Alumni News

Carolyn Wasser, Kutztown University, Class of 2017, B.A., History & BSED Library Science

Carolyn sailed aboard ExyJohnson and other sailing ships, teaching students history, marine biology, navigation, and sail training. All of the lessons are hands-on as students raise sails together, snorkel, and kayak to learn about fish and ecosystems and sail to historic ports. Carolyn reports, "I love it! I get to share my love of history and sailing while being outdoors 24/7."

Aimee Bernard, Kutztown University, Class of 2014 , B.A., History

Aimee is currently the Membership & Development Assistant at The Frick Art and Historical Center. "Studying History at Kutztown gave me the foundation I needed to pursue an M.A. in Public History. The research, analytical, and writing skills I gained in the History Department are the skills I use every day in my career. My time at Kutztown was not only some of the most enjoyable years, but the most rewarding."

Tarra Raspanti, Kutztown University, Class of 2015, B.A., History, M.A., University of the Arts

Tarra is currently the Event Manager for Manor College. She has worked as the Event and Rental Coordinator for the Arch Street Meeting House and The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square, as well as an assistant at Wells Fargo Historical Museum. She previously interned at the Arch Street Meeting House, The Academy of Natural Sciences, and the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA. She also interned at the PA German Cultural Heritage Center here at Kutztown University.

Alyse Evans, Kutztown University, Class of 2002, B.A., History, M.A., Millersville

Alyse creates and presents programs to students about the history of the Eisenhower National Historic Site and the life and times of President Eisenhower.

Corey (Summers) Fake, Kutztown University, Class of 2015, B.A., History w/ PLG, M.A., Public Applied History, Southern New Hampshire University

Currently: Solicitors Paralegal for Franklin County, PA. Previously she held positions as a court reporter, a Notary Public, and a Historical Guide at Thaddeus Stevens' Blacksmith Shop. She was also named Harrisburg Magazine's Young Person of the Year in 2017.

Amanda Zimmerman, Kutztown University, Class of 2010, B.A., History

Amanda is a Park Ranger for the National Park Service. She splits her time between three National Sites and Trails.

Kelly J. McManus, Kutztown University, Class of 2015, B.A., History, M.A., History, William Paterson University, Currently: Museum Attendant at the Dey Mansion

Since graduating from Kutztown University in 2015, Kelly has used the knowledge and skills he acquired to earn a Master’s Degree in History from William Paterson University. Kelly has gone on to employ the professional conditioning he received from these two institutions at the Dey Mansion. The Dey Mansion is a Historic House Museum which portrays the stay of George Washington at the home in 1780 during the American Revolution. "It's a great thing to find work in your field of study, and the experiences I’ve had at Kutztown really made that possible. The professors are passionate and dedicated to the students here. I wouldn’t have had the amount of success I did had it not been for their counsel and guidance.”

Alyssa Brophy, Kutztown University, Class of 2018, B.A., History

Alyssa is currently studying in a three-year Dual Master’s program at Simmons University in Boston with a focus in Genealogy. "I picked the History program because it was an area that I was interested in and wanted to expand my knowledge. Luckily, I discovered that I liked the idea of researching ancestral roots during my time at KU. All the professors at KU helped me design a path that headed towards the career of genealogy. Multiple professors suggested the Library Science minor where I ended up learning about archives. Dr. Gabriel helped me obtain three internships, two of which were in a special library collection and archive. Dr. Johnson continually pushed me academically and challenged my perspective on history. I could always count on Dr. Rodriquez for a bit of life advice and some laughs. I want to thank the History Department because they allowed me to explore different routes that intrigued me in the History field. They encouraged me to take initiative towards new ideas I had while in the program."

Tim Cirino, Esq., Kutztown University, Class of 2013, B.A., History, Doctor of Law, (Juris Doctorate) in Environmental Law, Barry University - Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law 2017

"I think people underestimate how useful a History Major is in law school!" Tim is currently a contract attorney.

Samantha Miller, Kutztown University, Class of 2011, B.A., History, M.A., University of Pennsylvania

Currently: Jr. Contract Administrator at Frank Recruitment Group and formerly a Digital Imaging Technician and DAMS Metadata Manager at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Rebecca Van Horn, Kutztown University, Class of 2015 - Summa Cum Laude, B.A., History

Doctoral Candidate - History and Culture - Drew University

Lilly Kleppertknoop, Kutztown University, Class of 2011, B.A., History

Lilly is a Forensic Historian & Environmental Research Consultant in Maryland. She uses her history skills to examine land use for real estate transactions.

Guy Morrison, Kutztown University, Class of 2014, B.A., History, M.A., Villanova University, Doctoral Candidate, Cambridge University

"Receiving a history degree from Kutztown University has opened so many doors for my future as a historian. With the guidance of Dr. Saidi and Dr. Johnson, I was admitted to Villanova University's history program and now Cambridge where I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. The department really took their time to help me reach my goals and aspirations. Whether it was in or out of the classroom, the faculty of Kutztown's history department really cared about my endeavors. I would not be where I am today without their insight."

Sheila Joy, Kutztown University, Class of 2013, B.A., History, M.A., Public History, Shippensburg

Sheila is an Archivist at United Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, PA.

