Generations   Fall 2004

Class Notes
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This edition of Class Notes contains information received through September 2004. Note: 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.


Carol Becker Myers, sociology, is major gifts director for the American Heart Association in Baltimore.

Ronald Silkworth, American studies, is an associate judge of the Circuit Court of Maryland for Anne Arundel County.


Diane Bell McKoy, sociology, will receive the 2004 Henry C. Parks, Jr. Business Person of the Year Award from the Baltimore Marketing Association in December. Diane is president and CEO of Empower Baltimore Management Corporation.


David Calvert, philosophy, is a process measurement analyst at Science Applications International Corp. in Columbia, Md. He and his wife, Ellen, live in Marriottsville, Md.

Steve Crabtree, political science, is controller for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C.

Cynthia Coulter Story, sociology, was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Association of Community Services of Howard County. An Ellicott City resident, she has thirty years' experience with the Howard County Department of Human Resources.


David DiPaola, history, is a supervisory special agent with the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service. He and his wife, Noel, are the parents of two children, Timothy (age 22) and Christina (age 20).

Mary Perry, history, and her husband, Scott Lebar, live in California, where Mary is a program specialist with the City of Sacramento and coordinates a city-wide volunteer program. She writes, "After graduating from UMBC, I earned an M.A. in art history from the George Washington University and worked for the Smithsonian Institution before moving to California. In California I've taught art history, served as a program coordinator for the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, been executive director of Business Volunteers for the Arts, and later volunteer services manager for Shriners Hospitals for Children." Mary and Scott have two children, Julia (age 20) and Andrea (age 15).


Paul Iwancio, American studies, released his first CD, "Open Heart Stories," in September. He's president and founder of the Baltimore Songwriters Association and is a video specialist with the Office of Information Technology/New Media Studio at UMBC.


Kathleen Warnock, interdisciplinary studies, has an active literary career in addition to her job as an editor with John Wiley & Sons in New York. Her short play, "A Bushel of Crabs," set in a Baltimore crabhouse, was produced earlier this year and a short story, "Transubstantiation," was published in Harrington Lesbian Fiction Quarterly.


Kevin Bress, economics, is an attorney with Hodes, Ulman, Pessin & Katz in Towson, MD. Updated April 13, 2004

Tira (McKay) Brooks, English, is an internal control analyst with the U.S. Postal Service.

David De Pastina, biological sciences, and his wife, Deborah, are the parents of an eight-year-old son, Matthew. The family lives in Hollidaysburg, PA.


Louis Sachs, biological sciences and M.S. biological sciences '86, is a dentist practicing in Solomons, Md.


Michael Friedman, political science, got married on January 18, 2004. He and his wife, Noreen, live in Brookeville, Md. Michael is deputy counsel in the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland.


Richard Bowman, economics and philosophy, and his wife, Victoria, are celebrating the birth of their third child, Daniel, born in August. They also are the parents of Nicholas (age 3) and Sophia (age 2). Richard is assistant general counsel at the New York Life Insurance Company in New York.

Steven D. Roth, emergency health services, moved from deputy commander of the Lawrence Joel Army Health Clinic at Ft. McPherson, Georgia, to executive officer, Health Policy & Services Directorate, in the U.S. Army Office of the Surgeon General. He and his wife, Pamela (Reiber), emergency health services, live in Arnold, Md.

Thomas Graves, computer science, is a staff engineer with Lockheed Martin. He and his wife, Jennifer Welty, live in Gambrills, Md.

David Gutwald, computer science, is chief information officer of Health Partners of Philadelphia. He and his wife, Karen, are the parents of David, Jr. (age 15) and Matthew (age 13).


Bradford Engel, American studies, was named the 2004-2005 Maryland Teacher of the Year. He teaches social studies at Kent Island High School in Queen Anne's County, Md. and is the author of The Four Challenges of Leadership, a textbook.


Michael Biesiada, emergency health services, lives in New Jersey and works as a transport RN. "I'm looking for classmates of EHS '90," he writes.

Jean Young Gillis, information systems, is a T&D project manager with Erickson Retirement Communities in Baltimore.

Sharon Grimes, English, was nominated for the 2004-2005 Maryland Teacher of the Year Award. She is a librarian with Baltimore County Public Schools.

Johanna Cabanilla Licharowicz, economics, is director of finance and operations for the Fellowship of Lights in Baltimore. Her husband, James Licharowicz, mechanical engineering '01, is a technical support manager for Rockwell Collins. Their daughter, Jennifer, is a member of the Class of 2007 at UMBC.

