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Josh Cassidy, '09

Josh Cassidy, '09

I graduated with a degree in Advertising and PR. From there, I started working at an advertising agency in Detroit where I became a writer in the Creative Department.

Rachael DeWitt, '11

Rachael DeWitt, '11

I was hired at the Childrens Advocacy Center in Holland following my social work field placement at the agency. I primarily provided counseling services to children, adolescents, and families affected by sexual abuse...

Michael A. Couch II, '06

Michael A. Couch II, '06

After graduation, I found that my passion working with students on a college campus came from my experiences as an orientation leader and working in the Office of Student Life [at GVSU].

Frank Buscemi, '93

Frank Buscemi, '93

I left GVSU thinking I'd become a sports writer or broadcaster or a full-time musician. After a couple of years of being a sportswriter, I sort of fell into the PR world. The PR and marketing world became a fulfilling career move.

Raquel (DeLeon) Irwin, '08 & '11

Raquel (DeLeon) Irwin, '08 & '11

As a student, I thought I had to have it all figured out by graduation, which is the farthest thing from the truth. I have had jobs I loved and others I did not, but each experience helped me understand my strengths...

Alena Zachery-Ross, '95

Alena Zachery-Ross, '95

After graduation, I taught in Detroit Public Schools and then became a School Psychologist after obtaining a Masters Degree. I left Detroit and became a Teacher Consultant in Van Dyke schools.

Julie Upmeyer, '03

Julie Upmeyer, '03

After graduating, I began working for several different international artist residency programs and arts organizations in Europe and Asia. At the same time, I was working for Res Artis, the worldwide network of artist residencies...

George Bosnjak, '04 & '06

George Bosnjak, '04 & '06

I have been fortunate professionally, both before and since graduation, to have had opportunities to work with great organizations. Starting with the West Michigan Strategic Alliance...

Mindy Ysasi, '03

Mindy Ysasi, '03

When I graduated, I worked at Cascade Engineering as an intern. That turned into full-time employment in the HR function. I stayed there until 2011, then moved to Herman Miller for another HR role until 2014. I then decided to move into healthcare.

Jim Meernik, '85

Jim Meernik, '85

After receiving my Ph.D. in 1992 in political science and psychology, I took a job at the University of North Texas where I have been working ever since. I have worked my way up the ranks to full professor...