Joanie McLaughlin Amorosi 71, 78 received her Certified Meeting
Professional certificate in 2001. She is assistant manager of meetings
and exhibits for the American Academy of Facial & Reconstructive Surgery.
Congratulations to Gayle Lovermi Hill and her husband Terence on their
adoption of a daugher, Rosellyn Marie, in June 2000. The Hills reside
in Oxford, CT.
graduating from Marymount in 1996 with a degree in Fashion Merchandising,
Krista Criswell jumped right into the fashion world. Her MU internship
with Karla Colletto Swimwear prepared her to launch her career in
New York. Soon she was working for such industry leaders Calvin
Klein, Donna Karan, and Isaac Mizrahi. In 1999, Krista became director
of Merchandising for the Garfield & Marks Design Group; in that
position she was responsible for the creative, strategic merchandising
of five clothing lines.
July 2001, Krista began an exciting new venture as founder and co-owner
of Melissa Ann Cook Designs, Inc. The company designs and distributes
ladies novelty handbags. Their clients include specialty stores
like Henri Bendel in New York and Saks Jandel in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
In addition to her ownership responsibilities, Krista has a hand
in product research, development, design, and production, as well
as marketing and sales.
She laughs, Handbags have always been my weakness! For most
women, its shoes. But there are so many ways to be creative
with handbags. Krista likes to work with a variety of fabrics,
such as coated linen, ultra suede, and denim, then add special trimming
to complete each bag. She notes, Our handbags always have
a little surprise to them. Whether it is removable handles or a
fun printed lining, we always incorporate a little something to
make sure they are unique. Always looking ahead, Krista is
already planning her next business venture. In spring 2003 she will
launch a new Jaunty New York handbag line.
reflects on the ways Marymount prepared her for career success:
It was a great atmosphere to learn in. Professor McCoart and
the other Fashion faculty always had their doors wide open to help
me. My internship prepared me to feel confident when I started my
job search in New York. I had a great time at Marymount, and Im
having a great time still!
Arthur is happiest when he is teaching. He reflects, I always
wanted to teach. This job is a natural for me. Having followed
several different career paths during his life, Rufus now believes
he has found his true niche, teaching learning-disabled students
at George Mason High School in Falls Church, Virginia.
One of Rufuss most successful classes is a U.S. History course
for 11th graders. He proudly recounts one students progress:
At first, this young man was very shy and not very sociable.
Now there are times when he is so vocal that it is quite exciting.
His grades have improved tremendously in my class, and this success
has spilled over into his other classes as well. Rufus has
helped some of his students return to the regular classroom, where
they are doing well with limited special-education support.
a young man, Rufus Arthur served 22 years in the U.S. Marine Corps,
where his responsibilities included acting as chief instructor for
a leadership training program. Upon leaving the Marines, Rufus began
his own business; later, he sold luxury cars. But he never felt
satisfied with any of these career choices. Eventually, he decided
to enroll at Marymount to pursue the credentials he needed to begin
a full-time career in teaching.
After completing his undergraduate degree in Communications at MU,
he enrolled in the Universitys Master of Education in Special
Education program. He says the program gave him the tools he needed
to succeed: There is a difference between being a good teacher
and being a great teacher. Marymount prepared me to be a great teacher,
because I learned to look at students as individuals. I learned
how students learn and how to challenge them every day.
Rufus Arthur is excited about his career path; he knows its
one where he can make a positive difference. And his long-term plans
for making a difference extend well beyond Virginia: Rufus hopes
one day to return to his native Guyana and contribute to improving
that countrys educational system.
Karen Norvik DeMiao is living in El Salvador with her husband and two
children. Last year, two of Karens paintings were displayed at the
National Center of Arts and Music in San Salvador.
Cynthia Holt has been appointed director of marketing for John Portman
and Associates, an architectural firm in Atlanta, GA.
Joseph Grecos volunteerism was featured in the Manassas Journal
Messenger in August 2001. Joseph has volunteered with the elderly and
disabled since his retirement from the Coast Guard 22 years ago.
Linda Ohler was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in Washington,
DC, on Oct. 27, 2001.
