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Staying in touch with my informational interviewer has been pretty awesome. The fact that I get to email and get advice from someone who is working at my dream job is amazing. The reason I stay in touch is to keep them updated on how I'm doing and on how they're doing. They like to hear from me. If I have questions, they are are happy to help and give advice. They enjoy hearing how I'm doing and how school is. I am really fortunate to have a contact that works at NASA that is just as interested in me as I am in them.   ~Jourdan, Future Link  '16

With the help of our Future Link mentoring cadre, students practice their interview skills in class and gain confidence prior to conducting their informational interview.

Dan Barber

Mike Aubry

Lt. Leslie Poudrier, NIH

Jeff Martinez, MCPS

Dr. Padi Boyd, NASA

Billy Painter, WANADA

Ben Kaplan, Kaplhenke Racing

Joseph Hawkins, WESTAT

Barbara Nathanson, University of Maryland

Tanya Joyner

Pamela Nadell, American University

Kamala Richmond, Holy Cross Germantown Hospital

Kelsey Benson, Holy Cross Germantown Hospital

Angela Nissing, Montgomery College

Ethel Burnett, Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office

Ryan Airey, Wilson Tire & Auto

Marc Pound, University of Maryland

Professionals who have met with  our Future Link  STudents over the years...


Tanya Joyner, Maryland Parole and Probation

Tara Mowery, NIH

Billy Painter, WANADA

Dr. Donald Palmer, Montgomery College

Dr. Lisa Puschek, A Cat Practice

Lori Rounds, Montgomery College

Matt Savard, Adventist HealthCare

Steve Simon, Van Eperan and Co.

Martin Sharpless, Skanska

Cynthia Zagorski, CZ Financial Consulting, LLC

J. Henry Simbrunes, Washington Adventist Hospital


James Adams, Corvus Integration, Inc.

Richard Balthazar, Washington Adventist Hospital

Marc Berman, Interplan, Inc.

Ann Bevans, Ann Bevans Collective

Eric Brown, Shady Grove Medical Center

Kathy Cohen, Shady Grove Medical Center

Dr. Marcela Ferrada, NIH

Dr. Kamala Foster, private practice

Kevin Gerrity, Aronson LLC

Andrea Glinski, Darren Manes, Steve Meister, ZeniMax Media, Inc.

