Here’s a look at the class of 2012! Drew Althouse is finishing up first full year at Madonna University working as an athletic trainer in the NAIA. He is getting married on July 6th, 2018 to his fiancé Kristen Baker! Briana Becker works as an LCSW in a collaborative health setting, providing mental health services to underserved populations. Jes Garshell was married to Ryan Van Newkirk and started a new job at the Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Specialty Hospital. Adrienne Gladden started a new position at Laureate Education Inc. as a Student Support Coordinator for Walden University students, and started her own business called “Crowned By A.Reneé” specializing in wig making and other hair services. Lauren Hagan started a new job as a digital marketing strategist at Immersion Active in Frederick, MD. James Hammond attended the University of Baltimore School of Law after graduation and is working as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Baltimore City. Jess Henry graduated with her PhD in Chemistry from the University of New Hampshire and lives in Boston, MA. She works for PPD doing analytical development at a pharmaceutical company. Jillian Jones works as a Secondary Education English Peace Corps Volunteer in north-west Sierra Leone, West Africa. She lives and works in a tiny village of less than 500, with no running water or electricity. Michelle Kuehl and her fiancé, Dane Randolph were recently engaged. They are planning their move from Georgia to Maryland with their two cats and Italian mastiff. Bern Lee accepted a pre-doctoral internship position at Henry Ford Heath Services Center in Detroit and published a first-authored peer-reviewed paper on PET imaging in professional athletes at risk for CTE. He gave his first formal research talk at the American Academy of Neurology Conference in L.A. Eric Leviton has been serving in the US Air Force and lives in North Dakota. He is scheduled to serve overseas in Europe for the next 4 years. Nathalie Lewis graduated with an MBA in Accounting from Hood College and enjoyed seeing some fellow 2012 alumni at the 5-year reunion! She currently works for Nymeo Frederick Credit Union in Frederick, MD. Lauren McGrane and her husband welcomed their son, Victor, into the world! Marisa Mitchell-Flack will attend the PhD in Immunology program at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine this fall. Kelli Nord recently graduated (May 2018) with her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in designing digital literacy from George Mason University. Cori O’Donnell is a mom to a beautiful boy and is active in the fight against the opiate epidemic, helping to organize awareness events in the Carroll County, MD area. Molly Poling graduated with a Masters in Heath Science with a concentration in Gerontological Studies from Boise State University. She has been working in Boise as a recreation assistant at an assisted living facility. Zach Roberson moved to the greater Boston area and started a new job at Walnut Hill School for the Arts as the Director of Community Programs. Drew Roderuck is a herpetologist for the National Aquarium in Baltimore. He works in the Australian Department with reptiles. Kenneth Rupert recently published three books; Simple Wealth Building Strategies, The Plan, and God-I Was Wondering. He also attained the rank of Senior Brown Belt in Hap Ki Do from the Global Martial Arts in Hampstead, MD. Kasey Smith is teaching in Frederick County at Woodsboro/New Midway Elementary as a Special Education Teacher, has bought a house, and is working on her Masters of Educational Leadership at Hood College. Maria Smith recently completed her MA in Intercultural Communication with a concentration in French Language and Francophone Studies from UMBC. She also moved into a new role as the lead dormitory parent for her building at the boarding school where she teaches middle and upper school French. Kristina Southwell is an attorney living in Tacoma, Washington and has fully embraced the Pacific Northwest lifestyle by hiking regularly and drinking lots of coffee. Last year she started a new job as a civil litigation associate with Gordon Thomas Honeywell. Stephanie Toone was married to her now husband, Lucca Santineli. Laura Voelker and her husband, Bruce, are moving to the D.C. area this summer. Katelyn Vu graduated summa cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2015, and was sworn into the Maryland Bar. She is now a litigation attorney working for Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP, in Baltimore, Maryland.Taurean Washington earned a solo exhibition at the art gallery of Frederick Community College on June 8th 2019. Also he now works for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and was just promoted to a Project Specialist within a year of being employed. Haley Webb celebrated the marriage of her college roommate, Megan Coulbourne on May 19th.
