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2020 Alumni Award Winners

Each year during Homecoming the Alumni Association honors alumni doing great things for our community and for UNF. Our alumni are not only impacting Northeast Florida, but they are strengthening UNF's reputation around the country … and even around the globe.


  • Myron W. Pincomb Headshot

     

    "I am honored and humbled to receive the 2020 UNF Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. My years at UNF taught me to Dream Big, Work Hard and Invest in Others. This motto has been invaluable in nearly every aspect of my life."

     

    Myron Pincomb has demonstrated a lifelong passion for business and education. As a successful entrepreneur and leader, his innovative ideas have enhanced teaching and learning in the U.S. and beyond.

     

    Myron's accomplishments are many. For nearly 20 years, he built and ran successful companies in the fields of industrial chemistry, technology, medicine and education. In 1999, he founded Educational Tools Inc., which in a few short years grew from a small technology startup to a major player in digital curriculum for children with special needs, with a valuation of nearly $50 million.

     

    In 2013, Myron and his family established a foundation, Girls for Africa Inc., with the purpose of transforming the lives of orphans in Ghana, West Africa. The foundation helped build a STEM academy in Ghana. The school provides state-of-the-art STEM education for close to 500 children, some of whom are orphaned and living in the school.

     

    Today, as the founder of the Pincomb Group LLC., he advises and invests in companies in the fields of education, healthcare and corporate learning.

     

    Myron is also generous in sharing his time and expertise with the community. He has dedicated his time to UNF as a member of the UNF Board of Trustees, and currently serves as a UNF Foundation Board member. In 2013, he was appointed by the Board of Governors to lead the Online Learning Taskforce for the state of Florida. The focus of the taskforce was to map the future of online learning for Florida's 12 universities, 28 state colleges, and nearly 4,000 K-12 schools.

     

    He has given his time to mentor students through the Coggin College Career Management Center and provided funding to UNF, supporting International Business Studies and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

     

    Myron also served as chairman of the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards, the largest independent credentialing and continuing education organization with a focus on special needs. Under his leadership, IBCCES grew from a small startup to an international company working in 48 countries and providing training and certification for nearly 20,000 professionals who deliver services to individuals with cognitive disorders.

     

    In addition, Myron is a board member for the Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center Inc. and the Jacksonville Zoological Society Inc.

     

    A proud alum, Myron received a bachelor of science in biology and chemistry. He began his undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado, and then relocated to Jacksonville in 1992 where he completed his studies at UNF. Myron and his wife, Amanda, have three daughters: Kayli, Ashley and Abigail; and a son, Matthew.

     

  • Tracie E. Davis Headshot

     

    "When I graduated from UNF, I never thought that I would return to receive such a prestigious award. I hope my life has been a testament that we are all called to serve others. I am truly appreciative to the UNF Alumni Association for recognizing me in this manner."

     

    The Honorable Tracie Davis, a native of Jacksonville, is now in her second term as a state representative for the Florida House of Representatives District 13.

     

    Rep. Davis began her career as a special education teacher with Duval County Public Schools, achieving many successful learning milestones with her students. She was even recognized as "Teacher of the Year" at Timucuan Elementary in 1999. Additionally, in 2001, she joined the Supervisor of Elections Office and advanced to serve in several leadership roles. In 2011, she was appointed to serve as the first African American Deputy Supervisor of Elections. During her time with the elections office, Rep. Davis assisted in training over 10,000 poll workers and registered more than 60,000 high school students through a week-long registration initiative.

     

    Later, she joined the City of Jacksonville Small and Emerging Business Office. Rep. Davis uses her experience from her blended professional background in education, elections and business management to successfully serve her community.

     

    Representative Davis's career has involved public service in a variety of roles. In November 2016, Rep. Davis was elected to her first term as State Representative to represent constituents of District 13. During her tenure, Rep. Davis has secured several million dollars in funding and resources for the district and the Jacksonville community. Rep. Davis is passionate about working to provide a better quality of life for people in need. She has been a fierce advocate and strong voice for her community and plans to continue to speak out for her constituents and the Jacksonville community.

     

    In her current role, she has developed partnerships with JaxPort, JTA and Florida Blue to create community events such as the HBCU College Fair and the Community Baby Shower. Both events focus on educating and connecting families to resources and services that undergird self-sufficiency and successful outcomes.

