2005

Summer 2014
Hey, ’05. I have lots of news to share, so thanks to everyone for writing. Our class is looking like one impressive group. I was able to see some long-lost alums in person at a happy hour in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland this spring. It was great catching up over wine and guacamole with Jackie LoPresti, Jessie George, Carlene (Simmons) Graham, and Jen (Chin) Huynh. Jackie’s dancing away; Jessie’s traveling the country; Carlene is enjoying newly married life; and Jen is moving and shaking with the young professionals of Cleveland.

Classmates enjoyed happy hour in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland.

Classmates enjoyed happy hour in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland.

The Barons

The Barons

In other news, Anna Shakarian is in her second year of study in the Ph.D. program of literature for children and young adults at The Ohio State University, where she also teaches literature to undergrads. Anna hopes to complete her dissertation in the next two years.

John Baron ’12G and his fiancée, Katie Barney, welcomed their daughter, Rylie June Baron, May 5.

Melanie Shaerban joined the Cleveland-based law firm Gallagher Sharp in its insurance and business and employment practice groups. She represents insurance carriers in coverage disputes, defends businesses in commercial and employment practices litigation, as well as municipal entities and law enforcement professionals in personal injury and civil rights claims.

Shaerban

Shaerban

Nicole (Evanchuck) Cassidy, director of business development at Senior Independence in the Akron/Cleveland area, was accepted into LeadingAge Ohio Leadership Academy, a program designed to develop the next generation of leaders in the senior services profession. Cassidy has been with Senior Independence for eight years. She started as an account executive and moved up to director of business development.

Matthew Hunt was named to the Canton Repository’s list of “Twenty under 40.” Matt, an attorney with Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty, lives in Jackson Township, Ohio, with his family. He’s an advocate for Stark County, serving on the boards of local nonprofit groups and working with young children in the First Tee of Canton golf program.

Lauren Stockhausen completed an accelerated master’s in English for teachers of English to speakers of other languages through Salisbury University in Maryland. More than 300 people applied for a spot in the eight-person program. Lauren completed the program in a year, while teaching first grade at West Salisbury Elementary School. It sounds like a lot of work, but luckily Lauren was able to take advantage of living on the shore by studying on the beach.

Finally, Tim Grose completed his Ph.D. in central Eurasian studies this year at Indiana University. It just so happens he made history, too, by having the first Global and International Studies Ph.D. conferred at IU. He has continued research into ethnic minorities in China, specifically the Uyghurs, a path that can be traced to his East Asian studies degree at JCU. The journey continues this fall as he begins a tenure-track position at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Congrats everyone! Keep me updated.

Jennifer

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Spring 2014
Our class continues to move up in the world. Kelly (Wiltshire) Dowling was promoted to vice president at the Kidney Foundation of Ohio, where she’s worked for five years. She’s looking forward to new challenges and being able to help more patients with kidney disease throughout the state.

Brett Wiler joined the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership as an account executive. He attends Gannon University in Erie, Pa., pursuing a master’s in public administration. Kristen McKee Phelps was promoted to chief accounting officer of Yours Truly Restaurants in Cleveland. She also was elected to the Yours Truly and Shibley Management board of directors.

Meanwhile, Jason Worgull and his wife, Susan, welcomed their newest addition in January – Hannah Elizabeth, who joins big brother Alexander (3). Jason is a business development coordinator for First Mutual Financial and Piano Credit Co. in Mayfield Village, Ohio.

Anybody else? Any other titans of industry out there, or parents of adorable new babies? Hit me up.

Jennifer

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Carter Jack Stredney

Carter Jack Stredney

Winter 2014

Hello, everyone. This time around, I heard from Elise (Deramo) Stredney. She and her husband, Adam, welcomed son Carter Jack Stredney Feb. 5, 2013. Carter joins their daughter, Addison, who’s 3. Elise is a stay-at-home mom in Hoffman Estates, Ill., and Adam works at Enterprise Holdings.

How about everyone else? Send along information about your weddings, adorable babies, work promotions, travel adventures, etc. I love hearing about it.

Jennifer

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Fall 2013
Hi, all. This time around, two alums wrote about exciting career changes. Natalie Scala started a job as an assistant professor in the College of Business & Economics at Towson University in Maryland. She’s on a tenure track in the Department of e-Business & Technology Management. As if that weren’t enough, she’s also consulting to government clients through Innovative Decisions. Busy, busy!

Closer to home, Kristen McKee was appointed controller at Yours Truly Restaurants and Shibley Management. As controller, McKee will oversee and direct the financial operations of Yours Truly restaurants and Shibley properties. She began working at the company in 2008 and left last year to take an accounting position with the Cleveland Indians. She returned to Yours Truly in May. Congratulations, ladies!

Jennifer

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Summer 2013

Hi, all. I heard from Jessie (McCarty) Huff ’06G, who announces she and her husband, Scott, welcomed a baby boy, Adam Thomas, April 19. He joins his big sister, Allison, who’s 2.5. Congrats to the growing Huff family. I would love to hear from more of you, so send your news my way.

Jen

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Spring 2013
Lots to report. Danielle Paulin is finishing her residency in pediatrics at Akron Children’s Hospital. She’ll start a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship there in July.

Jennifer (Chin) Huynh and Vi Huynh celebrated their wedding in a summer 2012 ceremony at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. Many JCU alums were part of the wedding: Amanda (Yanni) Tenenbaum, Alex Tenenbaum, Kristen (O’Hare) McLaughlin, Jessie George, Julia (Wall) McGivney, and Carlene Simmons. Jen, who graduated from Cleveland State University with her MBA in operations and supply chain management, works at Sherwin-Williams. Vi is an operations manager in the Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. The couple honeymooned in Paris and London.

