Class News - General Updates
Edited by Amanda D'Assaro
In the spring 2009 issue of Rollins Magazine, we reported the deaths of college sweethearts Thomas and Joyce Yeomans Dreier–Hagood. The two had rekindled their romance at their 48th class reunion at Rollins in 1998 and were married February 14, 2000. After eight blissful years of marriage, Thomas passed away August 9, 2008, and his beloved wife a short eight weeks later of a broken heart. Thomas left behind two daughters, two sons, three stepchildren, and 19 grandchildren. Joyce is survived by a son, two daughters, and two grandchildren.
’51 | Lucy Bright Thatcher, who recently turned 80, would like to hear from her classmates. She writes, “We visited a niece in Winter Park last year and had lunch at Dubsdread—brought back happy memories of golfing there.”
The Peter T. Fay Jurist-In- Residence Program at the University of Florida Levin College of Law was named after Peter Fay, a senior judge of the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals who graduated from the College in 1956. The Program will bring judges to the law school to provide insight to students and faculty on issues such as judicial process, substantive law, trial and appellate advocacy, and routine law practices.
’52 | Mary Skook Bailey, pictured with Robin Merrill Ogilvie and Ellie Smith Friedman, received The President’s Volunteer Service Award for her 17 years of dedicated service to Florida’s Broward and Palm Beach counties.
’55 | The Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington, DC presented Jo Ann Lucas Porter with the 2008 Jill Blakeman Guide of the Year Award for her service as Chair of International Tourist Guide Day and volunteer work during the holiday season.
’56 | Adele Fort Kirkpatrick lost her husband, Jeff, March 28, 2009.
’57 | Joan Bennett Clayton lost her husband, Charles, January 9, 2009.
’58 | Shelby Hiatt Benson’s non-fiction novel Panama was published September 28, 2009. She writes, “I love hearing about my class of ’58. Keep the news coming.”
’59 | Vero Beach artist Guerrie Brown Miller was featured in the November/December 2008 issue of Vero Beach Magazine for her former career as a 1960s flight attendant for Pan American World Airways (Pan Am).
On October 22, 2008, Bob Stewart threw the first pitch in game one of the World Series, Philadelphia Phillies at Tampa Bay. Bob retired in November 2008 after 24 years as a city councilman and county commissioner for St. Petersburg and Pinellas counties.
’64 | The Life and Work of Father Johann Ludwig Schneller: Founding Father of the Syrian Orphanage, “Schneller Institute,” in 19th-century Jerusalem was translated into English with additional material by Ramsay Bisharah.
The November 2008 issue of Scientific American referenced an article written by Russell Friedman that refutes the “alleged stages of grief.”
’66 | Throughout December 2008, landscape paintings by Greeley Wells were on display during “First Friday ArtWalk” at Headwaters Gallery in Ashland, OR.
’67 | Avid road cyclist Ashton Harcourt participated in the Bike and Build’s charitable Capital Ride in July 2009 to benefit Multiple Sclerosis and Habitat for Humanity. His ride lasted for two weeks, starting in Richmond, VA, continuing through DC, and ending in Philadelphia. The event included two days of helping build homes in the greater DC area and Philadelphia. Ashton reports that thanks to his supporters, he exceeded his fundraising goal of $1,400.
’70 | Gaby Forster-Kohn writes, “Consulting and corporate boards, aside from leisure traveling, have me in different cities, active and involved. I recently opened a Chapter of Women Corporate Directors in Miami. In ‘real-life’ I enjoy the great privilege of being a grandmother.”
’72 | Holly Rogers was appointed director of programs at Canterbury Retreat and Conference Center in Oviedo, FL.
Lenni Yesner and husband Steven Wilson ’70 relocated to Phoenix, AZ to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Lenni hopes to create some artwork and personalize poems online while Steve continues to sell custom-tailored clothing and work as a national sales representative for a Hong Kong clothing company.
’75 | Terrie Egert Wood was elected state representative for the 141st District (CT). She has been active in various political and community organizations, including serving as cofounder of the Darien Environmental Group and secretary of the Republican Town Committee.
Karen Thrun Heyden is a licensed massage therapist who started a new business named Massage and Healing. She also earned her first-degree black belt in karate in December 2008. Karen’s son, Brendan Hildreth ’09, graduated from Rollins with a BA in mathematics.