James Noe, political science, and his wife, Kelly, are the parents of a baby boy, Kevin, born in June. "I'm back flying for the U.S. Coast Guard after being furloughed from Delta Airlines and live in South Florida," Jim writes.

Martin Smith, public policy and Ph.D. public policy '96, writes, "I have transferred from my previous position as a supervising personnel officer with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Office of Human Resources in Baltimore to my current position as a health policy analyst with the Anne Arundel County Department of Health in Annapolis, Md."


Mehdi Razavi, biological sciences, and his wife, Nikta, live in Houston, Tx., where Mehdi is a cardiologist at the Texas Heart Institute.


Mary Beth Arundel, social work, now lives in Woodbridge, Va. "I loved being a student at UMBC," she writes, "but I am going back to school to study health information technology and hope to return to Maryland to live and work."

Mary Anne Brewer, sociology and M.A. sociology '02, is operations coordinator for the Center for Health Program Development and Management at UMBC.

Maria Campbell, mechanical engineering, is an engineering consultant with Goodrich Aerospace in Chula Vista, Ca. She and Robin Taylor are engaged to be married on October 2, 2004.

Natasha Rabchevsky Ferinde, modern languages and linguistics, is enjoying being a stay-at-home mom. She and her husband, John, are the parents of Nicholas, age four. They live in Olney, Md.

Sonja Hoebeke, psychology, see Terrell Hoebeke '03.

Toshio B. Yamabe, M.S. applied molecular biology, is a scientist affiliated with Kyoto University, Japan.


Katie Farr Cottingham, biological sciences, is associate editor of the Journal of Analytical Chemistry and the Journal of Proteomics, published by the American Chemical Society. Katie earned her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins. "Science journalism is a great way to blend interests in science and writing," she writes. She and her husband, Frank, live in Bowie, Md.

Fred Lease, geography and environmental systems, see Bonnie Lease '01.


Christopher Baldwin, mechanical engineering, earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2003 and is a senior research engineer with Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., in Greenbelt, Md. He and his wife, Tamra, mechanical engineering '94, live in Ellicott City.

Vanessa Collins Berger, American studies, is interim associate director of major gifts at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md. She and her husband, Jeff, and son, Ben, live in Hanover, Pa.

Rebecca (Angel) Huber, emergency health services, and her husband, John, are the parents of a second daughter, Taylor, born in May, 2004. Big sister Jessica is four. Rebecca is a nurse at West Virginia University Hospital in Morgantown.

Michael Justice, biological sciences, is a database architect with Northrop Grumman.

Claudel Robert, information systems, is a systems project manager/global quality specialist with Schering-Plough in Kenilworth, NJ.

Holly Tominack, English, see Keri Burneston '99.


Cynthia Taylor Bailey, English, is the owner/operator of Cynthia's Cozy Corner in Severn, Md. She and her husband, Arthur, are the parents of three children, Erin, Arthur and William.

Amy Cavero, political science, is an attorney with Saul Ewing LLP in Baltimore.

Judith Figueroa, psychology, is a biology/chemistry teacher at Benjamin Banneker Academy High School in Brooklyn, NY, where she's coordinator of a mentoring program.

Lynnette Burks Hamilton, interdisciplinary studies, married Kelvin Hamilton on June 11, 2004. Lynnette is an M.D./Ph.D. student at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Colleen Lawlor, history, works for the Social Security Administration in Washington, D.C.

Jay Megonigal, information systems, lives in Laurel, Md. and is a computer programmer/analyst with the U.S.D.A.

Melanie Smith, biological sciences, was featured in The Baltimore Sun on August 8. Education columnist Mike Bowler, who interviewed Smith just before her first year as a Meyerhoff Scholar at UMBC, did a follow-up interview, reporting that Smith graduated this spring with a combined M.D./Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and began a four-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Michael Udan, biological sciences and M.S. applied molecular biology '99, see Jennifer Udan '02.


Felicia Boone, chemical engineering, is a marketing and business development manager with International Paper in Memphis, Tenn.

Gopi Dandamudi, biochemistry and molecular biology, is a physician with Indiana University Hospital.

John Kadavil, biochemistry and molecular biology, is a pharmacologist with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, MD.

Jessica Kemp, information systems and M.S. information systems '97, and her husband, Richard Kemp, English '98, live in Ellicott City, Md. Rick is an assistant professor at University of Maryland, University College.

Cha Rae Scott, economics, is an account manager with Verizon in Columbia, Md.

Jonathan Tarrant, computer science, is a managing engineer/project manager with Benelogic. He and his wife, Jeannine Perrault, live in Timonium, Md.


Jennifer Carandang, biological sciences, lives in Baltimore.

Anthony Cascio, emergency health services, is clinical coordinator in the Department of Emergency Medical Services at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ.

