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Beta Lambda Chi brothers pose together for a photo.

ABOVE: In May, Mark ’74 and Martha ’75 Walker Jones hosted a Beta Lambda Chi reunion at their home, with several Moravian alumni in attendance. Pictured (from left) are Gary Marsh ’74, Bob Mende ’74, Charlie Pohl ’74, Jim Spengler ’73, Bob Korutz ’74, Mark Jones ’74, Kevin Jones ’74, Sunny Modjadidi ’73 and Tom Kwiatek ’73.

In Memoriam

Class Notes

1940s 1980s
1950s 1990s
1960s 2000s
1970s 2010s

Norma Boldt Wynne; nbwynne@aol.com

Katherine Meland Freeny writes: I wish that I could have been at reunion weekend in May. I spend the summer months living in Washington state, and this would have been too far to travel alone. I continue to enjoy excellent health. I retired at age 80 from Schreiner University where I taught chemistry and math. I continue to try to stay active, hiking, biking, dancing and singing. During tax season, I volunteer doing income taxes.

Mary T. Pongracz; 321 W. Fourth St.; Bethlehem, PA 18015

Kathryn Horwath Hartman writes that she and Ray have been very blessed. Christmas 2013 was their 59th Christmas together. Kathy taught middle school for 29 years, and Ray was privileged to serve as a pastor, preacher and councilor. They are quite proud of their two sons, Gregg and Kirk, and their families. Grandson Ben recently graduated from high school and headed off for college. Matti is a sophomore in high school. Harriet graduated from Amherst last June and works in New York City. Granddaughters Julie and Regina are still in high school. Kathy wishes all a happy and healthy 2014.

Frances Webber Horton writes that she had a very busy 2013. Her year included trips to the Outer Banks, N.C., Seattle, Wash., and a cruise from Baltimore, Md., to Bermuda. She continues her Philadelphia Orchestra subscription.

Helen Desh Woodbridge; 3574 Browning Lane; Bethlehem, PA 18017; casw1@verizon.net

Marjorie Eaton Martin writes: Sorry I was not with you all on May 17. Ironically, I was in England on that day attending a celebration at my old school and class reunion. All is well with me, my children, grandchildren and great grandchild as well. Best wishes to all.

Bill Leicht; 16819 N. 59th Place; Scottsdale, AZ 85254 wcleicht07@gmail.com

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council presented G. Bruce Boyer, fashion writer, editor and exhibition curator, in its first program in the Arts Alive 2014 series. The program was titled Curating Fashion. Additionally, Boyer spoke about his career in fashion, as well as his exhibition, Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s, at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology from February 8-April 19, 2014.

Robert Houser; bobhouser1@atmc.net

We are now in 2014 and that means our 50th reunion is right around the corner. If anyone in the class is willing to help put this big event together, let me know. We need to start reaching out to every classmate with a personal invite. Let me hear from you. Many hands make light work.

Bob Houser writes: I’m willing to head up our 50th class reunion, and I am looking for some help to reach out to our classmates. Let me know if you are willing to pitch in.

Gary Hartshorn retired on his 10th anniversary (September 2013) as president and CEO of the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon. Gary has been named a 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar and the distinguished chair in biodiversity and sustainable development at the National University in Bogota, Columbia.

For his work with public health policy issues and outstanding display of leadership, Russell E. Morgan Jr. was awarded the 2013 Haupert Humanitarian Award. This recognition was highlighted by the Peace Corps’ Peace by Piece newsletter in February.

David Berg; dgberg@erols.com

We are sad to report that Stephen V. Magyar Jr. passed away on Jan. 29, 2014. After graduating from Moravian, Stephen went on to Rider University, where he graduated in 1971 with his M.A., and Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he graduated with a M.B.A. in 1974. During his life, Stephen worked for the RCA Corporation as a safety and workman’s compensation administrator; Cooper Petroleum Equipment Division as a safety director, Raytheon as an industrial safety manager; and Medway as a professional safety consultant. He was a certified safety engineer since 1975, a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, American Philatelic Society and American Numismatic Association, as well as a supporter of Moravian College, Rider University and Fairleigh Dickinson University. During his life and into his retirement, Stephen was active in professional conferences, a published author, a GED instructor, and a woodworker, where he made furniture and cabinetry.

Kathie Broczkowski Klein;kathieklein45@aol.com

Jeffrey A. Richards provides a distinctive, focused, fresh look at the principles of synergism and how they can be applied to high performance teamwork in his unique new book, The Principles of Synergism: Radical Empowerment. It has been published by Trafford Publishing.

Jill Stefko; ravenfirephd@yahoo.com

Carol Henn writes that she retired in February 2012 after 18 years as CEO of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation. Carol’s successor is another Moravian graduate – Bernie Story ’80. Carol retired to have time to write and get back to her art work. The latter is still on the back burner, but her first book, Oilcloth Stories, will be published in 2014. She also has three other books in various stages of development, so there is no chance she will be bored in the next few years.

