Alumni Updates

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

Sarah Girgis '15 (BS)- I just graduated from Barry University with a master's in Biomedical Sciences and will be pursuing admission into medical school next. (5/18)

Jorge Parra '14 (BS)- I have completed a Master of Arts in Medical Sciences at Heritage University with a 4.0 GPA and will be attending Pacific North West University of Health Sciences For Medical school beginning next fall in their Doctor of Osteopathic medicine program. (5/18)

Laurie (Bronson) Stradley '02 (BS)- On Friday, February 9th, I successfully defended my dissertation, "Social Determinants of Health and Public Health Agencies of North Carolina." I have officially completed all degree requirements for my Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) at UNC Chapel Hill's Gillings School of Global Public Health! (2/18)

Kevin Orndorff '13 (BS)- I recently (12/2017) graduated with my BSN and just last week passed the NCLEX. I will begin work at the end of February at Children's National Medical Center in DC working for their Cardiac ICU as an RN. (2/18)

Darcy (Hayes) Yohnka '11 (BS)- I got married this fall! Updating the last name and email address. (12/17)

Lauren Donahue '17 (BS)- I have started working full-time at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Wellesley, MA as a medical assistant! I have already shared this good news with Professor Deschenes and Dr McCoy but I thought it would be good to add to this, too. I'm working in the surgical specialties department, spending time in the cardiology, podiatry, and dermatology units! I'm learning a lot and really thriving. (9/17)

Greg Grosicki '11 (BS)- I graduated in May with a PhD in Human Bioenergetics from Ball State University and I have since moved to Boston where I have accepted a postdoc position in the lab of Dr. Roger Fielding, studying exercise and nutritional interventions for skeletal muscle aimed at preventing skeletal muscle dysfunction and improving quality of life in older adults. (5/17)

Katherine Graap '14 (BS)- I am currently living in Baltimore, Maryland working at the Johns Hopkins Hospital as a registered nurse in the adult leukemia program. Outside of work, I have gotten into Crossfit and am enjoying the Stanley Cup Playoffs.(4/17)

Frank Dawson '94 (BA)- Currently teaching , now in my 20th year, in Health and Physical Education at Garfield HS in Garfield, NJ. Just completed 15th year as high school varsity wrestling official in New Jersey, working the sectional and district tournaments. I am starting my 15th year as head softball coach in Garfield this spring. Recently (2012), I was inducted into the Bergen County (NJ) Coaches Association "Century Club" for softball. I am currently the chairman of the Garfield HS Athletic Hall of Fame. Every year, I am responsible for producing our awards ceremony which attracts over 300 people every year and raises $5,000 in scholarship money for deserving Garfield HS student-athletes. Professionally, I received my Master's Degree (MA) in Coaching and Sport Management from Montclair State University in 2004. I presented my research project on sportsmanship trends in high schools in the state of New Jersey. Currently, I live in Rockaway, NJ with my wife Dana and my  two daughters, Shannon (11) and Erin (9). I look back on my time at William and Mary and I am very appreciative of the guidance and support I received from outstanding faculty in the department. The knowledge I learned from Drs.Charles, Kambis, McCoy, Crowe and Jackson have proved to be valuable in my professional career. I truly enjoy my career as a teacher in health and physical education.(3/17)

Samuel (Lindsey) Steele '97 (BS)- I am still on active duty in the Navy, working as a flight surgeon assigned to a squadron at North Island, across the bay from San Diego. The work is a combination of primary care and aerospace medicine clinic, with some occupational medicine thrown in. It was a great field for indulging my interests in environmental physiology, medicine, and human performance. It's also allowed me to travel and occasionally enjoy work as play, logging back-seat hours in the F/A-18F Super Hornet as the senior flight surgeon at the West Coast's master jet base in Lemoore, CA. I've been playing too much and have absolutely zero real-life adult milestones to point to, so I am changing gears and hoping to return to academics at least part-time. My undergrad Kinesiology education gave me more than just a solid foundation for continuing work and study - it gave me a huge advantage. From coursework to academic writing and publishing, my future classmates were challenged and may have struggled with tasks that had been de rigueur at William and Mary. It's exciting to hear about new faculty positions, metabolic equipment, and of course Dr. Charles and his new status as a member of an elite fellowship. Congratulations!(2/17)

