CLASS NOTES

*Class notes featured were received from June 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021.

1970s

Stuart M. Goldberg, B.A. ’70, J.D. ’74, is the chairperson for the Stratford University Professional Advisory Committee, as well as chair of the Stratford Alumni Project which is working to establish an alumni association and an alumni relations office for the university. He also serves as a foundation trustee for the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Foundation in the United States.

Poet and author Neil M. Noble, B.A. ’72, self-published a book of 45 of his best poems entitled Moods of a Lake and Other Selected Poems in 2018. It was reprinted in 2020.

Smithey Law Group LLC appointed Barnett Q. Brooks, J.D. ’75, as of counsel attorney with the firm in August 2020.

Janet T. Coupland, B.A. ’78, received the 2020 Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture) Honor Award in November 2020 for her volunteer role as curator of the retrospective exhibit “50 Years of MAC.”

Glenn L. Klavans, J.D. ’78, was appointed administrative judge for the Anne Arundel County (Maryland) court in January.

John M. Riley, B.S. ’79, joined Ankura, a global business and advisory expert services firm, in July 2020 as senior managing director.

1980s

Nina K. Yudell, B.S. ’81, MBA ’82, was elected to serve as the chair of The University of Baltimore Foundation, Inc., effective July 1, succeeding fellow alumnus, R. Thomas Crawford, MBA ’91, who had held the chair since 2017.

Lisa A. Vronch, B.S. ’82, received a gubernatorial appointment as parole commissioner to the Maryland Parole Commission in December 2019.

Linda S. Woolf, B.A. ’82, J.D. ’85, was named a fellow of the American Bar Foundation in September 2020.

Julius Green, B.S. ’83, MBA ’89, joined the National Philanthropic Trust as a member of the board of trustees in November 2020.

Stephen W. Lafferty, J.D. ’83, was nominated by Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski to serve as the director of the Department of Planning for Baltimore County in January.

Douglas E. Roorbach, M.A. ’83, retired after serving as owner, editor and publisher of Grant County, Indiana’s weekly newspaper, The News Herald. He sold the business in April 2020.

Mark E. Singleton, B.S. ’83, was named chief financial officer and head of industry solutions at LL Global in June 2020.

Baltimore Center Stage appointed Sandy Liotta, MBA ’84, as the new president of their board of trustees in July 2020.

Career coach David J. Smith, J.D. ’84, was interviewed on The TODAY Show in August 2020 and provided tips on working from home.

Marquis Who’s Who honored Edith C. Amobi-Agbaza, B.A. ’85, M.A. ’87, in December 2020 by presenting her with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for her achievements and leadership in the field of social work.

William D. Morse, J.D. ’86, marked 30 years of service in March with Shore United Bank. He currently serves as the executive vice president and legal counsel for Shore United, and general counsel of Shore Bancshares, Inc.

Denise L. P. Fritsche, B.S. ’87, joined The Hoffman Group, a full-service accounting and consulting firm, as a manager in July 2020.

Jeffrey S. Getty, J.D. ’87, was named administrative judge for Allegany County (Maryland) and the Fourth Judicial Circuit, effective August 2020.

Fred S. Hecker, J.D. ’87, was appointed in January as administrative judge for the Fifth Judicial Circuit, which includes Maryland’s Anne Arundel, Carroll and Howard Counties.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond appointed William J. McCarthy Jr., J.D. ’87, LL.M. ’92, executive director of the Catholic Charities of Baltimore, to the Baltimore office’s board of directors of the Federal Reserve System in June 2020.

Lucy Motsay Rutishauser, MBA ’87, was named as one of The Baltimore Sun’s 25 Women to Watch 2020. She is the chief financial officer of Sinclair Broadcast Group and played a pivotal role in the company’s 2019 acquisition of 21 Regional Sports Networks and Fox College Sports from Disney.

The Kennedy Krieger Institute promoted Jacqueline D. Stone, M.P.A. ’87, to a new senior leadership position, chief clinical officer, in September 2020.

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation in Easton, Maryland, welcomed Kevin B. Cashen, MBA ’88, as a member of its board of directors in June 2020.

Two books by author Carole Boston Weatherford, M.A. ’82, won American Library Asso-ciation Youth Media Awards in January. R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul received the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book award. BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom was named as one of five Newbery Honor Books.

Gina M. Smith, B.S. ’89, is the deputy director for Gaming Compliance with the Virginia Lottery as of June 2020. She was previously with the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.

President Kurt L. Schmoke, Alan J. Hyatt, Steven D. Hyatt

For the Hyatts, UBalt is a family tradition. President Kurt L. Schmoke recently met with Lou Hyatt, who took business classes at the University in the late 1940s and founded Hyatt Commercial, the real estate brokerage firm celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Joining them are Lou’s son Alan J. Hyatt, J.D. ’78, and grandson Steven D. Hyatt, J.D. ’16, at the Severn Bank Building in Annapolis. The building is home to Hyatt and Weber, P.A., the law firm founded by Alan over 40 years ago, where Alan and Steven both practice. 

