The FSU Alumni Association will recognize distinguished graduates at the annual Alumni Awards Gala during Homecoming Weekend

The Florida State University Alumni Association will honor six distinguished alumni at its annual Alumni Awards Gala on Friday, Sept. 30, the day before FSU’s homecoming football game against Wake Forest.

The event will celebrate five Golden Circle inductees, as well as Sally Karioth as a recipient of the Bernard F. Sliger Award, the association’s highest honor.

“Each of our honorees has made a lasting impact in the FSU community and beyond,” said Julie Decker, President and CEO of the Alumni Association. “These alumni not only excel in their respective fields, but they also support, teach and mentor the next generation of FSU alumni. We look forward to celebrating them over the reunion weekend.

The FSU Alumni Association Golden Circle recognizes distinguished individuals who personify the university’s tradition of excellence through their service and achievement.


The 2022 Golden Circle Winners are Craig Dewhurst, Dave Lane, Dazi Lenoir Esq., Nancy McKay and Ahli Moore.

Craig Dewhurst (BS ’91) excelled in the insurance industry for over 20 years as an agent and lobbyist for State Farm. Dewhurst is a business partner of several St. Johns County schools and local youth sports and is part of the St. Johns County Traffic Safety Team. He has served on several boards and committees, including the Seminole Boosters Board of Directors, the Donna Foundation Board of Directors, the Gator Bowl Sports Green Jacket Committee, and the Florida Agents Committee. He was also named the 2020 Seminole 100 winner. Dewhurst gives back to students through the Jim King Seminole Heritage Foundation Scholarship, his own Craig Dewhurst Agency FSU Scholarship, and various other FSU fundraisers.

Dave Lane (BS ’91) is executive vice president of Republic National Distributing Company. Lane previously served as Chairman of the Board of the FSU Foundation, during which FSU completed its first billion dollar fundraising campaign. Lane also worked in partnership with Dedman College of Hospitality to launch an RNDC Certificate in Beverage Management and was instrumental in arranging a $500,000 donation to the college. Lane was a 2019 rookie lecturer and has an endowed fellowship in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. He served as Chairman of the Board of Education Finance, Vice President and President of the Lake Forest Community High School District in Illinois. Lane also shares beverage industry insights while inspiring others to tap into their growth mindset on his “A Toast to Growth” podcast, which can be found on Apple Podcasts.

Dazi Lenoir, Esq. (BS ’02, MS ’03) is Chairman of the National Board of Directors of the FSU Alumni Association. Lenoir is a legal and sales professional and the founding and managing partner of Lyons Legal LLC, which specializes in personal injury and wrongful death litigation. Lenoir was named a Class V member of the William Reece Smith Jr. Leadership Academy of the Florida Bar and completed the Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy. She has served on several boards and committees, including the Florida Bar Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the Women in the Profession Subcommittee, and the Georgia Young Lawyers Division District Representative Council. She also served as secretary and board member of the Seminole Club of Greater Orlando. Lenoir previously served as Vice Chairman of the National Board of Directors and Chairman of the Board Development Committee.

Nancy McKay (BS ’78) was a successful executive in the beauty industry, leading the North American sector for brands such as Estee Lauder, Clinique, Tom Ford and NEST New York before joining the FSU College of Business as an Adjunct Professor. She recently shared her marketing expertise as a lecturer for students at FSU London Study Center. McKay has held positions on various boards and committees in New York and Tallahassee, including the Board of Governors for the Fashion Scholarship Fund, the Advisory Board for the Fragrance Foundation, the National Mother’s Day Committee for Save the Children and the Board of Governors of the FSU College of Humanities. . She has also been a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2016 and served as the third female Chair of the Board. During her tenure as President, the FSU Foundation received more than $93 million in donations and pledges from alumni and supporters – the second highest year in a decade. She was FSU’s keynote speaker in 2016 and has received several FSU awards, including the inaugural Inspire Award and a Grads Made Good Award.

Ahli Moore (BS ’93, MS ’95) is a human performance expert with over 27 years of experience in consulting and organizational development. He is the founder of X-Factor Solutions, through which he has developed and customized performance improvement programs for several Fortune 500 companies. Moore is President of the National Black Alumni Network, of which he has been a member for over 30 years. and is a national board member of the FSU Alumni Association. He has served on several boards and committees, including the Georgia Council for International Visitors, City of Stonecrest, Georgia, Transportation Advisory Committee, Seminole Boosters, FSU Foundation President’s Club, and as President of the FSU College of Communication and Information Leadership Board. . Moore gives back in many ways, including mentoring students through his nonprofit organization, Building Future Leaders, through the FSU ProfessioNole Mentors program, and as a lifetime member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

The main price of the evening is the Bernard F. Sliger Award, named after the 10th president of the FSU. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the FSU Alumni Association and recognizes a member of the community who has made a significant contribution to fulfilling the university’s mission.

Sally Karioth (MS ’72, Ph.D. ’77) is a nationally recognized grief therapist and longtime faculty member at the FSU College of Nursing. Karioth has also worked in private practice for over 40 years, focusing on parents who have lost a child.

As a board-certified traumatologist, Karioth has counseled survivors of the September 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon and children who lost their parents at the World Trade Center. Karioth is frequently called upon as a commentator and expert on traumatic world events, and she speaks to tragedy survivors and mental health officials who suffer from compassion fatigue. Karioth is an author, TED speaker, and has appeared in two award-winning films. She teaches one of the university’s most popular courses, “Death, the Individual, and the Family.”

Karioth is a beloved teacher who has received numerous FSU awards, including the Ross Oglesby Award, FSU Transformation through Teaching Award, Guardian of the Flame Faculty Award, Burning Spear Award, and several other teaching awards. She is a member of the Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), Circle of Gold, Phi Kappa Phi, and Gold Key, and has been recognized by the FSU College of Education as an Outstanding Alumnus.

The 2022 awards gala will begin at 5:30 p.m. on September 30 at the FSU Alumni Center. To register for the Alumni Awards Gala event, visit gonol.es/gala22.

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