Stephens College Alumnae Notes
Peninsula Women for Stephens Welcome Two New Freshmen
On July 30, 2013, Peninsula Women for Stephens hosted a casual dinner to meet and welcome two local incoming Stephens freshmen.
Attendees were: Hostesses Billie Jones Moffitt ’72, Karen Deiwert Jason ’73, and Renita Walsh Dubuque ’76, recent alums Kristine Kloss ’12 and Gretchen Roehrs ’12, freshman Monica Nakamatsu and her mother, Nani, and freshman Jennifer Zink and her mother, Jane Soo Hoo.
Jessie Kwatamidia, Director of Philanthropy sent several Stephens logo items that were tucked inside a “Mom-in-a-Box” given to each of the girls. Moffitt developed the "Mom-in-a-Box" product, which has been used at other colleges.
Everyone had a wonderful time — and Monica and Jennifer now know each other and much more about what to expect and look forward to at Stephens.
KC alumnae welcome Class of 2013
The Kansas City alumnae chapter welcomed incoming freshmen from the area during an ice cream social July 27, 2013, in the historic garment district.
The Journey to Stephens event allowed alumnae to properly welcome the Class of 2013, and allowed the incoming freshmen to get to know one another better. It was a wonderful event.
Denver Area Alumnae Luncheon
On April 8, 2013, Carla Hampton Macartney ’52 hosted a luncheon for Stephens alumnae in the Denver area at her retirement home, Heritage Club. They celebrated the 75th birthday of Ann Willett Kingery ’58 with balloons, chocolate cake and camaraderie.
Pictured (L-to-R): Julia Patterson ’83, Judy Simmons ’66, Carla Hampton Macartney ’52, Ann Willett Kingery ’58, Nancy Glaze Kneipple ’65, Joyce Tinkham Patterson ’52, Nancy Schott Westman ’64 and Denise Girtin Daniell ’72. Not pictured, but in attendance, was Margo Mead Lupberger ’42, who also lives at Heritage Club. Margo recently celebrated her 90th birthday. (Read more…)
Linda Aulgur ’73, Ph.D., was honored as “21 of the Best Education Professors in Missouri” from the Missouri Online Schools Association. She teaches as an adjunct with the Stephens Master's in Education program and as a professor at Westminster College. She has served as the chair of the education department at Westminster since 2000. She directs the Westminster Seminar, a first-year experience program for college freshmen. Linda also worked 17 years as a public and private school teacher for K-8 grades.
Joy "Mookie" Haynes ’93 writes: “After 5 ½ years The Haynes Immigration Law Firm recently became Haynes Novick Immigration and moved its offices to larger space in Washington, D.C. Joy continues to practice immigration law, while acting (mostly) in commercials and industrials. She is also still hard at work on her documentary about life inside a mental hospital, “Voices from Within.”
Dana Lynn Hicks Hart ’87 was promoted from Vice-President to President of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn.
Nancy Bates Rainier ’53 of Fowler, Ind., writes: “My Stephens roommate, Nancy Wagaman Owen (Waggy), her husband, Bob, my husband, Jim, and I get together every year. We take turns choosing where to meet. We've had a very special relationship since our graduation in 1953. We're like family.”
Kathy Krider Hawken ’67, a FAB member, was recently named the chair of Women in Government. Kathy is a state legislator for North Dakota.
Kristina Morgan ’88 of Scottsdale, Ariz., has written “Mind Without a Home: A Memoir of Schizophrenia,” a memoir in which she writes about how she’s battled her co-occurring disorders of schizophrenia and alcoholism with medication and Twelve Step recovery.
Beyond Stephens Archives
Lois Schuholz Wallman ’39 came back to Stephens after graduating to work in the business office under Mr. Dearing. She writes: “I thought so much of him, and they named a hall after him.” She lives in a retirement home in Alabama to be near her son.
Lucille G. Ford ’42, Ph.D., is the first president of The Ashland County Community Foundation. She previously worked in academia at Ashland University from 1965-1995, serving as a professor of Economics, chair of the Economics department, dean of Special Programs, dean of the School of Business and Economics, vice president of Academic Affairs and provost. Prior to that, she taught at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., and served on the board of directors as assistant secretary and personnel director of A.L. Garber Company, her family’s printing business. She later headed the business for several years.
