1. 2001 news – July 2019


    Greetings to all! Thanks to those who shared their news this year; it is always my pleasure to pass it along.

    Erin Diehl married Andrés Conde on June 16, 2019 and gave birth to a baby girl, Carlota Marie, on May 16, 2019. They are living in Madrid, Spain and Erin can be reached by email at diehle@hotmail.com. One month earlier, Robin Deniker Morgensternand husband Chad Morgenstern along with their four daughters welcomed baby girl #5, Daisy Mae Harper Morgenstern, on April 4, 2019. And rounding out the baby news this year, Jen Stange Knieriem and husband Jason embraced their first baby, Simon, last October and cannot believe how much he’s grown already! Kinya Deshields McNeil shared her personal success in Toastmasters International (http://www.toastmasters.org/about/all-about-toastmasters),an international club geared towards helping people become effective public speakers and leaders. She is curious to see if there are any other Hoodlums who are involved. TI has a curriculum with various projects/paths to complete. Once completed, members receive different levels of distinction. Kinya joined the Midtown Masters (District 46) club on June 1, 2015 and received her Competent Communicator (CC) award on December 20, 2018.  She has now migrated over to the new Pathways curriculum and will be pursuing the Innovative Planning path. Congratulations to all of you! Last but not least, Melissa Collis Logan wrote that she enjoyed catching up with Amy Estell at the Strasbourg Alumni reception held over Reunion Weekend. Their taste buds relished in revisiting some delicious Alsatian wine and food while the Hoodlums reminisced about their days in France and at Hood. For those who could not make it, Melissa highly recommends attending if they hold another such event.

    I am grateful to all who share their news worldwide and look forward to hearing from everyone again. I hope this finds you all well in your respective corners of the Earth!

  2. 2013: Summer 2019


    Namaste, Class of 2013! As always, we’re continuing to lead beautiful and exciting lives. Elizabeth Garner Drummond and husband Scott Drummond welcomed their second baby girl, Cailin Faye Drummond, on April 9th 2019. Jordan Atha married Mikhael Weaver on March 8, 2019 in Washington County, Md. Kellie Duncan Clairmont and husband Matt welcomed their second daughter, Sadie Rose Clairmont on January 4, 2019. Andrea Zona Baker and husband James Baker ‘15 welcomed their second child, Avery Gabriella Baker…also born on January 4, 2019! Future members of the Hood College Class of 2041? Andrea is continuing her work with Frederick’s Woman to Woman Mentoring.

    In May, Mi’kea Bowie Hawkins received her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Teacher leadership. This July, she and her husband Adrian, will welcome their second child, a girl. Carly Oeller received her certificate in organizational management from the Hood College Graduate School. Breanne Carbaugh started a new position at Coastal Hospice where she’ll be a bereavement counselor working with children and teenagers who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

    Nicole Tabbachino, LMSW is opening The Orenda Center of Wellness this summer. The Orenda Center is an inpatient women’s substance abuse treatment facility and an outpatient women, men, and children’s substance abuse and mental health treatment facility. Inpatient services will be in Sabillasville, MD and outpatient services will be in Frederick, MD. Ashley Birdsell is enjoying her work in DC as the Director of Marketing and Sales at the National Theatre, is a board member for both Story District and Rorschach Theatre, and volunteers with the Smithsonian National Zoo. Amanda Blakeslee Darling and husband Will welcomed their daughter Emma Mae on June 16, 2019. Baby, Mom, Dad, Emma and big brother Willie are all doing well and look forward to the 2019 alumni field hockey game this coming fall.

    Aimee Smith wrapped up her 6th year as a Special Education Teacher for Heather Ridge School in Frederick County. She was named Heather Ridge School Teacher of the Year and Frederick County Public Schools Outstanding Special Educator of the Year. William Lewis is engaged to Robin Samek. He is also teaching theater and voice, directing shows, and has returned to the classroom for his secondary education teaching certificate! MJ Swicegood completed her PMP certification and was accepted into Johns Hopkins Masters of Biotechnology program.

    Nicola Sussman received her Masters in Reading Specialization at Hood and walked at commencement for a second time! And I, Elaheh Eghbal, recently joined the team at Go2s, a social networking platform and community app and the board for Aythos, an NGO that does work in Nepal. I also spent two weeks trekking through the Himalayan mountains! Keep soaring, everyone!

