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Thompson Named Cartoonist of the Year

Richard Thompson ’77 received the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year, the profession’s highest honor. He produces a syndicated comic strip, Cul de Sac, featuring preschooler Alice Otterloop and her family. He recently published Shapes and Colors: A Cul de Sac Collection, and was featured in the Washington Post Magazine in May.

He received the Milton F. Clogg Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award in 2003 for career achievements and for giving back to the College by returning as guest lecturer in Professor Dan Voss’ cartooning classes. About his former student, Voss said, “He was one of the most talented students I had.” Rockville Campus readers of the Spur were among the first to enjoy Thompson’s work in his late-1970s comic strip, Fleabag Theatre.

(Added Spring 2011)


Wayne Green, Bliss ’43, ham radio call sign W2NSD, is known for his dynamism and for thinking “outside the box.” He is a self-employed publisher and founder of several publications, including 73 Magazine, Byte, and ATV Experimenter, first issued in June 1962. With his Ph.D. and technological skills, Wayne says, “The electronics fundamentals I learned at Bliss in 1943, as part of the WWII radio technician training program, were the foundation for my 50-year career of publishing technical magazines.” Visit Wayne on FaceBook.

Darrell Ost, Bliss ’48, celebrated his 100th birthday in March.

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William F. Hession, Navy ’53, retired as an electrical engineer for the Interboro Rapid Transit (IRT) Section of the New York City Transit Authority, where he specialized in signal maintenance for 30 years.

John L. Ditman ’54 remembers professor Bliss’s collection of old electrical hardware. “My time at MC was wonderful as two instructors took interest in me: Julien Ripley and Harvey Cheston.”

Jerome “Jerry” Parks’ ’55 experience as a carpenter, bricklayer, and plumber led him to become one of the most prolific developers in Annapolis. In 2007, he completed the $250-million Park Place development that transformed a strip of abandoned land on inner West Street into a tourist destination with upscale shops and homes, and a Westin hotel. Jerry and his brother established RR Parks in 1959, now a subsidiary of Jerome J. Parks Company on School Street. His first project was the Maryland Capital Yacht Club.

Larry Bubes ’56, a retired special education instructor, is still active in the field. He is a substitute teacher and has been a swimming instructor for water babies.

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A. Jeanne Elion ’61 is vice-chair of the Anne Arundel Commission on Disability Issues. Her husband, Erik Elion ’61, retired five years ago, after 37 years with Montgomery County government. Robert G. Marshall ’65 is a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 13th District since 1992. In 2009, more Virginia residents voted for Bob than any other candidate in the state.

Raymond Lazer ’61 recently retired from the Maryland State Highway Administration. He was a reviewing appraiser. After he earned his A.A. in business administration, Raymond completed his B.S. in economics at the University of Maryland.

Michael A. Day ’65 is looking to reconnect with SGA Officers from 1964–1965.

Steve Seater ’65 is director of development at the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County. Steve has a master’s degree in arts and is a certified physical therapist, nutritionist, and nutrition consultant.

Steve Seater ’65 is director of development at the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County. Steve has a master’s degree in arts and is a certified physical therapist, nutritionist, and nutrition consultant.

Arlene O’Donnell ’68 is a graduate of the 1970 class of Boston University, which attended its graduation ceremony last spring after 40 years. The original ceremony was a casualty of campus closings nationwide, in the wake of shootings at Kent State University.

Lynne Hanson ’69 published her first book, Do You Think I Need to Wear Boobs with This Dress?, in 2012. Hanson will donate a percentage of the proceeds of the sale of the book to organizations working to find the cure for breast cancer. She has also developed a line of clothing for women who had undergone mastectomies and were looking for alternatives to implants and prosthetics.

Virginia Skinner ’69 is celebrating her eighth year as a top Realtor for Long & Foster at the Rockville King Farm office. Virginia started her real estate career after retiring from the General Electric Company.

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Len Jaffe ’70 is a contributor to The Sounding Board, the official newsletter of The Martin Guitar Company.

Marjorie (Taulelle) Lidard ’70 is a management specialist for the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine.

