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Philosophy Alumni of SMCM

Maintained by Michael Taber… 

…of the Department of Philosophy
and Religious Studies…

…of St. Mary's College of Maryland,
U.S.A.


This is a listing of contact information for the (as of the conclusion of the 2014-2015 academic year) 305 graduates from SMCM who have majored in Philosophy (and 5 almost-majors).  Please contact me in order to update this information, especially if you know of some more recent contact info for people listed here, or to alert me to problems.  (Not problems in general; that’s what God’s for.  Or at least one’s therapist.  Or bartender.)

You can contact me via e-mail:  mstaber at smcm dot edu  (In order to make it more difficult for e-mail addresses to get lifted from this page for marketing purposes, e-mail addresses—at least the ones I’ve confirmed—are written with the “@” rendered as “at” and with the “.” Rendered as “dot”.)


 

This list has been last revised 16 January 2016.

 

                                                                                               

Name

Year

Where and What?

Aaserude, Sarah

1992

MA, Philosophy-Claremont Graduate University (1994); MAT, Elementary Education-The Johns Hopkins University (1998). Married to SMCM alumnus Todd Waddell—August 1996; two sons: Caleb—born November 2004 and Ethan—born July 2008.  Todd and I taught English in Wuhan, China 1997-1998; I taught 4th grade in Waldorf, Maryland—1998-2004.

For the last 10 years I have been immersed in the world of educational assessment, in particular helping develop item banks and computer-adaptive interim tests for the K-12 market. I am currently a Senior Content Manager at Northwest Evaluation Association in Portland, Oregon. Through graduate work in Philosophy and then Education, teaching in China and Maryland, the abilities to analyze and evaluate that were honed during my education in Philosophy at St. Mary’s have led me to be able to see more and to see more clearly than others often can. I also learned to change my thinking when the evidence shows I have been wrong, a skill I have found rare and useful. On the personal side, these skills have helped me weather late nights of research and making difficult decisions that come with having one of our children have a rare genetic disorder. Sifting through fact, opinion, and limited data while balancing the necessary with the good is a daily part of my life, and one that I know I am better prepared for through the work in Philosophy I did at SMCM.

Akhlaghi, Ata

2015

 (I would LIKE to write: “I will spend the next few months figuring out the meaning of life. I will then solve the problem of physical determinism. Next I will gain a job at NASA as their philosophical consultant.” But….)  I will spend the summer reading philosophy and enjoying the break. I will then move back to St. Mary’s to work alongside professors to improve my philosophical skills, so that I can apply to grad school in philosophy.

Allen, P.J. (Patrick)

2005

Worked as a photographer, and as a gallery director in Annapolis.  Then as operations manager at a digital and printing studio in Brooklyn. In 2014 became brew master at the Keg and Lantern, in Brooklyn. His site:  http://picasaweb.google.com/patrickallenphotography 

Anderson, Amy (now Chapman)

2004

After I graduated, I went to law school at Washington & Lee in Virginia.  In spring ’07, I did my final year of law school abroad at Trinity College in Dublin.  Doing tax law at a law firm in Manhattan. 

Armstrong, Martin

2014

Headed to Oxford, Ohio to attend Miami University’s graduate program in Philosophy.

Asper, Chuck

2005

Moved to Seattle to teach sailing (www.sailsandpoint.org) and to continue his passion of photography.  In  2009 will start his MFA at Uwash’s School of Art. If for some reason you are in Seattle drop me a line… with a website at  www.charlesasper.com.

Babiarz, Renny

1998

I graduated in 2004 from the University of Hawaii with an M.A. in Asian Studies.  I attended (and successfully completed) the Hopkins-Nanjing Program in Nanjing, China in 2003.  Now in the Ph.D. program in Political Science at JHU.  

Baer, Jason

1995

Bache, Carl

1996

Got his MAT at UPitt in secondary education in English.  Since 2004, has been English teacher at Chesterfield County Public Schools, in Midlothian, Virginia.  Living in Richmond.

Bare, Christopher

1991

After graduation worked for several years making sails at Zahnhiser’s Marina in Solomons, Maryland.  Then had his own sail-making business in Calvert County, Maryland.  Moved to Tampa Bay for a year, then to Utah for a few.  Next, back to Maryland, working at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab.  In December 2015, just finished a three-year stint on an APL assignment in Seoul. Now back in Crystal City, Virginia, still working for APL.

Barnett, Bethany

2002

After college, I went to massage therapy school. Then I got a job writing e-learning programs and mini-textbooks about anatomy and physiology and diseases for pharmaceutical sales people. I’m still doing that. I lived in Baltimore for 5 years, but lately I’ve been moving back and forth between Ann Arbor, Michigan and Arlington, Virginia for my fiancé’s law schooling and summer internships.

Batchelder, Geoff

1986 ECON

In December 2008, successfully defended his doctoral dissertation in the Department of Philosophy at Catholic University of America, in D.C.  Living in Takoma Park, and among other things, teaching as an adjunct at Montgomery College.

Baughman, Rob

2007

Worked as Books Department Manager for a new Barnes and Noble store in Frederick, Maryland. I got to work with books all day and I’ve always loved doing that.  Now working as a supervisor for Starbucks.

Baumer, Don

1999

After graduation, I worked for 2 years in retail, 1 as a store manager for Music & Arts Centers.  Went back to school in Jan of 2002, taking post-baccalaureate courses in Linguistics at UMBC.  Around the same time I started working for The Princeton Review, where I taught MCAT Verbal/Writing and train new MCAT teachers.  Yes, all of my students are amazed that a “lazy, dope-smoking tree-hugger” Philosophy major can teach brilliant and sophisticated pre-med students such as themselves how to rock that test and get into med school.  Studied abroad in Perugia, Italy summer of 2003.  I lived in Baltimore for 3 years before heading out in 2004 to the University of Washington in Seattle, where I have been accepted into the M.A./Ph.D. program in linguistics.   Completed MA in Linguistics at University of Washington in Spring ’08. Married fall of ’08. Did a year of contract work testing software at Microsoft.

Bean, Chloe

2013

Immediately after I finish classes in December 2012, I have a paid internship at the Maryland Energy Administration as a legislative assistant to the Director of Government Relations this spring. After that, I plan to spend my summer traveling around the US, hopefully doing a lot of climbing. And I have no plans past the summer.

Beheler, Ali

1999

Entered the doctoral program in Philosophy at Penn State, then moved to DePaul’s.  After finishing there, she accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Hastings College, in Nebraska.

Berry-Whitlock, Sterling

2000

Entered the PhD.  Program in Philosophy at Fordham University.   After a year there, he lived in China for a year teaching English in Shanghai.  Now in his fourth year at Fordham, Sterling is teaching intro classes there and researching for the dissertation.  (May 05)

Beyna, Greg

2013

After somehow persuading the esteemed professors of philosophy at St. Mary’s that I was indeed sufficiently educated, I worked for a year in the position of Annual Giving Officer in the Advancement Office at the college.

Blank, Nick

1997

After graduating from St.Mary’s I continued studying Mandarin Chinese in Beijing. Altogether I spent three years in Beijing including one year at People’s University studying International Politics together with very conservative Chinese students. The classes were all taught in Chinese and I was the only Western student in the class. Through that experience I came to have certain views on China which I hold to this day. After Beijing I spent two years at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in DC and graduated with an MA in International Economics/International Relations and Japanese language. During that time I became interested in the world of risk consulting and after graduation joined Kroll – the world’s largest risk consulting firm. I spent nearly seven years living in Guangzhou and Shanghai managing our offices in those locations. My casework has included intellectual property investigations, complex fraud investigations and pre-transactional due diligence. I recently was promoted to Country Manager of S.Korea and am now based in Seoul. My wife and I are enjoying the city. It is challenging learning a new language and adjusting to a culture that is similar yet very different than China. At the time of this writing N.Korea has just tested a second atomic bomb, and S.Koreans are protesting the suicide of a former President. Such is life in Korea! I welcome other alumni who have business interests in North East Asia to reach out and contact me.

Blocher, Chris

2012

Planning on living at home, waiting tables over the summer and spending as much time as possible recording and playing music. In 2013, began the M.A. program in Philosophy and Social Policy at GWU. Then took a year off to join an AmeriCorps project, the Choice Program, in Baltimore, where I spent the year as an intensive mentor and advocate for at-risk youth downtown. Now (Oct. 2015), I’m back in grad school, looking to finish up the M.A. this year, and perhaps work for a think tank in the D.C. area.

Bombick, Andrew (Reverend)

1995

After graduation, moved to Ellicott City MD.  Then married SMCM alumna Catherine (Russell).  I spent the better part of four years hawking stereos and such for Circuit City, then joined the 9-5 masses.  Then an operations manager at T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills.  Then in 2008, I became the “manager of retirement programs” at Black and Decker, in Towson, MD.  That’s work, but the real story is all about the family.  Cate and I have two kids, Sophie and James. 

Brennan, Mary Kate (Katie)

2004

After graduation, served in Baltimore as a volunteer for AmeriCorps.  I thought I wanted to go to law school, but decided that it was entirely too concrete and practical a subject for me.  I instead attended the Graduate Institute at St. John’s College in Annapolis to get a masters degree in liberal arts. Then I moved to Brooklyn, enrolled in the graduate program at SUNY—Stony Brook, and got my M.A. in 2009.  In 2010, I started the Ph.D. program in Philosophy at Temple University, planning to focus on how literature achieves much of what both pragmatism and phenomenology set out to do.  Also working as an editorial assistant for the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. 

Brown, Iain Tucker (Tucker)

2002

After graduation, joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, on the Marshall Islands.  Having returned in 2005 from the islands fully soaked in Marshallese culture and Ignatian spirituality, I had the grace of working for two years as a Campus Minister at Le Moyne College, a Jesuit institution in SyracuseAfter  finishing graduate school at Loyola MD in 2012 (Ph.D. in counseling), my wife and I moved to Las Cruces, NM to work on border issues. She taught economic migrants and I coordinating health and wellness programs for a “tent city.” While living in southern NM, we also joined a Buddhist sangha and began formal practice of Zen—I was ordained a priest in the Soto tradition in 2015. In 2013 we moved north to Espanola—some claim it’s the home of the low-rider—to teach at Northern New Mexico College. We loved living and working there—it’s still a home to us—but the college was falling apart and, with a baby on the way, we chose to relocate to eastern Oregon, where my wife had grown up and where I worked at the university’s counseling center. However, wanting to be closer to our families, we’ve now returned to Baltimore with our one-year-old, and with another baby due in May 2016. We’ve joined Jonah House, the intentional community and Catholic Worker house of resistance founded by the plowshares activists Liz McAlister and Phil Berrigan. We plan to share our time between Baltimore and Espanola, where, along with a few community members and former students and colleagues at NNMC, we helped found a non-profit, Barrios Unidos: Communities without Walls, to address the addiction, violence, and intercultural trauma in the region. At Jonah House we’re continuing the food distribution program, developing a community garden for our West Baltimore neighborhood, facilitating retreats for college groups, and partnering on local projects that focus on economic and racial (in)justice.

Brown, Nick

2014

I am currently (October 2015) working in Annapolis as a contractual legislative editor for the Maryland General Assembly. No, I don’t get to write the law, but I do have to fix the mistakes of the folks that do write it. It is usually more mechanical than philosophical, but that’s all right, because I’m still working on my SMP (which straddled Philosophy and English—my two majors) as a long-term project. I can’t help it—it’s basically a critical examination of what it means to live better and a broad method for making it attainable. In other words, it’s a manifesto of everything I care about. I hope to publish it in some form eventually, even if that simply means putting it on the internet. As for other, long-term plans, well, I’m still working those out.

Buenaflor, Ryan Mark (Mark)

2000

After working as the Photo Office Coordinator (photo archivist) and gift shop clerk at the Kennedy Center in DC, was  a photographer and photo office coordinator for the Kennedy Center in DC.  In 2007 he moved to San Francisco and worked at Meyer Sound Laboratories. Now lives in Minneapolis and works for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. 

Buttrick, Sarah

(now D’Antuono)

2010

Got a job in Dallas, so picked up and moved there, working as the assistant sales manager of the men’s department at the Dillard’s in Northpark Mall. Moved back to southern Maryland, where she is working as a kindergarten paraeducator while working on her teaching certification.

