GRS ALUMNI: Where are they now?


Tyler Gedvilas

Pursuing his MA in Clinical Psychology from Illinois State University, with the intention to earn his certification to work as a counselor.

Laura Arnold

Pastor at the Decorah United Church of Christ and is an Associate Minister for Theological Education at the SE Conference of the United Church of Christ.

Matthew Brown

MA in Latin and JD from UIUC. An Associate with Baker & McKenzie LLP in Chicago. His interests are labor and employment.

Bonnie Brunkala

Works as a Pre-Arrangement Counselor with Cooper Funeral Professionals.

Ashlea Canaday

Is in the Rural Medical Education (RMED) Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Liz Myers Cooney

Works at a software company called Workday ( as a principal HCM consultant doing software implementation work.

Maria Duda

Pursuing an MS degree in Social Work at U Chicago.

Aislinn Lowry-Gauchay

Manager of Great Lakes & Sustainability at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, and oversees the Right Bite sustainable seafood program.

Melissa Huang

Pursuing an MA in Latin at the University of Illinois.

Claire Jolicoeur

Is in the post baccalaureate program in Classics at Loyola Chicago, preparing to apply for MAT programs in Latin. She plans to be a high school latin teacher.

Amelia Luna

ESL Instructor at St. Josephs Services; lives in Chicago with co-conspirator, Ashley McGee.

Ashley McGee

Works in the purchasing department at McMaster-Carr. It's an industrial supply company. Mostly works to maintain the proper inventory levels for the items with the most customer orders. It's a lot of math and Excel. She Writes, “My major in Greek & Roman Studies was the main thing every employee asked me about in all five of my interviews!”

Rachel Miller

Is pursuing a Master of Teaching Degree at UIC. She is also serving as a teaching assistant at a dual language elementary school, working mainly with the Spanish speaking kids.

Jessica Montgomerie

Works at the Univ. of Denver teaching English as Second Language to international students in an intensive language program. She also works with matriculated international students, doing academic advising and teaching a First Year Seminar Course.

Julie Pfaumer

Works at the Cairo Animal Hospital. Lives in Chicago.

Mark Rubin

An assistant professor of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ, recently said, in an email to Dr. Sultan, "I'm a former student (graduated in 2005) and Classics enthusiast whose Attic Greek is admittedly rusty but appreciates the daily relevance of my Greek & Roman Studies. From understanding medical jargon to poignant figures of speech to allegory for education (as below), it seems some nugget of my Classics education comes out on an essentially daily basis. For that, I thank you! I blog for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and a recent assignment, a study basically focused on choosing between two potentially bad therapeutic paths (see below), reminded me of Odysseus' sailing past Scylla & Charybdis. The wanton use of my GRS education made me think a "thank you" was well past due!"

All These Years Later, it Still Seems Safer to “Hug the Scylla Side.”

Erica Rudie

Graduated in May 2012 and plans to attend law school in the fall and specialize in intellectual/cultural property.

Emily Susina

Does quality assurance at a software company in Madison, Wisconsin.

Kurt VanNess

Attends the University of Utah in pursuit of a Ph.D in Mathematics.

Mike Vasta

Completing his PhD in Ancient History at Indiana University and an Associate Instructor there. His special author is Sallust.

Kristin Zavislak

Works for Topco Associates in Chicago and does marketing and product/brand development in the food industry.