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.

What We Do

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

Body

2020-21 Board Members

Angela Anaeme

Angie Anaeme BS'22
Areas of Study: Evolutionary Anthropology and Global Health, Pre-Med
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Angie Anaeme is a junior from Gilbert, Arizona majoring in Evolutionary Anthropology and minoring in Global Health and Chemistry. Outside of DSAB, she is involved in campus life as a resident assistant in Craven, a member of the Duke Dancing Devils, and a volunteer with Dance Expressions and the Central and Eastern NC Food Bank. She is also remotely assisting in research investigating the impacts of skin grafts on the rare skin disease, pyoderma gangrenosum. Angie enjoys being a member of DSAB because it allows her to meet and form relationships with students, faculty, and alumni of the Duke network, which has brought a sense of community and support throughout her time at Duke.

Sophia Cetina

Sophia Cetina AB'23
Area of Study: English
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Sophia Cetina is a sophomore pursuing an English major and a certificate in the Markets and Management Program. She is from Rye, New York, and is a University Scholar. Sophia is also very interested in economics, creative writing, and sociology. She is interested in a career that will combine her interests in writing and economics. At Duke, Sophia writes for The Muse, has had several pieces published in The Archive, and is a Campus Correspondent for Her Campus. She serves on the Cultural Committee for Mi Gente, the PPG Women's Leadership Initiative Cohort, and CommuniTEA. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry, exploring New York City, and spending time with family and friends.

Ismail Cidic

Ismail Cidic MA'21
Areas of Study: Graduate Liberal Studies, Political Science
School: Graduate School
Pronouns: he/him/his

Ismail Cidic is a second-year MA student in Duke's GLS program from Bosnia and Herzegovina. He graduated from the International University in Sarajevo (IUS) majoring in political science. During his studies at IUS, he led the University’s Student Parliament and was involved in numerous on-campus and national initiatives. At Duke, Ismail also represents his program in the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC).

Ismail is a former national debate champion and has participated in events and programs across the world, from South Korea, Malaysia and the Middle East to the EU countries and the US. His research and interest areas primarily include international relations and genocide studies.

Bates Crawford

Bates Crawford AB'22
Areas of Study: English, Ethics & Society, Sociology
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Bates is a junior at Duke from New York City. She is majoring in English, pursuing an Ethics & Society Certificate, as well as minoring in Sociology. At Duke, Bates writes for The Chronicle through her book review column 'A Devil's Bookshelf,' and is the Co-president of GANO (Gente Aprendiendo Para Nuevas Oportunidades), an ESL tutoring organization for the Latinx community in Durham. In her spare time, Bates enjoys watching docuseries, reading books of all genres, and having long chats with friends and family. In her second year of DSAB, she is excited to continue connecting amazing Duke alumni with current students.

Brian Davis

Brian Davis BS'23
Area of Study: Computer Science
School: Trinity
Pronouns: he/him/his

Brian is from Fort Washington, Maryland, and is a Trinity sophomore majoring in Computer Science and considering a minor in Economics. He hopes to apply these disciplines with the intention of pursuing tech opportunities in financial services after graduating. On campus, Brian is a caller for the Duke Annual Fund, and is a member of both the Club Basketball Team and the National Society of Black Engineers. This past summer, he participated in a four-week financial services program with Citi. In his spare time, Brian enjoys playing pickup basketball and listening to new music.

Jeremy Fertig

Jeremy Fertig BSE'23
Areas of Study: Mechanical Engineering, Energy Engineering
School: Pratt
Pronouns: he/him/his

Jeremy Fertig is a sophomore from Greenwich, Connecticut majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Energy Engineering. Jeremy has participated in the FOCUS program, been a member on the First Year Library Advisory Board, serves as the treasurer of the Combat Robotics Club, and is a member of the Chi Psi Fraternity.

