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Susan Crytzer Marchant

Madison Doehler ’18, daughter of Andrea Hoover Doehler and David Doehler ’02 is a UMW freshman.Federal government communications instructor Cynthia Lewis earned a Ph.D. in education from Walden University.

Brooke Fillmore Herndon,husband Greg, and English springer spaniel Winnie have a 20-acre “farmette” in Winchester, Virginia, where they plan to raise cows next spring. Brooke works in development for a global health NGO, Project HOPE. She placed second in her age group at the Apple Blossom 10K, running 6.2 miles in 47 minutes. She’s in the Winchester Rotary Club and volunteers with Girls on the Run, a nonprofit learning, life-skills, and running program for girls 8 through 13.

Kathryn Courtney Kelchner is a marine science coordinator/teacher and art teacher at St. Mary Star of the Sea School in Hampton, Virginia. When Kathryn saw the senior pictures of James Whalen and Gary Witzenburg on the wall at Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School in Virginia Beach, during a meeting, it took her back to Custis days freshman year.

During 23 years with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, from cartography to program management, I’ve worked with several UMW alums. My three boys are in soccer and Scouts. A den leader, I took my son’s group to a January UMW men’s basketball game, where we beat Penn State Harrisburg. Fellow pack parent David Rider ’96 lives near Manassas with his wife and two children.

I’m neighbors with Heather Jackson Priddy ’89. Our sons, Brett and Jack, are elementary school classmates.

What have been your experiences? Please share with us.


Shannon Eadie Niemeyer

Hello, Class of 1991! Hope everyone is well. I only heard from a few people this time.

Michelle Lesko Parker’s son, Jake, is battling Duchenne muscular dystrophy. If you’d like to contribute to the cause, visit

Rob Beilfus, senior production manager at RTC in Washington, D.C., also teaches yoga.

Leanne Kinsella married Frank Fogle in June on Lake Norman in North Carolina. Frank’s son, Denton, was best man. The couple took a trip to Asheville and live in Huntersville, North Carolina, with German shepherd GiGi, mini schnauzer Jack, and cats Dakota and Pierre. Leanne is director of market development for graphic communications firm Classic in Charlotte. Frank is national accounts manager for Arjobex America.

Send news and updates any time. I hope to hear from you soon!


Courtney Hall Harjung


Cheryl Roberts Heuser

Bethany Zecher Sutton


Kendra L. Williams, diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis, is quickly losing her ability to walk and do other things, and had to step down as senior travel editor at Midwest Living magazine. On her blog at, she shares her story, along with inspirational travel stories aimed at getting people with disabilities out on the road.


Jennifer Rudalf Gates

Jill McDaniel

From Jen: Hello, classmates! My son, Connor, 9, made a travel soccer team last year. I was promoted to senior vice president with global HR at Bank of America. I had dinner with Lynn Terrill Walters ’94. My travels to New Jersey aren’t the same without seeing Carrie Columbia Campbell ’96, Jeff Campbell ’97, and kiddos Cate, Mason, and Emma, who moved from the NYC suburbs to the Nashville area in August 2013. Jeff works for United Methodist Conferences.

Third-grade teacher Jill McDaniel purchased her first home last summer. Courtney Weise Santonicola and husband Steve welcomed third child Peter. Laura Duffey Ford planned to meet him at a Virginia Hall reunion hosted by photographer Heather Spring Sieck and husband JP Sieck ’95 of Fredericksburg. Richmond teacher Carmen Altorelli Eckel ’95 planned to join them. Cassandra Essig Fisher lives in New Jersey with husband Craig Fisher ’97, homeschools their three boys, and directs a local co-op. Laura lives in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, with husband Ryan, homeschools their three girls, and coaches a soccer team that includes the son of Michelle Morehead Reardon ’95. Anne Larson Crescini wrote Driving Me Crazy About It,about her experiences living in Japan.

Stephanie Howard Whittaker of Caroline County works at the United States Parachute Association in Fredericksburg. When she, husband Rodney, and daughters Sydney and Scarlett were in Florida for spring break, they stayed in Windmere with San Tham Sandy and husband Shiva, who have sons Sean, Sebastian, and Sirus, and expected another boy in November.

Please keep the news coming!


Michelle Trombetta

Kira Stchur wed Eddie Villarreal in San Antonio in May. As best lady, I cried when she walked down the aisle with her dad. We had brunch, drank champagne, danced, and ended the night bar hopping along the River Walk. I saw Kira and Eddie two weeks later at a Paso Robles, California, wedding.

Ten years ago, I attended the June wedding of Julie Newell Leslie and Nathan Leslie ’95, who have two kittens.

Jennifer Repella surprised friends and family with a “flash wedding,” marrying Michael S. Gordon on July Fourth. Guests thought they were attending an Independence Day celebration. Alexa Shelton, Jennifer’s daughter, gave her away and performed two songs in the couple’s honor.

After 18 years, my Yahoo account is a sea of spam and shoe coupons. I want your news, so please note the email change.


Erika Giaimo Chapin


Amanda Goebel Thomas