Keep in touch with your classmates
Where do the stories for the Alumni Connection come from? Most come directly from you in letters or e-mail updates. We also search public sources, news clippings, the Internet, and press releases sent by your employers. Your classmates will want to hear what your new research grant or your new job is all about, what your graduate degree is in, your trip, your marriage, or your expanding family. Submissions may be edited for style and length.
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Jay Roseberry (J.R.) recorded his story as a movie extra in Robert Redford's film in his 2009 article, "A Conspiracy of Extras: An inside look behind the scenes of Redford's ‘The Conspirator'" for the on-line newspaper, www.connectsavannah.com. When he's not a movie extra, J.R. lives on Tybee Island, Georgia, where he moved after retiring from The Washington Post in 1995. He writes columns for several Georgia newspapers and freelances for magazines and newspapers throughout the country. Jay is shown here posing with other ‘extras.'
Liz Sandlin and Nadine Kettell-Osborn met in March for lunch on the Square in Sonoma, California. This was their first meeting since high school graduation 55 years ago and this is the first time they've had a class note in the Mulberry Tree. Liz earned her master's degree in general home economics at the University of Maryland College Park in 1965. She earned a second master's degree in public administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco in 1977, and moved to Sonoma in 1984 while working for the University of California's Cooperative Extension in Marin County. After retiring in 1994, she went back to school to earn a graduate certificate in gerontology. Nadine and her husband, Richard, began their trip from their Canadian home to Sonoma in January. They visited family and friends and stayed with Evergreeners, an international group of adults ages 50 and older who open their homes as bed and breakfasts. When they finally got to California, they toured the state for nearly a month and lunched twice with Liz. That's Nadine on the left and Liz on the right in the photo.
A. Elizabeth Barber Walker returned to campus in March to discuss her new book, Breaking Ice: Sometimes You Got to Fall In! and her experience as the first African-American student at St. Mary's Junior College in 1962. Her enrollment at the height of the Civil Rights movement was the start of a cultural revolution at the College. "Liz is one of the most courageous people I know," said David Sushinsky, director of alumni relations, as he introduced her to the audience in Cole Cinema. Liz used drama and roleplaying to portray incidents she experienced breaking the color barrier. "The biggest challenge was the loneliness," she concluded. Liz is shown in the middle here with the Black Student Union officers and adviser, from left to right, Darren McCutchen '10, Taylore Mountain '10, Felicia Harris '11, Hillary Powell '11, Jennifer Burroughs '10, and Derek Young '02. She lives in Norfolk, Virginia, with her daughter, Knaron. Breaking Ice is available at the Campus Bookstore (www.smcmbooks.com).
Bonita Tabakin-Latterner wants to reconnect with classmates. After graduation, she married Jack Fisher '68 and moved to Glendale, Arizona. When her marriage ended, she moved back to the Washington, D.C., area in 1978, married a "humble, brilliant, outdoor guy named Art Latterner," and had a son. An artist since age 6, Bonita interned with Pablo Picasso while an undergrad at St. Mary's and continues to create color-infused art. Since 2008, she has exhibited her work at galleries in North Bethesda, Annapolis, and Baltimore; written novels and short stories; created fiber wall hangings; and worked as a guest lecturer and art teacher. The painting shown here is "White Mountain's Glory, N.H." Other examples of her art are at www.Bonitasart.com. Bonita and her husband live in North Potomac, Maryland.
Les Potter is the academic chair for the College of Education at Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, Florida. The College of Education is a new program for those who didn't finish high school, non-native English speakers, students who seek a bachelor's degree in education, and post-grads who are making a career shift to teaching. Les is excited to be on the ground floor of this new initiative. Previously, he was a middle school principal. Les and his family live in Port Orange, Florida.
Cari Wright wants to reconnect with classmates. She and her daughter, Kacie Wright, who will be 8 on Halloween, live in Gambrills, Maryland.
Contact Cari at email@example.com.
