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Susan “Sue” O’Brien Carl enjoyed spending time with Sr. Ann Julie Peters in June when the two visited Jones Beach on Long Island, N.Y. Sr. Ann Julie taught at VJC from 1955 to 1964 and was the college’s first Dean of Students. She retired in June after 65 years as an educator.


While cruising through the Panama Canal this past summer, Carmela “CeCe” Di Giorgio Brooks-Hilte unexpectedly met fellow classmate Doris Yurek Griswold ’63 on the same ship. They spent the rest of the two week cruise enjoying each other’s company and catching up on the past 50-plus years since they had last seen each other.


Condolences to Donna Croucher Morrison on the passing of her father, Melvin Christian, on June 10.


Condolences to Mary Beth Bauernschub on the passing of her father, George, on April 18.

Leslie Lehrl Fowler is the President and Founder of Arts On Stage, an organization with a mission to artistically, culturally, and educationally enrich the minds of children through live, professional theater productions including plays, music, dance, drama, and storytelling from around the world. She has 24 years of experience organizing theater productions and has a passion for the moral education of children and a tremendous love of theater arts. Arts On Stage (ArtsOnStage. org) emerged in 2004 from a New York City-based nonprofit organization. Leslie lives in Lutherville, Md., with her husband of 40 years, Ronald. The couple has three children and two grandchildren.

Ellen Paymer Romanoff is celebrating 10 years as the owner and founder of Educational Tutoring Services. She works with children who need assistance in reading, writing, math, and all areas of language arts from kindergarten through fifth grade. Ellen adds that it is a very rewarding career.


Michael J. Begley retired from the Federal Government after 22 years of service to finally pursue his dream of being a full-time professional performer. He has appeared as an extra on the television series VEEP, in a featured extra role in the film Better Living Through Chemistry, and in speaking roles in the film The Nextnik and the television series Fatal Attraction and Fatal Kin. Last December, he appeared as “Old Deuteronomy” in the Compass Rose Theatre (Annapolis, Md.) production of the musical Cats, earning rave reviews and inclusion in the DCMetro TheaterArts list of “Best of 2014: Best Featured Actors in a Professional Musical.” Michael resides in Columbia, Md., with his wife of 29 years, Patricia, but regularly commutes to New York City for auditions.


Linda Layman ’79 ’15 is the Director of Human Resources at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Md. After receiving an A.A.  degree from VJC in 1979, Linda returned to Stevenson and last May received a bachelor’s degree in business administration.


Congratulations to Cynthia “Cyndi” Matos Macsherry who recently celebrated 20 years as the Internship Coordinator for the Paralegal Studies Program at Stevenson.


In March 2015, Wendi Wagner Peters was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan as Deputy Secretary for the Maryland Department of Planning, where she will lead the 150-member state planning department.


Robin Richardson Moore ’87 ’90 is excited about her upcoming marriage to Bill Dvornicky on Sept. 20, 2015. The couple will be married at Thorpewood in Thurmont, Md.


Marjorie Simpson recently accepted a faculty position as a Professor Instructor at The George Washington University, School of Nursing.


Tracey Whetstone Cantabene is now the Arena Manager at Heritage Hills Athletic Club in York, Pa., where she will be responsible for marketing as well as increasing use of the facilities including an indoor turf and sports court. Some of her plans for the future include adding Pickleball (a paddle-ball sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong), an indoor lacrosse league,and a summer sports camp fair.


Todd Chason ’97 ’98 has been named Chair of the Environmental and Energy Practice Group at Gordon Feinblatt LLC and is also a member of the firm’s Government Relations Practice Group. He works with clients to develop and execute strategies designed to achieve energy and environmental business objectives, often involving a combined approach incorporating both law and government relations.


Michael “Mike” Ginski has been named a principal in the state and local tax practice of ClearView Group, a CPA and management consulting firm headquartered in Hunt Valley, Md. Mike is a certified public accountant with significant accounting, consulting, and state and local tax experience as well as a subject-matter expert in multi-state sales and use tax consulting. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, and the Institute for Professionals in Taxation.

