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.
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.
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.
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.
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 masters degree in biology from Towson University. The focus of her thesis work was targeted cancer therapy. In the fall, Jill will be beginning the Molecular Microbiology and Immunology Ph.D. program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
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.
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.
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. Recently, Washington College and the Phi Beta Kappa Society,Theta Chapter awarded Kayleigh the First-Year Scholar Award for attaining the highest academic average in her class.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trudy Novicki '69 serves as the President and CEO of Florida Impact to End Hunger which is is dedicated to advancing health equity by ending hunger for all Floridians. The organization mobilizes communities to maximize access to federal, state, and local food and nutrition programs with a focus on Florida’s most vulnerable populations. To read more about Trudy's work, go here.
Becky Egan Hogg '89 was named the 2019 Independent Catholic High School Teacher of the Year. Becky is the Director of Mission & Ministry as well as a Religion Teacher at Mercy. Pictured with Becky are Donna Bridickas, Interim Associate Superintendent of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Jeanne Blakeslee, Principal, and Dr. Donna Hargens, Superintendent of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
Daya Chaney Webb '93 has been accepted to the Maryland Partners in Policymaking Class of 2019. Partners in Policymaking is a program that prepares parents of children with disabilities and adults with disabilities to be effective advocates at state and local levels, creating, working towards, and achieving a vision of shared values about people with disabilities. To learn more go here.
Laura LeBrun Hatcher '94, P'21 and her son filmed a segment with Casey Cares for BMORE Lifestyle to the fun run 1K/5K at Port Covington! According to Laura, "this fun event is a great way to bring a little joy to super kids like Simon who are living with life-threatening conditions."
Kristen "Cookie" Carr '06 is the Associate Head Coach for Ohio State University's women's lacrosse team. Head coach, Amy Bokker, said "Kristen knows how to get the most out of student-athletes. She is genuinely caring, thoughtful and selfless in her contributions to the team. Kristen works very hard and this is evident in how she develops relationships with those around her including student-athletes, recruits and as you will soon see, our extended Buckeye Lacrosse family. As a current professional and national team player, Kristen continues to be a role model and an advocate for women’s lacrosse – a true leader in our sport." Kristen, a 2010 graduate of North Carolina University where she majored in exercise and sport science, was a midfielder for the Tar Heels women's lacrosse team. Kristen is a current member of the United States Women’s National Team, winning gold medals in the 2013 and 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup. In 2017, the first year lacrosse was included in the World Games, Kristen and the U.S. National team won another gold medal in Wroclaw, Poland. Kristen is also is a trained facilitator for the One Love Foundation’s Escalation Workshop, serving as the co-director for the Lacrosse for Love Tournament in 2016 benefiting the One Love Foundation. To read more about Kristen, go here.
Liz Case Bandurchin '08 was named Baltimore County Police Department Officer of the Year for Precinct 6. The award is voted on by the members of the Police Community Resource Council with nominees presented by the precinct. Liz is pictured with Baltimore County Councilman David Marks.
Maggie Marion '09 traveled to Naples, Italy to serve as the Athletic Trainer for the men’s and women’s volleyball teams at the World University games. Maggie, pictured on the left at the World University games, is an Assistant Athletic Trainer at the University of Illinois, working primarily with the women's volleyball team. Maggie earned her bachelor’s degree in athletic training from East Carolina University in 2013 and her master’s degree from the University of Kansas in 2015. She became an NATA-BOC certified athletic trainer in August of 2012.
Sam Dye '11 holds her Associate of Arts degree from Cape Fear Community College and her Associate degree in nursing from the Community College of Baltimore County. In May 2019, Sam earned her Bachelor of Nursing degree from Towson University.
Margaret Gross '12 was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in the US Marine Corps on August 12, 2019. She is currently stationed in Okinawa, Japan.
Eliza Clark '14 graduated from Muhlenberg College where she was a double major in Finance and Accounting. While at Muhlenberg, Eliza was also a member of the Women's Lacrosse team. Eliza currently resides in Boston, MA and is employed by Deloitte and Touche as an auditor.
Maddy Collins '15 graduated from Hood College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a Digital Media Concentration specializing in Visual Media Production. While at Hood, Maddy was a Dean's List recipient and a member of the softball team. She was also named to the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Honor Roll. Maddy is currently the Athletic Communications Assistant at Catholic University.
