A selection of recent student
and alumni achievements
IDA BYRD-HILL (JWMI ’15) is president of Uplift, Inc., a nonprofit tech diversity firm. She recently wrote a book, “Invisible Talent Market,” available on Amazon.
DR. HELEN LORETTA COLLINS (BBA ’77) is an information technology manager at the Defense Health Agency in Falls Church, Va. Dr. Collins was elected Division F Director for Toastmasters, leading more than 100 clubs for the public speaking and leadership organization.
DAVINA DAVIS-NORRIS (MSIS ’17) is a systems analyst and database administrator in the Navy’s IT department, where she oversees the JAG enterprise system.
LORA DUNCAN (MBA ’16) R.N., was appointed as chief nursing officer for Optim Healthcare, in Savannah. Ga.
DANISHON FELDER (BBA ’14, JWMI ’16) is 927th ARW Occupational Safety Manager for the U.S. Air Force and a diet technician at the Department of Defense Health and Wellness Center.
CHARLES HASBERRY, JR., (BSCN ‘01), a senior attorney advisor in the Office of Airmen’s Counsel, U.S. Air Force, is a 2018 recipient of the NAACP Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award.
ANDREA JOHNSON (MBA ‘15) is a tax project coordinator for Mercadien Group in Hamilton, N.J.
CHARASAY POWELL (MBA ’15, BBA ’12) was promoted to lead resource management specialist, Core Talent Services at Deloitte Services LP.
JAMES SCHWICHTENBERG (BBA ’17) was appointed vice president and chief safety officer for rail safety leader CSX.
SAREETA SPRIGGS (MBA ’10) is deputy director at the Executive Office of the Mayor in Washington, D.C. She is also founder of Ladies L.E.A.D.
EVE TAYLOR (BSBA ’96, MBA ’08) wrote a book, “Discover Your Why,” available on Amazon. Dr. Taylor also hosts a weekly radio show, “Discover Your Why Veteran Radio Talk,” on Radio One WYCB 1340AM.
DARRELL WILLIAMS (MBA ’18) is chief, military personnel for the Operations Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), where he was named Mentor of the Year by DISA and the DOD Information Network.
Spotlight: Jeff Lubin (BBA ’75) Like many others, for a long time, Jeff Lubin (BBA ’75) wasn’t quite sure what to do with his life. After a time in the Navy, Jeff bounced around New York City where he toured with friends in a band, mingling with icons like Jimi Hendrix and other legendary performers. Yet, he eventually he realized that this way of life wasn’t sustainable. Energetic and entrepreneurial, Jeff chose Strayer University to earn his business degree.
When he graduated in 1975, Jeff was working at Library of Congress, where he would remain for 16 years. At the height of his career, Jeff was very comfortable, but he had another passion: photography. He would practice his hobby in the afternoons, eventually offering paid services and opening his own studio
in 1985. Armed with his business degree, he applied unique marketing tactics (and a lot of grit!) to grow his studio. Today, Jeff has made millions creating portraits for professional athletes, politicians, and entertainers, along with many families and children.
When asked for advice, Jeff says, “Just go for it. Dive into it. It’s never too late to pursue your dreams. I was nobody special. If I could do it, so can you.”
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