Alumni Relations Team Bios

Edward Yao

As the Associate Director of Alumni Relations at Ross University School of Medicine, Ed Yao oversees the development and implementation of alumni programming for more than 13,000 Ross graduates.

With 11 years of experience in alumni relations, Ed has had great success in the development of alumni associations, leadership councils and volunteer cohorts for higher education institutions including Baruch College’s Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Ross University School of Medicine, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Ed is well-versed in event management, having executed social and professional programs ranging from regional receptions to continuing education conferences. He has a true passion for engaging alumni and enjoys developing impactful relationships and programs that connect alumni with the student body. Ed holds a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University and a Master of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management.

Shneail Burnett

Shneail Burnett joined Ross University School of Medicine in 2012 and currently serves as a Senior Alumni Relations Specialist, spearheading the mentoring program as well as many other alumni engagement initiatives. Prior to her current role, Shneail held positions in admissions, clinical advising and professional development. She draws upon her decade of higher education experience, deep knowledge of the student lifecycle and years of student engagement to connect with Ross alumni in an authentic and meaningful way.

Her leisure activities include spending quality time with her family, traveling, and reading a good mystery novel.

 Shneail holds a Master of Science in Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

James Langan

James Langan is an Alumni Relations Coordinator who leverages his acquired business and marketing skills to engage Ross alumni via various channels, including social media.

Prior to Ross, James held enrollment positions at Keiser University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. In 2009, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in public relations, advertising and applied communication from Marywood University and later received a Master of Science in psychology at the University of Phoenix.

James’ background includes owning and publishing Fit in Daytona, a health and fitness magazine distributed throughout Volusia County in Florida. In this role, he interviewed local professionals and notable figures, including the First Lady of Florida.

Siham Hagos


Siham Hagos serves as an Alumni Relations Coordinator. In her primary role, she organizes Ross programs and events such as graduation, receptions, information seminars, reunions, and continuing education programs.

Previously, Siham was a Student Services Advisor, engaging students through various outreach campaigns as well as helping them navigate their medical education.

Siham holds a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Florida International University where she specialized in behavior analysis.

Siham is active in many charitable organizations and currently volunteers and serves as Board Chair at EMC.

Her favorite pastimes include traveling, dining, and learning about different cultures.