Winter 2019 News
Liz (Sylvester) Simons checked in last fall after reading the latest news column. She and Bill have lived in Arlington, VA since 1975. Both are retired now, Liz from a career in clinical and community social work, followed by a stint as a jewelry designer. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in March and will mark the occasion with a trip to Egypt in November. Christy (Lundt) Lambertus continues to work full-time as an estates and trust lawyer in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, but can do so at her own pace, leaving plenty of time for travel – most recently to the Basque area of Spain and France. To any classmate embarking on a cruise, Christy will be happy to provide transportation from hotel to port. Val (Dietz) Polansky and Gary follow the philosophy – Do it while you still can! Hence, in the summer they took a 39-day trans-Atlantic cruise from St. Petersburg, FL to St. Petersburg in Russia! They returned home via Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Iceland. In the fall they jumped in their RV and drove to the west coast and back, through 29 states, racking up over 6600 miles. Whew! In December Margaret Dunkle coordinated and emceed a Tribute to (deceased) Arvonne Fraser, an early advocate to end sex discrimination, and international leader for women’s rights, at the Woman’s National Democratic Club in Washington, DC. In addition to Master Gardening, knitting, and participating in two book clubs, Marty (Silcox) Hankins has been politically active since 2016 and quite involved in the 2018 midterm elections, registering voters and serving as an election judge. After a hiatus of over 45 years, Pat (Warren) Carlson has taken up bridge again, playing with members of her local AAUW chapter and bringing back memories of long sessions back in the smoker in Memorial. She also practices yoga with Hood alum, Cookie Bolig, with whom she worked at the Delaware Dept. of Education. Jill Stanley proudly reports that she is finally a grandmother! Daughter Rayna and husband Bill welcomed Emmet Barry Green on Feb. 25, 2018. His baby brother is due in May 2019. Virginia (Pagan) Schragel’s family now includes 18 grandchildren (some “steps”) plus one great-granddaughter and another on the way. Many live near her in the Phoenix area, others in Indiana and North Carolina. Ginny has had to give up horseback riding for now due to health issues, but hopes to be back in the saddle soon. Chris Diehl continues to teach as an adjunct at Gateway Community College. She also dabbles in watercolors and is active in her church. She stays in touch with Marya Rusinak, who is a Pilates instructor and plays in a recorder group which performs in the Cincinnati area. Carole (Downing) Staton and Roy were thrilled to have the entire family gather together for Christmas – the first time in 6 years. Son Andrew was promoted to Major in the Air Force. Carole pinned on his insignia at the ceremony at Ft. Bliss, El Paso, TX in November. They spent Thanksgiving with daughter Jennifer and Craig in their new home, doting on Austin (7) and Quinlynn (18 months). Cindy (Kannapel) Weiss and Glenn have plenty of opportunities to interact with their grandchildren, teenager Bryn and little ones, Will and Amelia. They look forward to their annual escape from the harsh Pennsylvania winter and another stint in Marco Island, FL, this time for 5 weeks of fun in the sun. As for me, Sayre (Roney) Steere, I’m slowly getting acclimated to life in the Pacific Northwest. Turns out moving was a wise choice, judging from what happened to Panama City, FL in the wake of Hurricane Michael. I’ve taken up pickleball and serious hiking – the trails (and views) around Mt. Rainier are breathtaking. In October we made another cross-country Tesla trip to USNA where Dave and the other 68’ers celebrated their 50th reunion. It was fun to see Jane (Ronald) Raglin and Barbara (Hussennetter) Larsh ’70 at the various events. Next for Dave and me – a wedding! Daughter Doris got engaged at Christmas and will be married in July, just a few days shy of our 50th anniversary.
Sue Auger Manory lives in Canton, NY and is involved with the North Country Children’s Museum located in Potsdam, NY. She also teaches a class in the First Year Program at St. Lawrence University called “Smarter Living” which has a health/wellness theme with a focus on nutrition, using her Hood degree.
HUGE NEWS: Kellye Greenwald is now our Hood College Director of Alumni and Constituent Engagement! Her kids are happy and healthy: daughter Zoe is living with her partner in Tumwater WA. and is the Director of Youth Services for a home for displaced/foster teens while son Ed is living in Gainesville with plans for nursing school next fall. Her email is email@example.com – have Hood ring will travel! If you’d like to host an Alumni gathering or event in your area, please email Kellye!
