Thanks to all of the Peer Tutor and Peer Writing Consultant alumni who reached out over the summer to share what you have been up to.
To submit an alumni update and view updates from previous years visit the Alumni section of our website.
Alexander Gilbert • Cellular and Molecular Biology 1994
After graduating, I went to medical school at New York University and then did my advanced medical training at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. I specialize in transplant nephrology and am an Associate Professor at Georgetown University and Director of the Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Program at the Medstar Georgetown Transplant Institute.
Doug Bouws • Political Science 1995
Graduated from Calvin Theological Seminary in 2002 with Masters in Divinity. Spent 14 years NE of Sacramento as Pastor of Hospitality at Granite Springs Church. Now live near Grand Rapids, MI as a legacy gift coach/consultant–help non-profits market gifts in the Will to their most loyal donors.
Christina Consolino • French 1995
I received my PhD in Physiology in 2003 and taught college-level anatomy and physiology until May 2019. My work has been published in Brevity Blog, Flights, HuffPost, Short Fiction Break, Tribe Magazine, and Literary Mama, where I serve as Senior Editor. I’m also co-author of Historic Photos of University of Michigan. I currently teaching writing classes through Word’s Worth Writing Center in Dayton, Ohio, and work as a freelance editor and writing tutor. In my spare time, I read, write, run, and spend time with my husband and four children.
Robert Yoon • Political Science and Communication 1995
I was a peer writing tutor back in the 1990s when it was still called the English Composition Board. I am now a political journalist, having clocked more than 17 eventful years as CNN’s Director of Political Research. In that role, I mostly covered campaigns and elections, with a special emphasis on preparing for presidential debates and Election Nights. Now, I’m back in Ann Arbor as the Howard R. Marsh Visiting Professor of Journalism in the Department of Communication and Media. I teach classes on the role of the news media in campaigns and elections. My experience at Sweetland/ECB has been extremely helpful in working with students to make the most impact with their writing. Outside of the classroom, I’m also the host of a journalism-themed radio talk show on WCBN-FM called The J Word.
Brooke Ingersoll • Psychology 1996
I received my PhD in experimental psychology for UC San Diego in 2003. I am currently a faculty member in the Clinical Psychology Program at Michigan State University, where I conduct research on the development, evaluation, and implementation of community-viable interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. I am a co-author of an evidence-based parent-mediated intervention curriculum for young children with ASD.
Dr. David LaMond • BGS 1996
Dr. LaMond is a nutrition and prevention expert; who is a successful medical entrepreneur. Dave developed and operates numerous successful medical practices, along with a consulting company which helps physicians and medical practitioners operate successful independent practices. Drawing from his foundation and board certification in Family Medicine, he developed the innovative medical principles behind the Blue Sky MD concept of total patient care. Blue Sky MD has appeared on the INC 5000 list three times; as one of the 5000 fastest growing privately held companies in the US. Dave has been a featured speaker for numerous medical conferences and has been a business and health consultant and has made several appearances on health television broadcasts.
Denise Schimmoeller • English 1996
I completed an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology at Wayne State University in 2000. I spent the last 20+ years in the training and development field, serving clients in the automotive, retail and beverage industries. Since 2008, I have worked as a Development Leader at Deloitte. My team and I partner with internal clients to create and execute talent development strategy in alignment with their business goals. I aim to provide value by fostering an environment of continuous learning that enables others to perform at their optimal level. I guess you could say that I’ve never stopped coaching! I currently live in South Lyon, Michigan with my husband and 2 children.
Patience (Atkin) Jones • Comparative Literature 1997
I’m a principal with Graphicmachine, a marketing and business growth consultancy that specializes in helping architecture, engineering, and construction firms connect with the right clients. Graphicmachine is based in Kansas City, Missouri, but works with clients nationwide. I graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 2000 and practiced criminal defense and commercial litigation in New York City before changing industries and relocating to Kansas City in 2010. I currently serve on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for ArtsKC (the regional arts council) and as a member of the Speakers Bureau for RAINN, the country’s largest ani-sexual assault organization.
Kristin Arola • English 1998
I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University where I focus on the intersections between cultural rhetoric (specifically American Indian Studies) and multimodal composing practices. I earned a PhD in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Technological University. My first academic position was at Washington State University where I directed an undergraduate program in Digital Technology and Culture and served as Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of English. In 2017, I returned to Michigan where, amongst other things, I enjoy spending my summers in my homeland, the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Alan Goldenbach • History 1998
Spent 12 years as a reporter with The Washington Post, before moving over to academia. Now in my fifth year as an Asst. Professor of Journalism at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.
Charles Scrase • English 1998
After graduation I worked as an editor for a marketing research firm, and then joined the Peace Corps, where I taught computer skills and literacy, before starting my own non-profit in the same country (St. Vincent) doing the same work. After that, it was on to business school at Duke, where I got my MBA. Ever since then, I’ve been working at Google, where I lead customer services operations for North America and serve as the site lead for our Ann Arbor office.
