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DAVID W. CHAPMAN ('71 LBC Biology) teaches at Okemos High School. He was recently selected to present a workshop for teachers at the Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Atlanta. His workshop session will focus on teaching about flood risk factors, particularly as it relates to the built environment. This fall, he chaired the Annual Conference of the Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association, which was held in Detroit. He designed a 3-D model of a flood plain, which allows for experimentation, changing different variables to see how they affect the risk of flooding. The model has proven to be an effective teaching tool, not only with formal education classes but also with the general public.

KAREN C. PARKER, Ph.D ('73 LBC Physics) received her Ph.D. in Physics from Ohio State University in 1980. She worked for Bell Labs in New Jersey for nearly 27 years. She is retired now and lives outside Columbus, OH where on the side, she designs railroad history books and studies railroad history.

WILLIAM G. STOBBY ('75 Chemistry) retired on 10/30/15 after 40 years with the Dow Chemical Company. He was a Principal Research Scientist in Dow Building Solutions involved with maintaining the environmental acceptability of Styrofoam brand insulation product including being a key inventor of the sustainable global polymeric fire retardant solution to replace hexabromocyclododecane being regulated out of use in expanded and extruded polystyrene insulation foams.

CLAIRE LEVESQUE ('75 LBC Biology) is the Medical Director of Medical Management and Payment Policy at Tufts Health Plan working with commercial and senior products. Recently, she was also the Interim Senior Medical Director for their Medicaid Product, Network Health.

JOHN T. WAUGH, M.S. ('76 Medical Technology) is System Vice President, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, for the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI.

MARK KAY, PH.D. ('80 LBC Physical Sciences) is currently the Head of the Division of Human Gene Therapy and the Dennis Farrey Family Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Genetics at Stanford University. He has published over 200 scientific papers and had over 50 trainees. The focus of his laboratory is to establish the scientific principles required for gene and nucleic acid transfer for the treatment of genetic and acquired diseases.

GLENN COIN ('81 LBC Environmental Sciences) has been named science/environment/ weather reporter for the Syracuse. com/The Post-Standard in Syracuse, N.Y. He has been with the company since 1995, writing and editing on a variety of topics. Glenn is also an adjunct professor at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, where he teaches reporting, writing and Environmental Politics. He has earned two master’s degrees from Syracuse University in newspapers and public administration. Glenn also served nine years on a school board in Clinton, N.Y., where he lives with his wife and two children.

SANDRA W. NEWPORT ('89 Physiology) is Senior Scientist in Global Biologicals Research at Zoetis in Kalamazoo, MI (Formerly Pfizer Animal Health). She also serves on the Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) for the Kalamazoo site of Zoetis.

DR. STEPHEN MERAW ('91 LBS) was recently elected President of the Michigan Periodontal Association. He also recently completed his term as President of the Detroit District Dental Society.

CLIFFORD A. KAYE, M.D. ('92 Physiology) is Assistant Professor, Division of Hospital Medicine and Medical Director of Utilization Management and Clinical Documentation Integrity at the University of Kentucky/UK HealthCare.

HEATHER F. PETERSON ('92 Biological Science) is a Biology Teacher for Holt Public Schools in Holt, MI. She received the 2012 National Outstanding Biology Teacher Award.

KOREN D. CARPENTER ('93 Environmental Science) is an Environmental Engineer for the State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in Lansing, MI.

PARAJ V. MANDREKAR ('93 Microbiology) is a senior research scientist for Genetic Identity Promega Corp. in Madison, WI.

AMY K. LUCZAK, PAC ('94 Biology) is a physician assistant for cardiovascular surgery associates Members of the DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center, Houston, TX. She received her M.P.H. degree from Touro University, Vallejo, CA.

ANGELA M. GOODMAN ('94 Biology) is an Environmental Compliance Specialist for the Lansing Board of Water & Light, Lansing, MI.

MARK J. LYONS, PH.D. ('95 Biology) is a Senior Scientist for Takeda Vaccines in Bozeman, MT. He formerly worked with Emergent BioSolutions in Lansing, MI.

ANDRE B. DANDRIDGE ('95 LBS Medical Technology) is a Project Coordinator for the MSU College of Law Small Business & Non-profit Clinic.

