Class Notes

NEWS OF 2003

From Regina Lacombe:

Hey, new grads! I’m going to be your class correspondent, proud to report jobs and graduate schools, marriages and children. Let me know what you’re up to!

Almost everyone from our first graduating class of nurses has jobs. Katie Killian, Erica Miller, Nicole Spangler, and Jen Wagner are all at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem. Allen Smith continues at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, and Amy Straub is at Milford Hospital in Connecticut. Lauren Spencer is at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia; Sara Walkiewicz and I are at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

News of our education grads: Lauren Roesch is teaching second grade in Egg Harbor City, N.J., near Atlantic City. Katie DeLong is teaching first grade at March Elementary School, Easton, and Chris Marcin is at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark, N.J.

Lisa Gorman is working at Cendant Mortgage. Scott Zientek is at Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson in New Jersey) in the leadership development program. Ryan Boyle works as an accountant in Bridgewater, N.J. Jenny Strobel is at Enterprise Car Rentals in Easton, and Nick Fratini at the same firm in Philadelphia. Jen Ketz has a job at Paychecks in Allentown.

We can watch for Amanda Wynn on the sidelines this fall, when she’ll be cheering for the Philadelphia Eagles. Jarrod Pence is an account representative for a health-care company and will coach high school football this fall. Jen Tori has a job at RedGo Development, West Chester.

Jeremy Sawruk is heading for graduate school at North Carolina School of the Arts, where he’ll work on a master’s degree in film music composition. Kiley Guyton, a Fulbright alternate, is a teaching assistant in Spanish at the University of New Mexico, where she’s earning a master’s degree.

Dina Liberatore is in the master’s program in college counseling at Kutztown University. Josh Zagorski is a graduate assistant at LaSalle University, working on a master’s degree in education and teaching certification. He is also an assistant football coach.

Bill Trüb heads for Cardiff University in Wales to pursue an M.A. in creative writing.

And Danielle Dest delivered a healthy baby boy, Ethan, on May 16.

From the Alumni House:

Jill Wagner has been awarded a full teaching assistantship at Kutztown University as a writing center tutor.

Belinda Bast has become a staff accountant with Kuhn, Aldinger CPA, Allentown.

Jerry Coveney has accepted a position with Larson Allen Weishair & Co., a CPA firm outside Philadelphia.

John Lesoine received a fellowship to the Ph.D. program at Rochester University’s Institute of Optics. Steve Sweeney and Corey Lowe were awarded a fellowship and an assistantship in physics, respectively, at Lehigh University.

Aaron Buckner received a fellowship to work on a degree in mechanical engineering at Notre Dame; and Erica Christian will attend Washington University, with the help of an impressive financial-aid package, in the cooperative 3/2 engineering program with Moravian.

Of the biology grads, Alyson Dobracki is off to become a doctor at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; Sarah Schweitzer is enrolled in a physical therapy program at Columbia University; and Stephanie Gervasi is in a master’s program in biology at Boston University.

Kelly McLean is working on a master’s degree in psychology at Temple University, and Jennifer Burkholder is teaching on a Native American reservation in Arizona.

All four chemistry grads were accepted into Ph.D. programs and awarded assistantships as well as waivers of tuition and fees: John Stanko at Duke University; Nathan Siegfried and Bernard O’Hare at Penn State; and Heather Kerstner at the University of Florida.


NEWS OF 2002

From the Alumni House:

Katie McKee married Tim Moshier July 5 in Albany. Her friend Eva Švilhova, a former Merrill Scholar who worked last summer as a tour bus driver on Long Island, was able to get to the wedding, thanks to Phyllis Walsh, Moravian’s community service coordinator, who picked her up from the nearest train station. Katie and Tim live in Alabama but plan to move after Tim finishes flight school for the Army.

Susan Carr is now a sixth- and seventh-grade math teacher at Meadowlawn Middle School, a multinational, multilingual school in St. Petersburg, Fla.


NEWS OF 2001

From the Alumni House:

Joe Fink and his wife, Amy, are expecting their first child in December.

Torine Pasek and Lyle Lentz moved from California to Greenville, N.C., last year. They are now graduate students at East Carolina University: Torine in history and Lyle in underwater archaeology.

