Class Notes


DOROTHY BUCKINGHAM LOWMAN ’32 celebrated her 105th birthday in June. Born in Winfield in Carroll County, Maryland, she and two younger brothers were reared by an aunt after their mother died in a flu epidemic. After graduating high school, “Dot” enrolled at the Maryland State Normal School (now TU). She taught fourth or fifth grade for 40 years, first in her hometown of Winfield and later at Mount Airy Elementary. In 1941 she married Lester Lowman, who died in 2002. “Dot” has an assisted-living apartment at Homewood at Williamsport, where she amazes observers by walking to the dining room three times per day and reading a daily newspaper.


FRANCES BOND ’55, ’60, along with 39 other honorees, was inducted into the 2018 Maryland Senior Citizen Hall of Fame on October 25 at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, Maryland.


ROBERT FRISBY ’74 received an MA in history from National University in May 2018. A practicing dentist for the past 40 years, he plans to retire in two years and teach/tutor history for the love of it.

LESLIE HEIDEL JOHNSON ’76 retired from Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) on July 1. She began teaching in St. Mary’s County in 1977 and returned to Baltimore County in 1980. From 2000 until her retirement, she served as secondary mathematics resource teacher in the BCPS Office of Mathematics.

ROXANNE RUSSO ’77 taught first grade in the same classroom at the same school for 41 years. In June she retired from Middleborough Elementary School in Essex, Maryland, with congratulations and best wishes from colleagues and pupils.

JOHN REISINGER ’79 wrote The Secrets Behind the Structures, detailing the inside stories of famous and not-so-famous buildings and bridges. A retired civil and structural engineer, he has written a dozen history books and appeared on Mysteries at the Museum.

DON SAGER ’79 is the author of the illustrated/rhyming children’s book Sylar and the Sycamore Leaves, about a young child who learns a valuable life lesson in his grandfather’s treehouse. Sager lives in Nitro, West Virginia, with his wife, Betsy, and their dog, Luke.


RUSSELL L. BAUKNIGHT ’80, a founder and shareholder with Bauknight Pietras and Stormer, P.A. (BPA), has been named to the Word Board of Prime-Global, on the five largest associations of independent accounting firms in the world.

GERARD FLEURY ’80 has been appointed to the position of chief financial officer at Paragon Bioservices, the leading private equity-backed contract development and manufacturing organization. He previously was the CFO of Pharmaceutics International, Inc.

JUDITH HALL SIMON ’80 has published her second book, Secrets Revisited, now available on Kindle and in paperback. Described as “an inspirational survival story,” the book is “a rare reflective revelation of what happens within an alcoholic family and the lifelong effects.”

KIMBERLY BOOKER ZACCAGNINI ’81 was named Teacher of the Year for 2018 at Sacred Heart School in Glyndon, Maryland.

BEN FOWKE ’82, Xcel Energy’s chairman of the board and chief executive officer, was elected to Securian Financial’s board of directors at the company’s June meeting. In addition, The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal honored him as its 2018 Executive of the Year.

MICHELE HAUER ’83 joined the Baltimore-based continuing care retirement community Roland Park Place as its new director of community life. She has an extensive background in health care-focused nonprofit organizations.

DAVID M. SLAUGHTER ’83, president of M. Luis Construction and M. Luis Products Companies, has been appointed chairman of the Central Maryland Red Cross board of directors. He also serves on the governor’s Commission of Service and Volunteerism.

WILLIAM BURNHAM ’85 was appointed an administrative law judge in the Office of Administrative Hearings. He received his JD degree in 2005 from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

GREG F. AMANTE ’87 won the 2017 national Emmy award for Outstanding Sports Journalism for his ESPN documentary, The Dictator’s Team. The piece followed the Syrian national soccer team as it attempted to qualify for the World Cup in the midst of Syria’s civil war.

KAREN K. DAVIS ’87 is the associate vice president and chief nursing executive for
the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. She earned her MSN and PhD at The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.

TOM O’BRIEN ’87 has been named head coach for the men’s soccer team at Carroll Community College. He previously was assistant coach of the men’s soccer team at Stevenson University. He and his wife live in Eldersburg, Maryland.

STEPHANIE VERNI ’87 is a novelist whose work was featured in #ReadLocalDC Blog Hop. Now a professor at Stevenson University, she is the author of Beneath the Mimosa Tree, Baseball Girl, and Inn Significant.

