Alumni Notes

We love keeping in touch with Steppingstone Alumni and hearing about all the exciting things they do after college. Here’s a sampling of what Alumni are up to now! And if you’re an Alum with an update to share, send it to Kate Wood at!

Krystal Brooks Sanchez ’93 plans to return to school to get an MBA in Forensic Accounting this fall. In September, she will celebrate ten years working at State Street Bank, and in October, she will celebrate her tenth wedding anniversary!

Ambrose Faturoti ’93 graduated from Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry with a master’s degree in Theological Studies.


Rochelle Williams-Belizaire ’94 and her son visiting Steppingstone’s office this spring!

Rochelle Williams-Belizaire ’94 visited Steppingstone’s office from Houston this spring to introduce us to her baby son. She moved to Texas last year to run the clinical component of a breast and ovarian cancer research project at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her team will be meeting with Vice President Biden to bring their work to a national scale.

The wedding of Stephond Goler ’95 was featured in The New York Times in February.

Offiong Bassey ’97 recently started a new job as Senior Manager of Product Marketing at athenahealth. She is self-producing her sophomore album, Time Is Now, which she hopes to release in 2017.

Cindy Nguy ’97 graduated from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. In July, she began working at Microsoft in the Seattle area. She recently connected Steppingstone with a free computer science course for teachers.

Ngozi Anidi ’98 moved to Washington, D.C. to work as an attorney at Akin Gump. She hopes to pursue her interest in labor and employment policy law.

Michael Okoli ’99 is graduating from medical school at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. In June, he will begin his residency in orthopedic surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.

Chuks Ekwelum ’00 left Codman Academy, where he was teaching, to pursue his PhD in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Nyadenya Inyagwa ’00 began his AmeriCorps Service Year at his former elementary school, Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Mission Grammar School. He was confirmed as a Catholic on Holy Saturday and is now preparing for his First Reconciliation. He is also partnering up with a former George Washington University classmate to start a blog.

Sophia (Tsakmaklis) Teague ’00 writes, “I recently started an event management & consulting business in Boston ( Our passion is helping startups and small businesses grow and increase their reach through effective event marketing, made to fit their budgets.”

Tran Vu ’00 spearheaded The First Days Story Project: Voices of the Vietnamese Refugee Experience for PBS. The project was an effort to collect, preserve, and celebrate the stories of Vietnamese-American refugees and Vietnam Veterans. It was inspired by the Academy Award®-nominated film Last Days in Vietnam, which chronicles the harrowing final hours of the Vietnam War.

Ebele Anidi ’02 completed his MSPH at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is pictured below with his siblings Chinedu (TSA ’94), Uche, Ifeanyi (TSA ’96), and Ngozi (TSA ’98) and with his parents at his Johns Hopkins graduation.


Nicole Jennings ’02 is a kindergarten teacher in Washington, DC.

Annette Sandoval ’02 started her first teaching job working with sixth- and seventh-graders in Revere. She is currently planning her wedding.

Dean High ’03 started law school at Michigan State University.

Carro Hua ’04 was the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony for an AmeriCorps Promise fellowship program. She is a Mass Promise Fellow at the Vietnamese-American Institute for Development.

Matthew Hayes ’04 is president and founder of Elysium Industries, a startup that develops safe, clean energy. He is offering internships to current Scholars.

Shamieka Layne ’04 received a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston College.

Chris Pellegrino ’04 enrolled in a yearlong paralegal certification program last fall.

Kahdeem Ralph ’04 graduated from Wesleyan University last year and is working in Boston as an underwriter at Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Gabriela Ramos ’04 started a new job at 360 Public Relations.

Tatianna Witter ’04 graduated from Columbia University last year and is now a litigation paralegal at Proskauer Rose LLP in New York City.

Agazi Desta ’05 traveled to Israel for six months with a USC enrichment program. He plans to apply to graduate school for a degree in cinematic arts.

Aylin Feliz ’05 is working as a Fund Accountant at Brown Brothers Harriman in Boston.

Daveson Perez ’05 worked as a sports journalist and producer for Univision. He is now a Media Relations Assistant and Spanish Language Translator for the Boston Red Sox.

Marynee Pontes ’05 was featured in a article about post-graduate plans. After graduating from Tufts, she is moving to Ghana, first to work as a program assistant for the Tufts-in-Ghana program and then to work for a Ghanaian fashion company called Studio 189.

Abdullah Rifai ’05 graduated from college with a degree in film and traveled to Israel to film an independent movie with friends.

Alcina Tran ’05 spent a month traveling in Vietnam before moving to Washington, DC.

Fantasia Fernandes ’07 is getting a master’s degree in mental health counseling at Boston College. Last year, she traveled to Cape Verde and Ghana on a service learning trip with Wheelock College.

Maya Saunders ’07 is working as a policy administrative assistant at the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers and is preparing to take her nursing certification exam.

Do you have an update to share? Send it to Kate Wood at!