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Winter 2014
We hope all of you had a happy holiday season. We hope you had time to reflect on this past year and spend quality time with family and friends.

Our classmates have several new additions to their families, so we’ll start with baby news. MelanieShakarian and her husband, Peter Kvidera, welcomed daughter Aida Eleanor, who arrived Sept. 27, and joins big sister Rose. Jennifer (Capuano) Puffer; her husband, Brett; and their son, Robert, welcomed baby boy Vincent Matthew Oct. 5. Kelly (Richards) and Nick Mize had their first child, son Aiden Blaine, Oct. 13. Congrats to all!

Clare’s husband, Jason Smith, was elected to the membership of the law firm McDonald Hopkins. Jason practices in the firm’s business department, where he has worked since 2005.

Please keep us in mind when you have news to share with your fellow alums and update us via Facebook. We welcome your photos and news of babies, marriages, promotions, moves, travels, and other achievements. Have fun, and keep us informed.

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
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Joseph Kennedy

Joseph Kennedy

Fall 2013
We hope everyone is enjoying the change of seasons. With the close of summer and the start of fall comes news from our classmates.

Mike and Bridget (Houlihan) Kennedy welcomed their third son, Joseph Patrick, Aug. 15. Joseph was 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and 22 inches long. He joins his big brothers, Donny (4) and Tommy (2).

Clay and Mary (Howarth) Bibbee welcomed their daughter, Sarah Jane Alison, July 29. Sarah Jane joins her big sister, Caroline, and big brother, Charlie.

Benjamin Danisek ’04G and his wife, Debra, welcomed their first child, Alexander James, July 28. Alex was 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and 21.5 inches long.

Jack DiCello and his wife, Melissa, welcomed their seventh child, Cecelia, Jan. 13. Jack and Melissa’s other children are Coletta (deceased), JD (8), Parker (7), Lucy, Calvin, and Pete (4-year-old triplets). Jack, who has worked for the Kenston Local Schools since graduating from JCU, is the principal at Kenston Intermediate School.

Emily (DeWitt) McManamon is working as an account manager at Erieview Title Agency in Westlake, Ohio. Emily generates new business and helps maintain the customer base.

A correction: We mistakenly reported that Mike George was working in West Virginia. His company, Cunningham Wealth Management, has offices in West Virginia, but Mike works as a financial advisor and CPA out of the Ohio and South Carolina offices, as well as from home. He and his wife, Amy, haven’t moved to West Virginia, but they did welcome their second child, Braden Joseph, Aug. 21, 2012. Congrats!

Keep us in mind when you have news to share with your classmates, and update us via Facebook. Have fun, and keep us informed.

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

Summer 2013
We hope everyone had an enjoyable summer and had time to spend with family and friends. Please continue to send us your updates and photos – we love hearing what you’re doing.

Congratulations to Laura (Catena) Novotny and her husband, who welcomed their son, Hudson Michael, Feb. 9.

Classmate Eric Meljac ’02G graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a doctorate degree in literature and criticism.

Martisse Best-Dettmer – who was involved with the Pershing Rifle squad, ROTC, cheerleading, and track while we were in college – was promoted to major in the U.S. Army Reserve in May. She’s a mobilized reserve judge advocate general officer (attorney) serving at the Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Ky. Martisse will complete her time at Fort Knox this October and will seek employment in Ohio as an attorney.

Thanks to all who continue to send us items for this column. Have fun, and keep us informed.

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

Claire Margaret Power

Spring 2013
We’re excited to bring you the latest updates from our fellow classmates. Phil and Angela (Susnjara) Hoover welcomed their second daughter, Lillian Mara, Nov. 5. Lillian joins big sister Giuliana (3).

Congrats to new parents Erin and Jon Powers on the birth of their daughter, Claire Margaret, Dec. 26. The Powers family is doing well and living in the D.C. area.

Michael and Liz (Donnelly) Burke also welcomed a second little girl, Quinn Elizabeth, Feb. 11. She joins big sister Barrett (2).

Ella Rose Scripps

Also welcoming a daughter last year is Mike Scripps and his wife, Christina. Ella Rose was born June 2. Mike celebrated his 12th anniversary with Boehringer Ingelheim and began a new role in August as district manager, neurology, and pulmonary specialty sales.

Mike George started a new job as the director of athlete financial services at Cunningham & Associates, CPAs, in Chester, W.Va. Previously, Mike was with International Management Group, a sports management firm.

Congrats to Kelly McGlumphy, who graduated in May 2012 with a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from West Virginia University. Cleveland Professionals 20/30 Club recognized Kelly with a Movers and Shakers award, which is given to the top 25 professionals younger than 35 in the Cleveland area.

As always, keep us in mind when you have news to share with your classmates, and feel free to update us via Facebook. Have fun, and keep us informed.

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

Winter 2013
We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and look forward to all the new year will bring. As always, keep us and John Carroll magazine in mind to share your news. In baby news, Sara (Wing) ’02 and Bob Leech welcomed a daughter, Alexandra Elizabeth, Sept. 1. Alexandra joins big brother Andrew (6).

Sarah (Gannon) and Christian Garofalo welcomed their son, Luke Christian, Nov. 14. Luke joins big sister Gannyn (2).

Congratulations to Elizabeth Criss, who married Jim Boyle Oct. 6.

Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald named Norberto Colon deputy chief of staff for justice. Norberto, who’s pursuing a master’s in public administration at Cleveland State University, previously served as assistant director of the public safety department for the city of Cleveland.

It’s with heavy hearts we mention the passing of classmate Michael Schaefer, whose humor and enthusiasm were a delight to all who knew him. Mike, who died tragically Oct. 18, was a member of the Alpha Rho fraternity and swim team. He’s missed by his many friends from our class. Mike served as a police officer for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Mike’s family and friends remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Have a wonderful winter and spring, and remember to keep us informed. We’re on Facebook and would love to see your updates here.

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

Fall 2012
Our fellow alums are still moving up in their careers. Dave Westerfield joined Chemsultants International as sales and marketing director. He’ll be responsible for leading the sales and new business, designing and executing the company’s marketing strategy, and communicating the company’s brand in the marketplace.

In baby news, Dave Wojnowski and Lauren Roberts Wojnowski ’01 welcomed daughter Amelia Grace Sept. 14. Amelia – who was 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and 20 inches long – joins big brother, Nicholas (2). Also expanding their family, Mike ’99 and Laura (Frankl) Dolan welcomed a daughter, Erin Louise, March 9. Erin joins big brother Evan (2). Eli ’99G and Maya (Boumitri) Merheb welcomed their third child, Gabriella Maria, March 9, too. Gabriella joins big brothers Alex (7) and Jacob (5). Maya completed her gastroenterology fellowship and joined a private practice gastroenterology group, Digestive Consultants, serving the medical community of Brunswick, Medina, and Parma. Congratulations to Elizabeth (Grega) Raleigh and her husband, Ron, as they welcomed their first child, baby boy Jackson Alexander, Sept. 10. Tony and Mary (Lembach) Morrone welcomed their second son, Connor Xavier, Aug. 30. Connor – who was 7 pounds, 2 ounces, and 20 inches long – joins his big brother, Marco (5), and sister Ava (2).

Have a wonderful holiday season everyone. Have fun and keep us informed.

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

Summer 2012
It’s been 12 years since we graduated from Carroll, and while people have moved, married, had babies, and pursued advanced degrees and various careers, it still feels like yesterday. Thank you to everyone who sends us notes about what you’re doing, as well as those who thank us for writing this column. It means a lot to us to know you’re reading.

James William Smith

Now, on to the class of 2000 news. Class columnist Clare Taft and husband Jason Smith welcomed their third child, James William, April 8. James – who was 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and 21 inches long – joins excited big sisters Grace (4) and Lucy (2).

Also joining the ranks of future JCU grads is Julia Rose, born to parents Dave Vitatoe and his wife, Chrissy. Julia was born Feb. 7 and joins big brother Andrew.

Katie (Farrell) and Brian Zielaskiewicz welcomed son Evan Michael April 18. Evan weighed in at 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. Evan joins big brother Noah (3).

Gianna Mae Monateri

Michael and Angie (Turner) Monateri announce the birth of their daughter, Gianna Mae, who was born on March 21 and joins her big brother Dominic (2).

Congrats to Katherine Lavelle and husband Ben Hamburger who welcomed their first child, Annika Aylward Hamburger-Lavelle April 20.

Dave Westerfield joined Chemsultants International as sales and marketing director.

Jon Powers has been busy. He and wife Erin have been living in D.C. the past few years and regularly see many fellow JCU grads. Jon was appointed by President Obama to serve as the administration’s federal environmental executive, where he’s responsible for promoting environmental and energy sustainability among federal government operations. The position is part of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

In honor of Michael Mansmann ’01, who passed away tragically May 19, 2001, and in support of the Michael R. Mansmann Scholarship Fund, Dan Schmidt, Chris McFarland, James Flock, Jake Mrkvica, Jeff Krause ’01, Stephanie (Walters) Unterweger, Burke Schilderink ’01, and Steve Casker ran the Pittsburgh Marathon May 6 to raise money for the scholarship fund. The runners collectively raised $12,825 through runner donations, $11,000 through personal matches, and $5,000 in corporate donations, totaling $28,825. The scholarship fund, which has a goal of $100,000, has raised almost $48,000. The scholarship fund supports a communication student pursuing creative writing or journalism. For more information, please visit michaelmansmann.com or sites.jcu.edu/mansmann. … As always, remember to keep us informed.

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

Spring 2012
It’s difficult to imagine we graduated 12 years ago – time flies. We’re so appreciative of everyone who keeps us updated about where they are and what they’re doing. It makes our jobs as class columnists fun. On to the news: Congrats to Chrissy (Abadie) Christallino and her husband, Dan, who had their third child, Adam Joseph. AJ was welcomed eagerly by his older twin sisters, Allison and Mia, who turned 2 in December. The family lives near Saxonburg, Pa. Chrissy was promoted to corporate controller at Oberg Industries, which is a tool-and-die manufacturer in Freeport, Pa.

Congrats as well to Annmarie (Klenk) Dirlam and her husband, Mark, who had a baby girl named Harper Catherine April 24, 2011.

Nate and Shanna (Stonebrook) Botos welcomed their third daughter, Aurelia Marie on their eighth wedding anniversary, Oct. 4, 2011. Aurelia joins big sisters Izzy and Evie.

In more baby news, Angela (Galati) Brown and husband, Robert, welcomed their second child, Anthony Robert, Oct. 18. He joins big sister Gianna. Everyone is doing well.

Mike and Kelley (Gaughan) Biscaro will welcome their fourth child this summer. Mike and Kelley have three sons, Dominic (5), Leo (4), and Gabriel (3). Mike is a psychologist and director of the recovery resource center at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.

Anthony Rospert is a business litigator in Cleveland. Anthony received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Vermont Law School in 2003.

Please continue to share your good news and achievements with us. We’re on Facebook and look forward to hearing from you. Have a wonderful summer, and remember to keep us informed.

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

Winter 2011
We hope everyone had a terrific fall. Lisa started a new job as the director of marketing and communications with The Music Settlement, a community arts organization that offers arts instruction, early childhood education, and music therapy programming in the University Circle area of Cleveland.

Many of our classmates are on the go, and we appreciate you sending us your updates as they happen. Congratulations to Bridget Lynch, who married John Kraft in July at St. Ignatius Church in Chicago. Among those who attended are: Bridget (Houlihan) Kennedy, Jack DiCello, Bob Guillen, Moira (Conway) Benton, Gina DiDonato-Kubec, Courteney Malon, Jessie McCullough, Fina (Cannon) Riddle, Dave Youngers, and Anthony Hart. Bridget and John honeymooned in Hawaii and reside in Chicago.

Carroll friends and spouses who attended Bridget (Lynch) ’00 and John Kraft’s wedding are: Jack ’00 and Melissa DiCello, Anthony Hart ’10, Dave Youngers ’00, Gina DiDonato-Kubec ’00, Margaret Hearne, Bob Guillen ’00, Fina (Cannon) Riddle ’00, Courteney Malon ’00, Jessie McCullough ’00, Bridget (Houlihan) Kennedy ’00, and Mike Kennedy.