Judy Henry Jackson writes that she retired after 30 years in the meetings, incentives and event business in 2010 and moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, to be closer to her two sons and their families, which includes four grandchildren. She is doing some substitute teaching, as well as dabbling in international travel, consulting with her LLC Unique Discoveries in Travel by Judy Jackson. Judy also enjoys watercolor, oil painting and exploring her new Ohio Valley home.

Reflecting on the class of 1968’s 45th reunion, held Oct. 4-5, 2013, Jackson wrote the following: Memories flowed warmly and easily among the 30 class members, plus guests, present for our 45th. Beyond memories, there was much sharing of life happenings since we last met. Our hopes are that even more of our fabulous class members turn out in the future, especially for the big 50th reunion coming up in 2018! Thank you committee members and all involved in putting the whole two days of events together.

Jackson noted that she, and the South Hall Gang of 8 minus 3, arrived a bit early for the reunion and took in a wonderful dinner at Molinari’s on 4th Street on southside of town and a drive through the “Stacks” of the former Bethlehem Steel Corporation. They also enjoyed lunch at the one and only Tally Ho – that looks exactly like it did in 1968!

Terrell McMann; terrellmcmann@gmail.com

Maria Corpora, a private attorney who specializes in financial services and real estate transactions, was recognized during the month of April by the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP), which provides indigent individuals access to the legal system in civil matters by referring them to volunteer lawyers, paralegals and others who provide legal services free of charge. Corpora began volunteering with VIP in 2008 at the start of the financial crisis as a volunteer attorney handling mortgage foreclosure cases.

Virginia Gonzalez-Belles, a counseling professor at Northampton Community College, took part in a Feb. 18 panel hosted by NCC’s Hispanic American Culture Club. Gonzalez-Belles shared her personal and professional journey, beginning with her childhood growing up in Bethlehem.

Dennis Jones; djones@lkqcorp.com or Priscilla Barres Schueck; Priscilla@volunteerlv.org

Nanette Paden Muth retired from teaching after 35 years in the Bethlehem Area School District on June 11, 2011. She spent the last 26 years teaching kindergarten. Nanette writes that she could not have chosen a better profession, noting, “I loved teaching. I was a mentor/co-op to many Moravian College elementary major students for approximately 20 years.” She continues to mentor elementary students at William Penn Elementary and read to preschoolers at her local library. During her retirement, Nanette has focused on healthy eating and fitness. She enjoys taking Zumba and yoga classes and staying active. Recently, Nanette and her husband, Martin, vacationed for two months around Florida in their newly purchased RV. “We escaped the brutal winter at home,” she said. Once home, she looks forward to enjoying her Koi fish ponds and gardening.

Susan Bacci Adams; sba402@aol.com

Denise Oldenhoff writes: I celebrated my 60th birthday in October with a party that was attended by my college roommate, Nikki Arrigo Washcalus ’77. I have been retired for more than a year and spend my time conducting therapy work at the hospital with my two toy poodles. They participate in agility lessons and competitions. We attend doggie camps in Vermont, Lake George and the Berkshires.

Lisa Mansback Berk; lman405@msn.com or June Rhoda; june.rhoda@yahoo.com

Hello, friends from the class of 1976. After many years of wondering where you all are, June Rhoda and Lisa Mansback Berk have decided to take over our communications in the alumni news. If you didn’t get a note from us personally, it is because we don’t have your email address. Please send it to us and update us on what you’ve been up to in recent years. We want to stay in touch as time marches on, 38 years past graduation. We did hear from many friends; here are some of the stories they shared:

Irene Silverio Kane – After completing a master’s degree in social work at the University of Pittsburgh, Irene moved to Northern Virginia where she worked in the counseling department of a health maintenance organization and later as co-director of an outpatient mental health center in Washington, D.C. In 1980, Irene married Mike, a fellow Philadelphian. They currently live in Vienna, Va., where Irene is a school social worker for Fairfax County Public Schools. Irene and Mike have four children. Alexa is a reading recovery teacher with a master’s degree in teaching from University of Virginia, and has two boys, Theodore and Nathan. Jackie is a special education teacher with a master’s degree in teaching from University of Virginia. She married in May 2013 and is expecting her first child in September. While working at the National Institutes of Health, Michael earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering from George Mason University. He works now for a private firm specializing in video conferencing technology for health care and education. Sean is a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps and is training as an aviator in Pensacola, Fla. All of the three eldest children and their families live close by to Mike and Irene and serve as a great source of joy.

Sue Trummel LaRose – I moved out to Missoula, Mont., five years ago. The outdoor lifestyle really appeals to me; in fact I’m going snowshoeing this afternoon! I work remotely as a marketing consultant for a photographer and underwater videographer in Philadelphia and will continue as an estate gardener for one family this summer. My son, Willie, lives and works in Los Angeles, and I try to get there to visit when I can.

