2003

Spring 2014
Hello to all 2003 JCU graduates. It’s been a while since I last submitted a column. So many of you have been filling the time with impressive accomplishments. Tom Kaufman joined Dino Babers’ football coaching staff at Bowling Green University in Ohio as the special teams coordinator. Kaufman, who coaches linebackers at BGSU, also coached linebackers for two seasons at Eastern Illinois University under Babers. During his time at EIU, Kaufman’s linebackers were routinely a significant factor on one of the best defenses at forcing turnovers in the country. Congrats, Tom, and go Falcons!

Pat Reidy performed with Second City Chicago this past Christmas season as part of The Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue. The comedy troupe is best known for its improvisational work.

Katie (Skorski) Scott and her husband, James, welcomed their first son, Alexander James, July 9 in Charleston, S.C. Alexander weighed in at 8 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long.

Congratulations to Neelam Gill, ’03 (B.S., Biology and J.D., University of Akron ’10) on passing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office bar. Neelam relocated to Washington in the summer of 2013 for her new job as U.S. Food and Drug Administration attorney at Thompson Hine, where she’ll provide legal advice to pharmaceutical companies, clinical research organizations, hospitals, and academic research institutions about navigating the complex regulatory pathways for new drug and medical device approvals. She’ll also prosecute new patent applications for medical drugs and devices. In the vibrant location of the nation’s capital, her work will involve lobbying as well. We wish her well.

And last but not least, Tera (Michalski) ’05 and Treye Johnson welcomed a son, Quentin Michael, March 30, 2012. Despite being 13 weeks early and spending three months in the neonatal intensive-care unit, he’s doing great. Treye also was selected as the 2013-2015 Fellow for the George Gund Foundation. For the past five years, he has served as director of athletics and student activities at Saint Martin de Porres High School in Cleveland.

That’s all I have for now. I’m looking for someone to take over the columnist role in 2014 and beyond. I’ve had a lot of fun the past 10 years but think it’s time to refocus. If you’re interested, contact Cheri Slattery at journal@jcu.edu. Take care.

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

Winter 2014

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

Fall 2013

REUNION YEAR

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

Summer 2013

REUNION YEAR

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

The Watts

Spring 2013

REUNION YEAR
I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying nice weather wherever you might be. Sarah (Sombat) Watt met her husband, Brett Watt, in Ocala, Fla., where they now reside. They married on 11/11/11 in Cleveland. The happy couple welcomed a baby girl, Bethany Marie Sept. 5, 2012. Sarah works at a residential treatment center – The Refuge, A Healing Place – that specializes in addiction and trauma work. It’s challenging but rewarding, she says. Sarah uses her undergrad and master’s degrees in counseling from John Carroll. Congrats, Sarah.

Maggie Lanigan ’09 wrote to say she and Jonathan Miceli are engaged and planning a wedding in Cleveland in December 2013.

Declan Thomas Haskins

Tom ’02 and Ashley (Peters) Haskins welcomed their second son, Declan Thomas Haskins, Oct. 24, 2012. He weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 21 inches long.

Janeace Brooke of Poland and Connor McCluskey of Akron married Aug. 4, 2012, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Stow, Ohio, according to the news feed JCU monitors. The couple’s afternoon ceremony was solemnized by Rev. Michael Marco, and a reception took place at Our Lady of Mount Caramel. Connor works at First Energy in Akron as a financial analyst.

Marie Reichart, principal of Our Lady of the Elms Elementary School in Akron, Ohio, is part of Torchbearers. Ten years ago, a handful of young adults met in a living room in West Akron to set a new course for young professionals in the city. A decade later, that gathering is celebrating its anniversary as the Torchbearers, which has more than 100 members. The group focuses on developing young leaders and community service.

Steve ’02 and I keep busy with the kids and are getting ready to be parents of a kindergartener in the fall. How did life move this fast?

I hope to see you all this summer at reunion. Take care.

Winter 2013

REUNION YEAR

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

Fall 2012
I received a note about our reunion next year and can’t believe it’s been 10 years. I hope to see many of you next year under the big tent June 14-16. I went with Steve ’02 this year for his, and the reunion planners went all out for a great night.

Thanks to all who shared updates from their lives for this issue’s column. Kristin (Rasmussen) Barry is a mom again. Her son, Benjamin Edward Barry, was born March 27, 2012, at 8:58 a.m. He weighed 9 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 22.75 inches long. Dad, Patrick ’04, and Benjamin’s big sister, Madelyn, are thrilled. The Barrys live in Charlotte, N.C., where they enjoy the Southern weather. Congratulations, Kristin and Patrick!

Jeff Kraynak visited the Far East.

Jessica (Dillon) Brown married John Brown in April 2012 in Las Vegas. The happy couple bought a house in the Brookline section of Pittsburgh.

Jeff Kraynak has racked up frequent flyer miles since graduation: “After a two- year layover in Chicago, I moved to New York City, where I’m the lab manager of a stem-cell research lab at New York University School of Medicine. All the while, I’ve been pursuing my passion of screenwriting. I had one script take the Grand Jury Award for Best Screenplay in a festival in Richmond, Va., earlier this year and have another script accepted into a festival in Mexico. A couple other projects are in the works, too. I’ll also be publishing a book with my brother later this year called ‘Animal Crackers.’ It will exhibit in various art galleries. Look up our page on Facebook. Aside from that, I’ve been traveling the world and hit Japan, China, and Taiwan last year and Mexico, Ireland, and Scotland this year.”

Wright

From newspaper reports: Theresa (Stephens) Wright was appointed executive director for The Highland Foundation for Educational Excellence.

Congratulations to all our accomplished alumni. I hope to see you next summer. Take care.

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

The Huffmyer family

Summer 2012
Hi, all. Well, the class of 2003 must be busy doing fabulous things because updates have been few and far between since January. Speaking of fabulous, Rhodora (Donley) Huffmyerfound time to send me an update and photo of her growing family. Gabriella Rhodora Huffmyer was born July 22, 2011, and Andrew Broadus joined the Huffmyer family in December 2012. “We all couldn’t be happier … or busier!” Rhodora says. Congratulations, Rhodora!

Don’t forget to share your news with your classmates. Email me when you have a minute. I’m spending the summer working happily on my farmer’s tan while chasing two kids around the backyard. Take care.

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

Frakes

Spring 2012
I hope everyone has been well. Thanks to all who sent news – keep it coming. Melissa (Hoppert) Frakessent a photo from her recent trip to China, where she was rolling out and facilitating a leadership training initiative for Sherwin-Williams. While in Beijing, she fulfilled one of her bucket- list items and walked on the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. Even though it was about 25 degrees outside, she says it was well worth it.

Stacey Heitkamp and Nikolas Joseph Neric are engaged and plan to marry Oct. 15 in St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Parma, Ohio. Stacey works for Blue Point Capital Partners of Cleveland and Southwest General Health Center in Middleburg Heights. She earned a master’s in community agency counseling and a master’s in psychology from Cleveland State University. Nikolas works for Cleveland State, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and is pursuing a doctorate in bioanalytical chemistry.

Skinner, Spicer, and Myszkowski

Amanda (Rose) Spicer sent in a photo of her husband, Brett Spicer, from the Cleveland Triathlon he completed Aug. 7, 2011. Brett, Andrew Skinner, and Matthew Myszkowski ’05 competed in the Olympic Relay Triathlon and placed third. Their team appropriately was named Goin’ Steaking.

Bethanne Peters married Steve Daniel Viren Sept. 17 at St. Clement Church in Chicago. Steve is a compliance analyst with Nuveen Investments in Chicago.

That’s all the news for now. Take care.

