Class of 2018
Juan Felipe Herrera
Juan Felipe Herrera was born in Cali, Colombia but his family moved to Jacksonville, FL at the age of six. He attended the Bolles School and was a Track and Cross-Country athlete. Felipe graduated from the Stern School of Business with a major in Finance. He currently works at BNP Paribas. Felipe was involved on the NYU campus through his roles as Cultural Gala for Latinos Unidos Con Honor y Amistad (LUCHA). He embraced his first-generation college student identity as a peer mentor with Stern’s Latin American Business Association (ULABA). Felipe has been recognized as a Hispanic Scholarship Foundation Scholar and is a member of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA). In his free time, Felipe plays piano, explores new tie knots, and salsa dancing.
He currently serves as a member of the AnBryce Foundation’s Advisory Council.
Lili Suarez graduate with a Major in Psychology and a Minor in Chemistry. She is on a gap year before she applies for med school.
Lili’s parents came to the United States from Mexico when they were sixteen so their children would be able to achieve the American Dream. Lili grew up in Southern California in a city that was 80% Mexican but had no Spanish-speaking physicians or nurses. Recognizing the nonexistent cultural competency of the physicians and the negative stigma against doctors in her community, Lili decided to fill that need by becoming a doctor. She plans on becoming a family physician, and eventually open up a clinic to serve her community in Anaheim, California.
Lili is also interested in doing research on the intersection of cultural identity and providing individualized medical care for those of marginalized identities. In order to explore her passions further, Lili works as a research assistant for Dr. Dustin Duncan’s Spatial Epidemiology lab at the NYU School of Medicine. She is currently working on doing research for a paper focusing on the impact of community factors on transgender men and women’s health. This is the first time any research has been done on this topic, so she is extremely excited about being one of the first researchers to provide more information in transgender health in relation to their community. She hopes to publish her research in May.
Lili is also an Earl Woods Scholar at the Tiger Woods Foundation working closely as a mentor to incoming Earl Woods Scholars and assist them in their transition to college.
Lili hopes to take advantage of all of the opportunities her parents gave to her by coming to the United States. She wants to make sure she helps as many people as possible with all of the privileges she has as an educated Latina that is working towards overcoming poverty.
Anton graduated from the Stern School of Business, with a major in Finance, and a minor in Russian. He is interested in securities and trade law, and plans to pursue graduate study at some point in his career. He spent a semester in Shanghai, China, where he studied Chinese trade and law.
Anton enjoys pushing his limits. He was a competitive Cross-Country runner in high school. He has since run numerous half-marathons, Tough Mudders, and Ragnar races. He plans to run a full marathon or triathlon in the future. Anton has also sat on national policy committees with Governor Jeb Bush and Representative Joe Heck. He is an avid law enthusiast and competed at the national level of Mock Trial in high school. He was the first undergraduate in the State of Nevada to be an extern law clerk at District Court.
Anton has been recognized as a Horatio Alger National Scholar, Elks Most Valuable Student Scholar, and Wendy's High School Heisman Student-Athlete.
Class of 2017
David is a recent Steinhardt graduate who studied Music Technology with a minor in Creative Writing through CAS. David plans to pursue an MFA in creative writing after graduation. In his time at NYU, David was an RA at NYU's Broome Street residence hall and Goddard residence hall, as well as a TA for the NYU AnBryce leadership seminar. In his free time, David listens to records and plays as much music as he can. He is interested in poetry and music that deny traditional meaning yet are still meaningful.
Brad is a recent NYU graduate currently working as part of the Talent Acquisition team at Aldan Troy - a leader in administrative and support staff recruitment. He focuses on non-technical recruitment, covering many areas of the business field such as education, corporate retail, non-profit, legal, finance, human resources, and recruiting. Previously, Brad was an Assignment Desk Intern at CNBC and now Brad spends his free time volunteering everyday with wildlife animals.
