Class of 2017

Amanda Conklin

Amanda Conklin

  • Areas of Study: International Economics (Spanish Concentration); Poverty Studies; Glynn Family Honors Program
  • Hometown: Huntington, NY

During her time at Notre Dame, Amanda enjoyed learning how business can promote social good. Through her Social Justice summer internship with the Women’s Microfinance Initiative in Buyobo, Uganda, Amanda observed the relationship between small microloans, women’s empowerment, and community development as she worked in the loan program and interviewed borrowers. At the local level, she served as the vice president of credit for the Jubilee Initiative for Financial Inclusion (JIFFI). JIFFI is a nonprofit 501c3 organization, which hopes to combat poverty in South Bend by offering small “emergency” loans to members of the community at lower interest rates than those of predatory payday lenders.


Amanda served as co-president of Building Tomorrow, an organization focused on providing access to universal primary education, particularly in Uganda. She helped start Notre Dame’s impact investing club, Unleashed, where she served as the vice president. Amanda was a member of the Notre Dame Triathlon Club team and volunteered at Saint Margaret’s House in South Bend. She is a member of the Spanish Honor Society and Economics Honor Society.


During her Global Inquiry summer, Amanda worked at the Accion International Venture Lab in Washington, D.C., which provides seed capital and support to innovative financial inclusion start-ups. Amanda spent the spring 2016 semester studying in Toledo, Spain. She worked as a business analyst at McKinsey & Company in New York City for her Professional Venture summer.


During her senior year, Amanda completed an honors thesis on lending to women in Bolivian microfinance markets. After graduation, Amanda will return to McKinsey & Company in New York City as a business analyst.

Henry Dickman

Henry Dickman

  • Areas of Study: Accounting; Economics
  • Hometown: Richmond, IN

Henry was selected to participate in the Fulbright Summer Institute Program at the Universities of Dundee and Strathclyde in Scotland during summer 2014. He also spent time teaching entrepreneurial education at the Atorkor Development Fund in Atorkor, Ghana. For his Global Inquiry Summer, Henry interned with the Center for Trade and Economics at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., as an international economics research assistant.


For his Professional Venture summer, Henry worked as a forensic accounting analyst for PwC, where he learned more about the relationship between law and business, particularly for multinational companies.


Henry was very active with the Knights of Columbus Council on campus, and served as the 102nd Grand Knight of the Council during his junior year. During his tenure the council raised more than $250,000 for local charities through their famous steak sandwich fundraiser and established many service relationships between the knights and local charities. He also served as National Chairman of the College Councils Advisory Board.


Henry will attend the University of Virginia School of Law thanks to a Hardy Cross Dillard Scholarship, which provides full tuition to the university.

Alexis Doyle

Alexis Doyle

  • Areas of Study: Biological Sciences; International Peace Studies; Hesburgh Program in Public Service; Glynn Family Honors Program
  • Hometown: Los Altos, CA

Lexi is passionate about the intersection of social justice, health, and well-being. She volunteered in the South Bend community at the Sister Maura Brannick Health Clinic and also tutored local elementary students. On campus, she was a research assistant for a project designing low and no-cost interventions that promote better food choices in school cafeteria environments through the Architecture, Health, and Sustainability Research Group. She was also a teaching assistant for the Honors Mathematics course.


For her Social Justice summer Lexi traveled to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, where she volunteered for the Primeros Pasos medical clinic. The clinic provides the rural Palajunoj Valley access to medical care. She collected fecal samples and served as laboratory and clinic assistant as part of a medication-based parasitic infection intervention program.


The following year she returned to Guatemala for her Global Inquiry summer to develop a more partnership-based and preventative solution for the extreme and harrowing incidence of parasitic infections. After doing preliminary research on evidence-based public health interventions in areas of high parasitic incidence, she established a social enterprise model centered on soap making for the Palajunoj Valley. As the mothers of the infected make the soap, they are both increasing the availability of soap to stem the incidence of infection, and they are receiving a source of income to better care for their children. Lexi will continue to work in partnership with the women of the Palajunoj Valley to develop the model for the project.


