Spring 2017
Happy spring. May your spirit be inspired by the newness blooming all around you. In the fall of 2016, Amber Thomas, who received a graduate degree, was promoted to chief clinical officer at Crossroads, a nonprofit organization providing emotional/behavioral care for people of all ages. Amber specializes in working with children with complex trauma, attachment and bonding disturbances, and autism spectrum disorders.


John Marcus ’72 shared that Mike Merker joined his Iota Chi Upsilon brothers at a homecoming reunion, bringing back 250 former members. They arrived for dinner on Thursday, golf on Friday, and a formal dinner on Saturday in the Dolan Science Center. The IXY scholarship is more than $1.3 million and racing toward $2 million in endowments.

In early 2017, Bryan Kostura was elected as a member of the McGlinchey Stafford firm’s Cleveland office. “From the time I joined McGlinchey Stafford in 2013, I have enjoyed working with this outstanding group of attorneys. I’m proud and honored to be elected to membership, and I’m optimistic about our commercial litigation practice group’s momentum as we enter the new year.” Bryan, who continues to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves with the rank of major, is senior defense counsel in the 16th Legal Operations Detachment.


Devin Hanna was appointed vice president of global sales for D’Addario & Company, a manufacturer of musical instrument strings. Devin’s previous work experience included Newell Rubbermaid, Timex, Groupe SEB, and Joseph Joseph. “Mr. Hanna brings with him a highly entrepreneurial, data-driven style which will help him thrive in D’Addario’s growth-oriented, collaborative environment. Mr. Hanna’s impressive, proven track record includes strong leadership skills and multichannel commercial experience that will prove to be pivotal in leading D’Addario’s global sales efforts.” When not at work, Devin is running. He has eight triathlons and two Ironman finishes to his credit.


The Blue Streaks were present on the Patriots’ and Falcons’ sidelines during Super Bowl LI. Jesse Ackerman ’02, ’07G is the head strength and conditioning coach for the Atlanta Falcons. For the New England Patriots, David Ziegler ’07G is director of pro personnel, Frank Ross ’10 is a pro scout, Josh McDaniels ’99 is the offensive coordinator, Jerry Schuplinski ’99 is an assistant quarterbacks coach, Nick Caserio ’98 is director of player personnel, Nick Caley ’06 is a coaching assistant, and D.J. Debick ’13 is a scouting assistant. The Ziegler family will welcome a daughter in June. She’ll join brothers Asher and Camden. Before his work with the Patriots, David earned his history secondary education and school counseling degrees and worked as an assistant football coach at Kenston High School (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), John Carroll, Iona College (New Rochelle, New York), Chaparral High School (Scottsdale, Arizona), and the Denver Broncos.

Please share your stories and photos. All the best.


Maureen DeMers Fariello

Winter 2017

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Summer 2016

Two classmates, each in his own way, are demonstrating their commitment to education with their everyday work.



Bruce Willingham, who earned his education administration master’s and principal licensure at JCU, began work as superintendent of the Midview Local School District in Grafton, Ohio, Aug. 1. “The expectations are high, and I want to rise to that challenge,” Bruce said. The school district said, “Bruce was selected for his passion for education, innovative ideas, and vision for the future.”

In his 19th year of employment at Carroll, James Burrows continues to exemplify his dedication to the University. James, who’s studying for a master’s in urban planning and development at Cleveland State University, was recognized and honored with the 2015 Staff Service Award.

In your own way, fulfill the Jesuit mission, and make time each day to learn and teach. Share your stories and snapshots.


Maureen DeMers Fariello

Spring 2016

It’s been 15 years since we graduated. Are you planning to return to JCU to celebrate? Reunion weekend is June 17-19, and information is available here.



Three of our classmates are putting their JCU educations to work for the good of the people in their communities. Two were interviewed for Cleveland publications. Read their stories, and consider yourselves encouraged to choose a medium (this column) or a meeting (reunion) through which you can share your news. Martina (Flowers) Moore, who graduated with a master’s, works in a JCU classroom as a visiting assistant professor in counseling, as well as in the community through Moore Counseling & Mediation Services in Euclid, Ohio. In November 2015, Crain’s Cleveland Business named Cortney (Kilbury) Crockett a Forty under 40 honoree, recognizing her continued commitment to serve others. Acting as her own publisher, Nicole (Sloboda) Smith ’00 shares her accomplishment of, and excitement for, purposeful work. She’s the director of finance at Sojourner House in Pittsburgh, a nonprofit, faith- based residential recovery program for homeless mothers and children. Nicole says, “I am looking forward to using my JCU degree in accounting in a way I can directly help those in need.”

Remember and reflect. Check your calendar, contact your friends, and make plans to get together at JCU or elsewhere. We all have stories to share and friendships to foster. Let’s do both in the coming months.


Maureen DeMers Fariello

Winter 2016


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Fall 2015
Achievements abound! Congratulations to all who’ve moved up the ranks. In June, James Martines accepted the position of general counsel to Nevada State College and System Counsel to the Nevada System of Higher Education one month after he and his wife, Samantha, celebrated their 10-year wedding anniversary

In July, Brian DiBartolomeo was named vice president of client strategy for TMP Worldwide. Most recently, Brian was involved in recruiting and related technology tools. Brian’s JCU degree is in industrial organizational psychology. He also has earned a master’s in the same field, as well as an MBA, both from Elmhurst College. “Brian will be a valuable addition to TMP’s Chicago-based team as we continue to grow market share and enhance our products and services,” said Chris Stynes, senior vice president of TMP Worldwide. “Given his extensive experience in the talent acquisition software space and proven success in helping some of the largest organizations transform their hiring strategies, he truly brings a fresh perspective and wealth of knowledge to this role.”

Andrea Schaller, who was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, is in her 18th year of military service and is serving with the Ohio Army National Guard. She was being assigned a new position in the Army. Andrea also works in Chicago as a life scientist/ enforcement officer in the water division at the U.S. EPA.

Brian Gearity, the founding director of the 1-year-old Master of Arts in Sport Coaching at the University of Denver, is married to Cayla. Brian and Cayla have three children – Lorelei (8), Liam (7), and Lincoln (3). Blue Streaks are welcome to visit when they’re in town; better yet, apply to the program (fully available online). Brian traveled to Fort Collins, Colo., and spent time with Dana Mansour, touring the New Belgium Brewery.

Cortney (Kilbury) Crockett, the marketing and communications director for the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, is helping add and support programs and facilities that improve people’s lives. Cortney gets in the last word about what should be the measure of our work and worth: “When you look back at the moments that stand out in your life, those are when you’ve done things with service, generosity, and compassion.”


Maureen DeMers Fariello

Lily Rose McFarland

Lily Rose McFarland

Summer 2015
Congratulations to Chris ’00 and Michelle (Bompiedi) McFarland, who are enjoying adventures with Tommy, born in January 2011, and Lily Rose, born in July 2014.

Please share information and pictures about what’s happening in your life and your friends’ lives.

Delight in the everyday joys.


Maureen DeMers Fariello



Spring 2015
Congratulations to Bryan and Brian! In late 2014, Bryan Kostura, a major in the U.S. Army Reserves and attorney, joined the law firm McGlinchey Stafford in its Cleveland office. In July 2014, Brian Sinchak ’03G began working at Lakewood Catholic Academy as the first president after experiencing something sacred there, echoing his commitment to be passionate about Catholic education.

My contact information has changed. Please send updates and photos (labeled with names) to 2001jcu@gmail.com.

As a new season blossoms, St. Therese of Lisieux offers us insightful inspiration: “The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.”


Maureen DeMers Fariello

Crockett and Kilbury

Crockett and Kilbury

Winter 2015
Congratulations to three couples with something to celebrate! Jillian (Novak) and Brandon Knittle married on May 31, 2014. Brandon is a manager of debt and treasury for the sewer district in Cleveland, and Jillian is a senior investigator for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District in Cleveland.

Cortney Kilbury and Adam Crockett married this past August. They live in Mentor, Ohio.

Lucy Ryan, daughter of Kelly (Cummings) Lee and Henry Lee ’00, was born on Dec. 11, 2013.

Jillian Novak and Brandon Knittle were married May 31 at Hawthorne Valley Country Club in Solon, Ohio.

Jillian Novak and Brandon Knittle were married May 31 at Hawthorne Valley Country Club in Solon, Ohio.

Send news about what’s happening with you and your friends. Make every moment matter.


Maureen DeMers Fariello

Fall 2014

Maureen DeMers Fariello

Summer 2014
Happy summer! Congratulations to Aaron Weir ’02 and Stephanie (Happ) Bedenbaugh ’02 on their recent promotions. Aaron joined the business group Ice Miller LLP in its Columbus office. Aaron provides counsel to clients about negotiation and drafting documents related to the sale, acquisition, merger, lease, and finance of complex business organizations and their assets. Aaron also advises clients about trademark and copyright law, including registration, acquisitions and maintenance, and licensing of intellectual property. Stephanie was named the director of sales for Playa Largo Resort & Spa, set to open in summer 2015 in Key Largo, Fla. With experience in Napa, Calif., and her hometown of Key Largo, Stephanie is excited to be back in the Florida Keys where she has a strong affinity for the people and lifestyle that make the area so inviting. “I’m looking forward to not only introducing Playa Largo to the community and guests alike, but also leading what will be a dynamic sales team,” she says.

Proud parents Erin (Allen) ‘01 and JR Price, along with big sister Clare Constance, welcomed baby Jack (John Richard llI) on Sept. 23, 2013.

Proud parents Erin (Allen) ‘01 and JR Price, along with big sister Clare Constance, welcomed baby Jack (John Richard III) on Sept. 23, 2013.

Send in updates about you and your friends. Be good to yourself and others. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam – for the greater glory of God.


Maureen DeMers Fariello

Spring 2014
Congratulations to you as you begin new chapters, individually or collectively. Rory ’02 and Meghan (Collins) Neill welcomed a third child and first daughter into their family Nov. 27, 2013. Elizabeth Jean joined brothers Rory (4) and Henry (3).

The Palumbos

The Palumbos

Joe Palumbo married Margaret Poznalska on Dec. 7, 2013, at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Cleveland. Joe and Margaret are emergency medicine physicians for Weatherby Healthcare.

Rona Proudfoot works for WKYC Channel 3, as a social media producer, handling website and social media duties for the station. She’s in the company of several JCU alumni.

Ron Frey submitted details of his new work venture alongside his wife, Sabrina. The Frey Law Firm, LLC was established in March 2014. Ron is licensed to practice law in Ohio and North Carolina. His firm represents clients in complex civil and criminal matters in both jurisdictions and at the state and federal levels.

Crockett and Kilbury

Crockett and Kilbury

Cortney Kilbury works in Cleveland’s public sector as a director of marketing and communications, and Adam Crockett earned his real-estate license and works as a credit analyst in Independence. Cortney and Adam are planning to wed in August 2014.

New beginnings overflow with opportunities. Take care,


Maureen DeMers Fariello

Winter 2014
Make one of your New Year’s resolutions to share what’s happening in your life with your classmates. Send updates about what’s happening at home and work. Send photos (no less than one megabyte, or they’ll be posted on the magazine’s website only); label who’s in the photo (left to right), and include maiden names of married Blue Streak ladies and graduation years, if not from 2001. All information submitted will be included in the next published column, if space permits; otherwise, it will be posted online or saved for the following publication. It’s your choice. We’re built to be in relationships, so let us in on what life is like. That way, we can support and celebrate you along life’s journey. Make this your best year yet by enjoying every moment’s blessing.


Maureen DeMers Fariello

Fall 2013
Welcome to yet another season in nature and your life. We extend congratulations to Michelle (Marquette) Comerford, who works with Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Company LLC as project director and industrial and supply chain practice leader. In her new role, Comerford will advise clients about location decisions and incentive strategies with a focus on the manufacturing and distribution sectors. Jay Biggins, executive managing director of BLS & Co., says: “Michelle’s deep expertise in the areas of supply chain logistics and advanced manufacturing will expand our firm’s site selection capabilities further. As an expert in transportation/logistics cost analysis, she’ll be a huge asset to our growing Midwest and energy services practice areas, enhancing our ability to serve large-scale industrial projects.”

