Class of 2015 graduates Courtney Dreisch and Dan Waters celebrated their marriage with several fellow alumni
Our condolences to CeCe Di Giorgio Brooks Hilte, her daughter Molly Brooks Helmstetter ’90, and grandson Christopher Clay Hilte ’08 on the passing of their husband, father, and grandfather, Larry, on May 13, 2017.
At the end of December 2017, Claire Mosmiller Moore ’67 ’03 retired from Stevenson University as Vice President for Student Affairs. Claire spent 35 years at VJC/ SU starting in 1982 as Director of Student Activities. She served as Interim President from November 2016 until July 2017 when Elliot Hirshman joined the university.
Our condolences to Paula Salamone Bangs and her son, Thomas Bangs ’06, on the passing of her husband and his father, Patrick, on Oct. 16, 2017.
Bonnie Caslow Allan had her landscape paintings featured at Irvine Nature Center in an exhibit titled “Wandering Our World.” The exhibit ran from January through March.
Donna Croucher Morrison was named an outstanding community member by the Towson Chamber of Commerce at their inaugural “Toast of the Town” event in April. She was honored for her tireless work to lead the community in a positive and forward direction. Donna is the Deputy County Administrative Officer working with Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. Our condolences to Donna on the passing of her mother on Dec. 16, 2017.
Catherine “Cathy” Anderson retired last July after working more than 24 years at Towson United Methodist Church as Director of Family Life and most recently as Director of Communications. At the same time, she moved from Maryland to Pennsylvania, where her son and his family now live. She plans to continue creating art while playing with grandchildren. Her studio is set up for fibers and stained glass, and she has been offered an opportunity to revisit metalsmithing and theater.
Linda-Lee Coles Adams and her husband, Brett, celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in July 2017 with a trip to Old Montreal, Canada. Brett is the Director of Athletics at SU.
Our condolences to Marlene Greenebaum on the passing of her husband, Stewart, on Dec. 10, 2017.
Glen Geelhaar ’85 ’02 ’07 is running for a seat on the Baltimore County Council in 2018 as a representative from the Sixth District.
Our condolences to Chris Engel ’89 ’91 on the passing of his father on Jan. 6, 2018.
Mindy Myers Hinsley serves as chair of the Professional Marketer’s Leadership Exchange, which meets regularly throughout the year and is comprised of senior-level marketing professionals from local engineering and architectural firms. She is the President of Hinsley Collective, LLC, a professional services marketing consulting and leadership training firm established in 2014.
After returning from Iraq and completing his 11th deployment, John Wilson recently moved to Miami, Fla., to be an instructor at the Army Trauma Training Detachment. On Jan. 1, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army.
David “Dave” Crisp, CPA, was recently promoted to Principal at Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra, LLC. Dave has more than 15 years of public accounting experience and has worked extensively on audit, review, compilation, and tax engagements in various industries including real estate and construction. He also provides audit services to employee benefit plans such as 401(k), Defined Benefit, ESOP, and other plans. He joined the firm in January 2001 as an intern from Stevenson and was hired full-time in spring 2003 after graduation.
Greg Goodwin ’03 ’05M has been promoted to Chief Technology Officer at Kiddie Academy.
Abby Ferretti Jackson is the Creative Director at The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. She writes that her first hire at Carey was a fellow SU graduate, Kelly Knapp Cumberledge ’99, who is the new Marketing Operations Manager.
Catherine Benson Blum and her husband, Jesse ’05, welcomed their second daughter, Aria Grace, on Jan. 13, 2017. She joins big sister Lucy Marie, who turned three years old in September.
Blaire Aull Miller together with her husband, Brooks, and daughter, Alex, welcomed a second daughter, Reese Jillian, on June 19, 2017.
Paul Oakes married Marjorie Fitzpatrick on Nov. 4, 2017.
Marc Grossblatt enjoyed a trip to Norway and Denmark in August. Since graduating from SU, he has visited Greece, Italy, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Sweden, Finland, and Costa Rica. Grossblatt plans to continue traveling and hopes to visit some countries in Latin America and Asia.
Jessie Merryman Stever and husband, Brian, welcomed their first child together, Kent David, born on Feb. 23, 2017. He joins a very excited big sister, Lucy, who is nine years old.
Tonia Cristino ’08 ’10M is engaged to Nick Ramsel ’13 ’14M, and the couple is planning a September wedding.
Amanda Courter ’08 ’10M is married to Graeme Millar and they have a daughter, Faith, who was born in 2017. The couple works at Stevenson. Amanda is a Senior Enrollment Counselor and Graeme is Associate Athletic Director and head men's soccer coach.
Jessie Halpern married Pete Stefaniak ’07 in 2011, and the couple has two daughters. Natalie is three-and-a-half years old and Jocelyn is eight months old.
