Class News

edited by Meredith Vance


’60 | Linda Wissing King is the author of Invitations from Afar, a novel about a NASA mission to a moon of Jupiter. Linda and her husband, David ’56, also recently celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary.

’67 | The Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys recognized president and chief executive officer of J-C Press Sabra Otteson as a 2013 Woman of Distinction. The award honors prominent and inspiring women for their leadership, professional accomplishments, and community contributions.

’69 | Attorney Bill Heffernan reports that he and legal assistant Meghan Davis ’04 ensure their clients’ rights are vigorously protected through his successful practice in the Florida Keys.


’73 | Peter Stephens has been named the executive director of The Antique & Classic Boat Society. Peter is also a licensed captain of the U.S. Coast Guard.

’76 | John “Jay” M. Brennan, an attorney with GrayRobinson, was recognized by Super Lawyers as a 2013 “Florida Super Lawyer.” The Rollins College Alumni Association recognized Hal George with a 2013 Alumni Service to Rollins Award for his contributions to the College through volunteerism and philanthropy. Hal is a member of the Anchor Club Executive Committee, a volunteer for Alumni Weekend, a host of Alumni Career Services Events, and the founder and College liaison of Habitat for Humanity of Winter Park-Maitland. Robert Reich received his doctorate in business administration from Kennesaw State University.


’80 | Jody Kielbasa, who continues to lead the Virginia Film Festival to new heights as its director, was appointed to the position of vice provost for the arts at the University of Virginia.

’81| The Rollins College Alumni Association recognized Rodney Adkins with a 2013 Alumni Achievement Award. Rodney, the senior vice president of IBM Systems and Technology group, was honored as a distinguished leader in business and technology. The Alumni Association also recognized Gerald Ladner with a 2013 Alumni Service to Rollins Award for his contributions to the College through volunteerism and philanthropy. Gerald is a past president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and volunteered for Alumni Weekend and The Rollins Fund. Both Rodney and Gerald are members of the President’s Leadership Council and the Board of Trustees.

’82 | The Rollins College Alumni Association recognized Tony Wilner with a 2013 Alumni Service to Rollins Award for his contributions to the College through volunteerism and philanthropy. Tony is a member of the President’s Leadership Council, Cloverleaf Society, and Rollins Club of Washington, D.C. Council, and he served as a volunteer for Alumni Weekend. He was previously a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, and he organized the 9/11 Memorial on campus.

’83 | Douglas R. Storer is the inventor and founder of Night Runner LED shoe lights, a product that increases pedestrian and jogger visibility.

’84 | The Rollins College Alumni Association recognized Eric Bolling with a 2013 Alumni Achievement Award. Eric was honored for his esteemed career in finance and media as an investor and cable TV commentator for Fox.

’85 | Mark Peres is a former Florida civil litigator and currently serves as an associate professor of leadership studies and the associate director of the Faculty Center of Innovation & Excellence at Johnson & Wales University Charlotte campus. His courses include classes on creativity and business ethics. He is also the area coordinator for the humanities and social sciences and the founder and past president of Charlotte Viewpoint, a nonprofit web-based multimedia magazine that enriches cultural excellence. He references his time at Rollins in his recent article, “The Two Cathedrals.” 

’87 | Gregg Kaye was inducted into the Sunshine State Conference (SSC) Hall of Fame. The SSC is a NCAA Division II athletic conference based in Orlando, FL, where Kaye managed media relations and oversaw the league’s officiating program. Since 2007, Gregg has been the first full-time commissioner of the NCAA Division III Commonwealth Coast Conference and is the national chair of the Division III Baseball Committee. The Rollins College Alumni Association recognized Olga Viso with a 2013 Alumni Achievement Award for her outstanding career in the arts. Olga is the director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN, one of the nation’s finest centers for contemporary art.

