Gail Appelrouth

2016 Distinguished Alumna

College: Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work

Degree: '77

Gail Appelrouth has dedicated her time and talent to the field of child advocacy as a professional volunteer for various child advocacy organizations in Miami for over three decades, and as a guardian ad litem for the Miami-Dade County Juvenile Dependency Division of the 11th Judicial Circuit for over eight years, representing more than 20 children in the foster care system. Appelrouth is the Immediate Past Chairwoman of the Voices For Children Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program, which also raises funds to collect items needed to instill a sense of normalcy for children in foster care. She is also the chairwoman of the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work Path Awards Host Committee. Additionally, Appelrouth has been a major participant in developing the FIU Fostering Panther Pride program, which provides students coming from foster care and/or homeless backgrounds with the support system to help them succeed academically.