Ron Brown Scholar Leadership & Service

December 16, 2010

Terence Carter (1997) is happily working in the TV industry at Fox where he oversees their one-hour programming development. But in his spare time he is raising funds so that he and his wife can bring solar ovens to villagers in Mozambique this winter. Through African Millennium Foundation’s Apron Project, Terence and wife Tal are providing ten women in Maputo with solar ovens and microcredit loans so they can save the time they typically spend collecting firewood (about half their day) and instead start a small business enterprise using the ovens¬ drying vegetables or frying meats for market.

Maria Velazquez (2000) is currently working on her doctorate in American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. She recently received certificates in Women's Studies and Critical Theory. Her presentation at the National Women's Studies Association garnered a great deal of positive feedback, and her work as a board member of Lifting Voices, where dynamic DC youth discover the power of creativity, continues apace.

William Chichester, III (2001) is currently working at Capital One as a senior campus recruiter. He's traveling quite a bit recruiting sophomores, juniors and seniors for Capital One's operations in Dallas, TX. If you're interested in learning more about Capital One's Summit for Developing Leaders, internships and full-time opportunities at Capital One, please contact him immediately at or calling him at 434-825-5327.

Jade Craig (2002) is a second-year JD candidate at Columbia University in New York. He serves as co-chair of the Civil Rights Law Society and as a staff editor for the Columbia Journal of Race and Law, under the leadership of Sheila Adams (RBS '01), the journal's Editor-in-Chief. He also currently works as a law clerk at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. This coming summer he will return to Moore & Van Allen, the Charlotte-based law firm where he spent last summer. Then he will join the summer associate program at the law firm of DLA Piper, a proud sponsor of the Ron Brown Scholar Program, in New York.

Brennan (Johnson) Gould (2001) is working as the Associate Director of Donor Services and Program Support at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, with a primary focus on facilitating the philanthropic interests of over 100 donor advisors. She serves on the Board of Directors of the local chapters of Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers Big Sisters. She was married on October 23, 2010.

Derick Gross (1999) and his band Aqua Cherry have just independently released their debut full-length album, Drowning in the Shallow End. All 10 songs are available now in the iTunes Store, Zune Marketplace, and at Aqua Cherry is now preparing for their official CD release party at Crash Mansion in NYC on December 22.

Yann Le Gall (2003) is a first-year PhD student in computer science at the University of Pittsburgh. He was awarded the K. Leroy Irvis Graduate Fellowship. He also won the highly competitive UNCF Google Graduate Research Fellowship.

Cameron Drake (2006) has founded a company and is working day and night towards making the biggest splash in Silicon Valley in years. The company is in stealth mode at the moment but if you would like to know more hit up his inbox! He has become obsessed with Napa Valley and his happiness is dependent completely on the success of the Stanford Football team, GO CARD!

Maris Jones (2001) was awarded top surgical intern in her surgical residency program at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She currently is working on her research and is exploring specialty options that interest her.

Eleanor Branch (2001) is working in Chevron's renewables division and was named project manager of a large renewable energy project involving UC Davis. She is currently living in San Francisco and enjoying the cultural and service opportunities her city affords.

Danai Kadzere (2010), a freshman at Harvard University, is concentrating in Molecular and Cellular Biology, as well as writing for Stories for Orphans, an organization that creates individualized early-reader books for children at an orphanage in Tanzania.

Ihotu Ali (2003) is finishing up her last semester as a full-time Public Health Masters student at Columbia University. She recently discovered a love for applied research and program evaluation in health, education, and the arts and is looking for jobs in these areas. She is also proudly releasing her first book of poetry and prose, titled Mixed, divided and diasporized. And still we rise.

Amanda K. Johnson (2002), a 2nd-year student at Harvard Medical School, is thrilled to be working on initiatives in primary care, global health, and medical language training in between respiratory pathophysiology and dance rehearsals for the infamous second-year show.

Afaf Ibraheem (2007) is enjoying her senior year at Harvard, and has just signed a job offer with Morgan Stanley Investment Banking Division.

Peter Boyce II (2008) is currently a sophomore at Harvard University, returning from a year working at Bad Boy Entertainment with Harry Hutchinson, and spent the summer at a hedge fund in New York. He also developed a microfinance program with Julian Miller (2003) that received the Ron Brown Community Service Foundation Grant. Peter is currently working with a startup focused on addressing financial literacy, as well as creating a startup incubator at Harvard.

Miles Johnson (2004) is currently marketing Search at Google. He recently launched the AdWords Small Business Center to help small business owners use Google's advertising product, and is enjoying being the man behind the Google fan page on Facebook.

Alexandra Wood (2003) is currently the Marketing Coordinator for Groupe Alain Ducasse in New York. She also graduates from Professional Culinary Arts program at the French Culinary Institute on December 8th.
Nicholas Smith (2005) is currently a first-year medical student at Vanderbilt University on a Dean's Scholarship. He has taken on the role of Health Fair Coordinator for Vanderbilt's Chapter of AMSA and has just started a research project which will investigate human topoisomerase II, a common chemotherapy target in patients being treated for cancer. In his free time he is always looking for new recipes to try out.

Ronnie Threadgill (2001) is looking forward to the holidays, and is excited that she will be starting the MBA program at Baruch College in January.

Dorian Dargan (2007) is enjoying his first year as a grad student in MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning, in the International Development Group, while finishing up undergrad in Economics and Urban Studies and Planning. He is currently doing preliminary thesis preparation and is planning to examine how common perceptions of blackness influence social tensions in Cartagena, Colombia, and how these tensions are embodied spatially. Dorian also just had his art exhibit opening, entitled A Noble Savage at the Wiesner Gallery at MIT. See for more details!

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