Lynne Spigelmire Viti '65 had her poem, Pandemic Sonnet, published in Pen-In-Hand, the Maryland Writers' Association’s biannual literary journal. To read Lynne's sonnet, go here.
Anita Healy O'Neill '68 is a volunteer member of Maryland Vaccine Hunters, helping to secure COVID 19 vaccination appointments for eligible Marylanders, including many of her Mercy alumnae sisters and their families.
Tess Veloso '68 is a certified life-cycle celebrant and officiant.
Mary Ellen Santiago Barbera '69, Chief Judge, Maryland Court of Appeals, has been named number four in The Daily Record's inaugural Power 100 list, recognizing Marylanders who are shaping business, government, non-profits, law firms, and other critical institutions. To read more, go here.
Rosemarie Serio Pomilla, BA, BSN, CRNP '72 is a neonatal nurse practitioner at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Delaware. Rosemarie earned her certified registered nurse practitioner degree (CRNP) from Georgetown University in 1990. She served for 26 years with the Maryland Army National Guard 136th Combat Support Hospital, retiring as a lieutenant colonel Army Corps nurse. Since joining Beebe Medical Center in 2005, Rosemarie has been responsible for developing the neonatal practitioners’ roles as well as educating her team members on pathophysiology, interventions, and patient care. She also serves as a Newborn Resuscitation Program (NRP) instructor and manages NRP education for staff nurses, respiratory therapists, nurse practitioners, and physicians affiliated with Beebe Medical Center. Additionally, in response to a request from Sussex County Emergency Medical Services and provided NRP education to 100 paramedics. In 2015, Rosemarie was recognized by the Delaware Organization of Nurse Leaders with the Delaware Excellence in Nursing Practice Award. According to Rick Schaffner, RN, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Beebe Healthcare, Rosemarie's "efforts have been instrumental in obtaining specialized equipment and supplies which allow safe and effective care delivery to critically ill infants. She has been a key player in changing the paradigm of management of the sick infant at the community hospital level, triaging sick newborns and making the difficult determination of which infants need observation and transitional care versus which infants need transport, all the while teaching staff how to assess and assist in these situations." To read more about Rosemarie, click here.
Kathy Roark Scrimger '72 teaches second and third grade at St. Francis International School in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Jean Hinkel Gleeves '74 is the senior vice president at Bank of the West.
Nancy Papa Doran '74 recently celebrated her 43rd anniversary of working at the William S. Baer School in the field of occupational therapy.
Kimberly Clark '76, executive vice president of the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), was featured in the November 30, 2020 edition of The Baltimore Sun, detailing her role as part of the new development team for a new mixed-use project on Baltimore's 'superblock." bridging Baltimore's central business, Mount Vernon, and the city's west side. Kimberly was quoted in the article as saying, "It’s so exciting, for me, to see something significant happening here. We’re solidifying the fact that this can be considered a true neighborhood." She also mentioned that past attempts to address the superblock have languished over the years. To read the entire article, click here. In her role as executive vice president, she oversees neighborhood development, business development, real estate development, capital budgeting, small and minority owned business initiative, innovation development, marketing, research and analytics. Among her achievements at BDC, Kim helped structure public private partnership financing for several major redevelopment projects, including several Tax Increment Financing (TIF) projects; Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOTS) for several major developments, and the financing of several grocery store projects. She was instrumental in retaining several businesses of all sizes and assisted smaller businesses with expansions. Kim represented the City in the development of the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, the redevelopment of Inner Harbor East and Belvedere Square as well as several other projects. Kim is the Immediate Past President of the Maryland Economic Development Association, President of the MEDA Foundation, Governance Chair of the Urban Land Institute Baltimore Council, Board member of the Emerging Technology Centers, Small Business Resource Center, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc., and is a member of the International Economic Development Council. In 2016 Kim was named by the Daily Record as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women, received the Mayor’s Medal for Meritorious Service and was honored by Mercy High School with the Sister M. Joannes Clifford Distinguished Alumni award. Kim graduated Leadership MD in 2009 and is a Greater Baltimore Committee Leadership Class of 2007 graduate.
Melanie Lane-Thomas '78 earned her master's degree in speech language pathology from Loma Linda University in 2000. Melanie is currently a speech language pathologist at Casa Colina Hospital in Pomona, California.
Wendy Pratt Camlin '78 is the director of patient care services obstetric and newborn Services Magee Women's Hospital, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Lisa Boan Logan '80 has accepted a position as a public health nurse with the Baltimore County Health Department.
Lea Bradley Gilmore '83 is serving as the Govans Presbyterian Church's first minister for racial justice and multicultural engagement. In this role, Lea leads a racial justice ministry working group, made up of several church members and two community members as well as educates people on how to become anti-racist. Lea's work at Govans Presbyterian Church was recently featured in The Baltimore Sun. To read more, click here.
Carol Tan, Ph.D. '83 has been employed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for more than 28 years. Carol, who holds her bachelors and masters degrees in civil engineering from Texas A&M University and earned her doctorate in civil engineering from Penn State University, is the team leader, safety data and analysis in the Office of Safety Research and development at FHWA. In a feature on FHWA's website, Carol said, "I love that our research helps to save lives on our nation's roads. I spend a lot of time mentoring, assisting, and supporting my team and office. I review research plans, budgets, reports; I coordinate research activities with other groups and offices in support of reducing highway crashes." In 1997, Carol was the recipient of the Arthur S. Flemming Award in the category of applied science. This award, honors outstanding federal employees across all areas of federal service. To read more about Carol, click here.
Dr. Kauser Ruby Mahmood Bari '86 is the owner and clinical director of KRB Dentistry in Rosenberg, Texas. In 1998, she graduated in the top ten of her class at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry. Prior to that, she earned her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in biology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In addition to speaking fluent English, Spanish, and Urdu, Dr. Bari is also proficient in general dentistry and minor oral surgery. She volunteers as a dentist at Shifa, the community dental nonprofit clinic, to serve community members who cannot afford proper dental care. For the past four years, Dr. Bari has been part of the Medical Missionaries of Divine Mercy, helping to provide free medical and dental services at the border of Texas and Mexico to thousands of people that lack the ability to receive much needed care. To learn more, click here.
Amy Stevenson, DNP '90 earned her doctorate of nursing practice from Samuel Merritt University in 2020. Amy is a registered nurse and clinical manager for health homes at Alameda Alliance for Health in Alameda, California. In this role, Amy serves those with complex medical needs and chronic conditions who may benefit from enhanced care management and coordination.
Joanne Heffner Berkey '90 is a school counselor at Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore, Maryland.
Lauren Nachodsky Blevins '90, a 2019 graduate of the American Military University, is a Master Sergeant in the Maryland Air National Guard.
Makeda Scott '90 was elected the chair of the Board of Education for Baltimore County Public Schools.
Leigh Magee Hannan '91 is the owner of CharcuterLeigh offering custom charcuterie boards and boxes which can be delivered between Baltimore and Annapolis, Maryland.
Cindy Pigford Berglund '92 is the permit manager of the Planning Department and Building Division for the city of Ormond Beach, Florida.
Susan Stofberg Beltran '92 is a fifth grade teacher at St. Ursula School in Parkville, Maryland.
Lisa Coletti '92 is a volunteer member of Maryland Vaccine Hunters, helping to secure COVID 19 vaccination appointments for eligible Marylanders, including many of her Mercy alumnae sisters and their families.
Maria del Mar Navarro Havrilak '92 is the owner and operator of Mama Juana's Tapas Truck. Growing up between her parent's native country, Spain, and Baltimore, Maria always savored the tastes and cultural passions of her family and it's heritage. She is passionate about bringing the taste of Spain to Baltimore with authentic Tapas on a food truck.
Ewurama Shaw-Taylor, Ph.D. '92 is a research psychologist with 15 years of experience in bio-behavioral health, currently employed by Behavioral Health Concepts, Inc. as a quality reviewer. She has worked in mental health and human services—including two state correctional mental health systems and a child resettlement program—to improve service delivery, client outcomes, and quality. Ewurama has expertise in continuous quality improvement, policy development, compliance monitoring, evaluation, and proposal development. Ewurama holds a Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Chicago.
Dana Wiedefeld Keller '93 has been named to the 2020-21 School Board at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Towson, Maryland. Dana serves as co-secretary of the board.
Jennifer Barnes Richter '93 and Daya Chaney Webb '93 have partnered to open Maryland Learning Center. Their mission is to support children and their families during educational challenges, to create advantages & opportunities, and to deliver fun and innovative learning while fostering positive relationships.
Julie Michael Henn '93 was re-elected as the vice-chair of the Board of Education for Baltimore County Public Schools.
Briana Shirey, LCSW-C '93 has been promoted to the role of family support services coordinator at the Baltimore County Circuit Court.
Laura LeBrun Hatcher '94, P'21 testified at the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Energy and Commerce in a legislative hearing entitled, "Building on the ACA: Legislation to Expand Health Coverage and Lower Costs." Laura's testimony focused on the importance of Medicaid, Home and Community-Based Services, and the health care protections provided by the Affordable Care Act for families with medically fragile children, like her son.
Kelly Restivo Cimino '95 began a new position as RN Practice Administrator at the The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland.
Kelly DiPaola Huettner, RD, LDN '95 earned her second bachelor's degree in nutrition science from Morgan State University in 2016. Kelly is now employed as a registered dietitian.
Dr. Kia Myrick McDaniel '95 presented at the University of Maryland College of Education's "EdTerps Dialogue Series on December 8, 2020. Kia, the director of curriculum and instruction for Prince Georges County Public Schools, shared her expertise in preparing for digital contexts from grades pre-kindergarten through twelve.
Meghan Cosgrove Sitzler '98 is the assistant principal at Holy Angels Catholic School in Baltimore.
Michele Huffman Mueller '98, director of special events at Kennedy Krieger Institute, was interviewed on Fox 45, Baltimore. Michele detailed how Festival of Trees, the East Coast’s largest holiday extravaganza, pivoted to a virtual festival this year. To watch Michele's interview, click here.
Lisa Osborne Schwartz, Pharm, D. '98 is a pharmacist at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital.
Heather Valunas Davis '99 is a resource teacher at St. Ursula School in Parkville, Maryland. Heather works with students in St. Ursula's St. Julie Program, providing academic support and positive learning experiences so all students can flourish in the school setting.
Dr. Mary McCotter Desi '99, a 2003 graduate of Mount St. Mary's University and a 2010 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, is a family physician at Southern Family Medicine in Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania. Mary completed her residency at York Hospital, where she was one of two chief residents. She was recognized by the family practice faculty as Resident Teacher of the Year in 2012-2013.
Ann DeSimone Bassett '00 graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) in May 2020, earning her second bachelor of science degree in dental hygiene. During her time at UMB, Ann served as president of the Student American Dental Hygienist Association and Hygiene Chair for the Community Outreach and Engagement Club. Ann has also volunteered her time at UMB CURE sealant days, Maryland Day Oral Cancer screenings, C.O.R.E Health Fairs, the 2018 MDAC Oral Health Summit and the 2019 Ava Roberts Pediatric Dentistry symposium. In addition, Ann is a 2004 graduate of York College of Pennsylvania, earning her bachelor of science degree in public relations, with minors in advertising, marketing, and speech communication.
Ebony Hull Lawson '00 earned her master's degree in leadership in teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland University in 2020. Ebony is currently teaching high school English at The Maryland School for the Blind.
Lisa Salvatore, MBA, '00, senior paid media manager at CallTracking Metrics, recently was featured on their website in a vlog chronicling her day working from home. To see the vlog, click here.
Ashley Valis '00, executive director of University of Maryland, Baltimore's Office of Community Engagement, was honored as a University of Maryland, Baltimore Champion of Excellence along with another member of her leadership team. To view Ashley's award acceptance, click here.
Kelly McKee Stabile '01 is a kindergarten aide at St. Margaret's School in Bel Air, Maryland.
Nicole Ortiz Fleischmann, C.P.A. '01 has been promoted to director at CrossCountry Consulting. Nicole leads CrossCountry Consulting's Workday Advisory Services Practice which provides implementation readiness, project management, change management, and testing management services to clients. In addition, Nicole serves as a board member of the University of Maryland Alumni Association and chair of the Professional Development Committee for the Northern Virginia Network.
Kendall Richards Timmons '02, a 2005 graduate of Salisbury University, is the regional program coordinator for Maryland’s First Judicial Circuit Truancy Reduction Court Program, one of four Maryland problem-solving courts of its kind. She and her team serve children and families in Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties. Kendall was appointed communications co-chairperson for the Mid-Atlantic Association for Court Management this fall and was accepted into the Institute for Court Management program of study.
Angela Fiastro '03 is a writer-editor for an international development company helping improve the lives of people from around the world by implementing projects funded by donors such as USAID; the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. She is also in the process of completing her B.A. in English at the University of Maryland Global Campus.
Shante Sims Westray '03 earned her MBA from the University of Maryland Global Campus in 2017.
Lauren Smith Barchi '05, a 2009 graduate of St. Mary's College of Maryland, is a low income advocate for Nexamp, a solar energy company specializing in community solar. In this role, Lauren ensures that those who are economically disadvantaged have equal access to solar energy.
Kristen Carr '06, a 2010 graduate of the University of North Carolina, has been named assistant coach of Johns Hopkins University Women's Lacrosse team. Kristen brings ten years of coaching experience to Hopkins and will run the offense as well as assisting the center draw specialists. At the University of North Carolina, Kristen earned First Team IWLCA All-America honors as a senior when she led the nation's third-ranked defense (7.25 goals per game). She graduated as the program's leader in draws in a season (64) and career (174). A three-year starter, she helped the Tar Heels to a 62-20 record and four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a pair of Final Four trips. Kristen has been a starting defender on the US National Team since 2008 and won gold medals at the 2013 and 2017 FIL World Cups. In addition, she plays for the Pride of the Women's Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL). Prior to joining the coaching staff at Hopkins, Kristen spent spent three seasons as the offensive coordinator at the University of Delaware and then worked as as the recruiting and defensive coordinator at Stanford University. Most recently, Kristen served as the defensive coordinator as well as recruiting coordinator at Ohio State University. According to Johns Hopkins University head lacrosse coach, Janine Tucker, Kristen, "is a veteran coach who has had her hands in every aspect of the game. Her passion, creativity and versatility will make an immediate impact on our program - specifically our offensive unit and center draw specialists. One of the most well-respected assistant coaches in the game, Kristen has also left her mark on the US women's national team. She blew us away in the interview process and our players are going to love learning from her." to read more, click here. In September 2020, Kristen moderated the She Competes: Developing Women in Leadership Webinar Series, sponsored by US Lacrosse which explored the need for female coaches and discussed how to cultivate female leadership in the sports industry.
Denise Contreras Williams '06 is a 2020 graduate of Towson University, earning her bachelor's degree in nursing.
La Shawna Epps Obame MA, LCPC, NCC '06 has over ten years of experiences in the health field. She earned her bachelor of science degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) with a concentration in biopsychology and her master of arts degree in mental health counseling from Bowie State University. As a licensed clinical professional counselor and nationally certified counselor, La Shawna is trained in trauma-informed approaches and serves the community at the local Child Advocacy Center. She is also a certified prepare/ enrich marriage facilitator, supporting individuals and couples by utilizing Adlerian, Client-Centered, and Motivational Interviewing techniques to promote insight and encourage a healthy life balance with practical interventions. La Shawna has experience coaching soccer and teaching nutrition and fitness to adolescents within a research setting. She has also worked in community case management, care transitions, and therapeutic recreation to lend a distinctive style to providing therapy.
