2014 Graduates

Matthew Baddour is working in customer support for Stackdriver, a cloud-hosting start-up. Matt received the 2014 Outstanding Co-op Award. Updated 06/2014

Delaney Rebernik has secured a position as Associate Editor at HCPro. Updated 06/2014

2013 Graduates

Elise Funke joined the law firm of Johnson Becker PLLC in Minneapolis. Updated 06/2013

MacKenzie Cockerill is studying at the University of Glasgow (an MLitt in Modernities: Literature, Theory, and Culture). Updated 06/2013

Robbie Gewirtz is a Marketing Associate and Recruiter at the Jiahua Language School in Shenzhen, China. Updated 06/2013

Gabrille Griot is pursuing an MA in Cultural and Creative Industries at King’s College London.Updated 06/2013

Alison Smith is working in the Parent Marketing Department of Bright Horizons in Watertown. Updated 06/2013


2012 Graduates

2011 Graduates

After graduating, Sarah Breau began working for the Boston Public Works Department (where she completed two out of her three co-op experiences) in both the Construction Management Division and as a senior research analyst in the Engineering Division. She continues to work full-time at the PWD while completing her MEd in Secondary Education at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Updated 7/13

Brendan Cooney has been working on a collaborative project seeking to investigate the innovation ecosystems and culture of technological advancement that enabled the Portuguese Age of Discovery in the 15th and 16th centuries and to apply the lessons learned to the present and future. Brendan recently became involved with TEDxBeaconStreet, taking on a variety of writing and editing projects as a Curator. Updated 12/12

Gabby Gabriel is teaching English in Suzhou, China. Updated 5/12

Katrina Langer is working for Digitas, a digitally-led, integrated brand agency. Updated 6/13

2010 Graduates

Nicole Frankel is pursuing a Master’s in Social Work program at Simmons School of Social Work. Updated 12/12

Joshua Olejarz is working as a Production Assistant at Penguin Group in New York City. Updated 6/10

2009 Graduates

Margot Crary has been admitted to Boston University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Updated 4/10

Peter Franklin has been admitted to the Master’s program at University of Toronto. Updated 4/10

Mary Little has been admitted to the Master’s program in the English department at University of Washington. Updated 4/10

2008 Graduates

Melissa Famiglietti is a Senior Publishers’ Representative for Bedford/St. Martin’s, W.H. Freeman & Co., and Worth Publishers. Updated 11/09

Jacey Fortin taught Developmental English at a community college in South Carolina during Fall 2008. Updated 3/09

Erika Keith was recently hired as Volunteer Coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in Williston, VT. The Volunteer Coordinator position is new at PPNE, and Erika will be responsible for revamping the volunteer program throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, and southern Maine. Updated 1/10

Emily Lemiska is working in the MGH Office of Public Affairs, as an Internal Communications Coordinator. Her primary responsibility is working on the hospital’s newsletter, MGH Hotline. The weekly newsletter is written for employees, patients, and visitors. In addition to the newsletter, she also helps write the Annual Report and develop communications plans for a variety of areas in the hospital, creating posters, drafting announcements, etc. Her other duty is fielding media requests. Updated 4/09

Mary Beth Nevulis received her Master’s degree from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. Updated 11/10

James Putnam has accepted a position at Iwate Prefecture in Japan to teach English as a second language to high schoolers. Updated 3/09

Brenda L. Robles received her JD in 2011 from American University, Washington College of Law. She is currently the Program Support Specialist, Office of Contracts Management at USAID/West Bank & Gaza. Updated 12/12

2007 Graduates

Stacie Burroughs has been admitted to the Master’s in English Literature program at The City College of New York. She has also been accepted into the study abroad portion of the program and will be living and studying in Austria in Fall 2011. Updated 7/10

Jamie Cogar (English/Cinema Studies) has been admitted to the Master’s in Film program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Updated 4/10

Esma Yucel is working toward a Master’s degree in Publishing and Communications at the University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia. She plans on becoming an editor.