Caroline Dohony '15 graduated from the University of Tampa, earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. As a student there, Caroline earned the Bob Ruday Student Unsung Hero Award and the Leadership and Academic Achievement Award. Caroline was also a member of the University of Tampa Honors Program and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Caroline has accepted a job as a pediatric nurse at Children’s National Medical Center, a top five pediatric hospital in the country,where she will be working on the Surgical Care Unit. She also plans to continue her work abroad in countries such as Ghana and Kenya, helping those in need in rural clinic settings.
Maura Ford '15 a graduate of LaSalle University in Philadelphia, has received a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to teach and study in Mexico next year. Maura will serve as an English teaching assistant and volunteer in an immigration agency. Maura follows
Dorothy Smith Ohl '05 as the most recent Mercy graduate to receive a Fulbright Scholarship. In 2009, Dorothy was selected as a Fulbright Scholar for a year of research and language study in Oman, Jordan.
Amanda Green '15 graduated from the University of Maryland College Park in 2018 earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Cell Biology and Genetics.
Moriah Savage '15 is a member of Stevenson University's Women's Volleyball team. Moriah has earned the following honors: 2018 MAC Commonwealth All-Conference First Team, 2017 AVCA Honorable Mention All-America, 2017 AVCA All-Region, 2017 MAC Commonwealth All-Conference Second Team, 2016 AVCA Honorable Mention All-American, 2016 AVCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region Team, and 2016 MAC Commonwealth Honorable Mention.
Caroline Cummings '16 was named to the Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll. Members of the Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll must have participated in a CAA-sponsored sport and have attained a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Caroline, a public health major, is currently a midfielder on Drexel University's Women's Lacrosse team.
Julia Haigley '16 is a rising senior at Salisbury University where she is studying Marketing with a minor in Communications.
Rachael Huebler '18, a biology/pre-med major at York College, is a member of the York College Women's Lacrosse team. The York College Women's Lacrosse team won the 2019 Capital Championship.
Riley Rumbley '18, was named to the Colonial Athletic Association Cmmissioner's Academic Honor Roll. Members of the Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll must have participated in a CAA-sponsored sport and have attained a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Riley Currently attends Towson University where she is a midfielder on the Women's Soccer team, majoring in Sports Medicine.
Katie Yeagle '18, an Exercise Science major at Florida Southern College was named to the Spring Sunshine State Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll.To be eligible for the Spring SSC Commissioner's Honor Roll, student-athletes are required to post a minimum grade-point average of 3.2. Katie plays attack for Florida Southern's Women's Lacrosse team.
Abby Brannan '19 was awarded one of 15 scholarships from Point Breeze Credit Union. Abby will devote her scholarship to her expenses at Saint Vincent College as she begins her college career this fall. Abby (first row, fourth from the right) is pictured with the other scholarship award recipients.
Kayleigh Maimone '19 was awarded a Maryland Higher Education Commission Delegate’s scholarship and a citation from the MD House of Delegates recognizing her exceptional grades, leadership, service, and extracurricular involvement throughout high school. Kayleigh will utilize her scholarship at Washington College when she begins her studies this fall. Kayleigh is pictured with Maryland State Delegate Dr. Jay Jalisi. Kayleigh was also featured in the July 2019 edition of The Catholic Review. To read the story, go here.
Ada Clare Tempert '19 was named the 2018-2019 Gatorade Maryland Girls Soccer Player of the Year, the first time this honor has been awarded to a Mercy High School athlete. The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Ada Clare as Maryland’s best high school girls soccer player. Ada Clare is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year award.
Becky Egan Hogg '89 was featured in the May 3rd, 2019, online issue to the Catholic Review. Becky describes how she lives her Catholic faith by teaching others. We are proud to have her on our faculty!
Margie Molina Manning '68 was blessed to receive a 10,000 Acts of Kindness coin. She is an Ambassador for Pappus House and the Prayer Shawl Ministry Knit Wits 2 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in New Freedom, PA. I will be honored to present coins to Pappus House volunteers and staff and the members of Knit Wits 2.In the future, she will participate in distributing coins to volunteers for 10,000 Acts of Kindness.
