BMB Alumni News

We enjoy hearing from you so keep those cards, letters and e-mails coming! If you can provide information about your classmates, we like that, too. For those who prefer to correspond electronically, you can find our email addresses through the departmental web page.

Nicholas Boire (’07 BMB) graduated from St. George’s University School of Medicine MD program in 2019 and started his medical residency at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. In August 2020, the St. George’s University website featured an article about Nicholas’ COVID-19 research at the Mayo Clinic.

Mikaela Collins (BMB ‘18) graduated from the nursing program at Northeastern University in August 2021.  Before enrolling at Northeastern, Mikaela worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Bosten, where she conducted research on multiple sclerosis. 

Maureen Miller Elliott (BMB ‘99) faithfully shares her annual Christmas letter with those of us in the BMB program.  We enjoy hearing about her career and family adventures.  She lives in the Colorado mountains with her 3 active children and their assorted fuzzy pets.  Maureen ran in the New York City Marathon in 2021. 

Sarah Francisco (BMB ‘17) provided support to High Garst (Environmental Studies/Religion ‘20) and Meira Ruben (Sociology ’20) in their 2020 Appalachian Trail hike.  Sarah, who hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2018, was among many Gettysburg alumni who provided food, gear, lodging, transportation and good advice along the way. Sarah is a Clinical Research Assistant, working at Boston Children’s Hospital. 

Gettysburg College recognized recipients of the Young Alumni Achievement Awards during the Fall 2021 Homecoming Weekend awarding the 2020 Young Alumni Achievement Award for Career Development to Dr. Walter Kowtoniuk (BMB ’05).  Walter is a partner at Third Rock Ventures, a Boston-based venture capital firm which invests in biotechnology startups. 

Olivia Morren (BMB ‘22), along with Cameron Thompson (BMB ‘19) and Claire Woodward (BMB ‘20), both PhD students in Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics at University of Pennsylvania, participated in an October 2020 virtual presentation for Gettysburg College students about research training opportunities in the biomedical sciences at University of Pennsylvania.  Olivia also participated in the University of Pennsylvania 2020 Summer Undergraduate Internship Program. 

Hannah Sheffer (BMB ‘20) started nursing school at Salisbury University in Fall 2020 with the goal of becoming a nurse practitioner specializing in fertility and reproductive technologies.  In Spring 2020, COVID struck as Hannah was completing her senior year at Gettysburg College and, at the same time, working as a nursing assistant at UPMS Hanover Hospital.  Her experience working with COVID patients solidified her desire to work in the medical field. 

Dr. Jenna Stokes (BMB ‘07) recently obtained board certification in addiction medicine.  She was previously board certified in family practice. Jenna serves as the medical director of St. Joseph Institute for Addiction. 

Andrew Sydenstricker (’17 BMB) volunteered with the Peace Corps during 2019 and 2020 in Kutaisi, Georgia where he taught English, lead community training events and organized youth camps focused on ecology and environmentalism. Since August 2020, Andrew has worked in Oregon with the U.S. Forest Service.