Carnegie Mellon University

Alumni Association

Alumni Association Board

The Alumni Association Board (AAB) works closely with the Office of Alumni Relations to develop and strengthen programs that enhance the relationships alumni have to the university and to each other. Members are committed to supporting Carnegie Mellon's overall interests among the entire alumni community and in the world at large. Membership represents a broad diversity of college and departmental affiliations, class years, geographies and personal backgrounds. Members meet three times per year in person (twice in Pittsburgh and once outside of Pittsburgh) and board committees often meet or hold conference calls between meetings.

Alumni Association Board Seeks New Members

The AAB seeks nominations for their 2015 class. Each year, the AAB elects five members to serve four year terms beginning July 1, and strives to balance the board along a number of dimensions such as college affiliation, year of graduation, gender, ethnicity, and geographic representation. In addition, the AAB gives particular weight to the depth and breadth of the nominee’s current and previous volunteer experiences, in particular those with CMU. For more information, please view the AAB FAQ and online AAB Nomination Form.

Nomination Deadline: November 30

Current Members

Rebecca Albrecht Allison (CMU'96, HNZ'01), AAB President Click to expand

Becca has been on the Alumni Association Board since July 2010 and will begin her active term as president in July of 2014. She currently serves as co-chair of the Nominating Committee and is a member of the Awards and Executive Committees. Becca graduated with a BHA degree in 1996 and then moved to Houston, TX to teach elementary school with the Teach for America program. In 1998, she returned to Carnegie Mellon to work in student affairs and earned her MPM degree from Heinz College.

In 2003, she relocated to Phoenix, Arizona and taught elementary and middle school for five years before working in event planning at Arizona State University. Becca is a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and enjoys reading, crafting, and spending time in the mountains and by the pool with her husband, Jerry and new son, John.

Toni Sapet Ungaretti (MM'70), AAB Past PresidentClick to expand

Toni is the immediate past president of the Alumni Association Board. In that role, she serves on the Executive, Nominating and Awards Committees.

Toni is a faculty member and assistant dean in the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Her interest and scholarship focuses on building effective partnerships among business, government and higher education; creating and supporting professional development systems; and designing curriculum and instruction for professional education. She serves on several community, state, and national professional committees and boards. Her husband and son are also alumni - Bob (E'70) and Ryan (E'04).

Deborah Yue (DC'89), AAB President Elect Click to expand

Deborah joined the Alumni Association Board in 2010 will begin her active term as president-elect in July of 2014. She co-chairs the Nominating Committee. She earned a BS in Technical Writing from CMU, and a JD from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. While she was at Carnegie Mellon, she was a reporter for the Tartan and was active in the pre-law society. Deborah is the immediate past president of the Northeast Ohio Alumni Chapter and is a Carnegie Mellon Admission Council volunteer. She is also active in a number of professional and community organizations.

Deborah is a partner at the law firm of Gallagher Sharp in Cleveland, Ohio. She concentrates her practice on insurance, business and general liability litigation and represents businesses, insurance companies, and individuals in a wide variety of civil litigation. She also counsels insurance clients and claims personnel on coverage issues, claims practices, and the avoidance of bad faith, as well as businesses regarding contracts, entity formation, and other business issues.

Siriana Abboud (DC'16) Click to expand

Siriana Abboud is a junior pursuing a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Francophone Studies. She is involved in the Office of Alumni Relations as a Highland Ambassador and Student Representative to the AAB. She is currently the President of the Arab Student Organization, Vice-President of the International Student Organization, and co-Founder and Fundraising Chair of CMU in Haiti. On campus, Siriana is also active as a First Year Mentor, French Writing Assistant, and Research Assistant in the Infant Cognition Laboratory, as well as standing on the organizing committees for Dietrich's Under Construction and Undergraduate Colloquium. Proudly from Lebanon, Siriana hopes to eventually return to the country and dedicate her life to non-profit and humanitarian efforts around the world.

