1. 2015; Summer 2017

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    Sarah Tapscott
    301-807-7821
    st12@hood.edu

    It’s been 2 whole years since we’ve graduated and it seems like this past year was a big one for many of us!  Continuing our education, living and traveling all over the world, growing our families, and leaving our mark however we can!  I’m so envious but proud of what we’ve been accomplishing!  Here’s what some of our amazing classmates have done!  Kaitlin Morris

    Graduated from the University of Maryland School of Social Work with her Masters in Social Work! And she loves her (really awesome) cat!  Julanne Berg will complete her second year of National Service as an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader in early September. When she has completed her term, she plans to look for jobs in the non-profit field back home in Maryland and in South Carolina where she currently serves.  She hopes to be settled enough within the next year to be able to rescue a dog.  Aaron Bowen-Ziecheck graduated with an MSc in Information Technology, Management, and a Organizational Change from Lancaster University Management School in the UK. In September, 2017 he will begin his first year at McGill University in Montreal in the PhD of Information Studies program. He hopes everyone from Hood is doing well in the world and encourages you to look him up if you’re in Montreal.  Logan Bachtell graduated from Marymount University with a Master’s Degree in Forensic and Legal Psychology. Upon graduation she accepted a full-time position with the government and looks forward to a long and rewarding career.  Travis Gilbert continues to manage the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society in Wilmington, NC. In April, Gilbert was elected as a Trustee of the Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, a historic 1858 opera house that is one of the country’s oldest theatres still in operation.  Caroline Schuetz has been a preschool teacher since November 2016 and in August will be moving to Irvine, California with Alexander Jarnot ’17Jessica Morales is now a current law student at LMU Law in Knoxville, TN. This past semester, Jessica was offered a position during the semester to work at the Sevierville Public Defender’s office, and was hired by her professor as a Research Assistant. She is currently working home in Maryland in Congressman Steny Hoyer’s office and in Judge West’s Chambers in Circuit Court. Although she is often consumed by school, she hopes to plan a trip to conquer yet another world continent!  Nicole Kuehl Gingrich and Russell Gingrich were married on January 8, 2017 at Hood College’s Coffman Chapel. It may have been nine degrees outside that morning, but it was a beautiful day. For their honeymoon, they rented an SUV and drove cross country from Maryland to Anchorage, Alaska.  Samuel Lopez started working as a full-time editor with Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc., in April. He also has an article in review for publication with Maryland Historical Magazine.  And I, Sarah Tapscott has had quite a pivotal year.  I bought a home, not far from Hood, with Owen Rosier ’16 and we have been quite busy making it our own!  Being busy with work hasn’t stopped me from gardening, singing with the Choral Arts Society of Frederick, and doing lots of traveling.  Life has taken me to Dublin, Las Vegas, and I may be heading back to Europe really soon!

  2. 2015: Winter 2017

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    2015

    Sarah Tapscott
    301-807-7821
    st12@hood.edu

    Travis Gilbert is the manager at the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society and Latimer House Museum in Wilmington, NC. Julianne Berg is about to complete her second year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Charleston, SC. Her second year, she served as the VISTA Leader for a group of 23 VISTAs all across Charleston. She hopes to move back to Maryland after she completes her year and get a job somewhere in DC’s nonprofit sector. Khyle Ball joined the army and is currently in San Antonio for nursing school. Lindsey Willhide received her master’s at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and is currently a licensed social worker at the Washington County Department of Social Services. Chelsea Rudy during the past few months has loved working with FCPS as a special education teacher. She also bought a new car! Nicole Kuehl continues to work for the federal government, and has begun a master’s degree program in applied economics at Johns Hopkins University. She will marry Russell Gingrich ’15 in Coffman Chapel in January 2017. Kristen Geatz was recently promoted to program coordinator with the international visitors leadership program at the Institute of International Education, where she works with the Department of State to bring international visitors to the U.S. to meet with Americans who share similar careers. Nicole Burda is a kindergarten teacher and loving it. Sarah Austin is now living and working in Connecticut and currently employed as a paralegal at a small law firm. She’s going to school to get her graduate degree in library science from the University of Washington. She’s getting married in June 2017. Michael Smith has been working his butt off while somehow managing to find time to play Magic: The Gathering with his friends. He works at Zenimax Inc. as a QA contractor and performs certification testing for the latest and greatest games. He’s begun to develop a voice acting career. Kara O’Leary has been enjoying her time employed with a political consulting firm on Capitol Hill and working directly with more than 30 democratic members of the House of Representatives but still keeps a Sunday morning shift at the 7th Street Starbucks in Frederick. She’s looking forward to her upcoming trip back to France this summer and planning her next European adventure! Natalie Guerra is now Natalie Maltais. She married her Canadian sweetheart and is now living with him in Woodbridge, VA. For the past year and a half, she has been working at Keyway Lock Service as a bookkeeper and accountant assistant. This winter, she will start applying for graduate schools so that she can start her computer science degree. Margarita Swissler is currently living in Colmar, France. She is working as an English language teaching assistant at two local high schools. She hopes to remain in France next year as a teaching assistant, but in another region, so she can continue to explore and learn more about another part of France. James Sola began working for Pace Analytical Services last year. He is contracted to Elanco, where he supports the development of proteins designed to improve the nutritional value of animal foods. Maggie Thomas is pursuing a master’s in business at Hood College. She’s been keeping busy with her photography and graphic design business, Maggie’s Creative. Over the summer of 2016, Natalie Hernandez began working at a2z, Inc. as a digital project coordinator, and became engaged to David Langan ’14. Ben Atha has begun a master’s program in biological sciences at Towson University. When he is not in class, he spends his time conducting research between two molecular biology labs and working as a teaching assistant. He is recently engaged to Aristie Abbott ’14. After earning her MA in developmental psychology, Caitlin Presley has continued her graduate studies for a Psy.S. degree in school psychology at Gallaudet University. Caitlin recently completed her practicum in Prince George’s County Public School’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program and is currently in search of an internship placement. I, Sarah Tapscott, have been busy working, opening a new company, singing with the Choral Arts Society of Frederick, and instructing color guard at Frederick High School.

