Our Alumni

Meet our graduates

Messiah graduates are diverse in their career choices or graduate school plans after finishing their undergraduate studies here. To see the paths that department alums have taken over the past several years, click here; if you would like a more detailed look at a few specific graduates and what they have been doing with their respective degrees, read the profiles below.

  • Lorena Reinert-
    Lorena Reinert ’19 On a Quest to Provide Legal Assistance to Low-Income Immigrants

    Lorena Reinert, a recent alum, is completing a year with QuEST in Seattle. QuEST, or Quaker Experiential Service Training, is a one-year service fellowship program where fellows work at social justice nonprofits and live in a shared house in an intentional community.

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  • Ahyeong Park-
    Ahyeong Park ’17 Asia Young Activist Researcher Fellowship

    Ahyeong Park ’17, a sociology/anthropology major and a psychology minor, was recently appointed a fellowship with the Asia Young Activist Researcher Fellowship.

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  • Ryan Van Bochoven-
    Ryan Van Bochoven ’17 Sales Consultant at League Apps

    Ryan Van Bochoven ’17, a sociology and anthropology major, works as a Sales Consultant at LeagueApps, a sports league and team management software company in the Greater New York City Area.

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  • Elias Harkins-
    Elias Harkins ’17

    Elias Harkins, currently a 4th year medical student at Penn State College of Medicine and planning on a future in Pediatrics, is accustomed to asking his patients what they want to be when they grow up. At that young age, Elias had begun to imagine having a career in medicine. However, it was only with Messiah University’s support that he learned the way in which he wanted to practice medicine.

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  • Bryan Leong-
    Bryan Leong ’16 Human capital solution developer joins Deloitte Consulting

    One of the first students from Malaysia to graduate from Messiah, Bryan Leong '16 sought out many opportunities to make the most of his College experience even if that meant occasionally leaving the Grantham campus to hop over an ocean or two.

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  • Christina McIntyre-
    Christina McIntyre ’16 Fulbright scholar studying in Ontario

    It’s tough to find someone more passionate about urban housing policy than Christina McIntyre ’16, a double major in politics and sustainability studies with a concentration in community and urban development. “We need to reform the structures that perpetuate the barriers,” she explained. “Place shouldn’t determine the opportunities someone can have. As an undergrad, she spent time in the SALT House in Harrisburg, becoming interested in local, city and state policy. “The city of Harrisburg has been a big part of my Messiah experience,” said McIntyre.

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  • CC Marshall-
    CC Marshall ’15

    In 2015, CC graduated from Messiah with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Pre-Counseling/Family Therapy. While at Messiah, CC appreciated getting to form many quality friendships, which she continues to hold to this day. One of those friends being her husband. CC credits Messiah with expanding her mind and developing her critical thinking skills.

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  • Zanetta Kok-
    Zanetta Kok ’15 Cat lovers make living roasting beans

    Kok says she hopes to see Kitty Town Coffee expand and partner with cafes, local grocery stores and even a college campus or two. “I would love to eventually see Kitty Town Coffee reach Messiah College,” she said, “maybe even served in Lottie Nelson!”

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  • Taylore (Kerns) Runkles-
    Taylore (Kerns) Runkles ’13 Family Therapist at Caron Treatment Centers

    Taylore (Kerns) Runkles ’13, a sociology and anthropology major, currently works as a Family Therapist at Caron Treatment Centers in Wernersville, Pennsylvania. Caron Treatment Centers aims to transform lives impacted by addiction and substance use through personalized behavioral healthcare solutions.

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  • Katelynn (Katie) Sagaser, MS, CGC-
    Katelynn (Katie) Sagaser, MS, CGC ’13 Prenatal Genetic Counselor - The Johns Hopkins Hospital

    "I help people understand genetic contribution to human disease..."

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  • Max Adamitis-
    Max Adamitis ’13 Academic Department Manager at Western Washington Unviersity

    Max Adamitis (‘13) works as the Academic Department Manager at Western Washington University. He has worked in Residence Life for several universities, including the University of Washington, and also served as the Incident Management Specialist for The Advocacy Alliance. After his B.A., he earned a M.Ed. in Student Development Administration at Seattle University. Max’s senior thesis project was about how atheists at Messiah College experience life.