Garmal Gorlorwulu

Garmal Gorlorwulu JD'21
Area of Study: Law
School: Law
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Garmai is a third-year law student from Portland, OR. She graduated from Stanford University in 2015 and worked in Portland, OR as a legal assistant/paralegal before starting law school. During her second year at Duke Law, Garmai served as the co-chair of the Womxn of Color Collective, Internal Vice President of the First Generation Professionals, and Academic Director of the Black Law Student Association. This school year, she is the Special Projects Editor for the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy, a founding member of the Duke Law Anti-Racism Project, and the co-president of the Duke Law Coalition Against Gendered Violence.  Her summer work experiences include summer associate positions in Kansas City, MO with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and in Portland, OR with Perkins Coie.  In her free time, she enjoys watching reality television and documentaries, adding to her African literature collection, and perfecting the art of power naps.

Sarah Habib

Sarah Habib BSE'23
Areas of Study: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science
School: Pratt
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Sarah Habib is a sophomore from Dallas, TX in the Pratt School of Engineering. She plans on pursuing a double major in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science. She is interested in the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship. Her extracurricular involvements include serving as Freshman Outreach Co-Chair for Duke Women in Technology, learning about international development, and engaging in creative writing, public speaking, and swimming.  Sarah looks forward to serving on DSAB and working to bridge current students and alumni.

Tommy Hessel

Tommy Hessel AB'21
Areas of Study: Computer Science, Energy and the Environment, Economics
School: Trinity
Pronouns: he/him/his

Tommy Hessel is a current senior at Duke studying Computer Science, Energy & the Environment, and Economics. This Texas native is interested in the intersections between all three of these areas and how big data can aid in the transition to a cleaner energy economy. Outside of class, Tommy is a TA for CS 101, continuing his summer work on an algorithmic trading platform, and is this year's President of the Duke Student Government (DSG). Throughout this year he hopes to continue to build on his prior DSG experiences to create a more effective, representative, sustainable, and collaborative student government capable of providing valuable resources to all students. Amidst the pandemic, Tommy is still doing his best to safely get to know other students, pick up guitar, catch up on Bill Gates' reading list, and find a job. He is super eager to chat so please reach out to him about anything Duke!

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Kent Hjelm BS'22
Areas of Study: Economics, Finance
School: Trinity
Pronouns: he/him/his

Kent Hjelm is a junior from the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA majoring in Economics with a Finance Concentration and minoring in Statistical Science. Besides DSAB, Kent is involved in Club Lacrosse, the First Year Advisory Counselor Board and Greek Life. When not doing school work or club activities, he enjoys watching Philadelphia sports, playing basketball and walking his dogs.

Chloe Hubbe

Chloe Hubbe AB'22
Areas of Study: Public Policy, Economics, Musical Theater
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Chloe Hubbe is currently a junior at Duke, and her major is Public Policy with minors in Economics and Musical Theater. Aside from academics, she is part of the tour guide program, Business Oriented Women, the club tennis team. Off campus, Chloe also serves on the National Council of College Leaders in order to help find cures for Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

Nadim Hussein

Nadim Hussein DPT'21
Area of Study: Physical Therapy
School: Medicine

Diehard Duke fan who made it to their dream school. Went to undergrad at the University of North Texas and received a B.S. in Logistics and Supply Chain management. I'm now at Duke's school of Medicine pursuing my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Yes, I know those degrees have absolutely no correlation, but that's just how life works. I was born in Brasil and originally from Palestine. I speak 4 languages and have traveled to over 20 countries. Very easy to talk to, so if you have any questions or just want to converse, feel free to reach out!

Fun fact: UNC is one of the few schools to actually be eliminated via loss from the men's ACC basketball tournament in 2020 (they got blown out).

Eli Kline

Eli Kline AB'22
Areas of Study: English, Visual and Media Studies
School: Trinity
Pronouns: he/him/his

Eli is a junior in Trinity, currently living in Durham. He is involved in a Cappella and musical theater.

Travis Knoll

Travis Knoll Ph.D.'22
Area of Study: History
School: Trinity
Pronouns: he/him/his

A doctoral student in history, Travis Knoll was the 2017-2018 project manager of the Cost of Opportunity? Higher Education in the Baixada Fluminense team, which investigated social mobility and access to higher education in Brazil. His research examines links between racial justice policy and religious civil society organizations in the formation of international progressive organizations. During 2018-2019 on a Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (Social Science Research Council), he researched the trajectory of Brazilian Liberation Theology since 1976 and its embrace of the Brazilian black movement, specifically through efforts to promote ethno-racial affirmative action policies in Brazilian higher education. With funding from the IDRF he produced The Book Revolution: PVNCs and the struggle for affirmative action in the Baixada, a documentary outlining these efforts. In Summer 2020, with a Duke Provost's Experiential Fellowship he worked at RTI International as the Stakeholder Mapping and Storytelling intern. There he  interviewed dozens of its researchers, staff and executives for a project mapping RTI's vast organizational structure, which spans global development, education, health research and applied sciences.

