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Dolores Vaca Donihi, AA, has worked for the New Mexico legislature for the past 24 years. She also currently works part-time for the New Mexico Human Services Department and its Behavioral Health Services Division, where she assists individuals with mental health and substance-abuse issues with their recovery. Dolores looks forward to finishing her master’s degree and continuing on to earn her Ph.D. in Social Work or Psychology. Her son Christopher, his wife April, and their two boys – Reece, 10, and Connor, 7 – live in Phoenix. Her younger son, Brian, lives in Madison, Wisconsin.


Suzanne Ludwig Soroka and Tom Soroka have been married for 37 years and have three daughters and one grandchild. After 12 years of working for a U.S. Senator, Suzanne went on to work for a nonprofit and recently retired. She spends as much time as possible traveling to see her family and planting as many gardens in their yards as they will allow. Suzanne recalls her years at Marymount as exciting and says that she hopes to rekindle old friendships.


Nancy Breuel, AAS, would like to share that her mother, Ann Breuel, passed away on January 14, 2011.


Melanie Priest, AAS, is a registered nurse at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. She has been working to promote safety in performing MRIs by organizing a radiology conference for staff nurses to increase understanding of radiology nursing and patients’ experience in radiology.

Lee Quartermaine Allen, AA, completed her BS at Virginia Wesleyan College in 1985. She married Ford Allen, a Dartmouth College graduate, in 1987. They have three children: Chelsea Mabry, who is 21 years old and engaged; Shelby Lavan, who is 16 years old and in “first love”; and Case Allen, who is 12 years old and “king of the 6th grade.” The Allens are members of Providence Presbyterian Church in Hilton Head, SC, where they also reside.

Paula Meechan Tshudy, BA, of Lancaster, PA, became a WomenHeart Champion in November 2010 after graduating from the annual WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium at the Mayo Clinic. Paula is one of 55 women from around the country – all heart disease survivors – who were selected from a national application process to attend the four-day symposium and become leaders in education, advocacy, and community support related to the issue of women and heart disease.


Mark Gatanas, BA, has worked for Lockheed Martin in northern Virginia since 2008. He is also the owner of Gatanas Services, LLC, which opened in February 2009 in Springfield, VA. The company performs photo scanning, 35 mm slide/negative scanning, and VHS-to-DVD conversion.

Dianne Lindo, BA, MA ’86, writes, “I was happy to visit Marymount in April 2010 and catch up with Dr. Linda McMahon. She was a wonderful inspiration when I was a student. As I am now the provost at St. John’s College [in Belize], talking administrative trivia with her was refreshing!”


James Flynn, MBA, has been appointed vice president of Contracts for DCS Corporation in Alexandria, VA, where he will have responsibility for contracts, subcontracts, purchasing, and pricing. Jim has more than 25 years of managerial experience in contracts and finance for companies in the government services sector. Most recently, he served as vice president of Strategic Pricing at USIS. Jimis also amember of the National Contract Management Association.


Jennifer Wise Siciliano, BA, was recently named vice president of Government Relations at Inova Health System in Falls Church, VA. She now has primary responsibility for Inova Health System’s relationships with federal, state, and local elected officials.


Gina Cappello, MA ’96, and Andrew Rocco were married on October 23, 2010, in Alexandria, VA. Pictured (l to r): Jennifer Shapiro McNally ’93; Jill McDowell Gatti ’93; Gina Cappello Rocco; Jennifer White Sluss ’93, MEd ’99; Dori Castagno Nolan ’93; and Michelle Woodward Pringle ’93.


Rose Costas, MA, was married to Giddings Dietrich on January 1, 2011. The couple live in Austin, TX, and Rose works at the Department of Treasury.

Matthew Zingaro, BA; Melissa Falkenstern Zingaro, ’99, ’01, MSN ’10; and big brother Michael welcomed daughter and sister Juliana Ruth into the world on May 25, 2011.


