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Sue O'Brien Carl and Regina Holter Welsh ’57 were co-hosts for Stevenson’s private showing of the 2014 Baltimore Symphony Decorators’ Show House in April. More than 40 guests toured the two-story penthouse at Silo Point in Locust Point, Md., and then enjoyed a dinner reception in the Sky Lounge where they were treated to magnificent views of the Inner Harbor and Fort McHenry. Our condolences to Victoria “Vicki” Chrul Chambers on the death of her sister, Theo Griesacker,


Patricia “Pat” Doyle Balassone was married on Feb. 22 to Thomas Coleman, M.D., an allergist in the Student Health Center at The Ohio State University. The couple met at the Student Health Center where Pat works as a Nurse Practitioner.


Vera “Lynn” Hicks Hempey ’77 ’10 is working as a human resources generalist at MidAtlantic Farm Credit in Westminster, Md. She recently received a master’s degree in human resources development from McDaniel College in Westminster. Lynn has been married for 35 years to Matt, who owns an accounting business in Carroll County, Md. Their daughter, Erika, was married in July 2013 and is a chiropractor in Clarksville, Md.
Patricia “Trish” Denny is a licensed massage therapist and director of the MBS Research Foundation headquartered in Parkville, Md. The foundation was established with the goal to contribute to the already credible uses of massage as a viable alternative and complementary medical option. Their first project is a treatment for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The foundation is working with local businesses and veterans groups on fundraising efforts. A Facebook page, H.E.R.O. - A PTSD Research Project, was set up to raise awareness of this issue.


Dave Burrows ’92 ’94 ’94 ’95 ’99M took part in the Stevenson Golf Open in June and was recognized at the awards luncheon as the only graduate who has played in all 18 golf tournaments dating back to June 9, 1997.

1994 - 20th Reunion

Tim Richardson was named the Associate Director of Development for The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON). Utilizing his two decades of experience in marketing, public relations, corporate sponsorships, and development, Tim focuses on identifying and securing funding from corporations and foundations for JHSON programming, research, scholarships, and capital projects. His office is located on The Johns Hopkins Medical Campus in East Baltimore.


Tracy Beales Gaspari is a 16-year veteran of production services at Maryland Public Television and was recently promoted to Production Supervisor/Lighting Designer. She worked in the television studio at Baltimore-based investment bank Alex. Brown & Sons before joining MPT as an assistant producer for the station’s national production of the National Geographic Bee. Tracy has earned two Emmy awards for lighting design and directing from the local chapter of the National  Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and just received her third Emmy for lighting design for the MPT program entitled “America’s Veterans: A Musical Tribute.”


While a student at VJC, Jayme Blackburn Verfaillie’s main academic focus was film and photography with an emphasis on thought in aesthetics. In 2014 she launched her website,, an endeavor that resulted from her passion for photography and pottery. Jayme is the sole proprietor of J. Verfaillie Photography, a Seattle-based business offering fine art portraits. She resides in Seattle, Wash., with her husband, Jon-Paul, and their four-legged pal, Maddy.


Jaime Hershner Elwood has joined The Great Cookie as Director of E-commerce and Business Development. She previously was Vice President of Marketing and Director of Web Strategy for Medifast, Inc.
Krista Landgraf was married to Thomas Kaiser on June 7 at Ravens Stadium in Baltimore, the perfect venue since Thomas had proposed on the 50-yard line at the stadium. The couple met two years ago and Thomas is a dual citizen from Berlin, Germany. There was a table at the reception named “Villa” in honor of all of Krista’s friends and guests from her VJC days, including Patricia Ellis, Special Assistant to the Dean, GPS. Wedding photos were taken by fellow alumna Zhia Victoria Hall Shepardson ’01. The couple resides in Mt. Airy, Md.


Eric Lee took part in the 18th Annual Stevenson Golf Open in June and his foursome took second place. Other players in his group included Dave Gaither ’99 and Brian Ray ’03. All three are employed at Hertzbach & Company, an accounting firm located in Owings Mills, Md. Kelly Barton ’03 and Abbey Degitz ’13, both of whom also work at Hertzbach, volunteered their time at the event as course monitors.


