Distinguished Alumni

2017 Distinguished Alumni
Leslie Candes
Leslie Candes, 1998 graduate, and now Vice-President and Chief Legal Counsel for Mattamy Homes was honored as the 2017 Indian River State College Distinguished Alumni and served as the inspiriting keynote speaker at the April College Awards Ceremony. 

Leslie started at Indian River Community College as a dual-enrollment student while completing her high school degree at Martin County High School.  She decided while interning at the Crary Buchanan Law Firm during high school that she wanted to be a lawyer. 

Upon graduating from high school Leslie knew that attending law school was her educational goal and wanted to save as much money as possible while working towards her dreams.  Indian River Community College was able to provide her with an affordable education, faculty with real world experience, and support services that would aid in her transfer to Florida State University. 

Leslie completed her Associates Degree in Criminal Justice before heading to Florida State University to start and finish her Baccalaureate degree in Criminology.  She then attended Stetson University College of Law and obtained her Juris Doctorate in Law. 

During her time at IRCC & FSU, she attended classes full time as well as held a full time job.  If you were to ask Leslie if she was glad that she worked while going to school, she would tell you that the relationships and recommendations that were created have certainly helped advance her career opportunities.

Leslie currently serves as the Chief Legal Counsel in the United States for Mattamy Homes, North America’s largest privately held home builder with over 70,000 homeowners across the country.  She is also married with two children ages 5 ½ & 7. 

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Indian River State College Distinguished Alumni Award, which began is 1988, is presented annually to an outstanding graduate who has achieved a high level of success in his or her chosen career and is an exemplary role model for our students.
We invite you to submit a nomination for the annual Distinguished Alumni Award. The recipient of this prestigious award will be honored at the College Awards Ceremony.

IRSC Distinguished Alumni Award Honorees:

  • ​2016 - Dr. Christine Jefferson Taylor, Class of 1972
  • 2015 - Louis "Buck" and Donna Hinz Vocelle, Indian River County
  • ​2014 - Mike Wise, Class of 1984
  • 2013 - Lisa Wells Kaul, Class of 1978
  • 2012 - Lt. Col. Curtis Carlin, Class of 1991
  • 2011 - Dr. Calvin Arnold, St. Lucie County
  • 2010 - Dr. Maxwell C. King and Dr. Herman A. Heise, Former IRSC Presidents, 50th Anniversary Honorary Distinguished Alumni
  • 2009 - Joseph and Diane Lembo, Indian River County
  • 2008 - Dr. Patricia Cooper, Okeechobee County
  • 2007 - Mark Long, St. Lucie County
  • 2006 - Sheriff Ken Mascara, St. Lucie County
  • 2005 - José L. Conrado, Indian River County
  • 2004 - William Hood, M.D., St. Lucie County
  • 2003 - Alton C. Hale, Jr., Martin County
  • 2002 - Karen Ripper, Martin County
  • 2001 - Ted Burrows, Martin County
  • 2000 - Dr. Ann Cali, St. Lucie County
  • 1999 - Lori Schirard Grubbs, Indian River County
  • 1998 - Joseph D. Weaver
  • 1997 - Diamond Litty, St. Lucie County
  • 1996 - Robert L. Crowder, Martin County
  • 1995 - David Marsh
  • 1993 - Louise Jones Gopher, Okeechobee County
  • 1992 - Hal Roberts, St. Lucie County
  • 1991 - John W. Abney, Okeechobee County
  • 1990 - Dr. Dominic Zaccheo, Martin County
  • 1989 - Bobby Knowles, St. Lucie County
  • 1988 - Margaret Ingram, Indian River County


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