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. 2004; Summer 2017

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    Michelle Donati-Grayman
    602-373-8656
    m.b.donati@gmail.com

    Chanda T. Gilmore

    The Class of 2004 wishes the falling new mothers and their newborns many good years of health, love and happiness: Cara Overcash Orr and her husband welcomed Karson Levi February 14, 2016. He joins big brother Conner in their Philadelphia home.  Michelle Donati-Grayman, along with her wife and twin sons, welcomed Silas Donati-Grayman on November 8, 2016. Essence Jones, M.A. ’07, C ’07 and her family welcomed son Brocke Harold Douglas Jones on March 18, 2017. Laurie Machovec Tomcanin and her husband welcomed twin boys, James Edward and John Daniel, on June 3, 2017.  Congratulations to the following class members on their new positions: Chanda Gilmore accepted a position as assistant professor of communications at Immaculata University in August 2016.   Sarah Cline was selected for a two-year fellowship with the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law’s in August 2016. Jaime Cacciola was appointed Director of Grants and Gift Planning at Hood College in January 2017.  Wendy Cochran is the Food Program Manager at the Frederick County Health Department, with 2017 marking her 10-year anniversary working for the State of Maryland. She is engaged to Gregory MacMaster.  Katherine Nash M.B.A. ’08 now works as Policy Director for Greenwill and Associates where she is serves as a Maryland lobbyist for clients ranging from large multinational energy corporations to small towns in Western Maryland. Best wishes to the following class members on their new accomplishments:  Michelle Lindsey Richardson was named 2015-16 Teacher of the Year and is currently working on her M.A. with a concentration in literacy at Furman University and is a full-time Literacy Coach at a SC public school.  She and her family moved to South Carolina in 2006.   Maya Laws Barney and her family purchased their first home in October 2016.  Sara Lewis and her family relocated back to the Baltimore area after 8 years in New Jersey in December 2016.  Melanie Muscar M.B.A. ’07 married Christiana “Ana” Lang on December 23, 2016. They sold their home in downtown Frederick and are moving to Uppsala, Sweden in August while Ana serves as a Rotary International Peace Fellow for two years. They are, of course, taking their collie mix, Cooper, with them.

  3. 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!

  4. 1996; Summer 2017

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    Jewel K. Smith
    703-969-0050
    jewelsmith@hotmail.com

    Nadya Marville Briggs returned to and “graduated” from Hood this May with a Master’s certification in Educational Leadership, Admin I and II. Congratulations! The first week of April, Piera Giroux Siegert was in the Maryland/Pennsylvania area for work and visited with Jennifer Wolfe Pupa, Dawn Mertz Day, Amy Vasbinder, Angela Schmuck Bond, and Hillary Glass. Angela hosted everyone at her home in Hanover, PA. The group last got together five years ago, coincidentally, the same weekend. Even though five years had gone by, since they had last seen each other in person, they started where they left off from the previous visit. They always find something to talk about, mostly work and children, and enjoy sharing memories of Hood. Angela also tried something new this past year and worked as a substitute teacher for Hanover Area Public School District. She also is a distributor of Young Living Essential Oils. Angela is making the most of summer! In late May, she and Stephanie Auker Zweitzig ’95 took a road trip from south central PA to central NJ to volunteer at a goat rescue. They have both loved goats for forever and when a volunteer opportunity arose to help at Goats of Anarchy, they jumped on the chance! Goats of Anarchy rescues disabled goats from farms that are going to put down the goats, and from people who offer a handicapped goat to the rescue because they know they’ll be well taken care of. Angela and Stephanie enjoyed their hours of helping clean the barn, putting down fresh hay, and taking photos and playing with the goats. The car ride up and back allowed them to catch up! I have to add that the photos were great – wish I could share those with all of you! I have enjoyed hanging out with Reena Amin Borwankar – nothing link bonding over gorgeous wares and tea (two of my weaknesses)! She is a Senior Ambassador for India Hicks. My company changed our name to the Association for Accessible Medicines so my work email changed: jewel.smith@accessiblemeds.org. I also spent a week in South Africa and another week in Zimbabwe in March. Two very different but beautiful countries that are now crossed off the list! I am looking forward to reuniting with some fellow Hoodlums later this summer – more to come on that. If you have not donated to Hood this year, please consider doing so. A little can go a long way. One gift. Any size. Visit www.hood.edu/giving. Keep the news coming…

