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100 Years of Success

In special celebration of Harcum's 100th Commencement on May 14, 2016, we honor the following notable alumni who have made extraordinary contributions to their alma mater, to their communities, and to their professions. We point with pride to the following Harcum College graduates who wholly exemplify our mission and core values:

Beatrice Durham Blackman ’55

Beatrice Durham Blackman ’55

Liberal Arts

While a student at Harcum, Beatrice Blackman was active in numerous campus activities including the Glee Club, Little Theatre productions, Yearbook staff, and the Community Government Association, of which she was President in her senior year. After graduating from Harcum, she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Beaver College (now Arcadia University) and later went on for her Master of Arts in Biochemistry at Bryn Mawr College.  

She stayed connected with her alma mater and has been an active alumna in terms of leadership, event participation, and personal support. Elected to the Harcum College Board of Trustees in 1976, she has now served more than thirty years under seven presidents.  



Jennie Brown ’02 Jennie Brown ’02

Interior Design

Founder and Creative Director at J. Bee Designs, Jennie Brown was a 2009 Outstanding Young Alumna award recipient.






Barbara Boswell Brunner ’77 Barbara Boswell Brunner ’77

Retail Merchandising

Retail entrepreneur, dog lover, and advocate, she has published her memoir “Dog-Ma- The Zen of Slobber” which was a finalist in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and the sequel “Loving Emmi.” Barbara was a 2014 Outstanding Alumna award recipient.



Ann Caulfield, VMD ’85 Ann Caulfield, VMD ’85

Veterinary Technology

Veterinarian and former head of the canine rehabilitation program at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Ann was a 2012 Outstanding Alumna award recipient.







Dorothea O’Connor Cavallucci ’80, ’93 Dorothea O’Connor Cavallucci ’80, ’93

EFDA, Dental Hygiene

“Dossie” Cavallucci has served as Program Director for Dental Assisting EFDA and a faculty member since 1986. She received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2004 and the Philip Klein Memorial Award in 2008. She is a member of Harcum’s National Alumni Board.





Brittany Clark ’10, ’11 Brittany Clark ’10, ’11

Sports Management, Business Administration

Head Women’s Basketball Coach and Admissions Counselor at Harcum, Brittany Clark was Secretary and Treasurer of the Student Government Association and was an SGA Star Performer. As a member of Harcum’s Lady Bears basketball team she received the National Junior College Athletic Association’s 2011 Award for Superior Academic Achievement. In their 2015–16 season, the Lady Bears won 23 games, the most wins in a season since 2011 and went 14–2 in Region XIX play, earning a #1 seed in the region tournament.



Susan Doebling ’92 Susan Doebling ’92

Dental Hygiene

Susan Doebling is an adjunct instructor in Dental Hygiene/Assisting at Harcum.






Sandra Whitacre Feather ’85 Sandra Whitacre Feather ’85

Physical Therapy Assisting

Director of the Harcum’s PTA program for almost ten years, Sandra Feather then became Director of Admissions in 2000.  Sandra is an accomplished educator and administrative leader and currently serves as Director of Enrollment Management Adult Education Coordinator at Penn State–Worthington Scranton. She was a 2012 Outstanding Alumna award recipient.



Mitzi Snyder Forman ’58 Mitzi Snyder Forman ’58

Retail Merchandising

Dedicated Volunteer at St. Mary’s Hospital in Langhorne, PA, Mitzi aka “Teddy” is a member of Bumper "T" Caring Clowns, Inc.—a volunteer organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of hospitalized patients, their families, friends and caregivers. She was a 2011 Community Service Award recipient.




Ebony Fowlkes ’07 Ebony Fowlkes ’07

Animal Center Management

A dedicated alumna volunteer responsible for the success of the annual Women’s Basketball Alumnae game, Ebony Fowlkes is currently the Secretary of the Harcum College Alumni Association Board of Directors and serves the college as Assistant Director of Residence Life and Judicial Officer.  She was a 2014 Outstanding Young Alumna award recipient.


Jeanne Lawler Frank ’82 Jeanne Lawler Frank ’82

Retail Merchandising

A successful entrepreneur and owner of “Options in Time” designing and manufacturing time pieces for private labels, Jeanne Frank is a member of the Harcum College Alumni Association Board of Directors and a 2009 Outstanding Alumna award recipient.




Teddy Lynch Getty-Gaston ’29 Teddy Lynch Getty-Gaston ’29

Performing Arts

A professional singer, who studied in NYC, London, and Rome after leaving Harcum, Teddy Getty-Gaston worked in Rome for the International Herald Tribune and was imprisoned during WWII in Italy. She had a successful career as cabaret singer after the war. Published author of “The Mark of the Eagle” and her personal memoir “Alone Together: My Life with J. Paul Getty,” she was a 2007 Lifetime Achievement award recipient.

