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Marriages and Unions


Tori Marnell '89 and Steven Wilson

Tori Marnell '89 and Steven Wilson were married June 27, 2008. Alison Keane '89 was maid of honor; she was Tori's first St. Mary's roommate and still her best friend. Timm Varney '89 and Eleni Sophicles Dykstra '89 also attended.

Celenda "Cindy" Anne Stanford '91 and Carlos Vargas

Celenda "Cindy" Anne Stanford '91 and Carlos Vargas were married June 14, 2008. The wedding was bilingual since Carlos, who is from Peru, is not yet fluent in English. Cindy, however, has learned to speak Spanish! Sally Davis '94 also attended. They honeymooned at Caesar's Pocono Palace Resort in Marshalls Creek, Pennsylvania.

Robin Veidt '95 and Ted Manson

Robin Veidt '95 and Ted Manson were married May 17, 2008, in Old Lyme, Connecticut. They live in New York City, where Robin is on a fellowship in medical oncology, and Ted is on a fellowship in orthopedic joint replacement.

Kerith Spicknall '97 and Casey Moothart were married May 24, 2008, at the McMenamins Grand Lodge in Forest Grove, Oregon. Following a honeymoon in Galiano Island and Vancouver, the couple lives in Detroit. Kerith is a dermatology resident and Casey is a primary care physician.

Sara O'Rourke '98 and Derrick Prather

Sara O'Rourke '98 and Derrick Prather were married November 10, 2007. Sara works at the National Institutes of Health as a human resources specialist. Sara and Derrick met working at a staffing agency, placing candidates in positions at the National Institutes of Health.

Leana Pitkevits '98 and John Crosby Houser III

Leana Pitkevits '98 and John Crosby Houser III were married April 25, 2008, in Baltimore. Leana works as a program coordinator for the Center for a Livable Future.

Chris Gable '99 and Nicole Schumann

Chris Gable '99 and Nicole Schumann were married September 22, 2007, at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Church in Baltimore. A reception followed at Lillies in Baltimore. They honeymooned in Hawaii and live in Baltimore. Chris is a financial adviser at Smith Barney. Nicole is a physician with Pavillion Pediatrics at Greenspring in Baltimore after completing her pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Nicholas Johnson '99 and Elizabeth Mackey

Nicholas Johnson '99 and Elizabeth Mackey, were married August 23, 2008, at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington, D.C. Nick is a Marine captain with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where he is an F/A-18 pilot and a forward air controller. Elizabeth is a senior publicist at Random House children's books in New York.

Deborah Brown '00 and Neal Peckens '02

Deborah Brown '00 and Neal Peckens '02 were married May 31, 2008, in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Fellow alumni Jen Hare '00, Alexis Gibson '00, and David Sushinsky '02 joined them in the tropical celebration. They now live in Reston, Virginia, and enjoy their careers as veterinarians.

Tiffani Mattingly '00 and Peter Johnston were married June 7, 2008, at Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church in Chaptico, Maryland. Tiffani was a senior manager with the Washington Redskins and for eight seasons was captain of the Washington Redskin cheerleaders. Peter completed his third year of residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Amanda Jonczak '00 and Greg Palmer

Amanda Jonczak '00 and Greg Palmer were married July 4, 2008.

Jamie Frey '05 and Tony Del Puppo '00

Jamie Frey '05 and Tony Del Puppo '00 were married June 14, 2008, at St. Francis Xavier Church in Leonardtown, Maryland. A celebration at a friend's home on the St. Mary's River followed. The couple lives in Bel Air, Maryland, where Tony is a teacher and Jamie is a nursing student.

David Afzal '01 and Melinda Coburn

David Afzal '01 and Melinda Coburn were married May 17, 2008, in Corolla on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Melinda is an ob/gyn doctor at St. Luke's Hospital and David is a resident physician in family medicine at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Ryan Raley '01 and Lisa Weber were married May 24, 2008, in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. Ryan is a senior account executive with Comcast Spotlight and Lisa is a research associate with Mathew H. Greenwald & Associates in Washington, D.C.


Gwendolyn Degentesh '02 and Michael Mravca were married July 26, 2008, at Trinity Episcopal Church in St. Mary's City by Father Andrew Zbeeb. Flower girls included Elizabeth Click (daughter of English professor Ben Click), Grace McGill and Brenna Rizer (daughter of Robert Rizer '99 and Jessica Rizer). Kristina Stallings and Brian Muhr were matron of honor and best man. Jeanne Fryberger Vote played the organ and Virginia Rose Click sang.

Emily Gleason '02 and Zack Groves '02

Emily Gleason '02 and Zack Groves '02 were married April 26, 2008, in Annapolis, Maryland. The two began dating their senior year of college, and were happy to have many of their friends from St. Mary's at the wedding, including Laura Carrier '02, who served as a bridesmaid, as well as Beth Williams '02, Kristen Palumbo '02, Ky Davis'02, Jody Costa '02, Kate Datsko Bradshaw '02, Kurt Bradshaw '01, Caitlin McCabe '02, Andy Furey '03, and Dave Sushinsky '02.

