Alumni Fields

  • Law

    • Rose Carmen Goldberg (SF06)

      Deputy Attorney General
      Office of the California Attorney General
      Lecturer, Berkeley Law School

      Oakland, California

      “St. John’s nurtured my curiosity, and this inquisitiveness informs my work as a public interest lawyer every day.”

    • Joan Haratani (SF79)

      Partner
      Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

      San Francisco, California

      “St. John’s College gave me the quiet confidence of knowing that if I could navigate the Program successfully, nothing could intimidate me. It taught me to listen, to respect the views of others, to reject my preconceived ideas, to never stop learning and listening to the truth.”

    • Jonathan Tincher (A12)

      Associate
      Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

      Washington, DC

      “I can think creatively about complex issues because I did the same thing at St. John’s.”

    • Joanna Baron (AGI09)

      Executive Director
      Canadian Constitution Foundation

      Toronto, Ontario

      “The gravitas of seminar gave me a poise and confidence which served me everywhere from my first appearance in a criminal appeal to media interviews and everything in between.”

    • Derek Alexander (A99)

      Deputy General Counsel
      Stifel Financial Corp.

      Kew Gardens, New York

      “Researching the law and writing clean, direct, effective contracts and briefs is a craft; I enjoy making something that works, and the gradually built experience that goes into it.”

    • Shawn Watts (SF00)

      District Court Judge
      Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
      Law Professor: University of Kansas

      Lawrence, Kansas

      “The kind of thinking that’s required to get through the Program is the same kind of thinking you need in law school.”

    • Sara A. Blankenhorn Johnston (SFGI07)

      Judge
      Taos Magistrate Court

      El Prado, New Mexico

      “I love my profession because it allows me to utilize my years of study in service of my community, and St. John’s was instrumental in me arriving here.”

    • Brian T. McGuire (A96)

      Policy Director
      Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

      Washington, DC

      “The scope of my work [as a policy director] is as broad and interesting as America itself.”

    • Thomas Berry (SF13)

      Research Fellow
      Cato Institute

      Washington, DC

      “St. John’s taught me that the way to have a lasting impact is to become part of an important conversation, and having some role in our country’s conversation on legal and policy issues is the most fulfilling aspect of my career.”

    • Johnathan Gooch (A14)

      Editor-in-Chief
      Texas International Law Journal

      Austin, Texas

      “The patience and authenticity that make [St. John’s] seminars successful have allowed me to navigate difficult leadership predicaments.”

    • Clayton “Tex” Pasley (A11)

      Associate
      Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd.

      Chicago, Illinois

      Throughout his law career, Tex Pasley has dedicated himself to social equity, especially with the Shriver Center on Poverty Law.

    • Erin M. Page (A04)

      Senior Law Librarian
      Fastcase Legal Research

      Alexandria, Virginia

      “St. John’s gave me the experience needed to hear what a person is actually asking, instead of assuming, which is vital to fulfilling their needs.”

  • Education

    • Dr. Anika Prather (AGI09)

      Founder + Head of School
      The Living Water School

      Fort Washington, Maryland

      “I want to educate young people to [not only] know their history, but to also gain the tools to stand for equality.”

    • Dr. Leslie Kay (SF83)

      Professor + Lab Director
      Psychology + Neuroscience
      University of Chicago

      Chicago, Illinois

      “Here [at St. John's] we read the seminal papers to understand the steps of reasoning that led scientists to their conclusions. We learn along the way and appreciate the outcomes of debates ... not being attracted to being right but being attracted to finding the truth, it makes the mind better at science.”

    • Dr. Jeffrey Seidman (A93)

      Associate Professor
      Philosophy
      Vassar College

      Poughkeepsie, New York

      As a professor at Vassar College, Jeffrey Seidman contemplates the intersection of moral philosophy, the philosophy of action, and the theory of practical rationality—as well as metaphysics, ancient philosophy, and more.

    • Dr. Daryl Haggard (SF95)

      Associate Professor + Lab Director
      Physics
      McGill University

      Montreal, Quebec

      “St. John’s made me intellectually brave, and I use that [in my career] every single day.”

    • Dr. Andrew Hui (A02)

      Associate Professor
      Yale-NUS College

      Singapore

      “The education at St. John’s gave me the breadth and depth of the classical tradition [and] a firm grounding in humanities.”

    • Karina Hean (A00)

      Visual Arts Chair
      New Mexico School for the Arts

      Santa Fe, New Mexico

      “...the [St. John’s] education values ideas, criticality, and expression, and builds leadership and collaboration through dialogue. These are real life skills in the 21st century.”

    • Dr. Cecelia Watson (A01)

      Scholar in Residence
      Bard College

      “Language is a powerful tool to create a more open society, and more opportunities for more people … I just want people to have a sense of joy and freedom and fun in writing.”

    • Dr. Kyle Long (AGI10)

      Director
      Higher Education Research
      Hanover Research

      Washington, DC

      “I believe in the transformative power of education. It’s a cliché, but it also happens to be true.”

    • Melanie Kirby (SF97)

      Founder
      Zia Queenbees Farm + Field Institute

      Taos, New Mexico

      “St. John's has continued to influence my interactions on a day-to-day basis. The curriculum and discussion format positively conditioned me to embrace my inquisitiveness and to bravely be at the helm of my educational pursuits.”

    • Matthew Lippart (SF01, EC04)

      Head of School
      Bellevue Children’s Academy

      Bellevue, Washington

      “I think a big part of whatever success I have had can be attributed to my ability to communicate with all stakeholders, approach everyone from an area of mutual interest, and see how we can best move forward together. These were skills I honed at St. John’s.”

    • Theodore Hadzi-Antich (A04)

      Associate Professor
      Austin Community College

      Austin, Texas

      “It’s essential. I don’t want to be hyperbolic, but liberal arts education has a key role to play in preserving our democracy.”

    • Glen Olson (SF07)

      Lead Instructor + Civic Engagement Coordinator
      Immigration Institute of the Bay Area

      Redwood City, California

      “As an educator, I am constantly drawing on what I learned at St. John’s ... It’s amazing how many trendy education terms and notions are already implicit in the way St. John’s classes work.”

  • Arts & Media

    • Kate Bennett (A97)

      White House Correspondent
      CNN

      Glen Echo, Maryland

      “My career has included pop culture, glossy magazines, fashion, celebrity, politics, print, web, television, etc. And I honestly think I learned that curiosity and lack of conventional boundary at St. John’s.”

    • Zusha Elinson (SF03)

      National Reporter
      Wall Street Journal

      Richmond, California

      “The practices that we learned in seminar [at St. John’s], such as listening openly and asking tough questions in a respectful manner, are some of the most valuable tools for a journalist to push beyond the simplistic divides in our country and find the most interesting stories.”

    • Lydia Polgreen (A97)

      Head of Content
      Gimlet Media

      Brooklyn, New York

      “I realized I wanted to look at and question the world just like I did at St. John’s. And to continue my inquiry because the world is open to interpretation. I had to go places and see things for myself.”

    • Salvatore Scibona (SF97)

      National Book Award Finalist
      Guggenheim Fellow

      New York, New York

      “I am always asking myself if the work I'm doing matters, and if it’s true. Those are Johnnie questions, I find.”

    • Caitlin Cass (SF09)

      Cartoonist
      The New Yorker
      Art Teacher: Buffalo Seminary

      Buffalo, New York

      “St. John’s helped me enter a conversation with ideas that I’m still engaged in with every comic I make and every class I teach. St. John’s gave me something to make art about.”

    • Devendra Contractor (SF79)

      Founder + Principal
      DNCA Architects

      Albuquerque, New Mexico

      “I always tell people that St. John’s is the best education for architects… I firmly believe every architect should have a liberal arts undergraduate degree.”

    • Jane McManus (A93)

      Director
      Center for Sports Communication
      Marist College

      Ossining, New York

      Since 1998, Jane McManus has covered New York sports for ESPN, the Daily News, and more—experience she uses as the director of Marist College’s Center for Sports Communication.

    • Robert George (A98)

      Editorial Board Member
      Bloomberg Opinion

      New York City, New York

      Robert George’s career has spanned politics, stand-up comedy, and journalism—he currently works as a member of Bloomberg Opinion’s editorial board.

    • Danny Hakim (A93)

      Investigative Reporter
      New York Times

      Maplewood, New Jersey

      “I think that [the critical thinking skills acquired at St. John’s] really changed the way I looked at the world and thought about things in general. For a reporter, that’s a really important skill to have.”

    • Chris Horne (SF05)

      Senior Associate and Product Manager
      Urban Planning, Technology, and Real Estate
      Keller Williams Realty

      Austin, Texas

      “My profession is an interdisciplinary, generalist field that synthesizes multiple specialties and resolves them through reading, writing, conversation, creative problem solving, and analytical thinking: framed that way, it’s not hard to see why St. John’s is an ideal preparation for my career path.”

    • Sam Stewart (SF11)

      Furniture Designer

      New York, New York

      “I didn’t think about literally translating my St. John’s education into a career when I graduated ... But I knew I had the confidence from St. John’s that I could teach myself anything and talk to anyone.”

    • Elizabeth Harball (SF09)

      News Editor
      Anchorage Daily News

      Anchorage, Alaska

      “I needed to know to speak up when I didn’t understand at St. John’s; to be a journalist, that’s essential. I needed to have the tenacity to pursue answers when I didn’t understand something at St. John’s; that’s another essential skill in journalism.”

  • Business

    • Joshua Rogers (A98)

      Founder + CEO
      Arete Wealth

      Chicago, Illinois

      “One secret about a St. John’s education is that all of the books you read are written by the wisest people to help understand people; and so if you read and listen carefully, St. John’s can be a laboratory that creates exceptional leaders.”

    • Miyoko Schinner (A79)

      Founder + CEO
      Miyoko’s Creamery

      Nicasio, California

      “At St. John’s, you learn how to learn, and you learn not to be intimidated.”

    • Jamaal Sebastian-Barnes (A10)

      Global Head
      Digital Talent Acquisition
      Novartis

      Cambridge, Massachusetts

      “I left the college with a type of reckless fearlessness about the nature of learning, and that has translated to an equally reckless fearlessness when it comes to diving into radically different industries.”

    • Jack Langworthy (SF07)

      CEO
      NINAYO

      Tanzania

      “St. John’s requires students to read, write, speak, and think for themselves. That skill has been instrumental for getting NINAYO started and off the ground.”

    • Sean Di Ianni (SFGI13)

      Cofounder + Executive VP
      Meow Wolf

      Santa Fe, New Mexico

      “On one hand [of my profession] is a problem-solving mentality, and on the other is an exploration … St. John’s really builds that capacity for discovery.”

    • Lee Munson (SF97)

      Chief Investment Officer
      Portfolio Wealth Advisors
      Market Analyst: CNN, CNBC, Fox

      Albuquerque, New Mexico

      “On Wall Street, money is the measure, and I have done well for a punk rocker with an anti-Wall Street attitude ... do your own thing, always.”

    • Therese Posner (SF06)

      CEO
      AI4ALL

      Oakland, California

      Therese Posner is CEO of AI4ALL, a company that seeks to help underrepresented young people gain access to the tech world.

