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Randy Knight Shandle
has retired to South Carolina after 30 years in the banking business. She owns two horses and lives in an equestrian subdivision where she can ride out from her backyard on 30 miles of trails. Randy has two children and five grandchildren and can’t believe how much she loves retirement!


Elizabeth Channing Bazzell, AA
, is proud to announce the birth of her seventh grandchild, Sarah Anne Porter. Sarah was born on February 6, 2009, in Chestertown, MD. Elizabeth’s oldest grandchild is eight, and so many young children make for great fun when the family is gathered.


Artist Caroline Cutrona Hottenstien, AAS, has donated a painting of Sr. Majella Berg, RSHM, to Marymount. The painting has been hung on the second floor of the Reinsch Library, next to the Gomatos Room.


Victoria Baylor Raabe, AAS, BSN ’79
, has earned the Certified Forensic Nurse designation from the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute (ACFEI). She has been working for FACT (Forensic Assessment and Consultation Team) with Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA, as a forensic nurse examiner since 2007.


Aileen Smith Dooley, AAS ’78, BBA
, recently relocated to Virginia after living in New Jersey for over 50 years. She is a teacher at Kettle Run High School in Fauquier County and is slowly adjusting to country living. Aileen misses her friends and family back in New Jersey, but is looking forward to celebrating her 30th Marymount Reunion in September.


Susan Lacz, BA
, hosted a mini-reunion for fellow 1980s grads at her home in Amelia Island, FL, in October 2008. Alumnae attending were (l to r): Kathy Hanna Kabel, AAS ’81; Cathy Meyers Warlich, AAS ’80; Scotty Ruane, AA ’80, BA ’82; Susan Lacz, BA ’83; Susan Cochran Jaye, AAS ’80; Meegan McGoldrick Baxter, BBA ’82; and Jane McKeon Bidwick, BBA ’83, MBA ’84.

Kathy Hanna Kabel, AAS ’81; Cathy Meyers Warlich, AAS ’80; Scotty Ruane, AA ’80, BA ’82; Susan Lacz, BA ’83; Susan Cochran Jaye, AAS ’80; Meegan McGoldrick Baxter, BBA ’82; and Jane McKeon Bidwick, BBA ’83, MBA ’84


Anastasia Soumbeniotis, BA
, was recently appointed deputy chief counsel of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the United States House of Representatives. In addition to her new duties, Stacie will continue to serve as the Democratic staff director for the Aviation Subcommittee, a position she has held since January 2000.


Rick Rambo, AAS
, was recently named vice president of Clinical Services for Omniflight Helicopters, Inc. He is responsible for all clinical operations for the company, including education and support, base-level guidance and direction, and quality assurance. He also coordinates activities with medical directors at various air medical services programs across the nation with whom the company contracts. Most recently, Rick was chief nursing officer/ director of nursing for Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital in Tempe, AZ, where he oversaw all clinical operations for the campus.


Gunter-Hatch Design Group, founded by Tami Hatch, MA, and Pattie Gunter, was selected to design one of the rooms in the Washington Design Center’s 24th Design House. The fall 2008 Design House offered lifestyle-conscious consumers an entrée into the world of high-end home décor. This year’s theme, “Designers
in Vogue,” featured eight rooms, inspired by interior design trends from across the globe.


Bon Secours Richmond Health System has named Toni Ardabell, MBA, chief executive officer for Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital. Toni comes to Bon Secours from northern Virginia’s Inova Fairfax Hospital, where she had served in key executive roles since 1989.

Karen Branton Haines, MBA, was appointed Catawba County Human Resources director on December 29, 2008. Karen was formerly a staff attorney for the Catawba County Department of Social Services. Along with her Marymount degree, Karen holds a BA in Communications from Mount Vernon College.


Lynn Nelson Padgett, BA, MA ’00
, and husband Brian welcomed a baby boy, Bradley Owen, on November 12, 2008. The family resides in Reston, VA.