Erin Johnson '02 and Karthik Venkatesh

Erin Johnson '02 and Karthik Venkatesh were married May 25, 2008, in Andover, Massachusetts. They honeymooned in the western Caribbean. Katherine Rizzo '02, Caroline Boice '02, and Sara Sukontarak McCloskey '02 were bridesmaids. Erin graduated in May with a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She is a postdoctoral researcher in the Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Erin and Karthik met in graduate school. Karthik also graduated with a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Rochester and is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan.

Katherine Cooper '03 and Colin Casler

Katherine Cooper '03 and Colin Casler were married September 8, 2007, at Woodlawn Inn in Ridge, Maryland. Following a honeymoon in Italy, the couple lives in Baltimore. Katherine is an attorney with the law firm of Hogan & Hartson LLP and Colin is an attorney with the law firm of DLA Piper.

Ali Sharp '03 and Mikey Church '04

Ali Sharp '03 and Mikey Church '04 were married May 2, 2008, in St. Ignatius Chapel, the little church at the end of Villa Road in St. Inigoes, Maryland. A reception followed at Historic St. Mary's City State House. Everyone from the old gang was there. Groomsman Ben Church '04 gave the longest toast. Other alumni in the wedding party included Hanna Powers '01, Kristlyn Araujo-Johnson '05, Katie Church '99, Greg Grim '04, Phil Schols '04, and Kenny Fletcher '04. They live in Montana where Mikey is enrolled in the University of Montana's Department of Geography.

Jennifer Lee '03 and Michele Fornaro

Jennifer Lee '03 and Michele Fornaro were married September 2, 2007. Jennifer met her Italian husband while he was finishing his Ph.D. in Washington, D.C. They moved to Turin, Italy, three years ago when Michele was offered a job.

Danielle Ganzer '04 and Nicholas Jones

Danielle Ganzer '04 and Nicholas Jones were married November 17, 2007, at Our Lady's Church at Medley's Neck. A reception followed at the J.T. Daugherty Center in Lexington Park, where family and friends dined on Maryland crab cakes and filet mignon. The couple was pleased to have their grandmothers, Theresa Winarski, Mary Ann Ganzer and Mary Elizabeth Judge at the festivities. Nick's mother, Mary Beth Bullock, hand-stitched the beadwork on Danielle's veil. The couple honeymooned at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Danielle and Nick were friends at St. Mary's Ryken High School where they graduated from in 1999, but never dated until 2005. Nick is enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and stationed at Beaufort, South Carolina.

April Mason '04 and Jason Bryant '04

April Mason '04 and Jason Bryant '04 were married June 10, 2006, in Tall Timbers, Maryland. The wedding party included alums Michelle Mason '07 ( M.A.T. 2008) and Nick Cutrufello '04. April and Jason live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where April is a graduate student at LSU and Jason is a computer programmer.

Erin Rorabacher '04 and Jeremy Ross

Erin Rorabacher '04 and Jeremy Ross were married July 1, 2008, in Sanibel Island, Florida. Erin spent eight
years working for State Farm Insurance and Financial Services and opened her own State Farm office in Lexington Park. Erin's passion is helping people build a strong financial foundation. Jeremy is an aerospace engineer for Boeing at the Patuxent Naval Air Station.

Katrina Carrion '05 and Brian Lutrey

Katrina Carrion '05 and Brian Lutrey were married June 21, 2008, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Katrina is a human resources assistant for the USDA/ARS and Brian is a manager with Bow Tie Cinemas. Alumni at the celebration included Debbie Lee '05, maid of honor; Hanna Gribble '05, Trina Fisher '05, Linden Ellis '05, and Angela Giuliano '05. They enjoyed a fabulous honeymoon in St. Lucia.

Allison Kuehn '05 and Coby Treadway

Allison Kuehn '05 and Coby Treadway were married June 21, 2008, in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, at the Creek Club at I'On. They honeymooned in Charleston, and live in Lexington Park with Coby's daughter, Mackenzie, 5. They both work for Historic St. Mary's City.

Christine Johnston '05 and Brad Pickens

Christine Johnston '05 and Brad Pickens were married August 10, 2008, in Massillon, Ohio. They live in Louisiana where they are both pursuing doctoral degrees in the biological sciences.

