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Winter 2014

Melissa Wenzler
440-725-0753
mwenzler4021@gmail.com

Fall 2013
Ite, omnia incendite et inflammate,” or as we know it, “Go forth and set the world on fire,” as told to us by our patron saint, Ignatius Loyola. In more modern terms, we can interpret this quote as “break a leg” or “kick some butt!” These words are especially poignant this time of year when we start a new school year. For some, this means sending their son or daughter to college for the first time. When I wrote this column, it was move-in weekend for freshmen at JCU, and one of those moving into University Heights is Jack Hogue, son of Mike ’88 and Kristin (Dickinson) Hogue. My husband, Chris, was able to see them as they moved Jack into Dolan Hall. As Kristin posted on Facebook, “Fly baby bird!” And that he will. After all, JCU worked out pretty well for his mom and dad.

Scott Mosser also is experiencing life with a kid in college. His daughter, Alexa, is a freshman at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. From the sounds of it, she, like her dad, loves music and wants to make that her career choice. I can’t imagine a more cool music scene than Nashville. I wish her a great year.

Never missing an opportunity to get together are (from left) Dave Rastoka, Kerry Volkman '71, a friend, Jim Flynn '92 and Tony DeCarlo, Jr. '89.

Never missing an opportunity to get together are Dave Rastoka, Kerry Volkman ’71, a friend, Jim Flynn ’92 and Tony DeCarlo, Jr. (’89).

Alumni continue to go forth and set the world on fire. One of those is Dave Rastoka, who sent a nice email to update me about what keeps him busy these days. Dave, who lives in Columbus, Ohio, is the CEO and owner of Embracing Autism, which provides residential and vocational support to all individuals with disabilities in central Ohio. Additionally, he continues to write children’s books (Heartfelt Stories) and gives motivational speeches throughout Ohio. When not busy working, he keeps in touch with fellow alumni, Kerry Volkmann ’71, Tony DeCarlo ’88, Mike Hogue ’88, and Jim Flynn ’91.

It’s an exciting time to be involved at Carroll. I’d encourage all my classmates to consider donating to the Forever Carroll campaign. The goal is to reach $100 million to invest in students, enrich the academic experience, build on the Jesuit heritage, and enhance the student experience. So far, $60 million has been committed. Consider making a gift of any amount that will help the next generation of Blue Streaks to go forth and set the world on fire.

Melissa

Melissa Wenzler
440-725-0753
mwenzler4021@gmail.com

Summer 2013
Greetings. I hope everyone enjoyed the warmth and relaxed pace of summer. One of the more fun parts of this job as class columnist is to see the amazing bond of friendships that formed during our undergraduate years continue to strengthen as time goes on. I received a great email from Lynne (Rifugiato) Young about a minireunion that took place in Chicago in September 2012. This group of friends met 26 years ago as freshmen in Murphy Hall, and despite geography, kids, and careers, they’ve managed to stay close friends. Those able to attend were: Beth (Cornelius) Nairn, Michelle (Couture) Koester, Kristin (Dickinson) Hogue, Maureen O’Grady, Candace (Martin) Phelan, Amy Finke Cook, Sue (Hersh) Greenberg, Susan (Ayna) Carney, Maribeth (Brunn) Robinson, Kristin (Fornes) Connaughton, and Linda (Holmes) Donnelly. Just some of the highlights of the weekend included a visit to Second City, lunch at RL, a boat tour, Millennium Park, Gino’s Pizza, and Wrigley Field. They had a surprise visit at the hotel from Jay Weidner and also had a fun night with Jim and Mary Clare (Bragiel) Noteman. Lynne wrote: “We had an absolutely wonderful time, laughed until it hurt, and were each lucky enough to have been given a photo album of pictures made by Michelle (Couture) Koester.”

Back row (from left): Michelle (Couture) Koester, Amy (Finke) Cook, Linda (Holmes) Donnelly, Lynne (Rifiugiato) Young, Beth (Cornelius) Nairn, and Sue (Hersh) Greenberg. Front row (from left): Maribeth (Brunn) Robinson, Susan (Ayna) Carney, Kristin (Fornes) Connaughton, Jay Weidner, Kristin (Dickinson) Hogue, and Candace (Martin) Phelan.

Back row (from left): Michelle (Couture) Koester, Amy (Finke) Cook, Linda (Holmes) Donnelly, Lynne (Rifiugiato) Young, Beth (Cornelius) Nairn, and Sue (Hersh) Greenberg. Front row (from left): Maribeth (Brunn) Robinson, Susan (Ayna) Carney, Kristin (Fornes) Connaughton, Jay Weidner, Kristin (Dickinson) Hogue, and Candace (Martin) Phelan.

I’m always impressed when I hear about our classmates living out the mission of our Jesuit education. Maria (Cindric) Dubnicka took a difficult situation and turned it into one of helping the elderly and their families. When the recession hit, Maria’s job as a unit manager insurance underwriter was eliminated. This forced her to look at her future and career path. In her job with Allstate, Maria saw firsthand the challenges families faced with aging loved ones. This led her to ComForcare, a franchise business providing home care services for those dealing with the challenges of aging. She purchased Solon’s ComForcare franchise in 2011 and the company now serves Beachwood, Aurora, Macedonia, Chagrin Falls, Maple Heights, and Mayfield Heights. As a first-generation American and the first in her family to attend college, Maria was encouraged by her parents to follow her entrepreneurial spirit. Continued success to Maria.

While it’s difficult to believe, many of us have children/relatives going off to college this fall, and I’m excited to say many chose JCU. Joining the ranks of legacy students are Beth (Warfield) Hansen’s son, Eric; Kristin (Dickinson) and Mike ’88 Hogue’s son, Jack; Lauree Popovich Criss’ ’89 daughter, Olivia; and Jane (Wagner) Nicolette’s niece, Megan. If I missed anyone who has a son, daughter, niece, or nephew coming to Carroll, let me know.

JCU football is coming to Chicago. Join JCU alumni, fans, and friends as the Blue Streaks blow into the Windy City to take on the St. Norbert Green Knights on Sept. 7. For more information, click here. Go Steaks!

I leave you with the words of Antonie van Leewenhoek: “Whenever I found out anything remarkable, I have thought it my duty to put down my discovery on paper, so that all ingenious people might be informed thereof.” Do your duty and send me your remarkable news about your family, career, volunteer work, and vacations. Cheers!

Melissa

Melissa Wenzler
440-725-0753
mwenzler4021@gmail.com

Spring 2013

Melissa Wenzler
440-725-0753
mwenzler4021@gmail.com

Winter 2013
The news is light, but some of our classmates have exciting career news I’m happy to share. Congratulations to Jennifer (Hoffman) DeCecco, who was named account executive at Pirrello Enterprises in Erie, Pa. Jennifer previously worked at the Erie Times-News as a retail account executive. Good luck in your new position, Jen.

