Young Alumni Leaders Council

Executive Council

Mackenzie Green, B.S.C. ’10


Vice President of Social Media, Who What Wear/Clique Brands
MacKenzie Green is vice president of social media for Who What Wear/Clique Brands. An international fashion company headquartered in Los Angeles, Clique Brands is known for its content sites, and was selected as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in 2017 and named Digiday’s most innovative publisher in 2018. MacKenzie was previously the director of social media for BET+, a streaming platform under BET and ViacomCBS.

While pursuing her master’s degree at Columbia Business School, MacKenzie was cited by Forbes and by Poets and Quants as an M.B.A. to Watch for the Class of 2017, globally. She is a graduate of the UCLA Anderson M.B.A. Fellows, where she served as class co-chair and gala co-chair. MacKenzie formerly served as the vice chair of the National Council of Negro Women, for which she received the Legacy Award from the Southern Youth Leadership Development Institute.

MacKenzie serves on the board of the U.S. Chapter of the Shoebox Project, and is a proud member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and The Links Inc. She held the title of Miss D.C. U.S.A. in 2010.

Max Myers, B.B.A. ’11


Sr. Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch
Max Myers is a financial advisor and senior portfolio advisor at Merrill Lynch in New York City. After graduating from the University of Miami with his bachelor’s degree in finance and management, Max launched his financial services career as a client service analyst at Barclays Wealth, where he helped manage the relationships of high-net-worth individuals and institutions. Since arriving at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management’s flagship Fifth Avenue office in 2015, he has continued to work directly with the clients he’s known for years — helping them make smart choices about their money, get their financial affairs in order, and keep them there. Max and his sister, Alana, are legacy ’Canes; their father, Dean, earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Miami. Among Max’s passions are attending Hurricanes football games, playing golf, and finding the next best restaurant in New York. He is enthusiastically involved with volunteering and fundraising for organizations such as the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, where he recently served as an ambassador in the community and a member of the Board of Directors.

Vikesh N. Patel, B.S.B.E. ’17, M.S.F. ’18

immediate past president

Law Clerk at Kearney, McWilliams & Davis, PLLC.
Vikesh Patel is a business and intellectual property law clerk at Kearney, McWilliams & Davis, PLLC. Vikesh is in his third year of law school at South Texas College of Law Houston, where he is on the board of the South Texas Law Review, CURRENTS: Journal of International Economic Law, and the Energy Newsletter, as well as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board. While at the University of Miami, he was involved with Student Government for four years and during his senior year served as president. In addition, he was selected as one of the University’s two representatives to Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida.

As a member of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity, Vikesh served as the chapter’s treasurer, president, and philanthropy chair, and he was vice chair of the Association of Greek Letter Organizations. As co-chair of the annual Greek Week, he helped the event raise more than $50,000 to support United Cerebral Palsy of South Florida. Vikesh has continued to be involved with his alma mater as president of the Young Alumni Leaders Council, and by representing young alumni — those who have graduated in the last ten years — on the Alumni Board of Directors.

When he is not drowning in work, Vikesh enjoys cheering on the Tampa Bay Lightning and Buccaneers, Manchester United, and, of course, the Miami Hurricanes. His hobbies include playing soccer, cooking, traveling, mentoring, networking, and catching up with friends. Vikesh is proud to be a member of the global ’Canes family, which includes his little sister Meera (Class of 2023) and his younger brother, Nikhil, who has finally left behind the University of Florida and will be joining the rest of the ’Canes in paradise at the Miller School of Medicine (Class of 2025).

Kenneth Esman, B.B.A. ’13


Vice President, J.P. Morgan Chase
Kenneth Esman took concentrations in finance and legal studies. During his time at the University of Miami, Ken served as president of his fraternity and held several positions across campus, including treasurer of the Student Government. Most importantly, he met his wife, Rachel, at the U. After spending five years in New York, the couple moved to Los Angeles and had their first child, Marshall. Ken is currently a banker at the J.P. Morgan Private Bank, responsible for providing wealth management advice and solutions for ultra-high-net-worth families in California. He is focused on working with executives in the hedge fund, private equity, and asset management industries.

Jennifer Pallicer, A.B. ’15, M.B.A. ’17


Manager, Bernstein
Jennifer Pallicer joined Bernstein in 2017 as a private client coordinator and was promoted to private client associate in 2018. Most recently, Jennifer was promoted to client service manager in the Miami office in 2021. She is a member of the Next Leadership Class at Bernstein, where she harnesses her leadership skills and proactively partners with senior management. Prior to joining Bernstein, Jennifer worked in the University of Miami Office of Alumni Relations, where she encouraged alumni donors to engage with their alma mater by giving of their time and money. She received her bachelor’s degree in English literature and her master’s in marketing. In her spare time, Jennifer is an avid reader, Broadway enthusiast, Bar Method member, and frequent international traveler.

Kristi Mooti Persad, B.S.C. ’11, M.B.A. ’14


Managing Director, Premium Quality Group
Kristi Mooti Persad was born in Trinidad and Tobago. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree in public relations and economics, Kristi served as a member of The Butler Center for Service and Leadership’s STRIVE program and the Vice President's Roundtable of Student Leaders, and as president of the Council of International Students and Organizations in 2010 – 2011. She received the Dr. William R. Butler Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Principles of International Educational Exchange, and was included in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

After graduating, Kristi joined the Venue Magazine team as digital and social media editor. During her graduate studies at the U, she received the Emery Means Findley, Jr. Endowed Graduate Fellowship and held the leadership positions of chairperson of UM MBA Connect and social director for the Graduate Business Students Association. She participated in the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Emerging Leaders Summer Internship Program as a revenue management analyst, and was tapped into Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society. She graduated from Miami Herbert Business School with concentrations in international business and marketing and Six Sigma Champion Certification, and was awarded the Dean’s Leadership Award.

