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Class of ’44
Class of ’54
Doug Van Sant writes, “I just finished another session as podium staff reading clerk in the Delaware House of Representatives. Don’t yet know if I’ll go back for another session. Doug Jr., who attended Wesley in ’92 and ’93, is with AARP in D.C. and is successful there and as a music festival photographer. My wife Linda is still with Delaware State Parks and is enjoying it. My prostate cancer is nearly gone, and I’ve gotten over the ‘small’ heart attack. Other than that, we go to all Wesley home football games, and we’re doing well. By the way, don’t forget Wesley Football 1953…we started the “Winning Tradition.”
Betty (Ware) Copp and her husband Tom attended a recent gathering in Maryland.
Class of ’62
Anne (Pittinger) Buckler submitted this photo of herself and her granddaughter Morgan celebrating their August 2014 birthdays at Ben & Jerry’s in Davidson, N.C. Buckler also sent along this photo of, from left, Eileen (Gaynor) Parren ’62, Mary Ann (McWhirter) Brady ’62 and Buckler, who reconnected this summer in Neptune, N.Y.
Ronald H. Barker is enjoying retirement and writes, “I am working part time at a local golf course and enjoying 10 grandchildren as well as two cruises a year!”
Cindy (Luttrell) and Gary Serman attended a Wesley event in September.
Ed Muntz won his 150th career game as Wesley’s women’s soccer head coach on Sept. 9. He was honored for reaching this milestone during a pre-game ceremony on Sept. 16.
Class of ’95
Karen Panunto was recognized as a “Top Nurse” by the magazine Delaware Today. The magazine works with the Delaware Nurses Association to award nurses who exemplify excellence in their areas of practice. Panunto received an honorable mention in the academic educator category.
Class of ’98
Stephanie Smith-Christianowas named the new Wesley Society president. The Wesley Society is the College’s premiere annual giving recognition society that includes all donors who give $1,000 or more per year. She is the first alumna to serve in this role.
Class of ’00
Nikki (Berezowski) Sparacino earned her M.B.A. from Wilmington University in 2006. She is currently the senior brand manager for restoratives and adhesives with DENTSPLY Caulk in Milford, Del. She and her husband Matt live in Harrington, Del. with their son Matteo.
Ronald Mustacchio announced “On July 11, 2014 I married my best friend Melinda at Sacred Heart Church in Bay Head, N.J.”
Courtney (Walpole) Voshell was named the 2014 NASSP/Virco National Assistant Principal of the Year. She is currently working as assistant principal at Dover High School in Dover, Del.
Class of ’04
Adam Coles currently works for Booz Allen Hamilton as a software development analyst in McLean, Va. Coles also takes additional information technology and information systems courses that are necessary in an ever-evolving industry. When he’s not working or studying, he can be found playing in several competitive co-ed soccer leagues.
Brian DeBoer and his newlywed wife had a baby boy. DeBoer is currently teaching science at a Connecticut middle school. Jason Lynch is currently in his second year as vice principal at a New Jersey middle school, after teaching math, alternative school and synergistics technology as well as coaching varsity football and lacrosse. Lynch attended “Administrators as Scholars” at Princeton University and is now starting his doctorate. Lynch and his wife had a baby girl recently to join their four-year old son. Lynch and DeBoer write, “We still talk about the memories we had at Wesley and the impact that you all had on us growing into the educators we are today. The greatest buildings and structures in the world are nothing without a solid foundation. Everything great simply gets built from there. On behalf of Brian and I, I would like to sincerely thank you for our ‘Foundation of Education.’”
Courtney Stewart is working as a senior legislative analyst at the Office of the Controller General in Dover. She earned a Doctor of Business Administration degree in 2012 from Wilmington University.
Class of ’05
Karen Elliott is currently the corporate division leader at Incorporating Services, Ltd., in Dover, Del. She also graduated from Leadership Central Delaware, a program that prepares the leaders of tomorrow with the information, knowledge and resources they need to make Kent County a better place to live and work. Her daughter Lydia keeps busy with tap, ballet, jazz, musical theater and DanceWorks at the Dance Factory in Dover, Del.
Laura Johnson recently joined the staff of Washington College in Chestertown, Md., as the academic budget manager in the provost’s office. Laura came from DuPont Company, where she worked since 1988. Since 2003, she served as senior global financial analyst in performance coatings. After Wesley, she received an M.B.A. from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md.
Robert Jones graduated from Gonzaga University’s Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language program in May 2014. He is currently employed at Gonzaga University’s English Language Center and as a member of the student affairs team at Washington State University in Spokane, Wash.
Class of ’06
Ashlyn Houska is currently director of operations for the Golden Key International Honour Society in the Greater Atlanta area.
Class of ’08
Patricia (Millner) Dominguez graduated from Howard University Medical School in 2012. She is currently serving as a captain in the U.S. Army.
Class of ’09
Matthew Backer is working as a physical education teacher at East Side Charter School in Wilmington, Del.
Leigh Ann (Little) Coleman and her husband Jason are excited to announce the birth of their first child. Eleanor Marie Coleman arrived on Jan. 15 at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover, Del. She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19 inches long. Leigh Ann now works for Bayhealth Medical Center and lives in Dover, Del.
Elise Marie Knable married Jason Benjamin Coffin on July 19, 2014 on a beautiful summer day in Lewes, Del. The couple was married by Wesley’s own Dr. Jeffrey Mask on Lewes Beach and had their reception at Irish Eyes Restaurant on Lewes Harbor. She was walked down the aisle by her mother, Wesley alum Lynn (Schmid) Knable ’67. Elise’s sister, Lesley (Knable) Louder ’03 was her maid of honor.
