Alumni Achievements

Graduates of Our Master’s and Graduate Certificate Programs

Michael Franklin

After completing his master’s degree in women’s studies, Michael works as a Spanish teacher at Franklin County High School in Tennessee. When he isn’t teaching, he leads community development workshops for the Alabama Honduras Medical Educational Network (AHMEN), a Christian ministry program that promotes community empowerment, networking and sustainable planning in Honduras through medical relief and educational development.

Recently, Michael was elected as Franklin County Education Association’s vice president. He also served as a keynote speaker for the Tennessee Education Association’s annual Committees and Commission Meeting 2015-2016 on the "Status of Women in Education". His presentation included information about women as agents of change in communities, the importance of women’s leadership in education and establishing gender equity within schools. In Spring 2017, he won the National Education Association's Applegate-Dorros Peace and International Understanding award.

Elizabeth Claffey

Elizabeth completed her graduate certificate in women's studies as well as an M.F.A. in visual arts with a concentration in photography. In 2012, she received a J. William Fulbright Fellowship during which time she completed her photographic series, “Mother’s Milk, Father’s Blood”, started a youth art club through the National Library in Tirana and documented women nurses at the Organization for the Support of Albania’s Abandoned Babies (OSAAB). Her work has been featured in PDN Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Dallas Morning News, The Kinsey Institute and various galleries. She is now serving as an assistant professor of photography at Indiana University.

Meena Anbunathan

Meena completed her master's degree in women's studies in 2005. Shethen returned to India to pursue work in the field of HIV and AIDS activism.

Nadine Barrett

Nadine completed her graduate certificate in women's studies as well as her doctorate in sociology at TWU. Currently, she is the director of health equity at the Duke Cancer Institute. Prior to joining the institute, she was employed by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Global Initiative.

Krista Benson

Krista completed her master's degree in women's studies in 2007. Krista currently works with students with Asperger's syndrome in a local school district.

Sharon Butler

Sharon is a 2006 graduate of our master's program in women's studies and now works for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a children and families program specialist.

Tara Conley

Tara completed her master's degree in women's studies in 2008. She is the founder and president of Media Make Change. She is also a 2016 graduate of Columbia University's Teachers College doctoral program. In 2012., she was awarded Voqal's Media Ideation Fellows. She's been digitally published by Feministing and has co-hosted HuffPost Live episodes related to the March on Washington.

Rachael Federico

Rachael completed her master's degree in women's studies in 2010. She received her doctor of jurisprudence degree and a certificate in public interest law from Lewis and Clark College in May 2013. She is currently a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Services of Oregon. In 2015, the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal published her paper, "Lifting the 'Lamp Beside the Golden Door': An Argument for Immigration Reform, Advocacy, and Transformation through Testimonios".

Kami Fletcher

Kami completed her master's degree in women's studies in 2006. She recently accepted a tenure-track position in African-American history at Delaware State University.

Victoria Genetin

After completing her master's degree in women's studies, Victoria completed a master's degree in Social Work from Akron University and her doctorate in women's studies from Ohio State University. She formerly taught as an adjunct assistant professor of women’s studies at TWU and is currently an instructional consultant of diversity and inclusivity at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching.

Sarah Hogue

Sarah completed her master's degree in women's studies in 2005 and her doctorate degree in public policty at the University of Massachusetts in Boston in 2015. She is currently an instructor for the Department of Sociology at Bridgewater State University and an adjunct professor at Bryant University.

Aimee Howarth

Aimee completed her master's degree in women's studies in 2013. She formerly worked as a program specialist for the Elisa Project and is currently a teacher and mentor at Fusion Academy.

Lea Ivy

Lea completed her master's degree in women's studies in 2005. She currently works as a medical reviewer for the Dow Corning's Silicone Breast Implant Settlement Facility.

Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly completed her master's degree in women's studies in 2007. Kimberly now works as the coordinator of special collections in the Woman's Collection at TWU's Blagg-Huey Library.

