On Saturday, Oct. 9, in a special ceremony at Homecoming weekend, we recognized the following 10 people, all of whom have graduated from Binghamton University within the last 10 years. The Bearcats of the Last Decade (BOLD) 10 Under 10 Awards are granted to alumni who have demonstrated a very high level of career achievement since leaving campus and who show great potential for future leadership. You can see the full ceremony using the embedded media player above.
Louis R. Alerte '10, MS '13 is the global intelligence business leader at Johnson & Johnson. He leads the opportunity identification framework to enable advanced intelligent automation. In his most recent role as corporate director of community health with RWJBarnabas Health System, he collaborated with multiple interdisciplinary teams to manage and direct numerous projects geared towards improving population health. Also, he directed the development and execution of analytical and research activities for strategic decision making to improve clinical outcomes.
Alerte is an academic appointee to St. George’s University School of Medicine and serves as an assistant professor of internal medicine. Also, he holds a master’s degree in biomedical engineering and a bachelor of science degree in integrated neuroscience from Binghamton. He has an MBA with a finance concentration from Ashford University, Forbes School of Business and Technology. Furthermore, he is board certified in healthcare management as a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Alessandra Arbor '12 is a nurse with the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York. When COVID-19 first became present in the city's hospitals, they were not prepared. Emergency departments were overwhelmed and HSS, which does not have an emergency department, offered its nurses an opportunity to work at Weill Cornell's emergency unit. Arbor rose to the call and volunteered. For three weeks, she worked tirelessly to care for COVID-19 patients. She quarantined from her family to prevent risking transmission to loved ones while she had contact with patients suspected or confirmed to be sick. She subsequently worked in a temporary COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) HSS opened to help care for patients Weill Cornell could not accommodate. After the early peak in cases had subsided, Arbor reflected on the experience and came to realize that everyone had gone through a form of trauma and many people needed help processing it. She has decided to continue to be part of the solution and a witness to the healing of other medical professionals as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
While attending the Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Arbor worked nights for the High Hopes after-hours crisis counseling service and served as the healthcare advisor for the Honduras project, which designed and constructed potable and gray water systems for more than 100 people. She began her nursing career on a medical surgical unit at Hackensack University Medical Center then transitioned to HSS to specialize in orthopedic nursing.
Christina Arbor '12 was, as a student, chapter vice president for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), an LGBTQ activist and worked with a team of engineering students on the Honduras Project, which included the design and construction of a potable water and gray water system for more than 100 people in a rural community and generated $10,000 in outside donations from project sponsors.
After graduating in 2012, Arbor began working as a field engineer at Turner Construction Company in New York. In her career at Turner, she has worked on projects in the city totaling more than $2 billion in revenue. Her roles have included superintendent, cost analyst, architectural engineer and estimator. Notable projects include the New York Police Academy, Columbia University Business School and New York-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center. In addition to her project roles, Arbor has worked to build Turner’s relationship with the SHPE-NYC professional and college chapters to increase diverse recruiting and professional development opportunities for employees. Upon learning Turner did not recruit at Binghamton, she took active steps to recruit by overseeing project tours for Binghamton students and by participating in alumni events. She co-founded and led Turner Construction’s first Hispanic/Latinx employee resource group for four years and oversaw more than 50 initiatives in that time, focused on recruitment, professional development, retention, business development, community service and networking.
She was selected to develop and manage Turner’s HI-RISE Internship program for the NYC Small Business Services Anchor Initiative focused on reviving the city’s local and diverse businesses and supporting disadvantaged communities. The program successfully exposed a group of 12 diverse high school interns to career experiences with architecture, engineering, construction management and the trades. With her recent move to Turner’s Connecticut business unit, she has continued her career growth as a professional in addition to becoming the SHPE-CT chapter president.
Lindsay Cox '17 graduated from Binghamton in 2017 cum laude with President’s Honors, earning bachelor’s
degrees in political science and philosophy, politics and law. She is a results-driven
non-profit director with experience developing and running innovative programs that
serve rare disease populations. As director of engagement and strategic innovation
for the New York City Hemophilia Chapter, Cox is responsible for programming, community
engagement, volunteer management and organizational strategic planning. One such stand-out
initiative that Cox developed and directed was the Patient Voice Advocacy Event Series,
connecting more than 100 community members with dozens of legislators through educational
pre-existing conditions forums.
Cox also serves as coalition manager for the New York State Bleeding Disorders Coalition. She organizes and directs the bleeding disorders community’s annual statewide advocacy days – a conference comprising of comprehensive advocacy training and meetings with legislators for hundreds of bleeding disorders advocates. Cox manages the coalition’s annual statewide teen advocacy-based leadership program. She has also led training seminars focusing on the basics of advocacy, tips for first-time advocates and storytelling techniques.
Cox was integrally involved in the passage of the bill creating a Rare Disease Advisory Council in New York state. In 2021, Cox was a leader in the passage of anti-mandatory mail order and non-medical switching legislation, as well as the "March is Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month" resolution for the fifth year. Cox has been a featured speaker and facilitator at national conferences on topics such as coalition building, creative methods for advocacy training, and ways to connect community members and legislators.
Maggie Fox '18 graduated from Binghamton with her bachelor’s degree in materials chemistry with President’s Honors. She is a doctoral student at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Samueli School of Engineering in materials science and engineering. Her dissertation work looks at the design and manufacturing of non-planar 3-dimensional batteries and solid-state batteries. At UCLA, she is a Cota-Robles Fellow and NSF INFEWS Fellow, and holds a society-level position in the Society of Women Engineers as the graduate member coordinator-elect. In addition, Fox has worked at the RAND Corporation as a policy researcher in the engineering and applied sciences division.
