Young Alumni Awards 2015

Sarah C. Calhoun '00

Sarah has nearly two decades of leadership experience in both the non-profit and small business sectors, working in the outdoor education industry before founding Red Ants Pants in 2006, a company based in Montana that makes quality work pants for women. In 2011, she established her own nonprofit, the Red Ants Pants Foundation, which focuses on women’s leadership in rural areas. The foundation hosts an annual music festival that has attracted a variety of high-profile performers.

Sarah has been featured in more than 20 publications, including the Boston Globe and the cover of Country Woman magazine. She was invited to the White House in 2011 to attend the Business Leaders’ Forum on Jobs and Economic Competitiveness. Closer to home, she was named 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year for the State of Montana.

As an undergraduate, she was a member of GRAB and volunteered for the Center for Public Service. Sarah graduated with a B.A. degree, majoring in Environmental Studies.  She has returned to campus to campus to speak with students and in April 2012, delivered a Gettysburg College TEDx talk to students.

She lives in White Sulphur, Montana, with her dog Nellie and cat Magpie.

Sarah L. Useem '05

Sue is the founder, director, and producer of Spotted Frog Productions, a nonprofit documentary production agency dedicated to increasing awareness about conflicts and social issues around the world. Her first documentary, Which Way to War?, details religious conflicts and terrorist attacks in Poso, Indonesia, and their aftermath. It was premiered at the Action Film Festival in Pasadena, California, in 2009, where she won the Best Female Filmmaker Award. Spotted Frog Productions also won the Award of Excellence in Documentary Film at The IndieFest Competition in La Jolla, California, in 2009.

Now living in Bali, Indonesia, Sue is working on a feature-length documentary, The Peace Agency, about a woman named Lian Gogali who has created a grassroots interfaith movement to bring peace and inter-religious tolerance to the region. She also owns Frozen Yogi, Indonesia’s first self-serve frozen yogurt restaurant, and is the founder and director of PT. Sinar Susu Murni, a foreign investment company based in Bali.

Sue graduated from Gettysburg College Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. degree, majoring in Philosophy and minoring in International Relations. As an undergraduate, she participated in the GRAB Experiential Education Program, lead and organized the Artistic Mind Theme House, and studied abroad in India.

Her permanent home is in Fairfax, Virginia.

Melissa Cook Kiehl '00

As a Gettysburg College student, Melissa was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Owl & Nightingale Players, and Skyptical Chemists. She graduated from Gettysburg with B.S. degree, majoring in Chemistry, and then earned a Master’s in Teaching from Towson University and a Doctorate of Education in Science Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland College Park.

Melissa currently oversees the Gifted and Talented Students program at Mt. Hebron High School in Maryland. She instructs research-based courses and oversees an intern/mentor program. She is also an adjunct faculty member at McDaniel College, where she teaches graduate-level education courses.

As an alumna, she has shared her professional talents, engaging with students through the Center for Career Development as a Career Connector and has served on her 5th, 10th, and 15th Reunion Committees.  She’s a K.A.R.E. (Admissions) volunteer and has served as served President of the Baltimore Alumni Club.  She recently completed two terms of service on the College’s Alumni Board of Directors, serving on the Campus Programs and Nominating Committees.

Melissa and her husband Brian have three children and live in Catonsville, Maryland.

Marna Suarez Redding '00

As an undergraduate at Gettysburg College, Marna was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, CHEERS, and interned with Residential Life. She graduated with a B.A. degree, majoring in Psychology before going on to earn a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Miami University of Ohio in 2002.

Marna is currently the Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement at Union College in Schenectady, New York, where she manages the Alumni Office, leads the Alumni Council, and has created new fundraising and engagement initiatives.

In her alumna service, she is co-chairing her 15th Reunion Committee and has previously served on her 5th and 10th Reunion Committees.  She has been a Class Correspondent since 2002, a Class Agent, is a K.A.R.E. (Admissions) volunteer and has hosted an Alumni Send-Off for members of the Class of 017 in Albany, New York

Marna and her husband Earl have two children and live in Niskayuna, New York.

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