’76 | GrayRobinson, P.A. announced that John Brennan is among 49 of its attorneys who were selected as 2009 Florida Super Lawyers, an exclusive list of outstanding lawyers in more than 70 practice areas.
’77 | Bobby Reich and Don Warrington met up with swimmer Carson Nicely ’09 in Knoxville, TN to celebrate Carson’s graduation from Rollins and do a little cave exploring.
’78 | In 2003, Susan Rohrer founded Children of Tanzania, which provides educational support to children living in impoverished areas of the African country. With each project, the organization strives to integrate the educational system into the lives of children, providing them with the opportunities for a successful future. (Read her profile.)
’79 | In 1997, Danny Cook retired from the Memphis Police Department and relocated to Cape Canaveral, FL, where he was stationed in the U.S. Air Force and attended Rollins at Patrick Air Force Base.
Tennis titans Bev Buckley ’75 (Rollins women’s tennis coach), Felicia Hutnick, former Rollins women’s tennis coach Ginny Mack, and the late Nancy Corse Reed ’55 (see memorial tribute) recently enjoyed one another’s company at a dinner party.
Brad Syckes, who began his career at Central Florida’s WESH-TV (“At that time, I knew how to change the channel and turn a TV on!”), recently celebrated 34 years in the film and broadcast industries.
’80 | With more than a decade of experience in the film industry, Jody Kielbasa, former executive director of the Sarasota Film Festival, accepted the position of director of the 22nd annual Virginia Film Festival. The Festival, which will feature a “Funny Business” theme, will take place November 5 - 8, 2009 at the University of Virginia and surrounding venues.
’81 | Cindy Nill relocated from Long Island to Charlotte, NC in 1992. She has worked for Bank of America for the past 10 years and currently is a CPA and vice president/compliance manager for the bank’s legal entity transactions sector. Cindy writes, “I would be happy to hear from old friends.”
Tracey Robinson entertains children and families as Lady Dibble the Storyteller. All of her stories are original works, many based on characters she has created and international locations she once called home. Tracey can be reached at email@example.com.
’82 | Stacy Portner Ritter sends news that she was re-elected without opposition to the Broward County (FL) Board of County Commissioners on November 4, 2008 and was sworn in as mayor of Broward County on November 18, 2008. She writes, “During this past year, I was proud to serve as the Broward chair and state co-chair of the Obama for America campaign and also was a member of the National Finance Committee.”
’83 | Stephen Altier ’85MBA writes, “Our oldest child Casey, 19, just completed her first year at FSU and is studying zoology—she takes after Judy [McEvoy ’80]! Casey is recovering very well from her recent battle with a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma. She spent her entire senior year of high school in the hospital and endured nine months of intense chemotherapy at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. Today she is cancer-free and doing great! I want to thank all of my Rollins friends who offered us support during that difficult time, especially Richard Watkins. Jake, 16, is catching for Riverview High School. Sommer, 10, is playing the violin like her big sister. I am now working with Seaside National Bank in Sarasota.”
’84 | Zachary Dunbar introduced his recent productions, The Year of the Pig and Quaternary, to London audiences in February. Quaternary was featured at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.
’85 | Michael Tyson was certified as a circuit mediator by the Supreme Court of Florida. A litigation attorney for the Orlando-based practice, he is active in pro bono work and donates his time and services to Legal Aid and its Homeless Advocacy Project.
Craig Polejes has taken on the role of chief executive officer of Florida Bank of Commerce, which he founded in 2005.
’86 | Kevin Smith, Ph.D. was promoted to professor of physics at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in July 2008 and recently completed a two-year tour as a visiting professor at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, RI. He was designated as the director of outreach (East Coast) at NPS in September 2008 and now works in the Washington, DC area.
’87 | Thad Altman won his state seat for District 24 (FL). Thad has a history of public service, serving as a member of the Brevard County Board of Commissioners, the Regional Planning Council, and the Florida Legislature. During his tenure in the House of Representatives, he was chair of the Committee on Education Innovation and Career Preparation and vice chair of the Committee on Space and Technology. He also serves on the boards of Space Florida and Workforce Florida.
Adriana Delgado writes, “I am very happy and successful. I love my house and my new puppy. I hope to be able to receive my law degree soon. I obtained a master’s in public relations and marketing at Florida International University in Miami in 1993. I miss my old friends and the college atmosphere itself.”