After graduating in 2007, Esma moved to Melbourne with her family and started working as a part-time teacher. She’s currently teaching a high school elective class that’s based on communications, and she has continued her mentoring programs with university and high school girls.

Esma was a speaker in the two pre-Parliament of World Religions events, the Annual Victoria Police iftar dinner, and a multitude of other interfaith events. Updated 8/31/10

2006 Graduates

Joshua Cristiano has been admitted to the MAT program at Simmons College. Updated 4/10

Emily Hunt is the Senior Content Development Manager for Casino City Press. Updated 11/07

Liane Marquis graduated magna cum laude with her MA in Hebrew Bible from Yale University in 2012 and has been accepted to the doctoral program in Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East studies at the University of Chicago in Fall 2012. Liane will be studying ancient Near Eastern ritual and legal texts and their literary relationship to similar texts in the Hebrew Bible. She will also be studying the composition history of the bible and inner biblical exegesis. Updated 5/12

2005 Graduates

Amanda Collins is currently the Manager of Copyediting and Proofreading at Aptara, an educational publishing services vendor. She is working to earn her Masters in Communication Management at Emerson College. Updated 11/07

Jeffery Dubinski-Neessen accepted a position at the University of New Mexico School of Law as Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid, starting in February 2013. He earned an MA in Higher Education Administration at Boston University. Updated 04/13


2004 Graduates

Julia B. Buonopane taught English at Acton Boxborough Regional High School for two years, after graduating from Northeastern University in 2004 with a BS in English and Secondary Education. In 2006, she took a leave of absence from teaching to pursue a Masters degree in Education Administration at Boston College. Updated 11/07

Raquel Matos graduated from Emerson College with a Master of Arts degree in Writing, Literature and Publishing. She has been with Candlewick Press for 5 years and has also started Out of the Past ~ A Classic Film Blog which has been up and running for a year and a half. Updated 1/09

2003 Graduates

In December 2008, Marcie (Tullio) Kalinowsky left her job with McGraw-Hill publishers after 4 years to embark on a new career in teaching English. She is taking classes full time at Western Connecticut State University. Updated 11/07

Brooke L. Witkowski is the Press Coordinator for the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Updated 11/07

2002 Graduates

Dan Branda recently launched an Online Literary Journal, Galleys Online. Updated 10/09

Jessica (Gorham) Noonan is currently Associate Director in the Department of Career Services at Northeastern University. Previously she was a career counselor at Bridgewater State College, and Admissions and Financial Aid Assistant at Boston College High School. She earned her MS in Higher Education Administration from Boston College. Updated 11/07

Leah (Hickey) Ramsdell is teaching 11th grade theology and working as a Campus Minister at Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury, MA. Updated 12/07

2001 Graduates

George Blitch runs a publishing company with Harvey Arden, a National Geographic staff writer for 23 years (www.HaveYouThought.com). He co-owns Blitch Associates (www.BlitchAssociates.com) and Son of a Blitch Productions (www.Sonofablitch.com). Updated 11/10

Suzanne Harvey earned a Master’s from University of Chicago in 2002, then worked in university administration/lab management for several years. In August 2013, Suzanne will move to Scotland to pursue her PhD in Philosophy at the University of Glasgow. Updated 6/13

Shannon Stevens earned a Master’s in Social Work from Simmons College and moved to San Francisco, where she currently works as a Clinical Case Manager for Westside Community Services. Updated 12/07

1997 Graduates

Samantha (Warnakulasooriya) Kulatilake (BA ’97, MA ’00) completed her doctorate in education, specializing in language development, at Boston University in January 2009. She is currently an Associate Professor of English at a transfer university in Sri Lanka. Updated 3/10

1996 Graduates

Shaun McNamara is currently the Principal Writer and Graphic Designer for Akorri, a leader in the monitoring and management of virtualized data center networks. He is also the Senior Staff Writer for the New England Music magazine, Metronome. Updated 11/07

1994 Graduates

Marissa and Clint Eller are living in Westchester New York. Clint is a VP of sales at JP Morgan Chase, and Marissa is a full-time freelancer as a Photo Editor at The New York Times. Would love to hear from you. Her e-mail address is marissaeller at att dot net. Updated 2/08

