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John Holland

Class of 2005

Corporate attorney John Holland ’05 joined Greenberg Traurig LLP as a shareholder in its Dallas office. Holland focuses his practice on corporate and securities law, including domestic and multinational mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, combinations, joint ventures and strategic alliances.

Cameron Kerr

Class of 2009

Cameron Kerr ’09 was highlighted in the Summit Daily News. The article, “Olivero: Disabled Sports USA Ski Spectacular participant trains in Breckenridge for expedition to South Pole,” tells of Kerr’s preparations for his second trek to the South Pole. Kerr, who lost part of his lower left leg from an IED in Afghanistan wants to continue to show that wounded veterans like him can live lives void of common post-military issues and complete with activity and adventure. His South Pole trip took him a week and a half over 60 nautical miles from the 89th parallel south.
Laura Potter

Laura Potter

Class of 1989

Maj. Gen. Laura Potter ’89 assumed command of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., in July. She previously spent three years as director of intelligence at the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. Her career has spanned combat intelligence operations in the Middle East, the top echelons at the Pentagon and command of Army intelligence in Europe.

Megan O'Neill

Class of 2015

Megan O’Neill ’15’s internship through Dickinson and subsequent employment with Imagine Scholars was highlighted in The Day. In the article, “Stonington event to benefit organization that helps poor South African students,” she shares her experiences in South Africa and the great need that she witnessed there. Imagine Scholar is an after-school educational mentorship program that provides academic assistance, instruction in critical thinking and leadership and college scholarships to students in 6th through 12th grades. She currently is doing fundraising and strategic marketing for the program.

Sarah Armstrong

Class of 1981

Sarah Armstrong ’81 was appointed executive director of the Internet Society Foundation. She is responsible for leading the development of the foundation’s grant programs and organizational structure, as well as strategic planning, operations, communications and financial reporting. She previously worked with Abt Associates where she was responsible for strategy, operations and program management for the communications, marketing and business development functions.
Theodore "Scott" Nowicki

Theodore "Scott" Nowicki

Class of 2006

Scientists at the UCLA Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research have been awarded a $4.6 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to support a phase I clinical trial of a novel treatment for advanced sarcomas and other cancers with a specific tumor marker called NY-ESO-1. Directed by Dr. Theodore “Scott” Nowicki ’06 in collaboration with Dr. Antoni Ribas, the trial will test a therapeutic approach that genetically engineers each patient’s own blood-forming stem cells to produce cancer-fighting immune cells called T cells.

Frank Vitale IV

Class of 2016

Frank Vitale IV ’16 received a distinction for his M.Sc. in history of science, medicine and technology from the University of Oxford in March. His research work with the Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center continues.
Lawrence Persick

Lawrence Persick

Class of 1983

Lawrence Persick ’83 is the newest member of Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby LLP’s Family Law Group in Norristown, Pa. Persick concentrates his practice in matters pertaining to family law—divorces, child support, custody disputes and adoptions.
Steve Quinn

Steve Quinn

Class of 1974

Steve Quinn ’74 was highlighted in the article “Steve Quinn: The scientific angler” in the West Central Tribune. An avid fisherman, Quinn has penned countless words that have helped anglers across North America catch more and bigger fish and have more fun on the water. His credits include In-Fisherman magazine, lead editor for the annual Bass Guide, co-host of the In-Fisherman TV and radio series, and he has written and contributed to an extensive book series covering everything from bass to catfish to crappies. In addition, he continued to make scientific contributions and maintained his status as a certified-fisheries professional with the American Fisheries Association. Quinn was inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2016 as a legendary communicator.

Lauren Pfeiffer Clemmer

Class of 1978

Lauren Pfeiffer Clemmer ’78 writes, “Husband Dennis Clemmer ’78 and I are still living in Bainbridge, Ohio, which is located outside of Cleveland. Denny is a chief technologist with MicroFocus. His work takes him around the world which has allowed me to travel places we might not have had the chance to explore. Our last trip was to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Three years ago, I became the executive director of the Association for Accounting Marketing, of which I had formerly been a member. Yes, there is an association for the marketers and business developers in accounting firms. We are fortunate that our three daughters live in the surrounding area with their families. We are pleased to have three grandchildren, two boys and a girl. While we did not attend our reunion this year, we would welcome the opportunity to see some of you.”