Denise White and Stephen Warrick married Sept. 1, 2012, at St. Monica Church in Garfield Heights, Ohio. Denise is chief resident at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and the couple lives in Fort Thomas, Ky.

Molly Riffle and Joe Pandelli were wed Nov. 10, 2012.

Mike ’06 and Julie (Guyer) Scanlan welcomed a daughter, Caroline Kay, Feb. 18, 2013. The couple lives in Ormond Beach, Fla., where Julie teaches middle school social studies, and Mike is the director of media communications for the LPGA.

Joseph and Molly (Riffle) Pendelli married Nov. 10, 2012, at Central Christian Church in Warren, Ohio. Molly is a finance manager at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library in Cleveland Heights. The couple lives in Streetsboro.

Thanks to everyone who wrote. I look forward to hearing from others soon.

Jennifer

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Denise and Stephen Warrick

Winter 2013
Hi, 2005ers. I heard from Denise (White) Warrick, who married Steve Warrick in September in Cincinnati. Denise works as a pediatric chief resident at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Steve is an instructor of pediatrics and a practicing general pediatrician at the pediatric primary care clinic at Cincinnati Children’s. The two live in nearby Fort Thomas, Ky. Denise thanks Meghan (O’Haire) Markovich, a JCU classmate and member of the wedding party, for being the reason this happy couple is together.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and is starting 2013 off right. Why not make a New Year’s resolution to write to your class columnist and let me know about the interesting things you’ve been up to.

Jennifer

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Sarah DeMarte married Dan Winterlin Aug. 20, 2011.

Fall 2012
Hi, all. Thanks to everyone who wrote. Sarah (DeMarte) Winterlin married Dan Winterlin Aug. 20, 2011, in St. Paul, Minn. Her maid of honor was her twin sister, Lauren DeMarte. Doug Norris and Carolyn Jeske ’06 also attended.

Fabiola Galarraga Tamayo ’08G is engaged to Matthew Cole, and they’re planning a wedding in Naples, Fla., April 20. Fabiola is a Spanish teacher at Cardinal Pacelli School in Cincinnati, and Matthew is a financial planner at Fifth Third Bank.

Taryn (Wadsworth) Tomaszewski, who’s living in Chicago, is a senior media planner at an ad agency. She and her husband, Max, had their first child, Camden Lowell, April 30.

Mark Hawald was named head wrestling coach at Case Western Reserve University.

Jaclyn (Smith) Thaxton, who graduated from nursing school in February, is working at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital in the newborn intensive care unit at Fairview Hospital. She loves working as an advocate for the tiniest of patients.

Tiffany (Negin) Meekel ’04 welcomed a baby boy, Hunter Joseph, June 20.

Caitlin Kollar moved to New York City in June after working at WKYC-TV in Cleveland for more than five years. She started in NYC as a freelance writer for Fox News and now writes for its morning show, Fox and Friends. She’s also started graduate school at Fordham University to earn an MBA with a concentration in communications and media management.

Kyle ’05 and Michelle (Scabilloni) ’05 Hazen with their daughter, Brooklyn Juliana

Kyle and Michelle (Scabilloni) Hazen had their first child, Brooklyn Juliana, April 24.

Congrats to all! What’s going on with everyone else? Send me your news.

Jennifer

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Summer 2012
Greetings, class of ’05. I hope you’re enjoying the summer. As you lie by the pool, beach, or wherever you relax, take a moment to write to your class columnist and give me the lowdown.

The Tanks: Kenneth, Connor, and Kimberly

Here’s what your classmates are doing: Kenneth and Kimberly (Stoicoiu) Tankwelcomed a baby boy Jan. 15. Connor James weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long.

Tiffany (Negin) Mekeel is working as the fiscal officer and clerk of council with the Village of Middlefield, Ohio. She oversees the financial functions of the village, attends all council meetings, and maintains records, but it sounds like much more. While attending a conference in Columbus, she lunched with Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost. And if that wasn’t enough, she and her husband, Tim, and her son, Noah, were expecting their second child around July 10. Send pictures, Tiffany.

Lisa and Mike ’06 Nunney welcomed their first baby, Claire Michelle, March 29. Congrats, guys!

Now let’s hear from the rest of you. What’s new?

Jennifer

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Spring 2012
Happy spring, classmates. Denise White wrote to say she and Steve Warrick became engaged. They’re planning a September wedding in Cincinnati, Ohio, where Denise is in her last year of pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Steve, a pediatrician, too, is chief resident at Cincinnati Children’s. I’m not sure when two doctors find the time to plan a wedding, but the best of luck to both of them.

Chris and Ann (Skerkoski) Parks celebrated their wedding Oct. 15, 2011, in Highland Heights, Ohio. The two are living in San Francisco, where Ann is the recreation and wellness coordinator at the Academy of Art Institute.

In future wedding news, Amanda Baltzer and Adam Parker will tie the knot July 14. Adam, who’s working at Springleaf Financial Services in North Canton, Ohio, is working on his MBA at Ashland University. Seriously, everyone. Where do you find the time?

Aiden Thomas Dowling

I’ve saved the cutest for last. The adorable first baby of Nick and Kelly (Wiltshire) Dowlingwas born Dec. 28, 2011. Aidan Thomas Dowling is destined to be a Blue Streak someday.

Thanks, everyone, for your updates.

