Class Notes


Milt Diggins ’68/’78 M.Ed. wrote Stealing Freedom Along the Mason-Dixon: Thomas McCreary, the Notorious Slave Catcher from Maryland. This story of slave catching and kidnapping is told through the nefarious activities of a Maryland slave catcher and kidnapper, and his supporters. The book became a best seller for its publisher, the Maryland Historical Society, and is in its second printing. Diggins travels throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware and Washington, D.C., giving talks on the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and its contribution to the nation’s divide over the slavery issue.


Janice M. Imwold ’71, who retired in 2014 after teaching mathematics in Baltimore County schools for 43 years, found a second career as a mathematics master teacher
with TowsonUTeach. Her first students in the program will graduate next spring, she writes, “and it gives me great satisfaction to know that I had a small part in the continuing process of educating students who will educate students” in math and science.

Gerald T. Garland ’73 BUAD, managing director of Incite Consulting, was appointed to RF Industries’ board of directors. He has over 18 years of experience with the wireless
telecommunications industry, most recently as senior vice president of solutions development and product management for TESSCO Technologies.

William Rowe ’75 became the chief risk officer in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. He has served as deputy to the chief of staff and liaison to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation since 2006.

Renee Murdock ’78 BUAD became corporate responsibility officer for Key Bank’s Hudson Valley/Metro New York market, where she will oversee Community Reinvestment Act compliance. Murdock has more than 30 years of banking, community development and nonprofit management experience.


Dennis Caprio ’80 and his wife, Gayle, traveled to Jerusalem, Israel, last March.

Kevin Briscoe ’84 BS POSC has been appointed director of corporate communications and community of Ciox Health in Georgia.

Brett Matthew Smith ’84 HIST is the new athletic director for the Institute of Notre
Dame in Baltimore City.

Joel D. Albizo ’85 CCST, CEO of the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards, was elected president of the Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards,
where he will establish the budget, interpret bylaws and lead efforts for common sense regulations.

Joe Durham ’85 was promoted to commercial marketing executive for the Columbia Bank in Timonium, Maryland.

Charlie Shoemaker ’86 retired after 28 years as a teacher, 27 of which were at Wilde Lake High School in Howard County, where he established the alternative learning program for struggling students.

Ken Skresz ’86 DANC was appointed executive director of the Maryland State Arts Council. A certified dance and theater instructor for grades 6 through 12 in Maryland, he has designed and implemented arts education and professional development programs with a special emphasis on underserved populations. Skresz most recently worked as an educational program supervisor and coordinator of fine arts for the Maryland State Department of Education.

Todd Feuerman ’87 ACCT, director of Ellin & Tucker’s accounting and consulting department, co-presented two sessions at the Construction Financial Management Association’s 2017 Annual Conference and Exhibition last June. The sessions were “Leasing as We Know it vs. Leasing in the Future” and “Management Succession & Ownership Transfer Techniques.”

Lisa Eley ’88 BIOL published Thirteen Geese in Flight, a book that documents her experience coping with mental illness as an African-American woman.


Chad Chappell ’90 joined The Expo Group as national sales director. Most recently he was director of sales development for Visit Baltimore. He holds a Certified Meeting Professional designation and is a member of the International Association for Exhibitions and Events.

Alvin Anton ’93 ACCT is managing director of fixed income and chair of the investment committee for Summit Financial of Hunt Valley, Maryland. Previously, he spent 13 years with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield as the senior director of investments.

Amber (Erin) Rupinta ’98 CCMM, morning anchor for ABC 11 in Raleigh, North Carolina, hosted the 10th anniversary of the Carolina Music Awards, which honors Carolina music, spanning hip-hop, R&B, country, rock, American and bluegrass. She is a member of the Asian-American Journalists Association and the National Weather Association.

Michael Hardy ’99 ECON joined Duane Morris as a partner in the firm’s Baltimore office. He has extensive experience representing private equity investors and operating companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity securities and other strategic transactions.

Corey Witmer ’99 and his wife, Perry, welcomed their daughter, Robbie June, on March 18, 2017.


Ron Snyder ’00 CCMM wrote Wrestling’s New Golden Age: How Independent Promotions Have Revolutionized One of America’s Favorite Sports, which examines wrestling’s beginnings and the hurdles participants must overcome to become superstars.