Ron Waetzman

Class of 1971

Ron Waetzman ’71 writes, “My husband and I have relocated to Ocean City, N.J., as my husband has accepted the call to be the new pastor at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Ocean City. If you are near the South Jersey shore, please do not hesitate to contact me.”

Patricia Collins

Class of 1971

Patricia Collins ’71 writes, “This summer’s trip to Norway was a time to revisit places I had been on an education and camping trip in 1974, arriving on the same day in July and traveling the same route, only this time, staying in upscale hotels and eating at fine dining restaurants. Traveling alone led to some exciting (euphemism) adventures. A travelogue-memoir is in progress.”
Malik Pickett

Malik Pickett

Class of 2011

Malik Pickett ’11 joined Juvenile Law Center as a staff attorney. He will be working to advocate for the rights of youth in the juvenile justice system through litigation, amicus and policy advocacy efforts. Previously, he was an associate attorney at Wade Clark Mulcahy LLP, where he litigated personal injury and construction defect cases.
Francis Post

Francis Post

Class of 1998

Francis Post ’98 joined Tompkins Financial Advisors as vice president and managing director of southeastern Pennsylvania. He is responsible for growing relationships and assets under management by ensuring the company’s team of advisors provide clients with the highest level of care. He previously served as vice president of wealth management at Berkshire Advisors, Inc.

Bryan Bushick

Class of 1984

Bryan Bushick ’84 was named Amplifire’s general manager and has assumed overall responsibility for the company’s health care-related activities. He joined the senior leadership team earlier this year as the company’s chief health care innovation officer and will retain that role. The Amplifire Healthcare Alliance is an expanding group of leading health care organizations that are collaborating to improve care and prevent patient harm.

Martin de Bourmont

Class of 2014

Martin de Bourmont ’14’s article “Muslim Caucus to hold first conference amid Trump’s attacks” was published in Aljazeera. The article speaks of the gathering of Muslim political leaders and academics in Washington, D.C., in July that was billed as the first national gathering of Muslims in politics in United States history. In it, he quotes Erik Love, Dickinson professor of sociology and author of Islamophobia and Racism in America.

Hannah Richardson

Class of 2013

Hannah Richardson ’13 finished second overall—and first among women—at the Flat Five race in Rock Hall, Md. Finishing in 32:38, she bettered her time by 48 seconds from the prior year.
Caryl Capeci

Caryl Capeci

Class of 1986

Caryl Capeci ’86 is the new president of Hong Kong-based Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited’s North American business hub in Boston, Mass. She formerly was president at Hearts on Fire, having first joined the brand as VP of marketing in 2007.

Derek Schoettle

Class of 1995

Derek Schoettle ’95 was appointed operating partner at Great Hill Partners, a leading growth-oriented private equity firm. Schoettle will work collaboratively with Great Hill investment teams and portfolio company management to execute and optimize growth strategies. Previously, he was the former CEO of ZoomInfo.

Melissa Haimowitz Clouse

Class of 2009

Melissa Haimowitz Clouse ’09 writes, “Two years ago, I began an art project The Brave Wimp. Using eco-friendly materials and processes, I create affordable art, handmade goods and jewelry to raise money for nonprofits. In February 2019, I opened a store located just outside Detroit, Mich. In May, I had a kickstarter campaign celebrating diversity and representation of women in pop culture and politics.”

Katherine Lasswell

Class of 2017

Katherine Lasswell ’17 started a new position as the assistant director of alumni relations at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa.

