Christendom will welcome back successful alumni for its Life on Tap alumni networking series this fall, giving students the valuable opportunity to hear from past Christendom students on how they used their liberal arts education to find success in a variety of fields.
Hosted by the college’s career development office, this fall’s Life on Tap series will feature alumni from the fields of entrepreneurship and business, finance and accounting, education and teaching, and medicine. The series will launch with two class of 2016 alumni, Jeremy Minick and Lawrence Urgo, who both founded their own businesses after college. In Minick’s case, he will speak about how he started Enable, a web design and marketing firm, while Urgo will speak about the multiple businesses he currently owns in the state of Virginia.
Kate McMahon Leonard (’02) and Arthur Dhanagom (’06) will speak on finance and accounting. Leonard has been working in the field of accounting since graduation, and founded Molla Business Solutions in 2015, in order to help small businesses with their day to day accounting functions, payroll, and more. Dhanahom will follow up with talking about how he obtained his Master’s in business and went on to work as a bookkeeper for the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and as business manager for Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
To discuss education and teaching, Life on Tap will feature three alumni: Victor Alcantara (’05), Megan Rolla (’11) and Theresa Lamirande (’13). Alcantara has taught in a number of schools in the Diocese of Arlington since graduation and will discuss his experience as both a teacher and as an administrator, drawing upon his experiences as the current dean of instruction and accreditation at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic School. Rolla will discuss her own unique experience as a Good Shepherd catechist, delving into her teaching in the Atrium at St. Rita’s School in Alexandria, Virginia. Finally, Lamirande will talk about her time teaching middle and high school students at Front Royal Christian School, where she is also involved in the school’s athletic, outreach, performing arts, and fundraising programs.
To wrap up the semester, Life on Tap will feature alumni from the field of medicine. Dr. John-Paul Jansen (’00), an internal medicine specialist in Winchester, Virginia, will talk about his time in medical school and his eleven years of diverse experiences, especially in internal medicine and at Virginia-area hospitals. Following him will be Dr. John English (’06), a Board-Certified General Surgeon specialist located in Front Royal, Virginia.
Life on Tap is held in the college’s St. Kilian’s Café and is open only to students, faculty, and staff.