Laura (Leffak) Berger • BA English Lit.; BA Religious Studies
I moved to NYC and got a Master’s in Social Work, worked in that field for eight years, eventually moved back to Michigan with my family and returned to school for nursing. We now live in Cleveland where I work as a critical care nurse at Cleveland Clinic.
Adam Docks • Political Science 2001
Since 2006, I have practiced law at Perkins Coie LLP, based in the Chicago office. I am the firmwide Co-Chair of the Hotels & Leisure Industry Group, specializing in transactions involving hotels. In addition, I serve as the Chicago Chair of the Attorney Development Committee. Outside of work, I am a board member of the US Holocaust Museum, focusing on educational initiatives. I live in Highland Park, Illinois with my family. My children have not yet experienced a win over Ohio State. . .
Jen Misthal • Englisg & Political Science 2001
Came home to New York City to teach middle school English and history. When I’m not grading, I’m running and training for marathons.
Joshua Sherman • Political Science 2001
After graduating from Michigan, I returned to NJ for law school at Rutgers University in Newark. I earned a J.D. in 2004. I then served for two years as a law clerk for a federal judge in Trenton, NJ. After my clerkship, I went to work as a litigator at a law firm in New York City. I then served as the Assistant Chief of the Securities Fraud Prosecution Section for the NJ Attorney General’s Office. I am now Senior Counsel in the Enforcement Department of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in New York City. I live in Livingston, NJ with my wife and three children (9-year-old boy, 7-year-old girl, 3-year-old boy).
Danielle DeLonge • English 2002
I live in Milford, Michigan, and work as a Technology Communications, Training and Change Manager for Plante Moran. The tools I gained from working in the Writing Center help me everyday as I share important technology concepts to everyone in our professional services firm. The ability to communicate clearly, and help others do the same, is still important in professional environments.
Kristin Rosella • English 2002
After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2002, I attended law school at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where I specialized in litigation and became a student assistant for the legal writing program. After that, I worked in corporate litigation at two different law firms, Seyfarth Shaw in Chicago and DLA Piper in New York, before shifting into human rights law. Currently, I work as a Senior Legal Consultant for a defense team at the Khmer Rouge tribunal, a hybrid criminal tribunal investigating and prosecuting individuals accused of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes committed in Cambodia between 1975 and 1979. I also work as a Senior Legal Counsel for a start-up nonprofit, Project Expedite Justice, which seeks justice for survivors of international and transnational crimes in East Africa and Southeast Asia. I am currently based in Cambodia and Singapore.
Channelle Kizy-White • Economics 2003
I am currently living in Commerce, Michigan and have been practicing law for over ten years. I went to law school in Chicago at Loyola University School of law and now have my own law firm based in Southfield, Michigan. My practice is focused on all domestic matters such as divorce, custody, child support and other related matters. I practice in the Tri-County area (Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties).
Katherine Banks McBride • Theatre Performance 2003
I am an actor, teacher, and facilitator living in Ann Arbor. As an actor, you can catch me on Netflix’s Mindhunter or you can see me or hear my voice on many commercials including Ford, Volkswagen, Just Wink, Perkins, or Hotel Indigo. Locally, I can be found performing at Williamston Theatre or Tipping Point Theatre. As a facilitator, I lead workshops on leadership, communication, and sales across several industries. I teach drama at Greenhills School and still work as a private writing tutor!
Rachel Barak • English; Spanish Minor 2004
After graduating from U-M, I was a high school English teacher for several years in South Florida. In 2007, I heard through the grapevine that Google opened an office in Ann Arbor. I ended up landing a job there and moving back to Ann Arbor. In the 12 yrs since joining Google, I’ve worked in various roles in learning and development in three US Google offices. Currently, I manage the global executive coaching program supporting Google’s leaders worldwide out of the Boulder, CO office. I also moonlight as a competitive youth soccer coach!
Nasim Deylami Fussell • History 2004
Since graduating in 2004, I have lived, studied and worked in New York City, Baltimore, Ann Arbor, Detroit, and most recently, Washington DC. I am an international trade lawyer, currently serving as Chief International Trade Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. I have worked in government at the U.S. Department of Commerce and for the House Ways and Means Committee. In the private sector I have worked for the U.S. Council for International Business, General Motors and Pitney Bowes. In every chapter since Sweetland, I have drawn upon the skills I acquired as a peer tutor. I even served as a peer legal writing tutor during law school!
Jennifer R. Garner • English and Political Science 2004
I graduated from The University of Michigan Law School in 2008. I moved to Chicago immediately after graduating from law school. I am now a partner in the Chicago office of Locke Lord LLP. I am a member of the real estate group, and I work on transactions involving the acquisition, disposition, leasing and finance of office, multi-family, industrial and retail properties.
Geetha Lakshminarayanan • American Culture; Mathematics Minor 2004
After teaching high school math, I’ve transitioned to being a teacher educator. I currently work for Stanford University supporting pre-service teachers earning their credential in secondary mathematics teaching. I also support math teachers around the U.S. and internationally through video-based teacher coaching. I still draw on the questioning techniques I learned at Sweetland that position me as a coach rather than an authority!
Tracy Tancredi • English 2004
I am a High School English Teacher at Dakota High School in Macomb, MI. I teach AP Literature & Composition, Medical English 12, and English 12.
Amy Abernathy • English and Music (School of Ed. Teacher Certification) 2005
A love of language, learning and self-expression has guided my journey. I am a Speech-Language Pathologist in Texas where I live with my husband and two sons. After undergrad I became a substitute teacher and reading coach. In 2007, I began teaching Language Arts and quickly discovered a passion for working with children who fell outside developmental norms. This led to my position as a campus RTI (Response to Intervention) Coordinator and Dyslexia Interventionist. From there I obtained an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology. My work serves as an ongoing reminder to the limitless capacity of communication.
Thomas R. Campion, Jr. • Organizational Studies & German 2005
After completing a Ph.D. in biomedical informatics in 2010, I joined Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City where I am now an Associate Professor. What I learned about peer tutoring through Sweetland has a had a large impact on my professional development.
Megan Maciasz DiSanto • Political Science 2005
After graduating, I accepted a full-tuition scholarship at Roger Williams University School of Law, graduating in 2008. I passed and was admitted to the bar in three states (Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York). After a one-term clerkship with Chief Justice Paul Suttell of the Rhode Island Supreme Court (a position requiring and heavily focused on strong writing skills) and two years in private practice, I joined the City of Providence Solicitor’s Office in 2011. As a Senior Assistant City Solicitor, my practice is focused largely in litigation and appellate work. I use my writing skills daily. I live in Providence, Rhode Island with my husband and two sons.
Erin Rachel Kaplan • English Literature, Political Science, RC Drama 2005
After graduation I worked for a couple of years and then moved to NYC for my Masters in Educational Theatre at NYU. After finishing I worked as a teaching-artist and educator for several years in New York/ New Jersey before I began my PhD in Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center. After three years at CUNY I transferred to the University of Colorado Boulder to finish my dissertation which I will be defending in December of 2019. I am currently teaching undergraduates at CU and working at the Student Academic Success Center as an Inclusive Excellence Coordinator.
Lindsy Krauser • English & Political Science 2005
I currently reside in Michigan, am a mom of 4, and am a public high school teacher. I teach both English and Social Studies. 7/19
Daniel Krawiec • Political Science 2005
Since graduation, I attended law school and lived in South Florida for nearly 15 years. I recently moved back to Michigan and practice management-side employment law in Detroit.
Jamie Lukos • Kinesiology 2005
Dr. Jamie Lukos is a branch head in the Basic and Applied Research Division at the Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific in San Diego, CA where she supervises a diverse group of 30 scientists and engineers. She is also the lead scientist for the human-machine teaming group and subject matter expert in neuroscience with 22 publications, 2 book chapters, and 2 patent applications. Her work leads to a better understanding of the neurological basis of human decision making in operationally-relevant environments and informs algorithm development for physiological monitoring devices, human-machine teaming bidirectional communication and fieldable brain computer interfaces (BCIs).
Zeenah Ghouse • Business 2006
After a year with Americorps, I went on to complete a degree in law with an LLM in taxation. I’ve been working in financial services since then living in New York City.
Ashley Jardina • Political Science 2006
I completed my undergraduate degree in 2006 and finished my Ph.D. in political science at Michigan in 2014 (a three-time graduate!). I now live in Durham, NC with my golden retriever named Maize, and I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Duke University. My first book, White Identity Politics, was published by Cambridge University Press in February of 2019.
Jerin Phillip • Biomedical Engineering 2006
After a 2-year stint at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, I returned to U-M for a Master’s in Public Health with a health policy concentration. I started my career overseeing quality and population health for a Medicare-Medicaid project at the Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services in Lansing. Since then, I’ve worked in Washington, DC for the National Academy for State Health Policy lowering prescription drug prices and The Pew Charitable Trusts combatting the opioid epidemic. In my spare time, I continue to put my Sweetland skills to good use helping others with their writing and teaching standardized test prep.
Christopher Saddler • Cellular and Molecular Biology 2006
Medical school Wayne state SOM, University of Wisconsin Internal Medicine residency, and Infectious Disease Fellowship. Assistant Professor, Infectious Disease at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI with focus on the Immune Compromised Host.
Jesse Smith • Political Science & Philosophy 2006
After graduating in 2006 I went on to law school at Washington University in St. Louis. I moved to Chicago in 2009 and spent my first few years as an attorney in fairly traditional legal practices. In 2013, I moved away from the law firm world and into the growing industry of managed legal services. Two years ago, I had the opportunity to move to London and open my firm’s office there. I recently returned to Chicago, but I still oversee all London operations.
