Career & Leadership Development

Alumni “Greats”

Christendom alumni are involved in just about every field possible. They attend well-known graduate schools, and are greatly sought after by employers. Below, you will find a sampling of some of our alumni. If you are interested in contacting any of these alumni, or other alumni not listed, please let Director of Career Development Kristin Stephens know. We also have an Alumni Mentor Booklet available for prospective students and current students to utilize in connecting with our alumni in various fields. The booklet includes their name, major, job title, and email address. If interested in having this booklet emailed to you, please contact Kristin Stephens at kristin.stephens@christendom.edu.

HALISKY Tim Halisky
President, RLA Mid-Atlantic
Class of 2001
Major: History “As I have progressed in my career, the value of my liberal arts education has only become more apparent.  The insurance brokerage industry (and the business world in general) is about relationships.  In general, people prefer to work with people they like.  Key to this is communication – my liberal arts education, complete with its multiple disciplines, has helped me to ‘multi-task’ in my interactions with others.  Too often I run across people who cannot hold a conversation outside of their particular job function.  These are not the types that you will find in the corner office.  A liberal arts education enabled me to ‘think outside the box’ well before I was introduced to that concept in the business world.  That ability is highly valued in my industry and in the business world in general.”
oherron Phil O’Herron
Neuroscientist | Johns Hopkins University
Class of 2000
Major: Philosophy “This may seem strange coming from a guy in a scientific field because there is so much technical specialty that you need. While I did not pick up the background information I need to do my day-to-day work at Christendom, I think I picked up something that is a lot harder to get in any other way: learning how to think critically through problems and process arguments. A big part of science is being able to see the big picture surrounding an experimental result. A scientist has to fully process all the assumptions that go into a result and then be able to interpret the finding in light of what else is known. The scientist then needs to decide what would be the next best thing to test. Without these abilities, technical expertise will not get you very far. I think in studying philosophy and logic at Christendom, I had a lot of practice at analyzing arguments to see if conclusions were justified and, if not, what was missing.”
noreen Noreen Daly Barrs
Paralegal | LegalWorks Apostolate
Class of 2011
Major: Political Science & Economics “My Christendom education has given me so much—specifically, my analytic and editing skills, which I learned from researching and writing papers, and from working in the Political Science Department. Working in a law firm, especially a communications law firm, there are mountains of very technical and detailed documents and procedures that have to be done accurately and quickly, for which both my studies and on-campus employment prepared me well. I am also tremendously grateful for the work ethic I gained at Christendom. For four years, I had to work hard in all my classes—there was no coasting. This drive to work hard has continued after Christendom and has helped me succeed in my career.”
john-paul John-Paul Jansen
Class of 2000
Major: History “The education I received at Christendom did more than just prepare me for medicine, it helped me become someone who understands more of life than simply what is in front of me. It helps me in achieving my goals every day, whether professional, social or spiritual. With a liberal arts education, I have knowledge that helps in all areas of my life, not just a tool for a specific task. I’ve had the opportunity to develop skills to critique, analyze and organize ideas with the light of faith and reason. It has given me interest in things other than medicine, as well as a better understanding of my faith and human nature.”
scanlon Laura Scanlon
Attorney at McCarthy & Akers, PLC
Class of 2003
Major: Philosophy
Graduated first in her class at Catholic University Law School “My liberal arts education gave me a big advantage in law school and continues to aid me in my practice of law. As an attorney, you need to be able to reason by analogy—to be able to take the law and apply it to the actual facts that your client is facing. You also need to be able to write clearly and concisely about complicated matters. The skills I received from Christendom in analytical reasoning, as well as writing about scholarly matters, was really beneficial.”
charlie Charlie Rollino
Associate at FirstLine Financial
Class of 2013
Major: History “I believe that studying the liberal arts has really improved my ability to see the big picture in situations and not focus on a single perspective. This is especially true when evaluating business problems. As my finance teacher at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business observed, businessmen with a liberal arts background do not approach business situations with some of the biases that are often present in those who have only studied a specific business discipline. In other words, businessmen with a liberal arts background naturally approach situations with a broad perspective, before beginning narrow analyses, whereas students who have only studied accounting or marketing or finance have a tendency to approach situations or problems with a bias to their particular discipline. I have found that it is very important to appraise business problems objectively and as a whole before analyzing it from specific angles. By being a liberal arts student first, I feel I have a good understanding of how these individual business disciplines fit together within a company and how they affect each other.”
murphy Nick Murphy
Special Agent
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF)
Class of 1990
Major: History “In my work, I depend on my ability to communicate with others, search for facts and answers, and most importantly, articulate and defend my findings both in written reports and orally in court rooms. The emphasis that Christendom placed on developing skills in research, writing, and defending truths, have easily been the most beneficial of the many practical, career-minded skills that I developed in college. I can trace most of my career advancements to these skills, and have had different supervisors point to these strengths as grounds for my success. The study of criminal justice concepts and procedure is obviously needed at some point, but I found tremendous advantages to using my foundation in the liberal arts, and then adding to it with the specialized training that all investigators must undergo.”
pvanderwoude Pat Vander Woude
Captain / Pilot
United States Marine Corps
Class of 2005
Major: History “My Christendom education has given me the ability to discern things in the work place and then reason to different conclusions. I think the wide range of disciplines that are studied at Christendom make it easier to do a host of different things, and as a Marine pilot I have multiple jobs, both in flying and working with other Marines.True leaders need to be well grounded in the Faith and understand that the Catholic way of leadership is more in demand today than it has ever been. Christendom provides a haven to learn and grow before launching out into the current society.”
seankay Sean Kay
Class of 1997
Major: English / Political Science “A Christendom College education opens endless opportunities and confers enormous obligations. The time I spent at Christendom enabled me to earn a valuable liberal arts degree, taught me intellectual discipline and effective work habits, and helped me to prioritize the important things in my life. Many students in American colleges and universities today acquire a narrow, overly specialized education, but employers and graduate schools are actively seeking well-rounded, liberal arts undergraduates. Following my graduation, I enrolled in Northeastern University’s Graduate School of Professional Accounting in Boston, MA, where 90% of students have liberal arts, non-business backgrounds. I encourage each of you to consider a future in business. A Christendom degree does not prohibit entry into the field; on the contrary, it facilitates success.”
teri_rusnak Teri Rusnak
Registered Nurse
Class of 2004
Major: Philosophy “The critical thinking I learned at Christendom assists me in correctly assessing my patients and prioritizing their care. But more importantly, I think the philosophy and ethics courses I took have given me my most valuable tools as a nurse. I have many hospice cases, and with them come difficult decisions. I’m convinced I would not be able to make these ethical decisions in keeping with the dignity of the human person without my Christendom experience.”
velasco Michele Velasco
Vice President for Finance
SiriusXM Satellite Rado
Class of 1991
Major: Political Science “Christendom College provides a broad knowledge base and develops core skills that can be applied to many professions. These core skills include how to think logically and theoretically, assess ideas, analyze, and communicate effectively. By attending Christendom, I built a strong foundation allowing me to transition easily between various types of executive positions and work environments.”
bodoh Greg Bodoh
Founder and CEO, Sole Solutions, Inc.
Class of 1994
Major: Theology “Christendom instilled in me a desire to make a difference in the world. The liberal arts education trained me to think creatively, innovatively, and expansively. The moral formation helps me navigate the corporate world with principled integrity, especially in respect to my employees, who deserve priority over profits.”

Contact Kristin Stephens with questions: kristin.stephens@christendom.edu

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