  3. Class of 1980 – Summer 2019


    It has been a few years since I have reported on the Lucky Ladies (and men) of 1980…Katie McCombs Zirnkilton, Ellen Higgins Kornfeld, Amy Sue Falk Felker, Laurie Drysdale, Beth Ward Ross, Ann Lawrence Brooks (class of “79) and Sarah Ann Miller got together to celebrate their 60th birthdays in late September on Nantucket at Sarah’s house.  Audrey Tozer has kept in touch with many classmates via email, phone and Facebook.  Last fall she reported that she has been in touch with Anne Driscoll Williams, Ted (Theodora Felegi) Laws, Linda O’Toole Teebagy, Mary Tielking and Debbie Wills (’79).  Audrey and Kim run their individual businesses and keep quite busy around the farmette.  Their fur family consists of mini horses, standard sized horses, barn kitties and dogs.  Deborah May (Beckmann) Austill is still working here in Frederick as a Family Practice Physician Assistant for Frederick Primary Care Associates.  She and her husband, Dave, have 1 grandson and 3 step grandchildren.  Susan Reeder Jessee ran for County Council in 2018 in Frederick Co. but lost by just 520 votes. She has started a new job at USAMRIID as a Project Manager and finds it a privilege to be working on therapeutics and vaccines that will help keep our soldiers safe.  Her daughter, Emily, will be a junior at Hood this fall.   Kim Taylor Corle writes that her kids are in various stages of getting married, and she has rediscovered her art, actively painting and exhibiting while husband, Blaine, is golfing more than anyone she knows!

    Mary Newton Deighan and husband, Mike, live and work in Charlottesville, VA.  Most of their nine children have graduated from college and are adults finding their way in the world, working jobs and raising families.  They are not quite the empty nesters yet with three children still at home, (two attending college and one in high school), but they’re getting there.  She still has her part-time bookkeeping job which has kept my mind nimble with all the advances in technology. She shifted her sewing hobby from costuming for theater to teaching small hands to sew in a beginners sewing club. She and Mike have been taking river cruises, most recently traveling both the Rhine and Danube Rivers.   Deborah (Sheetenhelm) Hammond, since retirement, has published 19 books and about to release lucky #20, Both Sides Now. Her books can be found on Amazon.com in both paperback and kindle versions.  Julie Flynn wrote that on Dec 14, 2017, after being together for 20 years, she married her partner, RaDonna Burik.  It was a small wedding performed by their pastors at the Lutheran Church they attend.  She thinks that they were as excited as she was that they could finally, legally, get married! She recently retired from Siemens Healthcare after 30+ years.  She doesn’t miss work at all and highly recommends retirement to everyone. Valerie Cerrone Nelson is a practicing midwife at Jacobi Medical Center, a large NYC hospital that serves a united nations of patients speaking every language.  Her grandson Desmond was just 2 and is the light and joy of their lives!

    Anne Reynolds Gurney and I recently got together in Gettysburg for lunch and a few of us from Meyran (me, Ellen Aries Mulhern, Linda Curry Heartfield, Jak Killefer Cruthers, and Kim Taylor Corle) got together last fall on Cape Cod for a weekend to celebrate our 60th birthdays.  I also recently retired from Marsh & McLennan Companies after 26+ years and 12 years at Thalhimers, and like Julie Flynn, I highly recommend it.  I look forward to traveling and spending times with family and friends.  See you at our 40th Reunion next June!

  4. Class of 1975 Summer 2019 News


    Last winter brought Steven and Rhea Bel-Jon Calkins a spectacular adventure. They flew to the Pacific coast of northern Baja in a Piper Cub and spent 3 magical days meeting and touching grey whales in one of their birthing lagoons. Then to the Sea of Cortez near Bahia de los Angeles to glamp under horizon to horizon stars and swim with sea lions. Rhea has been busy with the NGO.  She volunteers with Mujeres en Cambio revamping the donor and student scholarship systems and writing a partnership proposal to a Canadian fundraising organization. She is thrilled to say they were accepted.

