2007

Dan Lynch married Karen Ruppel in St. Louis.

Dan Lynch married Karen Ruppel in St. Louis.

Winter 2014

It’s great to hear from our classmates.

Dan Lynch married Karen Ruppel in St. Louis June 1, 2013. Dan’s groomsmen included Ryan Lynch ’98, Pat Lynch ’02, Philip Terpolilli, and Andrew Page. After the wedding, the couple relocated from Chicago to San Francisco. Dan is a vice president at J.P. Morgan Private Bank, and Karen is a pharmacist.

Justin and Lili (Morales) Scales moved back to her hometown of Chicago, where they purchased their first condo. Lili accepted the position of director of community relations and resource development for Volunteers of America – Illinois. “I can’t wait to put all of what I learned in JCU’s nonprofit administration program into practice in my hometown of Chicago,” Lili says.

Margaret (Virostek) Gagliardi married Joseph Gagliardi Aug. 31 in Pittsburgh. Several alumni attended the wedding: Frank Palermo ’74; Len Boselovic ’74; Margaret’s father, Joe Virostek ’74; Melissa Walton ’08, who served as a bridesmaid; Sarah Widman; and Andrew Wisniewski ’08. Joe is a systems analyst in pharmacy informatics with The Cleveland Clinic and Margaret is the treatment coordinator for Minich Orthodontics. Margaret and Joe live in University Heights, Ohio.

From left: Frank Palermo ’74, Len Boselovic ’74, Melissa Walton ’08, Margaret Virostek Gagliardi ’07, Joe Virostek ’74, Sarah Widman ’07, and Andrew Wisniewski ’08 were in Pittsburgh for Margaret’s big day.

From left: Frank Palermo ’74, Len Boselovic ’74, Melissa Walton ’08, Margaret Virostek Gagliardi ’07, Joe Virostek ’74, Sarah Widman ’07, and Andrew Wisniewski ’08 were in Pittsburgh for Margaret’s big day.

Thanks for the updates. We look forward to more next issue.

Brittany and Lisa

Lisa Iafelice
liafelice07@jcu.edu

Brittany Bush
bbush07@jcu.edu

Fall 2013
We hope everyone enjoyed this past summer, despite the cooler weather in some areas. As usual, we have great news about many of our classmates. Chris ’06 and Melissa (Eucker) Kulbago proudly welcomed their daughter, Abigail Corrine, into the world July 31, 2013. Abby was 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and 19 inches long. Mom, dad, and big brother Matthew are beyond thrilled and doing well.

James Phillip Zellers

James Phillip Zellers

Another JCU baby was born to Andy and Laura (Disch) Zellers. James Phillip Zellers was born June 4 and weighed 9 pounds, 6 ounces. Congratulations to both sets of parents!

Chris Wasik and Heather Bujnicki lived across the street and three houses down from each other growing up, but didn’t start dating until years later in 2010 when Chris asked her out, as friends, to a wedding in Cleveland. They began a long-distance relationship because he was living in Buffalo, N.Y., while she was in medical school in Pittsburgh. On April 27, 2012, he proposed to her in the middle of the street between their two childhood homes. The couple was married in Buffalo June 1. Heather is a pediatric resident at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, and Chris is a financial analyst at Parexel, both in Baltimore.

Kerry (Miller) Roets was married on June 22 in a backyard ceremony at her childhood home in Portville, N.Y. Her husband, Mike, is a shipping supervisor for SteriTec in Englewood, Colo. Kerry is working as a CPA at Anton Collins Mitchell, LLP in Denver. She moved there after graduating from Carroll to pursue a master’s of taxation, which she completed in August 2008. JCU grads who attended are: Danielle LoGrasso (a bridesmaid), Krystal Brandt, Jaclyn Kaiser, Wendy Godbey, Ed Borowy ’08, Greg ’09 and Victoria (Fejes) Joslin, and Grainne Mohan, who was an exchange student from Ireland in 2003-2004.

Lili (Morales) Scales accepted a position at Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund, a nonprofit organization in Lili’s hometown of Chicago. The fund’s mission is to give high school scholarship assistance and educational support to poor Chicago students. Lili and her husband, Justin Scales, are looking forward to being in Chicago permanently.

