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Marriages and Unions

Mary Grace Kriete

Mary Grace Kriete '76 and Jack Brosius were married on October 19, 2007. It happened - after 37years!  They live in Chestertown, Maryland - and see the regular gang at the Baltimore "alumni of a certain age" Christmas dinner in December. The photo of M.G., Jack, and their dog (Ray the greyhound), was taken shortly after the ceremony.

Dirk Griffith

Dirk Griffith’79 (former director of alumni relations for St. Mary’s) and Lisa Kirkpatrick were married on November 3, 2007 at the Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis. Dirk is working as a financial advisor for Smith Barney in Waldorf and Lisa is a defense contractor for Wyle in California. They plan to stay in the area. Daughters Katie (10) and Patricia (7) keep them very busy.

Sandra Wilmer ’91 and Christopher Prichett were married at sunset on March 10, 2008, at Makena Cove in Maui. Sande says that it was just amazing and definitely one of their favorite spots in the world. It was a small intimate ceremony with only 12 people in attendance.

Tom Rollins ’93 and Suzanne DeHaan ’95 were married on September 1, 2007. They never knew each other at St. Mary’s but met through mutual friends in 2003. Suzanne works for the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families doing ethics law. Tom is a law clerk for Judge Lou Becker in Howard County Circuit Court.

Joe (Bissette) Casalino

Joe (Bissette) Casalino ’94 and Julie Rahall were married in Riviera Maya, Mexico on January 3, 2008. Twenty family members braved the coldest day in 18 years in the Yucatan (still 40 degrees warmer than in Maryland) to join Joe and Julie in their celebration. The wedding featured a Mexican flair including a mariachi band, horse-drawn carriage, and Joe's butchering of the Spanish language. Joe and Julie were engaged in Mexico on New Year's Eve the year before.

Andrew Donovan

Andrew Donovan ’94 and Christine Eid were married on October 13, 2007. The couple wed at an intimate beach ceremony in Ocean City and lives now in Havre De Grace. Andrew works as a customer service director in Columbia, Maryland.

Christina Landgraff

Christina Landgraff ’97and Brent Smith were married on April 22, 2007, in an outdoor ceremony at Kentlands Mansion. Other St. Mary’s alumni joining in the wedding celebration were, Meghan Fox Jones ’97, Debbie Burick Barbour ’97, and Suha Peng ’03.

Jennifer Aschbrenner and Paul Schultheis

Jennifer L. Aschbrenner '98 and Paul R. Schultheis '98 were married on June 2, 2007 at Ford's Colony Country Club in Williamsburg, Virginia. Paul is a territory manager with Finch Services, Inc. - a John Deere Golf Distributor, and Jenni is the marketing development coordinator for SmartCEO Magazine. Paul will serve as the president of the Alumni Association beginning July 1, 2008.

Amanda Blaney '99 and Fabien Laurier of Avignon, France, were married on July 7, 2006. Amanda works for Baltimore County Public Schools. Fabien is a program manager for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program. They honeymooned in the Amazon Basin of Ecuador and live in Catonsville, Maryland.

Lara Wise

Lara Wise '00 and Jeff Cichocki were married on June 17, 2006.  Christy Faggio Neal '02 and Laura Iosca (1998-2000) were in the wedding. Lara completed graduate school at Radford University in 2002, and has been living in Blacksburg, Virginia. Jeff is a Virginia Tech alum, Class of 2001. Jeff is a police officer, and Lara is a teacher. They will be moving back to this area this summer.

Erin Michener '00 and Thomas Benson Martin were married on September 29, 2007 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. In attendance were Elisabeth Marinelli Benjaminson '00, Christian Benjaminson '98, Tara Myers '00, and Megan McDonnell Lookingbill '00. Erin is the choral music director at Redland Middle School in Rockville, Maryland.

Rebecca Morris

Rebecca Morris'00 and Travis Jon Burrell '98 were married at Historic St. Mary's City on Sept. 24, 2005. St. Mary's alums in the wedding party were Devon Rothschild '01, Amanda Blaney '00, Leena Ghim '99, Drew Kirkpatrick '99 and Matthew Shepherd '99. They live in St. Leonard, Maryland, with their dog Aiko (who they have had since college). Becca is the head technician in the Marine Ecology Lab at Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Maryland, and Travis is an IT technician at Chesapeake Biological Lab (CBL) in Solomons.

