1. 1996; Summer 2017

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    Jewel K. Smith
    703-969-0050
    jewelsmith@hotmail.com

    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…

  2. 1996: Winter 2017

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    1996

    Jewel K. Smith
    703-969-0050
    jewelsmith@hotmail.com

    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!

  3. 1996: Summer 2016

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    1996

    Jewel K. Smith
    703-969-0050
    jewelsmith@hotmail.com

    Please keep Dawn Mertz Day and her family in your prayers – she lost her grandfather, William C. Mertz on April 17, 2016 at the age of 96. After 16 years in ministry in the Myersville area, Tracy Wiser is now in the “bivocational” ministry working full time as the Night Supervisor at Engage USA in Frederick (a direct mail company) and part-time pastor at Monocacy Church of the Brethren in Rocky Ridge, MD. Tracy and her family still live in Frederick, near Hood; and currently, her middle son is a sophomore at Lee University in Tennessee. Colleen Gabriel Nestor is excited to announce that that her son, Derek Nestor, will be an incoming freshman at Hood this fall and joining the Class of 2020! Our 20th Reunion ended up being a beautiful weekend in Frederick! Over the course of the weekend, I was able to catch up with Reena Amin Borwankar, Ninett Amaya-Coaxum, Stephanie Sheck Bahr, Alesia Gallego Brand, Tabitha Groh, and Liana Robinson Martino. Other alums from the 90’s were a welcome addition at our table during the lunch on Saturday (special shout out to Jacki Resop Amato ’95 and her lovely daughter, Julianna, for joining us). Alesia Gallego Brand earned her M.A. in Professional Counseling on May 14, 2016 from Liberty University. She also started a new position as Therapist at Board of Child Care in Falling Waters, WV. In honor of our 20th Reunion, we would like to purchase a 6” x 9” Blazer Brick for $700. If you are interested in contributing, please email me and I can provide details on how to make your contribution. As for me, I am back in Old Town Alexandria, thrilled to be able to walk, and cut down on my commute into DC every day. There is no place like home!

  4. 1996: Winter 2015

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    Jewel K. Smith
    703-969-0050
    jewelsmith@hotmail.com

    Here’s a quick update on Chris Laborde and her case–Hamby et al. v. Parnell et al. With the new Governor (Walker) in office, the state of Alaska was getting ready to file an appeal to stay and/or allow more time to file an appeal until the Supreme Court decides. That Supreme Court hearing planned to be held in April with a decision in June 2015. The plaintiffs (Chris and her partner Susan) are opposing that stay. Chris and Susan are one of five couples suing the State of Alaska to recognize their marriage. Chris can be reached at CDLaborde@gmail.com. As for me, I moved back to Maryland from California in February. I am so very happy to be home enjoying the snow and I am looking forward to my new adventures! Thanks for the updates – keep them coming! That is the news for now…

     

     

  5. Class of 1996 – New Update!

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    Chris Laborde married Susan Tow on July 27, 2013 at Chris’ aunt’s farm in Adamstown, MD. Chris and Susan currently reside in Anchorage, Alaska where Susan retired from the Air Force. Chris works as a government contractor in Emergency Management. Chris and Susan are one of five couples suing the State of Alaska to recognize their marriage – the case is Hamby et al. v. Parnell et al. Chris can be reached at CDLaborde@gmail.com.

  6. 1996: Summer 2014

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    Stephanie Sheck Bahr is moving to Annandale, Virginia in August 2014 for a couple years while her husband, Jim, does a few years at the Pentagon! She is looking forward to getting back to the DC area!

    Tanya Sander-Mark just got back from spending two weeks touring Germany with her daughters (Sophia – 8 and Ella – 5), husband (Brian) and father (Manfred) so her father could show the girls where he grew up. They loved it! She is also looking forward to getting together with Angela Schmuck Bond and her daughter, Mikayla, to go to Idlewild Park in Ligonier, PA, later this summer, and with Christine Jennings Madigan and Christie Spencer Katora later in the fall.

    As for me, please note the new email address: jewelsmith@hotmail.com. Thanks for the updates – keep them coming! That’s the news for now…

  7. 1996: Winter 2014

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    Colleen Gabriel Nestor joined Chapin & Associates in Frederick, Md., as a residential realtor. She is excited to have partnered up with her husband Matt Nestor who is a residential and commercial realtor with Chapin to offer two realtors for one. She can be contacted at colleen@realestateinfrederick.com or 301-471-5410. Tanya Sander-Marks and Angela Schmuck Bond got together in August. Tanya and her two daughters, Sophia, 7 and Ella, 4, made the trek across Pennsylvania from Pittsburgh to hang out with Angela and her daughter, Mikayla, 8 at their home in Hanover, Pa. Tanya and Angela had a great time watching their daughters play while they reminisced and caught up. The girls even got to pose for a photo in their new dinks! Stephanie Auker Zweitzig ’95 also joined in the fun and they all agreed it was great to see each other. I was lucky enough to spend quality time with some Hood alums in Southern Italy in late October. It was great to get to know some old friends better and get to know some new “Hoodlums” as well. Thanks for the great memories Pamela Butler ’78; Nancy Gillece ’81; Edee Howard Hogan ’59, P’86; Janet Spaulding Nunn ’61, P’06; Jane Crilly Schultz ’60; Susan Dornbusch Sohn ’78 and Susan Zerrahn. As always, Hood is sincerely appreciative to all of you making contributions to Hood.  For those of you who have not already given and would like to do so, a little can go a long way. One gift. Any size. Visit www.hood.edu/giving today! Keep the news coming…

  8. 1996: Winter 2013

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    Congratulations to Laura Stull Reifsnider. She and her husband Clint welcomed the arrival of her third daughter Emma on May 23, 2012. Emma joins her older sisters Kayla and Isabella. Congratulations to Dawn Maynard. She and her husband Ernie welcomed their fourth child, a daughter, Olivia Lee Maynard, on Feb. 28, 2012. She joins siblings Evan, age 9, Abigail, age 6, and Luke, age 3. In closing, Hood is sincerely appreciative to all of you making contributions. For those of you who have not already given and would like to do so, a little can go a long way. One gift. Any size. Visit www.hood.edu/giving today.

    Class Reporter:

    Jewel K. Smith
    (818) 564-4673
    jewels@amgen.com

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