Caitlyn McPeters '13 (BS)-I will be 1 of 30 in the first graduating class from the Physician Assistant Program at Emory & Henry College! Once I graduate, I will have a Bachelor's and 2 Master's degrees as well as multiple experiences in the medical field, including EMT certification and work experience as a Bracing Specialist at OrthoVirginia. I appreciate all the encouragement and advice I received from professors, particularly Prof. Deschenes, Prof. Harris, and Prof Looft-Wilson, and support from students at W&M. There is no way I would be where I am without their positive influences. On to another college of knowledge with an ampersand!(2/17)

Ashley Booth '16 (BS)-Hello! I'm writing to you, half way through my volunteer year as the South Africa Monitoring and Evaluation Intern with Grassroot Soccer In Cape Town, South Africa! GRS is an adolescent health organization that uses soccer as a tool to mobilize, inspire, and educate youth on HIV and gender based violence. GRS spans across three of the most populated townships in South Africa: Khayelitsha, Alexandra, and Soweto; is implemented by 5 South African "Partner NGOs" , and is scaled up all across the world through a separate partnerships department. What an amazing 6 months it has been! Some key highlights have been: coordinating and managing individualized data intake for over 8,729 participants and 1,830 individuals tested for HIV in 2016 from our 5 South African Implementing Partner Sites ( This is compared to the 100,137 participants reached and 8,603 individuals tested for HIV around the world in 2016! ) .Working with a coworker to create a more efficient and user friendly HIV Testing data entry page on our online system which will confidentially monitor individual HIV testing and status of our participants. Revamping our process of capturing individualized data at our HIV Counseling and Testing Events by creating an excel document that auto- calculates all individualized data entered. Flying to Johannesburg to train our staff at our other two sites, Alexandra and Soweto, on these tools and data entry process.(2/17)

Renee (Dane) Seaman '93 (BS)-  I was part of a podium presentation study that was presented at Society of Critical Care Medicine in January 2017. "Negative results. Positive outcomes. Use of Direct Laryngscopy after suspected thermal airway injury." Abstract #1591 (2/17)

Jenn McFaden '09 (BS)- Living in Winston-Salem NC, working as a RN at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital. Currently working as a critical care transport nurse with the Pediatric and Neonatal team. Getting married in September to the most wonderful guy ever, and very excited to bring him to Williamsburg at some point to visit! (1/17)

Tina Fischel '13 (BS)- I am working as an RN at the University of Colorado Hospital (Anschutz Medical Campus) in Denver, Colorado on the Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant unit. I will be presenting an evidence-based practice project with several other new graduate nurses on the effectiveness (and cost-effectiveness) of scalp cooling therapy in the prevention of chemotherapy-induced alopecia. But my even more exciting news is that I am slated to start volunteering at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science at the end of this year! I will be stationed in the Expedition Health exhibit (, which chronicles the journey up Mt. Evans and the body's response to the altitude and elements (probably of great interest to Professor Kambis). The exhibit is extremely interactive and covers topics from muscles to urine excretion to sun exposure to biofeedback to gait. I'll have the opportunity to set up informational carts throughout the exhibit, supervise mini experiments, and potentially become a citizen scientist in the lab! Right now they're studying the genetics of sour taste. I'm so excited to be getting involved with the community, science, teaching, and fun! All are welcome to come visit. (11/16)

Brittany Vallette '10 (BS)- Starting 2nd year of PhD in Molecular Biomedical Sciences at NC State (5/16)

Jyness Williams '14 (BS)- I am currently completing my first year at VCU School of Pharmacy. I will embark on my first of several rotations in May at the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington DC. (3/16)

Tara (Ruiz) Toombs '13 (BS)- Accepted into the Master of Occupational Therapy program at the University of St. Augustine in San Marcos, CA. This two year accelerated program begins in May. (3/16)

Martha (Simms) Mikell '97 (BS)- I am living in Stuarts Draft, VA and teaching high school Chemistry & Anatomy. It's just not the same without being able to take my students on a field trip to see Dr. McCoy in the cadaver lab! :) (3/16)

Richard Myers '04 (BS)- Excited to announce my return to the area-- I recently started as an orthopaedic trauma surgeon with the Sentara Medical Group, working out of Norfolk General Hospital and Virginia Beach General Hospital. My young (and growing -- just added our second daughter on 2/26/16!) family has now moved back to Hampton Roads and live in Virginia Beach. I certainly look back very fondly on my time at William and Mary and in the Kinesiology department learning the exercise science and biomechanics that I use regularly in my daily life and would like to make myself available for mentoring or shadowing opportunities to undergrads or graduate students looking towards a career in medicine! (3/16)

