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Spring 2017

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Fiona Barbour Horenkamp (MS10) of Chicago, is a manager for Deloitte’s human capital service line.

Kami Bond (MS10) joined Cielo Talent as the senior vice president of people and culture. Kami has nearly 20 years of experience as a human resources leader for global companies such as Aon, GE Healthcare and Sapient Corp.

Sara Levinson Eidelman (MS10) of Dallas, was promoted to manager, delivery systems improvement at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

April Bowman (MS12) of Dallas, launched Bold Believers United (BBU) to impact young people around the globe.

James Ehrmann

James Ehrmann (MS12) of Minneapolis, is program director for Fraternity & Sorority Life at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities.

Eshna Nambiar (MS12) of Santa Clara, Calif., joined Intel as an OE Partner. He is working at the organizational level with specific businesses undergoing significant change or major organizational challenges to achieve improved business results.

Lauren Bertschy Mann (MS12) of Naperville, Ill., recently left United Airlines to move back into consulting at Deloitte.

Hailey Danisewicz (BS13) of Chicago, won a silver medal at the women’s PT2 Triathlon competition of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Brianna Davis

Brianna Davis (MS13) of Austin, Texas, began a PhD program in Higher Education Leadership at The University of Texas at Austin and was awarded an assistantship in the Office of the Vice President’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.

Eric Johnson (MS13) of Chicago, has been named president of the board of directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Chicago Chapter. Eric is the director of development for the Illinois Network of Charter Schools.

Lindsay Badeaux (MS14) of Chicago, was promoted to assistant director of admissions, Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs, with the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Kristine McKinney (MS13) of St. Paul, Minn., recently joined Fish & Richardson as the chief professional development officer. McKinney will be based in the Twin Cities office and will have broad responsibilities for leading the firm’s professional development activities across 11 U.S. offices and in Munich, Germany.

Elizabeth Smith (MS14) of Providence, R.I., is a high school math teacher at Mount Pleasant High School. She started a chapter of the Providence Student Union and a math team through the Rhode Island Math League.

Jamie Shaw

Jamie Shaw (MS14) of Elmwood Park, Ill., is now director of the Career Development Program at Dominican University’s Brennan School of Business.

Andrea Farnan (MS15) was promoted to assistant director of the First Year Center at Washington University in St. Louis. She was also selected as a faculty member for NODA’s (Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention) Student Leadership Institute.

Sami (Nerenberg) Packard (MS15) of Oakland, Calif., is an experience design con- sultant for Kaiser Permanente. As an internal consultant, she works with a variety of stakeholders to infuse design thinking throughout the organization.

Milvia Rodriguez (MS15) of Chicago, is academic advising and financial aid specialist at the University of Chicago. She previously worked in the music field, first as a program coordinator at the Omaha Conservatory of Music and then as a music program instructor and assistant at a Miami high school.

Nick Royal

Nick Royal (MS15) of Denver, Colo., resident director at the University of Denver, received the Housing and Residential Education’s Professional Staff Member of the Year award in May 2016.

Michael Kosko (MS15) of Chicago, was a finalist for the Escalante-Gradillas Prize for Best in Education. He is career and technical education coordinator and science chair at the Al Raby School for Community and Environment in Chicago.

Rabeya Mallick

Rabeya Mallick (BS15) of Chicago, is the K–12 Case Manager for Heartland Alliance’s Refugee & Immigrant Community Services office, supporting newly arrived refugee families with K–12 education.

Aditya Chauhan (MS15) of Singapore, is a consultant and leadership expert for The Boston Consulting Group’s leadership and talent enablement center in Singapore.

Lorato Anderson

Lorato Anderson (MS16) of Santa Cruz, Calif., started a new position as an undergrad- uate advisor in the Psychology Department at the University of California–Santa Cruz.

Jaime Buell (MS16) of Kenosha, Wis., recently joined Slalom Consulting as a consultant and member of the business advisory services team.

Carol Chen (MS16) of Evanston, is now senior project coordinator for the Office of the Executive Vice President and Neighborhood and Community Relations at Northwestern University.

Jinny Strand (MS16) of Chicago, is taking on a new role at PwC as an Advisory Asia Pacific & Americas (APA) and Trifecta (US, China & Japan) Staffing & Deployment Leader.

Joanne Kang

Joanne Kang (MS16) of Durham, N.C., is the new program coordinator for Asian- American student support in the Center for Multicultural Affairs at Duke University.

Marcia Walker-McWilliams

Marcia Walker-McWilliams (BS06) of Humble, Texas, is associate director of programs at the Center for Civic Leadership at Rice University, which connects Rice students and faculty to engaged service, experiential learning and research opportunities with community partners to promote sustainable change. She published her first book, Reverend Addie Wyatt: Faith and the Fight for Labor, Gender and Racial Equality (University of Illinois Press, 2016).

Beth Barich (MS03) of Indianapolis, is manager of international human resources for Allison Transmission Inc. Beth manages a team of human resource managers located in the international regions that support the company’s presence in 23 countries and oversees the company’s expatriate program.

Betsy Knapp (MS05) of Columbia, Mo., was promoted to senior academic advisor and won the Undergraduate Staff Member of the Year award for the College of Education at the University of Missouri.

Jonathan Lewis (MS07) of Brookline, Mass., recently co-authored two articles: “Social Media in Higher Education,” which appeared in the ASHE Higher Education Report Series, and “Democratic Education Online: Combating Racialized Aggressions on Social Media,” in Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning. Lewis is a doctoral candidate in Higher Education and Higher Education Administration at Boston College.

Sadya Khan (MS08) of Hanover Park, Ill., received her EdD in Adult and Higher Education from Northern Illinois University. She is director of Institutional Research and Planning at Moraine Valley Community College.

Michael Kosiarek (MS08) of Naperville, Ill., was recently promoted to senior director of global organization design for McDonald’s Corp. Prior to his organization design roles, Mike was a founding member of McDonald’s People Insights team, focused on human capital analytics.

Kate Biddle

Kate Biddle (MS09) of Chicago, was promoted to director of student affairs for the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. She previously worked as senior associate director of student affairs.

John Colucci

John Colucci (BS09) of Oak Park, Ill., was a finalist for the 2017 Illinois Teacher of the Year Award. Colucci, a teacher at Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park, was the 2009 student convocation speaker.

Carla Cortes

Carla Cortes (MS09) of Wilmette, Ill., is now associate director of recruiting and admissions for the EMBA program, as well as the Master of Science programs in finance and business analytics at The University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business in Chicago.

Alan Zarychta (BS07) of Chicago, joined the faculty of the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration as assistant professor in the summer of 2016. His research focuses on the politics of social services in Central and South America, especially in the areas of public health and environmental policy.

Jan Half

Jan Half (BS75) of San Mateo, Calif., received the 2016 Silicon Valley Women of Influence Award. Jan recently retired after a 40- year career in education, technology, and nonprofit management.


Sybilla A. Cook (BS51) of Portland, Ore., received the 2016 Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award from the Children’s Services Division of the Oregon Library Association for significant contributions in the areas of literature and library services. She has six published books and is a member of the Oregon School Library Association, the Authors Guild, the Willamette Writers, and both the national and Oregon chapters of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.