Hello, hello! Thank you to those who heeded my last-minute shout-out to share their news this round. I’m in personal awe of two of our classmates with FULL houses: both Robin Deniker Morgenstern and husband Chad who welcomed baby girl #4 into their lives February 11, 2017; and Amy Markowski Best and husband Tim who, after three years as their foster parents, finalized the adoption of Micah Daniel Gioni (age 4) and Bridget Lynn Wynter (age 3) on April 16, 2018. They join siblings Mason (12), Levi (10), and Ava (7). A special congratulations also goes out to Christine Acquarulo Wheeler who married Tre’Veon Wheeler April 14, 2018; she is now officially Christine Wheeler! Lastly, a very belated but BIG thank you to Jen Stange Knieriem for keeping our class connected via Facebook; she was kind enough to post on all-call last fall en route to her honeymoon! Keep your great news coming via email, Facebook, or otherwise. Holly and I enjoy hearing from you even if just to say hi.
Margaret Bushwaller Powers just completed her Digital Marketing certificate at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. She’s looking forward to putting her schooling into practice at work soon. A get together with Eleanor Chisholm Landauer, Ann Barry Mitchell, and Jacquie Hollands Ignacio is in the works for later this summer.
Chrysti Hogan and her wife, Jeanne, took a 5-day tour of New England in June and enjoyed seeing Boston, Cape Cod, Newport RI, and Bar Harbor Maine. They also spent time with Chrysti’s mom Edee Howard Hogan (Hood ‘59) at her beach house in Delaware.
Becky May and Kim Sparling Clausen ‘87 are traveling to South Africa in July with their NH singing group.
Christie Nicodemus Bailey shared that her middle daughter Samantha just graduated from Hood! Samantha’s major is Integrated Marketing and Communications with a minor in French. This spring she also set and then reset her record twice in the Hammer Throw for the women’s track and field team. It was a great final semester for her!
Mari Padilla Spina wrote that her daughter, Alexa, is home from her semester abroad and is adapting back to life in America. Hard to believe she will be a senior at Providence College this year. Mari’s time lately is spent visiting colleges for rising senior, Nicholas. Mari is very sad to report that a very dear friend of her HoodLum group, Dana Collins, passed away unexpectedly. They met Dana and remained friends even after we all left Hood.
Gemmi Teleki-Revay is still living in Vienna Austria with her son, Árpád, who will not only be turning 13 this summer but also is on the Austrian Jr Champion baseball team! Anyone coming over should reach out because she’d love to see everyone and is more than happy to offer sightseeing advice.
I am excited to announce the wedding of my son, Drew Althouse ’12 to Kristen Baker on July 6, 2018. His brother, Evan, was his Best Man, his Hood classmates, Mike Lancaster ’12 and Jared Webb ’13, were groomsmen and my husband, Michael (USNA86) was the officiant. Michael is now working with Barclays (BarclayCard Compliance Advisory Director) and we live in Avondale, PA. Let me know if you’re traveling near Wilmington, DE or Philadelphia, PA… my cell phone and email haven’t changed in years!
Arlene Russo Bujese is again chairing the annual East End Hospice Boxart Benefit, their 18th year. In addition, she is curating the art for the Project Most benefit to be held this coming June. This is a wonderful after school program for children whose parents work later that the time school lets out. They learn many things: art, growing food and cooking for families, etc. Arlene received the award for Best Work on Paper at the annual Guild Hall Museum members’ exhibition.
Ann Ely is retiring at the end of June. For the past 17 years she has been an administrative assistant at Rock Point School, a small, private high school in Burlington, VT. It’s been a good run but she’s ready to have other adventures. Her husband Tom will be retiring next year, probably in the fall. They are both looking forward to spending more time with their daughters and their families (3 grandchildren between them: 14, 11, and 18 months), and traveling.