Send your updates (photos, too!) to JCU or me. Be good to yourself and others.


Maureen DeMers Fariello

Summer 2013
Happy summer! Congratulations to Marla, Kevin, and Cortney on their most recent accomplishments:

The Mellino girls

The Mellino girls

Marla (Marino) Mellino ’06G and her husband, Ben, who live in Providence, R.I., welcomed twin girls into their family Feb. 26, 2013 – Gavriella Antonette and Bianca Lea.

In late spring, Kevin Klein was appointed as a vice president with Merrill Lynch. He’s also a senior financial advisor in the Klein Gates Group, specializing in global wealth and investment management, at Merrill Lynch’s office in Williamsville, N.Y.

Casey Ryan wrote an article for the Lakewood Observer chronicling the many accomplishments of Cortney Kilbury. Ryan wrote: “Cortney Kilbury, a Lakewood resident since 2003, was named Inside Business Magazine’s Athena Award winner for 2013. The Athena Award is given annually to one individual each from Cleveland and Akron (among other cities nationally and internationally) who attained and embodies the highest level of professional excellence in his or her profession. Cortney has devoted time and energy to improving the quality of life for others in their community and assists women in realizing their leadership potential.” Cortney is the director of marketing and communications for Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority. Cortney’s commitment to being a woman for others is obvious. Even she recognizes the impact: “I know I’m in the right place because I’m making a difference with the people we serve.” Click here to read the complete article about Cortney.

Send an update about what’s happening in your life. Pictures are great, too. Make it a great day.


Maureen DeMers Fariello

Erin Gabrielle Johnson

Spring 2013
Good news ought to be shared, so it can be celebrated. We congratulate Melanie (Rhodes) Johnson, Theresa (George) Patrick, and Michael Murphey. Melanie and her husband, Mark, welcomed Erin Gabrielle, little sister to Halle Juliana, July 24, 2012. Melanie works as the regional director of admissions for the Ohio campuses of Bryant & Stratton College.

In December 2012, after six years of work, Theresa graduated with her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Kent State University. Theresa teaches in a gifted, third- grade classroom in the Kenston (Ohio) Local School District.

Michael – who began working at Revere Middle/High Schools in Richfield, Ohio, in February 2013 – will serve as a guidance counselor and head football coach. Michael began his coaching career at John Carroll and since has served on staffs as an offensive or defensive coordinator at Trinity High School in Garfield Heights, Ohio; Chagrin Falls (Ohio) High School; Kenston High School in Bainbridge Township, Ohio; and, most recently, at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Revere’s superintendent, Randy Boroff, said this about Michael: “We’re pleased to have Mike join the staff at Revere. With his experiences and successes, we feel he’s the right person to establish new expectations, create new traditions of excellence, and develop an atmosphere of excitement for all our students, especially our football program.”

Find the good in every day, then cherish and celebrate it.


Maureen DeMers Fariello

Winter 2013
Fr. Anastasius Iwuoha ’01G began his assignment at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Copperton, Utah, in August 2012. He serves primarily in sacramental ministry, while continuing service as chaplain and pastor at Saint Joseph Villa, as well as celebrating weekend Masses at the Carmel of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Monastery.

Mike Case moved from New York to Florida to form, with accompanying partners, Heritage Realty Capital, a full-service, commercial real-estate company, which is the real-estate arm of Heritage Capital Group, an investment bank and registered broker-dealer. One of the transactions that was on pace to close at the end of 2012 is the debt and equity for a medical-office expansion that will be the first private practice in the country to provide proton radiation therapy, a type of cancer treatment. For fun, Mike is a competitive sailor who participated in the J24 North American Championship regatta the week before Thanksgiving.


Moving south but staying in the Sunshine State, Ben Stechschulte, who opened his law firm in the Tampa Bay area, is designated as a board-certified, criminal-trial-law attorney by the Florida Bar Association, a distinction earned by less than 2 percent of Florida’s trial lawyers. Ben practices law in state and federal criminal defense, DUI defense, and personal injury.

Anne M. (Davet) Proano joined McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., L.P.A. as counsel in regulatory health care to counsel and advise clients about the intricacies of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Throughout her legal and professional career, Anne has devoted herself to her native Cleveland. In addition to work at University Hospitals Health System and as a litigator, Anne has served as full-time guardian ad litem, representing Cleveland children in abuse, neglect, and custody cases.

Bridgit Space married Dan D’Agostino at Caesar’s Palace, with a reception at the Bellagio, in Las Vegas, Sept. 15, 2012. Bridgit and Dan reside in Las Vegas where Bridgit is an account executive for 1010 Collective, a digital advertising agency.

Christopher Ortolano plans to marry Michelle Franzone March 25, 2013. Both live in New York. Christopher works for Arlou Farms as a Welch’s grape grower, and Michelle works in finance for Ingram Micro.

Congratulations to the six of you for all you’ve accomplished. Everyone else, please send your news so I can share it. Wherever you are and whatever you do, be inspired and inspiring.


Maureen DeMers Fariello

Fall 2012
You never know where you’ll find mention of John Carroll. On a recent flight, Dennis Casey ’87 read about JCU in the editorial section of the August 2012 issue of Spirit, Southwest Airlines’ magazine, courtesy of a submission from Marisa (Pocci) Carney. Marisa mentioned her pride being from Cleveland, as well as fellow Blue Streak and councilman Joe Cimperman ’92. Thanks to Dennis and Marisa for proudly sharing your care for and pride in Carroll with others.

Further evidence of love for Carroll was exhibited by Beth (Ziemnik) Monhemius when she organized a picnic for JCU friends in August. Beth, Katherine (Glatzhofer) Zucca, Steve Dugach, James Burrows, and their families enjoyed a splendid day together.

Clockwise, from top left: James Burrows, Steve and Lisa Dugach (with children Alex and Lexi), Beth (Ziemnik) Monhemius and John (with children Vanessa and Leah), Katie (Glatzhofer) Zucca and Greg (with son Leo)

Nicole (Moritz) Ralston and her husband, Bryan, welcomed Olivia Paige into their family May 4, 2012. In addition to her mama work, Nicole is a school psychologist for Lorain (Ohio) City Schools.

Olivia Paige Ralston

Mike Kobylka lives in Racine, Wis., with his wife, Kerri, and their two sons, Mikey (7) and Joey (2). They chose St. Rita’s for Mikey’s schooling while Joey is home with mommy. Mike is the president and CEO of Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce, the Chamber of Commerce for Racine County. Mike wants to connect with Carroll alumni in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas. Mike (like so many others) reads these columns each issue and finally decided to submit his own update; so to the rest of you, consider yourselves invited and encouraged to do the same.


Maureen DeMers Fariello

Summer 2012
It’s such a compliment when someone else recognizes the worth of our contribution and wants everyone to know about it. Submitted by an alum praising a fellow alum: “I thought you might find it interesting to see where a JCU education has led one of your grads.
Michelle (Marquette) Comerford has made a profound impact on the site location industry. In addition to this, Michelle has a tremendous list of accomplishments, awards, speaking engagements, and published articles. She was named managing director of Austin Consulting.”


Aaron Nuti joined Fairport Asset Management as a staff consultant. Fairport Asset Management provides wealth management services to clients and their families. “I’m happy to welcome Aaron to the Fairport team,” said Heather Ettinger, managing partner. “He possesses strong investment experience and knowledge that adds to our core expertise of helping high-net-worth clients make sound financial decisions.”

Bridgit Space is a single-copy sales and marketing supervisor for The Plain Dealer. Michelle Ferry, assistant circulation director, had this to say about Bridgit: “She understands the importance of effective visuals, exciting ad design, and developing strong business relationships with clients to help them achieve their goals. Her ability to organize the promotion from start to finish allows her to see the promotion all the way to a successful conclusion.” Bridgit’s advice, with a bit of comfort and challenge, is a good reminder for all of us: “You’re never too young to be a leader, so model yourself as the person your colleagues can turn to for advice and insight by becoming an expert in your field. Don’t be intimidated to speak up, even though you might be the youngest person in a roomful of colleagues. You were hired for your creative insight and imagination, so don’t be afraid to share it with others. Look at every experience as a learning opportunity, even if you fail. It’s usually the unsuccessful experiences that end up being the ones from which you learn the most.”


Maureen DeMers Fariello

Spring 2012
A promotion and birth bring newness into one’s life – newness that’s exciting and challenging. Recently, Trinity Consultants, an international environmental consulting firm that specializes in industrial air quality, opened an office in Pittsburgh to serve Western Pennsylvania better. Thomas M. Muscenti, PE, an environmental professional with almost a decade of experience, will head the new office. Tom earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering at Virginia Tech after his studies at Carroll. According to Trinity’s Eastern regional director Mike Remsberg, “Tom Muscenti is one of Trinity’s rising stars who will serve the local market there extremely well.”

Natalie Rose Haag

On Oct. 21, 2011, two couples welcomed daughters into their families: Chris and Jenni (McGregor) Haag welcomed daughter, Natalie Rose, and J.R. and Erin (Allan) Price welcomed daughter, Clare Constance.

On July 17, 2011, Jim and Michelle (Marquette) Comerford welcomed a second son, John Joseph, into their family. John joins big brother Jimmy, who turned 3 years old in January.

Please continue to send updates about what’s happening with you and your friends. Embrace the newness of spring.


Maureen DeMers Fariello

Thomas McFarland

Winter 2011
The John Carroll family continues to grow. Congratulations to Chris ’00 and Michelle (Bompiedi) McFarland, who welcomed their first child, Thomas Christopher, Jan. 31, 2011!

Please send updates about how life continues to change for you and your friends. Blessings to all of you.


Maureen DeMers Fariello

Fall 2011


Today’s a new day; are you making the most of it? It was great to kick off summer celebrating our reunion – stories were shared, camera clicks, there was much laughter, and it was filled with fun.

Lisa Cheraso ’01 and Jason Feiler married July 3, 2010. Bridesmaid included Michelle Kennedy ’97 andRenee Doyle ’99.

Lisa Cheraso and Jason Feiler married July 3, 2010, at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. Bridesmaids included Lisa’s sisters, Michelle Kennedy ’97 and Renee Doyle ’99. Kimberly Ahlegian, Michelle (Bompiedi) McFarland, and Jennifer (Danicki) Ray attended.


Jaime (Kearns) Hirschfeld accepted a job as a health center growth and development specialist with the National Association of Community Health Centers. Jaime and her family, including second son, Andrew, relocated to Washington.

In June 2011, Bob and Maria (Percic) Patyk welcomed Jacob Vincent into the family. Congratulations to all.

I’d like to thank the gentlemen from the class of 1961 who made reunion weekend so enjoyable for me. It was also a proud moment to celebrate a former student of mine, Nick Huml ’11, as he graduated from our alma mater.

Any occasion worth celebrating is worth sharing, so please send updates about your life’s happenings.

Be as good to yourself as you are to others.


Maureen DeMers Fariello

Summer 2011


Congratulations are extended to all classmates who have something to celebrate. On Aug. 6, 2010, Maria Percic and Robert Patyk exchanged wedding vows. Sarah (Sellman) Ewing, Megan Ivons, and Theresa (George) Patrick were in the wedding party. Other JCU friends in attendance were: Madelaine Lumpp, Beth (Ziemnik) Monhemius, Valerie Gill, James May, and Jeremy and Lindsey (Leighton) Sobeck.

