1. 1999; Summer 2017

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    Anne Hambrick-Stowe Rankin
    717-945-4585
    annehambrickstowe@gmail.com

    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!

  2. 1999: Winter 2017

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    Anne Hambrick-Stowe Rankin
    717-945-4585
    annehambrickstowe@gmail.com

    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!

     

  3. 1999: Summer 2015

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    Amy Countryman Stavely
    410-774-6042
    amy@stavely.org

    2015 has been a busy year for me, Amy Countryman Stavely. Between school, volunteering and the kid’s (Alexander is now 12-years-old and Ellie will be 3-years-old in July), I am rarely home. It all seems to be paying off though, because in April, I was awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Awards by Anne Arundel County Council of PTAs. What’s even more exciting is seeing a long term project come to fruition. For the last year, I’ve been working with Odenton Elementary School to help raise money for a new playground and in May, the Anne Arundel County Board of Education approved the installation of our new playground. I’m excited to see it go in this summer and hope that come August, when school starts, the students will be just as excited to play on it! For now, it’s Rugby season so I’ll be sweating away in the hot sun, but it’s worth it to see my oldest play. I hope your 2015 has treated you well and I look forward to hearing your news soon! Melanie Jacobs Srivisal was married April 20, 2013 to Darin Srivisal outside of Pittsburgh, Pa. Her maid of honor was Laura Schultz. The wedding was attended by Jamie Hentz White, Sherie Love, Jen Martin McDermott, Erica Falk Grenada, Erin McNulty, Tricia Muir ’00 and Meg Kula ’01. They currently live in Montgomery Village, Md. Most importantly, on Feb. 2, 2014, they welcomed daughter Kaylee Gwendolyn into the world. They are so in love with her!

  4. 1999: Winter 2014

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    Greetings Class of 1999,

    Wow, 15 years, where has the time gone?! I can still remember those first few hours of move in day, Bug Me crew, trying to figure out the ancient elevator in Meyran and meeting all my new classmates.

    For our 15th year reunion, I the class of 1999 to report in, and boy did they!

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    photoKelly Poltrok

    Hi, I have been so bad about sending updates to the magazine! Thanks for the email reminder. Here is what has been going:I married Ryan Germain on October 2, 2011 in Hazleton, PA near the Poconos to become Kelly Poltrok-Germain. Megan Reeher class of 99 was also in attendance and gave a beautiful reading during the church service. Ryan and I have bought a house and reside in Dumont NJ near NYC. I currently work in corporate quality interacting with marketing and R&D for Mondelez International overseeing several Nabisco Cracker and Cookie brands.

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    Megan Reeher

    Megan Reeher is living in York PA and has been recently promoted! She is working for BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company  

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    Vincent Jones

    I have settled down in the Nation’s Capital and am employed as an Environmental Management Services’ Work Leader in a Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center for ten years.

    I have finished a Bachelors of Science degree, Computer Networking in 2001 graduating Magna cum laude from Strayer University.

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    Alison Dowd

    After my two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the Memphis VA Medical Center, I stayed on as psychologist in Compensation and Pension. Memphis is a great place to live, and I was fortunate to buy a lovely home with interest rates at all-time lows. I recently flew to DC for my little brother’s wedding; a beautiful event, yet made me very aware of the passing of time!  I am active in my church and was recently named to the Addiction and Recovery Commission for the Diocese of West Tennessee.

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    Toni Hobbs

    Has been teaching in Montgomery County Maryland for 15 years and is married with 3 children. She returned to Hood for grad school earning her MA in 2003 as a Reading Specialist.

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    Sarah Sweet Knudsen

    My husband,  Eric, and I live in Houston, TX with my 14 year old step son, Soren.   Eric and I are proud parents to 5 month old boy/girl twins born [on June 6, 2013] named Otto and Annabelle.  I’ve been in banking for the past 10 years and currently work for HSBC Bank in large corporate financing. Boy does time fly! 

     

    Julie Omenitsch

    I am the Capital Projects Manager in the Facilities Department here at Hood College…..here is a little background and funny anecdote…It took me 22 years and 6 colleges (married young, started a family, moved several times) to finally graduate from Hood College in 1999.  I spent 5 years at Hood for my Junior and Senior years (working full time and raising a family and taking classes at night)…..so needless to say I was very happy when I graduated.  About 8 years later, for fun, I went to visit a Psychic with a girlfriend.  The Psychic told me that I would go back to where I got my degree – I assumed she meant as a grad student and I was like – no way – I have had enough school to last me a lifetime!  Several month later I interviewed for a position in Hood’s Facilities Department and here I am 5 years later – still at Hood and still loving it!   So the Psychic was correct – I did come back to Hood.

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    Amanda Myers-Norman

    Amanda Myers-Norman continues to live in Sykesville, MD with her husband and 3 year old son. She is a special education teacher at a local elementary school. She recently organized a small reunion of girls from 3rd floor Meyran including Kelli Jessum-Rokita, Jessica Manion-Tradigo, Shannon Mack, and members from the classes of ’00, ’01, and ’02.

