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Class Notes | 2019

Class Notes 2019

1950s

Paul Cunningham ‘56, Lancaster, honored by the McCaskey Alumni Association as a member of the Distinguished Alumni Class of 2019.

1960s

Nolt ’62

Joyce Weaver Nolt ‘62, ‘85M, Lancaster, received the 2019 McCaskey Alumni Association’s Susan J. Garafola Service Award.

Robert Clemm ‘63, Camp Hill, received a Congressional Honor from Rep. Scott Perry for his 60 years of service to the Camp Hill Fire Company. He is also a state-certified fire instructor for the Pennsylvania State Fire Company, instructor in the Fire Science program at HACC, and advanced from assistant fire chief to the company’s fire police division.

Roger Raspen ‘67, Trevose, and Tim Wissler ‘75, Lancaster, participated as basketball players in the 75-79 age group at the National Senior Games in Albuquerque, NM and came in fifth out of 17 teams.

1970s

John Bricker ‘71, Harrisburg, honored at the March of Dimes Chef’s Auction for his fundraising efforts in the annual March for Babies.

Sandra Messersmith Millin ‘72, Confluence, elected national president of Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865.

Millin ’72

Joan Detz ‘73, Philadelphia, authored “How to Write & Give a Speech” (St. Martins’ Press), which was translated into Chinese and published in Mainland China.

Robert Gibb ‘74, Lititz, retired as a senior programmer analyst after 45 years at Woodstream Corporation.

Penny Zioch Ray ‘75, St. Petersburg, FL, retired after 30 years as an elementary school teacher.

Robin Stryker ‘76, Lititz, retired in 2019 after 22 years as a 6th grade math teacher in the Ephrata Area School District.

Douglas Zima ‘77, Lancaster, achieved and continued to refresh his national registry paramedic certification since 1999.

Jamie Kegerise ‘78, Wilmington, DE, saved the life of Jeffery Onopa ‘78, Reading, a fellow alum and football teammate, after donating his kidney to him. Both are doing well.

Hansen ’79

James Kramer Jr. ‘79, Wiconisco, bested 40+ players to win the battle line card game tournament at the 2019 World Board Gaming Championships at the Seven Springs Resort in western PA.

Marilyn Hansen ‘79, Princeton Junction, NJ, recognized for her 37 years of service by President Eisgruber of Princeton University at the Service Recognition Luncheon in May 2019. Hansen is a staff member in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton.

Randy Swope ‘79, Mount Gretna, completed a boxing biography about Leo F. Houck.

Dave Witmer ‘79, Stuart, FL, published “Then Comes Evening” in May 2019.

1980s

Michael Callahan ‘80, Shavertown, retired in 2016 after 32 years of foreign language instruction as an educator in the Wilkes Barre, Mid Valley and Halifax Area school districts.

Kinsley ’81

Joni Hackett Lyon ‘80, Mechanicsburg, retired in 2017 after 24 years of teaching in the Lancaster, Hempfield and Cumberland Valley school districts.

Elizabeth Crum ‘81, ‘91M, Lancaster, retired after 34 years of teaching in the Penn Manor School District. She was named Penn Manor’s outstanding elementary teacher in 1999.

Susan Gottlieb ‘81, Lancaster, featured in the May 2019 issue of “Lancaster County Magazine.”

Lee Ann Kinsley ‘81, Elizabethtown, hired as a small business accounting services associate at Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz, a regional accounting firm.

Moore ’82

John Moore ‘82, Malvern, promoted to senior medical director at CVS Health Aetna overseeing southern Pennsylvania and all of New Jersey.

Joseph Ryan ‘82, Dallas, retired after 35 years of teaching in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District.

Kent Sweigart ‘84, Ephrata, retired from Cocalico School District after 35 years in public education.

Scott Davis ‘86, Bethlehem, promoted to principal at Washington Elementary School in Bangor Area School District after serving as elementary assistant principal in the Allentown School District for seven years.

Susan Williams Johnston ‘86, Macungie, received the 2019 Henry P. Becton Volunteer Impact Program Award for excellence and creativity in community service.

Davis ’86

Cheryl Irwin-Bass ‘87, Lancaster, hired as new strategic marketing director by Scheffey.

Brian Massar ‘87, Lancaster, promoted to vice president of global finance at Armstrong Flooring and is responsible for organizations in North America, China and Australia.

Sherry Vernick Ostroff ‘87M, Lititz, published her second book, a historical novel called “Caledonia.”

