1. 2014; Summer 2017


    Bianca Padilla

    It’s time to see what the members of the Class of 2014 are up to! Paige DeVore graduated nursing school. She is taking the NCLEX on June 13 and will be getting married October 13.  Katelyn Jenkins and her husband Andrew welcomed a baby girl Leona Leigh Hansorte on February 24, 2017. William Haller completed his M.S. in Applied Psychology, Industrial-Organizational track from the University of Baltimore in December 2016. Will currently works at FMP Consulting in Arlington, Virginia. Lauren Shaak is very excited to accept a Park Ranger position this spring at Caledonia State Park in Fayetteville, PA. Charles Kramer is pursuing his masters in social work in the fall of 2017 at West Chester University. Erin Droneburg started her own business, Chalkedelic, LLC. This September, Erin and her husband Javier Zavala ’16 will be leaving for 6 months to travel the U.S. out of a camper and pursue their arts. Tiffany Zechman Flook welcomed her second child on March 29, 2017. Kali Ball is married and expecting a baby boy in August. Zachary Lynch is graduating from Maryland State Trooper Academy in July 2017.This past December, Brittany Davis got engaged to Brian Semkiw. They will be getting married in June 2018. Laura Morton is moving to London, England and starting a master’s program in Modern History at King’s College London this fall. Angela Shaner is getting married to Zachary Dwyer on June 24, 2017. They are very excited to start their lives together. She’s also finishing her third year of teaching 2nd at New Market Elementary School. Angela is working on getting her Master’s Degree in Curriculum Instruction at Hood College. Emily Singleton married Joshua Dimeler on September 24, 2016.  In October of 2016, she began a new position as a Grant and Contract Specialist at UMBC. Emily and Josh bought their first home in March 2017. Steven Powell just graduated with his Ed.S in school psychology. He is moving to Oklahoma State University this fall to start his Ph.D in school psychology. Sydnee Sichert is currently employed with Frederick County Government as an Executive Assistant. Molly Fabricatore graduated from Salem State University with her Master of Education in Higher Education Student Affairs. She accepted a position at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA as a Coordinator of Student Development. Jennifer Bentz had a baby in March and got promoted to team leader at work. Bianca Padilla is finishing her master’s program in August 2017 from National University. Lanee Higgins married Davon Ford on April 11, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. Chelsea Young works as a Marketing Coordinator at United Iron and Metal. She Started a meal prep company – MOD Nutrition and lives in Columbia, Maryland. Keep doing your thing Class of 2014! Have a fabulous summer!

  2. 2011; Summer 2017


    Megan Dancause

    As our years increase since graduation from Hood, so do the accomplishments of the class of 2011! Emily Cucchi Raines is working as the Marketing Manager for Cetrom, which is a leading Cloud computing company. In addition, Emily has recently adopted a Shiba Inu named Luna. Phillip Yerby was recently promoted to Group Manager with Weber Shandwick. Julie Shenk is currently working at Mount St. Mary’s as the Information Technology Librarian. Julie is in the midst of planning a November 2017 wedding to Alexander Loy. The couple plans to wed in the Coffman Chapel on the Hood College campus. John Stiles was recently promoted as a Post Production Manager with Vice Media in Brooklyn, NY. Kristan Hawkins married Kipp Vermeulen and is currently working for Rinck Advertising based in Annapolis, MD as a Content Producer. Caitlin Salovich married in 2011 and purchased her first home with her husband in Orlando, FL in 2013. Caitlin accepted a position in 2015 as a Social Media Manager for an Internet Marketing Company. The couple welcomed their first son, Omar Gabriel, in September 2016. Prior to her son being born, Caitlin accepted a new position as an Email Marketing Manager where she is able to work from home. Sarah Mecklenburg is working for Montgomery County Public Libraries focused in outreach.  Sarah and her fiancé, Andy Polack, will wed this year on June 11. Shawna Lentz M.S.’16 is preparing for a job shift next year! Shawna will become a Math Content Coach at Twinbrook Elementary in Montgomery Public Schools. Shawna’s focus will be working with staff to build their capacity in teaching mathematics. In addition, she will be working with administration to analyze data and create professional development plans aligned with school improvement plan. Sasha Speakman received her MSW from the University of Southern California in 2015. Shortly after graduation Sasha joined Operation Progress to help with operations and run their LAPD mentorship program which pairs high-need youth in South LA to committed LAPD officers. Sasha recently became a field instructor for the MSW program at the University of Southern California. Sasha will marry her best friend this summer; August 2017. Elizabeth Arsenault recently moved to Raleigh, NC for a new job as a Video Product Strategist with McClatchy. Monique Sledd recently received a promotion as a School-Linked Mental Health Therapist and is on her way to becoming a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor where she lives in Minnesota.

