Kaitlyn McCune ’12
Kaitlyn McCune graduated from Agnes Scott in 2012 with a major in Public Health and a minor in Classical History and Literature. Following graduation, she was admitted into the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, where she received a full-ride scholarship from the United States Air Force. While in medical school, her passion for advocacy that began at Agnes Scott grew into a professional ambition as she strove to be an advocate for Women's and LGBTQ health. Upon achieving her MD and being commissioned as a Captain in the USAF, Kaitlyn started her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. She firmly believes that Agnes Scott played a significant role in helping her become the person she is today. “Agnes Scott gave me the confidence to take on any challenge I faced. The personalized education I received and leadership skills I gained have given me a leg up both in my professional and personal life.”
Sarah Scoles ’07
Inspired by a childhood immersed in books both scientific and fictional, Sarah Scoles decided to pursue a major in astrophysics at Agnes Scott, graduating in 2007. While her love for astronomy never waned, a creative writing course Scoles took during her junior year introduced her to a new passion: writing. This lead her to earn an M.F.A. in fiction writing from Cornell University, after which she went on to become a public education specialist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and eventually, the associate editor of Astronomy magazine. In a continued exercise of her passion for writing, Scoles published Making Contact, a book about Jill Tarter, the scientist on whom the main character in the Carl Sagan book (and eventual film) Contact is based, and the science of SETI: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Scoles is also a regular contributor to WIRED Science, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and other notable publications.
TOMEKIA STRICKLAND ’97
Tomekia Strickland had been keeping busy in her effort to help others. After graduating from Agnes Scott in 1997, she lived and worked with peoples of the Navajo Nation for four years, she traveled to Ghana for a summer where she served as an advocate for women's health issues, and all the while publishing her writing in publications such as the Journal of Minority Medical Students and The Huffington Post. But on a day-to-day basis, Strickland works as an obstetrician in Tucson, AZ, specializing in the challenges of high-risk pregnancies and births. She credits Agnes Scott with reinforcing her inner strengths while empowering her to take on difficult challenges. “Agnes Scott helped complete the picture, making me a more compassionate and broader-thinking physician. In health, particularly women's health, you start as a scientist, then become a physician and then realize there's so much more to becoming a doctor: psychology, anthropology, communication. I received all those things at Agnes Scott.”
HELEN TZOW ’10
Helen Tzow graduated from Agnes Scott in 2010 with a degree in sociology and anthropology and a love for studying cultures. Having spent a semester abroad in Ghana while at Agnes Scott, Tzow continued to travel the world after graduation, thanks to her Fulbright Fellowship to teach English in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. “Agnes Scott inspired me to find my passion and showed me taking a risk would be worth it,” Tzow said. After returning from Mongolia, Tzow, looking for a new way to make a difference in the lives of children, she accepted a position with Teach for America in Washington, D.C.
LAYLI MILLER-MURO ’93
After graduating from Agnes Scott in 1993, Layli Miller-Muro was accepted into the American University in Washington, D.C., where she earned a J.D. and an M.A. in International Relations. As a law student, she represented a 17-year-old girl who had narrowly escaped genital mutilation and forced marriage in Togo. The case climbed to the highest immigration court in the U.S. and set national legal precedent. “That case sparked my passion but also opened doors to what is my legal career in gender-based issues,” Miller-Muro said. She went on to collaborate with her former client to write a book about the subject, using the proceeds to found the Tahirih Justice Center, which provides free legal defense for courageous immigrant women and girls fleeing violence. In recognition of her work to transform the lives of other women, Miller-Muro has received numerous awards including Newsweek Magazine's 150 Fearless Women in the World and Goldman Sachs 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs.
