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Alumni

Carrie Kohler
Class of 2023

Born and raised on the east coast, Carrie Kohler attended Gordon College on the northshore of Massachusetts for her undergraduate in Biblical and Theological Studies. Carrie also has a Master of Philosophy in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies from the Irish School of Ecumenics at Trinity College Dublin. Carrie works as a hospital chaplain and is very interested in the intersection of spirituality, religion, ethics and healthcare.

Hannah Chaddha
Class of 2022

Hannah graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago with a B.S. in Biological Studies and a minor in Spanish before pursuing her graduate studies at the Bioethics Institute. Hannah also worked as the Bioethics Institute's Craves Impact Fellow, tasked with measuring the impact of campus events and outreach. 

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Symeon Yee
Class of 2022

Hailing from Fiji, Symeon is graduate of the certificate program in Bioethics. Symeon is a chaplain for U.S.C. and led an initiative for trained volunteers to be with dying patients at the end of life, so they don't have to be alone.

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Larenza Elbert
Class of 2022

Larenza received her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from the University of Alabama. Larenza's volunteer work in the clinical setting acted as a catalyst for her interest in biomedical ethics.

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Ava Lekander
Class of 2022

Ava Lekander grew up in Anchorage, Alaska before attending Loyola Marymount University for her undergraduate education. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology and a Minor in Jewish Studies. Ava became interested in Bioethics after learning of the history of physician mistreatment and abuse of minority populations.   

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Brianna Feld
Class of 2022

Brianna earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry from California State University, Long Beach and has extensive experience in stem cell research. Brianna hopes to use her technical translational research experience in combination with my science literacy and passion for communication to bridge the gap between science and the public understanding of science in addition to advocating for those affected by bioethical issues.

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Alan Flores, MA
Class of 2021

Born and raised in Southern California, Alan received a B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Psychology from California State University Dominguez Hills. 

Alexis Harris
Class of 2023

Alexis received her B.A. from Loyola Marymount University in 2021 in Women's and Gender Studies. Alexis is currently pursuing doctoral studies in philosophy.

Leo Mendoza
Class of 2022

Leo  completed an M.A. in Theology at LMU and wrote his thesis under the direction of Dr. Nancy Pineda-Madrid, T. Marie Chair in Catholic Theology and Dr. Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu, Professor of Theological Aesthetics and Theological Studies who also served as the second reader. Leo has presented papers at graduate conferences at LMU and the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College. He has essays published in Say Something Theological (Graduate Journal) and the Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology.

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Flavius Rusu
Class of 2022

Flavius, born in Romania, immigrated with his family to Portland, OR at an early age. He proceeded in earning a dual B.S. in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Oregon. While a graduate student at the Bioethics Institute, Flavius served as the Craves Scholar and helped maintain and produce content for the Bioethics Hub website. As Flavius proceeds with his studies, he intends to focus on bioethical issues surrounding genetics and neuro-technological enhancements.

Martha Amador
Class of 2022

After graduating with her B.S. in Sociology from the University of Laverne and her Master of Social Work from USC, Martha pursued her bioethics studies at the Institute, graduating in 2022. Martha also holds a certificate in Trauma and Resilience Training from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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Anne-Marie Zamora
Class of 2021

Anne-Marie graduated from the Bioethics Institute in 2021. Anne-Marie is a proud mom of two daughters and enjoys hiking, trail running with her cattle dog, and going to the beach and camping with her daughters. 

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Cara Crew, MA
Class of 2020

Cara received her B.A. in Television Production with a minor in History from Loyola Marymount University. She was the Craves Scholar at the Institute during her studies and helped to maintain the Bioethics Hub website with current news articles and thought-provoking topics. 

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Shanice Mcleish, MA
Class of 2020

Originally from Jamaica, Shanice immigrated to Canada where she graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University having studied Biology and Psychology. Shanice is particularly interested in the social justice aspects of Bioethics and hopes to one day give back to her home country of Jamaica in a meaningful way.  

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Fr. Diego Menniti, MA
Class of 2020

Fr. Diego Menniti, a priest of the Archdiocese of Catanzaro-Squillace in Calabria, Italy, was ordained on June 27, 2015. In 2016, he obtained his licentiate in Moral-Social Theology (S. Th. L. M.A. equiv.) from the Istituto Teologico Calabro, where he studied under Prof. Antonio G. Spagnolo. Fr. Menniti was appointed head of the preparatory year at the Pontifical Regional Seminary, "St Pius X" of Catanzaro, for the 2017-2018 academic year. He graduated from the Bioethics Institute in 2020.

