Class Notes

HEY, WHAT'S NEW? Tell us your latest accomplishments and milestones by submitting your news to Class Notes. Alumni news, which is compiled from your submissions and previously published materials, is arranged alphabetically by class year. Photo submissions are welcome. Please submit original, high-resolution photos (300 dpi).


Frank Burtnett ’62, Springfield, VA, was recognized by the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS), for his long tenure as its education consultant. NAPS created the Frank Burtnett Education Scholarship that will be awarded annually to an emerging professional at a member firm in the search and staffing industry. The scholarship is intended to support that recipient’s achievement of professional certification and participation in the NAPS annual conference and Certification Immersion Class.

James Smith ’64-’68M, Mechanicsburg, was recognized by Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania as 2016 volunteer of the year. Vision Resources provides services to visually impaired individuals in the central Pennsylvania area. Smith has recorded weekly hour-long programs on health and finances for Radio Reading Service for over 10 years.

Edward J. Dodson ’73, Cherry Hill, NJ, retired from Fannie Mae as a market analyst and business manager. He now teaches political economy and lectures on history at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Temple University. Dodson delivers a biannual series of lectures on “The State of the US Economy and Society.”

Christopher W. Vaughn ’75-’76M, Mansfield, received the Mansfield University Coin for Excellence Award in October 2016 for his service in a variety of admissions and financial aid capacities. He retired as financial planning director after 29 years of service to the university in 2011. He also served as the “Voice of Mountaineers” in athletics since 1981. He has touched the lives of countless students and their families, student-athletes, alumni, and fans in both roles.

G. Warren Elliott ’76-’77M, Chambersburg, was recognized for heading a three-year effort to protect deep-sea corals. The regulations went into effect in

Rev. Dale Pepper ’76, Lake Ariel, retired as the state chaplain for the Vermont National Guard in 2014 after 26 years, with the rank of colonel. He retired as the full-time staff chaplain with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections at Waymart in August 2016 after 22 years. He has been pastor of St. John’s PM Church in Avoca since October 2013.

Col. John G. Gergulis ’77M, Columbia, SC, was an invited guest at the Landing Zone (LZ) Resurrection Conference held at Bethany African Methodist Episcopal Church in Harrisburg. At the conference, Gergulis reunited with the Rev. Dwight Edwards whom he served alongside in Vietnam. While in Pennsylvania, he returned to Ship for a visit.

John “JB” Nelson ’77, Hagerstown, MD, published his 13th book, Yanigans, which chronicles the early history of baseball in Fulton County.



Angela Urich Dohrman ’80, York, was named chief operating officer/senior vice president for SpiriTrust Lutheran. She will continue to provide leadership for senior living and will serve as acting CEO, if needed.

Crystal Bair Hull ’80, Carlisle, was named president of The Pennsylvania Public Relations Society (PPRS), the largest professional organization of its kind in central Pennsylvania.

Rodger Krause ’80, Wyomissing, is president for the Reading Chapter Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants for 2016-17.

Carol Lehman Venet ’81, Mechanicsburg, was inducted into the US Lacrosse of Central Pennsylvania inaugural Hall of Fame during a celebration Jan. 29, 2016.

Michele Gross Buck ’82, Hummelstown, was named president and chief executive officer of The Hershey Company.

Joseph Divis ’82, Ambler, executive director of external affairs for the Mid-Atlantic region of AT&T Services Inc. was named chair of College Possible Philadelphia, a nonprofit organization making college admission possible for low-income students.

Tracy L. Baer ’83, Chambersburg, completed all requirements to become a licensed battlefield guide at Gettysburg National Military Park.

Rev. Sandra Schlesman Anthony ’84, Prescott, AZ, was designated as pastor of Congregational Church of the Valley United Church of Christ in September 2016.

Pamela Smeltz Wenner ’85, Carlisle, was selected as 2016 Central Pennsylvania Federal Executive Association Management Employee of the Year for her work at the Naval Supply Systems Command and her volunteer work in the community.



J. William Coddington ’90, Souderton, earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Immaculata University in Malvern this past July. He continues to serve as a high school administrator in his 27th year in public education.

Todd R. Hurley ’90, Perkasie, chief relationship officer of Penn Community Bank, participated on a panel discussion regarding volunteerism and community service as part of the leadership program Launch Pad. This was presented in partnership with Bucks County Community College and the Bucks County-based women’s empowerment organization, Sisters U.

Susan A. Fink ’91, Bryn Mawr, is the new development director at Soroptimist
International of the Americas, a global volunteer organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.

John H. Niedzwiecki ’92, Nashville, TN, was appointed chair of the Biology Department at Belmont University. He teaches genetics, animal behavior, and a course in tropical biodiversity in Costa Rica.

