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Class Notes

Class of 1930  |   Class of 1956  |   Class of 1964
Class of 1974 - 1978  |   Class of 2000 - 2007  


Robin Melton manages Patapsco Valley State Park, a 16,000-acre state park in suburban Baltimore. The park has 170 miles of hiking trails, two campgrounds and five major areas for daily activities. Robin oversees and trains a staff of 14 during the off-season and up to 50 during the peak summer season, handling resource management, public safety and special event requests. The best part of the job is the variety, Robin said. “I don’tknow what my day is going to bring.”
Ashani Weeraratna has her own lab at NIH—Institute on Aging in Baltimore. She won the Young Investigator Award 2006 from the Society for Melanoma Research. Ashani says that St. Mary’s is still close to her heart because she loves to sail their Ericson 32 with her husband, Pat Morin, and their three-year-old daughter, Alina.


Karen Frankenberg Lipovsky graduated from Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006 and is currently practicing at a private small-animal practice in Troutville, Virginia, and loving it.
HillmanQuentin Hillsman ’93 keeps making news on the basketball court. A former standout at St. Mary’s, he had a very successful second season as the head coach of Syracuse University’s women’s team. He led the Lady Orange to a school record 12 consecutive victories, a regular season best of 22 wins, and was named co-Big East Coach of the Year. Coaching is almost a 24/7 job for him, including practices, games and recruiting. The best way to be a successful coach, he says, is to “always be a student of the game.”
As a Seahawk point guard, he helped lead the team to two Capital Athletic Conference championships and one tournament championship. He also set school records for single-game and single-season assists. “I will never forget my townhouse, Boone 4, or the friends I met there,” he says. “I was the jock and they kept me in line. Those guys are the reason I graduated.” Quentin and his college buddies go on trips together every year. He also travels often with his wife. “If I can travel somewhere with nice restaurants and a nice nearby mall, I’m happy.”


Beverly Wise has been appointed a principal consultant at Oracle Corporation in Reston, Virginia, where she is a software engineer in Oracle’s National Security Group. Beverly holds a master’s degree in art history from the University of Glasgow in Scotland and has just completed a second bachelor’s degree in computer and information
science at the University of Maryland University College. Her son, Tem, will be a senior at Fairfax High School where he is active in the theater department. He has just begun researching colleges and would like to major in mechanical engineering.


Marcia Wozencroft graduated from Palmer Chiropractic College of Florida in December. She is now practicing in Groningen, The Netherlands.


Chris Harney has done a superior job as head coach of the SM CM men’s basketball team this year, leading them to a Capital Athletic Conference championship title and into the third round of the NCAA Division II (“Sweet 16”) championship. With this incredible season, the team finished No. 24 in its first-ever national ranking. (See picture in College News)


Jamie Mitchell earned his J.D. from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in May 2007. After a fun-filled summer studying for the Maryland bar exam, he and his partner, John, wandered the coast of Spain in celebration of their 10th anniversary. In September, Jamie joined the Securities Enforcement practice in the Washington, D.C. office of K&L Gates.


Valedictorian Valerie Vizcarrondo is training to compete in the most grueling of equestrian events—eventing—at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Equated with a triathlon, eventing combines three disciplines of horsemanship: dressage, the agility and strength of show jumping, and the speed and endurance of crosscountry. She runs a six-stall stable and training center, situated on 50 acres in Harwood, called Blue Clover Eventing.