Sean Beck also tied the knot this summer. He and Melissa Maruna of Stow, Ohio, married Aug. 27 at St. Sebastian Church in Akron, Ohio. Mike Cory and his wife, Mary ’02, were in the wedding party. JCU grads who attended are: Christine (Zeller) Papa, Eric Purcell, Jon and Kathryn (Yanus) Wilson, and Kate (Thornton) ’01 and Dave Westerfield, and Connor McCluskey ’03. Former JCU dean of student development, Fr. Jim Prehn, S.J., was the main celebrant of the ceremony.

the Moline boys

In baby news, congratulations to Andrew and Maryellen (Walsh) Moline, who welcomed twins, Bennett Bunker and Owen Walsh, Sept. 13. Bennett was 6.8 pounds and 18 inches, and Owen was 6.1 pounds and 18.5 inches. Bennett and Owen join big brother Nicholas.

Elizabeth Criss is engaged to be married to Jim Boyle in October 2012. Liz, who lives in Pittsburgh, works at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

Michelle (Nigon) Andolino and her husband Peter ’98 welcomed their third child, William Thomas, July 18. Will joins his sisters, Gabriella (4) and Siena Grace (2).

Have a wonderful holiday, and remember to keep us informed.

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

Fall 2011
We hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing summer. Remember to look for us on Facebook so we can remain up to date on all the exciting things happening in your lives. Here are your fellow classmates’ updates.

Congratulations to Jon and Jessica (Hlucky) Fretthold who married June 18 in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. The wedding party included bridesmaids Melissa (Samblanet) Stull, Katie (Farrell) Zielaskiewicz, Angie (Sarris) Aivazis, Brandie (Barczak) DeMario ’05, and Johnna Baran, as well as Michelle (Marquette) Comerford ’01.

Friends attending Jon and Jessica (Hlucky) ’00 Fretthold

Aaron Baker, who opened his own law office in Willoughby, Ohio, is specializing in criminal defense and accepting cases throughout Northeast Ohio.

Jason and MaryAnn (Vizmeg) Dale welcomed their second daughter, Evelyn Rose, July 27. Evie was 8 lbs. 2 oz. and joins big sister Elena.

Brett and Jane (Howarth) Vogelsberger welcomed their second child, son Timothy James, June 6. Timmy, who was 8 lbs. 12 oz., and 19.5 inches, joins big sister Mary Cate.

Jim and Crystal Glover Deignan were married in July 2009 and are expecting their first child in October.

Kimberly Riposo-Conley, who received her master’s of educational administration degree from Carroll, has been hired as the new principal at Hilliard Elementary School in Westlake, Ohio.

Many of us fondly remember Michael Mansmann, a member of our class, who passed away tragically in a house fire in Cleveland Heights May 19, 2001. Dan Schmidt passed along the following information about a new scholarship fund to honor Michael: The family and friends of Michael Mansmann, in tandem with the Development Office at John Carroll, have established the Michael R. Mansmann Scholarship Fund, which honors the legacy and spirit of Michael Mansmann. Because Michael’s dream was to pursue a career in journalism, the scholarship will benefit a deserving communications major who wants to embark on a career in journalism. For the scholarship to become completely endowed (and hence benefit worthy students indefinitely), we need to raise $100,000. With your help, we can make this dream a reality. To learn more about the efforts of the scholarship, email info@michaelmansmann.com.

Lisa and Clare

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

Summer 2011

We hope everyone enjoyed spring after our long winter and is looking forward to a great summer. As usual, the class of 2000 has news to share. Sean Beck worked as associate producer of “25 Hill,” a movie filmed in Akron, Ohio, in 2010 about a Soap Box Derby. The film was written and directed by Corbin Bernsen, who also starred in the movie. Mike Cory and Maylon Hines ’10 also worked on the production staff. An Akron premiere is planned for this summer.

Courtney Kaezyk graduated from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs with a master’s in Public Policy and Management April 28. She’ll work at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, where she interned while in school, through the summer. She’ll focus on communications, public relations, and alumni-related issues while looking for a full-time job in her field. Good luck, Courtney.

Tricia Barrett has a new job as VP of operations for Praxis Communications, a company specializing in patient recruitment for pharmaceutical clinical trials. Good luck in your new position.

The JCU family keeps growing. Congratulations to Mary (Flachbart) Varone and her husband, Michael, on the birth of their first child, James Michael Varone, Aug. 14, 2010.

Bridget (Houlihan) Kennedy and her husband, Michael, welcomed their second son, Thomas Michael, in January.

Chris and Lisa (Vielhauer) Miklich welcomed Catherine Mary in December. Cece joins big sister Elizabeth Ruby.

Keep us in mind when you have news to share with your classmates, and feel free to update us via Facebook. Have a fun summer and keep us informed.

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

Spring 2011

We hope you all had a great Christmas season and happy New Year. We’re excited to bring you the first updates for 2011. As the year progresses, don’t forget to send us your updates regularly. We’ve never written about some of you, so let us know how you’re doing.

Rev. Katie (Farrell) Norris was ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister in the fall of 2010. Her husband, Jeff Norris, is a lead consultant and assistant to the CTO of ThoughtWorks, based in Chicago. They live in Ohio with their 6-year-old son, Jeffrey.

Gates

Congratulations to Jennifer Gates who was promoted to assistant vice president for specialty banking at Huntington Bank in Columbus, Ohio. Jennifer provides sales strategy and support to the large corporate, not-for-profit, government, health-care, and international banking groups. Before joining the bank in July 2009, she worked for Citibank and Fifth Third Bank as a student-loan relationship manager for more than 100 colleges in various markets in Ohio.

In matrimonial news, Ron and Elizabeth (Grega) Raleigh married Nov. 13 in Painesville, Ohio. Becky (Kumor) Meade was in the wedding.

Dan Schmidt married Julia Moran Oct. 30 in Chicago. Chris McFarland and Justin Hill were in the wedding party, and Steve Casker performed a reading. Dan received his MBA from the University of Notre Dame in 2008 and works in a regional sales capacity for PGI (a conferencing and collaboration company based in Atlanta). Dan and Julia reside in Chicago.

Raleigh wedding

Kelly (Richards) and Nick Mize relocated to Atlanta from Cleveland. Kelly works for Invacare, based in Elyria, Ohio, and Nick relocated for his job as a global commodity risk manager.

In baby news, Liz (Donnelly) Burke and her husband welcomed daughter Barrett Ellen Oct. 17.

Laura (Pyzik) and her husband, Courtney Cheney, welcomed Claire Marie Nov. 18, 2010. Laura and family live in Arlington, Va., where she works for a defense contractor involved with congressional and public affairs for the Navy.

Mike and Chrystie (Kuhr) Paris get double congratulations for the arrival of their twins, Hunter and Holden, Oct. 14. The twins join sister Samantha (4) and brother Collin (3).

One small correction from an earlier column: Katie Lavelle teaches at the University of Northern Iowa, not the University of Iowa.

Have a great spring everyone, and remember to keep us informed.

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

Winter 2010

It was a busy summer and fall for the class of 2000, and we’re looking forward to the holidays.

Lauren (Roberts) ’01 and Dave Wojnowski welcomed their first child, Nicholas Roberts Wojnowski, July 22. Nicholas weighed 6 lbs., 9 oz. and was 21 inches long.

Matt and Jeanna (Galante) McQuillen welcomed their daughter, Mary Kate, Sept. 1. Mary Kate joins big brother Luke (2).

Katie Lavelle married Ben Hamburger June 26 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Ben and Katie live in the Cedar Rapids area, where Katie is director of forensics and an assistant professor of communication studies at the University of Iowa.

Have fun and keep us informed.

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

Fall 2010

Melanie Shakarian ’00 and husband Peter Kvidera are new parents to daughter, Rose Caroline, born May 24, 2010.

REUNION YEAR
We were excited to see many of our fellow Class of 2000 graduates at our 10-year Reunion in June. It was great to catch up on work and families. We have many success stories in our class. Here are the latest updates of your fellow classmates:

Sarah (Gannon) and Christian Garofalo welcomed their daughter, Gannyn Elizabeth, who was 6 lbs. 6 oz., 19 inches, July 3. Melanie Shakarian and her husband, Peter Kvidera, also are new parents of daughter Rose Caroline, born May 24, 2010. (See photo on page 94.) Dave Vitatoe and his wife, Christina, welcomed their first child, Andrew, April 28. And Lisa ’97 (Adams) and Billy Wade welcomed their third child, Ryan William, Feb. 2.

Laura Catena ’00 and Greg Novotny

Laura Catena and Greg Novotny were married May 15 in Pittsburgh. The ceremony took place at Heinz Memorial Chapel, and the reception took place at the Carnegie Museum – Music Hall Foyer. Laura is a small animal veterinarian. The groom, from Hudson, Ohio, is a dentist pursuing a degree in anesthesia. The couple lives in Wexford, Pa., with their two dogs: Zeppelin and Wilson.

David Bischof married Ozge Can in a ceremony in Turkey April 8. David is the regional director for Accela – Middle East and lives in the Dubai Marina.

Newly engaged Curtis Zaleski and Amanda Crowder are planning a July 2011 wedding. Curtis received his doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the University of Michigan in 2005. He’s a professor at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. Amanda will attend graduate school at The Ohio State University in the fall. She’s a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Robin (Morris) Pacheco and her husband, Adan, welcomed Preston John, Dec. 31. Preston joins big sister Olivia. Robin and her family recently relocated to Fort Knox, Ky., where Robin is the operations officer for The Adjutant General (TAG) of the U.S. Army at Human Resources Center of Excellence (HRCoE).

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

Summer 2010

We hope you have been enjoying your summer – and that it included Reunion! By the time this edition is printed, Reunion will have taken place so we are looking forward to reporting on all the fun news we gathered at Reunion in our next column. In the meantime, some Class of 2000 updates — In baby news, Clare and Jason Smith welcomed Lucy Genevieve on Mar. 10. Lucy was 7 lbs. 12 oz. and 19.25 inches. She joins big sister Grace (2). Phillip and Angela (Susnjara) Hoover welcomed their daughter, Giuliana, on January 27. Giuliana was 6 lbs. 11 oz. On Feb. 13, Kevin and Valerie (Capiccioni) Gerbus welcomed identical twin boys, Andrew Joseph, 6 lbs. 3 oz. 18.5 inches and Benjamin Thomas, 5 lbs. 11 oz. and 19.5 inches to their family. They join siblings Elena (4) and Jonathan (2). And just a day later, on Valentine’s Day, Mike ’99 and Laura (Frankl) Dolan welcomed their first child, Evan Michael. Laura is currently working for Ernst & Young and Mike works for IBM.

Classmate Mick Batyske is finding much success with his DJ business. Mick travels around the country and his work has been reported on by the likes of MTV and Rolling Stone. He began his DJ business while at Carroll as a way to help pay for school. His degree in marketing and MBA are definitely coming in handy as he continues to brand himself. Mick is currently on tour in Asia with shows scheduled for Taiwan and Japan. Good luck, Mick! We are excited to tell you about another one of our classmates who has recently been published. Bridget (Houlihan) Kennedy authored her first book, Chicago’s South Side Irish Parade, at the end of February. The book chronicles the famous parade with more than 200 photos from its start in 1979 until its end in 2009. To order a copy signed by the author, e-mail southsideirishparadebook@gmail.com – congratulations, Bridget!

We are sure that there are many more success stories just like these – but we need you to tell us! Please continue to send your updates and photos so we can share them with our fellow alums. And remember to update your information if you move, get married, or land a great new job. Go to jcu.edu and click on the Alumni & Friends tab. It will take you to the JCUConnect page where you can register, send updates, and get in touch with other alums. Thanks again for 10 great years of post-graduation news! Have fun and keep us informed.

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

Spring 2010

It’s hard to believe that we are coming up on our 10-year Reunion. In the past 10 years as your class columnists, we have had the privilege of hearing about your accomplishments, new jobs, marriages, babies, and other exciting experiences. To all of you who keep us up-to-date, we are so thankful — and to those who are waiting for the right time to send in your updates – the time is now! It’s been 10 years and we want to know what you’ve been up to. The weekend of June 11-13 brings our official 10-year Reunion celebration. We hope to see as many Class of 2000 graduates there as possible. Visit www.jcu.edu/alumni for more information — and make sure you save the date. In the meantime, here are the updates of your classmates, and remember, keep ’em coming! Mary (Lembach) Morrone and her husband, Tony, welcomed their daughter, Ava Theresa, on Nov. 27. Ava joins big brother Marco.

