Alumni

  • Al Landeche

    Al Landeche has been a business process analyst at Goodman Manufacturing since 2005. BA: international relations; minor: management, 2000

    2018-1
  • Olli-Pekka Nissinen

    Olli-Pekka Nissinen is managing director of Kullo Golf Club and sole trader in management and media relations at Tmi Olli-Pekka Nissinen in Helsinki, Finland. Nissinen received a JET specialist degree in sports management from the Haaga-Helia School of Applied Sciences, Vierumäki campus, and an MA in intercultural encounters from the University of Helsinki. BA: international relations; minor: European studies; emphasis: international law and diplomacy, 2001

    2018-1
  • David S. Lee

    David S. Lee has been a senior lecturer at the University of Hong Kong since 2015. Lee received a JD from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MA with emphases in Eastern Asian studies, economic development, and North/South Korea from Harvard University. He also received an MS in organizational and social psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. BAs: international politics and Asian studies; minor: Korean, 2002

    2018-1
  • Miles Hansen

    Miles Hansen recently stepped down as Director for Gulf Affairs on the U.S. National Security Council to assume a new role as President & CEO of the World Trade Center Utah. He previously served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer in  Armenia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Washington, D.C., as well as a junior consultant with the International Trade Centre in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He received an MA in International Relations from SAIS at Johns Hopkins University. BA: International relations, 2009

    2018-1
  • Craig Liening

    Craig Liening is commander of Company C of the 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion, a 35-man Airborne Signal Company capable of worldwide deployment within eighteen hours of notification. Liening is responsible for three retransmission teams and three network node teams and supervises all automated information systems, network management, computer network defense, electromagnetic spectrum operations, and information assurance. He served in the Japan Tokyo North and Japan Tokyo Missions from 2006 to 2008. BA: Asian studies; minor: military science, 2011

    2018-1
  • Collins Carrington

    Collins Carrington is a translator for Maltese and Italian at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. BA: Italian; minors: Middle East studies and global business and literacy, 2015

    2018-1
  • David N. Campbell

    David N. Campbell, a former Canadian civil servant, teaches courses in national security and international relations at BYU–Idaho. Campbell also advises Sigma Iota Rho. He served in the Taiwan Taipei Mission from 1982 to 1984 and received an MA in political science from the University of British Columbia and a PhD, with areas of study in international relations, comparative politics, and China, from the University of Toronto. BA:political science, 198

    2018-1
  • Joshua Jaramillo

    Caring for the Underserved
    Joshua Jaramillo has shown both ambition and compassion in his work since graduating from BYU in 2009. Jaramillo majored in Latin American studies with a minor in Spanish. While at BYU, he served as the president of the Student Association of Latin American Studies, which involved him in many cultural- and service-oriented projects.

    He also taught at Centro Hispano and completed a study abroad in Siena, Italy, while researching Italian immigration to Latin America.

    After graduating, Jaramillo worked as an elementary and middle school teacher before entering medical school at Stanford University. While there, he helped start the Hispanic Center of Pediatric Surgery at Stanford Children’s Hospital, participated in global surgery research, served as a cochair of both the Latino Medical Student Association and the Surgery Interest Group, and was as a member of the Diversity Advisory Panel for the School of Medicine Admission Committee. Currently, Jaramillo is a general surgery resident at Stanford and plans to participate next year in a pediatric surgery research fellowship at Stanford Children’s Hospital.

    Jaramillo has clearly found the work he loves thanks to his experience with Latin American studies. He said, “Latin American studies was the perfect major for me because it allowed me to enhance my passion for the Spanish language and Latin people while also allowing me to cultivate professional skills and pursue my interests in medicine and caring for the underserved.”

    2017-2
  • Camille Dockery

    Prepared to Contribute
    Thanks to her degree in Latin American studies and minor in history, 2017 grad Camille Dockery felt ready to enter the professional sphere and be a helpful colleague and contributor in the office. “The professors prepare students well for competitive internships and future careers,” said Dockery. She explained that the courses she took were intensive.

