Class News

edited by Meredith Vance


’69 | James M. Hunt ’69MCS led the successful preservation campaign for Lighthouse Point Park in Ponce Inlet, FL, in 1986. A dedication ceremony was held on 2/18/13 in honor of James’ accomplishment on behalf of the community.


’74 | Joel D. Greenspan is a professor of neural and pain sciences and holds the chair of that department at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. He gave a presentation in November titled “Consensus on Studying Sex and Gender Differences in Pain and Analgesia” at Gender Summit 3 – North America. Jim Strathern has been traveling with his son, Michael, to Big Ten gymnastics meets. Michael is part of the University of Michigan men’s gymnastics team, which recently won the 2013 NCAA national championship. Adis M. Vila, Esq., the first chief diversity officer for the U.S. Air Force Academy, designed the new Ambassadors of Inclusion program to build cadets’ cross-cultural competencies, which received an honorable mention in Diversity Journal. Adis was recently appointed a senior fellow of the Florida Institute of Technology Institute for Cross Cultural Management in the School of Psychology.

’76 | Jay Brennan, an attorney with GrayRobinson, was recognized as a 2014 outstanding attorney by Best Lawyers referral guide.


’83 | Helen Raynolds Griffith retired from a career of tax advising. She enjoys weekends at her beach house in Bethany Beach, DE. Helen has four children and the youngest is a junior at the University of Maryland.

’84 | Zachary Dunbar is a senior lecturer in musical theater and an acting coach for the MA Classical Acting program at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama at the University of London. He recently published two works: Companion to Theatre History and The Ancient and Modern Chorus. Zachary directed a production of Euripides’ Bacchae at Central’s Embassy Theatre, and premiered an original work titled Outtakes: Antigone. More recently, he gave a lecture and piano recital during the opening festival of the European Centre of Theatre Practices in Gardzienice, Poland. Jim Ramsey is the author of a new fiction novel titled Post Road Promises, published by PathBinder Publishing.

’87 | After serving as the executive officer of Naval Health Clinic in Quantico, VA, Captain Marvin L. Jones has assumed duties as the commanding officer of Naval Health Clinic Charleston. In his new role, Marvin oversees all medical operations and supports the 56,000 service members, beneficiaries, retirees, and veterans at Joint Base Charleston-Naval Weapons Station, SC.

’88 | Daniel R. Garrison Jr. ’91MBA accepted a new position as a physics teacher at charter school Harlem Village Academy High in New York City. Daniel is assisting the school in pursuing certification as an International Baccalaureate World School.

’89 | John R. Gill ’89MBA has been appointed president and CEO of Quest, a nonprofit organization serving individuals with developmental disabilities. Sarah E. Miller, a Los Angeles-based artist, collaborated with her former student and poet Jack Doehring on their recently published book, To Abstract. The book contains a collaboration of 70 visual pieces and 20 poems.


’90 | Kimberly Lankarge Driggers, a partner at Brooks, LeBoeuf, Bennett, Foster & Gwartney, was named one of Florida’s Legal Elite by Florida Trend. Kimberly recently spoke at the Florida Justice Association’s (FJA) Advanced Trial Skills for Top Litigators and received FJA’s Shoe Leather Award. Carol A. Kostick married L. Virgil Schneck ’96MBA in Winter Park on 9/12/12.

’92 | Jennifer D. Goblisch specializes in rare and fine wine auctions for Acker Merrall & Condit.

’93 | Lee Manwaring Lowry is serving as the 2013–14 president of The Junior League of Tampa. Stephanie B. Sinkfield’s debut novel, Shoot the Lights Out, was published by Lee’s publishing company, InSink Press.

’95 | Trevor A. Clendenin received a master’s degree in visual media from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. In December, Shelly Wyatt ’95MLS earned a PhD in education with an emphasis on instructional technology and design from University of Central Florida.

’97 | Ben A. Sharpton ’97MHR is the author of The 3rd Option, his most recent work of fiction. Julie Westendorf-Walker, owner of Julie K. Music, was listed among the 40 Leaders Under Forty in Central Illinois by Interbusiness Issues. The owner and operator of Julie K. Music, Julie was recognized for her work as an entrepreneur, singer/songwriter, and award-winning performer and creator of original children’s music.

’99 | Nicole Abisinio produced and acted in the film The Investigator, a story of a modern-day investigation into the life of Jesus Christ. The film opened in Orlando and select cities in September 2013. Louise M. Gouge ’99MLS writes for Harlequin’s Steeple Hill and Love Inspired Historical imprints. Fourteen of her novels have been published, including her 1999 thesis, Ahab’s Bride, and her most recent historical romance, A Lady of Quality. Jeff B. Pohlig ’01MBA won a national overall title for Men 3 Tricks at the 71st GOODE Water Ski National Championships in August 2013.


’00 | Megan Fusco Ames and husband Edward welcomed Carter MacDaniel on 9/16/13. Dorcas R. Gilmore, assistant general counsel for the NAACP legal department, organized the NAACP 2013 Annual Convention held in Orlando in July 2013. Leah Canlas Nash, owner of Trust Source Consulting, is the new Work Well Winter Park program manager for the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce.

