Life After Lycoming
Where will you find recent Lycoming Criminal Justice graduates?
Alumni of our program have a proven record in local, state, and federal agency employment. Graduates work in a wide array of professions including federal, state, and local policing; federal, state, and local corrections; adult and juvenile probation; probation; drug and alcohol counseling; and youth counseling facilities to name but a few.
Many of our graduates have elected to continue their education through graduate school or law school, and we have a strong track record of successful admissions to these programs.
Here’s a sampling of the careers of recent graduates:
Law School and Graduate School
- Joshua Andreas always demonstrated excellence within the classroom and is now pursuing a master’s degree within the Saint Joseph’s University Department of Criminal Justice.
- Greg Care graduated from Lycoming College with Honors in Legal Studies and graduated from the University of Baltimore Law School, magna cum laude. During law school Greg followed his passion for upholding civil liberties and clerked for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland. Following law school, Greg began a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Glenn T. Harrell, Jr. of the Maryland Court of Appeals, the state's highest appellate court. Upon completion of his clerkship, Greg was named the Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. Appellate Advocacy Fellow at the Public Justice Center in Baltimore, a nationally recognized center of expertise on the right of counsel in civil matters.
- Brian Gallagher began his career with the George Washington University Police Department and after a year of service with the Department, Brian applied and was accepted to the George Washington University Forensic Science Master's Program. He is pursing his master's degree part-time while working for the University Police Department.
- Teresa Gantz, recipient of the Criminal Justice Society Prize for academic excellence and graduated with honors, accepted and deferred Wake Forest University School of Law. While at Lycoming, Teri completed an internship with the Lycoming County District Attorney’s Office and was a research assistant to the criminal justice faculty.
- Karlie Hall graduated magna cum laude having double majored in criminal justice and psychology. While at Lycoming, Karlie pursued her interest in working with young offenders through her internship with the Lycoming County Juvenile Probation Office. As the former president of the Lycoming College Criminal Justice Society, Karlie gave much to the Program and was awarded the Criminal Justice Society Prize. As a graduate student at the Syracuse University School of Social Work, Karlie will further develop her expertise in the juvenile justice field while earning a clinical MSW.
- Aaron Lay graduated cum laude and was a recipient of the Criminal Justice Society Prize. Aaron served in a variety of campus leadership positions, interned with the United States Federal Marshal’s Field Office, Williamsport, and conducted an independent research project on police response time. He is a graduate student at Monmouth University and is studying within the Department of Criminal Justice with emphasis on Homeland Security.
- Kyleen Luy earned her M.S. in Criminal Justice at Michigan State University with an emphasis on homeland security and law enforcement intelligence analysis. She now serves as a crime analyst for the Takoma Park, MD Police Department. While at Lycoming, Kyleen interned with the Lycoming County Public Defender’s Office and was the recipient of the Criminal Justice Society Award. As a graduate student in a large program, Kyleen notes, "I am extremely grateful for my experiences at Lycoming and the one-on-one attention the faculty provided students. As I speak to other students in my program who came from larger institutions, I recognize how lucky we are as graduates of Lycoming's Criminal Justice Program."
- James McCafferty, after working for three years as a juvenile probation officer with the York County Juvenile Probation Office in Pennsylvania, Jim left probation work to pursue his master's degree at the University of Cincinnati. After earning the MA in Criminal Justice, Jim was accepted into the Criminology Ph.D. program and is working with noted criminologist Dr. Francis Cullen.
- Kathryn Stouffer received several letters of acceptance to law schools and has selected Willamette University School of Law in Salem, OR. Kathryn got a good look at the legal profession through her internship with North Penn Legal Services during her senior year at Lycoming College. As President of the Lycoming College chapter of Amnesty International and the Vice President of the Lycoming Environmental Awareness Foundation, her interests in social and environmental justice will serve her well in law school.
Federal, State, and Local Positions
- Stacee (Harer) Bellows is the legislative aide and research analyst for Pennsylvania State Senator Roger Madigan. Stacee works with constituents who have problems regarding state government, studies the impact of proposed legislation on the Senator’s district, and gives speeches on behalf of the Senator to organizations and meetings throughout the district.
- Michael Brubaker after finishing his first semester of graduate school, Mike found out that he had been accepted into the Pennsylvania State Police Academy. After weighing his growing options, Mike attended the Academy and is now quite happy as a PA State Trooper.
- Matthew Buraczeski is now "Sergeant Buraczeski" with the United State Army. He is a Special Reaction Team Leader and has served a tour of duty in Iraq. He is now stationed in South Korea.
- Greg Easton is a senior corrections officer at Allenwood Federal Penitentiary. When not at work, he enjoys time at home with his wife and their two rescue Greyhound dogs.
