Alumni News

Rowe Alumni Spotlight: Chevaughn Wellington

UConn Year of Graduation (Undergraduate): 2015
Undergraduate Major(s): Molecular and Cell Biology
Currently Employed By: John Dempsey Hospital, Administrative and Patient Support Staff – Student Worker
Updates: I am currently enrolled in courses in UConn’s MPH program and working part-time at UConn’s Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic. Also, I am volunteering at Connecticut Children’s where I am assisting with a research study. Furthermore, I have applied to medical school this cycle. So far, I have received 8 interview invites, attended 6 interviews, and have been accepted to 5 schools.

Rowe Alumni Spotlight: Ana Cerda

UConn Year of Graduation (Undergraduate): 2013
Undergraduate Major(s): Biology and psychology
Currently Employed By: New England center for children, Special education teacher
Updates: I am currently working on my Masters degree on clinical counseling psychology. I am about halfway done. I continue to work full time at an school for children with autism. In the past year I’ve transferred from the residential program at the school to the day school program.

Rowe Alumni Spotlight: Fariya Naz

UConn Year of Graduation (Undergraduate): 2015
Undergraduate Major(s): Psychology, Cog Sci minor
Currently Employed By: PlusMedia, LLC, Account Coordinator
Updates: I’m working at a media consulting firm. We give strategic advice on advertising. I coordinate those placements for our clients (this includes magazine ads, newspapers, shared mail, etc.). There’s a lot of market research and testing that goes behind any piece of material that a consumer receives from a single company. I work on about five major accounts (ranging from a wine company all the way to life insurance)–all of which are so unique. We test wording, colors, you name it–the amount of scrutiny behind every object in an ad was the most gainful lesson I learned when I dipped my toes in this industry. The scope is huge and I’m enjoying learning more.

This is different from where I thought I was headed; however, I’m certain I have a long way to go even still.

Rowe Alumni Spotlight: Valen Diaz Grandelski

UConn Year of Graduation (Undergraduate): 2011
Undergraduate Major(s): Individualized – Healthcare and Health Disparities
Currently Employed By: Yale University School of Nursing, Project Manager
Updates: I will graduate with my MPH from SCSU in May 2017. I was selected as a Graduate Research Fellow this semester for my thesis work, which focuses on the effects of a couples-based, relationship-strengthening HIV/STI prevention intervention on parenting outcomes among adolescent parenting couples in New Haven, CT. I also gave a panel presentation as part of the Children’s Health panel at the CPHA Centennial Conference in November 2016 about the previously described intervention.
My sons, Oliver, 4, and Eli, 2, are doing well and will both be starting at new schools in the fall.

Rowe Alumni Spotlight: Rishi Kothari

UConn Year of Graduation (Undergraduate): 2009
Undergraduate Major(s): Computer science
Currently Employed By: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Resident physician, Department of Anesthesiology
Updates: Graduating from residency this year, heading to the University of California at San Francisco for a one year fellowship in liver transplant anesthesiology!