Joanna Kaldes-Kontanis’ older daughter Alissa graduated from Drexel law school studying for the bar exam. Her younger daughter Hanna will be working at Lancaster General Hospital after graduation this spring. She and her husband Kosta celebrated their 30th anniversary this year.
Patty Kenyon Grimm and Chris celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary in June and are enjoying the downsized empty-nester life in Batesville, VA. Patty is a Patient Relations Representative at the UVA Medical Center and Chris is semi-retired from State Farm. Their son Beck and daughter-in-law Ellie recently moved to Colorado Springs, CO. Patty continues her work as a victim impact speaker for MADD. To read her story visit: https://www.traumasurvivorsnetwork.org/pages/patty-s-story.
Betsy Reed Ringel had a busy year! She and husband Jeff traveled to Dallas, Laguna Beach & VA Beach as well as Amsterdam & Brussels to meet up with daughter Elise who was studying in Sweden. In October, their son Chad got married in Baltimore with Jennifer Lee Matts and Jane Brophy Martinez in attendance.
Susan Waltz Hietpas started Simply Amazing, a non-profit foundation, inspired by the love and loss of her daughter Emily. Simply Amazing provides art and craft supply boxes to children living in homeless shelters or participating in at-risk youth programs. Visit SimplyAmazing.org to learn more.
Robyn Whittemore lives Avon, CT with her three children. Robyn’s daughter Kori is 16 and is a National Team hockey player; she has twin boys, Garrett and Kyle (13) who play soccer, hockey and baseball. Robyn continues her career in Contracts in the Aerospace & Defense industry and in her spare time she has started a small manufacturing company called “Whitt’s Whey” – you can order Robyn’s unique and delicious “Proteinola” through her company’s Facebook page.
As for me (Alison Drum Althouse), my husband Michael (USNA86) took a new job with Barclays Bank in Wilmington DE and we now live in Avondale PA, a mile over the Delaware line. Our older son, Drew Althouse ’12, got married this summer and is an Athletic Trainer for Madonna University, located in Novi, MI. Fun fact: my husband was the officiant for our son’s wedding in Mentor, OH. Our younger son, Evan, is a Data Scientist with MITRE (doing “math stuff”) and is finishing his Masters from Georgia Tech. I continue to shoot Navy Football and Lacrosse (and sometimes Basketball) for @TheMidReport and love being able to get so close to all the action. I spent a wonderful beach weekend in August at the home of Stacey Robins Baum with Sarah Bowersox Cody ‘87, Jane Brophy Martinez, Chris Hom Wilson, Jennifer Lee Matts, Betsy Reed Ringel, Alex van Gigch Mores, and Maria Viola Cable ’87. Marcia Groobert Ortiz visited for a weekend in October and she’ll be here in January for a visit with Janet Drogin Wilson and Teresa Rivera Bean ‘87. Just before Christmas, I was lucky enough to have a Hood85 dinner with Chris Santrizos Chagaris ‘85 and Meredith McQuoid-Greason ‘85 at the home of Susan Audino, but I missed out on their group’s visit to Longwood Gardens the next day. There’s really nothing like a HoodLum reunion of any sort. I always have an available bedroom (we “upsized” with this home) if any friends/classmates want to visit… just let me know!
Hey, Class of 2013! First, my apologies. The Winter 2018 update never made it to print because life caught up with me and I forgot to send in the update! So, included in this update is some old news that is just as joyful and exciting.
Breton Stailey Siler married Cole Siler in Coffman Chapel on Apr. 14, 2017. Blair Starnes Dykeman married Matthew Dykeman on June 10, 2017 in Annapolis! They live in the Boston area and she is working at Boston Children’s Hospital Institutional Centers for Clinical and Translational Research. Kate Adams Anthony is living in Hawaii with her husband, Ben, and is enjoying teaching second grade. Nicole Tabbachino, LGSW graduated from Rutgers in Jan. 2018 with her masters in social work and is now a licensed graduate social worker! Joseph Knotts married Krissy Peck on June 9, 2018. MJ Swicegood and Geoff Huntoon ‘17 moved to Rockville, Md. in May 2018. Ashley Darling Genova and her husband, Brent, welcomed their first daughter, Penny Grace Genova, on Apr. 27, 2018! Kris Fair is the the first chairperson of The Maryland LGBT Political Action Committee which will identify, train, and provide resource to LGBT candidates running for public office across the state. In May 2018, Alexi Smith received his MA in interdisciplinary studies of human behavior from Hood and is a dedicated aide at the Foundation Schools of Montgomery County.