Rachel Hanson is the owner and general manager of the Ravage Deli on Belair Road in Perry Hall, Md. Baltimore Magazine listed the gourmet sandwich shop in its “Best of Baltimore” 2013 food issue.


Reagan Lawrence was one of six finalists for the Hillsborough Education Foundation’s annual Teacher of the Year award. She teaches fifth grade at Hunter’s Green Elementary in Tampa, Fla., and has been at the school for six years. Reagan says she is not just an instructor but also a performer. “I do a lot of singing and dancing; keeping students engaged is important. I try to go above and beyond in the classroom. I really care about all of my students and try to create an environment in which I can connect with them.” Reagan received a master’s degree in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University’s Tampa campus. She also helps to coach the junior varsity volleyball team at nearby Wharton High School
Courtney North Sagal is the Manager of Volunteer and Retail Services at the Irvine Nature Center in Owings Mills, Md., where she manages the organization’s education events, including the Eat, Drink, & Learn series. She was quickly recognized as a talented team member by her supervisors and was promoted twice in the past two years. Courtney says, “Without the experiences gained in college, I would not be where I am today. I entered college not knowing what I really wanted to do. The life lessons learned and the ‘tough love’ from the professors taught me that you are not handed opportunities, you must seek them out and work hard each and every day in order to succeed.”


Allison Leopard married William Bowers on April 4 at Riverdale Manor in Lancaster, Penn. They celebrated their marriage with a honeymoon cruise to the Bahamas. Allison works at Loyola University Maryland as the Assistant Director of Annual Giving. The couple resides in Cockeysville, Md.

2009 - 5th Reunion

Miranda Green was married to Eric Bacon on June 14 at Cupid’s Chapel in Las Vegas, Nev. Family and friends were able to watch the ceremony via a live webcast. Miranda works at the Social Security Administration and was recently promoted to the position of Disability Examiner Consultant and received a Recognition of Contribution
and Performance Award.
Alisha N. Borden received a master’s degree in public health from the University of Texas, Health Science Center, School of Public Health, in Houston, Texas in May 2013. Alisha resides in Catonsville, Md., and is employed with the University of Maryland Medical Center as an Academic Program Specialist within the School of Nursing.
Congratulations to Sara Dell Partin who recently graduated from Towson University with a Master of Arts in Teaching.


Amber Woodruff ’10 ’11M donated one of her kidneys to her boyfriend, Dave Wilson, on May 22. Both are recovering and doing well. Amber is a laboratory technician with the Anne Arundel County Police Department. Kelsey Wildberger Behner and her husband, Matt, welcomed their first daughter, Kaylee Nicole, on April 2, weighing in at 8 lbs. 2 oz. Christina Brown ’10 is Kaylee’s godmother.
Chelsea Mihok and Griffin Stewart ’11 became engaged on April 17. They met in 2008 while students at Stevenson, and during that time Chelsea was a captain of the dance team and Griffin was a captain of the baseball team. She is a pre-kindergarten teacher at Davenport Preschool in Towson, Md., and he is an RN at the University of
Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The couple lives in Federal Hill and is planning an Aug. 15, 2015, wedding.
Rebecca “Becky” King Padencov and her husband, Serban, are the proud parents of identical twin daughters born on Sept. 23, 2013. Although they arrived six weeks early, Sophia and Olivia are thriving. The family resides in Severn, Md.
Congratulations to Erica Skrabacz and George Papuchis ’10 who became engaged in November 2013. The couple plan to marry on Nov. 8, 2014, in Annapolis, Md. Erica works as a Senior Accountant at Meso Scale Diagnostics in Rockville, Md., and George works as a Behavioral Data Specialist at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Md.
Katherine “Katie” Peterson Welsh was recently promoted to Associate Director of Alumni Relations at Stevenson University. After graduation she worked for an event company in Columbia, Md., and returned to SU in 2011 as the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations. Katie and her husband and their dog, Maddie, moved into a new home this year in Glen Burnie, Md.
June Struder was married to Joseph “Joe” Whalen last Dec. 28. The ceremony and reception were held at the Vandiver Inn in Havre de Grace, Md., and later featured in the Feb. 16 edition of The Baltimore Sun. June is a Captain in the Army and a Registered Nurse. Joe enlisted in the Army in 2009 as a Combat Engineer and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. He left the Army in 2012 and is hoping to attend school for nursing or to become an electrician. The couple is stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash.