Amy Greiner Hawley – I’ve been attending career counseling events for Moravian College students for the past 10-plus years. I’ve been reviewing their resumes, conducting mock interviews to prepare students for job interviews, and discussing the job market in the Lehigh Valley region. As a commercial-industrial broker in the Allentown area, I’ve been able to place students in internships and careers with local employers that have been my clients. There have been some dinner programs at the College where students interact with alumni who are employed with local companies. I have kept in touch with some of the students who have graduated and are pursuing their professional life. The reconnection with some of the alumni has been a nice aspect of these activities as well. I’d be glad to keep in touch with you to let you know about upcoming College events. I encourage my fellow classmates to become involved with the students and their career pursuits.

Betsy Stahl Worthen – For myself, I have just mere months until that big number becomes a part of my life, so I am in denial. Our big celebration year was 2013 since my husband, Ken, and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary and our daughter’s graduation from Princeton University. I was fortunate enough to take advantage of an early retirement package from the Neshaminy School District after working for them as a school social worker and director of student assistance services. I use my retirement to do some volunteer work, audit a class at Princeton, read, cook and keep in touch with friends. While my daughter was in college, she was a varsity athlete so it was nice to have the availability to travel to her meets. My husband is a track coach so I try to support his teams as much as I can.

Ruth Kirby Child Megill – I have been married to Jack Megill ’75 for 34 years. We live in Mount Holly, N.J., where I’m a dentist and Jack works for Bristol-Myers Squibb in Hopewell, N.J., as a research scientist. We have three children; our two daughters are married and we have one beautiful 14-month-old grandson and two wonderful step-grandchildren. I belong to a ladies “birthday” club, and we go somewhere special every year for those milestone birthdays. This year it was my turn to choose since it’s my big “6-0”, so we headed off to Charleston, S.C. in May for a four-day getaway. Our family also vacations every summer in the Outer Banks, N.C., and has been for 20 years or so. Last September our younger daughter had her destination wedding in Duck, N.C.

Betty-Jean Herrmann Wrase – I continue to work at the Stony Brook University’s School of Social Welfare as a clinical assistant professor and the director of field education. I still enjoy working, but I do sometimes think about retirement. I have two wonderful grandchildren and enjoy them so much. They live very close so I get to see them often.

Susie Hyer – I turn 60 in August and to celebrate I am going on a June hut trip to paint with Dave Santillanes and some other crazy painters, visiting a 10th mountain division hut that you hike to, similar to the one we snowshoed to in January at 11,000 feet to paint in the freezing cold. On top of being 60, Jeff and I are celebrating our official 25th anniversary, as well as being together for 30 years. So we are having a 25-30-60 trip to Belize for a couple weeks to celebrate all that stuff. I was published in an amazing coffee table book called Art of the National Parks: Historic Connections, Contemporary Interpretations and am honored to be included with some of this country’s top landscape painters. In April 2014, I was also published in Southwest Art Magazine.

Rob Stevens – I live in Allentown and work in corporate communications at Lehigh Valley Health Network. I have been at it for 27 years; before that I was tech writer with Air Products and a freelance journalist. My wife, Donna, and I have a 27-year-old son, Dan, and a 19-year-old daughter, Abby. We also have two rescued pups, Bella and Bono. I’ve stayed in the Lehigh Valley since graduating except for the three years I spent in Africa with the Peace Corps and USAID. Additionally, I teach at Muhlenberg College. In my free time, I enjoy swimming laps, riding my bike, and listening to music.

June Rhoda – I’m back living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Huntingdon Valley, after 20 years in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where I enjoyed skiing, hiking, horseback riding, raising a son and a daughter, and working at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center as a nurse practitioner in oncology. I continue to work full time, but I’m creating more time to travel and paint, following Susie Hyer to the Rocky Mountains, Sedona and Montana for a visit with Sue Trummel LaRose where my granddaughter was born. I’ve also been fortunate to make my way to West Africa, Mali, when my daughter was in the Peace Corps and Sierra Leone for volunteer work.

A group, including Scott Burke, Rich Ziegler, Lisa Mansback Berk, Irene Silverio Kane, Chris Moore Young, Susie Hyer, George Bork and Kemper Morse, enjoyed a nostalgic party at Gary Boyajian and his wife’s home in Saddle River, N.J. The event allowed the friends to travel down memory lane, inspired by Gary’s classic collection of MoMo group shots that span our years together at Moravian.

Carol Mitrani Santoro – married to Jim Santoro – lives in Seattle, Wash. She recently shared exciting news of the sale of her retail bookstore – reported in The New York Times in April. She owned Santoro’s Books in the Phinney Ridge/Greenwood area of Seattle, and she recently sold her store to Tom Nissley, an author, former Amazon books editor and eight-time champion on Jeopardy! Santoro is keeping the Santoro’s Books name for her wholesale business providing books for schools and libraries.