Sarah Girgis '15 (BS)- I am currently an AmeriCorps member working at Capital Area Food Bank located in Washington, D.C. I am a program coordinator for an education program called Cooking Matters. AmeriCorps is an awesome opportunity to gain experience and practice networking and management skills in pretty much any area of interest. I love the work that I'm doing in the public health field here, and I know that a lot of William and Mary students would thrive in programs such as these. (3/16)

Alex Court '15 (BS)- I traded my cap and gown for a polo and name tag at my new job in my hometown of Vienna, VA. I am an adminstrative assistant at Ascend Physical Therapy and Wellness where each day is filled with challenges and surprises. I absolutely love my job, it's helping save up for graduate school next year. We also have had a few William and Mary Alums stop by for treatment, and I met some young folks who are now Freshmen at the College. Have a terrific Fall semester W&M! I can't wait to see you all at the Homecoming tent. (9/15)

Mackenzie (Roby) Brown '08 (BS)- Mackenzie and Jake Brown are living and working on the island of Maui. Mackenzie is a sports and orthopedic physical therapist online working with elite water athletes. She recently became a certified strength and conditioning coach (CSCS) through NSCA, in addition to holding her specialty in orthopedics (OSC) through the APTA. Life in Maui is a great mixture of work and play, with endless adventures on the water and in the great outdoors! (9/15)

Inanje Mintz '15 (BS)- Inanje Mintz was accepted into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Public Health Associate Program. She will be working on emergency preparedness and the prevention of infectious disease at the CDC Quarantine Station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (9/15)

Lesley Hunley '07 (BA)- I was named Assistant Superintendent of Mathews County Public Schools and began my new role on July 1st. The school year is off to a great start! (9/15)

Kevin Minner '14 (BS)- Things have taken off since I left William and Mary over a year ago. I began my Master's in Science of Occupational Therapy in September at Boston University. I have excelled in the program and know that I have found what I want to do with my life. I had a conversation with Dr. Kambis my senior year about pursuing a doctorate degree and he told me to do it ASAP because I may regret having to go back to school later on. Well, I took his advice and applied and was accepted into the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program at Boston University. Classes have begun and I am thrilled with my decision. So by 2018, I will have my MSOT and OTD degrees. Thank you to all my professors in the Kines department! I wouldn't have made it here without you! (6/15)

Tracy (Howard) Candler '03 (BS)- I just finished reading the latest departmental alumni newsletter. Sounds like things are going well! It makes me proud to count W&M as my alma mater. My family and I are currently living in Central Honduras, serving with an organization called El Ayudante (The Helper.) Among other programs, we have a clinic on our campus that serves an area of over 15,000 people with general medical care, health education classes, dental and eye care. I have been working with the Honduran Dr.'s as a consultant for the health education programs, helping them with research and teaching methods. It has taken me back to my original desires that began at William and Mary, to teach practical and preventative public health classes. Now, if I had only had the foresight to take Spanish as well! For more information about El Ayudante, visit our web-site at Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to impact lives both locally and globally. (6/15)

Kelly Fini '12 (BS)- Kelly has just earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth university. (6/15)

Adam Bratton '06 (BS)- Currently working as the Events & Sponsorship Manager for the U.S. National Whitewater Center, a 700 acre outdoor lifestyle facility including whitewater rafting, zip lining, Stand Up Paddleboarding, rock climbing, mountain biking, concerts, race, etc in Charlotte, NC. ( Married a Kristi (Kosatschenko) Bratton in 2013 and just built a new house that we moved into about 3 weeks ago. Looking forward to heading back to Williamsburg this weekend for a 30th BDay party for another W&M grad. (2/15)

Whitney Shephard '14 (BS)-I am currently serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Washington, DC. When my term ends in August, I will begin graduate school at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health studying Sociomedical Sciences, with a certificate in Global Health. (2/15)

Corrine Sparkman '02 (BS)- I recently moved back to Williamsburg and opened a 4000sq foot CrossFit gym, Drachen CrossFit. We are so happy to be back in Williamsburg and would love to have any alumni, faculty, or students come visit us at 332 McLaws Circle, Suite 111! (2/15)

Sophia Corrigan '13 (BS)- In March 2015, I will be starting the Physician Assistant program at Weill Cornell Medical College in NYC. (12/14)

Jillian Jackson '11 (BS)- After graduating from the Colorado School of Public Health, I have been working with the University of Colorado Health system as a health educator and researcher for the Healthy Hearts program, a prevention program in Northern Colorado. I serve as the nutrition expert on a diverse team of health professionals that enter elementary and high schools for the purpose of heart health education and cholesterol screenings. (11/14)

