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Julie Wirth Johnson

Class of 1985

Julie Wirth Johnson ’85 and Jacquelyn MacDonald ’03 reunited at Rosemary Beach Girls Getaway Weekend, a charity event held every year in North West Florida to benefit Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Jacquelyn missed the last two years while staying home with her sweet new baby girl, Sylvie.
Giovania Tiarachristie

Giovania Tiarachristie

Class of 2013

Giovania Tiarachristie ’13 was named one of the top 30 under 30 professionals in Brooklyn Magazine. She earned her master’s at Pratt and is a neighborhood planner at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, helping “to promote diverse and more equitable neighborhoods.”
Adam “Granduciel” Granofsky

Adam “Granduciel” Granofsky

Class of 2001

Adam “Granduciel” Granofsky ’01’s band, War on Drugs, won the award for Best Rock Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. The album, A Deeper Understanding, was selected over works by Queens of the Stone Age, Metallica, Mastodon and Nothing More.

Chris Duvall

Class of 1992

Chris Duvall ’92 was promoted to senior director at The Chertoff Group. A security and risk management expert with more than 20 years of experience, he helps clients assess and improve security operations and build effective enterprise-wide risk management capabilities. Prior to joining The Chertoff Group, he spent two years as a federal employee and 10 years as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton and with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in their offices of cybersecurity and communications and infrastructure protection.
Nasim Fekrat

Nasim Fekrat

Class of 2013

Nasim Fekrat '13 was featured in the Chestnut Hill Local. The article “Afghan targeted for death rescued by Chestnut Hill family” tells how he was taken in by a freelance journalist’s family in Chestnut Hill, Pa. after receiving death threats for his anti-Taliban writings.
Lauren Ashley Smith

Lauren Ashley Smith

Class of 2006

Lauren Ashley Smith '06 was featured in the article “How Robin Thede Brought Black Girl Joy to Late Night” in Elle. She is a writer for the BET late-night show The Rundown With Robin Thede. Formerly, she wrote for Bravo talkies Fashion Queens and Watch What Happens Live.

Tracy Fichtner Doughtie

Class of 1998

Scott Saks

Class of 1991

Scott Saks ’91 joined Pepper Hamilton LLP as a partner in the firm’s financial services practice group in their New York office. He focuses his practice on securities, capital markets and finance and corporate transactions. He also represents financial institutions and U.S. and non-U.S. corporations in domestic and international public and private securities offerings, high-yield and investment-grade debt offerings, committed leveraged and other bank financings and securities law compliance.

Jason Shedlock

Class of 1997

Jason Shedlock '97 and wife Pamela Segal welcomed the birth of their second daughter, Estelle Ivana, on Dec. 3. The family lives in Annapolis, Md.
Lauren Monnet

Lauren Monnet

Class of 2009

Lauren Monnet '09 was named the director of membership and owners concierge at the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. She joins TOBA after serving as the fundraising and development manager for a national healthcare nonprofit organization in Lexington, Ky. She will be responsible for the continued development of the association’s membership, as well as the owners’ concierge program, which is designed to provide owners with a higher level of personalized on-and-off-the-track care.
Ravonelle Yazzie

Ravonelle Yazzie

Class of 2017

Ravonelle Yazzie’s article “Students share their stories, get gift packages” was published in the Navajo Times. Yazzie shares her struggles as a first-generation college student from the Navaho Nation, and she tells how she is reaching out to current Navajo college students to hear and share their stories.

