The Civil 
War Institute

300 North Washington Street
Campus box 435
Gettysburg, PA 17325
P: 717.337.6590
F: 717.337.6596

Where Are They Now?

Craig Battisfore is the Vice President, General Manager of the Popular Business Unit for E. & J. Gallo Winery and has been in this position since June, 2010.  Craig earned his Bachelor of Arts from Gettysburg College in History.  Outside of Gallo, Craig worked in sales for the Johnson & Johnson Baby Products Company and was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Hi-Tec Sports USA, a leading producer of rugged outdoor footwear.  Craig's career at Gallo started in sales in Los Angeles.  Four years later he accepted a marketing position in Modesto to work on the "wine cooler project" which developed into Bartles & Jaymes.  Craig later became a Vice President of Marketing and over time managed in every category Gallo competes - Premium, Popular, Economy table wines, sparkling wines, spirits, beverage wines, coolers, and dessert wines.

Bryan Caswell '15 is currently enrolled in a Master of Studies program at the University of Oxford studying Global and Imperial History, where his focus lies in a study of the functional mechanics of the British Empire. Upon completion of this program, Bryan hopes to gain admittance to a doctoral program in order to continue his studies of the British Empire in its wide historical context.

Heather Clancy '15 is currently pursuing a career in the field of Communications/Publication in the greater San Diego area. She eagerly anticipates utilizing the writing and copyediting skills which she developed as Managing Editor of the CWI's Gettysburg Compiler and as Associate Editor of the Gettysburg College Journal of the Civil War Era in the wider publishing world. In the long term, Heather plans to return to the East Coast to develop her publications career further.

Peter D'Arpa '14 is a second year graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro working towards a Masters degree in History. He hopes to pursue a Ph.D in U.S. history, focusing specifically on the memory of the Spanish-American War. Pete has interned at George Washington’s Mount Vernon and Richmond National Battlefield Park.

Sam Gilvarg '15 is currently completing an Americorps internship with the Massachusetts Student Conservation Association, providing environmental education services to schools in rural communities in Western MA and assisting with maintenance and upkeep of state parks. Sam’s dual interests in history and natural resource management have led him to a variety of internships with organizations as diverse as the Betty Ford Alpine Garden, the Walden Woods Project, Garden in the Woods, and the Framingham History Center.

Amelia Grabowski '13 is now employed at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, where she is responsible for planning and programming at the newly-opened Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers’ Office. She earned a Master's degree in Public Humanities from Brown University in 2015. Amelia has worked on the Lower East Side Tenement Museum's Tour and Discussion program, the Guantanamo Public Memory Project, projects for two different state humanities councils, and several community-based oral history projects centering on issues of social justice. In recognition of her accomplishments in the field, she was awarded Brown University’s Master’s Award for Engaged Citizenship and Community Service in 2015.

Christopher Gwinn '06 is the Supervisory Ranger for the division of Interpretation and Education at Gettysburg National Military Park. Gwinn holds an M.A. in Public History, and has worked extensively for the National Park Service at sites such as Antietam National Battlefield, Boston National Historical Park, and the National Mall and Memorial Parks.

Ian Isherwood ’00 is the Assistant Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. He earned his Ph.D. in modern history from the University of Glasgow (UK) in 2012.  His dissertation is entitled “The Greater War: British Memorial Literature, 1918-1939” and concerns memoirs written of the First World War in Britain. His areas of interest include war studies, cultural history, and British history.  Isherwood has taught in the history departments at Gettysburg College and Dickinson College.  He is a proud graduate of both Gettysburg College and Dartmouth.  Before returning to graduate school in 2004, Isherwood worked in politics in Western Pennsylvania.

Erin Richards Jarabeck '13 received her Master's Degree in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University in 2015. While there she helped curate an exhibit entitled "Text and Textiles: Crafting the Life of Guy and Irene Buzzard,” and had the wonderful experience of working as a seasonal ranger at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park during the 150th anniversary of Lee’s surrender. Erin is currently working at the Virginia Beach History Museums, pursuing a career as a museum educator.

Brian Matthew Jordan '09 received his Ph.D. in History from Yale University in 2013, and is now Assistant Professor of History at Sam Houston State University. Brian is the author of two books, Unholy Sabbath: The Battle of South Mountain in History and Memory (Savas Beatie, 2012) and Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War (W.W. Norton, 2015), which explores the cultural marginalization of Union veterans after the Civil War and the efforts of survivors to come to terms with the meaning of their participation in the conflict. Brian serves as Book Review Editor for Civil War Monitor, and was valedictorian of his class at Gettysburg.

