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Class correspondent:
Deb Yuengling Ferhat
jdferhat@comcast.net

Posted 2/12/14

Richard Pletz has been named the chief executive officer of Acuity Specialty Hospital Ohio Valley – located in both Steubenville and Bellaire.

Posted 12/20/13

Mary Kate Turowski Andris writes that she was featured in the December issue of Tidewater Women Magazine.  She was one of three women highlighted in the Culture of Giving article as individuals dedicated to giving back.  You can read the article online here: http://tidewaterwomen.com/featured/december-2013/a-culture-of-giving

Posted 9-27-13

Mark Price and his wife, Carrie, are proud to announce the birth of their second son, Lucas Claude. Lucas was born on April 2, 2013.  Older brother, Nathan is now over three years old.
Mary Kate Turowski Andris started a new position with the Girl Scout Council of the Colonial Coast as the Philanthropy Director. In her role, she will be responsible for raising more than $800,000 each year for the Council.  Mary Kate and her husband, Kevin ’94 reside in Chesapeake, Virginia with their two children, Ryan (9) and Mark (6).

Posted 5/21/13

Kevin Edwards has been named a recipient in the inaugural Lehigh Valley Business publication’s 2013 Forty Under 40 awards program. The award recognizes individuals from the greater Lehigh Valley region for their leadership accomplishments. Kevin, the Director of Golf at Woodstone Country Club & Lodge in Danielsville, is also Moravian’s golf coach, succeeding Coach John Manuvek in August of 2010.
Ann Rissmiller Flood and her husband, Dan, lost their daughter, Lauren, to complications from a brain injury she suffered during birth. In 2008 they created Lauren’s Hope Foundation to help support brain-injured children and their families. In December of 2012, the foundation donated two Olympic cool cap systems and two brain wave monitors to Lehigh Valley Health Network. Ann and Dan and the foundation were honored by Lehigh Valley Health Network with permanent recognition in the lobby of the neonatal intensive care unit.

Posted 4/2/13

Ryan Zellner is a program director for Little Kids Rock.  This is a national music not for profit agency that provides training, curriculum and instruments in traditionally underserved populations (generally urban areas).  Currently, it serves 1000 teachers and over 100,000 students in 26 cities throughout the US.  In his role, he oversees all of the programs nationwide.  Click on this link for more information about Little Kids Rock: http://www.littlekidsrock.org/what-we-do.html.  He and his wife Sandi Nuss Zellner recently moved to Montclair, NJ where Sandi is planning on being a stay at home mom.

Posted 3/11/13

Deb Yuengling Ferhat; jdferhat@comcast.net

Posted 2/5/13

Dave Mengel and his wife Sally are pleased to announce the birth of a baby girl, Lilly Grace, into their family.

Posted 9/28/12

The indie film, “9 Eleven,”  in which Samir Stewart plays one of the main roles, will be part of the Golden Door Film Festival at the historic Landmark Lowes theater in Jersey City, NJ on October 14. This Hindi language murder thriller (with subtitles) has been screened at various film festivals in North American, and has won awards at the Canada International Film Festival, Vancouver; People’s International Film Festival, NYC; World Music and Independent Film Festival, Washington DC; and also for Best Narrative in the Third World Independent Film Festival, San Jose, CA. Samir states that the movie has nothing to do with the events of 9/11 in the US, but there is a definite reason the movie has that name. For more information visit http://goldendoorfilmfestival.org/.

Posted 6/27/12

From the Alumni House:
Samir Stewart played a prominent role in the indie film “9 Eleven”.  The film won best feature at “The People’s Film Festival” in NYC.  The film has also been awarded a Rising Star award at the Canada International Film Festival in Vancouver.  Even from a young age, Samir has acted in plays and films.  Aside from acting, Samir is currently an economist at the World Bank.

Posted 6/5/12

Denise Auter-Goble and her husband Glenn Goble are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Luke Alexander and March 19.  He is healthy and doing great.

Posted 1/31/12

From the Alumni House:
Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Combs has been promoted to Chief of the Criminal Division for the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office, effective on January 3, 2012. 

Posted 11/29/11

Blythe Harold Evans married Jessica Ann Ohl on October 29, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church of Wilkes-Barre.