Maggie McPherson

Maggie McPherson '01 and Ian Estrin '01 were married on July 28, 2007, in Historic St. Mary's City. The ceremony was out on the State House lawn with the reception for 120 guests next to the State House. It was hot and sticky, but a wonderful time was had by all. They spent one night at Woodlawn Farm bed and breakfast in Ridge before heading back to California (summer is Ian's busy season). They would have loved to have spent more time there, and highly recommend it. Maggie and Ian have been living in California for five years this May, and while they miss the seasons, Maggie says not having bugs or humidity more than makes up for it! Ian is an event manager for Upper Deck Entertainment in Carlsbad, California. Maggie works for Design Group La Costa, and graduated in May with a BFA in interior design from the Design Institute of San Diego. She also has her own fiber arts business (Little Grey Cat Designs) where she sells handspun yarns and hand-knitted accessories. Currently, the products are only available online and at craft shows, but she hopes to have local stores carrying her yarns soon.

Katie Sutton

Katie Sutton'01 and David Andrew Burkhouse '03 were married September 30, 2006. Three St, Mary's grads and one person who attended St. Mary's for a year were in the wedding party: Lauren Hall Hittle '03, Eric Hittle '03, Evan Siple '01, and Megan Haskins (1997-1998). Katie is enrolled in the school psychology program and pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland. Dave just received his law degree from the University of Baltimore and is clerking for a judge in the Howard County Circuit Court. Katie says, "Life after SMCM has been good for us; however UMCP does not have anything on SMCM aesthetically."

Leah Anderson'02 and Raoul Magana (a Hoya and competitor of Leah and the sailing team) were married on March 24, 2007.  Leah teaches 5th grade in Hawaii.

Laura Hillman

Laura Hillman '02 and Joshua Gembicki '02 were married on December 22, 2007, in Pikesville, Maryland. Josh and Laura met at St. Mary's as history majors, graduated together and returned to the campus: Josh as the office associate for Academic Services and International Education; Laura as a student to complete necessary pre-requisites for admission to an occupational therapy program. Joshua is currently the executive assistant to the vice president for academic affairs at Loyola College in Maryland. Laura is in her first year at Towson University's occupational therapy master's program.

(cutline) Wedding party (from left to right):

Jamie Cook (bride's man), Brooke Summers (officiant), Vicki Fisher '02 (bride's maid), Linda Hillman (Matron of Honor), McKenna Hillman (front), Laura Hillman '02 (bride), Joshua Gembicki '02 (groom), Jason Gembicki (best man), Jeffrey Gembicki (best man), Bill Jamieson '01 (musician), Addison Hillman (usher), Greg Fisher '03 (back, ring guardian)

Jennifer Norris

Jennifer Norris '03 and Tom Cocagne (from Springfield, Illinois) were married May 7, 2006. Anne-Marie Gilliland '03 was a bridesmaid. Jen works at Eagan, McAllister & Associates as a configuration manager.

Debra Jean Clough

Debra Jean Clough '04 and Jeffrey Allen King were married on August 12, 2007, in Alta Vista, Kansas. Debra is in veterinary school.

Teresa "Tiki" Shasho '04 and Michael Clark were married on November 30, 2007 at St. Joseph Church of Pomfret, Maryland. Christa Cochran '05 was one of the bridesmaids. Tiki and Christa have been best friends since they met at St. Mary's in 2002.

Laura Wilson

Laura Wilson '05 and Sean Finch were married on December 29th, 2008. Laura received her master's on May 21, 2008.  Sean is currently in law school.

Carolyn May Barnett

Carolyn May Barnett '04 and Charles Joseph "CJ" Nichols '04 were married on June 30, 2006 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Elkridge, Maryland. Fellow St. Mary's alum Nicholas Engle served as a groomsman. The newlyweds and their guests enjoyed a fabulous reception held at the Overhills Mansion in Catonsville, Maryland. The couple lives in the townhome they purchased in Baltimore. CJ is a senior software developer at Open Path Products in Annapolis. Carolyn graduated from the College of Notre Dame with a master of arts in teaching in December of 2006. She is employed as a developmental specialist with the Infants and Toddlers Program for Anne Arundel County Public Schools.

Danielle Ganzer'04 and Nicholas Jones were married on November 17, 2007, at Our Lady's Catholic Church in Medley's Neck. Nicholas is serving in the Marine Corps Aviation Ordnance, stationed in South Carolina.