Kristi then joined the Kestrel Logistics team as a logistical coordinator. In 2014, together with her brother and business partner, she launched Premium Quality Group of Companies (PQGC), a full-service event company, where she took on the role of managing director. She made her first business acquisition in 2015 with the asset purchase of party rental company Tio Fiesta Events, followed by the acquisition of linen manufacturer, wholesaler, and retailer Linens Design Inc. and the all-inclusive venue La Vie en Rose Banquet Hall. PQGC launched photography and videography company Captivate Productions in 2017. In 2020, Kristi merged all existing brands together as Premium Quality Events. Kristi also sits on the advisory board for her family’s company, Premium Quality Meats, located in Trinidad and Miramar, FL. She lives in Pembroke Pines with her husband, Alex, their daughter, Elise, and their dog, Bruno.

Melissa Jordon, A.B. ’14, J.D. ’16


Senior Counsel at Wood Smith Henning & Berman, LLP
Melissa Jordon is a proud double ’Cane. Originally from Connecticut, Melissa was attracted to the University of Miami’s unique programming and began the new “3+3” joint degree program in law as an undergraduate student in 2010. She was active in the competitive Model United Nations Team and served as head delegate in her junior year. Melissa also participated in campus activities and associations including the Political Science Honor Society, for which she served as an officer in 2013 and president in 2014. Melissa graduated summa cum laude with her bachelor’s degree in history and political science.

As a student at the University of Miami School of Law, Melissa served as a senator on the Student Bar Association government all three years and as dean of the Senate in her final year. She continues to assist and participate in the school’s Law Ambassador Program, International Moot Court Board, Charles C. Papy, Jr., Moot Court Board, International and Comparative Law Review, and the annual Law Alumni Association Homecoming Golf Tournament. Melissa graduated cum laude and went on to work in the Miami office of Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson LLP, practicing primarily insurance defense litigation and general civil litigation. She was the youngest junior partner to be named at her firm, and serves on the Dade County Bar Association’s Board of Directors and the council of NextGen, a young professional organization benefiting Chapman Partnership. In her free time, Melissa is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling, and tasting her way through the many restaurants in Coral Gables. She is a die-hard ’Canes football fan and makes an effort to attend every home game.

Valeria Velasco, B.B.A. ’19


Associate, KPMG Innovation Lab
Valeria Velasco was born and raised in Miami. At Miami Herbert Business School, Valeria majored in business law and minored in sport administration. She was deeply involved in campus life at the University, including Category 5, Student Government, the Homecoming Executive Committee, the President’s 100 (P100), the Panhellenic community (Chi Omega), orientation, SugarCanes, and the Athletics marketing department. Since graduating, Valeria has moved to New York City to pursue a career in management consulting in the financial services sector, and is currently an associate in the Innovation Lab at KPMG Ignition.

Valeria has carried with her, in her career and life, the lessons she learned during her undergraduate experience. The friendships and memories she made throughout her four years at the University helped shape her into the adult she is today. She tries to come back to campus at least a couple of times a year, to football and baseball games and, of course, Homecoming. Valeria is excited about the opportunity to continue her connection with her alma mater, and to find new ways to help other alumni get involved and give back to the U.

Connor Adams, B.S.Ed. ’14


Director of Development for Major Gifts & University Initiatives, New Mexico State University Foundation
Connor Adams is an experienced university and education fundraiser. Connor is passionate about the power of education as a key pillar of growth, success, and life, particularly its ability to serve as an agent for social change and the creation of collaborative communities. His successful philanthropy work is characterized by his strategic approach to fundraising, his empathy, and his practice of relationship building with donors.

At the University of Miami, Connor participated in many on-campus activities, including P-100, Student Government, and as an employee with the Butler Center for Service and Leadership. He was also a scholarship athlete for the men’s indoor and outdoor track and cross-country teams. After earning his master’s degree in student affairs administration from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, Connor began his career as the alumni outreach coordinator for the Portland State University Foundation before being promoted to special gifts officer for the PSU Foundation. He then served as director of development for the College of Nursing and the School of Engineering at the University of New Mexico Foundation. Connor also served as the director of philanthropy for the Bosque School, a private sixth through 12th grade independent school in Albuquerque, NM.

Currently, Connor is the director of development for major gifts and university initiatives at the New Mexico State University Foundation. He is tasked with supporting the university overall to achieve its philanthropic and long-term campaign goals.

Brianna Hathaway, A.B. ’16


Associate, Jones Day
Brianna Hathaway is an associate at Jones Day in its Miami office. As a part of the firm’s business and tort litigation practice, Brianna represents clients in a variety of complex commercial litigation and class action matters. She maintains an extensive pro bono practice: She has successfully represented a civil rights plaintiff, represents survivors of human trafficking, and is active in the firm's Constitutional Policing and Civil Justice Reform Initiative and Hate Crimes Task Force.

Brianna earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2019. At NYU Law, she participated in numerous clinics focused on racial justice and criminal justice reform, such as the Criminal Defense and Reentry Clinic and the Civil Rights Clinic: Challenging Mass Incarceration. Through her clinical experiences, Brianna worked with such esteemed legal organizations as the Brooklyn Defender Services, the Parole Preparation Project, and the American Civil Liberties Union. She was actively engaged in her NYU Law community, serving as a member of the Student Bar Association’s executive board.

During her time at the University of Miami, Brianna dedicated herself to several student organizations, was elected to serve as the president of Student Government, and was inducted into the Iron Arrow Honor Society. She is an active member of the Miami community, serves as a member of Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.’s Young Professionals Committee, and was recently selected as a fellow for Dade Legal Aid’s Class VI Leadership Academy.

