Alumni Updates

Kathleen Davis-Siudut

’04 B.A., ’07 M.A.

Kathleen Davis-Siudut graduated from Wright State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and in 2007 with a Master of Arts in International and Comparative Politics. Her master’s project, titled “Human Trafficking and Its Presence in Ohio,” was based on extensive interviews across the state and country, including an assessment of Ohio statutes, examination of contributing factors, and extensive discussion of anti-trafficking legislation and efforts in Ohio. This project helped launched anti-trafficking efforts across the state, including the passage of Ohio laws to better protect victims of human trafficking.

Currently living in Washington, D.C., Kathleen has spent over a decade working in the fields of human trafficking and sexual violence, ranging from policy advocacy to direct victim assistance. She has authored reports on human trafficking; provided subject matter expertise to local, national, and international government entities and nongovernmental organizations; served on federal and state taskforces; developed specialized training and curriculum; consulted on public and private sector projects and strategic plans; and drafted and implemented legislation to better protect victims. As a result of her efforts, Kathleen has engaged with over 45 countries and trained over 30,000 people on the issues of human trafficking and sexual violence.

She has worked for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Polaris Project, and the United States Marine Corps’ Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program. 

Ashley Kitchen


Ashley Kitchen is currently a graduate student in the M. A. Program in International and Comparative Politics at Wright State University.

Sylvia Kwakwa


Sylvia Kwakwa is a case manager for North Mental Health Facilities in Columbus, Ohio

Nan Whaley

’09 M.P.A.

Mayor Nan Whaley received her Master of Public Administration from Wright State University in 2009. She earned her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Dayton.

Nan has served Wright State well teaching a Women and Leadership course which offers women the opportunity to learn about their roles as leaders and to develop leadership skills.  She has also collaborated with WSU on the Women’s Leadership Collaborative of Greater Dayton which seeks to increase the number of women who hold leadership roles in the Miami Valley.

Nan Whaley is proud to have chosen Dayton as her home. Her career is distinguished by her commitment to public service, civic involvement and interest in local government.  First elected to the Dayton City Commission in 2005, Nan has also served on the Montgomery County Board of Elections and as a deputy to Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith.  She currently serves on Greater Ohio's Community Revitalization Committee, the Learn to Earn Executive Committee for Education, and the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees.

With a focus on jobs and workforce development, Nan is working with a diverse group of business partners to strategically position Dayton for growth.  She is the founder of the Dayton Region Manufacturing Task Force; a regional effort committed to advocating for manufacturing and promoting a strong manufacturing workforce.  In addition, Nan meets regularly with local business leadership, both individually and through her Mayor’s Business Round Table meetings.

Nan believes that strong neighborhoods and economic stability can only be achieved through a community-wide focus on education.  She advocates to ensure that every student in Dayton attends a high performing school that prepares them for the opportunity to attend college, join the military or seek advanced training in a marketable job skill. Additionally, Nan led the community in creating a county-wide landbank system to address the local housing crisis with a more regional approach and serves on the Montgomery County Landbank Board.