    Cheryl Cuddeback is still in real estate but with a new brokerage firm. Her daughter, Samantha Mendl, just graduated from Hunter College, NY this year. Anne Cuppia class of ‘74 and Cheryl are heading over to Billie Weiss‘s class of ‘74 digs in Ocean Grove, NJ. They’ll stay out of trouble, obviously!

    Sue Shorb-Sterling has sad news to report. Her ten year old granddaughter, Norah Brubaker, died from septic shock in April. She was an active, healthy fifth grader who loved to read and was musically talented. Her family is coping as best as they can to accept this great loss. As her cousin stated, “Life is not fair!” Sue is reminded that our children and grandchildren are to bury us, and not the other way around. Sue grieves not only the loss of Norah’s life, but the loss of her future as well.

     Peg Yanarella Hosky is glad to say that all is well in Washington DC. They continue to enjoy running their successful marketing firm, fedinsider.com. Their children, while in their 30s now, are all local, much to Peggy’s delight! Her garden and it’s several thousand purple iris flourishes, and she reads and knits voraciously.

    Joyce Klugh Wilson retired in Williamsburg, VA, after 25 years of teaching in Fairfax County. She recently returned from a lovely two week cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. Joyce is a member of the LGA9 golf league in Ford’s Colony and volunteers often, especially for elementary school vision screening with the James City Lions Club.

    Jane Ludwick Viprino is still working but hopes to retire sometime soon. She is the supervisor of the laboratory at a large veterinary clinic in the Reading, PA area. In addition Jane volunteers at the local Berks Jazz Fest that is held in the spring.  Quite a big event. Jane has a son who just married in February. She will be a Nana by the end of the November and is so excited. The big gender reveal was just at OBX on the beach. It’s a Boy!!! The whole family has been going to the Outer Banks for over 30 years. Her sister, Nancy Warrenfeltz class of ’76, was up from Florida and her family also gathered there. Always a busy and fun vacation.

    Thank you to everyone who continue to shared their news. I am still designing retirement plans for small businesses. My mom has been working hard recovering from her stroke but really struggles with the feeding tube. If she could only eat life would be so much better for her. Northern California is already into “Fire Season”. Love seeing all of the wildlife outside our house, but worry too much about potential fires. Hope everyone has a great end to 2019. Wishing you, your families and friends the best! Debbie Page Rath

  5. Class of 1957 Summer Column 2019


    I can’t believe I heard from only three classmates for this 2019 Winter Column. But the Summer 2018 column was a good representation, so I guess I can’t complain.  Here is the input – and I won’t even have to edit the column much because we didn’t write 750 words.  Tsk! Tsk!

    Barbara Thomas Yinger: Just got back from Woodstock, NY, enjoying being with daughter Laura and her family from Indiana, Louisville and NYC.  Our grandson owns a cabin there and it creates a nice family get-together place.  That included getting better acquainted with two of our great grandchildren, a two year old and a one year old.  In early June I spent a morning with our “local” four year old granddaughter to accompany her and about 10 other day care friends on a two hour nature hike.  Both experiences were Energizing!!!!

    Elsie Lyon Hinkhouse: It’s been a fabulous time at Morning Star, a senior living facility in Boise, ID where I have lived since Jim’s passing. I have met Kuulei Mobley Green, a 1959 Hood College classmate. Neither of us remembered each other but share many other remembrances of classmates and wonderful times at Hood. Kuulei is a retired Episcopal priest, another great connection we have.  In addition I’ve had a fabulous time in Boise.  My youngest daughter Amy and her family live here…the reason why we moved to Boise and I spend lots of time with her and her family.  This year my daughter, Ginger, from the Seattle area and her husband were here for 5 days, and my daughter Julie, her husband and two daughters from Cypress, Texas visited 5 days.  I’m blessed to be in Boise!  Love to all my “57 classmates.  Elsie

    Carol Harkness Kilrea: You are such a sport to do this; hope all is well! Lots going on in my life – last of my 14 grandchildren graduated HS and is off to Kelly School of Business @ Indiana University – # 13 finishing his 2nd year @ ND where he made All American in x country running – # 12 finishing up @ Penn State and # 11 completing her degree @ Iowa!! All the rest working in Chicago – have apartments and in various degrees of relationships – Keegan got married last summer so we all welcomed Matt – a great guy!! Beverly Shores has just been named our 61st National Park (we are within a much larger area) and also been named Indiana Bird Town by the Audubon Society! Bill and I traveled to Mexico this winter and a month in Florida – we are now packing up for a family gathering in Hilton Head followed by a trip to Scotland- so very excited! My Fitbit pushes me forward and thankfully we are both healthy and able to “ get on with things” – wow!! Have I rattled on!  Guess you will have to edit this Molly! Take care and thanks again! Hugs Carol

