Life After Lycoming

Featured Graduates

Amilcar Guzman

Amilcar Guzman

Class of 2008

Ronald Knoebel

Ronald Knoebel

Class of 1965

Michelle Pastrano

Michelle Pastrano

Class of 2011

Tiffany Zappulla

Tiffany Zappulla

Class of 2008

Where will you find recent Lycoming Sociology-Anthropology graduates?

Alumni of our program have a proven record of graduate school placement as well as career paths taken directly upon graduation. Here's a sampling of the career trajectories of our graduates:

  • Tamah Amrom earned her master's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Higher Education-Student Affairs Program and is now the assistant director of student activities and orientation at York College in Pennsylvania.
  • Miguel Arroyo is working on his master’s degree in Counseling and Development with a concentration in School Counseling. Miguel is particularly interested in his graduate program’s focus on both multiculturalism and social justice.
  • Katrina Bloch earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from North Carolina State University and is now an assistant professor with the Department of Sociology at Kent State University at Stark with research specialization in inequality, immigration, and work-family balance.
  • Marty Burke earned his juris doctorate from the University of Maryland Law School and serves as a legal consultant for the Mattews Benefit Group in St. Petersburg, Florida. He previously specialized in family law and criminal representation.
  • Jessica Chance attended Marywood University and graduated with a Master of Social Work. Having passed her licensure exam, she holds her Pennsylvania License in Social Work. She currently works as the Program Specialist at Greater Harrisburg Healthy Start of Hamilton Health Center.
  • Robin Dadzie initially interned with AIDS Resource in Williamsport, PA and was hire on as a full-time caseworker following graduation. She is now a case manager supervisor for the same organization and has supervised several Lycoming College students completing internships with her agency.
  • Ellen Furman earned her MSW from Temple University and is a case manager for the Philadelphia Senior Center in their Home Support Program.
  • Janel Gordner is a Volunteer Services Lead Specialist for the American Red Cross and is in charge of volunteer recruitment, retention and coordination for 15 counties in PA. Prior to her work with the American Red Cross, she was the Director of Development and Communications for the YWCA, working with volunteer recruitment, fundraising, capital campaign management, marketing and public relations.
  • Jason Grabelsky attended the University of Chicago where he earned a master’s degree in Social Work. During his time in his graduate program, Jason interned at the St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chicago as a rotating hospital social worker. Jason is now a school social worker for Dumont Public Schools.

  • Tara Heller is the director of the Blood Program for the American Red Cross in the Triangle Area Chapter, Raleigh, North Carolina. She has also worked as a strategic planner and account manager for the American Red Cross in New Jersey.
  • Jennifer (Hoffman) Miller is a foster care case manager with the Children’s Aid Society in Chambersburg, PA.
  • Matt Hoffman teaches second grade for the Eastern Shore School District in Virginia.
  • Kathleen Holmes is an income maintenance caseworker for the Department of Public Welfare, Williamsport, PA. Prior to her work with the state, Kathleen served as an adoption specialist with Families United Network, Inc.
  • Megan (Doud) James is a credit risk analyst with Merrill Lynch in New Jersey.
  • Brian Johnson earned his master’s degree with merit in European Historical Archeology from the University of Sheffield in England. He is now an archeological field technician.
  • Deanna Lear works in a challenging environment in the Office of Addiction Services in Philadelphia. When not working with the challenging population, Deanna is working on her master’s of social work degree at the University Pennsylvania with a special interest in suicide, self-injury, and personality disorders.

  • AmyLynn Mirocco earned her master’s degree in Community Psychology and Social Change at Penn State University, Harrisburg Campus. She works for Public Consulting Group as a School Specialist in Education Practice on the School-Based Access Program. This program provides Medicaid reimbursement to participating schools for health-related services for eligible students in special education.
  • Josh Pratt started his career as a caseworker for KidsPeace before earning his master’s degree in Library Science from Kutztown University. He is now an elementary school librarian in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
  • James Quinn is a Social Capital Research Intern at The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. James’ position with The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo is to design a survey to measure social capital in the Buffalo area as well as find funding for such a comprehensive project. He is also in charge of the implementation and analysis of this project.

  • Celeste (Purosky) Straub is a senior case manager for a nonprofit HIV/AIDS service organization called Caring Communities that services Columbia, Northumberland, Montour, Sullivan, Tioga and Bradford counties.
  • Katie Walker joined Teach for America and became a third grade teacher at an elementary school in the Mississippi Delta. The area in which she teaches has some of the lowest ranked schools and highest poverty levels in all of the United States.

  • Abrana Watts is a licensed real estate agent with the Bowen Agency Realtors, Selinsgrove, PA and covers the Susquehanna Valley including Lycoming County.

  • Addie Weaver earned an MSW from Marywood University and is now working on earning her doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh's Community Organization and Social Administration Program.
  • Lee Zelewicz earned his master’s degree from Arizona State University in anthropology. He returned to Pennsylvania and served as the executive director of the Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County, Pa. From 2011 to 2013, Lee studied sociology with an emphasis on the sociology of disasters in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. In addition, he worked on research projects with the Disaster Research Center and the Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies. Lee now works for Innovative Emergency Management as an emergency management associate focused on improving the emergency preparedness of local, state, and federal jurisdictions and private companies by supporting planning processes.

  • Claire Zido is an Admissions Representative for Penn College and covers the recruitment areas of Philadelphia, South New Jersey, and Delaware.