Class News - General Updates

Edited by Amanda D'Assaro


’33 | Ruth Ottaway celebrated her 100th birthday July 29, 2010.


’40 | Ely Haimowitz played an all-Rachmaninoff recital May 2, 2010 in his hometown of Reno, Nevada. The following day he celebrated his 90th birthday. He reports that many of his classmates are still around and writes, “Why have you never had any news of my class of 1940?” Ely will fondly remember Walter Dandliker, his close friend from high school who died December 15, 2009.


’54 | A retired stage magician, Barbara Weisenbarger Terry still performs occasionally. She is currently focused on pursuing a career in film. Aspiring to follow in the footsteps of late Rollins thespians Fred Rogers ’51 P’81 and Tony Perkins, she eagerly anticipates the filming of a major movie. Barbara has starred in short training and full-length independent films.

’55 | On May 17, the Parks & Recreation Department of the City of Winter Park dedicated the Azalea Lane Tennis Pavilion in memory of Nancy Corse Reed. Nancy, who died, July 25, 2009, is known internationally for her tennis accomplishments. In 2008, she received the Florida Female Tennis Player award and the United Tennis Association’s Florida Service Recognition award for 30 years of service.


’61 | Rodney Dillard is still working in real estate marketing and brokerage in Palm Beach, FL and the Caribbean. He and his wife, Peggy, enjoy cruising in the Northeast on their boat, which is based in Newport, RI. Rodney writes, “Life is good!”

’63 | In May 2010, Sue Wells Kirwan published her first novel, Hurricane, a historical murder mystery based on the coastal areas of northeast Florida and southeast Georgia in which she references her alma mater, Rollins. She says her favorite spot on the Rollins campus was the library, where she loved reading and researching Florida history. Sue is currently working on a sequel to Hurricane.

’64 | For the past seven years, Rick Boschen, a realtor with Prudential Florida Realty, has traveled west of his hometown of Stuart, FL to volunteer his time to the Department of Corrections. He says he has established true yet restricted friendships with about 90 inmates who are incarcerated in the Okeechobee State Correctional Institute, where he assists with the Sunday morning service held at the Miracle Chapel.

’66 | Rose Watson Colmore-Taylor writes that she was fortunate to be the houseguest of her classmate and fellow Kappa Alpha Theta sister Cassandra Northway Hancock and her husband, Tom, and son, John, at their home in Idaho in the valley of the Grand Tetons in August 2010. While there, Rose enjoyed hiking, rafting, and observing wildlife with Cassandra and her family and the opportunity to further their lifelong friendship.


’71 | Roberta Cooper joined Edward Jones in March 10, 2010 as branch office administrator.

’74 | A licensed mental health counselor, Suellen Fagin-Allen ’04MA opened a private counseling, coaching, and consulting practice in Orlando. Suellen welcomes alumni to contact her at 407-242-2956 or

’76 | Best Lawyers magazine named John Brennan to the 2011 Best Lawyers in America, an annual referral guide comprised of nearly 40,000 attorneys in 80 practice areas in the United States. John practices with GrayRobinson, a full-service law firm in Orlando that provides legal assistance across Florida. In May 2010, Peter Smit received a doctorate of public health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His oldest son, Peter, obtained a doctorate of medicine from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine in April 2010. Gerry Wolfson-Grande P’09 P’MBAS completed her first year in Rollins’ Master of Liberal Studies program. She reports that her award-winning short story, “Not a Good Night at Ford’s,” was published in the new anthology Under the Cosmic Sofa Partners by Crime Publishers.

’77 | Elaine Charles Ringger reports that her oldest son, Devin, resides in Seoul, Korea and is planning to attend law school. He graduated from Yale University in 2009, majoring in Asian history. Elaine’s youngest son, Kyle, is studying environmental science at Vanderbilt University and will graduate in 2012.

’79 | In 2008, Deborah Arnold received a lifetime appointment as a United States Administrative Law Judge from the Office of Disability and Review of the Social Security Administration and is currently assigned to the Orlando Hearing Office. She and her husband, Steve Jett, an audioanimatronic training manager for Walt Disney World, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary this fall.


