Abdullah Aldayel ('16) was recently was appointed as the Director of the Writing Center at the Royal Commission of Yanbu Colleges and Institutes. He is also working as an English lecturer/instructor at YELI - Yanbu English Language Institute. He teaches courses for the foundation year program along with technical writing courses for the Associate’s and Bachelor’s programs.
Leslie Briggs ('19) is currently employed by ICAT Logistics in Baltimore, Maryland.
Michael Brooks ('10) His latest book, More Conversations with Pop, is a follow-up to Conversations with Pop: the musings of an average guy. Both are available in print, Kindle, and audio formats. A flash fiction story, “Loveless Love,” was recently published in 101 Words. Another flash story, “Innocence Lost,” was selected for inclusion in Flash Fiction Magazine - Issue 2 (Volume 2). He continues to write reviews for Associates: The Electronic Library Support Staff Journal, and writes Drabbles at Drablr.com. He is currently working on his third book of flash fiction featuring Pop.
Anthony Calabro (’12) was recently named Associate Editor at Clinical Orthopaedics, a peer-reviewed journal based in Philadelphia. He is also a contributor to Hoop76, a Philadelphia 76ers website affiliated with ESPN.
Dann Coble ('09) is working as an Assistant Professor of English at Corning Community College in upstate New York (Corning, NY). He just recently assembled and edited an open-resources textbook in use by his department that is available to students free of charge.
Vanessa Constantinidis ('16) was recently hired to teach Academic Writing at Hellenic College in Brookline, MA.
Don Corcoran ('15) is co-founder and Creative Director of Merokian Author Marketing, which provides a variety of individualized marketing services to make authors' books stand out for targeted readers. The company was started in March 2016. Additionally, Don recently began teaching at Philadelphia University.
Suzanne Cotter ('12) has a new job as Marketing Specialist for The Think Company, an experience design consultancy.
Emily Czerniakoski (’08) served as a National News Correspondent in Washington D.C. following her M.A. in Writing Studies. She is now the co-founder of her own media company for kids, CaRu Entertainment. She also maintains Modern Mommie – a lifestyle blog geared toward non-traditional families.
Jonathan Dorfman ('14) has a blog and a website , The Aspie Dialogues and CGE Studios , which has just launched a new volume of his ongoing screenplay series, Chronic Boom. He has recently applied for a Ph.D. in English at University of Pennsylvania for the Fall 2018 Semester. The first two volumes of Chronic Boom are available on Amazon in self-published paperback and Kindle via Createspace.
David Ellis ('13) works at Dotdash editing articles for various online information sites, including The Spruce, The Balance and Trip Savvy. He is also an adjunct instructor at Workforce Institute's City College of Philadelphia.
Germain Fountain ('07) is currently working on a low budget documentary film called Racing Shadows, which profiles addicts in the early stages of recovery.
Kate Harron ('18) is the Digital Marketing Manager for a company that contracts/subcontracts to different utilities and state programs to help make businesses/residents more energy efficient. Most of her writing is focused on email communications, social media management, website copy and newsletters.
Elyse Hauser ('16) is keeping busy doing freelance writing in Seattle. Most of her recent work has been un-bylined copywriting. She was published in Racked earlier this year (https://www.racked.com/2017/3/7/14779538/slogan-tees), and is planning to get back to pitching more journalistic work soon. She was recently accepted to and attended her first writing residency at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards in the Okanagan Valley! Here is her piece on her experience: https://www.writingbetweenthevines.org/news/elyse-hauser.
Jordan Heil ('16) By day, he is the Assistant Director of the Writing Center at Saint Joseph’s University, where he is also an adjunct instructor of English. By night, he publishes about his passion for podcasting at the Bello Collective and produces a forthcoming cheese podcast with the ladies behind Collective Creamery. In his free time, he works as an ESL Specialist in the Drexel University Writing Center.
