CLASS NOTES

*Class notes featured were received from June 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020.

1960s

William Hughes, LL.B. ’64, penned an article that was published in the April 6 issue of the Baltimore Post Examiner, entitled “The Game of Soccer was a Door Opener for Me.”

William R. Ferguson, B.S. ’69, joined the Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore Board of Directors in September 2019. 

1970s

Richard G. Lubinski, B.S. ’70, reports he is semi-retired and living in Aurora, Ohio. He served 37 years on the Silver Lake Estates Board of Trustees with 16 years as board chairman. He most recently served as president of the Northern Ohio Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers in Cleveland and also as vice president of the Association’s Region III, which covers eight states and 14 chapters.

Augustus R. Brown, J.D. ’74, was unanimously chosen as the 2019 Faculty Member of the Year by the Keenan Trial Institute of Atlanta (Georgia).

John G. Peters, B.S. ’75, was appointed executive director of Americans for Effective Law Enforcement in early 2020.

Richard K. Renn, J.D. ’76, retired in January after serving for more than 22 years on the York County (Pennsylvania) Court of Common Pleas. He was also approved to serve as a senior judge, which means he can fill in part-time wherever needed in Pennsylvania.

Franzella M. Starkey, B.A. ’77, was awarded the 2019 Volunteer of the Year award by the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service in October 2019 for supporting clients in a variety of legal issues including bankruptcy, adoption, custody and divorce. She joined MVLS in 1996 and has accepted 91 cases to help Eastern Shore of Maryland clients.

Warner I. Sumpter, B.S. ’77, a retired brigadier general, was unanimously elected president of the Maryland State Board of Education for the 2019-2020 term.

J. William Pitcher, J.D. ’78, a
longtime Annapolis lobbyist, joined the law firm of Bellamy Genn in August 2019.

1980s

William C. Martin, B.S. ’81, joined the UHY Advisors Mid-Atlantic Tax Practice as principal in January.

Mark S. Radke, J.D. ’81, was appointed to the board of directors of First Colombia Development Corp. in July 2019.

Diane R. Schwartz Jones, J.D. ’82, assumed the role of council administrator for the Howard County Council (Maryland) in August 2019.

David A. Goldner, M.S. ’83, was interviewed for an article in the May 11 issue of The Daily Record called “Accounting Firms Grapple with Unprecedented Impact of Coronavirus.”

Julius C. Green, B.S. ’83, MBA ’89, was reelected in 2019 for a two-year term to the Pennsylvania CPA Foundation Board for the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. 

Nancy Grodin, MBA ’83, J.D. ’93, retired on September 30, 2019, as Maryland’s Deputy Insurance Commissioner. She held the position for five years and served ten years with the Maryland Insurance Administration.  

Stephen W. Lafferty, J.D. ’83, was named the first chief sustainability
officer for Baltimore County in August 2019.

Cynthia S. Miraglia, J.D. ’83, retired in September 2019 after 20 years as Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commissioner.

Brian G. Bailey, B.S. ’84, M.S. ’91, was named the new chief executive officer of Mountain Laurel Medical Center in Oakland, Maryland, in December 2019.

Audrey J. Carrion, J.D. ’84, a Baltimore City circuit court judge, became chief administrator of the trial court in January.

Steven J. Ochse, B.S. ’85, was promoted to senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer of Easton Utilities in August 2019.

Kendel S. Ehrlich, J.D. ’87, was appointed as deputy director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy in August 2019 by President Donald J. Trump. 

Walter E. Wilson, M.P.A. ’87, was named the 2019 recipient of the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s Brad D. Bailey Assistant City/County Attorney Award for his work as associate county attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland.

Kevin J. Simmons, B.A. ’88, was named director of the newly created Office of Emergency Management for the City of Annapolis (Maryland) in July 2019.

Donna E. Van Scoy, J.D. ’88, joined Lerch, Early & Brewer in January as a family law attorney.

1990s

John J. Biemer, B.S. ’90, is the founder and president of Jerseys of Hope, a nonprofit organization committed to inspiring a sense of community and well-being by donating athletic jerseys to hospital patients so they can use them while rooting for their favorite sports teams. He also published a children’s book, Baby Buckeyes, in 2019.

