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Class Notes

This edition of Class Notes contains information received through December 2004. UMBC academic majors sometimes undergo name changes for a variety of reasons. For consistency, we use the most current name of a major regardless of the alumna/us' year of graduation and the major name at that time.


Melvin Kulbicki, political science, was awarded the Professional Leadership and Service Award for his work at York College of Pennsylvania where he is professor and chair of the Department of History and Political Science.


Abby Sattell, psychology, is self-employed as a travel agent. She and her husband, Marc Berman, live in Baltimore.


Maury Frieman, interdisciplinary studies, writes that his daughter, Catherine, will graduate from Yale University in June, 2005. She also won a Rhodes Scholarship and will attend Oxford University in the fall. Maury, a mental health therapist, and his family live in Westwood, Mass.

Jim Miller, psychology, is a mortgage loan officer with Olympia Funding in Annapolis, Md.


Dale Gardner, political science, is a battalion chief with the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. He and his wife, Barbara Miles, are the parents of two sons, Jeffrey (age 21) and Jonathan (age 15).


Ernest Ott, economics, is transportation industry manager at ESRI in Redlands, Calif.


Kathy Paul, history, is payroll manager for Scottsdale Healthcare. She lives in Chandler, Ariz.

John Walker, history, is a sales manager with Haulmark Services and lives in Spring, Tx.


Gary Brooks, history, was featured in the October/November issue of The Abell Report, an Abell Foundation newsletter, which recognized his volunteer work with the Baltimore Stars Coalition. The program mentors young basketball players, encouraging them to build their academic, as well as their athletic, skills.

Joyce Lanzara Carpenter, psychology, is a teacher assistant at Hamilton Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore. She and her husband, Dean, are the parents of Devin (age 16) and Katherine (age 14).


David Rosenkilde, American studies, is the owner of ABCO Insurance Services in Reisterstown. He and his wife, Linda, and son, Brad, live in Kingsville, Md.


Dana Jarvis Bies, emergency health services, is project manager for the Residential Fire Safety Institute. She and her husband, Michael, and their children, Kelsey (age 12) and Austin (age 9), live in Maple Grove, Minn. "Looking for EHS classmates from 1982 and 1983," she writes.


Donna Lewis, English, is an attorney in Washington, D.C.


Fitzhugh Christopher, information systems, is a computer programmer with Data Computer Corporation of America in Ellicott City, Md.

Mark Lee, visual and performing arts-photography, has shifted gears and is a real estate agent with Long and Foster in Ellicott City while continuing to pursue his passion for Porsche racing. "Words can scarcely describe how happy I am to drive at the limit on the track and in on competition with other drivers," he writes.

Intiraporn Mulasastra, M.S. computer science, is an assistant professor at Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand.


Dianne Siginski Garrett, theatre, see Dan Garrett '94.


Nancy Kurtz Craven, social work, is a psychotherapist with Granite House, Inc., in Westminster, Md. She and her husband, Bruce, are the parents of Sally (age 8) and Seth (turning 4).


Christina Friedrich Cavey, psychology, works for William V. Walsh Construction in Rockville, Md. She's project manager on the renovation of the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials in Washington, D.C. Christina and her husband, Bruce, are the parents of Alexis, who's almost two.

Aimee Graham Kawalek, biological sciences, and Louis Kawalek, Jr., were married on September 17, 2004. Aimee is a research associate with BioGenex Laboratories in San Ramon, Calif.


Karla Fisher, history, is assistant registrar at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her daughter, Madeleine Cooke, turned six last fall.

Dan Garrett, theatre, is the network administrator/LAN coordinator for the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation in Washington, D.C. He was one of 11 information technology professionals chosen from throughout the Bureau to be part of the Reclamation Active Directory Implementation and Migration Planning Team. Dan and his wife, Dianne Signiski Garrett, theatre 1991, and their two-year-old son, Julian, live in Sudlersville on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Laurie Phelps Reuben, psychology, was appointed by James Robey, Howard County Executive, to the county's Equal Business Opportunity Commission. Laurie is President and CEO of Cheshire Consulting Group in Laurel, Md.


Michael Wright, psychology, is a legal assistant in the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C.


Ereletheia Smith Allen, computer science, and her husband, Kenneth Allen, are the parents of a daughter, Jayla, who's almost a year old. Ereletheia is owner/network engineer of EK Systems, LLC. The Allens live in Bowie, Md.

Shari DeLinn Doyle-Chandler, psychology, is an analyst with Femme Comp Inc., in Falls Church, Va. Her husband, Tonney Chandler, is a lieutenant colonel/signal officer with the U.S. Army. They're the parents of Toni-Marie (age 11) and Jordan (age 3).