    Dockery eagerly welcomed opportunities offered at BYU, and she served as president of the Foreign Service Student Organization. She was also invited to interview for an internship with the Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security and for a position in Mexico City. Dockery chose to intern with the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, which turned out to be an important step in her career path. “The regional director told me he was impressed with the qualifications BYU students brought to the table,” she shared. “BYU’s stellar language instruction helped check another box on their list of requirements.”

    Dockery’s experiences at BYU have affected other aspects of her life. She said, “The broad liberal arts background provided to Latin American studies majors, as well as the area-specific coursework, have been invaluable to me. I see connections to things I learned in the program constantly—in work, at church, on the Foreign Service test, and in my daily life.”

    In summary, she said, “I sincerely believe this major offers opportunities to learn that will help throughout your life to be more well-rounded, empathetic, and knowledgeable.”

    2017-2
  • Brian Scroggins

    Advocating with Love
    Brian Scroggins said he entered BYU not knowing what he wanted to do after graduation. Regarding what changed, he explained, “Latin American studies pushed me to take a variety of courses that allowed me to see the impact of Latin America on the world.”

    Scroggins discovered an interest in Latin America during his mission in the Caribbean and decided to pursue that as a major, with a minor in nonprofit management. Those in the department encouraged him to expand his experiences and to take an internship with the Real Salt Lake Soccer Club. “This degree truly has no limits,” he affirmed.

    After graduating in 2016, Scroggins is now working on a joint JD/MBA at the University of Kentucky. “Not a day goes by that I don’t use some knowledge I gained at BYU,” he assured. “I have the chance to provide service opportunities for the Latin American community, offer new insights to laws that are in place, and help businesses market their products to Latin American communities.”

    Although his love for Latin America began with his mission, it was by pursuing his major that Scroggins found he could make a difference. “By majoring in Latin American studies, I can now act on that passion and stand out from the competition by advocating for the people I love,” he said. “My major was the best thing I could have done to prepare for a postgraduate education and the workforce.”

    2017-2
  • Maria Dincheva Price

    Maria Dincheva Price is head of EU policy and public affairs for the International Union of Wagon Keepers in Belgium, which deals with transport, freight, rail, infrastructure, rolling stock, and intermodality and logistics. Price has worked in this field for seven years. She received an MA in international law and world order from the University of Reading and a PhD in transport from the University of Oxford. BA: international studies; minor: European studies, 2000

    2017-2
  • Jasmine M. Turner

    Jasmine M. Turner, a teacher at Kimber Leadership Academy in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, has been an educator for sixteen years. BAs: international relations, Spanish, 1998; MA: Spanish, 2001

    2017-2
  • Steven J. Stancliff

    Steven J. Stancliff is the principal at Pilot Butte Middle School in Bend, Oregon. Stancliff previously served as an assistant principal and a teacher in the Redmond School District. He received an MA in secondary education and teaching from Willamette University and an MA in international and comparative education from the University of Alberta. BA: international relations; minor: Latin American studies, 2002

    2017-2
  • Jamieson L. Greer

    Jamieson L. Greer is chief of staff in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, part of the Executive Office of the President in—Washington, DC. Previously, Greer worked in two law firms, as area defense counsel at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, and as a JAG officer. He received a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law and a joint MA in international law from the Paris Institute of Political Sciences and the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. BA: international studies; minors: European studies, aerospace studies, 2004

    2017-2
  • Nicholas Perona

    Nicholas Perona works in corporate sales and opportunity development at Qualtrics, bridging the gap between companies and consumers through analytical research software. He has used his fluency in Spanish to translate code for the company. BA: Latin American studies, 2016

    2017-2
  • Blair Sorensen

    Blair Sorensen is a product specialist at Qualtrics, a software company that specializes in market research. BA: international relations; minor: Asian studies, 2016

    2017-2