MAC J. MISSAD ('96 Physics) is a Quality Scientist for Amway Corporation in Ada, MI.

MELISSA L. CHESZEK ('97 Biochemistry) is a Health, Safety and Environmental Manager for PepsiCo, Inc. in Chicago, IL. She received the 2013 Kusnetz Award from the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

SUZANNE R. FLETCHER ('97 Medical Technology) is a Laboratory Hematology Supervisor at Exeter Hospital in Exeter, NH.

MARGARET H. GILBERT, D.V.M. ('98 Biology) received a Master of Arts in anthropology from Tulane University in 2004 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University in 2007. She is a clinical veterinarian at the Tulane National Primate Research Center.

LISA N. VANRAEMDONCK ('98 Biology) is an Executive Director for the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials in Aurora, CO.

CHRISTA H. CHATFIELD, PH.D. ('99 LBS Microbiology) is currently working as an Assistant Professor at a primarily undergraduate college of the SUNY system in Cortland, NY. She has taught microbiology there for 3 years.

JENNIFER BEGGS, MPH ('00 Human Biology) is an Infectious Disease and Emergency Preparedness Epidemiologist for the Michigan Department of Community Health, Lansing, MI.

PATRICK W. DEHAAN ('00 Environmental Science and Management) is a Fish Biologist/ Geneticist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

PHILIP M. HILLARY ('01 Zoology) is Manager of Zoological Operations for the Bird/Reptile Department at Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL.

JAMES ROEDE, Ph.D ('01 LBS Physiology) obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy in 2009. From 2009-13 he was a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. In August 2013, James began his academic career as a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

AMY JEANGUENAT ('02 Biology) is a Forensic Director for Bode Technology in Lorton, VA.

DANIEL A. CARROLL ('03 Physiology) is a Quality Assurance Manager for Cannon Muskegon in Norton Shores, MI.

SARAH E KLASSEN (ROOZE), LAC ('04 Physical Science) is a Forensic Scientist for the city/county crime lab in Indianapolis IN.

KRISTEN A. PABST ('04 Biochemistry) is a scientist for Emergent BioSolutions in Lansing, MI.

KATHERINE M. RUBY, PH.D. ('05 Biochemistry) is a Biomarker and Cytometry Specialist for EMD Millipore in San Diego, CA.

GLENN P. MURRAY, JR., D.O. ('06 Physiology) is a Resident Physician at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

JAMES P. REINHART, M.D. ('06 LBS Microbiology) will complete his combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency at the University of Michigan this year. He will serve as Chief Pediatric Resident next year before starting a Pediatric Cardiology fellowship.

DR. EMILY B. DUNKELBERGER ('07 Chemistry) works for the National Institutes of Health.

SAMIR C. KULKARNI, M.D. ('07 physiology) received his Doctor of Medicine in 2011 from Michigan State University. Dr. Kulkarni is a resident physician in Radiology at University of Texas- Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX.

ABBIE MINCKS ('07 LBC Human Biology) received a Doctor of Medicine Degree on June 13, 2014 from Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Mincks is a resident physician in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago.

JOHN M. ROBERTS, PH.D. ('07 Chemistry) is an Associate Research Specialist for Dow Corning Corporation in Midland, MI.

CHAD SUSOTT D.D.S. ('07 Physiology) received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Indiana University in 2012 and started work as a staff dentist with the Veteran's Health Administration. In June of 2016, he was promoted to Chief of Dentistry at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in his hometown of Iron Mountain, MI. During his time at MSU, Chad portrayed Sparty from 2005-2007 and was the 2007 UCA (Universal Cheer Association) National Champion Mascot as Sparty.

AMANDA L. SEGUIN (GNAU) ('08 LBS Human Biology) worked as an academic specialist/instructor and lab coordinator at Lyman Briggs College from 2008-2011. She has recently moved back to East Lansing with her husband, Colin Seguin, who is also a Briggs graduate (they met in Briggs chemistry). Amanda works as a nurse and Colin works as an Emergency Medicine Resident at Sparrow hospital.

KRYSTIN A. KOHLS ('09 LBC Zoology) joined the National Guard in 2009 and with their assistance, received a sign language degree. She is now an Interpreter in Southeastern Michigan.