I received a great article about Suzanne (Hersh) Greenberg, who took a position with Wayne County (Ohio) Children Services. Previously, Suzanne was with Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services for more than 20 years. When she and her husband, Seth, moved to Wooster, the commute to and from Cleveland took too much time away from her family and children. She applied for the position at Wayne County when it opened. Suzanne was allowed to stay where her main interest lies – child welfare – and return to foster care and adoption. Read the article that was originally published in the Wooster Weekly News in October. Congratulations, Suzanne! You’re living the mission of JCU.

Facebook continues to be a great tool to gather news and notes. Gary Ritter, who ran the Fayetteville half marathon in December, beat last year’s time by finishing with a time of 2:13.11. That’s impressive. Any plans to run a full marathon, Gary? Anyone else out there in training for 5K, 10K, half or full marathons? I started running at the end of March 2012 with a goal of running a 5K and not getting beat by race walkers. (It happened to me in 2011 and wasn’t my finest moment.) I succeeded and consider myself a “runner,” having completed two 5Ks and one 10K this summer. I’m training for the Cleveland half marathon in May (Colleen Krupitzer Corrado, are you in?) If you’re training for 5K, 10K, half or full marathon, I’d love to hear your story, or any other news you have to share. Drop me a note or inbox me as they say on Facebook.

As we settle into winter, keep this mind: “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus.

Cheers,

Melissa

Melissa Wenzler
440-725-0753
mwenzler4021@gmail.com

Fall 2012
I’m amazed by how you live within a few miles of people you know but never run into them. One day this summer, Chris and I were heading into Giant Eagle, and who came out of the store? None other than Pete Smayda. I haven’t seen Pete since graduation, but he’s been living in University Heights this whole time. With the amount of time I spend at the grocery store or hanging out in UH, I can’t believe it took me this long to run into him. We didn’t have too much time to chat, but he told me he’s working at Progressive. Great seeing you, Pete. I hope we run into each other again soon.

Beth (Warfield) Hansen lives in Solon, Ohio, with her husband and their three children. Her oldest, Eric, a senior at Solon High School, is a stand out cross-country runner. I heard JCU reached out to him. How fun would it be to keep the JCU tradition in the family. Her son, Luke, is in the eighth grade, and her daughter, Emily, is in the fifth grade. Beth is back teaching part time at the elementary level in the Solon schools. Lastly (this was cool), Beth was chosen to decorate the White House for Christmas in 2010. She has applied for an encore performance and should’ve heard back in October. So, hopefully, I’ll have good news to report in the next column.

Patricia Cracchiolo dropped a note via Facebook. During the past year and a half, she relocated from Buffalo, N.Y., to Raleigh, N.C. Her recent sales and marketing position with Eaton ended, so she’s looking for a new venture in information technology focused on sales and marketing. In the meantime, Patricia is enjoying spending time with her dog, Poppy, and cat, Mac. She also started the Raleigh Alumni Chapter. Its first social gathering was this past spring. There was a phenomenal turnout.

On a personal note, I started running in April 2012. I ran two 5K races this summer and my first 10K at the end of September. I love it and find great personal accomplishment when finishing a race and pushing myself to see how far I can go. I’m sure there are others in our class who are runners.

I’d love to hear your stories so I can share them in the next column. Of course, I love to receive news about jobs, families, vacations, and minireunions with JCU friends. Don’t be shy! Cheers.

Melissa

Melissa Wenzler
440-725-0753
mwenzler4021@gmail.com

Summer 2012
“I’ve learned that your college friends become kind of family. You eat together, fight, laugh, cry, and do absolutely nothing together until you can’t remember how you ever lived your life without them in the first place.”

Not sure who that quote is attributed to, but it made me think about how special those friendships formed at Carroll are. The news this time can attest to that because 25 years after graduation, those friendships are still going strong.

I put a call on Facebook for news, and Peggy (Blatt) Koscho was the first to respond. Peggy, a fellow Erie gal, wrote that she and her husband, Mike, are back in Peachtree City, Ga. After seven moves in 15 years of marriage, they’re happy to be back in Georgia. Peggy and Mike are the parents of two boys, Michael (5th grade) and Jack (2nd grade). Peggy works from home as a freelance editor, setting her own hours. “It pays enough for those wardrobe expenses that pop up,” she says.

It hardly seems possible we’re old enough to have children in college or nearing college age, but it hit home for us when Kristin (Dickinson) Hogue and her husband, Mike ’88, brought their oldest son, Jack, to JCU for a tour of the campus in April. Jack is a junior in high school. While on campus, they met with Chris Wenzler and Brian Cochran. She mentioned it was a treat to hear about the Blue Streak football program. No campus visit is complete without a visit to Pizzazz, which is where they ran into Joe Behm for a quick chat before he headed off to a meeting. While in town, Kristin and Mike were able to meet with Amy Finke Cook, Susan (Ayna) Carney and Maribeth (Brunn) Robinson and their husbands for dinner.

Fr. Brian Hurley married John Graham in New Orleans in November.

Larry Nicolette tipped me off to contact Fr. Brian Hurley about a wedding he co-celebrated in November 2011. John Graham married Kelly Muldoon on 11/11/11 at the Immaculate Conception Parish Jesuit Church in New Orleans. Classmates Sean Nolan, Tim Kessel, Joe Palmesano, Mel Lenhardt, and Glenn Smith attended. The couple resides in Chicago, where John and his brother own their own business, Graham C Stores Co.

A quick news item from the alumni office: James Merz ’90G was elected to the board of directors for the Casualty Actuarial Society for a three-year term beginning November 2011.

JB Dunn is one of three owners of J3 Clothing Co., a purveyor of men’s clothing and accessories. The shop is located in Moreland Hills, Ohio, on the corner of Route 91 and Chagrin Blvd.

Enjoy the summer and all the fun it brings.

Melissa

Melissa Wenzler
440-725-0753
mwenzler4021@gmail.com

Winter 2011
I hope everyone enjoyed the changing of the season as we bid adieu to fall and welcome winter. It was an exciting start to the season for our classmate, Brian Cochran, who was inducted into the JCU Athletic Hall of Fame Sept. 30 at the annual hall of fame dinner. Fellow classmates and teammates Tom Mylott ’91, Pat Dickson, Pat Murphy, and Joe Behm were there to support Brian, whose coaching career has led him back to JCU where he’s the defensive coordinator for the Blue Streaks football team. The festivities ended on an exciting note as the Blue Steaks beat Otterbein in a double overtime game 47-41. Congratulations, Brian, your induction is a well-deserved honor.

Football brought me back in touch with Suzanne (Hoffman) Sullivan. Suzanne and her husband, Joe, live in Westlake, Ohio, with their two children, Shannon, in sixth grade, and RJ, in third grade. RJ was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy when he was in kindergarten. Duchenne primarily affects boys, and there’s no cure, but research doctors are doing good things. Because of this, Suzanne is involved with Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, a nonprofit organization with a mission to raise awareness and money for research for Duchenne. Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (parentprojectmd.org) has paired up with college football teams to create Coach to Cure MD (coachtocuremd.org). College teams throughout the country wore armbands and promoted the cause Sept. 24. The Carroll football team was on the road that day but still wanted to get involved, so on Oct. 15, the team and coaches donned the armbands to support RJ and all boys with Duchenne MD. I strongly encourage you to check out the PPMD website to learn more and offer support.

