Reunion Weekend Alumni Discussion Panels

The MSMS 2017 Reunion Weekend will take place on Friday, March 31 – Saturday, April 1. This year, the MSMS Classes of 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, and 2012 will be honored (but ALL MSMS Alumni are invited to attend).

There are several events lined up for this year’s Reunion Weekend, all of which can be learned about here.

For the first time, however, MSMS will host an Alumni Discussion Panel. During the panel, MSMS alumni will have the chance to impart their experience and wisdom with the current MSMS student body.

The panelists will be Geof Morris (’97), Dr. Neeka Sanders (’92), Dr. Sarah Prather (’07), Jennifer Rogers (’97), Dr. Amy Bogan (’92), Michael Counihan (’07), and Juliette Lawrence (’07). Information about each speaker can be found below.

The seminars will take place in Rent Auditorium on the campus of the Mississippi University for Women from 2:30 pm to 3:45 pm.

The Alumni Discussion Panel will be moderated by MSMS Coordinator for Alumni and Public Relations, Wade Leonard.

Geof Morris – Class of 1997

Geof Morris has 15 years of aerospace engineering, project management, and real-time operations experience.  After graduating from MSMS, he finished a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) in mechanical/aerospace engineering (2002), and he has stayed as an active member of the Greater Huntsville community ever since.  He has been a speaker at Ceremony of Lights and has twice been an interviewer for incoming classes.  He and his wife, Danielle, both work at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.  They live in Madison, Alabama, and have one of the cutest rescue dogs north of the Tennessee River.

Dr. Neeka L. Sanders – Class of 1992

Dr. Neeka L. Sanders is a Obstetrician and Gynecologist with the Ob Hospitalist Group. She is based at the North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital in Tupelo, Mississippi. She is a graduate of Millsaps College and the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Dr. Sarah Prather – Class of 2007

Dr. Sarah Prather is originally from West Point, MS. While at MSMS, Dr. Prather received the Spirit of Community award and served as an Emissary.

She entered into Mississippi State University’s early entry program and completed an MSMS mentorship with an MSU equine surgeon during her junior year. She is a graduate of MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and currently practices in south Alabama.

Dr. Amy Bogan – Class of 1992

Dr. Boggan is a native of Jasper County, Mississippi. She holds a B.A. in political science and minors in piano and speech pathology and audiology from the University of Southern Mississippi. She holds an M.A. in government and politics from the University of Maryland, College Park. During the late 1990s, she served internships with the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. After moving to Texas in 2000, she taught geography and humanities in Plano public schools and American government at Collin College.  After returning to graduate study, Dr. Boggan completed an M.S. in applied cognition and neuroscience and a Ph.D. in cognition and neuroscience from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2012.  She currently is an associate professor in psychology at Young Harris College in the north Georgia mountains. Her research involves perceptual expertise and related topics in cognitive psychology, such as memory and attention. She has presented her research at several professional conferences and is an author on papers appearing in the Journal of Neurosciencethe Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Neuroscience Letters, and Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.  She is an active musician and plays guitar, mandolin, and melodeon for the band Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans.  In her spare time, she enjoys photographing birds.

Michael Counihan – Class of 2007

Michael is a strategy and operations consultant based in Washington, DC. He graduated from MSMS in 2007 and attended Georgetown University, earning a BSFS in International Political Economy and an MA in Security Studies in 2011. Michael then served as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense Officer in the US Army, where he led both reconnaissance and decontamination units. Michael and his wife Sarah Thompson (c/o 2008) live in Baltimore, where Sarah attends Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Juliette Lawrence – Class of 2007

After graduating from MSMS in 2007, Juliette earned a bachelor's degree in English and psychology from the University of Mississippi, where she served as lab coordinator of clinical research in social psychology.

Currently, she is discharge coordinator for Oxford Treatment Center. Juliette works with therapists, patients, and families to place graduates of the Oxford Center’s treatment program into appropriate follow-up care, across the nation and the world.

Jennifer Rogers –  Class of 1997

Jennifer Rogers is the director of the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid. In that role, she oversees administration of a $45 million budget and the state’s 32 student financial aid programs. Since Rogers took leadership of the office in 2009, the Office has reduced its administrative overhead while increasing the number of students eligible for the state’s only need-based grant program by more than 1,000%. Rogers is leading efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of state-supported student financial aid programs with the ultimate goal of

improving college affordability for Mississippi families. Rogers previously led the development efforts for the state’s college access website, www.riseupms.com (Rise Up!). Rogers is a native of Mississippi. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of the South (Sewanee) in Tennessee and her MBA from Millsaps College in Jackson. When her children Ellen (11) and Gunner (6) are just a bit older, she fully intends to return to the classroom for her terminal degree!