This year, we celebrated 15 years since our graduation. Life continues to grant many of us blessings. Here are a few highlights from our classmates: Amanda (Slater) Polito and her husband are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Chloe Elise, who was born Jan. 23, 2014. Colleen (Devine) and Steve Chimenti also are happy to announce the birth of their son, James Armand Chimenti, who joined big sister Lena on July 28, 2014.
If you read the class column online in August, you read highlights from reunion weekend. Here are key updates from that column (go online to read all the details): First, continuing with birth announcements, Emily Berdell Marotte and her husband welcomed their second child, Catherine Olivia, on Dec. 10, 2013. Kevin Linder and Christine Wantuck were married April 26, 2014. James Flock won the JCU distinguished alumni award for physics. Joseph Walkos is the supply chain manager for Libra Industries. Roxann Ramsey-Caserio is the Lakewood (Ohio) City School District’s assistant superintendent. Sean Flannery is hosting a comedy show where people – other comics, celebrities, ordinary folks and, of course, him – tell drinking stories. It’s called “The Blackout Diaries.” I’m happy to see various professions represented from our class. Congrats and best wishes on these milestones.
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Following our 15-year reunion, there are many updates to share. On April 12, the JCU physics department presented the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award to James Flock for professional achievement and his support of the department. After graduating, Flock worked at Philips Medical designing MRI coils. He’s a product quality assurance engineer at ViewRay, where he has been involved in the development of the world’s first MRI-guided radiation therapy system, which has been in the news with the first patients being treated with this technology. Kudos to James for making a difference in the world.
The school board in Lakewood, Ohio, hired Roxann Ramsey-Caserio ’01G as the district’s assistant superintendent. Previously, Roxann was the district’s director of teaching and learning. She has been with the district since 2009. Between 2011 and 2013, she served as principal of Grant Elementary School. Congrats to Roxann!
Emily Berdell Marotte and her husband welcomed their second child, Catherine Olivia, Dec. 10, 2013. Catherine was 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and 21 inches long. Emily’s son, Sam, is 2.5 years old and is doing a great job as big brother. Best wishes to the Marotte family for this new addition.
Kevin Linder married Christine Wantuck April 26 at Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish in Buffalo, N.Y. Christine is a nurse practitioner at Buffalo Geriatric and Rehabilitation Medicine. Kevin, who earned a juris doctor degree from the University at Buffalo, is an assistant district attorney at Erie County District Attorney’s office. Congrats to the happy couple.
Joseph Walkos ’99G MBA joined the management staff of Libra Industries as the supply chain manager. Joe will manage the supply chain functions and develop the processes and systems necessary to achieve desired cost, profitability, and customer service objectives while building long-term vendor relationships. He’ll be in charge of the supply chain and stores.
Sean Flannery has created a comedy show called “The Blackout Diaries” where people share their best drinking stories. He was voted best stand-up comedian in Chicago in 2010, Sean moved there in 2002 and began performing standup comedy two years later. Sean and his show were featured in an article in The Plain Dealer. Some notable quotes from Flannery in the article include: “I get to go to bars – for research – (a term my wife despises) and hear some of the funniest possible drinking stories. In a lot of ways, I’m just the world’s most Irish archeologist.” And sharing valuable wisdom with undergraduates: “Which brings me to a valuable lesson: Always try to get a premed major into your drinking group and maybe even an engineer, too, because they often have secrets for getting beer colder quicker; but never a prelaw because they just get you arrested at that age. They’re so mouthy with the cops about the constitution. A doctor, an engineer, and seven jackasses – that’s a solid drinking group.”
Now for the reunion report. It was a beautiful weekend in Cleveland. Saturday evening started out with an alumni Mass where Seamus and Susan (O’Leary) O’Mahoney presented the gifts. I was honored to have dinner with our former class president, Jeff Longsworth, as well as Brian Horvath and Alan Waldinger, all of whom declined to provide notable updates about their lives for this column. Steve and Colleen (Devine) Chimenti were expecting their second child at the time of reunion. Alicia Mazzi acted as my wonderful host for the weekend and introduced me to the new foodie wonders of Cleveland. The big tent on the quad was the see-and-be-seen place that night. Kyle and Casey (Sullivan) Reynolds, Marty Fox, Dave Anthony, Angie Spitalieri, Michele (Carney) Detore, Pete Gast, Patti Raimer, Amy Koenig Featherstone, Julie (Thorud) Adrianopoli, Erin (Collins) Soroosh, Michael and Meghan (Rogers) Murray, Lou and Gina (Rennpage) Gabel, Darren and Leslie (Butler) Hilliard, and Noel (Price) Balster were among those who made an appearance. Many others attended and enjoyed the bar and dance floor. But for the sake of everyone’s real lives, I’ll leave out the details. Let’s say it was a pleasure to see many of the people with whom we spent our formative JCU years.
Happy spring, everyone. I hope the season has brought you brilliant tulips, blue skies, and great anticipation for our 15-year reunion. As we look forward to that, two of our classmates have updates. While living in Bangladesh, Gina (Rennpage) Gabel co-founded a charity dedicated to feeding children in the slums of Dhaka. The organization, called Thrive, has fed more than 32,000 meals to students attending makeshift schools. It also has instituted education programs aimed at encouraging better hygiene, which will reduce the number of debilitating and fatal diseases transmitted among the vulnerable population. Thrive operates with zero overhead, so 100 percent of its donations are used to purchase food, milk, soap, and blankets. For more information about Thrive, visit facebook.com/thrivefeededucategrow or thrivedhaka.blogspot.com. Kudos to Gina for her initiative and living Ignatian values.
The other update I received was via the Macomb County Legal News, which reported Stephen McKenney practices law at Neuman Anderson, P.C. in Birmingham, Mich. After graduating from JCU, Stephen obtained his law degree from Michigan State University College of Law and began his career as a law clerk for a U.S. District Court judge in Virginia. He has spent the past decade in private practice as a business litigator. Last year he was recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as one of the rising stars in the litigation field. He and his wife, Leslie, have two school-age daughters.
News for this column is sparse, so I hope to see many of you at reunion in June. I’d like to hear what you’ve been up to for the past 15 years and share more news in our next column. Feel free to share updates any time.
Can you believe it? Fifteen years ago we were in our last semester at John Carroll. I can remember the anticipation of graduation, the job search, and the excitement of being real adults. Well, here we are, living the dream as we look forward to our reunion this summer. Here are a few updates from our classmates. Matthew Hayosh is working at Wasatch Academy, an international school in Mount Pleasant, Utah, where he’s in his fourth year as world languages department chair. He also directs a local program for English as a second language for immigrants. Matthew’s wife works in the library supporting the student study hall. Matthew, who just received his master’s in educational leadership, is working toward a global certificate for international business. He looks forward to a future in school administration and leadership.
Christopher Siders has two updates. First, he published “Faith Wishes She Had Words,” a children’s book about a dog and a sportswriter. This is his second book; his first was a novel titled “From the Ground Up.” But what’s even more exciting is Christopher married Traci Tish Oct. 20, 2013. They reside in Brunswick, Ohio.
Rochelle (Nowinski) Young and her husband, Jason, welcomed their daughter, Vivian Rose, in early October. Rochelle is executive producer of special projects at WBNS 10TV in Columbus, Ohio.
The adventures of Fr. Alan Vincent Benander continue. In fall 2013, he was in Rome finishing his last year of studies in theology. While there, he concelebrated a Mass with Pope Francis, along with hundreds of other priests. After the Mass, he was able to converse with Il Papa. During their conversation, Fr. Alan relayed he was a new priest, his order, where he was from, etc. At the end of the conversation, he asked the pope to pray for him because he was newly ordained, and the pope responded, in English (though the rest of the conversation was in Italian) “Pray for me.” The whole interaction left Fr. Alan with the impression Pope Francis is, as frequently reported, a sincere, friendly, and humble man.
These updates remind me of the foundation of training to be men and women for others that John Carroll provided us during our years as undergrads. I’m lucky to have had this experience and am aware my ability to attend JCU relied heavily on scholarships funded by previous graduates. Without that generosity, I wouldn’t have been able to acquire a great education and meet all of you. For that reason, I give back to the Carroll Fund. Our reunion year is an ideal time to consider giving back to the school that provided at least part of your educational foundation. There are many ways and reasons to give back. JCU is looking for class agents for all reunion classes. Agents simply help keep their classmates informed with what’s happening on campus and remind their close circle of Carroll friends to give back to Carroll each year. Class agents have the possibility of attending reunion at a discounted rate. Minimal work and effort is required, but this contribution has a great impact on Carroll. If you’re interested, contact Rory O’Neil ’06, ’08G (216-397-4516 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
I look forward to hearing more updates from y’all in the coming months. Please drop me a line with your news.
Hello, everyone. I hope this fall is treating you well. Several of our classmates have updates, starting with Resa (Whipkey) Bostaph, who married Brian Bostaph this summer. The happy event occurred in Yosemite National Park July 30, 2013. Best wishes to the couple!
John Longo and his wife, Jenni, welcomed their third son,Tanner Michael, into the world June 3, 2013. He joins his older brothers CJ (8) and Greyson (5). Congratulations to the Longos on the new addition!
Professional updates include the news that Jennifer Giordano was promoted earlier this year to Anthem’s behavioral health team lead.
Fr. Alan Vince Benander was ordained a priest at the Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano in California. His family attended the event June 22, 2013.
This November, Brian Sindelar is running for City Council of Rocky River, Ohio. He and his wife, Tina, live in the city with their children: Carter (7), Sophie (6), and Graham (3). Following his graduation from Carroll, Brian received an MBA in management and labor relations from Cleveland State University. Brian – who has a law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, with a concentration in management and labor relations – has been a member of the city’s Civil Service Commission for one year and coached youth sports for the recreation program. He’s also been active in the West Shore Indian Guides and Indian Princesses.
The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District named Deborah Moore principal of Monticello Middle School. Since receiving her master’s degree in administration/supervision from JCU, Moore has worked as principal of other schools in Cleveland, including Shaw High School, Collinwood High School, Alexander Hamilton Middle School, and Glenville High School Freshman Academy.
Thanks to these classmates for their updates. I look forward to hearing more from you soon. Email me or message me on Facebook at facebook.com/meg.galligan.
I hope everyone is enjoying the summer. This column brings great updates from our classmates, from weddings to births to professional news.
Best wishes to Jeffrey William Kempe who wed Erica Brooke Antonucci May 12, 2012, at Saint Matthias Church in Youngstown, Ohio. Jeffrey is an inpatient medical services physician at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, and his wife is a clinical coordinator and registered nurse at Akron Children’s Hospital.
