BMCC alumni are a source of inspiration for today’s college students. Many have continued with their higher education, begun careers in business or finance, or established themselves as artists, writers, entrepreneurs and community leaders. Meet some of BMCC’s exceptional Alumni Now!
Michael D. Hattem ’09
Former BMCC Foundation Scholar Michael Hattem earned a B.A. in History through the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies (CUNY BA) program, with BMCC and then City College of New York (CCNY/CUNY) as his home schools. Now completing a doctoral program in American history at Yale University,he has won almost a dozen historical research fellowships from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the New-York Historical Society and others. Hattem co-founded the popular history blog, The Junto, and is a producer and co-creator of the history podcast, The JuntoCast. “Without BMCC having been there to give me my first opportunity, none of those things would have been possible,” says Hattem, who came to BMCC at age 31, relying on public assistance and what he describes as “menial” jobs. He thank mentors such as BMCC Professor Jacob Kramer for helping him start his academic path.
Brittany N. Holland ’12
Substance abuse counselor Brittany N. Holland (Human Services, ’12), earned a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) with Honors at Lehman College, CUNY in 2014, and then a Master of Social Work (MSW) at Adelphi University in 2015. In June 2016, she became a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor Trainee (CASAC-T) and joined the staff at Success Counseling Services, an outpatient treatment center in the Bronx.
Saint Hung ’05
Entrepreneur Saint Hung (Business Administration, ’05) is the Chief Executive Officer of Universal Processing, a financial technology startup he founded in 2009 andwhich has grown to serve more than 5,000 clients and generate $1.5 billion in managed revenue. While a student at BMCC, Mr. Hung was an Honors student and award-winning member of the Phi Theta Kappa All-USA academic team. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Economics at Columbia University, and remains a friend to BMCC by providing internships and participating in career fairs.
Elizabeth Simmons Cary ’95
Elizabeth Simmons Cary (Medical Record Technology, ’95), made the Dean’s List several times before graduating from BMCC and going on to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Administration from State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate, Brooklyn in 1999. Currently retired from working as a Health Information Administrator, she teaches at the New York Career Institute.
Orian Christine Osorio, ’11
Orian Christine Osorio enrolled at BMCC 1988, then “due to my mother’s illness, starting a family and moving, my education was placed on the back burner,” she says. In 2009, she returned to BMCC, where she was a member of the Latino Honor Society, and completed an Associate in Human Services degree. She next earned a Bachelor’s in Social Work degree at Lehman College, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and earned an NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) certification for completing a James Satterwhite Academy Professional Development internship. She went on to earn a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from New York University and works today as a social worker at Rockland Psychiatric Center in theirQuality Assurance Department, helping to development policies and procedures, and prepare for Joint Commission visits to the facility.
Daryl Griffin ‘14
Daryl Griffin earned an associate degree in criminal justice at BMCC in 2014, after serving as a team leader in a U.S. Marines infantry unit that was twice deployed to Iraq. While a student at BMCC, he maintained straight As and was active in the Alumni Club, serving as its treasurer and then president. He mentored other student veterans through PROVE, the Project for Return and Opportunity in Veterans Education at BMCC, and helped them access Veterans Administration benefits through the BMCC Veterans Resource Center. Today, he is a Senior Academic Advisor with the Veteran Services program at LaGuardia Community College.
Preke Radoina (Praq Rado) ‘14
Praq Rado made the Dean’s List three times before graduating from BMCC in 2014 with an associate degree in Communication Media Studies. He is now working toward a bachelor’s degree in Marketing the Arts at Baruch College, while continuing to develop his career as an actor and producer through Dreaming Film Production, a company he founded with director Lee Percy. Rado’s current project is a film that focuses on undocumented college students, a subject close to his heart as Rado himself fled his country of origin, Albania, as a child and has struggled with his immigration status since that time.
Theresa Clark Messer ’02
Theresa Clark Messer (Accounting, ’82) served as Director of Finance for the National Basketball Players Association for 18 years. She began her career at Peat Marwick & Mitchell, now KPMG, where she obtained her Certified Public Accountant license. After earning her Associate in Accounting degree at BMCC, Messer earned a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Pace University, and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Long Island University. A member of the BMCC Foundation Board, Messer is Chair of the BMCC Alumni Committee.
Jessica Frey ’06
Jessica Frey (Theatre, ’06) is now playing the role of Margaret Dashwood in the critically acclaimed production of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, adapted for the stage by Kate Hamill and playing now through November 20, 2016 at Bedlam. She earned a BFA in Acting at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University (NYU) in 2008. In addition to acting, she stays busy teaching in the Atlantic Acting School, takes part in a sketch group called Uncle Function, and does monologue and on-camera coaching for aspiring actors.
Ami Efrati ’15
Ami Efrati graduated from BMCC with an Associate in Arts in Business Administration in 2015. He was a recipient of the Academic Excellence in Business Administration award, conferred at the 2015 BMCC Honors Convocation, as well as a member of the Dean’s List and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. While at BMCC, Mr. Efrati also volunteered with New York Cares. He is now enrolled at Baruch College, CUNY, working toward his bachelor’s degree in accounting through evening classes while serving as President of Entrepreneur Properties. In that capacity, he identifies and procures commercial real estate investments for buyers and sellers in New York City, New York State, and abroad.
Joel Barker ’06
BMCC Professor Joel Barker earned an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Accounting degree at BMCC before transferring to Queens College, CUNY, where he earned a B.A. In Accounting and Economics, and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Accounting. Professor Barker is also a New York State-licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and before joining the faculty at BMCC, he gained professional experience in public accounting with a focus on audits and taxes. His research efforts, which he shares with students, focus on Individual Taxation and Tax Policies.
David Steingard (attended ’93-’95)
David Steingard is the co-founder and CEO of Laughing Man Coffee & Tea and Director of the Laughing Man Foundation. He left his work as a criminal prosecutor in Brooklyn to start Laughing Man Coffee & Tea with actor Hugh Jackman. They share the vision that business can be a vehicle for positive change and Laughing Man Coffee & Tea is a model. David was CEO of Creative Exposure, a small business marketing firm, and CEO of CompuTech Edge, a technology company for public schools.
Orville Ingram ’03
Mr. Ingram, who earned his associate degree in Communication and Media Studies, was president of the Student Government Association and an Out in Two scholar at BMCC. Today, Mr. Ingram is Assistant Principal of the Bronx Lab School, an NYC Department of Education high school serving grades 9-12.