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Norene Cook Friedan, AA,
is the proud grandmother of twin girls, Josie and Lili, who turned three in January.


Mary Laura Coughlin Pritchard, AAS, and her husband Tom are proud that their grandson, Collin Berger, is now a freshman at Princeton University. Tom is also a Princeton alumnus, Class of 1955.
Caroline Hottenstein, AA, created a beautiful piece of artwork in tribute to the late Sister Majella Berg, RSHM, Marymount’s third president. The piece, which includes painted flowers and a poem, is now hanging in the Reinsch Library.


Anne Boston Parish, AAS, BSN ’88, MSN ’89, CT ’95, has received a scholarship from the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners (VCNP). Anne is the first-ever recipient of the award, which honors nurse practitioners and their passion for quality health care. Applicants must be members of VCNP who are enrolled in a doctoral program in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Anne is currently a full-time student at Marymount, working to achieve her Doctor of Nursing Practice. She is also the founder and owner of the Queen Street Clinic in Alexandria, VA.


Gina Cocomello, AA, is the development director for Alternative House in Vienna, VA. Alternative House provides support to at-risk children, youth, and families through counseling, shelter, crisis intervention, and neighborhood outreach. As the organization’s development director, Gina is responsible for special event planning, along with corporate and individual donor programs. She is also the 2010 chairman of the board for the Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce. Gina and her husband, David Patterson, live in Fairfax, VA.


Sister Katherine Baltazar, AAS, made her vows for life at a Mass on September 5, 2010, to become a Medical Mission Sister at the Medical Mission Sisters’ North American headquarters in Philadelphia, PA. The Medical Mission Sisters are committed to a mission of healing in areas of need throughout the world. Sister Katherine speaks six languages and studied at the Jung Institute in Zürich, Switzerland, where she received her master’s degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. She has worked with Mexican immigrant women in Arizona, studied herbal medicine in Australia, been a clinical nurse specialist in Hawaii, and ministered among the Lakota Sioux in South Dakota. She currently works at Livengrin, a drug and alcohol treatment and rehabilitation center in Bensalem, PA.

Janet Ude Jones, AAS, received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Johns Hopkins University on May 27, 2010. Janet is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing.

Jan Holder Montgomery, BA, and family members including Ashley Montgomery Byrd, BBA ’92, recently enjoyed a vacation in Harbor Island, SC. Front row (l to r) : Mary Montgomery, Henry Montgomery, Jack Montgomery, Grayson Floyd, Abigail Byrd, and Cameron Byrd; back row (l to r): Ashley Montgomery Byrd, Pat Montgomery, Jan Montgomery, Stuart Montgomery, and Trent Byrd

Eleanor W. Dasenbrook, MEd, retired from Arlington Public Schools on July 1, 2010, after 40 years in education. Her experience included teaching kindergarten through eighth grade, with her last 11 years in the Project Pathways Program for atrisk and court-involved middle school students. Eleanor and her husband, Jim Halsey, continue to reside in McLean, VA. Her children, Chris and Carol, are grown and also live in the area.


Debbie Koletty Lillard, BA, started her own professional organizing business, Space to Spare, in 2003 with a website – www.spacetospare.com. Debbie appeared on four episodes of HGTV’s Mission: Organization within just a year of launching her business. She then wrote a book, Absolutely Organize Your Family: Simple Solutions to Control Clutter, Schedules, and Spaces, which was published in 2010.


Virginia Cody, MEd, was a write-in candidate for Pennsylvania governor during the November 2010 election. Virginia, who is from Wyoming County, PA, is a registered Republican and a retired U.S. Air Force Captain.


Barbara Walczyk Joers, BBA, is joining Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin as vice president of surgical services. There, Barbara will work to develop a comprehensive strategic plan for surgical services across the health system. She has over 18 years experience in hospital administration, including holding the position of chief operating officer of The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Barbara has a master’s degree in Health Services Administration, Management, and Policy from The George Washington University.

William Thorpe, MBA, has been named senior vice president and chief credit officer for HomeBancorp, Inc., in Tampa, FL. Bill is also a Commander in the United States Navy Reserve.


Daniel Bass, MS, has been named the managing director for FBR Capital Market Corporation’s Houston, TX, office. Daniel joins FBR Capital Markets from The Carson Medlin Company, an investment bank specializing in corporate finance advisory services. He was previously a senior vice president in mergers and acquisitions at Compass Bancshares. Earlier in his career, Daniel was a senior manager at KPMG, focusing on financial institutions. He also worked in investment banking at Alex Sheshunoff Management Services. He is a veteran of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, where he served as an analyst within both the Division of Supervision and the Division of Research and Statistics.


Kara Mullins, BA, has been named director of development for the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. Kara was formerly a senior development officer at the National Gallery of Art, where she worked in various capacities for nearly a decade. The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art, has an active collecting program and regularly organizes acclaimed special exhibitions, many of which travel nationally and internationally.


