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Sociology Alumni Profiles
Katie Hawley '11

Upon graduation I knew that I wanted to enter the work force and hadn’t thought twice about graduate school. I currently work for the City of Wyoming at the 62A District Court as a Deputy Court Clerk. I always knew that my societal interests weighed heavier on the criminal justice end; however, after entering the work force and speaking with potential employers, I have decided that a master’s in Public Administration will open more doors for the future. I hope to continue my career with the City of Wyoming, and eventually work in other departments of the city government.

Kelsey Leonard '09
After graduating from Aquinas College in May 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Psychology I began the Master of Social Work program at Grand Valley State University. Although I was more interested in Community Sociology at the time, I decided that the Social Work program would open many doors for my future. While in the MSW program, I began an internship at Bethany Christian Services in the Early Impact program. For the next year, I worked with families that had been substantiated by Child Protective Services for child abuse/neglect. This internship opportunity opened my eyes to many issues throughout the year and it proved to be very valuable experience for my career. After graduating with my Master of Social Work degree in April 2011, I was hired by Arbor Circle to be a KSSN clinician in the Cedar Springs school district. My role as a clinician in the KSSN program is to work with children with a mental health disorder in hopes of reducing the academic and behavioral problems that these children are experiencing.
Regina (Berlin) Wright '05
After I graduated from Aquinas College in May 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a minor in Spanish I worked as an assistant for a title company, TriUnion Title. While working there I decided that I wanted to go to law school so I enrolled at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Grand Rapids. I graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in January 2011 and passed the Michigan Bar Exam in May 2011. I currently work for a Peterson Paletta, PLC a law firm in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I married in September 2009 and live in the Alger Heights area with my husband and dog, Batman.
Kristin Anne Felgenauer '07
Upon graduation, I was unsure of exactly what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to work with at-risk youth in some capacity. As an undergrad, I had interned at Kent County Juvenile Detention Center and loved it, but was not sure what my next step would be. I took some time off and then began taking classes as a non degree seeking student in the Masters of Social Work program at Western. I decided that Social Work was a great route that would open many doors. I am currently enrolled as a full time student in the MSW program at Western. I will graduate in the spring of 2011. When I am done I plan on working in a teacher fellowship program so I can earn a teaching certificate and work in an inner city school. The sociology department is to this day a great aid in my school work education.  I have a strong understanding of the theory and studies that are the foundation of my current field.  This knowledge has helped me to understand and appreciate the work I now do.
Elise Wisnieski '09
Subsequent to graduation from Aquinas College, I completed an MA in the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. Shortly after the completion of my MA, I obtained a position as a Research Specialist at CeaseFire, a non-profit organization housed at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Public Health. CeaseFire employs a public health approach to reduce shootings and killings in some of the most violent neighborhoods.  My responsibilities at CeaseFire include analyzing demographic, programmatic, and crime data, designing and implementing qualitative and quantitative violence prevention research projects, and collaborating with external researchers (such as Institute for Health Research and Policy and Chapin Hall) to evaluate the effectiveness of CeaseFire’s efforts in Chicago communities. I am currently pursuing a Survey Research Methods certification at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and I plan to apply to the MPH program in the fall of 2012.