Bianca E. Padilla
Looks like we have been doing well Hood College Class of 2014! Here are some amazing updates from our classmates. Zach Lynch is a trooper for the Maryland state police. He and Kelsey Knippenberg are expecting a baby, Eli, in February 2018. Mercedes Barbosa is Graduating in May 2019 from the University of Maryland with a Master’s of Education in Special Education with a Severe Autism Certificate. She is engaged to Nick Paolino of Baltimore, MD. Amanda Cavanagh is pursuing a career in voice acting and music. She is a soprano for the Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra and currently working on her first audiobook titled, “Ultra” by Olivia Hill. Amanda Lynn Garner got married on October 27, 2018 to Stephen Garner, admission counselor at Hood College. She also started a new job as a bereavement coordinator at Hospice of Frederick County. Steven Powell is a PhD student at Oklahoma State University studying school psychology. He also works as a consultant for rural schools. Bianca Padilla is a 5th grade math teacher in Montgomery County, Maryland. She recently became a National Trainer for the dance fitness company called, MixxedFit. Tabitha Browne Milliken got a new job as a Research Assistant with Geisinger Medical Center. Nicholas Duafala obtained his Master of Science in Finance from The George Washington University and is currently an Equity Research Analyst covering Oil and Gas E&P’s. Nicholas has since moved to Arlington, VA with his girlfriend, Ashlea, and two frenchies, Grizzly and Honey. Lacey Creelman completed her Master’s in Special Education from Walden University in April 2018. She started classes in October to complete her Administrator 1 Certificate from McDaniel College. Katie Jenkins Hansrote started a new job this past June with Cumberland County Aging and Community Services. She is still working with Older Adult Protective Services. Also, Katie and her husband will be welcoming their second baby girl in April 2019. Olivia Sledzik is currently living in Rhode Island and working at Providence Performing Arts Center. She got engaged in June in Rome. The wedding is September 2019. Jackie Frenning and her wife, Tabitha, bought a house in South Portland, Maine. Megan Gregory got a new job as a Public Relations and Marketing Manager at Veterinary Orthopedic Sports Medicine Group. She is getting married in Summer 2019. Amelia Lovelace is a PhD candidate at the University of Georgia studying Plant Pathology. She has published two papers on her research in Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions Journal and has presented her work at various conferences including American Phytopathological Society and International Congress of Plant Pathology. Ashley-Rose Bennett continues to work for the The Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP) of Frederick County, and started an MBA program this past fall. Chad Love was accepted into the School of Dentistry at West Virginia University and will be graduating with the Class of 2022. Wishing everyone a fantastic 2019. Don’t forget that reunion weekend is June 7, 8, and 9. Hope to see everyone at our five year reunion.