Congratulations to Ryan ’08 and Stevie (Wainwright) Riggs, who will be celebrating their one-year wedding anniversary Sept. 29. Eleven people of their 17-person wedding party attended JCU. The couple lives in South Euclid, Ohio, with their 11-month-old Goldendoodle, Ruby. Ryan spends a lot of time traveling as a regional sales manager for Hose Master, and Stevie is a project manager for Swagelok in Solon.

Thanks for the updates. We look forward to more next issue.

Brittany and Lisa

Lisa Iafelice
liafelice07@jcu.edu

Brittany Bush
bbush07@jcu.edu

Summer 2013
We hope everyone has been having an enjoyable summer. Here’s what some of our classmates have been up to:

This May, Christina (Saluan) Moran received a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Akron. For the past three years, Christina also has been the Blue Streaks cheerleading coach.

Nicole (Garofoli) Abate received her real-estate license in May and started an exciting career with Howard Hanna. Nicki says: “One of the goals of my business is to retain JCU grads in Cleveland and suburban areas. This great city has so much to offer. I’m hosting a few buyer and seller cocktail parties at my own home this summer and fall. I’m excited to assist the JCU community with their real-estate needs.”

Mary Gilloon ’08G, who became engaged to Kevin Hartman, works as an accountant at Materion, a specialty metals and coating company. Kevin is a 2003 graduate of Miami University (bachelor’s degree in business administration) who received his master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University in 2009. He’s a plant manager with Nidec Corp, a Japanese manufacturer of electric motors.

Tom O’Flaherty ’08G works as a studio teacher in Los Angeles tutoring child actors on production sets including “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Good Luck Charlie,” and National Geographic’s “Are You Tougher Than A Boy Scout?” Tom also is certified in child labor law and makes sure children work in safe environments and aren’t overworked on set. You can read more about Tom by clicking here.

The JCU alumni chapter network is expanding, and chances are there are great alumni networking activities happening in your city. Check out the chapter site for the calendar of upcoming events. Thanks for the updates. Looking forward to the next column.

Brittany and Lisa

Lisa Iafelice
liafelice07@jcu.edu

Brittany Bush
bbush07@jcu.edu

The Kapkos

Spring 2013
Michael (Akron University ’06) and Samantha (Reefer) Kapko married this past October in Pittsburgh. Guests included JCU alumni Kate (Zemba) Stretar, who was a bridesmaid; Vanessa (Haushalter) Marlin ’06; Stephanie Kinsman; Missy (Kocab) Leonhardt ’08; and Karen (Kozak) ’80 and Mark ’79 Zemba.

Kate and her husband are excited to move back to the Cleveland area. Kate married her high school sweetheart in May 2011 and spent two years in Orlando, Fla., where she worked at the Muscular Dystrophy Association and a cheesecake distributor, The Father’s Table, as a product manager. They enjoy their pups, Chance Charming and Daisy Darling.

From left: Kelly Smith ’08, Jennifer (Whiteleather) Arnold ’07, Ashley (McBride) Taylor ’07, Natalie Volkin ’07, Elizabeth Greene ’07, and Marissa Jennings ’07

Kate (Zemba) Stretar’s Chance Charming and Daisy Darling

Tamara Means was accepted to the University of Alabama and will begin the Master of Library and Information Science program in spring 2013.

Sean and Ashley (McBride) Taylor married Sept. 8, 2012, in Chicago at St. Clement Parish. The couple had their reception at the Metropolitan Club in Willis Tower and celebrated with family and friends, including alums Kelly Smith ’08, Jennifer (Whiteleather) Arnold, Natalie Volkin, Elizabeth Greene, and Marissa Jennings.

The Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society chose Jenna (Cox) Rager as a candidate for its 2013 Woman of the Year. As a candidate, Jenna will raise funds between April 9 and June 21, 2013, for cancer research and patient services. Jenna, who works as a realtor for Coldwell Banker, resides in Cranberry Township, Pa., with her husband, Michael. If you’re interested to learn more about supporting Jenna’s campaign, visit mwoy.org/pages/wpa/pgh13/jcoxtu.

Cox

It was great to hear your news. We look forward to more.

Brittany and Lisa

Lisa Iafelice
liafelice07@jcu.edu

Brittany Bush
bbush07@jcu.edu

Bret and Meghan Simkovich

Winter 2013
We have exciting updates to report. Congratulations, and best wishes to all of you.

