Fall 2008 Issue


New Alumni Board of Directors Elected

The Alumni Association Board of Directors is pleased to announce the addition of three new directors.

John G. Primeau

John G. Primeau, president and CEO of Valley Bank has been a respected member of the South Florida financial industry for more than 40 years. He began his professional career in banking, serving as executive vice-president for the Commercial Lending Division of Hollywood Federal Savings and Loan, and later served as president and CEO of Unifirst Bank in Hollywood, successfully directing the merger with Republic Security Bank in 1998. Prior to joining Valley Bank, he was senior vice-president and market executive for First United Bank in Broward County.

A dedicated community activist, Primeau’s leadership and volunteerism have benefited countless South Florida residents. He has served as a board member of the American Red Cross, the Barry University Advisory Council, the City of Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the American Diabetes Association. He served on the board of the South Florida Hospital District for eight years; two of which as its chairmen.

For his outstanding service, he was honored with the National 3R Award from the American Diabetes Association and the Sunshine Health Humanitarian of the Year Award, and was recognized for his community involvement by the Memorial Healthcare Foundation. He serves on the board of trustees of Women in Distress and the Broward United Way Campaign Cabinet and is an active member of the State of Florida Consumer Affairs Committee.

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, John is a longtime Broward county resident. He was Mayor of the Town of Davie from 1977 to 1978 and served as president of the Davie-Cooper City Chamber of Commerce in 1974.

Matt Cameron

Matt Cameron ’00, MS ’03 is the director of residential life at Barry University. He was born and raised in Middletown, Connecticut. He moved to Miami in 1995 to attend Barry and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in criminology and a minor in political science. He worked as a graduate assistant for residential life in 2000 before moving into the role of area coordinator from 2001-2003. After graduating with a Master of Science in higher education administration in 2003, he worked as resident coordinator at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. In January of 2008, he returned to Barry as the director of housing and residence life


Karen Hollis

Karen Hollis is a small business outreach and contract specialist at Miami-Dade Expressway Authority. In addition to attending Barry University, Hollis studied at Miami Dade Community College, Florida International University and Miami School of Law. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a juris doctorate and received a certificate in legal assisting through Barry’s School of Adult and Continuing Education in 1986.

Her expertise is in empowering disadvantaged communities by sharing resources, technology and skills to buttress local businesses and create stakeholders within the community. In addition to her work as a community advocate and volunteer, Hollis also finds the time to be a loving family member and a devoted member of her church community.

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