Lexi spent the fall 2015 semester studying abroad in Puebla, Mexico, where she had an internship in a local public hospital and was awarded the Cruz Forjada Award for Academic Excellence. She spent her Professional Venture summer in Washington, D.C. working for the American Public Health Association’s Government Relations Department.


During her senior year, Lexi won the Notre Dame John W. Gardner Leadership Award, the Hesburgh Award for Public Service, the College of Science Dean’s Award, the Yarrow Award for Peace Studies, and the Indiana Campus Compact Richard Wood Student Award.  She was also named valedictorian of the department of biological sciences.


After graduation, Lexi will attend Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. She plans to study medical anthropology and public policy.

Samuel Eallonardo

Samuel Eallonardo

  • Areas of Study: Biological Sciences; Philosophy
  • Hometown: Yorkville, IL

At Notre Dame, Sam was part of numerous clubs, including the Biology Club, FAST, and the Risk Club.  He is an avid pianist and organist and served as the music commissioner of Duncan Hall. He also served as a volunteer ambassador at Memorial Hospital in South Bend and is a nationally registered EMT.


For his Social Justice summer experience, Sam taught English at a secondary school in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. During summer 2015, he conducted tuberculosis research in the Notre Dame biology department. He spent his final Hesburgh-Yusko summer working as a biology research assistant at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA, where he studied salamander limb regeneration. He continued conducting research during his senior year and completed an undergraduate thesis, “The Use of Transposon Mutagenesis to Elucidate the Mechanisms of Virulence in Mycobacterium Marinum.”


After graduation, Sam will complete a joint medical doctorate and Ph.D. program in immunology and microbiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Peter Fink

Peter Fink

  • Areas of Study: Pre-Health; American Studies
  • Hometown: Valparaiso, IN

After being diagnosed with Celiac Disease his freshman year, Peter devoted his time to learning more about gastrointestinal illness. For his Social Justice summer, Peter worked at a medical clinic in Otuzco, Peru. His frequent encounters with patients suffering from gastrointestinal illness as well as his own diagnosis led him to pursue a research internship at the Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital for summer 2015.


Peter received two research grants from the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at Notre Dame. For the first, he and fellow Hesburgh-Yusko scholar Ben Fouch researched revolutionary urban planning strategy in Valencia, Spain. For the second, he traveled to Ireland to research the medical, social, and economic complications of Celiac Disease in the country.


After his clinical experience in Peru and gastrointestinal research in Boston, Peter spent his Professional Venture summer researching community design and preventative healthcare at the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA.


Peter played the trombone in the University of Notre Dame Marching Band and enjoys playing the guitar and ukulele in his free time. He was the co-founder and vice president of the KiNDness Club, which strives to underscore the power of random acts of kindness. He also volunteered in the pediatric unit at Memorial Hospital and taught English at La Casa de Amistad in South Bend.


Peter was on the Dean’s List every semester at Notre Dame and was the recipient of the Hugh Arnott O’Donnell Award from the department of American Studies. After graduation, he will serve with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest in Gresham, OR, at a primary care clinic for migrant workers for one year. He will then pursue a medical doctorate at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Benjamin Fouch

Benjamin Fouch

  • Areas of Study: Finance; Political Science
  • Hometown: Brownsburg, IN

Ben, a proud Hoosier, was heavily involved in community service during his time at Notre Dame. As a freshman, he served as a Robinson Community Learning Center AmeriCorps member, where he helped coordinate an entrepreneurship and advanced skills program for youth in the community. He continued his work at the center his sophomore year as youth mentor and member of the Board of Trustees. As a Knight of Columbus, he participated in their renowned steak sandwich sales and directed a building renovation project. After his freshman year, he volunteered as a national policy and immigration intern at Catholic Charities USA.


Ben’s research experience ranges from research as a Kellogg International Scholar, to a U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Summer Institute participant in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is also a founding member of SABUE, a student advisory board for undergraduate enrollment. He traveled to Valencia, Spain, with fellow scholar Peter Fink to study the effects of a novel urban planning strategy thanks to a Nanovic Institute grant. Ben spent the summer after his sophomore year studying the opportunities for ethical and responsible implementation of emerging digital currency technologies within business and financial practice. For his Professional Venture summer, he interned at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chicago.