Tracee Murphy Bomberger was featured in an article in the Herald-Tribune in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. (shstage.ny.atl.publicus.com/article/20110916/archives/109161002). Tracee, who earned her degree from JCU in psychology, was designing rooms for family and friends, so she decided to earn a degree in interior design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. The mother of three children, she owns a design firm, Trade Mark Interiors (TradeMarkInteriorDesign.com), which she started in 2000 in Pittsburgh. Tracee, who moved to Sarasota in 2006, says she always knew she’d have a business named Trade Mark because growing up she always saw the TM on her toys and thought they were engraved with her initials.

Keep the news coming.

Melissa

Melissa Wenzler
440-725-0753
mwenzler4021@gmail.com

Fall 2011
“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Several members of our class were on the move this spring and summer. Chris and I and our children spent Easter weekend in Washington with the Wenzler family (Martin ’64). One of the highlights was going to Easter Sunday Mass at Holy Trinity Cathedral. Presiding over our Mass was classmate, Fr. Greg Schenden, S.J. Holy Trinity, which is a gorgeous cathedral run by the Jesuits in Georgetown, is where Tim Russert’s ’72 funeral took place. It was an honor and a privilege to worship with Fr. Schenden.

Pittsburgh and U2 seem to be a good combination for reuniting JCU friends. Chris and I went to the U2 concert in July at Heinz Field. We met Larry and Jane (Wagner) Nicolette at the Jerome Bettis Grille before the show. While there, we ran into Chris Jamison, sitting two tables over from us. Also in the crowd were Tom ’91 and Amy (Jowett) ’93 Larkin.

Gary Ritter dropped me a note on Facebook about his travels. In 2010, he visited Oslo, Norway, on an academic trip. In June, Gary and his wife, Hannah, visited Ireland while Gary presented a paper at a European political science conference, which was held at the Guinness Storehouse brewery in Dublin. I want a job like that! Other stops on the trip included kissing the Blarney Stone, visiting Killarney, and biking around the Gap of Dunloe.

Chris and Halle (Sharapan) Torockio, along with their son, Giovanni, spent the month of July in Ireland. Chris, a professor, runs a creative writing study abroad program. Home base for the Torockios during the month was Dublin, but they did quite a bit of traveling around the Emerald Isle. Like Gary, all three visited the Blarney Stone and kissed it for luck. Other sites they visited included Dublin Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde’s house.

Fr. Brian Hurley ’90 (left) celebrates Mass at the cathedral in Thailand.

Fr. Brian Hurley paid a visit to Mike Schilling in Bangkok, Thailand, in July. He spent almost 10 days in Thailand. Some of the highlights of his trip included celebrating Mass at the cathedral where Mike and his, wife, Whan, were married, visiting the palace in Bangkok, and taking a trip to the beaches of the Hua Hin region.

Mary ’91 (Collins) and Paul Szablowski welcomed their fourth child into the world June 13, 2011. Ella Anne joins her two big sisters and one big brother. Congratulations, and I hope you’re all getting much needed sleep.

Dean Lucente was named chief revenue officer of Net Element, a media technology company in Miami. In his new role, he oversees all sales, marketing, and communications for the digital destinations publisher and Internet services provider. Congratulations on your promotion.

Eric Lochner works for Kenexa, a global provider of business solutions for human resources. In March, he was named to the newly created position of president, global talent management. Sounds like a great opportunity. Congratulations, Eric.

Keep the news and notes coming. Email, text, or send a message on Facebook. Cheers.

Melissa

Melissa Wenzler
440-725-0753
WenzJCU90@aol.com

Summer 2011

Melissa Wenzler
440-725-0753
WenzJCU90@aol.com

Spring 2011

Once a Blue Streak, always a Blue Streak. Please remember Matt Crozier and his family in your prayers. Matt was a junior at JCU and a member of the men’s basketball team. Matt passed away in January from an accidental fall. He was one of our best and brightest and will always be part of the Blue Streak family.

Here’s a small-world story: In July, I was in Fairview Park, Ohio, watching one of my co-worker’s children perform in a community theater program, and after the show, while hanging out in the lobby, who should I run into but Dr. Eileen (Stroh) Herbert. What fun we had catching up.

Congratulations to Mary Ann (Montagne) O’Leary. This past October, she was inducted into the JCU Athletic Hall of Fame for her prowess on the volleyball court. Her cheering section included her husband, Pat O’Leary ’91, and their three adorable sons. They live in Grosse Pointe Park, Mich. Also there to cheer for her were Joanie (Maurizi) Colon, Jessica (McKendry) Cook, and Bob and Jill (DiNicolantonio) Brdar. Way to go, Mary Ann!

Fast forward to December – I attended the JCU Alumni Holiday reception at Shaker Heights Country Club. (By the way, where were you East Side class of 1990? You missed a great event.) The first person I saw was Kathleen (Reichart) Laffey. Kathleen, who’s on the JCU Alumni Board, was in town for the event. We were able to say more than “hi” and “bye” to one another unlike at reunion. Kathleen resides in Chicago with her husband, Brian, and their two daughters. She has what she calls the best gig in town. She works part time for the parish she belongs to assisting with administrative duties related to its capital campaign. We had fun working the room and discussing how  awesome the Outer Banks is as a vacation spot.

I had the pleasure of breaking bread with Fr. Brian Hurley in January at the Great Lakes Brewing Co. Cathy (Barrett) Roof ’89 was there with her husband, Doug. We had a great time catching up and remembering the good old days at JCU. Fr. Brian is leading his flock at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Temperance, Mich.

Keep the news coming. You can e-mail it to mwenzler4021@gmail.com, Facebook it, or text it to 440-725-0753.

Melissa

Melissa Wenzler
440-725-0753
WenzJCU90@aol.com

Winter 2010

Melissa Wenzler
440-725-0753
WenzJCU90@aol.com

Fall 2010

REUNION YEAR
A trip to nostalgia now and then is good for the spirit. – Dan Bartolovic

Nothing is more nostalgic than a class reunion, and the class of 1990 did a great job of walking down memory lane as we gathered on campus to celebrate our 20th Reunion. It was a wonderful weekend. Kudos to the alumni office and their tireless staff who spent an enormous amount of time planning such a fabulous event. Thank you to those in our class who helped as well. For those who weren’t able to make it back, we hope to see you at the 25th; but until then, here’s news from reunion:

Chris Drajem made it back East for the reunion (yea!). Chris is living in Seattle with his partner, Patrick, and their two children, Isabelle and Jordan. Chris teaches freshman high school English. How lucky are those students?

Jane (Wagner) and Larry Nicolette, with daughter Abby, traveled in from Pittsburgh. Jane works for BNY Mellon as a training manager, and Larry is the CFO for Kacin Industries. Their daughter, Abby, who’s cute as a button, just finished kindergarten. They just finished up what looked like a fun family vacation at Bethany Beach – the photos on Facebook are awesome.

