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 2017 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: January 13, 2017

Current Members

Deborah Yue (DC'89), AAB President 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.

Rebecca Albrecht Allison (CMU'96, HNZ'01), AAB Past 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.

Alex DiClaudio (DC'09, HNZ'11), AAB President Elect 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.

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.

Vivian Cheng (S'01) Click to expand

Vivian joined the Alumni Association Board in 2015 after being a past president of the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter. She currently serves as co-chair of the AAB Engagement Committee and has earned a BS in Biological Sciences from CMU in 2001 and an MBA from Villanova University in 2007. As an undergrad, she was heavily involved in Student Life as an Resident Assistant and Community Advisor and enjoyed playing intramural volleyball.

Vivian works at GlaxoSmithKline as the US Operations Manager for the PULSE Volunteer Partnership Program, GSK's flagship skills-based volunteering initiative where employees are matched to a non-profit organization for three or six months full-time, contributing their skills to solve healthcare challenges at home and abroad.

Christa Downey (IM'97) Click to expand

Christa seeks opportunities to apply her coaching, problem-solving, and relationship-building talents to help people identify and maximize their strengths and connect them with resources to bring visions to reality. She has been working at Cornell University for 12 years is currently the Director of the Cornell Engineering Career Center. She holds a BS in Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon and an MS in College Student Personnel from Miami University. As an undergraduate, Christa was active in student affairs and alumni relations as a Head Orientation Leader, Student Alumni Relations Council member, coordinator of the Slice of Life student conference, and Dean of Students Advisory Committee member. She currently lives in Ithaca, NY with her husband and daughter. She enjoys travel, triathlons, hiking, camping, and boating.

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) Click to expand

Sharon joined the Alumni Association Board in 2015 where she serves on the Nominating Committee and the Graduate Alumni Committee. She earned a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management degree from Heinz College in 1998. Upon graduation, Sharon returned to her native Washington DC where she led human resources initiatives for several software and engineering companies. During that time, she volunteered for the Heinz College Alumni Chapter organizing events and activities, and now also serves as an Ex Officio member of the Heinz College Alumni Association Board. In 2013, Sharon and her husband, David moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she remains involved professionally in the HR field. Currently, she plans programs and organizes events with the Atlanta Alumni Chapter and the Society for Human Resources-Atlanta Chapter as well as professionally. Sharon loves singing, and was a member of the Cathedral Choral Society for twelve years in Washington, DC, and now sings with The Michael O'Neal Singers in Atlanta. Late last year, she and David were thrilled to welcome their son, Conover into their lives.

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.

David Hilliard (DC'73) Click to expand

David Hilliard is President and Co-Founder of Symphony Development. Mr. Hilliard oversees business direction and project implementation, including financing, design, regulatory approvals, construction and sales and marketing. Since its inception the company has developed and managed premium off-campus student housing, multi-family, mixed use and retail properties throughout California. Mr. Hilliard is adept not only at managing the planning and development process, but also identifying market needs and trends as they relate to specific property types.

Prior to co-founding Symphony Development in 1991, David Hilliard founded and led Hilliard Properties, an international institutional real estate and bank advisory firm, providing construction lending and development assistance for corporate real estate developers and offices of overseas banks.

Mr. Hilliard has also held a First VP and Regional Manager role with Security Pacific National Bank’s Real Estate Industries Group, where he managed a $1 billion portfolio of commercial and construction financing, and an Assistant VP role with Manufacturers Bank.

David Hilliard graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, receiving a Bachelors Degree in Economics. He earned a Masters of Management Degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where he specialized in Business Policy and Finance.

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.

Rishav Khemka (E'10) Click to expand

Rishav joined the Alumni Association Board (AAB) in 2016. He earned his M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Engineering from SRM University in India. He was the past President of the CMU NY Metro Alumni Network and has held a number of leadership positions since 2011 prior to his presidency term in 2014 and he is still active on the NY Metro Alumni board. He is also a Carnegie Mellon Admission Council (CMAC) volunteer. While he was at Carnegie Mellon, he co-founded and was elected as the 1st President of the ECE Masters Student Advisory Council (ECE MAC) and was also involved with other student organizations on campus. He is also active in a number of professional and community organizations in NY.