    • Anant Vashi (SF96)

      Vice President
      Finance
      Neat Capital

      Boulder, Colorado

      “St. John’s provided me with the tools and confidence to create an intellectual space between myself and the world whizzing by … Negotiating transactions worth tens of millions of dollars can be very tenuous and stressful, but I believe that the space that St. John’s taught me to make is critical to successful outcomes.”

    • Johanna Wilson (A90)

      CEO + Cofounder
      OpenPath Products

      Annapolis, Maryland

      “We have to embrace and lead change or risk being rolled over by it. At the same time, one needs to be balanced and grounded in something greater than oneself and the here-and-now. St. John's has helped me grapple with the balance.”

    • Michael Wu (SF07)

      Principal + Founder
      Converge Strategies

      Washington, DC

      “I have to work with a lot of different organizations, institutions, and people, and connect and align them around common objectives, even when they’re not predisposed to that. I always go back to the experience of sitting around the table (at St. John’s) and think ‘What can I do to make this conversation most successful?’”

    • Dino Anderson (A99)

      Executive Director
      Global Talent + Organizational Development, Inclusion + Diversity
      Maxim Integrated

      San Francisco, California

      Dino Anderson transitioned from education to mission-based tech in 2012; he now serves as an executive director at Maxim Integrated.

    • Doug Lynam (SF96)

      Partner
      LongView Asset Management

      Santa Fe, New Mexico

      “Success in today’s economy requires adaptability and creativity. Being forced to study subjects in the Program I didn’t naturally like and decode the most complex ideas in the history of western civilization gave me profound intellectual flexibility and curiosity.”

  • Public Service

    • Ben Sasse (AGI98)

      U.S. Senator
      Nebraska

      Fremont, Nebraska and Washington, DC

      Since winning a seat as U.S. senator for Nebraska in 2015, Ben Sasse has served on committees including Judiciary; Armed Services; Joint Economics; and Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

    • Lucy Tamlyn (A78)

      U.S. Ambassador
      Central African Republic

      In January 2019, Lucy Tamlyn was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the Central African Republic—the latest step in her 32-year career in the Foreign Service.

    • John Sifton (A96)

      Asia Advocacy Director
      Human Rights Watch

      Washington, DC

      “So many St. John’s students say this, but it’s true: the school began to teach me how to think, how to analyze what I was thinking.”

    • Clare Davitt (SFGI07)

      City Councilor
      Bangor, Maine

      Bangor, Maine

      Clare Davitt is devoted to public service, working simultaneously as constituent services representative for Maine Congressman Jared Golden, a board member for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and city councilor of Bangor, Maine.

    • Andrew Kolb (A01)

      Director
      Communications
      German Marshall Fund

      Washington, DC

      “St. John’s is a boxing gym for ideas. It teaches you to punch above your weight.”

    • Talley Kovacs (A01)

      Assistant Attorney General
      Maryland Office of the Attorney General

      Baltimore, Maryland

      “My voice matters, and my analysis of issues is genuinely valuable to people tasked with making hard decisions.”

    • Melanie Santiago-Mosier (A00)

      Managing Director
      Access + Equity
      Vote Solar

      Baltimore, Maryland

      “My organization, the environmental movement, and the nation need to interrogate our approach to a clean energy transformation, in addition to many other systems. St. John's absolutely planted in me the seed for interrogating assumptions.”

    • Sonja Friesl (SF04)

      Senior Policy Advisor
      Ontario Public Service

      Toronto, Ontario

      “St. John’s empowered me to trust my own thinking and to articulate my thoughts. This skill is invaluable in any context, but especially in the context of policy analysis and development.”

    • Sara Luell (A09)

      Director
      Communications
      Maryland Department of Housing + Community Development

      Edgewater, Maryland

      “One thing I feel we focused on at St. John’s was taking these complex and detailed works and translating them into what the essential idea is. That has been extremely helpful during my career.”

    • Luke Kirkland (SF07)

      Department Head
      Waltham Public Library

      Harvard, Massachusetts

      “Public libraries are essential to the health of democracy. It’s critical that we have spaces in public life that are not dominated by commerce.”

    • Michael Barber (SF05)

      Executive Director
      Alaska Conservation Foundation

      Anchorage, Alaska

      Michael Barber has worked in conservation for years, leading to his current position as executive director of the Alaska Conservation Foundation.

    • Zoe Collins (A18)

      Director
      Communications + Outreach
      The Initiative

      Denver, Colorado

      “What you’re doing in an advocacy relationship is taking all these facts or statements about somebody’s life, the situation that they’re in, and what options are available to you or to them—and then you’re trying to combine all of these things into a plan. I feel like that’s very similar to what we do in seminar.”

  • Healthcare

    • Dr. Martin Gaudinski (A04)

      Medical Director
      Clinical Trials Program
      National Institutes of Health

      Bethesda, Maryland

      “The reason I go to work in the morning is to create vaccines to keep people doing what they do best—living, and living well.”

    • A.B. Singh (SF09)

      Nurse Practitioner
      COVID-19 Response Team
      Boston Hope Medical Center

      Boston, Massachusetts

      “Half of the Boston Hope Medical Center is dedicated to providing care for people who are facing homelessness and are COVID positive. My job was to be their nurse, which means providing ongoing assessment and recommending treatment as appropriate.”

    • Dr. Omar S. Manejwala (A93)

      Chief Medical Officer
      DarioHealth

      Matthews, North Carolina

      “I’ve always viewed work as how we solve problems in the world, and from that lens, I can’t imagine better preparation than St. John’s.”

    • Dr. April Sharp (A07)

      Pediatric Neurology
      Critical Care Fellow
      Johns Hopkins Hospital

      Baltimore, Maryland

      “I use the skills I learned at St. John’s on a daily basis. Medicine is all about asking questions and seeking answers. Many of the questions are difficult. They are complex and personal. They don’t always have a right answer. If there is an answer, it may not be easy.”

    • Dr. Carolyn Luppens (SF10)

      General Surgery Fellow
      University of New Mexico Hospital
      Albuquerque

      Salt Lake City, Utah

      “If I am great at what I do, it is because of what I learned at St. John’s and how I learned it.”

    • Dr. Matthew Carter (A95)

      Pediatric Physician
      The Pediatric Clinic

      Auburn, Alabama

      “I am a better doctor because St. John’s taught me to look further and consider other possibilities.”

    • Dr. Christopher Jones (SF00)

      Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
      Presbyterian Medical Services

      Santa Fe, New Mexico

      “Studying at St. John’s has benefited my career path in foundational, vast ways.”

    • Dr. John Okrent (A04)

      Family Doctor
      Sea Mar Community Health Center

      Tacoma, Washington

      “I am constantly having to remind myself of the necessity of dialogue and searching towards truth and beauty, rather than making a point or being “right” … I think that’s the spirit that’s instilled at St John’s, and is invaluable.”

  • Stem

    • Dr. Michael Fausnaugh (SF11)

      Research Scientist
      MIT

      Cambridge, Massachusetts

      “Results from the [Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite] mission have the potential to transform humanity's understanding of the Earth and our place in the universe … It is exciting and humbling to be part of this research.”

    • Dr. Cynthia Keppel (A84)

      Staff Scientist
      Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility

      Newport News, Virginia

      “Scientists need to listen to their colleagues describe their theories, results, models—and try then to discern common patterns and larger truths from a multitude of puzzling data and voices. Sound like a seminar to you?”

    • Kit Linton (A97)

      Vice President
      Cloud Networking
      IBM

      Durham, North Carolina

      "I've found IT to be a rare example of a true meritocracy—an environment where talented, earnest individuals inevitably rise to the top."

    • Dr. Shannon Hateley (SF07)

      Postdoctoral Researcher
      Carnegie Institution for Science

      Berkeley, California

      “I ask a lot of big-picture questions in my work that I think people coming from a purely scientific background might be less likely to ask. I also think the type of research that interests me is more to do with trying to figure out the nature of things rather than come upon one very concrete question.”

    • David Reed (SF09)

      Lead Member
      Technical Staff
      Salesforce

      Denver, Colorado

      “While the vocabulary and the conceptual framework of what I do on a day-to-day basis may not look too much like St. John's, the shapes of the problems I need to solve and the tools that I can use to solve them do.”

    • Skip McGee (SF10)

      Information System Security Engineer
      Los Alamos National Lab

      Santa Fe, New Mexico

      “Since St. John’s I have played several roles, both in the Marine Corps and in the civilian world. I don’t think that any one of those roles or experiences comes close to the transforming power of my experience at St. John’s.”

    • Dr. Julie Allison Spencer (SF86)

      Postdoctoral Fellow
      Los Alamos National Lab

      Santa Fe, New Mexico

      “The appreciation for the beauty of math that formed when I was a student at St. John's College sustains my work on pandemic prevention.”

    • Dr. Andrew Mead (SF04)

      Faculty Scientist
      University of Vermont

      Moretown, Vermont

      “As a scientist, I feel I have a fuller sense of what it means to know something, or at least I have more of an awareness of how ‘science’ fits into the history of humans ‘knowing’ things, thanks to St. John’s.”

    • McDavid Stilwell (A93)

      CFO
      Coherus BioSciences

      San Francisco, California

      After beginning his career in journalism, McDavid Stilwell transitioned to the biotech industry, where he now works as CFO for Coherus BioSciences.

    • Mark Stephen Meadows (SF93)

      Founder + CEO
      Botanic Technologies

      San Francisco Bay Area, California

      As founder and CEO of Botanic Technologies, Mark Stephen Meadows designs personalized conversational interfaces for clients such as Skype and Logitech.

    • David Hysong (AGI11)

      Founder
      SHEPHERD Therapeutics

      “Our long-term goal is to change the [healthcare] industry … We want to change the whole ecosystem.”

    • Craig Sirkin (A95)

      Senior Consulting Engineer
      TachTech

      Denver, Colorado

      “I work well with the uncertainty of situations where I have to learn something new or figure something out from scratch. This is where I think my St. John’s education has helped me.”

Alumni Careers

Profile of   Rose Carmen Goldberg (SF06)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Rose Carmen Goldberg (SF06)

Job & Location

Public interest litigator, law school lecturer, writer, Oakland, California

About

As a deputy attorney general in the Office of the California Attorney General’s Public Rights Division, Rose Carmen Goldberg (SF06) litigates complex civil cases to protect vulnerable communities in her native California—cases that can affect potentially millions of people. “My cases have the reach of class actions, and I play a lead role in how they are fought,” she says. “Having a big impact as an individual is very fulfilling.” Rose also teaches veterans law at UC Berkeley School of Law and is a prolific op-ed writer on veterans, sexual assault, and mental health‐related topics in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and more. Rose’s background includes work in all three branches of the federal government: health policy at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, a stint at the White House working on Native American Affairs, a fellowship in the U.S. Senate, and a federal appellate clerkship. Before joining the Office of the California Attorney General, she represented homeless and low‐income veterans in administrative proceedings.

