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Winter 2014

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
330-966-8845
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Fall 2013
My friend Meredith dropped off her oldest son at Sutowski Hall, where he’ll learn the ins and outs of campus life, (not) taste his first Pabst Blue Ribbon, and co-exist with the other freshmen at Carroll starting after Labor Day. It promptly inspired a group text to my closest Carroll friends begging the question, how can this be? Didn’t we just graduate 15 minutes ago? Yes, we did, replied Nathalie Lacouture, as she filled out college admissions paperwork with her oldest son, Joe, a high school senior this year. Nathalie’s text reminded me of the upside of 2013 – the minireunion in Chicago’s Hotel Indigo on Memorial Day weekend. Thanks in large part to Kathy Apple Francis’s organization and Nathalie’s choice pick for our reunion venue, 11 of us convened for: dinners, drinks, late night talks, uncontrollable laughter, a few tears, a bar crawl, a greasy breakfast, shopping, taxi cabs, and museums, but mostly the joy of just being together. So, to each of these wonderful friends, I’ll share what I loved most. Michelle (Cull) Lease, you and I might have been a bit out of our element on night one (shots in loud dance bar, no thanks), but getting the scoop on your Paper Cottage/Chase Visa commercial was worth the early night. I’m so proud. Super accomplishment! And going home early set me up for night two with Monica Duflock Kwait, when they called last call for the 13th time at that swanky bar, the creeper stuck us with his bar tab, you took it in stride, continued on with our conversation (best!), and kept me out until 4 a.m. I discovered I can still pull an all-nighter. I’m happy I didn’t have a test at 7 a.m. Going to the gluten-free pasta restaurant on night three and discussing our parallel lives with Claire (Mooney) Dehorn and Annie (Shane) Bayne about parenting, new babies, blended families, and extended families was the perfect ending to the weekend. Annie (Dunn) Hughes, thanks for bringing the JCU yearbook (I never knew that publication existed), and thanks for giving Facebook a shot, even if it lasted less than 24 hours. Kelly (Miller) Stukus, sharing a table with you over a glass of wine on our first night was just how I remember you – classy and professional. So fun to hear about your life in quaint Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Julie Birmingham Hoepper, I’m not trying to be silly or trite, but thanks for the clarification on the pronunciation of your last name (it rhymes with paper). It has been wrong in my head for the past several years every time I received a Christmas card, and it was bothering me. Now I know. By the way, you seem so happy, fresh, and together. I loved being with you! Carole (Chandler) Sullivan, the video clip of you attempting to get on the subway with a suitcase, the hilarious group texts, and the random CVS purchases are still making me giggle. You have a knack for making the mundane hilarious. Coupled with Kathy’s iPhone videography skills, it’s no wonder why you two are still best friends after all these years. And Kath, thanks to you, this trip never would’ve happened. Spending Monday hitting all of the cool neighborhoods, finding the fun vegan restaurant, perusing art at the Art Institute of Chicago, and flying back to Cleveland at the end of an awesome weekend was beyond fun. I loved every minute!

Besides my great group of girls, there are other important people I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention their great accomplishments. One is in Chicago, the other of course, is in the Cleveland area. Charles Kolin joined the international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP in its Chicago office as a shareholder in the corporate and securities practice. Before joining the firm, Charles was a partner with Chapman and Cutler LLP.

Babcox Media appointed Randy Loeser publisher of Tire Review, one of the longest-running, business-to-business publications in the U.S. and Babcox’s first media property. As publisher, Randy will oversee the day-to- day management of the Tire Review brand, including print and digital advertising. Randy comes to Babcox from LINQ2 Communications, where he was vice president of sales and operations since 2010.

Gajewski

Gajewski

Finally, here’s Dave Gajewski’s recap of the Boston Marathon:

“I ran my normal less-than-7:00-mile pace through 17 miles, hit the big hills through 22 miles, turned back down the hills into Boston and became tired. I finished around 3:12 (3:15 on the race clock). Regardless of the clock time, finishing the Boston Marathon is an amazing experience.

“I’ve given this advice to every first-time Boston Marathoner I encounter: ‘Take in every bit of running down Boylston Street the last .4 miles to the finish line. It’s the most amazing experience you’ll ever have as a runner. You’ll see the finish line in the distance, and you’ll be thinking you can’t make it, and you’ll ignore all the excitement around you. When you reach Boylston, take it all in – look at the fans on the left and right side of the street, raise your hands, and enjoy it. As soon as it’s over, you’ll want to do it all over again, but it’ll be over.’

“I took my own advise down Boylston, trying to make eye contact with each screaming mom, dad, grandparent, and child. I have a good luck shirt I’ve worn for many Boston Marathons that has the name Bubba scribbled on it in marker because every child on the course loves to call out that name when they see it. This time was no different. Boylston was amazing as always and never gets old. Fans were packed against the barricades four to six deep. It reminded me of 2003 and 2004 when my wife, Jill, was there in that sea of pandemonium. She once watched a racer stop, draw a heart in chalk on the Boylston blacktop, pull an engagement ring out of his shorts, propose to his girlfriend, then carry her over the finish line. That’s what Boylston is all about.

“I stopped just beyond the finish line to spend a few minutes looking back at the runners coming down Boylston. I greeted fans on the other side of the barricades and thanked every race volunteer in sight for their help (these folks were minutes from becoming heroes). I explained how special the experience is. You never know when you’ll come back. Within minutes, I was reunited with my two friends who finished just behind me. The three of us shared high fives.

“We moved quickly to pass through all the postrace check points: pick up a blanket, medal, water, food; pick up our drop bags of clothing; and head off to our hotel, which was right by the race chute exit. With a 6 p.m. flight, I was on a tight schedule. I exited the race course at 2:45, took a quick shower at the hotel, and headed out with a friend to grab a bite to eat. As we crossed the busy streets of Boston, we dodged a bunch of emergency vehicles with sirens blaring headed in the direction of the finish line but had no idea what happened. I assumed someone became ill during the race. We didn’t realize what had happened until we caught the news on TV at the restaurant.

“Next, we entered a mode of getting the heck out of a city in lockdown, wanting to see our families and hearing rumors of other threats throughout the city. Train lines were shutting down, cabs weren’t available, flights were being canceled, and panic brewed. But we were all able to make our flights back home Monday night.

“It’s difficult for me to comprehend the magnitude of these events, turning a place that’s so special and meaningful into a disastrous killing field. No matter how many times I run the Boston Marathon, seeing the finish line the day before the race gives me the chills and almost drives me to tears. The same will be true next year but for different reasons.”

Until next time friends, keep your news coming.

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
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Charles Kolin joined the law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Charles Kolin joined the law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Summer 2013

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
330-966-8845
anniedeperro@sssnet.com

Spring 2013
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I no longer color my hair for fun; rather, it’s to avoid those pesky grays that are threatening to overthrow the rich chestnut that was once my original hair color. My knees go snap, crackle, pop on each ascent of the staircase, just like my dad’s used to do in 1986. My children refer to my childhood as “back in the 1900s.” I got a little grouchy in December, when the looming BIG 4-0 was just around the corner for me. It came and went. I had a party, a hangover, and reminisced about Firewater and Jagermeister. Then I began a 21-day cleanse. What began as a way to detoxify my liver, changed more than just my bad habits. It literally changed my life. This isn’t about how I lost 15 pounds in three months (I did) and how I can now get into tripod headstand without toppling over. (I can’t. Carole Chandler Sullivan witnessed this firsthand, sending both of us into the equivalent of church giggles during hot yoga). Old perspective: “I hate dieting!” The new me says, “Who knew raw zucchini would be an excellent addition to my Vitamix concoction?” In March, I enrolled in the country’s largest nutrition school and began a yearlong course of study that will lead to my own holistic health coach practice in Northeast Ohio. I’m so grateful and inspired to be on this journey. God keeps putting people in my path who are encouraging me to do this work. And for all of you who could use a little nudge in your own route to wellness, I’d love to be that resource for you.

San Diego Chargers president Dean Spanos (right) introduces the team’s general manager, Tom Telesco.

On another note, Tom Telesco is the general manager of the San Diego Chargers. When it was announced during a press conference, thecoastnews.com reported “his youthful appearance brought out some ribbing from reporters who questioned the verity of his age. In good humor, Telesco confirmed his age, adding he has a little bit of gray in his hair.” Perspective!

My column wouldn’t be complete without acknowledging we’re still young. We’re getting married and having babies. Claire (Mooney) DeHorn welcomed baby Makensie Grace DeHorn in December.

Rose Abood ’95 married Craig Kemmerling on Oct. 27, 2012 at St. Maron’s Church in Cleveland. The reception was at Shaker Heights Country Club.

Rose Abood married Craig Kemmerling in October, and Julie Law and Michael Puzsar married in February. Congratulations to you all.

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
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Winter 2013
Law firms in Cleveland are attracting and promoting class of ’95 graduates. Could it be because we’re approaching and/or embracing 40? Or is it simply because our class rocks? Rose Abood joined the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis LLP as the firm’s director of marketing and communications. Rose has 16 years of law firm marketing and management experience and most recently served as VP, marketing strategist for KeyBank. After her Carroll days, Rose earned an MBA from Case Western Reserve University (Weatherhead School of Management). She’s a former president of the Legal Marketing Association, Ohio Chapter, and founder of its community service program.

McDonald Hopkins LLC, a business advisory and advocacy law firm, elected five attorneys, including Scott Slaby, to its membership. Scott is an intellectual property attorney in Cleveland who helps clients in domestic and foreign patent preparation and procurement in the chemical, biochemical, and mechanical arts. He also prepares legal opinions about patentability, validity, and right to market. Scott, who has a J.D. from Cleveland- Marshall College of Law, is experienced with trademark prosecution and counseling, intellectual property due diligence. scott, who graduated from JCU with a master’s of science in 1997, serves on the executive committee of The Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Foundation.

Joining me in rocking out the culmination of our 30s (and perhaps, but not probably, our youth) was none other than Kathy Apple Francis, who surprised me in November with tickets to the Madonna (who’s older than us) concert in Cleveland. I haven’t had that much fun since we went to see Bon Jovi (also older than us) at the end of our 20s. Surprise of all surprises, we bumped into Matt Clark at an Ohio City microbrewery before the show, and he said we didn’t look a day over 32. I always liked that guy.

Until next time, take care.

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
330-966-8845
anniedeperro@sssnet.com

Fall 2012

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
330-966-8845
anniedeperro@sssnet.com

Summer 2012
The race continues. Last time, I wrote about a lot of runners. Here’s one more to congratulate: Tim Coulehan completed a half marathon, finishing in less than two hours. I’m always impressed by grueling races because I’ve been to that party and don’t plan to return. What Tim also consistently does competitively is beat me in Words With Friends, that incredibly addictive Scrabble app game I play on my iPhone with Alison Dillon Klika, Adele Fini, and Gregory Weishaar, to name a few who share the most fun time-waster since Facebook was invented. When not running or playing with words, Tim works at PNC Bank in Pittsburgh as a senior program manager. He and his wife, Meg, are the parents of three boys ages 7, 5, and 4.

Speaking of kids, Ashley (Maurer) Blevins, who also lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, Mike, delivered a baby girl, her first child, on April 27. Baby Morgan is adorable.

Gregory Smith, M.D., became the emergency department medical director at Summa Health Center at Lake Medina in Ohio. Dr. Smith earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo and has been working in Stark County in various medical roles for longer than 10 years. “Freestanding emergency departments are the new wave in emergency medicine,” he says. “I look forward to working with the entire team to make Summa Lake Medina a flagship in the area of emergency medicine.”

Finally, Tom Telesco was promoted to vice president of football operations for the Indianapolis Colts. Tom spent the past six seasons as Indy’s director of player personnel. Joining the Colts in 1998 as a scout, he climbed the ranks and was named director of player personnel after the 2005 season. Tom began his career as a scouting assistant with Carolina in 1995 and was a summer intern in Buffalo from 1991-94.

As for me, I’m enjoying a relaxing summer with underscheduled children and a 39.5 celebration for Kathy Apple Francis along with Carole (Chandler) Sullivan, Annie (Shane) Bayne, and, hopefully, others from our class. I love hearing from you, so keep sending your emails.

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
330-966-8845
anniedeperro@sssnet.com

Spring 2012
Nothing says goal attained like working up a good sweat by running. Whether it’s on the treadmill, tennis court, or wherever your Asics carry you, our class has the running bug.

Carole (Chandler) Sullivan completed a Super Bowl Sunday race (5K)in San Diego. Carole writes: “I’ve been in moderately achy pain for about 11 months attempting to reach my goal after three kids. It’s difficult but rewarding. I imagine a lot of us are fighting the same thing.” I hear ya, Carole. I wake up each day wondering if my sore feet are a result of chasing down the drop shots or because I’m almost 40?

I caught up with Monica Duflock Kwait recently and discovered we’re leading parallel lives. When she’s not tracking fuzzy yellow balls in Northern California, she’s volunteering at her sons’ schools and running them to Tahoe for ski team. She recently retired from a 20-year stint as her high-school class columnist. She and Nathalie Lacouture did a Midwest tour last summer that included a U2 concert, but no road races.

