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Class Notes

Raley Anniversary


Michael Raley and Barry Allnutt Raley renewed their marriage vows November 30, 2008, their 40th wedding anniversary, surrounded by family and friends, on a sunset sail off the island of St. John in the Virgin Islands. Mike had a management career in the grocery business and Barry worked the last 10 years in the hospitality industry. They retired last summer and are living on St. John.

Laurel Pauli Walker

Laurel Pauli Walker moved to the beach after retiring from her full-time job as an educational specialist for Anne Arundel County Public Schools and her part-time job owning and operating a horse farm in Upper Marlboro. Her husband, George, and she sold the horse farm to an NFL football player and happily traded the green pastures for beach pastures near Lewes, Delaware. Laurie and George now enjoy relaxing on the beach, volunteering, traveling, entertaining and visiting their grandchild in Severna Park, Maryland.


Marsha O'Brien Gray wrote that she and Larry Ringgold '72 were recognized this past March for their 35 years of service with Calvert County Public Schools.



Nick Vaccaro, owner of Vaccaro's Italian Pastry Shop, graciously hosted the SMCM Alumni Council's winter meeting at his new restaurant in the 1st Mariner Bank Tower in Canton, Maryland. Thank you, Nick.

Ned Waugaman '79

Electronic Media Award

Ned Waugaman '79 of Owings, Maryland, and vice president for customer service and training at Arbitron, a media and marketing research firm, is the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Dr. Richard M. Uray-Alpha Epsilon Rho Award. The award, from the National Broadcasting Society (NBS) and Alpha Epsilon Rho, national honor society for electronic media students, is given to an individual, company, or organization that best represents excellence in the field. Prior recipients include Sam Donaldson, ABC; Chris Matthews, MS NBC; Walter Cronkite, CBS; and Robert Eiger, Disney Corporation. Ned is shown here accepting the award from NBS President William Dorman.

As publisher for Arbitron's web site,, Ned has kept Arbitron in the vanguard of media education with interactive lessons that teach people how to understand and interpret ratings data. Outside of work, he recently took a missionary trip to Haiti, conducts annual retreats to the mission fields of Arkansas, and volunteers for a local food bank. He also created a motivational presentation which he most recently shared with graduating seniors at this year's "Bookbag to Briefcase" workshop at the College. Ned has been an Alumni Council member since 2005 and was a 1979 class agent for this year's Reunion. He is married to alum Janice Filter Waugaman '79, the father of alum Sara Waugaman McQuighan '05, and the father-in-law of alum Ryan McQuighan '05.


Sherrie R. Bailey has been appointed a circuit court judge for Baltimore County by Gov. Martin O'Malley. Bailey, who graduated from Notre Dame Law School and is a trustee of St. Mary's, was a prosecutor in Baltimore for 22 years before becoming an assistant public defender in the county in 2006.


Dr. Kevin Crutchfield is now a neurologist and stroke specialist at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and on the faculty of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Previously, he was the chief medical officer for New Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Kevin and his family live in Potomac, Maryland.

Gabrielle Leenas Lucke


Gabrielle Leenas Lucke was named Dartmouth College's student employer of the year for 2009 in recognition of her outstanding contributions as a student employer on campus. She's shown here with one of the students who nominated her. Gabe also was nominated for the 2009 Northeast Association of Student Employment Administrators' regional award. Gabe, her husband George '86, and their children live in Wilder, Vermont.

Richard Miller


Richard Miller works for the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Higher Education as senior manager of institutional research and planning. Earlier this year, he volunteered for 10 days, tutoring English at a local university in Sanaa, Yemen. Richard is shown above with one of his students.

Heath Kelsey has joined the EcoCheck team, a partnership program between NOAA's Chesapeake Bay Program Office and the Integration and Application Network (IAN) at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences (UMCES ),as a lead science integrator. EcoCheck, at the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory on the Eastern Shore, supports Chesapeake Bay restoration. Heath has been an ecological modeler at the lab since 2006. He has a personal connection with the bay, having grown up sailing on it. He says when he's not being a modeling geek, he enjoys being a kid again with his wife Anne and two young children in Cambridge, Maryland.


Becky Rothgaber Barnes and her husband Rod have four "wild Indians:" girls ages 10 and 7 and boy-girl twins age 4. After working nearly 10 years in development and alumni relations at Johns Hopkins University, Becky has been home with the children for over six years. The family lives in Baltimore.

Janet Wood Varner and hu


Janet Wood Varner tells us "how wonderful it has been to come back to the campus and interact with current students." An instructional resource teacher at George Washington Carver Elementary School in Lexington Park, Janet, shown below with her husband Ashley, has brought several classes to campus to work with future teachers in Professor David Kung's class. She also did a presentation on "Cognitively Guided Instruction in Mathematics" for Professor Alan Sturrock's class. Janet adds that anyone who knew her when she was an undergrad music major would think it's hilarious that she teaches math. She now says conquering her "math phobia" while completing her master's degree inspired her to learn how to make math accessible to all students. Janet achieved national board certification this year. She and her family live in Mechanicsville.