’80 | Our condolences to Jennifer Held Matthaei, whose husband, Paul E. Matthaei, died unexpectedly April 2, 2010. On October 29, 2009, Michael Shaw was ordained to the transitional diaconate in the Anglican Mission in the Americas. He was ordained to priesthood at Trinity Anglican Church in Winter Park June 6, 2010. Rick White gathered with fellow alumni Bob Benjamin ’81, Randy Carson, Rick White, Brian Lawlor ’79, Pete Samaha ’82 and Edward Fitzgerald at The Park Steakhouse in Park Ridge, NJ, owned by Randy Carson.

’82 | Karie Aldrich Hayes reports that fellow graduates Joanne Mancuso, Peter Grunow, Helen Pearman Orchard, Karie Aldrich Hayes, Elizabeth Ennis Barron and Leslie Anderson Petrick recently got together for a mini Reunion.

’83 | Diana Chrissis Landsberger reports that her classmate and past Tars golfer Cynthia Jennings Reeves is a teaching pro at Century Country Club in Purchase, NY and won the title at the Connecticut Women’s Open at Heritage Village Country Club in May 2009. Brenda Salyer ’92MBA has spent the last three and a half years in Charlotte, NC, where she is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in nursing at Queens University of Charlotte and teaching English for Berlitz Languages International.

’84 | Eric Bolling hosts Money Rocks, a new TV show on Fox Business Network that airs weekdays 8 and 11 p.m. ET.

’85 | Patrick Norris, who is celebrating his 12th anniversary with Cirque du Soleil’s Resident Shows Division this year, was recently promoted to director of human resources, managing all human resources-related business for Cirque’s seven resident shows in Las Vegas.

’86 | William “Bill” Wood recently passed his board exams from the American Board of Otolaryngology qualifying him as a Board Certified Otolaryngolist.

’87 | Scott duPont and Jennifer Fowler, who reconnected at their 20th reunion in 2007, coincidentally moved to Los Angeles a year later and joined forces as executive producers of the romantic comedy Who Stole the Electric Car?, which was inspired by the award-winning documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? Prior to its release last May, the film premiered in Hollywood to an audience that included Rollins alumni Charlene Jimenez ’08, marketing manager for the film, and John Harding. Who Stole the Electric Car? is currently screening at film festivals in the United States and Europe and is available for rent through NetFlix. It can be purchased online from stores including Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon. Scott recently partnered with fraternity brother Christian Altaba ’89 to produce What is the Electric Car?, a feature-length documentary scheduled for release this fall. Following a nine-year professional career in the minor leagues, Commonwealth Coast Conference Commissioner and lifelong sports enthusiast Gregg Kaye left the industry to work as a network administrator and customer relations officer for a brokerage firm in Central Florida. He found himself volunteering on game days for Rollins, local minor-league baseball teams, and Orlando’s arena football team, and before long he returned to the industry as commissioner for the Sunshine State Conference. During his six years in that position, he met his wife, who also works in college athletics. The couple and their adopted 9-year-old foster daughter now reside in West Springfield, MA.

’88 | Michael Hodges is vice president of human resources for Banco Popular in Orlando.

’89 | Todd Dayton was named Rotary International’s governor of District 6990 for 2011-12, serving Florida’s Broward, Dade, and Monroe counties, as well as the Grand Bahamas, and making him one of the organization’s 532 governors worldwide.


’91 | Thaddeus Coakley was promoted to director, ethics and business conduct, for Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Services and will be relocating with his family to the company’s headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD. Thaddeus received the Judge Advocate Association’s 2010 Outstanding Career Military Attorney Award for the Marine Corps Reserve component for his professional accomplishments, service to the community, leadership, service to the legal profession, and development of subordinates. Sheila McIntosh celebrated her one-year anniversary as an editor on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, working for Lucas Film Animation at Big Rock Ranch in Marin, CA. Jennifer Horowitz Zipeto accepted the position of senior safety and health manager Walt Disney World in February 2010 and is happy to stay settled in Central Florida.

’92 | Stacy Pierson looks forward to working at Texas Children’s Hospital as an assistant professor of pediatrics for Baylor College of Medicine in his hometown of Houston, TX.

’93 | Vincent Mortreux proudly wore a Rollins Alumni T-shirt while covering the one-year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death at Neverland Ranch and in Los Angeles as senior news producer for the Washington Bureau of TF1 French Television. George Roy earned his doctorate at University of Central Florida and holds a tenure-track mathematics education position at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg.