Linda Mosher – I’ve been very involved with historic preservation in Clarence, N.Y. Additionally, I’ve been a grandmother since 2012 to a wonderful grandson. For three years, I have been moving day events coordinator for the National Parkinson Foundation, Western New York chapter. We raised more than $60,000 with more than 400 walkers and 90 volunteers. Since graduation, I have had two careers: real estate, where I owned my own brokerage business; and positions in the banking and financial services field. Life is full of twists and turns, but I look back on the time I spent at Moravian with great fondness. I am grateful for all I learned from the professors and classmates. I only wish there are more alumni in Western New York.

Lisa Mansback Berk – For the last 35 years, I have lived in Binghamton, N.Y., and continue to follow the passion that I found in college: working in the outdoor/ski business. We have two wonderful children finding their way in this complicated world we live in. This year we celebrated 30 years of marriage and spent our anniversary travelling in Iceland.

Celia Zucker Craig – Celia lives in Rockaway, N.J., and has a consulting firm that provides expert witness services to attorneys in technical and engineering litigation. For her 60th birthday, she was thrilled to become a grandmother.

Stephen Kowitz – Steve lives in Easton and has been married for 34 years to Debbie. They have two children. Currently, he is embarking on new employment and career counseling.

Finally, we heard shout outs from Dianne Cleasby Cook, Tom Englert, Joe Bender and Amy Mende.

John Fauerbach; johnfauerbach@yahoo.com

Denise Torma, East Penn School District’s assistant superintendent, has been awarded the Moravian College Alumni Association’s Benigna Education Award. The award recognizes the impact that Denise has had in the classroom. After serving in a number of principal and leadership positions at East Penn, she became the district’s assistant superintendent in 2005.

Kathy Ozzard Chism reunited with Jon VanValkenburg, and they live together near Syracuse, N.Y.

Kim Viebrock Jankowitz continues to work for Johnson & Johnson after more than 30 years. She finds this pretty amusing since she originally went there on a two-week temp assignment.
“I tell people that ‘I forgot to leave,’” she said. Although her spare time is limited, she enjoys horseback riding, fly fishing and scrapbooking photos from her trips. Ken and Kim live in Yardley.

Bob Kafafian was recently honored at the Association for Management Information in Financial Services (AMIfs) Annual Profitability & Risk Conference in Las Vegas. The president and CEO of The Kafafian Group (TKG), Kafafian was presented with the AMIfs Lifetime Member Award for his achievement in the field of bank management accounting. In addition, he served as one of the March conference’s keynote speakers, addressing the convention’s theme of “C.A.P.I.T.A.L - It’s a part of everything you do!” Kafafian is a past president of the AMIfs’ Board of Directors. TKG, based in Parsippany, N.J., is a finance, strategy and operations consulting firm.

Dawn Allen; Dawnallen726@gmail.com

Michael Popowycz, vice chairman and chief financial officer at Case Farms, Inc., was presented with the “Pinnacle Award” at the Moravian College Accounting Club’s awards ceremony March 23. Popowycz oversees Case Farms’ entire operations, including live production, processing, administration, sales and finance. It employs more than 3,200 workers and generated $874 million in sales last year.

Molly Donaldson Brown; unsinkable2010@hotmail.com

Rt. Rev. Samuel J. Gray was named the recipient of the John Hus Alumni Award, created for the purpose of “giving special recognition to an alumnus or alumna, who, through outstanding service and loyalty to ministry, has brought distinction to the work of the ministry and to Moravian Theological Seminary.”


William P. Feigley, Ed.D., was honored at the Bethlehem NAACP 69th Annual Freedom Fund Dinner on Feb. 16. Honored for his dedication and service to minority students in the Bethlehem community, Feigley was presented with this year’s award by Esther M. Lee, president of the Bethlehem NAACP. He has been a school counselor in the Bethlehem Area School District for 26 years and is currently assigned to Freedom High School.

Laurie Riley Brubaker has been appointed by health insurer Aetna to head its operations in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia. Brubacker, who has worked for the company for 25 years, will oversee sales, provider network, medical economics, quality improvement and customer relations in the three states, where Aetna says it has 1.8 million members.

Diane Sciabica Mandry; dmandry@pohatcong.org

Christine Blaschak Charles of Vynecrest Vineyards hosted a wine education session and tasting at the College’s Spring Symposium March 23. The session was part of the Alumni Association’s Lifelong Learning Program.

Lynn Muschlitz LaBarre; labarre@ptd.net

Lori Scholz Mauger has two articles appearing in national magazines this summer. The first will be featured in The Bark, a magazine for the modern dog enthusiast. The second will appear in AMLE Magazine, a professional publication for middle school educators.

