AlumNotes & In Memoriam -November 2018

December 10, 2018

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Gina Abate '77 is the president and CEO of Edwards Performance Solutions in Elkridge, MD. Under her leadership, Edwards expanded its offerings to include cybersecurity and IT services, complementing a strong enterprise management and training history. Ms. Abate is the Board of Directors Chairperson for The Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc. (CAMI) – featured in multiple publications promoting cyber awareness. As a cybersecurity leader, she testified in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, focused on the security challenges small businesses face, as well as the opportunities that exist to support entrepreneurs on a path to cyber safety. She was recently recognized by The Daily Record as one of their “Most Influential Marylanders” for her contributions to current and emerging technology and “Most Admired CEO” for her vision and leadership. 


Todd Deller '89 accepted a new CFO position at Coastal Construction Company and relocated from Dallas to Miami in September 2018.


Sara (Schroeder) Gashi '01 married Adam Gashi of Fort Worth on October 7, 2018 in Krum, Texas. Sara currently works for the nonprofit Education in Action and is a dean and director of fine arts for North Texas Leadership Academy. Her husband works for Nestle. They reside in Keller and live with their two dogs, Milo and Lola.


Samantha Hilberling-Evans ‘05 and Walter Evans welcomed their son, Victor West Evans, into the world on Nov. 21, 2017 at 8lbs 9oz. He just celebrated his first birthday!


Randalyn (Harlan) Nickel '07 and husband Travis Nickel welcomed Trenton Lee Nickel to the world on Oct. 25, 2018.

In Memoriam


  • Adeline Pope - Class of 1941 - July 26, 2018 - Denton, TX
  • Richard Sauer – 1954 Alum (non-degree) - October 21, 2018 - Allen, TX
  • Franklin W. Becker – 1959 Alum (non-degree) - October 27, 2018 - Flower Mound, TX
  • Ralph Edward Poehlmann, Class of 1960, November 22, 2018, Brenham, TX
  • Dr. Ronald A. Gum - Class of 1960 - October 22, 2018 - Medford, OR
  • Rev. Herbert Lammert - Class of 1962 - October 19, 2018 - Clifton, TX
  • Maurice Olson - Class of 1967 - October 13, 2018 - Anaheim, CA
  • Forrest Brian Pierdolla, Class of 1982, November 27, 2018, Seguin, TX

In Memoriam – Friends

  • James R. Gallagher - September 26, 2018 - San Antonio, TX

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