Mary Dance Berry
Chelsea Capizzi-Walsh: I just earned an M.S. in technology management with emphasis on homeland security and am working on an MBA next. I also just moved to Columbia, MD, and got married on 9/14/13 in my parents’ church in my hometown of Ocean City, NJ, to Christian Lomicka (VMI ’08). My bridesmaids included Heather Coley (MoH) and Meg Hammock.
Christina Johnson Pappas: I need to be better about my alumnae updates! I received my M.S. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from UVa in 2012 and am aiming to finish my Ph.D. in 2014. I celebrated my 3rd wedding anniversary with my husband in 7/2013! Life has been busy since graduating 5 yrs. ago!
Mary Dance Berry: Stephen (H-SC ’09) and I will celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary in Nov. Stephen, our Puggle Hayley and I live in Arlington, VA, where I work as a contract specialist for the General Services Administration. I run half marathons with Stephen and his family and just spent 8 days rafting down the Colorado River this summer with them. (Who would have thought?)
Katie Tipton Wilson: In 2/11, I was married to Brad Wilson (VMI ’07) in Savannah, GA. Eleanor O’Connor ’07, Margaret Barnes Watts and Lieschen Cluiss were all bridesmaids. Other alumnae in attendance: Tess Drahman, Erin Coyne Lanier, Whitney Towler Carpenter, Melissa Ramos ’10, Virginia Edahl ’10, Renee Modzelewski ’06, Serena Putegnat ’98 and Beth Conner Pace ’86. Brad and I now live outside Columbus, GA, where he is stationed at Fort Benning. I teach middle school math and enjoy playing with our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Okie.
Teresa Papaleo: Professionally, I have continued to support the Department of State as a cyber threat analyst in D.C. I’ve also been accepted to a master’s program in international affairs at GWU and plan to pursue a concentration in Middle East studies. Many thanks to Dr. Berg from the Sweet Briar history department for his recommendation! In terms of equestrian activities, I’m beginning to transition from the hunter/jumper world. Northern VA is known for eventing, and I’m taking lessons in Middleburg and leasing an adorable Paint gelding named Calvin.
Ginny Moncure: I moved from Richmond, VA, to D.C. in April to work for a company called SmartBrief. I moved in with Blythe Lloyd ’07 and Sarah McLemore. In Jan., I held a baby shower for Caroline Byrd Dozier and we had a mini-SBC reunion in Richmond. Caroline gave birth to twins in March.
Mary Pat Jones Rodriguez: I married Isaac Rodriguez on 9/19/10 and welcomed a baby boy, Marshall Isaac Rodriguez, on 4/3/12. Marshall weighed 6 lbs. 3 oz. and was 19 3/4 in. long. He is a very happy baby.
Megan C. Manubay: I married Philip S. Carson, M.D. (H-SC ’08) on 9/15/12 in Newark, DE. Carly R. Peoples ’11 served as maid of honor and Heather M. Theunissen ’09 was a bridesmaid. Meg Hammock and Whitney C. Wheeler ’07 were in attendance. Phil and I met in 8/04 during the SBC/H-SC first-year orientation “ice breakers” in the Dell. I continue to compete in horse shows up and down the East Coast with my 2 horses “Sunny Days” and “Street Fighter,” and I work in the business office at Caravel Academy in DE. In 12/12, I hosted a Sweet Briar Day event for the DE and Philadelphia areas and was excited to see some old friends and meet some new ones!
Rebecca Penny: I’m still working on my Ph.D. in biology at Indiana U. in Bloomington. I’m entering my 5th year (yikes!) so the end is somewhat in sight, though there’s still a long road ahead. I adopted a sweet Australian Shepherd, Zeke, a few yrs. ago, which has been fun and rewarding. He’s been my travel companion for several long road trips to NC (for field work and family visits). We even made a stopover at SBC this summer, but campus was mostly quiet—except for the cicadas! I was sad to miss Reunion this year, but hope to catch up with some of you over the next few yrs.
Caroline Tade: I’m having a busy summer studying for boards and entering my 3rd year of medical school here at the Southwest Coll. of Naturopathic Medicine. This starts my clinical studies and I am beyond excited to start seeing patients! Despite the sweltering AZ heat, I have enjoyed SBC alumni functions with Mollie Linden ’09 and Diana Simpson.
