Stepping outside her comfort zone in Model European Union simulations helped Kimberly Mendez Lemús ’20 find and assert her own voice as a double major in international relations and Spanish.
Now director of communications for the city of Lynchburg, Anna Bentson ’17 MA said she’s enjoyed encountering her professional connections from the Master of Arts in Nonprofit Leadership Studies program in leadership roles throughout the region.
Greg Starbuck ’14 MA, ’19 MA, the executive director for Historic Sandusky, found the diverse curriculum for Lynchburg’s Master of Arts in Nonprofit Leadership Studies program ideal for anyone working with nonprofits.
Denise McDonald ’19 MA is well-equipped with all the skills she needs to run Lynchburg’s Old City Cemetery Museum & Arboretum after developing strategy and learning new approaches in the Master of Arts in Nonprofit Leadership Studies program.
Now a cardiac care nurse, Mandy Larsen ’19 said the lessons she learned at Lynchburg have been invaluable — from professional decorum rules all the way to researching termites with her professor.
To Emily Horton ’18, math is a creative subject. She followed her interests with a research internship, went on to get her master’s, and now works as a statistician for the federal government.
The skills and relationships Janell Daniels ’20 MEd took away from Lynchburg helped prepare her for a turbulent time during the COVID-19 pandemic as a school counselor.
Now pursuing a PhD in neuroscience at Virginia Tech, Mary King ’20 credited her Lynchburg psychology professors’ investment in her success and exposure to research and new opportunities in empowering her educational journey.
Anna Wehr ’17 soared as a theatre major at Lynchburg, writing and putting on a musical for her thesis project, working as managing director of the Virginia Theatre Association, then pursuing her master’s degree at Virginia Tech.
Daniel Paige Toney ’11 found his calling at Lynchburg — switching gears from biomedical science to graphic design after encouragement from a professor — and took off on a design career that’s landed him on the pages of Vogue magazine.