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Alumni Spotlights

The music careers of Holly Krafka '78 and her son Nick Krafka '11 began with music education majors at Gettysburg College.

K. Richard Brunner, Jr. '58 led the project to build the Gettysburg College Veterans Memorial.

Flora Darpino and Christopher O'Brien '83 have risen through the ranks of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps.

Gail Bower '84, president of Bower & Co. Consulting LLC, helps non-profit organizations increase their visibility, revenue, and impact.

Lisa DeBanico ’84, Marc Favieri ’90, Walt Hemberger ’54, Ann Hymes ’96, and Matt Rockstroh ’87 are the newest members of The Rudisill Hall of Athletic Honor.

Nick Johnson '90, senior vice president of digital media sales at NBC Universal, returned to campus and shared the secrets to his success with students during Career Week 2011.

Gettysburg College graduate Debra Wolgemuth '69 is working to develop the first-ever marketable male contraceptive pill.

Charitable giving by Bruce and Carol Hamilton '59 was featured in the Wall Street Journal in September 2011.

Made possible by a generous gift from James Heston '70, the Heston Summer Experience allows students to participate in social justice initiatives in local and global communities.

Class of 2011 alumni Sara Cawley, Gracie Raver, Michael Hannum, and Anskar Fossee, as well as Calynn Dowler '10, received Fulbright grants to study and teach in nations around the world.

Carol Cantele '83 was named NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Year. Her Gettysburg College team won the college its first NCAA championship.

Denise Harnois '84 is a liver transplant specialist at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla.

Mary E. "Betty" (Shaub) Baldwin '49 left a bequest of $160,000 to Gettysburg College.

From Saturday Night Live to real estate, Maria (Constantine) Vecchione ’86 is continuously exploring.

Jen (Fisher) Bryant '82, Wilson Allen Heefner '56, and Olivia Parr-Rud '73 published new books in 2011.

A $1 million gift from Daria Lo Presti Foster '76 will fund scholarships for talented students.

All Alumni Spotlights

Alumni Spotlights

2010's


Make Altman '12Mike Altman ’12 is using comedy to raise money for clean water in developing nations.


Drew CloseDrew Close '12 has been named Assistant Men's and Women's Swimming Coach at Gettysburg College.


FerraroAlex Ferraro '12 spent his first summer out of college working as a Finnegan Summer Fellow in the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. In the fall of 2012, Alex started at the University of Pittsburgh Law School.


PelloweAmanda Pellowe '12 used her Fulbright grant to travel to Norway, focusing her study on microscopic nanoparticles to help make artificial joints safer for patients.


Kristin Shingler '11 studied with Prof. Steve James '80 in his lab at Gettysburg, and is now working on a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology at Penn State's College of Medicine in Hershey.


Tina Kelliher '11 is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Duke University and credits her work with Prof. Steve James '80 as "the most important and rewarding decision of my scientific career thus far."


SokheyNavdeep Sokhey '11 earned a Fulbright grant to study Arabic at the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad in Cairo.


WolenterDrew Wolenter '11 is an AmeriCorps National Direct Member with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake.


ScheinblumJosh Scheinblum '11 covered Iowa caucuses for CBS, Fox News.


Peter RicePeter Rice '10 designs and manages courses for Tough Mudder competitions.


Speake DavisEllen Speake '10 (pictured right) teaches at Mastery Charter School in West Philadelphia, and Emily Davis '10, teaches at Tyee High School in SeaTac, Wash.


Barone PetersonArt History majors Gwendolyn Williams '10, Elizabeth Petersen '10, and Laura Barone '10 (pictured right) spoke on campus in spring 2012 about their professional and graduate work in the field.


KelleyThe documentary On the Fence, made by Brian Kelley '10, has won the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Award.


EngeldrumBrooke Engeldrum '10 launched a one-day externship in 2008 into a sales job at Cooking Light.


ShresthaA children's book by Jackie Powell '09 and Sneha Shrestha '10 was named the Best Book for children under 8 by The Nepalese Society for Children's Literature.


Sarah Angello ’10, John Jordan ’09, Tara O’Shea ’10, Mike Lahoda ’11, all former Heston Fellows, are still working for social justice.


 

2000's


Brian Jordan ‘09, a Ph.D. candidate at Yale University, has published “Unholy Sabbath: The Battle of South Mountain in History and Memory, September 14, 1862."


