Alumni Updates Summer 2014

Alumni Updates Summer 2014 click to enlarge Harriett Loehne (’65), Rose Hamm (’69), Judy White (’69), and Interim Director of PT Lisa Johnston (’00) at the Scholarships and Awards Brunch in November 2013.

Lizbeth Rich Albert (’62) decided last fall to give up working full-time and returned to Home Health PRN.  “Just can’t stop—love our profession,” she writes. 

Miriam Danzey (’64) has downgraded work in SNF to PRN.  She is looking forward to 50th reunion of PT Class of 1964 in August 2014.

Carole Langley Balsley (’75) has retired from Rockingham County Schools and lives in Reidsville, NC.

Harriett B. Loehne (’65) PT, DPT, CWS, FACCWS was elected President of the Section on Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management (SCEWM) of the APTA, and this year received the Professional Merit Award from the SCEWM.  She also Chairs the Task Force for the Petition submitted to the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) for a PT Wound Management Clinical Specialty.  Dr. Loehne recently retired as Clinical Educator of Wound Management at Archbold Medical Center in Thomasville, Georgia, and now has her own consulting company: WISE – Wound & Integumentary Specialty Education.

Marilyn (Spider) Schneider Kellam (’75) is now working for Long Term Care of Virginia providing medical care to in-patients at Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital in Norfolk, Va., and at Bayside Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia Beach.  The best part about this new position is that she is able to spend much needed time with patients listening to their concerns and fears and educating them about their problems and helping them cope with acute illness and long term disability.  She is also delighted to have the opportunity to be part of a multidisciplinary team providing care for these individuals and being closer to PT once again. Having come from a background in PT has been enormously helpful in this setting.  She continues to live on the Eastern Shore with her husband, Kevin, and is still singing with the Virginia Opera chorus or singing to raise money for charitable causes when time permits.

Mary Rodgers (’76) PT, PhD, FAPTA, FASB, stepped down from her position as Chair in the Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science (PTRS) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in September 2013 to pursue a temporary appointment from the National Institutes of Health to work at the National Institutes of Biomedical Imaging and Engineering (NIBIB). Rodgers remains on the School of Medicine faculty, continuing her teaching and research activities, and her role as Co-Director of the Pilot Studies Core for the Claude D. Pepper University of Maryland Older Americans Independence Center (UMOAIC).  During Rodgers’ 15 years of leadership as chair, PTRS rose from an unranked program nationally to earn a spot among the top 10% PT programs in the country; grew its research focus with the initiation of the PhD in Physical Rehabilitation Science; transitioned the Masters in PT curriculum to a Doctor of PT education program; and initiated Doctor of Science in PT, transitional DPT, and DPT/PhD degree programs.

Rear Admiral Penelope Slade-Sawyer (’76) was appointed Director of the North Carolina Division of Public Health in March 2014.

Phyllis A. Wingate (’76) is Division President at Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast.

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Teresa Faison Hale

Teresa Faison Hale (’81) was awarded the 2013 Wake Forest Small Business of the Year by the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce.  Marla Akridge, Wake Forest Chamber President, said “Ms. Hale created Allied Rehab (PT, OT, ST) 27 years ago and has grown this practice into the premier out-patient therapy provider in our region.  In addition to offering outstanding therapy treatments, Allied Rehab therapists and employees volunteer in our community and contribute to the overall economic development of our community. Ms. Hale and her building partners invested in a beautiful two-story, 14,000-square-foot downtown building, which is now the gateway to our community on South Franklin Street."

Leslie Kesler (’83) is Director of Rehabilitation at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington and has served as member and chair of the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

Donna Dulin Lampke (’90) received her DPT from Alabama State University in May, 2014.

Clarence Ryan Brackett (’99) received his DPT in 2012.

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Catherine Noonan in Thailand

Catherine Noonan (’10) continues to pay off her student loan interest while watching her principal hold fast. In 2013, she completed a pediatric residency at Duke and a LEND fellowship at UNC and shortly thereafter was married and celebrated all of the above with a few weeks in Thailand.  She currently works for Durham Public Schools and will be starting a faculty position at Campbell University in September. She and her husband are expecting their first child (a girl) in June.

Jennifer Tooher (’13) has been accepted to the Neurologic Residency Program at Vanderbilt Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute and Belmont University.

In Memoriam

Margaret “Peggie” Jeffries McKelvey (’65) of Rock Hall, Md., formerly of West Chester, Pa., died January 5, 2014.  She was active with the Chadds Ford Historical Society, Brandywine Gardeners, and the Chadds Ford Women’s Club.  She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Kenneth N. McKelvey, two sons, and four grandchildren.