Geography Alumni and their careers


  • Sriram Chakka (MA Geography) – Public School Teacher, Covina-Valley Unified School District, CA
  • Judy Chovan (MA Geography) – Community activist, San Juan Island, Washington
  • Patricia de la Mata (MA Geography) – IT analyst, Brooklyn, New York
  • Becky Larson (MA Geography) – Professor, Public Health, Mercer University, GA
  • Trace Marshall (MA Geography) – Geospatial Technician, Wiser Imagery, Nashville, TN
  • Jessie McSwane (MA Geography) – Sr. Stewardship Manager, Peconic Land Trust, Long Island, NY
  • Madison White (MA Geography) – GIS Analyst, Sanitation District No. 1, Fort Wright, KY
  • Camaren Williams (MA Geography) – Office Associate, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH


  • Jasper Ball (BS Geography) – Regional Planner, FIVCO, Grayson, KY
  • Rebekah Bouchard (MA Geography) – Financial Technician, Edward Jones, Lebanon, Tennessee
  • Amanda Braasch (MA Geography) – Army Reservist, Fort Campbell, KY
  • Paul Buck (BS Geography) –
  • Alex Busch (MA Geography) – Teacher, Reedley High School, Reedley, California
  • James Davis (MA Geography) – instructor Wright State University, Dayton, OH
  • Michael Faust (MA Geography) – Teacher at St. John Vianney High School, St Louis, Missouri
  • Kellie Gadeken (MA Geography) – GIS/Business Analyst | Freelance Editor, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Roman Geathers (BS Geography) – Marketing Strategist and Funnel Consultant
  • James Higgins (MA Geography) – Project Manager Gaskins + LeCraw, Atlanta
  • Sierra Hincke (MA Geography) – Planner I, Kootenai County, Idaho
  • Mo Keane (MA Geography) – Director, Gandiol Eco Center, Mouit-Gandiol, Senegal
  • Blake Lindsley (BS Geography) –
  • Alexandra Manthey (BS Geography) – Senior Trusted Referee at, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Jennifer Marcum (MA Geography) – School Teacher, Pt. Pleasant, WV
  • Ty McCarthy (MA Geography) – instructor, Columbia College, Sonora CA
  • Jessie McSwane (MA Geography) – Senior Stewardship Manager, Peconic Land Trust, Southampton NY
  • Muzzammil Mohabir (MA Geography) – Instructor of Geography | Geographer | GIS Analyst, University of Guyana, Georgetown, Demerara-Mahaica, Guyana
  • Sarah Pappas (BS Geography, Meteorology) –
  • Raymond Patterson (MA Geography) – Oak Island, North Carolina
  • Bryce Peacher (MA Geography) – ESRI marketing, Florida; Ph.D. student U. Central Florida
  • Sam Powvall (BS Geography) – Geographic Information System Technician at WEST Consultants, Inc., Pauma Valley, California
  • Stacy Rainey (MA Geography) – Program Assistant I, Marshall University
  • Israel Roberts (MA Geography) – Planning Manager for the Town of Fairview, Texas
  • Megan Ruggles (MA Geography) – GIS Technician, NiSource, Columbus, Ohio
  • Justin Smith (MA Geography) – Small business owner, Huntington, WV


