Roan Alumni continue the Roan commitment to leadership excellence and lifelong impact. Our more than 60 Alumni live, work in, and contribute to diverse communities as Peace Corps volunteers, teachers, doctors, lawyers, nurses, advocates, business owners and more. More than 60 percent go on to earn advanced degrees. They also remain connected to the Roan, mentoring Scholars, modeling leadership excellence, serving on our Regional Selection and Steering Committees, and financially supporting the program.

Roan Alumni Spotlight

Carlee Hart.PNG
Okinawa_Carlee.jpg

The following is a contribution from Roan Alumna Carlee Haas Hart ’17. Carlee serves as a domestic abuse victim advocate for the military in Okinawa, Japan. She relocated there after graduation with her husband, who is in the U.S. Air Force. In her blog, wehartadventure.wordpress.com, Carlee records the new people, places, food and culture she discovers daily.

Some of my earliest memories are of my family loading up in a van, turning up the music and traveling throughout the United States. Every spring, winter and summer break we had a new destination route outlined on the map and, when we finally stopped, I can remember my father’s never-ending encouragement to question the obvious and to look beyond the surface. Suddenly, the places we traveled to were no longer just beautiful—they were lands that told a story and held a deep and rich history.

In 2015, through the encouragement and the empowerment of the Roan program, I was given the opportunity to travel to study Evolution and Biodiversity as a part of my core requirements in the Galapagos Islands in South America. While I loved to travel, it was still nerve-racking to leave the country for the first time! Before leaving, I did an immense amount of research and came across a quote by Andrew Zimmern that reminded me of what my father used to tell me; “Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you. Those are the keys to understanding the amazing world we live in.”

To this day, while living in Japan, this quote and my father’s encouragement resonates within me. I’m always trying to look beyond the surface, to question everything I see, to immerse myself in the cultural practices, and to understand the history behind it all. I am motivated to discover as much as I can wherever I go because, as Andrew Zimmern said, “Those are the keys to understanding the amazing world we live in."

Our Roan Alumni

class of 2004

  • Heather Jones Cook

  • Kristin Truman Farr

  • Carolyn “Addie” Estepp Jarrett

  • Julie Harless Keeton

class of 2005

  • Glen "Allen" Barnett

  • Mikki Glover Hale

  • Brittany Smith Hollingsworth

  • Brian McCormack

Class of 2006

  • Philip Benfield

  • Aya Fukuda

  • Keely Richardson Goodwin

  • Carolyn "Michele" Richards Roberts

class of 2007

Class of 2008

  • Allison Lowe

  • Stephen Linebarger

class of 2009

  • Whitney Anderson

  • Brittany Moore Robbins

  • Phillip Ross

  • Tim Vanthournout

class of 2010

Class of 2011

  • Katharine "Katie" Jones

  • Chris Mynhier

class of 2012

  • Grace McCord Collins

  • Sean Collins

  • Daniel Miller

  • Edwina Morris

class of 2013

class of 2014

  • Chelsea Hopkins Booher

  • Erika Wild Herrera

  • Lucas Hitechew

  • Matt Pencarinha

  • Mollie Bellows Rutledge

class of 2015

class of 2016

  • Brad Fisher

  • Mary "Maddie" Gilmer

  • Sierra Wilson Lowe

  • William "Austin" Wike

  • Audrey Smith Wilkinson

class of 2017