Jen

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Winter 2011
Hi, everyone. I have just a few updates this time. Adam Anderson has been promoted to technical sales representative, Northeast Ohio, at Columbia Chemical Corp. Adam has worked at Columbia Chemical for four years, most recently as a technical service representative. Congratulations, Adam!

In wedding news, Amanda Leonberg and Ku Yoo were married during a lovely ceremony Aug. 13 in Boston, where the couple lives. They honeymooned in Bar Harbor, Maine. Katie Lentz Conway was in the wedding party. Amanda is a medical resident at Tufts Medical Center, and Ku is a partner in a private aw practice. They’ll be traveling to South Korea to have a traditional ceremony in May.

What about the rest of you? What’s new?

Jen

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Fall 2011
There are quite a few updates this time. Thanks to all for writing. I love hearing your news.

Matt Davenport, who’s graduating from Washington State University with an M.A. in higher education administration, is looking forward to his new job at New Mexico State University as associate director of residential life.

Ashley Wojtowicz, who graduated with a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Charleston in May 2010, is working as a pharmacist at the Cleveland Clinic. This past December, she married her high school sweetheart, George Voss, at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Valley City, Ohio. JCU alumni who attended were Joe ’06 and Ellen (Mathews) Divers and Christine (Lewton) Layer. The couple honeymooned in Hawaii.

Kathleen Hagerty ’05 (left), who received the Lucy Sprague public service scholarship, is congratulated by Alexander Sprague (center) and Dean John Corkery (right) at the John Marshall Law School commencement May 22, 2011, in Chicago.

Kathleen Hagerty was awarded the 2011 Lucy Sprague Public Service Scholarship. The award, presented by Alexander Sprague, is given by the family of Lucy Sprague, who was a second-year law student at John Marshall when she was murdered in her apartment in December 1996. The $25,000 award will assist Kathleen pay off her law-school loans. Kathleen received her law degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago in 2011 and since graduating from Carroll has been working as a victim witness specialist for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, acting as a liaison between the crime victims and the assistant state’s attorneys who are prosecuting the cases.

 

Nick and Kelly (Wiltshire) Dowling are expecting their first child in January. They don’t know if it’s a boy or girl yet and are looking forward to the surprise.

Last but not least, Natalie Scala received her Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. She’s on her way to D.C. for a position with the federal government. Best of luck and congrats to all.

Jennifer

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

 

Summer 2011

Michelle Powers and Kevin Priest married Nov. 6, 2010.

Hi, everyone. Two wedding announcements this time: Kevin Priest and Michelle Powers were married Nov. 6, 2010. The ceremony was at the Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg, W.Va. Carroll alums in the wedding party were Drew Payto, Adam Schoen, and Matt Feeny. Kathy (Omahen) Payto, Tim and Jessica (Hackman) Weidel, Scott Orr, and Kunal Sanghani also attended the wedding. Kevin graduated from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in June 2010 and is working as a dentist in the U.S. Army. He is enrolled in the 12-month advanced education in general dentistry residency at Fort Campbell, Ky., and will complete his training in August. The couple lives in Clarksville, Tenn., but will be moving to Fort Drum, N.Y.

Kristy Ciccarelli married Jack Jamison Oct. 2, 2010.

Jack Jamison married Kristy Ciccarelli Oct. 2 in Erie, Pa. Jack’s sister Grace ’03 served as best man (or as she put it, “the best, man”). Other JCU alums who attended were: Mikey Minnaugh, Brandon Kocher, Jason Patch, Christen (Kempton) ’06 and Marty Ockers, Jeff Budrys, Connie (Balzano) Tartara, Maura (Nagel) Jungjohann, and Jennifer Kahn ’06. Jack and Kristy honeymooned in Tulum, Mexico.

What’s new with the rest of you? Let’s hear it, people.

Jen

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Spring 2011

Hi, all. You must be busy winning Nobel prizes and touring the globe because I only heard from a couple of you this time around. Let’s keep that news coming, people.

Dave Tschantz graduated from the University of Akron School of Law in May and passed the Ohio bar. He’s now living in Akron and working for Scott H. Ruport Company L.P.A. as an associate attorney, practicing in real estate and construction litigation. As if that weren’t enough, he’s also marrying Malia Milec this July.

Rafeale Gibson has had a lot going on lately. He’s been completing his first novel, “The Broken Road,” which is scheduled to be published in April. He also launched a website, The Dialogue Box (http://dialoguebox.net), in September. Rafeale describes it as an online destination for like-minded individuals who, hopefully, will be inspired to create a dialogue prompted by my views about various topics.

I can’t wait to hear more from Dave and Rafeale, as well as news from the rest of you.

Jennifer

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Winter 2010

Catherine (Kaytee) Russell married William G. Miller in September.

Catherine (Kaytee) Russell married William G. Miller Sept. 5, 2009, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Both are working, in school, and remodeling their home. Busy, busy.

Someone else who knows what busy feels like – Kate (Cooke) Herman and her husband, Scott, just had their first baby – Andrew Everett Herman was born July 22 at a whopping 9 lbs., 4.6 oz., and 20.5 inches.

Kate (Cooke) Herman ’05; her husband, Scott; and their baby, Andrew Everett Herman

Last but not least, Andrew Donaldson helped kick off the 2010 NFL season Aug. 8 by singing the national anthem at the Pro Football Hall of Fame game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Cincinnati Bengals. Andrew works for Nationwide Insurance in Canton, Ohio. He’s active in the Player’s Guild, most recently as the Beast in Beauty and the Beast, as well as the Alliance Carnation City Players. Andrew, who’s also a football referee, is working on his master’s degree in Education at Ashland University.