Mickelle Gregory Johnson ’08 ’10M and her husband, Michael, welcomed a daughter, Michaela Elizabeth-Jean, born on Nov. 21, 2017.
Shantell Roberts was selected by Baltimore Magazine as one of 30 Baltimore Visionaries— change-makers who are shaping the future of Baltimore City—for developing a safe way for babies to sleep. In 2012 she established Touching Young Lives, a nonprofit focused on improving the well-being of infants and children through public education. Shantell also developed and is the founder of the Portable Alternative Crib (PAC), which is a simple cardboard box with firm padding that gives babies a comfortable and safe place to sleep beyond the family bed. For every one sold, an additional PAC will be given to a family in need.
In August 2017, Jen Milam started at Carroll Community College as the Director of Student Life where she oversees student clubs, orientation, leadership opportunities, programming, a food pantry, and more. She is excited to get back into the world of higher education after leaving Stevenson in 2016 for a position at a small nonprofit in Baltimore.
Elizabeth Brooks is the Assistant Director of Financial Aid at The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University.
Laura Smith Schenk ’10 ’15M is working as the Academic Progression Coordinator of Nursing at Harford Community College and Cecil College. Last November she attended the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing Annual Convention in Arizona and received the first place poster award for her entry entitled “Cecil-Harford Academic Progression in Nursing Initiative.”
Kayla Eckert is working as an associate veterinarian at the Pulaski Veterinary Clinic in Baltimore, Md. She received the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2016.
Katherine “Katie” Hoffman and Pat Mueller welcomed the arrival of daughter Aubrey Elizabeth Mueller on May 29, 2017.
Allison Humphries is engaged to Donald Cuneo, and the couple is planning a wedding on Dec. 1, 2018.
Brittany Kaier Meyers is a senior compliance analyst at ACell, Inc., a leading regenerative medicine company that develops and manufactures products designed to facilitate the body’s ability to repair and remodel tissue.
Courtney Burkett is a desktop support specialist in the IT Department at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Brandi Powers Downing ’12 ’13M was nominated for the UnitedHealth Group company-wide Superhero Award, which recognizes employees who provide exceptional customer service and contribute to company growth by delivering quality service and demonstrating cultural values while serving customers.
Nick Farano was among seven American citizens invited by Hands Along the Nile Development Services to take part in the Professional Fellow Program Outbound Exchange which took place in Egypt from Feb. 10-21. This is a professional development exchange program funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program seeks to foster professional partnerships between American experts and Egyptian colleagues and to contribute to intercultural understanding. The theme of the program was the empowerment of women and persons with disabilities. Nick is the Public Relations and Fundraising Manager for the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington. He recently completed a M.B.A. in project management from Capella University.
Renae Hunter and Brian Diller were married on Sept. 30, 2017. The ceremony and reception were held at the Columbus Center in Baltimore.
Bobby Jackson ’12 ’14M ’16M returned to SU last summer for training in Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum. This training prepares high school educators to use hands-on, inquiry-based learning techniques to instruct PLTW students. Bobby teaches science at Glen Burnie High School.
Stephannie Krulevitz ’12M is an Assistant State Prosecutor in Maryland. She received the J.D. degree in 2015 from the University of Baltimore School of Law and clerked for the Honorable Julie L. Glass of the Circuit Court for Baltimore County following law school. She is admitted to practice before state and federal courts including Maryland, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.
Grant Simard and Kellie Forsyth ’13 are living in Virginia where Grant works as a contracts administrator at Agile Defense and Kellie works in IT at the Department of State. They both travel to a lot of work-related conferences and meetings and enjoy seeing new places in the U.S. and around the world.
Trisha Tucci is working as a Financial Aid Advisor at Towson University.
Congratulations to Kayla Wilson who graduated from the Michigan State School of Law in May. While in school she worked at Legal Aid in Michigan and also spent a semester in a Michigan State clinic teaching high school journalism students about the First Amendment.
Janel Frazier ’13, Zac Stavish ’13, Melissa Pinkney ’15, and Lauren Speiser ’15 presented at the AACTE (American Association for the Council of Teacher Accreditation) national conference held in March in Baltimore. They were joined by School of Education faculty member Beth Kobett. The title of the presentation was “A University-Led Induction: Using a Strengths- Based Inquiry Approach to Support Beginning Mathematics Teachers’ Success.”
Nick Hoban and Katie Evans ’14 are engaged and the couple is planning a September wedding.
Brian Lewis ’13 ’13M graduated from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in January 2017. He took the Minnesota Bar Exam in February, passed, and was admitted to
the Minnesota Bar in May 2017. He is currently an associate at Francis White Law in Woodbury, Minn., where he handles VA claims appeals and military law matters nationwide as well as Social Security issues.