Accomplishments

  • Public Rights Project Affirmative Leaders Fellowship
  • California Women Lawyers Fay Stender Award for humanity, courage, and commitment to the underrepresented
  • California Young Lawyers Association Jack Berman Award of Achievement for distinguished service to the public
  • Skadden Fellowship to launch a program that integrates legal and mental health services for veterans kicked out of the military consequent to sexual assault or discrimination
  • Board of Directors for the Historical Society for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Board Member, American Indian Cultural District San Francisco

Further Study

JD, Yale Law School; MPA, Columbia University

Profile of   Joan Haratani (SF79)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Joan Haratani (SF79)

Job & Location

Lawyer, San Francisco, California

About

Over more than three decades, Joan Haratani (SF79) has honed practical, goal oriented, strategic thinking and courtroom skills in high-exposure cases. A co-lead counsel on some of the largest mass tort litigations, Joan defends her clients in class actions, from product liability litigation to complex licensing agreements to trade secret indemnity issues. She is currently a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Accomplishments

  • 2020 Amel Zenoune-Zouani Rights & Leadership Award by the International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law, which honors individuals who have achieved professional excellence and have worked to promote women's rights, social justice, and gender equality.
  • Top 100 Lawyers in California and a Top 75 Women Litigator by the Daily Journal

Further Study

JD, UC Davis

Profile of   Jonathan Tincher (A12)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Jonathan Tincher (A12)

Job & Location

Lawyer, Washington, DC

About

Jonathan Tincher (A12) finds himself practicing in the asset management group at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, an international law firm with an emphasis on asset management. He counsels the firm‘s clients on subjects ranging from private fund formations to regulatory compliance. “Securities law is a highly specialized area with a long regulatory history,” Tincher says, also remarking that he “enjoys finding creative solutions when the facts have outpaced the law.”

Further Study

JD, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Profile of   Joanna Baron (AGI09)

Master of Arts in Liberal Arts

Joanna Baron (AGI09)

Job & Location

Lawyer, Toronto, Ontario

About

Joanna Baron (AGI09) runs a legal charity tasked with defending the rights and freedoms of Canadians in courts of law and public opinion; her responsibilities range from litigation oversight to media communications, staff management, and more. “Constitutional law is ground zero for the tangible experience of liberty in a given state, and in my role I am able to bring the law to life by making Canadians more aware of the rights they possess and how those rights really intersect with their daily lives,” says Baron. “The Constitution limits the scope of government action, and it is a great privilege to ensure that it remains coherent and relevant to all Canadians.”

Accomplishments

  • Gertrude Kennedy Jurisprudence Prize, McGill University
  • Asper Centre Graduate Scholarship to study law abroad at Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Law Clerk, Court of Appeal for Ontario

Further Study

BA, McGill University; BCL/LLB (Law), McGill University

Profile of   Derek Alexander (A99)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Derek Alexander (A99)

Job & Location

Lawyer and educator, Kew Gardens, New York

About

Derek Alexander (A99) leads his firm’s institutional legal team, providing corporate governance counsel and investment banking regulation advice. He also guides distressed businesses through reorganizations and teaches contract law at Cardozo Law School. “I am a specialist: it is good to be part of a small professional world in which honor and reputation matter,” he says. “And I think about debt and risk-taking. They are what bankruptcy is about. Debt and risk are among those ‘great ideas’—fundamental aspects of humanity that always have shaped us as individuals, in groups, and over time. They always will.”

Accomplishments

Harvard Law Review Editor and Business Manager, 2006–2008

Further Study

JD, Harvard Law School

Profile of   Shawn Watts (SF00)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Shawn Watts (SF00)

Job & Location

Judge and law professor, Lawrence, Kansas

About

Now District Court Judge of Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and a law professor at University of Kansas, Shawn Watts (SF00) was previously the associate director of the Edson Queiroz Foundation Mediation Program at Columbia Law School. A citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, he developed and teaches a course on Native American Peacemaking, a traditional form of dispute resolution, and he has mediated in the New York City Civil Court, Harlem Small Claims Court, and the Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution.

Accomplishments

  • Jane Marks Murphy Prize for clinical advocacy
  • Strine Fellow
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Managing editor of Columbia Law’s Journal of Law and Social Problems
  • Past president of the National Native American Law Students Association

Profile of   Sara A. Blankenhorn Johnston (SFGI07)

Master of Arts in Liberal Arts

Sara A. Blankenhorn Johnston (SFGI07)

Job & Location

Magistrate judge, El Prado, New Mexico

About

A seasoned public defender and advocate for domestic abuse victims—with experience ranging from immigrant representation at Lawit and Kitson to DWI and domestic violence prosecution as an assistant district attorney—Sara Blankenhorn (SFGI07) was appointed magistrate judge for New Mexico’s Eighth Judicial District in March 2020. “Though [law is] imperfect and progress too slow for those suffering injustice,” Blankenhorn chooses to practice “because it represents our greatest potential as moral beings.”

Accomplishments

  • Dean’s Award (2011) from University of New Mexico
  • Governor’s judgeship appointment; winner of the Magistrate Judge seat election for Taos County in 2020

Further Study

JD, University of New Mexico; BA with Distinction in Philosophy and Minor in International Studies, University of Washington

Profile of   Jide Nzelibe (A93)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Jide Nzelibe (A93)

Job & Location

Professor + scholar, Chicago, Illinois

About

Jide Nzelibe (A93), a professor at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law, takes an approach to the study of law that likely sounds familiar to fellow Johnnies; throughout his 15 years of teaching and scholarship, his research has touched on everything from war and the World Trade Organization to the legal ramifications of political partisanship. In addition to regularly publishing articles in various publications and teaching law, Nzelibe spent 1998–99 as a clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and has taught at the University of Chicago. Of his interdisciplinary attitude towards international law, he says: “The Johnnie experience gives you more confidence in saying, ‘look, I can see these things are connected, I can see that there’s a philosophical element and an identity element, and I can see that the stakes are maybe higher than the economic issues that are being debated.’”

Accomplishments

  • Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, 1998–99
  • Fellowship recipient, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and the Ford Foundation 
  • Published in numerous legal and scholarly publications

Further Study

Master’s in public administration, Princeton University; J.D., Yale Law School

Profile of   Brian T. McGuire (A96)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Brian T. McGuire (A96)

Job & Location

Lobbyist, Washington, DC

About

At Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, “the scope of my work is as broad and interesting as America itself,” says Brian McGuire (A96). In his role as policy director, he helps forge relationships between government and constituents, sometimes raising a client concern before the government, sometimes crafting solutions for the consideration of legislators or federal bureaus. “Simply put, I help explain government to our clients and our clients to government,” McGuire explains. “More specifically, I help clients solve often complex and high-stakes problems by advocating on their behalf before the federal government in Washington.”

Accomplishments

  • Has appeared as a political commentator on Fox, CNN, PBS, NPR, and MSNBC, with writing in publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Time, USA Today, and Politico.
  • Advisor to various high-profile political figures.
  • Recipient of the Treasury Medal for service to the U.S. Treasury

Profile of   Thomas Berry (SF13)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Thomas Berry (SF13)

Job & Location

Legal researcher and editor, Washington, DC

About

As a research fellow in the Cato Institute’s Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies and managing editor of the Cato Supreme Court Review, Thomas Berry (SF13) conducts research and composes briefs that have drawn attention from outlets such as The Hill and the Washington Post. Before returning to Cato—he spent a year working there previously—Berry was an attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation and clerked for Judge E. Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. “Questions of justice were a running theme throughout my time at St. John’s,” he says. “I was attracted to a career in law because it is the practical application of these philosophical questions; every legal dispute involves at least two parties whose wants are incompatible with each other and must somehow be weighed.”

Accomplishments

  • Law clerk to a federal appellate judge
  • Called to testify before the U.S. Senate
  • Law review article cited by the federal district court in DC

Further Study

JD, Stanford University

Profile of   Johnathan Gooch (A14)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Johnathan Gooch (A14)

Job & Location

Editor-in-chief, Austin, Texas

About

Johnathan Gooch (A14) was the editor-in-chief for the 55th volume of the Texas International Law Journal—which was ranked the number four international law journal in the world, according to Washington & Lee Journal Rankings. Gooch argues that lawyers “are often not capable of the depth of insight and civility exhibited around a seminar table,” and that St. John’s launched him on an invaluable “path toward emotional intelligence.” Of the Texas International Law Journal, Gooch says: “Working with the Journal gave me an opportunity to shape the conversation by choosing what topics we would wrestle with and which authors we would publish. As the number four international law journal in the world, what we publish will be distributed to the top scholars and practitioners of international law across the globe.”

Accomplishments

  • Dean’s Achievement Award in Jurisprudence and Constitutional Law
  • Human Rights Fellow, Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice
  • V&E Scholarship for International Law

Further Study

JD, University of Texas School of Law

Profile of   Clayton “Tex” Pasley (A11)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Clayton “Tex” Pasley (A11)

Job & Location

Lawyer, Chicago, Illinois

About

Throughout his law career, Tex Pasley (A11) has dedicated himself to social equity; he has specifically focused on poverty law, with direct and systemic advocacy experience in employment, consumer, healthcare, housing, prison, and criminal justice reform issues. As a fellow at the Shriver Center, Pasley advocated on behalf of children and families facing eviction after a landlord unlawfully accessed a child’s juvenile records.

Further Study

JD, University of Virginia School of Law

Profile of   Erin M. Page (A04)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Erin M. Page (A04)

Job & Location

Legal librarian, Alexandria, Virginia

About

An enthusiastic law librarian and staff attorney, Erin Page (A04) manages a reference team serving lawyers, judges, paralegals, and researchers nationwide, all with the goal of providing industry-leading tools to make legal research easier and more intuitive. “For me, it’s all about the questions,” Page reports. “St. John’s gave me the experience needed to hear what a person is actually asking, instead of assuming, which is vital to fulfilling their needs.”

Accomplishments

  • Member, American Association of Law Librarians
  • Member, Law Librarian Society of DC
  • Member, Special Libraries Association
  • Honors in Legal practice award from William and Mary Marshall Wythe School of Law

Further Study

JD, William and Mary Marshall Wythe School of Law; MA, Catholic University of America

Profile of   Dr. Anika Prather (AGI09)

Master of Arts in Liberal Arts

Dr. Anika Prather (AGI09)

Job & Location

Educator, Fort Washington, Maryland

About

Anika Prather (AGI09) brings her classical education and deep training as a professional educator to the table whether teaching classes at Howard University or leading The Living Water School, which she founded in 2015. Her passion, she says, is teaching the classics. “Black people have been engaging with [classical] texts literally since they came to America as enslaved people,” she explains. “I am so inspired by their stories and so enlightened by how their connection to these texts helped in their liberation. It is my passion to unveil that fact to others, and in doing that I hope I can create a bridge between people and bring racial healing and unity.”

Accomplishments

  • St. John’s College Award of Merit
  • Author, Living in the Constellation of the Canon

Further Study

BA, Howard University; MA, New York University; MM, Howard University; PhD, University of Maryland

Profile of   Dr. Leslie Kay (SF83)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Dr. Leslie Kay (SF83)

Job & Location

Professor and lab director, Chicago, Illinois

About

In 1995, Leslie Kay (SF83) earned her PhD in biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley, where she performed dissertation research in the laboratory of renowned neuroscientist Walter J. Freeman III. She did postdoctoral studies at CalTech in neurobiology and computational neuroscience. In 2000, she started as a professor at the University of Chicago, where she teaches in the department of psychology, campus-wide programs in neuroscience, and directs her lab—which studies olfactory and limbic system neurophysiology—in the Institute for Mind and Biology.

