2017 Class Notes

October 01, 2017
  • Kenneth Ames, BA ’99, started a new job at Red Banyan as the director of client relations. They specialize in public relations, strategic communications, crisis PR, online reputation management, government affairs and media training.
  • Xhesika Bardhi, BA ’15, recently returned from completing a Fulbright teaching grant in Turkey. This upcoming fall, she is heading to the University of Chicago to pursue an MA in Middle Eastern Studies.
  • Brooks Boron, BA ’14, graduated this past May from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law where he served as the editor-in-chief for the American Bar Association's Section official law journal on Dispute Resolution.
  • Sarah Gillespie, BA ’06, works as an interfaith chaplain in Lewiston, Maine. She is in the process of becoming a board-certified chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains.
  • Brian Hare, BA ’76, thinks to this day that Professors Jones, Wallace, and Yeide are the best professors ever. Brian graduated from seminary, retired as Army Chaplain and is now an associate professor at Stevenson University.
  • Ahmed Hassan, MA ’16 worked as an Arabic and Islamic Studies instructor in the biggest K-12 Islamic school in the Chicago metropolitan area after he graduated. He was also recently admitted to Indiana University's NELC PhD program and will join the program this fall.
  • Blake Horridge, BS ’05, is excited to announce that he and his wife, Nealy, recently became parents to baby boy named Lincoln. Blake has also started overseeing academic advising for Claremont McKenna College.
  • Benjamin Levy, BA ’04, is the new upper division dean of Judaic studies at Denver Jewish Day School after serving on the faculty for eight years.
  • Ziji Leo Lin, BA ’16, is currently pursuing a master's degree in international relations at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Ty Miranda, BA ’14, recently returned from her service as a Peace Corps volunteer. She is now at GW earning her MPH in global health policy. This summer, she biked across the USA with Bike & Build to raise money and awareness for affordable housing.
  • Blair Moreland, BA ’03, runs a freelance communications and PR business that specializes in security tech & advertising PR. She lives in Birmingham, Mich., with her two children and is very active in her church, Royal Oak First United Methodist.
  • Jay Pandya, BA ’15, is in his third year of medical school at GW SMHS concentrating in global health. He was in India last summer conducting medical education research on a GW-led emergency medicine residency program which fosters health capacity building.
  • Batul Razvi, BA ’03, is now working as an attending anesthesiologist at Washington Hospital Center in Washington D.C. She has two children, a 6-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy. She likes to travel with them and show them diverse cultures and religions of the world.
  • Seher Shah, MA ’16, completed a curatorial internship at The Textile Museum in July 2017, and will be teaching an Islamic art history course at the School of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts at IBA in Karachi, as a visiting faculty member this fall.
  • Marc Shuster, BA ’98, is doing great in Miami! He is married to Lilian Shuster, also class of ’98. They have three kids, a 13-year-old daughter, Rita, and identical boy twins who are 10, but all three of them share the same birthday!
  • Rachel Talbert, MA ’97, is pursuing a doctorate from GSEHD at GW after serving as vice president of curriculum at the Close Up Foundation for five years.
  • William (“Basil”) Tsimpris, BA ’98, is a staff attorney for the Supreme Court of Virginia and lives in Richmond with his wife, Jen, and their two children, John Landon and Anne Kathryn.
  • Rehan Waheed, BA ’03, is a practicing physician in western Maryland. He is married with children and wishes everyone at GW-Religion the best!