Whatever It Takes
Jimmy Charles Krabbe ’03
American Idol contestant is
making his mark in Nashville
On July 14, 2009, Jimmy Charles Krabbe ’03 heard four
life-changing words: “You’re going to Hollywood.”
At his regional audition for season nine of American Idol
in Denver, Colo., the singer/songwriter earned a unanimous
“yes” from all four judges, including guest judge Victoria
Beckham. Over 110,000 people auditioned for American Idol
and Krabbe was one of only 180 to make it to Hollywood.
“It was an amazing feeling,” he says. “Everyone who
made it to Hollywood has this glow. You’re a part of the big-
gest singing competition in the world.”
Krabbe, who goes by Jimmy Charles in the entertainment
world, had to keep mum about his success for six months
and made numerous trips to California from his home in
Nashville, Tenn. Although he was later eliminated from the
competition, he has no regrets.
“Getting cut was a huge disappointment, but once that
wore off, I put it in perspective,” he says. “I got to meet all
the judges. I met enormously talented people and I got to
sing in the Kodak Theatre. It’s definitely something to be
Now, the former TU linebacker is back in Music City per-
forming, presenting to interested record labels, assembling
his music team and writing new songs. His first single,
“Whatever It Takes” (which also serves as his personal
motto), has gotten national airtime and his new song, “I
Miss My Maryland,” is playing on Maryland radio stations.
“When I decided to move to Nashville, I sold everything I
had,” he says. “I didn’t know anyone and I didn’t have a lot
of money to get started. Now, to hear my songs on the radio
and to know that my songs are being played everywhere...
that’s just a dream come true.”
Megan Riley ’99 MCOM and her husband,
James, welcomed their first child, Colin Gavaghan,
on January 18. She works as a freelance editor for
a scientific publisher while staying home to raise
Kari Colsey Sateriale ’99 BUAD and her
husband, Danny, welcomed their first child, a
daughter, Sydney Jean, on November 10, 2009.
The family lives in Yorktown Heights, N. Y.
Karen E. Crawford ’00 SOAN graduated
with a master of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in May and began the school’s
master of theology program. She received the
Wilbur R. and Mae Closterhouse Award in Church
History and Pastoral Ministry.
Sharon Ferman Sacks ’00/’05 M.Ed.
married in 2007 and is the proud owner of two
dogs. She and her family live in Virginia.
Matthew Seaman ’00 was inducted into
the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society in May. He has
maintained a 4.0 GPA in the MBA program at
University of Maryland University College.
Annamarie Lyst Coleman ’02 married J. T.
Coleman on May 22. They live in Laredo, Texas.
Brett E. Collier ’02 BUAD received a master
of fine arts from the New School for Drama in
New York. Now in Los Angeles, his short film,
“Women in Hats,”is nominated for a Cecil Award.
Tonyce Thompson ’02 DFST earned her
master’s degree in public health from Walden
University in February.
Stephen Massoni ’03 EMF works for
Discovery Communications as a master control
supervisor at the Broadcast Center in Sterling,
Va. He manages the day-to-day operations of
25 cable networks, including Discovery, TLC and
Craig Collins-Young ’03 ENGL received a
master of arts in writing with a concentration in
poetry from Johns Hopkins University.
Seth Conley ’04 was promoted to account
executive with the season ticket sales and service
department of the New York Yankees.
Noel Dass ’04 INST coordinates social
development programs across Pakistan and
Afghanistan with Church World Service-Pakistan/
Afghanistan, an international humanitarian nongovernmental organization.
Eric Rhew ’05 CCMM, TU assistant director
of Athletic Media Relations, wrote and edited the
TU men’s and women’s lacrosse guides, which
received second- and third-place honors from the
College Sports Information Directors of America.
Gabrielle Grande ’06 POSC authored
her first novel, Rose’s Gift, published by Publish
Kate Richa ’06 FMST graduated from Loyola
University of Maryland with a master of science in
Kirby Toolan ’06 INST/ECON and her
husband, Sean, welcomed their second child, Kyla
Faith, on June 7. The family lives in Quantico, Va.
Kaitlin Garvey ’07 MCOM was named
senior account executive in the Baltimore office of
Weber Shandwick, a public relations agency. She
joined Weber Shandwick in 2007.
Drew Martin ’08 ENGL, an assistant to the
dean of faculty of The Bullis School, directed a film
for the Washington, D.C., 48-Hour Film Project
with the assistance of several students, faculty
and volunteers from the school. The film, “Chloe,”
screened at the AFI Silver Theatre and was placed
in the “Best of D.C.” showcase.
Hillary Fratzke ’09 BIOL, a TU master’s
candidate in biology, received the Colonial Athletic
Association Scholar-Athlete Award for women’s
lacrosse for the second time. Fratzke was also
given the TU Tiger Athletic Fund Scholar-Athlete
of the Year Award and CAA Commissioner’s
Academic Award for the fifth straight year.
Erin Gately ’ 10 designed the program for
the first I-95 Kickoff Classic when 10 high school
football teams from the Baltimore-Washington
area competed at Unitas Stadium in September.
She also interned with Mania Music Group.