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.

  • Aliah Lawson (CWR ‘21, political science and psychology) has joined the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland as an intake specialist. She spent the previous year as a Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellow, working as an assistant to the executive director of College Now Greater Cleveland. 
  • Briana Sealey (CWR '17, biology) has passed her qualifying exams for a doctorate in ecology, evolution, and behavior at the University of Texas at Austin. Briana previously earned a master's degree in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Michigan.
  • 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 4 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 begun his studies at 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 begun her studies at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She completed a master of science degree in physiology at CWRU School of Medicine in Spring 2022.
  • Tessa Askew (CWR '19, biology) has begun her studies at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.
  • Suhib Jamal (CWR '18, biochemistry; MED '22) is a resident 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 entered 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) began his first year at CWRU School of Law in Fall 2022.
  • Javon Colvin-Hatchett (CWR ‘21, computer science and economics) is a software engineer at INSIGHT2PROFIT, a consultancy firm specializing in pricing and profit strategies.
  • Jaad Quraan (CWR ‘21, biology) is 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 third-year student at Georgetown Law Center, where she is a student attorney in the Civil Rights Clinic, the vice president of administration for Georgetown Law Black Law Students Association, a member of Barristers' C. Alternative Dispute Resolution Team and an articles editor for the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. She is also serving the legal community at-large as a student liaison to the American Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Section and a member of the ABA’s Labor and Employment Committee..
  • 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 in spring 2022. She is now a behavioral health nurse at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital.
  • Jiara Sanders received a BA in sociology in spring 2022 and has completed her first year of study for an MSSA from the Mandel School.