Generations   Summer 2004

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This edition of Class Notes contains information received through mid-June 2004. Editor's Note: UMBC academic majors sometimes undergo name changes for a variety of reasons. For consistency, Generations uses the most current name of a major regardless of the alumna/us' year of graduation and the major name at that time.


Adrienne Jones, psychology, was one of the participants in “Perspectives on the Brown Decision: African American Experience and Schooling in Baltimore County,” a UMBC event held in April commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision.

Donald May, American studies, is the national sales manager for Siemens Building Technologies. He resides in South Elgin, Il. with his wife, Susan.


Barry Willen, history and ’80 chemistry, is the executive director of Sylvan Learning System’s center in Westminster, Md. He and his wife, Sheryl, and their children, Joshua and Jennifer, reside in Reisterstown.


Joe Kelly, economics, has been promoted to senior vice president at BB&T. He and his wife, Sabina, economics ’79, reside in Baldwin, Md., with their children, Charlie, John and Caroline.

Anthony Rettaliata, history, is a federal account executive for the SAS Institute. He resides in Timonium, Md. with his wife, Linda, and children, Caitlin and Michael.


Patricia Pfeiff, health science and policy and sociology, see Robert Pfeiff, ’82.


Robert Pfeiff Jr., economics, is a senior consultant with the Microsoft Corporation and resides in Fairfax, Va. with his wife, Patricia, ’81.


Brian Huff, political science, is vice president of merchandising for Cub Foods in Stillwater, Minn.

Michael Tkacik, political science, an assistant professor of political science at Stephen F. Austin University in Texas, was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the University of SS. Cyril and Methodius at Trnava in the Slovak Republic during the 2003-2004 academic year.


Maureen Konkle, English, is the author of Writing Indian Nations: Native Intellectuals and the Politics of Historiography, 1827-1863, published by the University of North Carolina Press in February. She is an associate professor of English at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Ajay Patel, computer science, is president of Corporate Hospitality, Inc. He resides in Fredericksburg, Va. with his wife, Vinna.


Susan Ostrinsky, theatre, is a stay-at-home mom and resides with her husband, Robert, and son, Benjamin, in Derwood, Md.


Sean Carton, English, was profiled in the "Baltimore Grill" column of Baltimore Magazine in March.

Sharon Grimes, English, was recently selected as Baltimore County's 17th Teacher of the Year. Grimes, a librarian at Lansdowne Elementary School, was featured in The Baltimore Sun on May 6.


Heidi Vause, modern languages and linguistics, is an office manager/executive assistant with Plexus Scientific Corp. and resides in Catonsville, Md.


Ram Mohan, Ph.D. chemistry, an associate professor of chemistry at Illinois Wesleyan University, received a Cottrell College Science Award, one of only 50 given throughout the country. The award supports his research in "green chemistry," the use of chemistry for pollution prevention.

Christine (Whitby) Smith, biochemistry and molecular biology, is a supervisory investigator with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She resides in Owings Mills, Md. with her husband, Kevin, and son, Benjamin.

Anintita Vamasiri, information systems management, is a database application developer with EDS and resides in Arlington, Va.


Janice Smith, computer science, is a software engineer with the Air Force Research Lab in Kirtland, N.M.


Patrick McClelland, economics, completed the second year of a doctoral program in business at the University of Kansas and will present his first paper at the Academy of Management's annual conference in New Orleans in August.

Robert Mumma, economics, see Kristy (Hartman) Mumma ’99.

Daniel Quarrick, political science, is an associate with UBS Financial Services in Nashville, Tn.


Khadijah Ali-Coleman, interdisciplinary studies, is the assistant program director at Covenant House in Washington, D.C. She resides in Temple Hills, Md. with her daughter, Khari.

Bobby Baker, emergency health services, is an EMS training specialist with the Roanoke, Va. Fire-EMS Department.

Christian Butcher, biological sciences, is a physician at West Virginia University's department of pulmonary and critical care medicine. He resides in Morgantown, W.Va. with his wife, Veda.

Todd Couzins, computer science, is director of information services at the Brethren Home Community in New Oxford, Pa.

Gib Mason, economics, chief operating officer of Baltimore company 180s, was quoted in a Baltimore Sun article featuring 180s in April. Mason's company was recently named to the top spot on a list of 100 fastest-growing private companies in U.S. inner cities by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, a nonprofit business research organization based in Boston, and Inc. magazine.

Ginina (Jackson) Stevenson, Africana studies, is an attorney in the Office of the Public Defender. She resides in Pasadena, Md. with her husband, Claymon, and son, Claymon.


