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Elizabeth Ann Chantry retired from the U.S. Department of Defense after 32 years working in the Intelligence Community. Post retirement, she joined LG-TEK as their Vice President of Southeast Operations. 

Ben Charlton ’11 will begin a two year commitment to Teach for China, an organization that is committed to helping close the education gap in China.

Mark Dendle ’89 is Global CFO for The Ecom Group covering 33+ countries—hurray for Global Studies!

Amanda Elam ’89 worked for a software start-up following her undergraduate studies at UNC and got hooked on entrepreneurship and innovation. She returned to school and earned a PhD in Sociology at UNC in 2006. Since then, she has completed two years of postdoctoral study at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia and at Babson College in Massachusetts. She is now leading a high-tech, life science start-up in RTP and teaching entrepreneurship and innovation on an adjunct basis.

Valaida Fullwood is thrilled to share that her book “Giving Back” was listed among the “10 Best Black Books of 2011” by Kam Williams.

Earlene Gentry just ended a two year term as Chair of the Social Responsibility Interest Section in TESOL International Association and Gentry presented at TESOL’s annual conference in early April in Philadelphia. Gentry’s daughter has taken a new job as pediatrician with the Moses Cone Health System.

Lynne Gosnell recently started a job with Rice University as senior editor of Rice Magazine.

Ben Gullett ‘04 has become a Foreign Service Officer (Economic cone) at the State Department. Before that, he completed his MBA, in Spanish, at IE Business School in Madrid in December 2011.

Taylor Jo Isenberg is the new National Director of the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network

Aidan Kostenko ’08 worked at UNC’s ITS Labs for two years, before joining the Peace Corps in 2010. He is currently serving as an Information and Communication Technology for Education Volunteer in a small Haitian sugar cane work camp in the Dominican Republic. On May 8th, he’ll close service. In August, he will start his masters in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management at SIT (the School for International Training) in Vermont. UNC gave him a great foundation for the work he is currently doing, and he is excited to continue his work and studies in international education.

Eilzabeth Logan-Handschuch ’86 of Handschuch Law PC, Dallas, Texas, has opened a second law office, Insurance Law Associates, in Rockwall Texas.

Dalya Massachi ’92 has written the award-winning book, “Writing to Make a Difference: 25 Powerful Techniques to Boost Your Community Impact,” of great use to both international and domestic work by community-minded professionals. More information can be found at:

Anne McCarthy Kennedy is as of last June the grandmother of twins Mackenzie and Owen, who join their cousins Bo (now 6 ½) and Finn (now 4). Professionally, she has been working with colleagues to implement a new ILS for Newburgh Free Library system – creating documentation to align their processes with the software configuration, training staff and troubleshooting a host of quirks and glitches.

Stefan Ringel is currently the media relations director for Council Member Jumaane D. Williams on the New York City Council.

Julia Shafer ’05 was recently offered a position with the International Game Fish Association (Dania Beach, FL) and just started as their new Development Manager.

Seth Shelden ’98 was recommended by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for a Fulbright Lecturing award in Latvia for the 2012-2013 academic year. If ultimately confirmed, he will take a break from teaching at Cardozo Law School in New York City to teach intellectual property law at the University of Latvia in Riga, Latvia.

Shefa Sikder ’08 completed a Masters of Health Science at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 2010, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Global Disease Control and Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. For the past few years, Sikder has been researching care seeking for maternal complications in rural Bangladesh.

Holly (Burns) Smith is the Vice President of the Large Bank Group American Bankers Association.

Melissa (Anderson) Stegman ‘04 married David Stegman (UNC ’08, MBA) on September 4, 2011, in Chapel Hill, NC.  Melissa is a civil rights attorney with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of General Counsel, Fair Housing Enforcement Division in Washington, D.C.

Rob Werner ’98 has begun teaching English as a Lecturer in the International Communication Department of Kanda University of International Studies, in Chiba, Japan.

Aaron Tate Wimberley ’99 is working in Market Planning for the Yum! Restaurants International in the Latin American & Caribbean group.

Sara Wilkins ’10 and husband Andrew McAllister ’10 will move to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo this year. Wilkins is planning to graduate this May 2012 with a Masters in Teaching from the University of Southern California. In February, she accepted an incredible teaching position at The American School of Kinshasa for a minimum of two years.  McAllister, who will graduate this May with a Masters in Public Health from New York Medical College, will be working in Kinshasa with local NGOs and hospitals.  They are both excited about deeply invest themselves in the Kinshasa community and finding ways to make positive impacts. 

Laura Yost is currently enrolled in the MIPP program at Johns Hopkins SAIS.  She is taking a year off from her job at the Defense Intelligence Agency to pursue the graduate degree.