  • Steve Aguilar (BS Geography) – Talent Management, Olympia, Washington
  • R. A. (MA Geography)
  • Alyssa Bandzuh (BS Geography) – GIS Intern at Greater Johnstown Water Authority, Portage, Pennsylvania
  • Jaelin Carpenter (MA Geography) – Archaeologist at AECOM, Princeton, West Virginia
  • Nate Crum (BS Geography) – Planner, City of Huntington, WV
  • Robert Cushing (BA Geography) – Senior GIS Analyst at NV Energy, Reno, Nevada
  • Martin de Gier (MA Geography) – High School Teacher, Seaside, California
  • Robert Edwards (BS Geography)
  • Tara Frey (BS Geography)
  • Clay Fultz (BS Geography) –
  • Jacob Glandon (BS Geography) – Mapping Surveying Tech, Ocala, Florida,
  • Ann Harris (MA Geography) – Geology/Geography Lecturer at Hazard Community and Technical College, Manchester, Kentucky
  • Jami Hickcox-Baker (MA Geography; Graduate certificate in GIScience) – Teacher at Fresno Unified School District, Fresno, California
  • Joseph Hughart (MA Geography) –
  • Andy Little (MA Geography) – Teacher at Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Annapolis, Maryland
  • Stephen Magneson (GIScience certificate) – Consultant at FTI Consulting
  • Harley Mehlhorn (BS Geography) – City Planner at City of Chandler, Arizona
  • Javern Mentore-Alleyne (BS Geography)
  • Blayke Murphy (BS Geography)
  • Sean Musi (MA Geography; Graduate certificate in GIScience) – Stormwater Professional and Environmentalist, Mountlake Terrace, Washington
  • Jerome Papajohn (MA Geography) –
  • Axel Pearson (BS Geography) – Mapping Technician at EMWD, Menifee, California
  • Alec Pierce (BS Geography)
  • Kiersten Rose (MA Geography) – Demolition Specialist, City of Huntington, WV
  • Antonio Smith (BS Geography) – GIS Tutor at Roane State CC, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Benjamin Smith (BS Geography) – Clerk at RITE AID, Douglassville, Pennsylvania
  • Ian Stacy (MA Geography; Graduate certificate in GIScience) – Associate Professor at Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, Washington
  • Stephen Tabor (MA Geography) – Political Scientist, Historian, & Geographer, Little Rock, AR
  • Mandy Wallace (MA Geography) – Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Bob Weisenbeck (MA Geography) – Construction Project Manager, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Trevor Wilburn (BS Geography) – Learning Records Administrator, LRA at Delta Air Lines, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Ed Wood (MA Geography)


  • Johnathan Adkins (MA Geography) – GIS technician, Western Virginia Water Association, Roanoke, VA area.
  • Fernando Alvarez (BS Geography) – GIS Analyst, City of Palm Springs, CA
  • Tom Beasley (MA Geography) – High School Social Studies Teacher, upstate New York
  • Nicholas Bolin (Graduate certificate in GIScience) –
  • Kaleb Crede (BS Geography) –
  • Joe DeCeglia (MA Geography; Graduate certificate in GIScience) – GIS Technician, NJ Fish and Wildlife
  • Becca Fisher (BS Geography) –
  • Layton Gardner (MA Geography) – Geographer at US Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District, Geospatial Section
  • Lindy Grosvenor (MA Geography) – Geography teacher, Episcopal School of Dallas, TX
  • Allison Kelley (GIScience certificate) –
  • Ann Lockard (MA Geography) – Geography instructor, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College; meteorologist, WVNS59, Ghent, WV
  • Emily Mausteller (Graduate certificate in GIScience) –
  • Donovan McFarlane (online MA Geography) – Adjunct, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberty University Online.
  • Maggie McGhee (BA Geography) – GIS Intern, Village of Barboursville, WV
  • Olivia Milam (GIScience certificate) –
  • Aaron Murphy (BS Geography) – GIS Technician, Public Works Department, City of Oak Ridge, TN
  • Nicky Nance (BS Geography) –
  • Bennett Phillips (BS Geography) – Masters program, WVU (Recreation, parks and tourism resources)
  • Chris Poitras (BS Geography) – Meteorologist at Wx Centre, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Adolfo Reyes-Leal (MA Geography) – Emergency Management Specialist; Applicant Services Program Specialist at FEMA, Los Angeles, California
  • Christina Rodriguez (MA Geography) – Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President
  • Rachel Schubert (BS Geography) – Pharmacy Technician at CVS Pharmacy, Schnecksville, Pennsylvania,
  • Robert Snead (BS Geography) –
  • Kyle Weiss (BS Geography) – Weekend Meteorologist, WQOW, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Bradley Wells (BS Geography) – morning meteorologist, WVNS 59, Ghent, WV