Jennifer

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Fall 2010

REUNION YEAR
Hi, everyone. It was great to see many of you at reunion in June. Special thanks to the class of 2005ers who served as reunion committee members: Carla Lauer Gall, Lauren Connolly, Fabiola Galarraga, Andrew Guild, Matthew Hunt, Mary Long, Jacqueline LoPresti, Maura Nagel, Anna Shakarian, Thomas Ulery, Jessica (Hackman) Weidel, and James Wells. They helped organize a great weekend of eating, drinking, and catching up. Thanks for all your hard work, guys.

In other news, Katie Lentz married David Conway in a lovely outdoor ceremony in Charleston, S. C., this past May. The wedding party included Maureen Joyce, Jessica (Dorin) Neimeister, Megan (Mahany) Gambrel, Amanda Leonberg, and yours truly.

As for other updates, here’s a note from Danielle Paulin in her own words (rather than my usual practice of changing only the pronouns and taking credit for other peoples’ jokes): “I graduated with my doctorate in osteopathic medicine from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine May 30, 2010. I finished my M.A. in bioethics from CWRU in 2006. I started my residency in pediatrics at Akron Children’s Hospital in July and plan on staying there to earn a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine and participate as a member of the Pediatric Bioethics Committee.”

How about the rest of you? Anyone want to use this column to announce plans to join the Miami Heat? (That joke was topical at the time of writing.) Anyway, let me know.

Jennifer

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Summer 2010

Hi everyone! By the time you read this, Reunion will have come and gone. I hope you were able to reconnect with your friends! Reunion news in the fall issue but in the meantime, here goes: Jack Jamison completed an internship in spinal surgery and sports medicine at the Cleveland Clinic and now has a spinal care and injury private practice in Erie, PA. He recently got engaged to Kristy Ciccarelli, and the two are planning an October wedding in Erie (I’ve been promised photos to include in the column!). According to Jack, “If plans of suborbital space flight fall through, we plan on honeymooning somewhere where there is surf and relaxation.”

Courtney Kelleher was recently engaged to David Gordon. Both Courtney and her fiancé are nurse practitioners at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, after getting their master’s degrees at Case. The wedding is May 30 in Courtney’s hometown of Columbus, OH.

Maggie Wainwright was recently engaged to Frank Eich IV ’06. Maggie works as a communications consultant at American Greetings in Cleveland. The two are planning a summer wedding in Beverly, OH.

Stacy Yanek was married to Scot Gill on Sept. 5, 2009, at St. Bernard Church. Bridesmaids were Alisa LaPlante, Jessica Wells, Jayma Wells, Jessica Cosgrove, Lindsey Violi, Courtney Copeland, and Gina LaPlante. The happy couple honeymooned at Turks and Caicos Islands. Stacy works as a surgical nurse at the Cleveland Clinic, while working towards a master’s degree in nursing from Kent State. Busy year for Stacy!

Amanda Leonberg graduated from Creighton University with her M.D., and is off to a residency at Tufts University in Boston.

That’s it for now – keep the news coming, kids! Jennifer

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Spring 2010

Hey guys – I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of you at Reunion, June 11-13, 2010. Can’t wait to hear what you’ve all been up to these last five years. As for these people, I already know what they’ve been doing — Sarah Wagner and Ryan Dieter ’04 were married Sept. 26 at Saint Francis Chapel. Molly Bircher served as maid of honor; David Gilbert ’04 and Matt Krupa ’04 were also in the wedding party. Ryan and Sarah live in Columbus, OH, where Ryan is a branch manager with Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Sarah received her Doctorate in Optometry from Ohio State. During that time, Sarah also participated in optometry service trips to Ecuador and Nicaragua. She is currently completing a residency at Columbus/Chillicothe VA Medical Center.

Jaclyn Smith married Christopher Thaxton on June 13 at St. Angela’s in Fairview Park, OH. Their reception was at the 100th Bomb Group. JCU alums in attendance included her sister and husband Michael ’96 and Lisa Smith Olsen ’98, her brother Jason Smith ’01 and wife Clare Taft ’01, Amber Repp ’07, Kelly Stein ’07, Mary Missig, Maureen Joyce, Natalie Scala, Sarah Denney ’06, Corey Dolak ’06, Jessica Wolff ’06, Margaret Hickey, Maggie Mickunas. Sounds like quite the party! Jaclyn is currently pursuing a nursing degree and just started clinicals in January.

Stacy Yanek recently married Scot Gill at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Akron, OH. Stacy is currently a nurse in the surgical intensive care unit at the Cleveland Clinic and is pursuing a master’s in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Kent State University.

Last but not least, Melanie Shaerban has joined Weston Hurd LLP in Cleveland, OH, as an associate. Melanie’s practice is focused on commercial and business litigation, and insurance. Melanie also volunteers for the Legal Aid Society.

I’ll catch up with the rest of you at Reunion Weekend – keep sending me your updates.

Jennifer

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Winter 2009

Jessica Dorin and Mark Neimeister were married on Aug. 1 at St. Raphael church in Bay Village, OH. Bridesmaids were Maureen Joyce, Katie Lentz, and Lauren (Smith) Setter. The happy couple partied the night away with friends and family at the 100th Bomb Group.

Amanda Leonberg, currently in her last year of medical school at Creighton University, spent this past July in the Dominican Republic with the Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC). She helped provide medical services for acute problems and management of chronic medical conditions in the rural village of Los Pilones. Highlights of her trip included assisting in surgery, sleeping under mosquito nets, and riding on a burro … not necessarily in that order.

