Alumni News and Updates

Robert ("Kirby") Goidel (’89) is a professor of mass communication and political science and the director of the Public Policy Research Lab at Louisiana State University. He has written two books and numerous journal articles examining various aspects of American politics. He also conducts the Louisiana Survey, designed to serve as a barometer of public opinion in Louisiana. He blogs for the Christian Science Monitor’s Minority Central Baton Rouge, LA community.

Jamie Gregorian’s (’99) article, "How Primary Election Laws Adversely Affect the Associational Rights of Political Parties in the Commonwealth of Virginia and How to Fix Them," was published by the George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal in Fall 2007, and is available at

In February 2008 Nick Howenstein (‘02) published a report on Pakistan as part of his work at the U.S. Institute of Peace. The report is available here (pdf!).

Angelanette Holley Moore (’95) received her MPA in corrections administration from Troy State University and works in records supervision at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail. She married David A. Moore, a supervisor with Newport News Juvenile Services Detention Center, on April 22, 2007, and their son Jalen Davon Moore was born on June 19, 2008.

Walter A. Wilson III (’79) is a Vice President at LandAmerica. He married Allison Graves on July 20, 2008 while vacationing in Denmark. Allison and Walter met in 1978 while attending JMU but had no contact with one another from 1984 to 2006.

Stanley D. Wyatt (’74) earned his A.A. degree in paralegal studies from the University of Charleston in 1986 and has completed 15 hours toward his Masters of Legal Studies degree from West Virginia University. Stanley is President of National Pool and Equipment Company of West Virginia, is active in the Republican party, and is considering a run for legislative office in the future.

Francis Gallagher (’87) is President of Pioneer Finance, planning board chairman for the town of Clinton, NJ, and father of Finley Rose-Lin Gallagher.

Scott Coburn (’98) graduated from George Washington University Law School in 2002 and is now an Attorney with Blank Rome LLP. Scott and his wife Stacie welcome their daughter Chelsea, who was born on Dec. 9, 2007. Chelsea joins big sisters Madison and Evelyn.

Thomas E. Utz (’84) is an Instructor with Kaplan Higher Education and is beginning work on his second master’s degree: a Master of Arts in security management from American Military University.

Jeffrey McKay (’97) is a Supervisor for Lee District, Fairfax County, VA. Jeffrey was elected on Nov. 6, 2007 to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors representing the 110,000 people in Lee District. Ten days before the election, on Oct. 26, 2007, his wife Crystal gave birth to their first child, Leann Madison McKay.

Susan Reichle (’87) is Deputy Director with USAID/Colombia. She has also served in Russia, Nicaragua, and Haiti.

Sarah Austin (’06) recently graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree and a Multiple Subject (Elementary) teaching credential. She is currently pursuing her special education credential while teaching a special education class in a high poverty, Title I school in urban San Pedro, CA. Sarah tells Political Currents that "my ultimate goal for my fourth and fifth grade students is for them to think critically about the world around them, just as I was taught at JMU."

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