2000s Milestones: Alumni Achievements

Elizabeth Jones smiles with actors on either side of her.

Elizabeth Jones (B.F.A. ’03) recently starred in the Bay Area Musical’s production of the international smash hit “Hairspray.”

She played Motormouth Maybelle during the five-week production. Some of her theatre credits include Charlene in “Dreamgirls” (Berkeley Playhouse), Lady O in “The Right Note” (Spare Stage) and Ronnette in “Little Shop of Horrors” (Contra Costa Musical Theatre).

Shauna-Lee Ruglass (B.A. ’04) was recently promoted to chief of staff at YouthBuild USA. She will provide project management, strategic planning and implementation support for key organizational initiatives, as well as continuing to support the chief executive officer.

YouthBuild programs across the U.S. help unemployed and out-of-school young people ages 16 to 24 attain their high school diploma or equivalency.

During that time, they also learn career skills by building affordable housing and other community assets in their neighborhoods while engaging in community service and leadership training.

Venus Phillips smiling in a headshot.

Venus Phillips (B.B.A. ’05) recently joined The Kresge Foundation’s Investment Office as an investment director. Kresge’s Investment Office supports the foundation’s mission to expand opportunities in America’s cities by managing a nearly $4 billion portfolio of long-term investment assets.




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