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Bradley Egan, MA, 1997

Actor

Since graduation, Bradley has been actively involved in the film and television industries. His first on-camera experience came in 1992 when he made his 'Big-Screen Debut' as a background artist in the Motion Picture "Gettysburg". Shortly thereafter, his potential as an actor became evident during his first speaking role as Martin Mallee in "The Wilderness". Bradley's most significant role to date was that of Lieutenant Theodore Fogle in the 35mm mini-series "ANTIETAM" (Narrated by James Earl Jones). In May of 2000, Bradley completed principle filming with Lionheart Filmworks on the dramatic feature "Wicked Spring." Bradley was then cast to Co-Star in "The Last Goodbye"-- a period piece set during the high-point of the American Civil War. Another of his feature film credits includes a schizophrenic man, Bobby Kennedy, who fights a losing battle with his illness in the contemporary drama "Heaven's Neighbors." In September of 2000, Bradley portrayed the redneck hunter Duke who finds himself neck deep in a chilling murder cover-up when a hunting trip gone awry, ends in the death of "the Maslon Boy".

In July of 2001, Bradley will embark upon his most challenging role to date, as he will be on-location in North Carolina to portray Peyton Farquhar. In his first "starring role", Bradley will lead the cast of Owl Creek Productions' (LLC) screen adaptation of the Ambrose Bierce story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge". Additional TV credits include: Union Officer in "Maryland"- a National Television Commercial, and The Homeless Man, in "The Doers"- a National Award Winning United Way spot. While ever pursuant of new roles, Bradley's 'day job' is that of a writer/producer with the Michigan based production/post facilities- Lawrence Productions & Trillion Digital.

Tsutomu(TOM) Kanayama, MA, 1993

Communication Professor, Sophia University, Japan

TOM arrived at WMU in 1991 after working as a news anchor at Television Yamaguchi System of Japan in 1991. He received his M.A. in communication from WMU in 1993. Then he started his Ph.D. work at Ohio University in 1994 and received a Ph.D. of Mass Communication in 1998. Currently TOM is an Associate Professor in School of Journalism at Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan. His research interests are international telecommunications, new technology and social change, and video production. In February and March, TOM appeared on NPR news reports from Japan to make comments on trends of communication technology and current affaires in Japan for the program, "All Things Considered."

Scott McLeod, BA, 1977

Operations Manager,WMVG/WKZR

Scott has been the Operations Manager of WMVG/WKZR radio for 20 years. Before that, he was Sports Director of a daytime AM, in Milledgeville, Georgia. In addition to scheduling and hiring part-time personnel, Scott sells airtime and broadcasts high school and college sports for teams in Milledgeville. He has called state championship basketball games, been to the College World Series in both the NAIA and NCAA Division II, the Elite Eight in Division II basketball, college bowl games for his community's Junior College football team. He says: "It's been a blast! A lot of hard work and I couldn't have done it without the support of my wife and two girls. Tom Pagel and my other instructors at WMU got me ready for the real world, and I hope the Communication School at Western. continues to turn out the talent."

Monalu Packard, MA, 1997

Think Black Ink Consulting Services

Monalu is the strategic leader of all Think Black Ink® consulting services provided by Williams Young. Members of the consulting team help organizations improve their productivity and effectiveness through the development and coordination of people, work processes and technology-related systems. As a performance improvement consultant, Monalu is an expert in long-term strategic planning, change leadership, executive coaching, career development and succession planning, compensation and performance appraisal design, management training and development. She is a certified Predictive Index® consultant. Monalu earned two degrees from Western Michigan University including a master's of organizational communication. In addition to consulting, her background includes several years as human resource officer of a large financial institution.