Lindsey Belzyt • English and History 2007
For the past 13 years I have been teaching ELA and ESL. Currently I am the Middle Years Programme Coordinator for grades 6-10 for Royal Oak Schools in Michigan, and function as a workshop leader and consultant for IBO.
Sara Franklin • English & Spanish 2007
Editor at Sourcebooks 2007-2010. Law school at Northwestern University School of Law, JD 2013. Corporate finance attorney at Winston & Strawn, 2013-present (Chicago)
Amanda Nichols Hess • English 2007
I’m an academic librarian at Oakland University in Rochester, MI — my experience as a writing tutor continues to impact my own work as a scholar and my work with students in their research. Our campus writing center is located in the library, which is fun, and I’m able to pitch the important work they do because I know it first-hand!
Holly Richardson • French and Francophone Studies 2007
Since graduating from U-M in 2007, I’ve made a career writing, thinking, and organizing projects in the non-profit sector. I’ve had the opportunity to serve at a variety of organizations, ranging from community-based non-profits working on hyper-local issues to the Greater Philadelphia YMCA to National Public Radio (NPR). To further develop the love of language that I cultivated at Sweetland, I completed a MA in language and communication from Georgetown University’s Linguistics department in 2011 – a program I highly recommend! As a professional writer in the non-profit sector, everyday I’m grateful that I found my voice and confidence in writing at Sweetland.
Rebecca Soares • English 2007
Working as a writing tutor at Sweetland and serving as a teaching assistant for the Summer Bridge Scholars Program at Michigan made me realize that teaching was my passion. After graduation I began my doctorate in literary studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I taught freshman English and various special topics literature courses. I earned my PhD in English in 2014 and am currently a Senior Lecturer and Honors Faculty Fellow at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. My scholarly work has been published in Women’s Writing, Victorian Poetry, and Victorian Periodicals Review and my co-edited collection, The Female Fantastic: Gendering the Supernatural in the 1890s and 1920s, was published by Routledge in 2018.
Becky Shapiro Herrick • English; German 2008
I’m a children’s book editor in New York City. I worked at Scholastic for many years, and after a brief stint at Sky Pony Press, I’m now a freelance editor, working with Scholastic’s licensing group as well as various other publishers and individuals.
Andrew Kahn • English 2008
I moved to Ann Arbor in 2016 with my wife, also a U-M grad. We continue to enjoy life in this wonderful college town. I am approaching two years with MLive.com, where I cover Michigan’s men’s basketball and football teams.
Desiree Lauricella • Psychology; Women’s Studies 2008
Desiree is a litigation attorney in Chicago, IL, and is the Principal/Owner of her own law practice, the Law Office of Desiree L. Lauricella, LLC. Her clients include small and middle-market businesses in a variety of fields, real estate brokerages, condominium & homeowner’s associations, property management companies, financial institutions, and individuals. She is also a licensed real estate broker in Illinois. In her spare time, Desiree enjoys serving as the current President of the University of Michigan Alumni Club of Greater Chicago, mentoring high school and college students, volunteering with UM’s College of LSA Dean’s Young Alumni Council, and spending time with her husband, Robby, and two bunnies, Pebbles & Scotch. She never misses a Michigan Football game and loves all Detroit sports teams, despite her fellow Chicagoans trying to convert her allegiances for over ten years.
Krista Mathews • Classical Archaeology & English 2008
Since graduating, I spent nine years at Target Corporation learning and working in retail before relocating in 2017 to Park City, UT, where I am the Vice President of Partner Management at Overstock.com.
Clare McGuire • English; History 2008
After graduating from U of M, I lived and worked in Philadelphia for two years working at an Americorps position and then in residence life at a university. After Philadelphia, I went to graduate school in Bloomington, Indiana for public finance and policy analysis and then moved to DC to work for a federal consulting firm. I moved to Chicago in 2015 for a job in the budget office at Chicago Public Schools, and am now working in budget and operations for the University of Chicago Poverty Lab.
Michele Meredith • Comparative Literature; French 2008
After graduating from Michigan, I moved to New York City to teach English in the South Bronx through Teach for America. After four years of teaching, I went back to get a graduate degree in International Affairs at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and started working at New Visions for Public Schools, an education non-profit and school support organization in New York City. About a year and a half ago, I took a job as a program officer on the K-12 team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
John Sloan • Economics; German 2008
After graduating from Michigan, I taught English in Germany through the Fulbright program and pursued a Masters in development studies from the London School of Economics. I have since worked as an economist with the United Nations in Ethiopia, Lebanon, and now currently at UN Headquarters in New York.
Jake Smith • Political Science 2008
After graduating, I moved to Minneapolis to attend law school at William Mitchell College of Law. I live in Minneapolis and am currently a tax consultant in the international tax group at KPMG LLP. I focus primarily on cross-border M&A and tax planning for multinational corporations.
Natasha Stagg • Creative Writing 2008
Attended University of Arizona for a MFA in Fiction, worked as an editor for fashion magazines, published two books with Semiotext(e), and continues to work in New York and Paris as a writer and consultant.