Byers, Stephen

2003

Attending the New England School of Law, in Boston. 

Byrnes, Liz

2001

After graduating wrote poetry while working retail and living outside Baltimore. Lived for a while in Australia. Upon return, I worked at the Maryland Historical Society as an Art Handler for two years, taking classes at Towson University in Art History. Was promoted in April 2008 to Asst. Curator, which I did for 6 months.  Then and moved to Cincinnati to pursue a degree in Museum Studies and live with my boyfriend. Unhappy with the Univ. of Cincinnati, I started taking the JHU classes, which are on-line for the most part, working on my Masters degree in Museum Studies. All this is further proof that the only reason I majored in Philosophy at SMCM was the faculty and fellow students, not because I might ever use my knowledge for anything other than debating MJ. 

Capers, Camille

2011

Immediately after graduation, I’m in Maryland working as an account processor for HMShost, a large company that oversees restaurants in airports.  As the job market improves, I plan to move out of the area

Carey, Tim

2015

The current plan of action: 1. Go to law school at Emory University from 2015-2018.  2 .Seamlessly integrate myself into the city life of Atlanta, Georgia during this time.  3. Become ultimate public interest lawyer who improves the world to some degree.  4. Be in a band that plays more than one show.  5. Discern the greater truths of the universe.

Carrese, Mariana

2014

I have lofty aspirations to make the world a better place. How would I do this? I hope to practice law (for the good guys). It is simply a matter of more school for now….

Castle, Dan

2010

After graduating from SMCM in 2010, I was admitted to the graduate program in philosophy at Brock University in Ontario. I went on to complete my MA in philosophy in 2012. Afterwards, I worked at a computer company in Maryland for a couple of years while also writing papers and presenting at conferences as my schedule permitted. Fascinated by Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra, I decided that I didn’t want tot spend my entire life on the mountaintops of academia, so I resolved to go out into the village of the world. I enlisted in the U.S. army as a linguist, for which I sometime need to brief others who are not subject matter experts. To do this effectively, one needs to break down the information, find what is essential, and find a way to convey that to them. This is really no different than introduction a concept in a philosophy paper or as a part of a presentation—a skill I developed in my Philosophy courses at St. Mary’s. In fact, in all of my work experiences, my philosophy training has proved invaluable, having granted me a solid foundation in analysis and critical thinking. In these ways, I see my successes as fundamentally linked to my education in philosophy. While I very much enjoy my work, I do plan on returning to academia in the future.

Catalano, Sherri

1998

After graduating in 1998, I worked for about seven months at The Institute for Genomic Research as a research associate in gene sequencing. I applied to grad school at the University of Colorado at Boulder and in 1999 began my loooong journey towards completing the MA degree in philosophy. While at CU-Boulder, I worked as a budget, accounting and payroll person for the Graduate Teacher Program and was also a Graduate Grader and a Teaching Assistant for three semesters. I married another philosopher (he does phil of language and logic) in June 2003 in St. Mary’s City, and then applied to law school in Dec. 2003. In Jan. 2004, I (finally) defended my MA thesis in political philosophy and social policy (“Immigration and Global Justice: Our Obligations to Refugees”). I graduated from law school at University of Denver in 2008, and am now an associate attorney at Fisher & Phillips in Denver. 

Catt, Nick

1995

 

Chastulik, Moonfeather

1999

Worked at SMCM after graduation.  Then worked as a security guard at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant.  Next, as a caseworker for a county mental health service.  Now an outpatient therapist and living in Harrisburg, Penn.  www.passionparties.com

Chong, Jin

1998

Since graduation, I have been teaching in some form or another (Maryland Science Center, Catonsville Community College, AmeriCorps).  Most recently, I have been teaching at outdoor education centers and leading trips.  Now teaching at Cal-Wood Education Center.  I leave in June for my summer job leading trips for teenagers.  Currently living near Boulder, I’m learning to play in the snow!  Next fall, I hope to be even further west, but Colorado is a great place.  Jochong at juno dot com  (Feb. 04)

Christianson, Dana

2004

I worked for a year in Hughesville at the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission.  I did some cool things with farms, animals, food, kids and I have to say I learned sooooo much about myself being everyone else’s “work horse” and  I enjoyed the health benefits and paid vacation. In fall 2005, will take a few month road trip, with the goal of hugging a tree in most the national parks in America.  Working since 2006 in D.C. for “Co-Op America,” now “Green America”: www.coopamerica.org  

Clark, Beth

1995

 

Clark, Paul

2005

Since St. Mary’s, I’ve been teaching English at my alma mater, DeMatha Catholic High School. Over the course of five summers, I earned my M.A. at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. As I have continued in the classroom, both as a teacher and as a student, I am often grateful for the time I spent learning from the SMCM Department of Philosophy.

One professor would spend an entire class, or ask us to write an entire paper, on one of Hegel’s or Kierkegaard’s sentences. This close reading formed the foundation for how I would examine all texts, and became a model I try to pass on to my students. Furthermore, the accessibility of the Philosophy faculty allowed for the development of personal relationships that gave me a beautiful sense of what the teaching life is like. They say that a teacher takes all his former teachers with him into the classroom, and I think of DeMatha’s 208 as a wonderfully crowded place.

But a teacher also needs practice, and Professor Schroeder gave me the opportunity to practice when I TA-ed for his Intro to Philosophy course. Then Professor Taber mentored me as I organized a reading group of students around “contemporary philosophical fiction.” At the final session, when the professors came to visit, Taber asked, “Could we consider all literature to be philosophical?” As I have led my English students on an exploration of both popular and canonical texts, you could say that my career is partially an attempt to answer that question.

Clarke, Michael

2001

Cohen, Ben

2001

Coffin, Andrew

2012

Worked a sales job, utilizing my sophistry skills learned at the college.  Then moved to San Luis Obispo, where he’s working for a great company that designs software for scheduling and managing client databases for health and wellness companies, like studios for yoga, Pilates, massage, etc.

Colson, Keith

2013

Graduating in December 2012, he continued working for the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (providing support ranging from AV technical, to facility, to secretarial) and caring for his family. He plans to seek employment in higher education in Grand Rapids, MI, working as an administrator on issues of diversity and inclusion. 

Combs, Jamison

2001

Teaches 4th grade at George Washington Carver Elementary in Lexington Park, Maryland 

Conner, Brendan

2007

After obtaining an M.A. in Political Science from the New School for Social Research (in NYC), I reluctantly set aside the life of contemplation and secured a J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law. I’m currently working as an Initiative for Public Interest Law as Yale Fellow at a community organization in NYC, providing civil legal representation for youth who face prostitution-related police encounters and public benefits discrimination. I’m also an advisor for the HIV Young Leaders Fund, and I work as an editorial, research, and communications consultant and organizer. To pay my way in the City, I’ve worked both independently and as a Research Editor at the Fremont Center on public health issues for organizations such as Safe Horizon’s Streetwork Project, UNDP, USAID, and the Open Society Institute.

Cooke, Corey

1993

Immediately after graduating from St. Mary’s, I did a cross-country trip to California and back, and moved to D.C. For work, I did some waiting tables and office temp work. (It was the recession of the early 1990s.) Very quickly, though, I joined the IT field working in database and web development. I then quickly moved into project and business management consulting for several mid to large IT and telecom companies.  After the year 2000, I switched to my current profession of health IT management, and I have been the CEO of a health IT services company for the last 8 years.

The philosophy courses I took at St. Mary’s have aided me throughout my career by providing me with the invaluable skill of critical analysis.  This skill assists me with getting to root causes of business and system issues. It allows me to take complex concepts and succinctly explain them to all levels of people across different business organizations (technical, management, etc.). Critical analysis has provided me with a foundation for persuasive presenting and writing, which is imperative in order to maintain ongoing business growth and development.

Cooper, Rebecca

2002

After spending a year teaching writing and culture at Luoyang Teacher’s College in China, a year trying to care for of an ill family member, and almost a year wandering around the West and Southwest, started (fall 2005) the Master’s program in philosophy at Brock University in Ontario, and very, very much wants to enter into the doctoral program at the University of Oregon in the fall of 2007.

Correll, Michael

2009

I completed the Computer Science Ph.D. program at University of Wisconsin—Madison, focusing on issues in Artificial Intelligence. For 2015-16, I have a post-doc at University of Washington at Seattle.

Cosenze, Lex

2012

Begins Georgetown law school in the fall of 2012, planning on pursuing public interest law. 

Costello, Matthew (M.J.)

2001

Upon Graduation I began working for the US Department of the Interior (DOI) as an Ethics Advisor eventually serving as the Ethics Advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of the Interior. In 2009 I moved to the Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution (CADR) within DOI where I currently serve as the Acting Director. My office sets the policy for and ensures the procedures and resources are in place to support collaborative problem solving, public engagement, and conflict management processes within a Federal Agency which manages 1 out of every 5 acres of land in the United States. Still active in the alumni rugby games.

Coursen, Jack

2001

Worked for a nursery in D.C. area that specializes in native species, before becoming a Professional Development Program Associate at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 

Crausman, Aaron  (Jamie)

1991

Freelances in video production, including, for example, pieces for PBS’s “Religion and Ethics Weekly.” 

Creamer, Kathleen  

(now Klemm)

1999

After graduation, worked as an au pair for a year in North Carolina.  Completed law school at UNC—Chapel Hill.  After clerking for a judge at the D.C. Superior Court, in the Family Division, became Director of Legal Services at “Our Place, DC” (www.ourplacedc.org), a nonprofit assisting women during incarceration and also helping them transition back to the community after their release. In summer of 2006, got married (to Tom Klemm, also class of 1999), moved from D.C. to Philly, and started working as a staff attorney in the Family Advocacy Unit at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia. I’m currently (2015) the Managing Attorney there. My career-long passion has been helping incarcerated mothers and their families. I can’t imagine a better starting place for my career than my philosophy classes at St. Mary’s. As a student, I was encouraged to think critically, hone my arguments, and understand diverse perspectives—all skills that have been invaluable in my advocacy work. Most importantly, though, I was encouraged to go beyond the classroom to translate my thoughts about justice and what matters in life into lived experience.

Crehan, Phil

2008

After graduation I fumbled around for a good four months, looking desperately for a job.  Finally I became a substitute teacher for high schools in Howard County, Maryland.  (And with every opportunity I try to teach kids philosophy; it never works).  I will continue to do this until the summer of 2009.  In the Fall I am going to American University to study in the School of International Service.  I’m really excited about this because I get to combine philosophy and the world in a program titled “Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs”.  My plan is to graduate with a Masters and join an effort to end any and all human rights abuses.  I am including this last part so in 2-5 years, when I read this webpage, I can see how close I am to this goal. 

Crosby, Dave

1989

 

Croteau, Julie

1993

Worked for Major League Baseball for 3 years, traveling around the world to sow seeds of interest in baseball; worked for Bear Stearns for 3 years in San Francisco as a Wealth Advisor.  Got married, had Sofie.  Then worked for Morgan Stanley, later transferring to their LA offices.  As of 2007, has moved back to S.F., this time with their second child.  Now working at Stanford, to produce the Stanford hospital’s health and wellness publication called the “BeWell Bulletin.”

Crowley, Roxanne

2000

I attended Bryn Mawr’s Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program and found studying that much science to be painful. So, no med-school for me.  While figuring out what I was going to do with my life, I worked as a research coordinator for U Penn, Division of Geriatric Medicine for four years.  The research focused on hospice, end-of-life-care, decision making, and research ethics.  Then I decided that the world needed another lawyer, so I went to Temple U. Law School, graduating in 2007.  Thanks to an awesome fellowship, I started my first “real” job at Philadelphia’s SeniorLAW Center, which provides free legal services to low-income seniors. My fellowship project focused on providing legal services to seniors receiving end-of-life care and those on hospice. 

Cutrell, Max

2000

Working as a GIS consultant in northern Colorado (Erie). 