Jean DeVitto ‘88, Neptune, NJ, appointed executive director for the Division of Certificate of Need and Licensing at the Department of Health in New Jersey.

Johnston ’86

David Henriques ‘88, ‘91M, Millersville, elected as chair of the academic advisement and student development department at Millersville University.

Cynthia Schnee ‘89, Manheim, opened an online women’s clothing and accessory boutique called Schnee Way in May 2019.

Sarah Shirk ‘89, Manheim, received the Art and Design Award from the Technology Council of Central PA at the Women in Technology Awards Celebration in June 2019.

Nancy Young ’89, Lancaster, promoted to Regional Associate Relations Manager, VP at BB&T Bank.

1990s

Christine Churgai Bry ‘90, Ocean View, NJ, joined Cape May Brewing Co. in February 2019 as director of people operations. She leads the HR department for the production and distributing companies of one of New Jersey’s largest craft breweries.

Greg Ebersole ‘90, Columbia, promoted to assistant vice president/mortgage originator at Orrstown Bank.

Margaret Henry Meisner ‘90, Warminster, appointed research specialist with Doylestown Health Cardiology.

Nancy Folk ‘91M, Alum Bank, published a memoir titled “Fire Vision.”

Kennedy ’93

Madra Clay ‘92, Lancaster, promoted to local government policy manager at the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Governor’s Center for Local Government Services.

Robert Goshen ‘93, promoted to lieutenant for the York City Police Department in 2018.

Shannon Shearer Kennedy ‘93, Shelby, NC, announced as Rappahannock Community College’s next president. Kennedy has nearly 25 years of higher education experience and is a former television journalist.

Sue Barley Forry ‘94, Columbia, named area coordinator for Moms in Prayer International.

Kijowski ’94

Sherry Sharpe Kijowski ‘94, Camden Wyoming, DE, named the 2019 Delaware Secondary School Principal of the Year for Delaware. She was also named the 2014 Elementary Principal of the Year for Delaware.

David Hahn ‘95 and his wife Stefanie ‘98, Havertown, purchased Talone and Associates, a private investigation, process work and litigation company based out of Philadelphia.

Raquel Nierle ‘95, Wyomissing, joined Tompkins VIST Bank as a mortgage loan originator for the Berks County region.

Nierle ’95

Jen Robertson Strobel ‘95, Lancaster, recognized with the Athena Award from the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce.

Lynn Bierling ‘96, Media, recognized on the “Global Power 150 Women in Staffing,” published by the Staffing Industry Analysts, the global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions. Currently, she serves as senior vice president and principal at Apex Life Sciences.

Strobel ’95

Jodi Grajcar Zeis ‘96, Elgin, SC, graduated with a Ph.D. in teaching and learning from the University of South Carolina and recently began working as an assistant professor in the School of Education at Francis Marion University, where she serves as co-director of the Teaching Fellows program.

Joshua Doll ‘97, York, promoted to superintendent of the Dallastown Area School District after previously serving as assistant superintendent.

Bierling ’96

Ed Kobeski ‘97, Fredericksburg, VA, started a new job in April 2019 as a counterintelligence curriculum manager for the Center for Defense Security Excellence (CDSE).

Gabrielle Baker Wilcox ‘97, ‘00M, Canada, after earning her Psy.D. accepted a position as a professor of school psychology at the University of Calgary in 2013. Wilcox held the position of director of integrated services in education from 2016-2018. She was awarded tenure and rank as an associate professor in 2018.

Doll ’97

David Greineder ‘99, Mount Joy, hired as director of government affairs with Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.

Brian Keefer ‘99, ‘08M, Locust Grove, GA, named Henry County Schools Title I Principal of the Year and president of the Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals.

Suhail Khan ‘99, East Petersburg, promoted by Rettew as chief strategy of technology and facilities.

Wilcox, ’97, ’01M

Melanie Brooks Susi ‘99, Coatesville, appointed elementary principal at Shamona Creek Elementary School.

2000s

Keefer ’99

Greg Klopp ‘00, Hummelstown, promoted to vice president of information technology and appointed to the executive committee of Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company.

Tracy Leed ‘00, Strasburg, assumed a new role of financial systems analyst at Chester County Intermediate Unit.

Paulina Melin-Catepillan ‘00, Brooklyn, NY, promoted to director of alumni engagement at St. Joseph’s College, NY.

