Mike Janson ’98 worked for Cal State Long Beach for 5 years (’98-’02) on a National Institute on Drug Abuse grant to study the effects of drug use on sexual behavior. In January of this year, Mike moved to Los Angeles and is enjoying his new position as a behavioral researcher for the County of Los Angeles Department of Health, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mike has presented many posters and presentations regarding drug use and sexual behavior at several conferences including the American Public Health Association. Mike’s current work includes implementation and oversight of an HIV risk assessment of residents receiving services from 175 LA County health providers. Mike actually enjoys statistics and has become an advanced SAS programmer! His current areas of interest include club drugs (ecstasy, ketamine, GHB) and their effects on behavior. (9/16/03)
Ross Andel ’96 received his Ph.D. in Gerontology from the University of Southern California in 2003! Ross is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Gerontology at the University of South Florida. His primary research interest has been the identification of modifiable behaviors that may delay cognitive impairment, such as leisure activity, exercise, or occupation. Dr. Ross has published many articles, including “Does participation in leisure activities lead to a reduced risk of dementia?” published in the Journal of Gerontology.
Sarah (Nugent ’02) Latham has been accepted into the MFT program at Bethel Seminary San Diego and will be beginning the program in September. Sarah is also working part-time as an aide in a special education high school English class for students with learning and/or emotional disabilities.
Parker Campbell ’00 has been accepted into the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research in their Social Welfare Department. Parker will be starting the MSW program this fall!
Wendy Olsen ’89 is working as a pharmaceutical sales representative while parenting Lauren (17), Isaac (8), and Ellen (5). The kids are doing “amazingly well”: Lauren graduated from high school and will be attending culinary arts school in the fall; Isaac will be in third grade and Ellen will be in kindergarten. Isaac and Ellen love baseball and are playing up one year due to their athletic abilities!
LaShandra Rinas ’02 is employed as a Research Assistant for Casa Pacifica in Camarillo, California. Casa Pacifica serves abused, neglected, and severely emotionally disturbed children and adolescents from Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties. As one of LaShandra’s responsibilities as a Research Assistant, she conducts surveys to assess Casa Pacifica’s strengths and challenges and presents reports to board members, committees, and staff. “It is really nice to be in a job where I can use my talents and be challenged … I am helping ensure the quality and effectiveness of the agency and its programs for its clients.”
Michael Leckie ’89 is currently Managing Director of Stuart Levine & Associates LLC of Long Island and New York City. SL&A is a consulting firm specializing in strategic planning and change. He and his lovely wife Molly (little sister of Vanguard alumni Wendy Olsen) live in Connecticut with their two boys, Charlie and Jimmy. After graduating from the Psychology program at VU Michael went on to earn an MSOD from Pepperdine University. He has been working as a consultant in the field of organization development and strategic change for the past ten years.
Allison Clark ’03 is excited about her work in a paid internship at the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, D.C. Allison describes her work as the perfect blend of her three passions: politics, business, and psychology. Allison is using much of what she learned at Vanguard as she works on the analysis of a DOJ survey that explored attrition rates, job performance, skills gaps, and job satisfaction. Allison hopes to attend a graduate certificate program in political psychology at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and may eventually work at the FBI, ATF, or CIA.
Justy Riggs-Ramage ’90 is self-employed as a graphic artist. She and 2-year-old Jacab Riley have moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, whre she plans to continue her education in fine arts at the University of New Mexico.
BlancaRosa Craig ’98 has passed her Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) licensure exams!