Annie Armiger '07 earned her bachelor of science in communications, with a minor in writing from McDaniel College in 2011. Annie's first marketing job at a company called Oomph Marketing, furthered her interest in production, and she began doing freelance production. As a freelancer in Georgia, Annie worked on a variety of projects including commercials, promos, short and feature films, reality TV, and web series for a variety of clients including Delta Airlines, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, The Krystal Company, Delta Community Credit Union, Awesome Con, and Hire Heroes USA. Annie is now employed by CNN Creative Marketing as a write, producer, a production coordinator, and an awards coordinator. In this role, she has coordinated various shoots for department creatives and producers; written scripts and produced topical videos for daily primetime, weekend, and international programs; and coordinated all award entries for the PromaxBDA Awards, the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, the Clio Awards, and the Cannes Lion Awards.
Jessye Black '07 earned her master's degree in human resources management from the Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University in February 2021.
Dr. Christine D. Hoang '07 is a general dentist at Maryland Family Dentistry. Christine earned her doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2015.
Ashley Kowalski '07, project engineer, global partnerships at The Aerospace Corporation, moderated two of the breakout sessions for TechCrunch: Space 2020, a two-day, virtual event with top investors, founders, and technologists within the space industry who are advancing the future of space. The event featured industry leaders from public and private enterprise, academia, civil space, and defense discussing space exploration, human space flight, earth observation, launch providers, and in-space operations. Ashley's breakout session was entitled, "Fast Money: Working with the Army to Operationalize Science for Transformational Overmatch," and detailed the DEVCOM Army research laboratory and the xTech Program of prize competitions that accelerate innovative solutions that can help solve Army challenges.
Angela Wright '07, a 2011 graduate of Elizabethtown College and a 2014 graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School, is an executive pastry chef at Corcoran Caterers in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Merrie Goodlander '08 recently completed her provisional tenure with the Junior League of Wilmington and is now an active member. Her work with the League includes volunteering on the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee to advance period equity in the state of Delaware, currently working with the state legislature to pass HB20, an act aimed at providing free feminine hygiene products in all public and charter schools. According to Merrie, My experience on the Alumnae Executive Board provided an excellent foundation for collaborating in this network of dynamic women!"
Khadija Mitchell '08 holds her bachelor of science degree in chemistry from York College of Pennsylvania. She was recently promoted to incoming quality control lab chemist at Citrus and Allied Essences, LTD.
Katie Pniewski '08, middle school coordinator and English Language Arts teacher, was named the Immaculate Conception School 2021 Teacher of the Year. To watch the announcement of Katie's honor, and to see how Katie inspires her students in the classroom and beyond, go to bit.ly/372FW9K.
Sasha Slacum '08 is an operations manager for Lyft.
Dr. Rachel Troch '08, a neonatology fellow was the featured speaker at the Children's National Neonatology Seminar Series: NICU Covid Update. In addition, Rachel has published Fever and an Abnormal Mass in an 18th Month Old Boy and Slow and Steady, A Systematic Review of ICU Care Models Relevant to Pediatric Chronic Critical Illness.
Rose Kane '09 was a featured presenter on SAP Software Solutions SAP Enable Now Conference call.
Sarah Lindler King '10 was promoted to trading partner associate at Availity.
Jenna Parr Purnell '10, a fourth grade teacher at Glen Avenue Elementary School in Salisbury, Maryland, continued her tradition of collecting, wrapping, and delivering gifts for her students. Jenna's story was featured on ABC 47; click here to view the story.
Hanna Ramsburg '10 has started a new position as director, Outpatient Neurology Clinical Operations at Global Neurosciences.
Katie Scarbath '10 has been promoted to human resources manager at Gotham Greens, a fresh food company which builds and operates sustainable greenhouses in cities across the United States.
Shianne Antoine Williams-Browne '11 has recently opened her own dance school, Symmetry Arts, which offers an array of virtual dance classes. Shianne holds her bachelor of fine arts degree in dance performance, choreography, and a K-12 teaching certification from Towson University. For the past nine years, she has taught dance at Mercy High School, Dance and BMore, Young Audiences’ Summer Arts Learning Academy, and Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center. Most recently, Shianne has directed the dance program at William Penn Senior High School in York, Pennsylvania. In addition, Shianne has performed with Deep Vision Dance Company, Humanistics Dance Company, and for choreographers such as Madeline Maxine Gorman. Shianne is currently a company member of LucidBeings Dance, BlueShift Dance, and authors dance reviews for her very own Charm City Dance Blog.
Kandice Medley '11 earned her bachelor of science degree in family and consumer sciences from Morgan State University in 2016. Kandice is currently enrolled in graduate school at Morgan State University where she is studying social work. She is also employed as a community outreach specialist at McKissack & McKissack, Inc.
Megan Fogelsanger '12, a 2017 York College of Pennsylvania graduate, earned her bachelor of science degree in early elementary education and special education. Currently, Megan is employed by Contentstack, where she is a training and curriculum specialist.
Jill Flenner '13, a 2015 graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, earned her master of science degree in occupational therapy from Chatham University in 2020.
Imani Perlie '13 earned her bachelor of science degree in chemistry from North Carolina A & T State University in 2018. She is employed as a chemist, quality control lab technician at Cellphire, Inc., a biotechnology company focusing on cell stabilization technology with a current emphasis on blood platelets.
Menu'ette Silver '13 earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in television and film production from the University of Southern California in 2020. Menu'ette co-wrote and co-produced The Dope Years: The Story of Latasha Harlins which has earned a Student Academy Award in the category of Best Documentary Short. The film is now eligible to compete in the 2021 Oscars in the same category. To preview the film, click here and to learn more about it, click here. Menu’Ette is also volunteer mentor for EmpowHer institute, a non-profit organization that creates a safe space for girls to develop their voice. She is passionate about education, children, and is aware of the impact media can make on society.
Anna Borkowski '14 earned her bachelor's degree in human and family services from Towson University in 2018. She is now completing graduate studies at University Of Maryland School Of Social Work, specializing in clinical health. Currently in her last semester in graduate school, Ana is working as the oncology social worker in the Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy Medical Center, completing biopsychosocial assessments for individuals identified as high risk of distress related to oncology diagnosis and treatment, providing individual/family therapy and case management services to individuals while facilitating psychosocial and survivorship support groups for individuals being treated at Mercy. In April, Anna will be sitting for my professional licensure exam to become an LMSW (Licensed Master Social Worker) and will be graduating May 20, 2021. Post-graduation, Anna hopes to work with vulnerable populations in a medical setting, such as Mercy Medical Center, eventually pursuing her Doctorate in Social Work (DSW).
Eunice Shin '14 earned her bachelor of science degree in biology with a peace and justice minor and an ethics concentration from Villanova University in 2019. In addition to her academic studies, she was very involved in the local community especially as a part of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service organization, which aimed to help underserved communities and address social issues. Eunice enjoyed teaching science to young, excited students, mentoring children from Philadelphia, and serving those in remote areas of central Appalachia. Since her college graduation, Eunice has been employed as a medical scribe in various outpatient and inpatient settings, including internal medicine, family medicine, vascular surgery, hospital shock trauma centers, and intensive care units. Eunice additionally had an exciting opportunity to work as a certified nursing assistant in Orlando, Florida and Long Island, New York. She is now looking forward to beginning medical school this fall.
Janette Carpio, MSW, LMSW '15 earned her masters of social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in July 2020. Janette's clinical concentration specialized in behavioral health and she was awarded a Behavioral Health Workforce Integration Service and Education (BHWISE) Fellowship, a training programs for MSW students committed to a career providing behavioral health services to individuals, especially underserved communities. She is currently employed at the University of Maryland Medical Center in the outpatient kidney and pancreas transplant center as well as their thoracic unit.
Katrina Schmidt '16 is employed as a communications associate at The Hatcher Group.
Jillian Scott '16 earned her bachelor of arts degree in anthropology with a minor in history from the University of Maryland College Park in December 2020. Jill was recently hired by the Maryland Department of Labor as a communications officer.
Malaika Wanjihia '16 earned her bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Computer Engineering from Morgan State University, graduating summa cum laude. Malaika is now employed at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (APL) as an electrical engineer. She is a part of the Discovery Program, which affords her the opportunity to rotate through a variety of programs at APL in order to experience different technical areas within electrical engineering and receive a wholistic view of the work done at APL. This fall, Malaika will begin her studies toward her master's degree in electrical and computer engineering at the John’s Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering.
Michaela Bentman '17 was named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List at Stevenson University.
Kaitlyn Coffey '17 a computer science major and data science minor at Mount St. Mary's University, has been named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List.
Alexandra Lichtner '17 has been named to the President's List at Rollins College for earning a 3.75 to 4.0 grade point average for the Fall 2021 semester. Alexandra is also a member of the Women's Cross Country team at Rollins.
Elaina McDonough '17 was named to the Dean's List at Stevenson University for the Fall 2020 semester.
Nadia Owusu '17 has been named to Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott's Transition Team as a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Katarina Russell '17 was named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List at Seton Hill University, earning a grade point average of 3.7 or above.
Raecine Singletary '17, a senior theater arts major at Point Park University, was the assistant director of American Son at Pittsburgh Public Theater. Raecine's experience is highlighted on Point Park University's website, found here.
Megan Young '17, a business management major, minoring in philosophy, was named to the Dean's List at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania for the Fall 2020 semester. earning a 3.5 grade point average or better.
Sofia Weir '17 was named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List at the University of South Carolina.
Alexis Wolford '17 has been named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List at Salisbury University.
Jessica Borne '18, a meteorology major, was recently inducted into the University of South Alabama Mortar Board, a national honor society for rising college seniors. Jessica, who participated in Mercy's Mentor Program with Meteorologist Amy Aaronso from Fox 45, chose to study meteorology after watching Storm Chasers one thunderstruck night in 8th grade when she became fascinated by the beauty of something so destructive. As Jessica learned more about the complexity and mathematical side of weather, she became certain that this was what she wanted to study and make her career. Jessica is currently President of the Meteorology Club, as well as a member of the National Weather Association, American Meteorological Society, the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, the National Residence Hall Honorary, and a technician for South Alabama Mesonet. After graduating from the University of South Alabama, Jessica plans on attending graduate school for Applied Meteorology with a concentration in Transportation Meteorology.
Taylor Colimore '18, a junior kinetic imaging major, was named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List at Virginia Commonwealth University, earning a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
Shanelle Fleet '18 is a junior at St. Mary's College of Maryland, where she is majoring in psychology and minoring in dance. Shanelle is the vice president of the Hawkettes, a dance-based cheer team that performs at men's and women's basketball games as well as at other campus events. Shanelle also serves as the treasurer of the Black Student Union and as a member of the Student Conduct Board, which hears alleged student conduct violations. Shanelle plans to attend graduate school to study Forensic Science upon graduation from St. Mary's.
Jasmine Franklin '18 was named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List at Widener University where she is a criminal justice major and member of the Women's Basketball team. Widener's Dean's List dean's list recognizes full-time students who earned a grade point average of 3.50 and above for the semester.
Rachael Huebler '18, a senior biology major at York College of Pennsylvania was named to the Dean's List, earning a 3.50 grade point average or higher. Rachael is also a member of York's Women's Lacrosse team.
Hannah Keller '18 has been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the McDaniel College Fall 2020 Dean's List with Highest Honors, earning a semester grade point average of 3.90 or higher.
Kaitlyn Kozlowski '18 has been named one of the four captains of the Stevenson University Women's Lacrosse team. Coach Kathy Railey says that Kaitlyn, a midfielder, "embodies the quintessential student-athlete. She trains hard, she plays hard, and she excels in the classroom. When the chips are down, I want the ball in Koz's stick." To read more about Kaitlyn being named captain, click here. To learn about her career at Stevenson University, go here. Kaitlyn was also named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List at Stevenson University.
Brianna Leith '18 has been named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List at Seton Hill University where she is junior majoring in social work with a specialty in forensic science.
Allie Lijewski '18 earned a United States Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad. This scholarship sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs enables exceptional US undergraduate students means to study or intern abroad, providing them with skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. According to the announcement, "Lijewski, a Loyola University Maryland communication major with double specializations in digital media and journalism with a minor in writing, is planning to use her Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in Rome, Italy, from May 29-June 26, 2021. The Baltimore native looks forward to immersing herself into another culture, since this experience will be her first time overseas." Allie is quoted as saying, “I’ve always had dreams to live in another country, expand my knowledge, and consistently learn and grow as an individual for and with others. Studying abroad has been a goal of mine for a very long time, so applying to the Gilman Scholarship gave me the opportunity to actually turn my dream into a reality. It serves as an opportunity to be closer to the person that I’m meant to be.” Allie serves as the chair of marketing and communication for Greyhounds Give and is involved in Lambda Pi Eta, a National Communication Honor Society and Alpha Sigma Nu, a National Jesuit Honor Society, at Loyola University Maryland. To read more, click here. Allie was also named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List at Loyola University Maryland. In order to qualify for the Dean's List at Loyola, a student must achieve a minimum QPA of at least 3.500 for the term, provided that, in the term they have successfully completed courses totaling a minimum of 15 credits.
Kathryn Paturzo '18 has been named to the Dean's List at Elon University for the Fall 2020 semester, earning a grade point average of at least 3.50 in a minimum of 12 semester hours. Kathryn, a junior majoring in biology and minoring in religious studies, is an Undergraduate College Fellow at Elon. Through this fellowship, she is conducting undergraduate research to determine if there is a correlation between heart rate variability and religious beliefs and level of practice. Kathryn has also been elected president of her sorority, Kappa Delta. In addition, she serves as a representative on the Panhellenic Diversity and Inclusion committee, which strives to make Greek life more inclusive and more accessible to all. Upon graduation, Kathryn hopes to attend graduate school to become a physician's assistant.
Amber Parker '18, a junior at McDaniel College, has served as a stage and crew member for McDaniel's productions of As You Like It and Spoon River Anthology. Amber was also a part of the scenic construction of the college's production of Speech and Debate.
Abby Peabody '18, an international relations major at Ursinus College, was named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List.
Kelsee Perry '18 is a junior at Morgan State University, majoring in multimedia journalism.
Amanda Pugh '18 was named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List at the University of Lynchburg where she is a nursing major.
Mia Ramirez '18, a junior at the University of San Diego, is a member of the women's soccer team.
Julia Shovan '18 was named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List at Drew University where she is majoring in theater. Julia is also a member of Drew University's International Ambassador Program which creates a collaboration between domestic and international students through leadership and practice.
Bria Bailey '19 is a general studies major at Baltimore City Community College, where is a member of the Granville T. Woods Honors Program. Upon graduation, Bria will be pursuing her interest of becoming an airline pilot by majoring in aviation.
Stephanie Berger '19 has been named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List at the Community College of Baltimore County, earning a 3.5 or higher grade point average in her last 12 credit hours.
Tamrah Blanchard '19 has been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the McDaniel College Fall 2020 Dean's List with Highest Honors, earning a semester grade point average of 3.70-3.89.
Abigail Brannan '19, an early childhood education major, has been named to the Dean's List at St. Vincent's College, earning a semester grade point average of 3.5 or better.
Sarai Chestnut '19 a sophomore majoring in intelligence and security studies, was named to the Dean's List at The Citadel, earning a grade point average of 3.2 or higher, for the Fall 2020 semester.
Vicky Clark '19, a sophomore at Stevenson University, has been named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List.
Sarah Coffman '19 is a sophomore kinesiology major at the University of Maryland, College Park. Sarah is a Global Public Health Scholar. This program helps students gain an understanding of the conceptual and practical foundations of community health, explore global public health challenges, and consider ways to improve population health in diverse contexts. Sarah is also a member of Catholic Terps as well as Terp Thon.