Rachel Mullett and Justin Hedrick ’15 were married on Sept. 2, 2017, at the Alumni Memorial Chapel at Loyola University Maryland. The reception was held at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Md. Members of the wedding party included SU alumni Kristy Watts Willingham ’12, Katie Stuck Winfield ’12, Brandon Bayer ’15, Frankie Reynolds ’15, and Corey Wassum ’16.
Ashley Nelson-Raut has joined the wealth preservation group practice at Pessin Katz Law P.A. Her practice focuses on advising clients in the areas of estate planning, elder care, estate and trust administration, and income taxation of trusts and estates.
Kelsie Rites, along with Kyle Pottieger ’16, Katie Madigan ’17, and Emily Ostrander ’17 from the School of Education’s Beginning Teacher Community, hosted a Job Interview Preparation Discussion for School of Education seniors on March 8, 2018.
Brandon Smith ’13 ’14M and Ciara Faupel ’16 were married on July 21, 2017.
Megan Smith and Jason Scroggins ’13 were married in May 2017, and the couple welcomed their first child, Lena, born on Feb. 11, 2018.
Jaiana Boskett is engaged to marry Shalise Harris, and a wedding is being planned for 2019.
Nicolas “Nico” Garcia ’14 ’16M began working with Solar City/Tesla in June 2016 and was promoted to Bilingual Field Energy Consultant in February 2017.
Michael MacFee ’14 ’17M has joined the Stevenson Department of Business Communication as an adjunct professor teaching Introduction to Public Speaking and Business and Professional Communication. He also works as a Communications Associate at Maryland Public Television.
Marissa Meiklejohn and Brooks Miller ’14 are engaged, and the couple is planning a June 2019 wedding.
Taylor Mongold and Justin Dudley ’14 are engaged, and the couple is planning an April 2018 wedding. Taylor is a school counselor with Baltimore County Public Schools, and Justin is an ICU nurse at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson.
After dating for five years, Chelsea Moog and Heath Johnson ’13 were married on June 16, 2017. The ceremony and reception took place at Belmont Manor in Elkridge, Md. The couple honeymooned in Thailand.
Samantha Perillo ’14 ’17M is a Digital Marketing Specialist at Medifast and is the assistant coach for the Stevenson women’s volleyball team. During her student years at SU, she was a premier volleyball player for the Mustangs.
Amanda “Mandi” Sheroke ’14 ’15M is continuing to pursue her dream of becoming a medical examiner. She will be attending Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., this fall to begin studies for the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree.
Sergut Admasu ’15 ’17M is working as a Research Administrative Coordinator at the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus.
Jenifer “Jen” Antonelli ’15 is working for The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults as their 4K for Cancer Program Coordinator, Events and Recruitment. She will focus on organizing events for the runs and rides, and recruiting college students to participate in the cross-country events. Jen spent the summer of 2017 running across the United States with a group of volunteers to help raise money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund.
Marissa Sue Cote is the Center Director at Huntington Learning Center in Eldersburg, Md.
Bradley “Brad” Garfield started a new position as a Sales Development Associate at T. Rowe Price. He is completing work on a M.B.A. at Loyola University.
Thomas “TJ” Janasek is working as a teacher in the Howard County Public School System.
Janice Laforteza spent the summer before graduation as a Quality Systems Intern at the Living Legacy Foundation and was hired full time as a Donor Services Coordinator. The Living Legacy Foundation is the organ and tissue procurement organization for the State of Maryland.
Frank Reynolds is working as a copywriter at Compulse Integrated Marketing, which provides digital marketing services to help businesses keep growing.
Michael Talley is working as a pretrial investigator at the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.
Benjamin “Ben” Trently and Sabrina Robbins ’16 were married on March 26 at The Cloisters. Ben is the Assistant Director of Development for the Annual Fund at the Maryland Science Center and Sabrina is a paralegal at Royston, Mueller, McLean and Reid in Towson.
Dan Waters and Courtney Dreisch ’15 were married on Nov. 3, 2017, in Mt. Airy, Md. Four SU alumni were members of the bridal party: Abbie Wright ’11, Jessica Downs ’14, Corey Vincent ’15, and Mercedes Acevedo ’15. Dan and Courtney live in New Market, Md., and are both pursuing master’s degrees at UMUC and Hood College, respectively.
Henry Adjah-Provencal is working as a Debit Card Resolution Specialist at Navy Federal Credit Union in Vienna, Va.
Megan Donahue is working as an Office Solutions Associate with Brown Advisory in Baltimore.
Ryan Drazenovic ’16 ’17M is an Assistant Toxicologist in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Maryland. Since graduation, he also has been teaching general chemistry lab at SU and will continue to teach in the evenings.