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

Rhodora (Donley) ’03 Huffmyer, Scott (4) holding Gabriella Rhodora, Tyler (2), and Scott Huffmyer holding Brynne (3)

Winter 2011
Hello, class of 2003. There’s a lot of great news this time. Katie Skorskibecame engaged last July to James Scott and married him on 11-11-11. The ceremony took place at their parish, The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, in downtown Charleston, S.C. The two lovebirds set sail on a 10-day Mediterranean cruise out of Rome for their honeymoon. Congratulations, Katie and James! Katie is working for SAIC on a contract between SPAWAR (the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command) Atlantic (The Navy) and the U.S. Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs. She handles the on-boarding of personnel for more than 70 contract companies and 800 employees. In January, Katie will take the Professional of Human Resources (PHR) certification exam.

Captain James Law, U.S. Air Force, married Elana (Gazella) Law ’03 June 10, 2011.

MedCentral Health System announced Michael Swiatekreturned to Richland County to practice at Schwein Foot & Ankle Clinic in Mansfield, Ohio. Dr. Swiatek earned his doctor of podiatric medicine degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland in 2008. He completed his residency in June at The Ohio State University Medical Center Podiatric Surgery Program, where he was chief resident. He’s been involved in various research projects and has presented lectures about foot and ankle disorders. Dr. Swiatek and his wife, Tami, have two children and live in Bellville, Ohio.

Rhodora (Donley) Huffmyer sent along happy news, too. She and her husband, Scott, welcomed their fourth child, Gabriella Rhodora July 22. Brothers Scott (4) and Tyler (2) and sister Brynne (3) adore her.

Elana (Gazella) law married Capt. James Law, U.S. Air Force, June 10, 2011. The wedding reception was at the Pine Ridge Country Club in Wickliffe, Ohio, and they honeymooned on the California coast. Elana is a second grade teacher at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills, Ohio.

That’s it this time. Keep the news coming. Take care.

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

Fall 2011

Jeannie Kidera ’03, Rory O’Neil ’06, and Tiffany Cole ’04 are halfway up Croagh Patrick in Ireland.

I received great notes from our classmates this summer, so here’s the news: Jeannie Kidera wrote to say she’s still teaching at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio, and was named the J. Frederick Waring Chair this year. It’s a three-year honorary position given for excellence in teaching and for upholding the school’s motto of excellence, integrity, and compassion. She also received the William Moos Faculty Sabbatical Travel Endowment to spend most of the summer in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, where she’s doing research for her final M.A. essay. This fall Jeannie will enter her final year of Carroll’s M.A. in English program. While in Ireland, she met with Tiffany Cole ’04 and Rory O’Neil ’06 and climbed Croagh Patrick. Tiffany is living in Chicago and works in human resources, and Rory is in Belfast working for Peace Players International.

 

Jennifer Gardner became engaged to Matthew Rome. The couple is planning a June 2012 wedding.

Janine Novick is working in real estate in Naples, Fla.

Kristen Hoegler and Martin Wingate, both of Broadview Heights, Ohio, were united in marriage June 19, 2010. Eric Bryda was the best man. Kristen is a teacher at Cleveland Heights High School, and Marty works for the Plain Dealer in advertising sales.

Joe Aulisio is engaged to Teresa Weakley. The couple is planning a fall wedding in Michigan. Teresa is an evening anchor at WKBN 27 First News, where Joe is a sports anchor.

Annie Hetman was promoted to associate director of alumni relations and development at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Annie’s been with Case since October 2009.

Matthew '03 and Kate Vignale with their daughter, Julie Marie

Christina (Vignale) Hunt ’06 wrote to say she’s a new aunt to Julie Marie Vignale, daughter of Matthew and Kate (Schultz) Vignale. Julie was born in Denver April 22, 2011.

 

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. We spent ours running around after our two rug rats and watching as much Tribe baseball as possible.

Take care.

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

Summer 2011

I didn’t get too much from our class this time, but what I received is exciting. We graduated with many successful people. Here’s the news: In March, Tracy Francescone was named director of development for the Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland. In this role, she’s responsible for creating and implementing the organization’s annual development plan, including the annual fund, grant writing, major gifts, and planned gifts. Congratulations, Tracy.

Amy Galon will marry Mark Mollohan this summer, as announced on vindy.com. Amy is a reading specialist for Willoughby-Eastlake schools.

And last, but not least, Amy (Koehler) Lombardo and her husband, Joe, welcomed a daughter, Lillian Angela, into the world Dec. 16. Lily weighed 6 lbs. 14 oz. Congratulations to the Lombardo family.

That’s it for now, and I hope everyone has a wonderful summer. Take care.

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

Spring 2011

Happy new year, class of 2003 graduates. I hope you had a great holiday and are enjoying 2011. Here’s what I’ve heard since our last update:

Kenny Rosplock e-mailed that Rakesh Bagai, M.D., was married this past June and will be entering a hematology/oncology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in July.

The Naydens

Ryan and Alyssa (Peterson) Nayden were married in ’05 and welcomed a baby boy, Landon, March 21, 2010.

The JCU alumni office sent me a note saying Ryan (Mickey) McLean was named Cosmopolitan’s Bachelor of the Year. He works at the Flying Fig in Ohio City and Umami Asian Kitchen in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Congratulations, Ryan.

Justin Hess was promoted to assistant controller at PolyOne this past December.

On our end, we welcomed our second child, Noah, Oct. 26.

That’s it for our class, keep the news coming.

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

Winter 2010

Samuel Patrick Manning

Hello, class of 2003. It must have been a busy summer and fall because I didn’t get many notes with updates. However, the one I received was exciting. Samantha (Buzzacco) ’04 and Patrick Manning welcomed their first child, Samuel Patrick Manning, June 3. Maybe he’ll be part of John Carroll’s class of 2032. Congratulations, Patrick and Samantha! Take care.

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

Fall 2010

Hello, all. I hope everyone enjoyed the summer. We’ve just a few updates this time around. Rhodora (Donley) Huffmyer and her husband, Scott, added to their family. Tyler Huffmyer was born Nov. 17, 2009, and brother Scott (3) and sister Brynne (1½) couldn’t be happier.

During a calm moment, Katie (Horsfall) Jones wrote to catch us up on her life, which has taken her across the pond to London. Katie and her husband, Chris, welcomed their third child, Matthew, in October 2009. They’ve been keeping busy with three kids younger than 6. They also moved around a bit and have landed outside London for a few years, courtesy of the U.S. Navy. Katie also finished her master’s in 2009. Congratulations, Katie. Hopefully she and Rhodora, and all the other parents, can give Steve and I advice about multiplechild parenting because we’re set to welcome our second in October. So, if anyone has words of wisdom, send them along. I’ll send them in for our online column.

That’s it for now.

Take care,

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

Summer 2010

Hello all. After a jam-packed column for the previous issue, I have little to pass along this time around. But what I have is exciting news! Cindy Kifer welcomed a baby girl, Evelyn Rae, on April 13. Welcome Evelyn and congratulations Cindy! … I hope everyone is doing well, and don’t forget to send your updates to jcu2003@hotmail.com. Take care,

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

Spring 2010

Hello all – Happy New Year! My apologies for missing the last two columns, my New Year’s resolution for 2010 is to be more organized. I’ve managed to accomplish the feat at work (pretty much) and now it’s time for my personal life. Anyway, here’s the news since summer: Nicholas Colla married Adrienne Zaza this summer at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. The couple lives in Orlando, FL.

Katie (Kelley) Upton and her husband, Wes, welcomed a baby girl, Cecilia Rose, on Nov. 30. Katie writes that she has a JCU hoodie ready to go! … Paul Spooner wrote to say that he popped the question to Kali Woodside, and is hoping to tie the knot soon.