Gillian (Geeding) Cooper is training for the Columbus marathon in October. Gil and her husband own a firework business, Chillicothe Fireworks. She says it’s a blast. Very funny, Gil. Susie (Marsick) Martin lives near Gil in Cincinnati, and they see each other often.

Many JCU friends attended Cathy Gallagher's wedding. First row, from left: Aimee Tapajna McNamee '95, Amy Cavato '95, Bridget (Garvin) Ambrisco '96, Cathy Gallagher '95, Colleen (Hens) Friedman '95, Dana (Murray) McCabe '95, Colleen Carroll '95, and Jill Patterson '95. Back row, from left: Pete Chapman '94, Pete Duggan '94, and John Mangan '94.

Cathy (Gallagher) Higbee completed the Annapolis, Md., half marathon in November and tells me Colleen Carroll and Dana (Murray) McCabe are marathoners. Colleen did Chicago twice, Dana did Cleveland this past year, and Cathy’s done NYC five times, Chicago, and Cleveland since graduation. JCU was represented well at Cathy’s recent marriage to Travis Higbee. She writes: “Pete Chapman ’94 was in the wedding, and Pete Duggan ’94, John Mangan ’94, Colleen Carroll, Dana (Murray) McCabe, Amy Cavato, Colleen (Hens) Friedman (bridesmaid), Aimee Tapajna McNamee (bridesmaid), Bridget (Garvin) Ambrisco ’96 (bridesmaid), and Jill Patterson were there. I’ve been in medical device sales for the past 14 years, and my husband and I live in Baltimore.”

Ashley Maurer Blevins, while not running any races anytime soon, is in the homestretch of pregnancy. Her baby girl is due this month. Ashley’s annual girls’ weekend with Beth, Susie, Lauren, Aimee, Chrissy, and a few others is approaching, and they’re meeting in Cleveland at Susie’s parents’ house, who will be in Florida. That sounds like old times – a house party while the parents are out of town. I bet it’s tamer than our college days when we were doing that sort of thing. Ashley works as vice president at Catalyst Rx with Don Palmieri ’94.

Thanks for your updates. Happy running!

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
330-966-8845
anniedeperro@sssnet.com

Winter 2011
Those of you who know me well will be shocked to learn I’ve taken on a new job this year – Sunday school teacher. Yes, you read that correctly. I’m teaching the Ten Commandments to fourth graders. My parish priest jokingly told me my first job was to learn them, and unbeknownst to him, he was right. In any case, I’ve embraced my new responsibility with an open heart and mind, and I hope I’m giving my students one-tenth of what they’re giving me in terms of purpose, opportunity, and connection. My life seems to be more balanced these days (tennis is up there, but it’s no longer my first priority), and miracle of miracles, there’s much less bickering between my children. For that, I’m blessed.

On to our classmates’ news: Brendan and Heather (Stang) McKillip celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary this summer. Brendan works in Chicago at Equity Residential, and Heather cares for their three children and occasionally substitute teaches. They visited with Aimee Lockner and her husband, Tom Krizek, in Cleveland this summer. The four of them had dinner with Casey (Shepard) Ptasznik and her husband, Dave ’97. Casey teaches at Chardon High School, and Dave works for KeyBank. They have two boys.

Mike ’94 and Dr. Alison (Perod) DuBois also celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary this summer. They’re parents to Michael (12) and Matt (10). Ali loves her job as assistant professor at Westminster College in the education department. She sits on several boards of trustees for local nonprofits. She and Mike travel extensively for their younger son’s travel baseball team and their older son’s national scholar program. Ali says Brenda Boglitsch Marwaha lives in Lancaster, Pa., with her husband, Ajay (who’s in private practice) and their three children. Brenda, I’d love to hear more, so email me.

Khalil

Summa Western Reserve Hospital Ear, Nose and Throat program, led by our former classmate Dr. Phillip Khaliland Dr. Matthew Lutz, has been recognized by U.S. News Media & World Report in their 2011-12 Best Hospitals rankings. The hospital’s ENT program was singled out as one of the best in the Akron region. Dr. Robert Kent, president and CEO of Summa Western Reserve Hospital, said, “It’s affirmation of our dedication to providing exceptional care and the best patient experience, and it’s rewarding to see data that supports our hard work.”

Thanks everyone for writing, and I look forward to hearing from more of you next time.

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
330-966-8845
anniedeperro@sssnet.com

Fall 2011
Like many of you, I spent part of my summer preparing for and attending my 20-year high school reunion. At least six of my old high school buddies attended Carroll, and knowing I had my JCU column deadline looming, I was hoping to run into Michael Lembach, Jennifer (Lembach) Auld, Tara Meyer-Robson, Sara (Mitchell) Ohlin, Katie (Powers) Vitatoe, and Kelly (Miller) Stukus. Out of this bunch, I had the pleasure of reconnecting with Katie and her husband, Steve Vitatoe, who looks exactly the same. Kelly Miller Stukus was vacationing with her family in the Outer Banks and couldn’t attend, but she was nice enough to send an email. She continues to work for Cleveland Heights/University Heights City School District as the coordinator for elementary literacy. David ’92 works for TravelCenters of America. Their children, Lilly and Henry, are 5 and 2.

I continue to be inspired by Tara Meyer-Robson, who’s a motivational speaker, author, creator, and CEO of The Flow Method. She and her husband live in Florida.

I’d love to hear from Jennifer, Sara, and Michael, so if you read this column, email me an update, and I’ll be sure to include your news.

Just one more thing to report: It’s possible to make a career out of your favorite pastime. Matt Durbin is living proof. He’s a 15-year marketing veteran and, effective June 13, has been named vice president of marketing for Brunswick Bowling – Retail. Matt has been in the hospitality industry for years. Before Brunswick, he was the vice president of marketing for Fox and Hound Restaurant Group, where he led the marketing efforts of 145 Fox and Hound, Bailey’s, and Champps Americana restaurants. Matt, who has a unique perspective for this job, is an avid league bowler. He used to edit Bowling Center Management magazine. He’s also the son of Hall of Fame bowler, Mike Durbin, ranked by the Professional Bowlers Association as the 22nd greatest bowler in PBA history. Congratulations, Matt.

That’s all I have this time. Keep emailing.

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
330-966-8845
anniedeperro@sssnet.com

Summer 2011

I returned home one day, mildly depleted from my daughter’s track practice because motivating 60 third through sixth graders to run one lap around a not-so enormous school building is almost as difficult as the last mile of a marathon when you’re out of energy beans and you’ve passed the last water station. Right as I’m about to complain about my unfortunate afternoon, I open my inbox, and a note from Beth (Szymanowicz) Pero tells me Lauren (Colaizzi) Henzler is training for her 10th Ironman competition and this time is raising money for Girls on the Run (GOTR) and has a TenTenTen Campaign (10 Ironmans, 10th anniversary of GOTR – Pittsburgh, $10k). Instantly, my perspective and attitude shift. GOTR is a national nonprofit whose mission is to empower girls to make healthy choices and gain self-respect through running. I can’t help from saying out loud, “Go Lauren, go Lauren!”

Dennis Percy, director of major gifts for the United Way of the Greater Dayton area, was named by The Dayton Business Journal to its 40 Under 40 2011 list of up-and-coming leaders.

Mark S. Abood was the highest producing individual among the Chartwell Group’s national offices and received its annual Chartwell Award for 2010. Mark, senior vice president, specializes in real-estate brokerage, advisory, receivership, and consulting services to national lenders, law firms, and private investors. Mark is married to Loriann (Kolar), and they have three children. The family socializes with Colleen (Vereb) ’96 and Ron Alexander’s family. The Aboods are Brunswick neighbors of Jay and Beth (Didonato) Dobkowski. Mark recently ran into PJ Insana and Nathalie Lacouture at a CYO basketball game where their daughter was playing that day. Mark joined Dominic Offredo, David Benisek, Ron Allender, Todd Conrad, Eric Jones, Brian Maher, and Jay Dobkowski (Beth DiDonato’s husband), Greg Preisel ’96, and Mike Swallow ’98 on their annual golf trip to West Virginia. Mark also represented the class of 1995 at our 15-year reunion last summer and spent time with his dad’s reunion class of 1965.

Speaking of reunions, Beth (Szymanowicz) Pero spent a spring weekend with Susie Marsick Martin, Ashley Maurer Blevins, Lauren Colaizzi Henzler, and Chris Azouri Cottier in Erie, Pa. In October, they were together for Ashley’s wedding, as was Lisa Palmieri. Thanks, Beth, for keeping in touch.

Finally, Matt Cox joined the Government Affairs Practice as Of Counsel at McDonald Hopkins, a business advisory and advocacy law firm. Based in Cleveland and Columbus, Matt serves as vice chair of the board of United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland, chair of the Board of School Choice Ohio, and is on the board of the YMCA of Greater Cleveland.

Thanks, everyone, for sharing your news. Keep the emails coming.

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
330-966-8845
anniedeperro@sssnet.com

Spring 2011

As I write this, I’m in the center of a downsizing from the Christmas explosion that happens to my house every year in the form of lights, decorations, and toys. I’m taking a cue from Peter Walsh of the new OWN network, and, as a result, I’ve made six trips to the Salvation Army to deliver donations and 37 trips to the recycling center to deliver cardboard boxes. I’m not scaling back in the friend department, however, as I continue to reconnect with classmates of long ago via the Internet.

Phil Kangas’ name recently appeared in my inbox. He has done quite a lot in 15 years: “After undergrad, I worked for the government for two years at the local, state, and national levels before returning to school for a Master of Public Administration degree at Syracuse University. For the past nine years, I’ve been with Grant Thornton LLP’s federal consulting practice, providing organizational and performance improvement advice to clients at the Departments of Homeland Security, Navy, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, and others.” Phil and his wife of 10 years, Melissa, have twins, who will be 3 years old in July. By the time this goes to print, the Kangas’ third child will have been born. Congratulations, Phil.

I found Laurie Neider Coy on Facebook, and from our e-mail exchange, gather she’s married to Bob Coy and lives in Seven Hills, Ohio, with their three young children. She remains friends with Darlene Sheehan Neitzel and Sue Zidanic. Darlene is married to Kevin Neitzel ’94. They have four daughters and live in Rocky River, Ohio. Sue lives in Milwaukee and works at the Wisconsin Athletic Club.

From Julie Pavolino Kolcum, I hear some JCU gals gathered for an annual Christmas get-together in early December: Kathy (Frickman) McPhillips and Stacey (Mullally) Bainbridge were among those who met up at Coach Schweickert’s ’60 (Bev ’76) house right near JCU. Beth (Priestap) Frabotta usually joins the group but couldn’t make it that night.

Finally, I have this to share about Nathalie Lacouture. As a senior account executive for Group Benefits at The Fedeli Group, Nathalie Lacouture is in a unique position to promote the visibility of minority members of the business community and minority owned businesses in Cleveland. She was given the award of the “Cuarenta/Cuarenta class of 2010” from Kaleidoscope Magazine, which is essentially a 40-under-40 group of minorities in the city who have had a positive impact on Cleveland. She serves on the boards of Latina, The Hitchcock Center for Women, West Side Ecumenical Ministry/El Barrio, and is VP of membership for the National Society of Hispanic Master’s of Business Administration. Nathalie resides in Brecksville, Ohio, with her three children.

That’s all for now. Send your news.

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
330-966-8845
anniedeperro@sssnet.com

Winter 2010

The tragic death of Brian Dugan in September shook many of us to the core. A young father in the prime of his life, Brian was struck and killed by a car on the fateful evening of Sept. 16 while out for an evening jog in his neighborhood of Tonawanda, N.Y. An inspirational English teacher and coach for many of his students and players at Kenmore West High School in Buffalo, Brian forever will be remembered for his positive outlook and sunny disposition. Brian was the son of Robert and Mary Dugan, father of sons Jack (8) and Aiden (7), and husband of Ann, his wife of 10 years. The countless news articles in the Kenton Bee and the Buffalo News report so many that knew him were drawn to his upbeat personality. “He was the kind of person who could brighten anyone’s day,” Kenmore West principal Karen Geelan said. “And he often did that for all of us. He was charming, friendly, insightful, just a great person to work with, and a favorite teacher of so many of our students.” Carroll alum, Amy Collins Staas remembers Brian’s amazing sense of humor: “He had a smile and a laugh that made everyone around him light up,” she said. “It truly was infectious, you couldn’t be in a bad mood around him. He just made you smile.” Amy remembers her friendship with Brian, dating back to freshman and sophomore years at Carroll, and recalls a weekend trip Brian attended with the Collins family to Notre Dame years ago. She remembers Brian being a huge N.D. fan. Brian will be missed and remembered by so many. He touched the lives of whomever came in contact with him.

Where there’s darkness, there’s also light, and so with that, I’m happy to report the birth of a new child: John Sullivan, the 9-lb., 3-oz. son of teeny tiny Carole (Chandler) Sullivan and San Diego Chargers offensive line coach Mike Sullivan. John joins big sibs Patrick and Teagan. Congratulations Sullivan family.