Imran Syed • Political Science 2008
I attended the University of Michigan Law School and graduated in 2011. I am now a clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan Law School, and I teach in the Michigan Innocence Clinic. My work involves supervising law students who are working on cases involving prisoners who have been wrongfully convicted. I have been fortunate enough to have helped win the release from prison of nearly a dozen innocent men and women. I also teach a seminar course in the Michigan Innocence Clinic as well as a separate law school seminar course on forensic science and the law.
Amy Fingerle • Program in the Environment 2009
I have worked in aquatic ecosystems since I graduated from UM. My work and post-graduate studies have taken me to the Great Lakes, the coast of Oregon, and northern Iceland. I now live in a remote community in northern California, where I coordinate the fisheries program of the Salmon River Restoration Council, a community-based nonprofit.
Cameron MacConomy • Political Science 2009
I live in Los Angeles (most of the time) where I work as a film and television producer. I find material or ideas for movies and TV shows, then shepherd those ideas into existence. A lot of my time is spent working with screenwriters on their scripts. So, not much has changed since my time as a Peer Tutor!
Yevgeny Shrago • Economics; Philosophy 2009
After graduation, I worked for a year at a public policy research firm and then attended Harvard Law School. After graduating HLS in 2013, I spent 4 years working as a government lawyer, including stints with the Treasury and the Obama White House. In 2017, I moved to Atlanta and am now a Project Leader with the Boston Consulting Group office there.
Amna Agha • Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science, Honors 2010
I left The Sweetland Writing Center with a fascination with the writing and editing process, having worked as a writing consultant for undergraduate and graduate students for several years. This experience led me to a career as an editorial writer. I then went on to pursue interests in education and cognition, working as a resource teacher at an international school before matriculating in a PhD program for school psychology at Michigan State University, where I aim to gain a deeper understanding of how students develop literacy.
Alexander Davidson • English & History 2010
Alexander Davidson is an author, secondary educator, certified reading specialist, and donut aficionado. He earned a BA from the University of Michigan and an MAT in Literacy Education from Madonna University. He has been a member of the National Council of Teachers of English since 2011 and has presented at multiple conferences at the local, state, national, and international level. While teaching reading and writing to middle school and high school students, Alexander Davidson strives to create written works that will interest his students and teach them valuable lessons at the same time. His first novel The Visitor’s Choice: A Search to Make Things Right (Ferne Press, 2014) is the recipient of the Silver Award for Young Adult Books from Mom’s Choice Awards and two awards from the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards for first place in Science Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal and second place in Young Adult Fiction. He can typically be found Instagramming his current read alongside a photogenic beverage from the local coffee shop. Check out more at AlexanderDavidsonBooks.com.
Charlotte Eichman • English Language and Literature; Women’s Studies 2010
After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2010, I received a juris doctorate degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2013. I practiced as a trial attorney at a mid-sized firm in Cincinnati for two years. For the last four years I’ve been employed at a common pleas court just outside of Cincinnati, where I am a magistrate judge. I reside nearby in Newport, Kentucky.
Michael Garber • Spanish 2010
I live in Atlanta and am working on a PhD in Epidemiology at Emory. My experience as a writing tutor definitely helped prepare me for this. Lots of writing in academia.
Eliezah Hoffman • Political Science & Psychology 2010
After working as a math teacher for 4 years and going to graduate school, I now work as a grant writer for a nonprofit in San Francisco. I use all the editing and tutoring skills I honed as a peer tutor every day to help people in my organization explain the activities they oversee to secure funds for important programming in my community.
Jes Kane • Secondary Education 2010
Since graduating from my undergrad at UM, I went on to teach for a few years in Melbourne, Australia and then work at the National Bank of Australia in their Marketing team. After spending some time in the corporate world, I decided to return to UM for a Masters in Social Work, where I graduated with a degree in Corporate Philanthropy. Post Masters, I got a job at Google and have worked in Google’s Ann Arbor, San Francisco, and now Sydney’s offices! I currently work as the Google Account Manager for the Australian Government.
Janelle Pangilinan • Political Science 2010
Since graduating, I have held a few different positions. After graduate school, I went on to teach English Language Arts and Social Studies at the middle school level. From there, I transitioned into higher education, moved out of Michigan, and worked as an Academic Intervention Specialist in central Illinois. I also taught Reading Strategies, College Writing, and Global Culture/Study Abroad courses. Just a few months ago, I moved back to the mitten and now work for the Office of Education Abroad at Michigan State (don’t misunderstand, I am a LOYAL Wolverine for life) as the Curriculum Integration Specialist. I’m so grateful for Sweetland, as I think it had a huge impact on my professional career, especially my work with students!