Josh McDaniels and his wife, Laura, just celebrated the birth of their daughter, Nina, in December. They have four children: one boy and three girls, ages 8, 6, 2, and 6 months. They enjoy living in Massachusetts with Josh working for the New England Patriots.
Amy (Bakos) Iannello ’00G and her husband, Clem, welcomed their daughter, Macey Marie Iannello, 20 seconds past midnight Jan. 1, 2013, making her the first baby born in the state of Ohio in 2013. She joins big brothers Xavier (4) and Aaron (2).
Matthew Hayosh lives in Mount Pleasant, Utah, with his wife, Jackie. For the past three years, he has been the head of world languages at Wasatch Academy, as well as the director of a community program for local Latino families. Matt also is pursuing his master’s in educational administration. In his spare time, he enjoys backcountry skiing in the mountains.
Speaking of hobbies, Alicia Mazzi is taking hers to the next level and making a name for herself on the Cleveland foodie scene. She was selected as one of the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Wing Playoff judges. But because judging wings doesn’t pay well, Alicia stays busy professionally as the director of human resources for St. Augustine Health Ministries, the biggest employer in the Detroit Shoreway area of Cleveland, with more than 560 employees. Since graduation, Alicia earned her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Greg Rosko joined PricewaterhouseCooper’s tax practice as a partner in the Lake Erie market, helping clients in Pittsburgh and Cleveland with domestic and international tax considerations. Since graduating from JCU, Greg has attained a master’s of taxation from the University of Denver, and a J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. A CPA and attorney licensed in Ohio, he’s a member of the AICPA, serves as the chair of the Cleveland International Tax Forum, and speaks frequently about technical tax topics at forums that include the Tax Executives Institute and the Cleveland Tax Institute.
Thanks to all for sharing these wonderful milestones with us. We love to hear from more of you.
So many of you have great news for this edition. We’ll begin with new additions to families. Megan (Ross) Trainer and her husband, Brian, welcomed their daughter, Olivia Ainsley, to the world Dec. 22, 2012. She could possibly be a future JCU Blue Streak.
Brian Leisgang and his wife, Jen, were blessed with twins in August 2012. Their 3-year- old son, Johnny, is proud to be a big brother to Madeline Rose and Jacob Patrick. Brian sold his printing business to focus on his real-estate career with Coldwell Banker West Shell. He and his wife still own and operate an office supply business, BPL Office Products (bplofficeproducts.com).
As mentioned in our last column, Lindsay Nist and her husband, Doug Werner, welcomed their son, Evan, in 2012. The couple expects a little girl in May. They’re naming her Lily, and Evan looks forward to being a big brother.
Frater Alan Vince Benander, O. Praem is back in Rome for his theological studies. He was there as the cardinals met and selected Francis as our new pope. Before the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, Alan served as a deacon at one of his Masses on New Year’s Day 2013 and met Benedict after Mass. Alan will be ordained a priest this summer on June 22. The ordination is at 9:30 a.m. at the Mission Basilica in San Juan Capistrano, and the ordaining bishop will be Bishop Kevin Vann of the diocese of Orange, Calif. Alan requests the prayers of the JCU community for himself and his religious order.
Carlye (Gardner) Fallon was appointed to the Publicity Club of Chicago’s executive committee, serving as secretary on the board of directors in addition to her job at Edelman. The Publicity Club of Chicago is an independent public relations membership organization. Carlye also reported on a mini-Murphy Hall 4-West/class of ’99 reunion last August that included Christine (Dziak) Gun, Noel (Price) Balster, Kathy (Wodzisz) Antila, Cathy Hauer, Barb (Tober) Burkardt, and Lyndsey (Fish) Gelhaus. They can reliably report Murphy looks exactly the same as when we first moved in in 1995.
I look forward to hearing from more of you soon.
Hello, everyone. We have only a couple updates from our classmates.
Lindsay Nist and her husband, Doug, welcomed their first child last year. Their son, Evan, arrived March 1, 2012.
Ed Novak completed his fifth Chicago Marathon in a Boston- Marathon-qualifying time of 03:08:08. He also ran the Amsterdam marathon two weeks later. Ed, a business analyst for the Tenth and Blake Beer Co., lives in Chicago with his wife, Lori. The class of 1999 is keeping things quiet, but that should change next time. Send any updates to me at my email address or facebook.com/meg.galligan. You could even call or text me. I’ll accept any form of communication and transcribe it into our class column. We look forward to hearing from you.
During the past few months, I’ve received so much good news to share. Steve and Colleen (Devine) Chimenti welcomed their first born, Lena Christine, July 12. Congratulations on the beautiful new addition to the family!
Ed Klein began his new role as Beachwood High School principal. Previously, he was assistant principal at Euclid High School, where he worked for 12 years. Klein, who was named Assistant Principal of the Year for 2011-12 by the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators, is a doctoral candidate at Kent State University.
Michael McCahill joined the Fowler White Burnett law firm as an associate in the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., office. He’s the latest attorney to join the growing insurance litigation practice group. Previously, he worked at other firms gaining broad experience in insurance defense, including mass tort and class action matters involving Chinese drywall and Federal multidistrict litigation panel. Michael completed his postgraduate studies, earning his Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University – Shepard Broad Law Center.
Louie and Gina (Rennpage) Gabel moved to Bangladesh, where Louie is a diplomat in the U.S. Embassy. His mission is to increase Bangladesh’s capacity to prosecute complex terrorism, money laundering, and corruption cases within the country’s legal system. The 14-month position within the Department of Justice to the State Department will involve encouraging government officials to implement new laws and regulations and training prosecutors and judges. We wish them well on this incredible venture.
Joe and Kelly (Zobel) Chernowski moved to Atlanta with their five children. Joe is the Eastern regional director for Life Teen International, a Catholic Youth Organization that supports parishes throughout the world. He’ll travel to speak, train, support, and help parishes feel part of the Life Teen family. Joe has worked in Catholic Youth Ministry in various capacities since graduation, so this new role is a perfect fit for his experience and passion.
I’m sure more of you have news to share. Drop me a line, and I’ll include the news in the next edition.
Greetings! I hope everyone is staying cool this summer. Many of our classmates have great updates to share. Stephen McKenney joined Neuman Anderson, P.C., a Birmingham, Mich.-based business law firm specializing in complex commercial litigation. Before joining Neuman Anderson, he ran a private practice and served as a law clerk from 2002-2003 for the Honorable James C. Cacheris, Senior U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. Stephen is a 2002 graduate of Michigan State University College of Law and resides in Royal Oak.
Dr. Jeffrey William Kempe was scheduled to marry Erica Brooke Antonucci May 12 at St. Matthias Church in Youngstown, Ohio, with a reception at The Lake Club in Poland. Jeffrey, who received his medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean, is a physician at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center Inpatient Medical Services. Erica is a registered nurse and clinical coordinator at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.
Erin (Collins) Soroosh, Carroll’s regional director of alumni relations and admission for the Chicago area, provided several happy updates. Wedding bells rang this spring for Sheryl (Strell) Nann, who married Ben May 5 in Charleston, S.C. Fun was had by all guests, including the self-proclaimed JCU booze hounds – Erin (Collins) Soroosh, Janey (Price) Ames, Julie (Worthington) Muennich, Blythe (Fuller) Hronek, Kerry Gallagher, Megan Cannell, Kristin (Oswick) Bergen, Annie Reape, and Shaena (Welsh) Miller. Within that group, several other individuals are preparing for upcoming nuptials. Annie Reape is engaged and planning her wedding. And Megan Cannell became engaged in Charleston the weekend of Sheryl’s wedding. Best wishes to all!
Deacon Alan Vincent Benander provided an update about his year at St. Michael’s Abbey. He has been teaching scripture and mathematics, as well as serving as a deacon at Masses and presiding over baptisms. He plans to return to Rome in the fall to continue his theological studies. His priestly ordination is likely to be in June 2013. He sends prayers for the JCU community, especially the class of ’99.
Thanks to everyone who provided updates. It’s a pleasure to hear such great news from you. I look forward to hearing more.
There are many great updates from our classmates. Brian P. Leisgang is married to Jennifer, his wife of eight years, and has a son, Johnny (2). They own BPL Office Products, a printing and office supply business Brian started in 2000. The company operates from a 25,000-square-foot facility in West Chester, Ohio, and provides everything from commercial printing services to everyday office supplies and furniture to local and national customers. Brian also has his real-estate license with Coldwell Banker in Cincinnati.
Sarah (Furey) Reichert and her husband, Matt, had twins, Katherine Alice and Alexander James, Sept. 27, 2011. Sarah is an English teacher at Westlake (Ohio) High School and her husband works for Fisher Electronics.
Christopher Siders is back in the U.S. after teaching in China and is teaching on the campus of Case Western Reserve University with ELS Language Centers. Additionally, he has written a book, “From the Ground Up,” that recounts a person’s struggle with traumatic brain injury. It’s based on his own traumatic brain injury suffered in 2001. The book is available at amazon.com.
Mark Gentile plans to marry Deborah Prinz May 26, 2012, in Cleveland. Mark, a vice president of retail banking at JPMorgan Chase, is in the process of starting his own investment capital company. His fiancée is an OB/GYN doctor at University Hospitals.
Tiffany Evans is the dean of developmental education and learning resources at Salt Lake Community College. She has pursued multiple degrees, including her Ph.D. in library and information science from the University of Pittsburgh, since graduating from Carroll. Evans has won awards including the League of Innovation in the Community Colleges Innovation of the Year Award, and the NISOD Award from the University of Texas, and has been recognized twice by Harvard University for establishing and maintaining one of the nations leading community learning center programs.
Cara (Santoro) Rasnick; her husband, Joe; and their son, Joseph, welcomed their second baby boy, Vincent Samuel, April 5, 2011.
An update from last summer’s column, Josh McDaniels joined the New England Patriots as an offensive assistant just before the playoffs began.
In the fall 2011 issue, a picture cut off part of our column, and I want to ensure everyone’s news is shared. Deacon Alan Vincent Benander is in his ninth year of seminary and religious life as a member of the Norbertine Fathers St. Michael’s Abbey of Orange, Calif.
Michele (Carney) Detore is the new assistant principal for St. Hilary School in Fairlawn, Ohio.
Elizabeth (Petrus) Cano and her husband welcomed their daughter, Alessandra Adel, Feb. 8, 2011.
Hello, everyone. There’s lots of news to share from our classmates in this edition. Congratulations to Matt Toth, who’s been selected as the 2011 Southern League Trainer of the Year and is being considered for Minor League Athletic Trainer of the Year. Subsequent to his graduation from Carroll, Matt received his master’s in health and human performance from Oregon State University in 2001. Now he’s working for the Jackson Generals, part of the Seattle Mariners organization. Previously, Matt served as a trainer for organizations including the Oregon State football and baseball teams the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs. Matt resides in Albany, Ore., with wife Annie and son, Alex.
