1988: Summer 2014

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Susan Boebel Alis


Julie Brinkman continues to get together with Tibetha Owen ’90, Melissa Hubbard-Allen ’90, Eileen Lednum Downey ’91, MBA ’09 and Kim Tordoff Sexton ’89 for lunch. She attended reunion weekend this year and it was nice to see Tammie Nicodemus Kincaid, B.A. ’91, M.S. ’97, at the alumni luncheon. Julie attended the Hood concert series this summer. Eunice Dubuque-Aronson  sent me a quick email and was proud to say that her niece Kristen Annika Brattstrom ’14 graduated from Hood this May with a degree in psychology. She said it was an honor to attend the graduation with her two sons Wyatt, 10, and Sebastian, 8. Sherri Lieske LaMonica is still living in Rising Sun, Md. Sherri is now a cashier and cash office assistant for Lowe’s, a homeschool mom, 4H mom and church volunteer. Their son Lucas graduated high school and is studying at Cecil College. Their daughter Morgan will be a junior in high school in the fall. Four- years ago they adopted a little boy Anthony.  He is now 6 years old and will be a first grader in the fall! Sherri keeps in touch with Eve Ryba Rothenberg but would love to hear from others in our class. Susanna Schaeffer Smith, P’16 sent me a lovely long email! She is excited to announce that she and Greg will be married 23 years in October. “Our oldest Anna Kate Smith ’16 is a rising junior at Hood,” said Susanna. Susanna said she loves everything about it! She said, “Life does not get much smaller or better when Anna Kate announced she had a wonderful roommate Catherine Traini ’16 (mom is Christine Fricke Traini ’87, P’16).” Susanna said that the greatest moment came when her daughter revealed who her fabulous Introduction to Law professor was, Teresa Rivera Bean J.D. ,’87  who is running for State’s Attorney in Frederick. Susanna mentioned how her Hood world is so very different yet filled with many of the same traditions! Their son Daniel will enter his senior year of high school and loves his life with a lifeguard job and college applications. Susanna said that she and Greg have their busy work lives with Greg’s international travel as the chief technology officer with ASCD in Arlington, Va., and accomplished author who travels the world addressing Internet safety. Susanna serves as an educational consultant to schools and private industry and an adjunct faculty position. Bambi Volatile-Goebel wrote in to announce that they have moved into a new house. They moved in June to a new place that she and her husband built in a gated golf course community. They needed to upsize as their blended family is larger than their first house could hold comfortably! Her new address is 11711 Royal Tee Circle, Cape Coral, FL 33991 and would love to have visitors. Bambi did meet up with Daphne Finch Colangelo  while visiting Las Vegas in May at a conference for her husband’s company. They had a great time walking and talking for two days! Debra Lee Megill DeMine resides in Las Cruces, N.M. She is drawing her pension from the State of Maryland where she was in law enforcement for 18 years after four years of private police work. She now works for General Dynamics. “My husband and I are awaiting our first grandchild to middle child, Lance Cpl. Alex DeMine,” said Debra. Their daughter Megan is attending New Mexico State Univ. and son Kevin is working as a supervisor for a security alarm monitoring call center in Northern Virginia. Kevin was also awarded Best Sound for a Musical by Washington Area Theatre Community Honors this past March. I, Susan Boebel Alis, continue to teach second grade with the Williamsburg James City County Schools in Virginia. I had the pleasure to be nominated by my peers for the Williamsburg Area Reading Council Reading Teacher of the Year for this past school year. What an honor. Although I did not win, it was awesome to be recognized for all my hard work over the years in the field of education. Mackenzie will be a senior this fall so we will be busy with school, college visits, applications, basketball and Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums. Roman’s mom moved closer to us to be in an assisted living facility so it is nice to see her almost every weekend.

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