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Ayelet Talmi
Ayelet, ’90, attended Brown University and State University of New York at Binghamton, earning a degree in psychology. She has a PhD in clinical and developmental psychology from the University of Denver, where she is an assistant professor. She has published numerous papers and won many awards for her work and research with children and adolescents.
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Winnie Tang
Winnie, ’02, has a BA in East Asian studies from Bryn Mawr. She won a Fulbright scholarship to continue her studies on Hong Kong. She received a master’s degree in education with a focus on teaching English as a second language from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Ralph Tarrant
Ralph, ’97, is a middle school special education teacher for the New York City Department of Education. He has a BA from Lehman College and a master’s in education from Mercy College.
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Donna Thompson
Donna, ’83, has a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of Rochester and an MA in art history from The City College of New York. She is currently the director of the Picturing History project at the American Social History Project at the City University of New York. She is also the president and chief appraiser of Afua Trading Fine Art and Educational Services LLC, an art appraisal and advisory firm based in Westfield, New Jersey.
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Allison Thornton
Allison, ’88, has a degree in graphic design from Pratt Institute. She has been a freelance designer for several companies and is currently a graphic artist in the publications office of New Jersey City University.
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Gina Trapani
Gina, ’93, is the hugely popular blogger and author at lifehacker.com. Time named Lifehacker one of the “50 Coolest Web Sites” in 2005, one of the “25 Sites We Can't Live Without” in 2006 and one of the “25 Best Blogs 2009.” She is the author of Lifehacker: Upgrade Your Life, a book about how simple technology tweaks can make life easier and more rewarding. She has a degree in English from Marist College.
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Michelle Trester
Michelle, ’85, earned a BA in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University. She is the assistant director of research and negotiations at District Council 37, a large labor union in New York City.
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Christina Tse
Christina, ’85, graduated from Cornell University. She has managed the desktop publishing operations of several firms, including the Population Council.
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Marilyn Urena
Marilyn, ’02, is a graduate of Middlebury College with a degree in Spanish and elementary education. She is a bilingual second grade teacher in the Bronx.
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Andrea Uva
Andrea, ’98, is a freelance art director at Andrea C. Uva Graphic Design in New York. In the past she was an assistant art director at Bonnier Corporation, an associate art director at Alloy Entertainment, and a design associate at Simon & Schuster. She has also worked on exhibitions at several museums. She has a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College.
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Betsy Vazquez-Aradio
Betsy, ’81, is a museum educator at the Buffalo Museum of Science in New York. She has a BA in environmental science from Rutgers University.
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Isadora Versiani
Isadora, ’03, is a designer of handbags, footwear, and other products. She has worked for Michael Kors, Theory, and other companies. She has a BFA in accessories design from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
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Jessica Vicuna
Jessica, ’96, always had a passion to fight for those who were treated unjustly–especially political prisoners. In 1995, as a young high school student, she traveled back and forth to Pennsylvania to protest the death warrant of Mumia Abu-Jamal. She took a 14-year sabbatical from school to run a business and start a family. She is an LSAMP scholar (Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program) at Borough of Manhattan Community College, where she is studying mathematics.
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Dana Vincent
Dana, ’91, is a graduate of Spelman College and has a master’s in economics from the New School and a law degree from Georgetown. She has been a program officer for the Jewish Fund for Justice, and has worked for state government and private law firms. She is currently a law clerk in the U.S. Eastern District of New York. Dana also serves on the board of directors of Youth Communication, and is the editor of Youth Communication’s anthology Haiti On My Mind.
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Robert Waddell
Robert, ’83, earned a degree in English at Hunter College. Robert worked as a copyperson at The New York Times, has written for several websites, and has been a publicist. He teaches writing at Hostos Community College.
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Maurelhena Walles
Maurelhena, ’92, graduated from Alabama A&M with a BA in telecommunications and earned an MA in communications from Brooklyn College. She was an intern in Congressman Charles Rangel’s office and later worked for him as a researcher and clerk. She has worked as assistant director and production supervisor at Medgar Evers College. Maurelhena is currently producer/director at Spawn Productions and educational coordinator at Catholic Charities.
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Carlford Wadley
Carlford, ’95, is a graduate of SUNY Purchase with a degree in English literature. He is a librarian at SUNY Purchase.
