Learn more about the volunteers who carry out the mission of the Alumni Club of Pittsburgh.
MARISA BELL-METEREAU, PRESIDENT
Marisa Bell-Metereau originally hails from sunny Austin, where she earned her undergraduate degree in English and anthropology at the University of Texas. She then traded in searing summers for windy winters and moved to Chicago for the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH), which she completed in 2009. While at Chicago she interned at the Newberry Library, and upon graduation she joined the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, where she worked on grants and publications. In August of 2011 she relocated to Pittsburgh, where with encouragement from Lauren Henry she became involved with the alumni club for the first time. In August of 2012 she started the Pittsburgh chapter of the University of Chicago Alumni Book Club, which has been her favorite project to date. When she’s not reading or writing for work or play, Marisa enjoys traveling, running, exploring Pittsburgh, and searching for the most authentic Mexican food in the city.
STEVE SHANDOR, VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS
Stephen ("Steve") Shandor, AB'84, MBA'88, spent three years in the Politics, Economics, Rhetoric and Law (PERL) program in the New Collegiate Division before deciding to apply for the Professional Option Program to spend his fourth year at what is now the Booth School of Business. During his time in the College, Steve lived in Thompson House (Pierce Tower) and Breckinridge House, and then moved to International House. After receiving his MBA, Steve returned home to Philadelphia, where he served in various positions, including President of the Philadelphia Alumni Club. In that capacity, Steve organized many cultural events, including trips to the Barnes Foundation (then in the Philadelphia suburbs) and recital evenings at the Curtis Institute of Music. Now in Pittsburgh, Steve is very excited to be joining the Pittsburgh Alumni Club Board, and is eager to help build a culturally vibrant Club where he and the Chicago alumni community can take advantage of all that Pittsburgh has to offer. If you have any suggestions for club activities, please contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org
PATRICE ALAQUIVA, ALUMNI SCHOOLS COMMITTEE CHAIR
Patrice Alaquiva, AB’10, majored in political science with a focus on race relations. She also studied music. Patrice resided mostly in Michelson House in the Shoreland, but she spent her final year of the college in Stony. Since returning home to Pittsburgh, she has served as an alumni volunteer interviewer for local prospective students. Patrice is now the chair for the Alumni Schools Committee Volunteers in Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania. She is also an English teacher and college counselor in the upper school at Winchester Thurston. Please do not hesitate to contact her at email@example.com, especially if you are interested in becoming an alumni volunteer interviewer.
LAUREN HENRY, BOARD MEMBER (AND PAST PRESIDENT)
As a military brat, Lauren Henry, AB'05, came to Chicago from "nowhere and everywhere" and was happy to find a home in Hyde Park, the English department, Rickert House (in Woodward Court and Max Palevsky), and Blackstone. While at Chicago, she worked at CAPS (now Career Advancement) and served as a student organizer in pretty much every event put on by the CPO; it is thus perhaps unsurprising that she now works in alumni relations and has remained so involved with the University! After graduation, Lauren moved to Philadelphia, where she served as club president from 2010-2011; she was thrilled to take on the same role upon moving to Pittsburgh in August 2011. Thanks in large part to her "never say no to Chicago" policy, Lauren also serves on her class council, interviews for the Alumni Schools Committee, reads applications for the Metcalf Program, and participates in a variety of ad hoc University committees. In all of these positions, she strives to strengthen the Chicago community and to help students and alumni find the "home" that she found at the University, whether it's in Hyde Park or Pittsburgh. When she's not busy with Chicago work, Lauren can be found doing her "real" alumni relations job at Carnegie Mellon University, traveling (for work and fun), reading, baking, spinning, practicing at The Yoga Hive, and continuing her search for the perfect skim mocha in any city that she visits.
AIXA Y. ALEMÁN-DIAZ, BOARD MEMBER
Aixa Alemán-Díaz, AB ‘01, MPP ‘06, is originally from Puerto Rico and has degrees in public policy. She lived in the Shoreland (Filbey House - oh the views!), the DU frat house for a summer (what a bargain!) and the Grosvenor (way too close to Ribs ‘n’ bibs). Aixa works for the the University of St Andrews’ WHO Collaborative Centre for International Adolescent Health Policy and the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC), a WHO Cross-national Study. She served as counsel in the House of Representatives and was also a Presidential Management Fellow. Aixa moved to Pittsburgh in 2013 and enjoys cooking, traveling, and dancing. She just found out that there is no ‘Chicago marriage myth’ - “only about 10% of UChicago alum exchange vows”!.
PHILIP Y. KAO, BOARD MEMBER
Philip Kao, AB'99, graduated with a degree in Economics. He lived in Broadview for his first two years (Palmer House), and then moved to the DU house on Woodlawn. Phil is currently a postdoctoral fellow in social anthropology at Pitt; he teaches and conducts research on aging, wisdom and caregiving in the context of American society. During the school year, Phil interviews for the Alumni Schools Committee and has given presentations to high school students about Chicago and the college experience.
ALICE XUE, BOARD MEMBER
Alice Xue, AB’13, majored in public policy and international studies. While at UChicago, she was a somewhat avid “Scavvie” for Snell-Hitchcock and a regular fixture at the front desk of Harper Library (now Arley D. Cathey Learning Center). Alice now resides in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, where she can be found enjoying the landscapes of South Park, indulging in an excellent Roland’s fish sandwich in the Strip District, and “scavenging” supplies to support her crafting habit.
STEPHEN BARNES, BOARD MEMBER
Stephen Barnes, AB’12, majored in Sociology—an interest sparked by Chicago’s unique neighborhoods and diverse political cultures. Stephen explored Chicago through long cycling trips, community engagement with the Neighborhood Schools Program, and original ethnographic research conducted on the city’s South Side. Having returned to his hometown of Pittsburgh, Stephen now works as a business analyst at BNY Mellon, supporting the design, testing, and implementation of systems projects. On the weekends, Stephen enjoys classic car cruises and shooting sports.
BILL SCHLACHTER, BOARD MEMBER
Bill Schlachter received his Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Chicago in 2008. During his two years at the University of Chicago, he served as an editor for the Chicago Policy Review and earned a Harold Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations. Bill currently serves as the Director of External Relations at the National Center for Arts and Technology, an affiliate of Manchester Bidwell Corporation. In his free time, Bill enjoys travelling, hiking, reading, writing fiction, and listening to live music.