Pam Bradley, assistant professor of reading at Northampton Community College, presented a Spring Symposium workshop, titled “Happy Wife, Happy Life? A session on health and happiness,” March 23. It was part of the Alumni Association’s Lifelong Learning Program.

Mary Beth Sierzega Afflerbach; afflerbachmb@yahoo.com

Michele Stocklas Anderson writes that 2013 was a challenging and very difficult year for her. She was diagnosed with a reoccurrence of lymphoma in April. Her first bout with cancer was stage 4 in 2003. This time she was stage 2; however, the lymphoma had morphed from an indolent type to a more aggressive type. Therefore, she needed in-patient chemo – round the clock for five days then home.

“Five rounds of that nearly did me in, but for my three children, Erik, Gunnar and Brynn, who had just turned 14, I forged onward,” she said. “Next came six rounds of total body irradiation, then a bone marrow transplant in September.”

Thankfully, Michele was told that she was cancer free in December 2013. “I have survived once again,” she said. “I can’t wait to return to teaching in the fall and get my strength and stamina back to enjoy life fully.”

Michele noted that the positive highlight during this awful year was seeing how her community responded to help her children. Dinners were dropped off nightly, and fundraisers were set up to help her kids make their band trip quota. Erik (trumpet), Brynn (mellophone) and Gunnar (bass drum) marched along with their classmates in the Liberty High School Grenadier Band that participated in the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, Calif.

Melissa dePamphilis Jarman; mdepamph@yahoo.com or Christine A. Palermo-Wallach; capw516@aol.com

Nora Kubat Diaz was recently named the lead consultant, employee relations for North American retail at Office Depot, Inc.

David Zinczenko, author of 14 New York Times best sellers, with more than 10 million books in print, co-founded Galvanzied Brands, a global branding, marketing and media firm. The wellness, nutrition and lifestyle editor for ABC News, Zinczenko has teamed with Stephen Perrine to create the company, which prides itself on being a non-traditional media and content firm, breaking down “traditional barriers between media, ensuring consistent, on-brand content and audience engagement.”

John S. Nunnemacher; moravian92@me.com or Michael Q. Roth; mgr@moravian.edu

Mark Richardson, who has undergone two organ donations, participated in the Lehigh Valley Coalition for Organ and Tissue Donation’s fashion show on April 5.

Dave Turco, coach of St. Joseph of Metuchen, recently lead his boys basketball team to a title in the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions. In the past two seasons, St. Joseph of Metuchen has compiled a record of 57-7, with two state group titles. Turco was also named The Star-Legder’s Middlesex County Coach of the Year.


Michelle Litzenberger Trent, a food coach, nutrition educator and owner of the Joyful Elephant, presented an on-campus workshop during the College’s Spring Symposium March 23. The workshop, which was part of the Alumni Association’s Lifelong Learning Program, focused on plant-based nutrition and how diet affects disease.

Denise Bradley; denise.bradley@tevausa.com

Ann Schlottman discussed her personal battle against diabetes in an article on the Lehigh Valley Health Network’s website.

Beth Rosenthal was inducted in her high school’s Hall of Honor in May, recognizing her lifelong volunteering and for starting the nonprofit, It’s Just Benign. Beth graduated from John P. Stevens High School in Edison, N.J. Past honorees include politicians, an FBI agent, a strategist at Merck, an iPhone developer, and musicians David Byran (Bon Jovi) and Dave Rosenthal (Billy Joel Band). Beth is very proud to be part of this honored group.

Deb Yuengling Ferhat; jdferhat@comcast.net

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

Tiffany Shenman; Tiffshen2@aol.com

Jarrah talks while sitting in a Collier classroom.

ABOVE: Eman Jarrah ’97 (second from left), Lehigh County’s deputy county solicitor, co-taught the College’s new Science and Intellectual Property course with George Fairchild, adjunct professor of chemistry, this spring. The inaugural course focused on patent law for science majors, and how patents apply in the field of science. While the former chemistry major spent most of her own undergraduate career in Collier Hall, Jarrah pursued law instead of the laboratory post-graduation, eventually receiving her J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law. “Law school was cake compared to being a chemistry major,” Jarrah laughed. “I say that with all honesty.”

Michael Hillis has been named a 2014 Forty Under 40 honoree by Lehigh Valley Business. Hillis is the owner and president of The Hillis Group, LLC, a general contracting and excavating services company in Easton.

Brienne Wilson Rodriguez; briennewilson@gmail.com

Kristie Cupples has announced her engagement to Thomas Snaith. They currently live in Conshohocken. Kristie is a school counselor at Paul V. Fly Elementary. Thomas is a transportation and logistics specialist at Thoroughbred Direct. Their wedding is planned for July 12, 2014, in Farmington.

