Elisabeth IJmker ’15 MAIR is now PMEL Officer of the Transnational Institute

Elisabeth IJmker is now a planning, monitoring, evaluation, and learning (PMEL) officer for the Transnational Institute in The Netherlands. Her responsibilities include training staff on data collection, managing evaluations, and monitoring and reporting on the organization’s activity. Previously, IJmker was a policy officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, where she worked on the implementation of the NGO-subsidy framework entitled “Dialogue and Dissent.”

Karen Auble ’13 MPA is now Program Specialist for the Office of Federal Programs at the Ohio Department of Education

Karen Auble is now a program specialist for the Office of Federal Programs division of the Ohio Department of Education. Previous to this, she was the program coordinator of the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund of Franklin County. In this role, she developed approaches to improving the lives of high-risk children in the area.

Susan Roberts ’86 MA (Geog)/’92 PhD (Geog) is now Associate Provost of Internationalization at the University of Kentucky

Susan Roberts is now the associate provost of internationalization at the University of Kentucky. Her responsibilities include leading and overseeing the University of Kentucky International Center. She will remain a professor of geography, a role she has held since 1991, in conjunction with the position. Her research has focused on political and economic geography. Prior to this position, she served as the chair of Geography, director of the international studies program, and as associate dean for internationalization.

Paul Chaise LaDousa ’97 MA (Anth)/ ’00 PhD (Anth) promoted to professor at Hamilton College

Paul Chaise LaDousa was recently promoted to professor at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. He has been a member of the anthropology faculty for ten years, focusing his research and courses on language and culture. He has published various works, most recently LaDousa co-authored “Being ‘the Gay’ on Campus: Developing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and/or Queer identities in a college context.”

Jessica Lamendola ’07 MPA is now Director of Finance of the Town of North Hempstead

Jessica Lamendola has been appointed as Finance Director of the Town of North Hempstead, New York. Her responsibilities include working alongside the comptroller’s office to supervise grant activities and comply with FEMA requirements for various town projects. Previously, Lamendola was the Fiscal Projects Manager for the Office of Management and Budget of Nassau County.

Kimberlin Butler ’03 MPA joins the Education Policy Working Group for Hillary for America


Kimberlin Butler recently joined the Education Policy Working Group for the Hillary for America presidential campaign. Butler is responsible for drafting education policy memos, advising Secretary Clinton and her senior leadership to shape the future of public education in America. She also serves as a critical thought-leader and battleground state lead, ensuring that voters and communities understand the impact of proposed education policies on the ground.

Aysha Seedat ’16 (PSt) is now Compliance Analyst at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Aysha Seedat is now a compliance analyst at JPMorgan Chase & Co. In this position, she is responsible for ensuring that the firm is in compliance with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) regulations. Seedat served as president of the Syracuse University Student Association this past 59th legislative session.