Peg Hosky continues to thrive as co-founder and owner of a media firm, FedInsider, with 80,000 subscribers. Please take time to check out their website www.fedinsider.com. All six of her brothers and sisters have retired, but she enjoys working with government and industry technology leadership engagements too much to throw in the towel
Susan Jeanne Mertz invites us to look at her Facebook page. She has been busy visiting over 40 countries and the rest of the US, since retiring six years ago from a successful business. Susan also became a grandmother. Her life is excellent!
Dory Barrows Smith is enjoying her 2nd year of retirement and life keeps her busy! Her Dad at 93 is still independent at his retirement community but the visits have increased. Her granddaughter Aidyn just turned 12 and is a delightful young lady. Dory still hopes Aidyn has some teenage drama in store for her daughter as Moms love paybacks! Her husband Steve recently had his first grandchild, Everette, and they visit when they can but Los Angeles is far away from Laurel MD. Face time is a godsend for family that doesn’t live near them. One of the things she wanted to do when she retired was travel – and they have! Some has been accompanying Steve on his business trips and they tour old houses and check out breweries where ever they go. This spring they went for 2 weeks to Santiago and Easter Island in Chile and visited with friends near Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Dory has been fascinated with Easter Island since she first heard of it while at Hood. It was awesome to see it all in person. In the last few years she have seen some Alums – Trish Emery Call ’74 in Tucson AZ and Beth Kline ’75 on Cape Cod. They had great visits and she only wishes they could do it more often.
Life is good for Carol Fleck Whetzel. Dennis (aka Mike) continues to work from home and loves it. Carol makes frequent trips to MA to visit with her 95 year old mother. Her visits with the grandsons in PA and NC brings out the kid in them! She tried out the trampoline recently which was a little scary at first but not bad. No broken bones. Riding adult Big Wheels is an absolute blast that Carol cannot get enough of. She wonders at what age she’s supposed to grow up. Don’t we all!
Thank you to everyone who shared their news. I continue to work designing the retirement plans for small businesses, and because the economy has improved, I am extremely busy. My son Matt got engaged to his longtime girlfriend Samantha and we are planning a wedding for early next year. Wish I had more time to write, but unfortunate I’m running up against the filing deadline for this article. Hope everyone is having a wonderful 2018. Wishing you, your families and friends the best! Debbie Page Rath
MOLLY SMITH SPERANDIO: I didn’t get a column written for the previous Hood Magazine, so this column will have info from some of you from 2017 – you can tell by the reference to H. Irma. My drive to PA to reunite with my four older sisters after tax season is always a blessing that we can all still do this – even though three sisters no longer drive themselves and one of those sisters is in dementia and another sister is recuperating from breast cancer surgery and all that went with it. Aged from 82 to 92 always means health is the major issue, but love conquers all that! I enjoyed a trip to CA for my granddaughter’s graduation from San Diego State University and spending time with my eldest son in Buena Park and my youngest son’s family in Davis and San Diego. It’s hard to believe it’s been 13 years since I lost this son and 30 years since my husband died. Life goes on if you embrace it!
ALICE RIDDLE METRY: We just got to FL for 4 months. Hah! We thought we were going to find heat. Soon I guess. Eyesight is not good, nor is my balance. Hope all are surviving the cold. I have talked with Stevie recently, and I hope she writes you about her recent move. Fred and I recently had lunch with Nancy and Roger Brown. Just before Irma hit here, they were evacuated from Naples to Orlando. From there they moved to Pittsburgh and are settled in near family. They flew here to stay with a brother of Roger’s for 5 or 6 days. I do have an address for them. Call me if you are interested. 239-992-3760. It took me a half an hour to type this so I am better on the phone. Nancy and Roger Brown are now living back in Pittsburgh, and Fred and I hope to visit them for a couple of days this summer. We are just recovering from a week’s cruise, 4 extra days, and a granddaughter’s graduation in Hartford, CT.