Al Liebeskind ’70 has created a Facebook page: Montgomery College Political Science Alumni.

James Sullivan ’71 is president of Capital Plastics Company (CAPCO) in Beltsville, Md. Founded in 1952, CAPCO produces custom fabricated plastic products. Its clients include the Freer Gallery, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, the National Zoo, and the Coca-Cola Company, among others.

William Cook ’72 wrote to recall a memorable MC counselor, Harry Roberts, “who really made a difference in the way I looked at life.”

Ira Wilsker ’72 was re-elected as president of the Texas Community College Management Educators’ Association. He has taught business, business law, business ethics, and marketing at the Lamar Institute of Technology.

Michael Krawic ’73 is an actor who teaches English as a second language in Santa Monica, Calif. He also participates in the Screen Actors Guild BookPALS volunteer reading program. Having recently completed voice work for Dorothy of Oz and work on Showtime’s Shameless, his next project is the feature film Leashed.

Steve Lucks ’73 is a retirement planner and radio show host of “The Safe Money Retirement Show” in Nashville, Tenn. He received his M.S. in clinical psychology from the University of Central Florida, started an international merchandising company, and founded the Center for Senior Planning.

Ann McCathran ’73 is a senior staff assistant at Seminole County Government, Orlando, Fla.

Judy Brubaker ’74 recently received The Washington Post’s 2011 Distinguished Educational Leadership Award in recognition of her work as principal of Spark Matsunaga Elementary School in Germantown.

While on a magazine assignment, Christopher R. Cox ’75, traveled to Ban Lorcha, a village in Chiang Rai Province in northern Thailand.

Robert Hooper ’75 fondly remembers working with James C. “Sarge” Toler ’75 in the College’s chemistry lab. He later attended Pennsylvania State University. Robert was elected to his fifth term as president and board chair of the Vermont State Employees Association, and is a trustee of the Vermont state employees’ retirement system.

Michael Krawic ’75 has appeared in more than 75 plays (staged in Chicago, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Los Angeles) and more than 40 television episodes and films. Michael has appeared in two nationwide commercial ads and did a voiceover for the upcoming Dorothy of Oz, the animated movie sequel to the Wizard of Oz. Happily married, he also enjoys teaching English as a second language to adult immigrants. He sends his best wishes to his former classmate and fellow thespian Barbara Walsh.

Patton Electronics, owned and operated by the Patton Brothers—Bruce ’75, Ben ’77, Barry ’79, Bobby ’83, and Burt ’85, has been recognized by Montgomery Economic Development for its successful production of network access and connectivity products. The five brothers were awarded the Milton F. Clogg Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award in 2010.

Donna D’Ascenzo ’76 recently received two design awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations for Montgomery College publications—a silver Paragon award for her design of an online newsletter “Health e-News” and a bronze Medallion award for her design of a high school/adult student viewbook. D’Ascenzo, a former student of the Visual Communications Technologies Department (VCT) who earned a B.F.A. from Syracuse University, has won numerous awards during her 27-year career as a graphic designer at Montgomery College.

David Deitemyer ’76 is dean of academic affairs at Moraine Valley Community College. He earned his B.S. in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana and spent 23 years teaching for Illinois Public Schools.

Nicholas J. Sabia ’76 is a retired certified EMT-B and firefighter living in Monroe County, West Virginia. Tending his 17 acres of peaceful land and volunteering at the local fire department keeps him busy.

Patricia Zannie, MCAD ’77, teaches at Montgomery College for both the School of Art + Design and Workforce Development and Continuing Education. Landscape & Butterfly, her mixed-media collage, won honorable mention at the Maryland Federation of Art’s Winter Member Juried Show.

Roland Guilarte ’78 is president of  Roland’s Brevard Jazz Series and producer of the radio show “Sunday Morning Lite Jazz Brunch” in Melbourne, Fla.

Larry Kilmer ’78 is a math teacher at the Heights School in Potomac. He and his wife, Jennifer, have 11 children, ranging in age from 2 to 14 (no twins).

Michele R. Pajer ’78 is a senior lecturer in the English Department at Gonzaga University.