Jan Golden has been accepted at Temple University’s School of Podiatric Medicine. She has been a researcher at Calvert Labs in Waverly.

Christine Baal runs a high-end jewelry store near her home in Yardley. The store designs and manufactures all its items and specializes in custom work. Christine does marketing, graphic design, and jewelry design. She has traveled to Tucson, Ariz., for the colored gem show, and will be going to Switzerland for the Basel Fair, a huge diamond-trade exposition. Besides work-related travel, she has vacationed in Mexico for two summers with her boyfriend, David Foster.

Sarah Smith is teaching general and choral music (K-6) in the Collingswood School District in New Jersey. “I’m having a blast!” she says.

JoLynn Dentith is working on a degree in music librarianship at Indiana University, where she also is studying piano with the Chopin specialist Edward Auer.


NEWS OF 2000

From Kourtney Parrella ’01:

Ian Shumard and Kate Mackey ’99 have just welcomed Jackson Edward Shumard into their family. He was born May 22. Ian and Kate live in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. He works at the Philadelphia Museum of Art as the online sales coordinator and maintains the website. Kate is in her last semester in the master’s program in psychology at West Chester University and is a social worker for the City of Philadelphia Prison System. Ian still paints and draws in his spare time, and he will have his work in a friend’s gallery during the Philadelphia Fringe Festival in September. He and Kate plan to marry next summer.

From the Alumni House:

Ellen Blum has relocated to sunny southern California after a two-month European excursion with classmates Rebecca Shreiber and Marnie Heller. She is a sales executive for the Coast News in Encinitas. She enjoys surfing, long runs on the beach, and visits from fellow grads. She will serve as a bridesmaid in the wedding of Rebecca Ziegenfuss ’99.

Kaitlyn Kramer and John Bicknell married on May 24. They’ve bought a home in Bethlehem.

Faithann Cheslock married Timothy Stephey in July. Amy Learn ’98 and Rebecca Stroup were bridesmaids, Clay Wagner was best man and Mike Keysock a groomsman. Rebecca Jackson, Melissa Keysock ’02, Erica Landes, Mark Weaver ’93, and Josh Tirado also were at the wedding.

Josh is an independent agent for New York Life. Rebecca Jackson recently built a house in Cape May, N.J., and teaches second grade there.


NEWS OF 1999
Reunion Homecoming 2004

From the Alumni House:

William Schwab graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in May with a master’s degree in information systems.

Last year, Cortney Bruggink spent six months teaching in Prague.

Hilary Donovan Smith recently married and moved to Connecticut. She and her husband, Johnathan, have a baby girl named Ava Rose.

Jessica Coughlin was a contestant on the NBC reality show Race to the Altar, in which eight engaged couples competed in elaborate physical competitions and games that forced them to work as a team. She and her fiancé, Scott, were the first couple to leave the show! Jessica and Scott have set a wedding date: October 2, 2004.

James Bradbury was awarded the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is an intern at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown.


NEWS OF 1998

From Jennie Coughlin Crotty:

Mandi Kidd, a Spanish and education major, spent 2½ years in Honduras teaching at an orphanage. She returned last December and teaches in the Philadelphia school system.

Amy Learn completed her degree at Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine and is applying for a surgical residency.

From the Alumni House:

The wedding of Audrey Weaver and Christopher Sparks took place June 21 in Northampton. Audrey’s father, Harry E. Weaver Jr. ’66, and her mother, Maryann Weaver, retired administrative assistant for the Department of Economics and Business, walked her down the aisle. Her brothers, Mark Weaver ’93 and Brian Weaver ’95, were groomsmen. Other Moravian alumni in attendance were Dana Kline Mancini ’97 and her husband, Mike; Jaime Szulborski Mitchell and her husband, Brian; Louise Meyer Feher ’90 and her husband, Jim Feher ’90; Alison Parpagene Long and her husband, Adam; Lisa Walton; Michelle Fox ’97; Jarred Weaver; and Jocelyn Bellew ’99.

Audrey is a senior technical writer with Agilisys Inc. in Malvern, and her husband is a senior configuration specialist with Siebel Systems in Wayne. They reside in Downingtown.


