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Michael Thase

(B.S. '75 Psychology; DHS) is a professor of psychiatry and director of the mood and anxiety section at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine.  (posted 08/30/12)


Ross Martin, M.D., MHA

(B.A. '87 Political Science; UHS) is working for Deloitte Consulting and serves as an advisor to the Department of Health and Human Services. Ross also has a new video out. Enjoy! (posted 08/29/12)

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(B.A. '88 Political Science; UHS) and her husband, James, have lived in New York City since 2000. She founded a marketing firm, Sirene MediaWorks, providing services in strategic communications, social media and loyalty marketing, and sustainability marketing for green businesses. Sirene works with clients across the country to help them grow their businesses through effective marketing.  Karen also wrote and did the photography for her book, Markets of New York City: A Guide to the Best Artisan, Farmer, Food & Flea Markets (Little Bookroom 2010).  She is a volunteer tour guide of the World Trade Center site with the 9/11 Families Association WTC Tribute Center(posted 08/11)

Sally Struthers

(B.A. '81 Classics/Art History; UHS) is a professor and department chair at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH. She serves on the boards at the Dayton Art Institute, Culture Works, and Town and Country Fine Arts Center and is the recipient of the Up and Comers Award, National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development and Southwest Ohio Consortium for Higher Education Teaching Excellence Award, and the Wright State University College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumni Award. Sally was guest curator for the Dayton Art Institute's "Roman World: Religions and Everyday life" exhibit. She also holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. (posted 08/29/12)


Kristen McCaw Grossman

(B.A. '94 Political Science; UHS), counsel at the New Jersey law firm of Nukk-Freeman & Cerra P.C., was presented along with her firm with the Platinum Award for Private Sector Law Firm by the New Jersey Women Lawyers Assocation. (posted 09/06/12)

Katherine (Rapson) Lewis

(B.S. '98 Chemistry/Pre-Med; GSHS) earned her M.D. degree at The Ohio State University (2002) and is a physician at the Medical University of South Carolina. In 2006 she completed a residency at Ohio State and became board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.  In 2011 she completed a combined adult/pediatric endocrinology fellowship and became board certified in that specialty.  She lives in Mount Pleasant, SC, with her husband (WSU alum David Lewis) and two sons (James and Joel).  (posted 07/09/13)

stevens_bookcover_web.jpgEmily (Stevens) Morgan

(B.S. '95 Elementary Education; UHS), who also holds a master's in education from the University of Dayton, is excited to share the release of her children's book, Next Time You See a Firefly, the third book in a series she is writing for NSTA Kids (National Science Teachers Association).  For more details, go to www.nexttimeyousee.com. She lives in West Chester, OH, and is an author and educational consultant with Picture-Perfect Science LLC. (posted 06/28/13)

rupert_web.jpgEric Rupert

(B.A. '90 English [DHS]; M.A. '93 English) has been accepted into Idaho State University's Ph.D. program in English literature with a graduate teaching assistantship. He will study science fiction and philosophy beginning January 2014. (posted 11/04/13)

schrand_resize.jpgAmanda Schrand

(B.S. '99 Biological Sciences; GSHS) relocated from Wright Patterson Air Force Base to Eglin AFB (Florida) last September. She is still working as a civilian with the Air Force Research Laboratory but with a different group (AFRL/RWGII), examining bio-inspired materials.  (posted 08/11)

Sears_web.jpgChristine Sears

(B.S. '91 Education; UHS) is a professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She earned a master's and a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Delaware.  In 2012 Christine published a book--American Slaves and African Masters: Algiers and the Western Sahara, 1776-1820--with Palgrave Macmillan.  (posted 06/13)


benson_web.jpgLeslie Benson

(B.A. '04 English; UHS) also received an M.A. in journalism in 2006 from Ball State University.  She recently debuted "Truth and Light" (EP) by the Indianapolis-based electronic/synth rock band The Sweetest Condition.  "Truth and Light"--available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and CD Baby!--is a culmination of a year's worth of work since transitioning from her music side project Irene & Reed (previously covered in the WSU Alumni Magazine). View the group's press release, their media kit via Dropbox, as well as a feature in the Wright State University NewsRoom (2011). (posted 06/28/13)

berry_resize.jpgNicole Berry

Following graduation, Nicole Berry (B.S.B. '09 Management; GSHS) spent six months support raising, then committed to a two-year mission term with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, which ended in May 2012. Nicole hopes to head into the marketplace in the field of project management. She currently resides in Plainfield, IN, where she works in the Great Lakes regional office for Chi Alpha.  (posted 08/11)

