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The alumni below are part of the F&M Alumni Partners Program and can be contacted about their career choices and life after F&M. 

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Jeremy Steinbacher ’03, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY

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Jeremy graduated with a B.A. degree in chemistry in the spring of 2003. He entered graduate school in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University, working with D. Tyler McQuade. After transferring to the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology in 2005, Jeremy attained his M.S. in chemistry in 2006 and defended his Ph.D. research in July 2008. Jeremy then started an NIEHS postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Vermont in the laboratories of Christopher C. Landry and Brooke T. Mossman. He researched the use of porous microparticles as drug-delivery agents for the treatment of malignant mesothelioma. In the summer of 2011 he began his independent career as an assistant professor of chemistry at Canisius College. As the interdisciplinary chemist, Jeremy’s teaching interests include general, organic, and materials/biomaterials chemistry. His research interests continue to be advanced materials for the treatment of cancer, particularly particle-based drug-delivery agents, “smart” contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging, and bionanoscience and functional polymers with novel architectures.


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Stephanie Stockalis ’01, Pediatrician

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Stephanie reports: I am now a Board Certified Pediatrician halfway through my neonatology fellowship.  I am doing interesting research in the field of bronchopulmonary dysplasia.

After graduating from F&M Stephanie attended medical school at Temple University.  She is now a pediatrician at WVU hospital in Morgantown, WV.  Her primary interest is in newborn care, delivery room resuscitation and stabilization, and neonatology.


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Jim Terzian ’03, Radiology Resident, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

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Beginning July 2012 Jim will be going to Cornell University for a Fellowship in Radiology.

Jim Terzian graduated in '03 from F&M with a B.A. in Chemistry.  He went on to get his M.D. at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY.  From there Jim decided to pursue Radiology and he is currently doing his Radiology Residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.  He grew up in upstate NY in Binghamton. 


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Keith Hamilton ’02, Associate Director of Internal Medicine Clerkship; Associate Director of Healthcare Epidemiology, Infection Prevention and Control, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

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Keith Hamilton graduated from F&M in 2002 with a BA in Chemistry.  Keith went on to get his Masters degree the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  He did an Internal Medicine Residency and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Pennsylvania where he is currently employed at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

 

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 Tricia Vos '94, Associate Director, Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Co.

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After graduating from F&M Tricia went on to receive her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Minnesota.  She now holds the position of Associate Director at Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Her work as a medicinal chemist is focused on discovering new medicines for the treatment of cancer.

 

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Melissa Hansen ’03, General Pediatrician, Southern Tier Pediatrics, Elmira, NY

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Melissa completed her pediatrics residency at the University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. After graduating from Franklin & Marshall College in 2003, Melissa attended medical school at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA.

 

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Meredith Mintzer ’05, Postdoc, Boston University - Grinstaff Group

Email: mmintzer@bu.edu

After graduating from F&M Meredith attended graduate school at Texas A&M University, and did research with Prof. Eric E. Simanek who became her advisor. The research in Simanek's groups focuses on synthesizing dendrimers, a type of hyperbranched polymer with applications in medicine. Meredith's projects focused on synthesizing these dendrimers, which can bind to DNA or siRNA and deliver the nucleic acids into cells. This process, known as transfection, has potential applications in treating various disorders, including ones of genetic origin as well as cancer. After receiving her Ph.D. in December 2009, she immediately began working as a postdoctoral fellow at Boston University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital under the direction of Prof. Mark Grinstaff and Dr. Yolanda Colson, respectively. Her current research focuses on designing dendrimers and polymeric nanoparticles for biomedical applications, particularly for the treatment of cancer. In addition to conducting research in the Grinstaff lab, Meredith is the lecturer for a course in the Biomedical Engineering department at BU.

 

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Stephanos Tsirakoglou ‘99, Bass-baritone, Südthüringisches Staatstheater, Meiningen, Germany

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While pursuing his operatic career, Stephanos used his Master's degree in chemistry to teach at a number of institutions of higher learning in the Philadelphia area.  He is currently a house soloist in Meiningen, Germany.  He encourages alumni and current students to contact him if they would like any advice on how to enter the adjunct teaching world, or for free tickets to his performances!

