Alumni & Friends Articles
Kerans transitions to new opportunity at Millikin
Digital Art Therapy
A self-proclaimed “girl of many passions,” Stephanie Pezzelle Gagnon graduated from MU in 2008 with a BFA in photography and design. Her artwork includes fine-art photography inspired by some of those passions, including mental health awareness.
“I've worked through anxiety and depression issues a lot over the years,” says Gagnon. “I’m a big believer in fighting the stigma and misunderstanding of mental illness by talking about it.”
The Other Side of Fear
Leaving your home and moving nearly 9,000 miles away to a country where you don’t know anyone or speak the language is daunting to most. But for Amy Turner ’05, moving to Cambodia to work with Hope for Justice, a global organization that fights human trafficking and slavery, was years in the making and a lifelong passion realized.
Continuing Anna’s Fight
In 2011, Carol Redford Basso ’84 and her husband, David Basso ’86, lost their daughter, Anna, to Ewing sarcoma. Out of their grief emerged a new mission: to help others with Ewing’s and find a cure through the 1 Million 4 Anna Foundation.
“Losing a child to cancer changes your focus on everything. You want to do something to help other families and to find treatments for this horrible disease. You’re committed to it.”
Beyond the Microscope
Rather than peering through a microscope, cancer researcher LeeAnn Swanegan Bailey ’96 now finds herself looking at the big picture — and it’s a really big picture.
While living in her native country of Afghanistan, Hadisa Wali ’17 was already breaking boundaries for women through her love of soccer.
Bryan Marshall ’85 wears many hats. Literally! Millikin’s assistant athletic director for sports information is also a volunteer firefighter and EMT for the Argenta-Oreana Fire Department, as well as a husband and a father.