’88 | Megan Thomas Hollister '88 hosted a mini-Rollins reunion on Hilton Head Island, SC, April 25-28. John Glenn Harding '87, Megan, Jennifer Greene '87, Ingrid Wright Grenci '88, Barbara Ward Meyer '87, and John’s husband Mark Lopez enjoyed a bike ride on South Beach in Sea Pines Plantation.


’90 | The Rollins College Alumni Association recognized Chris Heckscher with a 2013 Alumni Achievement Award for his outstanding career in business and technology. Chris is the vice president of services for Cisco Systems Asia Pacific, a leading designer and manufacturer of networking equipment. In October, Melissa Tellier Pipinich and husband, Rod, welcomed Tatiana Rose, who joins sisters Victoria, Petra, and Alexandra.

’92 | Mercer, a human resources and financial services consulting firm, presented Peter Bok with the One Mercer Award in Atlanta, GA, for breaking down barriers to collaborate on behalf of clients. Jason Dimitris was appointed to serve as a judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida’s civil division. The Rollins College Alumni Association recognized Stacy Sharp Van Praagh with a 2013 Alumni Achievement Award for her outstanding career in fashion. Stacy’s career has included leadership positions for Chanel, Kate Spade, and Oscar de la Renta. She was most recently the president of Fendi North America.

’94 | The Rollins College Alumni Association recognized Cheryl Brown Baker with a 2013 Alumni Achievement Award for her outstanding career in science. Cheryl is the chief scientific officer for BioCurity, a company founded to provide therapeutic solutions for the treatment of cancer.

’95 | Charles R. Gallagher III presented at the American Bar Association Business Law Section spring meeting in Washington, D.C. Charles also moderated a panel at Washington University Law School titled “Elephant in the Room: Job Placement after Law School.” The mayor of Salt Lake City, UT, appointed Margaret “Margey” Plane to the post of city attorney. She previously served as senior city attorney for civil litigation.

’96 | The Orlando Business Journal named Charles Y. Freeman IV, executive vice president of business development for the Orlando Magic, to its Top 40 Under 40 list.

’97 | Zaiba Malik is a board-certified ophthalmologist and assistant professor at Wright State University School of Medicine. She was recently the subject of an article titled “Where Two Faiths Intersect: Serving the Poor” in the online news journal This spring, Zaiba returned from a trip to Ecuador where she performed more than 65 surgeries.

’98 | The Orlando Business Journal named Matt Certo, the president and CEO of Websolvers, to its Top 40 Under 40 list. Michelle Segarra Rovira Daly was selected by the Florida Department of Education as one of the top three assistant principals during the 2012–13 academic year. Under Michelle’s leadership, Oakleaf High School added 10 additional AP courses and doubled the number of AP exams. Vanessa Skinner is an attorney with Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman of Winter Park. She recently presented to various groups, including the Down Syndrome Association and Orange County Public Schools, regarding the critical need for estate planning.


’00 | The Orlando Business Journal named Miguel H. de Arcos, managing director and principal of Sperry Van Ness Florida, to its Top 40 Under 40 list. Jill Henderson Clough and husband, Zachary Clough ’99, welcomed Talon Forester on 9/25/12.

’01 | Jennifer Posey and husband, Brian, welcomed twins Lucas William and Bradley Kimball on 5/31/12.

’02 | Nick Bazo married Stephen Flowers at a civil ceremony in Boston, MA, on 4/14/13. A reception was held at the Orlando Science Center. In April, Katie Marzullo’s short film Phoenix Song premiered at the Los Angeles New Wave International Film Festival, where it picked up an Honorable Mention and an award for best costume design. Her film was also represented at the Action On Film International Film Festival, which was held in August. The Orlando Business Journal named Travis R. Miller ’02MA, president of Gravitational Marketing, to its Top 40 Under 40 list.