Kevin Meiners, MS
, currently serving in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, was a keynote speaker at the National Association of Broadcasters’ Military and Government Summit in Las Vegas, NV, in April 2009.

Michael Miller, BA, married Robin Prentice on September 6, 2008. Michael is a corporal in the Sunbury, PA, Police Department, where he has been employed for the past 10 years.


Kim Dever-Johnson, MA
, is a licensed mental health counselor and a national board certified counselor, who currently works for the Glens Falls Hospitals’ School-Based Health Program in New York. After graduation, Kim worked for Fairfax County Public Schools as a counselor, and after the birth of her second child, she and her family moved back home to the Adirondacks area of New York state. While a stay-at-home mom, Kim created a program for girls called “You Grow Girl!” The program started out as an after-school healthy attitudes workshop for girls, and it has now moved into the schools as a curriculum component in health classes. Last summer, Kim launched the first “You Grow Girl!” and Yoga group for fifth- to eighth-grade girls. Recently, she co-authored an empowerment workbook for ’tween and teen girls called “You GROW Girl!” It was published in October 2008 by Larson Publication.


Julia Kramer, MA
, rejoined the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers as senior vice president in January 2009. She was formerly director of Human Resources and a consultant for the Council. Julia has more than 20 years of executive-level management, operational, and human resources experience, including 13 years at Dental Benefit Providers, now a United Healthcare company. In addition to her Marymount degree, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and is a certified senior professional in human resources. Julia is also a regular columnist for Leader’s Edge magazine and authors the online advice feature “Ask Julia.”

Lynda Mettee-Ziemski, BS, and husband Greg are happy to announce the birth of their first son, Maximilian James, on February 13, 2009. Lynda is working as a physician’s assistant at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The family resides in Middle River, MD.


An article by Lt. Gabriel Scheinbaum, BA, titled “At the Close of The Year, a Soldier is Born,” was featured in the December 2005 issue of American Reporter. He also wrote “Did You Miss the Mosul Cup?” which, along with his father’s article, “I Am a Bad American,” was also published in the American Reporter.


Nindy Gill, BA, MA ’03
, and husband Daniel Roberts welcomed their baby boy, Ranjit “RJ” Roberts, on December 11, 2008.

Michael Leith, BA, and his son, Alistair, were featured on Black Tie International magazine’s Web site as part of the group of Marymount alumni that marched in the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17, 2009.

Thomas B. Lenihan, BA, was selected as one of 15 teachers to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities teacher seminar this summer, “The Thirteenth Century Lives of St. Francis of Assisi.” He will be living and studying primarily in Siena and Assisi, Italy, for six weeks. Tom currently teaches Advanced Placement European History at Yorktown High School in Arlington, VA, and is pursuing an MALS in Medieval and Early Modern European Studies in the Liberal Studies Program at Georgetown University.


Jennifer Barker, BA
, married Bryan Jefferson on October 11, 2008. They reside in Riva, MD.

John Duggan, MA, is the new director for Mental Health and Developmental Disability Services at the Affiliated Santé Group in Silver Spring, MD. As a clinical director, John provides grant-funded services to qualifying individuals and families living with chronic mental illness and co-occurring cognitive/developmental disability. John also maintains a small private practice in Silver Spring, MD, and Washington, DC. In addition, he works as a psychiatric crisis clinician in the Emergency Center at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, MD.

Stephanie Hardman-Dicks, BA, married Matthew Dicks, and they have one daughter, Zoe Thomas Dicks. Matthew works for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, and Stephanie works as a legislative assistant to State Representative Kevin P. Murphy.


Maria Thornberg Wilson, BA
, married James Wilson in October 2006.


Ashley Berry, BA
, and a group of 2007 Interior Design graduates gathered at the Matchbox restaurant in Washington, DC, in August 2008. The group included Kimmie LaJeunesse, BA ’07; Christine Vance, BA ’07; Yin “Michelle” Ho, BA ’07; and Sarah Krautwurst, BA ’07.

