Alumni Spotlight

Alumni from the Emerging Scholars Program are successfully pursuing careers in a variety of fields. Here are a few of their recent achievements.

  • Laniece Thomas (CWR '17, psychology) graduated with a Master of Public Health degree in health education and communication from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She is now a research assistant at CWRU's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.
  • Yvonne Chappell (CWR '19, psychology and communication sciences) graduated with a Master of Arts degree in education from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is now a fifth grade teacher at Boston's Young Achievers Science and Math Pilot School.
  • Leah Nambajimana (CWR '17, nutrition) graduated summa cum laude from Ohio University with a Master of Public Health degree and a certificate in epidemiology.
  • Eduardo Williams-Medina (CWR '22, nutritional biochemistry and metabolism) has been accepted to Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. In 2021, Eduardo received a Goldwater Scholarship, the preeminent national award for college students pursuing research careers in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics.
  • Angela Whittsette (CWR '20, nutritional biochemistry and metabolism) has been accepted to Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She completed a master of science degree in physiology at CWRU School of Medicine this spring.
  • Tessa Askew (CWR '19, biology) has been accepted to The Ohio State University College of Medicine.
  • Suhib Jamal (CWR '18, biochemistry; MED '22) has accepted a residency in pediatrics at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital.
  • Nichelle Ruffin (CWR ’16, biology; MED ’20) was named chief resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Allan Willmon (CWR '21, medical anthropology) has joined Teach for America.
  • Akwasi Duah (CWR ‘21, civil engineering) has been promoted to assistant engineer at Turner Construction Company.
  • Aniya Martinez (CWR '21, communication sciences) has been accepted to the graduate program in speech language pathology at Hampton University in Virginia.
  • David Carter (CWR '21, psychology) is a human resources talent acquisition associate at Wingspan Care Group, the nonprofit parent company of four Cleveland-area agencies providing mental health services, social services and education to children, adolescents and families.
  • Raymon Malone (CWR '20, marketing) has joined General Mills as a brand experience planner.
  • Obasi Ndukwe (CWR '20, sociology) will begin his first year at CWRU School of Law this fall.
  • Javon Colvin-Hatchett (CWR ‘21, computer science and economics) is a software engineer at INSIGHT2PROFIT, a consultancy firm specializing in pricing and profit strategies.
  • Aliah Lawson (CWR ‘21, political science and psychology) received a 2021-22 Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellowship. She is spending the year as an assistant to the executive director of College Now Greater Cleveland. 
  • Jaad Quraan (CWR ‘21, biology) has enrolled in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Cleveland State University.
  • Kristen Sanford (CWR ‘21, psychology) has accepted a position with BlueSprig, a service provider for children with autism.

Four ESP alumni to date have participated in the university’s Integrated Graduate Studies Program, which enables CWRU students to complete both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years.

  • Keniece Gray (CWR ’17, MGT ’17) earned a BS and MAcc in accounting from the Weatherhead School of Management and went on to earn a master’s degree in public administration from Cleveland State University. Keniece is now a second-year student at Georgetown Law Center, staff editor at the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics and an Educational Opportunities Projects Extern for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.
  • Brittany Rabb (CWR ’20, SAS ’20) earned a BA in sociology from the College of Arts and Sciences and an MSSA (Master of Science in Social Administration) from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Brittany is now a management analyst in the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in Washington, D.C.
  • Aylisa Grenald (CWR ’21), who earned BA degrees in psychology and cognitive science, graduated from the Master of Nursing Science program at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing this spring.
  • Jiara Sanders received a BA in sociology this spring and has completed her first year of study for an MSSA from the Mandel School.