Recent alumni submissions

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Michael Sebetich '69 (Biology) Following the Master's degree at W&M, earned a Ph.D. in Ecology at Rutgers University in 1972. Was an Aquatic Biologist for USGS in CA for four years. Taught for 35 years, and then retired in 2012 from William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ. I try to fly-fish as much as I can. (5/14)

Carolyn Kovacs '09 (Biology) I completed my Masters of Science in the Marine Sciences at Savannah State University in 2012 and then taught and worked at the university for a year. In 2013 I joined the semester-at-sea program Seamester as a marine science instructor, and have spent the past year living aboard a schooner as we sailed from Tahiti to Australia to Thailand. I am enjoying teaching and traveling the world, and am excited for our next trip in September we will venture across from Singapore to South Africa! (5/14)

Andrea Seiffertt '00 (Biology) Just stopped my private medical practice to travel and write a book on integrative medicine, as well as hoping to learn more about how the ACA is being implemented in other states, and how Osteopathic medicine is practiced in Europe. Should be interesting! (5/14)

Maya Cough-Schulze '11 (Sociology (Biology minor)) I'll be starting a Master's degree in Environmental Management at Duke University's Nicholas School this fall, concentrating in Ecosystem Science and Conservation. (5/14)

Daniel Muccio '81 (Biology) After graduating from W&M I obtained a MD from Temple in Philadelphia. I then completed a residency in Neurological Surgery at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. After spending 12 years running my own private practice in suburban Pittsburgh I moved to St. Vincent Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania where I serve as Chief of Neurosurgery. I am married with 3 children and enjoy coaching lacrosse at the local high school. (3/14)

Jan Hecker Klein '79 (Biology) Just a recap, nothing "newsworthy". I've been practicing Emergency Medicine in the Pittsburgh area for 20 something years with a brief sojourn to Washington state. Thought I was just coming here for residency but ended up staying after marrying a Pittsburgh boy, Michael Klein. We have two boys, Jacob, 19, is a music major at Duquesne Univ. and Julian, 15, is a sophomore in HS. Although a confirmed botanist at W&M, I crossed to the dark side (medicine) for my professional track. I feed my plant love as a Phipps Master Gardener and a backyard vegetable gardener. Love to visit campus when home to see family in Williamsburg and Newport News. (1/14)

Peter De Lisle '78 (Biology) I received my Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from VIMS in 1988 and started up Coastal Bioanalysts, Inc., an environmental toxicology testing and consulting firm located in Gloucester, VA. I married Pam Blasco (W&M 1979) in 1980 and we have three grown children, Lillian, Stephen and Andrew. We split our time between our homes on the Chesapeake Bay and in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Life is truly good.(11/13)

Kendall Powell Odorizzi '97 (Biology) Just an update to say that my book project is now finished, The Science Writers' Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Pitch, Publish and Prosper in the Digital Age came out in May. Written with about 30 other freelance science writers, the book is a resource for anyone considering a career in science writing. I blog with the other co-authors at pitchpublishprosper.com where the book is available for sale. (10/13)

Christina Horton '13 (BS - Biology) I'm in my first year of dental school at VCU. It's going well, and I couldn't be happier! (10/13)

Abhi Rao '03 (BS - Biology) After W&M I went to graduate school at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign where I received my PhD in Molecular Biology. I then did a postdoctoral fellowship at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Recently I began a new job at the NIH as a Program Manager for the NCI. I remember my biology professors fondly and hope that the program there has gotten even stronger! (10/13)

Tom Spoehr '80 (BS - Biology) Promoted in the Army to the rank of Lieutenant General. Member of the Army's Chemical Corps which is responsible for the protection of our Soldier and country from Weapons of Mass Destruction (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear). First officer in the Army Chemical Corps to be promoted to this rank. (10/13)

Rachel Kelley '12 (BS - Biology) I am in my second and final year of my MS Human Nutrition program at Drexel University. I also work as a graduate assistant in Dr. Stella Volpe's sports nutrition lab. (10/13) 

