Alumni Updates

We post alumni notes as we receive them. Use our handy form to send us your updates! You can also find alumni news on our web page listing departmental news stories.

Class of 2011

Allison Callery ' 11 Heading into my second semester in Georgetown University's Security Studies program in the School of Foreign Service. (2012)

Class of 2010

James Lewis '10 (IR, Biology) I recently joined the team of Robert Weiner Associates Public Affairs and Issues Strategies as a Senior Policy Analyst and Op-ed Writer. Current assignments include: Iranian Missile program, Burma, Austerity, the Hunt for Osama, and AF/PAK border region. I recently relocated to Alexandria VA for the position and I am enjoying seeing the other alumni in the area! (2010)

Class of 2009

Heather LeMunyon '09 (International Relations, French) - After graduating, LeMunyon '09 volunteered in Durban, South Africa from August 2009-July 2010 with several faith-based non-profit organizations. She has since worked at the Urban Institute in the Center for International Development and Governance from August 2010-January 2012, and in New Business Development at ACDI/VOCA since February 2012. (2012)  

Jeanne Neal '09 I worked as a research analyst for the House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee from June 2009 through September 2010 dealing primarily with energy, climate, and international trade issues. I am now heading to the U.K. to study for a Masters in International Relations with a concentration in U.S.-Middle East relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. (2010)

 Joanna Stephens '09 After graduation in May 2009, I spent three months doing intensive French language training in Morocco through a Rotary Cultural Ambassadorial scholarship. I'm currently in the Cote d'Ivoire doing a Fulbright project on the prevention of HIV transmission from mother to child. I'm also volunteering in the maternity ward of a university hospital here in Abidjan. (2010)

Katie Swartz  (Ball) '09 I am currently serving my first Foreign Service tour abroad in Tel Aviv at the USAID/West Bank and Gaza mission. (2011)

Catherine Wilmarth '09 Finishing my third year of law school over on South Henry, after having spent 9 weeks of my summer working at the Strengthening Ecuadorian Justice Project (Programa Fortalecimiento de la Justicia) in Quito, Ecuador. The SEJP is an USAID program that works to improve the criminal justice system in Ecuador. (2011)

Class of 2008

Monica Pasqualino '08 (IR and History) After graduating, i applied to be a WorldTeach volunteer through the International Center of Development at Harvard University. For one year, I volunteered as a English teacher at a vocational school in Quito, Ecuador. I decided to stay in Quito past the end of my contract with WorldTeach and have been doing various types of volunteer work with NGOs while continuing to teach. This year I plan to apply to Master's programs in International Development and hope to continue my studies next year. (2012)

Brad Potter '08 Since 2009, I have been working in a nonprofit organization within the U.S. Department of Energy on a range of radiological and nuclear issues. In May 2012, I graduated from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. where I completed a master's degree in international relations. (2013)

Tracy Strauch ' 08 (Accounting/IR) After working as an analyst at J.P. Morgan in New York City for three years, I became a Foreign Service Officer in May of 2011. My first tour is Hermosillo, Mexico.(2011)

Olympia Trumbower (Ochoco) '08  is now working in the Global Development Program (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington. She was previously living and working in New York City following graduation from W&M, working for the Council on Foreign Relations for 3 years and Business for Social Responsibility for 6 months. (2012)

Class of 2007

Elizabeth Black '07 I have joined the Foreign Service, and I am moving to Athens, Greece in June 2012 to work in the U.S. Embassy. I am also getting married in May 2012 (2012)

Megan Corro '07 After graduating from William & Mary, I went on to become a Program Assistant at the Aspen Institute working on Homeland Security. In 2009, I left that position to do a Master's in International Affairs at Georgetown. I hope to have completed my master's degree by 2012. (2010)

Elizabeth Moore ' 07 (Environmental Studies and IR) I served as a Peace Corps Agroforestry volunteers from September 2008 to March 2011 in Northern Cameroon. In August I began a Masters of Forestry at Virginia Tech, in the Human Dimensions section of the department, focusing on agroforestry use and peacebuilding in refugee populations. (2011)

