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!
Kudos are in order to the class of 2011; they continue to achieve as the years increase since our time at Hood! Chelsea Bosch Perry completed her Master’s Degree. She received a MAED in mathematical leadership from UMBC. Megan Oliver Crane and her husband welcomed their third child, a son, Daniel Charles, on September 29th. Megan Dancause is now the Assistant Director of Admissions at Thaddeus Stevens College in Lancaster, PA. Sasha Speakman Lear was married to Andrew James Lear on August 12, 2017. The two were married in Wrightsville, PA and met while attending Hood College! Dana Martindell Perry and her husband, Gregory, welcomed their first child, Dove, in July.
Sarah Haney Koons
Brittany Wilson Wolske married Matthew Wolske on June 23rd, 2017 in Bridgeville, Delaware. She was also blessed to gain 2 stepsons into her family. They currently live in Salisbury, MD. On October 21st, 2017 Hannah Janiga Zebroski married Daniel Zebroski. Katherine Hitchens Fleck, and her husband, Dan, welcomed their daughter, Charlotte Rae Fleck, on October 30, 2017. Their son, Henry, is super excited about being a big brother!
Amanda Earp Hayes
Hello, Class of 2007! It’s wonderful to think that we just celebrated our tenth reunion, and I hope those who were able to attend had a fantastic time connecting with former classmates and friends. There is news to report, so let’s get to it: Charis Loomer Beavers is a teacher in Frederick County, where she has just started her eleventh year and is piloting the first full-day Pre-K in the county. She lives in downtown Frederick with her husband, Jimmy (a salesman throughout the Baltimore/DC region), as well as her three-year-old daughter and sixteen-month-old son. Stephanie Cowen Eisenberg has relocated to FL to work as a Senior Producer for FOX 35 Orlando. She has a little girl who will turn two in July, and who she hopes will one day be a Hoodlum like the rest of us! Amanda Earp Hayes’s first nonfiction book, Shattered: Memoirs of an Amnesiac was picked up by a publisher and released September 12 as a #1 bestseller under her pen name, A.E. Hayes. She is now working on a highly-requested sequel to the memoir, as well as writing for a YA anthology, a supernatural/horror anthology, and preparing to publish a book about a coffee shop that takes place in St. Michaels, MD. When not writing, Amanda is busy with her six-year-old son, her husband (a Senior Infrastructure and Database Consultant for a major educational company in Columbia, MD), their three Battlestar Galactica-named cats, and frequent visits to St. Michaels to enjoy the slower pace of life. Collin Kenny teaches fifth and sixth grade at Frederick Classical Charter School, where he has his students mummify chicken legs and assess whether the Mongols were civilized or barbarous. He still writes music for the guitar, which his students often sing in history songs. Collin also leads the praise team at Faith Church PCA, and plays mandolin in the Singing Stones Gospel band once a month at the Frederick Church of the Brethren. He resides in Frederick with his wife and daughter. Natalie McVeigh is excited to be in the Greater Boston Area again. She married Jessica Carsten in June 2016 in Denver, where they previously resided. After more than seven years, Natalie left her own family enterprising advising and coaching firm in May 2017 to join the Private Bank of Wells Fargo as a Vice President, Family Dynamics Consultant. In 2016, she had the honor of being recognized in her field of Family Business Advising by being selected as Faculty of the Family Firm Institute.