Finally, please make a note of my new e-mail address – anniedep31@gmail.com.

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
330-966-8845
anniedeperro@sssnet.com

Fall 2010

REUNION YEAR
I confess, I was planning to attend Reunion Weekend 2010, but family business kept me away. I’m sure others are dying to know how it went; so, if you were there, drop me a line.

I came across a link on Eric Boose’s Facebook page: Franco and JJ Dancing: The John Carroll Finale. I’m not sure which class these guys are from, but if you haven’t seen it, it’s clean and hilarious.

In other alumni news, I received a blurb about my friend, Carole Chandler Sullivan. She anchors the KGTV morning show in San Diego Monday through Friday, starting bright and early at 4:30 a.m. Early mornings are nothing new to Carole because she anchored a successful morning show in Cleveland for five years, not to mention caring for her young son and daughter. Mornings are going to become even trickier by the time this article prints because her third child is due any day now. Carole was named Best Anchor by The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Best TV Personality by Scene magazine and showcased at a young age as one of the City’s Most Interesting People by Cleveland Magazine.

From Meltwater News, I learned Matthew Bernard Lechner was recently engaged to Abigail Gallo. Matt is a managing partner at the Forquer Group in Erie. Abby and Matt met on Valentine’s Day in 2009. The couple is planning an Oct. 29, 2010, wedding at St. Patrick Church in Erie, Pa. Monsignor Henry A. Kriegel will officiate at the evening ceremony. A reception will follow at the Erie Art Museum.

Finally, from Cleveland.com via Meltwater, John Panza is a published poet and a punk rocker in the band Chief Bromide. He has combined these passions as board president of Heights Arts, a nonprofit community arts organization based in Cleveland Heights. The organization promotes painting, sculpture, glass-blowing, printing, and public art, such as murals. It typically holds six exhibitions a year promoting regional artists. In June, Panza organized a musical benefit evening at the Grog Shop to celebrate the organization’s 10th anniversary. Panza, also teaches English and poetry at Cuyahoga Community College. He grew up in Parma and majored in English while at John Carroll.

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
330-966-8845
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Summer 2010

Hello classmates! By the time you read this, our 15th Class Reunion will be just a memory. I am sure I will have much to report in my next column. For now, I have news from three of our former classmates. First, from CityBiz, Washington DC via Meltwater (c): On February 16, 2010, The Board of Trustees of Chesapeake Lodging Trust appointed CPA Graham J. Wootten, who graduated with an accounting degree from John Carroll’s Boler School of Business, to serve as the company’s senior vice president, chief accounting officer and secretary. Graham previously served in several accounting roles between 2003 and 2007 including vice president and controller, at Highland Hospitality Corporation before it was sold to JER Partners, a private equity fund. Prior to joining Highland, Graham held various auditing positions for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from 1995 until 2003. Congratulations Graham, on your new position.

Back in Cleveland, communication grad Randy Loeser joins the Cleveland Jewish News as senior director of sales and custom marketing. In addition to overseeing sales for the award-winning weekly CJN newspaper, JSTYLE magazine, and other CJN publications, Loeser directs LinQ•2 Communications, a division launched in 2008 by the CJN’s parent Cleveland Jewish Publication Co. LinQ•2 provides custom media solutions such as specialty publications and also publishes the quarterly Cleveland/Akron Health and Wellness magazine. Before joining CJN, Loeser held senior management positions at Questex Media Group, where he was named Entrepreneur of the Year, and at Advanstar Communications and Penton Media. He has also been a consultant for business-to-business publications and nonprofit organizations and a guest lecturer at Ohio University as well as other colleges around Ohio. When not working, Loeser can be found on the basketball court as a referee licensed by the Ohio High School Athletic Association. A lifelong Clevelander, he lives with his wife and two children in Highland Heights.

Finally, history grad Rev. Michael Simone, S.J., received a grant to cover the cost of his participation in an archaeological dig this summer in Israel. In June and July, he will be digging the ancient ruins of the city of Tel Hazor in Galilee. I am anxiously awaiting photographs of this exciting endeavor and hopefully we will be reading more about his experience in a future publication of John Carroll magazine.

Take care, everyone!

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
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Spring 2010

You may not know this about me, but cheese is my favorite food ever. Cheddar, Gouda, Provolone, Havarti, Feta you name it, I’m there. So when I caught up with Derek Diaz recently, my ears and taste buds instantly perked up when he mentioned his recent cheese-related rendezvous. Melt Bar & Grilled in Lakewood, OH, was the venue for a Labor Day weekend mini reunion of five ’95 grads and their families: Derek, Dennis Percy, Mike and Nadine (Rusnack) Wallman, and Tony Jannette. This is the second time in two months that I’ve heard about Melt so I did what any other curious food lover who is not local enough to go there herself would do — I Googled it. So impressed was I by its seemingly authentic feel and intrigued by the Snarky Saveur’s review, I almost jumped in my car immediately and headed up to Lakewood – and then saw that they are opening up a Melt just in time for Reunion Weekend on the corner of Taylor and Cedar Roads (where Peabody’s Down Under used to be). Memories of Ekoostik Hookah and other fake IDs came flooding back as if it was yesterday. If I was having doubts about whether or not to attend our 15-year reunion, Melt is giving me yet another reason to return to University Heights. I’ll be there and hope you will be too. So back to Derek Diaz — besides reconnecting with friends over cheese, Derek was also promoted to partner at his law firm, Hahn Loeser & Parks, LLP in 2009 and named a “Rising Star” in the 2010 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. Congratulations! Derek and his family live in Avon, OH, coincidentally, 10 houses away from another ’95er, Jen Wagner.

Scott M. Slaby has joined the Cleveland office of McDonald Hopkins LLC as an associate in the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice. In particular, he assists clients in domestic and foreign patent preparation and procurement in the chemical, biochemical, and mechanical arts. Scott received his J.D., summa cum laude, from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2003.

Buffalo Spine and Sports Institute, a non-surgical medical practice specializing in comprehensive patient care for those with spine, sports, and occupational injuries, appointed business major Gerald R. Nannen executive director.

Melissa (Seifried) Rus and her husband, Michael, of Kirtland, OH, welcomed their third son, Matthew David, on Oct. 26, 2009. Melissa is the R&D manager at The Garland Company, Inc.

My roommate from freshman year, Julie Birmingham Hoeper had a New Year’s Eve baby, Jack, who joins two older siblings and dad Eric in Chicago.

David Powell and wife Melissa ’01 welcomed their first child, Alison Bethany, on Oct. 30, 2009. They currently live in Atlanta, GA.

Finally, Ines Bafaro Lascu wrote that she and her husband of seven years, Michael ’92, have two children, Gabriella (4) and Michael (2). They live in Broadview Heights, OH. Ines is a full-time mom but keeps in touch with Patty (la Furia) Shaughnessy and Lorena (Tomassetti) Beltrano. Patty has three kids and lives in Erie, PA, and Lorena has two. The trio recently met up in Lorena’s hometown of Chicago which was the first time the three of them were together since Ines’ wedding. Hopefully they will be back together in June for Reunion Weekend.

I’ll see you there!

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
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Winter 2009

Instead of logging on to Facebook and regurgitating facts I gathered from the popular social networking site, I took the advice of a fellow alum and asked some semi-serious questions to my FBFs (some of whom are also BFFs). Carole Chandler Sullivan responded to my “urgent e-mail request” in nanoseconds. As soon as she read “urgent” the reporter within her jumped into action and embraced my looming deadline as if it were her own. Either that or she was just avoiding the inevitable: a long run to prepare for the Nike Women half marathon of October 18 in San Francisco. Carole says, “To say ‘I’m training’ would be an insult to those who really do train. I’m taking a page from my college days in that I am trying to do the least amount of prep work before the race.” Although neither of us knew it about the other, we both planted gardens this summer: Carole’s in Southern California and mine in Canton, OH. Is this just something that 30-somethings do or were we secretly motivated by the Obamas? Carole says, “If the past is any indication of the future, my 30 bucks worth of soil and veggies will be dead in a week.” Remarkably, those years of pulling my mother’s driveway weeds as a child paid off for me; I just harvested eggplant, yellow squash, and even a couple of tomatoes. While Carole is worried that wild fires could destroy her crop at any moment, I am responding to climate change in a dissimilar way: early Ohio frost.

I came upon Matt Clark via Facebook as well. Although he prefers “to modestly fly under the radar,” I cannot help but brag about his recent catch from a fly fishing expedition to Canada; seriously, it could have fed my entire extended family for a week (that and my garden veggies). I felt like I had a kindred VW spirit when I saw the navy blue Volkswagen bus on his Facebook “wall” and, upon further investigation, discovered that we both grew up in VW buses during our formative ’80s years when everyone else we knew was riding around in a Dodge Caravan. I forgot to ask him if his was rigged up with a propane heater. I also forgot to tell him that I signed him up to be on the Class of 1995 reunion committee. Matt is married and has a daughter. His family lives in the Cleveland area and he works for a material handling company.

I could talk about Kerry Murphy-O’Donnell, Jill Patterson, and Matt Quinn, my newest FB friends, but everything I know about them, you could easily glean off of Facebook, too. If you’ve made it this far into my column and you’re bored because it was light on material, don’t bother e-mailing me … just show up in June for our 15-year Class Reunion! You’ll be hearing from me.

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
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Summer 2009

Reunion 2009 happens June 19-21 and ’94 is celebrating 15 years out. All alumni are invited to Vegas Night on Friday and the Sunday Father’s Day brunch. Next year will be “our year,” so here’s my pitch: Meet me in Cleveland for Reunion Weekend 2010!

Facebook is the source of most of the class notes this time. Alison Dillon Klika works in orthopaedic research at the Cleveland Clinic and is married to Kevin Klika ’92. They have a nine-year-old pug named Sting. Alison has some great “big hair” snapshots on her photo pages.

Liesl Stalzer-Callahan received a master’s in education from Cleveland State in 2007 and is now employed at Ruffing Montessori. She is married to John Callahan ’93 and has a son.

Brian Barrett has a really scary profile picture on his page. Fortunately, his wife is Jeanne Romano; I’ll let you know what they are up to next time.

Adele Fini works for STERIS Corp. out of Mentor, OH, as a sales rep and has traveled to 122 cities in her lifetime. Incidentally, STERIS is the medical manufacturing company that actually makes the equipment seen on the show ER. Now some of the props from the show (which ended this spring) are moving on to the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.

Bill Morycz works for Lawson Software and lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Abigail, and two daughters.

Erin Guirlinger Gisel lives in Cleveland Heights and loves spending time with her family at the Botanical Gardens. Erin is the annual giving director at Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights.

Finally, Miles Dean recently returned from a trip to Mexico with his wife, Stacie. Miles owns AGA Gymnastics and Creative Learning Academy and has three children: Cameron, Karson, and Cooper.

Cleveland’s Lola was the venue for a farewell dinner for Carole (Chandler) Sullivan, who has moved to San Diego to join one of the San Diego Chargers coaches (husband Mike Sullivan). When I arrived, fifteen minutes late, Kathy Apple Francis and Nathalie Lacouture were already sipping wine with Carole. After dinner, Nathalie said goodbye and Kathy, Carole, and I high-heeled it to the Cadillac Ranch where I came face to face with a mechanical bull. Fortunately for you and me, I kept it classy. We are not, after all, 21 anymore, and my name is not, well, you know who you are. Later, we were “approached” by a drunken star-struck fan. I say we, like it was me. I actually just laughed as Carole explained to her admirer that she is happily married and we are having a super private girly chat. It was a “Christmas Miracle” that he got the hint and walked away.

See you at Reunion!

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
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Spring 2009

I’m not sure that I loved turning 36 this year, but I did love that at least 20 of my Facebook friends wished me birthday messages on my wall, while only six of my actual friends did. FB reunited me with many Blue Streaks including Dan Walsh ’94 who reminded me about the turquoise house on the corner of Lee and Superior. Yes, Dan, we are all grown up, and no I never ever want to go back to that dump! Dan lives in Denver with his cute wife and adorable daughter and might be found skiing this winter with Kris Lucic ’94, another of my FB friends. After his day job at Carlson Restaurants Worldwide as director of Brand Marketing, Matt Durbin went bowling tonight; I found that out on FB too. It’s so up to the minute; I love it.

In the slow world of traditional e-mail I heard from new mom Annie Laurie (Parker) Gallant. Before she and husband Brad welcomed a baby girl into their world in October, Annie and several JCU friends spent a girls’ weekend in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Annie reports that Carina (Woodrich) Schnitter switched gears after 10 years of selling pediatric vaccines: she is now coaching her son’s soccer and t-ball teams among other fulltime mom duties.

Megan Farrell Fraser, her husband, and toddler recently moved back to Buffalo, NY, from Los Angeles. Megan is a psychologist in private practice.

Melissa (Georgi) Edwards lives in Frederick, MD, with her spouse and two children. Melissa works for Westat, Inc, as the supervisor of retirement benefits.

Middle schoolers in Pittsburgh are turning to counselor Janae (Moeslein) Batchelor for advice. She has a lot to offer as the mom of three kids under the age of six!

