Keep your fingers on the pulse of Lehigh University as a member of the Young Alumni Council.
Council members act as a bridge between the university and other young alumni, inviting those who’ve graduated within the past ten years to stay in touch with Lehigh and its mission.
Thirty to forty members from the 10 most recently graduated classes serve on the Lehigh YAC. Each member works to advise and support Lehigh, all the while developing meaningful relationships with young alumni around the globe. Three executive officers lead the council: a president, an executive vice president, and a vice president of membership and standards.
All members serve a three-year term with the option to renew at the end of their term. The executive officers also serve three years, completing one year in each role consecutively, starting with the vice president of membership and standards and concluding their final year as YAC president.
Member Responsibilities and Expectations:
- Participate in at least two of three all-council, on-campus, and virtual meetings
- Serve as an informed ambassador for Lehigh
- Assist in the identification and recruitment of new volunteers, and encourage participation in university programming
- Represent the YAC, the Office of Alumni Relations, and the university on campus or in your respective community
Meet the Young Alumni Council
Shannon Varcoe ’15
Varcoe is the current president of the Lehigh Young Alumni Council.
Varcoe graduated in 2015 with an integrated degree in engineering arts and sciences with concentrations in mechanical engineering and product design. She then completed her master's of engineering in technical entrepreneurship at Lehigh in 2016. Working at the intersection of community, education, and play, Varcoe is a strategic designer with a passion for creating and facilitating interactive learning experiences for individuals and teams working to be more innovative and creative thinkers. She has designed educational programming both virtually and IRL for university entrepreneurship programs, corporate leadership training, and nonprofit volunteer organizations. Shannon is also the inventor of ZYX Sticks, an open-ended wooden building toy she developed at Lehigh. She currently works developing games and activities for Crated with Love, a date-night subscription company, as well as running virtual programming for the nonprofit, Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment.
Allison Starer ’17 ’18G
Starer has proudly served on the Young Alumni Council since graduation and currently is the vice president of membership and standards.
Starer earned a Master of Science in management degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree with highest honors from Lehigh. She currently lives in New York City and works at WeWork’s global headquarters. During her time on campus, Starer was selected as an Eckardt Scholar and President’s Scholar; received the Panhellenic President of the Year award; represented the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center as an Iacocca Global Fellow in New Delhi, India; worked on The Brown and White business staff; and helped to brighten the streets of South Bethlehem by overseeing local mural arts projects.
Andrew Sgarlato ’13
Sgarlato currently resides in Havertown, Pennsylvania.
Sgarlato is a manager with Vynamic with diverse experience leading key strategic and operational initiatives for organizations with complex business issues. He has worked extensively in designing marketing and market access strategies and analyzing competitive landscapes using data-driven procedures for life-sciences organizations. Prior to working at Vynamic, he worked at Managed Markets Insights & Technology as well as IQVIA (formerly IMS Health). At IQVIA, he was a member of the inaugural IQVIA Academy. He is a brother of Nu Chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa at Lehigh. Sgarlato's undergraduate degree is in bioengineering with a focus on cellular and tissue engineering and with a minor in philosophy, and he was actively involved in undergraduate research on campus. In addition to being a member of the Young Alumni Council, he is the event chair of the Lehigh Healthcare Alliance. Sgarlato also holds a Master of Business Administration in healthcare and strategic management from Villanova University.
Lynda Asadourian ’13
Asadourian graduated from Lehigh University in 2013.
While at Lehigh, Dr. Asadourian was the founder of the Peer Health Advisors, president of the Pre-Dental Society, and on the executive board of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She then went on to Columbia University School of Dental Medicine and graduated with high honors. Asadourian completed her pediatric dental residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., as chief resident. As a proud Lehigh alumna, she is a member of YAC and a member of Alumni Volunteers for Admission as a Women in STEM captain. She now works in private practice in Port Washington, New York. She is currently residing in Long Island City, New York, with her fiancé.
Hunter Askenase ’20
Askenase joined the Young Alumni Council in 2021.