Sharon Hart makes her home in Cincinnati with her two children, Morgan and Cole. Sharon works for Luxottica, the leader in premium fashion, luxury, and sports eyewear. Let me know when the next sidewalk sale takes place.

Becky (Lacovic) Barnhart lives in Northville, Mich., with her hubby, Dave and their kids. They spent time this summer in Brunswick, where Becky and her sister, Debbie ’91, grew up. A family reunion took place – it was the summer of reunions for the Lacovic ladies.

Beth (Warfield) Hansen and her husband, Toby, reside in Solon. They have three children: Eric, Emily, and Luke. The Hansens vacationed in Maine shortly after reunion – a stop to Lake Placid, home of the 1980 Winter Olympic Games, was on the itinerary. From the photos, the vacation looked like a lot of fun. My favorites were from the top of the ski jump ramps. Wow! That’s higher than it looks on television.

Susan (Walter) Kelly is in Erie, Pa. She has two children: Regan and Ryan.

I chatted briefly with Amy Jones, Mia Bernet, Holly Monahan (who’s in Chicago), and Chris Jamison (who’s in Pittsburgh). It was great seeing you all. It was as if we picked up where we left off after the last reunion.

'90 Reunion attendees visited the Lion: (standing, from left) Amy Jones, Chris Jamison, Shannon Place Martin, Becky (Lacovic) Barnhart, and (sitting) Sue (Zurkovski) Swain.

I spent time catching up with Chris Martine, who lives in Lakewood and works for Progressive. It looks like the sailing life is treating you well, Martine, because you have an awesome tan.

The night went by so quickly, but I got to see Sue (Zurkovski) Swain, Shannon (Place) Martin, and Lisa Grisez-Shullick. Wish we had had more time to chat. I said a quick hi and bye to Kathleen (Reichart) Laffey. Kathleen, sorry I missed spending time getting caught up. Chris (Jurcisek) Johnson teaches in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. She and her husband, Ron, have two children: Sophia and Ben.

We should lobby for a reunion week because the weekend just never seems long enough. I know there were many more classmates I didn’t have a chance to chat with, so please send me a quick note via e-mail or Facebook. It’s always good to get a jump start on news for the next column. Take care and keep the news coming.

Peace,

Melissa

Melissa Wenzler
440-725-0753
WenzJCU90@aol.com

Spring 2010

Hi all, hope everyone is getting ready for spring, but more importantly, hope you are getting excited for our upcoming Reunion this June! Be sure to mark your calendar for the weekend of June 11-13, 2010 — it’s going to be a great weekend, the Alumni Office always does a wonderful job planning the event. If you are interested in helping plan our 20th Reunion, please contact Carla Gall ‘05 – cgall@jcu.edu – or 216.397.1592. You don’t have to be in Cleveland to help plan – much of the work is done via phone or e-mail – so don’t let distance be your excuse. Looking forward to seeing many of you to celebrate our 20th Reunion and getting all the news for the fall column. Until then, start dusting off those old photo albums, yearbooks, and (gasp) the freshman record (I still have mine). See you in June.

 

Melissa

Melissa Wenzler
440-725-0753
WenzJCU90@aol.com

Winter 2009

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.~Edith Sitwell
As we hunker down for winter, I hope you enjoy the news from your classmates. Ed Skoch sent an e-mail in September with some exciting news. He was promoted to executive vice president and chief underwriting officer at Mutual Marine Office, Inc. Ed is the son of Dr. Ed Skoch ’68, who taught biology at Carroll for 35 years! Congratulations on your promotion, Ed!

Also in September, Chris Wenzler ran into Tracey (Ludwig) Holecek on campus. Tracey brought her three adorable girls to Cleveland to visit family and popped over to walk the pretty grounds of John Carroll. I hear they were heading to the bookstore – to outfit the girls with all things JCU, I’m sure!

This past summer, Tim Forrestal and his wife, Michelle, had a party that included several alumni from various classes. Kris Koch ’89 was the DJ and spun all the great songs reminiscent of mixers in the cafeteria! Also there was Sue (Zurkovski) Swain; Mike Newman; and Brigid (Reilly) Weiller, who works for the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia. Brigid was back on holiday with her husband, Matt, and their three children. Other party-goers from Carroll included Colleen Moran O’Neil ’92, Meg Pedrini Ottiger ’91, Colleen DeJong Berliner ’91, Colleen Forrestal Mills ’98, Cheryl Brady Strom ’91, Gene ’91 and Marie (Pasquale) ’91 Pompili, and Dan Perella ’92.

I had a chance to see Mary Beth (Wolfe) Lindner over Labor Day. She lives in Bainbridge, OH, with her husband, Dan, and their two children, Chad and Allison. Mary Beth is one of the founding members of Different Needz, a website that buys and sells gently used special- needs medical equipment. All the proceeds from the website go to the Different Needz Foundation. Please check out their website – www.differentneedz.com – or become a fan on Facebook. This is a cause well worth supporting even if you do not have a special-needs child.

Kudos to Gary Ritter! In May, he was honored by the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions, where he holds the Twenty-First Century Chair in Education Policy in the college’s department of education reform. He was awarded the STAR (service, teaching, advising, and research), which is given to an outstanding all-around faculty member. Congratulations on a well-deserved honor.

I know winter is just starting, but before you know it, summer will be here! Summer 2010 is a big year for us – our 20th Class Reunion, June 11-13! Stayed tuned for more details at www.jcu.edu. If you are interested in getting involved with planning our Reunion, please contact either myself or Carla (Lauer) Gall ’05 – cgall@jcu.edu – the reunion coordinator. Hope to see lots of you there!

Melissa

Melissa Wenzler
440-725-0753
WenzJCU90@aol.com

 

Summer 2009

Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are. ~Bertold Brecht.

This quote could not be truer when remembering one of our class’ favorite stomping grounds – Café Rock. The north side of Cedar Center was recently razed to make way for a whole new development of new stores and shops. Gone is the physical structure of the plaza that housed one of our favorite watering holes, but our memories of that place will last a lifetime.

While I do not have a lot of notes to share, what I do have is pretty awesome! I got some very exciting news from the alumni office about Bruce Ianni! Bruce is the founder and CEO of Chemidex, located in Overland Park, KS. Chemidex’s vision is to transform the product formulation process for scientists within the global chemical industry. The company achieves this through state-of-the-art Internet, database, and search technologies. In January, Bruce was announced as the “Innovator of the Year for 2008” at KTEC Pipeline’s annual event. KTEC Pipeline is a statewide technology entrepreneur fellowship program. Congratulations, Bruce – a job well done!

I re-connected with Chris Drajem via Facebook. Chris and his husband, Patrick, live in Seattle with their two children. Chris and Patrick were married in California in 2001. They adopted two children – daughter Isabella (5) and son Jordan (3). Chris is teaching 11th and 12th grade English in the Bellevue school district. He mentioned that Missy Vertes Butler ’91 popped in for a quick visit last summer. Thanks for the update, Draj!

On a personal note, I graduated again from JCU … this time with my master’s in nonprofit administration. So, if anyone within the Cleveland area nonprofit arena is looking for a fundraiser or grant writer, let me know!