Andrea Zona Baker and James Baker ‘14 welcomed their second child, daughter Avery, on Jan. 4. 2019! Kellie Duncan Clairmont and her husband Matt welcomed her second daughter, Sadie, on Jan. 4, 2019! Bridgitte McColligan Hessler and her husband Mark welcomed their second child, daughter Isabelle, on Nov. 27, 2018. Darcy Heflin Gottschalk was promoted to a GS-13 in Mar. 2018 and married Robert Gottschalk, Jr. on Oct. 25, 2018. She and Rob are now living in Spotsylvania, Va. in a new home that they built together. Nicola Sussman started a working at a new school, Hallie Wells Middle School in Montgomery County, teaching reading interventions. Ashley Birdsell is currently the marketing manager of sports and entertainment at Events DC and is enjoying volunteering with the Smithsonian National Zoo. Nilsa Gonzalez is the current president of the United World College National Selection Committee of Panama and currently working at America Expo Group, an exhibition company in Panama. William Lewis directed his first show, Cabaret, with The Fredericktowne Players. In May, Katie Triplett will be graduating from Hood with her MBA. Spencer Knoll has been promoted to Legislative Aide in the office of U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen. He advises the Senator on defense, homeland security, and veterans affairs. Justin Stone will be graduating from Goucher College in May 2019 with his masters in athletic administration and leadership. He and his fiancé, Danielle Medovich, are planning a 2019 wedding. Until next time!
Laila Grabowsky Bottomly and Kirk have had a great first year of retirement. They traveled to DC, Mexico , Paris and New England and spent a month as campground hosts at Yosemite, among other camping trips. Their two kids (Jenny, Emergency Medicine doctor and Matt, Intellectual Property attorney) are both happily married and have given them 7 grandkids between them. Yet another due in 2019! They keep busy with church, exercise (her 10th year doing Master Swim), local food bank, Master Gardener and home/garden activities. Sacramento area has great weather and they live in a beautiful wooded suburb with rolling hills and dozens of fruit trees. Laila and Kirk are loving each day!
Life is still wonderful south of the border for Rhea Bel-Jon Calkins and Steven. Steven just returned from a daunting swim trek in the sea of Cortez and they are both looking forward to their whale watching adventure in the Baja in February. They are finally at the end of their years of construction and renovations and the silence is heaven. Just when she thought they would kick back for a while, Rhea offered to help a local NGO and there went the kick back. She is now treasurer of Mujeres en Cambio (Women in Change) which evolved into far more time and work than anticipated, but this kind of “work” is a true pleasure. We provide scholarships to 175 under-served girls and young women in the surrounding rural communities.
Jackie Testa Ciminera and Bill now have three beautiful grandchildren. Their newest, Nathaniel, was born to their daughter Bonnie and her husband at the end of May. Their other two, Ella and Liam, are almost four and almost two, respectively. Bonnie and her family live in New York City and Bill Jr. and his family near them in suburban Philadelphia.
Happily, Jackie reconnected with one of our classmates, Libby Miller, who’s doing well and living not too far from them in Pennsylvania.
KC Henry is downsizing her business and moving toward retirement. Woooohooo! She moved her office Into her house and started a pottery studio! She has been honing her new skills at the very progressive, fantastic and new ceramic department at Hood! She loves taking workshops on our beautiful campus and the enthusiasm and professionalism Joyce Michaud, associate professor and director of the ceramics program. Our old science labs are now ceramic labs – much more fun than those chemistry classes were.
Diana Beck Walters became active in rescuing and training herding dogs after the sudden death of her husband. She found her new passion in flyball, which is a team sport for dogs. She manages and trains a local team (24 dogs, 18 people) in Fayetteville, NC and race just about anywhere she can drive to. Flyball is a wonderful sport for “older” people; her dogs run approximately 25 mph but the handlers do not. If you’re looking for something fun to do with your dog, look up your local Flyball club!
