Alumni Spotlight

2015 Alumni

CoriWixonCorina Wixon (’15) graduated with a B.S. in Economics and a minor in Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise. Initially attracted to Economics by the diversity of topics, she chose to pursue the major after enjoying Dr. Griffith’s Econometrics class. Throughout her time at Wake Forest, classes such as Dr. Hammond’s Chicago Economics, Dr. Dalton’s Economics of Health and Medicine and Dr. Griffith’s Economics of Higher Education continued to be the most enjoyed courses. Culminating in a senior year thesis, Economics was her most rewarding college experience, thanks to the dedicated and talented faculty. Corina is pursuing a career in Healthcare business. She begins at Patientco, a startup firm dedicated to hospital efficiency through improved patient interactions. She hopes that through this career path, she can combine her love of economics, her penchant for healthcare and her entrepreneurship background.

Katie HerronKatie Herron (’15) is graduating with a double major in economics and psychology. She first became interested in economics after taking Professor McFall’s intro course, and her Macroeconomics course with Professor Dalton solidified her appreciation of the subject. One of the highlights of her academic career was being able to do research for Dr. John Dalton over multiple semesters, which helped her learn from an incredible mentor beyond the classroom. She has studied abroad in India, worked as a tech recruiter at a startup in Los Angeles, served as the philanthropy chair for Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, and is a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon Honors Society. This summer, she is heading to Washington, D.C. to start her job as a strategy & operations analyst at Deloitte consulting. In the next five years, she hopes to attend graduate school for either business or economics.

KelseyMullin Kelsey Mullin (’15) ​was​ a double major in economics and Spanish. She first became interested in economics while taking Dr. Whaples’ ​150 class and realized she looked forward to taking the daily quizzes. Kelsey studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain where she ​became interested in global business. ​She wrote her thesis with the support of Dr. Griffith and Dr. Whaples in collaboration with the advancement office to study donation trends of young Wake Forest alumni and their likelihood to give back to their alma mater. ​She is working for EY in their International Tax department in Atlanta. She is extremely grateful for the encouragement and assistance of the economics department during her four years at Wake and looks forward to using what she has learned in the real world.

MegGreene Meg Green (’15): Like many Economics majors at Wake Forest, I received my first dose of Economics in an Intro course with Dr. McFall. As an already-declared Political Science major with a minor in Latin American Studies, my economics professors encouraged me to view political and social situations with more of an analytical eye— considering decision-making as a multifaceted interaction between parties that could be predicted and understood through economic theory and models. Utilizing the skills obtained in Dr. Burkett’s Microeconomics course, Dr. Dalton’s International Trade and Macroeconomics courses, Dr. Griffith’s Econometrics, and Dr. McFall’s Principles course, I was able to fuse my interests into one academic package that has been both exciting and invaluable. After graduation, I will be attending the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C. as a candidate for the Masters of International Economics and Finance where I hope to deepen my quantitative knowledge of economics and econometrics to study Social Movements and International Trade relations in/with Latin American countries.

Misa BachellerMisa Batcheller (’15) graduated with a B.A. in Economics and minors in Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise and Psychology. She decided to major in economics due to the versatility of the major in the job market as well as the strong analytical background it provides. She has already begun to see the value of her decision to major in the field of economics. Her economics classes at Wake Forest have provided her with high exposure to excel, the ability to perform in-depth research and analysis, and advanced critical thinking skills, that have proven to be marketable in the job search process. Following graduation, she will be working as an analyst for the economics group at Wells Fargo Securities in Charlotte, NC, where she will be reporting and analyzing market trends.

NickAdamsNick Adams (’15) graduated with a double major in Economics and Politics and International Affairs. He chose to major in Economics because of its applicability in all aspects of life and after reading the Freakonomics series, which Nick found interesting due to its peculiar way of solving problems and explaining phenomena. His decision was only reinforced by the great professors he came to know during his time, specifically Professor Griffith, Professor McFall, Professor Flanagan and Professor Burkett who all encouraged Nick to explore his passion for economics through his childhood passions of baseball and law. Outside of Economics, Nick was an executive for the Club Baseball Team, a Resident Advisor and Middle School baseball coach in Winston-Salem. In June 2015, Nick started his career with an apprenticeship at Atlantic Merchant Capital Investors and is excited to begin his work in the Fall of 2015 at Nuvasive in southern California.

