Greetings, ’89ers. Welcome to the fall issue of the Alumni Journal. It’s amazing how, as some things come in, others go out. As the class of 2019 prepares for the next four years, Fr. Casey Bukala, S.J., ’54, ’55G prepares for his next stage of life after serving this great University for 45 years. Father, you will surely be missed daily on campus because you’ve affected so many lives in a positive way, including mine during my stint from 1986 to 1989. My best to you in your next pursuit of excellence.
News from Chicago – the Prairie State College board of trustees added Joelle Mulhearn to its seven-member board. Joelle, a fifth-grade teacher at Flossmoor Hills Elementary School, received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from JCU and her master’s in educational leadership from Concordia University. She has 25 years of teaching experience that includes kindergarten and second, third, and fifth grades. Keep up the good and hard work, Joelle.
On a closing note, I recently celebrated my 26th year with C C Electro Sales and can’t believe how fast the time has gone by – only 40 more years until retirement. Yippee!
All the best, classmates, and, hopefully, I’ll stumble into some of you at homecoming this year. Go Blue Streaks! Peace.
Greetings, ’89ers, from waterlogged Cleveland. In mid-June, the city was working on a record-setting amount of rain. After losing the NBA finals to the Golden State Warriors, we sure needed more sunshine.
Unfortunately, I have to start off this column with unpleasant news. Matt Caiazza lost his wife, Janet, earlier this year after 21 years of marriage. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Matt and his family.
Brian Donovan continues to tour the U.S.A., promoting his movie “Kelly’s Hollywood.” From all I can see, it’s doing great. Brian was at JCU for a special screening of the event earlier this year.
Facebook posts showed Siobhan O’Leary and family touring the Northeast with a stay in Maine. It looked like fun was had by all. Michelle Conkle jet setted to Florida this spring, according to her Facebook posts. Susie (Zachary) Maher enjoyed a trip in Tuscany. She sure gets around, that one. Cheers, Susie. It looks like John Reddington and clan posted nice photos of a family trip. I’m not sure about the destination, but I think it’s California. Looking good, Red. I hope you’re well.
That’s all for now, my friends. I hope you all have a great summer.
God bless. Peace.
Fellow ’89ers, I’m glad to report that when I wrote this article and looked out the window, I saw something I hadn’t seen in months – grass. Yes, the yellowish green stuff that has been hiding for the past 75 days. We endured a brutally cold winter here in Cleveland, especially in February because of record-setting temperatures. The news is light this time, and I can only hope, as I continue to try and reach out to fellow alumni, that you each take the time to send notes about you and your family that you’d like to share.
Congrats are in order for Heather Lennox Krause from Jones Day because of the work she and her colleagues completed on the Detroit bankruptcy plan. Heather and her team were able to put together a strategy to allow Detroit to climb out of the $18-billion debt staring it in the face. A federal judge has approved the plan. Heather, who enjoys gardening, lives in Cleveland with her husband, Doug, and their two teenage children. Some of that $18 billion might be in John Fox’s basement, but that’s only speculation.
Brian Donovan has had an exciting winter with the launch of his documentary movie project, Kelly’s Hollywood. Brian brings to the screen the real-life story of his sister, Kelly, and her life with Down Syndrome and her lifelong dream of wanting to act and take the stage in front of a live audience. I happened to be traveling in Erie, Pa., and saw Brian interviewed locally for the Buffalo, N.Y., release of the documentary. Big congrats, Brian, and continued success in your professional and personal life. For more information, visit buffalonews.com/ city-region/hollywood-star-shines-bright-at-premiereof- documentary-20141017, or check out Kelly’s Hollywood on Facebook.
That’s all I have for this issue. Again, I can only ask those of you reading this column to take three minutes and email news to share with all of our fellow Streaks. Peace.
Fellow ’89ers, it’s with a heavy heart I write these class notes because one of our own has passed from this life and hopefully onto a happier place. Bill Herman was tragically killed in a car accident close to his home in New Jersey this past November. It’s always a shock to hear such news but even more when it’s a fellow classmate and alum. As the story broke, I was pleased to see the number of Blue Streaks responding to the news and adding their small stories and words about Bill. I’ve included some of those notes here.
It was Kevin Roberts who first alerted me to the news, and he said: “This is an incredibly sad email to send. Most, if not all, of you knew and were friends with Bill Herman. Maybe you’ll get a message from another of his friends, but I want to pass this on to you guys. One afternoon, while driving close to his home in Franklin Park, N.J., Bill was struck by a large truck that crossed into his lane of traffic. It appears he was killed instantly, according to a local newspaper account. Bill’s death is a tragic loss of a wonderful person. He was one of the nicest guys you could meet and would do anything for you. His sense of humor was great, and his laugh was incredibly infectious – and one of a kind.”
Karen Ramba said: “He was such a great guy! Whenever you talked to him, he was an attentive listener. He made you feel important and was interested in what you had to say. He sincerely cared about others and always spoke and acted with sincerity and integrity. He was funny, too.”
Siobhan O’Leary said: “Bill Herman was a man for others with a zest for life and humor second to none. Those of us who knew him well and saw him regularly were at his wake, funeral, and burial. Bill never let anyone down. Some of his closest Carroll friends were Brett, Eddie, Teresa, and Kevin.” Siobhan advised that several of her friends would be donating a brick at JCU in Bill’s honor, which is a nice gesture.
Brian Donovan ’70 said: “This is tragic news. Bill was a great guy and a sweet soul.
Suzanne (deHaas) Tschetter said: “I second everyone’s comments that Bill was one of the nicest guys I’ve ever known.”
Brian Hurley ’90 stopped by Rodman Chapel soon after the accident and said Mass and prayed for Bill and our class. All we can do is hug the ones we love and try to create memories that last longer than our lives seem to. One thing is for sure, Bill has left this world too soon. Peace.
Greetings, 89ers. My schedule is getting crazier with work, travel, and kids’ activities, so I find it more difficult to meet this column deadline and other social items I need to complete.
Brad Gosser is doing well out in Manhattan Beach, Calif., with his wife, Joan, and their boys, Jake and Johnny. Busy with work and the kids, Brad and I talk as much as possible to share good times and stories. I wish you continued success, my friend!
Speaking of success, my good friend, who I see regularly, Dr. Dan Soucie, opened his second dental practice. Along with his location on Rockside Rd. in Independence, Ohio, Dan also has a second facility inside Marymount Hospital in Garfield Heights. His wife, Diane, runs the office and handles billing and scheduling. The Soucies are busy with their kids, Danny and Samantha, who are active in sports and theatre.
My sister, Kathy (Gassman) Hubert ’87, sent her oldest son, David, off to JCU this fall semester for his freshman year. Last I heard, Campion Hall was treating him well, and he was adjusting to campus life. Hopefully, I’ll see him soon. That’s all for now. I’ll try my best to reach out to some more of you Blue Streaks in the near future. Peace.
Greetings ’89ers, and a big thanks to all those who made it to our 25th reunion weekend in June. Unfortunately, I had to be in Indianapolis for business and didn’t make the reunion as originally planned. I saw Facebook photos but was hoping to hear more from those who attended. If enough people read this column and drop me a line about who was there, what was talked about, and who I should write about, that would be fine. It was bittersweet because I wanted to be there, but I was able to spend Father’s Day with my dad and the Gassman family in Indiana on Sunday.
I heard from Cristin Conway Czajka, she and her husband, Matt, are doing well in Spring Lake, Mich. They have two children: Joe and Lauren, a senior and 8th grader. Joe plays soccer and keeps the family busy. Living so close to Lake Michigan, they spend a lot of time at the lake. Thanks for the update, Cristin, and continued blessings with the family.
There was sad news this summer: Jim Brennan, owner of the Colony, was shot and killed during a robbery attempt at the bar. The city rallied and set up a nice memorial and tribute to Jim. He’ll be sadly missed. He provided me with many good memories – and some forgotten ones as well.
My daughter, Emma, who was a freshman at St. Joseph Academy this year, attended nationals with the freshman crew team and came in 10th at the race. It was my first year attending this sport, and I enjoyed it.
Cheers to all, and enjoy the rest of your summer.
Greetings, ’89ers, and welcome to the spring edition of the Alumni Journal. Spring? That’s a word I couldn’t comprehend this past winter because it was the worst one in some time. I wasn’t able to see my entire driveway for 40 days. We endured cold and snow nonstop. I know those of us here, and even those down to Atlanta, really anticipated spring this year.
Congrats are in order for Tim Manning, who joined Tucker Ellis LLP Cleveland ofﬁce. Tim – who brings more than 15 years of experience consulting clients about patents, trademarks,and IP related topics – is counsel for the group’s intellectual property division. Tim received his law degree cum laude from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and his master’s in electrical engineering from Cleveland State University. Nicely done, Tim.
Kudos also go out to Mike Bilardo for his new position of senior director of business development at AMCAD, a software provider to the government. Mike brings more than 12 years experience to AMCAD with a majority of that at Hyland Software as government solutions director. Mike has his CDIA and MCP and holds an MBA from Baldwin Wallace. I see Mike and his wife, Chris, frequently because our kids play lacrosse together and we belong to the same parish, Holy Trinity. Way to go Mike, and good luck selling.
Lisa Roch ran for City Council of Ward 3 in the Solon. Although she didn’t win, I’m sure she gained knowledge and a better appreciation of the system. Lisa has been a sous chef with Creative Cuisine since 1985.
I received a great picture of Brian Donovan carrying his son around sunny Southern California in a snuggly with a cool pair of shades on the boy. It looked like a great start to a father-son relationship. Enjoy it, Brian.
By the way, this June will be the 25th anniversary of our graduation. No, seriously, it will be. I’ve seen several of you on Facebook – including Lauree (Popovich) Criss and a bunch of her posse and Michelle Conkle and her peeps – talking about coming. I’m curious
to know what kind of turnout we’ll have. Let me know if you plan to attend, and I’ll add your name to the list on the website as I hear from folks. I hope to hear from many of you and see you there. Peace.
Greetings ’89ers. Well, wouldn’t you know our football team had an undefeated season going until we ran into our longtime nemesis, Mount Union. The Streaks played well but ended up losing a close one to the Purple Raiders. The good news is we made the NCAA playoffs with a bid, so that helped lessen the blow; however, the Streaks lost their first
game to St. John Fisher, a team from Rochester, N.Y.
Can you believe this June the University will honor our class as we return to campus for our 25th anniversary of grabbing that diploma and running before it could be taken away. Ha! But seriously, it would be great to see many of you back in University Heights to enjoy Reunion Weekend, June 13-15, 2014. Check out the information on the website, and shoot me an email if you plan to attend, and I’ll post names to encourage others to commit.
As for news, I have a few tidbits. Kevin McDougal was named president of Airgas Great Lakes Region. Kevin was promoted from area vice president where he served for the past five years. Kevin earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and chemical engineering from JCU and a master’s degree from Ashland University. Congrats, Kevin, and keep up the good work. People often tell me I have the perfect name for the gas business.
Let’s welcome Susan (Zachary) Maher back to the U.S.A. Susan spent the past five to six years in London with her husband, Rob, and family. Rob relocated to Connecticut, where Susan makes her home. I see Susan often on Facebook where she diligently keeps her friends up to date about family and goings-on. I hope all is well on the East Coast, Sue.
I’m still waiting to hear back from several of you whom I reached out to during the past few months. Send me news, and advise on your potential to make the reunion this summer. God bless, and peace to all.
Greetings, ’89ers, and happy fall. Another summer comes to an end, and the kids return to school. The insanity begins or ends depending on how you look at it. I had the opportunity to take the JCU college tour for prospective students with two of my nephews and my son in July. The campus looked great, and I’m amazed at all the University has to offer students. The cafeteria caters to all tastes with food choices from throughout the world – pizza and salad bars, burgers, and, of course, the wall of cereal is still available. The students have wireless access anywhere on campus, DirecTV with more than 90 channels, and amenities abound, including transportation to local malls, shopping, bars, etc. I want to go back!
That being said, I have news about our fellow classmates. In April, Tom Wienclaw was promoted to president of TriMark SS Kemp, a division of the largest foodservice equipment and supply dealer in the country based in Cleveland. His son, Andrew, will follow in his dad’s footsteps and possibly major in accounting at John Carroll. Congrats on the job and continued legacy at Carroll, Tom.
