Class News

edited by Meredith Vance







1950s

’59 | Saundra Sands Hester received a 2014 Alumni Service Award from Rollins for her volunteer leadership and service to the College. Saundra serves on the regional council for the Rollins Club of Central Florida and was involved in the establishment of the Rollins Alumni Association Travel Program.

1960s

’60 | After 54 years, Sydney Abel reconnected with good friend and fellow Rollins X-Clubber Nicholas Longo ’61 in Jupiter, FL.

’64 | On 3/15/14, members of the Class of 1964 were inducted into the Order of the Fox Society and received their 50th Class Anniversary Medallions during Alumni Weekend. Robert Balink '66MBA shares that his grandchildren, Mary and Mark, are ready for Rollins’ classes of 2031 and 2034. Fred Chappell received a Distinguished Teacher Award at the Florida State University awards reception for the College of Visual Arts, Theatre & Dance on 4/8/14. Former Ambassador to Tunisia Rust Deming ’64 (Read Profile) received the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from Rollins for his exceptional achievements and contributions to society. Rust serves on Rollins’ President’s Leadership Council and is a professor of Japanese studies at Johns Hopkins University. Jack Roth ’65MAT ’66MBA connected with fellow classmate Jean Snyder George and discovered that they have both been residents of Thomson, GA, for more than 16 years.

’66 | To stay current on Class of 1966 news, Ed Maxcy encourages his classmates to update their information at rollins.edu/alumniclassnews.

’67 | Harry Lester received a 2014 Alumni Achievement Award from Rollins for his outstanding professional accomplishments as former president of Eastern Virginia Medical School.

1970s

’73 | Randy Xenakis was appointed executive vice president of operations for Sugar Plum Chocolates in Forty Fort, PA. He lives in Dallas, PA, with his wife, Patricia, with whom he has two children, Sean and Patrice, and four grandchildren.

’75 | Stephen DeWoody co-wrote Serpentine Fire, a contemporary science fiction thriller.

’76 | Florida Trend named Jay Brennan, an attorney with GrayRobinson, one of Florida’s Legal Elite. Jay was also recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer.

’77 | In 2002, Julia Coyle Gruver and her family died in a plane crash. In memory of their waterski teammate and friend, Deidre David Mahler, Susan Johnson Barry ’78, Paul Lupinacci, Susan Douglass Quirk ’78 ’79MBA, David Wiley ’78, Geoff Spencer ’79, Deborah Thomsen Wiley ’81, and David Freygang ’88MBA established a waterski legacy in her honor with USA Water Ski Foundation. In May, Stanley Horton ’77MBA completed his third year as director, president, and CEO of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners. Stanley celebrated 40 years with the energy business in December 2013. Bobby Reich, newly appointed assistant professor of management at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL, received the management session’s Best Paper Award at the Academy of Business Research’s spring conference in New Orleans. After 13 years of living in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Bobby, his wife, Ruth, and their son, Will ’16—a member of X Club, look forward to living the beach life.

’75 | Stephen DeWoody co-wrote Serpentine Fire, a contemporary science fiction thriller.

’78 | Patricia Loret de Mola ’80MBA received a 2014 Alumni Achievement Award from Rollins for her outstanding professional accomplishments, including CEO and president of Trade Settlement, an industry leader in automated loan closings.

1980s

’82 | Trustee Orlando Evora was one of four Central Florida businessmen to receive the Father of the Year Award from the 2014 Father’s Day Council on 6/12/14.

’83 | John Kavanaugh won an Emmy for his work on the theme song for Sofia the First, the popular animated series on the Disney Junior channel. Read More

’85 | Tracy Borgert Marshall of GrayRobinson has been named a Florida Super Lawyer. While volunteering at the USGA U.S. Open, Robert Kirby met Rollins golfer Annie Dulman ’16 and discovered that classmate Mary Lopuszynski, senior director of U.S. Open licensing and merchandising, is a colleague. Keith Shanahan and Adam Schwartz ’11 ’12MBA developed CellSpotter, a GPS location-sharing app.

’86 | During the holidays, Jay Werba helped President Emeritus Thaddeus Seymour ’80H hang a Christmas ornament given to Thad by Sister Kate Gibney in 1978, and reminisced about the role Sister Kate played in Jay’s graduating on time. Jay wrote about that experience for this issue’s The Last Word column on page 48.

’87 | The New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association honored Gregg Kaye with the 2014 Andy Baylock Distinguished Service Award for his significant contributions to the advancement of New England college baseball. Gregg has served as commissioner of the Commonwealth Coast Conference since 2007 and recently completed his term on the NCAA Division II Baseball Committee that he chaired from 2012–13. Olga Viso, executive director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN, is one of three new members recently appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Council on the Arts, the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Arts.

1990s

’90 | Laila Carroll Bowden received a 2014 Alumni Achievement Award from Rollins for her professional accomplishments as co-owner of Krazy Ketchup, a certified organic brand. Seán Kinane married Brandi Palmer on 10/14/13 in Clearwater Beach, FL. The couple lives in Gulfport, FL.

’92 | Stacy Bernard Pierson was appointed medical director of pediatric hospital medicine for Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, slated to open in spring 2017. Carla Borsoi ’95MBA received a 2014 Alumni Service Award from Rollins for her volunteer leadership and service to the College. Carla serves on the President’s Leadership Council, is an Alumni Career Network volunteer, and is active with the Crummer Alumni Association’s San Francisco City Club.

’93 | John Mongiovi practices hypnosis in New York City, specializing in helping performers.

’94 | Cheryl Brown Baker was named to the Florida High Tech Corridor’s 2014 Faces of Technology for her groundbreaking work to fight the side effects of cancer radiation therapy.