Jason Schatz is currently working as a counselor and teacher at The Glen Mills School in the Greater Philadelphia area. He also coaches the golf team at the school.
Robert Ramnauth is an Assistant English Instructor for the Ide-cho Board of Education in Kyoto, Japan.
Class of ’10
Lauren Kamp has been hired as a legislative aide in the State of New Jersey Legislative Office.
Brian Mahon married Kristina Marie Mahon in July 2013. They are enjoying life with their daughter, Hailey Sophia Mahon. Mahon is in his third year in the Ph.D. biomedical program at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Fellow Wesley alumni attended the wedding: Gabe Fernandez ’14, Laura Hinkle ’11, Matt McAneny ’10, Allison Moran ’10, Brandon Sandowsky ’10, Peter Lorchak ’11, Mary Lorchak, Wesley Professor of Chemistry Dr. Malcolm D’- Souza and his wife Dr. Michelle D’Souza.
Sandra Oboh has been hired by truTV as a production coordinator in New York.
Class of ’11
Merete Aanes is currently a higher executive officer for the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen Area, Norway.
Brandon Hoskins is a trauma clinical leader at Christiana Care Emergency Room. In 2013, he was voted nurse of the year and also received the 2014 Best Practice award for his presentation on “St02 Monitoring during Trauma Resuscitation: Strengthening Trauma Care” presented by LifeNet at Delaware’s annual trauma symposium. He chairs the emergency department’s education council as well as working as a supplemental instructor in nursing at Delaware Technical and Community College’s Stanton campus. Continuing his education, he is working on a dual graduate program to obtain his Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on health care administration and a masters degree in business administration at Wilmington University.
Mary Ellen Wood was recently hired as an adult programs specialist at Wesley College. She expects to receive her MBA in 2015.
Kris Roeske graduated from Delaware State University in August 2014 with his masters degree in natural resources. He is currently an adjunct instructor at Wesley teaching Chemistry for Allied Health and the organic chemistry lab.
Jason T. Ruiter has been hired by the Lynchburg, VA. News & Advance as a reporter at their business desk. On Feb. 23, Jason’s first article, “Weighing The Cost of Minimum Wage,” was a front page, above-the-fold feature!
Class of ’12
Shane McSweeny, former Wolverines quarterback, is now playing for the Professional Indoor Football League’s (PIFL) Lehigh Valley Steelhawks. The team advanced to the PIFL title game this past season.
Carl Obeng attends Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he is enrolled in a dual master’s program studying school psychology and counseling services. He has a 4.0 GPA and will graduate in May 2015. In addition, he is the Psychological Branch intern for Friendship Public Charter Schools in D.C. He works on testing and counseling students who fall within the autism spectrum.
Tanner Polce recently completed his Master of Business Administration and is now the regional field director in Kent County for the Delaware Democratic Party. Polce is also teaching in the Department of Academic Support at Wesley, while living in Dover, Del.
Michael T. Porter II was hired by Booz Allen Hamilton Management Company as a consultant for the firm’s revenue, grants and payment team. He recently completed his MBA from Bowie State University. He is also in the process of obtaining his Project Management Professional “PMP” certification and will complete the certification in April 2015.
Erik Shellenhamer, staff accountant at ParentaBeard LLC, a top 25 accounting firm, recently passed the CPA.
Jovoni Simmons is currently an admissions counselor at Delaware State University in Dover, Del.
Class of ’13
Tristin Burris is wearing many hats, including substitute teacher for the Caesar Rodney School District, distance coach for Postlethwait Track and Field, head field hockey coach for St. Thomas More High School, Fifer Orchards Specialist for the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program as well as an adjunct professor at Wesley College teaching the yearbook course.
Class of ’14
Tatiana Arthur was hired as a project assistant at Morris Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP.
Benjamin Barile is pursuing a Master of Science in applied and industrial mathematics with a concentration in applied statistics/ mathematical finance at Towson University in Towson, Md.
Melissa Boyd earned her special education certification and is teaching at Lulu Ross Elementary School in Milford, Del. She is a special education push-in teacher, meaning she does not have a classroom of her own. She pushes her materials into the classrooms she is serving to work with specific students who require special services. Boyd is currently working with fourth and fifth grade students, helping them with skills in English language arts and math.
Gabriel Fernandez is studying for his Ph.D. in medical science at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Fla.
Jennifer Grillo is serving as a registered nurse on the intermediate care unit of Bayhealth– Kent General Hospital in Dover, Del.
Ashley Harmon is in the Ph.D. program at Delaware State University in Dover, Del.
Brittany Phillips obtained her special education certification and teaches first grade at Lulu Ross Elementary School in Milford, Del., a school that she attended for four years of elementary school.
Brett Sansbury is studying for her Ph.D. at Delaware State University in Dover, Del.
Kasey Thompson is teaching sixth, seventh and eighth grade math at Woodbridge Middle School in Delaware.
John B. Atkins ’62
Richard Barnard ’81
Kathy (Thompson) Booth ’74
Richard Crovetto ’53
Nancy (Williams) Guadagno ’60
Edward Ingram ’67
Dirk Knipe ’88
John Lewis ’69
Joyce (Downing) Lopez ’60
Jane Mattern (trustee)
Catherine (Wood) Parker ’63
George Reed ’48
Theodore Sauselein ’66
J. Gordon Stapleton ’53 (former trustee)
Richard Valdes ’58
D. Frederick Wertz (former trustee)
Grayson Winstead ’75
J. Douglas Wylie ’71
Gail (Hemhauser) Vain ’58