Duke Student Alumni Board
Making the transition from student to alum
The Duke Student Alumni Board works to foster communication and collaboration among students and alumni. Members get involved in Duke Alumni programs, conceive and plan student engagement activities and help spread the spirit of Forever Duke among their peers.
Board members are chosen from all years and areas of Duke to reflect the diversity of the student experience. Responsibilities include:
- Serving as student ambassadors for the DAA and the Duke Office of Development
- Providing advice and feedback about new and existing programs for student and alumni engagement
- Attending board and alumni events
- Representing student views on panels
- Developing and implementing strategies for outreach to students
- Organizing events for the Duke community
2019-20 Board Members
Catherine Alexander BSE'22
Area of Study: Mechanical Engineering
Catherine is a sophomore from Richmond, Virginia, who is looking to study Mechanical Engineering with a certificate in Aerospace Engineering. Inside of the classroom, she particularly enjoys her design courses, and is in the midst of the patent application process with her group for a first semester project. She plans to serve as a First-Year Advisory counselor for the 2019-20 school year. Her extracurricular interests include fitness, spending time outside, and astronomy.
Ahmed Almansoori BS'20
Areas of Study: Economics & Public Policy
School: Trinity, Sanford
Ahmed Almansoori is a junior at the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, pursuing a double-major in Economics and Public Policy. He is interested in pursuing a career in international finance after interning at a wealth management fund in the United Arab Emirates this past summer. On campus, he is involved with the Duke International Association, Duke Student Government, and participates in intercollegiate tournaments with the Debating Society.
Angela Anaeme BS'22
Area of Study: Evolutionary Anthropology
Angela Anaeme is a freshman from Gilbert, Arizona in this Trinity College of Arts and Sciences at Duke University. She is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Evolutionary Anthropology and Global Health with hopes to pursue a career in medicine. Through these disciplines, she hopes to approach the field of medicine through a more humanitarian lens and better understand the disparities in health care quality throughout various cultures and communities. Angela comes from a multicultural background herself, as her mother immigrated from the Philippines while her father immigrated from Nigeria. Her unique heritage has played a significant role in her upbringing, and she is passionate about giving back to her family's community. Consequently, she has created her own community service program, Project Balikbayan, which collects donated clothes, toys, and non-perishable goods to ship to the orphanage in her family's hometown of Pampanga, Philippines. Angela also works as a medical assistant at a wound care facility in Arizona during her visits back home, where she has fostered many relationships with the patients. Extracurricularly, Angela is a member of the Duke Dancing Devils and will begin working as a Resident Assistant on East Campus next fall. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, playing violin and piano, and watching movies.
Ryan Arredondo JD'20
Area of Study: Juris Doctor
Ryan Arredondo is a third-year law student from Phoenix, AZ. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 2013 and worked in Phoenix for 4 years as an actuarial analyst & consultant before coming to Duke. This past summer, he worked as a summer associate at Schulte, Roth & Zabel in New York. At Duke Law, Ryan has served as Co-President of 1st Generation Professionals, Treasurer of the Latin American Law Students Association, a member of the Moot Court Board, and most importantly as the closer for the Fall 2017 Duke Law Bowling League Championship team and a player for the 2019 Duke Intramural Men's Basketball Championship team.
Suman Bajgain BS'19
Area of Study: Electrical and Computer Engineering, +CS & Philosophy
School: Trinity, Pratt
I am an international student from Nepal. I am a semi-senior right now and am pursuing BS in Electrical & Computer Engineering with minors in Philosophy and Computer Science. At Duke, I am the treasurer of Duke IEEE, a project based engineering and computer science club, and am a Board Member at Duke Student Alumni Board. After graduation, I intend to pursue a career in Technology, preferably in managerial roles. I enjoy following club and international soccer and am a passionate supporter of FC Barcelona. Whenever I get time, I also enjoy reading books and watching movies. My favourite place at Duke so far has been Sarah P Duke Gardens (I highly recommend taking a walk across the Gardens in the morning or in the evening to anyone who hasn't done so yet - it's a fantastic experience!).
Bradley Barth PhD'22
Area of Study: Biomedical Engineering (Electrobiology), Certificate in College Teaching
Bradley Barth is a Ph.D. candidate in Biomedical Engineering, and he received a B.S. from Cornell University, in 2015. Currently, he investigates sacral nerve stimulation as a treatment for gastrointestinal motility disorders. Bradley received an honorable mention from the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in 2017, and the Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring in 2018. Bradley is involved with the Scientific Research and Education Network, connecting STEM researchers with educators to disseminate cutting edge science and improve science literacy in K-12 schools.
Cara Becker BS'22
Areas of Study: Public Policy and Economics
Cara is a sophomore from Great Neck, New York studying Economics and Public Policy. At Duke, she is involved in the Duke Association for Business Oriented Women (BOW) and was a member of the High School Mentorship Committee, where she helped plan mentorship programs and designed lesson plans. She will serve as Membership Chair for BOW for the 2019-2020 academic year, in which she will help manage recruitment by coordinating campus marketing efforts, and her main goal is to bridge the gap between business and community. Cara is also involved in other student organizations on campus including the First-Year Advisory Council Program and House Council. She spent previous summers interning for public officials and spent her summer before freshman year assisting in marketing and academic research for iTutor.com. In her free time, she enjoys running, the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. She is excited to join the Duke Student Alumni Board and facilitate connections between students and alumni.