Jonathan Epstein

Class of 1996

Jonathan Epstein ’96 was recently awarded U.S. Patent #10,166,420 for a “Sensor Reservoir with Probe to Monitor, Measure and Control Fire Sprinkler and Other Systems,” a device he and his two partners have been developing since 2014. The device is designed to monitor the internal water temperature conditions of wet sprinkler systems, and using Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, alert building owners and activate heaters when the water temperature requires it. Currently, they are working with prospective buyers for the intellectual property.

Chris Neary

Class of 2006

Chris Neary ’06 was appointed vice president of policy, research and advocacy in the Wilmington, Del., office of Cinnaire, a nonprofit community development financial institution that provides creative loans, investments and development services to support community development. He is responsible for the development, management and execution of Cinnaire’s public policy agenda, and the coordination of Cinnaire’s actions and work on policy matters at the state and national level. Previously, he worked as an economic policy advisor for U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, crafting and advancing her legislative and policy agenda on economic issues.

Jeffrey Bierlein

Class of 2003

Jeffrey Bierlein ’03 was promoted to senior vice president, commercial banker at S&T Bank. He has a decade of experience in corporate real estate finance. He is responsible for leading new business development initiatives and complex commercial loans in central Pennsylvania and southeastern Pennsylvania. He is currently a student of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking and plays an active role in enhancing the Lancaster community as a participant in Leadership Lancaster.

David Shotlander

Class of 2001

David Shotlander ’01 was promoted to partner at Haug Partners LLP. Joining the firm in 2014, his core practice is antitrust litigation, government investigations and counseling. He primarily represents pharmaceutical companies on matters involving critical and emerging antitrust issues and has also represented parties in merger and civil non-merger investigations before the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice, state attorney generals and foreign competition authorities. He has also been repeatedly awarded SuperLawyers® Washington, D.C. Rising Star.

Kristen Cunningham

Class of 2016

Kristen Cunningham ’16 completed her master’s in French at Middlebury College in the spring of 2018 and is working at the Middlebury School in Paris as the program assistant.

Maria Mei

Class of 2012

After Dickinson, Maria Mei ’12 spent four years in Hong Kong working in advertising before moving to Seattle for graduate school in fall 2016. She graduated from University of Washington Foster School of Business with an MBA in June 2018 and is now working at Microsoft as a product marketing manager.

Richard Santee

Class of 2007

Richard Santee ’07 is a partner at the Bethlehem law firm of Shay, Santee & Kelhart. In addition to handling civil litigation and estate matters for the firm, Santee is an assistant solicitor to the Bath Borough Authority and County of Northampton.

Gisele Betances

Class of 2019

Gisele Betances ’19 has been accepted to the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs in Pittsburgh. The program is a full-time, nine-month program that uses the community as a classroom. Coro develops the skills, knowledge and networks to enable fellows to forge connections and lead across the nonprofit, business and government sectors.

David Yuengling

Class of 1984

David Yuengling ’84 has been named executive vice president of research & development for Aureus, Inc., a food brand development company that exclusively operates the online sales of Yuengling’s Ice Cream, as well as Yuengling’s retail distribution. Prior to re-launching the family's ice cream business, David had a 30-year background in computer consulting including starting and running his own consulting business for 15 years.
Bill Hudock

Bill Hudock

Class of 2002

Bill Hudock was included in Sports Business Daily’s “Forty Under 40.” He works for Genesco Sports Enterprises where he does corporate consulting for Pepsi Sports. He previously worked as director of strategic marketing and business development for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Gregory Clark

Class of 2014

Gregory Clark ’14 graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and will be starting his residency in diagnostic radiology this summer at NYU as well.
Laura Harrison Swenson

Laura Harrison Swenson

Class of 1985

Laura Harrison Swenson was named the new dean of academic affairs at Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga, Tenn. Previously, she served the West Hartford (Conn.) public school system. For most of that time, she has also served as an educational consultant providing workshops for faculty as well as tutoring kindergarten through college-level students.
Jacqueline “Jacqui” Zelno Bergman

Jacqueline “Jacqui” Zelno Bergman

Class of 1991

Jacqueline “Jacqui” Zelno Bergman ’91 was appointed vice provost for faculty affairs in Appalachian State University’s Division of Academic Affairs. She has served as interim vice provost for faculty affairs since July 2018, leading policy development, implementation and assessment, particularly in relation to faculty matters. She previously had been a professor in Appalachian’s Department of Management.