Season Dietrich Burris (DC'01, HNZ'02) Click to expand

Season joined the Alumni Association Board in 2013. She earned a BA in Spanish with a minor in Mandarin Chinese from the Dietrich College in 2001 and a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Heinz College in 2002 prior to moving to Washington DC to begin her federal career. During her time there, she was involved in the DC Alumni Chapter serving as an Executive Board Member for four years in addition to participating in alumni basketball, volleyball, flag football, and softball.

Season's federal career has included an internship at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, several years at the Government Accountability Office, and most recently a two year stint at Department of Defense's Strategic Command at Offutt AFB, NE where her husband, a JAG in the Air Force, was stationed. They returned to the DC area in June 2013 and Season began working for the Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Building Operations.

Jonathan Betz (CS'99)Click to expand

Jonathan is the engineering leader in Google's Technology for Social Good team, where he leads efforts in Civics, Elections, and Crisis Response. He has a background in leading engineering teams in New York City startups, including Clickable, Yext, and Rent the Runway. In the past at Google, Jonathan has also led work in searching structured data and AdWords. He holds an undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon in Computer Science and Cognitive Science. Jonathan is an avid runner and a licensed hang-glider pilot. He lives in Summit, NJ, with his wife, Lisa, and two children, Charlotte and Jeremy.

Vivian Cheng (S'01)

Alex DiClaudio (TPR'09, DC'09, HNZ'11) Click to expand

Alex serves as a member of the Executive, Nominating Committees, as well as he chairs the AAB Mentor initiative. He earned a BA Economics from Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business and Dietrich College in 2009, and a Master of Arts Management from the Heinz College in 2011. He was heavily involved in the Kiltie Band as an undergrad, and in Scotch'n'Soda Theatre as both an undergrad and a grad student. Alex is an independent entertainment producer through his Pittsburgh-based company DiClaudio Productions, LLC.

Keith Eich (E'02, '04, CMU'04) Click to expand

Keith joined the Alumni Association Board in 2012. He earned a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon and holds a MBA from the University of Southern California. While at Carnegie Mellon, Keith was active in Student Government, as well as various student organizations. Keith has been involved in the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter serving as past president, volunteering with CMAC to help with alumni interviews for prospective Carnegie Mellon students and is an adjunct professor for the Heinz College.

Keith is currently vice president of operations engineering and PMO at LegalZoom, but has worn many hats in various industries including entertainment and healthcare. Keith and his wife reside in Los Angeles with their two children.

William Evarts (TPR'59) Click to expand

Bill Evarts joined the Alumni Association Board in 2012 after serving with the Northeast Ohio Alumni Chapter for six years. He is the Managing Partner of Evarts Capital Inc.

Bill transferred in 1957 from the Ivy League to Carnegie Mellon and knew on the first day of orientation that he had found the right place. Expecting to be immersed in a sea of engineers and business students as he first strolled across the cut, he saw student artists carrying their paintings, a group of students discussing a practice that evening of a musical production called "Scotch and Soda," and heard a beautiful woman's voice coming from a building across the cut and sounding operatic. There also were many engineers and serious business students but the inter-mix of multi-talented students and professors was ever present.

Richard Fleischman (A'52) Click to expand

During 50 years of conceptualizing various projects, Richard Fleischman, FAIA, has led a firm bearing his name with a sense of modernism. His continuing commitment and passion to quality architecture is best evidenced by the 240 design awards his firm has received.

Mr. Fleischman is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects and has been the recipient of many honors and awards, two awards, which are particularly significant and meaningful to him, are the AIA of Ohio's Gold Medal Firm Award and the individual Ohio Gold Medal Award for his personal achievement.

A philanthropic leader, Mr. Fleischman serves on boards of Cleveland State University, the Registration Board for the State of Ohio and the AIA locally and nationally. He recently served as the honorary chair of the Greater Cleveland Delta Foundation and has been named the Hungarian Man of the Year for his work with the Hungarian Society of Cleveland. He joined the Alumni Association Board in 2013, and serves on the Awards and Career Committees. Still actively recording his travels in pastels, Mr. Fleischman exhibited a ONE MAN show of his colorful sketches this past summer.