Al Weinberg joined Hood’s Board of Trustees in October and is looking forward to helping President Chapdelaine move the College securely into the future while navigating the difficult issues facing liberal arts colleges. Based on his first series of meetings, he is extremely optimistic about Hood’s outlook. Meanwhile, he is enjoying retirement in their new home at Wormans Mill in Frederick. His daughter gave birth to his first grandson, Turner, a year ago, while his two granddaughters, living in Pittsburgh, keep getting taller and more talkative. Al’s partner Connie Schlee and a friend have mostly completed work to save the Helen Smith studio. He is gearing up for a new project interviewing Vietnam veterans.
Thank you to everyone who shared their news. I continue to work full-time designing the retirement plans for small businesses. My mom, living in South Carolina had massive stroke Mother’s Day weekend and we were so fortunate my brother was visiting at the time. She’s improved a lot but still needs skilled nursing care located in Tryon NC. On the happy side, my son Matt and his long-time girlfriend Samantha got married in October. Matt, Sam and a group of us went to Cabo and had a great time celebrating, relaxing by the pool, eating great food and drinking margaritas. We survived the October wild fires in Northern California which came within two miles of our house. It’s so nice to live in the mountains, but the California droughts make every summer and fall stressful. Wishing you, your families and friends the best for 2019. Debbie Page Rath
So sad to report the deaths of Mary Pat Neill Wentzel, Margaret (Peg) Reeves Leopold and Sylvia Davison Roth in 2018. Syl was my roommate Sophomore year before she went to Mass General for her nursing degree.
SYLVIA BLACKBURN FELCYN: After 45 years we sold our wonderful Greenwich home and moved to Roswell, Georgia to be near daughter Lindsay and family. We are in a retirement community called St. George Village, living in an apartment which makes my husband very unhappy. We’re fairly healthy. Wish our President would retire. Pray for peace in 2019.
BARBARA THOMAS YINGER: Bob and I will spend Christmas Day with our grandson’s family (2 great grandchildren, almost 4 and 8 yrs old) and our son and daughter-in-law. Not sure how many more on DIL’s side will be there. We’ve been in this retirement community 8 mo. Still not sure it was the right decision but we’re getting involved in residential life here. I am the “greenhouse chairman” helping residents look after their “wintering over” plants til next May, participating in the craft room showing off and selling some quilted items I make, and helping make small flower bouquets for those in the health care unit. That’s how I use my expertise with sewing and flower design. I did plant a small garden area with some plants we brought with us, and still have time for my own sewing, having finished a large bed quilt using Martha Washington’s star pattern.
LOUISE REED: I have had a tough past year – been in and out of hospitals and rehabs – from falls. The doctors keep telling me ” Don’t fall” So now I have been home for a month with additional help during the day. I am able to get out for appointments with the aide driving. My foot, which was broken along with broken toes still is not right. So I use a walker in the house and a wheel chair for any distances. I don’t think I will be driving again; so I have to give up my independence.
SARA DAVIDSON HANEY: I am in Texas visiting my son and family for Christmas; lots of fun and anticipation with a 10 and 8yr old. Back home in NH, I still volunteer with the horses in a special school program. The kiddos love it and it’s therapeutic for me.
ALICE RIDDLE METRY: All the same here, as we get ready to spend four months in Florida. My eyesight is not so good, and I am going to have to hire a Seeing Eye writer.
ANN SPENGLER LARKIN: I continue to stay busy with church, AAUW, DAR and quilting, but have slowed down a lot. I do still have season tickets to the DSO Coffee Concerts and really look forward to those. My daughter-in-law passed away very suddenly of a massive heart attack last April, just 5 days before my grandson graduated from Western Michigan Univ. Hopefully next year will be less traumatic.
CAROLYN STEVENS AMSTUTZ: I got your email just as I was departing for England to spend Christmas with my family. We were all there – my two daughters (one lives there), their husbands, and my four grandchildren. A good and busy time was had by all. The last night my one daughter and I went to see Hamilton in London – a real treat. I’m enjoying living in a CCRC – it sure is easy living with lots of interesting people and stimulating events. Certainly isn’t what I always pictured “the home” to be!! On a sad note, I just received a Christmas card from the Strauch family. Nan Young Strauch died in November, and from what I can tell it was unexpected/ I would imagine the college has the information.
