Graduate Student Achievements

The School of Communication at Western Michigan University is proud to announce our alumni who are pursuing their doctoral programs.

Ph.D. program placement

Class of 2016

  • Eric Mishne, accepted to Ohio University's communication program
  • Riley Richards, accepted to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's communication program

Class of 2015

  • Brett Stoll, accepted to Cornell University's communication program

Class of 2014

  • Dana Borzea, accepted to University of West Virginia's communication program
  • Jennifer Ptacek, accepted to Pudue University's communication program
  • Seeser Mou, accepted to North Dakota State's communication program

Class of 2013

  • Chrissy Gentile, accepted to University of Kentucky's communication program
  • Tabatha Roberts, accepted to Southern Illinois University's speech communication program

Class of 2012

  • Xialing (Charlene) Lin, accepted to University of Kentucky's communication program
  • Heather Schild-Vaughan, accepted to Western Michigan University's sociology program
  • Stephen Spates, accepted to University of Tennessee's communication program

Professional positions

Class of 2016

  • Jessica Muzevuca, Community Relations Manager with West Michigan Whitecaps
  • Paola Maria Paniagua Tavarez, Dominican Republic Program Coordinator with Operation Smile.

Class of 2015

  • Kierstin Nall Toth, Project Manager and Communication Director with I Like Giving
  • Erin Nemastil, Communication and PR manager with ADAC Automotive
  • Jacqui Volkmann Wenger, Director with Southwest Michigan First
  • Bryanna Manning, Communication Instructor with Muskegon Community College

Class of 2014

  • Amy Mulhall, Director of Human Resources with InterCare Community Health Network

Class of 2013

  • Michelle Aslanian, Online Education Specialist with Western Michigan University  
  • Sandi Karman, Senior Specialist of Organizational Development with Spectrum Health
  • Monica Rodriguez, Senior Account Executive with Newlink Communications, Dominican Republic
  • Caitlin Rickert, Adjunct faculty member with Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • Lisa Northouse Schueller, Adjunct faculty member with Aquinas College
  • Natalie Faculak, Recruitment and Outreach Manager with WMU College of Fine Arts
  • Crystal Akerman, Training Documents Coordinator with Musashi Auto Parts

Class of 2012

  • Anne Holcombe, Knowledge Management Specialist with the WK Kellogg Institute for Research, Quality, Innovation & Technology
  • Xialing (Charlene) Lin, Assistant Professor with Penn State