Emily Shertzer, a former member of Moravian’s cross country and track teams, became the first female Guard member to win the Lincoln National Guard Marathon in its 37-year history. She finished in 2:50.36. The marathon, held in Lincoln, Neb., is run on a citywide course that starts and finishes on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Regina Lacombe Laine; pjfairy@aol.com

Justin Porembo left the Lehigh Valley Association of Realtors to serve as chief of staff for Robert Donchez, mayor of Bethlehem.

Jessica Naugle; jln13@comcast.net

Michael Grillo is engaged to Jessica Preston ’08. The couple resides in Trenton, N.J., and a May 2014 wedding was planned.

Regina LaCaruba; regina.lacaruba@gmail.com

Jennifer Dinowitz Burns and her husband, Charles Burns, have two children. Addisyn was born in 2013, and Brantley followed in January 2014.

Stephanie Webb graduated with a master’s degree in gifted, talented and creative studies from Arkansas State University in December 2013.

Rebecca Stewart received her master’s degree in taxation from Villanova University.

Hillary Dowling Raining received her M.Div. from Yale Divinity and received her D.Min. from Drew University in May.

Amy Miller has been named a partner with the law firm of O’Keefe, Miller & Thielen. Amy was previously an associate with O’Keefe & Sher.

Lauren Bahnatka Bachner; mollysmomlb@gmail.com

Courtney Werner and Brendan Wright became engaged in December 2013. A fall 2015 wedding is planned. Brendan recently received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan.

Lauren DeValdenebro will attend DeSales University, studying in the school’s master’s program in physician assistant studies.

Jonathan Latiano participated in the Maryland Art Place’s 2014 speaker series Young Blood Revisited, which brings back former participants in MAP’s Young Blood exhibition program to speak about their art practice post their Masters of Fine Arts degree. He currently resides and works in Baltimore, Md., and teaches at The Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. Jonathan, who received his Masters in Fine Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012, has exhibited in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., New York City and London, England. In May 2013, he was the recipient of the Mary Sawyers Baker Prize. In March 2014, Jonathan returned to campus to provide the Rose and Rudy Ackerman Visiting Artist Lecture.

Laura Sahlender Boyer; laurasahlender@gmail.com

Christina LaVecchia was recently recognized as an outstanding graduate teaching assistant by the graduate school at the University of Cincinnati. She was named a College of Arts and Sciences recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award. Christina received her award at a luncheon with the graduate school’s dean and associate dean, as well as the university’s provost.

Michael D. DiCindio, Esq., left the Chester County District Attorney’s Office to go into private practice at the Law Offices of Michael T. van der Veen in Philadelphia. His main areas of practice are criminal defense and personal injury.

Dan Larson and Lynsey Augustus Larson ’08 are the proud parents of Nola (born August 2010) and Gustave (born April 2013). They reside in downtown Dover, Del., where they are currently preparing to open a children’s boutique named Stinky Toad. They celebrated their five-year wedding anniversary in June.

Kristin Maddaloni received her master’s degree in biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University.

Timothy Guider received a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University and is currently pursuing an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from Lehigh.

Christina LaVecchia is pleased to announce her engagement to her longtime partner, Inuk Zandvakili. They are planning a January 2015 wedding in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Sylvia Paz writes that, after 30 years, she retired from the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas in December 2011. She enjoys writing fictional short stories, poems and short novels.

Ryan Shelley received a M.F.A. in graphic design from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Joanna Herren graduated in May with her M.Div. from Moravian Theological Seminary.

Kathleen Fenner Stellerine received her master’s degree in education, curriculum and instruction from Winthrop University.

Christina Fleck received her Ph.D. in applied organizational psychology from Hofstra University.

Geoffrey Roche has been named a 2014 Forty Under 40 honoree by Lehigh Valley Business. Roche, a member of the College’s Alumni Association Board of Directors, serves as director of community and government relations at Pocono Medical Center.

Matthew Kosensky received his certification of tenure at the Flemington-Raritan School District as an eighth-grade science teacher. He has led and coordinated a variety of research and industrial grants to further enhance the practice of science within the classroom.

Morgan Maragliano received her J.D. from Touro in May 2013 and was admitted to the New York State Bar in March.

Rachel Kieser is attending Villanova University for her master’s degree in taxation. She expects to graduate in 2016.

Katie Pulizzano received her master’s degree in music education from Loyola University in Maryland in May 2013. Additionally, Katie competed in the Ironman World Championship in 2012, and she was also part of Team USA and competed in the Sprint World Championships in London in September 2013.

Ashley Alvernes received her M.A. in school and community psychology from Seton Hall University in 2010 and her Ed.S. in school and community psychology from Seton Hall in December 2012.

Heidi Domedion Mack received her M.S. in clinical counseling psychology with a concentration in marriage and family therapy from Chestnut Hill College.

Cassidy Thomas; CassidyThomas@alumni.moravian.edu

Scott Hettinger received his M.B.A. in May 2013 from Alvernia University.

