1986: Winter 2019

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Sue Auger Manory lives in Canton, NY and is involved with the North Country Children’s Museum located in Potsdam, NY.  She also teaches a class in the First Year Program at St. Lawrence University called “Smarter Living” which has a health/wellness theme with a focus on nutrition, using her Hood degree.

HUGE NEWS: Kellye Greenwald is now our Hood College Director of Alumni and Constituent Engagement!  Her kids are happy and healthy: daughter Zoe is living with her partner in Tumwater WA. and is the Director of Youth Services for a home for displaced/foster teens while son Ed is living in Gainesville with plans for nursing school next fall. Her email is greenwald@hood.edu – have Hood ring will travel!  If you’d like to host an Alumni gathering or event in your area, please email Kellye!

Joanna Kaldes-Kontanis’ older daughter Alissa graduated from Drexel law school studying for the bar exam. Her younger daughter Hanna will be working at Lancaster General Hospital after graduation this spring. She and her husband Kosta celebrated their 30th anniversary this year.

Patty Kenyon Grimm and Chris celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary in June and are enjoying the downsized empty-nester life in Batesville, VA. Patty is a Patient Relations Representative at the UVA Medical Center and Chris is semi-retired from State Farm. Their son Beck and daughter-in-law Ellie recently moved to Colorado Springs, CO. Patty continues her work as a victim impact speaker for MADD. To read her story visit: https://www.traumasurvivorsnetwork.org/pages/patty-s-story.

Betsy Reed Ringel had a busy year! She and husband Jeff traveled to Dallas, Laguna Beach & VA Beach as well as Amsterdam & Brussels to meet up with daughter Elise who was studying in Sweden. In October, their son Chad got married in Baltimore with Jennifer Lee Matts and Jane Brophy Martinez in attendance.

Susan Waltz Hietpas started Simply Amazing, a non-profit foundation, inspired by the love and loss of her daughter Emily. Simply Amazing provides art and craft supply boxes to children living in homeless shelters or participating in at-risk youth programs. Visit SimplyAmazing.org to learn more.

Robyn Whittemore lives Avon, CT with her three children. Robyn’s daughter Kori is 16 and is a National Team hockey player; she has twin boys, Garrett and Kyle (13) who play soccer, hockey and baseball.  Robyn continues her career in Contracts in the Aerospace & Defense industry and in her spare time she has started a small manufacturing company called “Whitt’s Whey” – you can order Robyn’s unique and delicious “Proteinola” through her company’s Facebook page.

As for me (Alison Drum Althouse), my husband Michael (USNA86) took a new job with Barclays Bank in Wilmington DE and we now live in Avondale PA, a mile over the Delaware line.  Our older son, Drew Althouse ’12, got married this summer and is an Athletic Trainer for Madonna University, located in Novi, MI. Fun fact: my husband was the officiant for our son’s wedding in Mentor, OH.  Our younger son, Evan, is a Data Scientist with MITRE (doing “math stuff”) and is finishing his Masters from Georgia Tech. I continue to shoot Navy Football and Lacrosse (and sometimes Basketball) for @TheMidReport and love being able to get so close to all the action.  I spent a wonderful beach weekend in August at the home of Stacey Robins Baum with Sarah Bowersox Cody ‘87, Jane Brophy Martinez, Chris Hom Wilson, Jennifer Lee Matts, Betsy Reed Ringel, Alex van Gigch Mores, and Maria Viola Cable ’87Marcia Groobert Ortiz visited for a weekend in October and she’ll be here in January for a visit with Janet Drogin Wilson and Teresa Rivera Bean ‘87.  Just before Christmas, I was lucky enough to have a Hood85 dinner with Chris Santrizos Chagaris ‘85 and Meredith McQuoid-Greason ‘85 at the home of Susan Audino, but I missed out on their group’s visit to Longwood Gardens the next dayThere’s really nothing like a HoodLum reunion of any sort.  I always have an available bedroom (we “upsized” with this home) if any friends/classmates want to visit… just let me know!

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