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
Allison Starer ’17 ’18G
Starer has proudly served on the Young Alumni Council since graduation and currently is the president.
Allie Starer has proudly served on the Young Alumni Council since graduation and currently is the president. She earned a Master of Science in Management degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree with the highest honors from Lehigh. Starer 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's undergraduate degree from Lehigh is in bioengineering, with a focus on cellular and tissue engineering and a minor in philosophy.
Andrew Sgarlato ’13 is an experienced management consultant based out of Havertown, Pennsylvania. He is currently a senior manager at Vynamic, a boutique management consulting firm focused exclusively on the interwoven sectors of the healthcare industry. Sgarlato has extensive experience in designing marketing and market access strategies, as well as analyzing competitive landscapes using data-driven procedures for life sciences organizations. Sgarlato’s professional experience also includes large-scale program management with commercial launch of pharmaceutical products and organization and operating model design and implementation. His undergraduate degree from Lehigh is in bioengineering, with a focus on cellular and tissue engineering and a minor in philosophy. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration in healthcare and strategic management from Villanova University. He is a brother of the Phi Sigma Kappa Nu Chapter, a member of the Lehigh Young Alumni Council, and a chairperson of the Lehigh Healthcare Alliance. Sgarlato previously has worked within the healthcare data and technology sector at both IQVIA and Managed Markets Insights and Technology.
Sydney Bagley ’16
Bagley is a communications professional based in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Sydney Bagley is a communications professional based in Chattanooga, TN. She 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. Sydney graduated from Lehigh University with a B.S. in Business & Economics. She majored in Marketing and received a minor in Africana Studies. Outside of work, Sydney is an active member of Lehigh’s class of 2016 Reunion Committee, volunteers with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and Bridge Scholars of Chattanooga. She enjoys painting, writing, and quoting The Office.
Hunter Askenase ’20
Askenase received his Master of Science in business management in 2021
Hunter Askenase graduated from Lehigh University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in history, and he received his Master of Science in business management in 2021. He started his career in consulting and is currently an associate at Meridian Capital Group.
Myles Bagley ’21
Bagley graduated from Lehigh with his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering.
Myles Bagley graduated from Lehigh with his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering. He currently works and resides in Georgia. While on campus, his favorite Lehigh tradition was Rivalry Week and the bonfire.
Angelica Benares ’20
Benares works at EY as a technology risk consultant.
Angelica Benares graduated from Lehigh in 2020. She earned a Bachelor of Science in business information systems and currently works at EY as a technology risk consultant. She was born and raised in New York City and is currently based there.
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.
Evan 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. Today, he is a licensed CPA in New York, where he lives and works for Deloitte in their IT and specialized assurance offering. He is also a Juris Doctor candidate at New York Law School in New York City.
Victor Cochrane ’22
Cochrane graduated from Lehigh in 2022 with a degree in economics and information systems and political science.
Victor Cochrane graduated from Lehigh in 2022 with a degree in economics and information systems and political science. He is currently a law student at Villanova University. He was an active member and president of Student Senate while on campus, was a campus tour guide, and served as a Gryphon for the Gryphon Society.
Elyse Curtis ’16
Curtis graduated from Lehigh in 2016 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Elyse Curtis graduated from Lehigh in 2016 with a degree in mechanical engineering. She is currently an MBA student at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College as she resides in New Hampshire. At Tuck, Curtis is very active in the community. She is an associate interviewer for candidates, a chair of the mental health and wellness initiative, a leadership fellow, and an associate for the Center of Digital Strategies. She also volunteers as a crisis counselor through Crisis Textline.
Santiago Delgado ’22
Delgado was a three-term senator, and a vice president of finance for the undergraduate Student Senate at Lehigh.
