Hopie and husband, Luke Jernagan, welcomed Samuel Edwin Welles Jernagan, on April 26, 2015. Hope and Maude are happy and proud big sisters.
Emily Benavides ‘03
In April, Emily started as a communications advisor and spokesperson for Governor Jeb Bush and the Right to Rise PAC. She joined Governor Bush's team after serving as Communications Director for Governor Snyder's victorious re-election effort in Michigan. As a spokesperson for Jeb 2016, Emily has a hand in the implementation of the overall communications strategy for the campaign, as well as directing engagement with Hispanic media. Emily’s goal is to engage the Hispanic media and ensure that the Governor’s message is getting out to their audience.
Amrita Padda Kumar ‘04
Amrita Padda ’04 married Abhijeet Kumar during the weekend of June 13, 2015. Friday night they had the Lady Sangeet at her family’s house which is a traditional pre-party for the wedding. Saturday night they they celebrated with two events at the Hilton Garden Inn. Saturday morning started with breakfast, followed by two ceremonies back to back. The first was a Sikh ceremony, then the Hindu Ceremony. After a few hours of intermission, guests came back for a reception with lots of food, drink, and dancing. Maumee Valley alumni present: Suki Padda ’01, Karan Padda ’10, Parth Patel ‘10, Eyad Jaara ‘10, Reena Tejura ‘01, Anitha Ragothaman Rao-Frisch ‘01, Sky Beckwith ‘04, Bonnie Turner ‘04, Rebecca Ascher ‘03, Leslie Andrews Athmer ‘04, Christine Commons ‘04, and Anne Virtue ‘04.
Carmen and her husband, Eric Nedrow, opened Beads and Books in October 2014. It is a local beading supply store that also sells used books. Carmen teaches classes, makes original jewelry and does repairs. The store carries all sorts of books, from craft to sci-fi to children's picture books. The store is located at 4925A Dorr St., Toledo, Ohio, in Library Plaza. The website for the store is beadsandbooks419.com.
Carmen and Eric got married in June, 2014, on Kelleys Island. Carmen also graduated with her Masters degree from Columbus College of Art and Design in May 2014. They live in Toledo now with their two dogs, Scrabble and Knuckles
Victoria Phifer ’07
Victoria earned her Master's of Public Health degree from Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health on May 11, 2015. She was selected as a Finalist for the Presidential Management Fellowship, a flagship development program of the federal government. Victoria has since returned to Washington, DC to begin her career in health policy and legislative affairs with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Washington Office.