Gail Rubin ’78 has authored a second book, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die. Her first book, A Girl’s Pocket Guide to Trouser Trout: Reflections on Dating and Fly-Fishing, won ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year Award for humor.

Steven Barry ’79 was promoted to vice president of the Utica Mutual Insurance Company. Barry first joined Utica National in 1986 as a research analyst. He was promoted to director of research in 1997, became the director of research and budget in 2000, and was appointed assistant vice president in 2004. He has also served as vice president of the Utica Mutual Federal Credit Union’s board of directors since 1997.

Paul M. Flickinger ’79 celebrated his 13th year working with the Smithsonian Institution. He was promoted to chief operating officer in 2006 and currently oversees the institution’s stores, theaters, and restaurants.

Marilynn Mansfield ’79 placed third in the Mainstream/Literary Short Story category of the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition in 2009. She has authored a full-length science-themed mystery. Her writing career includes writing and editing for the federal government, and writing for newspapers, magazines, and plays.

Tracy Messer ’79 writes from Peterborough, N.H.: “I greatly appreciated your cover story, ‘Life After War—Finding a New Mission’ [Fall 2012]. I’m inspired by Specialist Broglin’s resilience and his determination to help others. I wish him my best. Montgomery College has had an enduring impact on me and my family. I’m reminded of that each time I read your magazine.”

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Alyson Palmer ’80 is beginning studio work on her ninth album CD with her longtime band, BETTY.

Dana Tierney ’80 is an IT consultant in Silicon Valley, Calif., and is interested in building contacts.

Joe Campanellie ’81 is the founder of Campanellie Portraits in Damascus, which he and his wife, Mary Jean ’72, have operated for 39 years.

Billy Coulter ’81 won the Songwriter of the Year award in the Wammies.

Mike Dupuy ’81, a falconry/bird of prey expert and professional public speaker, is editor of the Pennsylvania Falconry Club’s magazine.

Kimberly D.R. DuVall ’81 is a psychology professor at James Madison University. In 2009, she was honored by her students as the number-one university instructor in the nation; and she was chosen as #23 by Rate My In 2012, she was chosen along with other JMU professors to be highlighted in The Princeton Review’s Best 300 Professors.

Peter Hébert ’81 is a mortgage lending and real estate consultant. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and history from University of Maryland, College Park and a master’s of business administration from St. Mary’s University. Last year, Peter authored Mortgaged and Armed: A Key to Understanding Mortgage Industry Tactics.

Karen (Werner) Milstein ’81 was a speaker of the Montgomery County contingent during the All-America City Community competition in Mobile, Ala., and testified to the Congressional Women’s Caucus regarding a proposed lactation bill that has since been passed. She was a member and vice-chair of the Montgomery Work Life Alliance’s Advisory Board (now the National Work Life Alliance). Currently, she is a principal consultant at Workplace Benefit Strategies.

Marcie Lovett ’82 published The Clutter Book: When You Can’t Let Go, a book enabling readers to let go of what they don’t need and find room for what they value. She has taught organizing seminars for the College and for Alumni Association members.

Ann Prentice Wagner ’82 accepted a position at the Arkansas Arts Center as curator of drawings.

Geri Weis-Corbley ’82 became the second female camera operator ever to cover national news in the nation’s capital. She worked in TV news and video production around the world for 10 years before starting a family. She recently celebrated her 13th anniversary as founder and managing editor of the Good News Network Web site.

James Curtis Johnson ’83 is a security officer and dispatcher for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

Paula Marshall ’83 starred in TV’s Gary Unmarried and in the film, Miss Nobody. She has appeared in numerous TV roles, including Cupid, Snoops, Out of Practice, Spin City, Nip/Tuck, and Seinfeld.

Marguerite Mazzitti ’83 was born and raised in Italy. After working for American Express and then in health care, she launched her own design, import, and wholesale company, Tutto Mio, based in California.

Usa Bunnag ’87, dentist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, was awarded an Outstanding Alumni Award by the
American Association of Community Colleges last April in Seattle.

The national award, given to community college alumni who have excelled in their field and given back to their community, noted not only Usa’s humanitarian work with her international dental service effort, Smiles on Wings, but also her continued ties to Montgomery College.