Anthony Bleyer JrAnthony Bleyer, Jr (’15): Originally, I chose to major in Economics with the hope of pursuing a career in finance. However, I quickly learned that Economics addresses so many issues other than stocks and bonds. As I worked through the requirements for a major in economics, health care became my passion. I saw a real need for health care workers with tools to not only treat patients but also to assist in delivering care and developing effective policy. As a result, my lifelong goal is to deliver high quality care not only through patient care but also through the development of sound policy on the regional, national, and international levels. I will be attending Wake Forest University School of Medicine in the fall and will be continuing my research on issues where healthcare and economics intersect, specifically the lack of living kidney donors and the effects of irregular access to general care.

2014 Alumni

JordanGarside2Jordan Garside (’14) graduated with a double major in Economics and Religion with a minor in History. He is currently pursuing a masters in the management program in the Business School. “I decided to major in Economics after I took Econ 150 with Professor McFall. He not only made the material enjoyable and easy to understand, but he also helped me see the value of an education in Economics. A deeper understanding of Econ has enabled me to better understand the world around me – whether it be complex policies issues or simply just trying to understand human decision-making. In retrospect, I am confident that I could not have chosen a better subject to study, and the primary reason for that is the great faculty that comprise the Econ Department. When I am not studying, I am most likely doing some activity related to football. Being a student-athlete has made my experience at Wake unbelievably rewarding, and I am extremely thankful to have had that opportunity. For my career, I anticipate myself entering into public service or working for a non-profit organization, and given these career aspirations, I am confident that my degree in Econ will prove to be invaluable.”

2013 Alumni

Andrew EllisAndrew Ellis (’13) majored in Economics because Dr. McFall showed his intro class how relevant the subject was to everyday life by drawing economic connections to Tom Hanks in “Cast Away” as well as salaries in the NBA. Overall, the subject taught Andrew how to think critically about the world and has driven him to the field of education. Andrew is currently teaching 7th grade math and social studies in Texas through Teach for America and he hopes to get a masters in economics or public policy to continue studying ways we can improve the public education system. At Wake, Andrew studied abroad in Nepal, worked for Residence Life and Housing, and was a member of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity.

Amanda SatterwhiteAmanda Satterwhite (’13) chose a major in Economics after a couple of intro courses demonstrated to her the value of the subject in understanding politics and international affairs, an area she was keenly interested in. Among her favorite courses in the department were American Economic History with Dr. MacDonald, International Finance with Dr. Mazumder, and working on a senior honors thesis with Dr. Griffith, Dr. Heckelman and Dr. Garces, who patiently helped her understand the value of statistical analysis in studying the growth of developing nations. Currently, Amanda is working in Tanzania as a Project Coordinator with 2Seeds Network, overseeing an agricultural development project to promote food and income security for rural Tanzanians. Upon her return to the U.S. she hopes to continue working in the arena of international development, perhaps with a government contractor.

Janna Raley Janna Raley (’13) graduated with a major in Economics and a minor in Environmental Studies. She now works for BBC Research & Consulting in Denver, Colorado where she does natural resource economics consulting. The economic department’s diverse course offerings and opportunities, including completing an honors thesis, allowed Janna to integrate her major and minor, and ultimately find a job directly related to both.

MaryBeth Harbour Mary Beth Harbour (’13) chose a major in Economics because of its value and versatility in the job market. As a sophomore declaring a major, she was not sure what type of career she wanted to pursue after graduation, but felt strongly that a major in Economics would open the door to many different opportunities. Her favorite classes were classes that challenged her, like Microeconomics II with Dr. Chen, or classes that used economic theory to analyze current issues, like The Economics of Higher Education with Dr. Griffith and The Economics of Health & Medicine with Dr. Lawlor. As a student at Wake Forest, Mary Beth served as a resident advisor and a member of the German Honors Society. Mary Beth currently works as an implementation analyst at Allscripts, a healthcare IT company, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