Davis, Kirk

2009

 

Dean, Kelley    (now Morris)

1994

Making art in Holden Beach, NC, after many other experiences:  www.kdmorris.net 

Deming, Nicole

2001

Did environmental education for elementary school groups in Cuyahoga County, Ohio for two years. Completed a Masters Degree in Bioethics at the University of Washington School of Medicine (Seattle) in June 2005.  Presented a paper on Relational Autonomy and Ethical Dilemmas that arise in the care of patients with Multiple Sclerosis at the annual meeting for the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers in Orlando, Florida.  Got her law degree in 2008 from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, specializing in Health Law and in International Law.   Now is assistant professor of bioethics at Case Western’s School of Medicine. 

Derdock, Nick

2008

Has a year-long AmeriCorps job at St. Mary of the Assumption, a Baltimore pre-K through 8th grade school.  In 2009, started  law school at University of Maryland. 

Dice, Austin

2014

The year after graduation, I served as an AmeriCorps volunteer through Community Health Corps.  I was a case manager at this cute, rural clinic in southern Anne Arundel County. The year after that, I am employed at the same clinic and continue to do case management and outreach work. And on the side, I coach cross-country at the high school I attended back in the day.

Dickson, Jennie Malloy

2002

Was Program Coordinator for the UNC—Chapel Hill Department of Philosophy, and the Parr Center for Ethics.  In 2010, started the Master’s in Social Work program at UNC’s School of Social Work, as well as teaching yoga. Finished MSWin May 2013 and in 2013-14 took up a one-year post-grad residency at the campus counseling center at Duke University, dealing with such issues as adjustment issues, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. 

di Leo, Cameron

2015

Using the year after graduation to decide which graduate programs to apply to, for a Master’s in clinical psychology.

Dize, Noah

2001

Came to New York to pursue acting; realized I didn’t like the odds of ever making a living wage doing it. So now I work in real estate, currently as a marketing assistant. 

Doherty, Kayleigh

2014

I plan to spend the summer reading novels and philosophy, finishing my fifth year at Old Navy, presenting a paper in Oregon at the conference of the North American Society for Social Philosophy, and saying goodbye to St. Mary’s. In August, I will move to Tempe to begin the Ph.D. program in Philosophy at Arizona State University.

Drake, Nikki

2014

Working at a nice restaurant/bar in Arlington, Virginia

Drury, Jimmie

2015

Working as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Baltimore for a year, “working on an anti-violence and trauma rehabilitation task force.”

Dunn, Zach

2004

Sold cars for a while in Rockville, fulfilling Paskow’s dream for me.  Then a Director of Data and Telephony Operations at Soundpath Conferencing, in D.C., which was bought by Premiere Global Services, where I am was a Web Support Engineer.  And yes still a raging sophist.  As of 2015, Director of DevOps at Optoro.

Eagen, Kevin

2006

Worked for a year, then entered law school at University of Pittsburgh, to finish in 2010. 

Earlbeck, Jess

2010

In fall 2010, entered law school at the University of Baltimore.

Effland, Kristin

2002

Worked for 2 years for Gender Public Advocacy Coaltion in D.C.  Then moved to Seattle to enroll in midwifery school, starting in 2005.    Now at Bellingham Birth Center, in Washington:  http://www.bellinghambirthcenter.com  And on the board of directors of the Midwives Association of Washington State. 

Erlewine, Bob

1999

Got an M.A. in Philosophy from Boston College; then a Ph.D. in Religious Studies at Rice University.  Married Molly Robey in October 2004, at St. Mary’s.  I am now an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Illinois Wesleyan University, a small, liberal arts college. 

Eutsler, Earl

2002

Did tree removal, living in St. Inigoes (just south of the college).  Now lives in Mount Pleasant, D.C. having worked as an urban forester for D.C. since 2004.  Working on an M.S. from Johns Hopkins in Environmental Science and Policy.  Bought a house and is expecting a son this fall.

Fama, Brennan

1999 POSC

Picked up an M.A. from the University of Chicago in 2000, and proved conclusively that I was about as destined to be an academic as I was likely to have tea with John Ashcroft. I’ve worked in several jobs – all corporate – which have proved interesting only in so far as that they continue to affirm all of Marx’s theories. Entered law school in 2008 at Catholic University. 

Farrell, James (J.D.)

2004

  Worked for the Charles County (MD) Sheriff’s Office, and now living in Baltimore, working in the Investigative Division for the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.

Felperin, Hannah

2015

Works at an artisanal shop in the D.C. area Ah Love Oil and Vinegar.

Fick, Bryan

1993

 

Finan, Dan

2000

Entered the U. S. Navy in 2003, with one kid born in 2007 and another in 2009.  Stationed in northern Japan in mid-2007.  Returned to civilian life in 2010. As of 2015, is a Program Analyst for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Fine, Lindy

2002

Got her M.S. in Microbiology from VCU Medical School, and in 2011 is headed to Cambridge, Maryland, where she’s pursuing a Ph.D. in Oceanography/Enviro Ecology at University of MD’s Horn Point Lab.

Fiore, Amanda

2000

Taught English in Taiwan, then stayed in Hong Kong for a month, then taught in China, then taught in Korea and moved back to Taiwan, while seeing many things along the way. Returned to D.C. and worked three years for Greenpeace.  In 2009 started the MFA program in Creative Writing at San Diego State University.

Firey, Thomas

1992

POSC

Earned an M.A. in Philosophy from Virginia Tech in 1999, with a master’s thesis on Socratic epistemology (http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-100499-091648/unrestricted/Firey.pdf). Afterwards, he taught philosophy for two years at New River Community College. He currently is managing editor of the Cato Institute’s Regulation magazine (www.regulationmagazine.com) and a senior fellow of the Maryland Public Policy Institute (www.mdpolicy.org). For more, see www.cato.org/people/firey.html.  He also is working on a Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University. 

Fitzsimmons, Sharon

2014

 

Flemming, Tim

2006

In 2009 entered the Master’s program in Interactive Technology at SMU (in Dallas), aiming to make games that are both fun and educational.  Starting in 2011, became a level designer for ZeniMax Online Studios, making massively multiplayer online games.

Floden, Per Mario

1995

Entered the Norwegian military for a year.  Received M.A. from JHU’s School for Advanced International Study.  Is working   for an international bank in Amsterdam, first living in Amsterdam and now for a few years in London. 

Folks, Jesse

2004

Got an MA in History and Semitic Languages at Catholic University of America.  Now working in retail in College Park.

Fraser, Alex

1994

Deceased

Frieble, William (Billy)

2000

I started teaching art in a wide variety of schools and after-school workshops after graduation. From there I began to pursue community artworks, such as murals for non-profit organizations in Washington, DC and in Panama. I enrolled in a low-residency Masters of Fine Arts program with the Maryland Institute College of Art, which led me directly back to St. Mary’s where after teaching Sculpture and Drawing as a Visiting Professor, I secured a tenure-track position in Digital Media. After several years, I moved in 2015 to the art faculty of Loyola College of Baltimore, to decrease commutes upon the birth of our son.

Friedman, Pippa

2015

Will work for the graphics design firm I’ve worked at for the past few years, while preparing for the GREs and select the philosophy doctoral programs to which I want to apply.

Gaginis, Guinee

 

2003

After graduation, worked in the office of Senator Dorgan on the Hill.  Then worked on health care issues as a Legislative Assistant with the Sheridan Group, in D.C.  Then I resigned from my lobbying position two weeks before the 2004 elections, and went to work for the Knowles campaign in Anchorage, Alaska.  (My nostrils would freeze together in a five minute walk to headquarters.)  I flew out west in January, and played electronic music in San Francisco, later joined a hip hop band as a bassist in Sacramento.  But it was a bit too laid back for my taste. 
In May 2005, I moved to Columbia Heights with a friend from Iowa City, and then in winter to Folly Beach, in Charleston, S.C.  It’s like St. Mary’s, with more hippies. 

Gallant, Easton

2012

Planned to go into teaching, but as of 2014, is lead installer at SolarCity.

Garcia, Elmo

2015

In the MAT program at SMCM.

Garner, John

1997

After I graduated from SMCM (which I’ll honestly never figure out how happened), I hung out there working for the college that summer.  Joined the Air National Guard as a wide-band and satellite technician.  Went to basic training and tech school in Texas and Georgia.  Did the part time military thingee until recently (was activated twice but never sent anywhere).  Been working for DISA (Defense Information System Agency) for the last 5 years as a network engineer (I model and engineer long-haul telecommunications networks).  I’m about halfway through my Masters of Telecommunications Mgmt degree.  It’s funny in a bad way, but, now I actually enjoy learning and take my studies seriously. 

Genakos, John

2000 ENGL

Volunteered for AmeriCorps in Leonardtown, MD for a year. Worked as an English teacher for a year in China alongside Sterling Berry-Whitlock. Now lives and works in B-More, MD.

Golden, Katie

1993

Doing glass work, living in Vicenza, Italy.

Goldsmith, Michael

2007

Finished the Master’s program in comparative Philosophy at Brock University in Canada, also working as an editor at the Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies.  Then returned to Maryland, teaching philosophy as an adjunct at Carroll County Community College and Community College of Baltimore County.  

Goloff, Josh

2015

In the MAT program at SMCM.

Goodyear, Tiffany

2004

Worked in D.C. for a non-profit, then for three years as a lobbyist.  Moved to Denver, where she opened and now owns and runs Yours Truly Cupcake. In 2015, started The Sentologist business.

Gottlieb-Miller, Josh

2008

Entering the MFA program in creative writing at University of Houston. 

Greeley, Erin (now Raven Alder)

1995

 

Greenberg, Josh

1994

Married to Kristen Sarlin (see on this page) 

Greene, Todd

1993

1993 to 2000 I worked for an electronics sub-contactor in Gaithersburg MD. I started out as an electromechanical technician, then as manage of Shipping and Receiving Mgr. for the same company.  After visiting family in Sarasota Florida several times in 2000, I finally decided that 30 years of Maryland winters were enough. My first employment in FL was as a lumber associate at a big orange mega corporation.  I now have a Sales Support position with a company which offers a supplemental coverage plan. I married in October of 2007, I have two beautiful step children & two cats. In addition my wife Helen and I are active in the local Pagan community. I play music, enjoy gardening & am lately totally fascinated by the green movement & the blend of new technology & pre-industrial practices which offer so much potential for living more sustainably.... i.e. saving the planet from us.

Greenfield, Rhett

2010

Attending Widener University in the fall (’10) and working toward a Psy. D in clinical psychology. 

Gregg, Andrew

2007

After working for a year, he completed law school at the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota. As of 2015, he’s associate counsel at a legal firm in northern Virginia.

Gregor, Jeff

1993

Griffin, Shaun

2005

Got a job as a direct result of philosophy faculty references!  Working for the summer of 2005 as a shipboard educator aboard the skipjack Sigsbey for the Living Classrooms Foundation, a non-profit org. based out of the inner harbor Baltimore, MD.  I am currently in the process of applying for the Teton Science school to continue my love of environmental and philosophical experiential education.  I would never have realized this love, nor my potential and ability without my SMCM philosophy department classroom experiences, both as a student and a TA! 

Grigg, Jaclyn

2015

To do: (1) Thank Professor Eric Hall for persuading me into the Philosophy major. (2) Take GREs. (3) Pay off all college debt. (4) Finish The Brothers Karamazov. (5) Get M.P.H., maybe with a focus in bioethics or environmental health policy. But in the short term, I move to the DC metro area, where my job as a Staff Associate in NIH’s Division of Intramural Research within the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute begins in early July. I live in a great area, and love the part of my job where I get to translate clinical jargon-heavy research into layman’s terms for publication.

Grim, Ryan

2000

After graduation, I bounced around from one con-job to another, including working as a broker on Wall Street.  After leaving Wall Street I worked as a therapeutic mentor for emotionally disturbed children.  I actually got my break in journalism with an exposé about my brokerage house.  After finishing the M.A. program in Public Policy at UM—College Park , he joined the Marijuana Policy Project as a “Legislative Analyst” (read: lobbyist) for 2 years.  He wrote for The Politico, covering Congress and the presidential election, before becoming senior congressional correspondent for the Huffington Post.  He is now Washington Bureau chief for the Huffington Post, overseeing a staff of 45.  In 2009, John Wiley and Sons published his book This Is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America.  

