Marylhurst Success Stories

Stories about Marylhurst University Alumni Finding Success

Marylhurst is a premier, not-for-profit, liberal arts and business university. The proof: Marylhurst alumni are hired and promoted into roles that require the kind of critical analysis skills gained only through a liberal arts education. Here is just a sampling of our many Marylhurst success stories!

Susanne Smithers, Class of 2014, Marylhurst University

Marylhurst alum Susanne Smithers ’14 was named senior project manager at JLL, a New York-based firm specializing in real estate and investment management.

Jeff Brigger, Class of 2009, Marylhurst University

Marylhurst alum Jeff Brigger ’09 was promoted to director of business development at NV Energy, an energy services organization in Nevada, in April 2017.

Daniel Skach-Mills, Class of 1994, Marylhurst University

Marylhurst alum Daniel Skach-Mills ’94 will give a reading from his latest book, The Beyond Within: The Downtown Dao of Lan Su Chinese Garden on July 23, 2017.

Melissa Fisher, MBA, Class of 2012, Marylhurst University

Marylhurst M.B.A. alum Melissa Fisher ’12 was promoted to Kauai program director for The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii in March 2017.

Mary Haley, Class of 2016, Marylhurst University

Marylhurst M.Div. alum Mary Haley ’16 takes on the role of chaplain at Ray Hickey Hospice House in Vancouver, Wash.

Jacquelyn Grandy, Class of 2016, Marylhurst University

Marylhurst alumni Jacquelyn Grandy ’16 and Jessica Zisa ’13 will start Ph.D. programs in fall 2017, complete with “full ride” graduate assistantship positions.

Monica Smith, Class of 2014, Marylhurst University

Marylhurst alum Monica Smith ’14 was named the executive director of Rhode Island Communities for Addiction Recovery Efforts (RICARES) in April 2017.

Christopher Perry, Class of 1993, Marylhurst University

Marylhurst art alum Christopher Perry ’93 will participate in a group show at Cannon Beach Gallery and the popular Cannon Beach Plein Air & More Festival in June 2017.

Nancy Oliverio, MBA, Class of 2016, Marylhurst University

Marylhurst M.B.A. alum Nancy Oliverio ’16 was named Kaiser Permanente Northwest’s first ever Engagement Specialist in April 2017.

Andee Hess, Class of 2003, Marylhurst University

Marylhurst interior design alum Andee Hess ’03 and her firm Osmose Design are the creative forces behind the new Q restaurant in downtown Portland.

Kevin Lawson, Class of 2013, Marylhurst University

M.Div. alum Kevin Lawson ’13 was installed as minister of Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation, a liberal faith community in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Katie Brooks ’16 talks about how her liberal arts degree led to a leadership position in health care, as senior executive director of three Enlivant Senior Living communities in Clark County.

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