Stephen Light '05 currently works for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation as Manager of House Tours at Monticello, where he is responsible for assisting with the training, mentoring, and evaluation of interpretive staff and for assessing interpretive materials and experiences. Stephen previously worked as manager of museum programs at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, and as a museum educator at the Columbia County Historical Society (NY). He received his master's degree in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in 2008.

Avery Lentz '14 is a first-year student in the MA in Applied History program at Shippensburg University, and works as a Visitor Services Assistant at Gettysburg’s Seminary Ridge Museum. Avery worked as a seasonal Park Guide at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park in Summer 2015, spending most of his time on the Chancellorsville and Wilderness battlefields.

Brian Martin '83

Brian W. Martin '83 is President and Chief Operating Officer of History Associates, a historical consulting firm that provides a wide range of services for corporations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations worldwide. Brian earned a master's degree in applied history and social science and a Ph.D. in history and policy from Carnegie Mellon University. Over the course of his career, he has developed research plans and led projects examining historical developments in the chemical, petroleum, aerospace, nuclear, metals, electrical, transportation, and other industries.

Brad Miller ’13 received a Master’s Degree in Public History at Middle Tennessee State University in 2015, with a concentration in Historic Preservation. Brad’s courses and fieldwork in local history, historic preservation, architecture, and historical archaeology revolved around his interests in collaborating with communities to produce grassroots heritage development plans. Past projects include a partnership with the National Park Service developing interpretive plans for Freedman’s colonies and developing an archaeological preservation plan for Glen Leven Farm. Brad hopes to pursue a career with a state historic preservation office or a federal agency like the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

Amber Moulton '02 received a Ph.D. in African and African American Studies from Harvard University in 2011. She is now Assistant Professor of History, Race & Ethnicity at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she teaches courses on Women in the Early Republic, Civil War & Reconstruction, and African American History Through Film. Amber previously taught at Northeastern University. Her dissertation, "'Marriage Extraordinary': Interracial Marriage and the Politics of Family in Antebellum Massachusetts," examined the history of law, racial ideology, social activism, and political mobilizations surrounding the legalization of interracial marriage in Massachusetts in 1843.

Emma Murphy'15 is pursuing a Masters in History with a Public History concentration at the University of West Georgia. She is currently serving as Administrator for the West Georgia Textile Trail and Coordinator for the Center for Public History, putting to work the skills gained from her years as a CWI Fellow and Social Media Coordinator. Since graduation, Emma has worked at Gettysburg National Military Park as a seasonal ranger and strives to continue her career with the National Park Service after receiving her M.A.

Becky Oakes '13 is a Park Ranger at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. Becky earned a MA in History (Public History concentration) from West Virginia University in 2015, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D in 19th-century US History at WVU. During her time as a masters’ student, Becky served as Graduate Research Assistant for the Public History and Cultural Resource Management programs, and worked as a seasonal Park Guide at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania NMP.

Tim Orr '01 is an Assistant Professor of History at Old Dominion University, and a scholar of American military history from the colonial period to the present day, with a particular focus on the Civil War & Reconstruction. Tim received his Ph.D. in 2010 from the Pennsylvania State University, where he also served as a Lecturer. His most recent publication is Last to Leave the Field: The Life and Letters of First Sergeant Ambrose Henry Hayward, 28th Pennsylvania Volunteers (University of Tennessee Press, 2011). Tim made his television debut in 2013, appearing in an episode of the show Who Do You Think You Are featuring Kelly Clarkson.

Sean Parke ‘10 obtained a MS in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons College in August 2014. During his graduate studies he completed internships with the Connecticut State Archives and the Manuscript& Archives of Yale University. He currently works in Connecticut as a Circulation and Technical Services Assistant for the Trumbull Library System.

Jared Peatman '02 earned a master's degree from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. in history at Texas A & M. In 2009, he was selected as an Organization of American Historians/Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Doctoral Fellow for his dissertation on the legacy of the Gettysburg Address. Jared's dissertation was awarded the 2012 Hay-Nicolay Dissertation Prize and was published in revised form in 2013 by Southern Illinois University Press under the title The Long Shadow of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Jared now works as a consultant for a number of government and private institutions that host leadership development events at historic sites.

Mary Roll '12 received a Master's degree in History, area of emphasis in Public History, from West Virginia University in May 2014. While at WVU, Mary gained valuable experience working at the Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum on campus, where she assisted the curator in all areas of museum operation, including exhibit design, collections management, and public outreach. She is currently employed at Vacon, a Finland-based AC drives manufacturer, and is considering returning to school to pursue either her MBA or a law degree, perhaps both.

