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Births and Adoptions

To Victor Chavez '90 and Joann Maguire-Chavez, a daughter, Tara Marie, born April 2, 2009. Victor and Joann were married on August 23, 2003, in New Rochelle, New York. Victor works for Computer Sciences Corporation as program control; Joann is a librarian at the U.S. Supreme Court. The family lives in Laurel.

To Kimberly Jarrett Harmon '91 and Dave Harmon, a daughter, Hailey Rose, born April 26, 2009. Kimberly writes that Hailey is fantastic! She joins big sister, Cara, who is 3. The family lives in Frederick, Maryland.

To Thomas Rafferty '95 and Morgan Rafferty, a son, Ronan Patrick Rafferty, born October 30, 2009. His big sisters, Reagan, 5, and Sloane, 3, adore him! Thom owns and operates Millbrook Lumber Inc., in Worcester, Massachusetts; Morgan teaches psychology part-time at Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts. The family lives in Worcester.

To Jae Williams Rossman '95 and Corey Rossman, a son, Flynn William Rossman, born November 16, 2009. Jae and Corey both work for Yale University. Jae is the assistant director for special collections at the University's Arts Library and is celebrating her 10th anniversary there; Corey works in human resources. The family lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

To Lewis Van Wambeke '95 and Daniela Van Wambeke, a son, Jared Pace Van Wambeke, born April 14, 2009. As you can see, he's driving already! Lewis is the assistant principal for academic affairs at Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, Maryland. The family lives in Edgewater.

To Mindy Schaefer Zarske '95 and Jim Zarske, a daughter, Emilene Cora Zarske, born August 13, 2009. She joins big sister, Kiera, 3. Mindy works in K-12 engineering education through her position at the University of Colorado at Boulder and her role as chair of the K-12 Division for the American Society of Engineering Education. Jim is a senior project manager for an energy consulting firm in Boulder. The family lives in Superior, Colorado.

To Eric Dunn '97 and Jennifer Dunn, a daughter, Phoebe Marshall Dunn, born October 25, 2009. He and Jen also have a 6-year-old daughter, Alison, shown here with Phoebe. Eric teaches math at Webster Groves High School just outside St. Louis, Missouri; Jennifer is a pediatrician. The family lives in St. Louis.

To Johnnie "Funtimes" Garner '97 and Devon Rothschild '01, twin boys, Charlie Andrew and Elam John Rothschild Garner, born November 6, 2009. They join big brother, Jonah, 3. The family lives in Catonsville, Maryland.

To Calvin Jordan '97 and Sara Jordan, a son, Luke Ellison Jordan, born May 15, 2009. His big brother, Grayson Emory, 3, loves playing with >him. Calvin is a biologist with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. The family lives in Fishersville, Virginia.

To Greg Lois '97 and Natalie Lois, their first child, Alexandra Kathleen Lois, born August 26, 2009. Greg is an attorney; Natalie is a middle school teacher. The family lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

To Carrie Coppinger O'Donovan '97 and Tod O'Donovan, their second daughter, Grace Elizabeth O'Donovan, born March 23, 2009. Big sister Quinn, 3, is very proud. Carrie teaches music at Whitehall Elementary School in Bowie and recently attained national board certification; Tod is a manager for AARP Services. The family lives in Annapolis.

To Misty Uhlfelder Troll '97 and John Troll, a son, Emery Nathaniel Troll, born November 23, 2009. As you can see, he's ready for St. Mary's with his blue and gold. Emery joins big sister, Amelia, 3. Misty received her master's degree in public health in 2002 from Johns Hopkins University and
worked there for nine years before having children. John is an engineer and works at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. The family lives in Baltimore.

To Keith Neidhart '98 and Leigh Neidhart '05, a son, Owen John Neidhart, born August 3, 2009. Owen joins big sisters, Abbie and Maddie. Keith and Leigh are the owners of Sunset Homes, Inc, which has been in business since 1998. They build and remodel homes in St. Mary's County, Maryland, and Williamson County, Tennessee.

To Drew Weaver '98 and Brianne Smithson Weaver '00, a daughter, Kendra Jade Weaver, born January 28, 2010. She joins big brother, Jansen, 2. Brianne is entering her fifth season as the head coach for the St. Mary's women's soccer program; Drew is a senior quality assurance analyst for Serco North America. The family lives in Dameron.