Grisar, Lila

1999

Taught and led groups in various youth-serving organizations, including a mountain semester school for 10th graders, NOLS, and a wilderness therapy program serving troubled teens and their families. Now living in Athens, Georgia. Graduated with an MSW degree from the University of Georgia in 2009 and working towards an MA in Non-Profit Management. 

Guffey, Aaron

2013

Working in D.C.

Hall, Lauren  (now Hittle)

2003

Got her B.S. at University of Maryland at Baltimore, and will be entering, in fall 09, the doctoral program in “Molecular Microbiology and Immunology.”  

Hallisey, Jeremiah

2012

Will be hanging around Southern Maryland for a bit and continuing with the restaurant job where I get to bartend and share little golden nuggets of wisdom with strangers.  Tentatively I plan on eventually moving off the east coast and finding some kind of work that facilitates the good life.  Details, of course, yet to be determined. 

Hasek, Will

2010

Entered the doctoral program in clinical psychology at Duquesne University.

Heckwolf, Phil

2006

Works for Exelon.

Heimberger, Thomas

2015

Working at St. Mary’s County Hospital.

Heliotis, Peter

2008

Got his MBA from the University of Maryland in 2011.

Hemphill, Timothy

2007

Living in an intentional community, working as a membership assistant for the Marijuana Policy Project, beginning in 2009. 

Hendrick, Christopher

1994

Cara and I were married in 2004, and we have two kids, Jonah 2 years, Radha 3 months (as of April 2004).  I am working as the Counseling Center Cooordinator for Cornerstone Pastoral Care and Counseling Center in Annapolis.  I see all kinds of people for therapy and do some administrative stuff.  We live in Columbia. 

Hendricks, Rob

2001

After graduation I acted with the Richmond Shakespeare company for two shows. Then I worked as a juvenile probation officer for about a year and a half. During that time I decided that I wanted to attend law school. After graduating law school and passing the bar exam, I worked as a prosecutor for five years. Currently, I am practicing workers' compensation law at a firm in Ellicott City, Maryland.

The objective reasoning skills I developed in St. Mary's philosophy major continue to serve me on a daily basis. A lot of what I do is to try to uncover the truth based on the subjective evidence presented to me. I think that the rigorous discourse and dissection of complex theories really sharpened my ability to cut to the heart of the issue and focus on what is important in a given situation. Philosopher Michel Foucault’s work Discipline and Punish had a very strong influence on me as a prosecutor in helping to determine what would be a meaningful sentence.

Herrmann, Eric

1999

I’m an associate at Klein Hornig LLP, one of the nation’s premier law firms concentrating exclusively on affordable housing and community development.  My work involves structuring and closing complex transactions that develop and preserve affordable housing and revitalize communities for clients ranging from neighborhood community development corporations and tenant associations, to large housing authorities and national developers.  Prior to joining Klein Hornig, I attended Harvard Law School, where I served as co-chair of Harvard Law School's Tenant Advocacy Project and as a student attorney at the Wilmer Hale Legal Services Center's Housing Unit.  I developed my interest in affordable housing and community development while working for the National Housing Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving and improving affordable housing.  Before that, I worked as an English teacher in Shanghai, China, and at a camp for Burmese refugees in Thailand.  I married fellow St. Mary’s graduate, Kate Greene ’00, in 2005 and our beautiful daughter, Bea, was born in 2011.

Hershfeld, Ryan

2006

For two years after graduation, I was an Executive Recruiter for The Washington Group.  I’m now Internal IT Liason, for Glencare Healthcare Solutions, in Columbia, Maryland. (Philosophy degree away!!!!)  However, life is most wonderful.  I married my college sweetheart Laura Zimmer (also an SMCM alum) and we bought a house in Owings Mills, MD where we live with our two dogs, Olive and Cosette.  I’m trying to live in the most Randian way possible and I may have been a major cause of the banking crisis. 

Hild, Jeff

2000

In law school at the University of Baltimore (Feb. 04) 

Hilliard, Christopher

1997

Completed the Master’s Degree in Liberal Arts at St. John’s College in 1999, and then went on to work as a temp, and onto a health food co-op (go figure).  And now (2009) I’ve been working as a warehouse manager for about nine years.  Hey, it’s tedious, but at least it’s unfulfilling.  Living in Frederick, where I am fixing up a house.  And, of course, I am still on a first-name basis with an embarrassing number of bartenders (and an equally embarrassing number of wealthy business owners and the like). 

Hines, Kathleen

1997

I worked as a medical writer/editor at an institute affiliated with Johns Hopkins that specializes in international healthcare training (primarily in reproductive health, maternal and newborn health, and HIV/AIDS), while completing an M.A. in non-fiction writing from JHU.  Now I am off to work in Egypt for three months, at the Biblioteca Alexandria, in their publications department. (Apr. 04)

Hinton, Sydneé

2010

Taking a year to work and to prepare for applying to law school.

Homan, Tim

2000

Worked as a reporter in the summer after graduation as a reporter for The Daily Star in Beirut, Lebanon.  Spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal; then had a blast as a bike messenger in D.C. in summer of 2004.  In 04-05, did the M.S.J. program at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. After interning in D.C. in summer ’05 went to Boston, at Tufts’ The Fletcher School, doing a joint degree program between Northwestern and Tufts. In 2007, started as a reporter for the Congressional Quarterly, living in D.C.  Now covering the U.S. economy for Bloomberg News. 

Hoover, Jon

2006

Lived at Twin Oaks intentional community, in Virginia.  Then in 2014 moved to Brattleboro, Vermont.

Horan, Brian

2001

 

Hurley, Josh

2010

Currently working a 40 hour job to pay the bills. I’m using the philosophy degree to help expand my art as a musician.

Hutchinson, Jeremy  (“Hutch”)

2009

Is living in Minneapolis and currently works for Crow’s Nest Yachts.  I am planning on attending graduate school in a few years for an MBA after I have acquired a few years of post undergraduate work experience. Sailing whenever possible. Is planning on biking Peru later this year. A Zen and the Art of Bicycle Maintenance of sorts.

Hutson, Laura

1996

 

Iliff, Nick

2007

After finishing law school at the University of Baltimore, is (as of 2015) an assistant public defender in Denton, Maryland. 

Irvine, John

1990

By day, John is a strategic planner for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. By night he also plays guitar, sings, records and writes songs for The Jennifers,as well as playing guitar in sundry other bands.  He is also a member of the Homewood Brass Consort and the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra.  In his rare spare time, John enjoys restoring and riding vintage Italian motor scooters.    

James, Dennis

1989

Studied special education.  Is now a real estate agent in New York City.

Jannotta, Sam

1989

Working as a woodcrafter doing historical preservation for the National Parks Service, in Frederick, Maryland. 

Jarboe, Karen (now Hertzog)

2006

After graduation, I worked for the Maryland Conservation Corps (MCC), which is a program that falls under Americorps.  I am currently a Park Ranger with the Maryland Park Service and a Wild Land Firefighter with the Maryland Wildfire Crew. I am also the front woman of a sea shanty band, which interprets the historical working songs of the age of sail. I currently am working on an MS in Environmental Policy and Management and hope to one day manage a large nature preserve. In addition, I do tutoring in guitar, in philosophy, and in general writing.

My degree in philosophy has prepared me in many ways for my work as a park ranger and historical interpreter. Through philosophy I’ve been able to concisely and accurately interpret information for the public in an effort to connect people with nature and history.  It has also significantly prepared me for graduate school. Despite my current focus in the science field, my philosophy degree has given me the skills to analyze and think critically about scientific data and subject matters.

Jauregui, Carla

2004

After staying in Maryland for a while, headed to Breckenridge, Colorado, and fell in love with it, paying for her love by serving tables  The 8 months of snow drove her downhill to Denver, where she completed her studies to become a CPA.  As of 2015, is working for Ernst and Young in northern Virginia.

Johnson, Ellen

1998

 

Kalman, Chris

2007

Worked in Colorado, teaching climbing. Now a climbing ranger at Mt. Rainier National Park 

Kazan, John

2014

Aiming towards teaching English in Korea first, then…I do not know. I want to be a published author, but we shall see.

Kelch, Shaun

1997

Keller, Darrell

2005

Lieutenant Commander Darrell Lynn Keller, Jr. ’05 is currently the Tactical Action Officer on the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. He recently deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM. In 2004, he deployed to Antarctica in support of NASA’s ICESAT project to measure the melting icecaps. In 2006, he earned an M.A. in Liberal Studies from Excelsior College and is currently earning a second Master’s Degree in Humanities at Salve Regina University, while stationed in San Diego.

Kelly, Garrett
(now Garrett Lagan)

2003

Worked for a couple years with his wife in Vermont on the Spring Lake Ranch (which has a herd of beef cattle, a flock of sheep, a herd of swine, two llamas, a large garden, and a maple syrup operation) to rehabilitate people mental illnesses.  Moved to Alaska, then NC.  Starting in 2008, entered the MSW program at UNC—Chapel Hill.  Gklagan at gmail dot com

Kerner, Tom

1992

Enrolled in the M.A. in Philosophy at Virginia Tech.  Then went to law school at California Pacific University, in San Diego.  After a firm in D.C., now practices law at a firm in, and living in, Wilmington, N.C.  Still enjoys a good game of Ultimate Frisbee. 

Kirkley, Bob

1989

Graduated from Florida State University, M.A. in English, 1996. English teacher, Chaminade-Madonna High School in Hollywood, Florida, 1997-2015, and English department chair 2003-2015. Lived on a sailboat in Miami for ten years. Now English teacher at St. Brendan High School in Miami. Married to Margret Kirkley, residing in Homestead, Florida. Paddleboarding enthusiasts.

Klein, John

2005

“Attempting the impossible and letting it out.”

Kolm, Rich

2010

Moved to Boulder, Colorado at the end of the summer to find work, fun, and mountains.  Then back to Maryland, to work as a green roof tech for Furbish.

Konizeski, John

1997

John is living in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and working at a Catholic elementary school teaching English and English math. His Chinese used to be very good but now is only good for remonstrating with students and translating words and sentences into Chinese for students.  I worked for a couple of years at T. Rowe Price in a call center and found it lucrative and valuable but boring, so I decided I wanted to continue my Chinese studies. I chose Taiwan over China because I had a friend who recommended it. When I got here I enjoyed studying and found a decent job fairly easily, which then allowed things to spin out of control into the marriage and mortgage that I now have. So not really a plan—just an idea of what might happen.

Kopec, Matt

2000

After graduation, I spent some years working at Outback Steakhouse, traveling the world, and just generally growing up. But I couldn’t stay away from philosophy. I took some graduate classes at the University of Maryland, and then got an M.A. from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. from UW-Madison. After graduate school, I taught courses in logic, ethics, and philosophy of science at CU-Boulder. Then I held a research postdoc at Northwestern University, and I am now a Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics in Canberra, Australia. I spend my work days reading, discussing, and writing on topics like the biological basis (or lack thereof) of human racial classification, the ethics of using race in law enforcement, the effects of self-fulfilling prophecies in the sciences, and effective group judgment and decision-making.

Kristy, Dylan

2013

Lived in my parents’ basement, for the summer. Now I’ve moved to Montana, where I work for my landlord and am learning how to start a medical marijuana business.

Lanoie, Christine

1997

After graduation, worked for two years in the Boston area, before entering the M.A. program in Philosophy at Boston College.  After completing that, attended the Ph.D. program in Philosophy at University of Utah, before returning to Boston the year after, where she worked as Director of the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, for the state of Massachusetts.  She also completed her MFA in writing, from Emerson College, was married in 2005, and moved to LA, where she finished her degree and taught writing at community colleges while serving as a free-lance grant writer. She served as Associate Director of Institutional Giving at UCLA’s Hammer Museum from 2011 – 2014, when she took the position of UCLA’s Director of Corporate, Foundation and Research Relations. 

Larson, Christopher

1998

Attend the master’s program at St. John’s College in Annapolis. 