Emily Cavey, political science, and her husband, Robert Gilmore, political science '98, are the parents of a daughter, Sophie Penelope Cavey Gilmore, born on May 18, 2003. Emily is an account manager at The Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington, D.C.

Kevin Corwin, political science, is an attorney in Baltimore.

Michael Driscoll, psychology, is associate registrar at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Jill Earl, English, is an employment and training counselor in the Baltimore County Office of Employment and Training.

Michael Giese, history and American studies, is a student in the Ph.D. program in history at American University in Washington, D.C. He and Danielle (Jones) Giese, Africana studies and political science 99, were married in October, 2002. Danielle is a policy analyst with the U.S. General Accounting Office.

Duff Goldman, philosophy and history, see Keri Burneston '99.

Genevieve Pepe, visual and performing arts, is engaged to Patrick Streko. They plan to be married in January 2005 in Houston, Tx., where Genevieve works in marketing for Krispy Kreme.

Darroll Screen, information systems, was recently promoted to special assistant in the Office of Strategic Initiatives at the Library of Congress, the office that oversees the library's National Digital Library Program.

Arthur Umlauf, philosophy, is a police officer in Brooklyn, NY.


Patrice (Kerr) Akins, biochemistry and molecular biology, is a pharmacist with Safeway in Annapolis, Md. She and her husband, Rodney, and daughter, Tiffany, live in Chesapeake Beach, Md.

Buffy Maria Baldridge, American studies, was recently admitted to the New York State Bar and currently works with the Legal Aid Society in the Juvenile Rights Division.

Matthew Dressler, mechanical engineering, is an assistant professor of engineering at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Mark Escherich, emergency health services, and his wife, Diane, are the parents of a son, Nathaniel, born on August 23. Mark is program executive officer for employee operations for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration in Arlington, Va.

Robert Gilmore, political science, see Emily Cavey '97.

Richard Kemp, English, see Jessica Kemp '96.

Kevin Mulroe, M.A., instructional systems development, is a finalist for the 2004-2005 Maryland Teacher of the Year. He works with the gifted and talented program at Clemens Crossing Elementary School in Howard County, Md.

Marlon Thomas, chemistry and biochemistry, is a Ph.D. student in chemical engineering and materials science at the University of California, Irvine.


Keri Burneston, visual and performing arts, and her performance group, Fluid Movement, commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Great Baltimore Fire with a production of "Earth, Wind, and the Baltimore Fire" in August. Alumni joining her in the cast included Holly Tominack, English '94, and Duff Goldman, history '97.

Danielle (Jones) Giese, Africana studies and political science, see Michael Giese, '97.

Elisabeth ("Beth") Hicks, geography and environmental systems, is office manager at JMI Equity Fund in Baltimore.

David Johnson, visual and performing arts/imaging and digital art, is a producer/writer with Warner Brothers in Burbank, Ca. He's working with Clint Eastwood on his next film, set to star Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, and Hillary Swank. He's also about to direct his first feature film as writer/director.

Rebecca Meier Klein, biochemistry and molecular biology, and her husband, Daniel Klein, biochemistry and molecular biology, recently finished their Ph.D.s at Yale University. Dan was in the molecular biophysics and biochemistry program and Rebecca studied in the interdepartmental neuroscience program. They are now both post-doctoral associates at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Wash.

Mark Klemans, English, was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 2003 and is now an associate with Scott & Scott in Elkton, Md.

Toya Smith Marshall, American studies, is a management analyst with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Baltimore. She and her husband, Victor, are the parents of a one-year-old, Sarai Michaela.

Burgundy Shank, visual and performing arts/graphic design, is a graphic designer with Mail Marketing Systems, Inc., in Columbia, Md. She is engaged to Charltez James; they plan to be married in the summer of 2005. They are the parents of a four-year-old, Xavier James.

Kimberly Welsh, social work, is a treatment facility administrator at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare in Portland, Ore.


Candace Martin, information systems, is an information technology specialist with the Social Security Administration. She and her husband, Lamont, live in Owings, Mills, Md.

Leona Yang, information systems, is an investment specialist with Verizon. She and her husband, Robert Gagliardi, live in Norwalk, Conn.


Christine Hall, sociology, is a therapist with the Calvert County Mental Health Clinic in Prince Frederick, Md.

Bonnie Lease, M.A. history, is manager of the public computer center at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. Her husband, Fred Lease, geography and environmental systems '93, is an environmental planner with Century Engineering in Towson, Md.

Randy Lesniak, M.P.S. public policy, lives in West Linn, Ore.

James Licharowicz, mechanical engineering, see Johanna Cabanilla Licharowicz, '90.