BARBARA THOMAS YINGER: We spent 3 weeks in Nov. traveling around South America on a cruise ship and had a wonderful time viewing our southern neighbors, visiting quaint villages, seeing penguins and a wonderful assortment of wildlife, especially on Ballestra, Peru islands. We’re in the midst of fixing up our home to possibly make it attractive to someone looking for a place on the water to catch fish and crabs. We are looking at moving to a retirement continuing care community. After taking care of 3 elderly family members I realize the importance of making our own plans rather than leaving everything for the children to do. We’ve been looking for several years, have money in 2, and just had to make a decision at what we think is the “right” time. Such difficult decisions coming for us. To complicate that process I’ve been diagnosed with colon Cancer and will be having surgery in a couple weeks. Same surgery Bob had a year ago!!! In spite of reasonably good health we never know what “bumps in the road” there’ll be. Please note change in email address to: firstname.lastname@example.org Also mailing address as of April 18th to: 6803 Shenandoah Ct., Adamstown, Md. 21710. Yes, it’s for the REAL retirement although their schedule tells me otherwise. Phone there will be 301-644-1463 until we get smart enough to get smart phones. The facility is called Buckingham’s Choice and is just a few miles south of Frederick. Martha Church lived here for awhile before her move to Florida.
Surgery went fine. It was by robot and I really had no pain following, all tumor was successfully removed, Stage I, so I had no follow up chemo or radiation. After a month of no lifting or house work I felt great. Daughter was here a week which was a big help. I do have to have 3 mo. blood tests checking the “markers”, and that happens to be this week. Movers come Monday the 16th, we make sure house is cleaned on the 17th and then move into the “cottage” the 18th. The biggest problem is making decisions on what to keep, what to move with. Right now I’m in the mood to throw away!!!!!!! Yesterday, I took family photos out of frames. They’ll need to go into an album (sometime). Every year we get a new photo of grandkids and a new frame, so I’m returning all but one frame and requesting the same size picture each year so all I have to do is change the photo in the same frame. Hope granddaughter in-law agrees.
We moved on April 18th, 2018 to 6803 Shenandoah Court, Adamstown, Md., 21710. We live in Buckingham’s Choice, a CCC (continuing care community) which is a little south of Frederick, Md. We live in a 2 BR cottage of 1150 sq.’ plus a garage with stacked boxes. Just couldn’t discard all those yearbooks and other memories. The 2nd BR houses a closet full of fabric, my sewing machine, the computer and a sofa bed. Bob misses the fishing and crabbing that was at our “finger tips” having lived in the Northern Neck of VA for 24 yrs. I retired from garden club work and became an Emeritus flower show judge, meaning I no longer am permitted to judge. It’s kind of an honor designation since one has to be an Accredited Master Judge in good standing to be so “promoted”. I am close to Hood College, in fact am going to the alumnae luncheon this coming Sat., and looking forward to attending more happenings at Hood. Another advantage being close to Frederick is not having to travel 4 hours for an annual lunch with 6 other HS friends, including Hood classmates Barbara Kaufman Harrison and Norie Heston Shipley.
CAROLYN STEVENS AMSTUTZ: Unless I do this right away, I’ll never get it written. I’ve had a busy year. About a year ago I decided it was time to sell my house and move, which I have done. I’m now very happily living at Edgewood Retirement Community, a CCRC, in North Andover – about a mile from my old house. I spent my summer last year getting rid of what one accumulates over the years. Fortunately the house sale was easy, and I moved the end of October. The best thing I’ve ever done. I love my apartment, and have made new friends, met interesting people, enjoying new activities, etc. And I still have my “old life”, so bridge and church activities continue. My family is well – one daughter, her husband and my two grandsons in Albany NY, and the other daughter, husband and two granddaughters still live just outside of London. I’m planning a trip there in July.
