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Daniel Keohane '85: Finding the Write Path

The literary career of Daniel Keohane ’85 almost stopped before it started. At a reception during his senior year, the CIS major approached distinguished playwright Edward Albee (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) for advice on how to get started in letters.

“Don’t work in computers,” Albee told the startled Keohane. “Get a job in a warehouse. Save your brain for writing.”

Get a job in a warehouse. Save your brain for writing.

Preserving Integrity in Sports: Scott Lowell '07 MBA

Growing up, Scott Lowell hated it when people cheated, whether the arena was sports or board games. Today, he fights scofflaws professionally as a doping control officer (DCO) for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

USADA agents make unannounced visits to test for banned substances among amateur and professional athletes competing in Olympic, Paralympic and Pan American sports. In 2008, Lowell and 69 other DCOs nationwide conducted more than 8,500 sample collections for drug testing; banned substances were found in only 24 cases.

Mary Cail '47: Award-Winning Volunteer

In Good Company

Some may look at what Mary Cail ’47 does as good deeds, but she sees it as good fun. The Bentley alumna, a 2009 recipient of the Unsung Heroine of Massachusetts award, spends her days helping others in various ways, including offering rides to fellow senior citizens in her 1993 Chrysler.

“I enjoy it, because we have a lot of laughs,” says Cail. “It goes to show, you can have fun [volunteering].”

Cue the Talent: Kristin Nava '01, '02 MSFP

Kristin Nava ’01, ’02 MSFP combines her business skills with a passion for the entertainment industry as a commercial talent agent. But landing that dream job involved a few plot twists.

A native Californian, Nava returned after graduation and started work at Los Angeles-based Abrams Artists Agency – a bi-coastal talent agency that provides theatrical, commercial, print, literary, voice-over, and children’s services. Her job was in the mailroom.

Undercover Expert Kerry O'Brien '93

What Lies Beneath

You won’t see fashions by Kerry O’Brien ’93 on a runway in Paris. In fact, you aren’t supposed to see them at all. Her six-year-old company is aiming to reinvent the world of women’s undergarments.

The alumna didn’t set out to pioneer a line of mention-worthy unmentionables. After earning her BS in Business Communication, she fixed her sights on corporate public relations and accepted a position at Edelman Communications in New York City. By age 25, she had earned the title of vice president.

Capitol Achiever Kate Cyrul '00

Alumna is Front and Center in Washington, D.C.

In January 1997, as a Bentley freshman, Kate Cyrul ’00 took a bus from campus to Washington, D.C., to stand in the crowd for President Bill Clinton’s second inauguration. She was on hand again for Barack Obama’s swearing-in, admittedly with better seats.

Cyrul arrived at the history-making occasion by way of Ohio. Last fall, the nine-year veteran of Washington politics took a leave from her job with Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin to manage an Obama field office in Cleveland.

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