Amy (Zielinski) Zlatic, BJ ’96

Amy (Zielinski) Zlatic, BJ ’96, won first place in the 2014 St. Louis Writers Guild Annual Short Story Contest for her story “Swallow.” Since its founding in 1920, St. Louis Writers Guild has sponsored this contest, making it one of the oldest in the country. Tennessee Williams won first place in 1935 for his story … Continued

Brigid F. Cech Samole, BJ ’99

Brigid F. Cech Samole, BJ ’99, a shareholder in the Miami Appellate Practice of international law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A., has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of Chapman Partnership for the Homeless. The charitable organization provides emergency housing, meals, job training and various types of assistance to help homeless men, women and families … Continued

Nik Deogun

Rumors had been circulating for months leading up to the fall semester of 1991 among employees of the University of Missouri that the then-vice chancellor had engaged in inappropriate behaviors, abuse of power and sexual harassment. Nearly every female employee in his office had filed complaints. Yet, the actions of this official remained an “open … Continued

Valon L. Beasley, BJ ’98

Valon L. Beasley, BJ ’98, is the author of “Drama” (You Need to Succeed, 2014). The book covers a multitude of issues covered in mainstream media such as domestic violence, transgender complexities and homophobia.

Dan Pierce

In Detroit, Dan Pierce leads Fleishman-Hillard’s General Motors account as senior vice president. Photo courtesy of Dan Pierce.

Brent Toellner

After years of working in the advertising industry at agencies like Bernstein-Rein and Barkley, Brent Toellner, BJ ’95, did not expect his life to deviate from the ad business. That detour first began when a newfound passion for dogs prompted him to begin a side career in animal advocacy. “It was never on the radar … Continued

Mireille Zieseniss

Clack clack clack clack: As a child, Mireille Zieseniss, BJ ’93, loved listening to the sound of her mother’s fingers clacking quickly against her Smith Corona typewriter keys as she typed lesson plans for her class. The buttons, the sound of the letters striking the page and the words that appeared magically mesmerized Zieseniss. Soon, … Continued

Karen Frankola

What do you do? I consult organizations in internal communications and change management. I’ve helped companies like Cisco, MetLife and Advance Auto Parts as well as nonprofit organizations. I also blog about career issues on the Huffington Post. I started out as a journalist, writing and producing for CNN and MSNBC, and also serving as … Continued

Rene Ramirez, BJ ’98

Rene Ramirez, BJ ’98, is a graphic designer at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Beverly Hills, California. Ramirez says the best professional lesson learned at the School is to be professional and honest at all times.