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ALUMNA PROFILE Stefani Beser and Jamie Read ’08 ’11M were married on Oct. 8, 2016 at The Mount Washington Tavern in Baltimore. They took a honeymoon cruise down the Rhine River from Amsterdam to Switzerland and ended the trip with a few days in Paris. Making Connections and Building Relationships Condolences to Derek Weifenbach on the passing of his mother, Linda, in January. Linda was a member of the VJC/SU staff from 2003- 2009. 2010 Shantell Roberts ’08 (business administration) is no Jessica “Jessie” Green Fitzell ’10 ’12M and her husband, Russell, welcomed a daughter, Isabella, on May 7, 2016. Jessie is a Special Agent with the Department of Defense and a Federally Certified Polygraph Examiner. Katie Ballance has joined Junior Achievement of Central Maryland as Marketing Director. Stephanie Sufczynski and Steven Mark Barsotti, Jr. were married on Oct. 1, 2016 at St. Ursula Catholic Church. A reception followed at Sparrows Point Country Club. Matt Bramble has spent the past five years in graduate school at UCLA working on his doctorate in human genetics. His work focuses on the genetic basis of sex differences in the brain, and he has recently had several articles published in Nature’s Scientific Reports and the Journal of Neuroscience Research. Sarah Bressler Bull is working at Stevenson as Assistant to the Dean of the Brown School of Business and Leadership. Mark Golueke has joined the staff at SU as a Data Entry Specialist in the Human Resources Department. 2011 Katelyn Manocheh and Kerry Dugan ’09 were married on Oct. 22, 2016. The ceremony and reception were held at the Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa., and the couple honeymooned on Anna Maria Island off the gulf coast of Florida. The couple resides in Timonium, Md. Suzanne Packard and Paul Kraus were married by “Elvis” on Aug. 2, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nev. The couple resides in Catonsville, Md. Julie Wajtkowicz married Matthew Main on Oct. 8, 2016 in Pasadena, Md. She is in her sixth year teaching elementary school in Anne Arundel County. Elysian Richardson and Jeanna Thomas ’11 were married on April 29, 2016 in Antigua. Sarah Sawyer has joined the law firm of Offit Kurman where her practice is focused on commercial, business, and labor and employment litigation. She represents business owners in all types of litigation disputes and transactions. Sarah received a J.D. degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law. 22 | VENTURES/SPRING 2017 stranger to tragedy, having lost her one-year-old daughter six years ago to MRSA pneumonia. Despite her grief, shortly Ava Schein ’15 married Andrew Ellett on Sept. 25, 2016. The wedding and reception were held at the Liberty Mountain Resort and Conference Center in Fairfield, Pa. The wedding party included many SU alumni including Johnny Mills ’14, Annie McCoach ’16, Tara Shishmanian ’15, Jenifer Antonelli ’15, Susana Cintron ’15, Maria Zambuto Karolenko ’14 and Chris Karolenko ’14, and J Andrew Cerda. The wedding photographer was Corinne Thompson ’14, whose business is called Love to the Core. thereafter, she founded a 501c3 nonprofit organization, Touching Young Lives Inc., which focuses on the health and well-being of infants and children. Yet her efforts did not stop there. Roberts, who considers herself a mate rnal and child health advocate, is the Safe Sleep Coordinator for HealthCare Access Maryland, a posi- tion funded under the B’More for Healthy Babies Safe Sleep 2012 Tamar Rafaeli ’12 ’16M received a master’s degree in business and technology management from Stevenson last May. Kayla Wilson spent the summer working in the Office of the Attorney General and the Office of the Secretary of State of Maryland helping to draft a possible flag protocol for fallen soldiers and assisting with the draft of a ballot question for the November 2016 general election. She also traveled to Croatia for three weeks as part of the Intellectual Property Study Abroad program offered at Michigan State University College of Law, where she is studying. When Kayla returned to school and her classes last fall, she also started an externship with the National Labor Relations Board in Detroit. 