Middle school math teacher Stephanie (Davies) Wyman e-mailed from Virginia Beach where she lives with husband Rob and two young sons. She reports: Shannon (Vaughn) Rosenberry works at Chase Bank in Wilmington, DE, and is married to Chuck; Holly (Ranquist) Santoro, lives in Ohio with her husband, Joseph ’94, and children; Mary Pat (Kearney) Burke and husband Tim live in Michigan with their two young children.

Finally in the ultra-slow world of face-to-face communication, I met up with Carole (Chandler) Sullivan and Kathy Apple Francis at P.F. Chang’s in Beachwood in January. They filled me in on the fun details of the marriage of Claire Mooney to David DeHorn at Thanksgiving in Chicago. Annie (Dunn) Hughes did a reading at the wedding which was celebrated at Northwestern University with Tim ’94 and Annie Bayne also guests. Congratulations Claire!

Until next time, find me on FB!

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
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Winter 2008

Volunteering to write our class notes for this magazine is the only way to get past the gatekeepers of the Carroll parking lot I discover during Homecoming Weekend this fall. Assuming I’d be parking on campus, I confidently announce to the gatekeeper, “I’m here for a workshop and have been told to park in the Belvoir lot.” Wrong choice of words, I realize: the word “workshop,” means “class” which, on a college campus, implies that I am a student. Maybe I don’t look 35 after all. “Oh, honey,” he says to me, “that lot is closed. It’s full.” Hold the phone, I think to myself. I’ve been waiting to park in the Belvoir lot since 1991. Besides, I have evidence, a letter signed by the editor of John Carroll magazine specifying where I should park. “I’m here for this class,” I repeat. “It’s part of the Alumni Leadership Volunteer Training Workshops. My name should be on a list,” I read after I finally find the letter buried in my tote. Am I really arguing with the gatekeeper? Memories surface of the 20-year-old me pleading my case to this very gatekeeper and he speaks again. “Oh, why didn’t you say so, Annie DePerro? Your name is right here. Drive all the way back; plenty of spots in the Belvoir lot.” I put the green permit he hands me on the dash as the gate lifts and I pull through. Never mind that 30 seconds ago the lot is supposedly full. I’m in. I enter the RecPlex (aka the D.J. Lombardo Student Center) from the nearly empty lot and I am struck by its sameness, despite some cosmetic changes. Conference rooms are updated; the cafeteria serves sushi, the bookstore remains housed next to mailboxes that now are rarely used. Then up the steps walk our former classmates, Steve Vitatoe and Katie Powers! Only now she is Katie Vitatoe and the two little people trailing them look like their clones: Joey and Annie ages 6 and 4. I notice apparently new signs that identify our dorms: Murphy, Sutowski, Dolan and Pacelli. I wonder if the rooms have grown like us or just aged. I recognize another person approaching with a stroller. It’s Katie (Michael) Stoltman, her husband, Kevin, and their three kids: Nate, Sidney, and baby Matilda. I discover that JCU is the place to bring children of all ages during Homecoming or Reunion weekends; they are heading to the Street Fair on Belvoir to partake in the thrilling bouncy house. I think, Gigi and Ryan will have a blast here and make a mental note to definitely bring them next year. My inner reporter immediately quizzes Katie on 1995 grads and she informs me of Annie Parker’s recent move to Michigan for a job; Carina (Woodrich) Schnitter lives in Twinsburg, Ohio with her spouse and children; Sue Graham teaches history in Boston; and Dr. Eric Boose of Cleveland Heights became the father of baby Xander.

Returning to Carroll puts me in a nostalgic mood. I meander through campus admiring the new Dolan Science Center and think I’ve spotted an old friend on its balcony. It is English professor George Bilgere and he recalls seeing me last at the now defunct Arabica coffee shop pushing a stroller of my own. 2010 is our “official” reunion year. However, I hope you will join me in crashing the reunion party of our 1994 friends. You might not be able to get that primo parking spot in the Belvoir lot, but wherever you park it will be well worth the effort! See you there!

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
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Fall 2008

Many thanks go out to Dominic Offredo, who sent me a note the week of my deadline, without which, I would have little to report. He and several JCU alumni went on their third annual golf trip to West Virginia in June. This year they visited Lakeview Resort in Morgantown. The group includes David Benisek, Ron Allender, Matt Krupa, Todd Conrad, Eric Jones, Brian Maher, and Jay Dobkowski (husband of Beth (DiDonato) Dobkowski, from the class of ’96: Greg Preisel and Tom Bertsch and from ’98: Mike Swallow. This trip was most memorable as Tom Bertsch and Dominic each had a hole-in-one over the weekend. It was Dominic’s first hole-in-one but Tom’s third of his career and more amazingly the second within a week for him. Dominic also mentioned that his family will be vacationing in the Outer Banks, NC, this summer at the same time that Ron Allender and his family will be there. Good beach time and more golf for the guys, I’m sure.

I hear through the grapevine that Monica Duflock Kwait and husband Joe ’94 are once again on diaper duty! Congratulations to the two of you on the birth of your third son!

I also heard from Kelly (Miller) Stukus that she and David ’92 are expecting a sibling for daughter Lilly sometime this fall.

I also recently read about Tara Meyer-Robson on her website – www.flowwithlife.com. She has written a self help book called The Flow: 40 Days to Total Life Transformation and is conducting workshops in Amelia Island, FL.

As I mentioned last time I now have a Facebook page and through it I heard from Michelle Cull Lease, Aimee Tapajna McNamee, Heather Grady Auburn ’96 and Janene Hanley ’94. Thanks to all for contacting me and sharing your updates! Have a great fall!

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
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Summer 2008

According to the class of 1992 column our favorite Dolan Hall RA, Cindy Ford, is climbing incredibly high mountains, backpacking out west with her mom and donating her time and money to international charities. I knew I always liked her. If she has inspired you in some way I’d like to hear from you too … keep your notes coming. I’ll be brief this time since I don’t have a whole lot to report. Tiny Carole (Chandler) Sullivan gave birth to Teagan Ann Sullivan, a 9 lbs. 7 oz. girl on March 28. Teagan joins her parents Mike and Carole and big brother Patrick at their home in Berea, OH, where Mike continues to coach football for the Browns and Carole reports the news part time for Channel 3.

I caught a photo of Nathalie Lacouture in Crain’s Cleveland Business recently. She is an account executive at the Fedeli Group, an insurance brokerage and consulting service organization in Cleveland. Congratulations Nathalie.

Please e-mail me your updates, or call me to chat on my cell phone. If you don’t, I may have to open up an account on Facebook or create a MySpace page so I can find you out there. Happy summer!

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
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Spring 2008

It’s a slow month for the class of 1995, but I do have some wonderful news to report from our very first class columnist, Elizabeth McDonald Slanina and her husband, Joe Slanina. They are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Clare Elizabeth, on Sunday, August 19, 2007. Clare weighed 6 lbs. 13 oz. and was 20 inches. Big brother Paul is excited to have a new sister.

In other news I met the ultra chic and sophisticated Michelle Fox ’96 recently. She is an interior designer and owns a delightful home accessories shop in Massillon, Ohio, called the French Market. If you are from the area, you are probably thinking that “ultra chic” and “Massillon, Ohio” do not even belong togething in the same paragraph, let alone the same small Midwestern town, but it is true. Michelle travels the world and buys for the rest of us and returns home to sell her wares to people in Ohio who want a little Parisian culture in their lives. Michelle also agreed to donate to the St. Michael Green and White Auction, the major fundraiser for my daughter’s school; clearly those Jesuit roots of service have stayed with her. Incidentally, I was recruited to do fundraising by Val Anderson, a woman in my book club who asked me to serve on the auction committee. Val is also a John Carroll grad from the class of 1989. Funny how we alums manage to find each other! I mention the auction not to solicit funds but to describe to you what a step-up my volunteer position is from my last one: box top cutter and counter. The work of cutting and sorting those tiny little rectangles from the backs of various General Mills products is absolutely mind numbing. I only recommend this job to those of you who want to reconnect with the kindergartener inside yourself … oh, the monotony, the repetition, the hand cramps. I also volunteer from time to time in my son’s pre-school. This week, his school is making a valiant attempt at multi-cultural awareness and since our family comes from an ethnically un-diverse family I will be showing and telling the children about the tiny little town of Pacentro, Italy, from where my husband’s family immigrated. Since bringing in a bottle of Chianti from the Abruzzi region would definitely be crossing a moral line for the three and four-year old crowd, perhaps I’ll borrow my mother-in-law’s pizzelle maker as a prop instead. Although I just know that means I will also be baking those yummy little Italian cookies too. Well, folks, this concludes my account of life as a suburban housewife and gives you a glimpse of how I am occupying my time. My pledge to you is a more interesting column next time and my prayer is that you will help me out by e-mailing your anecdotes of life wherever you call home. My e-mail address has recently changed – anniedeperro@sssnet.com – so make sure you update your records. Have a happy spring!

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
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Fall 2007

Lots of news from Ohio’s Snow Belt just in time for winter to begin.

Rich Skotzke and Jackie (Virant) ’96 of Chardon, OH, had a baby girl named Sadie this summer. Jackie is raising two kids while on hiatus from teaching at Kenston — Rich teaches at West Geauga.

Scott and Kelly (Rochford) Daum had their second daughter, Sienna, last December. The Daums live in Lake Forest, IL, where Kelly is a stay-at-home mom and Scott works for Tricor Pacific Capital.

Casey (Shepard) Ptasznik and her husband, Dave ’97, had their second boy, Brendan, in March. They also live in Chardon, not far from the Skotzkes. Dave works for KeyCorp and Casey teaches at Chardon High School.

Kathy Apple Francis just returned to full-time work as a guidance counselor at Chardon Middle School after taking three years off to be with sons Sam and Will.

Much of my Chardon info came from Cari Demharter Utrup, who reports that Kris Haney Miller works at GE Capital and had a baby girl, Madeline, this summer. Cari also keeps in touch with Canton’s Shannon (Schuetz) Smolsky, who has two kids, Isabella and Sam. Shannon works for Cleveland Clinic. Cari says that Maria Normile Grobelny lives in Sagamore Hills with her two kids, Julia and Nicholas and works for CleveMed.

Holly (Ranquist) Santoro and Joe ’94 live in Avon with their two kids, Grace and Max. Joe is a partner at Gallagher, Sharp, Fulton & Norman; Holly works part-time for KeyCorp.

Cari and her husband, Brian Utrup often see John Maxwell ’96 and his wife, Susan, in Avon with their three kids: Jack, Joe and Lauren. The Maxwells are text book reps.

Rose Abood is the marketing director at Roetzel & Andress, according to Cari. She lives in Lyndhurst. I caught an article in Cleveland Magazine last year that featured Rose Abood as a mover and shaker in Cleveland.

Kathy Francis and Carole (Chandler) Sullivan recently attended Jane Lease’s first birthday party. Jane is the second child of Peter and Michelle (Cull) Lease. They were back home in the Cleveland area from Chatham, NJ, where they are living. Michelle’s online stationery business is in full swing and she often sees the Bayne family, who live in nearby Glen Ridge, NJ. Annie (Shane) Bayne and Monica Duflock Kwait attended a mini-Carroll reunion at the wedding of Andy Augustine ’94 and Becky Dowd in Philadelphia. Mike O’Sullivan was the best man. In attendance were many friends from the class of 1994, including Annie and Monica’s husbands, Joe Kwait and Tim Bayne, Larry Johnson, Pete Duggan, Pete Chapman, Matt Sullivan, Kate Dillon, Jen and Mike Covey, Scott Isaman and Bill Morycz.

Beth Chelf Civerolo ’94 attended the Westlake, OH, wedding of Chris Yingling and Nicole St. Marie ’94, sister of Jackie St. Marie, on October 6. Beth caught up with Janet Watters, Wendy (Starr) Blaszak, Chris Banks ’94, Kelly Banks ’96, and Renee Fowler ’94. Beth recently had dinner in Chicago with Sean Walsh ’94 and his wife, Roxanne, while she was there on business. The Walshs are working for Walsh Construction.

As for Beth and her husband Eric, they moved in July to a new home, still in Arlington, VA. Their twin daughters, Ali and Charlotte, are very busy at 21 months old!

I caught up with Nathalie Lacouture over coffee at Starbucks this fall. She looks fabulous as usual and is successfully managing home, family and a new career.

I often see Cricket Scheurer Russell ’94 at St. Michael School in Canton, where both of our children attend kindergarten. Happy holidays!

