Alumni Stories

Jessica Dadigan Portrait

Jessica Dadigan, ’10

I quickly decided I wanted to pursue the field of Child Life after my introduction to it in Colleen Baish's first Introduction to Child Life course taught at Syracuse University. Child Life Specialists focus on play and coping strategies to help pediatric patients and their families cope with hospitalization, illness and injury.
 
Leslie J. Couse Portrait

Leslie J. Couse, Ph.D., G’01

Dr. Leslie J. Couse is associate professor of education at the University of New Hampshire and adjunct assistant professor of pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Her expertise lies in preparing teachers for inclusive early childhood settings through interdisciplinary collaboration with parents, teachers, and service providers.
 
Dara Seeling portrait during white coat ceremony

Dara Seeling, ’11

After graduating from Syracuse University, Dara became a physician assistant student at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, focusing on general pediatrics, pediatric surgery, pediatric cardiology, dermatology, and plastic and reconstructive surgery.
 

Francheska Layne Bravo

Francheska Layne Bravo is a registered nurse working in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and enrolled in Columbia University's Pediatric Nurse Practitioner's program. In addition to this, she is working on obtaining a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.
 

Sarah P. Feiner, 15′

Sarah works in fundraising at PPFA in New York City, the national headquarters for Planned Parenthood. Three days before graduation in 2015, she was offered a summer internship at PPFA, and moved to New York City two weeks after graduation. "This was my dream organization to work at, and I wanted nothing more than to be hired as a full-time employee. In August I accepted my full-time offer, and by September I had fully moved to New York City."