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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.”
Adam Quatrini

Adam Quatrini

Class of 2009

Adam Quatrini ’09 married Carolina Vélez on Nov. 19 at Holy Family Catholic Mission in Rutherford, Calif. Adam is a lawyer at Quatrini Rafferty in Greensburg, Pa. His wife is an advocacy manager at Microsoft in New York and an adjunct professor at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pa.

Anna McGinn

Class of 2014

University of Maine graduate student Anna McGinn ’14 was highlighted by the Press Herald. In the interview, “Anna McGinn is headed to her fifth international climate change meeting,” she talks about her experiences at the United Nations’ climate change negotiations and how she is helping Maine students channel the needs of both far-flung countries and their own.
David Decker

David Decker

Class of 1990

David Decker ’90 was named executive vice president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, adding oversight of station sales to his role. A fifteen-year veteran of Warner Bros., his prior positions include executive vice president, cable & SVOD sales and executive vice president, business & legal affairs for worldwide television distribution among others.

Amanda Trimble

Class of 2009

Amanda Trimble ’09 completed a 3-year residency in large animal internal medicine, as well as, a master’s in biomedical sciences at Kansas State University. She writes, “I am now a board-certified specialist recognized by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and am starting a post-doctoral fellowship in equine medicine at the University of Missouri.

Dallas Winslow

Class of 1966

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners appointed Dallas Winslow ’66, chairman of the Delaware Public Service Commission, to its board of directors for a four-year term. Winslow worked for 30 years as the chief of legal services in the state of Delaware’s Office of the Public Defender. He is also a retired colonel from the Delaware National Guard and served in the Delaware State Senate from 1998 to 2002.

Colleen Haggarty Bunn

Class of 2004

In June, Colleen Haggarty Bunn ’04 accepted the position of director of residence life at Susquehanna University. She writes, “I am excited to be back in the small, liberal-arts college environment, and back in Central Pa.! A week before starting at Susquehanna, I defended my dissertation and graduated this past August with my Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. I live in Selinsgrove with my husband Matt, and our daughter Amelia (1).

Bryce Feibel

Class of 2015

Bryce Feibel ’15 was awarded the 2018 class of the Middle East and North Africa Regional Fellowship Program (MENAR). The MENAR Fellowship Program facilitates intercultural exchange by coordinating fellowships for recent American college graduates with both businesses and non-profit organizations in the Middle East. Feibel's placement is with in Amman, Jordan.

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.

Alex Caldwell

Class of 2008

Alex Caldwell ’08 writes, “Hello from Denver! 2018 marked new homeownership and new dog ownership. I landed in Colorado after a couple years in Geneva working in global health. My husband Mike Brunnquell works at the local safety net hospital, and I study health policy. And we live on the same block as the Dickinson parents of Tulley Shofner ’18 and Allison Hall ’10.”

Elizabeth Sellen Hindman

Class of 2003

Elizabeth Sellen Hindman ’03 and husband Matthew welcomed daughter Sarah Beth on Oct. 18. “We are overjoyed with this new addition to our family!”

Colette Tutino Smith

Class of 2003

Colette Tutino Smith ’03 and husband Paul are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Chance Paul Smith. He was born Oct. 3 in Greenwich, Conn. His big sisters Evangeline Arielle (5) and Hennessey Scarlett (2) are so proud and excited!

Jennifer Hradil

Class of 1994

Jennifer Hradil ’94, a director in the Commercial & Criminal Litigation Department at Gibbons P.C., has been named one of Profiles in Diversity Journal’s “Women Worth Watching” for 2018, based on her sophisticated, wide-ranging commercial litigation and appellate practice, the leadership and innovation she demonstrates in that practice, and her dedicated community service, particularly in connection with the Gibbons Women’s Initiative.

Ronald Hershner

Class of 1978

Ronald Hershner ’78, managing partner of Stock and Leader, LLP was honored by the York County History Center with the 2018 Heritage Profile Award. This award is in recognition of an individual who has made a lasting and significant contribution in preserving, interpreting, promoting, researching and extending the knowledge and understanding of the history of York County, Pennsylvania. Hershner is a past chair of the York County History Center board and of the Red Lion Area Historical Society board. He also served on the board of Historic York, Inc. He has authored four books on York County history and speaks frequently on topics of York County and American history. He and his wife Judy reside in Springettsbury Township.

Olivia Lewis

Class of 2010

Olivia Lewis ’10 married John Arscott in July in Baltimore, Md. Two of her Kappa Alpha Theta sorority sisters: Kelsey Watkinson Whitley ’11 and Kelly Maurer were in her bridal party. Numerous Dickinsonians were also in attendance. She also started the post master’s certificate in applied behavior analysis at Johns Hopkins University School of Education.

Christopher Reber

Class of 1980

Christopher Reber ’80 is the new president of Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, N.J. He has spent 37 years in higher education, the last four at the Community College of Beaver County near Pittsburgh where he focused on growth and meeting the needs of the community. He previously served 12 years as the executive dean of Venango College of Clarion University where he was the chief executive and academic officer.

Kaydi Bigelow

Class of 2008

Kaydi Bigelow ’08 married Marcel Mabson on March 31 in Taneytown, Md. Both the ceremony and reception were held at Antrim 1844, and they were joined by several members of the class of 2008. Kaydi, a fundraiser for Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and Marcel, a software engineer for NASA, live in Baltimore, Md.

Peter Allen and Missy Lafferty

Class of 2007

Peter Allen ’07 and Missy Lafferty ’07 welcomed son, John “Jack” Lafferty Allen, on Feb. 21 in New York City. Peter works at the Institute for International Education and Missy is the global head of recruiting operations at Bloomberg LP. They live in Queens, N.Y.

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.

Zak Rosenberg

Class of 2009

After more than eight years in New Orleans, Zak Rosenberg ’09 and his wife Karen moved to Houston, Texas. Zak joined the law firm of Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber, P.C. as an associate in its transactional department. He will continue to focus on commercial real estate transactions and corporate law.

Ted Kohnen

Class of 2000

Ted Kohnen ’00 was appointed president of Retina, formerly the Transiris Marketing Agency. He is charged with the integration of a world-class marketing technology offering that includes AI, marketing automation, CRM and business intelligence and data solutions. He formerly worked for global B2B agency, Stein IAS, where he was chief marketing officer and then managing director, overseeing offices in the U.S. and China.

Sarah Sozio Osberg

Class of 1971

Sarah Sozio Osberg ’71 was appointed to the board of trustees as an independent trustee for Seritage Growth Properties. She will serve on the board’s compensation committee. She has worked for 25 years in financial technology development and management the bulk of which was spent at Wells Fargo Bank where she became executive vice president in charge of the newly created Online Financial Services Division.
Michael Hirthler

Michael Hirthler

Class of 1985

Michael Hirthler ’85 was recognized among the Top 1,200 Financial Advisers in America by Barron’s. The investment publication’s annual list highlights esteemed financial advisers who were assessed on varying factors contributing to the quality of their practice. Hirthler has worked in the financial services industry for more than 30 years and is founder and chief investment officer of Jacobi Capital Management in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., a registered investment adviser.

Elena Capaldi

Class of 2014

Elena Capaldi ’14 works at Local Foods Distributors in Chicago in inside sales. Local Foods is a wholesale distributor that only sources food that’s a one-day drive from Chicago. They work directly with farmers to give them a consistent outlet for their products and help keep money in the region. She fulfills orders for chefs and restaurants across the city, as well as doing marketing for the wholesale department. She writes, “My time at Dickinson helped me find my niche in the food world here in Chicago.”

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