Savannah Collins '19, a sophomore member of Temple University's Honors Program, is majoring in media studies and production and minoring in digital media technologies. Savannah is also an engineer for WHIP Radio, Temple University's radio station. In addition, Savannah is also a technology consultant at Temple's Teaching, Education, Collaboration, and Help (TECH) center, a dynamic facility allows students to meet, study, collaborate, relax, and take advantage of resources such as a student computer lab, multimedia studio, and 24-hour help desk. To learn more, click here.
Claire Corte '19 was named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List at the University of Lynchburg.
Sydney Dye '19, a sophomore social work major at Elizabethtown College, has been named an Emergent Scholar in recognition of her outstanding academic record. The Emergent Scholar designation is awarded to students who have attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher at the end of the first three semesters. In addition, Sydney was named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List at Elizabethtown. As part of the social work program, Sydney volunteers at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lancaster as well as at an assisted living facility.
Abby Estrada '19 was named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List at DeSales University, earning a minimum 3.50 GPA in no fewer than 12 credit hours.
Savanna Foertsch '19, a biology major at Widener University, has been named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List. At Widener, the Dean's List recognizes full-time students who earned a grade point average of 3.50 and above for the semester.
Mary Huebler '19 was named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List at Elizabethtown College, earning a semester grade point average of 3.60 or better in 14 or more credit hours. Mary is majoring in secondary physics education with a coaching minor.
Ashley Jensen '19, a sophomore animal and poultry sciences at Virginia Tech, has been named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List, earning a minimum of a earn a 3.4 grade point average during the semester.
Kayleigh Maimone '19, a biology and pre-med major with minors in Spanish and psychology, was named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List at Washington College.
Lydia Morris '19 is completing an internship in sports management with the Baltimore Blast.
Mikerria Melvin '19 was named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List with Honors at McDaniel College, earning a grade point average of 3.70-3.89.
Leyla Robinson '19 is a sophomore at Towson University majoring in exercise science (pre-med track) with minors of public health and chemistry. At Towson, Leyla is a student ambassador as well as a first year leader. In addition, Leyla was named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List at Towson.
Esther Shin '19 has been named to the Fall 2021 Dean's List at Case Western Reserve University where she is majoring in computer science and minoring in business management.
Leah Williams '19, a sophomore international business major and Spanish, culture, and professional contexts minor at the University of Maryland College Park was elected to serve as a senator in their University Senate. Leah will represent undergraduate students, especially those in the College of Business and Management. Senators are elected representatives of all of the constituencies of the campus community at the University of Maryland College Park and the full senate is composed of approximately 224 members including faculty, staff, and students.
Kennedy Ackerman '20, a freshman at Stevenson University majoring in legal studies, was named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List. She is also a member of Stevenson's Mock Trial team.
Olivia Barry '20, a freshman an Washington College, played the role of Eurydice in Washington College's production of Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice, a funny, heartbreaking and surreal reimagined version of the classic myth of Orpheus told through the eyes of its heroine.
Megan Francis '20 was named to the President's List at Coastal Carolina University, where she is majoring in hospitality, resort, and tourism management and marketing. To qualify for the President's List, students must achieve a 4.0 grade point average for the semester.
Adrianna Gunther '20 is a freshman recreational therapy major at Virginia Wesleyan University, where she is a member of the women's soccer team. To learn more, go here.
Lindsey Hammel '20 is a freshman at the Community College of Baltimore County, where she is majoring in interior design.
Palina Jordan '20 a freshman communications major at Millersville University is a midfielder on the women's soccer team.
Meg Kennedy '20, a freshman English major at Washington College, was named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List.
Bailey Krahl '20, a freshman exploratory studies major at Shippensburg University, is a member of the Shippensburg women's lacrosse team, where she plays attack.
Claire Krisanda '20 is a freshman at St. Joseph's University majoring in autism behavioral studies.
Megan Marston '20 was named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List at Highpoint University for earning a grade point average of 3.5 or above for the semester.
Christy Martin '20 is a freshman at Elizabethtown College majoring in international business. Christy is also an active member of Elizabethtown's student ambassador program.
Sara Matvey '20 was named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List at the University of Pittsburgh, earning a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
Delaney Mavromihalis '20, a nursing major, has been named to the Fall 2020 College of Nursing's Dean's List at Kent State University.
Alivia McDermott '20 is a member of the women's soccer team at McDaniel College, where she is a freshman majoring in education and psychology. To read more about Alivia, click here. Alivia was named to the McDaniel College Fall 2020 Dean's List with Honors, earning a 3.50-3.69 grade point average.
Kristen Metzler '20 is a biochemistry and molecular biology major at Quinnipiac University, where she is a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and the American Sign Language Club. She is currently completing an internship at DrFirst, helping to make information about doctor's offices across the United States as well as prescription information more accessible to patients through a SmartPhone app.
Blen Mulugeta '20 is a freshman at the University of Maryland, College Park majoring in Information Science.
Madeleine Oum-Ray '20, an African American studies major with a concentration in public policy, was named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Laura Parada '20, a freshman legal studies major at Stevenson University, was named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List.
Breighan Pressley '20 is a freshman at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she is majoring in social work.
Mallory Price '20, a freshman nursing major at Salisbury University, was named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List.
Brooke Rainville '20, a freshman health sciences major at James Madison University, has been named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List, earning a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.899.
Kelley Scott '20 is a freshman atmospheric science major at Salisbury University.
Heather Shanty '20 is a freshman at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, majoring in health administration and policy.
McKenna Shay '20 is a freshman pre-nursing major at Frostburg State University. She is the goalie for the women's lacrosse team. McKenna was aslo named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List at Frostburg, earning a grade point average of at least 3.4.
Erin Smearman '20, a freshman at the University of Maryland, College Park, is majoring in criminology on a pre-law track.
Janiece Taylor '20 has been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the McDaniel College Fall 2020 Dean's List with Honors for earning a for a 3.50-3.69 grade point average.
Barbara Willnecker Snyder, RN '64 retired from Stella Maris, where she most recently served as a nurse manager, in 2013. She and her husband live in Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, where they are active members of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Freedom.
Lynne Spigelmire Viti, Ph.D. '65 has published her fourth book, a full length poetry collection published entitled Dancing at Lake Montebello: Poems. To purchase Lynne's book, please click here.
The Honorable Mary Ellen Santiago Barbera '69 has been named one of The Daily Record's 2020 Icon Honors award winners. This award recognizes Maryland business leaders over the age of 60 for their notable success and demonstration of strong leadership both within and outside of their chosen fields. Since 2013, Mary Ellen has served as Chief Judge, Maryland Court of Appeals. To learn more about Mary Ellen, click here.
Dr. Eileen Stork '69 is a neonatologist at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, University Hospitals of Cleveland.
Barbara Yaffe Bradshaw '74 is a licensed clinical professional counselor, providing anticipatory grief counseling to the dying and their families, and individual counseling to private clients. Her specialty is in grief, loss and end-of-life issues. To learn more, click here.
Judi Coleman '82 was recently recognized by her peers as a part of Diligent Corporation’s 2020 Modern Governance 100. This award highlights individuals who find opportunities for growth and drive their organizations towards greater diversity, sustainable practices, and sharper insights for company leadership. Judi is employed as the office manager and executive assistant to the Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer and Vice President/Chief Information Officer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) HealthCare. In early 2020, Judi was one of the nominees for the GBMC Compassionate Caregiver Award. Judi was also a member of the Senior Leadership Team of Angel Park and was named Fifth District Citizen of the Year by Baltimore County Councilman David Marks in 2016.
Jean Pilarski Slattery '83 has served as a member of the Baltimore County Police Department for 24 years and is currently a Lieutenant. During her career with BCoPD, Jean has worked as a patrol officer, as a precinct level detective, and also as an officer in a specialized unit handling calls for service for mentally ill or suicidal subjects and assessing threats in the workplace and schools. She is now the commander of a technology unit, providing the agency and the officers with the tools they need to support the citizens of the county. In addition, Jean and her husband are the co-owners of The Slattery Group, LLC, which provides health and wellness, personal training, and photography services. Jean is also an independent distributor for Young Living Essential Oils.
Mary Beth Lennon '85 has been named the Elizabeth P. Hoisington ’40 Distinguished Alumna Award recipient by her alma mater, Notre Dame of Maryland University. This award is presented to a graduate who, through achievements in career and/or community service, embodies the principles of Notre Dame and has demonstrated loyalty to the university and achievements in career and/or community. In addition, Mary Beth is a new member of the Loyola Blakefield Board of Trustees and the Nominating Committee of Mercy Health Services. To read more about Mary Beth's award, click here.
Joan Cox '87 created masks which were featured in Maskerade Baltimore, a virtual silent auction and mask design competition.
Beth Reitz Appleby '87 is a licensed realtor at Ebby Halliday Realtors in Dennison, Texas. She is a member of the Board of Directors at The Rehabilitation Center, where she facilitates fundraising and marketing. In addition, Beth volunteers as co-chair of the Sherman/Denison Walk to End Alzheimer's, planning and implementing the walk. Beth is also the moderator of the Grayson County Caregiver Support Group, hosting monthly community meetings for caregivers where they can receive help, support, and education to better care for loved ones living with dementia and Alzheimer's.
Amanda Blaney Laurier '95 is an academic intervention teacher in the Montgomery County Public School system. She currently teaches at Burtonsville Elementary. Amanda is also an adjunct professor in the American University School of Education.
Kia Myrick McDaniel, Ed.D. '95 has been promoted to the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Prince George's County Public School System. She was also a featured panelist at Voices From the Field: A Roundtable Discussion on Supporting English Language Learners during COVID-19 sponsored by the English Learner Success Forum and UnboundEd. This panel focused on sharing best practices and resources for general educators to meet the needs of English Language Learners.
Bonnie Bevans Kottraba '98 serves on the School Board at St. Ursula School. Currently, Bonnie is a part of the Catholic Identity Subcommittee, previously having served on the Marketing Subcommittee. Bonnie has been a member of the board since 2016.
Meghan Ringgold '99 is the digital engagement specialist at Enterprise Community Partners, the only national nonprofit that addresses America’s affordable housing crisis from every angle. Meghan earned her bachelor of science degree in management and ethics from Mid-America Christian University.
Kelly Young Spragg '99 earned her master of science degree in instructional technology from Towson University. Kelly is a third grade teacher at Shady Spring Elementary School in the Baltimore County Public School system.
Abby Pyzik Smith '00 has stepped down as head women's basketball coach at the University of Lynchburg. Under Abby’s direction, the Hornets held a 162-111 record, making her the coach with the most wins in program history. In 2016, she led Lynchburg to its first-ever Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) title and a berth in the NCAA Division III tournament with a program record 24 wins. The following season, the Hornets compiled a 23-7 record, earning an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament and recording its first ever tournament victory. Abby was named the ODAC’s coach of the year in 2017. According to Abby, "It has been the greatest honor for the last 11-and-a-half years to lead the women’s basketball program at my alma mater. The players who have come through during that time have helped us elevate the program to be an annual contender for the ODAC championship. But most importantly and my greatest joy is in knowing the incredibly strong women who have graduated from our program to go on to make differences in their communities. I am so proud. It is now time for me to focus on my team at home: my family. I know the program is in good hands and will continue to keep the program’s tradition of success and amazing sense of family strong.” To read more about Abby's coaching career, click here.
Lisa Salvatore MBA, '00, a senior paid media manager at CallTrackingMetrics, moderated a virtual panel of industry leaders discussing digital marketing strategies for 2021 and beyond. During this panel, entitled Launch Your 2021 Paid Media and Local SEO Strategies, Lisa and panel participants shared what should advertisers focus on moving into 2021.
Lindsay Klaus Reedy, MBA '01 has been named the Director of Global Digital Commerce at Under Armour.
Lisa Witriol '01 is a lab director at a Maryland state hospital in Catonsville, Maryland.
Meghan Martin Walrath '02 is a senior instructional designer with the Armstrong Institute at Johns Hopkins. In addition, Meghan is contractor for Rivion, a wedding videography company and teaches an academic writing workshop as an adjunct teacher at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She, her husband, Scott, and their two sons, Jaxon, 4, and Alex, 2, currently live in Bel Air, Maryland.
Rachel Mitchem Cyr '02 is a dance, theater, and acrobatics instructor at EMC Performing Arts Studio in New Freedom, Pennsylvania. Rachel, who earned her bachelor of fine arts in theater from the University of Connecticut, also visits local schools, teaching lessons as part of EMC's community outreach. In addition, Rachel is the costume manager for the studio.
Farrah Ortiz Barnhart, CPA '03 is the senior manager of corporate accounting at StitchFix.
Brittany Bromwell Cody '04 is the lead concierge at Brightview Senior Living.
Laura Wontrop Klauser '04 was a featured panelist at Girls Learning Engineering and Mentoring (GLEAM) Panel Discussion, sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). This panel promoted gender diversity and inclusion focusing on networking and mentoring across topics that are of interest to women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) professions. The discussion aimed to engage, educate, and empower students on the facts and issues regarding gender diversity in STEM, and provided an opportunity to learn, ask questions, and hear personal experiences from female professionals in the automotive industry. Laura, the Cadillac Racing Program manager with General Motors, has served as chair of the Society of Automotive Engineers Detroit Section Board since 2018. To learn more, click here.
Alex R. Glover, LCSW-C '05 is the chief program officer at AIDS Interfaith Residential Services, Inc. (AIRS) which was founded by the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council as the faith community's response to the AIDS epidemic. Alex holds her master's degree in social work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work.
Gina Servelle Martin, LMSW '05 is the admissions coordinator at the Sheppard Pratt Center for Eating Disorders. She earned her master of social work degree in 2018 from the University of Maryland Baltimore.
La Shawna A. Obame, MA, LCPC, NCC '06, who holds her master of arts degree in mental health counseling, is a clinical therapist at Springboard Community Services, Inc., which provides families, children, and elders in Baltimore and the surrounding counties with social services focused on prevention, intervention, counseling, and advocacy.
Katie Kennedy '06 is a senior consultant of talent acquisition at CGI Information Technology and Services.
Nikki Kerber '06 has accepted a position as lead user experience strategist at Mediabarn, Inc.
Bea Phelps Kouvalis '06 has accepted a position as a school counselor at Alphonsus Academy and Center for the Arts in Chicago, Illinois.
Stephanie Bryant '07 is a program planning analyst at Northrop Grumman. In addition, Stephanie is the founder and executive director of Unveil Your Crown, Inc., a nonprofit organization with a foundation built upon Christian principles committed to investing in the lives of young women and helping them to discover and walk in their God-given purpose. Stephanie is also currently pursuing her master's degree in public health practice and policy at the University of Maryland College Park and is committed to helping alleviate health disparities that disproportionately affect women and children in under-served communities. She is also a youth leader at Kingdom Worship Center in Towson, Maryland.
Ashley Kowalski '07, a project engineer for The Aerospace Corporation participated in Space Congress 2019, as a member of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sponsored Space Exploration Working Group. Ashley, along with 25 other members of the group representing 15 different countries, identified the key areas of science, technology, and exploration advancement that international space agencies could begin to work on now to ensure a prosperous and sustainable human lunar presence on the Moon by the late 2020s. The research of this group, All for One and One for All: Recommendations for Sustainable International Lunar Base Utilization and Exploration Approaches will be presented at this year's 71st International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2020) – The CyberSpace Edition.
Kelly Karle '08 has accepted a position as senior legal analyst at Exelon. Kelly obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in legal studies with a minor in political science from Wesley College in May 2012. She then successfully completed Wesley's American Bar Association approved legal studies program. Kelly was the recipient of Wesley College’s departmental award for excellence in legal studies.