Following his work with the Notre Dame enrollment division and his time spent mentoring Hoosier students, Ben co-founded Dark Horse Sports Recruiting. The company aims to help high school basketball players receive academic and athletic scholarship offers to their dream schools.


Ben received the Paul F. Conway Award, an annual award given to a senior in the department of finance who embodies the characteristics of the department’s tradition of excellence and who enriches the ideals of Notre Dame. He was also selected as one of the best and brightest business majors in the United States by Poets and Quants, a website devoted to the coverage of business schools.


Upon graduation, Ben will work with Booz Allen Hamilton as a consultant in Washington, D.C. He will also continue building his business, Dark Horse Sports Recruiting.

Rachel Ganson

Rachel Ganson

  • Areas of Study: Political Science; Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE); Italian
  • Hometown: Geneseo, IL

While still in high school, Rachel won the World Food Prize Borlaug-Ruan International Internship and conducted original, independent research on nutrition and gender development in India for eight weeks at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics. As a result of her research, she won the 2013 John Chrystal Internship Award, which serves to recognize a World Food Prize Borlaug-Ruan Intern who best exemplifies the goals of the internship – to involve students in meaningful research concerning food sustainability in developing nations and to immerse them in a diverse culture.


At Notre Dame, Rachel served as the multicultural commissioner in Pasquerilla East Hall for the 2014-2015 academic year. She was involved in the Center for Social Concerns (CSC), engaging in CSC seminars and working as a student assistant for Dr. Connie Mick. Through the CSC, she began volunteering at the South Bend Center for the Homeless. Rachel also acted in Show Some Skin, a performance group seeking to give a voice to unspoken stories about identity and diversity on Notre Dame’s campus.


Rachel spent her first HYSP summer sea kayaking in the Alaskan wilderness. The following summer she worked at a foster home for mentally and physically disabled children in Beijing, China. There she also taught English at a local middle school, organized English tutoring programs for adults, orchestrated summer camps for children, and worked one-on-one with a little girl to help improve her cognitive function.


But a passion for global food security and sustainability had stayed with her since a high school internship in Hyderabad, India. Her research there on the connection between female micro-financial institutions and household nutrition has continued to guide her academic and personal pursuits. During summer 2015, Rachel continued to explore the many facets of international food security and policy through an internship with the Center for Civil Society in New Delhi, India, where she researched food-based social entrepreneurship ventures. She also undertook independent research in Iceland on sustainable fishing initiatives. This experience led to a weeklong fall break grant to travel to Italy to study Mediterranean fishing policy and a position as a Rome International Scholar for the spring 2016 term. She continued her research during summer 2016, where she studied international law and inter-state cooperation in Mediterranean fisheries.

James Grabowski

James Grabowski

  • Areas of Study: Finance; International Economics; Romance Languages
  • Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Jake spent his Wilderness Leadership summer kayaking in Lake Superior. For his Social Justice summer, he traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa, to participate in an internship with Operation HOPE, a non-profit dedicated to providing financial literacy to historically disadvantaged groups of society.


During his Global Inquiry summer he conducted independent research in Madrid on how Europe has invested in the sports industry, using the Spanish soccer league, La Liga, as a point of focus. The next summer he completed an internship as assistant brand manager for Procter and Gamble's Old Spice brand.


At Notre Dame, Jake was involved in several business clubs, including the Distributive Education Clubs of America and the Student International Business Council. He also worked for Fighting Irish Digital Media, and with two on-campus nonprofits: JIFFI and One Shirt One Body.


After graduation, Jake will return to Procter & Gamble to work as an assistant brand manager.

Mary Humphrey

Mary Humphrey

  • Areas of Study: Mathematics; English
  • Hometown: Kansas City, MO

At Notre Dame, Mary was a tutor, Mustard Creative Writing Club member, and a BridgeND member. For her 2014 summer experience, she volunteered at the Robinson Community Learning Center’s Shakespeare Camp in South Bend, which teaches young actors skills ranging from stage combat to voice techniques. The culmination of the camp is a full-length Shakespeare production.


