As a biochemist in the United States Army, St. Marys native Maj. Keith Sharrow enjoys working on diverse projects.
"The aspect of my career that I enjoy the most is that I have the opportunity to do a variety of different jobs," Sharrow said. "In the past eight years, I have conducted head trauma research at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, run a field-mobile chemical analysis lab, and run two different sections within the largest environmental analysis laboratory within the U.S. Army. I have been able to do all these different jobs while progressing in my career.
Cassandra Mosier, Kersey native, enlisted as a volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps and currently lives and teaches in Edinet, Moldova. Moldova is located between Ukraine and Romania.
"Even on the toughest days, I'm glad I'm here. I'm glad I'm working hard to help with situations few have had the nerve to address," Mosier said.
The 24-year-old Mosier left the U.S. on Jun. 6, 2011, to embark on a 27-month adventure. She said her passion lies in teaching, which she has taken to new horizons, quite literally.
St. Marys native Bill Parana is a busy man. Now living in the northwestern mountain area of Hendersonville, N.C., he holds down both a full-time and a part-time job and finds them both interesting, especially as they are quite different from each other.
Rick Wagner, originally of St. Marys and now a resident of Manassas, Va., has spent most of his adult life working for the armed forces, where he has been able to apply his unique engineering perspective to problem-solving strategies for government agencies and military entities.
Whether it's a young couple just starting out or a retiree looking to downsize, many people dream of finding just the right home. It is the dream of St. Marys native Melanie Geci to help them find it as an Erie-based real estate agent.
"I absolutely love it, Geci said. "It's just the joy of seeing people getting into a home that they just fell in love with."
The study of human origin, progression and behaviors is a fascinating topic to many people. Kersey native Herman Pontzer, now living in Brooklyn, N.Y., helps students explore the human family tree as a professor of anthropology at Hunter College, City University of New York, in New York City. He uses many disciplines and skills in his career, and his work has taken him around the world.
Katie Funaki, originally of St. Marys and now living in Pittsburgh, has parlayed her love of the moving image into a career as a freelance digital media specialist.
This line of work involves a meticulous knowledge of technical and aesthetic aspects concerning film and film production and requires versatility in a number of different facets of those processes.
In his role as an international policy analyst for Bread for the World Institute, an advocacy organization in Washington, D.C., St. Marys native Scott Bleggi is working hard toward the goal of eliminating hunger and poverty in the United States and overseas.
Bleggi's work, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, involves researching and determining ways in which governmental policies and development assistance can be best applied and most effective in advancing maternal and child nutrition.
Kersey native Mike Wehler helps student-athletes with decisions both on and off the mat as the head wrestling coach at Mercyhurst College in Erie.
Wehler is entering his eighth year as a head coach and said his job doesn't make him feel pinned down at all.
Fox Township native Micah Hoffman is currently living in Los Angeles and working as a resident physician in psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior of the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital of Ronald Reagan Hospital at University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University with his Doctor of Medicine degree this past spring with high clinical honors.