Happy New Year class of 2002! It is hard to believe that it has been more than 10 years since graduation, but seeing pictures of classmates at the 10-year reunion certainly made it hit home. There have been a lot of moves, promotions, degrees and more for all of us in that time and I am excited that as the new class reporter I will get to share all of those things with everyone reading. I, Megan Mills, currently live in San Diego with my husband and our three children, Christiana, 6, Gavin, 5, and Bryony, 2. I love my work in nonprofit development at the San Diego Food Bank, but I am looking forward to our next U.S. Navy adventure sometime in summer 2013.
Maggie Laabs started a new job in June as an associate director of marketing at CEB in Arlington, Va. Rika Hudson is in Memphis, Tenn., working as an academic adviser for communication majors and just finished her master’s degree in Romance languages and literature, with a concentration in Spanish. Damina Notnagle works as a K9 officer for Customs and Border Protection at Washington Dulles International Airport and has been with customs for going on 10 years now. Gina Dillman and her husband welcomed their third child, Colin Michael Dillman, on March 15, 2012. Big brother Caleb and big sister Ava adore him. Melissa Carter bought the lovely little house she now calls home in Thurmont, Md., in December 2011. She loves the place and is coaching soccer with Catoctin Youth Association in an attempt to give back to the community.
Melissa Spade continues to support communications efforts for The Nation’s Report Card. She and her fiancé recently purchased a home in Arlington, Va., and are planning their May wedding. Mandy Stevenson McHugh is a federal agent with the U.S. Air Force, and has just started an assignment as a full-time student of Mandarin Chinese. She is married to Jacob McHugh of Danville, Pa., and they currently live in Monterey, Calif. Marie Rachel Carter Ballman was married to Shane Ballman on Oct. 8, 2011, in Luthersville, Ga. The wedding came to life with an aviation theme from save-the-date luggage tags, passport ceremony programs, boarding passes as escort cards, and a first dance to Sinatra’s Come Fly with Me. Everyone had a blast!
Kate Shank Buckley finished her doctorate in biology at The George Washington Univ. and is currently working at the Univ. of Toronto as a postdoctoral fellow studying the evolution of gut immunity. Patricia Reagan is in her fifth year as an assistant professor of Spanish at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va. She is author of a new book about contemporary Latin American literature, The Postmodern Storyteller, and was also awarded the Thomas Branch Award for Excellence in Teaching in May 2012. Tricia was excited to see “Aunt” Denise Robinson Simms for dinner in July and her children, Sarah (age 13) and Liliana (age 5). She loved seeing “Aunt” Rita Zaledonis compete in the Pink Power Triathlon in Richmond, Va., in August 2012. Tricia also ran her fifth marathon in Richmond as did Tammy Snyder Rall ’84, whom she met at last year’s Richmond Marathon. Tricia can be contacted at email@example.com.
Samantha Hall Oravec moved back to Walkersville, Md., in 2009. She wears many hats these days, mostly as a stay-at-home-mom to Oscar (age 6) and Henry (18 months). In addition to her duties as mom, she also works part time for Frederick County Public Schools as a substitute teacher and continues to teach American Sign Language classes at venues throughout the county and baby sign classes for parents and their younger children. She meets as often as possible with Bridgett Byrne Bassler ’06, M.A.’09, C’06 and Stacy Nelson Wright ’99 for play dates (and “mom’s night-out” scrap-booking.) Dyneisha Felder ’02 is working as a program manager for the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine overseeing a program located at the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center. She has completed her master of business administration degree as well as a master of science degree in project management. When not working everyday with Tele Tarpeh ’02, she enjoys cruising and reading the latest bestsellers. For more updates throughout the year, be sure to join the new Hood College class of 2002 Facebook group.