ALUMNI SPOTLIGHTS

Mercyhurst graduates will join a network of more than 20,000 alumni, working in a wide array of industries around the globe. These alumni, including those featured below, are always happy to advise MU students and graduates and connect them with professional opportunities in their fields.

Meghan Maker '19

Degree(s): B.A. in Communication with minors in International Relationships/Diplomacy and Web/Social Media Management
Current Employment: Marketing Specialist at Management Solutions Plus, Washington, D.C. area

During her time at Mercyhurst, Meghan Maker was selected to be the managing editor of The Merciad student newspaper, a Mercyhurst Student Government Senator, and a Laker Leader, as well as successfully graduating from the Leadership Development Program. Meghan used her communications background to complete student internships with the U.S. Forest Service, Special Olympics, and the U.S. Department of State. Meghan also participated in a faculty-led study abroad experience to France and Italy, where she studied international ethics and visited many historical sites. As a senior, she was recognized with the prestigious Ridge College Presidential Award for Excellence for her academic valor, becoming the first ever Communication major to do so. 

Nate Shemo '20

Degree(s): B.A. in Intelligence Studies
Current Employment: Admissions Counselor, Mercyhurst University

Originally from Connecticut, Nate Shemo was initially drawn to Mercyhurst as home of the nation's oldest — and one of the most prestigious — academic intelligence programs. His decision to come to Mercyhurst was made when he learned of its ACHA hockey program, which allowed him to participate in a competitive club sport along with his studies. Through connections he made in his major, Nate complete internships with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Office of the Public Defender in Hartford, CT. As a Mercyhurst student, he introduced prospective students and families to campus as a Student Ambassador, as well as serving as the Philanthropy Chair for Mercyhurst's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Before his admissions role at his alma mater, he served as Mercyhurst's Primary COVID-19 Contact Tracer, playing a role in supporting the university's COVID-19 response. Nate also serves as an official for USA Hockey.

Jennifer Hartwell '19

Degree(s): B.A. in English
Current Employment: English Teacher, Shane English School, China

Highly dedicated to leadership, Jennifer was elected Vice President of Student Ambassadors and an Autism Initiative at Mercyhurst mentor for three years, as well as completing multiple trips with MU's Habitat for Humanity club, where she served as secretary. To gain real-world marketing and writing experience, Jennifer participated in the Student Communication Team for two years, where she launched the university's Snapchat account and provided content for posts across their social media channels. After graduation, she embarked on the journey of a lifetime to teach English as a foreign language in China, as well as paying visits to Thailand, South Korea, and Taiwan. During the original COVID-19 outbreak in China, Jennifer volunteered to check temperatures and sign community members in to her local apartment complex.

Baylee Burns '18 '20M

Degree(s): B.S. in Sports Medicine, MPAS in Physician Assistant Studies
Current Employment: Physician Assistant, Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center, Cleveland area

After graduating from Mercyhurst's extensive pre-health program, Baylee Burns went on to enroll in MU's distinguished Physician Assistant Program to fulfill her dream of being a healthcare professisonal. While she was an undergraduate student, Baylee was a Laker Leader and was inducted into the Sports Medicine Student Society before graduating with cum laude honors. As part of the real-world experience she gained in PA school, she completed clinical rotations in general surgery, internal medicine, family medicine, OB/GYN, pediatrics, cardiology, psychiatry, and orthopedic surgery. She successfully passed her PANCE exam to become certified as a PA-C, as well as earning certifications in Basic and Advanced Life Support from the American Heart Association.

Austin Winschel '20M

Degree(s): M.S. in Data Science
Current Employment: Claims Information Analyst I, Erie Insurance, Erie area

After completing his undergraduate degree in Economics and Statistics at the University of Pittsburgh, Austin Winschel enrolled in Mercyhurst's Data Science master's program to strengthen his computational background and prepare him with the necessary skillset for corporate employment. To support his graduate education, and gain more real-world experience, Austin served as the Head Technology Consultant at the Mercyhurst IT Help Desk, providing support to students and employees with various technical issues. After graduating, he was offered a position with LECOM as a Data Analyst, where he managed COVID-19 reporting and testing. He currently is employed at Erie Insurance as a Claims Information Analyst I, where he creates and supervises reports to inform data-driven decisionmaking for stakeholders across the company.

Cela Veitch-Beck '20 '21M

Degree(s): B.A. in Intelligence studies with a minor in Political Science, M.S. in Cyber Security
Current Employment: Officer, United States Air Force

Cela Veitch-Beck chose to attend Mercyhurst so that she could earn both an undergraduate and graduate degree in five years through MU's unique 4+1 program. As a student, she completed internships as a media coordinator at marketing firm Engel O'Neill, a senior analyst for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and a cyber risk analyst for software company CityGrows. She was also employed as a Tier One Level Analyst through the on-campus branch of Cleveland-based cyber security company MCPc. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cela coordinated and led virtual orientation sessions for 650+ new Mercyhurst students, as well as serving as the university's secondary contact tracer.

Mitchell Marsh '20

Degree(s): B.A. in Marketing and Hospitality Management with a minor in Web/Social Media Management
Current Employment: Director of Annual Giving, Mercyhurst University

Mitchell Marsh, attracted to Mercyhurst for their hospitality expertise, served as the Chair of the Senior Class Gift Commitee, a Resident Assistant, a Student Ambassador, and the Social Media Coordinator for the Division of Advancement. To gain industry experience, he completed summer internships at the Erie Yacht Club, the Hotel Lenhart, and the Omni Louisville Hotel. In his present position, Mitchell coordinates campaigns which benefit the Annual Fund and Student Scholarship Program. He recently led Mercyhurst to its most successful "Giving Day" in history, raising over $130,000 to benefit the MU community. He has recently decided to further his Mercyhurst education by pursuing a graduate certificate in Organizational Leadership.