D. Ian Hopper, BA, a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State, will depart for the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, to serve as the consul general in 2012, after a year of Arabic study. Ian, his wife Michele Beaulieu Hopper, BS ’95, and their four children have previously served in Manila, Philippines; Lomé, Togo; and Chennai, India. Ian is currently concluding an assignment in Washington, DC.

Judith Berg Bjornaas, MBA, was named senior vice president of financial planning and analysis and deputy to CEO Kevin M. Phillips at ManTech International Corporation in November 2010. ManTech is a provider of technologies and solutions for mission-critical national security programs. Judith is responsible for budgeting and forecasting financial performance and overseeing the company’s treasury requirements. She has more than 25 years of financial management experience in the federal contracting environment. Before joining ManTech, Judith was chief financial officer and treasurer at NCI Inc. She is a Certified Management Accountant through the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of the National Association of Accountants.


Megan Hathaway Bowers, BA, was recently appointed director of guidance at St.Mary’s High School in Annapolis, MD. She previously worked as a guidance counselor at Mount de Sales Academy. Megan says, “I am very excited to work with the students and families of St.Mary’s!”

Allison Howard, BA, CT, was recently featured in an article in the Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA) regarding her work as the assistant director of the Victim/Witness Protection Programin the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office in Suffolk, VA. She is serving as assistant director of the programfor the second time since 1998.


After graduating from MU, Stephanie Boska Leon, BA, received an M.Ed. from the University of Mary Washington, specializing in Second Language Acquisition. She worked for Stafford County, Virginia, Public Schools for four years, and has been married since 2002 to Christopher B. Leon. They celebrated the birth of their first son in February 2009 and are expecting their second son in October 2011.

Megan Morrison, AAS ’98, BSN, received her Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in May 2011. This autumn, she will begin a Ph.D. program at the University of Washington.

Vanessa Collier Weglian, BA, and Michael Weglian are happy to announce their marriage and the birth of their son. Their wedding ceremony was on September 18, 2010, at St. John the Beloved Catholic Church in McLean, VA. Fellow alum Robert A. Wildman, BA ’00, was among the guests. Michael, a 2002 graduate of George Mason University, and Vanessa welcomed their son, George Stephen, on June 21, 2011.


Joyce Beasley McMillan, BA, has been the assistant dean of the Paralegal Studies program at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) since August 2010. After receiving her BA in Business Administration from Marymount, Joyce graduated from the George Mason University School of Law. She is a licensed attorney and is responsible for the Paralegal Studies and Administration of Justice programs at NOVA’s Alexandria Campus.

Elizabeth Eagar Merck, BA, Joshua Merck, BS ’01, and their 4-year-old daughter, Abigail, are proud to announce the birth of Annabelle Autumn Merck on September 22, 2010.

David Tyskowski, BA, recently accepted a position as corporate account manager at Servpro of Central Manhattan. David was previously employed at Servpro of McLean, VA, as an account manager. The company provides emergency fire and water cleanup and restoration.


Julie Wilson, BA ’01, recently won the title of Ms. Virginia 2011. She was the fourth runner-up at the national America’s Miss/Ms. Division Pageant on June 24 in Annapolis, MD. Julie says that she is excited to represent the great state of Virginia and her charity, the Eye Cancer Foundation. Julie owns her own business, Encore Ballroom Couture, which specializes in haute couture ballroom fashions.

Omar Canty, BA, and his wife Rebecca welcomed their son, Caleb Rexell Canty, on February 19, 2011.

Nancy Rosenberg England, MA, and Sean England are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Elissa Rose, on October 3, 2010, in Arlington, TX. Elissa joins big brothers Zane and Patrick.

Kirsten Hoffman Fullerton, BA, and Andrew Fullerton announce the birth of their son, Archer John Fullerton, on November 1, 2010, in Stillwater, OK.

Thu Hoang, BBA, and Lewis Brooks are the parents of a baby girl, Lauren Carly Brooks, born on November 27, 2010, in Fairfax, VA.