Amanda (Hardy) Brookhuis

(B.A. '05 International Studies; UHS) is in her third year of law school at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, GA. She has been working with a bankruptcy firm, King & King Law LLC, for the past year and has also been working as a judicial intern. She has clerked as an intern for the Honorable Judge Kimberly Adams with the Fulton County Superior Court and is currently clerking for the Honorable Judge Jane Morrison with the Fulton County State Court.  This fall she will be interning through Georgia's third-year practice act with the Dekalb County Public Defender's Litigation Department. (posted 06/29/13)

Matthew Burgy

(B.F.A. '05; GSHS), whose murals decorate the hallways of Apex Community Church in Kettering, OH, will be teaching Early Childhood Art Education at the University of Dayton this fall. (posted 09/06/12)

Shawn Daniels

(B.A. '08 Classics; UHS) defended his dissertation, "Satire in the Historia Augusta", for partial completion of his doctoral degree at the University of Florida.  He is set to officially graduate with a Ph.D. in classical studies in August 2013. (posted 06/28/13)

Mindi (Wallace) Fisher

(B.S. '04 Accountancy; GSHS) is a vice president with Chase Bank in Columbus, OH. She earned a master's in accountancy at The Ohio State University (2005) and her C.P.A. license in 2006. (posted 08/30/12)

Lindsay (McDonald) Florkey

(B.S. '00 Biological Sciences; GSHS) is an optometrist celebrating five years as CEO of three Greene County Eye Care locations: Cedarville, Yellow Springs, and Xenia, OH. She earned an M.S. in Vision Science from (2003) and a D.O. (Doctor of Optometry, 2004) from The Ohio State University. (posted 08/30/12)

Krystal (Karshner) Geyer

(B.A. '07 English; UHS) is a student programs coordinator for the Technology Commercialization and Knowledge Transfer Office at The Ohio State University. (posted 08/29/12)

hemmert__resize.jpgRyan Hemmert

(B.S.B. '03 Accountancy; GSHS) earned an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ryan is employed at Deloitte Consulting's Strategy & Operations practice in Atlanta.  (posted 08/11)

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Last summer, Bryan Jacobs, 2d LT, USAF, (B.S. '08 Biological Sciences; UHS) finished two weeks of a medical mission in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, got married, and finished Commissioned Officer Training for the Air Force, earning the top graduate position in his class. Bryan is a 2014 Doctorate of Medicine candidate in Wright State University's Boonshoft School of Medicine. (posted 08/11)

Mary Beth (Witten) Kaylor

(B.S. '03 Nursing; GSHS) received a master's degree in public health in June 2011. (posted 08/11)

Leah Kershner

(B.S. '09 Biological Sciences; UHS) is a graduate student at Kent State University. (posted 08/29/12)

Mary Krumwiede

(B.A. '09 International Studies/French; UHS) travelled to Switzerland after graduation as a non-degree graduate student participating in Wright State University's Ambassador Program. The group's mission was to establish a study abroad program for students with disabilities. In Fall 2010 she began a M.A. program in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at Arcadia University, where she participated in field studies that examined the religious and political tensions in Northern Ireland and indigenous water rights in Costa Rica. In Summer 2011 she worked as an intern for the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management. Mary plans to complete her M.A. program at Arcadia in 2012. (posted 08/11)

Scarlett Michael

(B.S. '06 Nursing; DHS) received her D.O. degree this June from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and will be doing an emergency medicine residency at Wright State.  (posted 07/01/13)

monahan_jen_2011_resize1.jpgJennifer Monahan

(B.S. '08 Chemistry; DHS) is a Ph.D. candidate at Northeastern University in Boston, performing research in the Laboratory for Spectral Diagnosis where they focus on non-invasive spectroscopic techniques and non-supervised data analysis methods to work towards diagnosing diseases and cancers. Jen received an IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) nanomedicine fellowship for her proposed dissertation topic involving functionalized gold nanoparticles for drug delivery using Raman micro-spectroscopy.  (posted 08/11)

keating_resize.jpgChristal Morita-Keating

(B.S. '07 Psychology, DHS) graduated from the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine in June 2011 with a DVM degree. She accepted an associate veterinarian position at Wheelersburg Animal Hospital in Portsmouth, OH. In December 2009, Christal and Thomas Jacob Keating (B.S.B. '08 Accountancy/Finance) were married in Columbus, OH.  (posted 08/11)

michelle_ar_razi__resize.jpgMichelle Novak

(B.S. '02 Finance; GSHS) accepted the position of Executive Director at Ihsan, a local non-profit community service organization that is guided by Islamic principles. Michelle was first introduced to Islam while working on her undergraduate degree and later became a Muslim while a graduate student in International and Comparative Politics. She took a break from her graduate studies to focus on the study of Islam while also homeschooling her children but resumed her work toward a master's degree in international and comparative politics, as well as public administration at Wright State. Michelle is an active volunteer, sharing her experience with the Muslim community by supporting sports and youth programs, women's groups, education, and social service projects.  She is married to Isa Ar-Razi, and they have four children.  (posted 08/11)