Meghan (Podsiadlo) and Bret Simkovich tied the knot Aug. 25, 2012, at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron, Ohio. Willie DeTemple served as the best man. Megan (Kimmich) DeTemple, Blair (Slocum) Summers, and Angela Santoro ’10 also attended the wedding. Bret and Meghan became engaged in Paris under the Eiffel Tower.

Betsy Measer married Chris Jordan Oct. 13, 2012, during a ceremony at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Kenmore, N.Y. A reception followed at Hotel @ The Lafayette in Buffalo. Colleen (Schwab) Bender, Leanne (Dapolito) Miller, Stacey Resavage, and Kari VanDenHaute ’10 were bridesmaids. Betsy’s brother, Greg Measer ’11, was a groomsman. Morgan (Gambone) Trivisonno, Kristina Watt, Christina (Saluan) Moran, Pete Moran ’08, Ashley Pendice, Tom Miller, Bri (McKeown) Claughtery, Cole Claughtery, Kate (Casey) Sciandra, Mike Sciandra ’08G, and Alisa LaPlante ’05 attended the wedding.

Alumni who attended the wedding of Betsy Measer ’07 are (first row from left): Colleen (Schwab) Bender ’07; Christina (Saluan) Moran ’07; Morgan (Gambone) Trivisonno ’07, ‘08G; Kristina Watt ’07, ‘08G; Kate (Casey) Sciandra ’07; Mike Sciandra ’07, ’08G; (second row from left) Coleman Clough- erty ’07; Brianna (McKeown) Clougherty ’07; Stacey Resavage ’07; Alisa LaPlante ’05; Measer; Leanne (Dapolito) Miller ’07; and (back) Tom Miller ’07.

Tarah (Koberna) King started a new job at Laudan Properties in Twinsburg, Ohio, where she works in business development and marketing.

A couple of our classmates have exciting news to share from their Thanksgiving holiday. Krystina (McGiffin) Thomas and her husband, Chris, welcomed their first child, Anna Corinne Thomas, born Nov. 21, 2012.

Kristin Tyler became engaged to Steven Bagnowski ’08 on Thanksgiving Day.

Check the alumni calendar at jcu.edu/alumni for upcoming events near you. Thanks to those who shared your latest news. We can’t wait to hear from our classmates for the next issue.

Brittany and Lisa

Lisa Iafelice
liafelice07@jcu.edu

Brittany Bush
bbush07@jcu.edu

Fall 2012

REUNION YEAR

Nora Elizabeth Barmann

It was wonderful to catch up with everyone at our five-year reunion. From lunch at Jake’s to the formal dinner and dancing under the big tent, it was a fun weekend. For those who weren’t able to attend, we hope you check out the alumni website (jcu.edu/alumni) for your upcoming local chapter events.

At reunion many of us were happy to meet the daughter of Kevin ’06 and Liz (Mahoney) Barmann. The couple welcomed Nora Elizabeth to the world Oct. 22, 2011. The family is happy and healthy.

After four years of volunteering and working in West Virginia, Ashley Boone has moved to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota to teach 11th-grade English (British literature, speech, and journalism) at the Red Cloud Indian School, a Jesuit-Lakota private school.

Nick Kuhar has been busy writing and recording with his band, The Commonwealth, which released its first full-length album, Emerald City Blues, which is No. 40 on the Ohio chart for Bandcamp.com and No. 13 for Cleveland.

Classmates who attended the wedding of Bryn and Meg Yoshida are (from top left): Jonathan Tramontana, Katie (Obloy) Smith, Paul Purdy, Nate Smith, Bryn Yoshida, Meg (Kolupski) Yoshida, and Tim Warner.

Phil Terpolilli let us know Dan Lynch became engaged to Karen Ruppel. The couple is planning a wedding for next June.

Bryn and Meg (Kolupski) Yoshida were married June 10 at St. Joseph’s Church in Penfield, N.Y. The reception was held at Ravenwood Golf Club. Many fellow JCU grads were part of the wedding, including the bride’s brother, Andrew Kolupski ’10, and Tim Warner, who were members of the wedding party. Also participating in their big day were Jonathan Tramontana, who was the photographer, and Paul Purdy, who was a reader. Nate and Katie (Obloy) Smith and Jeff Bradish ’10 also attended. The couple, who honeymooned on Kauai and Hawaii, lives near Seattle.

Andre Campbell – who tied the knot with Roneisha Kinney at Grace Church in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, this past June – works at Penske Logistics in Beachwood. Roneisha teaches at The Intergenerational School in Cleveland.