  5. 1995; Summer 2017

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    Jacki Resop Amato
    jresop@yahoo.com 

    Aloha Hoodlums! I, Jacki Amato, started a new position at Rocchi Construction, Inc. as their Administrative Assistant in March 2017! On April 9th, I attended a baby gender reveal party for Jennifer Barbieri ’98…IT’S A GIRL!  Congratulations to the Jen and Shawn! A few weeks later, I met up with Jen again and Ann Price-Davis ’98 at the Cockeysville Volunteer Fire Department’s Quarter Auction.  We went home with some great prizes!  Soon I will be meeting up with some old Memorial friends: Kimberly Unseld ’95, Emma Frederick King ’95, Jewel Smith ’96 and Quicha Tresvant ’96.  Can wait for that mini reunion!  Please feel free to write me anytime with news! I feel so connected with so many of you through Facebook. Keep the news coming!

  6. 1989; Summer 2017

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    Carole Smith Neal
    csneal2000@gmail.com

    Avery Beeson is headed off to Salvador, Brazil to teach 3rd grade for 2 years.  Sounds like it’s time to book a trip to go visit. You can contact Avery at Avery_beeson@mac.com. With it being graduation season, congrats to all our class alumni that have children graduating.  We wish them all well as they enter this next exciting phase.  Please join our Facebook group Hood College 1989 Reunion to connect with old friends and share your latest news.

     

  7. 1988; Summer 2017

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    Susanna Schaeffer Smith P ’16 reported, “I have some exciting news to share.  Greg and I are thrilled to share that our daughter, Anna Smith Brisbane ’16 married Douglas Brisbane ’14 on January 7, 2017 here in Potomac, MD.  Kristine Millet ’87 and her wife Lisa Colagiovanni and their children, Koen & Tessa wouldn’t have missed the day. Anna Kate is a Cash Management Analyst with Lockheed Martin at headquarters in Bethesda, MD & Douglas is a Territory Sales Manager with Jesco, Inc. Brenna Elizondo ’16, Bailey Wright ’16, Adam Patterson ’13, Joseph O’Hara ’14, and Travis Kline ’13 all joined in celebration as members of the wedding party.  Many Hood College alums shared in the day!”

  8. 1986; Summer 2017

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    Alison Drum Althouse P’12
    804-378-7541
    alison.althouse@gmail.com

    Hello HoodLums!  Since I only got four responses this time, I can be a little more liberal with word usage… ;) Lorie Dodd Gomez is now Associate Director of Advancement at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and she loves working for the Chesapeake Bay!! Her older son, Louis, graduated from Christopher Newport University in May and is moving to NoVa to start work in June. Her younger son, Nicolas, is graduating from high school this month and will be going to Virginia Tech in the fall. She and Lou are excited for the boys and amazed that they are about to be empty nesters. A new chapter is beginning! Josie Calix shared that despite the challenges in her life in the last year, they were blessed with a beautiful granddaughter, Emersyn Rose Haerstsch, on Feb. 12. She came just at the right time and is a perfect baby.  We’re so happy for you, Josie! Patricia Kenyon Grimm had a great time on June 3 when her son Beck Grimm married Ellie Watkins. The ceremony was held at The Wolf Trap Farm with a honeymoon in Iceland.  This summer, she is celebrating 31 years of marriage and 3 years as Patient Relations Representative at UVA Medical Center. She and Chris have recently downsized to Batesville, in Albemarle County, VA. Marilya Padilla Spina and Steve celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this year. Their daughter, Alexa, is a junior at Providence College majoring in Spanish and will be studying abroad next year for a semester.  Their son, Nicholas, is a junior at Kingswood Oxford and will start driving soon… next up are college visits!  She kicked the year off by hosting a spa day (complete with massages and fluffy robes) in her home – a birthday celebration for Maritza BidoGina Oliveros braved the winter cold and joined Luz DeBrosse Ment, Khateeta Emerson, Maribel Martinez ’87, and Kim Burns ’87 for the celebration. She loved seeing her Hood sisters!  I want to thank all my HoodLums for their prayers and support this past winter.  My mom’s death in December and then my dad’s in February are traumas that will touch my life forever… your messages and presence in my life are a Godsend.  You may remember that my dad was married to Dr. Alice Drum, former dean at Hood, and I appreciate your keeping her in your thoughts and prayers.  My boys are both “adulting” well.  Drew Althouse ’12 lives in Michigan with his girlfriend, Kristen, and is an Athletic Trainer at Madonna University (Livonia, MI).  Evan lives in Arlington, VA and works for JD Power, which definitely came in handy when we needed to replace a totaled SUV (no injuries, thank God).  Michael still works for PayPal and we enjoy living close enough to Annapolis that we both worked men’s & women’s lacrosse games for USNA this spring.  Can we get more people to contribute to the next class report?  You can send updates ANY time to me: alison.althouse@gmail.com.