  3. 2015: Summer 2016

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    2015

    Sarah Tapscott
    301-807-7821
    st12@hood.edu

    It’s been a whole year, can you believe it?!  What a crazy and life-changing year it’s been doing so many great things all over the world.  Here’s what some of us have been up to:  James Sola began working as a contractor for Elanco where he has been developing both existing and new enzymatic assays.  Emily Eckard completed her first year of graduate school and will start full time fieldwork at Manor Care Pittsburgh in January 2017.  She is doing a Masters of Occupational Therapy program at Chatham University.  Adam Bir is a Financial Advisor with AXA Advisors in Buffalo, New York and lives in Tonawanda, New York.  Aaron Bowen-Ziecheck has been living in Lancaster, England while studying for his Masters degree in Information Technology and Management at Lancaster University.  He hopes to return to the US after graduating and start a career with an IT company.  Julianne Berg is currently finishing up her service year with AmeriCorps in South Carolina. Since August 2015 she has been working as a VISTA with the Palmetto Project and serving as their volunteer and story bank coordinator.  She finds the work to be extremely rewarding and wants to continue to work for non-profits in the future.  Andrew Musick started working in HIV research in a NIH/NCI lab at Fort Detrick.  He currently works in the Translational Research Unit within the HIV dynamics and replication program (HIV-DRP).  In May 2017 he plans on presenting his work in the 2017 HIV Dynamics and Evolution conference in Scotland.  Chelsea Rudy has been a long-term Special Education Substitute at Oakdale Elementary in Frederick County. She has not started graduate school but plans to pursue it in the near future.  Heidi Marino is currently a graduate assistant and in the ladder portion of her Masters degree program at Shippensburg University studying Communications with an emphasis in Strategic Public Relations.  Her Masters thesis focuses on the use of public relations to increase brand visibility for a fashion-based 501(c)3 nonprofit in connection with the Shippensburg University Foundation.  Stephanie Kelley graduated from University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a Masters in Social Work and a concentration in clinical behavioral health in July 2016. Stephanie is now employed as a Masters level clinician at an outpatient substance abuse treatment facility.  For a few months, Cody Lopez was substitute teaching but recently became a National Park Service Ranger for Catoctin Mountain Park in Thurmont, Maryland.  Russell Melendez works for the city of Baltimore as an Operations Technician Apprentice.  He’s responsible for keeping all the pumping stations and storm drains operational and keeping track of the amount of water being pumped daily.  He says, “life is great!”  Herman Cohee married Christine Carter ’14 in May of 2015 and celebrated their first year anniversary this past May.  He works for Amazon at the Fulfillment Center in Middletown, Delaware.  Maja Tavra got married and is now Mrs. Mendes. After graduation she traveled to California and Turkey and is learning the Turkish language.  She works with NCR in her home country of Serbia.  She lives in Belgrade but plans on coming back to the USA by the end of the year.  Naeisha Palmer is a kindergarten teacher in the Cape Henlopen School District in Delaware and recently bought her first home.  Alex Bodroghy began medical school at the prestigious St. Georges University in Grenada in January 2016 and loves every minute.  Jena Stone spent this past summer walking from Georgia to Maine. In April, Jena (trail name, Skittles) set out from Springer Mountain in Georgia to walk all 2189.1 miles of the Appalachian Trail with the hopes of reaching Mount Katahdin in late September.  Natalie Guerra has been working as an accountant for a small business in Alexandria, Virginia.  In a year she will be getting married to her fiancé Joey Maltais.  This fall she will begin classes to obtain her CPA.  Samuel Lopez started working in Frederick Community College’s Library and their Tutoring & Writing Center in April and gave a presentation on Frederick’s churches at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in August.  I, Sarah Tapscott am still Publicity Chair for the Choral Arts Society of Frederick and instructing local color guards.  In November 2015 I was promoted to Operations Lead for a 4-part corporation but I’m actively looking for opportunities in the event management industry.  I’m also beginning graduate school soon!  Keep an eye for my e-mails, send me your updated info, and keep doing great things 2015!

