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Alumni Notes

Sep 29, 2014

Class of 1977 Frank Novak was recently rehired at Matanzas High School, where he retired a year ago, and is happy to be able to make a difference in the lives of students again. He has enjoyed traveling this past year to Cancun, Mexico, and several other cities throughout Florida, and plans to visit Brigantine Beach, N.J., over the summer. He is single and enjoying life.

Class of 1980

Lisa Almeida, CEO of Freedom Boat Club in Jacksonville and St. Augustine, was named Up and Coming Entrepreneur of the Year at the Women in Business Awards held in March 2014 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. 

Class of 1981

Timothy Lyons is living in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He has been a vice president with CVS Caremark for the past two years, and is responsible for the Miramar, Fla.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Mt. Prospect (Chicago) front-end pharmacies. He recently purchased a condo in the French Quarter of New Orleans and travels there as often as possible. 

Class of 1982

Brian Gadowry’s son, Kevin, graduated from Florida State University with a sports management degree in 2009, and he traveled to the 2014 BCS National Championship Game in January 2014. He now works as a videographer, covering both baseball and football. Pictured with FSU quarterback, Jameis Winston. 

King Wong (Alumni Associate)
recently retired from United Airlines after 30 years. He is now living in Bangkok, Thailand. 

Class of 1984

Patrick DeBlasio has been appointed managing shareholder (OMS) of the Miami office of Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice. He represents employers in all aspects of employment litigation, including claims arising under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Andrew Greenwald is proud of his son Cody, who is a starting goalie on the Gordon College lacrosse team. He’s been named the Gordon College Athlete of the Week, Coastal Conference Athlete of the Week and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Defensive Player of the Week. 

Jim O’Hern celebrated his 30th wedding anniversary this past summer by moving back to St. Augustine. He and his wife, Janet, married just before his senior year at Flagler and lived in a little bungalow on Lake Maria Sanchez. His youngest child will enter St. Augustine High School this fall.  

Class of 1985

Ann Frances (Testa) Marler and several classmates have been vacationing together every year since their 25th reunion at Alumni Weekend. In 2013, they all met in St. Petersburg, Fla. Alumni in attendance were, Kevin Smith , ‘85; Ann Frances (Testa) Marler, ‘85; Michelle (Cowan) Kirkpatrick , ‘85; Suzanne (Novak) Crockett, ‘85; Cindy (Crawford) Lowell, ‘85; Bernie Meehan, ‘83; and Jack Alexander, ‘86.

Kevin Smith was recently named the board chair of the National Association of Sport Commissions of which he has been a member since 2000. He has served as secretary, treasurer and as the vice chair before being elected to the board’s top position. Kevin is currently the St. Pete/Clearwater Area Sports Commissioner. 

Class of 1987

Jo (Wickiser) Henry recently began a new career after spending 20 years managing and teaching at tennis facilities. She graduated in 2011 with a Master of Information Studies from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and is currently working as an information services librarian at South Piedmont Community College. She also serves on the area’s Metrolina Library Association board as treasurer and recently co-authored the book “Fundamentals for the Academia Liaison” (ALA Editions) and contributed a chapter to “Personal Librarian: From Resources to Relationships” (ALA Editions) due out fall 2014. 

Class of 1990

Michele (Thomasson) Schmidt just finished her first year of teaching full-time at a small, private school. She previously was a full-time mom, but had an amazing first year experience and is happy to finally be doing what she was born to do.

Class of 1992

Scott Briell accepted a position as senior vice president for enrollment and communications at Iowa Wesleyan College. Scott worked at Breneau University in Georgia for over ten years and served the last seven of those years as the senior vice president for enrollment management and student services.  

Class  of 1994

Paige Tyler serves on a mission board and team called Haiti Under God (HUG). She created a campaign called “HUG an IronBeliever” to raise funds for a girls orphanage in Port Au Prince, Haiti. She is racing the IRONMAN Chattanooga triathlon in September 2014 on behalf of this cause and the girls.  

Class of 1996

Melissa Atha and husband, John Nicholls, along with step-daughters Zoee and Quinn, welcomed Owen Fox Nicholls on June 12, 2013 in Atlanta, Ga. Fox, named after Melissa’s grandfather, was an unexpected and much treasured bundle of joy who already loves the ocean and watching his sisters play sports. 

