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Bob Graham (BA ’59) is a Belfer Center Research Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is a former three-term U.S. Senator from Florida and previously was Governor of Florida for eight years. Currently, he is working with the University of Florida to establish the Bob Graham Center for Public Service.


Howard J. Wiarda (MA ’62, PhD ’65) is the new Dean Rusk Professor of International Relations and Founding Head of the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia. Much of his career was spent as Professor of Political Science and Comparative Labor Relations, and the Leonard J. Horowitz Professor of Iberian and Latin American Studies, at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst.

Ieda Siqueira Wiarda (MA ’62, PhD ’65) is on leave from her teaching position at the University of Georgia and is spending the 2006-07 academic year as the Luso-Brazil Specialist, Hispanic Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.


Michael Givel (BA ’76) received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California-Riverside. He is currently Assistant Professor Political Science at the University of Oklahoma, specializing in public policy, health policy, and urban politics.

Trenton E. Lewis (BA ’79) received a Master of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center/Morehouse School of Religion (1993) and a Master of Theology in Ethics from Harvard University (2005). He currently serves as Staff Chaplain and Ethics Instructor for the US Army Soldier Support Institute and the Adjutant General School in Fork Jackson, SC.


Deb Thalasitis (BA ’80, MA ’81) was in one of the first graduate classes in the public administration program. She is currently serving as the Finance and Administrative Services Manager for the Facilities Management Division of King County, Washington.

Nancy Peek McGowan (BA ’82) is currently raising five children and is active in a number of civic and political organizations, including the Republican Women’s Club of Duval, Justice Coalition, and the Tom Gallagher for Governor campaign.

Robert Nemeroff (BA ’82) is Melrose Credit Union Chief Marketing Officer, Community Affairs Liaison, and Governmental Affairs Liaison. He is also New York State Credit Union League Legislative Action Committee and Political Action Committee Trustee and Lobbyist.

Dan Hoffman (BA ’84) spent nine years working in Naval Intelligence and the last ten years in the corporate world.

Timothy C. Smith (BA ’84) is the National Sales Manager at WCJB-TV in Gainesville, Fl. He is currently completing a Master’s in Mass Communication at UF’s School of Journalism and Communications.

Russell C. Silverglate (BA ’85) received his Master of Divinity from the Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Fl. He has become an assistant pastor and director of community life at Spanish River Church in Boca Raton, Fl.

Odalys Delgado (BA ’85, MA ’87) is currently the Planning and Project Development Manager for Gannett Fleming, Inc. in Miami, a national planning and engineering firm.

Nanci Landy, Esq (BA ’86) has been practicing law in South Florida for almost 20 years and founded Landy & Asselta, P.A. in 1995. She concentrates in the areas of business and securities litigation. She recently achieved an AV® Peer Review Rating from The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, recognizing her for the highest level of skill and integrity.

Frank S. Reid (BA ’87) teaches American History, Civics, and Government at a middle school in Jacksonville, Fl. He was recently mobilized by the FL Army National Guard and is currently stationed near Kabul, Afghanistan.

Kelly (Boyles) Headrick (BA ’88) has been appointed to serve as the Chief Government Relations Officer for the American Cancer Society, High Plains Division. She lives in Austin with her husband and two children.

Janet Gillis Helin (BA ’88) received her MA in International Relations from Boston University (1989) and taught political science courses at Russian universities (1997-99) as a Civic Education Project Fellow. In 2003 she founded and currently manages a publishing company, Crickett Books of Plainsboro, NJ.

S. Scott Bluestein (BA ’89) was elected Chairman of the Admiralty Section of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Bluestein practices admiralty and maritime law with the Bluestein Law Firm, P.A. in Charleston, SC.

Mark E. Baird (BA ’89) left his position at Valdosta State University in 2001 to pursue a Ph.D. in Education Policy at Florida State. He successfully defended his dissertation in 2005 and has been working fulltime as a policy analyst for the Florida Legislature.


Robert J. Sniffen (BA ’90) has established Sniffen Law Firm, P.A., in Tallahassee. The Firm represents employers in Labor and Employment Law matters.

Shannon (Keyes) McAleavey (BA ’91, MA ’94) is Vice-President of Government Relations at The Walt Disney World, Co. in Orlando, Fl.

Richard Hujber (BA ’93) opened his immigration law offices in Boca Raton, Fl. He is the Chairman of the Immigration Committee for the South Palm Beach County Bar Association.

Adrienne LeBas (BA ’98) successfully defended her doctoral dissertation in Political Science at Columbia University in September 2005. She is currently a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow of Nuffield College, University of Oxford. She has also accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Political Science and African Studies at Michigan State.

Mark Kaplan (BA ’98) was appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush as his Chief of Staff.

Karen Louise “Lou” Probes (BA ’99) has bee working on Wall Street since graduation. She currently serves as Investment Officer for Citigroup Private Bank. Probes was recently accepted to the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia and plans to earn her MBA full-time beginning Fall 2005.

Slade Dukes (BA ’99, MA ’01) was hired as a consultant for the Government Services Division in the Tallahassee office of Government Services Group, Inc. He previously worked in the Florida Attorney General’s office.


Linda Minnix (BA ’05) will be attending graduate school at St. John’s University in Rome, Italy for a Master’s in International Relations.

Josh Gellers (BA ’05) has been accepted to Columbia University for an MA in Climate and Society for the 2006-2007 academic year. The interdisciplinary program deals with the impact of climate variability and climate change on society and the environment.

Danica A. Roark (MA ’03) has been working for the Defense Intelligence Agency as an analyst in the counterterrorism division.