Beth Ward is Secretary of the College for Hampshire College, a private liberal arts college in Amherst, Massachusetts. She is one of four officers of the college and supports the work of the trustees and the president. Beth has worked at Hampshire for 12 years and credits St. Mary's with giving her a transformative educational experience.
Mark Allen was diagnosed with head and neck cancer in 2009, but he successfully underwent radiation and chemotherapy and is now cancer free. He works for the Defense Security Service in Alexandria, Virginia, as a deputy director for counterintelligence and was promoted to defense intelligence senior leader. His wife, Terrie, is a senior sales director with Mary Kay Cosmetics. During a recent trip, they rode their Harley Davidson Ultra Classic motorcycle around the entire 1,047 miles of the Grand Canyon. At least annually, Mark and Mike Currey '85 ride their Harleys to St. Mary's. Any tire marks in Dorchester Hall during Alumni Weekend 2010 weren't theirs! Mark and Terrie live in Stafford, Virginia, and their door is always open.
Brigit Shea Sullivan, Bobbi Kienast Daghir, Mary Silanskis Laulis, Mary Jo Stein, and Patty Moscoso Lutton (from left to right), gathered last fall at Brigit's house to catch up. Brigit is a biomedical librarian at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. She lives in Rockville with her husband, Kevin, son, Conor, and pup, Rocky. Bobbi lives in Havre de Grace with her husband, Mark, and children Lucy, Sophie, and Harry. After years working in international trade law in the private sector, she now works for the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. Mary lives in Eldersburg, Maryland, with husband, Mark, and children, Samantha and Matthew, where she volunteers and works in the media center of a local elementary school. St. Mary's is a family tradition for Mary, with two sisters and a niece as alums. Mary Jo, a member of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, lives in the Daughters' headquarters in Paris where she interprets and translates for the English-speaking sisters. She plans to return to her previous ministry of nursing in the United States in the next two years. Patty lives in New Windsor, Maryland, with husband, Todd, and daughters, Emma and Trudye. Her son, Nikolas, just finished his plebe year at the U.S. Naval Academy. Patty is the executive director of Residential Continuum, Inc. which supports the residential needs of children and adults with autism.
Veronica Miller has been an art dealer since 1992. Specializing in fine Japanese woodblock prints and drawings, she became the owner and director of the Egenolf Gallery in Los Angeles in 2002 (www.egenolfgallery.com).
Michele Everett Shipley is the current president of the Maryland Association of Paralegals and was profiled in the December 2009 Baltimore Business Journal. She became interested in law during a seminar on the Supreme Court and religion at St. Mary's. After graduation Michele worked as a legal secretary. After completing the paralegal certificate program at Anne Arundel Community College, she began her career as a paralegal at Hyatt & Weber P.A., in Annapolis. Michele, her husband, Loren, and their daughters, Annie and Emily, live in Annapolis.
Tammy-Lynne Wible Guglielmo, shown here in a photo taken by Walt Bartas '93 at Point Reyes, California, was profiled in the The Frederick News-Post. She fell in love with stage lighting during her third semester at St. Mary's, added theater as her second major, and has worked professionally on lighting, scenic, and properties crews since the summer of 1991. Tammy-Lynne is the sales manager for Parlights Inc., a stage lighting and theatrical supply company. She and her husband, Gus, live in Frederick County, Maryland.
Gabriel Hodge and his wife, Lisa Chaney Hodge '93, live in Ballston Lake, New York, with their three children, Aidan, 13, Cohen, 10, and Lydia, 6, and Fletch, their Maine coon cat. Gabe received his master's degree in architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1997 and spent the next eight years working for the firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. While there, he worked on the College's master plan, and Historic St. Mary's City's heritage plan, and was project architect for the St. John's Archaeological Site Museum. In 2006, he formed the architectural firm Balzer Hodge Tuck in Saratoga Springs, New York. He works on educational, commercial, and residential projects.