While at Binghamton, Fox spent substantial time working on increasing student engagement both in and out of the classroom and has wanted to keep that incorporated in her graduate work. Based on her passion, she founded Women in STEM: Breaking Barriers. This free, three-day conference looked to help women in STEM and their allies break socioeconomic, generational and discipline-specific systemic barriers they face by being a member of the STEM community through personal and professional development. While the conference was based out of Los Angeles, she was able to open its doors globally, impacting much of the Binghamton community, as well as reaching audiences beyond the United States. Fox plans to utilize the rest of her PhD experience to complete her research and continue to lay the foundation for her work in advocating for women in STEM. She enjoys spending her free time rooting for the Mets, running, and she will be competing in the New York City Marathon this fall.
Joshua Lampert '11 is an electrophysiology fellow at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. While at Binghamton, he earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He attended medical school at SUNY Downstate where he graduated at the top of his class as a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. He then completed his internal medicine residency at Columbia University Medical Center and cardiovascular disease fellowship training at Mount Sinai Hospital where he is doing further subspecialty training in electrophysiology, the treatment of heart rhythm disorders. Lampert has been recognized for teaching and exceptional patient care, having earned multiple accolades from both trainees and patients.
During the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, he treated the sickest patients in the intensive care unit where he observed a subtle change in the waveform pattern on the electrocardiogram, a measure of the heart’s electrical activity. He developed a set of criteria based on this finding that predicted which patients in the hospital would get worse or die in a timeframe that allows medical teams to intervene. His findings have been published in major cardiology journals and have helped healthcare workers care for patients in the worst public health crisis in a century.
Jamal Lawrence '11 is a board-certified family medicine/primary care physician, and is founder and CEO of Harvest Health MD in Savannah, Ga. He graduated from Binghamton with a bachelor's degree in biological sciences and minor in sociology. Lawrence attended Indiana University School of Medicine and later completed his training at the Savannah Family Medicine Residency program at Memorial Health in Savannah. After residency, Lawrence traveled throughout Georgia providing care to patients as a solo practitioner in a rural setting and also a wound care physician, but Savannah remained close to his heart. Thus, he established his own practice in Savannah as a direct primary care physician with a special focus on lifestyle medicine and plant-based nutrition.
Throughout his education and training, Lawrence has held leadership positions in various organizations and was recognized on local and national levels for his leadership and service to his community.
After learning about direct primary care, it became obvious to Lawrence that it was the method most congruent with his desire to impact patients on a deeper level while providing affordable and accessible health care. Thus, the impetus for Harvest Health MD was developed. Winning S.C.O.R.E. Savannah’s 2020 Bizpitch Competition only further validated the concept of Harvest Health MD and its potential impact on his community.
Robb Quiller '12 earned a bachelor of arts degree in environmental economics and was a two-time America East Conference pole vault champion for the Bearcat men's track and field team. Upon graduating, he worked for Epic Systems Corporation, the nation’s most prominent electronic medical record software company, from 2012-16, where he led implementations of hospital lab systems for clients across the country. Quiller received his master's degree in management with a focus on leadership from The Catholic University of America in 2017 with ambition to pursue entrepreneurial initiatives to improve patient care outcomes.
Subsequently, Honeydew Consulting, a startup lab specific healthcare IT consulting firm, was founded. As well as being a founding member, he is CEO at Honeydew and continues to expand operations, which have averaged more than 50% growth in each of the last four years. Honeydew is expected to gross more than $3.7 million in 2021, and will continue to develop its internship program for Binghamton students, established in 2020.
Devan Tracy '13 is the Smart Buildings and Go Green Associate Manager for the Rotary and Mission Systems division of Lockheed Martin and a graduate of the Engineering Leadership Development Program. She is responsible for the implementation of data analytics software to perform fault detection and diagnostics, energy anomaly detection and predictive maintenance. Tracy is also responsible for strategy, planning, execution and reporting of energy reduction activities to drive affordability and support corporate sustainability initiatives. Under her leadership, $6.5M in annual energy savings have been realized and the largest on-site solar photovoltaic system at Lockheed Martin was installed.
Tracy holds a master's degree in sustainable systems engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Binghamton University. She is a Professional Engineer, Certified Energy Manager, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional, and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. In 2018, Devan was awarded the GreenBiz “30 Under 30” distinction and presented a TEDx Talk on the "Extinction of Sustainability” at Binghamton University.
Ashley Wells '18 is a co-founder and the chief development officer of The Prosp(a)rity Project, a non-profit organization committed to empowering Black women with tools for financial literacy as a catalyst for propelling them to higher rates of professional success. Founded in 2020 during the height of the pandemic, this organization brings financial literacy training and retroactive scholarships for student debt relief to its award beneficiaries.
Aside from her nonprofit work, Wells is a graduate student at Columbia University, working toward earning her Master of Arts in American studies. Passionate about the intersections of race and gender, she is researching how the intersectional identities of Black women make it more difficult for them to be both diagnosed with and properly treated for mental health conditions in the United States. During the 2020-21 academic year, she held positions both as a research assistant in the history department and as a cohort member in Columbia’s Diversity Research Collective. Wells is also president of the Arts & Sciences Graduate Council, Columbia’s student government representing master’s and doctoral students in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Wells graduated from Binghamton with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in creative writing from Dartmouth College in 2020 where she served as president of the Dartmouth Writers’ Society.