Rita (Mayekar) Van Boening is still living in St. Louis, MO, where she and her husband welcomed their first baby, Dominick Emil, in June 2009. Aside from being a new mom, Rita is working as a project manager in the corporate communications/brand management department of Express Scripts, Inc.

Erin (DeBruin) Skibinski and her husband, Brian, welcomed their second boy, George Brendan, on April 4, 2009. Erin writes that having two boys under 2 keeps her quite busy. She has also decided to head back to school to begin work on a master’s degree in education with a middle school endorsement beginning in January 2010.

Ashley (Peters) Haskins wrote to announce that she and her husband, Tom Haskins ’02, welcomed Liam Robert Haskins at 8 lbs. 9 oz, 21 inches on Sep. 21, 2009.

Jen Gardner has moved back to Cleveland and is an attorney at Kelley & Ferraro LLP.

John Manuszak tied the knot in October 2008 with Kelly Stingel at Champion Presbyterian Church in Warren, OH. The couple moved to Fort Collins, CO, in July and loves it out there. John is the asst. director of media relations at Colorado State and Kelly is a speech therapist at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins. John wrote that Joe Aulisio was one of the groomsmen in their wedding.

Melissa (Hoppert) Frakes was married to Matt Frakes in September 2009; Fr. Chris Fronk, S.J., officiated at St. Noel’s in Willoughby, OH. Surrounded by their families and close friends, John Carroll was well represented at the festivities! … If I’ve missed anything, please let me know. Take care,

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

 

Summer 2009

Hello, I hope everyone is having a great summer! Here’s the news for the Class of 2003. Jacqui Lingler sent me an e-mail with several updates: She and Brieana Rowles published their first article while working together for the Discovery and Wellness Center for Children, a nonprofit pediatric research group at University Hospitals Case Medical Center that specializes in psychiatry. The article, “A Pilot Pharmacotherapy Trial for Depressed Youths at High Genetic Risk for Bipolarity” can be found in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. Congratulations! Jacqui also wrote that Jenny Basa and Jay Nemec ’01 are engaged, and Kellie Caimi joined the 2009 Polar Bear Club in Chicago!

Tom Ianni and his wife, Lisa, welcomed their first child, Matthew Thomas, into the world on Oct. 3, 2008. Tom is a store manager for Walgreens and currently taking classes toward his MBA. Congratulations, Tom and Lisa!

Jen Gardner is starting a new job as an associate attorney at Jester Gibson & Moore in downtown Denver.

Carmen and Jennifer (Farzetta) Bona welcomed their first child, Gianna Caprice, on Nov. 17, 2008.

As for me, I made it through my first year as a mom as my daughter turned one in April! Take care,

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

 

Spring 2009

Thanks for all the news this time around! Here’s what’s new: Kristin (Cipriani) Bender sent a note about her wedding to Dan Bender, which was Sept. 27 at St. Patrick Church in Erie, PA. Fellow alumni in attendance were Matt Zajac ’05, Tiffany Brick ’05, Steve and Kristy (DePretis) Bowman, Kelsey Knarr, Aaron Carino, Colleen (Bender) Shelly ’96, John Bender, Colleen Cain ’04, Jarrod West, Paul ’04 and Katie (Sullivan) ’04 Murphy.

Philip and Sarah Navratil Traven were married Labor Day weekend in Chicago. Sarah wrote that there were a lot of alums present: Tony and Katie (Jackson) Hollis, Tracy Hobbs, Beth Grzybowski, Carrie Poleski, Brooke (Cuevas) Novak, Terri (May) Woodall, Jeffrey Freeman, Amey O’Donnell, Stacey Perkins, and Laura (Wray) Bromwich.

Kristin (Rasmussen) Barry wrote that she and her husband, Patrick ’04, welcomed baby girl Madelyn Grace on June 21, 2008. The family is living in Charlotte, NC, and both Patrick and Kristin work for Deloitte as senior auditors.

Rhodora (Donley) Huffmyer welcomed her second child, Brynne Lee, on Aug. 27. Rhodora wrote that big brother adores her and both mom and dad love having two children.

Scott ’01 and Audrey (Balbaugh) Embacher happily welcomed a baby boy, Fasika (1) who they greeted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on June 23. They are happy to begin their family through the miracle of adoption!

Janine (Rendano) Novick married Todd Novick on June 7, 2008, in Youngstown, OH. Her matron of honor was her sister Tori Rendano Nook ’00. In attendance from our class were Katie Gannon, Gina Nardone, Valarie Vukelic, and Sarah Rodak. Janine works as a commercial real estate broker with CB Richard Ellis in Naples, FL.

Jen Gardner wrote with exciting news – she’s engaged to Alan Skerl and is planning an October 2009 wedding.

Keith and Gabrielle (Savitski) Allman were married Oct. 11, 2008, in Akron, OH. Gabrielle wrote it was a beautiful day and that they celebrated with a reception outside their home in Medina, OH. She is currently managing an East Side Target store.

Jaime (McKay) O’Connor wrote that she and Ryan ’01 welcomed their third child, Patrick Hugh O’Connor in October.

Jerome Moschetta has accepted a position as assistant district attorney for Washington County, Washington, PA. He is the 10th member of his immediate family to join the legal profession, including his grandfather, father, uncles and cousins.

And last but not least, Melissa Hoppert is engaged! Congratulations to all! Take care,

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

 

Fall 2008

“A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.” – Elbert Hubbard

There were a lot of friends reuniting under the big tent in June for our 5-year class reunion! I hope everyone who attended had a great time, and thanks to the class of 2003 reunion committee. It was not, as I noted in our last column, our 10-year reunion! I’m blaming “momnesia” as my husband and I welcomed our first child, Audrey, into this world on April 29. Here’s the news for this fall … I received a nice long note about our classmate Alison Liscoe: “Alison Liscoe married Bill Nottingham of Bratenahl on August 23 at Hillbrook Club. The wedding party included Julie McDonough and Allison Piskula. After pursuing her master’s degree in cell biology, she is currently working as assistant to the chief of cardiology at Case Western Reserve. Bill graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2001 and works at his family’s company in Cleveland Heights. They have enjoyed traveling to Europe, Asia, and Australia several times this year on business. They are busy re-decorating their Bratenahl home and enjoying the time with their pet pug, Miss Sydney.

Gabrielle Collins Dodson wrote in that she married Michael Dodson on April 28, 2007, at The Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville, TN. Their wedding reception was held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and featured a five-course seated dinner. Included in the wedding party was Brook Lynn Miller ’04. Gabrielle has her MBA and is the GM/regional sales manager in charge of all business operations for TenneseeJoblist. She also is a licensed realtor. Her husband has earned both a master’s degree and his CPA and works with a regional accounting firm in Nashville, KraftCPAs.

I have a correction to report — I mistakenly included in our winter 2007 column that Katie Skorski had earned her MBA. She was scheduled to finish her studies this August at CSU. Congratulations again, Katie!

Jen Gardner wrote that she moved to Denver in April. She is now working for the law firm of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh Jardine PC, in their commercial law division. She says that Denver is wonderful (and beautiful)!

Monica Madden and her sister, Marissa ’05 live together in Ohio City.

Jack Gutowitz e-mailed me as well, he has spent the past year working on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He’s working as an assistant to the show’s main director, Kenneth Fink, and is about to start working for the next season (season 9) of the show. He assists Ken and is also a development executive for his feature work. On the side, Jack is working as a researcher/consultant for Aaron Sorkin’s latest film, “Trial of the Chicago 7,” which is being directed by Steven Spielberg, and developing and consulting on TV pilots with a couple of TV writers. He also has a screenplay in development; an adaptation of a play, “Live at Eleven” by JCU’s own Bob Noll. Jack, we’ll be watching for your name in the credits — congrats!

