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CLASS OF '10

Name: Caitlin Merritt
Class of: 2010
Location: Clarksville, MD
Employer: Peace Corps
Job Title: Administrative Assistant


CLASS OF '09

Name: Jennifer Denion
Class of: 2009
Location: Harrisonburg, VA
Employer: Catholic Campus Ministry at James Madison University
Job Title: Director of Development




CLASS OF '08

Name: Mr. Russell W. Sorrells
Class of: 2008
Location: Verona, VA
Contact Info: russellsorrells@msn.com


CLASS OF '07

Name: Ms. Brooke Boyer
Class of: 2007
Location: Carrboro, NC
Employer: FHI
Job Title: Research Assistant II


Name: Ms. Mary Catherine Collins
Class of: 2007
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Employer: University of Pennsylvania
Job Title: Graduate Student


Name: Ms. Amber Guthrie
Class of: 2007
Location: Baltimore, MD
Employer: SARC
Job Title: Residential Supervisor
Comments: After earning her Master's degree in Women's Studies from San Diego State University, Amber Guthrie went on to land her dream job at age 25. She is now the Supervisor of the SARC Safehouse for domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking survivors in Harford County, Maryland. Though she describes it as stressful and chaotic, there is never a day where she cannot wait to go to work. She is a proud alum and glad to be back on the east coast where Dukes are everywhere!


Name: Jennifer Kimak
Location: Namibia
Job Description: Teacher
Contact: kimakje (at) gmail (dot) com
Comments: I am currently living and teaching in Namibia with the program, WorldTeach.  I am teaching grade 8-10 at a Junior Secondary School in the rural north of the country.  I have been here since January and will be staying through until December of this year. I would love to talk with anyone who might be interested in learning more about this program or what I am doing here.  Or if anyone is looking for fundraising ideas or projects I would love to help. Hope all is well with JMU Anthropology.


Name: Ashley Wirth
Class of: 2007
Location: Dedham, MA


CLASS OF '06

Name: Mr. John Michael Mocello
Class of: 2006
Location: Yorktown, VA
Employer: City of Hampton Police Division
Job Title: Police Officer


CLASS OF '05

Name: Ms. Emily Elizabeth Walsh
Class of: 2005
Location: Chicago, IL
Employer: University of Chicago
Job Title: Director, Prospect Management
Contact: artsoulblue@gmail.com


Name: Ms. Allison Jane Abbott Heck
Class of: 2005
Location: Alexandria, VA
Employer: Virginia Tech
Job Title: PhD Graduate Research Assistant, Urban Affairs and Planning Department
Comments: I married a fellow JMU Anthropology and Sociology Alum, Patrick Heck in 2008.  In 2008 and 2009, we completed our master's degrees at the University of Florida. (Patrick received his master's in Mass Communications specializing in Public Relations and I received master's degrees in Urban and Regional Planning and Anthropology, respectively). Currently, I am a Planning, Governance and Globalization PhD student at Virginia Tech's Alexandria Campus and Patrick is an Advisory Associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers' Washington Federal Practice.


Name: Mrs. Vickie Lynn Robertson Lilley
Class of: 2005
Location: Crimora, VA
Employer: Augusta County Public Schools
Job Title: Instructor


Name: Ms. Elizabeth Schmitt
Class of: 2005
Location: Arlington, VA
Employer: e-Management, Inc.
Job Title: Program Analyst


Name: Stephen Martin
Class of: 2005
Location: Sheridan, Wyoming
Job Description: Archaeological Crew Chief
Comments: Crew Chief for a cultural resource management firm in Wyoming. Leading teams in survey and site recording as well as writing reports for federal and state agencies.


Name: Laura Hunt Alessi
Class of:
2005
Location:
Alexandria, VA
Job Description:
Operations Analyst for Cubic Corporation, Threat Technologies Division.
Contact Info:
huntlc@hotmail.com
Comments:
Cubic does some interesting work involving nuclear accident response, EMP, Weapon Effects Modeling, and Civilian and Military Training tools. I'm involved primarily in proposal writing and editing as well as contracts finance and management.