  • Nicholas Beaty (BS Geography) – Meteorologist, National Weather Service, State College, PA
  • Jeremy Bozeman (BS Geography) – GIS Technician, Public Works Department, City of Oak Ridge, TN
  • Alyssa Brady (MS, Biological Sciences; GIScience certificate) –
  • Steven Curry (MA Geography; GIScience certificate) – Geographic Information Systems Technician at City of Ashland, Kentucky
  • Alex Diedrich (BS Geography; GIScience certificate) –
  • Brittany Evans (BA Geography) – Key Holder at THE NORTH CAROLINA AQUARIUM SOCIETY
  • Christopher Fain (MA Geography) –
  • Nathan Fleshman (GIScience certificate) – Field Technician at Environmental Solutions & Innovations, Inc., Cincinnati, OH
  • Justin Furby (GIScience certificate)
  • Lela Harrington (BS Geography) – WBI Energy, Glendive, MT
  • Heidi Oberlin (MA Geography) – online part-time College teacher
  • Tristan Poston (BS Geography) –
  • Nick Shieler (GIScience certificate)
  • Geneva Thompson (BS Geography) – Shipping/Receiving Coordinator at Glacier Nursery, Columbia Falls, Montana
  • Floyd Watts (MA Geography) –


  • Daniel Ball (MA Geography; GIScience certificates) – GIS Data Specialist at Gateway Area Development District, Morehead, Kentucky,
  • Chase Childers (BS Natural Resources and Recreation Management; GIScience certificate)
  • Charistin Clark (BS Geography) – weekend meteorologist for ABCNews4, Charleston, SC
  • Steven Curry (MA Geography; GIScience certificate)
  • Hunter Ellison (BS Geography) – Videographer/Editor at WSAZ NewsChannel 3, Huntington, WV
  • Ian English (BS Geography)
  • Marshall Holcomb (BS Geology; GIScience certificate)
  • Jerome Larcher (BS Geography) – Engineering Technician, Indian Health Service, Sioux City, Iowa
  • Ann Lockard (BS Geography) – Marshall University Geography master’s program
  • Colton Snyder (BS Geography)
  • Shannon Spencer (BS Geography)
  • Matthew Thompson (BS Geology; GIScience certificate)
  • Jennifer Trotta (MS Environmental Science; GIScience certificate)
  • Kya Williams (online BA Geography)


  • Nick Adkins (MS Geography; thesis) – ORC Utility & Infrastructure Land Services, Charleston, WV
  • Katelyn Amspacher (MS Biological Sciences; GIScience certificate)
  • Mike Andry (BS Geography)
  • Madison Birchfield (BS NRRM; GIScience certificate) – WVU College of Law
  • William “Todd” Cooper (MS Physical and Applied Sciences; GIScience certificate)
  • Alan Edwards (MA Geography; Graduate certificate in GIScience) – Wayne County, WV Assessor, temporary GIS analyst
  • Amber Miller (MA Geography) –
  • Brian O’Keefe (BS Geography) – GIS Technician, West Virginia State Tax Department, Charleston, WV
  • Kara Scott (BA Geography) –
  • Jason Smith (GIScience certificate) – City of Ashland, KY
  • Sean Wineland (MS Biological Sciences; GIScience certificate) – Graduate Research Assistant at University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma,
  • Bob Wojcieszak (MA Geography; Graduate certificate in GIScience) – small business owner
  • Jacob Wolfe (MA Geography; Graduate certificate in GIScience) – Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Charleston, WV, GIS Analyst
  • Keith Zeigler (BS Geography) – Chromebook Sales Specialist, Wilmington, North Carolina