NANCY PAUL STIMSON: All is well on the home front although my13 and 14 year old bionic knees are acting up; hard to walk. We are expecting another great grandchild in June. I sent my usual Christmas card to Mary Pat Neill Wentzel. Got a note from her son yesterday telling me she had died in July. Our class is really shrinking.
SUE BOND ALMY: It’s been 3 years since she and Bill moved into an Annapolis retirement center and a new group of friends and neighbors joined their circle. A beautiful memorial service was held for the 33 people who had died in 2018. At our age death now seems to surround us. On a bright note, the family was invited to a “gender identification” party last Christmas with the house and tree decorated in blue and pink lights. At a certain time the plug was pulled on the blue lights and the pink lights shown brightly. This was particularly special since they have 7 grandsons and great grandbaby, Lila Jane, is their only girl.
MOLLY SPERANDIO: With timing as a force and anticipating a hip replacement on 1/3/19, I put out an e-mail for “Send news NOW” type message, and was happy to hear from a few of our classmates. When I first took over this job, I sent snail mail to all my classmates, called some on the phone, but now, busy and lazy me, I only send out e-mails. I apologize for not keeping up with you, but I feel if you want to keep up with the class through this column, you know how to get hold of me. So please do. I look forward to a pain-free 2019 and hope you do, too. Happy New Year to all.
Mary McMunigal Burland
Mindy Laighton Wilcox
Janice Letts Utsch is completing her 44th year as a Library Media Specialist at Lower Cape May Regional School District and states that retirement is not in her near future. Janice and her husband Ernie live in Cape May where Ernie runs the family marina on Cape May Harbor. Since Janice works during the school year and Ernie works all summer, her vacations consist of sitting in her back yard on the Cape May Canal with a good book! She visits her daughter Rachel, Hood ’11, in Baltimore and reports that Rachel still travels to Frederick every week to sing with the Frederick Community Choir and to sing the Messiah every year. Cindy Chabot Tencza retired in December of 2014 after almost 28 years as a children’s librarian. After 20 months of retirement, she and her husband Bob started a new “full time job” – day care for their 6 month old grandson, Sawyer. He is now 2 years old, and they have him 3 days a week this year. Their son Nate, 41, died tragically on April 25, and their daughter, Gretchen, 37, gave birth to their second grandson, Callan, on April 26, joining his big brother Sawyer. Cindy says that Gretchen and her family will help keep them going, giving them joy, as they grieve and remember their son. Diane Wooding Burgess and her husband Ed were Nate’s godparent. Our sincere condolences to Cindy and her family. Jane Darling Spratt, formerly known as Jed, went to Canada to finish her degree after she left Hood. Since she is Canadian, she said it made sense. She settled in Toronto after university where she met her husband. She dabbled in a couple of different fields and eventually went back to school earning a diploma as a library technician. She finished off her working career in the library of a very large Canadian law firm. She has four children, and three grandchildren (with another one coming soon!). She and her husband, Rob, spend winters in Florida, summers at their family cottage, and the in-between times in Toronto. They try to squeeze in a trip during the spring or fall. This fall they will be doing a river cruise from Budapest to Prague. Mary McMunigal Burland and Bill recently welcomed the arrival of two grandchildren. Brendan and Kristina’s daughter Shelby was born in November, 2017 while Patrick and Kate’s son was born in May 2018. That brings their total, so far, to 3 granddaughters and 1 grandson. They both are still busy substitute teaching and are looking forward to summer when they can spend more time on Kiawah Island. This is the 47th year of teaching for Mary, which she finds hard to believe. Mary and I are always very glad to hear from you. Please send us your news any time and we will include it in the next issue of the magazine. We would love to publish news from all our classmates.