Name: Carrie Saunders
Class of:
2005
Location:
Utah State University
Job Description:
Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant
Contact Info:
saund2cl@hotmail.com
Comments:


Name: Karen Stein
Class of:
2005
Location:
Rutgers University
Job Description:
Grad student
Contact Info:
kstein@sociology.rutgers.edu
Comments:


CLASS OF '04

Name: Dr. Jessica Aaron Fowler
Class of: 2004
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Employer: University of California, Los Angeles
Job Title: Postdoctoral fellow


Name: Kathleen Lowe
Class of: 2004
Location: Utah
Job Description: Staff Archaeologist, GIS Technician
Comments: After being employed throughout the mid-Atlantic region and in Alaska by both CRM and academic companies for several years, I am now living in Utah. I am employed by Bighorn Archaeological Consultants, which is a CRM company that has projects throughout the Great Basin, Colorado Plateau and Southwest regions of the United States. I am involved with all aspects of field projects, as well as generate maps for analysis and production.


Name: Elizabeth Martin
Class of: 2004
Location: Sheridan, Wyoming
Job Description: Crew chief, pedestrian survey, mountain time zone
Comments: Doing CRM, shovel-bumming it, traveling, and working anywhere I can. I married and have always worked with my field school student, Steve. It pays to TA!


Name: Eileen Horgan
Class of:
2004
Location:
Philadelphia, PA
Job Description:
Development Associate for a non-profit domestic violence organization called Women Against Abuse, Inc.
Contact Info:
eshorgan@hotmail.com
Comments:
I really am inspired by the people in the organization and even the structure of the organization itself. WAA is an all women's organization and has feminist roots. My job is not a direct service position as I was hoping for but I am getting to learn how to write grants which seems like a good skill to have. I feel weird about being in the "real world" because I still think of my life in terms of semesters. I worry that the longer I stay away from school the less likely I will be to go back. I worry that I won't challenge myself to keep up with reading and stay informed in the academic world. But I hope to go to graduate school sometime within the next two years possibly to work on a master's of social work.


Name: Jeremiah Jenkins
Class of:
2004
Location:
Harvard University
Job Description:
Harvard's Masters of Divinity program.
Contact Info:
jenkimiah@hotmail.com
Comments:


Name: Sarah Kozup
Class of:
2004
Location:
Leesburg, VA
Job Description:
Working at the Leesburg Police Department and attending the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy
Contact Info:
kozupsr2004@yahoo.com
Comments:
Attending the academy is TOUGH. If you have any students interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement, don't hesitate to tell them that they really need passion for the profession or they'll burn out real fast. I love what I'm doing, and I just wanted to say THANK YOU to all of the wonderful professors at JMU for your support and guidance.

And if you're interested, here are some dynamics of my academy session- I am one of 18 women out of 85 people, total. Most of the women are African American, and are employed by the Sheriffs Offices, not by the police departments like myself. There are a good number of college educated individuals, as well as ex-military folks.


Name: Melissa Matthews
Class of: 2004
Location: Northeastern University
Job Descrption: Teaching assistantship
Contact Info:
Comments:


Name: Jayme McKinley
Class of:
2004
Location:
GMU
Job Description:
Justice, Law, & Crime Policy Graduate Program
Contact Info:
jlmckinley11@yahoo.com
Comments:


Name: Nadine Wu
Class of: 2004
Job Description: Case Manager, Katrina Aid Today
Location: New Orleans, LA
Contact Info: nadine.wu@gmail.com


CLASS OF '03

Name: Len Albright
Class of:
2003
Location:
University of Chicago
Job Description:
Entering my third year of a doctoral program in sociology
Contact Info:
albriglx@uchicago.edu
Comments:
As an undergraduate, I took part in the ASA's Honors Program, and would be happy to talk with students about the program, U of C's sociology program, or graduate school more generally.


Name: Bethany Blalock
Class of:
2003
Location:
UVA
Job Description:
Working toward my Ph.D. in sociology
Contact Info:
beb6m@virginia.edu
Comments:


CLASS OF '02

Name: Mrs. Tamara Kim Berkovich Rivera
Class of: 2002
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Employer: Self-Employed
Job Title: Edible Arrangements Franchisee


Name: Kevin Davenport
Class Of: 2002
Location: Staunton, VA
Job Description: Archaeologist
Comments: Contractual, specializing in contemporary western european archaeoology.


Name: Elisa Ruppel
Class of:
2002
Location:
Brooklyn, NY
Job Description:
I spent the last 4 years working for a non-profit, alternative-to-incarceration organization. For the first 2 years I worked in the Brooklyn Supreme Court as an advocate for juvenile felony offenders. After that I was the principle evaluator on a project designed to evaluate the effectiveness of a treatment program for mentally ill misdemeanor offenders. Now I'm back in school working towards a Masters degree in Criminal Justice. I do a little consulting work in the criminal justice field on the side, but am mostly focusing on school.
Contact Info:
elisa_ruppel@yahoo.com
Comments:
Anyone living in New York doing similar work? I'd love to get in touch...