Alexandra DiFeliceantonio: In April, I received my Ph.D. in psychology (biopsychology) from the U. of MI. I have since moved to Boston to wait and hear about a job and take some time off.
Diana Simpson: In 2011, I received my J.D. from Roger Williams and was admitted to the Colorado Bar. I currently live in Tempe, AZ, where I am a Constitutional Law Fellow at the Institute for Justice. It’s hard to believe it’s been 5 yrs. since we graduated, but I really enjoy getting to know the wonderful alumnae in all the places I go.
Anne Lojek McQueen: My husband Jared and I welcomed Marilyn Elizabeth McQueen into the world on 12/27/12. We currently reside in Fairfax Station, VA.
Laura Tanner Bowrey: After graduation I moved back to Dallas to be with my high school sweetheart. Tim and I were married on 6/6/09. Kristin Barnes, Meggy O’Neal and Lisa Ruffle were bridesmaids. Just a month later, Tim and I bought our 1st house. We adopted a cat in 2009 and a dog in 2010 and they keep us thoroughly entertained. I’m still riding on the weekends and occasionally Kristin Barnes gets to come out with me. I’ve been working for the past 4 1/2 yrs. at an aerospace company that supports military aircraft. I’m currently getting certified to teach elementary school and will be leaving the business world to start my student teaching this fall. I’m super excited! I try to make it to local SBC events whenever I can and was glad that I could make it up to SBC for Reunion this summer. I had a great time catching up with everybody and enjoying the campus again. I just hope it won’t take me another 5 yrs. to get back!
Tess Drahman: I currently live in NY and started a new position in late Aug. as the program coordinator at Columbia U.’s Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality. If any alumnae are ever on campus, please stop by to say hello!
Amanda Wisz Keener: I’m wrapping up my Ph.D. research at UNC-Chapel Hill, where I’ve been studying immunology and microbiology. I’ve also been freelance-writing and plan to go full time into science journalism after graduation next spring. I was married to Justin Keener in 2/12. He is a medical physicist in Winston-Salem, NC. We live in Greensboro with our dog, Dude. I’m so excited to be in Brandon Ayers Agnew’s wedding this Nov.!
Amanda Prine Bryant: Eric and I welcomed our first child, Lillian Louise Bryant, on 8/26/12.
Caroline Byrd Dozier: I live in VA Beach and my husband Blake Dozier (H-SC ’05) and I are now proud parents to beautiful twins Luke William and Virginia Byrd, born on 3/28/13.
Alison Carr: I finished my master’s in industrial/organizational psychology in 2010 and am now working to finish up my doctorate. In my free time I enjoy teaching therapeutic riding lessons to kids with developmental disabilities and competing in dog agility with my Sheltie!
Sarah Ross Stewart: Kyle Simmons and I live in Mooresville, NC, with our son Jameson MacArthur Simmons! Jameson was born on 5/30/13 weighing 8 lbs 1.7 oz. and 21 in. long. I am currently a stay-at-home happy mother!
Julie Midgley: I live in McLean, VA, and work as a senior consultant for KPMG. I am also working on various fundraising committees for the Northern VA Therapeutic Riding Program, currently planning their annual fundraising event—a polo match! I keep in frequent contact with Jenn Doherty, PJ Davis, Jessica McCarthy Sarolli and Alison Carr.
Shanna Ryan: After 4 yrs. of prodding, I got married this spring to the love of my life, Mike Whalen!
Laurel Sanders Berry: I married Christopher Berry (H-SC ’07) on 5/28/11. Alumnae in attendance were Kristen Bergquist ’06, Kendra Hawkins Simpson ’07 and Rebecca Soliwoda Marsten. I graduated from FSU Coll. of Medicine in 5/12. Christopher and I now live in Asheville, NC, where I am completing my 4-year residency program in obstetrics and gynecology.
Emily Clifton Stump: I married Charles Stump in 5/11—we dated from 2005, during my time at SBC. We currently live in Southern MD with our 3 dogs, Flash, Rebel and Minnie. I am pursuing an M.S. in applied physics at Johns Hopkins U. part time while working full time for the U.S. Navy as an engineer.
