Virtual Mentoring Program

mentoringAdvice from those who have come through the program before you!

They have all sat where you sit now.. and survived. They have taken many of the same classes, probably had some of the same professors, struggled with some of the same challenges, graduated, and today work in a wide range of fields.They have all VOLUNTEERED to serve as virtual mentors to our current students. They are more than happy to hear from you and offer professional or even personal advice, share their thoughts about career choices and opportunities, or even share stories about their times in Peck Hall and MTSU.For tips on How to Approach a Mentor, click here. Email an alum... adopt a virtual mentor.

Alumni are grouped into the following areas:
Administrative  |  Education  |  Government-related  |  International  |  Law  |  Students (still)  |  Other  |  Graduates of the Master's in International Affairs


Occupation/title Place of Employment Name Email Address Year
Project Manager - Aftersales Division/Business Planning and Development Nissan North America Ashley Adams-Norman currently undeliverable 2006
Sr.placement Specialist/Middle Market Team Leader Willis of Tennessee, Inc Louis Allocco 1987 
Human resources Manager Nashville International Airport Robert Blackwell 2005
Provider Contractor Prime Health Services (Brentwood, TN) Jacob Butler 2011
Branch Manager Accu-Tech Corporation Brent Campbell 2002
Vice President & General Counsel ECS (Engineering Consulting Sercies) Douglas J. Cole

PS minor

Public consulting PCG Jamie Demonbreun 2012
Medical Operations Officer U.S. Special Operations Command Jason C. Eaves  2008
Executive Director and Chief Legal Counsel Greater Nashville Regional Council Sam Edwards 1972
Construction   Matt Gardner 2005
President Graham Insurance, Inc. Jade Edward Graham 1994
real estate    Charlie Harrison 1990
Field Pricing Leader PSS Josh Hudgins 2004
Chief Operating Officer Phoenix Boats Teresa A. Johnson 1994
Financial Services Rep and Loan Officer First Tennessee Bank Brad Lamb 2009
Chairman The Lenox Group, LLC Thomas E. Ledford 1970
Volunteer Engagement Coordinator Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee Poppy Lee 2017
Economic Development & Chamber Director Cavalier, ND Bryan McCoy 2008
Area Compliance Officer Sigue Corporation Cameron Parrish 2003
Trade Union  Team Leader New South Wales Nurse & Midwives Association Jordan Petit 2007
President Market Wise, Inc Guy W. Pridgen, Jr. 1983
Contracts Coordinator Middle Tennessee State University Leigh Walls 2002 



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Occupation/ Title Place of Employment Name Email Address Year Grad
Business and Technology Teacher Metro Nashville Schools Crystal Cunningham 2006
Director of Student Success Claiborn County Campus, Walters State Community College Marlin Cunutt 1995
U.S. History/U.S. Government Teacher/History Professor Grundy County Board of Education/
Chattanooga State Community College
Kelly Gibbs 2006
History/finance teacher Collinwood high school Ragan Greer Stooksberry 2009
Admissions Counselor Nashville State Community College Tassany Henderson 2008
Assistant Principal/
Mid-Cumberland Representative
White House Middle School/ Tennessee Department of Education, common Core Leadership Council Scott Langford 1995
Political Science Tutor MTSU Ryan Peters 2014
Intervention and Regular Ed. Teacher Milan Middle School David Rhodes 2007
Professor of Political Science Montevallo University Scott Turner 1989



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Occupation/ Title Place of Employment Name Email Address Year Grad
Program Coordinator St. Clair Senior Center, City of Murfreesboro Drew Anderson

Assistant Director AccessTN Ryan Bouldin 2002
Legislative Assistant & Correspondence Manager U.S. House of Representatives (Congressman Crawford, AR-01) Abi Burgess 2008
Assoc. Editor/Lesgislative Analyst M. Lee Smith Publishers Mahmud Brifkani

Program Coordinator TN Dept of Agriculture -Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program Whittney Flatt 2014
 Manager, Vistitors Center & Museum - Assist Chamber City of White House, TN Bryan Gilley  2014
Legislative Assistant to Senator Reginald Tate Tennessee General Assembly Lauren Spires 2010

Program Associate Broadcast Journalist & Arabic Linguist 

District of Columbia National Guard, Washington, DC   Jason Davis  2012
Assistant Director, Division of Budget Department of Finance and Administration, State of Tennessee Mike Dedmon 1989
Legislative Director Congressman John Yarmuth (KY) Zack Marshall 2007
Correctional Officer Davidson County Sheriffs Office James Martorana 2014
Program Analyst Dept of Justice -Office of Inspector General Joseph Meyer 2014
Professional Relations Officer DHS-State of Tennessee Dustin K. Mitchell 2001
Logistics officer & attorney Marine Corps Officer Capt. Sherman Neal II 2010
Homeland security analyst Library of Congress Shawn Reese 1994
Senior Air Defense Officer USAF/Florida Air National Guard LT Col Ralph Swindler 1988
Domestic Violence Court Coordinator Rutherford County Government Dolores M. Tillage 2002
Civil Rights Officer North County Transit District (NCTD Jarret D. Wade 2009
Computer Forensic Examiner NASA office of the inspector general computer crimes division Tracy Walraven 1999
Federal Lobbyist Raytheon Company Courtney Genosi Watson 1999
2nd Lt US Army Brad Weber 2012


