Alumni News

Recent Alumni

Here are some updates from our newest alumni:

Gina Abbadessa, BS '11, is a faculty assistant at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. 

Caitlin Annand-Baechtel, BS ’11, is a Policy Intern in the Senate.

Sara Bruya, MA ’11, is the Managing Editor of Journals at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research in the Boston area.

Lindsay Budnik, MA ’11, is a Freelance Correspondent at Hometown Weekly and Editor at GlobeNewswire in the Boston area.

Rachel Campbell, BS '11, will be serving in the Teach for America program in the Greater New Orleans region.

Andrew Cassidy, BS ’11, is a Communication Consultant and Advisor at Miami Dade College in Florida.

Christopher Del Grosso, BS ’11, is a Project Manager at Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Megan Downey, BS ’11, is a Freelance Sales Representative at Trendsetters Marketing in the Boston area.

Binsen Gonzalez-Mejia, BS ’11, is a Marketing and Development Associate at City Year in Boston, MA.

Scott Hanning, MA '11, is PR Strategist for Barnett Cox & Associates in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Caitlin Hansen, MA ’11, is an Admission Representative at Bryant University in Providence, RI.

Christina Honeysett, BS ’11, is a Digital Communications Intern at Spider PR in London, UK.

Brittany Jones, BS ’11, is a Casting Associate at Bestrop Yanklewitz in Los Angeles, CA.

John Keane, BS ’11, is a 2011 Detroit Corps Member at Teach for America in Detroit, Michigan.

Cassidy Lawson, MA ’11, is the Account Coordinator at Schneider Associates in the Boston area. She is also on the Steering Committee at the Miami University New England Chapter.

Heather Linz, MA ’11, is the Human Resources Manager at United BioSource Corporation in the Boston area.

Denis Looney, MA ’11, is the Alumni Association Assistant at MIT in Cambridge, MA.

Evan McCarley, MA ’11, is the New Media Director at Zata|3 in the Jackson, MS, area.

Michele Mertens, BS '11, is a Development Coordinator at AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.

Shannon O’Connell, MA ’11, is a Multimedia Journalist at Patch in the Boston area.

Elizabeth Reddinger is currently acting as the Executive Assistant to the President & Chief Operating Officer at Peace First. In January 2012, she will be doing 6 months of volunteer work in Salvador, Brazil, through a program called Global Vision International. 

Ada Renedo, MA ’11, is a Strategic Planner at Socialize in the United Arab Emirates.

Catherine Rose, BS ’11, is a PR and Marketing Intern at the National Urban League in Boston, MA.

Laura Saegebarth, MA ’11, works in Educational Services at the MIT Sloan School of Management in the Cambridge, MA.

Diandra Sciarappa, MA '12, works as a Metrics & Key Performance Indicator Coordinator at EMD Millipore in the Boston area.

Jonathan Spencer, MA ’11, is a Social Media Account Coordinator at Regan Communications in the Boston area.

Gillian Suslow, MA ’11, is an Investor Relations Associate at Sharon Merrill in the Boston area.

Angela Marie Tayco, BS '12, is the Communications Director and United Nations Representative of OISCA International -- USA Chapter in Tokyo, Japan.

Allison Teixeira, MA ’11, is the communications director for Dr. Ami Bera's congressional campaign in California.

Rachel Wallach, BS '12, is interning at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington D.C.

Jing Wang, MA ’11, is a Financial News Reporter at SinoVision, Inc. in the New York City area.

Joelle Zaslow is a Grant Writer for the Appalachian Mountain Club.

Lu Zhang, MA ’11, is an Anchor at Malden TV Station and Customer Service Representative at

Eric Alexander ‘78 is President of Institutional Services at Wall Street Access, New York. He is also a member of Emerson's Board of Trustees.

Jennan Al-Hamdouni, BS ’09, is the Assistant Editor at The Editor at Large and a Freelance Video Editor/Videographer at Stax Inc. in the New York City area.