Christie Velasco, B.B.A. ’11, M.Acc. ’12


Vice President, Interamerican Bank
Christie Velasco currently serves as vice president at Interamerican Bank, directly reporting to the president and chief executive officer. Christie graduated magna cum laude from Miami Herbert Busiess School and went on to earn a master’s degree in accounting. A Florida native, she was motivated by her love of Miami and care for her community to stay and build a career as a certified public accountant. Before joining Interamerican Bank, Christie gained experience in different accounting fields, working as a family office services accountant at Alvarez & Marsal Taxand, LLC, and as an experienced assurance associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. She is also involved in the Miami community as a board member for Amigos For Kids, a South Florida nonprofit that aims to increase awareness, strengthen families, and educate communities in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Christie has continued to be a strong supporter of the University of Miami by serving as a member of the Miami Herbert Business School’s Young Leaders Group since its inception in 2019, and is a football season ticket holder since 2013. She has participated in panel discussions and spoken to students in accounting classes about her experiences, and received the Young Alumni of the Year award from the Department of Accounting in 2020. Christie’s father and two sisters are also University of Miami alumni. In addition to her love of the U, she serves as a chair for the Our Lady of Lourdes Academy’s Alumnae FAB (Finance/Accounting/Business) group, which is designed to promote networking and professional mentoring among the high school’s alumnae.

Lauren Lee Pettiette Schewel, J.D. ’14


Senior Director, HeartShare St. Vincent's Services
Lauren Lee Pettiette Schewel is an advocate and educator committed to ensuring that every child feels loved, successful, and unstoppable. Lauren Lee is a native Louisianan and graduated from Tulane University as part of the “Katrina Class,” a member of Chi Omega and Student Government, and a cheerleader. After college, she was a teacher and new teacher advisor through Teach For America. At Miami Law, Lauren Lee was a Miami Scholar, chair of Iron Arrow, a clinic fellow, and a leader in public interest and multiple student organizations. Lauren Lee was named to the University’s inaugural 30 Under 30 list, and supports the law school and University through mentoring, the Dean’s Circle, the Miami Law Young Alumni Committee, Iron Arrow, and other initiatives with HOPE. She is a member of the bar in New York.

Before moving to Durham, North Carolina, Lauren Lee served as the senior director of education at HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services (HSVS), a Brooklyn nonprofit focused on foster care. At HSVS, she expanded the college scholarship program — the American Dream Program — from being the sole coach to overseeing a team of coaches providing support and guidance to over 100 youth. She created the model of coaching that is now used in the Fair Futures Program and implemented across New York City; coordinated grants; and established HSVS’s Junior Board of Directors.

In Durham, Lauren Lee is involved with Immaculate Conception Church’s Social Action Council, Women's Retreat Committee, and Promoting Human Dignity Team. She is also active with the Newcomb Alumnae Association, where she serves as co-chair of the Awards Committee and a member of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the Alumni Committee, and the Student Committee; the People’s Alliance, where she is on the Education Action Team; on the board, Programming Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee of the LIFE Skills Foundation, which helps young people transition out of foster care; the Junior League of Durham and Orange County; and the National Lawyers Guild, where she assists incarcerated people with parole preparation and connects protestors with representation.

In 2017, Lauren Lee was diagnosed with lupus, and she continues to advocate as a lupus warrior, including on the Internal Affairs Committee of the board of the Lupus Foundation of North Carolina. She stays connected with her Brooklyn church, St. Charles Borromeo, through social justice programming. Lauren Lee is married to Abraham Schewel, Esq., a fellow Miami Scholar and civil rights and criminal justice attorney.

Development And Membership Committee

Candice Johnson, B.S.P.H. ’16


Director of Student Activities & Leadership Development, Ringling College of Art + Design
Candice Louise Johnson Pollowitz is the director of student activities and leadership development at Ringling College of Art + Design in Sarasota, FL. After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Miami, Candice continued her studies as a master’s student in education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, focusing on student affairs administration and higher education. During her time as a graduate student, she oversaw the Campus Activities Board and supervised the programming assistants in the Campus Activities and Programs office. Candice worked as an intern for residence and student life at SUNY Downstate Medical School in Brooklyn. Her professional career has been devoted to developing students of all backgrounds to achieve their potential and grow as individuals. Candice hopes to encourage students to celebrate and embrace opinions and individuals’ diversity instead of allowing it to divide.

Christian Cox


Co-founder, Betterway
The path I took to reach where I am today began with the relationships I made and the experiences I had while attending the University of Miami. It was a place of constant learning. Participating in Greek life gave me a chance to practice my leadership skills and understand what it takes to excel in positions of responsibility with my peers. Studying at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science was an eye-opening experience into the research and exploration that goes into understanding the world around us.

Being in Miami was exposure to a multicultural city that allowed me to see that everyone in this world has a different story to tell and something unique to offer. Miami was a time of growth and curiosity. It was at the U that the curiosity of combining interests in sustainability and business peaked. I learned that studying two separate majors in school didn't mean those subjects couldn’t be combined into one pursuit after school. After working in a few venture capital-funded startups, I decided to take a leap of faith into entrepreneurship in 2019 when I founded a sustainable consumer goods company called Betterway. The goal is to expose people to new household products they can incorporate into their daily lives that have a small, positive impact on the world around them — both the planet itself and the people we’re here with.

Jessica Morales, B.S.N. ’18


Registered Nurse, Jackson Health System
Being born and raised in South Florida, the University of Miami has always been a large part of my life. As a legacy student, orange and green are in my blood. During nursing school, I was part of the National Student Nursing Association and held office during my senior year. Since graduation, I have worked as a registered nurse at Jackson Memorial Hospital Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit. I mentor both current nursing students and new graduate nurses. My future goal is to attend the University of Miami for graduate school and attain my D.N.P. in nurse anesthesia.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, going to the gym, and traveling. I love exploring different countries and cultures, which is why I love how diverse the University of Miami community is. I’ve met so many people from various countries during my four years at Miami. I have travelled throughout North America and Europe and parts of the Middle East. In 2013 I participated in a humanitarian trip to Costa Rica with Habitat for Humanity. It was one of the most rewarding experiences, being able to give back to the community and help others.

