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).


Richard “Dick” Ocker ’59-’64M-’73M, Carlisle, finished fourth in a field of eighteen in the 100-meter dash at the Penn Relays. He raced in the eighty-plus division and his time was 17 seconds. Ocker is the sprint coach at Messiah College.


Robert L. Handwerk ’69M, Lebanon, authored the non-fiction book, Muses to Sustain the Thoughtful Life, and the fiction book, Black Hole Rising.

Russell A. Boggs ’70-’74M, Harrisburg, was elected chair of the Harrisburg City Human Relations Commission after his recent appointment to the commission. He also was elected to the board of directors of Alder Health Services.

Barbara (Alleman) Eisenhart ’71, Hanover, recently was honored by Guthrie Memorial Library in Hanover for her many years of dedicated service to the library and to the Hanover community. 

Marcia (Castelli) Guzauskas ’71, Gaithersburg, Maryland, was installed as the state regent for the District of Columbia, Daughters of the American Revolution, at the annual Continental Congress in Washington, DC, on June 24. The term will run until June 2020, as the leader of more than 1,100 members in the district. She has been a member of the NSDAR since 1983.

Robert A. Piotrowski ’73, San Dimas, California, showed his Ship pride at the Rams training camp at UC Irvine. 

Margaret (Uhrich) Taylor ’74, Greensboro, North Carolinia, received the 2018 Woman of Impact Award from the Behrend Commission for Women. Retiring from Behrend as director of development and alumni relations in 2016, she has more than thirty years of experience in philanthropy, economic development, and marketing. Her career includes work in higher education, economic development, and magazine and newspaper publishing. While at Behrend she worked tirelessly to raise funds for student scholarships, department endowments, and stewardship.

Gary U. Seidner ’75, Pembroke, New Hampshire, greeted Gabe Mosser ’18 in Pasco, Washington. Mosser was drafted by the San Diego Padres and plays for the Tri City Dust Devils in the Northwest League. 

Joe Carothers ’76, Washington, and his wife, Sue, with their daughter Kate, a current senior, enjoyed family time this summer in Venice. He serves on the Alumni Board of Directors and represents Ship in Western Pennsylvania at college fairs in and around Pittsburgh, as well as helps host alumni events in the greater Pittsburgh region. 

Nadim Ali ’77, Atlanta, Georgia, received a Pioneer Award by the Muslim Wellness Foundation at the fourth annual Black Muslim Psychology Conference held in Philadelphia on July 23. In the field of counseling for over thirty years, he is currently a licensed professional counselor and master addiction counselor in private practice in Atlanta. 

Linda (Fitz) Hoover ’78-’79M, Pensacola, Florida, recently published the children’s book Gen. Crane, Hero of the American Revolution. John Crane, a Revolutionary War general and her sixth great-grandfather, had an illustrious military career that included participating in the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and Valley Forge and culminated with his leading the Continental Artillery when Gen. Knox was promoted to the Secretary of War.

Gerry A. Quickel ’78, Weedville, retired from teaching after forty years on June 4. He taught public school thirty years in Maryland and ten years at DuBois High School.

James W. Saxton ’79, Lititz, CEO, Saxton & Stump Attorneys, has been selected to the 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list for demonstrating excellence in health care and was named 2019 Best Lawyers. He has been recognized annually as a Super Lawyer since 2012. Saxton has sustained an active litigation practice for more than thirty years. He lectures frequently and is an invited speaker across the country on health care issues. He also presents to nationally prominent health care organizations.



Donald M. Falcone ’80, San Bruno, California, collaborated with former Blue Oyster Cult drummer Albert Bouchard and sci-fi writer Michael Moorcock on the fourteenth Spirits Burning studio album, an adaptation of Moorcock’s An Alien Heat novel. Falcone produced the album, co-wrote the sixteen songs, and primarily played keyboards. Released in August in the UK, the album features thirty-one musicians.

Michael Hady III ’80, York, was named the first executive director of the Powder Mill Foundation in York.

Helen (Wargny) Mack ’81, Riverton, New Jersey, retired from IBM Corporation after thirty-five years as a global project manager. She joined association headquarters as assistant executive director of the American Neurological Association. As a former member and president of Shippensburg’s marching and concert band, as well as Ship’s brass ensemble and orchestra, she continues to play trumpet in various concert bands, pit orchestras, and plays in a cover band.