Rael Ammon ‘08 is a lead external oversight liaison at the U.S. Department of State.

Jessica Anderson, MA '07, is the Associate Program Manager, Community Involvement, at EMC Corporation in Hopkinton, MA.

Bea Arthur, BS ’05, is the Founder & CEO at Pretty Padded Room in the New York City area.

Aaron Bacon, BS ’10, is a Part-Time Research Associate at DAPA Research in the Boston area.

Candace Baer ‘81, MA ‘83, is the Vice President of Human Resources at Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island.

John Baldo '09 is the Deputy National Regional Director at Organizing for America in Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Barr, BS ’06, is a Production Coordinator at Deluxe Digital Studios in Montreal, Canada.

Jeff Bellows, MA ‘02, is Senior Director for Corporate Citizenship at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. 

Stacy Bettison '95 is an Attorney at Rotenberg Associates LLC and a Board Member at Minnesota Women Lawyers in Minneapolis, MN.

Maryam Bisharat, BS ’10, is an Account Manager at SnakBlox in the New York City area.

Patrick J. Boyle, BS ’08, is a Community Liaison for NY State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries.

Christopher Boutillier, BS ’10, is the Assistant to the Communication Director at the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and the Director of Programming at ETIN in Boston.

Vanessa A. Bouvry, BS ’06, is the Office and Development Associate at MIT Hillel in the Boston area.

Lydia N. Bradley, BA ’07, is the Schools Uniting Neighborhoods Program Coordinator at Hartley Elementary School at Metropolitan Family Service and the Volunteer Coordinator at One Home Many Hopes in Portland, Oregon.

Sasha Brown, BA '09, is Program Support Specialist with Insights. She is also a volunteer self-defense instructor with WomenStrength and through Backline, provides support to women and their loved ones during pregnancy in Portland, Oregon.

David Calusdian ‘89, MA ‘91, is Executive Vice President and Partner at Sharon Merrill Associates in Boston.

Kathryn L. Caponera, BS ’06, is the Assistant Director of Student Leadership & Programming at Clark University in the Boston area.

Jessica E. Chabot, BS ’07, is the Director of Client Services at Millennium | Boston & Manchester in the Boston area.

Evan Chapman, BS '10, is currently interning in Senator Jim Webb’s office in D.C.

Susannah (Winfield) Cloete, MA ’03, is a yoga teacher at Town Sports International and Project Manager of Special Events at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the Boston area.

Sara Cohen, BS '03, is Project Manager at G&H International Services, Inc. in Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Colella ‘08 is a Coordinator for Westfield Media Group in Los Angeles, CA.

David P. Coman-Hidy, BS ’10, is the Boston Campaign Coordinator at The Humane League in the Boston area.

Kipp Cooper, BS '94, is Public Relations Manager at Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kira Copperman, BS '91, is a Communications Consultant at KBC Consulting and also hosts a radio show called, "Lessons from the Corner Office."

Samantha Coulson, BS ’10, is a K-5 Special Education Teacher in the Isaac School District in Phoenix, Arizona.

Monica L. Crane, MA ’10, is the New Media Project Manager at Voter Activation Network in the Boston area.

Joseph DeNisco, MA ’09, is an Associate Content Manager at IHS CERA in the Boston area.

Sonya A. (Grabauskas) Desmond, MA ’09, is a sales and marketing professional at The Hippo in the Boston area.

Anne Doyle, MA '90, is Executive Director of Academic Administration at Emerson College.

Mara Duquette, BS ’10, is a Program Associate at the Center for Inspired Teaching in MA.

Owen Eagan, MA ‘97, is Senior Consultant for the Saint Consulting Group in Boston, MA.

Stephanie Ellis, BS ’06, is a Senior Account Executive at Ruder Finn and a PR Consultant at Nylon Fusion Collective in the New York City area.

Lorraine Fanton, MA '03, is the Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Brigham and Women's Hospital in MA.