Tere Geckle ’71 has been selected by the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland as one of the 2019 Distinguished Women Honorees for her contributions as a community philanthropist.
Mary Oakey '12 sucessfully defended her masters' thesis in Biomedical Science in Medical Physics at the University of Toledo. The title of her thesis is Evaluation of SIMTSRS Plans: Developing a Quantitative Means for Analyzing Single Isocenter Multi -Target SRS Plans
Moriah Savage '15 has been speaking at several Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s banquets. She shares a message about her college experience as a Christian Athlete.
Lynne Spigelmire Viti '65 reports that having retired in December from Wellesley College, she is now busy working even more on her writing projects--poetry, fiction and the occasional OpEd-- and teaching a course in memoir writing in the Dover, Massachusetts Lifetime Learning Program. Her Opinion piece, “Closing Up Christmas For Another Year,” was published in the Baltimore Sun, last December. Her second microchapbook, Hollyhocks, will be released this month by Origami Poems Project. She is also working on the final stages of revising a full-length poetry collection, Dancing at Lake Montebello, and has completed a poetry chapbook, Greenwich Mean Time, which she has submitted to a handful of potential publishers.
Sharon Cook Dorn '69 was recently appointed to the York County Rail Trail Authority by the York County, PA Commissioners. The Authority develops trails for walking, running, cycling, and horseback riding along abandoned rails or those in use by an historic train.
Teresa Landy Dyer '77 was featured in the Maryland Health Matters publication of the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. Terry, a nurse practitioner, highlighted helpful suggestions on "How To Boost Your Immune System."
Courteney (Kiki) Petrosino '97 The National Endowment for the Arts announced that Kiki Petrosino is one of 35 poets who will receive an FY 2019 Creative Writing Fellowship of $25,000. Through its Creative Writing Fellowships, the Arts Endowment gives writers the time and space needed to create. Fellows are selected through a highly-competitive, anonymous process and are judged solely on the artistic excellence of the work sample provided. She was selected from nearly 1,700 eligible applicants. Fellowships alternate between poetry and prose each year and this year's fellowships are to support poetry.
A graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop, she is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Witch Wife (Sarabande, 2017), which was named among the New York Times' “Best Poetry of 2017.” Her poetry and prose have appeared in Poetry, The Best American Experimental Writing, The Nation, Tin House, and on-line at Ploughshares. Her awards include research fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council, Virginia Humanities, and the University of Louisville's Commonwealth Center for Humanities and Society. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Louisville, where she directs the Creative Writing Program. She also teaches occasionally in the Brief Residency MFA Program at Spalding University.
Gisele Ferretto '76 was honored by the Council on Social Work Education as a mentor. She was nominated by Sarah Butts '98 through the CSWE Women's Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education Mentor Recognition program.
Laura LeBrun Hatcher '94 was featured in the December edition of the Towson University lifestyle magazine. She is on the cover and in the article on page 18 about a jewelry boutique. (Bead Ware)
Rodell Sneeringer Ramírez '66 Rodell is Principal of St. Paul College, a K-12 private school in Heredia, Costa Rica. She shared that on November 2, 2018 "Saint Paul won the national basketball championship in Category A,(5th-6th Grade) private school association!"
Lynn Spigelmire Viti '65 I have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, by Highland Park Poetry, for my poem, "In Louisburgh, County Mayo, Thinking of Dublin". My first poetry collection, Baltimore Girls, has been nominated by Finishing Line Press, for a Mass Center for the Book Award. Any alums interested in ordering a signed copy of Baltimore Girls can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for the special discounted Mercy High alum price. Proceeds from direct sales from me will go to Mercy High.
Lynn Spigelmire Viti '65 Join Lynne held a reading of her new book, The Glamorganshire Bible, on October 29 at Book Culture, West 112th Street, NYC 02009
Lisa Boffen-Yordanov '92 (CFRE) Lisa's new job is CDO and Executive Director at Nanyang Thechnological University in Singapore.
Toni Boulware Stackhouse '89 Toni just completed the requirements for her Doctoral Degree, Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University.
Joan Noble '77 Joan was named one of the Archdiocesan Teachers of the Year for 2018 by the Department of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Joan teaches at Archbishop Borders School. Congratulations, Joan!