Usa gives hours of her time each week to help low-income residents with dental needs and supports artisans from her native Thailand by selling their products via

(Added Fall 2010)

Minhnga Bui ’84 is a preschool teacher in the Fontana Unified School District in California.

Liliane Blom ’85, an artist and video producer, was appointed to the City of Rockville Cultural Art Commission. She is president of the Rockville Art League. Dr. Edwin C. Oliver ’87 is a licensed psychologist and the director of psychological services in Baltimore at the Baltimore Lab, which is a division of the Lab School of Washington. He also teaches at Johns Hopkins University and maintains a private practice.

Frances Bowie ’86 is a sales associate for Discovery Communications in Silver Spring, Md.

Wayson Lee ’86 teaches comedy hypnosis at the University of Alabama.

Lawrence B. Munsey ’86, a Summer Dinner Theatre program alum, was nomiated a 2013 Helen Hayes Awards for his subsequent theatre work in the Washington metropolitan area.

Paola Bartolotti-Van Loon ’87 earned a BA in psychology through the University of Maryland’s European campuses on NATO bases, and an MA in literary translation from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. She also holds a diploma in translation from the Chartered Institute of Linguistics (UK). Currently, she is working as a freelance translator/editor/proofreader and an online teacher for City University London. In 2006, she co-authored a novel, Echoes from the Edge. She writes: “I still remember fondly those short but intense terms at the leafy Takoma Park Campus, where the aroma of fresh donuts wafted in from a nearby bakery. I then lived just off First Avenue, Silver Spring, and was a young Air Force wife with a husband working at the Pentagon. That was my first experience with life in the US. I especially remember Ms. Margeret Miller at the typing lab, and Ms. Williams and Ms. Catherine Scott, who taught in my program (executive secretary), and so many other fun and personable teachers.”

Donna Beatrice ’88 is a teacher with Montgomery County Public Schools. She teaches U.S. history and is an eighth-grade team leader; she also chairs her school’s World Studies Department.

Lisa Cronin ’88 is the new volunteer liaison of Community Cooperative Ministries, Inc. She is also president and founder of the Sensitivity Awareness Workshop of Southwest Florida, Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps individuals living with various physical, mental, and learning disabilities.

Jeff Halpert ’88 has served the Glendale Fire Department in Maryland for more than 19 years and was promoted to fire marshal in June 2010.

Eileen Miller ’88 has launched a tutoring business. She pursued a degree in technology and management from University of Maryland University College while working full time and raising a family.

Patrick Mills ’88 lives in Greencastle, Penn., and currently serves as an information technology manager in the U.S. Air Force.

Dawn Robyn Petrlik ’88, a 1998 Milton F. Clogg Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award honoree, currently manages rescue horses and assists with fundraising at Rosemary Farm in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York. The farm is inviting artists this summer, in small groups on a work/study exchange, to create art and help renovate the barns; one of which will serve as a fine arts gallery.

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Laura Starr Levengard ’90, a personal trainer, is the author of the forthcoming book, Exercise for the Masses—Are You Fit to Pray?

Marc Sours ’91 was recently promoted to general manager/chief engineer of Honda Performance Development, Inc. at Honda’s North American racing company in Santa Clarita, Calif. Marc completed a B.S. in mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland in 1993.

Susan L. Pender ’91 writes from Delaware: “Thanks to Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, and its great teachers for giving me a great start! I am in the career of my choosing, which I truly love, and I am much indebted to the folks at MC for their help and dedication.”

John Putnam ’92 and wife Jackie gave birth to their first child. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Baltimore and is now an editor in the Public Affairs Office at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

Richard Holley ’92 obtained a B.S. in occupational therapy from Towson University. He is currently a major in the U.S. Army Reserve; he served for 17 years as an active duty and reserve officer in the U.S. Army. In 2004, he was deployed to Iraq with the 55th Medical Company and completed the Army Ten-Miler in October 2010.

Elizabeth Turk ’92 is a 2010 John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow-ship recipient. She earned her B.A. from Scripps College in international relations and her M.F.A. at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She exhibited sculptures at the American Institute of Architecture (New York) and the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, D.C.)

