Updates from Alumni

We post updates from alumni and friends as we receive them. Use our handy online form to send us your news

You might also want to check out our departmental news listing for longer stories about our alumni.

Avina Ross '09  B.A. The College of William & Mary '09, Since graduating from William and Mary in 2009, I have earned my master’s degree in Sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). I’ve worked as the Criminal Justice Planner for James City County, the State Coordinator of Virginia’s local and regional domestic violence fatality review teams through the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and as the Operations & Community Response Specialist for Avalon: A Center for Women and Children in Williamsburg. Currently, I teach Sociology part-time and am back in school as a doctoral student at VCU’s School of Social Work with plans to graduate by Spring 2017. (02/14)

 

Neah Monteiro '07  B.A. The College of William & Mary '07, Since the summer of 2012, I have been working in the central communications office of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in Philadelphia as the organization's web editor. AFSC, a Quaker nonprofit, has been working for social justice for nearly a century, and we continue to work with communities around the world to address inequality, violence, and injustice.
My sociology background helps me on a daily basis with strategies for communications and social change. I also draw on my education to understand the human rights issues that our programs address. (09/2013)

Nathan Weems '02  B.A. The College of William & Mary '02, J.D. University of Oklahoma College of Law '05, is an attorney based in the Cleveland, Ohio, metropolitan area.  His practice focuses on domestic relations law.  An experienced and successful trial attorney, Nathan has shifted his focus to domestic relations appeals in recent years.  He is the proud owner of a 2 year-old miniature schnauzer/Jack Russell mix named Nezzy, whom he adopted as a rescue when she was four weeks old.  Outside of his legal work, he enjoys spending time with his growing family and at the dog park with Nezzy.  He is also a volunteer with the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center (DVCAC) in Cleveland, Ohio. (12/2012)

Adam Gismondi '05  After graduating from W&M, I did my master's degree at the University of Florida in Student Personnel in Higher Education while working in student affairs.  I then worked as Assistant Director of Student Activities at Florida State University for four years, primarily working towards helping students to become engaged on campus.  Last year, I began the Higher Education PhD program at Boston College, where my research focus is technology in higher ed.  Our work often brings in the work of the sociologists that I studied at W&M, which serves as yet another reminder that I made a great choice of major in undergraduate. (10/2012)

Stephen Parker '64 Just published a book at Tate Publishing Inc. called Bridges, Reconnecting Science and Faith
As a chaplain at Salisbury School in CT., I taught theology and astronomy to seniors; when I retired I put these two life time passions together. Of course, my W& M experience was crucial to this endeavor! (9/12)

Stephen J. Morewitz, '75, A.M. '78, has a a solo author retrospective at the California State University, East Bay Library, June 11 through September 1, 2012, This exhibit showcases eight books and one play, Steamship Quanza,"  by the awards-winning author. (7/12)

Nancy Whitehead Brockman ’72  Master's Social Work, 1986, Virginia Commonwealth University. Mental Health Therapist in private practice since 1996, at Peace of Mind in Madison Heights, VA, since 2000. Married with 2 sons. Oldest son, Michael Kincaid Brockman, graduated W&M 2009. (10/2011)

Christen Bradley ’06  I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Georgia with an expected gradation date of May 2012--I'm hard at work on my dissertation! I am currently on the job market, so I will hopefully be working in sociology and spreading the W&M love at a new university. I also have a paper forthcoming in Social Forces that came out of my M.A. work. Just wanted to share all of this so that the department had the record of a graduate continuing on in sociology--I know that can matter for accreditation, etc. Thanks! (10/2011)

Deborah Parker ’77  Deborah is the author of the newly released book, Navigating Life's Roadways; Stories of Insight from My Odyssey and Inspiration for Your Journey. Chronicling her life's setbacks and successes with metaphorical narratives, this book speaks to the plethora of situations we all face around family, career, relationships, choices, loss, community or health. Growing up during the pre- civil rights area in southern Virginia, this book also provides a wonderful history lesson about the struggles and victories in race relations, education and gender equity as Deborah shares her experiences in her hometown, William and Mary, the army and corporate venues. She is also the owner of The DPJ Training Group, where she provides training programs on leadership development, communications and cultural diversity for federal and private sector clients. (9/2011)

Avina Ross ’09  I've recently accepted a position with the VA Department of Health through the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, as the State Coordinator for local domestic violence fatality review teams. Just 2 months into the position, I've learned so much. Dr. Virginia Powell, who has taught at W&M, is my supervisor and a strong mentor. I am finishing up my Master's in Sociology at VCU this academic year. This semester, I am also tasked as an intern for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, to examine the relationship between domestic violence and suicide in Virginia. I plan to graduate Spring 2012 and continue to work as an advocate for victims of sexual and domestic violence, both as a researcher and state employee. (Yippee!) (8/2011)

Julie Price ’07  Just wanted to let the Soc. dept. know that I have started in a new development associate position at the National Women's Law Center in D.C. (7/2011)

Allyson Ross ’06  Began dancing with the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater in May 2010 ( a Contemporary Ballet/Modern Dance company). In fall 2010, she will be running the gifted education program at a Las Vegas Charter School and will be in the process of creating an Arts in Education partnership between the Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater and the School. (7/2010)