Kevin Gray and Angela (Bright) Gray were married October 21, 2007, in Louisville, KY. Dan Gichevski ’04 was a groomsman in the wedding. The couple is living in Louisville where Kevin has been the executive director of the Kentuckiana Masonry Institute since February 2007. Congratulations, Kevin!

Annie Hetman e-mailed an update on herself and Tom and Lauren Arth; Annie is leaving the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and joining the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association as director of marketing and communications. She writes that Tom and Lauren had their second child, Thomas Arth III, in January 2008. The Arth family lives in Lakewood, and Lauren is the Midwest account manager for BabyZone.com and Tom just finished a season with the Grand Rapids arena football team.

Stacey Picard ’03G has co-founded SDG Advisors LLC with Sister Ritamary Welsh, OSU. According to a press release on the firm, “The Cleveland Heights-based consulting firm will work with small to midsize nonprofit organizations, primarily Catholic K-12 schools, to help them strengthen their infrastructure so they can better fulfill their mission.” Best of luck in your new endeavor, Stacey! Take care,

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

Summer 2008

“These are my new shoes. They’re good shoes. They won’t make you rich like me, they won’t make you rebound like me, they definitely won’t make you handsome like me. They’ll only make you have shoes like me. That’s it.” –Charles Barkley

Since the Cavs are in the playoffs for the second year in a row, I thought a basketball quote was appropriate. (I couldn’t find any LeBron quotes.) Go Cleveland! There’s not much to report this time around, but here’s who I’ve heard from: Jessica Dillon Esq. has moved back to Pittsburgh from New York City. She is the national director of legal and compliance recruiting for RJ & Makay.

Amy (Koehler) Lombardo married Joe Lombardo on October 20, 2007, in Willoughby Hills, OH. Megan (Johnston) Kayser served as the matron of honor. Those also in attendance from Carroll included: Jason McGee and Chrissy (Wojtila) Lapinksi ’04. Amy is working as the marketing manager for Park Place International in Chagrin Falls, OH. Congratulations, Amy!

Short and sweet this time, hopefully everyone can catch up at our 10th Reunion this summer! Take care,

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

 

Spring 2008

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” – Groucho Marx. I’m finding that’s true even more since the writer’s strike; I’ve read some great books lately! I hope everyone is enjoying how winter is turning into spring. Here’s the news that’s sprung up since our last column: David Fatkins asked Laura Vitale ’04 to marry him this fall! They are planning a wedding Labor Day. Congratulations, David and Laura!

Kristy (DePretis) and Steve Bowman were married in August in her hometown of Pittsburgh. They had many JCU friends attend their happy day. In February, the couple moved to Hartford, Conn., where Steve is the director of real estate for Aldi, Inc.

Kristen Ciprianiand Dan Bender became engaged in December (congratulations!). The two have been dating since our freshman year at JCU and got engaged right on campus. Their wedding is planned for Sept. 27, 2008. Kristen earned her MSSA from Case Western and is working as a mental health counselor in a Cleveland school. Dan received his MBA from Cleveland State and works as a staffing manager at Robert Half International in Beachwood.

Kerry Lynch and Daniel Termine were engaged in July and are planning to be married this August. Dan is pursuing his Ph.D. at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas; and Kerry is a Doctor of Physical Therapy also working in Houston.

Julia (Schofield) and Nathan ’04 Sellers are the proud parents of a baby boy, James Adam, who was born Nov. 28, 2007. Before becoming a mom, Julia taught preschool at the Cleveland Music School Settlement. Now she’s a stay-at-home mom and the happy family lives in University Heights. Congratulations, Julie and Nathan!

Niki Steusloff and Jacob Morris will be married in June. Niki is teaching seventh and eighth grade math at Heritage Middle School in Indiana, and Jacob is finishing his Ph.D. studies in inorganic chemistry at the University of Notre Dame. They are looking forward to starting a new life and to getting a dog named Walter!

Brian D. Jennings and Geri L. Izbicki were married this June in Taftville, Conn. They are currently living in Ann Arbor, Mich., and both are studying for their doctorates of applied mathematics at the University of Michigan.

That’s it for this column … until next time, take care!

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

 

Fall 2007

“One kind word can warm three winter months.” – Japanese Proverb

Hi everyone. Hope all is well and everyone is getting ready for another winter season. Here’s who I’ve heard from over the past couple of months. If your news isn’t in here, drop me a line! Kevin Horan is working as an Eurodollar Options Trader at Ronin Capital in Chicago.

Holly (Bugos) Mesmer and Keith Mesmer were married on July 22, 2006, in Mentor, OH. Holly earned her bachelor’s in ’02, master’s in education in ’03 and her master’s in education administration in ’06 from JCU. Keith, a 1999 graduate from SUNY Buffalo, earned his master’s degree with School Psychologist Specialist Level Training in Education from JCU in 2003. The Mesmers live in Stow.

Julie Pruneski earned her DDS from Ohio State this year.

Ryan McLean is living in University Heights.

Brian Brooke married Kelly Rizzi on July 14, 2007, in Youngstown. He wrote to say that many JCU alums came to celebrate with them. The Brookes are living in Palm Beach.

Patrick Murray dropped me a line with lots of news; he finished his MA in experimental psychology at Cleveland State in 2006, where he met Heather Dukes, a fellow JCU graduate. The happy couple is getting married at the end of December! Heather finished her MA in clinical psychology in 2005. Patrick and Heather are living in Athens, GA, and attending the University of Georgia. Patrick’s working on a Ph.D. in neuroscience and Heather is working on a Ph.D. in counseling psychology. Here’s a big congrats to the future doctors!

Amanda Marfise e-mailed to say that after two months traveling through Thailand and Australia, in August she was heading off to China to teach English to university students in Chongging. Good luck, Amanda! Amanda also said that Molly Roche and Maureen Weiss are roommates in Chicago, where Maureen is a second grade teacher and Molly works in sales at the United Center for the Chicago Bulls.

Jon Roberts recently relocated with Bank of America to Southern California in a management role within the Consumer Lending Division and currently resides outside of Huntington Beach. He spent the previous four years in the Beachwood office of Bank of America.

Lisa (Kunath) Mejac sent me a card with her update. She and her husband Jeff were married on August 12, 2006, and are now living in Westlake. Jeff is a pharmaceutical sales rep for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and Lisa is the accounting manager for the Ohio Turnpike Commission.

Amy Koehler is engaged to Joseph Lombardo — congratulations Amy!

Jamie Cannon is now Dr. Jamie Cannon. She graduated in June from the Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. Jamie is starting a residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in obstetrics and gynecology.

That’s it for this column. Hope everyone has a great holiday season! Take care,

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

 

Summer 2007

Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that. – Bill Shankly

Hope everyone had a great summer! I know mine is going fast, but it’s been enjoyable! Several people e-mailed news this time, so here’s what’s new: Treye Johnson sent an e-mail to say that he recently received his Master’s in Sport Administration from the University of Louisville and recently became engaged to Tara Michalski ’05. They are planning a July 2008 wedding. Congrats Treye and Tara!

Brian Luc wrote that he and Liz (Dean) married in Cleveland last July and are now living in Charlotte, NC. Liz is a first grade teacher at Indian Trail Elementary and Brian works for LPL Financial in downtown Charlotte.

Nick Detore married Michele (Carney) ’99 this summer and they live in Stow.

Christa Adams sent the following note about what’s going on with her and husband Timothy Wintour ’06G. “Tim and I met while attending JCU for graduate school. I received my master’s degree in Religious Studies in 2003, and Tim completed his history master’s in 2006. We were married in July 2005. Recently, Tim and I were both admitted to doctoral programs at Kent State University and the University of Akron, respectively. We will both be pursuing our Ph.D. in history. We are both grateful for and nostalgic about our time spent at JCU — we received a great education and were fortunate enough to find one another at the same time!”