MITCHELL WEINSTEIN ’89 is awaiting a heart and kidney transplant in Miami, Florida. Those wishing to contribute to his fundraiser can do so via HelpHopeLive, Two Radnor Corporate Center, 100 Matsonford Rd., Ste. 100, Radnor PA 19087, 800-642-8399. Donations should be marked “in honor of Mitchell Weinstein.”


TERRENCE CASEY ’90 was named the Alfred R. Schmidt Endowed Chair for Excellence in Teaching at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, where
he serves as a professor of political science.

CAROL MARCHANT GIBBS ’90 released her first book, Who Do You Say I Am?, a collection of life stories shared by the LGBTQ community.

CHANNING “CHIP” HARWOOD III ’90 was recently named chief financial officer at AmeriCU. A CPA, Harwood carries more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry.

LINDA SOOKMAN ’91 joined the healthcare team at Morpace Inc. As a quality and accreditation consultant, Sookman will work to expand the group’s client base.

TODD M. ABRAMOVITZ ’92 has been named the inaugural dean for the Arts and Humanities Division at Harford Community College.

DWANE ANDERSON ’92 assumed the role of associate vice president and executive director for the Campaign for San Jose State University.

IVONA BANHAM ’92 has joined the Carroll Health Group as a certified physician assistant. She will see patients with orthopedist Dr. Mark Blue in Westminster, Maryland.

IAN C. BURDETTE ’92 has been named senior managing director and head of trading and risk at Tribal Capital Markets, LLC.

BRETT S. LININGER ’93 was named chair of the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Government Affairs Practice Committee.

JENNIFER DAWSON WHITLOCK ’93 was promoted to principal at Mercer. She’s the communication leader for Mercer Marketplace 365 Retiree.

ANDREA DWYER ’94 was appointed president and chief executive officer of Sagepoint Senior Living Services in La Plata, Maryland.

WILLIAM L. KING III ’94 was named Rouse Properties’ managing vice president of leasing. He will lead two of its largest mixed use redevelopment projects in Burlington, Vermont, and Eatontown, New Jersey.

EUGENE BROWN ’96 was listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of construction litigation. He is a principal at the Maryland law firm of Kramon and Graham.

NEIL BLUMBERG ’97 won the Ann Rayner Academic Support Services Award, given to someone who exemplifies innovation through collaboration at Walden University, where Blumberg is an academic adviser.

LEROY “BENNY” HERMAN ’97 joined Williams Benator and Libby, LLP, as an assurance senior manager.

JACK MONELL ’97 published a chapter titled “A Preliminary Examination of Hegemonic Masculinity” in the Handbook of Research on Black Males.

NICOLE AYERS ’98 has been appointed as supervisor of special education in the Department of Special Education in St. Mary’s County Public Schools.

GLENNA EDWARDS ’98 is now principal at Margaret Brent Middle School in St. Mary’s County. Previously, she was principal at Piney Point Elementary School.

MARILYN LUEKING ’98 has written a children’s book, Mikey & Tom Cat. The book illustrates the importance of being kind and sharing.

J. PATRICK MILES ’98 was elected to the board of directors of The Arc Baltimore. He is senior manager and assistant vice president—enterprise marketing services at T. Rowe Price.

RUTH ROBERTS ’98 was named vice president of human resources at United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

DAVID DIAZ ’99 launched the Baltimore chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America. He is the vice president of finance at Constellation.

KARL MALICDEM ’99 returned to Maryland this summer to oversee the opening of the newest For Eyes store in White Marsh Plaza. He earned his doctorate from New England College of Optometry in 2006.

JEFF MARGESON ’99 was promoted to senior vice president of member experience for Northwest Federal Credit Union.

ELIZABETH “BETSY” REEDER ’99 published Madam’s Creek, her first novel.


MARY CATE GATES ’00 presented her spoken word poetry on June 10 at Evil Grin, a monthly poetry slam event at the Annapolis Bookstore.

JEFF BRAZIER ’01 is the new vice president of franchise development for Kiddie Academy, a childcare company with franchises in numerous states.

BRIAN LEVIN ’02 screened his work at Baltimore’s Charles Theatre in March. Originator of the online The Post Show, he has written for Spike TV, Comedy Central and wrote and produced Flock of Dudes. He is pursuing funding to produce movies in Maryland.

CHARISSE HODGES MONTGOMERY ’02 is the first lay member of the editorial board for Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. A former teacher, she is president of the Patient and Family Partnership Council at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and author of the Super Safe Kids books.