’04 | Mary Lou Johnston Napolitano ’09MBA and husband, Anthony, welcomed daughter Penelope Louise on 5/4/13. Melanie Osborn ’12MLS, Olin Library office and facilities coordinator, is teaching Intro to Humanities at the Winter Park Campus of Valencia Community College this fall. In November, Meghan Sheleg Dickerson ’05MBA and husband, Marshall, welcomed twins Charlotte and Madelyn, who join sister Delaney. The Dickerson family lives in Tampa where Meghan works for Citi, a leading global financial services company. The Orlando Business Journal named Michael J. Wright ’04MBA, president of Power Grid Engineering, to its Top 40 Under 40 list.

’05 | Memphis Hackl Seifert and husband, Will, welcomed daughter Quincy Anna Fox on 12/18/12. Myriah Hampton married Jacob Kulin in Palm Beach, FL, on 4/7/13. Stephanie Kern ’05MHR earned a PhD in human resource management from Capella University’s School of Business & Technology. She will pursue a graduate-level teaching career. Stephanie lives in Phoenix, AZ, with her husband, Chris, and children, Chase and Kennedy. Sarah Maxon DeMott and husband, Jeff DeMott ’06MBA, welcomed Ella on 5/14/13. Vanessa Sain-Dieguez ’06MBA and husband, Luis Dieguez, welcomed Kennedy in March 2013.

’06 | The Orlando Business Journal named Jennyfer R. Mancino, the owner of The Sugar Suite, to its Top 40 Under 40 list. Vijay J. Marolia ’06MBA launched Regal Point Capital Management in Orlando, FL. The firm invests and manages the assets of Vijay, his partners, the Marolia family, and their friends. Jonathan Vick, an award-winning playwright, is the author of The Mists of Many Voices, a new comic fantasy novel.

’07 | Jennifer Knox graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in May 2013 with a master’s degree in theology. Director of the Rollins Alumni Career Network Cat McConnell ’09MBA married James Hackenberg ’09MBA on 5/10/13 on Paradise Island, Bahamas. Rollins alumni in attendance were Cat’s brother, Sean McConnell ’00 ’04MBA, and friends Ashley Hunsberger Bencan, Casey Capron, and Corie Kelly ’08. The Rollins College Alumni Association recognized Lindsay Phillips Muscato with the 2013 Young Alumni Achievement Award for her extraordinary career accomplishments within 10 years of her graduation. Lindsay is the founder of Lindsay Phillips, a popular shoe and accessories company. Composer Conrad Winslow received a commission from the New York Youth Symphony for an orchestral work to premiere at Carnegie Hall on 5/25/14. Conrad is also the winner of the Yale Glee Club Emerging Composers Competition, and his short choir work Love will premiere at Yale this fall.

’08 | Sean Gross earned an MBA from the University of Florida and accepted a position as deputy director of community development at CureSearch for Children’s Cancer. Chelsea Stonerock began a new job as a junior copywriter at Zimmerman Advertising in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. April Urban graduated from the University of Central Florida with an MFA in creative writing and will pursue a PhD in English from Purdue University.

’09 | Ariel Bui is co-founder of Melodia Studio, a music and yoga instruction studio in Nashville, TN. Samantha Quick married Benjamin Miles in the Knowles Memorial Chapel on 2/9/13. Navy Seaman Bradley H. Rubash recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL. Jessica Tuohey works in the sales and marketing team for RuMe, an eco-conscious fashion merchant based in Denver, CO. Stephanie Shaw and Mimi Houston ’10 enjoyed a visit with Jessica last winter.


’10 | Jasmine Clayton married Jerrod McCarney on 9/1/12. Claudia Trevizan and her husband will be serving as full-time volunteers at The Father’s Heart Orphanage in Brazil. Amanda Ward joined the board of directors for REBUILD Globally, a nonprofit organization that supports economic development and environmental conservation in Haiti. Dustin Watkins is co-founder of the Orlando-based agency Strong Films, which produced the video “Chloe’s Wedding Day.” The video won Best of Show at the ADDY Awards in Orlando.

’13 | Delta Zeta sorority selected Lisa McCoy to serve as their educational leadership consultant for the 2013–14 academic year. In her new advisory role, Lisa will visit Delta Zeta’s collegiate chapters around the country.