Alumni Profiles: Michael P. Brush, ’02 and Rachel Omolewu, '10

Michael P. Brush, ’02 B.S.Ed.

After graduating from Lehman High School, Michael Brush attended Wright State University where he was a four-year varsity letterman and captain of the tennis team. Brush helped lead the Raiders to their first-ever conference championship in 2002. 

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in education, Brush attended law school at Thomas M. Cooley. During law school, after finding out his father was diagnosed with cancer, he put together a benefit concert, raising over $6,000 for the American Cancer Society.  

After law school, Brush worked in the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office. He successfully prosecuted hundreds of felonies on behalf of the State of Ohio, including five murder convictions. He currently works at Freund, Freeze & Arnold, specializing in criminal defense, defending personal injury, school law, construction, and small business cases. He is one of only 14 attorneys in Montgomery County to hold a certification for capital murder cases. 

Brush volunteers as a mentor through Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and recently raised over $11,000 for the organization. He has volunteered with both the Children’s Organ Transplant Association and the Mark A. Kreusch Memorial Fund. Brush was a proud member of the 2012 American Cancer Society Gala of Hope Committee, helping to raise over $655,000 in the fight against cancer. 

In 2012, he was named Direct Energy’s Dayton Volunteer Citizen of the Year and The Mentoring Collaborative of Montgomery County Mentor of the Year. In 2013, Mike was named a Dayton Community All-Star by the Dayton Dragons.

Rachel Omolewu, '10 M.S. Biochemistry

Rachel Omolewu earned her Master of Science in Biochemistry in 2010 from Wright State University. Her dissertation centered on energy metabolism and key enzymes that are vital in cardiac function and energy conservation. The cost of cardiac disease nationwide is so high that health professionals are seeking alternate methods to treat and prevent the disease. One method is exercise. Increasingly more physicians prescribe exercise. 

Omolewu dedicated herself to making a global impact in health education after graduation. She joined NBA star Kobe Bryant to promote Diabetes Awareness in Dubai, U.A.E. Omolewu assisted Bryant in coaching his celebrity basketball game at Kobe Bryant Health and Fitness Weekend in September 2013. 

She conducts Fit-For-Life fitness and wellness bootcamps in the United States and abroad. Omolewu was named Inspirational Woman of Fitness in 2013. She was invited to Abu Dhabi to host an all-women’s fitness weekend with boxing champion Laila Ali. Next year Omolewu plans to travel to Australia, Italy, Japan, and Great Britain for fitness programs. Her writing and fitness endeavors have been featured in multiple publications, including SHAPE, OK!, and Men’s Fitness. 

Omolewu also involves herself in various types of philanthropy. She is a Healthy Eating mentor for young girls, a speaker for the American Heart Association, a diabetes health educator, and has worked with Children’s Hunger Alliance and Autism Society. She is starting her own charity aimed to educate youth to maximize the benefits of sound nutrition through nutrient timing and regular physical activity. Omolewu’s mission is to instill an active lifestyle at a young age to be carried into adulthood. 

Her future plans are to write a nutrition and exercise book, continue speaking engagements, and create a fitness video and workout program adapted for the busy American lifestyle.