Class News - General Updates

Edited by Amanda D'Assaro


’50 | Patricia Van Sickle Magestro received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Cardinal Stritch University, where she worked more than 30 years. At Stritch she served in many roles, including founder and director of the Professional Inservice Bureau and chair of the Department of Education. Patricia was influential in instituting education as a major for Stritch undergraduate students and was a leader in the field of education.

’55 | Dan Matthews ’86H P’86 P’89MAT was elected chairman of the board of the Friends of the Smokies.

’59 | At its annual Membership Awards Celebration, the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce named Saundra Sands Hester Ambassador of the Year for her contributions to Rollins.


’63 | Glancy Jones Dunn writes, “If you enjoy encounters with wildlife, phenomenal landscapes, and don’t mind a place of extremes, you need to travel south, way south to Antarctica. The giant icebergs, jagged mountains, and impressive glaciers make it God’s winter wonderland. I had the privilege of an expedition to the White Continent.” She journeyed to Antarctica last year.

’64 | Robert Balink ’66MBA was elected treasurer of El Paso County in Colorado last December. Co-founder and director of the Grief Recovery Institute Russell Friedman, along with the organization’s co-founder, partnered with, an online resource for local and national obituary news, to provide resources to consumers seeking grief recovery support through The Grief Recovery Guidance Center, a section of that launched last October.

’65 | Arlene Henkel Ott writes, “Although I don’t like the extreme cold of the winters, North Dakota is a fantastic place to live! If any classmates are traveling through the area or want to visit during the summer, I would love to show you around my little corner of the world. Sara Zimmerman gave me the beautiful horse, Monty, you see pictured. He and I spend many hours together!”

’68 | After more than 40 years apart, Margaret Socey Fallon and Kathleen “Kathi” Jones Devane, a successful potter whose work has been influenced by Southwest Native Americans, reunited during summer 2010. A retired product engineer, Margaret enjoys volunteering at the Northern Neck Free Health Clinic and Lancaster County Schools in rural Virginia. She co-founded the Lancaster County Virginia Education Foundation, which she serves as president and treasurer.

’69 | David Lord ’71MBA reports that more than 60 alumni from the late ’60s and early ’70s gathered in Vero Beach, Florida last October for an unofficial reunion. He credits Nancy Hopwood ’68 for spearheading the event and thanks Bill Hartog ’72MBA for hosting the group at his home on Friday evening. David writes, “The weekend was a chance to build on our wonderful friendships from Rollins. The group left with a commitment to do it again within the next three years.” (See story.)


’70 | In November 2010, the Central Florida Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocacy named John Kest 2010 Trial Judge of the Year. In addition, John, along with his wife, Sally, received the Florida State University College of Law’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. Both graduated from the College of Law in 1972.

’71 | After working in education for 35 years, Susan Johnson Woodbury ’72MAT retired from public school teaching and guidance counseling, having served schools in Texas, Tennessee, and Florida. She now enjoys traveling and spending time with her three grandchildren. Susan writes, “I would love to hear from friends from Alpha Phi and other alums.”

’74 | Our apologies go to Suellen Fagin-Allen ’04MA for incorrectly printing her e-mail address in the Fall 2010 issue of Rollins Magazine. Suellen can be reached at Adis Vila was appointed chief diversity officer of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado. In her new role, she will provide strategic leadership, diversity advocacy, and advisement on diversity programs and issues to Academy leaders, serving as the primary voice on matters of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

’76 | Gary Lickle ’77MBA P’04 was named president and CEO of Chilton Trust Management of Palm Beach, Florida. Gary is charged with implementing the Fiduciary Wealth Management division of Chilton Investment Company in both New York and Stamford, Connecticut.

’77 | John Pattyson, producer of the CBS television show The Doctors, won an Emmy last year for his work on the show. It is the third Emmy of John’s career. National-level water skier and Intercollegiate champion Robert Reich co-designed the 190 Ski Ray Outboard, which was the exclusive towboat for the Professional Association of Water Skiers Water Ski Tour. Ski Ray was recently recognized as a Hall of Fame Legacy of Water Skiing boat by the American Water Ski Educational Foundation.

’78 | A former member of the Rollins’ women’s golf team, Terri Thoreson Frohnmayer achieved a nine-shot victory at the 25th PNGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship last October. Terri also won the 1974 Championship in Medina, Washington. Presently, she owns and operates a commercial real estate company and is active in her community of Salem, Oregon. Valerie Jahn Grandin was named Member of the Year by the Orlando Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women and was appointed to the chapter’s 2011 Board of Directors as director of community outreach. NCMers Majorie Lynn Wilson, Susan “Susu” Dishman Dougherty P’10, Nancy Curry Zyski P’10 P’10, Sarah Taylor Lockhart, Nancy Notman Schenck, and Katherine Mitchell Williams ’79 P’15 recently reunited in Washington, D.C.


’80 |Mike Vonder Heide writes, “Thank you, Rollins, for giving me the courage to take a ‘leap of faith.’ I jumped out of a plane (again) with our 20-year-old son, Brendan, and had to curl my toes during the 120-mph free fall from 13,500 ft. If I hadn’t, I would have lost my topsiders!”

’82 | In 2010, Phyllis Rogers Dickerson earned a master’s degree in education from the University of the Cumberlands. Phyllis, who teaches third grade in Kentucky, reports that both her daughters are away at college.

’84 | Our condolences to Danny Castino, whose wife, Heidi, died last January. Weston, Florida resident Eddie Sultan recently celebrated his 10th year with CBM of America, Inc., a Deerfield Beach-based company where Eddie serves as vice president of finance and CFO. He is actively involved in charities such as Kids in Distress, Broward Partnership For The Homeless, and Multiple Sclerosis, and enjoys playing golf and competitive tennis. Eddie trains and conditions his 14-year-old son, Freddie, who plays baseball at Cypress Bay High School as well as for the South Florida Elite College/Showcase 15U team.