Carleigh Goetz '09 is a corporate and securities paralegal at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP. Carleigh is also the owner of The Princess Company, a premier character entertainment company providing high-end character appearances for birthday parties, family, corporate and fundraising events, as well as hospital visits and community outreach events.
Rose Kane '09 is the program manager for Global Supply Chain Workforce Transformation at McCormick & Company in Hunt Valley, Maryland. In this role, Rose is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the implementation of innovative learning technologies in manufacturing plants, distribution centers, and global headquarters. Outside of work, Rose was the youngest person to be elected to the Board of Directors for Oriole Dog Training Club in Halethorpe, MD. She is serving in her third year as a Board Member, currently as the communications director.
Angela Pabich '09 earned her master's degree in nonprofit management from Notre Dame of Maryland University. Angela is the Community Engagement Specialist at Southern Caregiver Resource Center in Poway, California.
Kristen Trzcinski '09, senior compensation analyst at Under Armour, was certified as a senior professional in human resources by HRCI, a global leader in developing rigorous exams to demonstrate mastery and real-world application of forward-thinking HR practices, policies and principles. This certification indicates that Kristen mastered the strategic and policy-making aspects of HR management as practiced in the United States.
Brandi Zaccaria Zellhofer '09 is a social emotional learning teacher in the Baltimore County Public School System. She currently works at White Oak School, which provides both academic and behavioral services for students impacted by a variety of disabilities with a focus on students with emotional disabilities.
Taylor Ecolono Kimball '10 has been named project coordinator and lead generation specialist at Intero Advisory. In this role, Taylor assists with internal marketing projects and communicates directly with clients.
Elena FaFaul '10 earned her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from The Catholic University of America in 2014. She is currently an electrical engineer in Tampa, Florida in the aerospace and aviation industry, specializing in simulation, rotor, and fixed winged systems. Elena is employed by TRU Simulation + Training owned by Textron, a sister company of Bell Helicopter, Cessna, and Beechcraft.
Sofia Scarlett '10 is an administrative assistant at AROCON Roofing and Construction, LLC in Westminster, Maryland.
Jessica Votta Stehman, PA-C '10 earned her master of science degree from the Physician Assistant Studies Program at Towson University. Jessica is currently employed as a physician assistant for LifeBridge Health. She also holds a bachelor of science degree in biology from Coastal Carolina University and a master of science degree in physiology and biophysics from Georgetown University.
Jennifer DeShong Rhen, MS, PA (ASCP) '11 is a senior pathologists assistant at Penn Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Health System. Jennifer earned her master's degree in pathology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
Morgan Kalb '11, a registered nurse at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, is pictured below (on the right) in a recent advertisement for New Graduate Nurses: Weekly Virtual Information & Chat Sessions sponsored by Mercy Medical Center. Sessions are offered every Tuesday, from 3-4 p.m. To register to attend, go here.
Claire Voeglein '11 is a digital producer for the USA Today Network. Claire earned her bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Temple University.
Megan Russell '12 is employed as a consultant at Data Migration Resources, Inc., a data solutions company delivering high-quality data to the world's leading organizations. Megan holds a bachelor of science degree in molecular biology with a concentration in biochemistry and bioinformatics from Towson University, where she was also a French minor.
Timara Smith '12 is a 2016 graduate of Howard University, earning her bachelor of science degree in biology and chemistry. Timara owns Minnie Paints, a sip and paint business. On December 12, 2020, Minnie Paints is sponsoring a virtual sip and paint night to benefit The Karis Home Shelter which provides emergency short-term help for homeless women and children in Baltimore.
Shelby Andresen '13 will graduate from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in December 2020, earning her bachelor of arts degree in psychology. After graduation, Shelby will continue working as a preschool teacher at the Goddard School in Towson, Maryland while pursuing employment as an early childhood educator in Baltimore County Public Schools.
Morgan Poole-Brooks '13, a graduate of Morgan State University who holds her bachelor of science degree in business administration, is the chief executive officer of Competence Consultant Company.
Lauren Romagnano '13 has accepted a position as managing director at the Baltimore Theater Factory.
Janna Wisniewski '13, who holds her bachelor of science degree in bioengineering from the University of Maryland College Park, is an associate scientist at Catalent Pharma Solutions. Janna is also pursuing her master of science degree in biotechnology from University of Maryland University College.
Rebecca Landerkin '15 earned her bachelor of fine arts in dance performance and choreography from Towson University in the spring of 2019. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in physical therapy while continuing to teach dance classes and choreographing a collaborative passion project set to release in 2021.
Taylor Rekus '16 was recently awarded the C. R. Gillespie and Maravene S. Loeschke Scholarship from Towson University, where she is an acting major with a minor in mass communications. This scholarship is awarded to a Towson theater student on the basis of exceptional talent and scholarship. In addition to her studies at Towson, Taylor also performs as a singer/songwriter. To listen to her music, click here, or to purchase her music click here.
Allison Stillinghagan '16 is a law school student at the University of Maryland School of Law.
Malaika Wanjihia '16 graduated from Morgan State University, where she earned her bachelor of engineering degree, with a concentration in electrical and computer engineering. She is currently a digital hardware engineering intern at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Controls.
Allie Lijewski '18 is a junior at Loyola University Maryland, where she is majoring in Communications with specializations in journalism and digital media and minoring in writing. Allie works at Loyola's Writing Center as a Writing Tutor, and this year has been promoted to the role of web editor for Loyola's Writing Department where she is responsible for updating and editing the department's website. In addition, Allie is also the chair of marketing and communications for Greyhounds Give, a student group advocating for philanthropy at Loyola. In this role, Allie helps to manage social media accounts, develop marketing plans, network with others, and educate on the value of giving on and off campus. Allie is also an editorial intern with Girls' Life, a lifestyle magazine for young girls. Beginning this winter, Allie will be promoted to senior intern. To read some of Allie's articles that have been featured in the magazine, click here.
Sarai Chestnut '19 was named to the Spring 2020 Dean's List at The Citadel, where she is a criminal justice and intelligence major and a member of the women's track and field team. The dean’s list is a recognition given to cadets whose grade point average is 3.20 or higher, with no grade below C for work in a semester. In addition, on October 2, 2020, Sarai took the oath of enlistment in the United States Army. Sarai committed to eight years of service, swearing to "protect and defend this great Nation, from all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help her God."
Kayleigh Maimone '19 was awarded the First-Year Scholar Award by Washington College and the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Theta Chapter for attaining the highest academic average in her class.
Lydia Morris '19 has been named to represent Region XX in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Student-Athlete Council which aims to provide student-athletes from all 24 NJCAA regions the opportunity to engage and grow while attending their two-year institution, at a national level. Lydia and the other members of the council will Advance NJCAA student-athlete voices to include them in national dialogue, create new opportunities for the student-athletes experience, encourage student-athlete opinions on current or proposed legislation, provide recommendations based on student-athlete involvement, and increase engagement and participation by NJCAA Student-Athletes at a regional and national scope. The council is comprised of two individuals, one male and one female, from each of the 24 NJCAA regions. Lydia is currently a student-athlete at CCBC, Essex, where she is a member of the women's soccer team. To read more, click here.
Ada Clare Tempert '19, a member of the Loyola University Maryland's women's soccer team, was recently named the number three "Girls' Soccer Striker of the Decade" by Varsity Sports Network. To read more about this honor, click here.
Claire Geier '20 is a freshman nursing major at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is an active member of student government and of Four Paws for a Cause, a student organization involved in training service dogs. Claire also enjoys participating in pilates classes on campus and attending athletic events.
Marley Yakim '20 is a a freshman at the University of Delaware pursuing a degree in marketing with minors in fashion management and professional sales.
Sr. Donna Marie (Barbara) Coward, RSM ’65 was featured in the March/April 2020 edition of ¡viva!mercy, a publication for sisters, associates, and companions of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Sr. Donna Marie serves the community at St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System in Savannah, Georgia as chaplain. To read the entire article, go here and choose the March/April 2020 issue.
Joan Mesmeringer Jurkowski, LCPC, CAC-AD '68 is psychotherapist providing services to individuals, couples, and families. Her practice is based in Phoenix, Maryland. Joan is also a faculty member at The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Washington, DC and has published an article entitled Heroin Addicts, Family and Recovery: A Pilot Study. To learn more about Joan, go here.
Karen Donelson Lovelace '70 has retired after 32 years in the financial services industry. She is now an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and serves as pastor at a small church in southwest Baltimore City, ministering to the community of Morrell Park.
Diane Decker Willinghan ’78, is the assistant director of enrollment events and special projects at the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA.
Lisa Vronch ’78 was appointed to serve as a parole commissioner by Governor Larry Hogan on December 18, 2019. She will be serving five years of a six-year term of a vacated position.
Cindy Cherry Voith ’79, P’07, ’12, RN is a registered nurse in Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore's recovery room. During the pandemic, Cindy volunteered to transfer unit to work with patients with COVID-19. According to Mercy Medical Center's Director of Perianesthesia Services, “Cindy has charge nurse leadership experience, a compassion for patients and a willingness to do whatever is needed in this crisis.” Of her work with COVID-19 patients, Cindy says, “Behind all that [gear] you try to be as human as you can. You sit with them; you hold their hands. And whether or not a patient goes home, you tell yourself, ‘this is what we trained for.’” To read an article and watch a video clip from The Baltimore Sun featuring Cindy and her work, go here.
Annette Miller ’81 and her husband of 38 years is living in Memphis, Tennessee. Annette is a writer, specializing in the genre of paranormal romance. Her latest book was published in July 2020. Annette credits her ninth grade English teacher at Mercy, Sister Mary Harper, with encouraging her to pursue her dream to become a writer. “I couldn't have done it without the support of my wonderful teachers at Mercy High School!”
Jackie Stilling LCPC ’82, P’14, ’16 was the presenter for a free continuing education event, co-hosted by Maryland Addiction Recovery Center and Ashley Addiction Treatment. Jackie's presentation entitled “Mindfulness in Recovery,” explored how mindfulness can be a powerful tool to help bring one fully into the present moment and allowed participants to discover the meaning of mindfulness, ways to become more mindful, and shy mindfulness is important to those in recovery.
Julie Tignall Clark ’82 taught at The Bryn Mawr School for nine years. Five years ago, she launched her own business, Julie Clark Academics where she provides one-on-one support as she teachers her students how to organize their workload, write essays or research papers, prepare for the SAT, and complete college applications. Since COVID-19 shifted schools to an online model, Julie expanded to help students and their parents cope with online learning. According to Julie, “My first client was a referral from Sister Mary Anne Smith at Mercy. I told her I was going into business and next thing I knew someone she knew was contacting me! That led to a VERY fruitful connection in terms of customers. My flexible schedule has allowed me to spend time with my two old granddaughter, Sloan ’13’s daughter, and to visit New York, where Amanda ’09, an attorney, is living.”
Fran Hawkins Jackson '83 has published a memoir entitled The Grown Woman Detox: Achieve Optimal Health by Eliminating Food, Feelings, and Foolishness. Her goal in writing the book was to inspire and motivate young women to never give up on their dreams regardless of the obstacles they may face.
Kenyatta Bush '85 was selected to serve as a line umpire in the 2018 and 2019 U.S. Open Tennis Championships.
Rosemary Kosiorek Meyer ’88 was recently featured on the West Virginia University athletic website. Rosemary, an alumna of Mercy's basketball program, was a member of West Virginia University’s Women’s Basketball team from 1988-1992. During that time, Rosemary, an All-American guard, led the Mountaineers to the 1992 NCAA tournament. To read more about Rosemary, and watch a video clip of her career highlights, go here.
Gina Rohleder Chambers '89, P'24 has accepted a new postion as director of commercial learning and development, sales at AmerisourceBergen.
Rachel Libonati ’91 is a senior vice president at PJT Partners.
Andrea Montgomery Schermerhorn '91 serves as a member of the leadership team for Angel Park, an all-access playground and amphitheater built upon 2.5 acres of land in Baltimore County. Andrea and other members of the leadership team oversaw the design and construction of the park, which was entirely community driven. Recently, Andrea chaired Angel Park's Virtual 5K and helped to celebrate the installation of a wheelchair swing in the park. To read more about Andrea and her work with Angel Park, go here.
Teresa Hirsch Hochrein '92 is an administrative assistant and billing specialist at Blackwater Environmental Group, LLC.
Sandra Serrano ’92 is the chief development officer at American Substance Abuse Professionals.
Vicki Barghout ’93 has led various pharmaceutical divisions in the health care industry for over 20 years and is an Oncology Health Economics and Outcomes Research expert. She has published over 35 manuscripts in top-tier journals and has presented over 110 abstracts at major international conferences. Her research has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Ten years ago, Vicki was leading the oncology research division at a major pharmaceutical company when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her desire to merge her medical knowledge with her need to know what else she could do to stay strong during cancer treatments in order to care for her young family led Vicki to found Viver Health in 2013 and Viver Joy in 2020. Vicki is now cancer free and the happily married mom of two young daughters. She is also the CEO of both companies. To learn more about them, go here.
Karen Krastel Peakes ’93 is an audiobook narrator, working with Brilliance Audio, Tantor, and Bookouture (in the UK). All of her titles can be found on Audible, Amazon, etc.
Jenna Filyaw Kotarides '95 is a professor of English at The Community College of Baltimore County.
Kia Myrick McDaniel, Ed.D. ’95, the Coordinating Supervisor of Specialty Programs for Prince George’s County Public Schools, was recently interviewed by Education First. In the interview, Kia provides recommendations to ensure access for English language learners during virtual instruction. To read the interview, go here.
Kelly Restivo Cimino, RN ’95 is a nurse manager at The Endoscopy Center in Bel Air, Maryland, which specializes in gastrointestinal and colorectal surgery. She is completing her bachelor of science in nursing at Notre Dame of Maryland University and will graduate in the Fall of 2020.
Robin Rhodes Haynes ’95, bestselling author and financial strategist, has released her new book, This Is Not the Final Chapter: A Memoir of Faith, Strength and Tenacity detailing her struggles and triumph as an illustration to remind readers not to be defined by their obstacles. To read more about Robin’s book, go here.
Emily Gonce ’97 is a Corporate Vice President at New York Life Insurance Company, where she has worked since 2006. After spending the first 12 years of her career as a registered lobbyist advocating on insurance and financial reform issues, Emily now works in the company’s Corporate Communications Department where she supports the CEO and Executives in the execution of enterprise-wide strategic initiatives. Outside of corporate life, Emily is a co-owner of multiple small businesses and a mom of two boys: Xavier, seven, and Oxford, five. Emily lives in Hoboken, NJ and works in New York City.
Jillian Wiedefeld Albert ’97 is an Assistant Vice President at Silberstein Insurance Group. In that role, Jillian provides strategic account development and support for large fully insured and self-funded clients. She also ensures retention of clients by establishing strong relationships and managing daily communications. She is involved with the preparation of detailed plan design analysis, negotiating renewals, implementation and compliance. Jillian also manages a professional team that focuses primarily on large regional and national accounts. She joined Silberstein Insurance Group in 2004 and has been in the industry since 2000. She holds her Life and Health license.
Michele Huffman Mueller ’98 was featured in Baltimore's Child. In an article entitled Mom Life, Michele, director of special events at Kennedy Krieger Institute, shared her experiences as a mom. To read the article, go here.
Michele Wiedorfer White ’98 is employed by Baltimore County Government as a business intelligence report developer. She is the mom to four children, Miles, ten, Carter, eight, Riley, seven, and Sarah, five.
Denise Cottle ’99 has accepted a new position as a speech-language pathologist (ITP) at Howard County Public Schools.