Jada Boyd DPT'20
Jada is from Baltimore, MD. She graduated from Morgan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and a concentration in Physical Therapy. As a former college cross country/track and field athlete, Jada has a strong interest in strength and conditioning. She also has a background in research as she was one of the founders of the Student Research Center at her previous college and a research intern at Johns Hopkins University as well as Kennedy Krieger Institute. Jada has explored various areas of physical therapy including pediatrics, geriatrics and athletics. At Duke, she has spoken on behalf of the students to the Board of Trustees for the final approval of their new building which will now house Duke’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, the School of Medicine’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and the School of Nursing. She is also a current leader of the Diversity Club in the Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, working out and traveling.
Collin Brown BS'21
Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Collin Brown is a Sophomore pursuing degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and a certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.Collin's love of technology and computers started in Middle School when his brother taught him to program and the pair would often disassemble old electronics for scrap parts. During High School, Collin became very active on the Speech and Debate circuit. On his path to State Championships in both Public Forum Debate and Extemporaneous Speaking, Collin gained an interest in Economics, Public Policy, and Politics. Collin started his Duke experience in Trinity hoping to mix these two passions. Following Freshman year, however, he realized he enjoyed more technical classes and transferred in to Pratt to focus on these classes. This did not, however, change his intention to go to Law School. On Campus, Collin is a member of the Club Rugby and Club Sailing teams but can most often be found in K-Ville. During his free time, Collin enjoys Hiking, Wakeboarding, and Photography.
Tatiana Dash AB'20
Major: Public Policy
Tatiana Dash is a junior at the Duke University where she is majoring in Public Policy with a minor in Psychology and a certificate in Markets and Management. She also has a strong interest in the Spanish language and culture and will be studying abroad Fall 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. She is excited to submerge herself in the traditions, cuisine and language of this distinct region. Inspired by her coming international experience, Tatiana interned with the international company Nespresso, working with the strategy development and analytics team. Tatiana aspires to pursue a career in consulting assisting many major international companies. When she is not busy serving on the DSAB and as president of the Duke Marketing Club, she enjoys both yoga and boxing.
Nalini Gupta BS'20
Major: Economics, Computer Science and German minor
I am Nalini Gupta, a junior from India. I am an Economics and Computer science major. I am excited to see how we increase student involvement with alumni because the duke network is one of the most important aspects of duke that makes "Forever Duke" more than just a catchy slogan.
Bryn Lawson AB'21
Major: Political Science
Bryn Lawson is a sophomore in the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences. She plans to major in Political Science with a concentration in Political Behavior and Identities and pursue a certificate in Markets and Management. Over the course of her remaining three years at Duke, she aims to answer questions about political and economic decision-making and how political influences manifest themselves in small and large populations. She spent the summer interning for U.S. Senator Feinstein in her San Francisco office and working as the Legislative Director for Advocates for Responsible Treatment in Orange County, California. Outside of class and the Duke Student Alumni Board, Bryn spends her time singing in Duke Rhythm and Blue, for which she is Assistant Music Director, and the Duke Chorale and Chamber Choir, for which she is Tour Manager.
Spencer Levy AB'21
Major: Public Policy, Markets & Management, and Policy, Journalism, and Media Studies
Spencer hails from Jericho, New York and is currently a sophomore at Duke. He plans on majoring in Public Policy, while completing the Markets and Management Certificate as well as the Policy Journalism and Media Studies Certificate. At Duke, Spencer writes for the Duke Chronicle in the sports section, where he primarily covers women’s basketball, men’s tennis and women’s tennis. He enjoys playing tennis on the club team.
Jennifer Li BS'21
Major: Economics, Political Science
Jennifer Li is a sophomore at Duke University interested in finance, sales, marketing, and international business. Her interest in business started in high school when she took on the role as treasurer of the Student Government Association. Encouraged by her fascination with how business functioned, she decided to continue sharpening her communication and negotiation skills. During her first year in college, Jennifer has worked for the Annual Fund, connecting alumni with their experiences at Duke. From this exposure, she learned how to tweak her communication techniques to create rapport with the growing alumni base. Her involvement with the Annual Fund is what furthered her to serve on the Duke Student Alumni Board so that she could continue interacting with alumni and hopefully make meaningful contributions to the school community. In turn, Jennifer has been a member of Duke's Business Oriented Women, a marketing brand ambassador for a startup, and a sales intern for a Fortune 200 company. Jennifer aspires to pursue a career in business as her passions intersect with different industries of business. She plans to major in Economics with a minor in Political Science. This academic combination addresses her fascination with the relationship between the global markets and economic policy. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys reading novels and exploring the city around her.