CLASS OF '01

Name: Michael Hardison
Class of: 2001
Location: Hopewell, VA


Name: Mrs. Laurel Diane Miller Roeder
Class of: 2001
Location: Richmond, VA
Employer: Henrico County Public Schools
Job Title: Teacher


CLASS OF '00

Name: Tricia Maust
Class of: 2000
Location: Harrisonburg, VA
Job Description: Marketing
Comments: Had been working as a curator at the William King Regional Museum in Abingdon, she moved back to Harrisonburg in 2008. Now works part-time doing marketing for Venture Builders.


Name: Mike Garcia
Class of:
2000
Location:
Charlottesville, VA
Job Description:
Working at a mental health agency
Contact Info:
garciamn@gmail.com
Comments:


Name: Chrissy Stakem
Class of:
2000
Location:
Richmond, Virginia
Job Description:
I am currently a Special Education Teacher in Richmond City Schools. I teach students with Mental Retardation. However, right out of school I was a mental health counselor in a psychiatric emergency room.
Contact Info:
stakemcm@yahoo.com
Comments:
I had to go through a licensing process when I decided to teach special education and I can provide that information to anyone who needs it. You begin teaching while going through the licensure process and have three years to complete it, although it really only takes two years.


CLASS OF '99

Name: Lesley Kipling
Class of: 1999
Location: Springfield, VA
Employer: U.S. Army
Job Title: Major Signal Corps


Name: Ms. Susanna Brooke
Class of: 1999
Location: Carolina Beach, NC
Employer: New Hanover County Schools
Job Title: History Teacher/Department Head


Name: Mr. Douglas Bigelow
Class of: 1999
Location: Emmitsburg, MD
Employer: Legacy Settlement Services
Job Title: Owner
Comments: Recently struck out on my own after working for two fortune 500 companies in sales and started Legacy Settlement Services. Legacy is a full service real estate settlement firm located in Frederick, Maryland and we conduct residential and commercial purchase and refinance transactions in the states of Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and Washington, DC. I married my college sweetheart Katrina "Hunter" Bigelow (Class 00) and we have been married ten years with two great kids, Hunter (age 4) and Parker (age 2). In my spare time I'm one of the top offroad race drivers in the country and race desert races in Southern, CA and throughout the Southwest and East Coast and started our professional race team, Bigelow Motorsports in 2003.


Name: Tammy (Roney) Ashney
Class Of: 1999
Location: Portland, OR
Job Description: naturopathic medical student at the National College of Natural Medicine
Comments: Training as a primary care physician with specialties in botanicals, homeopathy, physical medicine, and nutrition. I have future interest in ethnobotany and medical anthropology should any collaborative research ideas arise.


Name: Marya DePue
Class of:
1999
Location:
Littleton, Colorado
Job Description:
I am a school counselor at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO. I work with 9th through 12th graders and address academic, career and personal/social needs.
Contact Info:
303.982.4390
Comments:


CLASS OF '98

Name: Mrs. Andrea Lynn Sarate McNeill
Class of: 1998
Location: Crozet, VA
Employer: Self-Employed
Job Title: Marketing Consultant


Name: Mrs. Kelly Colleen O'Connor Opipari
Class of: 1998
Location: Kensignton, MD
Employer: Stay at Home Mom/Part Time Educational Tutor
Job Title: Part Time Educational Tutor & Graduate Student


Name: Tim Delobe
Class Of: 1998
Location: Herndon, VA
Job Description: Web Developer


Name: Lindsay (Martin) Weissbratten
Class of:
1998
Location:
Northern Virginia
Job Description:
Human Resources Manager focused on enterprise wide employee engagement programs for a private organization.
Contact Info:
martin1la@hotmail.com
Comments:
I find it very interesting to see how different areas of human resources relate to the core concepts we learned in our sociology classes. I enjoyed sociology in college, but had no clue at the time how I would use it. About a year after graduating JMU, I studied at George Washington to receive a Masters in Organizational Sciences/Human Resources. It is very rewarding to find a niche that you enjoy that relates back to what we studied. Recently, I have moved into an area that applies motivational theories to our organization and am seeing a larger connection with sociology which is very exciting. The professors in sociology at JMU were excellent and I am very appreciative for what I learned while there.


