Spring 2014REUNION YEAR
Hey, guys. I caught wind that Mark Bittenbender joined Greysteel Capital Markets in Washington as a director. Mark provides financing and advisory services for private capital and middle-market multifamily, retail, and single-tenant assets.
U.S. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (Newtown, Conn.) named Tony Baker chief of staff. Tony previously served as legislative director.
Oh! Cheryl (Tanko) Snell shared exciting news. She and her husband, Kevin, welcomed their first-born daughter, Peyton, Aug. 19. The day was extra special for Cheryl because she and Peyton share the same birthday. In more baby news … On Feb. 5, Mark and Vicky (Epprecht) Pelsozy welcomed their second daughter. Anna Ruth, who joined big sister Grace Margaret in the Pelsozy’s home in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
Thanks for keeping me updated.
Nikki (Spiezio) Flores
Hello, class of 2004. This time around, I didn’t receive many updates, so the column is sparse. Please send me your updates and let me know how you and your families are doing. I love hearing from all of you.
Katie (McPhie) Krainz and her husband, J.P., welcomed their first baby, Xavier Jonathan, Feb. 5.
I’ve got an update of my own. My husband, two daughters, and I moved to Littleton, Colo., in September. I also accepted a new position as corporate communications writer at Great-West Financial.
Nikki (Spiezio) Flores
Greetings, class. I hope you had a wonderful summer. I have just a few quick tidbits of information to share with you all.
Anthony Garofalo and his wife, Jenna, moved to Charlotte, N.C., and Anthony started his own men’s clothing line, 4five Clothing.
Conor Ferrari McNulty was the 2013 Lucy Sprague Public Interest Scholarship recipient (photo below). Connor graduated from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago in May 2013 and was presented with the $25,000 Sprague scholarship during the commencement ceremony. The scholarship was established in the memory of Lucy Sprague, who was a second-year student at the school when she was murdered in December 1996. Her parents, Lee and the Honorable George R. Sprague (retired); sister, Cynthia; and brother, Alexander, established the scholarship to assist another student interested in a public service career as Lucy was.
Finally, I have exciting news of my own. My husband, Haki, and I adopted our daughter, Haviana Flores, Aug. 6. We are so grateful the year- and-a-half-long process is complete.
Continue to send updates and let me know how you and your families are doing. I enjoy catching up with you all and look forward to the updates to share. Until next time, be well.
Nikki (Spiezio) Flores
Greetings, class of 2004. Please continue to send updates and let me know how you and your families are doing. I enjoy catching up with you all and look forward to updates to share.
First, I’d like to extend well wishes to Thad ’03 and Lisa (Leone) Poweski, who expect a baby girl in August.
Congratulations to Kristen (Hudach) Lydecker, who was promoted to West region quality director at Sherwin-Williams. The new promotion means Kristen and her husband, Mike, and their son and daughter will be moving to Dallas in August.
Amy (Lewayne) Berger also reached out to me and summed up momentous occasions she’s had during the past few years. She earned her master’s degree and licensure in educational administration in 2008 and married her husband, Matthew, Nov. 19, 2011. Last summer, the happy couple built a house in suburban Cleveland.
It saddens me to say a couple classmates experienced somber times during the past few months. Mike and Jenny (Fiorenzo) Rupinsky welcomed their first baby, Lila Francine, Jan. 31, 2013, but she tragically passed away Feb. 8, 2013. They wanted to share her story with as many people as possible, especially their classmates at JCU.
It’s difficult for me to write this, but one of our classmates passed away. During a two-day trip with a friend, Josh Bernot, slipped on a cliff in British Columbia and fell more than 50 feet. His funeral service was held April 27 at Springfield Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Optometry Giving Sight. Josh was an optometrist who settled in Kelowna, B.C., after earning his doctorate from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, where he met his wife, Kim. He played an active part in mission trips to Mexico and Morocco to provide eye exams to the needy.
Nikki (Spiezio) Flores
Can you believe another year has passed since graduation? I’m continually grateful to everyone who passes along snippets of information about themselves and classmates. Please keep sending the updates.
First up is Jack Donnelly, who wrote to tell me he married Tracy Rinaldi May 5, 2012, at Grosse Pointe Academy Chapel in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. He was fortunate enough to have many of his Carroll fraternity brothers and friends attend. Some came from as far as California.
Donald Paslowski married Jocelyn Buckey Aug. 25, 2012, at Kirtland Country Club in Willoughby, Ohio. The newlyweds are enjoying life in Ann Arbor, Mich., where Donald is a supply chain consultant for Llamasoft, and Jocelyn is a marketing manager for Michigan Health Information Network.
Finally, Megan (DeLeon) Miller relocated back to Ohio to pursue a doctoral degree in special education and applied behavior analysis at The Ohio State University. She enjoys working with children diagnosed with developmental disabilities while training parents, providers, and teachers through her company Navigation Behavioral Consulting. She looks forward to her husband moving to Ohio soon.
Have a fun summer.
Nikki (Spiezio) Flores
I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. On to the updates …
Greg Sowa ’04G and Sarah Weaver were married July 28 at Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio, by Pastor Mark Granger. The newlyweds, who honeymooned in Hawaii, reside in Medina, Ohio.
On Aug. 18, Darice (Kopcak) Granito married Michael Granito in Cleveland. The couple’s 16-person bridal party included a few JCU alumni: Evelina Bagdasaryan ’06 was the maid of honor, and Elizabeth Annable, Jacqueline LoPresti ’05, and Ramona Ramos ’09G were bridesmaids. Michael and Darice met while taking a summer business ethics class at JCU in 2004.
Sara (Neville) Latkowski ‘09G and her husband, John, welcomed their second baby, Mae Antoinette, Sept. 22. The Latkowskis live in Olmsted Falls, Ohio.
Meanwhile, Dr. Tanya Edwards provides integrative medicine consultations at the Center for Integrative Medicine, as well as supervising a growing staff of complementary care providers. She also sees patients at the Independence Family Health Center – Cleveland Clinic, where she maintains a small, primary care practice.
As always, thanks for sending your updates, and Happy New Year!
Nikki (Spiezio) Flores
Thanks to all who sent me their updates. I love hearing about everyone’s exciting news. Take Michelle (Weber) Allen for one. She established her own website (lifeloveliturgy.com) in January 2012 in addition to training to be an interfaith spiritual director, specializing in Christian and Jewish faiths. And if that weren’t enough, she’s publishing her first book called “Life. Love. Liturgy” this fall.
Next up is Gina (Dowell) Palmer, who wed Brad Palmer May 5, 2012, at the De Yor Center in Youngstown, Ohio. The couple, who honeymooned in Playa Mujeres, Mexico, lives in Falls Church, Va., where Gina is a consultant with LMI, and her husband is the chief operating officer with B3 Group.
Speaking of wedding bells, Erika Thomas married Christopher Losnegard in an afternoon wedding ceremony July 27, 2012, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fullerton, Calif.
And let’s not forget about Mary Ellen (Buling) Buell, who sent me a lovely update letting me know she married Derek Anthony Buell ’09 Nov. 4, 2011. The couple had a bridal party full of JCU alumni, including John Savage, Samantha (Buzzacco) Manning, Lisa (Frank) Steinebach ’03, and Anne (Ainscough) Banas ’03. Mary Ellen works for the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs in Cleveland as a rating veteran service representative. Additionally, the couple welcomed their son, Mack Adrian Buell, who was born Dec. 8, 2010.
Teresa (Delagrange) Higl and her husband, Andrew ’03, are doing well. Teresa sent an adorable picture of their son, Benjamin, enjoying his first trip to Italy. The couple welcomed Benjamin Robert Dec. 22, 2011.
Finally, Jacki (Szymanski) Fink wrote me saying she and her husband, Kevin, welcomed their first child, a son named Cameron Joseph, who was born July 15, 2012.
I changed jobs and am the online marketing project manager and content writer for World Synergy in Solon, Ohio. My husband, Haki, and I are certified foster parents through Bellefaire JCB and are close to adopting a 2-year-old big sister to join our bio-daughter, Nevreah.
Nikki (Spiezio) Flores
I have lots of great news from our classmates to share …
First, I heard from Maria (Sellers) Papay that she and her husband, Ben, welcomed their second daughter, Allison Belle, Aug. 2, 2011. The Papays live in Copley, Ohio.
Annie (Matthews) and Jonathan Keary celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary in December 2011. Then, Jon took a position in emergency medicine at the Cleveland Clinic last summer, while Annie completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Kent State University. She started teaching part time in the psychology department at JCU. The couple also welcomed their first child, Lauren Anne Keary, April 6, 2012.
Speaking of growing families, Theresa (Dwyer) Boston and her husband, Bill, welcomed their third son, Ryan Dwyer Boston, March 25, 2012.
Jon and Kathryn (Zaludek) Isaac built their house in Twinsburg, Ohio, and moved in Nov. 5, 2011. Soon after, the couple welcomed a baby boy, Micah Jonathan, Jan. 16, 2012.