Kyle Riegler, B.S.B.A. ’20


Analyst, AIG
Hello! My name is Kyle Riegler and I am a proud member of the “forgotten class” of 2020. I graduated from the Miami Herbert Business School with a B.S.B.A. in finance along with business law and political science minors. During my time at the U, I held leadership roles for the men’s club ice hockey team, TAMID Consulting, and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. I currently live and work in Manhattan, NY. I am in the insurance industry, working as an associate underwriter for AIG Risk Management. I was born in New Jersey, but also lived in Massachusetts, and California before returning to New Jersey by third grade.

In my free time I enjoy surfing, snowboarding, running, and reading. I am one of five children. I have an older brother and three younger sisters, one of whom is a sophomore at the U! I am beyond excited to serve on the Young Alumni Leaders Council and look forward to representing all of my fellow Hurricanes. My goal is to help foster the same sense of community that we all felt during our time on campus.

Matthew Alpart, B.B.A. ’19


Wealth Management, AllianceBernstein
Matthew Alpart grew up in Westchester, New York. From a young age, Matthew was fascinated with the business world. He started interning in high school at an algorithmic trading firm on Wall Street and developed a passion for financial markets. Matthew graduated from the University of Miami with a major in finance. During his time at the University, he was a part of the Student Managed Investment Fund and Sigma Chi's executive committee, and was a ’Cane tutor. After college, Matthew was a wealth management analyst at AllianceBernstein and Goldman Sachs in Miami. Outside of work, Matthew is part of the ’Cane mentoring program, the Miami ’Canes Community, and the Miami CFA Society. He currently resides in Brickell, and in his free time travels and studies for the CFA level II exam.

Sean Goldstein, B.B.A. ’12, M.B.A. ’13


VP of Business Development & Marketing, Capsicum Group LLC
Sean Goldstein is the vice president of business development and marketing for Capsicum Group LLC, where he has established new standards in online marketing, search engine optimization, and creating new focus areas in government services and geographic expansion. Sean serves clients by providing digital forensics, cybersecurity, eDiscovery, digital marketing, and complex application delivery services. He plays a key role in cybersecurity engagements ranging from security assessments to post-breach response. He has also participated in computer forensics cases ranging from collections to social media investigations.

Sean’s experience with enterprise resource planning tools (ERP) such as SAP includes conducting warehouse management systems along with reviews of data and configuration quality, for large-scale implementation projects. Sean spent five years with IBM’s Global Business Services consulting practice, where he led and worked with diverse, dynamic teams both domestically and internationally. He managed and delivered complex implementations of ERP systems for Fortune 500 companies across several different industries. Sean was also selected to work with and reverse mentor IBM’s Industry Academy (comprising industry experts and senior management) on social media initiatives to share industry expertise.

Prior to starting his professional career in technology, Sean earned bachelor’s degrees in marketing and entrepreneurship as well as an M.B.A. in computer information systems and Lean Six Sigma from the Miami Herbert Business School. During his time as an undergraduate, he played on the Miami Hurricanes football team, and was awarded Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year and included in the ACC Academic Honor Roll. Since graduation and the conclusion of his football career, Sean has continued his involvement with the University by participating in the Young Alumni Leadership Council, as a judge in the Business Plan Competition, and as a member of the Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee.

Strategic Engagement Committee

Adrian Perez-Siam, B.S.M.E. ’14, M.B.A. ’18


Global Process Manager, Google
I was born and raised in Miami and graduated from the University of Miami with a B.S in mechanical engineering and a minor in industrial engineering, and then again in 2018 with an M.B.A. I have been a ’Canes fan since I was a kid and am happy to give back and help in any way I can. I currently work at Google as a global process manager in finance for revenue to cash operations. I am an operations and process improvement leader with proven experience in developing and executing creative solutions driving profitability and efficiency. My greatest successes have been in the areas of business analysis, project management, and process development and improvement. I specialize in implementing complex systems and processes from inception through execution. I also have comprehensive experience in project planning, change management, training, and people and resource management along with improving customer satisfaction and creating business intelligence capabilities.

Throughout the course of my career, I have developed strategies and projects for management of high-quality customer billing and payment experience for over 10,000 lessees, managed contract and collection services, and collaborated on conducting business analysis and creating business intelligence capabilities. In my current role as Global Process Manager with Google, I head a matrixed organization of executive leaders, developers, engineers, product managers, and other stakeholders in the design and delivery of the company’s next-generation automated cash operations.

Clarissa Carlucci, B.B.A. ’12


Vice President, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Clarissa Carlucci is vice president, marketing and communications at JPMorgan Chase. Clarissa was the co-president of the University of Miami Executive Board in New York and served on the Regional Alumni Awards Committee. While at the U, she was selected as a Business School Marketing Scholar and competed on the sailing team. Clarissa was named to the University’s inaugural 30 Under 30 list in 2018. She recently obtained her master's degree in integrated marketing from New York University.

Cody Michael Babino, A.B. ’16


Business Analyst, Thomas James Homes
Michael Babino was born and raised in Wisconsin. Prior to attending the University of Miami, Michael served in the United States Navy, working in technology. Serving five years stationed overseas, he worked on various technology including satellites, fiber optics, and network administration. After an honorable discharge from the Navy, he moved to Miami to complete his undergraduate degree, and then to Pittsburgh, PA, to work in wealth management for PNC Financial Services, Inc. Michael spent several years in banking, then returned to his career in technology by moving to California to start a career in Salesforce. Currently, he is working as a Salesforce business analyst for a home-building company in California.