Denise M. White received her doctorate in medicine from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine on May 24. She will begin a pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in June. During her time at the University of Cincinnati, she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, was awarded the Joseph Collins Humanities Scholarship, and served as an officer in the American Medical Association as well as the American Medical Women’s Association. She also received a grant for otolaryngology (the fancy word for ear, nose, and throat) research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 2006.

Susie Cicirelli was married on June 6 to Peter Giavara, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Kristina Lanza and Jacqui Jarosz were bridesmaids. Susie currently works in commercial banking at the Royal Bank of Scotland Group in Cleveland.

Lisa Novatny and Thomas Jenkins ’04 were engaged on May 30, 2009, as they visited their home away from home, Newport Beach, CA. The two are planning a 2010 wedding. Having first met in Dr. Tamba Nlandu’s Philosophy 101 class, they now have their whole lives to philosophize together.

James and Martha (Lashomb) Makar were married on May 30 at St. Ann Church in Cleveland Heights, OH. Martha is working in marketing for Hillcrest Hospital. Jim is an accountant at Grant Thornton. There were lots of Carroll alums at the wedding, including the bridesmaids.

Jennifer

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Fall 2009

Jessica Dorin and Mark Neimeister were married on August 1 at St. Raphael Parish in Bay Village, OH. Bridesmaids from the class of ’05 were Maureen Joyce, Katie Lentz, and Lauren (Smith) Setter. The happy couple partied the night away with friends and family at the 100th Bomb Group.

Amanda Leonberg, currently in her last year of medical school at Creighton University, spent this past July in the Dominican Republic with the Institute of Latin American Concern (ILAC). She helped provide medical services for acute problems and management of chronic medical conditions in the rural village of Los Pilones. Highlights of her trip included assisting in surgery, sleeping under mosquito nets, and riding on a burro … not necessarily in that order.

Denise M. White received her doctorate in medicine from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine on May 24. She will begin a pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in June. During her time at the University of Cincinnati, she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, was awarded the Joseph Collins Humanities Scholarship, and served as an officer in the American Medical Association as well as the American Medical Women’s Association. She also received a grant for otolaryngology (the fancy word for ear, nose, and throat) research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 2006.

Susie Cicirelli was married on June 6 to Peter Giavara, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Fellow Class of 2005 bridesmaids were Kristina Lanza and Jacqui Jarosz. Susie currently works in commercial banking at the Royal Bank of Scotland Group in Cleveland.

Lisa Novatny and Thomas Jenkins ’04 were engaged on May 30, 2009, when they visited their home away from home, Newport Beach, CA. The two are planning a 2010 wedding. Having first met in Dr. Tamba Nlandu’s Philosophy 101 class, they now have their whole lives to philosophize together. Write!

Jennifer

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Summer 2009

Thanks to all for sharing your news this time around – Catherine (Ramella) Myers married P.J. Myers on July 6, 2007. JCU grads in their wedding party included: Shannon McConville ’04, Lauren (Myers) DeFazio ’02, Mike Myers ’00, Tom Arth ’03, and Peter Koch. The couple lives in Bay Village, OH.

History major Cheryl Kelley shared her extensive travels with us – since graduation she’s gone from Cleveland to Cairo, to North Carolina, and will soon be on her way to London. After a year of service working in inner city Cleveland schools as part of the AmeriCorps program, Cheryl decided to jet off to Egypt to teach English and learn about the culture. One of the highlights of her trip was when she went to Morocco and visited Casablanca and Marrakesh. After returning to the States, she taught sixth grade at Our Lady of Perpetual Help school in Rocky Mount, NC. But her travels aren’t over yet – in the fall, she’ll attend City University of London’s Cultural Policy and Management program.

I’ve also heard through the grapevine that Elise Deramo married Adam Stredney on Sept. 20 of last year. Elise works as an expo coordinator in Chicago, and her husband is an assistant manager with Enterprise Rent-a-Car. These two burned their fair share of jet fuel, too – they honeymooned in Greece and Paris.

Now that I’m good and jealous of all of your travels, what are the rest of you up to? P.S. – Don’t forget, even though it’s not our turn for a reunion YET, all JCU grads are invited to come to Reunion Weekend’s Vegas Night on Friday, June 19, and to the Sunday Father’s Day brunch. Hope to see some of you there!

Jennifer

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Spring 2009

Thanks to everyone who sent updates. I’ve enjoyed reading about all of you, and I hope everyone else will too: It’s been a busy year for Jim and Jen (Bakisae) Schalmo. They were married in July 2007 at John Carroll University, welcomed their daughter, Lily, in mid-April, and bought a house in Stowe. Jen is also working toward her statistics master’s at the University of Akron while working at FirstEnergy. Jim works as a lab tech at the Cleveland Clinic.

Julie Guyer recently moved to Florida and landed a job teaching fifth grade in Ormond Beach. She gets to cross the intercoastal bridge over the ocean every morning on her way to work. Can’t beat that commute!

Sean and Beth (Kovach) Kennedy were married on June 18, in an intimate ceremony on the beach in Sandestin, FL, and then celebrated with an Ohio reception. Beth received her master’s in education and educational specialist from Kent State University and is now a school psychologist in Canton. They live in Broadview Heights.

Mary Tonti ’06 finished her M.A. in math education at Carroll this summer and is teaching algebra at St. Leo Elementary School in Cleveland. She also tells me that Matt Gromek recently fled Cleveland to enjoy the sunshine and teach sixth grade in Phoenix, AZ.

