Alumni Postings





Jacqueline Harris, New York, NY (B.A., 1988)                
          Production Editor/Typesetter at Black Enterprise Magazine, Former production editor/graphic designer at Electronic Engineering Times. I’m happy to see that Dr. Gabbin and Dr Hoskins are still on staff.

Sharon Thomas, Elkton, MD (B.A., 1989)            
          English Teacher and Literacy Coach. JMU made me the teacher and school-wide literacy advocate that I am today. Teaching high school is scary these days but is worth the terror and trauma. If you ever need any assistance with a career in high school, a career in Maryland, or the National Board Certification process, please do not hesitate to contact me.     

Kerry Fitzgerald Cantwell, Durham, NC (B.A., 1995; M.A. 1997)
          Instructor, College Success, First Year Experience Program, Durham Technical Community College. After teaching college English for 10 years, I have turned my attention to preparing our incoming college students for success in their new academic endeavors.

Brent Andrew Bowles, Virginia Beach, VA (B.A., 1998; M.A. 2000)
          On faculty at Kempsville Middle School in Virginia Beach, teaching sixth-grade English; contributing writer to The Virginian-Pilot's book and literature sections. Building upon the still-vivid Shakespeare lessons from Drs. Favila and Cohen, I have adapted Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" for sixth-grade Advanced English students, and annually direct a live performance featuring my students before a 200+-person audience. They speak in dialogue and use original performance techniques to discover connections between Shakespeare's plays and contemporary life, as well as between Shakespeare's characters and the audiences who watch their stories

Sean McCarthy, New York, NY (B.A., 1999)
          Vice President, Securitized Products at the investment bank Lehman Brothers Inc. It is nice to see that Dr. Hoskins is now head of the department!  One of the primary reasons reason I am as successful today is because of his efforts to help me during difficult times.  I always thought the English department had the best and most approachable teachers.  I look forward to reading Dr. Cash's biography on Larry Brown!

Mike Tucker, Bangkok (M.A. 1999)
          Author; Counter-terrorism specialist. Greetings and good luck on all your journeys. The Long Patrol, Hell is Over: Voice of the Kurds after Saddam, and Among Warriors in Iraq are all recently published books of mine. Very fortunately, JMU selected me as a Visiting Scholar on counter-terrorism, and I am headed stateside soon to give the Visiting Scholar lecture on October 9, 2006. All the magnificent classes I had in the Graduate Program at JMU have paid off, hundred-fold, in my work as an author and I recommend the M.A. program in English.

Susan Stafford, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (B.A. 1999) 
          Director of my own publicity firm called UNIT:PR that specilizes in communications for Canada's film and television industries. I have also published articles in Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper and NYC's Photo District News magazine: My friends who received business degrees often told me that I would have no career prospects as an English major. I am so thankful that I followed my heart. While some of them have worked in the same corporate job since we graduated, I have been able to open more doors to more adventures than I would have thought possible because of the skills I learned as an English major. Thank you to all my teachers who pushed me to be better, especially Dr. Cash! 

Melanie Jennings Costa, Stafford, VA (2000)               
          I teach English at Gar-Field High School in Woodbridge, VA.  This year, I teach British Literature and IB English II (HL). After graduating, I worked for the Dept. of Defense before deciding that it wasn't for me.  English majors don't have to be teachers, but in my case, I found that wanted to.

Laura Cowherd, Arlington, VA (B.A., 2001)               
          I teach ESOL in Prince William County Public Schools. I got hired in 2002, while completing my certification/ M.Ed at Mary Wash.  Take advantage of volunteer opportunities in the Harrisonburg area schools if you are thinking about teaching.  Feel free to contact me by email.

Jackie Gould, Boston, MA (B.A., 2001)
          Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission, Suffolk University. If anyone is interested in pursuing a career in higher education, please don't hesitate to contact me! Higher ed is a fun, rewarding field. A degree in English is quite useful and relevant.

Beverly Anderson Blair, Boston, MA (B.A., 2002)
          Children’s Librarian at the Somerville Public Library in Somerville, MA. Librarianship is a rewarding and pertinent career for Engish majors! I’m happy to discuss career options and answer questions for those interested in pursuing a degree in library

Daniel Clare, Washington, D.C. (B.A., 2003)
          International Import Agent for Billington Imports, a wine importer based in Washington, D.C. I work in a very diverse multi-national environment: Spanish, Italian, German, and French are spoken throughout the course of a typical business day. As the in-house English Major, I spend a good deal of my time (happily, I might add), as the unofficial English consultant for the company. Methinks I should consider billing them extra for my services!

Amber Wyatt, Washington, D.C. area (B.A., 2003)               
          Senior Deputy Director of Marketing Communications for an education company, Envision EMI; responsible for editing all marketing materials (direct mail, web sites, promotional materials, etc.). I work for a wonderful company with lots of opportunity. We are always looking for great people to join our team. Please contact me if you'd like more information or have questions! 

Patricia (PJ) Bryan, New York, NY (B.A., 2004)
Associate features editor, FIRST for Women magazine.  

Lauren Blosse, Washington, D.C. (B.A., 2005)           
          Media Relations, American Forest & Paper Association. Just perusing the site and wanted to drop a line. I have fond memories of learning from the best (Dr. Gilliatt and Dr. Mark Facknitz, of course!).  I often toy with the idea of returning for my MA.  All the best to everyone in the 'Burg!

Alison Wendling, Virginia Beach, VA (B.A., 2005)               
Training Liaison/Training Coordinator:  

Sarah J. Calihan, Richmond, VA (B.A., 2006)       
First year law student at the University of Richmond

Shayla Givens, Charlottesville, VA (2006)           
Philanthropy Assistant 

Heather Luciano, Franklin Lakes, NJ (B.A., 2007)                
Editorial Assistant at Pearson Education - Financial Times Press & Wharton School Publishing.

William Nicoll, Clemson, SC (B.A., 2007)
          After graduating with a double major in English and Psychology, I moved back to Richmond where I worked as an elementary school teacher for a year. I am now a first year graduate student at Clemson University. Having utilized both my degrees, I everything that I received at James Madion helped prepare me for every professional and academic challenge that I have faced.

Laura Thornton, Charlottesville, VA (B.A., 2007)
Sales Manager, Keswick Vineyards

Callyn Giese, Herndon, VA (B.A., 2008)
Marketing Coordinator for Applied Predictive Technologies, a business software firm in Arlington, VA. Always happy to hear from JMU English grads!


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