Schylr Greggs, ’17 M.S./M.B.A.
Dual Master’s Health Care Management/Business Administration
Associate Director, Global Analyst Relations and Research KPMG, Washington D.C.
After getting his bachelor’s in nutritional sciences, Schylr worked on Capitol Hill as a policy advisor and legislative correspondent. “Along with a health information technology certificate, I earned a master’s in National Security and Policy Strategic Studies from the Naval War College (focusing on national security from the state of health care). But, Marymount offered a dual degree program with MBA and an M.S. in health care management – a deeper level of business and health care, encompassing policy, business, proactive wellness and cost containment. I love the policy piece and Marymount was innovative in its approach to health care strategy. What are the variables, how do I analyze the data to impact and connect with the patient and be proactive in bringing down health care expenditures that can benefit the individual and health system as a whole? I had professors who had worked in health care with relevant real world experience and valuable networking connections. And, the faculty and the program both are very accommodating for a working professional.”
DANIELLE STEWART, ’17 M.A.
Human Resource Management
Principal Human Resources Business Partner, General Dynamics Information Technology
Washington D.C. Metro Area, PHR, SHRM-CP, SHRBP
“The variety of challenges I’ve faced during my career have helped me grow as an HR professional and learn about myself as an individual.” Danielle was a recipient of the 2016 Human Resource Leadership Awards Scholarship which honors executives for outstanding contributions to their organizations and to the field of human resource management through organizational leadership, risk-taking, innovation, vision, mentoring, community service, and ethics. In making the award, the HRLA executive director cited that Danielle “exemplifies the organization’s vision, singlehandedly providing HR support for a division of 600 employees. Not only does she volunteer to assist colleagues and junior human resource staff, but she has been team lead for the training and on boarding of new employees.”
JOHN MCPHAUL, ’14 M.S.
Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer,
After a decade of service as a commissioned officer in the Field Artillery, John McPhaul transitioned into the Military Human Resources Career Field. After 25 years of service, Colonel McPhaul retired and began his career with the federal government in Civilian Personnel Management. “Initially, I was looking at Marymount’s graduate program for HR. Shortly after I was accepted, Dr. Lorri Cooper, Director of the Management program, reached out to me to discuss meshing leadership studies with the human resource curriculum. With two master’s degrees from the US Army War College and the US Navy Command and General Staff College, and over two decades in the military, I honestly felt that more leadership study might not be a priority. However, the “hybrid” degree Dr. Cooper and I developed gave me a keen balance in looking at leadership. I would strongly recommend the MU executive coaching curriculum, in particular, to anyone in senior leadership roles for the profound value of varying perspectives, models and skill sets in supervising and coaching employees at different career levels.”
MICHELLE CLEAVENGER, ’10 M.A.
Human Resource Management Organization Development Graduate Certificate
Director of Human Resources, Primary Integration, LLC
President-Elect, NOVA SHRM
“In 2005, I joined a 7-person engineering services company, which quickly expanded to nearly 200 employees. As the organization grew, so did my interest in human resources, and I realized that I needed an advanced academic credential to pursue a leadership position in the HR field. I loved that MU classes were between 15 and 30 students. I worked while enrolled in the program, and took what I learned from the classroom to my job. To this day, if I need professional advice, I know I can call one of my Marymount professors or a former classmate for another perspective.”
BRIAN WHITE, ’12 M.B.A., M.S.
Dual Master’s Business Administration and Health Care Management
Director of Strategic Client Finance,
“I wanted a master’s degree program with a high degree of academic rigor that catered to the working professional. After researching several programs in the Northern Virginia area, I found that Marymount was best positioned to satisfy both of those needs. The HCM degree gave me the opportunity to fill in the gaps in my healthcare education. For example, I had little exposure to policy and law in healthcare. Now I bring that industry knowledge to the work that I do. In the strategic planning and marketing course, I learned about market assessment, SWOT analysis, and implementation timeline, which provided me with a different perspective on what is required to build a comprehensive strategic plan.”
CHRISTINA A. JACKSON, ’13 M.B.A.
Program Manager, Product Management & Marketing Operations,
“As I had more opportunity for leadership positions with K-12 public institutions and nonprofits, I recognized that an M.B.A. would help grow my own functional skill-sets and validate me as a business professional in pursuit of organizational effectiveness. I knew that business acumen and strong management skills teamed with passion and dedication would be invaluable in the mission to positively impact learners. MU’s graduate learning environment met my needs: small class sizes (after attending a large public university for undergrad study), convenient class schedule for a full-time professional; and professors who were experts in their content, committed to supporting our growth. My position with Blackboard is my first in a very large, high-revenue, corporate, education/technology environment. I’m confident that the skills and social intelligence I grew through my M.B.A. coursework, collaboration, and network will support me in performing well and thriving.”