Evan Rothera

Evan Rothera  '10 is pursuing his Ph.D. in History at the Pennsylvania State University. Evan is particularly interested in nineteenth-century history and comparative and transnational history; his dissertation, "Reconstruction in America: The United States, Mexico, and Argentina, 1861-1880," blends these three fields.  During his time at Penn State, Evan has received several awards, including the McCourtney Family Distinguished Graduate Fellowship in American History and a Filson Fellowship.

John Rudy '07 currently works with the National Park Service's Interpretive Development Program in Harpers Ferry, WV. John has also worked as an interpretive ranger in the Living History Branch at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and a curatorial assistant at Gettysburg National Military Park, and currently serves as an adjunct professor in the Civil War Era Studies program Gettysburg College. John earned a Master of Arts in Applied History from Shippensburg University, where his master's thesis, "Preachers of Sedition": Syracuse and Freedom, 1851-1861," investigated the reaction to and impact of the fugitive slave law in Syracuse, New York.

Tricia Runzel ’13 received a MA in Museum Studies from University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2015. Tricia has held internships at the Elgin Area Historical Society and Museum, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park (NPS), and most recently, at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. She hopes to begin her career in museum education at a museum or historic site.

Robert Sandow '92 grew up in the Laurel highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania, where family trips to its famous battlefields sparked a lifelong passion for Civil War history. In 1993, Sandow earned a Ph. D. in history from the Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State University. His research specialties include the Northern home front during the Civil War, with particular interest in issues of dissent, partisan politics and opposition. He currently is an Associate Professor of History at Lock Haven University. His most recent publication is Deserter Country: Civil War Opposition in the Pennsylvania Appalachians (Fordham University Press, 2011).

Rachel Santose

Rachel Santose '11 completed a dual Master's degree program in History and Library Science at Indiana University in 2013, and is now Instruction & Assessment Librarian and College Archivist at SUNY Canton. Prior to accepting her current position, Rachel worked as a Reference Assistant at the Herman B. Wells Library (IU Bloomington), a Graduate Assistant at Wylie House Museum, and a historical interpreter at Hale Farm & Village, where she developed a new program on the Ladies Aid Society of Cleveland, Ohio and their crucial volunteer work during the American Civil War.

Michele Seabrook Streeter ’13 is Communications Manager at Education Finance Council, a national trade association representing nonprofit and state agency student loan organizations. From 2014-15, she worked as Communications Coordinator at the Civil War Trust , where she was responsible for coordinating the Trust's media strategy, organizing press conferences with high level officials, serving as first point of contact for the Trust, writing and editing content for the quarterly magazine Hallowed Ground, and helping with state, local, and federal policy work.

John Stoudt

John Stoudt '88 served as a Park Ranger at Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, New York from 2005 - 2014. At the park, John created interpretive programs for park visitors, school students, and adult groups. He has worked for the National Park Service for more than 25 years at several different sites, including Gettysburg National Military Park, Independence National Historical Park, Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, and Wilson's Creek National Battlefield.

Keith Swaney

Keith Swaney '04 is an archives and records management specialist at the New York State Archives in Albany, NY, where he works in the access and research services program areas.  Keith earned a Master of Library and Information Science and a Master of Arts in History from the University of Maryland in 2007.  He has worked in a variety of library and archival programs since graduating from Gettysburg College, including the Gettysburg College Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, and New York State Archives.  Keith has written and spoken publicly on web usability in the state government context, statewide access to archival resources in New York, and the use of historical records in high school and college classrooms.

Logan Tapscott ‘14 is a second-year graduate student at Shippensburg University, where she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Applied History. She is also completing a second Master’s in Library and Information Science through Clarion University’s online program.  Logan has held internships at the Library of Congress, the Coast Guard Historian’s Office, and Arlington House – The Robert E. Lee Memorial. She plans to pursue a career as an archivist.

Pete Vermilyea '94 is the Student Scholarship Director of the Civil War Institute.  He teaches history at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, CT and at Western Connecticut State University.  Pete is the author or editor of more than a dozen articles and books on the Civil War era, including "The Effect of the Confederate Invasion of Pennsylvania on Gettysburg's African American Community" which appeared in Gettysburg Magazine in 2001. Pete was recognized as Connecticut's History Teacher of the Year and as Connecticut Region One teacher of the year.

Daniel J. Willever ’12 is a social studies teacher at Ramsey High School in Bergen County, New Jersey. He currently teaches United States history and Advanced Placement Human Geography to high school juniors and seniors. Dan enjoys attending teacher workshops that take him to unique places. In 2014, he was selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities as one of forty teachers to study the Manhattan Project and Cold War Era atomic research at Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Richland, Washington. Dan hopes to pursue a graduate degree in history or education in the near future.

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College

300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325
P: (717) 337-6300