Tammy Schneider, an accounting and audit principal for Glass Jacobson, was honored with an “Experienced Leader” award by the American Institute of CPAs and the Maryland Association of CPAs. The award was designed to begin conversations about the distinctive issues that professional women face as CPAs while also providing solutions and guidance for the next generation.


Carla Hutcherson-Byers is living in Lynchburg, Va., and is pursuing a master’s degree at Grand Canyon University majoring in religion with an emphasis on youth and urban ministry. She is excited to pursue work as a youth pastor.


Joseph “Joe” Coleman and his wife, Patricia, welcomed the arrival of their fourth son, Caleb, last January. He joins big brothers Elijah, four; Joshua, three; and Joseph, two. The family resides in Abingdon, Md.

Abe Coven is a Senior SharePoint Administrator/Drupal Site Administrator with Highland Technology Services and is working with the U.S. Department of Energy.


In April 2015, Kelly Ruth Frazier celebrated 10 years with Medstar Union Memorial Hospital where she is employed as a registered nurse.

Kathea Bolt Smith works at Goucher College as the Director of Admissions and Recruitment, Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Studies.


Chiara Thompson Arch welcomed a baby girl, Arianna Isabelle, last January. Chiara is the manager of onboarding and corporate events at 2U, an education technology company.

Erin Talbot Bents and her husband, Tom ’04 ’06M, welcomed the arrival of their first daughter, Tess Ann, on Dec. 26, 2014. She joins big brother Elias as a prospective future Mustang.

Matthew Dean married Raquel DeLeon on Nov. 15, 2014, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Baltimore. The couple lives in Baltimore City.

Amanda Dziedzic received a master’s degree in professional studies in biotechnology from UMBC in 2010. In October 2014 she received a post-master’s certificate in sequence analysis and genomics from The Johns Hopkins University. She is working in a core facility at The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health performing various molecular biology techniques including microarrays and next generation sequencing.

Kelly Shaneybrook Myers and her husband, Ryan, are the proud parents of a son, Reed Robert, born on May 29 at Carroll Hospital Center. This is the couple’s first child, and the family lives in Upperco, Md. Kelly works as the office manager at Westminster American Insurance Company in Owings Mills.

Dianna Lindeman Shine and her husband, Michael, welcomed their first child, Eric Alexander. He was born on May 12 and weighed 7 lbs., 5 oz. The couple was married in 2009. Dianna works as a Customer Accounts Assistant at the Baltimore County Public Library, and Michael is the lead technician at Micro Center in Baltimore.

Stephanie Bressi Tengeres and her husband, Christopher, are the proud parents of identical twin sons, Adam Michael and Brayden Zachary, born on Feb. 13. Although the boys arrived early at 34 weeks and weighed barely four pounds, Stephanie says they are doing great.


Megan Harrell ’06 ’08M is engaged to Jeffrey Mahaley ’08. The couple is planning a May 2016 wedding.

Kara Bolt Ward is employed at Sinai Hospital as a Nursing Outcomes Educator, Women’s and Children’s Services.


After graduation, Keith Greer moved to the Middle East and Asia where he worked for three years before returning to the United States. He earned a master’s degree in 2013 from The George Washington University, majoring in national security and strategic policy, and graduated from Columbia University in 2015 with a second master’s degree. His future plans include applying to several doctoral programs to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy or Public Policy. In June, Keith moved to Bogota, Columbia, where he plans to travel to many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Keith would love to hear from his fellow alumni and can be reached at <>.

Laura Jenkins McDonald graduated from Western Carolina University with an M.A.Ed. in Special Education in May 2011. She also earned a Master of School Administration from the same university in August 2013. She was named Assistant Principal at Weddington Middle School in Matthews, N.C., in July 2014. Weddington is a National Blue Ribbon School and is ranked among the top 50 middle schools in the United States. Laura and her husband, Brian, have a two-year old daughter, Reagan Elizabeth.

