Graduating from Howard University requires a great deal of work inside and outside of the classroom. However, the work continues long past getting the degree in your hands. Meet the members of the HUACC Executive Board who are continuing the work "In Truth and Service" in the Chicagoland area.
Jessica is a 2013 graduate of the Howard University School of Business with a BBA in Finance. After graduating from Howard, she began her career in risk and compliance consulting. Jessica is currently a Project Manager in the Internal Audit Department at Discover Financial Services Incorporated. She is passionate about her alma mater and values the importance of alumni giving. As President, her goal is to increase alumni giving and engagement within the Chicagoland area.
Dolce is a 2015 graduate of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Science with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Currently, she works as a Process Engineer for Kraft Heinz. Dolce is also the founder of Shea By Dolce - a cosmetic brand that provides sweet nourishment for skin and hair. As the Vice President, she desires to increase the engagement of members and support the scholarship efforts for Howard University students from the Chicagoland area.
Dr. Alicia Franklin
Dr. Alicia Franklin graduated from the College of Liberal Arts in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. She also later earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree (DDS) from Howard University College of Dentistry in 1996. She established her dental practice, "Happy Smiles Dental Office" in 1998 and has maintained it since then. She is an active member and Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Franklin is also a member of the Chicago Dental Society and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. She and her staff have been active volunteers for the "Special Olympics" for the past 5 years. Prior to being elected Treasurer, she served as an HUAACC volunteer for the past six years. Dr. Franklin has been a benefactor of "Smile Train" Since 2006 and had helped to improve the lives of 10 children with cleft palate. One of her favorite quotes credited to the late and great Muhammad Ali states, "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth."
Jamie Hooper is a 2008 graduate of the School of Business with her degree in Accounting. She currently works as a Group Fitness Instructor for multiple fitness facilities throughout the Chicagoland area. Although a New Orleans native, she considers Chicago her new home and has joined HUACC to help Chicago students see the great potential and opportunities available to them by attending Howard. She also recognizes the benefits of alumni engagement and hopes to help increase alumni involvement to motivate students to attend Howard and support their collegiate journey, while enhancing the university's legacy through a sense of community.
Sirena is a 2006 graduate from the School of Communications. She currently juggles being a mom, full-time Relationship Banker, and partner of an event planning company. She got involved with Howard University Alumni club of Chicago in effort to make a major presence here in Chicago. She plans to use this platform to offer resources and knowledge about Howard University to students within the Chicagoland area.
Grant is a 2008 graduate from the School of Business with a degree in Business Management. He has spent part of his career as a graduate school recruiter and, now, employs those same skill within his role with the HUACC. He joined out of a sense of duty to ensure others had the opportunity to experiece what makes Howard University so special. His desire is that Chicagoland students will continue to become Bison, and that other alumni get activated in reaching back to younger students.