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Jennifer (Talbert) Hawk '98 (BS) - Living in Philadelphia, putting up with all the COVID-19 stuff with a 6 year old at the end of her kindergarten year. Here's hoping 1st grade is much better. (6/20)

Courtney (Sutton) Strosnider '11 (BS) - In December, I graduated with a Masters Degree in Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion and Behavior. (2/20)

Adam Otstot '04 (BS)
 - In July 2019 I started a new position as the Health and Physical Education Curriculum Specialist in Hanover County Public Schools. (11/19)

Rachel (Roche) Johnson '97 (BS) - I was promoted to Associate Director of Athletics at the University of Redlands. After 19 years as the Sports Information Director, I have moved into a more administrative role to support Bulldog Athletics. My position is the first of its kind in our department. I'm thrilled with the new challenge while continuing to work with great people. Read more: https://www.goredlands.com/general/2019-20/releases/20190920l7qqw7 (9/19)

Caroline Ulich '15 (BS) - Graduated from Shenandoah University’s PA Program in December 2018.
Now employed at Winchester Medical Center in the Emergency Department. (9/19)

 Hannah (Jones) Brangers '08 (BS) - Poster presentation on pain management after significant burn injury at the southern region burn meeting. (9/19)

Meghan (O'Brien) Cooper '08 (BS) - Received an MA from UNC Chapel Hill in Exercise Physiology in 2010 and went on to medical school and received DO from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2015 and currently in 4th year (out of 5) in urological surgery residency at University of South Florida set to graduate next year in 2020 and will be going to work at the Carilion Clinic in Blacksburg, VA. Married in 2011 and recently had our first son Aiden Kaiq Cooper on 7/23/2018. (6/19)

Elizabeth Brigham '10 (BS) - I graduated from Penn State College of Medicine in 2015 and will be starting my Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at Johns Hopkins in July of 2019.(6/19)

Katherine Graap '14 (BS) - I moved to Washington, DC. I am currently working as a Research Nurse with the hematologic malignancies/CAR T-cell therapy group in the Pediatric Oncology Branch at the National Cancer Institute. I have returned to school part-time to get my master’s in Clinical Research Administration at George Washington University. (6/19)

Esther Byrd '16 (BS) - I graduated from Queens University of Charlotte in May with a BS in Nursing (BSN) as a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. I have also successfully passed my boards and will be starting a job as an RN in the Emergency Department for Atrium Health in Charlotte, NC in July.(6/19)

Muhammad "Talha" Amjad '16 (BS) - I am currently a third-year medical student in KY. I want to thank the department of Kinesology as it fueled my interest in Sports Medicine. Hope everyone is doing well! (Shout out to Dr. McCoy for getting me through Anatomy!!) (2/19)

Caroline Ulich '15 (BS) - Graduated from Shenandoah University with a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies on December 15, 2018, and passed the PA National Cerification Exam the following month. (2/19)

Roger Hopper '13 (BS) - Leia Lautzenheiser, Kinesiology and Health Sciences class of 2014, and I won first overall female and male at the 2018 Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon on November 18th, 2018. (11/18)

Esty Byrd '16 (BS)
- I am finishing up my ABSN at the Presbyterian School of Nursing at Queens University of Charlotte and will graduate in May. (11/18)

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)