Lawrence, Michael

1999

Worked at school in San Diego for children with learning disabilities; then completed the M.A. program in journalism at UC-Boulder, focusing on newspaper reporting.  I worked as a reporter at the Steamboat Pilot and Today (in Colo.), and then as the seacoast correspondent for the New Hampshire Union-Leader. Starting 2015 at a new job, as a city reporter for the Standard-Times, in New Bedford, Mass.

Lay, Jason

2007

After graduation, spent a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer in St. Louis at the Grace Hill Community Health Centers.  Then back in Maryland for a few months, working as a massage therapist.  In Portland, Oregon, as an intern at Heart of Business (“….when you want to make a difference but need to make a profit”: http://www.heartofbusiness.com/   Then moved to St. Louis to open his acupuncture practice.

Leander, Erik

2005

Decided to hold off on grad school for a year, got married in Summer ’05, got rejected to every Ph.D. program Kate and Alan recommended.  I entered the M.A. program in philosophy at the University of Tennessee, where I just finished up (May 2009) a thesis on Husserl’s theory of time-consciousness.  I’ll be teaching intro philosophy at UTK this summer. In 2010, I’ll be heading to Oregon to study animal rights law. I was going to head out there this summer, but my wife and I are expecting a son in September so I’ve deferred for a year until all that craziness has settled down. 

Leddy, Beth

  See “Wentzel, Beth”

Lee, Camilla (now Paquette)

2009

Taught kindergarten in Chiang Mai, Thailand for the year. Now works at AFS Intercultural Programs.

Lemley, Paul (now Skramz Geist)

2009

After graduating from SMCM, I studied Continental Philosophy at Brock University (Canada), and in 2010 begia the Ph.D. program in Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture at SUNY-Binghamton. When I am not slowly grinding away at what little sanity I have left working on academic pursuits, I enjoy reading Deleuze and Guattari and wondering what I did wrong in a past life to be reborn as a philosopher. As an ABD (all but dissertation), I taught as an adjunct at SMCM fall 2014-December 2015.

Letts, Dawn

2001

Worked for Maryland State Parks at St. Mary’s River State Park.  In 2011, graduated from the Maryland Park Service Ranger School. She is a ranger at Point Lookout State Park.

Little, Jason

1995

Worked for several years at Point Lookout State Park.  Now working at Dunkirk Supply and starting his own “Moonlight Pool and Spa Service.” 

Loff, Sarah

1999

After working short-term jobs in the D.C. area for a couple of years, worked as a web editor for Georgetown University designing websites for their fundraising office.  Then in 2008, worked for Media Matters for America, in D.C., as a web producer.  Since then, putting her critical thinking and writing skills to work as a web content editor for a contractor for NASA’s website.

Loughran, Brendan

2012

Spent the summer after graduation living on campus in Queen Anne Hall doing odd jobs as a lifeguard, waiter, caterer and general raconteur around St. Mary’s County, trying to spend many hours in both the river and the Green Door, soaking up as much of St. Mary’s life as I can.  In August of 2012 I moved to New York City to pursue an M.A. in Bioethics from New York University, concentrating in clinical ethics. 

Ludwig, Julie

1991

Taught high school in the Baltimore area.  Lives with son Kellen (b. 1994) in upstate New York, first teaching at an alternative high school in Watertown, and now, having gotten her masters in educational administration, is serving as a special education school improvement specialist.  I work for the New York State Education Department, at a cooperative board of education that serves 18 districts over 3000 sq miles from Lake Ontario into the Adirondacks. 

Lykens, Alex

2013

After graduation, I’ll be attending the University of Baltimore Law School while living at my parents’ home in Towson. While I’m waiting to graduate, I will have the pleasure of working for Top Notch Moving and Storage, based in Timonium.

Lyman, Brian

2000

Earned a J.D. at The George Washington University Law School, May, 2003. Admitted to practice law in Maryland and is currently an associate attorney at the general practice firm of Hillman, Brown and Darrow, PA in Annapolis Maryland.  Otherwise busy with 5 kids. http://www.hbdlaw.com/ 

Lynch, Amelia

2011

In September after graduation, starts working in Cordoba, Argentina for a grass-roots non-profit organization. In 2015 is planning to return to the U.S. (with her husband!) to start a Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology in Pennsylvania in 2016.  

MacDougall, Mark

1994

Worked for 10 years for Fidelity Investments in Boston. Now a director at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Magruder, Sarah

2001

Assistant Director of the Writing Center at SMCM for many years.

Malmrose, Andrew

2013

Manarolla, Andrew

2001

Completed the M.A. program in Environmental Public Policy at UM-College Park. 

Manrodt, Peter

2010

 

Marquette, Chris

2014

 

Martin-Poteet, Graham

2015

I am cycling across the country to raise $10,000 for Conservation International. I will then hike the AT southbound, from August to December, after which I will work as a bike mechanic. In the future, I plan to work as a Peace Corps volunteer, teach, and sustainably farm.

Masson, Stephen

2013

Working as a tech assistant at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, where I’ve been working part-time during college.

McCarty, Kate

2004

Worked as a camp counselor in Estes Park, Colorado for the summer after graduation.  Then as a deckhand for the Living Classrooms Foundation, in Baltimore.  Next, for a year as the Sailing Program Coordinator at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, in St. Michael’s, Maryland—terrorizing schoolchildren on a daily basis  Then March-August 2008 as a Youth Crew Leader for the Montana Conservation Corps, operating a chainsaw and being a badass.  Now she has moved to Portland, Maine, and until she finds something more regular, she is doing catering jobs sporadically. 

McCrae, Joe

2000

Worked in Residence Life as at UM-College Park for two years.  In fall 2004, started the M.A. program in college counseling at University of Delaware, completing it in 2006, when he began working as Faculty Counselor at Delaware County Community College. 

McCutcheon, Sean

1994

Sean McCutcheon spent a number of years divided between working various computer jobs and doing nearly 15,000 hours of meditation, as well as playing bass in several bands, composing progressive rock in strange time signatures, and doing oil paintings in 4-D perspective.  After dropping out of two graduate programs due to boredom (Psychology at Antioch and Buddhist Studies at Naropa), he is currently pursuing an M.S. in Computer Science at the Florida Institute of Technology, which he is finding to be more challenging.

McDowell, Leslie (née Severy)

1990

Received M.A. degree from JHU’s School of Advanced International Study in D.C.  Lived in China

McGrew, Megan

2005

Attending Florida State University as a fully funded doctoral student in the Philosophy program!  Has completed her MA, and hopes to be ABD after summer 2009.

McLendon, Markus

1994

After graduation,  I was a department store manager for about three years, but it was cutting into my sailing time.  So I moved to Baltimore, and I sort of drifted around working temporary jobs for computer contractors and the government until I realized I had a damn fine education and needed to get onto using it for something other than solving other people’s computer or staffing problems.  I even worked in an Italian restaurant.  As amusing as it was learning to make Italian pizza and sundry foods from a Russian national, I decided I wasn’t really accomplishing anything.   So I got a job working with emotionally disturbed kids in special education, first as a teaching assistant, then a teacher and then a principal, at Taylor School in Baltimore. During the course of that journey, I went on and earned a master’s degree in Special Education from Loyola College of Maryland.  Then after some reorganization, I got my present position of School Director for New Foundations in Baltimore I actually am responsible for the whole ball of wax now.

McManus, Kristin

2007

Worked as a paralegal in Baltimore, then for Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, in Annapolis. 

McMurray, Creighton

2000

I received a Master’s Degree in Bioethics & Medical Humanities from the University of South Florida in 2004.  During that time I worked as a Bar Manager, Event Promoter, DJ, and a Private Investigator for Missing Llama.  Since then I’ve moved to the Northeast Kingdom in Vermont (or, as some fellow alumni refer to it, the Moose-Infested North) where I own and operate a restaurant called Jennifer’s, and the Grand Trunk Tavern, both in Island Pond.

Mickle, Jonathan

1996

Completed law school at Duke University; now practicing in North Carolina.

Miller, Danny

2004

After graduating, I spent a year traveling in India, Thailand, the Middle East, and Southern Africa, doing Tsunami relief work, living in an ashram to practice meditation, and was certified to Teach English as a Foreign Language.  I am currently living in Gaithersburg, Maryland, teaching English to an international class of adult students. 

Mink, Shani

2015

 

Mintz, Zach

2015

 

Mitchell, Ruth

1990

After graduating I hung out for a few years “down in the county” digging.  Went to Egypt to get M.A. in Anthropology from the American University in Cairo, and spent two wonderful years there.  Came back to the county and here I am digging away, working as an archaeologist at Historic St. Mary’s City.

Moessinger, Seth

2007

 

Montefusco, Peter

2006

After graduation, went to law school at Washington and Lee University, finishing law school in the worst job market for lawyers. After trying a few things, decided to open his own law practice in 2013: Montefusco Estate Planning.

Moran, Darryl

2001

Made music in Charlottesville, VA for a few years.  Then worked in Boulder as a consultant and executive producer for a company promoting and producing musical events, like at the annual New Orleans Jazz Heritage Festival. Kept up the drumming there, and added ski-bumming. In 2015, is heading back to Charlottesville.

Moreland, Jonathan

2000

Worked as substitute teacher after graduation, and got married.  Then completed an M.A.I.S.D.  (Master of Arts in Instructional Systems Development) at the University of Baltimore.  I’m teaching World History and United States History at Calvert High School, Prince Frederick, MD, where I also coach baseball.  And my favorite addition to my resume since departing SMCM:  I’m a DAD.

Moroz, Stephen

1996

Took graduate courses in philosophy at American University, while working for the National Parks Service in Charles County, Maryland, in Salem, Massachusetts, and at the Cape Hatteras lighthouse in N.C.   I am currently (2009) a park ranger here on Lake Mohave, in Lake Mead National Recreation Area out west.

Morrison, Mary

1991

2245 Newton St., Denver, CO, 80211-5061

Moser, Jon

2001

Completed M.A. degree in Religion (focus: Ethics) at Yale Divinity School, then was Assistant Coordinator of the Bioethics Project at Yale.  Now teaching U.S. History (as well as intro to ethics and intro to philosophy) at his high school alma mater, Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, PA.  

Murphy, Mark

1993

Works for Wookie Foot.

Murphy, Michael

1995

 

Nahr, Andreas

1993

 

Designed his own major in German Literature and Philosophy.  After graduation from SMC I traveled around the world for 6 weeks.  Major stops were:  Japan, China, Mongolia, Russia and Europe.  After that I went to Grad School and got an MA in Philosophy.  Upon that graduation, I traveled in Africa for 4 months, ran out of money and came back home.

 I then landed a job as a flight attendant, putting those philosophy degrees to good use.  That’s where I met my wife; we were married in 1998.  In 2002 I took an early out from the airline, and have been working in IT ever since. 

I have 2 kids.  Emma (born 2003) and Peter (born 2005).  We moved to Minnesota in 2007, where I continue to work in the legal IT field.   Address: 5915 Oakview Ln N, Plymouth, Mn 55442

Nesnow, Geoff

1996

I moved to D.C. after SMCM, then moved to California (San Jose), then moved to Rhode Island (job transfers), where I got married and bought my first house.  I worked for a tech start-up, where I created a new position for myself as Chief Technology Evangelist.  I actually got that job partly because the CEO at the time was also a philosophy major (Haverford) and we hit it off.  The company Iron Mountain has purchased that company and now I work for them. 

Newcomer, Caitlin

2005

Moved to Prague in summer after graduation to teach English businessmen and pre-school boys (sometimes it was hard to tell the difference)  Returned a year later to attend the MFA program in Creative Writing at The Ohio State University. 

Nicolas, Ashton

2005

Is the Summer Programs Coordinator at Goucher College, in Baltimore.  I organize all housing, meal, and other requests for those summer camps and conferences run through the Events Office. I plan every aspect of their campus stay. I also work with organizing the housing, meals, and classroom space for our graduate programs and summer research projects. I love it, but it’s hard staying focused when everyone else is on vacation!

Oh, Lana

2001

After working for consulting firms in the D.C. region, she lived in Belgium, got a graduate degree in Migration Studies at the Brussels School for International Studies.   In 2010, is living in Uganda, working for the International Organization for Migration:  http://uganda.iom.int/ 

O’Hara, Megan

2007

After graduation, I worked for the Audubon MD-DC as an environmental educator, then as a case management intern for the International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian relief organization.  I am currently working for the City of Baltimore as a Pollution Control Analyst (biologist) and in spring 2009, I will start the MS program in Environmental Science and Policy at Johns Hopkins University. 