Nada A. Farhat, MA ’10, is a professional artist living in the Boston area.

Morgan A. Fedderly, BS ’03, is the co-founder of Tooskies in Wisconsin.

Shannon Felton, BS ’10, is Executive Assistant to the CEO at the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston in MA.

Ryan J. Fleury, BS ’09, is a Volunteer at Hillary Clinton for President in the Boston area.

Melissa Flores, BS ’07, is a Legal Intern at the Center for Reproductive Rights in the New York City area.

Cassandra Fox07 worked in Guest Services/Private Events at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Michael Freeman, BS ’03, is a Music Producer at Ogilvy & Mather in the New York City area.

Ana Gabbidon, BS '09, is Assistant Director of Admissions at The New England Institute of Art and Special Assistant to At Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley in Boston, MA.

Laura M. Gardner, MA ’10, is the Marketing & PR Manager at Rockfish Interactive in the Cincinnati, OH, area.

Genevieve Gearity, BS ’10, is a Senior Associate in Online Communications and Public Affairs at the United Nations Foundation in the Washington, D.C. area.

Audrey Geis, BS ’09, is a Tutor at Club Z! Brooklyn and a Learning Strategist at Quest To Learn at the NYC Department of Education in the New York City area.

Jacob J. Gelfand, BS ’06, is the Chief Strategy Officer at Glamping Hub in the San Francisco Bay area.

Konstantina Georgaki, MA ‘08, is an Account Executive at Mullen Advertising Agency in Boston, MA.

Chad Gessin, BS ’04, is the Vice President of Design & Construction at Chatham Development Company in the Boston area.

Nahreen A. Ghazarian, BA ’05, is the Web Producer for Massachusetts General Hospital at Partners HealthCare in the Boston area.

Christopher Girard, BS ’10, is a City desk reporter for the Boston Globe in addition to interning at Tufts University Office of Sustainability.

Lucy Goldberg, BS ’10, is a Production Coordinator at Lord & Taylor in New York, NY.

Kristen A. Golden, BS '09, is the Events Development Manager at Collingwood Library and Museum in Virginia. 

Ian C. Grady, BS ’10, is the Maine Public Education Coordinator at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders in the Boston area.

Elizabeth M. Graffeo, BS ’07, is a Research Associate at PETA in Norfolk, Virginia.

Rebecca Greenwald, BS '09, is Account Coordinator at Blue Practice, a Public Relations and Communications organization in San Fransisco, CA.

Lexie Gross, MA ‘01, is VP of Sales at Business Valuation Resources, LLC in Boston, MA.

Kathryn M. Grosso, BS ’05, works in the Communications and Press Office at Office of the Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, in the Washington, D.C. area.

Ashley Suddarth Gubbins, MA '09 is a Customer Communications Specialist at Ultimate Software in Weston, FL.

Brandi Hale ‘93, MA ‘95, is the Executive Director of Fundacion Infantil Ronald McDonald in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

Kate Haranis, BS '06, is Account Executive at Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications in Boston, MA.

Janet Harrell, BS '06, is Associate Producer/Marketing Manager at in Boston, MA.

Nicole P. Hart, BS ’06, is a Concierge at The Peninsula Hotel Beverly Hills in the Los Angeles area.

Brandi Haughton, MA '08, is Assistant Project Manager for Daedalus Projects Inc., Boston.

Michael W. Hawkes, BS ’08, is a Communications Specialist at Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty, LLP in New York City.

Kevin M. Healy, BS ’08, is a Public Relations and Communications Professional in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Douglas Herr, BS ’04 Public Affairs, is the Epic Practice Director at maxIT Healthcare in the Boston area.

Randi Heylek, BS ’09, is a Teach For America Early Childhood Education Corps Member in the Chicago area.

Jennifer A. (Reczek) Hogman, BS ’03, is a Clinical Affairs Specialist at Avedro, Inc. in the Boston area.

