1. 1947; Summer 2017


    Catharine Smith Dunn

    Renie Quynn Collmus G’05 and I were the only two members of our class who attended our 70th reunion.  My daughter, Lindi, from New York City, and Renie’s granddaughter, Rachel, class of 2005 enabled us both to come, and we had a great time catching up.  Renie is living at Homewood Retirement Center in Frederick and her hair is still mostly black!!!  It was interesting to hear about Rachel’s experience in the Peace Corps after she graduated.  She served in Lesotho, South Africa and met the man, another Peace Corps worker, she married when they returned to the USA. My daughter, Lindi, a retired Occupational Therapist is now an usher at the Metropolitan Opera and enjoyed seeing the campus.  I did learn from someone who works at Hood and who had seen Elizabeth Jones Hesse that Jonsie is in good health, still living in her home in Annapolis and driving her car. I called Mary Lib Reeder Tiller, my roommate, to tell her about the weekend.  She lives in Fairfax, VA with her son, Richard and wife Christine.  She had a bad fall last winter and is still recovering from the after effects.  It was wonderful to be back and see the beautiful campus, meet the new president, enjoy eating in the Ronald J. Volpe Athletic Center, and having Strawberry Breakfast in Coblentz, followed by the chapel service….and then home, grateful for the years I spent at Hood College and the friends I made there.

  2. 1944; Summer 2017


    V. Jean Wheatley Hilchuk

    Mary Lou Chorley Touart is still living in a retirement center. She talked with Margie Muth Alibasah- she now has two great grandchildren that are twins. Margie is mostly bed ridden. Mal Barnett lives alone. She reported she was retired and did nothing. Betty Lee Daubenspeck Carl has a busy day. She golfs, plays bingo and has her daily cocktail. Nancy Ogden Carson had been in an infirmary and was leaving for her retirement home that day. Janet Coblentz Cover is upset daily by the news that is being reported on the TV. Gert Flagg Dalzell fell three months ago. So she is in the process of moving to a retirement center. Peg Traver Emery lives in her own home. Her son and daughter-in-law came to see her one day. They live on the west side of Florida. They are now busy painting her house. Millie Geiple lost her son and a granddaughter. Annabelle Sunderland Kepler crashed her car into a building. Mary Knobloch Smith plays a lot of bridge. Phyllis Fine Soza and husband are still in a retirement center. Helen Stottler Leaver stays very busy working and helping others. She lives in her own home. I am still living in independent living in a retirement center. I ride an electric scooter for the halls. I ride my walker backwards in my apartment. The only place I can walk is in the pool. I try to do that every nice day. Jean Wheatley Hilchuk (Wheats)

  3. 1959; Summer 2017


    If you have a classmate/friend who does not use email, please print out a copy and send it to her and encourage her to mail me her news.

    The year of 2016 has been an amazing adventure. Last winter after spending a week on a friend’s schooner in Key West, I drove north visiting friends along the way to my ‘winter home’ in Reisterstown. Early Feb I flew to the Bahamas for six weeks of cruising on Finesse, the boat I had crewed on for two weeks earlier in Oct. My captain considered me to be a co-captain which allowed me to do much of the navigating building my own confidence. We sailed from Abaco Sea down through Eleuthera and crossed over to the Exumas and sailed down to Staniel Cay. Snorkeling, fishing, iguanas, dolphins, hiking over the islands, meeting so many wonderful folks — it was truly a stress-free paradise and a trip I shall never forget. The big item this summer was spending time on my boat in City Island, NY, then sailing it to Belfast, ME. I did bring a crew person along to handle the anchor and be an extra hand in many other ways. In the past two years I have sailed the East Coast except for the last 100 miles to Canada — next summer — and from the north of the Abacos to the south part of the Exumas. I can’t believe I had such opportunities! I plan to head south after the first of the year and back to sea, but just found out I have a triple root canal first.

    Obituary for Starr Culver Weihe Sherman
    Dr. Starr Sherman passed away peacefully on December 13, 2016 at Canterbury Tower in Tampa. She was 79. Starr was born on April 10, 1937 in Salisbury, Maryland. Her father was the editor of the Democratic Messenger and her mother wrote the publication’s society column. From age 6 to 14 Starr wrote the weekly column titled Starr Reporter which chronicled the young children’s news from the backyards of her hometown of Berlin, Maryland. She then covered the teenage activities throughout Worcester County. She never ceased to love Berlin where she grew up and she made many visits there throughout her lifetime. Following high school graduation from St. Mary’s Seminary (now known as St. Mary’s College of Maryland), Starr attended Hood College where she majored in journalism and the sciences. She graduated from Hood College in 1959. She was accepted into the Beta Beta Beta national honor society of the Biology Academy. Based on her performance at Hood College, Starr was awarded a scholarship to study at Duke University’s marine laboratory at Beaufort, North Carolina. Starr earned a Master’s Degree in Zoology from Duke University. She then earned a Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University. Her doctoral dissertation included the development of a model for a biology course that would prevent duplication with elements in multi-collegiate programs.Starr moved to St. Petersburg in 1961, where she taught at the newly established Florida Presbyterian College (now Eckerd College) as a biological science instructor in the Natural Sciences Department. During her years as a biology instructor she was instrumental in developing curricula for the biological and physical sciences. Starr coordinated student research across campus lines to laboratories at the University of South Florida Marine Science Department and the Veterans Administration Center at Bay Pines. Other professional activities included serving on the Advisory Board of the Magnet School Assistance Grant and the Center for Advanced Technologies at Lakewood High School and the SAC Visitation Committee for Clearwater High School. Starr received nation-wide honors as a recipient of the National Teaching Excellence Award. In their book titled Shared Vision – A Study in Excellence, renowned educators Dr. John Roueche and Dr. George Baxter cited her teaching techniques and their application to large lecture classes. She was also recognized in the Who’s Who of American Women. While Leningrad, Russia still lay largely out of contact behind the Iron Curtain, Starr managed to arrange a personal visit in the mid-90s to the President of Leningrad University, Rector Stanislav Merkuriev and conveyed an invitation from St. Petersburg Junior College President Dr. Carl Kuttler for a visit. The Rector came to St. Petersburg later that year accompanied by Anatole Sobcheck, the Mayor of St. Petersburg, Russia.  Starr retired from St. Petersburg Junior College in 1993. At President Kuttler’s request, she returned as Acting Director of the Science Department from 1996 to 1997.  Starr held memberships in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Biological Science, the American Association of University Professors, the American Association of University Women, the Florida Academy of Science and the Florida Association of Community Colleges.  Starr was a member of the Board of Trustees of the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts for 12 years where she served as Secretary and member of the Executive Committee, and Chair of the Committee on Office of Trusteeship. She also served on the search committees for selection of the Director in 2000, and selection of the architect for the Hazel Hough Wing.  Starr was a member of the Board of Trustees of Community Action to Stop Abuse, and she served on the Eckerd College Library Committee. She held memberships in the former St. Petersburg Symphony Guild (now the Florida Orchestra Guild), the Pinellas County Dental Auxiliary, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the St. Petersburg Country Club, the Vinoy Club, and the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.  Starr found time to indulge in her personal interests in classical piano, English history, art and art history, and world travel while volunteering for community service. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church where she served on the Scholarship Committee, and Meals on Wheels. Starr married Dr. Rudolph Weihe in 1967. Dr. Weihe was a leader in the Florida dental profession. He passed away in 2009. In 2010 Starr married Peter Austin Sherman, who passed away in 2016. She is survived by three step-children and their spouses: Sally Weihe Wheeler and her husband Duke in Largo, Florida, R. Geoffrey Weihe, DDS, and his wife Anne in Tampa Florida, and Bruce Arthur Weihe, J.D. and his wife Lisa in Ft. Lauderdale. Her surviving step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren are Gregory Wheeler and his wife Donna in Ocala, Florida, Geoffrey Wheeler and his wife Hollen with their children Reagan and Hutchin in Midland, Texas, Taylor Weihe in Brooksville, Florida, Christian Weihe and his wife Lora with their children Jake and Luke in Tampa, Florida, Brooke Edge and her husband Dustin with children Violet and August in Kentucky, Katherine and her brother William Weihe in Idaho, Laura Weihe in Atlanta, Georgia, Alexandra Weihe in North Carolina, and Dana Thompson in Gainsville, Florida. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.  The family gives its heartfelt thanks to Joyce Mitchell of Canterbury Tower and caregivers Peggy Prince, Coller Williams, Indiana Williams, and Bay to Bay Assisted Care for their exceptional dedication. A memorial service will be held at the Anderson – McQueen Funeral Home at 2201 Dr. MLK Street, North in St. Petersburg on Saturday, January 28 at 11:00 a.m. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Starr’s name to the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts or LifePath Hospice.