Overholser, Anne (now Geisinger)

1990

Worked as Quality Specialist and in Customer Service at McCormick & Company, in Baltimore.  Now an IT Technical Services Manager at Lockheed Martin.

Parks, Kevin

2007

In 2008 completed the Master’s program in Philosophy at Brock University in Canada.  Now working for a government agency in the D.C. area.

Pearson, Dan

2004

“In the D. C. area, doing paralegalish stuff.”  In 2014, started law school at George Washington University.

Perilla, Rob

2006

Studied at Tai Sophia Institute, at Maryland University of Integrative Health, and is now a licensed and self-employed acupuncturist: Self-Care Acupuncture, in Annapolis.

Perrie, Matt

1992

 

Petit, Ross

1999

Last seen living in San Diego.

Pfau, Harris

2011

Working retail at Earth Treks Climbing Centers as well as teaching climbing classes here and there. It pays the bills. Considering law school. 

Pinilla, Gabe

1999

Tended bar in Florida, with a view of sunsets.  Ended up in law school and now practices in Ft. Lauderdale, doing business and commercial law at The Solomon Law Group.

Ploger, Rob

1993

Woodworking in Tucson, making musical instruments and furniture, and teaching tai chi:  www.rploger.com 

Poling, Greg

2007

Taught English in elementary school in Shanghai (which is where he spent the spring of his junior year) to further his study of Mandarin.  Then returned home and worked odd jobs while applying to grad school.  In 2010 Greg began the M.A. program in Comparative and Regional Studies, focusing on Asia, at American University’s School of International Service, in D.C. While in grad school, he worked in D.C. at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, in their Southeast Asian program—first as an intern, then as a research assistant (a staff position), and then upon completion of the M.A. program in May 2012, as a research associate 

“I am a fellow in the Southeast Asia chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a non-partisan think tank in Washington, DC, where I manage research projects aimed at guiding U.S. foreign policy in the Asia Pacific at large, and Southeast Asia in particular. My work seems at first blush decidedly non-philosophical, but my background in philosophy has given me some important legs up in my field. The logic and critical thinking skills I learned as a philosophy major have proven invaluable, both during my graduate education and in the think tank world. And without the background in ethics I gained at SMCM, I probably would not have decided to pursue international relations as a form of public service in the first place.”

Greg is the author of The South China Sea in Focus: Clarifying the Limits of Maritime Dispute (CSIS, July 2013) and a coauthor of From Strength to Empowerment: The Next Generation of U.S.-Malaysia Relations (CSIS, May 2012), Sustainable Energy Futures in Southeast Asia (CSIS, December 2012), and A U.S.-Indonesia Partnership for 2020: Recommendations for Forging a 21st Century Relationship(CSIS, September 2013).

In September 2012, he married Nicole Norfolk, and the two live in Glen Burnie, Maryland.

Pollack, Debbie

1998

Completed in 2006 the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh, with a year-long internship at SUNY Upstate Medical University, in Syracuse. Now in clinical private practice near there, and occasionally teaches a course at the university. 

Pollock, Adam

2008

I was a Peace Corps volunteer working with the NGO AIESEC in Ohrid, Macedonia. I also did a decent amount of work with the local Red Cross. 

Polster, Devin

2000

After graduation, taught Literature part-time at the College of Southern Maryland.  Served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand.  Completed the M.A. program in International Relations at the University of Chicago, followed by working in international finance.  Worked in D.C. overseeing disasters and coordinating federal recovery efforts for the government, then moved to San Francisco, still working for the federal government.

Porter, Jill

1990

After getting her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership,  with concentrations in Peace Education and Global Education, she is now Professor of Education and Philosophy, and University Field Supervisor, at Alliant International University, in San Diego, where she teaches peace education, critical thinking, and education and ethics.  She occasionally leads students on study tours to Egypt, where she was on 9/11.  JillSPorter at otmail dot com

Posey, Sarah
(now Sarah Sharpless)

2006

Worked (mostly from home) in legal research for a Bethesda firm.  Then as general manager of the Woodlands Grill, in Wildewood, in California, Maryland. Then as the Food & Beverage manager at the Hilton Garden Inn in Solomons.  

Powers, James (J.G.)

1990

 

Prendergast, Alison (Ali)

2005

Lived in Silver Spring, where I was still yelling about theological dilemmas, looking for a job that let me organize things. I was the Assistant Store Manager at the Barnes & Noble in Georgetown, then worked in Operations for three years for a D.C. public charter school. After getting her MBA at UVA, got a job in Buffalo in 2014 as an Executive Associate for M&T Bank’s Internal Consulting group.

Pressley, Kacie

2006

In August 2007, I moved to Thailand, stopping off in China.  Now work for the Prince George’s County (MD) fire department. 

Prybylski, Nate (now Nate Frost)

2006

Graduated a semester early from Drexel law school.  Passed the Maryland bar in February 2011. As of 2013, still hadn’t found a job beyond document review, despite my best efforts. (The recession of 2008 created quite a glut of J.D.s.) In 2015, “I got a job working as an attorney at the Social Security Administration. Administrative Law Judges make decisions as to whether or not a person is entitled to SS benefits, and I extrapolate the evidence and write the actual decision to support the judge’s determination.”

Puvapiromquan, Rateeluck Tarn (now Rateeluck Tarn Goelling)

2001

Tarn is an electrician (a journeyman inside wireman) in D.C. and is active in the AFL-CIO and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.  She was married in September 2014.

Rader, Bill

2010

Entered University of Maryland School of Law, focusing on health law.  Got an internship for after his first year with Judge Kenney (a long-time adjunct at SMCM) at the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Now works for the Social Security Administration.

Ramsey, Mukhtar

1998

In 2007, got a Master of Science of Oriental Medicine from the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture.  Now a self-employed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, in Scottsdale, AZ. 

Raftery, Meghan

2005

I graduated and moved to Baltimore for two years.  I then moved to D.C. and worked with a government contractor working for the Department of Defense, while I completed a Masters of Science program in Information Systems at UMBC.  Working as an analyst for BAI, Inc., in Arlington, VA.  

Ranta, Annamarei (née Wittmann)

1994

Received her M.D. from Penn State; practiced neurology in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Married to John Ranta (’97), moved to Atlanta in 2004, then to New Zealand, where she is now the Executive Clinical Director of Medical Services at New Zealand’s capital's major hospital.

Ranta, John

1997

Worked in computers in Charlottesville, Virginia, until 2004, when he, Anna Ranta (’94) and daughter Syrah moved to Atlanta.   Completed the M.A. program in Philosophy at Georgia State University in fall 04, and they’ve moved to New Zealand., where John now co-chairs the New Zealand Green Party.

Rattey, Justin

2013

For the first part of 2014, I will be working as Project Manager for Good360, which is a non-profit located in Alexandria, VA, which distributes unused goods from larger organizations (e.g., Target, Wal-Mart) to non-profits that need them. In 2015 I began the Ph.D. program at Georgetown in political science, focusing in political theory, which uses coursework from both my undergraduate majors (philosophy and political science).

Rebeck, Sharon

1998

After having lived outside of Boston while working as a copy editor, getting a masters in education, teaching two years in a Waldorf school, slicing meat in a deli, running a farmers’ market for a local bakery (none of those things simultaneously), she is now living and teaching in Boulder.  Completed her Masters in Counseling Psychology and “working primarily with a mindfulness-based somatic modality.”

Reidinger, Nicole

2013

In the summer after graduation, attended the Summer Publishing Institute in New York, to explore working in publishing. Then worked in D.C. for the Endocrine Society, helping to arrange their conferences. In summer 2014, I moved to their publishing department (medical journals).

Reuben, Danny

1998 RELG

I graduated in 2001 with an M.A. in Buddhist Studies from Naropa University (in Boulder).  I have completed all my class work for my Ph.D. in Buddhist and Hindu Philosophy and Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies (outside of San Francisco), and am now in my dissertation proposal phase.  I saw Tom Waits in concert (2 nights in a row) while living in Boulder.  I’ve added to the tattoo collection and now have my entire back done (my dedication to the major religious traditions of the world)….I just got back from giving two talks in Hawaii at the International Conference on Arts and Humanities, and am giving another talk in March 2004 at Wittier College in Los Angeles.  Been doing Sanskrit for the past 3 ½ years, have an awesome cat named little one (she’s not fat, she’s big boned)…still watching hockey, still being punk (even more so now a days) and of course I’m living in San Francisco.  Still drinking lots of diet coke, smoking too much for my own good, and still don’t do drugs….go figure….well, I guess it’s time to end with my new catchy phrase that I made up, “I tried to take myself seriously once, but got hurt…I’m better now, as long as I take my meds…  dan the man, or fnord, or shakes, or whatever-strikith-thou….and I still can’t spell…. 

Roberts, Hilary

1993

Taught little ones in Baltimore County public schools, till 2015, when she left BCPS to become director of the Homewood Early Learning Center at Johns Hopkins.

Roberts, Jesse

1993

Worked as coach for the women’s soccer team at UW—Green Bay, and then for Clemson University and Towson University.  In Baltimore now, working as Director of Enrollment and Marketing director for a Catholic HS in Baltimore, while finishing (done in 2011) an MBA from Loyola University.  Was the Director of Admission at West Nottingham Academy in Cecil County for three years. 

Roche, Matt

2000

During his final semester at SMCM,  he started working at the Capital Research Center, a Washington think tank that monitors trends in philanthropy and corporate giving, and continued there for a couple of years.  Then he worked for a few years as a fundraiser for the Tax Foundation (www.TaxFoundation.org), a think tank in Washington, D.C.  Although he long vowed never to become a lawyer, he graduated from Catholic University’s law school in May 2009.  He is married and a board member of America’s Future Foundation (www.americasfuture.org) and lives in D.C. (cell: 202-390-7474)  

Rockler, Jeremy

2009

I am currently living in Buffalo, NY where I worked in the year after graduation as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, trying to set up a CityCorps program in the city of Buffalo.  CityCorps seeks to connect AmeriCorps with the City of Buffalo government, channeling volunteer energies to respond to the needs of Buffalo residents.  I would certainly recommend AmeriCorps as an option for those future grads looking for a unique way to get experience in the ‘real world’!  Stayed in Buffalo the next year, to work for the city, and got accepted into the graduate program in Urban Planning at the University of Buffalo, which I deferred, in order to learn more about the city. I worked as a bank teller and now as a loan administrator for First Niagara Bank.  Got married in 2012.

Rubin, Paula

See “Swann, Paula”

Rudin, Bryan

2014

Is the Africa editor at Cartogracy.com.

Saah, Christopher

1998

After graduation…  Then lived in L.A. for two years, before moving back to the D.C. area.  Enrolling in fall 2004 in the Maryland Institute, College of Art, in their Photography and Digital Imaging program.   Samples of stills available at http://www.safelightfilms.com  

Sachs, Elizabeth

1995

 

Sanders, Stacy

2004

Planned to enroll in the Ph.D. program in Philosophy/Applied Ethics at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, until she found out she was accepted as a Research Assistant at The Hastings Center, in New York (www.thehastingscenter.org), which specializes in bioethics.  She spent two years there, and although Bowling Green agreed to defer her admission and financial package for those two years, she decided in the meantime to enter the Masters of Social Work program at the University of Michigan.  After completing that, having focused on geriatric social work, she worked as a field organizer, and then ultimately as director, for the Elder Economic Security Initiative, within Wider Opportunities for Women, a non-profit advocacy organization in Washington, DC. She then became director of the National Neighbors Silver program, which, under the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, works to ensure banking and credit services and adequate housing for economically vulnerable older adults. Since 2012, she has moved to the non-profit Medicare Rights Center, where she is the Director of Federal Policy.

Sanford, Rachael

2002

Graduated in 2005 from law school at University of Denver.  Living in Danville, Virginia, working for mid-sized law firm Clement & Wheatley (www.clementwheatley.com), where I practice family law and general civil litigation.

