1. 2005; Summer 2017

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    Leslie Beck Hughan
    301-464-0752
    lhughan@gmail.com

    Oh my, so much happened since our last class update. The common theme of this update seems to be new jobs/promotions with moves coming in a close second. In 2015, Angela Carideo Auldridge’s 3-year-old son Mark was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, SCN2a. Since then, she became a board member for the FamilieSCN2a Foundation, a licensed non-profit that seeks to advocate and raise funds for research for this rare genetic disorder. They organized a local Color Dash 5K in Middletown, Md., that raised $18,000 with more than 500 runners participating. On Dec. 1, Angie also started a new job as a Disability Support Services Advisor at Hagerstown Community College, where she has been employed for the last 10 years as an Academic Advisor. Pegah Bozorgnia received her loan origination license and became a mortgage banker. She creates a strategy designed to complement her customers’ short- and long-term financial goals, and make sure they have the best terms on their mortgages. She is licensed to originate loans in Maryland, Virginia, DC, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. She also received a Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist (CMPS). Pegah understands the financing strategy her customers employ today will carry financial consequences that can impact their lives for years to come. For this reason, she patiently listens to her customers, acting as a partner in the home buying or refinancing process and helps to contextualize home financing decisions within a wide spectrum of tax planning, real estate investment, and financial planning considerations. Please let Pegah know if you, your family and friends need assistance to buy or refinance a residential property. Her business is fully based on referral so please keep her in mind. She currently lives in Gaithersburg, Md. If you would like to learn more about her, please visit apexhomeloans.com/pegah-bozorgnia. Lauren Anderson Cunningham and he husband bought a new house in Crownsville, Md.  “Bye-bye townhouse and hello forever home,” said Lauren.  They are super excited! On Oct. 30, 2016, Cassie Lauren Dukes was promoted to program analyst within the Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office Nuclear Physics, Facilities and Project Management Division. Rachel Collmus Ellick B.A. ’06 and her husband bought a house in Williamsburg, Vir., in July 2016. She also started a new job as a toxicology Health Assessor with the Virginia Department of Health, in Richmond, last December. Maggie Hasselbach will be licensed as a pastor in the United Methodist Church, starting summer 2017. Charlene Vestermark married CPT George L. Hauser, DDS in Jamaica on Nov. 26, with 43 of their family and friends. Leslie Beck Hughan and her husband Bryan welcomed twins into their family in October. The babies were born more than 15 weeks early. Celia Louise was born weighing 1 lb. 11 oz.; and Benjamin Charles was born weighing 1 lb. 15 oz. After very long and eventful hospital stays, she’s pleased to report both babies are home. Lauren Sebald Noll M.S.’12 will be teaching 6th grade at Sacred Heart of Glyndon in the fall. She is very excited. Georgette Sirak Prichard received a promotion at the University of Mount Olive. She’s now the Director of Online Support Services and Enrollment Information. In this role, she works as the director of online programs, as well as with student information system for Admissions. Sarah Robinson Rathbun and her family moved to and bought a house in Fort Collins, Colo. They love Colorado! Sara Levering Roa and husband Vince moved in May 2016. Victoria Tanguay started at Blue Sky Animal Clinic, in Loveland, Colo., as an associate veterinarian.

  2. 2005: Summer 2016

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    2005

    Leslie Beck Hughan
    410-303-2208
    lhughan@gmail.com

    Greetings classmates! In this issue, five members of our class have great news to share with you about new degrees, promotions, engagements, a birth, and being a published author. Maggie Hasselbach graduated with a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary this spring. Nilah Magruder has a picture book coming out in November! How To Find A Fox, about a little girl’s attempts to photograph a sneaky red fox, was written and illustrated by Nilah and will release from Feiwel & Friends on Nov. 15, 2016. Currently it’s available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It’ll also be available in most bookstores! Together with her husband, Jennifer Stiegler-Balfour welcomed a second son, Mason Erwin Balfour on April 7, 2016 in Portland, Maine. Big brother Liam and the rest of the family couldn’t be happier about the new addition to the family. Jenny also received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of New England in March 2016.  Victoria Tanguay became engaged to Trevor Bromberg in September 2015. This spring she graduated from Colorado State University with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and earned certification in Medical Veterinary Acupuncture. Charlene Vestermark was promoted to Major in the US Army and is started her last year as a gastroenterology fellow at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on July 1, 2016. Additionally, Charlene and George Hauser, a dentist and a Captain in the Army, will be married in Jamaica come November 2016. They are really excited to begin this new chapter together.  Congratulations, Maggie, Nilah, Jenny, Tori, and Charlene!