Bethann Bernier Coppi, BBA, BS, and Mark Coppi are proud to announce the birth of their son, Luke Jackson, on April 22, 2010, at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, MA. Luke weighed in at 8 lb., 2 oz.

Barbara Dorsey Hendricks, MA, has been named human resources director at Nanticoke Health Services in Seaford, DE. She oversees recruitment, employee relations, and staff development functions, in addition to benefits and compensation administration. Barbara holds an MBA from Strayer University.


Julian Kiganda, BA, is president of Vibrant Design and was the lead designer on the interactive historical exhibit for the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the National Urban League, which was on display at the Washington Convention Center in July 2010. Julian involved other MU alumni, faculty, and staff on the project, including Sarah Gulick, BA ’04, and Lyndi Carvalho, BA ’00. Two years ago, Julian and several of her Marymount colleagues created the Freedom House Museum exhibit in the Northern Virginia Urban League’s Alexandria headquarters, which was formerly a slave-holding facility owned by the Franklin and Armfield company.


Jim Multari, BA, and his wife Emily welcomed their daughter, Bridget Catherine Multari, on February 17, 2010. The Multaris reside in Philadelphia, PA.


John Goodwin, BA, has been named chief of staff to newly elected U.S. Representative Raul Labrador (R-Idaho). In his news release, the Congressman noted, “John’s vast Capitol Hill experience will be an excellent resource as I begin the people’s work in Congress.” John previously worked as a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, communications director for Representative Peter Roskam (R-Illinois), and press secretary for former Representative Rob Simmons (R-Connecticut).


Ryan Caldera, BBA, and Rebecca Bennett Caldera, BA, were married in June 2010 in Los Angeles, CA, where they currently reside. They write, “Thanks again to all the Berg 1st members who could make it; those who couldn’t were missed!”

Nicholas Arthur Hathaway, BS, and Jennifer Marie Woods were married in San Diego, CA, in October 2010.


Christopher Byck, BA, is teaching at an international high school in Caracas, Venezuela.


In April, Jeff Martin, BA, was appointed to the seven-member Planning and Zoning Agency in historic St. Johns County, FL. He has been an active member of the local Republican Party and recently stepped down from a two-year tenure as president of the St. Johns County Young Republicans. Jeff participated in the gubernatorial campaign for Bill McCollum and the U.S. Senate campaign for Marco Rubio. He and his wife Hilary moved from Arlington, VA, to St. Augustine, FL, in January 2008.

Designer Hakam Al-Zoubi, BA, recently held a fashion show at the Four Seasons hotel in Damascus, Syria, and mentioned his Marymount University education during an interview on a major Arab television station. Hakim is head of the Fashion Design Department at Arab International University and a television producer.


Brian Dell’Olio, BA, is the Scarborough, ME, School Board chairman and was the 2010 Democratic candidate for election to the Maine House of Representatives. Brian has served on the Scarborough Board of Education for three years, two of them as chairman. He has also served on Scarborough’s 350th Anniversary Celebration Committee. He is on the board of the Scarborough Kiwanis Club and works for his family’s company, North Atlantic Securities, as an operations manager.

Jennifer Kikta Marshall, BS, and Doug Marshall are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl. Mielle Terese was born on July 9, 2010, in Saskatoon, SK, Canada; she weighed 6 lb., 6 oz.

Jackie Barry Weisman, BA, and Sam Weisman were married on September 25, 2010, in the Smyrna Opera House in Smyrna, DE. The Weismans reside in Fairfax, VA.


Emily Koska Barrett, BA, received her Master of Science in Information and Library Studies from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland, on July 14, 2010.


Elyse Kranitz, BA, and Michael Brunais, BA ’06, are happy to announce their engagement. They met at Marymount in 2004 and plan to be married in the summer of 2011.


Elissa Basil Alicea, BA, and Francisco Alicea, BA ’08, were married on July 18, 2010, in Landsdowne, VA, with many Marymount friends in attendance. Front row (l to r): Seth Van den Berg ’08, Brian Domenici ’07, Kristin DiNicolantonio ’08, Kimberly LaJeunesse Bryan ’07, Boloye Gomero ’08, Elissa and Franc, Erin Doyle ’08, Janelle Scott ’08, Emily Parent ’08, Ryan Buchner ’09, J.P. Goshco ’08; middle row (l to r): Joseph Cook ’08, Hannah Kanter ’08, Patti Burns ’09, Michael Evans ’08, Ashley Dalton Barkley, MA ’07, Andreas Music ’11; back row (l to r): Professor of Interior Design Dr. Robert Meden, Caitlin Lavin ’08, Pol Aguirre ’09


Jessica Gray, BA, is an assistant fashion designer for the Juniors Division of Golden Touch Group in New York’s Fashion District. She works for the head designer for the division. The company designs three of its own private labels and also does labels for a variety of retailers, including Macy’s, Wet Seal, Forever 21, Ross, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Deb, Burlington Coat Factory, Dress Barn, Sears, and Kohl’s.