Class Notes, Spring 2015

April 2, 2015

Dennis A. Davison, BA ’71, is the chairman of the Board of Directors of CentroNia, a DC non-profit that specializes in early childhood education in a bilingual, multicultural environment; also a lawyer.

Julie Elman, PhD ’09, is Assistant Professor of Women's & Gender Studies at the University of Missouri. She recently completed her first book, Chronic Youth: Disability, Sexuality, and U.S. Media Cultures of Rehabilitation (NYU Press, 2014).

Mark Kates, BA ’82, is currently sustaining a career in the music business that started while at GW and WRGW. He spent 16+ years in Los Angeles, mostly at Geffen Records, ran the Beastie Boys' label and is now an artist manager.

Jennie Krems, BA ’13, just finished her first year in the M.P.A. program at American University. She works in the Research Center at Education Week, a news organization covering K-12 education topics. Last year she served with AmeriCorps as a Reading Partners site coordinator.

Michael La Place, BA ’85, is the Planning Director for Passaic County, New Jersey. He recently received the NJ Historic Preservation Award for the successful nomination of the Passaic County Court House and Annex to the National and State Registers of Historic Places.

Brooke O’Connell, BA ’12, graduated from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School Of Law on May 14, 2015.

Eid Mohamed, PhD ’05, will be starting as an Assistant Professor of Transnational Literary and Cultural Studies at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies in Sept. 2015. His book Arab Occidentalism: Images of America in the Middle East will be released by I.B. Tauris, June 2015

Liz Sieck, BA ’13, is finishing up her Master's Degree in Israel Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She currently live in Beersheba, Israel.

Jason Steinhauer, BA ’02, was recently appointed to several national committees and task forces, including the program committee of the National History Center, the 50th Anniversary Task Force of the Oral History Association, and the national History Relevance Campaign.

Andrea Stevens, MA ’80, retired from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, where she was Director of Strategic Communications. Over her 45 years at SITES, she also served as Bicentennial Coordinator & Publications Director.

Sally Stokes, MA ’75, teaches courses on Cultural Heritage and Art and Museum Librarianship at Catholic University. Her essay on British author Noel Streatfeild appears in Howe and Yarbrough, Kidding Around: The Child in Film and Media (Bloomsbury, 2014).

Chelsea St. Onge-May, MA ’13, received the Joint Service Achievement Medal for meritorious service during a deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

James Textoris, BA ’13, has served as a Peace Corps Micronesia EFL teacher in South Korea, a Fulbright Exchange teacher in Latvia, as well as an ESL instructor at Georgetown University. He is currently a high school ESL and US History teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools.