Suzanne Hite, MA (Hons) 2003
Suzanne grew up in Glasgow and studied psychology at Edinburgh. During her time at University she participated in a work/travel program in the States and worked in New Jersey for three summers. This is where she met her husband, and what eventually brought her to the Washington area. She currently works as the lead teacher in the preschool class at the House of Representatives Child Care Center. She became involved with the alumni club after attending the Tartan Ball in 2013.
Jonathan Bertman, MSc 2010
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Jonathan received his MSc in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Edinburgh in 2010. He spent several years living in the Middle East, primarily in Egypt, where he developed a fondness for playing frisbee and eating koshary. Jonathan also holds a BS in Geology and History from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Jonathan has lived in the Washington DC area for several years and currently works at a federal government contractor.
Elizabeth Troeder, MLA 1999
Originally from the suburbs of New York City, Elizabeth (Betsy) earned her postgraduate degree in Landscape Architecture from the Edinburgh College of Art in 1999. She then parlayed her MLA into a career as a military land and facilities planner, responsible for production and delivery of 20-year comprehensive master plans to the US military, leading and/or participating on projects for all four Services throughout the United States and overseas. She continues to focus on land and facility planning for the US Army as an Army Civilian at Headquarters, the Pentagon and in overseas locations, most recently Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
Adam Apostoli, BMus (Hons) 2008, PhD 2012
Adam grew up in Yorkshire and chose to study music and physics at Edinburgh because of his love of early music, passion for science, and Edinburgh’s enlightened program allowing for a unique combination of the two. He arrived in the United States in 2012 after completing his PhD in physics to take up post as Postdoctoral Scientist in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the George Washington University. He now works at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Adam has been involved with the Edinburgh University Alumni Club of Washington DC since moving to the United States and served as the club’s treasurer between 2013 and 2014 and as president in 2015.
Paula Fearon, BSc (Hons) 1995
A native of the UK, Paula studied Biochemistry at Edinburgh. After many more years at universities around England and Scotland, and with a couple more degrees under her belt, Paula moved to the DC area in 2004 to carry out biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health. Paula has been involved with the Edinburgh University Alumni Club of DC since 2007, served as treasurer of the club between 2008-2013, and president between 2013-2014.
Jessica A. Morrow, MSc 2012
Jessica received her Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh in 2012. While at Edinburgh, she was a member of the University Boat Club. Prior to earning her Master’s degree, Jessica studied History and Communication Studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN where she graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in 2010. She also studied British History and Politics during her undergraduate career at both the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics and Political Science. While at these other institutions, Jessica also rowed competitively and participated in the boat clubs and crew teams.
Jessica has lived in Washington, DC for several years, and currently works for the federal government. She is a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square.
Elysse T. Meredith, MSc 2008, PhD 2012
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, California, Elysse attended Edinburgh for her postgraduate work in Medieval Studies. Her doctoral thesis focused on the use of colour and costume in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, examining Middle English and Middle French literature and manuscript illuminations concerning the court of King Arthur. From 2010 to 2011, she served as co-editor for FORUM: The University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts. Elysse is also an alumna of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, where she earned her B.A. in English Literature. A member of the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild, she blogs about her adventures in knitting, spinning, weaving, and sewing at unspun. She currently works as a freelance researcher and writer. In her spare time, she dances.
Fiona McCracken, MA (Hons) 1983
Fiona grew up in Perthshire and studied Spanish, Portuguese and Fine Art at Edinburgh before moving to New York to begin work in the field of art and fashion. Concurrently, a career began in Spanish and English proofreading eventually leading to the niche world of radio and television news archives. In Washington, Fiona has renovated a 1915 DC row house which she intends to use as a base for an environmentally friendly eco-textile business. She has been a committee member since 2007.
Elizabeth Kelley, 1993
Elizabeth (Liz) Kelley is currently employed at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, where she works on national disaster housing policy to improve the delivery of temporary housing to disaster survivors in the United States. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Maine. Her interests in archaeology and history brought her to the University of Edinburgh, where her studies led to her Master’s degree in Community Planning from the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. She is a Board Member and Past President of the Friends of Alexandria Archaeology, a non-profit group that supports archaeology and history in the Alexandria, Virginia area. She has been active with the University of Edinburgh alumni in Washington DC for many years, and confesses to be nostalgic for hill-walking on Arthur’s Seat, and for taking walks through George Square and other favorite places in the city. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephen Keat, Junior Year Abroad 1976/77
Stephen read Politics and Economic History while studying at Edinburgh. He was active in debates and the ski club. Stephen is the Mt. Vernon District Representative, Fairfax County Economic Advisory Commission (EAC) and member of the EAC Implementation Committee, providing policy-level recommendations to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on matters related to the development and expansion of the County’s economy. Stephen is also a member of the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation’s (SFDC) Economic Development Committee. SFDC is a nonprofit that promotes the revitalization of Richmond Highway. Founded in 1981, SFDC has helped direct nearly $2 billion of private investment into the community. Stephen retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in September 2012. Stephen joined State in October 1983 and served in the Dominican Republic, Somalia, Kenya, Spain, the Philippines, and Uruguay. He had a range of domestic postings, mostly related to economics or intelligence issues.