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Michael Koplitz

Class of 1980

Michael Koplitz ’80 completed a second doctorate. He earned a Ph.D. in Hebraic studies in Christianity from the Bible Learning University in Albuquerque, N.M.

Anna Pusack

Class of 2010

In October, Anna Pusack ’10 married Khaled Allen in Boulder, Colo.

Kim Blank

Class of 2010

Kim Blank ’10 married Grant Wallace on Oct. 29 in Nashport, Ohio. She is the associate director of student engagement at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where her husband is also employed as the men’s golf coach.a

Abbi Grier Custis

Class of 2005

Abbi Grier Custis ’05 was featured in Coastal Style Magazine. The article tells of her emerging artistic talent in the face of her struggles with dyslexia.
Eric Martsolf

Eric Martsolf

Class of 1993

Eric Martsolf ’93 was interviewed by Soap Opera Digest. Martsolf shares memories of his journey to acting in Los Angeles including his work at Hershey Park, a Hawaiian cruise line and Dollywood.

Stephan Schindler

Class of 1970

Stephan Schindler ’70’s article "Chimes of Freedom: The Politics of Bob Dylan’s Art" was published by Portside. Schindler writes of Bob Dylan’s achievements and how his music helped to reflect the times of turmoil in our nation history.

Annabelle Gould

Class of 2014

Since May 2015, Annabelle Gould ’14 has been working for Hearst Corporation in New York City—first under Luxury & Lifestyle advertising directors as an executive assistant for Veranda Magazine and Elle Decor, both of which are luxury lifestyle/home decor print publications. Recently, she took a promotion working as an account coordinator for the Luxury, Fashion & Men’s Group of Hearst Digital Media working with publications such as Town & Country, Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar.
She writes, “On a personal note, I completed my first half marathon in East Hampton, N.Y., in October and raised over $2,000 in honor of my sister, Eloise Gould, for CureSearch, a foundation devoted to pediatric cancer research—a foundation that my family is deeply devoted to. Currently, I reside on the Upper East Side in Manhattan and am loving it. I am happy to talk with any and all Dickinsonians who are interested in pursuing careers in New York City.”
Justin Schaeffer

Justin Schaeffer

Class of 2008

Justin Schaeffer ’08 married Claire Moriarty on Sept. 24 at the Wauwinet, a hotel on Nantucket, Mass.

R.F. “Rick” Shangraw

Class of 1981

R.F. “Rick” Shangraw ’81 was named one of the Top 25 Most Admired Leaders in Phoenix, Ariz., by the Phoenix Business Journal. Phoenix is the sixth largest metropolitan area in the nation. Shangraw is the chief executive officer of Arizona State University Enterprise Partners and the ASU Foundation.

Tania Marinos

Class of 2014

Tania Marinos ’14 was named to the 69th class of Coro Fellows in Public Affairs for 2016-17. The Coro Fellowship uses the community as a classroom to train the next generation of change makers. Competitively selected applicants join an intimate cohort of 12 participants each in five cities for the nine-month program, with each cohort encompassing a wide range of communities, interests, ideologies and experiences. Marinos is a participant in the Coro St. Louis Fellows Program.
Ted Hinnenkamp

Ted Hinnenkamp

Class of 2016

Ted Hinnenkamp ’16 signed a contract with the Spanish fourth-tier basketball team Fundación Baloncesto León, a member of the Liga EBA, a division of the Spanish professional basketball system.

Matt Shappell

Class of 1990

Matt Shappell ’90’s article “Community Voice: Hello from Puma nation” was published in the Lodi Enterprise. He has more than 20 years of public education service and is starting his fifth year as district administrator of the School District of Poynette.

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.

Casey McEnroe

Class of 2011

Casey McEnroe ’11 married Nolan Harte on Nov. 19 at the Dahlgren Chapel at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Michael Healey

Class of 2001

Michael Healey ’01 was awarded the Pennsylvania Council on the Social Studies Secondary Teacher of the Year Award. The award recognizes a secondary level classroom teacher who has demonstrated exceptional professionalism in several categories including the development and use of instructional materials with students in a creative and effective way, utilization of new research and teaching that fosters a spirit of inquiry.

Jane Futcher

Class of 1969

Jane Futcher ’69 was interviewed by the “Ukiah Daily Journal about her coverage of the marijuana issue. A longtime journalist, she joined the Marin Independent Journal in the 1990s as the health reporter, where she covered the topic of the medical use of marijuana. She later won the 2002 Marin Medical Society’s Medical Reporter of the Year for her work. She writes, “I have a growing respect for the pharmacological powers of cannabis, including its use for pain and nausea, anxiety, Crohn’s Disease, epileptic seizures and in some cases as a way to help addicts get off hard drugs.” She currently is a host on The Cannibis Hour on KZYX, a community radio station.

