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Alumni Advisory Board

The Alumni Advisory Board of the Center for Career Development advances the mission of supporting all Rice students and alumni as they find and make their places in the world. Members of the Board enthusiastically champion, advocate for, and participate in the activities of the CCD.

If you would like more information or are interested in learning more about serving as a member of the Alumni Advisory Board, please contact Nicole Van Den Heuvel at nvdh@rice.edu.


Shikha Avancha

Associate Consultant, Bain & Company
Ms. Avancha graduated from Rice in 2019 with a degree in Computer Science.

Donald Bowers

Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Mr. Bowers graduated from Rice in 1991 with a degree in Managerial Studies. He went on to Sam Houston State University to earn an MBA in 2010.

Jonathan Cary

University Recruiting Manager, Oracle Corporation
Mr. Cary graduated from Rice in 2008 with a degree in Managerial Studies and Sports Management.

John Eldridge

Partner, Haynes & Boone, LLP
Mr. Eldridge graduated from Rice in 1975 with a degree in Anthropology. He went on to pursue a law degree in 1980 from the University of Texas.

Tom Fornoff

Partner, Yvonne Tocquigny Branding Group
Mr. Fornoff graduated from Rice with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He went on to earn an MBA in Marketing at Columbia.

Michael Gonzalez

Asst. Medical Director and Director of Trauma, Baylor College of Medicine , Ben Taub Emergency Center
Dr. Gonzales graduated from Rice in 1993 with degrees in Economics and Political Science. He also earned an MD from the University of Texas Houston in 2000.

Sten Gustafson

Founder, Parliament Energy Capital, LLC
Mr. Gustafson graduated from Rice in 1989 with a degree in English. He also earned a JD from theUniversity of Houston.

Tawfik Jarjour

Strategy Manager, Accenture
Mr. Jarjour graduated from Rice in 2012 with degrees in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Cognitive Sciences.

Michael Maher

Senior Program Advisor, Baker Institute (Retired, ExxonMobil)
Dr. Maher graduated from Rice in 1975 with a degree in Economics. He went on to earn a PhD from Rice in 1980.

Karen McDonell

Retired, Rice University and McDonell Group
Ms. McDonell graduated from Rice in 1977 with a degree in Behavioral Science.

Carmen Reznik

Manager, Shell Chemical
Dr. Reznik received her PhD in Chemistry from Rice in 2011. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston in 1992.

Julia Stallcup

Associate, David Lackey Antiques and Art
Ms. Stallcup graduated from Rice in 2007 with a degree in Art History. She went on to earn a Master of Arts in 2010 from Bard College and a Certificate in Fine Arts from New York University.

Cathryn Rodd Selman

Retired, ExxonMobil Corporation
Ms. Selman graduated from Rice in 1978 with degrees in History and Economics. She went on to earn an MBA from Harvard in 1982.

Shawn Simmons

Manager, ExxonMobil Corporation
Dr. Simmons received her Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Rice in 1999. She also earned a PhD in Environmental Toxicology from Texas Southern University and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.

Julie Tam

Partner/Realtor, Lyn Realty
Ms. Tam graduated from Rice in 2003 with a degree in Economics.

Robert Taylor

Principal, Chelsea Architects
Mr. Taylor graduated from Rice in 1974 with a degree in Architecture. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas.

Alberto Tohmé

President and Principal, Tohmé Consulting
Mr. Tohmé received a Master of Science degree in Toxicology from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Saint Thomas.

Chuck Whitten

Partner, Bain & Company
Mr. Whitten graduated from Rice in 1999 with degrees in History and Mathematical Economic Analysis. He went on to earn a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University.