Here’s to a terrific summer, everyone! Let me know what you did over your summer vacation. Cheers,

Melissa

Melissa Wenzler
440-725-0753
WenzJCU90@aol.com

 

Spring 2009

“These are a few of my favorite things” …sings Julie Andrews in the song, “My Favorite Things” from the “The Sound of Music.”

Well, one of my favorite things lately is Facebook! At first I thought I might be too “mature” for Facebook, but pretty quickly, I noticed more and more people in our age group were getting on board. Everyday it seemed more and more Carroll classmates were signing up. As the class columnist, I love it because it allows me to keep connected in order to keep the column fresh and interesting. So, if you have not joined the Facebook revolution, give it a try! I am confident it will become one of your favorite things, too!

Through Facebook, I heard from Kristin Marie Oberheu Corn. Kristin recently married, Jeffrey Brian Corn, on Sept. 13, 2008, on Kiawah Island, SC, where Kristen’s family owns a home. Kristin received her law degree from the University of Dayton. Today, she works in the legal department at Bank of America in the Corporate Securities/Mergers & Acquisitions/Corporate Governance division. Following their wedding, Jeff and Kristin embarked on a “mini-moon” to Savannah, GA, but took a longer honeymoon in Hawaii in January. The newlyweds reside in Charlotte, NC.

News from Shawn Robertson is that he and his wife, Erin, welcomed their new daughter, Bridget, in August! Bridget joins big sister, Molly (4). Congratulations Shawn and Erin!

Scott Jenney dropped me a note about a 40th birthday getaway to Lake Kipawa, Quebec, with several of the IXYs. Tom “That’s why they call it fishing and not catching” Roche, John “It’s freezing in here” Frendo, Jim “I’m hit” Noteman, and Kevin “I caught a fish and a buzz” Monahan joined Scott on a trip up north. According to Scott, a good time was had by all reminiscing about the good old JCU days. Unfortunately, Chris Cosgrove, Dan Curran, Chris Donnelly, and Eric Lochner were on board to go, but got “scared off” at the last minute. That is too bad as it sounds like they missed a good time.

We rang in the New Year with Tim Forrestal and his wife, Michelle. Tim is a trust/estate attorney (so if you need a will or estate planning, he’s your guy!). They live in Hudson, OH, with their three children: Hannah, Grace, and Riley. Mike Newman and his family made the drive up the turnpike to join in the festivities. Mike and his wife, Lisa, live in Bethel Park, PA, with their two children: Madison and Owen.

Stay well, friends, and keep the news and notes coming!

 

Melissa

Melissa Wenzler
440-725-0753
WenzJCU90@aol.com

 

Winter 2008

Hi all, I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful colors of autumn. Are you ready for the holidays? I know this time of year gets busy, but please don’t forget to take a minute and drop me an e-mail. I am happy to report that I have heard from several classmates with some wonderful updates!

Joanna (Garry) Fanning sent me an e-mail. She and her husband, Mike ’88, live in Westlake with their sons, Riley (11) and Liam (9), and their daughter, Deirdre (4). In addition to being a busy mom, Joanna has been working in the pharmaceutical industry for over 17 years. She works for GSK in their HIV division as a sales representative. According to Joanna, the best thing about her job is working with the wonderful people in the community. Joanna passed along some news about fellow classmates, Lynn (Mikel) Lally and Eileen (Stroh) Herbert, MD. Lynn and Sean (her husband) live in Rocky River with their three children (two boys and a girl). Eileen and Joe live just a few blocks away from Joanna in Westlake. Eileen and Joe are proud parents of two boys and their new daughter, Mary Maureen, who was born in June! I hear she is a beautiful baby! Congratulations, Eileen and Joe. By the way, anyone notice a trend here — all three families have the same number of children in the same order. How fun it will be to watch those children grow up together. Who knows – maybe they will end up at JCU someday!

Peggy (Blatt) Koscho checked in after seeing my call out to Regan Carver (hey Regan, drop me a line…Peggy would love to hear from you, too)! Peggy and her husband, Mike, have recently relocated to Wichita Falls, TX. They have been on the move having lived in Indiana, Georgia, Michigan and Ohio (twice). Peggy wrote that she is a busy stay at home mom with her two boys, Michael (7) and Jack (4) and volunteers at their school and church. With all the moving around, Peggy mentioned it’s been tough to keep in touch with classmates, but she does hear from Amy (D’Amico) Rondinelli. Amy and her husband, George, reside in Canfield, OH. They are parents to two boys, Sam (8) and Louis (5).

I am happy to say that my “call-outs” seem to be working! I was so happy to hear from Chris Torockio. Chris and Halle (Sharapan) are living in Connecticut. They have one son, Giovanni (7). Chris is a professor of English at Eastern Connecticut State University where he teaches fiction writing. His second and third books were just published. Floating Holidays is a novel and The Truth at Daybreak is a collection of short stories. Both are available on Amazon (just in time for holiday gift giving!). Halle is a second grade teacher and more importantly, she is a breast cancer survivor! Chris reports that Halle is in fine health now! Chris also mentioned that they spent the summer in Italy just “bopping around.” What a wonderful way to spend the summer! Thanks for the update, Chris.

Hope everyone has a blessed and happy holiday season – do keep the news and notes coming! I love to hear from you and so do your fellow alums! Peace,

Melissa

Melissa Wenzler
440-725-0753
WenzJCU90@aol.com

 

Fall 2008

This past June, JCU lost one of its most esteemed alumni, Tim Russert. By the virtue of the way he lived life, I hope what we can take away from his untimely death is this – there is a world out there beyond our own and we must recognize the needs of others.

I am proud to say that one of our classmates, Greg Schenden, has done just that and has answered the higher call. Greg was ordained a Jesuit priest on June 14, 2008, at Fordham University Church in the Bronx. His first assignment as a priest will be at Holy Trinity Parish in Georgetown (Washington, DC), which just happens to be the same parish where Tim Russert was a member. I think I can speak for all of your classmates when I say congratulations, Rev. Schenden – we are proud of you! Please be sure to check out the following link – http://www.jesuitvocation.org/jesuits/biography_schenden_gregory.htm.

In one of my previous columns, I called out a several classmates that have not been heard from in a while. Well, I am pleased to say that Tim Foley responded to my call-out! Here is what Tim has been up to – after graduation, he went home to Pittsburgh and joined Federated Securities (Investment Management) as VP regional sales representative. He was sent to Charlotte, NC, for six years and spent 8+ years in Dallas and Austin, TX. He is back in Charlotte and is VP regional sales director for Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Tim is married to Stacy and they have three children: Chase (8 ½), Ty (7) and Shaye (3). In addition, Tim serves as president of the Chuck Foley Memorial Foundation. The foundation was founded in honor of his brother, who passed away in 1997. Every year, the foundation sponsors a golf outing, which is in its 11th year, in Pittsburgh that is well attended by several JCU grads: Gary Naim, Joe Schmidt, Lou Carcelli, Nick Berente and from ’88: Jerry Auld, Mike Zecchino, and ’87 Sean Brosnahan. Because of their continued support, the foundation has been able to provide a hockey scholarship for a graduating senior at Chartiers Valley High School (Tim’s alma mater).

