Alumni Success Stories

Nkrumah Pierre ’06

April 9, 2014

The Connector: Nkrumah Pierre ’06 Excels at Corporate Matchmaking

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By Samuel T. Clover ’91 Talking with Nkrumah Pierre ’06 is like boarding a high-speed luxury train: He’s polished, solid, agile, and speaks with a rapid cadence that drives the conversation forward while never losing focus of the topic—or you. Key qualities from someone who makes his living by networking. Pierre was recently recognized by [...]

Nicole Stodard '99 (far right) works with members of the cast.

April 1, 2014

Nicole Stodard ’99 Directs Award-Winning Theatre That ‘Explodes with Thought’

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By Kevin Gray A logo with a grenade image that declares “theatre exploding with thought” is a clue that Thinking Cap is not typical community arts fare. Founded by Nicole Stodard ’99, the Ft. Lauderdale company is being lauded by critics and audiences for its daring approach. Stodard  received “best director” awards from the New [...]

Lia Mandaglio Parifax '08

February 18, 2014

Lia Mandaglio Parifax ’08 and Athlete Ally Praised in Vanity Fair

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In the current issue of Vanity Fair, Lia Mandaglio Parifax ’08 and husband, Hudson Taylor, are lauded for their work with Athlete Ally, the nonprofit organization they founded in 2011. The group works to end homophobia and transphobia in sports by encouraging professional and collegiate athletes to support LGBT rights. The article is penned by [...]

Craig von Schroeder '01

December 6, 2013

Craig Arthur von Schroeder ’01 Creates Exclusive Menswear

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By Robert S. Benchley As a goalkeeper, he played professional soccer on three continents. As an attorney, he fought for social justice in the courts. Now Craig Arthur von Schroeder ’01 is five years into a third career as founder of Commonwealth Proper of Philadelphia, selling both ready-to-wear and custom-made clothing to men who fit [...]

Aubrey Kelley-Cogdell ’10

December 5, 2013

Kelley-Cogdell ’10 Named Future Leader in Manufacturing

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Finding manufacturing solutions for aerospace companies is daily fare for Aubrey Kelley-Cogdell ’10. A computer-aided manufacturing programmer, she has been recognized for her skill in saving manufacturers thousands of dollars each year by being named to the “30 Under 30” list by Manufacturing Engineering Media, which spotlights future leaders in manufacturing. Kelley-Cogdell, who works at [...]

Chantal Pasquarello '02

November 15, 2013

Chantal Pasquarello ’02 Defends Human Rights

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By Kate Helm No risk, no reward. That’s what Chantal Pasquarello ’02 has learned working to promote freedom and social justice around the world. “I try to remain open to opportunities that arise. They may seem terrifying or risky at the time, but generally, nothing worth doing is easy,” says Pasquarello, deputy director of Freedom [...]

S. Robert Roth '81

November 8, 2013

Capt. S. Robert Roth ’81 Commands USS Harry S. Truman

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By Matt Sinclair If the domestic steel industry hadn’t gone through a major correction during the early 1980s, Bob Roth ’81 might still be working as a civilian engineer in the field. Instead, he stands atop a massive steel structure, leading the crew of 5,000 sailors and Marines as captain of the USS Harry S. [...]

Chicago Bears linebacker Blake Costanzo '06 runs down the field during a game

October 24, 2013

Catching Up with Chicago Bears’ Blake Costanzo ’06

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Blake Costanzo ’06 is in his second season with the Chicago Bears and his seventh in the National Football League. He has played some games at linebacker but has been known as a standout special teams performer his entire career, once earning selection to SI.com’s All-Pro team on special teams. GoLeopards.com recently caught up with him. GoLeopards.com: What [...]

Karen A. Pompanella '88

September 20, 2013

Karen Pompanella ’88 Manages $6 Billion USPS Transportation Budget

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“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” reads the inscription on New York City’s James A. Farley Post Office. That motto is literally enabled by Karen A. Pompanella ’88, United States Postal Service manager, transportation portfolio, who manages a $6 billion [...]

Chris McCumber '89

September 13, 2013

Chris McCumber ’89 Named President of USA Network

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Creator of the transformative slogan “Characters welcome” and head of the team that made USA Network the number one cable TV destination, Chris McCumber ’89 became president of USA Network Sept. 9. Co-president for the past two and a half years, McCumber was previously executive vice president of marketing, digital, and brand strategy. He and [...]