JUSTIN G. THOMAS ('09 LBC Physiology) is finishing up his last year of medical school at the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is currently interviewing for residency positions across the country and is planning on pursuing the field of neurosurgery with a special interest in skull base and endovascular neurosurgery.

JULIA SMITH ('09 LBC Zoology) received her M.S. in Zoology in 2013 from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She wrote her thesis on the recolonization of large carnivores in the Midwest. After grad school, Julia worked on Mexican wolf recovery in Arizona and New Mexico and then on ocelot recovery in Texas. She is now working on a long-term turkey research project with the Missouri Department of Conservation and University of Missouri.

JENNIFER BARIC, PHARM.D. ('09 Physiology) graduated from Wayne State University’s Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with a Doctorate of Pharmacy in May 2014. She will be completing a post graduate Pharmacy Practice Residency at Owensboro Health in Owensboro, Kentucky.

KEVIN T. EGGEBEEN ('09 Biology) is a Quality Assurance Supervisor with Litehouse Foods Inc. in Lowell, MI.

PAUL A. GLASSER ('10 Geological Sciences) is a Staff Geologist for Soil and Materials Engineers, Inc. in Plymouth, MI.

CHRISTINA BRINKER, D.C. ('10 HPS) received a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University in Marietta, GA. She owns Red Cedar Chiropractic in Alpharetta, GA, specializing in pediatrics, prenatal and family wellness care.

AUDREY M. JOHNSON ('10 Zoology) is a Wildlife Biologist for Ironwood Consulting in Redlands, CA.

MIKE BERKOWITZ ('10 HPS) is Legislative and Political Director of Sierra Club, Michigan Chapter.

CATHERINE L. NEZICH ('10 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) works for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda, MD.

RICHARD A. HANLEY ('11 LBC Human Biology) is currently a medical student at Ross University of Medicine.

VINCENT M. CRACOLICI, M.D. ('11 Zoology) received a Doctor of Medicine Degree from Michigan State University. Dr. Cracolici is a resident physician in Pathology at The University of Chicago Medical Center.

CHRISTOPHER S. MAUCH ('11 Medical Technology) is a Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist for Abbott Laboratories in Abbott Park, IL.

JOHN WESNER ('11 Human Biology) obtained his MPH in Epidemiology at San Diego State University in 2013. While pursuing his graduate degree he worked at the US naval base in San Diego. He applied for and was accepted as a US Naval Officer and, since late 2013, has been serving as an Industrial Health Officer in the Medical Service Corp, US Navy, Yokosuka, Japan. He was promoted to Lieutenant this past summer; he will return stateside in March 2016, to serve at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego.

KRYSTAL KREJCIK ('12 LBC Fisheries and Wildlife) is serving as a Natural Resources Conservation Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Ecuador.

AARON HARDY ('12 LBC Physics) is a project engineer for Fraunhofer USA (located in the Engineering Research Complex on campus). He works on carbon vapor deposition (CVD) synthesis of single and poly-crystalline diamonds.

WILLIAM B. DARDEN ('13 LBC Human Biology) joined the Mississippi Teacher Corps in 2013 and is now a certified secondary biology teacher. He is teaching 9th grade in Greenville, MS.

TORI MILLER ('13 LBC Zoology) finished off her time at MSU by participating in an internship at the Houston Zoo, which led to her current job. She not only takes care of animals at the zoo, but also teaches visitors about the animals and what they can do to practice conservation at home. She also has become more involved in conservation efforts through the zoo to save endangered species native to Texas.

HANNAH E. NELSON ('13 LBC Human Biology) is working for AmeriCorps NCC. She is the team leader for 10 corps members and currently serves at the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

BRIANNA BOURGOIN ('13 LBC Physiology) is currently working as a scribe in the ER at Allegiance Health Hospital in Jackson, MI. She will be attending the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine this June.

KATHLEEN E. MCGLEW ('13 LBC Plant Biology) is a research technician in the MSU Potato Breeding and Genetics Program.

CAITLIN K. KIRBY ('13 LBC Environmental Biology/Microbiology) is traveling and volunteering on organic farms through the WWOOF (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms). She spent October in Thailand, November in Bali, December in Australia, and January in New Zealand. She will spend the next few months in Argentina, Ecuador, and Peru.