1990s

Joann Petillo, MBA ’90, joined HGA Architects and Engineers in June 2020 as associate vice president in business development in the Alexandria, Virginia and Washington, DC offices.

Heather L. Price, J.D. ’91, was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan to the Caroline County (Maryland) District Court in January.

Leonard B. Rus, M.S. ’91, was named in September 2020 as managing partner of Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates, P.A., a certified public accountant, wealth advisory and technology consulting firm with offices in Maryland and Virginia.

Lesley A. Davis, J.D. ’92, was appointed executive vice president of The Mississippi Center for Public Policy in January.

John R. Tribble, MBA ’93, was promoted to the newly-created role of vice president, customer relationship and business development, with Church Mutual Insurance Company in January.

Shelly L. Brown, J.D. ’94, was appointed to the board of 211 Maryland in October 2020. This nonprofit organization serves as a statewide resource to connect citizens to health and human resources.

The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region elected Kelly A. Koermer, J.D. ’94, to its foundation board of directors in August 2020.

Scott Burger, B.S. ’95, chief executive officer of Class Brands, participated in the invitation-only Jeffries 2020 Retail Summit last September as a panelist for a session entitled “The Sleep Economy in A Post-COVID World.”

Daniel P. Vavonese, J.D. ’95, was appointed as deputy commissioner for Trademark Operations at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in January.

Paul Lurz, B.A. ’96, served as incident commander for Baltimore County’s COVID-19 response from April 2020 through April 2021.

John Godshalk, MBA ’97, joined NDA Partners in December 2020 as an expert consultant. He is a former reviewer and investigator in the FDA Division of Manufacturing and Production Quality in the Center for Biologics Evaluations and Research.

Nichols College in Massachusetts named Glenn M. Sulmasy, J.D. ’97, as its eighth president, effective July 1.

David M. Connelly, J.D. ’98, joined Balch & Bingham’s Washington, DC office in January as partner in the energy practice.

Claude de Vastey-Jones, J.D. ’98, joined the board of directors for Heritage Housing Partners Corp., which works to promote and provide affordable housing in Howard County, Maryland.

Neil E. Duke, J.D. ’98, joined the Johns Hopkins Health System Legal Department in September 2020 as the practice group leader and chief legal counsel for employee affairs and accessibility coordination.

Stephanie A. LaMonaca, J.D. ’98, was promoted in March to associate dean of students at University of Redlands in California.

Byron S. Bereano, J.D. ’99, was appointed in January by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to the Prince George’s County District Court.

Render Networks, an innovative network management construction platform, appointed Lori L. Sherwood, J.D. ’99, director of Commercial & Market Development in July 2020.

2000s

Michael G. Himmel, MBA ’00, joined Member Business Financial Services (MBFS) as a credit union relationship manager in May.

Medical device maker Ambu Inc. selected Kellee Fitzsimmons, M.S. ’01, as their tax director in July 2020. She directs Ambu’s efforts to ensure compliance with tax laws as well as monitor and respond to current and impending changes to tax regulations.

Rebecca N. Cordero, J.D. ’02, Assistant State’s Attorney for Calvert County (Maryland), received the 2020 Respect for Law Award from the Optimist Club of Calvert County.

The Montgomery County (Maryland) Council appointed Valerie L. Ervin, M.P.A. ’02, to the new Commission on Redistricting in January.

John S. Butler, B.A. ’03, was named to the First Responder Center for Excellence board of directors in April. He has been the fire chief for the Fairfax County (Virginia) Fire and Rescue Department since 2018.

John A. Carpenter Jr., J.D. ’03, was elected partner at the Baltimore firm of Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, LLP in September 2020.

Sara L. Cook, MBA ’03, was named vice president for academics at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin in January.

James F. Elliott, J.D. ’03, was named State’s Attorney of Allegany County (Maryland) in February.

William D. Finegan, MBA ’03, was appointed executive vice president, North America, in May 2020 for Immerse virtual reality software company.

Luisella Perri, J.D. ’03, joined Holland & Knight in April as partner at the firm’s Washington, DC office. She was also named a 2021 Best Lawyer in America in the practice areas of public finance law and tax law.

Geneau M. Thames, J.D. ’03, assistant vice president, general counsel and secretary at Harford Mutual Insurance Group, was elected in March to join the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC). The FDCC is an international, professional trade associated comprised of leaders in the legal community who have achieved professional distinction in specific industries.

Adam D. Baker, J.D. ’05, was elected partner in September 2020 at the Baltimore law firm of Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, LLP.