A month later, Ann (Dolgan) Potter and her husband, Brian, celebrated the birth of their second child, William Brian, on Dec. 27. William joins his sister, Kate (17 mos.)

Michelle (Nigon) Andolino, her husband, Peter ’98, and their daughter, Gabriella, welcomed Siena Grace, into their family on Oct. 23. Peter is a dentist and Michelle works part time in pharmaceutical sales for Eli Lilly and Company. They live in Philadelphia, PA.

Michael and Angie (Turner) Monateri announce the birth of their first child, Dominic Vincent, on Sept. 23. The family is currently living in Parma, OH.

Our first baby news of 2010 comes from Jennifer (Capuano) Puffer and her husband, Brett. Jennifer gave birth to their first child, Robert Joseph, on Jan. 20.

In other news and updates, Benjamin Danisek and his girlfriend, Debra Milberg, got engaged this past Christmas Eve. They are planning a wedding Oct. 2 of this year in Columbus, OH, where they met while in law school.

Courtney Kaezyk moved home to Pittsburgh in June and is in graduate school pursuing her master’s in public policy and management at the University of Pittsburgh.

Mike and Kelley (Gaughan) Biscaro live in Berea, OH. Mike is a psychologist and the director of the Recovery Resource Center at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. Kelley occasionally writes for an online publication and enjoys her time at home with their three sons, Dominic (3), Leo (2), and Gabriel (1).

We have enjoyed bringing you the news of your classmates for the past 10 years and are sincerely looking forward to the next decade. Have fun and keep us informed,

Clare and Lisa

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

Winter 2009

With fall here, the planning for our 10-year Reunion, to be held June 11-13, 2010, is in full swing! Start looking ahead and save the date for a great weekend in Cleveland. Please contact Carla Gall ’05- cgall@jcu.edu or 216.397.1592 – for more information or to get involved with reunion planning.

In wedding news, Lisa married William Nevada Smith on Sept. 19, 2009, in a lovely outdoor ceremony at Meadow Ridge Farm in Geauga County, Ohio. Fellow Carroll alums at the wedding included Clare and Jason Smith, Nevada’s sister Seneca (Smith) Wheelock ’01, Tom O’Konowitz ’99, Kelly McGlumphy, Brian Edelstein ’01, Jennifer (Capuano) Puffer ’01, Lisa Zone ’99, Aaron ’99 and Emily (Walton) ’02 Muttillo, and Michael Mendolera ’06.

Jon Powers married Erin Murphy on Oct. 31. Jon and Erin live in Washington, D.C., and honeymooned in Thailand. Jon is working for the Truman National Security Project, a national security leadership institute, working on issues such as Iraq, Afghanistan, energy security, and climate change. Jon recently spoke at an event with the White House on Climate Change and National Security with Operation FREE. Also tying the knot this fall, Mike Hofherr and Erin Brant were married in October. Louis and Carrie Mack Cannon married in September. Carrie and Louis live in the Washington, D.C., area.

In baby news, Jon and Tori (Rendano) Nook welcomed their first child, Colten Knight, on Sept. 9, 2009. Colten weighed 8 lbs. 15 oz. and was 21.5 inches long. Joanna (Lecznar) Schafer and her husband, Steve, welcomed daughter Cecilia Wanda Schafer on July 12. Cecilia weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz. and was 20 inches long. She joins her brother Benjamin, who turned 2 on August 6.

Susan (Marcellus) Ross welcomed William Patrick on April 27, arriving at 8 lbs. 6 oz. and 19.5 inches long. William joins big sister Ella, who turned 2 in June. Jessica (Davis) and Steve Kerscher welcomed their first child, Keiran Rhyse, on May 15. Mandi (Schue) Lugar welcomed her second son, Cole, in January 2009, and Mike Metz and his wife, Paula, welcomed their second son, Alexander, in June 2009.

Katherine Lavelleis a tenure track professor at the University of Northern Iowa; she hosted the William A. Brindley Invitational, a competitive high school speech and debate tournament in October. Katie will also be published in the February 2010 edition of the Howard Journal of Communications with an article about black masculinity in NBA commentary.

Have fun and keep us informed.

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

 

Summer 2009

Sadly, we begin our column with news of the passing of one of our classmates. Victor Nolan passed away on March 13 after battling lymphoma and leukemia. Victor graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and was a patent attorney practicing with Fay Sharpe LLP in Cleveland. Victor’s parents request that donations in his memory be made to a memorial scholarship fund at Carroll. Our sincere condolences go out to Victor’s family and friends and our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Megan (Schmidt) Pasquini welcomed her son, Decklan Russell, on Jan. 6, 7 lbs. 3 oz. He joins sister Ava Lily (4).

Scott and Taryn (Leas) Chmielowicz welcomed their second son, Grady Paul, on Feb. 3, 8 lbs. 3 oz. and 19.5 inches. Grady’s big brother, Brandon, turned 2 on May 10.

Michael ’01 and Laura ’02 (Andrasak) Murphey welcomed their first child, Sean Ryan, on Dec. 20, 2008. Mike is completing his master’s degree at Carroll and is a guidance counselor and assistant football coach at Kenston High School.

Katie (Farrell) and Brian Zielaskiewicz celebrated St. Patrick’s Day this year welcoming their son, Noah Joseph, into the world. Noah arrived the evening of March 17 at 6 lbs. 2 oz. and 19 inches.

Michael and Liz (Donnelly) Burke were married July 2008 in Chicago. Bridget (Houlihan) Kennedy, Brian ’01 and Catherine ’01 (Cummings) Barton, Kelly Cummings ’01, and Henry Lee celebrated with Liz and Michael.

Our 10-year Reunion will be here next summer, so start looking and planning ahead for a great weekend on campus. For the time being, Cleveland area alumni are invited to attend Vegas Night on Friday, June 19, during this year’s Reunion. Contact Carla Gall ’05 for more information – cgall@jcu.edu or 216.397.1592.

Have fun and keep us informed,

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

 

Spring 2009

Unbelievable as it may be, it has been nearly nine years since our graduation from Carroll and our ten year Reunion is in 2010. The past nine years have certainly been busy for the Class of 2000.

Douglas and Eneida (Crespo) Dentler welcomed their second child, Anthony Philip, in February 2008. Tony joins big sister Anabella. Doug and Nei moved back to Ohio in February of this year after being out of state for five years. Also welcoming children are a number of first-time parents from our class: Jason and MaryAnn (Vizmeg) Dale welcomed Elena Noelle on Dec. 9, 2008. Elena weighed in at 7 lbs. 1 oz. and 20 inches. Ann (Dolgan) Potter and her husband welcomed Katherine Ann on July 29, 2008. And Brett and Jane (Howarth) Vogelsberger welcomed their first child as well, Mary Cathleen, on Dec. 15, 2008. Mary Cate weighed 7 lbs. 3 oz.

Congratulations to Meghan Downs who married Chris Weber on Oct. 3, 2008 in Chicago.

Emily (DeWitt) McManamon updated us on her life since graduation. Emily married Brian McManamon and lives in the West Park area of Cleveland. Emily and Brian have two children, Lucy (4) and Tommy (2). Emily teaches fifth and sixth grade at Archbishop Lyke School.

Be sure to send us your updates if we haven’t heard from you in a while, and remember, you can send us both messages via e-mail and Facebook. Have fun and keep us informed …

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

 

Winter 2008

As winter is upon us, we are excited to report on our fellow Class of 2000 graduates. First, some baby news. Clay and Mary (Howarth) Bibbee welcomed Charles Clayton Bibbee III on October 6. Charlie joins big sister Caroline. Brett and Beth (Kulow) Wilson welcomed Corinne Zoe Alice on September 20. Corinne weighed in at 6 lbs. 10 oz. and measured 19.5 inches. Corinne joins her big brother, Thomas. Becky and Billy Meade welcomed Liam Henry in July.

In nuptial news, Angela Susnjara and Phillip Hoover were married August 30 in Cleveland. Angela and Phil live in San Francisco. Debbie Pagano and Pat Sichko are engaged and planning a May 23, 2009 wedding at Saint Francis Chapel and a reception at the Dolan Science Center.

If you have any news that you would like to share, please keep us in mind. We can be reached at our e-mail addresses above, or we both have pages on Facebook, so you can always find us there! We love hearing about your children, weddings, promotions, relocations, new homes, new jobs, graduations and any other event of note in your lives. Have fun and keep us informed,

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

 

Fall 2008

Thanks to everyone who has sent us information on their whereabouts over the past few months. We’re always excited to see what people are doing, where they’ve moved and other proud accomplishments in their lives. Here is the latest news from your fellow class of 2000 graduates. Gina DiDonato-Kubec graduated from the University of Toledo’s College of Health Sciences with a doctorate in occupational therapy and is currently interviewing with several hospitals in the Dayton area.

Congrats to Laura Catena who graduated from The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine in June and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. She is engaged to Greg Novotny, a 2001 Kent State graduate. The couple will reside in Pittsburgh where she will be employed as a small animal veterinarian and Greg will be employed as a dentist.

Benjamin Danisek graduated from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in May and has since moved to Fairfax, VA, to take the bar exam – good luck, Ben!

Congratulations to Shanna (Stonebrook) and Nathan Botos who welcomed their second daughter, Genevieve Ellen, on January 15. She joins older sister Isabella (3). Shanna is a nurse practitioner working with the cardiology team at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. Nathan is a hospital sales manager with ZOLL Medical Corporation.

Mickey Batyske was recently married to Rana McClendon. The couple moved to New York City in June where Mickey intends to continue his career as a deejay and entrepreneur.

If we haven’t heard from you in a while, or at all since graduation, please send us an e-mail and update us on what you’ve been doing, we’d love to hear from you! Have fun and keep us informed …

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

 

Summer 2008

Hopefully everyone is enjoying the warmer weather, and with spring comes news from our classmates. George Dubic is a licensed nursing home administrator, working at Geneva Pointe Skilled Nursing And Rehab in Geneva, OH. As a licensed nursing home administrator, George is licensed to operate long term care facilities.

Billy Meade and Becky Kumor were married and live in Cleveland.

Crowley Webb and Associates, a Buffalo marketing communications agency, promoted Tricia Barrett to vice president/management supervisor. Tricia joined the agency in 2003 and most recently served as account supervisor.

We are always looking for news from our fellow classmates, so please send along your announcements. Enjoy the summer and have fun and keep us informed.

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

 

Spring 2008

This New Year brings us great news. One of the most exciting pieces of news for your Class of 2000 scribes is that Clare Taft and her husband, Jason Smith, welcomed their first child on January 3 at 7:44 p.m. Grace Juliana Smith weighed 8 lbs., 5 oz. and measured 20.5 inches. The family is doing very well and Clare and Jason are enjoying every minute with their baby girl. Congratulations to Michael Paris and Chrystie (Kuhr) Paris. The couple welcomed a son, Collin, to their family on October 14, 2007. Collin joins his sister Samantha (21 mos.) at home. There is more baby news to report for Robin (Morris) Pacheco and her husband, Adan, who welcomed daughter Olivia Rosalina on June 21, 2007. Jim and Nicole (Saah) Ross welcomed their son, Madden Joseph, on August 28, 2007. Jim, Nicole and baby Madden live in Atlanta. Andrew and Maryellen (Walsh) Moline welcomed Nicholas Louis on December 6, 2007. Nicholas weighed in at 7 lbs., 20 inches.

In other classmate news, Angela Susnjara is engaged to Phillip Hoover ’04G. Angela and Phill will be married August 30 of this year and as of February; they are living in San Francisco where Angela works as premier client manager for Bank of America.