Heather Hood Knox ’00 is Vice President of Sales in the East Region for Element Fleet Service, located in Sparks, Maryland. She has been with Element for seven years and started a grass roots women’s network to support women in the workplace, providing a space to share experiences and help the community, as well as assisting in spearheading a mentor program. Heather organizes a yearly golf event to help ShareBaby, a local diaper bank in Baltimore City.
Ashley Valis, MSW ’00, the executive director of University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Office of Community Engagement, presented “A Glimpse into the University of Maryland Baltimore’s Community Renaissance in Southwest Baltimore” to the Woman’s Club of Baltimore. This presentation detailed how Ashley has contributed to the Renaissance in Southwest Baltimore and what the University of Maryland Baltimore is doing to grow a healthy community. To read more about Ashley’s work and to listen to her share her passion for the community, go here.
Melissa Faust Benson ’01 is the owner and event director of Eleven Courses Catering and Event Company. Eleven Courses Catering and Event Company has been nominated for the 2020 Baltimore Style Reader’s Choice Awards. To vote, go here.
Briana Snyder, Ph.D., RN-BC, CNE ’01 is a registered nurse at Sheppard Pratt Hospital, in the Trauma Disorders Unit. Briana is also an assistant professor at Towson University where her areas of expertise include Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Dissociative Disorders and Intimate Partner Violence, and Nursing Education. In addition, Briana is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse, and has authored several publications. Her current areas of research are entitled Views of Women with Dissociative Identity Disorder on Intimate Partner Violence and Personality Profiles of Patients with Dissociative Identity Disorder. To read more about Briana's work, go here.
Kara Taylor, RD, LDN ’01 has accepted a position as Staff Specialist III Nutrition Program Compliance Specialist at Maryland State Department of Education. Kara earned her bachelor of science degree in nutritional sciences from Howard University in 2012.
Gabby Chapin Cowsert ’02 is a wedding and portrait photographer at Gabby Chapin Photography based in Southern Louisiana. To read more about Gabby, and to see her work, go here.
Dani O'Neill Williams, Ph.D. ’03 is employed as a data analyst at Quality Information Partners, Inc.
Christy Loomis ’04 is the administrative coordinator of infection control at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.
Kathleen Radebaugh ’04 has been named the assistant principal for academic affairs at Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kathleen holds her master of education degree and reading specialist certification from Cabrini College. Her undergraduate work was completed at St. Joseph University. Kathleen was accepted into a Yale Fellowship through the Yale National Initiative, and has been published. Of special note is her instructional strategy of connecting pieces of literature to current events relating to social justice causes. In addition to this practice, she encourages her students to engage in service and expand their understanding of local communities and politics. To read more about Kathleen’s new position, go here.
Danielle Jordan ’05 earned her her master of science degree in counseling from Johns Hopkins University, School of Education in 2017. She is currently a a high school counselor for Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools. She previously worked in higher education, including the Women’s College at Notre Dame of Maryland University (2013-2016), where she earned her undergraduate degree in liberal arts concentrations in psychology and biology.
Gina Servelle Martin '05 is an admissions counselor at the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt.
Gina Servelle Martin '05 is an admissions counselor at the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt.
Lauren Newton ’06 is currently an area business executive at Acelis Connected Health, part of the Abbott family. In this role, Lauren covers a multi-state region Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, and portions of Indiana, North Carolina, and Virginia where she helps patients that are on blood thinners test from home versus going to a lab for testing. Lauren’s daughter, Avery Josephine Rogers, is eight-months-old. Lauren says, “I have been working remotely from home since mid-March while it has been a challenge to change from in-person sales to remote, I’m happy to announce that I am number one for both volume and growth quarter 3 of 2020!”
Maria Breschi Lombardo '64, P'02 was named to the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center Profiles of Compassion Society for her commitment to clinical excellence, quality care, compassion, and safe practices. Maria is highly respected for her significant clinical and leadership qualities and for fostering a culture consistent with the mission, vision, and values of University of Maryland St. Joseph Medial Center.
Lynne Spigelmire Viti, Ph.D., Esq. '65 recently published her debut short story collection, "Going Too Fast." To learn more about her book, go here. An article by Lynne entitled "A History of the Buffalo Check Pattern," was recently published in The Baltimore Sun. Additonally, Lynne's poem, "Meditations at Newcomb Hollow Beach," was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2020 WOMR/WFMR Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest. This poem memorialized Arthur Gavi, a young man who died in 2018 after he was attacked by a great white shark while boogie boarding at the popular Wellfleet, Massachusetts beach.
Sharon Cook Dorn '69 began a new position as Regional Account Executive with HAPevolve, a subsidiary of the Hospital and Healthsystem of Pennsylvania.
Sr. Pat Coward '71 was featured in the January/February 2020 edition of ¡viva!mercy, a publication for sisters, associates, and companions of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. In the article Sisterhood of Sports, Sr. Pat tells how her time playing sports taught her lessons in handling adversity. "You learn a lot about teamwork, and that it's your job to pick up your teammates." As a student at Mercy High School, Sr. Pat played field hockey and basketball. The article includes the photo below of Sr. Pat, on the right, playing field hockey for Mercy. In 2016, Sr. Pat was inducted into the Greater Savannah, Georgia Athletic Hall of Fame. Her current ministry is serving as a leadership team member for the South Central Community of the Sisters of Mercy. To read the entire article, go here and choose the January/February 2020 issue.
Barbara Davis Severe '76, P'08,'10 was named to the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center Profiles of Compassion Society for her commitment to clinical excellence, quality care, compassion, and safe practices. Barbara is highly respected for her significant clinical and leadership qualities and for fostering a culture consistent with the mission, vision, and values of University of Maryland St. Joseph Medial Center.
Mary Ella Franz Marion '76, P'09, Mercy High School dean of students and varsity basketball coach, achieved her 400th career win on December 22, 2019. This impressive milestone came in a hard-fought 31-30 victory at home over one of our sister schools, Our Lady of Mercy Academy, from Syosset, NY. For player and alumnae insights as well as reactions from Mary Ella herself, read the full story on the official website of the the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland.
Anne Marie Paulero Porretti, LCPC '78 has worked at Catholic Charities for 35 years and is currently the clinic director of Villa Maria Behavioral Health Services in Harford County, Maryland. Anne also has her own mental health private practice. According to Anne, "Mercy High School was a big part of this magical journey."
Joanne Heffner Berkey '90 was featured on BeyondType1.org, the website of a nonprofit organization changing what it means to live with diabetes. Joanne shared her family's story of their "new normal" living with their son's diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. To read Joanne's story, go here.
Erin Moran '93 was named one of the "Top 50 Women Innovators in the Restaurant Industry" by Emerging. Erin is the CCO of Union Square Hospitality Group, dedicated to producing some of the top-rated New York restaurants, cafes, and bars the industry has ever seen, according to Emerging. To read more, go here.
Daya Chaney Webb '93 is the Legislative Director of the Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint, a group who works to influence a change in local, state and federal policy so that restraint and seclusion are not used in schools across the nation. Read more about Daya's work here.
Kristi Pilarski Barrows '95 has been promoted to office coordinator in the Baltimore County Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division.Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski, Jr. and Chief Melissa R. Hyatt presented Kristi with a certificate at the February 19th ceremony.
Nicole Castagna, RVT '95 is the president of the Maryland Veterinary Technician Association. She currently works at Johns Hopkins University in the labs of William G. Nelson and Vasan Yegnasubramanian as a Research Specialist II where she manages the lab murine colony used as models in research of prostate cancer.
Emily Gonce '97, corporate vice president of corporate communications for New York Life Insurance Company, was featured in a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process that took place at Macy’s Studio as New York Life Insurance Company celebrated their 175th anniversary by creating a float for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Emily serves as the strategic program manager for the 175th anniversary. To view the video, go here.
Sarah Butts '98, Director of Public Policy at the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) worked to introduce federal legislation to promote social worker safety in the U.S. House and Senate. The bill, titled: Protecting Social Workers and Health Professionals from Workplace Violence Act of 2019 (H.R. 5138 /S.2880) has been expanded to cover social workers and other professionals, such as nurses, home health aides, and caseworkers and seeks to address the safety needs of social workers and health care professionals by establishing a grant program for social, health, and human service professionals within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to fund the implementation of state and tribal workplace safety programs. Sarah is pictured below with Congresswoman Julia Browley and other supporters of the bill.
Kristi Korrow '00 was inducted into the Greater Baltimore Lacrosse Foundation's Hall of Fame on January 18, 2020. As a Mercy student, Kristi played lacrosse and soccer and she was also a member of the indoor track team. After graduating from Mercy, Kristi was a two-time captain for the Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team. At Loyola, Kristi played in two final fours and four NCAA tournaments. Kristi currently coaches lacrosse at Dulaney High School where she is also an English teacher. To read more about Kristi's honor in The Capital Gazette, go here.
Megan M. Lazzeri, L.E.E.D. A.P. '01 was promoted to associate at AMMON HEISLER SACHS architects. To read more, go here.
Nikki Kerber '06, has accepted a position as an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore teaching Topics in Advanced Interaction Design (Focus Service Design).
Gabby Forte '07 is co-owner and event coordinator of Dailey Forte Designs where she designs and executes private, social, and corporate celebrations. Dailey Forte Designs was named Couples Choice Award Winner by Wedding Wire in 2019. Go here to learn more about Dailey Forte Designs.
Kelechi Nina Mezu '07, a project manager for Axle Informatics, an information technology company that offers innovative computer services, informatics, and enterprise solutions to research centers and healthcare organizations around the world, earned her PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technician Certification.
Traci Crew '10 is a family medicine nurse practitioner at North Parkville Health Center, a MedStar Medical Group. Her areas of clinical interest include family-focused care, pediatrics, and women's health. Traci is focused on partnering with her patients and their families to provide care, and believes in providing "holistic, high-quality care during all aspects of life." Outside of the office, Traci enjoys hiking with her dog, traveling, reading, going to the movies, watching football, and running.
Sara Dorrance MS, LGPC '11 is the director of Healthy Mind, Healthy Me, at Institute for HEALing. She holds a bachelors degree in Psychology with a specialization in human development and neuroscience from Roanoke College and a masters degree in applied psychology from the University of Baltimore as well as a certificate in professional counseling studies.Sara has experience working with children (younger than 13) and adults doing individual and family therapy. Her clinical specializations include treating patients with trauma histories, depression, anxiety, psychosis, and ADHD. She also works with patients in intimate partner violence situations and familial conflicts. In her recent past, she worked as an mobile therapist providing treatment services to the low-income and homelessness populations. Prior to providing therapeutic services, Sara worked as a psychiatric rehabilitation aide in Baltimore City. During this time, she assisted with case management by helping her clients obtain resources within their communities, such as social security benefits, affordable housing, and transportation assistance.
Shannon Aikens Quinn '12 accepted the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Hall of Fame Award posthumously on behalf of her mother, Diane Geppi-Aikens, Loyola University, Maryland's women's lacrosse coach from 1989-2003.
Sara Johnson Roman '13 is second year medical student at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia.
Menu'Ette Silver '13 is earning her Masters degree at The University of Southern California, and is scheduled to graduate in May 2020. Her thesis project is a short film production entitled Triggers, which is the true story of a young woman's battle with bipolar and schizophrenia as she finds herself the subject of an unusual criminal investigation.
Raquel Ramos '15 visited the the Mercy International Centre, the first house of Mercy built by Catherine McAuley in response to the needs of the poor of Dublin and home to the Mercy family from all over the world, during her recent trip to Ireland. According to Raquel, she felt the same type of excitement as she did when she first walked through Mercy’s doors as a freshman in 2011 during her visit.
Jessica Midwig '16 graduated from the University of Iowa with her bachelor's degree in pre-medical interdepartmental studies, multidisciplinary science and interdisciplinary health. Jessica is currently pursuing her master's degree in healthcare management at Stevenson University.
Malaika Wanjihia '16 is a senior at Morgan State University studying electrical engineering with a concentration in computer engineering. She interned at Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems in the summer of 2018 for the F-35 Fighter Jet Joint Strike Fighter Autonomic Logistics and Information Systems Enterprise Testing team as a Systems Engineer. In the summer of 2019, she also interned at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control as a Digital Hardware Engineer for an Internal Research Development Program working on a Hypersonic Missile.
Rena Christ '17 is a nursing major at Stevenson University where she is an active member of the National Student Nurses Association. Rena is a unit secretary at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
Kaitlyn Coffey '17, a computer science major with a minor in data science and cyber security, at Mount Saint Mary's College completed an internship with Fuse Engineering, a leader in Cybersecurity, High Performance Computer, DevOps, System Virtualization/Containerization and Automation, Data Storage and Protection, and Network Engineering in the U.S. government intelligence community and beyond.
Emily Finnessy '17 currently attends the University of Maryland, College Park where she majors in kinesiology, with hopes of becoming an athletic trainer or physical therapist. Emily is an active member of the University of Maryland's club soccer team and recently completed an internship at a physical therapy clinic.
Nicole Flegel '17 is a biology/pre-med major at The University of Maryland, College Park.
Sienna Hare '17 currently attends Towson University, where she majors in fine arts and design. Sienna also works at Mercy Medical Center as a patient transporter and at the Johns Hopkins University housing office.
Valerie Purdie '17 attends The University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she is majoring in social work with a minor in psychology and is a resident assistant. Valerie is also active in Greek Life, serving on the UMBC Panhellenic Association Executive Board as the vice president of recruitment.
Brianna Romagnano '17, an animal and poultry science major at Virginia Tech, was named to the Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 Dean's List for achieving at least a 3.4 GPA. Brianna is majoring in Animal and Poultry Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Camille Smith '17 is a kinesiology and psychology double major at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she is also a campus tour guide . In 2019, Camille studied abroad in Australia.
Megan Young '17 completed a summer legal internship at the Maryland Insurance Administration.
Catherine Zuzarte '17 is a physiology and neurobiology major, with a minor in global poverty at the University of Maryland, College Park. Catherine tutors refugee children in the College Park area and is co-director of a STEM summer camp for disadvantaged children.
Lucie Amrhein '18 in her her third year at American University, where she is studying International Service & Sociology, researching international human rights with a focus on trafficking. She has been working on a self-guided research project on how bodies have been commodified, and has been interviewed about her research. During the next semester, Lucie will continue her research while studying abroad in India. At American, Lucie is an executive board member of the Rotaract club, which is an international service organization. Rotaract awarded the service above self award to Lucie in the Spring of 2019. Lucie's non-profit, Hugs from Lucie, is celebrating its 11th year, and has expanded to several more states and organizations.
Yinka Akinola '18 attends The University of Maryland, College Park, where is a majoring in information science with a specialty in cyber security and privacy and minoring in non-profit leadership and social innovation. She is active in several campus organizations and serves as the president of UMD's chapter of March for Our Lives, an organization whose mission is to end gun violence in America.
Kai Brodie '18 attends The Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville, majoring in Psychology. Kai has been chosen as a "Fresh Face of CCBC," and is featured on the website and marketing materials from the school.
Taylor Colimore '18 attends Virginia Commonwealth University, where she majors in kinetic imaging.
Kristin Curry '18 is a guard on the Women's Basketball team at Penn State University, Lehigh Valley, where she majors in early childhood education. To read more about Kristin, go here.
Kaia Edwards '18 is a guard on the Women's Basketball team at American International College in Massachusetts. Kaia is majoring in psychology. To read more about Kaia, go here.
Shanelle Fleet '18 attends St. Mary's College of Maryland, where she is a psychology major with a minor in dance.
Jasmine Franklin '18 is a member of the Women's Basketball team at Widener University, where she majors in criminal justice. To read more about Jasmine, go here.