Dorothea N. Dudek-Creaven ’93 has a BA in general studies from the University of Maryland and a master’s certificate as a publication specialist from George Washington University.

Joseph Giove III ’93 is the senior program manager for the Department of Energy’s Division of Carbon Capture and Storage Demonstrations. He earned the title of Male Athlete of the Year at the Rockville Campus, before earning a B.S. at Lee University and an M.S. from University of Maryland University College.

Lisa Fowler ’93 is art director for designPower. “My husband, Charles ’97, and I both graduated from MC,” says Lisa. “We both value the education we got there.” She and Charles reside in North Carolina.

Mary Lee ’94, a graduate of the College’s nursing program, is the Kaiser Permanente representative at Holy Cross Hospital.

Gladys Noguera ’94, is a human resource assistant for the Department of the Navy.

Regina Coll ’95 currently works for the American Nurse’s Credentialing Center of the American Nurses Association. She manages educational events for nurses seeking board certification.

Francene Jenkins ’95, RDMS, RVT, a registered sonographer, writes that her MC education was vital to the development of her 17-year ultrasound career.

Matthew Neilson ’95, a Summer Dinner Theatre program alum, won a 2013 Helen Hayes Awards for his subsequent theatre work in the Washington metropolitan area. Neilson won for Outstanding Sound Design, Resident Production.

Cassandra Okeshukwu ’95 earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University. She recently defended her dissertation for a Ph.D. from Harvard University, and has applied for postdoctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley, through the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation.

Lola Akinmade ’96 is a writer and photographer. Currently based in Sweden, Lola is competing to earn an opportunity to travel to the North Pole to write, photograph, and blog about the trip for Quark Expeditions.

Azim Al-Salam ’96 has a B.S. in homeland security. He is a graduate advisor with the University of Maryland University College, where he plans to earn an M.S. in nonprofit and association management and an M.B.A.

Michael D. Anderson ’96, a former minor league baseball player and actor, is actively pursuing Christian ministry, reaching out to urban youth and showing them positive alternatives to street life.

Jeanne Blackburn ’97 maintains her passion for interior design. After earning a degree in this field, Jeanne became a writer for Better Homes and Gardens and other publications.

Wanjin Kim ’97 is currently teaching bead making and metalsmithing classes at MC.

Marvet Morgan ’97 holds an administrative position at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Timothy Pritchard ’98 is the varsity baseball coach at Northwood High School, where he is a health and physical education teacher.

Ade Balogun ’99 has written a collection of inspirational short stories under the name David Skyé, titled Power of Paradise.

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Patience Mbulu ’00 returned to the College as nursing faculty in 2010. She has been a clinical coordinator at the National Institutes of Health. She earned a B.S.N. in 2005, an M.S.N. in nursing administration, and a post-master’s certificate in teaching nursing and health professions in 2008, all from the University of Maryland. She is pursuing a doctoral degree in nursing from Walden University.

Gamze Zeytinci ’00 is associate dean for budget, administration, and planning at American University’s School of Public Affairs. She credits Professor Gloria Halpern for encouraging her to pursue a master’s degree.

Rosetta Nesbitt ’05 (center) and Samantha Song ’07 (left) completed two mural paintings for the Quince Orchard Library in Montgomery County.

Sumita Kim (right), professor and Rockville Campus Art Department chair, invited the two to work with her on the project.

The murals represent the themes of diversity and learning, and they are prominently featured in the “Teen Zone” alcove of the library. Song and Professor Kim previously painted two murals for the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Since graduating from Montgomery College, Song transferred to the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she received her B.A. in graphic design in December 2009. She currently works as a freelance artist. Nesbitt works as an independent contractor, painting murals for businesses.

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Tiffanie Sisman ’01 is senior manager of a consulting firm, ICF International.

Patrick Ymele-Leki ’01 returned to the Washington DC area July 2011 for a faculty position at Howard University. Currently, he splits his time between teaching junior-level chemistry courses and putting together a bioengineering lab and undergraduate research program. 