Nicole Hyland, BS ’04, is the Public Relations & Media Coordinator at Lutheran HealthCare in the New York City area.

Christina Illarmo, BS '05, is an M.S.W. Intern at the National Association of Social Workers, MA.

Carie A. Jeleniewski, MA ’09, is a Licensed Insurance Sales Representative at Liberty Mutual Insurance in the Boston area.

Dylan Joffe, BS ’10, is a New Media Coordinator at MassEquality in Boston, MA.

Heather M. Johnson, BS ’08, works in the Press Office at the Office of Governor Deval Patrick in the Boston area.

Edward A. Jones, BS ’04, is the Manager of Strategic Communication Operations at JetBlue Airways in the New York City area.

Sarah Jordan, MA ’09, works in Communications at the Hill Center in the Washington, D.C. area.

Vanessa Justice, BS ’03, is a Marketing Specialist at Aspiriant in the San Francisco Bay area.

Patrick Kenney III ‘83 is Assistant Manager at Comfort One Shoes, in Washington, D.C. 

Jeff Kimball ‘89, MA ‘90, is Chief Executive at Creative Executions, LLC in Connecticut. 

Jeremy R. King, BS ’05, is an Associate at Gilbert & O'Bryan LLP in the Boston area.

Sekou E. King, BS ’04, is the Account Manager for the Business Unit at Jenzabar in the Boston area.

Jonathan E. Kohler, MA ’09, is a Resident in General Surgery at the University of Washington and Founder of RxCreative.

Grace M. Konrad, BS ’09, is a Junior Copywriter at Polo Ralph Lauren in the New York City area.

Brian A. Kuhn, BS ’03, is an Attorney/Large Law Firm Account Representative at Thomson Reuters in the Memphis, TN, area.

Lauren Labrecque, BS ’10, is an AmeriCorps and Operations Coordinator at Peace First in Boston, MA.

Jolene E. Lajoie, BS ’07, is a Personnel Specialist at the United States Navy in the Boston area.

Stephanie K. Lam, MA ’10, is a Human Resources Assistant at SeaWorld in San Diego.

Mia D. Lamar, BS ’07, works at

Megan E. Larkin, BS ’08, is a Judicial Clerk at Chambers of Hon. Joseph L. Tauro D-Mass in the Boston area.

Robin G. Levick, BS ’03, is a Community Health Outreach specialist at the San Francisco Unified School District.

Alina M. Lisanke is a Talent Acquisition Scout at Innoveer Solutions in the Boston area.

William Litant, BFA '73, is the Aeronautics and Astronautics communications director at MIT. 

Peter Loge, BS '87, is founder of Milo Public Affairs LLC and adjunct instructor at George Washington University.

Susan Lombardi-Verticelli, BS '96, is Mayor of Dorchester and a member of Theatre Espresso, an educational theatre company in MA.

William L. Luken, BS ’06, is an Account Extrovert at Extrovertic in the New York City area.

Philip Maggi, MA ‘93, is Vice-President of External Affairs at Idaho Technology. The biotech company recently received a military contract to run tests on the H1N1 virus.

Mary F. Malito, MA ’09, is an Associate Content Manager at IHS CERA in the Boston area.

Johnna E. Marcus, BS ’09, is a Speech and Language Companion at Home Health (Independent), a Caregiver at Home Instead Senior Care, and Alumni Coordinator and Liaison at The Pingree School in the Boston area.

Heather E. McCarthy, BA ’06, is a Literacy Specialist at Prospect Hill Academy Charter School in the Boston area.

Nancy Michaels ‘86, MA ‘89, is CEO and President of, a company devoted to empowering business owners around the world with strategies to live a financially secure life.

Rachel M. Miller, BS ’07, is a Referral Specialist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the Boston area.

Megan M. Mix, BS ’10, is a Global Public Health Intern at Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics in the Boston area.

Patrick Morris, MA ‘96, founded 57th & Irving Productions, an independent film financing and production company in New York. 