- Keith Essig served three years with the United States Navy as a terrorism analyst, examining historical trends and current patterns to help predict future activities of terrorist organizations. Having traveled with the Navy to Cuba, Haiti, Bahrain, Turkey, Croatia, and Greece, Keith settled down in Lynchburg, VA and worked as an adult probation officer with the Virginia Department of Corrections. He recently accepted a position with the Virginia State Police Fusion Center. This Center serves as the link between local and state law enforcement in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security. Keith does analytical work with gangs, terrorism, law enforcement training practices, and other topics of interest to the Governor’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security.
- Nicholas Finn is putting his strong critical thinking skills to work with the United States Department of Defense where he serves as an intelligence analyst. In a recent e-mail, Nick expressed the importance of being successful in his job as a result of having learned how to "question assumptions" and "think outside of the box" as part of his education in our interdisciplinary Criminal Justice Program.
- Ryan Godec was promptly hired by the United States Marshal Service following his graduation from Lycoming College. After graduating from the Marshal Service Academy held at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia, Ryan is now happily serving as a federal agent.
- Devon Grafius is one of several graduates who learned that doing an outstanding job within her internship placement has led to post-college employment. During her senior year at Lycoming, Devon interned with the Lycoming County Adult Probation Office. Following graduation, she accepted a job offer in the women’s wing of the Probation Department’s Pre-Release Center.
- Doreen Harr began her career in criminal justice investigation as a claims investigations agent for the Office of Inspector General and assisted with the prosecution of welfare fraud cases. Doreen now works for the Pennsylvania Department of State and investigates allegations of fraud involving charitable organizations.
- Kim Hess graduated with double majors in criminal justice and psychology. She is now a Career Preparation Advisor for the Red Rock Job Corps program where she works with their students ranging in age from 16 – 24.
- Kristopher Hess was rewarded for his strong academic performance when he was selected from among the many applicants who apply annually for federal law enforcement positions. Kris is now a member of the United States Secret Service, one of the most elite law enforcement agencies in the nation.
- LJ Huggler is putting both his education and the patience and teamwork skills he developed while playing for Lycoming's men's basketball team and works with children who live in one of the roughest neighborhoods of Philadelphia. LJ is a Lead Teacher at Daniel Boone School, an alternative high school. He equates his job to being a principal for 5th and 6th graders and works with children who are having behavioral problems.
- Justin Long, after completing his MA in Administration of Justice from Shippensburg University and working in juvenile counseling, Justin accepted a position with the Pennsylvania State Police. Having completed the State Police Academy training, Justin is now stationed near his hometown of Carlise, PA. Justin adds to his experiences having served a tour of duty in Iraq as a military police officer.
- Tony Melendez is an officer with the New Jersey Transit Police Department based out of Newark, NJ where he focuses on public safety involving the commuters, the commuting facilities, and public transportation of New Jersey. An avid wrestler while at Lycoming, Tony catches a match or two when Lycoming competes in the New Jersey region.
- Robert Miller began his career working in juvenile probation before joining the United States Marine Corps. He is stationed in Quantico, Virginia with a military police division and works security with the Presidential Helicopter Squadron.
- Curt Schillinger after four years of stellar academic work and his position as a defensive end for the Lycoming College football team, Curt combines brains and brawn as a Pennsylvania State Police Trooper stationed in Montgomery County, PA.
- Todd Prough is a DEA Special Agent in Boston. He has recently published an article on drug overdose in the FBI’s Law Enforcement Bulletin.
- Nikki (Slapikas) Schnovel promoted very quickly with the Berks County Connections-Pretrial Services. Nikki started with the organization a week after graduation as a caseworker supervising pre-trial defendants with substance abuse issues, and was promoted six months later to Director of Programming and Development. Nikki looks forward to hosting Lycoming students for internships.
- Amy Schriever is an officer with the New York City Police Department. There is never a dull moment in Amy's line of work as she is stationed at Times Square. Amy enjoys the fact that every day provides something different as she polices this busy tourist destination.
- Janelle Smith joined the highly selective Montgomery County Maryland Police Department following graduation and has recently been promoted to Police Officer 3 level. Janelle is a recipient of the Criminal Justice Prize awarded to the outstanding senior student within the major. Janelle was pleased to see three Lycoming alumni, Lucas Baltz, Eddie Alesich, and Jared Mauer join the force following their graduation from Lycoming.
- Andy Stahl, following his graduation from Lycoming, he began his career as a therapeutic staff support caseworker before becoming a school-based probation officer with Snyder County Probation-Parole in Pennsylvania. Over his weekends, Andy is pursued his master’s degree in the Shippensburg University Administration of Justice Program and is now a probation officer for the Lycoming County Adult Probation office.
- Mike Zavagansky is also a recipient of the Criminal Justice Prize awarded to the outstanding senior within the major. Following graduation, Mike began his career with KidsPeace, a foster treatment program for young offenders. He now serves as an agent in Customs and Border Protection, assigned to Detroit’s Counter-Terrorism Response Team.