*Class notes featured were received from May 1, 2022 through April 30, 2023. 

Two Maryland county executives made key appointments to their administrations in the past year.

Harford County executive Robert G. Cassilly, J.D. ’88, brought on:
Jefferson L. Blomquist, J.D. ’83, as director of law/ county attorney
Robert S. McCord, J.D. ’89, as director of administration
Robert F. Sandlass Jr., M.P.A. ’04, as director of finance

Howard County executive Calvin Ball III, M.A. ’99, named:
Robyn Scates, J.D. ’97, to the Howard County Board of Education, district one
Tavon A. Claggett, M.P.A. ’12, as deputy chief, department of fire and rescue services
Brian R. Shepter, J.D. ’08, as deputy chief of staff

Nine outstanding UBalt alumnae are included in The Daily Record’s Top 100 Women in Maryland for 2023. These graduates were honored in May for their leadership, community service and mentoring.

Barbara L. Simmons, B.S. ’89,
M&T Bank
Sue Ann Armitage, J.D. ’90,
Armitage & Armitage P.A.
Lisa Y. Settles, J.D./M.P.A. ’94,
Jackson Lewis P.C. (Circle of Excellence)
Olivia D. Farrow, J.D. ’95,
Ascension Saint Agnes Hospital
Tammi L. Thomas, MBA ’99,
Tracey A. DuBree, B.S. ’02,
UBS Financial Services Inc.
Neveen H. Kurtom, J.D. ’06,
Law Office of Neveen H. Kurtom LLC
Alicia N. Ritchie, J.D. ’06, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Suzanne Burnett, J.D. ’09,
Potter Burnett Law

The UBalt School of Law recognized five alumni who are making a difference at the school and in the community at its annual Distinguished Alumni Law Alumni Awards Ceremony on May 25.

The 2023 honorees are:
Taren Butcher, J.D. ’07, Byron L. Warnken Memorial Award
Adam Shareef, J.D. ’17, Judge Robert Bell Award
Annice Brown, J.D. ’16, Rising Star Award
Barbara Waxman, J.D. ’80, Distinguished Judicial Award
Samuel G. Rose, LL.B. ’62, Dean’s Award


Jay S. White, B.S. ’68, self-published a poetry collection entitled Poems of a Gentle Soul in September 2022.

Stuart A. Dettelbach, B.S. ’69, Michael G. Bronfein, B.S. ’77, and David B. Shapiro, J.D. ’84, were all recognized as Influential Marylanders by The Daily Record for 2022. Dettelbach was recognized in the philanthropic category for his work as president of Weekend Backpacks, which addresses food insecurity outside of the classroom where children are not able to participate in free meal programs. Bronfein and his company, Curio Wellness, were honored in the general business category, and Shapiro in the law category for his work with the Maryland State Bar Association.


Arnold Williams, B.S. ’72, managing director and founding partner of Abrams, Foster, Nole & Williams Public Accounting (PA), received the Citizen Leadership Award from the International Economic Development Council in September 2022 in recognition of his contributions to economic development in Baltimore.

James B. Astrachan, J.D. ’74, partner at Goodell DeVries, was selected by The Daily Record as an honoree for the 2022 Icon Honors.

Barnett Q. Brooks, J.D. ’75, and Abba D. Poliakoff, J.D. ’77, were named to The Daily Record’s 2022 Business Employment Law Power List.

Today’s Golfer recognized Bob Parsons, B.S. ’75, D.H.L. ’08, as one of its Top 100 Most Influential People in Golf for 2022.

James Lambdin, B.S. ’76, joined the Board of Trustees at Loyola University Maryland in October 2022.

Michael J. Naugle, M.S. ’77, published a novel entitled Obits and Pieces of My Life: A Saga of Family, Friends and Basketball in 2022. The book follows Mr. Naugle’s life in Baltimore and beyond, including his time at The University of Baltimore where he played basketball and met his wife, Cass Naugle, CERT ’84, MBA ’86, and their experience working in Niger, West Africa, as part of the Peace Corps.

Darlene Brannigan Smith, B.S. ’78, MBA ’80, has been serving as the interim associate vice chancellor for academic affairs with the University System of Maryland since July 2022.