Hilary Collins

Class of 2010

Hilary Collins ’10’s article “The Danger of Development Labels” was published in International Affairs Review. She is a first-year graduate student in the international development studies master’s program at the Elliott School of International Affairs. She previously worked as assistant editor of the Journal of Democracy, a quarterly publication housed at the National Endowment for Democracy that addresses the problems and prospects of democracy around the world.

Angela Drake Hughes

Class of 2003

Angela Drake Hughes ’03 writes, “I married Eli Hughes on Jan. 7, 2016, and became stepmom to two cool girls named Autumn and Amaya. In other news for 2016, I accepted a position as a staff accountant with Shaner Hotel Group based in State College, Pa., in March. And, because a new husband, new kids and a new job are not enough for a year, I am trying to kick off a burgeoning photography business in a slightly saturated market!”

Maggie Baldrige

Class of 2015

Maggie Baldrige ’15’s article “New government report explores tension between religious liberty and civil rights” was published in Constitution Daily. She is an intern at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pa.
Abby Snyder

Abby Snyder

Class of 2008

Abby Snyder ’08 returned from Lombok, Indonesia, where she served as a Fulbright Fellow from 2015 to 2016. She is now pursuing a master’s in environmental management at Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. As a returned natural resource management Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa, Abby has witnessed the power of international collaboration to address environmental challenges and is committed to examining the nexus of food security, climate change adaptation and women’s issues.

Matt Guedes

Class of 1991

Matt Guedes ’91 and his uncle Joao Sequeira had an article, “Family an example of immigration done correctly,” published in the Times News. Guedes, a freelance outdoor writer and the child of immigrants to America, shares his family’s history and life experiences.

Joel Eads

Class of 1990

Joel Eads ’90, an insurance defense attorney, joined the global law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP as a shareholder in the Philadelphia office. He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation and insurance coverage/bad faith litigation, frequently involving the representation of entities and their directors and officers in securities actions, unfair competition cases, business torts, contract actions, insurance coverage and bad faith claims, employment disputes and product liability matters. He previously was a partner at Trenk, DiPasquale, Della Fera & Sodono, P.C.

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.
Chad Mirkin

Chad Mirkin

Class of 1986

Chad Mirkin ’86 was interviewed by the Chicago Sun-Times about his work in nanotechnology. He is the director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology at Northwestern University.

Jennifer Seller Miska

Class of 1983

Jennifer Seller Miska ’83 writes, “My family and I are thrilled to be returning to Central Pa. where I will be the director of major gifts for the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute. My husband Steve sold his jewelry business in State College two years ago, and we had a good couple of years living in Washington, D.C. Our son, Diego, will be attending school in the Cumberland Valley School District and is very happy to be living closer to grandparents, Charles Seller ’55 and Jane Myers Seller ’55.”

Leslie Conti

Class of 1976

Leslie Conti ’76 is branch manager for Star Companies, a leading insurance and investment organization, in its Seattle field office. She is responsible for strategic growth and financial performance, as well as broker and client relationships for the Pacific Northwest. Her underwriting responsibilities include excess casualty and excess construction. With more than 40 years of insurance experience, she has held progressively responsible management roles for several major international insurance carriers.

Arlene Yocum

Class of 1979

Arlene Yocum ’79 was elected to the board of directors at AK Steel. She has served in a variety of leadership roles within PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. and is currently executive vice president and managing executive of client services for PNC Asset Management. She previously was director of PNC Private Bank.

Lucia Finucane

Class of 2010

Lucia Finucane ’10 married Cyril Abel Vergis on Oct. 9 in an outdoor ceremony at Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, Va.

Scott Jacobsen

Class of 1986

Scott Jacobsen’86 was appointed president and chief executive officer of NorthStar Bank. His banking career spans 30 years and includes many of Tampa Bay and Florida’s leading financial institutions including Merrill Lynch, Bank of Tampa, Barnett Bank and AmSouth Bank.

Jana Richards Taylor

Class of 1988

Jana Richards Taylor ’88 was appointed vice president of business development for INADEV Corp., a provider of enterprise-scale technology solutions for federal agencies and commercial business. She is responsible for identifying, defining and leading all strategic business development initiatives within the public sector. Prior to INADEV, she worked with both large and small companies supporting the federal government ranging from systems integrators to consulting firms including Unisys Corporation, Oracle Corporation and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Greg Gillas

Class of 1988

Greg Gillas ’88 was appointed senior vice president of human resources and corporate services at SanBio, Inc., a scientific leader in regenerative medicine for neurological disorders. He is responsible for human resources globally and information technology and corporate services in the U.S. He formerly served as the vice president of compensation and benefits at AMD, an international technology company.

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.

A PDF of class notes from the latest issue of Dickinson Magazine is available through the password-protected Dickinson Gateway.