Rishav currently works at Credit Suisse as a Project Manager in the Global Markets Change division. In the past at Credit Suisse before moving internally to business from IT, Rishav has held a number of roles such as Business Analyst, Client Solutions Specialist, and Application Developer. He is also involved in CMU campus recruitment initiatives at Credit Suisse having served as the CMU recruiting co-lead for a number of years in the past.

Erren Lester (CS'99, TPR'08) 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.

Michelle Lin (DC'14) Click to expand

Michelle joined the Alumni Association Board in 2016. During her time at CMU she earned a dual degree in Economics and Decision Science. Additionally, she was active with student organizations spending time on the Student Senate, Alumni Association, Decision Science Student Advisory Council, Bhangra in the Burgh, and the Undergraduate Marketing Organization. Michelle is the past president of the Charlotte Alumni Chapter and is a Carnegie Mellon Admission Council volunteer. As a day job she is employed with Bank of America working in Consumer Digital Marketing analytics.

Marcy Long (TPR'83) Click to expand

Marcy Trent Long has spent 15 years in senior finance roles in both the US and Asia. Most recently, she was a Director of Project Finance for InterGen, a Shell-Bechtel Joint Venture constructing large-scale power plants in China, the Philippines and Australia. Previously she worked for Mobil Oil in Mexico and the US Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC. From 2005-present, she has started and managed the Meaningful Travel Program for Zigen Fund Hong Kong, where she has also served as a member of the Fund’s Board of Directors. She also served as a Director for a non profit environmental organization in Washington DC in the early 1990s.

Marcy is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Spanish. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University and holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a competitive open water swimmer and sailor.

Tricia Nelson (DC'92) Click to expand

Tricia Nelson is a writer and digital media professional.

Tricia's writing has been featured in the Los Angeles Times and Angeleno magazine. She has held positions at both start-ups and traditional media entities, including The Walt Disney Company, Dualstar Entertainment Group, The Dr. Phil Show and idealab!

Tricia is a longtime Emmy voter and member of the Interactive Media peer group at the Television Academy, as well as an active member of Film Independent. In her spare time, Tricia serves as a volunteer docent at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica, Calif. and donates her time during live pledge drives at KCRW (Santa Monica-based NPR station). She also volunteers with the Friends of the High Line in New York City.

Tricia holds a B.A. in Professional Writing and French from Carnegie Mellon and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University. She divides her time between New York, New York and Los Angeles, Calif.

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.

Alex Reed (A'18) Click to expand

New to the Alumni Board, Alex is a junior studying Media Design and Costume Production in the School of Drama. Currently, Alex represents CMU as a Highland Ambassador, Orientation Counselor and as a Pre-College Counselor. She is also serves as a Summit organizer and mentor to incoming students in the School of Drama. Originally from Southern California, Alex spends her holidays home; working with city outreach programs to encourage the arts in high schools. During her off hours, Alex works as a freelance digital artist, costume artisan and stagehand.

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.

Michael Stevens (CS'07)

Colin Taylor (E'07) Click to expand

Colin joined the Board in 2016, after serving as president of the Washington, DC Alumni Chapter for over three years. He earned a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon in 2007, and an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2014. During his time at CMU, Colin served as an officer of the Astronomy Club, Kiltie Band, and Eta Kappa Nu, and was a member of the Spring Carnival Committee. In his senior year, he was selected as an Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar.

In his spare time, Colin enjoys making music, both as an instrumentalist and as a conductor. He currently resides in northern Virginia, where he is a Senior DSP & Embedded Systems Engineer at Kudu Dynamics, and he remains active in the Washington, DC Alumni Chapter as a member of the volunteer board.

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,

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.

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