Class News - General Updates


Edited by Amanda D'Assaro






1940s


’40 | Caroline Sandlin Fullerton celebrated her 90th birthday fulfilling a college wish. When she was at Rollins, women weren’t eligible for membership in Omicron Delta Kappa, The National Leadership Society. Instead, Caroline was inducted into the Order of the Libra, which provided similar recognition for Rollins’ female leaders. ODK eventually did extend membership to women. On November 4, 2009, Caroline was initiated into the Rollins College circle of Omicron Delta Kappa in a special ceremony in her hometown, Winston-Salem (she is pictured here with ODK Fellow Matt Hopper and ODK Foundation trustee William Latture). Following the ceremony, family and friends toasted the new initiate and nonagenarian.

’49 | Tampa-based Progressive Music Studio released two CDs of Robert Setzer’s music titled “Robert Setzer at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City” and “The U.K. Cathedral Choir Tour of Saint Peter’s, St. Petersburg.” To purchase a copy, contact Robert at 727-347-5461. To own a CD of “Robert Setzer at Knowles Memorial Chapel,” contact the Office of Alumni Relations at Rollins College at alumni@rollins.edu or (800) 799-ALUM.



1950s


’51 | William Bazley and his wife Doris sold their business of 38 years and now spend their summers in Connecticut, where their two daughters and seven grandchildren reside, and their winters in Naples, FL, where their son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren have a home. Williams writes, “What could be better!”

’55 | Nancy Siebens Binz says “hello” to her classmates, who celebrated their 55th Reunion at Rollins this March. Nancy wishes she could have attended, but she has been spending much time in her other home: her apartment of eight years aboard The World. Living on the ship has allowed her to explore the world, including favorites such as the Pacific for fishing and the Middle East for archeology, where she participated in a dig near Alexandria, Egypt. In November 2006 off Vanuatu, Nancy fulfilled her lifelong dream of catching a blue marlin. She writes, “It took me over two hours to land the 540-pound fish—all by myself. He was so big the boys could not put him on board, so we had to strap him along the side and return to the pier. My father would have been thrilled—his biggest was about 300 pounds!”

In August 2009, Jim Bocook attended a mini X Club Reunion in Asheville, NC with his daughter Debbie Hall, Bruce Remsburg and his wife Tyler, and Bill Cost and his wife Mary Lou. Don Tauscher and Denny Folken ’56 could not make it.

Carmen Lampe Boland’s husband Bob died peacefully July 31, 2009. The couple attended a 2009 alumni reception in Naples, FL and celebrated Carmen’s 50th Reunion at Rollins in 2005.

’57 | Kathy Schwarz and Frank Banks ’56 celebrated their 50th Ohio State University reunion last year. Both 1959 master’s graduates, Kathy obtained a master’s in social work and Frank received a master’s in sociology (and later a PhD) from the university. Although the two have lived in Columbus, OH since graduating from Rollins, they had yet to cross each other’s path until reuniting at the event.

’58 | A biography of Shelby Hiatt Benson as well as information about her book PANAMA can be found at shelbyhiatt.net.



1960s


’62 | On December 11, 2009, Ruth Lynn Whittaker Phillips and her husband John were two of 70 friends who attended former dean of women Helen Watson’s 98th birthday party. Dean Watson enjoys laughing and having fun, and keeps in touch with Dyckman Vermilye, former Rollins dean of men, who lives in Arizona and, unfortunately, is in poor health. Ruth Lynn met Dean Watson in 1958 when she was a Rollins freshman.

’63 | Rollins Trustee Michael Maher was inducted into the Stetson University College of Law Hall of Fame in October 2009. Founding partner of the Maher Law Firm, Michael obtained a JD at Stetson in 1965 and went on to become an exceptional client advocate. He has served as president of the American Association for Justice and fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Michael is an American College of Trial Lawyers inductee, a past Florida Trial Lawyer of the Year, and has been consecutively recognized in The Best Lawyers in America since 1987.

’68 | Lillian Stauffacher Gillies is president of a local Rotary club. She is a grandmother of two—Meg, 4, and Jack, 13 months.

’69 | Alumni Association Board member Cy Grandy reports the birth of his grandson, Graham Sterrett Keir, on December 14, 2009 to Cy’s daughter, Catherine Grandy Keir, and son-in-law, Duncan. Graham joins sister Elli, 2.



1970s


’70 | Rollins Trustee Allan Keen ’71MBA, co-developer and co-owner of The Landmark, reports that the boutique residential condominium in downtown Winter Park was awarded a 2009 Grand Aurora Award in the “Commercial Land Development; Multi-family Residential” category at the Southeast Builders Conference tradeshow.

Diane “Didi” Michelson Kirtley traveled with the Rollins Alumni Travel Program to Turkey. She writes, “I saw much of the country, sailed the Mediterranean, explored the ruins, and went for a hot-air balloon ride! It was a great trip!”

’74 | Blair Neller, Eddie Hendriksen ’96 ’98MBA, Peter Allport ’87, Mark Thompson ’04, Drew Sipka ’04 ’05MBA, and Matt Umbers ’05 participated in Interlachen Country Club’s Silver Racquets Men’s Member Guest tennis tournament in November 2009. Each participant was either a member of a Rollins NCAA championship team, an All-American Rollins athlete, or a team captain at Rollins—some all three.

After purchasing a VW van from associate professor emeritus of physical education and former men’s tennis coach Norm Copeland ’50, John Schert began his career working as a mobile VW repairman. After a few years, he accepted a job with the Duval County Department of Environmental Protection. He later obtained a master’s degree from the University of Florida under a federal scholarship and went on to work for Gainesville-based environmental engineering/protections firm, ESE. Later, John was named Alachua County’s head of the Department of Environmental Protection. He currently serves as executive director of the Hinkley Center and has spoken about hazardous waste management and other environmental issues in countries such as Italy, Australia, and India. John and his wife, Debby, have a 12-year-old daughter, Kate.

Adis Vila is back at Rollins as a visiting scholar-in-residence with Rollins’ Winter Park Institute.

’75 | Jack Blalock was elected for a two-year term as deputy mayor of the Portsmouth, NH City Council.

’76 | Rod Pinder writes, “December 13, 2009 saw the premier of several beautiful Christmas compositions for choir, strings, and soloists by Stan Cording ’77 at the ‘Celebration of a Miracle’ concert. Suellen Fagin-Allen ’74 ’04MA was a featured soloist.” The concert was held at Woodbury Presbyterian Church in east Orlando, where Rod, who also sang in the choir, has served as pastor for 22 years.

In December 2009, Bill “Wolf” Heilmann and Tommy Wilson ’77 caught up at Wolf’s home in St. Maarten.

Gary Lickle ’77MBA flew his Carbon Cub aircraft from Yakima, WA to West Palm Beach, FL with John Dougherty, husband of Susu Dishman Dougherty ’78. Family and friends enjoyed tracking their four-day trip via a SPOT GPS device.

’77 | Back in Florida after 25 years in various cities with Northwest Airlines, Judy Jucker and her husband enjoy a laid-back, easy lifestyle in St. Augustine, FL.

’78 | Family Wealth Transition Planning, co-written by Gwen Griffith, teaches readers how to achieve family wealth continuity through healthy family relationships, responsible stewardship, and the ongoing creation of a family legacy. Gwen, who resides in Portland, OR, has more than 25 years of experience facilitating the development of wealth transition plans for advisers. She holds a JD from Stanford University and has taught tax law at Florida State University, Willamette University, and the University of Richmond. Currently, she is a practicing attorney specializing in taxation.

’79 | Diane Bronstein Halperin sends news that she and fellow Kappa Kappa Gamma alumnae attended the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship September 12-17, 2009 in Holt Springs, VA to support sorority sisters and tournament competitors Connie Hirschman Shorb ’69, Laura Lecker Carson ’78, Cindy Grant Pallatino, Joanne Simila Catlin, and Marlene Stewart Streit ’56, who is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.



1980s


’80 | Director of the Virginia Film Festival Jody Kielbasa lives in Charlottesville, VA with his wife Helen, daughters Camille (7) and Juliet (1), and son Luke (4). Jody writes, “We love C-Ville—the mountains are beautiful and the University is great.”

Neighbors Bill Cary ’55, Avery Nickerson Johnson ’84, Clay Marquardt, and John Weithas ’86 came together for a block party in Pasadena, CA.

’81 | Asunta D’Urso Fleming played the leading role in How Katrina Plays, written by Judi Ann Mason. Given favorable reviews by LA Times and LA Weekly, the controversial and graphic show world-premiered September 2009 in Los Angeles.

In 2009, Bill Ray established the consulting firm Ray and Associates, which provides land development review, construction monitoring, and environmental and regulatory compliance services.

Regional president of State Auto Insurance Companies’ Western region Gerald Ladner was elected to vice chair the Texas Property and Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association’s (TPCIGA) Board of Directors. Gerald, whose 28-year career includes underwriting and senior management roles with top insurance companies, has served on the boards of the Texas Medical Liability Joint Underwriting Association and the Independent Insurance Agents of Dallas, Agency Company Committee. He is accredited with leading State Auto’s middle market entry into Texas in 2007.

’82 | Chris Russo, a.k.a. “Mad Dog,” of Sirius XM’s The Mad Dog Sports Show, appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman October 14, 2009. Formerly on the radio show Mike & the Mad Dog of New York’s WFAN Sports Radio 66, Chris is a well-known sports-radio personality.

’85 | Pamela Hadden Tomlin and her husband recently produced Animal Planet shows Dogs 101, Cats 101, Presidential Dogs, Cutest Dogs, Ugly Dogs, and Super Fetch.

Phi Delts Tom Elias ’87, Tom Zapcic, Dave Beltrami ’87, Michael Ackerman ’84, and Shannon Bower ’87 enjoyed an impromptu reunion at an Atlanta Braves game.



1990s


’92 | Cecilia Green Browne writes, “My daughter, Caroline, and Lindsay Rich, daughter of Tony Rich ’96, both play soccer for St. Mark Catholic School in Huntersville, SC.

Brooks Hatfield, his wife Meredith, and their children sent holiday cheer to the Office of Alumni Relations last December. Evan, 8, Grace, 6, and Cole, 18 months, are the grandchildren of Ginger McAleese Johnson ’68.

’93 | Following 14 years in management with a multinational retail organization, Shannon Kinnie Foster transitioned into residential real estate and now works as an affiliate broker with Coldwell Banker. Shannon lives in Knoxville, TN with her 7-year-old daughter, Sophia.

’94 | Diane Hathaway ’01MA, her husband Rich, and 3-year-old daughter Robin live in Central Florida. In fall 2009, Diane resigned as assistant director of counseling and psychological services at Rollins. She now works with Hospice of the Comforter and runs a private practice in Winter Park. Visit Diane’s website at web.me.com/dianehathaway.

’95 | Alumni Board member Charles Gallagher was selected as a rising star by the 2010 edition of Florida Super Lawyers. Charles is managing partner of Gallagher & Associates Law Firm, P.A. in St. Petersburg. He was also elected to the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Jolie Sester, CEO of Variety, the Children’s Charity of Florida, was elected to Variety Florida’s U.S. Board of Directors. Her chapter was honored with the national award for fiscal excellence. During the 2009 holiday season, Variety Florida purchased and built more than 500 bicycles for in-need children throughout Florida.

’96 | Beppy Owen, co-chair of senior living practice with the Orlando-based law firm Akerman Senterfitt’s, was recognized by the University of Florida’s International Service Center and Global Perspective Office for her commitment to the case of internationalization. She also is chair of the Orlando Area Committee on Foreign Relations. Beppy specializes in corporate acquisitions transactions, private equity financing, multi-state debt financing, real estate, and intellectual property matters.

’97 | Since May 2007, Scott Leonard has lived in Atlanta, working as senior consultant for a business process improvement organization called Afterburner. He travels to Orlando several times a year and often visits the Rollins campus.

’98 | Katia Billeci sends news of her recent engagement and move to the Washington, DC area.



2000s


’00 | Clay Blevins ’01MBA, CEO of Comfort Supply, a leading wholesaler of HVAC equipment and supplies in Tennessee and a supplier of Ruud HVAC products, was recently nominated by Nashville Business Journal as one of the 40 people under 40 who are making a difference in the business community.

Matthew Mitchell ’04MBA was named assistant professor of management at Drake University in South Carolina. He was hired to lead the international business program and will work closely with David Skidmore ’79, who is chair of the University’s Center for Global Citizenship.

Marc Richfield returned to Florida after living abroad for many years and opened a travel consultancy specializing in Paris, France. When Marc isn’t focusing on work, he enjoys quality time with his fiancée, Christy Naghitorabi.

’01 | Catherine Zavos Tommasini (See Weddings) and her husband live in Lafayette, CA and are expecting their first child in March.

’02 | Anne “Devon” Dutcher Burnore (See Weddings) resides in Fort Bragg, NC with her husband, whom she met through her grandmother. Following her graduation from Rollins, Devon earned a master’s degree in professional counseling.

Tyler Finnegan sells corporate sponsorships and event planning for Social Boston Sports. He is living in Harbors Towers, which overlooks Boston Harbor and Logan Airport.

Mary LaBarge Wahl joined GetMarried.com as senior graphic designer for GetMarried Magazine. GetMarried Media is an integrated tri-media wedding-planning resource with national platforms online.

Emily Mann Woodling returned early to the U.S. after serving as a volunteer with the Peace Corps in Madagascar. She and her husband now live in Nashville, TN, where Emily is pursuing a master’s degree in speech and language pathology at Vanderbilt University.

Lara May received a doctor of pharmacy degree from Appalachian College of Pharmacy. In addition to working as a part-time staff pharmacist for Walgreens, Lara is completing a one-year pharmacy practice residency with the goal of pursuing a critical-care specialty.

Recently accepted into the Warrant Officer Flight Training Program with the United States Army, Jamison Leech was commissioned as chief warrant officer early this year and will soon begin helicopter flight training. Following flight school, Jamison anticipates an assignment with the 101st Airborne Division’s combat support UH-60 Blackhawk squadron.

’03 | The Sunshine State Conference (SSC) inducted former Rollins baseball player Jason Cloar ’06MBA and 14 other standout athletes into its Hall of Fame June 20, 2009. The SSC Player of the Year in 2003, Jason competed on Rollins’ baseball team from 1999-2003, leading the Tars to a NCAA postseason appearance during his junior year. He was a three-time All-Conference selectee and holds the career batting average title of .403 and hits title with 301. Jason completed his career with two Verizon Academic All-American awards and was a three-time All-South Region honoree.

Our apologies to Paula Corano-Severin for incorrectly listing her as a 2004 graduate in the Fall 2009 issue of Rollins Magazine.

’04 | Following her August 2009 wedding, Maggie Breed (See Weddings) honeymooned on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. She and her husband live in Washington, DC.

Meredith Gallo Ireland joined the Albany, NY office of Hiscock & Barclay, LLP as an associate. She graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 2009 and has served as a legal intern with Robert Milne & Associates, PA, X-Ray Optical Systems, and the Albany Federal Public Defender’s Office. Meredith was a law clerk for Hiscock & Barclay in summer 2008.

Christian Gay sends news that he completed his doctoral dissertation and received his PhD in film studies from the University of Miami. He was appointed as visiting assistant professor of cinema studies at SUNY Purchase.

Angelo O’Connor Villagomez
was the 2009 democratic nominee for the mayor of Saipan.

’05 | Timothy Bratcher works for Coldwell Banker in Winter Park, buying, selling, and renting homes.

Meredith Gibboney recently finished a six-month environmental education assignment with AmeriCorps in Kermit, WV managing summer ecology camps. She will soon begin her next position with the Student Conservation Association and AmeriCorps completing restoration work in the desert wilderness in California.

Whitney Ivey Ward (See Weddings) is a financial services representative with New England Financial while her husband, Andrew Dana ’03, is an associate with law firm Culp, Elliot, and Carpenter. The couple resides in Charlotte, NC.

Deena Patsourakos reports her engagement to Jason Flowers, vice president of Flowers Chemical Labs in Altamonte Springs, FL. Deena, who is a former Rollins cheerleader, recently earned a master’s degree in criminal justice at the University of Central Florida. The couple has not set a wedding date, but is considering a destination wedding in Santorini, Greece in honor of Deena’s Greek heritage.

Upon graduating from Stetson College of Law in May 2009, Peter Winkelman moved back home to the Washington, DC area and accepted a position with the Honorable William A. Moorman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims as a judicial law clerk.

’06 | Ashley Bazemore Perry (See Weddings) met her husband at Florida State University, where the couple both attended graduate school. Currently, they live in Lexington, SC, where they both work as music teachers.

Griffin Doherty began his master’s studies in government at Johns Hopkins University last fall.

Claire Kunzman ’10MBA became engaged to Eden Kleiman following a proposal along Lake Virginia. The couple is planning a wedding after Claire’s graduation from Crummer in August 2010.

Stetson Law student and fellow student advocate Megan O’Neill won the inaugural Veterans Law Appellate Advocacy Competition in Washington, DC. The competition featured exceptional law students from across the country arguing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Megan’s team was also awarded the Best Respondent’s Brief Award and Megan was named Best Overall Oralist, the highest individual award given at the competition.

Andrena Woodhams, a first-year student at Southern College of Optometry, is living in Memphis, TN.

’07 | In August 2009, Anne Marie Boleslawski-Palmer graduated from the University of Florida with a master’s degree in religion.

Nicole Gassman graduated from Florida Institute of Technology with a master’s degree in clinical psychology and is scheduled to receive her doctorate in clinical psychology in 2012.

Laura Lapointe works as gallery manager of chART Charity Art Collection and chART Magazine.

’08 | Rebeca Montaner reports that BookNetwork has moved from Florida to North Carolina and has launched a new website. To donate media items, visit booknetworkproject.org.

’09 | Sharon Riegsecker serves as an AmeriCorps VISTA with American Legion Auxiliary, the world’s largest women’s patriotic organization, working to generate volunteer service targeted toward poverty improvement by and for veterans, military service members, and their families.