I believe Lauree (Popovich) Criss has a daughter attending JCU in the fall, too. Mike ’88 and Kristen (Dickinson) ’90 Hogue also will send their first child off to be a Blue Streak. Exciting times for all.
Maura (Poston) Zagrans informed me about her second book, “Camerado, I Give You My Hand,” the narrative nonfiction account of the life and career of attorney David T. Link, dean emeritus of the University of Notre Dame Law School and founding president emeritus of Notre Dame, Australia. At the age of 71, after his wife of 45 years died of cancer, Dave, a father of five and grandfather of 14, became a priest so he could minister to prisoners serving time in Indiana prisons. The book represents three years and three months of Maura’s life. She’s anxious to see what God does with this labor of love. Good luck with it, Maura.
Kevin Roberts joined McMahon DeGulis LLP, an environmental and litigation firm, as an associate. Kevin is a litigator with almost 20 years of experience. He joins McMahon DeGulis after more than a decade at Dyson, Schmidlin & Foulds Co., L.P.A., where his broad practice included trial litigation in general commercial and construction liability, insurance defense, contract disputes, consumer claims, workers’ compensation, and employment law. McMahon DeGulis is pleased to add Kevin to its team of experienced litigation attorneys. According to partner Steve Daniels, “Kevin’s trial skills and experience are an optimal fit with our litigation practice. He will have significant responsibility in our expanding toxic tort practice, as well as continue providing excellent service to his current clients.” Kevin lives in Lakewood, Ohio, with his wife Ellen (Skipper) and their two children. Kevin received his law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and earned his BSBA in marketing and English from Carroll. Congrats, Kevin.
That wraps up this edition of the alumni rag. Remember, if you want to see your name here, you have to write to me. Best to all for the remainder of 2013. Peace.
Greetings, ’89ers. Welcome to the summer online column. The long reach of the JCU arm continues to amaze me. While vacationing in Sandbridge, Va., as we do every year, the family in the house next door had ties to John Carroll and two alumni in the house. With our four, it was a Blue Streak gathering that reminded me, once again, what a small world we live in.
I ran into Dan Dreiling ’86 at a lacrosse tournament in Sandusky, Ohio, and we talked for a while about responsible parenting and coaching and the like. We’re trying to pass on sound Jesuit values to others around us.
I was fortunate to see Brad Gosser and lovely wife, Joan, who were in Ohio for the third weekend in June. John Fox was in for golf, so we had a small get together at Dan Soucie’s house and enjoyed laughs and suds. We’ll repeat the same activity at the Fox compound in August in Michigan.
I saw some nice photos of John Reddington, who attended the Masters Tournament with his dad and brother, I believe. Thanks for the update RedMan.
I received a Facebook comment from Joan Kiernan Korinek a few months ago about changing the article and adding more stuff, but interestingly enough, she gave me no ammunition about herself or family to add. Remember, send updates about who you see and what they’re doing.
Continued blessings and success to all of us during the next several months. We’ll talk again in the next class column. Peace.
Greetings ’89ers, and welcome to the spring edition of our class notes. I looked out my window on the second official day of spring and saw a snow-covered landscape, but the good news was I headed to Florida the following week for a nice family break. Hopefully, this note finds you well, happy, and healthy. I haven’t heard from many of you this quarter, but I have updates. My biggest news is our friend Brian Donovan is happy to say he’s a father of son Remy Donovan. Congratulations are in order. Brian and his lovely wife welcomed Remy in early November, I believe. Keep up the good work, Brian.
Congratulations also go out to Michael Petras, who has been selected to join the Cleveland Clinic board of trustees. Michael is CEO of AssuraMed, a distributor of medical supplies for patients with chronic diseases. Nicely done, Michael.
Sad to say, but that’s all I have this edition. It would be nice to hear from more of you so we can add your news next time. Peace.
Greetings, ’89 Blue Streaks. I’m wrapped up in my four kids’ activities so much it has eliminated any social life my wife and I had. I’m not complaining, but the days of catching up with old and new friends are basically nonexistent. I tell myself these activities will be gone soon and my kids will leave the nest for good, so enjoy them while I can. Time flies. It’s Dec. 12 as I write this column, and Christmas is 13 days away. I wish only the best for all of you and hope this season of joy brings you closer to God, family, and friends.
Doug Wood met up with Ginny Drda Anderson at Carnegie Hall in New York City to watch the premier of a piece written by legendary composer Terry Riley. The piece was written for one of Doug’s clients named Tracy Silverman, who performed the piece with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra for the Spring Music Festival. Sounds cool, Doug. If anyone wants more info about Doug, check him out modernartsandmusic.com. I also received news from Christine (Mahoney) Fennelly about an annual girls trip to the shore in Brigantine Beach, N.J., where Beth and her husband have a shore house. Christine hooked up with Rita (Mladek) Cole, Tami (Mattern) LaGattuta, and Beth Senay. Christine works and lives in Boston, where she’s in nonprofit management; Rita splits her time between Ohio and Florida, working for a software company; Tami, who flies with Continental, and her husband, Jack, reside in Cleveland; and Beth, who’s employed with Merck, lives in Philadelphia. Plans for 2013 are already made for another trip. We hope Hurricane Sandy didn’t affect the shore house or cause any damage.
That’s all I have to report this quarter. Remember, these articles typically publish about three months after I write them, and even longer from when you send me your information. It would be nice to hear from more folks for the next class column.
Greetings, fellow members of the class of 1989. First, let me say thanks to the staff of John Carroll magazine for the honor of the Silver Quill Award. I enjoy writing the column and certainly don’t consider my efforts worthy of such recognition, but it’s appreciated. Secondly, let me apologize to Siobhan O’Leary and Adam Stuart, who sent updates for the previous issue. Because Siobhan sent me so many updates, my column was too long for print in the magazine and is posted online (jcu.edu/magazine). I was traveling internationally and submitted it just before I left but couldn’t make the necessary changes. I pride myself on having something for each class column and promise it was there, just not in print. There are a lot of folks mentioned thanks to Siobhan, as well as nice words from Adam Stuart.
Here are updates for this issue: Mary Kay (O’Malley) Kennedy has left Pepsi after more than 20 years and started as a regional sales manager for O.N.E. Coconut Water. Review the product at onedrinks.com. Like them on Facebook, and $1 will be contributed to the Healthy Child Healthy World fund. Good luck Mary Kay, and see you soon.
Carey Williams Vieira was promoted to community director at Parkside Senior Living in North East, Pa. Carey, a graduate of Villa Maria Academy in Immaculata, Pa., has served as the marketing director for the Regency at South Shore, Parkside at Westminster, and Parkside in North East for the past three years. She’s also certified in Pennsylvania as a personal care home administrator. Congrats, Carey. Keep up the good work.
That’s all for now, my friends, but keep sending updates. I hope to see some of you around campus. As a side note, my father, Dean Gassman ’57, attended his 55th class reunion this past June. Congratulations, Dad. You and Mom (Gloria) enjoy. Thank you for the love and support.
Greetings fellow members of the class of 1989. First, let me say thanks to the staff of John Carroll magazine for the honor of the Silver Quill Award. I enjoy writing the column and certainly don’t consider my efforts worthy of such recognition, but it’s appreciated. Secondly, let me apologize to Siobhan O’Leary and Adam Stuart, who sent updates for the previous issue. Because Siobhan sent me so many updates, my column was too long for print in the magazine and is posted below. I was traveling internationally and submitted it just before I left but couldn’t make the necessary changes. I pride myself on having something in each class column and promise it was there, just not in print.
Here are updates for this issue: Mary Kay (O’Malley) Kennedy has left Pepsi after 20-plus years and started as a regional sales manager for O.N.E. Coconut Water. Review the product at onedrinks.com. Like them on Facebook, and $1 will be contributed to the Healthy Child Healthy World fund. Good luck Mary Kay, and see you soon.
Carey Williams Vieira was promoted to community director at Parkside Senior Living in North East, Pa. Carey, a graduate of Villa Maria Academy in Immaculata, Pa., has served as the marketing director for the Regency at South Shore, Parkside at Westminster, and Parkside in North East for the past three years. She’s also certified in Pennsylvania as a personal care home administrator. Congrats, Carey. Keep up the good work.
That’s all for now, my friends, but keep sending updates. I hope to see some of you around campus. As a side note, my father, Dean Gassman ’57, attended his 55th class reunion this past June. Congratulations, Dad. You and Mom (Gloria) enjoy. Thank you for the love and support.
Greeting 89ers. For the first time in a long time, I’ve enjoyed this past winter. I shoveled my driveway twice through early February. How nice is that. I went on a business trip to Thailand for a week, so I was looking forward to warmer temperatures.
Thanks to a few alumni, I have quite a few updates. Siobhan O’Leary wrote me:
“A couple years ago, I married an MIT graduate who grew up in Seven Hills, Ohio. We met at a ‘Theology on Tap’ event on the feast of St. Ignatius. My husband, Gary, happens to be a MENSA braniac who works at NASA in mechanical engineering. We had a huge blowout of a wedding. Kris Koch was our DJ, along with a band, Cleveland firefighter bagpipers, and Irish party crashers. Audrey DuBay Denk and Christopher Denk were our photographers. We were married at St. John’s Cathedral in downtown Cleveland, and Fr. William Bichl, S.J. was one of three presiders. The party continued at the Courthouse, and a slew of Carroll graduates attended, including Karen Marrapese Ramba, Sue Bayhurst Hansen and Paul Hansen ’86, Teresa Dolinar (now Perrego), Chrissy Salupo Riggle, Beth Senay Stabinski, Sheila Geary Miklos, Kevin Roberts, and Ellen Huber Roberts, my cousin Michael Geraghty ’91, Michael Skerl, and my cousin and matron of honor, Kathleen Skerl. We had a blast and honeymooned in Spain and Portugal. Eleven months later we gave birth to Martin, who’s now almost 2.
“We live in Brook Park, an eight minute commute for Gary and I am a private tutor of reading, math, spelling, Spanish, etc. and work with an Organization in the Cleveland Schools. I keep in touch with the aforementioned alumni and also John Mitchell who keeps life interesting traveling around the world and teaching in South Korea. Gary and I love to travel and spend as much time as we can both domestically and internationally. We went to Hawaii in January and stayed with friends from my Peace Corps days. We hoped to make it to Jordan and Jerusalem to visit my sister who lives in Amman. Otherwise, it’s work and keeping up with our little guy.
“On Oct. 8, we attended Teresa Dolinar Perrego’s wedding. Sue Hansen was her matron of honor, and Kris Koch was the DJ and Karen Marrapese Ramba, Paul Hansen, Thomas Ganley, and myself and Gary celebrated yet another friend getting married (like us, later in life). Bill Herman was also in attendance at Teresa Dolinar’s wedding. Carol Hovenac Rauch was at my wedding. I also visited with Christine Horwath Gawronski ’88 this summer for the Dublin Irish Festival. She’s all energy and doing great with a son and daughter.”
Talk about catching us up on a few folks. Thanks, Siobhan.
Adam Stuart is a teacher and is enjoying his children. He sent me the following news:
“I still teach as if every student were capable of not only learning, but learning how to be high-level, powerful thinkers and problem solvers. Every student has become that relative to where they were at the start of each year.
“In the summers, I’ve begun traveling throughout Europe and America, visiting the sites where great history has been made. I’m just sitting in the same spots and trying to become enlightened as to how these ordinary men and women (Shakespeare, Dickens, Homer, Virgil, Caesar, Aurelius, Einstein, Picasso, Hemingway, Hugo, etc.) developed into extraordinary creators of what they dreamed about most. I take that knowledge and bring it back to my classroom and apply it to my teaching. The class motto is ‘Dream Big, Do Big and Be Big!’
“I spent this past summer in Paris, Switzerland, and Rome. I came back and transformed my classroom into Le Louvre where every student is a masterpiece and genius in the process of being developed. Even though it’s a public school, they’re ranked among the top in the country. Everyone succeeds because everyone learns to believe in themselves like never before, think deeper than they’ve ever thought before, and become more than they ever have been before.
“I used to say I couldn’t imagine doing anything else, but with each summer trip, I want to put my energies into publishing my experiences and insights and just travel, learn, and write. It’s a wonderful, enlightening world, and I have so much more of it to see.”