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  • Josiah Rider ’11 Criminal Justice Major takes on Role as Branch Manager

    Josiah Rider ’11, a criminal justice major, works as the Branch Manager for the Atlantic Union Bank in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Rider promotes the branch’s growth through the development and retention of customer relationships.

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  • Julie Henninger-
    Julie Henninger ’10 Alum finds sustainable route to dinner

    “Just a few days ago we realized that we hadn’t been to the grocery store in months,” said psychology grad Julie Henninger ’10.

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  • Jessica (Villanueva) Langdon-
    Jessica (Villanueva) Langdon ’09 Deputy US Marshal trainee

    "What made my learning experiences at Messiah College to be remarkable were the professors. Not only were they always willing to offer advice or assistance, but they incorporated prior (or current) field experience into their lectures."

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  • Kelsey Tokar-
    Kelsey Tokar ’09 Program Manager for the American Red Cross

    Kelsey Tokar ’09 works as a Program Manager for the American Red Cross. In this position, Tokar develops and executes marketing initiatives and special requests for nationwide blood collection efforts and special event blood drives.

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  • Melody Boyd ’04 Assistant Professor of Sociology: SUNY Brockport

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  • Joanna Dennstaedt-
    Joanna Dennstaedt ’04 Giving hope to cancer patients

    Radiant Hope has become a calling for Dennstaedt, allowing her to inspire others through her story. “My greatest privilege is having the gift of being able to say, ‘I know, too,' to the people we are called to serve,” she said.

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  • Alan Classen-Thrush-
    Alan Classen-Thrush ’02 Donor Relations Director for the West Coast MCC

    The Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) allows Claassen Thrush ’02 the opportunity to work with others, hear their stories and bring forth MCC's global mission.

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  • Joshua Boden-
    Joshua Boden B.A. in Psychology, minor in Statistics

    "I loved my experience at Messiah College from day one, but I also spent much of my four years pining after other adventures--a busier street, a bigger city, a new culture, a different country. Messiah College afforded me all of those adventures and more, while also keeping me rooted in the stable but vibrant community of main campus."

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  • Kelly Sherman-
    Kelly Sherman B.A. in Psychology, minor in counseling

    At Messiah, I was able to be involved in a multitude of activities that that have given me the depth of experience necessary to be marketable in nearly any experience I desire; from children to adults, from making behavior plans for persons with special needs to doing therapy with adults with serious mental illness; from working in a school environment to inpatient hospitals to rehabs to higher education.”

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  • Carrie Vaisman-
    Carrie Vaisman B.A. in Psychology with a Counseling Concentration

    Upon graduating from Messiah, I felt very prepared to apply to graduate programs. During my interview at Eastern University, my interviewer took note that I went to Messiah and commented, "I love Messiah grads! They always present themselves so well!"

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  • Tracy Geist Social Worker/Adventure Facilitator

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  • Andrew Wismer-
    Andrew Wismer B.A. in Psychology, minor in Statistics

    "Messiah College transformed my educational path and provided me with diverse and marketable skills for graduate school. At Messiah, I developed critical research skills, writing abilities, and study habits."

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  • Erika Anderson-
    Erika Anderson B.A. in Psychology
    M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

    "From 2009 to 2011 I attended Messiah College's online graduate program for Clinical Mental Health Counseling. During this time I enjoyed the flexibility inherent to an online program as I took care of my family and completed internship experiences."

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  • Patrick Cicero-
    Patrick Cicero ’99 Co-Director at Pennsylvania Utility Law Project

    "My sociology degree has been foundational in each of the jobs I have held. It was the beginning of my training to think critically. From providing an understanding of the structural problems plaguing the poor to comprehending that law is a system unto itself, the theories of Durkheim, Marx, Weber, and Berger have stayed with me. I am forever grateful that I chose to be a sociology major at Messiah College."

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