Alumni Club of Chicago Announces New Board Directors

The Alumni Club of Chicago Board Directors works to connect, celebrate, and represent regional University of Chicago alumni.

The University of Chicago Alumni Club of Chicago Board has announced the addition of nine new directors Akila Ally, AB'16, Thurston Bailey, AB'93,  Lisa Fan, AB’12, JD’18, MBA’18, Danika Manchester, AB’00, Brittany McGhee, MA'13, Christina Rodriguez, AB'99, Julianne W. Voelker, MBA'87, Samia Wahab, AM '06 and Justin Weiner, JD'07 effective July 1, 2018. Learn more about each board director below.

akila_ally_60Akila Ally, AB'16

Akila moved from Dhaka, Bangladesh to attend UChicago and thus fondly refers to Hyde Park as her second home. She graduated with a BA in Biological Sciences in 2016, with a specialization in Neuroscience and a focus on social determinants of health. During her time in campus, worked at the Program on Medicine and Religion in UChicago Medicine and was ardently involved in the Neighborhood Schools Programs serving Woodlawn preschools. She was also involved in several health and service RSO's including MEDLIFE, Pre-medical Students Association, Phoenix Biology Club, APO, and volunteered with youth in the La Rabida Hospital. She served as the founding editor of Pulse, the College's inaugural pre-health magazine. Akila loved immersing herself in the music scene on campus and was co-founder of "Chicago Aag", UChicago's first South Asian fusion A Cappella group. Now, she works in public health grant management at the Cook County government while working on her pre-health certificate at Northwestern University. Akila continues to remain involved with the University through mentoring first-generation students. In her free time, you can find her camping out in bookstores, taking walks along the lake or attending concerts in 1 of the 77 neighborhoods in Chicago. 

t-bailey-hs--2016-Thurston Bailey, AB'93     

I most recently served as General Counsel for the US operations of Optiver, a global derivatives trading firm based in Amsterdam, where I worked for a little over 8 years. Prior to Optiver, I worked in private practice at Schiff Hardin (Chicago), Winstead PC (Houston) and Andrews Kurth (Houston) where I focused on labor and employment law and general litigation. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Chicago in 1993 and my Juris Doctor from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 1998. In between college and law school, I was a financial analyst at Northern Trust Bank in Chicago. I currently serve on the Boards for the ACLU-Illinois, the Roger Baldwin Foundation (a foundation affiliated with the ACLU-Illinois), and Camp of Dreams. I previously served as Treasurer for the University of Chicago Alumni Club of Houston and volunteered as an alumni interviewer for prospective students for the College (while in Houston). I have also served on the University of Chicago reunion committees for my 10th, 15th, 20th and 25th year reunions.

  • lisa-fanLisa Fan, AB’12, JD’18, MBA’18

    Lisa Fan is a graduate of the College, Law School, and Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. A proud triple Maroon, Lisa is an active volunteer for the Alumni Schools Committee (ASC) where she interviews prospective students applying to UChicago. In graduate school, she served on Graduate Council where she organized social programming for the graduate student community. UChicago runs in Lisa’s family, and she is proud to say she is a third-generation Fan of the university (one day she decided to search the stacks to find her great-uncle’s PhD dissertation at John Crerar Library)! During the winter, Lisa loves to figure skate and has spent many winter days at Midway Rink. She works for an international technology company.

    d-manchesterDanika Manchester, AB’00

    Danika received her AB in English Language & Literature and Latin American Studies from The College in 2000. While a student, she lived two years in Burton Judson and served two years as Resident Assistant at Max Mason House. When not working, studying, or sleeping on a pile of books, she enjoyed frequent visits to DOC films and ultimate frisbee pick-up games on the Midway. Since graduation she has worked in the barcode printing industry, currently as RFID Product Manager at FineLine Technologies. Danika interviews prospective college students for the Alumni Schools Committee and has enjoyed participating in a variety of alumni events including book clubs, dinners, lectures, and brewery and coffee roaster tours. She is six states shy of her goal to visit all fifty US States. 

    brittany2Brittany McGhee, MA'13

    Brittany McGhee is the next generation officer at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. There she leads programming and engagement of the Council’s nearly 2,000 member Young Professionals Network. Prior to joining the Council, she managed an international young adult volunteer program through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Previously, she conducted quantitative and qualitative research at the University of Chicago on varying topics including gender, urbanism, and customary law in colonial West and Central Africa. McGhee holds a bachelor's degree in global studies from Loyola University Maryland and a master's degree in international relations from the University of Chicago. She also serves on the executive committee of the Auditorium Theatre auxiliary board.

    crodriguez-headshotChristina Rodriguez, AB'99

    Christina Rodriguez is Vice President, Product Manager of Bank Sponsorship Programs at Republic Bank of Chicago. She has developed a successful risk management career with over 17 years in the property and casualty industry at companies including Allstate and Aon. Christina holds a BA in Economics from The University of Chicago and an MBA with a concentration in Business Analytics from The University of Illinois at Chicago. She currently serves on the Darien Woman's Club resale committee where she is responsible for financial reporting.  Christina enjoys reading, tennis and spending time with family.


    julianneJulianne W. Voelker, MBA'87

    Julie was born, raised and educated in Illinois. She holds a BS in Accountancy from the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana and she is a registered CPA. Julie earned her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and she and her husband enjoyed living in beautiful Hyde Park while she was pursuing her graduate degree. Her solid base in accounting and business has provided a strong platform throughout her career, which has ranged from internal auditing, credit analysis, financing, relationship management, project management and Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance. After working in the financial services industry, Julie stepped out to raise her three children. In recent years, she has relaunched back to the workforce and is currently a management consultant for Harmer Financial Solutions, where she is providing her expertise in the areas of SOX compliance, finance, auditing and accounting projects. To the Alumni Club board, Julie brings her enthusiasm for the University of Chicago and her passion for relationship building. She is looking forward to working with board members to create and execute new and exciting ways to engage the alumni population!

    samia-a-wahab---profile-pictureSamia Wahab, AM '06

    Samia has over 20 years of experience in the field of education. She is the Director of Education at Save the Water™ (STW™), a nonprofit organization based in Miami, Florida and focused on water quality research and awareness. She oversees the Day in the Life of a Scientist (DILOS)TM program for middle school students and is currently creating innovative educational resources for the STW™ website. Samia is also the Founder and Director of the Center for Education Policy Analysis, a think tank focused on education research, practice, and policy issues. Previously, she worked as an Educational Consultant in the Chicago metropolitan area. As a consultant, Samia worked with administrators to create school improvement plans and facilitated professional development programs for teachers. She earned a Master of Arts in Public Policy from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, a Master of Arts in Instructional Technology and Media from Columbia University in the City of New York, and a Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum Studies from DePaul University in Chicago. Her research interests include education policy and educational technology. In addition to her role as a member of the University of Chicago Alumni Club of Chicago Board, she serves as the Social Media Chair on the board of the Chicago Women’s Alliance of the University of Chicago, an Auxiliary Board Member of the Columbia University Club of Chicago, and an Associate Committee Member of the Chicago Foundation for Education. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering as a spelling bee judge and a science fair judge.

    weiner-headshotJustin Weiner, JD'07

    Justin Weiner is a 2007 graduate of The Law School, and is presently practices law as a partner at MoloLamken LLP.  Justin’s practice focuses on complex business litigation, with a particular emphasis on litigation concerning patent litigation and financial matters.  Prior to working at MoloLamken LLP, Justin worked at another Chicago law firm and also clerked for two other graduates of The Law School:  The Honorably Frank H. Easterbrook and The Honorable Milton I. Shadur.