On Oct. 23, 2010, Bryan Fialkowski married Roberta Butto at Church of the Gesu in University Heights. Fr. Casey Bukala, S.J., ’54, ’55G was the assistant celebrant. Bryan’s buddies from Carroll shared in the celebration: Pat Beard, Josh Schneider, TJ Parish, Ryan Bringger, Tony Rospert ’00, Rob Misso ’02, Adam Bruderly, Jason Therrien, Kevin Harrison ’03, Brad Piroli ’03, Todd Sardich ’02, Scott Bryson, and Scott Herald.

Bryan Fialkowski with a few of his Carroll buddies on his wedding day

Adam and Julie (Zone) Andolina welcomed their second child, Gianna Grace, Feb. 12, 2011. She joins big brother Joey, who continues to be a ball of energy and a never-ending source of laughter.

Jim and Samantha Martines youngest arrived Nov. 13, 2010. Lily Bella was welcomed home by big brother Caleb and big sister Hayley.

Please update your information via the new alumni website and continue to send updates about you and your friends. May the sun shine warm on your face.


Maureen DeMers Fariello

Spring 2011


Congratulations to two growing Blue Streak families. Brian Hunley and his wife, Lisa, welcomed their first daughter, Ella Marie, who weighed in at 7 lbs. 3 oz. Oct. 6, 2010.

Jeffrey ’02 and Stephanie Rosplock Stenger welcomed their third child, Thomas George Stenger, at the end of 2010. Thomas joins 18-month-old twin siblings, Bella and Brady.

Please visit the alumni website (http://sites.jcu.edu/alumni) to update your information and plan to attend reunion weekend, May 20-22, 2011.

Enjoy the adventure each day offers.


Maureen DeMers Fariello

Winter 2010

Correction: Nick Gentileore doesn’t work for the Carolina hurricanes and did not become engaged to Lindsay Hofmann. This information was incorrectly reported in the last issue.

Short and sweet this time, but still some information to share and celebrate. Brian Weisbarth was promoted to supervisor at Assurance. Brian has been with the company since 2001, working with closely held businesses, nonprofit organizations, fraud, and forensic accounting. He lives in North Ridgeville, Ohio, with his family.

Devin Hanna completed his second Ironman race in July in Lake Placid, N.Y., in 12 hours and 10 minutes. Devin, who plans to run in the 2011 New York Marathon, is a member of the Pittsburgh Triathlon Club. When he’s not running, he works as an account executive for Timex. Congratulations, Brian and Devin, on your professional and personal accomplishments.

Remember to mark your calendars for Reunion Weekend, May 20-22, 2011. Plan to join us to celebrate our John Carroll days and all that’s happened since. Update your contact information via JCU Connect, and send any updates you want to share with classmates to me. Take care.


Maureen DeMers Fariello

Fall 2010

As the leaves change, so do our lives.

P.J. Milligan and his wife, Dayna, welcomed their first son, Patrick John Milligan Jr. “He just started crawling this week (Jan. 30, 2010). I’m living in Seven Hills, Ohio, and working as an attorney at the law firm of Norchi Forbes LLC. My practice areas include civil defense litigation and higher education law.”

Matthew Guzzo and his wife, Suzie ’04 (Valentin), welcomed a little girl, Georgianna Cecilia Guzzo, Feb. 28, 2010. “What a blessing, and thank goodness she has her mother’s looks.”

Vince Marsala earned his National Board Teaching Certification this year and welcomed the birth of his son, Rocco Enzo.

Megan Duncan was married at JCU July 3. She works for Bank of America as a banking center manager in Hilton Head, S.C. Her husband, Daniel Sordi, is an Ohio State graduate from Solon, Ohio, and also a banking center manager with Bank of America.

The following was forwarded to me by John Carroll: The parents of Nichole Giannios of Fairview Park, Ohio, and Dan Barker of Cleveland announced their engagement and wedding plans. The bride-to-be is a daughter of Lisa Ballas of Summerville, N.C., and Gus Giannios of Poland. Nichole, who earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Carroll, earned a doctor of osteopathy degree from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens and is a fellow in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland. The wedding is planned for Sept. 11 at Edward W. Powers Auditorium in Youngstown, Ohio.

All the best to the new and soon-to-be brides and new parents: Enjoy every moment with your children. To the rest of our class, please send updates about you and your friends. Every day has good in it, be sure to find it.


Maureen DeMers Fariello

Summer 2010

Happy summer! Rory Allan Neill III was born on Sept. 18, 2009, to Rory ’02 and Meghan (Collins) Neill, who live in a western suburb of Chicago.

Meghan McBride sends an update from overseas: “I moved to Madrid, Spain, in August 2008 to begin teaching first grade at the American School of Madrid. I’m finishing my contract here in Madrid at the end of June and I have accepted a position at the American International School of Johannesburg’s Pretoria Campus in South Africa. I will move there in August and I’m thrilled! The school is amazing — I had the opportunity to visit it in 2006, and I found that the school’s educational philosophy is totally in line with mine, so it’s my dream job! South Africa is incredibly beautiful as well, so I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to absorbing the landscape and being immersed in the culture.”

Laurel Maurer recently got engaged and will be married in August 2010. Congratulations, Meghan, Meghan, and Laurel on your many blessings. To the rest of the class of 2001, please continue to send updates so we can share and celebrate all that’s good in your life. Soak up the sun. All the best to you and those you love,


Maureen DeMers Fariello

Spring 2010

Neil and Christine (Brickman) Bhutta were married on Aug. 16, 2008, in Saint Francis Chapel with Fr. Dan Reim presiding. Christine is finishing her Ph.D. in religious studies at The Catholic University of America.

Marla (Marino) married Ben Mellino on Aug. 8, 2009. Alumni guests included Traci Sybelnik, Julie (Zone) Andolina, Nichole Giannios, Jillian (Valerius) Shute, Erica Taylor, Elssy (Lawrence) Klug, Jacquie (Chalovich) Moye, Kristen (Kerrick) O’Connor, Brian Cavalier, Rita Shaia, and Mike Mystic ’02. Marla is finishing her last year at Fordham Law School.

Marisa (Pocci) married Patrick Carney on Sept. 19, 2009. Alumni guests included Monica Weber, Traci Sybelnik, Julie (Zone) and Adam Andolina, Justin Kerr ’99, Darla (Kimak) Kiko ’02, Dana (Carney) Springer ’02, and Stephanie (Birnbaum) Kidd. Marisa is employed as an attorney in Las Vegas.

Melissa (Kunka) married Jody Blevins on Oct. 4, 2009.

Alison Desmond is planning a wedding for October 2010.

Melissa Mersch is in Chicago working in HR and on a master’s degree at DePaul University. Melissa will become a bride on Nov. 27, after being a bridesmaid in Megan Duncan’s wedding on July 3.

Andrea Schaller is a life scientist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago.

Dominick Clayton was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award for Lake County School District, FL.

Aimee Ursic is in her ninth year teaching at Cleveland’s Horizon Science Academy. Aimee will marry Matthew Grabski in July 2011.

Robert Pavlik ’01G is VP at Bank of America in Hudson, OH. He’s been married 24 years, has three kids, and volunteers with Jared Box Project and Make a Child Smile.

Ron Frey was named a 2010 Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine. He is a third year teacher of Criminal Law and Procedure at Ursuline College.

Cortney Kilbury is one of 25 artists chosen to create a guitar for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum. The guitars were auctioned off for charity in December 2009. Cortney is the head of marketing at Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, providing housing for low-income families.

Ileen (Jacobson) Linden is completing a Ph.D. in Cultural Foundations of Education at Kent State. She teaches humanities at Lakeland Community College.

Benjamin Sovacool writes, “I received my Ph.D. from Virginia Tech where I won the best dissertation award. I live in Singapore, am an assistant professor working on energy policy, I manage $2 million in research projects, and I have written four books.”

Congratulations to the new parents — Ryan and Kristen (Kerrick) O’Connor had Ryan Jr., May 2009. Mark ’00 and Tricia (Streck) Boleky had Gabriella Marie, October 2009. Julie (Zone) and Adam Andolina had Joseph Zone, Oct. 3, 2009. David ’95 and Melissa (Bechtel) Powell welcomed Alison Bethany, Oct. 30, 2009. Will Parr and Julie welcomed Camilla Ainsley, November 2009. Jeremy and Megan (Andrea) Moon had Anna (Annabelle) Louise, Nov. 5, 2009.Nick ’00 and Kim (Klish) Ridge welcomed Bryce Edward, Nov. 28, 2009. Elssy (Lawrence) and Steve Klug welcomed Stephen Henry, Dec. 10, 2009.

Enjoy today.


Maureen DeMers Fariello

Winter 2009

Many congratulations to the following classmates: Peter Eberz married Lida Mychaskiw on Aug. 14, 2009, in their hometown of Buffalo, NY. Peter is currently teaching third grade at Starpoint Central School District and Lida works in commercial real estate for CB Richard Ellis. Kate (Lillis) O’Brien married Keith O’Brien on Sept. 20, 2008, at St. Mary’s Church in Canandaigua, NY. In attendance from Carroll: Jennifer (Radivoj) Ristic, Beth Nelson, Stacy (Stevens) Talcott ’02, and her father, Rob Lillis, class of ’71. Kate and Keith live in Syracuse. Mike Hill married Francine Yakos on Nov. 8, 2008, in Newport Beach, CA. In attendance were Rita Shaia, Michelle Skrovan, Eric Badger, Chad Miller ’00, Chris Pap, Kevin and Carly (Roberts) Klein and cousin, Lauren (Hill) Lesagonicz.

Lauren (Hill) Lesagonicz and her husband, Robert, welcomed daughter #2, Isabella Rose, on Feb. 9, 2009. Pope John Paul II said, “Children are the supreme gift of marriage”; Lindsay Christine showed this truth to her parents, Laura (Graham) Kish and Trevor Kish ’02, when she was born on their wedding anniversary, May 14, 2009. The Kish family is happy and healthy, living in Copley, OH. Shannon (Smith) Vukmir and her husband, Brian, just had a baby boy, Brady, Aug. 18, 2009. Mark ’00 and Tricia (Streck) Boleky are expecting their second little girl any day now.

In the spring, Rami Ahmed received the top teaching award at Harvard Medical School, the Donald O’Hara Ph.D. Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching. An excerpt from Dr. Jules L. Dienstag’s letter announcing Rami’s award states: “The Prize is our school’s most visible validation of teaching accomplishments and reflects in a small but tangible way how much you are valued by your students… Our students are very fortunate that you have exercised your teaching gifts at the Gilbert Simulation Center, and, in doing so, you are helping them to become confident and well educated physicians.” Rami’s reaction, in his own words: “It so surprising because I have been there for such a short time.” Rami left Harvard Medical School at the end of June and returned to Ohio to begin work as the director of simulation at Akron City Hospital. He also accepted a position as core faculty in the department of emergency medicine.

Please continue to send updates about you and your friends. May you enjoy the seasons’ changes. All the best,


Maureen DeMers Fariello

Fall 2009

Medicine, entrepreneurship, marriage, parenting – a variety of activities and many congratulations to share! Peter Eberz married Lida Mychaskiw on August 14, 2009, in their hometown of Buffalo, NY. Peter is currently teaching third grade at Starpoint Central School District, and Lida works in commercial real estate for CB Richard Ellis. Kate (Lillis) O’Brien married Keith O’Brien on September 20, 2008, at St. Mary’s Church in Canandaigua, NY. In attendance from John Carroll were: Jennifer (Radivoj) Ristic, Beth Nelson, Stacy (Stevens) Talcott ’02, and her father, Rob Lillis ’71. Kate and Keith live in Syracuse, NY. Mike Hill married Francine Yakos on November 8, 2008, in Newport Beach, CA. In attendance were Rita Shaia, Michelle Skrovan, Eric Badger, Chad Miller ’00, Chris Pap, Kevin and Carly (Roberts) Klein, and cousin Lauren (Hill) Lesagonicz … all JCU alumni. Lauren (Hill) Lesagonicz and her husband, Robert, welcomed Isabella Rose on February 9, 2009, daughter #2.

