English Department Alumni
Our majors have gone on to careers in law, business, government, teaching, higher education administration, writing, editing, publishing, library science, and communication. Recent alumni include:
- Mark Bowers, ’01, Manager of Digital Research and Analytics, ESPN
- Adam Leszyk ‘02,Vice President - Investment Officer and Financial Planning Officer, Canandaigua National Bank and Trust
- Michelle Girardi, ’04, Producer and two-time Emmy award winner, NFL Films
- Catherine Agar ’07, Director of Writing Center, Keuka Community College
- Ali Palmieri ’08, Research Associate, The Grants Office
- Mike Daum ’08, Associate Attorney, Blitman & King
- Jesse Sleezer ’09, Community Relations Coordinator, Monroe County
- Emily Housecamp ’09, Assistant Director, Career Development Center, Nazareth College
- Iaen Nylund ’10, Learning and Resource Coordinator, Office of International Affairs, Oregon Health and Science University
- Justin Mawhir ’10, Operations Support Specialist, iCardiac Technologies, Inc
- Kourtney Blackburn ’11, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Rochester Regional Library Council
- Tricia Potocki ’11, Manager of Advancement, Jewish Senior Life Foundation
- AnneMarie Maurer ’12, Administrative Assistant, Next Step Magazine
- Chelsea Puntillo ’12, Technical Writer, Far Medical Innovations
- Liz Gorney ’13, Marketing Assistant, Oxford University Press
- Marissa Petta ’13, Special Ed. Teacher, Albany Leadership Charter high school for girls
Liz Gorney '13
Marketing Assistant, Oxford University Press
Williamsville native Liz Gorney came to Fisher and majored in English, but also minored in communications and business management.
While a student, she interned at NowComment.com, a unique approach to being an intern since it was all done online. She said her internship taught her what makes a website succeed, what information is best absorbed, and how to interact professionally and form working relationships – all skills that she uses in her job today as a Marketing Assistant for Oxford University Press.
The summer after she graduated, she attended New York University's six week publishing program, a program she highly recommends for anyone interested in working in publishing. In her role, she is involved in a variety of tasks - from marketing the company's new titles to professional and general audiences, to managing authors' projects and events, to attending national conferences, to making sure the company's books' web pages are up-to-date. She said the publishing world is a lot of fun and the experience in New York City is like "nowhere else."
"I felt well trained and prepared by the Fisher English Department to effectively sell myself and communicate why I am a qualified candidate. I know that they've given me the tools to build a career around my love for English in any field or capacity."