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Alumnus of the Week

Every Baruch alumnus has a story to tell.

Read about a number of our successful alumni through our 'Alumnus of the Week' feature. Whether it's professional accomplishments, serving the community, or realizing other personal goals, these alumni have all found success through their unique endeavors.

In addition, check out more alumni profiles from the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs and Weissman Graduate Career Services

Alumnus Owen Martinetti

Owen Martinetti (’17), cofounder of HempChain Farms and Naturae Oils, secured millions of medical masks and donated thousands throughout New York when COVID-19 struck. Read more >

Philip Adikimenakis ('14, MS '15)

CPA Philip Adikimenakis ('14, MS '15) has interests that reach well beyond taxation. He is a "Chair Yoga" instructor and, as the founder of Relaxation Zensation, is an inspirational voice and advocate for the power of ancient self-preserving practices. Read more >

Alumnus Tom Lapinski

For decades, Tom Lapinski ('72) has worked to inject humanity into America's prison system. And his latest project, Through the Bars, is his most ambitious venture yet. Read more >

Kenneth Archibold

In his role as department coordinator for natural resources and climate change at the Ford Foundation, Kenneth Archibold (MPA '19) describes himself as the "glue" for his team, facilitating meetings across eight global locations. Read more >

Jeanette Duffy Headshot

Meet Jeanette Duffy (MPA '12), chief program officer at Dress for Success Worldwide, and learn how she brings a startup mentality and innovation to the nonprofit sector. Read more >

Nick Jiwa

What started as a summer job to make ends meet turned into a surprising career for Nick Jiwa (’91). The alumnus worked at a call center in 1986 and couldn’t wrap his head around the concept. He chatted with us recently about his career, his upbringing, and his time at Baruch. Read more >

Alumna Jillian Flexner

It was a homecoming, of sorts, for Jillian Flexner (MBA ’16), when she returned to campus in April for the New York City premiere of Bound, a one-act chamber opera, at the Baruch Performing Arts Center. The opera was presented by Fresh Squeezed Opera, an organization founded by Flexner in 2013. Read more >

Alumnus Mark Smiley Headshot

Before entering Baruch College, Mark Smiley had taken only one science class in his life. A little more than 15 years later, he is an emergency physician in North Carolina, saving lives on a regular basis. Read more >

Alumna Lakimja Mattocks

Lakimja Mattocks (MPA '14) has made a difference in the nonprofit sector, working on programs that impact youth and community development and racial equity. Read more >