Get to know your MCAN board members!

Micah Evans Rivera '02, ChairMicah Evans Rivera '02

Micah Evans Rivera is a member of the Class of 2002 who majored in Biology. While at Carleton, she served as co-chair of the Coalition of Women of Color and participated in New Student Week as a leader and program assistant.  She currently resides in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin and teaches 9th grade Biology in Northern Illinois. Prior to joining Chicago Teaching Fellows, an alternative certification program to obtain her teaching license, she earned a Master of Public Health from University of Illinois at Chicago. Within the education field, she is interested in education policy and reform and the relationship between mentoring and student success. 

Luke Lightning '93, Past-Chair

Luke Lightning

Luke Lightning is a 1993 graduate of Carleton who majored in chemistry and lives in San Francisco.  Currently, he works in Business Development and Sales at which produces the online TV show "This Week in Startups" and the 2014 LAUNCH Festival where companies will debut on stage in front of 8000+ attendees.  Prior to his role at, he was involved in biotech companies with programs that progressed to human clinical trials in the areas of cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and neuronal diseases and cancer.  He was an Assistant Professor at Purdue University, worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar at UCSF, and obtained his PhD in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Washington.  He is the Founder of the Bay Area LifeTech (BALT) Meetup group and lead organizer of Native American Heritage Night with the SF Giants.


Dwight Alexander '84

Eryn (Harmon) Carter '94  Eryn (Harmon) Carter '94

Eryn is a global business executive for a professional association of financial advisers (MDRT). Finding and developing business opportunities around the world, particularly in Asia, and helping other association executives to 'go global' is where her professional interests lie. Personally, Eryn supports educational and public policy programs in Chicago. She graduated from Carleton in 1994 and majored in Sociology/Anthropology. After graduating from Carleton, Eryn taught at an Afro-centric school in North Minneapolis and then moved back home to Chicago. Eryn is a second generation Carl whose mother and aunt both graduated from Carleton in the late 60s.

Adriana Castillo '18Adriana Castillo '18

Adriana Castillo is a member of the class of 2018 who is majoring in American Studies and minoring in Educational Studies. At Carleton, she serves as the student director of Intramural sports, is a facilitator for Students Engaged in Essential Dialogues (SEED), a member of the Senior Committee, and a Student Department Advisor for Educational Studies. Being a Posse scholar from Houston contributed to her interests within the field of education, specifically on issues of education inequality and the experiences of POC at historically white institutions. After Carleton, Adriana hopes to continue her education and pursue a master degree in Higher Education leadership.


Darwin Conner '93Darwin Conner

Darwin Conner graduated from Carleton College in 1993 and a history major.  While at Carleton, he also managed to ride the bench for the basketball team.  Darwin currently works as a finance attorney in New York, is a Co-Chair of his firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and sits on the Executive Council of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.  He is pictured on the right in the accompanying photo (with Bryan Stevenson).


Truscee Dorham '93

Jody He '16Jody He '16                                                                          

Jody He graduated in 2016 as a Biology major and Biochemistry concentrator who hopes to go to medical school someday. At Carleton, Jody was a Resident Assistant and President of the Carleton Pre-Med Association. She also was a Peer Pre-Health Advisor and a member of the Biology Department Curriculum Committee. She is now living out her gap years in the Twin Cities working at an ophthalmology practice.

Jennifer Lopez '02


Anushka Patel '12Anushka Patel '12

Anushka graduated from the class of 2012. She loved studying psychology and assisting with research in the same. Anushka also wrote for publications, including The Carl and Carletonian, in addition to attending model UN conferences, Women of Color retreats, and Interfaith dialogue exchanges. Following graduation, Anushka worked at Harvard University, where she assisted in research evaluating treatments for depression, anxiety, ADHD and conduct problems among youth. She is now a fourth year doctoral student, studying how trauma impacts psychological health among Indian women from slums at The University of Tulsa. Her future goal is to culturally-adapt evidence-based trauma treatments for low-income settings.

Edylwise Romero '19

Edylwise Romero

Her current subject of interests are: Psychology, English, Medicine and Business.

She is passionate about social justice and making a positive impact in her communities. Volunteering for non-profit organizations such as Save Alternatives for Violent Environments and Muslim American Society Bay Area through a school organization she founded, have shown her the impact people can make in their communities. 

Her hobbies are: reading, running, hiking with friends and family, watching Netflix and singing along to the radio with her brothers.