Keiser University is a private, not-for-profit university in Palm Beach County, Florida offering career-focused degrees at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate levels on campus and online.
Address: 2085 Vista Pkwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33411
Phone: (561) 471-6000
SWIIFT Keiser University President
My name is Imani Gordon; I am pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Health Services Administration. I was born in Jamaica but I currently reside in West Palm Beach, Florida with my parents and my brother. I enjoy traveling and I am an avid reader who also enjoys playing the piano and the flute in my spare time.
Being a woman in healthcare, which is primarily a male dominated industry, I know how important it is for women to feel included and heard. It is a true blessing to have an organization such as SWIIFT to provide a place of empowerment, unity, and inspiration for women in healthcare, which will bring about an everlasting impact and change in the lives of many.
Growing up, I have always considered myself to be a natural born leader. Attending high school, I was the President of my freshman and sophomore classes. During both years as President, I was able to reform our school lunch menu to provide a diversified array of food choices. I also started the school’s first powder puff football team. While pursuing my undergrad, I served as the Vice President of Student Government Association (SGA) and now I currently
serve as President. As President, one of my achievements that I am most proud of, is creating The President’s Table. The President’s Table is a meeting of Presidents from different organizations throughout Keiser University, all coming together to create a more integrated presence amongst the organizations
I chose healthcare as my career path because I have always had a fire in my spirit to help people. I am reminded of a quote, which says “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” Over the years, there has been an increase in the number of women entering the healthcare industry. In addition, there have also been many significant contributions made by women from clinical to leadership positions. I am greatly honored to use my platform as President of SWIIFT to spotlight these achievements and reward these outstanding women for their contributions.
Marcda Hilaire Brunot
SWIIFT Keiser University Vice President
My name is Marcda Hilaire Brunot and I am currently a student in the Doctor of Chiropractic Program. I am an immigrant of Haiti, and obtained a Bachelor's in Biology and Master's in Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health. I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and CEO of the Nurturing Oasis LLC. A strong advocate for women's health, I believe in health equity, women empowerment and cultural competency. I have spoken on several national and international platforms and I am currently working on several books.
I am very active in my community and campus, I serve on the Executive Board of Directors of the Florida Breastfeeding Coalition, Student Government Association, and President of Student American Black Chiropractic Association (SABCA).
My vision is to hold the torch and continue the legacy of the founding members of SWIIFT. I enjoy poetry, music and spending time with family.
SWIIFT Keiser University Secretary
My name is Teyonna Cashaw, I prefer my middle name Layla. I am a retired Army Vet and single mother of 5 beautiful children. In my few short years on this earth I have done a lot and seen a lot. Many things have shaped who I am today but my ultimate motivation is my children. SWIIFT is an honor to me for many reasons but one in particular sticks out. When my daughter had her modeling interview at the age of 10 her reason for wanting to do it is to create a platform for young girls. She said there is a lack of positive role models for women. And I want to show and exemplify women empowerment in every move that I make. My children and helping others brings a joy to me like no other.
SWIIFT Keiser University Treasurer
My name is Julia Mancini and I am pursuing a Doctorate degree in Chiropractic Medicine. My passion for healthcare stemmed from two things which deeply rooted me from a young age about what my purpose in this life is. First, was taking after my mom whose heart beats to take care of people. My mom was an amazing nurse for many years before I was born, and after I was diagnosed with some serious health issues as a child, her role as a nurse picked back up when she had to care for me. I remember being so sick I spent more time in hospitals, going to doctor’s appointments, or being home because of not being well than I was at school. Much of the time I was home, when I would play with my dolls, I would be playing doctor. I got very creative at times, but one of the things I remember most was always emulating the female doctors I would see. One of the most important role models, was my childhood chiropractor who often was the only one able to provide me true relief. You see, there was a huge difference in the attention, gentleness, and compassionate care that I would receive from a female doctor versus a male. There were of course some very good male doctors, however, I was never as comfortable with a male as I was with a female. In my mind, I knew there were some roles and situations in which a female was more suited. Prior to coming to Keiser University, I had been down a few roads from studying exercise science and working as an exercise physiologist and personal trainer before finding my way to Chiropractic. I have since then become great friends with the founders and president of this organization because they’re some of the most amazing, intelligent, inspiring, and driven young women I have ever met. I truly look up to them and want to see their creation; Swiift, grow and touch other women’s lives the way they have mine. After all, “You are the product of your environment, surround yourself with the best” -William Clement Stone.
SWIIFT Keiser University Social Media Manager
My name is Cheyenne Petrillo-Lavier. I was born in Utica, New York. I have been a student athlete all my life juggling cross country, track, and lacrosse. I have graduated from multiple colleges gaining two Associates, one Minor and a Bachelor's degree all revolving around sports, coaching, and exercise science. What led me to pursue a career in Chiropractic at Keiser University was a two-way tie between athletic training. In the middle of my undergraduate program, I was forced to change my major to exercise science with a concentration in sports studies. As the athletic program was taken away leading me to fall back on classes associating with my major. I knew chiropractic was what I was meant to do. I am currently our Social Media Manager for SWIIFT Inc. and I plan to catch the true meaning of women empowerment, and to share the importance of who we are in the healthcare profession.