Leslie Beck Hughan
Rebecca Anthony Foster has lived in England since 2007 and has been a full-time freelancer for more than four years. She edits science journals and writes book reviews for various print and online publications on both sides of the pond. This year she was pleased to have a review published in the Times Literary Supplement. She also maintains an active book blog, Bookish Beck, and is on a shadow panel of bloggers judging this year’s Sunday Times/Peters Fraser and Dunlop Young Writer of the Year award. Charlene Vestermark Hauser married CPT George Hauser, a dentist in the Army in November, 2016. She graduated from Gastroenterology Fellowship at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Md., and is getting ready to start working at Carl R. Darnall Medical Center, in Fort Hood, Texas. Jennifer Harmon Nachtrieb was promoted to branch manager of the escrow office at Yukon Title Company. She also is expecting her first child, a daughter, in February 2018. Caroline Pandorf purchased her first home. She writes, “I am settling in and still unpacking the endless boxes and organizing. It seems it will never end! It’s a “historical” home built in 1938 with a lot character and charm. It’s in Gaithersburg (city), Md. The home doesn’t have a lot of modern necessities as most homes, like central air or a dishwasher, and the kitchen is not updated, but I’m still in love with it and all its potential. One day I’ll get central A/C and modernized the kitchen, and I can always buy a portable dishwasher. But bottom line it’s home and I love it!” This past spring she celebrated nine years in business. She owns and operates Spoiled Pawz Dog Walking & Pet Care. She also offers dog obedience training. She invites us all to check out her website for more information: www.SpoiledPawzofMontCo.net. She looks forward many years in her new home and hopes to grow her business to include boarding and/or doggie day care. Sara Levering Roa and her husband Vince welcomed a daughter, Cecilia Elizabeth Roa on Jan. 5, 2017. She weighed 6 pounds. Sara also moved from Potomac to Barnesville, Md.
Anne Hambrick-Stowe Rankin
Greetings Class of ’99! I trust you’re all doing well and staying busy! Alison Gregg Dowd continues to work at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where she has been a Staff Psychologist since 2012. Last February, however, she transferred to a new position within the Center as Triage/Consult Coordinator for Mental Health Service and loves it. In addition, she has twice accompanied medical teams providing services to Haiti to provide services to St Vincent’s School for Handicapped Children in Port au Prince. In 2016, she was appointed Cathedral Sacristan at her church, and also serves on the vestry. As if all that isn’t enough, Alison is also trying to remodel her home (even if it is slow going!), and somehow still makes time for fun fishing outings. And for some exciting family news from Sherie Love — Brant Kenny and Sherie were married October 24, 2015 in Hershey, PA. In attendance were fellow alums Tricia Muir ’00, Jamie Hentz White ’99, Melanie Jacobs Srivisal ’99, Erin McNulty ’99, Stephanie Mellinger ’99, and Laura Schultz ’99. A little over a year later, she and Brant welcomed their first child, a son named Maxwell, on December 16, 2016. Congrats Sherie! My family and I attended the Hood Homecoming festivities this past fall; it is always great to be back on campus, to talk with the current students, to reconnect with other alums, and to watch my own kids enjoy activities on the quad and to cheer on the Blazers on the field! To submit updates and news for the next magazine, you can email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or text (717-945-4585) me anytime. Take good care…and hope to hear from you soon!
Jacki Resop Amato
Christine Gavlick-Fuller, BA, RN, CAWM was appointed the Health Maintenance Nurse for the Department of Veterans Affairs two years ago. And, she became a first time Grandmother in April! Baby Peter Ernesto was born to her son and daughter-in-law, named after both of his late Great-Grandfathers! Beyond blessed! My dear friend Jennifer Barbieri Casey ’98 and her husband Shawn are overjoyed with the birth of their daughter Tessa Anne (Class of 2039) on July 13, 2017. I attended Tessa’s baptism with my family on October 1, 2017. Congratulations! On July 8th, I got together with my fellow Memorial Hoodlums, Emma Frederick King, Kim Unseld, Jewel Smith ’96 and Quicha Tresvant Jones ’96 at Bo Brooks Restaurant in Baltimore, MD. We had so much fun catching up and laughing like time never passed. We have planned another outing in the near future. On August 6th, I attended the memorial service of a truly amazing Memorial Hoodlum, Dominique Bustamante Thayil ’97, in Frederick, MD with fellow alums Emma Frederick King, Jewel Smith ’96 and Quicha Tresvant Jones ’96. Many other alums were there in support of her family and friends. Dom will surely be missed! Please feel free to send me a message anytime throughout the year with your updates!