New Bell Fellows grads ready to soar

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To celebrate its Spring 2015 graduates – including four medical doctors – the Todd Anthony Bell Center on the African American Male (BNRC) held its annual Bell Fellows End of Year Reception and Farewell.

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Desireé Vega, PhD, assistant professor of School Psychology at Texas State University and a former Bell Fellow, spoke about her experiences as a doctoral student and as an assistant professor. Professor Vega offered advice and guidance on what she had learned over the years that helped her to “not merely survive but to thrive.”

The Bell Fellows in attendance, who included recent graduates, current fellows and alumni, then had lunch. The graduates were presented with frames for their diplomas as well as BNRC Alumni pins.

Congratulations to all of our Bell Fellow graduates!


  • Paula Chan, Ph.D. in Special Education, has been offered a tenure track position with at Cleveland State University as an assistant professor of Special Education.
  • Rashea Hamilton, Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Philosophy, serves as an Advisor-Researcher for Education Northwest in Portland, Oregon.
  • Leroy Long III, Ph.D. in STEM (Engineering) Education, accepted a tenure-track position with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.
  • Ashley Patterson, Ph.D. in Multicultural and Equity Studies, accepted a position at Penn State University as a tenure-track assistant professor of Education. She will be associated with the child and early adolescent education program and will focus her research on language, culture and society.
  • Yolanda Triplett Stewart, Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership, will be a Literacy coach at Sherwood Middle School.
  • Natasha Woods, Ph.D. in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, is the first African American woman and only the second African American to earn that degree at Ohio State.


  • Maykel Desir, M.D., has accepted a positon as the Resident Physician with the Department of Family Medicine within the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital System.
  • Chigozirim Ekeke, M.D., will begin a general surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Justin McGee, M.D., M.B.A., will become the Resident Physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
  • Loic Tchoukuani, M.D., has been offered a general surgery residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, New York.

The Bell Center established the Bell Fellows program in 2009 for graduate and professional students who are interested in the work of the center and in academic careers as professors or postdoctoral researchers.