Kristen Murata, BS ’10, is an Account Associate for Marketing at Digitas in Boston, MA.

John Murphy, MA '01, is the Vice President and Counsel at The Hanover Insurance Group in Boston, MA.

Christina E. Naramore, BS ’10, is an Alumni VISTA at Jumpstart in the Boston area.

Jackie Nugent, MA '11, is Global Project Manager for Vitrue in Atlanta, GA.

John H. O'Neill lll, BS ’85, handles Independent Event Management at Clappazzola Partners and is also the General Manager at Roadrunner, Inc in the Boston area.

Suzanne Onasanya, BS ’04, is the Special Events Manager at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in the New York City area.

Nicolette Orlemans, BS '10, is an Insurance Business Reporter for The Standard Publishing in Boston, MA.

Mariana (Velasco) Padilha, MA '07, works on internal communications for ASCO, subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company.

Chelsey A. Platt, MA ’09, is a Learning and Development Consultant at Forrester Research in the Boston area.

Janine Pohorely, BS ’10, is a Marketing Intern at Flipkey in the Boston area.

Juan E. Prada, MA ’09, is the Director of Communications at Corporacion Colombia Internacional.

Sam Presti ‘00, is Executive VP and General Manager of NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.

Huntley Rainville, BA ’04, is the Senior Advertising Manager at in the Boston area.

Larry Rasky ‘78 is Chairman of Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications in Boston. He is also Vice Chair of Emerson's Board of Trustees.

Kathi-Anne Reinstein, MA '97, is a State Representative, 16th Suffolk (MA) District. Her district covers precincts in Chelsea, Revere, and Saugus.  

Sarah N. Rhines, MA ’09, is a Policy Assistant at The Rath Group in the Boston area.

Kimball A. Robeson, BS ’03, is a Real Estate Salesperson at Keller Williams Realty in the Boston area and is also working in Prospect Marketing at Millenium Partners Sports Club Management LLC.

Erika Rydberg, BS '08, is a Junior Associate at the FrameWorks Institute as well as a Sales Associate for Pulp DC.

Janice Scangas, MA ‘94, is founder and executive director of the Corfu Foundation, a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people and organizations reconnect with spiritual principles that serve the common good. 

Joel Schwartzberg ‘90 is a Digital Executive Producer at Current TV in New York City.  

Maria Sciolto, BA ’05, is an Attorney at Equels Law Firm in the Miami, FL, area.

Daniel S.T. Seet, MA ’09, is the Senior Officer at the Singapore Civil Defense Force.

Hasan Sevin, MA ’10, is an Adjunct Instructor in the School of International Service at American University in the Washington, D.C. area.

Mega P. Shah, MA ’10, is an Online Media Planner at KD&E in the New York City area.

Kirti Shenoi, MA ’10, is the Junior Coordinator at the Office of International Student Affairs at Emerson College. She is also a Graduate Assistant at the College.

Victor Shopov, BS ’04, is the Manager of City Government and Community Relations at the Children’s Hospital in the Boston area.

Zorawar Shukla, BA ’07, is working as an online marketer for Ripple Effect Films and in the Washington, D.C. area.

Katie-Coral Sicora, BS ’10, is an Associate Language Strategist at Maslansky Luntz & Partners in New York, NY.

Eric R. Siegel, BS ’04, is the Manager at CrossFit Fenway in the Boston area.

Arielle C. Simmons, BS ’09, is a Residential Counselor at Germaine Lawrence in the Boston area.

Jeffrey A. Sironi, BS ’06, is the Music Coordinator at CBS Television Distribution in the Los Angeles area.

Erica D. Skov, MA ’09, is an Account Development Manager at Forrester Research in the Boston area.

Christopher Smalley, MA ‘93, is a Freelance Publicist and Voiceover Artist at CPS Productions in Los Angeles, CA. He has also produced two films on public diplomacy. 