While at the U, Michael was part of the Veteran Student Organization and a senator for Student Government, and at one point worked closely with the Newman Alumni Center to plan a veteran alumni gala. As a transfer student, he brought a unique real-world perspective to his coursework. When studying on campus, Michael could be found on the first or second floor of Richter Library in the middle of the night. Otherwise, he could be found at the Rat enjoying a drink with his friends. When Michael is not working, he enjoys traveling with his fiancée, who is also a ’Cane. He loves taking his black lab swimming (another ’Cane, as she grew up on campus). He enjoys reading non-fiction and is always giving books as gifts. Currently, Michael is working towards becoming a double ’Cane, obtaining his professional M.B.A. from the Miami Herbert Business School. He is proud to continue being a part of the University of Miami culture and community, and has made some of his lifelong friends at the U.

Daniel Rosenberg, B.S.B.E. ’14


Strategic Account Executive, SHI International Corp.
Daniel Rosenberg is a Miami-born technology account executive for SHI International, the largest minority- and woman-owned business enterprise in the U.S. Dan supports a select handful of Minnesota-based software and manufacturing organizations by selling, consulting, and supporting thousands of software and hardware titles. At the University of Miami, he was a Singer Scholar and Foote Fellow, and graduated with a B.S. in biomedical engineering and a minor in mathematics. During his years at Miami, he took on internships and summer job opportunities to augment his studies — from t-cell research at the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute to electric vehicle sales as employee No. 4 at Tesla’s Dadeland store.

Dan’s passion for sharing the world around him began in his second semester, when he joined the President’s 100. He fondly remembers his first Miami basketball game, when a new student tapped him on the shoulder and said, “Your tour convinced me to matriculate to Miami, and I couldn’t be happier.” The happiness of others fueled Dan to join the President’s 100 Advisory Board and serve as a College of Engineering Student Ambassador. Through the Toppel Career Center, he graduated with an offer from Citrix Systems, the Fort Lauderdale-based software company that enables remote jobs and work from home. Dan started as a consultant, then moved to sales engineering to support small to medium-sized businesses nationwide, and finally to account management in Minnesota. He and his wife, Laura, enjoy road trips around the country and traveling the world, and making memories with their Bernese mountain dog, Minne. Dan is an avid Crossfit and fitness enthusiast (from Spartan races to marathons to bouldering) who is passionate about connecting people with new opportunities in information technology and serving as a young mentor for students and recent graduates seeking their passions.

David Maldonado, A.B. ’17


Senior Analyst, Goldman Sachs
David Maldonado is a structured product sales analyst at Morgan Stanley. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, David was a senior analyst for Goldman Sachs. After budget cuts curtailed athletics programs at Temple University, he transferred to the University of Miami to run cross-country. While a student-athlete, David held down various internships and was affiliated with several social and business fraternities. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics.

Derek Auguste, B.A. ’20 


Alumni Engagement & Outreach Fellow, Warrior-Scholar Project
Derek Auguste is a native of Miami, Florida. Derek joined the Army in 2004 and served for 11 years. His first assignment took him to Germany with the First Armored Division, and he deployed with 1AD to Iraq in 2007. Derek’s next assignment was with Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH) in Homestead, FL, and he deployed in support of Operation Unified Response, a humanitarian operation to help the citizens of Haiti after the massive earthquake in 2010.

Derek separated from the Army in 2015 and has directed his energy to helping veterans regain a sense of purpose and mission-oriented focus. In 2016 he was awarded a six-month fellowship by The Mission Continues and joined the leadership team for The Mission Continues Miami’s 1st Service Platoon. From 2017 to 2019, Derek held the role of platoon leader, ensuring that the platoon fulfilled its mission of supporting veterans and their communities and helping to build bridges between the two by organizing and conducting service projects with veterans and community members. As Miami 1st has an operational focus on improving national parks and parks in Miami-Dade County, platoon members’ projects have included planting trees, invasive species removal, and campsite restoration.

At the University of Miami, Derek studied political science and served as the president for the Student Veterans Organization. He currently works for the national non-profit Warrior-Scholar Project as the alumni engagement and outreach fellow, acting as a resource for enlisted service members making the transition from the military to academia. He is also an advisory board member for United Way of Miami-Dade: Mission United. Derek is married and has two children.

Joseph Esposito, B.S.B.A. ’20


Analyst, BlackRock
I graduated from the University of Miami Herbert Business School with majors in finance and legal studies. During my time there, I was involved in a variety of organizations which helped me develop my leadership skills, contributed to my overall education, and allowed me to give back to the community. My proudest accomplishment while in the business school was serving as the business school team leader program president. In this role, I was able to help shape young students and provide guidance on their courses, careers, and even personal lives.

Currently, I live in New York, where I work as an Aladdin client services analyst for BlackRock. In this role, I support both institutional and retail clients on Aladdin, an end-to-end investment management platform. I specialize in risk metrics, analytical tools, and portfolio management capabilities. Looking back, I now know that attending the University of Miami was one of the best decisions I've made, both professionally and personally. The faculty at the University helped me grow from a young freshman into a working professional in just four short years. The alumni were instrumental in developing my network, creating connections globally and forging lasting relationships along the way. Lastly, the culture at Miami allowed me to see the world from other viewpoints — I can discuss issues while taking into account other perspectives and explain my viewpoint while keeping other cultures and backgrounds in mind. I am excited to continue giving back to the Miami community and look forward to the future of the Hurricanes!