Santiago Delgado is a recent graduate from the Class of 2022. As a recipient and member of the Posse 1 scholarship class, Delgado majored in economics and political science with a minor global studies. During his time at Lehigh, he was a member of the Latino Student Association, a three-term senator, and a vice president of finance for the undergraduate Student Senate. He served on the university’s COVID-19 response committee and education policy committee and was chair of the senate's allocations committee overseeing student organizational funds. Currently, Delgado resides in his home town of San Francisco working as an associate finance analyst at Google. When not in the office or cheering on the Lehigh Women’s Basketball all team, Delgado enjoys long runs or hikes in the California mountains.
Stewart Dix ’16 ’17G
Dix is a 2016 (2017G) graduate of Lehigh University where he majored in accounting.
Stewart is a 2016 (2017G) graduate of Lehigh University where he majored in Accounting. Upon graduation, he spent two years in New York City working for PwC's Real Estate Practice and subsequently left to move to Denver, CO. 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.
Erin Garrity ’18
Garrity is an intelligent services account engineer at Trane.
Erin Garrity of Titusville, New Jersey, is an intelligent services account engineer at Trane. She 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. Garrity 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.
Megan Gottschall ’20
Gottschall graduated Lehigh in 2020 with a B.A. in philosophy.
Megan graduated Lehigh in 2020 with a BA in philosophy. While at Lehigh, Megan 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.
Allie Guccione ’13
Guccione currently works at Tiffany and Co. in controls.
Allie Guccione graduated from Lehigh University in 2013 with a major in accounting and a minor in sociology. Guccione currently lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, and works at Tiffany and Co. in controls. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.
Celeen Hefele ’16
Hefele was awarded the Contribution to Student Life award while at Lehigh.
Celeen Hefele is a graduate from the Class of 2016 with degrees in economics and English and a minor in entrepreneurship. She currently works as an M&A consultant at PwC. While at Lehigh, Hefele was extremely involved with the Office of First Year Experience, being an Orientation Leader for two years and then an orientation coordinator. She was on the executive board of her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta, and participated in numerous other clubs on campus. She was awarded the Contribution to Student Life award while at Lehigh. Recently, she was involved with the planning committee for the Class of 2016's reunion. She continues to support Lehigh by leading the case competition with PwC. where she works as a deals manager, and she participates in interview preparation and resume reviews for current Lehigh students.
Kawsar Hooda ’16 ’18G
Hooda graduated with his bachelor’s in civil engineering and master’s in structural engineering.
Kawsar Hooda graduated with his bachelor’s in civil engineering and master’s in structural engineering, and he 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 is a managing consultant for IBM’s Global Business Services.
John Larson grew up alongside horses and cows on a farm just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. He 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 John 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. Larson 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 and connecting with people.
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.
John 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 the highest honors from Lehigh in 2021.
Jenny graduated with the highest honors from Lehigh in 2021, double majoring 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 (Argentina) program, Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma, and the Dean's Council. Jenny is currently working in tech at a Hoboken-based start up and was previously at KPMG. She is excited to be on YAC to encourage more younger alumni to stay connected and engaged with Lehigh
Joe Lobeck ’21
Lobeck currently works at SAP as a solution advisor in the Consumer Products Industry Business Unit.
Joe Lobeck is a Class of 2020 and 2021 graduate of Lehigh University and currently works at SAP as a solution advisor in the Consumer Products Industry Business Unit. He received a Bachelor of Science in business and economics in supply chain management with a minor in philosophy in 2020. He continued at Lehigh for graduate school, earning a Master of Engineering in technical entrepreneurship in 2021.
Lobeck was also a member of the Mountain Hawks wrestling team for all five years on campus. Outside of work, he helps coach wrestling as a volunteer at a local high school and enjoys cooking, hiking, listening to podcasts, and watching Philadelphia sports teams. He currently resides in Yardley, Pennsylvania, with his wife.
Lauren Maida ’17
Maida is an associate brand manager at Johnson & Johnson.
Lauren Maida is an associate brand manager on the Tylenol business team at Johnson and Johnson. Raised in Central New Jersey, Maida graduated from Lehigh with a Bachelor of Science in business and economics and went on to earn her MBA 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.
Kerry Mallett graduated from Lehigh with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and political science and 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 AVA admissions 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.