Jeff Shaw, environmental programs and energy conservation manager for Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SME CO) and fellow alum, Holly Gorman '07, have joined forces to give community presentations on reducing energy use. Jeff previously taught science at St. Mary's Ryken High School in Leonardtown. In September 2008, he was appointed by Governor Martin O'Malley to be on the new Strategic Energy Investment Fund Board, which advises the state on how to best invest in Maryland's energy future and will oversee the allocation of revenues collected from the nation's first greenhouse gas cap-andtrade auction. Jeff and his family live in Leonardtown.

Jennifer Page


Jennifer Page starred in the December 2008 Philadelphia premiere of It's a Wonderful Life-A Live Radio Play. Staged as a play-within-a-play, this version tells the classic story of George Bailey as broadcast by a 1940's radio station on Christmas Eve 1946. Jennifer, shown second from right with her cast mates, played the role of Mary Bailey. She also was a member of the ensemble and played Cosette in a summer 2008 production of Les Miserables at the Walnut Theater in Philadelphia. Jennifer lives in Wilmington, Delaware.

John B. Bratt


John B. Bratt has been nominated to the Board of Governors of the Maryland Association for Justice (MAJ), and will serve as chair of its auto negligence section for 2009-2010. The MAJ is a statewide group of attorneys dedicated to helping victims of negligent conduct seek legal redress. He also is the author of the nationally respected Baltimore Injury Lawyer Blog John is an attorney with Miller & Zois LLC in Glen Burnie, Maryland.

Cindy Granger Crimmins was appointed associate vice president for advancement operations at Kent State University in Ohio in 2008. Cindy, her husband, Bernie Crimmins '94, and their son, Jacob, live in Alliance, Ohio.

Salimah Perkins

Salimah Perkins received a 2009 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in poetry. She works in educational publishing and is pursuing a master's of fine arts in creative writing and publishing design at the University of Baltimore. She received a master's in writing from Johns Hopkins University in 2006. Salimah lives in Baltimore, Maryland.


Octavia Arrington was recognized in October 2008 by Cambridge Who's Who for her leadership in Christian ministry. Octavia is the founder and CEO of Beaconess Ministries International, Inc., Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. She received her MBA from Webster University, and specializes in preaching at church services, women's conferences, and youth events, and is currently pursuing advanced education in ministry.


Leslie Strathern Garvey has been promoted to core service manager for her lab group at SAIC, Inc., in Frederick, Maryland. She and her husband, Joshua Garvey, have moved to a new house in Thurmont, Maryland, where Leslie will be starting a horse stable for boarding and training.

Ron Santo


Ron Santo was featured in the February 2009 issue of Baltimore Magazine as one of Baltimore's 20 "Top Singles." An MBA candidate at the University of Maryland, he says in the article his celebrity dream date would be Heidi Klum and the three living people with whom he'd like to have dinner would be Colin Powell, Ann Curry, and Neil Young. He's pictured here with two other "top singles" from the magazine.

Catrina Trainor Adams


Catrina Trainor Adams has finished her doctorate dissertation on agricultural intensification during the Viking and medieval eras in Orkney, Scotland, at Washington University in St. Louis. She credits skills learned at the Program for Research Investigations at St. Mary's, a multi-disciplinary summer research program once offered, with enabling her to receive a National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship and dissertation improvement grant. Cat also worked part-time at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Just before moving to St. Louis, she wed Dan Adams May 28, 2001. Cat plans to work as a museum curator or in museum education.

Greg Buckner


Greg Buckner was featured in a February 2009 Maryland Gazette article about a guest on his 46-foot charter boat Fin Finder who tries saltwater fishing for the first time and lands a 61¼-pound rockfish. In the winter, Greg skippers Fin Finder with first mate and fellow alum, Andrew Turner '06, out of Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach. April through December, Andrew charters Fin Finder out of the Calvert Marina in Solomons, Maryland, while Greg uses his 44-foot charter boat Miss Susie out of the Harbor Island Marina in Solomons. For information on their charter services, call (301) 873-1327 or look them up on and This past March, Greg took a "fisherman's holiday" and visited Ireland.

Anya Parker Olson

Anya Parker Olsen, a social science research analyst at the Social Security Administration, had her third policy paper published by the SSA in November 2008 entitled "Distributional Effects of Reducing the Cost-of-Living Adjustments." Her earlier policy papers were also on retirement. Anya says her interest in retirement issues started at the College when she took classes taught by Professor Andy Kozak, who also served as her mentor for her SMP, "Social Security: The Real Facts." Her husband, Ryan Olsen '02, is an economist for the U.S. Maritime Administration. The couple lives in Montgomery Village, Maryland.