Denise Levenduski Mikin was recently promoted to senior manager of process improvement at KePRO, Cleveland office. Denise has been with KePRO since 2001 and been involved with various aspects of the business such as quality systems, product and process improvement and strategy development. She received her undergraduate degree (Chemistry) and her MBA ’97 from JCU. Congratulations, Denise, on your well deserved promotion!

Here are few classmates that I am calling out that we’ve not heard from them in a while: Sean Nolan, Mary Mahoney, Chris and Halle (Sharapan) Torockio, Regan Carver, Bruce and Steve Lazar. Hope to hear from you all and any of our other classmates with news to share!

Go Streaks,

Melissa

Melissa Wenzler
440-725-0753
WenzJCU90@aol.com

 

Summer 2008

Hi there, everyone! This column is short – I have not heard from many of you! I am sure some of you must have some news! My e-mail address is listed above, so there is no excuse!

Enjoy your summer – don’t forget to drop me a note to tell me what you did on your summer vacation! Cheers,

Melissa

Melissa Wenzler
440-725-0753
WenzJCU90@aol.com

 

Spring 2008

Happy 2008! For many of us, this year will be a big one … the year we hit the big 4-0! How did that happen? Doesn’t it just seem like yesterday that we were fighting our way through the crowd at the Colony? Would love to hear how you plan to celebrate turning 40 (which I hear is the new 30)!

I ran into Sam Barther last spring (a bit late, but I uncovered the notes I jotted down stuffed into a pocket of my purse) at St. Barnabas church in Sagamore Hills. It turns out we both had friends who’s child was making their First Communion. Sam is a dentist in Olmstead Falls.

Stefanie (Ulatowski) Rhine was successful in her latest run for the South Euclid-Lyndhurst School Board. She was appointed to the board in November to fill an outgoing member’s spot. Her elected term began in January. Congratulations, Stefanie! I know that this has been something you’ve work hard for and your perseverance paid off!

I haven’t heard from these classmates and would love to hear from them and all of you too — Pete Smayda, Mary Kay Farrell, Marty Walter, Daniela Lungociu, and Tim Foley. Take a minute to e-mail me with your news – it would be fun to get something other than spam in my in box!

Cheers,

 

Melissa

Melissa Wenzler
440-725-0753
WenzJCU90@aol.com

 

Fall 2007

“Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart”…so goes the quote from French author Victor Hugo.

As we settle in for another winter season, I hope you enjoy the following news and notes from your fellow classmates. I got a great e-mail from Michelle Couture Koester. She just returned from a fabulous five-day get-away at the Outer Banks. Beth Cornelius Nairn was generous enough to share her family’s vacation home for a JCU girls’ weekend. Debbie Yencer Arcara, Sue Hersh Greenberg, Lynne Rifugiato Young, Susan Ayna Carney, Kristin Fornes Connaughton, Kristin Dickinson Hogue, Maribeth Brunn Robinson, Amy Finke Cook, Linda Holmes Donnelly and Beth spent the days relaxing on the beach, listening to their favorite ’80s songs, and catching up. With 31 children between them all, it was a vacation well earned.

Tom ’91 and Jeannine (Muresan) Mylott are living in Aurora with their four boys: Patrick (11), Joseph (11), Daniel (8), and Michael (4). Tom is the national sales manager for Bostik — he has been there for 11 years. Tom was able to catch up with Brian Cochran at the Homecoming game. Brian has come back home to be the football defensive coordinator — welcome back, Brian. Tom and Brian’s football history goes way back … they played together at St. Gabriel’s, Lake Catholic and were members of the 1989 JCU championship team. Tom noted how far the program has come since his freshman playing days. He didn’t get a helmet until midway though double sessions. He still has a scar over his eye from a hit he took from Brian! Guess which one had the helmet?

Jeannine gave me some great updates on several classmates. Jill (Varley) Conduff is a senior sales manager at Lighting Dynamics. According to Jeannine, she has practically lit up most of NE Ohio. Jill lives in Aurora, OH, with her husband, Todd.

Claudine (Melich) Paradise lives in Chagrin Falls with her husband, Chris. They have a son, Michael. Claudine is now a stay at home mom. Prior to that, she was the editor of the trade magazine Expo.

Audrey (Padula) Besinger is married to Brent ’89. Audrey is a stay at home mom to their children, Alec, Brook and Grant. Before that, Audrey was a senior sales manager for Alcan. She also recently earned her master’s in humanities in ’05 from JCU.

Dr. Erin (Michael) Hillard has a successful family practice with her husband, Dr. Brad Hillard. Their offices are at the University Hospitals Twinsburg Medical Center. They have three girls: Morgan, Madison and Brin. Erin received her medical degree from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency at Sun Coast Hospital in Largo, FL.

Dr. Walt Sweeney is an interventional cardiologist at Diagnostic Cardiology Associates in Youngstown. He and his wife, Peggy, are parents to four children: Billy, Bridget, Walt and Cameron. Like Erin, Walt received his medical degree from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine but completed his residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to e-mail … keep the news coming! Cheers,

Melissa

Melissa Wenzler
440-725-0753
WenzJCU90@aol.com

 

Summer 2007

Welcome to autumn … is everyone ready for back to school and football season? I want to take a moment to brag about someone very important to me … my hubby, Chris Wenzler. Last May, Chris went to Jamaica on an immersion trip with JCU Campus Ministry. He accompanied about a dozen JCU students to Kingston, Jamaica, for 10 days. While there, the group worked in a children’s hospital, Riverton School, and the Mother Teresa Home (hospice of the sick and elderly). Chris spent much of his time at Riverton – a public elementary school built near the city dump. Public school in Jamaica is not like public school in the U.S. – parents have to pay to send their children to school. This means that parents have to decide which child goes to school which day of the week! As we head into the season of Thanksgiving, I hope we can all take a moment to remember how fortunate we are for the wonderful opportunities we have – don’t let them go to waste.

I got a quick e-mail from Jean Hetzer Harsar. She and husband, Al, welcomed their new daughter, Meghan Marie, on March 28. Meghan joins big brothers, Matthew (8) and Michael John (4). Congratulations, Jean and Al!

Lisa Grisez-Shullick is living in Lorain, OH, with her husband, Dan, and their two children, Michael (11) and Tricia (9). Lisa has spent the past five years working part time at St. Peter School, where their children attend. Most recently, Lisa began a new part time job with the Catholic Action Commission of Lorain. She also is using her 10 years of human resource experience to serve as an independent trainer in leadership, supervision and time management – check out www.gsmmotivations.com! Lisa recently ventured to Chicago with Sue Zurkovski Swain for a gathering with Holly Monahan, Chris Jamison, Shannon Place Martin, Becky Lacovic Barnhart, Liz Brent Franz and Karen Teeter Rufer ’89! The gathering was in celebration of their “39th” birthdays – sounds like a blast — would love to hear how everyone is doing!