    Jessica Manion Tradigo

    Works as a School Counselor in NJ, has been married for 10 years, has 2 beautiful children Eli 8 and Alana and earned an MA in counseling in 2005.  In January, she plans to start the process to become a principal!

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    Janna Owens

    Janna Owens is Vice President, and resident Environmental Scientist of a water quality nonprofit called Chaac Water Group that works primarily in Mexico (see website)  In fact, our work in San Miguel de Allende was featured in a recent article on our work with the usage of wastewater for crop irrigation and livestock exposure. Any exposure to our work would be really appreciated…maybe my classmates could ‘like’ us on Facebook or spread the word?

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    Michelle Chao

    I’ve been working as a School Social Worker in Virginia since 2006 and live in Washington, DC. I married Jeremy Pearson in 2010 and welcomed a baby girl, Norah Jane, in April 2013. I’m still in touch with Jenikka Deering (’98), Christine Farrell Walsh (’98), Dawn Griffith (’97), Crystal Carr Townsend (’97), and April Weaver Bishop (’99). I was going to say that I’d love to hear from those ice lost touch with via email since I don’t have Facebook.Email: chaodog23@hotmail.com

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    Erin Goodwillie Hantz

    I still live in France with my husband and our three children, Sarah (9), Pierre (almost 6) and Augustin (almost 3).  I’m still teaching high school English but am on leave until April to take some university courses.  We bought a house in Bischheim, just outside of Strasbourg, about two years ago.

    Our new address is:
    3 rue Victor Hugo
    67800 Bischheim, France

    I’d love to be able to attend the reunion, but school isn’t out for the summer until the first week in July:(  I’ll be thinking of everyone and wishing I was there!!

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    IMG_2069Angela Watson

    I left classroom teaching in 2009 and have been working as an educational consultant. I conduct professional development and instructional coaching in schools, create curriculum resources, and am writing my fourth book for teachers. My husband Curtis and I split our time between the city (Brooklyn, NY), the mountains (Pennsylvania), and the beach (Fort Lauderdale, FL). We feel very blessed!

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    Lori Spiering Fowlkes

    Lori Spiering Fowlkes and Daniel Guy Fowlkes recently moved back to Fredericksburg, VA where they are raising their 4 boys (Xander 12, Maximilian 8, Nathan 6, Zachary 3) and 1 girl (Molly 10). Lori’s husband, Dan, took a position at Quantico in Sept ’13 and everyone is happy about the shorter commute! Lori’s business site is www.lorielizabethphotography.com and you can also find her on facebook as Lori Elizabeth Photography. In addition to running a part time business Lori homeschools the 4 older kids while Zach attends St. Mary’s Preschool and Lori is a volunteer for Mary’s Shelter (marysshelterva.org). Lori also works as a contractor for the Arlington Diocese where she enjoys photographing youth events. Lori Elizabeth www.lorielizabethphotography.com/ On Facebook! facebook.com/lorielizabethphotography

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    Nectaria Kordan
    Nectaria Kordan has been enjoying getting back into the working world after earning her MBA. In addition to working at State Street, she is an Accounting Instructor in Northeastern University’s online MBA program. Nectaria recently started her own consulting business as a Microsoft Excel expert, and has been working with an international restaurant company to develop food waste and labor models. Although she can’t believe it’s been 15 years, she’s looking forward to catching up with friends at Reunion Weekend 2014.

    Becky Annacone

    I just got promoted to Tier 2 Technical Support Specialist at work (Constant Contact).

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    Amy Countryman Stavely

    As for me, I’m enjoying being home with my two kiddos.  Alexander is now 10 and in 5th grade. He’s currently preparing for his STEM magnet interview in Dec. Cross your fingers for us!  Ellie is 17 mod and definitely entering toddlerhood.  She keeps me busy throughout the day!  When I’m not chasing her around or running Alexander to his various activities (soccer, rugby, scouts, church, etc) I am volunteering on the Fellowship Events Team at my church, running a moms club in the Annapolis area and trying to fit in as many cake orders as possible!  My family is really looking forward to the upcoming holidays and our 
trip to visit family in Hawaii at Christmas.  This will be our 3rd time visiting Hawaii but it never gets
 old! We get to spend two fabulous weeks there … it can’t come soon enough! ;)

    With that I’ll close, I hope everyone has a fabulous holiday season and I hope to see you at reunion!

                                                         - Amy

     

    Reunion Information is available on our FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/176644312530112/

     

  5. 1999: Summer 2013

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    IMG_8722Hi all, its been a fun six months since we last “spoke” and my how its flown.  My oldest, Alexander, is just finishing 4th grade and my youngest, Ellie, is about to turn 1 year old on July 8th!  When I’m not running all over creation with the kids, I’m working on my cake business and volunteering at church.  We have a busy summer ahead of us full of summer camp, birthday parties and day trips … I hope everyone’s summer is equally as exciting.  And now the news from our classmates …

    Kelli Jessum Rokita ’99 is still teaching 1st grade and living in Gilbertsville, PA.  She and John continue to keep busy with the roller coaster ride of having 3 yr old twins (Kiley & Tommy)!

