Class Notes (July 2010)

Will Masters (NH ‘81)
will be moving from Purdue University to be Professor of Food Policy in the
Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University. His contact information and details
are at http://sites.tufts.edu/willmasters.

Brian Ellner (NY ’90) was recently tapped by the Human Rights Campaign to lead its Campaign for New York Marriage. The campaign is focused on electing fair minded legislators this fall in order to enact marriage equality early next year. Learn more about the effort at www.hrc.org/nymarriage.

Mary (Ammann) Vargas
(NJ ‘94)
opened Stein & Vargas, LLP, a national litigation firm
focusing on the representation of individuals with disabilities in disability
discrimination cases in September 2009. She received the American Academy of
Pain Management’s Advocacy for People with Pain Award for 2010.

Jake Zimmerman (’95),
Missouri State Representative for District 83, is engaged to his girlfriend of
two years, Megan Robertson.

Shawn Vogt Sween (MN
’99)
and family recently moved back to Minnesota. Shawn is opening a rural
law practice in Grand Meadow, MN, which will focus on agricultural and
transportation law, rural schools and communities, and general rural legal
needs, including real estate, wills and estates, and probate law. (see
www.svslawoffice.com.) Shawn also recently finished renovating a historic 110+
year old building in downtown Grand Meadow for use as his office and would love
to visit with any Trumans who happen to travel through Minnesota close by on I-90.

Jina Moore (WV ’01) is
finishing up a three-month
reporting project
on peace building and the United Nations, in partnership
with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. 
You can find her dispatches from four countries on her blog
or her website.

Michael Gale (WV ’02) has transitioned into a new role at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Michael is now overseeing a national, public engagement campaign as the Communications Coordinator of an effort to craft a renewed, 10-year vision for the National Wildlife Refuge System. 

Marie-Adele “Dellie”
Sorel (MD ’04)
just completed her first year of residency at Cambridge
Health Alliance/Harvard and moved to Washington, DC, where she is now in
training for radiation oncology at Georgetown University. She also got engaged
this year and is planning to get married in April.

Kelsey Vaughan (ME
’04)
will be starting a master’s program in Public Health at the London
School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine this fall, and she looks forward to
connecting with London-based Scholars!

Ross Baird (GA ’06) and
Jen Kyle (CT ’06) were engaged in
late May. Ross proposed at sunrise at the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, an
outing he and Jen had planned to take together during 2007 Truman Scholars
Summer Institute, but never did. “Three years later, it was certainly an
unforgettable morning,” Baird said.

Katie Jares (IA ’06) will be moving to Washington, DC and pursuing her Ph.D. in Justice, Law, and Society at American University. She plans to examine the composition of parole boards and their role in the criminal justice process.

Devin Mauney (AZ ’08)
will be starting law school at Harvard as a member of the HLS Class of 2013.

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about yourself and other scholars to news@trumanscholars.org.

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