My position supports the Undersea Integration Program office of the U.S. Navy. We're a private company that contracts out to handle the integration of communications systems into the whole fleet of submarines for the U.S. Navy.
We make sure the government is getting the best product for the best value in these multi-million dollar contracts. We're supporting the fleet and Navy but also making sure that tax dollars are well spent.
I'm married to a graduate who's a lawyer for the Navy, Brian Barletto '03. We met our freshman year and have been together since.
When I graduated from Saint Michael's I had an internship in D.C., with Congressman Richard Neal After that summer, I went to work at an immigration law firm. It was good experience since, as a political science major and sociology minor, I was thinking of law school. Then I went to work for the Department of Justice in their environmental enforcement section, prosecuting polluters. I earned an MBA/MA in government studies at Johns Hopkins in 2009 all while still working for the Justice Department. It all drew on knowledge I'd gained at St. Mike's.
The thing from Saint Michael's I’ve found most valuable professionally is the ability to analyze. In political science you look at issues and have to know how to make the right decisions and defend your arguments in papers. When I work with contracts and law issues today, it’s very similar.
I never thought I was going to go to school in the north but Burlington is such a beautiful city.
Jeff Ayres was my favorite professor. He was genuinely interested in what (or how) his students were doing. Patricia Siplon's commitment to issues also directly inspired later grad work I did.
My advice to students is to appreciate your friends and professors and the time you spend there.