Our Alumni

Guiding the Future–Kelly O'Brien '07
It was Lebanon Valley College’s renowned Music Department that brought Kelly Wenrich O’Brien ’07 to the College, but it was the excellence of the History, Politics, and Global Studies Department that retained her. After changing her major to pursue a bachelor’s degree in history with a secondary education certification, O’Brien was able to begin her successful teaching career. Click to continue reading >

Working Around the Globe: Lisa Burkholder ’08
As Lisa Burkholder ’08 travels the world, her education at Lebanon Valley College has proved instrumental in deepening and expanding her worldview. Impactful and engaging academic experiences—such as an immersive European Union course—helped provide the political science major with the skills she needed to succeed in pursuing a global career with the U.S. State Department. Click to continue reading >

Dylan Reed '13: Affecting Change Through Public Policy
Dylan Reed ’13 is able to make a concrete difference in the lives of constituents in his role with the Federal Affairs team of Advanced Energy Economy (AEE). Dylan describes AEE as an energy business association that promotes innovative technologies that make the global energy system more secure, clean, and affordable. Click to continue reading >


Kris Gazsi '07 Reflects on Saving Cities and Politics
High school and college students who fear the uncertainty of a lack of a concrete educational direction should look at the career of Kris Gazsi and find assurance. While he had many subject interests when he first arrived as a freshman at LVC, he was able to find a clear path to his future through the skills he learned at The Valley, which propelled him into a law career. He excelled in the field and after earning his juris doctor (J.D.) at the Dickinson School of Law, Gazsi took a position as an associate counsel at the Local Government Commission in Harrisburg. Click to continue reading >

Haisam Hassanein '14 Delivers Valedictorian Address at Tel Aviv University Commencement
Haisam Hassanein ’14 delivered the valedictorian address during Tel Aviv University’s commencement this summer. Hassanein, who earned a political science degree at Lebanon Valley College, completed his master’s degree in Middle Eastern studies at the university in Israel. His address was so impressive that the BBC posted it in its entirety on their website. Click to continue reading >


Making an Impact Over the Airwaves: Marie Cusick '08
LVC graduate Marie Cusick ’08 is a reporter for Pennsylvania’s chapter of StateImpact whose work concentrates on Marcellus Shale natural gas and other aspects of public policy related to energy and the environment. This is a multi-faceted position with a variety of responsibilities, ranging from radio journalism and national reporting to writing for websites. The flexibility and variety of her assignments is what Cusick finds most enjoyable. Click to continue reading >

Irish History Research Leads to Prestigious Award for Charles McElwee '11
Interests that develop at a young age can turn into a passion, which is exactly why Charles McElwee ’11 travels from his home in Hershey to volunteer on the board of directors at the Greater Hazleton Historical Society in northeastern Pennsylvania. Click to continue reading >

Giving Back: Alumna Theresa Woods Block’s Charitable Career with Alex and Ani
Theresa Woods Block ‘07 is one LVC grad who has gone on to turn the College’s message of philanthropy into her entire career—though it was not the initial career path she thought she would be following. Click to continue reading >

Still Thinking on His Feet: Terence “Terry” Brown ’78
When LVC trustee Terence “Terry” Brown ’78 graduated from Lebanon Valley, the technology sector of the U.S. economy was largely unknown. And truth be told, it wasn’t his first career choice. A heavily recruited high school football standout from the Washington, D.C., area with a professional career in his sights, Brown found himself in the spring of his senior year suddenly without college scholarship prospects when a patellar tendon injury sidelined him during his final high school track meet—the state championships.  Click to continue reading >

International Consulting in France: Beth Paul Saunier, Esq., ’98
Perhaps because of her busy life as an undergraduate at LVC—she was a student trustee, student government participant, member of the College Democrats, sister in the Alpha Sigma Tau sorority, and cheerleader, among other roles— Beth Paul Saunier, Esq., ’98 never got around to studying abroad while at LVC, an omission she still regrets. Nevertheless, she believes her experiences as a political science major at the College prepared her well for her life today— the mother of two, the wife of French national Maël Saunier, whom she met in law school, and the owner of the international tax consulting firm, BPS Tax Services, in Paris, France.  Click to continue reading >

Following a Dream to the Bottom of the Ocean: A Q&A with David Schott '98
David Schott ’98 studied economics and political science at the Valley, and set his sights on a career in finance, even going on to earn a master’s degree in business administration from Widener University in 2004. But throughout his career, Schott always saved his vacations for what he liked best: technical scuba diving and underwater photography and videography.  Click to continue reading >