Sara Heller Baldwin

Class of 1975

Sara Heller Baldwin writes, “I took a 23-year hiatus from my teaching career to raise three wonderful children, who are now in their 20’s. Presently, I am enjoying being back in the saddle teaching Introductory Geology full time at Charleston Southern University (CSU). Formerly a Baptist school, CSU has many young earth creationists among both students and faculty. It has been my mission to humbly and graciously challenge my geology students to seriously consider the rather strong evidence in support of evolution and an ancient earth history. At the same time, having previously taught only at secular public schools, I am very much enjoying the freedom to share my faith with the students.”
Harriette Line Thompson

Harriette Line Thompson

Class of 1945

Harriette Line Thompson ’45 ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego in June. Thompson, age 94, finished the race in 3:42:56, becoming the oldest person to finish a half-marathon. Two years ago, she became the oldest person to finish a full marathon. She started running marathons in 1999 to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. So far this year, she has raised $13,000 and has raised more than $100,000 throughout her years of racing.

Judith Rudge

Class of 2005

Judith Rudge ’05 was named director of talent management at Comcast in their Western New England region, which currently employs more than 1,800 individuals across five states. She previously was the senior manager of talent acquisition at Verizon in Atlanta, where she oversaw the end-to-end recruitment of information technology, engineering, product and sales positions for 86 national office locations.

Samuel Meller

Class of 2009

Samuel Meller ’09 is a prosecutor in Augusta, Ga. He and wife Katherine welcomed their new baby girl, Elizabeth Yvonne Meller on June 17.
Kendall Reiss

Kendall Reiss

Class of 2006

Kendall Reiss ’06 was highlighted in the Providence Business News. She is the owner of Kendall Reiss LLC, a jewelry making business in Bristol, R.I. She is a full time teacher at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, while running the jewelry business and practicing art. She says, “I repurpose old jewelry people want transformed into newer styles. Because of that work, I see a lot of old, Rhode Island-made jewelry come into my studio, which adds another layer of storytelling and mystique to the trade.”

Tim Fullerton

Class of 2001

Tim Fullerton ’01 was appointed director of digital communications by New York State’s Governor Andrew Cuomo. He previously served as the director of national digital campaigns at Everytown for Gun Safety and director of digital strategy for the U.S. Department of the Interior where he served as a spokesperson.
Ken Shadak

Ken Shadak

Class of 1990

Ken Shadak ’90 and longtime friend Kelly Rozansky were highlighted in Irrigation & Green Industry. They own All Wet Irrigation & Lighting, an irrigation and outdoor lighting contracting business in Dover, N.J.

John Moon

Class of 1983

John Moon ’83 has joined Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP as a partner in their litigation practice. His practice focuses on the representation of financial institutions, public companies and executives in commercial litigation, as well as civil and criminal investigations and proceedings brought by grand juries, the SEC, DOJ, CFTC, FINRA and state governmental entities. He previously was a partner in the financial and securities industries practice at Miller & Wrubel.

Greg Leak

Class of 2010

Greg Leak ’10 attained a time of 2:16:56 at the recent California International Marathon. The U.S. Olympic trials qualifying time is 2:19:00. In January 2020, he will compete with other U.S. Olympic trials qualifiers for the honor of representing the United States at the Tokyo summer Olympics. He writes, “The Dickinson sports information department believes that I am the first Dickinsonian to qualify for U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials. I will be proudly wearing the Red Devil mascot on my singlet at the trials.”
Donald Sprole

Donald Sprole

Class of 1944

In December, Donald Sprole '44 was presented the 2017 Living History Award by the Perkasie Historical Society for his over five decades of service in many capacities in various local community organizations. A retired educator, he resides in Warminster, Pa.

Timothy Timura

Class of 1983

Timothy Timura '83 has been named deputy director and deputy chief economist for the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA) in The Securities and Exchange Commission. He joins DERA from the faculty of the Kogod School of Business at American University, where he has been an executive in residence. He has more than 30 years of experience serving individual and institutional investors as a professional money manager, and he has held senior management positions with private financial institutions and the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio.
April Hoover

April Hoover

Class of 2007

April Hoover '07 was named chief financial officer for the Mon Valley Initiative, a nonprofit community development agency serving Westmoreland, Washington and Allegheny counties in in western Pa. She previously worked as accounting coordinator at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.
Bob Chesney

Bob Chesney

Class of 2000

Bob Chesney '00 was named the new head football coach for College of the Holy Cross. A two-time Northeast-10 Conference coach of the year, he previously was the head coach at Assumption College where he led the team to five consecutive winning seasons and the Division 2 quarterfinals in 2017.