The University of Baltimore School of Law awarded Pamila J. Brown, J.D. ’79, the Distinguished Judicial Award at the school’s 2022 Distinguished Alumni Awards. She also was honored with the 2022 Liberty Achievement Award by the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section for promoting diversity and inclusion within the legal profession throughout her career.

John T. Long III, MBA ’79, was appointed in January to the board of advisers for the Greenville Chamber of Commerce in South Carolina.


Peter A. Caringi Jr., B.A. ’80, the long-time head coach for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) men’s soccer team, retired on April 1. He spent 32 seasons at the helm, the longest tenure of any coach in a single sport in UMBC’s history, notching 320 total victories and 11 conference championships. He coached nine All-American players (including his own son) and never experienced back-to-back losing seasons. An All-American soccer player himself, Caringi has been inducted into five Halls of Fame, including The University of Baltimore Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the 1975 National Championship Soccer Team and as an individual player, holding the UBalt record for all-time goals scored.

Patricia J. Arnold-Rensel, B.S. ’80, joined InductEV, an industry leader in high-power inductive charging systems for commercial electrical vehicles, in fall 2022 as vice president of people operations.

Frances “Toni” Draper, CERT ’80, MBA ’81, chief executive officer and publisher, The AFRO American Newspapers, delivered the 2023 spring commencement address for the Johns Hopkins School of Education in Baltimore.

Marianne Schmitt Hellauer, J.D. ’80, joined the private wealth planning group at the Baltimore office of Venable LLP in November 2022.

Andrew S. Hament, J.D. ’81, retired in 2019 as the managing partner of the Melbourne, Florida, office of Ford Harrison LLP. He specialized in employment and labor law for almost four decades, including a notable case before the U.S. Supreme Court. He now serves as a mediator in business and employment disputes.

Robert L. Oatman, B.S. ’81, joined the inaugural advisory board in June 2022 for Cooke and Associates, an executive protection and corporate security risk management firm based in Danville, California.

Peapack Capital in Bedminster, New Jersey, welcomed Patrick Scatuorchio, MBA ’81, as a senior vice president and business development officer in December 2022.

Louise A. Lock, J.D. ’83, shared that she joined the Maryland Attorney General’s Office as an assistant attorney general in October 2021.

Former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan appointed Cathi V. Coates, J.D. ’85, to the Worcester County District Court in October 2022. She is the first woman to serve on that county’s district court.

Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania, elected Michael A. Duff, J.D. ’85, as vice chairperson of its board of directors in October 2022.

Timothy F. Maloney, J.D. ’85, received the John Carroll Society’s 2022 Pro Bono Legal Service Award in October 2022 for his volunteer work with the Catholic Charities Legal Network of The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington. He also serves on the Catholic Charities Legal Network’s Advisory Council.

Trius Lending Partners, a mid-Atlantic-focused private money lender for real estate investors, appointed Eric Benzer, J.D./MBA ’86, as director of business development in March.

Mark T. Holtschneider, J.D. ’86, was promoted in October 2022 to president of Lexington National Insurance Corporation, an insurer that specializes in surety and warranty underwriting across the country.

After a 23-year tenure, Murray K. “Ray” Hoy, J.D. ’86, retired on June 30 from his role as president of Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury, Maryland.

Lucy A. Rutishauser, MBA ’87, was named to The Daily Record’s Power 30 for 2022 as an influential leader in the business category.

Jeff Bathurst, B.S. ’88, director of technology advisory and cybersecurity at SC&H Group headquartered in Sparks, Maryland, joined the board of directors of The Maryland Tech Council in August 2022.

Terry Grant, B.S. ’88, was elected president and chief executive officer of KatzAbosch, a MidAtlantic accounting and business consulting firm, in August 2022.

Isabel M. Cumming, MBA ’89, J.D. ’93, inspector general for Baltimore City, was selected by The Daily Record as an honoree for the 2022 Icon Honors.

Todd Suddleson, J.D. ’89, joined MG + M The Law Firm in February as partner in the firm’s new Dallas, Texas, office.