    My news is sad, my dear Joe passed away in February. As a result there have been many changes in my life. My family, who do not live close, are concerned about me living alone. As a result, I will be moving in July to a smaller home near close friends.

    My situation has moved forward! The house was sold two weeks ago. I am waiting for the closing settlement. Then I can purchase my airplane ticket and fly home after a long duration of stress. Cleaning out a house Frank built in 1947 has not been easy…..especially with no communication with his family. The next chapter in my life has to be happier! I will stop to see Nancy and Fritz in California before heading to Virginia. Sally will take me to her home to recuperate. I am tired. So my email address will change and I should be in limbo for a while. Shipment is scheduled for June 8th. I am taking inventory now. A quilter has a bit of baggage!@?! But I am glad I can see the tunnel….looking forward to the light at the end! People have been most helpful and encouraging. I will stay with a neighbor for my final days in Sydney. There are always last minute duties in any move. I have been saddened with the loss of Starr…..my dear roommate, and Paige Wizotski…my Little Sister.  We have to be thankful for each day as we approach more aging! My heart went pitter patter when I found that beautiful picture of our May Queen with Dr. Truxal. I could not throw it away!

    As Elaine Stritch so famously sang…..”I’m still here!” In my house we built in ‘89, coping with my garden, which I love, but can’t work anymore. I do have a good bit of help, which is a mixed blessing. Some things get done wrong, like cutting my hellebores to the ground when what I said was peonies! Gardener did string 3500 white lights in my oak tree for Christmas, so that is my gift to the neighborhood. This was another traveling year, but just short jaunts. Bermuda, Cuba, Boston, NYC [saw The Humans], Providence. I play a lot of duplicate and attend tournaments. Cuba was a Road Scholar trip………to a 3rd world island. I can’t recommend it after spending $4000 for one week. My big flight was to Sophia Bulgaria for a trip up the Danube. It’s not at all blue but it is beautiful. The tiny towns, all in perfect condition and thriving, reminded me of Ravensberger puzzles. They are picture perfect and the food is fabulous…..every day. We finished in Vienna, Budapest and Prague, the last my favorite of all the cities.
    I had another major major foot surgery. I’ve got to quit trying to improve my feet. The recuperation is arduous. Our sad news is that Lisa’s husband told her he was divorcing her in Jan and it was final in Nov. That’s what lots of $ can do. She has moved to a rental and done 2 semesters at GW towards a Master’s in Landscape Design. You remember that wonderful party barn and those gardens she devoted 10 yrs of her life developing. He found a recently divorced employee of interest and moved her in, age 48. He’s 65. C’est la vie. Son is in his 20th year of running a small landscaping company. He is one hard worker. Grandson will be at the Inaugural with the National Guard. Speaking of which……won’t we all be in for a riotous year emanating from DC/ NYC. At my age I consider myself just a spectator. I can only make a difference in Frederick. BTW…the new Hood pres is charming and a real people person. She’s out in the community and remembers names easily. Frederick itself is so different from what it was in the fifties that it is scarcely recognizable, except for the famous spires. Carroll Creek has 1000 linear feet of water lilies and lotus and is a larger water garden than the one at Longwood!!!! Our restaurants are a destination for many. If you care to drive up one fine day I’ll walk you around and we’ll have lunch. The good people here just raised 15 million in 3 years for a new cancer center, paid for before groundbreaking. 5/29/17 GAd! Looking at 80 is serious and calls for a year of celebrations. I’m starting early with a windjammer cruise in ME..sailing “downeast.” I’ve wanted to do that since I was a child. Most trips are to cities to play in duplicate bridge tournaments. I meet lots of nice people, do some sightseeing and get away for a bit. I tried online dating. No luck there. I’ll just have to make my own fun. So, all is well here.

