Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Alumni Participant Bios
Read about the 2018 alumni participants’ biographies and work histories.
Emily Bain '15
Emily graduated from Muhlenberg in 2015 with a double major in business marketing and French. She was passionate about the French language and culture and knew she wanted to incorporate that passion into her career. During her senior year, through an alum, she got an internship at a French wine import in New York City. This is where she discovered the wine industry and how it was the perfect marriage of her two majors. She’s now going into her 3rd year with her current company where she gets to speak French everyday!
Emily will be in several French class, attending the networking lunch, and the student-alumni meet and greet on Thursday, April 12.
Lauren Butler '16
While at Muhlenberg, Lauren double majored in theatre and French. She was a Dana scholar, and also did psychology research. After graduating in 2017, she moved to New York with the goal of pursuing acting. However, she hoped to continue to be involved in many of her other diverse interests. She was offered a job at a French immersion preschool, where she is working as an assistant teacher. This job has also connected her with an opportunity to teach a French theatre class at a public elementary school.
Lauren will be speaking in several French classes, attending to networking lunch and the student-alumni meet and greet on Thursday, April 12.
Kerri Cossean '11
Kerri double majored in history and Russian studies at Muhlenberg. Her extracurriculars included Pep Band, Russian Club, Alpha Phi Omega, and she is a founding father of Kappa Kappa Psi. After Berg, she received her master’s in history at Florida International University. While at FIU, she interned at the American Embassy in Moscow and then at US SOUTHCOM, in Doral, Florida. After graduation, she worked as a contractor for a few years before beginning her career at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Kerri will be speaking in several Russian classes, and attending the networking lunch and student-alumni meet and greet on Thursday, April 12.
Nick Farmer '15
Nick Farmer is program management coordinator at the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. Nick works with the private sector to develop shared value partnerships around humanitarian assistance activities. Nick’s previous professional experience includes a stint with an international security forum, as well as working with the technical secretariat at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and some time on Capitol Hill. Nick graduated with a B.A. in international relations and Russian studies from Muhlenberg and spent time in St. Petersburg Russia while in school.
Nick will be speaking in several Russian classes and attending the networking lunch and student-alumni meet and greet on Thursday, April 12.
Jen Fellman '08
Jen Fellman, class 2008, is a singer, actor and writer living and working in New York City. While at Muhlenberg Jen studied theatre, music and French. She now performs regularly at various venues including Don’t Tell Mama, Theatre Row and the French Consulate of New York. Jen has lived and performed extensively in Paris, France. Venues include the American Embassy in Paris, the Studio-Théâtre of the Comédie-Française and The Petit Journal Montparnasse. She has written and performed two original one-woman shows, FRENCHY – A Parisian Affair (2017 Winner Best One-Woman Musical – United Solo Theatre Festival), and A Singer’s Circus (Winner of the Jilline Ringle Solo Performance Award/Grant from 1812 Productions – Philadelphia Fringe Festival 2009).
Jen will be speaking in several French classes, attending the networking lunch and the student-alumni meet and greet on Thursday, April 12.
Brian Fishbone '98
This is Brian Fishbone, and he loves combining his passion for education and community building with his unflappable optimism to advance diverse representation and cultivate inclusive environments in the workplace. He does this by asking thoughtful questions and listening actively; identifying and engaging the right stakeholders in producing the most good for the most people (the utilitarian in him!), uniting them to build diverse and inclusive communities that deliver business results, and then getting out of their way so that they can change the world in ways he could never do alone. The journey has brought him to 35+ countries and given his life powerful meaning. He has been lucky enough to design and deliver corporate learning that propelled the careers of thousands of Sprint and Delaware Investments employees; collaborate with deeply experienced learning professionals at record pace to help Vanguard crew members worldwide thrive in formal and informal leadership roles; and teach college students and business people ethics and communication, from Philadelphia to Seoul. Currently, he helps build and sustain employee resource groups and other global inclusion initiatives that make Vanguard’s crew members feel more engaged in delivering on the company’s core purpose: to take a stand for all investors, treat them fairly, and give them the best chance for investment success.
Brian will be speaking in Border Literature and Hispanic Literature and attending the networking lunch on Wednesday, April 11.
Maura Golebiowski '11
Maura Golebiowski graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2011 with a dual-degree in Spanish and music. After graduating, she worked in Spain as a CIEE language and culture assistant and taught English at I.E.S. Álvar Núñez, a high school in Jerez de la Frontera. After teaching in Spain, Maura returned to the US and began working as co-director of the Music Training Center, a school where students learn to play instruments, act, and perform. She currently works as co-director of MTC – Ardmore.
Maura will be speaking in several Spanish classes and attending the networking lunch and student-alumni meet and greet on Thursday, April 12.
Phylicia Lee '10
As a 2010 graduate, Phylicia majored in psychology while taking French classes every semester throughout her four years at Muhlenberg. In Spring of 2009, she studied abroad in Rennes, France in an immersion program offered at the Université Rennes 2. Additionally, she had the pleasure of being a part of the Varsity Women’s Volleyball Team. Her passion to pursue the language industry was fulfilled once she began teaching English in France in 2011. Shortly after her return to the States in 2012, she began working at TransPerfect in project management. Phylicia’s been with the organization just about six years, and has recently transitioned from managing projects to managing Enterprise accounts. The language component is still deeply embedded in her role and is the driving force in decision-making. She’s recently decided to pursue her MBA, and will be attending Syracuse University – Whitman School of Business this Spring.
Phylicia will be speaking in several French classes, attending to networking lunch and the student-alumni meet and greet on Thursday, April 12.
Olivia Scotti '14
Olivia graduated in 2014 (Valedictorian, psychology and Spanish double major). She returned to Salamanca, Spain, where she had studied abroad, to work as an “auxiliar de conversación” (English language assistant) in a high school. After two years in Salamanca, she moved to an elementary school in Madrid, Spain for one year. Olivia returned to Pennsylvania in July and currently works full time as an associate therapist at a group home for adults with autism, and part time as a Spanish teacher.
Olivia will be speaking in several Spanish classes and attending the networking lunch and student-alumni meet and greet on Thursday, April 12.
Sydney Yonak '13
Sydney graduated Muhlenberg in 2013 with a major in international studies and minors in Russian studies and music. She is currently the associate for global markets at Eurasia Group.
Sydney will be speaking in several Russian classes, attending the networking lunch and the student-alumni meet and greet on Thursday, April 12.