Alternative Spring Break Trip

During the annual Mission: I’m Home alternate spring break trip to Louisiana in March, several alumni volunteered alongside current students and staff to help rebuild the homes of individuals and families affected by the Baton Rouge flooding in the fall of 2016.


Condolences to Mary Jane Borrows Myers on the passing of her husband, Charles, in November 2016.


Kathy Mignini Walsh is the Director of Marketing for Fallston Group. In early March she received the ATHENA Leadership Award which is presented to an established leader who demonstrates excellence in business and assists women to achieve their absolute full leadership potential. Kathy has more than 25 years of experience in strategic marketing, branding, public relations, and marketing communications. Prior to Fallston Group, she owned JigSaw Marketing Solutions, named one of Baltimore’s fastest-growing woman-owned businesses in 2013 and 2015, and she spent 10 years working in consumer products brand management in the toy industry.


Jennifer Sutherland Lubinski has been accepted into and will attend the 2017 Kenyon Review Poetry Workshop at Kenyon College.


Michael R. Caum, Esq. ’95 ’97 is an attorney in southern York County and is running to be the Shrewsbury area’s new district judge. He opened his general law practice right after graduating from Dickinson School of Law in 2001 and is admitted to practice before federal and state courts in Maryland and Pennsylvania. He focuses his practice in the areas of bankruptcy and litigation with an emphasis in family law and business and real estate litigation. Mike is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Maryland Bar Association, and Middle District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Bar Association.


Kere Shearer ’00 ’01 married Damien Dickerson on Sept. 16, 2016.


John “Jeb” Barber was recently appointed the new Boys Head Basketball Coach at Leonardtown High School. He brings more than 15 years of coaching experience to the position and was the junior varsity coach last season. Jeb was the assistant men’s basketball coach at VJC/SU for six years. He was also the head men’s and women’s tennis coach, and an athletic administrator.

Tom Poe has joined MECU, Baltimore’s Credit Union, as Vice President of Marketing. He will be responsible for leading the credit union’s marketing and product development strategy with a focus on expanding its presence in the Baltimore market.


Kathea Bolt Smith is the Assistant Dean for Enrollment, Academic Affairs and Students Services at the Merrick School of Business at the University of Baltimore. She is also in her seventh year as a supervisor in the Human Services Program at Stevenson.

Milana Tomic ’04 married Christian Thiede on Feb. 22, 2017 in a private ceremony at the Riu Creole Hotel in Le Mourne, Mauritius. The weekend before the wedding the couple went on safari in South Africa. They will host a post-nuptial garden party for family and friends at their Pikesville home in late summer. Milana is a registered nurse at Carroll Hospital and Passport Health, and Christian is an IT professional at the Social Security Administration.


Rachel Saylor has published her second book, a young adult science fiction/fantasy novel entitled Through Painted Glass, available as a paperback and Kindle ebook.


Karen Owings was recently named the top nursing leader for both MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals, where she will oversee the integrated nursing program for both hospitals as Vice President of Patient Care Services and the Chief Nursing Officer. She started her nursing career at MedStar Union Memorial in 1986, and when Good Samaritan and Union Memorial integrated in 2015, Karen became the Assistant Vice President of Nursing Operations for both hospitals, responsible for uniting the nursing programs while overseeing seven departments.

Sarah Snyderis attending the University of Indianapolis studying for the Master of Arts degree with a major in English Language and Literature and an expected graduation date in 2019.


In April, during the Johns Hopkins University Impact + Innovation Forum, Shantell Roberts pitched her Portable Alternative Crib (P.A.C.) initiative to lower the occurrence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in Baltimore. Her proposal was selected from among 10 ventures as the inaugural recipient of a $25,000 cohort prize that will support her vision moving forward.


Alicia Bolden and Gordon “AJ” Jeffers ’08 ’10M were married on Nov. 5, 2016 in Ochos Rios, Jamaica, surrounded by a host of family and friends.

Joe L. Brooks, Jr. ’09M married Nykia Jackson on April 2, 2016. The couple are parents to three children: Courtney, Zion, and Mackenzie..


Amanda Garman was promoted to Senior Graphic Designer at Bonnie Heneson Communications, a full-service marketing communications agency.