Dean L. Bartles ’82M, Clearwater, Florida, is president of The National Tooling and Machining Association.

Brenda (Kline) Reynolds ’83, Chester Springs, published an Amazon best-seller in October 2017, titled TBD—To Be Determined: Leading with Clarity and Confidence in Uncertain Times. In November 2017, she delivered the TEDx talk at the Wilmington Women’s Conference, Navigating Transition Fog. She also produced the “Now What?” Transformation Clarity Card Deck, which provides information and inspiration to anyone experiencing a change at work or home. Reynolds spoke at the National Organization Development Network Conference in October in Alexandria, Virginia, and is keynote speaker at the Designed for Impact Women’s Conference in Bermuda in November.

Kathleen (Knadig) Yost ’84, retired as chief financial officer from The York Water Company.

Robin (McKendrick) Schroyer ’85, was named vice president of information services/chief information officer (CIO) at The Brethren Mutual Insurance Company. 

Dr. Barbara Davis-Pyles ’86, Everson, Washington, authored her first picture book, Grizzly Boy, published in 2018 by Sasquatch Books. This amusing tale highlights the day Theo decides he is no longer human.

Patricia Richards-Service ’86, Clarks Summit, received her doctorate in administration and leadership with a focus in health promotion during Marywood University’s 100th commencement in May. She received the McGowan Medal for Excellence in Doctoral Studies. She recently presented at the Society for Romanian Studies 2018 Conference in Bucharest, Romania. She is a Fulbright-Schuman grantee to the European Union, where she is conducting breast cancer mortality research in Dublin, Ireland, and Bucharest, Romania. 

Eduardo Mack ’87, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is head of the Chevening Program, a post-graduation scheme sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in Great Britain.

Dr. Michael R. Smith ’87M, Cleveland, Tennessee, Lee University’s professor of public relations, had the chapter “Promoting accuracy and advocacy in the age of competing voices,” published in Words and Witnesses, a book on notable Christians throughout the ages. The chapter is based on his book Fake News, Truth-Telling, and Charles M. Sheldon’s Model of Accuracy that was published earlier this year. Smith has written eight books, nine peer reviewed journal articles, seven chapters, and hundreds of articles for the popular press. He also has presented workshops in the United States and overseas, including a seminar on magazine writing for Magazine Training International. This year he will conduct focus group research in Nairobi, Kenya.  

Bryon C. Black ’88, Middletown, Maryland, recently joined the Frederick County, Maryland County Attorney’s Office as an assistant county attorney, after being in private practice for over twenty-seven years. He is focusing on the Finance Department and the Department of Public Works. 

Jane B. DiGirolamo ’88M, Annapolis, Maryland, created her own fundraising consulting firm, Creative Gratitude, LLC. She is a partner for Partners in Mission, and she provides fundraising counsel to K-8 and secondary Catholic schools. She developed her passion for fundraising when she took a fundraising course at Ship in her master’s program, a course taught by John Clinton, former executive director of the Shippensburg University Foundation.

Barrie Ann (McBride) George ’88-’89M, is the director of the Cumberland and Perry counties Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region. She and her husband, Joseph, write a bi-monthly fine arts review column for The Sentinel newspaper in Carlisle.

Charles A. Moran, Jr ’89-’97M, Carlisle, is the executive director, of The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association.


Todd R. Hurley ’90, Perkasie, Penn Community Banks chief relationship officer, has joined the board of directors of Pennridge FISH, a nonprofit that serves families in need in the Pennridge School District. FISH stands for Fellowship in Serving Humanity, maintaining a food pantry and clothing outlet that distributes donated items. FISH also receives food from federal, state, and regional programs, as well as numerous local farms.

Jeffrey S. Hyle ’90, Lancaster, is the principle owner and manager of the public accounting firm of Rottmund, Cheek, Hyle & Co LLC (RCH-CPA). The firm focuses on tax and accounting services for individuals and businesses in the Lancaster area.

Jeanine (Mannion) Medrow ’90, Yardley, received the 2017 Outstanding Educator Award from the Bucks County Association for The Education of Young Children at the Fall Conference October 2017. She teaches at the Crossing Cooperative Nursery School. 

Benjamin E. Trittipoe ’90M, Leesburg, Virginia, was the official scorer for the eighty-ninth annual MLB All-Star Game in July. He has served as an official scorer for the Washington Nationals since the franchise relocated to the nation’s capital in 2005. 