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Sahara Walsh
Sahara, ’02, is the founder of Fabulous Physique and a personal trainer in New York City. She has a BS in nutrition and food science from Hunter College.
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Muthoni Wambu
Muthoni, ’92, co-founded the political fundraising firm Baker Wambu & Associates in 2000, which specialized in working with members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Wambu later became deputy political director for Delaware Senator Joseph R. Biden’s Democratic presidential campaign. Muthoni has a degree in journalism from Howard University.
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Hashim Warren
Hashim Warren, ’98, is an editor at Vibe magazine and a blogger on rap music and hip hop culture. He is also an online producer for the BET music video program 106th and Park.
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Jason Warwin
Jason, ’91, attended Brown University, earning a degree in pan-African studies and organizational behavior and management. He worked as housing coordinator at the Settlement Housing Fund, youth services assistant at the John Hope Settlement House, and community service director at the International Youth Leadership Institute. Jason co-founded The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, a youth development organization in Manhattan.
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Satra Wasserman
Satra, ’97, is an assistant editor at CBS in New York City. He is a graduate of Lake Forest College.
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Alison Wellner
Alison, ’95, is a graduate of SUNY Cortland in political science. A freelance writer and researcher, she has authored several demographics reference books and many trade publication articles. She was also an editor-at-large for American Demographics magazine and a contributing editor for Inc. magazine.
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Crystal Weston
Crystal, ’83, is a graduate of The City College of New York, and has a law degree from Northeastern Law School. She is recruitment and marketing director at Starr King School for the Ministry in California. She has worked in human resources for Sybase, and as Communications Manager for the Alameda (CA) County Employees Retirement System. Previous jobs include legislative assistant to San Francisco Supervisor Leslie Katz, and as the same-sex domestic violence advocate for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. She was deputy director of the African American AIDS Support Services and Survival Institute in Oakland.
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Natelege Whaley
Natelege, ’07, is a graduate of Howard University and a budding journalist. See her portfolio at nwhaleyportfolio.tumblr.com.
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Angela M. Williams
Angela, ’89, earned a BA in graphic design from the Fashion Institute of Technology and worked as an art director at Def Jam, Essence magazine, and Universal Records. Angela has also served as a producer on Out-FM, WBAI Radio. She is currently a freelance art director in Oakland, California.
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Athena Wong
Athena, ’87, is a graduate of Manhattanville College and the law school at SUNY Buffalo. She has worked as an attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.
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Onician Wood
Onician, ’02, a graduate of Bard College, is a writer, filmmaker, poet, visual artist, clothing designer, model, and photographer.
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Warren Woodberry, Jr.
Warren, ’91, has a BA in journalism from Clark Atlanta University. He worked as a reporter for the Asbury Park Press, The Hartford Courant, and the New York Daily News. He also served as deputy press secretary to the New York State Senate and worked as a communications specialist for the Federal Aviation Administration in Atlanta, Georgia. Warren is secretary and board member at the 100 Black Men of Long Island, New York, and chairs its public relations committee.
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Cassaundra Worrell
Cassaundra, ’88, is a nurse at East Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. She has a BA in English from SUNY Albany. Cassaundra has participated in medical missions to Haiti.
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Samantha Yearwood-Obas
Samantha, ’96, is a high school teacher in Texas. She has a BA in journalism from Brooklyn College and a master’s degree in creative writing from New York University.
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Jia Lu Yin
Jia Lu, ’93, is executive director of private wealth management at Morgan Stanley. She has a BA in economics from Harvard and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
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Maria Zaman
Maria, ’05, is a graduate of Simmons College with a BA in political science. She works as a child welfare case manager in New York City, providing transitional services to immigrant families from Pakistan and India.
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Russell Zanca
Russell, ’82, is a professor of cultural anthropology at Northeast Illinois University with a focus on Central Asia, post-Soviet economies, collectivized farming, oral history of rural life, and Muslim societies. Russell’s interest in cultural anthropology was stoked at the club CBGBs, where he was able to observe numerous cultural groups in the New York City’s underground music scene. He has a BA in anthropology from Hunter College and a PhD from the University of Illinois. He is the author of Everyday Life in Central Asia and Life in a Muslim Uzbek Village: Cotton Farming Under Communism.
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