Rachael Huebler '18 developed the Salem Square Lacrosse Program as her signature project as a Graham Innovation Scholar at York College of Pennsylvania. The Graham Innovation Scholar program allows students to help plan the curriculum, classes, study abroad trips, and summer work experiences alongside York College faculty as they solve real problems and create new innovations in the community. Rachael also was selected as a University Innovation Fellow through Stanford University. Rachael studies biology, pre-med at York where she is also a member of the women's lacrosse team. To read about Rachael's development of the Salem Square Lacrosse program, go here and to read about her work as a University Innovation Fellow, go here. Rachael, a junior Biology major at York College of Pennsylvania, has also been named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2019 semester. To be eligible for this honor, a student must be registered for at least 12 academic credit hours and earn a semester GPA of 3.50 or higher.
Brianna Leith '18 is a sophomore at Seton Hill University, where she majors in social work with a specialization in forensic science. She is a resident assistant as well as the class president of the Seton Hill University class of 2022. Brianna was named to Seton Hill University's Dean's List in the Spring of 2019. To qualify for the Dean's List, Seton Hill students must earn a semester average of 3.7 or above out of a possible 4.0.
Chika Olandu '18 recently transferred from Loyola University Maryland to New York University where she majors in media culture communication. She has studied abroad in Paris.
Julia Palomino '18 attends The University of Baltimore where is majoring in human services.
Kathryn Paturzo '18 is studying abroad in Australia focusing her studies on a course about the Australian stolen generation which explores aboriginal culture and lifestyle as well as teaches students about Australia’s past. In addition to her time in the classroom, Kathryn has also visited native reserves, spoken with aboriginal peoples, viewed cultural ceremonies, visited wildlife reserves, gone on a treetop walk, and enjoyed Australia’s beautiful beaches. Kathryn is a student at Elon University where she majors in biology and minors in neuroscience and religious studies. She is also a sister of Kappa Delta, serving on their executive board as the panhellenic delegate. In addition, Kathryn has been named to the Dean’s List for the 2019 fall semester at Elon University. The Dean’s List is composed of students with no grade below a B-minus and a grade point average of at least 3.50 in a minimum of 12 semester hours.
Tamrah Blanchard '19 has been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the McDaniel College Fall 2019 Dean's List with Honors for earning a 3.50-3.69 grade point average.
Abigail Brannon '19 has been named to the Dean's List at Saint Vincent College for earning a 3.5 or greater grade point average. Abigail is majoring in early childhood education.
Sarai Chestnut '19 has been named to the Dean's List at The Citadel where she is a criminal justice major. The dean's list is a recognition given to cadets and students who are registered for 12 or more semester hours and whose grade point average is 3.20 or higher, with no grade of I (Incomplete) and no grade below C for work in a semester.
Sarah Cirincione '19 has been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the McDaniel College Fall 2019 Dean's List with High Honors for earning a grade point average of 3.70-3.89.
Carly Connell '19 has been named to the President’s List for the 2019 fall semester at Elon University. The President’s List is composed of students with no grade below an A-minus in a minimum of 12 semester hours.
Ashley Jensen '19 has been named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2019 semester at Virginia Tech. Ashley is a freshman majoring in Animal and Poultry Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Kayleigh Maimone '19 has been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the Washington College Fall 2019 Dean's List for earning a grade point average of at least 3.5.
Mikerria Melvin '19 has been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the McDaniel College Fall 2019 Dean's List with Honors for earning a 3.50-3.69 grade point average.
Kristen Rekus '19 is majoring in veterinary and biomedical sciences on the pre-veterinary track at Penn State University. She is also active in the Newman Club there.
Lynne Spigelmire Viti, Ph.D., Esq. '65 has been selected as Poet of the Week on the Poetry Super Highway. Her work, Biography, will appear online during the week of October 7-13, 2019.
Lorrie Rieger Miller '70 is a contributor to 365 Soulful Messages: The Right Guidance at the Right Time, a book in collaboration with over 200 authors who sharing inspiring vignettes from their lives. Learn more at Lorrie's website.
Cynthia Chovan-Dalton '86 is the Director of Development, Individual Giving & Special Events at New York Cares, the largest volunteer network in New York City.
Kathleen Ertel Lloyd '90 is the Girls' Athletic Director and Varsity Girls' Lacrosse Coach at Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland.
Makeda Scott '90 is a member of the Baltimore County Board of Education.
Lisa Smith Williams '91 and her dog, King, were crowned world champions in the turbo class of the speed retrieve contest at the DockDogs World Championships in Dubuque, Iowa. To learn more, go here.
Liza Boffen-Yordanov '92 is the Chief Development Officer and Executive Director of the Development Office at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Liza was the first in Singapore to have attained the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential and she is an Association of Fundraising Professionals Master Teacher.
Alyssia Koetter Essig ‘92 was named the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors Realtor of the Year and is a Maryland Realtors Realtor of the Year nominee.
Tara Orendorff '92 is a Vice President at WBO Partners of Alex. Brown. Tara began her financial services career in Baltimore as a loan officer with the Central Credit Union of Maryland. The following year she was offered a position with Alex. Brown & Sons as a Registered Sales Associate. During her tenure with Alex. Brown, she worked with Corporate and Executive services specifically focusing on restricted securities sales, stock option exercise and 10b5- 1 plans. Tara's experience has also focused in the area of fiduciary accounts. She has worked closely with Non–Profit and for Profit organizations specifically in the areas of retirement plan development and advisory services related to cash management and foundation assets. She has been active in her community through the "Relay for Life" for the American Cancer Society, the "Friends of Valerie Tournament of Champions," the "Polar Bear Plunge" for Special Olympics, "Hope Lodge" for the American Cancer Society and Adopt-a-Boxer rescue. In addition to her securities license Series 7, 63, and 66, Tara also holds the series 9/10 principal registrations. She also holds the designation of Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®).
Julie Michael Henn '93 serves as the Vice Chair for the Baltimore County Board of Education. She has worked in education technology for more than 20 years and is currently chief information officer and director of technology for Quality Matters, a global leader in quality assurance for online learning. Julie holds an MBA from Loyola University in Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Marquette University.
Lauren Szczepaniak LaPointe '93 is the Executive Director of the Holy Name of Camden Ministries, a small non-profit in Camden, New Jersey. Holy Name of Camden Ministries is a vocal advocate for the suffering, the unwelcomed, the displaced, and those eager for a Catholic education working to compassionately serve children, individuals, and families in need. To learn more, go here.
Laura LeBrun Hatcher '94, P'21 graduated from the Maryland Partners in Policymaking Program. This program, sponsored by the state and facilitated by the The Arc, Maryland, Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, and People on the Go of Maryland was an intensive course on the history, civil rights, and advocacy of people with disabilities.
Katie Tetrault '97 has been named the Anne E. Casey Foundation's vice president of finance and grants management. As vice president, Katie manages all accounting, financial and grant-making operations at the Foundation. This work includes general ledger accounting and reporting; grants accounting, management and information systems; investment accounting; tax and regulatory affairs; and payroll and accounts payable. She also oversees financial compliance across the foundation; preparation of Casey’s annual budget; and implementation of policy, procedures and staff training related to all of these issues. To read more about Katie, go here.
Sarah Butts, LMSW '98 was appointed director of public policy with the National Association of Social Workers. Sarah is responsible for leading the association’s public policy, political and legislative affairs agenda, overseeing field organizing, working at both the national level and with NASW chapters, political candidates’ fundraising and endorsement efforts, as well as developing and advancing the association’s strategic goals and objectives related to influencing the legislative and executive branches of government. Prior to joining NASW, Sarah served as executive director of the Grand Challenges for Social Work at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.
Cassie Hall Hays '98, Frederick Ward Associates Marketing/Business Development Coordinator, has been chosen by the Maryland Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services as the October 2019 Member Spotlight! SMPS—Society for Marketing Professional Services is dedicated to advancing marketing and business development professionals in the A/E/C industry through education, networking, and leadership development. Frederick Ward Associates is a certified small business offering architecture, civil engineering, landscape architecture, planning, and surveying. To read more about Cassie, go here.
Jennifer Estrada '00 is a Senior Audit Manager at Gorfine, Schiller & Gardyn with over 10 years of experience in the areas of audits, reviews, and compilations for not-for-profit organizations and small and medium-sized businesses. Additionally, Jennifer is a member of the firm’s employee benefit plan niche team. Jennifer sits on the Board of Arrow Child and Family Ministries and began a program to teach Spanish-speaking adults the English language at St. Pius X Church in Towson.
Laura Wontrop Klauser '04 is the Cadillac Racing Program Manager at General Motors Corporation in Michigan. In this role, Laura oversees a six car program which race in the IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship, making sure the car designs are capable of winning and she provides the single point representation from GM with teams, suppliers, and the series. One prototype Laura works with is the Cadillac DPi-V.R. This series runs a variety of road courses and street courses with races ranging from 100 minutes to 24 hours. Cadillac is the reigning champion since 2017. Laura earned her mechanical engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan before joining GM’s engineering department. To hear a podcast featuring Laura, go here and to read more about Laura's work at GM, go here.
Leah Michaels '08 earned her MFA in Intermedia and Digital Art from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Her solo show, Melpomene & The Trinity of Mourning, opens Saturday, October 26th from 6-8 PM and runs through December at the Peale Museum. To learn more, go here.
Kelsey Fiddes '12, a 2016 graduate of Towson University holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and Anthropology with a concentration in Criminal Justice, and a minor in Family and Human Services. She is currently a Judiciary Clerk at the District Court for Baltimore County.
Brooke Burghardt '13 has accepted into the Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies program with the Royal Academy of Dance, an intense two year program required to become a Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance. Brooke currently teaches at Center Stage Performing Arts Academy.
Abigail Messaris '14 is a transfer counselor at Loyola University Maryland. Read more here.
Natoiya Franklin '15 is currently deployed to the Middle East with the United Sates Air Force and has requested prayers.
Julianna Boller '16 is a Forward on Salisbury University's Women's Soccer team. She is majoring in Environmental Studies, and minoring in Marketing Management. To read more about Julianna, go here.
Holly Georgieff '16 was promoted to the rank of paramedic in the Baltimore County Fire Department.
Bryanna Goncalves '16 was named to the Spring 2019 Dean's List at the University of Maryland, College Park. where she is majoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a minor in Portuguese Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.
Julia Haigley '16 is a facilitator for the OneLove Foundation at Salisbury University, where she majors is a Marketing major and Communication Arts minor in the Perdue Business School. As a facilitator, Julia is trained to know the signs of domestic abuse and help to educate others and empower survivors.
Larissa Hawkins '16 had her work featured in the Senior Art Exhibition at Salve Regina Gallery at Catholic University of America where she is a Studio Art major.
Katie Heidrick '16 was named to the Spring 2019 Distinguished Dean's List at the University of Maryland, College Park. To be named to the Distinguished Dean's List, students in the College of Behavioral and Social Science must have completed at least twelve credits within a semester, earning a GPA of 4.0. Katie is double majoring in Psychology and Criminology and Criminal Justice and completed an internship at the Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office this summer.
Grace King '16 is a distance runner on the Mount St. Mary's University Women's Cross Country team. Grace is double majoring in Biology and English and was named to the Spring 2019 Dean's List. To read more about Grace, go here.
Samantha Maygers '16 is a Center for Women in Technology Scholar, majoring in Chemical Engineering at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Taylor Rekus '16 is obtaining her B.F.A. in Acting with a minor in Mass Communications at Towson University. This summer, she was selected for a performance internship at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, performing in CSC's productions of Macbeth and Love's Labour's Lost. She also portrayed King Richard in the 2019 intern company's production of Richard III.
Lauren Rollison '16 is a History and Museum Studies major at Juniata College. This summer, Lauren Interned at the United States Naval Academy Museum.
Katrina Schmidt '16 studying international affairs and Latin American studies at Georgetown University. Most recently, Katrina was an editorial fellow at Washingtonian magazine and academics editor for The Hoya, Georgetown University’s student newspaper. Previously, she worked as a journal production assistant with Wolters Kluwer Health and as an editorial intern with Mid-Atlantic Media. In addition to her articles in the Washingtonian and The Hoya, Katrina's work has also been featured in The New York Times, Baltimore Style, Beltway Bulletin, and The Left Bench. To read more about Katrina, go here.
Jill Scott '16 is studying Anthropology and History at the University of Maryland, College Park. Jill is also the secretary of the Maryland Federation of College Republicans, which serves students on college campuses throughout the state of Maryland and is an official auxiliary organization of the Maryland Republican Party.
Allison Stillinghagan '16 was named to the Spring 2019 Dean's List of York College of Pennsylvania, where she is majoring in Human Services.
Michaela Bentman '17 was named to the Spring 2019 Dean's List at Stevenson University.
Holly Bergman '17 represented Salisbury University's Society of Professional Journalists at their regional conference. Holly was quoted in The Charles R. & Martha N. Fulton School of Liberal Arts Summer 2019 Exchange stating that the student debate on the topic of ethical jounralism "let me see into the minds of other people as they debated ethics, which is something we debate every day as journalists." Holly is pictured below (second from the left) with other conference representatives from Salisbury University.
Kaitlyn Coffey '17 was named to the Spring 2019 Dean's List at Mount St. Mary's University where she majors in computer science. Kaitlyn was also selected for the 2019 National Security Scholars Program (NSSP). This prestigious program offers substantial scholarships, assistance with national security clearance processing, internships, and the possibility of future employment in the national security industry to students who attend an I-Fund member college or university. Learn more here. Kaitlyn is also completing an internship with Fuse Engineering.
CJ Escobar '17 is double-majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Music Composition at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she was named to the Spring 2019 President’s List for earning a GPA of 4.0. In addition, one of CJ's compositions was performed by the professional ensemble Balance Campaign.
Ashley Grabowski '17 is attending the University of Baltimore, where she is a business major. Ashley also takes classes at the New York Institute of Art and Design in order to earn her license in wedding and event coordinating. She completed an internship at Himmelrich Associates, where she is currently employed, helping to plan events such as The Polish Fall Festival, the Fells Point Festival, and weddings, which have occurred around the world.
Mary Ellen Jasinski '17 was named to the Spring 2019 Dean's List at the University of South Carolina where she majors in marine science.
Alexandra Lichtner '17 is a member of the Rollins College Women's Cross Country team. Alexandra is a marine biology major, minoring in English at Rollins College. Alexandra also assists the Biology Department with preparing labs and works in the Admissions Department providing tours to prospective Rollins students. When she is Maryland, Alexandra volunteers at the National Aquarium. To read more about Alexandra, go here.
Nadia Owusu '17, a government and politics major at the University of Maryland, College Park, is an ambassador of CIVICUS, an invitational living and learning program that empowers first- and second-year students to become active and engaged citizens through a focus on community service learning, political engagement, and leadership development. Nadia also is a member of Maryland's University Senate, and their chapters of Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies. In addition, Nadia served as a Legislative Intern to State Senator Cory McCray.
Grace Rappazzo '17 is studying English at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Raecine Singletary '17 is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. She recently made her Point Park Conservatory debut in Helen Edmundson’s Coram Boy directed by Tomé Cousin. In Spring 2019, Raecine was cast as Captain/Fabienne in Pittsburgh's Prime Stage Theater production of Twelfth Night.
Amy Gnau '18 is a member of the Women's Ice Hockey Team at Towson University.
Rachael Huebler '18 has been named to the Spring 2019 Dean's List at York College of Pennsylvania where she is majoring in Biology.
Mia Ramirez '18 is a Midfielder on the Women's Soccer Team at the Community College of Baltimore County. To read more about Mia, go here.