Pat Irwin

Class of 2017

Pat Irwin ’17 was highlighted in the article “Helping the kids: Area native volunteers at center in Tanzania” in the Altoona Mirror. It tells of the volunteer work he does at Mother’s Mercy Children’s Center in the Malala Village of Arusha, Tanzania. The children’s center is in an area of extreme poverty, where many children can’t go to the “free” public school system as many schools require parental contributions. To assist these impoverished children, Irwin has set up a sponsor program called the Watoto Wa Baba Simba Education Initiative. “Watoto Wa Baba Simba is Swahili for Father Simba’s kids, named that because the children at the center call me ‘Baba Simba.’ Simba, which is ‘lion’ in Swahili, came about because I often pretend to be a lion when playing with the children,” he explains.

Rebecca Driesen

Class of 2009

Rebecca Driesen ’09 writes, “I married David Kopec this past October in a ceremony at Dartmouth College, David’s alma mater. We live in Burlington, Vt. I work for Mansfield Hall, a college support program for students with disabilities, and David is a professor at Champlain College.”

Jeff Varadi

Class of 1970

Jeff Varadi ’70 writes, “This January will mark my 38th year of living in Southern Nevada. Since I had never been to Las Vegas and don’t gamble (highly unusual for a Phi Delta Theta brother), why be here? For a city highly populated by transients, there really is a core of honest to goodness citizens who, like me, have found this to be a very welcoming place full of very genuine, interesting and giving people. I have grown personally and professionally here with my life partner, my wife Laura Cyr, who I have known since the 1970s, and I somehow convinced her to reply to my advertisement ‘seeking a woman who can read, write and cook for western man.’ I hooked her in 1985 and haven’t had to keep her under lock and key for fear of her running back to Maryland. I retired from being a self-employed professional recruiter (39 years) on my 70th birthday in February of this year. I have been active in painting in acrylics and watercolors. Laura has become an accomplished water color artist. I have become the maker of ‘Little Free Library’ stands for our community. This compliments Laura’s work with the guild for the Henderson Library and the regularly scheduled book sales. After leaving a career as a senior vice president/commercial loan officer in banking, Laura became an accredited master gardener with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and focuses on the herb committee. She also has become very involved in organic soap making, as well as salves and lotions. Recently, I completed the coursework to become a master gardener as well. I still have to accumulate the requisite volunteer hours. I guess that means more hours shoveling compost. On that bright note I close. Best wishes to all. Hunky”

Sarah DiMuccio

Class of 2015

Sarah DiMuccio ’15 and co-author Eric Knowles’ article “How Donald Trump appeals to men secretly insecure about their manhood” was published in The Washington Post.

Mark Burgess

Class of 1981

Diversey, a cleaning and hygiene technology company based in Charlotte, N.C., has named Mark Burgess ’81 as its new chief executive officer. Mark has served as CEO at several companies including Graham Packaging and Anchor Glass Container Corp. Most recently, he was CEO of Signode Industrial Group, a $2.4 billion industrial packaging company with 88 manufacturing facilities across six continents.

Kristin Moffett Corrigan

Class of 1997

Kristin Moffett Corrigan ’97 was promoted to vice president of engagement marketing for Disney Channels and will oversee the teams responsible for outreach campaigns across Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD, with a focus on paid media planning, social media, event activations and promotional partnerships. A brand and content strategist for over 20 years, Corrigan joined Disney Channel in 2009. Most recently, she served as executive director of brand development and integrated planning, responsible for managing Disney Junior’s highly successful retail business and franchise development for hit series such as Doc McStuffins, Elena of Avalor, Fancy Nancy and Vampirina, among others.

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