ALUMNI education

Graduation from GNL’s Masters Program is just the beginning!  Masters Class graduates are invited to extend their education and networking opportunities as members of a thriving alumni organization.

Alumni Opportunities for Continuing Education and Networking

With regular input from the membership, a volunteer Alumni/Continuing Education Committee (ACE) creates a dynamic, engaging series of programs of newsworthy topics, balanced political views and local issues of concern that meet the needs of GNL alumni for continuing education on community issues.  Programs also encourage graduates’ broader and deeper involvement in community service, thereby strengthening their support for the mission of GNL.

A volunteer Alumni Networking Committee sponsors social events that encourage members to keep up with classmates and get to know our newest members.  Each graduating class has a volunteer “Class Rep” who functions as a coordinator to organize and plan class reunions or service projects that foster continued closeness within the class.

Speaker Bios

Vance Aloupis
After practicing law in South Florida, Vance Aloupis joined The Children’s Movement in June 2010, now serving as the organization’s CEO. Having spoken across both the state and country on issues specific to the first five years in children’s lives, Vance has become a new face in the conversation around early childhood investment.

A former Student Body President at the University of Miami, student trustee on the UM Board of Trustees, and a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, Vance was the Judge Peter Palermo Fellow in the University of Miami Center for Ethics and Public Service’s Street Law program creating and teaching curricula for and in juvenile detention centers in South Florida. As a proud alum of the University of Miami, Vance now serves a member of the UM Alumni Association Board of Directors. Prior to joining The Children’s Movement, Vance worked as both a civil litigator and with the Legal Services of Greater Miami’s Homeless Project.

In 2012, Vance was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to serve as a commissioner on the Governor’s Commission on Community Service – also known as Volunteer Florida – which oversees much of the state’s AmeriCorps programs. A member of the board for the Miami Coalition for the Homeless and founding board member of the Awesome Foundation Miami, Vance is a graduate of Class VI of the Miami Fellows (the community’s most prestigious leadership development program) and Class IV of Connect Florida (a program focused on the next generation of statewide leaders). In late 2014, Vance – along with two colleagues – helped found the James Madison Institute’s Leaders Fellowship, a one-year leadership development program focused on fostering free market principles. A graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Education program Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management, Vance was selected as one of 90 young professionals from across the country to join in the first cohort of HBS’s 2015 Young American Leaders Program.

In 2014, Vance was honored by The Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida as the Young Floridian of the Year. And, in 2016, Vance was honored with the Emerging Leader Award from Florida International University’s Center for Leadership, the Ruth Shack Leadership Award from The Miami Foundation, and one of three “next generation” visionaries by The Miami Herald. In 2018, he was elected for the Florida House of Representatives.

 Vance and his wife, Mariella, live in Miami, Florida with their three daughters, Isabella, Aria  and Olivia.

Susan Block
Susan E. Block, Ed.M. is the Chief Executive Officer of the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida. Susan has a strong background in early learning as a teacher, coach and mentor to providers; an administrator of children’s programs and as an advocate for early learning policy and systems.  She holds a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. 

Susan views early learning as a key strategy for strengthening children, their families, and communities. Since early learning is foundational for both educational achievement and economic success, she believes that ensuring that all children are prepared for school should be a top priority for all communities. 

Since moving to Southwest Florida, Susan has been active in Kiwanis, FutureMakers and Future Ready Collier where she is inspired by like-minded community partners who share her interest in building strong communities. On a statewide basis, Susan serves a leadership role for the Association of Early Learning Coalitions toward improving the statewide infrastructure in support of young children and their families. Susan aspires to see all children succeed entering school and throughout their lives.

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The State of Florida's Future

November 18, 2019

Speakers:  Vance Aloupis, CEO of The Children’s Movement and Susan Block, CEO of the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida.

The presentation will include a discussion of the most important and least discussed part of Florida’s educational system, early childhood education.

With more than a third of Florida’s children unprepared for kindergarten, what steps have to be taken to move forward?

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