Lisa (Ianetta) Alejos ’99 married Giancarlo Alejos ’03 on June 30, 2007 at Saint Francis Chapel. The bridal party included Jaclyn Romano ’99, Katy Doman ’01, Jenni (Ianetta) Yaeger ’04, Eric Mingus ’01, Jeff Previte ’02, Mark Gilbertson ’02, Ray Bolger ’03, and Tom Phillips ’03. The couple lives in Willowick where Giancarlo works as a specialist in the People Development Group at Progressive Insurance, and Lisa is a Spanish teacher and Foreign Language Department chairperson at West Geauga Middle School in Chesterland.

Liz Donnelly is engaged to Michael Burke, a 1999 graduate of Boston College; a July wedding is planned in Chicago.

Another Chicago alum, Bob Guillen works as a project manager in the Translation Department for the Center on Outcomes, Research and Education, which is part of the Research Institute for Evanston Northwestern Healthcare in Evanston, Ill. The company creates multilingual versions of patient quality of life questionnaires, which are used in global clinical trials. Bob was also part of a celebration for the engagement of Fina Cannon and her fiancé Davie Riddle.

Katie (Farrell) and Jeff Norris and their three and a half year old son, Jeffrey, live in Chicago, Ill. Jeff works as a software architect at ThoughtWorks and is a road racing cyclist in his spare time. Katie is a second year Unitarian Universalist seminary student at Meadville Lombard Theological School and completed her internship as a hospital chaplain last year.

We are always excited to deliver the great news of our fellow classmates, so be sure to send your announcements our way! Have fun and keep us informed …

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

 

Fall 2007

As winter is upon us, we are excited to report on our fellow class of 2000 graduates. Congratulations to Melanie Shakarian, who wed Peter Kvidera June 30 at Saint Francis Chapel on the Carroll campus.

Shannon (Murphy) Krajewski received her Master of Education degree from Ohio University in 2002 and she lives in Thousand Oaks, CA, with her husband, Richard.

Katherine Lavelle continues her love of speech and debate as director of debate and visiting assistant professor of speech communication at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. She spent the summer as assistant director of the Junior State Summer School at Stanford.

Karen Klaege married Justin Zimmerman on April 21. She graduated from her family medicine residency program in June and opened a practice in Port Clinton, OH.

Brian Considine joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps after graduation, where he served for two years, living in both Texas and Washington. Most recently, he graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law in May, took the Washington State Bar in July and then spent six weeks traveling through South America visiting Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador.

Congratulations are in order for many new parents from the class of 2000, all with babies born in August. Tony and Mary (Lembach) Morrone welcomed Marco Ignatius on August 9. Marco weighed in at 5 lbs. 10 oz. Clay and Mary (Howarth) Bibbee welcomed Caroline Anne one day earlier on August 8. Caroline was six lbs. 14 oz. And Steve and Joanna (Lecznar) Schafer welcomed their first born on August 6, Benjamin Lecznar Schafer. Joanna is an account manager at PRN Funding in Beachwood and her husband is a pilot for Continental Airlines.

Thank you to everyone for passing along your good news. Keep us in mind this winter when you welcome new additions to your family, start new jobs, relocate and accept promotions.

Have fun and keep us informed,

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

 

Summer 2007

It’s been seven years since we graduated from JCU, and the Class of 2000 has accomplished a great deal in that short time. Our fellow classmates are successful here and abroad, and many are building families and careers. Here is the latest news from the Class of 2000.

Congratulations to Mike Scripps and Christina Johns who were married April 21 in Allentown, PA. Several JCU alums were in attendance. The wedding party included Billy Hoffman ’99, Mike DiNovo ’99, and Ben Hahlen ’01. Wedding guests included Eric O’Dell ’99 and Gerry Scott ’99. The couple honeymooned in San Francisco and Kauai’i and lives in Arlington, VA.

Congratulations are also in order for Michelle (Nigon) Andolino and her husband Peter ’98, who welcomed their first child, Gabrielle Marie Andolino, on May 24. Peter is a dentist and Michelle works in pharmaceutical sales for Eli Lilly and Co. They live in Philadelphia.

Susan Marcellus Ross and her husband David are back in Ohio from Kansas. Susan finished her master’s of education at the University of Missouri-Columbia this past May, and on June 25th she gave birth to their first baby, Ella Elizabeth.

Jaime (McKay) O’Connor ’03 and her husband, Ryan ’01, live in Cincinnati with their two children, William (3) and Erin, who arrived in March of this year. Jaime works for Northern Kentucky University in the school’s center for mathematics.

This fall, Eric Meljac will attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a doctoral student in English literature and criticism.

Michael Stang was promoted in January to manager of the Northeast Region for Lexi-Comp Inc.

Jon Powers is hot on the campaign trail planning a run for Congress in 2008. Jon’s candidacy is for the Congressional seat in the 26th Congressional District of New York. Please check out Jon’s campaign web site – www.powersforcongress.com.

Be sure to send us your updates if we haven’t heard from you in a while, and feel free to include a photo and we’ll do our best to include it! Have fun and keep us informed.

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

 

Spring 2007

As the weather warms, we are excited to bring news of some classmates’ weddings. Kevin Garvey and Kim Oblak were married April 21 at John Carroll. Scott VanDenHaute, Tim Corrigan ’01, Chris Miklich, Mike Hofherr and Scott Beran served as groomsmen.

Laura Pyzik and Courtney Cheney will marry on July 7 in Toledo. Jane (Howarth) Vogelsberger is a bridesmaid in the wedding. Laura and Courtney live in the Washington D.C. area.

Congratulations to Tori (Rendano) Nook who was recently promoted to vice president, retail division of Kowit & Passov Real Estate Group in Beachwood, OH. Tori and her husband, Jon, also recently purchased a home in Gates Mills.

We have some great news about another one of our classmates who is making headlines and doing his part to bring relief and peace of mind to children in need. Captain Jonathan Powers, who now lives in Washington, D.C., spent 14 months serving in Iraq throughout 2003 and 2004 with the Army’s 1st Armored Division. His experiences lead him to found the War Kids Relief Program under the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation. The mission of War Kids Relief, which launched in November 2005, is to help the children of Iraq recover from the destructive effects of war and give them hope and resources for a better future. Jon and War Kids Relief were featured in the January 24, 2007, cover story of Newsweek. We encourage you to visit the program’s website – http://www.veteransforamerica.org/programs/war-kids-relief/ – and see for yourself what a positive impact one person can make on children’s lives. You can read about his efforts and donate to the cause. We are proud to call Jon one of our fellow classmates and we should all do what we can to help him as he supports innocent children who are caught in the middle of war. Thank you, Jon, for stepping forward when you saw a need and using your talents to make a difference.

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

 

Winter 2007

Happy New Year! Spring is just around the corner and with it we welcome news from our classmates …

New mom Beth (Kulow) Wilson has a new position with Novastar Mortgage as an account executive.

Bridget (Houlihan) and Mike Kennedy were married in October at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Liz Donnelly was a bridesmaid and Jessie McCullough read at the wedding Mass. Gina DiDonato-Kubec, Courteney Malon, Bridget Lynch, Moira Conway, Dave Youngers and Jack DiCello also attended the wedding. Bridget and Mike live in Chicago’s West Loop.

Courteney Malon lives in Chicago and works for Avanade.

We received a letter from classmate Jim Flock’s father, who brought us up to speed on what Jim was doing. After graduation, Jim worked in Chicago and Park City, UT. In the summer of 2005, he joined the Peace Corps. He was sent to Kenya in January 2006 and has been helping the Kenyans in the Village of Chebunyo to learn how to grow, harvest and sell their crops and farm products more effectively. Another important task Jim undertakes is educating the people in his village about AIDS and what to do to prevent infection. Contact Jim – jhflock@hotmail.com – it may take him a while to get back to you, but his father assures us he will be thankful for the messages.

Thank you to everyone for passing along your good news to us. Keep us in mind and pass along news of the newest additions to your family, new jobs, relocations and promotions.

Have fun and keep us informed,

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

Fall 2006

The holidays are near and the weather isn’t the only thing changing. Our fellow 2000 graduates are changing jobs, moving, and adding to their families. Congratulations to Brett and Beth (Kulow) Wilson who welcomed Thomas Edward at 1:03 a.m. on October 12.

Mark Boleky and Trish (Streck) Boleky ’01 also have a new addition to their family, Natalie arrived in September.

George Dubic and his wife, Adrienne, welcomed their first child, Leyton George in August. George and Adrienne live in Andover, OH and George works as a marketing director for Westlake Healthcare Center.

Congrats are also in order for Khristyn (Yurick) O’Malley who married Kevin O’Malley on May 20, 2006 and moved to Raleigh. Khristyn is a high school English teacher.

Mary (Howarth) Bibbee teaches 4th grade at Lacordaire Academy in Upper Montclair, NJ.

Jane (Howarth) Vogelsberger is senior coordinator for University Programs and Events at Case Western Reserve University.

Doug and Eneida (Crespo) Dentler live in Glendale, CA, with their daughter, Anabella.

Henry Lee lives in Chicago and works as an associate at Transwestern in the Windy City.

Katherine Lavelle received her Ph.D. from Wayne State University in August and is a visiting assistant Professor at Drake University in Des Moines, IA.

Danielle (Pinter) Novario and husband John ’01 live in Cleveland.

Dave and Elizabeth (Grega) Bischof live in Mentor, OH.

Polly Carran lives in Germantown, MD.

Congrats to Angela (Turner) Monateri who received the professional designation of certified financial planner. She has been a financial planner at Ameriprise Financial in Cleveland since 2001.

Thank you to everyone for passing along your good news. Keep us in mind this winter and pass along news of the newest additions to your family, new jobs, relocations and promotions. Have fun and keep us informed,

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

 

Summer 2006

With summer almost behind us and fall on its way, we have updates on our fellow classmates. Lisa recently bought a house in Cleveland Heights and will be teaching part-time at a Pilates and Yoga studio right by JCU at Fairmount Circle called InspiralMotion. Visit inspiralmotion.com to find out more! Mary (Lembach) Morrone works at Hephzibah Children’s’ Association, where she works with foster children aged 3 to 11 in Oak Park, IL.

Laura McIntire accepted a new position within her company, White + Warren, and will move from New York to Chicago in September.

Kelly Cipra also accepted a new position from her current employer, Target, and is in the process of moving to Philadelphia. She recently purchased a home in the Chestnut Hill area of the city.

Scott Chmielowicz is an entrepreneur in the recruiting field, opening his own office in downtown Cleveland.

Dave Wojnowski and Lauren Roberts ’01 moved and purchased a home in Wauwatosa, WI, after Dave and Lauren were both transferred for General Electric. Dave is the Repair Asset Modality Analyst for GE Healthcare, and Lauren is in the Human Resource Leadership Program with GE Healthcare.

Congrats to Ann Marie Murphy who earned Circle of Excellence honors as well as “Consultant of the Year” within her company, LexisNexis.

Good luck to Ben Danisek recently began his second year at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Karen Rizzuto works as the director of logistics for Distribution Technologies in Newbury. Her husband, Lee Nejak, is an operations manager with Eaton Corp. Karen and Lee live in Mentor, OH.

Matthew Jackson received his DDS degree from The Ohio State University and lives in Miami Beach, FL.

Kelly Richards left her position at Developers Diversified and now works with Taryn (Leas) Chmielowicz in the marketing dept. at Zaremba Group in Lakewood. Kelly and Nick Mize were married on September 2 at Gesu in University Heights. Taryn Chmielowicz was the matron of honor, Ann Marie Murphy was the maid of honor, and Carrie North was a bridesmaid. Scott Chmielowicz served as Nick’s best man, and Tom Goslin was a groomsman.

Mike Scripps is engaged to Christina Johns. They live in Arlington, VA, and Mike is a field training manager for Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals. Mike and Christina are planning an April 21, 2007 wedding in Allentown, PA.

TJ and Lauren (Genshock) Pope were married in Twinsburg on February 19. Since that time, the couple relocated to Mannheim, Germany, with the United States Army.

Pat Heublein was married in June. Tom Passarella ’99 was the best man.

Holli Hamilton is working as an international tax consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Atlanta and is newly engaged. She is planning a wedding in New Orleans.

Kristopher Santin married Nicole Fiorelli. They moved into their new home in Aurora in July.

Congrats to Mark Boleky and wife Trisha (Streck) ’01, they will welcome their first child this fall. Mark and Trisha live in Jacksonville, FL.

