UPDATE (6/11/2021): Ballot results are currently being inspected. We hope to be able to announce the results during the week of June 14, 2021. We apologize for the delay.
In response to continued health and safety concerns, the HCHSAA is once again holding its Annual Meeting virtually, beginning at 3 p.m. EDT on June 5th, following the virtual Reunion which begins at 1 p.m. With the Board’s decision to reduce membership dues to zero this year, all HCHS alumnae/i and those who attended the HS for at least three years are now considered members of the HCHSAA and invited to participate in the Annual meeting.
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To confirm your membership and participate in the June 5thmeeting, you will need to register in advance to receive the Zoom link.
Agenda for HCHSAA Annual Members, convened on Zoom at 3 p.m. on June 5th 2021
1. Call to order and confirmation of a quorum
2. President’s report
3. Treasurer’s report on AA finances as of May 30, 2021
4. Confirmation of eligible voters and proxies received in advance
5. Election of new directors (check out the nominees’ information below)
6. Proposed update to Certificate of Incorporation
7. Discussion/Q&A with Members
HCHSAA – Slate of 2022 Board Candidates
Annette B. Almazan is a 1993 HCHS alum. She graduated cum laude from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts, double major in Honors English and Philosophy, and from the University of California School of Law with a Juris Doctor and certificates in the Program in Public Interest Law and Policy (now named for David J. Epstein) and in the Critical Race Studies Concentration. Annette also obtained a Master of Laws in Legal Advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center as part of her fellowship with the D.C. Street Law Project High School program, a year-long clinic for law students to actively engage with the D.C. community by teaching law to public high school students, as well work with practitioners to mentor the students during the year-end mock trial tournament. Prior to attending law school, she was a Teach for America corps member in the Bay Area teaching high school English and Social Studies.
Annette is an attorney whose practice focuses on government oversight. Currently, she is the Special Assistant to the Gaming Inspector General at the Office of the Gaming Inspector General for the New York State Gaming Commission, which investigates allegations of corruption, fraud, criminal activity, and/or conflicts of interest or abuse. She has previously served as a Counsel to the Inspector General for the New York City Department of Investigation; an Assistant General Counsel for the New York City Department of Probation; and an Assistant District Attorney for the Queens County District Attorney’s Office in various bureaus, including Appeals, Homicide Investigations, and Felony Trials Bureaus.
After 20 years of service at the Institute of International Education, Peggy became its Chief Operating Officer in 2005, transitioning to the role of Senior Counselor in 2011. The IIE assists the U.S. Government in administering the Fulbright Program and also manages programs for foundations and corporations.
Before joining IIE in 1984, Peggy served as Assistant Director of Stanford University’s Overseas Studies Program and then as Coordinator of Graduate Services/Fellowships for the University of Hawaii’s Center for Asian and Pacific Studies. Her prior career focused on the development of U.S.-China exchanges as a staff member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and the Asia Society’s China Council, and on domestic policy issues working for NYC’s Mayor Lindsay, the JDR3rd Fund, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Peggy holds a B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard University in Modern Chinese History and an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She chairs JCIE-USA (Japan Center for International Exchange).
Peggy is Secretary of the HCHSAA Board and serves on the Executive and Governance Committees of the Board, and as EC liaison to the Communications Committee
Sherman Chan, MD is a graduate of HCHS Class of 1997. He then continued his studies at New York University with B.A.s in Biochemistry and Economics and State University of New York Downstate Medical Center for his MD degree. In both undergraduate and graduate schools, he served on various student led governing boards overseeing extracurricular programs and clubs. At Downstate he served as University Council President for two years, overseeing the procurement and distribution of private and government funds for all extracurricular student activities and programs for 17 distinct academic tracts. After completing his surgical and urology training, he has been in private practice for the last 10 years and currently serves as the Director of Urology at Vantage Medical Group and Gramercy Surgery Center in New York City. Combining his medical expertise with his financial knowledge, he has been tasked with building and growing the Urology Programs at both institutions with capital, talent, and technology acquisitions while maintaining fiscal solvency for these small businesses. He is active in the community, participating in Prostate Cancer Screenings and Men’s Health Programs and fundraising in conjunction with The American Cancer Society and various pharmaceutical and academic programs. Dr. Chan is an accomplished clinician who also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urology at New York University Long Island School of Medicine where he trains resident physicians and medical students. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Urology.