Jason Wert ’92, Jonesboro, AR, was promoted to news director for USA Radio Network, overseeing the news department for a network on over 650 radio stations in the USA.

Sean E. Kennedy ’93, Kansas City, MO, was named associate vice president of Aon National Flood Services.

Laura Stecher Stover ’93, Chambersburg, manages the Human Resources
Department at Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC, and consults externally on HR-related issues. Her expertise includes the development of personnel policies and procedures, compensation and assessment programs, benefit administration support, executive recruiting, and HR audits. She is a Society for Human Resource Management senior certified professional and a senior professional in human resources.

Peter Gigliotti ’95M, Shippensburg, recently retired from Shippensburg
University after serving as the university’s chief communications official for 28 years. He is founder and CEO of CrisisComm LLC, a regional crisis communications firm assisting educational, governmental, emergency service agencies, and businesses.

Sharon Roland Martin ’97, North Huntingdon, is CFO at Albensi Dental Laboratories.

Timothy A. Hackman ’99, Bowie, MD, is director of User Services and Resource Sharing at the University of Maryland Libraries.


Jennifer Yeck Green ’03, Adelphi, MD, is assistant principal for DC public schools.

Walter A. Bair ’05, Doylestown, was promoted to emergency response program manager for the south-central regional office of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Jill Domitrovits Gardner ’05 and husband Josh, Pennsdale, welcomed a son, Cody. He joins big sister Stella.

Brooke Ross Mulartrick ’05 and husband Eric, Collegeville, welcomed a son, Ethan Robert, on Aug. 18, 2016.

Dwayne Northcraft ’05, Waterfall, was appointed superintendent of the Southern Huntingdon County School District.

Christopher R. Sorge ’05, Mechanicsburg, celebrated the first anniversary as LuLaRoe Annie Sorge independent consultant with $150,000 gross sales.

Laura Bickford Blewitt ’06 and husband Richard Blewitt Jr. ’05, Carlisle, welcomed a son, Elwyn Lyle, on June 19, 2016. He joins big brother Jacob.

Justin D. Esposito ’06 and wife Aly, Shippensburg, welcomed a daughter, Olivia Ann, on Nov. 12, 2016. She joins big brother Owen, 3.

Allison Bollinger Miller ’06 and husband Nils, Silver Spring, MD, welcomed a son, Arthur Nace, on July 28, 2016. He joins big brother Oliver, 2.

Katharine E. Criswell ’08, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom, earned a PhD from the University of Chicago in Organismal Biology and Anatomy and started a position at the University of Cambridge as a Royal Society Shooter International Postdoctoral Fellow in February 2017.

Sarah Leahey ’09 married Alexander Palazzi in August 2016. The couple lives in Altoona. She received a master’s degree and reading specialist certification from Saint Francis University.

Samantha Schweidel Schultz ’09 and husband Colin, Highspire, welcomed a daughter, Alexandra Anne, on Oct. 10, 2016. She joins big sister Audrey.

Steven C. Werley ’10M, married Katharine Galanos on Oct. 10, 2015. They live in Hamburg. He is a coal manager at Reading, Blue Mountain, and Northern Railroad.

Michael P. Johnston ’11, Washington, DC, graduated from The American University with a Master of Public Administration and is the assistant to the Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Education. He also trekked to the Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal.

Roxanne M. Jones ’11, Glen Rock, is president of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Harrisburg Chapter for 2017.

Jennifer Pietrzak ’11 married Mark J. Redding ’11 on Dec. 10, 2016. The
couple lives in Broomall. Cari L. Butler ’12 married Matthew W. Henry ’13 on Oct. 1, 2016. The couple lives in Mt. Holly Springs.

Kellina Keown ’12 married James Logan in October 2015. The couple lives in Summerville, SC. She earned a Master in Education Integration of Technology in August 2016. She was named rookie teacher of the year and grade chair in Berkeley County School District.

Emily K. Parkins ’12, Harleysville, is director for championships and sport management at The Patriot League.

Tracy L. Biesecker ’13M, Gettysburg, the executive director of SpiriTrust Lutheran, The Village at Gettysburg, recently was accepted into the national LeadingAge Leadership Academy, which is a yearlong leadership development program designed to enhance the leadership skills and core competencies of not-for-profit leaders within the field of aging services.

Reginald L. Hefner ’13-’15, Chambersburg, successfully learned his 16th language and was appointed Arabic lecturer at York College of Pennsylvania where he renewed the teaching of Arabic after a 33-year hiatus there. He also is scheduled to teach Mandarin Chinese.

Lance Edwards ’14, Tafton, is litigation technology specialist and office manager at Scartelli Olszewski.

Stephen Stefan Jr. ’14M, Billings, MT, is client service coordinator, which includes social worker and office coordinator, for the Montana State Department of Public Welfare.