    Natalie and I had a lovely 10 days in Rome, a city we have lived in and love, in April. We are traveling all we can while we can, age is creeping up on us.

    As with many of the Class I celebrate my 80th on May 19th. At Easter, son Terry included me in the visit to youngest granddaughter (Junior at Miami of Ohio) who is spending Junior semester at their campus in Luxembourg. We had a delightful family trip starting in Luxembourg, going by train to Amsterdam for the tulips and tours. and then to Zurich. Great fun. WiIl be celebrating at a Grand Gathering friends have arranged and daughter Chrysti is coming from Memphis and many friends and other family will come also. Then it’s time for my annual move to Bethany Beach May 20 through the end of September. All are welcome. My cell is 202 744 5262; just give a call and there is lots of room for guests.
    In March had a great trip to Chile and then to Ushuaia in Patagonia Argentina, the end of the world, which was breathtaking and we lucked out with wonderful weather.

    Much to my chagrin (!), I was forced to celebrate my BIG birthday with Hood friends in Baltimore and with my family in DC. Caroline arranged for two nights in a hotel and tickets to the African-American Museum, which is very interesting and well done. I learned a lot. Back in Baltimore, Gayle Blakeslee drove Anne and me to Buckley’s Tavern to meet Mary-Lou Haddad for lunch. Then back to Columbus, picking up son Bobby in Frederick on the way.

    12/23/16 Anne wrote at Christmas that she is happy to have moved to Emerald Lakes, Florida, a year ago. Her whole family gathered there for their second annual Florida Thanksgiving. Anne had recently returned from a Viking cruise of the Holy Land, Greece, and Italy. She was amazed by the many structures of antiquity.

    We had a fabulous time on our road trip–stayed 5 days in Golden, CO, with Don and Karen Nordberg Sanders ’60, while we were at our granddaughter Lacey Carter’s graduation from U. of Colorado in Boulder. Wonderful visit, so proud of Lacey, Sanders are great hosts. Then we headed west to spend 5 days with Bob’s older brother and his wife in Bakersfield, CA. On our way we saw Arches, Bryce Canyon (in the snow on May 16!), and Zion National Parks. Breathtaking, amazing, awe inspiring, I can’t say enough about them. Then in CA we went up to Sequoia NP, another amazing spot. On our way back home we stayed in Williams, AZ, got up early and had breakfast at El Tovar, the lodge in the Grand Canyon. Topped our list of wondrous parks, hope everyone has had the chance to see these amazing places! Use what you can; you can see that I am still in awe at the wonder of the five parks we’ve just seen.

    I’m just back from a river cruise on the Elbe River, Berlin to Prague. A most enjoyable and educational tour. Very cold over Easter with snow/sleet. Back home with more doctor appointments for the next step in treatment for back problems. Busy with the Long Bay Symphony serving on the planning committee for their 30th Anniversary Season, 2017-18. I will river cruise again in the fall from Basel Switzerland to Amsterdam. Will celebrate 80 this summer and still “keepin on” as they say.

    Had her big birthday, treated to lunch at Petite Louis and Peppermill. Roland Park Place is expanding, causing some disruption now but with big plans for the future. J.P. and I were victims of a truck “rolling coal” on our last outing. She told me she recently saw a news report about the absurd practice. J. P. said she is very good at self-amusement as long as she has her word puzzles and solitaire. J.P. and Joan Kirkpatrick keep in touch during the baseball season. J.P. received a note from Starr’s aide acknowledging the birthday card J.P. had sent after Starr died.

    We are gratefully still enjoying a wonderful life. We are so very lucky. We have been married 57 years. We have 3 children – our daughter, Elizabeth, in NYC with three granddaughters; two sons in northern CA, each with two sons. They have a very respected vineyard — Peay Vineyards — our older son, Nick, grows the grapes, his wife, Vanessa, is the winemaker, and his brother, Andy, sells the wine and runs the business. Nick Sr. still works full time as an investor. I retired from event planning some years ago but have stayed on several boards and taken up yoga since I can no longer play tennis. Can’t think of anything terribly fascinating going on at the moment.

