Class Notes

1950

Alice Lazarus Haber ’55 wrote Taking My Turn: Reflections, Convolutions and Honey the Talking Cat, a romp inside her inventive, opinionated and colorful mind.

1970

Charles A. Johnson ’70 became professor emeritus of political science and dean emeritus of liberal arts when he retired from Texas A&M University. He lives in College Station with his wife, Barbara Walkiewicz Johnson ’70.

Jay Rhodes ’71 retired after a dual career in bank management and coaching basketball. The former TU MVP basketball player and 1971 unsung hero serves on the city council, a hospital board and as a church deacon in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. He has been married for 45 years and has two children and three grandchildren.

William Owings ’73, professor of educational leadership at Old Dominion University, and his wife, published their 10th textbook, Organizational Behavior for School Leadership.

Philip Rubin ’74 retired after 41 years in civil service as a deputy chief investigator. He now works with his local rescue squad and spends time with his granddaughter.

Carmen Strollo ’78 MUED was inducted into the Maryland Entertainment Hall of Fame for being a member of The Admirals and The 2nd Coming, and for individual merit.

1980

Dancers Donna Reese ’81; Ken Skrzesz ’86, David Underwood ’88, Sandy Flynn, Dina Reyes ’88; Linda Bowen Hildebrand ’89, Denise Launais Taff ’89, Suzanne Miller-Corso ’89, Shari Vazquez Bickel ’91, Jerri-Lynn Pilarski ’91, Karen Campbell Kuebler ’91, Kristin Alessandroni ’92, Donnese Upson-Tyler ’92, Linda Cormier White ’92, Sandra Prehoda Harris ’92, Craig Yochem ’92 and Tracie Burton Hooper ’93 attended the Maryland Dance Education Association conference to see Helene Breazeale, TU professor emerita and founder of the TU dance program, receive the 2017 Living Legacy Award.

Dorthey Daniels ’81 MCOM celebrated 30 years with WSB-TV, the ABC News affiliate in Atlanta. An Emmy-winning producer, she is an executive producer of local programming.

Dennis E. Whitmore ’82, a pastor, author and radio host in Washington County, published Ponderings of a Pedaling Pastor, a book about his bicycling adventures across 13 states over 40 years.

David Rey ’84 BUAD, executive vice president at Salesforce, received an industry leadership award from the 2017 FedScoop 50 Award program.

Rob Wright ’84 MCOM, a lead 3D artist and senior compositor for CNN, received a News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Scenic and Lighting Direction for CNN Heroes, “The 10th Annual CNN Heroes All-Star Tribute,” broadcast in 2016.

William C. O’Meally ’85 was appointed assistant professor of family and community medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He will be coordinating a family medicine residency rotation in the emergency department at the Midtown campus.

Sam Polakoff ’86 BUAD published Hiatus, a sci-fi thriller about reuniting with deceased loved ones once a year for 24 hours.

 

Karen K. Davis ’87 was named associate vice president and chief nursing executive for the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Paul J. Ryan ’87 co-authored The Essential James Garner, about the actor’s television and movie career. He also obtained Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification.

Alison Bossert ’89 published Think before You Ink and Other Cautionary Tales, a collection of humorous essays and stories which explore her life, travels and kooky thoughts.

Seth Jeff Chanowitz ’89 published his second novel, Russia Rising, a spy thriller based on his experiences as an international
journalist and U.S. intelligence official between 1988 and 2016.

1990

Robert Fordi ’90 ECON, CEO and managing partner of Realterm Logistics, was appointed to the board of trustees of the Gunston School in Centerville, Maryland.

Lee Goldinger ’91 opened Swamilee’s Sports Cards & Outlet in Pennsauken, New Jersey. NFLer Sean Landeta ’84 and Kristin
Alessandroni ’92 attended the opening.

Roy Varghese ’91 BUAD is the chief information officer for fisheries of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Don Dunbar ’92, creative director at gyro, joined the board of directors of Girls in the Game, in Chicago.

Kathleen Pierson ’92 continues composing and playing for ballet and modern dance classes, currently at Bryn Mawr College.

Kelly Sheridan ’92 is the scholarship administrator for the Delaware Community Foundation. She is also the donor services administrator for southern Delaware.