Askenase currently serves as an associate consultant at Revelwood Inc. implementing solutions for the office of finance. He earned both a B.A. in history and an M.S. in management from Lehigh University, and he is highly passionate about aiding the university in fostering both its short- and long-term goals.
Sydney Bagley ’16
Bagley is a communications professional based in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Bagley is a communications associate at Spotlight PR where she handles media requests and client relations. Previously, she worked at a Fortune 500 financial company in customer service and annuity services. She graduated from Lehigh University with a B.S. in business and economics. She majored in marketing and received a minor in Africana Studies. Outside of work, Bagley is an active member of Lehigh’s Class of 2016 Reunion Committee, she volunteers with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Bridge Scholars of Chattanooga. She enjoys painting, writing, and will quoting The Office.
Evan Choy ’20
Choy is a graduate of Lehigh's Class of 2020 with dual degrees in accounting and computer science and business and a minor in Chinese.
While at Lehigh, Choy was a member of the Marching 97 and the Lehigh Tour Guide Program. He also continues to volunteer his time for the Honorary Band Fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi. If you've heard his voice, it's probably because he was a student manager for the Lehigh Liners, and he now continues to remain active in the Lehigh alumni community. Today, Choy is a licensed CPA in New York, where he lives and works for Deloitte in their IT and specialized assurance offering.
Stewart Dix ’16 ’17G
Dix is a 2016 (2017G) graduate of Lehigh University where he majored in accounting.
Upon graduation, Dix spent two years in New York City working for PwC's Real Estate Practice and, subsequently, left to move to Denver, Colorado. He currently works for Stonetown Capital, a real estate private equity fund, where he works on acquisitions. In his free time, you can find him in the mountains of Colorado backpacking, climbing, fly fishing, and snowboarding with his fiancé.
Will Duggan ’20
Duggan is a 2020 graduate of Lehigh.
During his time at Lehigh, Duggan studied economics and enjoyed volunteering with Best Buddies and playing for the school's hockey team. Since graduating, he has served as the program manager for EBI Consulting's Environmental, Social, & Governance (ESG) practice. He is forever grateful for the lifelong friends he made at Lehigh and looks forward to contributing to the continued strength of the alumni community.
Erin Garrity ’18
Garrity, of Titusville, New Jersey, is an intelligent services account engineer at Trane.
Garrity graduated with a degree in chemical engineering and a minor in business. She is a sister of Pi Beta Phi and served as their vice president of member development in 2016. She was also actively involved in the larger Greek Life community through her roles as program coordinator of the Greek Emerging Leaders (GEM) Program and vice president of Greek relations on the Panhellenic Council. In 2018, she was selected to address her peers during commencement, where she wrapped up her speech with lyrics from “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus. Garrity is excited to remain engaged with the Lehigh community through her participation on the Young Alumni Council.
Allison Gleich ’20
Gleich graduated from Lehigh University in 2020.
While at Lehigh, Gleich majored in economics and minored in sustainable development and political science. During her years at Lehigh, Gleich was a tour guide, an intern for the Office of Sustainability, and a member of the Association of Student Alumni. Gleich currently works in Washington, D.C., as a federal consultant, performing financial management for the Department of Defense.
Megan Gottschall ’20
Gottschall graduated Lehigh in 2020 with a B.A. in philosophy.
While at Lehigh, Gottschall was a member of the Philosophy Club as well as an active member of Phi Simga, the philosophy honors society, becoming president her senior year. Since graduating, she has become a writing teacher at an elementary school in Atlanta, Georgia.
Kawsar Hooda ’16 ’18G
Hooda graduated with his bachelor’s in civil engineering and master’s in structural engineering.
Since graduation, Hooda has since been working for an architectural/engineering design firm. During his time at Lehigh, he served in a handful of student-leadership roles, including being a head Gryphon, an international orientation leader, and a graduate assistant for the Office of Student Engagement. He is a passionate Lehigh alumnus and views Lehigh’s campus as his home away from home. Hooda is always ready to spark a conversation with fellow alumni. And having grown up in Tanzania, he is particularly passionate about connecting with fellow international alumni and helping them stay linked with Lehigh.