Scott M. Furniss, B.S. ’90, was named chief financial officer in February for Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

David M. Waltzer, M.S. ’90, joined National Dentex Labs in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, as its new chief financial officer in April.

Morrisann M. Wilson, J.D. ’90, was appointed to the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan in September 2019.

Elizabeth W. Benet, J.D. ’92, was named in February to the newly-created role of global chief underwriting officer by AXA XL, a global commercial insurance and reinsurance company. She assists in managing the company’s worldwide cyber risk portfolio.

David J. Fischetti, B.A. ’92, had his book, Vision to Results: Leadership in Action, recognized by Forbes as a Best Leadership Book of 2019.

Adrian S. Johnson, B.S. ’92, recently completed his term as chairman of the African-American Credit Union Coalition.

David C. Miller, B.A. ’92, published a children’s book, Gabe and His Green Thumb, which BlackNews.com called a “must-read for young black boys” in July 2019.

Chester G. “Chip” Davis Jr., J.D. ’93, was appointed president and chief executive officer in February for the Healthcare Distribution Alliance located in Arlington, Virginia. 

Jonathan L. Gold, J.D. ’93, joined Dickinson Wright PLLC, in their Washington, D.C., office in April.

Timothy J. Longo Sr., J.D. ’93, became the police chief at the University of Virginia in February and serves as associate vice president for safety and security. He is the former police chief for the city of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Timothy J. Quick, J.D. ’93, was appointed judge of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court of the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia, in 2019.

Sean E. Doherty, B.A. ’94, was elected to the Firestone (Colorado) Board of Trustees in April for a four-year term.

Anne Murphy, J.D. ’94, is a lecturer of law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law.

David J. Shuster, J.D. ’94, was recognized by Benchmark Litigations as a Maryland Litigation Star in October 2019.

Gustava E. Taler, J.D. ’94, was named an Influential Marylander for 2020 for civic leadership by The Daily Record. 

Richard B. Benenson, MBA ’95, began his term in March as managing partner with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shreck.

Kevin R. Dunbar, MBA ’95, president and chief executive officer of Dunbar Security Solutions and Dunbar Security Products, became the sole owner of both companies in February. 

Sharon Glazer, M.S. ’95, professor and chair of UB’s Division of Applied Behavioral Sciences, was named a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology in April. 

Charles R. Simmons, J.D. ’95, joined the firm of Whiteford Taylor & Preston as a partner in April. 

David T. Yang, M.A. ’95, became vice president for digital transformation with ICF, a global consulting company, in February.

Michael G. Campbell, J.D. ’96, served a one-year term as president of the Montgomery County Inn of the American Inns of Court, beginning in August 2019.

Mark O. Engel, M.S. ’97, joined Kerkering, Barberio & Co. Certified Public Accountants as a tax manager on the International Tax Team in September 2019.

Paul G. Fipps, B.S. ’97, MBA ’01, was named to the new position of chief experience officer for Under Armour, Inc. in February.

Christopher J. Lambert, J.D.’97, is the vice president for advancement and alumni relations at Bethany College (West Virginia) as of July 2019.

Yolanda F. Sonnier, J.D.’97, became the head of the Howard County (Maryland) Office of Human Rights in June 2019. 

Robert D. Matthews, B.S. ’98, was named vice president for workforce development and chief of staff for Exelon Utilities in March. 

Jessica duHoffman, J.D. ’99, received the Executive Director’s Award from Maryland Legal Aid at the 2nd Annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast in July 2019.

Dorenda R. King, J.D. ’99, began her mission as equal opportunity manager at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in April.

2000s

Terri D. Brown, MBA ’00, is the director of the Office of Arbitration Service for the National Mediation Board as of March.

Patricia M. Muhammad, J.D. ’00, published three academic book reviews last year: “The Crime of Aggression: The Quest for Justice in an Age of Drones, Cyberattacks, Insurgents, and Autocrats” which appeared in 95:3 International Social Science Review Art. 16 (2019), “Accounting for Slavery” which appeared in 52:4 The History Teacher 724 (2019), and “Human Rights and the Care of Self” which appeared in 95:2 International Social Science Review Art. 11 (2018).