  3. 2005 Class News- Fall 2015

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    Leslie Beck Hughan
    410-303-2208
    lhughan@gmail.com

    Greetings, classmates. Apparently we updated each other quite a bit during reunion and the last issue of the magazine, because there were few updates submitted for this round. While the number of updates this time may be few, the updates continue to share great news about professional achievements, moves, and babies. Alen Alexanderian welcomed a second child, Katharina Nairi Alexanderian, this September. In the 2015 fall semester, he also started as a tenure track assistant professor in the department of mathematics at the North Carolina State University. If you would like to read more about the work he is doing, please visit his webpage at http://www4.ncsu.edu/~aalexan3/. Danielle Giannandrea is expecting a baby in February 2015! Sarah (Robinson) Rathbun’s family grew to total five when Lauren Rose Rathbun, formally known as “Short Cupcake,” was born on July 25 at 7:25 am. She weighed 9 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 21.5 inches long. Sarah and family think Lauren is pretty darn perfect. Heather Smock along with her husband and children, moved from Walkersville, Md., into a new home in Woodsboro, Md. On Oct. 10, Patricia Stevenson celebrated her tenth anniversary with Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, where she has advanced to the position of senior production editor. Congratulations, Alen, Danielle, Sarah, Heather, and Patricia! I hope the rest of our class is doing well. And I hope we’ll have even more news to share come the next issue.

  4. 2005: Summer 2015

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    Leslie Beck Hughan
    410-303-2208
    lhughan@gmail.com

    This summer the class of 2005 celebrated our 10-year reunion. Holy cow, how has it been 10 years since we graduated? For those of you who couldn’t join us for this reunion, I’ll sum up the weekend in one word: amazing. We were able to tour the campus to see what is exactly the same and what has changed since we graduated. I’m ashamed to admit this, but I forgot just how breath-takingly beautiful the campus is in person. Since we graduated, there is a new fountain outside Hodson; new sidewalks; a new athletic building named after honorary class of 2015 member Ronald J. Volpe; carpeted floors throughout Smith and Memorial; and residential rooms on the ground floor in Meyran. While it was really strange to see some of these changes, the college still looks and feels like Hood did when we were students. Aside from the nostalgia of reunion and being on campus again, it was so much fun to be reunited with classmates. There was a lot of hugging, laughing, storytelling and picture taking. Additionally, a lot of new Hood memories were made this weekend at the dinners, in Shriner, in Whitaker and during the scheduled activities. I could go on forever about how wonderful reunion was, but then there wouldn’t be room for the wonderful news below from our fellow classmates. I’ll wrap up my recap with these two thoughts and a challenge. Classmates who weren’t here with us this year, you were missed and we hope to see you at the 15-year reunion in 2020. I mentioned there was a lot of photo taking and failed to mention some of it was by a professional. Visit Hood.edu/Reunion and click the link on the left for the photo gallery. Lastly, before I turn it over to news, with 30 people attending the 10-year reunion, let’s all commit to attending our 50-year reunion in 2055. Now the news: In April, Jocelyn Berte Dunnavant started a new job at Sara June Salon in Brooklyn, N.Y. You can check out her bio at SaraJuneBrooklyn.com. Kimberly Beach Jenkins moved to Riva, Md., with her husband Mark and children Shelby and Hunter. She also started a new job at Seven Management Companies as their human resources manager. Cassie Dukes and husband John Tagliamburis welcomed a baby girl Madlyn Hope Tagliamburis on Nov. 19, 2014. She was born at Carroll Hospital Center at 3:37 a.m., weighing 8 pounds, 5 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches long. Jordana Francis Chettiparampil gave birth to a second daughter Rose Chettiparampil on Feb. 20, 2015. Rose was welcomed by big sister Angela and proud father Joe. Jessica Holthaus Badour was accepted into the International Food Protection Training Institute’s Fellowship in September. The year-long program provides food protection professionals with knowledge, skills and abilities to work effectively within the framework of food regulatory science, law and policy, including a series of seminars over three week-long sessions in addition to a research project. Her project examines state food safety agencies’ use of social media to communicate with stakeholders by surveying existing practices, in order to determine the effectiveness of social media as a communications tool during recalls and other food safety events. She will present the findings from the research project in June at the annual Association of Food and Drug Officials conference in Indianapolis. Tammy McElroy McNish earned a Master of Sports Leadership from Northeastern Univ. in May. She is still living in Charlotte, N.C., and would love to catch up with any classmates traveling through the area. Andrew Noll, a physician assistant, left MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center after four and a half years to start a new job at Patient First in Owings Mills, Md. Caroline Pandorf started a dog walking and pet care business, Spoiled Pawz, for upper Montgomery County, Md., eight years ago. Recently, she became certified in dog training and obedience training. You can check out her business at SpoiledPawzOfMontCo.net. In addition to her growing business, Caroline stays busy keeping healthy and fit, working out at the gym five times a week. She lost 75 pounds since our graduation and this May finished her second 5K obstacle course, beating her first 5K time by 20 minutes. She hopes to enter 8K and 10K events in the future. Sarah Robinson Rathbun is expecting her third daughter in late July. The new baby has been lovingly nicknamed Short Cupcake by big sister Lydia. The Rathbuns also moved from San Francisco to suburban Castro Valley, Ca., in October.