Many Carroll alumni attended the marriage of Andy Marin and Melissa Work Sept. 15 at Church of the Gesu, including: Bill Fishleigh, Meredith Pretz-Anderson, Alexandra Grubbs, Mallory Blewitt, Gina Benisek, Andy Marin, Tony DeNoi ’04, David Pogachar, Jason Miller, Christopher Kempf, Brian Bremer, Dana Denoi, and Rosanna Violi.

Classmates and friends who attended the wedding of Andy Marin and Melissa Work are (from left): Bill Fishleigh, Meredith Pretz-Anderson, Alexandra Grubbs, Mallory Blewitt, Gina Benisek, Andy Marin, Tony DeNoi ’04, David Pogachar, Jason Miller, Christopher Kempf, and Brian Bremer. Dana DeNoi and Rosanna Violi are in front.

Congratulations, and best wishes to everyone with exciting changes in their lives.

Brittany and Lisa

Lisa Iafelice
liafelice07@jcu.edu

Brittany Bush
bbush07@jcu.edu

Summer 2012

REUNION YEAR

We’re excited to share what our classmates have been up to.

Coleman Clougherty and Mark Razzante will be doing their residency at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland. Coleman graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine with a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.), and Mark graduated from the California School of Podiatry.

Carmen Murphy, an intervention specialist for Mahoning County, works with emotionally disabled students K-12.

Kumazec

Robert Kumazec became the principal of Lake Catholic High School in Mentor, Ohio, when the former principal retired. Robert had been the religious studies teacher at Lake Catholic. In an email announcing Robert’s new position, Lake Catholic President Sal Miroglotta ’80 said: “He’s a wonderful teacher and connects with the students. He’s going to be a marvelous leader.” One of things Miroglotta likes most about Kumazec is his strong personal faith commitment. “He understands what Catholic schools are supposed to be about,” Miroglotta says.

Robert Clines received a Fulbright Fellowship to complete research for his doctoral dissertation at Syracuse University. He’ll research Jesuit missions to the Ottoman Empire, 1550-1650, at the Jesuit archives in Rome.

Congrats to our classmates who became engaged or married. Kristina Watt is engaged to Kevin Hocevar.

An October wedding in Pittsburgh is being planned by Samantha Reefer and her fiance, Michael Kapko, both of Stow, Ohio. Samantha is working as a vendor account manager with Provantage LLC in North Canton. Michael, a 2006 graduate of the University of Akron, is employed as a contract analyst for FedEx Supply Chain Systems in Hudson.

Kristal Reis, a counselor at Upper Sandusky High School in Ohio, is engaged to Chad Dunlap from Tiffin, Ohio. The couple’s wedding was July 13, 2012.

Justin and Genna (Andrews) Kingon married Nov. 5, 2011, at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh, N.C. Their reception was held at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Fellow JCU grads Angela Hughes and Angela Puma were part of the bridal party. Genna completed her Ph.D. at N.C. State University in the chemistry department. She was awarded a two- year National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Postdoctoral Traineeship in Curriculum in Toxicology at the University of North Carolina in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Justin is a high school science teacher in Raleigh. The couple, who honeymooned in Belize, reside with their German Shorthaired Pointer in Chapel Hill.

Krista Corabi is engaged to Steve Spence ’08. They’re planning a wedding to take place May 25, 2013, in Pittsburgh, where they reside.

Thanks to everyone for sharing their great news.

Brittany and Lisa

Lisa Iafelice
liafelice07@jcu.edu

Brittany Bush
bbush07@jcu.edu

Krol

Spring 2012

REUNION YEAR

We have wonderful wedding and baby news, but don’t forget to send us updates about grad school, jobs, trips, or anything else about which you’re proud.

Jonathan Krol joined Reminger Co., LPA as an associate. Jonathan, who’s a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, practices in the areas of employment and labor law, professional liability, and general liability. After leaving JCU, Jonathan graduated summa cum laude from the Cleveland- Marshall College of Law, served as a member of the Cleveland State Law Review (publications editor), and was nominated Outstanding Editor of the Year in 2011. During his law school career, Jonathan earned various distinctions and honors, including the Sidney A. Levine Award for Best Paper in a Legal Writing Course in 2010 and the Faculty Award for Highest Academic Grade Average, Class of 2011.

