Alumni at Hope Lodge

Alumni Board volunteers returned to the Baltimore Hope Lodge in December to prepare a home-cooked meal for individuals undergoing cancer treatments at local hospitals. Board Members dined with the guests and enjoyed a winter concert by a Peabody musician following dinner.


Sue O’Brien Carl cruised the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Memphis on the newly christened riverboat “America.” She writes that she learned of the glories and agonies of the Old South and ended her trip with a visit to Graceland.


Robyne Resnick Hock is working at Sinai Hospital/LifeBridge Health as Corporate Business Office Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Revenue Cycle.


Christine Clements, Microbiology Lab Manager at Carroll Hospital, was presented with the Patient Safety Hero Award in August. An associate at the hospital since 2014, Christine was honored for her work as part of the Antibiotic Stewardship Team, which is focused on improving patient safety and the appropriate use of antibiotics at the hospital. The award is presented to caregivers who work to create a culture of patient safety, including listening to patients or their family members and encouraging them to ask questions at any time, improving communication and teamwork, and addressing potential safety concerns.


Pamela Johnson Caple ’90 ’92 ’02M writes that her son, David, is a freshman at Stevenson majoring in visual communication design. He anticipates graduating as a member of the class of 2020. Pamela is excited that her son decided to attend SU and knows he will have a great educational experience.


Joy Keller ’96 ’98 was recently promoted to Court Administrator for Dorchester and Somerset Circuit Courts.


Chanel Cottman ’05 ’07 and Andy Anderson were married on Sept. 24, 2016. The wedding and reception took place at the Great Room at Historic Savage Mill in Savage, Md.

Gary Hicks has been appointed to the Maryland State Board of Nursing by Governor Larry Hogan for a four-year term. He is the Director of Education at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH) and is the first nurse from that organization to be appointed to the Maryland Board of Nursing. Gary has worked at UM UCH for 29 years in a variety of nursing positions. He is a certified emergency nurse and worked in that field for more than 18 years. In 2006 he was named Nurse of the Year by Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and was appointed Director of Education in 2013. Gary also serves as an Adjunct Nursing Faculty Member at SU.

Rebecca Schoen had an exciting 2016. In December, she received a Master of Fine Arts degree majoring in 3D Animation and Visual Effects. In October, she accepted a position at Ubisoft in San Francisco, Calif., as a Collaboration Tool Specialist. And in November, she married Mark Clark.

Amanda McGown and her husband, Michael, welcomed the arrival of their second daughter, Allison “Allie” Jane, on May 27, 2016. She joins big sister Kaylee, who is three years old. Amanda was also an adjunct faculty member at SU from 2011-2013.


Jennifer Kinsel s a K-2 art teacher at Homestead Wakefield Elementary School in Bel Air, Md. She received a second bachelor’s degree in art education from Towson University in 2016. On April 1, 2016 she was married to Sarah Groves.

Courtney Sagal was promoted to Director of Operations at Irvine Nature Center. Her previous position was Director of Community Engagement.


Monique Couteau Shapiro and her husband, Dave, welcomed their first child, Elijah, in September 2016.

Brittany Rossen and her husband, Steven Brown, purchased their first home in Thurmont, Md., and are excited to move in and start renovating.


Stephanie McKeithan Hessie is working at Stevenson as Assistant to the Dean in the Berman School of Nursing and Health Professions.

Congratulations to Corey Polyoka who was selected by the Baltimore Business Journal as one of the “40 Under 40” honorees for 2016, a group of outstanding young professionals under the age of 40 who are making noteworthy contributions to Greater Baltimore’s business, their companies, and the community. He is a partner in Foodshed LLC/ Woodberry Kitchen. (Read more about Corey on next page.)


Tabitha Dean received a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Towson University in August 2016.

Katie Seymour Johnson is working as Director of Security at Professional Security Consultants in Glen Burnie, Md. She and her husband, Robert, have three children: Lillian Marie, born in 2013, and twins Sophia Marjorie and Evelyn Ann, born in April 2016.

Stefani Beser and Jamie Read ’08 ’11M were married on Oct. 8, 2016 at The Mount Washington Tavern in Baltimore. They took a honeymoon cruise down the Rhine River from Amsterdam to Switzerland and ended the trip with a few days in Paris.

Condolences to Derek Weifenbach on the passing of his mother, Linda, in January. Linda was a member of the VJC/SU staff from 2003- 2009.


Jessica “Jessie” Green Fitzell ’10 ’12M and her husband, Russell, welcomed a daughter, Isabella, on May 7, 2016. Jessie is a Special Agent with the Department of Defense and a Federally Certified Polygraph Examiner.

Katie Ballance has joined Junior Achievement of Central Maryland as Marketing Director.

Stephanie Sufczynski and Steven Mark Barsotti, Jr. were married on Oct. 1, 2016 at St. Ursula Catholic Church. A reception followed at Sparrows Point Country Club.

2010 Continued

Matt Bramble has spent the past five years in graduate school at UCLA working on his doctorate in human genetics. His work focuses on the genetic basis of sex differences in the brain, and he has recently had several articles published in Nature’s Scientific Reports and the Journal of Neuroscience Research.

