As a graduate of Northeastern University, you are part of a strong community of alumni representing an expansive range of positions in business, media, the arts, non-profit organizations, and government agencies across the country and around the world. We take tremendous pride in your success, and hope that you will keep you Northeastern connection going strong!
“During my time at Northeastern University’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, I gained tools and knowledge that I know will stay with me throughout my professional career. The classes were intense and the workload was not light, however, the professors and staff were always readily available to help guide me and to make sure that I never felt overwhelmed. The program was instrumental in preparing me for a career in criminal justice research and policy. I was not only able to learn about the criminal justice system and the processes involved, I was also able to make contact with professionals and researchers in the field. That network is a part of the criminal justice program at Northeastern that is not advertised but is one of the major aspects that sets the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University apart from others.
After my graduation from Northeastern University, I was able to use one of my contacts gained during my time in the program to become the Grants Manager and Statistician for the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office in Massachusetts. I have used many of the skills gained during my time at Northeastern directly on the job at the MSO. This is a position I would never have been qualified for were it not for the efforts of the professors and staff at Northeastern University. My time at Northeastern University’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice was an incredible experience that has opened up many doors for my professional career and I could not be happier with my decision to attend.”
Shawna M. Andersen is the Research and Planning Specialist at the Massachusetts Parole Board. She performs statistical analyses, completes internal performance evaluations to advance the agency mission to build evidence-based practices, manages and responds to external research requests, and creates the agency’s annual report. Shawna also contributes to policy development and strategic planning, including implementation of new initiatives. In addition, she is certified as an agency trainer in conducting offender risk/need assessments.
While a Master’s student in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Shawna participated in the internship program. As an intern to the Chairman and Chief of Staff at the Parole Board, she was introduced to the opportunity for her current position. Northeastern University’s experiential education propelled her employment in state government. In addition, graduate courses, such as Statistics, Research and Evaluation Methods, and Evidence-Based Crime Policy prepared Shawna for her career in criminal justice.
The school’s undergraduate and graduate programs have produced a number of successful graduates in all facets of the criminal justice field. Here are just a few:
- Herby Duverne, Deputy Director of Aviation Security, Massachusetts Port Authority
- Gerald F. Malone, Attorney
- Raymond Santilli, Assistant Town Manager, North Andover, Massachusetts
- Jack Dawley, First Assistant District Attorney, Essex District Attorney’s Office
- Rebecca Der Garabedian, IT Security Auditor, U.S. Department of Labor
- Paul Dwyer, Director of Security, Westin Boston Waterfront
- Janet Fine, Executive Director, Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance
- Alida Merlo, Professor of Criminal Justice, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
- Bonnie Michelman, Director of Police Security and Outside Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
- Daniel O’Leary, Chief of Police, Brookline, MA Police Department
- Thomas O’Reilly, Senior Policy Advisor, Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice
- Edward Owens, President, Owens Moving and Storage, Boston
- M. Benjamin Lipman, Senior Vice President Sales, Guardsmark, LLC
- Stacia A. Hylton, Director, United States Marshals Service