Born in Michigan, Chad Brauze began cooking in restaurants at the age of 14. In 2002, he enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America, where, before completion of his first semester, he was tapped by world-renowned chef Daniel Boulud to work in his restaurants, progressing through each station of the kitchen within three years and attaining the role of sous-chef. At the encouragement of Boulud, Chad then embarked on a series of apprenticeships at some of the best kitchens in Paris. When he returned to New York, Chad served as Saucier at Per Se, before reuniting with Boulud at Daniel. After reading the autobiography of and consulting with GS alumnus and world-famous chef Jacques Pépin ‘70GS, Chad enrolled at GS. He earned his BA in Computer Science and Mathematics while also working full time. While at GS, he also worked with Daniel Boulud and author Bill Buford to help create the cookbook Daniel: My French Cuisine. Chad is currently Executive Chef at Rotisserie Georgette, a NYC French restaurant recently named a Critics' Pick by The New York Times.
Tina Ling enrolled at GS after a successful career in the fashion industry where she was a top seller and the youngest member recruited for the opening team of Dolce & Gabana’s New York boutique, their first flagship store in the United States. As a GS student, Tina was president of Columbia University Family Support Network (CUFSN) a support network for Columbia Students and their family members which she co-founded in 2012. In recognition of Tina’s leadership on campus, she was awarded the GS Spirit Award, GS Service Award, Dean’s Citation, Office of Multicultural Award for Service and Leadership and a Helena Rubenstein Foundation Scholarship Recipient. After graduation, Tina will drive cross-country to research the migration of displaced Chinese railroad workers transitioning to gold rush mining in the West.
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, former American Ballet Dancer Jacquelyn Reyes began dancing at four and performed many leading roles in productions including The Nutcracker, Hansel and Gretel and Aladdin. Accelerating her studies, she graduated with honors from high school in three years and began performing on some of the world’s greatest stages including Paris, Tokyo, London, Seoul, and Beijing. With dance as her first passion Jacquelyn enrolled at GS where she pursued her interest in the arts and graduated cum laude with a degree in film studies. Jacquelyn has been honored as a National Coca-Cola Scholar and recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts, an organization committed to identifying the next generation of emerging artists. Jacquelyn is currently directing her first short film called, "Spicy Tuna" to be entered into SXSW film festival.
Kristine Görgen ’14 embodies the international character of the Dual BA Program Between Columbia University and Sciences Po. Raised in Germany to parents who were foreign correspondents, Tine attended an international high school in Hong Kong and volunteered in China, Tanzania, and Burma before moving to France to study Euro-Asian relations at Sciences Po’s Le Havre Campus. At Sciences Po, she studied English, French, and Hindi alongside a rigorous social science curriculum. As a GS student, Tine majored in Political Science and served as a tour guide for GS. She plans to return to Germany for a position with the government and will apply to graduate school.
Ryan Kendall ’14 came to GS from Denver with an activist streak. Having emancipated himself from his parents at age 16 after undergoing two years of antigay reparative (or conversion) therapy, Ryan spent several years battling homelessness, depression, and addiction before enrolling in community college and working with law enforcement organizations on issues of LGBT equality and discrimination. His expertise brought him to the U.S. District Court, where he served as a key witness in the case that overturned Proposition 8, the amendment banning same-sex marriage in California. While at Columbia, Ryan majored in Political Science, was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and received the Alumni Key Award for his exceptional academic achievement and service to the Columbia community. He also received the Courage Award from the National Center for Lesbian Rights and continues to testify as a fact witness in states where reparative therapy bans are being considered. Ryan will attend law school in the fall and pursue a career in civil rights law.
Justin Nathaniel Carter
Justin Nathaniel Carter ’14 hails from the Bay Area and came to GS as a transfer student and Phi Theta Kappa member from West Valley Community College. As a Columbia student, Justin personified school spirit and his commitment to service was unparalleled, representing GS in the University Senate for two years and serving as an EMT with the University’s Emergency Management Service as well as participating in the GS Student Council and Columbia University Family Support Network. Justin also served as a GS tour guide and Orientation Leader and worked part time for the school’s Communications department. He graduated with a degree in Political Science and hopes to use his education to reduce social inequalities and work on grassroots political campaigns.
Robert LeDesma ’14 spent several years in his native Arizona as a dog trainer before transferring to GS from Mesa Community College as a member of Phi Theta Kappa and a nominee for the All USA Academic Team. At Columbia, Robert was a Program for Academic Leadership and Service Scholar, majoring in Biology with a premedical concentration; he also served as a GS tour guide and Orientation Leader and was an active member of the GS Student Council and Columbia University Family Support Network. He received the Dean’s Citation in 2014 for his commitment to the Columbia community during his tenure at GS. Following graduation, he plans to pursue full-time work in laboratory research before applying to PhD programs in virology.
Elegance Bratton ‘14 left home at age 16 due to a contentious relationship with his mother over his admission that he is gay. Following nearly ten years of homelessness on Manhattan’s Christopher Street, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps during the height of the Iraq War and served as a combat specialist. At GS, Elegance was awarded a Humanity in Action fellowship to study French social justice movements and was a member of the Dean’s List. He wrote and directed “Pier Kids: The Life,” a documentary initially funded through Kickstarter that follows the lives of LGBT youth of color and published books on photography and poetry. Elegance graduated with a degree in African American Studies and has been accepted to the Graduate Film program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
William Tant ‘14 enrolled at GS in 2011 after a successful career as a professional surfer that ended following a diagnosis of a rare disease that required him to have open-heart surgery in 2013. He is the sponsor of an annual surfing competition in his Florida hometown memorializing his brother, Tommy, who passed away from the same condition in 1998, and runs a charity founded in his honor. In addition to surfing, Will was also a professional model featured in Nautica’s 2011-2012 international ad campaign. He graduated as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the GS Honor Society with a degree in Religion and plans to apply to graduate school.