Jackie Powell '09 spoke at Gettysburg College's secound annual TEDx, "Going Against the Grain." Watch her talk here.


Kristy Bialas '08 was mentored by Prof. Steve James '80 in her time at Gettysburg and is now finishing her Ph.D. in virology at the University of Rochester Medical School.


Graham Kimmerer '08, along with Michelle Dumas '98 and Dave Athey '96, ran the 2012 Boston Marathon to raise money for the American Liver Foundation.


Jen Lazuta '07 travels to countries like Cambodia and Senegal as an international journalist.


Claire Charlesworth '07 used her art history major to launch a career with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).


Fred Reimer '07 is a global product manager at OpenLink Financial.


Nick Boire '07 worked to save cheetahs from extinction as a Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia.


Kalin Vasilev '06, a student in Prof. Steve James's '80 lab, helped develop new technology that he will use in a research lab at Cambridge University in England.


Rebecca Cannon '06 is a physician's assistant at Gettysburg Adult Medicine.


Luke Norris '06, Robina Foundation Visiting Human Rights Fellow at Yale Law School, spoke at TEDx Gettysburg in April 2012.


Matt Denholt '05, worked with Prof. Steve James '80 and is now completing his Ph.D. at UCLA where his work focuses on genetic research with embryonic stem cells.


Jennifer Robinson Ewing ’05 is an attorney in Paoli, Pa.


Sarah Sigal '05 is a playwright and director in London. 


History majors Emily Voss '05 and Steve Light '05 are working at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. 


Sue Useem ’05 is producing documentary films about conflict in Indonesia. 


Cassandra Pickens Jewell '04 was awarded the 2013 Young Alumni Achievement Award for service to Gettysburg College.


Carin Goodall Rogosky ’04 is a pediatric nurse at Johns Hopkins Children's Center

Carin Goodall Rogosky ’04

Douglas P. Stuart ’04 was one of seven members to join the Board of Trustees in 2013.


Kelly Keegan Blavatt '03 was awarded the 2013 Young Alumni Achievement Award for service to Gettysburg College.


Macklin Farquhar ’03 owns Macklin's Cupcakes and Coffee in York, PA. 


Jenn Springer Patterson '03 serves as the exercise rider of Orb, the 2013 Kentucky Derby winner.

Jenn Springer Patterson '03

Drew Seitz ’03 is a field instructor with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).


Jake Schindel '03 returned to campus as the John A. Hauser Executive in Residence in April 2011.


Joseph R. Tucker '03 was awarded the 2013 Young Alumni Achievement Award for Professional Development.


Steve Wylie '02 is a dentist at Verber Family Dentistry in Camp Hill, PA.

 


Jamie Fleet '02 is serving as staff director for the Committee on House Administration on Capitol Hill. 

In recognition of his professional accomplishments, Fleet was awarded the 2012 Young Alumni Achievement Award for Professional Development.

 


Jon Anik '01 is a play-by-play announcer for FX and FUEL TV UFC fights and host of UFC Ultimate Insider.


Tim Orr '01  is a professor of history at Old Dominion University.

 


Kerri Rosenstein '98 and Torrey Stifel Kist '00 were featured artists at Gettysburg College's Schmucker Art Gallery in the fall of 2010.

 


In recognition of her achievements in women’s swimming, Kelly Brennan ‘00 has been selected to the Gettysburg College Hall of Athletic Honor.


Sarah Calhoun '00, owner of Red Ants Pants, was among entrepreneurs invited to the White House in November to attend the Business Leaders' Forum on Jobs and Economic Competitiveness.


Ian Isherwood '00 spoke at Gettysburg College's second annual TEDx, "Going Against the Grain." Watch his talk here.


 

1990's


David Stanek '99 is a flight surgeon with the U.S. Navy Medical Corps.


In recognition of her many achievements in field hockey, Becky Griffith ‘98 was selected to the Gettysburg College Hall of Athletic Honor.


Brent A.R. Hege '98 was awarded the 2013 Young Alumni Achievement Award for Professional Development.


Alexandra Slote '98 has launched a successful interior design firm, Alexander Slote Interiors, based in Boston.


Kerri Rosenstein '98 collaborated with Professor Jim Agard on his retrospective at Schmucker.


Meredith Bowne Bove '97 was awarded the 2012 Young Alumni Achievement Award for Service to the College.


Carolyn Holmes Lee '97 was awarded 2012 Young Alumni Achievement Award for Service to the College.