To Jonathan Champion '99 and Margaret Rodriguez '02, a son, Nicholas Alexander Champion, born February 5, 2010. Jonathan works for the District of Columbia government. Margaret is a third-grade teacher for the Archdiocese of Washington and is finishing her master's in leadership in teaching. The family lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Kim Crance Colby '99 and Michael Colby, a son, John Anderson Colby or Jac-Jac, born July 27, 2009. Big sister, Lydia, 6, and big brother, Calvin, 4, are huge fans of the little guy. The family lives in Spokane, Washington.

To Kelly Miller Reed '99 and Anthony Reed, a son, Nolan Levi Reed, born November 16, 2009. Will he be a soccer or baseball player? Kelly is the environment and energy legislative assistant for U.S. Senator Russ Feingold. Anthony is a senior director of government relations for the Archer Daniels Midland Company. The family lives in Arlington, Virginia

To Jeff Carter '00 and Anne Seehaver Carter '01, a son, Pax Augustus Carter, born September 24, 2009, named in part after the "Pax" River where Anne and Jeff met. Pax joins big brothers Aidan, 6, and Leo, 3. Jeff works as a nurse on the neurology floor at the University of Virginia Hospital; Anne is working on her master's in reading education at the University of Virginia. The family live near Charlottesville, Virginia.

To Walter Nilsson '00 and Holly Seaman Nilsson '00, a daughter, Susanna Joy Nilsson, born November 17, 2009. Susie joins big sister Julia Pearl, 5, and big brother, Adam Kristofer, 3. The family lives in Lexington Park where Walt serves as senior pastor at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, and Holly enjoys taking care of the three children.

To Daniel Orzechowski '00 and Lauren Darnell Orzechowski '03, a son, Stephen Rhodes Orzechowski, born January 23, 2010. Dan and Lauren were married on July 14, 2007 at Historic St. Mary's City. Dan works as a senior manager for the U.S. Coalition Network at Safekids USA; Lauren is an eighth grade English teacher in the District of Columbia public schools. The family lives in Washington, D.C.

To Tracy Wilson Paradis '00 and Trevor Paradis, a daughter, Marin Rose Paradis, born April 14, 2009. She joins big sisters, Mica Keck, 12, and Maeve Keck, 9. Tracy says, "Girls Rock!" She and Trevor married on August 17, 2008. The family lives in Reston, Virginia.

To Michael Pennington '00 and Elizabeth Pennington, a son, James William Pennington, born October 17, 2009. Mike works as a business analyst for T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills, Maryland. Liz teaches sixth and seventh grade social studies at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson. The family lives in Kingsville, Maryland.

To Brian Charles Hamilton '02 and Julie Bederka Hamilton '02, a son, Owen Shoot Hamilton, born February 15, 2010. Brian is a senior network engineer in Washington, D.C.; Julie is now a stay-at-home mom. The family lives in Jessup, Maryland.

To Michelle Dougherty Chronowski '03 and Joseph Chronowski '03, a son, Carter Joseph Chronowski, born September 25, 2009. Mom is a physical therapist at Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore; dad is a firefighter/paramedic for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services. The family lives in Rosedale, Maryland.

To Jason Lawson '03 and Valerie Chapman Lawson '04, a son, Jesse Chapman Lawson, born July 29, 2009. Jason is a contracting officer with the U.S. Navy. Valerie completed her master's degree at Towson University and was a high school teacher for three years before choosing to stay home with Jesse. The family lives in Lexington Park.

To Sarah Hill Oleksak '03 and John Oleksak, a son, John Samuel Oleksak, born October 15, 2009. Sarah is a physical therapist; John is the general manager of a restaurant. The family lives in Salisbury, Maryland.

To Kristin Paradise Rundell '03 and Matt Rundell, a daughter, Molly Heather Rundell, born August 31, 2009. Molly entertains her parents with her cooing and smiling. Kristin is a high school guidance counselor at Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, Maryland; Matt has his own personal training business. The family lives in Rockville.

To Bridget Carlson Maddox '07 and Robert Maddox '07, their first child, Ainsley Jane Maddox, born March 25, 2010. Bridget is a program
coordinator with the St. Mary's County Department of Aging; Rob is an admissions counselor at the College. The family lives in Lexington Park.