Chrystie (Kuhr) and Mike Paris welcomed their daughter, Samantha Marie, on March 29, 2006.

Sebastian Kiely and his wife, Alicia, have a one-year-old daughter, Arden Anneliese and live in Pittsburgh.

Thank you for sending in your updates on job changes, weddings and children. We hope you all had a terrific summer. Take care and keep us informed,

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

 

 

Spring 2006

 

Summer is finally here and we have more updates from our fellow Class of 2000 graduates! Clare and Jason Smith recently moved from Coventry to a house in Cleveland Heights. They are looking forward to many weekends spent renovating their home.

Now on to wedding news. Kevin Garvey and Kim Oblak will be married on April 21, 2007. Kevin and Kim are also new homeowners; they recently bought a house in Strongsville.

Jane Howarth and Brett Vogelsberger were married June 3 in Cooperstown, NY. Mary (Howarth) Bibbee served as matron of honor. Jane and Brett live in University Heights.

Michael Murphey ’01 and Laura Andrasak ’02 were married in July 2005. Michael and Laura live in University Heights and Michael teaches first grade in Chagrin Falls while Laura teaches sixth grade math and science in Kent.

Amy Rizzuto and Jason Marckel will be married in August in Niagara Falls, NY.

Lizette Flammer will be married in September in Buffalo.

Gordon Netschke will be married in June in Cleveland.

Elizabeth Morris married Rick Johnson ’02 on June 24, 2005. Elizabeth and Rick live in Willowick. Elizabeth teaches sixth grade in Painesville and Rick teaches seventh grade in the Willoughby-Eastlake schools.

Kelley (Gaughan) and Mike Biscaro welcomed their son, Dominic Michael, in March.

Nate ’01 and Brooke (Borneo) Goshen ’01 welcomed their son, Bennett David, on April 13.

Megan Campana is a regional account manager for AIM Healthcare Services, Inc. and lives in Lorain, OH.

Tracy (Thompson) Duemling and her husband, Keith, live in Painesville, OH. Tracy is a chemist for Sherwin-Williams.

Katie (Farrell) and Jeff Norris were married in 2000 and have a two-year-old son, Jeffrey. Katie, Jeff and Jeffrey are moving to Chicago where Katie will study for her master of divinity at Meadville Lombard Theological School. Jeff earned his master of computer science from Rensselaer in 2002 and works as a software architect consultant for Thoughtworks. Congratulations to all our classmates who are getting married, welcoming new children into the world or changing jobs!

Take care and keep us informed,

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

 

 

Winter 2006

 

Welcome to a new year, with new updates from our fellow class of 2000 graduates! We have news about upcoming weddings, new babies and new jobs. Big congratulations are in order to Bridget Houlihan — she is engaged to Mike Kennedy, a 2000 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Bridget and Mike are planning an October wedding at West Point. Congrats, Bridge!

Ross Munn married Jennifer Nonno on June 18, 2005 … Lauren Genshock married TJ Pope on February 19, the couple will relocate to Germany, as TJ is in the Army … Mary Flachbart married Mike Varone in July … Chris Kerr and Jill DiPiero ’01 were married in July … Lee Nejak and Karen Rizzuto also exchanged vows in July … Laura Frankl and Mike Dolan were engaged in July … Clarisse Creary and Kevin Norsen ’01 are engaged and planning a wedding for summer 2007. They live in Buffalo and the wedding will take place in Ohio … Congratulations to Christina Bongiovanni, who will marry Craig Horner in Buffalo on August 26, 2006. Christina works as an admissions counselor for Villa Maria College in Buffalo and her fiancé is a chiropractor in West Seneca, they will settle in West Seneca after the wedding.

Emily Shurilla finished her Master of Social Work in May and works at Applewood Centers, Inc. in Cleveland. She does intensive in-home therapy with adolescents and their families.

Martina Takac recently started working with Lisa at the Cleveland Zoological Society as a development assistant. Martina lives in Lakewood.

Kate Meacham graduated from Notre Dame Law School in May 2003. She purchased a home in Washington, DC, in September 2004, and is an associate in the litigation section at the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss.

Susan (Marcellus) Ross and her husband, David, moved to Manhattan, KS, where Susan teaches reading in the Manhattan Public School District. Susan is working towards her M.Ed. in Literacy and her husband is working towards his master’s degree at Kansas State University.

Patrick Heublein lives in Chicago and is a director for Thilman Filippini.

Congrats to Nate and Shanna (Stonebrook) Botos who celebrated the birth of their first child, Isabelle Grace Botos, on April 20, 2005. Shanna is a pediatric nurse practitioner for Dr. Senders and Assoc. in University Heights and Nate sells defibrillators for Zoll Medical, based in Ohio. They live in University Heights.

Rich Stoddard married Erin Collins ’99. Rich and Erin became the proud parents of Caitlin Erin in October. They live in Chicago.

Erin (Fritz) Memo is due to have her first child in March of this year. Congratulations to all our classmates who are getting married, welcoming new children into the world or changing jobs! If you have photos, please e-mail them to us and we will do our best to get them in the next column. Take care and keep us informed.

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

 

Fall 2005

 

The holidays are near approaching and the year is winding down, but our fellow alums are still on the move!

Melissa Monaco is working on an MBA from Macquarie University in Australia and works in strategic communications at the Ernst & Young office in Sydney.

Jennifer Lamielle married Robert Tew in September and lives in Arlington Heights, IL.

Kevin Garvey lives in Westlake, OH.

After living in Park City, UT, for the past few years, Jim Flock joined the Peace Corps in September and will be stationed in Kenya for the next two years. Jim has wanted to join the Peace Corps since high school. Jim’s contact information is James H. Flock, PCV/U.S. Peace Corps/P.O. Box 30518/Village Market, 00621/Nairobi, Kenya – jhflock@hotmail.com.

Carrie Mack moved to Washington, D.C., in August where she is manager of sales and marketing for MAPI, an executive development and business research organization in Arlington, VA.

Jennifer (Capuano) Puffer works for St. John, Inc. in Ashtabula, OH, in the alumni and development office.

Jillian DelSignore ’99 lives in Chicago and works as a regional consultant-senior analyst for Goldman Sachs & Co. Jillian earned her MBA at the University of Pittsburgh in 2004.

Jon Powers let us know that the Orphans and Street Kids Project was officially launched as a program of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation – www.vvaf.org – as “War Kids Relief,” on November 10 in New York at the Torch for Tomorrow Awards. Jon feels that finally, after all the effort put forth, the project will begin to make a difference in the lives of the children of Iraq.

Keep the class column in mind and let us know when you move, get promoted, start a new job, get married, welcome a new baby or just want to catch up with classmates.

Have fun and keep us informed,

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

 

 

Summer 2005

 

Although we’re still exhausted from Reunion, we have plenty of news to share about the class of 2000. But first, we would like to thank Rosalie Massey for planning a great weekend. We would also like to thank Ann Marie Murphy for arranging for drink specials for the class of 2000 at many of our favorite Lee Road bars. And thanks to everyone on the Reunion Committee for encouraging our classmates to return to Carroll. Courtney Kaezyk, our Reunion Committee chair, wanted to remind everyone that as a result of Reunion planning, the class of 2000 now has its own Web site to post news, check out www.jcu2000.net.

Jane Howarth was able to show off a new engagement ring and her fiancé at Reunion. Jane and Brett Vogelsberger were engaged June 15 in Chagrin Falls.

Kelly Richards and Nick Mize were also newly engaged at Reunion. Nick recently bought a house in Fairview Park, OH, and Kelly is the new public relations manager for Developers Diversified in Beachwood, Ohio.

Mary (Howarth) and Clay Bibbee attended Reunion, then relocated to Montclair, NJ, in late July. Clay accepted a position as the director of racquet sports at the Montclair Golf Club and Mary will student teach at Montclair Middle School.

After attending Reunion, Mark and Trish Streck ’01 Boleky moved to Jacksonville, FL, in July.

Scott Beran and Debbie Leonard tied the knot July 1. Kevin Garvey, Jason Smith and Chris Endres ’01 were Buddha’s groomsmen.

Mike Soeder and Mary Beth Maloney ’01 will marry September 3 in Buffalo, NY.

Bill Bissmeyer III and Megan Dangler were married February 5, 2005. Thomas Mulloy was best man and George Santosuosso served as an usher in the wedding party. Other alums in attendance included Doug and Nei (Crespo) Dentler, Frank Sciarabba and Marissa Downs ’01. Bill and Megan reside in Indianapolis, IN.

Doug and Nei (Crespo) Dentler welcomed their daughter, Anabella Cecilia Dentler on July 8.

If you’re interested in Jon Powers’ work with “Orphans’ Hope International” check out, Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, http:vvaf.org.

Amanda Lugar teaches in the Lorain City Schools. She earned her master’s degree from Bowling Green State University in August 2005.

Carrie North is manager of scheduling/logistics for ECRM, located in Warrensville Heights, OH. Carrie lives in Lakewood and was a member of the Reunion Committee.

Martisse Best-Dettmer started law school at Washburn University in Topeka, KS, courtesy of the U.S. Army. After graduation Martisse will begin a career as a JAG lawyer. Her husband Travis will complete a Commanders Course in Virginia before joining Martisse and their two sons in Kansas, where he will be stationed at Fort Riley.

John Parente is starting his second year of residency in emergency medicine at Akron City Hospital. John has two years left on his residency and then hopes to find a job in Cleveland or Akron.

Amy (Qualiotto) Stefanescu is working as the transportation planner for The J.M. Smucker Company in Orrville, OH.

Michelle Kaniecki is in Stow, OH, working as a vet assistant at Akron Veterinary Referral and Emergency Clinic.

Henry Lee is living in Chicago and working as an associate for Transwestern Commercial Services.

Mark Maceda is living in Florida and working as a physical therapist in Ft. Lauderdale.

Michael Joseph is living in Richmond, VA.

Mary Bastawros is living in South Euclid, OH.

Thanks to all those who attended Reunion, we hope we see even more of you for our ten-year reunion! Have fun and keep us informed,

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

 

 

Spring 2005

 

 

Reunion is just around the corner, but before the Class of 2000 reunites June 17-19, there is plenty of news from our classmates.

Lisa started a new job at the Cleveland Zoological Society in April as grant writer and foundation relations coordinator and is enjoying her work at such a great Cleveland institution.

Clare is excited that her husband, Jason Smith, will receive his J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in May and then study for the bar exam before he starts work as an associate at McDonald Hopkins Co., LPA in the fall.

Among those planning to attend Reunion are Robin (Morris) Pacheco and her husband, Adan, and Jennifer (Capuano) Puffer and her husband, Brett. Keep checking the JCU Web site at www.jcu.edu/alumni.htm for updates on Reunion and for registration information.

Jonathon Powers was featured in the documentary film, “Gunners Palace,” which was shot in Baghdad in 2003, focusing on the soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, who lived in a partially destroyed palace that once belonged to Uday Hussein. Jon and filmmaker Michael Tucker toured the U.S. for screenings of the film prior to its public release. Jon lives in Washington, D.C., where he is job hunting and trying to start an organization to assist Iraqi orphanages. Jon hopes to call his organization, “Orphans’ Hope International.”

February 6 was a big day for Matt Kiedrowski, first he and Joy Marling were named the Paczki King and Queen of Lorain County and after being crowned, Matt proposed to Joy. They are planning a fall 2006 wedding. Matt works as a senior laboratory technologist at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Holli Hamilton lives in Atlanta, GA and works for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Holli will pursue her MBA in international business at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business.

Christina Funk lives in Solana Beach, CA, and works for Westland Insurance Brokers in San Diego.

Maya (Boumitri) Merheb and her husband, Elie, welcomed their son Alexander on February 18, 2005. Maya will receive her M.D. in June and will begin her medical residency in July.

Samantha Ricker lives in San Francisco, CA and received her MSN in 2004 from Case Western Reserve University.

Mark Maceda is a doctor of physical therapy at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and lives in Miami. Jaime (Sperduto) and Jeremy Onk live in Lakewood, OH.

Emily Shurilla lives in St. Louis, M.

Meghan Downs lives in Chicago, IL.