Michael C. Manzo '97 was awarded the 2012 Young Alumni Achievement Award for Professional Development.


Dr. Greg Crawford '95, now a pediatrics professor at Duke University's Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, was a student of Prof. Steve James '80.


Matt McKenna ‘95 has been selected to the Gettysburg College Hall of Athletic Honor in acknowledgement of his accomplishments in men’s swimming.


In recognition of his achievements on the football field, Chris Notarfrancesco ‘95 has been selected to the Gettysburg College Hall of Athletic Honor.


Laura Strickler '95 is a producer for CBS evening news.


Cheryl Walker Davis '95   is Director of the Office of Special Assistants for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.


GettysburgSports.com recently spoke with Arif Husain '93 about his experience in the 1992 Olympic games, held in Barcelona.


Dion Liverpool '93, aka DJ Rasta Root, is an international presence in the music industruy as a disc jockey (DJ), manager, producer, and entrepreneur.


Professor Chris Kauffman '92 directed Gettysburg College's Department of Theater Arts Production of Romeo & Juliet, March 1-5, 2012.  


Greg Hoy '92 is CEO of Happy Cog, a web design firm whose clients include Harvard University, MTV, and Zappos.


Paul Schofield ‘92 has been selected to the Gettysburg College Hall of Athletic Honor in recognition of his accomplishments in men’s lacrosse.


Carson Kressley '91 met with Gettysburg students in New York on career immersion experience.

Carson Kressley '91


Dan Allen '91 was featured in First Lady Michelle Obama’s new book, "American Grown."


 

1980's

Thanks to a significant gift from Robert Garthwait, Jr. '82, Gettysburg College has established the new Garthwait Leadership Center.


Orin Levine '89 is director of vaccine delivery for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Development Program.


Deborah (Wanglee) Sundlof '88 and Joyce (Wanglee) Wald '88 practice cardiology in the Lehigh Valley area and Philadelphia, respectively.


Ned Olney '88 is Ethiopia country office director for Save the Children.


Denise Johnson ‘87 has been selected to the Gettysburg College Hall of Athletic Honor in recognition of her achievements with the women’s track and field program as a record-setting competitor in the javelin.


Holly Keller McDevitt '87 was one of seven members to join the Board of Trustees in 2013.


A. Bruce Chamberlin '86 was one of seven members to join the Board of Trustees in 2013.


Maria (Constantine) Vecchione '86 has worked in television and interior design.


Allison Campbell '85 was named American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow in 2012.

In recognition of her achievements, Campbell was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor given by the Gettysburg College Alumni Association, in 2013.


Rick Holmes '85 is a Broadway actor.


Sue Marshall '85 was named to the Middle Atlantic Conference All-Century Team in recognition of her record-setting performance on the women's basketball team.


In 2013, Michael A. Chagares '84 was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor given by the Gettysburg College Alumni Association.


Sarah Eno '84 is part of a global team of physicists searching for the Higgs boson.


Denise M. Harnois '84 is a hepatologist and liver transplant specialist in the Mayo Clinic Florida.


Carol Cantele '83 was named the 2011 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Coach of the year.  Her Gettysburg College team won the college its first NCAA championship.


Flora Darpino '83 and Christopher O'Brien '83 serve in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps, she as a brigadier general, he as a colonel.

Darpino was presented with the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award at the Spring Honors Day program on May 19, 2012 in recognition of her professional accomplishments.


Jen (Fisher) Bryant '82, a novelist and children's book author, shared her experiences in the Winter 2013 edition of Gettysburg magazine. Her novel, The Fortune of Carmen Navarro, was published in 2011. Learn about this novel.


Neil O. Bryant '82 was awarded the 2013 Meritorious Service Award for service to Gettysburg College

Bryant spoke at Gettysburg College's secound annual TEDx, "Going Against the Grain." Watch his talk here.



Kelly Woods Lynch '82 coordinated volunteer trips to New Jersey in order to aid in cleanup efforts after Superstorm Sandy.


In honor of Timothy D. Betterly '81, who was killed on 9/11, his family has started a memorial scholarship.


In 2013, Jeffrey C. Oak '81 was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor given by the Gettysburg College Alumni Association.


W. Jeffrey Siegfried ’81 was one of seven members to join the Board of Trustees in 2013.


Marla Graff Decker '80 is Secretary of Public Safety for the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Steve James '80, has followed in the footsteps of his own professor—Ralph Cavaliere—and inspired a new generation of Gettysburg biologists.


