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Erika Rogan

Class of 2006
Erika Rogan (N'06) completed a Ph.D. program in Health Policy this past May at Yale University's School of Public Health. Dr. Rogan was recently named a 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival Spotlight Health Scholar for her academic and professional accomplishments. She is joining The Lewin Group as a Senior Consultant in the firm's Center for Aging and Disability Policy. Dr. Rogan continues to be an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Nursing & Health Studies Human Science department.

Elissa Cutter

Class of 2003
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On May 13, 2016, Elissa Cutter (C '03) graduated from Saint Louis University with a Ph.D. in Theological Studies with a concentration in historical theology. Her dissertation is titled "The Early Modern Abbess as Théologienne: The Theology and Spirituality of Mother Angélique Arnauld." This fall she will be beginning a postdoctoral fellowship in Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University.
I completed the master's degree in Technology Management from the Georgetown School of Continuing Service in Spring 2014. Glad to join the Georgetown family as an alumnus!

Mariel Manzone

Class of 2007
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In May 2014, Mariel graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with an Ed.M. in Mind, Brain, and Education. In addition to core coursework in neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and learning, Mariel focused on leadership and entrepreneurship and was accepted to the Harvard Law School Negotiation Workshop. This summer, Mariel will be at the Harvard Innovation Lab as part of the inaugural "Intrapreneur Lab", which is a startup accelerator partnership between the iLab, IDEO, and Fidelity Investments.
Pamela White (S'02) received a Master of Arts in Library Science in Library Science from University of South Florida in 2010. She has been working as a library paraprofessional since 2004, and would like very much to advance her career to library professional.
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David Miller (D'84) writes, "Dr Miller has been elected Vice-Chair, Council on Hospital Dentistry, Special Care Dentistry Association"

Eric Wind

Class of 2009
Eric Wind (F'09) received his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Oxford in 2013.

Kenneth Swanson

Class of 1991
Kenneth Swanson (I'91) received a PhD in Education - Curriculum & Instruction from Capella University in 2013.


CANDACE ADAMS, Ed.D., Faculty Mentor and Chair

Erika Barger

Class of 2010
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Erika Barger (C'10) received her Juris Doctor degree from Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee, Florida on May 5, 2013.

Wendy Hoechstetter

Class of 1978
Wendy Hoechstetter (I'78) writes, "A few years ago, I earned the prestigious Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) designation, which means I'm qualified to assist successful, forward-thinking professionals in designing their dream homes that are not just beautiful and fashionable, as one would expect from any excellent interior designer, but that also function seamlessly in every detail to allow them to remain at home and as independent as possible as they age.

I'm now one of only a very small handful of interior designers in all of northern California to hold this designation, and the only one who also has a medical background (EMS) and extensive direct professional experience in the interface of the built environment with illness and disability and how health and home directly affect one another.

I also design for specific disabilities (accessible design), and bring a strong universal design focus to all projects, so that people's homes are also user-friendly to family and friends of all ages and physical abilities throughout the lifespan, focusing on specific needs where required - and ensuring that any modifications are as transparent/invisible as possible.

Universal design is good design for all, but few designers really know very much about how various disabilities and illnesses affect the use of one's home (and vice versa), or how to design around these issues without making things look institutional while still remaining safe and optimizing function. I evaluate every aspect of a person's home, from the aesthetic to the technical. I can work hand-in-hand with clients' own physical and occupational therapists, doctors, etc. as required to better understand specific needs and abilities for those with existing or anticipated specific health challenges, to help develop the most optimal, highly individualized solutions.

As a former paramedic, and a professionally-trained designer, this is all kind of second nature for me, and my medical background allows me to bring a particularly well-informed perspective to this work. The CAPS training took this to a new technical level."
Frank Farnel (G'88) received a Advanced Management Program in International Management from INSEAD in 2012.

Meghan Duck

Class of 2006
Meghan Mullen (N'06) received a MS in Advanced Practice Perinatal Nursing from University of California, San Francisco in June 2012. I completed my MS, Clinical Nurse Specialist track, with a minor in Global Health at UCSF and continue to focus on the cura personalis I learned at Georgetown daily.
Right after Havdalah (end of sabbath) services on January 14, 2012, Deborah Reichmann, (C '93, L '97 and DLS '16) along with eight other candidates received s'micha (rabbinic ordination) from the Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute (JSLI). Becoming a rabbi fulfills a dream that Debbie has had since deciding between law school and seminary right out of college. At that time, she chose law but is grateful for the many opportunities life presents to keep growing and learning.

Jennifer Duffy

Class of 1985
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Jennifer Duffy (C'85) received an honorary Doctor of Social Sciences from Rhode Island College and delivered the graduate commencement address last May. Honorary degree recipients are chosen on the basis of their exceptional leadership qualities, contributions to civic life or in recognition of high achievement.

Michelle Vondey

Class of 1993
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Michelle (Rolens) Vondey (I'93) received a PhD in Organizational Leadership from Regent University in 2012.

Neil Dugal

Class of 2008
Neil Dugal (C'08) received a J.D. from the New York University School of Law in 2011. He is now an Associate at the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
Marisa Sanchez (G'89) received a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University in 2011. She has an organization development and change management consulting practice in the Washington, DC metro area. Ms. Sanchez was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the Organization Development Network. She resides in Alexandria, VA and St. Leonard, MD with her husband, Ronald E. Crupi.

Susan Taylor

Class of 1988
Susan (Pyle) Flecke (N'88) received a MS as an Adult Nurse Practitioner from North Park University in 2011. Working at North Shore University Health System, Evanston Hospital in the Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy Division of the Gastrenterology Department

Michael Durst

Class of 2003
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Michael Durst (C'03) completed his PhD in applied physics at Cornell University in 2009. After a couple years of postdoctoral work at Boston University, he and his wife Alison recently moved to Maine, where he joined the physics faculty at Bates College.

Hannah Coyne

Class of 2007
Hannah Coyne (C'07) received a Master of Christian Studies in Applied Theology from Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia in April 2011. She now resides in Alexandria, VA, and works as an Assistant Account Executive at Occasions Caterers in Washington, D.C.
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