After Graduation

Alumni Notes

Calling all alumni of the Notre Dame Russian program! Please write and tell us where you are now and what you are doing (if you are using your knowledge of Russian in your post-graduate life, please tell us where and how). Send us your current email address, and we will publish it on this page so that you and your former classmates can keep in touch. Photos are also welcome! We're looking forward to hearing from you soon.

To contribute information to this webpage, please email

Sabrina Badger '05 received her master's degree in Russian and East European Studies at the University of Oxford (U.K.) and is currently working in Tbilisi, Georgia, as an English teacher and Grants Coordinator for Radarami, a company that publishes influential non-fiction books from around the world in Georgian translation.

Mary Ann Barge '09 received her MA in Russian and East European Literature and Culture from University College London and now works as the director of Grapevine PR Recruitment in London.

Marilyn Blasingame '12 studies infectious diseases at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. She is currently serving in the Peace Corps in Darkhan, Mongolia, and writing a blog about the experience:

Maggie Bolotin '10 works as an alternative investment research analyst in the financial services field in Chicago.

Katie Buza '09 received her MA in Russian and East European Literature and Culture from University College London.

Jaime Cordes '11 spent the year following graduation as a Fulbright English teaching assistant in Tula, Russia, and then entered the master's program in the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at Georgetown University. She has worked as an intern for the U.S.-Russia Business Council and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and she has spent the last year studying in Croatia on a Boren Fellowship.

Petra Dankova '05 received her master's degree in international social work from Boston College and, following three years of working for the Jesuit Refugee Service in Kakuma, Kenya, and Dollo Ado, Ethiopia, she is now employed as a Project Manager at the Burma Center Prague in her native Czech Republic.

Sheila Dawes '05 was employed as the Outreach and Alumni Coordinator at American Councils for International Education (ACTR/ACCELS) in Washington, D.C. after her graduation from Notre Dame, working to support ACTR-administered programs for language study and research in Russia and Eurasia. Sheila then earned her MBA from the University of North Carolina in 2009 and is currently working in management for Lowe's Home Improvement.

Brock Domin '03 received his MBA from Pepperdine University and is employed in the field of operations and business development in the film industry in Los Angeles.

Shelece Easterday '04 taught English in St. Petersburg for one year after graduation. She now lives in Albuquerque and is working toward a master's degree in linguistics at the University of New Mexico.

Katy Garcia '05 is an Immigration Attorney practicing mainly before the Immigration Court in San Antonio, TX. Most of her clients are seeking asylum, and she really loves her job.

Alison Glass '06 received a prestigious Fulbright Award to teach in Samara, Russia, during academic year 2006-07; following the completion of her fellowship year, she pursued a master's degree in Russian and East European Studies at Stanford University.

Brittany Holom '11 is a Ph.D. student in Russian Politics at Princeton University. She specializes in comparative politics, with a focus on public goods provision and development assistance in the regional politics of Russia and in the post-Soviet sphere.

Megan McClain '07 received her JD from Columbia Law School and practices law in New York City.  She is currently a member of the College of Arts and Letters Advisory Board.

Katherine Mohrig '11 received her M.A. in Slavic and Eurasian Studies from Duke University in 2013.

Joe Murray '96 served in the Peace Corps in Penza, Russia, for two years following graduation. In Penza he taught English and Computer Applications at State School #45. He married a first grade teacher from the school in 1997 and they came to the U.S. together in 1998. His wife now teaches Russian to the children of their Russian friends in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Joe and his wife have been very active in the Russian community in the MetroDetroit Area, and he was recently named president of the Russian-American Association of Detroit. He has worked as an Infrastructure Specialist for EDS.

Molly Peeney '95 is completed her Ph.D. in Russian Literature at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  She was a visiting instructor in the Department of German and Russian at Notre Dame.

Paul Phelan '12 has been working as a teaching assistant for English as a Foreign Language at the Tomsk State University in Siberia since his graduation from Notre Dame.

Dane Reighard '10 is a Ph.D. student in Slavic Languages and Literatures at UCLA. He is engaged to be married in fall '14 to his long-time girlfriend, actress Meghan Hartmann.

Kristen Rogers Power '02 received her master's degree in education from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. She teaches ninth grade English at Interboro High School in Prospect Park, Pennsylvania, and is pursuing reading specialist certification. She lives in Springfield, PA, with her husband and two children.

Christopher Smith '10 is a chemistry teacher at Asheville High School in Asheville, North Carolina.

Francis Smith '08 served in the Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan and is pursuing an MA in education.

Lindsay Smith '13 has been teaching English as a Foreign Language at the American Home in Vladimir, Russia, for the past year.

Jim Stevens '02 received a joint J.D. and master's degree in International & Comparative Law from Duke University in 2005. From there he went on to work for the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals as a law clerk to the Honorable Ruggero J. Aldisert. He currently is an associate in Houston, TX, at the law firm of Vinson & Elkins LLP.

Katie Stuhldreher '07 completed an M.A. in International Relations with an emphasis on Russia and China at George Washington University.  She has worked for the State Department in our embassies in Beijing and Moscow.

Brianne Todd '04 held a summer internship at the State Department after graduation from Notre Dame, and then worked for two years as a paralegal at Jackson & Campbell, P.C. in Washington, D.C. She completed her M.A. in Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies at Georgetown University in May 2009 and is currently in the Ph.D. program in International Relations at St. Andrew's Univeristy in Scotland.

Erin Urban '04 has completed a master's degree in Eurasian, Russian, and East European Area Studies at Georgetown University. She is currently employed as Assistant Project Manager for the World Movement for Democracy at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, D.C., working mostly with Russian and East European non-profit organizations.

Jason Villarreal Frias '03 received his nurse practitioner degree at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston and now works with HIV patients in New York City. He practices his Russian whenever he gets a chance, and he was honored to sing the baritone solo in Coro Allegro's performance of Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil at a concert in Boston in spring 2012.

Jaci Wilkening '07 received her law degree from Ohio State University.

Marina Zavolock '07 is currently working for Morgan Stanley in Moscow.