 

1970's


AT&T Vice President of Customer Service Jack Duffy ’79 knows where to find stellar job candidates who will do great work – his alma mater.


Soni Dimond '79 is a communication coach, publicist, speaker, author, and global media relations specialist.


A gift from Andy Parker '79 funded student travel to New Zealand to present their public-policy research at a conference on sustainability.   

In 2012 Parker joined the Board of Trustees.


Robert Ortenzio '79 is chief executive officer of Select Medical Corporation in Mechanicsburg, Pa.


Physician Dwight I. Michael '78 wrote in favor of Medicare for All in the Fall 2012 magazine.


Holly Krafka '78 is the founder and director of Boston's well-known New World Chorale.


F. Kevin Tylus ’78 was one of seven members to join the Board of Trustees in 2013.


Larry Walker '76, in his capacity as senior vice president with The Louis Berger Group, led the rebuilding of the Kabul-Kandahar Highway in 2003.


Daria Lo Presti Foster '76 has made a $1 million gift to fund scholarships for talented students.


Katharine Brooks '76, director of liberal arts career services at the University of Texas at Austin, is the author of "You Majored in What? Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career."


David Brennan '75 is chief executive of pharmaceutical giant Astra Zeneca.


Voice specialist Nancy (Fister) Daniels '75 is founder of Voice Dynamic, which helps improve the sound of the speaking voice.

Fister Daniels


Olivia Parr-Rud '73 published Business Intelligence Success Factors: Tools for Aligning Your Business in the Global Economy in 2011.


After Ron Smith '72 shared insights from his 26-year career with Intel at the September 21st, 2012 physics colloquium, it was announced that a $1.5 million gift from The Ronald J. Smith & Diane W. Smith Charitable Fund will create an endowed professorship in the Gettysburg College Department of Physics.


Andrew Mickley '70 was named Ohio Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).


 

1960's


Charlotte Wilcox '69 was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award at the Spring Honors Day held on May 19, 2012.


Gettysburg College graduate Debra Wolgemuth '69 is working to develop the first-ever marketable male contraceptive pill.


Mary Carskadon '69 is a professor of psychiatry and human behavior in the Brown Medical School and director of chronobiology at E.P. Bradley Hospital.


Richard L. Erdmann '68 was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award at the Spring Honors Day program on May 19, 2012.


Pamela Hemenway Simpson '68 was honored posthumously with the Distinguished Alumni Award at the May 19, 2012 Spring Honors Day.


I. Charles Widger '67 was awarded the 2012 Meritorious Award for Service to the College.


Brian E. Bennett '63 was awarded the 2013 Meritorious Service Award for service to Gettysburg College.


James "Biff" Houldin '63, international team leader for Habitat for Humanity, has had a career spanning insurance, farming, and teaching.


Suzanne Hermann Williams '62 was awarded the 2012 Meritorious Service Award for Service to the College.


Fred Fielding '61 has served as White House counsel for two presidents and was a member of the 9/11 Commission.


Francis "Bud" J. Dougherty '60, U.S. Navy captain (retired), is president and chief executive officer, Transformational Defense Industries, Inc.


 


1940's and 1950's


Former Gettysburg Sports Information Director Bob Kenworthy '59, was inducted into the inaugural class of Mid Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame in 2012.


J. Michael Bishop '57, Nobel Prize laureate, attended the White House stem cell research signing ceremony.


Wilson Allen Heefner '56 published his third book, Dogface Soldier: The Life of General Lucian K. Truscott, Jr., in 2011.


The endowment created by Mary Albaugh '54 provides summer research stipends to students majoring in chemistry or bio-chemistry and molecular biology.


Fred Mahan '52 and his wife Martha will endow the Frederick ’52 and Martha Mahan Professor in Christian Studies.


Honorary Life Trustee Edwin T. Johnson '51 passed away in 2012. "If we had a Gettysburg Mount Rushmore, he'd be there," said College Trustee Emeritus Bruce R. Stefany '71.


Mary E. "Betty" (Shaub) Baldwin '49 left a bequest of $160,000 to Gettysburg College.


In 2013, Henry W. Wedaa '49 was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor given by the Gettysburg College Alumni Association.


Prof. Emiritus Edwin D. Freed '43, P'73 is the author of Lincoln’s Political Ambitions, Slavery, and the Bible (Pickwick Publications, 2012). It is the nonagenarian’s 10th book.


 
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