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

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Roan Alumna Victoria Howard ’15 is improving people’s health—starting with their eyes.
In her fourth year at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN, Victoria is in the throes of externships where she is learning from professionals in the field about disease management, surgery, exams, and vision therapy. Vision therapy, Victoria explained, is helping the patient’s eyes work better together, teaching them how to interact with their environment and use them efficiently. The program can be used with patients who have difficulties with eye alignment or eye movements, controlling their focusing system, or even vision loss from a stroke.

“You can tell the health of a person’s body based on the health of the eye,” Victoria said. “I like that I can improve people’s quality of life by improving their vision. You can help people see better, live better, and with kids, you can help them learn better.”

She is at the James H. Quiilen Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Johnson City in spring 2019 and then will graduate.

”Johnson City feels like home,” she said. “I’m excited to come back and be more a part of this community again. It has my heart.”


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

class of 2019