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Benjamin Cero

Class of 1963

Benjamin Cero ’63’s experiences as a Marine in the Vietnam War were highlighted in “Voices of Service: Dickinson Grad Recalls Service as Marine in Vietnam” in The Sentinel (Carlisle, Pa.). In the article, he shared memories of boot camp and his duties as a radio platoon leader in the 5th Communications Battalion stationed at Camp Hoa Long in Da Nang, Vietnam. Cero retired from the U.S. Marine Corps as a lieutenant colonel in 1992.

Frank Modruson

Class of 1981

Frank Modruson ’81 was appointed to the board of directors of First Midwest Bancorp Inc. He is president of Modruson & Associates LLC, a management consulting firm. He formerly, served as a client partner and chief information officer for AccenturePlc, a global professional services company. He currently serves on the boards of Zebra Technologies Corp. and Forsythe Technology Inc., as well as on the boards of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company.

Lora Bates Carr

Class of 1990

Lora Bates Carr ’90, director of strategic partnerships for Dorado Systems Inc., was elected to the board of directors of the New Jersey Chapter of Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, a nonprofit organization focused on providing leadership in health care information technology management. The chapter promotes professional approaches to the operation, development and improvement of health care information and management systems that support the provision of high quality patient care at the lowest practical cost.

Matthew Rodano

Class of 1993

Matthew Rodano ’93 is vice president of strategic alliances at ProTranslating, a Miami-based translation and interpretation company providing language services worldwide. Previously, he was vice president of client relations for LanguageWorks.
Casey Merbler

Casey Merbler

Class of 2015

Casey Merbler ’15 is the project coordinator for the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore’s Healthy Harbor Initiative. She works on a variety of projects including managing the social media accounts for Healthy Harbor and “Mr. Trash Wheel,” coordinating the annual Floatilla for a Healthy Harbor paddling event, planning fundraisers and hosting Inner Harbor Eco Tours for Baltimore City school groups.

Jarrod Longcor

Class of 1995

Jarrod Longcor ’95 was appointed senior vice president of corporate development and operations at Cellectar Biosciences, Inc., an oncology-focused biotechnology company. Formerly, he served as chief business officer for Avillion LLP, where he was responsible for executing the company’s unique co-development partnership strategy. He has more than 20 years of pharmaceutical and biotech experience.
A.J. Reisig

A.J. Reisig

Class of 2009

A.J. Reisig ’09 is the new assistant defensive backs coach for the Lehigh University football team. After spending the last three seasons as a graduate assistant at the University of Maryland working with defensive backs and special teams, he joined the Mountain Hawks’ coaching staff and works beside another Dickinson alum Craig Sutyak ’01.

Charles Blue

Class of 1987

Charles Blue ’87 traveled to Chile as part of the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). As co-principal investigator on this NSF grant, he traveled to the U.S. funded astronomy observatories in Chile with a team of nine formal and informal science educators. They visited and learned about the massive Gemini South telescope, the famous Blanco Telescope (instrumental in the Nobel Prize winning discovery of dark energy) and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, the world’s most powerful telescope of its kind, at 16,500 feet above sea level in the world’s driest location, the Atacama Desert.

Annie Lockhart-Gilroy

Class of 1997

Annie Lockhart-Gilroy ’97 received her Ph.D. in Christian education in May 2015 and recently received one of six national postdoctoral fellowships offered through the Louisville Institute, a Lilly Endowment funded program at the Louisville Seminary. As part of the fellowship, she has taken a two-year position at Drew University Theological School.
Nick Mallos

Nick Mallos

Class of 2007

Nick Mallos ’07 is director of trash free seas at the Ocean Conservancy. Nicknamed “Trash Man,” he was interviewed by GreenSportsBlog about how his team is working with the sailing world to publicize the ocean plastic waste issue. “We’ve gotten involved with sailing through 11th Hour Racing, the organization devoted to promoting improved ocean health through the sport and who sponsor 55 South, one of the sailing teams that competed in the 2015 Volvo Ocean Race,” Mallos says. “We helped them tell the story about the problem of ocean plastic waste and solutions to it at the Ocean Summit in Newport, R.I. last year.”

Matthew Stevenson

Class of 2002

Matthew Stevenson ’02 acquired his real estate license for Washington, D.C. and is affiliated with Long & Foster’s Capitol Hill office.
Kurt Kissinger

Kurt Kissinger

Class of 1991

Kurt Kissinger ’91 has been named Penn State University’s associate vice president for finance and business. As the deputy to senior vice president for finance and business, he will serve as chief of staff for the Office of Finance and Business, which includes 14 units and 2,800 full-time employees. He will lead several initiatives to enhance finance and business operations across the University units and campuses. Kissinger was formerly the director of operations of the Penn State College of Medicine.

