University of Pittsburgh
June 13, 2007

Pitt Elects New Alumni Association Board Members

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PITTSBURGH-The University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association recently elected eight new members to its 2007-08 board of directors. Dexter Edmonds, Arnold Epstein, Lauren Feintuch, Alka Patel, and Haig Sakoian were elected to the position of director at large. Rebecca Borghi, Aminu Idris, and Chris Porter were elected to the position of regional director.

Both positions carry a two-year office term and a wide range of responsibilities, including serving as hosts at Alumni Association events and on Alumni Association committees.

Biographical information of the newly elected officials follows:

Dexter Edmonds is director of the Global Information Technology Group at MeadWestvaco. He graduated from the University in 1984 with a BS degree in information technology. He has since served the Alumni Association as a Pitt Golden Panther and a member of the Pitt Letterman Club. Edmonds resides in Atlanta, Ga.

Arnold Epstein is an adjunct instructor in Pitt's Administration of Justice and Legal Studies program. He graduated from Pitt in 1969 with a BA degree in education. As a member of the University's Alumni Leadership Council, Epstein has supported numerous Alumni Association activities. He resides in Pittsburgh.

Lauren Feintuch is an assistant buyer with Lord and Taylor. She graduated from Pitt's College of Business Administration in 2006 with a degree in marketing. As an alumnus, Feintuch has served as president of Omicron Delta Kappa and the Society of International Business. Feintuch resides in Hoboken, NJ.

Alka Patel is an associate of Pepper Hamilton, LLP. Patel graduated from the University in 1996 with a BS degree in materials science and engineering. Patel resides in Pittsburgh.

Haig Sakoian is the global director of Environment Health and Safety and Operations Audit with Alcoa Inc. Sakoian has earned three degrees at Pitt: a BS degree in biochemistry in 1975, an MS degree in industrial hygiene in 1979, and an MBA degree in 2004. Sakoian has served as a corporate level sponsor for the University's Athletics programs. He resides in Pittsburgh.

Rebecca Borghi is a medical technologist with INOVA Fairfax Hospital. Borghi graduated from the University's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in 1997. She has served as membership chair of the Chesapeake & Potomac Pitt Club and in various positions with the Alumni Leadership Council. She resides in Fairfax, Va.

Aminu Idris is an assistant director with the Independent National Electoral Commission. Idris graduated from the University with a BA degree in political science in 1985 and an MPIA degree in 1987. Idris resides in Abuja, Nigeria.

Christopher Porter is a senior vice president at Jefferies & Company, a global securities and investment banking firm. Porter graduated from the University's Katz Graduate School of Business in 1994 with an MBA degree. He has served on the Katz Alumni Association Board of Directors. He resides in New York, NY.