Claire Otterbein ’00 ART became executive director of the Crisfield Heritage Foundation in June. She manages finances, fundraising and community outreach, along with coordinating volunteers, education programs, rentals and special events.

Marcella Tilli ’01 and Matt Peluso ’01 welcomed their second daughter, Giorgiana Ava, on September 26, 2016.

Kelly Holmes ’01 CCMM joined A. Bright Idea Advertising and Public Relations in Bel Air, Maryland, as a senior communications specialist. She has worked over 11 years working in retail and financial marketing, conducting strategic planning, project management, creative writing, graphic design and community outreach.

Kimberly McLaren ’02 KNES married Teodoro Bordador III on July 1, 2016, in Annapolis, Maryland. They now live in Louisville, Kentucky.

Charisse Montgomery ’02, whose son has a rare neuromuscular disease, has released a new self-advocacy and safety book series—The Super Safe Kids—to engage children and families in improving safety and quality in the home, hospital and community.

Jennifer Dugent Wolff ’04 ART was chosen from among 5,000 entries to receive a Certificate of Excellence from Graphic Design USA. Her company specializes in graphic design for print, multimedia, communications and social networking.

Shelley Morris Ferguson ’05 and her husband, Donnie, welcomed their first child, Amelia Vaughn, on June 9, 2017.

Tiffany Fountaine Boykin ’05 MS was appointed dean of student engagement at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland. She joined the college in 2016 as assistant dean of student services.

Kara Ball Fernandez ’08 is the 2018 Department of Defense Education Activity Teacher of the Year for the Mid-Atlantic District. Her recognition includes entry in the National Teacher of the Year competition. Fernandez teaches third grade at Delalio Elementary in North Carolina.

Preston Pehrson ’09 was promoted to director of player personnel for the football team at the U.S. Naval Academy.



Bryan Porter ’10 MS has been appointed to the board of trustees for the Baltimore Museum of Industry. A CPA and director at Ellin & Tucker, an accounting and business consulting firm, Porter will help guide the museum as it continues educating and engaging visitors and the community.

Laura Gilman ’10 MA, manager of the Kansas City aging program for Jewish Family Services, received the Field Instructor of the Year award for Avila University’s social work program.

Thomas A. Cossentino ’11 MUSC, an accountant with Myers and Stauffer in Owings Mills, Maryland, passed each of the four parts of the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination on his first attempt. He and his wife, Jen, were married in 2016 and reside in Hampstead, Maryland.

Matt Stuckey ’11 BUAD joined Northwestern Mutual in Baltimore as an associate wealth management adviser with Bell Wealth Management Group. A certified financial planner, Stuckey has a series of securities licenses as well as a Maryland Life and Health Insurance license.

Giavanna Parmer Grein ’12 published a children’s book, When Nilly met Nelly, the Hungry Hungry Ele, about a young banana farmer in India and a hungry, determined elephant.

Matt Sikorski ’12 and Charlotte Ridgeway ’14 discovered TU ties run long and deep, even atop Peru’s Machu Pichu. They spied a girl wearing a Maryland flag T-shirt and soon learned that Adrianna Morgan ’16 and Alie Waller ’17 were also TU graduates.

Dave Rybczynski ’14 M.S. MUED is director of fine arts at Mercy High School in Baltimore. He often plays saxophone with the BSO Pops and Several Species: The Pink Floyd Experience. He also freelances on woodwinds throughout Baltimore and Washington, D. C.

Andrew Lingelbach ’14 directed April’s Wish Race 5K that benefited Make-A-Wish, the foundation that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. A childhood cancer survivor, Lingelbach is an ACSM certified personal trainer at the Merritt Athletic Club in White Marsh, Maryland.

Cari Ashkin ’15 CCMM joined A. Bright Idea Advertising and Public Relations in Bel Air,
Maryland, as a communications specialist.

Kaitlin Wynne ’15 ART won Gourmand’s “Best Culinary Heritage Book” for her cookbook, I Nengkanno’ Guåhan: The Food of Guam. Authors from as many as 200 countries participate in the annual cookbook competition, according to Gourmand International’s website.

Michael Behrman ’17 BUAD has been hired by Heritage Financial Consultants as a clientrelationship manager.