BRENDAN GALLAGHER ’03, a Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences teacher at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center, was named the STEM Educator of the Year by the Maryland Tech Council.

MIKE KRALEC ’03 was promoted to vice president of technical operations and deputy chief technology officer of Sinclair Broadcast Group.

JASON BERLIN ’04 recently finished editing the first season of Mad Dog Made on Discovery. He lives in Long Beach, California, with his wife and son.

KATIE DETHLOFF ’05 is the new assistant vice president of consumer lending at First Capital FCU.

LAURA DUGAN ’05 wrote a new adaptation of Little Women for Open Stage of Harrisburg, a professional regional theater in Pennsylvania. She also has had several articles published in The Burg, the Harrisburg area’s community magazine.

DORY SITKO ’05 recently accepted the position of senior project manager with Berry Consultants LLC, a statistical consulting firm focused on innovations in health care.

ANN-MARIE COBB ’06 was recently awarded a specialty credential called a Certificate of Added Qualifications from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She works full time at Adfinitas Health and part time at Kidney Medical Associates, both in Maryland.

MICHELLE ROSENHEIM ’06 was named executive director of The Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant, a continuing care retirement community in Ellicott City, Maryland.

STEVEN LESSNER ’07 has been promoted to associate professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College, where he has been a faculty member since 2015.

SEAN MILANI-NIA ’07 has been promoted to partner at Fox Rothchild LLP. He represents clients in the areas of construction law and government contracts.

BRANDI WALKER ’08 was named strength and conditioning coach for the University of Miami’s women’s basketball team.

ROCHELLE BROWN ’08 was selected as a participant of the 2018-2019 Kansas Society of CPAs Leadership Program. She is a tax manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.

LINDSAY BAUBLITZ ’09, vice president in SC&H Capital’s business valuation practice, was named a 2018 Very Important Professional by The Daily Record.

BRAD HENNESSIE ’09 is CEO of NextStep Robotics.

JORDAN TICE ’09 performed in June with his band, Horse Company, at a bluegrass music festival as part of the Summer Concert Series in Dummerston, Vermont.


JEREMIE GUY ’10 published the novel The Second of Seven.

GARRETT ANDERSON ’11 works as a financial adviser and was recently named to NAPA Net’s list of Top Retirement Plan Advisors Under 40. He is married to BETH ANN

DANIELLE CRAIG ’11 is an adjunct professor of women’s studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey and William Paterson University. She created a course called Women in Social Media.

KEVIN DUNN ’11 sold more than $18 million of WWE stock in July.

NELLIE GLOVER ’11 played the role of Marlow in the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s production of She Stoops to Conquer.

VAN BROOKS ’12 was named to The Daily Record’s list of Maryland leaders under 40. The honor is based on a person’s professional accomplishments, community service and a commitment to inspiring change.

WENDY KANTER ’13 is marking her 10th season as a volunteer coach with Girls on the Run of Central Maryland, a national nonprofit program that works to encourage pre-teen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles.

WHITNEY BAUSMAN ’14 published Partly Sunny, an “honest, humorous account of the transition to parenthood and the dichotomy of expectations versus reality.”

MATT FRY ’14 shot a 1-under par 69 to share the lead after the first round of the Maryland Open in July. He finished the golf tournament in a tie for 15th place.

JAMES MCCROBIE ’14 was named the 2018 Maryland Outstanding Educator Using Technology by the Maryland Society for Educational Technology. He is a social studies/STEM teacher for Wicomico County Public Schools in the NexGen STEM Academy at Salisbury Middle School.

GUY BROWN ’15 is an on-air meteorologist for WKOW in Madison, Wisconsin.

NICK FRUIT ’16, ERICA FEIDELSEIT ’16, and MOLLIE SINGER ’14 worked on the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Fruit acted in the play, Feidelseit was the assistant stage manager and Singer was the properties designer.

KRISTEN MAYGERS ’16 participated in Miami University’s Earth Expeditions global field course in Baja. She is a science teacher at Pine Grove Middle School in Baltimore.

MICHAEL CARMEN ’17 has been hired by Lee and Associates, a fully integrated commercial real estate brokerage and management firm, to focus on its industrial real estate brokerage.

MELVIN ANDERSON JR. ’17 joined the Institute for Defense Analyses as a computer systems support administrator in IDA’s Information Technology Directorate.

DARIA EDWARDS ’18 was named assistant sports information director at Penn State Abington.

KEVIN SODEE ’18 joined the tax department at Gross, Mendelsohn and Associates.