’94 | After graduating from Rollins, Derek Burrell became a freelance musician and traveled abroad performing on numerous albums and stages. He has served as a fitness lead and wellness program director for the City of Kissimmee in Florida, facilitated in-home personal training, and coached successful junior varsity and varsity basketball programs while working for the Osceola County School system. Derek recently made a career transition from high school English teacher to top-producing platinum sales closer for Wyndham/El Cid. He also plays semi-pro basketball for the Cancun Hits and has his sights set on playing professionally for the Pioneros de Cancun. Derek writes, “Rollins helped me realize my potential and turn my dreams into realities. Go Tars!” Pamela Frost Cutrone reports that she had a stroke in 2009.

’95 | Edward Scheer ’98MBA recently earned the CFP(r) designation and relocated to the Chicago area with his wife and 1-year-old son.

’98 | Michelle Segarra-Rovira Daly serves as vice principal of Clay County, West Virginia’s Oakleaf High School, which just opened this fall.


’00 | LeLaina Romero defended her dissertation in counseling psychology and completed an internship at University of Texas at Austin Counseling and Mental Health Center. She began working this fall as an assistant professor of psychology at Lasell College in Newton, MA.

’01 | Daniel Blair was appointed to director, training and administration, for Best Buddies’ international headquarters in Miami. Daniel has worked for the non-profit organization for five years.

’02 | On March 11, 2010, Scott Filter defended his dissertation on “The Choice-of-College Decision of Academically Talented Students.” Scott graduated from The Washington University with a doctorate in education and human development. A four-year cross-country letterman at Rollins and a former Stanley West Scholarship award recipient, Thomas “T.R.” Parker completed his second Boston Marathon in three hours and four minutes in April 2010. Ramey Wood ’06MA obtained a license in mental health counseling and started a private practice called Holistic Life Counseling in Winter Park.

’03 | Atlanta-based real estate attorney Susan Herrada Alison (See Weddings) appeared on the TLC program Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta in August 2010. Sally Smith sends new of her engagement to fiancé Brandon, whom she met while working for the Obama for America campaign. Brandon now works for the President’s Administration. Sally’s book The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Government Jobs was published in May and is now available for purchase at and national bookstores. She writes, “I hope that Rollins students and alumni will consider careers in public service—it’s a great way to make a difference. As a former writing minor and English major, I used so much of what I learned at Rollins to write this book.”

’04 | Michelle Bookamyer teaches seventh-grade math and eighth-grade science at Windermere Prep in Windermere, FL and coaches middle and high school varsity volleyball teams. Michelle recently purchased her first home in Maitland. Steven Leopoldo (See Weddings) began master’s studies in political science this fall at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

’05 | Kyle Thompson received a PhD in mathematics from North Carolina State University on May 15, 2010.

’06 | After working for Senator Edward M. Kennedy for the past three years, Griffin Doherty is now charged with healthcare correspondence for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Griffin is also pursuing a master’s degree in government at Johns Hopkins University.

’07 | Mary Kate Donovan sends new of her engagement to Ryan Kearney ’08 on March 20, 2010. Karina McCabe Gafford graduated with an MA degree from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. Laura Lapointe is working towards a master’s degree in counseling. After graduating magna cum laude from law school at the University of Florida, Tara Nelson accepted a position at White & Case, LLP in Miami, FL. Victoria Palace is the entertainment publicity coordinator for Fox Broadcasting Company, managing publicity and positioning for Glee, American Idol, Fringe, and House. In May 2010, Rishmil Patel obtained a juris doctorate degree from the Roger William University School of Law, where he was a student attorney for the Law of Immigration Clinic and a member of the Honor Board, the Moot Court Team, International Law Society, and Multi-cultural Law Students Association. Conrad Winslow was awarded a 2010 ASCAP Morton Gould Award for his recent orchestra piece, which also won the Juilliard orchestra competition.

’08 | Lauren Jackson earned a master’s degree in ancient Roman art history at The University of Texas at Austin and is now working on a PhD in the same subject. Alexander Smith is training as a marine naval aviator. Clayton Ferrara serves the 28-acre Oakland Nature Preserve as director of education.

’09 | Kayla Florio ’10MBA is a JD candidate at George Mason University School of Law. Patrick McKelvey is coordinator for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida. Sara Lyon was accepted into the master’s program at École du Louvre in Paris. Sara aspires to have a career in a museum or cultural-heritage-related profession.


’10 | Jacob Sheridan is putting his experience in business and real estate to work as an associate with Allegro Realty Advisors, serving its local and national clients with strategic real estate planning, transaction management, and financial analysis.