  3. 2010; Summer 2017


    Alison Kelley Bliss

    Emily Heys completed her Masters of Business Administration at the University of Maryland in May 2017. Carlin Rabie ’11 married Emily Gupta of Walkersville on May 29, 2016. Was recently promoted to LTJG and received his wings of gold from the US Navy. He is currently living in San Diego flying a MH-60R helicopter with the Seahawks of HSM-41. Alison Kelley Bliss married Harrison Bliss ’11 on September 18, 2016 in Taneytown, MD. Many Hood alumni were a part of their wedding party and attended the wedding. Ali and Harrison are currently both working and living in Columbia, MD.

  4. 2005; Summer 2017


    Leslie Beck Hughan

    Oh my, so much happened since our last class update. The common theme of this update seems to be new jobs/promotions with moves coming in a close second. In 2015, Angela Carideo Auldridge’s 3-year-old son Mark was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, SCN2a. Since then, she became a board member for the FamilieSCN2a Foundation, a licensed non-profit that seeks to advocate and raise funds for research for this rare genetic disorder. They organized a local Color Dash 5K in Middletown, Md., that raised $18,000 with more than 500 runners participating. On Dec. 1, Angie also started a new job as a Disability Support Services Advisor at Hagerstown Community College, where she has been employed for the last 10 years as an Academic Advisor. Pegah Bozorgnia received her loan origination license and became a mortgage banker. She creates a strategy designed to complement her customers’ short- and long-term financial goals, and make sure they have the best terms on their mortgages. She is licensed to originate loans in Maryland, Virginia, DC, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. She also received a Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist (CMPS). Pegah understands the financing strategy her customers employ today will carry financial consequences that can impact their lives for years to come. For this reason, she patiently listens to her customers, acting as a partner in the home buying or refinancing process and helps to contextualize home financing decisions within a wide spectrum of tax planning, real estate investment, and financial planning considerations. Please let Pegah know if you, your family and friends need assistance to buy or refinance a residential property. Her business is fully based on referral so please keep her in mind. She currently lives in Gaithersburg, Md. If you would like to learn more about her, please visit apexhomeloans.com/pegah-bozorgnia. Lauren Anderson Cunningham and he husband bought a new house in Crownsville, Md.  “Bye-bye townhouse and hello forever home,” said Lauren.  They are super excited! On Oct. 30, 2016, Cassie Lauren Dukes was promoted to program analyst within the Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office Nuclear Physics, Facilities and Project Management Division. Rachel Collmus Ellick B.A. ’06 and her husband bought a house in Williamsburg, Vir., in July 2016. She also started a new job as a toxicology Health Assessor with the Virginia Department of Health, in Richmond, last December. Maggie Hasselbach will be licensed as a pastor in the United Methodist Church, starting summer 2017. Charlene Vestermark married CPT George L. Hauser, DDS in Jamaica on Nov. 26, with 43 of their family and friends. Leslie Beck Hughan and her husband Bryan welcomed twins into their family in October. The babies were born more than 15 weeks early. Celia Louise was born weighing 1 lb. 11 oz.; and Benjamin Charles was born weighing 1 lb. 15 oz. After very long and eventful hospital stays, she’s pleased to report both babies are home. Lauren Sebald Noll M.S.’12 will be teaching 6th grade at Sacred Heart of Glyndon in the fall. She is very excited. Georgette Sirak Prichard received a promotion at the University of Mount Olive. She’s now the Director of Online Support Services and Enrollment Information. In this role, she works as the director of online programs, as well as with student information system for Admissions. Sarah Robinson Rathbun and her family moved to and bought a house in Fort Collins, Colo. They love Colorado! Sara Levering Roa and husband Vince moved in May 2016. Victoria Tanguay started at Blue Sky Animal Clinic, in Loveland, Colo., as an associate veterinarian.

  5. 2004; Summer 2017


    Michelle Donati-Grayman

    Chanda T. Gilmore

    The Class of 2004 wishes the falling new mothers and their newborns many good years of health, love and happiness: Cara Overcash Orr and her husband welcomed Karson Levi February 14, 2016. He joins big brother Conner in their Philadelphia home.  Michelle Donati-Grayman, along with her wife and twin sons, welcomed Silas Donati-Grayman on November 8, 2016. Essence Jones, M.A. ’07, C ’07 and her family welcomed son Brocke Harold Douglas Jones on March 18, 2017. Laurie Machovec Tomcanin and her husband welcomed twin boys, James Edward and John Daniel, on June 3, 2017.  Congratulations to the following class members on their new positions: Chanda Gilmore accepted a position as assistant professor of communications at Immaculata University in August 2016.   Sarah Cline was selected for a two-year fellowship with the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law’s in August 2016. Jaime Cacciola was appointed Director of Grants and Gift Planning at Hood College in January 2017.  Wendy Cochran is the Food Program Manager at the Frederick County Health Department, with 2017 marking her 10-year anniversary working for the State of Maryland. She is engaged to Gregory MacMaster.  Katherine Nash M.B.A. ’08 now works as Policy Director for Greenwill and Associates where she is serves as a Maryland lobbyist for clients ranging from large multinational energy corporations to small towns in Western Maryland. Best wishes to the following class members on their new accomplishments:  Michelle Lindsey Richardson was named 2015-16 Teacher of the Year and is currently working on her M.A. with a concentration in literacy at Furman University and is a full-time Literacy Coach at a SC public school.  She and her family moved to South Carolina in 2006.   Maya Laws Barney and her family purchased their first home in October 2016.  Sara Lewis and her family relocated back to the Baltimore area after 8 years in New Jersey in December 2016.  Melanie Muscar M.B.A. ’07 married Christiana “Ana” Lang on December 23, 2016. They sold their home in downtown Frederick and are moving to Uppsala, Sweden in August while Ana serves as a Rotary International Peace Fellow for two years. They are, of course, taking their collie mix, Cooper, with them.