    Molly Smith Sperandio: Dealing with a hip replacement in January and subsequent rehab and therapy kept me from participating in one of my favorite volunteer jobs – that of being a Tax Consultant for the 2018 Tax Year during the months of January – April. If I had done my studying when I got my books in November, I probably could have done some of it, but a minor fall which tore up my arm and a bout with pneumonia kept me from it.  And after that little infection, which I had never experienced before in my lifetime, I can understand how people die from that disease!  I’m still walking with a cane, but that did not keep me from enjoying my annual drive to Willow Valley, PA in April to spend time with my sisters, bro-in-law and some nieces; a trip to CA in June for the high school graduation from Sacramento Waldorf School of the 7th of my 8 grandchildren, Sophi; and another annual drive to Bethlehem, PA in June for our 38th Smith family reunion.  We live on.  All is normal!


  6. Class of 2012 Update


    As always, the class of 2012 has lots of exciting news and updates! Katelyn Brady (Vu) married Shane Brady (c/o ’11) and lives in Virginia Beach, VA where she works as an attorney with Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP. Carley Altenburger completed her MA in the History of Decorative Arts at George Mason University and recently accepted the position of Assistant Librarian for the Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera at Winterthur Museum. Cara Clements celebrated her daughter’s first birthday and is looking forward to a new position in the Montgomery County Public Schools system. Edwin Franco is the owner of a small real estate business in partnership with Keller Williams Capital Properties in Springfield, VA. Courtney Fraser has two nephews and a niece and is a consultant for both ‘Usborne Books and More’ and ’31 Gifts’. Samantha Gertner celebrated her engagement to Francis Nebenburgh III last summer. They are getting married next spring in St. Martin where they shared their first date. Samantha’s private grief consulting business continues to grow. Lauren Hagan was promoted to senior digital marketing strategist at Immersion Active, a digital-first marketing agency in Downtown Frederick. Kelly Harris is working as a special education teacher at Bancroft. She has been married for almost 10 years and has 2 beautiful daughters, Sofia (5) and Charlotte (2). Rachael Harris had a baby, got married and is teaching special education. Jessica Henry is working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals and loving life in Boston, MA. Jose Sanchez Hernandez is defending his thesis for the completion of the Biomedical Science Master’s degree at Hood College this July. He recently won “The People’s Choice Award” in the 2019 3MT competition and is loving his job at the Frederick National Lab for Cancer Research. Troy and Lauren Hubbard live in North Carolina where he is finishing post-doctoral studies at the National Toxicology Program branch of NIEHS and Lauren teaches 8th grade history in Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools. They are expecting their first child in October. Mike Lancaster is living in Southern Maryland designing maps for the Marine Corps. Eric Leviton is continuing his service in the Air Force and was recently promoted to Staff Sergeant. He completed a year tour in Turkey and now lives in Germany. Natalie Lewis resigned as Accounting Associate at Nymeo Federal Credit Union in Frederick, MD and as June 3rd became Staff Accountant for Maryland Oral Surgery Associates Management office in Rockville, MD. Scott Mauer worked as a historical researcher for a New York Times best-selling author and is now a technical writer for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)Elizabeth [Ulmer] Page celebrated the birth of their first daughter in May and is teaching at an independent all-girls school in Columbus, Ohio. Conor Pracher shifted his computer monitor about 6 inches to the right and is still working at Hood as the women’s soccer coach. Molly Polling and her fiancé got a kitten to keep their cat, Escher, company. They have been working in their garden and are looking forward to their wedding in September. Doug Raftery stepped into the role as General Manager, Business Operations of Reno 1868 FC, a professional soccer team in Nevada in April. Michelle [Kuehl] Randolph married her husband Dane in Asheville, NC in May. They also are expecting their rainbow baby this year. Ashley Nokes Reidenauer was married in October and is working for an outpatient mental health clinic in Greenbelt. Kaitlin Hughes Retallick received a promotion to Primary Patent Examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office last September. Drew Roderuck bought his first house and is currently working at the National Aquarium in Baltimore as a Herpetologist. Kenneth Rupert was the winner of the 2019 Pitch Competition, published the Financial Self-Defense Training Guide and is now offering Financial Wellness Training as a part of the Financial Black Belt Academy. Bonnie Seabolt just finished her 6th year as a 3rd grade teacher and is continuing her education at Hood College. David Stanker is enjoying life to the fullest! Laura [Saad] Voelker has moved to Silver Spring, MD with her husband, Bruce, and is a 1st through 3rd grade science teacher at an independent school. Taurean Washington will be having a solo art exhibition at the Hood College art gallery in Tatem Hall on November 21st. He and his wife are expecting a baby boy in August.