Chris Good, Washington Adventist Hospital

Craig Rice, Montgomery County Council
Kevin Selock, WSSC
Dr. Danielle Springer, NIH
Dave Tabor, National Cancer Institute
Sheryl Winans, Brown Station Elementary
Justin Zackaria, Marriott
Heidi Hillman, MCPS
Ryan Costello, Forensic Services Section,
    Montgomery County Crime Lab
Doug Powell, Dept. of Juvenile Services
Digital Infuzion Executive Team
Kevin McGuinness, Washington
    Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Center
Jeanne Pettinichi, Childrens National
    Medical Center
Mark Hoffman, Volvo Dealership
Lorena Montecino, Washington Adventist
    Hospital
Sara Milner, Sunflower Bakery
Christine Novick, MCPS
Grace Chiaghanam,Riderwood Senior
    Center
Kevin Hanagan, Hanagan’s Tire and Auto
Valerie Carter, MCPS
Ed Ruiz, Hair Expressions Academy
Kathy Stevens, MCAEL
Heather Ritchie, MCAEL
Amber Richter, Shady Grove Hospital
Amy S. Bransford, Department of Public
    Safety and Correctional Services
Marcie Schwartz, Bethesda Physical
    Therapy
Amani Ginyard, NASA Goddard Space
    Flight CenterDr. Carol Garvey, Garvey Associates
Adam Tugio, Indonesian Embassy
Chip Halsey, OBA Bank
Madeline Fetzko, Occupational Therapist
Robbie Black, Arkin Youngentob Assoc.
Phil Isaja, Loiderman Soltesz Associates
Mike Russell, Montgomery College
Dr. George Sherwood, Dept. of Energy
Amy Morantes,MC Child Welfare Services
Rodger Jacobson, On Campus Marketing
Dr. Min Ouyang, University of Maryland
Sharon Hopkins, Washington Dental
Scott Giacoppo, Washington Humane  Society
John McCarthy, MC State’s Attorney
Zohreh Movahed, Washington Suburban  Sanitary Commission
Tom Palmatier, Elizabeth Reilly, and
    Izzy Bowlsbey, Applied Physics Lab at  Johns Hopkins University
Bill Talbot, Montgomery College
Bob Phillips, California Tortilla
Jim Young, Marriott
Jackie Prather, Marriott
Kim Perini, Ritz Carlton
Dave Keezer, 9:30 Club
Tom Grazio, Treehouse Child Assessment
    Center
Ray Wickenheiser, MCPD
Kayla Manderfield, Builders Design and
    Leasing Company
Vivian Evans, MC Circuit Court
Victoria Gau, National Philharmonic
Pam Penner, Adventist Behavioral Health
Dawn Avery, Montgomery College
Lucy Ramirez, Washington Adventist  Hospital
Jeff Kase, MedImmune
Kathy Cohen, Shady Grove Hospital
Dr. Gerald Wilkinson, Univ. of Maryland
Wayne Brown, TRTW Trucking
Richard Nowitz, National Geographic
Frank Bossong, Rodgers Consulting
Charlie Pilzer, Airshow Inc.
Rex Rogosch, Capstone/BP Realty
Tina Michaels, PreRelease Center
Ingrid Saavedra, Shady Grove Hospital
Dr. Paul Liu, National Human Genome
    Research Institute (NIH)
Jessica Manion, Maier Warner Public
    Relations and Marketing
Theresa DiPeppe, Maier Warner Public  
    Relations and Marketing
Kerri Rokisky, MCPS
Dr. Donald Palmer, Montgomery College
Melissa Jones, Children’s Hospital
Brian Doyle, Universities at Shady Grove
Chris Taylor, Gaithersburg High School
Cathy Rhine, L’Academie de Cuisine
Chef Patrice L’Academie de Cuisine
Gabe Albornoz, Montgomery County
    Department of Recreation
Dr. William August, Family Dental Assoc
Rachel Rivera, NASA Goddard Space
   Flight Center
Mariana Cordier, Cordier Law Offices
Leigh Henry, Capstone/BP Realty
Vivian Levi, Betty Ann Krahnke Center
Jack McLaurin, Lessard Associates
Sargent Doug Carr, Forensic Services
    Montgomery County Crime Lab
Angel Miller, Midwifery Care Associates
Mridula Naik, Shady Grove Hospital
Tracie Potts, NBC Capitol Hill Studio
Officer Dave Reed, MCPD
Craig Rice, Montgomery County Council
Kevin Selock, WSSC
Dr. Danielle Springer, NIH
Dave Tabor, National Cancer Institute
Sheryl Winans, Brown Station Elementary
Justin Zackaria, Marriott
Heidi Hillman, MCPS
Ryan Costello, Forensic Services Section,
    Montgomery County Crime Lab
Doug Powell, Dept. of Juvenile Services
Digital Infuzion Executive Team
Kevin McGuinness, Washington
    Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Center
Jeanne Pettinichi, Childrens National
    Medical Center
Mark Hoffman, Volvo Dealership
Lorena Montecino, Washington Adventist
    Hospital
Sara Milner, Sunflower Bakery
Christine Novick, MCPS
Grace Chiaghanam,Riderwood Senior
    Center
Kevin Hanagan, Hanagan’s Tire and Auto
Valerie Carter, MCPS
Ed Ruiz, Hair Expressions Academy
Kathy Stevens, MCAEL
Heather Ritchie, MCAEL
Amber Richter, Shady Grove Hospital
Amy S. Bransford, Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
Marcie Schwartz, Bethesda Physical Therapy
Amani Ginyard, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Bart Lanman, Squire Lemkin  and Co., LLP
Bruce Allentuck, Allentuck Landscaping
Ron Brown, Quality Biological
Ed Carr, Entrepeneur and Home Builder
David Thomas, Hopkins Public Safety
Cynde Burgess, Child Welfare
Chef Brian, L’Academie de Cuisine
Chris Bacon, Beat box Artist
Gary Unterberg, Rodgers Consulting
Andy Shallal, Owner, Busboys and Poets
Rhona Schwartz, Katherine Thomas
    School
Caldwell Gray, Sound Engineer
Police Chief King, Gaithersburg PD