Susi ’99

Constantina Zavitsanos ‘00, Brooklyn, NY, featured in the September 2019 issue of “Art in America,” a prestigious art journal.

Peter Joseph ‘01, Stafford Springs, CT, helped one of his students achieve a perfect score on the Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics Exam. The student was one of only 113 students worldwide to receive a perfect score this year.

Pamela Neal Lindstrom ‘01,’08M, Blacksburg, VA, defended her dissertation, “Entering the Conversation: A Novice English Teacher’s Approach to Exploring Difference Using Dialogic Pedagogy.” Lindstrom graduated with her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in English Education in May 2019.

Scott Mackaro ‘01, State College, will lead AccuWeather’s scientific development and research operations, serving as the senior advisor on innovation and overseeing the advancement of new products and solutions in meteorology.

Martha Guiagua ‘02, received a promotion from senior accountant to supervisor at Trout, Ebersole & Groff.

Long ’02

Andrew (Andy) Long ‘02, Lancaster, has been working with entrepreneurs as the portfolio manager and entrepreneur-in-residence at the Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ TechCelerator at The Candy Factory in downtown Lancaster.

Emily Stafford ‘02, Lancaster, completed an MSN in family nursing studies at Frontier Nursing University in September 2019.

Heather Dubs Stehman ‘02, Gilbertsville, promoted to brand marketing manager at Rhoads Energy.

Wilson ’02

Michelle Wiley Wilson ‘02, ‘19M, Lancaster, inducted into the Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work.

Brooke Wiker Buttari ‘04, Levittown, assumed the role of executive director of alumni relations at The American College of Financial Services in King of Prussia.

Carter ’04

Brianna Glenn Carter ‘04, Shrewsbury, selected as a Teacher of the Year Top 10 Semi- Finalist for the second time in three years. Carter has been a teacher for 14 years, 11 of which have been in Baltimore city schools.

Mubarak Bashir ‘05, Rochester, NY, promoted to divisional director of workforce development at Urban League of Rochester. He was also inducted into the Pi Alpha Alpha honors society in his
masters program.

Linda Do Meier ‘06, Rockville, MD, started a new job as an operating room clinical nurse manager at Suburban Hospital.

Volski ’07

Jennifer Troupe Rummel ‘07, East Petersburg, hired as executive director of Greystone Manor Therapeutic Riding Center.

Chris Volski ‘07, Plantsville, CT, received an Emmy Award for outstanding live graphic design for the 2018 NFL Draft on ESPN.

Frank J. Imperial Jr. ‘08, Royersford, named shareholder of Clairmont, Paciello & Co.

Lisowski ’08

Tyler Lisowski ‘08, Nashville, TN, selected as the recipient of The Arc Tennessee’s Exemplary Educator Award. The award recognizes excellence in providing for the education of students with disabilities.

Jonathan Mimm ‘08, Downingtown, promoted to training and education manager, customer care with the American Board of International Medicine.

Mimm ’08

Kelley Hanks Waller ‘08, Lancaster, promoted to vice president at Masterpiece Marketing.

Michael Wenzel ‘08, Lancaster, named vice president of Lancaster Water Group.

Teresa Rineer ‘09, Washington Boro, joined WellSpan Ephrata Community Health Foundation as director of development.

2010s

Kaylee Guerra ‘10, Franklin Park, NJ, accepted a position as a team financial advisor with Merrill Lynch.

Rineer ’09

Julia Dunlop Lewis ‘12, Lehighton, promoted to senior account manager at El Toro Interactive.

John Scargall ‘12, Ridley Park, released a music video for his song “Send My Fur Angel” that he recorded after his family dog passed away and was endorsed by John O’Hurley.

Leilany Rivas Tran ‘12, Lancaster, began a new role as the first social worker to work for the Lancaster Bureau of Police.

Greg Durham ‘13, Omaha, NE, promoted to director of campus recreation at Creighton University in October 2019.

Gina Mazzuca ‘13, Pottsville, earned her masters and Ph.D. from Maryland in atmospheric science and finished her congressional fellowship. She accepted a job in Senator Durbin’s office as his environment and energy legislative assistant.

Shane McGrady ‘13, Pflugerville, TX, promoted to program/project manager consultant at Dell Technologies.

Brittany Parsons ‘13M, Boulder, CO, started a job as advocate manager at Sister Carmen Community Center in Lafayette, CO.

Shelby Rexrode ‘13, Harrisburg, hired as a policy officer at the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.