Many of you probably saw congratulations are in order for Meg Caswell, who won HGTV’s Design Star program in 2011. Look for Meg on TV.
I received an update that Dr. Shawn Ebaugh serves as clinic director of Chiro One Wellness Center of Homer Glen near Chicagoland. After graduating from JCU, Shawn received his Doctor of Chiropractic at National University of Health Sciences. He hosted a workshop designed to educate people about common threads that influence health. In addition to this work, Shawn is a certified golf fitness instructor.
Kevin Filiatraut has been married for four years to Kim and has two children: Luke (2) and Claire, who was born June 8. Kevin has been an assistant prosecuting attorney at the Cuyahoga county prosecutor’s office for eight years and is in the major trial unit in the office.
There were many other arrivals in June this year. Robb Giambrone and his wife, Helen, welcomed their daughter, Sophia, June 8. Sophia’s older brother, Dominic (3), is a loving big brother.
Casey (Sullivan) and Kyle Reynolds welcomed new baby, Dylan Francis, June 12. He joins older brother Jack (3).
Emily Berdell Marotte and her husband, Ydillio, welcomed a baby boy, Samuel, June 20. Samuel was 10 pounds, 12 ounces, and 23 inches long when he was born. Mom is happy that he has beautiful blue eyes and is a happy baby.
Christine (Weimer) Papesch and husband, Erich, welcomed their daughter, Gabrielle Genevieve, Sept. 9. Gabrielle joins big sister Elizabeth (4) and brother Nicholas (2). Congratulations to all proud parents.
I look forward to hearing from more of you in the coming months.
I’ve finally cracked the code for getting information from you. Clearly, you sense my desperation when I resort to writing about myself, or you’re bored by stories about my life. Either way, it worked. We have many updates from our classmates. Tom Dirmyer was stricken with guilt by my desperate pleas for updates in the last column and wrote to let you know he resides in Houston with his wife, Debby. He’s a chemical/commodity trader for CLP Chemicals.
Jennifer Giordano is pregnant and acting as a surrogate for her cousin and her husband. The baby girl is due in late October.
One of our classmates has a new title: Deacon Alan Vincent Benander is about to begin his ninth year of seminary and religious life as a member of the St. Michael’s Abbey of the Norbertine Fathers in Orange, Calif. On Aug. 28, 2010, he made his perpetual religious vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and became a permanent member of the community. Then, on June 25, 2011, he was ordained a deacon at one of the mission basilicas in southern California. After spending the past three years studying theology in Rome, he’ll be living in California, serving as a deacon for the liturgies and teaching in the high school, applying his math background. After this year, he’ll return to Rome for a couple more years to complete his studies before returning to California permanently. He plans to be a deacon for one or two years before being ordained to the priesthood. He sends prayers and requests we send prayers his way.
Michele Detore is the new assistant principal for St. Hilary School in Fairlawn, Ohio. For the past five years, she has been assistant principal at Beaumont School in Cleveland Heights and before that was assistant principal at Sts. John and Paul High School in Ashtabula, Ohio. Michele has a master’s degree in educational administration from Ursuline College.
Elizabeth (Petrus) Cano and her husband announced the arrival of their first baby, Alessandra Adela Cano, Feb. 8, 2011.
Joel DeSocio and Mollie Marie Christoff planned to wed at St. Dominic Church in Youngstown, Ohio, this past August. Following his Carroll days, Joel graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and now is a title examiner attorney for First American Title Insurance Co. in Cleveland.
Thanks to all for sharing such exciting news. I look forward to sharing more in future columns. All the best.
Hello, everyone. I hope summer is treating you well. Just a few of our classmates have updates, but they’re all great.
Josh McDaniels has been hired to oversee the St. Louis Rams offense and further the development of quarterback Sam Bradford. Previously, Josh was with the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots. He and his wife, Laura, have two children.
Erin Collins Soroosh and her husband welcomed a beautiful baby boy March 3, 2011. Jacob Rustem Soroosh arrived nine weeks early but is doing well. At the time of this writing, he was still in the hospital but continues to grow and develop. When he was born, he weighed 2 lbs. 7 oz.
Emily Berdell Marotte and husband, Ydillio, were expecting a baby around June 24. They’re excited to meet the new addition to the family and are waiting on the delivery to find out if it’s a boy or girl.
We’re a little short on news this edition, so I’ll answer the question I frequently am asked by y’all – what am I up to? As you can tell from the ‘y’all’ I’m still in Texas and just celebrated my 10th anniversary at Mary Kay’s corporate headquarters. I lead the business operations team for their global creative division. When I’m not traveling or enrolled in a professional development class, I spend my spare time on the board of a young nonprofit, Recovery Inn, which provides housing and life skills programs for women in recovery from alcoholism and addiction. My seven nieces and nephews also keep me busy – truly the VIPs in my world. It’s a great life.
We’d like to know what’s important in your life. Send me a note with your updates, and I’ll include them in the next issue. All the best.
Hello, everyone. I hope spring is treating you well. I have several fun updates to share from our classmates.
Erin Clark married Michael Delisanti May 1, 2010, in their hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. Several JCU grads were in attendance. Monica Russell joined the law firm of McFadden & Freeburg Co. in Cleveland. Her practice focuses on litigation, real-estate law, and title claims work. She and her husband, James, have two children: Madeleine and Tre. They live in Medina.
Aaron Frazee and his wife, Jennifer, had their first child, daughter Lyla Grace July 27, 2010. Aaron is in his 11th year of teaching high school social studies and coaching high school football. He’s in his fifth year at Upper Sandusky (Ohio) High School.
Of all the alumni sharing this month, Christopher Siders is living the furthest from our alma mater – in China. He’s an English as a foreign language instructor at Shenyang University of Engineering in Shenyang.
Pete Gast has several updates. First, he and his wife, Becky, welcomed their first child Dec. 28. Reagan Elizabeth Gast joined the world at 8 lbs. 10 oz. and now has her own Facebook page in case you want to follow her exciting life. According to Pete, several of the BETA fraternity brothers have become accomplished endurance athletes. Pete completed Ironman Canada in 2010. He knows the late Mike Gressman (also a BETA) was looking out for him as Pete wore the Michael J. Gressman Brain Tumor Research Fund jersey during the race. Mike, who died of GBM brain cancer, also was an avid triathlete. Pete reports Corey Paquette completed Ironman Arizona a couple of years ago, and Eddie Novak recently ran the Chicago Marathon. Kudos to these guys for taking on these incredible challenges.
I look forward to hearing from more of you with updates about the excitement in your lives.
All the best.
Several of our classmates have great news to share. Steve Beaudry married Karley Hoffman Sept. 4, in Akron, Ohio, with many of our fellow classmates in attendance.
Many new arrivals have come on the scene during the past few months. Lisa Frusteri Zickefoose and her husband, Dave, recently welcomed their newest addition, Jack David Zickefoose, who was born April 19. Big sister Maren (3) is great with Jack (or Jacky boy as she calls him). Casey Yandek and his wife, Michelle, welcomed their second child, Mary Frances, August 23. Christine Weimer Papesch and her husband, Erich, welcomed Nicholas Peter, June 22, 2009. Nicholas joins big sister, Elizabeth Cecelia.
In the career realm, Christina Fisk, who has her reading endorsement, is a special education teacher. She’s looking for a permanent position but enjoys working as a substitute teacher right now.
Congrats to all our classmates about these exciting updates. I look forward to hearing from many more of you in the future. Have a great day.
I hope this column finds you well. This edition brings great news from our fellow graduates who had babies on the same day.
Julie (Randles) Curtis and her husband Matt welcomed their first child May 8. Andrew (Drew) Charles Curtis joined the world at 8 lbs. 7 oz., 21 inches. (See photo on page 94.) Julie enjoyed many Carroll friends visiting and meeting the new kiddo in the first few months of his life. Now, Julie has returned to her practice at Riverview Eye Associates and teaching at The Ohio State College of Optometry but still looks forward to seeing her adorable little one as much as possible.
Mary (Shaughnessy) Claffey had her second child, Virginia Grace, also May 8. Virginia’s brother, Leo (4) is proud of his new sister. Mary is married to Michael Claffey and lives in Mansfield, Mass. She earned an M.S. in library science from Simmons College and has been an editor/librarian at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston for the past six years. She works on the Adams Family Papers (i.e., John and Abigail Adams, John Quincy Adams, etc.). Her husband, who is a ’99 graduate of Providence College, works for the Harvard Clinical Research Institute. My personal thanks to Mary for her work in preserving our nation’s history.
So, I guess this column is dedicated to the working moms in our class. I’d be happy to dedicate it to the scuba divers among us, or rodeo cowboys, or other Texans in our class. (I know you’re out there.) I just haven’t heard from anyone in those groups. I hope I do soon because I think everyone in the class would be happy to know what’s happening in your life. Until then, best wishes.
I hope this edition finds you all well. Several of our classmates have big news to share with us! Megan Ross was married to Brian Trainer of Pittsburgh on September 19, 2009, at St. Nicholas R.C. Church in Pittsburgh. The reception followed aboard The Duchess riverboat of the Gateway Clipper Fleet. Several Carroll grads were in attendance including: Sarah (Parsons) Trausch, Jeff ’98 and Erin (Liberati) Bors, Katie Ilg, Colleen (Auth) Potanko, Kristin (Riebe) Swenson, Dave ‘97 and Kim (Tomba) Pfundstein, Gregory and Kirstin (Feast) Martin, Megan (Stenger) Cooper, Mike ’98 and Shannon (Shepard) Scott, Darren and Leslie (Butler) Hilliard, Chris ’98 and Anita (Susnjara) Lembach, and Matt Tunno.
Dr. Lindsay Nist and Douglas Werner were married Oct. 24, 2009, at St. Brigid of Kildare Catholic Church in Dublin. Since graduating from John Carroll, Lindsay received a master’s and doctorate from The Ohio State University. She is employed by South-Western City Schools, Grove City, OH.
Susan Malick Spivey and her husband, Adam, welcomed a daughter, Savannah Jane Spivey, on Feb. 5, 2010. Susan is a reference librarian at the North Ridgeville Branch of the Lorain Public Library System and Adam is a computer technician at Forest City Enterprises in Cleveland, OH. Congratulations to the Spivey family!
Craig Acton has been named chief financial officer for Wayfarer Aviation in Purchase, NY. Wayfarer is a premier aircraft management and charter firm of various aircraft types ranging from Gulfstream, Global Express, Falcon, Challenger, Learjet, Hawker-Beechcraft, and Cessna. Since graduating from JCU, Acton has held roles at other companies including Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings and Ernst & Young. Additionally, he earned a master’s in accountancy from the University of Notre Dame.