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She has worked at BHC as a graphic designer for six years. Amanda specializes in branding and identity design, print and web advertisements, annual reports, newsletters, and special event materials. She is a member of AIGA, the professional association for design.


Brian Brooks II graduated in May from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts with a Master of Fine Arts degree. In early April his thesis film, The Waste Land, won Best Student Film at the Maryland International Film Festival.


Icel Cavis ’12M and Artem Kuznetsov were married on Jan. 25, 2017.

Elizabeth “Quinn” Somerville placed second in the SU Lift-a-Thon held in March with a weight of 340 lbs. This event is sponsored by the Student Athlete Advisory Council at Stevenson each year to support the Make-a-Wish Foundation.


Kaitlin McNew is the Communications Coordinator for the Maryland Center for Construction Education and Innovation (MCCEI), an industry driven, public-private partnership working to position construction as a career of choice. Prior to joining MCCEI, Kaitlin worked in marketing, communications, and social media/web design for a small nonprofit in Lancaster, Pa.


Becky Rembold and Mark Mazur ’14 were married on April 29, 2017. The ceremony and reception were held at Celebrations at the Bay in Pasadena, Md.

Jamie Schafer has accepted a new position as the Marketing and Operations Coordinator with Brand3 in Forest Hill, Md. She was previously the Director of Operations with the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce.

Julia Tucker ’14 ’15M was selected to sing on the Original Broadway Cast Recording for “Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812,” starring recording artist Josh Groban. She is working as a Digital Media Coordinator for Mid-Atlantic Media in Owings Mills, Md.

Karen Ulmer ’14M 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 an Otolaryngology Nurse Specialist at The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. All of the 50 winners of this honor were celebrated at a dinner and awards reception in April. Karen is a graduate of the SU online master’s program in nursing and writes that she delayed pursuing her degree until she found Stevenson’s program, which met both her professional growth needs while accommodating her obligations as a wife and mother.


Wally Ann Wiscovitch ’15 ’16M married Sean McClain on April 21, 2017. She is an Account Manager at TEKsystems in Harrisburg, Pa.

Nhu Nguyen has joined the staff at Warschawski as an interactive graphic designer and photographer, where she will create print and digital materials, as well as handle photography and video work for the agency’s clients. She also runs her own photography business and enjoys taking portraits and engagement photos in her spare time.


Hannah Nusbaum and Ian Eberly ’16 were married on Nov. 12, 2016. Hannah is a registered nurse at Hanover Hospital in Hanover, Pa., and Ian is a software engineer at Leidos in Reston, Va.

Marisa “Missy” Elrick is working as a PMO (project management office) Administrator at McCormick & Co. in Hunt Valley, Md.

Samantha Paulus and Elizabeth Gudesblat ’16 were recently published in the Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine for their work assessing the efficacy of rapid syphilis tests. The tests would enable point-of-care diagnosis and expedite treatment of infections, particularly in resource-limited locations, allowing for improved patient outcomes.

Peter Hoblitzell has joined Mahan Rykiel Associates, a Baltimore-based landscape architecture, urban design, and planning firm, where he evaluates reforestation sites to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

Shane Messick followed his dream to Hollywood and has been accepted into the 2017 class of employee pages at Paramount Pictures. This program offers hands-on experience for those who want to work in the entertainment business. Shane will serve as a brand ambassador and provide professional studio tours, and he will later have the chance to work as a page for the shows that film on the Paramount lot, as well as the opportunity to work in various other departments of the studio with the goal of moving into a full-time position. He hopes to work his way into a role such as publicity or casting.

Our condolences to Tyler Rutherford on the passing of his mother on March 24, 2017.

Savannah Lawrence Tagget accepted a full-time position with Pivot Communication in Boulder, Colo. Some of her duties involve writing newsletters and blog posts, interviewing individuals for articles, managing clients’ social media pages, and distributing event and news releases to the press. Savannah writes, “Every day I see how skills I learned both at Stevenson and at my internships apply to my new job.”

In Memoriam:

Teresa Lardner Burdinski ’74 on Dec. 26, 2016
Mary Kathleen Mislak Felmey ’74 on Nov. 2, 2016
Jean Turek Lewis ’82 on Nov. 16, 2016

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