Alumni Spring Update 2015

Alumni

Eric Fischer ‘14 - I am currently earning my Master’s degree in Sport Management at the University of San Francisco and working for a non-profit organization called Positive Coaching Alliance, which looks to transform the culture in youth and High School sports to give kids a character- building experience and learn life lessons through sports rather than just learning to ‘win.’ I miss Denison a lot! It’s very interesting that I did my International Studies senior research on sports non-profits and I am now working for one!

Michaela Grenier ‘14 - I have been back at Denison this academic year working in Student Development on issues related to student success and retention. I will be finishing up my work at Denison at the end of June and will then be moving to Boston to pursue opportunities related to conflict resolution, youth empowerment, and social justice. In the meantime, during most of July and the beginning of August, I will be working with the organization Seeds of Peace on their international conflict resolution summer camp in Maine.

Olivia Underwood ‘14 - Since graduation I have put in one semester towards my MA in International Politics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Currently, I am taking a semester off to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Come September I will be back in school.

Carlos Maciel ‘14 - I have the honor of serving on Denison's Board of Trustees. I am pursuing my Master's of Science in Economic Policy and Theory at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College. Also at Bard I was hired to act as the assistant coach for their swim team. It has been a blast. This summer I will partake in an internship with Pitney Bowes in Stamford, CT. I will be providing them with some economic research and analysis as they transition from their traditional line as a mailing business to a more e-commerce kind of platform.

Nitya Daryanani ‘14 - I moved back home to Mumbai, India last September and have been working at a non-profit in Mumbai called Dasra - www.dasra.org. I am on the Advisory Research and Due Diligence team, which means I usually spend my time doing due diligence on non-profits and social businesses working in the social sector in India and writing research reports. Diligence in these organizations includes everything from statutory compliance and leadership potential, to impact numbers and the effectiveness of their interventions. The research reports are meant to be actionable research reports aimed at education potential philanthropists about how to give strategically. Dasra considers itself a strategic philanthropy foundation, and mainly does knowledge creation, capacity building of social businesses and non-profits (through our portfolio and workshops with curriculum designed by Harvard Business Publishing), and collaborative fundraising through partnerships with funders and social enterprises.

Kaihua Zheng ‘14 - I am currently working as an analyst for an investment bank in Hong Kong. I have been learning a lot about the financial industry as well as a variety of companies in different sectors. Aside from work, I have taken advantage of the natural landscape of Hong Kong by joining a hiking team and a dragon boat team. Dragon boat is a lot like crew and there are dragon boat races on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month as part of the Chinese tradition.

Austin Bailey ‘14 - Since graduation I have been working at the Ohio Statehouse as a Legislative Service Commission Fellow, where I work for the Democratic House Caucus. Throughout this 13 month program, I continue to work with the policy staff on issues like charter school reform, prisoner reentry, and rape sentencing. In addition to working with the policy staff, I also cover legislative offices on an as needed basis, where I perform all the administrative functions — i.e. constituent services, scheduling, and organizing legislative priorities.

Sara Forbes ‘13 - I am finishing out my second year as a Spanish teacher at Christchurch School in Virginia. I also coach the girls' lacrosse and field hockey teams. I spent last summer in Santiago, Chile and took the CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) course there through the University of Cambridge. This summer, I hope to work with a local organization that provides aid to Spanish-speaking immigrants.

Caitlin Mulrine ‘13 - I moved to Baltimore following graduation where I first served in the Lutheran Volunteer Corps, a year- long social justice, service program. I am now the Communications Director for NAMI Metro Baltimore, a non-profit that supports families impacted by mental health issues.

Tayma Bislim ‘13 - Tayma is currently a graduate student at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. She works as a graduate research assistant at the Conflict Resolution Institute, Center for Research & Practice at the University of Denver. Tayma also interned with Building Bridges in the greater Denver area.

