William and Mary

Alumni Updates: Class Years 2000-10


Below are archived updates for alumni graduating between 2000 and 2010. Visit the main Alumni Updates page for more updates received this year.

Lauren Terrill '07 - BA English, French   Lauren writes: "I moved to New York directly after graduation to attend NYU's Summer Publishing Institute. After that program and a couple of internships at various magazines, I worked for two years as a Fashion Editor at Niche Media, a luxury regional lifestyle magazine publisher. I've recently switched over to be a Managing Editor at the same company, working on Boston Common, Michigan Avenue (Chicago) and Art Basel Miami Beach magazines, all from our New York City headquarters. (2010)

Camille Thompson '05 - tell us, "I earned a Master's in Library and Information Science from Rutgers in 2007 and have been a librarian at the New Brunswick Free Public Library since earning my MLIS, first as a reference librarian, and since 2008 as the Young Adult Librarian. I love helping teens get excited about books. I especially enjoy the kids who claim they hate reading to start with, and end up coming back to me gushing about the last book they finished and asking for more. It is a very fulfilling job! (2010)

Elizabeth Derby '07 - Elizabeth writes: "I chronicle the pratfalls and heavy questions of the quarter-life Crisis, at I also log a number of embarrassing of myself to better illustrate the hilarity of the troubling, tremendous condition of life at age 25." (2010)

Meghan (Whitehead) Perry '06 - BA, MA Ed ('07) - Megan tells us, "I completed my MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College in 2009. Since then, I have published several short stories, married Chris Perry (class of 2007), and moved to northern New Jersey, where I work as a high school English teacher and freelance editor. (2010)

Rachel (Olcheski) Doboga '09 - A few months after graduating, I got married to the love of my life and went on a wonderful honeymoon to Rome. I began my career when I worked as a Public Awareness and Outreach Intern at the Kennedy Center. After my internship, I worked at a learning center teaching English. I realized I belong in the classroom and have returned to William and Mary as a graduate student in the School of Education pursuing my M.A.Ed. I expect to graduate in 2012. (2010)

Emily Wilson '10 - Emily tells us she recently found a job as the new Events Editor at What's Up? Annapolis, and What's Up? Eastern Shore magazines. (2010)

Kaitlin Farrell '05 - writes, "I graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in May 2010. I am working as a Fellow at the University of Texas Domestic Violence Clinic, which provides legal aid to victims of domestic violence in Austin, Texas. (2010)

Jessica (Miller) Muller '06 - writes that she "completed n M.A. in History of the Book at the University of London and currently working as Education and Communications Coordinator in the International Outreach Department at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, where I travel regularly with medical students to Honduras, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic. I am also taking classes part-time toward a Ph.D. in Instructional Design. (2010)

 Matt Shallenberger '00 continues to perform for Blue Man Group in Chicago. In July 2006 he was Shallenberger picnamed one of Chicago's "most desirable singles" by Here's his recent photography. (2006)

Julie Griffiths Maxfield '01 served at-risk high school students for three years near Portland, Oregon. She now works at Reed College in Career Services. She's also been working on an MA in American Literature from Portland State and owns a coffeeshop and vintage clothing store with her husband Jason ('02). She says the college setting makes her nostalgic for W&M. (2007)

 Maayan Heller '02 completed an M.A. in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Emerson College in Boston in 2006 and has been writing freelance articles on health, fitness, and wellness since 2005. She also works full time as the Communications Coordinator at a private school on Chicago's northside. (2007)

Adam Keith Pfeffer MA '02 is now Director of National Accounts at Time Warner Book Group. He previously worked at Harper Collins Publishers, Perseus Books Group, and Borders Group, Inc. (2006)

Megan Gallagher Bailey '05 has recently started at the Christian Medical & Dental Associations as a web developer. She is currently house-hunting and continues to expand her personal library (hence the need for a big house). (2007)

Joseph Riippi '05 has been working as a freelance writer and advertising copywriter in New York. He has been writing about music and art for several small-run magazines ("available in only the most obscure Barnes and Noble magazine racks") and writing commercials for consumer ad agencies. He won the Farmhouse Magazine Annual Fiction Prize in July, and will begin part-time work towards an MFA in Fiction at the City College of NY in the fall of 2007. His apartment, he notes, is the same size as his room in Monroe. (2007)

