Major: Psychology and Communication Sciences
Kristina Bowdrie (CWR ’17) is a doctoral student in audiology in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at The Ohio State University. In March 2019, she received the American Academy of Audiology Foundation’s James and Susan Jerger Award for Excellence in Student Research.
Kristina graduated from Case Western Reserve with a double major in psychology and communication sciences. Kristina arrived at CWRU with a diploma from Euclid High School and two associate degrees from Cuyahoga Community College. During her undergraduate years, she held research positions for two studies: one involving speech perception in individuals with and without hearing loss, and one examining Cleveland residents’ views on child maltreatment. Through the latter position, Kristina was awarded a supplemental grant from the National Institutes of Health to support her additional research into Cleveland residents’ perceptions of the definition and etiology of child maltreatment. She is a co-author of a paper titled “Change and Consistency in Descriptions of Child Maltreatment: A Comparison of Caregivers’ Perspectives,” published in 2018 in the journal Child Abuse and Neglect. During the summer of 2016, Kristina participated in the Training for Research and Academic Careers in Communication Sciences (TRACCS) program at Indiana University, Bloomington. During her final year at CWRU, she presented her work at several national and state conferences. In March
Anise Bowman (CWR ’17) is enrolled in the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine as a Joan C. Edwards Scholar. A graduate of the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine at John Hay, Anise majored in biochemistry and environmental studies at CWRU, with minors in chemistry and German. Through her undergraduate career, she practiced as an EMT-Basic for CWRU EMS, a volunteer ambulance service that serves the greater CWRU area. With this organization, she completed over 2,500 hours of volunteer service. In addition, Anise did research at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center Emergency Department and in CWRU’s chemistry department, where she joined the lab group of Associate Professor Blanton Tolbert.
Major: Chemical Engineering and Chemistry
Santiago Chabrier (CWR ’17, CSE ’17) is a manufacturing operations supervisor in the Accelerated Development Program at Sherwin-Williams in Garland, Tex. He obtained this position after earning bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering at Case Western Reserve. Born and raised in Cleveland, Santiago graduated from Max S. Hayes High School as valedictorian. Through the CLiPS Polymer Envoys Program at Case Western Reserve, Santiago conducted research under a graduate student’s supervision for three years while in high school. As a CWRU student, Santiago returned to CLiPS as the calculus teacher and Odyssey of the Mind coach, introducing high school students to advanced concepts such as related rates and optimization, and to abstract mathematics and string theory. Many of his students have followed in his footsteps, matriculating at CWRU as Envoys Scholars and studying in STEM fields. During his undergraduate years, Santiago conducted his own research for two years in a joint project between the Case School of Engineering and the CWRU School of Medicine, helping to develop devices to raise nitric oxide levels in banked blood during transfusions or surgical operations.
Jermaine Coleman graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English. major and business management minor. A voracious reader, jack-of-all-trades, and self-starter, CWRU instilled in her the virtue of perseverance and allowed her to meet many mentors who have helped her during her time here. She was a member of the ABC Book Club, the Volleyball Club, and the African-American Society. With her degree from CWRU, she hopes to start a bookkeeping business, a Web hosting business, and a repair business while dabbling in screenwriting and writing children’s books. She would also like to mentor first-generation college students, for she understands their struggles (as she is one). In her spare time, she enjoys reading, teaching children’s Bible study, volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club, playing video games, and eating.
Leah Cummings, a nutrition major at Case Western Reserve University, grew up in Cleveland and graduated from the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine at John Hay. She is currently active in research in the School of Dental Medicine’s Family First Program and serves as a student executive member of the Didactic Program in Dietetics. She is also a former president of the Student Dietetic Association and a former member of the Sustained Dialogue program. After graduation, Leah plans to travel to Africa for an enriching cultural awareness experience. Once she returns, she intends to become a certified dietetic technician and to work for the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program.
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Robert Herd is from Twinsburg, Ohio. He attended Twinsburg High School, graduating with honors. At Case Western Reserve University, Robert is majoring in biomedical engineering with a concentration in biomaterials. In his free time, he enjoys skating with the CWRU Longboard Club, mentoring in the Biomedical Engineering Society, participating in business concept competitions, powerlifting, playing basketball, and dancing at cultural shows. He held multiple research positions at Case Western Reserve during the past couple of summers. Robert has worked in a moth lab under Professor Mark Willis (biology) and completed research in the greater Cleveland area under Assistant Professor James Spilsbury (CWRU School of Medicine) to better understand child maltreatment in different neighborhoods. After graduating, Robert accepted a position with Zimmer Biomet, a medical device company, and he now lives in Warsaw, Ind.
Major: Computer Science
Israel Hill (CWR ‘17) is a software engineer for Twitter in Cambridge, Mass. A native of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, he graduated as valedictorian of his class from Warrensville Heights High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science at Case Western Reserve. In his free time as an undergraduate, Israel attended hackathons at various colleges and universities and participated in business concept competitions. In addition, he enjoyed skating with the CWRU Longboard Club. Israel held software engineering internships at IBM for two summers, working under IBM’s Watson Health initiative, and he was also an Android Mobile Developer intern at OnShift Software. After graduation, Israel worked full-time for IBM before obtaining his current position at Twitter.
Major: Computer Science
Kenya Moyers (CWR ’17) is completing a master of public health degree in epidemiology at The Ohio State University and plans to go on for her doctorate. A graduate of Garfield Heights High School, Kenya majored in psychology with a minor in communication for health professionals. She participated in the Summer Medical and Dental Educational Program (SMDEP) at CWRU’s School of Medicine, where she shadowed and spoke with physicians, learned more about the medical field, and took pre-med courses for no credit. She also was fully funded to participate in the Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics (SIBS) at Boston University’s School of Public Health, where she analyzed data from the Framingham and Jackson Heart Studies using the statistical programs SAS and R. Before entering her master’s program, she spent a summer with CWRU’s Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, and returned the following summer, to assist with a tobacco cessation project. During her undergraduate years, Kenya was a student assistant in the Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program office and a tutor for Project STEP-UP. She played on the varsity volleyball team and was an active member of Tri Sigma, the African American Society, and Habitat for Humanity.
Briana Sealey (CWR ’17) is completing a degree in the Frontiers Master’s Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan and plans to go on for her doctorate. A graduate of Berea High School in Berea, Ohio, Briana majored in biology and minored in health communication at Case Western Reserve. She served on the Residence Life and Services staff as a resident assistant (RA) for three years. She was also an RA for TRIO Upward Bound, a program focused on helping high school students transition into college. During her years at CWRU, Briana volunteered for Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Canalway Nature Center, and the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center. As an intern for the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning, she worked in the Engineering Education Summer Outreach Program, encouraging students to participate in STEM-based activities. During the summer of 2016, she completed an internship at Samford University, where she conducted field research at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Ala.