Class Notes

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L TO R: Margaret (Bosely) Eldon ’51, John ‘Jack’ Vaughan ’52, and Barbara (Hall) Schubert ’51










Margaret (Bosely) Eldon ’51, John ‘Jack’ Vaughan ’52, and Barbara (Hall) Schubert ’51 met up for lunch and reminiscing when Margaret’s daughter recently moved to Vero Beach. Her daughter brought her along for the journey to visit with old Wesley friends. They spent their time laughing and reliving fond memories of Wesley.


Clarence Martin and his wife Carla-Donna Martin celebrated 50 years of marriage June 12, 2016.


Jerry Kobassa was selected to enter the 7th Class of the Delaware Legends Basketball Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place March 19, 2016.


Eric Mondschein reported, “In response to the growing problem of bullying and sexual harassment in schools, I worked with Ellery Miller Jr. to co-author a book entitled Sexual Harassment and Bullying—Similar, But Not the Same, published by the Education Law Association. This monograph discusses current legal developments concerning sexual harassment and bullying in K-12. It also examines strategies for developing and implementing policies and training to help create a safe, secure educational environment conducive to learning. Instructors receive the accompanying teaching supplement, offering detailed guidance on effective training of personnel.”


Marsha (Silbaugh) McCullough recently shared with the Wesley family, “June 1, 2015 my son started a job as an adult services librarian at Laurel Public Library in Laurel, Del. He has been to Dover a few times for librarian meetings. My husband and I once went through Dover on our way to visit our son. That was the first time in many years that we had passed through town. Boy has it changed. I hope to be able to visit Wesley in the near future to catch up!”


Wendy (Shannon) Nichols shares, “After graduating from Wesley College in 1980, I received my bachelor of science degree from York College of Pennsylvania in 1982. I then began my career as a police officer in Delaware. After working for 33 years as a trooper with the Delaware State Police, I recently retired as a sergeant. I had an extremely successful, rewarding and challenging career. As a retiree, I now enjoy life daily to the fullest. My husband Bob and I recently took a six-week 8,816-mile camping trip across the USA. We have two beautiful, successful and college educated daughters. I also enjoyed a little mini reunion at Wesley College with Kathy (Megee) Zelinsky ’82, Susan (Shockley) Walker ’81, Alexis (Savoy) Blizzard ’80, and Joan (Ax- elby) Lloyd ’82.” 


Mark Banschbach writes “Happy to share that I have finally published the book I have been working on. Canticle Reflections is a series of meditations or reflections that take the reader through a thought provoking and reflective journey through the canticles of the Bible. If you are looking for a meaningful, soulful and introspective book, that gives ‘flesh to the words’, then this is your book!”


Joseph R. Slights III was nominated by Delaware Governor Jack Markell to be the next vice chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery. After receiving an associate’s degree from Wesley, Joseph went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and his law degree from Washington Lee.









Jennifer Iacono and Michael Semans got engaged March 30, 2016 at Laurel Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. A Feb. 18, 2017 wedding is planned in Felton, Del.


Christopher Miller was recently hired to be one of the assistant men’s lacrosse coaches at the University of Vermont. Miller has seven years of experience and began his coaching career the September after he graduated, when he assisted with Wesley’s team.


Erin (Oliver) Brennan was named Laurel School District’s 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year.


Dr. Patrick J. Scarpello began his new position as Summit Public Schools athletic director on July 1, 2016. In his new role, Patrick is responsible for scheduling games, hiring coaching staff and overseeing all district coaches and programs, in additional to numerous other tasks. Before becoming the athletic director, Patrick served as vice principal at Bolger Middle School in Keansburg, N.J.


Jillian (Tracy) Lontz began her position as Wesley College’s head women’s lacrosse coach in July. Jillian came back to Wesley after starting the women’s lacrosse program and serving as head coach at Delaware State University.