  5. 2005: Summer Update 2014

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    Class of 2005, we have a lot of news this issue. It seems like everyone is so busy. Yet again there are new degrees, marriages, new jobs, babies, moves, but no extreme couponers, which honestly surprises me. I thought for sure we would have one class member who clips a ton of coupons for impressive savings. My hope was that our class extreme couponer would pass along some practical saving advice to the rest of us so we can start saving for our 10-year reunion next year! Can you believe it? Those 10 years flew by in the blink of an eye. I’m a little excited to see you all again, if you can’t tell. So let it come as no surprise if our next few columns mention reunion weekend 2015. You turned to this page not to be bombarded with reunion information, but to see what our friends have been doing, so let us get on with the updates.

    MaameYaa Boafo earned a Master of Fine Art in acting from Rutgers University in 2009. She married Jeremiah Abiah, and they are living in New York City. You will currently see her starring on the hit webseries An African City and this fall she will be performing Off Broadway in LIFT by Walter Mosley. You also may spot her in national commercials. Jillian (Kotmair) Bright along with husband Andrew and daughter Juliette welcomed twin girls, Alexandria Marie and Josephine Lily, on March 14, 2014. Cassie Dukes and husband John Tagliamburis are preparing to welcome a baby in early December. Danielle (Rodman) Giannandrea and husband Frank purchased a new home in Frederick, which was featured in a nationally-airing Remax commercial. Jennifer Harmon got married, her new last name is Nachtrieb. In addition to being a newlywed, she started a new job as the coordinator of the Community Research Center, Fairbanks North Star Borough in Alaska. Recently, her job brought her to the Pittsburgh for a conference where she was able to catch up with former roommate Rachael (Lubkin) Zeminski. Sarah Hoover is in a Master of Business Administration program for international relations at Southern New Hampshire University. Melanie Howell reports life is sweet. In December, she became engaged to John D. Grantham, whom she dated for the past 10 years. They are getting married at the Cloisters Castle in Pikesville, Maryland, this October and look forward to spending the rest of their lives together. Kristen (Heisey) Leiter welcomed a baby girl, Katherine, into her family on June 4, 2014. Georgette (Sirak) Prichard’s husband received a promotion last August and they have since purchased a house. They are living in Spring Lake, North Carolina near Fort Bragg with three very loveable dogs who make life interesting. Sadly, her cat Smudge aka Fatty Fat Cat, who lived with her and Sarah (Robinson) Rathbun in their off-campus apartment senior year passed away. He was 16 years old. Sarah (Robinson) Rathbun and her family moved from Nashville to San Francisco in June. Tiffany Still married David Grant on Oct. 13, 2013. Charlene Vestermark was accepted for a gastroenterology fellowship at the National Capital Consortium Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, which begins in August. Janelle (Stevens) Weddle claims it’s not newsworthy but celebrated 10 years of marriage with Jeremiah on July 17, 2014. I say she’s wrong. Congratulations, Janelle and Jeremiah!  Nate Wood-Wilson married Ashley Nick ’08 on June 21, 2014 in Knoxville, Md.

    And now a special note of thanks from Jennifer (Dunn) Brown:

    “I was humbled by the love and support I received from my Hood girls when my mom passed in February. Whether it was a note on Facebook, a card in the mail, a phone call, a donation to the American Cancer Society, or a show of support at the funeral, I was truly grateful to know I had so many people thinking about me and praying for my family. I’m beyond grateful for my Hood family.”

    As always, if you have news to share in the next issue of the Hood magazine, please send it to me via email at lhughan@gmail.com or via Facebook.