Lisa Carey '05 and Michael Carver '05

Lisa Carey '05 and Michael Carver '05 were married July 26, 2008. They spent the first week of their honeymoon camping in western Maryland and the second week on Cranberry Island in Maine. Lisa is a Baltimore County teacher and Michael is a fundraiser at the University of Baltimore. They live in the Charles Village neighborhood of Baltimore. A fun fact about the wedding: "Basshound," which started at St. Mary's, provided the musical entertainment for the night; four were alums. 1st row: (L to R) Michael Harrison '04, Julie Roberts Harrison '04, Kat Bogel '05, Mali Fenton '04, Lisa Carey '05, Michael Carver '05 2nd Row: Catherine Moffatt '02 , Donnie Dyott '06, Drew Merritt '02, Matt Burge '04, Dave Scrivner '04, Graham Babbitt '04, Dan Fox '05, Julie Hocker '05, Rev. Kelsey Bush '96 3rd Row: Kate Fritz '04, Ben Yzaguirre '04, Mark Maggi '05, Eli Fletcher '05 Back Row: Noah Brandon '04, Greg Maley '05, Blake Mobly '05, Colin Woods '05, Nathan Graham '06, Lindsay Becker '05, David Sushinsky '02

Minhlann Nguyen '05 and Eric Jackson '04

Minhlann Nguyen '05 and Eric Jackson '04 were married May 17, 2008, in the Garden of Remembrance. The bride's brother, Viet Nguyen '03, presided over the wedding on a perfect spring day, complete with fireworks over St. Mary's River. Numerous alumni were in attendance for the ceremony and the reception, which took place in the garden and on the lawn next to the alumni lodge. The couple now lives minutes from the campus, working for
local business firms.

Kathleen Sanders '05 and John Stephanos '06

Kathleen Sanders '05 and John Stephanos '06 were married May 24, 2008. Kim Johnson '06 was a reader for the ceremony. They honeymooned in Alaska on a cruise, where they went whale watching, hiking, and zip-lining over the rain forest...like the true biology majors they are. Kat is in her second year of medical school at the University of Maryland. John is with the Coast Guard and stationed at St. Inigoes, where he completed qualifications for his promotion to petty officer third class as a boatswains mate.

Rachael Lashof '06 and Nick Cutrufello '04

Rachael Lashof '06 and Nick Cutrufello '04 were married June 8, 2008, in Havre de Grace, Maryland. The wedding party included Meg Lehr '06, Jason Bryant '04, and Rob Jones '04. Many other St. Mary's alums also attended. Rachael and Nick live in Miami, Florida.

Bridget McVae '06 and John Johnson '07 were married June 21, 2008. St. Mary's attendees include Noah Jacobs '07, Clinton Gilbert III '07, John Stephanos '06, and Eric Hoffman '08.

Julia Sterne '06 and Bradley Miller '08

Julia Sterne '06 and Bradley Miller '08 were married June 22, 2008, at the Newton White Mansion in Mitchellville, Maryland. Several members of the bridal party were St. Mary's alumni, including Laurie Kloster '06, Rachel Hoppe '06, Allison Moninger '06, Nathan Miller '98 and Daniel Avedikian '08. Some highlights of the ceremony: Thomas Lindsay '06 read a poem by Professor Michael Glaser, and Dan Avedikan '08, Melissa Mandell '06, Alexander Djinis '08, and Thomas Vaudin '10 performed an a cappella piece. Many current St. Mary's students and alumni were also in attendance. Their romance began in Alba, Italy, where Julia and Brad participated in the Alba Music Festival with the St. Mary's Chamber Singers in May of 2006.

Megan Stallman '07 and Christopher Green

Megan Stallman '07 and Christopher Green were married May 17, 2008, in New Market, Maryland, at Megan's grandfather's house. They spent their honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico. Megan and Chris live in Stafford, Virginia, near the Marine Corps Base at Quantico where Chris, a lance corporal in the Marine Corps, is stationed. Many alumni attended.

Bridget Carlson '07 and Rob Maddox '07

Bridget Carlson '07 and Rob Maddox '07 were married May 17, 2008, in an afternoon ceremony on the State House Lawn at Historic St. Mary's City. Fellow alums in the wedding party were Donnie Dyott '06, Jeff Shepherd '06 and Jessica Wood '07. Many other alumni joined in the festivities. The couple lives in Lexington Park, Maryland; Rob is an admissions counselor for St. Mary's and Bridget is with the St. Mary's County government.

Cara Trinidad '07 and Brian Miskolczi

Cara Trinidad '07 and Brian Miskolczi were married June 21, 2008, at Dent Memorial Chapel in Charlotte Hall, Maryland. Angela Trinidad Draheim '03, Cara's sister, was the matron of honor. The couple honeymooned in Orlando, Florida. Cara is a junior billing analyst at Smartronix, Inc.

Elizabeth Hargraves '08 and Brian Russell '08

Elizabeth Hargraves '08 and Brian Russell '08 were married June 21, 2008, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington Park, Maryland. Kali Gates '08 was a bridesmaid. They honeymooned in Hawaii. Brian works for the Department of Natural Resources at the Aquaculture Center in Piney Point, helping with research on eelgrass. Elizabeth is doing cost analysis for the Navy.