Bridget Lynch also lives in Chicago and received her graduate degree from St. Xavier University in 2002.

Congratulations are in order for Ruth (Stanislawski) and Matthew Donner, who welcomed daughter Anna Grace on March 16, 2004. Ruth and Matt live in Amherst, NY.

Kathleen (Upper) and Michael Kovacina ’01 were married November 8, 2003. The wedding party included JCU alums (and student) Darby M. Dixon, III, Peter Kovacina ’07, Susan Filon ’98 and Julie Zeigler ’02. Kathleen works for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in the development department.

Michelle Nigon will marry Peter Andolino ’98 on October 15, 2005 at the Basilica of St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, Center City, Philadelphia, PA. Michelle works in commercial real estate and Peter is a dentist.

Melissa Solomon is a loan officer for Global Executive Mortgage in Twinsburg, OH. Melissa lives in Moreland Hills and is engaged to Tom Evans.

Jeanna (Galante) married Matthew McQuillen on October 2, 2004. Angie (Sarris) Aivazis was a bridesmaid in the wedding. Jeanna graduated in June 2004 from The Ohio State University with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Jeanna and Matt live in Stow, OH, where Jeanna works at Walgreens as a staff pharmacist.

Christie DeCapite has the following message for Robin (Morris) Pacheco and Martisse Best-Dettmer, “please write me at chandi_bites@hotmail.com or Christie.decapite@us.army.mil, I would love to hear from you both!!”

Jeb Schmidt and Alyssa McGrath are engaged to be married June 11, 2005 in Pittsburgh, PA. Carrie North, Laura McIntire and Lisa (Vielhauer) Miklich are bridesmaids and Michael Keys ’99 and Kevin Kuhar are groomsmen.

A few notes about Reunion Weekend — remember that the Class of 2000 will host its own barbeque picnic lunch on Saturday June 18 and will sponsor “safe rides” to and from Lee Road on Saturday night. If you need to update your contact information to receive Reunion information, you can do so on the JCU Web site or by calling 1-800-736-ALUM. For those of you who started at Carroll in 1996 with the Class of 2000, but graduated in 2001, you can attend Reunion by simply updating your information to include 2000 as your “social graduation year.” Don’t forget to check out the JCU Web site to see who’s coming to Reunion, for FAQs, a list of events and to register!

Lisa and Clare

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

Winter 2005

Our five-year Reunion is June 17-19, 2005, remember to mark your calendars! The Reunion Committee is putting together special plans for the weekend. The Committee includes Meggan Babcock, Martisse Best-Dettmer, Mary (Howarth) Bibbee, Christina Bongiovanni, Fina Cannon, Taryn (Leas) Chmielowicz, Moira Conway, Nicole (Ferrara) Hazen, Sarah Hedman, Bridget Houlihan, Jane Howarth, Courtney Kaezyk, Bridget Lynch, Ann Marie Murphy, Carrie North, Christie (Kuhr) Paris, Jon Powers, Kelly Richards, Melanie Shakarian, MaryAnn (Vizmeg) Dale, Jill Vuketich, Dave Youngers, and Lisa and Clare. On behalf of the committee, we hope to see all of you there! If you have any questions concerning Reunion Weekend, feel free to e-mail us at jcuclassof2000@hotmail.com, or check the JCU Web site, www.jcu.edu/alumni. If you need to update your contact information to receive Reunion information you can do so on the JCU Web site or by calling 1-800-736-ALUM. Along with committee members, we’ve heard that Pete Rodenhauser, Rico Pietro, Anthony Rospert, John Ricketts, Dierdre Pim, Brendan Flaherty, Angela Susnjara, Elizabeth (Kulow) Wilson, Sarah (Gannon) and Christian Garofalo, Jason Smith, Scott Chmielowicz, Valerie (Capiccioni) Gerbus, Maya (Boumitri) Merheb, Kathryn (Yanus) and Jon Wilson and Lauren Genshock are attending the Reunion. Now, on to news from our classmates …

Bridget Houlihan lives in Chicago and started her own theater company called Common Theater Company, focusing on improv comedy, visit the website at www.commontheater.com. Bridget also performs at Improv Olympic in Chicago and was recently promoted at her day job, Blair Television, to team supervisor. Congrats, Bridget!

Gina (DiDonato) Kubec and United States Air Force Officer Robert J. Kubec, Jr. were married February 14, 2004 in Akron. John Carroll was well represented in the wedding party. Beth (DiDonato) Dobkowski ’95, Jessica McCullough, Missy Mittiga, Deirdra Burdge, Courteney Malon, Bridget Lynch and Moira Conway were all bridal attendants. Gina’s brother, Mark DiDonato ’98 was a groomsman.

Maya (Boumitri) Merheb is finishing medical school and will welcome a baby in late February or early March.

Scott Beran works for National City Bank in Corporate Banking and is planning a summer wedding to Debbie Leonard.

Karen Klaege received her M.D. from The Ohio State University and is a family practice resident at the Toledo Hospital.

Carla Flask teaches language arts in Strongsville.

Kathryn (Yanus) and Jon Wilson were married October 16, 2004. Kathryn is a product manager for Ernst & Young.

Melissa Monaco is a knowledge deployment consultant for Ernest & Young in Sydney, Australia.

Sean Beck lives in New York City and works for NBC.

Christie (Kuhr) and Mike Paris live in Toledo where Christie teaches first grade at St. Hyacinth School.

Doug and Eneida (Crespo) Dentler live in Michigan. Doug works for Eaton and Nei works for Barnes and Noble as a community relations specialist.

Lee Nejak and Karen Rizzuto are engaged to be married July 23, 2005.

Meghan (Brown) Svatora lives in Newark, NJ, with her husband, Mike, where Megan works as an underwriter for State Farm Insurance.

Angela (Zingale) and Pete Rodenhauser were married August 21, 2004 in Saint Francis Chapel. Angela is a senior account executive at Dix & Eaton.

Kelley (Gaughan) and Mike Biscaro live in Berea. Kelley is a vocational evaluator for Catholic Charities Services Corporation. Mike works at the Cleveland VA and will receive his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Xavier University in May.

Megan Vecchio lives in Maryland and teaches third grade. Megan and fiancé Bryan Newsome are planning a June 2006 wedding.

Laura Fruscella teaches Spanish and heads the language department at North Royalton High School.

Sue (Sadowski) Pyle is a CPA living with her husband, Matt Pyle, in Ames, IA. Sue and Matt will welcome their first child in June.

Margaret (Payne) Welfelt teaches at St. Rita School in Webster, NY, Margaret married Todd Welfelt July 16, 2004. Margaret is pursuing her master’s degree in administration at the University of Rochester.

Melissa Atkian works for MBNA.

Erin (Fritz) Memo and Dan Memo ’99 just celebrated their third anniversary. Erin teaches English at Beaver South High School near Youngstown and is pursuing her master’s degree in education.

Suzanne (Paulson) Albano married Tony Albano in September. Suzanne is finishing her master’s degree in counseling at Carroll.

Lauren Genshock received her J.D. from The Ohio State University and clerks for a judge in Columbus.

Courtney Kaezyk lives in Washington, D.C. and works for Sprint in the government affairs office.

Valerie (Capiccioni) Gerbus has a new job at Butler County Children Service Board in Cincinnati as a Social Worker 3, where she is involved in child protective services. Valerie would like to reconnect with Adrienne Berlin and Kate Richards, so if either of you are reading this, drop her a line at vkgerbus@cinci.rr.com!

Members of the Class of 2000 gathered in November at a Chicago alumni event, including, Fina Cannon, Bridget Lynch, Moira Conway, Bob Guillen, Bridget Houlihan, Courteney Malon, Mike Tirpak and Joe Gambino.

Don’t forget to visit the JCU Web site for more Reunion information — we can’t wait to see everyone June 17-19!

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

Fall 2004

As winter approaches and our five-year reunion looms closer, our fellow year 2000 graduates have more news to share with everyone. Clare and Jason tied the knot on October 2 in Saint Francis Chapel. Kevin Garvey, David Wojnowski, Scott Beran, Nate Goshen ’01, Mike Olsen ’96, Lisa (Smith) Olsen ’98, Angela Susnjara, Mary (Lembach) Morrone and Lisa were all in the wedding party, and many Carroll alums were guests, including Sarah Gannon, Christian Garofalo, MaryAnn (Vizmeg) Dale, Tori (Rendano) Nook, Jane Howarth, Mary (Howarth) Bibbee, Beth (Kulow) Wilson, Mike Soeder, Mike Hofherr, Tim Corrigan ’01, Mike Ward, Jennifer (Capuano) Puffer ’01, Maryellen (Walsh) Moline, Nate Cyrill, Lauren Roberts Wojnowski ’01, Mary Beth Maloney ’01, Anita (Susnjara) ’99 and Chris Lembach ’98 and Leslie (Butler) ’99 and Darren Hilliard ’99.

Anthony Rospert received his JD from Vermont Law School in 2003 and now works for Thompson Hine in Cleveland and lives in Cleveland with his wife, Kristy.

Daniel Borstein completed his MBA at Carroll’s Boler School of Business and works as a financial consultant for Smith Barney in Highland Park, Ill. He and his wife, Samantha, have a 3-month old son named Tyler.

Jesse Capps received his MSed from the University of Pennsylvania and is an English teacher at Manassas Park High School in Manassas Park, Va. He recently married Melinda Solomon, a fellow Fulbright Scholar whom he met while in South Korea.

Kim Plisko lives in Columbus and works as a sales representative for Inkine Pharmaceutical Company.

Angela Susnjara recently relocated to Columbus where she works for MBNA as a sales vendor account manager.

David Wojnowski and his wife, Lauren Roberts Wojnowski ’01 were married August 14, and are also planning a move to Columbus. Dave accepted a new position with GE Specialty Products as a materials manager at their Hebron, Ohio facility.

Mike Hofherr also made a move to Columbus, where he is enrolled in Ohio State’s MBA program.

Jane Howarth works at Case Western Reserve University for the dean of the Office of Engineering Student Programs.

Mary (Lembach) Morrone headed back to school this fall at Loyola University Chicago for her master’s degree in social work.

Brian Considine lives in Seattle and just finished a 4-month trip to Australia, Japan and Eastern Europe. He began law school at Seattle University this fall.

We would also like to encourage everyone to attend our five-year reunion, which will take place June 17-19, 2005. Planning is already underway and we will be sure to give you more details as they unfold! Have fun and keep us informed,

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

Summer 2004

Year 2000 graduates have been busy since our last column! Our classmates are getting married, moving and changing jobs all over the country.

Angela Susnjara bought her first home in Streetsboro.

Patrick Heublein is an account executive with Thilman and Filippini, LLC in Chicago.

Daniel Brazier is newly married and also lives in Chicago.

Barbara Dittert lives in Denver.

Kelly Cipra works for Target Corporation in Williamsville, NY.

Anthony Mastro is a financial representative for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Pittsburgh.

Brian Considine finished his job with the Yakima County, WA prosecuting attorney’s office in November 2003. Brian traveled throughout the United States and is currently traveling Australia, Japan and Eastern Europe, before heading to law school this fall. Congratulations to Karen Klaege graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and began her family practice residency training in July at Toledo Hospital.

Marie Mantini graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in May and was recognized as a class salutatorian. Congrats!

Wendy Wilkinson completed a Master of Divinity at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA and is moving to Cape Cod where her husband, the Rev. Mark Wilkinson has accepted a call as a Curate at Church of the Holy Spirit in Orleans, MA.

Jonathan Ricketts is also in Massachusetts as a regional wholesaler for MFS in Boston.

Melanie Shakarian changed jobs in July and is now the director of development with the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.

Michael Schneidler moved to Stow and will marry Jennifer Suarez of Centerville, OH on October 23. Michael works as a consultant with Accenture.

Michael Psznick and Rachelle Finizio ’98 will be married in August. Rachelle works at Ernst & Young in Cleveland and Michael just graduated from the University of Dayton Law School and will be working for Brennan, Manna and Diamond in Akron.

Scott Van den Haute married Carolyn Wright on July 17 in Cleveland. Scott and Carolyn live in Hawaii.