Wiselene Dorceus ‘13 - I am currently working in media research for Nielsen. I work as a Digital Solutions Associate training clients across our digital product suite and help them to optimize using insights drawn from our data. Working in a world of “big data” reading statistics and analyzing trends I always question the data. I find myself wondering how the stories the data tells helps to create boundaries or new social structures that in turn influence culture, politics, and economics.

Colleen Kauth ‘12 - Since graduation, I have taught elementary school in Detroit through Teach for America. After completing TFA, I have been working as a curriculum developer for a K-8, online, educational platform called Moby Max. In the fall I will begin classes at Loyola University Chicago School of Law where I plan to concentrate in Public Interest Law.

Aderonke Adedokun ‘12 - At Denison, I majored in International Studies and Political Science. My senior capstone focused on issues related to global migration and the immigration selection process of certain countries such as Denmark. After graduation, I received an offer from ITW, located in Glenview IL, as a Talent Acquisition Associate. I worked on branding and marketing of the company to potential hires and help run our leadership development programs. Last year, I was transferred to one of ITW subsidiaries named Valeron Strength Films, located in Houston, TX. At Valeron, I currently work as a Human Resources Generalist supporting a manufacturing plant of about 100 people.

Leah Taub ‘10 - I just completed my first year and am entering my second year of the Master of Public Health program at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans. Before Tulane, I worked for a little over four years in reality television production and talent management in the DC area, most recently for Discovery Channel and TLC. At Tulane, I am concentrating on Maternal and Child Health (and likely an Epidemiology certificate in my second year), working on a CDC-funded child maltreatment prevention program evaluation, volunteering with a teen dating violence prevention program, and Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Scholars program (funded by HRSA). This summer, I will be completing my practicum with University Research Company (URC) on a USAID-funded maternal, child and reproductive health program in Benin, West Africa. Specifically, I will be working on the social and behavior change communication (SBCC) portion of the project, combining my media background with public health knowledge.

Caitlin Reynolds ‘09 - I joined AmeriCorps with Community Health Programs at Ohio University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. For two years, I served with a mobile clinic, providing health care to historically underserved rural communities. This experience helped shape my interest in nursing and served as a spring board into my current program of study as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the University of Pennsylvania, with a global nursing and health care minor.

Sarah (Grundahl) Kohnstamm ‘07 - After graduating, I went to Washington, D.C. to work for the Save Darfur Coalition. After that I spent some time in Kenya working for a small non- profit and then with the Kenya Red Cross. I then spent two years with Oxfam America before going on to get a Master's Degree in Poverty and Development with the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University in the UK. Since getting my MA, I've been working with the United Nations World Food Programme in Rome. Right now, I am a 'Resilience and Social Protection Officer', working on Seasonal Livelihoods Programming and social protection programmes. I am still with WFP now but transitioning to work from the US for the next few years in Minneapolis on international and domestic poverty issues.

Marisa Meldonian ‘07 - After Denison, I joined AmeriCorps and served for a year working with a Boston non-profit. I worked intensively with six kindergarten and first grade students in a Boston Public School in Dorchester to build social-emotional skills, promote school engagement, and help connect home support systems with school and teachers. After my year of service, I was hired by the same nonprofit and continued to work there for 3 years in various capacities, including as the AmeriCorps Program Director and Director of Impact and Evaluation. In 2012, my husband and I (also a Denison alumnus) joined Peace Corps and served our 27 months of service in Mozambique as Community Health Volunteers. I worked with the local health center and community-based organizations on HIV prevention and treatment programs, health information system strengthening, and income generation projects. After returning in August 2014, I Immediately began a graduate program at Boston University School of Public Health to obtain my Master's in Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Global Health. This summer I am returning to Mozambique for my MPH practicum, where I will be working with CDC-Mozambique and a local NGO to conduct a program evaluation of a communications campaign at health centers to build knowledge and interest in joining community adherence support groups for persons living with HIV/AIDS.

Posted Date 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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