Alexandria Jackson is a costume and fashion designer who began her journey at Case Western Reserve University’s Eldred Theatre. In 2011, she started as a pre-medicine student at CWRU, but her passions impelled her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in theater. She soon spent most of her time in Eldred Theatre’s costume shop with Professor and Costume Designer Angelina Herin. Alex earned her first credit in a playbill for Eldred’s 2011 production of Top Girls, and every year until graduation, she worked under Professor Herin’s tutelage in Eldred’s costume shop. She became involved as a seamstress with more and more Eldred plays representing various time periods and themes, including Love’s Labours Lost (2011), The Rocky Horror Show (2012), The Crucible (2012), Dancing at Lughnasa (2012), Fifth of July(2013), Black Comedy (2013), Betty the Yeti (2013), and The Learned Ladies (2015). More opportunities emerged in Spring 2014 when Alex was admitted to the English art school Arts University Bournemouth. She expanded her knowledge in drawing, studio photography, couture pattern-cutting techniques, and other aspects of fashion in classes offered at AUB. Alex returned to Case Western and Eldred Theatre in Fall 2015 with new and polished skills. For her senior project, she chose to take a leadership position as co-costume designer for 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in theater (concentration in costume design) and a minor in French. After graduation, Alex worked at Jo-Ann Fabrics in the fabric department and worked on side projects in theater. She was the assistant to the costume designer for the Playhouse Square production of Kiss Me Kate in the Ohio Theatre. Alex later designed the costumes for First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland’s production of Evita. She is now working as a seamstress at David’s Bridal in Lyndhurst and will be entering two fashion competitions in the upcoming year with a Kent State University School of Fashion professor.
Samantha Lehnecker is a change management analyst for Accurate Group LLC, a real estate transaction firm headquartered in Independence, Ohio. Her position is distinctive (there are no other change management analysts at the firm) and requires her to wear many hats. Sam received her B.S. in finance from Case Western Reserve University in just three years and is currently earning her M.S. in construction management from Drexel University. After completing her master’s degree, she wants to pursue a career as a construction manager in the residential and soft commercial industries. She currently resides in Brunswick, Ohio, with her boyfriend, Paul. They love traveling and watching Cleveland sports! She can be contacted at email@example.com.
Ali Mahmoud is a technical service analyst at Epic Systems, where he supports hospitals’ patient web portals. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2015 with a biology degree. During his undergraduate career, Ali was a representative on the Undergraduate Student Government, a mentor in the Horizons program, and a brother of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Ali spends his free time running, swimming, and watching the Cleveland Cavaliers. He currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joe Mims is a second-year student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He attended nearby Aurora High School and went on to receive his B.A in psychology and M.A. in bioethics from CWRU in 2015. In the summer of 2014, he participated in a research project assessing slow deep breathing and its positive effect on cardiorespiratory coupling in humans. Joe keeps busy with his studies as he pursues a career in obstetrics/gynecology. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his friends and four younger siblings.
Major: Electrical Engineering
Imani Scruggs is a program coordinator for 4-H at Ohio State University Extension’s Cuyahoga County office. Although this is his first year with OSU Extension, Imani has enjoyed working with children and adolescents of all ages for over five years. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Case Western Reserve University while simultaneously completing his master’s degree in social work at CWRU’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Imani is working on the development of STEM programming for at-risk youth in Cuyahoga County and currently resides in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
Amber Strickland (CWR ’15) is a clinical nurse at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center on a medical oncology and hematology unit. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in nursing education at Case Western Reserve’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, where she earned her bachelor’s degree. As a student at CWRU, Amber appeared on the Dean’s High Honors List and was recognized for her academic excellence with an annual award. As vice president of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, she led a program called Planning to Achieve Collegiate Excellence (PACE). PACE hosted March to College, an event at which students from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District were invited to visit CWRU, giving them the opportunity to experience life on campus and acquire a positive outlook on the college experience. Amber’s academic interests were anatomy and physiology, biology, the foundations of nursing, and obstetrics.