Read how our students have become full time businesspersons, scientists, artists, educators, etc. and how they are having a deep impact on all aspects of our society.

Desiree Peterkin Bell – Class 1996
Director of Communications, City of Newark

Desiree was again tapped by the Bloomberg Administration to be the Senior Director of Government Affairs for the City’s Marketing Development Corporation. NYC Marketing was created with a vision by Mayor Bloomberg to centralize and leverage the City’s intellectual property and physical marketing assets. Desiree determined strategies and platforms to secure multimillion dollar partnerships and sponsorships for the City of New York with General Motors, Universal Studios, Country Music Awards, The Latin Grammy’s and cities, such as London, Amsterdam, and Dusseldorf, Germany.

In July 2006, Desiree Peterkin Bell was appointed by Mayor Booker, the visionary new mayor of New Jersey’s largest city, to lead strategic communications for the City of Newark. She serves as the Director of Communications where she manages the Office of Communications and the Press Information Office and is charged with creating a constituent driven communications plan. As one of the youngest appointed members of the Administration, Desiree has cultivated relationships with international, national, regional and local media.

Luis Belén, – Class 1994
President & CEO, VWCGlobal

Prior to co-founding VWCGlobal, Luis Belén was the lead Project Manager for firm-wide web initiatives in the United States and London, supporting interns, scholars, alumni, corporate partners and staff for a non-profit organization headquartered in New York City. He has over ten years experience managing the design, development, and implementation of online products including e-business and wireless solutions. Extensive financial services industry experience including Brokerage, Asset Management, Marketing, and Risk Management. Proven ability to work with cross-functional departments, Fortune 500 clients, and executive management. He has held positions in several Wall Street firms, obtaining his Series 7 & 63 licenses.

Luis obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University.

Russell Swan. – Class 1984
Chief for the Office of Toxics Programs, EPA

Mr. Russell Swan is currently the acting branch chief for the Office of Toxics Programs in the Land and Chemicals Division for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region III. Previously, Mr. Swan served as a staff attorney in the Office of Regional Counsel. Mr. Swan graduated from Strath Haven High School in 1985 as an A Better Chance (ABC) Scholar. Mr. Swan has a BA from Oberlin College, a masters in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship, Syracuse University, and a Juris Doctor degree from Temple University School of Law. Mr. Swan is married to his best friend and helpmate Caroline Swan, and is the father of a 5 year old daughter, Nilah Symone, who is his pride and joy.

Anane N. Olatunji, Ph.D. – Class 1978
Program Evaluation Specialist, Office of Program Evaluation

Anane Olatunji joined FCPS in February, and brings a wealth of experience to the Division. Over the course of his career in education, Dr. Olatunji has served in a variety of roles and agencies, but always with the central focus of improving teaching and learning. For example, prior to FCPS, Dr. Olatunji held leadership positions in educational research at George Washington University and the University of Florida. His previous work also includes direct experience in the classroom, teaching from kindergarten to adult education. Throughout his career Dr. Olatunji has earned numerous distinctions as an educator and researcher, which includes presenting his work in Spanish at international conferences in Latin America. Dr. Olatunji actively participates in the American Educational Research Association and in the American Evaluation Association where he fulfills a leadership role as program co-chair for the topical interest group on evaluation in Pk-12 education.