Ryan Kautz ’17
Kautz of Montclair, New Jersey, is a finance associate at Bridgewater Associates.
Kautz graduated with a double major in finance and marketing, with an International Business Certificate. He is a brother of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity where he served as recruitment chair, house manager, and career development chair. He was actively involved in the Finance Club, where he was president for three years, and the Marketing Club, and he was an admissions fellow during his senior year. He loved his experience at Lehigh, is always looking for excuses to go back, and is excited to start his journey on the Young Alumni Council.
John Larson ’17
Larson grew up alongside horses and cows on a farm just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Larson joined the five other Lehigh alumni in his family when he earned a Bachelor of Science in business in 2017, with majors in supply chain management and marketing and a minor in philosophy. His favorite Lehigh experience was using the Tauck Scholarship to spend eight weeks studying in Shanghai, China! On campus, if Larson wasn’t singing with the Melismatics a cappella group or the University Choir, he was walking up and down Lehigh’s hills backwards as an admissions tour guide. He is now a managing consultant for IBM’s Global Business Services, where he specializes in launching large-scale SAP implementations for clients in many industries. Outside of work, he spends as much time outdoors as possible. Whether it’s traveling, hiking, or spending time with friends and family, Larson’s favorite activities involve turning off the screen for the day and connecting with people.
Yunhao (Howie) Li ’17
Li of Hangzhou, China, is a graduate student at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Li received a Bachelor of Science in materials science and engineering from Lehigh University in 2017. Prior to Kellogg, he was a product engineer at NOV Inc. in Houston, Texas. Besides YAC, he also serves as a team captain for Alumni Volunteers for Admission.
John Lim ’19
Lim is a risk consulting associate at KPMG who specializes in conducting business process reviews for clients in the healthcare and life sciences industry.
Prior to KPMG, Lim represented two different non-governmental organizations at the United Nations headquarters — one in Vienna, Austria, and another in New York City — as part of the Lehigh University/United Nations Partnership. He was part of the first Lehigh University Student Scholars Institute (LUSSI) for students who identify as first-generation and/or low income and/or coming from an underrepresented minority background. Since graduation, Lim has been working to give back to the first-generation community through the Young Alumni Council and his involvement with the StreetWise Partners program.
Jenny Lin ’21
Lin graduated with highest honors from Lehigh in 2021.
While at Lehigh, Lin double majored in accounting and business information systems with double minors in political science and Chinese. On campus, she was heavily involved with the F1RST+ (first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented minority) community, spearheading initiatives to promote equitable student access and success. She also was involved with the Martindale program, Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma, and the Dean's Council. Line is currently a financial services audit associate at KPMG in New York City. She is excited to join YAC to encourage more young alumni to stay connected and engaged to Lehigh.
Lauren Maida ’17
Maida is an associate brand manager at Johnson & Johnson in the Consumer Health Division.
Raised in Central New Jersey, Maida graduated from Lehigh with a Bachelor of Science in business and economics and went on to earn her Master of Business Administration in marketing and business analytics from the University of Notre Dame in 2021. While at Lehigh, Maida served as president of her sorority, Pi Beta Phi, and as a tour guide with the Lehigh University admissions team. She currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Kerry Mallett ’15
Mallett graduated from Lehigh with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and political science.
After graduation, Mallett went on to work in higher education and student development for five years, earning a Master of Arts from Teachers College, Columbia University. She currently works in digital marketing at Tinuiti, a company that focuses on brand performance in e-commerce. While at Lehigh, Mallett was involved in Alpha Gamma Delta, was an editor of The Brown and White, and was president of Student Senate XXVII. She was also involved in Greek Emerging Leaders and the Appeals Committee for Student Conduct. Besides YAC, she has stayed involved with Lehigh after graduation, also serving as a regional captain for the Alumni Volunteers for Admission program and on the 50 Years of Women Advisory Committee.
Skyler McCabe ’21
McCabe, from Basking Ridge, New Jersey, graduated from Lehigh in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in business and economics degree with a major in finance and marketing and minor in real estate.