Shayna Solomon

Class of 2016

Shayna Solomon ’16 was selected for the 2017-2018 Coro Pittsburgh Fellows Program. The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs uses the community as a classroom to train the next generation of change makers. It is a full-time, nine-month program featuring field placements in different sectors, immersive experiences in the community and group process skills development.

William Wallace

Class of 1974

William Wallace was honored among the 109 St. Louis-area educators to receive an Excellence in Teaching award. The Excellence in Teaching Awards program is sponsored annually by St. Louis-based Emerson, a diversified global manufacturer and technology leader. Now in its 28th year, the award pays tribute to area educators – from kindergarten teachers to college professors – for their achievements and dedication to the field of education. Each honoree received a Tiffany & Co. crystal apple box, as they are honored for their vital role in shaping students’ lives.

Beth Sandbower Harbinson

Class of 1981

Beth Sandbower Harbinson won a $10,000 grant from the United Way and The Horizon Foundation for seed funding for her new idea “SOBAR.” Her idea is to create non-alcoholic drinks to serve at public events. She hopes to offer recovering alcoholics and those who don’t drink alcohol additional options beyond water and soda.

Victoria Côté

Class of 2014

Victoria Côté ’14 graduated from the University of Toronto with a master’s of museum studies in 2016. She recently accepted a position as historic site coordinator at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa. She writes that she is “thrilled about this opportunity to develop education programs that combine history and science and to demonstrate how combining disciplines can create a unique learning experience.”

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.

Shannon Fierro

Class of 1998

The Board of Education of the Piedmont Unified School District in Piedmont, Calif., voted unanimously to appoint Shannon Fierro ’98 as the new principal for Millennium High School and the Piedmont Adult School effective July 1. She has 20 years of experience as a teacher, administrator and coach across the U.S. and overseas. Most recently, she served as a vice principal of Berkeley High School, overseeing 900 students in the Berkeley International High School Program.

Christopher Eiswerth

Class of 2008

Christopher Eiswerth ’08 married Stephanie Oluchukwu Akpa on June 3 at Woodlawn Farm, an events venue in Ridge, Md. Judge Karen Nelson Moore of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati officiated.

Brennan Torregrossa

Class of 1995

Brennan Torregrossa ’95 was highlighted in American Healthcare Leader. He is vice president and associate general counsel in charge of GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) Global External Legal Relations Team (GELRT). The article tells of Torregrossa’s mandate to redefine the way the pharmaceutical giant pays its outside law firms. “We’re trying to kill the billable hour, but it’s really more nuanced than that. We’re trying to establish win-win relationships, obtain excellent legal representation, and work with firms that deliver great value and are willing to work with us outside the billable hour model,” he says.

J. Clark Echols

Class of 1974

J. Clark Echols ’74 has been involved in the leadership of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) for some years and has now been elected the chair of the Heartland Region, which comprises 10 states and one province. The AAPC mentors professional caregivers in the integration of spirituality and their work. He provides leadership and coordination for a number of work groups to further the mission of the association, including communication among the members, mentoring professionals and building networks among providers, universities, hospital systems and faith organizations. Echols continues to see clients at the private nonprofit Professional Pastoral Counseling Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio, as one of 18 licensed therapists who seek to integrate spirituality and psychotherapy.
Andrew Barron

Andrew Barron

Class of 2011

Attorney Andrew Barron ’11 joined Hamburg Rubin Mullin Maxwell & Lupin as an associate in the firm’s real estate and banking sections. Prior to joining the firm, Andrew was a law clerk to the Hon. Steven C. Tolliver Sr. in the Court of Common Pleas in Montgomery County.
Sarah Melby

