Leah Giambarresi MacDonald M.S.’10, C’05
Hi everyone! Happy Reunion Year! Those of us who made it to Frederick in June had a great time exploring the new sights on campus and reminiscing. We have lots to report!
Cassie Brode graduated with her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 2012 from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. She completed two postdoctoral fellowships – a Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine Fellowship at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA, and an NIH-funded T32 Research Fellowship in Adolescent Bariatric Surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH. Since July 2015, Cassie has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown, WV. She is currently a Licensed Psychologist in Ohio and West Virginia with training in general mental health and behavioral medicine with expertise in weight management and bariatrics. She hopes everyone reconnect with her at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Kaye Brown Hamilton, husband, Adam, and daughter, Lily (4), welcomed Lyle Patrick on May 2, 2018.
Taryn Chubb was elected to the Faculty Senate of East Central University. She is also a founding member of ECU’s new chapter of the American Association of University Professors and a member of the executive committee.
Charlene Deniker Gonzalez of the class of 2003 married David Gonzalez on May 11, 2018 in Gaithersburg, MD. She has two daughters from her previous marriage: Victoria (10) and Melody (8). Charlene teaches Spanish with Montgomery County Public Schools.
Jennifer Fair Milas, husband Matt, and daughter Ava welcomed Ethan James on August 1, 2017! Jenn was also promoted to Principal at her Firm (McLean Koehler Sparks & Hammond) on January 1, 2018.
Michael Offutt will be celebrating his 14th Anniversary working within SSA’s National Data Center in Frederick this August. Five years ago, he purchased his first home in Frederick City. He welcomed a niece, Paislee, last year. Michael has two dogs: Bella the Beagle and Raven the Shepherd. He writes that Bella and Raven enjoy going to Alive at Five in Downtown Frederick, and hopes that they’ll all run into some Hood folks one of these Thursdays!
For the past two years, Heidi Schnarr has been teaching music in Montana, first on the Crow reservation, then in Butte. She just accepted a job for next school year in Victor, MT, which is a rural K-12 school with its own Performing Arts center. She is active in raising money for instruments and supplies for the kids and facilitating cross-cultural performances and radio spots for her choirs. Heidi also completed a Master’s of Music in 2013 from Bard College with an emphasis in Choral Conducting.
Erin Smith Babitts and her husband Drew and just moved to Albany, NY! Erin accepted a job as a Licensed Master Social Worker, still with NY State Office of Mental Health, but at the Capital District Psychiatric Center.
Liz Stacks Millhouse, her husband Scott, daughter Clare (5), and son Chase (2) recently moved to Fort Washington, MD.
Carla Earl Trump worked as a family therapist with seriously emotionally disturbed foster children in Baltimore City and County. She has been working with the Carroll County Youth Service Bureau for the past 12 years as a mental health therapist in their crisis-oriented Family Preservation Program and outpatient mental health clinic. She supervises Masters-level social workers or professional counselors in their yearly internship programs. She is currently supervising a Licensed Graduate Social Worker for licensure. Carla is also working toward a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Linehan board certification while seeing clients in the DBT Program. She maintains a private practice in Carroll County as well. Carla’s husband has continued his home appraiser business, Hawkeye Appraisals. Her son, Justin, opened his own business, Mercedes Specialists, and her daughter, Krystal, is currently in her fourth year at Midwestern University, seeking her residency to become a doctor of osteopathic medicine.
Anna Walker Beaver will be starting a full-time position as a special educator/early interventionist for the infant and toddler program with Frederick County Public Schools this summer. She and her husband, Jeb, have five children – Cora (9), Finley (7), Hudson (6), Gwenyth (3), and Maeve (2).
Kirsten Wolle Lansberry just accepted a position with Baltimore County Public Library. She is a librarian with the Youth and Family Engagement department of the Mobile Engagement Group. She’s been with BCPL since 2011, but this is the first full-time position she’s had. Kirsten married Sean Lansberry in 2012 and they welcomed a daughter in 2014.
That’s it for now – keep those updates coming!