Paula Peters married Kent Furst on April 10, 2010, in Clarence, NY. Paula is an employment specialist at the Employment Alliance. Kent is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University. He is a research analyst with Fredonia Group.
When passing through Columbus, OH, in April, I had the pleasure of visiting with Julie (Randles) Curtis and Alicia Mazzi. Julie and her husband Matt, who live in Columbus, are expecting the arrival of their first child shortly. Alicia lives in Cleveland, and is using her law degree from Case Western Reserve University to support several local firms.
I look forward to hearing from more of you in the coming months! Best,
Happy spring everyone! Here are some quick updates from our classmates … Mark and Christie (Hejduk) Annichine welcomed their new son, Patrick Kenneth, in January 2009. He joins his older brother Zach in kicking up fun in the Annichine household.
Eileen Sellers and Kevin Clugston were married Aug. 1, 2009, at St. Joseph Church in Canton, OH, by Monsignor Frank Carfagna and Deacon Edward Laubacher. Bridesmaids included fellow class of ’99 grads, Joann Class and Lindsay Nist. Eileen is now employed by St. Joseph School and the groom by YRC Worldwide.
Lou and Gina (Rennpage) Gabel were blessed with the addition of their newest daughter, Alice Harper, on Aug. 27, 2009. Her older sister, Lucy (Lucia Page) is 2.
Catherine (Jedrey) Stein and her husband Dale welcomed son Andrew Mark Stein on May 19, 2009.
Casey Yandek lives in Rocky River with his wife, Michelle. They have a daughter Elizabeth Margaret (1). Casey is the associate principal/director of student life and activities at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, OH. Previously, he was a teacher and administrator at Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron, OH. He also functions as the director of the annual Holy Cross Conference for Student Leaders held every year at Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, IN.
And finally, Amy McKinnis and John O’Donoghue report that they have nothing new to report for the column. I don’t believe it for a minute, but wanted to let everyone know that they are still keepin’ it real. Have a great spring.
Well, everyone, it looks like the women have it this time. Our updates all come from our female classmates, beginning with Jennifer Giordano, who moved to Indiana after graduate school. She works for Anthem/BCBS doing inpatient psych and substance abuse reviews and recently got to start working from home (lucky girl!). She is enjoying being a homeowner, spoiling her nephew, Anthony, and keeping in touch with her John Carroll friends. At the time of this writing, she’s looking forward to a visit from our classmate Jen (Klein) Rosenbaum this fall. Kathy (Wodzisz) Antila and her husband, Randy, welcomed their baby boy, Jacob Eugene, “Jake,” on May 7, 2009. Kathy loves being a mom to her fun little boy. Kathy has been at Ernst & Young for five years now in marketing, communications, and training. Jake took his first road-trip this summer and met his new best friend, Conor, the son of Carlye (Gardner) Fallon and her husband, Bob. Conor James was born on Nov. 26, 2008. Carlye is a vice president at Edelman, a global public relations agency headquartered in Chicago. She and her family reside in north suburban Glenview, IL.
Emily Berdell works as director of events at Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania, a trade association for heavy/highway contractors. She plans events like golf outings, Monte Carlo nights, and receptions. Her four years of experience are coming in handy as she plans her upcoming wedding to Ydilio Marotte on Nov. 7, 2009. He is originally from the Pittsburgh area, but his family is from Argentina. The wedding will be in Lower Burrell, PA, where Emily and Ydilio purchased a home last fall. Rochelle (Nowinski) Young and Tricia (Bestic) Niswander are both in the bridal party.
Julie (Thorud) Adrianopoli and her husband, Carlin, have two boys, Caden (2) and Owen (1). Julie started her own consulting business about 18 months ago and has a contract with The Chicago Community Trust to work with a consortium of education funders and to manage a civic planning process focused on arts education. In addition, she’s teaching values-based leadership at DePaul University. Her husband is a managing director at FTI Consulting specializing in steel and auto bankruptcies.
So I know we graduated with a class of about 50% men. Gentlemen, we’d love to hear what you’re up to these days! Please drop me a line.
Hi, everyone! I hope this column finds you all well! Here are a few updates following our Reunion … Kait Habig Connelly reports that she and her husband, Zack, had Finian Maxwell Connelly on July 7, 2008. Prior to his birth, Kait was teaching but now is enjoying time with Finian and watching him grow into an amazing person.
Dietra (Brooks) Winkfield is living in Euclid with her husband of almost eight years and her two adorable boys, Edward (4) and Elijah (1). Since acquiring her master’s in rehabilitation counseling in 2002, Dietra has worked for the State of Ohio as a vocational rehabilitation counselor.
Patty Raimer shared lots of great news for this edition. She got married in 2003 and had been living in the Ann Arbor, MI, area doing her pediatrics training. Patty completed her pediatric residency in 2006 at the University of Michigan and then stayed to complete a three-year fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine. She completed the fellowship at the end of June and moved back to the Cleveland area to work in the pediatric intensive care unit at the Cleveland Clinic.
Matt Thiel and his wife, Amy, welcomed a daughter, Brooke Madison, on March 30, 2009. She joins big brothers Luke Brady (4) and Landon Matthew (1). Matt is a dentist in private practice in Canton.
Beachwood lost one of its best to Lakewood this year. After two years as the assistant principal at Beachwood Middle School and nine years in the district, Roxann Ramsey is transitioning into a new role as the curriculum coordinator for Lakewood City Schools. She taught English at Beachwood High School from 2000-2006 and was the district’s director of student activities from 2003-2006. Immediately following her graduation from the JCU undergraduate program, she pursued and received her master’s degree in ’01 from our illustrious alma mater.
Sadly, the Class of ’99 lost one of its members, Michael Gressman, on July 14 to a brain tumor. His incredible will and determination will never be forgotten. To learn more about the fund created in his honor to support brain tumor research, you can visit www.braincancerhope.org.
Take care! I hope to hear from you soon.
Ten years since our graduation and our classmates have lots to report! Mike Shields is currently practicing law for the Pittsburgh law firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC. His practice areas include corporate, real estate, and political law. Mike graduated from The Catholic University of America Law School in 2002. Following law school, Mike served as a legislative assistant for then-State Senator Allyson Schwartz and then joined the Rendell Administration at the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Subsequently, he served as a judicial law clerk to a judge on the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. Mike’s looking forward to seeing his fellow classmates at Reunion this year.
Sarah (Matsik) Brenner is enjoying life in Seattle. Six and a half years ago, Sarah moved to Washington with fellow Carroll graduate Beth Petrus. Within a month of the cross-country move, Sarah met her husband, whom she married in August 2007. She is in graduate school for school counseling, doing her internship at a local middle school, and she graduates in June.
Meg Wolchko and Ryan Matthews announced their engagement earlier this year. The Blue Streaks couple plans on getting married at Carroll in the summer of 2010. Meg lives in the Boston area and teaches sixth and eighth grades in Plymouth, MA. Ryan lives in Plymouth and is practicing law.
Andrea (Kifus) Bordonaro is currently in her 10th year of teaching first grade at Edison Elementary School in the Willoughby-Eastlake (OH) City School District. She received her master’s in the art of teaching from Marygrove College in 2003. On July 19, 2008, Andrea married Thomas Bordonaro of Chesterland, OH. The couple currently lives in Willoughby. The wedding party included bridesmaid Michele Shipley and groomsman, Ryan Kifus ’03, and Maura Evans, another one of our classmates, was in attendance.
Erin Collins-Stoddard passed on the great news that Julie Worthington married Larry Muennich in Sonoma, CA, on March 13, 2009. Several of our JCU classmates were in attendance for the lovely event. The couple now lives in Louisville, KY.
Brandy M. Mlechick and Seth C. Staffen were married Sept. 13, 2008, at Duquesne University Chapel in Pittsburgh. Seth holds a master’s degree from Duquesne University. He is employed as a chemical specialist for VWR International. The couple currently resides in Hopewell Township, PA. After leaving the hallowed halls of John Carroll, Nada Montoni Ingram married her husband, Bret, originally from Southampton, NY, in 2001. Nada worked in the healthcare field in assisted living/retirement communities before having her three girls: Alaina (5), Lidia (4), and Silvia (10 mos.). The couple lives in the Cleveland area where Bret works for FirstEnergy.
Jennifer French now resides in the Lakeview area in Chicago. She worked for a law firm in downtown Cleveland immediately following our graduation but shortly decided to relocate to Chicago. After working in advertising, Jennifer found her niche in retail sales and management. Since working at Ralph Lauren and Jake, she is now the general manager of the retail store Handle With Care located in the Old Town area of Chicago. Jennifer can be reached at 312-751-2929. She is looking forward to returning to Cleveland for her 10th Reunion in June. Speaking of Reunion – remember, it’s June 19-21! Cleveland-area alumni are invited to attend Vegas Night on Friday and also the Sunday Father’s Day brunch. You can contact Carla Gall ’05 for further information – email@example.com – 216-397-1592.
Can you remember what you were doing 10 years ago? Perhaps you were studying for your finals, enjoying spring weather on the quad, or planning carpools for our senior trip to Myrtle Beach. Since then, time has flown and in this update our classmates share news about the much more recent highlights in their lives. Vince Benander just renewed his religious vows as Brother Alan Vincent of the Norbertine Order. This is his second three-year renewal of vows as a seminarian at St. Michael’s Abbey in Orange County, CA. Prior to joining the Abbey; Brother Alan worked as an Internet programmer. Currently, he studies theology in Rome at the Angelicum University and promises to keep the JCU community in his prayers – especially the class of 1999!
Jim ’98 and Michelle (Zuccaro) Evans welcomed their third child, Payton McKenna, into their family on the same day that they celebrated their eighth anniversary – Aug. 6, 2008. Payton joins her big sister Kaylee (5 ½) and big brother, Dylan (4 ½).
Pat Carey has been in good ol’ Cincinnati for the past eight years. At the moment he works for Convergys.
Sarah (Furey) Reichert married Matt Reichart last on June 28, 2008, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Norwalk, OH. The couple resides in North Olmsted where Sarah teaches English at Westlake High School, and Matt works as an electronics technician for Fisher Electronics in Norwalk.
Sally Taylor is the newest director of financial planning at Arizona’s Keats, Connelly and Associates, LLC. The firm specializes in managing the complexities of accumulated wealth as well as U.S./Canadian cross-border planning. Since graduating from Carroll, Sally received her Master of Science in Financial Planning from the College for Financial Planning and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Financial Planning Association and the Central Arizona Estate Planning Council.
