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Montgomery College Commencement

Board of Trustees Scholars 2014

Casey Barry


Apprenticeship Scholar

MR. CASEY EVERETTE BARRY is completing a four-year apprenticeship program as an HVACR technician. He is graduating with a 3.59 grade point average. He is enrolled in the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, National Capital Chapter (ACCA/NCC) program at Montgomery College. Mr. Barry currently serves as an operating building engineer for Jones Lange LaSalle, a financial and professional services firm specializing in commercial real estate services and investment management. A Frederick, Maryland native, Mr. Barry attended Frederick Community College after graduating high school. He earned an associate’s degree in business administration. After working at various jobs, he attended Stratford University, earning an AA in culinary arts and a BA in hospitality. He worked at Sodexo for several years before deciding to change careers to HVAC. While attending Montgomery College, he held positions with Shapiro & Duncan, Inc., and Vernon Heating & Air Conditioning. Mr. Barry recently celebrated his first wedding anniversary with his wife, Nena Mayori Barry. He has three children, Santiago Viera, Roselyn Viera, and Diedre Barry. He is the proud grandfather of Miah Angelina Viera.


Lisa Baughman


Germantown Campus Scholar

Board of Trustees Scholars

MS. LISA S. BAUGHMAN, a paralegal studies major, is graduating with a 4.0 average. After many years as a stay-at-home mom, volunteer, and community activist, she returned to school to prepare herself for a career. She chose the paralegal field to pursue her passion for advocacy of women and children. While studying at the College, she landed a position at a family law practice. She is grateful that knowledgeable staff members mentor her and allow her to experience all aspects of paralegal work. Ms. Baughman is a court-appointed special advocate volunteer in Frederick County, where she is a voice for children in the foster care system. She is also a long-time board member of the Damascus Y-Women, a local women’s civic group, which is part of the YWCA. In the fall, she will begin training to become a certified mediator. The combination of mediation and paralegal training will position her to provide a full range of advocacy services in a variety of settings. Ms. Baughman values the love of her family, the encouragement of her friends, the gift of time to cook a good meal, and the solace of her favorite books.

Lacey Hornkohl


Rockville Campus Scholar

MS. LACEY A. HORNKOHL, a nursing major and a member of Phi Theta Kappa, is graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. Born in Colchester, Connecticut, she graduated with honors from Professional Children’s School in New York City while working as a professional actor in film, television, and on Broadway. Ms. Hornkohl has a long history of community service. She raised funds for Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids and volunteered for God’s Love We Deliver, an organization that prepares and delivers nutritious meals to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other serious illnesses. As a performer, she participated in the March of Dimes and Muscular Dystrophy telethons. She is also active in animal charity work, fundraising for Broadway Barks, fostering homeless animals, and volunteering at the Washington Animal Rescue League. She is one of 15 nursing students selected to participate in the prestigious Holy Cross Hospital Student Immersion Program. She is currently working on a fundraising project for Still Brave Childhood Cancer Foundation. After graduation, Ms. Hornkohl plans to continue her education in order to obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a PhD.



Samuel Damesa


Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus Scholar

MR. SAMUEL C. DAMESA, an international studies major and a member of Phi Theta Kappa, is graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. He is originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He immigrated to the United States in 2010. A Renaissance Scholars Honors Program member, he interned at the Library of Congress. He won a scholarship to study abroad in Germany, Luxembourg, and Belgium. While he was a full-time student, he worked 35 hours a week and volunteered at the African Community Center. Mr. Damesa participated in the United Nations Security Council Model Program. He plans to complete a combined bachelor’s degree in international studies and master’s degree in public policy. After completing these degrees, he plans to continue his studies for a master’s degree in international affairs and a juris doctor in international law. He plans to work in public policy at the local, national, and international levels, tackling global issues such as poverty, international conflict, and war.

To be considered for nomination as a Board of Trustees Scholar, students must be eligible for spring commencement by having earned an associate’s degree or by having in progress final requirements for an associate’s degree; must have taken at least 25 of the required credit hours at Montgomery College; and must have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 on all courses at the College. Board of Trustees Scholars receive a cash award to be applied to future tuition or educational purposes of their choice.



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