Katherine “Katie” Hoffman Meyers returned to SU in May to work as the Administrative Assistant supporting the Vice President for Public Affairs and Strategy. Prior to this, Katie spent three years as Administrative Assistant/Office Coordinator with the international recruiting firm Randstad Professionals, formerly The Mergis Group.


Megan Bosse is working at Visit Baltimore as a Communications Assistant responsible for assisting with public relations and communications efforts and managing the member e-newsletter. Prior to this, she assisted the Visit Baltimore Convention Sales Department with meeting sales and group tour and travel.

Brian Lewis ’13 ’13M is a student at Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minn., and anticipates graduating in 2017. He received a Dean’s Scholarship at Hamline in recognition of his studies at Stevenson and his score on the law school admissions test, which Brian credits to the LSAT Prep Course he took at Stevenson.

Joshua Morris is working as an Information Assurance Analyst at Booz Allen Hamilton in Lexington Park, Md.

Julie Pfanstiel is working as a Paralegal in the law offices of Thomas F. Ellis III in Annapolis, Md.

Michael Tyburski ’13M is working as an IT Specialist at the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn, Md.


Kristin Baione is working as a Sales and Communications Coordinator with Sustain Creativity in the Washington, D.C., area.
Melanie Bishop-Crouch works for Howard County Government as a Developer Agent, Real Estate Services. She is pursuing a master’s degree at Stevenson in forensic studies.
Morgan Buckingham is working as an Administrative Assistant at Arthur Bell and Associates, a CPA firm in Hunt Valley, Md.
Michelle Larkin has joined the Walt Disney World Resort as a Professional Editorial Intern for internal communications. In her new position, she will be working on many of the internal communication platforms including Walt Disney World’s intranet and internal newsletter, which is a full-color biweekly print magazine read by more than 65,000 cast members.
Marilyn Lovo is working at Q Marketing and Design in Baltimore in a part-time position and is searching for a job in the Washington, D.C., area. She manages social media and mailing lists; sends email blasts about client events; provides logistical assistance such as creating event registration, tickets, and name badges; and organizes marketing materials for presentations. 
Kera Madden recently began working as a Customer Service Representative for Toyota Financial Services in Owings Mills, Md. She writes, “I am loving my experience. Everyone has been so
friendly and welcoming. I am excited to join the Toyota Financial family!”
Avi Miller was selected for and accepted a position as a Graduate Assistant in athletic communications at the University of Akron, where he will be studying for an M.B.A. in Strategic Marketing. He is living in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
John “Johnny” Mills is living in Philadelphia, Penn., and working at the Freire Charter School as Assistant to the Head of Academic Affairs, maintaining student accounts and overseeing areas such as summer school, tours, and transfer students. He also oversees the admissions departments of both the middle and high school.
Chelsea Moog is a Special Events Associate at the Pulmonary Hypertension Association in Silver Spring, Md.
Lynn Aaron Nichols keeps busy working as an Assistant Coordinator at event planning in Towson, Md., as well as holding down a job at Sascha’s Catering as a personal assistant to the sales manager.
Jamie Schafer is working as a Logistics Specialist at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Cockeysville, Md.
Karen Ulmer ’14M is working at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center as an Otolaryngology Nurse Specialist.
After completing three months of training in Las Vegas, Nev., Tiera Willey will begin work as Manager of Community Relations for MGM
International Resorts.
Alexander “Alex” Zeidler is working as an Advertising Coordinator at the newly opened Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore.

In Memoriam:

Jean Dippel Carter ’66
Esther F. Dubin ’08
Regina Provenzano ’71

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