Further Study

PhD in Biophysics, UC Berkeley

Profile of   Dr. Jeffrey Seidman (A93)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Dr. Jeffrey Seidman (A93)

Job & Location

Professor, Poughkeepsie, New York

About

After graduating from St. John’s, Jeffrey Seidman (A93) earned his bachelor of philosophy and doctor of philosophy degrees from Oxford University, then spent two years teaching philosophy at the London School of Economics. Jeffrey has taught at Vassar College since 2004; his current research concerns the intersection of moral philosophy, the philosophy of action, and the theory of practical rationality, and he’s also interested in metaphysics, epistemology, and ancient philosophy.

Accomplishments

Rhodes Scholar

Further Study

Bphil and Dphil, Oxford University

Profile of   Dr. Daryl Haggard (SF95)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Dr. Daryl Haggard (SF95)

Job & Location

Educator and researcher, Montreal, Quebec

About

Daryl Haggard (SF95) is at the very top of the international astronomy world, exploring the most extreme endpoints for matter in the universe: black holes and neutron stars. She is a devoted educator and recipient of many awards; in 2020, she was part of a team that won the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, capturing the first image of a supermassive black hole by means of an Earth-sized alliance of telescopes. As an educator, she says, “I aim to train both scientists and citizens to help create a fully engaged, scientifically literate populace with the power to change the world.”

Accomplishments

  • 2020 McGill Principal’s Prize for Outstanding Emerging Researchers
  • 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (2017–2019)
  • Canada Research Chair in Multi-messenger Astrophysics, Government of Canada (2019–2024)

Further Study

MS and PhD in Astronomy, University of Washington; MS in Physics, San Francisco State University

Profile of   Dr. Andrew Hui (A02)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Dr. Andrew Hui (A02)

Job & Location

Educator and author, Singapore

About

After receiving his PhD in comparative literature from Princeton in 2012, Andrew Hui (A02) joined the faculty at Yale-NUS College in Singapore, where he’s now an associate professor of humanities. His 2019 book, A Theory of the Aphorism, garnered stellar reviews in The New Yorker, the Bryn Mawr Classical Review, the Times Literary Supplement, and World Literature Today. In addition to teaching, Hui is currently working on his next book, which he says will be “a playful Borgesian encyclopedia entitled A Fragmented Dictionary of the Universal Book.”

Accomplishments

  • 2019 NUS Young Researcher Award
  • Author of A Theory of the Aphorism: From Confucius to Twitter and The Poetics of Ruin in Renaissance Literature

Further Study

PhD in Comparative Literature, Princeton

Profile of   Karina Hean (A00)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Karina Hean (A00)

Job & Location

Artist and educator, Santa Fe, New Mexico

About

As visual arts chair at New Mexico School for the Arts, Karina Hean (A00) oversees “a department similar to a small arts college, but embedded in a tuition-free, state-wide public charter high school;” she balances an enormous range of responsibilities, from daily teaching and developing curricular standards for 70–80 high schoolers to assisting in grant proposals, organizing field trips, exhibitions, guest artists, admissions work, and much more. Her work “completes me; it is my purpose,” she says, and she aims to use her position to teach critical and creative thinking skills and communication to “build a community amongst [her] students that values supportive feedback, vulnerability, confident expression, and responsive change.”

Accomplishments

  • American Artist Fellowship (2008) from Ballinglen Artist Foundation
  • Ballinglen Contemporary Arts Center, Returning Fellow (2018, 2021)
  • Exhibitions including: “Locate” Fort Lewis College Art Gallery (2019); “Strata” Gallery Shoal Creek (2018); “a storm, a structure” Furman University Gallery (2015); Alcove Exhibition, New Mexico Museum of Art, Merry Scully curator (2014)
  • Contributing faculty, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 2011–2016 
  • Full-time visiting assistant professor of art, University of Montana, Missoula 2009–2010          
  • Visiting professor of art, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado 2005–2008

Further Study

MFA, New Mexico State University; Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Drawing, Studio Art Centers International; Studio Art and Art History continuing studies, Maryland Institute College of Art

Profile of   Dr. Cecelia Watson (A01)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Dr. Cecelia Watson (A01)

Job & Location

Writer, scholar, and educator

About

Currently a scholar in residence at Bard College, Cecelia Watson (A01) is a historian, teacher, writer, and a philosopher of science who has worked at institutions including Yale, Bard College Berlin, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. Her 2019 book, Semicolon: The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark received significant praise from the New York Times, Vulture, and more, with The New Yorker’s Mary Norris calling it “delightful” and Elle writer Estelle Tang naming it one of the best books to read during summer 2019. “Language is a powerful tool to create a more open society, and more opportunities for more people,” she says. “I just want people to have a sense of joy and freedom and fun in writing.”

Accomplishments

  • Whitney Humanities Center Fellow, Yale University
  • American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellowship
  • IFK Vienna Research Fellowship (declined)
  • Burnham Early Career Prize, History of Science Society’s Forum for the History of Human Sciences
  • Fishbein Fellowship, The Morris Fishbein Center for History of Medicine, the University of Chicago

Further Study

PhD in Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, University of Chicago; MA in Philosophy, University of Chicago

Profile of   Dr. Kyle Long (AGI10)

Master of Arts in Liberal Arts

Dr. Kyle Long (AGI10)

Job & Location

Education researcher, Washington, DC

About

Whether in his role at Hanover Research or as an assistant professor of international education at George Washington University, Kyle Long (AGI10) finds himself immersed in the world of education. “As a research director for a market research firm, I advise college and university presidents, provosts, and deans by designing and leading the execution of custom research projects,” he explains. “As a professor, I teach graduate students, conduct research, and co-administer a master’s (and soon a doctoral) degree program.” His career experience and his PhD in international higher education led him to the top of his field—and to the publication of his first book, The Emergence of the American University Abroad.

Accomplishments

Fulbright Specialist, Boren Fellow, and multiple grants and fellowships from the George Washington University, the University of Southern California, and Columbia University.

Further Study

PhD in International and Comparative Education, Columbia University; BA in Classics, Wabash College; Study Abroad in Scotland and United Arab Emirates

Profile of   Melanie Kirby (SF97)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Melanie Kirby (SF97)

Job & Location

Apiculturist, Taos, New Mexico

About

Melanie Kirby (SF97) is a skilled practitioner of bee cultivation. As founder of Zia Queenbees, she “collaborates with beekeepers and farmers in various regions to research, collect, test, and propagate naturally resilient and adaptable honeybee stock lines.” However, she’s also an educator and a writer—in the spirit of Wendell Berry or The Lorax—who recently won a Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship. “I find that my farming efforts have become more of a call to social justice and action,” Kirby explains, “inspiring others to appreciate where food comes from and the various cultures and creatures who help to cultivate it.”

Accomplishments

  • National Geographic Explorer & Storyteller (2019–ongoing)
  • Fulbright Fellow (2019–2020)
  • Western Apicultural Society of North America President (2013)
  • American Beekeeping Federation State Director (2015–2020) American Honey Bee Germplasm Inaugural Board Member
  • Carnelian Center Board Member (2013–2017)
  • Rocky Mountain Survivor Queenbee Cooperative Founder & Lead Facilitator (2012–2014)
  • Slow Food International U.S. Delegate
  • Slow Bees USA Cofounder (2020) 

Further Study

U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer; USAID Farmer to Farmer Exchange; Center for Human Potential Trainee & Trainer for U.S. Peace Corps

Profile of   Matthew Lippart (SF01, EC04)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts
Master of Arts in Eastern Classics

Matthew Lippart (SF01, EC04)

Job & Location

Head of school, Bellevue, Washington

About

Matthew Lippart (SF01, EC04) is a specialist in international educational leadership and development, with experience as the leader of elementary schools in Shanghai, China and Egypt. He’s currently the head of school at Bellevue Children’s Academy, where he strives to build the most positive, progressive learning communities possible in matters of hiring, staff development, policy, outreach, and support. “In any given day, I am lucky enough to be a mentor, a colleague, a friend, a teacher, a counselor, and a role model,” he says. “I also get to be around fantastic teachers and students every day, learning and growing alongside them.”

Further Study

Masters in Educational Leadership, The College of New Jersey; Principal Certification in the states of New Jersey and Washington

Profile of   Theodore Hadzi-Antich (A04)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Theodore Hadzi-Antich (A04)

Job & Location

Professor, Austin, Texas

About

Ted Hadzi-Antich Jr. (A04) has made it his mission to bring as many people as possible to the liberal arts. He helped pioneer and still leads the Great Questions Seminar program at Austin Community College, and he recently founded a nonprofit devoted to expanding the number of faculty members and community colleges teaching a liberal arts pedagogy. “We’ve opened the door to liberal education for so many students that would never have gone through it—never have even known that it was there for them,” Hadzi-Antich says.

Accomplishments

Designed and developed a liberal arts foundational program for Austin Community College.

Further Study

Master of Arts in Political Science, Boston College

Profile of   Glen Olson (SF07)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Glen Olson (SF07)

Job & Location

Educator, Redwood City, California

About

At the Immigration Institute of the Bay Area, Glen Olson (SF07) is the lead instructor and program coordinator for a team that educates immigrants in preparation for their naturalization interviews. Olson relishes the opportunity to share his love of history with others and to learn from a diverse and dedicated group of educators and students. “I’m a sucker for the idea that education empowers, and my current position lets me help people become American citizens through education,” he explains.

Further Study

MA of Social Sciences, University of Chicago; M. Phil in History, CUNY Graduate Center

Profile of   Kate Bennett (A97)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Kate Bennett (A97)

Job & Location

Journalist, Glen Echo, Maryland

About

Kate Bennett (A97) is a White House correspondent for CNN, where her beat focuses on the first lady, the East Wing of the White House, and the first family. A former magazine and fashion editor, prior to CNN Kate worked for Politico, Washingtonian, and Capitol File, among other outlets. She is the author of the book, Free, Melania: The Unauthorized Biography of Melania Trump, released December 2019.

Accomplishments

  • Vegas magazine editor-in-chief
  • Head of Washingtonian magazine’s fashion and lifestyle section
  • Author of Free, Melania: The Unauthorized Biography

Profile of   Zusha Elinson (SF03)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Zusha Elinson (SF03)

Job & Location

Journalist, Richmond, California

About

A national reporter with the Wall Street Journal for more than seven years, Zusha Elinson (SF03) has covered nearly every non-financial beat, eventually narrowing his focus to guns, mass shootings, and criminal justice. Currently, Elinson is working on his first book, The American Gun: How a Cold War Invention Became Our Nation’s Most Divisive Weapon, based on his investigative reporting around the history of the AR-15.

Accomplishments

Co-author of The American Gun: How a Cold War Invention Became Our Nation’s Most Divisive Weapon

Profile of   Lydia Polgreen (A97)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Lydia Polgreen (A97)

Job & Location

Head of content, Brooklyn, New York

About

After spending nearly 15 years at the New York Times, where she served as deputy international editor and bureau chiefs for West Africa, South Asia, and Johannesburg—and received the 2006 George Polk Award for foreign reporting and the 2008 Livingston Award for international reporting—Lydia Polgreen (A97) was named editor-in-chief of HuffPost in 2016. In early 2020, she left HuffPost to become head of content at Gimlet Media, an award-winning narrative podcasting company.