  6. 2005: Summer 2014

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    2005
    Leslie Beck Hughan
    lhughan@gmail.com
    10th reunion, June 5-7, 2015

    Class of 2005, we have a lot of news this issue. It seems like everyone is so busy. Yet again, there are new degrees, marriages, new jobs, babies, moves, but no extreme couponers, which honestly, surprises me. I thought for sure we would have one class member who clips a ton of coupons for impressive savings. My hope was that our class extreme couponer would pass along some practical saving advice to the rest of us so we can start saving for our 10-year reunion next year! Can you believe it? Those 10 years flew by in the blink of an eye. I am a little excited to see you all again, if you cannot tell. So, let it come as no surprise if our next few columns mention reunion weekend 2015. You turned to this page not to be bombarded with reunion information, but to see what our friends have been doing, so let us get on with the updates. MaameYaa Boafo earned a master of fine arts degree in acting from Rutgers Univ. in 2009. She married Jeremiah Abiah and they are living in New York City. You will currently see her starring on the hit web series An African City and this fall she will be performing Off-Broadway in LIFT by Walter Mosley. You also may spot her in national commercials. Jillian Kotmair Bright along with husband Andrew and daughter Juliette welcomed twin girls, Alexandria Marie and Josephine Lily March 14. Cassie Dukes and husband John Tagliamburis are preparing to welcome a baby in early December. Danielle Rodman Giannandrea, M.A. ’08, C’07 and husband Frank purchased a new home in Frederick, which was featured in a nationally airing Remax commercial. Jennifer Harmon got married and her new last name is Nachtrieb. In addition to being a newlywed, she started a new job as the coordinator of the Community Research Center, Fairbanks North Star Borough in Alaska. Recently, her job brought her to Pittsburgh, Pa., for a conference where she was able to catch up with former roommate Rachel Lubkin Zeminski, M.S. ’07. Sarah Hoover is in a master of business administration program for international relations at Southern New Hampshire Univ. Melanie Howell reported life is sweet. In December, she became engaged to John D. Grantham, whom she dated for the past 10 years. They are getting married at the Cloisters Castle in Pikesville, Md., this October and look forward to spending the rest of their lives together. Kristen Heisey Leiter welcomed a baby girl, Katherine, into her family June 4. Georgette Sirak Prichard’s husband received a promotion last August and they have since purchased a house. They are living in Spring Lake, N.C., near Fort Bragg with three very loveable dogs who make life interesting. Sadly, her cat Smudge, aka, Fatty Fat Cat, who lived with her and Sarah Robinson Rathbun in their off-campus apartment senior year, passed away. He was 16 years old. Sarah Robinson Rathbun and her family moved from Nashville to San Francisco in June. Tiffany Still Grant, M.A. ’07, C’08 married David Grant Oct. 13. Make sure you visit our online column to see a photo of Tiffany and her husband. Charlene Vestermark was accepted for a gastroenterology fellowship at the National Capital Consortium Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., which begins in August. Janelle Stevens Weddle, C’09 claims it is not newsworthy but celebrated 10 years of marriage with Jeremiah July 17. I say she is wrong. Congratulations, Janelle and Jeremiah! And now a special note of thanks from Jennifer Dunn Brown. “I was humbled by the love and support I received from my Hood girls when my mom passed in February. Whether it was a note on Facebook, a card in the mail, a phone call, a donation to the American Cancer Society or a show of support at the funeral, I was truly grateful to know I had so many people thinking about me and praying for my family. I am beyond grateful for my Hood family.” Nate Wood-Wilson and Ashley Nick Wilson ’08 were married June 21, 2014, in Brownsville, Md. As always, if you have news to share in the next issue of the Hood Magazine, please send it to me via email at lhughan@gmail.com or via Facebook.

  7. 2005: Winter 2014

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    Wow, what a year 2013 was for the class of 2005. Quite a few classmates welcomed new babies last year. Many member of our class started new jobs. Some earned master’s degrees and some were married. The trend of big life changes continues for 2014.

    • Danielle Allen went to Japan last summer and climbed Mt. Fuji! She did the two-day climb, starting on Aug. 28, slept in a hut and finished the climb to watch the sunrise from the summit on Aug. 29. Danielle also, changed jobs in January 2013; she is now a management analyst for Strategy and Future Requirements, which is a Department of the Navy job for the Naval District in DC.

      Danielle Allen climbed Mt. Fuji in August.

      Danielle Allen climbed Mt. Fuji in August.