Elizabeth Scheurman is in her fourth year of teaching fifth grade in Euclid. She also got engaged on July 25 to Derek Mattson. They have known each other since childhood — met as kids at a Soap Box Derby. Derek proposed to Elizabeth at the Soap Box Derby world championships. (I’d like to nominate these two for my unofficial cutest how we met and proposal stories.) The wedding will be July 9, 2010.

Scott and Jessica (McCarty) Huff married September 20 and currently reside on the West Side. Jessica is an auditor and CPA with Progressive Insurance in Mayfield Village.

Jessica Hackman and Tim Weidel were married June 28 in Chicago and enjoyed hosting many alums at their wedding. Jessica works at Metropolitan Family Services, providing therapy to adoptive families. Tim is at Loyola University and this spring is beginning work on his doctoral dissertation in philosophy, along with teaching a couple of classes.

Joe ’06 and Ellen (Mathews) Divers were married August 16 in Pittsburgh, PA.

Carla Gall is the reunion coordinator in the Alumni Relations Office at Carroll. I’m sure we’ll all be hearing a lot more from her when it’s time for our Class Reunion in 2010 — not as far away as you might think! … So now how about the rest of you — got any news or cute how we met stories? I enjoy reading both, so let’s hear it!

Jennifer

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Winter 2008

Hi guys, happy holidays! I hope all of you are enjoying the season and settling in to hibernate for the long Cleveland winter. Just don’t get so comfy you forget to keep sending updates. I’ve made it easier to do that now, with a new Facebook group: JCU Class of ’05. You can either search for it and join, or become my “friend” and I’ll “invite” you.

Our classmates are busy this time around: Jaclyn Smith recently got engaged to Chris Thaxton, and they’re busy planning their wedding for June 13, 2009 at St. Angela’s in Fairview Park. When she’s not wedding planning, Jaclyn also works as an outside sales representative at ABF Freight System. She’s been there for three years and has worked her way up after starting as a management trainee in Cincinnati. She’s also a serious weekend warrior, finding time for home improvement on her house in Fairview Park. Just writing all that makes me tired!

Lauren Stockhausen is starting her third year teaching English in Japan, in Fukui Prefecture. This year, she’s been made president of Fukui’s English teachers, and she’ll have the added responsibility of training other teachers. Lauren says she’s traveled all over Japan, as well as Guam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and South Korea. She welcomes visitors from JCU, so hit her up if you’re ever in the neighborhood.

Ryan ’04 and Keira (Doheny) Pack celebrated their one-year anniversary in July of this year. They’re escaping the Cleveland winter in their new home, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Also enjoying the lovely Florida weather — in Fort Myers — are Kate (Cooke) Herman and her husband, Scott. They were married on August 30 of this year and had a great honeymoon in Napa Valley and San Francisco.

Steve and Ali (Smouse) Cieslinski had a beautiful wedding on August 16 in Westfield Center, OH. They’re still living down South, in Manassas, VA, but their friends are hoping they move back to the Buckeye State sometime soon.

J.T. Sturm and Lyndsay (Winkler) Sturm were married on July 12. They live in Medina, where J.T. teaches pre-calculus and coaches the boys’ basketball team. He’s also working on his master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Akron.

Danielle Paulin completed her master’s in medical ethics from Case Western, and is now in her third year of medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. She’s doing rotations in the Cleveland area, and hopes eventually to go into pediatric emergency medicine.

Kaytee Russell got engaged to William Miller in the spring, while the two were visiting New York City. Kaytee is working at the University of Buffalo, doing research on addiction. She and William just bought a home in a Buffalo suburb and are planning to tie the knot in September of next year. Nicole Zuzolo will serve as maid of honor.

How about the rest of you?

Jen

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Fall 2008

Hi everyone. As always, the class of 2005 is on the move. Biology major Frank Tulenko, also ’99, spent this past summer at the RIKEN Institute’s Centre for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan. As a recipient of the East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students’ award, Frank is studying how primitive vertebrates develop. He has joined a research team tracking how cells move and develop in the aquatic lamprey’s early stages of life — the idea is to find out how birth defects occur in humans, and how they might be avoided.

Matt Davenport is finishing up his third year at Manchester College, serving as hall director. This summer, he was the interim associate dean of student development and the director of residential life. He’s now about to move across the country to work at Washington State University as a resident education director, while getting his master’s in higher education administration.

Pete and Hallie (DiVincenzo) Bernini were married on August 4, 2007. Pete is working in sales and studying for a master’s in business administration at Cleveland State University. Hallie is a first grade teacher, having recently received her master’s in education from Ursuline College. The couple lives in Lyndhurst.

Emma (Ghannoum) Ferek recently completed her master’s in early childhood education from good old JCU. She also accepted a first-grade teaching position at Hawken School in Lyndhurst.

I know more of you have news too, so let’s hear it! E-mail me, and in return you get the thrill of seeing your name in print!

Jennifer

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Summer 2008

Hi, everyone. Hope you’re enjoying the nice weather. Just don’t forget to take a break from basking in the Cleveland sun to write to your lonely class columnist. Got a few updates from ’05ers around the country: Natalie Scala is currently studying industrial engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. She just received her master’s degree in December 2007 and is now continuing for a Ph.D.

Andy Guild, a fellow former English major, is now a full-time graduate student in the MBA program at JCU, as well as a graduate assistant for the Boler School of Business. He’s also working as a marketing intern at thunder::tech, a Cleveland-based marketing firm and lives in Cleveland Heights.

Gladymar Guzmán was recently promoted to national account executive for Univision Network in Miami, FL. With this new role she is selling more than 69 Spanish stations in the U.S. She’s looking to receive her master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Florida International University in December 2008.

How about you all out there — let me know about all the exciting things you’re doing!