Valarie A. Lauder ’44 has written a book called “The Back Page: The Personal Face of History.” After Stephens, she transferred to Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and worked at the Chicago Daily News as a copygirl.
Laura (Ann) Gray Smith ’53, a sculptor, was selected to create a 11’ x 8’ bronze Scottish heraldic style crest for the entrance of the performing arts center of the St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in Orange County, Calif. She writes: “I have built on the many creative classes I took during my two years at Stephens and my life skills to sculpt a monumental piece for the new performing arts center in a school in Orange County California. The crest is installed and the whole process can now be viewed on YouTube, “St. Margaret’s Bronze Crest by Laurie Smith.” It explains the Lost Wax method and many of my challenges.”
Sylvia Rountree Harbaugh ’56 of Berlin, Md., was a school librarian for about 20 years, but since 1970, she has worked as a craftsperson making dollhouse miniatures. She went full time in 1983. She says that her business, The Dolls’ Cobbler, has been written up countless times. She has made items for several Hollywood films, and for years she traveled to shows around the U.S. and to several foreign countries.
FromTina Dorst Larochelle ’62: “I live in New Hampshire where I am retired from running our farm and farm store with my husband, who is disabled. I keep busy with enough for the Farmer’s Market still. I am on the board of the Greater Concord Interfaith Council and our church. Our horses are retired, too, although they enjoy their job as orchard mowers. I really enjoyed our reunion, am having fun with helping get our network established, and hope you will contact me at [email protected].”
Jean McFaddin ’62 (“America’s Parade Lady”) and Stephens alumna and actress Dawn Wells were among those inducted into the 2012 Missouri Walk of Fame at the Marshfield Cherry Blossom Festival. (Yes, they qualify as “Missourians” because of their time at Stephens!)
News fro Elizabeth Moran Mitchell ’62: “I live in Kentucky with my husband, Rob. We are both retired (he as an ombudsman and me as a former HR person and educator) and enjoying traveling around. Our Stephens 50th Reunion was terrific (hope you saw the picture of the reunionites in the Stephens email) and spurred several of us into establishing a network of ’62 alums. Our aim is to keep us all in touch, and maybe we will see each other at our 55th reunion. We have contacted those for whom we have email addresses and are preparing to send a newsletter out with the fall Stephens mailing. While you are reading this, take a moment to jot down my email address and send me some information about you (and your email and snail mail addresses and phone numbers, too!) drmitchell@bellsouth[email protected]. Snail mail address is P.O. Box 8146, Louisville, KY 40257.”
From Paula Hess Cohen ’64: “I’m excited to report that I’ve just published my first book, “Bok: The Memoir of a Dysfunctional Dog.” In the book, Bok, a geriatric Chow-Black Lab mix, recounts the events in her life from her days as an incorrigible puppy to an arthritic senior citizen. The book is available on Amazon.com and through the Kindle books.
Marilyn Patrice Fleming ’64, designer/model/stylist/writer/artist, was honored in October 2012 at the Dallas Country Club as an outstanding graduate of the University of Alabama’s College of Human Environmental Sciences, at a reception given by the dean. After Marilyn’s Stephens graduation, her 1968 B.S. in Home Economics, with a minor in Interior Design, set the foundation for her ongoing entrepreneurial career. She is also very active as the archivist/public relations lady for the Stephens College Dallas Alumnae Club.
The joyous personal reunion of Marilyn, with her two sisters at the Fleming Sisters Family Reunion in July 2012 in Dallas, was a real miracle and a blessing since they had not seen one another in 13 years since the death of their mother, Virginia Davis Fleming Miller. Marilyn’s sisters are both pictured here in wheelchairs as the recently late Jean Fleming Short Pevehouse ’67 (she had been recovering from a recent stroke, after a rewarding career as a legal secretary for 25 years). Married to Pete Pevehouse since 1996, he was a loving, devoted, caregiver husband. She is survived by their son, Robert Sterling Short, III, and two beautiful grandchildren, Ryan and Taylor, by Robby’s beautiful wife, Tina Short. They all live in Texas. Middle sister, Barbara Fleming Masar, has been married to her caring, devoted, and hard working husband, Pat Masar, for 43 years, and they now live in Illinois after living overseas and traveling the world. They have three children: Patrick Masar, Jr., Kevin Masar and Christine Laurine Smith; and 11 grandchildren.