 

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Mark Werley ’03, Resident, Diagnostic Radiology, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ

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Beginning July 2012 Mark will start his Fellowship in Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology at Thomas Jefferson University.

After leaving F&M, Mark attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, graduating in 2007.  Mark then completed a general medical internship at Frankford Hospital System in Philadelphia.  Mark started a 4-year radiology residency in 2008 at Cooper University Hospital. His job involves performing and interpreting all varieties of medical imaging, including x-rays, CT and MRI scans, ultrasounds, and radioisotope scans.

 

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Amanda Carr ’04, PharmD, Wal-Mart, Selinsgrove, PA

Email: acarr_82@hotmail.com

Amanda Carr is a staff pharmacist in a retail pharmacy.  She counsels patients on prescription and over-the-counter medications.  Amanda takes doctor calls and troubleshoots insurance issues.  She verifies the correct drug, dose, and directions for all prescriptions encountered.  After graduating from Franklin and Marshall College in 2004, Amanda attended pharmacy school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM). 

 

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Jeff Rowand ’07,  Medical Student, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA

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Immediately following graduation in 2007, Jeff started his medical school education at Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, where he is now in his 4th year.

 

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Neetha Khan ’99, Associate Director, MRSEC (Materials Research Science and Engineering Center), Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

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After graduating from F&M in 1999, Neetha Khan pursued a PhD in Materials Science from the Materials Science and Engineering Dept at the University of Delaware.  Her research focused on the field of surface science and catalysis - more specifically it was on the Chemistry of bimetallic/alloy surfaces. After receiving her PhD in 2004, she then accepted a postdoctoral fellowship from the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation in Germany for 18 months.  In the Chemical Physics department at the Fritz Haber Institute, her research was to investigate the chemical and physical properties of nanoparticles on surfaces.  Upon returning to the US, she spent two years working as a researcher at a National Lab in Pittsburgh - the National Energy Technology Lab.  The work at this lab focuses on developing clean energy technologies.  This summer, she took a position at Carnegie Mellon University to help run the MRSEC (Materials Research Science and Engineering Center) in the Materials Science and Engineering Dept.  The responsibilities in this position include organizing numerous activities in the center and running educational programs such as the REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program and other k-12 outreach programs.

 

Meha Shah ’00, Senior Chemist, Nalco Company, Energy Services Division, Sugar Land, TX

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Meha Shah is a Senior Chemist at Nalco in their Energy Services Division.  Her main function is to provide technical support to the Chemical Process Industry, through both analytical work, the synthesis of new chemical additives, and basic monitoring of plant operations. After graduating from Franklin and Marshall College in 2000, Meha Shah worked at DuPont Ag in Newark, DE as an associate chemist.  While there she worked in R&D Discovery on the synthesis of novel herbicides and fungicides.  After a year there she decided to enroll in graduate school to pursue her PhD.  She began graduate school in 2001 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.  While working towards her PhD in synthetic, organic chemistry she worked as a teaching assistant for organic chemistry.  Her PhD thesis was in the area of asymmetric catalysis in the synthesis of small molecules.  After graduate school she pursued a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the Dept. of Pharmacology.  Her post-doctoral research was in the area of prodrug design and development.  She presented her research at the National ACS conference and from there was recruited by Nalco for her current position in Sugar Land.  

 

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Brian Cohen ’01, Patent Examiner, US Patent and Trademark Office

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Brian Cohen graduated from F&M in 2001 with a BA in Chemistry.  From there, he went to graduate school at the University of Chicago. At the University of Chicago he worked from Mike Hopkins and graduated in August 2008 with a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry. Upon completion of his doctorate degree he began work at Brookhaven National Laboratory working with Etusko Fujita.  He is currently employed as a Patent Examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA where he examines patents that deal with methods and apparatus that utilize electrochemistry.