Class of 2017
Carell is a recent graduate of NYU’s College of Arts and Science with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Physics. Throughout her time at NYU, she worked a dual role as a Junior Web Developer and Junior IT Helpdesk Technician at the world-renowned Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. She dabbled in student leadership while in the role of Director of Advocacy on the Hayden Hall Council, was a member of both the Undergraduate Society of Physics Students (SPS) and the NYU Cycling team, and frequently attended Condensed Matter lectures in the Meyer Hall of Physics on Fridays (for both the physics and the free pizza). She was especially fond of participating in student Hackathons in and around the city, as these allowed her to increase her network of colleagues and her knowledge of technology. In her free time, Carell enjoys cycling and eating her way throughout New York City, travelling to new and exciting places, and visiting museums. She is also actively attempting to achieve fluency in German, French, and Dutch and spends quite a bit of her time on memorizing vocabulary cards as a result. She will be working in industry for several years before continuing on to graduate school, where she will either study Physics or Computer Science (or even a mix of both!).
TayLa Jones-Bigby graduated in 2016 from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business with a concentration in marketing and minor in creative writing. While at NYU, TayLa was a Resident Assistant at Lafayette Hall, a graduate of the Violet Leadership Institute and the 2014 Chair of the African Heritage Month Committee.
She is currently the Special Assistant at the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), a non-profit that helps men and women with recent criminal convictions enter the workforce. At CEO, TayLa provides administrative support to the CEO/ED and the executive team, serves as the communications assistant and is a co-leader of the organization's Diversity Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee.
Her long-term career aspiration is to lead the communications/marketing team at an entertainment & media company such as Scripps Interactive or Disney-ABC Television Group. She resides in Upper Manhattan with her partner and 4-year old cat, Misty.
Shirley LaVarco is an NYU AnBryce almuna from the Class of 2016. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, with a concentration in inequality and the criminal justice system. As a student, she served as a mentor to under-resourced girls in Lower Manhattan through WYSE (Women and Youth Supporting Each other). Shirley also worked with the Incarceration to Education Coalition (IEC) on the “Abolish the Box” campaign, which seeks to end discrimination against formerly incarcerated students and applicants. She has received various honors and awards, including the New York Times College Scholarship and the NYU President’s Service Award. Shirley now works as a paralegal at the Innocence Project in New York, which helps to exonerate the wrongfully convicted and reform the law to prevent future injustices.
Class of 2015
Margarita hails from the Bronx NY. She graduated in 2015 with a degree from Stern School of Business with a concentration in Finance and Management. She currently is employed at Paragon Company working in Sales. Margarita loves to travel and spending time with her family
Over the last 2.5 years, Didier Dumerjean has been a Googler (Google employee) based out of headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area working on a variety of teams and projects. As of November 2017, he has relocated to New York and joined Google's Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Integrity organization. Prior to this, he sat in a Market Research & Advisory group conducting competitive intelligence studies, and benchmarking assessments across functions, industries, markets, and countries to inform Google's global location and talent strategy - specialties included the Cloud and Hardware markets. He has branded himself as a natural problem solver, leveraging data (quantitative and qualitative) to craft methodical yet flexible approaches to solve critical business problems, all with a calm and disarming demeanor.
Didier graduated from the College of Arts and Science at New York University in 2015 with a degree in Mathematics. During his time at NYU, he was heavily involved on campus. As a first-year student, he joined the All University Gospel Choir (AUGC) and went on to lead the group of 35+ students and musicians the following three years as the musical director. He served as Secretary of the Haitian American Students Association (HASA) in his second year and was voted President of the group during his fourth year to continue fostering the Haitian community on campus. He spent two of his spring breaks, first as a participant and then as a site lead, with Alternative Breaks working in Los Angeles with the Bresee Foundation and in Atlanta with Create Your Dreams. His other activities included a membership on the Wasserman's Center Diversity Student Advisory Board (DSAB), the Gates Millennium Scholarship Chapter at NYU, and the AnBryce Undergraduate Program and Foundation.
Nevasha Noble was an AnBryce Alum who graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Public Health. Nevasha currently works full-time at America’s Promise Alliance on their Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships team. She helps support their GradNation campaign, which aims to increase the national high school graduation rate to 90% by 2020. She is also a student at George Washington University where she is working on getting a Master in Public Administration with concentrations in Nonprofit Management and Social Policy.
Tre’von lives in Monterey, California where he works with children, teaching them theatre arts. Tre'von sings, dances and is a performance artist. He also is very involved in film, Tre'von graduated with an acting degree from the Tisch School of the Arts.
