1950s

Virginia Horst Loewen ’54, State College, published many books for children and articles in “Highlights for Children,” “The Secret Place,” “The Upper Room” and many other local publications.  Her most recent book is titled “Nourishing Seeds of Faith.”

1960s

Richard Frerichs ’64, Millersville, received the Timothy M. Allwein Advocacy Award for public education advocacy.

Cathy (Krammer) Keim ’65, Rydal, was awarded the Spirit Award for her 37 years of dedicated service to the Meadowbrook School. For the past 26 years, she has worked as the school’s librarian.

Lewis Hemmer ’66, Lansdale, following his retirement as Director of Outpatient and Early Intervention Services at the Center for Autism in Philadelphia, he has gone on to serve in the Peace Corps three times in three different countries.

Kent Rynier ’69, Lancaster, after retiring from Lampeter-Strasburg in 1999, he went on to teach abroad for 16 years in Turkey, Spain, Pakistan, Egypt and Myanmar.

1970s

Ronald Burger ’70, Tallahassee, Fla., spent 35 years with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before moving on and spending 11 years as the BioWatch Program Coordinator for the southeast region, which is a contractor position for the US Department of Homeland Security. He is also a member of the National Disaster Medical System, who has responded to the Flint water emergency, Zika response in Puerto Rico and Hurricane Matthew.

Linda Lindquist ’70, North Fort Myers, Fla., published her first book “Keeping your Computer Healthy.” She is a Certified Malware Removal Specialist with years of experience in computer software.

Bruce Woodring ’71, Upperco, Md., retired after 30 years with the United States Intelligence Community.

Joan Detz ’73, Millersville, published the Chinese edition of “How to Write & Give a Speech” in both print and e-book. The Washington Post praised the book as a “how-to class.”

Hellen L. Ebersole ’73, Lancaster, has been elected President of Elizabethtown College’s Blue Jay Athletic Association.

Dennis B. Dougherty ‘74, Ephrata, retired from Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology where he was a professor in the Graphic Communications & Printing Technology department.

Eric Miller ’76, ’99M, Hanover, earned signature membership status in the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, and began serving as the society’s Vice President in January 2017.

Linda McGuigan ’79, Basking Ridge, N.J., was appointed Division President of Corporate Solutions at The John Maxwell Company.

1980s

Ken Cressman ’80, Greensboro N.C., published his fifth book, “Becoming Samantha Colt,” available on Amazon.

Lori Murray Koehler ’81, Sterling, was promoted to principal of the Fleetwood Area School District.

Brian Kistler ’82, Austin, TX, took a two-week tour of Mongolia in July 2014.

Charles Reid ’83, Westampton N.J., appeared on MSNBC and Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation for a follow up to a front page New York Times article, which featured his company First Class Seating.

Darlene King '91
Darlene King ’91

Eric Stallworth ’83, San Antonio, Fla., was promoted to adjunct professor of education at Saint Leo University and University of South Florida in Tampa Bay, Fl.

Kenneth Loose ’85, Little Elm, TX, was promoted to chief operations officer at Property Damage Appraisers, Inc.

Dean E. Baker ’85, Lancaster, was promoted to president at Intelligencer, a commercial printing and direct mail services firm.

Tye Barnhart ’87, Collegeville, was promoted to treasurer of the North American Element Fleet Management.

Michael McGee '91
Michael McGee ’91

Wendy (Sirbak) Calvert ’88, Mountville, retired after 26 years of teaching fourth and fifth grade at Mountville Elementary in the Hempfield School District.

Cindy Butler McAree ’88, Swedesboro N.J., was promoted to assistant vice president of marketing of M&T Bank.

1990s

Jeffrey Clouser ’91, Mount Joy, received a Church Music Certification from Virginia Wesleyan College. His graduate work was published in the 2017 winter issue of the United Church of Christ Musicians Association’s Worship and Music and Ministry Journal and the Fall 2016 issue of ChorTeach, an online publication of the American Choral Directors Association.

Lori (Lazarchick) Dierolf ‘91, Millersville, started her own business, Open Door Training & Development, which focuses on leadership and healthcare support training. She also was hired as an adjunct instructor at Northampton Community College in their Health & Safety department.

