Circle of Vision Alumni: 2014
Past Alumni: 2013 | 2012 | 2011
Eric Mohan, MBA, PMP
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Choosing Wesleyan was a simple decision for me. I grew up in Buckhannon and my mom was a long-time employee at the school. My dad graduated from Wesleyan in 1977. As a kid I enjoyed being around the college and was even the crown bearer at the age of seven for the 1994 homecoming coronation.
Although I had close ties with Wesleyan before enrolling, it offered far more than I expected. As a freshman, I gained a passion for learning and a determination for succeeding in the classroom. After exploring different subjects, I chose to major in History and later added minors in both Spanish and Business Administration.
I was thrilled when I received the Circle of Vision Scholarships given by The Bernard McDonough Foundation and Parry Petroplus. The scholarship helped reduce the financial stress that comes with pursuing a college education and opened doors to new opportunities. Because of the scholarship, I was able to avoid working a part-time position and instead volunteered as a coach for the Buckhannon-Upshur High School soccer programs. It also helped me free up money to study abroad in Costa Rica and hone my Spanish language skills. I am intensely appreciative for the donations that The Bernard McDonough Foundation and Parry Petroplus made to the Circle of Vision Scholarship Program and the investment that was made in me while pursuing an education at Wesleyan.
After graduating from Wesleyan with both Bachelor of Arts and MBA degrees, I weighed two paths: pursuing a career in project management or pursuing a career in education. While at Wesleyan I developed an interest in education. So much so that I was selected for Teach for America, but I made the tough decision not to accept after not being placed in a rural area of need. Interestingly enough, however, my first job out of college was teaching Math to middle and high school students at the Elkins Mountain School.
While teaching, I earned the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) credential. Shortly after I was offered a position with my current employer, DHA Group, Inc. (DHA), which I have been with for over four years. DHA is a management consulting and contracting firm serving Federal Government agencies including the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Defense (DOD). It employs approximately 200 people with offices in Washington, DC and Bridgeport, WV. As an Associate Program Manager, I assist with the management of current projects and bidding of future projects that are mission critical for our clients.
At Wesleyan, I learned the value of becoming a lifelong learner. Since graduating I have earned the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) and Project Management Professional (PMP) credentials from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from Fairmont State University.
My future plans are to continue in the field of management. I have interests in both project management and human resource management. Career goals of mine are to become an adjunct business professor while working and to ultimately return to academia as a business professor and program director at a liberal arts college. I am weighing the decision to pursue a doctorate degree in management or organizational behavior to make this happen.
Quotes from other alumni
Charles Johnson: Appalachian Bible College
With the help of funds I received from the scholarship, I was able to graduate debt free and pursue a graduate program immediately. Having to wait, or having the specter of undergraduate student debt looming over my head throughout graduate studies would most likely not allowed me to begin that long and expensive journey when I did. After being commissioned into the Air Force Reserve, which required my undergraduate degree, I was also better positioned to make use of their tuition reimbursement program and other sources to help pay for my next degree. While not specific to my career choice, that lack of debt also allowed me to marry, start and grow a family, and buy a home all before I receive my Master’s degree.
Cory Yarrington: Bethany College
Currently a graduate research assistant at West Virginia University in Construction Asset Management in the Civil Engineering Department, I find myself looking back to the numerous experiences I've gone through and undertook to get to where I am today. Bethany College served not only as a stepping stone, but a ladder out of a hole of ignorance into a unforeseen world of knowledge and opportunity. The faculty's guidance and inspiration are what make the experience so in-depth and fulfilling. With a campus in the West Virginia hills, the mind has room to expand and see ideas in a new light. Without the contributions from the Circle of Vision, my studies would have been stressed with finances I did not have at the time. I owe my current career and future research to the initial contributions from Circle of Vision and would like to express my deepest gratitude.
Katherine Beiter: Wheeling Jesuit University
The Circle of Vision Scholarship I received during my undergraduate work at Wheeling Jesuit University allowed me to attend college and receive a top of the line nursing education. That education has allowed me to become successful in my career and to further it with a Master’s degree. I now work as a Nurse Practitioner at the Cleveland Clinic Respiratory Institute, ranked 3rd in the country!
Mekell DeMary-Andrew: West Virginia Weslayan College
The Circle of Vision scholarship was very instrumental during my time at WV Wesleyan and in my current career. The courses I took as a Holocaust History major, fostered a great appreciation for compassion and the value of caring for others, regardless of race or differences. From my time at Wesleyan, I enrolled at West Virginia University, obtaining a Master's Degree in Social Work. Through various clinical experiences with individuals who had developmental disabilities and tramautic brain injuries, I then received a Nursing degree, specializing in Pediatric Nursing. I hope to use the ideals instilled in me by the Circle of Vision scholarship to further my medical career. I am currently working toward the goal to become a Nurse Practitioner so that I can be part of impacting the health needs of rural West Virginians.