John Hetzel and his wife Beth (Cosko) are also in Charlotte. He’s working as a senior analyst, systems administrator for Bank of America.

Eric Bryda received his M.A. in Economics from George Mason University and is employed as an economist by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Joseph Triscaro earned a J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall and worked for Alliance Financial Group out of Fort Myers Florida.

Sarah Gallagher, after completing an advanced degree at the University of Rochester is working at Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua, NY.

Melissa (Kuehl) Lacey wrote to say that she recently completed the Bachelors Plus Program at Ashland University and earned her Integrated Vocational Business Teaching License for grades 4-12 in the State of Ohio. She’s currently looking for a full-time teaching position and has been a substitute for the past three years. She and her husband Christopher live in Willard, OH.

Amanda Marfise is in Chicago.

Megan (Toolis) Shiga finished a D.D.S. at Ohio State on June 10, ’07 and is back in University Heights and married John ’01 on April 14, ’07. Congrats Megan!

Br. Anthony J. Marshall has moved to the Ss. Peter & Paul Rectory in Chicago.

Brody Day is living in Cleveland.

Neelam Gill is in Macedonia and is working as a specialist I at Ben Venue Laboratories.

That’s it for now! Enjoy the rest of the summer and football season this fall. Take care,

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

 

Spring 2007

Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand.Leo Durocher (1906 – 1991) It’s my favorite time of the year – baseball season! I’m crossing my fingers for the Tribe this year.

I heard from lots of people this time around; thanks for sending in all your news! Here’s what everyone had to say. Vanessa (Vienna) Braun lives in Memphis, TN, with her husband and daughter Natalie (15 mos.). Vanessa taught first grade in Memphis until the birth of her daughter and now owns her own handmade jewelry business and works from home – www.viennastreasures.com.

Amy Keating graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in May 2006 and passed the Ohio Bar. She’s now working as an associate with the law firm of Slive & Slive Co., LPA in downtown Cleveland and lives in Cleveland Heights.

Another of our classmates can now add “Esquire” to his name; Patrick Kang passed the Nevada Bar and just made associate attorney at Callister & Reynolds in Las Vegas! He is mainly practicing corporate law.

Rhose (Donley) Huffmyer married Scott Huffmyer in June 2006; the two built a house in Pittsburgh and just welcomed their first baby into the world! Scott Alan Huffmyer Jr. was born on March 18 at 1:28 p.m.

Caitlin Rohrer is living in Pittsburgh and works as an interventionist at Every Child, Inc. She is starting an M.Div. degree at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2007/2008. Good luck, Caitlin!

Ann Ortega is a systems analyst with The MetroHealth System and lives in North Royalton.

Jennifer LaGuardia wrote to say that she received her Master’s of Science in Nursing degree from Case Western Reserve University with a specialization in pediatrics. She’ll be sitting for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam in the next two months (as of April) and is continuing to work on her doctor of nursing practice degree with a focus on clinical expertise.

Michael Roche ’02 is living in South Euclid.

Laura Wray is on cloud nine; she just got engaged! She and her fiancé bought a condo in Chicago and she started a new job in advertising at AOL.

Mark Gunn is a network engineer II with Verizon Business. He and his wife, Antoinette, bought a house in New Albany, where they live with their three children. Antoinette will take the MCAT in June, and their son in taking his Green/Dk Green belt test in Tai Kwan Doe. Mark will also be starting a master’s program in the fall.

And there isn’t really anything new with me, except that we acquired a puppy, a chocolate lab named Malley, who now rules the roost. I’m having a blast chasing her around. Hope everyone enjoys the summer! Take care,

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

 

Winter 2007

“I have a new philosophy. I’m only going to dread one day at a time.” Charles Schultz, Charlie Brown in “Peanuts.” As the days get longer, I hope that they find you out having fun. I have to start off by apologizing about my e-mail address, I forgot to check it during the holidays and apparently Hotmail turned it off. I’ve got it back up and running and a reminder to check it at least once a week. So keep sending your stuff! Don’t forget pictures too, if you have them. A couple of people still e-mailed and I received some postal mail too — thank you! Here’s what people are up to: Gregory Mabe started a travel agency that specializes in Disney Vacations. Magic Castle Travel – www.magiccastletravel.com – is a free service Disney Travel Planner. The company helps people book packages, make dining reservations and more. All trips booked with Magic Castle Travel are booked through the Walt Disney Travel Company.

Amy Koehler works as the marketing manager for Supply Side, a local distributor in Euclid. She recently completed her MBA at Cleveland State and is engaged to Joe Lombardo. They plan an October wedding. Congrats, Amy!

Jessica Dillon, Esq. graduated from Duquesne Law School in June and passed the PA bar in August. She’s now living in NYC and working as an attorney recruiter for Marina Sirras & Associates LLP.

Thomas Corall is living on Coventry.

Mark Gilbertson ’02 is a payroll program manager at the Department of Homeland Security-TSA in Miliani, Hawaii! Mark, do you miss the change of seasons?

Katie Skorski is out in Summerville, SC, working as a senior admissions representative at Miller-Motte Technical College. She earned her MBA from Charleston Southern University.

Dawn Farmer and her husband, Christopher, welcomed their second child, Christopher II, in 2006. She and her family live in Stafford, Va.

Margaret Kowalski ’02 is on the West Side in North Olmsted and working at National City Bank.

Sarah Navratil wrote to say that she started a new job as a financial recruiter in Chicago with Access Search Inc – snavratil@asinational.com. Good luck, Sarah!

Jamie Wacker is a senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Cleveland.

Jennifer Gardner is an associate attorney at Climaco, Lefkowitz, Peca, & Wilcox.

Stacy (Bane) Cleveland and her husband, Shawn, are living in Maple Heights, and Stacy works at National City as a fulfillment specialist.

That’s it for this column, and I look forward to hearing from all of you in the coming months! Take care,

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

 

Fall 2006

 

“Aren’t we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas? You know, the birth of Santa.” Matt Groening, creator of the Simpsons

Hello all – as I write this, it’s two months until Christmas … how time flies! Plus, I learned that the Simpsons are set to have a full-length movie — first Transformers, now the Simpsons! Our childhood is finally cashing in. 2006 has been a great year for many of us, including Lindsay Montague, who married Christopher Soots on August 4. Lindsay and Christopher are living in Chesterland, OH, and Lindsay is teaching kindergarten at Hope Academy Chapelside in Cleveland. She also earned her master’s degree in education in 2005.

Jocelyn Nolte graduated from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work in ’05 and now lives in Phoenix, AZ, doing family counseling with Child Protective Service cases.

Melissa Hoppert finished her MBA at the Boler School and is now employed at Sherwin-Williams in the HR/Training Department.

John Hetzel is a risk operations manager with Bank of America in Beachwood.

Beth Waide wrote to say that she is living in St. Louis, MO, and working at the St. Louis Arc, a non-profit agency. She works with adults with developmental disabilities and is currently working towards her master’s in psychology with an emphasis on applied behavior analysis. She also recently got engaged to Bryan Golden, and is planning a wedding for October 2007.

Katie (Mackin) Havel married Anthony Havel, her college sweetheart on December 17, 2005. The couple recently purchased their first home in the Mayfield Heights area.

