Class Notes

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December 2019 Class Notes:

 

Kathleen DeGuzman (B.a. '10)

After graduating from Florida State University, Kathleen attended Vanderbilt University, where she completed her Ph.D. in English in 2015. She is currently an assistant professor of English at San Francisco State University. Kathleen was recently awarded a sabbatical for the Spring 2020 semester, which she will use to complete a book project that examines Caribbean and Philippine literature within the context of U.S. imperialism.

HSF Affiliation: Honors Program, Honors in the Major

 

 

Madison Marks (B.A. '09)

 Recently joined Expo 2020 Dubai working as Programming Manager for Expo Live. Expo Live is an innovation and partnership programme launched by Expo 2020 Dubai to fund, accelerate and promote creative solutions that improve lives while preserving our planet.

HSF Affiliation: Friend

 

Carrie (Dunkle) Perry (B.S. '87)

Carrie is teaching in Sarasota, Florida, returning to her home state after several years in North Carolina and Virginia, where she taught English and served as department chair (LVHS) and K-12 ELA curriculum supervisor (LCPS). She also worked at the National Communication Association, writing K-12 standards for Speaking, Listening, and Media Literacy, and co-authoring a number of books and articles focused on English and communication instruction. In the early 2000s, Carrie completed a four-year leadership term with the VA Association of Teachers of English. In the 2010s, she was elected to serve on the NCTE Research Board of Trustees. Carrie currently holds the office of past president of the Florida Council of Teachers of English.

HSF Affiliation: Honors Program

 

Stacey Slaughter (B.A. '94)

Is a partner at the Robins Kaplan LLP law firm, was named Elite Women of the Plaintiffs Bar for 2020. The ceremony will be held in Miami, Florida in January. Ms. Slaughter was also named one of Minnesota's Attorneys of the Year for 2019.

HSF Affiliation: Honors Program, Honors in the Major

 

November 2019 Class Notes:

 

Shauna n. gillooly (B.S. '16)

Shauna is in her 4th year of her PhD program in Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. She has received a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship to conduct fieldwork throughout the Pacific Coast of Colombia on the ways in which international, national, and local levels of governance interact with one another during processes of peace building and transitional justice amidst continued state and political violence.

HSF Affiliation: Honors Program, Office of National Fellowships, Center for Undergraduate Research & Academic Engagement

 

Catherine Newell (B.S. '19)

Recently moved to Charlotte, NC and is working for Accenture consulting, which is a Top 5 tech consulting company. 

HSF Affiliation: Honors Program

 

Taylor Ney (B.S. '18)

Has been employed as a Management Development Program associate at GEICO Insurance since graduating. This opportunity guides him into management on a faster track, and he can attribute this opportunity to his standing as an honors graduate.

HSF Affiliation: Honors Program, Center for Undergraduate Research & Academic Engagement

 

Ansley Schoen (B.S. '18)

Moved to Washington, D.C. immediately after graduating from Florida State University, magna cum laude. She worked for the office of U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson for about a year and recently started working for the White House Office of Management and Budget.

HSF Affiliation: Honors Program

 

October 2019 Class Notes:

 

Natasha de la cruz

This past summer, she was able to conduct research using remote sensing techniques to measure the growth of harmful algal blooms in the Chesapeake Bay. Natasha was fortunate to be able to present this research at two scientific research conferences. In November, she will be presenting at the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) Conference in Mobile, AL. Next year in February, she will also be presenting this research at the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) Ocean Sciences Meeting in San Diego, CA.

HSF Affiliation: Student and Friend

 

 

Madison Marks (B.A. '13)

Will be taking on a new challenge as Exposure Manager with Expo 2020's Expo Live program. Expo Live is the on-going innovation and partnership program. It is designed to harness the convening power of a World Expo by engaging a broad array of participants to develop practical and innovative legacy solutions across Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability. Expo 2020 is a World Expo to be hosted by Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, opening on October 20, 2020. The Bureau International des Expositions general assembly in Paris awarded Dubai as the host on November 27, 2013.

HSF Affiliation: Friend

September 2019 Class Notes:

 

 

Jessica (Gonzalez-Michaels) Hill (B.S. '94, Ph.D. '10)

Last year, Jessica was awarded tenure and is now an Associate Professor.

HSF Affiliation: Honors in the Major

 

Jake hunter (b.s. '17)

Working for Deloitte Consulting, Jake was promoted from Business Analyst to Consultant and now serves federal clients in the policy areas of Defense, Security, and Social Justice.

HSF Affiliation: Honors Program

 

Courtney saunders (b.s. '19)

Courtney recently relocated to Washington, D.C. She is working as a litigation paralegal at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, prior to attending law school in the fall of 2021.

HSF Affiliation: Honors Program, Honors in the Major, Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement

 

Karen Schadow (B.A. '71, M.A. '73)

Karen has owned her company, The Voice of Success, for 20 years and has worked as a Voice and Presentation Skills Coach. For the past three years, she has been named the Top Voice Coach in New York. Karen is also being recognized this year for 30 years as Professor at New York University.