Molly Lynch submitted an update in her own words: “April 2009 marked the second anniversary of the launch of my marketing and PR business called Lynch Communications Group. My clients range from robotic surgery to children’s art to nonprofits. Each minute is different and I love it. My career highlight so far has been walking the red carpet at the Oscars with a client this past February. I hope someday to have alumni as clients.”

Rami Ahmed received the top teaching award at Harvard Medical School, the Donald O’Hara, Ph.D., Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching. An excerpt from Dr. Jules L. Dienstag’s letter announcing Rami’s award states, “The Prize is our school’s most visible validation of teaching accomplishments and reflects in a small but tangible way how much you are valued by your students… Our students are very fortunate that you have exercised your teaching gifts at the Gilbert Simulation Center, and, in doing so, you are helping them to become confident and well-educated physicians.” Rami’s reaction in his own words: “It so surprising because I have been there for such a short time.” Rami leaves Harvard Medical School at the end of June and returns to Ohio, to begin work as the director of simulation at Akron City Hospital. He will also take a position as core faculty in the department of emergency medicine.

Please continue to send updates about you and your friends. Make time to be outside and soak up the sun. All the best,


Maureen DeMers Fariello


Spring 2009

Happy spring! Jillian (Valerius) Shute and Matt Shute were married at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati on Aug. 16, 2008.

Rami Ahmed has been selected as a Harvard Macy Scholar and completed the “Educators in the Health Professions” program in January 2009. Rami continues to complete his fellowship in Medical Simulation at Harvard Medical School, while simultaneously working as an attending physician in Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. In his “very little free time,” he is completing a Master of Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Rami plans to return to Northeast Ohio in July 2009 to start the first Medical Simulation fellowship in the Midwest.

This is an excerpt of an article submitted regarding Rev. Benson Okpara: When St. Benedict Catholic Church [in Canton, OH] was built in 1923, it was to serve the spiritual needs of the surrounding community’s mostly-Spanish population … St. Benedict’s founding parishioners could not have envisioned the changes that would result in their parish being served by a priest from Nigeria. But the Rev. Benson Okpara’s presence is indicative of Catholicism’s commitment to missions in places such as Africa, an effort which now is reaping rewards for the American church, which is experiencing a severe shortage of priests. A native of Orlu-Imo State, Nigeria, the tall and easygoing Okpara has just completed his first year as a parish priest. He also serves St. Mary’s parish in Canton. Okpara came to the United States in 1999 to study at John Carroll University, where he earned a master’s degree in education. Once here, Okpara was assigned to the Diocese of Youngstown “on loan” by his bishop in Nigeria…“The only difficulty people have is with my accent,” he said with a smile. Okpara clearly relishes his role as a priest of two parishes, albeit it a taxing one. “It’s a lot of work,” he said. “The best part is when people are in celebration or in sorrow, knowing that I’m there for them; it’s being another ‘Christ’ in the midst of God’s people, to minister to them and to pray for them. The hardest part is the demand. I’m doing now what used to be done by three, four or five people.” “He’s a wonderful person, a wonderful priest, a wonderful human being,” said Marlene Chipko, parish council president. “He’s got a lot of spirit. It’s wonderful to see his enthusiasm for the parish. The kids love him, which is terrific, obviously because they’re the church’s future.”

Please continue to send updates about you and your friends. May you cherish the magnificence of every moment.


Maureen DeMers Fariello


Winter 2008

Embrace and enjoy the change of the seasons and the daily changes in life …

Scott Embacher and Audrey Balbaugh Embacher ’03 happily welcomed a baby boy, Fasika (1) who they greeted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on June 23, 2008. They are happy to begin their family through the miracle of adoption! Steve and Elssy (Lawrence) Klug welcomed their third child, Molly Anne Klug on April 7, 2008. They are living in University Hts., OH. Congratulations to both families!

Please send an update and/or photos on anything that is happening in your life; you can share updates on friends too. Remember to live your life for the greater glory of God.


Maureen DeMers Fariello


Fall 2008

I hope that you are all are well. Jillian Valerius sent in the following update: “I have been living in Charlotte, NC, for close to five years and loving it. I am still working as a product manager for Newell Rubbermaid and I finished my MBA from Wake Forest University in December 2006. I became engaged to Matt Shute in October 2007 and we will be getting married at Saint Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati, OH, on August 16, 2008. Traci Sybelnik and Julie (Zone) Andolina will both be bridesmaids. Marla Marino, Nichole Giannios, and Erica Taylor will be doing readings.” Congratulations to Jillian and Matt!

Melanie (Rhodes) Johnson and her husband, Mark, welcomed their first child, Halle Juliana, on May 31, 2008. Melanie works for Bryant & Stratton College in Eastlake as a director of admissions.

I gave birth to our first child, Francesca Eileen, on April 30, 2008. Nick and I cherish every moment that we share with our Bella. We are marvelously blessed!

Please send an update on anything that is happening in your life. Recognize and relish all that is good in each day.


Maureen DeMers Fariello


Summer 2008

Jenni (McGregor) Haag was promoted to head of Children’s Services at the Garfield Heights Library in June 2007; also, Jenni and her husband recently bought their first home in Parma, OH.

Kelly (Scott) Cerifko and her husband, Steve, welcomed Emma Katherine Cerifko into the world on March 18. Emma weighed 9 lbs. 7 oz. and was 20 inches long. Kelly is taking the rest of the year off from teaching second grade and will return to work in the fall. Kelly says, “We are all home and loving our new life and family in Buffalo, NY!”

Lauren (Hill) Lesagonicz and her family recently purchased a new home in Poway, CA.

Last year, Molly Toussant had an article about teaching writing published by the National Writing Project. She recently found out that the article was submitted for and is one of four national finalists for a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP).

Enjoy the summer,


Maureen DeMers Fariello


Spring 2008

I hope that all are well. Rami Ahmed shares: “I was just accepted to an academic fellowship in Medical Simulation at Harvard Medical School. I will work as an attending physician in the emergency department at Massachusetts General Hospital while training Harvard medical students throughout the year. I will simultaneously be working on my master’s in health professions education and various research projects. I am currently completing my chief resident year at Akron City Hospital and will graduate this June. I will start at Harvard in July ’08.” Rami also shares that, Joe Palumbo, started an emergency medicine residency at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa.

Erin Painter recently graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine with a Doctorate in Pharmacy; she has moved to the Windy City, working at a CVS in the Gold Coast and living in Wrigleyville.

Tom Rennie is senior tax manager with BKR Cornwell Jackson in Plano, Texas.

Christy Potts is living in Twinsburg.

Julie (McHugh) Gajewski earned an MS at Canisius College and is teaching at Kaegebein Elementary School. Julie and husband Joel live in Wheatfield, N.Y.

Marisa Pocci wrote: “I passed the July 2007 Nevada bar exam, and am employed as an attorney with the California-based law firm of Cooksey, Toolen, Gage, Duffy, & Woog, P.C., in Las Vegas. Previously, I passed the July 2004 Ohio bar exam and practiced law for two years in Cleveland. In November 2006, I moved with my boyfriend, Patrick Carney (brother of Dana ’02), to “fabulous” Las Vegas, where I worked for a brief but wonderful four months as a real live Las Vegas showgirl before returning to the practice of law! I have had the good fortune to keep in touch with lots of JCU friends (although, being on the other side of the country, I’ve missed a few JCU weddings). Many JCU visitors here in sin city, including Chad Kleibscheidel, Traci Sybelnik, Justin Kerr ’99, Jillian Valerius and expect many more! I also had a chance meeting with Ryan Parle in the poker room at Caesar’s Palace this year. I would tell you more but you know what they say about what happens in Vegas.”

John Shiga and Megan (Toolis) Shiga ’03 were married on April 14, 2007, in Saint Francis Chapel with many alumni in attendance. John and Megan live in University Heights. John works for KeyBank in Cleveland and Megan graduated from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and practices on the West Side.

Darla (Kimak) Kiko ’02 and Bryan married August 24, 2007, on Folly Beach, S.C.

Ross Donadio, Meghan McBride, and Henry Burns celebrated Meghan’s 29th birthday party at Dos Caminos in NYC. Ross works for a record label and has a major role in an upcoming independent film. Meghan teaches second grade at Harlem Success Academy, a new charter school. Henry recently joined Deloitte & Touche LLP in the private client advisors group and is involved with tax compliance and consulting for high net worth individuals. The trio has also seen the great Kyle Stefano ’02 who is attending graduate school at Columbia. They really miss their good friend Kristine Gasbarre ’02 who has been in Italy all year but will be returning to the NYC area this summer.

Will Parr also sent his own update: “I was recently married to Julie Burckle, a Miami University and Xavier grad at the Cincinnati Art Museum. JCU alumni in attendance were: Chris Davidson, Kevin Fink, Meredith and Mike Hudec, Henry Lee ’00, Matt Rose ’00, Joe Meinking, Julie Schwing, Max Scherer, and Luke Diorio ’02. Julie is a program manager with Anthem and I am a general manager with Eagle Realty Group. We live in Cincinnati. Since graduation, I have completed a master’s in professional education from Xavier and am about to complete my MBA from Regis University in Denver — three Jesuit schools in a row. We have two beautiful Siberian Husky children, Kenai and Alyeska.”

Maia (Bosnar) Jerin and husband Jacob welcomed daughter Laila Rose on June 30, 2007. Lauren (Hill) Lesagonicz and her husband, Robert, welcomed Abigail Katherine on August 9, 2007. Lisa (DiDonato) Hayden and husband Jason welcomed their second child, Jack Avery, on September 17, 2007. Kimberly (Klish) Ridge and husband Nicholas ’00 welcomed their first son, Brendan James, on October 12, 2007. Kara (Cronin) Simone, Matt ’99, and big brother Jack welcomed Ryan James on October 23, 2007. As for me and husband Nick we will welcome our first child in May 2008.

Please send updates. Enjoy each day,


Maureen DeMers Fariello


Summer 2007

The light and warmth of the sun continues to welcome us to be outside for hopefully more play than work. Backyard parties and family picnics are great occasions to share updates on your life’s happenings, as is this column and the new alumni network of JCU Connect – http://www.jcu.edu/jcuconnect. Here is what’s happening among the 2001 Blue Streaks.

Beth Loh happily married Matt Vukin M.D. in June of 2007. She is completing her third year of residency in pediatrics and will be chief resident at the University of Utah next year. Both are living in Salt Lake City, UT, and enjoying the great outdoors!

Jimmy Martines has much good news to share, in his own words: “My wife Samantha and I had a baby boy, Caleb James, on February 16, 2007. We live in Las Vegas, my home town, and I am a city attorney for the city of Henderson, NV. I also started my own firm, The Law Office of James J. Martines, Ltd., practicing in the areas of personal injury and civil litigation. I am still writing fiction and poetry like mad and soliciting my 60,000 word manuscript for publication. Recently I submitted to the Foundation for Creative Expression, Beat Museum 2007 Poetry Contest and was named Poet of the Month for May. I will have three poems published in a poetry anthology from The Beat Museum Press that will be available mid 2008 and have been nominated for Poet of the Year by the Foundation for Creative Expression. The poem for which I was named Poet of the Month for May is presently published online – www.thebeatmuseum.org.”

Sam Calabrese lives in North Olmsted and works as an IT manager software engineer for Kurtz Bros. Inc. in Independence.

Brian Hunley lives in Parma with his wife, Lisa. Brian works for Marsh USA, Inc., where he was recently named vice president.

Jenni (McGregor) Haag was promoted from children’s librarian to children’s services supervisor at the Garfield Heights branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library in June 2007. Jenni and her husband, Chris, live in Middleburg Heights.

Michael Hill is a clinical sales representative for Nanosphere, a molecular diagnostic company specializing in genetic-based clinical testing; Michael currently represents the West Coast and lives in Newport Beach, CA.