The board of trustees for Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Maryland, appointed Will E. Esham III, J.D. ’90, as secretary of the board in June 2022.

Eddie Hopkins, Cert. ’90, M.P.A. ’91, retired from the position of director of emergency services for Harford County (Maryland) in 2022, and soon assumed the role as town administrator for the Town of Bel Air.

Baltimore Style magazine honored Renée Christoff, MBA ’91, as one of its 2022 Women of Strength.

The Daily Record named Kevin M. Benson, B.A. ’92, M.P.A. ’97, to its 2022 Power 30: Banking & Financial Services.

William R. Gallagher, J.D. ’92, received the 2022 SAFETY4SEA Leadership Award in October in recognition of his effective leadership as president of International Registries, Inc., a maritime and corporate registry service provider.

Richard Gregson, J.D. ’92, joined the Baltimore firm of Baker Donelson as counsel in October 2022.

Adrian S. Johnson, B.S. ’92, was promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer of MECU Credit Union in March 2022. A few months later in July, he celebrated 25 years with MECU.

Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business and Management named William J. McCarthy Jr., LL.M. ’92, its 2023 Business Leader of the Year in March.

Cheryl Mickel, B.S. ’92, was named to Barron’s 2023 list of Top Influential Women in U.S. Finance in April.

The YMCA of Greater Cleveland (Ohio) named Craig Chaffinch, MBA ’93, as its chief financial officer, effective July 25, 2022.

The University of Maryland Shore Regional Health welcomed Soo Kyung “Michelle” Lee, B.S. ’93, as a member of its board of directors in September 2022.

Judi L. Knott, M.A. ’94, MBA ’99, was unanimously selected in September 2022 as president and chief executive officer of the Board of Certification/Accreditation, a not-for-profit organization that offers highly valued credentials for individuals and businesses in the patient care industry.

John M. Porter, B.S. ’94, was appointed in fall 2022 as associate executive director at Riderwood, a senior living community in Silver Spring, Maryland.

John P. Angelos, J.D. ’95, chairman and chief executive officer of the Baltimore Orioles, was named to The Daily Record’s 2022 Power 100, a list of individuals shaping key institutions in Baltimore.

Sharon Glazer, M.S. ’95, professor and chair, Division of Applied Behavioral Sciences in UBalt’s Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences, was appointed in fall 2022 as a consultant for the United Nations’ efforts toward its sustainable development goals by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

Susan Sizemore, B.S. ’95, joined the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) in Alexandria, Virginia, as a financial analyst in June 2022.

John C. Barkley, M.P.A. ’96, was sworn in as the city manager of Charles Town, West Virginia, in August 2022.

Brethren Mutual Insurance promoted George Dioguardo, MBA ’96, to vice president of claims in April 2022. He had previously served as director of claims since 2019.

Judy L. Smith, MBA ’96, joined the Howard Hospital Foundation’s board of trustees in September 2022.

Robert F. Smith, B.S. ’96, was confirmed in May as director of the Department of Recreation and Parks for Baltimore County.

David Weiskopf, J.D. ’96, was appointed in February as county administrator of St. Mary’s County, Maryland.

Alicia J. Cunningham, MBA ’97, senior vice president, corporate finance and revenue advisory services for the University of Maryland Medical System, was appointed to the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health board of directors in August 2022.

The ARC of Northern Virginia named Melissa Heifetz, J.D. ’97, as its new executive director, effective January 1, 2023.

Rosenberg Martin Greenberg LLP welcomed Jennifer R. Busse, J.D. ’98, in April as partner in the firm’s land use and zoning practice.

Tracey J. Delp, J.D. ’98, was appointed in December 2022 by former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan as a judge for the Harford County District Court.

Melissa M. “Missy” Boyd, J.D. ’99, formed her own law firm, Boyd & Early Family Law LLC, in fall 2022. The boutique, full-service family law firm is located in Plymouth Meeting and Malvern, Pennsylvania.

Alex J. Brown, J.D. ’99, a partner at the law firm of Shapiro Sher in Baltimore, was ranked in 2022 edition of Chambers USA.