Joe Hoelzle and Chelsea Stephan married March 17, 2012.
Finally, Katherine Henkels has been working at Lake West Emergency Department as a registered nurse following her graduation from Kent State University’s Accelerated BSN program last August.
Nikki (Spiezio) Flores
Our class has been busy during the past few months. I have lots of great news to share.
Joseph Hoelzle earned his master’s in education administration from Bowling Green State University in 2009. A social studies teacher and wrestling coach at Hopewell-Loudon High School, Joseph plans to marry Chelsea Stephan March 12, 2012.
Gina Dowell, who received her master’s in education from Ohio University, is a consultant at the Logistics Management Institute in McLean, Va. Gina plans to marry Brad Palmer May 5, 2012, at the De Yor Center in Youngstown, Ohio.
There are a number of classmates who welcomed a second baby into their families. Adam and Erin (Gregory) Eiser welcomed their second son, Jack Thomas, June 10, 2011. Audra (Welch) Van Winkle and her husband, Brian, welcomed a second daughter, Milena, July 20, 2011. Mike and Kristen (Hudach) Lydecker welcomed their second child, Levi Michael, Feb. 6, 2012. Paul and Katie (Sullivan) Murphy are expecting their second, a girl.
Nikki (Spiezio) Flores
It may be cold outside, but the class of 2004’s recent accomplishments are sizzling hot. For starters, Tiffany Cole earned her Master of Science in Human Resources (M.S.H.R.) this past May from Loyola University Chicago. Todd Belinky was promoted to Army Captain July 18 while serving in the Virginia National Guard. Todd’s new rank insignia was pinned on his uniform by a World War II veteran of the 29th Infantry Division. In August, Christopher Smith, a personal injury attorney, was named partner in the Southwest Florida law firm Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A.
Until next time …
Nikki (Spiezio) Flores
Our class has been staying busy since the last column. For starters, Tim Seeberg made a career change. He completed an 18-month culinary school program in October 2010 and is a private chef at Le Cordon Bleu in Cambridge, Mass.
Speaking of career moves, Corey Tersigni joined KeyBank as a relationship manager. He and his wife, Lisa (Miano) Tersigni ’06, were expecting their first child, a boy, in September.
Corey’s not the only one with baby news to share. Natalie (Alesnik) McCarthy and her husband, Chris, welcomed their first daughter, Nadia Rose, Jan. 25. Amanda (Kresak) Calabro and her husband, Joe, welcomed their first child, Josephine Isabella, April 4. Last but not least, my husband, Haki, and I welcomed our first child, Nevreah Rosalina, May 2.
Additionally, two of our classmates are celebrating their one-year wedding anniversaries. Congratulations to Jessie (Kron) Root, who married her husband, Greg, in July 2010. The couple bought a home in Buffalo, N.Y. Congrats to Dan Ritzenthaler and his wife, Holli Camelio, who celebrated their first wedding anniversary Sept. 18, 2011.
One last thing – Dr. Lisa Leone married Thaddeus Poweski ’03 Sept. 3, 2011, at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown, Ohio. Lisa, who’s enrolled in the endodontic residency program at OSU, is working toward a master’s degree, while Thaddeus works for Automatic Data Processing as a district manager in its major accounts division.
Nikki (Spiezio) Flores
Greetings, class of 2004. I’m thrilled to be taking over the class column. Feel free to forward updates to me. A lot has happened since Paul Clapp’s spring 2011 update, so without further ado, I’ll dive in with the details.
Deana Calcagni has been working as a social worker for Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services, and, on April 30, she’ll become the blushing bride of Stephen Ballard at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown, Ohio.
Speaking of weddings, quite a few of our classmates tied the knot recently. Matt and Kate (Ferguson) Vendemio were married Aug. 14, 2010, at St. Louise de Marillac Church in Upper St. Clair, Pa. There were a couple of other JCU alumni present for the nuptials, including: Stephanie Rospert, Allison (Sopp) Carlson, Matt Joyce, and the maid of honor, Lindsay Marciniak. Kate and Matt honeymooned in Spain and Italy, where they sat a mere 30 yards away from Pope Benedict during the general audience and received a special blessing for newlyweds. Additionally, Blake and Megan Deleon Miller married in October 2010. Megan also has been staying busy in Virginia Beach, Va., working at Navigational Behavioral Consulting, where she provides behavior analysis services to children diagnosed with autism. Finally, Carly Grey married Matthew Dean in a small ceremony in Cozumel, Mexico, in February. The newlyweds live in Washington.
Congratulations to Sara (Neville) Latkowski and her husband, John, who welcomed their first baby, Jack David Latkowski, Feb. 3.
Unfortunately, I’m ending the column on a sad note. One of our classmates, Benjamin Somerlot, passed away Feb. 20 after a two-year battle with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare and painful bone cancer. Nikki
Nikki (Spiezio) Flores
Hello, class of 2004. Thanks to everyone for sending me updates since graduation almost seven years ago. I’ve enjoyed passing along your updates – marriages, graduate degrees, and birth announcements. That said, this will be my last update. I’m thankful to my good friend Nikki (Spiezio) Flores for accepting the role of class columnist so graciously. I appreciate Nikki taking on this role while she and her husband Haki are expecting a baby girl.
Speaking of babies, Tracy (Pruchnicki) and Patrick Ianni had a little girl, Addison Marie, born Sept. 1, 2010.
Theresa (Dwyer) Boston also sent a photo of her second son, John “Jack” Henry, who was born May 15, 2010. Billy is the name of their first son.
This past wedding season was one of the busiest since graduation. We had quite a few classmates get married, including Sarah Chessar, who married Michael Tirpak Sept. 4, 2010, at the Country Club of Hudson. Sarah is finishing a Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the University of Akron and working as a child therapist in Ravenna. Michael is a graduate of the University of Akron and the owner of Martini Skate + Snow (Northfield and Cleveland Hts., Ohio). JCU alums who attended are bridesmaid Megan Curry ’06 and Sarah’s great uncle, Milan Busta ’43.
Eileen Barber married Kevin O’Hare in Erie, Pa., July 17 at St. Peter Cathedral. Eileen is living and working in downtown Chicago. Formerly a branch manager for PNC Bank in Cleveland, she has taken a similar position for J.P. Morgan Chase. Her younger brother Patrick Barber ’13 is a sophomore majoring in economics at John Carroll.
I believe we have a new record for the most JCU alumni in one wedding picture – Jocelyn Dietz sent a picture from her wedding. Jocelyn and Patrick Roach ’03 were married in August at Gesu. A reception at The Club at KeyCenter in downtown Cleveland followed. They had 37 alumni ranging from 1974 to 2007.
Thanks again for allowing me to serve our class though this column. Moving forward, please send any updates to Nikki at email@example.com.
Kate Ferguson earned her master’s in project management from George Washington University and will marry Matt Vendemio Aug. 14. Her maid of honor is Lindsay Marciniak, who recently earned a master’s of public affairs from Indiana University. She’s working for CCS, an international fundraising consulting company that works with nonprofits to enhance their fundraising programs. Katherine Bulava (’08G) and Bill Amato were married June 12. They have a home in Tremont in Cleveland, where Katherine serves as vice president of the board for the Development Corporation. Bill received an MFA from Kent State and is the technical director for St. Ignatius’s Breen Center. After five years, Katherine started her own business, Hatha Communications, which specializes in strategic communications working with political, government, nonprofit clients and entrepreneurial start-ups.
George and Barbara (Bain) Theofilos married June 26 and are living in Seven Hills, Ohio.
Stephanie Tomko is engaged to CJ Zambelli. They’re planning to marry Oct. 9. JohnAllen Snyder recently became engaged to Diana Grafton of Buckeye Lake, Ohio. Mark Spilker is engaged to Julie McDonough ’03 and was promoted to senior financial analyst at ShurTech Brands, LLC.
John and Megan Grdina had a baby daughter, Giuliana Rose, in March. The two are entering their sixth year as teachers at Auburn Career Center and Bay Village High School, respectively. They celebrated their third anniversary July 14 in Cleveland Heights, where they live.
Stephen ’02 and Jennifer Fiorilli welcomed their second child, Giovanni Michael, June 24. They’re still in Tampa, doing well.
Brice Civiello switched roles from VP of political operations at American Strategies in Columbus to VP of policy working with political, government, nonprofit clients and entrepreneurial start-ups. George and Barbara (Bain) Theofilos married June 26 and are living in Seven Hills, Ohio.
Stephanie Tomko is engaged to CJ Zambelli. They’re planning to marry Oct. 9. JohnAllen Snyder recently became engaged to Diana Grafton of Buckeye Lake, Ohio. Mark Spilker is engaged to Julie McDonough ’03 and was promoted to senior financial analyst at ShurTech Brands, LLC.
John and Megan Grdina had a baby daughter, Giuliana Rose, in March. The two are entering their sixth year as teachers at Auburn Career Center and Bay Village High School, respectively. They celebrated their third anniversary July 14 in Cleveland Heights, where they live. Stephen ’02 and Jennifer Fiorilli welcomed their second child, Giovanni Michael, June 24. (See photo on page 94.) They’re still in Tampa, doing well.
