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Alumni Board

Alumni Board

The Ingram Scholarship Program Alumni Board was established in April 2007 to:

  • strengthen connections among all Ingram Scholars, current and alumni, to foster professional growth and mentorship opportunities
  • reinforce the maturity and development of Ingram Scholars' service activities, personal citizenship and professional goals
  • support the efforts of the Ingram Scholars Program staff to sustain the mission, values and integrity of the Program.

Your current Alumni Board members are:

DanellaKate (Randall) Danella 

Class of 2001 - Economics

Kate Danella is executive vice president and head of strategic planning and corporate development of Regions Bank. Danella joined Regions in July 2015 as the wealth strategy and effectiveness executive, responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of business strategies across the Regions Wealth Management Group. She was named head of Private Wealth Management in May 2016, leading a team of private wealth management professionals providing banking, trust, and investment management services to affluent and high-net-worth individuals and families.

Prior to joining Regions, Danella served for 13 years as vice president for Capital Group Companies, a global wealth management organization managing more than $1.4 trillion in assets. During her career at Capital Group, she was a senior sales and service leader for Capital ’s institutional business, senior marketing leader for the global marketing organization, and strategy and business manager for the American Funds mutual fund business.

Kate serves on the board of Virginia Samford Theatre, Randall Research Scholars at the University of Alabama, and Ingram Alumni at Vanderbilt University. A native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Danella earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. She also holds degrees from the University of Cambridge as well as Vanderbilt University.



GuanEllidia Guan 

Class of 2013 - Healthcare Management

Ellidia Guan is a corporate strategy manager at DaVita, a large healthcare company focused on providing kidney care services. She is responsible for developing and delivering strategic growth plans, accounting for $800 million in annual revenue, including country-level opportunities that drive income, market share, and clinical improvements for VillageHealth, a fast-growing integrated care subsidiary.

Ellidia started her career as a management associate at Citigroup in New York. As an Ingram Scholar, she participated in Manna International, NextStep Ambassadors, Global Medical Brigades, and Vanderbilt Student Government and taught violin at the W.O. Smith School of Music.

As an alumni, Ellidia has served on the boards of Vanderbilt NYC Alumni Network, Citigroup Asian Pacific Heritage Network, and Kappa Delta Denver Alumni, and she volunteered as a mentor with Apex for Youth. Ellidia currently lives in Denver and loves to hike, ski, and spend time enjoying the great outdoors.



LaddLisa (Koenig) Ladd

Class of 2014 - Human and Organizational Development

Lisa Ladd is on the leadership team at Valor College Prep, a rapidly growing Nashville charter school. In its first year expanding their inaugural class of students from their middle schools into high school, Lisa is helping to lead Valor into new territory as the director of operations.

Lisa’s  background and passion have been in education. She joined Teach For America in 2014 and became the founding algebra teacher at KIPP Nashville Collegiate High School. After teaching, Lisa moved into the regional office at KIPP Nashville and discovered a passion in her new role managing data and analytics for the region.

During her time as an Ingram Scholar, Lisa volunteered in local schools, teaching English lessons via Skype and serving as an RA/HR on the Commons. Upon graduating, in addition to her role in Teach For America, she joined the Ingram Scholarship Board and has enjoyed the opportunity it has afforded her to stay connected to current scholars and alumni.

In her free time, Lisa spends a great deal of time running, enjoying Nashville’s live music scene, and hanging out with her husband.



MadelineMadeline Myers 

Class of 2011 - Blair School of Music

Madeline Myers is a composer and lyricist for musical theater in New York City. Recently named a 2018 Jonathan Larson Grant finalist, Madeline is a 2016 2017 Dramatists Guild Fellow and the first-place winner of the 2014 inaugural Ken Davenport Songwriting Competition. Her songs have been featured in concerts and cabarets, including 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, Don’t Tell Mama NYC, the Metropolitan Room, the Laurie Beechman Theatre, and the Signature Theatre.

Madeline’s list of awards and accolades for her musical acumen reads like the seasoned résumé of successful composers twice her age. But beyond her professional talent, you’ll find a passionate advocate for arts education, social action, and service to the community.

In 2018, Madeline created and funds the Blair School of Music Student Citizen Award, an annual award given in memory of her father to a student who demonstrates outstanding character and musicianship. When not writing music, Madeline enjoys volunteering, reading, and walking in Central Park.

Madeline volunteers with Central Synagogue’s homeless community services and Mentors Matter in New York City. Additionally, Madeline mentors two students at her alma mater, Vanderbilt University, and serves on the Alumni Board of the Ingram Scholars Program.



ShaniRohit Sahni 

Class of 2001 - Math and Economics

A native of Kingsport, Tennessee, Rohit Sahni is currently a co-founding partner at Harbor Spring Capital, an investment fund based out of New York. Previously, he was an investment professional in the New York office of Permira Advisers, a global private equity firm.

Prior to Permira, Rohit received his MBA from Harvard Business School. His previous work experience includes General Atlantic (a global private equity firm) and Goldman Sachs (investment banking for technology, media, and telecom companies).

He serves as the chairman of the board of Even Ground (a nonprofit focused on youth education in South Africa), as president of the board of Park 27 Condominiums, on Halcyon Condominium Board, and on the Ingram Scholarship Alumni Board for Vanderbilt University. Rohit also serves as one of 55 career coaches in H arvard Business School’s Career and Professional Development Faculty.



SpadaMichelle Spada  

Class of 2012 - Human and Organizational Development

Michelle Spada comes from a project management and international community development background. As the program director for Princeton in Africa, she sends and supports 50+ young professionals a year to work in 36 countries across the African continent. Michelle was a Princeton in Africa Fellow in 2012–13 and worked with the International Rescue Committee in Liberia managing a$38 million grant portfolio. After her fellowship, Michelle stayed in Liberia and helped start Liberia’sfirst tuition-free all-girls private school, More Than Me Academy.

As More Than Me’s director of programs, she developed a holistic package of services to meet students’ needs, including a nutrition program, school clinic, employment program, and safe home for students impacted by gender-based violence. During the Ebola epidemic, Michelle led a $1 million Emergency Ebola Response Health Program in West Point, Liberia’s largest slum community. While living in Liberia, Michelle also launched a social enterprise football center, LibUsa, that continues to provide training and employment for Liberian youth.

Michelle returned to the United States in 2015 and served as the director of Family Services for Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. In that role, she expanded access to affordable housing through a zero percent interest mortgage program and home repair program, implemented a financial literacy program, and managed two neighborhood revitalization zones.

Michelle serves on the Alumni Board of the Ingram Scholarship Program at Vanderbilt University. She founded a chapter of Dining for Women in Princeton, sits on the advisory board for Neighborhood and Economic Development, and mentors Girl Scouts, implementing their Silver and Gold Award projects. Michelle and her partner, Wayne, live in Trenton and are expecting their first child in October 2018.


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