Class of 1997

Derek Hirons and wife, Abbey, welcomed daughter, Amelia Catherine Gibson Hirons, into the world on March 16, 2014. She weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 19 inches long.  

Class of 1998

Kristen (Schneider) Florea along with husband, Ed, and daughter, Julianna Fay, welcomed Charlotte Grace to the world on Jan. 30, 2014.  

Christy (Hart) Harding recently gave the gift of life by donating one of her kidneys to save the life of a 2-year-old girl she had never met. The surgery took place June 18, 2014, and both Christy and Arianna are in the recovery process. Christy is raising money to send Arianna and her family on a trip to Disney when Arianna is healthy again.

Steven Prediletto, a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch in Atlanta, was recently recognized on the 2014 Financial Times Top 400 Financial Advisors list. Steven joined Merrill Lynch in 1998 and is one of 11 senior partners of the Global Corporate and Institutional Advisory Services team (GCIAS) based in Atlanta. He is a member of the Merrill Lynch Circle of Excellence Club and was recognized in both 2010 and 2012 by On Wall Street magazine as one of the “Top 40 Advisors Under 40.”

Elizabeth Rizzolo is engaged to David Boyett, and they are planning a January 2015 wedding. Elizabeth is a teacher at Bartram Trail High School in St. Johns, Fla., and the couple resides in St. Augustine. 

Class of 1999

Tim Larkin and his wife welcomed daughter, Aurora Eve Larkin, on Dec. 9, 2013.

Lisa De Pasquale wrote a book called “Finding Mr. Righteous,” which was published by Post Hill Press in hardcover and digital and was available for sale in February 2014. 

Class of 2000

Jill (Baumgartner) Corddry’s short story, “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands,” was published in the November 2013 inaugural edition of the online magazine Lakeside Circus. In January 2014, her short story, “Homeward Bound,” was published in the online magazine Bewildering Stories. 

Natalin (Soles) Day earned an MBA from the University of Central Florida in May 2014.

Ryan Huebler was recently named director of digital media and content at The University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business He lives in Raleigh, N.C., with his wife, Lindsay, and their 2-year-old daughter, Caroline.

Rebecca (Wagner) Quinter married husband, Michael, on July 9, 2012 in St. Augustine, Fla. Rebecca is currently an ESE staffing specialist in Orange County, Fla. Her husband also works in Orange County as a history teacher.  

Jason Tetlak is running for City Council, District 14 in Jacksonville, Fla. 

Ron Walters’ short story, “Glitch,” was published online at Devilfish Review, and also appeared online at Hogglepot.

Class of 2001

Mary Beth (Scott) Albritton and Jason Albritton welcomed
daughter, Sylvia Grace, into the world on Oct. 7, 2013. 

Noah Margulies and Rebecca (Barrett) Margulies, ‘02, welcomed their first baby, Isla Rose Margulies, on Sept. 13, 2013 at Flagler Hospital. 

Sarah (Baskin) Widerstedt and husband, Bjorn, recently launched an app called EnergyEcho. It is a fun, free, and fast way to send shout-outs (“Echoes”) to the wonderful people in your world. For more information, visit

Class of 2002

Eli Bortz and Meredith (Ridenour) Bortz, ‘03, welcomed daughter, Ingrid, to the world in October 2013. Eli has worked as acquisitions editor at Vanderbilt University Press since 2008, and previously served as editor at the University Press of Florida after receiving his MA from the University of Florida in 2005. Meredith works as a freelance editor for an educational software company, and previously worked as a medical editor for Vanderbilt University Institute for Global Health. They currently reside in Nashville, Tenn. 

Faith (Neskes) Miller recently celebrated 10 years of teaching in Lee County, Fla. She is the mother of two beautiful girls — Emmanuella, 7, and Rebekah, 5 — and also just celebrated her 10th anniversary with her husband.  

JR Rathjens and wife, Julie, welcomed daughter, Mackenzie Jean Rathjens, into the world on Jan. 2, 2014. 