Elissa Sarno • Psychology 2010
Since graduating from U of M, I earned a master’s degree from Columbia University and a PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Maryland. I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Welling at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Ian Wilhite • Public Policy 2010
Ian Willhite currently serves as the Deputy National Press Secretary & Director of African American Messaging for the Beto for America campaign. Immediately prior to joining the campaign, Wilhite served as the Press Secretary and spokesperson for Lambda Legal, the nation’s oldest and largest LGBTQ legal organization. During O’Rourke’s historic U.S. Senate campaign, Wilhite also served the Communications Director for African American Outreach. Wilhite began his career on the hill as an aide to both Congressman Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts and Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. Wilhite is a Michigan native who has a law degree from Boston College Law School and a bachelors degree from the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy.
James Wong • English & Biology 2010
I relocated to Boston, MA and work as a patent attorney. My new firm is a virtual firm that allows me to work remotely, so I’ll be traveling to Asia for the fall! Go Blue!
Allie Asher • Business 2011
Since graduating from Michigan, my career has been in marketing. I completed my MBA at NYU, and I have worked at a few different companies, building marketing strategies for a variety of products. Currently, I lead marketing for the New York Times Cooking product (cooking.nytimes.com). I live in Brooklyn, NY and spend my free time trying as many new restaurants as possible!
Lena Brinjikji • Psychology & Spanish 2011
After graduating, I went to the University of Notre Dame Law School (slight conflict of interest). There, I focused on Global Studies, and interned abroad in Lima, Peru, and studied abroad in London, England. After obtaining my JD, I clerked at the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York City. Now I practice commercial litigation and transactional law at a law firm in New York City. I use my writing skills daily.
Lisa Liu • English & Asian Studies 2011
I moved to New York City the summer after graduation, and began classes at Fordham University’s School of Law. After graduating in 2014, and obtaining my legal license in 2015, I began my first legal job at a mid-size corporate firm in Times Square practicing Corporate Structuring and Securities Law. I then went to clerk for the Hon. Arthur F. Engoron at Manhattan’s Supreme Civil Court. After almost three wonderful years with Justice Engoron, I joined the NYC-based law firm Warshaw Burstein, LLP as an Associate. In the meantime, I am also developing my repertoire as a real estate broker, assisting my friends and clients in purchasing their first-time homes and/or investment properties. I currently serve on the Board of Directors of AREAA (Asian Real Estate Association of America), a real estate organization that connects Manhattan’s top attorneys, brokers, developers, and financiers.
Kendra Furry • English & Spanish 2012
After graduating, I got a job in corporate communications in Lansing, MI. I spent three years in that position before taking an opportunity within the company in human resources on the training and development team, where I am now the administrator. I have continued tutoring and work with a woman from Venezuela who is learning English. She earned her U.S. citizenship in 2018! I am also keeping ties to my Sweetland roots by serving as a writing coach for the Michigan-alumni-founded Detroit Writing Room.
Valerie Nafso • English 2012
Since graduation, I became a high school English teacher in Farmington, MI, and then in Troy, MI, where I have been working with students to prepare them for college-level reading/analyzing, writing (all different forms), and communication. I work with students on essay-writing, poetry, basics of writing, and how to find their voice in writing. I love being able to teach what I know so well because of Sweetland, as well as using resources I gained through Sweetland.
Shoaib Abdur Rasheed • Arabic & Islamic Studies 2012
After graduation, I spent one year studying Arabic and Islamic studies as part of the Shaykh-ul-Hind Program at Darul Qasim in Glen Ellyn, IL. Then I enrolled in medical school at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV, followed by in internal medicine residency at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township, MI. I am currently back in Ann Arbor doing a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine. I use the skills I learned peer tutoring every day as I teach patients how to improve their health.
Kevin Tshiamala • English 2012
Kevin Tshiamala is the Marketing & Communications Director for the Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors® in Southfield, MI servicing the Metro-Detroit Area. Kevin’s an experienced writer with a demonstrated history of working in various industries such as finance (Quicken Loans), automotive (FCA), textile manufacturing (GroupeSTAHL), & hospitality (Galley Group). Skilled in Media Relations, Sales, Social Media, and Product Management, Kevin is a strong marketing and communications professional with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) focused in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan.
Cece Zhou • English & Political Science 2012
I’ve loved being able to combine my passions for writing, design, and public education through a career in education communications and marketing. I currently serve as the Communications Director for Teach For America in Indianapolis and have previously worked in higher education and school district administration.
Logan Corey • Creative Writing – Literature (Residential College) 2013
Following graduation, I spent a year as Sweetland’s OWL tutor for U-M Dentistry students and traveled to Florida to present a collaborative workshop at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. During this time, I also continued her work as a private ESL tutor in the Ann Arbor area, supporting nearly fifty students over four years. I joined the U-M Residential College staff in 2012 as the Student Affairs Coordinator. I have since stepped into the role of RC Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator, where I manage all recruitment and enrollment efforts for Residential College students. My home base is now Ypsilanti where my fiancé and I recently bought a house (with a yard for the pup).
