The United Minority Girls Alumni Committee is a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills & experience. Together they work towards engaging with the UMG alumni network through sharing stories, scholarship & fundraising opportunities, and supporting current UMG students in their post-high school journey.
Rahel Bereket ’12
Rahel graduated from George Mason University in 2019 and is a Mental Health Professional, working as a Community Support Specialist with Family Insight, P.C. In addition, she works as a Recovery Coach at Clementine-Twin Lakes, a home for teenage girls recovering from eating disorders. Rahel got her start as a Recovery Support Specialist working with adults with serious and persistent mental health disorders most of which had a diagnosis of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorders and related diagnoses.
As a first-generation college graduate, Rahel aims to help break the stigma surrounding mental health to those suffering as well as the average person through education & advocacy.
Cindy Centeno ’12
Cindy graduated from William & Mary in 2016 with a B.A. in Film & Media. She worked as an intern at Meridian Hill Pictures in Washington, D.C., then as a Media Specialist at William & Mary Libraries. Currently, she is the Manager of Storytelling at a non-profit leadership development organization and the Director of Engagement at Wings of Refuge, Inc. She is a social justice-minded filmmaker, photographer & media producer.
A daughter of Salvadoran immigrants, a first-generation American & first-generation college graduate, Cindy is passionate about coming alongside people & communities – especially those that are marginalized and oppressed – to support and amplify their voices & stories.
Kimberly Garcia ’15
Kimberly graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2019 with a B.A. in Sociology & Spanish and worked as an Outreach Coordinator for Mil Mujeres Legal Services for a couple of months. She then moved on to her current full-time position as a Justice and Advocacy Fellow at Just Neighbors, a non-profit that provides direct legal services to low-income families in the Northern VA community.
Tanya Garcia ’08
Tanya graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012 with a B.S. in Criminal Justice & Homeland Security and from George Washington University in 2016 with her M.A. in Homeland Security. Soon after, she interned for the Arlington County Sheriff’s Department and later became a National Security Background Investigator. Currently, she is a Security Specialist at Deloitte, while also leading a Diversity & Inclusion initiative for the firm.
Brooke Giles ’14
Brooke graduated from the University of Maryland in 2018 with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and is a Digital Marketing Analyst at Accenture Interactive. In addition to her role at Accenture, Brooke is an advisor for Her Campus Media where she assists several online college magazines. She has held multiple marketing internships for several education companies including Hobsons, ASCD and KIPP DC. Brooke is passionate about giving back to her community through mentorship & service.
Brooke attended Arlington Public Schools where she was a part of the Spanish Immersion Program. She gives back to the APS community as the Freshman Cheerleading Coach at Wakefield High School and as a member of the United Minority Girls Alumni Committee.
Rosemary Girard ’11
Rosemary graduated from James Madison University in 2015 with a double major in communication studies and writing, rhetoric, and technical communication and earned her master’s degree in public relations and corporate communications from Georgetown University (’17). At the start of her career, she worked in communications at NPR and currently works at Edelman, a global communications firm where she specializes in communications for CEOs and other executives.
Amelia Hye-Sook ’15
Amelia graduated from Emerson College in 2018 with a B.S. in Sports Communication. Upon graduation, Amelia worked in marketing for a small nonprofit in Boston before moving to New York to work for the Madison Square Garden Company for the Knicks and Rangers in paid media. Currently, she works on ESRI’s ArcGIS StoryMaps Editorial team as a Community Specialist & Product Engineer.
Isela Melendez-Carpio ’08
Isela Melendez-Carpio is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Prior to joining the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, she was the Assistant Director of Academic & Student Affairs at the McCourt School of Public Policy. Throughout her professional career, she has worked for numerous college access and youth development organizations, such as the Posse Foundation, Liberty’s Promise and Edu-Futuro. As a first-generation college student & graduate, she seeks to cultivate and foster spaces where underrepresented populations feel like they belong & are equipped with the tools needed to succeed.
Isela was born in El Salvador and raised in Arlington, VA. She holds a Master of Education in Higher Education from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Richmond. In her spare time, she serves as the Vice Chair for Latinas Leading Tomorrow and as a member of Wakefield High School’s United Minority Girls Alumni Committee.
Elizabeth O’Neil ’10
Elizabeth graduated from New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance. She continued at NEC to earn her master’s degree and a graduate diploma in 2016 and 2017 respectively, both in Oboe Performance. The start of her career was in orchestral performance, performing with symphony orchestras around the globe. For the past 3 years, she has worked at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in artistic programming. Currently, she is an Artistic Coordinator for the National Symphony Orchestra where she manages all guest artist services and logistics.
Elizabeth currently lives in Arlington, VA with her golden retriever, Murphy.