Christopher Staino partnered with artist Ben Tritt, and producer Jodi Kaplan, to build a 60-foot bamboo structure in Bryant Park in New York City that housed a temporary exhibit of artwork by Tritt. Christopher started his own company called Bamboo Visions 13 years ago and creates high quality, handcrafted bamboo pieces.  

Kelly (Boldt) Taylor and husband, Trevor, welcomed their second son, Reid Boldt Taylor, into the world on Feb. 26, 2014. Big brother, Harrison, is very proud.  

Class of 2003

Jennifer (Severson) Lesch recently accepted a new job as a national account executive with Coca-Cola’s Venture and Emerging Brands. The purpose of this division is to find and develop the next generation of brands with billion-dollar potential.

Class of 2004

Perry Knotts was one of five photographers hired by the NFL to take photos for Super Bowl XLVIII in Newark, N.J. This was Perry’s sixth time shooting the Super Bowl.  

Olivia (Schlapfer) Colmer graduated in February 2014 from Nova Southeastern University, earning a Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy. She lives in Miami with her husband, Bradley, daughter, Maia, and son, Rafael.

Class of 2005

Justin Dolan married Elizabeth Brown on April 4, 2014 at the Ocean Key Resort in Key West, Fla. Justin and Elizabeth reside in St. Augustine, Fla. 

Amie (Sanner) Dryer married Brian Dryer of Illinois on Oct. 19, 2013. She was selected as one of 15 teachers from around the nation to travel to Normandy, France, to take part in a rigorous study of D-Day and World War II.  

James Lefko was recently named the Lee County School District School Related Support Person of the Year. In February 2014, he began teaching art at Bayshore Elementary School where his wife, OIivia (Mullen) Lefko, has taught since 2005. In March, James was named the State of Florida School Related Support Person of the Year. He and Olivia enjoyed a relaxing summer with their two children, Leila and Noah.

Kristin (Minnick) Tierney and husband, Patrick Tierney, ‘06, welcomed Timothy Colton Tierney into the world on May 10, 2014. Their family currently resides in Kapolei, Hawaii, where Kristin is the programs manager for USO Hawaii and Patrick is an Infantry Officer with the 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army. 

Class of 2006

Rachel (Unger) Branch and husband, Jamil, welcomed daughter Hayden Rae Branch on April 11, 2014. Rachel is the Director of Admissions at Flagler College. 

Chris DelBene and Heather (Manner) DelBene welcomed fraternal twins, Nathan James DelBene and Reagan Elizabeth DelBene, into the world on March 14, 2014.

Kelly (Glick) Johnson married Roger Johnson in November of 2006. The couple had their first child in October of 2010.

Mandi (Walters) Nix recently moved back to Jacksonville, Fla., after a three-year adventure in Boston, where she worked for an adult literacy program and completed a literacy intervention program at Boston University. She married Farris Nix on March 23, 2013 in Atlantic Beach, Fla. Alumni in attendance were Becky Williams, ‘06; Josh Reynolds,’05; Dana Luxon,’06; and Kelli (Neff) Ogelsby, ‘04. The wedding invitations were designed by alumna, Ansley Randall, ‘10. Mandi teaches third and fourth grade in the Jacksonville area and her husband is a musician. 

Aaron Wazlavek was hired as the first-ever executive director of the Northwest Florida Federation of Labor in June 2014.  

Class of 2007

Nilda (Albino) Allen married James Allen on July 12, 2013 in Jacksonville, Fla. Alumni in the wedding party included the bride’s brother, JP Bouillerce, ‘11; and Lauren (Kinder) Ignomirello, ‘07. Alumni in attendance included Danielle (Hastings) Whitehouse,’06; and Kim Good, ‘06. The company that coordinated the wedding, Christina Kreations, is operated by alumna, Christina (Mintchwarner) Kopecki, ‘90. 

Jennifer Brady recently welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Kaitlyn Marie, into the world. 

Jennifer (Scott) Casler married Jeremy Casler in March of 2013. They welcomed their first child, Caroline Darcy Casler, in September 2013. Baby Caroline arrived four weeks early, but continues to grow and surprise her parents every day. 

Melissa (Jewett) Lichtenberger and husband, David, welcomed daughter, Amelia “Emmy” Rose Lichtenberger, on Oct. 17, 2012.  