Sarah Bressler Bull is working at Stevenson as Assistant to the Dean of the Brown School of Business and Leadership.

Mark Golueke has joined the staff at SU as a Data Entry Specialist in the Human Resources Department.


Katelyn Manocheh and Kerry Dugan ’09 were married on Oct. 22, 2016. The ceremony and reception were held at the Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa., and the couple honeymooned on Anna Maria Island off the gulf coast of Florida. The couple resides in Timonium, Md.

Suzanne Packard and Paul Kraus were married by “Elvis” on Aug. 2, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nev. The couple resides in Catonsville, Md.

Julie Wajtkowicz married Matthew Main on Oct. 8, 2016 in Pasadena, Md. She is in her sixth year teaching elementary school in Anne Arundel County.

Elysian Richardson and Jeanna Thomas ’11 were married on April 29, 2016 in Antigua.

Sarah Sawyer has joined the law firm of Offit Kurman where her practice is focused on commercial, business, and labor and employment litigation. She represents business owners in all types of litigation disputes and transactions. Sarah received a J.D. degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law.


Tamar Rafaeli ’12 ’16M received a master’s degree in business and technology management from Stevenson last May.

Kayla Wilson spent the summer working in the Office of the Attorney General and the Office of the Secretary of State of Maryland helping to draft a possible flag protocol for fallen soldiers and assisting with the draft of a ballot question for the November 2016 general election. She also traveled to Croatia for three weeks as part of the Intellectual Property Study Abroad program offered at Michigan State University College of Law, where she is studying. When Kayla returned to school and her classes last fall, she also started an externship with the National Labor Relations Board in Detroit.


Nichole Zang Do is working as a Program Management Specialist in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Kristin Giauque ’13 ’15M is employed by the Department of Defense at Ft. Meade, Md., as a Program Manager.

Taylor Zimmerman and Alex Hosier ’12 became engaged on Dec. 10, 2016. They have been a couple for seven years and are planning a spring 2018 wedding.


Andrew McGregor ’15 ’16M will have part one of his thesis research published this year in the Journal of Forensic Sciences.

Melissa Pinkney is a second-year teacher in Prince George’s County Public Schools and was featured in the Greenbelt News Review for her use of real-life situations in teaching first graders at Magnolia Elementary School. She considers her teaching style to be very hands-on and tries to challenge the students while also providing a fun environment where they can interact with each other.

Callum Robinson was selected second overall in the Major League Lacrosse supplemental draft by the Atlanta Blaze. Callum appeared in nine games with the Chesapeake Bayhawks last season.

Jennifer “Jen” Rosenbloom recently relocated to West Palm Beach, Fla., and is fulfilling a dream of living in south Florida. She is working as a National Account Manager at Wells Pharmacy Network, a nationwide compounding pharmacy.

Tre Seals received the Typography 2017 Award for Excellence from Communication Arts Magazine: Typography Annual 7 for a film poster he designed for Theodore Booker’s ’16 senior project, entitled “Sixteen.” Tre received a two-page spread in the magazine. He was also featured in the Print Magazine Regional Design Annual and received awards for his SU School of Design poster, “Find Your Passion.”

Tara Shishmanian has returned to the region and is working as a meetings project manager at Paralyzed Veterans of America in Washington, D.C.

Samantha Simpson attended the Maryland Council for Teachers of Mathematics Conference in October and along with a colleague presented, “Fostering Proof of GeoGebra.” Samantha teaches at Wilde Lake Middle School in Columbia.

Avery Yancey ’15 ’16M is working as an IT specialist at the Social Security Administration.


Our condolences to Ashley Flowers ’16 on the passing of her brother, Nicholas Flowers ’14, on Nov. 29, 2016 after a four and one-half year battle with melanoma.

Quentin Jones is working as a Regional Monitor/ Program Manager in the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention in Crownsville, Md.

Nora Long is working at Stevenson as an Assistant Videographer/Editor in the Office of Marketing and Digital Communications.

Umakanth “Uma” Raghupathy ’16M is employed as a Business Systems Software Engineer at Baltimore County Public Schools headquarters. In December 2016 he received a master’s degree in business and information management from Stevenson.

Foote Communications LLC, with her friend Dwight Foote ’14. The two decided to combine their talents to assist small businesses with creative and web design needs.

Christina White ’16M received the Master of Science in Forensic Studies from Stevenson in December 2016. She works for the Department of Defense.

In Memoriam:

Marianna Ferlita Ashton ’68 on March 12, 2015
Marietta Huebner Barnes ’67 on Aug. 2, 2016
Kitty Franklin Cromwell ’75 on Nov. 1, 2016
Nicholas Flowers ’14 on Nov. 29, 2016
Joan Love Green ’53 on Jan. 31, 2015
Anne Marie Kohlhepp ’68 on Sept. 30, 2016
Joan Ann Lazzati ’80 on Nov. 5, 2016
Christine Talaber Naylor ’86 on July 13, 2016
Gregory Prush ’12 on Aug. 14, 2016
Barbara Gray Stewart ’82 on Jan. 27, 2014

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