Melanie A. Pursel, M.S. ’00, became tourism director of Worcester County (Maryland) in April. She was previously president and chief executive officer of the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce. 

James B. Smith, M.P.A. ’00, reports he earned a doctorate in public policy and administration from Walden University in October 2019.

Todd R. Chason, J.D. ’01, was elected as managing member and general counsel for Gordon Feinblatt LLC in September 2019.

Carlos Nunes, J.D. ’01, was hired as the code enforcement officer by the Boyce (Virginia) Town Council in October 2019. 

Tiffany P. Robinson, J.D. ’01, was chosen in July 2019 by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to serve as Secretary of Labor for the state of Maryland.

Equilla Savage, B.A. ’01, is a case management specialist with the Maryland Department of Corrections. 

Nicholas E. Kosmas, MBA ’02, J.D. ’13, joined Clear One Advantage, a debt settlement and financial education company, as general counsel in May 2019. He oversees the company’s national legal functions.

Gillian B. Pommerehn, MBA ’02, was promoted to senior vice president by Crosby Marketing Communications in September 2019.

Astrid Schmidt-King, J.D. ’02, executive in residence and director of the international business program at Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business, was named a Bowe Fellow by the World Trade Center Institute for the 2020 cohort in October 2019. She participated in the Emerging and Developing Global Executives Program to learn more about key global business issues, relationships and more. 

Kendra V. Johnson, J.D. ’03, was appointed community superintendent for the Howard County (Maryland) Public School System in July 2019.

Mary E. Lanham, M.A. ’03, joined UHealth and the University of Miami (Florida) Miller School of Medicine as chief marketing and communications officer in June 2019.

Gelmin A. Portillo, B.S. ’03, and Jimena Portillo, B.S. ’07, opened the second location of their restaurant, Taco Love Grill, in the Cross Street Market in Baltimore’s Federal Hill neighborhood in August 2019.

Wennesa B. Snoddy, J.D. ’03, was selected in March by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to serve as associate judge for the District Court of Maryland, District 5, Prince George’s County. 

Mark A. Aitken, B.A. ’04, joined DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, as director of U.S. Legislative Affairs in May 2019. 

Kelly Beckham-Madigan, J.D. ’04, was appointed the first executive director for the Baltimore County Office of Ethics and Accountability in December 2019. The office was formed in early 2019 to provide increased oversight of county government by working to identify fraud, abuse or illegal acts. 

Christopher P. Dean, J.D. ’04, is a health care lawyer who joined Miles and Stockbridge in December 2019 as a principal in its health care practice.

Jason Downs, B.A. ’04, was appointed chief deputy attorney general for the Office of the Attorney General of the District of Columbia in March.

Georgette D. Kiser, MBA ’04, operating executive with the Carlyle Group, was named to the NCR Corporation Board of Directors. NCR Corporation is a software- and services-led enterprise provider for the financial, retail and hospitality industries. 

Andrew S. Rappaport, J.D. ’04, was selected by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan in October 2019 to serve as judicial appointee for the Calvert County Circuit Court.

Aaron W. Anderson, M.A. ’05, was appointed by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker in September 2019 to serve on the state’s Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board.

Monique Y. Cox, M.A. ’05, was appointed in November 2019 as executive director for the Baltimore region of the Urban Alliance. She leads its strategy, development and operations. 

Jennifer L. McNulty, J.D. ’05, was confirmed as associate justice of the Massachusetts Juvenile Court in August 2019.

Jason R. Potter, J.D. ’05, became the assistant attorney general in the Office of the Attorney General for Maryland in January.

Kevin A. Wisniewski, M.A. ’05, became the director of book history and digital initiatives at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, in July 2019. 

Duncan S. Keir, J.D. ’06, joined Albers & Associates in March.

Snehal P. Massey, B.S. ’06, J.D. ’15, joined the family law practice at Turnbull Nicholson & Sanders as an associate in February.

Kelly A. Powers, J.D. ’06, was awarded the 2019 Federal Bench Exceptional Service Award in November 2019 for her work with children and parents. Particularly noted was her dedication, experience and service to the Court in handling cases under the 1980 Hague Abduction Convention. 

Daniel A. Blank, B.A. ’07, started a new position at Kohl’s in Lutherville, Maryland, in September 2019.