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
330-966-8845
anniedeperro@sssnet.com

Summer 2007

Ah, Boston. I had the fortunate experience of reliving a wonderful first anniversary trip, which was (yikes) six years ago when two of our classmates reported their news from this fair city, home of the Boston Marathon. Boston baked beans (which incidentally is why Boston is known as Bean Town) and Click and Clack, those slapstick guys from the NPR show, Car Talk. Both Michael Simone and Michelle (Kadelski) Dorgan are living very different but very interesting lives there. Michael – simone@jesuits.net – aka Father Simone is now officially a Jesuit priest. He was ordained a Catholic priest for the Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus on June 9, 2007 at Church of the Gesu in University Heights, OH, which as many of you may recall was just steps from our campus. Michael graduated from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, MA, in May 2007 with a Master of Divinity. As of May, his plan was to return to the Boston area for further study at Weston. Meanwhile, Michelle (Kadelski) Dorgan – mkadelski@hotmail.com – recently relocated from Michigan to Massachusetts. Michelle and her husband, David, are the parents of Paige (18 mos.) and a dog, Sailor (5). Michelle reports that after spending 10 years in Ann Arbor she and her family moved to Boston. Michelle is the IIIV senior specialty rep for Merck & Co. In 2001 Michelle lived in Brazil and traveled South America including the Amazon and Rio.

In other news, Kirk Paille – kirk_paille@yahoo.com is living in Oswego, IL, with his wife Amy (Jobin) Paille. Kirk works as the assistant director of admissions for DeVry University Online in Naperville, IL.

Closer to the John Carroll campus is the Utrup family. Brian – theutrups@adelphia.net – and his wife, Cari (Demharter) are the proud parents for the third time to son, Alec Brian Utrup who arrived on June 26, 2007 at 9 lbs. 12 oz. and 21 inches long. Big sisters Regan and Brenna love him already! Brian received his MBA from JCU in ’01 and works for National City Bank in Cleveland. They recently moved to Twinsburg in anticipation of their expanding family.

New mom for the second time, Michelle Cull Lease recently launched www.thepapercottage.com a web site for her growing stationery business. Definitely check it out for your birth announcement, stationery, invitation and holiday card needs. Most lines are discounted 15% off retail pricing. She also carries great personalized baby and children’s birthday gifts. Michelle has been busy with the arrival of her second baby, Jane Eleanor, in September 2006.

Lastly, here are some tidbits I’ve not had space to include until now because our class, unlike some other classes, always sends more information than I can possibly fit into a 600 words or less column. So if this is old information, forgive me and e-mail me your current news. Cathy Gallagher – catherinabg@yahoo.com is living in New York City. Rima (Jesmantas) Tessman – rimapat@hotmail.com received her M.Ed. from CSU in ’99. She and her husband, Patrick, live in South Euclid with their children, Vija (3) and Jonas (1 ½). Rima reports that she has been doing freelance consulting work in technical writing and instructional design. Patrick completed his fellowship in movement disorders (a sub-specialty of neurology) at University Hospitals of Cleveland and joined Associates in Neurology, Inc. a private practice in Willoughby Hills, OH, last summer. Finally, Matt Quinn – mquinn@idcardsystem.com – lives in Painesville, OH, with his wife Kellie (Whelan) and their children Alexa (5) and Kayla (2). Matt is the president of ID Card Systems, Inc.

Have a good fall!

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
330-966-8845
anniedeperro@sssnet.com

Spring 2007

Shrek III is coming to a theatre near all of us this spring so with this fairy tale romance on my mind let me share a few real love stories from our former classmates. The first comes from Hillary (Garard) Jackson ’97. Hillary writes that she and Ben Jackson will happily celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary this August. Their son, Nathaniel, was born last year. Ben is the COO of Kiodex, a division of Sungard, in NYC; they reside in Wilton, CT. Hillary’s brother-in-law is John Paul (JP) Bania’93. JP married Hillary’s sister in 1999 after they fell in love when she visited her sis, Hillary, at Carroll her sophomore year. In other news, Hillary reports that the actual John Carroll ’94, Colleen Carroll’s brother, is an attorney for Cook County (Chicago) courts. Hillary also writes that Gerry Thomas welcomed his first born in December 2006, Bridgette Thomas. Gerry and his wife, Mary, teach and reside in Euclid, OH. Finally Hillary mentioned that Danny Mazzucca ’93 and his wonderful wife have twin girls and live in Arizona.

My next tale of love comes from the Border States. It all began four years ago when Joe Vankos became a Border Patrol agent. Originally stationed in Casa Grande, AZ, Joe joined the Border Patrol’s special response team based in Tucson in 1995. The SRT is essentially the SWAT team of Border Patrol. Joe’s job is to respond to shootings and to serve arrest warrants whenever needed and to do special operations involving drug smuggling. In all of this chaos, Joe was also able to find true love. March 24, 2007 was the date of his wedding to Anica, a fellow agent of the Border Patrol. Sounds like big changes for a guy who spent six years doing computer programming in Cleveland!

My accounts of love would not be complete without sharing some baby news: Greg Weishaar and his wife, Kristine, recently became parents to Audrey Elizabeth born in March. Greg became a senior recruiter for Bausch & Lomb in January. They plan to travel to Cleveland this summer for a mini-reunion with Jeff and Jen Yost, Jason Evans, Scott Martin and Gerry Nannen. In Rochester they see John Kendall, his wife, Jen, and their daughter, Carmen, on a regular basis.

Sara (Mitchell) Ohlin reports her love affair with the Pacific Northwest, which she says is about as close to paradise as one can get. Sarah and her husband, Greg, spend their free time there when not working from home in Everett, WA. Sara is a writer, personal chef and teaches cooking classes. Additionally they are fixing up their 94 year-old house.

Speaking of 94-year-olds, I have a bittersweet love story also to report. A man I knew died of a broken heart just three weeks after his wife of 66 years passed away. Now that’s love! Among the other mourners at the funeral were JC alumni Robert Lombardi ’80 and Cathy (Coburn) Costello ’73. Mr. Lombardi lives and works just outside of New Orleans where he has been for the past 20 years and Mrs. Costello is a neighbor of my parents in Columbus. Both were close to my grandparents and I wanted to express my appreciation for their support of our family’s loss. Thanks for all the love stories. Until next time,

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
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Winter 2007

Big news … Kathy (Apple) Francis and Carole (Chandler) Sullivan have gone to the dark side. Yes, they are now beautiful brunettes. Those fun bubbly blonde days are over for this dynamic duo, best friends since freshman year at JC. Now that Carole has given birth to Patrick John Sullivan (October 26, 2006) and Kath is busy being mom to sons, Sam (2) and Will (1) I guess they thought they would give brown a try. Hey, it’s fun. I’ve been this way since I was six. Annie (Shane) Bayne reports that she once tried to go brown but it was disastrous (somehow I doubt that, you’d be cute no matter what, Shaney!). Currently, she is in desperate need of highlights, she reports, but they will have to wait until BABY #3 arrives in March. Apparently growing fetuses and hair chemicals don’t mix well.

In other baby news, Michelle (McNamara) Vis gave birth to a new baby girl, Holly Nicole, this Christmas. She writes that she couldn’t ask for a better gift than that! Holly joins her two older sisters, Alyssa (3) and Kara (1).

Kenneth Konut – kenkonet@yahoo.com – wrote that he is working for STERIS Corp as an instructional designer. He lives in Painesville.

Joe Salem – jdsalem@wowway.com – lives in Brooklyn and is an assistant vice president, relationship manager, for JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. He handles the Greater Cleveland market. Joe has two children, Lauren (5) and Danny (3).

Kirk Paille lives in Oswego, IL with his spouse, Amy (Jobin) Paille. He works as the assistant director of admissions for DeVry University Online in Naperville.

Just outside of Cleveland in Castalia, OH, is Jay Lehrer – Jaylehrer1@aol.com – and his wife, Julie, and daughter Maleia. Recently Jay became owner and president of the Cleveland Fusion, Cleveland’s professional women’s tackle football team which plays in the National Women’s Football League. Jay was kind enough to send Fusion gear to the daughter of a friend of mine who plays middle school football in Chardon. Thanks again, Jay!

Dennis Kasper – dmkasper@gmail.com – sent me a note about his family life. Dennis and his wife of 10 years, Charise, live in Medina, OH, with their three children, Hannah (8), Alexander (5), and Elizabeth (3). In 2006 the couple became licensed foster parents in Medina County. They have been caring for a baby girl since her birth in April of 2006. Charise, a stay-at-home mom manages to home school Hannah and Alex on weekdays as well as taking care of the other children and a niece. Meanwhile, Jay earned his master’s degree in information systems from Case Western Reserve University back in 2002 and now holds the position of director of IT at Hartland & Co., a small investment consulting firm in Cleveland.

As for me, I finished up my running season with the Columbus marathon in October. It was a fun thing to do once but I’ve taken up a new sport for the winter months: indoor tennis. In November my family and I joined another marathoner, Nathalie Lacouture and her three children, Joey, Julia and Bella on the Polar Express. For those of you in Cleveland with young children, this is one of the highlights of the Christmas season. The train ride starts on Rockside Road at the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway and takes families on a journey to the “North Pole.” While on board, children listen to the Polar Express book and feast on cookies and hot cocoa. Then Santa visits!

Thanks everyone for your notes, e-mails, Christmas cards and photos of your children. Take care until next time,

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
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Fall 2006

2006 is proving to have quite the baby boom. Diya Percy was born to Michelle Maladen-Percy, wife of Dennis Percy back in January. Wendy (Starr) Blaszak ’94 gave birth to identical twin girls, Kelsey and Maggie this year, joining brothers Zack (5), and Ricky (3½). Kelly (Miller) Stukus had Lilly in June, just two weeks after moving into a new Cleveland Heights home with husband David ’95. Annie (Dunn) Hughes delivered Megan Ritchie Hughes on July 7, joining sibs Danny and Tommy. Kristin (Curtin) Nestor and husband John welcomed their first, John Robert Nestor Jr. on July 11. Kristin credits Gina (Hoover) Reichard and Kris (Haney) Miller with advice on being a new mom. Well, Gina and Kris, make sure you write in next time and let us know what else is going on with you! Julie (Birmingham) Hoeper gave birth to Charlie on August 31 just 18 months after his big sister Emma arrived. Jane Eleanor Lease successfully upended the life of 2½-year-old Peter on her birth date of September 13; mom is Michelle (Cull) Lease. As of press time, Carole (Chandler) Sullivan was due at any moment. In fact I e-mailed her with my impending deadline to try and hurry her along. No such luck.

In other interesting news, Michelle Belanger – glenarvon@gmail.com – is scaring her neighbors in Medina, OH, and around the globe, through books and speaking engagements; apparently Michelle is a sought-after lecturer represented by Wolfman Productions. Just for fun I Googled Michelle’s name and up popped her Kheprian web site with answers to all kinds of questions I never thought I would be asking about the metaphysical world. Michelle appeared on the History Channel’s special “Vampire Secrets” in October. The founder of House Kheperu in Brunswick, Michelle published her first major release, The Psychic Vampire Codex in 2004 following it with Sacred Hunger in 2005. Other works are coming out this year.

Amy B. Wolf-Fischer – (awolfsam@sbcglobal.net) – lives in Rocky River, OH, with her husband Kevin Fischer and her son, Sam Wolf II. Amy is in the commercial real estate business since 1999; in 2000 she started with Colliers Ostendorf-Morris and is currently a sales agent for the Northeast Ohio region. She also does property management for the firm.

For the first time in their marriage, Connie (Moore) Hubbard and her navy husband, Charlie, will be home (Monterey, CA) together for 18 months with no deployments; he will attend Naval Postgraduate School after 11 years of squadron life in various cities. The Hubbards are parents to Casey, a kindergartener and one-year-old Grace.

John Callahan ’93 and Liesl Stalzer-Callahan – stalzercallahan@adelphia.net – live in Cleveland Heights, OH. Liesl is completing her master’s in early childhood education at CSU. John is a special education teacher in the Positive Education Program and working on his doctoral dissertation at CSU. Check out Callahan’s radio show on 89.3 WCSB, Cleveland.

Dawn (Swetland) Cabral – dswetland@comcast.net – works for Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. as a senior manager in Cambridge, MA. She married Nelson Cabral over St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Boston and then went to Italy for their honeymoon.

Kristin Curtin Nestor is a human resources consultant for University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dennis Percy – dennis_percy@yahoo.com – was promoted this year to director of major gifts at the United Way of Greater Dayton, where he has worked since 2002.

Michelle Maladen-Percy is a principal researcher for Proctor and Gamble in Lewisburg, OH.

Colin McIntyre – colin.mcintyre@us.pwc.com – lives in Cleveland and works as the director of Transaction Services for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Finally, huge congratulations to Claire Mooney who completed the Chicago marathon on October 22 and raised over $9,000 for the Organization for Autism Research in the process. Way to go Claire!

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
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Summer 2006

A very pregnant Carole (Chandler) Sullivan took a trip in June to Dubrovnik, Croatia because of its reputation as one of the most amazing and clean seaside sites in all of Europe. This is a hot spot for famous people, including Matt Lauer of the Today Show, but a well-kept secret to many Americans. Carole’s vacation came on the heels of her departure from Cleveland and WKYC, where she had worked for the past eight years, four with another of our former classmates, meteorologist Hollie Strano. Carole has moved to Kalamazoo, where husband Mike is the offensive line coach at Western Michigan U. Her time is now spent making potato salad for hungry football players and dreaming about the baby due in the middle of football season. Ready, set … hike!