Paul Hospodar provided a quick update via the JCU Alumni web site. He’s now in North Olmsted with this wife, Danielle, and their two children: Paul and Luke. Currently at Champion One in Beachwood, Paul works as the Optical Product Line manager.
Christina Fisk works as a litigation paralegal for a publicly-traded real-estate trust, Developers Diversified Realty Corp., in Beachwood. She’s also pursuing her license in special education from Notre Dame College and will be student teaching in the fall. Living in Willowick, Christina would love to hear from any of our classmates – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last November, Erin (Collins) Soroosh walked down the aisle at JCU with many of our classmates in attendance including Julie Worthington, Blythe (Fuller) Hronek and Jimmy Hronek ’01, Shaena (Welsh) Miller, Megan Cannell, Kerry Gallagher, Kristin (Oswick) Bergen and Zach Bergen ’97, Sheryl Strell, Annie Reape, Janey (Price) Ames. Erin now works for John Carroll as a regional director in Chicago on both alumni relations and admissions.
April Dawn Protzik married Ernest Richard Hollenbeck on Sept. 20, 2008, at St. Ursula Church in Allison Park, PA. Since graduating from John Carroll, April earned her physician assistant degree as a graduate of Chatham University. Her husband is employed at Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital in ER Trauma. The couple calls Allison Park home.
Remember, our Reunion is June 19-21, 2009. If you’d like to be on the class committee, contact Carla Gall ’05, reunion coordinator – email@example.com – 216.397.1595. JCU Connect – http://jcu.imodules.com/s/566/index.aspx – is a great out source for reunion information as well as class specific information. I hope to see many of you this summer on campus. Meanwhile, let me know what’s new to you!
This edition’s column brings great news from our classmates throughout the U.S. Kyle Reynolds and Casey Sullivan are married and living in Oakmont, PA. Casey works as an AP English teacher and Kyle is with PNC Bank. They welcomed their first son, Jack, in June.
Jennifer (Klein) Rosenbaum and her husband of six years, Adam, currently reside in Naperville, IL. Their second child, Bruce Edward, arrived in November 2007. Jen stays busy as a full-time mom raising Bruce and his big sister, Elise McKenna (3 ½ ). Bruce was recently baptized and his godmother is our fellow graduate Jennifer Giordano.
In other news, Jason Vonhaz recently announced his engagement to Michelle Dana Spangler. Jason is employed with a surety company in Atlanta. The bride-elect is a special education teacher in the Forsyth County School District in Atlanta.
Kelly (Zobel) and Joe Chernowski welcomed their new baby girl, Esther Grace, on September 25 at 10:36 p.m. She joined her four big sisters weighing in at 8 lbs., 2 oz. and 20.5 inches. This exciting news means the Chernowskis have a future girls’ basketball team all set to go!
Gigi Awad and her husband also celebrated the arrival of their new son, Asa Akil Awad Cokley. He graced the world with his presence on September 23, 9lbs. 2 oz. and 21.5 inches.
Just outside Detroit, MI, Dan Boyle and his wife, Amy, have been married for more than three years. Their son, Bennett Michael, was born in early February. Dan currently works in medical sales with Johnson & Johnson in the same division as our classmate Joe DiPasquale. Small world!
I’d also like to include a note in this column about Jessica Kochis since the news of her passing reached me after the deadline for the last issue. Although Jessica is no longer with us, her soft-spoken voice combined with her quick wit left an indelible imprint on my memory. I’m sure many of you have wonderful college memories that include Jessica. I know we will always miss her and hold her memory close in our heart.
I look forward to hearing from you in the next few months. All the best,
Hi all. It’s great to hear from so many of our classmates. Everyone’s looking forward to reunion next summer! Barbara (Tober) Burkardt reports that she works as a certified nurse midwife in Plymouth, MI. On a more personal note, Barbara is married to Brian Burkardt and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Emma Grace, in March.
Also in Michigan, Pete Gast has been happily married for four years now. He’s starting to train again for the Ironman after an injury forced him out for surgery and recovery. On the West coast, Jaime Richards lives in the San Francisco area and is working as one of the beauty editors for www.BellaSugar.com, part of an online community under the Sugar Publishing umbrella. It’s the perfect fit, combining his degree in Communications and license in Cosmetology. On the other side of the Pacific, Frank Tulenko is the recipient of an East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) award. As part of his graduate studies at Wesleyan University, this award allowed Frank to spend his summer in Kobe, Japan, at the RIKEN Institute’s Center for Developmental Biology. Here he studied the lamprey, a primitive vertebrate similar to the first vertebrates in having no jaws or paired fins but continuing to thrive with its archaic cartilage jowls. This investigation should provide insight into how simple systems develop, which could lead to understanding more about how birth defects occur in humans. Back in the Midwest, Amy Miklos Giltz resides in Canton, Ohio and for the last seven years has worked for AstraZeneca’s oncology division. In 2006, Amy married Harry Giltz and the couple has a 16-month-old little girl, Ella! Jason Eubanks finished his orthopaedic residency and is now moving on to his spine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. Jason’s studies in English literature at John Carroll have not been wasted, though. He’s written a book of poetry, Rotations: A Medical Student’s Clinical Experience, available at BN.com and Amazon.com! This quarter’s updates seem to revolve around our classmates whose education led them to pursue careers in the sciences. So this update begs the question – what did all those business majors end up doing with their degree? And how about the liberal arts? Philosophy majors – fill us in! How are you enlightening the world today with your liberal arts background? I hope to here from you soon! -
Hi everyone! It’s great to be writing this column and so great to hear from some of ya’ll. I’m a little tentative about following in the footsteps of the great Mark Annichine but I’ll try my best. Thanks, Mark, for all your work on the previous columns! So here’s the latest from our classmates — Amanda (Plesco) Hall reports that she married Doug Hall in October and lives close to Pittsburgh. In addition to her work in advertising at Ketchum, she co-owns a style-savvy boutique. Check it out at www.jupeboutique.com. Hopefully it will be coming to a town nearer me (oh – and you) very soon!
Monica (Kramer) Russell and her husband, James, are enjoying the company of their little daughter Madeleine. She arrived last May. In addition to being a mom, Monica is an attorney at Carlisle-Kesling & Adamczyk Co., L.P.A. in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, her husband works at Goldman & Rosen in Akron.
Joe Chernowski just completed his thesis on lay ministry. Congrats Joe! He and his wife Kelly (Zobel) reside in New York with their three daughters.
John Longo and his wife of six years, Jenni, have an adorable 2 ½ year-old son named CJ and are expecting another child right now. Look for updates in the next issue!
Gigi Awad who was married last summer is also expecting a little bundle of joy. I recently caught up with her and discovered that she now resides in Austin, Texas, where she works at the University of Texas-Austin as an assistant professor.
In case “ya’ll” haven’t guessed already, I have also moved back to the great state of Texas. I’m in Dallas staying warm but of course I’m already looking forward to visiting Cleveland for our reunion next year! Drop me a note whenever you get a chance. We’d all love to hear from you.
The magazine thanks Mark Annichine for his column service since 2006 and welcomes Meg Galligan to her new role.
Mark Annichine’s last column –
Greetings, friends. This will be my last class column. Upon seeing that Jerry Pockar was turning the page after having taken this publication to such a first-class level, I decided that my time as a columnist had come to an end. My heartfelt thanks to Jerry for being the consummate professional and superb advocate for John Carroll University. It is solely because of Jerry that I accepted the invitation to take on this column when it last came available. In each of my encounters with Jerry, he has reminded me why I am proud to be a graduate of JCU.
As for this column, I will be handing the pen to the much-loved Meg Galligan. I’m sure many of us will be very happy for that! … With the holidays surrounding us (just prior to this writing), there was very little in the way of updates. Nonetheless, there were two very exciting ones. In October, Amy Bakos married Clem Iannello. Her bridesmaids were Kristen (Betka) Layman, Kari Casper, and Nicole (Peterson) Gorius. Amy is currently working at American Express as a global implementation manager and living in Cleveland.
Also in October, Sarah Furey got engaged to Matt Reichert. They are planning a June 28, 2008 wedding in Norwalk, Ohio. Best wishes, Sarah and Matt!
Please send your updates to me – MAnnichine@TheFinancialCenter.com – until Meg writes her inaugural article. I will be sure to pass them along to her. Thank you for reading this column, and thank you for so cooperatively sending me your updates. I trust you will be as kind to Meg as you have been to me.
In lieu of a goodbye, I will leave you with this anonymous perspective. The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything. Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Peace and wellness to you. Go get ‘em, Meg!
Hello friends. It has been nice to hear from so many of you. Please keep the updates coming. We’ll start this column with an update on Renee (Weaver) and Grant ’98 Varnum. On April 28 of this year, they gave birth to an awesome little boy named Gavin. For those of you who know Grant (and I can’t imagine there are too many JCU grads of our era who don’t), you realize that Gavin will soon begin an intense workout regimen. He will be the toughest kid in Twinsburg, OH, (their home).
Dave and Lisa (Frusteri) Zickefoose were married on April 30, 2005, in Cleveland. On September 1 of this year, their daughter Maren Abigail was born. In 2002, Lisa received her Master’s of Science in Social Administration from CWRU’s Mandel School of Applied Sciences. The Zickefoose family currently lives in Denver, CO, where Lisa works as a caseworker investigating child abuse and neglect in familial and institutional settings for Adams County.
Justin Brent checked in with me recently. He spent three years in the logistics/transportation field, then (as he called it) “pulled a Peter Gibbons (‘Office Space’) and ditched his cubicle and TPS reports for construction.” Last fall, Justin finished a four-year carpentry apprenticeship and is now a journeyman carpenter and member of Local 21 in Cleveland. He works for Sports Construction Group out of Cleveland, installing synthetic turf athletic fields. He even spent a summer working on Carroll’s Dolan Science Center and a winter in Key West rebuilding Navy housing damaged by Hurricane Wilma. Justin owns a home in Lakewood and just recently got engaged to Jessica DuMound, a Hiram graduate. They plan to wed in the fall of 2008.
Kevin and Nicole (Jusseaume) Finefrock live in North Canton, OH, with their two sons, Joshua (3) and Mitchell (1). Nicole works as a part-time counselor for gifted students at Green High School.
Kathryn Guelcher had her second baby, Lillian Frances, born August 10, 2007. Kathryn’s other child, Andrew recently turned three.
Christine (Weimer) Papesch and her husband, Erich, gave birth to a baby girl, Elizabeth Cecilia on June 4 of this year. She was 8 lbs. 6 oz. and 20.5 inches.
After living in Boston, MA, for over six years, Erin Clark relocated back to her hometown of Buffalo, NY, where she is working as a human resources professional at Computer Task Group, Inc.