    Our daughter and her family are coming from Syracuse for 3 days! Sarah, her oldest, graduated from UVM and teaches in Warren NH ( pop. 900) now, so she has 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades in Social Studies, about 6 to 8 students in each class. What a different world!

    Well, I finally made a decision and rented a one-story town house near my old house. It is one-third the size of my present home so I am getting rid of many things–donating and recycling whenever possible. I thought of what you wrote about women being vulnerable on their own, and I looked at several senior communities, including ones here in Dubuque and also in Davenport, but I just did not think I could handle institutional food on a full-time basis, even though most plans left some meals up to the resident. I have celiac disease, and it takes some effort to make gluten free food palatable. I finally ran out of time and had to make a decision.

    We are still busy with John going to speech, cognitive and occupational therapy. He is down to one visit a week and hopefully will be finished at the end of the month. We are still hoping to downsize by next spring. I am still the designated driver and drove us down to Siesta Key, FL, this past Jan. where we spent 6 weeks. We have decided that we will not go back for that length of time any more but spend the time getting our house ready to put on the market. Winters have been relatively mild lately so maybe it won’t be too unpleasant. I am still volunteering in the Upper Arlington Public Library, sorting books for Friends of the Library, and at the Discovery Shop for the America Cancer Society and trying to fit in some gardening between the raindrops. John and I are both looking forward to our 60th reunion in 2 year and hope to see you there. Joan

    My husband, Leif, continues to recover from Neuroinvasive West Nile Virus, which he became ill with last August. He has had extensive rehab , and is currently at an assisted living facility where he is relearning how to walk, talk and gain strength. All from a mosquito bite. Life changes quickly. I lIve close to Buckley’s also and would love to join you all sometime. My golf game continues to be fun and a challenge…Happy 80 to us all!!

    Marion Zugale Rapp
    I am grateful to have had a mild, uneventful winter this year! I enjoyed my tutoring at Stevenson University and my editing of a friend’s memoir. I made a big decision recently to sell my house and move to Blakehurst Independent Living Community in Towson, MD. At this point, the house is still for sale, and I am biting my fingernails! Carole Rogers came in and out for her final overnights in this house where we have had good times.

  4. 2015: Winter 2017



    Sarah Tapscott

    Travis Gilbert is the manager at the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society and Latimer House Museum in Wilmington, NC. Julianne Berg is about to complete her second year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Charleston, SC. Her second year, she served as the VISTA Leader for a group of 23 VISTAs all across Charleston. She hopes to move back to Maryland after she completes her year and get a job somewhere in DC’s nonprofit sector. Khyle Ball joined the army and is currently in San Antonio for nursing school. Lindsey Willhide received her master’s at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and is currently a licensed social worker at the Washington County Department of Social Services. Chelsea Rudy during the past few months has loved working with FCPS as a special education teacher. She also bought a new car! Nicole Kuehl continues to work for the federal government, and has begun a master’s degree program in applied economics at Johns Hopkins University. She will marry Russell Gingrich ’15 in Coffman Chapel in January 2017. Kristen Geatz was recently promoted to program coordinator with the international visitors leadership program at the Institute of International Education, where she works with the Department of State to bring international visitors to the U.S. to meet with Americans who share similar careers. Nicole Burda is a kindergarten teacher and loving it. Sarah Austin is now living and working in Connecticut and currently employed as a paralegal at a small law firm. She’s going to school to get her graduate degree in library science from the University of Washington. She’s getting married in June 2017. Michael Smith has been working his butt off while somehow managing to find time to play Magic: The Gathering with his friends. He works at Zenimax Inc. as a QA contractor and performs certification testing for the latest and greatest games. He’s begun to develop a voice acting career. Kara O’Leary has been enjoying her time employed with a political consulting firm on Capitol Hill and working directly with more than 30 democratic members of the House of Representatives but still keeps a Sunday morning shift at the 7th Street Starbucks in Frederick. She’s looking forward to her upcoming trip back to France this summer and planning her next European adventure! Natalie Guerra is now Natalie Maltais. She married her Canadian sweetheart and is now living with him in Woodbridge, VA. For the past year and a half, she has been working at Keyway Lock Service as a bookkeeper and accountant assistant. This winter, she will start applying for graduate schools so that she can start her computer science degree. Margarita Swissler is currently living in Colmar, France. She is working as an English language teaching assistant at two local high schools. She hopes to remain in France next year as a teaching assistant, but in another region, so she can continue to explore and learn more about another part of France. James Sola began working for Pace Analytical Services last year. He is contracted to Elanco, where he supports the development of proteins designed to improve the nutritional value of animal foods. Maggie Thomas is pursuing a master’s in business at Hood College. She’s been keeping busy with her photography and graphic design business, Maggie’s Creative. Over the summer of 2016, Natalie Hernandez began working at a2z, Inc. as a digital project coordinator, and became engaged to David Langan ’14. Ben Atha has begun a master’s program in biological sciences at Towson University. When he is not in class, he spends his time conducting research between two molecular biology labs and working as a teaching assistant. He is recently engaged to Aristie Abbott ’14. After earning her MA in developmental psychology, Caitlin Presley has continued her graduate studies for a Psy.S. degree in school psychology at Gallaudet University. Caitlin recently completed her practicum in Prince George’s County Public School’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program and is currently in search of an internship placement. I, Sarah Tapscott, have been busy working, opening a new company, singing with the Choral Arts Society of Frederick, and instructing color guard at Frederick High School.