  9. 1985; Summer 2017

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    Sue Povich DelConte
    732-549-2445
    ahoodlumof85@hotmail.com

    Margie Murphy Weaver
    dramamama13646@gmail.com

    Hello Class of ’85!  I start this column with an apology– an alum sent me news several weeks ago and I lost the email! I am so sorry and hope the writer will resend for the next column!  As I was frantically searching for this errant email I sent a series of flares up on Facebook Messenger, and while none of the responders was the mysterious alum, I did get some news. First to come to my aide was Natalie Rivers Bruno. She reports she is “still teaching English in France. My kids are turning 27, 25 and 20 this year! Andrea Malone Redden says “I retired from teaching after 30 years. Enjoying time relaxing and traveling!” I am jealous Andrea– I still have 4-5 years before I can cap my dry erase markers and turn off the projector. I figure that is the equivalent of cleaning out 3 filing cabinet drawers a year and dragging the boxes home! Earlier this year I was contacted by Ingrid Kirstin Piper ’84, who asked if I could send a message to a fellow Hoodlum with whom she had lost touch over the years. I was happy to oblige and happily, Ingrid and Margaret Oliver reconnected and are planning to meet up in London in September! Tammy Leisinger Gantz reports “I didn’t send any information but our son Benjamin graduated from Gettysburg College with a double major Biochemistry and Music.” I have had the pleasure of watching clips featuring Theresa Yosuico Stahl as she discusses nutrition and food preparation for her local Farmers’ Market. Theresa adds: “this past year, I became a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.”!  Susan Audino B.A. ’99 says “on behalf of a few people, I thought I’d report that Ann Granato Hein, Meredith McQuoid Greason, Kelly Nickoles Auber, Ann Fussell Divecha, and I enjoyed a 3-day ‘mini’ reunion at Bethany Beach, DE last month. We all enjoyed getting together, looking at old yearbooks, reminiscing, and of course walking the beach.  We also enjoyed some homemade limoncello and other delicacies I brought back from Italy a couple of weeks earlier!” I will be splitting the responsibilities for the column with Margaret Murphy Weaver! I hope you will consider sending a few lines to either of us for the next submission. Margie heard from Heard from Laura Anderson Lombardi (Memorial Hall) who is living in Morris Plains, NJ and is Co-Director of a NAEYC Accredited Non-Profit Early Childhood Education Center, Children on the Green, in Morristown, NJ.  They are unique in that they raise money through grants for homeless children so that they can attend free of charge.  Laura’s son, Max, just hit the milestone of becoming a teenager, and though she has friends who are grandparents, it still is hard for her to believe she can be the mother of a teen!  She feels fortunate that Max still has all four of his grandparents, at ages 80, 83, 90 and 91, still living at home and involved in his life.  Laura’s mom has Alzheimer’s and that has been a challenge. She says that Facebook has been a wonderful tool to reconnect with Hood Alumnae, and stays in touch with Mary Kocher Innocenti, Ginny Van Saders Furnas, Jennifer Biggs-Klock, and me (Margie).  She reminisces about how we all met our very first day at Hood when we were put into teams to do ice breakers.  She made me laugh remembering a skit we performed Freshman year about facing an empty mailbox in the Ad…”No mail…close de box!” and says she repeats this every time she opens an empty mailbox, even as an adult! We all have busy, crazy lives that, I’m quite certain, are full of small victories and challenges.  Reach out here, and you’re guaranteed a wealth of support and good thoughts.  As for Margie, I performed on stage in my first production since our Soph Revue back in May. A local friend wrote a play based on riding the local public transit buses, “Bus Buddies,” and I played two small roles and STILL had a hard time remembering my lines!  The show will be reprised on September 17 at SkyStage in downtown Frederick, so if you’re in town and want to laugh, come on by!  I’m becoming more and more active in advocacy and political activities in Frederick (Dr. Lewis would be proud), and am training for my first 5K, which I’ll run on August 5th.  Never a dull moment.