NEWS OF 1997

From the Alumni House:

Joseph Bordieri married Mariclare Cranston ’00 in May in Kingston, N.Y. Sean Carroll ’98, John Odrey ’98, and Vincent Bordieri ’00 were groomsmen. Tanya Rapp ’00 was maid of honor.

Joe recently won two Union Hospital Awards: family practice resident of the year and one of the two annual Rudi Wadle Scholarships.

Heather Whary has moved to Baltimore and is an office manager for an indexing company (with some freelance editing on the side). She has been with her boyfriend, Dave, for four years, and they have decided to make it official—probably some time in 2005.

Susan Kilpatrick Petrole has lived in Massachusetts for two years because of a job change for her husband, Jerry, a computer programmer. She graduated from West Chester University in 2001 with a master’s in English and a concentration in creative writing. She has spent the past two years writing mainly fiction as well as some memoirs and poetry. Her novel Girl Lessons was accepted by Abbeywood Press, and she is now an editor there.


NEWS OF 1996

From Deb Yuengling Ferhat:

Hi, everyone! I heard from Dawn Golden Matteo, who is living in Allentown with her husband, Adam. She works for Agere Systems as accounting policy manager.

Jenna MacDonald is engaged to Troy Valleau. They’re building a house in Layton, N.J. Jenna has earned her master’s in education and is working on a second master’s in guidance counseling.

Diana Auter is a track and cross-country coach in Newton, N.J., where she also is a teacher.

Noel Fowler Hedges wrote that she is working with Tracy Silcox ’90 at Cendant Corp. in Parsippany, N.J. Tracy lives in Denville, N.J.

Jessica Gearhart Wenton and her husband, Jaret, have another girl: Morgan Lacey, born in April. Tara Pierson White also had a girl, in May: Alexis Marie, Tara and Marty’s first baby.

I also heard from Michelle Ciambruschini Ritter, who received her M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University and works in Manhattan for Pfizer as senior manager of business technology. She told me that a group got together for a 5-mile run in Belmar, N.J. in July, including: Brian Thomas, Ian Thomas ’97, Jason Shoenkopf, Michelle and Tom Ritter ’97, Jenna MacDonald, and Melissa Manco. Brian came in fastest of the alumni with a time of 38:15. Afterwards, there was a party at the Thomas residence. They have considered making the run an annual event. Any alumni interested in running, let Michelle or Ian know!

Michelle also sent this news: Jeanelle Rogers Mapley is controller for an accounting firm in Colorado. She lives in Denver with her husband, Andy, and her daughter Jill, who turned 3 in July. Bob Hennessy is funeral director for Bell Hennessy funeral home in Williamstown, N.J. Tom Medich married Michele Keyes, sister of Lisa Keyes Bratus ’97, in June. In addition to Michelle and Tom, the following alumni were there: Chris Geck, Brian Thomas, Ian Thomas, Eric Gwiazdowski, Fred Amicucci, Marc Simonetti, Jimmy McGory, Lisa Keyes Bratus and Chris Bratus, Bob Hennessy, Jason Pribilla, Matt Enriquez, and Jason Shoenkopf.

Allison Higgins DiCello ’97 had another baby in June. Raeff is the second boy for Ali and her husband, Kevin.

From the Alumni House:

Jennifer Nolfe married Marc Singer in April 2002. Beth Dell ’95 was a bridesmaid, James Gold ’98 a groomsman. Tara O’Neal ’95 and Eric Kniskern attended. This April, Jennifer and Marc welcomed a daughter, Gabrielle Marie, into their family.

Having completed a master’s in organizational development at Temple University in 2002, J. P. Orlando began working at Lehigh Valley Hospital as an internal organizational consultant.

All in the Family for the Cheerleaders

Founding cheerleaders Jim Johnson ’56 and Ron Saderholm ’56 of the 1953 cheerleading squad, after celebrating their golden anniversary at the Athletic Hall of Fame banquet the night before, joined forces with the current squad at the Moravian vs. Juniata football game on Family Day, September 13, 2003.

Photo: Tim Gilman ’73