During her time at Lehigh, McCabe was involved in a multitude of clubs and organizations including Beta Gamma Sigma, CBE Dean's Council, the TRAC Writing Fellows Program, Pi Beta Phi, Women in Business, Panhellenic Council, and the HAWKS Peer Mentor Program. After graduation, she moved to New York City and joined Citibank as a corporate banking analyst in the financial institutions group where she interned during her junior summer. McCabe is very excited to be a part of the Young Alumni Council and is looking forward to engaging with alumni and giving back to Lehigh!
Ellie McGuire ’14 ’15G
McGuire graduated from Lehigh with an undergraduate degree in political science and global studies and a Master of Arts in political science.
As an undergraduate, McGuire was a member of the Global Citizenship Program's Cohort 7, served as both a United Nations Youth Representative and an intern for the Lehigh University/United Nations Partnership, was vice president of philanthropy for Pi Beta Phi, and actively participated in Greek Eco Representatives, the South Side Initiative's community garden program, and the Global Union. As a graduate student, she held the climate and sustainability project manager position with the Bethlehem Area School District as part of the Community Fellows Program. Throughout her time at Lehigh, McGuire studied, lived, and/or conducted research in the United Kingdom, Israel, Indonesia, Italy, and Bolivia and was a two-time Strohl Research Grant recipient. She recently returned to the U.S. after living in Scotland for two years and is a nonprofit strategic fundraising consultant for CCS Fundraising based out of New York, New York.
Juan Palacio Moreno ’16 ’17G
Palacio Moreno graduated from Lehigh in 2016 and completed a master's in 2017, also at Lehigh.
Palacio Moreno is currently a second-year law student at Harvard Law School (HLS) and will be working at Latham & Watkins NYC after graduating from HLS in 2022. At Lehigh, he was involved in global citizenship and Greek life, and he would spend many hours drinking coffee at Deja Brew and eating Mee Goreng at Jenny's Kuali.
Erin Melis Pamukcu ’15
Melis Pamukcu is a litigation associate at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP in New York, New York.
Melis Pamukcu's practice focuses on commercial litigation, antitrust, competition, and white collar defense. She also has an active pro bono practice, representing individuals in immigration law matters and nonprofit organizations in art law matters. While at Lehigh, she was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta fraternity for women and studied abroad with the International Honors Program in Nepal, Jordan, Chile, and Ireland. She was also an Eckardt Scholar honors student. Melis Pamukcu graduated summa cum laude from Lehigh’s College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in political science and English and minoring in psychology. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. Prior to joining Hughes Hubbard, she served as an intern at the White House and the United States House of Representatives.
Julia Pardee ’21
Pardee is a junior venture associate at Cyber Mentor Fund.
Pardee graduated Lehigh in May 2021 with a Bachelor’s of Science in business information systems and marketing. Based in New York City, she is thrilled to be a part of YAC and engage with other Lehigh alumni. At Lehigh, she was heavily involved with Student Senate, the TRAC Fellows Program, and the Office of First Year Experience. She’s excited to come back to Lehigh for YAC meetings and the Lehigh-Lafayette game, especially to eat takeout from Tulum on the Front Lawn.
Gorgi Pavlov ’14 ’18, Ph.D.
Pavlov hails from Gevgelija, Macedonia.
Pavlov earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the chemical and biomolecular engineering department in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science at Lehigh University. When he is not attending the first-year Rally, cheering for the Mountain Hawks at sporting events, or sharing his passion for Lehigh with prospective students, Pavlov works as a scientist at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in Tarrytown, New York.
Julie Prizer ’15
Based in New York City, Prizer is a mergers and acquisitions consultant at West Monroe Partners.
Prizer holds a Bachelor of Science in supply chain management from Lehigh University’s College of Business. In her spare time, Prizer enjoys visiting new cities, tasting local cuisines, spending time with friends and family, and watching documentaries.
Megan Pulliam ’14
Pulliam has a Bachelor of Arts in economics and a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Lehigh.
