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Sue O'Brien Carl, Vicki Chrul Chambers ’57, and Mary Liz Lewis Law ’57 enjoyed an end of summer vacation touring southern Maine for five days in September. It took longer than expected to get there when their bus had mechanical problems, extending the drive to Maine to 17 hours.


Our condolences to Diane DeChiaro Rachuba on the passing of her husband, Larry, in October.


Honoria “Honey” Callan Moran recently moved to Murrells Inlet, S.C., to be closer to her son, Johnny, and his wife, Jennie, and her two granddaughters, Julie Rose, age 5, and Jessie Elizabeth, age 2½. Her sister, Stephanie Callan Huffman, and her husband, Robert, also live in the area. Honey invites all of her classmates to visit next time they are in South Carolina.


Nancy Vierling Lenhoff was back on campus during Homecoming and Family Week in October to attend the Milestone Reunion Luncheon and Jubilarian Society Induction. She had the opportunity to reconnect with fellow classmates Elaine Staehle Pierpont ’64 and Marianne Mansperger Schap ’64 and wrote that “It will forever be a memory of a wonderful fall day at Stevenson.”


Our condolences to Maureen Norton on the passing of her father, Bernard, in October.


Susan Fisher Humphries attended the Milestone Reunion Luncheon during Homecoming and Family Week and was joined by fellow classmates Carolyn Villa Geraghty ’70, Audrey Poole ’70, and Susan Burns Wilfong ’70. The event was a wonderful opportunity for alumni to gather, reconnect, and reminisce on the Greenspring Campus.


Our condolences to Kitty Cromwell on the passing of her brother, Patrick, in September.

Congratulations to Leslie Lehrl Fowler and her husband, Ron, who recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with a trip to Jamaica.


Denise Stevenson Parker and her husband, Autry, celebrated 25 years of marriage in June 2015. Their oldest child just started law school at Howard University, and their second child graduated from the University of Tennessee in May 2015 with a dual degree and is now working as a literacy tutor in Washington, D.C. Their youngest child just began her third year of college at the University of Tennessee. Denise writes that “Life is good!”


Our condolences to Kimberly Rachuba Williams on the passing of her father, Larry, in October.


Lauren Gadd is the Director of Finance for the CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa on the island of Anguilla.


Beth Bevard Derickson ’91 ’92 owns Cornerstone Cleaning, celebrating its fifth year in business in March 2016. Cornerstone provides residential, commercial, move in/ out, and post-construction services as well as window cleaning and serves Baltimore City and Baltimore, Carroll, and Harford counties, and Southern York County in Pennsylvania.


Tim Richardson was recently appointed Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for the G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University. As chief strategist for corporate and foundation philanthropy, he works with school leadership to develop and secure funding opportunities supporting research, education, and translation. This is a promotion within the Hopkins system, as Tim previously held a similar role for the university’s School of Nursing.


In October 2015, Megan O’Connor Lusby was named Senior Director, State & Local Tax, at Altus Group, an international consulting firm. The state and local tax division at Altus Group was formerly SC&H State & Local Tax. Megan has been with this division for 16 years, overseeing a team of professionals that provide value-added tax services to their clients.


Jennifer Scott Liles has returned to Stevenson to pursue a second bachelor’s degree, fulfilling a dream of studying and working in the field of history.

Tammy Schneider, Founder and Managing Director of Taurus CPA Solutions, was named Treasurer of the National Association of Women Business Owners-Baltimore Regional Chapter.


Congratulations to Michele Andrews Chalmers who was recently promoted to Principal, Benefit Assurance Services, at CliftonLarsonAllen. She specializes in providing assurance and consulting services to plan sponsors of various employee benefit plans and functions as the engagement Principal on more than 200 plans. Michele is the leader of the employee benefit plan practices for the Baltimore, Md., and Washington, D.C., offices. She is also responsible for developing and implementing the firm-wide employee benefit plan audit approach and related training, and also serves as one of the firm-wide audit quality liaisons for employee benefit assurance services.


Tom Bents ’04 ’06M is an Assistant Vice President, Manager of Corporate Development Services at T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills, Md.

Breakfast with Santa was a festive hit again this year! Joining in on the December 12 event were Kristin Conley Hennessey ’02, Meredith Stevens Kondilas ’06, Heather Valunas Davis ’04, and Erica Lyons Airing ’05, as well as several of Santa’s younger fans.


Lydia Creighton Byers and husband, Russell ’05, welcomed the arrival of their first child, Cyrus George Russell, on April 29, 2015.


Shawn Barnes is working at Bon Secours Health System as a Nurse Manager. Shawn and her team submitted a poster abstract to the 112th Maryland Nurses Association Convention held last October, the first time that Bon Secours had a poster abstract accepted. The poster focused on interdisciplinary rounds, past, present, and future, and it placed second out of 41 entries, a huge milestone for the organization.