Adam, sounds like you have passion for teaching and helping the kids. Parents couldn’t ask for a better role model for their children. Keep it up.
I also have to mention that I received trash talking emails about how little information was in the last article from Joan Kiernan and Cristin Conway, yet neither one decided to include anything about themselves. I suppose that will allow me to make up stories next issue if I don’t receive news from them. Keep the faith, Blue Streaks, and I’ll talk to you again in the spring. Peace.
Welcome to another boring edition of our alumni news. It’s boring because no one returns my phone calls or emails with news. As much as I’d like to make things up or tell stories I remember, I have to rely on people I see all the time. I made it to campus for homecoming and hoped to see some folks, but the weather was less than cooperative – it was rainy and cold, and the turnout was small. The street fair had to be moved into the gym, and by the time we got there, it was all but wrapped up. That said, campus looked quite nice, and all the facilities are up to par. We hit the bookstore, and $160 later I was scratching my head trying to figure out what happened. Too bad I can’t call my parents and tell them I bought books.
The summer has come and gone, and now we’re about to shovel snow in Cleveland. August and September held some great times for some Blue Streaks. The Soucies, Weavers, and Gassmans made their annual trek to Rochester, Mich., and invaded the home of Jennifer and John Fox for at least the fourth consecutive year. Great times were had by all. The Foxs returned the favor by coming to Kelley’s Island and sharing the Weaver household with the same group of folks in addition to Mary Kay O’Malley and Jimmy Kennedy and Mike ’88 and Joanna (Garry) ’90 Fanning. What a Labor Day weekend we had. Wow, stop having kids already.
James Dimitrijevs ’90 has joined McDonald Hopkins as a member of the firm’s intellectual property group in the Cleveland office. James specializes in assisting clients with protecting trademarks and resolving conflicts, as well as litigating copyright and false advertising disputes. “Jim is a highly experienced trademark attorney who further strengthens our intellectual property team,” said David B. Cupar, co-chair of the McDonald Hopkins Intellectual Property Practice. “We are pleased he has chosen to return to our firm.” Congrats, James, and I’ll look you up once I finally patent something and make my millions.
If you want to share information about you or your fellow JCU alums, drop me a line and let me know what’s happening. I wish you all the best in the coming months and a painless winter – impossible! Peace.
As August approaches, I look back on what a quick summer we had. The rainy spring made the summer go way too fast. Soon it will be CYO sports time, and all us parents can relive the nightmare that’s multiple practices in multiple locations and games every weekend at different fields. Ah, the joys of fall. That said, I’ve had a busy summer with lots of travel, so I didn’t have much time to contact you. I received correspondence from those I reached out to.
Brad Gosser and his wife, Joan, moved into their new digs earlier this year in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Congrats, Gossers.
John Fox is building a state-of-the-art Chevrolet showroom in Rochester, Mich., and I hoped to have seen when we made our annual trip to the Fox’s for some R&R.
I wish I had more to report, but that’s it for this column. I promise to reach out to several of you for the next column. Drop me a line anytime. God bless.
Greetings ’89ers. Here in Cleveland, we had a long and brutally wet winter. On April 10, we finally had sunshine and hit 80 degrees. How nice! I’m still amazed by how the West Side of Cleveland has so many Blue Streaks running around. Whether I’m out to dinner, at a party, or attending a Holy Trinity function, I find myself surrounded by fellow JCU graduates. It’s a nice family to belong to.
A major shout-out of congratulations to Mike Petras, who was the president and CEO of GE Lighting in Cleveland. He has accepted a new position as CEO at HGI Holdings, a provider of specialty medical products to patients with chronic diseases. I’m sure GE will miss you, Mike, but also know HGI has acquired an excellent leader. Good luck in your new role. Mike is also a new member of the JCU Board of Directors.
I participated in the Holy Trinity 5K run in Avon, Ohio, with my son, Paul, and daughter, Emma. We had a blast and were looking forward to our next 5K, which was in Olmsted Township, Ohio, for the Fat Little Buddies Alzheimer’s walk/run in late June.
Unfortunately, that’s all the news I have for now because my emails and requests for additional information have gone unanswered. Please take a few moments to jot down updates about yourself and our classmates if you know about any. Enjoy the summer weather and be safe. Peace.
Greeting ’89ers from snowy Cleveland. It’s early January, and by the time this article is viewed by all of you, I’ll be in a much better mood because we’ll be closer to spring. I’m counting the days. I hope everyone had safe and happy holidays. I did. They were spent the way they should be, with a lot of family and friends.
I was fortunate to hear from two of my old buddies from Erie, Pa. – Matt Loesel and Chris Pelinsky. Matt moved back to Erie after graduation and married his lovely wife of 19 years, Marni. They have three children: Derek (14), Donovan (10), and Olivia (7). Matt has been an electrician for more than 20 years and is enjoying life. He plays in a pickup band and enjoys sailing and music fests in the summer time. Believe it or not, his 22-year-old cat, who was with him at JCU finally passed. Rest in peace, Rikki. Matt purchased a 39-year-old Jeep and is learning everything from engine to body work to keep his investment going. Great to hear from you, Matt. It seems like only yesterday I met you in the basement of Dolan Hall, and we hit it off immediately.
I met another Erie Prep graduate that day as well – Chris Pelinsky, who lives in Berkeley Heights, N.J., with his lovely wife, Jodie, and their two boys, Sean (8) and Alex (5). Chris is a managing director for Jennison Associates and works in Manhattan with the big boys of the financial world. Chris, Jodie, and the boys enjoy trips to their place in the Canyons in Park City, Utah. I hear Chris is quite the snow boarder, and the family enjoys the slopes and the outdoor swimming pool. Continued success my friend, and I hope to see you in Cleveland this spring/summer. Thanks for the updates Jodie. See you on Facebook.
I shouted out to a few other class of ’89ers (you know who you are) on Facebook but didn’t get a reply for feedback about their exciting lives.
To everyone reading this article, drop me a line with your latest updates so all can see. As always, be safe and live life to the fullest.
Greetings, ’89ers. Fall is upon us in Northern Ohio. I was fortunate enough to attend homecoming and had a blast. The Blue Streaks were victorious over Marietta, and Beth and the kids enjoyed a tour of JCU. We were able to get a few nice students to let our kids view the inside of a dorm room. They were shocked at how small the quarters are for such big kids. They’re smaller and messier than I remember … check out the picture to the right of a recent weekend getaway in August by the Gassmans, Soucies, and Weavers to Michigan to share time with the Foxs. As always, a great time was had by all.
Speaking of great, Mark Gleichauf is the principal of Grant Elementary School in Lakewood, Ohio, and the school has received excellent ratings and distinguished itself as one of the best performing facilities in the district for the past several years. It appears Mark’s duties will expand to include all schools in the district, as he assumes the role of director of teaching and learning. Congrats, Mark, and keep those kids growing. I’d recommend a college just to the east of Lakewood if you know what I mean.
I hope most of you saw in Forbes magazine in August that John Carroll was ranked No. 148 on the list of best colleges. That’s up from No. 273 in 2009 and is quite an honor. Way to go John Carroll!
Well, I was hoping I might run into more of you at homecoming, but I didn’t, so this is all the news I have for now. Stay warm, cherish family and friends, and stay healthy. Talk to you soon.
Greetings, ’89ers, from sunny Sandbridge, Va. The annual Gassman trek to the beach is in full swing as I write this update. Counting myself, there are three JCU alumni attending, including my father, Dean ’57, and sister Kathy ’87. I must say it’s easy to do as I sit on the deck and stare out at the beautiful ocean. Life is a beach, as they say.
There’s not much to offer because I haven’t been hearing from many of you lately. With Facebook being an easy tool to use for social updates and networking, I think some of you feel I can find my own data about you. Well, I must say it’s fun to see who I can find. I know the likes of Tom Callahan, Brian Albenze, Sue Zachary and many others are out there updating their Facebook pages.
Cleveland was abuzz awaiting the LeBron decision. For those who live in the area, it’s amazing how his decision affects the city. Downtown restaurants and bars have benefited from the Cavs’ success, and I’m worried his departure will jeopardize that success.
I have impressive stats about Fox Automotive from John Fox. John’s Chevy dealership in Rochester, Mich., is in the top 1 percent of Chevrolet dealers nationwide and is slated for a new showroom in late 2010. The Fox Volkswagen store is the No. 1 VW location in Michigan, and the Fox Toyota store is the only dealer in Metro Detroit to win the Toyota Presidents award in more than 15 years. Congrats, Johnny, and continued success. The Gassmans and Soucies will be making their annual visit to the Foxes in early August for golfing, swimming, and fun.
Speaking of the Soucies, Dan’s dental practice in Independence, Ohio, continues to thrive. Dianne is keeping busy at home with Danny and Sam, as well as helping out in the office. See you on Facebook Di.
See you all next quarter, and remember to update me about the things in your life. Peace.
Greetings ’89ers and happy spring! As I compose this article, the Cavs are in the playoffs, Easter has come and gone, and so far the weather in Cleveland has been OK — believe it or not. I had a chance to sneak out to campus last week and it looked great with all of the grass and trees so green and the flowers in bloom; wish I could go back for two years and relive the RAT bar, Frisbee games, and of course — classes! My son is attending a basketball camp at St. Ignatius, run by a fellow Blue Streak and current Iggy baseball head coach Sean O’Toole ’91. I had the pleasure of running into Len Soeder ’90 who also has a son at the camp. Apparently Len is in medical sales and still lives right in the Carroll neighborhood and attends several functions at Carroll as well as enjoying the campus with his kids on weekends. Great running into you Len.
This week I also heard from Caroline Spisak, who is an occupational therapist in Olmsted Falls, OH. Much to my surprise Caroline lives in my city of Avon and apparently has even spotted me at Holy Trinity Church with my family; what a small world we live in. Caroline was an avid runner until two recent injuries caused her to rethink her sport of choice. Now she is a member of the Snakebites bike club for men and women. She recently completed her first race and has a few more on the calendar. Good luck Caroline and thanks for the info — see you at Mass some Sunday.
I was remiss in my last article to not mention that Joan and Brad Gosser welcomed Johhny Gosser into their family to join the “Jakester” at home. It was my pleasure to meet the youngster on their last road trip through Cleveland. I am sure by now he is a handful and a great playmate for brother Jake; all the best Gossers.
As of now that is all of the news I have to offer. May you all enjoy a safe and happy summer and enjoy whatever it is that makes you smile. Peace,
Greetings ’89ers and welcome to the new year of 2010. Wow, it seems like just yesterday we were all freaking out about Y2K and the coming of the year 2000. My how time truly does fly, whether you are having fun or not. Not a lot of news, very little as a matter of fact, other than what I hear from the Cleveland faithful. I did have the pleasure of attending a fellow JCU graduate’s Christmas party, John ’86 and Karen ’91 Reilly, and spent some quality time with Mike Murphy. We enjoyed rehashing stories about Dolan Hall and who did what and how funny it was. Mike is an attorney, and is married to wife Jeanene. They have two daughters, Caitlin and Megan. Thanks for the laughs Mike and the little sips of Jameson.
Congratulations go out to Rick Costello who was recently named chief operating officer of Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. Previously, Rick was president of an international materials handling company and earned his MBA from Case Western Reserve. Rick is married with five kids. I have not talked to Rick since our days on the JCU soccer field; Rick drop me a line so I can learn more about what you have been up to and how things are going. Again congrats on your newly appointed position.
To those Blue Streaks who frequent the West or Southwest side, stop into the new Fat Little Buddies Tavern in Olmstead Township at the corner of Cook and Fitch Roads. Dan Weaver and Joe O’Malley ’88 are the proud new owners and welcome you to stop in for a beer, some food, and guaranteed laughs.
Unfortunately I have to pass on some unhappy news at times — I do want to mention the passing of John Fox’s mother, Doris, in early January. She fought a hard battle with Alzheimer’s for many years and was a very strong and great woman; she will be missed, John.
I also heard of the sudden passing of TerryNagle’s sister and have almost no details. Terry our thoughts and prayers are with you as well.
