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Jeter's Leaders

Kalamazoo Alumni Bios

Adam Jackson

Adam Jackson
Graduation Year: 2008

Are you still in school? If so, what school are you attending? Yes, Western Michigan University.

In what ways have you maintained involvement with the Jeter's Leaders mission? I have been helping out with Habitat.

How do you think you can help contribute to the Jeter's Leaders now that you are an alumnus? I think I could help by coming back and giving advice on how to stay in the program and help them better themselves.

Thinking back when you were in the program, how did your experiences shape who you are today? I am a more driven and organized person.








Ali Farwana

Ali Farwana
Graduation Year: 2008

Are you still in school? If so, what school are you attending? Yes, Western Michigan University.

In what ways have you maintained involvement with the Jeter's Leaders mission? I still apply the 10 Pillars of Leadership to my everyday thinking process when making decisions.

Thinking back when you were in the program, how did your experiences shape who you are today? It opened my eyes up to the community and got me involved making me more aware of everything around me.

What did you like most about the program? How everyone's interest was to help each other in any way possible.







Anilash Panikulangara

Anilash Panikulangara
Graduation Year: 2008

Are you still in school? If so, what school are you attending? I am attending the University of Michigan.

What was your most significant moment while in the program? Why? Although meeting Derek Jeter and Muhammad Ali was awesome, I believe the most significant moment was helping the younger kids and making a difference in my community.

Thinking back when you were in the program, how did your experiences shape who you are today? This program has changed my life in many ways in which I cannot even explain. The experiences and life lessons that I have learned in the program molded me into who I am today.

What are your professional plans or goals? I want to get a master's degree in either mechanical or electrical engineering. Then I want to become a successful engineer and make a positive change on the world.







Blake Wiese

Blake Wiese
Graduation Year: 2007

Are you still in school? If so, what school are you attending? I'm a junior at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin.

What has been your most significant moment while you were in the program? Why? THAT'S HARD! The most significant moment in the program for me was our poetry slam when I first became a member. I think that this had a significant impact on the youth that attended and it was fun and I will never forget it. So many talented people really told of great things and I just remember how awesome it was.

Thinking back when you were in the program, how did your experiences shape who you are today? The Jeter's Leaders program shaped me more than I ever thought it would while I was in the program. I am able to connect with all kinds of people today because of the experiences I had. I was once very shy. The program gave me my own voice. The program instilled in me a profound awareness of the world I lived in. It showed me the need for social change in our society and gave me the motivation to try to make small changes to our world every day.

What are your professional plans or goals? I intend to receive my bachelor's degree here at Northland by the end of next year and then apply to Michigan State Veterinary School or the University of Minnesota Veterinary School. I intend on obtaining my Veterinary Licensure and a degree in Public Health. Eventually I would like to travel the world and help improve livestock and the health of people. Eventually my dream is to work for an agency like the World Health Organization or the CDC to monitor diseases and help keep humans and animals safe.


Celeste Elechi

Celeste Elechi
Graduation Year: 2002

How do you think you can help contribute to the Jeter's Leaders now that you are an alumnus? I can come back and speak. I would love to come and help with any video projects.

In what direction would you like the Alumni chapter to more toward? I would love to mentor within the program. We as leaders have that one commonality of being in the program. It's easier to accomplish your goals when you have someone to help open doors and give you advice.

What did you like most about the program? I liked the monthly meetings and volunteering.

What are your professional plans or goals? To get a studio job here in Los Angeles and create a hit TV show or movie.







Chelsea Hudson

Chelsea Hudson
Graduation Year: 2006

Are you still in school? If so where are you attending? Yes, I attend Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

In what ways have you maintained an involvement with the Jeter's Leaders mission statement? I continue to maintain a role model attitude, contribute to my society and maintain a drug and alcohol free lifestyle.

Thinking back to when you were in the program, how did your experiences shape who you are today? The experience helped me open up to new possibilities and new people, which helped me prepare for the real world.

What did you like most about the program? What I liked most were the opportunities that the program presented in regard to meeting people through the program, as well as in the program. I honestly think that this program was one of the better things that happened to me.






Clifford Pulley III

Clifford Pulley III
Graduation Year: 2009

Are you still in school? If so where are you attending? Yes, I attend Western Michigan University.

In what ways have you maintained an involvement with the Jeter's Leaders mission statement? I am staying alcohol and drug free, and I also continue to volunteer in the community.

What has been your most significant moment while you were in the program? Why? The most significant moments were the trips we took, meeting Derek Jeter, and volunteering.

Thinking back when you were in the program, how did your experiences shape who you are today? This program has helped me with my speaking and leadership skills.