Rita Mayekar married Greg Van Boening in June at the Church of Saint Clare in Lyndhurst. Greg is a 2004 graduate of Saint Louis University and the two met in 2001 while studying abroad in Beijing, China. Members of the wedding party included Adam Feltes and Samantha Caspio. Greg and Rita just bought a house in Saint Louis, MO. She is working as a proposal writer at Express Scripts, Inc. (a pharmacy benefits manager headquartered in STL). Rita also recently took a volunteer position with Special Olympics of Missouri and is responsible for generating materials for and updating the Eastern Missouri portion of their web site, plus she will be helping them with various public relations initiatives and special event coordination! Way to go, Rita!

Jaime (McKay) O’Connor is working at Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Mathematics. She and her husband, Ryan ’01, just bought a house in Montgomery, OH, and are expecting in February 2007. Congratulations, Jaime and Ryan!

I think that’s it for this issue, but if I’ve missed anything, please let me know. I look forward to hearing from all of you! Take care,

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

Summer 2006

“Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.” – Groucho Marx.

Here’s to living long and healthy lives … Thanks to all that sent in info for this column: Kimberli Ondus sent the following note — she’s engaged to her high school sweetheart, Joe Lorello, and is planning a June 2007 wedding. Congratulations, Kimberli! Also, in May Kimberli was awarded THE PLAIN DEALER Crystal Apple for teaching. Ashley (Peters) Haskins is in a master’s program for library science and is going to be the director of a pre-school in the fall of 2006. Marie Reichart is in a master’s program at the University of Akron studying to be a school administrator. Maria LaGuardia ’04 is teaching Spanish at Kenston High school, and took a number of students abroad this year to immerse them in the language. Melissa Kocurko is working at St. Ignatius High School and spent her summer traveling to Europe with a group of young Jesuits from the Northern Ohio area. Thanks for all the news, Kimberli!

Kenneth Rosplock is currently in medical school in Cincinnati.

Megan Johnston married Chad Kayser ’01 on June 25, 2005, at Holy Redeemer church in Cleveland. Other JCU members of the wedding party included Kristen (Johnston) Mignogna ’00 as matron of honor, Henry Burns ’01 as best man, groomsmen Shane Mignogna ’99, Chad Stein ’01 and John Colan ’01, and bridesmaids Sarah (Hanchin) Stein ’01, Amy Koehler and Katy Profeta. Megan is an advertising account executive with Ohio Savings Bank in downtown Cleveland, and Chad manages a Wallgreens in Mentor where they also live. Happy one year anniversary, Megan!

Jon Roberts is a manager with Bank of America.

Jamie (McKay) O’Connor wrote to say that her husband, Ryan ’01 recently graduated from Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington with honors, and they are moving to Ryan’s hometown of Cincinnati this summer. Congrats, and good luck with the move, Jamie!

Jennifer Gardner graduated with her J.D. from American University and has moved back to Cleveland. She’s an associate attorney with Climaco, Lefkowitz Law Firm.

Sarah Gallagher is in St. Petersburg, FL, where she is a research project assistant with Manning & Napier Advisors.

That’s it for the Class of 2003 for this issue. Please don’t forget to e-mail me – jcu2003@hotmail.com – with any news you’d like to share with our class. I hope that everyone is doing well! Take care,

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

 

Spring 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical.” – Yogi Berra.

As I write this, I’m watching the Tribe take on the Tigers. Ah, the beginning of the season and so much hope. But, we’re losing, so it’s good there are 162 games in the season. Happy summer, everyone! I received e-mails from several of you for this column – thank you! Here’s what people had to say: Jen Gardner is graduating this May from American University Washington College of Law (Congrats, Jen!) and is moving back up to Cleveland. She’ll spend this summer studying for the bar exam, and then will start as an associate attorney at Climaco, Lefkowitz, Peca, Wilcox & Garofoli Co., LLP.

Rhodora Donley spent two years teaching special ed at Holy Family Learning, where she met her fiancé, Scott Huffmyer. Rhodora and Scott are getting married in June and recently built a house in Ohio Township in Pittsburgh. Congrats and good luck, Rhodora.

Kevin Gray is an account executive with Acordia/Wells Fargo in Louisville, KY.

Collin Braun is moving to L.A. in August, as he was recently accepted to Claremont Graduate University’s Ph.D. in religion program. Collin was living in Boston, where he earned his MA in Theology from Boston College, and was teaching at Malden Catholic High School. He’s also a part-time tennis pro.

Brandy (Clark) Howell sent me a nice long e-mail about the girls in Bernet 2F. (Thanks, Brandy!) She passes along the news that she married her sweetheart Josh on September 18, 2004; and moved to Stone Mountain, GA. Both Brandy and Josh work in Atlanta for a high-rise remodeling firm.

Brandy also mentioned that Jessica Cornuet married Rob DePascal in April 2005, and Tiffany Robinson married Brian Willmott ’01 in August 2005.

Veronica Gorley is engaged to James Chufo and they will be married in May, plus Andrea Macy is engaged to Bob Gray and has a wedding planned for Labor Day weekend!

Jack Gutowitz recently left “The West Wing” and started to work on a new show. He’s currently a writers’ assistant on a new one-hour drama that will come out on NBC this fall. The show is called “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” and is one of the most anticipated dramas of the upcoming season! Jack is under the direct supervision of Aaron Sorkin, who created “The West Wing” and “SportsNight” and also wrote “A Few Good Men” and “The American President”. Tune in this fall!

Patrick Mancuso ’02 moved out to Orange County, CA, in June 2005 and was promoted to general manager of the Cintas Cleanroom Division in Southern California. Congrats, Patrick!

Dennis Burgess ’02 is in St. Simons Island, GA.

Melissa Allen is working in D.C. as one of six people from the Class of 2005 Office of the Secretary Management Intern program. She moved to D.C. in September to begin her two-year internship at the Main Interior Building. Congratulations on being selected for such a prestigious program, Melissa!

Erin DeBruin is working as a computer teacher at St. George School in Illinois, and is engaged to Brian Skibinski. They have a July 16th wedding planned in Chicago. Best wishes!

Thanks again for the news, and have a great summer! Take care,

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

Winter 2006

“Before you make up your mind, open it.” – Irish Independent Hello, classmates! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and the beginning of 2006 is treating you well. There are celebrities among us … Chad Treboniak was featured as part of the Inside Business tribute to “Young Guns,” the next generation of Northeast Ohio entrepreneurs. Chad was featured as the owner of Steeltoe Sam’s restaurant in Lorain. The restaurant opened in June of last year and has received high marks from diners and The Morning Journal. If you’re in or near Lorain, go check it out!

In the same issue of Inside Business, Patrick Manfroni was featured as “One2Watch,” as a member of the Cleveland community dedicated to fighting brain drain through (i)Cleveland.

He’s also one of five young professionals featured in the Believe in CLEVELAND campaign, along with Hannah Fritzman.

The One2Watch feature was written by Sara Lepro, deputy managing editor of Inside Business.

Outside of Cleveland, Emily Belz wrote to say that she received her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Chatham College in Pittsburgh, PA, and is now working as an ear, nose and throat physician assistant at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. Congratulations, Emily!

Amy (Teti) Sonnhalter is working as a logistic analyst at The Home Depot’s corporate office in Atlanta, GA. In August, she married Todd Sonnhalter (Ohio State ’01) and bought a house in October outside of Atlanta.

Headed back around town, Anne-Marie Hetman is working as an account executive at IMG/USA Expositions in Cleveland.

RaeLynn Wargo is working towards her J.D. and living in Lyndhurst. She recently got engaged to Josh Mandel and is planning a January 2007 wedding in Florida.

Alice (Demyanick) Buchanan is living in Cuyahoga Falls and got married this fall to David Buchanan.

Jeremy J. Harrison was recently promoted to senior accountant, accounting & auditing department, at Ciuni & Panichi, Inc. Jeremy has worked with Ciuni & Panichi since interning in 2002 and during his tenure earned an MBA from JCU. Congrats, Jeremy!