Angelique Pirozzi has spent the past 13 year in Democratic politics. Her co-op at NU lead to full time employment at the Massachusetts Democratic Party back in 1994. From there she worked on Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election and in the White House’s Office of Political Affairs. She worked for the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and on Gore2000 (Iowa Caucuses, Nevada Primary, Wisconsin Primary & General). Angelique managed Gore’s Wisconsin effort in 2000, a battleground state, where he won by 5000 votes out of 3.2 million. In 2002, Angelique managed Senator John Kerry’s re-election campaign in MA, then served as his Caucus Manager in the Iowa Caucuses in 2003/2004, a come from behind victory which propelled him to the nomination.

Angelique then served as Hillary Clinton’s Caucus Manager in 2007, at her request, but decided to leave the campaign in September of 2007. Angelique now works as a political consultant splitting time based between Belmont, MA and Washington, DC. Updated 4/08

1985 Graduates

Tom Larned worked with public defenders for five years, the United States Attorney in Miami for one year, and the FBI for 18 years. Updated 11/07

1983 Graduates

In July 2014, Jason J. Marchi‘s (BS English and Geology ’83) second children’s picture storybook, The Growing Sweater, will be published in hardcover by Fahrenheit Books. The story won first place in a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators sponsored contest in 1993, as judged by renowned children’s author and illustrator Pat Cummings. The story was also a finalist in the 2003 Tassy Walden Awards: New Voices in Children’s Literature contest, and first appeared in print in the 2007 Expectations: Anthology of Children’s Literature, Braille Institute. Illustrated by Ben Quesnel.

After 16 years with McGraw-Hill High Education, and winning three recent Connecticut excellence in journalism awards, Jason started his own publishing company. The first hardcover book is The Legend of Hobbomock: The Sleeping Giant, a children’s picture storybook for ages 6-10 and for adults who love children’s books. The book retells a Native American legend of how a group of hills in Hamden, Connecticut came to look like a giant man sleeping on his back. The book will be released on November 10, 2012 (www.omicronworld.com/HOBBOMOCK.htm). Updated 11/2011; 04/2014 

1979 Graduates

John Waggoner went on to earn his MA at Northeastern University in 1981. He is a columnist at USA Today, in the Money section. He also appears monthly on PBS, for the Nightly Business Report. Updated 11/07

1978 Graduates

Joanne Lynch is currently Assistant Dean of Admission at the University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI). Former positions include Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission at Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, AZ) and Director of Student Services at Northeastern Law School.

Joanne is co-leader of the Rhode Island Chapter of the NU Alumni Association, and would love to hear from other NU English alums (and others!) in RI. Her e-mail address is nuhusky7890 at gmail dot com. Updated 01/10

1977 Graduates

Sheila Totten reports on rodeo, bull riding, country music, agricultural issues, and American Indian affairs. Updated 11/07

1975 Graduates

Joseph E. Donlan has published three books and has a fourth forthcoming from Universal Publishers. For more information, visit

http://www.ordainingreality.com/Updated 12/12

1972 Graduates

David S. Ferriero (BA, MA ’76) has been nominated by President Barack Obama to the position of Archivist of the United States. Read more online. Updated 8/09

1971 Graduates

Carol L. Phelan is the Director of Public Relations and Marketing at New England Conservatory. She was previously with the Wang Center for the Performing Arts. Updated 11/07

1970 Graduates

Candace “Candy” Lowe (English/Journalism) is currently working in IT at Stanford University, in California.  Before that she worked as a newspaper reporter in Boston, a deputy sheriff in Arizona and an airline pilot in New Mexico.  In her spare time, Candy writes science fiction under the name C. Sanford Lowe.  Most recently, she co-authored of a series of novellas about the making of a black hole with G. David Nordley in Analog.   When not writing, Candy collaborates in experimental electronica with her husband and tutors students studying English as a second language. Updated 11/11

