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).


50s

Nancy (Ogden) Westerdahl ’53, Penn Yan, New York, and her husband, Bruce, published a memory book about growing up in Gettysburg during World War I when collecting tin cans and rubber was a school project, and news reports were about unfamiliar places like Saipan, Anzio Beach, and Bastogne. The couple left their hometown more than sixty years ago, but they return often because it is where they fell in love, got married in 1953, and still have many friends. The book is available on Amazon. 


Lou Ann Hoffman ’61, Halifax, upon retirement in 1997 wanted to be an Accredited Federated Flower Show Judge. After twelve years of symposiums, tests, judging, and entering designs and horticulture specimens, she received her master’s and is now a National Garden Club Accredited-Master Flower Show Judge.

Floyd W. Robinson Jr. ’69, Houston, Texas, was selected as a 2019 Cub Camp Namesake at the University of Houston. He was nominated for his positive impact on the university, its students, and the community. The four camps are a three-day, two-night program where 400 incoming freshmen participate in all of the typical summer camp activities with a UH twist. The goal is for Cub Camp participants to prepare for their transition to college with an established social network.

60s


70s

Christopher W. Vaughn ’75-’76M, Mansfield, was inducted into the Mansfield University Alumni-Athletic Hall of Fame this past October for his contributions as the Voice of the Mountaineers. Vaughn began announcing men’s basketball games as the public address announcer for Hall of Fame head coach Ed Wilson in 1981, shortly after his arrival on campus as the assistant director of financial aid. He started announcing Mountaineer football games and later added women’s basketball in the mid-1990s. He announced other sports as his work scheduled allowed. Following his retirement in 2012, Vaughn announced field hockey and soccer games in the fall and baseball and softball games in the spring. He has also served as play-by-play and color commentator on television broadcasts of local high school basketball games.

Martha “Marty” (Rolfe) LeGrand ’76, Gaithersburg, Maryland, in February won first place in the Environmental Awareness and Education category of Boating Writers International’s annual excellence in writing awards. Her article about last winter’s survey of the Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab population appeared in Chesapeake Bay Magazine. It was the second consecutive year LeGrand won first place in the category. Of this year’s winning entry, the judges wrote: “LeGrand puts us on the water and right in the middle of one of the most fascinating and complicated US fisheries management issues.”

Albert B. Savard ’77, Spring Grove, retired on March 1 as operations manager of York and Williamsport branch locations from Motion Industries after forty-one-and-a-half years.


80s

Kurt S. Kauffman ’81, Palmyra, retired on March 29 from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement, Motor Carrier Enforcement Division, after thirty-seven years of service in Pennsylvania. Kauffman was the eastern regional enforcement manager overseeing the Harrisburg and Scranton District offices. Kauffman and his wife Bev ’79 plan to camp and visit their granddaughters in Florida.

Robyn (Farrell) Dougherty ’82, Landisville, was promoted from senior manager to principal at Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz on January 1. Dougherty specializes in audits of employee benefit plans and also serves as a key member of the Firm’s Employee Benefit Plan Management Group. She is considered a technical expert in the EBP industry. 

Gregory A. Mertz ’84M, Spotsylvania, Virginia, published a new book with Savas Beatie, Attack at Daylight and Whip Them: The Battle of Shiloh, April 6-7, 1862.

Barbara (Horn) DiBrito ’89, Palmyra, was recently recognized by the Sales and Marketing Council of the National Association of Home Builders with the Silver Nationals Award for Online Sales Counselor of the Year. This is her second time receiving this honor. DiBrito is employed by Keystone Custom Homes of Lancaster as their senior online advisor.


90s

Pamela (Dietrich) Bucher ’90, Elizabethtown, was elected vice president, chief accounting officer, and controller for Revlon, Inc. and its wholly owned operating subsidiary, Revlon Consumer Products Corporation, headquartered in New York, New York. Prior to joining Revlon, she was global controller for The Hershey Company. 

Traci (Mills) Smith ’91M, San Antonio, Texas, was selected as a finalist for the 2019 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards. H-E-B launched the Excellence in Education Awards program in 2002 with the Texas Association of School Administrators. At the May ceremony, two principals and six teachers from across the state were honored. The winning principals, one from an elementary and one from a high school, received $10,000 and $25,000 for their school.

Theodore F. Claypoole ’95, Coatesville, was re-elected as treasurer of the Chester County Housing Authority on January 22. He is a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority, which was established in 1963 to meet the housing needs of low- and very low-income residents of Chester County. Claypoole is a partner in the law firm of Unruh Turner Burke & Frees. His practice focuses on business and real estate law. 

Ann-Marie (Christie) Thornton ’96, Bowie, Maryland, married her Shipmate Randy Thornton ’95 twelve years ago, and they have two sons, Jaden, eleven, and Joshua, six. She is the director of development and alumni relations at the Community College Baltimore County. She earned her CFRE fundraising certification in 2014. 

Rebecca (Schaeffer) Singer ’99-’07M, Mechanicsburg, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and joined the Counseling Collective, a private practice, as a dual diagnosis therapist in East Petersburg.

