Ángel L. Reyes-Rodríguez, Ph.D.
Ángel graduated with a B.S. in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico, and was a research scholar as part of the post-baccalaureate research education program at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). He obtained a Ph.D. in Molecular Virology from CWRU and did a post-doctoral fellowship at Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic. Ángel has been an active member of academic and professional organizations focused on professional development, engagement, and advocacy. He is excited for the opportunity to contribute to the development of a diverse group of future Ph.Ds., bringing together the resources needed to support the McNair Scholars in their academic pursuits.
Autumn Blatt, B.A.
Autumn earned a BA in psychology from Ohio State in 2014 and is currently pursuing an Occupational Therapy Doctorate at Cleveland State. Autumn was a Mount Leadership Society Scholar in undergrad. This leadership-through-service-based program allowed her the opportunity to serve in multiple capacities across Columbus. Volunteering with Mount paved the way for Autumn to take on leadership roles in various student organizations focused on mental health and suicide prevention, and she went on to coordinate two fundraising walks for the National Eating Disorders Association. Autumn has spent her time since undergrad working various jobs in the fields of healthcare and social services. These employment experiences have made her passionate about social justice, mental health, and expanding healthcare access for underserved communities. As a first-generation college student herself, Autumn is excited to work with the McNair Scholars program to provide crucial opportunities, information, and a sense of community to the students that the program serves. Autumn enjoys baking cookies, learning to paint, and playing Stardew Valley in her free time.
Khadeja Najjar, M.A.
Khadeja is a two-time graduate of Cleveland State Univeristy, with a B.A in psychology and M.A. in Clinical Psychology. She has held multiple appointments at CSU, which include serving as an English tutor, TRIO success coach, research assistant, and part-time instructor. She is passionate and invested in minority development, success and well-being, both professionally and personally. As a former McNair Scholar, Khadeja is well acquainted with the long-term, positive impact the McNair Scholars Program can have on a student's academic and career trajectory. As a current doctoral student in the Urban Education Counseling Psychology program, Khadeja is excited to complete her education at CSU (a "vike for life," if you will), and to have the opportunity to participate in the McNair program as a graduate assistant and student-mentor to undergraduate scholars.
Klarissa Zeno, B.A.
Klarissa just recently graduated from Cleveland State University in May 2019 with a bachelor’s of arts in Psychology. She was a McNair Scholar, a TRIO Success Coach, and was involved in several different organizations on campus. She participated in undergraduate research with the Healthy Relationships (HEART) Lab since 2017. She spent her senior year working on her honors research project that she developed and carried out herself that looked at the circumstances and experiences women who were pregnant as teenagers had. Klarissa is now currently working on her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Cleveland State. She enjoys spending time with students and showing them the ropes of college life. Klarissa is very passionate about serving the underrepresented population and wants to continue to do so throughout her career. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in counseling psychology after completion of her masters. When she is not in school, she is working full time managing Mitchell’s Ice Cream in Ohio City. Klarissa loves music, spending time with her friends, thrifting, and making people laugh.