     

    Rep. Davis is a true servant leader who is actively engaged in mentoring with Year Up, AMI Kids, Youth Leadership and Trout River Service Unit Girl Scouts of Gateway Council. She volunteers with the Democratic Women Information Network, Jacksonville Women Network, Jacksonville Urban League and the Junior League of Jacksonville. Rep. Davis is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

     

    Rep. Davis' accolades include the Community Leadership Award, Community Activist Award and Champion for the Elderly by the Florida Health Care Association. In 2017, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award by Independent Colleges and Universities and the Community Service Award presented by Edward Waters College.

     

    Rep. Davis received a master's degree in educational leadership from the University of North Florida, and a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Edward Waters College. She is also currently pursuing a second master's in public administration at Florida State University. She is married to Robert E. Davis and has three adult children.

     

  • Ashley R.C. Pratt Headshot

     

    "I am incredibly honored to receive the UNF Young Alumni Achievement award. This award is the result of what happens when one has been fortunate to have many years of enduring support and guidance from mentors, family and friends. I love being connected to UNF by mentoring students through our Administrative Internship Program at Mayo Clinic. I look forward to more years of dedication to the Jacksonville community and the University of North Florida."

     

    Ashley Pratt is a rising star. She continues to shine in the workplace and the community, excelling in her career and making a difference with her public service.

     

    A graduate of UNF's health administration program, Ashley became a key player at Mayo Clinic in her very first role and impressed those around her with her professionalism and ability to improve procedures and increase the quality of patient care. Several promotions followed. During her 10-plus years at Mayo Clinic, she has worked as the operations manager for the department of transplantation, operations manager for nephrology, health systems engineer, and the desk and scheduling supervisor for transplant.

     

    Today, Ashley is the clinical operations manager for Cardiovascular Diseases and Cardiothoracic Surgery, as well as the program director for the Administrative Internship Program at the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. In March she will begin her new role as the director of community engagement at Mayo Clinic.

     

    While achieving stellar career success, Ashley has also demonstrated a passion for mentoring and making an impact in the community. She previously served with the UNF Young Alumni Club for nearly two years and on Mayo Clinic's First Coast Heart Walk Steering Committee for more than three years, serving as co-chair in 2019. She was a 2015-16 Stein Fellow and a 2017-18 co-chair for United Way's Atlantic Circle, as well as a mentor for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. She currently serves on JAX Chamber's Hightower Emerging Leaders Fellowship board as a member of AHA's Go Red for Women Executive Cabinet and is a volunteer for several community events.

     

    Ashley received a bachelor's degree in health administration from UNF in 2009 and a dual master's degree in public administration and nonprofit management at UCF. She is married to fellow UNF alum Jason Pratt. The couple has two children

     

  • Stephen E. Bachand Headshot

     

    "I am flattered to be receiving this award from UNF's Alumni Association. Counting myself now as a fellow alum with the many students we've supported over the years who have gone on to do great things is a special honor

     

    Stephen Bachand has demonstrated an enduring commitment to education. With generous donations of both his time and scholarship funds, Steve has become a beloved member of the campus community and distinguished himself as a devoted Osprey.

     

    In his service to the University, Steve is a valued member of the UNF Foundation Board and serves on its Executive Committee, Investment Committee and Finance and Audit Committee. He and his wife, Phyllis, are generous supporters of UNF, having established scholarships for first-generation students, among other support. The UNF Stephen and Phyllis Bachand First Generation Scholarship, which they established in 2008, annually provides five scholars with $5,000 per year plus books.

     

    In addition, the couple enjoys meeting with their scholars every year and taking the time to make a personal connection. They also participate in events at UNF, including the World Affairs Council receptions and lectures. Steve spent his career in the retail industry, the last eight years as the CEO of Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd., a Toronto-based multibillion-dollar hard goods retailer. He led the management team in a transformation that now successfully competes with the likes of Walmart and Home Depot.

     

    Always willing to share his knowledge and time with the community, Steve had a second career as a corporate director through 2016 serving on boards of eight public companies including the Bank of Montreal, Canadian Pacific Rail, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts and Loblaw Companies.

     

    In addition, he served on two not-for-profit-boards including the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children and The Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

     

    Steve received an M.B.A. from the Darden School of the University of Virginia, and a bachelor's degree from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He and his wife live in Ponte Vedra Beach and have three daughters - Donna, Holly and Etienna - and five granddaughters.