Clare Herlihy Dych (’09) is the Director of Advancement at St. Peter's School in Society Hill. She does all of their non-events-based fundraising. This includes proposal writing, donor communications, alumni relations, and more.
David Jackson ('15) published his debut novel, State of the Nation, in April 2018. It is a provocative work of fiction centered around the lives of three boys of color during a time in American History of extreme police violence against Black youth. It was recently listed as a Lambda Literary award finalist. You can check out more of his work here. He also works for the Montgomery County Office of Behavioral Health as a Performance Management Coordinator. He has an MFA from Temple University.
Krisann Janowitz, ‘16 In November 2017, she celebrated the launch of her Moonstone Poetry chapbook, Home(less). The poems are paired with beautiful photos done by the great Harvey Finkle, who has been taking pictures of social justice movements in Philadelphia since the 70's. She was hired by Drexel University recently as a copywriter in their Marketing Department. Her latest achievement is writing the script for this video.
Kate Podlesney Kleinbaum ('06) is a Technical Product Manager for a Fintech company based in San Francisco called SS&C Advent. Kate made these comments about the Writing Studies program: "A Master's in Writing Studies might not be a readily apparent asset, yet every day I'm thankful for it! My role necessitates oodles and oodles of clear technical documentation. Thank you so much for the wonderful preparation!"
Kim Krol (’12) is the editor-in-chief of Global Traveler magazine, a print publication written for frequent, luxury business and leisure travelers, as well as its online counterpart, globaltravelerusa.com. She also serves as editor-in-chief of the company's two web publications, trazeetravel.com, written for travelers 18-35, and whereverfamily.com, the trusted travel source for the modern family.
Liz Kukielka ('13) is a medical writer on the Clinical Communications team at MJH Associates, a healthcare communications company in New Jersey. Between her undergrad degree and her Writing Studies degree, she received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Temple University. She previously worked as a community pharmacist and pharmacy manager at Walgreens.
Nadia Lambert ('12) works as a proposal writer for a managed care organization on state Medicaid contracts.
Ryan Latini ('15) recently got a job teaching High School English in Camden, New Jersey. He also continues to be published in a variety of places.
Danielle Bullen Love (’06) works in employee communications and freelance writes, mainly in the healthcare and wellness space.
Bernadette McBride (’06) has published her second collection of poetry with Aldrich Press, titled Food, Wine, and Other Essential Considerations--an Alphabet since graduating from the Writing Studies M.A. program. Her poem, “Flying Lessons,” was recently featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. Visit her blog to learn more.
Veda McLean ('08) is a teacher at Telesis Preparatory Academy in Arizona.
Marisa McClellan (’06) is currently working on her fourth cookbook (tentatively titled The Food in Jars Kitchen). Her blog, Food in Jars, is turning nine years old in January 2018 and her podcast (Local Mouthful) celebrated its second birthday and more than 100 episodes, in August 2017. Along with her podcast co-host Joy Manning, she made a series of short cooking videos that are currently airing on WHYY. If you watch culinary programming on that channel, you'll probably catch one playing in-between shows!
Tasha Mercer ('16) has started a blog for new mothers addressing the everyday issues they face. She also started a new job in August 2016 as a Grant Writer and Events Coordinator.
Camille Moore (’14) works as a content specialist at a search engine optimization company called HOTH. She manages a team of freelance writers, editors, and topic creators.
Lana Morelli (’12) left law school to get her M.A. in Writing Studies and now works as a legal reporter. She also teaches writing as an adjunct professor at Delaware County Community College and Neumann University. Her blog is still going strong at LanaMorelli.com.
Colleen Mullarkey (’12) phased out of medical writing after receiving her Writing Studies M.A. and is now the Assistant Director of Publications at her undergraduate alma mater, La Salle University.
Jackai Musonge (’07) returned to Cameroon after completing his Writing Studies M.A. and began work for a telecommunications regulatory agency. He was recently appointed Bureau Chief. His manuscript "International Student Part One: Journey to America," was recently accepted by a publishing company in South Africa.