Pulliam is an assistant vice president at CCS Fundraising, a strategic fundraising consulting firm that partners with nonprofits to raise funds today and strengthen organizations for the future.
Lauryn Ragone ’17
Ragone, Classes of 2017 and 2018, graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and journalism.
Ragone received the Presidential Scholarship to pursue her Master’s in Education and special education certification. During her time at Lehigh, she was an editor and reporter for The Brown and White; the director of philanthropy for her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha; director of University Productions Arts and Excursions; and an admissions tour guide. She currently resides in the Lehigh Valley where she is a special education high school English teacher. Outside of her role as an educator, Ragone is an active member of the Junior League of the Lehigh Valley, where she serves on the Marketing and Communications Committee. She loves returning to Lehigh to walk the campus, attend lectures, and sporting events. She looks forward to serving on Lehigh’s Young Alumni Council to assist alumni in reconnecting with their alma mater.
Ashley Ryan ’14
A member of the Class of 2014, Ryan was part of the computer science and business (CSB) program, with a minor in science, technology, and society.
While at Lehigh, her love for the CSB program led to her involvement in the Computer Science and Business Association board and running student-led events for the program. Some of her most memorable experiences at Lehigh were created during the travel opportunities she was grateful to participate in, including Zambia, Cambodia, and the Czech Republic. Alongside her studies, her work as a student web developer/designer for the IMRC prepared her for her post-graduation opportunities. Ryan joined the Web and Mobile Services team at Lehigh as a senior developer, leading her to her current position as manager of the team. She enjoys working for Lehigh and the opportunities to remain connected and stay involved in her alma mater.
Tara Sabharwal ’18
Sabharwal graduated from Lehigh in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in neuroscience.
On campus, Sabharwal was involved as a tour guide and as a member of the Association of Student Alumni (ASA), the Dance Marathon executive board, and Student Senate. She now lives in New York City where she works as an investor relations analyst at Hudson Structured Capital Management Ltd.
Samantha Schmidt Salazar ’13
Schmidt Salazar is a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. in Chicago, with a focus on operations in CPG/retail.
Schmidt Salazar previously held roles in supply chain strategy and operations at General Mills and Diageo. She has been an active volunteer for Lehigh since graduating in 2013, serving as an admissions interviewer, an industry advisor for the ChBE department, and as a member of the Young Alumni Council. She has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Lehigh and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Jordy Salcedo-Giraldo ’16
Salcedo-Giraldo graduated from Lehigh in 2016 with a major in biochemistry and a double minor in Japanese and psychology.
After Lehigh, Salcedo-Giraldo went to medical school at Drexel University where he graduated in 2020. He is currently a Pediatric Resident at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After finishing residency, he hopes to sub-specialize in either hospital medicine or critical care medicine.
Audrey Schimmel ’20
Schimmel attended Lehigh from 2016-2021.
Schimmel earned a B.A. in global studies (with sustainable development and marketing minors) and then went on to complete an M.S. in business management in 2021. She was a very involved undergraduate and graduate student and encourages students to take full advantage of the amazing opportunities and resources Lehigh has to offer — the faculty, the LU/UN Partnership, and the Office of Creative Inquiry — just to name a few! Joining YAC seemed like the perfect next step to continue her involvement with the Lehigh community. She currently lives in Washington, D.C., and works in Deloitte's risk and advisory practice.
Ankit Shingala ’20
Shingala graduated in the Class of 2020 with a degree in bioengineering and a minor in economics.
Shingala currently lives in Bergen County, New Jersey, but works in Lower Manhattan. He is currently a loan consultant for a firm called Better Mortgage. During his time at Lehigh, he was a part of several organizations including Student Senate, ASA, The Gryphon Society, SASA, RHA, and the Lehigh Consulting Group. His passion for continuing to be a part of the Lehigh community post graduation led him to become part of YAC, to continue to engage with the Lehigh community as well as to keep his peers in the loop of this great institution.
Rachel Sholder ’16 ’17G
Sholder of Baltimore, Maryland, works at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory doing modeling and analysis for NASA space missions.