Barbara Campfield Caitlin '67 Barbara is the Founder of Bigger Conversations, a non-profit organization dedicated to healing dialogue and mindful service. She offers clinical acupuncture classes and teaches community workshops on conscious living & dying, mindfulness meditation, open-hearted living, and wellness. At Bigger Conversations, the staff offers Caregiver Wellness Classes for family and professional caregivers.
Jennifer Krebs Matvey '92 Jennifer graduated from the University of Maryland School of Nursing as a Doctor of Nursing Practice and will be working as an acute care Nurse Practioner in the Cardiac Surgery ICU at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Congratulations, Jen!
Angela Fiastro '03 Angela works as a writer-editor for Chemonics International, an international development company dedicated to helping improve the lives of people all over the world by working primarily with USAID. She primarily edits and write proposals for contracts with USAID (and other organizations) as well as final reports for projects and responding to requests for information.
Sarah Butts '98 Sarah being honored by The Daily Record as one of "the next generation of leaders across our state." Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record stated "These high achievers learned early and quickly that giving back to their communities and lending a hand to others is part and parcel of their success. The Daily Record congratulates this year's honorees." The winners will be honored Sept. 13 at a reception starting at 5:30 p.m. at Gertrude's at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive in Baltimore. They also will be profiled in a special section that will be inserted into the Sept. 14 issue of The Daily Record and available online at www.TheDailyRecord.com
Alma Nugent ’66
Alma and and her therapy dog, Sam, were the recipients of the Volunteer of the Year Award for Perry Point Veterans Medical Center for 2017.
Elisa Hochrein Lawson '75 The spring 2018 issue of Spirit Magazine published by the Mercy Health Foundation featured alumna Elisa Hochrein Lawson '75. Elisa, a certified prosthesis specialist, owns and has been operating the Women's Health Boutique at Mercy for the past 20 years. The boutique partners with the Hoffberger Breast Center at Mercy Medical Center.
Maura Hilgartner Kadan '95, RN, MSN Maura was a featured speaker during the American Association for Cancer Research/ONS (Oncology Nursing Society) "Bench to Bedside" session at the 43rd Annual Congress in Washington, DC. Maura, the director of clinical operations for Personal Genome Diagnostics, discussed the science behind precision oncology, including an understanding of genetic alterations, the use of immunotherapy, and how to advance survival with these clinical breakthroughs. For a summary of the event, please visit https://voice.ons.org/conferen...
Lynn Spigelmire Viti '65 Just back from a two week visit to the west of Ireland, teaching a summer session writing course with my colleague and poetry friend Heather Bryant--we taped a radio interview...about our course. We each read one of our poems, as well. My new poetry collection, The Glamorganshire Bible, is out, and if you pre-ordered, it should be arriving soon. If you did not pre-order and would like a copy, let me know--I'm happy to sell these at a discount--proceeds from my author copies (I have 75 to unload!) go to scholarship funds at Mercy High School, Baltimore, MD. List price is $13.99. I'll take $12.00 and postage will run about a buck.
Misty Faust Benson '01 Misty and her husband Jim, owners of Eleven Courses Catering have been named Honorary Chefs of the Year for the March of Dimes 2018 Signature Chefs Auction to be held October 29, 2018 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.
Sally Riley '64 Sally will receive the 2018 Mount Award at the Mount Saint Agnes College Reunion on April 28, 2018. She is the author of "Of Past and Future Years," a history of Mt. St. Agnes College.
Diana Ross '13 Diana is working for media company Entercom, one of the largest media companies in the country. She works in the sales department to support these radio stations: MIX 106.5, Today's 101.9, The Fan Sports Radio 105.7, HFS @104.9, and 1300AM.
Cathy Krastel Goucher ’90 Cathy has been appointed as the Program Director of the new art therapy undergraduate and graduate degree programs at Notre Dame of Maryland University beginning this year. In 2010, Cathy co-founded Make Studio, an organization that supports adult artists with disabilities by offering studio space, arrangements for exhibitions. For more information, see www.make-studio.org
Cynthia Fields, MD ’92 Cindy, a geriatric neuropsychiatrist, is a member of the Cognitive Wellness Program which collaborates with the Center for Successful Aging at Good Samaritan Hospital. More information is in Good Health Fall 2017 published by MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital.
