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Meet Our Ambassadors

Please email any of our Graduate Student Ambassadors to ask them questions about graduate student life or to set up a time to chat with them on the phone or in person during their office hours.  To schedule a tour of Main Campus or the Ballston location, please call (703) 284-5901.

If you are an admitted or current graduate student and you would like to apply to be a Graduate Student Ambassador (GSA), please submit an application here. To learn more about the responsibilities and benefits of being a GSA, click here.

Senior Lead Graduate Ambassadors

Brenda Blanchard - Communications Coordinator
My name is Brenda Blanchard and I graduated from James Madison University with a degree in psychology in 2013. After graduation I went to work for the Commonwealth Attorney in Rockingham County and then went to work with inmates at a juvenile detention center. My interests lie heavily in the legal and criminal justice system, which is why I applied to and was accepted into Marymount's Forensic and Legal Psychology Master's program and hopefully their Clinical Mental Health Counseling program as well. I am currently the Communications Coordinator for the Graduate Student Ambassador Program and a Graduate Assistant for the Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness. I hope to eventually work for the government in or around Washington D.C. I am very excited to be at Marymount and hope to make lasting and fulfilling connections. Contact me via email.

Kathryn Schroeder - Training and Marketing
Hello!  My name is Kat Schroeder, and I am studying Forensic and Legal Psychology. I love to travel the world, but Chicago, IL is my home.  I also love animals, reading, food, and learning about weird things.  I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA.  I chose Marymount University for my Master’s degree because of its location, small class sizes, internship opportunities, and experienced faculty.  I believe all of these aspects will help me to be successful in earning my degree, gaining career experience, and ultimately finding a job. Contact me via email.

Graduate Ambassadors

Olivia Eliasson-Parrott

Olivia.jpgHi! My name is Olivia Eliasson-Parrott and I am in the Forensic and Legal Psychology program at Marymount. I graduated with a degree in Criminology and Psychology from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, VA in 2016, but I am originally from Massachusetts. I chose to pursue my Master’s degree at Marymount University because I shared many of the values of the University, I enjoy the small class sizes, the professors are committed to their students and their programs, and it is excellently located. After graduation I hope to work for the government, with a long term goal of working in counterterrorism. I enjoy hiking, reading, baking, traveling and exploring! Contact me via email.

Rebekah Gerwitz

Rebekah.jpgMy name is Rebekah Gerwitz and I am originally from Westminster, MD, though I’ve traveled all over since then. I graduated this past spring from McDaniel College with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. I am in the Forensic and Legal Psychology Master’s degree program here at Marymount because I am interested in establishing a career as a criminal profiler, though Marymount offers a range of opportunities to consider. MU’s location is very convenient to DC, which is where I hope to work within the government after graduation. I chose Marymount for its location, experienced faculty, and the availability of the FLP program. I am confident that I will collect the skills that I need for my future at Marymount University. Contact me via email.

Christina Lovasz
Christina.jpgHi! My name is Christina Lovasz and I am in the Forensic and Legal Psychology Master’s Program. I graduated with my Bachelor’s in Psychology from Christopher Newport University in 2015. I chose Marymount University for my Master’s degree because of how familiar I am with the area, the internship opportunities, and the amazing faculty. My interests lie in working with juveniles as a probation officer but in the future I hope to also receive a counseling degree so I can become a counselor for juveniles within the court system. In the fall I will be working as a substitute teacher in Loudoun County where I grew up. In my free time I love to go to the movies, bake, and play with my dog! Contact me via email.

Alex Mueller
Hello, my name is Alex Mueller.  I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. I attended Xavier University, a small Jesuit university similar to Marymount, for my undergraduate degree and graduated in spring 2015. I studied Mathematics and minored in business and economics. I love traveling not only around the US but also abroad. I have been abroad to Mexico, Italy, Greece and can’t wait to go explore somewhere new! Contact me via email.

Lily Takahashi
Hello! My name is Lily Takahashi and I am a first year Graduate student in Marymount’s Forensic and Legal Psychology program. I graduated from James Madison University in 2016 with a BS in Psychology. I have a passion for people, the criminal justice system, food and cooking, and for long road trips. I recently took a cross-country road trip and it was everything I could have wanted and more! I could travel for the rest of my life and be happy. I chose Marymount University because the Forensic and Legal Psychology program is a perfect fit for my future career and life aspirations. The graduate programs here are designed to give students all the resources they need to succeed in life and the ideal location to do so. Marymount’s location being so close to D.C. makes it easily accessible for internships, careers and exploring the exciting culture that the nation’s capital has to offer. Contact me via email.

Mary Umstead
Mary-(1).jpgHello! My name is Mary Umstead and I am originally from a small town in southern Virginia. I graduated in 2014 from Davis and Elkins College with a degree in Psychology and minors in Criminology and Business. I am currently in the Forensic and Legal Psychology program with a goal of working in the government. I chose Marymount for its wonderful location, small class sizes, and opportunities it offers. I am an avid runner and a lover of the outdoors and Carolina Panthers football. Contact me via email.

Graduate Assistants

Billy Butler
Billy-(1).jpgHello! My name is Billy Butler, and I am studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I earned my BS in Resource Management from Virginia Tech and worked in Human Resources and Recruiting for companies in the Defense, Consulting, and Health care industries. I chose Marymount University for my Master's degree because of it's small class room sizes, caring faculty, and focus on professional and personal growth. I enjoy traveling and my favorite place that I have visited so far is Oahu, Hawaii. I also enjoy swimming, yoga, and soccer. With my Master's degree, I plan to operate my own private practice. Contact me via email.



Office of Graduate Admissions

4040 Fairfax Drive, Suite 349
Arlington, VA 22203-1613