Justin Goldsman, A.B. ’15


Senior Organizer for Coalitions and Outreach, Governor Phil Murphy’s 2021 Re-election Campaign
Justin is a board member of the New Jersey Working Families Party and the Good Governance Coalition of New Jersey. He previously served as a political and legislative coordinator for the Communications Workers of America New Jersey, a union representing over 70,000 individuals. In this capacity, he analyzed legislation to be voted on in the New Jersey state legislature for its potential impact on CWA members, and organized and mobilized efforts accordingly. He also assisted with electoral work, other issue-based campaigns, and voter data management.

Currently, Justin serves as the senior organizer for coalitions and outreach for New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s 2021 re-election campaign. In his free time, he enjoys reading, exploring new trails to jog, and soccer.

Mansaab Khan, B.B.A. ’15, M.S.Ed. ’18


Senior Technical Talent, QuadPay, Inc.
Growing up in Princeton, New Jersey, I knew I needed a way to escape the cold, so after graduating from high school I took my talent to the University of Miami (Go ’Canes!), where I obtained my B.B.A. in business law and accounting. However, I just was not ready to leave the best university in the country, so I went on to receive my M.S.Ed. in higher education administration.

After graduating, I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area for an amazing opportunity in student affairs, which I will never forget. I saw a lack of diversity and preparedness for students entering the workforce from my previous institutions, which caused me to switch my focus to scaling teams at some of the world’s most prestigious companies: Spotify and SoulCyle. My passion for finance, technology, and scaling teams brought me to the New York City area, a place I now call home. Currently, I work at ZIP-QuadPay (my second home, where we are all a family working together), a global leader in the FinTech space, as the head of technical talent acquisition. I strive to make a greater impact for a mission I love — investing in people! However, the U will always be a home to me, because without spending my time there I would have never been able to discover who I am and the passion I have for investing in people.

Thomas Fitzgerald Powers, B.B.A. ’12


Diplomat, Embassy of the United States of America in Yangon, Myanmar
Thomas Fitzgerald Powers is a United States diplomat currently posted to the Embassy of the United States of America in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). A Connecticut native, Tom played infield for the Miami Hurricanes baseball team under legendary Head Coach Jim Morris, and took part in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and National Collegiate Athletic Association tournaments. Tom was also a member of the All-ACC Academic team and represented the baseball team on the University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council. In 2011 and 2012, he participated in the ACC-wide Coach for College (CFC) volunteer program for student-athletes in Vietnam; one highlight was meeting one-on-one with University of Miami President Donna Shalala to discuss volunteer programs available to student-athletes.

Upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree in international finance and marketing, Tom moved to Vietnam to direct the CFC program and teach English as a Second Language in the rural Mekong Delta. After two years, he returned to the United States and began a career with the Department of State, entering the Foreign Service in 2015. Tom served his first overseas tour as an economic officer at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines, from 2017 to 2019, where he had the unique experience of witnessing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sing karaoke and was invited to debate Mr. Duterte’s personal lawyer and spokesperson on U.S. policy in the Asia-Pacific region.

Tom has held his current post as a political officer in Yangon since 2019, where he is at the forefront of U.S. policy implementation in Myanmar. In early 2021, he witnessed firsthand the military coup d’état in Myanmar and the ensuing crisis that has since engulfed the country. When not at the office, Tom can be found navigating the chaotic Yangon traffic on his mountain bike. He and his wife, Betty, have been married since 2019 and currently work side by side at the U.S. Embassy in Yangon.

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Alexander Mcphee, B.B.A. ’18


Analyst, The White Oak Group
Alexander McPhee is a Miami native. At the University of Miami, outside of the classroom Alex was heavily involved with internships, community involvement organizations, and on-campus positions. During his time as a student, he served a global wealth management internship with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Coral Gables, working alongside fellow ’Cane alumni, while maintaining his position as assistant supervisor at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center. He also worked as an event assistant at the Newman Alumni Center.

Alex was the recruitment and registration chair for Great Start, a pre-orientation program for first-year commuter students. As chair, he created and edited marketing videos that attracted over 3,000 unique views, and his recruitment efforts led to two sold-out weekends for the program. Alex was also elected as marketing chair for Category 5: Spirit Programming Board, a branch of Student Government focused on increasing student participation at sporting events, and managed the organization’s social media and planned events. He participated each year in Hurricanes Help the Hometown, assisting with activities such as beach cleanups and botanical garden restorations in the Miami community.

Alex is currently working as an analyst at The White Oak Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm focused on acquiring and growing businesses across a range of industries. With the experience he has gained in his current position, Alex has been able to mentor small businesses through SCORE’s Atlanta chapter, where he meets with local entrepreneurs on a weekly basis to tackle challenges that their businesses face, ranging from marketing to finance and operations. He is also a member of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, where he participates in their Hispanic Young Professional and Entrepreneur program to network with other young professionals in the local community. Alex is passionate about fostering relationships within the University of Miami community and creating a strong culture of giving back to the school among alumni.

Bhumi Patel, B.S.Ed. ’14


Health Engagement Consultant, Cigna
Bhumi Patel is a proud class of 2014 ’Canes alumna. After graduating from the University of Miami, Bhumi obtained a Master of Public Health degree from New York University, and is now working as a health engagement consultant for Cigna. In her current role, she supports Orlando-area organizations in creating a culture of well-being and improving health outcomes for their employee populations. Prior to her time with Cigna, Bhumi worked to increase wellness and life skills among students and educators in K-12 and higher education settings. Her professional and personal focus is on promoting the importance of public health and a healthy lifestyle. During Bhumi’s undergraduate years, she served as Student Government president and was a member of the Homecoming Executive Committee, the President’s 100, Alumni Ambassadors, and the orientation team. In the spring of 2013, she was inducted into Iron Arrow. She currently resides in Orlando, FL, with her soon-to-be husband, and stays committed to catching every Miami Hurricanes football game.