She spent summer 2015 volunteering with the Bishop Sullivan Center’s Upper Room Program in Kansas City. The center provides math and reading programs for disadvantaged youth. She spent her final Hesburgh-Yusko summer serving as a content editorial intern for Caffeinated Press in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Madeline McGovern

Madeline McGovern

  • Areas of Study: Pre-Professional Studies
  • Hometown: Nutley, NJ

After spending the summer of 2014 in Chennai, India, Maddie knew she would like to pursue a career as a physician. In southeastern India, she researched the effects of globalization on the epidemic of diabetes mellitus and gained experience in KAP surveying, patient interviewing, and data analysis.

During spring 2015, Maddie was the recipient of the James A. Grogan Fellowship through Notre Dame’s Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement. The Grogan Fellowship provides one student per year a fully-funded opportunity to attend the International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma and a summer position as a research assistant at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) in Chicago under the guidance of Dr. Eric M. Hart, chief thoracic radiologist. In this role, Maddie performed clinical research at NMH where more than 250 members and spouses of a heat and frost insulator union underwent low-dose computed tomography screenings for abnormalities such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.

During her sophomore year, Maddie was part of a laboratory that researches Aedes mosquitoes in an effort to help control the spread of yellow fever. She also began boxing with the Notre Dame Women's Boxing Club. She is an undefeated two-time Baraka Bouts champion and served as a captain of the team during her senior year.

Throughout her time at Notre Dame, Maddie was an active member of Building Tomorrow, an organization dedicated to primary education in Uganda. During her term as co-president during her sophomore and junior years, Maddie helped the chapter raise $10,000 to construct Notre Dame’s fifth Building Tomorrow school in Uganda. Maddie also volunteered at the South Bend Police Athletic League as a boxing coach and tutor with other Notre Dame boxers.

Maddie worked at Harvard’s Brigham & Women's Hospital during the summer of 2016 as an undergraduate research intern for Harvard Medical School's Orthopedic Trauma Initiative. In this role, she shadowed clinicians in both the operating room and general rounds. She also enhanced her research skills.

She will serve as a research coordinator for Harvard Medical School’s Orthopedic Trauma Initiative after graduation.

Olivia Mogaka

Olivia Mogaka

  • Areas of Study: Management Consulting; Peace Studies
  • Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya

For her Wilderness Leadership summer, Olivia took part in an alpine backpacking course in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. For her Social Justice summer, she worked with Notre Dame’s Haiti Program in Léogâne, Haiti, where she led a small research team as they conducted a market assessment for Bon Sel, a medicated salt product the program provides Haitians to aid in the prevention of lymphatic filariasis. She returned to her hometown, Nairobi, Kenya, for her Global Inquiry summer to intern with IBM. For her final Hesburgh-Yusko summer, she worked at McKinsey and Company in Atlanta as a business analyst intern.

On campus, Olivia participated in the Kellogg Institute’s International Scholars Program and worked as a Kellogg professor’s assistant. She served as an international ambassador for International Student and Scholar Affairs, where she mentored new international students and helped coordinate cultural programs. She also served as a peer advisor to first-year students.

In fall 2014, Olivia served as a guest judge for a high school business competition organized by the Meridian International Center PAYLEP in Chicago. In her free time, Olivia co-produced a promotional film for her high school, the African Leadership Academy. She loves to dance and choreographed dances for the Dance Africa club.

Olivia’s professors selected her to receive the 2017 Robert Vecchio Leadership Award from Mendoza’s department of management and, due to her performance in business communication courses, she was a finalist for the 2016 Eugene D. Fanning Award. She also received the Global Café Committee Award by International Student and Scholar Affairs for her service to their ambassador program.

Upon graduation, Olivia will return to McKinsey & Company in Atlanta to begin her career as a business analyst.

Khaoula Morchid

Khaoula Morchid

  • Areas of Study: Civil Engineering
  • Hometown: Marrakesh, Morocco

Khaoula is the founder of Future Moroccan Entrepreneurs (FME), an entrepreneurial leadership organization that aspires to create a proactive generation of social entrepreneurs who embrace the theme of “paying it forward.” FME has more than 100 alumni across North Africa who have started different entrepreneurial ventures that positively impact their communities. As the founder of FME, Khaoula was selected as a Global Teen Leader to take part in the Just Peace Summit Three Dot Dash in New York City by the We Are Family Foundation. The Clinton Global Initiative also recognized her work.