Brice Civiello switched roles from VP of political operations at American Strategies in Columbus to VP of policy implementation at Governing Dynamic, offering local level governments throughout the country citizen surveys, strategic planning facilitation, public policy development, and public communications.
Erika Thomas was hired as the director of forensics and professor in the Department of Human Communication Studies at California State University, Fullerton. She’ll finish her dissertation for her Ph.D. in communication at Wayne State University by next spring.
Tiffany Cole accepted a new job as an HRIS analyst at Hub International, and come this winter, will be completing her master’s in human resources at Loyola Chicago.
Joe Mifsud, a senior marine biologist for The Human Fund, runs a turtle sanctuary in the Galapagos Islands.
Jessica Talbott earned her master’s in speech-language pathology from Cleveland State.
Katie Crowther is leaving the Chicago area for Las Vegas because she accepted a reporter/fill-in anchor job at KTNV, an ABC affiliate. This comes after three years as a weekend anchor in Rockford, Ill. This is an exciting step, and everyone should look for her on TV when visiting Vegas.
Hello everyone. This update is not long but it is full of great news. Huge congratulations to Shannon McConville and Kelly (Zimmerman) Moran. They not only ran in the Boston Marathon, but also posting two amazing times. Shannon finished in 3 hours, 13 minutes and Kelly completed the 26.2 miles run in 3 hours, 34 minutes. Just to qualify for the Boston Marathon is a huge feat in of itself, but these two ladies posted solid times, congratulations again. Check that off your “bucket list.”
It was nice to hear from Teresa (Delagrange) Higl when she sent a note letting us know that she is the new director of marketing for Schwab Company in Winona, MN.
Thank you to Kenny Rosplock, MD ’03 for letting us know that Michael Glasenapp, MD (a University of Cincinnati: College of Medicine graduate) and Jon Keary, MD (a CWRU School of Medicine graduate) will both be chief residents of emergency medicine at Cleveland’s own MetroHealth Medical Center for the 2010-11 year.
Congrats to Tim (Tooth) Estrella and Sara Malkin on their marriage this past April. Two fellow Kappa Sigma brothers, Tim Joyce ’05 and Andrew Sberna were in the wedding party.
That’s it for now, please search John Carroll University Class of 2004 on Facebook and join our class page so everyone can stay in touch.
Hello everyone, time keeps flying by and our space for the class column keeps shrinking, so I won’t delay. This time around we have a lot of marriage, engagement, and birth announcements. Joe Calabria and Jennifer Zirke were married on Oct. 2 with a good showing of our fellow JCU grads. All had a great time.
Robert Rosen and Melissa Peters were married Oct. 17 at St. Basil the Great Church. They enjoyed their honeymoon in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Melissa teaches at The Goddard School in Twinsburg.
Josh Bernot proposed to Kim Smith, O.D., who he met while earning his Doctor of Optometry in 2009 from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. He is working as an optometrist in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, where they live. The wedding is scheduled for May 22, 2010, at St. Bede the Venerable Church in Mentor, OH.
Jennifer Fiorenzo and Michael Rupinsky are engaged and plan to be married Oct. 9, 2010, at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. Jennifer is a patient advocate at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA. Michael, after earning his master’s degree from The Ohio State University in 2006, is a mechanical engineer with Northrop Grumman Corp. The two got engaged at the finish line of the Richmond Half Marathon on Nov. 14, 2009.
Erin (Gregory) Eiser and her husband, Adam, had their first baby boy, Eli Gregory, on Dec. 29, 2009. What a great present for the New Year!
Ben and Maria (Sellers) Papay welcomed their daughter, Lila Papay, on April 13, 2009.
Audra (Welch) Van Winkle and her husband, Brian, recently had baby girl Layla Cathryn.
Paul and Katy (Sullivan) Murphy are enjoying parenthood with their new baby boy, Patrick Joseph.
Lastly, Celeste Cappotto joined Seton Catholic School of Hudson as the new director of development where she will be responsible for the organization, planning, and operation of Seton Catholic School’s fundraising program. Celeste is also a member of the board of trustees for the Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village, serving as chair of the marketing committee.
I encourage all of you to join our Class of ’04 class column update group on Facebook. This allows me to the get word out for the upcoming deadlines so you can send in your updates! Until next time,
Last issue, we were remembering great times at Reunion, and this issue we can enjoy stories from Homecoming. The alumni office has been doing great things to get all of us back into the Carroll spirit, including young alumni happy hours and other events. It’s always great to see our classmates and hear about exciting things in their lives. Keep an eye out for other events coming up soon so we can get together again.
Speaking of exciting news, Sara Neville recently got engaged to John Latkowski, and their wedding is scheduled for July 10, 2010.
Kim (Cahill) Knoch and her husband, Dan, welcomed their first son, Brayden Mathew Knoch, on Sept. 13, 2009. He was 8 lbs. 4.5 oz and was 20 inches long.
It’s exciting to hear news from classmates for the first time in a long time, or since graduation. Gina Giles e-mailed saying that after two years working with CBS and Fox affiliate stations, she decided to make a career change and get into higher education. She is now working with DeVry, and in May was promoted to the Columbus admissions department. She currently trains new hires in addition to her recruitment activities. Gina will also earn her MBA in June.
Michelle Kate Weber was awarded a Newhall Fellowship at the GTU in Berkeley, CA, to teach a course she co-designed called ecology and liturgy. She also was engaged on June 29 to Michael Allen of Oceanside, CA, at Inspiration Point in San Francisco. Other exciting news from Michelle is that she’s training for the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Kori Ortt-Gawrys was married in Buffalo to Ryan Gawrys. Lauren Stockhausen ’05 was a bridesmaid. Kori also graduated from the University at Buffalo in May 2009 with her Ph.D. in biochemistry and was awarded the Biochemistry Dissertation Research Recognition Award. In May, she accepted a position with the Erie County Central Police Services Forensic Laboratory where she is working as both the quality manager and DNA analyst. Until next time –
Hello to everyone! Reunion was such a great time! Thanks to everyone who came back to Carroll to reunite and share awesome stories. It was so much fun to see so many people and talk about old times. We even were able to show our class spirit by painting the Lion on Saturday night. And as I write this update, the Lion still says “Class of ’04” for all the summer visitors to see. John Carroll put on an awesome show, and I’m already looking forward to our 10-year! As for the updates, when I saw Matt Sulzer at our Reunion, he let me know he was “living the dream.” Both he and Cara (Mazzocca) were able to attend and visit with everyone. A lot of our classmates continue to receive higher education degrees, including Beth Henry, who recently completed her MBA at Case Western Reserve University. Andrew Higl ’03 graduated this spring from Loyola University Chicago with his Ph.D. in English. He and Teresa (Delagrange) Higl will be moving to Winona, MN, this summer, where Andrew accepted a tenure-track position at Winona State University in the English department. Erin Coyne is engaged to Jordan Makarius, whom she met while working toward her doctorate at The Ohio State University. She will be receiving her Ph.D. in business and getting married within the next year. On June 6, 2009, Kori Ortt-Gawrys was married in Buffalo to Ryan Gawrys. Lauren Stockhausen ’05 was a bridesmaid. Kori also graduated from the University at Buffalo in May 2009 with her Ph.D. in biochemistry and was awarded The Biochemistry Dissertation Research Recognition Award. She accepted a job with the Erie County Central Police Services Forensic Laboratory, where she is working as both the quality manager and a DNA analyst. Jessica Lazor just moved to Silver Spring, MD, in November and is teaching for Montgomery County Public Schools. She recently became engaged to Andrew Swindell of Boston, MA, and will be married May 30, 2010. Eileen Cummings and Joe Lowry were married on July 18 in Hudson, OH. Dan Lavelle was the best man. Eileen is a teacher with Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia and has earned a master’s in education from Loyola University Chicago. Joe is an emergency planner with the U.S. House of Representatives Office of Emergency Operations in Washington. Lisa Novatny ’05 became engaged to Thomas Jenkins on May 30, 2009, as they visited their home away from home, Newport Beach, CA. The two are planning to tie the knot in 2010. Originally meeting in Dr. Tamba Nlandu’s Philosophy 101, they now have their whole lives to philosophize together. Joseph Schauer was recently honored by being named to the “Twenty Under 40” by the Canton Repository. Joe is a fourth-generation family member working at Schauer Insurance. Steve Katz of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce said: “Joe has natural leadership abilities, which are exhibited by his friendly, outgoing manner. He instills confidence in others and leads through example. As a young professional returning to the community after graduation, Joe is an excellent example of what we’re trying to accomplish.” Joe and his wife are also expecting their first child. Three of our classmates have recently been ordained priests in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland after graduating from Borromeo Seminary. Rev. Kevin E. Estabrook celebrated his first Mass at Immaculate Conception Church in Madison, OH, where he attended high school. He was assigned as parochial vicar at St. Columbkille in Parma. Rev. Matthew E. Pfeiffer celebrated his first Mass at Holy Family Church in Stow, OH, and will be assigned as parochial vicar at St. Sebastian in Akron. And lastly, Rev. Anthony Suso celebrated his first Mass at Holy Angels Church in Chagrin Falls, OH, and will be assigned as parochial vicar at St. Francis de Sales in Coventry Township, OH. … That’s it for now.
