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36 Graduate from AACC’s Physician Assistant Program

Aug. 7, 2014

Anne Arundel Community College’s Physician Assistant program drew participants from around Maryland and as far away as Seattle, Wash., and Cameroon. The 36 graduates of the Class of 2014 received their certificates and white coats in a graduation ceremony July 31. All the graduates also qualified as candidates for a Master of Medical Science degree through AACC’s partnership with Saint Francis University.

The 2014 graduates from Maryland are: Eric Matthew Abbott of Chestertown; Heather Ann Albertson of Baltimore; Kathryn M. Baker, president of the class, of Gambrills; Kendra Elizabeth Bauer of Fallston; Megan Grace Bell of Westminster; Constance Ngepwung Bezankeng of Pasadena; Nicole Marie Bonanni of Harwood; Zheng Chen of Ellicott City; Jessica Lynn DeStefano of North Potomac; Robert Nicholas Dougherty of Kingsville; Julia Anna Enea of Frederick; Jill G. Heckendorf  of Baltimore; Nianbin Hu of Luthersville; Rosemarie L. Hughes of Pasadena; Jobby Appeecil Kurian of Frederick; Jeanine Mackiewicz of Hanover; Alexander Wayne Meloy of Bowie; Ashley Lee Metzger of Boonsboro; Thirza Marie Roberto of Pasadena; Kathleen E. Skillin of Arnold; Brittany Renee Thomas of Baltimore; and Mary Lynn Udseth of Westminster.

Out-of-state graduates are: Tina Thomas Bordonaro and Michael Patrick Mastrangelo of Cleveland, Ohio; Jennifer S. Carrol of Seattle, Wash.; Barbara A. Clorey of Washington, D.C.; Charise Paulette Hasdorff of Flat Rock, Mich.; Lisa Fenee Meinsen of Shelbyville, Ky.; Jesse Alvin Moses of Blanding, Utah; Kathryn Rebecca Ayers Page of Alexandria, Va.; Kellee Swider of Metairie, La.; Lauren Hahn Wilson of Mooresville, N.C.; and Crystal Zelinske of Tampa, Fla.

Graduate Marie Bernadette Mvogo-Messobo is from Yaounde, Cameroon.

Also participating in the ceremony were December 2013 graduates, Edmund Fosu of Mount Rainier and Melissa Tucker of Ellicott City.

Donny D. Ard, M.H.A., PA-C, a vascular surgery physician assistant with Kaiser Permanente and a part-time faculty member at AACC, gave the commencement address.

Students must have at least a bachelor’s degree and specific prerequisites to enroll in the 25-month Certificate of Physician Assistant Studies program. Training includes 86 credit hours of a mix of classroom and hands-on clinical experience. For information about AACC’s Physician Assistant program or other health professions options at AACC, visit www.aacc.edu/healthprofessions.