Maita Soukup, BA ’04, is the Account Manager at Reputation Inc in London, United Kingdom.

Maria Stephanos, MA '88, is an anchor for Fox25 News.

Victoria N. Steere, BS ’08, is the Operations and Member Management at Hub Bay Area in the Boston area.

Cathy St. Pierre, BS '04  is a Manager of Marketing and Communication at Harvard Catalyst/The Harvard Clinical & Translational Science Center in Boston, MA.

Meredith A. Tansey, BS ’08, is an Administrative Specialist at The Hospice of the Good Shepherd in the Boston area.

Ashley M. Tarbet, BS ’09, is the Giving Corps Volunteer Manager at Cradles to Crayons in the Boston area.

Genevieve M. Thaler, BS ’09, is a Customer Service Representative at LL Bean in New York. 

Ashley L. Thompson, BS ’08, is the Chief of Staff at New York City Council in the New York City area.

Christopher Thompson, BS ’10, is the Press Secretary at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Office of the State Auditor and a Tour Guide at Urban AdvenTours in the Boston area.

Laurie Thompson, BS ’08, is the Program Manager at Oracle Corporation in the Boston area.

Eric Tollar ‘09 is the Director/Producer for Tollar Productions as well as the Media Director for Stop the Pike Hike, Boston, MA.

Kristinia E. Tomai, BS ’05, is an Account Manager at Imago Sales in the New York City area.

Madalyn Tomaszewski, BS ’10, is an Associate at Dewey Square Group in MA.

Angelique Torres, MA ‘07, is an Employer Outreach Specialist at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. 

Christopher Tucker, BS ’07, is the Business Systems Analyst at EF Education First in the Boston area.

Lena M. Utin, BS ’07, is the Owner of Jaded Enterprises LLC in the New York City area.

Elizabeth A. Valois, MA ’10, is the Public Affairs Coordinator at Citizens Bank in the Boston area.

Meghan Van Dusen Spear, BS ’04, is the Vice President of Investor Sales & Marketing at EVA Dimensions, LLC in the New York City area.

Samantha Vail, BS ’10, is a Talent Management/Production Assistant at Station3 and Coverage Writer at FuseFrame New Media in the Los Angeles area.

David P. Vaughan, BS ’07, is the Director of Marketing at Price Benowitz LLP in the Washington, D.C. area.

Heather Vitale, BS ’08, is a Staff Assistant at the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at the Kennedy School of Government in Boston. 

Joanne E. Walsh, BS ’03, is a Human Resources Business Partner at Alliance Healthcare Services in the Boston area.

Miranda R. Ward, BS ’07, is a Research Assistant to a member of the Oxford University English faculty working on the collected letters of P.G. Wodehouse.

Stephanie L. Waters, BS ’09, is the Assistant Producer at AKPD Message & Media in the Chicago area.

Daniel J. Weiman, BS ’08, is an Administrative Assistant and Customer Service Representative at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the Boston area.

William F. Wemer, MA ’10, is the Development Officer for Annual Giving at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the Boston area.

Jeffrey Werner, MA ’10, is a Communications Advisor at Space with a Soul in the Boston area.

Katie White-Morris ‘06 is the Director of Media Relations of 57th & Irving Productions, an independent film financing and production company in New York, NY.

Ariel White, BS ’10, is a Public Relations Contractor at The Garrity Group in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Claire Williams, BS ’03, is working in Sales at Mystic Journey Bookstore in the Los Angeles area and attending Yo San University for her Master’s degree.

Brett Winterble ‘93 is host of the Covert Radio Show, a nightly radio program examining issues related to national security, international affairs, and the war on terror.

Andrew Wishnia Esq., BS ’04, is a Transportation Specialist at the Federal Highway Administration in the Washington, D.C. area.

Elisha J. Yaffe, BA ’07, is the Producer at Warner Bros. Creative Lab and a Writer/Performer at Zebro Sketch Comedy in the Los Angeles area.

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