Transitions Panel for Seniors
The Transitions Panel for Seniors program was a great opportunity for the 2018 senior class to spend an afternoon hearing from a small group of alumni of all different ages/life stages. They came back to campus to speak about their experiences after leaving Mirman. The conversation was an active dialogue between our seniors and our special guest panelists.
Their stories, advice, and insight will help our seniors prepare for the next phase of their academic and social lives. The students were inspired by their time with our alumni, and we're excited to think about what our newest alumni might achieve in the years to come! We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to this year's alumni panelists: Meeryo Cho '81-88, Alex Mitchell '87-'92, Joshua Bauer '87-'93, Jordan Liu '95-'04, Nicole Haley Cohen '02-'10, and Jake F. '10-'17.
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To learn more about our alumni panelists please read the bios below:
Meeryo (Christa) Choe ’81-’88 grew up in the Los Angeles area, traveled east to attend Amherst College. She majored in Fine Arts completing a senior thesis in Printmaking (Amherst, ’98). She then returned to L.A. to attend medical school at USC. She started at UCLA in 2004 for a pediatrics residency and child neurology fellowship. After completing training, she combined her personal interest in sports with her professional interest in the developing brain by serving as a Neurotrauma/Sports Neurology Fellow at UCLA with Dr. Christopher Giza. Her clinical and research interests include post-traumatic headache/migraine, gender differences in outcome after concussion, and dysautonomia. An avid equestrian competing in show jumping and a former swimmer, Meeryo coaches at a local high school as well, giving her a unique perspective on an athlete’s desire to return to his/her sport and the outside pressures they might experience.
Alex Mitchell ’87-’92 is the co-founder and CEO of California Recuperative Care (CRC), an organization which serves low-income and homeless patients after being discharged from acute care hospitals.CRC not only helps patients recover but also find permanent housing. Alex also manages a portfolio of residential and commercial real estate properties in Los Angeles. Previously, Alex worked for Renovate America, a green financing company, where he was responsible for Government Relations. And, prior to this, Alex co-managed a $4.2 billion portfolio on behalf of the New York State Common Retirement Fund, the third largest public pension fund in the US.The fund he co-managed for the New York State Comptroller’s Office was allocated across a diverse set of asset classes including, but not limited to, Private Equity, Hedge Fund, and Real Estate holdings. Alex’s political experience includes raising campaign funds for Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential run and various re-election campaigns for Congresswoman Maxine Waters. He also spent over a year as a Congressional assistant for Maxine Waters and organized a Congressional delegation to Cuba. A Los Angeles native, Alex has deep love for his hometown. He is passionate about improving the lives of all Angelenos – particularly at the intersection of where community, sustainability and technology meet. Alex holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and an additional Master’s degree in Public Policy from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service. He earned a BA in International Relations from American University in Washington DC. He is an avid cook, cyclist and antiques collector and has travelled to over 60 countries. Alex lives with his wife, Caroline, and their two sons in Nichols Canyon.
Joshua Bauer ’87–’93 began his career as a technical inspector for DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and has served as a software consultant for Viddy, NGMoco, and Intralinks. He has over a decade of experience in architecting world-class platforms and apps as well as building and leading engineering teams. Joshua has previously served as CTO for a number of startups including Sensing Places, PlayGo, and Tapiture. He has studied at MIT, UCLA, and Georgetown and holds a BS in Computer Science and a BA in Psychology from Georgetown University.
Jordan Liu ’95-‘04 graduated from Mirman in 2004. While at Mirman, she enjoyed the strong math program, taking advanced math classes and competing on the Mirman Mathcounts team. After Mirman she went on to attended University High School, a public school in West LA, and then Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, where she double majored in mathematics and communications studies. After coming back to Los Angeles, she attended Loyola Law School. After first working in entertainment law she opened her own law practice in 2017 with the help of an incubator program. For philanthropic work, she volunteers with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and has worked with the Los Angeles Trust for Children's Health. To balance out the hard work, she practices yoga and enjoys time with friends.
Nicole Cohen ’02-‘10 (aka KOLE) is an artist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist from Los Angeles. Nicole studied classical piano from the age of 4, starting writing songs at 11, and picked up guitar at 15. She began her education at UCLA at age 16, and graduated with a degree in Ethnomusicology (World Music Studies) in 2017, where she learned to play instruments like sitar, tabla, setar, African drums, Irish flute, and more. Nicole has written hundreds of songs, and produces scores for independent films, dance pieces, commercials, and more. She released her most recent single, "Wildflower," under the moniker KOLE, which quickly rose to over 150K plays on Spotify. In addition to her solo project, she collaborates with DJ's and producers around the globe, and joins them on stage at festivals around the country. Nicole teaches private lessons in production on numerous DAW's (Logic, Ableton, and ProTools), and is passionate about bringing music technology straight to the hands of students. In June of 2018, Nicole will be launching a platform called PERSPECTIVE, a space that highlights female producers, engineers, session musicians, and songwriters, increasing their visibility inside and outside of the music industry.
Jake Futterman ’10-’17 graduated from Mirman School in 2017 and received Mirman’s Head of School Award. He was a leading member of the Student Advisory Council (SAC), Mirman Contemporary Music Ensemble (MCME), Student Diversity Leadership Council (SDLC), and Senior Page Editor of Mirman’s award winning 2017 yearbook. Jake was also a founding member and team captain of Mirman’s award winning Robotics Team and member of the theater’s technical production crew. His 7 years at Mirman--from Room 3 through US4--greatly contributed to a successful transition into high school. He is currently a 9th grade student at Harvard Westlake School (HW), and continues to pursue academic achievements in Biology and Geometry Honors, computer science, Jazz Rhythm Section, and other subjects. Jake is a HW Student Ambassador, a member of the HW Varsity Golf Team, and VEX robotics program. His Mirman training and experiences in student leadership, equity, inclusivity, and social justice continue to inspire him to serve and advocate for others. This summer, he will be volunteering with Ethiopia Health Aid, a US non-profit group, to develop and lead a pilot robotics program for middle school children in rural Ethiopia. In the past he has played competitive sports including golf, tennis, soccer, baseball, swimming, and basketball. He has also participated in and won various local, regional, and national golf tournaments including U.S. Kids Golf, Ventura County Junior Golf Association (VCJGA), Southern California Professional Golf Association (SCPGA), and California Junior Golf (CJG). Jake is a surfer, guitarist, video game enthusiast, and fountain pen connoisseur.