Class Notes - Winter Edition

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Marie Louden founded a Giving Circle in her "over 55 community," which just distributed 12 thousand dollars to non-profit organizations in Prince William County, VA. This is their sixth year and they have grown from four members to 40.


June Terry (Rawls) writes, “Who can claim (two) retirements?  I can.” After 32 years of teaching elementary school, Terry (Rawls) retired in January 2001. In March 2005, she helped open a ballroom dance studio and then retired from that activity on Dec 31, 2012. Now Terry (Rawls) is basking in the leisure time afforded her, via traveling and visiting her beautiful grandchildren in Tennessee 2-3 times a year. As a Miami native, she loves to visit other places, but returns home to Miami every time. After graduating from Barry, Terry (Rawls) went back to graduate School at the University of Miami. She graduated with a Masters in Education (Early Childhood) and is proud to be a Hurricane!


Darryl L. Gentry, retired in 2003. Prior to retirement, Darryl was a licensed clinical psychotherapist for over 31 years, a graduate school instructor, medical school instructor and published author of brief psychotherapy. In retirement, he loved hiking and even hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon at age 70. Darryl's passion for the history of early rock n roll led to teaching courses in 2010. His teaching inspired him to become a non-fiction author at age 72. His book, "Let the Good Times Roll: Birth of Rock n Roll 1955 – 1963,” is about the songs, the singers and the stories that take the reader on a journey back to 1955. Readers also learn how rhythm & blues became the first music teenagers called their own. The book can be purchased by website at Http:// and is also available on E-book.


Peggy Hamilton's second volume of poetry, "Questions for Animals," was published by Ahsahta Press at Boise State University. She is Director of Programs for a startup national educational nonprofit. She is ever-grateful to Barry's ACE program that allowed her to finish her BA in English that she started at Barry in 1979, and allowed her to go on to FAU, where she earned her MFA in Poetry in 2008 under the poet Susan Mitchell.


Bobby Pearce was nominated for a Tony Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award for designing the costumes for Broadway's TABOO. Most recently, his work could be seen in the new musical SUMMER OF LOVE at The Ogunquit Playhouse. Design highlights include FALLING FOR EVE at the York Theatre and THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES (NYC, Albany, Cincinnati, Long Beach, San Jose, and Sacramento). Pearce designed the film LET IT SNOW starring Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera's tour CHITA & ALL THAT JAZZ and BEHIND THE BEAT starring Vicki Sue Robinson. You can find out more about Bobby Pearce’s achievements at


Lorna Johnson’s son, William Noel III, is graduating from Barry in May 2014. He will be receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management. He has an internship with the Miami Marlins and is also a recipient of the Barry Legacy Scholarship.


Jeffrey Cohen has been working for Holland America Line since 2006 in several capacities, both onboard and shore side. Since joining the company, Cohen has visited over 60 countries on six continents. He was recently promoted to Manager, Port Operations. In his new role, he will oversee the port and shore operations in the Mediterranean and East Asia.

Raul Rubio’s book, La Habana: Cartografías Culturales, was published in July by the Aduana Vieja Press of Spain. The book examines the worldwide fascination with Cuba and things Cuban during the last century, particularly envisioning how the city of Havana, is more than a scenic backdrop, having become the nation’s most visible protagonist and its foremost player, perhaps second only to Fidel Castro. Rubio’s book offers a cutting-edge approach to the intersections between Cuban politics, ideology, national identity, and artistic production, both on and off the island. Organized through studies on a wide-range of artistic mediums, including literature, film, photography and material products that are manufactured not only in Cuba but also globally, Rubio’s book offers an alternative take on the complex state of contemporary Cuban national identity.


Jesus F. Jara earned his doctorate from UMass-Amherst in 2010 in Educational Leadership and Policy and now serves as Deputy Superintendent in Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, the 11th largest school district in the country. Jesus is married to Lourdes Jara and has three children, Carlos, Alexander, and Jacqueline. All three children attend Orange County Public Schools.


Donavan Outten (Dr.), was named Director of Distance Education at Unity College. Dr. Donavan Outten will lead the environmental college in Unity, Maine, in its first ever expansion into the creation and delivery of online academic programming that is mission driven, effective, and embodies Unity College’s first in the nation focus on Sustainability Science, the leading-edge of 21st century transdisciplinary (collaborative) environmental problem solving.

Outten holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Bethune-Cookman University, a Master of Science in Human Resource Development and Administration from Barry University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.


Christopher Hill has joined the Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s board of trustees.