Hornblower Group, a global leader in the marine hospitality industry headquartered in San Francisco, California, welcomed Karen A. DiFulgo, B.S. ’99, in March as the company’s chief people officer.

Nadine Finigan-Carr, M.S. ’99, was named the inaugural executive director of the University of Maryland, Baltimore Center for Violence Prevention, effective May 1.

ACNB Bank named Michael Maccubbin, B.S. ’99, to the position of residential mortgage loan originator in March.

Jonathan Zhu, MBA ’99, joined Korn Ferry, a global consulting firm, in September 2022 as a senior client partner and APAC market leader in the life sciences practice. He is based in firm’s Singapore office.


Alex Allman, J.D. ’00, was appointed in December 2022 by former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan as a judge on the Harford County District Court.

Nicole Kimberly Barmore, J.D. ’00, was appointed in September 2022 by former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan as a judge on the Baltimore City Circuit Court.

Thomas M. Donnelly, J.D. ’00, is currently the deputy state’s attorney for Baltimore City under Baltimore State’s Attorney Ivan Bates.

Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., welcomed Michael J. Fellerman, J.D. ’00, in January as a shareholder in the real estate finance practice.

St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Leonardtown, Maryland, inducted Philip T. Cronan, J.D. ’01, into their Athletic Hall of Fame for baseball in October 2022. Cronan is a founding principal in the law firm of Hollis, Cronan & Fronk, P.A., based in Easton, Maryland.

James W. Tinsley, M.A. ’01, joined the board of advisors for Capewell in January. Based in South Windsor, Connecticut, Capewell is an aerial system manufacturer that provides engineered products for military, law enforcement, and humanitarian agencies.

Cindy L. Armstrong, J.D. ’02, joined Franklin & Prokopik in June 2022 as counsel and lead in the firm’s Hagerstown, Maryland, office.

Kevin M. Atticks, D.C.D. ’02, was named secretary of agriculture for the state of Maryland in March by then Gov.-elect Wes Moore.

The Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service welcomed Nancy B. Grimm, J.D. ’02, in January as its first family law attorney.

College of the Redwoods, a public community college in Eureka, California, welcomed Theresa M. McBride, B.S. ’02, in May 2022 as a business professor for the Del Norte/ Pelican Bay Education Program.

The Baltimore Station, a nonprofit organization that supports veterans dealing with homelessness and substance use disorder, elected Michael R. Nelson, J.D. ’02, to its board of directors in July 2022.

Gillian Pommerehn, MBA ’02, was promoted to executive vice president, public relations and reputation management, at Crosby Marketing Communications in November 2022.

Mark E. Shaffer, B.A. ’02, joined Greenberg Traurig, LLP, in March as a construction litigator and shareholder in the firm’s Northern Virginia office.

Mark A. Bell, B.S. ’03, M.P.A. ’09, who serves as the assistant director for diversity initiatives in UBalt’s School of Law, was elected in July 2022 to The Fund for Educational Excellence’s board of directors. The nonprofit organization works to ensure all children in Baltimore City public schools experience an effective and equitable education.

Atif Chaudry, B.S. ’03, was appointed secretary of the department of general services within the Maryland Department of Health in March 2023.

Justin Dunbar, J.D. ’03, joined Niles, Barton & Wilmer LLP as a partner in November 2022.

Adam R. Flasch, MBA ’03, was appointed in April to serve as the director of the governor’s office of homeland security by Maryland Gov. Wes Moore. Brig. Gen. Flasch is a United States Army veteran who most recently served as the joint staff director at the joint force headquarters of the Maryland National Guard.

Luisella Perri, J.D. ’03, joined Foley & Lardner LLP in Washington, D.C., as a partner in the taxation practice group and health care and life sciences sector in October 2022.

Kevin D. Reed, M.P.A. ’03, was appointed the director of the Office of Budget and Finance for Baltimore County in December 2022.

Ginger R. Robinson, B.A. ’03, J.D. ’06, was appointed in July 2022 as department chair for sociology, anthropology and criminal justice at Montgomery College in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Harford Mutual Insurance Group promoted Geneau M. Thames, J.D. ’03, to vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary in March.

Nathan Wiedemann, B.S. ’03, joined Ulmer & Berne LLP in February as counsel in the firm’s New York office.

