Meet Our Alumni
Inspired by the work they accomplished through the program, LGU alumni now serve in crucial roles all around the world. Their achievements include Fulbright Scholarships, Ivy League graduate studies, and high-level national and international government work. We are very proud of the successes our alumni have achieved.
Meet some more of our alumni below and see what you can look forward to by earning a minor in Leadership and Global Understanding.
Joanna McClinton, ’03
Joanna was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2015 and was also a keynote speaker at La Salle’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Service in 2017. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science, who is a trial attorney in the Philadelphia Defender’s Office and associate Pastor of her church. She also runs a youth program for at risk kids to stay on the right side of the law.
Sean Hand, ’09
Sean graduated from La Salle in 2009 through the Honors Program, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in international economics and minors in LGU, political science, and English. Upon graduation, Sean began his career at KPMG LLP in its Economic & Valuation Services practice, and is currently a Senior Associate at the firm’s Philadelphia office. While at La Salle, Sean created the New Explorers Program, which remains the largest freshman mentoring program at La Salle with over 40 upper-class students mentoring close to 400 incoming freshman each year. He was also awarded the annual Flubacher Award for student leadership, crowned homecoming king, and held many leadership positions in numerous student organizations. Sean currently sits on La Salle’s Alumni Board of Directors, and is creating a LifeSkills 101 program aimed at providing graduating seniors the skills and technical knowledge necessary for success after graduation.
Alex Jones, ’11
Marketing-Product Planning Engineer for Subaru in Santiago Chile.
TJ Herrle, ’06
Program Manager for Bridge International Academies providing primary education to families earning less than $2 a day in Nairobi Kenya.
Jeff Quigley, ’08
Jeff accompanied his journalism professor to China over the summer between his junior and senior years to learn and write about HIV/AIDS in western China and now serves as an Assistant Editor of The Diplomat in Tokyo, Japan.
Liz DiPlacido, ’14
Liz has a bachelor’s degree in education and was the first student at La Salle who did her student teaching in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.
Christa Dominick, ’07
Christa earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish. As a Kemper Scholar, Christin sought out one of her two required internships with a non-profit in Lima, Peru working with indigenous women and women’s health issues. Christa is now an OB-GYN resident at University of California Davis after graduating from Thomas Jefferson University Medical School and recognized by induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society for real concern for humane treatment of patients.
Pilar Napolitano, ’11
Pilar has a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Pilar was a coordinator of the La Salle service trip Los Niños to Mexico where La Salle students mixed cement and built playgrounds for children. She was responsible for raising money for the trip, selecting student participants, and conducting part of the education program for participants.
Tom Wingert, ’12
Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. Tom was in an LGU capstone class which looked at food insufficiency internationally and locally. Learning about the complexities of this issue in inner cities such as Philadelphia, Tom founded the Germantown Hunger Network whose mission it is to create a collaborative model by which Philadelphia’s nest ideas, programs and resources to feed hungry people are aggregated into individual neighborhoods. Where before there were lots of smaller, uncoordinated efforts in Germantown to directly address people’s needs, now there is an opportunity to truly affect change and to use this model in other urban neighborhoods.
Jennifer Abraczinskas, ’07
Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Jennifer is a resident physician at the University of Pennsylvania (Family Medicine and Community Health) after completing her M.D. at Penn. Winner of a Schweitzer Fellowship, she created a disease prevention program in South Philadelphia. She was a Health Coach working with low income families with the Camden Coalition (taking off two years from her studies in medical school) and was a founding member of Power Up Gambia which provided solar power to clinics in Africa.
Lindsay Cicchino ’13
Since graduating from La Salle in 2013, Lindsay has taught 7th grade social studies in Charleston, SC and completed her masters degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, she is the gifted and talented teacher for Mt. Holly Township Public Schools in Mt. Holly, NJ. LGU was essential to her development as a teacher by introducing her to the skills she needed to have important conversations about equity in education; exposing her to different cultures and perspectives; and encouraging her to always engage and question the world around her.
John Schatz, ’15
As a dual major in economics and political science, John traveled to Cuba, Morocco, and Brazil as travel-studies. He traveled to Israel and Palestine twice to support with a Writers Matter program that is held annually in the summer, and also has also attended Lasallian Leadership Conferences through the program in Philadelphia, PA and in Barcelona, Spain. He is currently a Lasallian Volunteer in Minneapolis, MN and is attending law school in Fall 2017.