Colleen McElroy

Colleen McElroy '04 and Mark Hageman were married on October 6, 2007. Several St. Mary's alums were in attendance and the maid-of-honor was Colleen's college roommate, Alison Burke '04. Colleen is presently employed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as a program analyst. Mark is employed as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

L. Coons

L. Brianne Coons '05 and Matthew Carter were married on October 28th, 2006, at Little Baker Chapel in Westminster, Maryland. The couple met through a friend at a Cure concert in 2004. After a honeymoon to the Outer Banks, they reside in Westminster. Brianne is a history teacher at Winters Mill High School and is pursuing a masters in education at Goucher College. Matt is employed by Heritage Imports in Owings Mills. St. Mary's alums, Ali Rellinger '05 and Chelsea DeBord '05 were bridesmaids. The couple was fortunate to have St. Mary's professors Christine Adams and Charles Holden in attendance as well.

Brook Lee Main '05 and Giuseppe Dell'Anna were married in Italy on June 29, 2007, at the Chiesa dell'Annunziata in Castelvolturno. A celebration immediately followed at the Lido Rama Beach Cafe in Lago Patria. The couple honeymooned on a cruise of the eastern Mediterranean Sea, visiting Olympia, Izmir, Istanbul, Dubrovnik, Venice, and Bari. In attendance were four other St. Mary's College graduates: Tiffany Goodyear '04, Christine Penny '05, Natalie Trancucci '03, and Beth Tysler '99. Natalie served as Brook's maid of honor and Christine as a bridesmaid. Currently, Giuseppe is finishing his final year of veterinary studies, with plans to work in the United States next year. Brook is a teacher at an international school and is in the final stages of completing her master's degree in human relations.

Abigail Myles Meatyard '05 and Daniel Thompson '01 were married September 15, 2007, in Tall Timbers, Maryland. Alumni in the wedding include Kate Meatyard '93 (mother of the bride), Amanda Meatyard Smith '00 (sister), Spike Meatyard '09 (brother), Angela Marquardt (attended St. Mary's), Lydia Weaver '06, Christina Hailman '05, Michael Hopkins '98 and Richie Huseman '02. David Deaderick (St. Mary's director of sponsored research) performed the ceremony.

Jennifer Estevez '05 and Kevin Meyer '05 were married on November 18, 2006. Other alums in the wedding included Patrick Dunty '05, Gary Boyer '05, Lindsay Pack '05, and Emma Gerald '05. Kevin has been a deputy sheriff with the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office since August 2005, and Jen has been teaching kindergarten in Charles County (J.C. Parks Elementary School) since August 2005. This next year, Jennifer will be teaching in St. Mary's County. Jennifer is also taking classes to complete her masters in elementary education (by May 2009) through Towson University. The photo is of Jen and Kevin in Soufriere, St Lucia, on their honeymoon.

Sara Anne Waugaman '05 and Ryan McQuighan '05 were married on December 28, 2007, at Jesus the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Owings, Maryland. Alums in attendance included Ned Waugaman '79 and Janice Filter Waugaman '79 (Sara's parents), Nick Vaccaro '78 (Sara's godfather), Althea Handy '79, Ricky Davis '04, Lisa McQuighan '05 (Ryan's cousin), Pam Naab '05, Geoff Sanzenbacher '05, and Holly Brownley '05. They honeymooned in West Palm Beach, Florida. Sara and Ryan live in a newly purchased home in northern Calvert County. Sara is a financial analyst for Tech-Marine Business, Inc. in Washington, D.C. Ryan just graduated with a J.D. in May from the University of Baltimore, School of Law.


Christopher Goggin '06 and Jane Xu were married on February 29, 2008. After graduating from St. Mary's, Christopher went to live abroad in China. It was there that he met his then supervisor, Jane Xu. Before long, they were dating. After a brief return home over the summer of 2007, Christopher proposed to Jane in Pudong National Airport. A party in China is set for August 21, 2008. There will be a party stateside.


Laurie Beth Pisel '07 married 2nd Lieutenant Christopher "Todd" Spencer, USMC, on August 27, 2007, in a small intimate ceremony on the shore side of Lake Lunga, at Quanitco Marine Corps Base in Virginia, attended by close family and friends.


Lauren Robey '07 and Christopher Morris were married on September 8, 2007, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Newburg, Maryland. Other alums in the wedding party were maid of honor, Stacey Loftis '07 and bridesmaid,Erin Anthony '05. Erin and Lauren were psychology majors and Stacey was a biochem major. Lauren says they met because they were science nerds together. She was also pre-health sciences with Erin. Lauren is an estimator at a historic restoration firm. Christopher is employed by the Charles County Sheriff's Office and is a member of the LaPlata Volunteer Fire Department.