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Welcoming the Newest Alumni Board Members

By Carlita Pitts

AUAB 2016

The new year brings six dynamic new members to American University’s Alumni Board. Their diverse perspectives and insights will continue to strengthen our dynamic alumni leadership. Dating to the 1950s, the AU Alumni Board leads the Alumni Association and provides advice and insight to professional staff in their outreach to alumni. Board members advise the university on how to improve the student experience. On the board, all five schools and colleges are represented, as are a variety of industries and careers.

New Alumni Board members include:
Jolene McNeil, SPA/BA ’97, is the senior manager of operations at Biotechnology Industry Organization. In this role, she develops and implements logistics for BIO’s annual convention as well as six international meetings. She received her Certified Meeting Professional certification in 2006 and is a member of the Professional Management Association.

Jolene is an active volunteer at AU, serving as an Alumni Admissions Volunteer and social media co-chair for the 2015 All-American Weekend. She also has served as president of the Black Alumni Chapter, founding chair for the Black Alumni Alliance, and co-chair for the All-American Weekend Multicultural Alumni Reunion. She is a member of the BAA membership committee, the 1893 Society, and is the 2014 recipient of the Alumni Eagle Award.

John Morada, CAS/BS ’00, serves as vice president of corporate business development at WSO2 in Mountain View, California. He is the youngest VP of business development in the company’s history. He also provides pro bono advisory for organizations including Exegraph and Blendspace.

John currently serves as president of the San Francisco Alumni Chapter and has assisted in the planning and execution of events for AU alumni, students, and parents, including dinners, happy hours, and panel discussions. During time spent in Chicago, he served as an at-large member for AU’s Chicago Alumni Chapter.

London McCloud, Kogod/BSBA ’02, is a trade specialist for the U.S. Department of Transportation, ensuring compliance of shipments financed by the Export-Import Bank. In her previous role at the Liberian International Shipping and Corporate Registry, she managed all off-shore corporations on behalf of the Liberian government and became a specialist of maritime and shipping in West Africa.

London has remained connected to AU by serving as a committee member for her five-year class reunion, volunteering during AU Welcome Week, and attending multicultural alumni events, including the 2015 Congressional Black Caucus Alumni Reception.

Drew Nickels, SIS/BA ’03, serves as an analyst at the Department of Energy focusing on nuclear energy issues.

Drew has remained actively involved with AU since his graduation, especially through the School of International Service. He organized and hosted SIS Industry Days at the Department of Energy in 2015 and has been an SIS mentor for the past four years. He currently serves as an Alumni Admissions Volunteer and also helped organize the Class of 2003’s 10-year reunion.

David Teslicko, WCL/JD ’12, currently serves as an associate for Sullivan Cromwell LLP. He is the co-author of the 2013, 2014, and 2015 editions of Attorney-Client Privilege in the United States and the 2014 and 2015 editions of Attorney-Client Privilege: State Law.

As president of the American University NYC Young Alumni Chapter, David planned and implemented events and programs for New York City young alumni and actively recruited new members to join the organization. He also served as an officer and volunteer with the
Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni and Volunteer Corporation.

Col. Merri Uckert, SIS/BA ’77, is acquisition management specialist in the national security services business unit at Serco-NA. She served for more than eight years as a defense contractor in the intelligence community and has 28 years of experience in Department of Defense leadership positions worldwide. She has received 12 Department of Defense commendations for superior achievement and outstanding performance in planning and management, support activities, resource management, and base operations support.

Merri is a supporter of the American University Library and an ambassador for the university.

Returning to the board with renewed two-year terms are:

• Amy Lampert, SOC/BA ’94; St. Louis, Mo.; Vice President, Times Square, Inc.
• Nick Kuhn, Kogod/MBA ’86; Arlington, Va.; Associate Broker, McEnearney Associates, Inc.
• Kevin Malecek, SPA/BA ’01, SPA/MA ’02; Willoughby Hills, Ohio; Lake County Commissioner, Lake County Commissioners Board
• Alexa Pappas Zannetos, SPA/BA ’90; Tuckahoe, N.Y.; Managing Director, Global Head of Employment Law, Morgan Stanley and Co., LLC

These members, new and returning, join current board members:

• Rachel Weiner Cohen, SPA/BA ’04, WCL/JD ’08; Counsel, WilmerHale
• Kristen Eastlick, CAS/BA ’95, SPA/MA ’96; Chief Administrative Officer, Berman And Company
• Chip Griffin, SPA/BA ’94, Managing Partner of Franeo (AUAB Past President)
• Rob Johnson, SPA/BS ’81; Assistant General Counsel, Legal Services, Exxon Mobil Corporation (AUAB secretary)
• Chris Kalna, Kogod/BSBA ’08, Associate Vice President, The Carlyle Group
• Sara Nieves-Grafals, CAS/BS ’75, CAS/MA ’79, CAS/PhD ’80; Retired clinical psychologist
• Amy Jones, SPA/BA ’99, WCL/JD ’03; Director for Education and Human Services Policy, Committee on Education and the Workforce, U.S. House of Representatives (AUAB Vice President, External Relations)
• Andrea Agathoklis Murino, SPA/BA ’98; Partner, Co-Chair, Antitrust and Competition Practice, Goodwin Procter LLP (AUAB president)
• Penny Pagano, SOC/BA ’65; Retired, former Director of Government and Community Relations, American University
• Christopher Quintyne, SPA/BA ’07; Management Assistant, Town of Chevy Chase, Md.
• Jorhena Thomas, SIS/MA ’04; Deputy Director and Operations Manager, DC Homeland Security & Emergency Management Agency
• Joe Vidulich, SPA/BA’08; Vice President, Government Relations, Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce (AUAB Vice President, Operations)