NATHALIE ANDERSON ’70
Graduating from Agnes Scott in 1970, Nathalie Anderson is an award-winning American poet and librettist, having earned acclaim for several books of poetry including Following Fred Astaire, Crawlers and Quiver. Her work has been featured in the Atlanta Review, The New Yorker, the Paris Review, Prairie Schooner and the Denver Quarterly, among many others. She was also awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 1993. When Anderson isn’t writing and speaking, she teaches at Swarthmore College, where she is a Professor of English Literature and the Director of the Program in Creative Writing. Of her time at Agnes Scott, Anderson said, “The skills I learned—skills of close reading, of disciplined writing, and, above all, of confidence in my own insights—have sustained me through all I've done since.”
JENNIFER NETTLES ’97
Jennifer Nettles graduated in 1997 from Agnes Scott with a degree in Sociology and Anthropology, but she always dreamed of being a musician, a dream she realized when she became the lead singer of Sugarland. While at Agnes Scott, Nettles teamed up with Cory Jones to form the group Soul Miner's Daughter, and the duo released two albums. Her big breakthrough, however, came as a member of Sugarland when the group was nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy in 2006. While the nomination did not result in a win, her Grammy was yet to come. Sugarland went on to win Grammys in 2009 for Best Country Song and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group, and Nettles herself received a Grammy for the song “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” a duet with Bon Jovi. Nettles’s creative work has expanded with her recent move into television where she portrayed Dolly Parton’s mother in the television movie Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.
KATHERINE “KAY” KRILL ’77
Kay Lawther Krill never dreamed of serving as a CEO of a $2.2 billion public company. While attending Agnes Scott, Krill often chose to focus on athletics, such as tennis. However, she knew that keeping an open mind about the future would allow her to take advantage of opportunities as they were presented to her. After graduating in 1977, she had multiple roles throughout the years before that opportunity came. In 1994 she joined Ann Taylor as the Vice President of Separates, Suits, Dresses and Petites for Ann Taylor Stores. Since then she has held numerous executive positions on her way to becoming a president and CEO, and one of CNN Money's 25 highest paid women. Krill served as President and Chief Executive Officer of ANN INC. until 2016, when she stepped down to join the Board of Directors for the Ascena Retail Group (the overarching parent retail group for ANN INC., among other brands).
BETSY MORGAN WIGGINS ’82
In the aftermath of September 11, Betsy Morgan Wiggins, a 1982 graduate of Agnes Scott, became concerned about threats toward Muslims in her Syracuse community. After connecting with Danya Wellmon, a Muslim woman, the two founded Women Transcending Boundaries, an organization that has reached nearly 400 women of different faiths who wish to learn about one another's cultures and beliefs. The group has also engaged in outreach projects, from helping to build a school in Pakistan and supporting refugee women in Syracuse to raising funds to microfinance women's business ventures in developing nations through Women for Women International.
JORDAN CASTEEL ’11
Prior to attending Agnes Scott, Jordan Casteel never thought she would attend a women’s college. But in a recent profile in Elle magazine, she revealed what attending Agnes Scott meant for her, and why the choice was so important for her personal and artistic development: “Before Agnes, I would have described myself as being brutally shy. There, I came out of my shell and explored the power of my own voice, which I believe could have only happened in a space where I felt the confidence and encouragement of women.” After graduating in 2011 from Agnes Scott with a degree in Studio Art, Casteel earned her M.F.A. in painting and printmaking from Yale School of Art. Since then, her art has been lauded by institutions like The Museum of Modern Art and The New York Times. Casteel has had two solo exhibitions in New York with Sargent’s Daughters in August 2014 and October 2015 and was featured in Artforum, The New York Times, Flash Art, New York Magazine, FADER, Time Out New York, The New York Observer and Interview Magazine. She also serves as an assistant professor at Rutgers University-Newark.