Jared Romey published Speaking Argento, his third book on Spanish slang, in 2009. It is a humorous guide to the Argentine Spanish language. His first two books, Speaking Boricua and Speaking Phrases Boricua, published in 2004 and 2005, dealt with Puerto Rican slang. His next book, Speaking Chileno, will be published this year. After leaving St. Mary's, Jared worked in Washington, D.C., where he began studying Spanish. He continued his studies at the University of South Carolina while earning an international M.B.A. From there, he took a job in Chile, then lived in Argentina and Puerto Rico. Since 2005, he has run his own company, Romey, Inc., which imports and distributes hair care and other beauty products in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Check out his web site, www.speakingLatino.com.
Kelley Dean Morris spent November 2009 as an artist-inresidence at the Purnati Center for the Arts in Bali, Indonesia. In 2005, following a teaching career in Baltimore, she moved to coastal North Carolina to pursue her lifelong passion for the arts. She has exhibited her work throughout the eastern United States, and in 2010 opened a gallery in Holden Beach, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, David. Kelley's art work can be seen at www.kdmorris.net.
Christopher Pinkerton received the Emergency Consultants Incorporated Mid-Level Practitioner of the Year award for 2009. A certified physician assistant since 2002 when he graduated from Saint Louis University with a master's in medical science, Chris has worked in the emergency department at the Barnes-Jewish St. Peter's Hospital in St. Peters, Missouri, since 2003. He also is an adjunct professor at Saint Louis University School of Allied Health and Medicine. Married since 1997, Chris and his wife, Tonya, and children, Max, 8, Levi, 6, and Carter, 1, live in Wentzville, Missouri.
Eric Schoen has been a full-time actor since 1998. In 2009, he started his own company, Class 6 Theatre, dedicated to producing professional theater in the greater Phoenix area. His theatre company stages "movable theater," with each production in a different location in Phoenix. This gives him artistic freedom to experiment with new ideas and new audiences, and turns the act of attending theater into an adventure. In 2010, four productions are being staged including It's Always Sunny in Phoenix which is directed by Eric. To learn more, visit www.classs6theatre.org.
Eric Dunn received the 2009 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, a national teaching award with a $25,000 prize. A math teacher at Webster Groves High School just outside St. Louis, he has taught algebra, AP calculus, geometry, and trigonometry there for 13 years. Eric's teaching philosophy is "to let kids discover as much as possible" and to apply real world applications to the math concepts he teaches.
Chris Harney '97 has had quite a year. In his fifth year as the head coach of the Seahawks men's basketball team, the team won the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) championship for the second time in three years. Chris is the 2010 CAC Men's Basketball Coach of the Year, making him the second St. Mary's men's basketball coach in the program's 43-year history to receive this award. The team made its second appearance in three years at the NCAA Division III playoffs as the top seed in the Middle Atlantic Region where they advanced to the Sweet 16 round before losing to Franklin & Marshall College. Chris is also the National Association of Basketball Coaches 2010 Middle Atlantic Region Coach of the Year, a first for the St. Mary's men's basketball program. Chris feels the team's success has resulted in a renewed sense of pride at a school mostly known for sailing. He and his wife, Carrie Dannenfelser Harney '99, and daughters, Drue and Wrenn, live in Lexington Park.
Brian Waud's route from biology major to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna was circuitous. After St. Mary's, Brian worked in Houston restaurants until boredom set in. During grad school in Russian/Eastern European studies at the University of Texas at Austin he met his wife, Kelly. After the nonproliferation graduate program at the National Nuclear Security Administration he worked in Russia with the Global Threat Reduction Initiative, did stints in Eastern Europe and Africa, and then took a position at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna in 2009. He and Kelly take weekend trips exploring Europe once a month.