Bruce Cort, Cort Air Private Jet Company
Sophie Prevost, Cole Prevost Architects
Tim Johnson, Manager Ecko Clothing
Chris Biondo, Private Studio, Kensington
Rob Bokman, MC Circuit Court
Javier Carvajale, Cima Studios
Phil Fleece, FBI, Homeland Security
Mark Bucher, Restaurant Entrepeneur
Jeff Driggs, Division 2 Construction Co.
Amanda Havenner, Trainer PETSMART
LEA, Performing Artist
Michael Maslik, TriState Comm. Electrical
Annie Shellswick, Private Practice, NIH
Gary Unterburg, Rogers Consulting
Brad Watkins, Olney Theatre
Claudette Porter, Bethesda Health
Mehdi Ahmadi, Video on Location, Inc.
Lael Echo-Hawk, Native Contractors in DC
Matthew Lubold, US Navy (Pentagon)
Myrta Molina, Early Headstart Program
Orville Wallace, Holiday Inn-BF Saul Co.  
Victor Wyant, Wyant Heating and Air
Andrew Jackson, Dept. of Interior
Brett Haber, Channel 9 NEWS NOW  
Roy Glass, The Happy Elf Production  
Nicole Allentuck, Children’s Hospital  
Luis Gonzalez, Capstone/BP Realty
Dr. Howard Goldstein, Cardiologist
Doron Paterson, Sticky Fingers Bakery
Patty Gray, Practice Manager
Jeff Kase, MedImmune
Jessica Kirsch, US Navy
Dr. Debra Sapcariu, Gaithersburg Animal
    Hospital
Tia Rice, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon
Glenn Consor, Voice of Washington
    Wizards Radio Network
Tom Murphy, Eagle Bank
MaryBeth Thomas, Jackson Road ES
John Dowdy, Revere Bank  
Allen Sample, Marriott
Doreen Gentzler, NBC 4 Anchorwoman  
Al Brodnick, Bethesda Physical Therapy
Michael Razavi, US Patent and Trademark
Chef Paul, Marcel’s Restaurant
Donna D’Ascenzo, Graphic Designer, MC
Matthew Friend, Firefighter
Christopher Dimopoulos, Firefighter
Amy Upton, Grimm and Parker Associates
Dr. Carol Garvey, Garvey Associates
Adam Tugio, Indonesian Embassy
Chip Halsey, OBA Bank
Madeline Fetzko, Occupational Therapist
Robbie Black, Arkin Youngentob Assoc.
Phil Isaja, Loiderman Soltesz Associates
Mike Russell, Montgomery College
Dr. George Sherwood, Dept. of Energy
Amy Morantes,MC Child Welfare Services
Rodger Jacobson, On Campus Marketing
Dr. Min Ouyang, University of Maryland
Sharon Hopkins, Washington Dental
Scott Giacoppo, Washington Humane  Society
John McCarthy, MC State’s Attorney
Zohreh Movahed, Washington Suburban  Sanitary Commission
Tom Palmatier, Elizabeth Reilly, and
    Izzy Bowlsbey, Applied Physics Lab at  Johns Hopkins University
Bill Talbot, Montgomery College
Bob Phillips, California Tortilla
Jim Young, Marriott
Jackie Prather, Marriott
Kim Perini, Ritz Carlton
Dave Keezer, 9:30 Club
Tom Grazio, Treehouse Child Assessment
    Center
Ray Wickenheiser, MCPD
Kayla Manderfield, Builders Design and
    Leasing Company
Vivian Evans, MC Circuit Court
Victoria Gau, National Philharmonic
Pam Penner, Adventist Behavioral Health
Dawn Avery, Montgomery College
Lucy Ramirez, Washington Adventist  Hospital
Jeff Kase, MedImmune
Kathy Cohen, Shady Grove Hospital
Dr. Gerald Wilkinson, Univ. of Maryland
Wayne Brown, TRTW Trucking
Richard Nowitz, National Geographic
Frank Bossong, Rodgers Consulting
Charlie Pilzer, Airshow Inc.
Rex Rogosch, Capstone/BP Realty
Tina Michaels, PreRelease Center
Ingrid Saavedra, Shady Grove Hospital
Dr. Paul Liu, National Human Genome
    Research Institute (NIH)
Jessica Manion, Maier Warner Public
    Relations and Marketing
Theresa DiPeppe, Maier Warner Public  
    Relations and Marketing
Kerri Rokisky, MCPS
Dr. Donald Palmer, Montgomery College
Melissa Jones, Children’s Hospital
Brian Doyle, Universities at Shady Grove
Chris Taylor, Gaithersburg High School
Cathy Rhine, L’Academie de Cuisine
Chef Patrice L’Academie de Cuisine
Gabe Albornoz, Montgomery County
    Department of Recreation
Dr. William August, Family Dental Assoc
Rachel Rivera, NASA Goddard Space
   Flight Center
Mariana Cordier, Cordier Law Offices
Leigh Henry, Capstone/BP Realty
Vivian Levi, Betty Ann Krahnke Center
Jack McLaurin, Lessard Associates
Sargent Doug Carr, Forensic Services
    Montgomery County Crime Lab
Angel Miller, Midwifery Care Associates
Mridula Naik, Shady Grove Hospital
Tracie Potts, NBC Capitol Hill Studio
Officer Dave Reed, MCPD


informational interviews


The informational interview is the culminating experience of the Self-Advocacy Skills and Career Development Seminar.  Each participant must complete an on-site interview with a  professional in their career field of interest.  This is not a job interview, although it has led to internship and job opportunities for some students.  Rather it is often a first opportunity for our students to be in a professional environment, experience what success looks and feels like, and learn first-hand about the career they’re interested in and what they need to do to achieve that goal.


We are so grateful to the professionals who generously and so willingly meet with our students to share their experience, advice, and lessons learned throughout their own careers.  These opportunities often inspire our students to pursue their dreams.