Class Notes

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Bernice (Bock) Kianese ’52, Somerset, NJ, achieved the rank
of Life Master in the CW Duplicate Bridge Club in February. The Life Master designation is awarded by the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) to players who have amassed 500 master points including at least 50 gold points. Points are awarded to players based on their performances in tournament play. Gold points, in particular, are difficult to come by.

Ronald E. Crimm ’57, Louisville, Ky., retired after serving in the Kentucky Legislature for 20 years.


Ronald E. Keener ’62, Chambersburg, was named secretary of the board of the Franklin County Library System for a new two-year term. He also is retired and an aspiring novelist and memoir writer.

Donna (Clingerman) Lynch ’62, Warfordsburg, retired as secretary/ treasurer for Bethel Township after 40 years of service.

Richard L. Megonnell ’67, Grantville, graduated from Evangelical Congregational Seminary Institute for Church Leadership in Myerstown in May.

William E. Minsker ’68-’73M, Linglestown, retired as a contracted educator after 27 years of employment with the Wroclaw (Poland) University of Education and a contracted 49-year career as a professional educator in both Pennsylvania and Europe.

Cheryl (Williams) Schmeling ’70, Sioux Falls, SD, is working on a D.Ministry degree.

Keith W. Hall ’71, Raleigh, NC, has published a new novel, Steelton, available on Amazon and all major outlets. It also can be downloaded as an e-book on Kindle.

Jeffrey R. Brunner ’73, Virginia Beach, Va., retired after 40 years of federal service, largely in Navy and Department of Defense contracting and acquisition education and training. His final assignments were as General James Mattis’ contract and acquisition management officer at the US Joint Forces Command and as senior acquisition advisor to the chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is enjoying semi-retirement while supporting the US Coast Guard business process of re-engineering in the area of procurement and contracting.

J. Sharlene Lehman ’75, Uniontown, published two books with her cousin, Nanci Myers, under the pen name Jens Mitchell. Both books are available through Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and other bookstores.

Bonnie (Weaver) Martin ’76, Danville, recently retired from Bloomsburg University where she was assistant director of communications and media relations. She started her career as a reporter and editor at The Record Herald, Waynesboro, followed by nearly 25 years in the field of educational public relations. A member of BU’s Marketing and Communications team for 16-and ahalf years, Martin is now pursuing freelance writing and editing projects.

James W. Saxton ’79, Lititz, CEO at Saxton & Stump, was named a 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for excellence in health care. He has been recognized annually since 2012. Saxton & Stump also recently established a medical device litigation practice.



Eleanor (Donald) Alspaugh ’80, Carlisle, was named a bronze medal winner in the nonfiction parenting category for the 2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest for her book The Mommy-Go-Round. In May 2016, The Mommy-Go-Round also was awarded first place in the Pacific Book Award for Best Parenting—Family category. The book is available at the Whistlestop Bookshop in Carlisle and the Doylestown Bookshop as well as online. She is currently writing The Heart of a Soldier, which highlights World War II and her father’s experiences as a soldier through the letters he sent home to her mother.

Donald Alspaugh ’82, York, retired from the West York Borough Police Department in August 2013 after a combined 22 years of law enforcement service. He is currently pastoring a church in the West York area and is a “Lifepoint” Hospice chaplain for Memorial White Rose Hospice.

Peggy (Pribish) Pufnock ’82, married Vincent DeRupa Jr. on Sept. 29, 2016. They live in Chesapeake, Va.

Marcy (Fegley) Ashton ’83, Ephrata, is the associate director of student financial planning at Alvernia University.

Lori Stubbs ’83, Mechanicsburg, was appointed chief financial officer for the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

John G. Frain ’84-’88M, Harrisburg, is clinical director of quality assurance at TeamCare Behavioral Health LLC.

Kathy (Karbel) Phillips ’84, Durham, NC, received a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Duke University in May, where she serves as associate dean of undergraduate admissions with responsibility for recruitment, selection, communication strategy, and staff supervision.