Hello, everyone! This is our last update before Reunion, June 19-21, 2009. The Class Reunion committee has been working hard to make sure we have a great time and has put together a Facebook group with a lot of information. Make sure to check it out and share some of your memories before we all get together. If you haven’t already registered, hurry up so you don’t miss out on all the good times! We have a lot of updates this issue, so here we go: J.P. Krainz and Katie McPhie were married on July 26, 2008. In great John Carroll fashion there were plenty of Carroll grads in the wedding: Colleen McPhie ’06 (maid of honor), Sarah (McGuire) McKay ’05, Megan (Harrington) Eadeh ’05, and Matt Warner.
Deana Calcagni became engaged to Stephen Davis on New Year’s Eve and is planning the wedding for April 2011.
Kevin ’03 and Meg (Sweeny) Harrison were married on July 19, 2008, in Cincinnati. Meg, who is teaching 5th and 6th grade at Urban Community School in Cleveland, sent a great picture of a lot of Carroll grads having a great time at the wedding.
Dana DelSignore and John Garber are to be married May 30, 2009, in Saint Francis Chapel with a reception in The Dolan Science Center. Dana completed the accelerated nursing program at Cleveland State and received a bachelor’s in nursing. She is a pediatric registered nurse at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. John is a social studies teacher and soccer coach with Twinsburg City Schools.
Thomas Kerr is engaged to Diana Strauchon and plans to be married in July. Thomas also received a Boler MBA in ’06 and recently passed the CPA exam. He works for KPMG in NYC, where the couple lives.
Elizabeth Sessions and Evan Langfeldt were married Nov. 15. They enjoyed a trip to Placencia, Belize, and now live in Charlotte, VT.
Jessie Kron recently moved to Buffalo, NY, and is a staffing manager for Accountemps.
Abby Fernandez graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law last May, passed the bar exam in July, and is practicing in Canton.
Kathy Henkels is at Ohio State earning her master’s in social work.
Katie Crowther joined the WTVO (Rockford, IL) news team as an anchor in January 2008. Katie earned her master’s from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. Before WTVO, Katie had interned at TV stations in Chicago; Cleveland; Detroit; Washington, DC; New York City; and Dublin, Ireland. She loves covering something different everyday, and getting to know a wide variety of people in her community. She also gives back by remaining active with the YMCA’s Big Brother Big Sister program.
Brendan Conway joined the law firm of Cavitch, Familo, Durkin & Frutkin in Cleveland. Brendan graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law earning a juris doctor degree. In law school, Brendan worked for the IRS and KeyBanc Capital Markets. Prior to law school he was an operations supervisor for MCR, Inc. Brendan’s walls are full of diplomas and certificates as he received a BSBA degree in accountancy from Carroll, is a Certified Public Accountant, and is a member of the Ohio Society of CPAs.
And finally, come late summer/early fall a few of our classmates will experience parenthood for the first time. In August, Paul ’03 and Katie Murphy as well as Audra Van Winkle and husband Brian are expecting their first baby. And a couple of months later, in October, Kristen (Hudach) Lydecker and her husband will become new parents as well.
William Charles, son of Bill and Theresa (Dwyer) Boston celebrated his first birthday in May.
Until next time,
Hello, I hope everyone is getting ready for our Reunion this summer. If you want to get caught up on all the “moving and shaking” before we get together check out all class columns dating back to graduation at www.jcu.edu/alumni/johncarrollmagazine/. My last column didn’t make it to print so I apologize for any “dated” news in this issue. Jessica (Franck) and Erik McKay were married on Aug. 9, 2008. Their wedding party was filled with plenty of Carroll grads including: Theresa Spada, Emilie Alesnik Lucia, Natlaie Alesnik, Jaime McKay O’Connor ’03, Nick Kishmarton and Kevin Soucek ’05. Aimee Bragle and Andy Weidl of Pittsburgh became engaged in September and are hoping to plan a 2009 wedding. Jackie Eaton and Adam Lytle of Conneaut, OH, were engaged in October and will be getting married late fall 2009. Jeffrey Miller and Meghan Kelly were married May 10, 2008, at Traders Point Christian Church in Whitestown, IN. Cheryl Tanko and Kevin Snell announce their engagement. Cheryl is employed as an accountant for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Cincinnati. Dana DelSignore and John Garber will be married May 30 at John Carroll, which should be a beautiful spring wedding on campus.
Class comedian, Adam Duale, accepted a new position and moved to Seattle, WA.
Gina Edgehouse took a position teaching fourth grade at St. Mel in Cleveland while Stephanie Tomko graduated from Cleveland State University with her MBA.
Melissa Smith accepted a ministry role and headed to Somalia fall 2008.
Since graduation, Brendan Verner has been very active within the Cleveland Indians organization. Recently he was announced as the strength and conditioning coach of the Columbus Clippers, an Indians affiliate. Verner spent the last two seasons assisting strength and conditioning coach Tim Maxey in Cleveland and also served in Akron for part of 2007. He previously served in a similar capacity for Mahoning Valley (2006) and Lake County (2005). This is his sixth season with the Indians organization. He earned a master’s degree in exercise science from Cleveland State University in 2007.
Lou Grasso and his wife, Brooke, just celebrated the birth of first son Dominic Thomas Grasso on Nov. 13, 2008. Nick Kishmarton and wife Shannon are expecting their first child in June (right around Reunion).
Sara Fox is teaching third grade at an inner city charter school and loves it. She has been there for four years and just this year was promoted to lead third grade teacher, where she is responsible for four teachers.
And it has been a while since I’ve given an update about myself. I just started back at Carroll to earn my master’s in education. I’ve been coaching wrestling at Kirtland High School for two years and love it.
Again a reminder — our first ever Reunion is quickly approaching. Mark your calendars now for June 19-21, 2009, to catch up with old friends at the biggest party of the year. Friday night is Vegas night which should be a lot of fun. Check out JCU Connect or our Facebook group for updates. Our goal is to have the best attendance for a five-year class. This is one Carroll tradition you don’t want to miss! Contact Theresa Spada – firstname.lastname@example.org – or Carla Gall ’05 – email@example.com – for more information or to get involved.
Hello to all, I think everyone is so excited to see our classmates at our Reunion that they are holding off on sending updates to surprise everyone this summer. But hopefully that will change with the next issue. However, pictures have become very popular and because we cannot fit them all in, I have added pictures to our MySpace page, www.myspace.com/jcu04
We have a few classmates announcing their engagements or recent marriages: Jessica (Franck) and Erik McKay were married on August 9 and had plenty of Carroll grads in their wedding party, Theresa Spada, Emilie Alesnik Lucia, Natlaie Alesnik McCarthy, Jaime McKay O’Connor ’03, Nick Kishmarton, and Kevin Soucek ’05. Aimee Bragle and Andy Weidl of Pittsburgh became engaged in September and are hoping to plan a wedding for 2009. Jackie Eaton and Adam Lytle of Conneaut, OH, were engaged in October and will be getting married in late fall 2009. Jeffrey Allen Miller and Meghan Kelly were married on May 10, 2008, at Traders Point Christian Church in Whitestown, IN.
Class comedian, Adam Duale, has accepted a new position and moved to Seattle, WA.
Gina Edgehouse took a position teaching fourth grade at St Mel in Cleveland while Stephanie Tomko graduated from Cleveland State University with her MBA.
Melissa Smith has accepted a ministry role and is headed to Somalia in fall 2008.
Again, take a look at our MySpace page for updates and please reach out to me with new and exciting events in your life so I can share them with everyone in our class.
Now to the important reminder — Our first-ever John Carroll Reunion is quickly approaching. Mark your calendars now for June 19-21, 2009, to catch up with old friends at the biggest party of the year. Our goal is to have the best attendance for a 5-year class – this will be one Carroll tradition you won’t want to miss! Contact Theresa Spada – firstname.lastname@example.org – for more information or to get involved, or contact Carla Gall – email@example.com – reunion coordinator. Best regards,
John Carroll has been in the news a lot the last few months. And even though some of those times were because we lost Tim Russert and Fr. Schell, it reminded me how much of a close family we all are. I’m often reminded how proud I am of John Carroll and all our classmates. Our class has gone off and done some great and extraordinary things since graduation, and even though it is a little early to get excited, I cannot wait to see everyone at our reunion next summer! Like usual our classmates have been busy.
In early June Megan Maier finished medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and graduated with an MD degree. She started her obstetrics and gynecology residency in June at Riverside Methodist Hospital near Columbus Ohio. She is also was married this May to her high school sweetheart, Tim Staub. Nothing like making all the major changes in your life at one time — huh? Now all she needs to do is buy a house.
