Class of 2019
Juwairia Ansari is a rising junior majoring in Business Analytics and Information Technology, with a concentration in Business Management. She currently serves as the regional co-coordinator of Young Muslims, a national youth organization aimed at creating safe spaces for Muslim women, in addition to sitting on the Douglass Governing Council as the commuter representative. She has held many leadership positions focused on serving others, where she was tasked with organizing large-scale events, coordinating and leading team meetings, fundraising and overseeing budget allocations, and overall team management and coordination. After graduation in 2021, Juwairia hopes to utilize her business degree and leadership skills in the non-profit sector while also pursuing a Masters in Business Administration.
Catherine Emery is a May 2019 Graduate from the Rutgers University School of Social Work, where she received her MSW with a focus in Management and Policy. Catherine recently completed an internship with the Somerset County Library System, serving as a walk-in social worker while also connecting and collaborating with community organizations to bring accessible human services to the Bound Brook and North Plainfield Memorial branches. With a passion for helping others and improving communities, Catherine is looking forward to pursuing the development and management of human service organizations after graduation. Catherine enjoys spending her free time with her friends and family, and her cats Peggy and Voodoo.
Elizabeth Hunt is a rising second year graduate student in the Master of Public Administration program at Rutgers – Camden. Elizabeth is passionate about service, volunteerism, and leadership; which shows in her positions as an Engaged Civic-Learning Graduate Fellow at the Office of Civic Engagement and Civic Engagement Assistant at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities. Her outside volunteer work is as a brother of Alpha Phi Omega, a national coed service fraternity, where she currently organized volunteer projects as Vice President of Service for the Alumni Association of NJ. Elizabeth has been passionate about higher education since her sophomore year as an undergraduate. After graduation in May 2020, Elizabeth plans to work in higher education focusing on engagement, service-learning, or Alumni Relations. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys relaxing with family and friends as well as singing karaoke.
Hailey Lemasters is a rising senior majoring in Animal Science on the Equine Science track with a minor in Nonprofit Leadership. Her passion for philanthropy and alumni engagement motivated her to become the Executive Director of the Rutgers Talking About Giving(TAG) Team after previously holding Assistant Director positions on both the Leadership and Event Programming boards. She has presented at both the national CASE ASAP conference in Louisville, Kentucky, and the District 2 CASE ASAP conference at Drew University on behalf of Rutgers. Hailey also serves as a Scarlet Seniors committee member and has fostered kittens for over four years at numerous animal shelters. After graduation in May 2021, Hailey plans on pursuing a career in fundraising for nonprofits as an animal welfare advocate or as a Development Officer within the Rutgers University Foundation. She enjoys road trips, scrap-booking, drawing, and frequent trips to Dunkin’ Donuts.
Stacy Lopez is a graduating student majoring in Environmental and Business Economics, and minoring in Community Health Outreach. As she embraces her culture and love for the community, Stacy is a founder and Vice-President of the Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. Provisional Chapter at Rutgers University. She has been the Event assistant coordinator and the Signature Event Coordinator for TAG (Talking About Giving) e-board for two years and is looking forward to her continual dedication to philanthropy throughout her summer. Stacy is also an instructor for the Folklore Infantil Latino Americano, a non-profit organization devoted to teaching the youth about their hispanic heritage through art and dance. Stacy plans to enroll in the 5 year Food Economics Masters program at the Department of Agriculture at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. During her off time, Stacy loves making memories with her family and friends.
Nikhil Sadaranganey is a rising sophomore majoring in Marketing and Finance with an intended minor in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics (PPE). Enthusiastic about the intersection between the public and private sectors, Nikhil serves as an off-campus representative in the Rutgers University Student Assembly and as a committee director for the Institute for Domestic and International Affairs, both of which promote high-level discourse and finding solutions to the problems that face both the local and global community. Nikhil is also a member of Phi Chi Theta, a business fraternity that promotes professionalism and utilizes business to give back to the community. Following graduation in May 2022, Nikhil hopes to transition from a traditional career in marketing or finance to eventually serve in public office. In his spare time, Nikhil enjoys reading, watching stand-up comedy, and playing sports.
Amy Wang is a rising senior majoring in Environmental Policy, Institutions & Behavior. Amy is the State Board Vice Chair of New Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG) Students, the largest student-run and student-funded nonprofit in the state. She is also the campaign coordinator for the organization’s 100% renewable energy campaign, which aims to get Rutgers committed to 100% renewable energy by the year 2050. After graduation in May 2020, Amy is interested working for nonprofit organizations or the government to protect the environment. In her free time, she enjoys painting and rock climbing.