Elana Levitan

Elana Levitan AB'22
Areas of Study: Public Policy, Journalism and Media Studies, Sociology
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Elana is from Seattle Washington and is currently a junior studying public policy, journalism and media studies, and sociology. In her free time she likes to volunteer, read, ski, hangout with friends, and travel. Aside from DSAB Elana is also an intern with the Coach K Center for Leadership and Ethics.

Spencer Levy

Spencer Levy AB'21
Areas of Study: Public Policy, Markets and Management, and Policy, Journalism and Media Studies
School: Trinity
Pronouns: he/him/his

Spencer, a senior from Jericho, New York, is majoring in Public Policy Studies. He is also completing certificates in both Markets & Management Studies and Policy Journalism & Media Studies. At Duke, Spencer cover sports for the Duke Chronicle, where he primarily serves as the beat writer for women's basketball and women's tennis. In addition, Spencer has covered and written feature articles on the men's basketball and men's tennis teams, among other sports. He is also a member of the Senior Giving Challenge committee. This is his third year as a member of the Duke Student Alumni Board.

Eric Little

Eric Little AB'21
Areas of Study: Economics, Computer Science
School: Trinity
Pronouns: he/him/his

Eric Little is a Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholar at Duke University from Syracuse, NY. He is pursuing a double major in Economics and Computer Science in order to pursue his interest in the intersection of business and technology. Eric is deeply involved in mentorship, serving as the president of Black in Business as well as for the nonprofit Audacity Labs. Upon graduating, Eric will be working as a private equity analyst at Bain Capital. In his free time, Eric enjoys basketball and soccer, music festivals, and fashion.

Miko Liu

Miko Liu Ph.D.'24
Areas of Study: Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
School: Medicine
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Miko is a second-year PhD student in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, studying brain tumor using computational methods. She's from Beijing, China, and she is part of Duke Chinese Students and Scholars Association (DCSSA). Miko is also a member of the Duke Badminton Club, and she serves as a Graduate International House Orientation Peer (IHOP) since the summer of 2020. She graduated from UC San Diego with a B.S. in Bioinformatics in 2019. In her free time she enjoys hiking, dancing, board games, and playing the ukelele.

Morgan Mackenzie

Morgan Mackenzie BS'23
Areas of Study: Economics, Finance
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Morgan Mackenzie is a sophmore from New York City studying Economics with a finance concentration. Aside from academics, she is the Co-Director of Marketing for Black in Business and a member of the Young Trustee Nominating Committee. This past summer, Morgan worked in NYC as a private equity intern for Guardian Life and expanded her nonprofit, The Empowerment Hub to provide free online tutoring to K-12 students nationwide.

Jessica Maeda Jerí

Jessica Maeda Jerí MIDP'21
Area of Study: International Development Policy
School: Sanford
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Jessica holds a law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and holds an LLM with specialization in Public International Law from Leiden University (The Netherlands). Currently, she is pursuing a master's degree in International Development Policy at Sanford, thanks to the Fulbright Student Program. She has most recently worked as Legal Advisor for the General Director for the Americas at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru, analyzing legal matters on the bilateral and multilateral relations of Peru with other countries in the Americas and providing technical support to the Lima Group. Previously she worked as Legal Advisor for the General Director of Human Rights at the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of Peru, where she consistently advised on key issues regarding Human Rights policies and was responsible for the design of the National Platform against Discrimination.

In addition, Jessica has been a passionate Lecturer of Public International Law at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and International Criminal Law at the National Center of Higher Studies of Peru.