Ashley Martin was named the head women’s soccer coach at Flagler College in January 2014. He served the past two seasons as the Flagler assistant men’s soccer coach, and played four seasons for the Flagler men’s soccer team while in school. He and his wife, Yvette (Rodriguez) Martin, reside in St. Augustine with their daughters, Daniela and Lucia. 

Meredith (Meeks) Veltri married Steven Veltri on March 15, 2014. The wedding party included Amanda Cole, ‘07; Laura Cloud, ‘07; Michael Charneco, ‘07’; and Mallory (Meeks) DeLucas, ‘08. Meredith earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with an emphasis in forensics from Sam Houston State University in September 2013 and accepted a position as a psychologist with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. As part of her graduation gift, her parents purchased a chair in Lewis Auditorium to honor two of her favorite professors, Lynn Brueske-Walton and Tina Jaeckle. 

Amber (Zebley) Woodland in partnership with colleague Michele Procino-Wells, has formed a new law firm, Procino-Wells & Woodland, LLC. Amber previously worked for Procino Wells, LLC. as a part-time intern while earning her degree from Flagler and during law school. She joined the firm as an associate attorney in 2010. 

Class of 2008

Douglas Gillikin was promoted to senior accountant with James Moore, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants. He joined the firm in 2011 after receiving a bachelor of arts in accounting from Flagler College and a master of accountancy from the University of North Florida. 

Susie (Forrer) Hartson is a realtor with RE/MAX in Pensacola, Fla. She enjoys listening to her clients and helping them find a home that meets their needs, and is certified as a military relocation specialist.  

Meghan (Howard) Racek and husband, Brent, welcomed their first baby, Emma Grace, to their family on April 23, 2014.  

Adrian Willing recently received a permanent change of station to the Washington, D.C., area on orders to the Office of Naval Intelligence. Adrian was admitted to graduate school at Georgetown University and will be attending in the fall of 2014, where he will be in a year-long intensive program called the Executive Master of Professional Studies in Emergency and Disaster Management.

Class of 2009

Sara Arfmann passed the California Bar in July 2013 and is working as a law clerk for a district judge in Colorado while studying to take the Colorado Bar. 

Stacy Burchfield is currently living in San Diego where she works as a full-time aerialist. She recently finished a touring show with Cirque du Noel in December. Stacy works as a freelance graphic designer when she isn’t flying in the air.  

Nicole (Lawson) Bohanan and husband, Kirk, welcomed their second daughter, Shayla Michelle, on Jan. 3, 2014. She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 and a quarter inches long. Shayla joins big sister, Carter Rose.  

Faith Hawks and Jacquline Ely, ‘11, embarked on a cross-country bicycle trip in the summer of 2013, from Tennessee to Washington. The entire trip took about two months, and they rode their bikes and camped most of the way.  

Jessica (Adcock) McGillicuddy and husband, Steven, welcomed their first child, Jonathan Vose McGillicuddy, to the world on March 6, 2014 at 1:09 p.m. He weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19 inches long. They currently reside in Vero Beach, Fla.  

J.D. Metrie and Stephanie Seltzer, ‘11, were married in a ceremony at the Casa Monica Hotel on Nov. 23, 2013. They recently relocated to South Florida where J.D. accepted a position as building facilities supervisor with the University of Miami.  

Class of 2010

Melissa Dagenais was recently hired as the curator at the Manatee County Agricultural Museum in Palmetto, Fla.

Shanna Greer began doing lighting design in September 2013 for the Flagler Playhouse in Bunnell, Fla. She has designed for five shows, one of which was directed by Jean Rahner, ‘78. Greer also works at Flagler Auditorium in Palm Coast, Fla. as a stage technician, but has added proof-reading, box office duties and website updating to her responsibilities. 

Joel Lowther and fiancée, Caitlyn Braley, have an October wedding planned in Caitlyn’s hometown of Stuart, Fla. After graduation they both went on to earn master’s degrees in international relations, and are currently teaching English in Thailand. 

Virginia (Hurley) Mooney married her husband, Matt, in 2010 and moved to Texas. After her husband graduated from pilot training with the Air Force, they moved to North Carolina. Their first child, Patrick, was born on Aug. 11, 2013.