Sholder graduated with a bachelor's in mathematics and a master's in statistics. During her time as a graduate student, she served as President John D. Simon's graduate assistant and served as the summer graduate assistant in the Office of Institutional Research. During her time as an undergraduate student, she served as Peer Health Advisor president; was on the executive council of her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta, for two years; interned in the Dean of Students Office; interned in the Health Advancement and Prevention Strategies Office; was the student representative on six Dean of Students committees; and worked as a grader in the department of mathematics. Sholder was a recipient of the Outstanding Panhellenic Woman of the Year Award, the Elizabeth Major Nevius Award, the Class of 1904 Award, the Student Senate Leadership Award, the Contribution to Student Life Award, and more.
Kaylyn Swartz ’14
Swartz graduated from Lehigh with Bachelor of Science degrees in chemical engineering and integrated business and engineering (IBE).
While at Lehigh, Swartz served as treasurer for Zeta Tau Alpha and an editor for the Epitome yearbook, and she was an admissions fellow and a tour guide. She was also involved in the Society of Women Engineers, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Association of Student Alumni, and the Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity. Currently, Swartz is a business development manager in the Equipment Sales and Plant Support organization at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She sells new industrial gas plants and aftermarket services to third-party customers. She is currently president for the Society of Women Engineers, Lehigh Valley Section, and is pursuing her Master of Business Administration from Lehigh. She enjoys traveling, cooking, and hiking outdoors.
Abdul-Nafea Syed ’21
Syed graduated in the Class of 2021 with a degree in bioengineering.
As a student, Syed was a head gryphon, a teaching assistant, and the president of the Biomedical Engineering Society and LU enable. He also had the opportunity to do in-depth research in the Pashuck labs as a research assistant. Formerly part of the Rossin Junior Fellows, he joined the Young Alumni Council to find ways to stay involved with the campus and create a community for his Class of ’21, which he describes as his second family. He is currently a product development engineer at Stryker.
Cathy Withers ’14
Withers earned a B.A. in economics and B.S. in earth and environmental sciences in 2014.
Withers completed a M.S. in economics the following year as a Presidential Scholar. During her time at Lehigh, Cathy was very involved with a variety of campus activities. She competed on the track team, chaired a student senate, received a Strohl grant for summer research, and was selected for the Martindale Society. Some of her most memorable experiences included studying abroad in New Zealand and piloting what is now the H.A.W.K.S. peer mentorship program. After Lehigh, she pursued a career in business consulting, finding a good fit for her atypical academic background in the utility industry. She worked with several major utility providers in the U.S. (including PPL and ConEdison) and abroad. She then shifted to management and strategy consulting in the technology space, focusing on enterprise-wide transformation projects, and works in this space today. Withers is still an avid runner and is now a certified yoga teacher. She lives in New York City and welcomes any Lehigh alum to reach out and connect!
Michael Wu ’20
Wu studied in the Integrated Business and Engineering (IBE) program with a focus in bioelectronics/biophotonics.
During his time at Lehigh, Wu was involved in various activities across campus, including starting two startups, sitting on the executive boards of the Lehigh BioMedical Society, IBE Council, and a club focused on design-build competitions. He was also a Rossin Junior Fellow for the P.C. Rossin School of Engineering and Applied Science where he was a teaching assistant for the senior engineering capstone project. Outside of academics, he was also involved with the Ultimate Frisbee team and the ski club. Currently, Wu is working at Citibank in New York in a rotational analyst program where he was previously a program manager and is now a sourcing manager for the Institutional Clients Group.
Xiaohan (Shawn) Yin ’18
Yin graduated from Lehigh in 2018 with a degree in chemical engineering.
Yin currently lives in San Diego and works as a process science engineer in biotech. While at Lehigh, his favorite professor was Dr. Tuzla in the chemical and biomolecular engineering department as he has seen and experienced the care he has for his students, while on campus and after they are alumni. His favorite places around campus include FML for studying and the Goose, with his go-to sandwich of Johnny Bravo.