Dr. Chan currently resides in New York City with his wife and two children. He is excited for the opportunity to provide his expertise and experiences in support of the present and future members of
Mari is a tech-savvy Illinois attorney committed to diversity, inclusion, and individual empowerment through access to education. For over a decade, Mari’s practice has focused on educational access for every student, helping students and families understand the impact that their health conditions have on their ability to meet the expectations of academic institutions, and developing enforceable processes that allow students to access their education in the least restrictive environment. Mari also provides private college selection consultations, helping all students develop a deep understanding of their own requirements for their college education, and translating that understanding into successful applications to colleges that meet and exceed the student’s needs.
Mari’s history also includes sophisticated data research & analysis in support of economic analysis for complex litigation; library automation system implementation and training for academic libraries nationwide; corporate contract and intellectual property administration; marketing and business development for technology companies; user experience and user interface design; and ADA compliance for both physical facilities and software interfaces. Mari holds a patent for a branched logic scripting tool; a law degree from Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago-Kent College of Law; and a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology and linguistics from the University of Chicago. Mari is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois.
At Hunter, you could always find Mari singing. She sang in Junior Chorus, Senior Chorus, Madrigals and Jazz Chorus. She was a G.O. officer, enthusiastic organizer of Carnival, and reliably behind the scenes at productions for Musical Rep and Brick Prison Playhouse. Hunter is a critical foundation for everything Mari has achieved in life, and she is grateful for this opportunity to re-engage with her sisters and brothers of the Joyful Elite.
Maria Louisa Hekker graduated from Hunter College High School in 1980 and is a proud member of the first co-ed class ever admitted to the school. Maria currently serves on the Diversity Committee of the HCHS Alumnae/i Association (HCHSAA) and on its Subcommittee on Admissions Reform.
Maria has over thirty years of business, management, operations and legal experience with public, private and non-profit entities. She currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California (ACLU NC Foundation). She also chairs the Audit and Compliance Committee and serves on the Development Committee for the ACLU NC Foundation and its affiliate. Maria is also a member of the Board of the Kirkwood Community Association and of the Executive Group for the Glen Park Greenway. She has previously served on the Board of the ACLU NC Foundation’s affiliate and as a member of that board’s Executive Committee and has also served on several other non-profit boards over the past three decades. Maria was a principal of and the Chief Operating Officer for a privately held, international consulting firm for two years. Maria also served as the General Counsel of a Berkeley-based financial services and technology company for almost a decade. Before that, Maria worked in the San Francisco and Milan offices of a multi-national law firm, where she specialized in international corporate and securities matters. Maria holds a B.A. in Religious Studies and Italian from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Maria lives in San Francisco, California with her family. She would welcome the opportunity to add her legal and compliance experience to the many other talents already represented on the HCHSAA Board of Directors and to help expand HCHSAA’s presence in California.
Sophia YiRui Liao is a proud member of Hunter College High School’s Class of 2016.
After attending The University of Massachusetts Amherst for her freshman year, Sophia received an internship offer at a fashion magazine in New York City and moved back to take the job. As an intern, she closed a brand partnership with the Hilton brand and was then promoted to Fashion Editor. She subsequently took a year off from college to work with Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Co-Founder of Gilt and Glamsquad, on partnerships and business development for a consumer tech venture between Allergan Pharmaceuticals and The Boston Consulting Group. After the platform’s public launch, Sophia matriculated at Baruch College where she graduated from The Zicklin School of Business with a major in Marketing and a minor in English. She will start at Neuberger Berman in the Institutional Client Group this June. Prior to NB and while attending Baruch, Sophia worked in media, consumer technology, data analytics, fashion and finance. She co-organized the 2017 Technology, Healthcare and Finance Conference at The NYTimes Center, was the first hire for a Direct-to-Consumer startup that launched with Vogue Magazine, and covered New York Fashion Week across eight consecutive seasons. During her senior year at Baruch, she launched a personal styling service intended for just her close friends but saw her work photographed by BFA and featured in The Daily Front Row. Sophia currently lives in New York City and enjoys frequenting art museums, listening to podcasts and skiing in her free time.