  5. 2014: Winter 2017



    Bianca Padilla

    Hello, Class of 2014! Looks like we have continued to stay busy after graduation. Let’s see what everyone has been up to! Katelyn Jenkins Hansrote got married April 23 to Andrew Hansrote, and they are expecting a baby girl in February. Paige DeVore got engaged July 4, Melissa Caples married Greg Miller on Oct. 8, and Zach Lynch and Kelsey Knippenberg got married Sept. 24, 2016. Jackie Frenning got married in December 2015. Kali Ball is engaged. Kate Kopasek got engaged to John Black in Annapolis on Aug.13, 2016, and they are getting married September 2017 in Baltimore. Madeline Birmingham got engaged in October to Bronson Washburn and plans to get married summer 2017. They bought a house in Frederick this past June and are living there with their English Bulldog, Lucy. David Langan got engaged to Natalie Hernandez ’15. Jennifer Bentz got engaged in March, and she and her fiance are looking forward to welcoming their first child in March. Tiffany Zechman Flook bought a house and is expecting her second child in May. Erin Droneburg married Javier Zavala ’16 on August 27, 2016. Katelyn Jenkins Hansrote graduated with her master’s degree in social work in May from Shippensburg University. She is currently working as an older adult protective service worker at the Perry County Area Agency on Aging in Pennsylvania. Kali Ball is an intervention teacher at Salem Avenue Elementary Hagerstown, and Jackie Frenning started her MS in academic advising from Kansas State University. Kate Kopasek started working on her Master of Nonprofit Management degree at Notre Dame of Maryland University in August. She is currently working at Key Point as the case manager for Catonsville’s Community Outreach Program. Steven Powell is completing his Ed.S. degree. He is a school psychologist intern at Halifax County Public Schools in Halifax, VA. Kylee Loss is currently working with Building Evaluation Services and Technology as an environmental analyst, Jolissa Gue teaches kindergarten for FCPS, and I, Bianca Padilla am a fifth grade teacher in Montgomery County and will graduate with a master’s in teaching with National Board Certified Teacher Leadership in August 2017. Justin Bowens works as a program cost and schedule analyst for Northrop Grumman in San Diego, CA. Anela Alic is living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is working for Emirates airline as part of the business class cabin crew. Emily Kraatz is a first grade teacher and STEM education leader at Twin Ridge Elementary School in FCPS. She is persuing a master’s in educational leadership from Hood College. Tiffany Zechman Flook is teaching kindergarten in Frederick County. Molly Fabricatore will graduate from Salem State University with her M.Ed. in higher education student affairs this May. She is working as an area coordinator at Hood College for Shriner, Coblentz and the Marx Center. Katrina Villa recently graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing from Seton Hall University and now resides in New York. She recently began work as a registered nurse in the neurosurgical critical care unit at the Mount Sinai Hospital. Until next time, Class of 2014! Wishing you all a wonderful 2017!