Stephen Avery  '94
Stephen Avery ’94

Alexander Hernandez-Siegel ’91, Watertown, Mass., was appointed Dartmouth College’s Latino/Hispanic advisor.

Darlene K. King ’91, Manheim, was recently named a shareholder of Saxton & Stump.

Michael McGee ’91, Lancaster, was hired as chief executive officer at Pennsylvania Association of Realtors.

Cathy Busha '93
Cathy Busha ’93

Cathy Busha ‘93, Portland Ore., joined Clark College in Vancouver, WA as Dean of Student Engagement. She previously served as Associate Dean of Students for Student Engagement at Lewis and Clark College.

Stephen Avery ’94, Newport News, Va., was promoted to Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at HUP in the Standing Faculty-Clinical Educator Track.

Anthony Plakas ’96, Lake Worth, Fla. was honored with The Harvey Milk Civil Rights Award. He is currently the CEO of Compass, a not-for-profit company based in Lake Worth, Florida.

Lynn (Ritter) Fitzsimons ’97, Lititz, was recently named president of the Walz Accounting Group. She joined Walz in 2002 as a senior accountant in the commercial enterprise division.

Shawn (Phelps) Mark ’97, ’00M, Feasterville, received her Ed.D from the Holy Family University. She is currently employed as the principal of Bensalem Township School District.

David Polizzotti ’97, Copperas Cove, TX, retired from his position as Battalion Commander in the U.S. Army.

David Polizzotti '97
David Polizzotti ’97

David Hiatt ’98, Virginia Beach, Va., earned second bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Technology with emphasis in Information Security.

Karen (Serianni) Backenstose ’99, ’06M, New Holland, was promoted from a teaching position at Upper Elementary to education director at The New School of Lancaster.

Rich Kahmer ’99, Ridley Park, successfully completed all the necessary exams to obtain the professional designations: Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI), Associate in General Insurance (AINS) and Associate in Insurance Services (AIS).

Rev. Jason Perkowski ’99, Lititz, oversees two churches, Emmanuel United Methodist Church and Faith and Oregon Community United Methodist Church, which recently expanded in hopes to becoming the community hub for the congregation.

Kimberly Weihrer Long '99
Kimberly Weihrer Long ’99

Kimberly (Weihrer) Long ’99, Stowe, recently accepted a position of environmental performance improvement manager with Exelon Corporation where she has been employed for 8 years.

2000s

Andrew Sensenig ’00, Fresno, Ca., accepted a tenure track position as assistant professor of biology at Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, Ca in 2015.

Nathan Claycomb ’01, Strasburg, was nominated and selected as one of the top 10 people of the next generation who are making a difference in the group travel industry with their creative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit. He was featured in the January/February 2017 issue of Groups Today magazine.

Emily Edmunds ’01, Camp Hill, was promoted to special counsel at Saul Ewing LLP, where she practices employment and higher education law.

Stephanie Szerlag Egger ’01, Hatboro, accepted a job as fishery biologist in the Permits and Conversation Division for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with the focus on sound management as it impacts marine mammals.

Jeanette (Westphal) Knaub ’01, Millersville, started her own blog/website, Day Tripper Mom, a guide to family-friendly travel and events in Southeastern PA.

Patrick Daley '03
Patrick Daley ’03

Patrick T. Daley ’03, Philadelphia, became a partner at the Media law firm of Sweeney & Neary, LLP, which is dedicated exclusively to the practice of family and matrimonial law. He has been an associate with the firm since 2009, and is the current chairman of the Delaware County Bar Association Family Law Section, past president of the Young Lawyers’ Section and a former director on the Board of Directors. He was recently named as a 2017 “Rising Star” by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine and a Top Lawyer 2016 by Main Line Today.

Ben Shull ’04, York Springs, accepted a position as project manager serving water and wastewater system clients at Herbert, Rowland, & Grubic, Inc.

Brad Weymer ’04, Strasburg, received his Ph.D. in geology from Texas A&M University on 8/12/16.

