Power Dukes

Virginia Business 2022 Power List of the 500 most influential Virginians include several alumni from various masters programs. Among those included on the list are: Arthur "Bo" Fisher III ('87, '18P), Lee Warfield ('85, '16P, '21P), Anthony Baker ('19M), and Jason Hartman ('85M). Read more about others on the list, including President Jonathan Alger.

Arber Shehu, M.S. in Health Sciences

Arber Shehu earned his medical degree in Kosovo before coming to the United States and earning the Masters of Science in Health Sciences at JMU. He recently accepted a position with AstraZeneca, the Biopharma in Gaithersburg, MD. He will be Associate Medical Director/Medical Director of US Oncology Medical Affairs. Arber is also pursuing his Master's of Business Administration degree. 

Kristina Blyer, D.N.P.

Dr. Kristina Blyer ('12M, '16 D.N.P.) has been selected as the Associate Vice President for Health and Well-Being at James Madison University. She will be responsible for developing and managing a comprehensive holistic approach to health and well-being at JMU and will directly supervise the Counseling Center, University Health Center and University Recreation Center.

Brandon Cunningham, MSN and Katie Cunningham, M.Ed.

Brandon Cunningham ('15 MSN) and Katie Cunningham ('12 M.Ed.) opened Bridging Health Clinic in Harrisonburg. Their clinic offers individualized, holistic well-being services to fill in health gaps by focusing on prevention. Learn more about their fee-for-service clinic.

Daphyne Saunders Thomas, M.B.A.

Dayphne Saunders Thomas has been appointed to the board of directors to F&M Bank Corporation, parent company of Famers & Merchants Bank. She currently teaches classes at JMU for the Executive Leadership MBA and for the Master of Accounting programs. Learn more about her appointment here.

Carson Lonett, M.Ed.

Caron Lonett ('13, '15M) has been selected to serve as the Special Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs. Ms. Lonett will oversee Student Affairs operations, act as the Student Affairs liaison to various campus partners, and manage special projects for the division. Learn more about Carson here .

Kirk Moyers, M.Ed.

Kirk Moyers (‘08M) has been named to the State Advisory Committee on Culturally Relevant and Inclusive Education Practices. This newly formed committee within the Virginia Department of Education is intended to strengthen culturally relevant education practices and support anti-bias education and response in the Commonwealth.

Phil Satolli, M.A.T.

Phil Satolli (M.A.T., ’05) was recently named Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom 2021 Teacher of the Year. He received his Master’s in Early Childhood Education from James Madison University and has been teaching first grade at Lacey Spring Elementary School in Rockingham County for the last 16 years. Learn more about Phil's teaching here.

Kenneth F. Newbold Jr., Ph.D.

The Graduate School is very excited to share that alumni Kenneth Newbold has been selected as the new provost of Benedictine University! Kenneth is a graduate of our MPA and Strategic Leadership programs. During his time at JMU he ran the Office of Research and Scholarship and was able to raise an impressive $21 million of funding for external research. We are proud of Kenneth, and eager to see what he will accomplish. Read more about Kenneth here.

Blake Rogers

Blake Rogers (MPAS, 2018) has been named the Marketing Director and the Social Media Committee Chair for the Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants. Mr. Rogers has also been named a member of the Early Career PA Commission, and the Awards Committee Chair for the American Academy of Physician Assistants.  Blake is originally from the Harrisonburg area, but currently resides in South Boston, VA. He works as physician assistant for Pulmonary Associates of Southside

Ellie (Tansey) Graber

Ellie was the 2018 recipient of the National Institute on Drug Abuse Mentored Outreach Award.  She won the award for her project, “Every User Has a Story: Integrating Patient Stories and Leading Research to Expand OUD Treatments”. The website seeks to humanize people with substance use disorder by featuring personal testimonials, video content, and resources. Last year, Mrs. Graber presented a poster about the project at the annual meeting for the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and some of the content was featured at the 2019 annual meeting for the America Public Health Association in Philadelphia. For more information, visit Ellie’s website: https://www.everyuserhasastory.com/

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