Jennifer L. McNulty, J.D. ’05, was named associate justice of the Barnstable Juvenile Court in Massachusetts in September 2019.

Christopher W. Adams, J.D. ’06, was promoted to partner at Squire Patton Boggs in February.

Erik S. Atas, J.D. ’06, was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan in December 2020 as associate judge for the Baltimore City Circuit Court.

C. Pete Gutwald, M.P.A. ’06, was named in January to serve as director of the Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections for Baltimore County.

Neil B. Phillips, MBA ’06, was promoted to senior project manager in the construction department of St. John Properties, Inc. in September 2020.

Comcast named Christopher G. Rouser, B.S. ’06, regional vice president of Human Resources for the Keystone Region in July 2020.

David J. Weishaus, J.D. ’07, assumed management of Tunie’s Market, an independent grocery store and community staple, in Coral Springs, Florida, in 2020.

William R. Wells, M.P.A. ’07, was appointed deputy director of the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services in May.

Kemp W. Hammond, J.D. ’08, was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan in November 2020 to the District Court for Anne Arundel County (Maryland).

John F. Kreiner B.S. ’08, joined basys, llc, a Baltimore area software company, as a vice president of engineering in March.

Maryland Institute College of Art appointed Ellen Lupton, D.C.D. ’08, as the inaugural William O. Steinmetz ’50 and Betty Cooke ’46 Chair in Design, an endowed faculty position, beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year.

Jason F. Weintraub, J.D. ’08, joined the governmental relations team at Gordon Feinblatt as counsel in November 2020.

Lydia S. Hu, J.D. ’09, joined FOX Business Network in February 2021 as a New York-based correspondent.

Ajaye S. Pope, M.P.A. ’09, MBA ’15, was named to Baltimore Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 for 2020.

Brian Saval, B.S. ’09, of Saval Foods, was named to Baltimore Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 for 2020.

University of Baltimore professor, best-selling author and activist D. Watkins, B.A. ’09, M.F.A.’14, signed with More/Medavoy Management in June 2020.

2010s

Leah C. Dempsey, J.D. ’10, vice president and senior counsel of federal advocacy with ACA International, an association of credit and collection professionals, was recognized as a top lobbyist in December 2020 by The Hill newspaper.

Lee D. Dunbar, B.A. ’10, was promoted to major in November 2020 and assumed the position of chief of the services and support bureau for the Harford County (Maryland) Sheriff’s Office.

Henry L. Greenidge, J.D. ’10, a transportation policy expert, served as a 2020-2021 Fellow-in-Residence with the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University.

Myshala E. Middleton, J.D. ’10, was appointed associate judge for the Baltimore City Circuit Court in December 2020.

Jesse Pulliam, B.A. ’10, M.A. ’12, and his wife welcomed a daughter to their family this year.

Harry Spikes II, M.P.A. ’10, was named executive director of Bon Secours Community Works in September 2020. He previously served as district director for the late United States Congressman Elijah E. Cummings.

JDKatz P.C. welcomed Cailin J. Talbert, J.D. ’10, as a senior associate in September 2020. Her professional work focuses on estates and trusts, wills and probates, and tax matters.

Cassaday & Company, Inc. hired Benjamin Dorsey IV, M.S. ’11, as director of tax services in June 2020.

Babak Monajemi, J.D. ’11, was elected a shareholder of the law firm Polsinelli in Washington, DC in November 2020.

Heather Young Scheicher, B.S. ’11, and her husband Dean, welcomed a daughter in September 2020.

The board of directors of the Eastern Panhandle Regional Planning and Development Council in West Virginia announced the appointment of Rachel C. Snavely, J.D. ’11, to the role of executive director. She previously served as the Berkeley County Grants Administrator.

Courtney Trang, B.S. ’11, M.S. ’15, assistant director of Alumni Relations at The University of Baltimore, and her husband, Tony, welcomed their son Oliver on March 19.

Alan Tsao, B.S. ’11, and Sonya Tsao, B.S. ’11, M.S. ’13, J.D. ’17, welcomed a baby boy this year.

Deddles Donuts, a business owned and operated by Robin Holmes, B.A. ’12, was selected as the official donut caterer for last May’s 146th Preakness Stakes.

Brandon S. Butler, J.D. ’13, the former Allegany County (Maryland) county administrator, joined Greenwill Consulting Group as a consultant in May. He represents businesses in Western Maryland and beyond.

GRB&A, a full-service public accounting firm, named Kelly M. DeRose, M.S. ’13, as partner in February.

Katie Kerner, J.D. ’13, an attorney with Jenner Law in Baltimore, was named co-chair of the Maryland Association for Justice’s Product Liability Section in February.

Pessin Katz Law, P.A. elected attorney Adam E. Konstas, J.D. ’13, to member in January.