At Notre Dame, Khaoula was part of the Model UN Delegation and served as the vice chair of Diversity Council. In that role she co-organized the first town hall on diversity and inclusion. She spent her Hesburgh-Yusko Wilderness Leadership summer participating in a sailing course in Maine. For her Social Justice summer, she worked in the humanitarian sector with Islamic Relief in Germany and Bangladesh. During the winter of 2015, she received a grant through the Institute for the Scholarship of Liberal Arts to travel to Pangea 2015: The Starting Point, a conference that gathered young entrepreneurs and researchers from around the world in Madrid, Spain. She spent summer 2015 focusing on her studies in civil engineering by conducting independent research on transportation infrastructure in Hong Kong and South Korea.

During her time studying abroad in Australia, Khaoula continued her research on transportation by focusing on bus ridership in Perth. She spent her Professional Venture summer in South Bend, interning for the Bowman Creek Education Ecosystem and working on green infrastructure. Khaoula served as the vice president of Chi Epsilon, the civil engineering honor society, and of the American Society of Civil Engineers, which won Club of the Year. In her last semester at Notre Dame, she was selected as one of 16 young leaders to represent her generation at the V Global Baku Forum in Azerbaijan, which brought together presidents, ministers, and diplomats from around the world.

Khaoula was awarded the Naughton Fellowship and will pursue a Master of Science in Transport Engineering, Policy, and Planning at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland.

Olivia Newey

Olivia Newey

  • Areas of Study: Marketing
  • Hometown: Hartford, United Kingdom

In high school, Olivia interned for a top law firm before taking a gap year to work for the U.K.-India Business Council, which promotes international trade between the United Kingdom and India. She also interned for Rt. Hon. David Blunkett, a member of the U.K. Parliament, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.


During the summer of 2014, Olivia volunteered at an NGO in South Africa, where she delivered programs to clients in the poorest parts of the country, helping to both educate and rehabilitate them.


Olivia interned with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Washington, D.C., during the summer of 2015. In this role she further explored Indian trade agreements as well as how trade influences world policy. For her Professional Venture summer, she traveled to New York City to work as a marketing intern for the Lagardère Sports Agency. She spent her senior year serving as a marketing intern for the Notre Dame’s athletics department.

Hind Ourahou

Hind Ourahou

  • Areas of Study: Industrial Design
  • Hometown: Rabat, Morocco

Hind is the co-founder of National Entrepreneurial Camp, a Moroccan NGO aiming to create a generation of job creators, not job seekers. Hind found a way to enhance her passion for entrepreneurship at Notre Dame through her work as an entrepreneurship representative in the Mendoza Student Leadership Association.


As vice president of the Middle East and North Africa Club, she planned an Arabic music show to bring the Notre Dame and South Bend communities together in an immersive musical experience. In spring 2015, she organized an event for Hesburgh-Yusko scholars called “Just Say It,” a discussion about Islam and Islamic relations.


Hind spent spring break 2015 interning with L’Arche Internationale in the Ivory Coast as the recipient of a UROP Grant and summer 2015 in Morocco, conducting research and further developing the business plans for the National Entrepreneurial Camp. She interned with the African Leadership Academy Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership for her final Hesburgh-Yusko summer.

Caleb Pine

Caleb Pine

  • Areas of Study: Peace Studies; Arabic; Philosophy, Politics, Economics; Glynn Family Honors Program
  • Hometown: Tianjin, China

CJ grew up in Tianjin, China, where he attended local elementary school and then homeschool. For his Wilderness Leadership Experience, CJ embarked on a NOLS backpacking adventure in Olympic National Park. The following summer, CJ spent two months living in a parish community of Mafraq, Jordan, volunteering with Caritas Jordan and organizing an English camp for Jordanian youth.