Sarah Melby

Class of 2004

Sarah Melby ’04 married Jochem Zijp on March 11 at the Meridian House in Washington, D.C. Alexandra Melby Farnum, Melby’s sister, received permission from the Marriage Bureau of the District of Columbia Courts to officiate. The couple met in 2012 at Veritas, a wine bar in Washington, D.C., where Zijp was a manager.
Daniel Hickey

Daniel Hickey

Class of 1993

Daniel Hickey ’93 is the new head of school at Upland Country Day School in Kennett Square, Pa. Hickey has more than 20 years of experience in all areas of independent school education and leadership. Previously, he was assistant head of school and the head of the upper school at Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Del. While leading the upper school, he oversaw a 27 percent enrollment growth, the largest in the school’s history.
Lisa Geiger

Lisa Geiger

Class of 2008

Lisa Geiger ’08 works at The Field Museum in Chicago where she recently helped to dismantle the Tyrannosaurus rex, Sue, a dinosaur that measures 40.5 feet long from snout to tail and is 13 feet tall at the hip. The dinosaur will be off display until 2019 when she debuts in a brand new gallery as part of their permanent Evolving Planet exhibition.

Elizabeth Sellen

Class of 2003

On Oct. 7, Elizabeth Sellen ’03 married Matthew Hindman in Wenonah, N.J. The reception was held in her parents’ backyard and attendees include quite a few Dickinsonians. Elizabeth, a Foreign Service officer, and Matt, a professor at George Washington University, reside in Washington, D.C.

Richard Griffith

Class of 1999

In October, Richard Griffith '99 earned the rank of master and is now a 5th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. A minimum of 18 years of experience is required to be eligible to test for this level.

Mike Capone

Class of 1988

Mike Capone '88 is the new CEO of Qlik, a business analytics firm. Formerly, he was a chief at Medidata Solutions, a New York-based medical-data firm. Capone says, “The smart use of data and analytics can have transformative effects on an industry, and I am excited to have joined a company that enables customers in every industry to rethink what’s possible.”

Stephanie Chaplinski-Kane

Class of 1991

Stephanie Chaplinski-Kane '91 was named a financial adviser for Jacqueline L. Powell & Associates Inc. in Carlisle, Pa. She is a registered representative and investment adviser representative of Invest Financial Corp.
Rick Jordan

Rick Jordan

Class of 1995

Rick Jordan '95 has been named president and CEO of Smith Land & Improvement Corp., a real estate and development company in Camp Hill, Pa. He was formerly the COO of the company. He is the fourth generation of his family to lead the company, which is celebrating 100 years in business.

Mark Walters

Class of 1974

Mark Walters '74 will retire on December 31, 2017 as senior counsel in the National Security Unit of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Immigration Litigation. He also served as trial attorney and assistant director in years past. He and wife Meredith Martin Walters ’75 remain in Germantown, Md. near family and Meredith’s work at the Barnesville School.

Ben Werthan

Class of 2008

Ben Werthan is the new minor-league player information coordinator for the Philadelphia Phillies. He works closely with the Phillies players, coaches, front office staff and research and development department. He helps integrate the use of information in all areas of on-field performance and preparation and makes recommendations regarding the most effective areas of future research and analysis. Previously, he spent the last six years in Baltimore as the advance scouting coordinator.
Caitlin Moriarty

Caitlin Moriarty

Class of 2013

Caitlin Moriarty ’13 started as the new NHPRC Project Archivist in Special Collections and University Archives at Iowa State University on June 1. She is working on the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) grant project to migrate their finding aids from Microsoft Word documents and HTML into their new archives management system. She previously worked as a reference assistant for the University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library and as an archives assistant at the University of Michigan’s Special Collections Library.

