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The Department of History at John Carroll has seen many of our graduates go on to do some pretty amazing things. Our graduates have opened their own businesses, obtained M.B.A. degrees, excelled in law schools, entered teaching professions and worked for international organizations--and that just scratches the surface.  Explore alumni success stories in the links below. (If we don't have your information, and you would like to be added, please contact Kristi Lerch @

Katie Atkins: works in tenured banking at Quicken Loans.

Erin Kelley: working on a Public History M.A. at James Madison University.  

Riley Larkin: teaching History and AP Psychology at McLean High School in northern Virginia.

Acadia Palocko: attending law school at the University of Akron.

Drew Turner: teaching Global Studies and Economics at Walsh Jesuit High School. Additionally coaching varsity football.


Magdalena Lucas:  teaches world History, Ancient civilizations and Government as well as provides College Prep guidance and ACT prep to 12th and 11th grade at area Orthodox Jewish Schools. 

Rebecca Ries-Roncalli:  is pursuing a masters in Social Science at the University of Chicago. Her research interests are late medieval and early modern Europe, with an emphasis on how women related to the femininity taught by religious institutions, and how they defied those very constructions of femininity and some became spiritual guides in their own right. 

Zachary Toth: teaches U.S. Government and Honors U.S. Studies at Bedford High School. During his first teaching year at Bedford High School, he was awarded the Rookie of the Year award, which is awarded to the best first year teacher in the district. Along with teaching, Zachary is the offensive coordinator of the football team, the varsity assistant of the basketball team and the girls JV softball coach.


Johnathan Desrosiers: completed Army training at Fort Leonard Wood; graduated from the Police academy, has served as a police/corrections officer for a municipality, and now works as a police officer for JCU.

Arnold Paskay:  Immediately after graduation in May, 2017, Arnold began work as a Field Agent for Knights of Columbus Insurance. After two good years in that career, he was the primary field agent for nearly 2,000 brother Knights and their families across six counties in Northeast Ohio. Life pulled Arnold in a different direction, however, and he got a new job in the Commercial Lines department of Westfield Insurance, based in Westfield Center, OH. He now works as an Account Examiner processing new policies as well as renewing old ones.While Arnold has not pursued a career directly in-line with his History degree, his major has allowed him ample knowledge to converse with colleagues and clients, and given him the skill set to research other interests.vastly helped to improve his writing.

Audrey Schmelzer: is about to begin her second year serving in Peace Corps China. She teaches university level students Oral English in Gansu province.