Class of 2014
Michelle is currently in Google's Strategy & Operations team, where she helps drive the strategic bets for Google's largest advertising clients. She majored in Finance in college and joined the credit team at Goldman Sachs after college. During her time at NYU, she held multiple internships at various organizations, from the United Nations International Labour Organization to Urban Compass (real-estate tech startup). She has been living in San Francisco since December 2014.
Background / Passions
Born in Chinatown Manhattan, she understands the challenges of many low-income immigrant families and strives to help close this opportunity gap. I love exercising (barre, yoga, Barry's Bootcamp) and traveling to new places. In college, I was fortunate enough to do a lot of traveling and that helped me get outside my NYC bubble.
Advice for AnBrycers
Don't be afraid to ask for help - Make sure you can identify your Known Unknowns and the Unknown Unknowns. Be able to identify when you can tackle an issue head on and when you need to ask for help. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
Get outside your comfort zone - One of the biggest "risks" I took in college was taking a leave of absence to live in Geneva Switzerland for a full-time United Nations internship. I didn't know the main language, have any connections in Switzerland, and was a broke college student. Although it was a scary experience at first, it forced me to step outside my comfort zone and gave me the opportunity to learn more about the world and myself.
Cody Galluccio is an AnBryce alum who majored in Marketing and Statistics at NYU Stern School of Business, with a minor in the Business of Entertainment, Media, and Technology. Currently, Cody is working as an Associate Buyer at Macy's and has held positions both in Financial Planning and Digital Merchandising. As a Buyer, he ensures that the best product from all of Macy's vendors are being selected and works with his team to ensure that proper merchandising, pricing, and marketing strategies are executed. In his free time, he likes to dabble in Photography, Graphic Design, and Music Production.
Antonio Duran (he/him/his) graduated from New York University in 2014 with a degree in English and American Literature, together with minors in Creative Writing and Sociology. While at NYU, Antonio was involved as a Resident Assistant at Goddard Residential College, co-founded a community service club (Puzzled for Good), served as the Vice-Chair for the 1831 Scholarship Fund, and more. Antonio was also honored to be featured as one of the Washington Square News' "10 Most Influential Students at NYU" during his senior year. Ultimately, Antonio loved the collegiate environment so much that he decided to pursue a career in higher education.
Currently, Antonio is a Ph.D. student in Higher Education and Student Affairs at The Ohio State University. Antonio arrived at OSU after receiving his master's degree from Miami University in 2016 where he found a new passion for research and teaching. His ultimate goal is to become a faculty member in a Higher Education program, hoping to further the scholarship on queer and trans* collegians.
Antonio greatly credits his journey and accomplishments to his time as an AnBryce Scholar at NYU. Thanks to AnBryce, Antonio received valuable mentorship from Tom Ellett and established a strong network of support that encouraged him to continue giving back to others through education. When he is not on a college campus, you can find Antonio writing in a coffee shop (though he will probably be drinking hot chocolate), running, or watching a good movie at home!
Class of 2013
Johania graduated from NYU College of Nursing in 2013. She has been working as a registered nurse in the Mount Sinai Health system for nearly 3 years. She was recently promoted to the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit after rapidly excelling in the Vascular and Thoracic Stepdown- Telemetry unit where she was given the opportunity to precept new nurses into the unit as well as serving as the head nurse with only 2 years of experience. Presently, Johania is working toward attaining her Critical Care Nurse certification. In the future, she’ll be pursuing her Masters in Nursing to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. For now, Johania continues the AnBryce legacy by serving the community in the best way she can.
Andrea Sutton graduated NYU Gallatin in 2013, concentrating in a self-created major entitled “Biosemiotics,” a merger of sciences, social-anthropological studies, and art. While she was at NYU, she participated in and co-lead semester-long service projects with the AnBryce scholars, went on two alternative breaks to New Orleans as well as Trinidad, studied abroad to learn German in Berlin, and co-created as well as was featured in a Gallatin Galleries exhibit.