  6. 2011: Winter 2017



    Megan Dancause

    The five years since the class of 2011 graduated Hood College have flown by, but we haven’t wasted any time in accomplishing many things! Kayla Murphy Caw and husband Mat welcomed a baby girl, Elizabeth Murphy Caw, on Nov. 2! Katelyn Horn accepted a biologist III positon with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at the Okaloacoochee Slough WMA. Kathleen Grombacher-Irwin married Daniel Jurek in a private ceremony near their home in Seattle on July 30. The couple plans to settle in the Pacific Northwest after living in four cities across the country over the past three years. Morgan Lyons Kelley is currently teaching art to students with profound, multiple disabilities within the Baltimore City school system. She is expected to graduate in the spring from Johns Hopkins School of Education with a Master of Science in Special Education with an emphasis on severe disabilities. Morgan is also the mother to two little boys and she and her husband recently celebrated their one-year anniversary! Alexander McDuffie is teaching fifth grade science at Mater Academy of Nevada. In his spare time, he is coaching fifth and sixth grade flag football, where his team made it to the championships this month. He is also an adviser for the student council where he oversaw a trip to Washington, DC, to speak with senators about funding. Over the summer, Alexander has plans to travel to Ndola, Zambia, where he will volunteer with Northrise University in their Impact Ndola program. Dana Martindell Perry and husband Gregory celebrated their first wedding anniversary in August. Dana also started a new job as an MDS coordinator at Meridian Nursing and Rehabilitation in Shrewsbury. Emily Cucchi Raines moved back to Frederick with her husband this past spring. Emily also started a new position as marketing manager for Cetrom; a local cloud solutions provider. Kelsey Blackwell Roberts, MBA’13 and her husband welcomed a son, John James “JJ” Roberts, on March 17. Kelsey was recently promoted to marketing and business development manager at A2LA where she has worked since 2012. In her spare time, Kelsey is volunteering on several committees with Celebrate Frederick! Meghan Tomlin celebrated five years at United Healthcare and recently bought a house with boyfriend Andrew Bush.

  7. 2008: Winter 2017



    Megan Phillips Rosier

    Sarah Haney Koons

    Sierra Bair Rhodes and husband Michael Rhodes ’06, MBA’09 had their second child, Ryker Wayne Rhodes, in July. On July 25 Amanda Rutten Aung and Min Zaw Aung were married at Strong Mansion at Sugarloaf Mountain. Steve Delaney made a career change, switching from teaching 11th grade English to becoming a middle school guidance counselor in Burlington Township Schools in New York. Addi Lucas Davis, M.S.’16 and husband Christopher Davis welcomed their first child, Theodore, born July 1, 2016. Steven Delaney reported, “In June 2016, after eight years of teaching 11th grade English at Woodbury High School (NJ), I was hired by Burlington Township Middle School as a 6th grade school counselor. I serve more than 300 students and love having a daily impact on their lives. (The 40-minute commute as opposed to my former 7-to-10-minute commute is a bit of a bummer, though!) Additionally, I was an instructor this summer for Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth; I taught a writing course, Heroes and Villains, to 5th and 6th graders at their Bristol, RI, site. I also had a busy wedding season including the weddings of Samantha Bear Lang ’09, Katheen Irwin Jurek ’11, and Ashley Cooper Thumma.”

  8. 2006: Winter 2017



    Sharia Barksdale

    MJ Swicegood ’13 married Geoff Huntoon ’17 on Sept. 30, 2016, in Clarksburg, Md., at Seneca Lodge with friends and family. Geoff works as a development intern at Mosaic Power in Downtown Frederick, and MJ just accepted a position as evaluation manager at Lonza in Walkersville, MD.