Melissa Knaus Renner, MA, was married on August 8, 2008, to Bob Renner, Jr., at Osprey’s Golf Club along the Occoquan River in Woodbridge, VA.


Sean Bethel, BA
, married Jennifer Bethel on September 2, 2007. Their love story was featured in the June 2008 issue of Washingtonian magazine.


Meghan Beal Acocella, BA
, and husband Anthony announce the birth of their third child, Brody Thomas, on April 22. He joins brother Hudson, 4, and sister Reese, 2. The family resides in Fairfax, VA.

Kevin Cyron, BA, recently received master’s degrees in Sociology and European Studies from St. Petersburg State University in Russia. His thesis, “The Misconception of Russian Authoritarianism,” was presented for discussion at the September conference on European Studies: Democracy, Totalitarianism and Authoritarianism across Centuries at Siauliai University’s European Studies Institute in Siauliai, Lithuania. Kevin is currently working for the American Chamber of Commerce in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Kristin Ingalls, BS, is living in Leesburg, VA, and has been teaching for Loudoun County Public Schools for the past five years. She is working on a graduate degree from George Mason University.


Scott Dyer, BBA
, was featured on NBC4 morning news on August 26, 2008, in a spot about his work and accomplishments with JP Morgan Chase & Co. The feature also appeared on the NBC4 Web site and JP Morgan Chase & Co.’s internal site.

In June 2008, Sarah Hamaker, MA, published a book entitled Hired@Home: The Christian Mother’s Guide to Working from Home. Using prayer, scripture passages, and conversations with others, Sarah helps women examine their lives and evaluate their family, financial, and personal situation to see if working at home is right for them.

Amanda Emma Viola, AAS, was married to Lt. Peter Thomas Beuttenmuller in May 2008. Amanda is a registered nurse in the intensive-care unit at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, VA. Peter is a training officer for antisubmarine warfare at the Naval Support Activity Base in Norfolk.


Jennifer Kikta Marshall, BS
, and Doug Marshall united in marriage on June 4, 2005. They now reside in Yakima, WA. Jennifer is a data analyst for a community health care company. She is also pursuing an MBA at Washington State University and expects to graduate in May 2010.

Brian Dell’Olio, BA, was elected to the Scarborough, ME, Board of Education in November 2007 and sworn in on December 5. He is chairman of the Board’s Finance Committee and also serves on the Curriculum and Policy committees.

Alison Sigethy, BA, returned in August 2008 from the second leg of an Arctic kayaking expedition through the Northwest Passage. Her team got as far as Cambridge Bay before running out of favorable weather. They will reconvene in July 2010 to finish the 3,000-mile journey.

Elaine Westley, MBA, was recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who in April 2008 for showing dedication, leadership, and excellence in all aspects of her personal life and professional career. Elaine has been employed by the United States Postal Service for more than 30 years and manages the Postal Service’s National Women’s Program. She has been influential in recruiting women and providing them with professional-development opportunities.


Pamela Brozozog Lee, BS
, and her husband, Christopher, welcomed daughter Katherine Grace on August 2, 2008. Pamela spent three months on bed rest in INOVA Fairfax Hospital before the baby’s birth. She wants to thank the many Marymount friends who visited her in the hospital and sent prayers and notes.

Melinda Stopa Young, MBA, and her husband, Blaine, welcomed daughter Hayden in December 2006. Melinda and her family relocated to Charlotte, NC, in July 2007 when she accepted a position as vice president in Global Product Solutions (GPS) for Bank of America. Global Product Solutions designs, delivers, and services integrated credit and treasury products for more than 140,000 clients around the world. Melinda works on business strategy and development for new ideas within GPS.


In August 2008, Tobias Harkleroad, MEd, was appointed principal of St. Camillus School & Early Childhood Learning Center in Silver Spring, MD.