Sharon Foster (HNZ'98)

Aaron Gross (DC'11, HNZ'11) Click to expand

Aaron joined the Alumni Advisory Board in. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon's Heinz College in 2011 with an MS in Information Systems Management, and previously completed his bachelor's degree in Information Systems and Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon's Dietrich College. He was involved with Scotch'n'Soda, student government, and the freshman orientation program while at Carnegie Mellon. Aaron currently lives in Hoboken, NJ and works as a senior consultant at Ernst & Young, focusing on information technology solutions for large financial institutions.

Bruce Kasrel (DC'88) Click to expand

Bruce earned a BS in Information and Decision Systems in 1988. While at CMU, he chaired the SDC Spring Carnival Booth Committee and was entertainment editor of the Tartan. After graduating, help found the Bay Area Alumni Chapter and is currently active in the Boston chapter, serving as community services chair and on the Advisory Committee.

Since leaving CMU, Bruce has worked in a variety of software industry marketing roles. He worked at Oracle and Microsoft, as well as a number of start-ups. His work focuses on communicating the value of new innovations and he is currently leading the Mobility product marketing efforts at BMC Software.

Bruce resides in Newton, MA with his wife and 9 year old son.

Erren Lester (HNZ'98) Click to expand

Erren Lester is a Director of Product Management in the Performance Technologies Division at The Advisory Board Company - a global research, technology, and consulting firm for the health care and education industries. In this role, Erren uses his passion for innovation and ability to solve complex and unique challenges to lead a team in creating technological solutions that reduce the cost of health care for medical institutions.

Previously, Erren served as the Director of Product Management and a Principal Consultant for Synteractive - an IT consulting company - where he lead a team that developed solutions for federal agencies and commercial enterprises to simplify the implementation of cloud computing services, and built a crowd-sourcing product used by United Way Worldwide, USA Today and Microsoft. As Principal Consultant, he was the lead client manager on several projects for the Army Corps of Engineers, Comcast, and Microsoft's Windows Azure business unit.

Erren's extensive product development experience began as a Program Manager at Microsoft, where he was responsible for the design, development, and release of web-service products for hundreds of millions of users. His contributions to more than 10 major product releases - including Windows Live ID - resulted in multiple patents and divisional awards.

An active member of the Carnegie Mellon community, Erren conceived the concept and chaired the committee that created the James R. Swartz Entrepreneurship Boot Camp in 2008. He also worked with several other alumni to revitalize the Black Alumni Association and annually co-hosts a holiday alumni mixer in Washington, DC. In 2012, Erren was elected to the Carnegie Mellon Board of Trustees as a Young Alumni Trustee where he served a 3 yr term with full voting rights.

Erren earned an MBA in Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Strategy from the Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business, where he was a James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellow and a Consortium Fellow. While at Tepper, he was one of the chief organizers of Tepper's first student trek to Africa. Erren received a B.S. in Computer Science, with a minor in Multimedia Production, also from Carnegie Mellon. He lives in the Washington, DC, area and enjoys traveling, cooking and singing. He has sung for numerous choral engagements, including the Kennedy Center Honors, Star Wars: In Concert, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Dedication.

Christine Hayes Nolin (S'85) Click to expand

Chris joined the Board in 2012 and currently serves as the chair of the Students Committee and board's Pittsburgh Events Corps initiative. She earned her BS degree in Chemistry in 1985 and an MA in Corporate and Organizational Communications from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1989. After working in polymer chemistry, cardiovascular ICU nursing, IT systems documentation and training, and software development project management, she came back home to CMU and is now a senior program manager for enterprise applications with the Division of Computing Services. While attending CMU, Chris was active in the Kappa Kappa Gamma women's fraternity, served as overall Greek Sing chair, proudly marched with the Kiltie Band, and was a Pre-College counselor and campus tour guide.

Chris is an advisor for Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and the Delta Upsilon fraternity colony on campus, is active in a number of staff organizations, and serves on the board of the Bethel Park Public Library. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, Bob, and their children, Liz (A'16) and Patrick.