Brendan Dreitlein started a new full time job in March as a second assistant professional at the Greenspring Valley Hunt Club, where he will be giving golf lessons, managing the outside golf staff, running golf tournaments, and managing the day to day golf shop operations. He will be working toward his class A PGA certification. Brendan says that the opportunity presented itself for him to pursue his passion, and he gets the chance to play golf as well. He also works part-time as a marketing associate at Crown Trophy in Owings Mills.
Kimoya Henry is working as a paralegal at Summerfield, Willen, Silverberg & Limsky in Pikesville, Md. She is continuing her studies at Stevenson and anticipates receiving a master’s degree in forensic investigations this year.
Heather Hughes ’16M is pursuing an Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner/Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree at the University of Maryland. She
has been a registered nurse for 13 years and credits her experience at SU with helping to ignite her passion to keep moving forward with her education. Hughes hopes to one day teach in a nurse practitioner program.
Chris McKneely designed the new logo for Roberto Clemente Middle School. His first design for the Montgomery County, Md., school is featured on the school’s website and emblazoned in the gymnasium.
Malik Naanaa ’16 ’17M started work in May 2017 as an Analytical Chemist working for the Delaware Division of Forensic Science. In addition to a training period, he had to complete 10 proficiency cases, an oral exam, and a mock trial before beginning actual casework in October.
Emily Rosenthal has started a job with the Catholic Review as a staff writer. One of her recent articles combines her Catholic heritage with her love of Carroll County.
Emily is excited about the job, where she will be able to combine her reporting, writing, and editorial skills.
Dzov Singman was accepted to the M.D./ Ph.D. program at the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine and began her studies there last August.
Courtney Aceto is headed to Johns Hopkins University in September where she will be studying for a master’s degree in biotechnology with a concentration in biodefense and infectious diseases. She will be enrolled in a part-time graduate program geared toward working individuals, and she hopes this advanced degree will allow her to expand her future career opportunities and may lead to an M.D./Ph.D. program down the road.
Kristen Brooks and David Moler ’15 are engaged to be married in April 2019.
Michael “Mike” Byrd completed his capstone internship at Northwestern Mutual, a financial planning company. He accepted a job offer at Enterprise Holdings and is preparing to pursue a master’s degree.
Bryan Corvera-Flores is a Sales Assistant with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, a professional minor league baseball team that plays in the Freedom Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
Tiffany DaCosta is working as a help desk assistant at the Maryland Department of Budget and Management in Baltimore.
Emily Dinsmore ’17M is an assistant field hockey coach at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. She served two seasons as a graduate assistant field hockey coach at SU working primarily with goalkeepers and defenders, and also worked in recruiting and as an academic mentor.
Congratulations to Melissa Fisher and Andrew Zink on receiving the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) National Student Honor Award. This is awarded to students who have at least a 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale, demonstrate exemplary leadership and community service participation, are a student member of ASCP, and are completing their final year of an accredited MLS program. Melissa and Andrew were two of only 78 total recipients nationwide to receive this prestigious honor.
Kaitlin Kirkwood is working as a Discovery Communications Intern Program Coordinator. As an intern with Discovery Communications in 2017, she worked in event scheduling and impressed her co-workers with her energy and organization, so it was a smooth transition to this new position.
Ariana Merrifield is currently teaching in Thailand, and she took part in a live FaceTime conversation with SU students on the methods of teaching social studies. Ariana says that it had always been a dream to teach abroad after graduation, and she started doing research in her senior year. She found a program called
CIEE Teach Abroad, and she chose Thailand.Since she knew a few people who taught there and loved it, she decided to give it a go and has never looked back.
Adraine Mewborn ’17M is a registered nurse/diabetes educator at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.
Shawn Rollins is a registered nurse working at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. He and his wife, Rene, have two sons, Joshua and Caleb, and the family resides in Bel Air.
Stephanie Schwarz is engaged to Christopher Taylor, Jr., and the couple is expecting their first child in August.
Emily Shannon is working at Rymax Marketing Services providing general office support.
Fred Terry is working as a technical recruiter in contract engineering with Aerotek Systems. His strong interpersonal and public speaking skills led him to success with Aerotek, a top global and staffing agency.
Mary Bess Fahy Call ’61 on Nov. 4, 2016
Tracey Burgess Cunningham ’82 on April 4, 2017
Jessica Anne Forbes ’13 on Aug. 18, 2017
Mary Frances Hock Fry ’81 on Oct. 28, 2017
Catherine Guttenberger Gabriel ’62 on Nov. 25, 2017
Ann Carole Stevenson Haddaway ’58 on Jan. 8, 2018
Anne Irby ’82 on Dec. 18, 2017
Kaitlin Noelle Tennison ’09 on Oct. 22, 2016
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