- Doreen McVeigh '09 completed her M.S. in Biology at Hood College and will enter a Ph.D. program in Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Science at NC State.
- Jess Franklin '11 is hoof stock keeper at the Virginia Safari Park, responsible for a wide range of mammals including camels, nilgai and giraffes.
- Stephanie Basinger '11 is an environmental scientist doing wetlands work with GAI Consultants.
- Sara Rothamel '09 is in a Wildlife Biology M.S. program at Frostburg State University.
- Michelle Degnin '09 is a graduate student in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Science at the University of Washington. Her interest is deep-sea anglerfishes.
- Rebecca Penny '08 (right) is in a Botany Ph.D. program at Indiana University.
- Sam Clark '09 is doing turtle husbandry at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.
- Fionna Matheson '98 is a commissioned officer in the NOAA Corps. Fionna has served with the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, and as a member of the Photogrammetry team of the Protected Resources Division at NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center in California, collecting data on migrating gray whales. Before this, Fionna completed a tour of duty on the ship Ka'imimoana and was at sea about 300 days a year, cruising from Mexico to the Marshall Islands.
Physiology, Cell and Molecular Biology
- J. Waitt '09 is in the food science and technology graduate program at Virginia Tech.
- Kirsten Bergquist '06 is a laboratory and research specialist in the Department of Neurology at the University of Virginia.
- Four alumnae from '03 completed their Ph.D.'s and continued to postdoctoral fellowships: Stephanie Jefferson (Neuroscience Ph.D. University of Florida, postdoctoral fellowships at U Texas, Austin, and the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole), Julia Schmitz (Microbiology Ph.D. University of Alabama, postdoctoral fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill), Laurel Speilman Rodgers (right, Cell Biology and Anatomy Ph.D. University of Arizona, postdoctoral fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill) and Rita Thomas Brookheart (Molecular Cell Biology Ph.D. Washington University, postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University). They are now moving on to other academic positions.
- Brandi Whitley Hilder '99 BMB is a Senior Clinical Research Manager at Array BioPharma Inc., managing clinical trials for oncology therapeutics. Brandi received her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from the UNC School of Medicine.
- Laurel Speilman Rodgers '03, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Biology at Shenandoah University.
- Julia Schmitz '03, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Biology at Piedmont College in Athens, Ga., teaching human A&P, medical microbiology and introductory biology.
- Kim Leach Burge '00 (right) is a Wildlife Education Specialist for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. She teaches environmental and wildlife education to all age groups at the Centennial Campus Center at North Carolina State University. Here is an SBC news story about Kim's work training Boykin Spaniels to locate box turtles. Kim owns Southern Chondros, and is a breeder of green tree pythons,
- Ellena Bethea '06 BMB teaches science at the Trinity School in Manhattan. Kelsey Holzman '05 teaches science at the Rabun-Gap Nacoochee School in Georgia. Kelsey completed an M.S. degree in Biology at Old Dominion University, conducting research on snakes.
- Shannon O'Neill Beasley '02 is junior research instructor at the Central Virginia Governor's School for Science and Technology.
- Jennifer Lear '99 teaches Advanced Placement biology and 10th-grade chemistry at the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C.
- Other SBC alumnae teaching biology and science in middle and high school include Salina Woodard '03, Va.; Erin Packard '01, UT; Andrea Capano '99, Maine; Angela Walton '99, Md.; Tracie Burroughs '98, Color.; Angelina Alongi '00, Texas.
- Lisa Ruffle graduated from SUNY College of Optometry, where she was awarded the Esther J. Werner Memorial Scholarship of the program's Alumni Association.
- Kendra Hawkins Simpson '07 is a pediatrics resident at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. She received her M.D. degree from the University of Texas Galveston.
- Laurel Sanders '08 and Stacey Maddox '04 are in medical school in Florida and West Virginia.
- Nursing is increasingly popular as a career for our alumnae, including Lorna Brod '01, Serena Basten Kachinsky '02, Brook Tucker Buck '02, Anna Yankee '03, Abby Adams '06 and Emily Burke '06.
- Tamara Himelright Helton '05 and Annette Dusenbury '97 are both physical therapists at the University of Virginia HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital (right).
- Leslie Price '11 is in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Lynchburg College.
- Jenny Smith '03 is a genetic counselor.
- Biology alumnae have also received graduate degrees in chiropractic medicine, occupational therapy, pharmacy and dentistry.
- Cara Cherry '06 received her DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a Veterinary Medical Officer with the USDA APHIS Animal Care Division.
- Other recent biology alumnae continuing to veterinary school include: Kelsey Hayden '12, Allison Bergin '12, Lindsey Davis '10, Erin Aufox '11, Madeleine MacIntire '10, Amey Landreth '10, Casey Pacheco '09, Sarah Barta '09, Jennifer Summerfield '07, Kristy Bloxom '07, Susan O'Brien '06, Sarah Mouri '06 and Lisa Wolff '06.
- Natasha Ungerer '02 (right) completed her DVM in 2006 at NC State and is working in a small animal practice in Richmond, Va.
- Alumnae working as veterinary technicians, or in training, include Lizzy Meyer '03 and Jo Gormley '07.
Business, Government, Industry and Law
- Emily Davies '11 graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center in July 2011 as an E-3 Seaman and joined a Coast Guard unit in Louisiana. Her goal is to train as a marine science technician.
- Murphy Horne '09 completed double majors in biology and business before starting law school at Wake Forest University.
- Anne Lojek '08 entered the Master of Public Policy program at George Mason University.
- Jessica Thistlethwaite Mooney '04 is Associate Group Leader, managing the cell culture labs at PPD (Pharmaceutical Product Development) in Richmond, Va. PPD is a contract research organization that analyzes samples for large pharmaceutical companies to expedite the FDA approval process. Jessica interviews and trains new employees, writes procedures and manages a group of more than a dozen cell scientists
- Leigh Wilson '97 earned an M.S. in biology from UNC-Greensboro and conducted colon cancer research at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, before moving to GlaxoSmithKline where she conducts cell pharmacology research related to diabetes.
- Dawn Leary Schwarting '95 is a forensic analyst at Booz Allen Hamilton.
- Christina Tannahill Biddle '04 is a plant microbiologist with Anheuser-Busch.
If you are a biology or biochemistry and molecular biology alumna we haven't heard from recently, please email us with news about your postgraduate life. Send us web links, current job titles, email addresses and digital photos. If you are interested in corresponding with current students about careers, and especially if you are able to supervise internships or summer jobs, please let us know this as well. We would love to hear from more of our alumnae from earlier years!