Dionne English Chambers, Africana studies, is a private school teacher and resides in Mableton, Ga. with her husband, Marvin.

Sonia (Trehan) Kelly, sociology, recently received her M.Ed. from Loyola College. She and her husband, Geoffrey, reside in Duxbury, Ma.

Catherine Meador-Wilburn, history, is a customs officer with the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She resides in Columbia, Md. with her husband, Adam, and son, Ryan.

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


Brian Dannelly, visual and performing arts, returned to Baltimore for the premiere of his film, Saved!, at the Maryland Film Festival in May. The film, released nationwide in June, has drawn reviews in major media including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, People, CNN and NPR.

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

Dawn Marie (Krouse) Fink, information systems, is a web developer at Advanced Information Engineering Services, Inc. She resides in Lusby, Md. with her husband, Chris, and son, Philip.

Duff Goldman, philosophy and history, owner of Charm City Cakes, was featured in the May 2004 issue of Baltimore Magazine and the January/February issue of Style.

Jeff Pumphrey, interdisciplinary studies, is a community supervisor with the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks. He resides in Columbia, Md. with his wife, Anne Marie, and daughter, Colleen.

Renee Youlette Welch, economics, owns RY Caterers in Capital Heights, Md


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


Keri Freeman-Frederick, social work, is service coordinator for the ARC of Prince George's County. She resides in Upper Marlboro, Md. with her husband, Jorge.

Kristy (Hartman) Mumma, information systems, is head coach of UMBCís field hockey team. She and her husband, Robert Mumma, economics ’94 (assistant baseball coach at UMBC), reside in Elkridge, Md.

Irwin Pink, emergency health services, is an emergency medicine physician-assistant at North Arundel Hospital and resides in Arnold, Md. with his wife, Susan.

Mark Tyler, history, is a law clerk at the Maryland Court of Appeals and passed the Maryland bar exam in July 2003. He resides in Baltimore, Md.


Kevin Puckace, applied mathematics, is a test engineer for the U.S. Army and resides in Forest Hill, Md.


David Lebowitz emergency health services, is director of emergency medical services at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. He resides in Elkridge, Md.

Serena (Hampton) Terrero, sociology, resides in Miramar, Fl. with her husband, Reynaldo, and daughter, Samantha.


Tanner Almon visual and performing arts, had one of his works, Method for Self-Defense Against Scorpions, shown at the Maryland Film Festival in May.

Kristen Anchor, visual and performing arts, is director of the Creative Alliance MovieMakers in Baltimore.

Eric Hester, geography and environmental systems, is a sales representative with Kohler in Denver, Colo.

Larry Wiersch, M.S. emergency health services, is executive director of Cetronia Ambulance Corps in Allentown, Pa. He received the 2003 President’s Award from the American Ambulance Association.

Gail Yourse, M.A. instructional systems development, is a legal administrator with the Social Security Administration. She resides in Belcamp, Md.


Kevin Armstrong, geography and environmental systems, received a cartographic design award from the U.S. Department of Justice. He is a crime analyst at the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDA) in Greenbelt, Md. He and his wife, Holly, M.A. instructional systems development, reside in Hanover, Md.

Olubemiga Idowu, acting, and Benjamin Pohlmeier, acting, were featured in a story in The Baltimore Sun in May, discussing their role in Medal of Honor Rag, a play about a troubled Vietnam veteran and Medal of Honor winner that was performed at a Baltimore chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

Benjamin Lanson, modern languages and linguistics, currently resides in Japan, where he is an English teacher with the Japanese Ministry of Education.

Nick Prevas, visual arts, had two works shown at the Maryland Film Festival in May, L’Invitation and Love and a ’61.




Peggy Boney, visual and performing arts ’94, and James Boney, computer science ’95, a daughter, Catherine.

Khadijah Ali-Coleman, interdisciplinary studies ’95, a daughter, Khari.

Jeanna and Christopher Mahr, emergency health services ’97, a son, Jackson.

Jeff Pumphrey, interdisciplinary studies ’97, and Anne Marie Pumphrey, a daughter, Colleen.

Cora Tracey, psychology ’93, and Patrick Tracey, a daughter, Angela.


Sonia (Trehan) Kelly, sociology ’96, married Geoffrey Kelly.

Kristy (Hartman) Mumma, information systems ’99, married Robert (Bob) Mumma, economics ’94.


Richard Neville, a founding UMBC faculty member in the Department of Education and dean emeritus.


Compiled by Bevin Maloney, a student assistant in the Office of Alumni Relations and a biological sciences and psychology major.


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