Jasmine Adams Langevine ’07
For Jasmine Langevine, her career began with a Scottie connection. After graduating from Agnes Scott in 2007 with a degree in Economics and Organizational Management, her first job was given to her by Susan Hitchcock ‘67, who Langevine had first met as a sophomore through ASC’s Career Observation Day. Langevine continued to advance herself, going on to earn her M.S. from Columbia University in Organizational Psychology, and then embarking on a career in consulting. Over her ten-year career, Langevine has focused on helping women and minorities navigate the corporate world. She is now working as a Human Capital Management Consultant with Deloitte Consulting.
ASHLEY MENGWASSER ’09
Since graduating from Agnes Scott in 2009, Ashley Mengwasser has never been far away from the airwaves. Mengwasser is now a three-time Emmy-winning host, writer, and producer for television, and perhaps most well-known as the quirky, daredevil co-host of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s popular series Georgia Traveler. Mengwasser attributes her unique, first-person approach to storytelling to the tools she developed and mastered while at Agnes Scott. In addition to Georgia Traveler, Mengwasser has also co-hosted the Georgia Tech InVenture Prize and ACC InVenture Prize competitions; served as writer, co-director, and executive producer of the documentary Chinese Tea: Elixir of the Orient; and a lifestyle blog called Laughter’s What We’re After, which she is still active with.
JINA KIM ’07
Driven by her interests in literature, culture and ethnic studies, Jina B. Kim graduated from Agnes Scott in 2007 with a double-major in Studio Art and English. In 2016, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in English and Women's Studies. Her manuscript, Anatomy of the City: Race, Infrastructure, and US Fictions of Dependency, examines multi-ethnic U.S. literature in the afterlife of 1996 welfare reform. Currently, she is a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow at Mount Holyoke College, where she teaches courses in disability and ethnic American studies. In 2018, she will join the faculty at Smith College as Assistant Professor of English and SWG (Study of Women and Gender).
JOELLE ATERE-ROBERTS ’14
While at Agnes Scott, Atere-Roberts discovered her passion in her STEM classes, and she also found joy in her enriching humanities and social science coursework. This led her to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology, which she earned upon graduating from the College in 2014. Through her diverse learning experience, she discovered the field of public health, which was the perfect opportunity to use research to explore the social aspects of public health. “The liberal arts experience at Agnes Scott completely shaped my understanding of intersectionality of public health. I fell in love with the idea of tackling health issues through different social avenues using the lens of women’s studies, sociology, and psychology, while also applying my background in physical science and math. I could not have had that experience anywhere but Agnes Scott.” After graduating, Atere-Roberts pursued her Master’s in Public Health at Georgia State University, and she is currently in a fellowship program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducting research on racial and ethnic health disparities in cancer.
LINDSEY GARLAND ’15
Lindsey Garland graduated summa cum laude from Agnes Scott in 2015 with degrees in Political Science and History. While a student at Agnes Scott, Lindsey spent her summers interning at the Smithsonian Institution and the Clinton Foundation, as well as conducting original archival research at the Eisenhower Presidential Library. During her junior year, Lindsey studied International Relations at the University of Malta. These transformative experiences, notably her time abroad, inspired her to spend a year following graduation as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Athens, Greece, where she expanded her passion for teaching and interest in experiencing new cultures throughout the world. Lindsey is currently completing a two-year fellowship with the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation in Atlanta, and is simultaneously pursuing a master’s in the Social Foundations of Education at Georgia State University.
KELLY AN ’13
Kelly An graduated from Agnes Scott at 2013 with a major in Psychology. While at Agnes Scott, she interned at the Georgia Department of Economic Development in their marketing department where she began to develop an interest in marketing. Her interests expanded further into the world of technology, inspiring her to earn a Computer Science B.S. from Georgia Tech. After she graduated from Georgia Tech, she accepted a role at Yahoo as a Software Engineering Intern. Originally from Hefei in China, An now lives and works in San Francisco where she is a Solutions Engineer at PayPal, and also serves as technical support for PayPal North America Partners. She attributes the valuable critical thinking skills that she utilizes in her day-to-day activities to her courses and time spent at Agnes Scott.