Sarlin, Kristen  (now Greenberg)

1993

Married to Josh Greenberg (on this page).

Saviano, Kim

1993

Worked doing tech stuff for a loan company in the Denver area. As of 2015, is project manager/senior business analyst for Bross Group, as well as a mediator at Rational Resolution.

Schell, Dan

2010

I am spending two years as team leader with Americorps National Civilian Conservation Corps. In the first year, I managed a team of 18-24 year olds who worked on four projects, including building a house in Baton Rouge, working at a heritage farm in Arizona, working at an outdoor education center in Jamestown, Colorado, and removing tornado debris in Joplin, Missouri. Following Americorps, my tentative plan is to attend grad school.

Schermerhorn, Jack (Calvin)

1998

Received a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, and following a year off, enrolled in the Ph.D. program in American History at UVA.  After completing that, went to Arizona State University, where he has two daughters and is now an Associate Professor of History.  In 2011 he published Money over Mastery, Family over Freedom: Slavery in the Antebellum Upper South (JHU Press), and in 2015 The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism, 1815-1860 (Yale Press).

Schoming, Ella

2011

Is married and still playing some rugby. By day, is a clerical specialist at a retirement and assisted living facility in Westminster, Maryland.

Schultz, Anthony

2005

Completed the MAT program at Towson University, and is working in the Baltimore County Public Schools as a S.T.A.T. teacher, helping to drive instruction and professional development for teachers in his elementary schools. So he coaches teachers.

Sellouk, Jamie

2008

Pursued training as a chef, while working in Israel, till cutting a tendon in his hand put an end to that. In 2015, passed the test in Brighton, England to become a certified sommelier—one of few such in Israel. As of October 2015, working at a restaurant in Israel as a sommelier.

Severy, Leslie

  See “McDowell, Leslie”

Shapiro, Rachael (now Lipton)

1999

After St. Mary's, I went on tour with a punk rock band, waitressed and rock-climbed in Colorado and completed a graduate program in journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I moved to New York City, where I live with my musician/composer husband. I’m the copy chief of features and entertainment at the New York Post, and I am happy.

Sharp, Jean Allison  (now Ali Sharp Church)

2003

Worked for two years in the Choice program in Baltimore, helping at-risk high-schoolers stay “on-track.”  In 2005, moved to Tennessee, and in 2008, married SMCM alumnus Mikey Church, in St. Inigoes.  Spent two years in Montana working as a youth care worker for a temporary shelter for teens.  In 2010, moved to Tajikistan as Mikey’s research assistant on his Fulbright, studying water poverty.  Back in Missoula, received an MSW in 2014 from University of Montana, having decided that social work is philosophy in action. Now they are living in Dixon, Montana with nine chickens, four turkeys, and one dog on the Salish Kootenai Reservation where Ali works as a critical access hospital and hospice social worker.

Sheils, Will

2002

Worked in Annapolis for several years, doing advertising for a sailing magazine. Then traveled to Europe in fall 2005. I am currently living Annapolis and working for an East Coast yacht company in yacht sales (www.intrinsicyacht.com).

Actually, my philosophy degree has proved it’s relevancy in sales and acting as a mediator between buyers and seller.  Who would have thought? 

Shephard, Molly

2015

 

Shepherd, Matt

1999

After graduating I sat by my parent’s pool a la The Graduate for about 3 weeks.  Then I got a job at an educational research organization.  I worked there for about 5 years first as a research assistant, then as a web developer, and finally as a network engineer/help desk monkey.

During the first year of work I learned what Homer meant when he said, “The boy reminds me of myself when I was his age . . . before the weight of the world broke my spirit.”  Then I sold my soul and took a job as the IT Manager for a lobbying firm.  Democracy is officially dead.  I am currently looking for a job in IT Security in a totally different industry.

I bought a condo in Gaithersburg, MD in the summer of 2004 and have been living there with my iancé and dog.  Of course, like all SMCM alumni, I am engaged to another SMCM graduate, Leena Ghim.  Hopefully this proves once and for all that Sarah Ebenreck was wrong when she mysteriously ‘outed’ me in one of her classes.  Turn offs include “players”, smokers, and mean people. 

Siegel, Aaron

2011

In Chicago, enrolled in the John Marshall Law School.

Siler, Jeff (Darrion)

2007

Started as an early childhood music specialist at Bach 2 Rock, in D.C.  In the off-season, played baseball in Belgium for the Merchtem Cats. Then spent 3 years in Lisbon, teaching English, philosophy, and brewing, as well as coaching baseball. Now back in Baltimore area, working as Director of Baseball and Softball Operations at Extra Innings Baltimore North.

Silver, Jacob

2013

I enjoy working with kids, especially in an outdoor setting, and I’d like to see a bit more of our beautiful country. In addition, I’d like to keep studying philosophy. Hopefully, a graduate school will have me one day. So for the summer of 2013, I returned to a supervisory position at the Quaker outdoor education camp in NC that I’ve worked at. Then in the fall, I returned to St. Mary’s County, to work full-time at Evenstar organic farm, to sit in on additional philosophy classes, and to serve as a course assistant for Philosophy 101, and then for Philosophy 120 in the spring of 2014. In the summer of 2014, I will hike part of the Appalachian Trail, then return to the NC outdoor education camp as a rock-climbing instructor. Then on for a 2-year stint as a teacher and “houseparent” at the Arthur Morgan School (a progressive boarding school near Ashville, NC, for 7-9th graders, in the Quaker and Montessori traditions).

Singer, Craig

1999

Worked at Legg Mason, until moving to New York in 2007, to work for Citicorps, and an analyst covering the banking sector. 

Siuta, Sandy

1994

Living in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

Skopp, Bethany

1999

After graduating from George Washington University’s School of Law, started in 2003 working as an attorney in the Prince George’s County Public Defender’s Office. 

Slaght, Christopher

1997

After graduation, became a teacher (getting a M.A. in English Lit from Middlebury College), teaching English and history in a few villages in Alaska. As of 2015, is teaching in Fairbanks, where he continues to learn new things and has a very hot sauna.

Sloboda, Melissa (now Supik)

2006

Working at JHU’s School of Medicine.

Smith, Alana
(now Davenport)

2001

After the MA program in “Humanities and Social Thought” at NYU, and working in Manhattan part-time as an office

Manager, Alana returned to Maryland and to pursue her MSW at the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work. 

Smith, Allison

2011

Smith, Jordan

1994

As of October 2015: “I am currently re-rigging the USS Constellation, in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. My jobs usually center on working on or captaining boats and tall ships. I live on my boat in Annapolis with my girlfriend.”

Smith, Nathan

2013

I’ve been keeping quite busy since graduation with work and travel. Since May of 2013, I’ve bicycled across the U.S., and while working as a bike mechanic for DC’s Capital Bikeshare, traveled to England, Ireland, and New Zealand. Since early 2014 I’ve managed procurement and logistics at a start-up subscription business in Columbia, MD, named Friends and Farms. We work with local and regional food producers of all types to deliver bundles of meal-ready groceries to our customers in the Baltimore area. It’s a great job. I’ve learned so much about food and cooking, as well as managing myself and others.

My SMP was a look at the moral structure and teachings of the Slow Food movement, and it basically got me my job. The research required for my SMP was my introduction to food systems, policy, and history, and I draw on that knowledge every day at work.

Smith, Susan

2012

After graduation, I will be working at Fish Whistle as a server in Chestertown, Md for the summer. I will also be a teaching assistant for a Horizons program at Radcliffe Creek School. In the fall, I will be attending graduate school at Salisbury University (but will be living in Chestertown and going to a satellite program at Chesapeake College) to acquire a Master’s in Social Work. I plan to work while going to school and eventually I plan to be a social worker in Maryland.

Snyder, Henry

2000

Henry Snyder tries to keep things interesting. After getting a Master’s, he now lives in South Carolina, where he counsels the at-risk youth of our proud nation. He has previously lived in VA, NC, MD, and your momma’s closet. He enjoys e-mails, surfing, bebopping, and scatting. And writing, having written and directed short films.

Sottek, T.C. (Timothy)

2008

A week after graduating, I got down to business!  I’m working with the National Parks Conservation Association (www.npca.org) as a “Research Coordinator” (a.k.a. lobbyist) for conservation issues.  If you’re curious about why lobbyists and special interests are good for democracy, shoot me an email!  Then in 2013, moved to NYC to take a position at The Verge.

Southgate, Karl

2005

Taught English in Japan.  Then lived in Ashville, NC, making music there, then Charleston, SC. Now in Chicago “becoming a shrink” at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Sower, Clinton

1996

 

Stanton, Kevin

1994

Got his MA in Philosophy from Colorado State University in 2001, and is an adjunct instructor of philosophy at Front Range Community College. 

Stearns, Easton

2008

Manager and head mechanic at The Catonsville Bike Shop, in MD. 

Stevenson, Ian

1999

After graduation, completed the Master of Liberal Studies program at St. John’s College in Annapolis, and worked for a couple of years for the National Coalition for the Homeless, in Washington, D.C.  Then moved to a lobbying firm in D.C., working as an accountant.  Married in 2005.  Then “a wonky ontologist [that’s right: OWL] for a semantic technology company” in Hunt Valley, MD. Starting in fall 2014, got a full-time job with Baltimore City Public Schools, teaching Information Technology to 10-12 graders in west Baltimore.

Stockmeyer, Ed

2006

After completing law school at the University of Minnesota, is an attorney in Minneapolis.

Storms, Karen

1992

After graduation, began the M.A. program in Philosophy at University of Connecticut, and cut that short in order to return to work in the theater community in D.C., including at Arena Stage. Now the stage manager for the Washington Ballet. 

Strauss, Ethan

2007

Worked as a clinical assistant at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, while working on his Master’s in Social Work (Families and Children) at the University of Maryland (Baltimore).  Now doing social work, mostly with children, in Harford County, Maryland 

Surlis, Aidan

1996

 After graduation, went to work selling real estate in the Annapolis area. Still there as of 2014, though also busy with three children.

Sutt, Christina

2008

Finished law school at the University of Baltimore, and passed the bar. But her timing was unfortunate, for she hit the job market just when, because of the recession, there was the largest glut of J.D.s in recent memory. Is now teaching in an alternative high school in Baltimore while finishing up (in 2015) her master’s in teaching. “It’s challenging, but very rewarding, and a lot more interesting than law was.”

Sutton, Charles

1999

In the doctoral program in Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts.  Casutton at cs dot umass dot edu

Swann, Paula  (née Rubin)

1994

 In 1997, I received an M.A. from St. John’s College in Annapolis where I also met my husband, John Swann.  I completed another Bachelor’s program at UMBC in Computer Science in 2001.  I am now working as a computer scientist in the D.C. area.  I’m also on the board of my county’s literacy council and have been a reading tutor for an adult for over two years. 

Swearengen, Ken

2006

For the summer was the Aquatics Director at a Boy Scout camp on the Eastern Shore.  Then I entered the MA program in Philosophy (Mind, Language, and Knowledge) at University College, Dublin. After completing that (my thesis was about how our concepts of the world mesh with our actual experience of it), I headed back to Baltimore and became a copywriter for a small publishing company, focusing on finance and health. I did that for about 5 years, until the ennui started to sink in; I decided that I enjoy writing as a hobby much more than as a job.

So I went back to school and got my BS in Information Systems and Technology Management from the University of Baltimore.  In mid-2015, I started a job as software programmer, where I utilize all that logic I learned while studying philosophy. It’s great applying the logic I learned to solving the puzzles that software development provides. Not only does it keep me interested in my work, but I usually get to learn something new every day.

Sweeney, Jennifer

1998

 

Teti, Stowe

1993

After graduation, began the M.A. program in Philosophy at University of Connecticut. Returned to the D.C. area and worked designing furniture.  Now doing architecture, as a managing partner at T-Squared Architecture, living in Potomac, Maryland.

Thelin-Knox, Vanessa

2006

In August 2014, finished her 3-year program in acupuncture, at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies, in Pennsylvania, and then began her own practice in Bethesda, Maryland: www.holisticacupuncturebethesda.com/ 

Thomassen, Ben

2001

Worked for a small internet design company in D.C. Then 2003-2005 in the M.A. program in Liberal Studies at University of Chicago.  Then law school at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Now an associate attorney at a firm in Chicago.