Joanna (Loeser) Innes married Brian Innes ’99 in April. Bob Boyle was the best man and Gina Marangoni ’99 was the maid of honor and many JCU alums were in attendance.

Congrats to everyone, we’re always excited to hear about your new plans, new jobs and new engagements. If you have any photos you would like us to include, feel free to e-mail or forward them on to one of us at the above addresses. Have fun and keep us informed,

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

Spring 2004

Spring is finally here and we have plenty of news from the class of 2000. Clare and Jason are busy preparing for their October 2 wedding. Look for photos in the winter issue! More weddings are on the horizon for our classmates …

Thomas Clark and Lynn Sobek ’99 are engaged and plan to marry June 12 at Saint Francis Chapel. Thomas is a Special Assistant in the U.S. Army in Chester, VA.

Dawn Pratt and James Kondrat ’98 are planning a May 29 wedding. Dawn and James recently bought a home in Avon. Dawn is relationship manager in corporate banking for National City Bank and James is a consultant for Synergetics Worldwide.

Kelley (Gaughan) Biscaro and Michael Biscaro were married August 2, 2003 in Cleveland. Kelley is finishing her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and currently works as a vocational evaluator for Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries. Mike is in his fourth year at Xavier working towards his doctorate in clinical psychology. The couple lives in Cincinnati, but may return to Cleveland in the near future.

Denise (Heidenreich) Ciulla and Chris Ciulla married August 16, 2003. Denise is an assistant controller for Waxman Industries, Inc. and Chris is a history teacher for Cleveland Public Schools. The couple lives in Euclid.

Leslie (Davidson) Genareo and Thomas Genareo recently moved to San Angelo, TX.

Kris Santin is a partner with Crescent Digital in Beachwood and the company is preparing to open new locations in Daytona, FL and Boston, MA.

Laura Catena lives in Columbus and attends The Ohio State University, studying veterinary medicine. Anyone who wishes to get in touch with her can reach her at beehive1228@aol.com.

Kimberly Plisko also lives in Columbus.

Laura Pyzik lives in Washington, D.C. where she works for a lobbyist firm.

Elizabeth Criss recently moved back to Pittsburgh from Chicago and works as a sales coordinator for Obie Media.

Sean Beck works at The NBC Agency in New York City.

Jonathan Ricketts lives in Boston, MA and works in sales and marketing for MFS.

Debbie Pagano ran the Boston Marathon in April!

We hope everyone has a safe and fun summer and if you are getting married or have recently married and wish to send us photos, we’ll do our best to get them published, especially if you have fellow 2000 grads in the shot! Have fun and keep us informed,

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

Winter 2004

There must be something in the air, it seems that 2004 is the year for the class of 2000 to tie the knot. Jason Smith proposed to Clare on August 8, 2003 and they will be married October 2, 2004 at Saint Francis Chapel. The wedding party is full of JCU grads and current students. Lisa, Angela Susnjara, Mary (Lembach) Morrone, Lisa (Smith) Olsen ’98 and Jaclyn Smith ’05 are Clare’s bridesmaids. Clare’s sister, Rebecca Taft ’06 is the maid of honor. Jason’s best man is Nate Goshen ’01, and groomsmen include Christopher Miklich, David Wojnowski, Kevin Garvey and Mike Olsen ’96. Maryellen Walsh will be reading at the Mass.

Maryellen has her own wedding news — Mare and Andrew Moline were engaged two weeks after Clare and Jason, and are planning a May 15 wedding in Chicago.

Mary Howarth and Clay Bibbee will be married May 8 at Saint Francis Chapel. Jane Howarth, Debbie Pagano, Ann Dolgan and Beth (Kulow) Wilson are Mary’s bridesmaids.

Sarah Gannon and Christian Garofalo will tie the knot at Saint Francis Chapel on October 9. Brian Yeoman is Christian’s best man and John Birch and Rich Gentile are groomsmen.

Jennifer Capuano ’01 and Brett Puffer will be married in July 2004. Jenny and Brett recently bought a home in Conneaut, OH.

MaryAnn Vizmeg and Jason Dale will be married July 31, 2004. MaryAnn recently moved to Detroit where she works for Lear Corporation’s Daimler-Chrysler Division.

Dave Wojnowski and Lauren Roberts ’01 will be married August 14, 2004 in Youngstown. Tori Rendano is Lauren’s maid of honor. Jason Smith, Christopher Miklich and Scott Van den Haute will serve as groomsmen. Dave works as a materials planner at General Electric in Willoughby.

Tori Rendano and Jon Nook were engaged on New Year’s Eve and are planning a wedding for fall 2004. Jane Howarth, Beth (Kulow) Wilson and Lauren Roberts ’01 are Tori’s bridesmaids.

Scott Van den Haute, who currently lives in Hawaii, is planning a July 2004 wedding.

Kathryn Yanus and Jonathon Wilson are engaged and planning a wedding for fall 2004.

Clare saw Trish Streck ’01 checking out bridesmaid dresses, and Trish said that she and Mark Boleky would be married in July 2004.

Nate Smith will be married this summer as well.

Quite a few members of the class tied the knot in 2003.

Denise Glaros and Justin Lauer were married October 12. Nicholas Mitchell ’01, David Bischof and Michael Prucha were groomsmen, while Joanna (Lecznar) Schaefer was a bridesmaid.

Joanna (Lecznar) and Steve Schafer, were married June 21 in Lancaster, OH. Joanna is working for PRN Funding in Cleveland, and the newlyweds live in Stow.

Nathan Botos and Shanna Stonebrook were married October 4 and live in Kissimmee, FL.

Jason Hennes and Charmaine Grandinetti were married September 27 in Chicago, IL. Jason attends medical school at Loyola of Chicago.

Chrissy (Abadie) and Dan Cristallino were married October 3. Leslie (Davidson) Genareo, Laura Pyzik and Maura Gatto ’01 participated in Chrissy and Dan’s wedding Mass. The happy couple lives in Connoquenessing, PA. Chrissy works in Pittsburgh as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Leslie (Davidson) and Thomas Genareo were married September 13 at Peak-N-Peek resort in New York near their hometown of Lake Chautauqua. Chrissy (Abadie) Cristallino and Toni Trussel were bridesmaids. Leslie and Tom live in Hillsborough, NJ, where Leslie is a pharmaceutical sales representative and Tom works for Johnson & Johnson.

After all the wedded bliss, some of our classmates have other news.

Augie and Trena Marks ’01 Pacetti welcomed son Francis Emmanuel on May 17, 2003.

Julie (Harris) Bolen and her husband, Casey, were married in early 2003 and welcomed son Jackson Richard later that year.

Cara Profughi-Coe and her husband, Cole, have a son, Hayden William. Cara is in nursing school at Lakeland Community College.

Liz Criss is back home in Pittsburgh after living in Chicago for several years.

Bob Kraft is president and CEO of First Edge Solutions, a company Bob created. Bob moved home to Milwaukee in 2001 after a brief stint in Arena Football with the Charleston Swampfoxes.

Clare has bar exam news for the class of 2000, Clare, Matt Selby, Ann Marie Murphy, Melanie Shakarian, Kristy Mullen, Spiros Gonakis, Gina Bevack, Lauren Genshock and Sarah Hedman all passed the July 2003 Ohio Bar Exam. Congratulations!

Kristy Mullen is practicing at Gallagher, Sharp, Fulton & Norman in the firm’s Professional Liability and General Litigation Practice Groups. Matt Selby is practicing at Largent Berry Preston & Jamison.

Mike Scripps lives in Bethesda, MD and was recently promoted to manager in the Sales Training and Development Department of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals.

Emily Shurilla attends classes at Washington University for her master’s degree in social work. Since graduation, Emily has worked with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in New Orleans, the Humility of Mary Service Program in Immokalee, FL and Habitat for Humanity. Emily also lived in Denver with Chris Vela while applying to grad school.

We received an e-mail from Jon Powers’s father this past summer telling us that Jon is a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, stationed in Baghdad. Bill Powers let us know that Jon misses his friends from JCU and that Jon and the other soldiers would appreciate letters and well wishes from the States. Jon’s contact information is as follows: Jonathon Powers 1st Lt., 2/3 FA, Unit 92856, APO AE 09324-2856. Jon and all the other soldiers fighting in the Middle East are in our daily thoughts and prayers.

Congratulations to everyone on their good news and please continue to keep us updated.

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

Summer 2003

Summer is finally here and ‘tis the season for new beginnings. Clare received her J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law this year and is busy studying for the bar, which she will take in July. She will start her new position at Benesch Friedlander in September. Lisa started a new job in April as communications coordinator at the Cleveland Foodbank. She is enjoying the job and the organization tremendously. Clare was a bridesmaid in Mary (Lembach) Morrone and Tony Morrone’s wedding May 31. Joining Clare in the bridal party were Angela Susnjara and Maryellen Walsh. Jason Smith, Sarah Gannon, Christian Garofalo, Mary Howarth, Jane Howarth and Debbie Pagano also attended the Columbus wedding.

Now on to the other members of the class of 2000 …

Mary Howarth is teaching at Ruffing Montessori School. Mary and Clay Bibbee, head tennis pro at the Cleveland Skating Club, were engaged Memorial Day weekend while staying at the Greenbrier in West Virginia.

Mark Maceda and Adriana Jakovljevic both live in Miami, FL. Adriana was accepted into the Ph.D. in psychology program at the University of Hartford, and will move to Hartford, CT in August.

Matt Selby also received his J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall in May. Matt will be married later this summer, and will begin working as an associate at Largent, Berry, Preston & Jamison after the bar.

Cindy Homer received an M.S. in Forensic Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a forensic scientist for the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory. Cindy lives in Augusta, ME and in addition to casework, she teaches latent print and crime scene processing classes at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and the Maine Bureau of Criminal Identification. Different organizations call on her quite often to be a guest speaker and do spot training.

Matt Rose moved from the Patagonia Company in Ventura, CA, to Philadelphia, PA, to work at Urban Outfitters. He lives in King of Prussia, PA.

Amy Basista now lives in Tallahassee, FL. and is enjoying the sun! She is the main anchor for WTXL ABC Newschannel 27 in the capital city. Amy anchors five shows a day, 25 a week.

Tom Franzinger ’99 finished his master’s in urban planning a year ago and has since moved to Washington, DC where he is in his first year of law school at Georgetown University Law Center, looking to practice international law. Tom accepted a job for the summer with the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland where he will be working on economic development.

After graduation, Valerie Capiccioni went to Miami University and received an MS in child and family studies and is now working as a child and family therapist in the Cincinnati area. She is engaged to Kevin Gerbus; Susan Marcellus will be a bridesmaid in the wedding, which will take place in Cleveland.

Kari (Clark) Barber and her husband, Greg, celebrate their third wedding anniversary on July 29, 2003. Kari is working as an 11th grade U.S. History teacher and returning to school for her master’s in education. Her husband is currently a Navy doctor serving in Iraq and we pray for his safe return home.

Mike Stang finished his MBA in December 2002 and currently works at Lexi-Comp as an academic sales manager with Mike Metz and Steven Kerscher.

Christine (Zeller) Papa lives in Girard, OH with her husband, James and received her J.D. from CWRU Law School this year.

Ann Marie Murphy received her J.D. from American University and is back in Cleveland studying for the bar this summer.

We hope you all enjoy yourselves this summer! Have fun and keep us informed,

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

Spring 2003

Greetings, class of 2000! Spring is here and with it comes news from our fellow graduates. It seems more and more wedding bells are ringing. Special congratulations to MaryAnn Vizmeg and Jason Dale who were engaged in January and are planning a wedding for summer 2004.

Congratulations to Chris Miklich and Lisa Vielhauer who were engaged in February and to Steve Klug and Elssy Lawrence ’01 who were engaged this past fall. Steve works at MBNA.

More congratulations for Susan Marcellus who works as a first grade teacher in the Cleveland area and will marry David Ross, a Bowling Green grad, in June. Valerie Capiccioni will serve as a bridesmaid and Mary Jo Marcellus ’98 will be Matron of Honor.

Jim Ross and Nicole Saah have recently become engaged and plan to be married in the summer of 2004.

And finally, congratulations to George Dubic who will marry Adrienne Smith on June 28. George is an outside sales representative for Staples and is looking forward to his wedding!