’88 | Sharon Ostern recently joined AAA as a field services agent, bringing with her more than 20 years of experience in risk management and broker services. She is enjoying her career in the membership and sales office in Palm Springs, CA.
Claudia Park ’06MHR is temporarily working in Singapore as a project manager for a new theme park. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
’89 | Richard Eustis left his position as partner of Greenwald Powers & Eustis LLP to start his own criminal defense and civil litigation practice in Southborough, MA. He recently appeared as a guest on CNN and The O’Reilly Factor.
’91 | Laura Hope-Gill is executive director of the Asheville Wordfest Poetry Festival (ashevillewordfest.org), which presents poetry as citizens’ journalism. She is now accepting advance orders for her first collection of poetry, titled The Soul Tree: Poems and Photographs of the Southern Appalachians and published by Grateful Steps Publishing (gratefulsteps.com).
Derrick Henry was elected to the Daytona Beach City Commission, capturing 63 percent of the vote during the primary election December 16, 2008. Henry writes, “I had a blast on the campaign trail.”
Following his career as tennis pro at a Connecticut country club, Robert Ober became an art dealer and opened Ober Gallery in Kent, CT, where he also teaches history at the Kent School. His gallery is recognized for its unique display of Soviet Nonconformist art.
’92 | Timothy Hawkins received a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at Florida Gulf Coast University in December 2008. He continues to teach and coach golf and baseball at Riverdale High School in Fort Myers, FL.
’93 | Mary Pelham works as a neuropsychologist at Moss Rehab in Philadelphia. Her son, Noah, is two years old.
Carin Ohnell teaches eighth-grade math at Dolan Middle School in Stamford, CT.
Carter Gray Rakovski is a sociology professor and vice chair of the sociology department at California State University, Fullerton.
’94 | Yecenia Dawson Riley, who recently celebrated 12 years of marriage to husband Greg, is pursuing a master’s degree in psychology at the University of Phoenix and practicing social work. She is an infant family specialist who works with visually impaired children (and those with other diagnoses) and their families. She writes, “Our children, Bishop, 8, and Braxton, 4, are growing beautifully. I reconnected with two Rollins friends, Kyle Turner ’92 and Maria Bryant ’93. My family and I are excited and proud to have Barack Obama as our president…this has been the life-changing event of our lifetime.”
Civil litigation attorney Auden Grumet, Esq. was recognized as a Rising Star in the March 2009 editions of Super Lawyers and Atlanta magazines. The Law Office of Auden Grumet, LLC in Atlanta specializes in consumer, construction, and tort law.
Shannon Huber Harrison and her Kappa Kappa Gamma (KKG) sisters Kate Gillette, Heather Sward Duncan, Suzanne Jarrett Melan, Nicole Berg Carter, Nancy “Holly” Hollingsworth Phillips, Christine Holden Semcer, and Noelle Bither Heckscher enjoyed their 1992-95 KKG pledge class reunion in February 2009. Huber, who helped plan the alumni-driven weekend, writes, “We all loved seeing Winter Park again, and the girls at the Kappa House were so hospitable. We all agreed that the campus looks wonderful and were all a little sad we are no longer in school in such a beautiful setting.”
Hiram Norman, vice president of digital media for Warner Bros. Television, lives in Sherman Oaks, CA with his wife, Megan, and daughter, Sarah.
Derek Ohlms earned a doctorate in education policy from Vanderbilt University in 2004 and now works as a consultant in St. Petersburg, FL.
’96 | Orlando International Fringe Festival veteran Scottie Campbell directed this year’s Welcome to Hell, written by local stand-up comedian Jeff Jones. The production, which ran in May, hinges on the idea that “we all know that orientations are hell, so we can only imagine what an orientation for hell would be like.”
Ashley Hoven served as music coordinator for the 2008 Global Peace Film Festival that screened 47 films from 15 countries at Rollins, the Winter Park Public Library, the Orlando Science Center, and the Gallery at Avalon Island. Music was also included at the Gallery at Avalon Island event, marking the first time to incorporate music into the Festival program. Ashley writes, “Would love to work with other alumni and faculty to expand the music program to Rollins as was requested by Rollins students this year.” She can be reached at ashleyhoven@ mac.com.