EUGENIA (GENIE) SMITH DURLAND: We moved from Colorado Springs to Littleton, Colo. about a year and a half ago. Our son, Christian and family live in Denver and our daughter Julia and family in Boulder. They have been nagging us for year to move closer to them so this moved accomplished that. We are very busy still (Bill is 87 and I’m 83 like most of you) with the Sanctuary Coalition of Denver and our Quaker Meeting’s sanctuary work as well as local Democratic politics hoping to help get the vote out in June and November. Our kids and grandkids are all doing well. But there are too many of them to start in on their news so this will have to do.
LOUISE REED: I had a stroke in November and am still recuperating. I have help with basics three days a week and can stay in my home. The whole family got together for Christmas at Scott’s home. Marshall and his family moved to Maryland, but managed to come up for the holiday.
MARGARET REEVES LEOPOLD: From Peg’s Christmas letter and note, she seems to be a whirling dervish with her family activities, visitations and and keeping up with the grandkids’ trips. Travels included a mission trip to Oman, vacation in Costa Rico, Virgin Islands and swimming with Beluga whales at Sea World in CA – grandkids, not Peg. She enjoys living vicariously through the grands, but enjoyed our 60th Hood reunion and meeting twice a year with the nursing staff from the years she was in dialysis. Her grand, Morgan, graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and is planning her wedding. Peg has also put pen to paper with this poem she wrote:
My breasts hang low like hanging chad, Disguising the shape that I once had;
My waist is hidden beneath skin That comes from somewhere near my chin;
The weight of pancaked flattened flab Bends back posture into bad;
Head comes up, shoulders go back When boobs get the lift that they now lack.
Despite the changes to my frame, The closing thoughts remain the same –
Be grateful for life, love, and what the body does, Even when the NOW differs from what was!
MARY JANE HARKNESS NACE: I had a knee replacement in January ‘17. Have done very well with recovery and recuperation. At this age it’s often patch, patch, patch! Dick and I celebrated our 60th anniversary with a cruise to Alaska with our two daughters and sons-in-law last summer. It was a fabulous trip and what happy memories we have of that special occasion. We celebrated an early Christmas at our daughter, Cathy (’80) and son-in-law David’s home in Silver Spring, MD. Our daughter, Beth and her husband, John, drove us up from our home in Hendersonville, NC. The six of us had a wonderful early holiday despite some snowy weather. The highlight was an Andrea Bocelli concert in D.C. What a voice and performance. An evening to remember!
NANCY TRESSEL BROWN: We are in Pittsburgh, Pa. as a result of 3 hurricanes hitting FL last fall and my getting sick as a product of being evacuated to Orlando. Now, better, as a result of getting correct diagnosis here and taking dialysis treatments for several months (renal failure in “The Burgh”). Went from the hospital to Friendship Village (another old folks home). So, we’re here (with cat) and snoring away.
SUSAN WINTER SMITH: This past year was not my best at all. On October 10 I woke up with a pain and within an hour we had called 911 and I was on my way to the hospital. The next day I had emergency surgery for ischemic bowel which means part of my small intestine had died and needed to be removed which they did. I spent 2 weeks in ICU, was intubated two times and spent another week in a regular part of the hospital. After I was discharged I spent 4 weeks in a skilled nursing facility. I have been home since the day after Thanksgiving. I am still weak and have very little energy. I am working hard with a physical therapist and getting better but at glacial pace. Aside from all this, the year was fine until October. We spent time with our grandchildren, our oldest granddaughter graduated from Western WA University and is now teaching first grade in Eastern WA. Granddaughter #3 graduated from HS and is working while she figures out what she wants to do with herself.
SYLVIA FELCYN: Hi there! Keith and I have moved to a retirement residence in Roswell, Georgia as of three days ago to be near our daughter Lindsay and family. Our new address is: 11350 Woodstock Road, Roswell, GA 30075, Apt. 1332.