Susan Smith Bradshaw '81 (BS - Biology) I married Brian Bradshaw ('81, Biology) in 1983 after we met as lab partners in Dr. Byrd's Comparative Anatomy class. We both graduated from medical school at MCV and completed our residencies there, Brian in Internal Medicine and me in Pediatrics. Brian has been in private practice in Richmond (Chesterfield Co.) since 1989. I worked part time in health department clinics until our fourth child was born and started homeschooling a few years later. Our children are Emily,26, Zach,24, Laura,20, and Marybeth, 18.
     Now that I have worked myself out of my homeschooling job I am waiting to discover my next opportunity. (10/13) 

Caroline Coogan '13 (BS - Biology and Environmental Science) As of May 2013 I have been working with The Ocean Foundation to provide the "business side" of marine conservation projects. I accepted their kind offer to stay through May 2014 after my summer internship was completed. January will see me tagging sharks and monitoring sea turtle nests in the Caribbean as an extension of my junior year study abroad program. I am enjoying my time working in the office and in the field work while I research graduate programs for marine conservation/policy. (10/13) 

Chris Mast Witherspoon '82 (BS - Biology) I've put my W&M degrees in biology and marine science education to good use as an educator for 25 years at the Virginia Aquarium. This career has given me the opportunity to see and do many unique things. I'm now the Director of Education and welcome any current students interested in exploring careers in public aquariums, animal husbandry, or marine science education to contact me. (10/13)

Jon Snider '06 (BS - Biology) Finishing Neurology residency at University of Michigan, where starting July 1st 2014 I will also be undertaking Movement Disorder Fellowship. (10/13)

Eve Fischer Earley '74 (BS - Biology) I lived and worked in San Francisco after college. I worked as a Jr. Research Biologist at Carnegie Mellon U. from 1979-1982, with Dr. Janice O'Donnell, using Drosophila melanogaster to study a gene-enzyme pathway. I graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1986 and have practiced in Indianapolis ever since. (10/13) 

Rebecca McAteer '04 (BS - Biology) After four GREAT years at W&M, I attended New York Medical College, graduating with honors (Alpha Omega Alpha) in 2008 and then completing a primary care residency training in family medicine in 2011 at Lancaster General Hospital (PA). After just finishing a faculty development/Arts-in-Medicine fellowship at Georgetown University School of Medicine, I moved to Nepal to work at Tansen Mission Hospital, where I will be serving for the next two years. W&M's Biology program prepared me very well for a great career in medicine & service!! (10/13) 

Brittany Krantz ('08 BS - Biology) I began the Master's Physician Assistant Program at Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, Va. (10/13) 

Lynn Johnson Moseley '70 (BS - Biology) After graduating from Wm and Mary, I went straight into graduate school in Zoology at UNC-Chapel Hill where I studied behavior and communication in birds. Four months after finishing my Ph.D., I was hired as an assistant professor at Guilford College in Greensboro. I've had a wonderful career teaching Animal Behavior and Ornithology, among other things, and taking students to East Africa, the Galapagos, and other awe-inspiring places around the world. I was named Charles A. Dana Professor of Biology about 10 years ago. 
     My older daughter just finished her Ph.D. in Biology at UMass-Amherst, and she also studied birds (vocal performance, song learning and female choice). So Dr. Byrd is responsible for two generations of ornithologists in our family!
     I'll be retiring this May, so if there's a recent Wm and Mary alum with a background in avian biology and behavior, please apply for my job! (10/13) 

Amanda Pletcher Paull '01 (BS - Biology) Amanda has been married to W&M alum Travis Paull ('99) for eleven years. They have lived in places such as Birmingham, AL; Richmond, VA; and now Williamsburg, VA. They love taking trips to Busch Gardens, and their 5-year old daughter, Angela is already tall enough to ride the Loch Ness. Amanda practices part-time as an optometrist where she has found an unique niche of providing home vision services to individuals and nursing home residents. Her husband manages their business and he also provides financial services and teaches percussion lessons. In their spare time, they enjoy attending church activities, playing music at nursing homes, and checking out the latest flavors at Sweet Frog. (10/13) 