Col. Thomas A. Starkoski Jr. ’91, Frederick, Maryland, US Army, graduated from a Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Starkoski is currently assigned to the Joint Staff at the Pentagon.

Michele M. Orner ’92M, Parkesburg, was appointed to a five-year term as superintendent of the Octorara Area School District in Atglen.

Ronald Showaker ’92, Biglerville, was appointed controller and secretary of The Beistle Company by its board of directors. 

Zina (Serafin) Clayman ’93, Denver, was promoted from vice president of Madison Risk Group Client Services, to partner. Clayman is a certified construction risk insurance specialist (CRIS) and has twenty years of experience managing the risk management programs for many of the largest construction firms in the Philadelphia area. She oversees the Client Services Division, which handles contract bid and specification review and analysis, coverage and premium negotiation, insurance program structure, client advisement, and day-to-day servicing.

Kevin F. Gill ’93, New Cumberland, was named CEO of the Harrisburg Police Athletic League, a mentoring program for youth in the greater Harrisburg area that uses athletics and other activities, in cooperation with local law enforcement, to prevent crime and develop young people into productive citizens.

Benjiman “Aaron” Housel ’95 married Emily Kavin on July 12. The couple lives in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

James Wisdom ’95, Downingtown, leads award-winning marketing for large brands, earning two Webby awards and ten other honors in the past decade. He is proud to have led the largest philanthropic social media marketing campaign, raising over $1 million for pediatric cancer. He serves as vice president of digital marketing for Randstad, the second-largest staffing firm in the world.

Marisol (Sicairos) Craig ’96-’00M, Mechanicsburg, received her Doctorate in Education in June and is a principal in the Harrisburg City School District.

Kevin Snow ’98-’05M, Dunmore, is assistant professor of counselor education and clinical mental health director at Marywood University in Scranton. He was appointed as chair/president of the Northeast Pennsylvania Counseling Association for a two-year term and to a seat on the executive council of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association in his new leadership role.

Chad Baker ’99-’11M, York, recently was re-elected as chair of the Democratic Party of York County. He also was elected as vice chair of the south-central caucus of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, and was elected to a seat on the executive committee for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.

Lucinda (Howell) Schaeffer ’99, Sinking Spring, is adjunct professor in the Education Department at Alvernia University in Reading.

William Ziegler II ’99 and his wife, Elizabeth, Lancaster, welcomed a son, William Michael III, on January 16.


Alyce Baker ’00, Lock Haven, earned the status of full professor at Lock Haven University. Baker is a member of the English Department and serves as secondary English program and assessment coordinator.

Michael C. Parker ’00, Hummelstown, a former reporter and weekend co-anchor at ABC27, left his position to take on the role as communication director with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission in Harrisburg.

Heather (Seich) Spence ’00, Alexandria, Virginia, is a marketing specialist at Shirley Contracting Company, a leading provider of comprehensive transportation and heavy civil construction services in the Mid-Atlantic Region. 

April (Wadel) Bailey ’01-’04M, Belleair Bluffs, Florida, joined the faculty of the Muma College of Business at the University of South Florida. Bailey is an instructor of marketing and the director of the business honors program.

Richard Etter ’01, Pittsburgh, is a partner in Fox Rothschild LLP firm’s labor and employment practice. 

William “Chayne” Gregg ’01, Wilmington, Delaware, has started his own production company, FreshFly, after ten years in film and TV production. FreshFly completed a documentary film, WYETH, for the PBS series American Masters. Visit, or go to iTunes and Amazon for more.

Alann D. Schmidt ’01M, Orbisonia, co-authored September Mourn: The Dunker Church of the Antietam Battlefield. The Dunker Church is one of the most iconic structures of the American Civil War. The Dunker Church can finally take its place alongside the Alamo and Shiloh churches as one of the most notable houses of worship in American military history, and this book gives the full story of the monumental battle and the community who lived through it.

Dennis J. Little II ’03, Carlisle, won the 2018 Forty Under 40 awards from Central Penn Business Journal for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and community service.

Maggie Funkhouser ’04 and Kevin Mickley, Ogden, Utah, welcomed a daughter, Edith Rae Mickley, on June 22.

Anna Carlen ’05 married Brandon Hanulak on May 11. The couple lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Jessica (Kalbrosky) Johnson ’05 and husband Chris Johnson Jr. ’05, Philadelphia, welcomed a son, Miles Oliver, on April 18.

