Alonzo Billips '20, Bioengineering
Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Alonzo is enjoying his first year at SCU as a declared Bioengineering major. He’s on the Varsity Baseball team, and is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Igwebuike (SCU’s Black Student Union). He considers himself a natural leader. With stints as freshman, sophomore, junior and student body president during his high school years, we’d agree wholeheartedly!
Nathan Metzger '17, Mechanical Engineering
Nathan is a senior Mechanical Engineering major on the path to complete a Masters in Mechatronics, Robotics and Automation Engineering. He is from San Jose, CA and blends his passion for engineering with a love for music. He is a member of the SCU Chamber Choir and a capella groups and will sing for you at the drop of a hat. Just ask him!
Uma Palaniappan '17, Public Health Science/Psychology
Uma is originally from Fremont, CA and is interested in the intersection of technology and healthcare. She is double majoring in Public Health Science and Public Psychology on the Pre-Med path. Uma is a Global Fellow who completed a program in Istanbul and would love to start off at a digital health company and then expand into global health. Eventually, she would love to pursue a career in medicine or epidemiology and with a senior superlative like “chatterbox”, we’re certain her bedside manner will be top notch.
Onno Ho ‘18, Finance
Onno is a junior Finance major at Santa Clara University. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Onno has been lucky to have had a variety of enriching experiences that have shaped who he is today. From teaching children in South Africa, to training with the People's Liberation Army of China, these opportunities have molded his unique perspective. His placement with the Global Fellows Program sent him to work with artisan company AHABolivia in Cochabamba, Bolivia focusing on corporate social responsibility, sustainability, ethical business practices, and teaching mathematics. He’s also studied abroad in London and worked as a financial analyst internship at tech start up, Virtually Reality.
Nick Kikuchi ‘18, Bioengineering
Nick is a junior Bioengineering major from San Jose, CA and aspires to create a more just and equal world where his research and work can improve the lives of many. He has a powerful goal to work with prosthetic limbs that will revolutionize this technology and industry. His passion is to help others, change the face of medical technology, and create a more just world. Nick’s placement with the Global Fellows Program sent him to work with Moscoso Arquitectura, an architecture firm founded by Mario Moscoso where he was able to put to use his engineering background. His experience in Bolivia changed his perspective and broaden his global view. Nick looks forward to putting his experience in Bolivia into practice when he interns at Genentech this summer.
Tanya Monsef Bunger, Program Director, Global Fellows Program
Tanya Monsef Bunger is a global business consultant and executive coach with 25+ years of Silicon Valley high tech, startups and non-profit business success in the areas of finance, marketing and strategy. She has coached and delivered programs with leaders from 40+ countries. She designs leadership training, leads workshops, provides one-on-one coaching, and facilitates conversations to clients around the world. She speaks globally about the power of leading from authenticity as a way to create harmony in the workplace. She is Dean's Executive Professor, Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University (SCU). Tanya is active in global leadership projects. She is Chair of the board for Global Women’s Leadership Network, co-founder of SF Turkish Women’s International Network chapter, advisor for Turkish Women’s Initiative, and program director of the Global Fellows program at SCU. She is also a proud alumna of SCU, Class of 1986.
Aidan O’Neill ‘17, Economics
Aidan is a senior Economics major who seeks to use the tools he’s learned at SCU to truly improve his industry or field of choice. His experiences abroad, both as volunteer and as traveler, instilled in him a passion for the poor jumpstarted by a microeconomics lecture where he learned that poverty is not a simple byproduct of capitalism, but rather a burden on the economy. His passion and his studies met, and as a result he looks forward to pursuing this issue even further.
Keith Warner, OFM, Director, Education and Action Research
Keith Douglass Warner, OFM directs Miller Center's education, fellowship, grants and action research activities. He is a practical social ethicist in the Franciscan tradition. He has designed and implemented innovative, inter-disciplinary educational programs that advance social justice and Catholic identity in higher education since he came to Santa Clara in 2004. He directs the Global Social Benefit Fellowship, which provides a comprehensive program of mentored, field-based study and research for SCU juniors within the Center's worldwide network of social entrepreneurs. With Thane Kreiner he designed the fellowship and wrote the grant that funds it. He also teaches in the Honors Program, School of Engineering, and Religious Studies Department. Keith is an active participant in the retrieval of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition, and on the Board of Regents at the Franciscan School of Theology.
Aldo Billingslea, Professor
Department of Theatre and Dance
Aldo Billingslea joined the theatre department faculty full-time in fall of 1998 after serving as an adjunct lecturer in the spring of 1996. Billingslea earned his B.A. in English and Communication Arts at Austin College, his M.A. in Secondary Education with a Theatre and English emphasis at Austin College, and his M.F.A. in Acting at Southern Methodist University. He appeared in Santa Clara University's productions of Paul Robeson, Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale, and directed A Midsummer Night's Dream, Love's Labour Lost, Pentecost, The Shadow Box, Coriolanus, Little Shop of Horrors, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf, The River Bride and Lorraine Hansberry's The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window. A member of Actor's Equity Association and the Screen Actor's Guild, Billingslea has appeared in productions of August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Fences, Two Trains Running and Radio Golf; Eugene Oneill's The Hairy Ape and Anna Christie; Arthur Miller's Death of A Salesman; August Strindberg's Miss Julie; Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire and more than two dozen different plays by William Shakespeare. Billingslea has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area at the American Conservatory Theatre, Aurora Theatre, California Shakespeare Theatre, Cuttingball Theatre, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Magic Theatre, Marin Shakespeare Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, TheatreWorks, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz. He has also worked at Portland Center Stage, Portland Repertory Theatre, Tacoma Actor's Guild, Sacramento Theatre Company, Plano Repertory Theatre, Theatre Three in Dallas, San Antonio's Majestic Theatre, InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia, San Diego's Old Globe Theater, and Shakespearean Festivals of California, Dallas, Marin, Oregon, and Utah. Billingslea teaches American Theatre from the Black Perspective, a seminar on August Wilson, Acting for Non Majors, Acting, Acting Styles: Shakespeare, and Acting for the Camera.