Alana M. Alsop, M.A. ’04, joined McKissack & McKissack, an architecture, engineering and construction company, in January as the head of business development for the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Berke Attila, MBA ’04, was sworn in as the new director of the Department of General Services for Baltimore City in June 2022.

Amanda Johnson, née Ryan, MBA ’04, was promoted to deputy group director of the State and Population Health Group at the CMS Innovation Center in March 2023. She previously led the Division of Encounter Data and Risk Adjustment Operations at CMS in the Center for Medicare.

The St. Paul’s Schools in Brooklandville, Maryland, named Ashaki Todman, B.S. ’04, as director of admissions for The St. Paul’s School for Girls in July 2022.

Charles Whittaker, B.S. ’04, an HVAC teacher at the Center of Applied Technology North in Severn, Maryland, was named the 2023 Teacher of the Year by The Washington Post in April. Whittaker, who was also the 2022 Teacher of the Year for Anne Arundel County, began his teaching career 15 years ago after spending 30 years with Unilever Foods. He serves as chair of the center’s construction department; is recognized for his work in creating partnerships with local unions, apprenticeship programs and other institutions in support of his students; and has also helped to create national standards for construction curriculum.

Abigail “Abby” L. Baker, J.D. ’05, joined the Washington, D.C., law firm of PilieroMazza in November 2022 as practice group chair of the business and transactions group.

Developer Matthew Barry, MBA ’05, was hired in January as general manager of the Union Station revitalization project in Washington, D.C.

Carrie S. Boone, B.A. ’05, authored her first book in August 2022, a memoir, entitled Unbelievable Grief: Incredible Grace.

Shirley J. Brewer, M.A. ’05, published Wild Girls, her fourth book of poetry, in June.

Christine A. Frost, MBA ’05, was named chief nursing officer at Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center in August 2022.

Shawe Rosenthal LLP named Teresa D. Teare, J.D. ’05, as co-managing partner in January. She is the first woman to hold that position in the Baltimore based firm’s 75-year history.

Gregory Care, J.D. ’06, was included in Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment and Civil Rights Lawyers guide for 2022.

Michael P. Coe, J.D. ’06, joined the American Public Power Association in February as vice president for security, resilience and energy solutions.

Ivy Tech Community College (Indiana), the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, named Erik Coyne, J.D. ’06, as the chancellor of Ivy Tech Bloomington effective May 1.

The Maryland Daily Record named Gwen-Marie A. Davis Hicks, J.D. ’06, to its 2023 Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice Law Power List, released in August 2022.

Angela Oetting, J.D. ’06, was named in September 2022 as the acting district public defender for Maryland’s District 11, which covers Frederick and Washington counties.

Kelly A. J. Powers, J.D. ’06, a principal in Miles & Stockbridge’s Baltimore office in the family law and private clients practice group, as well as co-leader of the firm’s litigant practice group, was elected to its board of directors in February. She was also elected diversity and inclusion officer for the International Bar Association’s Professional Ethics Committee in May.

Comcast named Christopher G. Rouser, B.S. ’06, as senior vice president of human resources at its central division headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, in November 2022.

Michelle McGeogh, J.D. ’07, was elected to the board of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, the largest provider of pro bono legal service to low-income Marylanders, in August 2022.

Former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan appointed Joseph A. Riley, J.D. ’07, district court judge for Caroline County in October 2022.

Sameer Sidh, J.D. ’07, was appointed the deputy administrative officer for economic development and infrastructure for Baltimore County in November 2022.

Tanyka M. Barber, J.D. ’08, was named the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s inaugural vice president for institutional equity and chief diversity officer in April.

The Washington, D.C.-based firm of Venable LLP promoted Shannon Beamer, J.D. ’08, to partner in its Century City, California, office in January.

Sullivan & Worcester welcomed Abigail Bertumen, J.D. ’08, in February as counsel in the investment management practice group at the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

McNees & Nurick LLC named Kendall A. Camuti Jr., J.D. ’08, as a member of the real estate and construction groups in February.

