Barry University Class Notes - August 2013 Edition

Barry University Class Notes - August 2013 Edition

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Martha Saconchik-Pytel wrote a beautiful book, Baker’s Haulover – A Maritime Treasure of History and Pioneers. This book is a celebration of a forgotten era of maritime history. The creation of this book was a labor of love and includes over 400 interviews. Many of the pioneers interviewed have since passed and if not for Martha's research, first-hand dialogues would be lost forever. For more information on the book, or to order a copy, visit this website:

This fall, Martha will be featured at the following presentations and book signings of her book:

  • September 8, 2013 at 2PM, Central Christine Church, 222 Menores Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33134
  • September 10, 2013 at 2pm, North Miami Beach Public Library, 1601 NE 164 St., North Miami Beach, FL 33162-4099
  • September 12, 2013 at 6PM, Brockway Memorial Library, 10021 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores, FL 33138
  • September 26, 2013 at 11:30-1PM, Florida Historic Capitol, Tallahassee, FL

For further information or questions you can email Martha at


Arleen Dowd received an NEH Fellowship to study in South Africa for the summer of 2012. Additionally, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi in Educational Leadership in 2012.  As Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CW3), she is also a member of the United States Army Reserves and serves as an instructor to new Warrant Officers and Lieutenants.  Arleen has just completed her twenty-eighth year as a teacher of English in Oxford, Mississippi where she resides.


Dr. Vershern Edwards has written a book of poetry, “I Don’t Want Okra” poems of inspiration, focused and resolve to make it through when all seems hopeless and you may feel hopeless.  Life is meant to be lived to the fullest. Express every God given gift.  Dr. Edwards has been interview by MPR Mississippi’s public radio Diane Williams morning talk shows and many more in print.  “I Don’t Want Okra” has enjoyed many vocal reviews of magical, uplifting and transformed Vershern’s energy level; never felt such love come through reading poems.


Tonya Laster has received a Master of Arts in Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy concentration from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA in April 2013.


Anis Blemur is a successful American Entrepreneur of Haitian origin. Anis is an expert in accounting and has help immigrants in their fights to obtain legal rights. After working many years for Sharpton & Brunson and then becoming CFO with a multi-national firm called Xantic, Inc., he went on to explore his entrepreneurial passion in starting his own firma and help local international entrepreneurs start success businesses in South Florida. Anis has authored a book, “A Balanced Life” a self improvement book to help smaller investors and entrepreneurs achieve the American Dream.


Kristina Feher, Esq. has been selected to the Inaugural Class of the Wm. Reece smith, Jr., Leadership  Academy of the Florida Bar.  The goal of the academy is to train younger lawyers not only to be leaders in the legal profession but also in their communities.  Kristina just completed a two year term as Young Lawyer Section Chair of the Str. Petersburg Bar Association. Kristina practices bankruptcy law, divorce, small business and immigration at Feher Law in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Robert Walker has published his first book, Cartridges and Firearm Identification, which was released in November 2012.  Robert was published through Boca Raton based publisher, CRC Press.


Brittney Bartlett will be attending the University of Miami this coming fall semester.  She will be getting her Masters of Arts in International Administration.

In Memoriam:

Mary Jane Mills Renuart 1948
Mary Honebrink 1947