Kendra Wergin  '07 I just completed my first year at the University of Virginia School of Law, where I am focusing on human rights law in the hopes of advocating for children in post-conflict areas. I'm spending this summer as an intern in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague and am thrilled to be part of the team prosecuting General Ratko Mladic. (2012)

Class of 2006

Shamus Brennan '06 (IR, Public Policy) I am living in D.C. and working as a research assistant at the U.S. Institute of Peace on rule of law issues and will be finishing my law degree in May. (2010)

Andrea Caastillo '06 I started my own company with two other business partners and we're focusing on bringing renewable energy technology to key markets in Latin America. We worked with two W&M interns this summer and had a great experience with them! (2010)

Shanda Cooper '06 Since graduating from William and Mary, I completed a Master of Science degree in Violence, Conflict and Development (2008) from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies. After completing my master's, I interned in the Office of the Secretary General for the African Development Bank and the Office of the President of the Republic of Liberia. I presently serve as Peace and Security Pillar Technical Advisor at the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs, Republic of Liberia, and work closely with Liberia's Minister of National Defense, the Security Pillar Chair. (2010)

Sophie Dejonckheere '06 I am closing in on three years with Chemonics International, a Washington, D.C., based international development consulting firm that works with USAID and other international donors to implement development projects in all technical sectors worldwide. I manage the business development team for the Latin America and Caribbean region. We were thrilled to have Carlos Quintela Jr. '12 intern with our team this past summer! (2010)

Luciana Harrington Marchesini '06 After graduating from William and Mary I moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where I worked with income-generation and education projects in the urban slums with two different NGOs. I also taught English at a private language institute. Then after two years in Brazil, I returned to the Washington, D.C., area to pursue my Master's Degree in International Affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with a concentration in International Development and Economics. Since graduation, I have worked as a consultant for the World Bank for an education project in Brazil, and currently I am with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) as a Latin America Research Analyst, where our mission is to promote economic growth and poverty reduction in the Latin American region through investment in the private sector and in small and medium enterprises. (2010)

Karen McClelland '06  Since 2011, I have served as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at the Multilateral Investment Fund, part of the Inter-American Development Bank group (2014).

Stephanie Reed '06 is a Foreign Service Officer posted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, until summer 2011. (2010)

Lee Waldrep '06 Currently working with CENTRA Technology, Inc. in Arlington, Va., as regional risk analyst supporting the Department of Homeland Security's "Homeland Infrastructure and Threat Risk Analysis Center." (2010)

Class of 2004

Nikki Dibling-Moore '04 After graduating in 2004, I continued with school and received a Master's Degree in International Politics from the University of California—San Diego's International Relations/Pacific Studies Graduate school. From there I jumped on the campaign trail for the 2006 mid-term elections. Currently I work in the LA City Mayor's Office as a Grants Specialist for a Homeland Security grant awarded to the region each year. (2010)

Class of 2003

Walker Hardy '03 In November 2010, I became a State Department employee, and work as a Training Instructor at the Foreign Service Institute. (2010)

Elizabeth (Beth) McNew (Weddle) ' 03 (IR-East Asia) My husband Kyle McNew (BA Government, 2003) and I welcomed our first child Harold McNew on November 5, 2011. All are happy and healthy! (2011)

Terri Bendyna Payne '03 After law school at Washington University in St. Louis in 2006, I went to work for the Federal Government in Washington, D.C. I'm currently the head of the Financial Rescue Unit at the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President, where I've been responsible for such programs as the TARP, financial reform legislation and implementation, and banking and financial products regulation (SEC, CFTC, FDIC, etc.). (One of my "other duties as assigned" has been managing Federal payments to the District of Columbia, which has been really interesting, too.) My husband Aaron and I live in the District with our dog, Charlie. (2010)

Ryan Schloesser '03 I am currently a Civil Affairs Team Leader as a Captain in the U.S. Army. I originally deployed to Iraq in 2005 and returned from Afghanistan in August of 2010. Active Army Civil Affairs falls in the special operations command and is an exciting new branch in the Army and a linch pin for counter-insurgency operations where we work with the local, tribal, and official governments in the host nation. Additionally, we act as a liaison between DoD, DoS, USAID, OGAs, GOs and NGOs in order to improve governance, development and stability within the host nation. I have no doubt that my time at William and Mary and my degree in International Relations have allowed me to succeed in my career as well as given me a different perspective on the use of force in counter-insurgency operations. (2010)

