2014 Lycoming College Spring Magazine - page 40

BrianSpies
(studio art) has been
appointedprogram director for theWXPI
DiversityOutreachProject, a non-profit
initiative inWilliamsport, Pa., aimed at
reaching out to area youth by involving
them inmedia production.
2003
Charlene (Bartolotta) Sterphone
MelissaBritcher
(English and
visual communication literacy) has been
promoted tomanager of public affairs
and communications at ERGPartners,
a strategic consulting and government
relations firm based inHarrisburg, Pa.
She has beenwith thefirm for six years
and serves as a lobbyist formore than
a dozenPennsylvania companies and
nonprofit organizations. 
JamesMcCafferty
(criminal justice)
earned aPh.D. in criminal justice from
theUniversity ofCincinnati. He is an
assistant professor of criminal justice at
KennesawStateUniversity inGeorgia.
Jacqueline (Stires) Schap
(psychology) has beenpromoted to
program director of outpatient services
at ColonialHouse Inc., a substance
abuse treatment facility. She lives in
Jacobus, Pa.
2004
Christine (Colella) Zubris
2005
KristenDart
Rev. CynthiaBetz-Bogoly
(religion
and communication) is pastor of Elkins
Park (Pa.) PresbyterianChurch.
Krystal (Ray)Brooks
(business/
finance andmusic) recentlywas
named associate director of college
and early careerwomen at theForté
Foundation, a non-profit consortium
of leading companies and top business
schoolsworking together to launch
women into fulfilling, significant careers
through access to business education,
opportunities and a community of
successfulwomen. She previously
was director of admissions at Carnegie
MellonUniversity’sTepper School of
Business. 
KatherineGettmann
(psychology
andmusic) coordinates allmarketing
activities at theMHK lawfirm inPocono
Summit, Pa. She represents thefirm
at all public and community events,
coordinates its directmail campaign and
serves as a point person for its referral
network. Katherine earned anMBA in
marketing fromWilkesUniversity in2011.
2006
Michele (Connors)Witowski
or
Jamie (Hershey)Arnold
CassieCure
(creativewriting) is the
study abroad coordinator at SamHouston
StateUniversity inHuntsville, Texas.
2007
Laura (Holdredge) Layaou
AshleyChamberlain
(Spanish) earned
anM.Ed. in curriculum and instruction
Engineering the future
ByMatt Parrish ’06
Tara (Tubbs) Silva ’08 is all about
bringing high-tech devices for complicated
machinery from idea tofinal product. It’s
what sheworks on every day as an engineer
at L-3CommunicationsElectronDevices
(L-3) inWilliamsport, Pa. Silva, whowas a
physics and astronomymajor at Lycoming,
recently returned to campus to co-present
“FromDesign toDevice: Product Engi-
neering at L-3Communications”with her
colleagues JakeComerford andHolger
Shultz.
The focus of their talkwasL-3’s
creation of a high-efficiency klystron for
a particle accelerator at JeffersonLabs inNewportNews,Va.Aklystron is a
linear-beam vacuum tube used as an amplifier for high frequencies. Silva’s team
showed students simulations thatwere completedwith software tomodelwhat
geometries and other physical criteriawere needed in order for the device to
perform properly.
“Itwas great to re-visit the campus andmy professors again,”Silva said.
“The program in physics and astronomy at LycomingCollege has givenme a
strong, well-rounded background that hasmademy transition into engineering
very easy. I credit them for the direction and success ofmy career, and I’m
extremely grateful anytime they askme to visit.”
Silva hasworked at L-3 sinceMay 2010. The company, formerlyLitton
Industries, specializes in the design andmanufacturing ofmicrowave vacuum
devices formilitary and commercial systems. Common applications of their
devices includemissile-seeking radars, FederalAviationAdministration air
surveillance radars, broadcast communications, industrial heating and linear
particle accelerators.
Her day-to-daywork varies, but can include designing parts or tooling for a
product, exploringwhy a certain device didn’t pass the testing phase or con-
structing products to understand how they can be built inmore cost-effective
ways.
Prior toL-3, Silva earned amaster’s degree in acoustics at PennStateUni-
versity, where she studied in theSonarResearch andDevelopmentDivision at
theAppliedResearchLaboratory for theU.S. Navy.
with a specialization in reading education
from theUniversity ofVirginia in
August 2013. She is in her seventh
year of teaching atManassas Park (Va.)
ElementarySchool.
2008
AmilGuzman
ChristopherLee
(accounting) is
aCertifiedFraudExaminer forensic
accountantwith theU.S. Department
of Justice. Hewas featured on the
cover of theSeptember/October issue
of FraudMagazine. Christopher also
was interviewed for an article in the
November/December issue about training
future fraud examiners.
Tara (Tubbs) Silva ’08
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