Please welcome our incoming Fall 2013 MATX PhD class:
Born and raised in the Netherlands, Jeanine Guidry has her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in Health Sciences from Maastricht University. After completing these degrees, she moved to the United States, where she has been working in the nonprofit field ever since, including work on refugee camps and orphanages in Southeast Asia. She founded and runs Arts in the Alley, a Richmond-based nonprofit that turns rundown alleys, streets, and neighborhoods into bright outdoor art galleries by painting murals. Jeanine recently completed her Master’s of Professional Studies in Strategic Public Relations from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and wrote her thesis on stakeholder responses to nonprofit organizations’ tweets. Her research interests include social media, health communication, nonprofit communications, and street art as community development. Jeanine lives in Richmond with her husband Chris and their two dogs. An accomplished singer and musician, she and her band Offering play between 60-80 acoustic rock concerts a year.
Michael Means is a scholar, born and raised in southwestern Virginia. He received a BA in Political Science from Radford University in 2005, and in 2012 he earned an MA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University. Michael spent a year in Japan as an English language teacher, which sparked his interest in Japanese culture and literary history. Through his graduate research and work, he has been able to engage with issues connected to identity, social structures, and an increasingly commoditized culture. Michael currently calls Richmond home—and has for the last six years—where he sings, writes, and performs as the front man for the local dark-wave band, Dead Fame. He has also enjoyed his time working as an English instructor at a local community college. Michael is ecstatic about continuing his work, exploring the oftentimes contentious relationship between the individual, society and culture, as part of the MATX program at VCU.
Born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, Candace Parrish received both her Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and Master of Science in Strategic Public Relations from Virginia Commonwealth University. Working closely with nonprofits in Richmond, she created and spearheaded strategic initiatives fulfilling community engagement needs for both the American Diabetes Association of Richmond and the American Heart Association of Greater Richmond. Most recently, Candace featured an all-red line of garments (Coeur du Rouge) in the 2013 Designer Showcase of RVA Fashion Week that raised awareness and funds on behalf of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women efforts and all women battling heart disease. She also served as a Public Relations Junior Associate at Social Driver, Digital Consultancy in Washington, D.C., helping raise their profile through social media strategy, internal communications, and awards. Candace currently serves as the Communications Chair for the Graduate Student Association at VCU.
Ivy Roberts is a multimedia producer and educator. She holds a BA from Marlboro College and an MA from Antioch University. Ivy has been a professional media producer and educational technologist for the past ten years in settings including Bard College, University of Maryland, Keene State College (NH), and the Community College of Vermont. Her professional work includes video, photo and web production. Academically, her interests involve an interdisciplinary mix of media, technology, language, history, and philosophy. Website:www.postmodernpalimpsest.com
Mary Selph received her BA in liberal arts from Hofstra University and her MFA in creative writing from Texas State University-San Marcos, where she worked as poetry editor for Front Porch Journal. Mary taught freshman composition and led poetry workshops for middle and high school students in Texas. Before moving to Texas, she did political outreach work in New York and Philadelphia. Her poetry has appeared in Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets Under 25, edited by Naomi Shihab Nye.