Mary Catherine McGinn '07 (BS)- I graduated from VCU School of Dentistry (D.D.S.) in May. Upon graduation, I was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. I am currently doing a one year general practice residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. (Before dental school, I earned a M.S. in Physiology 2010 from VCU School of Medicine.) (9/14)

Courtney Sutton '11 (BS)- I graduated from James Madison University with my Masters of Exercise Science (concentration in Clinical Exercise Physiology) in May 2014. For a few months I worked at Emory University as a Wellness Programmer for faculty and staff. I have recently started teaching full-time at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, as a Clinical Instructor in the Kinesiology and Health Department. I am teaching Clinical Exercise Physiology, Health/Wellness, and overseeing internships. Additionally, I am currently working on publishing my masters thesis. (9/14)

Kevin Orndorff '13 (BS)- I've been working as a scribe in a cardiology office since this past April and have been learning a lot about the heart and being a doctor. (9/14)

Courtney Sutton '11 (BS)- After graduating from W&M, I worked at a physical therapy clinic in Williamsburg as an Exercise Specialist for one year. I'm now currently one semester away from graduating with my Masters of Exercise Science from James Madison University. The concentration is in Clinical Exercise Physiology. I have a graduate teaching assistantship here which pays for my tuition and I receive a stipend (I strongly suggest this program if anyone is interested)! I'm hoping to land a job as an Exercise Physiologist in Cardiac Rehab in Atlanta, GA! Go Tribe!(12/13)

Julie (Drifmeyer) Shaffner '05 (BS)- I completed my Masters in Biomechanics and a Masters in Public Health at Purdue University in 2008 and 2010. I'm currently a fellow in the Public Health Prevention Service program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.(9/13)

Kimberly Milliff '10 (Minor)- I was a Psychology Major and Kinesiology minor, graduating in 2010. I completed a Master's of Science in Medical Science at Hampton University in 2013, and have since begin my first year as an osteopathic medical student at Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, VA. My experiences with the kinesiology department at William and Mary provided such a strong foundation for my pursuits in the health field. I continue to utilize the knowledge and experiences provided to me during my time engaged in kinesiology courses at the College of William and Mary.(9/13)

Andrew Longosz '08 (BS-Premed)- On June 4, 2012 I was awarded a Post-bac IRTA position at the NIH to study International HIV/STDs as part of the Laboratory of Immunoregulation/ NIAID. I am currently stationed at NIH’s Baltimore campus located at Johns Hopkins Medical School. Recently, I submitted an abstract entitled “Characterization of Immune Response in Ugandan Women Infected With Subtype A and D HIV Using the BED Capture Immunoassay and an Antibody Avidity Assay” to CROI 2013 (Conference of Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections). The abstract was accepted and I received a Young Investigator Award from the conference to present my findings. Other projects I am currently working on include 454 Pyrosequencing, RT-PCR, Luminex HIV-1 specific Bio-Plex assays, Sedia HIV-1 LAg-Avidity EIA, Sedia BED HIV-1 Incidence EIA and BioRad GS HIV-1/ HIV-2 Plus O EIA and Avidity Assays. I am also heading CEPHIA, consortium for the evaluation and performance of HIV incidence assays project, for the NIH LIR lab in Baltimore for which I met with leading experts in HIV research at CDC (Centers for Disease control Atlanta) this fall. The project is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation testing the Bio Rad Avidity Testing assay for clinical use.(1/13)

Lyndsey (Paul) Haynie '01 (BS)- After W&M, I moved to Aspen, CO to work, play and decide what was next. I decided that becoming a Physician Assistant was my next step. I graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine Physician Assistant program in 2007, returned to Aspen and have been working with Aspen Orthopaedics in Orthopaedic Surgery/Sports Medicine since. I married my husband Eric in 2007 and have two crazy boys, Jack age 3 and Aiden age 1. I have fond memories of the kinesiology program and I'm very happy to see PA studies included the in the curriculum now! (11/12)

Jason Schoener '07 (BS)- I am practicing dentistry for the US Air Force at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey through November 2013. (11/12)

Renee (Dane) Seaman '93 (BS)- Working as a Nurse Practitioner in Trauma @ MCV. I miss my "athletic" contacts. Have 3 girls 12 y.o & twin 5yr olds who are very active. The oldest dances @ School of theRichmond Ballet, 1 does gymnastics & the other is finding her way & trying lots of things out. Hope all are well! (10/12)