Hill is a vice president and banker of J.P. Morgan Private Bank, where he advices ultra high-net worth families, senior executives and foundations and endowments on a variety of matters including asset allocation and portfolio construction, traditional banking and liquidity alternatives and estate-planning opportunities and executive strategies. Hill received his Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School and Master of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts & Sciences. He earned his undergraduate degree from Barry University in Miami Shores. He is a certified financial advisor charter holder and a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Miami. Hill is also a member of the Barry University Student Managed Investment Fund Advisory Board.


Anna Preston, in the role of artistic producer, collaborated with Artists for a Cause ( for a four-part contemporary dance series, “Dance for Food 2013.” The audience members were asked to bring non-perishable food donations as admission to the concert. Artist for a Cause partnered with local food banks for distribution. The concerts were presented in three counties, Palm Beach, Martin, and St Lucie, featuring her company, Preston Contemporary Dance Theatre (PCDT), along with YOW dance (Orlando), Downtown Dance (Lake Worth), Vanya Allen (West Palm Beach) and others. PCDT has a mission to create cultural awareness of social issues through dance, "connecting passion to purpose."


Carmen Welsh Jr., worked as a supervisor over note takers (a person hired to take notes for a student with a documented disability-2009-2013) at Miami Dade College (MDC). She then stepped down to pursue her dream of a Masters in Fine Arts. Ms. Welsh had her first short story published in 2000 and since that time, has had short fiction and art pieces published in various fanzines, magazines, and e-zines. Her fantasy fiction published into podcasts, as well as a story and nonfiction piece in two literary journals. She is now a graduate student with the University of Tampa's Creative Writing program. Ms. Welsh is a member of a genre fiction writers' guild and a new member of AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs). She is still with MDC and part of the academic tutoring staff. Ms. Welsh continues her artwork and writing.

Rev. Jim Mayfield received his M.A. in Theology (class of '03). He specializes in Christian Counseling, Marriage and Family issues. Rev. Mayfield provides counseling for Pastors and Pastors wives.


Ruth Studstill acquired two master’s degrees since graduating from Barry in 2008. She now has a Masters of Business Administration (2012) and a Master’s of Science in Leadership (2013). Studstill also started a new position last December as the Staff Assistant to the Director of Patient Care Services at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Miami VA Healthcare Systems. She will be celebrating 10 years of Federal Service on November 16. Studstill also joined the National Association for Professional Women (June 2013).


Julie Tyk is now a part of Gray Robinson’s Orlando medical malpractice defense group. She joined the firm as an associate attorney in the medical malpractice defense practice group this past December. Tyk concentrates her practice in medical malpractice, transportation litigation, property insurance defense and insurance defense. Tyk earned her law degree from Barry University School of Law, where she graduated cum laude. While in law school, she was a law clerk for in-house counsel at one of Orlando's largest hospital systems.


Derek W. Eisemann, Barry University School of Law 2011, has joined the Sarasota, Florida law firm of Syprett Meshad as an Associate Attorney. Eisemann's practice is focused on representing plaintiffs in all aspects of personal injury matters, as well as other areas of civil litigation, including real estate. A member of the Sarasota County Bar Association, Eisemann serves on various committees in the Young Lawyers Division. He was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida and is a 2001 graduate of Sarasota High School.


Deborah Winton considers herself a "senior student," with fewer working years in front than behind. Her position with Barry University's Physician Assistant Program began in 2004, which enabled her to complete her undergrad and master's degrees at no cost. With the progression of courses, her duties and responsibilities on the job also increased. The financial struggles she endured as a single mother was the ideal conduit for her daughters to excel scholastically. Her daughter Janene holds a degree in finance and works as a client manager for a third party Medicare billing company, while her other daughter Samantha is completing her internship at Stanford University. Winton is a proud mother and notes that she pushed her kids to perform and they pushed back - harder.

Samantha Eve Morris is a Registered Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in the state of Florida. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Barry University and graduated with Honors from St. Thomas University with her Master’s of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy. After graduation, Samantha started her own company, Family Psych Central, LLC and joined the private practice of Psychotherapy Associates of Broward. While working in private practice, Samantha is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Behavioral Health from Arizona State University.


In Memoriam:

Cilia Vallejo Bach ‘51

Martha Suguitan Klingberg ‘64

Beverly Eberly ‘62

Alan Rene Turin ‘78

Mary Dwyer Honebrink ‘47

Nicole Hives ‘09

Judith Brogren ‘62

Mary Jane Mills Renaurt ‘49

Sharon Marlene Katz, MSW ‘01

Charles Thomas “Chase” Smith, BPA ‘10

Virginia “Jackie” Waters, ‘53



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