Gina Grier Rusiewicz ‘13, Gilbertsville, promoted to human resources business consultant at Vanguard.

Van Laar ’13

Amanda Van Laar ‘13, Hellam, recipient of the 2019 Camelot’s National Teacher of the Year Award. Van Laar is an art teacher at Phoenix Academy in Lancaster.

Jassinya Alvarado ‘14, Lancaster, graduated from Grand Canyon University in May 2019 with a master’s in educational administration and began a new position as coordinator of school climate at the School District of Lancaster.

Sulynn Lopez ‘14, Pittsburgh, promoted to physician recruiter at Allegheny Health Network.

Richard McClatchy ‘14, Norristown, started a new job as a project manager for Signant Health.

Miller ’15

Ben Kerr ‘15M, Clearfield, has been hired as Penn State’s new director of football administration.

Madison Miller ‘15, London, UK, became life coach certified in 2019 and was accepted into a Ph.D. program that focuses on music and meditation.

Jenna Waite Frick ‘16, Lancaster, started a new job as a scientist for Viral Safety Testing Services.

John Nikolaus ‘16, Columbia, promoted to assistant project manager at Benchmark Construction.

Ashley Duross Matthews ‘17, Mount Joy, promoted to press secretary for Pennsylvania State Treasurer Joe Torsella in May 2019.

Nikolaus ’16

Kristen Schnell ‘17, Aberdeen, MD, promoted to case manager at the Arc Northern Chesapeake Region.

Nicholas Aquilino ‘18, Tannersville, began a new job as a chemical technician at A.W.R.S. Hazardous Waste Specialists.

David Christopher ‘18, appointed superintendent of schools in the Cumberland Valley School District.

Lexis Lipko ‘18, Thornton, CO, hired as a social media and marketing coordinator with Coleman Natural Foods.

Schnell ’17

Emmali Montgomery ‘18, East Petersburg, promoted to technical lead while maintaining a role as a software engineer at Seisan Consulting LLC.

Andrew Mossbrooks ‘18, Sunbury, hired by the Peoria Rivermen as their new play-by-play broadcaster and director of media relations.

Froylan Fernandez ‘19, Madison, WI, started a Ph.D. program in inorganic chemistry at the University of Wisconsin- Madison while holding a position as teaching assistant.

Christopher ’18

Kyle Fiorelli ‘19, Morton, started as a business development representative at Strategic Connection.

Sunflower Greene ‘19, Lancaster, hired as a graduate assistant for Bloomsburg University Cross Country/Track and Field.

Gabriella Licata ‘19, Hummelstown, hired as an audit staff accountant at Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz Team, a regional accounting firm.

Licata ’19

Sardis Melo ‘19, Wyomissing, hired as an admissions counselor for Alvernia University and will be starting at Purdue University Global to pursue a master’s degree in student affairs in January.

Kate Spang ‘19, Palmyra, promoted to general assistant manager of customer operations at Old Navy.

WEDDINGS

Sandy Aberts ‘94 and Scott White, 4/14/19.

Erick Macek ‘02 and Laura Macek, 12/1/18.

Erick Macek ’02 and Laura Macek

Brooke Wiker ‘04 and Brian Butarri, 6/10/19.

Amanda Dowhen Zuschmidt ‘05 and Brian Zuschmidt, 6/21/18.

Amanda Dowhen Zuschmidt ’05 and Brian Zuschmidt

Lauren Ramspacher ‘10 and Eric Updegrove, 4/20/19.

Colleen Maguire ‘11 and Robert Moore, 5/30/19.

Gina Grier ‘13 and Neil Rusiewicz ‘14, 7/23/16.

Jenna Waite ‘16 and Kyle Frick, 2/15/19.

BIRTHS

Robert Clark ‘95 and wife Helen, a daughter, Piper Jane Clark, 8/22/19.

Clark ’95

Rasheeda Boatright King ‘95 and husband Jamarr, a son, Jamarr Eric King, 11/8/18.

Matthew W. Stoltzfus ‘02 and wife Kathy, a son, Jaxon Matthew Stoltzfus, 8/5/19.

Linda Do Meier ‘06 a son, George Meier, 5/23/19.

Lindsay Deneen Keller ’06 and husband Nathan, a son, Jacob Donald Keller, 4/3/19.

Ellen Richardson ‘08 and husband Jason Stoltzfus ‘03, a son, Micah Paul Stoltzfus, 6/5/19.