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Fr. Chidi Chileke, MA
Class of 2019

Fr. Chidi Chileke is a Roman Catholic Priest in the Diocese of San Bernardino, and a graduate of the LMU Bioethics Institute. He received his Bachelors in Philosophy and Bachelors in Theology from Seat of Wisdom, a Major Seminary in Owerri, Nigeria affiliated with Urban University in Rome. His interest in philosophy and moral theology led him to pursue studies in Bioethics. He is currently a Parochial Vicar at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Ontario.

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Uma Nicole, MA
Class of 2019

Uma received her B.A. in Mathematics and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. She is also a Yoga and Mindfulness instructor, a singer with the LMU Women’s Chorus and Consort Singers, a fellow for LMU’s Center for Student Action, and she is on LMU’s Committee for Criminal and Restorative Justice. 

Christopher Iloha

Class of 2018

Christopher graduated from the Bioethics Institute in 2018. Christopher's primary interest in bioethics is helping the Catholic faith move forward in its understanding of medical technology and the role it plays in our lives.

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Nita Millstein, MBA, MA
Class of 2017

Nita Millstein comes to bioethics from a background combining conflict resolution and leadership consulting for healthcare and other organizations. She has business experience in for profit segments, such as healthcare, as well as a long history of work with nonprofit community organizations throughout Los Angeles. She received her MBA from Loyola Marymount University and graduated from the Master’s in Bioethics program in May of 2017.

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Robbie Sian, SJ, MD, MA
Class of 2016

Robbie Sian received his basic education in Negros Island in the Philippines.  He earned a B.S. in Zoology from University of the Philippines Dilman, graduating cum laude and then graduated from University of the Philippines College of Medicine.  After passing his boards, he began his residency in Pediatrics at UP-Philippine General Hospital in 1995.  Robbie entered the Jesuit novitiate in 1997 and has served as a Christian Life Education teacher in Manilla, a physician to Montagnard refugees, and a school doctor and pastoral caregiver to handicapped students in Cambodia before graduating magna cum laude in his Theological studies.  He was ordained in 2009.  

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Jared Howes, MA
Class of 2020

Hailing from Montana, Jared Howes, received an M.Sc. in Bioethics from KU Leuven (2020), an M.A. in Bioethics from Loyola Marymount University, and a B.A. in Theology from Carroll College (2015). He is currently a doctoral student at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law at KU Leuven in Belgium. His research focuses on the ethics of electronic tracking devices in dementia care. 

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Fr. Julian Okoroanyanwu, MA, MS
Class of 2019

Fr. Julian Okoranyanqu is a Roman Catholic Priest in the Diocese of San Bernadino, and a graduate of the LMU Bioethics Institute. He also received his Bachelors in Philosophy and Bachelors in Theology from Seat of Wisdom, a Major Seminary in Owerri, Nigeria affiliated with Urban University in Rome. He is currently the Parochial Vicar at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. 

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Astrid Floegel-Shetty, MA
Class of 2019

Astrid is a UCLA graduate with Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Biomedical Research minor.   

She is passionately committed to developing the skill sets for a career that lies at the intersection of bioethics, biostatistics, reproductive health, and teaching. 

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Mia Loucks, MA
Class of 2019

After graduating from Occidental College with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, Mia spent two years working for various artists, musicians, and playing music of her own. When she began to suffer from complications with lupus, a systemic autoimmune disease, she became interested in understanding the ethical dimensions of medicine and the patient-physician relationship and decided to pursue graduate studies at the Bioethics Institute.  

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Alex Duvoisin, MA
Class of 2017

After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Occidental College, Alex Duvoisin earned his Master’s in Bioethics in May 2017. He graduated Loyola Law School in 2021 and is currently working as a Clinical Ethics Fellow at Sutter Health. He is particularly interested in the struggles of  the most vulnerable members of society face when navigating healthcare.

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Andres Elviras, MA
Class of 2016

Andres Elviras is a 2016 graduate of the LMU Bioethics Institute’s Master’s Degree Program.  He began his undergraduate studies in physics at Cal Poly Pomona, and then graduated with a degree in Philosophy and minor in Anthropology.  Andres plans to apply for a PhD program in either philosophy or sociology, and study ethics and the philosophy and sociology of science.

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Andres Elviras, MA
Class of 2016

Andres Elviras is a 2016 graduate of the LMU Bioethics Institute’s Master’s Degree Program.  He began his undergraduate studies in physics at Cal Poly Pomona, and then graduated with a degree in Philosophy and minor in Anthropology.  Andres plans to apply for a PhD program in either philosophy or sociology, and study ethics and the philosophy and sociology of science.

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