Jenny (Doubrava) Solomon relocated to the Chicago area, where her husband, Alan, now works for Baxter Healthcare as a principal engineer and Jenny works as a product consultant for Allstate Insurance.

And finally, a personal note from me: I’m the JCU “big sister” of two JCU “little brothers,” Matt Mallin and Eric Schild ’02. As a big sister, June 2, 2007 was a proud day for me as I was invited to witness Eric receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders and pledge his life to God and God’s people. You can read more about Eric in the 2002 column. So, to Matt and Eric, and all those in the JCU community who have helped me become happier and more faithful, I say thank you most sincerely. All the best to you today and always,


Maureen DeMers Fariello


Spring 2007

Happy spring! Many marriages to celebrate and share — Tom Rennie proposed to Michelle Hawkins late summer 2006 and will marry Michelle this June in Dallas, TX. Anthony Mastro ’00, Dave LaRusse ’00 and Jeb Schmitt ’00 are in the wedding party. Aaron Brown and Jen (Croston) Brown, Kevin Kuhar ’00 and Chris Tomley ’96 will also attend the celebration.

Joe Enright provided his own update and those of his “knucklehead” friends: In December 2006, Joe married Lauren (Clark) Enright of Chicago at St. Francis Xavier Church in LaGrange, IL. JCU Alums in attendance included Pat Fitzgibbons, John Frye, Brian Barton, Brendan Hotchkiss, Jim Comerford, Matt Covell, Nish Vartabedian, Liam Bresnahan, Catherine Cummings, Michelle Marquette, Susie Kovass, and Lauren Ferrari ’02. Weeks after Joe’s wedding, Brian Barton got down on one knee at the Chicago Ridge Red Lobster and proposed to long-time girlfriend Catherine Cummings. They are planning a wedding in May of 2008. In the next several months, Liam Bresnahan, Jim Comerford & Michelle Marquette, John Frye, and Matt Covell will all be getting married.

Patrick Connors ’02 shares the good news of his friend, Katie Kitsko who married Christopher Topolewski on October 28, 2006. Her bridesmaids included Natasha Marin and Lindsay Hofmann. Patrick Connors served as a groomsman. Nick Gentilcore was the cantor and John Paul Fielder ’02 served as a reader. Dr. Erica Roesch ’02 also attended. Katie and Chris honeymooned for ten days in Dubai. They currently live in Philadelphia where Katie is an attorney for Segal McCambridge and Chris is investment counsel at West Capital Management.

Amy (Atanacio) Santos sent, in her words, a long overdue update on her life. She married Edgar in August 2001 and they are the proud parents of Joshua (3) and Lysandra (7 mos.). The Santos family lives in Brook Park. Amy has been teaching in Shaker Heights since graduating from JCU, she earned her master’s in educational administration at CSU.

Many classmates sent updates on both location and work. Erica Taylor lives in Westlake, OH … Robert Matelski III lives in San Francisco, CA … Zoe Corson lives in Atlanta, GA … Chris Kozlik lives in Santa Rosa, CA, and works as a supply chain manager for Medtronic.

Scott Williams lives in New York, NY, and works as a senior consultant for Protiviti.

David Burrows lives in San Diego, CA, and plays music full-time with the band Modern Day Moonshine; the band’s debut album was released in spring 2006 and a second album is expected in summer 2007.

The legacy of Tim Anderberg, a classmate who died in 2004, continues to affect lives. In his memory, the Anderberg family established Tim’s Fund for Kids. “Tim’s Fund” works in connection with Hope Clinic International; a medical missionary that serves needy children throughout the world. Since its inception, Tim’s Fund has established a clinic in Nicaragua named “Tim’s Clinic for Women and Children,” which has provided critical medicine and treatment for countless families in this impoverished community. Fundraisers were held in the Chicago area in April, including an evening out at Quartino’s and a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds. Make the most of every moment; each is a gift to be treasured and shared.


Maureen DeMers Fariello


Winter 2007

A short summary of classmates’ celebrations: Theresa (George) Patrick married Paul Patrick on July 14, 2006 at the Church of the Gesu and then spent time on JCU’s campus for some photos. Theresa teaches first grade in the Kenston Public Schools and is studying for a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction. Courteney Malon ’00, William George ’06, and Maria Percic were all in the wedding party. Maria lives in Chicago and teaches gifted students in Chicago Public Schools.

Jason Knight and his wife, Kathryn, live in Houston, TX, and Matt Mallin and his wife, Jill, live in Janesville, WI.

Allison Fearnley lives in Hoboken, NJ, and works as an assistant vice president for Merrill Lynch in New York City.

September 2006 was a month full of celebration for a few classmates — Danielle (Foley) Miles and her husband, Cory, welcomed daughter Victoria Grace on September 6, 2006. Michelle (Bompiedi) McFarland married Chris McFarland ’00 on September 23, 2006; Lisa Cheraso and Kim Ahlegian were Michelle’s bridesmaids. Michelle earned her J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and works as an attorney with Margolius & Associates in Cleveland.

Indu Velayudhan Braum and Ray Braum ’99 welcomed daughter Meena Jasmine on September 24, 2006. Congratulations to all! Remember to update your alumni profiles and send me news on you and your friends. Blessings to you and those you love,


Maureen DeMers Fariello

Fall 2006

Congratulations to those sharing marriage, baby, graduation, and career news. Cynthia (Fievet) Barker earned her master’s of education in August. Cynthia and Matt live in Humble, TX, with their daughter, Madilyn.

Regina (Hernandez) Griffith is an office manager for the Cleveland Pain Management and Wellness Center. Regina and her husband, Patrick, are expecting a second child this winter to join Paige.

Kelly (Patten) Hatgas lives in Cleveland Heights.

Michael Hill is an account executive with Ventana Medical Systems in Newport Beach, CA.

Melissa (Corrigan) Janosik lives in Deltona, FL, with her husband, Joe. Melissa works for FedEx as a management asset representative.

Elssy (Lawrence) and Steve Klug welcomed Mary Katherine, their second daughter, on October 5 to join big sister, Caitlyn. The Klug family lives in University Heights.

Lauren (Hill) Lesagonicz works as the vice president of sales and marketing for the San Diego Better Business Bureau.

Theresa Maroun married Jeremy Orsky on November 11, with several classmates attending the celebration; Theresa and Jeremy are living in Seven Hills. Theresa works as the COO for Microplex-USA in Bedford.

Meghan (Collins) Neill lives in University Heights with her husband, Rory ’02; Meghan teaches third grade in Chagrin Falls.

Kevin Norsen earned a master’s from SUNY at Buffalo and now resides in Chicago.

John Novario lives in Cleveland.

Shannon E. Smith is living in Pittsburgh and works as an associate attorney with Sitko, Rodella, & Bruno, LLC.

Lauren (Roberts) and David ’00 Wojnowski were both transferred to GE Healthcare headquarters in Waukesha, WI. David is a repair asset leader, and Lauren is a human resources manager in the HR Leadership Program.

Please continue to send your updates. As the year quickly comes to a close, choose to cherish every moment.


Maureen DeMers Fariello


Summer 2006


Thanks to everyone who planned and attended reunion.

Recently engaged were Holly Cangelosi and Scott Herald, Carly Roberts and Kevin Klein, Julie Zone and Adam Andolina.

Julie (Sable) Ade and Chris are the happy parents of Kayla; Gabrielle (Alesci) Alvarez & Carlos as well as Beth (Dyer) Detzel & Ryan ’00 are expecting child number one … Tricia (Streck) Boleky and Mark ’00 in Jacksonville, FL, and Indu (Velayudhan) Braum & Ray ’99 in Macedonia, OH, are expecting babies in September … Tracy (Baird) Bender and Blair — Megan and Nathan (2); Molly (McGrath) Calvey and Joe — Caitlin, living on Achill Island, Ireland … Steve Dugach and Aaron Piotrowski are both fathers! Jaime (Kearns) Hirschfeld – Nathan; Michael Jundi and Lisa — Emma and Alissa (2); Sarah (Hauser) Kostura and Bryan Kostura – Jackson; Trena (Marks) Pacetti and Augie ’00 are expecting child number two … Caroline (Kondrat) Pollick and Drew ’98 – Clare … Tim Rohde and Heather – Hope … Shaine Ward and Melissa — Parker.

Work update: In second year of residency: Matthew Acton – internal [Dallas]; Rami Ahmed – emergency/SWAT [Akron]; and Joe Palumbo – surgery [Akron]. Katie McCoy is entering veterinary residency [Akron] … In education: Michelle (Cipar) Cameron and family — first grade, Dover, OH … Jessica Franck ’04 — seventh grade, Mayfield, OH … Julie (McHugh) Gajewski was named Who’s Who Among American Teachers — special education fourth grade, NY … Julie Goldyn ’04 earned her M.Ed. last year from Kent State and now lives in North Ridgeville, OH … Jenni (McGregor) Haag is a Children’s Services librarian in Garfield Heights … Meghan McBride, having taught in Boston and Chile through teacher corps programs, now travels to Saudi Arabia to join the American International School of Jeddah … Molly Toussant, fifth grade, Denver … William Zaluski is a gallery teacher at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

In everything else: Dean Bonaroti and family live in Oakmont, PA, where Dean is the president of Riverview Real Estate … Kyle Bretz and Diane (Barni) Bretz ’03 are in South Euclid; Kyle is a senior tax analyst for Grant Thornton … Anne (Fildes) Contreraz met her husband, Nick, through JVC and they live in Oakland, CA, Anne is a case manager for children 3-12 with developmental disabilities … Kate Crimmins ’04 is an analyst for Corporate Executive Board in Washington, DC … Joseph William Edwards IV ’04 is a police officer in the District of Columbia; he lives in Falls Church, VA … Elizabeth Greenwald ’04 is a graduate assistant working towards an Exercise Physiology master’s at Florida Atlantic University’s Student Wellness Center … Andrew Higl ’03 is in the midst of his Ph.D. program at Loyola Chicago, having earned his master’s last year … Brendan Hotchkiss is the vice president of WexTrust Capital; he earned his MBA and lives in Chicago … Michelle (Socausky) Hurst is the WTAM/WMMS/Browns sales assistant for Clear Channel; she and Greg live in Garfield Heights … Michael Kandarev and his wife, Deanna Derrig, live in Chicago … Courtney Keener ’04 is a portfolio manager for KeyBank in Cleveland … Robert Matelski III works for Architectural Resources Group in San Francisco … Jennifer (Lantis) Nelich works from home and devotes most of her time to her two girls, Bryanna and Ashley, because Ashley is ill with kidney tumors; learn more at www.caringbridge.org (visit – princessashley) … Bob Pavlik is now managing professional sports properties for Bank of America; he is a board member for Eliza Bryant Village, Kiwanis baseball coach, and MBNA scholar advisor at JCU … Hallie Pistone is a loan specialist for SunTrust wholesale division in Tampa, FL … Nicole (Moritz) Ralston and Bryan live in Westlake, after earning two master’s degrees from BGSU … Erin Zaletel Zmich earned a Master’s of Public Health from CWRU, and lives in Brecksville.

Please continue to share your news,


Maureen DeMers Fariello

Spring 2006

Happy spring! Evidence of new life is all around us. The joys of our lives continue to occur in abundance and it is with eager anticipation that we share such joys with our friends. A great opportunity to share with our friends in person is just a few weeks away: Reunion 2006 – June 23-25. If you haven’t yet sent in an RSVP, you can respond and register via the alumni web site – http://www.jcu.edu/alumni/reunion/register06.htm. Until we can be together again, here is the latest update on all of life’s happenings. Seth Unger and his wife, Bridget, have been celebrating and increasing their family a little bit each year; Seth and Bridget had three boys in three years: Seth Jr. (2003), Coleman Alexander (2004), and Trent Christian (2006). Family pictures are available at www.sethunger.com. Seth works in the California State Capitol for Senator Chuck Poochigian, the assistant republican leader who is running for Attorney General this year against the “infamous Jerry Brown.”