Claire Freedman planned to graduate from the Columbia University School of Social Work in May 2014.

Jessica Jonas completed her M.F.A. in creative writing and publishing arts at the University of Baltimore.

Lee Gustin is engaged to Jaclyn Eichelberger. A May 2015 wedding is planned.

Matthew Velekei serves as the varsity boys volleyball coach at Easton Area High School.

Nathan Snyder is currently enrolled in Fordham University’s CLAIR Ph.D. program.

Kelly Schneider; kellytschneider@gmail.com

Sarabeth Brockley, a graduate student studying environmental policy design at Lehigh University, has conducted research in the Lehigh Valley and in South America.

Mark William Newman is working toward earning his M.Div degree at Moravian Theological Seminary. He expects to graduate in May 2016.

Danielle DuBois and Phil Spence plan to get married in July.

Loura Khallouf is attending Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), Carolinas Campus, to pursue her degree as an osteopathic physician. She expects to graduate in 2017.

Rachel Kleiner; Kleiner.rachel@gmail.com

Stephen Gross was recently promoted at The Morning Call and is now the Allentown newspaper’s beat writer for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Amie Ball is engaged to Nicholas Guerriero ’12.

Cassandra Cleveland is now director of development for the College of Engineering at Drexel University.

Nicole Hadeed is a medical student at New York University School of Medicine.

Lillian Shad married Enzio Goble in July 2011. Their daughter, Laila, was born in December 2012. Lillian is attending Fordham University School of Social Service to get her master’s degree in social work and will graduate in 2016.

Megan Re has joined the Peace Corps. She will leave in June for 27 months in the Eastern Caribbean Islands. Megan will be teaching primary literacy education.

Ali Zucal; alizucali@gmail.com

Doll and DesJardin pose together in a PPHAC classroom.

ABOVE: Emily Doll ’12 (left) and Jean DesJardin, assistant professor of education at Moravian, recently published an article, titled ‘Parental Support for Language Development During Joint Book Reading for Young Children With Hearing Loss,’ as lead authors in an issue of Communication Disorders Quarterly. Their co-authors hail from San Diego State University, the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, and the Indiana School of Medicine. ‘Jean’s work with Emily epitomizes the best in the Moravian student/faculty relationship,’ said Joseph Shosh, chair of the College’s Education Department. Doll recently accepted a research assistantship position in the Master’s Speech-Language Pathology program at East Stroudsburg University.

Sarah Keenhold is currently attending Kutztown University, working toward her master’s degree in school counseling.

Anna Whetstone was accepted into Rutgers University’s physician assistant program and will start in the fall.

Joel Blaxland completed his M.A. at Lehigh University and is now a Ph.D. student in political science at Temple University.

Caitlin Worrich was hired as band director and extended-care coordinator at The Swain School.

Casey Schweppenheiser has accepted a yearlong position as a certified legal intern for the Chester County District Attorney’s Office. She will conduct preliminary hearings in criminal cases on behalf of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Casey will graduate from Villanova University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate in May 2015.

Matt Lutcza captured first place at the 2014 St. Luke’s Half Marathon in Allentown April 26, completing the race in 1:09.32.

Katherine Pritchett is enrolled at Kutztown University in the Master of Social Work program.

Michael O’Gorman; mw.ogorman@gmail.com or Emmy Usera; marchingbandland@gmail.com

Kimberly Gatski competed in the Miss Greater Hazleton Scholarship Program, which is an official preliminary event to the Miss America Pageant. Kimberly’s platform is “Youth Against Tobacco.” She danced to “Jumpin’ Jack.”

Karen Purkey won a coveted five-month paid internship with Samaritan’s Purse in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Samaritan’s Purse works in more than 100 countries providing aid to victims of war, natural disasters, disease, famine, poverty and persecution.


Wesley leans on a Moravian football helmet.

ABOVE: Christina Wallace Garr ’05 and Cliff Garr ’07 are the proud parents of Wesley Clifford. Wesley was born on June 20, 2013, and was eager to get into daddy’s football gear to cheer on the Hounds!

Heather Whary Turner ’97 and her husband, Marion, welcomed a daughter, Colbie Snow, on Feb. 22, 2014. Colbie joins her sister, Baxter Peach, and brother, Quinn Charles.

Courtney Rice Schnyderite ’01 and her husband, James, welcomed their second child, Jordyn Alanna, on Sept. 10, 2013.

Jennifer Dinowitz Burns ’05 and her husband, Charles, welcomed a child, Brantley, in January 2014.

Alexandra sits in her car seat.

ABOVE: Carl Sterner ’04 and his wife, Linda, are the proud parents of a new daughter, Alexandra May, born on Nov. 1, 2013.

Michael Caffrey III ’05 and his wife, Jenna, welcomed their first child, Bryna Caffrey, on March 18, 2013.

