Meet a CHSS Graduate

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The College of Humanities and Social Sciences boasts more than 67,000 incredible alumni who work and serve their communities in all 50 states and around the world. Meet our alumni whose diverse career paths illustrate the remarkable opportunities for college graduates and showcase how a Mason Graduate is an engaged citizen, a well-rounded scholar, and is prepared to act. 

 

 

Mounir Alafrangy

Mounir Alafrangy

Mounir Alafrangy, BA History '10, spent 45 days inside the Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) habitat as part of a simulated mission to Phobos, Mars's largest moon. Alafrangy was one of four crew members, known as analog astronauts, who were selected from a large pool of applicants for the mission.

Dave Alpern

Dave Alpern

Dave Alpern, BA Communication ’91, is one of the longest tenured sports executives in NASCAR. Alpern is currently the president of Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), an American professional stock car racing organization in North Carolina.

Rion Amilcar Scott

Rion Amilcar Scott

Rion Amilcar Scott is the author of the story collection, The World Doesn't Require You, a finalist of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and winner of the 2020 Towson Prize for Literature. His debut story collection, Insurrections, was awarded the 2017 Pen/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the 2017 Hillsdale Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

Kiren Bansal

Kiren Bansal

Kiren Bansal, MA Global Affairs ’12, is an expert in international relations with a special focus in evaluating issues and initiatives through the study of foreign policies.

Kevone Bennett

Kevone Bennett

Kevone Bennett, BS Psychology ’14, is a user experience researcher at YouTube Music, and his role is to learn and understand how consumers interact with the platform. Bennett talks with people around the world, in places like Japan, India, and Brazil, gathers their feedback, and then offers recommendations for improvements.

Michael "Mike" Brown

Michael "Mike" Brown

EXPERIENCE AND LEADERSHIP IN POLICING

Michael “Mike” Brown, PhD Criminology, Law and Society ’19, has more than four decades of experience in public service, law enforcement, safety oversight, and public policy.

Christian Carrozzo

Christian Carrozzo

ETHICS AND THE MIND

Christian Carrozzo, BA Philosophy ’10, MA ’12, is founder of the Program for Neuroethics and Clinical Consciousness at the John J. Lynch, MD Center for Ethics at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where he serves as resident faculty and senior editor of the Journal of Hospital Ethics.

Torey Carter-Conneen

Torey Carter-Conneen

EXERCISING LEADERSHIP TO CHAMPION DIVERSE VOICES

Torey Carter-Conneen, BA Economics '06, joined the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) in September 2020 as chief executive officer. ASLA is a community of nearly 15,000 members whose mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship.

Kelli Jo Ford

Kelli Jo Ford

MASON AUTHOR GIVES VOICE TO GENERATIONS OF NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN

In addition to being named to O Magazine’s list of “Native American Authors to Read Right Now,” Kelli Jo Ford’s debut novel, Crooked Hallelujah, was named one of the best books of 2020 by Publishers Weekly and was on the long list for the 2021 Carnegie Medal for Fiction, among other accolades.

Gregory Fowler

Gregory Fowler

ONLINE EXPERTISE, LEADERSHIP AT UMGC

Gregory Fowler, MA English ’95, has been named president of University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC).

Marisa Krafsig

Marisa Krafsig

Marisa Krafsig, BA Psychology ’00, is the vice president and chief human resource officer for IntelliDyne LLC, an information technology consulting firm. Krafsig’s expertise in diversity, reward and recognition, talent acquisition management, and organizational and professional development has helped develop the company into a recognized employer of choice.

Daniel Lash

Daniel Lash

ENCOURAGING STUDENTS THROUGH MASON TIES

Daniel Lash, BS Economics ’97, is a partner at VLP Financial Advisors, a financial planning firm based in Vienna, Virginia. He has 25 years of experience in the financial planning industry, which has enabled him to forge long term client relationships built on a foundation of trust and understanding.

Tom LeGro

Tom LeGro

TELLING STORIES THROUGH WORDS AND IMAGES

Washington Post video reporter Tom LeGro, BA English ’98, MFA Creative Writing ’01, was part of the team that revealed then-U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore’s alleged past sexual harassment of teenage girls and the subsequent efforts to undermine the reporting that exposed it.

Jennifer Levasseur

Jennifer Levasseur

TRAILBLAZING IN SPACE EXPLORATION

Jennifer Levasseur, PhD History ’14, is a curator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Her collection responsibilities include the museum’s astronaut cameras, chronographs, and material focusing on the Space Shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station Program. Levasseur joined the Smithsonian in 2002 when few women were working in the space history community.

Liana Montecinos

Liana Montecinos

CHANGING LIVES WITH THE POWER OF THE LAW

Liana Montecinos, BA Philosophy and Foreign Languages ’09, is managing attorney with Montecinos Law LLC. In the face of extraordinary hurdles as a Honduran asylee and undocumented child in Virginia, her education at Mason offered a path to success.

Rima Nasser

Rima Nasser

Rima Nasser, BA Integrative Studies ’08 Rima Nasser, BA Integrative Studies ’08, is founder and lead designer of TEW Design Studio, a boutique and full-service interior design firm in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Alexandra Sims

Alexandra Sims

CALLED TO SERVE IN THE MEDICAL FIELD

Dr. Alexandra Sims, BA Anthropology ’09, is a primary care pediatrician and health services researcher at Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C. At Mason, she pursued a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, while also completing the prerequisites for medical school.

Quincey Smith

Quincey Smith

ADVOCATING FOR RESPECT AND EQUALITY FOR ALL

Quincey Smith, BA Communication ’11, is an expert in leading marketing campaigns aimed at shifting policies and changing public narratives. He is currently a senior vice president with the New York hub of communications firm BerlinRosen and is the youngest member of their leadership team.

Hodei Sultan

Hodei Sultan

Hodei Sultan, BA Global Affairs ’07 and MS Conflict Analysis and Resolution ’11, has more than 10 years of experience working on issues related to gender, civil society, youth, peace education, peacebuilding, and conflict resolution, through her work with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).

Sean Sweeney

Sean Sweeney

LIBERAL ARTS AS AN ENTRY TO THE TECH WORLD

The recipient of the Department of History and Art History’s 2019 Outstanding Alumnus Award, Sean Sweeney, BA History ’00, learned the field of cyber - security without undergraduate training in information technology or computer science.

Nicole Tong

Nicole Tong

Fairfax County’s designated local arts agency, has named Nicole Tong, MFA ’07, Fairfax’s first poet laureate, the county’s highest honor awarded to a local poet. Tong is a professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College, where she serves as NOVA’s college coordinator for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Rhonda Vetere

Rhonda Vetere

Rhonda Vetere, BA Communication ’92, is chief information officer for Herbalife Nutrition and leads the information and technology strategy and technology operations. Vetere has lived and worked internationally and has managed teams of more than 20,000 technology and operations professionals in more than 160 countries.

Deborah Willis

Deborah Willis

Deborah Willis is the first Mason PhD to be elected to the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a university professor and chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts, where she also serves as director of the NYU Institute for African American Affairs and the Center for Black Visual Culture.

Honorable Roderick C. Young

Honorable Roderick C. Young

GREETING CHSS GRADUATES FROM THE FEDERAL BENCH

The Honorable Roderick C. Young, BA Speech Communication ’89, MA English ’94, is a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, who returned to Mason virtually in May to speak to CHSS graduates.