Alumni Council

The Beacon College Alumni Association was formally established in April 2015. The first Alumni Council was formed in May of 2015, following a nomination process and an alumni vote to determine the members. Learn more about the members of the inaugural Beacon College Alumni Council:

Stephen Staik

Stephen StaikStephen Staik, Class of 2006, is now working for City Maitland as a Community Program Assistant and is trying to get back into the field of higher education. He has been elected President of the Alumni Council.

Why are you excited to see the Association grow?

The Alumni Association Council has a great bunch of former students who I got to know during my years at Beacon. I’m excited to work with people who have same feeling on how we can grow in the Beacon Community and how we can bridge relationships between former and current students by being visible at events on campus to show support of the development of a good relationship with them. As Beacon College is changing as we reach a new milestone and move forward with the Alumni Association, we can help support the Beacon College growth to meet the needs of the students.

Arun Kapoor

Arun KapoorArun Kapoor, Class of 2008, works for the Department of Defensive as a Business Analyst and Inventory Specialist. He has been elected Vice President of the Alumni Council.

Why are you excited to see the Association grow?

I want to help lay the foundation of the Beacon College Alumni Association that will help me be proud of the school that helped me get a degree in May 2008. I love the changes to Beacon College and this is just the beginning. Something special is the fact that here in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, a group, with the help of my father, helped create an association here, which was called Afghan Hindu Association. Through my father’s leadership, he has helped me to get involved, and bring the younger generation together so that we all know each other and keep the communication line going. I feel that I can take the same experience here and bring it to the young students and future Beacon College alumni. I will quote what Mr. Bob Bridgeman told me when I officially ran for Student Government Association Presidency, which was “Don’t be part of the problem; be part of the solution.” Through this day I want to continue that saying for Beacon College.

Rosalyn Johnson

Rosalyn JohnsonRosalyn Johnson, Class of 2009, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, currently working full- time providing individual therapy to children and adolescents, as well as providing couples, marital, and family therapy. She just completed her doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University, Sarasota, after successfully defending her dissertation in June. She has been elected Secretary of the Alumni Council.

Why are you exited to see the Association grow?

I am excited to see the Alumni Association grow so that we can continue to promote excellence regarding the mission of the Alumni Association, promote further and future bonds between the alumni classes, as well as help to reframe and eliminate the inaccurate misconception and perception of Beacon College within the Leesburg community, Lake County, as well as within Central Florida, by further helping to expand the Association amongst various cities and states across the nation, in addition to alumni from other countries.

Nathan Plung

Nathan Plung Nathan Plung, Class of 2007, has become a successful entrepreneur building a business through and developing a reputation as an artist. He has had exhibits in The United Kingdom, New York City, and California. He has been elected Member-at-large (3 years) of the Alumni Council.

Why are you exited to see the Association grow?

I’m proud to be a part of the very first Beacon College Alumni Council. I’m excited to see what the Council will become as we grow as a team together, and to watch the Beacon alumni community grow as a whole.

Ariel Ben-Chitrit

Ariel Ben-ChitritAriel Ben-Chitrit, Class of 2015, remained in Leesburg after his December graduation, where he taught a weekly ballroom dance class to Beacon students during the spring semester. He is currently working at Publix, while also preparing to spend a year teaching English to students in the People’s Republic of China. He has been elected Member at-large (2 years) of the Alumni Council.

Why are you exited to see the Association grow?

I am excited to help redefine what it means to be an alumnus of Beacon College, so that all of us, whether we graduated in the College’s first class or are only newly graduated, can stay connected to Beacon for years to come.