Katharine Baum Wolpe
Marty Kaiser Canner
Constance Ann Coleman Alexander traveled to China this spring. In July she will be going on a Disney cruise with her whole family. Joyce Freedman Diamondstone is retired, but active. She works out at Curves, gardens, reads, and loves the Pittsburgh Symphony. Her four grandsons have interesting jobs, so she loves connecting with them. She keeps in touch with Margo Friedman ‘62. Sally Bennett Edwards works and plays tennis and bridge. She took three of her five children on a river cruise from Belgium to Holland in April. She plans to spend July and August on Cape Cod. Sue Folsom is still working three 12 hour days per week. She is also church treasurer, which is a volunteer job, but feels like full time. Sue keeps in touch with her little sister, Dianne Hadermann and her big sister, Tarun Comegys Jones ’59. Judith Stohr Gavaler passed away on January 5, 2018. We send our condolences to Judith’s family. Shirley Garrett Haley’s husband, Ed, passed away on April 6, 2018. We send our condolences to Shirley and her family. Vivian Bruckel Harvey continues to spend three months each winter in Guatemala. She and a friend are offering a group trip to Guatemala January 25-February 3, 2019. The trip will focus on the arts and crafts of Guatemala and the women who produce them. For more information contact Vivian or check her web page at http://www.vivianharvey.com/ guatemalatour2019.html. Hilda Koontz has returned to the counseling profession. She hopes to provide an array of counseling services ranging from career issues to education about PTSD. She continues to lecture on 19th century American history. She sees Joan Jacobsen Halbert and Janice McDavid Kuntz ‘62 regularly. Brenda Shaeffer Hillard and husband, Ray, visited Janice Dobbs Pedersen and husband, Thomas, in May for a quick trip to the Jersey shore. Janice’s watercolors are a constant joy to her with three shows scheduled for the summer of 2018. Muff Wright Peterson and husband, Mal, live in Grasonville, MD. She enjoys gardening, books, movies, lunch with friends, and walking Lady, their golden retriever. Dorothy Hillis Rainwater and husband, Roger, are well and planning a trip to Iceland in the summer of 2018. Sandra Murphy Schmidt and husband, Bob, are happy at Charlestown Retirement Community. Bob runs a genealogy library and Sandy volunteers at the Walters Art Museum store. They are planning a Mediterranean cruise from Monte Carlo to Venice in late September. Lyn Adams Sprinkle still enjoys Sunrise of Bel Air, a senior community in Richmond, VA. The staff and residents are nice and her children are not far away. Two of Marty Miller Strickland’s grandsons are graduating from high school this spring. One plans to attend Penn State and the other Virginia Tech. Marty continues to teach quilting classes as part of the Continuing Education Program of Allegany College of Maryland. Bev Yarroll Sweetman is now living in Cape May Point, NJ, near the beach. She and husband, Den, have made several trips to visit family members this year. She enjoys tai chi exercise and is now setting up a train village at home. Jean Shuey Wadsworth shared the sad news that her husband, Don, who attended our class reunions in 2011 and 2016, passed away on January 1, 2018. He suffered from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Their 55th wedding anniversary would have been on June 29, 2018. We send our condolences to Jean and her family. Katharine Baum Wolpe enjoys attending plays, dance performances, and concerts with her friend, Phil. She is active with the local Democratic club, her church, a senior group, and a monthly reading group. In early May, she had a visit with Anita Catron Miner, in NYC for a conference. Nephew Ryan Baum and wife, Cathy, and their two children came to NYC the next week for the graduation of Cathy’s sister from NYU. Beth Lee Zehnder says her family has stopped growing. The youngest grandchild is seven years old and the oldest is a senior in college. Beth says, “We are doing well, thanks to the Lord.” Carol Handwerk Ziegler and Barbara Sands ‘65 are on the council of Friends Lutheran Church in Bernville, PA. Carol is also the financial secretary of the church and plays the organ when needed. She keeps in touch with the Kindred Spirits of ’61. Paul and Marty Canner completed a two week road trip to the Midwest in May to visit friends and family in Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota.
It’s been just over a year since the Class of 2017 graduated and this is just a snippet of what so many of us are up to!
Jackie Bealer completed the Management Development Program with M&T Bank in May and was promoted to a Management Associate. She bought her first house in Frederick in early June.
Angela Carpenter is a 3rd grade teacher at New Midway Elementary School. She will be going into her second year of teaching there this August.
Logan Samuels is a 2L Juris Doctor candidate and member of the Law and Technology Institute as a certification candidate for Intellectual Property Law at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. This past summer, Logan worked as a Legal Intern at the Federal Communications Commission in the Enforcement Bureau’s Investigations and Hearings Division.
Kahembi Mukuwa is currently working for PwC in Zambia (Pricewaterhouse Coopers Limited) as an Associate in the Assurance Line of Service.
Shannon Welch was granted a full-ride scholarship and is currently a Masters Candidate at Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security. She was selected to be a part of the Security Scholars Program by NATO and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and will be spending part of the summer in Prague studying Hybrid Warfare. She also will be starting a new job as Defense Analysis Research Assistant for Informa in Washington DC.