Kelly Kookoothe Carroll’s wedding (from left): Brian Utrup ’95, Cate (Utrup) Gunderson ’00, Ray Utrup ’12, Lauren DeGrave ’12, Carroll, Bob Utrup ’12, Cari (Demharter) Utrup ’95, Cormac DeLaney ’71, and Colleen Kookoothe ’06.

The West Geauga School District received a grant from the Ohio Department of Education and hired Sarah Widman as the district’s bullying prevention program coordinator. Sarah, who interned and served as a long-term substitute guidance counselor in the district the previous school year, will spend time working with students to develop evidence- based prevention and intervention strategies for use by staff, parents, and the community.

Kelly (Kookoothe) Carroll married Pat Dec. 31, 2011, in Toledo, Ohio. Many JCU grads attended, including: Cormac DeLaney ’71, Brian ’95 and Cari (Demharter) ’95 Utrup, Cate (Utrup) Gunderson ’01, Colleen (Kookoothe) Grady ’06, and Lauren DeGrave ’12.

Coleman Thomas Clougherty

Chris ’06 and Melissa (Eucker) Kulbago proudly welcomed their son, Matthew Thomas, into the world Sept. 25, 2011. Matthew was 7 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 18.75 inches long. Mom, dad and baby are doing well.

Coleman Thomas Clougherty was born Dec. 8, 2011. He weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 inches long. Coleman and Brianna (McKeown) Clougherty said he’s a healthy and happy baby and they’re just thrilled.

Rocco Valentine Abate

Since graduating from Carroll, Meg Kolupski received her master’s in marine science from the University of San Diego, studying sedimentation on coral reefs in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Bryn Yoshida graduated with his doctorate of physical therapy from the University of St. Augustine in California. In April 2011, Bryn proposed to Meg. Their wedding will take place in New York this coming June. Meg and Bryn moved to Washington for jobs.

Veda Dorothy Oing

Brandon ’06 and Lyndi (Startari) Oing welcomed a baby girl, Veda Dorothy Oing Dec. 3, 2011.

Rocco Valentine Abate was born to Eric and Nicki (Garofoli) Abate Dec. 5, 2011.

Byron Durk married Michelle Munoz Aug. 6, 2011. Elizabeth Smietana was one of the bridesmaids. Nicole Karlak ’06 and Anthony Capezzuto ’06 also attended the wedding. Byron received his master’s in education from Baldwin-Wallace College in spring of 2011. Byron and Michelle live in South Florida.

Byron Durk ’07 married Michelle Munoz Aug. 6, 2011.

As you hopefully have heard by now, our five- year reunion is approaching quickly. It will be taking place June 15-17 on campus. There are plenty of fun events to attend, whether you’re able to come for just one dinner or the entire weekend. Luckily, there’s child care available for all babies. Contact us directly or visit jcu.edu/reunion for more information and to register. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone there.

Brittany and Lisa

Lisa Iafelice
liafelice07@jcu.edu

Brittany Bush
bbush07@jcu.edu

Winter 2011
Reunion Year
We’re looking forward to our five-year reunion June 15-17, 2012. Several of our classmates have volunteered to help make the reunion a memorable event by joining the reunion committee. Stay updated on Facebook by joining the “JCU Class of 2007” group and on Twitter by using the #JCU07 hash tag.

In July, Samantha Reefer became engaged to Michael Kapko, a 2006 graduate of the University of Akron. They’re planning to wed in fall 2012.

On July 9, Maria DePiero married Ryan Scavinski, an Ohio University graduate. They had a beautiful wedding ceremony at St. Anthony of Padua in their hometown of Parma, Ohio. They live in Can- ton, Ohio. Maria teaches fifth grade in the Jackson Local Schools, and Ryan is a bioanalytical chemist in Ashland. Maria also shared exciting news that Amber Repp became engaged to Justin Barnhart, an Ohio Northern graduate, this summer. They’re planning to wed in late 2012. Amber graduated with her master’s in library and information science from Kent State this year and is working at the Akron Law Library as a reference librarian.

Dan Pollick ’07 (left) and friends took a 13-day trip to Spain and visited Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, San Sebastián, and Vitoria.

This summer, Dan Pollick took a 13-day trip to Spain and visited Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, San Sebastián, and Vitoria. But the centerpiece of the trip was visiting Pam- plona during the Sanfermines festival. On July 6, he took part in the century-old tradition of the half-mile Running of the Bulls through the streets of Pamplo- na. He said the trip was an experience of a lifetime.

