Alumni Advisory Committee – Nominations and Elections
Voting has now closed for the 2019 Alumni Advisory Committee Elections.
Voting is easy and simple.
- Read about the candidates below
- Use the personalized link that was emailed to you (or reach out to David Snyder at DSnyder@horatioalger.org for your personalized voting link)
- Select your first, second, and third choice. (Note: you must vote for three different candidates.)
- Submit the form!
Voting will close Friday, November 15. Elected members will be notified and announced in December.
Questions should be sent to DSnyder@horatioalger.org
It would be an honor to serve on the HAA Alumni Advisory Board. I have been an active member of the HAA Alumni Association by volunteering at the Scholars National Conference, serving on the Scholarship Committee, serving as a Scholar Mentor, and speaking at HAA sponsored events or led workshops for the HAA Association. I have also volunteered for other organizations that I am passionate about such as Teach for America, Bowery Mission, and the NYC Public Library. I believe that my level of responsibility and commitment, organization, and positive attitude will make me an excellent volunteer and teammate. Further, as a seasoned educator, I understand the needs of young people and have worked most of my life to help them in any way that I can. The Horatio Alger Association has been an important part of my life since high school and I hope to continue to give back in any way that I can and especially to help other Scholars and Alumni like me.
I received the Horatio Alger National Scholarship in 2012, and have not stopped receiving the benefits since. Through panels, performances, care packages, letter-writing, and active community presence, I have watched not only my own world open up wide in front of me, but the meteoric rise of so many others. I want to be a part of that continued force for good. As a former educator and current community organizer, I bring not only a resume of volunteer and board involvement, but a passion for the HAA and the hundreds of scholars I have met and bonded with over the past 7 years. In my professional life, I facilitate multiple monthly committee meetings and serve on task forces throughout the city of Winchester, VA, where I serve as the Community Arts & Vitality Manager. I am passionate and well-informed about the changing face of the American Dream and sensitive to the different educational needs that arise out of such a diverse community of young people and a community which, at age 25, still very much includes myself!
The Horatio Alger Experience was once in a lifetime. I desire to serve on the Committee to bring my passion for education and community service to replicate that same feeling to other young people across this country. My experience in education, health, government, and politics is due to the motivation I received on the day of my scholarship–but also due to the network of friends I made in 2007. The stories and adversity faced by many of my peers showed me their perseverance in the face of struggle. But more importantly, it taught me that we all face trials and tribulations no matter our age, sex, race, religion, etc. In the past, I have served in a multitude of volunteer political associations including President of the Bushwick United Democratic Club (the youngest ever), founded the Bushwick & Williamsburg Young Democrats Alliance, and the Brooklyn Young Democrats. Additionally, in 2019, I was appointed as a volunteer board member of the Bushwick Housing Independence Project, a housing advocacy group, and appointed the Census Manager for five non-profits throughout Northern Brooklyn that will promote increasing self-response rates throughout the lowest responding neighborhoods and groups. Overall, my experience bringing people together of different backgrounds is a skill that I believe would serve the association well in any capacity.
Ever since attending the National Scholars Conference in 2012, I have known that I have wanted to give back to the association in any way possible because it provided me with the support, both financial and social, to succeed in college and beyond. Upon learning about the Alumni Advisory Committee at the 2018 Alumni Summit and talking with current and past members, I knew this would be a great way of serving the Association, and I was especially excited about the opportunity to develop and strengthen the community of Horatio Alger Association alumni. I served for 3 years on the Maryville College Alumni Board after graduation and enjoyed the chance that it gave me to directly impact fundraising for the college in addition to supporting large annual events such as Homecoming. In addition, my roles in career and student development have equipped me with the skills to provide valuable insight and experience regarding professional development opportunities, event planning, and the young alumni experience. I am looking forward to the chance to apply my experiences to the Horatio Alger Association Alumni Advisory Committee and be a strong advocate for other young alumni, a support for alumni programs and events, and an integral part in the advancement of alumni services within the Association.
Daniel Parham (Running for re-election)
My name is Daniel Parham and I am a 2006 California State Scholar recipient. Since my first experience interacting with the amazing Horatio Alger alumni family in southern California to experiencing the magnitude of the 2014 Horatio Alger Alumni Summit, I knew that I wanted to contribute to this amazing association. It was an honor to learn from the experiences of our countless alumni who have overcome great adversities that have also led them to great endeavors in through their various calls to life. In 2017 I was asked to serve on the Horatio Alger Alumni Advisory Committee as a state alumni scholar. During these past two years, it has been an incredible honor to work with amazing committee members, whose hearts desire to advocate and support the alumni programs of the Horatio Alger Alumni Association. As a state alumni scholar, I want to continue envisioning and developing a more robust alumni association, where we leverage the gifts and excitement of alumni to strengthen connections, assist in our service to current scholars and continue to opportunities for alumni to connect via the Alumni Summit and meet-ups. Given my years of alumni board experience at my alma mater, Biola University, serving as Vice-President and President, and currently as an active member since 2014, I have had the opportunity to lead in areas of alumni engagement, relationship building, and program implementation, which would benefit our efforts on the Alumni Advisory Committee. I would love to continue serving on this committee and serving the HAA family.
