Classnotes

 

 

  • 1960+

    Roger “Steve” Burnett ’66 has retired after 53 years with Bethlehem Steel and U.S. Steel. He spent the last 36 years traveling the country as a technical service engineer, handling tinplate claims for all of the major and minor can companies. He is proud to say that his daughters, Holly Burnett ’96 and Laura Burnett Dennis ’93, graduated from FSU with honors.

    Jacqueline B. Mixter Fischer ’68 has completed 32 years of teaching and is serving her fourth term as a Board of Education member for Washington County, Md.

    Ron Hennings

    J. Ron Hennings ’69 is celebrating 52 years as an educator, 40 years as an administrator and 20 years as a superintendent. He is the chair and core advisor for the Educational Leadership Principal Certification Program at Prescott College in Prescott, Ariz. He received the FSU Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award and is a former president of the Alumni Association.

  • 1970+

    Becky Moskowitz Edmond ’76 has retired after 33 years as a middle school librarian for Anne Arundel County Public Schools.

    Ron J. Geatz ’76 has retired after a 35-year career at The Nature Conservancy, the world’s largest global environmental nonprofit, during which he worked in 34 countries and all 50 states.

    Robin Spikler

    Robin A. Merchant Spickler ’76 has retired from Washington County Public Schools after teaching kindergarten for 44 years.



    Dr. Renée R. Curry ’77
    has retired as professor emeritus in literature in the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at California State University, Monterey Bay. During her career, she authored and edited three books and numerous articles in professional journals and was named Professor of the Year at California State University, San Marcos. She received her doctorate from the University of Maryland, College Park.

     

    Quincy Coleman

    Quincy L. Coleman ’78 became the first African American to be elected Circuit Court Judge in Howard County, Md., who had not previously been appointed. Coleman worked as a parole and probation officer for 23 years before attending law school. He had been a trial attorney for 20 years, first as a public defender, and later in private practice.

    Vanessa and DuWant Sandlin

    Vanessa D. Sandlin ’78 and DuWane L. Sandlin ’78 have retired after teaching for 30 years in the Caesar Rodney School District as the assistant director of bands and the director of bands, respectively.

    Raymond Kiddy

    Dr. Raymond A. Kiddy ’79/M’86/M’03 has been named the athletic director at West Virginia University Potomac State College in Keyser, W.Va. Previously, he was the principal at Bishop Walsh School in Cumberland.

    Sharon L. Smith Morgan ’79/M’85 has retired from Allegany County Public Schools. She was with Hampshire County, W.Va., from 1980 to 1992 as a teacher and principal. She began teaching in Allegany County in 1992 at South Penn Elementary School in Cumberland before becoming principal at Westernport Elementary School in 2001. She spent the last 14 years at Flintstone Elementary School as principal. She is moving to Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

    Ralph M. Perrey ’79 has been elected secretary of the National Housing Conference, the nation’s oldest housing advocacy organization. He is the executive director of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Council of State Housing Agencies.
  • 1980+

    Philip J. Lederer ’80 met his wife Elizabeth during their freshmen year at FSU. When she graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, they were married in 1988. He worked at Freddie Mac for nearly 30 years and ran the department responsible for identifying operational controls and monitoring remediation activities at major financial institutions, ensuring compliance with investor and federal mortgage origination and servicing requirements. He retired in March 2020.

    Paula Shreve Millet ’80 is celebrating her fifth year as a senior exhibit designer at the Smithsonian Institution’s SI Exhibits unit.

    Tom N. Creamer ’82 used the pandemic as an excuse to retire early! He was the manager of IT Procurement for AARP.

    Sharon Goss

    Sharon J. Goss ’83 lost her husband, Pat, in April 2020. They were married for 32 years, and he loved coming to Frostburg and supporting her college education, as well as her master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.



    Maj. Ron L. Martin M’83
    earned his doctorate in technology from Capitol Technology University in Laurel, Md., designated by the university as a Professor of Practice and recognized as an IFSEC Global Influencer in 2020.

    Dr. Donald E. Mencer, Jr. ’85 has been promoted to professor of chemistry at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.


    Mark Prokop

    Mark T. Prokop ’86 and his wife, Betty, celebrated 23 years of marriage in 2020. Due to COVID-19, Mark lost his job, but in response he founded Pro Financial Fitness, a bookkeeping, accounting, consulting and training firm for North Carolina nonprofits.

  • 1990+
    Linda Steele

    Linda A. Alderton Steele ’91/M’93/D’20 earned her doctorate in educational leadership from Frostburg State University in May 2020. She is a program coordinator for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at FSU.

    Jay Zutant

    Jay D. Zutant ’92 is celebrating more than one year as the global head of Marketplace Operations at Vivino in San Francisco. Jay and his wife, Juli, reside in Mill Valley, Calif.



