1. 2007: Summer 2015

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    Melissa Barrick Estes
    301-974-5981
    melissadestes@gmail.com

    I’m happy to share that the Class of 2007 has been blessed with success, love and sweet new babies! Amelia Cotter and Jonathan Montgomery Pollack were engaged on May 8, 2015. Laura Duncan, M.B.A.’09 is happy to report that she will be teaching the legal environment of business as an adjunct professor at Hood starting with this year’s Summer II session. Rebecca Dupont obtained a graduate degree in museum studies from Johns Hopkins Univ. on May 22, 2015. Amber Guzman, M.A.’08 obtained her second master of arts degree in clinical psychology in 2010, graduated with her Psy.D., in clinical psychology in July 2013 and was licensed as a clinical psychologist in August 2014. She currently works at the Dwight D. Eisenhower VAMC, where she is the clinical psychologist in the Geriatric Extended Care Service Line. She continues to use her master’s degree in Thanatology from Hood in this capacity. Nicole Hoff graduated with her Ph.D. in epidemiology from UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in December 2014. She has been working in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for almost four years during school. She now works for UCLA and is still based in DRC running a research program. Heather Holder Kuriga and her husband welcomed a daughter, Michelle, on March 12, 2015. Adrienne Lawrence is the new senior editor and writer for Federal Occupational Health with the federal government. She will lead a team to overhaul the organization’s voice and looks forward to her move to Bethesda, Md. Charis Loomer Beavers, M.S.’13 married James Beavers on July 4, 2014 and welcomed a baby girl, Raegan Carroll Beavers, on October 21, 2014. Janelle McKelvey Hughes is married to Leland Hughes and is working at the National Institute of Health in Baltimore. Natalie McVeigh received certificates in Family Business Advising (CFBA) and Family Wealth Advising (CFWA) from the Family Firm Institute (FFI).  She is also the owner of a start-up, internet based resource for family businesses called Family Owned Business Resources. She is also recently engaged to the love of her life, Jessica Carsten. Erin Folden Neuland and her husband, Andre, welcomed a daughter, Grace Amelia, on March 20, 2015. Jade Brew obtained a masters of science degree in accountancy from the Univ. of Phoenix in 2011. Shannon Williams recently completed a two-year fellowship program through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and earned a LL.M. in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the European Univ. Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. She also got married on Feb. 14, 2015, and recently bought a townhouse in Silver Spring, Md. Chantel Wilson will have an additional degree conferred on May 15: Ph.D. in crop and soil environmental sciences from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. Congratulations to the Class of 2007!

  2. 2007: Summer 2014

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    Melissa Barrick Estes
    melissadestes@gmail.com

    It is my great pleasure to share a lot of good news from the class of 2007. Amanda Earp Hayes recently purchased a new home in Baltimore with her husband Toby and 2-year-old son James.  She works at home as a freelance writer and editor and has published two short works. Laura Smith graduated from a two-year post-graduate certificate program for psychodynamic psychotherapy through the Washington School of Psychology in Washington, D.C. She works with a practice in Frederick and is starting a private practice in Bethesda, Md. Jessica Palmer Biggs and her husband Josh live in Jacksonville, Fla. They welcomed twins, a son Mason and a daughter Aubrey, Aug. 31, 2013. Julia Blickenstaff, M.S. ’14, graduated from Hood with her master’s degree in management of information technology in May 2014. She currently lives in NYC. Congratulations to Katie Chick who was recently promoted! She is now the director in career management at The Advisory Board Company where she has been working for more than seven years. Laurie Burrier Atwell was married at Hood in July 2010. She and husband welcomed a son Colton in August 2011. She now lives in Smithsburg, Md., and is a history teacher at Smithsburg High School. Amber Guzman, M.A. ’08, earned her master’s degree in thanatology from Hood in 2008 and her doctor of psychology in clinical psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology in 2013. She is working as a psychologist in the Geriatric Care Clinic at the Leavenworth, Kan., VA Medical Center. She also recently bought a home! Sarah Fortney Marshall and her husband welcomed a son Cameron Jay Marshall Aug. 8, 2013. Adrienne Lawrence is the new operations and conference director for the Journalism and Women Symposium. JAWS is a national association that supports the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and works toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society. Christine Layton earned her doctor of philosophy in plant pathology and plant-microbe biology from Cornell Univ. She moved to St. Louis, Mo., to take a new job at Monsanto Company; she is also engaged to Courtney James, brother of Megan James ’06. Emmanuel Osong Noumbissie is now married and has two children, Quinn and Liam, both under the age of 2. He graduated with his doctor of philosophy this year in epidemiology from Walden Univ. and started a pharmacovigilance consulting company, NEOPha, Inc. in 2010. Kimberli Smith O’Connell and her husband Daniel welcomed son Desmond Ward O’Connell June 10, 2013. Stephanie Cowen Eisenberg and her husband moved to Las Vegas in September 2013. She is now the executive producer of the morning show on KLAS-TV. She has been working in TV for the last seven years, including jobs in D.C. and Orlando, Fla. Laura Duncan, MBA  ’09 is now Laura Duncan, Esq. She works as an associate for Poffenbarger and Weddle and as an attorney for the Maryland Appointed Attorneys Program. Amy Duvall, M.S. ’13, earned her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Hood College in September 2013. Chelsea Henkel earned her master of public policy degree from Vanderbilt Univ., Peabody College of Education and Human Development and started a new job as a policy analyst with an education advocacy group in Denver, Colo. She also got engaged to Julien Ross. Jaclyn Stielper Pek and husband Kevin welcomed a daughter Lucille Luise Pek May 11, 2014. Congratulations to Derrick Harrigan, MBA ’14 who earned his master of business administration degree from Hood College in January 2014. Charis Loomer, M.S. ’13 married James Beavers July 4, 2014. They are expecting their first baby in October. Charis is a pre-school teacher at Monocacy Elementary School. Heather Holder Kuriga married Alexander Kuriga July 14, 2012, and moved to Florida on Feb. 4, 2013. Your class reporter, Melissa Barrick Estes, and husband Casey moved back to their hometown of Middletown, Md., just in time to welcome a son Adam Joseph in July 2013.

  3. 2007: Winter 2013

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    Amber D. Guzman, M.A. ’08 finished her second master’s degree in clinical psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology in Washington, D.C., in 2010. She is currently in her fourth month of internship at the Eastern Kansas VA in Leavenworth, Kan. She is also finishing her dissertation and plans to graduate with a doctorate in clinical psychology after completion of her internship in July.

    Class Reporter:

    Amanda Earp Hayes
    (301) 524-7923
    ale4@hood.edu

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