MELBOURNE, FLA. — Rolanda Hatcher-Gallop, a student in the Florida Institute of Technology Master’s Program in Technical and Professional Communication, was
awarded one of the prestigious “4 Under 40” awards recently given by LEAD Brevard. Gallop, who owns her own public relations company, RoJé Communications,
is also a volunteer for numerous local charitable organizations.
The purpose of the awards is to celebrate the next generation of leaders in Brevard County and to honor those who made significant contributions to the
overall quality of life in the area. The fifth annual “4 Under 40” recognized four outstanding Brevard County professionals who are under age 40 and were
chosen from a field of 28 nominees.
Among the judges’ criteria were communication skills, originality of approaches to strengthening and transforming the community, knowledge and
understanding of community functioning, demonstration of leadership skills, social entrepreneurship, and tangible improvement in the lives of others.
Natalie Sellers, director of communications and service excellence for Parrish Medical Center, is a previous winner and a 2003 graduate of the same Florida
Tech program as Gallop. Javier Molinares, a previous finalist, is a current student in the program and publisher of the bilingual newspaper Al Día Today.
“These leaders from the Technical and Professional Master’s Degree program represent the very best about our students,” said Judy Strother, Ph.D., who
chairs the graduate program. “Our students are involved in their jobs and their communities and many make contributions above and beyond their peers.”