Danielle Webber

Danielle Webber
Graduation Year: 2003

In what ways have you maintained involvement with the Jeter's Leaders mission? I'm working within Kalamazoo Public Schools to be a voice for positive change with students.

How do you think you can help contribute to the Jeter's Leaders now that you are an alumnus? I can contribute by continuing to be a Leader and taking a more active role by mentoring. Also by sharing my insight, ideas, and knowledge with the current Leaders.

Thinking back when you were in the program, how did your experiences shape who you are today? I continue to be a leader everyday in my classroom.

What did you like most about the program? It got me connected with students from many different schools and allowed me to have a very fun, eye-opening, and educational experience.






Daviair Halley

Daviair Halley
Graduation Year: 2009

Are you still in school? If so where are you attending? Yes, I am attending Western Michigan University.

In what ways have you maintained an involvement with the Jeter's Leaders mission statement? I just graduated from the program but I will continue to focus on my academics.

What has been your most significant moment while you were in the program? Why? The most significant moment was the opportunity to be the President of the program during my senior year.

Thinking back when you were in the program, how did your experiences shape who you are today? This program has shaped me into a better leader.








Dericka Bellamy

Dericka Bellamy
Graduation Year: 2009

Are you still in school? If so where are you attending? Yes, I am attending Western Michigan University.

How do you think you can help contribute to the Jeter's Leaders now that you are "all grown up"? I can contribute by coming to the meetings and events that I can make it to.

What has been your most significant moment while you were in the program? Why? My most significant moment in the program is contributing my ideas to make the program better.

What did you like most about the program? Besides mentoring, what I liked most about the program was interacting and becoming friends with people I didn't know at first.








Eric Coleman

Eric Coleman
Graduation Year: 2008

Are you still in school? If so where are you attending? Yes, I attend Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

In what ways have you maintained an involvement with the Jeter's Leaders mission statement? I continue to strive to maintain good grades and stay focused.

What has been your most significant moment while you were in the program? Why? The most significant moment for me was meeting the New York Jeter's Leaders.

Thinking back when you were in the program, how did your experiences shape who you are today? This program has helped me become more focused and responsible.









James Wilson

James Wilson
Graduation Year: 2006

Are you still in school? If so, what school are you attending? Yes, Michigan State University.

What was your most significant moment while in the program? Why? My most significant moment probably was listening to those that have already been through college. I say this because I learned a lot, and, if you didn't take the advice, you learned the hard way. I also think that planning events became very useful.

What did you like most about the program? I liked planning the Leadership Conference and the community involvement. But what I liked the most was mentoring the kids in the Proud To Be Me program.

What are your professional plans or goals? My professional goals are to first open a new career pathway in the field of hospitality business. I would like to do a job rotation in about 7 countries in helping develop hotels and resorts or something on the line to better the hotel and to possibly run them.




Jamila Carver

Jamila Carver
Graduation Year: 2010

Are you still in school? If so, what school are you attending? Yes. I attend Michigan State University.

In what ways have you maintained involvement with the Jeter's Leaders mission? I have joined a group called Black Caucus. It is a multicultural group that meets in my hall every other Monday. We speak about different topics and put on different events for the residence hall.

What did you like most about the program? I liked being able to get venture away from my home and be with and meet people my age to talk and socialize about different things that matter to me.

What are your professional plans or goals? I would like to attain a Ph. D. in dentistry.




Jovani Cooper

Jovani Cooper
Graduation Year: 2002

In what ways have you maintained an involvement with the Jeter's Leaders mission statement? I continue to live with a positive attitude, be a role model and strive for excellence.

How do you think you can help contribute to the Jeter's Leaders now that you are "all grown up"? I will bring my "real-life" experience to the table so that someone else may benefit or learn from it.

What has been your most significant moment while you were in the program? Why? My most significant moment for me was the Philadelphia trip because it was and eye-opening experience.

Thinking back when you were in the program, how did your experiences shape who you are today? The program helped me look forward to standing out instead of trying not to.







Jordan Laney

Jordan Laney
Graduation Year: 2008

Are you still in school? If so, what school are you attending? Yes, I attend Michigan State University.

In what ways have you maintained involvement with the Jeter's Leaders mission? I have maintained a healthy lifestyle.

What was your most significant moment while in the program? Why? Being able to grow in this program and see different things.

Thinking back when you were in the program, how did your experiences shape who you are today? This program has made me learn and think on my own.









Karaminka Brown

Karaminka Brown
Graduation Year: 2008

Are you still in school? If so, what school are you attending? Yes, I attend Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

In what ways have you maintained involvement with the Jeter's Leaders mission? Staying drug and alcohol free and putting my school work first.