CLASS OF '96

Name: Mrs. Monica Dickerson Chandler
Class of: 1996
Location: Yorktown, VA


CLASS OF '95

Name: Mrs. Katie Rorrer Green
Class of: 1995
Location: Williamsburg, VA
Employer: Rappahannock Community College
Job Title: Career Coach
Comments: Katie (Rorrer) Green, class of '95, is now using her anthropological skills to work with high school students as a Career Coach.  Her job is to help prepare high school students for life after 12th grade by exploring options including college, community college, tech programs, and jobs.


CLASS OF '94

Name: William Hicks Jr.
Class of: 1994
Location: Richmond, VA
Job Description: Supervisor at the U.S. Probation Office
Comments: I am now a supervisor with the U.S. Probation Office and I supervise pretrial investigation, pretrial supervision, an electronic monitoring specialist, a computer monitor officer (primarily child porn), and a post-conviction officer.  I also work with the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts conducting reviews of the work of federal districts as it pertains to probation and pretrial.   I am married with two children, both of whom are honors students.  My wife is also a JMU alumni.


Name: Beth Page
Class Of: 1994
Location: Washington D.C.
Job Description: Museum Specialist at Smithsonian Institution.
Comments: I work with the Collections Management and Education Branch of the Horticulture Services Division and received my Masters at George Washington in American Studies.


CLASS OF '93

Name: Joe Heslin
Class of: 1993
Location: Brattleboro, VT
Employer: Marlboro College Graduate School
Job Title: Graduate Admissions Director


Name: Mrs. Kerry Jakubowski Gehring
Class of: 1993
Location: Austin, TX
Employer: Eanes ISD
Job Title: 5th Grade Math Teacher


CLASS OF '92

Name: Harry L. Vogel, Ph.D.
Class of:
1992
Location:

Job Description:
Assistant Professor, Teaching sociology.
Contact Info:
hvogel@bpc.edu


CLASS OF '91'

Name: Ida Rademacher
Class of: 1991
Location: Arlington, VA
Employer: Corporation for Enterprise Development
Job Title: Vice President, Policy & Research
Comments: Was recently promoted to Vice President for Policy and Research at the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), a national nonprofit organization that fosters social innovations that build wealth in low-income families and communities.


CLASS OF '90

Name: Russell Wood
Class Of: 1990
Location: Washington D.C.
Job Description: Attorney, Latham & Watkins LLP
Comments: Practicing international project finance


1980s Graduates

Name: Mrs. Cyndy Gal Scholz
Class of: 1983
Location: Centennial, CO
Employer: Qwest
Job Title: IT Analyst II


Name: Dr. Gene C. Fant
Class of: 1984
Location: Jackson, TN
Employer: Union University
Job Title: Vice President for Academic Administration / Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Comments: Dr. Gene C. Fant ('84) serves as the Vice President for Academic Administration at Union University in Jackson TN.  After leaving JMU, he completed four graduate degrees, including the PhD in literature.  He also serves as a contributing blogger at the Chronicle of Higher Education.


1970s Graduates

Name: Mr. Allan D. Kennedy
Class of: 1976
Location: Roswell, GA
Employer: AT&T
Job Title: Senior Manager, Employee Engagement
Comments: Named President, Board of Directors of Mental Health America/Georgia


Name: Ms. Mary Meg Kern Brewster
Class of: 1978
Location: Severna Park, MD
Employer: U.S. Probation Office, District of Maryland
Job Title: U.S. Probation Officer


Name: Dee Eriksen (Relyea)
Class of:
1973
Location:
Madison, WI
Job Description:
Owner, Career Life Coaching. Provide personal coaching and career counseling: conduct assessments and teach workshops to help individuals and organizations enhance work/life balance. Also am employed P/T at the University of WI-Madison as a small business counselor and teach a class in the Business School for fledgling entrepreneurs.
Contact Info:
dee@careerlifecoaching.com
Comments:
After JMU, I attended American University in Washington DC, originally in a grad program in Applied Anthropology. Great subject to study but not much real world application. Switched majors and received Masters in Counseling Psych instead. Been in the employment industry mostly and decided to launch my own coaching practice in 2003 to empower others to find or create work they love. I'm happy to respond to inquiries. Please visit my website: www.careerlifecoaching.com


Name: Wenonah Hauter
Class of:
1978
Location:
Washington, DC
Job Description:
Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, a non-profit focused on stopping the corporate control of o food and water. The organization, which works domestically and internationally, has a staff of 25 working in three programs: food/agriculture, marine issues and water.
Contact Info:
whauter@fwwatch.org
Comments:
We have internships available.
www.foodandwaterwatch.org

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