John Shiga announces his recent engagement to Megan Toolis ’03; John and Megan are planning a April 2007 wedding. John currently works as an audit specialist for Nationwide Insurance in Columbus.

Michael Riebe graduated from the College of Dentistry at OSU last year and is currently practicing in Painesville; Michael will be married on June 17 to Dawn DeLooze.

Beth Loh earned her MD from the University of Cincinnati. Her residency assignment is in pediatrics at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, UT.

Mary Beth (Maloney) Soeder is not missing, as published in the last article. She married Michael Soeder ’00 last September. She and Michael live in University Heights and Mary Beth teaches in the Orange City Schools. She also shares that Meghan Collins will marry Rory Neill ’02 in Buffalo this summer.

Cindy (Fievet) Barker and her husband, Matt, have lived in the Houston area for two years. Cindy taught in Cleveland Public Schools for three years and is currently teaching first grade in Humble Independent School District. Cindy will earn her master’s of education from Walden University in August. In the meantime, she and Matt are enjoying the newest member of their family, Madilyn May, who was born December 14, 2005.

Meredith (Merle) Barna earned a master’s of education in 2003 and is currently a kindergarten teacher with Aurora City Schools. She and her husband, Jim Barna, were married last August and live in Fairlawn, OH.

Jennifer Radivoj is a senior accounts executive for Airfoil Public Relations in Michigan.

Lauren (Hill) Lesagonicz recently earned an MBA and works as a member/sponsorship manager for the San Diego International Sports Council; she lives in San Diego with her husband, Robert.

Christen McArdle was named the 2006 executive director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, which recognizes experimental and independent filmmakers from around the world. Christen left Los Angeles and New Crime Productions to accept this new position. Christen has gained recognition for her accomplishments in a variety of fields: she is an award-winning filmmaker, classical and experimental violist, actor, writer and producer.

Natasha Marin writes, “Unfortunately, I will be missing out on our reunion this year because I will be in Barcelona and the south of Spain this summer… I recently moved back to Los Angeles to take on a full-time position as the director of Spain Programs and Student Admissions Coordinator for Abbey Road Overseas Programs.”

Please continue to send updates on you and your friends; pictures of any group gatherings (weddings, reunion, etc.) are encouraged as well. May you continue to be blessed,


Maureen DeMers Fariello


Winter 2006

The anticipated arrival of spring brings thoughts of new beginnings. Our classmates and friends continue to begin again or begin anew in all aspects of their lives; let’s find out how. James Martines is living in Las Vegas with his wife, Samantha. James earned his J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2004 and is working as a deputy city attorney in Henderson, NV.

Ronald Frey also earned his J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall in 2004. Ron is an associate with Ian N. Friedman & Associates in Cleveland and has served as trial counsel for the local bar association, which prosecutes alleged ethics violations. Outside of the office, Ron enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Sabrina Davis.

Maren Aikey earned her J.D. from Capital University in 2004.

Beth Nelson earned an M.S. in Anatomy from The Ohio State University in 2003; she now works as a legislative assistant in Washington, D.C.

Kevin Riley is an associate with Colliers Ostendorf-Morris and lives in Brecksville, OH, his wife, Lisa (DeBerardinis ’02).

Breinanne Knight will earn her master’s in education in 2006 and is currently teaching with St. Vincent DePaul in Cleveland.

Shelby Spare is finishing up her master’s work in clinical community counseling at Johns Hopkins University. Her internship is with St. Vincent’s Center, a therapeutic group home for kids who have been abused or neglected; with typical Shelby optimism, she indicates that the work is tough, but she loves the kids.

Jessica (Theis) Naik lives in Hong Kong with her husband, A.D., and is a treasury manager for Avery Dennison.

Michael Kandarev is a realtor with Keller Williams in Chicago and celebrated his marriage to Deanna Derrig on September 17, 2005.

The Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club, in partnership with Inside Business magazine, presented its first Top 25 Under 35 Movers and Shakers Awards in November 2005. Holly Therrien and Jason Therrien were both honored for their work with thunder::tech. Congratulations, Jason and Holly!

Laurie Lewton lives in Strongsville, OH, with her fiancé, Nick BeVier. Laurie and Nick recently bought their first home and will be married in June 2006. Laurie is a HR Generalist for SS&G Financial Services, a CPA firm in Northeast Ohio. Laurie and Nick will miss the Reunion this summer because they will be celebrating their honeymoon.

Speaking of the Reunion, if you haven’t marked your calendars yet, the reunion is June 23-25, 2006 — plan to attend. If you want to participate in the planning, please contact me and I will provide you with the necessary information, if you have contact information for our “lost” classmates, please let me know — Tamara Bivins, Deloris Davis, Oleg Kogan, Mary E. Maloney, Robert Matelski, Christopher G. Price, Andrew W. Rogers. You can update your mailing information on the alumni web site — www.jcu.edu/alumni/forms/keep_in_touch.asp.

All the best to you,


Maureen DeMers Fariello


Fall 2005

Before you continue reading this column, find your calendar and write down the dates for our 5-year reunion: June 23-25, 2006. It’s hard to believe, but it’s time to plan some official celebrating of our JCU memories and how our lives have changed since. Please continue to send updates on you and your friends so the goodness of our lives can be shared.

Adam Selsby is living in Chicago and so is Catherine Watts, who is currently working on her master’s in speech and language pathology at St. Xavier University.

Jared Huelsman is “residing happily” in Columbia, MD, while he studies for an MBA at Loyola College and works as a production/inventory control analyst for Sherwin-Williams.

Melanie (Rhodes) Johnson is a senior admissions advisor at Bryant & Stratton College in Willoughby Hills; she and her husband, Mark, celebrated their first anniversary in mid-October.

Congratulations to all who are celebrating anniversaries and marriages, including Matt Guzzo, who recently married Suzie (Valentin) Guzzo ’04. Matt and Suzie live in Pittsburgh.

Shannon (Brininger) Melton married Moss Melton in May.

Indu (Velayudhan) Braum and Sara Anderson were bridesmaids and guests included: Marisa Downs, Katie McCoy, Ray Braum ’99, John Fuller, Doug Hayes, Nick Lever, and Scott Williams. Shannon is a fifth grade teacher in Greenwood, MS.

Henry Burns is someone who spent time at a few weddings this summer and sends news on behalf of his friends. Henry attended Pat Corrigan’s ’02 wedding in Omaha and shared in the occasion with Rob Stircula ’03 and Tarek Said. Henry’s summary: Pat is working as an accountant for a local construction company. Rob is engaged to marry Tara Heck and is the head basketball coach at Benedictine High School. Tarek is a second-year law student at Thomas Cooley in Michigan. Henry also attended Nicole Chance’s wedding this summer. Nicole is studying for a master’s in physical therapy at Akron U. Also in attendance for Nicole’s wedding were Tania Nemer, a third-year law student at Thomas Cooley; John Colan, who is in Washington, D.C. working for an internet company after finishing law school; and Joe George, who finished law school at CSU and currently coaches football at St. Edward’s. Chad and Sarah Stein welcome Ave Marie to their family. Henry spent some time at Fashion Week in New York and took advantage of a photo-op with fellow JCU alumnus and model, Ross Donadio; the photo was published in a September issue of the Plain Dealer. When he’s not posing for pictures, Henry can be found at Ernst and Young in New York City.

Reminders: reserve the reunion dates and encourage your friends to attend. Information updates can be sent in response to mailings as well as through the alumni web site.

Live joyfully, Maureen Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam – For the Greater Glory of God.

Maureen DeMers Fariello


Summer 2005

Hello. Our classmates are writing to report all sorts of news, so let’s start sharing. Michael Jundi was appointed to design and direct Akron Institute’s new library in December 2004. He graduated with a master’s in Library and Informational Science from Kent State in August 2004. Michael lives in Cuyahoga Falls with his wife, Lisa, and two-year-old daughter, Alissa.

Kate Renyck is living in New York City and works for JPMorgan Chase since graduating from Robert Morris University this year.

Amy McFarland is an assistant copywriter for KeyBank in Cleveland.

Allison Greene is a loan officer for Home Equity in Cary, NC, and is living in Raleigh.

Danielle Foley is a social studies teacher in a Miami Beach private school, working with students who have learning disabilities.

James Slivanya and his wife, Melissa Anderson, are living in New Albany, OH; James is a tax consultant with Crowe Chizek and Company, LLC.

Tamea (Menefee) Caver earned an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies, concentrating in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas/Dallas in August 2004. She is currently an elementary assistant principal in the Dallas Independent School District.

Pat Butler can be heard, or perhaps seen, directing traffic in Cleveland. He is the traffic voice on WTAM 1100 and is now in the helicopter on WKYC TV-3.

Mirna Boumitri graduated from the Medical College of Ohio and will be fulfilling an internal medicine residency at the Cleveland Clinic.

Regina (Hernandez) Griffith was married in 2004 and has a baby girl, named Paige.

Lauren Hill married Robert Lesagonicz on June 25, in San Diego. JCU alumni in attendance included: Michael Hill, Chris Pap, Eric Badger, Kevin Klein, Rita Shaia, Michelle Skrovan, Carly Roberts, Lindsay West ’00, Erin (Jimison) Ballantyne ’00, and JJ (Jumana) Badri ’02.

In other marriage news, I married Nick Fariello on June 18, 2005. We are now living in the Chicago area and I am working as a Religion teacher at Benet Academy. May you live your life for the greater glory of God. Maureen Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam – For the Greater Glory of God.

Maureen DeMers Fariello


Spring 2005

The 2001 alumni are busy with all of life’s changes and abundant goodness.

Rami Ahmed graduates from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in June; Rami will then begin his residency in Emergency Medicine at Akron City Hospital.

Nichole Giannios will soon graduate from medical school at Ohio University, and then begin an OB/GYN residency at University Hospitals in Cleveland.

Alison Desmond earned her master’s in Secondary Education in May 2004 and now resides in Birmingham, MI.

John Parrino is a 5th grade teacher in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools.

Rachel Helmstetter is a 5th grade teacher in the Baldwin Whitehall school district, and is also planning a June wedding with Jay P. Johnson.

Aaron Piotrowski is in the LANCE program, Lasallian Association for New Catholic Educators, through Christian Brothers University and the Diocese of Memphis, TN. Aaron is simultaneously teaching literature and history to middle school students and earning his master’s degree. Aaron is also busy planning a June wedding with Shannon Audley, and the couple plans to reside in Memphis for at least a few years.

Julie Zone earned her Education Specialist degree last August from Kent State University, and is now a school psychologist in Columbus, OH, Public Schools.

Lauren (Roberts) Wojnowski is married to David Wojnowski ’00 and lives in Pickerington, OH.

Lisa Durlak is an admissions counselor for Vatterott College in Broadview Heights.

Laura Graham is living in Akron.

Ricardo Ramos lives in Cleveland with his wife, Brenda, and two children, Natalia (5) and Ricardo Julian (1).

Pat Beard and his wife, Cara, live in Macedonia and Pat works in sales at EBI Medical Systems.

Michael Hill is in accounting with Ventana Medical Systems in Tucson, AZ.

Brendan Hotchkiss earned his MBA in Real Estate and is now the vice president of WexTrust Capital in Chicago.

Adam Boor is employed by Freelance Film Production in Illinois, Adam also plays for the band Shamier — visit the band’s site at www.shamiermusic.com.

Kate Campanelli is planning a wedding with Keith Kravec in June; her sister, Rachel Campanelli ’07 will be the maid of honor. Kelly Kiefer and Meghan Duffy will both be bridesmaids. Kelly is also planning a summer wedding and Meghan currently works for Comerica Bank in Beachwood.

Rona Proudfoot is working as an editor for The Plain Dealer.