Michael Brower has joined the SUNY College of Environmental Science and
Forestry as director of community and governmental relations. Michael
and his wife and two children reside in Syracuse, NY.
Congratulations to Donna Dove Young and her husband Derrick on the birth
of their daughter, Riley Marie, on Nov. 26, 2001. The Youngs live in Woodbridge,
Mary Jane Keegan was married to Brian Beasley on Jan. 1, 2000. Mary Jane
is human resources coordinator for Accord Human Resources in Littleton,
Congratulations to Catherine McGeean on her marriage to Patrick Walsh
in July 2000. Catherine and Patrick welcomed daughter Fiona Mary on Oct.
24, 2001. The Walshes reside in East Meadow, NY.
Alicia Lemeshewsky Szramoski and her husband Matthew on the birth of their
daughter, Haley Kathryn, on July 10, 2001. Haley joins big brother Alex.
The Szramoskis live in Lorton, VA.
Christopher Kuhblank and his wife Gena on the birth of their daughter,
Ryann Clare, on Sept. 13, 2001. Christopher teaches and coaches at Oakton
High School in Vienna, VA.
Congratulations to Jennifer Shrum Pociask and her husband Stephen on the
birth of their son, Cameron Jon, on Oct. 17, 2001. The Pociasks reside
in Winston Salem, NC.
Congratulations to Gina Bechberger Thorson and her husband Paul on the
birth of their daughter, Anna Grace, on July 4, 2001. Anna joins big brother
Evan. The Thorsons live in McLean, VA.
Jeanette Burns was married to Wayne Arthur in Philadelphia in February
2002. The bridesmaids included Debra Goldhammer 94 and Jessica Turnbull-Engborg
95. Also in attendance were Elizabeth Zuccarelli 95, Michelle
Mihin-Marino 96, and Jennifer Moore 97. The Arthurs reside
in Philadelphia, where Jeanette is a legal assistant.
Meg Robertson Lassalle and her husband Eric on the birth of their daughter,
Margaret Ann, on July 14, 2001. Big brother Matthew welcomed Margaret
to the family. The Lassalles reside in Norfolk, VA.
Karen Groepler ONeil and her husband David on the birth of their
daughter, Victoria Rose, on June 2, 2001. Victoria joins big sister Katrina
Grace. The ONeils live in Woodbridge, VA.
Congratulations to Michele Beaulieu Hopper and Ian Hopper 96 on
the birth of their son, Jonathon Michael, on Aug. 18, 2001. Jonathan joins
siblings Katherine, Rebecca, and Nicholas. The Hoppers live in Woodbridge,
Michael Fox earned his Professional in Human Resources Certification in
Tonya Walton Deedman and her husband Mark on the birth of their son, Kyle
Christopher, on Sept. 12, 2001. The Deedmans live in Centreville, VA.
Gail Morrell 96, 00 won the Maryland Nurse Practitioner of
the Year Award for 2001 from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Torryn P. Brazell,
CAE, was recently named executive director of the National Grants Management
Association in Reston, VA.
Carolee Ann Bruaw 97, 98 married James Michael Romano 98
in May 2000, in Atlanta, GA. In attendance were Marymount alumni Maralee
Csellar 95, Christine Dubuque 95, 98 and Jennifer Bible
98. Carolee teaches at Francis C. Hammond Middle School and James
works for Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney of Georgia. They live in Alexandria,
Alexander T. Graham 98, 00 joined Printing Industries of America,
Inc., as director of marketing on Oct. 15, 2001.
was married to Sonia Martinez on Sept. 15, 2001 in Arlington, VA. Denis
is a programmer analyst with CACI. The Mendietas reside in Dale City,
McCann Clark, mother of Barbara M. Clark 58, February
Blair Davis, husband of Joan Melham
Davis 55, 2001
Grainger Hammel 70, October 25, 2001.
Lawrence Hermes 65, sister of Jacqueline Lawrence Lockman
68, November 2001.
W. Inman, husband of Barbara Inman 77, 89, June
C. Kunec 90, January 20, 2002
Christopher McInerney, RSHM, November 10, 2001
Jean Gailhac Walker, RSHM, January 26, 2002