Accomplishments

  • 15 years as New York Times award-winning journalist
  • Three years as Editor-in-chief of HuffPost
  • 2006 George Polk Award for foreign reporting
  • 2008 Livingston Award for international reporting

Further Study

MS in Journalism, Columbia University

Profile of   Salvatore Scibona (SF97)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Salvatore Scibona (SF97)

Job & Location

Novelist, humanities nonprofit director, New York, New York

About

A 2008 National Book Award finalist and author of two critically acclaimed novels, The Volunteer and The End, Salvatore Scibona (SF97) serves as the director of the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. As director, he cultivates and supports the work of internationally renowned writers and thinkers and creates programming that enriches the broader NYPL community. As a novelist, he continues to write exceptional works of fiction.

Accomplishments

  • Young Lions Fiction Award, New York Public Library, 2009
  • National Book Award Finalist, for The End, National Book Foundation, 2008
  • Fulbright Scholarship, Creative Writing, U.S.-Italian Fulbright Commission: Rome and Catania, Italy, 1999–2000
  • Selection of the New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” fiction writers, 2010
  • Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts and Letters, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, 2019
  • Ohioana Book Award for The Volunteer, 2020

Further Study

MFA, Fiction Writing, Iowa Writers’ Workshop, University of Iowa

Profile of   Caitlin Cass (SF09)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Caitlin Cass (SF09)

Job & Location

Artist, art teacher, Buffalo, New York

About

Caitlin Cass (SF09) is an artist and New Yorker cartoonist. For the past ten years she has published a bi-monthly comic periodical called Great Moments in Western Civilization Postal Constituent. Cass also teaches art and art history at an independent, all-girls high school. “I make comics, cartoons, and art installations steeped in history, futility, wonder, and irrational hope,” Cass says.

Accomplishments

  • 2018 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Fiction
  • 2018 Betsy Brown Award for Excellence in Teaching (Humanities Faculty) from Buffalo Seminary
  • 2019 NYSCA REDC grant for Women’s Suffrage project with the Burchfield Penny Art Center
  • 2020 National Endowment of the Arts Artworks Grant

Further Study

MFA in Visual Studies, University at Buffalo, SUNY

Profile of   Devendra Contractor (SF79)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Devendra Contractor (SF79)

Job & Location

Architect, Albuquerque, New Mexico

About

Devendra Contractor (SF79), founder and principal of the award-winning firm DNCA, specializes in the design of education, fine arts, and performing arts facilities, as well as residential projects—his designs come to life in the galleries of Santa Fe’s Railyard Arts District and in some of Albuquerque and Santa Fe’s most celebrated contemporary residences. In 2018, DNCA was selected as the designer of the New Mexico Museum of Art’s new Vladem Contemporary, an annex dedicated to contemporary art and art education in Santa Fe.

Accomplishments

Designer of Vladem Contemporary, New Mexico Museum of Art’s annex dedicated to contemporary art and art education

Further Study

Masters in Architecture, University of New Mexico

Profile of   Jane McManus (A93)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Jane McManus (A93)

Job & Location

Sports journalist and educator, Ossining, New York

About

As a journalist, Jane McManus (A93) has covered New York sports since 1998—most notably during a nine-year stint as an NFL reporter and columnist at ESPN—reporting on sporting events including 18 U.S. Opens, five Super Bowls, two NCAA Final Fours, and the inaugural season of the New York Liberty. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, the Journal News, London’s Independent, and the New York Times, and she has appeared on networks including CNN, MSNBC, and more. McManus is currently the director of Marist College’s Center for Sports Communication, where she oversees research, resources, and curriculum for the school’s sports journalism and public relations programs; additionally, she works as a sports columnist at Deadspin.

Accomplishments

  • 2018 National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence in Digital Sports Media for “The Racial Divide” with Jason Reid for The Undefeated.
  • 2001 Associated Press Sports Editors enterprise winner for “Bad Fit.”
  • 2001 USTA Eastern Press Service Award

Further Study

Masters in Journalism, Columbia University

Profile of   Robert George (A98)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Robert George (A98)

Job & Location

Journalist, New York City, New York

About

Robert A. George (A98) is an editorial writer, blogger, and stand-up comic whose work has appeared in the New York Post, HuffPost, and the Wall Street Journal, among others. He currently serves on the editorial board of Bloomberg Opinion, where he writes regularly on education and other policy issues; previously, as an editorial board member at the New York Daily News, he wrote on politics, entertainment, contemporary culture, and much more.

Accomplishments

Has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, Fox, and other networks, and regularly appears on other political affairs programs.

Profile of   Danny Hakim (A93)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Danny Hakim (A93)

Job & Location

Journalist, Maplewood, New Jersey

About

Danny Hakim (A93), an investigative reporter for the New York Times, was one of the lead reporters on the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that reported on the sex scandal that ultimately resulted in the resignation of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. He previously worked as a European economics correspondent based in London, chief of The Times’s bureaus in Albany and Detroit, and a reporter covering investing—among other things, his work has led him to investigate nurses, economic devastation, and illegal coal mining pits in Greece, Ukraine, and Poland, respectively.

Accomplishments

Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2012, along with Russ Buettner, for a series about abuse, neglect and corruption in the care of developmentally disabled people in New York

Profile of   Chris Horne (SF05)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Chris Horne (SF05)

Job & Location

Product manager + urban planner, Austin, Texas

About

During his tenure at Sasaki, an interdisciplinary global planning firm, Chris Horne (SF05) led two projects that were separately awarded the Daniel Burnham Award, the highest honor in his field. Horne found gratification in the master planning process, improving lives and space use in cities, regions, campuses, and neighborhoods by leading interdisciplinary teams of design professionals, iterating design proposals, analyzing spatial systems, visualizing alternative scenarios, and much more. He’s now using many of those same skills as a project manager developing software for Keller Williams Realty, focusing “squarely on the intersection of tech and real estate.”

Accomplishments

  • National Planning Gold Award for Resilience, American Planning Association, 2019, Climate Ready Boston
  • Honor Award, Boston Society of Landscape Architects, 2019, Kabul Afghanistan Master Plan
  • National Honors in Design, American Institute of Architects, 2018, Chicago Riverwalk

Further Study

Master of City Planning, MIT

Profile of   Sam Stewart (SF11)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Sam Stewart (SF11)

Job & Location

Designer, New York, New York

About

Furniture designer Sam Stewart (SF11) got his first big break when he designed a number of tables for the expansion of popular Manhattan restaurant Dimes; the attention he received led to various commissions; a solo show, CRYPTID, at New York’s Fort Gansevoort gallery; and a showing of work at Salone del Mobile, an international furniture design fair in Milan. Since then, his artful, modernist-inflected furniture has attracted recognition from Vice, Architectural Digest, and more.

Accomplishments

Work exhibited nationally and internationally

Profile of   Elizabeth Harball (SF09)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Elizabeth Harball (SF09)

Job & Location

Editor, Anchorage, Alaska

About

Elizabeth Harball (SF09) began her journalism career as an intern, and then a reporter, at E&E News in Washington, DC, before moving to Alaska to cover energy and the environment as a reporter for Alaska Public Media. She’s now a local and state news editor for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize-winning Anchorage Daily News, where she finds herself editing stories on a wide variety of major developments.

Further Study

MS, Journalism, Columbia University

Profile of   Joshua Rogers (A98)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Joshua Rogers (A98)

Job & Location

CEO, Chicago, Illinois

About

Joshua Rogers (A98) is currently the CEO and founder of Arete Wealth, a Broker-Dealer, Registered Investment Advisor, and insurance firm headquartered in Chicago, IL. After St. John’s, Rogers initially began earning a law degree at Georgetown but left to develop his invention career. He has since coinvented several patents, including the e-commerce concept that drives Priceline. Rogers next rose through the ranks on Wall Street with American Express and Ameriprise Financials, building upon the experience with which he founded Arete Wealth, his own financial services firm with 100 offices and more than 265 advisors across the country.

Digital Presence

Accomplishments

  • Board member of the Chicago chapter of Young Presidents’ Organization
  • Board member of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 
  • Member, Economic Club of Chicago
  • Former Board Member, Board of Illinois Humanities

Profile of   Miyoko Schinner (A79)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Miyoko Schinner (A79)

Job & Location

CEO, Miyoko’s Creamery, Nicasio, California

About

During her long career as a vegan baker, chef, cookbook author, and entrepreneur, Miyoko Schinner (A79) has revolutionized the vegan food industry; most recently by bringing vegan cheese into the mainstream with the award-winning vegan food company she founded and runs, Miyoko’s Creamery. “We’re not a company with a mission, we’re a mission with a company,” she says. “I am trying to revolutionize the food system to create a world that is more equitable and just, not only for humans but for all living beings.”

Accomplishments

  • Author of six cookbooks, including Artisan Vegan Cheese and The Homemade Vegan Pantry—The Art of Making Your Own Staples
  • Forbes 50 Over 50 member

Profile of   Jamaal Sebastian-Barnes (A10)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Jamaal Sebastian-Barnes (A10)

Job & Location

Global head of talent acquisition, Cambridge, Massachusetts

About

Jamaal Sebastian-Barnes (A10) has combined his fascination with science with his love for people by working in talent acquisition for companies like Google and now Novartis, a Switzerland-based multinational pharmaceutical company. As the global head of digital talent acquisition, he leads a large international team of business partners and project managers looking for the new right fit to boost their teams’ productivity and creativity. “I develop and manage global talent strategy for data science and digital talent profiles across the enterprise (data science, artificial intelligence, data governance, and digital product owners),” he says.

Accomplishments

Recipient of various scholarships and fellowships, as well as a Truman Scholarship

Further Study

Master’s in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Certificate in Product Management, UC Berkeley

Profile of   Jack Langworthy (SF07)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Jack Langworthy (SF07)

Job & Location

Tech entrepreneur, Tanzania

About

As the leader of NINAYO, Jack Langworthy (SF07) oversees the creation of tech products which increase food security in Africa—including NINAYO.com, the largest online trading platform for Tanzanian agriculture. Langworthy is inspired to help smallholder African farmers succeed while reducing food waste. “Smallholder African farmers are some of the hardest working yet poorest people on earth,” he explains. “My company is dedicated to helping them earn more money.”

Accomplishments

EMBA Entrepreneur of the Year 2018

Further Study

MBA, Copenhagen School of Business

Profile of   Sean Di Ianni (SFGI13)

Master of Arts in Liberal Arts

Sean Di Ianni (SFGI13)

Job & Location

Entrepreneur, Santa Fe, New Mexico

About

At Meow Wolf, the world-renowned interactive arts space in Santa Fe, cofounder Sean Di Ianni (SFGI13) oversees organizational structure, systems, and logistics, making sure operations run smoothly at the experiential art complex. Recently—after coming in at #4 on Time Out’s Top 50 Things to Do in the World Right Now—Meow Wolf announced its expansion into Denver, Las Vegas, and Washington, DC.