Gianna West is a rising senior majoring in Information Technology and Informatics with a double minor in Health Administration and Human Resource Management. She takes pride in being Project Manager of the Blue Foot Print Project, an organization that facilitates student outreach and impacts the lives of disadvantaged people, while also cultivating an inclusive environment for minority students where they can develop key networking and leadership skills. She is also heavily involved on campus with the Caribbean Fusion Dance Team, NAACP, and Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society. After Graduation in 2020, Gianna plans to continue her education at Rutgers and pursue a Masters in Biomedical Informatics. In her free time, she can be found at the gym or in the kitchen trying new recipes.
Class of 2018
Tamima Aktar is a rising junior majoring in Human Resource Management & Labor Studies and Employment Relations. With a passion for leadership and service, Tamima serves as Co-President of Rutgers Promoting Overall Worker and Employer Relations (RUPOWER) and as a Red Pine Ambassador, where she leads campus tours for prospective Douglass Residential College students. Tamima is also a fellow with America Needs You, a non-profit organization that fights for economic mobility for ambitious, first-generation college students. After graduation in May 2020, Tamima is planning to enroll in an accelerated Masters of Human Resource Management Program in order to further develop her leadership skills and begin her career in higher education HR. In her free time, Tamima enjoys cooking new recipes from YouTube and doing yoga.
Tasnim Bhuiya is a rising senior majoring in Political Science, and double minoring in Economics, and International and Global Studies with a specialization in Europe and Central Asia. Aside from her academic endeavors at Rutgers, Tasnim is a student leader on campus through her extensive involvement with the Rutgers University Programming Association, Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity, and the Scarlet and Black Project. She is also active in the Rutgers community as a student assistant for the School of Social Work, as well as a tutor for student athletes. Tasnim’s pastimes include journaling, exploring new places and activities, spending time with friends, and rewatching The Office or Parks and Recreation on Netflix. As a young individual, she is resilient, self-motivated, dedicated, and passionate to help people and make a positive impact in the world. Tasnim has a deep interest in community service and development, and aspires to work within the legal and policy making fields of government agencies, non-profit organizations, or international organizations.
Vailey Eberhard is a May 2018 graduate of the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information and the School of Arts and Sciences, earning a B.A with a specialization in Public Relations and minoring in Digital Communication, Information and Media. During Vailey’s time at Rutgers University, she was a four-year varsity athlete on the women’s rowing team, member of the School of Communication and Information honor society- Lambda Pi Eta, and member of the Athletic Honors Society. Vailey has experience in student leadership as having been an orientation leader and scarlet ambassador for the undergraduate admissions office. During her senior year, Vailey worked for the athletic department as an RFund Ambassador where she aided in the advancement of present and future Scarlet Knights through donor contributions. She looks forward to her time as a Future and the opportunity to advance her career within the Donor Relations Department.
Maggy Fread is a rising senior in the Honors College, majoring in Social Work and minoring in Cognitive Science. She recently graduated from the Institute of Women’s Leadership with a certificate in Women’s Leadership. Maggy loves working with first-year students, which has led her to be a Resident Assistant to first-years for the past three years, as well as a First-Year Interest Group Seminar (FIGS) Peer Instructor next semester. She is also heavily involved with research at Rutgers as a research assistant in the Laboratory for Developmental Language Studies in the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science and as Peer Instructor/Senior Peer Instructor for the Aresty Research Center. After graduation in 2019, Maggy hopes to pursue a Masters in either Higher Education Administration or Social Work and eventually work in Student Affairs at a university. In her free time, she can be found at Rutgers Gardens or spending time with her dog.
Andrew Hanna is a rising senior who is dual enrolled in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and the School of Arts and Sciences through the Rutgers University Honors College. His major is Public Health with a concentration in Health Disparities and his minor is Biological Sciences. Andrew is currently applying to dental schools, and hopes to pursue his doctorate immediately following his graduation in May, 2019. Originally from Egypt, his first-hand experience with healthcare inequity has guided his career goals towards the non-profit sector. Andrew hopes to work with an NGO to provide subsidized oral care to underserved populations in Africa and help found a non-profit catered to providing oral care in the Middle East as well as work in Academia. In his free time, Andrew enjoys cooking, working out, listening to music, and being outdoors.