Brian and Renee (Cheraso) Doyle moved to Macedonia, OH, after Brian earned his MBA at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. Brian is a district manager for Heidelberg Distributing in Independence, OH. Renee is the U.S. hospitality coordinator for RJF International, a wall covering manufacturer headquartered in Fairlawn, OH.
PJ and Megan (Sweeney) Insera have a daughter named Mia (2). Megan teaches fifth grade at Cloverbank Elementary School (which I think is in Hamburg, NY).
Cara Santoro married Joe Rasnick on June 30, 2007. Many JCU alumni were on hand to witness the occasion. Cara and Joe live in Tonawanda, NY, with their pug, Ruby. Cara is a special education teacher at Cheektowaga Central Senior High School.
Kevin Linder graduated from the University of Buffalo law school this year and is currently working on the congressional campaign for 2000 JCU graduate Jon Powers.
Jen Blumhagen received her master’s degree from Case Western Reserve and resides on the East Side of Cleveland. She is the director of a mental health counseling program servicing multiple schools throughout the city of Cleveland.
I heard from Cara (Profughi) Coe ’00. She is married to Cole Coe and they have two sons, Hayden (4 ½) and Porter (born July 7).
Kaitlin Habig Connelly married Zack on July 14 at Bellarmine Chapel in Cincinnati, OH. They just moved back to the Cincinnati area, where Kaitlin will be teaching math and technology at Ursuline Academy.
One final note — become a Carroll Contact. List yourself as a potential connection for current JCU students seeking career or other advice. Visit www.jcu.edu/careercenter and click on the Career Connection link. Then click on Carroll Contact and begin filling out your information. Peace,
Hello again. I hope your summer has been enjoyable and healthy. I’d really like to hear from you, so please be sure to drop me a line. Notice my new e-mail address and phone number. I’ve recently started a new firm and things have been hectic, but good so far. Also, parenthood is treating Christie and me very well. Zachary is coming up on nine months at the time of this writing.
Katherine (Kuck) Kick and her husband, Phillip, live in Florence, MA, and have two children: Adelaide (2) and Cameron (7 mos.) at the time of this writing.
Susie Ann Zkiab is a kindergarten teacher at Holly Lane Elementary School in Westlake, OH. She lives in Bay Village.
Tim Howley lives in Oakland Park, FL, and works in Fort Lauderdale as a regional director for SWI Digital, Inc.
Adrienne Manzo is living in Grand Island, NY.
Christopher Ollison is the director of logistic services for Fast Trac Direct. He lives in Houston, TX.
Martha (Keffer) Polomsky and her husband Brian ’00 live in La Grange, IL. Martha received her MSEd from Northern Illinois University in 2003. They have two children: Anne (2) and Katherine (4 mos.) at the time of this writing.
William Wetzel and his wife, Kara, are living in Villa Hills, KY. In 2006, he received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Indiana University. He is working as an assistant professor at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, KY.
Emily Berdell is living in Oakmont, PA — home of the 2007 U.S. Open. She is the director of events for Constructors Association of Western PA.
Alex and Jennifer (Miller) Bruening currently reside in Winchester, VA.
Rita (Kingsbury) Burke and her husband Timothy ’98 live in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, with their two sons, Timmy (3) and Jack (2). Rita received her MBA from Case Western Reserve University in 2003.
Michael Chambers is slated to receive his MBA from Cleveland State University in November of this year. He is a factory sales representative for Serta Mattress Company. Instead of counting sheep, just call Mike!
That’s all I have for this time. Thanks for sending me your updates. Feel free to send me as much scoop as you’d like — even if it is about somebody else. Thanks for reading and enjoy your autumn.
Hello friends. Because I missed the last issue, I have a lot to catch up on (and little space), so here we go… Let’s start with some good friends, the Roarks. I am fortunate to keep in touch with Randy and Michelle (Laurio) Roark. Randy recently got back from Afghanistan, where he was serving as a dentist in the U.S. Army. They have a son, Jackson (2 1/2). Michelle is a pediatric nurse practitioner in the emergency room. At the moment I’m typing this, they live in the Ft. Bragg, NC, area, but by the time this hits your hands, they will be residing in Columbus, OH.
Adrienne Timonere-Publicover is the assistant principal of Saint Ann School in Cleveland Heights. She and her husband, Dan, got married in 2001 and live in University Heights.
Michelle (Bjel) and Rob Velotta were married at Saint Francis Chapel in 2002. They had their first baby, Thomas Robert, on October 14 and are currently living in Willoughby, OH.
Shannon (Shepard) and Michael ’98 Scott had a son, William, who will be two years old this June.
I saw Maria Mahfood Terezis this fall and I heard from her again this winter. She and her husband, Nick, also had their first child. Ava Tsambika arrived into this world on October 24.
Ryan Gorczyca and his wife, Michelle, now have two children — Gavan Michael (2) and Sean Ryan (5 mos.).
Rochelle (Nowinski) Young married a University of Dayton graduate, Jason, in September. Those on hand at the wedding included JCU’s Beth Wood, Leah Kramer, Emily Berdell, and Siegmund Fuchs, as well as Allyson Hunter ’98 (exchange student from Ireland). Rochelle is currently working at the CBS affiliate in Columbus and working toward her MBA from Capital University.
In November, Shaena (Welsh) and Chad ’00 Miller had a baby girl, Shaunee.
Ed Novak married Lori Nita of Lansing, IL, in 2005. Ed also successfully completed his first marathon that year in Chicago. Then in 2006, he received his MBA from the University of Chicago. They currently reside in Lincoln Park in Chicago.
Suzanne Brown recently moved to Gilbert, AZ to teach first grade. She had been teaching in the Cleveland Municipal Schools prior to the move. She’d love to hear from any other JCU alumni in the Phoenix area.
Ann (Crowley) Raven brought another Blue Streak into this world on November 25. Welcome to the JCU family, little John “Jack” Adam Raven.
I heard from Brian Leisgang. He and his wife, Jennifer, started a new division of their printing and promotional products company in November 2004. They offer over 30,000 office products, office furniture, and janitorial products – www.bplofficeproducts.com. Kelly (Sobek) and Tom ’00 Clark had a baby boy, T.J. in June. Congratulations, Clarks.
On August 18, Claire Kew successfully defended her doctorial thesis in French literature at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She was set to marry Dr. Gerardo Vazquez on December 21 in Walt Disney World. Claire, I’d like a retrospective update, please.
Raymond Krohn is married to Hannah Rodabaugh and living in West Lafayette, IN. Ray is a Ph.D. candidate at Purdue University. Way to go, Ray!
Jennifer Bryk Hechko, DDS, MS graduated from OSU College of Dentistry and did her residency training at Columbus Children’s Hospital. In June, she married Adam Hechko, DVM. Wedding guests included John Kochilla, Carrie (Gargasz) Balthaser, Michael Hart, Kelly (Baracz) Hanobik, Erin Biehle Wimmer, and Dan Nauert. Jennifer practices pediatric dentistry in Aurora, OH. She also manages her husband’s office at his veterinarian practice.
Leslie (Butler) and Darren Hilliard welcomed a baby boy Owen Butler into this world in October.
I look forward to hearing from YOU next! All my best,
Greetings everybody. By virtue of last resort, and sadly for you, you are stuck with me for a while as your class columnist. I hope to hear from you all at one point or another. While I realize it will be very difficult to follow in the shoes of my predecessors, I will try to do my best. Please let me know how I’m doing from time to time, but most importantly, let me know how you are doing.
I might as well start by updating you on my life. I have been married to Christie (Hejduk) for over five years. We are expecting a little Annichine to arrive any time now. Christie’s due date is November 8! Christie is a high school English teacher at Hudson High School, and I am a financial planner with a firm called Cleveland Financial Group in Pepper Pike, OH.
Jodi Johnson-Glading and her husband Cameron welcomed their new son, Lincoln Robert, on October 2. Jodi is currently in her third year of medical school at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Australia.
William Wetzel received his Ph.D. from Indiana University this year. He’s living in Fort Wright, KY.
Erin (Herlihy) Hartnett is the director of Alumni Relations at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. She and her husband, Dennis, were married in July in Buffalo. Many JCU alumni were there to share in their special day.
Angela Spitalieri is the executive director of the Northern Ohio Italian American Foundation. Way to go, Angie!
Terry Sullivan is a captain in the U.S. Army. Keep up the great work, Terry. Thanks for all you are doing for us!
Ann (Crowley) Raven and her husband, Michael, are expecting their first child on December 20. They are living in State College, PA. Best of luck in your last month or so, Ann.
Monica (Kramer) Russell is an associate attorney with Carlisle-Kesling & Adamczyk Co., LPA. She is married to James and they live in Medina, OH.
Carlye (Gardner) Fallon recently joined Edelman, a Chicago public relations agency. She is an account supervisor in their corporate reputation management practice. She and her husband, Bob, have moved to a new home in Glenview, IL.
Jennifer Giordano is an assessment/referral counselor at Meadows Hospital in Bloomington, IN, where she also lives.
Meitra (Ferek) Fakult is a manager at the practice of Dr. E.J. Walter & Associates. Meitra and her husband, Christopher, live in Twinsburg.
Amanda (Slater) Polito is the weekend supervisor/director at KVBC-TV 3 in Las Vegas, NV. She is married to Brian, and they live in Henderson, NV.
Rich Nalepka is a material handler for The Cleveland Clinic. He lives in Willoughby Hills, OH.
Kristen (Lyons) McClellan is a corporate auditor for National City Corporation. She and her husband, John, live in Munson Township, OH.
Germine Awad is an assistant professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
That is all for now. I truly look forwarding to hearing from you soon! For now, best wishes to all for a happy and healthy holiday season.
Last column by Marty Fox
After being away for a few issues, it’s nice to be back at the quill. A special thanks to Kathryn Taylor for serving as a guest columnist. I just wish KT could have fit in some news about classmates with Chicago roots.
Seriously, who’s ready for a Brian Gomo update? Brian lives in Erie, PA, and is the general manager of First Machine and Manufacturing. Recently, Brian also entered into a storage rental property venture with his brother.
“How’s Resa Whipkey, you say?” Funny, you should ask because Resa is doing well and works at the Aurora City Schools (Aurora, OH) as a school psychologist.
Congrats to Joni (Cola) Krause on her recent promotion at Ernst &Young. Joni and her husband are currently planning a trip to Orlando, FL, for Jennifer Wilson’s upcoming wedding.
“How’s life in Poland…OH?” Just ask Maura Evans, who was married in September to Michael Wernicki. Maura is currently completing her master’s in reading at YSU. After the program is finished, Maura will begin her job as a reading specialist. Cheers to Maura and Michael.