Megan (Andrea) Moon and her husband, Jeremy, welcomed a baby girl, Brooke Ashley, on August 15, 2004. Megan is also sharing her friend’s good news: On behalf of Marisa Pocci, “After studying international law and arbitration in Italy and graduating cum laude from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Marisa passed the July 2004 Ohio Bar Exam, scoring in the 97th percentile. She is now practicing with the law firm of Spike & Meckler LLP.”

Anne Davet earned her JD and is now an associate with Baker & Hostetler LLP in Cleveland.

Thomas Rennie is employed by Shost & Company as a tax manager, in Dallas, TX.

Jillian Valerius is a homeowner in Charleston, SC; Jillian is the strategic accounts manager for Newell-Rubbermaid, working directly with Kmart. Jillian is also studying for her MBA at Wake Forest University.

Maia (Bosnar) Jerin is a marketing manager for Real Living GulfCoast Realty in Naples, FL, where she lives with her husband, Jacob.

Kimberly Knausz is living in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

To the class of 2000, the class I entered with, may it be a fabulous reunion; I will be celebrating my wedding that same weekend, so I will have to catch up with you all on another occasion. To all the readers, enjoy the changes from spring to summer and remember to bloom where you are planted.


Maureen DeMers Fariello


Winter 2005

Scott Shantery was hired as the head hockey coach at John Carroll in fall 2004. He earned his M.S. in Sports Psychology from Miami University. Scott, a goaltender, was the first hockey All-American in JCU’s history. Scott is VP of SMS Sports Limited.

Caroline Kondrat married Drew Pollick ’98 in Gesu Church, August 21, 2004. Immediately following the wedding, they moved to Boston so Caroline could begin her graduate studies at Boston College.

James Slivanya is currently working as an auditor with Crowe Chizek and Company LLC in Columbus, OH. James also writes to share that he married Melissa Anderson on November 20, 2004.

Cheryl (Smith) Dave was also recently married and moved to Wickliffe.

Lauren Smartschan is preparing for her November 2005 wedding, as well as working in the Moon Area School District and completing work on her master’s at Duquesne.

Kristen Stack is also planning a fall 2005 wedding, marrying Jim Kickel.

T.J. Wichmann and Ana (Garabis) Wichmann are excited to announce the birth of their daughter, Mary Kate, born on November 8, 2004.

Michael Bogdan earned his M.A./J.D. degrees from The Ohio State University in 2004. Michael is an attorney with Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths, and Dougherty in Canton, OH.

Danielle Foley is teaching juvenile delinquents at an alternative school in Miami, FL.

Kelly Patten accepted a new position as a program coordinator for Junior Achievement in Greater Cleveland. Kelly recruits volunteers from the business community to teach classes in Cleveland area schools. Anyone interested should contact Kelly at kellyepatten@juno.com.

Always my pleasure to share your news,


Maureen DeMers Fariello


Fall 2004

As the leaves fall and the seasons change, it is time again to share some life news … Christine Krauss married Dan Barry ’00 on July 2, 2004. Christy teaches first grade in Painesville Township and Dan is an account manager with Office Depot in Valley View; Christy and Dan live in Mentor.

Emily Morris is excited as her wedding quickly approaches. Emily will marry Paul Wieshuber of Park Ridge, IL, on November 6, 2004 at Queen of Angels Parish in Chicago. Emily will be leaving her position with the Chicago Park District to pursue a teaching career at the elementary level.

Sarah Hauser and Bryan Kostura were married on December 27, 2003, and live in Chagrin Falls.

Our classmates are not only changing social status, but some are changing their work positions and places they call home.

Mike Cernich is an Engagement Manager with ING Direct in Wilmington, DE. Mike’s home is in Wynnewood, PA.

Alison Desmond is teaching both English and Journalism at Mercy High School and lives in Troy, MI.

Elliot Edmunds is a Sifu with the Houston Kickboxing Gym in Texas.

Alison Wendorff earned her M.Ed. in 2003 from JCU and is currently living in Bedford, OH.

This column is shorter to match with the shortening of these autumn days … please send updates to the above e-mail or postal address. May your hearts be kept warm during these crisp autumn and soon-to-be chilly winter days,


Maureen DeMers Fariello


Summer 2004

The Class of 2001 extends condolences and care to the family and friends of Timothy Anderberg, who died in an accident on March 1, 2004. It is certain that 1st LT Nicholas Porowski speaks for many when he says that Tim will be greatly missed.

Nicholas is currently stationed in Iraq, serving a second tour with the Delta Company, 1st Light Reconnaissance Battalion, United States Marine Corps. His mail is being forwarded to his home in North Ridgeville, OH.

James Burrows ran in the 2004 Cleveland Marathon in the spring; he not only finished the marathon but ran within his personal goal of 5 hours, completing the run in 4:58:12. Congratulations, James!

Michael Murphey is working as a first grade teacher at Gurney Elementary and Michael Soderquist is a teacher at Hawken School in Lyndhurst, OH.

Vince Marsala is preparing for year six at Avon Lake High School. He and his wife, Dina, recently celebrated their second wedding anniversary as well as the June birth of their first child, Gabriella.

Shaine Ward (MBA) is now engaged to Melissa Schmitt. The proposal was on a Hornblower Cruise on the San Francisco Bay over Memorial Day weekend, overlooking the fireworks from SBC Park after an S.F. Giants home game. They celebrated with an engagement party at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Napa Valley. No wedding date is set, but the couple is settling into their new home. Shaine is currently working as a senior underwriter for Charter One Bank in Cleveland.

Kelly Patten is recently engaged to Kevin Hatgas ’02. A late summer 2005 wedding is in the works! Kelly is the Southeast account representative for Edgepark Surgical in Twinsburg.

Megan Hetman works with the Cleveland Clinic as a marketing associate. Megan is planning a wedding to David Frankel at Kiawah Island, SC in May 2005.

Pat Beard is a surgery center/primary care account manager with McKesson Medical-Surgical. He is marrying Cara Cieslak in August 2004. The two live in Sagamore Hills and Pat says, “Looks like another IBG has been tamed! Go Streaks!”

Maureen (Liller) Kraft married Perry Kraft in November 2003. The Krafts are living in the Columbus area.

Patrick Fitzgibbons works with Fitzgibbons and Associates in Blue Island, IL. He will be married to Meghan Brady in September 2004.

Christina (Levensky) Shay is married to Gerry Shay ’02 and completed her master’s degree from Kent State in May.

Megan Snowberger received a Juris Doctorate degree from the Roger Williams University, Ralph R. Papitto School of Law in May 2004.

Jen Radivoj was promoted in June to assistant program manager for Liggett-Stashower, having previously worked as an intern and account coordinator for the company. Jen is a member of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training and completed a 100-mile charity bike-a-thon in Lake Tahoe.

John Shiga recently moved from Cleveland to Columbus to accept a job as an audit analyst with Nationwide.

Jason Christie is leaving Buffalo and his position as an EMS chief at Lancaster Ambulance and fire lieutenant at Union Fire Co. to take a position with the New York State Department of Health in Albany, NY.

As for me, a ring pop and a question recently altered my life direction. My fiancé, Nicholas Fariello, and I will celebrate and begin our marriage in early summer next year. Carpe Diem!


Maureen DeMers Fariello


Spring 2004

Happy Spring! Congratulations to the JCU Class of 2004. There is a definite spring in the step of many members of our class, as evidenced by the news that continues to be shared. Mary Elizabeth Colan is teaching English in an all girl’s high school in Sasebo, Japan. She will complete her third year of teaching in August and then return to the United States in search of a teaching position. She can be contacted via the following information: 301 KOGA Apartment 13-23 Tawara Mach Sasebo-shi, Nagasaki-ken Japan 857-0016, email: mecolan@yahoo.com.

George Namay is studying at IUPUI for a DDS/IUSD degree that he will complete in 2006. He is married to Melissa (Mittiga) Namay ’00, and they live in Indianapolis.

Laurel Maurer sent some updated contact information: 975 Canyon View Road #204, Sagamore Hills, OH 44067 or lmaurer79@yahoo.com.

Kate Lillis will complete an ESF degree at SUNY this year and Christina Lombardo writes to inform us that she completed her MISIM degree at Loyola University Chicago in 2003.

Lisa DiDonato has transitioned from criminal scene investigation [associated with her master’s degree in Forensic Science, earned in 2003] to exploring all the tiny, sweet joys of her son, Paul, who was born January 26, 2004. Lisa is taking time from work to be with her son and her husband, Jason Hayden.

Please continue to send news and e-mail me if you need to contact anyone I have included in the column. I recently read a book in which the author stated, “each day is a miracle unearned.” Embrace the miracle and cherish the gift of every moment.


Maureen DeMers Fariello


Winter 2004

Finishing 2003 at sprinting speed and beginning 2004 running, the Class of 2001 has many life updates to share …

Congratulations are extended to several classmates for a variety of celebrations and wonderful life changes. Megan (Andrea) Moon married the young mailman who delivered to her college house in South Euclid — Jeremy Moon on May 17, 2003. They now reside in Cuyahoga Falls. Megan was recently hired at Valmark Security; a broker dealer in Beachwood.

Soon after graduating from JCU, Jason Therrien started up his own Web design and consulting company, thunder::tech. The company has enjoyed tremendous growth and now with 10+ employees and interns, the company has moved into the creative corridor of Midtown in Cleveland. On July 19, 2003, Jason married his high school sweetheart, Holly Brigadoi. Jason and Holly Therrien now reside in Ohio City.

Chris Barringer ’02 is engaged to be married. In Chris’ words, “Heather Fox (02) is the lucky girl.” Chris and Heather will be married at St. Francis Chapel on May 29, 2004. Chris is currently working as a Credit Analyst in Key Auto Finance at Key Bank in downtown Cleveland…Kevin Riley asked Lisa DeBerardinis ’02 to marry him this past April; the two of them have spent the year planning their wedding to be held at Saint Francis Chapel on April 17, 2004. Kevin is in his second year as the assistant golf professional at Shaker Heights Country Club.

Molly (McGrath) Calvey and Joseph Calvey (of Preston, England and Achill Island, Ireland) were married on a beautiful sunny September 20th on Achill Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland. They honeymooned in Marbella, Spain, and are now living in Achill. Molly Lynch was also in attendance to celebrate with Molly and Joseph.

Nick Scolaro and Alison (Winters) Scolaro ’98 just bought their first home in Wickliffe.

Michelle Marquette is with the Staubach Company in Cleveland, working as a logistics group associate.

Stacy (McKay) Benander married John Benander in December 2001. Stacy works at The Ohio State University as an international student and scholar advisor. John works for Major League Baseball Online Services, as the Web site marketing producer for the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds Web sites. They live in Columbus, OH.

Lauren Hill worked for the San Diego Padres in the 2001 season. She was the sponsor manager for Super Bowl XXXVII. She is currently working on bids to bring different sporting events to San Diego as well as the San Diego Chargers’ and San Diego Padres’ Kickoff Luncheons.

Kimberly Knausz has been working for the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America since graduation. She has recently relocated (from Cleveland) to the South Florida agency.

Tim Rohde married Heather Meinke on August 9, 2003, and bought a house in North Ridgeville, OH.

Catherine Jean Watts is currently attending San Francisco State University to earn her M.S. degree in speech language pathology.

Beth Ziemnik sent multiple updates – thanks, Beth. Trena Marks Pacetti and Augie celebrated their son’s (Francis) birth in May. Valerie (Gobbo) Gill just had a baby boy. Madelaine Lumpp and Greg Murphy are in Colorado and just bought a house. Katherine Glatzhofer is finishing law school at Cincinnati in May. Katherine ran her third marathon in October and is currently working as a law clerk for General Electric Aircraft Engines.

As for Beth, she is working as a youth minister at a church in North Olmsted, Ohio. She is getting married in October.