Jennifer

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Spring 2008

Hey everyone — not much to report this time. Chemistry major Adam Anderson recently started as a technical service representative with Brunswick-based Columbia Chemical, a supplier of zinc plating additives.

In wedding news, Julie Eid got married on July 14, 2007, and she didn’t even have to change her last name! Her husband is Joseph Eid — the two share a very common Lebanese last name, she tells me. They just bought a home in North Royalton. Julie is working at Western Reserve Vision Care as an ophthalmic assistant, and Joseph is an engineer at GE. Best wishes to both of them!

Now for the rest of you, what are you up to? Send me your news!

Jennifer

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Fall 2007

Hey ’05ers — I’ll start this column off with an update from the other side of the world. Our class has a few men in uniform in Iraq, and I was glad to hear from Lt. Jim Fink with some news from them. He’s over there with Lt. Mike Costello and Lt. Brendan Wentz, all with the 1BCT of the 82nd ABN. Lt. Dan Corall is now home after his tour in Iraq with the 3BCT of the 82nd ABN. I’m sure we all wish them the best and look forward to their safe return.

A little bit closer to home, Jess Hackman and Tim Weidel recently got engaged. They’re planning a fall wedding next year in Chicago. Jess has finished her master’s in Community Counseling at Loyola University Chicago. She’s now working at Thresholds, doing homeless outreach. Tim is working on his Ph.D. in philosophy.

Joshua Czerwinski is a third-year medical student at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA. He’s interested in family practice, pediatric oncology and autism. He also recently found out that his research in the field of oncology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in the summer of 2004 was published in the Journal of Immunotherapy. (So take note everybody: if you only get one magazine subscription this year, besides the one you’re reading now of course, make it the Journal of Immunotherapy.)

Michael Adam and Michelle Lynn Franz Canfield were married on August 11 at Immaculate Conception Church in Madison. Michael is currently working as a manager at The Fresh Market in Shaker Heights, and Michelle is a math teacher at Riverside High School in Painesville Township.

Joseph Cooney is working as an account executive at Asurint here in Cleveland.

And last but not least, Ken Fortuna Jr., has been named new program director for Hiram House Camp in Moreland Hills. He’ll be responsible for overseeing the program and counseling staff, scheduling, recruiting new summer camp personnel, programming, and working with area families, schools and educators, as well as retreat groups who visit Hiram House Camp. Sounds like he’s got his work cut out for him.

How about the rest of you? Keep me updated!

Jennifer

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Summer 2007

Hi everyone. I got to see a few people from our class at Lauren Smith’s wedding on July 28. She married Craig Setter, and sadly for their friends in Cleveland, they’ve decided to live in Lauren’s hometown of Pittsburgh. Traitors. Anyway, a few updates for you this time — Kathleen Cooke is living in Fort Myers and working at Chico’s FAS as an E-Marketing consultant.

Meredith Block is working on her master’s in education at JCU, and is set to graduate in 2008.

Jessica Hackman is also getting her master’s in education, at Loyola University Chicago.

Katie Lentz has decided to abandon her friends in Cleveland and move to Chicago too. She’ll be transferring to the Chicago office of Ernst & Young, and I hear she welcomes visitors to her fabulous new apartment in the city.

Taryn Wadsworth-Tomaszewski married Max on August 26, 2006 and this past March they moved to Chicago too (I’m starting to see a pattern here). For any class of ’05ers still in Cleveland, write and tell me what you’ve been up to. Can’t wait to hear!

Jennifer

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Spring 2007

Hi, everyone. I’m writing this column in the week after the shootings at Virginia Tech, and I’m sure that tragedy is on all of our minds right now. Only two years out of school ourselves, we can all sympathize with what those students are dealing with, even though none of us can really comprehend it. We’ll keep those affected in our thoughts and prayers. Not much to report this time — you must all be too busy enjoying the beginning of summer to write to your bored, lonely class columnist.

Janet Kramer started in April in the human resources department of Yahoo Inc. She’s working in Santa Monica, CA, a city that will probably never see a “white Easter,” and I for one am jealous.

Erin Wall fled to California too, and is working as a business and legal coordinator at GRB Entertainment Inc., in Sherman Oaks.

Alicia Sadonick is closer to home, teaching at Citizens’ Academy and living in Fairview Park.

Michael Johnston is working as a field representative for Capital Planners, Inc. in Beachwood.

David Borowske is working at Borowske Builders in North Royalton.

Robyn (Rodock) Abens is living in Galloway, OH, with her husband Todd and is doing membership services work for Kappa Kappa Gamma.

Elisa Corrao is a vendor manager for First American Title Insurance Co. in Cleveland.

Anne Talabisco traveled East to work as a media buyer for Mentzer Media Services Inc. in Maryland.

Those still in school include Matthew Hunt, class of 2008 at Case Western Reserve School of Law, and Denise White, who will graduate from medical school in 2009.

Keep the news coming, people!

Jennifer

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Winter 2007

Thanks, everyone, for responding to my plea for news — I’ve got a ton this time. Jenna Zone and Gary Tucci ’02 were married this October. Jenna is working as the communications associate for the American Red Cross, Greater Cleveland chapter.

Arianne Anderson got engaged to Jamison Hendricks in July while visiting her family in Colorado. They will be married in October 2007. Arianne is also enjoying her new position as managing editor with Babcox Publishing for Counterman magazine.

Anne Talabisco now lives in Baltimore, MD. She moved there in March, after leaving Malone Advertising in Akron. She works as a TV buyer for Mentzer Media Services, a media buying company that places broadcast advertising for political, issue/advocacy, and independent expenditure media campaigns. In the recent elections she aided in the buying for various U.S. Senate, governor, and House of Representatives candidates.