Meredith (Kat(i)e) (Brown) Warrington '00 English/Psychology - "I completed my Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Louisville in 2008. I am an Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas at Dallas. (2010)

Julie (Griffiths) Maxfield '01 - "After six long years as a part-time student, I finally completed my M.A. in American Literature at Portland State University in June of 2010. My full-time gig at Reed College in Portland, OR, has evolved into a role in the Academic Support Office. I supervise our peer tutors and coordinate the Writing Center in addition to running study skills workshops and working one-on-one with seniors working on the mandatory thesis project. Fun stuff! (2010)

Jasmine Ferebee – '08 I hope this email finds you in high spirits! My name is Jasmine Melahn Silver Ferebee. I am an English and Psychology alum from the College of William and Mary ('08).  I am writing you to ask for your help in informing current William and Mary English students, as well as English alum, that I am the founder and editor of RED OCHRE LiT, an online literary journal.  My staff and I are looking to publish our inaugural issue Jan 2011. We are currently open for submissions, striving to publish premier, contemporary literature.  We are interested in poetry, fiction, nonfiction and short chapbooks.  I would appreciate it if you would read about the journal below and consider sending a mass email to my peers about RED OCHRE LiT.  We have received a number of national and international submissions, however, nothing would be greater than to review work from my WM siblings! Thanks so much for your time and consideration.

While our primary goal is to showcase the work of experienced authors, we will feature emerging writers in each issue as well. To help give this new population of writers a voice, we will randomly select one individual to interview about his/her journey to publication. We are a multicultural journal and we venerate voices from around the world. We take pride in national and international writers, whose work is both innovative and captivating. We are currently open for submissions. Detailed submission guidelines can be found on the website.

Warm regards, Mimi Ferebee, Editor-in-Chief RED OCHRE LiT  (2010)

Steve Kistulentz  - My first book of poems, THE LUCKLESS AGE, recently won the Benjamin Saltman Award and will be published on February 1 by Red Hen Press. MacArthur Genius Grant winner Campbell McGrath said this about the book: "THE LUCKLESS AGE captures the wicked energy and anarchic entropy of American culture and so gives voice to an age, a place, a human life. This is an auspicious and heartily welcome debut," while National Book Award finalist David Kirby says, "What a lush book, one that teems with life the way the Amazon Basin does; there's poison everywhere but vitality, too." 

More information about my work and the book is available at my website,

This is a journey that began in David Jenkins' creative writing classroom many years ago (1986 to be precise). After a 15-year career in politics, I was admitted to the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where I was the Joseph and Ursil Callan Scholar, and from there completed my doctorate at the Florida State University, where I was the Edward and Marie Kingsbury Fellow for Excellence in Thought, an award given to the outstanding graduate student in the college of Arts and Sciences. I am currently in my second year as an assistant professor of English at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS. 

My work has appeared in many anthologies and literary magazines. Mark Strand selected a poem for inclusion in the 2008 edition of BEST NEW POETS, and Mark Doty included me in the HELEN BURNS POETRY ANTHOLOGY: NEW VOICES FROM THE ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS. 

In the spring I will be traveling a bit to promote the book and I'd welcome the opportunity to read at my alma mater, and visit with undergraduates considering graduate study in creative writing. Please let me know if there might be an opportunity to do so. 

I'd also like to pass along my sincere condolences at the passing of Professor Jenkins. If you think it is appropriate, I'd like to send a short written memorial that could be read at the gathering in December, or perhaps shared with your colleagues. Please let me know. (2010)

Terri (Bendyna) Payne '03 - English and International Relations (Middle East) - Terri tells us: "After law school at Washington University in St. Louis, I went to work for the Federal Government in 2006. I lead the Financial Rescue Unit at the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President, where I've had the opportunity to manage such programs as the TARP, financial reform legislation and implementation, and the banking and financial regulators (SEC, FDIC, etc.). In my free time, I still write and work at whittling down my ever-growing reading list. My husband Aaron (also an English alum; now a tax attorney) and I live just off Rock Creek Park with our dog, Charlie. (2010)