Mary Beth Peabody ('15) joined the Diocese of Camden as communications and marketing manager for Catholic schools in March 2016. In this capacity, Peabody is responsible for developing and implementing communication and marketing strategies to support the ministry of Catholic education.
Elishia Peterson ('13) has a new book of poetry out! Blacklisted is her second poetry collection. Get it here.
Don Philbrick (aka Sawney Hatton) ('15) is working as a Marketing Copywriter for Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD. Don says "it's a great position, one where I get to write, edit, and even produce videos. And I wouldn't have gotten it without my Master's degree from SJU!" He has written a dark comedy novel DEAD SIZE and a novella, UGLYVILLE, as well as a Sci-Fi/Horror anthology WHAT HAS TWO HEADS, TEN EYES, AND TERRIFYING TABLE MANNERS?. He is currently working on writing a full-length short story collection and his next novel.
Justin Rademaekers (’09) went on to complete a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition at Purdue University. He was recently invited to join the faculty at West Chester University as Assistant Professor of English.
Dan Rousseau ('16) Since graduating from the program in 2016, Dan has begun a MFA in nonfiction at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and entered an adjunct faculty position at SJU. In the last year, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, named a finalist in The Briar Cliff Review’s 2017 nonfiction contest, published book reviews in The Collagist, and had work selected to Salon.com’s Ten Best Essays of 2016. Dan says: "all of my writing successes are founded upon the instruction, critique, creativity, and empathy I encountered as a graduate student at SJU."
Bassam Sebti ('08) is the Global Editor of World Bank. He manages the editorial calendar, core website pages and blogs, and coordinates with social media and other digital products across the World Bank.
Tiffany Sellers ('15) is currently working as a Human Resources Associate with an HR Consulting firm called PROXUS, in Fort Washington, PA. This past year, she launched a website for freelance opportunities, a little blogging, and just to have a platform in general (tiffanyjsellers.com). She is also working on revising her first young adult fiction novel. Once the draft is complete, she hopes to begin the search for an agent.
William Shelton ('14) is currently the Apprentice Dean of School at Wissahickon Charter School. He is working toward a Masters of Art in Education at Villanova University. This year he has been published on the New Teachers Project blog. Here is the link to the article: https://tntp.org/blog/post/beating-bullying-in-my-classroom. He is currently working on several new publications for the New Teachers Project.
Sara Solt ('12) co-owns a massage therapy company where she creates advertising material as well as handling marketing and social media responsibilities. She also provides social media support and customer relations for a car dealership.
Megan Larrisey Tertel (’10) has worked as a medical editor at the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) since November 2010. She was hired as Assistant Editor, promoted to Editor in November 2011, and promoted to Editorial Manager in April 2014. In May 2015, she became a Board-certified Editor in the Life Sciences (ELS) by successfully passing the certification examination administered by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences.
Gina Tomaine ('10) was promoted in November 2019 as Health and Wellness editor at Philadelphia Magazine. She also teaches a course in the SJU Writing Studies program. She recently made a Tarot deck book (illustrated and designed by James Boyle), which stemmed from an essay she wrote for the magazine last year.
Shyheim Williams ('19) Immediately after graduation, Shyheim will be serving as an English Instructor for Saint Joseph’s Ignation College Connection summer program, be a Professional Writing Assistant and Summer Bridge Program Coordinator at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, a Junior Publicist at Regan Farley Agency, a boutique public relations firm based in Baltimore, MD and ultimately pursuing a dual PhD in African-American Studies and English while working as adjunct faculty in English or Composition Studies. Busy guy!
Mike Zodda (14) is a writer in Vanguard's institutional investment marketing group in Malvern. He works on websites, presentations, white papers, blog posts - anything that uses words to attract business from retirement plans, endowments and foundations, and other large-scale investors.