Amanda McCandless and John Dowling ’08 of Newark, Del., welcomed a daughter, Roxie Lee Dowling, on Dec. 23, 2015. John is a business support specialist at Bank of America in Newark while Amanda enjoys her time as a stay-at-home mom.

Annie O’Connor graduated from Arcadia’s physician assistant program. On July 1, 2016 she began working in the Emergency Room at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover, Del.

Lacey Smith was recently hired to be the new assistant coach of women’s soccer at Colby College in Maine. Lacey brings with her three years of collegiate soccer experience and was a former Women’s Premier Soccer League player.


Aaron Givens recently secured a position at the Delaware Department of Agriculture as a data analyst. After receiving his B.S. in biological chemistry from Wesley, Aaron attended the University of Delaware and earned his M.S. in soil chemistry.











Amy Lipscomb ’10, M’13 married Shaun Strickland M’13 on June 18, 2016, at The Waterfall in Claymont, Del. The two met at Wesley College while they were in the MAT program. In addition to countless friends and family, several guests from Wesley attended — President Bob Clark and his wife Ruth Ann, and faculty and staff members Dr. Ray Phillips, Mike Drass, Steve Azzanesi ’00, M’04 and his wife Margaux M’05. In addition, alumni in attendance included: Justin Strickland ’09, Nicole DeVito ’11, Anthony ’10 and Danielle (Scelsa) Fabbroni ’09, Jamil ’08 and Colleen ’08 Humes, Allison Heim ’02, and Brett Underwood ’11. 


Alyssa Batty was named head coach of Chatham University’s new women’s lacrosse program. Alyssa began her duties on June 1, 2016. The program is expected to make its debut during the 2017-18 season.









Kira Tieman and Joel Jean- Simon ’14 tied the knot June 5, 2016 in Smyrna, Del. Kira and Joel got engaged the year before. The couple was surrounded by countless friends and loved ones, including alumni. Tori Dunbar ’14, Savannah Durham ’16, and Sharon Kaufman ’13, M’15 were part of her bridal party. Other Wesley attendees included Dr. Cynthia Newton, Jordan Lozzi ’15 and Taylor Mushrush ’13. 


Lynn Baglin was recently hired as a registered nurse by Delaware Hospice.











John Jackson and Stephanie Serrapica ’16 got engaged during Wesley’s 2015 Homecoming Weekend. They are planning a summer 2017 wedding.










Savannah Durham started Villanova Law School this past fall.








Ruth Ann Elston married Lenny Woerner in a Sept. 10, 2016 ceremony in Media, Pa. Many alumni attended the wedding, including those in the photo above.

(back row left to right); Alex Spaul ’14, John Jackson ’15, Stephanie Malakuskie ’16, Hannah Veasey ’16, AnnaMarie Dill, Elston, Peyton Cluff ’15, Mike Crockett ’15 (bottom row left to right) Ashten Bodofsky ’16, Stephanie Serrapica’16, Jana Dean ’16, Samantha Weber ’16, and Lorrie Bunker-Foy ’16.











Stephanie Malakuskie got engaged May 7, 2016, after Wesley’s graduation ceremony.











AnnaMarie Dill got engaged to Keith Perry after graduating from Wesley in May.

In Memoriam

Ruth (Nichols) Mink ’44
Marie (Darcey) Anonsen ’48
Harold Maloney ’48
G. Neill Kinnamon ’51
Charles Murphy ’58
Richard Hoch ’60
Herbert Hill ’61
Bruce Moyer ’62
Barbara (DiMondi) Lewis ’65
Alberta Douglass ’67
Albert Morris ’67
Wendy (Rhodes) Rhodes- Packard ’72
Ralph McCoy ’74
Nancy (McGee) Morris ’85
James Krail ’94
Mildred (Steele) Hansen ’04, M ’10
Janet Leitch ’06
Kelli Grant ’13
Alainna-Caitlyn Earl ’16
Robert Andrus (former coach and faculty)
Richard “Dick” Smith (former coach and faculty)
James Wentworth (former coach and faculty

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