Joseph Marsh ’06, Langhorne, received his master’s degree in business from Villanova University.Shull_Ben 2compress

Sean Daly ’07, Lancaster, received his master’s degree in political science from Northern Illinois University and was employed as an instructor of record for Intro to American Government. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in political science there .

Allison Hengst ’09, Mertztown, accepted the position of digital media coordinator at American National Insurance Company in Galveston, TX.

2010s

Michael Gau ’11, Kennett Square, successfully defended his dissertation titled Self Assembled, Labile, Multinuclear Metal Complexes inspired by Nature’s Oxygen Evolving Complex of Photosystem II and Iron-Molybdenum Cofactors at Temple University.

Lauren Zook '11
Lauren Zook ’11

Anthony Sagliani ’11, Germantown, Md., was selected by the AMS Board for Private Sector Meteorologist as Professional Highlight of the Week on March 20, 2017.

Lauren Zook ’11, Chambersburg, recently published her research in White House History, the quarterly journal of the White House Historical Association.

Michael Parker ’12, Reedsville, is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Immunology at Yale University. He published a review for the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine and presented a TED Talk titled How Microbes Help to Forward Mankind, which is available on YouTube.

Greg Durham ’13, Omaha Neb., promoted as Assistant Director of Competitive Sports at Creighton University.
Emily Parkins ’14, Harleysville, joined the Patriot League as the director for championships and sport management.
Nikole Hollins ’02, ’04M and Ronald Simms
Nikole Hollins ’02, ’04M and Ronald Simms

WEDDINGS

Caroline Stone ’69 and Allan Ruppar, 10/17/15.

Tracey Dicely ’83, and Steve Kemp, engaged on 3/21/17.

Cherenne Watford ’98 and Najib Thomas, 8/15/14.

Nikole Hollins ’02, ’04M and Ronald Simms, 11/19/16.

Sarah Hammaker ’08 and Nathan Rhan
Sarah Hammaker ’08 and Nathan Rhan

Sarah Hammaker ’08 and Nathan Rhan, 6/19/16.

Kate Irwin ’10, and Brooke Martin ’11, 11/12/16.

Shawn Allard ’12 and Rebecca Allard ’13, 12/29/16.

Christina Olindo ’12 and Matthew Hoover, 10/08/16.

Ryan McCauley ’12 and Vanessa Trankle ‘13, 9/17/16.
Ryan McCauley ’12 and Vanessa Trankle ‘13
Ryan McCauley ’12 and Vanessa Trankle ‘13

Sigourney Stelma ’12 and Shae Portner ’13, 10/02/16.

 

BIRTHS              

Rebecca Bouboulis Flaherty '05 and son
Rebecca Bouboulis Flaherty ’05 and son

Kevin Sharkey ’96 and wife Brandi, a son, Milo Ronan, 9/18/16.

Cherenne (Watford) Thomas ’98 and husband  Najib, a son, ‘Isa ibn Najib, 2/25/16.

Andrew Sensenig ’00 and wife Erica Buller, monozygotic twin girls, Kerstin and Linnea, 5/25/16.

Adaline Belle, daughter of Joseph Bauer '02 and Katarzyna (Dubowy) Bauer '02, '05M
Adaline Belle, daughter of Joseph Bauer ’02 and Katarzyna (Dubowy) Bauer ’02, ’05M

Joseph Bauer ’02 and Katarzyna (Dubowy) Bauer ’02, ’05M, a daughter Adaline Belle, 2/8/16.

Sarah (Spangler) McGraw ’03 and husband Jeff’03, a son, Evan John, 6/16/16.

Rebecca (Bouboulis) Flaherty ’05 and husband James, a son, James P Flaherty IV on 4/8/17.

Tiffani (Gonzalez) Rhen ’06, a son, Braxtin Allen Lee Rhen, 3/30/16.

Brad Clemens '10 and Alyssa Koch Clemens '12
Brad Clemens ’10 and Alyssa Koch Clemens ’12

Brad Clemens ’10 and wife, Alyssa (Koch) ‘12, a son, Graham on 3/12/16.

L Mackey ’10 and husband Brandon Jenkins ’11, a son, Lukas, 9/07/16.