    • Tracey Carter received a promotion over the summer and is now the web content editor for Frederick County Public Libraries. She also graduated from Florida State University on Dec. 13, with a master’s in library and information sciences and a certificate in leadership and management.
    • Ashley Cook Monn welcomed a daughter, McKenzie Blythe Monn, on Oct. 16. She was 8 pounds, 4 ounces and 21 inches long. McKenzie joins big brothers Jared, 7 and Tyler, 4, and big sister Kylie, 2.
    • Kelsey Gage Staggers returned to Shamin Hotels in Richmond, Va., where she is the regional director of operations, managing a portfolio of mid to upper scale select service hotels.
    • In August, Danielle Kahler earned a master’s degree in historic preservation from the University of Georgia. After graduation, Danielle moved to Richmond, Va., where she is the manager of a Things Remembered. She also is a part time tour guide at Agecroft Hall, a Tudor manor house that was moved from England in 1926.
    • In May 2013, Heather Mannix earned a master’s degree in global environmental policy from the School of International Studies at American University in Washington D.C.
    • Rainey Sokol Chase, moved to Bath, Maine in the fall and she began a new career with Rodan + Fields Dermatologists, growing its new antiaging skin care company across the country. Rainey’s email is raineychase@gmail.com and her website is raineychase.myrandf.com. If you are interested in hearing about what she does or Rodan + Fields, she would be happy to connect with you.
    • Together with her husband, Jennifer Stiegler-Balfour welcomed a son, William Alfred Balfour V, on Jan. 24, 2013, in Portland, Maine.

      William "Liam" Alfred Balfour V

      William “Liam” Alfred Balfour V

    Congratulations, Danielle, Tracey, Kelsey, Danielle and Rainey on your new jobs. Congratulations, Tracey, Danielle and Heather on your master’s degrees. Congratulations, Ashley and Jennifer on your newest family members. And if I could give awards, Danielle Allen, you would absolutely win for coolest news and possibly first in our class to climb a mountain.

  8. 2005: Summer 2013

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    Thank you all for your great news submissions. I enjoy learning what is new with you and helping you highlight your milestones with our fellow classmates. This issue we have some moves, a career update, a marriage and a handful of new Hood babies.
    Remember you always can send me your updates via email at lhughan@gmail.com or connect with me through Facebook.
    Jordana Francis Chettiparampil will open her own optometry practice in July, Elite Family Vision in Sugarland, Texas. Jocylyn Berte Dunnavant and her husband welcomed a daughter, Josephine Mae, on June 13, 2013. They also just bought their first apartment in New York this year. Evelyn Holcomb Gosnell is working as the director of equipping ministries at Black Rock Church of the Brethren. She also moved to Westminster, Md. Jessica Holthaus married Matt Badour on April 20, in Gulf Shores, Ala., joined by family and friends. Kristen Heisey Leiter, Jessica Alberici Allen and Heather Mannix were bridesmaids; Danielle Kahler and Mary Greer also were in attendance. The couple spent their honeymoon on the island of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos. They currently reside in Lithia Springs, Ga. Leslie Beck Hughan welcomed a son, Dexter Richard Hughan, on May 27 at 4:41 p.m. He weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces and was 21 inches long. Dexter joins Virginia who is 3. Sarah Robinson Rathbun welcomed a second daughter, Lucy Anne, May 1 at 9:45 a.m. Lucy weighed 6 pounds 8 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. They are so in love. Amanda Hagen Richmond, her husband and daughter Mikayla welcomed Carter Dionte Richmond into their family on March 20. He weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and was 21 inches long. Patricia Stevenson is buying her first house in Bowie, Md. Joanna Grauel Zeisser welcomed a daughter, Elizabeth Anne, on Feb. 19. She weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces.

  9. 2005: Winter 2013

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    Judie Evans earned a master’s degree in library science from the Univ. of Alabama. Evelyn Gosnell is working for the Carroll County Public School system as a substitute special needs teacher and associate. In addition, she works for Black Rock Church of the Brethren as the director of equipping ministries. In this position, she matches appropriate volunteers to their interests both in the church and in the greater community.

    Joanna Grauel married Chris Zeisser on May 12, 2012, in Bethany, Del. Judie Evans officiated the ceremony. Emily Brown Hagan earned a master of science degree in engineering and a systems engineering certificate from the Univ. of Maryland Baltimore County in December. Jessica Holthaus is engaged and will be married in April. She also started a new job in December. She is now a recall outreach specialist in food safety for the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

    Leslie Beck Hughan started a new job in August. She is now the community relations manager for MedStar Harbor Hospital. Andrew Noll and Lauren Sebald Noll welcomed daughter Lily Isabella on Nov. 25. She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 inches long. Lily joins big sister Emilia. Sarah Robinson Rathbun started a new job in March. She is now the facility accounting manager at Corrections Corporation of America.

    Kelsey Gage Staggers and her husband Ian welcomed a son Lennox Xavier on Sept. 19. Lennox joins big sister Cadence. Patricia Stevenson was promoted to senior production editor at Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, where she has worked for the past seven years.

    Class Reporter:

    Leslie Beck Hughan
    (410) 647-7147
    lhughan@gmail.com

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