On campus, CJ worked as a research assistant to Fr. Dan Groody on topics of theology and migration. He also helped organize a campus advocacy event, “Sleepless for Syria” in April 2014. CJ presented a paper titled “Grievances Outlast War: Lack of Healing in Post-World War II Sino-Japanese Relations” at the 2014 Notre Dame Student Peace Conference and at the Undergraduate Scholars Conference. He volunteered with the Take Ten Program and tutored Iraqi refugees. He was a member of Notre Dame’s International Ambassador Program and is on the Board of Directors for the nonprofit organization Road to Mafraq, which supports Syrian refugees living in Jordan. An article he authored, “Resisting the Normalization of Crisis,” was published in The Huffington Post in September 2015.


CJ spent spring semester 2015 studying abroad in Jerusalem, Israel. For his Global Inquiry summer, he further explored migration and the challenges facing refugees in both Jerusalem, Israel, and Amman, Jordan. That independent research focused on the differences between faith-based and secular humanitarian organizations, urban community centers and suburban schools, and foreign and local leadership.


CJ returned to the Middle East in spring 2016 to study abroad in Amman, Jordan, as a Gilman Scholar. After returning from Jordan, CJ interned with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs.


CJ is a 2016 Truman Scholar. In the fall of 2016, he helped start a student advocacy initiative on campus called Go Forth, which targets Islamophobia. CJ’s senior thesis explored the history of state-religion relations in Syria and its impact on Syrian refugees’ integration to Jordan. CJ will intern with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of UN Political Affairs after graduation. He was the Class of 2017 valedictorian.

Jonathan Rydburg

Jonathan Rydburg

  • Areas of Study: Finance; Entrepreneurship
  • Hometown: Franklin, TN

A passionate proponent of social enterprise, Jon dedicated his undergraduate career to working for startups that merge business principles with a pursuit of the common good. For his Social Justice summer, he interned with enFocus, a nonprofit organization that provides guidance and mentorship to South Bend businesses. He also spent time interning with Vennli, a software analytics company based in South Bend.


Jon is an activist for prison reform and conducted research on employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated individuals during his time at Notre Dame. He will begin post-graduate life working for Uber Freight in Chicago and hopes to one day found a social enterprise committed to hiring people coming out of prison.


Jon is also passionate about music and hockey. He was a member of the The Echoes, an a cappella group, was the CFO of the Jubilee Initiative for Financial Inclusion, and played on the O’Neill Interhall Hockey team. Jon combined his passion for hockey and entrepreneurship during summer 2015 when he conducted independent research on the NHL Draft. He also served as an intern for The Difference Incubator, an organization that provides consulting for start-up social enterprises in Melbourne, Australia. He spent his Professional Venture summer interning at NextEnergy, a renewable energy incubator in the Detroit area.

Vanessa Solorzano

Vanessa Solorzano

  • Areas of Study: Finance
  • Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua

During her time at Notre Dame, Vanessa focused on developing her business acumen while also serving the community. Vanessa tutored local children through the Robinson Community Learning Center. She participated in the marketing division of the Student International Business Council, where she worked to develop marketing strategies for Target Corporation. During spring semester 2015, she worked with Notre Dame’s Tax Assistance Program. She also served as a start-up business project leader for Montaña de Luz, where she helped young adults with HIV in Honduras develop their own businesses to become financially independent. She spent spring 2016 studying abroad in London.


Vanessa canoed the Minnesota Boundary Waters for her Outward Bound course. During her Social Justice summer, Vanessa completed an internship with Movistar’s Proniño Organization in Nicaragua and Panama. There, she developed a program to teach mathematics using creative education and experiential learning methods to increase students’ motivation and prevent dropouts. For her Global Inquiry summer, she was offered an internship in New York through the Center for Social Concerns with HandCrafting Justice, a nonprofit organization aimed at providing access to fair trade goods created by women in developing countries. She spent summer 2016 interning with SoEnergy International in Doral, Florida.


In her free time, Vanessa enjoys ice-skating and modern dancing. She will work as a financial analyst for Delta Airlines starting in June 2017.

José Suárez

José Suárez

  • Areas of Study: Computer Engineering
  • Hometown: Monterrey, Mexico

José, better known as “Pollo,” grew up in Mexico and São Paulo, Brazil. On campus, José served the Knights of Keenan Hall as a resident assistant. He was also involved with the Student International Business Council (SIBC) and acted as chairman and later, president on the Board of Directors. He helped build a STEM division of SIBC and expanded their international presence, including the development of a partnership with Montaña de Luz, a faith-based organization that takes care of children affected by HIV/AIDS in Honduras.