Hannah McMillan

Hannah McMillan Ph.D.'21
Areas of Study: Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
School: Graduate School
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hannah is a Ph.D. candidate in the Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Department where she studies how bacteria interact with the plant innate immune system through outer membrane vesicles.  In addition to research, Hannah has served as the GPSC Director of Community Outreach and is actively involved with the GPSC Community Pantry and Campus Pantry Collaborative.  She has also participated in numerous programs through The Graduate School including the Emerging Leaders Institute, Certificate in College Teaching, and Preparing Future Faculty.  As she continues in academia, Hannah hopes to build on these experiences to create inclusive and welcoming research and classroom experiences.

Sonia Nelson

Sonia Nelson MEM/MBA'22
Areas of Study: Environment, Finance
Schools: Nicholas, Fuqua
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Sonia is interested in a career focused on building sustainable business models, managing ESG risks as well as crafting climate mitigation and adaptation strategies for private sector organizations. Prior to school, she worked as a financial risk consultant at KPMG.

Matty Pahren

Matty Pahren BS'21
Areas of Study: Statistical Science, Psychology, Economics
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Matty Pahren is a senior at Duke University where she is studying Statistical Science, Psychology, and Economics. She is interested in business analytics and has worked as a project management intern at Worldview Solutions, a mapping and software development company, and as a data science intern at 2nd Order Solutions, a boutique consulting firm. On campus she has served as a mentor for young girls interested in STEM and is a Tour Guide. In her free time, she likes to cook, watch Duke basketball, and attend trivia events with friends.

Joanna Parkman

Joanna Parkman MEM'21
Areas of Study: Environmental Management, Coastal Environmental Management
School: Nicholas
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Joanna is a second-year Master of Environmental Management student from Decatur, Georgia. At the Nicholas School, she studies coastal adaptation and nature-based solutions to flooding and sea level rise. Joanna is also pursuing a Natural Hazards Resilience Certificate at UNC-Chapel Hill and a Certificate in Documentary Arts at the Center for Documentary Studies. She serves as a member of the "North Carolina Wildfire Risks and Public Trust" Bass Connections team,  a science and policy editor for the Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum, and a volunteer with Letters to a Pre-Scientist.

Jonah Perrin

Jonah Perrin BS'23
Areas of Study: Philosophy, Political Science
School: Trinity
Pronouns: he/him/his

Jonah is a sophomore from Chapel Hill, NC, likely studying philosophy and political science with a potential minor in Spanish. At Duke, he is involved in a Bass Connections team, and the executive committees of Duke Democrats and Duke Votes. He also loves giving tours of Duke's beautiful campus and talking to interested high school students about Duke. He also serves as the Development Director for College Democrats of NC and on several other roles with his county Democratic Party and has worked on several local, congressional, and gubernatorial campaigns. When not working on politics or his studies, he enjoys playing basketball, ultimate frisbee, geography, and references from "The West Wing."

Kaitlin Ray

Kaitlin Ray JD'21
Area of Study: Law
School: Law
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Kaitlin was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. She completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA, where she was a four-year starter for the UCLA Women's Tennis team. After graduation, she worked as an on-air sports broadcaster for three years in Los Angeles. While at Duke, she served as the Co-President of the Sports & Entertainment Law Society. She worked remotely for Latham & Watkins LLP this past summer and will be returning to Los Angeles next fall to begin her career there. Kaitlin enjoys outdoor activities, playing tennis, learning new sports, and following college and professional sports.

Abdur Rehman

Abdur Rehman MIDS'21
Area of Study: Interdisciplinary Data Science
School: Graduate School
Pronouns: he/him/his

Abdur Rehman is a second-year Master's student in Interdisciplinary Data Science at Duke University. He grew up in Pakistan, but has called New York home for the past 7 years. Abdur is passionate about protecting digital privacy and developing fair algorithms. After Duke, he hopes to work on technology policy and data science. Abdur graduated with a BS in Mathematical Economics from Gettysburg College.

Eliana Shapiro

Eliana Shapiro BS'23
Areas of Study: Neuroscience, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Computer Science
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Eliana is a sophomore from the Philadelphia area studying Neuroscience, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Computer Science. At Duke, Eliana is a member of the Duke Association for Business Oriented Women (BOW), the Challah for Hunger leadership team, and volunteers for UnitedCARE. Eliana also volunteered with the Emily Krzyzewski Center to provide academic support for low income students in the Durham community. This past summer, Eliana interned for MPowerUs, a startup creating a curated digital marketplace to connect nonprofit organizations with tools for success. During her free time, Eliana enjoys watching Duke basketball, cooking, working with children, reading, and traveling.