Jeffrey DeChellis wrote to say that in May 2004 he started a real estate investment company with fellow alumni Brody Day and Pat Roach. He’s also been working with Colagiovanni & Greene, Inc. as an accountant since graduation, and for the past year, coaching high school basketball with NDCL in Chardon! Wow, Jeffrey – good luck with all your endeavors! That wraps it up for this issue of the magazine, and thanks to all of you who used our new e-mail address to send news. I look forward to hearing from more of you as 2006 unfolds. Take care,

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

 

Fall 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can read.” ~ Mark Twain (1835-1910)

I thought this might be a nice way to start off our fall/winter column, since we are headed into the holiday season and our country is on the road to recovery from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who were affected by these storms. The news is brief for this column, so I’ll get right to it.

Jack Gutowitz is starting work on his third season of “The West Wing,” where he is a producer’s assistant for the show. He has also worked as a production assistant on the HBO television show “The Comeback.” Congratulations, Jack!

Jennifer Kelley ’02 and Brad Piroli were married July 30 at Saint Francis Chapel. The couple is now living in Stow, OH. Congratulations and best wishes to the happy couple!

Hannah Fritzman recently accepted a position as program coordinator for The Civic Innovation Lab and The Cleveland Executive Fellowship, two economic development programs funded by The Cleveland Foundation. In between working and playing, Hannah also writes a blog for Cleveland.com’s Young Professional section. Make sure you check it out at http://www.cleveland.com/weblogs/theview/

Kelly Klima is in her second year of teaching at Berea and Midpark High Schools, where she is a science teacher, volleyball and softball coach.

Jeannie Kidera, who earned an M.F.A. from Bowling Green State University this past spring, is teaching English and Creative Writing at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, OH. She’s also hitting the sports field as a girl’s soccer coach.

That’s it for the news this time, make sure to send any notes to our new e-mail address – jcu2003@hotmail.com. Hopefully this will make it easier for everyone to reach me. Also, I was recently chatting with some fellow alumni and someone suggested the idea of a Class of 2003 web page to help everyone keep up more frequently. (The Class of 2000 has one up and running already! If anyone wants to check it out, there is a link on the JCU site under alumni.) If anyone has Web talents and would like to share their knowledge and time to help, please drop me a line. Best wishes to everyone as we head from summer into fall, and then into a Cleveland winter. Keep warm! Take care,

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

Summer 2005

The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence. John F. Kennedy

Hello to everyone! I hope that everyone had a wonderful summer and that it was full of happiness. There is lots of news to share …

Anna (Gambone) and Andrew Skinner celebrated their first wedding anniversary on July 24th and are currently living in Clarksville, TN. Andrew is stationed at Fort Campbell and Anna is teaching elementary school.

Caitlin Rohrer is living in Pittsburgh.

Jaime McKay is getting married in August and then moving to Bloomington, IN, so that her husband, Ryan O’Connor ’01 can finish his last year of law school at Indiana University. They will be returning to the Cleveland area after graduation. Jamie is working as an administrative assistant for Maxxum Outlets and is the mother of William (9 mos.). Congratulations, Jaime!

Jessica (Cornuet) DePascale is living in Brackenridge, PA.

Amit Patel is living in New York City and received a degree from New York University in May 2005.

Kristin (Rasmussen) Barry married Patrick Barry ’04 on July 17, 2004 in Daufuskie Island, SC. They currently live in Charlotte, where Kristin is an auditor with Deloitte.

Tiffany Brooke Bell is in Tampa, FL, working as an event coordinator.

Padriac Finnerty just finished a year-long tour in Iraq. He is currently stationed in Germany as a tank platoon leader.

Ryan Wolf received his Bachelor’s of Science in Education this May from Youngstown State. He will be licensed to teach integrated language arts 7-12. He’s currently coaching football and baseball at a local high school.

Julie Polomsky is living in Olmsted Falls and working as a development assistant at University Hospitals Health System.

Grace Sipusic is also local — she’s an education program coordinator for the Western Reserve Historical Society … and I’ve just moved into a new house and am still unpacking boxes and setting up phone/e-mail, so if you have any news, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line the old-fashioned way via snail-mail. I hope to hear from many of you! Take care,

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

 

Spring 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

I thought it would be appropriate to start our summer column with Thoreau’s words about success, since it seems that the many of our classmates are enjoying it! Thanks to everyone who sent notes and updates to me, and I look forward to hearing from the rest of you in the future!

Jen Gardner, who is finishing her second year of law school at American University, will be returning to Cleveland as a summer associate at Climaco, Lefkowitz, Peca, Wilcox & Garofoli Co., LLP from May through August.

Eric Heintz ’02 is hearing wedding bells – he recently popped the question to his girlfriend, Alison Deysher, whom he met at Emory (she said yes!). They plan to be married next summer. Eric finished a master’s degree at Emory in May 2004 and is currently teaching in the Atlanta area.

Brad Piroli ’03 is headed to the Chapel as well – he and his fiancé, Jennifer Kelley ’02 will be married on July 30 at Saint Francis Chapel at JCU. Brad is currently working for Pulte Homes as a land acquisition manager.

Ryan Bennett has a good wedding date picked out as well – June 25th (same as me!) for a celebration with his fiancé, Kelly. Ryan works for Eaton Corporation in the treasury department and recently built a house in North Ridgeville.

Everyone should watch the silver screen this summer for our classmate Tim Hoffman, who is living in Los Angeles and pursuing a career in film. He has been fortunate to partner with a family with 20 years experience in Hollywood, and since then has worked special effects on the “Ring 2” (out in spring 2005) and “Dark Water,” starring Jennifer Connelly (in theaters July 8). He’s currently re-writing a feature film titled “Pilot Jack,” developing a TV pilot called “Twisted Pets” with some old Jim Henson puppeteers and working a script of his own, titled “Jawbone Canyon.” Congratulations Tim!

Also out west, Ed Giles is finishing his master’s of philosophy at Oklahoma.

Coming back east is Molly Vaughan; she’s in Chicago. She writes “Thanks to a good recommendation by Dr. Jerry Schweickert, I just got a new job as the recruitment officer and alumni counselor for an enrichment program for low income middle school students at the Latin School in Chicago, called High Jump.”

Amanda Marfise is an account executive at the Zeno Group in New York City.

Kim Felosky is working as a territory sales manager at Newell Rubbermaid in Hoboken, NJ.

Jeffrey Culliton is living in Baltimore.

Erika (Russo) Snider ’02 is living closer to JCU; she and her husband Jason live in Sagamore Hills. Erika and Jason were married on April 24, 2004 and Erika is currently teaching first grade in Brecksville-Broadview Heights schools and pursuing a master’s of Education in Reading Specialization from Kent State.

Monica Madden is also finishing up a graduate degree at Case Western.

Marie Shaver is living in Cleveland and works for Forest City Enterprises as a tax accountant.

Dan Seifried is a litigation consultant for BBP Partners.

Ann Ortega is living in Parma Heights.

…And I’m still living and working in Cleveland and loving every minute of it. Especially since all the snow has finally melted. As we move into summer, I wish everyone the greatest success, and when you find it, make sure to send me a note so we can all celebrate. Have a very happy summer! Take care,

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

Fall 2004

“Perhaps I am a bear, or some hibernating animal underneath, for the instinct to be half asleep all winter is so strong in me.” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh

As the weather turns colder; I thought that was an amusing idea, since it certainly sums up my mornings. I hope that everyone is doing well during this change of season. In the past few months, I’ve heard from quite a few of our classmates, and I encourage everyone to send me an e-mail once in awhile on what’s been happening in your life. Here’s what people are up to these days: Patrick Murray is working on his master’s in Experimental Psychology, with a plan to continue his studies in a Ph.D. program for Clinical Psychology. He’s working for Cleveland State University as an administrative graduate assistant for the graduate dean and the CSU Institutional Review Board.