Matt Orlousky is working for North Central Mental Health Services in Columbus.

Julie Kiser Lerner is an assistant manager for Sherwin-Williams and was married to Jeff Lerner ’03 this August. Jeff is working at MasterBolt, a family business. They just bought their first home in North Ridgeville, where they live with their two dogs.

Erica Gilson is a quality control chemist at Anatrace Inc./USB Corporation.

Kristen Robinson is a graduate student at Vanderbilt University, working on a doctorate in clinical psychology. She’s currently doing research on family adjustment to childhood cancer.

Rosena Jackson is working as a check processor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

Kyle Hazen and Michelle Scabilloni are getting married on June 1 in Pittsburgh.

Finally, an update of my own: I just started a new job, as an assistant editor at PR Newswire, working downtown. I’ll be editing business press releases – it’s all very glamorous. Hopefully this will be my last job switch for awhile. Thanks for all of the updates — keep them coming!

Jennifer

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Fall 2006

Hi, all. Lots of news this time: Monica Ference (who gets top billing because she said she likes—and actually reads—the column) was recently engaged to Joe Orlando. They are planning a wedding in August 2008. Monica returned to JCU in the fall to be a graduate assistant in the English department and pursue a master’s in English. Joe is in his second year of law school at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Kelly Wiltshire and Nick Dowling also just got engaged. Their wedding will be October 27, 2007, in Cleveland. Kelly just completed her first year as special events coordinator for the YWCA of Greater Cleveland. She plans fund-raising events, such as an awards luncheon for Cleveland-area executives, golf outings and conferences for women. Nick is a marketing representative at National Interstate in Richfield.

Lauren Stockhausen was accepted into the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program and has moved to Fukui City, Japan. She teaches English at Miyama Junior High School and at a school for the hearing-impaired.

Shawn Robinson is working as a risk consultant with Protiviti. He was recently transferred from the Cleveland office to his hometown of Pittsburgh.

Mike Costello is serving as a platoon leader for C TRP., 3-73 CAV, 82nd Airborne Division, in Fort Bragg, NC. Finally, Ali Smouse switched to working as an HR assistant at YRCI, a government contractor for the Department of Homeland Security, in Fairfax, VA.

Sarah Bravman is starting her master’s in community counseling at JCU. She and Matt Amoroso became engaged on December 25, 2005 in Buenos Aires, Argentina and are planning a January ’08 wedding.

Now, avid readers will know this is the part where I beg you to keep sending me your info. I’m going to start awarding prizes for the most exciting news (example: “I won the Nobel Prize in Physics”), and the most boring news (“Today I woke up at noon and watched a ‘Project Runway’ marathon”). The winning entries will be awarded a mention in this widely-read column. So send in your news!

Jennifer

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Summer 2006

Thanks for the updates, everybody — keep them coming! Here’s what we’ve got this time around … Rachel Achesinski started working for General Electric Plastics in July 2005. … She’s in their two-year Financial Management Program. She relocates to a new location every six months to learn different aspects of the business. She spent her first rotation in Pittsburgh and is now in Parkersburg, WV, doing manufacturing finance. She’s looking forward to her next rotation, which will bring her back to the Cleveland area. … Lisa Collins is living in Canton and doing marketing for Breast Cancer Birds, a company that raises money for breast cancer research. … Ali Smouse recently moved to Manassas, VA, and is working for Qdoba Mexican Grill as Community Partnership director for Northern Virginia. She arranges fund-raisers and gives donations to schools and organizations in the area. She isn’t making any promises, but I have suggested that members of the JCU class of 2005 should be entitled to free guacamole anytime they’re in the area. … Sarah Bravman was engaged to Matias Amoroso on Christmas day 2005 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Starting in the fall, she’ll be back at JCU, working on her master’s in community counseling. … Nick Dowling is working as an assistant manager at Sherwin-Williams in Canton. … Kevin Conway recently started working as an account coordinator at Malone Advertising in Akron. He also plays rugby with the Eastern Suburbs Rugby Football Club. … That’s it for now. Please keep sending me your news. (And if anybody else has a hook-up for free guacamole, be sure to let me know!)

Jennifer

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu

Spring 2006

Hi all! Not much to report this time. Keep sending me your updates or this column is going to get pretty boring.

J.T. Sturm is teaching pre-calculus and integrated math 1 at Medina High School. Outside of the classroom, he is the head junior varsity boys’ basketball coach.

Michael J. Costello is a battalion adjutant at Fort Riley, KS, with the U.S. Army 2-70 AR company.

Dave Summers was recently promoted to sales manager at Best Buy in Mentor. He is the youngest sales manager in the district, and has between 120 and 160 employees under him.

Lauren Connolly is working as a sales representative for American Phone Centers in Cleveland.

Andrew Guild is working in downtown Cleveland for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Amanda Leonberg was recently accepted into the Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, NE, where she’ll start in the fall.

And in wedding news, Lauren Smith recently got engaged to Craig Setter. Lauren is currently in graduate school at Case Western Reserve University. They are planning an August 2007 wedding in Pittsburgh.

Janet Kramer is volunteering full-time with the Episcopal Urban Intern Program and Americorps in Inglewood, CA. She works as an employment specialist at a non- profit called Chrysalis, where she helps homeless people find jobs and get the resources they need to become self- sufficient.

That’s it for now — I love hearing what everybody’s doing, so keep those updates coming!

Jennifer

Jennifer Tolhurst
jtolhurst04@jcu.edu