Valeria Silombria

Valeria Silombria AB'21
Areas of Study: Political Science, English
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Valeria Silombria is a senior at Duke University double-majoring in Political Science and English with a minor in Psychology. At Duke, she is a recipient of the David M. Rubenstein merit scholarship for first-generation, low-income students who are highly committed to social engagement. She enjoys learning languages and is currently studying Mandarin and Arabic. Outside of class, she is involved in Duke Student Government, the Duke Student Alumni Board, and Nakisai dance team.

Maddie Sosna

Maddie Sosna MBA'21
Area of Study: Marketing
School: Fuqua
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Maddie is from St. Louis, MO, and graduated from Butler University with a BFA in Dance Performance. Prior to business school, she danced professionally for four years with ballet companies in Kentucky and Virginia. Maddie is a Fuqua Admissions Fellow and the VP of External and Communications and Alumni Relations for the Duke MBA Marketing Club. Outside the classroom, Maddie enjoys yoga and hiking with friends.

Cassandra Stecker

Cassandra Stecker AB'22
Areas of Study: History, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, French
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Cassandra Stecker is a junior from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania studying History and Medieval and Renaissance Studies. On campus, Cassandra serves as the editor-in-chief of Historia Nova, Duke's Undergraduate History Review, and is involved in humanities research through Bass Connections. In her free time, Cassandra loves exploring new restaurants in Durham and is an avid Duke Basketball and Philadelphia Phillies fan. 

Jack Tolson

Jack Tolson AB'22
Area of Study: Political Science
School: Trinity
Pronouns: he/him/his

Jack is a junior from New York City majoring in Political Science with a Security, Peace and Conflict concentration. He is also pursuing a minor in History, and a Jewish Studies certificate. Jack also serves as a member of the Office of Undergraduate Education's student advisory board, and worked as a student manager for the Duke baseball program during the 2019 season.

Nick Viers

Nick Viers AB'23
Area of Study: Economics, Finance, Political Science
School: Trinity
Pronouns: he/him/his

My name is Nick Viers, I'm a sophomore from Richmond, Virginia. I'm majoring in economics with a concentration in Finance, and hope to also minor in political science. In addition to academic learning, I am also very interested in reading biographies, and watching documentaries. I'm a swimmer on the varsity swim & dive team and hope to use my experiences as a student athlete to help diversify my role as a student ambassador. I'm passionate about all things Duke, so I won't miss a basketball game if I can help it, and most importantly I'm excited about my opportunity to work with Duke's alumni.

Josie Vonk

Josie Vonk AB'23
Area of Study: Undecided
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Josie is an undergraduate sophomore from Spring, Texas interested in studying psychology and documentary studies. At Duke, she is a resident assistant for Bell Tower Dormitory and a service-learning assistant for Professor Post-Rust's Documentary Studies 209 class. She is the recruitment chair for Womxn's Club Ultimate Frisbee and serves on the leadership team for Campus Crusaders for Christ. She is also a member of the Penny Pilgram George Women's Leadership Initiative. Josie was previously involved as Bell Tower's House Council Vice President and President of the Class of 2023 during her first-year. She spent her last summer interning for Texas Private Schools Association to help assist in navigating the transition for private schools to new COVID-era education. In her free time, she enjoys bullet journaling, painting, and cooking. Her butter-based seared steak is a family favorite! Josie is excited to join the Duke Student Alumni Board and share new ideas.

Renée Weisz

Renée Weisz AB'21
Areas of Study: Linguistics, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Spanish
School: Trinity
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Renée is a senior from Westport, Connecticut majoring in Linguistics with an Innovation and Entrepreneurship certificate and a Spanish minor. On campus, Ren√©e is President of the bed rental startup Bull City Beds, a fellow for the I&E department, and a member of Business Oriented Women and Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity. This past summer she interned in Citi's Treasury and Trade Solutions division. In her free time she likes to run, watch Homeland, and find great restaurants, and she is excited to begin working with the DSAB.