Thomas Lenihan, BA, completed his Master of Arts degree in the Liberal Studies Program at Georgetown University, with a concentration in Medieval and Early Modern European Studies. His thesis is entitled “The English Church Shall Be Free”: Roots of the Reformation from William I to Henry VIII.” Tom joined Marymount’s History Department as an adjunct instructor in fall 2010, teaching a course called Approaches to Teaching Secondary History and Social Science. This fall Tom will begin a term as chair of the Social Studies Department at Yorktown High School in Arlington, VA, where he teaches AP European History and Ancient World History.

Kelly McLaughlin, BA, CT ’02, graduated in May 2011 with a master’s degree in Paralegal Studies from the George Washington University.


Kimberly Welch, BA, MS ’04, DPT ’07, a physical therapist, married Joseph Barnard on September 25, 2010, in San Diego, CA. Among the guests were fellow MU alumni Erika Mesenbourg, MS ’04, DPT ’07; Nicole Tatro, BBA ’02; Kristopher Hahn, BBA ’04; Katherine Levey, BA ’02; and Britta Gilbert, DPT ’07.


In January 2011, Jan Abraham, MBA, joined Solomon Edwards Group, LLC, as business-development manager for the Washington DC Metro Office. She is responsible for developing new opportunities, building existing accounts, and managing various consulting services offered to clients. Prior to joining SEG, Jan was the assistant vice president of corporate accounts at CITI. A member of the Junior League of Washington for eight years, she is currently chairing that organization’s National Museum of Women in the Arts Committee. For two years Jan has been a volunteer tutor with the Literacy Council of Montgomery County, and she was recently selected by Compass to volunteer for the project “New Communities for Children,” where she will assist the board in assessing its strengths and weaknesses. Compass provides pro bono strategic consulting to strengthen the capacity, effectiveness, and sustainability of Greater Washington, DC, nonprofits.

Andrea Bernstein Louth, BS, and Jason Louth were married in Baltimore, MD, on September 26, 2009. Several Marymount alumni were in attendance, including Elizabeth Emmons, BBA ’03; Brandi Taylor, BS ’03; Ashlee Courter, BA ’03; and Rachael Hilfiger Sifer ’03. Andrea recently completed a dual master’s degree program at the Johns Hopkins University, earning a Master of Science in Information Systems and a Master of Business Administration. Her graduation took place at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore on May 24, 2011.


Yolanda Barbier, BA ’04, who served as Marymount’s Alumni Association Board president in 2009-10, married James Gibson on June 4, 2011, at Macedonia Baptist Church in Arlington, VA.

Brandon Thorne, MBA, was named controller and vice president of finance for Razorsight Corporation in December 2010. Razorsight, based in Reston, VA, provides cloud-based business intelligence and profit analytics solutions for communications service providers. Brandon is responsible for overseeing Razorsight’s finance, accounting, and administration functions. He has more than 12 years of related experience, most recently serving as controller for Trust Digital. Previously, Brandon was the accounting manager at IBA Molecular North America. In addition to his Marymount degree, Brandon has a BA in Accounting from Randolph-Macon College. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Virginia.


Jennifer Kikta Marshall, BS, received a Master of Business Administration from Washington State University in December 2010.

Kevin Woestman, MA, and Peggy McClung Woestman, MA ’06 are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Claire Elizabeth. She joins big brother Noah in their Chantilly, VA, home.


Jon Bramlett, BA, and Kristen Anderson, BA ’06, were married on May 7, 2011, at the Washington Golf and Country Club in Arlington, VA. In attendance were Marymount alumni (l to r) Row 1: Beth Horrigan, BBA ’06; Ashley Natoli, BA ’05, MA ’07; Sara Leslie, BA ’06; Carah McMullen, BA ’06; Row 2: Angel Contreras, BS ’06; Kerry Adler, BA ’06; Meredith Wyatt, BA ’05; Row 3: Mike Brunais, BA ’06; Elyse Krantiz, BA ’07; Jon Bramlett and Kristen Anderson Bramlett; Lauren Gronske, BA ’05; and Amy Trimble, BA ’03, MEd ’04.

