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Welcoming the Newest Alumni Board Members

Meet the university’s next alumni leaders.

This year brings four impressive new members to American University’s Alumni Board. Their diverse perspectives and insights will strengthen our already-dynamic alumni leadership.

With a history dating back to the 1950s, the Alumni Board leads AU’s alumni association, providing perspective and insight to professional staff in outreach to alumni an improving student experience. On the board, all five schools and colleges are represented, as well as myriad professional industries, backgrounds, and generations. 

New members include:

Miguel Bustos, SIS/MA '95
Senior Director, Center for Social Justice at GLIDE (San Francisco)
Miguel is an active volunteer in the San Francisco regional community and with the School of International Service. In 2019, he won the School of International Service Alumni of the Year Award.

Ritanch Hans, SIS/BA '13, Kogod/MS '15
Communications Analyst, Dignari (Washington, DC)
Ritanch is immediate past president of the DC Young Alumni Chapter and was a founding member of the School of International Service Young Alumni and Friends Committee. He is also a former co-chair of the Asian and Pacific Islander Alumni Network.

Don Mike Mendoza, SOC/BA '10, SOC/MA '17
Executive Artistic Director, La Ti Do Productions (Pittsburgh)
Don Mike is past chair of the Asian and Pacific Islander Alumni Network as well as the network’s former signature events chair. 

Rachel Tabakman, SPA/BA '03
Board Affairs Manager, Girl Scouts of the USA (West Long Branch, New Jersey)
Rachel is a former member of the DC Young Alumni Chapter. She is also an active supporter of the Eagle and was part of its efforts to raise $50,000 towards the Eagle’s endowment.

These members join the following current board members:

  • Jonathan Mathis, PhD, Kogod/BSBA ’04, President
    Executive Director, The Next Step Public Charter School
  • Melanie Brown, CAS/BA ’02, Vice President of Operations
    Senior Program Officer of US Policy, Advocacy and Communication, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Adam Katz, WCL/JD ’86, Vice President of External Relations
    Founding Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC
  • LaTanya Sothern, SOC/BA ’92, Secretary
    Principal, Prince George’s County Public Schools, EXCEL Academy Public Charter School
  • Rob Johnson, SPA/BS ’81, Immediate Past President
    Retired Assistant General Counsel – Legal Services, Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • Elliot Bell-Krasner, SPA/MPP ’12
    Development Manager, The Junior State of America Foundation
  • Peter Brusoe, SPA/PhD ’12
    Campaign Finance and Lobbying Data Analyst, Bloomberg LP
  • Patty Caballero, SOC/BA ’91, Kogod/MBA ’00
    Founder/CEO, PSC Consulting, LLC
  • Nakeesha Ceran, SPA/BA ’10, SPA/MA ’12
    Associate Director, Teaching for Change
  • Eugene Costa, Kogod/BSBA ’77
    Senior Vice President and Group Lead for Europe and Asia, ICF
  • Sean Graham, Kogod/MBA ’11
    Head Coach, Track and Cross Country, American University 
  • Derrick Hensley, Kogod/MS ’13
    Internal Reporting and Corporate Accounting Director, Freddie Mac
  • Irene Magafan, SOC/MFA ’12
    Video Archive Production Specialist and Editor, World Wildlife Fund-US
  • John Nadolenco, WCL/JD ’95
    Partner, Mayer Brown LLP
  • Bill Ruvo, Kogod/BS ’82
    Federal Sales Manager-Security, Juniper Networks
  • Sherry Soanes, WCL/JD ’97
    Trial Attorney, United States Department of Justice, Civil Division
  • Bradley White, SPA/BA ’99, WCL/JD ’07
    Freedom of Information Act Officer, DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • Michael Worley, SPA/BA ’12
    Founder/CEO, MDW Communications
  • Brett Zongker, SOC/BA ’03, SOC/MA ’04
    Chief of Media Relations, Library of Congress