Scarlett M. Corso, B.A. ’07, J.D. ’10, rejoined the liability team in the Baltimore office of Franklin & Prokopik in March. She previously held positions with The Travelers Indemnity Company and Gilman & Bedigian, LLC. 

Kimberly H. Neal, J.D. ’07, general counsel for The Children’s Guild Alliance, was elected in January as secretary of the board of directors for the Baltimore chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Erich M. Bean, J.D. ’08, was selected by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan in November 2019 to serve as a judge for the Allegany County District Court.

Lauren D. Benjamin, J.D. ’08, an attorney at the firm of Gildea & Schmitt, LLC, was reappointed to the alumnae board of Roland Park Country School in Baltimore in 2019.

Bridgette M. Harwood Stumpf, J.D. ’08, won an Excel Award from the Center for Nonprofit Advancement in October 2019. Stumpf’s recognition came from her work as the executive director of the Network for Victim Recovery of DC, a nonprofit she co-founded in 2012.

Mikhel A. Kushner, J.D. ’08, joined the Office of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in April as the Title IX coordinator.

Kevin D. Hebbel, MBA ’09, was promoted to a director at the SC&H Group, leading organizations in the execution of business strategies and deployment of innovative solutions.

Thomas E. Miller, J.D. ’09, joined Nixon Law Group, PLLC, a leading health law firm in Richmond, Virginia, as senior counsel in July 2019.

2010s

Kathleen W. Hurd, J.D. ’11, was elected to the Board of Directors of Chesapeake Bank and Trust in November 2019.

Theresa J. Kallman, J.D. ’11, became the director of patient safety and risk management for Jackson Hospital in Montgomery, Alabama, in January. She also presented a workshop at the October 2019 American Society for Health Care Risk Management National Conference in Baltimore, titled “Ethical Decision-Making: A Four-Topics Approach with Complex Case Study.”

John P. Malone, J.D. ’11, joined Shryne Group in Los Angeles, California, as general counsel in September 2019. He is experienced in helping cannabis startups with strategic planning and navigating complex regulatory environments.

Jessica L. Phillips, J.D. ’11, joined Maho Prentice, LLP, in Santa Barbara, California, in September 2019. She specializes in personal injury, including automobile accidents, product liability, wrongful death, toxic tort, and sudden and catastrophic injuries. 

Dytonia L. Reed, M.A. ’11, J.D. ’18, was named assistant director of government relations for the Maryland Insurance Administration in January.

Takia R. Ross, B.A. ’11, was named one of The Baltimore Sun’s 25 Women to Watch for 2019.

Matthew J. Rudo, J.D. ’11, joined the Baltimore office of Cordell & Cordell in August 2019 as a senior litigation attorney.

Lauren B. Ziegler, J.D. ’11, was appointed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan in December 2019 to serve on the Maryland Park Advisory Commission. 

Matthew P. Burkett, MBA ’12, is the chief financial officer at FUN.com in North Mankato, Minnesota, which is the largest online retailer of Halloween costumes and novelty collectible goods. He joined the company in June 2019. 

Robin Holmes, B.A. ’12, founder of Deddle’s Donuts, received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from SCORE Greater Baltimore in September 2019. SCORE is a nonprofit that supports the growth of entrepreneurs and small businesses. 

James R. Jeffcoat, J.D. ’12, joined the Baltimore office of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston in April as counsel.

Aditya S. Raval, MBA ’12, joined ClearOne Advantage in November 2019 as marketing director. He is responsible for marketing initiatives, digital engagement and new customer growth.

Michael Sapperstein, M.S. ’12, was promoted to assurance manager in February for Rosen, Sapperstein & Friedlander, LLC, a business consulting and accounting firm.

Brian C. Thompson, J.D. ’12, was promoted in April to associate general counsel at Merkle in Columbia, Maryland.

LaFontaine E. Oliver, MBA ’13, became president and general manager of WYPR-FM 88.1, the National Public Radio station serving Baltimore and the state of Maryland, in July 2019.

Barbara E. Payne-Maddalena, J.D. ’13, joined Berenzweig Leonard, LLP in December 2019 as a senior associate attorney.