Skyler McCabe, from Basking Ridge, NJ, 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, Skyler 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, Skyler 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. Skyler 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.
Ellie 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 lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is a nonprofit strategic fundraising consultant for CCS Fundraising based out of New York.
Diana Nicholas ’19
Nicholas graduated from Lehigh in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in marketing and a minor in entrepreneurship.
Diana Nicholas is excited to be joining Lehigh's Young Alumni Council! Raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Nicholas graduated from Lehigh in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in marketing and a minor in entrepreneurship. While at Lehigh, she served on the Panhellenic Judicial Board, participated in Lehigh Silicon Valley, and held executive roles for her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi, and University Productions. After graduating, she moved out to the San Francisco Bay Area to work with vArmour, a cybersecurity start-up.
Erin Melis Pamukcu ’15
Melis Pamukcu is a litigation associate at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP in New York, New York.
Erin Melis Pamukcu ’15 Bio text: Erin Melis Pamukcu is a litigation associate at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP in New York, New York. Her 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.
Julia Pardee is a Junior Venture Associate at Cyber Mentor Fund. She graduated Lehigh in May 2021 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Information Systems and Marketing. Based in New York City, Julia 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.
Jigar Patel ’17
Patel is a supervising senior consultant at Sia Partners in New York City, specializing in financial institutions.
Jigar Patel is a supervising senior consultant at Sia Partners in New York City, specializing in financial institutions. His time at Sia Partners, and previously at EY, has exposed him to post-merger integration, data and technology platform simplification, financial regulatory compliance program development and regulatory reporting, and more. He graduated from Lehigh University in 2017 with a B.S. in business and economics, majoring in business information systems and accounting and minoring in religious studies. Patel is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of New York.
Outside of work, Patel is involved in the Lehigh Asian Alumni Network (LAAN), the Lehigh Club of Philadelphia, and the CBG Foundation, a family nonprofit benefiting children in Thuvavi, Gujarat, India. For fun, he likes to perfect his pizza-making skills.
Leah Paulson ’14
Paulson was a Gryphon, an athlete on the Women’s Rowing Team, a member of the Student Athlete Council, and the president of the Residence Hall Association.
Leah Paulson graduated from Lehigh with a B.A. in global studies and Spanish in 2014 and an M.Ed. in globalization and educational change in 2015 as a President’s Scholar. At Lehigh, Paulson was a Gryphon, an athlete on the Women’s Rowing Team, a member of the Student Athlete Council, and the president of the Residence Hall Association. For the last few years, she has been writing the Class of 2014’s columns for the Lehigh Bulletin! She has been working in student affairs since graduation and currently works in housing operations at Temple University in Philadelphia. She is also working toward her Ed.D. in leadership and learning in organizations at Vanderbilt University.
Gorgi Pavlov ’14 ’18, Ph.D.
Pavlov hails from Gevgelija, Macedonia.
Gorgi Pavlov hails from Gevgelija, Macedonia. He 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.
Based in New York City, Julie Prizer is a mergers and acquisitions consultant at West Monroe Partners. She 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.
Lauryn Ragone ’17
Ragone graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and journalism.
Lauryn Ragone, Class of 2017 and 2018, graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and journalism. She 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.
Ragone currently resides in the Lehigh Valley where she is a high school English special education teacher. Outside her role as an educator, she is an active member of the Junior League of the Lehigh Valley, where she serves on the Member Engagement Committee. She loves returning to Lehigh to walk the campus and 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.
A member of the Class of 2014, Ashley 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 & 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 & 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.
Samantha Schmidt Salazar ’13
Schmidt Salazar is an engagement manager at McKinsey and Co.
Samantha Schmidt Salazar is an engagement manager at McKinsey and Co., leading consulting projects across all operations topics at consumer companies, with a focus on manufacturing and supply chain strategy. She has also worked in various manufacturing, supply chain, and product development roles at Diageo and General Mills. She received her B.S. in chemical engineering from Lehigh in 2013 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 2019. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two dogs.