1969 Graduates

Donna Halper (BA ’69, MA ’73, PhD University of Massachusetts-Amherst) received her PhD in Communication in May 2011 and was promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor of Communication at Lesley University.  Donna wrote two chapters for a newly published book, commemorating 100 years of Fenway Park, Opening Fenway Park With Style: The 1912 Champion Red Sox.  Her fourth book, Icons of Talk: The Media Mouths That Made America, was published by Greenwood Press in 2009. Donna was featured in the Boston Globe article, “She blazed a trail locally, and now her career comes full circle,” October 2008. Updated 5/12

Peter Neumann is a photographer and illustrator. Images of his artwork can be viewed at http://www.peterneumann.com/. Updated 5/12

In 2008, Roger Strong retired from his co-op job at The New York Times which he started the day after Christmas, 1965. Roger started out a copy boy and ended up a photo editor and the “technology magician” on the picture desk. Updated 11/08

1968 Graduates

Thomas M. Hall (BS English Education, M.Ed.) taught English at the high school level for seven years, and then spent the next 31 years as an assistant principal and principal. He was an adjunct instructor at Quincy College for eight years, and recently wrote and published his third novel, Hidden: A Novel of Suspense. Updated 5/13

Stephen M. Wallace received his MS in Journalism from Columbia University after graduating from Northeastern. He’s been a newspaper reporter and editor, an Arts editor, and a marketing communications manager. He made 3-D multimedia shows, a bunch of corporate music videos, and a visionary film anticipating the future of publishing technology.

Since 1998, Stephen has been doing freelance marketing, advertising, and public relations projects for a variety of clients. Since 1992, He has also have worked part time on the Copy Desk at the Patriot Ledger in Quincy, and is currently finishing the edits on a half-hour documentary about the Tidd Home for senior women. Updated 11/07

1967 Graduates

James E. Bowman taught high school English and coached basketball for two years after graduating. He then coached basketball at NU for three years and was subsequently hired by the FBI. He spent 28 years as a Special Agent, living in different parts of the country. Most of his career was spent in foreign counterintelligence because he was sent to language school my second year in the FBI. At the end of his career, he was a recruiter in the Boston FBI office. Updated 11/07

1966 Graduates

Jack DeWitt‘s new book of poems Almost Grown has just been published by Paper Kite Press. Nine of the book’s poems are featured in the Nov-Dec 2008 issue of the American Poetry Review. Updated 11/08

1965 Graduates

Curt Wedeen is President of Business & Nonprofit Strategies, Inc. He is also the author, with Richard Marek, of a novel, Book of Nathan (Oceanview, 2010), which Booklist calls “lighthearted and snappy,” and of Smart Giving Is Good Giving (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2011). Updated 2/11

1962 Graduates

Joseph Scarpato, Jr. (English/Journalism) graduated from Improv Boston’s improv comedy course in 2007. Thereafter, he and his wife became involved in local community theater in the Hudson- Marlborough area. After appearing in an improv murder mystery dinner theater show with the River’s Edge Players, Joseph appeared in five REP productions, including Damn Yankees, Urinetown, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Snow White. In 2011, Joseph’s wife directed him in another improv murder mystery, Death by Chocolate, for the Marlborough Junior Woman’s Club and a Halloween show, Once Upon a Broomstick, where Joseph was also Assistant Director.

While at NU, Joseph was Feature Editor and humor columnist (All Hail) of the Northeastern News and President of the Husky Hi-Liters and was instrumental in turning the Hi-Liters into NU radio station WNEU. He is currently on the NU Alumni Reunion Committee which will help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Class of 1962 in May 2012. Updated 11/11

1960 Graduates

Christopher H. Jackson has retired from Catholic Memorial High School, West Roxbury, MA where he was an English teacher and administrator. He is presently working (on a part-time basis) as the New England admissions representative for Nazareth College, Rochester, NY. Updated 4/08

1957 Graduates

Jack Driscoll authored Couch Potatoes Sprout: The Rise of Online Community Journalism, a how-to book regarding community group journalism, the field he has been working in the past 15 years, after 39 years at The Boston Globe. Updated 11/08