By the time you read this, we should be back to warm temperatures, the Colts will have hopefully won the Super Bowl, and I will have heard from many more of you quiet Carroll Blue Streaks from the class of 1989. Peace,
Greetings ’89ers from a now chilly Northeast Ohio. It is well into football season and the leaves are starting to change and, in some cases, are off the trees. We had a very short and strange summer here with very few days in the 90s and a late showing for spring. As far as I am concerned, it is way too early for long pants and sweaters. Anyway, very little to report in terms of classmate news. After the reunion, I thought I might get some people to drop me a line but I do realize how daily life takes up so much of our time. I started a Facebook page on Friday of last week and, as of Monday the following week, I already have spoken briefly to 15 John Carroll “Facebookers” and see this as a real way for me to get updates, as I can better search you out. Please look me up or watch for a note from me coming your way. As far as local news, I can add that the Browns and Indians are both pitiful and we long for the Cavs season to begin. Our Blue Steaks are having a good football season and I was hoping to get to Homecoming this weekend, but my children had too many games/practice/social events themselves for me to attend. A quick shout out to all the locals I have seen lately, including Julie (Kahl) ’92 andDan Weaver, Diane and Dan Soucie, Joe ’88 and Cathy O’Malley, Anne Kahl ’94, and Jennifer and John Fox.
Bundle up and stay warm and happy holidays, even though it is only October as I compose this note. Looking forward to the next column with updates on many! Peace,
Greeting ’89ers and a big thanks to those of you who made our 20-year class Reunion over the June 19-21 weekend. I would say all and all a fairly decent turnout – Lisa Tower Almeter, Laura Asseff, CatharineBarrett Roof, Brent Besinger, Maura Boyle, Matthew Caiazza,Michael Cain, Shaun Carey, Rita Cole, Michelle Conkle, Anne Costello, John DeCore, Frank Delvaux, Helen Demsher, EdwardDennee, Thomas DiCarlo, Jerry Driscoll, Christine Fennelly, DavidFletcher, Thomas Ganley, Beth Gassman, David Gassman, DavidGranger, Julie Granger, Martin Gruhler, William Herman, ElizabethHorton, Robert Horton, Richard Juby, Megan Juby, KeithKecskes, James Kenny, Geoffrey Klimas, Kris Koch, Joseph Koshay, Joanne McCreary, Kara McNamara, William Menzalora,Sheila Geary Miklos, Joseph Mooney, Andrew Moore, SiobhanO’Leary, Maureen Reilly, Kevin Roberts, Ellen Roberts, Jeffrey Rummel, Irma Santoro Bliss, John Schwartz, Daniel Seink,Joseph Sheils, Dan Soucie, Michael Sourek, Kristin Trainor,Suzanne Tschetter, Dan Weaver, Diane Zeitzheim. The weather cooperated nicely and, although I did not get to be at Carroll for much of the event other than the big tent on Saturday night, it was good seeing some of you and hearing a few stories. For those I did not get to see and anyone else who wants to comment about the Reunion, I would be glad to add it to the next column if you drop me a line. … Before we know it, this summer will be over and we will be back to kids in school and carpooling to various activities. I must say I am truly blessed to have the chance to spend time with family and friends over the past few months. Thanks to all of you for the memories. Peace to all,
Greetings, fellow Blue Streaks … spring has sprung and the hard work for our 20th Class Reunion is in full swing. As most of you are aware, hopefully, Reunion Weekend is June 19-21 in lovely University Heights, and it’s not too late to register. Log on to www.jcu.edu for a complete list of scheduled events, including a Friday night reception and Vegas Night, a Saturday breakfast with the Jesuits, family fun lunch, State of the University Address followed by Mass and cocktails and dinner. Sunday morning offers a Father’s Day brunch with live music entertainment by John deHaas ’87. Our Class Gift goal is $30,000 and as of March 24 we are at about $14,000. We are hoping to have at least 25% class participation attending reunion. Our class photo will be taken on Saturday, June 20, at 5:30. Again, we hope to see you all there.
As for class news, I have a few things to report: Amanda (Kiss) Snowman writes from Allen, TX, and advises that she and husband John have opened the first Goddard School in North Texas. For those of you who don’t know, the Goddard School has been the #1 childcare franchise for nine years running, and Amanda and John are very excited about this facility and its clients, who range from infants to children 6 years old.Tami (Mattern) LaGattuta came down for the grand opening. Thanks for the news, Amanda, and good luck with the school.
I was made aware that Brian Rauch is Sargento Foods director of pricing and trade management and will manage the consumer products division trade budget. Before joining Sargento, Rich served as the director of trade marketing and customer service for American Dairy Brands in Kansas City, MO. Congrats, Rich!
Theresa Weinberg has been named partner-in-charge of client relationship management for Weltman, Weinberg and Reis Co, L.P.A. Theresa has practiced in the area of consumer collection litigation for over 13 years and previously managed WWR’s legal action recovery department. Theresa graduated cum laude from Carroll and received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve in 1992. In 2006 and 2007, Theresa was recognized as an Ohio Rising Star by Cincinnati magazine and serves on many associations. Her community involvement includes serving on the board of Dress for Success, which promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire and career development tools. Congrats on all your success, Theresa – email@example.com.
That is all for this edition. Let’s all think warm weather and sunshine, and we hopefully can get together in June for a cold beer back on campus,
Happy winter, fellow Blue Streaks. We here in Cleveland were hit with our first major storm of the year as 12+ inches dumped on us the weekend of Jan. 10. All is well — I must say the buzz should be on our 20-year Reunion this summer. The official dates for Reunion are June 19-21 and more info about Reunion and specific class data can be found at JCU Connect – http://jcu.imodules.com/s/566/index.aspx. Anyone interested in being on the class committee can contact Carla Gall ’05 – 216-397-1595 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I can assure you that I have talked to several ’89ers who plan to attend: Irma Santoro Bliss, Amy Caldwell,Rita Cole, Michelle Conkle, Jennie Femec, Christine Fennelly,John Fox, Andy Hoffman, Robert Horton, Richard Juby, JosephKoshay, Jeffrey Rummel, Daniel Weaver, Brian Winovich – and the maybes: Thomas Adent, Laura Asseff, Joanne Belbas, ColetteDonnelly Carr, Andrew Cossick, Mike Craddock, Tom Curtis,Kimberly Fiocco, Pearl Graham-Johnson, David Hall, Liz CrowleyHarrington, Douglas Krause, Faith Manning, Tony Micheli, JustinMurphy, Carol Noall, Michael Petras, Catharine Barrett Roof,Steven Ryba, Anita Sheibley Wagner, Elizabeth Klomp Tenner, Theresa Weinberg, Tom Wienclaw.
In class news, Geoff Klimasjoined the Navy Reserves and is now a Navy Reserve logistics officer in charge of the fuels company located in Jacksonville, FL. His teams’ mission is to provide fuel services globally in combat environments dispensing a variety of petroleum distillates. Geoff has not yet had to deploy but is ready 24/7 in this volatile field of work. In his spare time, he and his wife both work as mortgage bankers for Chase Bank and shuttle their two boys to little league games. Thanks for the info Geoff and thanks for offering your time and skills to the Reserves.
I also heard from Gary Gavin this month. Gary has been named vice president and company officer of Container The Americas. Prior to this role, Gary held several general manager positions in International Paper’s wood and decorative products business unit as well as several sales management roles. Gary has an MBA in finance from Carnegie Mellon University and a chemistry degree from JCU. Gary and his wife, Kathy, reside in Memphis, TN, along with their son, Patrick. Congrats Gary.
I will have one last column before Reunion next summer so send me your updates now and I will try and release another list of planned attendees for the event.
Happy fall ’89ers — as the time of football and cooler weather is upon us … When I signed on to do this wonderful task of class columnist it was my hope to be able to keep everyone informed of the “goings-on” of our classmates and friends as we proceed through this maze called life. It is truly a joy to hear from all of you and what better way to stay informed than to come to our 20th Reunion is June 19-21, 2009. Yes, believe it or not, it has been 20 years since we walked from Dolan, Bernet, Millor, Pacelli, or Sutowski to the RecPlex, library, or class; even the Rat Bar in the early days. As we get closer to the date I will hopefully be contacting as many of you as I can about this great event. Keep an eye on the web site for further details.
As for classmate news I did hear from Jerry Driscoll who spent 10 years in Chicago before making the move in 2004 to Detroit along with wife Erica, son Owen (5) and dog. In 2005 Jerry and Erica welcomed daughter Elizabeth and Jerry wrapped up a 15-year career in automotive media planning/buying to become a stay at home dad. Jerry is currently pursuing his master’s in accounting at Walsh College in Troy and hopes to finish in 2011. Jerry does report that alum John Schwartz lives in St. Charles. IL, with wife Carolyn and their three boys. John received his MBA in finance from DePaul and is currently working in the banking industry with LaSalle Bank. Last Jerry heard, Neil Herald was working in Chicago for The Pension Company and selling annuities and financial services. Jerry mentioned that he always enjoys the comments he gets when he or his children wear John Carroll sweatshirts or hats; either someone says they went to Carroll or they know someone who went to Carroll. It truly is amazing how JCU continues to touch our lives even after graduation. Not a day goes by that I don’t see or talk to a fellow alumni, whether it be my wife, Beth; my father, Dean; my sister, Kathy; my sister-in-law, Sara; my nephew, Chris; Father John at Holy Trinity in Avon; very good friends both here and out of town; and customers at several accounts in Cleveland and beyond.
Keep up the good work Blue Streaks and see you in 2009!
Greetings fellow ’89ers and I hope the summer is finding all of you happy and busy with fun activities. I have not heard much at all from anyone so that might be a good sign of summer happenings. I did enjoy another wonderful family vacation with my parents, brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews totaling 28 of us at one point; truly awesome to spend time with family and laugh.
Received word that Mike Celebrezze who received his MBA from JCU and his BS from Kent State has been named chief financial officer of LCA Vision in Cincinnati. Since 2007 Mike has served on the management team as senior vice president of finance and treasurer. Prior to joining LCA, Mike served five years as CFO at First Transit Incorporated. Congrats on your many levels of success Mike!
Dan Soucie and Mike Bilardo have been spending quality time together as their sons play in travel hockey together and road trips are required most weekends. Lovely wives/moms Diane Soucie and Christine Bilardo also enjoy going on the trips to enjoy good family time; keep on skating.
Several Blue Streaks were spotted at the 29th annual Fat Little Buddies party on Kelleys Island including: Dr Dan and Diane Soucie, the Honorable Mike Donnelly ’88, Mike ’88 and Joanna (Garry) ’90 Fanning, Joe O’Malley ’88, DanWeaver and Julie Kahl Weaver ’92, David and Beth (Kromer) Gassman, Annie Kahl ’94, and Jim and Mary Kay (O’Malley)Kennedy. A good time had by all.
Well Streaks that is all for now and I can only hope that the rest of the summer treats you well and everyone stays safe; send me some updates for the next column. Peace,
Greetings fellow streaks of the class of ’89 and happy spring. It is mid April here on the North Coast and we have had an entire week of sunshine; a rarity of sorts in this neck of the woods. I had the privilege of seeing the JCU campus and it looks better than ever — Back in the day the Frisbees would be flying around the quad this time of year and the studying would get harder and harder due to the festivities.
Congratulations to Mike Krizmanich and his wife, Krista-Marie, as they have welcomed Cole Dmitry into their Fairveiw Park home. Mike and Krista traveled to Russia three times over the winter and cannot express their joy and satisfaction in seeing Cole adjust so well to the States. A special “thanks” go out to their employers, Continental for Krista and Recon Logistics for Mike for their understanding and flexibility during this process. Mike tells me that Recon Logistics is owned by none other than fellow ’89er Hank Newman. Hey Hank how about a note for the next article since your company got two plugs here? Anyway congrats again to Mike and Krista and I wish your family much happiness.
Our own Pearl Graham-Johnson was selected as a winner of the prestigious Plain Dealer Crystal Apple Award sponsored by Bryant &Stratton College for the 2007-2008 school year. As a winner of this award Pearl joins an elite group of teachers in Northeast Ohio who have been recognized for outstanding efforts and accomplishments in education. This award is so special because it is voted on by students, co-workers, administrators, family and friends and then the final decision is made by a team of Northeast Ohio educators. Congrats again Pearl and keep up the good work with the students.