Speaking of Y-Town, Daniel Memo and his wife, Erin (Fritz) ’00 are doing well there too. For the past six years, Daniel has been a financial consultant for Smith Barney.
Since college, CPT Mike Stull has been in the U.S. Army flying UH60L Black Hawk helicopters for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). In 2002, Mike served in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and in Iraq in 2003 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mike would like to thank everyone for their support and please keep him in your prayers as he is currently in Iraq.
Thanks to correspondence from his sister, Betsy, we have some great news to share about Vince Benander. After graduation, Vince worked at Progressive Insurance for a few years in computer programming but felt he had a “higher calling” in life. In 2003, Vince was accepted at St. Michael’s Abbey, in California and joined an order of monks called the Norbertines. Later that year, Vince became a brother and now is officially known as Brother (Frater) Alan. He has limited contact with his family and friends but he is able to get mail. Feel free to write Vince (even if it’s just to vent about Casey Blake) at: Vince Benander (Fr. Alan Benander), c/o St. Michael’s Abbey,19292 El Toro Road, Silverado, California 92676.
As always, please e-mail your updates and news…unless you’re from or live in Chicago. Kidding…sort of. Until the next issue,
Greetings class of ’99! This is Kathryn (Taylor) Guelcher. It is my honor to fill in as the first “guest columnist” at Marty Fox’s request. He cites my sense of humor as his reason for selecting me. While I am flattered, it is clear Marty’s ability to judge such things has disintegrated.
He also did not consider my noted lack of popularity, which made getting updates rather difficult. Unfortunately, I received no responses to my requests for “felonies, extreme changes in weight, broken bones, or awful hairdos.” Perhaps I did not make it clear that folks could report on others as well as themselves — then I would have gotten the truth. Luckily, I know people who know people. As it happens, I also know people who need people — and those people are the luckiest people in the world. Therefore, this column will update more traditional accomplishments.
As a challenge, I thought this should be done in either Haiku or Limerick, as suits my fancy. Because the Haiku should be a three line poem with 5-7-5 syllables respectively, I must employ the use of / to indicate a break in the line. A ; will mark the end of the Haiku. Without further ado, here is the news (most of it truthful) about our classmates. The Haiku’s: Kara Schroeder and/ Kevin Comer did marry/ baby coming soon; Expecting also/ residing in Chicago/ Meghan*, Mike Murray; Melissa (Gaynor)/ second baby on the way/ married Robb Mastros; Megan (Sweeney) births/ PJ Insera’s the dad/ fie, they love baby; Carlye (Gardner) works/ in media relations/ married Bob Fallon; Susan (O’Leary)/ Seamus O’Mahoney** got hitched/ Live in Chicago. Footnotes: *Megan Rogers. ** pronounced “O’Marney” for the syllabic sticklers.
The Limericks: Ellen (O’Connor), we’d all agree/ is a fair and a graceful beauty/ She married Barry Mac ’98 just a few years back/ now she’ll finish her master’s degree. Jenny (Franklin) who wed Hammond, Todd ’98 / got promoted at her current job/ an MBA serves her well, that’s sure easy to tell/ but she’s never a boast or a snob. Katie Bresnahan said last in writing/ that her life was not very exciting/ but I’d sooner protest, that law degree serves her best/ since at the State Department, for children, she’s fighting. Michelle Nugent a lively, sweet sprite/ who’s a listener to each friend and plight/ Isabella’s her girl, with bright smile and soft curl/ travels she rather often by flight. Jenny Blumhagen and her psych M.A./ work behavioral problems all day./ She’ll gladly answer, that yes, she beat cancer./ Never lacks she for something to say. Katie Wilson, a friend loyal and true,/ set her heart on a southern boy who,/ has the first name of Jon, whom she oft’ leans upon,/ as they plan for their nuptials in June. Erin Herlihy’s personality is sunny,/ those antics, that sass … Man she’s funny!/ I’m not being facetious, she recruits at Canisius/ Dennis Hartnett’s her fiancé, her honey. Ann Koch knows more folks than you’d guess./ She always has more friends, not less./ In Chi-town’s varied weather, she brings them together. / They are grateful they all must confess. Robb Giambrone while in JVC,/ Met his Helen, a fine lass is she./ In Nebraska or Ohio, they’ll live out their bio/ and live there just so happily. Amanda (Slater) Polito’s out west./ There in Vegas, she’s put to the test./ The only femme director, in her TV sector./ At their new home, she and Brian can rest. My husband Jim Guelcher is kind./ He sure was a heck of a find!/ Our new house is dandy, our son’s name is Andy./ Good Lord, I’m no good at this rhyme. KTG
Since we are into a New Year, it’s resolution time again. Resolution #1: Throw “caution to the wind” when it comes to using quotations: Joe Carino and Sarah Thomas are happy to “cap-off” their “dream season” with a much-anticipated May wedding. Led by “promising rookie” Aaron Carino ’03, they are headed to the big dance with the help of “savvy vets” Mike Thomas ’92 and Lisa (Thomas) Cohen ’95. To complete their “story book run,” they will dish to “sharpshooters” Katie Wilson, Bob Carcelli, Mike Maloney, Jamie Boyle and your own “serial name-dropper” himself. “Coach stays … ”Resolution #2: Reward those who write-in with multiple mentions: Katie Wilson is also heading down this aisle in the next few months as she gets ready to marry John Stillerman in June.
Belated congrats to James Wurtz who married Sarah Jacobs in September at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. After doing several years of research in Ireland, James recently spoke at the 100th anniversary of “Bloomsday” in Dublin, commemorating the events of James Joyce’s novel, Ulysses.
After graduating from the Medical College of Ohio, Patty Raimer is currently in her 2nd year of a pediatrics residency program at the University of Michigan. We also send well wishes to Patty and her husband, Jason Richards, who recently celebrated their first anniversary in September.
In 2004, Kathy Wodzisz completed the triple crown of life-altering events. In July, Kathy married Randy Antila and then the couple purchased a house in Avon. Kathy recently joined Ernest & Young as a member of their marketing/communications department.
Resolution #3: Learn to let go of disastrous column segment … after final attempt: We had such high hopes for the “Where Have You Gone” segment. We envisioned connecting with classmates who’ve lost touch to share new memories but we couldn’t have been more wrong. To those missing classmates who we didn’t hear from, we can only quote one of the timeless Spin Doctors songs and say, “Hope you’re doing fine!” Against better judgment, we’ve decided to bring back the segment for one more edition. As part of its spirited return, we ask, “Where Have You Gone … Michelle Bjel?”
Taking a cue from Ashlee Simpson, I’ve decided to shake things up a bit with the column. Where Ashlee changed her hair color, your class column is undergoing its own makeover by rolling out a new e-mail address. Some will probably feel it’s been long overdue and hopefully the new e-mail address will be more inviting for classmates to use. From this point on, please e-mail news, complaints, suggestions, and all other general updates to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s begin in a place near and dear to all of us — University Heights or “City of Beautiful Homes.” That’s where you can find Michelle (Zuccaro) Evans and her husband, Jim ’98, along with their young children, Kaylee and Dylan. Mary Murphy Tenbrink and her husband, Mike, welcomed the newest member of their family when Camryn Jane was born in August. Residing near Charlotte, Mary works for the Guardian Ad Litem program and Mike is a member of the Henkel Cosumer Adhesives team. As a general rule, we prefer not to associate with Michigan fans but since we like Lindsey (Wiggins) Barnhart, we are going to look the other way on her confusing allegiance to that program. In March, Lindsey and her husband moved from Cleveland to San Luis Obispo, CA. Curious to know more about this locale? Located on the Central Coast of California between Los Angeles and San Francisco, she describes her new home as the most beautiful part of the country. For my money, that distinction belongs to Burton, OH during the pumpkin festival but San Luis Obispo sounds nice too. To get in touch with Lindsey, you can e-mail her at email@example.com. To make a bar truly memorable, it has to have a great name (JCU Pub anyone?). Look no further than the Ugly Tuna Saloona in Fort Lauderdale. Tim Howley is managing the bar/restaurant, which is located in the Riverfront complex. Tim has personally invited ’99ers to visit him at the Ugly Tuna Saloona and the first round is on the house. Jaime Richards recently graduated from the Brown Aveda Institute in Mentor and is working in the field of cosmetology as a stylist. Have a great holiday season and let’s talk again in 05.
As we continue to recover from the emotional roller-coaster known as Reunion ’04, we’re treating this edition of the column as snack-sized rather than the standard meal-sized portion. This edition kick-off with news about a classmate who wanted to attend the big event but was needed elsewhere on more pressing matters. Monika (Pilipczuk) Glazar was set to attend Saturday’s activities but instead spent the majority of the day in the emergency room when Natalia, her three-old daughter, broke her arm that morning. Since receiving her MBA from CSU in 2001, Monika currently works in the Information Services Division of American Greetings. We send out best wishes for a speedy recovery to Natalia.
Sarah Furey recently received her Master of Arts in Counseling from Heidelberg College in May and is now teaching at Westlake High School.
Belated congrats to Kate Jackson, who got married in April. Post-John Carroll, Kate attended Florida State for her master’s in Education and participated in the Jesuit Volunteer program in Montana. These days, Kate teaches at St. Stanislaus College Prep on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Sean Casey has returned to Chicago, where he resides with his wife, Cassandra and their young daughter, Aiden Marie. When he’s not working at the Kinship Trust Company, Sean is training for the October Chicago Marathon.
Talk to you soon,
Whenever I hear the word reunion, I immediately think of Grosse Pointe Blank. Those who have not seen this classic Cusack film rent it today and then pick up a copy of the soundtrack later. As we countdown the remaining weeks until our 5-year reunion on June 18-20, I thought it was only fitting that we dedicate this edition entirely to the big summer event. Class updates and news will temporarily take a hiatus but will return in our next column after the reunion. Before the next issue, the fate of the controversial “Where Have You Gone” segment will be decided, so please drop me a line and let me know if you want that feature to continue or end. At this point, you have most likely received the information packets and multiple calls and/or messages from reunion organizers. Here’s hoping that your schedule permits you to attend and our class can set the reunion attendance record.
In case you have not been back to campus in some time, there’s a pair of new sights that certainly merit visits. In a move that has no doubt delighted Dr. Carome, the university unveiled its new Dolan Center for Science and Technology in September. Personally, I enjoyed the avante-guard, window-less, suffocating feel of the old building. Not to be outdone, the other new attraction that is a must-see is Don Shula Stadium. In neighborhood news, we are still mourning the loss of a beloved member of the community. Mama’s Boy, the legendary late-night eatery, closed after our graduation and life on Lee Rd. has never been the same.