Natalie Batman Barton: I returned to the U.S. in 4/13 after nearly 3 yrs. living in Shanghai, where I set up a subsidiary for a U.S.-based sourcing and supply management company. While in China, my husband James and I celebrated the birth of our daughter Eleanor McLean Barton (9/2012). We currently live in Charlottesville, VA. I recently accepted a position with an international manufacturer in the furniture industry and am excited to begin a new professional endeavor.
Brittany and Briana Deane: The Deane twins have both recently graduated from law school. Briana received her J.D. from the U. of Houston Law Center and has accepted a position with a Fortune 500 company in the oil and gas industry, handling internal investigations for the company’s Western Hemisphere. Briana was a news reporter for a Houston TV station and was named Miss Houston International. Brittany received her J.D. from the U. of Wyoming Coll. of Law, and has just been made executive vice president of commercial development at the 2nd largest title company in the state of WY. Brittany was named Miss Congeniality, WY USA. The twins take time to visit each other in their respective cities and keep up with their creative writing. Brittany and Briana were thrilled to have recently had a reunion with their dear friends and SBC little sisters, Lisa and Petra Weisbrich ’10 (also identical twins).
Meg Hammock: I completed my master’s in heritage preservation at Georgia St. U. in the summer of 2011 with a study-abroad opportunity in Cuba. I had a wonderful mini-reunion in the Outer Banks this spring with Heather Bowen ’07 and Cat Brumley ’05; then was celebrated this summer at a ceremony honoring 10 yrs. of work as an outdoor living skills educator with High Meadows School and Camp. I look forward this fall to celebrating the weddings of Chelsea Capizzi-Walsh and Elizabeth Baroody ’07.
Celeste Wackenhut: I am currently opening an art gallery in San Antonio. I migrated 3 yrs. ago for an internship and subsequent job at the McNay Art Museum after completing my master’s in modern art at the U. of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Jessica McCarthy Sarolli: I married Giandomenico Sarolli in 10/10. PJ Davis and Julie Midgley were my maids of honor, Alison Carr was a bridesmaid and Kathryn Brock ’09 was in attendance. This past May, I received my master’s in industrial/organizational psychology from NYU and currently work as a senior consultant for Ernst & Young in NYC, where we live with our 2 cats. I have also recently taken up running and completed two 10Ks this spring. I have my sights set on a half marathon in the future!
Dawn Slekis: I graduated from Texas Tech U. in 5/11 with my M.S. in environmental toxicology. From TX, I moved to the Outer Banks, NC, and spent a year volunteering at the Nature Conservancy Nags Head Woods Preserve and the Roanoke Island Aquarium. I now live in WV and enjoy having time to go 4-wheeling, hunting, fishing and hiking.
Courtney Culbreth: I reside in Richmond, VA, and began a new position as program coordinator for the Massey Cancer Center at the Medical Coll. of VA. In fall 2011, I was awarded a full travel grant to represent VCU at the Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar, and had the opportunity to learn from the world’s top Islamic art historians. In my spare time I train for half marathons, completing my first race in 2012 at the VA Beach Shamrock Half. I purchased my first home in 5/13 and recently rescued a sweet but shy Schnoodle named Jacques from Richmond Animal Control. I also volunteer for the Junior League of Richmond (JLR) and am on the JLR Fund Development Council, the JLR Operations and Programs Committee, and was elected the chair of special events for 2013-14. I hope to finish my Professional Development and Public Relations Certificate in spring 2014 from VCU.
Jenn Doherty: I graduated with a master’s in preservation studies from Boston U. in 5/12 and have been working as a historic preservation consultant in MA since then. I’m also a volunteer for Preservation Worcester in Worcester, MA, and recently led an architectural walking tour of Hopkinton, MA.
Gretchen McDonough: I’m beginning my 6th year teaching at Greenbrier Episcopal School, a small PreK-8, where I teach Spanish and PE to the whole school and 6-8 math. I run competitively in races (5Ks to half marathons) almost every month and will run my 2nd marathon this Nov. in Richmond.