Brian Blake

Class of 2002

Brian Blake ’02 joined Morgan Stanley’s Global Sustainable Finance Group in the Office of Community Reinvestment (OCR), where she helps coordinate the firm’s pursuit of business opportunities that deliver double or triple bottom line returns. The office demonstrates leadership in community and economic development through lending, investments and grants, community relations and government relations. OCR serves markets in low-and moderate income communities in Utah, New York and selected other targets nationwide.

Alex Egner

Class of 2013

Alex Egner ’13 was named the 20th Sydney D. Kline Scholar (Sidney D. Kline Jr. ’54, P ’81, P ’86), awarded to a Penn State Dickinson Law student who reflects Kline’s dedication to the highest ethical and professional standards and community service. Alex continues to serve in the U.S. Army Reserve, attend law school and is employed at Abom and Kutulakis in Carlisle, Pa. He lives in Lancaster with his Nöel and daughter Dakota Quinn.

Robert Silverthorn

Class of 1970

Robert Silverthorn ’70 was appointed inspector general for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. “The Office of Inspector General (OIG) plays a vital role in protecting the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the Commonwealth,” he says, “and I greatly appreciate the opportunity to help address the many issues and responsibilities that come before the OIG.” An attorney and retired U.S. Army Major General, he has been engaged in the private practice of law in the Louisville area, representing clients in complex litigation, in both state and federal court and served as the chair of the Kentucky Bar Association Civil Litigation Committee.

Tammy Noonan Collins

Class of 1984

Tammy Noonan Collins ’84 was appointed to the board of directors for Liberation Programs Inc., a provider of behavioral health services focused on addiction treatment. She has over 15 years of broad hands-on management experience in treasury, finance and accounting functions, primarily in the financial services industry, and has worked for such companies as GE Capital Corp.and Bear Stearns & Co.
Leanna Diggs

Leanna Diggs

Class of 2015

The Washington Post’s Answer Sheet, an online resource about education, published Leanna Diggs ’15’s We Can No Longer Teach a Whitewashed History ”. Leanna is serving with Teach for America as a ninth-grade algebra teacher at Miami Edison Senior High School in Miami, Fla.

Chris Ladd

Class of 2009

Chris Ladd ’09 is serving on active duty as a captain in the U.S. Army Logistics Corps. After spending two years stationed in Honolulu, where he commanded a company of 150 soldiers, he was accepted into the Army’s Training with Industry Program. He will serve the next year as a resident research fellow with the Logistics Management Institute consulting firm in Tysons, Va.

Ava Purkiss

Class of 2006

Ava Purkiss ’06 received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas at Austin and will be an assistant professor at the University of Michigan starting this fall.
Jonathan Birbeck

Jonathan Birbeck

Class of 1981

Jonathan Birbeck ’81 was appointed a magisterial district judge in Carlisle, Pa. by the Pennsylvania State Senate. Magisterial district justices preside over criminal preliminary arraignments and hearings, and adjudicate all traffic and non-traffic citations and civil and landlord tenant complaints up to $12,000. Formerly, Birbeck was a chief deputy district attorney in the Cumberland County district attorney’s office.

Stephen Quinn

Class of 1974

Stephen Quinn ’74 was inducted into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum as a legendary communicator during ceremonies held during the 2016 International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) show in Orlando, Fla. The category honors individuals who have developed a unique means or avenue to introduce or maintain interest in the sport of fishing. Quinn has spent his entire career in the field and waterways of the world teaching others about fish and the environment they inhabit.

Tiffany Kintigh

Class of 2010

Tiffany Kintigh ’10 is a full time concierge, at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, in Phoenix Ariz. She is also a house manager at the Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, Ariz. She is planning her wedding on Oct. 1in San Diego. She and her fiancé, Sergio Peña, spend the majority of their time caring for their daughter, Samantha Teresa, who was born on Feb. 19.

Jamie Deutch Noll

Class of 2005

Jamie Deutch Noll ’05, husband Jacob and son Henry (3) welcomed baby girl, Gabriella Deutch Noll, into the world on January 9, 2016.

Sarah Hutson

Class of 2011

Sarah Hutson ’11 will start a master’s program at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies this fall.

Chris Paul

Class of 1980

Chris Paul ’80 has been appointed general counsel for Gulf Oil. He will oversee Gulf Oil’s legal matters including capital markets, M&A, corporate governance, commercial, contracts, litigation and regulatory compliance. He formerly served as chief legal officer and general counsel of Blueknight Energy Partners LP.

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