Aubrey Hess ’06 and James Hofmann married Oct. 15 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Westerville, Ohio. Aubrey is a senior instructional designer for Omnipath in Dublin, Ohio.

Congrats to Eric and Nicki (Garofoli) Abate, who expected their first child – a boy – around Thanksgiving, and to Brandon ’06 and Lyndi (Startari) Oing, who are expecting their first child this month.

Classmates attending a NASCAR race in North Carolina

Paul Purdy, Laura Shoemaker, Jenn Gore, and Alan Leber visited Carolyn Minnock in North Carolina and attended a NASCAR race.

Lily Fong is working in admissions at Carroll as assistant director of inter- national recruiting, a new initiative. She covers the South East region of Asia. Check out the international admission page for more information – sites.jcu.edu/international/.

Congrats to Jeannine Stiglitz, who married Mark Marong Sept. 24 in Erie, Pa. Members of the wedding party included Krystina McGiffin Thomas, Christina Phillis, and Lauren Epprecht ’08. Rosanna Violi, Laura Pareso, and Chris Hooton ’08 also attended.

Jeannine Stiglitz married Mark Marong Sept. 24 in Erie, Pa.

Brittany Storad accepted a job promotion at Integra Spine as a field inventory specialist and will be relocating to Vista, Calif.

Tara Henderson, who earned her master’s of education in 2007 from John Carroll, has been serving on the faculty at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland for the past five years. She’s a member of the boys’ soccer coaching staff, which is one of the most successful programs in Ohio and the nation. Henderson was inducted into the Norwood High School Athletic Hall of Fame and the Tusculum College Sports Hall of Fame.

Thanks for sharing.

Brittany and Lisa

Lisa Iafelice
liafelice07@jcu.edu

Brittany Bush
bbush07@jcu.edu

Fall 2011
It’s difficult to believe it’s been four years since we graduated, but we’re excited to update everyone about what our classmates have been doing. Brain and Erin (Grzegorzewski) ’09G Pender married in Cleveland and celebrated with friends and family, including many JCU alumni. Brian and Erin live in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. Brian works as a business analyst for GE Healthcare Financial Services, and Erin teaches fourth grade in a Chicago public school on the city’s South Side.

Brian and Erin (Grzegorzewski) ’09G Pender married in Cleveland.

Another class couple that tied the knot this summer is Jessica Gibbons and David Sypert. After graduation, Jessica earned her master’sand psychology specialist degree from Cleveland State University. She’s a school psychologist with the West Branch Local School District. David spent one year at Cleveland Clinic doing medical research before starting medical school at Ohio University. He’s completing a two-year rotation at Saint Joseph Health Center in Warren, Ohio.

Patrice Payne married Rob Ayling. The ceremony was held at St. Pascal Baylon in Highland Heights, Ohio. Patrice’s bridesmaids included classmates Abigail Hnath and Laura Violante. Patrice and Rob live in Richmond Heights, Ohio. Patrice is employed by Park Place Technologies as an account manager.

Laura Pareso married Bobby Houston in Washington, Pa., during Memorial Day weekend. Genna Andrews, Brittany Bush, Rosanna Violi, Kenny Poleski, Jeannine Stiglitz, Jessica Kramer, Luz E. Betancourt, Jonathan Sattelmeyer, Christina Phillis, and Chris Hooton ’08 attended the wedding. Laura graduated in May from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and has begun her residency at University Health System in San Antonio.

Chris Eyring ’05 and Jillian Dansko are engaged and excited to be planning their wedding, which will take place in the fall of 2012.

Nick Kuhar passed along exciting news about his band, The Commonwealth, which released its debut album, “Souvenir.” The band has received a great response from Cleveland radio, including its lead single, “Elephant,” which has been featured on WKRK 92.3. You can find more information about the band, including clips from the album, at http://thecommonwealth-music.bandcamp.com.

Andrea Ball graduated cum laude from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. While at Case, Andrea was named to the dean’s list each semester and was an executive articles editor for the Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law. She was selected as the first-place winner in the Hofstra University School of Law 2011 Family Law Writing Competition. Andrea has accepted a job offer with Thompson Hine LLP in Cleveland.

Thanks to everyone who shared their news. Keep it coming.