Ebony Lindsley, psychology, is director of administration for Lindsley Transportation Services in Clinton, Md.

Matthew ("Mitch") Maltese, visual arts/imaging and digital arts, is self-employed as a multimedia producer in Baltimore.

Maggie Skillman Murgolo, health administration and policy, is a health insurance specialist with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where her husband, John Murgolo, computer science '02, is an information technology specialist.

Kimberly Brossard Myers, see Andrew Myers '02.

Todd Sickler, biological sciences, is a scientist at Geo-Centers in Lanham, Md.

Angela (Kisling) Williams, modern languages and linguistics, teaches Spanish at Catonsville High School. She and her husband, Anthony, live in Glen Burnie, Md.


Cleopatra Borel, interdisciplinary studies, participated in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, representing her native country, Trinidad and Tobago, in the shot put competition. Borel was a three-time NCAA All-American at UMBC.

Dawn Campbell, computer science, is a systems security engineer at Science Applications International Corp. in Columbia, Md.

Jacek Kalmus, economics, is a claims representative with Progressive Auto Insurance in Owings Mills, Md.

John Murgolo, computer science, see Maggie Skillman Murgolo '01.

Andrew Myers, psychology, is a sergeant in the U.S. Army currently serving in Iraq along with Arthur Swartout, geography and environmental systems, a first lieutenant. Both are serving with the 1st Infantry Division. Andrew is married to Kimberly (Brossard) Myers, psychology '01.

Jennifer (Christoph) Udan, political science, is a paralegal with Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker in Washington, D.C. She and her husband, Michael Udan, biological sciences '95 and M.S. applied molecular biology '99, live in Owings Mills, Md. Michael is a project manager with Cambrex.


Olubemiga Oladele Adekunle, computer engineering, is a graduate student in computer engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Eunice Ban, biological sciences and psychology, is a Peace Corps volunteer on a two-year assignment in East Timor, where she is a community development volunteer.

Terrell Hoebeke, information systems, is retired and lives in Severn, Md. His daughter is Sonja Hoebeke, psychology '92.

David Landgren, visual arts/photography, now lives in Ystad, Sweden.

Christopher Magaha, information systems, is a database manager for the U.S. Government.

Jennifer Schildroth Sims, interdisciplinary studies, is a reporter for the Killeen Daily Herald in Killeen, Tx. She and her husband, Terry Simms, are the parents of Madison, born in July, 2003.

Mark Steenrod, visual arts/imaging and digital art, is an implementation engineer with Aptimus in Seattle, Wash.

Thomas Turnbaugh, social work, lives in Hampstead, Md.

Jermaine Williams, visual and performing arts, was the national winner of "The WB Casting Call 2003." In addition to recording promos for Warner Bros. at their studios in Los Angeles and meeting a number of WB stars, Jermaine auditioned for a part in a new comedy show.


Keisha Findley, biochemistry and molecular biology, is a graduate student in the Graduate Medical Education Program at Duke University.

Svetlana Khvalina, political science, is in law school at the College of William and Mary and is interested in hosting any students considering William and Mary for graduate school.

Amanda Miracle, M.A., historical studies, was featured in The Baltimore Sun on July 25. Earlier this year, Amanda set a world endurance record for women for the longest continual row on a rowing machine: 25 hours and 170,425 meters. She's now in the Ph.D. program in history at Bowling Green State University.


Mark Baker, interdisciplinary studies '96, on September 5. Survivors include his wife, Elaine.

Zane Clayton, emergency health services '03, on September 12 of an allergic reaction to medication. He was a cardiac technician, volunteer firefighter and paramedic.

Amy (England) Lavis, mathematics '92, on September 16 of melanoma. Survivors include her husband, Robert, and children, Jason and Emma.

Jessica Soto Perez, a Ph.D. student in the department of chemical and biochemical engineering, on June 29. Perez was the victim of a fatal shooting on the edge of the UMBC campus. She was awarded a posthumous master's degree in August and a scholarship has been established in her memory.

Tom Rider, former head coach and administrator, on June 27. He served as head coach of UMBC's first soccer and baseball teams in 1966 and 1967 respectively. He also coached Retriever baseball from 1967-75, served as head soccer coach from 1967-72, and was the University's head fencing coach from 1976-80 and head golf coach from 1976-79.

Sherrillyn Rush-Rogers, a former administrative assistant in the Office of Residential Life, on September 13, after complications from illness.

Enid Tyler, Africana studies '95, on June 25 after a long battle with cancer. She remained connected with UMBC after earning her degree and had been enrolled in the master's program in education before her death. Survivors include her daughter, Lydia Allotey.


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