Want to discover where a political science major can take you? Join the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development and the HWS Political Science Department for a discussion with alums on Monday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanford Room of the Warren Huntington Smith Library.
The panel will consist of five alumni and alumnae who are returning to campus to share their experiences. Panelists include: Michael Amodeo ’01, Jennifer LeBlanc ’94, Chuck Maloy ’90, Tim Offray ’09 and Michele Viterise ’09.
“The panel will allow students to realize the value of a political science major and a liberal arts education in general,” says Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman, who is organizing the event. “Political science majors graduate and go on to careers on Wall Street or in D.C., in education, technology, communications and service. A degree in political science is a smart decision because it creates innumerable career options.”
Following his graduation in 2001, Amodeo attended the University of Buffalo Law School where he completed a concentration in financial transactions. In 2005, he was admitted to the New York State Bar and began counseling and representing businesses in Buffalo. He has also been admitted into the U. S. Federal District Court and Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York. Amodeo is currently an associate attorney with Damon Morey, LLP in Buffalo, N.Y. He is active in his community where he volunteers his professional services to the Buffalo Volunteer Lawyer Project which assists indigent clients with their legal issues. He is also active in local, state and national politics and recently was a candidate for the New York State Assembly. While at HWS, Amodeo was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha and Omicron Delta Epsilon honor societies. He studied abroad in Ecuador and was a four-year letterman for the Hobart Statesmen Football team where as a captain he led the team to its first ever NCAA Tournament.
LeBlanc is the vice president of development for ecoAmerica where she steers all individual, foundation and government fundraising strategies in support of general operations and five national programs. ecoAmerica is an organization dedicated to supporting the environmental movement and growing a base of public support for environment and climate solutions among mainstream Americans. LeBlanc joined ecoAmerica in 2008 after serving as the director of conservation programs for Catawba Lands Conservancy, a land trust in Charlotte, N.C. for three years. As director, she led the land protection program and developed strategic partnerships with community leaders, local public officials, and state and federal legislators to advance priority conservation projects. She has also worked as the assistant vice president of client services at the Foundation for the Carolinas and at The Conservation Fund in Arlington, Va. After receiving her B.A. in political science from William Smith, she received her master’s in environmental policy and management from the University of Denver.
Maloy is currently a New York State licensed real estate agent for Park Avenue Realtors in Rochester, N.Y., and the owner of Rockingham Property Group, LLC. His focus is on commercial real estate including retail, office, industrial, mixed-use and investment properties. Prior to entering real estate, Maloy earned his master’s in educational psychology and statistics from the University of Albany and was a college lacrosse and football coach for 15 years.
Offray works for the Miami Division of Brown & Brown Insurance, Inc. as a commercial insurance advisor where he advises medium to large businesses on risk management and financial matters while working with business owners to create custom insurance packages to protect the assets of their companies. He was a political science major and double minored in international relations and economics. While at HWS, he attended the TUCK Business Bridge Program at Dartmouth College where he interned as a market research for Mesa International, a home décor manufacturer.
Following graduation, Viterise traveled to Beijing, China where she worked as an ESL Teacher for a company called Expertise Education and taught English in an international kindergarten classroom. She is currently a Rochester AmeriCorps member and Academic Advisor with the Upward Bound program at the University of Rochester. The program serves potential-first generation college students and low income high school students in the Rochester City School District. She is planning to attend law school this fall and wants to work in public interest after earning her J.D. While at HWS, Viterise was the co-founder of Americans for Informed Democracy, studied abroad in Bath, England and worked for the Center for Teaching and Learning as a writing colleague.
Following the panel there will be a reception for students and alums.