Millie Mo • Biochemistry 2013
I completed my B.S. in Biochemistry in 2013 and Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2017 from the University of Michigan. After finishing a year of post-graduate advanced residency training, I’m now practicing as a clinical pharmacist at a specialty pharmacy in Michigan. In my career as a pharmacist, I’m continuing to use the skills I learned during my time as a Sweetland peer writing consultant towards my patient care activities and interpersonal communications with other teams. Definitely reach out if you have any questions for me. Go Blue!
Adam Kennedy • English and Program in the Environment 2013
After graduation I moved to Vietnam to teach English in Ho Chi Minh City. I returned the next year to work at the Zingerman’s Bakehouse and apply to law school. I’m getting my JD at Michigan and planning to work at a law firm in Chicago after graduation.
Zeinab Khalil • International Studies; MENAS 2014
Zeinab Khalil works in the Office of the President at Open Society Foundations, the largest human rights philanthropy in the world. Through her role, she is responsible for building meaningful partnerships between local government agencies and the communities most impacted by their services and policies, especially in the fields of housing, public safety, decarceration, and public assistance. She previously worked with the Arab American Association of New York, the United Nations Development Program, and the QUWA Anti-Violence Project. She completed her BA at the University of Michigan in international relations, and finished her master’s at Yale University in public policy. She is currently pursing a law degree at Columbia University in New York City with a focus on criminal justice reform.
Melissa Glassman • English; Judaic Studies 2014
I was recently admitted to the New York State Bar and am currently practicing Child Welfare Law at the Administration For Children’s Services. In this position I litigate Child Neglect and Child Abuse matters on behalf of the City of New York. I am truly enjoying the legal field and hope to continue to “protect and promote the safety and well-being of New York City’s children and families” as is the mission statement of the Administration For Children’s Services.
Emily Goldstein • Secondary Math Education 2014
I’ve been a teacher in Phoenix. This will be my sixth year. I’ll be teaching geometry and AP Calc AB this year.
Neeyati Shah • Communication Studies 2014
I’m a Community Engagement Librarian in Madison, WI. I work with community groups, nonprofits, and city government to develop programs and services with a focus on equity and social justice. My experiences with the Minor in Writing and peer tutoring at Sweetland inform my research/reference practice, grant writing, and ability to communicate and collaborate with different audiences on a daily basis.
Jeff Clark • Economics; Political Science 2014
After graduation I moved back to my home town in Redford, MI, and took a job as a Management & IT Consultant at a firm in Troy, MI called Xede Consulting Group (pronounced like ‘exceed’). Since then, I have moved to New York City to work for Salesforce.com as a Solutions Engineer. LinkedIn: jclarkjr93. Go Blue!
Shannon (Housley) Zimmer • Political Science 2014
I began law school at Wayne State University in 2017 and am currently a Summer Associate at Honigman LLP in Detroit.
Serena Bidwell • Neuroscience; English 2015
After graduating from the college of LS&A with a double major in neuroscience and English, I completed a master’s degree in global public health epidemiology (2017) from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. I then spent about two years working as a researcher at Stanford University’s Department of Surgery, and I am currently starting medical school back in Ann Arbor. Go blue!
Matt Burns • Business Administration 2015
After earning my undergraduate degree, I returned to Michigan for a Masters in Accounting. In my transition to the “real world,” I moved back to Chicago and became a licensed CPA. I currently work in accounting, and while it’s plenty of number crunching I still get to use skills I developed during my time in Sweetland. In my free time, I love to travel and stress about the Cubs.
Chris Haddlesey • Music Education; English Education minor 2015
My experience as a Sweetland Peer Tutor and eHygiene Tutor lead directly to my becoming a Medical Editor at STATinMED, an Ann Arbor-based publishing firm. I help large medical companies like Pfizer prepare their research for presentations and publications. I’ve also maintained my relationship with the School of Dentistry: I teach a required writing course for the Master of Science in Dental Hygiene curriculum. I’m supporting my wife through her PhD, gaining skills to help with her dissertation, and thankful for Sweetland and all of the opportunities it has opened for me.
Andy Peters • English Language & Literature 2015
I returned to U-M a month after graduation to earn my Master’s in Educational Studies through the Secondary MAC program. From there, I taught high school English at a Michigan charter school for a year before relocating to Houston, TX. I continued working as an online English teacher at the same Michigan charter school for two years while also supporting hundreds of Houston students as a private tutor. Now, I work as a manager for a Houston-based tutoring company, where I oversee a team of peer and pro tutors while assisting with the company’s publications and continuing to do one-on-one tutoring.
Gabrielle Valentic • Linguistics; English 2015
After graduating from U-M, I continued with my education in Applied Linguistics (M.A. Applied Linguistics ‘17) and Education, specifically Curriculum and Instruction (M.S.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction ‘19). Currently, I am working as the Writing Specialist for the Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Online Campus Writing Center, supporting students in writing their Master’s theses and Doctoral dissertations. I also provide editorial services as a contract editor for academic journals, book publishers, and collegiate assignments. In my work in higher education, I have been developing a program that provides embedded instructional/classroom support and teaching methods for faculty who work with linguistic minority students. The program will help instructors to support linguistic minority academic achievement through validation of linguistic identities and linguistically inclusive pedagogy that accounts for cross-linguistic, cross-cultural, and intercultural rhetoric differences. I have been presenting this work at conferences across the country, and am always surprised by how many people share a Michigan and Sweetland alumni background!