MBH Settlement Group welcomed Kim E. Stepanuk, J.D. ’13, as an attorney in September 2020.

Sabrina Viscomi, MBA ’13, assistant dean of budget, students and operations at Towson University, received her doctorate degree in business administration in spring 2021 from University of Maryland Global Campus.

Mishpacha Magazine recognized Brett A. Weil, M.S. ’13, commercial relationship officer at PeoplesBank, as a “Covid Hero” for his role during the pandemic, helping struggling Maryland businesses apply for and receive loans from the Paycheck Protection Program.

Tiffany F. Boykin, J.D. ’14, became the chief compliance and fair practice officer at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland, in August 2020.

Alexander B. Dentsman, B.S. ’14, was named to Baltimore Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 for 2020.

Raymond L. Gambrill, J.D. ’15, joined the litigation group at Miller, Miller & Canby in January. His work focuses on business, commercial and real estate litigation and criminal defense litigation.

Nevada State College named Elizabeth S. Gunn, M.F.A. ’15, dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences in January.

Shelby Blondell, B.S. ’15, MBA ’18, won the grand prize of $30,000 at Salisbury University’s Ratcliffe Foundation Shore Hatchery Entrepreneurship Competition 2021. Her invention, The Sheller, is a flat, stainless steel seafood multitool that is a combination crab mallet, knife and bottle opener. Blondell is also a 2016 winner of UBalt’s pitch competition, The Leonard and Phyllis Attman Competitive Business Prize.

Shelby Blondell, B.S. ’15, MBA ’18, won the grand prize of $30,000 at Salisbury University’s Ratcliffe Foundation Shore Hatchery Entrepreneurship Competition 2021. Her invention, The Sheller, is a flat, stainless steel seafood multitool that is a combination crab mallet, knife and bottle opener. Blondell is also a 2016 winner of UBalt’s pitch competition, The Leonard and Phyllis Attman Competitive Business Prize.

Author Marjorie O. Baofo Appiah, MBA ’16, also known as Marjy Marj, had her most recent book, Same Elephants, featured by the South Carolina State Library in February.

Tracy C. Gold, M.F.A. ’16, released a book entitled Everyone’s Sleepy but the Baby in March. She donated one book to a Baltimore area nonprofit for every preordered book.

Ronald Manson, B.A. ’16, published his debut thriller, A Shepherd of Wolves, in April. He writes under the pen name R.J. King.

K. Alexander Wallace, M.P.A. ’16, joined the government affairs practice of Z+C, LLC, the Annapolis law firm, in January.

Ken Weaver, M.P.A. ’16, was awarded the Chester A. Newland Presidential Citation of Merit during the president’s reception at the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) national conference held in April.

Grason M. Wiggins, J.D. ’16, joined the Maryland Multi-Housing Association as a senior government affairs manager in January.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland hired Caylin A. Young, J.D. ’16, as the organization’s new public policy director in January.

Brian Daskalovitz, MBA ’17, joined Andrews Federal Credit Union in June 2020 as the vice president controller. He oversees all accounting and finance operational functions and strategies.

Taylor C. Hartman, J.D. ’17, left the Anne Arundel County (Maryland) State’s Attorney’s Office in 2021 to join Hartman, Attorneys at Law, as an associate specializing in criminal defense.

Erik L. Johnson, J.D. ’17, joined the Atlanta office of Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers, LLP in September 2020 and specializes in coverage and commercial litigation.

University of California Merced welcomed Chanelle Reese, M.S. ’17, as assistant ombudsperson in August 2020. She provides services for students, staff and faculty.

NY Eastern Union promoted Jacob S. Lipoff, MBA ’18, in July 2020 to executive managing director of the QTS Banking and Capital Markets Division.

Kevin Amado Jr., M.P.A. ’19, was promoted in January to community impact and engagement manager of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.

Kiarya Ingram B.A. ’19, was awarded the Title IV-E Education for Public Child Welfare Program Outstanding MSW Scholar of the Year Award by the University of Maryland School of Social Work. The award, presented in April, is given to a graduating student who has exemplified an outstanding level of proficiency, initiative and commitment to the highest standards of social work practice in a public child welfare field placement.

Lauren R. Mullin, J.D. ’19, joined the medical malpractice group at Goodell Devries as an associate in December 2020.

Valerie E. Taylor, J.D. ’19, joined Pessin Katz Law, P.A. as an associate in the firm’s general litigation group in September 2020.

Rollins, Smalkin, Richards & Mackie, LLC welcomed John K. Thompson, J.D. ’19, as an associate in December 2020.

Jamie Grace Alexander, B.A. ’20, was named to The Baltimore Sun’s 2020 list of 25 Women to Watch. Alexander is an artist, activist and creator of the Gender Museum and the Baltimore Queer Paper.

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