Gayle Myrta ’93 M.A. GEOG retired after 21 years with the Department of Defense as a strategic industries analyst, researching foreign mining and metal industries.

Kurt Schertle ’93, COO of Weis Markets, was named the Pete Manos Retail Executive of the Year by the publishers of Food World and Food Trade News in November.

Keith L. Ewancio ’94/’07, a human resources specialist at Social Security, received the 2017 Excellence in Federal Career Silver Award from the Baltimore Federal Executive Board for volunteer service.

Jonathan B. Myers ’94 joined Barton & Loguidice as a senior managing engineer at the Lanham, Maryland, office.

Dionne Wallace Oakley ’94 M.S. was promoted to vice president of human resources and strategy at Erie Insurance in Pennsylvania.

April Force Pardoe ’94 celebrated the 10th anniversary of her interior design studio. Her projects have been featured in magazines and won awards. She is also on the 2018 advisory board for the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County.

Kay Albowicz Stimson ’95 is vice president of government affairs for Dominion Voting Systems, a firm that provides voting systems to more than 1,200 jurisdictions in the country.

George E. Brown ’96, of the Maryland law firm Kramon & Graham, was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2018 for his experience in construction litigation.

Eric Davis ’97, owner of Ocean City Appraisals, earned his 2nd degree black belt and the rank of Kyosei in Nihon Itto-Tenshin Ryu Kenjutsu from the Delaware Budokan Dojo. He is also president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge #4528.

Jack S. Monell ’97 earned his tenure and promotion to associate justice and program coordinator of justice studies at Winston-Salem State University.

Elizabeth Rosales ’97 and Jason McDuffie ’04 married on October 4, 2017.

Rebecca Gibson ’98 M.Ed., assistant professor of education at McDaniel College, teaches in the Department of Education and in the master’s degree program for reading specialists.

Frank DeSantis ’99, vice president of breakthrough innovation at Stanley Black and Decker, is a member of the SHIFT Society, which creates change and solves problems.

2000

Lauren Doyle Owens ’00 ENGL released her debut novel, The Other Side of Everything, which explores the vulnerability of living in an increasingly dangerous and fragmented world.

Matthew Nein ’01 PHED, head sports performance coach at Salisbury University, was named the 2018 College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Brian Levin ’02, writer for Spike TV, Comedy Central, Disney XD and Awesomeness TV, and producer of multiple films including “Flock of Dudes,” is pursuing funding to produce movies locally in Maryland.

Delora Sanchez ’02, senior vice president of Cornerstone Government Affairs, was featured on the cover of The Daily Record’s Path to Excellence, a magazine that focuses on successful women in business.

Jody Benedict Berinato ’04 is president of the Maryland Dental Hygienists’ Association.

Chris LaMartina ’07, a filmmaker and screenwriter, joined A. Bright Idea Advertising and Public Relations as director and producer of verbal and visual storytelling.

Joanne Brophy McGarry ’07 became a Nationally Board Certified teacher in December.

Kara Ball ’08 was a finalist for the Department of Defense Education Activity’s 2018 Teacher of the Year in Washington, D.C.

 

Nicole Wolosoff ’09 was promoted to president of Boston National Title’s New York office.

2010

Nyasia Mauchaza ’11 qualified for the Sanderson Farms Championship at the Country Club of Jackson in Mississippi.

Whitney Blomquist ’13 BUAD opened Untasked, which focuses on senior companionship, in-home organization and personal assistance.

Emily Greene ’13 joined the Baltimore law firm Kramon & Graham in its litigation practice.

Bradley Herson ’13 in his third year working for Monumental Sports & Entertainment in Washington, D.C.

Stephanie Menaker ’14 joined Gross Mendelsohn’s audit and accounting department.

Jake Handler ’15 wrote Rock on Billy, the story of a boy who is trying to become a famous rock star. Handler says children will enjoy the rhymes and pictures while parents will connect with the references to the Beatles, Monkees and Pink Floyd.

Patrick Kincius ’15 M.S. and Katie Valdes Kincius ’15 M.S. married on Sept. 2, 2017, and live in Rockville, Maryland. Numerous Towson alumni attended.

Michael Warns ’15 CCMM is an account supervisor following two years as a marketing coordinator at idfive, an advertising and marketing agency in Baltimore.