Layne Vandenberg • International Studies & Spanish 2015
Following graduation, I was a Fulbright research scholar in Brazil and completed a Master’s degree at the Yenching Academy in Beijing, China. I am now a PhD student in the Joint PhD programme hosted by King’s College London and the University of Hong Kong.
Isaac Ahuvia •Sociology 2016
After graduation I moved to Chicago, where I have done poverty policy research at the University of Chicago and clinical psychology research at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. I loved my time as a peer writing consultant, and the approach I developed in writing and giving feedback shows up a lot in my day-to-day work both as a writer and as a supervisor. Also, the Sweetland mug is a great piece of office decor.
Ashley Austin •English; Latin Minor 2016
Currently, I am the Digital Content Author at Northern Trust Corporation in Chicago, serving as a member of the UX team. My central duties involve adapting content on financial topics for the internet and consulting with the different business units to increase the company’s website performance. After my graduation from Michigan, I spent 1.5 years working in the legal and political communications industries in Washington, DC. From there, I went on to obtain a M.S. in Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University, where I studied both in Chicago and San Francisco.
Sarah Bedoyan •Cellular and Molecular Biology; History 2016
I am living in Cleveland, OH, completing my fourth year of medical school at Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine. I am also pursuing a Master’s Degree in Bioethics. This Fall, I plan on applying to residency programs in Pediatrics. In my spare time, I enjoy good books and bad coffee, campy sci-fi movies and being a distraction to my studious medical school friends. It’s hard bleeding Maize and Blue in Buckeye territory, but I’m fighting the good fight.
McKenzie Campbell • Women’s Studies 2016
Since graduation in April 2016, I have completed both an MA in Women’s and Gender Studies at Eastern Michigan University, and the SecMAC (Masters of Arts and Certification) program at the University of Michigan School of Education. Now, I am employed as a middle school Educator and an Academic and Behavior Support Specialist and have enjoyed starting my professional career in the Ann Arbor area. I love working with students to develop their voices and empowering them to change the world. Sweetland was an early part of my career as an Educator and I love that I get to live my feminist and social justice values in both my professional career, and my personal life.
Sam Corey • Political Science, Psychology & History minor 2016
After graduating, I moved to a rural community in Vietnam to teach English and learn Vietnamese as a Princeton in Asia fellow. Thereafter, I worked as a fellow for the ACLU of Michigan, and then maneuvered into a career in journalism. I worked as an intern at Michigan Radio’s daily news program, Stateside and an alternative magazine in Detroit before moving to California. I’m now again in a rural community – this time reporting at The Union in Grass Valley.
Madison Dettlinger • English & Political Science 2017
Since graduation, I’ve lived in New York City working in publishing. I recently took a job in the marketing division of Penguin Random House, and I couldn’t be happier! I’m thankful to Sweetland for helping me hone the communication skills that are so crucial at my current job.
Sara Guttentag • Psychology and English 2016
After graduation, I moved to New York to conduct research with children with autism and ADHD at the Child Study Center at NYU Langone Health. Currently, I am pursuing a doctoral degree at Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology in the Combined School/Clinical Child Psychology program.
Allison Raeck • Communication Studies 2016
I’m a copywriter at Redhead Design Studio, a marketing, branding and design agency in Lansing, Michigan. I write copy for anything from publications to social media posts to billboards. If I’m not writing, I’m editing other peoples’s writing (prompting fond flashbacks of my time at the Peer Writing Center). Previously, I worked at a public relations agency in Chicago that serves with business-to-business tech startups for two years before finding my way back to Michigan.
Jacob Rainey • Psychology 2016
After earning my undergraduate degree from UM, I worked at Michigan Medicine as a Medical Scribe and in various research labs at UM. Since then, I have returned to school at UM to earn my Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology while also working as a Graduate Student Instructor in Biology. Currently, I am applying to Ph.D. programs that will allow me to further my education for an academic career around mental health.
TJ Sell • Spanish; Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience 2016
I’ve lived in Washington, DC since graduation. My first job was as a research associate at a higher education technology firm, and now I work for KIPP DC, a public charter school system as a data analyst. I recently received a Fulbright grant to teach English in Andorra for the 2019-20 school year.
Ally Wright • English (Creative Writing subconcentration) 2016
In 2017, I graduated with a Master’s in Education from U of M’s Secondary MAC program and have been teaching freshman English in urban schools since the fall of 2017. I live in Ann Arbor with my partner, and spend an awful lot of time working with high school students on their writing!
Brie Winnega • English 2017
After graduation I moved to Austin, Texas to start working on my doctorate. I’m going on my third year in the English PhD program at the University of Texas at Austin, where I also work as an Assistant Instructor.