Frances Tydingco-Gatewood (J.D. ’83)
School of Law
Appointed by President George W. Bush as Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Guam, Tydingco-Gatewood is the first female judge of Chamorro descent (Guam’s indigenous inhabitants). She began her law career at the 16th Judicial Court as a clerk for the Honorable Forest Hanna and then served as a prosecutor for Jackson County, Mo. She returned to Guam and worked for the Guam Attorney General’s office. In 1994, she was appointed to the Guam Superior Court. In 2006, she was nominated and confirmed by the United States Senate to her position of Chief Judge.
Alexander Norbash (B.A. ’85, M.D. ’86)
School of Medicine
Norbash is chairman and professor of radiology at Boston University, which appointed him assistant dean for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs in 2011. An interventional neuroradiologist , his clinical work includes the endovascular treatment of aneurysms, strokes, and other chronic issues.
Rennae Ellis (B.S.N. ’98)
School of Nursing
Ellis is Maternal Child Nurse Care Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City. She is active with the Black Health Care Coalition, working to reduce infant mortality rates among the African American population. Ellis has brokered a number of community partnerships and organized community health fairs, screenings and information sessions to benefit the underinsured and uninsured. She has served as membership chair of the Greater Kansas City Black Nurses Association and was its 2009 Nurse of the Year.
David Sater (B.S.P. ’72)
School of Pharmacy
Prior to his election to the Missouri House of Representatives, Sater and his wife owned and operated Sater Pharmacy in Cassville, Mo., from 1974 to 2004. He was named Pharmacist of the Year in 2003 and has been active in a number of health-care organizations, including as founder of the Pregnancy Care Center in Aurora, as president of the American Cancer Society and in serving on medical mission trips to Honduras.