Mary Harcum ’81 Mary Harcum ’81

General Studies

Mary Harcum is a dedicated alumna volunteer, member of the Harcum College Alumni Association, and a descendant of the founding family of Harcum College





Elizabeth Hedrick ’80 Elizabeth Hedrick ’80

Veterinary Technology

A Veterinary Technician at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Elizabeth Hedrick was a 2009 Community Service Award Winner.




Sandra Smollen Jaffe ’58 Sandra Smollen Jaffe ’58

Journalism and Public Relations

Sandra Smollen Jaffe co-founded, with her husband Allan Preservation Hall in New Orleans in 1961. In 2006 Sandra Jaffe and her son Ben, who is the leader of the internationally renowned Preservation Hall Jazz Band, received the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence. She is a 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.



Tracy Johnson ’04 Tracy Johnson ’04

Liberal Arts

Tracy Johnson is an in-demand speaker whose personal journey to academic excellence and achievement has inspired a large number of individuals with dyslexia and/or other learning disabilities, parents, educators, legislators, civic, and business leaders. She is one of a number of individuals featured in the highly touted HBO documentary film, Journey into Dyslexia: Great Minds Think Differently, released in 2011. She is the founder of the non-profit Vessels of Hope, a mentoring and networking organization for low income and minority individuals with learning disabilities. She currently serves as Vice President of the Harcum College Alumni Association Board of Directors and was a 2008 Outstanding Young Alumna award recipient.


Kathy Koar-Wisniewski ’99 Kathy Koar-Wisniewski ’99

Veterinary Technology

Kathy Koar-Wisniewski joined the faculty in 2000 and became Program Director for Veterinary Technology in 2012. Kathy received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2011. In 2013 Kathy was awarded the Outstanding Alumni award by the Alumni Association.




Christine Marlo-Triemstra ’00 Christine Marlo-Triemstra ’00

Medical Laboratory Technician

A dedicated alumna volunteer, Christine Marlo-Triemstra serves on the Kevin D. Marlo Golf Classic committee. She is a current member of the Harcum College Alumni Association Board of Directors and was a 2007 Outstanding Young Alumna award recipient.


Devin McDonald ’07 Devin McDonald ’07

Liberal Studies

A former youth drug and alcohol counselor and graduate of Harcum’s partnership site in Chester, PA, Devin McDonald now serves the College as Coordinator for Partnership Site Operations. Devin is a current member of the Harcum College Alumni Association Board of Directors. He was a 2010 Outstanding Young Alumnus award recipient.

Karen Naylor ’92 Karen Naylor ’92

Dental Hygiene

Karen Naylor joined the faculty in 2002 and is an associate professor of dental hygiene. In 2012 she received the Philip Klein Memorial Award.






Mary Ann Skelton Oaks ’52 Mary Ann Skelton Oaks ’52

Medical Laboratory Technician

Dedicated alumna volunteer and Trustee Emeritus, Mary Ann Oaks is a current member of the Harcum College Alumni Association Board of Directors.  In 2009 she received the Service to the Alumni Association Award.


Linda Ogus-Blum ’64 Linda Ogus-Blum ’64

Liberal Arts

A dedicated alumna volunteer, Linda Ogus-Blum is a founding and current member of the Harcum College National Alumni Board of Directors.  



Alexis Pew ’10 Alexis Pew ’10

Interior Design

Alexis Pew is co-owner of Kaminski + Pew, an architecture and interior design firm based in Philadelphia, PA.  As a student at Harcum she was a winner of the 2009 KlingStubbins Student Design Competition. In 2011 Alexis was an Outstanding Young Alumna award recipient.


Kathryn Maddux Quarles ’49 Kathryn Maddux Quarles ’49

Performing Arts

Kathryn Quarles is a dedicated alumna and loyal supporter of Harcum initiatives, particularly those associated with the arts, such as the Kevin D. Marlo Little Theatre.




Hillary Ripps ’66 Hillary Ripps ’66

Early Childhood Education

Hillary Ripps established a successful production career in Los Angeles. She worked on several major films including Caddyshack and Yentl and helped start a production company that was nominated for 11 Oscars and won three for its work. Hillary won her own Oscar for her work as executive producer on the short film “12:01”.  She is an active member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, and currently works at Julien’s Auction House, the premier auction house featuring celebrity and entertainment memorabilia. She is also a committed volunteer for the Hollywood Ronald McDonald House and Guide Dogs of America.