’01 | In March, Vanessa Blakeslee’s debut story collection, Train Shots, was released by Burrow Press. Vanessa earned an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and her writing has appeared in The Southern Review, Green Mountains Review, The Paris Review Daily, and Kenyon Review Online. Rachel A. Gramer began a PhD program in rhetoric and composition at the University of Louisville. Jill Razor Wells, husband Bryan, and daughter Avery welcomed Taylor Anne on 5/28/13.

’02 | Leslie C. Halpern ’02MLS is the author of children’s books Shakes, Cakes, Frosted Flakes: Funny Children’s Poems About Table Manners and Rub, Scrub, Clean the Tub: Funny Children’s Poems About Self-Image, both published by Cricket Cottage Publishing. Sascha M. Heller received a master’s degree in public policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany. Kate Marzullo screened her short film, Phoenix Song, at the Orlando Film Festival on 10/17/13. The film is an Indie Fest award winner in the Women Filmmakers category. Bessie Seeley Newman ’09MBA and husband Jason welcomed Harrison James on 10/25/13. Emily Mann Woodling and husband Casey welcomed Grady Patrick on 7/12/13.

’03 | Rollins College Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations Leslie C. Carney ’09MBA married Andrew J. McClelland ’09MBA in Asheville, NC, on 1/3/14. Kristin Monahan Garcia and husband Felipe welcomed Sebastian on 10/22/13.

’04 | Moya Nickodem Dacey ’09MBA and husband Eric welcomed Kieran Bell on 8/23/13.

’06 | Benjamin Cassidy of the National Rifle Association participated in Beast Feast, an annual charity barbecue benefitting the nonprofit organization So Others Might Eat (SOME). Also in attendance were Christopher Hoadley, Edward Kent, Louis Lenglet, Eric Price, Whitney Cary ’07, Caroline Cassidy ’09, Charlotte Froehlich ’09 ’10MBA, and Julianne Haggerty ’09. Managing partner and chief investment officer of Regal Point Capital Management Vijay J. Marolia ’06MBA announced the addition of two new staff members to his team: associate analyst Charlie Fitzgerald ’12 ’13MBA and operations coordinator and current Crummer Graduate School of Business student Georgina PerticariDaniel Robertson ’10MBA married Alexandra Elizabeth Lang ’11 ’12MBA on 11/2/13 in Knowles Memorial Chapel. William Seemer completed an MA in biology from the University of North Florida and was accepted to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Danielle M. Wanglien, an associate attorney of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus in New York, raised nearly $4,000 for the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation by completing the 2013 ING New York City Marathon.

’07 | Meredith Bichsel married Graham Winfrey on 6/15/13 in Amenia, NY. Meredith is an owner of Project MM, a public relations agency, and works from Brooklyn. Katherine Bakker McKee and husband Jeffrey welcomed twins, Emma and Milo, on 5/30/13. Victoria Palace married Peter Venturi in Hillsborough, CA. Sally Johnston ’06 served as the maid of honor and the bridesmaids included Hillary Rose ’06 and Whitney Cary. Also in attendance were Erin Cornack ’06, Meg Crowley ’06, Nicole Hektner ’06, Erin Kilmartin ’06, and Rachael Workman ’08. Foundation for Foster Children announced Maria Petrakos as the recipient of the Child Welfare Spirit Award for her outstanding work as the program and volunteer manager. Cara Teller married Michael Bock in Vermont on 10/5/13.

’09 | Michael A. Eppich raised nearly $250,000 for his startup company CnXn based in Cleveland, OH. The company is building an app to connect athletes and trainers with one another worldwide. Jacqueline Marquez-DuPrey received an MJ in health law from Loyola College of Law in August. She is the owner of JRB LIN & Associates, a case management and consulting firm specializing in services for those with intellectual disabilities. Madeline Obler married Justin GRill ’11 in Havre de Grace, MD, on 5/25/13. In attendance were Laura Cross ’10, Julie Grass, Nicole Hession ’10 ’11MBA, J.D. Casto ’11, Jimmy Colston ’11, Nicholas Horsmon ’11, Meredith Lohwasser ’11 ’12MBA, Chris O’Keefe ’11, and Peter Russo ’11.


’10 | Michelle Madow’s latest work of teen fiction, The Secret Diamond Sisters, will be released internationally by Harlequin Teen on 2/25/14.

’11 | Tim Castino ’11MBA and wife Amanda welcomed Sophia Grace on 1/9/14. Hannah Leadbeater ’11MBA married Jeremy Hartmann in Orlando on 12/2/12. Michelle Lonk ’12 married Nicholas Pittari on 10/19/13 in Knowles Memorial Chapel. Rollins College Technical Support Specialist Travis Ray ’11 ’13MPCU married Alexa Gordon ’13 in Orlando on 5/14/13.

’14 | Sarah Bishop produced a 15-minute film titled Gray Skies in the Sunshine State: Homelessness in Orlando, which was screened at the Orlando Film Festival in October 2013.