Daniel Schaefer, BA, 2000

Web Designer, University of Michigan Law School

After graduation Daniel was hired by the Communications Office at the University of Michigan Law School as the Web designer. Daniel maintains and updates the Law School's web pages and has enjoyed developing the law school's online presence. One particular project he enjoyed was a conference held at the law school about converging technologies and society -- topic that fits nicely into Daniel's area of interest. At the conference, He met Manus Cooney, the vice-president of policy for Napster and Daniel gave Mr. Cooney a copy of the 30 second Napster commercial he had created in Dr.Cornwell's small format video class. Daniel in his spare time helps run the soundboard and cameras for his dad's cable tv show, 'riprap'. A show which interviews academic book authors. Daniel is also now in the process of applying to graduate schools. he is looking at several schools including: The New School in New York, The University of Michigan, and the Comparative Media Studies Program at MIT.

Edward Siegenthaler, BA, 1995

Founder, Hi-Tech Commerce

Eddy finished his major in April 1995. After graduation he went to work commercializing ISDN Network Termination Units and also Multiplexers to operators in Spain and South America mainly to Telefónica of Spain. Last September he opened his own company together with a General Manager from Telefónica. The company is called "Hi-Tech Commerce". What they are doing in the company is opening the Spanish and South American market to foreign telecommunication manufactures, representing them, and commercializing their products in those countries.

Tammy Venable, BA, 1997

Senior Traffic Coordinator, WWJ-TV Detroit

Tammy is the Senior Traffic Coordinator for WWJ-TV CBS in Detroit - her hometown. She indicates that she loves her job and will be celebrating her 4th year of service in September. She is currently a graduate student pursuing her masters degree at Marygrove College where she studying Human Resources Management with an emphasis on training/development and organizational management.

Ali Walmer, MA, 19xx

Senior Business Support Consultant, Consumers Energy

As a Sr. Business Support Consultant for Consumers Energy Ali provides business consultant services to organization-wide programs. She works with senior staff and program teams to define changes needed in their businesses, designs implementation strategies, and supports implementation and follow-up. Depending on the program, this may mean reengineering, system design, process improvement, organization design and/or other methodologies. In the past two years Ali has worked on reengineering the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant, creation of a new targeted customer Marketing Program, and currently is working on the reengineering of Human Resources. She reports that "every aspect of the work relies heavily on communication, development and organization fundamentals that were a part of my program at Western."


Summer Dohm, BA, 2001

Graduate Student, Purdue University

Summer finished her major in Organizational Communication in April 2001after interning with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. In the Fall of 2001, she began work on her M.A. at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, where she is currently teaching public speaking and basic communication courses as well as working toward her advanced degree in Organizational and Health Communication. Her research interests include gendered communication in the workplace, and communication within the health care system, including physician socialization and patient-provider interaction.

Jeanette R. Grandstaff, MA, 1972

Supervising Teacher, WMU

Jeanette got her MA in Communication in 1972. Those were the days Bill Buys and Jim McIntyre. Comunication was just hitting its stride. She had designed a course in Interpersonal Communication for secondary schools and did many workshops for Bill's and Jim's classes, bringing some of her young people from Springfield High School, Battle Creek, with her to demonstrate the course content.

Jeanette was a supervising teacher for Western for several years. She is also two courses and her dissertation away from her doctorate. A goal she keeps saying at age 77: "I MUST finish it!!"

Since retiring in 1986, Jeanette has traveled to several world theatres: Moscow, Dublin, London, both Stratford, England and Stratford, Ontario. Next year will be her 37th season at the Festival Theatre in Stratford, Ontario. She has also returned to her first love - writing, and has done several articles for magazines and newspapers both in the northland and downstate and for the Stratford Theatre paper.

Since '93 she has helped initiate, plan and complete the first phase of a northwestern museum of farming, logging, fishing and northwestern culture in her pioneer town of Arcadia. To find out more about her current activities e-mail her or visit www.arcadiami.com

Marsha L. Jensen-Lewis, BS, 1984

Commercial Lines Account Manager, Lighthouse Keuning Insurance Group Inc.

