Ted Goshorn

Ted Goshorn ('09M) recently published Prayer Changes Us, a book that examines how prayer can change the lives of individuals by practicing prayer regularly providing resources and guides on how to find a rhythm of prayer. Goshorn currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Mulberry Street United Methodist Church in Macon, Georgia. He earned his Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity from Emory University's Chandler School of Theology after earning his M.Ed. in Counseling and Higher Education Administration concentration at JMU.

Savanah Howe, Occupational Therapy

Savanah Howe ('16,'17M) was named recipient of James Madison University's Young Alumni Award. Howe is currently an Occupational Therapist at UVA Medical Center while also teaching in the Occupational Therapy program at JMU. In 2022 she was elected president of the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association and advocates for occupational therapists at the state level. Her work in academia, patient care and leadership exemplifies her dedication to connecting with and serving others.

Vanessa Evans-Grevious

Vanessa Evans-Grevious ('93, '97M) was named as the recipient of the James Madison University's Presidential Award. Evans-Grevious has given back to JMU in many ways including being appointed the rector of the JMU Board of Visitors, president of the Black Alumni Chapter, chair of the Women for Madison Executive Advisory Council, member of the JMU Alumni Association Board of Directors, member of the Unleashed Campaign Steering Committee, among numerous other steering committee and advisory roles. Her work has primarily focused on creating pathways for low-income, African American students to have successful higher education experiences.

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.

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