Jackie Collette Fox ’05, a son, Logan Richard – March 24, 2014

Shawn Nelson ’05 and Karinne Dieser Nelson ’07 celebrated the birth of their first child, Connor Nelson, in November 2013.

The Driscoll family smiles together.

ABOVE: Jennifer Kunes Driscoll ’05 and Justin Driscoll ’05 now have a second child, Aidan Patrick, born on Oct. 7, 2013.

Marissa Perez Laub ’06 and her husband, Matthew, are the proud parents of a son, Brady, born July 18, 2012.

Gerald Venturino ’06 and Stefanie Risko Venturino ’07 are the proud parents of their new son, Zachary, who was born on March 29, 2013.

Dan Larson ’07 and Lynsey Augustus Larson ’08, a son, Gustave – April 2013

Heidi Domedion Mack ’08 and her husband, Joshua, welcomed a daughter, Adalynn Grace, in February 2014.


The Festa/Gasdaska wedding brings together Moravian alumni.

ABOVE: With several Moravian alumni in attendance, Elizabeth Festa ’09 and Mark Gasdaska ’08 were married on Oct. 12, 2013, at The Barristers Club in Allentown. Pictured (front, from left) are Rachel McCausland ’08, Kristina Crescente ’09, Erin Macmillan ’09, Elizabeth Festa Gasdaska ’09, (back) Lindsey Rice ’08, Megan Palmer Strella ’08, Liz Koles ’09, Mark Gasdaska ’08, Tyler Dolph ’09, Stephanie Mount Dolph ’10, Willie Reynolds ’03, Julia Gasdaska ’07 and Jared Hanna ’09. Absent from photo are Molly Russo ’10 and Kelly Dileo ’08.

Jason Fedor ’05 and Kathryn Semanoff – Aug. 3, 2013

Joyce Owens ’06 was married to James Arrizza Jr. on Oct. 5, 2013, at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Easton.

Matthew Kosensky ’08 and Jennifer Jaman – June 15, 2013

Megan Palmer ’08 married Stephen Strella, III, on Aug. 24, 2013, in Bethlehem.

Claire Freedman ’09 and David Kusnetz – January 2013

Jessica Jonas ’09 married Andrew Sillers – Oct. 20, 2012

Alexandra Shimer ’09 and Kenny McPherson – Oct. 19, 2013

Sandra Tress ’09 married Ngure Kanjumba in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Dec. 29, 2013.

Lillian Shad ’11 and Enzio Goble – July 2011

Jessica Olonovich ’11 and James Kuri ’13 – Oct. 13, 2013

In Memoriam

Olivia Musselman Barnes ’38 • Dec. 26, 2013
Lois Yerger Fischel ’41 • Feb. 6, 2014
Esther Carpenter Scott ’42 • Feb. 13, 2014
Gloria Bachman Rivers ’44 • May 18, 2012
Bernard Boyer ’47 • March 28, 2014
Barbara Siegfried Kilpatrick ’50 • Jan. 19, 2014
Harold Shimer ’50 • Feb. 23, 2014
Bessie Zeleski O’Brien ’51 • March 8, 2014
Rev. Victor Vogel ’52 • Dec. 6, 2013
Doris Thierolf Paine ’52 • April 17, 2014
Shirley Beck Dutt ’54 • Jan. 5, 2014
Walter Haftl ’54 • April 13, 2014
Betty Ann Boone Wallwork ’54 • March 16, 2014
Maureen Cashman Campbell ’57 • Nov. 6, 2013
Robert Palladino ’60 • Dec. 23, 2013
Wilhelmina Wright ’62 • Dec. 27, 2013
Joseph Csordas Jr. ’63 • Jan. 17, 2014
John Lawrence ’64 • Dec. 27, 2013
Marie Oravec Jacobs ’66 • Dec. 21, 2013
Stephen V. Magyar Jr. ’66 • Jan. 29, 2014
Olindo Zanchettin ’67 • Dec. 20, 2013
Judith Springman Ruth ’68 • April 11, 2014
Charles J. Horwath ’69 • March 1, 2014
John W. Kasten ’72 • Dec. 26, 2013
Leonard Righi ’72 • Dec. 18, 2013
Carol Rutledge Fogle ’74 • Feb. 17, 2014
Dean S. Smith ’74 • Feb. 15, 2014
Stanley A. Gawlik ’76 • Jan. 22, 2014
David P. O’Brien ’78 • March 1, 2014
Elizabeth Bartlett St. Clair MTS ’85 • April 1, 2014
Brett C. Weber, Ph.D. ’91 • March 16, 2014
Thomas R. Grape Jr. ’04 • Jan. 22, 2014

Legacy Graduates

For many of our alumni and students, a Moravian education is a family tradition. There were several members of the class of 2014 carrying on this proud legacy. Pictured are recent graduates who followed in the footsteps of their parents, siblings and other loved ones who are Moravian alumni.

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