Theresa (Meeker) Pickett and family celebrated daughter, Georgiana’s, first birthday in March 2014.  

Mark Ruckersfeldt started his own business in November of 2013 called Make Your Mark Trophies and Plaques. His business makes awards for local schools and recreation sports organizations and is located in Orange Park, Fla.

Tyson Shelby and Katie (Wrisley) Shelby were married on June 16, 2012 in Celebration, Fla. Katie graduated with a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School in May of 2012, and is pursuing her Ph.D. in Historical Theology at Boston College. Tyson accepted a position at Federal Street Advisors in Boston, after working for two years with Green Century Capital Management, one of the oldest Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) mutual fund companies.

Jeremy Smith was hired as a staff accountant for James Moore, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants. His responsibilities will include a wide range of services including auditing and tax work. 

Class of 2011

Kaile Ferguson recently went to Ormond Beach with three fellow alumni, Joe Stiles, ‘11; Mckay Stephan, ‘12; and Sean Kerr, ‘12. Kaile accepted a promotion with her company, DXM Marketing Group, and moved to Savannah in June.  

Rachel Neutel earned a Master of Science degree in criminal justice from the University of North Florida. She is now the senior intake specialist at Operation New Hope in Jacksonville, Fla. Operation New Hope is a non-profit organization that has been federally recognized for its success in getting ex-offenders back to work and living productive lives.

Matthew Peterson and wife, Clara, welcomed a baby boy into the world on March 6, 2014. He is named after St. Augustine, Fla., where Matthew and Clara met in 2009.  

Class of 2012

Joseph Herlihy and Alexandra Angelo, ‘13, tied the knot on May 18, 2014 at the White Room Loft in St. Augustine, Fla. 

Jessica (Cole) Richards married Jared Richards on April 13, 2014. The ceremony and reception were held in Gainesville, Fla. for close friends and family at the Sweetwater Branch Inn Bed and Breakfast. The couple planned a special photo shoot on the campus of Flagler College after the wedding. 

Grace Walsh earned her degree in media production and was hired in December 2013 by Beson4Media Group, an advertising and publishing agency in Jacksonville, Fla. Her job duties include producing, shooting and editing videos for agency clients and for First Coast Magazine’s online digital version. In January 2014, she was featured in the Jacksonville Business Journal’s People on the Move. 

Robert Willix and Adrienne (Gonzalez) Willix, ‘13, were married in April 2014. They first met in Dr. Michael Butler’s American History course. They reside in Portland, Ore., for an internship opportunity that Adrienne received with the Portland Parks and Recreation Bureau. She will receive a Master of Arts in global sustainability from the University of South Florida this August. A new addition to their family is a rescue dog named Emerson. 

Class of 2013

Joey Frongillo and Colby (Eaton) Frongillo tied the knot on June 21, 2014. They met at Flagler College summer orientation in 2009. Colby is the online community manager of Bower & Branch for Eaton Farms and Joey is the Content Manager of Bower & Branch and Eaton Farms. The company sells premier, mature trees online while matching trees to homeowner’s landscapes and their personalities. 

Marisa (Strawn) Falk married Davis Falk on March 8, 2014, in Titusville, Fla. She is now working as the coordinator of recruitment and marketing for The Flagler College-Tallahassee campus.  

Emily (Larkin) Rittenhouse married Sergeant Ryan Rittenhouse on Nov. 22, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. They are stationed with the Marine Corps in Kailua, Hawaii. 

Mike Ryan accepted a job as project coordinator at A.Form Architecture in New York, N.Y. A.Form Architecture is an architectural firm specializing in entertainment and special events in New York City and nationwide.

Nicholas Spetsas completed his first year of law school at the University of South Carolina. He is concentrating on contract law.

Joseph Toby signed in April 2014 with the Arizona United Soccer Club to play defender. He joins Arizona United SC after signing his first professional soccer contract in January 2014 with Orlando City, where he played in 16 matches for Orlando City’s U-23 team and appeared in 11 matches for the IMG Academy Bradenton. 

Class of 2014

Alexandra Iannone is working as the executive administrator for the athletic department at the University of North Florida.

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