Early this year, TAM established an External Advisory Board made up of program graduates. This Board had its first annual meetings on March 28 and 29th, 2014 in Chapel Hill. Board members serve as program ambassadors and stay informed of TAM developments. They assist with recruiting efforts, marketing strategies, internship and job placement, fundraising and community building. Two satellite TAM Boards in Berlin and London have also recently formed. TAM alumni involvement with the program makes us strong and proud. And the expertise of our graduates has been an invaluable source of inspiration and practical assistance.
TAM Advisory Board Members:
Kyle Beaulieu: Class of 2008
Kyle studied in Berlin. He then accepted a Fulbright research/teaching position in Vienna. Kyle moved to DC and worked for the Counterterrorism Division of the FBI. He now works for Sotera Defense Solutions, a defense/intelligence consulting firm.
Amara Booth: Class of 2012
At 19, Amara moved to Los Angeles, from Islamabad, Pakistan (where her mother was posted as a diplomat). She took a position as a part-time sales associate at The Limited, and was promoted to a managerial position a few months later. She worked in that capacity for a few years, before making the decision to return to school and embark on a new journey toward a career in the medical field. After graduating from the Everest College Medical Assistant Program, she took a position as an assistant to a solo practice internist in Santa Monica, and spent the next twelve years as a medical assistant in specialties ranging from pediatrics, geriatric medicine, and gastroenterology to bariatric surgery, sports medicine, and urgent care. In 2006, she charted a new course for herself, and set upon the pursuit of a four-year degree at UNC. In her senior year, she met with Professor Gary Marks, and learned of the TAM Program. Her first year in TAM (2010-11) was funded by a FLAS award for Portuguese. She then studied in beautiful Amsterdam for her second year and graduated in 2012. After graduating, she remained in the Triangle, and worked as a copyright specialist at a local medical animation and website design company. Recently, she relocated to the Washington, DC, area and is seeking employment in the area of national security and international relations.
John Crumbliss: Class of 1999
John was in the first TAM class. He studied at UNC, in Paris and in Bath. Immediately after TAM, John worked in DC for Cassidy & Associates, a large government affairs firm with international interests. Along with several Cassidy colleagues and former Capitol Hill staff, John now works as a VP for Cornerstone Government Affairs, a lobby shop. The firm now includes www.capstonedc.com which is a political analysis group aimed at the investor community.
Alexandra Holmgren - Class of 2013
Alex is the International Education Program Coordinator at the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and coordinates outreach to regional schools and the business community. A Transatlantic Masters graduate, Alex researched corporate social responsibility policy in the European Union while pursuing coursework at the Institute for Political Science (Sciences-Po) in Paris, France. Alex has interned at Merz Pharma France, Worldview, and the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service at the American Embassy in Paris.
Prior to her graduate degree, Alex worked as an ESL teaching assistant in France and was a FL certified teacher in French at Pensacola Catholic High School, a 1:1 and an Apple Distinguished School. Alex is particularly interested in the effective use of classroom digital tools, transatlantic trade, and social entrepreneurship. Alex enjoys hiking, speaking (and eating) French, and playing with her dog, Kona.
Frank Jones: Class of 2012
Frank studied in Barcelona as a TAM student. Since graduating from the TAM program in 2012, Frank has been working as a freelance content writer for internet marketing agencies. In addition, he received a grant for contributions to an online Biology course with Versal.com. He is the regional coordinator for the Wikipedia Education Program and the assistant organizer for the Raleigh SEO Meetup group. He is also launching CitedScholar.com, a website dedicated to understanding the business of being an academic. This summer Frank plans to return to Spain and explore Madrid for a week before heading to Turkey and Greece for two more weeks.
Erin Masterson – Class of 2006
Erin studied in Madrid. She now works for PricewaterhouseCoopers as a consultant for their Washington Federal Practice in the Public Sector Health and Benefits account. Her current project is for the Department of Defense Military Health System, and she has also worked on projects for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Erin has also completed a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health with Certificates in Global Health and Health Finance and Management.
Toni Paniagua: Class of 2009
Toni studied in Siena and then took a DC internship with the Department of State, Office of Western Europe – Italy Desk. She then worked as an Executive/Research Assistant at a consulting firm in D.C. and next as the Executive Assistant to the President & CEO of Alenia Aermacchi North America, a Finmeccanica Company. Finmeccanica is an Italian aerospace and defense firm that has contracts with the U.S. Air Force and is ranked seventh in the world of defense companies worldwide. Toni is now an Executive Assistant to the Founder and CEO of Promontory Financial Group, a global financial services advisory firm.
Camilo Ramirez: Class of 2007
Camilo studied in Madrid and interned with CNN-Spain. He started his career in D.C. as political fundraising intern on Capitol Hill. He then worked for the World Resources Institute for several years and then with Human Rights Campaign. He now works for CPA, a boutique events shop that organizes special events around the greater Washington D.C. area.
Megan Sechehay – Class of 2004
Megan studied in Prague and Bath. As Director of Client Management, Megan provides leadership and direction to iJET’s Client Services team, which oversees the operational risk management programs of the company’s over 600 multinational clients. Megan joined iJET as a Senior Account Services Manager in 2007, working with some of iJET’s largest and most strategic accounts. Prior to iJET, Megan worked for Credit Suisse’s Investor Relations Group in London and New York, as well as the IMF (International Monetary Fund), the United Nations Association and theOSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe). Megan is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a B.A. in Political Science and has a Masters in Contemporary European Studies with a focus on Security from the University of Bath in England.