Rutie Eckdish ’02, was a Hebrew instructor at the University of Maryland and an interpreter for the US Department of State. She is an approved court interpreter in Maryland and the District of Colombia Superior Court, and is a freelance Hebrew translator and interpreter.

Thomas Gibson ’03, a Harvard graduate, is a pathologist and president of Guardian Network in Pittsburgh.

Priscilla Cuellar ’04, a Summer Dinner Theatre program alumna, won a 2013 Helen Hayes Awards for her subsequent theatre work in the Washington metropolitan area. Cuellar won for Best Supporting Actress, Resident Musical.

Erica Greene ’04 organized a Boston Marathon team in support of the Massa-chusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She was at mile 20.5 when the race was suspended due to the bombing at the finish line, but her team is doing okay and is still taking contributions.

Heather Entwistle-Roberts ’04 is an associate at the law firm, Entwistle & Roberts. She says she “spent two great years at MC” before transferring to University of Maryland University College to earn her undergraduate degree. She earned a law degree at the University of Baltimore in 2008, and has been a member of the bar since 2008.

Shamim Seifzadeh ’04 is a project manager for the Bethesda Naval Medical Center. She earned her mechanical engineering degree at University of Illinois.

Ted Humburg ’05 is a pharmacist for Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore.

Susan M. Reamer ’05 is a research associate/computer programmer at the George Washington University Biostatistics Center.

Siddarth Roy ’05, graduated from the University of Maryland’s Clark School of Engineering with a double major in biology and mathematics. He is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in statistics at North Carolina State University.

Foday Soko Sackor ’05 was a keynote speaker at a UN Millennium Development Goals meeting in April on the topic: “Education of Children in War-Torn Countries in Africa.” He is pursuing a master’s degree in international affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. He is president of Columbia’s SIPA Pan-African Network, a student organization interested in the economic, political, and social development of Africa and its diaspora.

Martin (Marty) Cornish ’06 is the CEO of EasyPaint, an online platform for painters and their customers, as well as president of Round Trip Sports, a new 9,000-square-foot sports training facility in Gaithersburg.

Jeremy Snider ’06 won the Best Electronic Marketing Award at the 2010 Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit.

Wenesso Tengande ’06 works as a quality assurance specialist at IBM. He plans to pursue a master’s in business administration.

Lebona Yigzaw ’06 earned her general studies degree in 2006. She returned to complete the radiologic technology program and graduated last May. She is now a geriatric nursing assistant for Genesis Health Care.

Jule Dastvan ’07 was one of 13 young designers named the interior design industry’s 2011 Ones to Watch at the Washington Design Center in April. Interior design professor Pamela Gragg says several MC alumni were listed among the area’s Top 100 Designers by Home and Design magazine.

Peter S. Forkou ’07 recently earned his degree in political science from University of Maryland University College. He is a counselor with Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children.

Yolanda Lindo ’07 earned her B.S. in nursing from Bowie State University in December 2010. She later returned to Montgomery College and earned the Herb Block and the Coca Cola scholarships. Yolanda thanks Audrey Hill and Jennifer Dobbins of Student Development for encouraging her to pursue her education.

Carli McGoff ’07 and siblings Brock, Erin, James, and Casey completed their first album, Burning Daylight EP. Two of their songs will be featured in a major motion picture, A Warrior’s Heart, starring Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz from the Twilight series. The movie is scheduled for release later this year.

Carolina Peña ’07 is the host and co-producer of the cable television show Generación Latina. She is the national memberships and communication coordinator at the Hispanic Dental Association, established to eliminate oral health disparities in the Latino community.

Corey Simmons ’07 earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She works as a insights CLASS NOTES 15 registered nurse at George Washington University Hospital. Uyanga Nomingerel ’07 earned a B.S. in nursing from the University of Maryland and is employed as a registered nurse with the Koba Institute in Silver Spring, Md.

Charlene Augustine ’08 is an educational interpreter at the Washington County (Md.) Board of Education.

Steven Church ’08 was awarded the Undergraduate Seidman Prize for his thesis on labor and employment law. He graduated at the top of his class from Cornell University as both a Merrill Presidential Scholar and a Degree Marshall. He will be attending Columbia University Law School.