Jessie Merryman was married to Brian Stever on April 24 and she now has a stepdaughter, Lucy, who is seven years old. Jessie is a Sales Operations Analyst for Blackboard, Inc. in Washington, D.C. The family lives in Columbia, Md.

Leah Cronin Wolferman and her husband, Adam, welcomed their second child, Zachary Louis, on June 3. He joins big brother Adam, Jr., age seven.


Bridget Forney Deise is the Public Relations Manager at Roland Park Place and was recently honored as a 2015 recipient of The Daily Record’s “20 in Their Twenties” award. Winners were selected on the basis of their professional accomplishments, community involvement, and the impact of their achievements. Terry Snyder, President of Roland Park Place says, “Bridget has made incredibly meaningful contributions to the Roland Park Place community and its residents by working to elevate public perception about older adults and aging.” When not working, Bridget devotes her time to the Community Involvement Committee of the Roland Park Place Board of Directors. Her volunteer work through this committee contributed to philanthropic partnerships with several neighboring organizations.


Laura Dize received a Master of Science degree in Biotechnology from The Johns Hopkins University this year. She is employed at JHU as a Laboratory Manager. The BricknFire Pizza Co. was established in 2014 by Megan Lanasa and her business partner, Trey Kirby, and is a mobile brick oven pizza operation that often appears at area farmers markets and special events. They were the winners of a regional competition for restaurant concepts held by the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards, selected for the honor by a committee of local restaurateurs, hotel owners, industry experts, and food lovers. As a result of the win, and beginning this fall, BricknFire will have a home inside the Marriott. Lease terms will be negotiated after six months if the concept proves successful.

Andrew Mangum started his own business this year working as a freelance photographer and photojournalist in the Baltimore area. He has captured stories from the Freddie Gray tragedy to concerts for big-time musicians such as The Flaming Lips, Iggy Azalea, and Brandy. He is currently working on a documentary project focusing on the positivity of the Baltimore hip-hop scene.

Ryan McDowell was married to Ashley Blondell on June 26 at the Elkridge Furnace Inn. The couple honeymooned in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and resides in White Marsh, Md., with their dog, Raven.

Ferdinand “Andy” Rimando left his job at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center last April where he worked as a staff RN in the surgical ICU. He now works as a travel RN, with a current assignment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif., in the post anesthesia care unit. After completing this assignment, Andy will be attending the University of Scranton in the fall to pursue a Master of Science degree in Nurse Anesthesia.

After graduation, Genna Dawson Sellers worked as a senior clinical RN at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She then graduated summa cum laude with a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Maryland and passed her boards to become an adult and gerontologic primary care nurse practitioner. Genna is currently practicing at BW Primary Care, a Lifebridge-owned primary care facility in Sykesville, Md., and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau. She and her husband welcomed the arrival of their first child in early 2015.


Melissa Bressler graduated from York College of Pennsylvania in May with a Master of Business Administration. She is employed at the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn, Md.

Sarah Bressler Bull and her husband, Steve, welcomed the arrival of their first child, Owen Dale, born on Feb. 25.

Kristyna Hnizda Giancola has joined CNY Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery in Syracuse, N.Y., working as a physician’s assistant, where she is involved in pre-operative, operative, and post-operative stages of cosmetic and reconstructive care. After graduating from SU, Kristyna spent the next two years conducting medical research at The Johns Hopkins University and then received a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the State University of New York Upstate Medical University.

Anna Klimchenko and Aaron Hinton ’11 were married on July 12 and spent their honeymoon in Puerto Rico and traveling to St. Thomas, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Barbados, and St. Maarten during a seven-day cruise.

In the last issue, we reported that Stephanie Sufczynski had graduated in June 2014 from Drexel University with a Master of Science degree in Higher Education with a secondary concentration in Student Development and Affairs. She actually received that degree in June 2015.

Katherine “Katie” Peterson Welsh is working as an event specialist at Belvedere & Co. Events, where she handles all corporate and social events as well as events on the Belvedere’s elegant and unique “13th floor.”


