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Laurie Ward, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications


Laurie was named executive director of marketing and communications in February 2017. She oversees the team responsible for strategic marketing, media relations, publications, social media and the web.

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Before coming to Hood, she served as the chief marketing and communications officer at Delaware Valley University and the director of client marketing services at Ithaca College. Prior to her higher education experience, she was the public relations director at the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum in Baltimore. At all three institutions, she was responsible for a rebrand and the roll out of a new logo.

A native of upstate New York, Ward received her bachelor’s degree in communications/journalism from St. John Fisher College in Rochester.

Laurie lives in Frederick with her Jack Russell Terrier, Bernie, and is an avid baseball fan. She is looking forward to being in an American League city again.

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Meg DePanise '15, Marketing Communications Manager


Meg earned her bachelor’s degree in communication arts at Hood and began her career as Hood’s marketing communications manager upon her graduation. She originally started in the marketing and communications office as a student in the fall of 2011, working alongside the website manager.

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She enjoys attending concerts and hiking, as well as spending time with her family, especially her two younger sisters. She's also pursuing a master's degree in business administration at the Hood College Graduate School. Meg and her fiancé, Justin, who is also a Hood alum, live with their three cats and Siberian Husky in Walkersville.

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Derek Knecht, Graphic Designer


Soofia Mujeeb '11, M.S. '14, Website Manager


Soofia began her career in the marketing and communications office as a website manager. She has earned her bachelor's degree in computer science at Hood College as well.

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She started her tenure in the Marketing and Communications Office in May 2010 as a web assistant intern, working alongside the previous website manager. She lives with her family in Maryland along with her two sons and her daughter, Yusuf, Ali, Mariam, and her husband. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her kids.

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Kit Peteranecz, Director of Creative Services


Kit has been a graphic designer with the Hood marketing team since 2010. After earning a bachelor of fine arts degree with a concentration in graphic design from Andrews University in Michigan, he moved back to his home state of Maryland. Over the next four years he worked at design firms in Maryland and Virginia while also perusing his freelance ventures.

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He and his wife, who is a Hood alumna, have a son and two cats who live with them in Hagerstown. Kit enjoys dabbling in all kind of hobbies. His favorite food is candy.

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Tommy Riggs, Assistant Director


Tommy graduated with a bachelor of science degree in sport management and a minor in photography from York College of Pennsylvania. Since then, he has held positions in journalism and digital marketing, expanding his experience in writing, photography and videography.

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A resident of Frederick, he loves sports and is a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He is also an avid Ultimate Frisbee player, and he has completed three Tough Mudders.

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