 

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Timothy Crall ’01, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Mammoth Hospital, Mammoth Lakes, CA

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Tim now works as an Orthopaedic Surgeon in Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Ski and Snowboard Trauma at Mammoth Hospital, Mammoth Lakes, California

Tim completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Combined program in Boston, Mass. where he saw patients with orthopaedic/musculoskeletal injuries or problems in the emergency department or the office, planned and assisted in surgery, and helped to take care of patients in the hospital after surgery.  B After graduating with a degree in chemistry in 2001, Tim attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.  He graduated in 2005 and moved to Boston to begin residency.  He lives with his wife, Heather (an F&M grad with a degree in biology, now an attorney) and their daughter Ellie. 

 

Trishul Shah ’00, Research Associate, Allergan, Inc., Irvine, CA

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Trishul Shah was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya.  He joined F&M as a freshman in 1997 and graduated in 2000. Trishul graduated with a Master’s in Chemistry from California State University Northridge in December 2004. He started working at Polypeptide Laboratories in Torrance, CA as a Production Chemist in January 2005.  Trishul started working at Allergan in May 2007.
 

Cara Sheaffer ’04, Assistant Director, Student Center and Activities, St. Catherine University

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Cara Sheaffer spent two years after graduation working in industry at two separate labs as an analyst.  Cara decided the work was not right for her and returned to graduate school.  She completed her Masters degree in Educational Policy and Administration at the University of Minnesota.

 

Heather (nee Brown) Wood ’05 is currently at home raising her two children: Marie Therese and John Ambrose.  As for Chemistry she says:  I do it mostly in the kitchen and when I make cleaning solutions, or when I am helping my friends children with their homework.

Email: heathermwood7@gmail.com

Heather Wood graduated from F&M in 2005.  After graduation, she spent a summer in Mexico as a missionary and then dedicated her next year to working for AmeriCorps in Paterson, NJ directing an after school program and summer camp for inner city elementary school children and teenagers. Since Heather has a passion both for youth and Chemistry, she became certified as a High School Chemistry Teacher through the alternate route graduate program and taught high school chemistry and Environmental Science for two years in NJ. She then moved to Washington, DC where she served as Assistant to the Director, University Honors Program, The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.

 

Arthur Catino ’00, National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge MA

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While at F&M Arthur Catino worked in the laboratories of Professors Phyllis Leber and Scott Van Arman.  He received both the Schappell Scholarship and Fred A. Snavely Research Award, and in 2000 earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry with Honors.  Catino later obtained his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Maryland in 2006 working with Professor Michael P. Doyle where he developed a number of catalytic processes using dirhodium metal complexes.  During that time, he received the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Organic Chemistry Award giving annually in the United States to 15 outstanding graduate students.  He then moved to the laboratory of Professor David A. Evans at Harvard University as a National Institutes of Health (NIH) post-doctoral fellow where he initiated a fundamentally new strategy for the synthesis of phorbol, a potent naturally occurring protein kinase C agonist.  In January of 2009, Art will join the Medicinal Chemistry Department of Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals in Ridgefield, CT.  Catino has several publications, two patents, and has received a number of professional honors and awards.  

 

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Douglas Williams ’03, Group Leader, Adesis Inc., New Castle, DE

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Douglas Williams is currently a Group Leader at Adesis Inc. in New Castle, DE.  We are a contract research organization which means we are hired by various companies (big pharma, biotech, etc...) to make compounds for their research programs.  This is his first job out of grad school.  Douglas spent the last 5 years at the University of Pennsylvania earning his PhD in the labs of Eric Meggers.  The research there was focused on making structurally complex molecules built around a single metal atom for the purpose of generating potent and specific protein kinases inhibitors.  The research was very rewarding and successful resulting in a number of publications and patents.

 

Steve Emkey ’02, CRM and Informations Systems Lead, Bausch + Lomb, Madison, New Jersey

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Steve Emkey currently works at Bausch + Lomb global pharmaceutical headquarters where he manages the CRM system for the entire sales force. After graduating from F&M in 2002, he spent two years as a sales manager at a family business in Reading, PA.  He moved his career into pharmaceuticals by joining Eli Lilly & Company selling their neuroscience portfolio to primary care physicians in Boston, MA. After two years of a successful career with Lilly, he was recruited to join Bausch + Lomb.  