wilkie barrackWilkie Barrack (’13) chose to major in Mathematical Economics because of his great experiences in Intro to Economics with Dr. Whaples and Calculus I with Dr, Robinson of the math department. Despite being unsure of what type of profession he wanted to pursue at the time of his major declaration, Wilkie was confident that the interdepartmental major would help him develop critical thinking and analytical skills necessary for many different professional careers. After an internship with a Financial Advisor following his sophomore year, Wilkie decided to pursue a career in the financial sector. Wilkie’s favorite classes were those that helped him develop a better understanding of the relationship between macroeconomics and financial markets, such as Professor Mazumder’s International Finance class and Professor Wood’s Financial Markets class. Wilkie also thoroughly enjoyed the elective classes that prompted him to think creatively, such as Professor McFall’s Law and Economics. Wilkie currently works as a Credit Analyst with Wells Fargo in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Andrew CallahanAndrew Callahan (’13) majored in Economics for its diverse utility and value in today’s job market. While attending Wake, Andrew participated in two rigorous summer internships with financial firms in New York with the goal of joining the financial sector. However, after attending Professor Heckelman’s Public Choice Economics Class and his experience serving as the President of the Interfraternity Council, Andrew changed direction and moved to Washington D.C. soon after graduation. He felt strongly motivated by a passion for politics and public policy and began an internship for a Member of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives. Now a Legislative Aide, Andrew’s Economics degree from Wake has prepared him to manage an extensive legislative portfolio comprised of commerce, labor, healthcare, and justice policy issues. Outside of work, Andrew enjoys golf, basketball, and hiking.

Caitlin DourneyCait Dourney (’13) graduated magna cum laude with honors in economics. Among her favorite courses at Wake were international trade with Professor Dalton and intro to economics with Professor McFall. After graduation, Cait moved to Boston and worked as an investment specialist in portfolio management at the Bank of New York Mellon. She currently works as an analyst at Fidelity Investments as part of the Asset Allocation Research Team (AART). AART conducts economic, fundamental, and quantitative research to develop asset allocation recommendations for Fidelity’s portfolio managers and investment teams. The team analyzes macroeconomic and financial market trends in order to generate investment ideas over tactical, cyclical, and secular time horizons.

More Alumni

Rob Frackelton Frackelton_Rob(’08) Since graduating Rob has taught in two independent schools and currently teaches Economics at Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach, FL. He teaches Principles of Economics, Honors Macroeconomics and Honors Microeconomics.

Erin (Moseley) IstvanErin_Istvan photo (’06) is a mathematical economics graduate and previous winner of the Prize for Excellence in Economics. Her degree in economics provided a strong foundation for success in the fields of finance and business. Following Wake Forest graduation, she joined Wachovia Corporation (now Wells Fargo) where she worked in corporate development and loan restructuring roles. In 2010, she pursued her MBA from Harvard Business School and joined investment banking firm Lincoln International thereafter. She currently works for Chicago-based Madison Capital Funding, which provides financing to middle market private equity-backed firms.

Bryan Edwards Bryan Edwards (’11) graduated Summa Cum Laude with a double major in Economics with Honors and German. He chose to major in Economics because of the diverse curriculum provided by the department as well as the attractiveness of the degree in the job market. His decision was only reinforced by the great professors he came to know during his time, specifically Professor Griffith and Professor Mazumder. Outside of Economics, Bryan was the President of the Entrepreneurship Society and a member of the Board of Investigators and Advisors. In July 2011, Bryan started his career with General Electric as a member of their Financial Management Program (FMP), where he spent time in Atlanta, upstate New York, and Augsburg, Germany. In January 2014 Bryan moved to New York City to join Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations practice as a management consultant.

william_evans_125Bill Evans (’83) While at Wake, Bill majored in Economics and minored in Moorhouse, taking five classes from former Wake Forest economics professor, John Moorhouse. During his junior year he served as research assistant for Professor Moorhouse and Professor Dan Hammond and in his senior year he wrote an honors thesis under the supervision of Professor Claire Hammond. From these two activities he found a love for research and as a result, entered the PhD program at Duke University, from which he graduated in 1987. After working 20 years as a faculty member at the University of Maryland, in 2007, he joined the Department of Economics at Notre Dame as the university’s first Keough-Hesburgh Professor. This professorship was designed to attract leading scholars to Notre Dame to contribute to both the academic life as well as the Catholic mission of the university. In 2012, Bill co-founded the Lab for Economic Opportunities ( that attempts to find research-driven poverty solutions. He and his wife, Eileen, have three boys, Conor (24), Brendan (21) and Patrick (17). He is quite pleased that Notre Dame has joined the ACC so he can once again see Wake basketball in person.

