2012: Winter 2014

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The members of the class of 2012 continue to stay busy and productive as life after Hood College Undergraduate School continues on. Here are some updates on some of the fantastic members of this class. Jessica Henry is on her second year of the Chemistry PhD program at the University of New Hampshire. Sasha Scaun is working at Victor Cullen as a Program Therapist. Graduating this past August from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, with her Master of Social Work (MSW), she is now a Licensed MSW. Leigh Hopkins got engaged and is planning her wedding for August 2014. She currently works as a Loan Servicing Specialist with the Written Customer Contact team for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. She is also working to get her art and photography business off the ground, Owl Eye Studios (www.owleyestudios.com). Lauren Miller, recently engaged to Calen McGrane started a new job as the Program Coordinator with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Mollie Widdowson passed her LGSW licensing test in May and graduated from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work in July. She is now working for the Washington County Department of Social Services. Monica Chickering is finishing up an international field placement experience in India before completing her MSW program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore in May 2014. Kristen Strater is currently attending American University for her Masters in Environmental Public Policy. Doug Raftery has recently accepted a new position with the Frederick Keys and will be the Sponsorship Account Manager and No. 2 radio broadcaster. Briana Becker graduated from the University of Pittsburg with her Masters of Social Work and is now a Licensed Social Worker in the state of PA. Marisa Mitchell-Flack has moved to New York City and acquired a job as Research Technician at Weill Cornell Medical College. Michelle Kuehl just celebrated six months in my new home she purchased in Catonsville, MD and is keeping busy with her job and traveling. Maria Smith is currently taking a year off from law school at the University of DC and is teaching high school English in Avignon, France. Laura Saad is also teaching abroad, currently on her second year in Bucheon, South Korea teaching English to kindergarten and elementary aged students. She keeps a blog about her experiences to update family and friends (http://goings-on-in-bucheon.blogspot.com). Cadance Roddy got engaged to Giff Howland in February 2013. She resides in Gaithersburg, MD along with her son, Sebastian Layser age 12, and is planning a wedding for the spring of 2014. Casey Smith is teaching freshmen Algebra at El Dorado High School outside of Wichita, Kansas. Chris Galo currently lives in Cumberland, MD with Kelsey Parker and their 3-year-old daughter, Juliana, and is working for the Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation for the state of MD. Jaimie Shopland became the President of Young Democrats of Frederick County, a political club that engages young people under the age of 36 in politics. She also took on a new job as the Special Assistant to Jen Terrasa, Chair of the Howard County Council, which is an appointed position. Furthermore, she became a board member of Emerge Maryland, an organization that trains Democratic women to run for office. Victoria Gudeman plans to graduate from the Univ. of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work in May 2014. She is completing an internship at the National Institute of Health and is working in the behavioral health unit at Frederick Memorial Hospital. Sadly her husband lost his battle with cancer on November 12, 2012. She is thankful for friends at Hood who have helped through this difficult last year. Aleece Groom plans to graduate from the Univ. of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work in 2016. She is working for Genesis Health Care and will be getting married on May 17, 2014. Always a busy and productive class, the members of 2012 continue to work hard and make Hood College proud.




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