José spent his Social Justice summer working with the Foundation for Sustainable Development in Salta, Argentina, thanks to a Kellogg Institute Internship Grant. He was placed with Fundación Impulsar where he planned and funded a series of monthly capacity-building workshops for entrepreneurs in the province of Salta, and organized year-long mentorship programs between entrepreneurs and Argentina’s largest bank. For his Global Inquiry summer, he interned at the management-consulting firm McKinsey & Company in Chicago, IL, where he served as a diversity leadership intern. He returned to McKinsey as a Summer Business Analyst for his Professional Venture summer. José was the Class of 2017 salutatorian.


José will work full-time with McKinsey & Company in Chicago after graduation.

Julia Tombari

Julia Tombari

  • Areas of Study: Marketing
  • Hometown: Seattle, WA

Julia is passionate about marketing and social media. On campus she was a new media intern for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and enjoyed participating in the Student International Business Council.


For her summer experiences, Julia spent a month in the Rocky Mountains with NOLS and a summer in Washington, D.C., interning at FINCA International, a microfinance organization that works in 22 countries. Julia helped Notre Dame’s Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership develop their social media and research strategies for her Global Inquiry summer as a research assistant. Her final summer was spent in Los Angeles interning for Starcom Mediavest Group.


Julia will work as a sales development representative for PitchBook Data, Inc., after graduation.

Vincent Vangaever

Vincent Vangaever

  • Areas of Study: Finance; Political Science
  • Hometown: Chevy Chase, MD

Since his arrival at Notre Dame, Vince made use of many campus resources in addition to his Hesburgh-Yusko summer experiences to help him develop his skills in finance. Vince spent his Social Justice summer in Johannesburg, South Africa, interning for TechnoServe, a nonprofit dedicated to finding business solutions to poverty. In fall 2014, Vince was awarded an undergraduate research grant through the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement to travel to Dhaka, Bangladesh, and research the work of the Grameen Bank in the microfinance industry.


Vince spent his Global Inquiry summer working for the Dutch Development Finance Company in The Hague, Netherlands, a private-sector development bank that provides financing for commercial developments in emerging markets. He also studied the Dutch language with an additional grant from the Nanovic Institute. In fall of 2015, Vince was awarded a grant, also by the Nanovic Institute, to study the Greek economic crisis in Athens. 


On campus, Vince was the vice president of financial empowerment for JIFFI, a nonprofit organization run by Notre Dame students which provides members of the South Bend community with emergency loans and credit. He was also vice president of interview preparation for the Wall Street Club and a project leader in the Student International Business Council. In his free time, Vince served as the president of the Notre Dame Club Squash Team and tutored middle school students from the South Bend community at the Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC). He was the recipient of the Rev. Don McNeill, C.S.C., Award in spring 2016 for his work at the RCLC.


Vince joined Goldman Sachs in New York City as a summer investment banking analyst in June 2016 and will return after graduation.

Noemi Ventilla

Noemi Ventilla

  • Areas of Study: Political Science; Peace Studies; Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE); Glynn Family Honors Program
  • Hometown: New York City, NY

In high school, Noemi was a member of the independent science research program and worked at the Conceptual Development and Social Cognition Lab at New York University, studying moral and social development and understanding in children. She designed and ran her own psychology study examining the correlation between lying and birth order in preschool and elementary school-aged children.


At Notre Dame, Noemi served as the sophomore class president for the Class of 2017. In this role, Noemi led the Sophomore Class Council’s efforts to organize Notre Dame’s first and second annual Dance-A-Thon, which raised thousands of dollars for Memorial Hospital in downtown South Bend. Noemi worked for Fighting Irish Media and as a tour guide for the admissions office. She was also a two-year member of the Welcome Weekend Orientation Steering Committee. She interned at the Department of Community Investment and at the Department of Public Works for the City of South Bend.


For her Social Justice summer, Noemi worked at Media Monitoring Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa, exploring issues surrounding media ethics and media literacy. She spent her Global Inquiry summer conducting research on the legacy of the Barcelona Olympics and the various factors that contributed to its success. She also served as an intern for the Center for Olympic Studies at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.


