Roger Friskey has worked independently as a writer and consultant since 1997. His firm, Roger Friskey & Associates Communications LLC, works with corporations, small business and nonprofits. He teaches argument and persuasion, public relations writing, editorial style and image making at the University of Baltimore, and this summer, began teaching a songwriting class there.
Marcia McNutt has been named editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals. She is former director of the U.S. Geological Survey. During her tenure there, the USGS responded to a number of major disasters, including earthquakes in Haiti and Chile and the Deep Horizon oil spill.
Marian Davenport has been appointed executive director of the Houston office of Genesys Works, a national nonprofit that engages inner-city high school students in internship experiences. Marian previously held executive legal, commercial development, and other management positions in the energy industry.
David Mason’s poem, “Another Thing,” was published in Poetry magazine’s July/August 2013 edition.
John Caron has joined the strategic advisory board of IZEA, a pioneer in “sponsored influence.” According to the IZEA website, sponsored influence is “the compensation of bloggers, tweeters, and other social media influencers to create and distribute advertiser content through their social networks.” John served as president of Olive Garden at Darden Restaurants, Inc. from May 2011 to January 2013, and was that company’s chief marketing officer from March 2010 to May 30, 2011. He has 25 years of marketing experience in the consumer packaged goods and restaurant industries. During his tenure at Olive Garden, he oversaw the successful launch of a national Hispanic advertising campaign, the first for a casual dining brand.
Helen Jung-Hae Kim has been named executive director of the YMCA of Queens, N.Y. Helen is a bilingual Korean-American who majored in economics at CC, and received her master’s of public administration degree from Baruch College. In the past, she held various management positions at commercial banks, and worked with nonprofit Asian American organizations. She has been on the YMCA board of directors since 2010.
Patty Pansing-Brooks has announced she will seek a seat in the Nebraska Legislature in 2014. The District 28 seat is held by Bill Avery, who will leave the legislature because of term limits. Patty has been vice president and co-founder of Brooks, Pansing Brooks law firm in Lincoln since 1986. In 2009, she was senior policy counsel and mayoral aide to Mayor Chris Beutler. She has co-chaired a number of fundraising campaigns, including the $9.6 million campaign for Nebraska’s Centennial Mall in Lincoln, the $6 million Union Plaza fundraiser and a successful $250 million Lincoln Public Schools bond issue. She is a Democrat, and lives with her husband, Loel Brooks, in Lincoln.
Suzanne McKinney is working as a consultant at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C. She still plays classical piano, dabbles in art, and loves to write. She hopes to return to Colorado to practice law.
Col. Jim Agar has graduated from the National War College in Washington, D.C. He lives with his wife, Elizabeth Ellerbe Agar in Alexandria, Va., and he is now assigned as staff judge advocate for the Military District of Washington.
Libby Crews Wood was awarded a Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching grant to conduct research in Argentina. She is one of 17 Americans who will travel abroad through the Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program in 2013-14. Libby is a teacher at Wilson Elementary in Wilson, Wyo.