Sarah Butts ’98 Sarah is the executive director of an initiative that has resulted in the textbook, Grand Challenges for Social Work and Society. Sarah is one of many authors of the textbook, which will be used in introductory social work classes across the country. This national initiative is sponsored by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW). Her boss, Dr. Richard Barth, is a founding member and president, of the AASWSW, in addition to serving as dean at the University of Maryland School of Social Work (UM SSW). There are 12 grand challenges which define a bold, science-based social agenda that promotes individual and family well-being, a stronger social fabric, and a just society that fights exclusion and marginalization, creates a sense of belonging, and offers pathways for social and economic progress. For more information: http://www.ssw.umaryland.edu/media/ssw/connections/Connections_Winter2017_Feb7-lo-res.pdf
Cheryl Frazier-Trusty ’98 Congratulations to Cheryl Frazier-Trusty '98, president of the Idlewood Community Association, on a recognition from the president of the Baltimore City Council for her tireless efforts to ensure that Idlewood is a great place to live (and to partner for Mercy).
Roseanne McManus ’00 My book, Statements of Resolve: Achieving Coercive Credibility in International Conflict, was recently published by Cambridge University Press. It can be purchased from Amazon and other online retailers.
Shianne Antoine ’11 I attended a professional development dance intensive in Piobbico, Italy for two weeks. Piobbico is a small town, located in central Italy that is surrounded by large mountains and filled with friendly people. My experience was filled with challenging yet fulfilling dance classes (all day, every day), cooking classes, eating authentic homemade Italian cuisine, and learning Italian. I made many new dance friends, who live in different parts of the USA, and new Italian friends as I was able to visit Urbino, Fano, and San Marino while in Italy. This was an experience I will never forget and I cannot wait to explore Italy again!
Katrina Schmidt ’16 Currently a student at the University of Maryland in College Park majoring in journalism, Katrina interned with Style Magazine this past summer.
Melanie Bonkowski Rodriguez ’95 I'm excited to share that I started my own business after staying home with my kids for 10 years. It is called BE BOLD Art & Design. I teach step by step paintings to groups. This includes private parties, kids’ parties, church events, fundraisers and more! I also am a graphic designer so that is part of my business as well. I'm excited to put my God-given gifts to work. I would be honored to teach at any Alumnae event! Melanie Rodriguez BE BOLD Art & Design Facebook: Be BOLD Art and Design www.beboldartndesign.com email@example.com
Sarah Lawrence ’06 I recently joined AmeriCorps and will spend the next year serving with Reading Partners in Baltimore City. If anyone is interested in volunteering, it is an excellent organization which helps tutor our city school students and strengthen their skills in reading! It's a very minimal commitment (1-2 hours per week) and flexible with your schedule. If anyone is interested in this awesome opportunity to give back please contact me via Facebook or visit readingpartners.org
Carmen Williams ’12 Carmen is an intern at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in the invertebrae zoology department.
Lynne Spigelmire Viti ’65 I'm happy to announce the publication of my first poetry collection, Baltimore Girls, from Finishing Line Press. The book is available from me (proceeds from my sale of the 75 books the Press gave me in lieu of royalties, will go in part to Mercy High scholarships), and also, from Amazon, from Barnes & Noble, and from Finishing Line Press. The cost is $13.99, which if ordered from me, includes shipping. Lynne can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sharon Kroupa ’75 For the second time, Sharon has been recognized as one of The Top 100 Women in Maryland by The Daily Record. Congratulations, Sharon!
Alyssia Koetter Essig ’92 Alyssia is currently the president-elect of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors.
Erin Moran ’93 Nation’s Restaurant News published “The Power List: 2017,” recognizing the most powerful people in food service. Among one of the top 10 in the Culture Champions category is Erin Moran ’93. Erin, who is the chief cultural officer for the Union Square Hospitality Group, is leading the charge for paid parental leave in her industry.
