Jennifer Messner ’95

Jennifer Messner ’95 (New England, MHSA) was hired as Director of Community Investments for United Way of the Coastal Empire.

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Marian Blue ‘08

Marian Blue ’08 (Antioch University Seattle, Communications) recently had her book Sailing off the Hook published by Cyberwit Publishing. This collection of twenty short stories involves characters who abandon traditional methods of making decisions, developing relationships, enjoying life, and discovering the magic in life. “These short stories, not about sailing, cover decades of writing that has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies,” says Blue. “Most reflect my continued interest in magic realism and fantasy.” Blue’s award-winning writing (journalism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) has appeared internationally for 45 years. She’s published in newspapers, magazines, and books/anthologies (including her own

April Brucker ’19

April Brucker ’19 (Antioch University Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing) had her new book Don’t Read  My Lips! — America’s Foremost Female Ventriloquist Reveals the Secrets of How to be a Successful Vent published CFBP Bestsellers on March 13, 2021. Brucker is a Las Vegas headliner and the special guest star in the Las Vegas revue “BurlesQ.” “When the pandemic shut down my Vegas residency last year after just two performances, I took time to write the book that I always wanted to write but hadn’t due to tour dates, TV appearances, and other excuses,” says Brucker. “Whether you’re

Giselle Töngi-Walters ‘21

Giselle Töngi-Walters ‘21 (Los Angeles, MA), the lead star of Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes’ romantic-drama, “Diliryo” (1997), finished her graduate studies at the Antioch University in Los Angeles. Her focus for graduate studies was professional development and academic classes pertaining to the nonprofit sector. She thought of nonprofit management because it is similar to attaining an MBA (Master’s in Business), but adding the NGO [non-government organization] social good structure. She hopes to one day create sustainability for future generations. She has recently been offered the executive director position for the annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC). The

Carol Potter

Antioch University Los Angeles MFA Poetry Faculty Carol Potter had four poems published: “Tickled Pink” and “When the archeologists” in Unbroken, “The Requisite Bad Hair” in The Laurel Review, and “I know it was not nice of me” in Hotel Amerika.

Vanessa Smith, ’03

Vanessa Smith ’03 (Antioch University Los Angeles, BA) started a new job as the Shriver Family Law Attorney at Legal Access Alameda. In this role, she is supervising volunteer attorneys who represent low-income individuals at hearings in child custody cases. “I have wanted to work in the nonprofit legal sector since I was a student at Antioch and then at law school,” said Smith. “This job represents finally reaching this goal.”

Dr. Yves P. Gakunde ’12 and ’20

Dr. Yves P. Gakunde ’20 (New England, PhD in Environmental Studies) and ’12 (New England, MS in Sustainable Development and Climate Change) assumed the position of Purchasing and Contract Services manager for the City of Keene after previously working as environmentally preferred purchasing program coordinator. He will assist the city in working toward its sustainability goals.

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