I heard from Patrick Bittel the other day. He is getting married this August to Brittany Smith. They met during our senior year at the Murphy Hall Formal.
Stephen ’02 and Jennifer (Reali) Fiorilli had a baby boy. Vincent Alexander Fiorilli was born May 30, 6 lbs. 15 oz. They are still living in Tampa and doing well! They sent along a picture of Vincent for all to see.
Erin Sullivan graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in May and took the Ohio Bar exam in July.
Congrats to everyone on recent engagements, graduations, or births of new children. Again, start making plans, Reunion 2009 will be the weekend of June 19-21. If you would like to serve on our reunion class committee, please contact Theresa Spada, assistant director of alumni relations – firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-397-3014.
Thank you to everyone who sent updates. We have a lot of career updates and a few wedding announcements to share.
Melanie Hudak is living in Chicago, IL, next to Wrigley Field. She is the benefits administrator, HR department for Playboy Enterprises Inc. Melanie has been working there for over a year and was recently selected as Who’s Who of Playboy for the month of January 2008.
Kristen (Hallsky) Taylor works for 21 WFMJ (NBC) and WBCB (CW) in Youngstown doing marketing and promotions for both stations. She has been there since shortly after graduation. She also married Jordan Taylor (Mount Union 2000) on Sept. 22, 2007, in Hubbard, OH. Celeste Cappotto was her maid of honor and Teressa Fiderio was a bridesmaid.
Brook Miller and Daryl Lee (Central Washington University) plan to be married on October 4 in Salem, OH.
Lindsay Recktenwald is living in Connecticut and working in development at a theater venue in Hartford.
Jim Lilly celebrated his three-year anniversary at National City Bank and is currently working as a commercial lending officer in West Michigan. Jim also recently got engaged to Sarah Garlough, a Michigan State class of 2006 graduate.
Stephanie Tomko was promoted to assistant vice president at Marsh USA, which is an international corporate insurance broker. She also bought a house in Willowick.
Rebecca Machusick accepted a new position in the PR and Marketing Department of Maxim Healthcare.
Tina Choudhri was accepted at George Washington in DC in emergency medicine.
Nada Faddoul joined the Akron law firm of Stark & Knoll after graduating in 2007 from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Nada joins Stark & Knoll’s growing Litigation and Employment Department. She is a member of the American, Ohio State, Cleveland Metropolitan and the Akron Bar Associations and is admitted to practice in Ohio. Nada will focus on business litigation, immigration issues and counseling clients on employment matters.
Katie McPhie and J.P. Krainz both graduated in December 2007 from the M.B.A. Accelerated Program at Cleveland State University.
Sarah (Keating) Albanese and her husband, Jay, had a baby, Jacob, on December 21, 2007, you can check out their blog – jmpalbo.blogspot.com – or see the photo they sent in.
We are about to go into our fifth year out — reunion next year! Start thinking ahead for summer of ’09 — things are already in the works. I cannot believe how fast time has gone by. Enjoy your summer,
I apologize for taking an issue off — we’ve got a lot of career updates, a few marriages, and even baby news. Gregory Jackson was a copy editor of PR material and online content for CuyahogaValleyChurch.com, and is now looking to move to full time – PR/media/community relations.
Wildali (Lugo) DeJesus finished her master’s in public administration at CSU in August. She moved to Tallahassee, Fla., in September and is an investigator with the U.S. Department of Labor.
Elizabeth McGowan is working in supply chain for PepsiCo as the supervisor of their West Coast Grocery Division. She lives in Chicago and is busy planning her September 20 wedding to Tom Foley.
Jack Donnelly is working in Chicago for the Tribune Company selling advertising. He recently closed the largest deal in his department’s history.
Carly Grey is graduating from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., on May 20. She will work in the D.C. office of McGuire Woods LLP. After running XC at Carroll, Carly decided to run her first marathon a week after her 23rd birthday — in 4h 9m.
Maura Roddy just started with Grubb-Ellis in Chicago.
Peter Corrigan earned a master’s of education through the University of Notre Dame Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Program while teaching for two years in Tucson, Ariz. He now serves as the assistant principal at Saint Augustine Catholic High School, in Tucson.
Thomas L. Jenkins celebrated his three-year anniversary with Bank of America and accepted a management position in Newport Beach, Calif., as an officer in Consumer Lending Credit Acquisition managing personal loans upwards of $200,000.
Todd Belinky started graduate school (master’s in peace operations) at George Mason University in Arlington, Va. He is serving in the Army Reserves as a First Lieutenant and returned from a year in the Middle East.
Audra (Welch) Van Winkle graduated from OSU and is now working as an occupational therapist for Pediatric Therapy Partners in Columbus, Ohio.
Adam Duale found a home at Deloitte Tax LLP and was given an amazing opportunity to travel to India to do training at an office in Hyderabad. He spent a month and a half in India over the summer — more about his trip in the next issue.
Many wedding announcements — Lou Grasso was married July 28 to Brooke Daly and is an administrator at IBEW Local No. 129. Amanda (Kresak) and Joe Calabro married on June 30 and live in Dayton. Amanda is a senior auditor for a public accounting firm and just passed the CPA exam in August. Everyone who worked at The Carroll News knew Matt Taylor and Heather Wood were made for each other, and recently Matt and Heather got engaged. Nikki (Spiezio) and Haki Flores were married in Golden, Col., on December 30. John Garber and Dana Delsignore got engaged on Christmas Eve. Dana graduated from the CSU accelerated nursing program with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and passed her state boards to become a registered nurse. She’s a pediatric nurse at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. More summer weddings — Katie McPhie and J.P. Krainz are planning their wedding and Erik McKay and Jessica Franck are as well. Cindy (Consiglio) and Trevor ’02 Schilling married in September. Tara Billman married Joe LaFlamme on December 28. Megan Gerity and her fiancé, Justin Byrne, plan to be married in 2009 and so will Joe Lowry and Eileen Cummings.
Randall and Lisa (Nau) White have a new baby girl who was born on August 30; they are living in Charlotte, N.C. Stephen ’02 and Jennifer (Reali) Fiorilli are in Tampa and expecting their first baby in June!
Thanks for all the updates. Check out our MySpace page for pictures!
Thanks to everyone who has sent in pictures and updates the last few issues. This is the first one in a while I didn’t exceed my allotted space. It’s great to hear about our class doing all these exciting things. Arguably our class has been noted in this magazine as much if not more than any other single year. We’ve got a lot of “movers and shakers” in our class. So, keep sending in the updates!
Sean Mooney and Amanda (Karpus) ’02 just had a baby boy, Ryan Joseph, on February 14. Sean is enjoying his career as a search consultant in the civil, environmental and health and safety fields with Devore Family & Associates (SearchPath International affiliate) which is based in the greater Cleveland, OH, area.
Danielle (Saksa) Holman is working as a social work liaison at The Cleveland Clinic.
Jacqueline Szymanski is now with Whole Health Management as a billing analyst.
Kelly Zimmerman has finished her M.A. in Education Administration at Carroll and is a 3rd grade teacher at Kirtland Elementary School.
Congrats goes out to Alicia Grady who got engaged this past Christmas and plans to get married August 29, 2008.
Michelle Kate Weber was accepted into The Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley as a Ph.D. student for their program in Liturgical Studies. She’ll start this fall. She’s also excited about being a first-time aunt: her nephew was born in July.
Maya Edwards is living/working in Sevilla, Spain, where she is one of the Study Abroad coordinators at the Texas Tech Sevilla Center. Her parents just returned from a two week visit to Sevilla where they were able to join the students on several excursions. Maya is enjoying her time there and has turned into quite the Spanish historian.
That’s it for now. A little lighter than normal, but hopefully next issue will be back to being full.
I got so many updates that I had to shorten a few.
Mauni E. Khoury completed her master’s in school psychology from Carroll ’06. She’ll be a school psychologist with Fairview Park City Schools.
Claire (Yeasted) Holekamp attends the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She married Dr. Scott Holekamp in 2006 and plans to work at a New York City hospital in Manhattan.
Caroline (Ortega) Stull and husband Chris are living in Ithaca, NY, while Chris pursues his Ph.D. Caroline became PHR certified in September and is the HR rep for a medical facility in Ithaca.
Lisa Krall is the manager of camp programs at the Achievement Centers for Children’s Camp Cheerful in Strongsville.
John Skendall graduated May ‘06 from American University with his master’s in political science. He’s working as a writer for a trade association in the D.C. area.
Dan and Kim (Cahill) Knoch are living in Eastlake where Kim is working as a kindergarten teacher in Mentor and has only a couple more classes to complete her master’s in educational literacy.
Jennifer Randall is living in the Ft. Lauderdale area where she is a risk manager of operations for the Florida division of Balfour Beatty Construction.
Mark W. Spilker is a financial analyst for Henkel Corporation, and has obtained his CPA. Greg Holcomb works at the Lorain County Auditor’s office as a tax settlement specialist. He’s also in his first term as a Lorain City councilman — working on his re-election. And if that’s not enough, he’s going to Cleveland State University in pursuit of a master’s of public administration.