Roomies reunion! Former roommates (left to right) Kim Nickol Anderson '97, Tracy Morgan '97, Jessica Chin '97, and Melanie Suranno Burcham '98 got together this year. Kim is an occupational therapist for Baltimore County Public Schools and works with children with autism. She lives in Bel Air, Maryland, with husband, Eric, whom she married in May 2009. Tracy is a veterinarian at Jarrettsville Veterinary Center. She, her partner, Laura, and their two dogs, four cats, and two horses enjoy their new home in Pylesville, Maryland. Jess received her Ph.D. in kinesiology from the University of Maryland in 2008. Her research involves sociocultural examinations of physical culture and the active body in post-communist Romania. She is an assistant professor at San José State University in California. Mel is a system administrator at SAIC in Columbia, Maryland. She lives with Justin, her husband of seven years, and sons Dylan, 5, and Corey, 2, in Crownsville, Maryland.
Sara Meiko Jones won an individual artist award this year from the Maryland State Arts Council. One of 22 Maryland artists recognized in the solo musical performance category, she has been singing jazz professionally since 2001. Sara earned a master's degree in music in piano accompanying from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In 2004, she won first place in the Billie Holiday Vocal Competition, and in 2009 was a semi-finalist in the American Traditions Vocal Competition. She has been a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and the Boston Pops Orchestra. Sara's debut CD, "Daydream A Little," featuring the New York based Latin Jazz Ensemble, Trio Da Paz, was released this spring on Petite Musique Records. The Sara Jones Trio will be at Boordy Vineyards in Hydes, Maryland, on November 6, 2010. Sara and her husband, trumpet player Kevin Watt of the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors, married in 2006 and live in the Baltimore area.
Jonathan Champion '99 earned a master's in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University in 2009 and was the Government of the District of Columbia's employee of the month for October 2009. A member of the District Department of the Environment since 2007, he promotes "green" technologies to reduce pollution from stormwater runoff and he helps implement the District's EPA-issued stormwater permit. His wife, Margaret Rodriguez '02, will receive her master's in leadership in teaching from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland this year. They live in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Edie Fortuna Cimino works as a felony trial attorney for the Office of the Public Defender, Neighborhood Defenders Unit in Baltimore, and teaches hot yoga classes at Charm City Yoga (www.edieyoga.com). She lives in Baltimore City with her husband, Joe, and son, Louie.
Gwen Degentesh Mravca '02 lives and works in Buenos Aires. She teaches English as a Second Language to professionals at HSBC Bank and Standard & Poor's, and has, in turn, learned a lot from her porteño colleagues. Last year, Gwen leapt in faith and love to South America with her husband, Mike, who manages two study abroad programs for the Escuelas y Centros de Español en Latinamérica (ECELA ) campuses in Argentina, Chile, and Peru. Gwen and Mike met at St. Mary's 2006-2008 when Gwen was office manager and instructor of voice in the music department, and Mike was an international adviser for the College and recruiter for the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Oxford. To learn more visit ECELA ’s web sites: www.SPANISHandMEDICINE.com, and www.SPANISHandSOCCER.com.
Erin Howard completed her doctorate in counseling psychology from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and a clinical psychology internship at the University of Rochester in 2008. She then spent a year as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Erin now works as a licensed psychologist for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina; plays violin with the Chapel Hill Philharmonia; and lives in Raleigh.
Meghan Efland has worked for Paul Reed Smith Guitars in Stevensville, Maryland, for six years. She started as loss control coordinator, became the maintenance, repairs and operations buyer in 2008, and then material sourcing manager in 2009. She buys all the direct material parts-tuners, bridges, inlay, strings, and cases. Meghan compares her job to living in the television show, "How It's Made." She lives in Church Hill, Maryland. Meghan is shown here with Paul Reed Smith.
Alexis O'Brien is a communications associate at the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C. She promotes the World Bank internationally, tracks international development news, and assists the president and senior management with events. Most recently, Alexis coordinated press outreach in Istanbul for the World Bank and International Monetary Fund's 2009 annual meetings. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Jack Banks '04 received his master of science in information systems from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2009. Jack >works at Access Systems, Inc. as a senior systems analyst and, when he is not traveling, lives in Frederick, Maryland.