Class of ’69 News – Fall 2018 edition
Retirement is suiting Marty Silcox Hankins quite well. Last Fall she and Ken travelled in their “slide-in camper” on the back of their pickup to Nova Scotia. She remains busy with Master Gardening and Shiloh Pottery, in addition to visiting children and grandchildren in Houston and Baltimore. Another Master Gardener, Pat Etzel Parker, is delighted that her husband Dowell has recovered sufficiently from orthopedic issues, that they can take their first cruise – to Alaska, this summer. She also has an animal watching expedition in Kenya planned for October. She and Ellen Kiel continue their birthday tradition of getting together for a day at the spa. Ginny Monaco Hatfield wrote from beautiful Lake Tahoe where she has a small cedar home. She says it’s like “living in a tree.” She’s anticipating knee surgery in the near future. She’d love to hear from former roommate, Ellen Fogler Greenberg. Sarah Jane Snyder Raffety checked in from steamy Texas where temperatures have topped 100 degrees. She says “hi” to 69’ers and sends sisterly love. As an active member of the League of Women Voters, Margaret Dunkle strives to get high school students registered to vote at age 16 so they can cast their ballots when they turn 18. Margaret was recently honored by the National Women’s History Project under the theme, Nevertheless She Persisted. She also participated in the “March for Our Lives” event led by students from Parkland High School in Florida. Carole Downing Staton can once again breathe a sigh of relief as son Andrew safely returned in January from his 4th deployment. He and his wife reside in Texas. Carole and Roy take great delight in their grandchildren, Austin (6 ½) and Quinlynn (1). I will quote from Marianne Handy Hraibi (St. Johnsbury, VT.) “I doubt if any of you remember me at all. I was at Hood only for our freshman year. I transferred to the Boston Conservatory as a Dance Major sophomore year. At Hood I lived in Coblentz, top floor. My roommate was Martha Gyorik-de-Salanky. Years ago in Hanover, NH I was friendly with the mother of my son’s good friend. We found out quite by chance that we had known each other at Hood. Shahrnaz Safavi from Iran! Nazi had spent a year in Belgium with her husband. While there she received her issue of Hood Magazine. She was astonished to discover I was the same “Marianne” that she had known at Hood 1965-66. When she returned to Hanover, we both were in awe! Neither of us had asked maiden names and had only known each other by our married names. It is such a small world!” Since Debbie Dick Holbert’s retirement, she’s trying to visit all the international cities that she didn’t explore while flying for United before they merged with Continental. She’s making headway! Christine Diehl wrote from Connecticut where she just finished the Spring Semester at Gateway Community College, teaching Developmental Math to students of all ages. It’s rewarding, she says – and helps pay the taxes in Connecticut! Trips into NYC and Cape Cod will highlight the summer – before returning to college in the Fall. Chris keeps in touch with Marya Rusinak who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Nancy Roe Hebdon and Fred are the proud grandparents of a third-year law student at George Washington Univ. in D.C. They recently traveled to Europe, Scandinavia, Egypt and China and have an upcoming cruise around Iceland. They are happily retired and live on the water in Cambridge, MD, not far from Marty Mulford Gray and her husband. For me, Sayre Roney Steere, it’s been a tumultuous few months. The decision to leave all we’ve known for 26 years in Panama City Beach, Florida and move to Seattle WA. was huge. But “family” has a very strong pull. We downsized to the max, sold our precious home (it was a tearful goodbye), drove the Tesla back across country, and as of May 16th moved into our new little abode in a “55 and older” community called Tehaleh in Bonney Lake, WA right at the base of Mt. Rainier. We’re slowly getting acclimated, but certainly love being closer to our girls. Now we can actively take part in our granddaughters’ lives – already we’ve been to a track meet, a dance performance, a Triathlon, an oboe recital, swim practice and soon an elementary school graduation. Turns out Jill Stanley has family nearby – may even see her one day!
