Alumni profiles

Alumni profiles

Our alumni are making impressive strides toward their goals of becoming health care professionals. Prepare to be inspired.

Kierra Cooke

Kierra CookeA current Medical Technologist, Kierra Cooke feels fortunate to have been a VCU student and now a VCU Health employee. Her journey has come full circle, but is also ongoing in her drive to grow professionally and have a larger impact in healthcare.

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Emnet Yibeltal

Emnet YibeltalEmnet Yibeltal became interested in the health sciences as a young boy. This desire to know and do more was fostered by family, educators and an internal drive to persist and never accept failure.

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Asia Owens

Asia OwensWhile at VCU and during her clinical rotations, Owens discovered the versatility within the nursing field and found her calling to work in the psychiatric mental health clinical setting.

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Qasim Kazmi

Qasim KazmiMaking a difference, impacting surrounding communities and improving lives are not just goals or mantras, but are the examples set by Qasim Kazmi over the last six years as both an undergraduate and health professions student at VCU.

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Timothy Pierce

Timothy PierceRichmond native Timothy Pierce has diligently pursued his health career goals in community service and professional camaraderie. As a recent VCU School of Pharmacy graduate, Pierce plans to build on his patient-focused leadership experiences.

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Alexis Savage

Alexis SavageAlexis Savage, a senior undergraduate in the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences, understands valuable compassionate healthcare and is making her mark in the field of dentistry.

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Virgie Fields

Virgie FieldsVirgie Fields, a second year student in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, started her journey with the VCU Acceleration program and has only continued to expand her vision of healthcare.

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Kalyann Kauv

Kalyann KauvKalyann Kauv, a second year student in VCU's School of Pharmacy, is a passionate individual who knows that dedication and hard work combined with Pipeline Program opportunities bring out the best in students.

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Jessica Hart

Jessica HartJessica Hart's love for athletics, health and fitness has informed her decision to pursue a career in physical therapy; as a second year student in VCU's School of Allied Health Professions, Jessica reflects on her Pipeline experiences that helped with her decision.

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Ashley Williams

Ashley WilliamsAshley Williams was inspired from an early age through exposure to positive physician role models; as a second year medicine student, Ashley vigorously pursues her dream of becoming a medical professional, as well as a source of support for rising colleagues.

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Erin Hickey

Erin Hickey connected with pharmacy as a profession in high school and continues to feel confident in her career path today.  With experience in both community pharmacy and hospital settings, Erin continues to explore her options in the collaborative, ever-growing field of pharmacy.

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Ashley Mark

Ashley Mark HeadshotAshley Mark became interested in a career in the health sciences at the beginning of her junior year in high school, just as a new health careers exploration course, offered through the VCU Health Sciences Academy, was being introduced at her school.

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Emma Eberwien

Emma Eberwien HeadshotGrowing up in a small town in Virginia, Emma Eberwien always had an interest in the sciences but she didn’t really consider a career in health care until her last two years of high school. She credits a biology instructor with sparking her interest in exploring professions in the health sciences.

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Eric O’Neal

Eric OnealEric O’Neal has long been interested in the health professions, starting with an influence who is very close to home: his mother, a U.S. Navy commander nurse. He also participated in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine while in high school.

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