JeffStrecansky (1)Jeff Strecansky (’11) graduated with a B.S. in Economics and minors in Global Trade & Commerce Studies and Psychology. He decided to major in economics after enjoying Intro to Econ with Dr. Perry Patterson and due to the versatility of the degree in the job market based on its development of an analytical skillset that is beneficial across all areas of business. His interest was also piqued by the diverse range of classes the major offered, including Dr. Griffith’s Economics of Labor Markets and Dr. Dalton’s International Trade. Jeff began his career in Washington, D.C. as a Strategy and Operations Analyst with Deloitte Consulting, a management consulting firm. In the summer of 2014, he left Deloitte to join McCarthy Capital, an Omaha-based private equity firm focused on growth equity. Outside of work, he enjoys golf, boxing, and occasional attempts at karaoke.

stulting_chilesBennett Stulting Chiles (’07) graduated Wake Forest with majors in Mathematical Economics and Art History. She has worked in both strategy consulting (Dean & Company) and financial services (Wells Fargo), and also served for a year in the AmeriCorps program with Habitat for Humanity. She is currently in the second year of a Ph.D. program in Strategy at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and plans to pursue a career in teaching and research in the business school setting.

Garrett EdelGarrett Edel (’10) graduated in Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Mathematical Economics. As a Math-Econ major, he especially enjoyed the challenging major-specific classes such as Optimization Theory and the Seminar in Mathematical Economics. Outside of the department, he was a tutor at the Wake Forest Writing Center, held leadership positions in his fraternity, and studied abroad in Cork, Ireland. After graduation, he started working at Bain & Company — a management consulting firm — in the Atlanta office as an Associate Consultant. In the summer of 2013, he left Bain as a Senior Associate Consultant to join Babiators – a startup making children’s products – as the VP of Special Projects and Analysis. In his spare time he’s often reading or playing fingerstyle acoustic guitar.

KwonSang-Hyuk Kwon (’12) After graduating with a double major in Economics and English with a minor in Philosophy, I briefly interned Yuanta Securities’ M&A team, after which I began my mandatory service in the Korean Army. I passed a competitive examination to join as an interpreter, during which I applied and was selected to join the Korean contingent as one of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)’s peacekeepers. A civil war broke out during my deployment, but I was able to return home safely and be honorably discharged. Post-Army, I interned at Accenture Strategy, worked as a Junior Analyst at Samsung Securities’ M&A team, and received an offer to work as an analyst at Crescendo Equity Partners, a Korean private equity firm with Peter Thiel’s backing. Due to my strong desire to pursue a career helping private sectors develop in frontier markets, I will be leaving Crescendo to start school at MIT Sloan’s Master of Finance program. My long-term goals involve working for the IFC or the Acumen Fund and advising or executing investments with the purpose of fomenting development.

David FFrisvold_photo_webrisvold (’98)   After graduating with a major in Mathematical Economics, he briefly worked for the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and New York. He then earned a PhD in economics from Vanderbilt University in 2006, completed a fellowship at the University of Michigan, and was an economics professor at Emory University. He is now an economics professor at the University of Iowa and his research interests include health economics and the economics of education. His experiences at Wake and the opportunities to take classes from dedicated instructors who are passionate about economics have had a persistent influence on the classes that he teaches today.

Chris GChris Gottfriedottfried (’04) graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2009 with a JD and MBA.  Currently he is a manager at KPMG in their Financial Services Advisory practice. He also practices law part time as owner of The Law Office of Christopher K. Gottfried.  He and his wife, also a Wake alum, live in Winston-Salem with their three year old daughter.

Shannon Bothwell SHANNON BOTHWELL(’98) attended the Yale Law School immediately after leaving Wake Forest, and returned home to South Florida to practice law in 2001. Her career so far has been quite varied – she has worked at multiple large, international law firms, a federally chartered bank, and as a business principal in a startup business facilitating financing for green retrofits of existing buildings. I’ve also had the privilege of serving six years on the university’s Alumni Council.

ElmoreElmore R. Alexander (’74) has been Dean and Professor of Management in the Louis Ricciardi College of Business at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts for the past two years.  Previously, he was business school dean and professor at Marist College and Philadelphia U.  Earlier in his career, he held faculty and administrative positions at Johns Hopkins U., American U. and the University of Memphis.  
Elmore has recently served as president of two regional organizations for business school deans.  In 2015-16, he is president of the Northeast Business Deans’ Association; and he was president of the Mid-Atlantic Association for Colleges of Business Administration in 2014-2105.
Elmore is married to Pamela Carlson Alexander (B.A., Psychology, 1974), a Senior Researcher at Outcome Referrals, Inc., a firm that develops evidence based practice models for counseling, psychotherapy, and social welfare.  She specializes in research on family violence.  The Alexanders’ son, Eric, and daughter-in-law, Anna Williams, are doctoral students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and will be looking for faculty positions at small liberal arts colleges in the next couple of years.

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