Chantress Dorsey-Baptist, MBA ’08, joined The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth as its human resources director in October 2022.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum awarded Ellen Lupton, D.C.D. ’08, the honorary designation of curator emerita in July 2022 to celebrate the conclusion of her tenure as senior curator of contemporary design and in recognition of her 30 years of service to the museum. She continues to teach at Maryland Institute College of Art and holds the Betty Cooke and William O. Steinmetz Design Chair.

Laura E. Burrows Haviland, J.D. ’09, was named to The Daily Record’s 2022 Family Law Power List, released in September 2022.

William R. Gregory, B.A. ’09, vice president of global supply chain for UltiSat, an international satellite communications company, was part of the 2023 cohort of 40 Under 40 awardees for the Middle East Policy Council.

Michael A. LaFlame, J.D. ’09, joined Flaster Greenberg’s intellectual property practice as an associate in October 2022.

WMS Partners, LLC., in Towson, Maryland, added Paul D. Lamari, J.D. ’09, MBA ’10, as a shareholder in February.

D. Watkins, B.A. ’09, M.F.A. ’14, lecturer in the Klein Family School of Communications Design in UBalt’s College of Arts and Sciences, was inducted into The Johns Hopkins University’s Society of Scholars in December 2022.


Glenmede, an investment and wealth management firm based in Washington, D.C., appointed Bridgette Becker, J.D. ’10, to the role of relationship manager, wealth advisory in September 2022.

Susan K. Francis, J.D. ’11, executive director of the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, received the Women’s Law Center of Maryland’s 50th Anniversary Foundation of the Future Award in May 2022 in recognition of her leadership within the civil legal services community.

Admissions Gambit, a college admissions consultation group founded by Erwin Hesse, M.P.A. ’12, and Andrea Hesse, M.P.A. ’12, was selected as a part of the Racial Equity portfolio at NewSchools Venture Fund. The funding will allow Admissions Gambit to provide free college admissions guidance and essay advice to low-income and under-represented high school students.

Luke Shaeffer, B.S. ’11, joined Via of Lehigh Valley, Inc. in June 2022 as chief financial officer. Via is a non-profit agency based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, that provides services to people with intellectual and development disabilities.

Jessica Swadow, B.A. ’11, J.D. ’16, was ranked in 2022 edition of Chambers USA as an “Associate to Watch.”

Lauren Ziegler, J.D. ’11, was promoted to member at Towson, Maryland based Nemphos Braue LLC in March.

Jeffrey S. Zuback, M.S. ’11, was named to the Greater Baltimore Committee as the organization’s first-ever public safety data officer in December 2022.

Roy C. Brewington Jr., M.P.A. ’12, was named the director of the Wicomico County (Maryland) Department of Social Services in June 2022.

Patrice M. Clarke, J.D. ’12, was selected as an honoree for The Daily Record’s 2022 Leading Women award.

Christy M. Maier, J.D. ’12, reports she is the general counsel and chief compliance officer at American Finance LLC, based in Harrington, Delaware. She has been with the firm since 2019.

Jeffrey W. Peyton, J.D. ’12, joined Duane Morris as a partner in the firm’s corporate practice group in August 2022.

Jana L. Ponczak, J.D. ’12, was named to The Daily Record’s 2022 Family Law Power List.

It was a sweet surprise for Walter Sweeney, B.S. ’12, M.S. ’15, a lieutenant with the Anne Arundel County (Maryland) Police Department, when he was reunited on April 5 with a now-12-year-old boy whose life he saved in July 2011. As an infant, the boy nearly drowned in a swimming pool, and Officer Sweeney administered chest compressions to help restart his breathing. The boy’s grandmother requested the reunion with the help of the police department after she saw a post on social media of Sweeney’s recent promotion to lieutenant.

Michael E. Wagner Jr., J.D. ’12, was named a 2022 Rising Star in construction litigation by the Legal 500.

Candice M. Washington, M.A. ’12, was promoted in January to vice president of education and experiential learning at Hostelling International USA.

Rachel N. S. Good, J.D. ’13, joined Epstein Becker Green in March as strategic counsel in the firm’s health care and life sciences practice.

