Alumni Stories


More than 21,000 Gallaudet alumni are making a difference across the world. Meet a few of them here.

Adam Novsam, ’90

B.S., Business Administration

Business Analyst
Starbucks Corporate Headquarters


“The single most inspiring thing about my job is being part of the Global Store Development team, which ensures Starbucks is being environmentally responsible while operating in an efficient manner.”

Jon Mowl, ’10

B.S., Mathematics
Senior Budget Analyst, Fort Belvoir U.S. Department of Defense

“Gallaudet is a beacon of opportunity because of its academics, location and culture. Graduating with a B.S. in mathematics gave me plenty of tools and the confidence to tackle any type of challenge.”

Rosemary Johnson, ’12

B.A., Interpretation
M.A., Deaf Studies
Certified Freelance Interpreter

Rosemary combined her love of art, technology and interpreting in an exciting research project.

Jarvis Grindstaff, ’14

B.S., Business Administration and Information Technology
Economic Development Specialist SBA Office of Field Operations

Jarvis was hired after an internship with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Along with Sophia Patrick, ’15, he was in charge of launching the SBA’s new videophone service. He continues to work on outreach to deaf entrepreneurs.

Kylei Brooks, ’15

B.A., Psychology
Internship: National Association of the Deaf

“My internship as an educational advocate at the National Association of the Deaf allowed me to do research, think about what I wanted to do career-wise, gain experience in real settings and be part of something important.”

Natalie Delgado, ’13

B.A., Psychology
M.S., Lamar University
Teacher, Dallas Independent School District

“Gallaudet gave me freedom in an environment where communication flows freely and easily. I learned ASL there, and I am now more confident to go out and accomplish my dreams. I am a completely different person because of Gallaudet.”

Representatives from the Embassy of Ecuador came to campus when Natalie presented her Honors Capstone project, “The Unheard Needs of the Deaf in Ecuador.”

Joey Caverly, ’11

B.A., Theatre Arts

Joey earned a national Helen Hayes Award nomination for his lead role in an off-Broadway hit.

Chaminda Hewapathirana, ’15

B.A., Self-Directed Major in Early Childhood Education

“Gallaudet is such a beautiful and friendly community. I will always remember my years here as full of meeting new people and learning about Deaf Culture and deaf education.”

Chaminda plans to pursue a master’s degree in education and return to his native Sri Lanka to fulfill his dreams of improving early childhood deaf education in that country.

Rita Torres, ’13

B.A., International Studies
Internship: Peace Corps, Washington, D.C.
Inventory Management Assistant, Peace Corps

“I educated Peace Corps staff about Deaf Culture and accessibility issues that could be resolved in order to recruit more deaf volunteers. People listened to my vision and statements with interest.”