After clerking for a year for Judge Robert E. Cahill, Jr., at the Circuit Court for Baltimore County, Alice Arcieri was eager to start practicing law. In August 2008, she joined the Towson, Maryland, law firm, Royston, Mueller, McLean & Reid, where she works on civil litigation, trusts and estates and business transactions.

Brian Jobe received the 2008 Brown and Percy Journal on Developmental Disabilities student publication prize for his published article, "Predicting Maternal Rewards and Worries for the Transition to Adulthood of Children with Developmental Disabilities." Brian began work relevant to his paper when he was a research associate from 2003-2005 for Professor Laraine Glidden. They continue to collaborate while Brian works toward his doctorate in human services psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Valerie Vizcarrondo

Valerie Vizcarrondo is going for the gold! Hopefully, 2012 Olympic gold with the USA Olympic Equestrian Team. She sat on her first horse at the age of six weeks and won her first horse event when she was two years old. Today, as owner and operator of Blue Clover Eventing, located on a 50-acre farm in Harwood, Maryland, Valerie trains and
competes in eventing, considered to be the equestrian's triathlon: dressage, cross country and show jumping. In May 2008, Valerie and her horse Trick placed first in a major eventing competition, the Virginia Horse Trials, a significant achievement for this Olympic Equestrian hopeful. This year, so far, she has won the 3-Day, a different and more difficult division, at the Virginia Horse Center, and finished fourth at a huge event in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Eventing fans can track her progress towards Olympic gold at


André N. Jackson was a candidate for the 2009 White House Fellowship Program. A terrorism risk management consultant to the Transportation Security Administration, he also serves as a consultant to the Center on Global Counter-Terrorism Cooperation, a nonpartisan research and policy institute. Prior assignments have included assisting the Homeland Security Department with preparing the national terrorism risk profile and strategic homeland infrastructure risk assessment for submission to the White House and supporting the Department of Justice by managing personal threats made against U.S. attorneys nationwide. He earned his master's degree from the Center for the Study of American Government at Johns Hopkins University. His dissertation was chosen by the American Society for Industrial Security International as the award-winning paper in its 2008 student writing competition.

Kate Costello


Kate Costello received Annapolis' First Sunday Art Festival's 2008 emerging artist award. It was her first venture as a solo artist. One of her juried sculptures, entitled "Pores," resembles skin layers. Her sculptures, in general, reflect her evolution from biology student to artist. After graduating from St. Mary's, Kate traveled throughout North America as an aerial photographer, taking pictures for a GPS company. Upon her return to Annapolis, she taught art and served as a curator for an auction house. Since her 2008 award, she has had one-woman exhibits featuring her paintings and sculpture at the Yellow Dog Cafe in Canton, Maryland, and 49 West in Annapolis. You can see Kate's work at the September 2009 Arts Festival at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis or on her web site, She lives in Eastport, Maryland, and can be contacted at

Ryan McQuighan has joined Thomas Axley, Chartered, a full-service law firm located in Prince Frederick, Maryland. In May 2008, he graduated cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law, and was sworn in to practice law in Maryland on December 17, 2008. Ryan is pleased to be working in Southern Maryland where he grew up.
He lives in Owings, Maryland, with his wife Sara Waugaman McQuighan '05.

Erica Tokar

Erica Tokar ended 2008 on a great note! Her College sweetheart, Matt Stone '04, proposed on Christmas Eve and they plan to marry on the beaches of Stone Harbor, New Jersey, next summer. Since graduation, Erica served three terms in AmeriCorps, first as a VISTA volunteer in St. Mary's County working for a literacy program and then two terms for Project CHANGE in Montgomery County, Maryland, working with immigrant populations in Washington, D.C. She also has been a grant writer for CASA of Maryland and an adult ESOL curriculum designer for the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers' Union. For the past year, Erica has worked as a paralegal/researcher for the litigation team at Maggio & Kattar PC, a boutique immigration law firm in Washington, D.C. Admitted early decision to American University's Washington College of Law and to its dual degree program, Erica will earn her masters in international affairs concurrently with her law degree. She also has received a Fulbright grant to teach and study in Argentina from March through December 2010, while on sabbatical from law school. Matt is a third-grade teacher and team leader at Cresthaven Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland. He's also the lead singer of a local band, The Killer Balloons, whose music genre is best described, he says, as surf/grindcore.