Lisa RickeyLisa (Pasquinelli) Rickey

Since November 2012, Lisa (Pasquinelli) Rickey (B.A. '05 History/Latin; UHS) has been an archivist for Digital Initiatives and Outreach at the Wright State University Special Collections & Archives. She was archivist at the Dayton (OH) Metropolitan Library from 2008-2012. In August 2012, she became a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists, as well as the chair of the Miami Valley Archives Roundtable, an informal organization of local archivists. Lisa holds a Master of Arts degree in Public History from Wright State University (2008) and a Master of Library Science degree from Wayne State University School of Library & Information Science (2011, Detroit, MI). She lives in Vandalia with her husband and fellow WSU grad Matt Rickey (BSEE ’05, MSEE ’10). (posted 07/16/13)

scrivner_web.jpgNicole (Lark) Scrivner

(B.A. '08 English; UHS) and her husband, also a Wright State grad, welcomed their first child in March 2013.  Charles Michael Scrivner was born in Dayton, OH, at Southview.  Nicole is a marketing and public relations manager for the corporate headquarters of Sogeti USA in Dayton.  (posted 06/28/13)

Christopher Smallwood

(B.A. '05 English; GSHS) is a resident physician at The Ohio State University.  He earned an M.A. in rhetoric at Carnegie Mellon University ('06) and an M.D. at The Ohio State University ('13).  He lives in Westerville, OH, with his wife, WSU alum Sara Rill, and their two sons August (age 3) and Linus (age 1).  (posted 07/01/13)

Helena Traner

(B.A. '09 International Studies and Political Science; UHS) served as an extern for an international war crimes tribunal in The Hague in the case of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, who was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Traner, who was on a team of Case Western Reserve students and professors, matched physical and documentary evidence with testimony. (posted 09/06/12)

williams_justin_resize.jpgJustin Williams

(B.Mus. '06 Music Education; UHS) After graduating from Wright State University, Justin pursued his Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies at the United Theological Seminary (UTS).  While in seminary, he worked several part time jobs. In addition to being the United Methodist Campus Minister at Wright State, he served as a Minister of Music and Christian Education, the Music Coordinator at UTS, and a Research and Teaching Assistant at UTS.  In August 2010, he became the pastor of Hoffman United Methodist Church in West Milton, OH. In June 2011, he was commissioned as a Provisional Elder in the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church.  (posted 08/11)


Tiffany Bodenmiller

(B.S. '10 Middle Childhood Education; UHS) earned an M.A. in education from Wright State in 2011 and was then able to follow her dream of teaching in Alaska, which she did for two years.   While there, she was recognized with the Qugcuun Memorial School Service Appreciation Award for both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years.  She also served as the junior high speech coach, the Battle of the Books coach, and the first Lego League robotics coach.  She is back in Ohio this summer, living in Jackson Center.  (posted 07/01/13)

Elisabeth Cary

(B.A. '10 English/Language Arts Education; UHS) In August 2011, Elisabeth began teaching 9th-grade English at North Gaston High School in Dallas, NC. (posted 08/11)

Samantha Caspar

(B.S. '12 International Business; UHS) is a JD/MBA student at the University of Alabama, on full scholarships for both.  This summer, she interned for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and will be studying abroad in Australia, taking two courses: Survey of Australian Law and Comparative Regulation. (posted 06/28/13)

dukeman_web.jpgCaleb Dukeman

(B.S. '12 Biology, B.A. '12 Spanish; DHS)  is employed at the Dayton Racquet Club.  Since graduating, he participated in a six-week program abroad where he shadowed several surgeons and doctors in El Salvador.  He also spent a month travelling through Germany and Italy, visiting friends he met through Wright State's International Exchange Program.  He has been accepted into medical school at Wright State's Boonshoft School of Medicine, which begins this August.  "I feel honored to have completed my undergraduate education at Wright State University and am so thrilled to continue working towards my professional career with this excellent and renowned university!"  (posted 07/01/13)

Allison Frey

(B.A. '10 Religion and International Studies; UHS) After finishing her M.A. in South Asian Religious Studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Allison moved to Boulder, CO, in August 2012. She is an academic advisor for the Departments of Asian Studies, Religious Studies, and French and Italian at the University of Colorado-Boulder.  She continues to study different dance forms, is pursuing yoga instructor certification, and is generally enjoying the fresh air and mountain views.  (posted 06/28/13)