2013 Nichole Zang Do is working as a Program Management Specialist in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Kristin Giauque ’13 ’15M is employed by the Department of Defense at Ft. Meade, Md., as a Program Manager. Taylor Zimmerman and Alex Hosier ’12 became engaged on Dec. 10, 2016. They have been a couple for seven years and are planning a spring 2018 wedding. and was featured in the Greenbelt News Review for her use of real-life situations in teaching first graders at Magnolia Elementary School. She considers her teaching style to be very hands-on and tries to challenge the students while also providing a fun environment where they can interact with each other. Initiative. Working with families who meet certain criteria, Callum Robinson was selected second overall in the Major League Lacrosse supplemental draft by the Atlanta Blaze. Callum appeared in nine games with the Chesapeake Bayhawks last season. and provides them with in-home services. The initiative has Jennifer “Jen” Rosenbloom recently relocated to West Palm Beach, Fla., and is fulfilling a dream of living in south Florida. She is working as a National Account Manager at Wells Pharmacy Network, a nationwide compounding pharmacy. down in our city,” says Roberts. safe sleep resources and education through the Safe Sleep SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) Prevention Ini- tiative. Through a referral program, Roberts identifies in- dividuals in need of safe sleep environments for children been proven effective and Roberts has played a significant part in that success over the past year. “Through the im- plementation of the SIDS program, the numbers are going “Unfortunately, the numbers don’t look great outside of Shantell Roberts ’08 Baltimore,” she adds. This concern inspired her to find a way to address it. Roberts submitted a business venture pro- sociation Board, Roberts finds herself networking constantly. posal through the Johns Hopkins University Social Innova- Tre Seals received the Typography 2017 Award for Excellence from Communication Arts Magazine: Typography Annual 7 for a film poster he designed for Theodore Booker’s ’16 senior project, entitled “Sixteen.” Tre received a two-page spread in the magazine. He was also featured in the Print Magazine Regional Design Annual and received awards for his SU School of Design poster, “Find Your Passion.” She attributes her ability to make meaningful connections tion Lab, and was selected as one of only 10 ventures chosen and understand the value of strengthening relationships to from 53 proposals. Her proposal was the implementation of the experiences she had as a student at Villa Julie College. Tara Shishmanian has returned to the region and is working as a meetings project manager at Paralyzed Veterans of America in Washington, D.C. Andrew McGregor ’15 ’16M will have part one of his thesis research published this year in the Journal of Forensic Sciences. Samantha Simpson attended the Maryland Council for Teachers of Mathematics Conference in October and along with a colleague presented, “Fostering Proof of GeoGebra.” Samantha teaches at Wilde Lake Middle School in Columbia. Melissa Pinkney is a second-year teacher in Prince George’s County Public Schools Avery Yancey ’15 ’16M is working as an IT specialist at the Social Security Administration. 2015 including financial and socioeconomic need, she provides universal safe sleep prevention by way of the Safe Sleep Baby “Building tight relationships with my classmates allowed Box. Baby boxes keep infants contained and well-positioned us to hold one another accountable. A lot of those relation- for safe sleep, and Roberts thinks every mother deserves to ships have carried well beyond college for me,” says Roberts. have one for her child. Through this program, Roberts has Events that she attended as a student brought together a been provided with mentorship, funding, and resources she mixed group of people from different areas across campus, would have never received otherwise. and the opportunities to interact with them helped her gain Her academic background paired with her current work in the nonprofit sector has allowed Roberts to see the big confidence as she continued connecting with new people throughout her personal and professional life. picture. “My degree and professional experiences in busi- Her ability to make connections has paid off in big ness remind me to always consider what a program or ini- ways.  “Think about it. You could meet a venture capitalist tiative takes to implement behind the scenes,” she says. at a picnic and they might end up funding your project,” she Volunteering her time and support to several local orga- nizations, including the Stevenson University Alumni As- suggests. 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