Kara (Cronin) Simone and Matt Simone ’99 became parents on November 11, 2003. Congratulations to ALL!

In spite of the speed at which life seems to be operating, may we remember to slow down and enjoy the gift of this moment. May this be a happy and blessed new year,


Maureen DeMers Fariello


Summer 2003

Congratulations and welcome to the newest members of the Blue Streak alumni family, John Carroll University’s Class of 2003! The world awaits the contribution of your energy, your gifts, and your willingness to serve. The class of 2001 continues to thrive as it strives to live up to this challenging yet compulsory expectation.

Madelaine Lumpp lives and serves in Colorado, having recently completed a second year of work with homeless children in a Denver school district. Madelaine also writes to tell about something that excites her so much she wants to share the news with everyone. On the day before Easter, Greg Murphy proposed marriage and Madelaine accepted. The wedding is scheduled for July 3, 2004. Greg is currently working as the sports information director at Colorado School of Mines. Congratulations, Madelaine and Greg!

Jenni McGregor Haag is now married to Chris Haag and is employed by Republic Bank. The two live in Middleburg Heights.

Jennifer Capuano is an account executive for News Channel 5 WEWS in Cleveland. She can be contacted via e-mail at capuano@wews.com.

Stacy McKay Benander married a fellow classmate, John Benander, on December 29, 2001 and they live in Columbus. Stacy works for The Ohio State University as an International Student and Scholar advisor and John works for Major League Baseball Online Services as the Web site marketing producer for the Cleveland Indians’ and Cincinnati Reds’ Web sites.

At last an update, 2LT Andrea Schaller is serving in the Army in Kuwait. She demonstrates her inner strength through her positive attitude and her humor. This is an excerpt from a letter to demonstrate: “I have now driven all over Kuwait getting our equipment from the port and am happy to report I led my first convoy through the middle of the desert in a sandstorm and did not get lost! So I guess I can navigate or I was really lucky.” Andrea assures everyone that “I am confident that with the people around me that my platoon, my company and myself will be fine.” May Andrea and all of our family and friends who are serving in the United States Armed Forces know that they are in our thoughts and prayers.

As for me, I am glad to announce that after seven years as a full-time college student, I will be graduating from the University of Dayton in August with a master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry. In the fall, I will begin my teaching career at Mount Notre Dame High School in Cincinnati. I will be teaching sophomore and junior women in Theology. I am quite eager to take my energy, my gifts, and my willingness to serve and put all of that to use with the intention of bringing glory to God through the everyday education of these young women. In these Easter days of unbounded joy, may God bless you and may you celebrate the gift of every moment.


Maureen DeMers Fariello


Spring 2003

Happy spring! Spring is a time of beginning anew and it affords all of us a visual demonstration of the slow, steady, spectacular process of growth. Here is how the 2001 Blue Streaks continue to grow … Kristen Stih recently moved to Denver, CO and is continuing to work as a marketing manager for Distinct Development, Inc., a sales and marketing company based in Akron, OH.

Thomas Parish is a sales representative for Adchem Adhesives in Broadview Heights and he lives in Westlake.

Jimmy Hronek also lives in Westlake and is an advertising account executive for Scene Magazine in Cleveland.

Patricia Streck is an account coordinator for FCB Advertising in Beachwood.

Nick Scolaro has accepted a new position as the director of Development and Alumni Affairs for Cleveland Central Catholic High School.

Rob Lillis ’71 and his wife, Carole, are proud of their daughter, Kate Lillis. Kate’s mom sent an e-mail stating that Kate is now pursuing an M.S. in Environmental Communication in the Environmental Science and Forestry program at Syracuse University.

E-mail is a quick, easy form of communication, but as college students, we all remember being excited about receiving “real mail,” the sort with stamps on it. I still get excited, but I’m also still living on a university campus. Bryan Sillaman made my day when he sent his alumni update via real mail because everything else I received that day demanded my money! Bryan is a second year law student at George Washington University. Bryan has been invited to write for the Government Contact Law School Journal and is a member of moot court.

She may not be diving into water, but one can be sure that Maren Aikey is diving, or more accurately, delving into her studies as she completes her second year of law school at Capital University in Columbus, OH.

Well-spoken with a smile always attached, Jillian Valerius sent the following update: “ was recently promoted to the position of key account executive with the American Tool Division of Newell-Rubbermaid. I am also managing our nation-wide Mobile Blitz event marketing team. This job keeps me hopping and traveling all across the country. I have recently relocated to our headquarters in Charlotte, NC.”

Molly McGrath is living in Marcellus, NY and is planning a September 2003 wedding to her fiancé, Joseph Calvey. The two will be married in Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland. Congratulations, Molly and Joseph!

Melissa Beth Garba writes to us from the Ukraine: “I am a currently serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine. I am living and working in a small town called Koziatyn where I am a TEFL Teacher. Life is tough here, but the people are strong and determined. After life at JCU, I couldn’t think of a better next step than Peace Corps. I am truly loving my experience and all the new things I am learning from my new Ukrainian family and friends.” Melissa’s mailing address is: Melissa Beth Garba, U.S. Peace Corps/Ukraine, P.O. Box 204, Kyiv, 01001. She can also be contacted via e-mail at melissabeth7@yahoo.com.

In looking at the world map to locate where Melissa and other JCU graduates are engaging in service, we become aware also of the men and women who are bravely defending our country and proudly serving in the United States Armed Forces. Many of our classmates and certainly our family and friends have been called upon to protect us and we have a responsibility to those whom we dearly love. Scripture tells us to “pray always.” May we pray in thanksgiving for all who serve in the Armed Forces and may we passionately pray for peace


Maureen DeMers Fariello


Winter 2003

It’s time for carving pumpkins, sipping apple cider, and enjoying a hay ride through an open field. The seasons change quickly, but not as quickly as our personal and professional lives. Here is the proof.

Kara Cronin and Matt Simone ’99 were married in Massachusetts on May 24, 2002. Members of the bridal party included Katie Daley (maid of honor), Jenifer McFadden, and Elizabeth Palagyi ’02. Matt and Kara plan to live in Cleveland. Congratulations, Kara and Matt!

Brendan Hotchkiss is working as a real estate broker for JSQ Real Estate Consulting, primarily in western Chicago, and is currently searching for an MBA program.

Nick Scolaro and Alison Winters ’98 were married on September 1 and currently reside in Willoughby Hills. Nick works as a grant writer for the West Side Ecumenical Ministry, a non-profit social service agency, and Alison is a youth minister and a middle school religion teacher.

TJ Wichmann sent some news about himself and his friends. TJ is a consultant with his dad’s automobile advertising company, The Wichmann Group. TJ proposed marriage to Ana Garabis in December and the wedding is in October. After the wedding, TJ and Ana will live in Bay Village.

Jenni McGregor also became engaged in December to Chris Haag and a June 2003 wedding is scheduled. Jenni is employed by Dollar Bank in Cleveland as a customer service assistant manager and she lives in Parma.

Kelly Supancic is a communications manager for the Northern Ohio Hemophilia Foundation and she lives in Bedford.

In early May, Henry Burns was in a wedding at Gesu for Chad Stein and Sarah Hanchin. Henry completed his master’s in accounting in June; he is moving to Coventry and will intern with Ernst &Young, in tax consulting. Henry also included in his note that Joe George is in law school at Cleveland State University and Nicole Chance is a social worker at Towards Employment.

Mindy Madasz has returned to her passion-filled work in the Philippines after coming home to care for her grandmother.

Julie (Fridrich) Leeson, a graduate of the school-based master’s in education, is the proficiency coordinator for grades K-8 at the Hope Academy in Cleveland. Julie was married on October 14 to Corey Leeson and they live in Cleveland Heights.

Teresa Romano is living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and can be contacted at tmr27@drexel.edu.

Trena Marks Pacetti married Augie Pacetti ’00 on June 29, 2002 at Gesu Church. Congratulations and blessings to you both!

Oleg Kogan is a Credit Analyst for LaSalle Bank N.A. in Cleveland and lives in Lyndhurst with his wife Marina.

Allison Fearnley is currently working for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland as a bank examiner.

I am continuing my Masters program and campus ministry work at the University of Dayton, where I am learning to strive for peace and not perfection!

May God continue to guide and bless you.

Treasure the gift of time.


Maureen DeMers Fariello


Spring 2002

Greetings and Happy New Year! Welcome to 2002. The late night snowball fights have often been postponed or cancelled during this odd winter season. Despite the lack of winter wonderland moments, my hope is that each of you is creating memories wherever you are and that you all will soon be sending updates to share. The Class of 2001 offers its prayers and love to the family and friends of Josh Beck who died unexpectedly last fall while playing a pick-up game of basketball at JCU. Bright, insightful, congenial and active in all aspects of campus life, Josh graduated magna cum laude with a major in economics and a minor in political science. Josh continues to be missed and thought of daily.

Jason Evans is a financial advisor for UPS Paine Webber and is living in Lyndhurst. He can be contacted via e-mail at JayEvans33@aol.com.

James Wetzel, active in Concert Choir, is currently an IS associate for the National City Corporation, residing in Strongsville.

Chicago is now home to several members of the class. Pat Fitzgibbons is working for Fitzgibbons and Associates in Blue Island, IL. His e-mail is patrickfitzgibbons35@hotmail.com.

Nishen Vartabedian is vice-president for Chicago United Mortgage. Nishen is getting married to Dody Nondorf next August; the two became engaged on September 1, 2001. Congratulations, Nish!

Emily Morris is the director of Childhood Programs within the Chicago Park District.

Relocating to the Big Apple, Ernie Zayicek, a varsity soccer player, is now an investment banking analyst for Bear, Stearns, and Company, Inc.

In the tropical metropolis of Orlando, communications major Melissa (Corrigan) Janosik, lives with her husband, Joe. Melissa and Joe were married on June 23. Melissa is a customer service representative for Bank One in Orlando.

Returning to the Buckeye State, John Shiga is an assurance associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers. John is taking MBA classes at JCU and is living with Adam Andolina.

Kelly “Kat” Supancic is living in Lakewood and is currently the external education and communications manager for the Northern Ohio Hemophilia Foundation.

Nate Kallay is working for Classic Ford as a sales and leasing associate. He lives in Willoughby with his wife, Megan (Stangry) Kallay, and Tyler (3).

Kara Cronin is living in Cleveland Heights and is a communications assistant for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District.

James Burrows is studying for a master’s in history at JCU.

Vicki (Hart) Philpott lives in Concord, OH, with her husband, Matt. Vicki works for Avery Dennison Engineered Film Division as a marketing associate.

Jennifer Capuano is a national sales/account executive for WEWS-TV NewsChannel 5 in Cleveland.

Henry Burns is at the University of Cincinnati pursuing a master’s in accounting.

Rona Proudfoot is living in Lakewood and working as an editor at the Morning Journal in Lorain.

Christina Levensky has relocated to Kent after being awarded a graduate assistantship in exercise science at Kent State. Christina also has faculty/staff status as an instructor for undergraduate exercise physiology labs … James Hronek is a communications consultant for CoreComm and lives in Westlake.

Michelle (Socausky) Hurst got married on September 15 and the couple bought a house in Garfield Heights. Michelle is employed with Cleveland Clear Channel as a sales assistant for Newsradio 1100 WTAM.

Michelle informs us that Pat Butler has changed radio stations and has been promoted within Cleveland Clear Channel to WTAM, where he is currently the promotions assistant.

Mindy Madasz continues missionary work in the Philippines. Her letters are profound and the impact of this experience on her faith and her life is incredible.

On a personal note, I want to offer my continued prayer, love, and support to the friends and family of my friend, Kristina Egan ’00. Kristina’s smile and her sincerity will always remain alive in my memory and in my heart.

With spring around the corner, enjoy the sunshine and the bursting forth of new life. In this time of Lent, be thankful for all that you have and are able to give … treasure the gift of time …


Maureen DeMers Fariello