     

     

  4. 2015 Class News- Fall 2015

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    Sarah Tapscott
    301-807-7821
    st12@hood.edu

    Wow! What a crazy last few months we’ve seen, Class of 2015! In our years at Hood we experienced a lot of change and since graduation, less than a year ago, our lives have been no different! We have so much to celebrate and so much to look forward to! Miguel Caruso has been accepted to the Officer Candidate School for the United States Army. Eliza Jacobs will be heading to Bucheon, South Korea in February for a year to teach English. Tara Biser started graduate school at Johns Hopkins University and is working towards her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Meg DePanise is working for Hood’s Marketing and Communications Department and towards her MBA. Maya Jackson is working for Keswick Multi-Care Center as a Social Work Designee and looking into graduate school. Brigid Ayer works at Hood as a Student Life Assistant in Sports Information and is pursuing her Masters in Business Marketing. Krystal Wood is currently attending Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia and pursuing a Psy.D. Degree in Clinical Psychology. Sarah Wagstaff is an Assistant Teacher at The Goddard School in Columbia, Maryland. Emily Eckard started graduate school for Occupational Therapy at Chatham University. Lindsey Willhide began graduate school at the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore and plans on getting her LGSW license after school. Stephanie Kelley and Amanda Decker also began graduate school at the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore and will be completing school with Lindsey in 2016. Prettany Overman will be in Berlin, Germany until late-summer 2016 working at the Jüdische Gemeinde (Jewish Community Center and Synagogue). She also gives tours at a museum and at a former Concentration Camp and Soviet Special Camp. Chelsea Bunker moved to rural Cofradía, Honduras where she is now the fifth grade teacher at the San Jeronimo Bilingual School, and loves Central America. Caroline Schuetz moved to Frederick, Maryland and was promoted to Site Director for the Crestwood Middle School Boys & Girls Club where she runs an after school program for about thirty students, and is an AmeriCorps member. Angela Moore got engaged to her boyfriend on graduation day, and will be getting married next October. She lives in Texas and works at Therapy & Beyond as a behavioral therapist. Heidi Marino is now a graduate student at Shippensburg University pursuing a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Public Relations. Erin Botker is now an Admissions Counselor for Hood. Oritsegbubemi Ndze-Williams is working in the construction industry installing geomembranes on landfill sites across the lower east coast of America. Amanda Shaffery and Robert Vaughn moved to Memphis where they are attending the University of Memphis for graduate school. Rob is working towards a Masters in Statistics and Amanda is working for a Masters in Egyptology. Logan Bachtell began her graduate studies at Marymount University in the Forensic and Legal Psychology Program. Kacy Strasser accepted a job teaching middle school art at Frederick Classical Charter School. Megan Rodriguez will be getting married in January 2016 and works as a Software Developer for iNovex Software Solutions. Jessica Zambreny is a Therapeutic Support Staff member and is attending graduate school at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Julianne Berg moved to Charleston, South Carolina as an AmeriCorps VISTA. She is serving for a year with the Palmetto Project, a non-profit that serves as the statewide navigator for the affordable healthcare act. Ryan Lenhart is teaching math in Frederick County and coaching cross-country and indoor/outdoor track. Anet Zhandosova is applying to medical schools and working as a medical assistant at MetroMed Urgent Care in Leesburg, Virginia. Jessica Morales is in Charlotte, North Carolina at The Charlotte School of Law, pursuing her Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree. Teresa Rivera has accepted the position of Marketing Manager at All-Fill Inc in Exton, Pennsylvania. I, Sarah Tapscott, am working during the day, Publicity Chair for the Choral Arts Society of Frederick, and researching graduate schools to pursue a Masters in Museum Studies and hope to also obtain a Teaching Certification. Please keep in touch with me about all of your amazing changes and keep persevering!

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