Posted 11/2/11

Sean ’97 and Renee Szabo Richardson had a son, Brendon Thomas Richardson, on January 6, 2011. Brendon joined his big brother Colin.

Posted 8/1/11

From the Alumni House:
Caroline Smith and husband Frank Stearns welcomed their first child, Henry Smith Stearns, on May 31, 2011. Henry was 7 pounds, 2 ounces and 20 inches long. His “big sister,” Ruby (the couple’s West Highland terrier), is still not sure how she feels about the new addition although Caroline and Frank are thrilled.

Posted 4/4/11

From the Alumni House:
Blythe Evans III has announced his candidacy for Luzerne County Council.

Posted 2/28/11

From the Alumni House:
Jessica Gearhart Wenton completed the doctoral program in Administration and Leadership Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania last March after successfully defending her dissertation, “The Impact of a Principal’s Sex on the Climate of Alternative Schools”.  Dr. Wenton is a Principal in the Pocono Mountain School District.
Beth Rohn Habhegger and her husband Seth are proud to announce the birth of their son, Rhone William.

Posted 1/26/11

From the Alumni House:
Rose Ackerman, along with husband Rudy Ackerman has been the face of the Baum School of Art in Allentown for more than 35 years, and will officially retire in March.  Rose started the fashion curriculum at Baum, and ran the school for many years, and has been the school’s director of development since 2006.  She will continue to be involved with Baum in an emeritus role.  Besides still doing some projects for Baum, she plans to continue her volunteer work.


Mary Kate Andris, Ed.D. recently completed and successfully defended her dissertation entitled “An Analysis of Women’s Giving Circles on Philanthropy in Higher Education.” She will walk in commencement at Widener University on May 14, 2011.


Linda Matos Janick and her husband, John, are proud to announce the birth of their baby girl, Alyssa Lucinda on January 11, 2011.

Posted 11/30/10

From the Alumni House:
Kyle Warmkessel '97 and Kristie Korab '96 were married on 10/23/10.

Posted 10/29/10

From the Alumni House:
Tracy Wartman and Fred Harris ’95 are announcing their engagement on July 8, 2010.  They are tentatively panning a summer wedding.

Posted 2/5/10

From The Alumni House:
Ken Dittelman and wife Betsy welcomed their first child into the world on January 3, 2010.  Mom and 7lb. 11 oz. Lucas Richard are healthy, and happy.

Posted 11/2/09

From the Alumni House:
Stephanie Neel Casey and Thomas Casey are pleased to announce the arrival of their third daughter Lillian Honor Casey, born September 23, 2009. Big sisters Bridget and Rose are thrilled with the newest addition to the family!

Posted 10/5/09

From the Alumni House:
Douglas M. Milleris the 2009 recipient of the Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service. This is the Department of Justice's highest award for employee performance. He won this award after serving as the lead prosecutor in the United States v. Ferguson, et.al. a case involving five Los Angeles police officerw who committed over 30 home invasion robberies whild acting under color of law.

Michael J. Smith and Kim Ranney are happy to announce their marriage on September 12, in Charlottesville, Va.  They currently reside in Brooklyn, N.Y.  The happy couple spent their honeymoon in Argentina.

Posted 6/29/09

From the Alumni House:

Edward Bloss graduated from Marywood University in 2000 with a master of social work degree.  He passed his boards to become a licensed clinical social worker.  He was working for Monroe County MH/MR and Easton Hospital before opening his own practice with partner Clay Holland, LCSW in 1995.

Noel Fowler Hedges and her husband moved to England last August.  She writes, “It was a really exciting move and we are having a lot of fun.  My children Libby and Owen are adjusting well and are getting little English accents!”    

Tennant D. Magee Sr. and Bryn Magee are proud to announce the recent birth of their second son, Aiden Alan Magee, on April 29, 2009.  Tennant has recently started his new position as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Appeals Division of the Maryland Attorney General’s Office.

Posted 4/20/09

From the Alumni House:

Melissa Manco Cummings and Terry Cummings are proud to announce the birth of their son, Rowan Joseph, April 5, 2007.

Anette Bjorkman and Anders Vilhelmsson are proud to announce the birth of their son, Karl Oscar Bjorkman Vilhelmsson. He was born October 10, 2008 in Sweden and weighed 8 lb., 13 oz.