YOUNG ALUMNI SUCCESS STORIES

What do Charlotte, N.C., Baltimore, Md., Washington, D.C., Fairfax, Va., New York City and Buffalo, N.Y., have in common? Each is home to recent St. Bonaventure University graduates who are beating the odds in these challenging economic times by having successfully launched their young careers or landed coveted spots in top graduate programs.

Click on the names below to learn more about these young alumni who have already made their mark.

School of Arts and Sciences

Mike Kaplan, 2012
Major:
Biology; minor: Business Administration
Hometown: Cortland, N.Y.
Current Job: Scientific Analyst at McCann Torre Lazur, Parsippany, N.J. 

Michael Murphy, 2013
Major: Mathematics
Hometown: Salem, N.Y.
Current Job: Financial Analyst at Royal Bank of Canada, New York City.

Kevin Okapal, 2011
Major:
Biology
Hometown: Toledo, Ohio
Currently: Third-year medical student, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Ian Rogers, 2013
Major:
Modern Languages
Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
Current Job: Gilman Fellow at The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.

Priya Singhal, 2011
Major:
Biology; minor: Business Administration
Hometown: Williamsville, N.Y.
Currently: Third-year medical student, George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Shawn Sood, 2009
Major:
Biology (BS) and MBA
Hometown:
Tulsa, Okla.
Currently:
 Fourth-year medical student, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Michelle Spears, 2009
Major:
Biology
Hometown:
Allegany, N.Y.
Currently: 
Fourth-year medical student, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

School of Business

Dan Bratys, 2006
Major:
Business Management
Hometown
: Willoughby, Ohio
Current Job:
Senior Recruiting Consultant for Mindseeker, Charlotte, N.C.

Santiago Castaneda, 2011, 2012
Major:
Finance, MBA
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Current Job: Financial Analyst at Royal Bank of Canada, New York City.

Patricia Nessle, 2010, 2011
Major:
Marketing, MBA
Hometown: Corning, N.Y.
Current Job: Account Executive at Porter Novelli, Washington, D.C.

Sean Rickard, 2006
Major:
Accounting; minor in Finance
Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.
Current Job: Business Analyst for Mindseeker, Charlotte, N.C.

Krystan (Troyer) Ryan, 2013
Major:
Marketing; minor: International Business
Hometown: Oneida, N.Y.
Current Job: Marketing, Wells Fargo Securities, Charlotte, N.C.

Marc Sorrentino, 2012, 2013
Major:
Accounting, MBA
Hometown:
Eden, N.Y.
Current Job:
Operations Analyst at Bank of America, Charlotte, N.C.

School of Education

Keishia Blake, 2008, 2009
Major:
Education (BA); Differentiated Instruction (MA)
Hometown: Jamestown, N.Y.
Current Job: Fourth-grade math and science teacher, Harlem, N.Y.

Claire (Collins) Dunham, 2007, 2008
Major:
Elementary/Special Education (BA), Childhood Literacy (MSE)
Hometown: Corning, N.Y.
Current Job: Second-grade teacher, South Shore Elementary School, Crownsville, Md.

School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Kate Glennon, 2012
Major: Journalism/Mass Communication
Hometown:
Leesburg, Va.
Current Job:
Panel Manager for Residential Evaluation Services at Wells Fargo, Charlotte, N.C.  

Maria Hayes, 2012
Major:
Journalism/Mass Communication
Hometown:
Akron, N.Y.
Current Job:
Communications Coordinator for the Franciscan friars of Holy Name Province, New York City.

Daniel McCarthy, 2010, 2012
Major:
Journalism/Mass Communication (BA), Integrated Marketing Communications (MA)
Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
Current Job: Community Relations, Buffalo Bills

Michelle McKernan, 2012
Major:
Journalism/Mass Communication (BA), Integrated Marketing Communications (MA)
Hometown: Olcott, N.Y.
Current Job: Assistant Marketing Manager at Godiva Chocolatier, New York City.


Emily Sorokes, 2013
Major: Journalism/Mass Communication (BA), Integrated Marketing Communications (MA)
Hometown: Olean, N.Y.
Current Job: Account Manager for Total Beauty Media, New York City.