Alumni & Friends

Meet the Alumni Board


Kyle Reynolds ’99
Major: English
Profession: Banking
Initiative/Committee: Alumni Board President

What impact did John Carroll have on your life and where you are today?
JCU had an amazing impact on my life. I met my wife, many good friends and was able to join the Carroll family. The knowledge I gained has helped me be a better person and I hope to give back more than I received.



Tricia Barrett ’00
Major: Communications
Profession: Advertising
Initiative/Committee: Alumni Engagement

What impact did John Carroll have on your life and where you are today?
My time at John Carroll was largely devoted to figuring out who I wanted to be – both personally and professionally. Personally, JCU built upon what my family had already taught me, and reiterated the importance of strong morals and ethics, as well as giving back to those less fortunate. Professionally, JCU helped chart a path for my career in advertising. It was through the communications department that I developed a passion for advertising, as well as the importance of communication skills in everyday life.



Bill BoltonBill Bolton ’82
Profession: CEO, Owner-Bolton Conductive Systems LLC
Initiative/Committee: Alumni Engagement

What impact did John Carroll have on your life and where you are today?
What can I say-I met my wife, Mariann Krebs 83’ at the beginning of junior year and have been happily married for 28 years. We enjoy watching our 4 children grow up, one of which graduated JCU in 2013.



John CunninghamJohn Cunningham ’76
Profession: IT Systems Analyst
Initiative/Committee: Alumni Engagement

Why do you feel it is important for alumni to stay connected?
Reasons to stay connected to John Carroll can be very individual, but for me I enjoy the memories of great friends, personal growth and simpler times compared to real life after graduation. Without living in the past (which is not wise) I find solitude in these memories. Also, through local chapter events it is great to share moments with others that have experienced JCU (our common bond) and moved on to diverse lives.



Katie HydukKatie Hyduk ’04
Profession: Sports Marketing and Event Production
Initiative/Committee: Alumni Engagement

What do you hope to accomplish during your service on the Alumni Board?
While JCU’s alumni association is very strong in its traditional recruitment locations, there are far fewer networking opportunities for those graduates who find themselves outside of these cities. I would like to help continue the alumni association’s outreach efforts for graduates in other parts of the country.



Michele KisthardtMichelle (Barry) Kisthardt ’85
Profession: Owner, Hudson Integrated Marketing
Initiative/Committee: Marketing and Communications

Why do you feel it’s important for alumni to stay connected?
On the one hand, those four years at JCU seem so long ago, but it seems like only yesterday when you’re together with alums. Continuing to stay engaged in JCU is a constant reminder of what I took away from my experience on campus. The Carroll Connection is so strong. Now that I’m in a position of hiring students in my business, I can honestly say there’s something special and unique about JCU students – the Carroll difference.



Bill OBrienHon. William T. O’Brien ’81
Profession: Judge
Initiative/Committee: Student Outreach

What is your favorite memory at JCU? 
All universities offer classes, sporting and extra-curricular events, but what makes those memorable at John Carroll are the people. At JCU, wherever you went, whatever you did, the students, staff, professors and administrators always made you feel welcome, important and special. Their concern was on a personal level and you would always be met with a smile and “hello” passing by on campus or a door being held for you. The people actually knew you, and took an active role in helping you graduate and be a success in life.



Larry OskowskiLarry Oskowski ’93
Profession: Director of Sales
Initiative/Committee: Marketing and Communications

Why did you want to become a member of the Alumni Board? 
I owe so much to John Carroll for the experience I had. I love what the University stands for and the Jesuit legacy on which it was built. It is my hope that I can contribute to building on that legacy through service on the Board by improving the connection that each alum has with the school and adding to the value of a JCU degree.



Peter MunsonPeter Munson ’97
Profession: Senior Vice President, Preventive Services and Global Crisis Management at Citigroup. Major, USMC, Retired
Initiative/Committee: Marketing and Communications

What impact did John Carroll have on your life and where you are today?
John Carroll gave me a sound foundation for life-long learning. When you learn to read and think critically and write well, there’s very little you cannot do. In my career, I’ve been a KC-130 pilot, an Arabic linguist, a Middle East specialist, an author and editor, and now a crisis manager in the financial service sector. Of course I’ve had additional education and training along the way, but the John Carroll foundation set the stage for my success.



Rosanna VioliRosanna (Violi) Hoelzle ’07
Profession: Local Government Administration
Initiative/Committee: Student Outreach

What impact did John Carroll have on your life and where you are today?
I’m always quick to say I wouldn’t be where I am if not for my parents and JCU. Carroll allowed me to explore my interests in and out of the classroom. By participating in various service programs and attending retreats I solidified my desire to serve in the public sector. If I didn’t attend JCU, and if these opportunities didn’t exist, I may not have found my passion in life.



Mark WanerMark Waner ’91
Profession: JCU Faculty
Initiative/Committee: Student Outreach

What impact did John Carroll have on your life and where you are today?
I am blessed to have had the opportunity to find success in graduate school, followed by a teaching position at another Jesuit school before coming back to Carroll in 1999. The academic, athletic and co-curricular experiences I had at JCU helped me find a path I didn’t know was for me.



Lisa ZoneLisa Zone ’98
Profession: Public relations executive
Initiative/Committee: Marketing and Communications

Why do you feel it is important for alumni to stay connected?
When my diploma was handed to me, I didn’t view it as the end of my John Carroll education — I realized it was only the beginning of a lifetime of learning. Staying connected to JCU has helped me continue to grow both personally and professionally, to connect with old friends and make new ones, and to make an impact on current students so they can carry on the JCU legacy when they make the transition from student to alum.


Molly BurnsMolly Burns ’17
Profession: Student
Major: Communications
Initiative/Committee: Student Outreach

Why do you feel it is important for alumni to stay connected?
At John Caroll I am involved in Students Today Leaders Forever (Alternative Service Spring Break Trip) Kappa Delta Sorority, Student Alumni Association, Immersion Advisory Board Committee and Recreation Department. During my time at John Carroll University I have participated in Student Union where I held a position in senate and attended the 2014 National Jesuit Conference. In addition, I participated in the 2015 Nicaragua Immersion trip.


Samantha SloatSamantha Sloat ’17
Profession: Student
Major: Business Management, Entrepreneurship Minor
Initiative/Committee: Student Outreach

What impact did John Carroll have on your life and where you are today?
As a current student, the moment I wake up for the day, John Carroll continues to make an impact on my life. John Carroll has had impact on my life since my older brother went here. I was in 8th grade when JCU became apart of who I am and thats the way it will remain for the future. I love John Carroll and can not imagine myself anywhere else.



DVitatoeDave Vitatoe ’00
Director of Alumni Relations (ex-officio)

What role do alumni play in the overall success of a university?
We cannot thrive as a university without an engaged and energetic alumni community. John Carroll graduates should always know that their alma mater understands its responsibility to recognize, respect and support them throughout their lives. We always say, “Your relationship with, and investment in John Carroll does not end at graduation.”