Shilpa Kabhari

Shilpa completed her master's degree in women's studies in 2005 and went on to receive her doctorate degree in sociology at TWU in 2012. She is now an assistant professor of criminal justice and sociology at New Mexico Highlands University.

Karen Kapusta-Pofahl

Karen completed her master's degree in women's studies in 2001 and received her doctorate degree in sociocultural anthropology with a minor in feminist studies at the University of Minnesota in 2008. She currently works as a lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Washburn University.

Kari Kesler

Kari completed her master's in women's studies in 2001. She currently works as a sexual and reproductive health educator and consultant for King County, Washington.

Amanda Lemon

Amanda completed her master's in women's studies in 2007, is currently works as a sixth grade world cultures teacher at a local public school.

Amie Lewis

Amie completed her master's in women's studies in 2011, and was hired in 2016 as the project coordinator for the Legal Resource Center on Violence Against Women.

Jill Malolepszy

Jill completed her master's in women's studies in 2005 and is now a counselor for the Office for Disability Services at the Ohio State University.

Flannery Mitchell

Flannery completed her master's in women's studies in 2012 and works for Teach For America in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

Nery Morales

Nery completed her master's in women's studies in 2007. In 2012 she graduated from the University of Maryland Law School and currently works as an attorney for legal and compliance in wealth management at Morgan Stanley.

Janice Moran

Janice completed her master's in women's studies in 2006. She works as a vocational rehabilitation teacher at the Texas Division for Blind Services where she teaches confidence building, independent living, Braille, job readiness and retention skills.

Jessicah Murrell

Jessicah completed her master's in women’s studies with a concentration in child development in 2013. She currently works at Denton County Friends of the Family as a community education specialist. Her work consists of educating students in Pre-K through 12th grade and also college and university students.

Courtney O'Dell Chaib

Courtney completed her master's degree in 2007 and M.T.S. degree from Brite Divinity School in 2009. She is now a doctoral student in Religious Studies at Syracuse University.

Mary Jane Philpy

Following the completion of her master's degree in 2007, Mary worked for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, Inc. as the professional training institute coordinator. She is currently pursuing an associate graduate certificate in sex education at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.

Erin Rider

Erin completed her master's in women's studies in 2006 and also her doctorate degree in sociology at TWU in 2010. She is currently an assistant professor at Jacksonville State University.

Deepti Sihota

Deepti received her master's degree in women's studies in 2010. Deepti now works as a program coordinator at Chetna, a non-profit agency that supports the needs of domestic violence victims of South Asian communities in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

Muriel Whetstone Sims

Muriel received her master's degree in women's studies in 2008. She is a published magazine journalist whose work experience includes editorial positions at The Chicago Reporter, Ebony, Essence, The Dallas Observer and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Her work has also been published in a number of university-level textbooks. She continues to write scholarly and freelance magazine articles and blogs about women, health and education issues at In The Company of Women. In July 2009, Muriel was diagnosed with stage I genetic breast cancer and now speaks to groups about the importance of early detection in the fight to reduce breast cancer-related deaths in the African-American community of women.

Muriel teaches high school English, and serves as a Democratic precinct chair in Fort Worth where she lives with her husband and their cat. She is the mother of two adult children, and grandmother to four. Born and raised in Chicago, Muriel ultimately works towards empowering women and men living in Fort Worth's underserved communities.

Carol Tushabe

Carol received her master's degree in women's studies in 2005, completed her doctorate degree in philosophy, interpretation and culture at Binghamton University and is now an assistant professor in women's studies at Kansas State University.

Doreen Watson

Doreen completed her master's degree in women's studies in 2005. She currently works as an assistant professor of sociology at Regis University.

Shamethia Webb

Shamethia completed her master's degree in women's studies in 2011. In 2012 she accepted a position as a field organizer for the Texas Hunger Initiative.

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