New York Public Radio welcomed LaFontaine E. Oliver, MBA ’13, as president and chief executive officer in January. Oliver, who was profiled in the fall 2021 issue of The University of Baltimore Magazine, was previously president and general manager at WYPR in Baltimore.

James Phelan Robinson, J.D. ’13, was named chair of the Bar Association of Baltimore City’s Young Lawyers Division in June 2022. He was also elected partner at Goodell DeVries in January.

NDA Partners welcomed Catherine Gendrolis, M.S. ’14, in October 2022 as an expert consultant in medical device and diagnostic reimbursements.

Marc P. Lennon, MBA ’14, joined the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, as sponsored research development director in August 2022.

Jordan G. Savitz J.D./MBA ’14, joined the Baltimore and Washington offices of Baker Donelson as a shareholder in February.

Anna Sholl, J.D. ’14, was named executive director of the Maryland State Bar Association in October 2022.

Beatrice C. Thomas, M.A. ’14, J.D. ’19, has joined the United States Attorney’s Office in Baltimore as an assistant United States attorney in the civil division.

Kimberly Turco, J.D. ’14, joined Quinn Law Group as an associate attorney in January.

Julia P. Worcester, J.D. ’14, is the first-ever state government relations director for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Robert W. Carter, M.S. ’15, joined Vallit Advisors in October 2022 as a director focusing on dispute consulting, business valuation and forensic accounting.

Kaitlin D. Corey, J.D. ’15, an intellectual law attorney with Goodell DeVries, was appointed to the board of directors of the Northeastern Maryland Technology Council last September where she serves as board secretary and on the executive committee. She was also appointed as a special adviser to the Intelligent Transportation Society of Maryland in March.

Gina D. Dyson, J.D. ’15, reports that in 2022 she became dean of student affairs and academic integrity for Walden University, based in Los Angeles, California.

Juarez R. Lee-Shelton, B.A. ’15, M.A. ’18, joined the history department at Stevenson University this fall, serving as an adjunct professor. The first course he is teaching is “Baltimore in the Civil War.”

The Afro-American Newspaper recognized Michelle Richardson, B.S. ’15, for her extraordinary contributions to media at its second annual AFRO Tea event in June 2022.

David T. Shafer, J.D. ’15, joined the mergers and acquisitions practice at McDonald Hopkins LLC in September 2022 as a member in the firm’s Baltimore/Annapolis office.

Kaitlan M. Skrainar, J.D. ’15, was promoted in January to partner at Waranch & Brown LLC.

Krystle Starvis, M.S. ’15, joined the Baltimore non-profit CLLCTIVLY in June 2022 as the organization’s first chief operating officer. CLLCTIVLY is a place-based social change organization focused on racial equity, narrative change, social connectedness and resource mobilization.

Peter S. Buas, J.D. ’16, was elected in January as partner at Williams, Moore, Shockley & Harrison LLP, in Ocean City, Maryland.

The Maryland Multi-Housing Association hired Lauren C. Graziano, J.D. ’16, in March as senior government affairs manager.

Jacob Kiessling, J.D. ’16, joined the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, office of Barley Snyder in January.

Grason Wiggins, J.D. ’16, joined government relations and law firm Harris Jones & Malone as an attorney and lobbyist in December 2022.

Then Maryland Gov.-elect Wes Moore appointed June J. Chung, J.D. ’17, as a deputy legislative officer in December 2022.

Jayne Katherman, J.D. ’17, was named in August 2022 to the junior board of the YWCA Greater Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Blair T. Lee, B.A. ’17, M.P.A. ’21, reports he was appointed executive director of strategic communications and alumni engagement at the Community College of Aurora (Colorado) in May 2022. He was also accepted into the Leadership and Mentoring Institute, a professional development program, of the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education.

Kristen M. Mack, J.D./MBA ’17, joined the civil rights practice at Hansel Law PC in Baltimore in June 2022.

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Ivan J. Bates named Kristin C. Tracy, J.D. ’17, the division chief for the post-conviction and motions unit in January.

Creative Collective NYC named illustrator and designer Sophia Yeshi, B.A. ’17, to its fourth Creative Class in February. The Creative Class celebrates Black culture-shifters across a variety of disciplines.

