Alumni Spotlight

Isaac Miller, Class of ’17

Isaac Miller, Class of ’17

I am graduating from Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. I started college undecided but changed my major at the end of my second year. One of the highlights of my time at OHIO has been working for University Communications and Marketing (UCM), the university's official communications department. I often write stories to advertise events, highlight achievements of students and/or faculty, and highlight alumni. These stories are published to the OHIO News site and also shared to the University's social media accounts occasionally. I was also the design director of Southeast Ohio Magazine for my journalism capstone class. This…
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Cindy (Grimes) Saunders, Class of ’98

Cindy (Grimes) Saunders, Class of ’98

I have been teaching for 19 years.  After teaching at Fed Hock for 2 years, I moved on to Berne Union Elementary in 2005.  I have been teaching first grade here for 16 years.  I am currently the president of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fairfield County, was named Alum of the month in June for the Patton College of Education and am an Epic! Master Teacher for the second year.
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James Farrington, Class of ’99

James Farrington, Class of ’99

I work at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton Virginia, as an Engineering Technician.  My job consists of integration, assembly and final testing of research modules heading to space. Any item that will be sent into orbit, must undergo a process of checks to ensure it safely arrives at its destination, and functions as it is designed, once it gets there. This includes building the module to flight specifications, testing performance in vacuum chambers, and vibration tests. Shortly after High School I joined the Navy, where I learned how to work on Radar Systems. After I served my time, I…
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Carrie (Ferguson) McCormack, Class of ’98

Carrie (Ferguson) McCormack, Class of ’98

I am one of five children, I am the only first generation college graduate in my immediate family. I was lucky enough to attend Berea College in Berea, KY. As with all 1700 students accepted, I received a full scholarship for my tuition. At my college it was required to learn to swim or pass a swim test, have a job on the college campus, and attend cultural events called convocations. Learning to swim at age 19 is something I am so proud of and has helped me to have a growth mindset to continue to be a lifelong learner.…
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Miles Hadley, Class of ’21

Miles Hadley, Class of ’21

I’m at Ohio University for Music Production, and I spend my free time working with independent artists from all across the country. I recently executively produced, mixed, and mastered an entire collaborative record with my close friend, Isaiah True Weaver. Feel free to check it out! New Album: https://linktr.ee/isaiahtrueweaver
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Leann Starlin, Class of ’99

Leann Starlin, Class of ’99

What I’m Doing Now: I currently serve as the Assistant Dean in the College of the Arts at Kent State University. I work directly with faculty and students in fashion, music, theatre and dance, and art. Most of my role centers around helping students get to college but I also focus on helping them be successful while they’re here. I teach study skills, time management, goal setting, and much more. Prior to this, I spent about 8 years working in student activities, providing student leadership training to student and planning events – lots and lots of events. These ranged from…
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Heather Linscott-Hillard, Class of ’00

Heather Linscott-Hillard, Class of ’00

I'm married with 3 boys ages 14-10-6, and I am a stay at home mom. My husband is in the United States Coast Guard. and we live in New York right now, but we will be moving next summer to our new station. Being in the military is fun; you get to go to places that you would never think of going and you meet so many new people.
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Celeste Baker, Class of ’17

Celeste Baker, Class of ’17

I am a full time body piercer at Skin Hooked Tattoos and Piercing. I went through a thorough apprenticeship to become a body piercer. It took a while to find an apprenticeship, but it’s so rewarding when you find the right shop to take you on. You definitely have to have a passion for body modification and be willing to learn as much about it as possible.
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Kris Butcher, Class of ’02

Kris Butcher, Class of ’02

After high school,  I got a bachelor’s degree in political science from Ohio University.  Currently I work for the National Park Service.  I am the Superintendent of two of the newer units of the National Park Service. (Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument and Freedom Riders National Monument)  Right now, I'm on a temporary assignment to Flagstaff, Arizona as the Superintendent of three parks. (Walnut Canyon National Monument, Wupatki National Monument, and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument). For students interested in this kind of work, education is certainly important. But probably more important is finding a way to get into federal…
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Brandy Russell, Class of ’99

Brandy Russell, Class of ’99

I am a Microbiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention working with vector-borne diseases. My primary responsibility is managing a historical arbovirus repository. I've had the opportunity to travel internationally and work with government institutions and NGOs to promote public health. As a Federal employee I've been able to volunteer to deploy for disease outbreaks in various settings; performing diagnostic testing during an Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, screening international travelers for COVID-19 at LAX, and working in HHS to support two separate administrations on a Testing and Diagnostics Working Group in Washington DC.
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