Rob Taskey took advantage of the new JCU Connect message board — Rob and his wife, Cheryl, recently moved from Kalamazoo to Pittsburgh. They have two children, Austin and Olivia. Rob is a senior investment officer at National City in the Private Client Group. He manages a group of eight portfolio managers. Since being back in Pittsburgh, he had lunch with Eric Rosenberg!

In July I ran into Sally Ingberg-Lee, her husband, Dan, and their two girls, Nicole and Erin at Yours Truly in Hudson. They are living in Twinsburg and Sally is working at Forest City Enterprises. It was a gorgeous summer day and it was fun catching up with Sally and Dan – the girls are adorable!

If you haven’t already done so, check out the newest way to keep in touch with fellow alumni … JCU Connect – http://www.jcu.edu/alumni/jcuconnect.htm! The site offers an alumni directory, class news and notes, message boards, photo albums! Check it out and update your record if you haven’t in a while.

Don’t forget to pass along any updates … looking forward to hearing from you.

 

Melissa

Melissa Wenzler
440-725-0753
WenzJCU90@aol.com

 

Spring 2007

Hello class of 1990! The spirit of doing “good for others” was alive and well on the JCU campus this past April 21-22! That weekend was the First Annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life. The Relay is an eighteen hour walk to raise money for advocacy, research and services related to cancer. It celebrates the survivors and memorializes those lost by this disease. I took part in the Relay on Chris’ team – JCU Sports Information — with the students that work in his office. I never felt more proud to be alumni of JCU as I watched the students who organized the event, walked with the hundreds of students who walked for life, and celebrated raising over $76,000.00 toward a cure! It is events like this that show the true spirit of the Jesuit tradition – it is alive and well at John Carroll, I am pleased to say!

I got an e-mail from Mike Schilling all the way from Thailand!! He is doing well … him and his wife, Whan, have a baby daughter, Eve. Mike is looking forward to a visit this spring from classmates, Scott Mosser and Gary Ritter. He mentioned that AsadSultan is getting married and will be heading to India to work for Cantor Fitzgerald. Mike is already gearing for retirement – he told me the party will be on January 8, 2014, on the beach in Phuket, Thailand! All are invited – so save the date!

Dave Rastoka is living in Columbus. He is the regional director for ResCare, the largest provider for people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities. Dave is also the president of HeartFelt Stories. With the help of Tony DeCarlo ’88, Dave began Heartfelt Stories, a children’s book company. The stories provide wonderful illustrations and are packed with great messages every family can benefit from. My son, Oliver, was fortunate enough to get an autographed copy of “More Than a Spoonful”! It quickly became one of his favorites. For all you parents out there, I highly recommend checking out Heartfelt Stories – www.heartfeltstoriesllc.com.

Rita Abdallah is a LISW for the Ireland Cancer center in Cleveland. She leads workshops on topics related to cancer. This past fall she conducted several workshops on topics related to cancer and relaxation, meditation, controlling pain and ways to eat healthy. Rita recently was recognized for her work in her field by her peers. Rita, please send me the details again so I can include in the next issue!

Ann-Margaret (Leshinsky) and Jamie Lambo recently purchased a new home in Jackson Township (North Canton area). Jamie took a new job in August with Diebold. He is the vice president of internal audit.

Tracey (Ludwig) Holecek and her hubby, Terry, have relocated to Powell, OH, near Columbus. Their three girls, Abby (9), Kristen (8) and Anna (5) are growing up fast! Tracey mentioned that they love the Columbus area and the girls are happy and thriving!

Jane (Wagner) Nicolette e-mailed me. She is a senior training consultant with Mellon Financial Corp. in Pittsburgh. She mentioned that Larry was elected to the Murrysville local municipal council. He is in his second of four years and holds the VP position on council. Congrats, Larry! It is nice to see alums getting involved in local issues that affect them and their families!

Life in L.A. continues to be an adventure for Bob Kasunic! He decided to use these adventures to create, write and produce a short film! The film made the rounds of some film festivals in the fall, but you can view on YouTube — check it out at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3Efnc828AM. In addition to the short film, Bob has been writing for a few magazines, still does consulting work with his freelance marketing and strategy company he started a few years ago. He recently took a long term project in NYC to act as the director of creative development and content acquisition for a new green/health and wellness company. Thanks for the update, Bob!

Beth (Warfield) Hansen is living in Solon with her husband, Toby. She writes that their three children, Eric (11), Emily (7) and Luke (4) are doing fine. By this fall, all three will be in school as Luke starts kindergarten!

Tracy Backer has been living in Minnesota the past 15 years. Currently working in the mortgage industry with GMAC-ResCap, Tracy recently returned from a seven week, 10 country, solo trip around the world. Tracy wrote that Prague, Paris and Istanbul were favorites on the itinerary! Check out Tracy’s trip blog – http://realtravel.com/member-m1942408-tracer1.htm

Thanks for the updates, everyone! Be sure to keep in touch and enjoy summer! Cheers,

Melissa

Melissa Wenzler
440-725-0753
WenzJCU90@aol.com

 

Fall 2006

I love this time of year – the sky is so blue, the leaves are like colors found in a box of Crayola crayons, and the air is crisp and smell of apples! With fall comes all of that plus football season (got to love Fantasy Football — how are you doing in your league?) and Homecomings! Hope those of you who live in Cleveland got up to JCU to take in the Homecoming festivities – a special shout out to those who organized and planned the weekend – it was a lot of fun in spite of the clouds!

I ran into Sally Ingberg-Lee in the Belvoir parking lot – it was great timing as she was leaving as I was arriving. She and her husband, Dan Lee, had their two little girls in tow, Nicole (2) and Erin (8 mos.) – they are just the cutest little girls! They are living in Twinsburg and Sally is still at Forest City Enterprises. Sally, it was great to see you, Dan and the girls!

I don’t have too much to report – my e-mail Inbox is pretty empty (I don’t count the spam, I get)! You can help out by sending me a quick note – Happy Holidays, everyone! Cheers,

Melissa

Melissa Wenzler
440-725-0753
WenzJCU90@aol.com

 

 

Spring 2006

Spring has sprung! I love how nice the first day above 65 degrees feels! Now that we are blowing off the dust of winter, take a minute to drop me a note so I can let the rest of the class of 1990 know how you are doing and what you have been up to!

I got nice e-mail from Ann-Margaret (Leshinksy) Lambo. She and hubby, Jamie, are living in New Castle, PA. They are parents to Ann Therese (10) and Paul (6). Ann-Margaret is a stay-at-home mom and free lance writer. Jamie works for Goodyear Tire in Akron. He is the director of internal audit — Americas. He commutes each day from New Castle to Akron, but Ann-Margaret said it’s not too bad a commute since the Steelers won the Super Bowl! Jamie does get to travel frequently to Brazil. They see Carol (Lawrence) Bender at family functions. It turns out that Carol married Jamie’s first cousin, Pat. Carol and Pat are residing in Bethel Park, PA, with their daughter, Abby (7). Ann-Margaret also wrote that she keeps in touch with Lisa (Forniti) Aeillo. Lisa and her husband, Frank, live in Lyndhurst. They have two children, Genevieve (6) and Nick (4). In her e-mail, Ann-Margaret asked if I heard from Rita Abdallah, Lisa Grisez, Lesley Zelasko and Claudine Mellich. I did happen to see Rita Abdallah’s photo in the “Happenings” section of Cleveland’s Plain Dealer for a fundraising event in which she was a participant. Ladies, would love to hear from you…drop me a note!