Reem Zietoon will be going to University of Maryland Pharmacy School this fall.
Meaghan Donahue is currently teaching in Providence RI while getting her Master’s in Literacy at Providence College.
Jennifer Forester recently started a full-time job as a Communications Assistant at a Bethesda nonprofit: The Children’s Inn at NIH. She started as an intern in November and transitioned to full-time in March.
Jillian Heymann will be attending Regent University School of Law this fall.
Kaylene Wright completed an eight-month position working with the National Park Service at Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona.
Caroline Kinna completed her Masters in Social Work in July. She hopes to get a job with Frederick County Public Schools as a school therapist or counselor.
Maiella Brown started working at Genesis healthcare Glade Valley Center in Walkersville Maryland in November, as the social service specialist a.k.a. social worker. Her roles include supporting older adults and helping them to process their emotions, testing their memory, and assessing their mood. She will be taking my listen in examination to become an LBSW. Looking ahead to Fall of 2019 Maiella looks forward to pursuing her Masters in social work part time.
CJ Blickenstaff bought a great log cabin just south of Buffalo with her family. She has been enrolled in Loyola’s Emerging Media MA program where she has maintained a 4.0 GPA for 2 semesters. CJ took on a marketing internship at Ten Thousand Vines Winery in Hamburg, NY (Feb 2018) and in three months time was promoted to Marketing Coordinator.
Samantha Baldwin started a job as a reference librarian at the Fletchet branch of the Washington County Free Library.
Mary Milligan moved to Frederick after graduation and continues to work in Rockville expanding her freelance portfolio with non-profits and online clients.
Samantha Frizzell moved to Virginia and has been living there for a year now. She successfully completed my NASM Group Fitness Instructor certification. She has also begun working at the College of William and Mary as an Administrative and Fiscal Coordinator.
John Curran will be attending Chicago Theological Seminary in the fall. He will be studying for his Master’s of Divinity.
Justin M. Fox
Mareca Williams is currently working as a financial manager at the U.S. Department of Defense and pursuing a masters at Drexel University. Rachel Vaeth started new job as an account manager at Waste Management. Arianna Delerme is pursuing a doctorate in Psychology. Tatyanna Hunter is living in Los Angeles, CA and recently got promoted to assistant manager of the Kids Department at Nordstrom. Lauren Miller is working for Venable LLC this summer and is entering her final year of law school in the fall. She will also be getting married on July 28th. Emily Plum will be attending Prescott College to pursue her M.Ed. in Secondary Education this fall. Mary Horabik is currently working at Historic Saint Mary’s City and College Park Aviation Museum. She is applying for graduate school in the public history field. Elizabeth Palena works as a librarian in her home town and lives with her boyfriend, two friends and pet snake. She’s also finishing a Master’s in Information Sciences at Rutgers University. Tamara Schlossenberg finished her first year of graduate school at the University of Maryland where she is pursuing a dual master’s in Applied Anthropology and Historic Preservation. This summer, she is going to Ireland. Sienna Bronson is pursuing a Master’s in Liberal Studies at Arizona State University-Tempe Campus, as well as working part-time tutoring in mathematics and volunteering to teach math in a women’s prison once a week. Lexi Cook is currently working as an archival assistant at Heritage Frederick, the historical society of Frederick County. She just completed her first semester of graduate school in the University of Maryland where she is pursuing a Master’s of Library and Information Science with a specialization in Archives and Digital Curation. This summer she is taking an online certificate program in genealogical research through Boston University. Rebecca DeLauter just started her first full-time position as an IT consultant for General Dynamics, a contractor for the U.S. Department of Defense in Frederick, MD. She and her boyfriend just bought their first house in Charles Town, WV. Kirsten Roy just finished her second year of the Hood MBA program. Erin Murray will be pursuing a Master’s of Special Education at Hunter College in the fall. Ivana Soce Shuck just finished her first year of the Hood MBA program. She recently married Peter Shuck and the two bought a house in Frederick, MD. Ingrid Gooch took a yearlong fellowship position with the National Cancer Institute with the National Institute of Health and is now returning to Hood to pursue a Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Noel Jones just finished his Master’s in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at the University of Baltimore and started as a personnel research psychologist at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Natalie Jones is finishing her AmeriCorps VISTA term with CASA in Colorado and is moving to Vermont to start graduate level classes with the Yestermorrow Sustainable Design and Build School. Nicole Wilson Samen and her husband bought their first home. Laura Shriver got engaged to her boyfriend of 5 years, Paul Talis ’17. The two bought a house. Destani Jameson graduated with her Master’s in Public Administration from American University. She is now working as a procurement and purchasing manager at Hilltop Consultants. Hannah Thompson Gray married Matthew Gray in May, and the two traveled to Iceland for their honeymoon. In June, Hannah started a new job as Proposal Editor for Conduent in Germantown, MD. Sara Eckard has just completed two service terms as a team leader with AmeriCorps NCCC. She is now a certified Wildland Firefighter working in Prescott National Forest in Arizona. Laura Lokey is the senior marketing & events coordinator for a technology company called UZIO, Inc. in Reston, VA.