In addition to being football season, fall is also marathon season. Claire Mooney and I are swapping training tips; she’s planning on Chicago and I’m doing Columbus, both in October. Annie (Shane) Bayne visited Claire and Annie (Dunn) Hughes in Chicago this summer from her home outside of NYC. Annie Hughes is pregnant with number three, which as of press time is due any day. I will be meeting infant Colby Kwait, second son of Joe (94) and Monica Duflock Kwait for the first time in August when my family and I visit them at their home in Napa Valley. I saw Kathy Francis at Memphis Kiddie Park in Cleveland last month with our sons, Sam and Ryan. This place is Cleveland’s hidden gem, boasting mild thrills for the under-6 set. Beth (Chelf) Civerolo ’94 e-mailed about the birth of her twins, Charlotte and Alison in January. Beth and Eric live in Arlington, VA, and she is a manager in investment operations at NRECA. Michelle Cull Lease recently launched a stationery business, the Paper Cottage. Michelle represents and provides discounted prices for six adorable lines of stationary. Her business phone is 973.701.0737 or – papercottage@verizon.net.

After six years as a producer at FOX8 in Cleveland Tommy Bruno also transitioned in the media world, adding radio to his repertoire. He joined WAPS-FM 91.3 “The Summit” as general manager. Additionally, Tommy produces the syndicated children’s television series, Ask Gilby. Tommy and his wife, Megan, reside in Fairlawn with daughter, Ani.

Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP announced in March that Hillary B. McLean, of Stow, has passed the Florida Bar. She is an associate of the firm’s Akron and Cleveland offices and a member of the Trusts and Estates Practice Group. In May, Pittsburgh firm Burns, White & Hickton Attorneys at Law named Michael M. James associate, specializing in researching and writing complex briefs for all areas of litigation with a focus in appellate practice.

Fourth graders at Onaway School in Shaker Heights are probably learning ecology among other things from their teacher, Marty McGuan. Why? Because Marty also co-owns Anchor Landscaping with his brother, Sean. They design and install native species gardens, walls, terraces and water gardens. Marty and Meghan McGuan and kids Anabel (7), Patrick (4), and Moira Grace (1) live in South Euclid.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals utilizes Kate Denten’s organizational skills in their meeting planning department. Kate is also a recent home-buyer in Northbrook, IL, where she resides with Dylan (5).

Tina and Vince Cannata welcomed baby #3, Vincent Adam, in May. The elder Vince and his father own and operate six Arby’s Restaurants in Greater Cleveland. Vince is looking forward to Eric Boose’s bachelor party in August and wedding in October.

I’m looking forward to a nap in October, especially after my next big race. Thanks for all your notes and updates; please keep them coming!

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
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Spring 2006

While in the midst of tornado season and with hurricane season quickly approaching again, it is inevitable that someone we know would be closely affected by our country’s natural disasters. In my last column I briefly mentioned Ethan Lamb. It turns out that Ethan’s life was turned upside down by Hurricane Katrina. Like many of the victims of last years’ tragedy, Ethan lost 99% of his personal belongings in New Orleans, where he had been attending school, working construction, and volunteering at the National D-Day Museum Pavilion, helping to restore the vehicles on display. Ethan says, “I was fortunate enough to have gotten my car to higher ground before the flood came. Once the waters receded, I packed my car and headed out to start a new life here in Oregon.” Today, Ethan is living in Portland, working as a payroll analyst for Fred Meyer, a West Coast division of the Kroger Company. Ethan’s positive attitude has helped him move beyond the catastrophe. He says, “As for Katrina, I never really dwelt on losing all of my stuff. Compared to a lot of other people that I knew there, I got off easy. Life is quite different when you take away food, supplies, electricity, running water, the police and fire departments, and the ability to drive. You find out really quickly that, in the end, we’re all responsible for taking care of ourselves.” True, we are ultimately in charge of our own lives; however, Amy Dygan has made her life’s work taking care of others. Amy works as the program director at a Family Stabilization program. Her organization services patients in their homes throughout northeastern Massachusetts. Amy says her career in health care administration provides her with a tremendous amount of satisfaction. She lives in Tyngsboro, MA, where she recently bought a townhouse and, she says, she loves life in New England.

Casey Yandek ’99 is an associate principal at Archbishop Hoban High School, where he has worked for the past five years. He also teaches English and coaches freshman basketball. Last year, Casey graduated from the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Leadership Program, a master’s program that focuses on Catholic school administration. He resides in the West Park area of Cleveland with his housemate and Mike Keys ’99.

Victoria Insley has lived in Hong Kong for five years and will probably be there another two. Her husband, who works for Mattel, was transferred there from California. Victoria volunteers for many charities in Hong Kong, mainly educationally oriented through her involvement with an international club called the American Woman’s Association. Although she has enjoyed the opportunity of living in a culturally different world, Victoria is anxious to return home to the United States. She says, “There is no place else in the world I would rather be.” Yes, just as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz told us, there’s no place like home.

Speaking of Oz, my book club is reading Wicked by Gregory Maguire. It’s fiction of course and based loosely on the life and times of the Wicked Witch of the West — perfectly appropriate for tornado season, here in Canton, OH. I’ll let you know next time if it’s a good read. When I’m not reading, I can be found at the gym or on the treadmill. I ran a ½ marathon in April 2005 and I’m planning on finishing the other half in Cleveland on May 21 of this year. Hopefully my wonderful husband, Scott, and two dear children, Gigi (4) and Ryan (almost 2) will be waiting for me at the finish line. That’s all for now,

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
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Winter 2006

I’ll never forget sitting through week after week of Dr. Morton’s Women in U.S. History class and her lectures on “the pure, pious, passive and domestic” Victorian women of yesteryear. The phrase echoes unpleasantly in my head and somehow does not mesh with today’s more enlightened-not to mention strong-women. Take Lauren (Colaizzi) Hebzler, for example. Her mom wrote in that the Pittsburgh native participated in the October 2005 Ironman World Triathlon Championship in Kona, Hawaii, (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run). Lauren finished 4th in her 30-34 age group with a time of 10 hours, 22 minutes. Cheering her on were Lauren’s husband Kurt, daughter Bella (2), sister, mom, dad, aunt and uncle. I think future historians will be replacing “pure, pious, passive and domestic” with “pure strength, agility and determination” when it comes to our generation.

We can be sure that these same qualities led former football captain of the 1994 OAC Champs John H. Browne to his current position as president and CEO of American Oil and Gas Coalition Inc. Now living in Delray Beach, FL, with his two dogs, John “JB” as we knew him in the weight room at JCU, is on the cutting edge of American business. JB humbly credits God as the source of his success. His company’s mission is to promote independence from foreign sources of oil and gas. JB says “this is achieved by developing land that is mineral rich in North America and the Western Hemisphere or by investigating and developing alternative sources.” JB’s highly profitable company helps support world charity efforts as well. 10% of company profits are dedicated to sponsoring needy children throughout the world through Compassion International. JCU’s emphasis on community service motivated JB to make it a responsibility of his company to fight world injustices, in particular to defeat Joseph Kony and his guerrilla army in Southern Sudan and Northern Uganda that is responsible for slaughtering thousands of Christian men, women, and children. JB also learned at John Carroll that “our community is not limited to the few miles that surround us, but to think of the world as our community.”

Someone else that is making the world her community is Victoria Insley, who lives in Hong Kong. As of this printing, I’m not sure what she is doing there; however I’m hoping she’ll e-mail me after reading this column and provide an update from the other side of the world.

Mary Beth Neel is living in Bay Village and is working as the marketing director for Paran Management in Cleveland.

Garett Brugger and his wife Jen (Sezon) ’97 had twins on September 16th. Graydon and Ellie were born healthy at 5½ pounds each. They live in Erie, PA, where Garett works at his family’s funeral business.

Kelly Ann (Rochford) Daum and husband Scott Daum recently moved to Lake Forest, IL, with daughter Brielle (1½).

Ethan Lamb reports that he has two new loves in his life: fiancée, Sarah, and his dog, Catie, whom he describes as a black and tan coon hound. Speaking of Black and Tan, for those of you who remember this infamous concoction of light and dark beers, how does one separate the beer? Perhaps I should be asking Anthony T. Hill, who is the district sales manager for Glazer’s Wine & Spirits in Houston, TX, … or maybe I should just head to the bar after I put my two kids to bed and ask my local friendly neighborhood bartender. After all, I wouldn’t want to give the impression that I’m living a Victorian-era lifestyle … maybe next time I’ll let you know what I’m really up to. Until then,

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
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Fall 2005

Freshman year roommates always save you at one time or another … sometimes it is from making drunken phone calls at 2:00 in the morning to ex-boyfriends. In this case it is 14 years later and my freshman roommate, Julie (Birmingham) Hoeper is saving you from listening to me go on and on about my rotten day. Instead we get an inside peek at the life of a suburban housewife. Julie reports that she and her husband, Eric, returned last year to her native Chicago (Arlington Heights, actually) from Southern California, where he was doing his Sports Medicine residency. They were living in Rancho Cucamonga and as Julie put it “yes, a place like that exists.” After 10 years of teaching third grade, Julie is now a stay home mom to daughter, Emma, born in March. She also works part time from home as an instructional consultant for her former school and as a freelance writer for various educational publishers. Interestingly, Julie’s husband was in residency with Eric Boose.

Speaking of Eric Boose, he was spotted at the wedding of John O’Block to Ely Bueno in Massachusetts by Vincent Cannata. Vince and his wife, Tina, are busy raising twins Katie and Kelly (2) but managed to sneak off to the wedding where they celebrated with fellow alumni Bryan and Jackie (St. Marie) Davis, Mike and Kate (Donnelly) O’Leary, Todd Guth, Kevin Furlong, Romeo Monzones, Joe Masek, Jim Vernon ’94, Mike Reichart ’94, Dan Reichart ’96.

Gesu Church was the site of Ann (Crowley) Raven’s ’99 recent wedding to Mike Raven. They are currently renovating a house in Kent. Up the road in Hudson, OH, lives Dr. Ioanna Giatis with her husband Brian Kessler and their two children, Katherine (3) and Ethan (1).

Chardon, OH, or really I should say Chardon High School is “home” for Julie (Pavolino) Kolcum, an English teacher and volleyball coach for 10 years. She and her husband, Jim, married in December 2004. Also working there are Kristen Niedzwiecki ’96, Casey (Shepard) Ptasznik, Lynn (Roessner) Monaco ’98 and my personal favorite, Kathy (Apple) Francis, a guidance counselor and yearbook advisor. Kathy just gave birth to Will on September 14, 2005. Kathy’s husband, Bob, the CHS assistant football coach, says that brother Sam is not a bit jealous of his new competition.

Brian Barrett and Jeanne Romano married after our JCU days and have two children, Colin (2) and Samantha (1). Jeanne is a part-time CPA. Brian earned his second master’s degree in 1999 (MBA and MIS), and works for Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. Brian still hangs with the JCU Pittsburgh crew and is a Steeler season ticket holder with Mike Napolitano. Jake Freppel lives in his hometown of Napoleon, OH, and works at an accounting firm. He campaigned for Robin Weirauch, the Democratic candidate in Ohio’s 5th Congressional District in 2004 and expects to do so again in 2006. Jake says Paul Knaus is engaged to his longtime girlfriend. They live in Germany where Paul is an English teacher. Brian and Susan (Clark) Robinson live in Chicago. Brian works for ABN AMRO.

After graduating Teresa Hurst, worked as an internet strategy consultant in New York City and Jakarta, Indonesia. She now lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her partner/girlfriend, Allison. In addition to working as a community organizer against child sexual abuse, she has a private psychotherapy practice. She is working towards a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the New School for Social Research. Theresa still stays in touch with Jessica Humphrey (finishing her Ph.D. in English from UC Santa Barbara), Teresa (Camarota) McCrumb (teaching in Michigan and raising two daughters), Susan Hunter and Nicole Nashar ’94 (both living in Cleveland and working in marketing).

Former JCU basketball player, Lori Neider Coy and her husband, Bob, had their first child, Anna, in May 2005. They have lived in Colorado for three years.

Michelle Vis gave birth to Kara Marie in August.

Swim classes and Kindermusik have replaced the corporate grind for Jennifer (Wagner) Gerborg. Now a full-time mom to Jack (2), Jennifer moved back to Ohio in May after a five-year stint in Atlanta where she was the PR manager for a company.

Justin Polburn has been busy with his new company Jay-Ray Products, Inc. since 2003. Potential investors may want to visit his web site http://www.jayrayproducts,com. In addition to the Jay-Ray venture, Justin is the IT director at Visual South, Inc. He heads up the IT Services Division. Justin’s daughters, Brittany (6) and Kaitlyn (3), are both attending private Christian schools. The whole family participates in several Christian dramatic productions by Narroway.