Further Study

BFA in Sculpture, Rhode Island School of Design

Profile of   Zach Rasmuson (A95)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Zach Rasmuson (A95)

Job & Location

Executive leadership, Napa Valley, California

About

In the span of 25 years, St. John’s Annapolis alum Zach Rasmuson (A95) went from amateur wine enthusiast—thanks to Athletic Director Leo Pickens (A78) and tutor Abe Schoener (A82)—to acclaimed winemaker and, eventually, executive vice president and chief officer of operations at Duckhorn Wine Company, a Napa Valley mainstay since the 1970s that includes eight lauded wineries and 900 acres of vineyards. In March 2021, Duckhorn breached a rare milestone in the wine world when it entered the stock market, marking the first initial public offering (IPO) from a Napa wine company in two decades. “If you pause for a second during bottling and watch all those bottles roll off the line, and think about how each one of those bottles has a destination—on a table for a celebration or a meal—it’s humbling to know that your past and your toil gets carried into the world,” Rasmuson says of his work. “It brings people happiness, and I can’t speak to the impact, the pride, and the sense of commitment that gives you.”

Accomplishments

  • Designed and built a LEED Gold Certified Goldeneye winery
  • Award-winning winemaker
  • Oversaw Duckhorn Wine Company IPO

Profile of   Lee Munson (SF97)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Lee Munson (SF97)

Job & Location

Portfolio manager, Albuquerque, New Mexico

About

Lee Munson (SF97) formed Portfolio LLC to provide a more user-friendly wealth management model for investors. Lee is a frequent financial market analyst on networks such as Fox Business, CNBC, and CNN, and the author of Rigged Money: Beating Wall Street at Its Own Game. “I have received many awards over the years, but I find them monuments to mediocrity,” he says. “On Wall Street, money is the measure, and I have done well for a punk rocker with an anti-Wall Street attitude ... do your own thing, always.”

Further Study

Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Financial Planner

Profile of   Therese Posner (SF06)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Therese Posner (SF06)

Job & Location

Social entrepreneur, Oakland, California

About

Tess Posner (SF06), CEO of AI4ALL, is a social entrepreneur who works in artificial intelligence, focusing on increasing equity and inclusion in the tech economy. Through a variety of education and development programs, AI4ALL seeks to help underrepresented young people gain access to the tech world—all with the goal of developing accessible artificial intelligence in a responsible manner. Previously, Posner built and ran Samaschool, a nonprofit that equips low-income people to find work in the digital economy through an online platform that trains more than 50,000 students worldwide. She is also a successful singer/songwriter, using her voice to raise awareness on topics including sexual violence, reproductive freedom, and women’s equality.

Accomplishments

  • Co-author of The People Centered Economy: The New Ecosystem for Work
  • More than 1.4 million streams on Spotify
  • Work funded by Melinda Gates, Google, Microsoft, and more

Further Study

MS in Social Enterprise Administration, Columbia University

Profile of   Anant Vashi (SF96)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Anant Vashi (SF96)

Job & Location

Investment banker, Boulder, Colorado

About

Neat Capital is a growth stage mortgage lender with a customer-centric approach, using innovative technology to simplify the home financing process. As vice president of finance, Anant Vashi (SF96) leads the finance team at Neat, leveraging deep transaction and corporate finance experience to help facilitate the company’s growth as an industry leader. Previously, Vashi was a director at Capstone Headwaters, where he developed exit strategies for owners of middle market businesses. Vashi put those clients at ease during high-stakes merger and acquisition transactions. “Middle market investment banking is intellectually rigorous and requires a broad skill set,” he says of his work at Capstone. “It is the real work application of financial and economic theory and is an essential part of the efficient function of private financial markets.”

Further Study

MBA, Case Western Reserve; MA Economics, New School University

Profile of   Johanna Wilson (A90)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Johanna Wilson (A90)

Job & Location

Tech entrepreneur, Annapolis, Maryland

About

Johanna Wilson (A90) is the cofounder and CEO of Annapolis-based OpenPath Products, one of the world’s first mobile app development companies. As an entrepreneur in the fast evolving “Internet of Things,” Wilson thrives in seeing and seizing the amazing technology trends that are changing our world. “I lead and support a team of software developers, testers, and technologists who are helping to make the world a better place,” she says. “For 20 years we have worked quietly behind the scenes with some of the world’s largest and most innovative companies, as well as the cleverest of startups.” She credits the liberal arts, books, and a balance in helping her company continuously adapt, innovate, and influence over the past two decades.

Accomplishments

  • Providing training and job opportunities to more than 40 St. John’s students and alumni
  • Serving on the St. John’s Board of Visitors and Governors
  • Supporting local nonprofits
  • Providing meaningful work to hundreds of engineers over the years

Profile of   Michael Wu (SF07)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Michael Wu (SF07)

Job & Location

Clean energy technology entrepreneur, Washington, DC

About

Mike Wu (SF07) founded Converge Strategies in 2017, drawing on his strong working relationships within the U.S. military and a deep expertise related to how defense energy business is transacted. He previously served as a senior advisor on energy resilience and clean energy in the U.S. Air Force, where he founded the Resilient Energy Demonstration Initiative (REDI) and helped create the Air Force Office of Energy Assurance. Previously, Mike founded the Defense Energy Program at the Truman National Security Project, which developed and advocated for policy supportive of the military’s clean energy and energy resilience initiatives.

Accomplishments

  • Serves as an officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the United States Army Reserves
  • A Fellow of the Resource Security Program at New America

Further Study

JD, Washington University

Profile of   Dino Anderson (A99)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Dino Anderson (A99)

Job & Location

Executive leadership, San Francisco, California

About

As the executive director of global talent & organizational development and inclusion & diversity at Maxim Integrated, Dino Anderson (A99) sets the strategic direction of global talent development; designs leadership programs; implements research-based diversity and inclusion programs; and much more. He also works as the diversity, equity, and inclusion advisor for The Coaching Fellowship, a leadership development program for young women leaders of impact, and in his spare time explores the worlds of Hegel and James Baldwin.

Accomplishments

  • Former leadership positions at Mozilla Corporations and First Look Media
  • Volunteers as a San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected youths in foster care 

Further Study

MA in Education and Philosophy, Columbia University

Profile of   Doug Lynam (SF96)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Doug Lynam (SF96)

Job & Location

Portfolio manager, Santa Fe, New Mexico

About

Investment adviser Doug Lynam (SF96) helps manage more than $150 million in assets at LongView Asset Management, facilitating environmentally and socially responsible investing for individuals, endowments, and retirement plans. “My work allows me to help individuals and organization achieve their financial goals while helping fight climate change, build a more just society, and combat predatory financial practices,” he says. Additionally, Lynam is a public speaker and the author of From Monk to Money Manager: A Former Monk’s Financial Guide to Becoming a Little Bit Wealthy—and Why That’s Okay.

Accomplishments

  • Benedictine monk (1996–2016)
  • Built the nation’s first ESG-themed (Environmental, Social, and Governance) 403(b) retirement plan.
  • Author of From Monk to Money Manager: A Former Monk’s Financial Guide to Becoming a Little Bit Wealthy—and Why That’s Okay
  • TEDx speaker, 2020

Further Study

Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist™, College for Financial Planning

Profile of   Ben Sasse (AGI98)

Master of Arts in Liberal Arts

Ben Sasse (AGI98)

Job & Location

Senator, Fremont, Nebraska and Washington, DC

About

Before winning a seat as U.S. senator for Nebraska, Ben Sasse (AGI98) earned a PhD in American history from Yale and at age 37 became president of Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska. Senate committees Sasse has served on include Judiciary; Armed Services; Joint Economics; and Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

Digital Presence

Accomplishments

Author of two books

Further Study

BA, Harvard University; PhD, Yale University

Profile of   Lucy Tamlyn (A78)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Lucy Tamlyn (A78)

Job & Location

United States Ambassador

About

In January 2019, Lucy Tamlyn (A78) was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the Central African Republic—the latest step in her career in the Foreign Service, which dates back to 1982 and includes assignments in Brazil, Mozambique, Colombia, Washington, and more. Prior to her position in the Central African Republic, Lucy served as the U.S. Ambassador to Benin and the director of the Office of the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan.

Further Study

MA, Columbia University

Profile of   John Sifton (A96)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

John Sifton (A96)

Job & Location

Human rights advocate, Washington, DC

About

As Asia advocacy director for Human Rights Watch, John Sifton (A96) oversees and helps shape advocacy initiatives throughout Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa, all with the goal of ending human rights abuses in those regions; he’s also written for the New York Times and published a book in 2015. At Human Rights Watch, “I work with researchers to craft recommendations to policymakers and try to get [abusers] to change their behavior,” he says.

Accomplishments

  • Contributes to The NationHuffPost, C-SPAN, and other media outlets
  • Author of Violence All Around

Further Study

JD, New York University School of Law

Profile of   Clare Davitt (SFGI07)

Master of Arts in Liberal Arts

Clare Davitt (SFGI07)

Job & Location

City councilor, Bangor, Maine

About

From 2013 to 2014, Clare Davitt (SFGI07) lived and volunteered in a rural community outside of Leon, Nicaragua, where she was a leader in the building of a new library. That experience prepared her for her return to her hometown of Bangor, Maine, where she engages every human faculty in pursuit of a more just and deliberate world. Previously a digital and reference librarian, Clare now works as a board member for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, constituent services representative for Maine Congressman Jared Golden, and city councilor of Bangor, winning her reelection bid in November 2020.

Accomplishments

Recipient Fellow for Dean’s Initiatives, Simmons University

Further Study

BA, Evergreen State College; MS in Library and Information Science, Simmons University

Profile of   Andrew Kolb (A01)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Andrew Kolb (A01)

Job & Location

Communications director, Washington, DC

About

Andrew Kolb (A01) develops strategies to connect ideas with audiences for the German Marshall Fund: a policy institution the strengthens transatlantic relations through research and analysis, leadership development, and civil society grantmaking. Kolb’s work makes space for his curiosity to span disciplines and continents, addressing topics as diverse as primatology and the NATO bureaucracy. “[Communications] is a discipline that suits my curiosity and my unwillingness to settle on a single subject to which to dedicate my attention,” he says. “And I have been fortunate to be able to ply my trade in organizations that are contributing something good to the world.”

Accomplishments

Chief Communications Officers Council Member

Further Study

Certificate in Executive Leadership, Cornell University

Profile of   Talley Kovacs (A01)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Talley Kovacs (A01)

Job & Location

Natural resource attorney, Baltimore, Maryland

About

Talley Kovacs (A01) is an assistant attorney general supporting the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. By helping preserve open space, protect waterways, and shepherd the transfer of conservation easements, Kovacs simultaneously scratches her itch for social justice, education, politics, and environmental protection. “DNR and MET [Maryland Environmental Trust] are entrusted with protecting public resources that come under many threats,” she explains. “My part is to help those state entities think through issues and problems in a manner that is transparent, ethical, legal, and in the spirit of protecting the resources for the benefit of the public—now and in the future.”

Accomplishments

  • The Daily Record—Leading Women Award
  • The Daily Record—VIP Under 40 Award
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star 2012-2018

Further Study

French Language Certificate, Middlebury College; MBA, University of Baltimore; JD, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Profile of   Melanie Santiago-Mosier (A00)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Melanie Santiago-Mosier (A00)

Job & Location

Clean energy advocate, Baltimore, Maryland

About

Attorney-turned-environmental advocate Melanie Santiago-Mosier (A00) is the managing director of Access & Equity at Vote Solar, an advocacy group working to accelerate America’s transition to 100 percent clean electricity. Her work centers on implementing the organization’s vision for diversity, equity, and inclusion through internal organizational cultural examination and reeducation—she works to build partnerships with underserved communities, working with those communities to design and advocate for programs that spread clean-energy opportunities (and benefits) equitably. She also co-authored the Low-Income Solar Policy Guide, a comprehensive tool for policymakers and community leaders who wish to actualize affordable solar energy equitably. “At Vote Solar, my colleagues and I are working with amazing partners across the country to build out the public policies that are critical for solar deployment,” Santiago-Mosier says. “I’m privileged to have been able to lead the way for the organization to make solar access and equity a key thread that ties together everything we do.”