Like many of my classmates, 2018 has been an eventful year for me. In February, Owen Rosier ’16 and I got engaged and cannot wait to get married in Frederick next year. Until then we’re renovating the house whenever we can! Life has been pretty sweet! Kacy Strasser just finished her third-year teaching art at Frederick Classical Charter School. She stays busy by running an after-school drama club and working on her Master’s at Hood in C&I. Aaron Bowen-Ziecheck has been excelling in his PhD program at McGill University. He is specializing in healthcare information systems research. Leslie Rodriguez just graduated from law school in Boston. She sat for the DC Bar in July. Megan Rodriguez Mercer and her husband just bought their first house together in Ellicott City, MD. Connor Jennings completed his Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Classics at the University of California, Davis in June. He plans to participate in Columbia University’s Onchestos Excavation Project outside of Thebes, Greece this summer before beginning his M.A. in Classics at the University of Kansas in August. Khyle Ball has had a busy year—he graduated nursing school, bought a new car, and moved back to the DMV area. Currently he is working as a nurse at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital and lives in Woodbridge, Virginia. Travis Gilbert recently became the Programs & Operations Coordinator at Old Baldy Lighthouse, North Carolina’s oldest standing lighthouse. In March 2018, he was elected to the North Carolina Museums Council Board of Directors. Sarah Wagstaff is working in admin for United Electric Supply and will begin online classes in the fall to pursue a Masters in Library and Information Sciences from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro! Julianne Berg has moved back to the area after 2 years serving with AmeriCorps VISTA in Charleston, SC. She is now employed with the Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital as a Membership Specialist. She loves her new position and looks forward to work every day! Alessandra Emini is interning at Cozen O’Connor in Philadelphia in the Intellectual Property Department. Maya Jackson completed her first semester of grad school at UMD School of Social Work in May and she loves it. Maya hopes to be moved into her own place by the end of the year. Evan Reed has also had a great, eventful year! He is now the proud owner of a puppy named Olulu and is starting his own graphic design company, Saucedawg LeadR Designs. Tara Biser got engaged to her fiancé, Devon Little. She also passed her qualifying exams and is now officially a Ph.D. candidate. Krystal Johns moved to Clearwater, Florida and has been teaching art at an IB Middle School for the past 2 years. She is starting her graduate degree in Education Leadership. Rebecca Zaltman was hired at the Colorado Office of the State Public Defender as an Administrative Support Assistant. Rebecca is also in her second year at Arapahoe Community College where she is working toward her Paralegal Certificate. Cecelia Lee still works for Sass Studios (formerly Kalico Design), and recently became their events manager where she works with the community to produce events for local women. Margarita Swissler has just completed her second-year teaching English in France. This year she lived in southwestern France in the Basque region. In her free time, she has continued to travel the world and has now visited twenty-nine countries! Margarita is currently applying for teaching jobs at either French-immersion school in the US or at English-speaking schools in Europe. Nicole Kuehl Gingrich completed her Master’s of Science in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University in May 2018. Her husband, Russell Gingrich, continues to farm thousands of acres with his family. He recently bought a new John Deere tractor—which Nicole is excited about—since it has an official buddy seat! Jessica Morales graduates from law school this year! After graduation, she plans to tackle the Maryland Bar Exam and work for a judge in her hometown. This fall she will receive her limited license and will assist in trials at the Public Defender’s Office in Knoxville, TN. Do you have any questions, address, or contact changes? Please let me know via email or Facebook.