    Pamala Washington ’99 recently married Emilee Frost in a inspirational seaside wedding in York Harbor Maine, April 14, 2012.  In attendance were, Holly Rebert Ray ’00, Kenya Ray ’99, Cheron Jones ’00, Danika Hernadez Stubbs ’99 and Angela Watson ’99 (in spirit).  Pamala & Emile currently reside with their 2 teenage sons, Porter (16) and Justin (15) in Saco Maine and says she can’t believe her babies are all grown up!  She currently manages the Maine Adult Drug Treatment Court and is continuing to take graduate classes toward her Masters In Public Policy.

    Allison Bell Barrett ’99 just recently got married to Sean Barrett in Middletown, MD on April 27 2013. Patricia Vauls played viola during our ceremony. And the following Hoodlums were in attendence: Jennifer LaMonica Jackson ’02 , Tele Tarpeh ’02, Betty Gebreselassie, Stephanie Gordy Clark  ’98, and Jessica Palazzi ’99. They went to Ireland for their honeymoon and had a wonderful time. They currently reside in Arlington, VA with their cat, Tobago.

    Word comes from Margaret Farmer ’99 that Erin Lenzing ’99 married Ricky Petrone, of Walpole on November 16, 2010. The wedding took place at the outpatient rehab facility where they first met, and was attended by Margaret Farmer ’99, Becky Roman-Annacone ’99, and Heather Liska ’99. The two look froward to moving in together when Ricky finishes his sentence. Margaret also notes that she recently returned from a medical volunteer trip in Zanzibar where she assisted in inoculating the local people. Margaret is very happy to be back and Yellow Fever free. She can be reached at nbjmmf@hotmail.com.

    If you have news you want to pass along, feel free to email it to me at amy@stavely,org or find me on Facebook.  You can send news any time it comes up!  Until next time …

    Amy Stavely

  6. 1999: Winter 2013

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    Happy holidays, classmates. I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays with their nearest and dearest. As for me, Amy Countryman Stavely, I was looking forward to celebrating with my newly expanded family. My daughter Elizabeth Claire Stavely was born July 8, 2012. With her birth also came a life change for me as I went from working full time outside the home to being a stay-at-home-mom! My oldest, Alexander, is 9 years old and has been a huge help when we are not busy with cub scouts and basketball practice. So far, being home has been a wild ride; but, I am loving every minute of it! I am also excited to be participating in yet another year of the Hood moms secret sis exchange, just like we did at Hood! If you are a mom and would like to join the Hoodmoms group, you can find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/HoodCollegeHoodMoms/. It is a closed group so you will need to be approved, but that will happen quickly! And now, news from the rest of our classmates.

    Nectaria Kordan earned her master of business administration degree from Northeastern Univ., where she was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for business. She has accepted a role at State Street and is looking forward to making an impact in her new career. Heather Howell wrote, “I plan to graduate from Northwestern Univ. with a doctorate in microbial pathogenesis and immunology in December 2012. I will be starting a new job and moving to Seattle, Wash., in the beginning of 2013 and will be working at the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) in their TB Drug Discovery group.” On Dec. 1, 2012, Angel Venable married Simon Jones from Wales, U.K., during a small ceremony held in Portland, Ore. Angel and Si will continue to live in Portland.

    Lori Spiering Fowlkes moved with her husband Dan and five children to Fredericksburg, Va., at the end of 2011. Lori serves on the Board of Mary’s Shelter, a homeless shelter for pregnant women and their children (www.marysshelterva.org). In addition to serving on the board of directors, Lori also donates her photography services to the shelter. The Fowlkes family is currently homeschooling grades pre-K to 6! Her son Xander’s First Lego team recently won first place for their research in this year’s “Senior Solutions” competition. Her daughter Molly enjoys participating in American Heritage Troop 0128 where fellow Hoodlum Heidi Bonnett Adams ’03 is the troop leader! Lori was looking forward to Easter 2013 when her middle son Maximilian Kolbe will receive his first communion at St. Mary’s of the Immaculate Conception. You can keep up with Lori via Facebook or at www.lorielizabethphotography.com.

    Amy Dittrich “Ditty” Cooley is living in central New York with her husband and three boys. She works as a CT technologist at St. Luke’s Hospital and working on going back to teach at the local radiography school. Kelli Jessum Rokita reported that things are the same for her. She is still living in Gilbertsville, Pa., and working as an elementary school teacher. Her children turned 3 years old this past September. Until next time.

    Class Reporter:

    Amy Countryman Stavely
    (410) 674-7564
    amy@stavely.org

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