  10. 1984; Summer 2017

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    Susan Flanders Kleinschmidt, M.S.’92
    609-771-0642
    susankle@comcast.net

    Ellen-Marie Samsen Knehans, P’18
    760-371-2353
    emknehans@mchsi.com

    Greeting Hood friends-Springtime greetings from NJ!  Beach weather is almost upon us!  Thanks to all who responded to my e-mail requesting news for the column. I have heard from Claudia Nichols Nealley that her son Luke has graduated from Carnegie Mellon University this spring and is excited to be starting a new job in Pittsburgh.  Claudia’s daughter Maggie is a rising Junior at Frederick High School.  Maggie continues to love lacrosse and they plan to spend the summer traveling with her Lionheart team to tournaments.  Recently Claudia joined the Blue and Grey Boosters Club.  Claudia would love to get some type of tailgate tradition started at Hood and would love the chance to visit with friends. Claudia and her husband Mark have recently donated to help light the athletic field at Hood.  They found out that Hood is the only college in our conference without a lighted field.  Having a NCAA athlete in her family has made Claudia realize what an asset athletics are for Hood.  A large percentage of Hood’s new students are athletes.  Claudia encourages all to consider donating to help get Hood’s field lit or to join the Blue and Grey Boosters club.  Natasha Keyian reports in from Florida that she has just started a new teaching position with the Seminole County Public schools.  She is working with intellectually delayed students and students with autism and is loving teaching. Barbara Reade Hawkins reports in from Virginia.  Her eldest daughter Emily graduated in May from Radford University with a BS in English and is currently pursuing her master’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University.  She is hoping to teach middle or high school English in Southwestern Virginia.  Barb’s youngest daughter Rebecca graduated as Valedictorian from Freedom High school in Woodbridge, VA and from The Governor’s School at Innovation Park, Manassas, VA.  She is planning to attend Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech).  She will be enrolled in the Honors College and the college of Natural Resources and Environment.  She will be working towards a degree in Wildlife Conservation/Environmental Science. Robin Winkler-Pickett M.S. ’07, MBA ’17 just walked the stage for the third time at Hood to receive her MBA this spring and received the 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Business Administration.  Ten years ago, she pulled off the same feat by being named the Outstanding Graduate Student in Biomedical Sciences!  Robin has worked for the National Cancer Institute for 31 years and now with school work done, again, she is looking forward to some personal and professional reinvention and will be exploring new opportunities for change and growth.  Always the proud mama, she shares that are kids are doing well and always amazing her. Her oldest son is doing exceptionally well in the Marine Corp having received the U.S. Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal this year and continues to be stationed locally which Robin loves. His current enlistment will take him to over 15 years (anyone hear “career Marine”?).  Her daughter-in-law is an art teacher in FCPS and was tenured this year and Robin is enjoying having a girl in the family. Her youngest “special” one, has surpassed all expectations from his childhood challenges and serves as a reminder that anything is possible with perseverance, dedication, and love.  Please get in touch with Robin- she is looking for things to fill all the time she now has!

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