Until next time,

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
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Summer 2005

Elegance, sophistication, phenomenal food and drinks to quench any thirsty party-goer. No, I’m not talking about Carole (Chandler) Sullivan’s July 2nd wedding to Mike Sullivan, although her event encompassed all of that and a steel drum band — but more on that later. I’m talking about our 10-year class Reunion! An amazing spread of enticing pastas, grilled meats and tantalizing desserts under the big tent on the quad was enjoyed by several of our former classmates on Friday night. As Kathy (Apple) Francis, Carole and I made our way through the tent, touring the campus and mingling with other revelers, we couldn’t help feeling a bit nostalgic — so much so that I returned the next morning to our university grounds. I first ran into JCU English professor Dr. George Bilgere at Arabica. With my two kids in tow, I then set out for the bookstore intending to purchase child-size sweatshirts for my future Blue Streaks. Instead, I ran into Heather (Perample) Macks (married to John Macks) and Maria Montalbano, who had just made it in from Chicago. Maria is the director for an agency on-site at Unilever, responsible for such brands as Suave, Dove, Degree, AXE.

I also ran into Aimee (Tapajna) McNamee and Amy (Collins) Staas on Saturday morning. Aimee lives in Richmond, VA, with their daughter Libbie, who just turned 1, and husband, Shane, who is finishing up his residency. Aimee taught English until Libbie was born. The other Amy, (Collins) Staas, lives in Florida with her spouse, Kevin, and son, Daniel (3). They stayed on campus in Murphy Hall for the weekend, which, Amy explained to Daniel, is sort of like a hotel. Daniel replied, “Can we stay in a different hotel?” Didn’t we all feel like that while living in Murphy? Aimee reports a great turnout on reunion Saturday night including Cathy Gallagher, Colleen (Hens) Friedman, Amy (Kogut) O’Neill, Dana (Murray) McCabe, Colleen Carroll, Jill Patterson, Susie (Marsick) Martin, Steve and Katie (Powers) Vitatoe, Bryan and Jackie (St. Marie) Davis, Ellen (Wagner) Calvello, Mike and Kate (Donnelly) O’Leary, Liesl Stalzer-Callaghan, Pat Dorrington, Jesse Galloway, Hank, Matt Clark, and Erin (Guirlinger) Gisel.

Amy Cavato was also in attendance — I ran into her at Grant’s Farm in St. Louis, MO, back in May. She has an adorable daughter, Abby (3).

Now, about that wedding I talked about. Carole (Chandler) Sullivan was a combination of sophistication and charm. I have never seen her look more radiant and happy. Her new husband, Mike, equals Carole in intelligence, wit and willingness to kick it up and have a fantastic time. They are a perfect couple. Kathy (Apple) Francis graciously served as matron of honor in a stunning pastel pink gown. Annie (Dunn) Hughes, Claire Mooney and I spent the morning of the wedding reminiscing about our college years by driving around the Heights area: Parnell’s, the Tavern Company, Nighttown and our old house on Derbyshire were all on the tour. Later at the wedding we were joined by the lovely Michelle (Cull) Lease, Annie (Shane) Bayne, Monica Duflock Kwait, and Nathalie (Lacouture) Insana, who by the way looked extraordinarily beautiful and did I mention she can dance? Hollie Strano, who recently gave birth to little Jessica, also attended. Two fabulous JCU grads provided the invitations and were also fun to see at the wedding: Maria (Miceli) Digiandomenico ’94 and Jean Spinosi-Rond ’99, co-founders of Sobella Design Studio in Cleveland. I highly recommend these talented women for your custom correspondence needs.

Until next time,

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
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Spring 2005

It appears I made a GOLIATH error when I reported in my debut column that Shanon Tringhese-Kneidel gave birth to her fourth child, Goliath. Turns out, Goliath is the latest addition to her family, but it is their family pet, a cute little white Bichon, not their fourth child. We can all breathe a collective sigh of relief. Shanon has officially not gone off the deep end. By the way, Shanon sent me the photo of her three (adorable) kids, Nicholas, Isabella, and Gina holding the “new addition” that Monica Duflock Kwait mistakenly identified as the baby. It’s clearly a dog. Mike Lembach, if you are out there, give Monica a jingle; I hear you’re an optometrist and I think Monica might need some new glasses!

Gretchen (Shields) Sterling married Ryan Sterling in October. They reside in Fairview Park, OH. After nine years as an auditor with Ernst & Young, Gretchen is now working for Hawk Corporation in Cleveland as the assistant controller.

Lisa (Thomas) Cohen, of Twinsburg, gave birth to daughter Lauren Ann on February 27.

Karen Morgan Sheehan lives in Chagrin Falls with husband Michael ’92, and sons, Patrick (5) Connor (4) and Keegan (2 mos).

Derek Diaz, his wife, Christine, and three-year-old son, Ethan, live in Avon. He is an attorney for Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP in Cleveland.

Jeff Sabrin and his wife, Tammy, reside in Poland, OH, with their sons Nicholas (5) and Dominic (1) and are expecting their third child in September. Jeff is a National Retail Accounts manager for Philips Lighting.

Beyond Ohio, Pittsburgh is home for many of our former classmates. Gabe Galioto lives there with his wife, Karen, and Natalie (2).

Bill Morycz, his spouse, Abigail, and daughters, Madeleine and Chloe, are in the ‘Burgh as is Ashley Maurer, working in sales for EHS.

The Big Apple is where Cathy Gallagher hangs her hat these days; she works for Spinal Dimensions.

Connie (Moore) Hubbard lives in Washington State with her husband, Charles, son, Thomas (3) and daughter, Grace, born in November.

Eric Hennes and Sheila Sullivan ’96 are Grace’s Godparents.

Becky (Lasick) Adamczyk is living life California-style this year while husband Mark completes a fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery in San Diego. Becky works as a stay-at-home mom to sons Mitchell (6) and Shane, born in October. This August they plan to return to Ohio where Mark will begin practice at Akron Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. Becky has lots to report about our fellow ’95ers — Greg Smith and his wife, Amy, have a one-year-old daughter Hailey. Greg is an ER doctor at Massillon Hospital. Molly (Cassidy) Kuczinski and her husband Brian ’92 welcomed their first baby, Meghan in November. Becky also mentioned that Mark ran into Todd Guth in San Diego. Todd serves in the U.S. Navy stationed on Coronado Island. John O’Block, Kevin Furlong, and Eric Boose recently visited Todd to celebrate John’s upcoming nuptials. Speaking of weddings, Jen Conahan is getting married June 17, in Chicago. I guess we can guess who we won’t be seeing at Reunion Weekend. … Speaking of the Reunion, Adele Fini, our Reunion chairperson is spearheading a calling campaign to encourage class members to attend our 10-year Reunion this June. My portion of the list consists of 40 last names that begin with the letter “D.” Don’t be surprised Monica Duflock Kwait, if between now and June 10 my name pops up on your caller ID. I’m not calling to harass you; just doing my job. Last but not least, credits to Carole for my opening line in this issue’s column. All I can say is “Thanks, Chandler!”

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
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Winter 2005

At a recent party I attended, a handwriting analyst examined my penmanship and concluded that I needed to be writing more. Good thing I took over this column from Michelle Cull Lease because apparently helping my three-year-old daughter practice the letter “H” doesn’t count. Isn’t it funny that a handwriting analyst would suggest that someone needs to write more? I mean, come on, in the glimpse of three sentences she determined correctly that my husband was a leader, focused, with a single-minded determination to get a job done successfully and for me she came up with “needs to write more.” Was it the way I crossed my Ts or the way I sometimes mesh cursive and print? In any case, thank you Michelle for passing the pen to me and for your years of service writing our class column.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am dying to see all the changes in University Heights since we were students 10 years ago. And yes, it has been ten years since we called Lee Road, I mean John Carroll, home. I missed my chance for a sneak peak of the Heights when my two sick kids and the threat of a blizzard kept me away from Carole Chandler’s Christmas party in early December. Speaking of Carole, congratulations are in order to our friend who was engaged to Mike Sullivan just before Christmas. Best wishes also go out to Kristin Curtin, who married John Nestor in Pittsburgh on August 14, 2004. Gina Hoover Reichard, Kris Haney Miller and Beth Borosh (’01) were her bridesmaids and her brother, Vince Curtin (’98) was a groomsman. Other JCU alums at the wedding included Adam Reichard (’94) and Bronson Meola (’97). I hope everyone is planning on bringing their kids to Reunion Weekend, June 17-19, 2005. I have many recent births to report: Annie (Shane) Bayne and Tim ’94 welcomed son, Connor on December 1, 2004. Monica Duflock Kwait (mom to ’04 Valentines Day baby Carter) reports that Alison Dillon and husband Kevin Klika ’92 had another little girl in September, Laney Elizabeth. Monica also mentioned that Shanon Tringhese-Kneidel and husband, Alan, live in Avon Lake and just had their fourth child, a son, Goliath. Karen Rugai and her husband, Mike Moran, who live in Chicago, had a baby girl, Mary Rita, in May. At press time, Lisa (Thomas) Cohen and husband, Brady, were expecting baby number two to join daughter, Dana (2½). Lisa also reports that Kara (Stoughton) Cobey is living in Florida with her husband, Bruce, and children Bryce and Kiera, born in August ’04. Kara is taking some time off from being a Pharmaceutical Rep for Merck to be a mom. Gina (Hoover) Reichard works for Key Corp in Cleveland and lives in University Heights, OH with her husband, Adam ’94, and Nathan (2 ½).

I received a note that Jennifer Conahan is the assistant principal of Pleasant Hill Elementary School in Winfield, IL. Amy (Kogut) O’Neill is vice president for MBNA and lives in Maine with husband, Ryan, and daughter, Abigail. And Shannon (Vaughn) Rosenberry lives in Delaware with husband Charles and son Chase.

If the thrill of walking around the quad and a night out at the Tavern Company are not enough to lure you back to Carroll this June, perhaps knowing that University Heights is home to both a Target and a Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream shop within walking distance to campus will entice you! Until next time, have a great spring!

Annie

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
330-966-8845
anniedeperro@sssnet.com

Fall 2004

Mark your calendars everyone … our 10-year reunion is just around the corner! Reunion Weekend is scheduled for June 17-19, 2005. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

When my son, Peter, and I were out on one of our stroller adventures I was surprised to run into Amie (Rath) Nuttall, my sophomore year roommate. It was so nice to find out that she lives just a couple blocks from me in New York with her husband Scott and their two little ones. She recently left her job to be a stay at home mom and is doing great. The stork has been busy! Melissa (Seifried) Rus and her husband, Michael, welcomed their second child, Mason Matthew in March of 2004. He joins big brother Michael (3). The family resides in Richmond Heights, OH. Sylvia (Hoffmann) Potter and her husband, John, are living in San Diego, CA and had a baby boy Ethan this past year.

It was like a mini JCU reunion at Legacy Village’s Claddaugh, Carole Chandler, Kathy (Apple) Francis, Annie (Hummer) DePerro, Nathalie (Lacouture) Insana and I went out for a festive dinner to catch up and we ran into Ron Alexander & his wife Colleen (Vereb) ’96. Ron and Colleen moved back this past year to Cleveland from Chicago. They live in Chagrin Falls and Ron is working to start a company focusing on creating secondary markets for life insurance. Carole continues to anchor the morning news show on Cleveland’s Channel 3. Nathalie is doing great — very busy being the mom of three kids. She reports that P.J. Insana has finished up his second winning season as the head football coach at Richmond Heights High School. There was a lot of baby talk at the table. Kathy and her husband Bob had their first baby, Sam in May and Annie and her husband, Scott, also had a baby boy, Ryan in July. Friends Annie (Dunn) Hughes and Mike Hughes had their second little boy, Tommy in September.

Gabe Galioto wrote in to share the fun that he and his wife had when they attended the wedding of Miles Dean in April at Sandal’s Resort in Jamaica. Ines (Bafaro) Lascu is working for MBNA as an education specialist; she lives in Broadview Heights with her husband, Michael ’92. Congrats to Todd D. Franco who graduated from medical school in June and is pursuing his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. Todd and his wife, Shelley, have three kids, A.J. (7), Lucas (4) and Gina (2). John O’Block recently became a doctor also; he graduated from The New England College of Optometry in June. Congrats also go out to John for his engagement to Eleanor Anne Bueno. The happy couple will tie the knot next summer.

I’ve decided that after writing the class notes for the last couple years that it is time to pass the pen to someone new. Annie (Hummer) DePerro is excited to be taking over the column starting with our next issue. Please help her out and send in all your news to anniedeperro@nls.net. We want to hear from you! See you at our reunion!

Michelle

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
330-966-8845
anniedeperro@sssnet.com

Spring 2004

Hope you all are having a terrific spring! I have wonderful news to share. On April 4, 2004 my husband, Peter and I welcomed to the world our first child, Peter Grimm Lease, Jr. He is a little angel! More terrific stork news.

Valentine’s Day was extra sweet for Monica Duflock Kwait and husband, Joe Kwait ’94, this year — Carter Joseph Kwait their first baby was born!