Justin M. Fox
Hello Class of 2016! In the past few months our classmates have been busy tying the knot, working on master’s degrees, and taking the next steps in their careers. Ivana Soce has returned to Hood for her MBA and is working as a Graduate Ambassador with the Hood Admissions Office. Amber George got engaged to Victoria Wright and the two will tie the knot next November. Joseph Denicola is finishing fall semester of his second year in the Complex Biosystems PhD program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He also adopted a cat named Tripoli. Sarah Hawker-Topper currently works at a learning center teaching toddlers. Since graduation, she has gotten married and had a baby. Ian Jenkins returned to Maryland and accepted a position as a Government Affairs Coordinator with AdvaMed. Jason Dagenhart is teaching at Perry Hall High school in Baltimore County. Dynise Bolden is completing her first year at the Department of Health and Human Services. She joined the Young Adult, Basketball and Trustee Ministry. Colleen McKitrick moved to southern Virginia, and started a new job riding and working for an Olympic equestrian. Destani Jameson started a new role in July as a Financial Operations Specialist. She is also finishing her Master of Public Administration at American University. Leah DiGiovanni started a new job at Lakelands Park Middle School in October. Additionally, she started graduate school at Hood for School Counseling. Erin Murray is working as an AmeriCorps Tutor with Great Oaks Charter School in Bridgeport, CT. She tutors 6th and 7th graders math during the school day to help bridge the achievement gap. Alexis Andrukat-Price accepted a new role as the Marketing Manager for the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, MD. Hannah Thompson got engaged in June, and is planning her wedding for early May 2018. She started working as Proposal Coordinator for R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. in August. Olivia Lacher got engaged to Joe Wixted and the two will be getting married next November in Virginia. Samantha Slick is finishing up her second year of grad school for Clinical Counseling at Hood. Natalie Jones is working in Montrose, Colorado as an AmeriCorps VISTA for CASA of the 7th Judicial District as a Micro-Home Program Assistant. She is raising funds for a micro-home community serving youth emancipating out of the local foster care system. Richard Huerta is working in communications for a healthcare nonprofit in Washington, DC. Nicole Wilson married George Samen Jr. on September 25, 2017. Curtis Stubbs is working for Northrop Grumman as a Procurement Contracting Official. Amber Bonnette got engaged and has a baby on the way. She is working for the Department of Corrections. Sharia Barksdale recently passed her certification exam and is now a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) with the American Institute of Architects.
Here’s what we’ve been up to: Heidi Marino continues to work for Sodexo, a Fortune 500 company. She specializes in crisis communications. Tara Biser and her boyfriend, Devon, recently moved to a new apartment. Khyle Ball is now in El Paso and finishes nursing school in February 2018. Then he’s, “off to where ever the Army sends him.” Keesha Fields will be attending Shippensburg University in spring 2018. She will be going for an MS in Counseling. Cecelia Lee is the Senior Graphic Designer at Kalico Design where she continues to work on local and regional design projects including Sass Magazine. Jesus Pellot became a Nationally Certified Interscholastic Field Hockey Coach and NFHS (National Federation of High Schools) Coaches Association Member. He is now the Varsity Field Hockey Coach at his Alma Mater, Damascus High School. Sally Johnston has fulfilled her passion as a Maryland Public Schools Pre-K teacher and is teaching the next generation to, “throw kindness like confetti.” Sara Azoulay Murphy is expecting her first child with her husband, Patrick, in December 2017. Maya Jackson started working at Broadmead and is now HR Services Administrator. She is applying to graduate school and upon acceptance (fingers crossed), will start at the UMD School of Social Work in January 2018. Julianne Berg moved back to Maryland in August after two years serving with AmeriCorps in Charleston, SC. She recently got a job with the Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capitol as a Membership Specialist in Germantown. Brigid Ayer started a new job this past fall and continues coaching for several local lacrosse programs. She has one semester left in her MBA! Caroline Schuetz and her boyfriend, Alexander Jarnot ’17 moved to Irvine, California. Caroline has recently started her job as a Project Manager at a Telecommunications Consulting firm and Alex has started graduate school at UCI. Rhiannon Sneeringer recently celebrated her second work anniversary at the Bureau of Labor Statistics as an Economist. Justin Cifuentes recently moved into a new apartment with his girlfriend. He is in his second year of teaching eighth grade English in Fair Lawn, NJ. Amanda Shaffery received her MA in Egyptology from the University of Memphis in May of 2017, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Egyptology in the History Department at the University of Memphis. Kerri Sheehan graduated with a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from UMD in May of 2017. She is now the Digital Curator for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Library. Jordan Fridenmaker completed his Masters in Nursing at Johns Hopkins University and started an ICU nurse residency program in Denver, CO. Kristen Geatz was recently promoted to Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President at the Institute of International Education, where she has worked since her senior year at Hood. Prettany Overman is working for Ecotone, Inc., an ecological restoration company located in Harford County, MD, as the Marketing and Communications specialist. On the side, she house and pet-sits, and tutors high school students in various subjects. I, Sarah Tapscott, have begun working for L1Enterprises, a government contractor based in Downtown Frederick that works closely with the Department of Veterans Affairs. I do freelance floral design for events, cook a lot, and recently rescued an Aussie Shepherd/Lab mix named Sophie.