Kate Ferguson trains federal government employees on leadership and management at the Council for Excellence in Government in DC.
Lindsay Marciniak is working in fundraising at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Brice Civiello is doing political consulting for American Strategies, LLC in Columbus, OH, while he finishes a Master’s of Applied Politics at the University of Akron.
Aimee Bragle just opened a new boutique, Cosmetique de Stefino, in Pittsburgh.
Matt Krupa and Barb Bain graduated with their master’s from Cleveland State.
Ryan Paugh finished his master’s in finance at Cleveland State in December and is now a financial advisor for Raymond James & Associates, Cleveland.
Megan Macala finished her master’s in Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh and works for Schering-Plough in New Jersey.
Matt Rura moved to D.C. to work in golf course management in 2007.
Erika Thomas moved to Michigan to work on her Ph.D. in communications at Wayne State.
Caroline Salib is starting her fourth year at CWRU School of Dental Medicine — she’ll earn a DMD May 2008.
After completing her first year of doctoral studies at the University of Akron, Sarah Chessar will be interning with the ACT testing corporation where she will develop an assessment tool for determining eligibility for testing accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The list of marriages grew:In January, Wildali Lugo-Santiago and Luis DeJesus ’05 were married in San Juan Puerto Rico — best man was Matt Davenport ’05.
Kevin Garvey ’00 and Kim Obluk married on April 21. Heather (Buchkoski) Calvert married Simon Calvert on January 5 and are moving to Todmorden, England, where Heather will be teaching. Audra Welch married Brian Van Winkle June 16.
The list of who’s expecting: Randall and Lisa (Nau) White are having a baby girl at the end of August. Matt and Melissa (D’Amore) Joseph moved to Erie, PA, and are expecting in July. Amanda (Karpus ’02) and Sean Mooney had their first born, Ryan Joseph, on 2/14/07.
And those who are engaged: Emilie Lupiani got engaged in February and plans to get married in Barcelona, Spain, in July 2008. Amanda Kresak and Joe Calabro will be married in July. Kristy Monday and Bill Kerr plan to marry in October in California — Megan Maier and Abby Fernandez will be in the wedding.
Hello to all.
Time keeps flying by, it feels like I just wrote the last issue days ago. A few people have been talking about organizing a small get together for those of us who are in the Cleveland area. If you are interested, send me a note and I’ll be more than happy to plan something for our class.
As for the updates, a lot of our classmates have finished up their master’s degrees. Megan DeLeon completed the master’s program at FSU in Panama City in psychology with focus on applied behavior analysis. She is working with autistic children, and will be presenting at the national ABA conference in May in San Diego. Celeste Cappotto graduated in May ’06 with her master’s degree in communication from Cleveland State University and just started work as the development administrator for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Foundation. (Congrats on the new Job). Erin Gregory just finished her master’s in educational leadership through the University of Dayton and completed her two year service program (serving inner-city Catholic schools) and moved back to Cincinnati where she is teaching 6th grade. She is also engaged to Adam Eiser and will be married in April. Nathan Hawley graduated with a master’s in accounting from Duquesne University this past July and is living in Denver, CO, working for a CPA firm. After earning his master’s in applied politics, Tony Baker ’05 was able to turn his internship with Congresswoman Betty Sutton into a full time job in Washington, D.C. Audra Welch can see the end of the tunnel, she’ll earn her master’s from Ohio State this June.
Tim Seeberg has just started a new job as an account executive at Albion Interactive in Boston, MA. If you’re ever near Boston, drop Tim a line.
Jason Cox sent his update all the way from Mosul, Iraq, where he is stationed with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division based out of Ft. Lewis, WA. They are slated to return in June. Our prayers go out to Jason and his men and women along side him.
After Kate Sullivan finishes up her master’s in speech/language pathology at Case Western Reserve University, she’ll be marrying Paul Murphy who is currently a partner at Gibson Bagpipes in Willoughby, OH.
Joe Petro recently got engaged to Katie Harcher. Joe is working for Penske Logistics in Beachwood and Katie is working for Athersys, Inc. (a biotech company) in downtown Cleveland.
Thanks again to those who sent in updates. Keep them coming. We also have a picture again this month of a small JCU get together in Lakewood.
I went to Homecoming this year, unfortunately a lot of people were not able to make it, but it was nice to catch up with everyone who did. This issue as well as the last one is jammed packed full of updates, THANK YOU to everyone who has been sending them.
TJ Kolba is now the assistant men’s soccer coach at Cleveland State University, after being the assistant at JCU last year. He also coaches youth soccer with the Cleveland Soccer Academy and the Olympic Development Program. TJ is living in North Royalton with his girlfriend Leah, and loving life.
Diana Sierra is finishing her master’s in Spanish at CSU and teaching Spanish 101/102 at Cleveland State this year.
Gina Dowell completed her master’s work from Ohio University this past spring, earning her M.Ed. Then she moved to Elon, NC, where she serves as the assistant director of Greek Life. She also passed along news of John Zaluski who graduated with his MBA from Cleveland State and works for Dollar Bank in Cleveland.
Cara Mazzocca and Matt Sulzer got married the last weekend of September.
Kelly Ryan just got accepted to Baldwin-Wallace’s master’s in education program.
Hiva Vasilj sent a note from Croatia. He loves reading about everyone and is looking forward to coming back to the states this Christmas. He’s been working for a big bank in Croatia. Hiva said it’s fun but lots of work. He’s looking forward to seeing all of his old friends when he’s home and staying with Pat Bittel.
Katie Zaludek is teaching first grade at Parkside Elementary for Solon City Schools. She also just bought a condo in Twinsburg.
Mary Kate (Lundeen) Wainwright and Nelson Wainwright ’06 were married this past summer and sent us a picture of the wedding party in front of JCU.
So many updates, so little space … so let’s jump right in.
After Katie Crowther’s returned from Dublin where she was working for Ireland AM on TV3 she started an internship at Bloomberg Financial News Television in NYC. She’ll graduate from Northwestern in December after one more quarter covering Congress in D.C.
Sara Neville will be teaching ninth and eleventh grade honors English at Westlake High School.
Melissa Giblock is getting her master’s in International Relations at King’s College in London. She’s hoping to find a job after graduating and stay in London for a while.
Brian Stefanik relocated back to Cleveland from a brief stint with Sherwin-Williams in Louisville, KY. Now he’s an account manager for GE Lighting.
Richard Duffy II lives in Berwyn, IL, where he works for a trading firm in downtown Chicago. He is engaged to his high school sweetheart, Maria El Locale. Their wedding will be on November 8, 2006.
Lindsay (LeCorchick) Jensen married Luke Jenson on July 2 in Kansas City, MO, where she and Luke are living. Nicole Accordino, Steph Dishauzi, Megan Luby and Jenny Fiorenzo all made the trip to see the outdoor ceremony in a rose garden.
Michelle DelSignore sent a note telling us how beautiful Kat Nicholson and Joe Schauer’s wedding was. They were married July 1 in Canton, OH.
Tony Baker ’05 is about to finish his master’s in Applied Politics from the University of Akron and is interning for a U.S. Congressional candidate, Betty Sutton. She’s running in Ohio’s 13th District.
Jessica Fonow is living in Pittsburgh, PA, where she’s finishing her J.D. from Duquesne University. She recently got engaged to James Dawso who is working for a chemical distribution company in North Olmstead. After their wedding on October 13, 2007 they plan on settling in Cleveland.
Teresa Delagrange got engaged to Andrew Higl ’03 over Valentine’s Day weekend. They are planning a July 2007 wedding in Buffalo. Tim Cherney is going to be best man, and Katie Battistone is a bridesmaid.
Speaking of Tim Cherney, he’s spending the summer in Hawaii interning for his CSP program at Colorado State University.
Beth Royce recently got engaged and is staying busy working as a nurse at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and completing her master’s degree in nursing at Case Western Reserve University.
Sarah Chessar graduated from Cleveland State with a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and will be attending the University of Akron this fall to work on a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology.
Beth Greenwald finished her first year in the Exercise Physiology Master’s Program at Florida Atlantic University and is working as a graduate assistant at the FAU Student Wellness Center.
Bill Shutes finished his master’s in English in August from JCU. He’s going to take a year off before pursuing his Ph.D.
Todd Belinky, Chris Mannarino, and Joe Sellers will take part in the wedding September 30 in Toledo, OH.
Theresa Dwyer is engaged to Bill Boston with a wedding date of October 28, 2006 in Chicago.
John Grdina is engaged to Megan Luby. John just started his master’s in Education at Notre Dame College and spends his spare time rebuilding bikes at Western Reserve Harley-Davidson. Megan is starting her second year as a biology teacher at Bay Village High School. The couple will be married at Saint Ann’s Church July 14, 2007.