Craig E. Witmer ’99, Saint Thomas, member of SEK, CPAs & Advisors, has successfully completed the certification process with the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) to earn the Advanced Single Audit Certificate. The Advanced Single Audit Certificate program provides a way for audit practitioners to demonstrate their competencies surrounding single audit engagements and to distinguish themselves in the marketplace. As a certified government financial manager and head of the firm’s governmental audit practice, Witmer has dedicated his career to the governmental industry. He has nineteen years of experience and serves as Member-in-Charge of approximately eighty governmental and nonprofit audits. 


Scott McGuinness ’00, Canonsburg, the Washington & Jefferson College director of athletics, has been appointed a member of the NCAA Division III Management Council through the close of the January 2023 NCAA Convention. The NCAA Management Council reports directly to the Presidents Council and handles the implementation of policies adopted by the Association’s Board of Governors and Division III Presidents Council. Since 2014, McGuinness has worked as the director of athletics after spending thirteen years as the Presidents’ sports information director. Washington & Jefferson has won fourteen conference championships during his tenure as athletic director. McGuinness helped Washington & Jefferson secure hosting rights of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 NCAA Division III Mideast Baseball Regionals at Ross Memorial Park. 

Lori (Strickler) Corso ’01 and husband Chris, Havertown, welcomed a daughter, Juliana Rose, in July 2018. She joins big sister Carolina. 

Betsy (LaCoe) Hamm ’01-’05M, Harrisburg, COO of Duck Donuts Franchising Company, was nominated for Business Woman of the Year by the Business Women’s Forum. The Business Woman of the Year Award honors women in Central Pennsylvania who exhibit exceptional leadership in their community as well as their personal and professional lives. 

Megan (Boone) Valkenburg ’01-’06M and husband Michael, Forty Fort, welcomed a daughter, Vivian, on February 9, 2018. She joins brothers Robert, three, Logan, eleven and Jacob, thirteen. She recently passed her doctorate qualifying exams and was accepted into the Educational Leadership Doctorate program at Wilkes University.

Sean E. Crager ’02, Harrisburg, was promoted to chief technology officer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Crager oversees technology operations and strategy for all commonwealth agencies. Crager was the chief information officer for the Conservation and Environment Delivery Center, where he oversaw strategic technology projects and initiatives for five commonwealth agencies that supported agricultural, environmental, and recreational activities across Pennsylvania.

Janet (Deibert) Wright ’03, Carlisle, recently forged an industry-first strategic relationship for Venture Insurance Programs and the Red Cross to provide their policyholders with discounted training in a wide range of new emergency preparedness and safety services, risk control resources, discounted training packages, and more.

Rebecca (Howell) Foote ’04, Carlisle, vice president of mortgage lending, Foote Capital Mortgage Company was nominated for Business Woman of the Year by the Business Women’s Forum. The Business Woman of the Year Award honors women in Central Pennsylvania who exhibit exceptional leadership in their community as well as their personal and professional lives. 

Ronald L Schott Jr. ’04, Vandalia, Missouri, was promoted to publisher at Lakeway Publishers of Mo., Inc. for three weekly newspapers, Bowling Green Times/Louisiana Press-Journal/The Vandalia Leader, in September 2018.

Megan (Syage) Arnold ’08 and husband Jonathan ’11, Chambersburg, welcomed a daughter, Rosie Marie, on December 14, 2018. She joins big brother Kaden, nine, and Julia, seven.

Sarah (Devlin) Burge ’08, Waynesboro, is director of grants and donor relations, Community Foundation of Washington County, Maryland, Inc. Established in 1997, the community foundation supports local organizations by awarding grants and endowments. Nonprofits use the majority of the grants to serve residents in the community.

Whitney (Kopp) Donohoe ’08 and husband Joseph ’08, Helena, Montana, welcomed a daughter, Josie Shea, on September 18, 2018. She joins big sister June.

Michelle (Morcom) Baker ’09 and husband Eric ’08, Charleston, South Carolina, welcomed a son, Zachary John, on September 8, 2018.

Amber Gift ’09 married Randy Kemmerling ’07 on June 1 at Linwood Estate in Carlisle. The couple lives in Harrisburg.

00s


10s

Jake Miller ’10M, Camp Hill, is a history teacher, published author, motivational speaker, community leader, and is actively involved in many organizations in the community. He also is a candidate for Cumberland County Treasurer.

Chio Sheppard ’10M, Houston, Texas, is assistant vice president for student services at Texas Southern University.

Christian D. Malesic ’12M, Harrisburg, is the new executive director of both the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PMVA) and the Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation (PVF). 

Kayla (Krebs) Juba ’13, Manchester, joined the Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz team at the Camp Hill office as marketing assistant.

Ashley Zumbrum ’15 married Justin Peterman ’15 on June 16, 2018, in Fairfield at Liberty Mountain Resort. The couple lives in Dillsburg. They were joined by many Ship friends.

Greggory R. Whitcomb ’16, Lititz, joined the Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz team at the Camp Hill office as a tax senior staff accountant.