Dan Seink has informed me that he is certified as a specialist in elder law and is a founding partner in a Brecksville law firm that focuses on long term care needs and estate concerns of seniors. Check out www.ohioelderlaw.com for more info. Dan is married to JoAnne Behr and they are expecting their first child in July of this year. They keep busy by scuba diving and renovating their century and a half old Sagamore Hills home. Dan also passes along news of Kevin Augustyn who is a magistrate for the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, foreclosure division. Kevin is married and lives in Strongsville. Thanks for the updates Dan.
Still looking for further updates on other classmates so send any info you have to share. Have a safe and happy spring/summer. Peace,
Greetings ’89ers! So far the snow has missed us for the most part here in Cleveland but the cold is here. Still waiting to hear from a lot of you that promised to write and keep me in the loop but here’s news on some I’ve heard from …
Kris Koch and his wife, Danielle, celebrated their 10th anniversary in October and have three children. They are members of St. Ambrose Church in Brunswick, Ohio, and Kris is active with the Respect Life Group there. Kris has been a disc jockey for 20 years now and is currently working on a book and articles regarding families making healthy choices in music. Thanks for the update Kris and good luck with the writing.
Daniel Brindza writes to tell me he recently won a contest put on by the Cleveland Browns and Frito-Lay and was awarded tickets and a luxury suite to the December 16 Browns/Bills game. The event was coordinated by fellow JCU grad Leanne D’Apolito ’07 who is currently holding an intern position with the Browns. Daniel was able to “rub elbows” with Cleveland Browns’ great Don Cockroft during the game and actually got to enjoy another Browns home victory; congrats Dan and thanks for the news.
I heard through the grapevine that fellow classmate and old roommate Pat Forebaugh and wife Amy are expecting their first child in Chicago. What’s the story Pat? How about a comment and update for the next column. Good luck to you both.
On a sad note I end this article with the news of the death of 80-year-old Miriam Bloom who graduated from Carroll with her degree in Jan. 1988 and requested to be a social member of the class of ’89. Miriam was a five time president of the United Order of True Sisters Women’s Service Organization, former vice president of the Beachwood Arts Council, past president of the Century Chapter B’nai B’rith and a member of the National Council of Jewish Women. She loved photography and art and was a graduate of Cleveland Heights High School; she passed on November 28, 2007.
That is all for now fellow Blue Streaks, I look forward to hearing from many of you for the next column and also look forward to spring! Peace,
Greetings ’89ers …
It is with heavy heart that I write this article as my, and hopefully your, beloved Indians have fallen in seven games to the Boston Red Sox for the ALCS title. Only one game away from making a trip to the World Series and hosting games one and twp but not meant to be I guess, so we wait until next year AGAIN.
Only a small amount of news to report this time other than the usual folks who keep me updated. First, Brian Donovan has confirmed that indeed he is engaged to a fine young actress, now adult fiction writer from Australia, Tempany. The two plan on some type of ceremony possibly in Mexico in the future depending on timing and getting families together from around the globe. Brian’s CD project “Mighty Me” is now available in libraries across the country and he is very busy still doing the voice of Jetix for Disney. He also has started post production on a documentary about his sister and he still runs the arts non-profit for the inner city kids. Whew, quite a plate full Brian. Keep us informed.
Matt Utecht and wife Laure ’90 announced the birth of their third child, Samuel Joseph, who arrived in June 2007; congrats to you both.
Patricia Giltner Bertschler has been a professional clinic counselor for almost 20 years and her first job was as director of Counseling and Social Services at Womankind Maternal and Prenatal Care Center and more recently at Windsor Hospital and Parma Hospital’s Behavioral Center for older adults. In 1996 Patricia and her husband Dr. John Bertschler formed Northcoast Conflict Solutions specializing in counseling, meditation and training. She also has written her first book, TRUCE, and is currently working on the second edition.
Mary Kay O’Donnell and husband Chris live in Euclid and have three kids, Ian (7), Kathleen (6), and Megan (4). Congrats!
Beth and I spent Labor Day weekend at Kelley’s Island with Julie ’92 and Dan Weaver, Diane and Dan Soucie, Jennifer and John Fox and Joe ’88 and Cathy Pizem O’Malley and had a blast with great weather and great friends.
Brad Gosser and his wife, Joan, came into Cleveland in early October and it was great to finally meet the young Jake Gosser in the flesh and to see the three of you; awesome.
Again I ASK all of you alumni to write in and advise what is happening in your lives with friends and loved ones; share your stories and achievements with us all.
Greetings Blue Streaks of ‘89. I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer; the weather here has been awesome and the days are flying by. Chris Pelinsky and wife Jody and their two boys have a new home in the burbs of New Jersey. Chris continues to do well in the financial market and rumor has it a backyard pool is now part of the home; my towel is ready. Congrats Chris and looking forward to seeing you here in September.
Brad Gosser, John Fox, Dan Weaver and Dan Soucieall got together for a “shin-dig” in Vegas back in May. I was suppose to attend as well but had some complications; great fun had by all from what I am told and I am truly sorry I had to miss that one. Big rumor floating out there that Brian Donovan is engaged, where was the e-mail Brian? I got no “mighty me” love from you on this story. Give us some details or squash the rumor!
Nina Parikh sent a note saying she is living in Brooklyn, NY, but provided no other information; please send me more Nina.
I heard from my freshman-year roommate, Brian Tierney, who now has his own plastic surgery practice in Nashville, TN, where he lives with wife Jennifer and children Kendall (2) and Brian (5 mos.). Wow, second floor Bernet was a long time ago wasn’t it Brian? Congrats on your success as well.
That about wraps up my news for this quarter; remember if I don’t hear from you I can’t write about you. Peace to all and be safe!
Hello alumni … I hope everyone is well and enjoying the spring weather. I have to tell you even though JCU seems like a small college its arms truly reach around the world. My wife, Beth, and I were fortunate enough to travel to Rome, Florence and Venice over the Easter holiday and I took along some JCU shirts. Our last day in Rome I was approached by two girls from Ohio Northern and one of them has a mother who was a professor at JCU and on our first day in Florence I was approached by Dr. Nevin’s son and daughter as well; small world but full of JCU contacts.
Well the news was sparse this quarter but I did run into Mike Murphy at our parish fund raiser. The former JCU baseballer is now an attorney and doing well; we shared a few names of other alumni we both knew and had talked to.
I also sat with Mike Bilardo and his wife at the event as well.
Mike is head of government sales for Hyland software and keeps in touch with Jeff Smith and Amy (Van Strien) who live in Cincinnati.
Joan Kiernan Korinek wrote in to give me grief about things and mentioned she, husband Jim, and daughter Margaret are doing well and the Baxter gig is going well.
I received notice thatMike Mastrian and wife Theresa (Scimeca) welcomed baby Thomas on December 27, 2006 to join brother Zachary (23 mos.).
Mike is with the U.S. Senate and is the director of radio and TV gallery at the capital.
Last but not least, I heard from Doug Wood right after I submitted my notes for the last column so sorry this seems so long ago but Doug has welcomed daughter Isabel in April of 2006. The baby and wife joined Doug during his fall tour across the country; 50 states in all. Doug also has released his second CD titled Dream catcher which features Jamey Haddad and Tracy Silverman. Doug also is/was up for “best guitarist” in the Cleveland FREE TIMES and I hope you did well. Thanks for the update and continued success.
Well ’89ers, as always, keep the news coming and GO TRIBE
Greetings fellow ’89ers and I am in great spirits as my Colts are going to the Super Bowl as of last night defeating the Pats 38-34 in a game for the ages. Well snow has been minimal here so far this year and we are looking at nine weeks until spring … HA. Spoke via e mail with Terry Nagle and he is still in Detroit working with his brothers at M & N Plastics, a Nagle owned business. Terry has recently purchased some property in Northern Michigan and hopes to build a “getaway” cottage in the fall of 2007; sounds great Terry especially for an alumni meeting.
Brad Gosser and his father Jim ’55 were walking the streets of Manhattan Beach and ran into Tim and Patty (Svetlak) Mahota from the class of ’88 with their two children; small world it seems. Brad continues to do well at George P Johnson and travels the world for the Lexus account.
Dan Weaver and Julie Kahl Weaver welcomed child number five, Sarah Colleen, into their family on December 18 ’06. Mom and baby are well and Dad is happy to be changing diapers again and is excited about his recent addition to his pool area; as am I.
Sue (Zachary) Maher and her husband, Rob, welcomed Jamison Mae to their family on November 10 ’06 joining Remi and Jack at home. Sue and Rob recently moved to Tiburon, CA, not far from their previous location on the West Coast. Thanks for the picture Sue !!
That is all I have for now folks but keep those e-mails, letters and phone calls coming and remember opening day for us Tribe fans is right around the corner
Greetings my fellow streaks from the class of ’89. As I look out the window this fine October day I see the wonderful thing we often see to early this time of year here in Cleveland; snow. Yes kids it is that time of year for the sun to disappear for the next five months here and for us to pray for that elusive Indian summer at the end of October. The news notes were somewhat sparse this quarter so I need everyone to make an effort over the next few months to send me some interesting and updated reports. Here is what I have … Ginny Drda Anderson writes from the big apple where she and her husband Michael now live. Ginny is an actor on stage, in film and commercials as well as working as a “standardized patient.” Basically she will portray a patient with a specific illness or problem and interact with medical students, residents and international doctors allowing them to practice their skills in a realistic yet safe and controlled setting; she works with NYU as well as other medical programs around the area. Ginny currently is working on the other side of the stage in an administrative role as the associate program manager of the Clinical Competence Center of New York where she helps international doctors jump cultural hurdles and improve their chances of passing their medical exam in the U.S. Ginny was recently interviewed by American Theatre Magazine in the July/August issue (page 54) about the growing field of standardized patient work; congrats Ginny — email@example.com!
George Ruta is still in Sandusky, OH, and is the president and CEO of Ruta Hotels, Inc — firstname.lastname@example.org.
M. Colette Donnelly is living in Marysville, OH, but reported no news; she can be reached at email@example.com.
And last but not least a special THANK YOU to Doctor Tom Collins ’87, an ER doctor and fellow Blue Streak for his special attention to my nephew, Chris a JCU freshman, during our recent visit to MetroHealth hospital. Doctor Tom and his staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome and took great care of Chris during his stay in the ER; thanks a bunch Tom and kudos to you and the folks at MH.
Stay warm everyone and go Cavs !!!
Happy hot summer to my fellow alumni. Temperatures here have been in the 90s this week and water and air conditioning are required. I received some good input this session and want to get right to it; oh and anything I said about the Cleveland Indians in past articles I take back… OUCH
I must apologize to Andy ’88 and Michelle Flando as I see them quite a bit at Holy Trinity in Avon at both church and the school and have yet to mention them in the article. Michelle and Andy have kids Molly (11), Andrew (9) and Allie (7). Michelle does A LOT of work for the school and its kids; I know that Andy does GOLF; see you on the course soon I hope.
Believe it or not Joan Kiernan Korinek dropped me a note saying that she and husband Jim are doing great. Joan works for Baxter, enjoys it and they have daughter Margaret (4) who sounds like she is a handful — mentally way ahead of her time. For the past 8 years, Joan and Jim have lived outside the city in River Forest; great to hear from you Joan and thanks for the memories.
Lisa (Ahern) Lewis and husband Don live in Hudson with children Brendan (19), Susan (17) and Elizabeth (15). Lisa returned to JCU in August of 2005 in the position of media services coordinator where she works with the broadcast archives in the O’Malley Center and acts as the advisor to the student television station on campus. Thanks for the news Lisa.
Sue Bayhurst Hansen unloaded with all kinds of news; thanks a bunch Sue as you know how hard it is to write this article. Sue and her husband, Paul ’86, welcomed baby Katherine in April of 2005 and Sue is enjoying the role of stay at home mom. Sue and Paul live in Westlake right next door to classmate Julie Musca Peacock and her husband, Tom, who have two children Jake (3) and Katie (1). A 40th birthday party was thrown for Jim Hansen ’88 and JCUers included Mark Oswald ’88, John Mitchell, Spencer Cominos ’86, Iggy Gannon ’91, Siobhan O’Leary and Teresa Dolinar also attended. Iggy and his wife Emilie Amer ’92 live in West Park and have two children, Molly (2) and Tommy (7 mos.). Another group of our classmates gets together once a year and includes Christine Fennelly (Boston), Beth Senay (Philly), Mandi Kiss Snowman (Dallas), Rita Mladek and Tami LaGattuta.