Marsha graduated in 1984 with a double major in Communication and Sociology, and a Health Education minor. She worked in the title insurance industry for almost 5 years as an Escrow & Marketing Agent. In 1989, she moved to the Property & Casualty Insurance field and became an agent. Marsha continues to work in the Insurance industry. Currently she is a Commercial Lines Account Manager at Lighthouse Keuning Insurance Group Inc. in Holland where she lives with her husband. She has obtained the following designations: Associate in Underwriting, Certified Insurance Service Representative, and Certified Professional Insurance Woman (AU, CPIW, CISR). Her maiden name was Bodfish.

Tara Prasad, BA, 2002

Public Relations Coordinator, Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Tara is currently the public relations coordinator for Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, a non-profit botanical garden, sculpture galleries and the Midwest's largest and most comprehensive outdoor sculpture park, located in Grand Rapids. She has told us that she finds her job challenging and fulfilling, that her training at WMU fully prepared her for the job, and that her Public Relations major was instrumental in securing her highly competitive position (she was selected out of a pool of over 100 other applicants).

Carleen Crawford, BA, 1974; MA, 1999

Founder, Crawford Communications

Carleen launched Crawford Communications, her own public relations and communications company this year (2003). She provides a full range of public relations and communications services and consulting, with special expertise in strategic public relations planning, issue management and crisis communication, media relations, corporate and employee communications and marketing communications.

After receiving both her BA and MA in Communication From WMU, Carleen spent over 20 years in public relations and media -- most recently as the Strategic Program Manager for DeVos Children's Hospital and Spectrum Health, where she managed strategic planning, business planning and communications planning for the children's hospital. While there, Carleen also managed corporate communications for the system, providing specialized communications assistance and counsel to the executive offices and subsidiary management teams.

Currently, in addition to overseeing Crawford Communications, Carleen is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Communications at Grand Valley State University. She is married to Guy. They have two cats and enjoy golf, gardening, and travel.

Ann W. Annis, MA, 1992

Associate Director for Contract Research for the Center for Social Research at Calvin College

Ann Annis is the Associate Director for Contract Research for the Center for Social Research at Calvin College. She is project director for social research by contract with area nonprofits, the College and the Christian Reformed Church, which owns Calvin.

Ann has been with the Center for over 20 years, having full responsibility for this area for the past two. "Our goal is to help provide information for nonprofit organizations to help them make sound decisions, from the camper survey of a summer camp to surveys of faith-based nonprofits on charitable choice issues."

Ann is an expert in survey research techniques, focus groups, and data analysis and is becoming proficient in web-based surveys. She has worked on over 350 projects since joining Calvin.

Ann received her master's of organizational communication in April 1992. Since that time, in addition to her research work, she was instrumental in writing Set Us Free: What the Church Needs to Know from Survivors of Abuse, which was published in 2001. In 1992 she was appointed to the Kent County Foster Care Review Board, a six-member board appointed by the State Court Administrative Office in Lansing, which holds monthly hearings on cases of children in foster care for reasons of neglect or abuse to see if there are systemic issues keeping them in care, where she still serves; in 1997 she began also serving on the program's State Advisory Committee. She was on a Juvenile Court Special Task Force looking at children in care at 9 months and 36 months from 1997-98. In addition, she served for six years on the Board of Directors of Kent County Senior Neighbors, as president for two of those years.

Ann will retire from Calvin in August, 2004, and hopes to move to Arizona for a much needed rest and some sunshine!

Christopher W. Tremblay, BA '94, MA '99

Director of Admissions, Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania

Christopher Tremblay is Director of Admissions at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. Christopher has worked in higher education for more than 9 years, which started with his role as an Admissions Counselor at Western Michigan University. Christopher earned his bachelor's degree in public relations and was named a 1994 Presidential Scholar in the School of Communication. His master's degree is in organizational communication. He is also a graduate of the Lee Honors College.

Christopher is a member of the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling and the National Association for College Admission Counseling. He has been published in the Journal of College Orientation and Transition and the Journal of Intergroup Relations. In his community, he serves as a member of the steering committee of Young Erie Professionals and as secretary of the Oak Ridge Condominium Association.

 

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