2014: Winter 2015

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Bianca Padilla

Hello from the Class of 2014! Everyone has been busy since graduation and have celebrated many accomplishments. Let’s see what we have been up to! Angela Shaner is teaching second grade at New Market Elementary School; Amanda Price is a case manager at Way Station, Inc.; and Steven Powell is a graduate teaching assistant in undergraduate psychology at James Madison Univ. Patrick Harrington is the assistant market center administrator for Keller Williams Premier Properties Summit/Westfield in New Jersey; Erin Droneburg is a marketing and communications associate at Yoga Alliance for Yoga Insider; Anela Alic is living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and is working for UAE airlines; and Jessica Stonesifer is the owner of Regal Event Rentals. Jacquelyn Wenzel is teaching third grade in Fairfax County; Amelia Lovelace is a research assistant at the Navy Experimental Diving Unit in Panama City, Fla.; and Matt Dyjack, Jr. is working as the student activities coordinator at Hood College. Maria Gaetskaya is a Koch Fellow at the Cato Institute, Amanda Cavanagh is working for the Way Station as a residential facilitator in Frederick, Md.; and Amanda Walloga is the social media specialist for LINK. Chelsea Young is the marketing director at Colonial Jewelers in downtown Frederick; Melissa Caples is an objects conservation technician at the Smithsonian American Art Museum; and Emily Kraatz is teaching first grade at Twin Ridge Elementary School. Denisse Guitarra Yangua is the manufacturing production technician I at MedImmune/AstraZeneca in Frederick; Meghan Burket is working at Platinum PR in Shepherdstown; and Lacey Creelman is a special education teacher in Charles County. Emily Lovelace is an intern with the Third Millennium Alliance; Paige DeVore is currently working in her field in which she obtained her degree at two different companies; and Megan Gregory is a relationship associate working for United Way of Central Maryland. Jennifer Bentz is a research assistant for Michigan State Univ. School of Criminal Justice and a police cadet for the Meridian Township Police Department; Mercedes Barbosa is teaching a fourth grade Asperger’s classroom at Sligo Creek Elementary School; and Madeline Birmingham is a second grade teacher with Frederick County Public Schools. Nate Pauley is the quality control associate for Auntie Anne’s Pretzel factory in Lancaster, Pa.; Mitch Ellison is working at a job in his field of Biology at the USDA; and Chrissi Arnold is working for one of the biggest ophthalmology practices in the states. Kaitlyn Hays returned from Costa Rica after participating in the Tambor Bay Project thanks to the generosity of Hood Alumna, Ruth Ravitz Smith ’83, and is working at Morgan Stanley in Baltimore as a recruiting coordinator; Ashley Bennett is working and volunteering with the National Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) program; Lauren Shaak is a research technician in the Entomology Lab at the Pennsylvania State Univ. Fruit Research Extension Center; and Jennifer Rutherford is working for Frederick County in special education. Marquita Monroe is working at Shared Solution Services; Stacey Axler is the social media and website coordinator of a real estate management company; and I, Bianca Padilla, am a fifth grade teacher at Gaithersburg Elementary School. Congratulations to Tabitha Browne who is engaged to BJ Milliken; Jessica Stonesifer who is engaged to Doug Brown; Courtney Murdock Sprissler who was married in April and bought a house in Mt. Airy, Md.; Chrissi Arnold who is engaged to be married in May 2016; and Ciji Johnson Masser and her husband who welcomed their fourth child in February 2015. Amanda Price is finishing her masters of social work program at Salisbury Univ.; Katrina Villa is participating in a graduate nursing program at Seton Hall Univ. in South Orange, N.J.; and Steven Powell is pursuing his masters of psychology at James Madison Univ. Jennifer Bentz is attending Michigan State Univ.; Amelia Lovelace was accepted to a plant pathology Ph.D., program at the Univ. of Georgia; Matt Dyjack is pursuing a master’s degree at American Univ. Luke Berry is pursuing a Ph.D. in biochemistry at Montana State Univ.; Melissa Caples is attending George Washington Univ. for a masters in museum studies; and Paige DeVore is studying nursing. Amy Hagerdon is receiving her masters of science in Environmental Science at Indiana University; Mitch Ellison is pursuing his masters of science degree in biotechnology from Johns Hopkins Univ.; and Marquita Monroe is obtaining a masters of healthcare administration at Washington Adventist Univ., and a certificate in epidemiology and biostatistics at Drexel Univ. Continue to keep in touch with your success, joys and accomplishments Class of 2014!

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