Skip Navigation
Alumni & Giving

Fall 2017 | Ventures

Date: Sep 21, 2017

Class Notes


Our condolences to Susan Burns Wilfong on the passing of her sister, Mary Berheimer, on July 10.


Susan Wisniewski Hussey '90 '92 has joined the University of Maryland Medical Center and the University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute as Vice President of Human Resources. She will have oversight for all aspects of the HR function at both UMMC campuses as well as UM Rehab. Susan was the Vice President of Human Resources at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, and prior to that she served in HR roles of increasing responsibility at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.


Diane Horton Pfeifer and her husband, Ryan, are happy to announce the birth of their second child, Alyssa Mae, on June 20, 2017. She joins big brother Hunter at home.


Anna Pacelli Bell is working at Ascension in St. Louis, Mo., as a Sourcing Manager, Strategic Sourcing. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world's largest Catholic health system.


Cybill Birmingham is engaged to marry Marc LaMartina and the couple is planning an October wedding. Cybill is an enterprise client services manager for PayPal and Marc is a client service manager for ConnectYourCare in Hunt Valley.


Julia Wikoff Barker '10 '11M is a Forensic Document Examiner for the United States Secret Service, and she returned to campus last April to give a seminar on questioned document evidence to students in the Introduction to Forensic Science class. She brought samples of currency, both authentic and counterfeit, for students to examine and then quizzed the class on their ability to match handwriting samples. In her work, Julia examines all kinds of evidence, from falsified contracts to counterfeit currency.

Matt Bramble graduated from UCLA with a doctorate degree in human genetics after successfully defending his thesis. SU biology professor Joe Matanoski and former faculty member Andy Kreutz attended the defense in support of Matt. He was also recently awarded a Fogarty Global Health Fellowship and will spend much of the coming year in the Congo, and then he will continue his work at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Mikki Firor is the President and CEO of Trovato, LLC, a dementia consulting company that she opened in November 2015. She is a regionally known dementia expert, speaker, trainer, and consultant serving D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.


Kelsey Funk Amrhein and her husband, Michael, are living in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she is a Director at the Strode Montessori Preschool. She received a master's degree in early childhood education along with the Montessori AMS certificate from Chaminade University.


Kathryn "Katy" Puccio is a Shared Collections Specialist at the Washington Research Library Consortium, a non-profit corporation established in 1987 to support and enhance the library and information services of universities in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Ryan Rubenstein is working in sales and account management at W.B. Mason in Columbia, Md. He also coaches lacrosse for the Baltimore Breakers and assists at the Boys' Latin School, where he attended high school.

Julia Tucker '14 '15M was honored to be asked to sing the Stevenson Alma Mater at the gala farewell event honoring President Emeritus Kevin J. Manning on June 10. She also returned to the Owings Mills campus on April 18 to join the community celebration in honor of President Emeritus Manning and helped to conclude the ceremony by singing the Alma Mater, with keyboard accompaniment by Robert Suggs.

Kristin Baione ’14 was married on April 29, 2016, in Honolulu, Hawaii to David Clymer. Four SU alumni were members of the bridal party: Kelly Dorsey Baione ’11, Ryan Baione ’10, Kelly Spencer ’14 ’15M, and Emily Rogers ’15. Kristin graduated from American University with a master’s degree in strategic communication in May 2017.
Baione Bridal Party


Jenifer Antonelli spent the summer running across the United States as part of the Ulman Cancer Fund's 4K for Cancer program to raise funds and awareness for young adults with cancer. She was part of Team Baltimore, which left San Francisco on June 18 and arrived at Federal Hill in Baltimore City on Aug. 5.

Cortney Carnaggio '15M was recognized in the May issue of Baltimore Magazine as one of the region's top nurses for her extraordinary contribution to healthcare. She is a Nurse Manager at the Maryland Proton Treatment Center, where she is responsible for ensuring quality patient care through the direct supervision of all nursing personnel. She coordinates and maintains staffing adequacy and patient throughput, and she is passionate about educating staff and growing their knowledge so they can provide optimal care to patients and families. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society and Sigma Theta Tau International and previously spent six years as a charge nurse on an inpatient oncology unit at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Cortney extended her gratitude to SU nursing professors and added, "I could not be where I am today without their knowledge and guidance."

Amy Sharfman '15 '17M is working at Medifast as an event planner for the company's subsidiary, Take Shape For Life. The company's annual convention was in the middle of July, and she flew to Dallas to assist with the logistics. Amy sends her thanks to Stevenson's business communication professors for helping to prepare her for this career.


Heather Drake is studying at the University of Maryland in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Program to complete a master's degree in regulatory science. Since the summer of 2015, she has been working at Taylor Technologies where she completed her Senior Capstone Internship.

Nicole Heil '16 '17M and Malik Naanaa '16 '17M were both presenters at the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists Meeting in May. Nicole presented her research on the persistence of explosive TNT on collected crime scene evidence, and Malik presented his work on synthetic cathinones, a type of street drug similar to amphetamines.