John Hoptak, Kutztown University, Class of 2000, B.A. History

John serves as an interpretative Park Ranger with the National Park Service and teaches courses as an adjunct instructor at American Military University. Hoptak has written articles for America's Civil War, Civil War Times, and Pennsylvania Heritage. He is also the author of several books.

Brittaney Eshbach, Esq., Kutztown University, Class of 2014, B.A., History, with Minors in Mathematics and Political Science, Doctor of Law (Juris Doctorate) Pennsylvania State University, the Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, PA., 2017

"While pursuing my B.A., the History Department at KU afforded me numerous opportunities to hone my research, critical reading, writing, and analytical skills. As a law student, those skills are invaluable, and I utilize each of them on a daily basis. In particular, with regard to some of my Constitution-based classes, having a History degree has given me a better understanding of the legal landscape because I am aware of the context within which the cases have arisen. My History degree has provided a solid foundation for the start of my legal career."

Sarah Ford-Richards, Kutztown University, Class of 2013, B.A., History & B.S., Psychology - Clinical Counseling, M.A., History - Rutgers University, M.A., History & Philosophy of Science and Technology - NJ Institute of Technology, NJIT US AID Fellow - Cape Town, South Africa, ESL and Adult Education Instructor at Alleghany Intermediate Unit - Greater Pittsburgh, PA

"One of the most important things I learned while studying history at KU was to never limit myself. Being a history major doesn't limit your options to just teaching in a classroom. Rather, the knowledge and skills acquired from studying in this field can open doors to numerous opportunities. You just have to be creative and inspired by the work that you do. What the faculty at KU taught me went beyond the classroom and encouraged me to achieve excellence."

Andrew Majcher, Kutztown University, Class of 2008, B.A., History

Andrew is a Records Manager/ Digital Archivist at Brown University. "My History degree from KU reinforced the skills needed to succeed, such as research methods, organization, writing techniques, and public speaking. I use these skills constantly in my job and while obtaining my Masters of Library and Information Science degree with a specialization in Archives and Records Management. The real value of the History Department at KU is the faculty; I wouldn't have been as successful during my time at KU without their motivation and encouragement."

Shane Moran, Kutztown University, Class of 2013, B.S., Secondary Ed (Social Studies) Minor (History)

Shane current works teaching U.S. and World History at Weatherly Area High School in Weatherly, Pennsylvania. "My love for history and its many facets of research and methodology were fostered and fine-tuned in the Kutztown University History Department. The professors expanded on my many interests in history with their wide variety of expertise. They provided me with an array of ways to convey information and think about history, which I incorporate into my history classes every day. They also made me realize that one day I would like to teach at the collegiate level."

Brian Pawling, Kutztown University, Class of 2001, B.S., Secondary Education/Social Studies, Current Position: Business Manager at Brandywine Heights Area School District

"While my career path did not lead to a position related to history, the education and the relationships I formed in the KU history department really helped prepare me for a professional career. Dr. Gabriel, Professor Fries, Dr. Sanelli, Dr. Valuska, and others empowered me to put forth my best effort, and those skills helped me through my MBA program. I use the education I received at KU daily to serve the students and community in administering a fiscally responsible program while meeting the educational needs of the children in the Brandywine Heights School District."

Joseph Zagorski, Kutztown University, Class of 2000, B.S., Secondary Education/History/Social Studies

Joseph is the Chief of Interpretation at the Obed Wild and Scenic River in Wartburg, Tennessee. "The most rewarding thing to me about being involved in the History program at KU was just having the opportunity to learn more in-depth about the history of America from some of the best professors in America. People like Dr. Gabriel, Dr. Derr, Dr. Delaney, Dr. Kelleher, Dr. Gambone, Dr. Fries, Dr. Sanelli, and so many others, really made learning at KU a joy. My degree has enabled me to have a prominent role in the National Park Service and has afforded me an opportunity to make a living wage."

Vaneesa Cook, Kutztown University, Class of 2001, B.A., History - M.P.A. (2004)

"There's no doubt that the KU History faculty inspired me to pursue a Ph.D. However, it wasn't until I began graduate school that I realized how well the program had prepared me not only in terms of historical content, but also in the methodology of historical research and writing. It's nice to know I can still count on KU faculty for guidance and support after all these years as an alum."

Carolyn Wasser on her boat.
Aimee Bernard sitting in an office chair.
Tarra and a professor at an exhibit.
Headshot of Alyse Evans
Side profile of Corey
Amanda Zimmerman in her park ranger uniform.
Headshot of Kelly.
Alyssa walking along a cobblestone path
Headshot of Tim.
Samantha giving a thumbs up
Rebecca posing in front of a Kutztown Backdrop
Lilly giving a presentation, the presentation screen reads: "Forensic History/Research Consulting"
Guy and Dr. Johnson outside Cambridge building
Smiling photo of Sheila
Headshot of Brittaney
Sarah at her graduation ceremony, surrounded by friends and family
Headshot of Andrew
Shane standing in front of a bookcase
Headshot of Brian
Headshot of Joseph
Vaneesa standing outdoors