Noemi spent her Professional Venture summer as a federal policy intern for the Governor of New York in Washington, D.C. After graduation, Noemi will return to Washington, D.C., to work for Booz Allen Hamilton as a consultant.

Sienna Wdowik

Sienna Wdowik

  • Areas of Study: Arabic; Political Science; Glynn Family Honors Program
  • Hometown: Fort Collins, CO

Sienna spent her Social Justice summer in Mumbai, India, working with daughters of sex workers in the Red Light District through a women’s rights NGO. She then spent her Global Inquiry summer taking intensive Arabic classes in Amman, Jordan to prepare for an Arabic-focused study abroad program during the 2015-2016 academic year. She returned to the United States for her Professional Venture summer, where she interned with a counterterrorism team to track, translate, and analyze the activity of ISIS militants and supporters around the world through the Institute for the Study of War in Washington, D.C..


At Notre Dame, Sienna continued to engage with issues of international importance through work as a research assistant, examining domestic and international nuclear weapons strategy, and as an undergraduate fellow with the Notre Dame International Security Center, where she worked with visiting scholars and national security professionals. In April 2017 she won the Stephen Kertesz Prize for the best senior thesis in the field of international relations from the department of political science.


Sienna was very active in the South Bend community during her time at Notre Dame and regularly volunteered at South Bend’s Center for the Homeless. She organized the annual Christmas Concert and helped facilitate Tae Kwon Do classes, acting workshops, and a beauty salon for guests.


Following graduation Sienna will begin working with the Department of Defense as a counterterrorism analyst in D.C. She is the recipient of a 2015 Boren Scholarship which provides funding for undergraduate students to immerse themselves in languages and cultures critical to national security. It requires recipients to work for the federal government for at least one year after graduation. In addition to her role at the Department of Defense, Sienna will also pursue graduate study at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security starting in August 2017.

Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson

  • Areas of Study: IT Management; Political Science
  • Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

Jackie is passionate about healthcare policy, administration, and innovation. As a freshman, Jackie was selected to take part in a Center for Social Concerns Seminar titled “U.S. Healthcare: Policy and Poverty,” which takes students to Washington, D.C., over spring break to study the U.S. healthcare system and its implications for the underserved members of society. As a sophomore, Jackie helped lead this course.


For her Social Justice summer, Jackie interned in Lusaka, Zambia, with a joint project between Catholic Relief Services and Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health, the Health Systems Strengthening Initiative (HSSI). The project aims to improve the business and administrative practices within the Christian health system in Zambia. While working with Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ), Jackie completed research and reports for the HSSI and gained valuable work experience within the international development field.


Jackie was awarded a Nanovic Institute grant to travel to Switzerland to complete research on the Swiss healthcare system during Fall Break 2015.


For her Global Inquiry summer, Jackie served as an intern for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. She was also selected to participate in the U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission’s Summer Institute at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. She returned to Washington, D.C., in summer 2016, where she served as a government affairs policy intern at United Health Group Optum Technology.


On campus, Jackie was involved in the Dance Company, Compassionate Care in Medicine Club, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana.


After graduation, Jackie will return to Washington, D.C., to work for Booz Allen Hamilton as a management consultant.

Courtney Wright

Courtney Wright

  • Areas of Study: Mechanical Engineering
  • Hometown: Greensburg, PA

Courtney spent her Wilderness Leadership summer backpacking and white water rafting in the Jefferson Wilderness of Oregon. For her Social Justice summer, she worked in Kampala, Uganda, for an organization called Come Let’s Dance, where she learned new sustainable farming techniques and volunteered at a women’s empowerment project.


Courtney served as an engineering intern at Elliott Turbomachinery for her Global Inquiry summer and spent her Professional Venture summer working for Ford Motor Company in the body exterior division. 


On campus, Courtney was a peer mentor for the First Year of Studies Program and was involved in Women’s Boxing.


Courtney will continue her career at Ford after graduation with a three-year rotation in the Ford Motor Company College Graduate Program. She will spend six-month periods in different positions to develop her technical mechanical engineering skills and improve her understanding of the corporate dynamic.