Shernet Dixon-James ’08 is founder of the Caribbean Student and Community Outreach Foundation (CASACO). CASACO provides educational, economic, and health assistance to impoverished communities in Jamaica and the Caribbean region.

David Foote ’08 is a communications associate at Wells College. He had been a student assistant and intern at the Wells Office of Communications and Marketing.

Courtney Anne Fraser ’08 earned a BA in sociology from Hood College in May.

Warren T. King ’08 earned his B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute last year. He has exhibited work at Kitsch Gallery and The Lab in San Francisco. He now resides in New York and is a contributor to Art Practical.

Liz Plum ’08 graduated cum laude in biochemistry and molecular biology from University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Edrie Ortega ’08 graduated in May from Catholic University with a bachelor’s degree in architecture. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Marie Ortega ’08 studied fashion design at Marymount University and is now pur-suing a bachelor’s degree in marketing at University of Maryland University College. She has started her own business to design and market her fashion line, “My Mark.”

Rene Raphemot ’08 is a PhD candidate at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Henry Soto ’08 is a social worker for the District of Columbia Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services.

Ahadu Tilahun ’08, a fifth-year student in George Washington University’s joint B.S./M.S. program in systems engineering, completed work on the university’s iPhone app, GW Mobile, in January. “The experience was phenomenal,” he says, after working for the past year on its design and development. “I am now more interested in mobile computing and intelligence systems than ever.”

Tung Xuan Do ’08 works as a data entry clerk at Boxco and plans to open his own bar and restaurant. He says the College “opened the door to the business world.”

George Zamora ’08 displayed his exhibit on the Mayan civilization at the Universities at Shady Grove..

Lucia Zegarra ’08, a former MC Renaissance Scholar and current student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, works as a parttime counselor at a Catholic Charities shelter for the homeless in Washington, D.C. Having endured abuse as a child in Peru and violence in her marriage in the United States, she became an advocate for domestic violence victims, especially in the Hispanic community. She was featured in a live telethon at Washington’s Telemundo affiliate, and provides online counseling through blogs and social networking media to women who need help. In 2008, Zegarra was elected to the Advisory Council of the Peruvian Consulate, a liaison between Washington’s Peruvian community and the consulate. In the same year, the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs named her as “Hispanic Heritage Leader on the Rise.” She was also one of the students featured in the MC Arts Institute’s “Portraits of Life: Student Experiences” photography project. She plans to become a pediatrician and a psychiatrist.

Oula Alnashar Alrifai ’09 is is a research assistant with the United States Institute of Peace. She attended the University of Maryland on a Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship. Alrifai has taught Arabic to students at Sligo Creek Elementary School in Silver Spring, and worked part time at Chevy Chase Bank as a customer service representative. She wants to be an active member of the Montgomery College Alumni Association and would like to someday give back to the school that “opened the doors, welcomed me, and gave me outstanding support.

Matt Leonard ’10, a Hyattsville volunteer firefighter, received a Medal of Valor in October for his work at a February 2010 apartment fire, in which a four-year-old girl was rescued.

Paul Scanlan ’10, a Summer Dinner Theatre program alum, was nomiated a 2013 Helen Hayes Awards for his subsequent theatre work in the Washington metropolitan area.

Krishna Ganti ’11 is an operational risk manager for Freddie Mac, McLean, Va.

Tierra Washington ’11, graduated with honors from Frostburg University in December. She is an account assistant at GMMB, a global marketing firm that engineers social change on a global scale. Her first project was videotaping Gen. Colin Powell.

Carol Bamfo ’12 is a procurement analyst for BAE Systems Inc., Arlington, Va.

Samantha Cameron ’12 is currently attending St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She was recently chosen as a finalist in the Norman Mailer Award for Community College Fiction. Her entry was a project completed during the time she was enrolled in the Montgomery Scholars honors program.

Viviane Hembrock ’12 has been accepted into the Robert H. Smith Business School at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she will pursue a bachelor’s degree in supply chain management.

Zachary Zimmerman ’12 was accepted into the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

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