Christine and her husband, Larry, welcomed Benjamin Frances in February and Mandi and her husband, John, have two children Jack (6) and Katie (3).
Katie Torchia Moosavian and her husband, Tom, live in Columbus and have children Matt (12), Tommy (10) and Annie (8).
Maureen Regan Riley and her husband, Vinnie, have children Meghan (8), Vinnie (5) and twins who will be one this July.
Kathleen Zuccaro Guzzi and husband Dave welcomed Allison in April and Maura Slattery Boyle welcomed baby boy #3, Declan, in November.
Last but not least let me apologize to Annie Kahl as I wrote about a trip we took to the Bahamas for her 40th birthday in February; I failed to mention we went a year early so she is only 39 … love you Annie.
Thanks to all who wrote in and please keep the notes coming. Continued success to all for the rest of 2006 and beyond. Peace,
Streaks … as of today the Cleveland Indians are 5-1 and in first place! Several of us attended the home opener including Dan and wife Julie Kahl ’92 Weaver, Dan Soucie and wife Diane, Mary Kay O’Malley and husband Jim, Joe O’Malley ’88 and Annie Kahl ’92 and yours truly. Most of the group including my wife, Beth (Kromer), and Mike Fanning ’88 and wife Joanna ’90 celebrated Annie Kahl’s 40th birthday at Atlantis in the Bahamas where we spent the first week of February; no kids were allowed.
Great hearing from Mike Krizmanich who’s been living in Fairview Park with wife Krista-Marie for over three years now. Mike is working downtown for CAMP’s Business Consulting Group where they help other business groups improve internally with six sigma initiatives and lean manufacturing building blocks. Mike reports that Justin Murphy lives in Chicago and is doing well. It appears Mike, Adam Flinchbaugh and Brian Winovich actually enjoyed watching the Steelers roll through the playoffs and super bowl together; congrats Steelers fan. Mike ran into Beth Senay at a party hosted by Tammy and Jack ’90 LaGattuta and she is doing well and living in Philly. Thanks for all the info Mike.
The shout out to Lauree Popovich has proved lucrative as she reports in this month from Upper St Clair, PA, and is a regional manager for Infusion, a medical sales firm selling products for home infusion needs. Lauree has two wonderful children, Olivia (11) and Bobby (8); both enjoy sports and attend Irish step dancing competition regularly. Lauree talks with Sue Zachary quite a bit via phone and still enjoys the holiday “free” candy Sue offers. Thanks for the update Lauree and go Browns.
Christine (Salupo) Riggle is now in Broadview Heights with her husband Tim and children Alyssa (4) and Amanda (1).
I am still looking for memoirs from several of you out there and you know who you are; if you don’t send me something, I will call you out next time. Happy and safe spring and summer to all
Greetings streaks and lets get right into the good stuff …
Kathleen Zuccaro Guzzi married her neighbor, David, in May of 2002 and now lives in Broadview Heights; Kathleen has a daughter Makena born April of ’04 and another on the way in March of this year. She is the director of the annual and special giving fund for Hawken School and completes her eighth year at Hawken and 17th in the fundraising arena — firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laura Moreschi Asseff is living in Akron with her husband, Steve, and children Jonathan (8), Nicholas (5), Ben (3) and Patrick (6 mos.). She is a unit leader for Creative Memories working from home — email@example.com.
Susan Swyt — firstname.lastname@example.org — checks in from Dublin where she lives with her husband, William Marek, and children Chris (8) and Timothy (2).
Michelle Conkle is in Atlanta and has been there since 1998 where her job in sales continues to go well with major growth in her department that only seems to keep getting larger. Michelle had surgery on knee #1 after Thanksgiving and if all goes well will have #2 done in early 2006 — email@example.com.
After months of me badgering, Brian Albenze has answered the bell. He’s been in Denver since February ’05 with his wife, Lisa, and children Olivia (8) and Rachel (4). Brian spent 13 years in the D.C. area and now goes by the shooter title of president, Pinnacle Distribution — firstname.lastname@example.org. Brian regularly hears from Phil Pruner who lives in Atlanta and has three boys (your turn Phil). Brian gets together for a golf outing every year with Dave Tolchin ’88, Ted Arcand, Jeff King ’88, John Reali ’90, Tony DeCarlo ’88, Mike Hogue ’88, Mike Rozic ’92 and Bill Bishop ’92; now that is one golf outing I need to attend, only “gold-chain” Sean Cain ’88 missing from that group. Brian also reports that Pat Connors is back from Kuwait and newly married; thanks for the news Brian and great hearing from you.
Brian Donovan has released his children’s DVD to the public. I personally own a copy and my 2 and 4 year olds dig the mighty me storyline and video. You can obtain your copy at www.mightyme.com. Check it out and nice work, Brian.
I received a short voicemail from Brian Sheridan who is still with GE but has moved to the Chicago area, drop me some more details when you get a chance Brian.
Last but not least Chris Pelinsky and wife Jodie welcomed child #2, Alex who joined Sean at home in New Jersey. The Pelinskys recently bought a second home in Utah for skiing and lounging; sweet.
I can only hope the holidays were as good to everyone as they were to my family; best to all in 2006 and keep the NEWS coming!!! Peace,
Greetings ’89ers … Hope your summer went well and everyone is adjusting to the new climate. As fall rolls in our sports teams here in Cleveland are dying; Indians failed to make the playoffs and the Browns combo of Trent Dilfer to Braylon Edwards so far looks like Craddock to Gosser back at Wasmer field. Oh well, on to the business at hand and it was SLOW business this month on the alumni news front.
Pat Forebaugh has finally tied the knot after much badgering from his friends. He and his bride, Amy, were married in Chicago the last weekend of August. ’89ers in attendance were Chris Pelinsky and Brad Gosser. Pat and Amy will remain in Chicago where they both work in the downtown area. Good luck Pat we wish you all the best.
The alumni office heard from Mike Mastrian who is in Alexandria, VA, with his wife, Theresa, and their son, Zachary (15 mos.). Mike is the director of the U.S. Senate, Radio Television Gallery. Well unfortunately that is all of the information I received from all of you guys … c’mon, how about some NEW news … talk to you soon, pray for low heating bills! David
Happy summer ’89ers. We have been hot and dry since the beginning of June with no relief in sight and the rain has been as common as As on my JCU report cards
Sorry mom and dad. I spoke to and heard from a lot of the regulars the past few months and got some good info from a few newcomers.
Michelle Conkle promised me at our 15-year reunion to write and even though it took some time I finally got several stories out of her. Michelle is the inside sales manager in Columbus for FleetCor Technologies, the issuer of the Fuelman Fleet Card and her team is expected to make Presidents Club for 2005. Michelle and her five cats have a house and are enjoying life in the state capital. Michelle informs me that Joanne McCreary is a financial analyst for Resources Global Professionals and is currently working with Things Remembered and recently enjoyed a trip to Italy in 2004.
Karen Teeter Rufer married Dan Rufer in December of 2004 and Anne Porter (have not heard from you) was in the wedding party. Attendees included Becky Lacovic Barnhart, Sue Zurkovski Swain, Lisa Grisez-Shullick, Shannon Place Martin, Holly Monahan and Chris Jamison. Karen lives in Portland and is a records clerk for law firm Bullivant Houser Bailey.
Shaun Carey has a new position at Fredriksen Fire Equipment Company and is living in Chicago.
Margaret Wojcik Stefanov is a manager at Allstate Insurance and lives in Twinsburg with her husband, Joe.
Tracy Moavero is now living in Washington, D.C., and working as a campaign director for a Quaker organization. For the past 11 years, she’s specialized in peace campaigning and lobbying in D.C., New York, and Geneva.
Pat Forebaugh will be married in Chicago to his girlfriend, Amy, good luck Pat.
Thanks to Adam Stuart for your phone call about the previous article, it was good to hear from you and to realize people do read and enjoy the column.
Have a safe and happy summer and remember to call or e-mail me your stories about fellow JCUers
Greetings class of ’89. I hope everyone has started the spring thaw as we had a LONG and SNOWY winter.
For those of you who are not close by, Cleveland set a new snowfall record in 2004/2005 with 105 inches of the white stuff. It was not like we got pounded often but the snow seemed to fall every day without much relief. Spring is here now and the Cleveland Indians are off to a .500 start; go tribe.
I only heard from a select few alumni over the past few months and continue to wait to hear from new folks. I got a very good e-mail from Adam Stuart who now makes his home in Orlando, FL, and from the sound of it is quite busy. Adam has three children, Brosdene (8), Isabella (6), and Sofia (3) and is a teacher in the inner city of the Orange County Public School System where the average class growth rate is an astounding 200 %. Adam’s class has received inspirational letters and signed photos from celebs such as Robin Williams, John Travolta and Denzel Washington. Adam himself has had several articles published on teaching and parenting and just completed his first children’s book My Name is Jack in honor of his nephew. He also is close to completing The Little Boss and Sofia Turns Three. By my calculations that makes two children’s book writers, Adam and Brian Donovan. Great!! Continued success Adam and keep up the excellent work not only with the books but for how you are helping the inner city children better their lives.
I received an update regarding Jeff Klimas who resides in Jacksonville, FL, with his wife, Alice, and their kids Joe (8) and John (4). Jeff is a project manager with JP Morgan Chase.
Mike Mastrian lives in Alexandria, VA, with his wife, Theresa, and is a director for U.S. Senate Radio Gallery.
David Fletcher is living in Saginaw, MI, with wife Jill and kids Hannah (9) and Lauren (7). Dave is a designer for Reder Landscaping; hey Dave who would have thought you and your freshman roommate John Reddington would wind up having similar career interests ?
Sue (Zachary) Maher and her husband, Rob, welcomed baby #2, Jack Fenway Maher to the family; Jack joins sibling Remi at home in Tiburon, CA, and if Jack is anything like the grandpa he is named after he will be a hell of a guy and have a tough reputation to live up to … Congrats Sue !!
Well that is all for now and as I always say, I wish more of you would let us know how you are doing … How about Brian Albenze, Brian Tierney, Don Stupica ’90, Lauree Popovich, Audrey Dubay Denk or Audrey Fonseca; drop me a line people … Have a great spring !! David
Happy New Year! The first lesson I learned this year is to be very suspicious when a fellow classmate calls you, leaves several messages, but does not share with you the reason for the call. I learned the hard way. After returning several calls from Jamie, we finally connected and much to my surprise, she talked about this great opportunity to connect with many classmates from JCU…it turns out it was a chance to co-write for our class column. At first I was slightly overwhelmed and as I quickly thought about it, I realized what a great opportunity this would be to re-connect with many friends and at the same time, meet some new friends. If nothing else, I’ll finally get Jeanine McGratty-Lee and Colleen Connery Coyne to call me, for the two of you would hate for me to come up with my own updates. You know how I like to embellish a story! Forewarned is forearmed. So here we are–your new columnists. It’s hard to believe we left JCU over fifteen years ago. Much has happened to everyone during this time and we would love to update everyone and keep our classmates connected. We hope many of you will e-mail, write or call either of us with news and events in your lives. We will do our best to keep you informed. First, it’s great to hear that many of our classmates are still welcoming little ones into their families. Congratulations to Megan Leahy Tilles and her husband, Steve, on the arrival of a daughter. Melanie joins a sister and two brothers. Colleen Connery Coyne, husband Brian and two sons also welcomed a daughter earlier this year. Lori Morielli Goddard, husband Tony, and 11-year-old son welcomed Emily this summer. Shannon McChesney Fanshawe and her husband, Frank, welcomed Victoria who joined big sister Olivia and brother John. Julia Welsh Lundy and her husband, John, welcomed Kate who joins big brother Will. If there are others we missed, please write. We would love to be able to include news of our growing families in our next column.