Hello Class of 2014! It is hard to believe that it is already the end of 2017. We’ve been out of the “Hood” for 3 years now. Let’s catch up with some members of the Class of 2014. Melissa Caples Miller started a new job as the Curator of Collections at the Customs House Museum in Clarksville, TN. Jennifer Bentz Crumpacker got married in October. Olivia Sledzik and her boyfriend moved to Rhode Island at the beginning of November and are looking forward to exploring New England. Amanda Price graduated with her Masters of Social Work in May. She started working as a social worker at Hospice of Washington County in July. Kate Kopasek Black married John Black on September 23, 2017 at her home parish of St. Michael the Archangel in Baltimore. She is also halfway through her Masters of Nonprofit Management program at Notre Dame of Maryland University. Molly Seel and Matt Burdick got married this summer! Steve Powell graduated with his Educational Specialist degree in school psychology from James Madison University and is now working on a Ph.D in educational psychology at Oklahoma State University. He is teaching undergraduate development courses and working with student-athletes at OSU. Madeline Birmingham got married to Bronson Washburn on June 23, 2017 at Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland surrounded by Hood Alums from the classes of 2013, 2014, 2015 and her dad, fellow Hood alum, Michael Birmingham ’86! Jaclyn Frenning moved to Portland, ME and got a new job as a Student Financial Services Specialist at the University of New England. Paige DeVore got married in October. Denise Stull is engaged to Jeffrey Berger. She is a special education teacher at Rock Creek School at FCPS. Bianca Padilla finished her Masters degree in August. She is still a fifth grade teacher in Montgomery County, Maryland. She enjoys being a MixxedFit and Zumba instructor when she is not teaching. Angela Shaner Dwyer got married on June 24, 2017. Her and her husband are thrilled to announce that they are expecting and are due in April 2018. We hope to hear from more members in the New Year! Cheers to new beginnings and journeys in 2018!
Elaheh F. S. Eghbal
Hey Everyone! Can’t believe we’re approaching our five year reunion this summer! I’m looking forward to seeing all of you in June. Kellie Duncan Clairmont married Matt Clairmont on September 16th; they are expecting their first child in December; Alyssa Karczmarek married Derek Crouse in November. Alex Winter married Jennie Huntoon ’10 on October 22, 2017; and Mi’kea Bowie Hawkins and her husband welcomed their first child, AJ, on October 7th.Torie Sullivan recently began working as a Senior Marketing Manager at EVERFI, a rapidly growing (and hiring!) EdTech company headquartered in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC. Contact Torie if you are interested in EVERFI’s open positions. Caitlin Witters Yeager has been teaching first grade in Virginia Beach. She and her husband welcomed a baby girl, Lillian, in October. In March they’ll be moving to San Diego. Nicola Sussman is teaching at Rocky Hill Middle and Wilson Wims Elementary both in Clarksburg working with ESOL and Special Education students. I, Elaheh Eghbal, continue to enjoy the marketing adventures at Zerion. See you in June! Cheers!