Riley Rumbley '18 is a Midfielder on Towson University's Women's Soccer Team where she majors in Exercise Science. To read more about Riley, go here.
Abigail Brannan '19 is a member of the Saint Vincent College Women's Swimming Team. Abigail is majoring in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Disability Studies. To read more about Abigail, go here.
Abby Estrada '19 is a Marriage and Family Studies major at DeSales University. She is also working on campus at the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture as an Event and Office Assistant. Abby is participating in intramural kickball and flag football, the pro-life club, and campus ministry Group. She is also a soprano in the DeSales University Chorale and is volunteering at the Special Olympics Eastern Fall Sectional hosted by DeSales.
Mary Huebler '19 is a member of the Elizabethtown College Women's Golf Team. Mary is majoring in Secondary Education with a specialty in Physics. To read more about Mary, go here.
Kayleigh Maimone '19 is a member of the Washington College Women's Rowing Team. Kayleigh is a John S. Toll Science and Mathematics Fellow as well as a Presidential Fellow at Washington, where she is majoring in Biology Pre-Med. To read more about Kayleigh, go here.
Lydia Morris '19 is a Defender and Midfielder on the Women's Soccer Team at the Community College of Baltimore County. To read more about Lydia, go here.
Jadyn Parker '19 is a Middle Blocker on the Goldy-Beacom College Women's Volleyball Team. Jadyn is majoring in Criminal Justice. To read more about her, go here.
Ada Clare Tempert '19 is a member of the Loyola University Women's Soccer Team. To read more about Ada, go here.
Hailey Wienecke '19 is a Defensive Specialist on the Women's Volleyball Team at the Community College of Baltimore County. To read more about Hailey, go here.
Lauren Newton ’06 is currently an area business executive at Acelis Connected Health, part of the Abbott family. In this role, Lauren covers a multi-state region Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, and portions of Indiana, North Carolina, and Virginia where she helps patients that are on blood thinners test from home versus going to a lab for testing. Lauren’s daughter, Avery Josephine Rogers, is eight-months-old. Lauren says, “I have been working remotely from home since mid-March while it has been a challenge to change from in-person sales to remote, I’m happy to announce that I am number one for both volume and growth quarter 3 of 2020!”
Bea Phelps Kouvalis ’06 is the co-owner of See Feel Live Photography in Chicago, Illinois. She offers special rates for Mercy alumnae.
Lauren Waldt ’06 graduated from the University of Baltimore Law School. In September, Lauren will begin her position as Judicial Law Clerk with the Executive Office of Immigration Review in the Department of Justice in Memphis, Tennessee.
Gabby Forte ’07 is the co-owner of Dailey Forte Designs, boutique event planning and design company in Timonium, Maryland. Dailey Forte Designs has been nominated for the 2020 Baltimore Style Reader’s Choice Awards. To vote, go here.
Ashley Kowalski ’07 is a project engineer - global partnerships at The Aerospace Corporation in Los Angeles, California. In this position, Ashley represents the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) in developing collaboration opportunities for current and future capabilities with international, industry, and interagency partners, with a regional focus on the Americas, Europe, and Africa. She also assists and provides advice on space systems, acquisitions, and program architecture development for both U.S. and international civil and commercial industry partners. Ashley earned her bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering with an aerospace engineering concentration and her master of science degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from George Washington University.
Stephanie Travers Berke ’07 has been promoted to Senior Corporate Brand Strategist at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.
Jill Parente White ’07 has been promoted to Director of Behavioral Health at Healing Mind Wellness, LLC.
Aprile Greene Smith ’07 is a graphic designer for The Bozzuto Group by day and a proud black-owned business owner of AprileGDesigns, LLC. by night. Aprile is extremely proud of the strides her graphic design business has taken in the past six years and is excited for the years of growth to come. Aprile holds her master of arts degree from The University of Baltimore. Her undergraduate work was completed at Lincoln University, Pennsylvania with a focus on Computer Science and Visual Arts. According to Aprile, “As I prepare to celebrate my tenth reunion from Lincoln University, I’m happy to have carried my Mercy High School values until today.️ The circle of Mercy is timeless!” Stay connected with Aprile and her business via social media: @aprilwithan_e_ and @aprilegdesign. To view Aprile’s work, go here.
Kelly Shanahan '07 was named one of Baltimore's top nurses in Baltimore Magazine's 6th annual "Excellence in Nursing Awards." Kelly,a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse at Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, MD, has shared her expertise with Mercy Girls in the Women in Medicine Program and the Mentor Program. To learn more, click here.
Melissa Hubbard Wunderer ’08 is a digital marketing specialist at Casey Auto Group in Newport News, Virginia.
Leah Michaels ’08 is a Baltimore native, artist, activist, historian, and surfer. After graduating from Mercy, she attended the University of Washington in Seattle where she studied history. During her undergraduate years she studied abroad in Greece and started her first feature-length documentary film that toured around the world. Leah went on to pursue media arts and was accepted into the Intermedia & Digital Art M.F.A. program at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. While there, her field expanded and she participated in a study abroad program to Berlin entitled Arts as Sanctuary which explored how arts education and programming were implemented to help support the one million refugees seeking asylum in Germany. Upon graduation Leah has been offered multiple solo and group art shows, published written pieces in magazines and small presses, and continues working as an art educator and freelancer. Her art work is informed by a historical research practice and rooted in the space where social justice, art, and travel intersect. Leah was in Italy as COVID-19 was starting to break. You can read about her experience here. You can visit her website at: www.leahcmichaels.com.
Jill Vermette Mullineaux ’08 married in June 2013. She is currently a preschool teacher at Baltimore County Head Start, providing educational opportunities to children from underserved communities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Jill and her colleagues have continued to assist these children and their families virtually.
Rachel Troch, MD '08 is a second year Neonatology Fellow at Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C. Rachel also became a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics this past year, and had an article accepted for publication to the Journal of Pediatric Intensive Care on Pediatric Chronic Critical Illness. In May 2020, she and Alec Pulianas were married.
Maggie Marion ’09 was featured in Varsity Sports Network's article entitled, “IND’s Closing Shutters The Game.” The article highlighted the history of the Mercy-IND Game. In her interview, Maggie stated, “It’s not even just the rivalry but the community feel that the game had and what it meant to so many people. It brought two huge communities that were really passionate together at least for one night… It was really cool to see how many people cared about what was going on in that arena on a Friday night.” To read the entire article, go here.
Katie Kopasek Black ’10 earned her master's degree in nonprofit management from Notre Dame of Maryland University in May 2019 and just celebrated six years of employment at Key Point Health Services, a nonprofit organization that provides clinical, residential, and psychiatric rehabilitation services to vulnerable clients with chronic mental health diagnoses.Katie is the program manager for the community outreach program in Catonsville, which provides case management through in-home visits, as well as community activities, to help clients increase their independence and avoid hospitalization. This program serves the west side of Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, and parts of Carroll County. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Katie and her team have not only engaged their clients via telehealth, but also through face-to-face visits to advocate on their behalf to avoid homelessness, loss of income, and maintain contact with their critical providers like doctors, therapists, and psychiatrists. Currently, Katie is overseeing the merge of two Catonsville programs, as well as the opening of a second supported housing location. She and her husband are expecting their first child in December 2020.
Brooke Severe '10 is employed as a quality assurance specialist at Jai Medical Systems, a managed care organization contracted with the State of Maryland to provide health care services to low-income adults and children. There, Brooke works on programs related to hepatitis C and HIV as well as on quality measurements for state and national audits. Brooke recently published a journal article in Drug and Alcohol Dependence titled Co-Located Hepatitis C Virus Infection Treatment within an Opioid Treatment Program Promotes Opioid Agonist Treatment Retention. This article was the result of her thesis work at Yale School of Public Health where she earned her Masters of Public Health in May 2019. According to Brooke, "The impetus for wanting to work in the healthcare space came from my time as a full time volunteer with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, where I served at a women and children's shelter in Austin, TX. I was a Jesuit Volunteer from 2014-2015, the year after graduating college and, though it was 5 years ago now, I feel deeply grateful for my time as a volunteer. It truly shaped my career and interests, and I would always be willing to talk to any Mercy girls about it. I even met a Mercy nun while visiting the Mexico/Texas border who knew SMAS! Small world."
Emily McBee Danna ’11 is a senior service operations team member at BHS, a company specializing in corporate wellness and employee assistance programs.
Tanesha Moody, MBA ’11 is the senior manager of global internal events at Under Armour. Tanesha also owns an event design and planning business, A Spoonful of Planning.
Ashleigh Roche ’11 earned her bachelor degree in marine science from Coastal Carolina University. After graduation, she was an outdoor educator at the Catalina Island Marine Institute. She spent a year on Catalina Island teaching children grades 4-12 about various marine topics, as well as teaching them to kayak, paddleboard, and snorkel. Ashleigh now works as an aquarist at the National Aquarium’s Animal Care and Rescue Center in Baltimore. She cares for various species of marine life including fish, sharks, corals, turtles, birds, and many more, making sure they are healthy and prepared to transfer to exhibit.
Kelly Rudolph ’11 is a freelance lighting designer in New York City currently working toward her Masters of Fine Arts in Lighting Design at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. Check out her website here.
Megan Trzcinski '11 just celebrated her five year work anniversary with Morgan Stanley, where she is an operations associate, working in technology and fraud to implement client security solutions such as voice biometrics. She graduated cum laude from Towson University Honors College and is currently pursuing her MBA at Loyola University Maryland. Megan also teaches yoga at CorePower Yoga.
Kathleen Black Wenck ’11 has been promoted to the director of financial aid at Oldfields School.
Karley Ames ’12, a staff member in Community Outreach at Advanced Radiology, worked with her father to create a GoFundMe account which raised over $12,000 to provide pizzas to those working on the front lines against COVID-19.
Abby Baker Gruebl ’12 is a registered nurse at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in their Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She and her husband live in Jacksonville, Florida with their five month old daughter, Gwenyth.
Nicole Hardesty ’12 is an employment specialist for Itineris, Inc., which support adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder to build on the progress they made in the school systems, to further their journey toward greater independence and to increase acceptance by the community at large. Itineris provides customized opportunities for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder to obtain gainful employment and to participate meaningfully in all aspects of adult life. Nicole is certified as a Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP).
Taylor Villarreal ’12 is the communication and change management analyst at Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. She is pursuing her master’s degree in communication management at Towson University.
Sara Andresen ’13 is a registered nurse in the neurotrauma department of the shock trauma center at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Jill Baker ’13 earned her bachelor of science degree in forensic biology from Penn State in 2017, followed by her master of science degree in biology from Towson University in 2021. While in the masters program, the focus of her thesis work was targeted cancer therapy. As a graduate student at Towson University, Jill served as head teaching assistant for the Introductory Biology Lab class earned the Wilfred B. Hathaway Award for Outstanding Graduate Students in the Biological Sciences. Jill is currently attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine to earn her PhD in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, with an anticipated graduation date in 2024.
Kirsten Barstad ’13 is a manufacturing analyst at Northrop Grumman Corporation.
Lauren Davis ’13 was interviewed by WBAL. Lauren is a licensed practical nurse at Sinai Lifebridge Health and shared her experiences on the front lines of COVID-19.
Lauren Romagnano ’13 graduated from Mary Baldwin University earning a Master of Letters in Shakespeare and Performance and a Master of Fine Arts In Shakespeare and Performance.
Stephanie Shapiro ’13, recently passed her Certified Meeting Professional Exam. Stephanie earned her bachelor of science degree in hospitality administration and management from the University of Delaware and is currently employed as a conference services manager at The Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Christina Thompson ’13 is employed as a systems engineer at MITRE, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), in Northern Virginia. She earned her masters in engineering from Cornell University in Systems Engineering in 2018 and is now planning to enroll at Worcester Polytechnic Institute to begin a masters in Systems Engineering Leadership. Christina started working for MITRE as a contractor for the Defense where she modeled system’s life cycles using a language called SysML. She has presented her research on “A Unified Interface for Managing Disparate Model-Based Systems Engineering Tools” at two conferences, NoMagic’s Cyber Symposium and Military Operations Research Society (MORS). She continues to introduce SysML and modeling constructs/languages to the Defense community to help with answering the how’s and why’s of a certain project.
Megan Tobias ’13 earned her bachelor of science degree in clinical/medical social work from Kennesaw State University in 2018. Megan is currently the head women's lacrosse coach at Kennesaw Mountain High School in Kennesaw, GA.
Lindsay Berg, M.S. ’14 is employed as a mental performance consultant at Sterling Sport Mindset headquartered in Leawood, Kansas. Lindsay holds her bachelor’s degree in sport and exercise psychology with a minor in human services from West Virginia University and her master’s degree in kinesiology, sport and exercise psychology concentrate at Georgia Southern University. As a mental performance consultant, Lindsay helps athletes of all levels enhance their current techniques in athletic and non-athletic settings, while also aiding in the development of new strategies which are applicable to performing at peak levels more consistently both in and out of sport(s). Lindsay conducts virtual and in-person mental performance consultations with athletes or teams from any location. To read more about Lindsay’s career, as well as her memories of playing in the Mercy-IND game, go here.
Ami Crist '14 entered her first year of medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Ami earned her bachelor of science degree in biology with minors in chemistry and dance from Washington College in 2018.
Abigail Messaris ’14 graduated magna cum laude from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2018 with a bachelor of arts degree in English and International Languages and Cultures with a concentration in French and a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is currently the transfer admission counselor at Loyola University Maryland. She is also completing her master of arts degree in Emerging Media at Loyola. As a part of the program, she is also running a blog titled Bad Vegan Baking.
Maura Ford ’15 graduated from La Salle University in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in International Relations and Spanish. She then completed a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Aguascalientes, Mexico, where she taught English at the Universidad Tecnológica de Aguascalientes and volunteered as the Outreach Coordinator at Camino a la Vida migrant shelter. She now has a position in Baltimore City’s Office of the Inspector General, working with a team to establish the Baltimore Ethics Program. According to Maura, “Catherine McAuley’s drive for social justice continues to inspire me in my work to improve Baltimore City.”
Kristin Johnson ’15 earned her bachelor of science degree in biology from York College of Pennsylvania. She is currently employed as a research technologist at Johns Hopkins University.
Molly Tobias ’15 earned her bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Mars Hill University in North Carolina. She plans to begin veterinary school in 2021.
Julianna Boller ’16, a forward on Salisbury University’s Women’s Soccer team, was named to Salisbury’s Women’s Soccer All-Decade team. During her time at Salisbury University, Julianna was named to the All-Centennial Athletic Conference (CAC) First Team twice (2018, 2019) and also to the NCAA Division III Women's Scholar All-Region Team (2019). During the 2019 season, she ranked second in the CAC in assists. During her career at Salisbury, Julianna collected seven game-winning goals, 88 career shots,55 shots on goal (62.5%), and 18 career goals - nine assists (seven in one season). Julianna is majoring in environmental studies and minoring in marketing management at Salisbury University. To read more about her career at Salisbury, go here.
Caroline Cummings ’16 earned her bachelor of science degree in public health from Drexel University. Caroline graduated Magna Cum Laude from the School of Public Health. Caroline, a midfielder on the Drexel University Women’s Lacrosse team, was honored with a virtual Senior Day ceremony on April 3rd. Head Coach, Jill Batcheller, said “Caroline is such a special person who leaves a big impression on you from the start. As an athlete, Caroline's work ethic and athleticism always led her to crush run tests, team competitions, matchups, and anything you can imagine. As a person, Caroline is someone that always has a smile on her face, shows how much she cares for this program, and has a positive attitude!” To read more about Caroline’s career at Drexel, go here. Caroline is currently employed as a quality analyst at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore.