HSF Affiliation: Honors Program, Honors in the Major

Stacey slaughter (b.a. '94)

Stacey is a Partner at the national law firm, Robins Kaplan LLP. Last year the National Law Journal recognized Ms. Slaughter as a Litigation Trailblazer.

HSF Affiliation: Honors Program, Honors in the Major

 

 

Bethany swonson (b.a. '13)

Bethany was recently promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff for the Florida Department of Education (FDOE). She is leading the Legislative Affairs Office, continuing to serve as Executive Director for the Florida Education Foundation, and taking on greater leadership responsibilities for our states's education system. 

HSF Affiliation: Honors Program, Honors in the Major

August 2019 Class Notes:

 

 

David Boyle (B.A. '94)

David was sworn into the Bar of the United States Supreme Court in May 2019.

HSF Affiliation: Honors Program 

 

Michelle Castaline, (B.S. '16)

Michelle recently started a job at the Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission in DC as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Judge Coffman. Michelle was also published at the beginning of this year in the University of California Hastings Environmental Law Journal: "Clearing the Air: Disincentivizing Driving and Encouraging the Use of Public Transportation to Combat Vehicle Pollution at a State Level."

HSF Affiliation: Honors Program

 

 

 

Beth (gibbons) Demme (B.A. '95, J.D. '99)

Beth was recently appointed by the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church to serve as the Associate Pastor at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, FL. Serving as a pastor is a major career pivot for Beth who received her law degree from FSU 20 years ago. She is delighted to serve in Tallahassee at Good Samaritan.

HSF Affiliation: Honors Program

 

 

lakendra (mccolumn) Fulbright (B.S. '05, M.s. '08)

LaKendra recently opened a clinic, Regenerative Therapy of Georgia, that focuses on addressing both acute and chronic conditions with regenerative therapies that include groundbreaking treatments utilizing autologous PRP and stem cells from umbilical cord tissue. LaKendra’s passion is to help as many people as possible lead a healthier, happier and pain-free life.

HSF Affiliation: Office of National Fellowships

 

Arnel Garcesa (B.S.16)

Arnel was recently featured in a Student Spotlight Article by FSU's College of Arts and Sciences. This article highlights the 2nd degree he is attempting to earn, as well as his professional career with Cenergistic, an energy conservation firm partnered with FSU to reduce its utility consumption.

HSF Affiliation: Honors Program

 

Kira gurnee (B.A. '88)

Kira is a voice over actress and spokesperson was recently profiled by Authority magazine for her work behind the mic, on camera, and on stage.

HSF Affiliation: Honors Program, Honors in the Major

 

Hunter Hamrick (B.S. '15)

Hunter has been appointed to be the Associate Program Coordinator for the Washington DC chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

HSF Affiliation: Honors Program, Honors in the Major, Office of National Fellowships, Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement

 

Charles holden leo (B.S. '89, J.D. '91)

Charles was awarded the Florida Super Lawyer for the 11th straight year by Super Lawyers/Thomson Reuters Board Certified in Workers Compensation since 1998 A.V. Rated by both peers and judiciary through Martindale Hubbell.

HSF Affiliation: Honors Program

 

Mckinley lewis (b.s. '13)

On Monday, August 12, McKinley was recognized by Florida Politics in its Summer 2019 edition of Influence Magazine as one of the Rising Stars in Florida Politics.

HSF Affiliation: Honors Program, Honors in the Major

 

 

curtis lord (b.s. '74)

After leaving FSU, Curtis worked his entire career in health care administration. The majority of his time was spent with Florida Blue in Jacksonville, Florida. His last 13 years there he served as the chief executive officer for the company's government business sector. Curtis retired from Florida Blue in 2011 and consulted with health care providers until fully retiring in 2018.

HSF Affiliation: Honors Program

 

 

william ortiz (B.A. '19)

William just completed the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program. As of earlier this month, he is now working as a Sociology and English instructor at a high school in South Florida.

HSF Affiliation: Office of National Fellowships

 

Trisha (dewolfe) scott (B.S.W. '09, m.s.w. '10)

Trisha has been working in the field of clinical social work treating eating disorders at residential treatment centers for the last nine years. Tricia recently received a certification as an eating disorder specialist and supervisor (CEDS-S) regarding her expertise as a therapist in the field.

HSF Affiliation: Honors Program

 

judith tankel (B.a. '12, j.d. '15)

Judith began working as the District Director for newly elected freshman Congressman Colin Allred. Texas' 32 Congressional District covers North Dallas and the Northeast Dallas suburbs. Duties include managing constituent outreach, federal casework, and Congressman Allred's time spent in the district. 

HSF Affiliation: Honors Program, Office of National Fellowships

 

Mark woodland (B.f.a '81)

Mark welcomed a grandson, Phoenix Pan Woodland-Junkins, born last July. On August 21, he and Kelly Woodland (BA 1983) will celebrate their 37th wedding anniversary.

HSF Affiliation: Honors Program, Honors in the Major

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