Unissa Cruse-Ferguson ’10 I am honored to announce that I have officially accepted the position as a member of the Board of Directors for a new nonprofit organization, called PenArts, Incorporated. This youth outreach organization, located in Pensacola, Florida, was established in order to enrich the lives of many of the city's at-risk youth, by way of the arts. These children, unfortunately, do not have access to the arts, and many of them do not receive assistance from their families. Recently, PenArts was entered into a contest to win funding for our youth members enrolled in the program. For more information, contact Unissa: email@example.com
Nicki Castagna ’95 and
Katy Kroner Riddle ’01
These two alumnae have been successful in establishing a charter for the Maryland Registered Veterinary Technician Association (MDVTA). This association was recently incorporated in Maryland in December 2016 and is on its way to becoming a 501(c) 3 organization with the IRS. MDVTA is a professional association for Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs) who practice in Maryland. Our mission and goals are to build a community by connecting RVTs across the state, promoting the field of veterinary technology through public outreach, advocating for RVTs in the veterinary field, and advocating for veterinary medicine and animal welfare in legislative processes. We also provide continuing education and encourage further learning for RVTs and veterinary assistants, upholding our oath and dedication to high ethical standards and animal welfare. The MDVTA expects to launch a membership drive this spring. The Board consists of eight members right now, with Katy as Treasurer and Nicki as President. They are very excited to make a difference for RVTs in Maryland and strive for high quality animal healthcare!
Kristy Wheeler ’01 Currently I have the honor to serve in two roles for AORN. (The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses) First I was elected to serve on National AORN Nominating and Leadership Development Committee, 2015-2017. This year I was elected chair of this committee. This committee creates the national ballot along with developing the organization's future leaders. Secondly, I am the Chapter past president of the AORN of Baltimore which has over 400 members. I look forward to continue to grow in my practice in periOperative nursing.
Jamie Zerhusen Paden ’01 After several previous promotions, Jamie has now been promoted to Technology Transfer Manager at Emergent Biosolutions, a biotechnology company where she is responsible for new product and process introduction, development and validation. Congratulations, Jamie.
Kate Bell ’07 (religion teacher at Mercy), Sister Gwynette Proctor SND ’70, Mary Beth Lennon ’85 Sister Gwynette spoke to religion classes at Mercy about her life story and the importance of identifying personal values. She is currently Director of the Office of African-American Catholics for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
Anita Ostrowski ’11 Anita is giving one year of service as an AmeriCorps member at City Year teaching fourth grade at A.J. Dorsa Elementary School in San Jose, California.
Dorothy Smith Ohl ’05 Dorothy is working for the Office of the Secretary of Defense as the Country Director for Egypt, advising leadership on the United States-Egypt defense relationship. Dorothy writes, “It involves working with the military, the State Department, and National Security Council counterparts, and will involve some travel to Cairo. I'm excited!” During the year of her Fulbright Fellowship (2009-2010), Dorothy worked in Oman, Jordan working on a political analysis of the water sector. She completed her doctoral work in political science (2016) while teaching at George Washington University.
Colleen Rouark Goddard ’75 wrote: “A team of seven from my church went down to Haiti to serve alongside an infant care center (known as a crèche) called Children of the Promise. They are a Christian-based transition home providing 24-hour care for infants/small children in need until they can be returned to their biological family or are adopted into a new family. We landed in Cap-Haitien, Haiti on the afternoon of Saturday 10/1. On Sunday after church, we were told that a category four hurricane was set to make a direct hit on the island Monday evening. The agenda originally in place was scrubbed and we worked all day Sunday and Monday preparing for the hurricane. We were very fortunate that the hurricane spared the part of the island where we were located. We were able to proceed with the work we planned, e.g., installing lights on the security walls, telling bible stories and doing crafts with the children, cooking for the homes, taking pictures of the children for COTP’s website, handing out clothes to the nannies and backpacks with supplies to children in the village where COTP is located. Strong relationships were built and it was a happy yet sad time as we prepared to leave the following Saturday.”
Congratulations to Abby Pyzik Smith ’00, Lynchburg College’s women’s basketball coach, celebrating her 100th win!
Genai Brisbon ’13 was accepted by Teach for America. She is leaving on May 30th for Houston, Texas where she will be teaching in an elementary school for two years.
Lindsay Berg ’14, attending West Virginia University, is one of the co-founders of the recently established Association of Women Networking in Sports. For more information contact Lindsay at firstname.lastname@example.org.