  9. 1999: Winter 2017



    Anne Hambrick-Stowe Rankin

    I want to start with a shout-out to Amy Countryman Stavely who was our class reporter since we graduated 17 (gasp!) years ago! Thank you! And, for now, I am happy to take this over; if you have updates, feel free to email or text them to me for future class notes! Speaking of Amy, in February, she returned to work as the financial secretary/office manager at Nichols-Bethel UMC in Odenton, MD. While it has been rewarding for her to be back at work outside the home, it has been a real adjustment. She is also serving as vice regent for the Anne Arundel Chapter, NSDAR in Crownsville, MD. She and her husband are actively working to preserve the c. 1753 historic farmhouse/tavern that they own. She says it has been an eye-opening experience learning about everything involved in historic preservation! Marissa Deener, M.S.’05 married Major Scott Brocious on June 4, 2016, at which point she became an instant mom to his three sons: Isaac, Noah and Luke. Marissa is beginning year 18 of teaching for Washington County Public Schools, MD. Jessica Palazzi lives with partner Tony and their two children in North Bethesda, MD. Son Henry turned 6 around thanksgiving, and daughter Molly turned 3 in the fall. Both are happy (but sometimes naughty!) kids that keep them on their toes! Jessica is still employed by Booz Allen Hamilton where she is now an intelligence analyst. This will be Jessica’s 18th year with the firm. She and her family love to travel and most recently have been spending long summers in Taiwan and Japan where the children get the chance to spend time with their paternal grandparents, who live in Taipei. Heather Howell married Timothy Wescott on Aug. 13, 2016, in a beautiful outdoor ceremony in Parrott, VA. Angela Foshee ’00 was maid of honor. Heather and Tim currently reside in Seattle, WA, with beloved dog Stitch. Congratulations, Heather! Congratulations are also in order to Kelly Poltrok-Germain who had her first son, Noah Ryan, on July 22, 2014, and recently had her second son, Owen Kelly, on Nov. 22, 2016. She and husband Ryan live in Dumont, NJ, outside on NYC. Megan Reehee will be Owen’s godmother when he is christened in 2017. In spring 2015, Marissa Vigneault accepted a tenure-track position as assistant professor of art history at Utah State University. She is now living with husband Bill and daughter Harper in lovely Logan, UT, surrounded by amazing national parks and the best winter skiing! Sounds like she’s living in prime vacationland! Helen Libby enjoyed being back on campus this past summer, and has been busy publishing a book chapter in “Injury Models of the Central Nervous System.” She guided a blind triathlete at the World Championship, Australia, and the Japan International Triathlon Union races and at U.S. Olympic Paratriathlon Development Camp. She is also scheduled to guide a blind runner at a Houston marathon in January 2017. Whew! As for me—husband Chris and I were married in 2014, live in Lancaster County, PA, have 3 kids (Zachary Ruslan, 9, Rachel Sunshine, 7, and Andrew Malachi, 11 months), and stay busy with running the older two to sports practices and games, music and dance lessons, cuddling with the younger one, as well as with church activities and with my work as a parish administrator. If you didn’t receive an email from me for this magazine asking for your news, please email or text me so I can get your updated contact info; I look forward to receiving your latest updates to include in the next magazine!


  10. 1996: Winter 2017



    Jewel K. Smith

    It is with great sadness that I report that two of our classmates passed since my last report. Abigail Acland passed away Nov. 9, 2016. Her memorial service was Dec.10 in Kennet Square, PA. The family requests that in lieu of flowers (Abby hated cut flowers, they always made her sad), donations be made to the Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force or Doctors Without Borders. In addition, Jennifer Przychodzen passed away Dec. 6. Funeral services were held in Washington Boro, PA, on Dec. 10, 2016. In paraphrasing Winnie the Pooh—how lucky we were to have had their friendship, we had something that makes saying goodbye so hard. Tracy Wiser continues to be “bivocational,” working full time and as the part-time pastor at Monocacy Church of the Brethren in Rocky Ridge, MD. Tracy and her family still live near Hood! Jennifer Wolfe Pupa is excited that she has turned her research passion into real-life work, and she has gotten involved with Young Living Essential Oils. Jen has been spending a fair amount of time over the past two years studying how essential oils have a positive effect on the body and can be used to help balance health and maintain wellness. On her list of things to do is take classes toward an aromatherapy certification, but that is a project for when the kids are just a little bit older. We wish Jen the best of luck on her new endeavor! It has been a busy fall! I recently had lunch with Jacki Resop Amato ’95 and her daughter and future Hood alumna, Julianna. I met some newer Hood alums at the Hood alumni reception at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC, on Dec. 10. I started a new job in December as well. I am the new director of operations at the Generic Pharmaceutical Association. I am excited to start another adventure— life seems to be full of those lately!

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