As we begin 2005, please join us in wishing much continued success to Gretchen Gibbons Nock. Gretchen, along with family and friends, recently formed a new, nonprofit organization. OROC (OutRun Ovarian Cancer) works to raise ovarian cancer awareness. Through several fundraisers and a 5k walk/run, OROC raised over $100,000 which will go toward research for the development of an early-detection test for ovarian cancer. Gretchen has built such great momentum that a new OROC chapter is being formed in Chicago with plans underway to open chapters in Cincinnati, Detroit, Atlanta and Pittsburgh. If you want to learn more, you can visit the Web site at oroc.org. We also congratulate Mike Donnelly on recently being elected Judge, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. Good luck Mike! Paul Gogniat reports that all is well in Pittsburgh. He is teaching math at a community college. Paul keeps in touch with Frank Meszaros who is a physician in Lancaster, OH. He and his wife, Brittany, have two children Christopher and Frankie; Doug Stumpfl lives in California with his wife Maggie ’93 and their two children Kylie and Leo; and Ron Karpuszka, his wife Beth ’89, and children Melissa and Ryan live in Westlake, OH. That’s all for now. We are waiting anxiously at our mailboxes and computers for news!
Jamie and Kathy
Hello ’89ers. Well here we are again; a summer has passed us by but not without some fond memories. I must say I do not look forward to the cold but the color of the leaves this time of year is literally breathtaking. I must admit I have very little news to report as most of you have been busy and not passing along the good gossip about yourselves or other classmates. I remember at reunion a lot of alumni saying “I’ll be sure to send you something next time” or “Why am I not in the article”
Once again I tell you in order to appear in the article you have to tell me something. Okay onto what I DO know: I had a chance to have lunch with Pat Forebaugh and his girlfriend, Amy, as they were in town for a wedding and stopped by the Gassman home for a visit. Pat is still in Chicago and working for Keywell, he is the director of operations and keeps close tabs on all aspects of the steel division. Good seeing you Pat and don’t be a stranger. Dan Weaver has been promoted to chief technology officer of Cuyahoga County and oversees quite a bit of activity for the office. He has an excellent view of downtown from his location as well. See you soon Danny!! Brian Donovan dropped me a quick hello after the reunion and has an excellent children’s learning video on his Web site: unitedlearning .com. Check under videos and look for “Mighty Me Training Camp.” Joanna (Garry) Fanning ’90 and her husband Mike ’88 welcomed their 3rd child, Deirdre, on August 25th and mom and baby are doing well at home. Deirdre joins Riley (7) and Liam (5) at their Olmstead Township home. Speaking of babies, John Reddington and his wife will celebrate the 1-year anniversary of their daughter Lola. John continues his work in New York for an architectural landscape firm and enjoys working on parks and golf courses.
I wish you all an enjoyable fall season and look forward to hearing from many more of you for the next article … remember, I can always start making things up and some of you don’t want that!! David
It is with a heavy heart that I start off this article and announce the death of one of our classmates, Lisa Clifford. Lisa passed away from heart problems on June 30th and will be sorely missed by many. Donations can be made at any KeyBank for the Lisa Anne Clifford Scholarship Fund and there will also be a clam bake/golf outing in October. Contact me for further details or watch the JCU Web site.
This June was our 15-year reunion at JCU and fun was had by all. I spoke with many of you who promised e-mails in the near future; I am still waiting. We have now raised over $200k for our class alumni fund and it is great to see some of you “high rollers” giving back to your alma mater; keep it coming! For a list of attendees, check the website at www.jcu.edu.
Beth Hoover McConchie shares some special news this month about her and her husband Kirk’s first child, Megan Elise, who was born on April 8th and weighed in at 6 lbs., 13 oz. Congrats and good luck Beth.
Kevin Roberts and his wife, Ellen (Skipper) Roberts, held out long enough to attend the reunion and then gave birth to Colin Finn Roberts who was born on June 24th and joins sister Fiona at home in Lakewood.
Awesome to hear from Tom Wienclaw and his wife, Dana ’91, who are the proud owners of the new Beef O’Brady’s Family Sports Pub in Strongsville. It is located on the corner of Drake and Pearl and is famous for its Florida locations including one in the Indians spring training home of Winterhaven. I will be seeing you both soon for a possible beer tasting.
John Brierley and his wife, DeAnn, live in North Royalton with their 2 daughters Kate (2) and Grace (7 months.) John is a systems programmer with Progressive Insurance.
Catherine Brennan lives in Chicago and works for the Habitat Company as a Realtor. … Congratulations to Pat Connors who in September will be promoted to Lieutenant Colonel from his current status of Major. In June Pat was assigned to Kuwait as the operations liaison officer to the Kuwait Joint Headquarters. Be safe and good luck Pat!
In closing I extend my continued prayers and sympathy to my dear friend John Fox who lost his older brother, Mike, in June of this year. Mike was a great individual who gave his all to whatever he did and will be truly missed.
Enjoy the rest of the summer and keep me posted of any breaking news … David
Hello fellow classmates and welcome to spring depending on where you are located. Here in Cleveland the weather is as unpredictable as always and some of us enjoyed another chilly opening day for our Cleveland Indians. Dan Soucie, Dan Weaver, Mary Kay O’Malley and I enjoyed a “balmy” 42 degree day in the bleachers but we did see the victory.
I heard from Doug Wood this month and it sounds like he is doing great. Doug is living the musician’s life and touring throughout the country with two CD releases under his belt, “I am Kiroc” and “Solace” which are getting decent airplay on NPR, commercial and college radio. Doug is hitting colleges, coffeehouses, acoustic venues and festivals everywhere. He also conducts classes for elementary, middle and high school students. Anyone interested in checking out his schedule can go to www.dougwoodmusic.com. Congrats to Doug on being voted best instrumentalist in 2003 by CampusAwards.com.
I also heard from Karen Teeter this month and she is soon to be Karen Rufer when she marries Dan December 4th in Portland, OR. Karen has made the desirable move from Hawaii to Portland giving up 80s and sun to well … cold. Karen is looking for employment in the Portland area so any of you “JCUers” up there help her out. Good luck Karen!
Christine Mahoney-McDonald wrote to me saying she always gets bummed out that none of her friends ever make the column. Well Christine by writing to me you have assured yourself some coverage in this edition. I can only write about people I hear or talk to. Christine gave me the following updates: Amanda (Kiss) Snowman had her second child, Katie, in November of 2002 joining Jack who turns 4 in July. She lives in Plano, TX with her husband, John.
Rita (Mladek) Cole and her husband Steve live in Olmstead Falls with their very spoiled yellow lab, Leia. Rita is a speech pathologist and clinical care specialist with Symphony Health. She will be a bridesmaid to Christine in her September wedding.
Tami (Mattern) LaGattuta and her husband, Jack ’90, have a new home in Cleveland and Tami travels quite a bit with her job with Continental Airlines.
Beth Senay just received a large promotion at Aetna Insurance in Philly. She lives just outside the city with her spoiled dog, Springsteen.
Pam Koehnle and her husband, Andrej Lah ’86, live in Chardon with their 3 children. Pam is a surgical nurse in Cleveland and studying to be a nurse anesthetist. According to Christine they all got together last fall and try to gather once a year for an official girls’ weekend. Amanda will host the next gathering somewhere in Texas. Hey girls how about a get together at our 15-year reunion on June 18-20? Thanks for all the news Christine and good luck with your wedding.
Tim Courtney lives in Wickliffe, OH and is vice president of Intellinet Corporation.
Brad Gosser and his wife, Joan, are expecting their first child late this year. Congrats Bradley and now you will get to experience the wonders of being a parent.
That is all for now folks. Keep writing in and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our 15 year reunion. David
Happy New Year to the class of 1989, can you believe it is already 2004? Believe it or not this June we will celebrate our 15 year class reunion — June 18-20 and I am hoping for an outstanding turnout from all of our classmates. Kevin Roberts and I are working hard on planning the reunion weekend activities. Send any suggestions you have to the e-mail address at the top of this column and expect a call in the next few months asking for your attendance at the reunion. Now for some class notes.
James Piotrowski has announced the opening of Herzfeld & Piotrowski LLP in Boise, ID. The firm specializes in labor and employment law and the representation of labor unions. The office phone # is 208-331-9200 and Jim’s e-mail is email@example.com.
Congratulations to Cathy (Pizem) O’Malley and her husband, Joe ’88, for his election to the Westlake School Board starting this year, hope all goes well.
Brad Gosser and his wife, Joan, have purchased a house in Manhattan Beach CA. Brad is still with George P Johnson and in charge of the Lexus account and doing well. We look forward to seeing the new crib this year Bradley !!
Liz (Crowley) Harrington was married on May 31, 2003 and lives with husband Paul in New York. Liz is working for Pfizer. Attendees at the wedding included Mary Crowley-Wangler ’87, Maria Grzesik Campanelli ’87, Mary Krowl Kosir ’88, Cathy Loder Huber ’88, Lauren Kriessler Miklos ’88, Christy Gannon Lemanowicz ’88, Sheila Geary Miklos, Beth Pistocchi Martin, Cathy Barrett Roof. Brian Hurley ’90 con-celebrated the nuptual mass; Brian was ordained May 18, 2002.
Steven Lausin and his wife, Fran, are living in Euclid, OH.
Christy Mahoney-McDonal is living in Quincy, MA. and is the director of communications for the Boston University Dental School.
Some 89ers welcomed new children recently … John Reddington and his wife, Nicole, welcomed their first baby, Lola Florence Reddington on November 3, 2003 and so far, all is well and good.
Matt Loesel and his wife, Marni, welcomed their 3rd child.
Beth Kromer Gassman and myself welcomed Mary Elizabeth on September 25th making her our fourth and I believe FINAL little Gassman miracle.
Joanna Geary Fanning and husband Michael ’88 are expecting baby #3 in August of this year.
Remember June 18-20 is our 15-year reunion and I am looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible. Let’s try and have a record turnout and support our alma mater.
Looking forward to spring, David
A short note — James Piotrowski has announced the opening of Herzfeld & Piotrowski LLP in Boise, Idaho this summer. They will specialize in labor and employment law and the representation of labor unions. The phone # to the office is 208-331-9200 and Jim’s e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
And last but certainly not least — David and Beth Gassman welcomed Mary Elizabeth into the world on 9/25/03. Mary is our 4th child and joins Paul, Emma and Dean at home in Avon, Ohio.
Have a safe and enjoyable summer!! David
Greetings fellow streaks of the class of ’89. Thankfully we have survived another winter up here in Cleveland and it reminded me a lot of the winters we had back when we were at JCU: snow almost everyday and cold temperatures. Well, so far, spring is not much better but we keep hoping.
Little news to report this time as many calls and e-mails went unanswered, but there is always hope for the next article.
James Piotrowski has announced this summer the opening of Herzfeld & Piotrowski LLP in Boise, Idaho. They will specialize in labor and employment law and the representation of labor unions. The phone # to the office is 208-331-9200 and Jim’s e-mail is email@example.com.
Sue Bayhurst, our previous class columnist, sent me a nice e-mail welcoming me as the new columnist and I forgot to include the news she passed along. Sue is the director of sales and marketing for The Club at Hillbrook in Chagrin Falls. Any chance of hooking us Blue Streaks with a free round or maybe a reunion event at the club would be nice! Keep us informed Sue.
John Fox and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed their 3rd child, Bridgette, into the world on May 29th. John is now out numbered 3-2 in his house and will have to adjust accordingly. John once again excelled in his dealership sales for GMAC and will be taking yours truly on a nice golf vacation to Kohler, WI. Thanks Johnny! Beth Hoover McConchie has reported in and is living in Leesburg, VA with her husband. If you would like to drop Beth a line she is at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And last but certainly not least — David and Beth Gassman welcomed Mary Elizabeth into the world on 9/25/03. Mary is our 4th child and joins Paul, Emma and Dean at home in Avon, Ohio.
That is about all for this issue, remember to please call or e-mail me with your latest family, career, or personal updates so we can all keep in the loop. Next summer will be our 15th reunion and I hope to see a lot of you there so keep an ear out for further updates on those dates. Have a safe and enjoyable summer!! David
A happy and prosperous 2003 to all fellow Blue Streaks. Unfortunately the year has not started off so well with war being imminent and the loss of the crew of the space shuttle Columbia. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families associated with that tragedy. The family of Vincent Tinnirello would like to say thanks for all the thoughts and prayers that they have received during their time of loss. The support was truly amazing and overwhelming; thanks again to all and keep them in your prayers.