Dorothy Guild Tompkins '62 (BS - Biology) Now retired, I am volunteering a lot with Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists. I am leader of a Junior Naturalists 4-H group, teach a gardening class in the Reentry Program at the local jail, teach classes on Native and Invasive Plants and on gardening with native plants and lead birding groups. I also teach women in the jail a Substance Abuse Education Class. (10/13)

Christopher Muir '06 (BS - Biology) I finished my Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology in June 2013 at Indiana University. I started a post-doc at the Biodiversity Research Centre at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. (10/13)

William Wolfe '65 (BS - Biology) Recently left work as Medical Director at the Indiana State Reformatory and am now working at an urgent care center in Muncie, IN. (10/13)

John Savage '09 (BS - Biology) Teaching high school chemistry and AP biology, and coaching the water polo and swim teams. (10/13)

Desiree Hunt Floyd '98 (BS - Biology and English) Hi! I am a Research Scientist at the University of Virginia in the Neurology Department, Neuro-Oncology Division. I work in the lab of Dr. Benjamin Purow and we have published several big papers this year. I earned my Ph.D. in Molecular Cell Biology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2005. I am very open to having current W and M students or recent alums visit me to check out the lab and the grounds here. If you want me to come speak and give a seminar, I am always willing to do so. (10/13)

Susan Marks Schmidt '81 and husband John re-enact American Gothic on their farmSusan Marks Schmidt '81 (BS - Biology) This is kind of a summary and catch-up from the last 30 years. I got my PhD in plant ecology from Duke University in 1987 and spent 19 years as a biology professor at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. In 2009 my husband John Schmidt (also a biology professor) and I "retired"  and we and our sons (now 15 and 17 yrs old) returned to the Marks family farm in the Shenandoah Valley of VA. In the last 3 years we've been happily working on the house (built 1895), starting an orchard and garden, and we've had the time to be involved with our sons' when the boys are in college activities. I do some substituting as a high school librarian as well as serve as my religious organization's treasurer, so who knows what might become a second career for me? (11/12)

Jessica Wallace Ng '03 and '05 (BS, MS - Biology) After finishing my Masters at W&M, I worked in Pharmacology at UVA, then in marine toxicology for the EPA in Gulf Breeze, FL, where the lab facility is on an island off Pensacola Beach! Gorgeous. (10/12)

Jason Keagy '03 (BS - Biology) I am currently a postdoctoral research associate (since 11/10) at Michigan State University studying sexual selection and speciation in stickleback fish. In addition, I am doing research on the evolution of cognition in these same fish. (10/12)

Sharon Winn McKiernan '85 (BS - Biology) Sharon is a pediatrician and Army Colonel currently living in Oklahoma. Since residency she has served Soldiers and their families in Georgia, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Korea, Germany,and Afghanistan. She and her husband, Brigadier General Brian McKiernan (Vanderbilt '86) have four daughters, ages 13,16,18 and 20. (10/12)

Amanda Pletcher Paull '01 (BS - Biology) Amanda is now residing in Williamsburg with her husband (Travis Paull, '99) and their 5-year old daughter. She is working part-time as an optometrist. Her family loves satisfying their appetites at Sweet Frog in their spare time. (10/12)

Mathew Memoli '96 (BS - Biology) Currently an Infectious Disease physician and scientist in the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. Living in Mclean, Va with my wife of 3 years and we are expecting our first child in December. (10/12)

Amy Thompson Hark '94 (BS - Biology) I am an Associate Professor of Biology and Co-director of the Biochemistry program at Muhlenberg College, a liberal arts school in Allentown, PA. I am also currently serving as the Director of the Faculty Center for Teaching at Muhlenberg. I was deeply honored to receive the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2011. (10/12)