Kevin Turner

Kevin Turner, president of Home Towne Real Estate, was recognized in October 2008 by Cambridge Who's Who for his leadership and excellence in all aspects of real estate. Joining Home Towne when it was created in January 2004, he worked his way up the career ladder, becoming president and CEO in April 2008. Kevin since has led the creation of Home Towne University, a separate training arm of the Home Towne family, which offers over 70 courses. Kevin lives in Lusby.

Cori Brooks


Cori Brooks received her master's of science in criminal justice magna cum laude from the University of Baltimore in January 2009. While in graduate school, she worked as a bilingual victim specialist in the State's Attorney's Office, Baltimore City, and later with the Maryland Crime Victim's Resource Center. In 2008, Cori was selected to serve as a board member of the Roper Victim Assistance Academy of Maryland, of which she is a graduate. Both her professional and educational backgrounds focus on providing direct support and legal services to victims of crime.

Rebecca Sawyer Pineo

Rebecca Sawyer Pineo has helped develop a web site for the University of Delaware's botanic gardens about sustainable landscaping As a result of her research into green roofs, Rebecca served on a UD committee studying the feasibility of adding a green roof to a campus laboratory. This summer, when she finishes her second year-long internship with the botanic gardens, Rebecca will attend the University of Delaware's Longwood Graduate Program in public horticulture. Rebecca and her husband, Isaac Pineo '06, live in Glenolden, Pennsylvania.

Rob Schou

Rob Schou, aka "Captain Rob," received his M.A.T. degree from St. Mary's in 2008. As part of a project for his master's degree, he developed and ran a summer fishing camp at Point Lookout State Park for children ages 9 to 13 called Captain Rob's School of Rockfishing. The camp was supported by the Coastal Conservation Association, a non-profit marine conservation organization. "Teach a child to fish and they learn to protect our resources for the future," he says. Rob is running the camp again in July 2009 at the Chesapeake Bay Field Lab on St. George Island, Maryland. Check out the camp's web site at When he is not fishing, Rob teaches at the Chesapeake Public Charter School in Lexington Park, where he is one of two second-grade teachers. He lives in Ridge, Maryland.


Holly Gorman works for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN), a grassroots organization whose mission is to fight global warming. Holly has always been passionate about the environment, and was a member of Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) while at St. Mary's. She and Jeff Shaw '93 are presenting community talks about reducing energy use. Today, you'll find her baking vegan cupcakes and obsessively unplugging appliances not in use. Holly lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Christopher Lee May

Christopher Lee May writes that if all goes according to plan, he will have his master's in molecular forensic science in May 2010. While a graduate student at George Washington University, he and three other students developed and taught a hands-on crime scene investigation workshop at the National Museum of Crime & Punishment in Washington, D.C. Christopher has since transitioned from crime scene investigation to DNA identification. His new job is with the Armed Forces DNA Identification Lab in Rockville, Maryland. The goal of the lab is to identify fallen soldiers in present and past conflicts. The research division, where Christopher is assigned, is working on creating a mitochondrial control region database for the international forensic community. One interesting area his division is helping to develop is that the ancient humans from Russia who crossed the Bering Strait and settled in North America actually traveled as far south as South America. His division also was recently involved with identifying two missing children from Russia's royal Romanov family.


Chantal Russell, a St. Mary's Nitze Scholar, was selected as a 2008 Portz Scholar by the National Collegiate Honors Council. Only three students nationwide receive this award each year. She was nominated by Pam Mertz, assistant director of the Nitze Scholars Program, and mentored by Asif Dowla, professor of economics. Her winning paper
and also her SMP was "Innocence for Sale? Toward an Alternative Discourse of Sex Trafficking in Women." Chantal presented a summary of her work at the 43rd annual NCHC conference, held October 22-26, 2008, in San Antonio, Texas. She is the program coordinator for the University of Maryland's Center for International Development and Conflict Management.

Brooks A. Whiteford

The newly revamped St. Mary's College radio station was named after Brooks A. Whiteford in a grand opening October 20, 2008. Brooks and a passionate team of volunteers were instrumental in rebuilding the station over the past few years. "The HAWK Radio" has over 40 live shows per week and continuous feed both on campus and worldwide on the internet. Since graduating, Brooks has joined the technology department at Calvert Hall College High School (his alma mater) in Towson, Maryland, and is the technical director for the school's theater program. Brooks says "it's great to be in a comfortable place for my first ‘real' job. A lot of my old teachers are still around, and it's very neat to be one of their colleagues where I was once a student." Brooks' e-mail:

Seahawk Legacy

The Seahawk legacy continues as seen from this photo taken during Parents' Weekend 2008. From left to right, Courtney Holt '12, Terry Holt '83, Ryan Bass '11, Karen Bass '84, Cindy Wood, Kelsey Wood '12, Andy Bass '83, and in the front row is Pat Wood '85. Not pictured is Chris Holt '86 who took the photograph.