Jackie Siejack '16M was recently named to the Board of Directors of the Harford County Public Library Foundation.

Annie McCoach has joined the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company, a 100 percent volunteer organization serving North-Central Baltimore County. She writes, "I am so excited for this new journey and to continue to make a difference in the community."
Annie McCoach


Sara Bollinger is working as a contract administrator at Vectrus, a global government services company located in Reston, Va.

Nia Logan Bourne is working as a registered nurse at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Kristen Brooks is working as an operations assistant with ADG Creative, a Columbia-based digital agency that works in design, strategy, and technology.

Alexis "Lexi" Cohen is working as an admissions counselor at Keiser University in Sarasota, Fla. The school traditionally attracts an adult undergraduate population, and Lexi is part of a team that is developing strategies to attract high school students.

Katie Madigan designed, built, and donated two Little Free Libraries to two Baltimore County elementary schools. A Little Free Library is a "take a book, return a book" free exchange. Katie first saw one of these at Lakeland Elementary/ Middle School on a visit with her Equity in Education class. She decided she wanted to give back to schools by building two free libraries. To raise money, she hosted a Panera fundraiser and collected donations from customers. The libraries were donated to Randallstown Elementary and Perry Hall Elementary, where Katie completed her senior internship. After building the libraries, she collected various children's books from family and friends, delivered the libraries, and installed them at each school.

Andrew "Drew" Wysocki is doing a graduate internship at Syracuse University in the field of strength and conditioning, and he is working with the football team in the weight room.


Jean Bullen '67 on Oct. 24, 2016

Helen Ward Carr '55 on April 18, 2017

Carolyn Mullowney Jenkins '60 on April 18, 2017

Norma Smith Buchanan Meier '80 on June 9, 2017

Barbara Lacey Morley '68 on May 2, 2017

Mary Katherine O'Neill '57 on May 31, 2017

Myrna Lynne Wallace '80 on Feb. 17, 2017

Amelia Ann Berninger '17

For my Capstone project, I created a series of hand-drawn illustrations. Each illustration depicted a different human body part that was damaged in some way; however, most of the pieces included a more “redemptive” second layer that became visible as a result of the damage. For example, a ripped apart face revealed a field of flowers behind it. Many of the individual pieces were interactive, and viewers could lift flaps and pull tabs in order to reveal the second layer. All of this represented the idea that we often have to confront things that are difficult or uncomfortable (in this case gruesome, mangled body parts) in order to see the true merit in a seemingly negative situation.

I knew that I wanted to create my project completely by hand, with no digital intervention whatsoever, because that's what started my journey as a VCD major to begin with. I became interested in design because I'd always enjoyed more traditional fine art practices, so even as I grew within the program and became more familiar with digital methods, creating things by hand just always felt very natural for me. As for the theme and subject matter, I was really interested in taking people out of their comfort zones a bit. At its core, my project has an optimistic message, but you have to look at some sort of disturbing stuff to get there. I guess that's pretty reflective of my outlook on life as a whole.

As a result of this project, I learned how much spending an extended period of time on something and really doing a lot of research can really give you a new perspective on the idea you initially started out with. I had a basic idea of what I wanted to convey from the beginning, but throughout the research phase I was really all over the place trying to find the right angle from which to back up my work. There were so many different solutions to this one problem, but finally I started to pick up all the common threads between the things I was researching to support my thesis. And then there were some sources and theories that I wanted to make sense and align with each other, but they just didn't. In a nutshell, there were lots of different paths I could take to get to what I wanted to convey, and finding the one that was right for me took a surprising amount of work.

Right now I’m interning at an agency near Harrisburg, Pa., and dealing with how surreal it feels to be a college graduate. All through school you’re always getting told that you're preparing for “the rest of your life,” and now “the rest of my life” is here and it’s weird to process. Really, I think that deviating from what one might consider a traditional “design” project for my Capstone might have helped me land my internship. When I was interviewed, my boss was really interested in all of my illustration work, and after I got hired I realized that he’s also pretty into in that “fine art” side of things, and it shows in a lot of his past work as well. So I learned that sticking whatever your little niche is rather than doing what you think will have mass appeal can really help open a lot of doors.

My advice for students working on their Capstone is to do something that they’re going to stay interested in! Like I said, playing to your strengths and pursuing something that satisfies your niche style definitely isn't a bad idea. But I think Capstone can also be a good time to take a risk and try something totally new and off the wall. There aren't really any wrong answers, in my opinion. And remember to have faith in yourself and in your work. Don't get discouraged by professors’ critiques—they’re only trying to help you. Just be prepared to defend your ideas. They want to see you be passionate and have a strong rationale behind what you're doing, they don't want you to doubt yourself and alter your project into something you think they want to see.



* = required.

Ventures Fall 2017
Ventures, Fall 2017
Flipbook | Download


Arts & Cultural Events

View Full Calendar

Request Info