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Occupation/ Title Place of Employment Name Email Address Year Grad
U.S. Diplomat/
Foreign Service Officer
U.S. Department of State Stewart Aaron Carlton 2005
Human Rights Research Specialist The Protection Project (Johns Hopkins- SAIS) Mandy Davis 2012
Foreign Service Fellow - African Bureau U.S. Department of State Patrick Pratt 2010

Passport Specialist


[Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Dominican Republic 2011-2014.]
Department of State

Andrew Sullivan 2009


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Occupation/ Title Place of Employment Name Email Address Year Grad
Probation/Parole officer TN Dept of Corrections Raven Adair 2012
Attorney Law Office of Adra E. Burks Adra E. Burks 1972
Member Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC Thomas Dement 1990
General Counsel Healthways, Inc Mary Flipse 1989
Attorney Buerger, Moseley&Carson Scott C. Gardner 2005
Attorney   Megan Kingree 1996
Clerk for Magistrate Rosenberg Juvenile Court Clerk's Office Hannah Meeks 2011
Freelance Paralegal & Magistrate (part-time) (part time Magistrate w/ Williamson County General Sessions Court) Matthew Mezzatesta

Immigration Attorney Grant, Konvalinka, & Harrison (Chattanooga) Patrick Morrison 2012
Logistics officer & attorney Marine Corps Officer Capt. Sherman Neal II 2010
Attorney Sobel, Poss & Moore Michelle Poss michelleposs@spmlawfirm,com 1992
Attorney Harwell, Howard Hyne, Gabbert & Manner Ryan M. Richards 2007
Asst DA Chattanooga TN Matthew Rogers 1998
Attorney Memphis Area Legal Services Carlissa Shaw

Attorney The Stubbs Law Group Walter H. Stubbs 1978
Attorney private practice Jack Welch, Jr 1988

Still Studying

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Occupation/ Title Institution Name Email Address Year Grad
Law Student University of Virginia College of Law Katie Bogle 2011
Law Student University of California - Hastings College of Law Amy Depuy 2014
Law Student Nashville School of Law Jim Edwards 2012
Ph.D. Student, Grad Instructor & Fulbright Fellow  Washington State University  Adam Emerson  2012
Law Student University of Tennessee -Knoxville Alexander Ford 2013
Law Student Florida Coastal School of Law Brittany Forrester Brittany.Forrester@law.fcsl,edu  2014
Law Student University of Chicago Law School Constance Grieves 2013
Law Student University of Memphis Garrett Haynes 2011
M.A in International Affairs (former Fulbright Scholar) George Washington University Dalton Lauderbach

MA Int. Relations/Int. Law Univ of Kent, Canterbury, England Kayla McCrary 2016
Law Students (*also a clerk at the Juvenile Court) Nashville School of Law Hannah Meeks 2011
Law Student Belmont Law School Tammy Mezera 2013
Grad Student New York University Alexandria D. Miklich 2013
Law Student The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law Christopher Miller 



Law Student Belmont Clark Palombo 2015
MBA University of New South Jordan Petit 2007
Grad Student (Masters in International Affairs) George Washington University Patrick Pratt 2010
Grad Student (Masters in Public Affairs) Indiana University Andrew Sullivan 2009
Student University of Arkansas Aaron Shew 2011
Law Student American University Washington College of Law Lisa Shores 2010
Law Student Florida A&M College of Law Elizabeth Whittle

Grad Student Texas A&M University (Public Policy) Chris Young 2010


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Occupation/ Title Place of Employment Name Email Address Year Grad
Freelance Author, Tutor   Sean Bentzen 2009
Outreach Manager OTerra Eclipse (web design) Matthew Hurtt 2009
Retired Retired Jim Farley 1970


Graduates of the Master's in International Affairs

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Title Place of Employment / School Name Email Undergrad Degree MA Conc. Degree Year
Ph.D.student Emory University-Political Science Rachel Harmon MTSU- Int. Relations Security/Peace 2012
Ph.D.student MTSU - economics Cassie Smith MTSU -Pol. Sci. Development / Globalization 2014
Executive Director Free For Life International Gabrielle Thompson

MTSU-Global Studies Development / Globalization 2014
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