With her diverse interests and experiences, Sophia believes she would be an asset to the HCHSAA’s fundraising, marketing and business efforts. It would be her honor to work with the HCHSAA to shape the future of Hunter and help current students and teachers succeed in an ever-changing world.
Diana Thompson McKeage graduated from Hunter College High School in 2008. She has proudly served as 2008 Class Coordinator, engaging her classmates to attend events and donate at their 5 and 10 year reunions (2013 and 2018).
Diana brings to bear a range of mission-driven private sector and non-profit experience. After graduating from Harvard with a humanities degree, she spent time volunteering at microfinance banks in Latin America on a fellowship and then joined a start-up building a novel systems-based approach to economic theory. Along with a few of her Hunter high school classmates, she has been a board member and core teammate of PASSNYC, an education non-profit promoting access to educational opportunities in NYC, later joining the board of one of its non-profit partners, Khan Foundation. After graduating from Columbia with an MBA, she currently works at Anheuser-Busch InBev in the Procurement and Sustainability department. She lives in St Louis, Missouri and is excited to contribute her passion for Hunter College High School and unique perspective to our alumnae association.
Jake Price graduated from Hunter College High School in 2015 (ES ’09). He is currently a student at Vanderbilt Law School pursuing a J.D. with a certificate in Business Law. He received his B.A. in Economics with a minor in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin.
Throughout his time in school, Jake has been active in a wide range of causes and activities on campus. He is the Vice President of the Honor Council and President of the Jewish Law Student Association at Vanderbilt Law School, where he has also served as a member of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council and President of the Cork and Tap Society. At The University of Texas at Austin, he served as Vice President of the Student Conduct Board, where he spearheaded efforts to ensure due process rights for students and organizations in the conduct process. He also served as President of his fraternity, for which he received awards from the school for model leadership. He is also active in the Board of the New York Chapter of the Texas Exes alumni association. At Hunter, Jake received the Faculty Award for Leadership for his involvement with the theater department, where he served as the head of the Tech Crew for several years and produced Brick Prison Playhouse. Outside of school, he has interned for Guernica 37 Barrister’s Chambers, a London-based firm specializing in international criminal and human rights law. Jake has also been involved in political causes and campaigns the New York area and in Texas, including lobbying the Texas Legislature to adopt sensible vaccine policies.
Jake currently splits his time between New York and Nashville but will be returning to New York full time after completing law school next year. He would love to be able to contribute his experience to the Alumnae/i Association and help to find new ways to engage other recent
Joyce Varughese-Raju, MD is a proud member of the Hunter College High School Class of 1998. She was a co-organizer for the 15th reunion for her class and attending the general reunion for her 20th reunion year inspired her to become more active in the Alumnae/i Association.
Joyce is currently the Medical Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Capital Health in Pennington, New Jersey, where she is charged with creating and building a robust program to fill the needs of women in Mercer County (NJ) and Bucks County (PA) diagnosed with gynecologic cancers. In less than two years, she has developed a program that is active clinically exceeding national quality measures and enabled patients in the community to get care closer to home. She takes an active role in teaching medical students and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Robert Wood Johnson-Rutgers Medical School and Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Strongly believing in service to the community, Joyce participates in Virtual Tumor Boards with trainees and colleagues in Vietnam and Uganda through the International Gynecologic Cancer Society. She also travelled to Uganda last year as a visiting mentor through Health Volunteers Overseas to train gynecologic oncology fellows at Uganda Cancer Institute. She also serves as a third grade Sunday School teacher at Saints Basilios-Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church in North Plainfield, New Jersey. She received her undergraduate degree in Sanskrit and Indian Studies from Harvard College and an M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
A native New Yorker, Joyce presently resides in Hillsborough, New Jersey (as a compromise to her native Philadelphian husband!) with her husband and two children. She continues to enjoy running and photography (interests which were fostered while at Hunter). She is eager to apply the skills she uses daily as a surgeon, medical director, and mom (communication skills, collaboration, marketing, and events planning) to serve the high school and its graduates during her term on the HCHSAA Board.