Emily Koska Barrett, BA, recently accepted a position at the University of Georgia, located in Athens, GA, as program coordinator for the Poultry Science Department. Emily moved back to the states from Ireland, where she had been employed at the University of Limerick as an administrator in the Materials & Surface Science Institute.

Carmela Pedicini Jones, BA, and Benjamin Jones were married in Alexandria, VA, on May 8, 2010.

Following her graduation from Marymount, Pamela Audrey Brozozog Lee, BS, researched HIV for the United States military, working with the successful RV144 vaccine. She changed jobs in October 2010 and is now at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory doing biodefense research. Pamela and her husband Chris have two daughters, Katherine and Juliette Aubrey Lee.

Tikinia McPhail-Calvert, BA, Joseph Calvert, and daughter Anya Calvert are pleased to announce the addition of two more beautiful girls to their family. Twin daughters Jaiden Tatianna and Jordyn Bailey were born on January 21, 2011.

Matt Montazzoli, BA, and Mallory Engers Montazzoli, BA ’06, will relocate to Boulder, CO, in the fall. Matt was one of 19 Army Officers selected to attend law school and transfer to the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps; he will attend the University of Colorado. Mallory is finishing her Master of Public Administration at UNC Pembroke. The Montazzolis have spent the last four years at Fort Bragg, NC, where Mallory served as the program director for an adult literacy nonprofit and Matt deployed twice to Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division.


Tiffany Palmisano, BS, received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree with honors from the University of Miami on May 12, 2011.

Alyson Reischl, BA, and Brian Wasser were married in Potomac, MD, on August 6, 2011. Alyson recently accepted a position at Independent Benefit Services in Rockville, MD, as a benefit administrator. She was previously employed as a human resources assistant at Cvent.


Sherry Mendoza, BA ’10, was featured on the Prince William County Schools website in May 2011 in an article titled “Helping Parents Help their Children the PEPWay,” highlighting the success of the Parents as Educational Partners program. Sherry is working as a school parent liaison and has her own program that helps parents learn about school and community resources. She hopes to obtain a master’s degree in Counseling in the near future.

Eileen Daly Vitelli, MA, has been awarded the 2011 Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award by the American Society of Interior Designers Foundation. The annual award recognizes an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student’s interior design research or thesis project. Eileen won for her master’s thesis “Breaking Bread and Making Dough: the Communal Table.” The thesis explored guest behavior and spending at communal tables (seating two or more unrelated parties) in fullservice restaurants, comparing them with conventional, separate tables within the same establishment.


Kate Bell, BA, received the Sister Majella Berg Service Award at Marymount’s 2011 Commencement ceremonies. At MU, Kate served as an orientation leader, admissions ambassador, and member of the Campus Ministry student leadership team. She co-led the Grate Patrol, delivering breakfast to homeless DC residents, and volunteered at Argus House, a community-based group home for at-risk boys. In addition, Kate was a member of MU’s cross country team during her freshman and sophomore years and then was on the women’s lacrosse team. She plans to go on to graduate school and remain involved with community service and nonprofit organizations.

Laura Schaefer, BA, received the Bishop Ireton Award at Commencement for having the greatest influence of good on her companions. She was active in Campus Ministry, serving on the student leadership team for three years, co-founding a faith group, organizing a volunteer program at Sunrise Assisted Living, and participating in Alternative Spring Break. Laura also tutored fellow students in MU’s Learning Resource Center. She is now planning to spend a year doing service work in Banica.

Jo Ann McLaughlin, BA, received the Mother Butler Gold Medal at Commencement for showing the greatest devotion to the ideals of Marymount. An Honors Program student, Jo Ann volunteered for the annual HalloweenFest and Special Olympics Basketball Tournament, helped create the Women of Faith residence hall community, was a faith discussion-group leader, and sang in the Chapel Choir. She also participated in Campus Ministry retreats and Alternative Spring Break service trips to the Dominican Republic. In addition, she was a resident assistant and admissions ambassador. Jo Ann will spend the coming year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps before attending graduate school.