Victoria Francese Gaunt, visual and performing arts-dance, lives in Columbia, Md.

Mark Watts, political science, teaches English at Old Mill High School in Anne Arundel County, Md.


Douglas Gearhart, philosophy, is a member of the Army Reserve and was awarded the Bronze Star and Navy Achievement medal for actions in Iraq. His article about his experiences in Iraq, "Humanism on the Front Line," appeared in the October/November 2004 issue of Philosophy Now and can be found online at

Sharese Michelle White, biochemistry and molecular biology, is a resident in orthopedic surgery at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va.


Elias Darraj, mechanical engineering, is chief technology officer for E-Global Interactive in Baltimore. He just completed his M.B.A. with an emphasis in technology management from the University of Phoenix. He's also heading a networking group for businesses in the region,

Shannon Goetz Schneider, modern languages and linguistics, and Andrew Schneider were married on October 16, 2004, and live in Ellicott City, Md. Shannon also received her doctorate in audiology from Central Michigan University in May.


Yolanda Singletary Seabrooks, American studies, is a corporate trainer with Ascend One in Columbia, Md. She and her husband, Tyrone Seabrooks, Jr., live in Halethorpe.

Sam Williams, history, has been named assistant athletic director for operations at UMBC.


Lamont Blakely, information systems, is a computer engineering with Boeing in Springfield, Va. and is pursuing a master's degree in engineering from Johns Hopkins. Monte and Kristie Lynch were married on July 3, 2004.

Magdalene Ebong Mabiaku, information systems, married Tsegho Mabiaku on July 24, 2004. She is a software engineering with Verizon in Arlington, Va.

Darla Kaye Watts, interdisciplinary studies, is a paralegal with Alan H. Legum in Annapolis, Md. Darla's daughter, Stacey, is a senior at Loyola College; her son, Douglas, is a freshman at Anne Arundel Community College.


Anne ("Maggie") McDevitt, psychology, is an eighth-grade science teacher in Ocean, N.J., and coaches the girl's varsity basketball team. Maggie was a member of the 1996-2001 UMBC women's basketball team and treasurer of the SAAC.

Raymond Sheets, biological sciences and psychology, received his master's degree in clinical psychology from Loyola College and is working as a mental health clinician in Howard County, Md.


Mina Cheon, M.F.A. imaging and digital arts, is one of five artists whose work is being shown at Maryland Art Place's exhibition, "Athena's Daughters." Mina's work, "Half Moon Eyes," is a multimedia installation focusing on Asian women and cultural identity. She also is a professor in the foundation department at the Maryland Institute College of Art and director of MICA Korea, a summer study abroad program. The Maryland Art Place exhibition runs through January 8, 2005.

Jon Freedlander, psychology, is an operations support analyst with Lockheed Martin in Washington, D.C. He's also pursuing a master's degree in experimental psychology at Towson University.


Michael Parks, computer engineering, is a Civil Engineer Corps officer with the U.S. Navy in Key West, Fla.

Omari Ruiz, information systems, is assistant director of marketing and promotion for UMBC Athletics.

Renee Rudder Shropshire, sociology, married Darone Shropshire on October 23, 2004. Renee, who is employed by the National Institutes of Health, and Darone, a software developer, live in Washington, D.C.

Mark Stewart, psychology and geography and environmental systems '04, is a science teacher with the Howard County Public School system.

Karl Strauss, political science, is a second-year law student at the University of Toledo College of Law in Ohio. "I am an associate member of the law review and a teaching assistant to the associate dean for academic affairs," he writes.


Donnie Canneti, interdisciplinary studies, is teaching drama/theatre arts at Montebello Junior Academy in Baltimore City. "Parents and classroom teachers have gone out of their way to share their children's excitement and love of my program," he writes. "I couldn't be happier!"

Dmitriy May, computer science, is a software engineering with AT&T in Columbia, Md.


G. William Brooks, M.F.A. imaging and digital arts '99, on November 29, 2004, in White Marsh, Md. He is survived by his partner, Nick Scarpulla, and his mother and two brothers.

Joseph F. Mulligan, emeritus professor of physics and the first dean of the Graduate School, on October 11, 2004. The author of two textbooks and numerous papers, Mulligan continued his interest in physics after his retirement, especially the nineteenth century German physicists, about whom he continued to publish until last year. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Mulligan, visual and performing arts-music '81, of Salisbury, Md.

Kristin Sohr, health administration and policy '89, on February 17, 2004, of cancer. Prior to her death, she had been living in Park City, Utah. Survivors include her fiancÚ, Jeff Smith, her mother and father, and four siblings.


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