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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.  

Ben Ellis

Ben Ellis is a graduate from the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University with a major in communication. Currently, he is the designated broker and founding partner of E & G Real Estate Services. Ben began his career as an acquisitions associate at a privately-owned shopping center development company in 2005. He then entered the real estate world in 2007, joining a commercial real estate brokerage investment sales team. In 2011, he entered the metro Phoenix residential real estate market as a leasing and sales agent for a local property management company. Later, he was promoted to leasing director and managed a team that successfully closed nearly 500 transactions over two years. Ben is also a member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix.

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.

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 serves as the Chairman of the Maricopa County Democratic Party. He is currently the youngest county party chair in the country. He resides in North Phoenix and also serves as Mayor Stanton's appointment to the Neighborhood Block Watch Fund Oversight Committee. Slugocki is a proud Sun Devil football season ticket holder and recently married a fellow ASU graduate in May.

Amanda Ventura

From copy editor to editor in chief, Amanda Ventura has inched up the masthead at Arizona publications. Now, she’s Evolve PR and Marketing’s worldly wordsmith and can be found checking the pulse of Arizona's business sectors with pitches at the ready. She was most recently the editor for AZ Big Media and its eight publications, where her primary beat was commercial real estate. Ventura graduated cum laude with a degree in English (creative writing) from Arizona State University in 2011. She has been published in PHOENIX magazine, Arizona Republic, Arizona Capitol Times, Arizona Business magazine, Phoenix New Times, College Times, Valley Times, The State Press, Deer Valley Times, Arizona Health & Living and Arizona Sports and Lifestyle Magazine.

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.