Since baby Peter made his grand debut just days before this column was due, this edition is short and sweet. As you can imagine things have been a bit busy!! Next quarter’s column will be filled with lots of exciting updates about our classmates! So send in all your news to michelle_lease@hotmail.com, we would all love to hear what you are up to these days! Take Care,

Michelle

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
330-966-8845
anniedeperro@sssnet.com

Winter 2004

One of the great things about living in New York City is all the friends that come to visit! In the fall, Claire Mooney came to the city to visit Tim and Annie (Shane) Bayne. Claire, Annie and her adorable baby, Grace, and I had a fun day shopping in Soho, lunch and of course a visit to Chinatown to check out knock-off purses. It was great catching up! Claire is doing terrific, living in Chicago and teaching elementary education.

Monica Duflock Kwait also paid her quarterly visit to the city during the ‘2003 Black Out’! It was quite an adventure … no electricity, water, air-conditioning and 14 flights of stairs! Not the typical vision of a weekend in NYC! Of course we made the most of it and had lots of laughs. On her next trip to the Big Apple, we met out with Mike O’Sullivan and his wife, Kristen, for a fun dinner of reminiscing. Two days later Mike and Kristen welcomed their son into the world, Brady Francis, who was born on September 30th. Congrats to the new parents!

In June, Navy Lt. Todd A. Guth received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal while assigned to Commander, Carrier Air Wing Three, Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, VA. While serving as flight surgeon, Guth was instrumental in the medical evacuation, treatment and disposition of 18 Cuban refugees retrieved by a U.S. Coast Guard vessel off the coast of Florida during the USS Harry S. Truman Battle Group’s training unit exercise. Guth’s rapid response to the crisis ensured a favorable outcome for the refugees aboard a vessel with little to no medical capabilities. In May, Guth returned from the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf where he served during Operation Iraqi Freedom on the USS Harry Truman Carrier Battle Group.

Connie Moore Hubbard and family moved to Oak Harbor, WA in October. Connie’s husband, Charles, is with the U.S. Navy training on a new aircraft the EA6B Prowlers. Their son, Casey is now 2.

Matt Canning was recently promoted to director of sales for Henkel Consumer Adhesives, Inc. He is also busy in the community as a volunteer for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Cleveland. Matt has become a mountain climbing enthusiast and recently challenged his climbing on peaks in both Africa and Peru.

Last year, Dave Chirayath and wife Heidi and girls Maggie (4) and Leilia (2) relocated to Lewiston, ME. Dave is working as a researcher for Bates College Development Office. He reports that living in Maine is “simply amazing, lots of open space and places to explore”.

Stork News…Tristan Mennell Yonek, husband, Michael ’93, and big brother, Alex (2) welcomed the latest addition to their family, Ryan Patrick in February 2003.

Good friends seem to be having babies all at the same time … David Benisek and his wife Melissa Gamboian ’96 gave birth to their second son, Matthew Christopher, on March 28, 2003. Their good friend Dominic Offredo and his wife, Amy, followed with the birth of their daughter, Gabriella Rose, on April 5 and finally Keith Machalec and his wife, Tracy, also welcomed their daughter, Grace Emily, on April 15th. Hope you are all doing wonderful!

I would love to hear from you so please drop me a line at jcu95news@hotmail.com. Happy Spring!

Michelle

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
330-966-8845
anniedeperro@sssnet.com

Spring 2003

Happy Spring! Kicking off the updates …

It was great to catch up with fellow classmates in February at a surprise party for Mike O’Sullivan in New York City. A handful of people were there to celebrate. Andy Augustine ’94 and Pete Duggan ’94 came in from Philly and NYC locals Annie (Shane) & Tim Bayne ’94 joined the fun, especially fun for Annie since she was 9 months pregnant and ready to have their first baby any day! Monica Duflock Kwait also came in for the bash, as always we had fun running around and getting into trouble! Mike’s wife Kristen pulled off a great party and there will be much more celebrating in the spring when Mike graduates from NYU with an MBA and begins working for Merrill Lynch.

As always, the stork is keeping very busy — Kevin Taylor is a proud papa! His wife, Candace, and he welcomed Caeden Joseph to the world in November.

Michael Lembach and wife, Subha, had a baby girl, Elizabeth Sunita Noelle in December.

Sara (Tabis) and Kelly ’94 Crowe are expecting the birth of their first baby in March and it’s a boy!

Joseph D. Salem is working for KeyBank as a relationship manager in Cleveland and his wife Ann Marie have a little girl, Lauren, and are expecting their second child in May. Good luck to Joseph, this November he will be making a second run at a city council seat in his town of Brooklyn, OH.

Nathalie (Lacouture) & PJ Insana celebrated the birth of their third child, Isabella Rose, born in February.

Norman Baxter III ’94 and his wife, Michelle, recently celebrated their seventh anniversary and had their third child, Matthew, who joins Julia and Michael. Norman and his family live in Cleveland and he enjoys his job at the Brookpark Post Office.

John Lyon received his MBA from JCU in August as well as an e-Commerce specialization from Creighton. He works for AT&T Enterprise Hosting and reports that he was very surprised to discover that after moving into a new house in Avon it was just like the good old days in the dorm … John Thorne was again just two doors down!

Eric Hennes reports he will soon be relocating to sunny Orlando, he accepted a new job with The University of Central Florida as an orientation coordinator and also hopes to create a series of children’s books.

Lorena Tomassetti reports she and her husband, Mike Beltrano, live in the suburbs of Chicago and had twins in July. How perfect! A boy and girl, Sofia & Luciano. With her hands quite full … Lorena still manages to work as a mortgage auditor at Household International. She also reports Ines Bafaro is getting married in May and Angela Stazzone married John Zurbach ’94 and they had a little girl last April, named Payton.

Katy (Tomlin) Cohen and husband, Dr. Michael Cohen, had a festive wedding on the beach in Bal Harbor, FL last May.

JCU exchange students, Fumi Tsukaguchi and Hiroko Yoshida traveled from Japan to celebrate the big day as well as Samantha (Snyder) Joseph, Rachel (Strand) Obringer, and Laura (Murphy) Yeager ’96. Katy loves her job working in an animal hospital. She also reports, Jen (Zorc) Healy moved back to South Euclid in the fall with her husband, Patrick, from Atlanta, GA. She has 2 children now, Stephen, and the newest addition, MaryKate. Jen just began taking night classes at JCU … she just couldn’t stay away!

Samantha (Snyder) Joseph is also living in the area, just down the street from JCU with her baby and husband, Joe, who she met in law school.

That’s all for now! Take Care,

Michelle

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
330-966-8845
anniedeperro@sssnet.com

Winter 2003

Happy Holidays! Hope everyone from the class of ’95 is doing terrific! Things are going wonderfully in my world … On June 1st, I married Peter G. Lease, with bridesmaids at my side: Monica Duflock Kwait (maid of honor), Nathalie Lacouture Insana and Carole Chandler. Peter and I are living in New York City and love it! … trying out all the fabulous restaurants and exploring everything the city has to offer. I am working on a five-month project in the corporate offices of Victoria’s Secret Beauty while looking for a permanent public relations position.

As usual, there are lots of “little ones” to report on: Shannon Dascenzo Kosko and husband, Steve, welcomed the arrival of their little boy Jack Regis this spring.

Anne Dunn Hughes and Mike Hughes are living in Chicago and welcomed the birth of their son this year.

Lisa Thomas Cohen and husband, Brady, had a baby girl in May, Dana Marie.

Kelly Miller Stukus (lives down the street from Lisa) recently was promoted to principal of Oxford Elementary in Cleveland Heights.

Stephanie Davies Wyman also recently became an assistant principal for a school in downtown Houston Texas. Stephanie had other exciting news – she and her husband, Robert, had a baby boy in February, Luke Robert Wyman. She also reports several of our classmates have gotten married recently. Her former roommate, Casey Shepard and Dave Ptasznik ’97 tied the knot in August and live in Cleveland.

Shannon Vaughn married Chuck Rosenberry last Thanksgiving and are doing terrific.

Wedding bells continue to ring for our class. Julie Birmingham is getting married this November to Eric Hoeper in Chicago.

Karen Rugai will be celebrating New Year’s Eve in a very special way – she is also getting married. How festive!

Dennis and Charise (Brigee) Kasper and Hannah Rose (4) welcomed the arrival of their second child, Alexander Thomas, last June. The growing family lives in Medina. In May Dennis received his master’s in business/management information systems from CWRU. Charise stays home with the kids, teaches softball pitching clinics, and manages their home business.

Dennis Percy is pursuing his MBA at the University of Dayton with intended concentrations in marketing and international business; he lives in Marysville with his wife, Michelle Maladen-Percy.

Tara Meyer-Robson and husband, John, are quite the entrepreneurs – they recently started a company consulting and designing wellness and health programs for corporations and hospitals around the country; they’re based in Florida. In her spare time, she coaches and choreographs cheerleading and dance squads. Tara still loves being involved in the cheerleading world!

This past year has been an adventure for Erin Guirlinger Gisel. She left her job at Ernst & Young so she could travel with her husband, who works as a nurse anesthetist (he is contracted out by various hospitals around the country) … so the couple packed up the moving van (several times) and moved to Richmond, VA, New Bern, NC, Detroit, MI, and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula all in one year! Erin says it was a blast; she spent time exploring the cities and volunteering for the American Red Cross, the New Bern Historical Society, and the Children’s Museum of Richmond. Before moving back to Cleveland this fall, they are going to take a six week trip out west for fun!

Look forward to hearing from you!

Michelle

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
330-966-8845
anniedeperro@sssnet.com

Spring 2002

Greeting to the class of ’95, hope all is wonderful in your world.

Well, I learned a valuable hotmail lesson! Check your account frequently! Time had lapsed between publication deadlines and I had not checked our JCU account in about a month. Was I surprised to see it had been deactivated with everything in it wiped out! So, I apologize if you sent something and it does not appear in this column. Please e-mail me again and I definitely will include it in the next issue! Sorry for the confusion.

Kara Newmeyer wrote in with news to share about our fellow classmates — Lauren (Colaizzi) Henzler completed her second Ironman Triathlon in November in Panama City and qualified for Ironman Hawaii this October, way to go Lauren!

Patrick Fitzmaurice tied the knot with Debbie Janchar ’97 in September, the couple lives in Lyndhurst.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Williams, she married Andrew Henton ’97 in December. Ten JCU alums were in the wedding party and there was a strong JCU presence with over 40 alums attending. The couple lives in University Heights and Elizabeth is a senior marketing specialist for KeyBank.

As always, there are many little bundles of joy to report, and I had the pleasure of playing with one baby last month and she’s a real cutie — Annie (Hummer) DePerro’s little girl, Gigi.

Molly (Hawkins) Hunter lives in Waltham, MA with her husband and they recently welcomed their son, Henry to the world.

Connie (Moore) Hubbard reports that on August 15, she and husband, Charlie, had their first baby, Thomas “Casey,” in San Diego. Charlie is with the Navy and was out to sea for the first 8 weeks! They have relocated after 4 wonderful years in San Diego back to the naval base in Pensacola, FL where they will be stationed for about two years. Connie and Charlie were excited to be home at Christmas for the baby’s baptism because they had their own mini JCU reunion.

The Godfather is Eric Hennes ’95, friends Sheila Sullivan ’96, Tristan ’95 and Mike Yonek ’93, Jen Chase ’95, Michelle McNamara ’95, and Tracy Thompson ’00 were all there.

Todd Franco is in his second year of medical school and lives in Erie, PA with his wife, Shelley, and their three children; Angelo (5), Lucas (2), and the newest arrival came in December, baby Gina.

Melissa (Seifried) Rus recently gave birth to her first child, Michael Anthony, on September 5, 2001. Melissa is currently employed as a laboratory manager at the Garland Company in Cleveland. Melissa, Michael and the baby live in Richmond Heights, OH. Melissa had a fun idea — with all the JCU babies being born why not organize a JCU play group for all the alums in Cleveland with kids! Great idea, Melissa!

Debbie (DeChellis) Kreuz was married in August 1999 to Todd Kreuz. The couple lives in Newbury, OH with their daughter, Katherine Virginia, who was born in November. Debbie is a CPA with the accounting firm of Colagiovanni & Greene located in Chesterland. Her husband, Todd owns a gas and service station in Chesterland where he works as a technician. Debbie keeps in touch with Beth Summers who has a Ph.D. in physiology and biophysics from Case Western Reserve University and she has recently been accepted to medical school at Case and plans to start next fall. Molly (Cassidy) Kuczinski and her husband, Brian Kuczinski ’92, came to visit Debbie earlier this year, they are doing great and were in town for Beth Williams Henton’s wedding to Andrew Henton ’97. Molly is working as a school psychologist for an elementary school in Pittsburgh.

Ethan S. Lamb has exciting news to share, in June he will attend the Marine Corps Officer Candidate School for ten weeks.

Nicole Trombetta lives in Georgia and is a high school science teacher for Wesleyan School. Nancy McGunn is an attorney for the Federal Defender’s office in Detroit, MI.

Once again, I apologize if your update was not included, please e-mail me again and I promise that the account will be active! For those of you who have never written in, we would LOVE to hear from you. Any tidbits about your life or your friends would be terrific! Thanks in advance for e-mailing news to jcu95news@hotmail.com. Happy spring!

Michelle

Annie (Hummer) DePerro
330-966-8845
anniedeperro@sssnet.com