In Action

Allan Sahagun (MS '05)

New leadership. Allan Sahagun, MS ’05, has taken over for Kim Foo Chow, MS ’96, as the National Chairman of the Milken Scholars Alumni Association. Kim Foo did an outstanding job during his term and Allan will only continue the trend.


Khalilah Karim (MS '01)

International Finance. This fall Khalilah Karim, MS ’01, and Rashan Jibowu, MS ’02, began their advanced education at the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton Business School.


Michael McAloon (MS '15)

Hanging with Coach K. Michael McAloon, MS ‘15, was selected as one of only three new student team managers of the NCAA Champion, Duke “Blue Devils” Mens Basketball team. He will assist in multiple areas of the program and travel with the team for games on the road. Congratulations!


Ruiquan "Johnny" Jin (MS '05)

Charting a new course: Ruiquan Jin, MS ‘05, is stepping up his work as the director of development for two national education ventures. In this capacity, he helped found, develop the blueprint and secure major investments to launch a new charter school management organization that will serve over 10,000 children in its initial network.


Amber Carmi-Smith (MS '07)

Thirst for Knowledge: Amber Carmi-Smith, MS ‘07, is the founder and president of the recently recognized campus nonprofit, Oxy W.A.R.P., which stands for: Occidental College Water Awareness and Reduction in Pollution. It is an innovative student group with an objective to raise awareness of a variety of critical water issues and to cultivate innovative approaches for responding to water pollution.


Joelle Simpson (MS '95)

Big Promotion. Dr.Joelle Simpson, MS ‘95, was named the Director of Emergency Preparedness for the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. In this role, Joelle will provide strategic leadership for Children's National's disaster preparedness, response, and community outreach efforts. Congratulations!


Jalondra Brown (MS '02)

Spoken Word Comes to Life: On Saurday, July 21st Jalondra Davis, MS ‘02, will be reading selections from her new book, Butterfly Jar, performing select spoken word pieces, and autographing copies that can be purchased. Zahra's Books and Things 900 North La Brea Avenue, Inglewood, CA 90302.


Dennis Ojogho (MS '12)

Exciting Times. In addition to being accepted early admission to Harvard Law School, Dennis Ojogho, MS ‘12, was recently featured on the Harvard University Institute of Politics page, where he reflects on his work over the summer with the NAACP and its efforts in advocating the removal of the Confederate Flag from the South Carolina state house.


Veronika Hecko Wu (MS '03)

Visually moving. Veronika Heckova, MS ‘03, has left architecture to start a new career as a graphic designer and illustrator. Check out her work at www.verohecko.com.


Serge Sverdlov (MS '97)

Scholar patent alert: Serge Sverdlov, MS ‘97, is part of a group that was issued a patent in March for their work with Microsoft in designing interface infrastructure for creating and interacting with web services. Congratulations!