My old roommate Chris Pelinsky and his wife, Jodie, welcomed their first child, Sean, into the world in January. Mom, Dad and baby are doing well in the Jersey area and Chris continues to thrive in the financial world.
Mary Kay (O’Malley) Kennedy and her firefighting husband, Jim, welcomed Celia Margaret in September of last year. All are well and growing quickly. Mary Kay was also honored by the Greater Cleveland YWCA as a “Woman of Professional Excellence” for her dedication to Pepsi Corporation and for her continued community service. Way to go MK!!
Robert Ruppe and his wife, Karen, welcomed Patrick Ignatius Ruppe into the world in November and Robert’s old roommate and best friend John Boland ’90 and his wife welcomed Brendan John Boland on the same day at the same hospital. I must say that takes some pretty good planning. I bet you can’t do that again!
Susan (Zachary) Maher and her husband, Rob, are expecting their first child in the springtime. I’m sure Sue has now adjusted to the big apple lifestyle and knows all the cool places to go. … Rumor has it Maria (LaPorte) Weidner and husband, Jay ’90, are expecting their second child but I cannot confirm nor deny … Maria give us the scoop when you get a chance.
Well that is all for this issue. Those of you not mentioned need to write, e-mail or call with the latest news to share.
Our 15 year reunion is only a year and a half away! Good luck to all in the coming year!! David
(Welcome to my first edition of the alumni class column. First of all a HUGE thanks to Sue Bayhurst for her contributions as the editor of the class column the last few years. Sue did an excellent job and I now have a “new found” respect for what it takes to make this happen. Here is what I know
Joe Ranyak won a Cleveland Emmy Award for best newscast production for Fox8 coverage of September 11th. It is Joe’s first Emmy but his 4th nomination. Joe’s been at Fox8 for 13 years.
John Reddington is now working for Quennell Rothschild & Partners, LLP in New York as a landscape architect and his wife, Nicole, is also in the same field.
Steve and Lisa (Billhardt) Shamrock reside in Naperville, IL, with Luke and Peter, both 5. Steve is with BP and is a CFO team member.
Brian Sheridan dropped me an e-mail to give me some news; he is still enjoying his work with GE Capital and informed me that George Hanzel is a heart doctor in Chicago but will be moving to Detroit. George and his wife, Kristi, just had their first child, a daughter.
Mike Krizmanich will be married in October to his fiancée, Christy, and last I knew was in the software business. Brian also sees Brent Besinger and his wife, Audrey ’90, who have 2 children; Mike Leamon, who had his first son 6 months ago; James DiNardo, Siobhan O’Leary; Joe Behm ’90, Rob Ruppe (moved to new house near Carroll); Paul Kelly; and John Boland ’90, who had his first daughter eight months ago. Brian went to Vegas in April with Brent, Larry Daher (getting married this summer) and Andy Hoffman (who is coaching football at JCU and recently welcomed his first child). Thanks for all the info, Brian.
Cathy (Clegg) Cusack and her husband, Kevin ’83, welcomed their second son, Colin Francis, on April 3rd. He joins Sean at home and all are well in Downers Grove, IL.
Brad Gosser was married in Santa Monica in August to a lovely bride Joan and several Blue Streaks from the class of ’89 were in attendance. My wife, Beth Kromer, and myself; Dan Weaver and Julie (Kahl) ’92; Dr. Dan Soucie and his wife, Diane; Mike Craddock and his wife Megan; John Fox and his wife, Jennifer; Chris Murphy ’88; and Maureen O’Grady ’90, who sang an unbelievable solo at the ceremony. Speaking of John Fox, he has been given one of the most prestigious awards available to GM dealers, the Jack Smith Leadership Award. This is given to ONLY the top 1% of dealers nationwide that achieve a specific quantity of sales and profit$s. Congrats, John, and I know I did my part in ordering. Give John a call for a brand new or used automobile at 248-651-7000.
Cathy (Pizem) O’Malley and her husband, Joe ’88, have founded a PPLG (pre-paid legal group) which allows individuals or groups to pay a monthly service fee and should a situation arise where you need an attorney, rates are offered at a discount. For more info, give Joe a call at 216-387-2093. … Sue Zachary was married recently and after a couple years stint in San Francisco has moved to the Big Apple … Good luck, Sue!
Well that is all I have for this issue; please remember to send me your new info so fellow Blue Streaks can keep up on what’s happening. Stay safe, David Editor’s note: Vincent Tinnirello died unexpectedly on October 8. He is survived by his wife, Lynn, and his daughters Morgan and Mallory. Contributions may be made to the Morgan and Mallory Education Fund, 13765 Indian Creek Dr., Middleburg Heights, OH 44130-6814.
Greetings fellow Blue streaks of the class of 1989 and welcome to my first edition of the alumni class column. First of all a HUGE thanks to Sue Bayhurst for her contributions as the editor of our class column over the last few years, Sue did an excellent job and I now have a “new found” respect for what it takes to make this happen. Many phone calls and e-mails that go unreturned can make it difficult to put a quality article together, so all of you ’89ers, call and/or e-mail to send info on yourselves! This edition of the Class Notes is coming out as a Web based edition and the next magazine containing Class Notes will be out in November of 2002. For this reason I will probably run a similar article to this one next time so that those who do not see this will not lose track of what happened since spring of 2002.
Joe Ranyak won a Cleveland Emmy Award for best newscast production for Fox 8. It was for the coverage of September 11th that was a commercial free, hour-long event and was judged to be the best of the region that includes Cleveland, Toledo and Indianapolis (Great City). It is Joe’s first Emmy but his 4th nomination … Congrats, Joe! Let us know where you put your statue. Joe’s been at Fox 8 for 13 years.
John Reddington is now working for Quennell Rothschild & Partners, LLP in New York as a landscape architect and has a wife who is also in the same field. Rumor is that there will be little Reddington’s running around someday in the Big Apple.
Brian Sheridan dropped me an e-mail to give me some news. He is still enjoying his work with GE Capital and informed me that George Hanzel is a heart doctor in Chicago but will be moving to Detroit. He and his wife, Kristi, just had their first child, a daughter.
Mike Krizmanich will be married in October to his fiancée, Christy, and last I knew was in the software business. Brian also sees Brent Besinger and his wife, Audrey ’90, who have 2 children; Mike Leamon, who had his first son 6 months ago; James Dinardo, Siobhan O’leary; Joe Behm ’90, Rob Ruppe (moved to new house near Carroll); Paul Kelly; and John Boland ’90, who had his first daughter 8 months ago. Brian went to Vegas in April with Brent, Larry Daher (getting married this summer) and Andy Hoffman (who is coaching football at JCU and recently welcomed his first child). Thanks for all the info, Brian.
Cathy (Clegg) Cusak and her husband, Kevin ’83, welcomed their second son, Colin Francis, on April 3rd ;he joins Sean at home and all are well in Downers Grove, IL.
Brad Gosser will be married in Santa Monica in August and several blue streaks from the class of ’89 will be in attendance. I and wife, Beth Kromer, Julie (Kahl) ’92 and husband Dan Weaver, Dan Soucie and his wife, Diane, Mike Craddock and his wife, John Fox and his wife, Jennifer, Chris Pelinsky and his wife, Jody. We are all looking forward to some fun in the sun and oh yes I’m sure we’ll miss the kids!! Speaking of John Fox, he has been awarded one of the most prestigious awards available to GM dealers, the Jack Smith Leadership Award. This is given to ONLY the top 1% of dealers NATIONWIDE that achieve a specific quantity of sales and profit $s. Congrats, John, and I know I did my part in ordering. Give John a call for a brand new or used automobile at 248-651-7000.
Cathy (Pizem) O’Malley and her husband, Joe ’88, have opened a PPLG (pre-paid legal group) which allows individuals or groups to pay a monthly service fee and should a situation arise where you need an attorney the rates are offered at a discounted rate. For more info give Joe a call at 216-387-2093.
Well that is all I have for this issue, please remember to send me your new and exciting info so fellow blue streaks can keep up on what’s happening. Happy Summer! David
Well classmates, this column will mark the end of my career as class columnist. David Gassman will now take over the responsibilities.
I promised him that you all would contribute to the column, so don’t let him down!!
Beth Senay is a business information consultant for US Quality Algorithms in Philadelphia.
Theresa Fortunato was recently named partner at Weltman, Weinber & Reis Co., L.P.A., the nation’s largest creditors’ rights law firm. She currently manages the legal action recovery practice area in Cleveland.
Colette Donnelly Bouic is an administrative assistant at Arlosy Inc. Dairy, the largest dairy operation and producer in Union County. She and her husband, Rob, have two sons, John (5) and Matthew (1).
Joe Ranyak is the 10:00 p.m. news producer at WJW in Cleveland.
Andrew Hoffman works as an assistant football coach at JCU. He and his wife, Tracie, live in University Heights.
Jill Barnoski Prendergast had twins in November, Erin and Evan. They join big brothers Bobbie and Brendon. Jill continues to work as a recruiter for University Hospitals.
We’ve got a couple engagements to report: Mike Krizmanich is marrying Krista Brahler on October 5th and Brian Sheridan’s fiancée’s name is Pam!
Megan Root Juby wrote a very nice letter to update me on some classmates. Megan and her husband, Rick, are living in the North Hills of Pittsburgh with their three wonderful kids: Daniel (6), Mark (4), and Erin born in May 2001. She loves staying at home with the kids, and Rick’s work as senior territory sales manager with Progressive Insurance continues to go well and keeps him very busy. The Juby’s stay in touch with Renee Jackson Price and husband, Larry, who just welcomed their new daughter, Emily in June 2001. They reside in Cranberry, PA and Renee works part-time as a pharmaceutical rep. for Abbott Labs.
Laura Fischer Tanczos and husband, Dave, are enjoying life with their new twins, Matthew and Madison born in August. They also reside in Pittsburgh, and Laura has a private practice as a psychotherapist.
Lisa Tower Almeter and husband, Carl, reside in Clarence, NY with their four adorable children: twins, Benjamin and Taylor (8), Andrew (6), and Catherine (4). Lisa stays at home with the kids and also teaches Spanish to pre-school/K children in her “spare time”!
Megan Gerber Kosobucki and husband, Jim, reside in Margate, FL with their three children: Colin (7 ½), Karis (5), and Kearney (1). Megan enjoys staying at home with the kids; she likes the warm Florida weather, but manages to get back up north to Erie once or twice a year to visit family and friends.
Sue Zachary was married in Napa Valley this fall to a broker she has been dating. He works for the same company as John Marsh ’88. She is still working for her family biz and now lives in San Francisco.
Dale and Beth Kromer Gassman had their 3rd child, Dean Michael, on August 20.
John Fox had back surgery in November and is recovering well.
Dan Weaver passed a realtor test and now has a license to sell and show homes. He is listed with Realty One but only works on weekends
Look him up at email@example.com for anyone needing to list or buy a home. (Dave expects 1% commish for that plug for anything bought or sold Dan !!!!)
Amy Finke ’90 has moved to Westlake and is neighbors with Kathy Pizem O’Malley and Joe O’Malley ’88.
Chris Pelinsky is still working hard in New York and was out of town for the 9/11 scare
His office is right across the river from the World Trade Center.
Brad Gosser is doing well in Manhattan Beach.
Dr. Dan Soucie and his wife are doing well with 2 kids and his Independence practice continues to thrive thanks to the Blue Streaks on the west side who make regular trips to the “gentle dentist”
Give him a call for an appointment at 216-524-1800.
Cathie Barrett is engaged to be married to Doug on April 13th. Cathie would like to thank the JCU Young Alumni Association who selected Kentucky School, where she teaches, as the recipient of the many Christmas gifts collected and wrapped at the annual party.
Bill McGinty and his wife, Joni, welcomed Connor in Spring 2001. He joins big brother Ryan who is 2 ½. Bill continues to work as a news anchor in Tampa, but is also getting ready to launch his new business which will assist companies in dealing with the media in time of crisis.
Larry Daher is getting married and I understand there’s going to be a bachelor party in Vegas!!
Chris LeJuene and his wife have a son and reside in Cleveland.
Dean Vomero is a consultant with Bridge Associates.
Continue to keep in touch with me! Sue