’86 | Mohamed Rawahy writes, “Since I’ve been away from the United States so long, I would truly like to communicate with all my colleagues from 1983-87. Please keep in touch.”

’88 | Dana Gebhart Fiser, head of Jenny Craig NA (owned by Nestle CHF), named Carrie Fisher as the company’s new spokesperson in New York City last January.


’92 | Patrice Garnes Curtis (See Weddings) lives in Waldorf, Maryland, outside of Washington, D.C., with her husband and five children. On December 5, 2010, she opened Fancy Hats Cupcakes, where she and her daughters, Erin and Courtney, design custom cupcakes. Patrice writes, “Check out Fancy Hats Cupcakes on Facebook. I would love to reconnect with Rollins classmates!” Brooks Hatfield sent 2010 holiday wishes to the Office of Alumni Relations with a photo of his three children, Evans, 9, Grace, 7, and Cole, 2, who are the grandchildren of Ginger McAleese-Johnson ’68.

’94 | Last October, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry named Hubert (Bill) Hawkins an associate fellow of the Academy. To qualify for the fellowship, Hubert completed 300 hours of post-doctoral instruction in implant dentistry, performed implant cases, and passed the Associate Fellow examination, which included both written and oral assessments and the defense of three of his implant cases. Hubert is one of 514 dentists to receive this honor and is a leader in implant care.

’95 | Charles Gallagher received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Gallagher & Associates Law Firm, P.A. at the 2010 St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce’s St. Petersburg Young Professionals Awards Ceremony. Charles completed his term on the Rollins Alumni Association Board of Directors in May.

’97 | Rhonda Neuhaus works as policy analyst for government affairs at the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund with responsibilities in the area of civil rights for persons with disabilities. She is based in Washington, D.C.


’01 | Lesley Gondeck Silvia reports that her Orlando Rowing Club boat, Alchemy, completed the Master’s World Championships in St. Catherine’s, Ontario with the fastest time of the Women’s A category fleets after winning gold, silver, bronze, and 4th place in the 2010 Master Nationals Regatta in Camden, New Jersey. Later, the boat went on to race at Head of the Hooch in Chattanooga, where Lesley received gold, bronze, and 4th place victories. This year, they aim for Head of the Charles. Ashley Gasi Kennedy (See Weddings) serves as director of internal controls and accounting policy for Marriott Vacation Club International in Orlando.

’02 | Nicholas Bazo graduated from the University of Central Florida with a master’s in fine arts in theater for young audiences. He currently works at the Citi Performing Arts Center and The Theater Offensive in Boston. Lindsay Berman-Hansell (See Family Additions) passed the Georgia Bar exam and was sworn in by proxy by a New Jersey Superior Court judge. Her legal career now spans Georgia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Alicia Milyak, former assistant women’s soccer coach at Rollins, was appointed women’s head coach in February. Alicia has been on the sidelines during the Tars’ last six seasons and remains the College’s leader in points and goals scored. She became the first Rollins female soccer player to be inducted in the Sunshine State Conference Hall of Fame.

’03 | Amanda Blyth Duitsman (See Weddings) and her husband, a personal chef, recently purchased a home in Winter Garden, Florida. Amanda works as marketing manager for American Road Group, the parent company of Orlando Harley-Davidson and Laconia Harley-Davidson.

’04 | Meghan Barnard Griffin (See Family Additions) and her family reside in Mount Dora, Florida. Meghan works at Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Orlando campus and is pursuing a doctorate in texts and technology at the University of Central Florida. reported in January 2010 that Keira Keeley, the 2010 Theatre World Award winner for Roundabout’s The Glass Menagerie, was cast as Harper Pitt in extension weeks of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes at Off Broadway’s Signature Theatre Company’s Peter Norton Space. Meghan Kennedy was named production manager of A Noise Within Theater Company last December. The company is dedicated solely to producing classical dramatic literature and is the only company in Southern California that works in the repertory tradition. Giselle Peruyera graduated from FAMU College of Law in December 2009 and passed the Florida Bar Exam last February.

’05 | In November 2010, Annika Sundell ’08MBA was promoted to public relations account executive with Fry Hammond Barr, an Orlando-based advertising agency. Annika, who has been with the agency since 2008, is charged with public relations disciplines such as media relations, community relations, social media, research, and consultation.

’06 | Claire Kunzman ’10MBA graduated with honors from the Crummer Graduate School of Business and relocated to Miami, where she works as senior account executive for Cheryl Andrews Marketing Communications managing public relations campaigns for travel and leisure clients. She and her fiancé plan to marry in Tampa in May 2011. Jacqueline Peregrin ’07MBA graduated from Stetson University College of Law in May 2010 and was sworn in to the Florida Bar last October. She is an associate at Cohen, Foster & Romaine, P.A., a Tampa Bay firm that specializes in federal criminal defense and civil litigation.

’09 | Brett Smuckler recently published her first novel, Under the Same Sky, which was inspired by her community service experiences teaching at Grand Avenue Elementary School. “It’s a story about a girl and boy who grow up together and both come from wealthy backgrounds,” she said. “But they are two different characters—he wants to climb the political ladder, be successful financially; she is more into giving back.” Brett is donating a portion of proceeds from the book to Red Cross for Haiti and a Knoxville organization, One Vision International.


’10 | Jillian Hakemian is assistant school admissions coordinator at Empire Education in New York City, working with prospective students for Mildred Elley College and the Austin’s School of Spa Technology.