Patricia (Pahoski) Richards-Service ’86, married Kevin Service on Dec. 23, 2016. The couple lives in South Abington Township. She has been selected as a semi-finalist for a 2017-18 Fulbright research grant for the European Union. As a Fulbright Scholar, she plans to conduct research in the European Union with faculty from Trinity College in Dublin to learn more about early breast
cancer detection and treatment. She is a doctoral candidate at Marywood University in the human development/health promotion program and recently was inducted into the Marywood University Theta Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Lambda, the national honor society for graduate and professional students.

Anita Kaltenbaugh ’87, released her debut novel, A Deep Thing, with The Wild Rose Press in December 2016. The contemporary suspense novel has received a five-star medal from Readers Favorite Reviews, and several five-star
reviews from published authors. The book is available in print and on Amazon, iTunes, Kubo, Google Play, BookStrand, and Nook.

Steven G. Rowley ’87, Millersville, is a senior program manager and is part of the RETTEW firm’s business development and program management team. He is responsible for providing technical expertise and project management oversight of environmental health and safety (EHS) services, including compliance system development and implementation, training for program development, and regulatory system auditing.

Jodie (Kramer) Wolfe ’88, Shippensburg, released her third book on April 5, Let Love Spring. She signed a contract on April 12 for a full-length book with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. The Preacher’s Claim will release in 2018.


Wendy M. Bartos ’93, Liberty, NC, a corporate attorney for Honda Aircraft Company, gained admission to the US Supreme Court Bar in November 2016. She became an internationally certified corporate compliance and ethics professional and a leading professional in ethics and compliance in June 2016.

Laura (Stecher) Stover ’93, Chambersburg, was appointed to the Human Resources Committee as a human resources manager at Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC. She specializes in providing human resource consulting services for the firm and its clients throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Kevin Snow ’98-’05M, Garland, Texas, is co-author of the recently published Dictionary of Counseling and Human Services, available at and via the publisher at

James DeGaetano Jr. ’99, Carlisle, opened his own financial advisory firm, Diamond Wealth Advisors,


Cheryl (Stein) Russell ’00 and husband Matthew, Philadelphia, welcomed a daughter, Emma Olivia, on April 14, 2016.

Nicole (Gentile) Deary ’02-’09M, Carlisle, was named executive director of Leadership Cumberland. She previously was the marketing director for the Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce. She brings fifteen years of marketing, fundraising, and development experience to her new position.

Ryan Felix ’02, Palmyra, is partner and chief customer officer for Live and Sleep, an online mattress retailer.

Zachary Keenan ’02, Allentown, has been selected as a 2017 Lehigh Valley Business’ 40 Under 40 Honoree. The award celebrates 40 of the Greater Lehigh Valley’s most accomplished young professionals who have been making headlines in their field and share a commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the local community. As a senior manager at Baker Tilly, Keenan specializes in serving manufacturing and distribution and financial institution industry clients with an emphasis on accounting and assurance services.

Alston M. Ellis ’03-’07M, Harrisburg, vice president, internal sales and independent distribution at Crump Life Insurance Services, received a Rising Star award from LIMRA for creating an industry-leading internal sales platform within Crump designed to focus attention on developing business from previously unknown or underdeveloped relationships.

Kristi Metzger ’03, Delta, earned her master’s in leadership and management from the University of Maryland, University College in 2010. She earned her Master of Liberal Arts from John Hopkins University in 2016.

Jennifer (Rehmeyer) Wargo ’03, Downingtown, is director of recruiting for Stream Companies, Philadelphia’s No. 1 Integrated Advertising Agency.

Danielle (Milman) DeSantis ’04-’06M and husband Josh ’03-’09M, Camp Hill, welcomed a daughter, Allison, in May.

Christopher R. Sorge ’05, Mechanicsburg, co-founded a company that builds and sells custom designed racing simulators. His background is in project management with a focus in software asset management.

Tiffany Wiker ’05, Lancaster, welcomed a son, Carlos James W. Santiago Jr., on Feb. 6.

Caitlin (Heaney) West ’06 and Brendan ’06, Scranton, welcomed a daughter, Felicity Catherine, on April 14. She joins big brother Graeme 2.

Lori (Ashnoff) Arnsparger ’07 and husband Derek, Chambersburg, welcomed a daughter, Natalie, on June 15, 2016.

Jaime L. Gibson ’07M and husband Nathanael A. Collins ’97, Harrisburg, adopted a son, Mason, on Dec. 6, 2016.

