2000: Winter 2014

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Wow, a lot of great news to share this issue! First off, Lynn Maria Wilson and husband Justin Wilson, M.D., welcomed their first child baby girl Farrah Ripley Wilson on November 5, 2013. Congratulations! Stephanie Schmidt Hook and husband Benjamin moved over Labor Day weekend. They are back in Ben’s hometown of Cazenovia, N.Y. They fill their new country home with their four dogs; and spend their weekends with Ben’s 9-year-old daughter Natalie and a close group of friends, some new and some old. They are enjoying the change in lifestyle and the gorgeous drive home past the windmills! Stephanie has now been in practice in Syracuse for over five years as a doctor with Podiatry Services of CNY. Their new mailing address is 4147 Nelson Road, Cazenovia NY 13035. Katherine (Katie) Janke Swann and husband Rob welcomed their fourth baby girl, Izidora Matilda on October 8, 2013; Izidora joins sisters Alexis (8), Madison (5) and Gabriella (3). The family currently lives in Elkton, Md. (just south of Delaware). Katie returned to school in September to earn her master’s degree in Elementary Education. Katie is a stay-at-home mom who occasionally works as a substitute teacher for Cecil County Public Schools. Christina Collett and hubs Jeff Owens are enjoying the good life in Lititz, Pa., voted America’s Coolest Small Town 2013 by Budget Travel! Christina loves being a work-from-home mom and sr. sales director with Mary Kay; Jeff is purchasing manager for Pennsylvania’s first Carmax in Lancaster. Their two daughters Emerson Lila (4) and Lakyn Elizabeth (18 months) keep life exciting, wonderful and messy! Christina said, “A huge thank you to Dr. Boyle, the psychology department and to all my professors in the public relations department! It amazes me every day how my two favorite fields and all of the skills I learned in each meld to perfection in my career in sales and business/life coaching with Mary Kay! It is great how life works out when you are living your dream job! Thanks Hood College and my Hood Girls who made it magical and oh so memorable!” Jenifer Kilpatrick Sincevich M.A. ’03 recently launched her own birth-related business, Mandala Momma (www.facebook.com/MandalaMomma). She became a certified Dancing For Birth™ instructor earlier this year and enjoys teaching Dancing For Birth classes and private sessions in Hagerstown and Frederick. In addition, Jen is a doula-in-training through Birth Arts International and recently attended her first birth! Jen said, “Having kids changed my life in ways I would never imagined. It is a joy and an honor to witness other women on their motherhood journey.” Jen lives in Hagerstown with husband Alex, son Xander and daughter Triana. She had a surreal moment this Halloween when she was on the other side of the annual “Safe Harvest” event, trick-or-treating through the residence halls with two children in tow! Shervon A. Pierre worked at the National Cancer Institutes of Health after leaving Hood. She then went to medical school at Howard Univ. in Washington, D.C. and received her Doctorate of Medicine in 2009. Shervon completed her family medicine residency at Southern Regional Area Health Education Center (SR-AHEC) in Fayetteville, N.C., in 2012 and is currently working at Gaston Family in Gastonia, N.C. “So I am no longer just “Chi Chi,” I am Dr. Chi Chi. LOL! It has been a long hard road but I made it! Glory be to God!” she said. Congratulations, Shervon! Congratulations are also in order for Heather McCarthy who is thrilled to report she is engaged to Dr. Benjamin Joplin. A summer 2015 wedding is being planned. Sarah Parsons ’01 will be her maid-of-honor. Suzanne Benson and Grant Rowan welcomed baby girl Maya Sophie on Dec. 28, 2012; Maya joins sisters Bella (8) and Mckenna (3). The family still lives in Parkville, Md. (just north of Baltimore). Suzanne also recently launched her own business, Suzanne Isabella Marketing (www.suzanneisabella.com), which specializes in social media management/promotion for bloggers and small businesses. When first getting Suzanne Isabella off the ground, she went right to her college classmates (obviously a very entrepreneurial bunch!). Two of her very first clients were Kat Onrubia O’Toole (whose photography business KCO Photography can be found at www.kcophotosite.com) and Lara Wilson Girdler (whose two blogs can be found at www.ncreadergirl.wordpress.com and www.financiallessonslearned.wordpress.com)! “If you had told me back when Lara and I were sitting in accounting class together or when Kat and I were on the Hood Soccer team together, that we would all be businesswomen today, I would have never believed it!” said Suzanne. Suzanne also keeps in touch with other fellow Hoodlums and enjoys collecting news for the Hood magazine.

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