Tiffany F. Boykin, J.D. ’14, received the 2020 Benjamin L. Perry Professional Award by the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals last winter for her contributions to student success, outstanding leadership and service. 

John J. Leppler Jr., J.D. ’14, a civil litigation attorney, joined the firm of Albers & Associates as a senior attorney in January.

Anthony W. Moll, M.F.A. ’14, won a Lambda Literary Award in June 2019 for his 2018 book, Out of Step: A Memoir. The collection of essays, set toward the end of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” years, won in the category of Bisexual Nonfiction.

Anna S. Sholl, J.D. ’14, was promoted in October 2019 to deputy executive director of the Maryland State Bar Association.

Stephanie Weaver, M.P.A. ’14, was appointed deputy administrator by California Governor Gavin Newsome for the Veterans Home of California-Yountville in October 2019.

Verlando C. Brown, M.S. ’15, authored an article that appeared online in Forbes in February entitled “Overcoming The Challenges Of Getting Through College.”

Tyler M. Corrado, B.S. ’15, joined BBR Music Group/BMG Nashville in Nashville, Tennessee, in January. He was hired for the newly created role of manager of social media and fan engagement.

Jermaine D. Haughton, J.D. ’15, authored an article in October 2019 called “A letter to my 10-year-old self, who wanted to be a lawyer” which appeared in Generation J.D., The Daily Record’s blog for young lawyers, by young lawyers.

Kelly M. Savoca, MBA ’15, was appointed vice president and chief financial officer for Sheppard Pratt Health System in August 2019.

Momen Abukhdeir, J.D. ’16, was hired as the first chief data and performance officer for Baltimore County in February.

Richard L. Adams, J.D. ’16, CERT ’20, joined O’Byrne Law LLC as an associate attorney in November 2019.

Sonia M. Almonte, CERT ’16, was named new community engagement representative for Baltimore County, District 1, by County Executive Johnny Olszewski in August 2019.

Kara Brogden, B.S. ’16, joined Continental Realty Corporation as an asset management associate in October 2019. 

Vernon D. Brownlee, J.D. ’16, joined the liability team in the Baltimore office of Franklin & Prokopik in February.

Michael March, J.D. ’16, an associate with Rosenberg Martin Greenberg LLP, was elected in February to the board of directors of the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service.

Bryan Upshur, J.D. ’16, became the assistant solicitor for Baltimore City in February. 

David A. Fraser, J.D, ’17, joined the Baltimore office of Franklin & Prokopik as a liability associate in September 2019.

Kara K. Parker, J.D, ’17, joined the Baltimore office of Franklin & Prokopik in November 2019 as an associate focusing on workers’ compensation and employers’ liability.

Benjamin H. Seider, J.D. ’17, joined the workers’ compensation group of Goldberg Segalla in September 2019.

Brianna Billups, B.S. ’18, received the 2020 Mary Pickersgill Award for Women’s Leadership in Business in March. She was honored for her participation in the Merrick School of Business’ Ratcliffe Entrepreneurship Fellows Program and for her business venture, Fully Grown, an organic line of fruit snacks whose profits support the nutritional health of children, families and communities. 

David Chiodaroli, B.A. ’18, writes for Screen Rant, an online entertainment news site that features news and commentary on television, films, video games and film theories. 

Marleigh A. Davis, J.D. ’18, joined the workers’ compensation group at Franklin & Prokopik in February as an associate.

Janet E. Franklin, J.D. ’18, joined Hawley Troxell in its Pocatello (Idaho) office as a litigation associate in January.

Horton J. McCormick, J.D. ’18, joined Rollins, Smalkin, Richards & Mackie, LLC in October 2019 focusing on general litigation and insurance defense.

John F. Simanski III, J.D. ’18, joined the liability team of Franklin & Prokopik in September 2019 and focuses on liability defense. 

Matthew T. West, J.D. ’18, joined Franklin & Prokopik in September 2019 as a workers’ compensation associate.

Lindsey Eldridge, M.P.A. ’19, became the community outreach coordinator for the Baltimore Police Department in August 2019. She has also been serving as the department’s acting director of public affairs and community outreach since January.

Alexis L. Holiday, J.D. ’19, joined Turnbull, Nicholson & Sanders, P.A. in January as an associate in the family law practice.

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