Mark Perretta is living in Massillion, OH. He and his wife, Dana, are parents to Angela (11), Anthony (9) and Alexis (2). Mark is CEO of 10K Fundraising. His company helps start fundraisers for schools, churches and organizations. If anyone is interested, check out their web site at www.10kfr.org. Michael Branigan is living in Indianapolis, IN. He got his MBA from CWRU in 2002. He has one son, Jack (4).

That is the news I have so far — hope to hear from lots more of you now that the winter hibernation is over. Remember, e-mail is pretty quick and easy!! Here’s to a sunny summer

Melissa

Melissa Wenzler
440-725-0753
WenzJCU90@aol.com

 

Winter 2006

Ran into Jean (Hetzer) Harsar at the annual JCU Breakfast with Santa! Her boys Matthew and Michael were helping wrap lots of cool presents! They are very cute little guys!

Molly (Spisak) and Don ’88 Moracz are living in Avon Lake. They have two children, Brian (10) and Elizabeth (8).

Brigid (Reilly) Weiller is living in Zagreb, Croatia. She and her husband, Matthew, work for the U.S. Department of State. They have three children — Maureen (12), John (10), and Terence (7).

Frank Boensch gave me some updates. He and his wife, MJ, are living in Princeton with Sophia (2). He works as a Global Account director for Cable and Wireless. He travels frequently to the UK and Asia. Frank met up with Sean Marrie and his wife, Tammy, last fall while in D.C. They have two children, Kayla (14) and Tanner (12). He also often gets together with Michael Guenin either in NYC, Chicago or Dayton (when back at home). Michael and his wife, Nicole, are living in South Bend. Michael got his MBA from Notre Dame and stuck around — he is running the South Bend branch of his family’s business. They have two boys, Jack (4) and Grant (2) and are expecting baby number three this spring (I hear they are pulling for pink)! Frank also mentioned that he sees quite a bit of Jim and Monica (Bliss ’89) Weick. They are living in Ft. Lauderdale. Jim started his own law practice and Monica has her own dental practice. They have two children – Jim (4) and Samantha (2). It turns out Jim is a pretty good golfer. Frank played with him in a few two-man tournaments and Jim won a Florida Golf Association Mid-Amateur event last year! Ah, one of the many benefits of living in Florida — being able to hone your golf game!

Mary Beth (Wolfe) Lindner mentioned that she runs into Barb (Muir) Radis occasionally. It turns out their children go to school together. Barb, drop me an e-mail — would love to hear from you.

Tim and Lynn (Flaherty ’93) Kessel are living in Pittsburgh with their four children – Jackson (7), Nolan (6), Garrett (4) and Anna (1). Tim works several days a week in Cleveland for Therm-All and Lynn is a stay-at-home mom. They keep in touch with Joe Palmesano, who is living in Florida; John Graham and Sean Nolan, who are in Chicago; Mel and Mary Lenhardt; who are in Detroit and Glenn Smith in Pittsburgh.

Brian Adams is a physician in the ER at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna and at Lakewood Hospital. He is also serving in the Air Force Reserves. He and his wife, Eileen, are residing in Middleburg Heights with their five children – Meghan (10), Joseph (9), Madeline (7), Brian (5), and Mary Margaret (3).

Jay and Maria (LaPorte ’89) Weidner are living in Downer’s Grove, IL. They have two girls – Samantha (5) and Sara Jayne (2).

Thanks everyone for the updates and until next time

Cheers,

 

Melissa

Melissa Wenzler
440-725-0753
WenzJCU90@aol.com

 

Fall 2005

Autumn greetings to you all, it is hard to believe that the holiday season is fast approaching. I had the honor of being a guest at the inauguration of Father Niehoff, JCU’s 24th president, in October. As I listened to his speech, I was reminded of how important it is that we take the values learned at JCU and use them to better the community around us. The awesome accomplishments of our alumni never cease to amaze me and inspire me. This is a perfect segue into the news of our classmates and what they are doing …

Stefanie (Ulatowski) Rhine is getting involved in the political process and is running for a seat on the South Euclid-Lyndhurst school board. She and her husband, Dan, live in Lyndhurst with their three children. Good luck, Stefanie, you got my vote!

Lisa (Miaskowski) Arnold updated me with some of her own good news … she and hubby, Matt, are expecting triplets any day now (I am writing this in October, so by the time it reaches you, the babies will have arrived). They are living in Lakewood and Lisa has left her job as a high school guidance counselor to focus on being a mom. Lisa mentioned that they won’t know the sexes of the babies until they are born. I think that is cool particularly since it seems everybody wants to know ahead time. Lisa wrote that she sees Leslie (Nagley) McCarthy and Vicki (Frabotta) Cowman each month for brunch. Leslie just had her third child in April. Megan joins big brother, Evan (5) and sister, Kelly (3). Leslie is doing her student teaching this semester and will be licensed in December to teach special education. Congratulations, Leslie. Vicki is teaching at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin in Chardon and is mom to Brianna (5).

Sally Ingberg-Lee and her, husband, Dan are living in Twinsburg. They welcomed their new daughter, Nicole Ann, to the family on December 27, 2004. Sally writes that she and Dan are very fortunate in that Nicole has a great disposition – she hardly ever cries and has slept through the night since she was less than six weeks old! Thanks for the update, Sally.

Donald Pirc checked in with the alumni office. He and his wife, Kirsten, live in Concord with their children, Evan (12), Tyler (12), Alexander (10), and Steven (3). Don works for Medical Mutual as director of provider contracting.

Alumni getting involved in the political process to improve the school system, alumni teaching the future generation, alumni raising happy, healthy children … like I said, I am always inspired by the accomplishments of JCU alumni! I hope you and yours have a blessed holiday season. Cheers,

Melissa

Melissa Wenzler
440-725-0753
WenzJCU90@aol.com

 

Summer 2005

Hope everyone had a great summer! Thanks to everyone who came back to JCU for Reunion weekend! We had a great turn out and all in all, I thought it was another successful reunion. Thanks to Rosalie and her staff – they did a fantastic job!

So, here’s a taste of what the class of 1990 has been up to the past 15 years…

Bruce Ianni and his wife, Maria, traveled in from Kansas City! Bruce is the CEO and Founder of Chemidex, Inc. It’s like a big Google for chemists. Bruce and Maria are the proud parents of three children – Isabelle and twins, Mac and Matea.

Ran into Scott Mosser, which was a very pleasant surprise! He is living in Ohio City and working for a software company.

Rob and Jill (DiNicolantonio) Brdar are building a house in Avon.

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