Kate Ogden McCauley (see Family Additions) and her family live in Suffolk, England, where her husband, Mathew, is a clinical psychologist with the U.S. Army and she is the head of a college performing arts department.
Jennifer Thompson Bain (see Family Additions), a life insurance agent with Family Guardian Insurance, and her husband, Brian, are parents to six children, ages 1- 10.
In 2008, Doug Satzman moved his family to Seattle from San Francisco and was promoted to vice president of business development and license stores for Starbucks Coffee.
’97 | Due to the current state of the economy, Peter Castiglione resigned from his position as senior operations manager of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and now enjoys great success as a casino dealer. He writes, “The reduced stress is really helping me to recharge after nearly eight years in management, and being able to play a game as my living is wonderful.”
Felipe Pinzon is the president of the alumni association for the Alpha Mu Delta chapter of Chi Psi at Rollins. He lives in Tampa and is currently working to establish a medical software startup company as well as operate a wireless solutions company.
In 2006, Fred Wingate (see Family Additions) and his wife, Ellen, founded a pest control business in Charlotte, NC.
’98 | Krista Easom Goodin works for C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates, a civil engineering consulting firm.
Amalee McCoy (see Weddings) writes, “We’re both living and working in Bangkok, with David working with Oxford University and myself with the United Nations Children’s Fund.
Christine Kelly Oliver, who has served as an educator for 11 years in North Port, FL, currently is a data coach at Heron Creek Middle School. She and her husband, Ryan, have two sons, Joey, 4, and Jack, 1.
Stacey Schwenck Locascio lives in a Virginia suburb five miles outside of Washington, DC with her husband, Anthony, who works for MC Dean, Inc. as an electrical engineer. The couple is looking forward to starting a family in the near future. Stacey is an independently contracted paralegal currently working for a firm that specializes in patent law and litigation of the Food and Drug Administration. She writes, “It seems like just yesterday I was on campus as a student stressing about grades. Now I stress about politics, law, and the socialization of medicine. I constantly have to remind myself that I am not 18 anymore, but I still like to have fun! There’s so much to do where I live. Dropping by Washington, DC? Give me a shout at sschwenk@ yahoo.com!”
’00 | Miguel de Arcos is the owner and director of Sperry Van Ness, a national commercial real estate firm.
Rosemarie Brownell Goldman is a stage manager for Blue Man Group in New York City.
Rebeca Evantash was promoted to marketing and promotions director at Cartoon Network and Adult Swim.
Greg Goldman sends news that he is engaged.
Eva Kotylak relocated to Pasadena, CA from Atlanta. She writes, “Looking forward to meeting up with any West Coast Rollins alums.”
Whitney Luckett ’02MBA sold her boutique, The First Resort, A Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store, in Nashville, TN and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a job opportunity.
Eleanor “Nellie” Martine Lackman works as an associate for the intellectual property, media, and technology practice group of Lovells LLP at the New York office.
David O’Brien owns BrightLine Construction, a commercial concrete construction firm in Philadelphia.
Brian Stuart-Young moved back home to Antigua, where he built and now operates a datacenter that administers credit card transaction processing for companies such as Visa. He reports that he is engaged and plans to get married this year.
Adam Zions was promoted to manager of environmental sciences at Avid Group.
’01 | Stacey Coffman ’04MLS reports that she was engaged on October 31, 2008 and is currently pursuing a doctorate in human development at Fielding Graduate University.
Jeff Cyr is attending Delta Connection Academy in Sanford, FL and studying to become a commercial airline pilot.
After being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, Richard Farrer is pursuing an MBA/MHA dual degree.
Erik Hougland sends news that he and his wife are adopting a baby boy. Erik is a flight project manager responsible for implementing experiments occurring on the International Space Station.
Nicole Maggio works with children, adolescents, adults, and families as a clinical psychologist at a private practice in Altamonte Springs, FL.
Jennifer Mount (see Weddings) works for Harris Corporation in Rochester, NY in the international finance department.
Ryan Philips (see Weddings) is the sales manager (South Florida) for Vulcan Materials.
Julie Smith (see Family Additions) works as a wine distributor for GOS Wines in Orlando.
Judith Toothe resides in London and works for Franklin Templeton Investments.
On May 9, 2009, Jessica Torres graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois with a master’s degree in clinical psychology.