Dhiti Kapadia is a rising junior, currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a specialization in Public Relations and Human Resource Management. She has spent the past year gaining ample amounts of experience in communicating with alumni as a student fundraiser with Rutgers Telefund. She holds communication to the highest importance in both personal and professional environments. Dhiti believes that through communication not only do we express ourselves but, open ourselves to connect with others. Additionally, she has been given the honor as President of Rutgers Bhangra, a traditional, competitive dance team for the 2018-2019 academic year. When she is not busy in class, at work, or dancing, Dhiti can usually be found enjoying a good cup of coffee.
Adaeze Onyiuke is a rising junior majoring in Marketing and minoring in Criminology. After transferring from a community college, Rutgers has taught her to become more confident and outspoken. Her interest in Marketing began in 2014 when she was doing a school project about creating a healthy snack retail company for her Enterprise class. She was assigned the position of Marketing Director, and due to this experience Adaeze learned about the process a company goes through to create its brand image and she loved every part of it. During her time schooling in Nigeria, her friends created an NGO called “Bags For The Bagless”, where she not only contributed by doing service work but created posters and flyers to spread the message. When she’s not busy she enjoys music and creating playlists on music streaming platforms. She also enjoys fashion and one day hopes to work with a fashion powerhouse or publication.
Janelle Raymundo is a rising senior at Rutgers University majoring in Social Work and minoring in Psychology. Janelle is heavily involved on campus, serving as a Lead Ambassador for the Honors College, an Alternative Breaks Site Leader with the Department of Leadership and Experiential Learning, and a First-Year Interest Group Seminar Senior Peer Instructor to name a few. She gained valuable experience as an intern for the School of Social Work’s Center on Violence Against Women and Children developing their alumni mentorship program and monthly webinar workshops. She continues to build relationships with alumni and Rutgers doctoral students through her work with the Honors College Mentoring Pod Program where she serves as co-President. Her numerous rewarding experiences at Rutgers as a student leader and mentor have inspired her to pursue a Master’s in Student Affairs and continue her passion for working with college students.
Logan Stembel is rising senior pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management in the School of Arts and Sciences. Although he was raised in Brick Township he frequently spent time in New Brunswick, quickly becoming fond of the campus. After enrolling in 2015 he got involved working with the University’s Athletic Department prior becoming an Intern with the Rutgers University Foundation. Outside of Rutgers, Logan enjoys spending time at the beach, reading, sports, and writing.
Hallel Yadin is a rising senior majoring in History with minors in Cognitive Science and Women’s and Gender Studies. She is involved on campus in various capacities through Rutgers Global, the Douglass Residential College, the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance, and the Douglass/Cook Writing Center. She is also the Vice President of Rutgers Personal Finance Club, a student organization she helped found. After graduation, Hallel plans to work in the non-profit sector, and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to learn more about the field through her Futures in Advancement internship. Ask her about Rutgers history trivia, where to find the best tacos in New Brunswick, and her current RuPaul’s Drag Race bracket.
Class of 2017
Anna Zhao is currently a Masters candidate in Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Rutgers University. She holds a double degree of Bachelor of Science in Business and Bachelor of Arts prior to graduate education. Originally from China, her cross-cultural experiences have shaped her as a thinker with global perspective and an activist with respect to diversity. She believes her path should always follow where her passion is. Anna is planning on working in the non-profit sector after graduation in May, 2018. In her free time, she enjoys reading, dancing and traveling with friends.
Dylan Gonzalez is currently a Bachelor’s of Science candidate in the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University. His current major is Labor Employment Relations with a quadruple concentration in Diversity in the Workplace, Law & the Workplace, Work Globalization & Migration, and Work Organization & Management. Dylan is pursuing a minor in Human Resource Management as well. With a mindset dedicated to growth and exploration, he advocates for the importance of striving for maximum effort in order to achieve excellence through his bottomless trunk of strategies and tools. After Graduation in May, 2018, Dylan is planning on enrolling in an accelerated Masters of Labor Relations Program to then further establish a network in Human Resources. His goals for the future include a focus on training and development in the workplace. His free time includes enjoying his guilty pleasure of watching 30 second Tasty cooking videos on Facebook
Emily Calvo is a rising senior at Rutgers University and is working towards earning her bachelor’s degree in Communications specializing in public relations and minoring in human resource Management. Throughout her time at Rutgers Emily has been heavily involved in a variety of Student Affairs programs. She has served as an Orientation Leader, an Assistant Director for the Rutgers University Programming Association, a Captain for the Rutgers University Dance Marathon as well as President of a Panhellenic Sorority on Campus. This summer she is very excited to be taking on a new aspect of the University through the Futures in Advancement Program!