Ishtpreet Singh, A.B. ’16


Government Affairs & Public Policy, Google
Ishtpreet Singh is a Googler, Chicago Booth M.B.A. candidate, and former White House Intern. At the University of Miami, Ishtpreet majored in political science and economics and minored in biology, chemistry, health sector management, entrepreneurship, and business administration. Following four years of involvement in Student Government, Iron Arrow, Greek life, volunteer organizations, and other activities, he moved to Washington D.C. for an internship at The White House.

After President Obama left office, Ishtpreet switched coasts and moved to the Bay Area for a job at Google, where he’s been for over four years and currently manages high-level, strategic engagements as part of their Government Affairs and Public Policy organization. Ishtpreet is an experienced professional with a background in business, strategy, and government and a diverse skill set across policy, communications, operations, management, sales, advertising, and the sciences. He is passionate about tech, entrepreneurship, public policy, marketing, health, and education — and he’s a politics nerd, photographer, and traveler at heart.

Kailey Walsh, B.S.C. ’16


Associate Attorney, Arent Fox LLP
I am a proud graduate of the University of Miami with a dual degree in economics and communications. I was born and raised an hour from the U in Boca Raton, and spent many years traveling throughout the country competing in women’s amateur golf and national junior golf tournaments. While at Miami, I was captain of the nationally ranked women’s golf team for three years and was a three-time selection to the ACC Academic All-Conference Team. During my senior year, our ’Canes women’s golf team advanced to the NCAA finals tournament for the first time in over 20 years.

Representing the University of Miami on the national stage was one of the highlights of my college experience. Being a student-athlete at the U taught me discipline, time management, and hard work, which are values that I carry with me to this day. These values allowed me to double major, maintain a high GPA, earn the Frazier D. White Communication Award, and gain acceptance and an academic scholarship to Loyola Law School, a top law school in Los Angeles. While at Loyola, I served as a judicial extern in federal court for the Honorable Judge Klausner in the Central District of California, was a member of the Entertainment Law Review, and served on the editorial board as the senior articles and symposia editor. During this time, I wrote an article on sports gambling legislation, "Going ‘All In’ after Murphy v. NCAA: An Approach for California to Legalize Sports Gambling,” that was published in the University of California Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal. I graduated in May 2020 and subsequently passed the California Bar Exam.

I currently live in Los Angeles and am an associate attorney at Arent Fox LLP, representing companies in business and commercial matters and providing pre-litigation counseling to clients. At Arent Fox I am a member of the sports industry group, where our team of attorneys focuses on new legal developments in sports betting, among other things. I have lived in Southern California for the past five years, splitting my time between Los Angeles and Newport Beach. I am grateful to have my two brothers, Ryan and Blair, nearby, as well as my parents, who split their time between Florida and California.

I have so many fond memories of my time at the University of Miami, and although I have made my home in Southern California, I am always so heartened by the universal recognition of the U. I will forever be a proud ’Cane, and I look forward to serving students, alumni, and the entire University of Miami community as a member of the Young Alumni Leaders Council.

Redzuan Razak, A.B. ’13


Realtor, Macken Realty
Redzuan Razak grew up in Malaysia and migrated to the United States when he was sixteen years old. Holding high regard for American values, Redzuan enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served from January 2002 to July 2005. He was deployed during the initial liberation of Iraq, serving with the Third Battalion Fourth Marines, a unit that pushed north from Kuwait to the site of the Saddam Hussein statue in Firdaus Square in 2003. In 2004 Redzuan was deployed to Iraq once again, this time holding the billet of fire team leader, and operated in the areas of Rawah, Haditha, Ramadi, and Fallujah.

After receiving an honorable discharge from the Marines, Redzuan resided in San Diego, CA, where he pursued the American dream by purchasing his first home. He then came to Florida to attend the University of Miami, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts with a business minor. Redzuan decided to remain in Miami after graduating as he had fallen in love with the city, and he went to work as the head of business development for a Malaysian company for four years. He then started a real estate investment company, where he built relationships with other real estate investors and financiers. Redzuan then obtained a Florida real state license and signed up with Macken Companies, a family-owned real estate brokerage and development company.

In Redzuan’s spare time, he serves as the director of advocacy for the Florida Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, where he advocates at the local, state, and federal level for veterans and non-veterans with disabilities. He also serves on the board of directors for the national organization, as a representative of the chapter. Redzuan enjoys running marathons, cycling, scuba diving, skiing, and traveling. He speaks four languages: English, Malay, Bahasa Indonesia, and Italian.

Shahaan Razak, B.S.Ed. ’12


Student, Harvard Medical School
Although Shahaan Razak was born in Queens, he considers himself a South Floridian to the bone. Growing up in a Guyanese immigrant household in Broward County, Shahaan targeted the University of Miami as his dream school beginning in his days at West Hollywood Elementary. He attended the U as a Jenkins Scholar, and graduated magna cum laude while double majoring in exercise physiology and human and social development. During his time as a ’Cane, Shahaan served on the Undergraduate Student Council at the School of Education and Human Development, founded the ’Canes Cricket Club, was selected to the Dean’s Dozen, and was active in the Miami Commitment Program and several other organizations. He and his partner, Priscilla (also a Miami alum), welcomed their first child, Sumaya, while they were completing their studies at the U.

After graduation, Shahaan joined Teach for America and taught middle school science in Baltimore. He earned his master’s degree in education from Johns Hopkins University, and won the Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award for the region and was a national semifinalist. Although he loved teaching and working with his students, Shahaan’s experiences pushed him to think of medicine as another route he wanted to take to impact society. He subsequently enrolled in a postbaccalaureate premedical program at Bryn Mawr College. During his time at Bryn Mawr, Shahaan completed all the required courses to apply to medical school in one year while also volunteering with hospice patients, working as a grief counselor for children, and doing lab research at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently in his first year at Harvard Medical School. In addition to his studies, Shahaan serves as a medical education representative, is on the board of HOPE Scholars (an organization designed to increase underrepresented minority students in medicine), and is involved in a number of research projects. He and Priscilla live just outside of Boston with their three children, Sumaya, Deen, and Yara. In his free time, Shahaan loves spending time with his family and sneaks in pick-up basketball and NBA games whenever possible.