  • Alexandra Bright
  • David Copeland (MA Geography; Graduate certificate in Geospatial Information Science) – Delivery Driver Assistant (Seasonal) at UPS
  • Michael Fields
  • Nathan Hoxie (MS Biological Sciences; GIScience certificate)
  • Katarena Jarrell – Account Specialist at Avalara
  • Paul Morrison (MS Physical and Applied Sciences; GIScience certificate)
  • Jonathan O’Neil (BS NRRM; GIScience certificate)
  • Kasey Osborne (MS Biological Sciences; GIScience certificate)
  • Chantz Sigler (BS Geology; GIScience certificate)
  • Robert Strider (thesis) – Intelligence Analyst II at BAE Systems
  • Riley Tavish
  • Kyle Wallace (BS NRRM; GIScience certificate)


  • Nicholas Adkins – Marshall University Geography Department master’s program; GIS Technician at West Virginia State Tax Department
  • Tanner Beckett – Cenergy, LLC
  • Delbert (Chris) Cannoy – Cartographic Tech, US Census Bureau, Jeffersonville, Indiana
  • Christopher Carr – Geographic Information Systems Professional, Warrenton, Virginia
  • David Copeland – Marshall University Geography Department master’s program
  • Jeff Cragle – CAD Drafter at Adecco Staffing, Austin, Texas
  • Joseph Fitzwater – Weekend Meteorologist, WOWK TV 13, Charleston, WV
  • Jessica Hutchinson – English Teaching Assistant, Marshall University
  • Linda McGuffey – IT Consultant at Marshall University
  • Mike Michael – GIS Analyst/Manager, City of Troutdale, Oregon
  • Aaron “Aari” Nelson – Lead GIS Analyst | The Villages® Technology Solutions Group, FL
  • Heidi Oberlin (online BS) – Meteorologist and GIS specialist, Chloeta Fire, Oklahoma City
  • Alexandria Phares – EFNEP Youth Associate at WVSU, Charleston, West Virginia
  • Andrew Pritt – Long Term Substitute Teacher (History) at Pocahontas County High School, WV
  • Kiersten Rose – Graduate Student at Kobe University, Osaka, Japan
  • Amanda Wallace (online) – Web Search Evaluator, Appen LTD.
  • Douglas Wiley – Cabell County Solid Waste Authority, Barboursville, WV


  • Megan (McCrosky) Click – Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator for the Geospatial Information Science program, Mountwest Community and Technical College, Huntington, WV
  • Chris Hale
  • Jialun Jiao – Geographer, US Census Bureau, Washington, DC
  • Lora Meadows – Geographic Information Science and Technology Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Rashad Nisar – GIS Field Engineer, Salt Lake County, Layton, Utah
  • Christopher Shaffer


  • Britt Arcadipane – GIS Analyst IV, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Charleston, WV
  • Zachary Ball – Contractor for Dominion Energy, Parkersburg, WV
  • Daniel Kirby
  • Lakin Johnson – GIS Analyst, City of Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Linda McGuffey – Marshall University Geography Department master’s program
  • Zachary McLain – WV Department of Highways, Huntington, WV
  • Taylor Lee – Biological Field Technician, Western Ecosystems Technology, Inc., Greenbrier County, WV
  • Aaron Nelson – Marshall University Geography Department master’s program
  • Jerrod Stout – GIS Analyst, Gulfland Appalachian Energy, Inc., Paintsville, KY


  • Chris Cannoy – Marshall University Geography Department master’s program
  • Seth Davidson (thesis) – GIS administrator at Northeast Natural Energy in Charleston, WV
  • Randy Epperly – WV Department of Highways, Charleston, WV
  • Jared Figgins (thesis) – GIS Analyst at the Piketon, OH Uranium Enrichment Plant
  • Aaron Johnson
  • Amanda Payne – Project Manager, Strategic Resolutions Experts, Inc., Martinsburg, West Virginia
  • Veronica Ross
  • Yisha Shi – pursuing Ph.D. opportunities
  • Ashley (Ostrow) Stephens – Analyst, US Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington, WV
  • Douglas Wiley – Marshall University Geography Department master’s program


