committed to supporting local education through his efforts as vice chair of the College of Education and Human Services Dean’s Education Advisory Council at UNF, steering committee chair and emcee of the TEACH Conference for Northeast Florida Educators and former chairman of Learn to Read, Inc.

Inman is a 2002 graduate and sustaining member of Leadership Jacksonville, a member of the United Way of Northeast Florida’s income strategies council and a mentor and board member at Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Northeast Florida.


Robinson is the recipient of the Young Alumni Achievement Award, presented for outstanding professional achievement, contributions to the community and exemplary service to the University. While studying at UNF, Robinson worked as a program assistant at the Environmental Center where he managed several community projects, including the Clara White Mission Community Based Transformational Learning Opportunity and Jacksonville Green Map, prior to graduating in 2009 with degrees in economics and communication. He earned his doctorate in applied economics from Auburn University.


Polovina is the recipient of the Honorary Alumni Award, given to friends and supporters for exemplary service to the University. He has been instrumental in shaping a standard of excellence in UNF athletics as a founding member and former president of the Osprey Club, the University’s athletic booster organization. Polovina was also instrumental in the development of UNF’s athletics facilities, including the Tennis Complex, Harmon Stadium and the Dusty Rhodes Batting Facility. Additionally, he helped establish the Doug Harmon and Dusty Rhodes Scholarships as well as the Dave Polovina Endowed Baseball Scholarship.

Tickets to the Alumni Recognition Dinner and Awards Ceremony are $35 each and are available online . The last day to purchase tickets is Friday, Feb. 12.


The University of North Florida Alumni Association’s purpose is to foster, maintain and support a mutually beneficial relationship between alumni and the University.


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.