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Join The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Council as an emerging leader

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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University has a mission to make the world a better place. Our faculty and students go beyond the expected to pioneer innovations with a lasting impact. Now, we’re calling on our young alumni to help us show how a university education in our college can make a difference in our community. We need talented young professionals to serve as emerging leaders on our Dean’s Council to find new ways for our college and community to succeed.  

Portrait of Ben Ellis.

Ben Ellis

Ben began his real estate career in 2005 while a Freshman at ASU. He worked for commercial real estate developers, property managers and brokers.

In September 2013, Ben founded E & G Real Estate Services out of a bedroom in his home. In 2014, he opened an office near the Biltmore and has been recognized as one of the fastest growing ASU Alumni owned companies for the past 4 years, twice in the top 5. Effective 2021, E & G manages approximately $200,000,000 in real estate assets with 35 employees.

Ben is a graduate from the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University in 2008 with a major in Communication and minor in Religious Studies. Ben is married to his wonderful wife, Sasha, who allowed for the company to be run out of their home during its first year of operation. They have one rescue dog, named Riley.

Ben claims his greatest charitable contribution was the development of the Valley Eruv Project. The Valley Eruv Project was completed in 2013 and is the third largest of over 150 eruvim in the United States. The project took 5 years to complete from conception to completion. The boundaries of the project encompass 40 square miles and required coordination and permitting approval from the City of Phoenix, City of Scottsdale, Town of Paradise Valley, Arizona Department of Transportation, Salt River Project, Central Arizona Project, Salt River Maricopa Pima Indian Community, Maricopa County Flood Control, the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club and the Wrigley Mansion.

Abraham Hamadeh

Abraham Hamadeh is an attorney and Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in political science from Arizona State University in 2012. In 2016, he received a Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona College of Law. Hamadeh has worked as a judicial extern at the Arizona Superior Court for Judge David K. Udall and an associate at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He also worked on a presidential campaign in 2012. While attending ASU, Hamadeh worked and studied in Washington, D.C. for 13 months. He currently sits on the board of advisors for the Center for Political Thought and Leadership.

Jorge Coss Ortega

Jorge Coss Ortega is one of the first ever designated O’Connor Fellows at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. In 2017, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in political science. He was the 2017 Dean’s Medalist for the school and the 2017 Alumni Association’s Outstanding Graduate for the college. Coss Ortega was formerly a legal assistant for immigration attorney, Alma Montes de Oca. In 2016, Coss Ortega participated in the Arizona Legislative Internship as a Policy Intern for the Senate Democratic Staff Office. He has an expected law school graduation date of 2020 after which he plans to remain in Arizona to pursue his legal career and help students gain access to higher education.

Paul Padegimas

Paul Padegimas began his college career at the U.S. Military Academy. He transferred to the University of Connecticut and received a Bachelor of Arts in geography. Padegimas was awarded the John F. Lounsbury Student Travel Fellowship and received a Master of Arts in geography from Arizona State University in 2011. He worked as a GIS/Data Analyst for the U.S. Department of Transportation at the Volpe National Transportation Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He later became a GIS Specialist at Volpe. Then, Padegimas changed career paths and became a consultant at Turner Engineering Corporation, a small engineering firm in Los Angeles that specializes in industrial, transportation and consumer applications.

Portrait of Steven Slugocki.

Steven Slugocki

Steven Slugocki graduated with a Bachelor of Science in political science and a minor in U.S. history from Arizona State University in 2007. He is one of the founding members of the Dean’s Council Emerging Leaders program in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Slugocki works in small business sales for Wells Fargo and previously served as the elected Chairman of the Maricopa County Democratic Party from 2015 to 2020. He resides in North Phoenix with his wife Megan, also an ASU graduate, and their son Cody. He also serves as Phoenix Mayor Stanton's appointment to the Neighborhood Block Watch Fund Oversight Committee.

Slugocki is a proud Sun Devil football season ticket holder and is passionate about giving back to ASU.

Amanda Ventura Zink

Portrait of Amanda Ventura Zink.

Amanda Ventura Zink is a public affairs manager for Waymo, where she helps lead the world's first public education campaign about autonomous vehicles — called Let's Talk Autonomous Driving.

Before joining Waymo, Amanda worked as a reporter and editor for publications in Metro Phoenix and was a public relations director at an agency in Scottsdale. A proud Sun Devil (Class of 2011), Amanda lives in South Phoenix with her husband and two Arizona Animal Welfare League alums, Lt. Barclay (for pronunciation: Barkley — it's a Star Trek thing) and Dabo (for pronunciation: like Cabo — another Star Trek thing).

Dr. Micah Wimmer

Micah is a science communicator and technical writer with more than six years of experience in teaching and public speaking focusing on chemistry and process analysis. Micah’s passion for teaching began when he moved from Connecticut to Arizona in 2007 to pursue his education at Arizona State University. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in chemistry and a minor in religious studies in 2011. From there, he continued his education at ASU in the graduate program in the School of Molecular Sciences. After being awarded his PhD in chemistry in 2017, Micah joined the School of Molecular Sciences as a full-time instructor. In his spare time, Micah enjoys community service, is an avid Crossfitter, and is currently pursuing an MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU.

Samantha Winter McAlpin

Samantha Winter graduated summa cum laude with three Bachelor of Arts degrees in English literature, Spanish and history in 2008. In 2011, she earned her law degree at the University of Notre Dame Law School. She received an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2015. Currently, Winter practices law as an estate planner and probate litigator with Sacks Tierney, PA in Scottsdale, AZ. In addition to her legal work, she is an accomplished singer who has performed the National Anthem at various events. She also serves as board member of The League, the young professionals group with the Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA, and volunteers as an attorney coach for the mock trail team at her alma mater, Xavier College Preparatory.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Council

To inquire about participation in the council, please contact The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Office of Development at 480-965-2617 or

email for more information.