What was your most significant moment while in the program? Why? Mentoring the Proud To Be Me children. Seeing them every week was fun for me. I enjoyed seeing them grow up.

Thinking back when you were in the program, how did your experiences shape who you are today? It helped me be more reliable, responsible and a respectful young lady. It also shaped my morals.









Katelyn Shorter

Katelyn Shorter
Graduation Year: 2010

Are you still in school? If so, what school are you attending? Yes. I attend Michigan State University.

In what ways have you maintained involvement with the Jeter's Leaders mission? I continue to be a positive role model to my peers.

What was your most significant moment while in the program? Why? The most significant moment for me as making the baseball field for the NFL/YET Boys & Girls Club during the New Orleans Social Change Project because it took so long to do that we didn't think we would finish. No one gave up or slacked off but pushed harder and that meant a lot to me and the kids.

Thinking back to when you were in the program, how did your experiences shape who you are today? It gave me a head start in life by letting me receive experience as an employee and as a leader.

What are your professional plans or goals? I hope to graduate with a bachelor's degree in pre-med and go to graduate school and become a physician's assistant.




Krity Shrestha

Krity Shrestha
Graduation Year: 2010

Are you still in school? If so, what school are you attending? Yes, Michigan State University.

In what ways have you maintained involvement with the Jeter's Leaders mission? I continue to challenge myself in college by taking on a full schedule. I have set my goals very high. I have surrounded myself with supportive people.

What was your most significant moment while in the program? Why? The 2008 Jeter's Leaders Leadership Conference was one of my favorite events. It made me feel so accomplished for all the hard work I put in to prepare. It also felt good to know that the people who attended it learned something new. The New Orleans Social Change Project was also another favorite of mine. It was the first time where we were able to give back by doing physical work and seeing a direct change.

Thinking back to when you were in the program, how did your experiences shape who you are today? The program helped me learn responsibility and respect, how to manage my time better, improve my speaking skills, be more confidence, taught me about healthy lifestyles, and helped me pick out the school I wanted to attend.

What are your professional plans or goals? I plan on graduating from MSU then going to grad school in New York City. After that I hope to work for a fashion designer, move up in their company while starting my own business. Then focus on my own business and expand that.




Laneesha Woodard

Laneesha Woodard
Graduation Year: 2006

Are you still in school? If so, what school are you attending? Yes, I attend Western Michigan University.

In what ways have you maintained involvement with the Jeter's Leaders mission? I am staying alcohol and drug free, and I'm involved in my community. I am also maintaining the status of a role model and leader.

In what direction would you like the Alumni Chapter to move towards? I would like to see us move in a direction where we all could learn from today's objectives and better ourselves for tomorrow.

What has been your most significant moment while you were in the program? Why? The most significant moment was working very hard with all of the Leaders to prepare for the Conference. That's what made us all closer.







Lashana Brown

Lashana Brown
Graduation Year: 2005

Are you still in school? If so, what school are you attending? I am a fourth year student at Western Michigan University.

In what ways have you maintained involvement with the Jeter's Leaders mission? I have kept in contact with the staff. I also attended the last Leadership Conference in Arlington, Texas where I served as a chaperone.

In what direction would you like the Alumni chapter to more toward? We need to move forward as a united front. We are Alumni and we still represent what Jeter's Leaders is all about. We are prime examples of how the program has helped and is still helping us to succeed. Those of us that have constantly said that we will be a part of the program still need to honestly step up and show our support in any way we can.

Thinking back when you were in the program, how did your experiences shape who you are today? Having to actually commit to something that meant something to me was a start. It was the relationships that I built with the other members, here and in NYC. I met people in this program that I am still friends with and we still try to help each other out if we can. Also, working on the Leadership Conferences were a lot of fun and a learning experience. Though I can say that at times they were very stressful but all of the work paid off. Having to work with the NY leaders to put together the workshops was actually great business experience for the future.


Lexi Bond

Lexi Bond
Graduation Year: 2007

Are you still in school? If so, what school are you attending? Yes, I'm still attending the University of Michigan.

What was your most significant moment while in the program? Why? It's hard to pinpoint a specific moment because my time in the program was full of rewarding experiences. Especially during my first year in the program, I really learned how to be outgoing and helpful, as well as how to speak comfortably in front of people. Those skills were most significant for me because they have helped me act as a leader in every aspect of my life.

What did you like most about the program? My favorite part of the program was being able to discuss different issues with students from different schools in the area. Because we were all very different, I believe those discussions were both intellectually stimulating and enlightening.