Andrew Glikin '04, aka "Blackfoot," has been hiking the U.S. coasts for years. On April 4, 2006, he began his thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain, Georgia. Some five months, 14 states, and 2,167 miles later he reached the north end of the trail at Katahdin, Maine, earning his nickname, "Blackfoot." In 2009, he earned his master's degree in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England in Keene, New Hampshire. Reinvigorated, he loaded up his pack and headed west to hike the Pacific Coast Trail. On May 7, 2009, he began his 2,650 mile trek from Campo, California, and ended in Baxter Provincial Park, Canada, on September 19. Andrew is engaged to Lauren Schottenfeld and has a new job teaching environmental education at the Yosemite National Institute in California. Blackfoot can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rob Jones is a food activist and the leader of a crop mob. This grass-roots group addresses the challenges of sustainable agriculture. Once a month, about 50 volunteer "crop mobbers" descend on a local farm for a day to weed, move compost, dig fresh beds, and harvest ready-at-once crops like sweet potatoes. The group is paid for its labor with a community meal. So far, Rob's mobbers have helped at over 15 small-scale, sustainable farms and contributed over 2,000 hours of work. "There's no reason that backyard and community gardeners can't mob, too. Because anywhere there's dirt, a community can grow." Check out www.cropmob.org. Rob lives in Carrboro, North Carolina.
Kristen Farley-Rambo '05 is a zookeeper for six gorillas at the Philadelphia Zoo. A biology major, she worked in research at the Pittsburgh Zoo after graduation. Transferring to the Philadelphia Zoo, she started out as a relief keeper working with all of the primates, and then moved into the gorilla keeper position. Kristen says, "The gorillas challenge me every single day, and I absolutely love it. They are my kids!" Kristen and her spouse, Amanda, live in Sicklerville, New Jersey.
Lauren Moore graduated in May from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. She started a three-year residency in July at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Uplands, Pennsylvania.
Matt Sargent returned to campus in November 2009 for the performance of "Ghost Music," his new work for solo percussion. Shown here with Bill Solomon, the percussionist who performed the work, Matt is a composer, guitarist, and laptop artist. His composing, as described on his web site, www.mattsargentmusic.com, "stems from an appreciation of natural resonances, acoustic spaces, field recording, and outdoor listening." In June, he was in residency at the Goldwell Open Air Museum just outside Death Valley National Park where he collaborated with Chris Kallmyer '07 on a new work. Matt and his wife Meghan Quinn '05 live in Hartford, Connecticut.
Will Tipton, shown here with his mother, Rita Molyneaux '71, and father, Ron Tipton, was one of only 126 applicants out of 2,000 selected for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department's 49th recruit training class. He graduated in May 2009, and is now an Anne Arundel County firefighter and emergency medical technician at Station 42 in Deale, Maryland. After working as a teacher and in a law firm, Will realized he wanted a job helping people and didn't want to be stuck behind a desk all day. Will lives in Baltimore City.
Jennifer Covington graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Nursing with highest honors in July 2009. She was pinned by her mother, Nancy Covington, R.N., shown here with Jennifer, during the graduation pinning ceremony. Jennifer was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She now works as a registered nurse on the orthopedic and trauma floor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Hospital and lives in Durham.
Eric Hoffman is a genetic engineering policy campaigner at Friends of the Earth U.S. He focuses on protecting people and the environment from emerging technologies such as human genetic engineering and animal cloning. Following graduation from St. Mary's, Eric spent a year as an Emerson National Hunger Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center where he worked at the Community Food Bank in Tucson, Arizona, and the National Family Farm Coalition in Washington, D.C. After the fellowship, he was a policy assistant for the National Family Farm Coalition and the Community Food Security Coalition. Eric lives in Washington, D.C.