I am interested in joining the Alumni Advisory Board. I am deeply committed to my community and have experience working on other board including Teach for America- Metro Atlanta Region Leadership Council, and Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute for Civil and Human Rights. As a management consultant, I advise companies on their overall strategies and am currently working with multiple clients at my firm. In addition to my professional life, I understand that this work is equal parts hard work and hard work. I remain committed to the idea that all students deserve an opportunity to education equality. The scholarship I won with Horatio Alger served as a foundational element to my success to and through college. It made my dream a reality. I wish to support other students in the same capacity. I went through foster care at a young age with a single mother who worked multiple jobs to make ends meet. While it may have seemed as if all odds were against me, I had people like Horatio Alger members Robert J. Brown and Bonnie McElveen-Hunter to personally help me through this journey. To this day they believe in and support me throughout my journey. Our story embodies what all scholars and members should strive to obtain. Genuine connections built on trust and support that help move towards success.
I am very passionate about giving my skills and talents to the Association in the hopes that I can contribute to the success and support of the scholars and alumni. I have been actively involved in a number of committees and organizations that have built upon my skill set. I was the secretary for a Kiwanis group for one of the 3 years I have been a member. I have also been a board member for Kiwanis. I was a founding member of the Norfolk Mayor’s Diversity Council, and planned numerous community events. I was also a founding member of the CARE team at a local college where we provide support and refer college students to resources should they be at risk or suicidal. I volunteer for the Association by being a Field Director for the state of Nebraska, and worked to recruit alumni to attend the 2018 alumni summit. I also love serving as a volunteer for the National Scholars Conference as well as the Awards Ceremony. I am a visionary that understands the work it takes to build a relevant program for all alumni and scholars as we look forward at how we can develop to best serve the next generation of scholars, but also actively keep our alumni engaged and thriving. I love collaborating with others that are just as passionate as I am about our future success!
After attending my first alumni summit in 2018, I wanted to give back to the Horatio Alger Association for helping me develop as a person. Recently, I had the opportunity to serve as a Team Leader at the 2019 National Scholars Conference in Washington, D.C. and do just that. The weeklong trip reinvigorated my desire to serve my community, help educate another generation of leaders and reminded me of my career passions in life. This also allowed me to create strong bonds with students in my group that continue to last until this day. As an alumni advisory committee member, I want to continue to use my ability to create strong bonds with new and old scholars, members and fellow alumni by creating an experience that draws members back into the organization. I believe this strong trait of being a natural born connector who enjoys helping others will be a valuable asset for the committee and in reeling in previous alumni who may feel disconnected from the organization. Furthermore, I believe serving on the alumni advisory committee will reinvigorate my desire to serve my community. I recently moved across the country and always wanted to get more involved in my local community. Now that I live in a more residential neighborhood, I have the ability to hone in on the community and serve a targeted population. Working on the advisory committee will help me understand how to organize at a grassroots level in a smaller group.
Hi All! I am a 2003 National Scholar from Utah and have dedicated my life to higher education. I have focused on research, assessment, and technology and view my skill set as one that could be helpful to the Committee. I am a lifelong learner and have undergraduate degrees in Economics and International Studies and a Masters in Education. I have over a decade of experience working in higher education data analysis and am finishing my coursework for a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Higher Education. I have served on numerous boards and committees, including the University of Utah’s Alumni Board. I have also served as a chair, which helped me to learn how to motivate members and keep them focused on our respective missions.
I have always appreciated the importance of involvement and know that committees function best with dedicated members. I have benefited from my engagement with Alumni initiatives over the years and would love to serve the greater Alumni network. I have participated in multiple campaigns including care packages, letter writing, the Adopt a Scholar program, and am currently serving as the Utah Field Director. I think the combination of my education, dedication, and experiences would make me an effective member of the Alumni Advisory Committee.
I appreciate the current and former committee members who have dedicated their time to help make the Alumni Association what it is today and I look forward to serving the Association and the next generation of Alumni Scholars.
I have always had a desire to better serve my community, however in the past two years, I had decided to try something new: a Mrs. Pageant. Why is this relevant? Once I had been selected to represent my county, Westmoreland, my director encouraged me to go and get to know my community better. I did just that and served on the committee for the Empty Bowl, the Cultural Trust, volunteered for Our Clubhouse, Toys for Tots and the American Heart Association of Pittsburgh, just to name a few.
While I was always grateful to The Association and its members for the scholarship I received, as a state scholar, I did not feel a strong tie to The Association until I attended The Alumni Summit in the fall of 2018. It is hard to believe that it has only been a year since I was first able to truly connect to other Alumni and find my Horatio Alger family. I was so encouraged by the direction that The Alumni Advisory Council was taking to make State Scholars a larger part of the HAA mission, and I immediately wanted to be a part of it. I have served in a leadership capacity several times in my life and though it is not in my job title, I do it daily in my small office. I am a strong assertive voice and my coworkers look to me for advice, specifically on programmatic changes in our drop-out re-engagement program. For several years, I volunteered with a small organization, Stand up for Kids-DC, where I was the volunteer coordinator. I assisted primarily with recruiting new volunteers but as it was a small staff, I was an active participant on team meetings and helped to guide the direction of that organization. I am committed to the values of HAA and I want to give back. I am guided by a strong sense of integrity and I will always strive to do what is in the best interest of Alumni and The Association if I am chosen for this position.
I have been volunteering as a coach and through my work for several years, but have only recently revisited my roots in wanting to help my fellow and future alumni. With over 20 years of experience in the Financial Services industry, I would like to use that experience to help alumni and craft programs for scholars and alumni around financial awareness. I have participated in the adopt-a-scholar program and it is a great experience. Being able to give back of my time and experience has great meaning to me. As a manager, I have enjoyed helping my employees grow and to find success. It is the same for me in coaching. As a part of the Alumni Advisory Committee, I look forward to working with my fellow alumni to help craft programs to help us grow and be able to give back to the organization that has given us all so much.