Victoria Epprecht is teaching first grade in Chagrin Falls, OH, and coaching cheerleading at Chagrin Falls High School. She’s also in the process of obtaining a master’s degree from Ashland University. She and Mark Pelsozy are now engaged! Mark is working in marketing and sales in Cleveland.
Great to hear from everyone. I felt bad not having a lot of updates in the last issue, so hopefully this one is a little better. We are all so busy with work and everything else that goes on in our lives, it’s a real challenge to keep in touch. But now, with a little help from myspace.com, we can all easily stay connected. I have created a page just for our class, and so far it’s been pretty popular. Just check it out — www.myspace.com/jcu04. We have over 100 classmates already signed up, and hopefully we’ll get more by the time this hits your mailbox. At the page you can send updates to me directly or you can post a message so everyone can see it. So, please take a look.
I’m looking forward to this having a positive impact, and hopefully we’ll have more than enough information for next issue. So, here’s what’s been happening in the last few months
Julie Goldyn went on to KSU after Carroll and got her master’s of education in school psychology. Now she’s working on her Ph.D. at KSU in school psychology. She’s been pretty busy out side of the classroom, because she is also working with the school doing consulting with teachers and designing interventions to address academic and behavioral issues in preschool children with disabilities. Soon she will be interning with the Lorain City Schools.
Ken Fortune is living in Geneva while working corporate security for Progressive Insurance in Mayfield Heights, OH.
Darice Kopcak is currently the marketing manager for Porsche and Audi at Stoddard Imported Cars, Inc. in Willoughby, OH. She creates ads that are seen in various Porsche parts publications within the U.S. as well as England and Australia. A few of her other ads can be seen in other print publications.
Matt Joyce graduated from the U.S. Army’s Airborne and Ranger Schools and is now a platoon leader in the 25th infantry division in Hawaii. He really misses the Cleveland Winters — right!
Maria Sellers has been living in Lakewood and working in Downtown Cleveland as an editor for KeyBanc Capital Markets. She is engaged to Ben Papay (who she met at work) and they are planning their August 26, 2006 wedding in Canton, OH.
Joe Lowry recently moved to Arlington, VA, and started a job with the Office of Emergency Planning, Preparedness and Operations for the U.S. House of Representatives where he assists with the various emergency-related programs which they conduct. He’d tell us more but its top secret.
Sarah Weese will be graduating with her master’s degree in August. She’ll then travel to beaches of North Carolina to pursue a career working with children and adolescents.
Joe Hoelzle is teaching Social Studies at Hopewell-Loudon High School which is in Bascom (very rural) between Tiffin and Fostoria in Northwest Ohio. He teaches freshman World History and senior Citizenship. Joe stays busy coaching as the assistant varsity football coach – d-line and running backs. His team made it to the state semis in D6. He’s also the Jr. High wrestling coach, and the throwing coach for boys and girls Jr. & Sr. high track teams. This summer he plans on starting his master’s in Educational Administration, most likely at The University of Findlay.
That’s it for now. Take care,
Hi everyone, I hope everyone is enjoying 2006. I cannot believe how much has changed since we left Carroll. In less than two years so many of us have moved, changed career paths, and a good amount of you have gotten married. I enjoy hearing from so many of you each quarter, telling me what you have been up to and updating me on all our friends. This issue we are a little light on updates, so PLEASE send me any info you have so I can keep this space full with your updates and less of my rambling! You can always e-mail me at email@example.com or call my cell phone, 440.812.3837. And now the updates: Nikki Spiezio is walking in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer on June 24-25! If you would like to help reach her goal to raise $1800 you can e-mail her, firstname.lastname@example.org. Andrew Higl ’03 is a grad student and instructor at Loyola University in Chicago, while Teresa Delagrange is an account executive at Gibbs-Soell Public Relations in Chicago. And Samantha Crish is working as an event planner/administrative assistant at Tenable Event Services in Cleveland. I look forward to many more updates, Paul Clapp
Hello to all of you. I want to thank everyone who sent in updates. My e-mail inbox was flooded with updates … which makes my job that much easier.
I am writing this note just after attending homecoming weekend. It was really nice to get back to campus and see everyone doing so well. I couldn’t help but notice how happy everyone was, especially near the tennis courts. It was nice to catch up with all our friends. I’ll keep this one short, as there are so many updates this time around (we even have pictures).
Jamie Anderson is working in training and development at National City (Home Equity). She and Matt Warzel ’03 are engaged and plan on getting married next year. Matt is currently working on a screenplay.
Melissa A. Bresler is currently working in Los Angeles at Real Orange Creative, Inc., a full-service advertising agency and creative company. She is the director of account services and the Ambassador to Irwindale, CA (Which is the city the agency is in).
Emilie Alesnik and Mark Lucia got married in July in Cleveland and have moved to Cincinnati, where Emilie will be teaching high school English at Clermont-Northeastern and Mark will be attending his second year of medical school at the University of Cincinnati. Thanks to Theresa Spada for sending a picture from the wedding.
Lindsay Recktenwald is living in Virginia Beach and just began a job as a proofreader for Harris Connect after attending the Publishing Institute at the University of Denver this past summer.
Tim Seeberg is now living in Boston working as an assistant account manager at David Wilson Advertising. If anyone is living near Boston, give Tim a shout.
Carrie Huszczo, one of our favorite people in the mail center sent great news. Her son, JJ Huszczo ’97 and his wife, Karla, just had a beautiful baby boy, Jayden Michael. This is Carrie’s first grandchild, a future Carroll grad for sure.
Jessica Franck is teaching seventh grade at Mayfield Middle School, while Tim Cherney is at grad school at the University of Colorado, and Jessie Kron is engaged to Larry Nolte ’02 and will be married on June 3, 2006 at Saint Francis Chapel.
Sarah Weese is enjoying beautiful Greensboro, NC. She will be graduating in August 2006 with her master’s degree in counseling. Currently she is in the middle of a year-long internship as a counselor at an agency for troubled youth and adolescents.
Jen (Szymanski) Konoff was married on June 18, 2005 to her high school sweetheart. Her twin sister Jacki Szymanski was her maid of honor, and Lisa Krall was a bridesmaid. After enjoying the honeymoon in Aruba, they are now living in Cleveland where Jen is working in human resources at Parma’s Hospital.
Time for some updates
ENS Josh and Sara (Bryan) Falbo, were married June 4, 2005 on the beach in Virginia Beach. They have moved to Brunswick, ME, where Josh has been assigned to Patrol Squadron 26 at Naval Air Station Brunswick. Sara has gone back to school to earn a nursing degree at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.
Meghan Kelly arrived back in the U.S. on August 5 and began classes at Indiana University School of Medicine on August 15. It took her a while to get both feet back into the American lifestyle but has adjusted now.
Thanks again to everyone for sending updates.
This issue we have news all the way from Africa where Meghan Kelly is volunteering with the Conossian Daughters of Charity in a small town called “Sogbossito.” She sent a picture of herself with a few children from her parish.
Last summer 2Lt. Clark Rosenberry finished army officer training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. He also just finished his first year of medical school at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine where he is doing research in the emergency department on traumatic brain injury and post concussion syndrome.
Kate Crimmins and Sean McNeeley are both working as account managers for a technology company called MCPc out of the Strongsville area.
Amanda Allamong is doing research for the Cleveland clinic, while Jacki Szymanski is working in accounting at Whole Health Management near Beachwood.
Steven Gray is working out of Columbus as a district manager for Dayton Freight.
Jen Kramer is still enjoying success as a public relations account coordinator for Liggett-Stashower, while Megan Gerity is working at NovaStar Mortgage in Independence, OH, and is in the top 20% of sale generators in her organization.
The list of those getting married is getting longer and longer with the addition of Kristen Hudach and Mike Lydecker who plan to get married next summer in Pittsburgh. Blerta Mellani and Blair Edwards will be picking a date some time next summer. While Kathleen Nicholson and Joe Schauer are getting married in Canton, OH, next July!
I hope this finds all of you well, and please keep the updates coming. Take care, Clapp “To accomplish great things we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe.” – Anatole
Hello class of 2004. Our 1st year anniversary is almost up. Can you believe it?? You know it’s a great time of year because the Tribe is playing ball. I was able to shoot spring training in Mesa, AZ, for a photo agency just before I moved back to Northeast Ohio where I am enjoying seeing all our fellow classmates around town. I’m working at Enterprise rent-a-car in Mentor and have run into a ton of Carroll alumni in the past few weeks. Keep the updates coming!
I met up with Ryan Dieter during an Alumni-in-Admissions phone night at Carroll in March. He told me when he’s not hunting or fishing, he is working at his alma mater, Lake Catholic High School, as the director of alumni relations.
After getting recruited at our Career Fair last February by the vice president of Sales, Maura Roddy is selling homes for Pulte Homes at their largest division, called DiVosta Homes in Naples, FL, and is loving it!
Mary Kate Lundeen is currently the marketing coordinator for Goldish Financial, a financial services company in Beachwood, OH. She recently moved to Brooklyn, and misses JCU a lot.