Thompson, David

1992

Worked for a series of internet service providers, through their success and purchase by larger companies. Now works for Dataprise, a managed service provider that serves businesses.

Thurlow, Barbara

1990

Does photography and portrait art in D.C.  For years was on the volunteer staff at the National Zoo, working with the gorillas and the reptiles; although not now a volunteer, she still regularly visits the gorillas.  My husband, Brian Williamson, is still tolerating me after almost 12 years.  He is a gravedigger and a fan of Tolkien and Jung.  Oh, and we have a very handsome black cat named ‘Scootch.’  He’s our only child.”

Tomcsik, Jeff

1999

After a couple of years working as a mate on a charter fishing boat (out of Scheible’s, south of the College), got his Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from the College of Notre Dame (through the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center).  Taught middle school in Charles County, MD for 2 years, and got married.  In spring 2005 received his Captain’s license and runs a weekend charter boat out of Scheible’s, while managing a dental office during the week. 

Trainor, Tripp

2014

Entered the University of Baltimore Law School in 2015, with an interest in juvenile defense.

Turner, Chelsea

2006

Worked after graduation at the Library of Congress, and in 2010 started the Master’s of Public Policy program at the University of Maryland.  As of 2015, she is a health care analyst for the National Association of Quality Assurance.

Tyree, Adrian

2006

Since my graduation, I have worked primarily in the direct care, human services field. I’ve held various community-based and management positions. Most notably, in 2009 I began public service with the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. I worked for five years as a probation officer/case management specialist, before being promoted to management in 2014.

In 2011 I began training in Krav Maga, an Israeli martial art and reality-based self-defense system. Since 2013 I’ve been a certified Krav Maga instructor with Krav Maga Maryland.

How has my St. Mary’s Philosophy coursework helped me? I would say that my professional life after SMCM encompasses sharing the values I received as a philosophy major (and religious studies; I double-majored). Respecting others’ humanity. Asking the difficult questions. Identifying problems and then actively being a part of the solution. I live these values when I teach self-defense and in my public service.  I’ve helped those with mental and emotional disabilities to improve their life balance, and I contribute to public safety and the rehabilitation of delinquent youth through DJS.

Vargas, Patrick

1992

Completed PhD in social psychology from The Ohio State University, in 1997.  Spent one year as post-doc in Sydney, Australia, at University of New South Wales.  Now a professor of advertising and psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Recently got first professional haircut in 12 years.  (Jan. 04) 

Virga, Michael

2012

I will be working as a volunteer for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps from August 2012 to August 2013.  I will be volunteering at Community Home Repair of Arizona, Inc. in Tucson, Arizona.  After that, I am not sure what I will be up to.  

Vorhis, Chris

2007

Taught English in Dalian, China for three years.  Learned Mandarin Chinese.  Got married to an amazing woman, Ji Shi, in summer 2010.  Currently at College Park's Maryland School of Public Policy as a Robertson Fellow, studying ISEP (International Security and Economic Policy) MPP '12.  Loves all things international, and has plenty of advice for those who want to teach English overseas (esp. in China). 

Waller, Dave

2006

Living in Panama City, Florida, working as a photographer—family shots on the beach, and that sort of thing.

Waro, Wyatt

1997

I was painting high-rises in Hawaii shortly after graduation in ’97. I did that for about 5 months before coming back to St. Mary’s where I worked as a Contract Administrator for a small defense contractor in Lexington Park for about 8 months before moving to DC. I worked for myself doing some home improvement work for 5 months while also working for a real estate firm and then another govt. contract as a technical writer for another 5 months. Then I got the job as a satellite controller at Goddard Space Center, and stayed there over 2 yrs., followed by two more years working for XM Satellite Radio. I moved in w/ my bro in So. Jersey, delivering newspapers and selling BMX & mountain-bike parts via eBay for a few months. Then, I moved back to St. Mary’s and lived in a shack w/ this local girl, her mom, 3 kids, 1 runaway girl and 20 cats in the last old non-wealthy home off Breton Bay. I lived off unemployment and eBay during this time before I just had to get the hell out. So I moved to Hawaii and just resumed my mountain-biking, bodyboarding and spearfishing hobbies living w/ my uncle and auntie until my unemployment checks ran out. Then I got a job at Club Femme Nu, Hawaii’s best strip club, where I worked as a bar waiter full-time.  In mid-2004, I started working as a baggage handler for the TSA at Honolulu International Airport.  In between all my jobs I managed to travel quite a bit. Really enjoyed the 4 corners region of the US and all of California. Enjoyed Norway and Sweden a lot too. 

Wates, Tyler

2014

 

Watters, Andrew

2007

Worked for a pedicab company in Newport, then in Boston.  Now in SF, where he is sailing and managing the local branch of the pedicab company. 

Weaver, Adam

2003

After graduation, worked as a … at the law firm of …. In D.C.  Then started and graduated from law school at Catholic University. Working now as an attorney in D.C.

Weeks, Cathy

  See “Wright, Cathy”

Weingarten, Abby

2015

 

Wentzel, Beth  (née Leddy)

1998

Attended Naropa Institute, in Buddhist studies in Boulder, Colorado.  Now practicing eastern medicine in Manhattan, as Beth Leddy Wentzel, L. Ac.   www.bethanyleddy.com 

Whitaker, Aaron

1996

Lived for a while in St. Mary’s County, working for a military contractor in Lexington Park.  Then moved to San Diego to do the same. 

White, Rob

2004

From St. Mary’s, I went on to law school, and then into politics. After spending several years working on Capitol Hill as Counsel to Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, I ran a hard-fought political race for DC Council At-Large in 2014, and now serve as Director of Community Outreach for DC Attorney General Karl Racine. More than any other course of study, my philosophy major pushed me to move from society’s conventional concepts of morality and idle altruism to the challenge of doing actual good. My personal politics, refined in my small philosophy classes, dictate that good is not in our intentions, but in how we actually help people. Once out in “the real world,” where the pace and consequences are swift, it can be nearly impossible to grapple with these foundational beliefs. So I can’t think of a better major for building strong and analytical public servants who are able to think through the noise and pressures of popular rhetoric to find meaningful ways to help.

Williams, Litsa (Beth)

2002

Got an M.A. degree in philosophy at the University of Warwick (England) in the year after graduation.  Then worked for a year in the Choice program in St. Mary’s County, helping at-risk high-schoolers stay “on-track.”  Since 2005 I went to work for a homeless outreach program in Baltimore, working as a case manager for homeless adults with mental illness.  At the same agency I then coordinated a United Way funded housing program for just regular old homeless people (i.e., not crazy).  While working I also went back and got my MSW (through which I did field work as an HIV case manager and worked at the VA hospital on the surgical ICU and facilitating a PTSD group).  And now I am seeking joy in the teeth of despair here in organ world, at the Living Legacy Foundation.  Essentially, my position used to entail going to hospitals all over the state to meet with families whose loved ones are about to die (typically as a result of senseless accidents or random brain bleeds) to discuss with them the possibility of organ donation.  Now I have been “promoted” to more administrative duties, helping to run the organization.

Winslow, Matt

1993

After graduation, worked as a living history interpreter at Historic St. Mary’s City for four years.  Completed law school at University of Wyoming, and practiced criminal law at a firm in Cody, Wyoming.  In 2005 he opened his own general-practice law firm in Cody, and looking to engage in what he called “righteous litigation,” which he explained as “when I get to stand up for someone whose rights are threatened by a vastly more powerful foe.  Most commonly I find it in criminal defense and plaintiff’s personal injury cases (I like fighting insurance companies).  It means that I get to do good in the world, and is the polar opposite of helping rich people fight about money.”  Then in 2015, became a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State, and moved to Washington, D.C.

Winterstein, Christopher

1991

 

Wittmann, Annemarei

 See “Ranta, Annemarei

Woods, Russell

2008

Immediately after graduation, I lazed around for but a short period of my days at a little house I rented in Chapel Hill, NC, my home town. Then I was working 40 hour weeks as a carpenter (old, wise Wittgenstein would be pleased). Then I got an MBA in the “Green MBA, Sustainable Enterprise” program at Dominican University of California. The motto of my MBA program was “Transform yourself, transform business, transform the world.” I’m attempting to work within corporations to drive sustainable ethics and radical economics.

I now live in the San Francisco area, where I am a site manager for SBM Management Services, which contracts with Genentech to manage their facilities, including the world’s largest cell culture manufacturing facility. I operate a contract worth just shy of $10M annually. I have 12 administrative staff and nearly 80 line level employees who report to me. And all this in an extremely complex and heavily regulated industry.

I regularly scoff at the irony that I wrote a polemic on overwork in the U.S. as my St. Mary’s Project, and now regularly work 60+ hours per week.

I am an annual member of Black Rock City, as are my wife and son. In my free time my family and I attend music festivals and event—sometimes on stilts, always in costume.

Woodward, Hilary

2000

Is a Communications Representative for the National Association of Realtors, in D.C. Used to work downtown near the Mall in the communications office of the ill-named Graduate School, USDA (which is neither a graduate school nor technically part of the USDA). After graduating from St. Mary’s and before being sucked back to the Central Atlantic, I gave actual graduate school a go at the University of New Hampshire in their nonfiction writing master’s program, but it didn’t stick, unlike the snow that winter. 

Wright, Geoff

1993

Works in computers in Anchorage.  Married to Cathy Wright (’93; née Cathy Weeks), with three kids.

Wright, Cathy Weeks

1993

Worked at the Borders bookstore in Anchorage, then as an administrative assistant in the Dept. of Mathematics at the University of Alaska.  Then got her bachelor’s degree in nursing and works two days a week as a pediatric nurse.  Married to Geoff Wright (’93).  They’re raising their three kids.

Yogi, Jen (now bean yogi)

2009

after graduation, i moved to baltimore, md, and worked at johns hopkins university and red emma’s bookstore. In the summer of 2010, i hauled off to seattle to teach, acquire a new name, and find out what the west coast was like. i’ve been here ever since. these days i work at two alternative high schools in the seattle public school district, where i put my philosophy degree to work every day as a post-secondary counselor. i also try to keep busy by studying generative somatics, cruising for dogs, and building transformative justice community with queer and trans folks of color. if you’re ever lost in the city, say hello: peculiarname at gmail dot com

Young, Caitlin

2007

Working for Sapienta, in D.C., as a program manager/business consultant for a contract with the Department of Homeland Security. 

Young, Peter

2005

After the post-commencement summer working in D.C., I moved to Hawaii to find a job.  Now I’m back in D.C., working as the Assistant Director of Admissions at St. Anselm’s Abbey School, my alma mater. 

Young, Rich

1992

I’m currently (in 2009) working as a web developer for the College of Engineering at Colorado State University.  The job is a recent change; my last employer (an overseas bicycle tour operator) was getting shaky in the current economy, so I left after 9 years there.  Current and former jobs were both half-time.  The other half of my time goes to homeschooling our 3 boys (4, 6 and 9), which is a great intellectual adventure on many levels and one of the best decisions I ever made.

My wife Lorin Spangler (SMCM ‘92, history) is a half-time school teacher, so we are able to each have a (half?) career and share equally in the parenting and homeschooling duties.

I left philosophy around 1995 after completing all coursework and ~50 pages of a thesis for a masters in phil at CSU.  I’m still tweaking the answer to why I stopped so close to the end; drop me a line for the latest version ;^)

Zuke, Scott

2009

Although I could not have known it at the time, my year-long, senior project (the St. Mary’s Project) in Philosophy, which was on democracy and the ethics of global development, opened my career path for me. After St. Mary’s, I continued my studies on this topic by getting a Master’s degree in the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. For years now, I have written, and still write to this day, a monthly column covering international political issues, often with a philosophical angle, for a local newspaper back home. I also served as a communications intern with Freedom House, an international organization that promotes democracy. I was able to leverage my writing, technical skills, and interest in foreign affairs to land a job at The Middle East Institute, a non-profit think tank in D.C. I now direct the communications department, managing the organization’s website, media relations, marketing, scholar interviews, and A/V production. Looking back, it suddenly all makes sense. Thanks SMP.

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