  7. Class of 1969 Summer News


    1969 Class News – Summer 2019

    It’s been gratifying to hear all the positive comments regarding our Alma Mater from the attendees our 50th Reunion. Sadly, due to various reasons, some of us had to miss. Both Kip Cantagalli Dumaresq and Christy Lundt Lambertus had back surgeries. Christy later reported a successful outcome and looks forward to a pain-free future and more travel this fall. Par Etzel Parker and her husband were busy celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, as were Karol Bedyk Strang and Bill, who spent two months touring Europe – including a couple of days at the French Open. A baby granddaughter is due in mid-July. The excuse for Ginny Monaco Hatfield and me is that we both had daughters getting married this summer, precluding a trip back East from LA for Ginny, and Seattle for me. The school year is not quite complete for Susie Oliver Schneider. Ruth Coston Perencevich was unable to attend due to competing 50th reunions – her husband won the draw! Lila Wisotski was involved in a mixed voice choral performance that entire weekend and had to beg out. Bad timing for Christine Diehl as well, as her church was celebrating a 300th anniversary. Chris finds life on the southern shore of Connecticut still awe inspiring. She will continue part-time teaching in the Fall. Margaret Dunkle also regrets missing our reunion. She states that “my two years at Hood were very important to me and my development as both a feminist and a thinker.” Carole Downing Staton reports that husband Roy has finally joined the ranks of the retired. Son Andrew is deployed to Afghanistan again but hopes to be home by the holidays. Among those attending our reunion was Donna Holst Carr, who lives near Frederick and has been married to the same guy for 50 years! They have two sons and expect two grandchildren this year. She particularly enjoyed catching up with Joanne Ingoldsby Peters, who is currently concentrating on improving her golf game and plans to go to Greece in the Fall. Linda Israel Lamm, Sue Korff Hammer and Marty Silcox Hankins rounded out their circle. Marty volunteers with Master Gardeners, works behind the scenes at Shiloh Pottery and continues her political activism. Pat Warren Carlson sat down with Dr. Chapdelaine and agrees with Joanne’s assessment that she is the right person to lead Hood into the future. Carol Crofoot Hayes gave high marks to Susan Taylor Shoch for arranging a great off-site dinner and amazing slide show. She bonded once again with Maureen Clancy Shiftan, Debby Jones, Joan Esselen Foot, Char Blum Moors, Nazi Safavi and Molly Stuart. Post-reunion she took her twin six-year-old granddaughters to Jamaica! Linnea Linden Morettini loved re-connecting with Janie Pickard Hahn, Karla Leum Stoner, Judy Baab Sunderlin, and Karen Baab Harley. The only disappointment was the status of Coblentz – renovations are desperately needed! Rave reviews also came from Cheryl Brown Dreiling. She traveled in April with her sister, Melanie Brown Hughes ’76, to Andalucia (southern Spain) on the AHI Hood sponsored trip. Most enjoyable, she says. Sue Korff Hammer sent word of the death of Libby Marckwardt. Our sympathies to her family. I, Sayre Roney Steere, continue to love my new life here in the Pacific Northwest. Our baby girl, Doris, was married July 5th in a lovely outdoor setting. Our three granddaughters were Junior Bridesmaids. The following day our girls hosted a brunch for Dave and me to commemorate our 50th anniversary which took place a week later. We’ve become avid hikers and “pickleballers” and I recently took up Mah Jongg. We highly recommend our Trilogy “over 55” community where constant activities abound.

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