Jordy Salcedo-Giraldo ’16
Salcedo-Giraldo works as a third year pediatric resident at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
Jordy Salcedo-Giraldo is a Class of 2016 Lehigh graduate. While at Lehigh, Salcedo-Giraldo majored in biochemistry with a double minor in psychology and Japanese and was involved with several organizations while on campus, including being an orientation leader; serving as captain for the Lehigh EMS organization; being an Iacocca Scholar, interning at a pharmaceutical company in Japan as well as doing research within the chemistry department. After Lehigh, Salcedo-Giraldo attended medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. Currently, Salcedo-Giraldo resides and works as a third year pediatric resident at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and is in the process of applying to continue training as a pediatric nephrologist!
Audrey Schimmel ’20
Schimmel earned a B.A in Global Studies from Lehigh.
Audrey attended Lehigh from 2016-2021. She earned a B.A in Global Studies (Sustainable Development and Marketing Minors) and then went on to complete an MS 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. Audrey currently lives in Washington DC 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.
Ankit graduated in the Class of 2020 with a degree in bioengineering and a minor in economics. He currently lives in Bergen County, NJ 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 and I strive to continue to engage with the Lehigh community as well as keep his peers in the loop of this great institution.
Rachel Sholder ’16 ’17G
Sholder works at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory doing modeling and analysis for NASA space missions and the CDC.
Rachel Sholder of Baltimore, Maryland, works at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory doing modeling and analysis for NASA space missions and the CDC. She 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 a 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).
Kaylyn Swartz Lohan graduated from Lehigh with bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering and integrated business and engineering (IBE). While at Lehigh, she 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, she 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.
Abdul-Nafea Syed graduated in the class of 2021 with a degree in Bioengineering. As a student he was a Head Gryphon, a Teaching Assistant, the President of the Biomedical Engineering Society and LU enable. Abdul also had the opportunity to do in-depth research in the Pashuck labs as a research assistant. Formerly part of the Rossin Junior Fellows, Abdul 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.
Caroline Weisstuch ’19
Weisstuch is a senior business analyst at Cushman and Wakefield.
Caroline Weisstuch is a senior business analyst at Cushman and Wakefield. She graduated from Lehigh with a Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering and political science from the Integrated Degree in Engineering, Arts and Sciences (IDEAS) program. At Lehigh, she participated in several campus activities, including working as an admissions tour guide, serving on the Association of Student Alumni as the Class of 2019 Senior Class Gift Committee chair, and playing active roles in Dance Marathon, LU’s Finest Step Team, and Kappa Alpha Theta. She is also a member of the Martindale Society, having traveled to Malaysia in 2018 to produce research materials for The Perspectives on Business and Economics. In addition to supporting YAC, she enjoys exploring new neighborhoods and restaurants around her home in New York City.
Cathy Withers ’14
Withers earned a B.A. in economics and B.S. in earth and environmental sciences in 2014.
Cathy Withers earned a B.A. in Economics and B.S. in Earth and Environmental Sciences in 2014. She completed a MS 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 in 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 why is now the H.A.W.K.S peer mentorship program.
After Lehigh Cathy 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.
Cathy is still an avid runner and is now a certified yoga teacher. She lives in New York City and welcomes any Lehigh to reach out and connect!
Michael Wu ’20
Wu studied in the Integrated Business and Engineering (IBE) program with a focus in bioelectronics and biophotonics.
Michael Wu ('20) studied in the Integrated Business and Engineering (IBE) program with a focus in Bioelectronics and Biophotonics. During his time at Lehigh, he 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 where he was a teaching assistant for the senior engineering capstone project. Outside of academics, Michael was also involved with the Ultimate frisbee team and the ski club. Currently, Michael 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.
Shawn Yin graduated from Lehigh in 2018 with a degree in chemical engineering. He 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 & Biomolecular Engineering department as he has seen and experienced the care he has for his students, while on campus and after they are an alum. Shawn’s favorite places around campus include FML for studying and the Goose, with his go-to sandwich of Johnny Bravo.