Regional Young Alumni Coordinators

Carlos A. Calderon, B.S.C. ’17

Showroom Coordinator, Luxottica

Miami ’Canes Community
A native of El Salvador, Carlos Calderon came to the University of Miami in 2013. Carlos started his academic career at the School of Business and later transferred to the School of Communication, majoring in media management and advertising. It was there that he became part of UMTV, the debate team, the Media Management Association, and other organizations that enhanced his growth and network. Upon graduating, Carlos pursued a career in the luxury industry, and has since earned a master's degree in fashion and luxury brand management from Istituto Marangoni and worked with brands like Longchamp, Luxottica, Thom Browne, Chanel, Prada, and Bvlgari, among others.

Natasha Camarillo, A.B. ’20

Marketing Coordinator, Turner Construction

New York ’Canes Community
Natasha Caramillo graduated from the University of Miami in May 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. At the U, Natasha was involved with CERT (Canes Emergency Response Team), the orientation committee, and UGenerations, a volunteer organization supporting local senior citizens. Currently she works for Turner Construction in New York City. Natasha enjoys traveling, spending time with her dog, and exploring local attractions.

Alana Dombrosky, A.B. ’15

Support Engineer Manager, Microsoft

Dallas-Fort Worth ‘Canes Community
Alana Dombrosky received a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and computer science, with minors in secondary education and clarinet performance. Alana has worked at Microsoft in Dallas since graduating, working her way up from support engineer to technical advisor on the Exchange Online product, to her current position on Microsoft Endpoint Manager.

During her time at the U, Alana was a member of the Frost Band of the Hour and several other bands, and of the women's music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI). She is currently a member of the Irving Symphonic Band and editor for the Dallas Alumnae Chapter of SAI. Through the Dallas-Fort Worth ’Canes Community, Alana is working to build engagement with over 1,000 area alumni.

Fun fact: Alana’s husband is also a University of Miami graduate, and their wedding was held at the Donna Shalala Student Center — overlooking Lake Osceola and Cobb Fountain, and complete with the marching band and Sebastian!

Maxwell Egyed, B.S.A.T. ’15

Medical Access Manager, Colorado Orthopedic Consultants

Denver ’Canes Community
My name is Max, and I graduated from the U in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and a minor in business administration. I earned my master’s degree from Boston University, where I concentrated my studies on concussions and technology while working in the field with varsity athletic programs.

I moved out to Colorado in 2017 to put my sports medicine background and entrepreneurial spirit to the test. I started a nonprofit dedicated to improving concussion care everywhere, while practicing as an athletic trainer at local high schools and doctors’ offices for the Denver Broncos, the Colorado Rockies, and the Colorado Avalanche.

I am passionate about more equitable healthcare through evidence-based medicine, fighting for a more equitable society, and giving back to those communities that have helped me get to where I am today. Go ’Canes!

Lindsay Fried, B.B.A. ’13

Founder, Independent Educational Consultant, Simply Admission

Atlanta ’Canes Community
Born and raised in New York, Lindsay Fried received her bachelor’s degree in business management. After graduating, Lindsay worked on marketing and investor relations teams for several alternative investment funds with assets of up to $3 billion.

In 2016, Lindsay discovered a passion for college planning, and founded Simply Admissions after receiving an Independent Educational Consultant certificate from the University of California, Irvine. She is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling, and a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association.
In her free time, Lindsay enjoys traveling, biking, and kayaking with her boyfriend, Ryan, and dog, Harper.

Alexandra Otero Mahjouri, A.B. ’13

Research Analyst/Deputy Program Manager, Daybreak LLC

Tampa ’Canes Community
Alexandra Otero Mahjouri was born in Modesto, California, and grew up in California and Puerto Rico. Alexandra graduated from high school magna cum laude as a member of the California Scholarship Federation; received a Hispanic Heritage Foundation scholarship; and was awarded the bronze medallion in journalism for Northern California for a 9/11 tribute video she created.

At the University of Miami, Alexandra cultivated her passion for service, philanthropy, and volunteerism through her involvement with student organizations and extra-curricular activities, including assisting with a pilot whale stranding in Key Largo, serving as art director and props master for graduate student film submissions to the Canes Film Festival, and being publicity chair for the Canefest committee. After graduating with her bachelor's degree in philosophy and minors in theatre and communications, she obtained a certificate in intelligence, presenting a research paper on bioterrorism. This experience drove her pursuit of combining public service, medicine, and communications/media.

Deferring her interest in obtaining an advanced degree, Alexandra currently works as a government contractor. When she is not working, she volunteers as a board member for the American Cancer Society's Associate Board of Ambassadors Tampa Bay, volunteers with the United Service Organizations, and assists with animal rescues.

Reginald Sainvil, B.B.A. ’12

Associate, Baker McKenzie

Miami ’Canes Community
Reginald Sainvil is an associate in the Miami office of global law firm Baker McKenzie, where he represents corporate debtors, financial institutions, and secured and unsecured creditors in the context of out-of-court and in-court corporate restructurings. Reginald has broad advisory and litigation experience with complex issues that arise in reorganizations, restructurings, receiverships, workouts, liquidations, and distressed acquisitions and sales, in both domestic and cross-border situations and proceedings.
Born and raised in Miami, Reginald graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s degree in finance and received his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Outside the world of corporate restructuring, he is actively involved with several civic and cultural organizations, including the Miami Children's Museum and the Haitian Lawyers Association.