Kevin O'Brien (E'00) Click to expand

Kevin joined the Alumni Board in 2012. Kevin looks forward to applying his experience as the past-president of the New York Metro Alumni Chapter to his work with the Board. Prior to serving as president, Kevin served a number in a number of chapter leadership roles and was an active event coordinator. Kevin earned both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering and works as a senior project engineer at Hatch Mott MacDonald in Iselin, NJ, consulting on municipal wastewater and drinking water issues. As a student, he worked in the Office of Admission and has participated as a CMAC volunteer since graduation.

Kevin lives in New York City with his partner Chris, and loves the great variety of theater in New York. A passion for travel cultivated as an exchange student in Tokyo and Moscow continues, and his travels incorporate cruising, skiing, and exploring the world of wine.

Jean-Luc Park (CS'94, TPR'98) Click to expand

Mr. Park is one of the founding partners of Ferrum Capital, a pending regional center for the EB-5 investor visa program.

He has been a consultant to the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) part of the World Bank Group.  He has been a consultant to the board of Calvert Social Funds, a publicly traded mutual fund, running their private equity and venture capital activities in the Special Equities program. During that time he was responsible for over $50 mil in investments in about 30 funds and 30 direct investments. Mr. Park began his investment career at Draper Triangle Ventures and Lycos Ventures in Pittsburgh during the dot-com era in 1999. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University (B.S. Math/Computer Science 1994, B.A. Economics 1994, MBA 1998.

Mr. Park is on the Global advisory board for the MIT Enterprise Forum, and has been the executive chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington D.C. and Baltimore. He has been a member of the Forum since 2002.  He has also been very active with the Carnegie Mellon Alumni association, having helped restart the Washington D.C. chapter of the Tepper Alumni program.

Merline Saintil (CMU'05) Click to expand

Merline is an international technology executive, business advisor, and operations expert, having distinguished herself as a leader in fast growing sectors of cloud computing, mobile, online payments and commerce.  Merline is currently the head of global operations for the Mobile & Emerging Products at Yahoo! She recently joined Yahoo to be part of a massive platform shift to mobile which is central to the forward progress of this tech company.  She has been involved in the process of creating software as well as managing global teams to produce world-class products in a variety of positions at Sun Microsystems, Adobe, PayPal and Joyent, Inc.

Merline received her B.S. in Computer Science from Florida A&M University, Summa Cum Laude. She also attended Stanford University where she completed an Executive Education Program in Management Science & Engineering and completed her M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University. In addition to her business interests, Merline is also passionate about mentoring and supporting non-profit organizations committed to improving the lives of youth in her community.  She is also an advisor to Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (CA-18) on the first mobile app challenge for high school students sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives.

She currently serves on the Strategic Development Board and co-leads the COO C-Suite of Watermark (leading organization for Executive Women) and was recently appointed to the Alumni Board of Directors at Carnegie Mellon University. She was the former President of the San Francisco Bay Area Carnegie Mellon Alumni Chapter and former Board Director of Silicon Valley FACES.

Christopher Stengel (CS'93, TPR'00) Click to expand

Chris joined the AAB in 2013. He graduated with a BS in Computer Science in 1993 and returned after 5 years as a technology and process consultant with Accenture to obtain his MSIA (MBA) from Tepper in 2000. He is currently the director of technology for the Mt. Lebanon School District in the South Hills of Pittsburgh where he resides with his wife, Angie, and two sons, Fritz and Joey.

While he was an undergraduate, Chris was an active member of the Student Dormitory Council (SDC) spending all 4 years residing on campus and representing CMU at the National Association of College and University Residence Halls, where he eventually served as the director of the Central Atlantic Region during his senior year. Chris has remained involved with Sweepstakes/Buggy since his undergraduate days and was one of the founding members of the Buggy Alumni Association alumni interest network.

Stephen Wierzbowski (A'75), AIA Click to expand

Stephen Wierzbowski, AIA is a Chicago based Architect, Artist, Lecturer and Educator. He has designed a wide range of projects, including museums, exhibits, custom residences, motorcycle dealerships, cemeteries, laundromats, food packaging plants and truck stops. The projects are located throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Europe.

