Rising Alumni

The CEHD Alumni Society Board is currently accepting nominations for the 2023 Rising Alumni Award to encourage individuals as they progress in their careers. The Rising Alumni Award recognizes young professionals who earned their degree from CEHD within the last ten years, have made a significant impact in their profession or community at large and have achieved early distinction as leaders.

If you would like to nominate a CEHD graduate, please complete this form. Self nominations will not be accepted, and current CEHD staff & faculty are ineligible for nomination. Nominations are due on Friday, February 3, 2023. Recipients will be honored at the CEHD Exceptional Alumni Awards Celebration on April 20.

Please note, this award recognizes alumni early in their career. If you would like to nominate an alum who is mid to late career, please follow this link to nominate them for an Alumni Award of Excellence.

If you have any questions, please contact us at cehdas@umn.edu or 612-625-5963.

Congratulations to the 2022 Rising Alumni honorees!

  • Randa Ayoub, MEd ’16, Youth Development Leadership - Director of Equity and Culture at the YMCA of the North
  • Cheniqua Johnson, BS ’17, Family Social Science - Relationship Manager at St. Paul & Minnesota Foundation Research Center
  • Madeleine Orr, PhD ’20, Kinesiology - Founder and Co-Director at the Sport Ecology Group

2022 Rising Alumni Award Recipients

Randa Ayoub

Randa Ayoub
MEd ’16, Youth Development Leadership

Randa Ayoub is the Director of Equity and Culture at the YMCA of the North. She has over ten years of experience in youth development, community development, diversity, equity and inclusion, program and partnership development, operations management, project management, and strategic planning and visioning.

Read the full profile for Randa Ayoub.

Cheniqua Johnson
BS ’17, Family Social Science

Cheniqua Johnson is the Relationship Manager at St. Paul & Minnesota Foundation. As relationship manager and part of the Community Impact team, Cheniqua proudly supports the work of nonprofit organizations throughout the metro and in Greater Minnesota. Cheniqua is responsible for reviewing grantmaking in health and civic engagement.

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Cheniqua Johnson

Madeleine Orr

Madeleine Orr
PhD ’20, Kinesiology

Dr. Madeleine Orr is the Founder and Co-Director of the Sport Ecology Group and a Lecturer in the Institute of Sport Business at Loughborough University London. Her research focuses on the relationship between sport and the natural environment with special attention to climate change, risk, adaptation, sustainability, and just transitions to more inclusive and sustainable futures.

Read the full profile for Madeleine Orr.

Alumni award recipients were interviewed in advance of the
Exceptional Alumni Awards Celebration on April 26.