  • Andrew Brown
  • Sara Cremeans – Research / Data Analyst / GIS Recognition Media LLC
  • Carrie Haight – Senior GIS Mapping Development Planner, LUMOS Networks, Charleston, WV
  • Robert Hupp – Lowe’s of Barboursville, WV
  • Marla Johnson – GISP, GIS Analyst EA Engineering, Baltimore, Maryland Area
  • Jake Keaton – NASCAR driver
  • Robert Maynard – GIS Analyst, Dominion (one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy), Parkersburg, WV
  • Deloris Musick – Lexington, KY
  • Dominique Norman (thesis) – Master Planner, Vernadero Group Incorporated, Fort Belvoir, Virginia
  • Jonathan Phoenix – Senior GIS Specialist, GAI Consultants, Inc., Homestead, Pennsylvania
  • Benjamin Stratton – Network Planner/GIS Analyst, Segra, Charleston, WV
  • Patricia Usher – Zoning Officer at City of Huntington, West Virginia


  • Libby Callicoat (thesis) – Geography Instructor, Midlands Technical College, West Columbia, SC
  • Mark Collins – Environmental Resources Analyst, WV Department of Environmental Protection, Charleston, WV
  • Jacqueline Crawford – GIS Analyst, WV Department of Environmental Protection, Charleston, WV
  • N. Zack Fraley – US Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington, WV
  • Daniel Grafton – San Diego State University, PhD program in geography
  • Josh Krumski – GIS Analyst II at Williams, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Dustin Lowers – GIS Database Admininstrator I, West Virginia Department of Transportation
  • Lora Meadows – Marshall University Geography Department master’s program
  • F. Britt McNew – GIS Coordinator at Advantage Timberland, Bluefield, Virginia
  • Ashley Ostrow – Intern, US Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington, WV
  • David Rucker – Project Manager with Summit Engineering (mine engineering and permitting) in South Charleston, WV


  • Jessica Beres – GIS Analyst at Gulfport Energy Corporation, Martins Ferry, Ohio
  • Crystal Chambers – US Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington, WVV
  • Emiko Hori — GIS Programmer Analyst II at WVDOT Division of Highways
  • Chad Pyles – Project Manager at Cenergy, LLC, Fraziers Bottom, West Virginia
  • J. Michael Stanton (thesis) – Maryland Department of Agriculture


  • Jackie Crawford – MU Geography Master’s program
  • Ibrahim Alkhady (Thesis) – Assistant Professor, GIS at the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute for Hajj and Umrah Research, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Brian Brown (Thesis) – Social Studies/English Teacher at Ben Franklin Technical School, Huntington, West Virginia Area
  • Eric Tadlock (Thesis) – Pilot – Maryland State Police
  • Stephanie (Young) Thorn (Thesis) – Marketing Coordinator at VisitGreenvilleSC, Greenville, South Carolina
  • William Stockwell – Marshall University staff


  • Amy Blankenship (Thesis) – MountWest Community and Technical College instructor, Huntington, WV; Lab Expediter at Eyetique
  • Aubrey Dickerson – Owner at West Virginia Publishing Company, Cool Ridge, West Virginia
  • Won Hoi Hwang (Thesis) – Ph.D. program at Virginia Tech, VA
  • BJ Jones (Thesis) – Ph.D. from Shanghai University, China
  • Jeanette Kripas Weaver (Thesis) – Research Analyst, GIS&T Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Christa Moore – self-employed, Huntington, WV
  • Aaron Patterson (Thesis) – fiber Company, Kansas City, KS
  • Tara Shleser – City of Beckley, WV
  • Kristi Stephens (Thesis)
  • Joe Trimboli – US Army Corps of Engineers