Alyssa (Sellers) Feher ’06 and husband Ryan Feher ’06-’11M, Boiling Springs, welcomed a son, Vincent Frank, on May 22. He joins big brother RJ, and big sisters Lexie and Ally.

Eric Fischgrund ’06, Hoboken, New Jersey, is the founder of FischTank, which provides marketing, media relations, and digital strategies for companies of all sizes, spanning multiple industries and verticals. His belief is that clients should count on the firm as more than just a vendor, but rather a partner that understands their business and applies a unique skillset to amplify their messaging and achieve results.

Allison (Bollinger) Miller ’06 and husband Nils, Silver Spring, Maryland, welcomed a son, Felix Bollinger, on July 7. He joins big brothers Oliver, four, and Arthur, two.

Krista Parker ’06, Tampa, Florida, was promoted to managing consultant, Berkeley Research Group.

Brooke (Wiker) Donovan ’07M, Mechanicsburg, was promoted to senior advancement officer at Dickinson College.

Scott R. Hershberger ’07, Cranberry Township, director of tourism services for VisitPITTSBURGH, was the lead event coordinator for the historic first charter flight flying directly from China to Pittsburgh, filled with more than 300 tourists. A charter trip in the works for two years, Hershberger coordinated all aspects of the first charter flight including accommodations, meals, and museum tours.

Barbara C. Banz ’08, Dingmans Ferry, with the Department of Emergency Medicine’s (DEM) DrivSim Lab Post-Doctoral Associate, was awarded Outstanding Oral Presentation for her presentation at the first Yale University Postdoc Symposium held on June 8. The focus of her presentation, “Drinking Symptomology and Attentional Processing Limitations During Driving Simulation,” was her current research mimicking distracted driving in sober young drivers in order to study potential effects of drinking. The mission of the DrivSim Lab is to understand the neural basis of driving behavior and risk processes during adolescence and emerging adulthood, and to develop individually tailored interventions to promote safe driving. 

Lindsay (Snyder) Stein ’08 and husband Michael ’08, Red Lion, welcomed a son, Jacob Michael, on February 23. He joins big brother Hudson.

Theodore R. Them, II ’08, Charleston, South Carolina, became a tenure-track faculty member at the College of Charleston. He published peer-reviewed research in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Geology, Nature Scientific Reports, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, and Bulletins of American Paleontology in 2017-2018.

Christina (Green) Yoder ’08M, Waynesboro, completed IUP’s PhD program in Administration and Leadership Studies. She was promoted to assistant professor of management at Mount St. Mary’s University, Richard J. Bolte Sr. School of Business.

Ryan P. Carpenter ’10M, Arlington, Virginia, successfully defended his dissertation in November and graduated in January with a Doctor of Philosophy in History from Catholic University.

Brittany Oncay ’10 married Andrew Quynn ’09 in October 2014. They welcomed a daughter, Maxwell, in April 2016, and a daughter, Ellis, in March. He was promoted to audit manager at BDO USA LLP in Wilmington, Delaware, in August 2017. The couple lives in Wilmington.

Amanda (Gilbert) Wright ’10 and husband Matthew Wright ’10, welcomed a son, Trapper John, on July 29. He joins big brother Bucky, two. The family lives in McClure.

Danielle (DiPerna) Bryan ’11M and husband Michael, Poland, Ohio, welcomed a daughter, Aubrey Mae, on August 31, 2017.

Justin M. Eberly ’14, Mechanicsburg, graduated with a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in emergency services management in September from Columbia Southern University.

Jacqueline Maguire ’14 married Daniel S. Campbell ’14 on June 16. The couple lives in Carlisle. 

Emily M. Smith ’14, Hanover, graduated from Temple University on May 10 with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

Alyssa M. Hicks ’15, Nazareth, joins Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, as a law clerk with the firm. Hicks joins the labor and employment practice group. She will represent companies in employment-related litigation and handle administration matters before the EEOC and PHRC. Hicks earned her JD, cum laude, from Widener University Commonwealth Law School in 2018. 

Alex P. Courtney ’16, Hagerstown, Maryland, was promoted to senior associate at Smith Elliott Kearns. Courtney provides individual and business tax preparation, accounting services, and financial statement preparation services. 

Brendan E. Courduff ’17, Beijing, China, accepted a position for one year with the RYB Schools in Beijing teaching English as a second language to kindergartners.