This year brings 10 dynamic new members to American University's
Alumni Board. Their diverse perspectives and insights will strengthen
our already-dynamic alumni leadership. Dating back to the 1950s, the
alumni board leads AU's alumni association, providing perspective and
insight to professional staff in their outreach to alumni. Board members
advise the university regarding how to improve the student experience.
On the board, all five schools and colleges are represented, as well as
varied professional industries, racial and ethnic backgrounds,
identities, genders, and generations.
New members include:
Paul Bamonte, SPA/MA '17, is the Deputy Commander for the U.S. Army Office and Chief of Public
Affairs. Paul has remained involved with AU since his recent graduation
serving as a member of the Key Executive Program's conference board and
an ambassador to the AU Veterans Community. He also has been heavily
involved with the National Endowment for the Arts initiative Creative
Forces, which provides support to military veterans who suffer from Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder and traumatic brain injury.
Eugene Costa, Kogod/BSBA '77, is
Senior Vice President and Group Lead for Europe and Asia, ICF. Eugene
is actively involved with AU, having served as a member of the Kogod
Advisory Council for the past four years and as a judge for the Kogod
case competitions for the last five years.
Adam Katz, WCL/JD '86,
is a Tax Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Adam has been an
energetic supporter and advocate of AU since graduation. He serves as an
alumni mentor with WCL students, offering career planning and advice.
Notably, Adam has been an influencer within PwC through his work as the
firm's relationship partner with AU, which has prioritized AU for career
events, hiring, and donor matching, and has enabled him to collaborate
with Dean Delaney and Dean Nelson while leading more than 225 AU alumni
at PwC. He is proud of his newest title, AU parent, as his son joined
the community this past fall. Adam also is a member of the Parent
Daniel Leon-Davis, SIS/BA '13,
is Co-Founder and Senior Creative Director for the Soze Agency. Daniel
has served as social media chair for the Latino Alumni Alliance, spoken
on campus regarding career advice, attended many events in New York
City, and served as a Social Media Ambassador. Currently, Daniel is
acting as a mentor to both a fellow alumnus and a current AU student.
Irene Magafan, SOC/BA '02, SOC/MFA '12,
is a Video Archive Production Specialist and Editor for the World
Wildlife Fund. She maintains her commitment to AU through advocacy,
guest lectures, and panel participation. She also taught a course to
high school students as part of AU's Discover the World of Communication
summer program in 2010.
Sherry Soanes, WCL/JD '97, is a Trial Attorney
at the US Department of Justice. Sherry teaches as an adjunct
professor, serves as a volunteer judge for Moot court competitions, and
participates in networking and recruiting events. Recently, she was the
intern coordinator within the Department of Justice, working in
conjunction with WCL.
LaTanya Sothern, SOC/BA '92,
is an Assistant Principal for Prince George's County Public Schools and
the Owner and CEO of Sothern Education Solutions, LLC. Since
graduating, LaTanya has been engaged with the AU community in a wide
variety of ways. She served as co-chair for the Congressional Black
Congress Alumni Reception, co-chair for All-American Weekend, chair of a
Gospel Choir alumni event, planning assistant for the Black Greek
alumni rally, and facilitator for university leadership conversations.
Currently she is co-chair of membership for the Black Alumni Alliance.
Danielle Vogel, WCL/JD '07, is Founder of Glen's Garden Market in Washington DC. Danielle supports the AU community through gifts in kind from her business to AU conferences and fundraisers. She also has written fundraising communications for WCL, served as a guest speaker in classes, guided students on a tour of her store, and hosted several WCL events.
Returning to the board with renewed two-year terms are:
London McCloud, Kogod/BSBA '02, Trade Specialist for the U.S. Department of Transportation
Jolene McNeil, SPA/BA '97, Director of Event Operations for the Biotechnology Industry Organization
These members join the following current board members:
Joe Vidulich, SPA/BA '08, Manager, State & Local Government Relations, Capital One (AUAB President)
Rob Johnson, SPA/BS '81, Assistant General Counsel – Legal Services, Exxon Mobil Corporation (AUAB Vice President, Operations)
Sara Nieves-Grafals, CAS/BS '75, CAS/MA '79, CAS/PhD '80, Retired Clinical Psychologist (AUAB Vice President, External Relations)
Amy Lampert, SOC/BA '94, Vice President, Time Square Inc. (AUAB Secretary)
Andrea Agathoklis Murino, SPA/BA '98, Partner, Co-Chair, Antitrust and Competition Practice, Goodwin Procter LLP (AUAB Immediate Past President)
Piya Charanjiva, Kogod/BSBA '91, Partner, Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy
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; Vice President of Programs, Capital Research Center
Kerry-Ann Hamilton, SIS/MA '05, Senior Vice President – Global Health and Education, GMMB
Jonathan Mathis, Kogod/BSBA '04, Executive Director, The Next Step Public Charter School
Chris Quintyne, SPA/BA '07, Associate Director of Legislative Affairs, Executive Office of the Mayor of Washington, DC
George "Cookie" Reed-Dellinger, Kogod/BSBA '69, Kogod/MBA '71, Senior Vice President, TeleMedia/Internet Analyst, Washington Analysis