Katie Taylor Gardner ’06 ’07M and her husband, Todd, welcomed the arrival of their second child, Brett, born on March 5, 2015. He joins big brother Reed who was born in October 2013.

Steve Sawicki recently accepted a position as a Clinical Research Nurse with the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. He works as a study coordinator on a variety of NIH-sponsored research projects involving topics as diverse as critical limb ischemia and pulmonary artery hypertension. When not busy at work, Steve can be found performing onstage with the Baltimore Improv Group, honing his improvisation skills. He invites everyone to come out and see a show.

Brandon Seidl and his wife, Stephanie, welcomed a daughter, Colbie, on Oct. 30, 2015. Brandon is Director of Web Marketing and Digital Communications at Stevenson.


Samantha Snader Gladhill and husband, Ryan ’05, welcomed the arrival of their first child, Lily Ann, on March 27, 2015.

Christina Kramer became an aunt for the first time when her niece, Abigail Belle, was born on Oct. 28, 2015.


Lauren Schelts Abbott and her husband, Eric, welcomed the arrival of their first daughter, Claire Marie, born on May 16, 2015.

June 2015 was an exciting month for Candice Cramer. She became engaged to Michael LaFleur and passed the CPA exam. Candice is an accountant with EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC in Hunt Valley, Md.

Bridget Forney Deise began a new job as the Marketing Communications Manager for Kiddie Academy in Abingdon, Md.

Leigh Anne Hermann married Michael Patchak ’07 in 2012, and the couple welcomed the arrival of their first child, Finn Michael, on Oct. 8, 2015.

2008 continued

Lauren Humphries was one of 45,000 runners who participated in the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 11. Her time was 6 hours and 16 minutes. She is the first female runner with achondroplasia to finish a marathon. All of the sponsorship money raised by Lauren was donated to LUNGevity Foundation to support lung cancer research, education, and programs.

Matt Seiler and Jennifer Ellis Seiler ’08 welcomed their first child, Brooke, born on Dec. 7, 2015.

Shannel Shell was married to Shawn Winslow on Oct. 3, 2015. She is employed at Fannie Mae in Washington, D.C., as a Project Management Manager.


Stefani Beser and Jamie Read ’08 ’11M are engaged and are planning an October 2016 wedding. They live in Ellicott City, Md. with their Boston terrier, Beatrice. Stefani writes that the couple met while students at Stevenson, so the University holds a special place in their hearts.

Five alumni served as panelists on Adulting 101: Where Are They Now? held on November 16, sharing career advice and life lessons with senior students. Alumni included Angela Harris ’08, Veida McCampbell ’04, Steve Morrill ’99, Megan Lanasa ’08, Brian Swing ’12.

Jessica “Jess” Dixon Bieber joined the STX team in March 2015 as the Women’s Lacrosse Category Brand Manager. STX is a global sports equipment manufacturer based in Baltimore. Jess says that lacrosse has always been a part of her life so joining STX was a natural fit and a wonderful opportunity to combine her passion for the game with her professional skill set. She also coaches the 2019 Elite Lacrosse Club team in Harford County and serves on the Board of Directors for Harford Family House.

Amanda “Mimi” Bory married her best friend and the love of her life, Ryan Tinkler, on Oct. 18, 2015 at the Musket Ridge Golf Club in Frederick, Md. Romas Laskauskas, Assistant Professor, Business Administration at SU, officiated at the wedding.


Stephanie Adams is working as a chemist at Global Lab Services in Wilson, N.C., where she analyzes a variety of products for the presence of crop protection agents. At the same time, she is finishing work on a master’s degree in biomedical science at East Carolina University and working in a physical biochemistry lab at the East Carolina Diabetes and Obesity Institute.

Laura Castle is engaged to Nicholas Novak, and the couple is planning to be married on May 21, 2016 at Mountain Branch in Harford County, Md.

Heather Caldwell Swain is working as a Patient Advocate at Maryland Oncology Hematology in Columbia, Md. Heather and her husband, Brian, are expecting their first child in April 2016.

During a vacation in Portland, Maine, this past summer, Emily Testerman became engaged to Pat Reely, and the couple is planning an Oct. 2016 wedding. Emily has worked for three years at Diamond Comic Distributors in Hunt Valley, Md., as a Retailer Marketing Manager. She has traveled coast to coast for her work and recently met Chuck Palahniuk, who is writing Fight Club 2 for Dark Horse Comics.


Melissa Betz married Erik Olert in August 2015. She recently began graduate studies at Towson University working toward a Master of Science degree.

Amanda DePuy married Phillip Best on July 18, 2015 at the Olde Breton Inn in Leonardtown, Md. The couple spent their honeymoon in Key West, Fla.