Dave Vitatoe is attending graduate school at Xavier University in Cincinnati and is midway through his master’s degree in sport administration and recently accepted a job in the athletic department at the University of Michigan — Ann Arbor, where he will begin work in the fall.

James Kolar ’99 recently returned from three years of living and working in Northern Ireland while traveling throughout Europe.

Beth (Kulow) Wilson works as a real estate agent in Chagrin Falls, where she also lives with her husband, Brett.

Chris Vela enjoys life in Denver, CO where she is in her second year teaching Spanish at Regis High School.

Ann Dolgan lives in Austin, TX where she works for News8 Austin, a Time-Warner Cable Company as a video journalist and reporter.

Toni Trussel recently began work at Edward Howard & Co. in Cleveland. Lisa saw Toni at a PRSA function in the winter and she is doing well in the PR world!

Robin Morris is a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and is stationed in Westland, MI.

Ileen Linden ’01 works as a faculty member at Lakeland Community College and is busy raising her three children, Nickolas, 14, Corey, 12 and James, 8.

David Ludwick lives in Chicago.

Henry Lee also resides in Chicago.

Brian Considine lives Yakima, WA and works for the Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney’s office as a victim-witness assistant. He received a grant that allowed him to work full-time with the prosecutor’s office he had volunteered with through JVA.

Bridget Houlihan lives in Chicago and is pursuing her acting career, as well as working at a sport marketing firm.

Michael Baumgartner lives in Cleveland and works as a client representative for Marsh USA, Inc.

Sue Nadzam and Kevin Garvey also work at Marsh.

Carrie Mack and Kelly Richards both work as editors for Business Wire in Cleveland.

Daryl Cleveland is stationed at Fort Campbell, KY where his current rank is 1st Lieutenant and his assignment places him as a campaign coordinator. Daryl was married in August 2002. Daryl and his wife welcomed a new baby girl into their family on December 3, 2002, which already includes a son. Congratulations, Daryl!

There are plenty of class of 2000 graduates we would like to hear from, send us an e-mail or give us a call.

Have fun and keep us informed,

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

Winter 2003

After a fun-filled summer, JCU alums are moving on and moving up. Clare is in her third year of law school at Cleveland-Marshall where she is an executive editor of the Cleveland State Law Review, and editor-in-chief of the Gavel. Clare will begin as an associate at Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff in September 2003. Lisa accepted a position as account executive with Wendling Communications in Cleveland working on policies and issues surrounding improving urban education in Ohio. She received her master’s in nonprofit management from Case Western Reserve University in May and was awarded the Mandel Center Student of the Year Award.

More weddings are being planned for year 2000 graduates.

Mary Lembach is engaged to Tony Marrone, whom she met while living in Chicago. They are planning a wedding for May 31. Clare, Angela Susnjara and Maryellen Walsh are bridesmaids.

Beth Kulow and Brett Wilson were married in the Bahamas on September 27.

Nate Goshen ’01and Brooke Borneo ’01 will be married November 29. Jason Smith and Kevin Garvey will be in the wedding party. Nate recently began a new position working in the admissions office at Carroll.

Lisa Horgan and Mike Stelmack ’99 were married October 5.

Melanie Shakarian, Alecia Skraba, Chris Vela and Robb Giambrone ’99 were in the wedding party.

Taryn Leas and Scott Chmielowicz were engaged over homecoming weekend and are planning a wedding for next fall.

Crystal Glover and Joe D’Alessandro are engaged.

Denise Glaros and Justin Lauer were recently engaged.

Alecia Skraba is engaged and planning a December 2003 wedding.

Maya Boumitri was married over the summer with JCU alums in the wedding party: Jenny (Homick) Feola, Denise Glaros and Lauren Fruscella.

Augie Pacetti and Trena Marks ’01 were married this summer.

Angela Galati and Eric Meljac were married. Eric received his master’s degree from Carroll in August and is an editor for the Thomson/WestGroup.

Jason Smith joined Clare at Cleveland-Marshall for his first year of law school this fall.

Bridget Houlihan recently started working as an actress in Chicago and has been cast in her first production. She is still working part-time as an account executive at Harlan-Kendrick PR/Sports Marketing.

Christina Bongiovanni is back in school for her teacher’s certification in New York state.

Sami Grimes is back in Cleveland after receiving her master’s degree in philosophy in Texas.

Michael Bogdan is a second year student at Ohio State Law School and was invited to write for a law school journal.

Jesse Capps received his master’s in education from the University of Pennsylvania and is living in Manassas, Va.

Angela Susnjara is pursuing her MBA at Carroll and working at MBNA.

Shannon Murphy received her master’s in education from Ohio University.

Katherine Lavelle received her master’s of arts in communication from Miami University and began her Ph.D. in communication at Wayne State University.

Chris Kerr is a campus minister at St. Edward’s High School.

Meggan Babcock was promoted to marketing and communications coordinator at Wright & Filippis in Detroit, Mi.

Amy Abdelnour is working as a nurse’s technician at the University of Michigan medical center.

Kim Hawk MA ’00 is a researcher with the FBI.

Tricia Barrett was transferred to Rochester with her company, Wolf Advertising.

Alexandra Ratkovsky is a senior data consistency analyst for Synovate and is living in Hanover Park, Ill.

Michael Prucha is a sales representative for Sherwin-Williams and is living in Forest Hills, NY.

Mary Howarth is teaching at Ruffing Montessori.

Debbie Pagano recently returned to Cleveland from Chicago, and is living near the Howarths in Cleveland Heights.

Jim Flock recently moved to Utah.

We want to congratulate everyone on their engagements, weddings, promotions, moves, and other changes.

Have fun and keep us informed,

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com

Spring 2002

Two years after graduation, it seems our class has been busy getting married, working on new careers and going to graduate and professional schools. We have some great updates and exciting news from several people. Jen Homick and Frank Feola ’99 were married in late August 2001, with many 2000 grads in the wedding party including Melanie Shakarian, Andrea Sever, Hilary (Schwartz) Keberdle, Beth (Hutter) Lower, Maya Boumitri, Denise Glaros and Matt Jackson. Congratulations! Keeping on the subject of marriage, Lisa Horgan and Mike Stelmack ’99 are going to tie the knot on October 5 of this year.

Clare heard from Nate Cyril that Kristin Shaneyfelt was married on March 2 in Pittsburgh, PA to a fellow Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine student. Congratulations Shaneyfelt!

Mike Biscaro and Kelley Gaughan got engaged in early February and have set a tentative date of July 2003 for their wedding. Both are living in Lebanon, OH, just outside of Cincinnati. Mike is in a Ph.D. program for psychology at Xavier University and Kelley is teaching.

Martisse Best is engaged to Travis Dettmer, a graduate of West Point. The two met at the Officer Basic Course at Fort Lee Virginia and were stationed in Korea. Their wedding is planned for July 6 of this year.

Annique Kozak will be Martisse’s maid of honor. Currently, Martisse is stationed at Fort Lee as an executive officer in the 109th Petroleum Company.

Elizabeth (Grega) and Dave Bischof were married September 8. Elizabeth is working for Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau as a preschool teacher.

Jeni (Berlin) Kostko and Eric Kostko married a month after our graduation from JCU and have since bought a house in Tallmadge, OH. Eric works in Mayfield Hts. as a senior pricing analyst for Progressive Auto Insurance. Jeni is in her second year of teaching at Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron.

Natalie Taylor and Christian Swol are tying the knot in June, with Carrie Mack as Natalie’s maid of honor.

Angela Turner got engaged in September to Michael Monateri and they are planning a wedding for May 2003. Angela is now a financial planner with American Express Financial Advisors and she is studying to get her certified financial planning license.

Brian Polomsky is currently working for GE Capital in Chicago and is busy planning a June wedding to Martha Keffer ’99.

Steve Kerscher proposed to Jessica Davis on August 14 and they will be getting married on September 14 this year.

Stacie Gless is engaged to Vern Smith and they are planning a wedding for June.

Mandi Schue and Billy Wade are engaged to be married this August. Stacie and Vern bought a house in Lorain, Mandi and Billy are looking for a house a few doors down from them and Steve and Jessica bought a house in Sagamore Hills. Whew!

We had a great time getting to see everyone at the young alumni happy hour wine tasting in February and hope to see more of you at the next one. But until then we have more updates …

Mary Lembach is still living in Chicago and now selling commercial real estate.

Sarah Gannon is working at MBNA in Cleveland.

Lisa and Clare see Jane and Mary Howarth pretty often around Cleveland Heights. Jane is working for Case Western Reserve University as the director for student and alumni events at the Case Alumni Association. Mary is substitute teaching.

Tori Rendano is working for Colliers International.

Enrico (Rico) Pietro is living in Shaker Heights and working for Richard Ellis Commercial Real Estate Services. He is currently marketing the leasing of the Tower at Erieview and the Galleria, while working toward his CCIM commercial real estate designation.

Dave Wojnowski is pursuing engineering at Cleveland State University and interning at Honeywell.

Jason Smith is volunteering at St. Ignatius High School in the young alumni volunteer program, and is planning on heading to law school in the fall.

Lately, Scott VanDenHaute has been making more than just his friends laugh while performing his stand-up comedy routine around Cleveland.

Mark Maceda worked for a year in Cleveland after graduation and then moved to Miami, FL where he currently is in a three-year doctorate program for physical therapy at the University of Miami.

Adriana Jakovljevic moved to Miami a few months after Mark and is pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Carlos Albizu University.

Joe D’Alessandro and Crystal Glover are living in Rochester, NY. Joe is working for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter.

Cara (Profughi) Coe is working on reopening her parents’ store, which had closed in 1998. The store is located in Chardon, OH and is called Meadowlane Farm Store.

Sarah Hedman is in her second year of law school at the University of Toledo. She has been credited with high honors in several courses and is doing great.

Mike Considine is still living in Akron and just started graduate courses at the University of Akron working toward his MBA in finance. In addition, Mike is working as a business analyst in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at FirstEnergy.

Ann Marie Murphy transferred from Cleveland-Marshall to American University in Washington, DC for her second year of law school.

Elaine Hocevar is working at John Carroll as a manager of student records.

John Nunney received his master’s in education from Cleveland State University in 2001 and is teaching English at Lorain Catholic High School.

Leslie Davidson is living in Hillsborough, NJ and working as a UPS account executive.

Kelly Comerford is working as a marketing specialist for National City Bank and is living is Concord, OH.

Lizette Flammer works at the University of Buffalo as a research support specialist and is in the process of applying to Ph.D. programs in school psychology while doing research with children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Brian Miller is living in Roswell, GA and is currently working as an assistant registrar for Georgia State University College of Law.

Mike Scripps is living in Bethesda, MD working for Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals as a professional sales representative.

Joseph Catalano is living in Reno, NV and working for Parker Hannifin.

Susan Sadowski is living in Lakewood, CO. She received her master’s of taxation from the University of Denver in June 2001 and is working for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Denver. … Nicole Russell is living in Mayfield Hts. and Michelle Kail is living in Riesterstown, MD.

Maureen Mohney is living in Cleveland.

Kate Meade is living in Brighton, MA, pursuing her master’s in education at Boston College.

Jill Vuketich is living in Oregon, OH, and recently graduated with her MBA in international business from the University of Toledo.

Charles Smith is an account executive for the San Antonio Missions Baseball, the AA affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.

Shannon Murphy is in her second year of grad school at Ohio University in Athens, OH, working toward her master’s of education in College Student Personnel.

Anthony Mastro and his wife, Sharon, are living in Pittsburgh.

We want to thank everyone for e-mailing us and letting us know what is going on in their lives. If you have photos from weddings or graduate get-togethers, feel free to send those to us and we can try to get them published. Congratulations to everyone who got married, is getting married and everyone in graduate school! Clare is finishing up her second year of law school at Cleveland-Marshall, and will clerk at Benesch Friedlander Coplan and Arnoff this summer, and Lisa is graduating from Case Western Reserve University with her master’s of nonprofit organizations in May. We hope everyone is doing well and enjoying themselves! Have fun and keep us informed,

Clare and Lisa

Lisa (Foster) Smith
440-339-6572
lisasmith19@hotmail.com

Clare Taft
claretaft@hotmail.com