Accomplishments

  • 2020 Top 100 Women Award, The Daily Record  
  • 2019 WRISE Honor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy  
  • 2018 Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Initiative Award for Advocacy, U.S. Department of Energy, Stanford University Precourt Institute for Energy, MIT Energy Initiative, Texas A&M Energy Institute  
  • 2015 Leading Women Award, The Daily Record 
  • May 2020-present, Immediate Past Chair, Environment & Energy Section Council, Maryland State Bar Association  
  • 2019–2020, Chair, Environment & Energy Section Council, Maryland State Bar Association 2018–2019, Vice Chair, Environment & Energy Section Council, Maryland State Bar Association  
  • 2015–2018, Environment & Energy Section Council, Maryland State Bar Association

Further Study

JD, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law; Certificate in Diversity & Inclusion, Cornell University

Profile of   Sonja Friesl (SF04)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

 Sonja Friesl (SF04)

Job & Location

Policy advisor, Toronto, Ontario

About

Sonja Friesl (SF04) finds satisfaction in developing policies and programs that have positively affected her community. As the senior policy advisor at Ontario Public Service (OPS), Friesl researches and presents recommendations on key policies across various areas; over the last ten years, she has spent time working in education, economics, and social services. Her previous work includes infrastructure, apprenticeship, social services, and procurement trade policy and programming. “I decided to pursue public policy because I realized that the world is what you make it,” she explains. “If you want to make change, or even just keep things as they are if they are good, you need to participate in that work.”

Accomplishments

  • MPP, University of Toronto, School of Public Policy and Governance
  • MA in International Political Economy, University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies

Profile of   Sara Luell (A09)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Sara Luell (A09)

Job & Location

Communications director, Edgewater, Maryland

About

“The Maryland Department of Housing is the state’s Housing Finance Agency, supporting the creation and preservation of affordable, multifamily, rental housing and promoting homeownership through sustainable, fixed-rate mortgages and down payment/closing cost assistance, primarily to first-time homebuyers,” says Sara Luell (A09). As communications director, she oversees all communications activities for the department, ranging from the customer service line to briefing memos and talking points for the governor’s office. Luell is particularly drawn to public service and is grateful for her St. John’s education as she boils down complex issues for public consumption.

Further Study

Emergency Management Institute, Advanced Public Information Officer, 2013

Profile of   Luke Kirkland (SF07)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Luke Kirkland (SF07)

Job & Location

Librarian, library department head, Harvard, Massachusetts

About

As a librarian and teen department head at Waltham Public Library—a library on the edge of Greater Boston, serving one of the most diverse communities in Massachusetts—Luke Kirkland (SF07) manages all services for youth in grades 6–12, which includes everything from lending music, movies, and books to facilitating afterschool activities. At the center of his work is a youth-led conversation forum called Real Talk, in which teen leaders create and execute interactive activities that get their peers talking about the issues of importance in their lives. “We offer much of what’s expected in a library: books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, computers, local archives, research assistance, story times, community programming. But we also work hard to provide innovative services that keep libraries evolving,” Kirkland says.

Accomplishments

  • Winner of 16 Massachusetts Library Association PR Awards
  • Community Leadership Award from the Waltham Youth and Community Coalition

Further Study

Master’s in Library and Information Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Profile of   Michael Barber (SF05)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Michael Barber (SF05)

Job & Location

Nonprofit director, Anchorage, Alaska

About

Michael Barber (SF05) serves as the executive director of the Alaska Conservation Foundation, a nonprofit that allocates funds to smaller organizations and communities that are working to protect and improve Alaska’s natural resources. It’s the latest step in Barber’s long career in conservation; prior to his work with the conservation foundation, he cofounded an energy efficiency development company to engage utilities, cities, and military facilities in large-scale efficiency retrofits, and he has also worked as a research economist and treasurer.

Accomplishments

Led Anchorage’s LED Lighting Project, saving the city millions of dollars and reducing energy consumption by 60 percent

Further Study

MBA in Sustainable Business Management, Presidio Graduate School

Profile of   Zoe Collins (A18)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Zoe Collins (A18)

Job & Location

Communications and outreach director, Denver, Colorado

About

Zoe Collins (A18) first started at The Initiative, a Denver nonprofit providing victim advocacy and support for survivors of abuse with disabilities, as a victim advocate intern. Now, as director of communications and outreach, she oversees all organizational outreach efforts, including rural advocacy programs, an LGBTQ+ program, and bilingual and bicultural outreach. “What you’re doing in an advocacy relationship is taking all these facts or statements about somebody’s life, the situation that they’re in, and what options are available to you or to them—and then you’re trying to combine all of these things into a plan,” she says. “I feel like that’s very similar to what we do in seminar.”

Accomplishments

Presenter at Colorado Advocacy in Action conference

Profile of   Dr. Martin Gaudinski (A04)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Dr. Martin Gaudinski (A04)

Job & Location

Immunologist, researcher, Bethesda, Maryland

About

Martin Gaudinski (A04) is at the forefront of medical research, discovering new tools to prevent infectious diseases. As the medical director at the Dale and Betty Bumpers Vaccine Research Center Clinical Trials Program, Gaudinski designs and conducts clinical trials to evaluate safety and immune responses to new vaccines. “Specifically, I design and conduct the clinical trials that put a new vaccine into people for the first time,” he says. “This includes a critical linkage between science, medicine, and teamwork.”

Accomplishments

  • 2019 NIAID Director’s Award—phase 1 trial of an adeno-associated virus gene therapy delivery of a broadly neutralizing HIV antibody
  • 2019 NIAID Director’s Award—For advancements in VRC Universal Influenza Vaccine Program
  • 2019 NIH Director’s Award—contributions towards addressing the 2018 Ebola outbreak
  • U.S. Public Health Service Outstanding Service Medal—“For designing and conducting the first‐in‐human clinical trial of a life‐saving Ebola treatment in the midst of an ongoing public health crisis.”

Further Study

Premedical Postbaccalaureate Certificate, Johns Hopkins University; MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine

Profile of   A.B. Singh (SF09)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

A.B. Singh (SF09)

Job & Location

Nurse, Boston, Massachusetts

About

Bani Singh (SF09) was first drawn into nursing while working as a medical assistant alongside nurse practitioners after graduating from St. John’s. “I was drawn to their approach to patient care,” she recalls. “I thought their career was a perfect blend of caring for others while relying heavily on evidence-based science.” As a newly minted gerontology primary care nurse practitioner at Boston Hope Medical Center, Singh recently found herself on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, working as a nurse for COVID-positive patients facing homelessness at the Boston field hospital.

Accomplishments

  • AmeriCorps VISTA member 2015–2016
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Service Research Award (2019)—NRSA awards support the training of biomedical, behavioral, and clinical researchers through individual pre- and postdoctoral fellowships, and institutional research training grants.

Further Study

BS and MS in Nursing, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professionals

Profile of   Dr. Omar S. Manejwala (A93)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Dr. Omar S. Manejwala (A93)

Job & Location

Chief medical officer, Matthews, North Carolina

About

Dr. Omar Manejwala (A93) is dedicated to helping people understand addiction. At DarioHealth, which develops digital solutions for chronic health conditions, Dr. Manejwala leads clinical delivery and quality, and supports sales and product development. As one of the nation’s leading experts on addiction, Manejwala also offers insight and analysis on news developments related to addiction and mental health. “I am passionate about developing and deploying scaled solutions that help people improve their health and reduce the burden of these chronic diseases,” he says.

Accomplishments

  • Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association
  • Regular contributor on major TV network on addictions

Further Study

MBA, University of Virginia Darden School of Business; Chief Residency in Psychiatry, Duke University School of Medicine; MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Profile of   Dr. April Sharp (A07)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Dr. April Sharp (A07)

Job & Location

Pediatric neurologist, Baltimore, Maryland

About

April Sharp (A07) loves children and brains—as a result, she couldn’t be happier than in her career as a pediatric neurologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Kennedy Krieger Institute, where she guides families through difficult diagnoses and oversees their treatments with empathy and compassion. She shares her passion for neurology by teaching medical students and residents; she also serves on the John Hopkins Ethics Committee to address ethical issues and concerns that arise in the hospital.

Further Study

MD, Johns Hopkins University; Pediatrics Residency, University of Maryland Medical Center; Pediatric Neurology Residency, Johns Hopkins Hospital; Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program, Johns Hopkins University

Profile of   Dr. Carolyn Luppens (SF10)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Dr. Carolyn Luppens (SF10)

Job & Location

Surgeon, Salt Lake City, Utah

About

Carolyn Luppens (SF10) is drawn to work with high stakes and tangible results. Surgery checks those boxes: in addition to operating on patients along the entire spectrum of surgical disease, caring for admitted patients, and more, she quickly became a leading educator of new surgeons during her time at University of Utah Health. “Surgery historically has a very hierarchical culture, which we know to be problematic for patient care,” she says. “The skills I learned at St. John’s make me credible as a leader because I do not have to resort to an authoritarian style.” In July 2021, Luppens returned to New Mexico to work as a trauma/critical care/emergency general surgery fellow at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.

Accomplishments

  • University of Utah General Surgery Education Chief
  • Rhode Island Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Student Award for Excellence in Surgery

Further Study

MD, Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Postbaccalaureate Premedical Certificate, Johns Hopkins University

Profile of   Dr. Matthew Carter (A95)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Dr. Matthew Carter (A95)

Job & Location

Pediatrician, Auburn, Alabama

About

In addition to providing health care for an underserved area of eastern Alabama, Matt Carter (A95) and his wife advocate for safe conditions in schools and improved pediatric care during disaster response. Carter also coaches children’s sports and is himself an ultramarathoner. “My years at St. John’s and after have taught me that my life is best spent striving for the greatest good,” he says.

Digital Presence

Accomplishments

  • Completed pediatric residency in 2004 at National Capital Consortium in Washington, DC
  • Awarded the Bronze Star for service in Operation Iraqi Freedom as the lead physician at FOB Warhorse, providing preventive and emergency care for soldiers and working with local physicians and nurses to rebuild the healthcare system with an emphasis on pediatric health.

Further Study

MD, Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Profile of   Justin Cetas (SF93)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Justin Cetas (SF93)

Job & Location

Neurosurgeon, Tucson, Arizona

About

On Juy 1, 2021, Dr. Justin Cetas (SF93) began working as the new chair of the department of neurosurgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, where he leads a neurosurgery faculty base of 10 current medical providers, nine college affiliates, and several community partners. Prior to his move to Arizona, Cetas served as chief of neurosurgery at the VA Portland Health Care System and as associate professor, residency program director, and vice chair for education in the department of neurological surgery at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. “I think a broad, rigorous education is the key to success,” he says of his work and his time at the college. “[My St. John’s education] has come in handy my whole career.”