He graduated from Carnegie Mellon's School of Architecture in 1975 with University Honors. His studies at CMU in Computer Science led to work with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill's Chicago office as a computer programer, and later as a designer. In 1982 he received a Masters of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Stephen has taught at the University of Illinois Chicago, Ohio State, Carnegie Mellon, the School of the Art Institute, the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and the University of Illinois foreign studies program in Versailles, France. His drawings and designs appear in many private and public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago. The 2011 solo exhibit "Monument" inspired the video "Two Sketches" and is featured in a web site, Travelsketches.net.

David Williams (E'64) Click to expand

Dave joined the Board in 2012.  He is also the Board liaison to the Andrew Carnegie Society Executive Board. Dave earned his BS in Civil Engineering in 1964 and went to work at PPG Industries, where he held various positions until his retirement in 2001. He is a past president of the Pittsburgh Alumni Chapter and is currently the co-chair of its events committee.  He is a Colony advisor for Delta Upsilon fraternity and also serves as board secretary of its alumni association.

Dave lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Peggie.  They have four children scattered coast-to-coast across the United States. In addition to his volunteer work with CMU, he is active in the Welsh Society of Southwestern Pennsylvania. His other interests include travel, long distance running, skiing and genealogy.

Marullus Williams (E'95) Click to expand

Marullus Williams is a technology and real estate enthusiast. Professionally, his focus has been on Product/Project Management, and he has led over twenty major initiatives that have generated millions of dollars in revenue and numerous awards for his employers and clients. Civically, he is very active in non-profit organizations that support Entrepreneurship, Diversity and Job Creation.

Currently, Marullus is the President of Limbic Systems, Inc., a Washington, DC-based information technology consulting firm.  In 2007, Marullus purchased a controlling stake in the firm.  During his time as President, Limbic Systems has tripled in size, attained Microsoft Silver Partner Status and was nominated as a candidate for Small Business of the Year in 2012 by the DC-MD Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC). In 2012, Marullus won the DC-MD MSDC President’s Award for his volunteer efforts in support of the organization. In the same year, he delivered the commencement address for his alma mater, the Carnegie Mellon University Information Networking Institute (CMU-INI). In 2013, Marullus was awarded the Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Award for Service.

Although Marullus has lived in the Metro DC area for 13 years, his educational and professional pursuits previously led him to reside in Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Minnesota, Missouri, California and Texas. He previously worked for SBC Communications as a Director of Web Hosting and as a Project Manager for several high-tech startups in Metro DC. Marullus also served as Director of Business Development for Thompson Hospitality ($200MM annual revenue) in Herndon, VA.

In addition to his love for technology, Marullus has a strong interest in real estate investing.  In 2005, he was a member of the team chosen by DC Government to lead the $1B+ redevelopment of the DC Southwest Waterfront. Currently, he is a co-developer of Parcel 42 (7th and R, NW, Washington, DC), a 120 unit mixed-use building in the Shaw Neighborhood. He continues to actively pursue real estate investment opportunities in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions of the US.

Marullus is active in the community and serves as a Board Member for Think Local First- DC, an advocacy group which promotes local, small businesses. He is also a Mayoral Appointee to the Board of the DC Workforce Investment Council where he focuses on youth employment related issues. In 2014, he was selected as the IT Advisory Board Chair for the National Academies Foundation - DC. Marullus is a member of the CMU-INI Alumni Association, an organization he chaired from 2010-2012. Marullus is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Marullus earned a B.S. in Computer Information Systems - Math Concentration (summa cum laude) from Florida A&M University, and an M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University's INI.

He resides in Prince George's County, MD, with his wife and two children.

William Thomas Wood, II (E'74) Click to expand

Tom graduated with a B.S. in Metallurgy and Materials Science in 1974 and has been employed in the specialty steel industry since graduation, currently serving as Sr. Vice President of Operations and Technology with Electralloy in Oil City, PA.

Tom has a deep interest in one of CMU’s unique traditions, Buggy, and is an advisor to the alumni interest network, Buggy Alumni Association. Tom was a former Buggy Safety Chairman and President and Chapter Advisor to Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He currently resides in Oil City with his wife Terri and dog Tia.

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