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By JoAnna Haugen on Monday, March 19th, 2012
Kate Hammond (92-94) has been named as the new superintendent of Valley Forge National Historical Park. She will also supervise the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site in Elverson. Hammond is currently serving as superintendent of Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana and will begin her new assignment in March. She has her bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry.
The Milford High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee inducted Kory Kramer into its Hall of Fame Class of 2011.Kramer was a successful track and field and cross country runner. He attended Kalamazoo College, and he’s been inducted into its Hall of Fame as well. Kramer currently resides in Seattle.
David Greeley (81-83) has been appointed as senior vice president of external affairs for the TB Alliance, a not-for-profit pharmaceutical company that is developing new medicines to treat tuberculosis. He has more than 25 years working for international nonprofit development organizations and the pharmaceutical company Merck & Co., Inc. Most recently, Greeley was the vice president of the Center for Private Sector Health Initiatives at FHI 360. At Merck, he was the senior director of the company’s global HIV/AIDS programs in the office of corporate responsibility. From 1998-2007, he served as Merck’s director of public affairs and policy for the Latin America and Caribbean region. Early in his career, Greeley worked for Population Services International and CARE, including long-term assignments in Indonesia, India and Niger.
Evan Caplan (07-09) and Katherine Tuider (07-10) are the authors of Dominican Republic (Other Places Travel Guide). This atypical travel guide emphasizes eco-tourism and community-based tourism initiatives and deemphasizes more corporate forms of tourism. The book, which is 374 pages long and available on Amazon.com, offers several tips on how to travel like a local.
Family practice physician Dr. Joey Anne Tryon has joined the team at Steward Medical Group Millview Medical, a primary care practice in Massachusetts. She received her bachelor’s degree at Holy Cross College and was a National Health Service Corps Scholar at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine. Tryon completed her residency in family medicine at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, and she has most recently been providing healthcare to families through Southcoast Physician Services at the Truesdale Clinic in Fall River.
Julie Retka (80-82) and her husband, David Byrne, recently completed a two-year bicycle trip from St. Paul, Minnesota, to the tip of South America and from South Africa to the North African coast. Along the way, they stopped in Retka’s Peace Corps village in rural Liberia. Retka, a teacher with the St. Paul school district, took a leave of absence to make the trip.
Caldwell College honored Juan Sheenan with the Excellence in Catholic Social Services Award. He got his master’s degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and moved to Mozambique to serve on a United Nations team dealing with the AIDS crisis. He joined Catholic Relief Services in 2001 and worked in Zambia to address HIV and food problems. Sheenan became the Catholic Relief Services country representative for Angola in 2005, and, since 2009, he has been the country representative for Honduras.
Ronald Wheatley (63-65) has written A Song of Africa, a piece of historical fiction based upon his experiences in Nigeria. The book is a love story set in the country during the Biafran War in 1966. Wheatley is an attorney, a playwright and the producer of The Trial of Phillis Wheatley. He also writes the column “Calling All Veterans” for the Scituate Mariner.
Debra Hauser (83-85) has been named as president and executive director of Advocates for Youth. She has been serving as executive vice president of the organization. In her previous role, she was involved with numerous initiatives including being one of three co-founders of the Future of Sex Education project, designing an HIV/AIDS prevention and testing-to-treatment program on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and negotiating the acquisition of the Great American Condom Campaign.
Dr. Debra L. Duke is the new acting senior pastor at the Community Church of Mountain Lakes. She has been an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey and Montgomery County Community College, a teaching assistant at Princeton Theological Seminary and a substitute teacher in middle school math and French. Duke received her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, a master’s degree at Washington University and master’s and doctorate degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary.
The Janesville School Board has hired Robert Smiley (86-88) to oversee its computer systems and increase the use of digital technology in education. He will be the district’s first chief information officer. Smiley is currently the educational technology director for the Waunakee School District, where he’s been for less than 18 months. Prior to that, he was the information technology director for the Stoughton School District. Smiley received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Ball State.
The Kitsap Community Food Co-Op has hired Jess Sappington as the new volunteer coordinator. Prior to this position, Sappington worked as a case manager for homeless families in Pierce County, Washington.