Further Study

MD, PhD, University of Arizona

Profile of   Dr. Christopher Jones (SF00)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Dr. Christopher Jones (SF00)

Job & Location

Psychiatric nurse practitioner, Santa Fe, New Mexico

About

Christopher Jones (SF00) works in a community-based health center, providing care to patients who may lack insurance or financial means to pay for services. “My role entails psychiatric assessment and medication management,” he explains. “This includes the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric disorders and pertinent co-morbidities.” Jones took an Odyssean route to advanced practice nursing, arriving there because he found great need for this profession in which “the clinical approach lends itself to inter-professionalism and collaboration, while also opening up opportunities in healthcare leadership.”

Accomplishments

  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Alpha Eta Chapter, 2018–present
  • NHSC Scholar, National Health Service Corps (NHSC), 2015–2018
  • Scholarship Recipient, Yale University Divinity School
  • Baccalaureate Service Reader, year 2000, St. John’s College, Santa Fe, NM
  • Published in various publications and conferences worldwide

Further Study

MSN, Psychiatric-Mental Health, with a concentration in Genomics, University of California, San Francisco; PhD, Religion, Psychology, and Culture, Vanderbilt University; MA, en passant, Religion, Psychology, and Culture, Vanderbilt University; MDiv, Yale University

Profile of   Dr. John Okrent (A04)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Dr. John Okrent (A04)

Job & Location

Doctor, Tacoma, Washington

About

As a family doctor with more than nine years of experience in Tacoma, Washington, John Okrent (A04) found himself on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic in early spring, treating his patients from behind heavy-duty personal protective equipment. He’s also a poet—his “Corona Sonnets” series, published by Poetry Northwest, attracted regional attention and acclaim. “I decided to become a doctor sometime during my freshman year at St John’s,” he recalls. “I think the dissections we did in freshman lab played a big role, as well as reading Plato and Homer and thinking about virtue and being ‘good.’”

Accomplishments

Published poet

Further Study

MD, Buffalo State University

Profile of   Dr. Michael Fausnaugh (SF11)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Dr. Michael Fausnaugh (SF11)

Job & Location

Research scientist, Cambridge, Massachusetts

About

Michael Fausnaugh (SF11) is an astronomical researcher advancing the frontier of our understanding of planet formation, supernovae, and strong gravity environments around black holes. Fausnaugh currently works on NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), planning observations, monitoring instrument performance, and assuring the quality of TESS data released to the public. “Results from the TESS mission have the potential to transform humanity’s understanding of the Earth and our place in the universe,” he says. “It is exciting and humbling to be part of this research and to enable the astronomical community to pursue these questions.”

Accomplishments

  • NASA Silver Achievement Medal for the TESS Mission, September 2019
  • OSU Markowitz Award for Excellence in Observational Astronomy 2016–2017
  • OSU Graduate School Presidential Fellow 2016–2017 

Further Study

MS and PhD in Astronomy, Ohio State University

Profile of   Dr. Cynthia Keppel (A84)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Dr. Cynthia Keppel (A84)

Job & Location

Nuclear physicist, cancer researcher, Newport News, Virginia

About

A Hampton University professor of nuclear, quantum, and medical physics and a staff scientist at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Cynthia Keppel (A84) has earned professional accolades throughout her career as a nuclear physicist and cancer researcher—most recently, she was named a 2020 Department of Energy Office of Science Distinguished Scientist Fellow, one of three DOE National Laboratory scientist fellows who will receive $1 million for a project of her choosing over the next three years.

Accomplishments

  • 2011 Virginia Outstanding Scientist Award
  • 2016 American Physical Society Francis G. Slack Award
  • 2019 American Physical Society Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics Distinguished Lectureship Award
  • 2020 US Department of Energy Office of Science Distinguished Scientist Fellow

Further Study

MS and PhD in Nuclear Physics, American University

Profile of   Kit Linton (A97)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Kit Linton (A97)

Job & Location

Information technology executive, Durham, North Carolina

About

While he is currently on sabbatical, in his capacity as vice president of Cloud Networking at IBM, Kit Linton (A97) oversaw more than 400 engineers and developers whose responsibility was to build, run, and enhance the network that ties together massive datacenters on five continents. The dynamic nature of the work was something Linton relished, as well as the process of building effective teams of people who are oriented toward a complex and heady goal. “I have always enjoyed the fast pace and constant change I’ve encountered in information technology,” he says. “Just when you think you have gotten the hang of it, something new comes along to challenge and stimulate.”

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Profile of   Dr. Shannon Hateley (SF07)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Dr. Shannon Hateley (SF07)

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Scientist, Berkeley, California

About

After graduating from St. John’s, Shannon Hateley (SF07) earned a PhD in molecular and cell biology with a designated emphasis in genomics and computational biology from the University of California, Berkeley. For nearly four years, she worked as a computational biologist and senior staff scientist at Ancestry, where she conducted high-level independent research and managed several research teams; she’s now a postdoctoral researcher at Carnegie Institution for Science, where she hopes to use genomics methods to understand organismal response to climate change.

Further Study

PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Berkeley

Profile of   David Reed (SF09)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

David Reed (SF09)

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Software engineer, Denver, Colorado

About

David Reed (SF09) finds that reading Greek and writing code are both “problems of translation: taking a connected set of ideas and expressing them rigorously and accurately in a form that comes with complex rules of grammar, syntax, and style.” As a lead engineer at Salesforce, David uses the skills involved in both Ancient Greek and coding as he builds tools to help software engineers and open‐source community members create nonprofit and education solutions that utilize his company’s platform. He finds great satisfaction in supporting mission-driven organizations to achieve measurable impact against sustainable development goals; “I love working in a context where I can see the impact of what I do,” he explains.

Accomplishments

  • Author and contributor of multiple open‐source projects
  • University Fellow, Florida State University, 2009‐2011

Further Study

MA in Ancient Greek, Florida State University; Multiple Salesforce Certifications

Profile of   Skip McGee (SF10)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Skip McGee (SF10)

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Marine Corps major and information system security engineer, Santa Fe, New Mexico

About

Skip McGee (SF10) is devoted to cybersecurity and security leadership. After graduating from St. John’s, he joined the Marine Corps, earned a master’s degree in public administration at the University of North Carolina, and graduated with another master’s—this one in cybersecurity and information assurance—from Western Governors University; he has also obtained numerous certifications and is enrolled in separate programs at the University of Oregon and SANS Technology Institute. He works in information security at Los Alamos National Lab and is a major in the Marine Corps; he is currently deployed to the Middle East.

Accomplishments

  • GIAC Advisory Board, 2020
  • AT&T Veteran’s Scholarship, 2016
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Scholarship, 2016
  • Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, 2015
  • Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society, 2014

Further Study

Graduate Certificate in Cyber Defense Operations, SANS Technology Institute; MS in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance, Western Governors University; Master of Public Administration, University of North Carolina

Profile of   Dr. Julie Allison Spencer (SF86)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Dr. Julie Allison Spencer (SF86)

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Computational biologist, Santa Fe, New Mexico

About

Julie Spencer (SF86) is a postdoctoral researcher in the Information Systems and Modeling Group (A‐1) at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She has developed mathematical models to gain insight into the effectiveness of mitigation efforts for a range of respiratory pathogens. She is currently working on statistical models for anticipating outbreaks of mosquito-borne viruses.

Accomplishments

  • IC Postdoctoral Fellowship, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (2020-2022)
  • National Science Foundation ADVANCE Dissertation Excellence Fellowship (2020)
  • Second Place Talk, University of New Mexico Department of Biology Research Day (2019)
  • First Place Poster, University of New Mexico Department of Biology Research Day (2018)
  • First Place Poster, University of New Mexico STEM Research Symposium (2018)

Further Study

PhD in Biology, University of New Mexico

Profile of   Dr. Andrew Mead (SF04)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Dr. Andrew Mead (SF04)

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Research scientist and educator, Moretown, Vermont

About

Since freshman lab, Andy Mead (SF04) has been curious about the form and function of living organisms. A faculty scientist at the University of Vermont—a university renowned for its research work in molecular physiology and biophysics—Mead’s work in muscular dystrophy has positively advanced the ongoing quest for gene therapy to cure this degenerative disease. Freshman lab at St. John’s also inspired his National Science Foundation‐funded work to make life science education more enriching for early undergraduates. “Science is humbling because you can’t be wrong very long before someone (often yourself) comes along and points it out to you,” Mead says, explaining why he enjoys his profession. “I’m pretty self-skeptical anyway, so I find that most of the time, being wrong about something is quite exciting.”

Accomplishments

  • National and foundation research funding; NIH, NSF, CVRI
  • Research published in: Science, Nature Medicine, eLIFE, and others.

Further Study

PhD, Biology, University of Pennsylvania

Profile of   McDavid Stilwell (A93)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

McDavid Stilwell (A93)

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Chief financial officer, San Francisco, California

About

After beginning his career as a newspaper reporter, McDavid Stilwell (A93) worked five years in investment management before moving to the biotech industry, where he has applied communications and finance skills to raise capital for companies developing new medicines. Following four years as the senior vice president of corporate communications and investor relations at Sangamo Therapeutics—a gene editing company in the San Francisco Bay Area—he is now CFO at Coherus BioSciences, a company focused on expanding patient access to important, cost‐effective medicines and delivering significant savings to the U.S. healthcare system.

Further Study

MBA, Harvard University

Profile of   Mark Stephen Meadows (SF93)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Mark Stephen Meadows (SF93)

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Chief executive officer, San Francisco Bay Area, California

About

Artist, writer, and entrepreneur Mark Stephen Meadows (SF93) created Botanic Technologies in 2011. An artificial intelligence company that designs personalized 3D avatars and chatbots—computer programs that analyze input text from the user and construct a response based on the language libraries to which it has access—Botanic has worked with clients including Fortune 100 companies such as Skype and Logitech, as well as various startups and government agencies.

Accomplishments

  • Author of several nonfiction books
  • Leadership positions at various tech companies
  • Six patents
  • Winner of Ars Electronica, Golden Nica award

Profile of   David Hysong (AGI11)

Master of Arts in Liberal Arts

David Hysong (AGI11)

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Medical tech entrepreneur

About

At age 27, David Hysong (AGI11)—a member of Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 Class of 2017—received an ultra-rare, untreatable head and neck cancer diagnosis right after he had just completed officer selection for special operations in the U.S. military. Taking fate in his own hands, he founded a medical tech company, SHEPHERD, specializing in cure discoveries for the millions of Americans battling rare cancer. “Our long-term goal is to change the industry,” he says. “We want to change the whole ecosystem.” Hysong believes the critical thinking and reading skills he acquired at St. John’s have benefitted him in his current endeavor.

Accomplishments

Forbes magazine 30 Under 30

Further Study

Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Philosophy, and French Literature, Transylvania University in Kentucky; Master’s Degree, Harvard Divinity School

Profile of   Craig Sirkin (A95)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Craig Sirkin (A95)

Job & Location

Network architect, Denver, Colorado

About

As a senior consulting engineer, Craig Sirkin (A95) does not shy away from handling large and complex IT problems for various organizations, ranging from state and local governments to educational institutions and hospitals. Sirkin is often called upon to address client issues with emerging technology. “From the time I first entered the field, I realized that if I was working on the cutting edge of the field, then I wasn’t at a disadvantage to the folks with more traditional computer science educations,” he says. “Luckily for me, there is always a cutting edge in my field.”

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