Ivha Enike-Ekhelar is a rising junior at Rutgers University, double majoring in Communication with a specialization in Public Relations and Human Resource Management. She initially intended to pursue a B.A in Theater, but after taking her first communication course, she knew she would rather pursue a career in that field. Although she is set on communication as a career path, Ivha can still be found participating in more creative outlets like theater and most recently she has decided to tackle on the role of being an online content creator. She found the futures program while looking for potential internships to partake in and was immediately interested in the program and what it would entail. She will be hosted by the Foundation and Alumni Communication unit and hopes that through the internship, she will learn more about the world of communication, fundraising, and Rutgers University.
Born and raised in Egg Harbor Township, Katie Champion is the youngest of four children and has two pet dogs, Buster and Trixie. She attended Rutgers University for her undergraduate studies, where she was a student-athlete on the field hockey team. In May of 2016, Katie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Communications and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Rutgers in Global Sports Business.
Lilly Scrimmager is a 21 year old rising senior at Rutgers University- New Brunswick in the School of Arts & Sciences. Lilly majors in psychology, with a minor in entrepreneurship studies. Lilly is an INFJ Sagittarius Sun with an Aries Moon. Her interests include social justice, social psychology, and various forms of self-expression. Lilly’s hobbies include listening to music, dancing, baking and taking walks when the weather is nice. She consider herself to be a helper, nurturer, and an advocate. Lilly hopes to help those who’ve experienced pain find solace and peace through furthering her education.
Mannela Iparraguirre is a full-time undergraduate student from Clifton, New Jersey and is currently majoring in Political Science and minoring in International and Global Studies. In between classes she works in the Rutgers Student Accounting office and is involved in the Ballroom, and Salsa club on campus. In her free time, Mannela enjoys photography, trying new food, and learning new languages. She has diversified her life experiences through time spent in Vienna, Cusco, and Nairobi to name a few. She anticipates to graduate from Rutgers in May of 2019.
Nikki Memmelaar is a rising junior at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, where she majors in Political Science with minors in Spanish and Women and Gender Studies. In her first two years of undergraduate studies, Nikki has been deeply involved in many clubs on campus, such as GenUN and the Children’s Aids Network, where she sits on the Executive Board as Public Relations officer. Nikki enjoys reading and watching documentaries in her free time. In the future, Nikki would like to be involved in humanitarian work. She is very excited about her next ten weeks with the Futures in Advancement Program.
Sadia Khalid a rising senior majoring in Social Work and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. She has experience working with nonprofit organizations, having volunteered at Dress for Success for 5 years wherein she worked with community members who needed help getting ready for the working world. Dress for Success provided professional clothing, workshops, resume assistance and mock interviews. After Dress for Success, Sadia had an Internship with the Housing and Community Development Corporation of New Jersey, where she was placed with the Ironbound Community Corporation as a Community Scholar. There, Sadia worked on research for an Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance that is currently in the process of getting passed by the City of Newark. In December, Sadia was asked to return as a staff member where she continues to work on housing justice.
Aloysius “Somto” Attah
Aloysius Somtochukwu Attah, nicknamed Somto, is a Nigerian-born rising junior at Rutgers University-New Brunswick who majors in Electrical Engineering and minors in Psychology. Born in the United States but raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Somto has always had a passion and knack for raising funds, so he and his friends put their skills together to start their own NGO to engage and help less-fortunate youth in the underdeveloped parts of their country. During the semester, Somto can be found working at the Rutgers University Graduate School, and in his free time he enjoys playing and watching soccer, as well as Netflix, and spending time amongst friends.
Class of 2016
From Middletown, NJ, Christine graduated from Rutgers University in May of 2016, majoring in Public Health while minoring in Business Administration and Psychology. Upon graduation, Christine accepted an internship at the Rutgers University Foundation, where she was placed within the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences development unit. After completion of the internship program, Christine was hired as a Development Associate for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, focusing on Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Christine will begin working towards her Master’s degree at the Rutgers University School of Public Health in September 2017, where she will concentrate on Global Health. The Rutgers Foundation has given her the opportunity to pursue her passion in helping others and making a difference to those who are in need through her work. Christine’s focus is to continue her career in non-profit organizations, focusing on Healthcare Policy, Programming, and Access. In her free time, Christine can be found playing with her puppy, Finn, or setting her sights on a new travel adventure.