Jaimie S. Kaufman ’08, Carlisle, was promoted to supervisor at the Carlisle
office of Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC. Kauffman works with the firm’s small business and individual clients providing accounting, consulting, and tax services.

Allison (Rineer) Swords ’08, and husband Mitchell ’08, Lititz, welcomed a daughter, Teagan Joy, on July 18, 2016. She joins big sister McKinsey 6, and big brothers Colin 4, and Tanner 2.

Tyler L. Clugston ’09, Chambersburg, was promoted to supervisor at the Hagerstown, Md., office of Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC. Clugston is responsible for tax and accounting service engagements for businesses and individuals.

Jessica (Barkley) Lorance ’10, Nipomo, Calif., was nominated for Top 20 under 40 Women of Distinction in Public Service and Community Effort in San Luis Obispo, Calif. She also was a recipient of Woman of the Year in Service by the Commission on the Status of Women, the congressional recognition for community service, and the state of California assembly recognition for service and scout leader of the year for Los Padres council: El Camino real district.

Amanda (Gilbert) Wright ’10 and husband Matthew ’10, McClure, welcomed a son, Bucky Walter, on Nov. 11, 2015. She was promoted to controller at Central Insurers Group, Inc. in July 2014.

Kelly (Degroff) Garbinski ’11, Waynesboro, was promoted to supervisor at the Hagerstown, Md., office of Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC. Garbinski serves business and individual clients in the tax and accounting service departments.

Katelyn R. Waegener ’11, Bloomsbury, NJ, recently joined the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Department in the Mount Laurel office of Capehart Scatchard Attorneys at Law.

Olivia (Vendetti) Catalano ’12 and husband Michael, Geneva, NY, welcomed a daughter, Jenna Elizabeth on Jan. 28.

Scott A. Henry ’12-’13M, Carlisle, was promoted to supervisor at the Chambersburg office of Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC. Henry’s area of focus is governmental and construction audit and assurance.

Charles J. Sabol ’12-’13M, Mechanicsburg, was promoted to senior associate at the Camp Hill office of Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC. Sabol’s area of responsibility is tax compliance and planning for closely held businesses and individuals.

Daryl L. Staley ’12-’13M, York, was promoted to supervisor at the York office of Smith Elliott Kearns & Company LLC. Staley focuses primarily on tax compliance and planning for closely held businesses and construction clients.

Amanda (Fitzpatrick) Stepp ’12 and husband Gregory ’06, Mechanicsburg, welcomed a son, Logan, on Oct. 20, 2016.

Justin Birckbichler ’13, Fredericksburg, Va., fourth-grade teacher at Margaret Brent Elementary School in Stafford, Va., recently launched a blog called “A Ballsy Sense of Tumor,” which shares his personal story of his diagnosis with Stage IIB Nonseminoma cancer. Now in remission, Bricker’s goal is to bring a more open discussion and larger focus to men’s health, particularly for those diagnosed with a form of testicular cancer.

Justin S. Keech ’13-’14M, Dover, was promoted to senior associate in the Carlisle office of Smith Elliott Kearns & Company LLC. Keech focuses on tax compliance and planning for businesses and individuals.

Justin M. Eberly ’14, Mechanicsburg, joined Glatfelter Insurance Group, VFIS Education, Training, and Consulting team as an education specialist.

José Nuñez ’14, Shippensburg, recently joined Mercersburg Academy as its annual fund coordinator. Brittany (Arnold) Tyahla ’14, Nesquehoning, became a certified psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner in December 2016 and is a residential supervisor for Allied Services.

Ryan D. Leppo ’14, Littlestown, was promoted to senior associate at the Chambersburg office of Smith Elliott Kearns & Company LLC. Leppo works in tax compliance and planning for individual and closely held business clients.

Victoria A. Ohm ’15-’16M, Glen Rock, was promoted to senior associate at the Hanover office of Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC. Ohm’s primary focus is tax compliance, SALT, and tax planning for closely-held businesses and individuals.

Robert K. Greening ’16, Carlisle, was promoted to senior associate in the Chambersburg office of Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC. Greening focuses on tax compliance and planning for businesses and individuals.