William Gaker

(B.S. '08 Psychology; DHS) also holds a master's degree in industrial and organizational psychology from Claremont Graduate University, where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. He lives in Los Angeles, CA, and is an organizational psychologist with The Walt Disney Studios. (posted 06/28/13)

Zachary Gaston

(B.S. '11 Mechanical Engineering; UHS) is a senior engineer with GoHypersonic, Inc., where is involved in developing hypersonic air vehicles.  In 2012, he completed an M.S. in engineering from Wright State and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in engineering. Zachary's recognitions include the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Outstanding Sudent Award (2010-11) and the Graduate Student Excellence Award (2011-12 and 2012-13).  He recently purchased a home in Beavercreek where he resides with his girlfriend and their dog. (posted 06/28/13)

Brad Krick

(B.S. '10 Biological Sciences; GSHS) graduated in May 2013 from The Ohio State University with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree.  He is employed at Ohio State's Sport Medicine and Rehabilitation Center in Dublin, OH, as a staff physical therapist.  His wife Amy (formerly Whetstone), also an Honors grad (B.A. '10 International Studies; UHS), will attend Ohio State in the fall to begin a master's in social work, for which she received a significant scholarship.  "Go Raiders!" (posted 06/28/13)

Josh McGrath

(B.A. '12 Mass Communication; UHS) has been playing in Close the Hatch, a Dayton area post-metal/progressive metal band.  They are preparing to release a set of EPs recorded this summer. (posted 07/23/13) 

Judson Palmer

(B.S. '11 Psychology; GSHS) is a doctoral student in Wright State's School of Professional Psychology. He works at the Ellis Institute providing clients with psychotherapy and conducting psychological assessments. Judson is also teaching an abnormal psychology capstone course for the psychology department. He specializes in forensics and hopes to work in a prison after completing his doctorate. (posted 08/29/12)

paulson_web.jpgRebekah (Wysong) Paulson

(B.S. '11 Accountancy and Finance; DHS) is a financial analyst for ACCO Brands, a leading office products company.  Last month, she passed her CMA exams and became a Certified Management Accountant. Her company's merger and transition--originally part of MeadWestvaco which merged with ACCO Brands--has given her much opportunity for growth and taught her that being flexible in the workplace is critical to success. (posted 06/28/13)

Elhadji Malick Sakho

(B.A. '10 International Studies; DHS) earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Bellevue University in 2012. He moved to Washington, D.C., and is currently working as a section chief at the Department of Homeland Security/National Security Investigations Division. (posted 06/28/13)

Kevin Sheehan

(B.S. '10 Biological Sciences; UHS) went on to earn a doctorate in physical therapy at the University of Dayton.  He works as a physical therapist with Premier Health Partners. Kevin and Kimberly Ryan were married in August 2012 and live in Huber Heights, OH.  (posted 07/09/13)

Triet Truong

(B.S. '11 Chemistry; DHS) is a Wright State University graduate teaching assistant and serves as chair of the Graduate Student Assembly Communications and Marketing Committee. Triet is a Choose Ohio First Scholar, the recipient of a 2012 travel award from the ACS Division of Biological Chemistry to attend the 244th annual American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in Philadelphia, PA, and a recipient of a Wright State Graduate Student Assembly Original Work Grant. He is second author on four journal publications, including Journal of Chemical Education, Atmospheric Environment, Molecular Ecology Resources, and Conservation Genetics Resources. (posted 09/06/12)

Megan Uhrig

(B.A. '10 International Studies; UHS) was awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies graduate fellowship to continue studying the Quecha language at The Ohio State University. An additional FLAS fellowship allowed her to attend a summer intensive Quecha language program in Cusco, Peru. Megan also interns at the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission and plans to graduate in May 2013. (posted 09/06/12)

Brandy Zapata PhotoBrandy Zapata

(B.A. '12 Mass Communication; UHS) has worked at Channel 2 (WDTN-TV and Dayton's CW) since graduation, first as the Dayton CW Star and most recently as a Living Dayton Production/On-Air Correspondent.  In addition to working at the TV station, she has been actively acting, modeling, and dancing.  She has been a part of multiple short films and local commercials, as well as promotional events. Brandy was also selected to be a background actor in two major motion pictures to be released in 2014 (privacy rules prohibit her from sharing the titles).  She moved to Los Angeles in August 2013 to pursue acting full-time and is excited about connecting with other WSU alumni in the area. (posted 08/13/13)

UHS = University Honors Scholar
DHS = Departmental Honors Scholar
GSHS = General Studies Honors Scholar