Ecology, Wildlife and Conservation Biology

  • Morgan Franke ’12 is a plant ecology intern at the Archbold Biological Station in Florida.
  • Abbey Wilson ’12 is a research intern at the Memphis Zoo, working on reproductive endocrinology of endangered mammals including the giant panda and snow leopard.
  • Doreen McVeigh ’09 completed her M.S. in biology at Hood College and is in a Ph.D. program in Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Science at NC State.
  • 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.
  • Sam Clark09 is doing turtle husbandry at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.
  • Rebecca Penny ’08 (right) is working towards her Ph.D. in biology at Indiana University, in the Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior program.
  • Kelly Robinson ’04 completed her Ph.D. in marine science in 2012, and is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Marine Science at the University of Southern Mississippi.
  • Dina Orbison ’00 is a primate keeper at the Santa Ana Zoo in California.
  • 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 completed her M.S. in food science and technology 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 fellowship at U Texas, Austin), 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.
  • Gigi Ostrow ’96 is operations supervisor in the Molecular Pathology and Genomics Core at the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles. 



  • Emily Bates ’11 is in the Richmond Teacher Residency program. She will gain her teacher certification through Virginia Commonwealth University and will teach biology in the Richmond public schools. Helen Phillips ’10 is also getting her high school teaching certification.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Kim owns Southern Chondros and is a breeder of green tree pythons.
  • 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, Colo.; Angelina Alongi ’00, Texas.


Health Careers

  • Kellner Pruett ’12 is in medical school at East Carolina University.  
  • Ashley Howard ’11, Laurel Sanders ’08 and Stacey Maddox '04 are also in medical school.
  • Jessica Cheverton Taylor ’09 is studying dentistry at VCU.
  • Lisa Ruffle ’08 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. 
  • Nursing is a popular career for our alumnae, including Lorna Brod ’01, Serena Basten Kachinsky ’02, Brook Tucker Buck ’02, Anna Yankee ’03, Abby Adams ’06, Emily Burke ’06 and Carly Peoples ’11.
  • Tamara Himelright Helton ’05 and Annette Dusenbury ’97 are 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.
  • Michi Krohn ’03 is a chiropractor in Alaska.
  • Jenny Smith ’03 is a genetic counselor.


Veterinary Medicine

  • Cara Cherry ’06 is a veterinary public health resident at the University of Minnesota. Cara received her DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and served as a veterinary medical officer with the USDA APHIS Animal Care Division.
  • Recent biology alumnae continuing to veterinary school include: Tribbie McKinnon ’12, Kelsey Hayden ’12, Allison Bergin ’12, Lisa Bethune ’11, 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.
  • Cassie Thomas Campbell ’97 is in practice at Peaks View Animal Hospital in Lynchburg. Cassie welcomes SBC students as interns and shadowers.
  • Natasha Ungerer ’02 (right) completed her DVM in 2006 at NC State and is working in a small animal practice in Richmond, Va.
  • Regan Blackwood ’02 is in practice in Virginia at the Clifton-Centreville Animal Clinic. Biology major Emily Brooks ’15 is employed at Regan’s clinic during the summer.
  • Alumnae working as veterinary technicians, or in training, include Kim Rosenberg ’11, Megan Moncure ’11 and Jo Gormley ’07.


Business, Government, Industry and Law

  • Stephanie Basinger ’11 is an environmental project manager at Dominion Due Diligence Group.
  • 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.
  • Sara Rothamel ’09 completed her M.S. in applied ecology and conservation biology at Frostburg State University and is an environmental analyst II at Straughan Environmental in Columbia, Md.
  • Murphy Horne ’09 completed double majors in biology and business before starting law school at Wake Forest University.
  • EV Jensen ’08 is a wastewater treatment plant operator for the City of Lynchburg.
  • Anne Lojek ’08 entered the Master of Public Policy program at George Mason University. 
  • Christina Tannahill Biddle ’04 is a plant microbiologist with Anheuser-Busch.
  • 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.


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!