Browsing: Alumni Spotlight

Rebecca Grella ’99, ’01, ’12 is a great believer in the art of telling a story, and she’s authoring a truly remarkable one as a research scientist, teacher and science consultant in the Brentwood Union Free School District. Honored in January as a Stony Brook 40 Under Forty alumnus, Grella has developed a state-of-the-art lab at Brentwood High School, bridging the gap between her students and scientists at Stony Brook in a way that continues to make a difference. Brentwood was featured this past fall by WCBS after two of Grella’s students, Brian Torres and Pastor Martinez, were named semifinalists…

Each year the School of Dental Medicine Alumni board receives nominations to recognize one of their outstanding alumni as the Distinguished Alumnus award (DAA) recipient.  This year, the board received a number of nominations, but unanimously selected Dr. Man Wai Ng ’89. Dr. Ng is the Dentist in Chief at Boston’s Children’s Hospital which is ranked by US News and World report as the #1 hospital in the nation.  She is also Associate Professor of the Department of Developmental Biology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Previously Dr. Ng was chief of the Department of Dentistry at Children’s National…

Kelsea Johnson ’17 is ready for you to hear her Voice…live! And having the Stony Brook University community at her back, she says, is both comforting and inspiring. Just under a year after earning her bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook’s College of Arts and Sciences in just three years with a dual major in Psychology and Sociology, the native of Newark, Del. will sing live on NBC on Monday night, April 16 during the Live Playoff round of the network’s hit singing competition The Voice. A member of “Team Alicia,” coached by 15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys, Johnson has earned…

Kelsea Johnson ‘17 arrived on NBC’s The Voice singing “Like I’m Gonna Lose You,” and “Don’t Let Go,” sending a message that she doesn’t plan on losing or letting go any time soon. Now the recent Stony Brook graduate is ready to sing live for the entire nation, representing “Team Alicia” when The Voice begins its live playoff round on Monday night, April 16, at 8:00 p.m. ET. Throughout her run on the show thus far, Johnson has enjoyed the support of her alma mater, retweeting and replying to messages on Twitter from the University (@stonybrooku), the College of Arts…

The NBA Playoffs tip off on April 14, and Morgan Cato ’04 ’05 is right in the thick of it. Cato, who was honored in January as a Stony Brook “40 Under Forty” alumnus, is in her second year as director of Business Operations, League Operations for the NBA, and her sixth year in the league overall. Cato was honored in absentia, however, as she was part of the group from the league office that traveled to London to oversee the NBA London Game 2018 between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers. Before joining the NBA in 2013, Morgan…

BY JOSEPH KONIG For Kelsea Johnson, the path to success has been all about timing. In 2014, the Delaware native auditioned for the NBC singing competition, “The Voice,” at an open call audition attended by thousands. The producers liked her performance enough to call her back for another round of auditions, but Johnson had a scheduling conflict. “I ended up contacting The Voice and telling them ‘hey, I actually got my acceptance letter to Stony Brook,’” Johnson said. “I think I want to get my degree first and then do music later.” Three years later, Johnson did just that. She…

In January, Momina Mustehsan ’15 was honored as one of Stony Brook University’s 40 Under Forty. Now, she’s one of 30 Under 30, too. Mustehsan, who earned her bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook with a dual major in biomedical engineering and applied mathematics and statistics, was honored by Forbes in late March as part of the magazine’s “30 Under 30 Asia” list. Honoring Mustehsan in the “Entertainment and Sports” category, Forbes wrote, “Mustehsan used her newfound exposure to advocate for social causes important to her, including women’s rights, cyberbullying, and mental health awareness.” A couple of weeks earlier, Mustehsan did…

Just like a Samoas or a Thin Mint, Girl Scouts of Nassau County CEO Rande Bynum ‘94 has come full circle. Bynum, who earned her Master of Social Work degree at Stony Brook, assumed her current role in November 2017, bringing her back to the organization where she started her career as a director of Program and Adult Development in 1996. Since leaving GSNC in 2001 for a job with Girl Scouts of the USA, Bynum has also worked for Sesame Workshop, Scholastic Books and her own consultancy, where she worked with a roster of clients that included the Norman…

For Sabrina Thompson ’07, not even the sky is the limit. As a NASA Engineer, artist and aspiring astronaut, this 40 Under Forty honoree’s skills are as diverse as they are impressive. In her daily work, Thompson designs trajectories, develops mission designs and performs orbit analyses for CubeSat spaceflight missions. Before she found engineering, though, she was enamored by art.  Now, she is working hard to bring together the two worlds she loves. Thompson wants to help young girls foster an early interest in STEM, and she’s using art to pave the way.  In fact, at the core of this…

For Ilfenesh Hadera ‘07, the journey to stardom has just taken a magical turn. Hadera, who graduated from Stony Brook’s College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in political science and was honored this year as one of the University’s 40 Under Forty, stars as FBI Special Agent Kay Daniels on “Deception,” a new crime procedural drama that debuts on ABC on Sunday, March 11. Daniels and her team of FBI agents work with Las Vegas illusionist Cameron Black (Jack Cutmore-Scott) to solve a series of odd crimes that defy traditional explanation, using the magician’s gift for deception to…

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