During her time at NYU, Andrea particularly loved the community she found within AnBryce, especially as a first-generation student. Involvement in AnBryce helped fuel her interests in social service as well as the deep hole many Americans face due to inequality within education. After graduating with honors, Andrea was requited into and joined Teach for America to work in Brownsville, Brooklyn as a teacher, joining others at her school as equal education activists and studying nights to earn her Masters in Education from Relay Graduate School. During her three years there, Andrea met many inspiring educators and progressed to lead a classroom of her own, as well as have the opportunity to lead and guide new teachers. With another impassioned individual, she was also asked to co-lead and co-create diversity sessions as professional development within her school.
Andrea’s passions also extend to health, continuing education, and adventure. In the summer of 2016 Andrea set out to travel Southeast Asia. Upon her return she will be seeking to continue to work for positive change within her community.
Class of 2012
Sharlene is AnBryce Class of 2012. She graduated from Stern with a B.S. in Marketing and Finance and a minor in Africana Studies. Born, raised and residing in New Jersey, she is the daughter of Haitian immigrants. Her career since graduation has been a winding road; she started out as a corporate internal auditor, worked at various nonprofits as a program coordinator and creative writing instructor and more. She currently works at the Ailey School as a Business Office Assistant. Sharlene enjoys reading, writing, learning and growing.
Class of 2011
Emanuel Remilus, RN currently works as a Pediatric ICU Nurse at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. He has been at this position for over three years, working hard to change the lives of his patients and their families. He also works seasonally for Affiliated Physicians, a company that provides flu vaccines and organizes wellness programs for various offices in and around NYC.
Emanuel graduated from NYU in 2011, with a major in Nursing. During his time at NYU, Emanuel was also very active in the NYU community. Serving as the Secretary, and then President of NYU’s Gentlemen of Quality (GQ), he was able to foster a sense of community. As the VP of the Haitian American Student Association (HASA), he was able to introduce the NYU community to the wonders of Haitian culture and cuisine. With NYU’s All University Gospel Choir (AUGC), Emanuel was able to sing of God’s love through harmonious song. Other activities included being part of Wasserman’s Diversity Student Advisory Board (DSAB) and the Academic Achievement Program (AAP), where he served on the Gamesday Committee.
The AnBryce Foundation has been instrumental in helping Emanuel get to where he is. It allowed him to go to the university of his dreams. Their summer camp, Camp Dogwood is where he discovered his passion for working with children. When he graduated, they offered him the position of Healthcare Manager, where he was able to put what he learned into practice. Emanuel is grateful to the AnBryce Foundation for all they have done and continue to do.
Cinthia was in the first AnBryce cohort. She graduated in 3 1/2 years with a degree from Stern School of Business with a concentration in Information Systems and a Minor in Philosophy. Cinthia grew up in Los Angeles California with her family. She works in Operations for Morgan Stanley. Cinthia loves communicating with her nephew in California and gives back through service opportunities in NYC. Cinthia is also an avid NBA fan whose favorite team is the LA Lakers.
Michael Diaz is a two-time New York University alumnus. As an undergraduate AnBryce Scholar, he graduated from The Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a concentration in Studio Art and Digital Media and a minor in East Asian Studies/Japanese. As a graduate student, he graduated from the Art Education Program in The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
In between his undergraduate and graduate studies, Michael spent a year teaching English in Saitama prefecture in Japan through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. He taught in two different high schools in the Koshigaya City area. Once back in New York, Michael briefly interned for a nonprofit named New York Needs You (NYNY) which provides underprivileged youth with scholarships and internships in top medical and financial institutions. He then worked as a Dormitory Supervisor at Keio Academy of New York in Westchester. After obtaining his Master’s degree, Michael became an art teacher at The Facing History School where his pedagogy is greatly influenced by artists who advocate for social justice. He was recently tenured after his third year of teaching.
Michael graduated with honors from both of his programs at NYU. He is also recognized as a Gates Millennium Scholar. As an undergrad, he was part of both Hip Top Dance Crew and E.P.I.C. Motion Dance Company. He is currently inactive as a member but takes dance classes consistently. He also has started a dance team at his high school and has also become a dance instructor. He enjoys making art in his free time and is often creating both for himself and for commissions. He hopes to have his art shown in galleries sometime in the near future. His art can be seen at madgart.4ormat.com.