Allison Humphries joined the staff at Stevenson in May as Assistant Director of Alumni Relations. Prior to this she was the sales and programming manager at aMuse Toys.

Reginald Jordan graduated in May from St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Fla. He took the bar exam in July and hopes to soon be practicing law in Maryland.

Catherine “Katie” Lantz will marry Brady Gibson on Friday, Oct. 2, at the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis, Md.

Kelsie Moore and her husband, Craig, are happy to welcome the arrival of their first child, daughter Michaele-Michel, born on April 4. The family lives in New York.

Kara Zimmerman is working at Notre Dame of Maryland University as its Head Field Hockey Coach.


Zachary “Zac” Crockett was promoted to Business Development Manager at Crockett Facilities Services. Previously he served as a business development support assistant at Crockett.

Danae Harris ’12 ’15M received a master’s degree last May from Stevenson, majoring in business and technology management. She is employed at Infused Solutions in Sterling, Va.

Jennifer Hartman and Joshua Brewer ’13 were married on Dec. 13, 2014 in Pasadena, Md. The couple resides in Halethorpe and has added an eight-month-old Rottweiler named Dempsey to the family.

Michael Manning and Christina Gamble ’11 met while both were students at Stevenson. They were married on Sept. 28, 2014 and are excited to be celebrating their one year anniversary. Michael writes that the wedding colors were green and white and adds “Go Mustangs!”

Congratulations to Catherine Martin and Russell Sterner, who were married on Aug. 29. Catherine is employed at Hertzbach & Company, and Russell works at T. Rowe Price. The couple resides in Glyndon, Md.


Condolences to Samantha Amy on the passing of her grandfather, George Bauernschub, in April.

Alexandria Fletcher ’13 ’14M is employed as a forensic chemist with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Oklahoma City, Okla.

In August, Meghan Galbreath started teaching sixth grade at Redeemer Classical Christian School in Kingsville, Md.

Dominique Hairston was married to Charles Wayne Wiggins, III on Dec. 13, 2014 in a family-oriented ceremony in Disney World.

Brian Lewis ’13 ’13M was married on June 27 to Andrew Beauchene, his partner of seven years. The ceremony took place at the Embassy Suites in Minneapolis, Minn.

Ana-Alicia Martinez-Leonso was accepted to West Virginia University’s School of Medicine and is attending on a partial scholarship. She credits SU and especially Lorie Lana, M.D., with helping her achieve her goal of becoming a doctor.

Daniel “Dan” Reinhardt is working as a technical analyst for the Department of Defense in Linthicum, Md. He writes that Stevenson was a great learning experience for him, and he always recommends the University especially because of the online classes and learning environment. Dan and his wife, Holly, and son, Daniel, reside in Catonsville, Md.


Jessica Baldwin is engaged to Justin Binkley ’13 and the couple is planning to marry in June 2016. They first met at Jazzman’s in the Brown
School of Business and Leadership. Jessica manages new client relations at Buckeystown Veterinary Hospital, and Justin works with Experient, Inc. and travels around the world handling registrations and planning for national conventions.

Brianna Moreland is working as a Human Resources Assistant at Catholic Charities in Timonium, Md.

Shaniqua “Niq” Parrish is attending Loyola University and is enrolled in the Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling program.

Kathryn “Katy” Puccio is employed as a Library Technician at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.


Frank Reynolds is working as a Traffic Manager at NewMarket Health, a subsidiary of Agora, Inc., in Baltimore. His work ethic, positive attitude, and organizational skills helped him to land the job.

In Memoriam:

Patricia Barnes ’69 on March 17, 2015
Johanna Bengel ’58 on June 24, 2015
Ethel Louise Gassinger Foster ’56 on Sept. 20, 2014
Danyelle Jones Filiaggi ’94 on Oct. 15, 2014
Helen Martin Lorenzo ’67 on May 26, 2015
Michel Carole Pilachowski ’09 on June 6, 2015
Regina Holter Welsh ’57 on May 29, 2015
Debra Seifert Winslow ’77 on June 25, 2015

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