Barry Lynn

Class of 1970

In June, Barry Lynn ’70 was highlighted in “Faces of Faith: Freedom, fairness, church, state” in the San Antonio Express-Times. He is a lawyer and ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and recently retired after 25 years as executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Stephanie D

Stephanie D'Alessandro

Class of 1988

Stephanie D'Alessandro ’88 was appointed the Leonard A. Lauder Curator of Modern Art at The Metropolitan Art Museum in New York City. She is also the curator in charge of the Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art. Previously, she was the Gary C. and Frances Comer Curator of International Modern Art at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Lance Barton

Class of 1998

Lance Barton ’98 was promoted to professor of biology at Austin College, where he also works as the director of the Center for Research, Experiential, Artistic and Transformative Education (CREATE). He lives north of Dallas with his wife and two children.
Elaine Livas

Elaine Livas

Class of 1983

Elaine Livas ’83 joined New Hope Ministries, a nonprofit organization, as a grant writer with its fundraising team. She will manage the grant planning, research, writing and reporting processes, as well as connect with corporations and businesses interested in committing to New Hope’s annual Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credit. Livas is the founder and former executive director of Project SHARE in Carlisle, Pa.

Amy Trevvett

Class of 1996

Amy Trevvett ’96 was appointed vice president of investor relations and corporate communications at ZIOPHARM Oncology, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on new immunotherapies. She has more than 15 years of experience in a range of investor relations and corporate communications roles at publicly traded biotechnology and medical-device companies. Most recently, she served as director of investor relations and corporate communications at HeartWare International Inc., a leading innovator of less-invasive, miniaturized circulatory support technologies for advanced heart failure.

Maria Orozco

Class of 2012

Maria Orozco ’12 writes, “I am getting married! I have been engaged since Jan. 19 to Rafael Salas Perez. He is my better half. I am having a private family ceremony in April and celebrating with my extended family on May 20. I hope he can come with me for Alumni Weekend.”

Jake Sternberger

Class of 2012

Jake Sternberger ’12 joined Morgan & Morgan, P.A., the largest plaintiffs’ personal injury law firm in the country, to help open its Philadelphia office. Prior to practicing law, Jake worked as a political professional with clients including former Navy Admiral and Congressman Joe Sestak (Pa.-7th), Congressman Mark Critz (Pa.-12th), and Mayor Tim Scott of Carlisle.

Rebecca Driesen

Class of 2009

Last summer, Rebecca Driesen ’09 moved to Burlington, Vt. She writes, “I am working at Mansfield Hall as an academic director and connections coordinator. Mansfield Hall is a transition program for college students with learning differences, about 60 per cent of whom are on the autism spectrum. We support our students to navigate their college experience, while living at Mansfield Hall and then on their respective campuses. I live with my boyfriend, a professor at Champlain College, and our dog.”
Francesca Dea

Francesca Dea

Class of 1993

Francesca Dea ’93 is the new executive director of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. She has over 20 years of association experience. She previously served as the executive director of The Obesity Society (TOS), where she facilitated and implemented a five-year strategic plan, launched National Obesity Care Week and doubled the revenue of TOS’s annual meeting. She is also the founder of Gordian Solutions LLC, a consulting company providing support for nonprofit organizations and small businesses.
Rodger McAlister

Rodger McAlister

Class of 1964

Rodger McAlister ’64 attended the Veterans’ Day Parade in Louisville, Ky. He says, “Kentucky’s Governor Matt Bevin said he knew a lot of Kentucky colonels, but wanted a picture with a ‘real’ colonel, so he took a selfie with me and Greg Fischer, the mayor of Louisville. Still ‘doin it’ one day at a time. Greetings to all AXP brothers and classmates of 1964.”

Robert Singdahlsen

Class of 1957

In July 2015, Robert Singdahlsen ’57 married Ginnie Huckabee. “We discovered on our first date that we had both graduated from the same high school in Westfield, N.J., but never knew each other,” he says. “We live in Shepherdstown, W.V.—a delightful historic college town on the Potomac River. I recently was cast in a local theatre production and am singing with a masterworks chorale. So still alive and kicking.”

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