Are you currently involved in leadership or mentoring activities? I'm currently involved in my church and in Mock Trial, both of which require leadership, especially now that I'm working with freshmen at U of M. While it may not be considered a "mentoring activity" by some, these activities certainly make for mentor relationships within the program.


Michelle Harrison

Michelle Harriso
Graduation Year: 2006

Are you still in school? If so where are you attending? I currently attend Kalamazoo Valley Community College. I plan to return to Western Michigan University this fall.

In what ways have you maintained an involvement with the Jeter's Leaders mission statement? I continue to volunteer in my community by working with my church and helping the Jeter's Leaders when they need it.

What has been your most significant moment while you were in the program? Why? The most significant moment for me would have to be the 2006 Leadership Conference in Chicago. It was my last year in the program, which was sad, but I had a great time.

Thinking back when you were in the program, how did your experiences shape who you are today? I can truly say that I am a leader now. I remember to show my leadership skills where ever I go. I still volunteer whenever I get a chance.






Molly Heuser

Molly Heuser
Graduation Year: 2009

Are you still in school? If so where are you attending? Yes, I am attending the State University of New York at Buffalo.

In what ways have you maintained an involvement with the Jeter's Leaders mission statement? I've remained drug and alcohol free and have continued with community service.

Thinking back when you were in the program, how did your experiences shape who you are today? I have become a stronger leader and public speaker.

What did you like most about the program? I liked all the opportunities that the program has offered, including mentoring and being able to make a difference in the community.








Randy McPherson

Randy McPherson
Graduation Year: 2004

Are you still in school? If so, what school are you attending? Yes, I attend Michigan State University.

How do you think you can help contribute to the Jeter's Leaders now that you are an alumnus? I can give them advice about college and how to balance a college lifestyle.

What was your most significant moment while in the program? Why? The Leadership Conference. It was such a bonding experience.

What did you like most about the program? Just the positive attitude and how the program numbers continued to grow. It helps shape individuals into Leaders and positive role models








Samara Woolfork

Samara Woolfork
Graduation Year: 2010

Are you still in school? If so, what school are you attending? Yes, I currently attend Grand Valley State University.

What was your most significant moment while in the program? Why? My most significant moment in the program was when I was able to walk across the stage at my high school graduation. I looked out and saw my fellow leaders in the stands cheering. It felt good to see that they were there and they cared to come and support me and one in the group.

What do you like most about the program? I liked that I have a lot of experience in things that people are not usually exposed to. Like working at Pfizer, discussions about financial aid, taking a pre-ACT test course at Kaplan, and traveling around the country to look at a wide variety of options for college.

What are your professional plans or goals? I am determined to be a dermatologist. I want to be able to have my own scholarship for youth like me, and I want to be able to place youth and adults in jobs. I want to be an active member in the community and possibly even politics one day.




Samuel Hughes

Samuel Hughes
Graduation Year: 2002

Are you still in school? If so where are you attending? I am currently attending Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

In what ways have you maintained an involvement with the Jeter's Leaders mission statement? I keep in mind the fact that there are individuals both near and far, who are looking to you for inspiration and at you as a role model. It's important to strive for excellence. You don't have to be perfect, however, try to do the best you can.

Thinking back when you were in the program, how did your experiences shape who you are today? No matter how long it takes, never give up on your goals. If you do, you will always have regrets. You may even fail sometimes. Everyone fails at something, but never stop trying. That is what I gained from this program.

What did you like most about the program? Volunteering and being able to give back to our community and the program as a whole is what I liked most about the program.





Stephen Peake

Stephen Peake
Graduation Year: 2003

How do you think you can help contribute to the Jeter's Leaders now that you are an alumnus? I can give the current Leaders post college advice.

What was your most significant moment while in the program? Why? Definitely all the speeches. I like talking in front of crowds.

Thinking back when you were in the program, how did your experiences shape who you are today? I used to be a real shy person. I am not like that anymore.

What did you like most about the program? All the support I received. The Jeter's Leaders program gave me a way out.








Zach Rickli

Zach Rickli
Graduation Year: 2010

Are you still in school? If so, what school are you attending? Yes, Western Michigan University.

How do you think you can help contribute to the Jeter's Leaders now that you are an alumnus? I have been going to meetings and helping the groups with conference presentations and since I have conference experience.

What was your most significant moment while in the program? Why? The New Orleans Social Change Project was significant because I have never affected any one person's life and a whole community while we were there.

What are your professional plans or goals? I would like to one day be a football coach at the collegiate or pro level or become a CEO of a major company.