Class of 1999

William Carmines '99 (IR, Psychology) After graduating from W&M, I attended law school at Case Western Reserve University. I then moved back to the Hampton Roads area to start working with a law firm. This past March I opened my own law firm with an office in New Town in Williamsburg and an office in Poquoson. I focus in estate planning, elder law, probate, business planning and wealth preservation. (2010)

David Orton '99 I was apppointed to the United States Foreign Service on April 25, 2011. I have begun my first tour at the U.S. Embassy in Niamey, Niger. (2011)

Wilson Rickerson '99 (IR, Literary and Cultural Studies) I'm CEO of Meister Consultants Group, an international consulting company focusing on renewable energy, climate change, and international dialogue. Together with our European affiliate, we have offices on Berlin, Boston, Berlin and Frankfurt, and work with a network of 100 consultants. We focus primarily on policy design, program development and market research. We work a with a lot of states and cities in the U.S.; our international clients include Deutsche Bank Climate Change Advisors, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Wind Energy Association, and others. (2010)

Class of 1997

Jesse Rude '97 I received my Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California-Davis in December of 2009 and am now employed as a research analyst at the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. I am also teaching sociology courses part-time at Roosevelt University. (2010)

Class of 1996

Sarita Talwar Finnie '96 and husband Steve welcomed their second son, Kieran Talwar Finnie, in March. Sarita is happy to report that Kieran is a super sweet baby and big brother Glen (2 1/2 yrs old) is having fun with his new playmate. After a great 6 month leave Sarita is back to work at General Mills marketing for Pillsbury Crescents and Breads. (2010)

Class of 1995

Andrea Worland '95  The Reves School was tremendously helpful in education on different cultures. Currently, I am acting CEO of the Interspecies Internet, founded by musician Peter Gabriel. Announced at TED 2013 this year by Vint Cerf (chief Evangelist and Vice President of Google) and other technology leaders, we seek to open the Internet to sentient animals such as Koko (gorilla) , bonobo apes, elephants, and dolphins. The groups with which we have been working already have proven human to animal communication via various implements. Our goal is ultimately pass on the respect for these animals in their native lands through community education. (2013)

Class of 1994

Dan Chase '94 Dan completed two years as Special Assistant to the Director, Diplomatic Security Service (U.S. Department of State). Now serving a one-year tour of duty as Regional Security Officer, U.S. Consulate General Peshawar, Pakistan. (2011)

Class of 1993

Lukas Haynes '93 I've been a foundation grantmaker for almost nine years now, currently with the Mertz Gilmore Foundation in New York and previously with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago. I teach global affairs and philanthropy at New York University and I'm a board member of Independent Diplomat (NY), the Truman National Security Project Educational Institute (DC), and the LCU Foundation (NY). I've been fortunate to draw on my international education throughout a varied career in non-profits, teaching, and even a short stint at the State Department. (2010)

Class of 1992

John Deni '92 (IR and History) After 10 years in Germany, eight of them spent working as an advisor to senior U.S. military leaders there, my family and I returned to the states in November 2011. We've relocated to Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where I've taken up a position as a Research Professor of Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, Multinational (JIIM) Security Studies at the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI). The SSI's mission is to conduct national security and strategic research and analysis to influence policy debate and bridge the gap between the military and academia, and I'm excited to be part of their team. (2012)

Christian Klein '92 I live in Falls Church, Virginia, with my wife Lona (also W&M '92) and our two daughters (ages 5 and 2). I'm a partner at Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein in Alexandria, where I manage our law firm's legislative practice group (lobbying Congress, managing association government affairs programs, etc.) I also teach political public relations and PR ethics and law at UVA (Northern Virginia campus). (2010)

JeriLynn Young '92 I have worked for the past six years at U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation financing affordable housing. I invest in Low Income Housing Tax Credits on behalf of U.S. Bank. (2010)