|• Summer 2003||Magazine Archive & Search • Muhlenberg Home|
| ’74 | Beverly (Kindt) DeSignor writes that she was divorced in 2002 and has just graduated from nursing school with high honors. She is employed in the MICU at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y. Beverly has four daughters – Caryn, 25, who has graduated from RIT as an electrical engineer and works for Welch Allyn; Lara, 22, who has graduated from Hofstra with a degree in television/video; Jessica, 19, who attends RIT and majors in electrical engineering; and 13-year-old Rebecca, a seventh grader in Baldwinsville, N.Y. Betsy (Caplan) MacCarthy recently joined SRA International, Inc., as a senior technical writer after six years in a similar position with SAIC. She and her husband, Dr. John MacCarthy (formerly a member of Muhlenberg’s physics department), celebrated their 20th anniversary in July with a trip to Ireland. John’s family traces its lineage back to Blarney Castle in the 14th century. Paul Russell is an independent consultant, coordinating fair and affordable housing efforts in Billings, Mont. He has won two national awards from HUD for his community organizing efforts. His wife, Arlene, was elected to the Montana state legislature last year.
| ’76 | In May, Bill Clarkson celebrated eight years in professional ministry after leaving a 20-year career in local government administration. He and his wife, Jan, have started an outreach camping ministry in mid-Michigan called Royal Family Kids Camps (RFKC). “The program provides a week of hope in God’s great outdoors for children who have suffered the nightmare of abuse and/or neglect in their lives,” says Bill. “We have been running two of the 100 RFKC camps nation-wide for the past seven years. Campers are referred to our camp by social service agencies. Because of strong community fundraising, the camp is free to the children and foster families. RFKC is a fully volunteer organization at the local level with over 150 adults and older teens devoting in excess of 20,000 volunteer hours to make our two camps a success each year.” Barbara Snelbaker Pocalyko became Chair of the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Accountancy on July 1. A certified public accountant who heads her own firm in Fairfax County, Barbara was appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the General Assembly. The Board of Accountancy regulates the licensure and practice of more than 16,000 Virginia CPAs. Diane (Henley) Sonnenwald and her family have moved to Sweden, where Diane is a professor at Goteborg University and the University College of Boras. David H. Wall is now serving on the board of directors of Family Pride Coalition, the national gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender parenting organization based in Washington, D.C. (www.familypride.org). He is in his 23rd year of working in the administration at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, N.J., where he is program coordinator of continuing education. He invites friends and classmates to e-mail him at email@example.com.
| ’78 | Louise (Connolly) Henshaw received her M.A. and certification in school psychology from Rowan University in May. She is a school psychologist at Egg Harbor Township High School. Louise and her husband, Larry, live in Hammonton, N.J., and have five children – Lauren, age 18; Larry, age 17; Lance, age 12; Lee, age 11; and Lynnette, age 9.
| ’80 | Allan deGuzman is a medical physicist and associate professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He recently was appointed to a second three-year term as editor of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine’s newsletter. “Would love to hear from some old colleagues,” he writes. Barry Schwartz recently received the “Teacher of the Year Award” from the N.J. Foundation of the Council of Exceptional Children for the 2003-2004 year at the foundation’s annual convention.
| ’81 | Michael Lentz has been promoted to associate professor with tenure in the biology department at the University of North Florida. Mike received a University Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2001, and last year was awarded a research grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue his work on regulation of DNA replication. Mike, his wife, Dana, and their daughters, Erin, age 6, and Megan, age 3, are enjoying their time on the Florida coast. Mary and Tom Spitz live in Potomac Falls, Va. Mary is releasing her first book. “Mint’s Christmas Message” is a children’s picture book about Grandfather Tom, who works, on a stormy Christmas, to save a freezing pony named Mint. Through this struggle, Mint teaches Tom a lesson about Christ’s birth. Tom and Mary’s company, Mother Moose Press (www.mothermoosepress.com) is the book’s publisher. Tom is senior director of program management for the Oracle Corporation. In June 2003, Phyllis Weitzman became the director of rehabilitation for a corporation overseeing large home care agencies in the N.Y. metropolitan area. She spends her “leisure” time with 16-year-old son Derick and 10-year-old daughter Bianca. Derick coaches Bianca’s AAU basketball team, the Lady Jokers. Phyllis writes that she met up with David Masenheimer when he performed in “Les Miserables” on Broadway, and “he is as young and wonderful as he was in college!”
| ’83 | William Abbott, a financial consultant with AG Edwards & Sons, writes that he is enjoying the challenges of his new career and his business continues to grow. William, his wife, Laura, and their three children live in Fairport, N.Y., where they have recently moved into a new house. “How life has changed since 20 years ago,” he writes. “Here’s wishing all my classmates and friends the best, and hoping you all are doing what you love.” Victor N. Lea, Esq., recently spoke at a national mold litigation conference in Amelia Island, Fla, sponsored by Mealey Publications & Conferences Group, a division of LexisNexis. Mr. Lea successfully defended Crawford & Company, an Atlanta, Georgia-based insurance adjusting company in a five-week jury trial involving toxic mold. The case, which was tried in Lehigh County, Pa., was followed nationally and represents a landmark verdict on behalf of defendants in toxic mold litigation.
| ’84 | Sharon and Mark Turgyan have just celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary. Mark and Sharon live in Bordentown, N.J., with their sons, Stephen and Drew. Mark is the president of the local Little League and a coach and board member with the local basketball league. Mark is employed by the Conair Corporation, where he is responsible for all mergers and acquisitions, as well as planning and analysis.
| ’85 | David A. Reichard sends this update: “I am currently living in beautiful San Francisco. A few days a week, I travel south to Monterey where I teach history and pre-law classes at California State University - Monterey Bay, where I am an assistant professor. I feel very lucky to have landed here!” Renee L. Rosenfeld has been promoted to the position of assistant vice president for human resources at Holy Family University, a fully accredited Catholic, private institution with locations in Philadelphia and Bucks County, Pa.
| ’87 | Lisa (Pettera) Goldman has recently started a new job as a contract medical writer with Research Pharmaceutical Services, working for Johnson & Johnson in Raritan, N.J. She lives with her two daughters in Wyckoff, N.J. Kevin McCracken is in a solo orthopaedic/spine practice. He is active at Morristown Memorial Hospital & Somerset Medical Center where he treats orthopaedic trauma and spine trauma/degenerative disorders. He and his wife, Laura, have five children: Kaitlyn, Bryan, Hannah, Sarah and Matthew. Caryl (Marino) Morreale writes that “Juggling a family and career is more difficult than any exam at the ’Berg…well, maybe not harder than P-chem! We have two beautiful daughters, Julia (4) and Jordyn (1). I am a full-time mom always and a part-time pharmacist, time permitting.” Caryl’s husband, Vince, is a recruiter with DeBellis & Catherine Assoc. in Buffalo, N.Y. The family lives in Hamburg, N.Y.
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