  6. 1999; Summer 2017


    Anne Hambrick-Stowe Rankin

    Hello, Class of ’99!  By the time you read this, summer will be basically over; I’m sure you’ve had some great vacations and time with family and friends.  Please email me with updates so it all can be shared in the next class column; we’d love to hear from you!   For this edition, I only heard from one person…thank you to Michelle Chao Pearson for responding with her news.  Michelle and her husband left Washington, DC for suburban living and built a new house in Clarksburg, MD in 2015. They have two fun and loving daughters, Norah Jane, 4, and Kyla Grace, 2. Michelle stays at home with the girls and works part-time as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist with a small practice in Maryland; she was trained in neurofeedback in the fall of 2016. Several times a year, Michelle gets together with several other Hood alums: Dawn Griffith ’97, M.A., ’03, C ’03, Crystal Carr Townsend ’97, Christine Farrell Walsh ’98, Jenikka Joy Deering ’98, and April Weaver Bishop.  Most recently, Michelle started working as a Wellness Advocate for DōTerra essential oils.   Until next time, take good care and keep in touch!

  7. 1996; Summer 2017


    Jewel K. Smith

    Nadya Marville Briggs returned to and “graduated” from Hood this May with a Master’s certification in Educational Leadership, Admin I and II. Congratulations! The first week of April, Piera Giroux Siegert was in the Maryland/Pennsylvania area for work and visited with Jennifer Wolfe Pupa, Dawn Mertz Day, Amy Vasbinder, Angela Schmuck Bond, and Hillary Glass. Angela hosted everyone at her home in Hanover, PA. The group last got together five years ago, coincidentally, the same weekend. Even though five years had gone by, since they had last seen each other in person, they started where they left off from the previous visit. They always find something to talk about, mostly work and children, and enjoy sharing memories of Hood. Angela also tried something new this past year and worked as a substitute teacher for Hanover Area Public School District. She also is a distributor of Young Living Essential Oils. Angela is making the most of summer! In late May, she and Stephanie Auker Zweitzig ’95 took a road trip from south central PA to central NJ to volunteer at a goat rescue. They have both loved goats for forever and when a volunteer opportunity arose to help at Goats of Anarchy, they jumped on the chance! Goats of Anarchy rescues disabled goats from farms that are going to put down the goats, and from people who offer a handicapped goat to the rescue because they know they’ll be well taken care of. Angela and Stephanie enjoyed their hours of helping clean the barn, putting down fresh hay, and taking photos and playing with the goats. The car ride up and back allowed them to catch up! I have to add that the photos were great – wish I could share those with all of you! I have enjoyed hanging out with Reena Amin Borwankar – nothing link bonding over gorgeous wares and tea (two of my weaknesses)! She is a Senior Ambassador for India Hicks. My company changed our name to the Association for Accessible Medicines so my work email changed: jewel.smith@accessiblemeds.org. I also spent a week in South Africa and another week in Zimbabwe in March. Two very different but beautiful countries that are now crossed off the list! I am looking forward to reuniting with some fellow Hoodlums later this summer – more to come on that. If you have not donated to Hood this year, please consider doing so. A little can go a long way. One gift. Any size. Visit www.hood.edu/giving. Keep the news coming…

  8. 1995; Summer 2017


    Jacki Resop Amato

    Aloha Hoodlums! I, Jacki Amato, started a new position at Rocchi Construction, Inc. as their Administrative Assistant in March 2017! On April 9th, I attended a baby gender reveal party for Jennifer Barbieri ’98…IT’S A GIRL!  Congratulations to the Jen and Shawn! A few weeks later, I met up with Jen again and Ann Price-Davis ’98 at the Cockeysville Volunteer Fire Department’s Quarter Auction.  We went home with some great prizes!  Soon I will be meeting up with some old Memorial friends: Kimberly Unseld ’95, Emma Frederick King ’95, Jewel Smith ’96 and Quicha Tresvant ’96.  Can wait for that mini reunion!  Please feel free to write me anytime with news! I feel so connected with so many of you through Facebook. Keep the news coming!

  9. 1989; Summer 2017


    Carole Smith Neal

    Avery Beeson is headed off to Salvador, Brazil to teach 3rd grade for 2 years.  Sounds like it’s time to book a trip to go visit. You can contact Avery at Avery_beeson@mac.com. With it being graduation season, congrats to all our class alumni that have children graduating.  We wish them all well as they enter this next exciting phase.  Please join our Facebook group Hood College 1989 Reunion to connect with old friends and share your latest news.


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