    Anthony Rumgay ’93
    has been named assistant supervisor of Student Support Services and School Safety for Allegany County Public Schools. Before this appointment, he spent 25 years working for the Cumberland City Police Department.


    Ryan Hastings

    C. Ryan Hastings ’97 recently earned his Certified Exit Planning Advisor designation after completing the Exit Planning Institute’s executive MBA-style CEPA program. He is a principal at Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz in Frederick, Md.



    Amy D. DeHaven Broadwater ’98/M’18
    is the emotional behavioral support teacher at South Penn Elementary School in Cumberland. She was previously at Maryland Salem Children’s Trust in Frostburg for 16 years.

  • 2000+
    Kati Townsley

    Kati G. Townsley ’00 has been recognized by Girls on the Run of Central Maryland as a local SHEro, as a leader who makes a positive impact on the community. She is the executive director of the Carroll Technology & Innovation Council in Westminster, Md.

    Stu Czapski

    Stu C. Czapski M’01 has joined the Cumberland Economic Development Corporation as an economic development specialist. He previously served as the executive director of the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce.

    Jessica Dukes

    The New York Times declared that alumna Jessica Frances Dukes’ performance as Special Agent Maya Miller in the hit Netflix series Ozark was one of the “Best Performances of 2020.” “Dukes opts for a genial skepticism, like she’s been dispatched from Fargo P.D.,” writes Wesley Morris for the Times. “Everybody’s lying to her and the thrill of her performance comes from the poise she maintains amid the flagrant insults to her intelligence. She must have a dozen ways of doing, “How dumb do you think I am?”

    Erin Guiffre

    Erin R. Brown Guiffre ’03 has been selected to appear in the 27th edition of The Best Lawyers in America directory for 2021. She is a principal with Kramon & Graham in Baltimore, specializing in real estate law.



    Emily C. Gigger Socks ’08
    has joined the Maryland Symphony Orchestra as director of Development. She was formerly with Adventist HealthCare in Gaithersburg, Md., as a major gifts officer.

  • 2010+
    James McCrobie



    James N. McCrobie ’10
    was named the 2020 Middle School Finalist for Wicomico County Teacher of the Year. He is the social studies/STEM teacher in the NexGen STEM Academy at Salisbury Middle School.


    Joshua Fitzwater

    Joshua C. Fitzwater ’11 is the lead pastor at First Christian Church in Ashland, Kan.



    Raleigh S. Loffert Davis ’12
    is a first-grade teacher at Bishop Walsh School in Cumberland.


    Caitlin Weems

    Caitlin M. Weems ’12 has joined the Embassy Theatre Board of Directors and is the assistant artistic director. She works for the Local Management Board of Allegany County as a Local Care Team coordinator.



    Dr. Sheena M. Willison Buskirk ’13
    is a primary care physician with UPMC Western Maryland. She graduated with honors from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg in 2017.


    Keith Davidson

    Keith E. Davidson, Jr. ’14 has accepted a position with Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers as an assistant director of Career Advising. He leaves FSU after almost five years as an academic counselor.



    Kelly Bean Miller
    ’14 is a project manager with By Light Professional IT Services in Hanover, Md.


    Vicki Mazer

    Dr. Vickie M. Mazer D’15 has accepted the position of dean of Graduate and Professional Studies at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md. Before McDaniel, she was the director of Graduate Services at FSU for 13 years.



    Steven N. Glasbrenner ’18
    is a certified public accountant with Regina Hamm, CPA, in Cumberland. He was formerly a staff accountant with Squire, Lemkin & Company, LLP, in Rockville, Md.


    Nicole Leighty

    Nicole C. Leighty ’18/M’20 has joined the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley as a creative content coordinator for the Athletic Department.

    Josh mallow

    Joshua Mallow ’18 has accepted a new role as guest experience manager at The Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • 2020+
    Harold Lloyd

    Harold Lloyd III ’20 has been recognized by the Caucus of African American Leaders for playing an integral role in the country’s unprecedented number of marches and protests against racial injustice and inequality. He is also the founder of Superior Future, which partners with B.L.A.C.K. Excel to serve underprivileged children in Annapolis with a curriculum-based program.



    Jenna R. Puffinburger ’20
    has joined M&T Bank and is in the Management Development Program.


    Gwen A. Schemm ingraduation attire with bobcat statue

    Gwen A. Schemm ’20 has joined Thread, a nonprofit serving low-income students in Baltimore, as a ThreadHOURS programming associate.



    Ricky E. Whitmore ’20
    has been hired by the Adams County Conservation District in Gettysburg, Pa., as the Community Cleanwater Action Plan coordinator.