David Vicks '99 (BS) - I am currently serving as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard. Since graduating, I have earned a M.S. in Quality Management Systems, as well as a second M.S. in Strategic Intelligence, from the Defense Intelligence Agency's National Defense Intelligence College. I have served in a variety of positions over the last 10 years, including Search & Rescue Coordinator, Law Enforcement Boarding Officer, Supervisor of a Command Center, and currently as Chief of the Intelligence Division for North Carolina. Although I have largely moved away from Kinesiology during my career, I greatly value the education I received at W&M. As my Command's Health Promotion Coordinator and Wellness Coordinator (collateral duties), I regularly call upon many of the principles learned from Professors McCoy, Charles, Deschenes, and Kambis in order to serve my fellow Coast Guard members. (10/11)

Jennifer McFaden '09 (BS) - I graduated from VCU School of Nursing in December 2010, and have been working as an RN in the Pediatric ICU at MCV in Richmond since January 2011. (10/11)

Kristen Slack '07 (B.S.) - I am   in medical school at Penn State College of Medicine, and now rotating through my third Year! So far I am still thinking about going into Pediatrics but enjoying several other specialties as well. I have continued to be involved in research (having gotten my start with Brennan in the MCP lab!) by serving as a student member of the hospital's IRB. As always, I am very happy to be a resource for up and coming Kinesiology students and am best contacted via email! (10/11)

Ashley Woolfork '01 (B.S.) -  After graduation, I moved to Harrisonburg, VA and worked for a few years before returning to graduate school. I attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine and received my Master of Medical Science in Mat 2008. I have been working as a Physician Assistant at James madison University in Harrisonburg, VA since December 2008. (10/11)

Christin Gethers '04 (B.S.) - After graduating, I moved to Philadelphia and completed a post-baccalaureate pre-med program at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, I'm a third year medical student at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. (11/10)

Nicole (Swann) Dodge '08 (BBA) - I saw the homecoming update, and I wanted to share our good news with the Kines. department! On August 22, I was married to Andrew Dodge (also class of 2008, and also a kines. major!). We are currently living just outside of Dallas while he attends chiropractic school at Parker College! I am working as an Account Coordinator at a marketing firm with Sally Beauty Supply. (10/09)

Julie Drifmeyer '05 (BS)- I completed my Masters in Biomechanics at Purdue University in 2008.  I'm working towards my Masters in Public Health (also at Purdue), and should earn this degree in 2010. (10/09)

Rachel Vance '05 (BS) - I went on to graduate school in Health and Exercise Science at Wake Forest University.  I'm currently working as an Exercise Physiologist in Winston-Salem at one of the largest cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs in the state. (11/09)

Jessyca (Arthur) Arthur-Cameselle '02 (BS)- In 2007, I received a doctorate from Boston University in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis in Sport Psychology Counseling. I currently work at Vassar College in the College Counseling Service. I teach undergraduate psychology courses at Purchase College- State University of New York and I teach graduate counseling courses at Marist College.  I got married to Pedro Cameselle in August of 2009.  (10/09)

Laura (Hanson) Antonio '02 (BA) - I am currently a manager for a cardiac device company called Deltex Medical.  Our focus is hemodynamic monitoring during surgery.  I mostly work with the anesthesiologists and intensivists.  It is exciting and challenging work.  Prior to my current job, I worked in cardiac and pulmonary rehab for about six years.  I also became a writer for The American College of Sports Medicine.  I helped write the practice test and national exam for Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist.  I am also a RCEP and have been for three years.  ACSM is a wonderful organization. (10/09)

John Rockwell '96 (BS)- Working for UNC Hospitals as Administrative Director of Oncology.  We opened the new state of the art North Carolina Cancer Hospital this summer and things are moving quickly for the Cancer Center as a result significant investments in the program.  Prior to joining UNC I worked for several years traveling the country as a Business, Operations and Strategy Consultant to Hospitals of all types.  Many fond memories of Drs. McCoy, Kambis Charles and Deschenes and I'm certainly pleased and proud to see how well the department is doing. (10/09)

Deborah (Herring) Grissett '92 (BS)- Recently received promotion to Neuroscience Specialty Sales with Schering-Plough/Merck.

Andrew Herzog '77 (BA)- After graduation I flew helicopters for the Marine Corps and Navy. While in the military earned an MS in International Relations. After retirement, I gained my Juris Doctor degree and have put my Kinesiology, Physiology and Anatomy training to use litigating traumatic brain injury cases. The W&M education has helped me on thousands of occasions in understanding the nature of injuries and enabled me to explain the real world consequences to help those who kindly trusted me in their time of need. Best of luck with the new website and evolving department! (10/09)