Jordin Freeman ’16 graduated as a a Dean's Scholar from Hofstra University. Jordin has earned her associate's degree from the Honors College, Hofstra University; a bachelor’s degree in economics, Dongbei University of Finance and Economics; and a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Zarb Business School, Hofstra University.
Julia Haigley ’16 graduated summa cum laude from Salisbury University’s Purdue School of Business, earning her bachelor's degree in marketing with a minor in communication arts. She maintained a 4.0 GPA overall and every semester of her college career. Based on her outstanding academic performance, Julia was also named the Outstanding Senior in Marketing by faculty in each department of the Purdue School of Business. While at Salisbury, Julia was a member of the Order of Omega, an undergraduate Greek society recognizing fraternity men and women who have achieved a high standard of leadership in inter-fraternity activities. She was also invited to join the honors societies of Phi Kappa Phi, which recognizes superior scholarship without restriction to an area of study, and Beta Gamma Sigma, a business honors society that highlights the top 10% of undergraduate students within the business school. Julia held multiple leadership positions, including new member educator, within her sorority, Alpha Sigma Tau, and she oversaw the success of Salisbury University’s four Panhellenic sororities on campus as Panhellenic President. In addition, Julia co-authored a research paper entitled The Effects of Social Media on Women’s Self Image found here.
Rebecca Hayes, BSN RN ’16 has accepted a position at Lakeland Regional Medical Center (Lakeland, Florida) in their nurse residency program on an antepartum/postpartum/gynecological surgery unit.
Katie Heidrick ’16 earned her bachelor of arts degree in psychology and criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Grace King '16 earned her bachelor of science degree in biology and English language and literature from Mount St. Mary's University where, as a member of the honors program, she completed a senior thesis titled Resonation of Jordan Peele's Us with Toni Morrison's Beloved. Grace, a Knott scholar, was also a year-round athlete and competed in Division I cross country as well as indoor and outdoor track and field.She was named to the dean's list, as well as to the Northeast Conference Academic Honor Roll. During her time as an undergraduate, Grace was a Mount Opportunities for Success in Science (MOSS) Scholar, serving her community by leading STEM programs at underserved elementary schools, removing invasive plant species from local forests, and volunteering at stream clean-ups. Grace was also a member of Sigma Tau Delta, an English honor society, and the Caribbean Culture Club. This year Grace had returned to Mercy High School where she is teaching Algebra 2 and Statistics.
Sammie Maygers ’16 earned her bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Sammie, a Center for Women in Technology (CWIT) scholar, was recognized for her leadership in the program. While at UMBC, Sammie was also active in the Chem-E-Car team which builds and races vehicles powered by precise chemical reactions. She was also an active member of the Shazam Ultimate Frisbee, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers. In addition to conducting undergraduate research, Sammie was a teaching fellow for a chemical engineering kinetics course. Of this experience, Sammie said, “Being a teaching fellow has given me the opportunity to support students academically and personally. The course load of a student taking this level of chemical engineering courses can really be overwhelming, and I love helping students realize that making mistakes and failing helps them grow as an engineer.” Sammie will be pursuing a career as an engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) near Bethesda, Maryland. Sammie has also been honored as an Outstanding Senior in Chemical Engineering and nominated for Valedictorian at UMBC. To read more about Sammie and her experiences at UMBC, go here.
Courtney Pearson ’16 earned her bachelor of science degree in biology from Ursinus College. She was named to the dean's list at Ursinus in the spring 2020 semester. Courtney is now an Associate Scientist at Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories, the global leader in food, environmental, pharmaceutical and cosmetics products testing and in agroscience CRO services.
Katrina Schmidt ’16, a recent graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service who earned her bachelor of science degree in international politics, has accepted a summer position as communications specialist with the City of Baltimore's Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services. She will be working with the newly-formed agency to develop its communications strategy as the team works to make homelessness in Baltimore rare and brief. According to Katrina, “Homelessness is a truly intersectional issue, and I hope to use our platform for community engagement, education and outreach.”
Jill Scott ’16, an anthropology and history major at the University of Maryland, College Park, has been elected president of the College Republicans there. In addition, she has been named to the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 dean’s list at the University of Maryland. Jill has also written and presented her undergraduate ethnographic research and will be graduating in December 2020.
Taylor Sisk ’16 is a member of the University of Tampa’s Women’s Lacrosse team. Taylor is an elementary education major, with a concentration in reading and English as a second language, and a Spanish minor. She was recently honored on the team’s Facebook page where they wrote, “Sisk transferred to Tampa as a sophomore, the same year she was named to the Sunshine State Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll and earned the DII Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement Award. In her junior campaign, she recorded a season-high of four saves on two occasions (once against Rollins and once against Palm Beach Atlantic). Sisk ties for tenth in the all-time record book for individual saves in 2019 and sixth in individual career save percentage (.386).” To read more about Taylor’s career at the University of Tampa, go here.
Aly Stillinghagan ’16 earned her bachelor of science degree in human services with a minor in legal studies from York College of Pennsylvania. Aly graduated summa cum laude. She is currently working for York Food Bank as a grant writer, earning the organization more than a half million dollars. Aly will be attending the University of Maryland School of Law in the fall.
Chrysoula Vasilakopoulos ’16 earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing from George Mason University.
Najah Whitfield ’16 is a senior member of the Women’s Track and Field team at Bethune-Cookman University. To read more about Najah’s career, go here.
Lucie Amrhein '17, an international service and sociology major at American University, was named to the spring 2020 dean's list.
Maya Moskunas ’17 is a rising senior at Washington College where she majors in business management with minors in accounting, global business, and economics. Maya is an active member of Sigma Beta Delta (International Honor Society for Business, Management, and Administration), Sigma Alpha Pi (National Society of Leadership and Success), and Omicron Delta Epsilon (Honor Society for Economics) and she studied abroad in Australia in the fall of 2019. Currently, Maya is completing an audit internship with SC&H Group in Sparks, MD. She expects to begin the masters of accounting program in summer 2021 at Loyola University Maryland.
Maegan Brown ’18 is a rising junior at Coppin State University, majoring in nursing. During this pandemic, she recently became a patient coordinator for Labor and Delivery at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Lindsey Dixon ’18 completed a Congressional Internship in the office of Congresswoman Alma S. Adams of North Carolina’s 12th District during the Spring 2020 semester. According to Lindsey, “The Congressional Internship was a great opportunity and extremely rewarding. I was able to gain experience in a variety of areas, included but not limited to, business and interpersonal communications, professional development, networking, and governmental functions. Working at the Capitol also allowed me to attend official briefings; I even attended a briefing on the Coronavirus in late February. Working there every day was extremely refreshing and I was often made aware of current news and issues as they happened. In addition, I was able to see the Capitol building and many great politicians including then Senator, now Vice Presidential Candidate, Kamala Harris; the late Congressman John Lewis; and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley. It was an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. As a result of this experience, and through the support of Mercy faculty like Ms. Jeanne Blakeslee, I have begun considering graduate school and law school.” Lindsey has also been named a Mellon Mayes Undergraduate Fellow, whose program goal is to increase diversity within college faculties by increasing the number of minority students that pursue a Ph.D. Lindsey recently completed their Digital Humanities Institute intensive training, learning how to use digital tools to enhance presentation and interpretation of her research. The fellowship also prepares students for professorial careers within the humanities. Lindsey is a junior at Howard University, majoring in political science and minoring in economics. She is a member of Howard University College Democrats. Lindsey is also part of a talk show called Political Culture, and works with Black Girls Vote Incorporated.
Rachael Huebler ’18, a junior biology major at York College of Pennsylvania, has been named to the dean’s list for the Spring 2020 semester. To be eligible for this honor, a student must be registered for at least 12 academic credit hours and earn a semester GPA of 3.50 or higher.
Allie Lijewski '18 has been named to the spring 2020 Dean's List at Loyola University Maryland. In order to qualify for the Dean's List at Loyola, a student must achieve a minimum QPA of at least 3.5 for the term, provided that, in the term they have successfully completed courses totaling a minimum of 15 credits.
Amanda Pugh '18 is one of three authors who collaborated to publish an interactive workbook designed to help children and their caregivers communicate more effectively during the challenging path to healing and recovery. The book, entitled My Healing Path is designed to improve not only overall physical health and emotional wellbeing but also to ease the complexities of the healing process as a whole. The second edition of the book also helps children gain a better understanding of COVID-19. All proceeds from the sale of the book are direct donations to hospitals. To read more, go here.
Riley Rumbley ’18, an exercise science major and member of Towson University’s Women’s Soccer team, was featured by the Tiger Fund during Student Athlete Appreciation Month. In addition, Riley was nominated for the Strength and Conditioning Award at Towson University.
Julia Walstrum ’18 has transferred to Goucher College from Drexel University. She will continue to complete her bachelor's degree in dance this fall. Julia will also be pursuing a concentration in dance education with a minor in psychology. In addition, Julia is pursuing her pilates instructor certification.
Carly Connell ’19 has been named to the president’s list for the 2019 fall semester at Elon University. The president’s list is composed of students with no grade below an A-minus in a minimum of 12 semester hours. She will be attending the University of Maryland in the fall where she will major in political science.
Claire Corte ’19 is a defender on the University of Lynchburg's Women's Lacrosse team. Claire has not yet declared a major but has a strong interest in criminology and philosophy in hopes of one day studying law. She was also named to the Dean's List for the fall and spring 2020 semesters. In addition, Claire was nominated to join the National Society of Leadership and Success at Lynchburg. Second-year students are invited to join this honor society based upon their academic success and leadership potential. To read more about Claire, go here.
Sydney Dye ’19, a social work major, has been named to the Spring 2020 dean’s list at Elizabethtown College for earning a semester grade point average of 3.60 or better in 14 or more credit hours, of which at least 12 credits are letter-graded course work.
Abby Estrada ’19 is a double major in Catholic theology and marriage and family studies with a minor in Spanish at DeSales University. In the fall, she hopes to continue working on campus at the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture. Recently, she has been selected to be a member of the Peer Advising Counseling and Educating (PACE) team at DeSales. This group of six students provide peer education programs that focus on alcohol, tobacco, violence, sexual health and safety, and justice issues. PACE mentors are specially trained and certified through the BACCHUS initiatives of NASPA, an international association of college and university-based peer education programs. Abby has also accepted a position on the executive board for the Pro-Life Club and is a soprano for the DeSales University Chorale and Schola Cantorum. Abby also plays intramural sports and volunteers with various Campus Ministry events at DeSales. Abby has also been named to the Spring 2020 dean’s list at DeSales University, earning a grade point average of 3.5 or above.
Savanna Foertsch ’19, a biology major at Widener University, has been named to the fall 2019 dean’s list for earning a grade point average of 3.50 and above for the semester.
Mary Huebler ’19 is a rising sophomore at Elizabethtown College, majoring in secondary physics education, with a minor in coaching. Mary is a member of Elizabethtown’s Madcow Improv club and intramural dodgeball team, as well as the Women's Golf team. In addition, she serves as the secretary for the Women in Engineering club. Mary was named to Alpha Lambda Delta, the national honor society for first year success and has also been named a Hager Scholar. Mary has also been named to the Spring 2020 dean’s list at Elizabethtown College for earning a semester grade point average of 3.60 or better in 14 or more credit hours, of which at least 12 credits are letter-graded course work.
Maya Kempf-Harris ’19, a student at Dartmouth College, is a reporter for The Dartmouth, America’s oldest college newspaper. To read some of Maya’s articles, go here.
Grace LaCount ’19, a theater major on the acting track at Frostburg State University, was cast in the 2019 production of Scrooge in Rouge at Frostburg. Grace is the first from the left in the photo below.
Grace Mahan ’19 completed her freshman year at the University of North Texas as a member of their Honors College with a 4.0, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. Grace is a member of UNT’s Chapter of CHAARG, a community of girls that seek new workout experiences together and empower each other. She received The Voertman-Androin Memorial Scholarship in Liberal Arts from UNT and will become a member of the Psi Chi International Psychology Honors Society in the fall. Grace has also been elected chief of staff of UNT’s Psychology Association's Executive Board. She has been offered a position as a certified behavior technician at a children's autism center.
Kayleigh Maimone ’19 is a rising sophomore at Washington College where she is a pre-medicine/biology major, with a minor in Spanish. Kayleigh works in the Washington College Admissions Office as a “George’s General,” providing virtual and in-person campus tours, hosting overnight high school recruits, and participating in chat sessions to answer the questions of potential students and their families. She has also been elected the Director of Series Events for Washington College's Student Events Board and will plan regularly occurring social events for students at the college as well as serve on the Executive Board of the Students Events Board. In addition, Kayleigh is a member of the Gamma Beta chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, a member of Fetching WAC (an organization that trains service dogs), a member of the Women’s Rowing team, a Presidential Fellow, and a John S. Toll Science and Math Fellow.
Brooke Rahnis ’19, a rising sophomore at Stevenson University, has been named to the Dean's List for outstanding academic achievement during the Fall 2019 semester.
Esther Shin ’19 is a rising sophomore at Case Western Reserve University, where she is majoring in computer science. Esther was named to the Fall 2019 dean’s list at Case Western.
Ada Clare Tempert ’19 was featured in Varsity Sports Network’s article entitled, “IND’s Closing Shutters The Game.” The article highlighted the history of the Mercy-IND Game. Ada spoke of the rare opportunity The Game provided for young women. According to Ada, “Female athletes have a hard time getting exposure. The guys always get all the attention and people never really look at how hard women have worked within athletics within our education system. Both schools have worked so hard to get the attention for that game and now it’s being taken away… People, especially on the men’s side, don’t even really recognize what is being lost in the Baltimore community. My heart hurts for the IND community, even though we’re rivals, it was our community, our Catholic community. There can only be one winner, but at the end of the day, we’re still one. It’s kind of like we’re losing half of our community. Now who’s our rival? No one will ever hold that place that IND held for a Mercy student, a Mercy alum, or a middle school student going into Mercy.” To read the full article, go here. Ada was also named the Number Three Girls' Soccer Striker of the Decade by Varsity Sports Network. To learn more, click here. Ada is currently a member of the Loyola University, Maryland women's soccer team.
Destini Wheeler ’19 is a rising sophomore at Howard University where she is majoring in psychology. Destini was named to the Spring 2020 dean’s list for maintaining a grade point average of at least 3.0, based on a minimum load of 14 credits for the semester. She is also a member of the psychology club and the photography club at Howard.
Aalaysia Crump ’20 earned a Delegate Adrienne Jones Scholarship Award. She is a rising freshman at Bowie State University.
Asha Davis ’20 earned the Senator Cory V. McCray Scholarship Award. Asha is a rising freshman at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she has been accepted into its honors college and plans to major biology or cellular biology/genetics, with future plans to pursue a career in medicine.
Olivia Goodwin ’20, a rising freshman at Duquesne University, has launched her own business, LivGoods Co. Her shop currently sells tops and scrunchies crocheted by Olivia, but will be expanding to sell hats and other items soon. To visit her store, go here. Be sure to notice a few of Olivia’s 2020 classmates modeling her creations.
Meg Kennedy '20 had her first article published in The Elm, Washington College's student newspaper. To read the article, go here. In addition, Meg's poem, “Where the Cathedral Sleeps” was recently published in Susquehanna University’s high school literary magazine “The Writer’s Apprentice.” To read Meg's poem, go to page 67 here.
Sydney Wylie ’20 earned the Senator Jill P. Carter Scholarship Award. Sydney will be attending Bowie State University in the fall where she will be majoring in nursing with plans to become a neonatal nurse.