I graduated from Rutgers University in 2015 with a communication degree and in 2016 I earned my masters in labor and employment relations. While at Rutgers I was on the gymnastics team for 5 years.
Madison is a May 2017 graduate of the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information and the School of Arts and Sciences, earning a B.A. in Journalism and Media Studies. Upon graduation she was also inducted into the Matthew Leydt Society, Kappa Tau Alpha, the national journalism honor society, and Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society.
Madison has recently begun her first full-time position, working as the Development and Alumni Relations Assistant for the Rutgers University School of Social Work. She credits the learning and networking opportunities she had as a Future for helping her to land her “dream first job” where she is able to work on a variety of projects and most importantly continue learning. Looking ahead, she is excited for what lies ahead in her professional life and is happy to talk Rutgers, or Big Ten marching bands, with anyone willing.
Marina Costa graduated from Rutgers University-Newark on May of 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal justice and Political Science. During her time at Rutgers, Marina was involved in life changing internship opportunities at the Real Time Crime Center with the New Jersey State Police, The Office of Senator Cory Booker, The Phil Murphy Campaign for Governor, and the Rutgers University Foundation.
Marina was part of the inaugural class of the Summer Internship in Development and Alumni Relations, which is now known as Futures in Advancement. She was hosted by the Alumni Relations department and her role in the cohort project was to develop a series of events to help the foundation and the university engage their current student population.
Currently, Marina is the Development Events Assistant for the Donor Relations Department at the Rutgers University Foundation. She is part of the events team who are responsible for executing events to thank, engage, and cultivate Rutgers donors.
This fall, Marina will be pursuing her Master’s Degree at Rutgers University, in Communication and Media at the School of Communication and Information.
Mark Anderson graduated from Rutgers University in May of 2017 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Human Resource Management with a minor in Economics. While at Rutgers, he was part of the inaugural year of the Summer Internship in Development and Alumni Relations (now referred to as Futures in Advancement) at the Rutgers University Foundation. While an intern during the summer of 2016, he worked in support of Corporate and Foundation Relations. It was there where he conducted research and worked with Directors of Development to discover non-profit organizations that would provide funding to Rutgers-based research and initiatives.
During his final semester at Rutgers, Mark returned to the Foundation as a Recruitment Intern in the Talent Management department where he actively sourced for new non-profit talent in the tri-state area.
Currently, Mark is a Recruiting Coordinator supporting Sales Recruiting for Box, a high tech cloud content management company in Silicon Valley.
Rossie La Torre Torres
I’ll be attending my fourth year at the School of Management and Labor Relations this upcoming fall. I’m majoring in Human Resource Management and double minoring in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship. As a scholarship recipient, I understand the importance of providing students with the right tools and resources to succeed as we all play a crucial role in shaping the future of not only our students, but also our community here at Rutgers as a whole. Being a student myself, I hope to bring great success to the foundation and its mission with my experiences, knowledge and diverse background as I join the inaugural class of the SIDAR program.
Sean P. Howard
Sean is a recent graduate of Rutgers University-Newark, with a Bachelor’s of Art in Political Science and African and African-American Studies. Upon graduating, he began a full-time position at the Rutgers University Foundation as the Special Projects Coordinator in the Office of Talent Management. Previously, Sean had been a part of the inaugural year of the internship program, then branded as SIDAR (now Futures). Sean will begin working towards his Master’s in City and Regional Planning (MCRP) at the Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, a program which is perennially top ranked in the field of Urban Planning. In his free time, Sean can be found watching Netflix with his dogs or traveling the world with his girlfriend.
I’m currently a graduate student majoring in public administration. Academic learning in the classroom has stimulated my interest as well as broadened my horizons in both the fundraising field and foundation operations. SIDAR has given me an extraordinary opportunity to gain first-hand experience and professional skill. I would like to take this valuable time to cultivate and facilitate my deeper understanding of donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
This is Yvans bringing ittaway NJ, arguably the best city in North America. I know you’re all fired up to start this new summer internship program, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t myself. I’m a rising senior at Rutgers University studying Economics and Entrepreneurship, with a passion for sports and a fairly competitive spirit (don’t be too alarmed). I like food, I speak French, I dabble on the piano, and I usually just like talking to people in general.