  • Alexandria Rovatsos (Thesis) – Law school
  • Craig Rife – City of Huntington, WV Public Works


  • James Barker (Thesis) – Kansas State U. Geography Ph.D. program, Law school
  • Daniel East – Bridge Inspector at WV Department of Highways, Spanishburg, West Virginia
  • Maria Simental (Thesis) – WV Department of Homeland Security, Charleston, WV
  • Frank Ming-Jen Chu (Applied Project) – Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Project Manager, National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan


  • Rhonda Burcham – MU Master of Arts in Teaching program; plans to teach Geography in middle school
  • Michael Marchyshyn — Transportation Planner, HDR, Inc Chicago, IL
  • Aaron Patterson — MU Geography Master’s program
  • James Schlacter — United States Air Force
  • David Woods — Continental Airlines pilot
  • Jennifer Barnette — GIS analyst and planner for the Putnam Co., WV Development Authority
  • Jim Davis — WV American Water in Charleston, WV
  • Kelley Galloway — United States Army
  • Aaron Goodman (Thesis) — US Army, Operations Division, Alexandria, VA
  • Scott Jones — Redistricting Analyst at West Virginia Legislature
  • Jay Newberry (Thesis) — Michigan State U. Geography Ph.D. program
  • Stephen Porter (Thesis) — US Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington, WV
  • Jennings Starcher — GIS Manager, Charleston, WV Sanitary Board
  • Craig Rife – MU Geography Master’s program


  • Philip Holman – MU Graduate school
  • Linda Chafin – US Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington, WV
  • Michael Farley – Tennessee graduate school
  • Craig Rife – MU Graduate school, intern with WV Department of Environmental Protection
  • Alexandrea Rovatsos – MU Graduate schoool
  • Nicholas Orsini
  • James A. Martin
  • Rebecca Pierce (Thesis)
  • Michael Koon (Thesis) – US Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington, WV
  • Suzanne Heckenbach – US Department of Veterans Affairs, Huntington, WV
  • Mami Itamochi (Thesis) – Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Winfield, WV
  • Jared Bledsoe – US Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington, WV


  • Megan Boggess Thompson – US Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington, WV
  • Bobby Nutter – Allegheny Gas Company, northern WV
  • Jody Sigmon – GIS analyst, WV Department of Highways, Charleston, WV
  • Matthew Straley – City of Virginia Beach, VA
  • William Stockwell – MU Geography Master’s program
  • Jennings Starcher — MU Geography Master’s program
  • Lowell Loudin – International businessman, Southeast Asia
  • Brady, Elizabeth
  • Galloway, Kelley — MU Geography Master’s program
  • Castle, Jeffrey
  • Cheryl Easton


  • Kenneth Brevard – GIS position with Virginia Information Technologies Agency
  • Steven Durrah
  • Joe Guttman – Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville; College instructor; continuing education
  • Adam Knubel
  • Michael Koon — MU Geography Master’s program
  • Richard Lawson – ESRI sales for 10 years, now continuing education
  • Ira Miller
  • Lois Ratanamalaya
  • Jody Sigmon – MU Geography Master’s Program
  • Katherine Smith – Master’s in GIS at London, UK; then Ph.D. program at Ohio State University
  • Dennis “Mark” Snuffer – Plans Reviewer/Floodplain Manager/Addressing Coordinator, Charleston, WV
  • James Spicheck
  • Kyle Weatherholt – Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC, Ohio

Way Back!

  • James A. Martin – 1997 – Solution Consultant at Meridium, Inc., Roanoke, Virginia Area
  • Chuck Peterson – 1988 – Vice President of Business Information with the Greater Richmond Partnership, a regional economic development organization in Richmond, Virginia
  • Dean Neal – B.S. 1980 – Director of Zoning for the city of Pinellas Park, FL.
  • Ray Rappold – M.S. 1977 – Faculty – ABE program at Bridgemont Community and Technical College; Marshall Faculty – 1998-2003.

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