Chris Robinson -  '10 B.A.English and Philosophy After graduating in the spring of 2010, I spent the summer working for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth in Los Angeles, and then made the move to New York City to participate in Mayor Bloomberg's NYC Civic Corps, an AmeriCorps program dedicated to engaging volunteers with local non-profits. Through the program, I'm working with the Academic department of Year Up, a non-profit dedicated to developing underprivileged young adults for the workforce; along with assisting the teaching faculty and recruiting tutors, I'm launching a Writing Resource Center (sound familiar?) for the program, using volunteers to provide both revision services and a creative writing workshop to our students. Coming from Williamsburg to New York, I thought I would constantly have to be qualifying my college education to an unknowing audience, but I have been repeatedly met with "oohs" and "aahs" and "what a great school" from people all over the city when I tell them I graduated from William & Mary. I am currently applying to Ph.D programs in Comparative Literature, hoping that renown will boost my application through. (2010)

Chris Sharp '02 - English & Government tells us, "I am beginning my fourth year as a Litigation Associate at Blank Rome LLP in Philadelphia. (2010)

Tom Campbell '03 - writes: "I worked for 6 years as a grant writer for the New York Restoration Project, and other environmental nonprofits in NYC.  Last year, I began working towards a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. (2010)

Elizabeth (Lorge) Collins '04 - writes: “I'm a feature writer at Soldiers magazine, which is the U.S. Army's official magazine and recently received the DOD's Thomas Jefferson Award as its flagship magazine writer. I am also working on my Master's in nonfiction writing at Johns Hopkins. (2010)

Reneta Green '03 English (and Sociology) - "I received my J.D. from Marshall-Wythe School of Law here at William and Mary in 2009. I took and passed the Delaware Bar Exam as well that year. I served as the judicial law clerk for The Honorable Robert B. Young of Kent County Superior Court in Dover, Delaware from September 2009 until August 2010. I am now currently employed as civil insurance defense attorney with the Dover, Delaware firm of Young & McNelis. Additionally, on August 27, 2010, I got engaged!!! 2010 has been a huge year for me! (2010)

Megan (Rudolph) Sever '00 - writes: "For the last seven years, I've been working at Geotimes Magazine and then EARTH magazine, first as a writer and then as the managing editor for the last four years. I live in Portland, Ore., with my husband (who I started dating freshman year at W&M) and our critters - two cats and a dog. (2010)

Kristen (Schaub) Pollard '08 - writes:  "I was recently accepted to the Curry School of Education at UVA. I began the 2-year graduate program this fall to get my Master's in Teaching in English Education, with a Virginia license to teach in secondary schools. (2010)

Megan O'Connor – '09 Bachelor English, Art & Art History After interning at James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland and then teaching nature-based art with the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center, I am currently the Education Coordinator at the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur, Texas. (2010)

Jennie Carey – '04  Jennie writes: "After graduation, I taught English for 4 years in Annandale VA whileworking in various nonprofits on the side, dancing with DC Casineros, and playing in the Cuban salsa band "Orquesta Ashe" I left to complete earn my masters in School Leadership and School Development from Harvard's Graduate School of Education and now live in Los Angeles working with the Los Angeles Education Partnership to implement community schools strategies and dancing with AfriKSineras. (2010)

Diana Fakhouri – '09 BA English  I'll be starting a new job as an Education and Marketing Manager with Junior Achievement of Central VA, a Richmond non-profit, where I will be handling the group's communications and social media applications as well as volunteer management. (10/2011)

Melissa Sutton Higgins – '01 BA English I probably should have updated much sooner, but I completed my MA in Writing (focus in fiction) from Johns Hopkins back in May 2009.  I also got married last October (hence the name change)! (10/2011)

Megan Behm – '11 BA English and Theatre Megan will be working as an assistant to the director at the Folger Theatre in Washington, DC this fall. She will also be directing a production of Romeo and Juliet at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in March. (10/2011)

Amanda Stanley King – '04 BA English I just recently finished a 6-year position as Marketing & Promotions Manager for Boulder Book Store, one of the largest independent bookstores in the country. It was the most fun that I've ever had at a job--not only did I get loads of free books, but I was also able to work with many of my favorite authors, such as Neil Gaiman, Yann Martel, and the late Brian Jacques. I am now living in Canberra, Australia where my husband (Andrew King, W&M Class of '05) has a post-doc position at The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). (10/2011)