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Class Notes Form, In Memoriam, Special Notices

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'98   Lori Albert has done anything but sit still since graduation. She and her boyfriend Scott McCracken currently live in Puerto Rico where Lori is a private tutor for an 8-year-old student and a substitute preschool teacher. She and Scott have done a good bit of island-hopping and Lori has also done some travelling on her own, including a June 2000 stint in the Panama rain forest where she and eight others studied monkeys through Florida State University's Primate Behavior and Ecology program. When Lori and Scott return to Pennsylvania in December of 2001, Lori plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh and pursue a master's of arts in teaching and certification in elementary education. Since there is no place like home, Allison Braus has left Philadelphia and returned to her home state of Connecticut. She continues to work in the advertising industry and recently joined Leverte Associates in Westport, Conn., as an account executive. Allison writes that she now lives in Darien, "only a few blocks away from Kati Mann's Aunt Linnea."

Heather Coady '98 spent two years in Honduras as a Peace Corps volunteer where she worked in the natural resources sector, primarily helping with the reforestation of rural villages. Here, she celebrates the one-year anniversary of a tree nursery with her woman's group in rural Honduras.

An environmental education coordinator with the City Parks Foundation in New York City, Heather S. Coady will be attending Yale University in August, where she will pursue a master's degree in environmental management. Med student Nicole Ducharme is completing her second year at the University of Health Sciences in Kansas City, Mo. After working for the University of Pennsylvania for two and one half years, Becky Dunbrack is working for the Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, where she is conducting mental health research on both schizophrenia and ADHD. She is also attending a master's program for school counseling. A newsroom supervisor in charge of Business Wire's Philadelphia newsroom, Steve Faella reports that he will soon be moving in with girlfriend Kristin George '01. Michael Gavrich graduated from Drexel University with an MBA in finance and marketing. . Rhett Goldsmith is head coach of Reading-based Albright College's men's soccer team and director and coach of the Evergreen Soccer Academy, a premier youth soccer program in Pennsylvania. In June wedding bells were ringing for Hope Jann and Greg Yurkovic. Hope earned a master's degree from Beaver College last year and now works as a physician assistant for Whitford Family Medicine in Downingtown, Pa., while Greg is a consultant with Sanchez Computer Associates in Malvern, Pa. Trekking back to Pennsylvania from Appelton, Wisc., Amy Lombardi married Michael Schrlau on April 7 at Bear Creek Camp in Bear Creek, Pa. Ronald Rade and Tammy (Benjamin) '00 were married on August 5, 2000 in the Muhlenberg chapel. Alums in the bridal party included Matthew Bourbeau, Nathan Goodman and Aimee Eberhardt '00.

The wedding party of Tammy (Benjamin) '00 and Ronald Rade '98.

Josephine (Loeb) Sabillon is an administrative manager for child adolescent behavior health with Crozer-Keystone Health Systems in Chester, Pa., and reports that Dr. Brad Pillman '94 also works for Crozer-Keystone. Josephine is pursuing a master's of science in healthcare administration at St. Joseph's University and says that she and husband German celebrated their second wedding anniversary on April 30, 2001. Matthew Staples is a financial advisor with American Express in West Conshohocken, Pa. Laura Varrone reports that after five years of courtship she and Doug Ladley '97 are engaged. When the pair returned to Muhlenberg's campus in December Doug surprised Laura with a marriage proposal. Laura writes, "We plan to be married on August 3, 2002 in the presence of dozens of Muhlenberg friends!" Jeremy Wentz and Nicole Goscilo started 2001 with a bang, when at the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2001 Jeremy asked Nicole to marry him. They are planning a November 9, 2002 wedding. On June 1, 2001, Erika Winterle married Steven Khoo, a third-year medical student at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Erika is a marketing assistant with Shaw Pittman in Washington, D.C.

'99   Legal eagle Jason C. Bergman reports that he is a "2L" at New York University Law in Tribeca. On her way to veterinary school, Julie Boero is working as a senior laboratory technician in the Department of Veterinary PathoBiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota.

Many Muhlenberg alumni and students celebrated the wedding of Kimberly (Titze) '99 and Jogn Briner '99.

John and Kimberly (Titze) Briner recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary on July 29. They were married at the Egner Memorial Church at Muhlenberg. Lisa Grandinetti Hi '98 was maid of honor while Ben DiLorenzo and Jeff Shapiro served as "best men." Christopher Titze '02 also was a member of the bridal party. Jason Bergman and Ayla Tezel were readers and Jen Scherer and Amanda Hudson were greeters. More than 40 alumni were in attendance, spanning a variety of graduation years! John and Kim honeymooned in Hawaii and now happily reside in Lancaster, Pa. John is a sales representative for Conestoga Graphics in Lancaster and Kim teaches fourth grade in the Manheim Township School District. Jeff Brydzinski will take a break from his studies at Widener University School of Law this summer to work as an associate at the Philadelphia law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Clearly John Burke is living la vida loca, having been featured on MTV as a Ricky Martin impersonator. His appearance was part of a celebrity look-alike contest and John took third place in the event. Bang Chau will be attending UConn Medical School in August 2001 and his wife Jessica Furrer Chau is teaching high school math in Terryville, Conn. Second-grade teacher Allyson Crooks, who lives and works in New Jersey, recently earned a master's in elementary education from Wagner College. Allyson will walk down the aisle on August 11, 2001. In May, Emily Gross graduated from the University of Connecticut, where she earned a master's of science degree in special education with an emphasis on college students with learning disabilities. She also worked as a learning strategist for UConn, teaching instructional strategies, such as time management, exam preparation and note-taking skills, to learning disabled students at the university. Michael A. Martino is living in Bloomfield, N.J. and working as an information management assistant for the Newark division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A pharmaceutical sales representative, Laura Michener works out of her home in Lancaster, Pa. As part of her job Laura visits doctors' offices and tells them about her company's products, which include Retin-A Micro and Renova. "My company is amazing," Laura writes. "This is the most fun job I have ever had!" Joseph Morris is spending the summer as an associate with the law firm of Brach Eichler in Roseland, N.J. He is a student at Rutgers Law School. Edwin Park received a master's in chemistry at the University of Michigan and will be continuing his research in the development of biosensors while pursuing his Ph.D. In February, Kathleen "Kiki" Smith accepted the proposal of Bret Coupland and the pair is planning a July 2002 wedding. Kiki is a first grade teacher in Philadelphia. On December 2, Jennifer Spangler married 1st Lieutenant David Heckman in Egner Chapel. Theresa Kehl was maid of honor. Other alumni in attendance were: David Garbe '98, Ben Ginter '98, Megan Brown, Karen Jones, Susan Kraaij, Shelly Markowitz, Katie Metcalfe, Kelly Sczerba, Kirsten Stensrud and Tom Krapf '00. Dr. Joan Marx and Dr. Lud Schlecht were also among the guests. Jenn and Dave are currently living in Lakewood, Wash. Daniel R. Stewart is a financial professional with The MONY Group in Bala Cynwd, Pa., where he works with individuals and businesses to provide retirement, estate and college planning, and relationship marketing for today's and tomorrow's needs. He and his wife Tracy life in Perkasie. Wedding bells will be ringing for Amy Jo Van Bodegraven in July 2002, when she will marry Mark Jolly. Amy is a researcher for Men's Health Magazine, where she gathers information for feature stories and checks magazine copy for accuracy. She lives in Whitehall, Pa. Med student Aimee VanEenennaam reports that she has moved to New York City to begin her third- and fourth-year clinical rotations.


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