Renee Flyter ’02 has moved to Washington, D.C. and is working at the U.S. Grains Council as program coordinator for International Operations.

Megan Kruty is also working on a master’s in Psychology. She will receive a master’s in Clinical Psychology from the University of Cincinnati in 2005.

Megan Toolis is in her second year at The Ohio State University Dental School.

Tiffany Bell has moved to a warmer climate – she’s employed as an event planner by TBBA in Tampa.

Marie Shaver is working as a tax accountant for Forest City Enterprises here in Cleveland.

Jaime Maldonado is in Westlake, working for Hyland Software as a technical support analyst.

And if you’re looking into the real estate market, B. Bergen, a 2004 MBA recipient, is working on development of Bergen Village, a cluster of 36 luxury town homes in Tremont, Ohio. Bergen is the vice president of sales and finance for Midland Companies.

Congratulations to Sonia Mandzuk and all the participants in the master’s program for school psychology, they took their comprehensive exams in the middle of October and will soon be heading into a year of internships.

And best of luck to everyone in the class of 2003 as we head into the holidays and 2005. I’m looking forward to hearing about everyone’s adventures. Take care,

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

 

Summer 2004

 

 

 

 

“If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It’s a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it’s time to reflect on what’s come before.” Mitchell Burgess, Northern Exposure, Thanksgiving 1992

Hello to all! I hope everyone had a terrific summer. A few new things to share from the class of 2003: Lori Misischia is the producer/project coordinator at Broadcast Media Ideas, Ltd. (BMI), a Cleveland-based marketing and video production company. She currently resides in Lakewood, OH.

Megan Walsh is working at Capital Mortgage Corporation and living in Cleveland Heights.

Jaime McKay is on the West Side in Olmsted Township.

Dan Bender is working as a credit analyst for First Merit Corporation. He’s currently living in Brecksville.

Jacqui Lingler is part of the medical team at University Hospitals Health System, where she’s employed as a research coordinator.

Amy Bissmeyer has moved south to Columbus. She’s working as a data analyst for Abercrombie & Fitch.

Lara Busold is co-owner of a marketing firm, Busold Marketing. She and her family (husband Bryan and son James Thomas) live in Westlake. Julie Demorest Clark (MA ) married Aaron Benjamin Clark on May 29, 2004, in Brecksville, OH. Julie is the public and community relations coordinator for The Cleveland Orchestra. They reside in Brunswick.

As the air turns cooler, best wishes to all of you (especially all those teachers headed back to their classrooms!) this fall. Please continue to send me news! Take care,

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

Spring 2004

Hello to all! As we close in on summer, things are picking up — baseball begins (Go Tribe!), the weather warms up and vacations are planned. Here’s what’s happening for the Class of 2003.

Laura Wray has moved to the Chicago area, where she works as a Logistics Coordinator for CH Robinson.

Jen Gardner has a summer job lined up in the Department of Justice Vaccine Litigation section in Washington, D.C., where she is a law student at American University.

Susan Spina will be completing her master’s in Legal Administration in the fall (Congratulations, Susan!)

In June, Katie Kelley will finish her first year as a preschool teacher at Coffinberry school in Fairview Park.

Mark Preputnik has settled in Lakewood, where he’s a tax preparer with Tim Laskey CPA.

Congratulations to Sarah Kader (nee Skorko), who recently married fellow classmate Mark Kader. The two live in Cincinnati.

Ryan Kifus is an SLP associate with SIRVA (a global relocation services company), and works at the SIRVA World Headquarters in Chicago.

Kimberli Ondus is in her first year of teaching English at Bay Village High School, and has this to share about her experience so far: “While controlling a class of 25 18-year-olds when I’m only 22 is a challenge, JCU has prepared me for it!”

Tracy Cordes is still with the Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland and living in Little Italy with Jen LaGuardia, who is a grad student at Case Western.

Becky Levis is living and working in Cleveland.

Joan Marie Radcliffe ’02 (nee Monti-McNeilly) is living in Willoughby.

Maria La Guardia is finishing up the accelerated master’s program at John Carroll and will soon graduate with her master’s of education. Congratulations go out to everyone who will earn a graduate degree this year, or who continues in higher education – best of luck in your respective programs.

I hope this spring/summer brings you relaxing days, wonderful vacations and many happy memories — don’t forget to send me an e-mail or note about it! Take care,

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

 

Winter 2004

Happy New Year, Class of 2003! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and are headed into a prosperous new year. Here’s what people are up to as 2004 begins.

Larry Nolte ’02 is just up the street from JCU, working at Progressive Insurance in the IT department.

Meghan Morrissey ’02 has taken a job as the Assistant Volunteer Coordinator at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Colorado.

Congratulations to Dawn (Fields) Farmer and her husband, Christopher, who welcomed son Logan into the world this summer.

Congrats also to Kristy (Moore) Fernandez who recently married ’02 grad Joe.

By now, quite a few people will be in their second semester of graduate school, including Jeannie Kidera, who is pursuing her MFA in Poetry Writing at BGSU.

Jen Gardner is attending American University’s College of Law and living with another ’03 grad, Susan Spina. Susan is studying to be a paralegal at Marymount.

Jessica Dillon is living in Pittsburgh and working on her J.D. at Duquesne … Also attending law school is Brad Hull (Cleveland-Marshall College of Law).

Rubbing elbows with LeBron James is John Manuszak, a public relations coordinator for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Rimon Bebawi is an HR generalist at Exodus Integrity Services.

Hannah Fritzman joined Associated Estates Realty Corporation, where she is the investor relations and corporate communications coordinator.

Tracy Cordes is also working in public relations as a campaign assistant at the Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland.

Heather Seibel ’02 is working in logistics management at Kraft Foods.

In the same vein; Alice Demyanick is a transportation analyst at Jo-Ann Stores in Hudson.

Congratulations to Audrey Balbaugh, who is planning a wedding to ’01 grad Scott Embacher.

Also planning weddings for the summer of ’04 are Beth Lohr to Mike LaGamba and Ashley Peters to Tom Haskins ’02.

In addition, Jill Connors recently became engaged to her long-time boyfriend, Steve Ishkula.

As for me, I’m living with Sonia Mandzuk, who’s a graduate assistant while in the school psychology program at JCU, and continuing to love my work at Akhia Public Relations. I’m also planning a wedding for June 2005 with my fiancé, Steve Polachek ’02.

As we begin this New Year, my best wishes to everyone and their families. I can’t wait to hear what exciting things are in store for us. Take care,

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com

 

Summer 2003

Hello, class of 2003! It’s hard to believe that our four years at JCU have already come and gone, but now it’s on to bigger and better things. Time to put our $100,000 education to work. I’m excited to serve as our class columnist, documenting all of the wonderful things that are in store for us.

Queniesha Cummings and Leia Fanelli were featured in Northern Ohio Live as part of the magazine’s annual “College Best and Brightest” showcase, which focuses on Cleveland area colleges’ top achievers. Congratulations, Queniesha and Leia!

Unfortunately, that’s the only thing I have (confirmed) for this column, but hopefully that will change in the next couple of months. When you get a chance, send me a note about what you’re doing, where you’re working and living, who you’ve seen, where you’ve traveled, and anything else you’d care to share. As for me, I’ve been working at Akhia Public Relations and living on the west side of Cleveland, taking my time to adjust to the working world! I look forward to being the voice of the class of 2003 for the John Carroll magazine, and I hope everyone will send me information for upcoming columns. Have a great summer, and keep me posted! Take care,

Theresa

Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
jcu2003@hotmail.com