Without question, the reunion plans to offer a wide array of events and programs that include tours, cocktails, lectures, live music, and most of all — opportunities to hang out with classmates that you still see on a regular basis and those you haven’t heard from since we closed the place down in May of ’99. Some of Friday’s festivities will include the opening of the Beer Garden (need I say more) and musical performances by the Latin Jazz Project and The New Barleycorn (traditional Irish music). Saturday will feature an assortment of day-long activities including a 5K run, a Great Lakes Brewery beer tasting session, and a special campus performance of “Late Night Catechism.” Of the many programs being offered, don’t miss the seminar by Dr. Evans on world affairs. The fact that Dr. Evans will be at the reunion is worth the price of admission alone. The reunion promises to be an unforgettable weekend of seeing people you miss, don’t miss at all, or those you never met in the first place. Did I mention the beer tent? See ya there,
After months of writer’s block, the long wait is over. With every New Year comes many new goals and this column is no exception. Goal #1: Find MIA classmates Katie Gray and Amy Miklos. We’ll address other goals in upcoming issues. We have all waited long enough, now the updates …
Marty Raupple is working as a mortgage broker for Residential Financial. You can find the other Marty in your life in Columbus, where he lives with his wife.
Chris Hansen is married with a growing family. Cheers to the Hansens who welcomed their newest member, Acadia, who was born in October.
Mark Magovich ’00 has obtained seven computer certifications and works in the quirky town of Brecksville. Mark is a systems engineer for BPI Information Systems.
For those traveling to Philippines this year, be sure to look up Chuck Palmer while you’re there. Chuck is managing the development of property for the American Philippine Development Corporation.
Kirstin Feast and Gregory Martin recently got engaged and are getting married in February 2005. Kirstin works at Equity Office Properties, while Gregory is a local trader of interest rate futures at the Mercantile Exchange.
If you’re like me and you are overdue for an Ed Toth update, the time has come to celebrate. Ed lives in Chicago and works as a system analyst for Hewitt Associates. As you know, we love softball updates here and we are proud to mention that Ed also manages a local softball team of JCU alumni members.
Shane Kavanagh is currently working at the public relations firm Dan Klores Communications in New York City, specifically dealing with non-profit and political clients.
John Leiter obtained a master’s degree from the University of Virginia and currently works as a consultant for Ernst & Young. John currently lives with his fiancé in Boston and is planning to tie the knot in September 2004 outside of Montreal, Canada.
Maria Gadzinski obtained a pharmacist degree from The Ohio State University and now lives in Texas. She’s engaged and is scheduled to wed in June. The maid of honor in Maria’s wedding, Annie Reape is living in Cleveland and works in the HR department at Poly One Corp as the immigration, relocation and recruiting specialist.
Continuing in the six degrees of Maria’s wedding game, Renee Miller (a bridesmaid in MG’s wedding) has obtained a master’s in art in publications design from the University of Baltimore. Renee works as a product developer for Childcraft Education Corp. and as a freelance graphic designer.
Mike Keys (a.k.a. Vern) has been working for Main Sequence Technologies, developers of PCRecruiter in Willoughby since his JCU days. Mike currently lives in Lakewood and still sleepwalks!
Paul Sabataitis is living in Lakewood and working as an equity research analyst in the asset management division of McDonald Investments, Inc. Paul also continues to help coach for the JCU rowing team.
We are just a few months away from our 5-year reunion on June 18-20. It’s more than a time to compare dramatic weight gains and losses, promotions and relocations. It’s an opportunity to celebrate some of the best times of our lives with the people who helped to form these life-lasting memories.
On to our favorite segment of the column where we try to spotlight a classmate who we have not heard from in awhile. For this installment, we inquire, “Where Have You Gone, Lori Shellito?”
That’s it until our next column in 2007, just kidding. Marty, 1999 class columnist and friend.
Our newest column brings engagements, anniversaries, and pro wrestling dreams with it. We lead off the summer edition with a pair of upcoming wedding items. Congrats to Leslie Butler, who is getting ready to walk down the aisle with fellow ’99er, Darren Hilliard in August. While the happy couple won’t officially confirm, here’s hoping tradition prevails and the timeless “chicken dance” will make the song list at the wedding reception.
Justin Fick and Jill Readinger are also getting married this summer.
In March, Matt Sfiligoj married his high-school sweetheart, Amanda Gales. Matt recently completed medical school in the ‘Nati and now is preparing for a radiology residency at Cleveland Metro.
While many will argue that romance blooms most in locales like Paris or Detroit, the Grand Canyon was where Julie Randles was engaged to Matt Curtis and the couple is planning an April 2004 wedding. Julie is graduating with a doctor of optometry from OSU and joining the Riverview Eye Associates (we hear they have a great softball team).
In a move fashioned by Bron Bron, Mark Sullivan is heading from Akron to Cleveland, where he continues to work with The Private Client Group at Merrill Lynch.
It’s never too late to send a card or small gift, keep that in mind for a certain new columnist who enjoys antiques and for couples celebrating recent anniversaries. Julie (Pietropola) Wakefield was married to Kevin Wakefield in June of 2001. They live in Pittsburgh and Julie works in the high-octane world of pharmaceutical sales.
Sam Maneri and Victor Engoglia tied the knot in June of 2002. Sam is shaping young minds as a 1st grade teacher in the West Geauga school system and pursuing her master’s degree from Notre Dame College. Victor is a member of the MQ team of Progressive for their IS department.
Anne (Netzel) Ziegler was married in November of 2002. Marie Donofrio celebrated the big day as one of Anne’s bridesmaids. Anne now resides in Strongsville and will be joining the firm of Hahn Loeser & Parks.
In other legal eagle news, Steve Beaudry graduated from OSU law school and is spending his summer studying for the bar exam and charting the career of Ruben Sierra (not in that particular order), who leads all active players with the most career sacrifice flies. It’s 109 for those not following along with Steve.
Cheers to classmate Dan Homza or “Dangerous Dan” Hopkins as we know him around here. D.D.H. is training to be a professional wrestler. Among the colorful people he has met along the way, Dan has hung out with Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka. For photos and news on his upcoming matches, check out his website – http://geocities.com/dangerousdanhopkins.
For this installment of “Where Have You Gone?”, we ask: “Amy Miklos, Where Have You Gone?” (deadline note: Amy or friends, relatives, neighbors of Amy or even if you think you walked alongside Amy on the way to class sometime, please e-mail me as soon as you can so we can include any updates for the upcoming issue.)
Well, my time here is done. Until our next issue in October, have a great summer. –
As I begin to pen my first class column, I am reminded of memories from a television situation comedy that some of you may remember, known simply as “Head of the Class.” As I take over the reigns from Emily Berdell, I feel like Billy MacGregor when he replaced Charlie Moore. As fellow fans remember, this was a very controversial storyline. Let’s be honest – Billy never got a fair shake from any of those kids, especially not from Arvid or Blunden but we’ll address that in a later column. Anyway, Billy and I share a lot in common. Sure, I don’t have a Scottish accent like him, but we’re both dreamers who yearn to know more about people outside the classroom. Which brings me to the present and this column. As you get ready to send in your updates, please don’t feel limited to writing just about your professional lives. Don’t hesitate to write me about your hobbies, vacation plans, or any fun or interesting stories. Even if your entry isn’t completely true, we may consider including it. Just kidding, sort of …
Did you hear that Kevin Countryman is now living in the Indy area? Kevin is a firefighter and EMT for the city of Lawrence near Indianapolis. For those of you who have visited Lawrence already, you are aware that it’s located on the old Fort Benjamin Harrison, which was once a large army post.
Singer/songwriter Ryan Matthews graduated from New England School of Law in Boston, MA without honors. While in school he was asked not to write for the law review or law journal. Ryan accepted a position as a litigator with the law firm of Schlesinger & Schlesinger in Boston.
Congratulations to Matt Griswold and Becky Slawinski who recently got engaged at The Cleveland Museum of Art. Matt and Becky will marry in October at JCU and have assembled a top-notch wedding party of Bob Carcelli, Stephanie Griswold ’00, Jamie Boyle, Mike Maloney, Jamie Richards, and Martha Polomsky.
One of my favorite stories of 2002 was that Sarah Thomas completed the Orlando Marathon. While Sarah and I can attest to the grueling rigors of a marathon, what’s especially cool is that Sarah ran with Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training and raised $3,000 for research for this wonderful organization.
As we prepare for our upcoming 5-year reunion, what do you think about building a fun rivalry between our class and another group of JCU alumni? The reunion could culminate with a softball game or a bowling challenge between our classes. Personally, I think it’s time to settle the score with the class of 1949, but please send in your suggestions.
One of the many new facets of the ’99 column will be an ongoing segment titled “Where Have You Gone …,” where a classmate that we have not heard from in awhile will be featured so we can catch up. For our inaugural segment, we ask, “Where Have You Gone … Katherine Gray? … With a class filled with so many interesting and talented people, I can’t wait to share your updates with everyone. Hopefully, I will soon be writing about a member of our class being elected to Congress or even someone being selected to appear on a reality television show. Our next column hits stands in June, so please e-mail or call me with your updates. With spring on the horizon, I leave you with three words to get you through these remaining weeks of winter weather — Myrtle Beach Memories.
We thank Emily Berdell, who served ably. Emily has changed cities, her schedule has intensified and she believes it is time to pass the torch. Welcome to Martin Fox as the new class of 1999 columnist!
Hi everyone! I hope that the new year is going well for all of you. Things in New York have been difficult, but we are making it through. Obviously, all of us here have undergone a lot of changes in the last 6 months. I want to thank all of you for your prayers and concern for our well being. One of the biggest personal changes, however, is that Rochelle Nowinski moved back to Cleveland in November. She’s continuing to pursue her television career and enjoying her time back home. New York is not the same without her!
And on to the updates! Nicole Peterson is currently at the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbus.
Also in Columbus is Justine Spinosi who is working at the Ohio Health Riverside Hospital.
Cara Profughi Coe was married in 2000 to Cole Coe. The couple is living near Cara’s parents in Chesterland where Cara manages her parents’ store.
Again, we’ve got a few nuptials to announce — Ann Netzel was recently engaged to Dan Ziegler, a 1999 graduate of Ohio University. They will be married on November 16, 2002 in Lakewood, OH. Ann has also accepted a position as a summer associate with the Cleveland law firm of Hahn, Loeser & Parks and starts in May.
Brian White will be married to Amy Calhoon in September 2002 in Columbus. Brian is living in Chicago and working in the telecommunications industry. Congrats to all of you!
That’s all I’ve got for you this time. Short and sweet. Please send any information you’d like to share with everyone to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the web at www.jcu.edu. Take care and God bless!