’02 | Brad Carlson lives in Los Angeles, where he works in the entertainment industry managing celebrity clients. He writes, “Go Tars!”
Ashley Hay Dehner (see Family Additions) accepted a job as staff attorney for the Kentucky Court of Appeals.
Scott Filter currently works with the U.S. Department of Education as a management program analyst in the office of post-secondary education in the office of federal TRIO programs.
Robin Gargano Weaver (see Weddings), who lives in Boca Raton, FL, has owned and operated the marketing and public relations company R.A. Associates since 2003. She recently formed Social Graces ~ Parties with Panache, an extension of R.A.A. that concentrates on special events.
In November 2008, Devon Gursky bought a home with her fiancé in Winter Garden, FL. The couple plans to marry November 6, 2009.
Erin Heximer accepted a job on the VIP floor of Cedars Sinai Medical Center in California after graduating from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in July 2008.
Heather Houck Hunter (see Weddings and Family Additions) and her family moved back to Orlando and are currently leasing their Mount Dora home.
Managing partner Kevin Kroll ’04MBA co-founded Orange Crown Holdings, a private-equity real estate investment and development community, with Ryan von Weller ’04MBA.
Christiana Laventure Thorton was named vice president of government relations for the New Hampshire Bankers Association, the statewide trade association that represents and serves all banking institutions in the State of New Hampshire.
Chandra Leigh worked on casting and producing hit reality shows Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance.
Jessica Crumlish Marron lives in New York City with her husband, Jonathan, and teaches eighth-grade English at a public school in the Bronx.
Lara May obtained a doctorate in pharmacy in May 2009 and plans to pursue a residency.
Bessie Newman ’09MBA (see Weddings) was promoted to investment consultant for The Newport Group in Lake Mary, FL.
Jaime Oelke relocated to Ponte Vedra Beach, FL in August 2008 to continue her career as senior account executive for 1st Place Volleyball.
Todd Raible is an investigator for the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. He lives by the ocean, where he enjoys surfing, fishing, and other water-related activities.
Noah and Chrissy Coloma-Rosenblatt (see Family Additions) met in 1998 at Rex Beach Hall and have been together ever since. They reside in New Jersey and look forward to visiting Winter Park soon.
Anne Shaner Hainey (see Weddings and Family Additions) was a second-grade teacher for four years following graduation and worked for a mutual fund in Washington, DC in 2006. She now enjoys being a stay-at-home mom.
Attorney James Singler was elected to the board of trustees of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He has experience in areas such as probate and trust administration, corporate law, and business planning, and volunteers his time and services to a number of organizations, including the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati and The Heartland Homecare Hospice. In 2005, James graduated as valedictorian from the University of Dayton Law School.
’03 | Kelly Abraham Bosscher (see Weddings) earned a doctorate in physical therapy and currently practices at an outpatient clinic in Jupiter, FL. In 2007, she was certified in manual therapy.
Racquel Deveaux-Piper established The Crisis Intervention and Prevention Centre, LLC with her business partners in Largo, FL.
Lauren Greenbaum received a master’s degree in development studies from the University of Sydney, Australia.
Cara Lavendol Walls founded With Love ‘N Care, a company specializing in handmade clothing and accessories for babies and children.
Heather Newberg graduated from the University of Central Florida with a master’s degree in exceptional student education. During her graduate studies, Newberg participated in the Project Autism Spectrum Disorders grant program, which prepares teachers to educate students with autism spectrum disorders. She is also a member of Pi Lamda Theta, a national honor society of educators, and serves as chair of the Geneva Elementary School alumni committee, which was established as a result of a community-education project dedicated to preserving the school’s heritage and value to its community.
Bhavini Prakash Chawhan ’04MBA (see Weddings) moved to Oviedo, FL and started idataGuru LLC, which outsources the IT needs and backup of critical data for small- to mid-sized businesses.
Reminiscing about his Rollins days, Aaron Robison writes, “The dry humor of Dr. Leroy, Chuck’s great jazz, Beans food…powder puff…Fox Day…Doc’s fantastic education and fun classes…biology, Thaddeus Seymour…my, the wonderful memories.”
Minerva Romo Jaquier and her husband, Nicolas (see Weddings), live in Geneva, Switzerland, where Minerva is a financial markets executive for Thomson Reuters.