Whitney Ellis and Ryan Ayres ’10 were married on May 15, 2015 at The Inn at Henderson’s Wharf in Fells Point. Immediately following the ceremony, the newlyweds and most of the bridal party boarded a cruise for seven days in the Bahamas where the couple had a symbolic ceremony on the beach. Whitney and Ryan met while both were students at Stevenson and began dating in 2010.

Our condolences to Thomas Fuller on the passing of his mother, Suzanne Baker Fuller ’81. His sister, Valerie, is a current student at Stevenson.

In August 2015 Lisa Baker Hinton was named to The Baltimore Sun’s “10 people to watch under 30” list. She is the scientific brain behind the successful Old Westminster Winery, a familyowned business in Carroll County. After graduating from SU, Lisa spent six months in Sonoma, Calif., perfecting her skills through an internship. She continues to take online classes focused on winemaking through the University of California- Davis.

Victoria Wolfe and Vincent “Vince” Delle Grotti ’11 were married on Sept. 5, 2015 in a ceremony at St. Leo’s Church in Little Italy, Baltimore. The couple spent their honeymoon in Antigua. They have purchased a home in Vince’s home state of New Jersey and are looking forward to settling into married life.


In June 2015 Christina Gigioli graduated from Drexel University with a master’s degree in higher education.

Kelly Patchak and Mike Lotz were married on June 6, 2015. Kelly writes that she is beyond happy to have married the man of her dreams and her best friend, and wanted to share this news with the school that really made a difference in her life.


Brittany Baker is working as a Graphic Designer at The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and is working toward a Master of Fine Arts degree in graphic design at the Maryland Institute College of Art with an expected graduation date in spring 2017.

Brittney Bryant ’13 ’14M started a new job last October as an Accreditation Officer at the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation in Frederick, Md.

Rochelle Gager is working as a staff accountant at Stoy Malone & Company in Towson, Md. She passed all four sections of the CPA exam and received her license in November.

Olivia Karas is engaged to marry Alex Rever, a graduate of Towson University. The couple is planning to wed on May 6, 2016.

Jeffrey Marsh and Lindsay Stuchinsky ’13 had an exciting year in 2015. They purchased their first home in June, got engaged in October, and began planning for a wedding in 2016.


Frank DiVincenzo is working as an IT Specialist at the Social Security Administration. He graduated from Stevenson in December 2016 with a master’s degree in Forensic Studies, Investigations track.

Joseph Giba is working as a Staff Nurse in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He was accepted to and is enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice, Nurse Anesthesia Program at the University of Maryland School of Nursing starting in June 2016. Joseph sends his thanks to the entire SU Nursing Department, especially Tonya Schneidereith, Ph.D., for motivating and inspiring him to be his best self, and credits the help he received from the SU faculty for his career success.

Julia Tucker ’14 ’15M sang “The Prayer” with multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban in front of an audience of more than 3,000 people at his Sept. 14 concert at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

Joe Wamba has joined the staff of Stevenson as the Athletics Video Producer.

Bradley Wilson ’14 ’15M recently began working as a Network Engineer at T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills, Md.


Samantha DeJordy is working as an Intake Specialist in the Carroll County Office of the Public Defender in Westminster, Md.

Tara DeNucci began work in December as a Registered Nurse on a medical surgical unit at Ocean Medical Center in N.J. She just celebrated her four-year anniversary of dating Ryan Ferguson ’15. The two met as freshmen at SU the day after they moved into the residence halls. Tara says this is another reason to thank SU for all it has done for her. She is excited to see where her life is heading.

Ryan Salah is working as a Financial Advisor at Aspire Wealth Planners in Hunt Valley, Md.

Ava Schein recently began work as a Laboratory Technician at JHT, Inc., doing contractual work for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Amy Sharfman is working at Conference & Logistics Consultants, Inc. in Annapolis, Md., doing marketing and conference management. She is also continuing her studies at Stevenson working toward a master’s degree in Communication Studies.

This past summer Tara Shishmanian spent 17 days in Haiti as part of a service mission with Angel Wings International. Participating in the Grand Install project, she was able to help install electricity, running water, cabinetry, and air conditioning in the Angel Wings International’s clinic. Tara’s career is taking her to the St. Bernard Project in Chalmette, La., where she will serve as coordinator of volunteers.

Amber Summers is working as a Registered Nurse at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital.

In Memoriam:

Johanna Bengel ’58 on June 24, 2015
Karen Jeanne Boswell ’76 on Sept. 8, 2015
Suzanne Baker Fuller ’81 on Nov. 1, 2015
Marguerite Hiebler Kaniecki ’61 on Jan 11, 2016
Susan Henry Kelly ’81 on Sept. 5, 2014
Sarah Morton ’08 on Nov. 16, 2015
Celeste Saxton-Garver ’78 on Nov. 3, 2015
Teresa Soltysiak ’96 on Aug. 4, 2014
Joan Eckhart Wolf ’57 on Jan. 11, 2016

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