Suzanne Fleisher Roberts ’41 Suzanne Fleisher Roberts ’41

Performing Arts

The stage actress who learned her craft in the Little Theatre is an Emmy-winning television talk show hostess, and patroness of the arts who is the namesake of the Philadelphia Theater Company’s new theater on Broad Street in Philadelphia. Roberts is also a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.


Heather Rodale ’72 Heather Rodale ’72

Early Childhood Education

Heather Rodale is Vice President, Leadership Development for Rodale, Inc., with responsibility for the company's leadership development services and onsite child care facility. She also serves on the company's Board of Directors. She was a Harcum Trustee from 2008 to 2014, and a presenter in Harcum’s Centennial Lecture Series on the topic of the nonprofit she founded “Healing Through The Arts.” She holds a Master's Degree in elementary education and a bachelor's of arts degree in journalism, both from Lehigh University. Prior to entering Lehigh University, Rodale received an associate degree in elementary education from Harcum College. She was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters from Harcum in 2000.

Jane Wooster Scott ’49 Jane Wooster Scott ’49

Performing Arts

Jane Wooster Scott is a Pennsylvania-raised, California-based artist whose work summons memories of the traditions, holidays and customs of an innocent and energetic young America. Her work is a very personal take on Americana, as few of her paintings are real, existing scenes. They are compositions drawn from her personal thoughts and emotions. Her work has been exhibited in major U.S. galleries and her collectors include Hollywood stars and other celebrities. Her works hang in U.S. embassies around the world and are part of the permanent White House collection. She is listed in
the "Guinness Book of Records" as one of the most reproduced artists in America.

Cynthia Simms ’76 Cynthia Simms ’76

Early Childhood Education

Cynthia Simms ’76 is Director of Human Resources, Argosy Casino Alton, Penn National Gaming, Inc. She has more than 15 years of successful human resources management experience and more than 30 years in the gaming industry. Having earned an early childhood education degree from Harcum and a bachelor’s degree in sociology/anthropology from Richard Stockton College, she joined the gaming industry. Cynthia began her career as a Casino Cage Cashier with the Las Vegas Club and later became the manager of surveillance for Harrah’s Casino in Joliet, Illinois, where she also began her career in human resources. During her tenure as Regional Vice President Human Resources for Caesars Entertainment in Tunica, Michigan, she was requested to serve as HR Integration Leader during the $9 billion acquisition of Caesars Entertainment by Harrah’s Entertainment.


Jessie Yon Smail ’47 Jessie Yon Smail ’47

Retail Merchandising

A member of Harcum's Alumni Board, Jessie Smail is an active volunteer in her Silver Spring, MD community.





Jennifer Elbertson Wilkinson ’02Jennifer Elbertson Wilkinson ’02

Dental Hygiene

Jennifer Wilkinson entered Harcum College’s Dental Assisting certificate program in 1999, and was accepted to the Dental Hygiene program one year later, graduating in 2002 with her associate’s degree. She received a bachelor’s degree in Health Science in 2003 from West Chester University. In 2011, Jennifer started a small nonprofit called MadJosh’s Love. She makes and sells hair accessories for children, as well as cherry pit thermal packs. All proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House of New Brunswick/Long Branch. In 2013 Jennifer was awarded the Community Service award by the Alumni Association.


Lynda Wolf-Brotemarkle ’67 Lynda Wolf-Brotemarkle ’67

General Studies

A founding member of the National Alumni Board in 2004, Lynda Wolf-Brotemarkle co-chaired the board in 2005-06.  She received the Service to the Alumni Association Award in 2008.




Susan Zeller-Kent ’72 Susan Zeller-Kent ’72

Business Administration

A founding member of the National Alumni Board, she held positions as the Secretary, Vice President, and became the President of the NAB in 2010. Currently she serves as a member of the College Board of Trustees, a member of the Development and Alumni Relations Committee, and the Student Life Committee.

She also serves as Chairperson for the Board of Trustees for Quail Run Condominium Trust. She is a member of the Advisory Council for the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and advocates for the American Cancer Society, Dana Farber Breast Cancer, and Dana Farber Esophageal Cancer Research programs in Boston, as well as previously supported a program for abused women and children in the Salem, Massachusetts area.


Susan Steinberg Zises-Green ’64

Susan Steinberg Zises-Green ’64

Retail Merchandising

Susan Zises-Green is a 1964 graduate in retail merchandising who went on to become a successful interior designer whose work, a creative mix of traditional European and American design, has been featured in such publications as Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, and the New York Times. She served as a Harcum Trustee from 2008 to 2014. She received the Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2007. She has been named one of House Beautiful’s “Top 100 Designers in America.” An avid collector of 19th century Majolica, Ms. Green has created in-store vignettes for Bergdorf Goodman and Tiffany & Co. and lectures extensively on interior design, entertaining, and lifestyle.