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Liberty + Leadership News: May 20


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TFAS Alumni Discuss Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine with Ambassador Dobriansky

This month, The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) hosted an alumni webinar on the Russian war on Ukraine featuring TFAS Trustee Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky. She spoke eloquently and knowledgeably about the topic, while also discussing the humanitarian crises caused by years of Russian incursions on the territory of Ukraine.

They are fighting for their freedom and for their independence. They are not only fighting for themselves; they are fighting for all those nations who want to have freedom.”– Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky

More than 70 alumni tuned in to the live interview to hear insights from Dobrianksy. A foreign policy expert and former diplomat specializing in national security affairs, she brings more than 30 years of government and international experience across senior levels of diplomacy, business and defense.

During this virtual session, TFAS President Roger Ream ’76 interviewed Dobriansky on topics of American interest in the war, geopolitical consequences, factors that have led up to this crisis and the next steps for America. Alumni interacted in the chat and submitted thoughtful questions throughout the webinar. Following the interview, Dobriansky answered alumni participants’ questions regarding the war in Ukraine.

Watch the full interview below or read more about the event at TFAS.org/DobrianskyWebinar.

TFAS Alumni Featured in Local Newspapers for Successful Semester in Washington

Two recent alumni of the Capital Semester Spring 2022 program, Colleen Goggin ’22 and Jonathan Reuss ’22, were featured in separate newspaper articles for their accomplishments in Washington, D.C., with TFAS. Goggin and Reuss shared about their experience and highlighted the opportunities they encountered and the challenges they overcame.

Nicole Biba and Colleen Goggin celebrate a successful semester in Washington. Goggin was recently featured in her university newspaper, The Battalion.

Goggin, a student at Texas A&M, was featured in her university newspaper, The Battalion. Majoring in international studies and political science, she is heading into her senior year. With her sights set on a future in D.C., Goggin knew she had to get out to the east coast during college. She reflected on the application process and the excitement she felt when preparing to venture to the nation’s capital.

Reminiscing about her experience, Goggin highlighted a few of her favorite opportunities. One was the mentor program, and another was the lineup of unique and intelligent guest speakers. Another element she enjoyed was the opportunity to learn and grow. Though she faced some challenges with adjusting to the rapid culture of D.C. and managing her time, she transformed the obstacle into a powerful learning experience that became an important skill.

Reuss, on the other hand, had interned in D.C. before and was excited to return. He was featured in his hometown newspaper, the Cape Coral Breeze. Reuss recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida Gulf Coast University and will pursue his master’s at Arizona State University this fall.

Read more about Goggin and Reuss at TFAS.org/SemesterNews.


Last week, young professionals in Washington completed the 2021-22 TFAS Public Policy Fellowship. Alumna Emily Johnson, PPF ’21, posted on LinkedIn: “I’m grateful to all of our speakers, for the friendships and connections I made, and for the opportunity to view some of today’s most pressing issues through a different lens.”


Micah Meadowcroft, Novak ’21, has been selected as a 2022 Lincoln Fellow by The Claremont Institute.

Jose Montoya ’17 is now the Assistant Athletic Director – Marketing and Communications for Eastern New Mexico University.

Renato Diniz ’20 is starting a new position as a software developer at Rebase.

Charlie Scudder ’11 is starting his own freelance writing and editing firm, “Scudder Storycraft.”

Alexandra Seymour, PPF ’18, has joined the Center for a New American Security as an associate fellow.

Haley Britzky ’16 analyzes how the army is training soldiers to fight Russia and China in an article for Task and Purpose.

Caroline Baxter ’03 is now the deputy assistant secretary of defense for force education and training at the U.S. Department of Defense.

Alexandre Rodrigues da Silva Filho ’20 is starting a new position as a government relations and legislative strategy consultant at Instituto Mirã.

Eliza Miller ’20 started a new position as a member development associate at the nonprofit The Conference Board.

Ashley McGuire, Novak ’11, writes about millennial opinions of motherhood in a piece for the Institute for Family Studies.

Joy Pullmann, Novak ’13, writes about child technology use and how parents should manage it in an article for The Federalist.

Eric Cohen ’96, ’97, Novak ’00, co-authors a piece for The Wall Street Journal on Gov. DeSantis being canceled by the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Riley McCormick ’19 is now an analyst at Targeted Victory.

Maja Simunjak’s ’09 first book, “Tweeting Brexit: Social Media and the Aftermath of the EU Referendum,” has just been published by Routledge.

Kelly Williams Brown ’05 has a new book out that covers some of the challenges she has faced in the past few years in a witty way, titled “Easy Crafts for the Insane.”

State Rep. Cyndi Munson ’07 appeared on “Your Vote Counts,” where she debated with Rep. Ryan Martinez, a Republican colleague, on a number of state issues in Oklahoma.

Two incoming TFAS students from Monmouth University, Shay Hafner ’22 and Ally Clay ’22, were featured in a press release by the Shaw Local News Network for their acceptance to the D.C. Academic Internship Program.

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