Jeffery Mills is an account executive for an information technology recruiting firm.
Celeste Wolter sends news that she and Christian Sempere are engaged. Celeste worked for the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee.
’04 | Kacey Barrett graduated from Johns Hopkins University last May with a master’s degree in environmental science and policy. She and her husband Douglas recently purchased their first home.
Paula Corano-Severin (see Weddings) lives in Los Angeles and is pursuing a master’s degree in clinical psychology at Pepperdine University.
In 2008, Valentine Ecker joined Howard Ecker + Company after working for Centrum Properties for more than three years in sales and development.
Lisa Goldman earned a JD at Washington & Lee University School of Law and was admitted to the Florida Bar. She is a law clerk for the Honorable James Moody in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division.
For the second consecutive year, Kara Winslow was stage manager for A Christmas Carol at the Hippodrome Theatre. She is also one of three official models appearing on the Home Shopping Network for YBF Cosmetics and was featured in the October issue of Gainesville’s Satellite Magazine.
’05 | Mika Ahuvia received a master’s degree in Judaic studies from the University of Michigan last year and currently is pursuing a Ph.D. at Princeton University with a concentration in the religions of late antiquity.
Karri Baumgardner moved to Winter Park this year and works as a daytime manager at Eileen Fisher on Park Avenue while her son, Connor, attends school at Princeton House. She writes, “Please stop by sometime to say hello!”
Monica Clayton opened Covenant Counseling Center, a private counseling practice, in Maitland, FL.
Tara De Vries works at the Princeton Child Development Institute in Princeton, NJ as a behavior analyst for children diagnosed with autism.
William Fenton lives in New York City and is pursuing a master’s degree in English at Fordham University.
Gerard Fontaine is vice president of Fraser Insurance Brokers, founder and CEO of Mahoe International Financing and director of Belize Insurance Center.
Eric Karlin graduated from University of Miami School of Medicine and began his residency in internal medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Jasmine Liddington teaches English in a small town on the north island of Japan.
Selena Moshell sends news that she joined the national Broadway tour of Lion King in January 2009. She credits her time spent in the dance minor program with Dr. Sherry and her years with the Rollins Dancers with preparing her for her current roles.
Yadhira Galdon attended Selena’s premier in Tempe, AZ.
Kathryn Ricketts received a master’s degree in occupational therapy. She writes, “I am working with adolescent boys who are involved in gangs and are on probation in the Los Angeles area. I work to help them discover their talents and interests and collaboratively develop safer and healthier means by which to follow their interests and succeed in society.”
Sandra Vargas is a kindergarten teacher for Arlington Public Schools in Virginia.
’06 | Mimi Allen was named production manager for the advertising and marketing firm Anson-Stoner, Inc., where she oversees the daily productions of the creative department and is responsible for all print and broadcast production.
Following graduation, Jessica Camplese joined the Nova Group and taught English for a year in the Fukushima region of Japan. After returning home to Tampa, she worked as a bookkeeper and office coordinator for a local grocery store. Her latest venture has taken her to South Korea, where she is an ESL teacher in the public-school system of Busan with the EPIK program.
Chrissy Cardinell Garton recently accepted a position as director of marketing and development for The Christian Service Center for Central Florida, Inc. She will manage all community relations as well as marketing and development initiatives of the nonprofit service agency.
Soumiah Fattouh is a member of the therapeutic support staff at Concern, a foster-care organization located in Pennsylvania. She enjoys writing in her spare time.
Ebonii Foster completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, III in April 2009. Her training included study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, shipboard and aircraft safety, and physical fitness.
Rachel Gentile works in the portfolio reporting department of Raymond James Financial.
Sean Graham is pursuing a master’s degree in anthropology at National Tsing-Hua University in Hsinchu, Taiwan.
Kimberly Haire received a master’s degree in urban planning last May from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and currently is an urban information specialist for The Providence Plan, a nonprofit organization located in Providence, RI.
Kimberly Henry ’08MBA has been named digital media analyst at Fry Hammond Barr, an Orlando-based, full-service marketing and communications agency. Previously, she was the marketing and public relations manager for WAVE Corporation in Longwood, FL.
Abby Hertz graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City with a master’s degree in art criticism and writing in May 2009. Her works of art were on display at the Bridge Art Fair in Miami last December.
