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The Mulberry Tree
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St. Mary's City, MD 20686
Jeremiah Chiappelli hung out his shingle by opening The Chiapelli Law Firm, LLC in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Add this to the birth of his second child and finishing a major home renovation/addition project, and it has been quite an exciting year!
Roxanne Crowley graduated from Temple University Beasley School of Law in May 2007 and is licensed in Pennsylvania. She is an Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellow at SeniorLAW Center in Philadelphia, which provides free legal services to low-income seniors.
Candice Dorsey is the new director of animal conservation at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in Silver Spring, Maryland, her dream job.
Katie Painter is putting her Peace Corps experience to work here at home, helping Somali refugees in Idaho work communitygarden plots. She was featured in a news broadcast on her local television station.
Clayton Culp was named the 2008 Anne Arundel County Public Schools Teacher of Year. On the same night, he got engaged to Jamie Kocik. Both are teachers at Broadneck High School in Annapolis, Maryland. Clayton teaches math and Jamie teaches English.
Jennie Milstein graduated with her Ph.D. from Cambridge in May.
Bonnie Beavan, a math teacher at Spring Ridge Middle School, has been named 2008-09 Teacher of the Year by St. Mary's County public schools. “Ms. Beavan is an extraordinary teacher who has changed the lives of many students,” says School Superintendent Michael J. Martirano. Bonnie received a master's degree in leadership in teaching from the College of Notre Dame in 2007. She has taught math at Spring Ridge since joining the school
system in 2003.
Jessica Beyer graduated from veterinary school and started an internship in Bowie, Maryland.
Emily Huff was awarded the Outstanding Science Teacher of the Year award for St. Mary's County, Maryland, for 2008.
Amy Paronto started a new job in September as an English teacher at the Fachschule für Agrarwirtschaft und Hauswirtschaft in Stadtroda, Germany.
Kelly Vance Klocek graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. While there, Kelly was a member of Sigma Sigma Phi, a national honorary osteopathic service fraternity. She will do her residency in emergency medicine at Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, West Virginia.
Mark Runkles earned an M.A. in music performance (jazz) and an M.F.A. in music performance (oboe) from the University of Iowa. While at Iowa, Mark was a member of the local Episcopal Church's jazz ensemble, which was invited to perform in Edinburgh and Glasgow this summer by the Scottish National Royal Society. Mark has been accepted into the doctor of music program at the University of Las Vegas with a full scholarship. He will be studying with noted teacher Steve Caplan.
Carol Schmoeller, head coach of the St. Mary's women's lacrosse team for two years with a 23-14 record, will get married this fall and teach PE and coach basketball and lacrosse at a private school in Finksburg. Carol is also going to be the assistant volleyball coach at McDaniel College which keeps her close to her fiancé, Matt Hatton, who is its head men's lacrosse coach. “St. Mary's is truly a unique place to coach, attend school and compete athletically,” reflects Schmoeller. “I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to do all three.”
Carrie Grisham's photo of a Sri Lankan fish market earned her a Smithsonian photo contest finalist spot from among 7,500 entrants. She works out West with Second Nature, an Outward Bound-style experience for teens and adults with substance abuse problems. Carrie can contact home only every eight days, when she gets a break. She says she is not taking too many pictures right now because cameras get heavy in a backpack.
Emily Macenko was promoted to assistant director of Alumni & Parent Relations at Maryland Institute College of Art.
Emily Palmisano is working at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as research coordinator for the National Familial Pancreas Tumor Registry.
Stephanie Simmons received a degree from New England School of Law in May. She was the managing business editor for the New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement, a member of Phi Alpha Delta and chairman of Community Service, and on the dean's list while in law school. Stephanie received the Scribes Award for a published article.
Padma Soundararajan tragically lost four members of her immediate family in a car accident while they were visiting India in July. Padma was in the U.S. at the time. Her father, stepmother, and two little sisters, Priya and Lakshmi, all died. Padma brought two brothers who survived back to Gaithersburg; they both have pre-existing severe disabilities. Some of Padma's St. Mary's friends have established a charity to raise money to help her pay for her brothers' expenses. Contact the Alumni Office for information.
Natasha Bailey graduated in May with an M.Ed. in severe disabilities. She is self-employed as an autism therapist.
Katie Lange has been named head field hockey coach at St. Mary's College. She returns to the Seahawks by way of Gettysburg College, where she spent a year as an assistant coach for both field hockey and lacrosse.
Devin Carlson is a platoon commander stationed at Camp Lejeune in the 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, and will be deploying to Iraq or Afghanistan in the future.
Amy McIntosh was one of 12 AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) members serving with Hands On Gulf Coast in Biloxi, Mississippi. Her team built homes, conducted environmental projects, and worked with youth. “I really enjoy working alongside the homeowners,”she says. NCCC members, ages 18-24, must complete at least 1,700 hours of service during the 10-month program. In return, they receive $4,725 to help pay for college or to pay school loans. For more information, visit www.americorps.gov.
Robin Ricks was a recipient of the William D. Schaefer Academic Scholarship from the Maryland Higher Education Commission. She is at Johns Hopkins University graduate school working on her M.S. in school counseling. The photo of Robin was taken at the awards ceremony in Annapolis with Dr. James Lyons, Secretary of Higher Education.
Landon Southerly graduated with an M.A. from the teaching program at Frostburg State University and accepted a math teaching position at Northwood High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. He will also be an assistant basketball coach. While at Frostburg, Landon received two scholarships: The Hendrick Teacher for Math/Science award and the Peter Borras Scholarship. Landon received graduate program honors in teaching—secondary/K-12.
Scott Tucker participated in an underwater field school to map and document the Menemon Sanford shipwreck in the Florida Keys. He plans to study maritime archaeology at the University of Southampton in England.