King ’95

Gina Grier Rusiewicz ‘13 and husband Neil ‘14, a son, Rowan Rusiewicz, 6/15/18.

PASSAGES

Robert J. Labriola, Dean of Graduate Studies and Extended Programs, Emeritus, passed away on 7/9/2019 in Bradenton, FL at the age of 89. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Mary Nyce Landt ‘41, Harleysville, age 97, passed away on 8/13/2017.

Mary Sheaffer Kammerer ‘43, Lancaster, passed away on 7/14/2019. She is survived by her daughters and grandchildren.

Jean Miller Bell ‘58, Ocean City, NJ, passed away peacefully at age 82 in her hometown of Ocean City, NJ on 9/1/2019. She graduated from State Teachers College (Millersville University) at the age of 20 with a bachelor’s degree in education and later got her master’s degree in the art of teaching from Marygrove College. She taught at Ocean City High School for over five decades.

Charles Hartman ‘58, Columbia, passed away on 10/22/2019. He is survived by his wife, siblings, three children, six grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

John McHenry ‘58, York, passed away on 9/12/2019. He taught for seven years at Donegal High School and retired from York City Schools in 1986 after 32 years of teaching. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Carol Grain Martin ‘62, Lancaster, passed away on 10/21/2019. She taught in Lancaster City schools and eventually ran a daycare for over 30 years.

Edward J. Burnheter ‘64, passed away on 12/21/2018. Burnheter spent most of his career as a high school teacher, specializing in teaching photography and graphic arts at Council Rock High School North in Newtown, PA. He is survived by his daughter, Jocelynn Wiernicki, and his third wife, Judy McVaugh.

Mary Irion ‘66, Willow Street, passed away on 10/16/2019 at the age of 96. She was a member of the Academy of American Poets, Poets & Writers, and a fellowship of the Society for the Arts, Religion, and Contemporary Culture. She is survived by her husband, son and two grandchildren.

Bernard McGrann ‘67, Lancaster, passed away on 10/2/2019. McGrann was a prominent businessman and community member who loved classic cars, dogs and college football. He is survived by his wife, two sisters and son.

Carol Isenberg Pyle ‘67, Glen Dale, WV, passed away on 8/26/2019 at the age of 74.

Maria Herner ‘70, Dover, passed away on 5/11/2019 at York Memorial Hospital surrounded by her family. She was the loving wife of Alvin Herner ’70 for over 47 years.

David Krum ‘70, Sellersville, passed away on 1/11/2018 at the age of 70. He was a lifelong member of Emmanuel Evangelical Congregational Church in Hatfield, where he served on the board for many years. Krum was also heavily involved with the Laymen Playmen in Hatfield.

Alletta Puskar Bowers ‘73, Lancaster, passed away on 9/25/2019. She was a media specialist and high school teacher at the West Chester Area School District for 40 years. Bowers is survived by her husband, daughter and son.

Debra Brenner Gainer ‘74, Lancaster, passed away on 9/4/2019 at the age of 66. Gainer worked in the Lancaster City School District for 35 years at Martin Luther King Elementary School. Outside the classroom, she loved her family, friends and dogs.

Witmer ’96

Michael Boone ‘86, Millville, passed away on 10/7/2019. He is survived by his mother, two sisters, nephew and niece.

Diane Rehrig Hughes ‘87, Port Orange, FL, passed away on 8/14/2019 at the age of 53. She is survived by her loving husband, her three children, mother, brother and many friends.

Keith Weaver ‘87, Gladwyne, passed away on 9/9/2019. He was a Raymond Mullin Award recipient and is survived by his children, Grace and Matthew Weaver, and wife Pam Johnson.

James T. Brown Jr. ‘94, Lancaster, passed away on 9/25/2019. He worked at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals as a computer programmer and as a substitute teacher in many of the Lancaster County school districts. He was a past president of the Paradise Sportsman’s Association and a member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association.

Weidman

Carol Leaman Witmer ‘96, Lancaster, passed away on 6/27/2019 at the age of 60. Witmer taught elementary grades at Locust Grove and in the Penn Manor School District. Outside the classroom, she enjoyed sewing, home decorating, rehabbing houses, cooking, kayaking and her church worship group.

Joan Weidman, Millersville, passed away on 6/25/2019 at the age of 85. She was a television pioneer before becoming a secretary at Millersville University for over 30 years.

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