Hope Morales AB'21
Major: Prehealth, Neuroscience
Hope Morales is from Miami, Florida and comes from a deeply Hispanic background. She loves spending time by the water and enjoys playing volleyball. Her academic interests include subjects in the sciences as she hopes to pursue a career in the medical field. In addition, she is involved on campus with organizations such as Best Buddies, the American Women's Medical Association, loves Duke basketball and participated in the First Year Advisory Council Program. Hope is also working as a research assistant in a developmental psychology lab on campus. She is very excited to connect with alumni and continue to progress in her time at Duke.
Matty Pahren BS'21
Major: Statistical Science/ Psychology
Matty Pahren is a sophomore at Duke University where she is studying Statistical Science and Psychology. She has always been interested in how data can be used to understand what is happening in the world. Last summer she got to see this in play while she worked at WorldView Solutions, a mapping and software development company in Richmond, Virginia. Here she mapped operational processes, analyzed data to identify trends, and developed solutions. She enjoyed being a contributor to a team and learning about the organization. In her free time, she likes to play violin and watch Duke basketball with friends.
Valeria Silombria AB'21
Major: Psychology/Political Science
Valeria Silombria is a sophomore at Duke University studying psychology, political science, and art. She is a recipient of the David M. Rubenstein merit scholarship on campus for students committed to social engagement and resilience. At Duke, she is involved with Duke Student Government, House Council, Duke Innoworks, and the Duke Student Alumni Board.
Sarah Vondracek MEM'20, MBA'20
Major: Energy & Environment
Sarah Vondracek is a second year Master of Environmental Management and Master of Business Administration dual-degree student at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. She graduated with a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Colgate University and has hands-on experience in environmental compliance, ecological research, environmental policy analysis, and the electricity generation industry. After graduation, Sarah is interested in supporting companies and utilities to integrate renewables, energy storage, and smart grid technologies.
Linda Zhang AB'20
Major: Public Policy
As a junior at Duke University, Linda majors in public policy but keeps her strong interest in higher education. Originally from Tianjin, China, Linda spent her freshmen year summer at Duke Kunshan University (DKU) researching on Chinese students' perception of liberal arts education. She later studied ""abroad"" at DKU in spring semester of sophomore year and continued to participate in the design and implementation of DKU's new undergraduate curriculum. Linda spent her sophomore year summer researching on Germany's apprenticeship education and dual system training with Siemens in Charlotte, North Carolina. On campus, Linda is actively involved in student life, serving as a resident assistant in Crowell and give official Duke tours on a weekly bases. She is also a member in the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and perform in the Afro-Cuban Ensemble. Besides her academic interests, Linda has a big appetite for different foods and try to stay (mildly) in shape by taking morning pilates classes and used to cox for the Men's rowing team. She is also a veteran drummer with djembe, congas and bongos.
Joyce Zhang PhD'19
School: Graduate School
Joyce Zhang is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Immunology, Duke University. She studies how microbiota and host immune system interact with each other in the gut. Other than research, Joyce is involved in several student organizations on campus. Currently, She is the Director of Finance of Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) and the Graduate Student Co-Chair of the Duke Student Alumni Board (DSAB). Before this, Joyce was the president of the Duke Chinese Students and Scholars Association (DCSSA). During her presidency, Joyce organized the largest ever Duke China Forum (Fall 2016), with Dr. Xiqing Gao ('86 JD) and other 13 distinguished guest speakers and more than 400 audiences attended. The same year, Joyce also initiated the "Duke in touch (DIT)" series, inviting Duke faculty and alumni giving seminars to students in 2016. To date, more than 40 DIT seminars have been hosted. Before coming to Duke, Joyce graduated from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She is also one of the founding members of HKUST alumni association NC chapter.
Chris Zhou BSE'20
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Chris is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering and a certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship. He grew up in Beijing until the age of 14, then moved with his family to Irvine, CA. At Duke, Chris is involved with tissue engineering research in a BME lab, Engineering World Health Club, Bass Connections project on precision medicine, and the Duke Office of Licensing and Ventures. In his free time, Chris enjoys cooking, reading, playing the piano, Shotokan karate, and gothic architecture.
Kyle Zingler BS'20
Major: Biomedical Engineering, Finance Minor
I am a junior from Corning, NY studying biomedical engineering with a minor in finance. I have one younger brother who is a senior in high school. At home I have a Shetland Sheepdog named Cordy. I love to be outdoors and stay active with pastimes like swimming, hiking, and traveling to new places. In high school I was a three sport athlete, and I am also an Eagle Scout. This past summer I had one of the best months of my life studying abroad in Greece while taking a philosophy course. I am involved in many activities and organizations outside of my academic endeavors. Throughout the year, I play in intramural sports like flag football, basketball, and softball. I serve as a financial analyst for Duke University Union and as the treasurer for Duke Scouting Association which I co-founded with a peer during my first year at Duke. I also have a job on campus working as an equipment manager for the Duke Varsity Football team and enjoy it immensely. I am a proud graduate of the Duke University Police Department Citizen's Police Academy. In addition to these experiences, I am a member of a fraternity and spend great times with my brothers. And now, I am excited to represent the Duke Student Alumni Board and all of Duke University!