Alumni

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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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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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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 (2019), 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. 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.

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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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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Nita Millstein, MBA, MA
Class of 2017

Nita Millstein comes to bioethics from a background combining conflict resolution, (in corporations, nonprofit organizations and communities) 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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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. Uma is also the founder of the Urban Community Garden Collective.

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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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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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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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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. Astrid is a current medical student at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.

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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. 

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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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