Following graduation, Alex Johnson traveled across the country singing and acting in musical theater productions, operettas, and a political satire cabaret. He eventually moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in video-game production. Currently, he is a producer with Electronic Arts and Pandemic Studios working on a new AAA open world action video game.
Danielle Lunger started her own line of women’s golf accessories in Winter Park.
Jacqueline Malan works in Boulder, CO for a local venture-backed startup called Lijit, which recently was featured in the technology section of The New York Times.
Derek McIver works as a public relations coordinator for a Boston-based public relations firm. He and his partner, Matthew Turner, registered as domestic partners in October 2008.
Jasmine Parker is currently pursuing a master’s degree in art therapy in Santa Fe, NM. She hopes to return to Florida in the near future to complete an internship.
’07 | Manuel Acosta works for Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center as an employment coordinator.
Lara Bueso accepted a job with the New York law firm Weil Gotshal & Manges.
Elizabeth Davis reports her engagement to Matthew Sheen. The couple is planning a fall wedding and will reside in West Palm Beach, FL.
Carson Fuller lives in Winter Park, where she started First Source CRP, a company that provides medical certification, training, and equipment sales to health-care facilities in Florida.
Kristen Glasgow is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry.
Charles Haggas writes, “I recently moved to Austin, TX, and am loving it. There are so many great opportunities here.”
Stephanie Hanisak earned a master’s degree in mass media studies from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.
Lauren James is scheduled to graduate from the clinical psychology doctoral program at Xavier University in Cincinnati in 2012.
Diana Killen is a commercial insurance underwriter for Braishfield Associates, an affiliate of Brown and Brown.
Yvette Kojic moved to New York City and is an intern for the actor’s management company Josselyne Herman Associates.
Krista Lang teaches seventh-grade language arts at Bridgewater Middle School.
Christine Mosher is studying international peace and conflict resolution at American University’s School of International Service and is applying to doctorate programs for religious conflict resolution.
Victoria Palace works in the entertainment and public relations department at Cohn Wolfe.
Lauren Riga supports science and policy efforts throughout the Great Lakes region as the Great Lakes project coordinator for The Nature Conservancy.
Aundre Robertson works in finance and insurance for Toyota of Orlando and plans to open Charcoal Joe’s restaurant in the near future.
Marina Solari resides in London and is enrolled at University College London, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in development administration and planning.
Elizabeth Waggoner serves as the clinical counselor and activity therapist at three different children’s day treatment programs at the Medical University of South Carolina’s Institute of Psychiatry. Her position focuses on behavioral modification for children and adolescents with behavioral and emotional problems.
’08 | Tucker Allen works as an agent with New York Life Insurance Company. He writes, “My job is great and I work with some awesome people.” Assistant women’s golf coach Caitlin Barry is attending graduate classes at the Hamilton Holt School.
After participating in Rollins’ international program in Sydney, Australia, Nicole Fiedler decided to move to Sydney, where she now works for a talent agency in the entertainment industry and an A-list special-event company.
Sean Gross accepted a position with the American Cancer Society.
Basak Kizilisik works for TackelBox Films, a music-production company in Nashville, TN that has produced work for artists such as Kenny Chesney, Sugarland, and Rascal Flatts.
Monica Pena is a medical student at Florida State University College of Medicine.
Wendy Petrik completed her postgraduate studies in Montreux, Switzerland, and moved to Ireland to work as an event planner for Ritz Carlton.
Benjamin Pigeon opened a dealership to sell boats his father manufactures in Abilene, TX.
David Remington works for Andrew Czekaj P’05 P’09 P’10, a member of the Rollins College Board of Trustees. He credits career services for helping him land an internship during his junior year.
Julie Shatley is the musical director at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Orlando and the organist at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Mount Dora, FL. She also accompanies choral organizations throughout Orlando, including Colonial High School, Valencia Community College, and Sweetwater Episcopal Academy.
Rochelle Siegel is a production manager and associate editor for Orlando-based TravelHost Magazine.
Matthew Wentworth works for Threshold and is pursuing a master’s degree in behavioral analysis at Florida Technology Institute.
Our apologies to Laura Fourdraine ’10MBA for incorrectly identifying her as Joanna Coe ’11 in the Rollins golf feature in the Spring 2009 issue of Rollins Magazine.