 

DEATHS

Clyde R. Gamber Sr. ’47, Lancaster, died 12/16/16, at the age of 101. He spent much of his career as an educator and, later in life, worked in sales.

Edna (Horner) Falk ’49, Natchitoches, La., died 9/13/14, at the age of 95.

Daniel Sopchak ’52, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., died 5/30/15, at the age of 94. He was a communicant of St. Gregory Orthodox Church where he served several years as a financial secretary and chair member. He was employed for 32 years by IBM.

Roberta Fiorito ’53, King of Prussia, died 1/22/17, at the age of 84. She started her career at Willistown Township Elementary School and ended her career with the Upper Merion School District.

John Richard “Jack” Sheaffer ’53, Carol Stream, III, died 12/21/16, at the age of 85. He founded two west suburban engineering firms and built a reputation for creative solutions to issues in wastewater management and flood plan management.

Ethelmae (Auchenbach) McSparren ’55, Reading, died 2/08/17, at the age of 83. She taught 5th grade at Wayne Elementary School, then retired to raise her three daughters.

Andrew R Skitko Sr. ’57, Gilbertsville, died 7/11/15, at the age of 85. He taught industrial arts at Boyertown Area School District for 35 years.

Pearl (Fares) Dull ’59, Carlisle, died 11/26/16, at the age of 97. He was employed as an elementary teacher and reading specialist in the Penn Manor School District for 27 years.

Greg Newak ‘69
Greg Newak ‘69

Beatrice “Bebe” Shenk ’60, Bretheren Village, died 2/27/11 at the age of 93. She retired as a second grade teacher at the H.C. Burgard Elementary School in Manheim.

Margaret Knox ’64, West Hazelton, died 3/27/17, at the age of 74. She was retired from Greensburg Salem School District where she taught for 27 years.

Dr. Pearl W. (Martin) Brazier ’66, McAllen, TX, 1/16/16 at the age of 71. She received her Ph.D. in computer science and became the founding chairperson of the University of Texas-Pan American Department of Computer Science.

John Robert Clouser '70
John Robert Clouser ’70

Noah Krout ’69, Spring Grove, died 2/10/17, at the age of 73. He taught fifth and sixth grade in the Central York School District for 35 years.

Greg Newak ‘69, Scott Township, died 3/23/16, at the age of 68. He was employed as an industrial arts teacher at Abington Heights School District for 34 years.

John Robert Clouser ‘70, Miami, Fla., died 7/27/16, at the age of 68. He was employed at the Miami Dade County Department of Education.

Kathleen “Kate” Sitler ’71, East Hanover Township, died 11/5/16, at the age of 67. She retired from Hershey Entertainment and Resorts after 47 years of service.

Betsy Rock Diorio '72
Betsy Rock Diorio ’72

Betsy (Rock) Diorio ’72, Fort Myers, Fla., died 12/9/16, at the age of 67 in her home. Before retiring in 2010, she had a career working in Information Technology at the Ikea North American Headquarters in Plymouth Meeting and The Prudential in Fort Washington.

Edward Lauginiger ‘72, Linwood, died 1/16/17, at the age of 66. He was a teacher at the Academy Park High School in Sharon Hill for 39 years.

Orpha H Bauer ’74, a resident of Brethren Village, died 2/7/14 at the age of 94. She retired from the Visiting Nurse Association after 23 years, 17 spent as a supervisor.

Etta J. Bishop ’79, a resident of Brethren Village, died 4/9/15 at the age of 83. She was retired registered nurse of Brethren Village Retirement Community.

Cynthia (Smith) Hummel ’88, Strasburg, died 1/22/17, at the age of 50. She worked as a LNP correspondent, proudly serving her community by telling the news that affected her neighbors in their local community.

Gregory Samuel Tuson ’92, Chandler, AZ, died 7/30/14, at the age of 47. He was employed as a kindergarten teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School.

Karen (Buler) Baker ‘95, Exton, died 11/3/16, at the age of 42.  She was a senior resource manager for IMS Health for 16 years.

Andrea (Cocci) Emig ’00, ’06M, Willow Grove, died 12/28/16, at the age of 40. She was employed as an early childhood educator for the School District of Lancaster and other Lancaster County Districts.

 

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