’95 | Sarah Azhar Ali ’97MBA is a contemporary artist who is represented by various galleries across the country. Bradenton, FL, residents Nora Bingenheimer Sinclair, a psychotherapist in private practice, and husband Doug ’94, a neurologist, recently celebrated 20 years of marriage. Lorenzo Borghese was named to New York City’s 20 Most Significant Young Philanthropists by New York Observer for his work with Animal Aid, a nonprofit he founded, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Actor, singer, and entertainer Christopher Fitzgerald received a 2014 Alumni Achievement Award from Rollins for his professional accomplishments, including two Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, one Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, and two Tony Award nominations for his work in Young Frankenstein and Finian’s Rainbow. This fall, he became the first person to play both lead male roles in Chicago on Broadway. Read More Charles Gallagher recently presented at the St. Petersburg Bar Association’s Real Property Section and moderated a panel discussion at the spring meeting of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section, which was held in Los Angeles.

’96 | Greg Selkoe, CEO and founder of fashion empire Karmaloop, received a 2014 Alumni Achievement Award from Rollins for his professional accomplishments. Social entrepreneur De Anne Wingate Bennett launched an e-book titled Finding Meaning: From the Inside Out, which provides tips on living a life of meaning. DeAnne is the founder of Blessed Lotus, a clothing brand that donates profits to provide education to children worldwide.

’97 | Nancy Fazio Kenney, husband Brian, and daughters Megan (9) and Sarah (4) welcomed Riley Jane on 4/10/14. Katri Hakola relocated to Tucson, AZ, for a job with Raytheon Missile Systems and is interested in connecting with area alumni. Katri is “planning for the next stage of [her] career and life and enjoying getting back to the world of auto racing.”

2000s

’01 | Holly Chinnery Pohlig and Jeff Pohlig ’99 ’01MBA welcomed Sophie Jane on 2/13/14.

’02 | Greg Babcock was named associate counsel with Portfolio Recovery Associates. Jim Singler, an estate-planning attorney, joined Calfee, Halter & Grinswold as a partner of its Cincinnati office.

’03 | Jessica Bonanno Coe earned an MBA with a concentration in social enterprise and impact investing from the University of Notre Dame in May 2014. Tampa Bay Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan ’0 received a 2014 Alumni Achievement Award from Rollins for his professional accomplishments.

’04 | Chrissy Auger ’07MLS accepted the position of assistant professor of rhetoric at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. In January 2014, Brooke Dalrymple became a partner of the Raleigh, NC, law firm Howard, Stallings, From & Hutson, where she has been practicing since 2007. Tyler Doggett ’08MBA received a 2014 Alumni Services Award from Rollins for his volunteer leadership and service to the College as an Alumni Career Network volunteer, Alumni Weekend volunteer, and 2014 10th-reunion class challenge donor. Eddie Huang, author of Fresh Off the Boat and owner and chef of Baohaus restaurant, received a 2014 Young Alumni Achievement Award from Rollins for his exceptional career accomplishments within 10 years of graduation. Laura Subrizi Yeshulas and husband Jonathan welcomed Bear William on 3/2/14. Natalie Taylor received a 2014 Young Alumni Achievement Award from Rollins. Natalie donated one of her kidneys to the National Kidney Registry, which helped a 9-year-old girl in Charleston, SC. Read More

’05 | Co-produced by Brad Carlson, Ask Me Anything premiered at the Nashville Film Festival in April 2014 and won Best Actress and Best Overall Music/Soundtrack. Kristen Kaminski ’09MBA married John Mallin on 5/10/14 in Cape Cod, MA. In attendance were Elizabeth Lukos ’02, Elizabeth Boone ’04, and Melissa Curran Pennise ’04. Mary Meyers married David Attaway in November 2013 at Knowles Memorial Chapel. In attendance were Jaime Marinaro, Heather Williams ’06, Trevor Cook ’07, Kimberly Lucy ’07, Deidra Albritton ’11, Meredith Foster ’12, and Kelly Jones ’13. Winter Park law firm Murrah, Doyle & Wigle appointed David Torre as partner on 6/12/14. David, former director of gift planning at Rollins, will focus on the firm’s estate planning, probate, and trust administration work. Laura van den Berg received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for her short story collection The Isle of Youth. Her first novel, Find Me, will be published by Farrar Strauss and Giroux early next year. Laura was on campus in February as part of Winter With the Writers. Read a Q&A with her.

’07 | Lara Bueso Bach and husband Marcus welcomed Ariana Penelope on 1/23/14. Kerry Gordon, a freelance writer for Demand Media Studios, wrote Blind Sky, a young adult novel. Keri Williamson Gasiorowski ’12MHR and husband Bart welcomed Gavin Joseph on 5/10/14.

’08 | Leidy Hurtado married Mario Zendeli on 5/24/14 at Knowles Memorial Chapel.

2010s

’10 | Brittny Cantor’s real estate technology business, MyGradPad, launched web app Roommate Recommender to help recent graduates find roommates. Brittny founded MyGradPad in 2012 and recently expanded her staff, three of whom are Rollins alumni. Jason Tillman graduated from St. John’s University Law School on 6/1/14. Strong Films, an acclaimed film company co-founded by Dustin Watkins, won Best of Show at the Orlando ADDYs for their project “We Love Isaiah” and received two gold Orlando ADDY Awards for “We Love Isaiah” and “Arnold Palmer Saves Christmas.”

’11 | Splash Shower Tunes by FRESHeTECH, a technology company founded by Adam Schwartz ’12MBA, was featured as a must-have product for spring on Today.

’13 | Emily Howell was accepted to the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, FL.