Lisa A. Haney, B.S. ’18, joined Continental Realty Corporation in Baltimore in July 2022 as senior property manager commercial division.

Melissa Martin, B.A. ’18, was recognized as a Hometown Hero by the Baltimore Ravens prior to the start of the 2022 season for her work as executive director of Stanley Snacks for School Kids, Inc., the nonprofit organization she founded in 2015 to provide healthier snacks to Baltimore area school students facing hunger and food insecurity. Stanley Snacks fills the hunger gaps in existing school meal programs and has distributed more than 300,000 snacks to over 6,700 children in 13 schools since its inception.

Pessin Katz Law, P.A., welcomed Colin D. McDaniels, J.D ’18, as an associate in the firm’s litigation group in August 2022.

Arao Ameny, M.F.A. ’19, received the 2022 Mayor’s Individual Artist Award from the Creative Baltimore Fund, a grant from Mayor Brandon Scott, the City of Baltimore and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts. She was also a finalist for the 2021 Brunel International Africa Poetry Prize, sponsored by Brunel University London (United Kingdom). Ameny was also recognized as a finalist by Best New Poets in their 2022 honors for her work, “The Mothers.”

Liff, Walsh & Simmons welcomed Alanna C. Casey, J.D. ’19, as an associate and member of the employment law and litigation practice groups in June 2022.


The National Labor Relations Board General Counsel appointed Kimberly E. Andrews, J.D. ’20, in February as the regional director for the agency’s regional office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Bibi J. Barnes, J.D. ’20, joined Mid Shore Pro Bono in Easton, Maryland, in October 2022 as a member of the tenant counsel legal services team.

Jennifer A. Burroughs, M.A. ’20, shared in October 2022 that she recently celebrated one year as the director of corporate communications at Monumental Sports & Entertainment, the ownership organization for the Washington Capitals, Wizards and Mystics professional sports teams, as well as the Capital One Arena where they play.

Bradley S. Clark, J.D. ’20, reports he joined Baxter Baker Sidle Conn & Jones as a litigation associate in summer 2022.

Taylor Deer, J.D. ’20, joined Waranch & Brown LLC as a trial attorney in January.

Hannah C. Ellis, J.D. ’20, joined the board of directors for Howard County, Maryland, non-profit NeighborRide, an organization that facilitates volunteer drivers who provide transportation services for seniors to run errands, attend medical appointments and see to other day-to-day needs.

Alana R. Glover, J.D. ’20, joined Jackson Lewis P.C. as an associate in September 2022.

Michael L. Hagan, J.D. ’20, shared that in September 2022 he started his role as general counsel for Dominion Plastic Surgery in Northern Virginia.

Jalynn Harris, M.F.A. ’20, was featured in The Best American Poetry 2022, an annual poetry anthology published by Simon & Schuster. Her poem, “The Life of a Writer,” was one of 75 poems selected for the 2022 edition.

Ronald Kim, J.D. ’20, started his position as a member of the workers’ compensation team in the Baltimore office of Franklin & Prokopik in June 2022.

Shapiro Sher welcomed Liam E. Rhodes, J.D. ’20, in October 2022 as an associate in the business law practice group.

Isabel Jorrin Garcia, J.D. ’21, joined Pessin Katz Law, P.A., as an associate in the firm’s litigation group in September 2022.

Tydings & Rosenberg LLP welcomed Caylee Henderson, J.D. ’21, in October 2022 as an associate in the litigation practice group.

Richard Neal, M.A. ’21, became the coordinator for communications and media for the University Honors program at the University of Maryland in September 2022.

Tyler Beall, J.D. ’22, and Sabrina N. Marquez, J.D. ’22, both joined Baker Donelson last fall as associates. Beall practices tax law and Marquez focuses on advocacy.

DLA Piper awarded Ellen Pruitt, J.D. ’22, a Krantz Fellowship in November 2022. As a Krantz Fellow, Pruitt spent her first year at the firm working exclusively on pro bono matters.

Quinn Law Group, based in Severna Park, Maryland, promoted Alexus Viegas, J.D. ’22, to partner in December 2022.

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