Victoria Riskin ’65, the founder of Human Rights Watch in Southern California, was selected as one of California’s Women of the Year, as selected by the California Legislative Women’s Caucus. She is past president of the Writers Guild of America West, the union representing 8,500 screen and television writers. She was a writer and producer for television with credits, including The Last Best Year, The Member of the Wedding, My Antonia, A Town Torn Apart and World War II: When Lions Roared. She previously had a private practice as a psychologist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in humanities from USC, a master’s degree in psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles and a Ph.D. in counseling also from USC.
Mary Josie Cain Blanchard ’67, former AAB president and Stephens Alumnae Achievement Award recipient, was inducted into the 2012 Hall of Honor that recognizes outstanding Texas City Independent School District graduates. Mary Josie is currently serving as the deputy director for environmental policy and compliance for the Office of the Secretary in the Department of the Interior. She is only the fourth woman to receive this award, which recognizes leadership and service.
Melinda Hill Perrin ’67received a University of Texas Distinguished Award. She is a Houston civic leader and health care advocate. The first woman to serve on the board of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System (then Hermann Hospital), she has had a lifelong passion for improving health care. Recently, she convened researchers and leaders from eight Houston hospitals to study ways to reduce medical errors. Melinda has chaired the UT Development Board and the Chancellor’s Council. She was also a driving force behind the founding of the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education.
Mary Conley Kosmal ’68 and husband, Brian, retired at the end of 2009. They now live on Skidaway Island at The Landings in Savannah, Ga. Brian is playing lots of golf, and Mary is still riding and is a docent at one of the historic houses in Savannah. She writes: “For all our Stephens friends, please let us know if you are visiting Savannah. We love to show off our new city!”
Bonnie Jane Farlow Zager ’68 A.A., ’70 B.A. of College Park, Md., writes that she and her husband, John, were looking forward to the arrival of their first grandchild in September 2012. Son Jacob and his wife, Sarah, were married in May 2009 and now reside in Rensselaer, Ind. Bonnie and John fondly remember their May 1971 wedding at Stephens’ Firestone Baar Chapel, led by Stephens’ Religion and Philosophy Professor Leslie Bates. After earning their M.Ed. degrees in May 1972 from MU, Bonnie served as residence hall counselor for Hillcrest Hall that next year. They were the first married couple to live in a Stephens College residence hall. She is an administrative assistant for Student Affairs at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy.
News from Nancy Cozean Jacob ’69: “I just was involved in a private showing with Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli, N.Y., as we held a private preview of BalletNext, made up of former principle dancers from ABT and New York City Ballet. I can thank Stephens for providing me with the background and basic dance training that is paying off today. Wish you all well.”
Marsha Raulston ’69 A.A., ’70 B.A. reports that after the past eight happy years as vice president of people at Posit Science Corporation and SFL Data, Inc., both in San Francisco, she has decided to reopen her consulting business. The business, with a new name of Raulston Partners, has West Coast offices in San Francisco and East Coast offices in Chattanooga Tenn.
Stefanie Vosburg Howard ’71 of Norco, Calif., writes: “I’m happy to share that our business , Happy Chiles, has been accepted to the 2012 Hatch, New Mexico Hatch ChileFest, which is one of the largest ChileFests in the country. We are proud to be one of few certified Hatch, NM chile distributors in the Southern California area. We distribute Hatch,NM chiles and related products such as salsas in various Farmers Markets and special events.”
Alanna Nash ’72 received the Charlie Lamb Award for Excellence in Country Music Journalism for 2012. She was nominated in the Contemporary category for her Vanity Fair piece on the Al Werthiemer photograph of young Elvis kissing a “mystery woman.” Her nominator stated “this was considered the scoop of the year and has been dubbed a small triumph of cultural journalism. The story is a testament to Alanna’s dogged determination over more than a decade in exploring and analyzing every detail about the careers of Elvis Presley and his manager, Col. Tom Parker. The story was the No. 1 most popular story on Vanity Fair’s website for months, and made news all over the world.”
Dr. Shirley Campbell ’73is an anthropologist specializing in the indigenous peoples of Australia and Papua New Guinea. She has degrees from Stephens and the Australian National University in Canberra, where she is a research fellow. As part of her doctoral research, she lived in a tiny native village for 18 months in the remote Trobriand Islands, speaking only the local language. Her research is described in her book titled “The Art of Kula.”
News from La Verne Hughes ’74: “I am the mother of three, and grandmother of seven. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from your fine school, Stephens College. I received a Master’s of Education degree from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo. I am the sole proprietor of two home-based businesses: RevaL-Designs & More and also RevaL Publishing. I am currently employed by Pepsico located in Columbia, Mo. I am the owner of the patented design ‘Frame Your Puzzle,’ and I have self-published the book, “Our Homeless Deserve Better.” I have recently been published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises for my fiction book, ‘The Trip of a Lifetime.’ It will be released for bookstores, such as Barnes and Noble, by the beginning of October 2012. I am proud of my achievements, and I thank Stephens College for helping to draw out my creative and artistic abilities, so that I can feel confident in pursuing my dreams.”
Sharon Alta Hill Cathers ’78 has signed with a major art publishing company, Laila’s, Canada’s premier publisher, manufacturer and distributor of exclusive works of art. They sell to major retailers worldwide such as Bed, Bath and Beyond. She’s one of only 128 artists they represent and they have chosen 48 of her images for their catalogue. Click to view her portfolio. She writes: “Although it has been many years since I was in school, the lessons I learned there have guided me my whole life. And I’d like to let the younger women know this. I value my Stephens education, and I want to share my success with the whole academic community. I couldn’t have done it without you!”
Abby Lynn Pielet ’83 has written a new novel, “Summer Dey – Dare to be Different,” which has just become available as an e-book on Nook, Kindle and iPad formats. If you wish to read the book on your computer, it can also be downloaded and read with a free copy of Adobe Digital Editions, Nook for PC or Mac and Kindle for PC or Mac. Check out “Summer Dey – Dare to be Different” on Facebook and the website summerdeybook.com.
Kellie Wingate Campbell ’84 presented a workshop on victims and confidentiality in March in the Netherlands. Campbell was in The Hague for the 14th International Symposium of the World Society of Victimology. The focus of the five-day conference was improving justice for victims through discussion of victims’ rights, transitional justice and trauma recovery. In addition to serving as a speaker, Kellie attended 22 sessions and workshops primarily on the topics of victims’ rights and restorative justice. Keynote speakers consisted of national and international experts on victims’ issues along with authors, scholars and law school professors. The Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (MAPA) and the Missouri Victim Assistance Network (MOVA) provided financial assistance in the form of training funds to cover roughly two-thirds of the cost of the trip. She is known to both groups and will use conference material for future trainings with prosecutors, advocates and other professionals. She was a panelist and presenter in March at the MOVA statewide conference and will present a webinar in June to MAPA in the subject of victims, confidentiality and ethics.
Linda “Widdi” Henning Turner ’84 of Clarkston, Ga., writes “having graduated with a degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Business, it only seems appropriate that 28 years later, I’m a freelance actor and producer! I produce commercials and corp videos, and still perform on stage and sometimes on the small screen. My last TV gig was earlier this year in two episodes of BET’s top sitcom The Game, where I played ‘Dr Gonzales,’ the OBGYN. But my focus right now is to grow my baking business, No Big Whoop! Bakery, where I make yummy treats like small whoopie pies, marshmallows, Twinkies and more. Some of my best customers have been my fellow Stephens alums across the country! You can find it on Facebook.
News from Sandi Saurers ’86: “I am involved as a volunteer in my community with a number of organizations, including as a precinct clerk for the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections; as the membership co-coordinator for Friends of Nature Parks, the local support group to encourage nature education and outdoor recreation in Gainesville’s nature parks; as the chapter representative for the Paynes Prairie Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society at the local level; and as the chairperson of the Landscape Committee for FNPS at the state level. For these efforts, I was nominated for an award by my supervisor where I work. I graduated from Stephens in ’86 with a double-major in Equestrian Science and Business Administration. I worked as a show groom, farm manager and breeding manager for 10 years, and I’ve worked as a contract administrator for the past 19 years, so I’ve put both my degrees from Stephens to full use.”
Amy Lau ’91, a designer in New York, received an honorary doctorate degree from the New York School of Interior Design.
News from Lori Ebinger Sullivan ’95: “I wanted to share my exciting news with my alma mater. In May, I graduated from Florida International University in Miami with my M.B.A.”
Stefin Preboski Kohn ’97 of Seattle is busy with her food-history blog, www.culinarytimecapsule.blogspot.com. She writes: “Return to the 1980s as I cook my way through a childhood recipe collection. Do Stuffed Beefaroni Peppers still taste as delicious today as they did 20 years ago? What exactly is Rainbow in a Cloud? And why do all these cake recipes feature mayonnaise? No matter when you came of age, you’re bound to find laughs, dining disasters, and hopefully, a few new—and timeless—additions to your table.”
Ricardo Rique-Sanchez ’11 was cast as “Pepe” in the National Company of West Side Story!
News from Charita Thompson Carthen ’04: “On October 2, 2012, after a few months of getting all of the background work completed, I launched an online art gallery, C. Monique High Art. CMHA showcases Abstract Expressionist Art and Fine Art Photography in the form of oil on canvas, watercolor paintings and illustrations. The original artworks that I have created are inspired by everyday life, people, emotions, colors, as well as periods in time. These pieces have been created in such a way as they capture the eye of art lovers as well as those not intrigued by the arts. All works displayed are available for purchase with prices that are set to fit into any budget. In addition to these offering, there is also the option available for commission requests. A few original pieces have already been sold, and more are soon to come. I am pleased with the success of the site thus far, as it has received rave reviews from all that have visited, so I’m excited to see what this new path will bring.”
Elizabeth Maxine Harrington Power ’08 married Ryan Power on May 12, 2012, in Walt Disney World. The two met while in school. Ryan graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Agriculture Sciences, and Elizabeth graduated from Stephens with a degree in Marketing: Public Relations and Advertising. Elizabeth and Ryan met in 2006. Ryan proposed to Elizabeth at Stephens Lake Park in November 2011. The two now live in Omaha, Neb. She works as associate development director for Boy Scouts of America.
From Rebekah Louise Martin ’09:“I have recently published my first novel, ‘Sugar and Spies,’ through Smashwords and Amazon, and am working to build my personal publishing platform. My book is the first in a series about two sisters, one who is a spy, Stella, and one who is a recently divorced stay-at-home mother, Riley. When Stella’s work follows her home and Riley’s children are kidnapped, Stella and her partner, David, spring into action to bring them back. You can find out more about coming attractions at my website and the book is available at www.smashwords.com and www.amazon.com for eBooks.
Polly Rose Edelstein ’10 has been very busy in Philadelphia. She recently completed teaching theatre with Theatre Horizon only to have them offer her a position as one of their acting camp teachers. Along with that, Polly attended Villanova University in the fall. She is working on her Master’s in Theatre with a Certificate in Non-Profit Management. She is attending school there as a graduate assistant, so all tuition is paid and she will receive a stipend as well.
Jane Smisor Bastien ’55 wrote a series of piano books for children (translated in Japan) with her now deceased husband. She composes and teaches children to play piano. She attended Stephens her last year of high school and her first year of college, but she came to Stephens from the early age of 13 to take piano lessons. Jane is a former pedagogy professor and director of the Preparatory Department of Music at Tulane University.
Lo Anne Kinney Mayer ’61 of Morristown, N.J., has a manuscript ready to be published. The mission of her book, “Celestial Conversations: One Woman’s Story of Grief, Healing and Life Beyond the Veil,” is to help heal grieving hearts. She writes: “my book, as well as the workshops I give using my journaling process, inspires forgiveness between the living and loved ones who have died. My personal mission is to share the truth that mother-daughter love never dies. It may change form but love is eternal. I feel honored to share what I have discovered to those walking the grieving path.”
April Vahle Hamel, Ph.D., ’62 of Edgartown, Mass., co-wrote the third edition of “The Graduate School Funding Handbook,” which was released in December 2011. For more than 15 years, the handbook has been an invaluable resource for students applying to graduate school in the United States or abroad, at the master’s, doctoral, and postdoctoral levels. She is retired associate dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.
Joan Canby ’68 of Garland, Texas, published a book of poetry, titled “Metaxe,” about her journey to Jerusalem last year. She writes: “Metaxe is Plato’s term for transcendence; the state of being in between, en route. My trip to Israel reflects this need for transcendence as does every attempt at a poem has done for me these last 10 years.” The book is listed under “Joan Canby, Metaxe” on Amazon.com.
Kathy Howton Brooks ’78 of Memphis, Tenn., published“My Homeland Tennessee,” a coffee-table book featuring profiles of notable Tennesseans. She is one of five writers featured in the book, which features an introduction by Dolly Parton and is available on Amazon.com.
Kris Larson-Keller ’75 of The Design Source Limited in St. Louis visited with Interior Design students and faculty on Feb. 22 on the Stephens campus. Pictured: Dr. Judith Clark, chair of Stephens’ English/Creative Writing department and Kris Larson-Keller ’75.
Jayne Dixon Kulhanek ’79 of Deerfield, Ill., is the executive director of United Eye Care Providers, LLC, a large network of private practice optometrists in northern Illinois. In April, as part of its annual outreach, the network joined efforts with VSP, Transitions and Hoya to offer children from four schools in the Chicago area free eye exams and glasses.
Toni Cooley ’82 is president and founder of Systems Automotive Interiors, based in Jackson, Miss., which assembles automobile seats. The company has formed a partnership with Toyota Boshoku America to assemble seats for Toyota Corollas built at the automaker’s Blue Springs plant.
Martha Sue Murphy ’87 of Brookfield, Ill., recently completed her Master of Science in Information Technology. She works as an adjunct instructor at Morton College and is a full-time high school teacher at J. Sterling Morton High School.
Alicia (Liza) Kay Moser Skroska ’90 of Maryland Heights, Mo., gave birth to Felix William Skroska in November 2010. She is married to Vince Srkoska, and they have one other daughter, Eleanor Rose Skroska.
Karith Foster ’96 is the author of “Laugh Your Way to Happiness: 101 Ways to Have a Great Laugh,” and the soon-to-be released children’s book “Lealah Finds Love.” During Stephens Alumnae Weekend, she presented her Laughter Bootcamp, an interactive presentation that engages the audience in finding the funny in everyday life situations. “Laughing can be so healing and cathartic,” she says. “There’s often humor even in tragic situations.”
Foster and her dog, Lealah, also visited Stephens this past November during Diversity Week, where she and fellow comedian Adam Lehman presented “Stereotype 101: A Jewish Looking Gay Guy and a White Talking Black Girl.”
Married on Jan. 21 in Nicaragua, she also had a ceremony in Los Angeles in February.
Gwen I. Walraven ’96 of Richardson, Texas, has become a partner at Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP.
Lindsay Hughes Thurston ’00 of Lexington, Ky., has been appointed Assistant Secretary of State for Kentucky. Read more.
Chelsey Christensen ’08 of Washington, D.C., started a new position (Development Manager for Individual Giving) with Imagination Stage in November 2011. Imagination Stage is a nationally-recognized children’s theatre located outside of D.C. in Bethesda, Md. She is also on the season selection committee. She also reports that Colleen Burns ’08 got married on Oct. 22, 2011. The wedding, held in St. Louis, was a mini-Reunion with Stephens alums in the wedding party and as guests.