 

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Matthew Mousley ’01, Associate, Duane Morris LLP, Philadelphia, PA

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After Matthew Mousley graduated from F&M, he attended Villanova University School of Law.  While in law school, Matthew was a research assistant for a law professor and a summer associate at Duane Morris, where he currently practices.  After he graduated from Villanova Law, Matthew was a judicial clerk for Hon. Marjorie Rendell on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (federal appellate court for PA, NJ, DE, and the Virgin Islands).  After the clerkship (1 year), Matthew started as an associate in the IP Practice Group at Duane Morris, where he is currently employed.  Matthew’s practice involves all aspects of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and technology law, including obtaining patents and trademarks (prosecution), IP portfolio counseling, IP enforcement and litigation (trial and appellate), software and technology transactions, and e-Commerce and Internet law.

 

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Rebecca Toroney ’04, Postdoc, University of Chicago, Staley Lab Group 

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Rebecca completed her PhD in Chemistry at Penn State University in 2010 working in the lab of Dr. Philip Bevilacqua, Department of Chemistry.  Her work focused on investigating the link between RNA folding and human disease through studies of the RNA-binding protein, PKR, a component of the innate-immune response in humans.  

 

Jonie Young ’01, Nurse (CNII), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

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Jonie Young is a Registered Nurse on a neuromedicine and neurosurgery unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston, MA.  After F&M, Jonie went to Temple University School of Medicine, took a leave, then worked on spinal cord research at Drexel University Medical School for two years prior to going to nursing school. She attended Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, CT, in the Accelerated Second-Degree Program, and graduated from the 16-month program in August 2006. She moved to Boston, MA, and started working at BIDMC in November 2006.  The aspects of nursing that Jonie loves most are that she can see, understand, and contribute to the medical aspects of a patient's care, but she also gets to be there to explain details, to hold hands, and to provide comfort and care to patients and their families. There are many "second-degree" nursing programs available and it really is a great way to enjoy the benefits of an F&M education and go on to a great profession in nursing.

 

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Melissa Reinard '03 Chemist, Aberdeen Test Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland

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Melissa attended the University of Delaware where she received her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry in 2008.  Melissa's dissertation research focused on the use of mass spectrometry to uncover the chemical and physical properties of nanoparticles (both naturally occurring and anthropogenic) suspended in the air we breathe.  She is currently employed as a Chemist for the U.S. Army with Aberdeen Test Center, in Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. There, Melissa has had an incredible opportunity to do important defense work, which helps protect the lives of American soldiers.  Her group primarily focuses on testing the air quality that soldiers are exposed to in a wide variety of military situations.  Melissa's work contributes to evaluating cutting edge technology aimed at helping soldiers safely complete their mission objectives, at home and abroad.

 

Neil Strotman ’01, Senior Research Investigator, Bristol-Myers Squibb, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Email: nstrotman@yahoo.com

Neil graduated Franklin and Marshall College in 2001 and began graduate school in chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  After graduating, Neil began a post-doctoral fellowship at MIT in 2006.  Neil worked at Merck in New Jersey in the process research division for several years before his employment at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

 

Joseph Teel ’99, Medical Director, Johnson Health Center, Lynchburg, VA

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Joseph Teel graduated from F&M in 1999 with a Chemistry major and a minor in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History.  Joseph’s path after college had been fairly clear for a while with medical school as an aspiration of his for some years. However, the possibility of a Chemistry PhD did cross his mind a few times during college.  In the end, direct patient care and community involvement swayed Joseph away from straight academics.  He went on to the University of Pennsylvania for Medical School in Philadelphia, where he was supported through a scholarship from the National Health Service Corp.  This is a federally funded program to recruit health professionals to medically under-served communities.  Joseph then traveled to Middletown, CT, where he spent three years in his Family Medicine Residency at the Middlesex Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program.  It is a well-established community-based and academic-affiliated training program with ties to UConn and Yale.  In 2006, Joseph finished his training and took a position at the Johnson Health Center in Lynchburg, VA, where he has been since.  He was recently appointed to the position of Medical Director, through which he oversees the care of approximately 15,000 patients and 3 locations.  Joseph’s ultimate goal is to work on a broader scale to unify the system of Federally Qualified Health Centers across the country with academic institutions to close gaps in the medical safety net across the country.

 

 

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