Elizabeth Bastian Chapin
Hello Class of 1982! I hope life is treating you all well as many of us are celebrating our 55th or “double nickel” year! I enjoyed hearing from several classmates this time round. Angela Billotti Phillips recently took the advancement director position at Saint John’s Catholic Prep in Frederick. She and husband Tim are celebrating their 33rd wedding anniversary this year and their oldest daughter Chelsea will be married this June in Key Largo, Fla. Bambi Maitland Grundwerg has joined the “empty nest club” with two sons in college. Oldest son Benjamin was graduating from Univ. of Cincinnati in May and son Alex is finishing up his freshman year at Northeastern in Boston. After 30 years of work in high-tech fields, Bambi is evaluating her next move…. retirement or starting up her own small business! She currently mentors at P-Tech High School in Brooklyn, a public grade 9-14 program recognized by President Obama as a national model for public/private collaboration in preparing students for careers in technology. Instead of retiring, the Keith’s have both taken on new positions in 2015! Gretchen Steinmetz Keith recently returned to her recruiting background and was hired by an engineering firm as their director of recruiting. Husband Rich is now business development manager for Penn National Insurance in Harrisburg. When not working, Gretchen and Rich have been spending time enjoying their first grandson Dalton. Gretchen is also busy planning for three weddings in the next 15 months and happily celebrating her youngest child’s graduation from college. Life feels busier now than when her four were all in school! Gretchen is missing the Hood six pack and hoping to catch up with them when life settles down a bit. Joy Miller Beveridge became a member of Hood’s executive alumni board and enjoyed meeting the candidates for Hood, President Volpe’s replacement. She was pleased to see the athletic center named for Ronald Volpe and Joy helped celebrate his retirement there with Malinda Small ’81, Linda Rupy Spar ’81, Ruth Ravitz Smith ’83 and others. Liz Bastian Chapin and Dad visited with Joy last November while attending the annual appreciation reception which honors donors who support student scholarships. Another visit with Liz is planned soon! Susie Hiles Giallonardo recently relocated to Coral Springs, Fla., from Naples. Husband Mark was offered a Tav Partner/Leadership position with Cherry Bakeart for Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa. They are empty nesters and look forward to visits from their children. Daughter Dana works for a law firm and son Andy works for an accounting firm; both are in Pittsburgh, Pa. Their youngest Lindsay graduates from FSU next May. Susie recently met with Amy Blades Steward and Lisa Spuria in Naples. Mary Anne Wymer Hatch shares the unfortunate news of Mary Ellen Kossack Sullivan who recently lost her husband Marty to brain cancer. May you feel comforted by friends and family at this difficult time. “Just the two of us” is soon to be the feeling for Dawson Casey Bullock and husband John as they become “empty nesters.” Daughter Caroline is finishing up her sophomore year at the Univ. of South Carolina in biomedical engineering. Son Gibson is headed to the Farmer Business School at Miami Univ. in Oxford, Ohio. John works as liaison director for a biotech company in the specialty division of hemophilia. The job is very rewarding. Dawson owns “Designs by Dawson,” a stationery and invitation boutique which specializes in custom designed invitations. The business has grown to a five employee store in six years! She says hello to all the ’82 Hood girls! Not much news in the Chapin household. Work hard, play hard describes our life. The travel business is very busy these days. My husband and I have managed to get away to the islands twice this year and are celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary with a trip to Ireland! Again, thank you to everyone who contributed to the class column. Feel free to share your news throughout the year with me or on the Hood website.