Andrea Seiffertt '00 (BS - Biology, Chemistry minor) After completing residency and working in private practice for a few years, this spring I started an alternative medical practice in Santa Barbara, CA. If anyone would like more info, my website is www.centerforsustainablemedicine.com. :) (10/12)

John Dennis  '85 (BS - Biology) Has a new position as Director of Veterinary Services, US Food and Drug Administration, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, in Bethesda, MD. (10/12)Ryann Fame '06 (BS - Biology/Chemistry) I successfully defended my Ph.D. dissertation at Harvard University's Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology on 30 August 2012! It was a great occasion made possible by my undergraduate training at W&M. Thanks folks! (10/12)

Jason Schoener '07 (BS - Biology) I am currently on a 15 month tour with the Air Force at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. I work at the 39th Medical Clinic as a dentist and see mainly active duty Air Force members. I graduated from VCU School of Dentistry in 2011 and Advanced Degree in General Dentistry (AEGD) Residency at Travis AFB, California in 2012. I hope everyone is doing well back in Virginia or the States. (10/12)

Kerry Budd '00 (BS - Biology) I have been working for Merck & Co., Inc. for more than 7 years now as a Clinical Scientist, running late stage clinical studies in neuroscience. Most recently, results from a couple of studies I ran over the last few years have been publicized on a new drug, suvorexant, for insomnia. This has been quite exciting and there are plans to file this drug to the FDA. The biology background obtained at W&M and my Bio-stats course that I took there, has definitely helped me in my field (study design, protocol authoring, data/medical review, etc). (10/12)

Katrina Mott '10 (BS - Biology) I graduated in May 2012 with a Masters of Health Science in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. My studies focused on vaccine-preventable disease burden, as well as comprehensive epidemiology methods. I'm now an ORISE Fellow at the FDA working on a public/private partnership to improve drug safety surveillance. So many opportunities have come my way thanks to the undergrad research opportunities at W&M, particularly my work with Dr. Zwollo. (10/12)

Bradley Miller '87 (BS - Biology) I am now a physician-scientist at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. My clinical duties involve laboratory medicine (medical biochemistry) and surgical pathology (working with surgeons and other physicians to make diagnoses on biopsy or surgical specimens). My subspecialty is neuropathology. I am also the associate director of the Garrison Institute on Aging, which seeks to improve healthy aging through research, community and education-related efforts. My laboratory examines genetic changes in single cells in aging-associated conditions, principally Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease and cancer. I am also active in curriculum development, currently overseeing a reworking of the medical school curriculum to make consideration of sex and gender a primary part of the training medical students receive. I welcome contact from any W&M person who may have interests that take them to west Texas. (10/12)

Gunvor Weirick Sacks '80 (BS - Biology, German) I have been married to David Sacks (also Class of 1980 with a BA in Government) for 27 years, and we are still living in Richmond VA. Currently I work as an Emergency Medicine Pediatrician at Chippenham Medical Center and at KidMed, an urgent care center for pediatric patients. We have 3 children--Stefanie, 23, Miami (OH) class of 2011 who works for the Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball team; Jeffrey--19, a sophomore at Christopher Newport University; and Emily 17, a senior at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School, who is applying to William and Mary for the fall of 2013! (10/12)

Heather Hillard '09 (BS - Biology) I am currently working on my Master's in marine biology at California State University, Northridge. I am specifically studying the impacts of ocean acidification on coral-algal interactions. Over the summer I completed my first field season at the Richard B. Gump Research Station on Moorea, French Polynesia. I conducted a laboratory and field experiment to explore the effects of a fleshy macroalgal species, Sargassum pacificum, on the calcification of juvenile corals in elevated CO2 conditions. Currently, I am living at the Wrigley Institute of Environmental Science on Catalina Island where I will conduct the same laboratory experiment with temperate species. (10/12)

James Morris '90 (BS - Biology) Recently promoted to Professor of Genetics and Biochemistry at Clemson University. Group continues to resolve how the cause of African sleeping sickness monitors its environment to make developmental decisions. (10/12)