Jim Lilly recently resigned from KeyCorp’s Analyst Program and made the move to National City Bank. Jim is going to continue working in corporate banking in Indianapolis and is excited about the opportunity and move.
Matt Podkul started working for FedEx in January as an account executive and is back living in Pittsburgh. I’m sure you can e-mail him if your shipment is ever late.
Anthony Garofalo recently started his own business, Precision Ink. He asked to pass along his company’s Web site www.precisionink4less.com where you can “find great prices on ink and toner cartridges for your home and business.” He also wanted to thank alumni, friends and faculty for their support as he starts this new business.
T.J. Kolba is working in Canton as an account executive for Wells Fargo Financial, and is considering going back to school to for his MBA, but that is yet to be determined.
If you’re looking for a job in the D.C. area, Kate Ferguson is working in human resources for the Corporate Executive Board in Washington, D.C. four blocks from the White House.
Now, for the wedding/engagement updates. Lisa Nau and Randall White got married at John Carroll University on December 18. Caroline (Ortega) and Christopher Stull just got married on March 5, 2005. They are living in Pittsburgh together. Last July, Kim Cahill got engaged to Daniel Knoch from Eastlake, OH. Their wedding will be on July 23, 2005 at St. Gabriel Church in Concord. They bought a house in Eastlake, and will be moving in this summer.
That’s it for now, hope everyone is doing well!
“The toughest thing about success is that you’ve got to keep on being a success.”
Winter 2005Hello to everyone. It’s been great hearing from everyone. I was afraid I wasn’t going to have much information to share in this issue, but thankfully many people e-mailed me just before this column was due. From what I hear, everyone is enjoying their new jobs and or are continuing their education while living somewhere beyond the parents’ house. Speaking of parents, thanks to all of the parents who have given me updates for your kids. I think I’ve gotten more e-mails from mothers and fathers than our classmates!
Moving away from home seems to be a recurring theme this time around. Hedwig Murphy just moved to Philadelphia while Jerold Ahn is teaching at Borman Middle school in Glendale (just out side of Phoenix, AZ). Timothy Seeberg is a marketing assistant for Mason Selkowitz McDermott in Fairport, NY. Rosella Torcaso just moved to North Royalton where she is a financial advisor for Morgan Stanley. Sean Mooney is the performance-training director for Performance Training, Inc in Cleveland. Jessie Kron is working for American Express Financial Advisors as a financial advisor in Independence. Theresa Spada is currently a project manager for Conferon Inc. in Beachwood. Steve Stefanko is living and working in Solon for Napoli Consultants, Inc. as an actuarial associate. Linette (Caraballo) Pacheco is a development associate at The Women’s Center of Greater Cleveland. Mark Spilker is working for Ernst & Young and working on finishing her MBA this summer. Darice Kopcak is currently working at National City Corporate office in downtown Cleveland as a regional marketing & sales coordinator for the Private Client Group for the North coast region.
After finishing three months of training in Rome, Meghan Kelly just left for Kove, Togo, Africa on September 7th. She was to be working in a newly built clinic in Kove, however, due to delays the clinic is still under construction. She is now teaching at a school for women ages 15 to 30, which is located in the village and operated by the Cannossian Daughters of Charity. Her mother asked anyone interested to send letters to: Meghan Kelly, c/o Soeurs Canossiennes, BP 10238, Agoè-Nyivé, Lomé, TOGO, Afrique Occidentale or e-mail email@example.com. Put “Attention Meghan Kelly” on the subject line. Jessica Lazor is now working at Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney & LaFond in Cleveland. Jess Fonow is still in law school at Duquesne while Brian Cain is attending grad school there as well.
Many congratulations are in order for our classmates who have gotten engaged and married in the past few months. Cara Mazzocca and Matt Sulzer got engaged as well as Sarah Sroka and Ron Kubacki. Sarah (Keating) Albanese married Jay Albanese on August 21, 2004. They are living in Buffalo, NY, where Sarah is working for Autistic Services, Inc. and will is attending a master’s program in library science. Angela Smith-Puertas marred Daniel Puertas ’03G on August 14th and is now a marketing/PR coordinator for ZO Brands in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
As of November 17th, Joshua M. Falbo (newly commissioned officer in the United States Navy) and Sara Bryan are engaged to be married sometime in the next year pending Josh’s deployment and training schedules. Both moved to Virginia Beach, VA, in January as Josh continues his military training as an Intelligence Officer for the Navy.
That’s it for now. Thank you to everyone who sent information. Please keep it coming!!!
People become house builders through building houses, harp players through playing the harp. We grow to be just by doing things which are just. — Aristotle
Fall 2004 When I last wrote this alumni update, I mentioned how it was hard for me to believe we graduated. However, I am regretfully reminded at least once a week when I get the ever so dreaded “you are about to go into your student loan repayment period” letters.
All joking aside, I wanted to remind all of you who are moving away from the parents, to update your info with John Carroll. In order to keep you all updated, I need to know how to contact you for information. I have a minimal amount of classmates’ e-mail address, so please e-mail me (address above), instant message me “ClapperJCU,” or go to http://www.jcu.edu/alumni/update_record_new.asp.
I am also looking into creating a Web site dedicated to our class. I would like to have sections where you could post updates, upload pictures, list job openings in your area, just keep in contact (network) with everyone else. If you, or someone you know, can create Web sites, please let me know. It would be great if we could have this up and running within a few months.
Now, with that said, let’s go to the updates. The good news seems to be how the job market is picking up. Mike Hamlin is a broker at Arthur J. Gallagher in Chicago.
While Ken Fortune is visitor services/security at the Botanical Gardens in Cleveland, the museum across from the Art Museum.
Patrick Bittel is an account executive for KISS FM at Clear Channel Radio and says he gets to “rub shoulders with celebrities and attend frequent concerts.”
Brennan Szczepanski is working for a post audit accounting firm in Hudson, OH, as a staff auditor. After his completion of the CPA, he plans on going to law school part time while working at Advantium.
Tiffany Cole is currently working at Transwestern Commercial Services in downtown Chicago, IL, as an HR administrator. Tiffany lives in the Hyde Park area and plans on going back to school within the next year at Loyola or DePaul to get her MBA.
During the past school year Jennifer Kramer was asked to continue her fall 2003 internship through 2004 at Liggett-Stashower and after graduation she was hired as a full time account coordinator.
Nikki Spiezio recently accepted a full-time marketing associate position at PRN Funding, located in Beachwood, so look for her hanging around campus. Jennifer Reali joins the list of classmates to get engaged. She and Stephen Fiorilli ’02 are scheduled to tie the not in October 2005. Jennifer is also working in sales for Z Gallerie in Cleveland. Joe Hoelzle is substitute teaching near his home in Fremont, OH, while coaching d-linemen part-time at Heidelberg College.
Thanks to everyone who has sent in updates! Paul “One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.” – Elbert Hubbard
Hello to the class of 2004. I am honored to be able to bring news to all of you via this class column. After all those years of getting this magazine and reading a few of the past class reports, it’s a little strange to be writing one about our own class. It still hasn’t hit me that we’ve graduated. Everyone always talks about how it doesn’t really set in until fall when all of our younger friends are preparing to go back to Carroll or other schools around us. It is hard to believe come September we will no longer be able to play “yard ball” near Millor Hall, or make s’mores on the Bernet lawn like we did during our last week at Carroll. I hope you will enjoy reading the updates from our classmates in this column. However, I can only keep you informed if you keep me updated. If you have information about yourself, or anyone else in our class, please feel free to send me the info by one of the ways listed above. So, without further a due, here are some updates from a few of our classmates.
A lot of our classmates are going back to school for their master’s — Megan Macala is planning on doing grad work in chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh, while John Skendall is currently in Washington, D.C. working on his master’s in political science at American University.
Matt Krupa is working towards his MBA at Cleveland State, and James Day will continue his Jesuit education at Loyola Marymount in L.A.
While the job market is tough, some grads are already busy with their new jobs/careers. It seems like Ryan Homes benefited the most from our class, picking up four grads, George Theofilos, Amanda Semko and Emilie Lupiani are sales and marketing associates, while Ryan DeGeorge is a project manager.
Sara Neville will be busy teaching 12th grade speech and creative writing and 10th grade English this fall at Fairview High School.
Kelly Ryan will be coordinating individualized education plan for Summit Academy in Lorain.
Joe Mifsud earned his biology license in Cleveland and is going to be a marine biologist for the Cleveland Institute of Science starting August 1st.
Dom DiNinno moved to Dayton, OH and began working for Dayton Freight where he recently entered their management trainee business program.
As for myself, I have just moved to Tucson, AZ where I will be the resident director at a fraternity house on the University of Arizona’s campus and will work for a management group full time as a program manager for over 16 clients around the country.
Wedding bells have yet to ring for anyone in our class, but there are plans for them in the near future, as Melissa D’Amore will marry her high school sweetheart, Matthew Joseph, in May of 2005 in Hermitage, PA. “Whatever you do, do well, and may success attend your efforts.”