Lindsey Spector ’13 MAIR is now foreign affairs officer at the U.S. Department of State

Lindsey Spector is now a foreign affairs officer at the U.S. Department of State, where she works on the digital support and training team for the Bureau of International Information Programs. In her role, Spector helps U.S. Embassies and Consulates improve public diplomacy efforts and capacity building by providing problem-solving techniques and trainings focused on digital outreach, social media engagement, strategic planning, and other related topics. Previously, she was a social media strategist with OBXtek, where she consulted the U.S. Department of State on the strategic use of social media and new technologies for public diplomacy.

Donald Megnin ’54 BA(PSc)/’65 MA (PSc)/ ’68 PhD (PSc) releases new book, “Sermons for the Separated”

Donald Megnin’s new book, Sermons for the Separated, has been published by Trafford Publishing. The book addresses people who have turned away from religion through a series of mini-sermons, and is for those who have become disenchanted with the portrayal of religion as an end-all answer to life’s most important questions. Over the course of his career, Megnin has taught English at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand as a part of the former Syracuse in Asia program, and worked as a pastor at the First Ward United Methodist Church in Syracuse. He also taught international politics at Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania, where he developed an international program for foreign and American students.

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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.”

Tracy Verrier ’12 MA (IR/Econ) is now Executive Director of Cayuga Strategic Solutions

Tracy Verrier is now the Executive Director of Cayuga Strategic Solutions, an umbrella venture of the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce and the Cayuga Economic Development Agency. Cayuga Strategic Solutions provides consultation to businesses in the Cayuga County area. Previously, she was the economic development technical specialist for the Cayuga Economic Development Agency.

Jaclaine Mercado ’10 MAIR is now HR Specialist for the Green Climate Fund

Jaclaine Mercado is now the HR Specialist for the Green Climate Fund in Incheon, South Korea. She is responsible for maintaining external communications with the company’s recruitment partners, manages recruitment process and assists with new staff member orientations. The Green Climate Fund, which reports to the United Nations, was established to promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, specifically in developing nations.

Patrick Carmody ’01 MAIR publishes article in “Business and Public Administration Studies”

alum-news-buttonPatrick Carmody recently authors an article in Business and Public Administration Studies, “Green Island’s Smart Footprint.” In the article, Carmody goes into depth examining Taiwan’s advancement in the IT sector and what future capabilities they may develop. To read the article, visit

Gregory Laurence ’04 MAIR is an associate professor of management at the University of Michigan, Flint

alum-news-buttonGregory Laurence was recently promoted to associate professor of management with tenure and appointed chair of the Department of Management and Marketing at the University of Michigan, Flint’s School of Management. Prior to this position, Laurence served as an assistant professor of management and organizations. To read more about Laurence, visit the following link: