Class Notes, Winter 2019

January 30, 2019

Patti Kuhn Babin, MA '05, a historic preservation specialist with extensive experience in the Mid-Atlantic, has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Quinn Evans Architects as an architectural historian. Kuhn Babin has researched, produced reports and prepared National Register of Historic Places nominations for dozens of landmark properties, battlefields, cemeteries, military facilities and landscapes throughout the region.

Rebekah Beaulieu, BA ’03, was appointed director of the Florence Griswold Museum in Connecticut in February. Additionally, she served as co-editor and essayist of The State of Museums: Voices from the Field, published my MuseumsEtc. in October.

Patricia Blick, MA ’99, has been the executive director of the Quapaw Quarter Association in Little Rock, Arkansas, since January 2017. Serving as the chair of the Board of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions since the beginning of 2018.

Maura Burke, BA ’01, is an attorney and partner at Fox Rothschild LLP in Philadelphia.

Monta Lee Dakin, MA ’83, has stepped down as director of the 10-state museum association Mountain-Plains Museums Association. She is now consulting with small-to-medium museums on long-range planning, collections care, identification, governance and exhibit.

Eric Darnell, BA ’16, is a now a film development assistant at Lucasfilm after a stint at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), a leading talent agency in Los Angeles.

Michelle Delaney, MA ’91, had received her history PhD from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, with the dissertation, “Advance Work: Art and Advertising in Buffalo Bill's Wild West.” She currently works in the Smithsonian's Office of the Provost.

Anthony DiPaolo, BA ’80, is president & CEO of a 40 store retail chain in Massachusetts. He also sits on several boards of directors.

Julie (Passanante) Elman, PhD ’09, achieved tenure in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Missouri in 2018. She also recently published an article featuring research for her second book project in new media and society.

Cassandra Good, BA ’04, MA ’05, spent a month in the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle with a grant from the Georgian Papers Programme over the summer. She researched the writings of King George III and his family.

David Heinzmann, BA ’90, is an investigative reporter at the Chicago Tribune. He focuses on city and state government, politics and criminal justice issues. He lives in Oak Park, Ill., with his wife and two sons.

Joshua Hiscock, BA ’03, assumed the role of associate vice president for alumni relations at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., in January 2018. He leads a team of 15 staff members in engaging over 190,000 VCU alumni across the globe.

Alison (Kim) Hoagland, MA ’79, since retiring from teaching at Michigan Technological University, has published two books in 2018: The Log Cabin: An American Icon (University of Virginia Press) and The Bathroom: A Social History of Cleanliness (Greenwood Press).

Kalie Kelman, BA ’10, just moved to Ames, Iowa, this summer with her fiancé, Dr. Brian Petrovsky, and is beginning a new role as the director of sales at an InsureTech start-up called Rocket Referrals in Des Moines.

Robert Kohlmeyer, BA ’04, was named president of Kensington Nursery School, the oldest cooperative nursery school in Maryland. He assists families and a professional teaching staff to provide a high-quality, low-cost, play-based education.

Ciaran Lithgow, BA ’17, recently accepted a position as a housing specialist at the Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico. There, they work to secure long-term housing for individuals with behavioral, mental and physical health conditions.

David Lombardi, BA ’80, is celebrating his 30th year as a freelance TV producer of advertising and marketing communications in Boston, Mass. He has worked at the top ad agencies and marketing groups in the area including, Arnold Advertising, Bose, Hasbro and more.

Jason Michálek, MA ’17, serves as an associate instructor of composition at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., where he is pursuing digital rhetoric as a doctoral candidate in their English department.

Clay Purdy, BA ’78, is celebrating eight years as president of Canteen Communications, a Chicago-based ad agency bringing big agency thinking and creative talent to small and mid-sized businesses and nonprofit organizations.

VivianLea Solek, MA ’87, archivist for the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council Archives, was part of the team that created the award winning exhibition, “WWI: Beyond the Front Lines.” It received an Award of Merit from the Association for State & Local History.

Nancy Solomon, MA ’85, curated “In Harm's Way: storms and hurricanes on Long Island,” at the LI Museum in Stony Brook. She is a columnist for Voices published by the NY Folklore Society.

Robert Solomon, BA ’72, has traveled from his Napa home to Chicago, Orlando, Buffalo, and L.A., conducting workshops on client service and creative strategy, based on his book, The Art of Client Service (Wiley, 2016).

Amber Stimpson, MS ’07, is the local preservation commission/certified local government coordinator for the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. She offers technical guidance and training opportunities to over 100 local preservation commissions and 52 CLGs.

Sally Stokes, MA ’75, presented at the 2018 Fashion: Now & Then conference in New York, N.Y. Her work, Turban Culture: Cancer, Commerce and Compassion, is a paper on how headcoverings such as turbans and chemo caps are marketed to women who have chemo-induced hair loss