Brittany and Lisa

Lisa Iafelice
liafelice07@jcu.edu

Brittany Bush
bbush07@jcu.edu

Summer 2011

There’s plenty of wonderful news to share. Here’s the latest: Alena Neton ’06, Jenny Sopkovich, and Heather Rainey have been matched into residency positions from The Ohio State University Medical School. Alena will complete a family medicine residency at the Lawrence (Mass.) Family Health Center. Jenny is pursuing dermatology at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Heather will continue her training at Ohio State in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Molly McCracken, who’s engaged to Elliot Spaeder, is planning a wedding for Aug. 13, 2011, in Erie, Pa., with a reception to follow at the lodge at Peek’n Peak Resort and Spa. Molly received her M.B.A. from Gannon University in 2009 and works at the university. Elliot is a division manager with William T. Spaeder Company.

Congratulations to Tom and Leanne (D’Apolito) Miller who welcomed a baby girl, Clara Rose, into the world March 14, 2011.

Classmates at Laura Pareso’s bridal shower and bachelorette party

Diana Abdalla, Rosanna Violi, Luz Betancourt, Jeannine Stiglitz, Brittany Bush, and Christina Phillis recently gathered in Washington, Pa., to attend Laura Pareso’s bridal shower and bachelorette party. I won’t divulge anything. Let’s just say what happens at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino stays at The Meadows. However, we’re all five-star chefs now – filet mignon with a béarnaise sauce and lobster bisque, no problem. Diana recently graduated from Drexel University with a doctorate in physical therapy and will be moving to Washington. Christina, an adviser for John Carroll’s Kappa Kappa Gamma chapter, works as a medical trade magazine associate editor and website manager. Read the next column for more updates after Laura’s wedding in May.

Cliff Moore and Katie Conlisk are planning a summer wedding.

Katie Conlisk married Cliff Moore Aug. 13, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio. Angelica Yezzi and Terry Conlisk ’05 are members of the wedding party. Cliff plans to graduate from The Ohio State University Dental School in June. The couple will be relocating to Wilmington, N.C., where Katie will attend graduate school for sports management and Cliff will practice dentistry with the Navy.

Megan (Beatty) Ursick ’06 is graduating this June from The Ohio State College of Dentistry and will be returning to the Cleveland area to practice.

Thanks for sharing.

Brittany and Lisa

Lisa Iafelice
liafelice07@jcu.edu

Brittany Bush
bbush07@jcu.edu

Spring 2011

We hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season and had the opportunity to spend time with family and friends.

The Kern-Andrews wedding

Margo (Kern) Andrews married Jon Andrews Sept. 4, 2010, in Kalamazoo, Mich. Alex Kern ’06 was the maid of honor, and Liz Selan was a bridesmaid. Beth Wall ’08 contributed her beautiful singing talent to the ceremony. There were 14 JCU alumni who attended the reception, so they decided to get together and take a picture to show their Carroll pride.

Krista Corabi, who passed the Pennsylvania bar exam in October 2010, is working as an associate attorney at Summers, McDonnell, Hudock, Guthrie, and Skeel, P.C. in Pittsburgh.

Michelle Manzoian, who graduated from Notre Dame Law School in May 2010, is employed as an attorney with Baker Hostetler in Cleveland. Michelle is engaged to Joe Huigens, who graduated from Purdue in 2004. The couple is busy planning an August wedding.

Kelly Kookoothe became engaged to Pete Carroll and is excited to be planning their New Year’s Eve wedding.

Colleen Schwab Bender married Thomas Bender from Buffalo, N.Y., Oct. 9, 2010, in Buffalo. Betsy Measer, Leanne (D’Apolito) Miller, and Stacey Resavage served as bridesmaids. Nicki (Garofoli) Abate, Eric Abate, Nicole Jurich, Brianna (McKeown) Clougherty, and Cole Clougherty attended, too.

Rhiannon Lathy Decker let us know Dan and Missy (Gorski) Matusicky were married in Saint Francis Chapel on JCU’s campus Dec. 18, with many other JCU alumni attending.

Angelica Yezzi has relocated to Columbia, S.C., where she’s employed as a guidance counselor, lead interventionist, and cheerleading coach in the Lexington One School District. She’s engaged to Ray Greiner (he proposed July 16, 2010). Their wedding date is set for July 3, 2011, in Cleveland.

Jenny Sopkovich will graduate from The Ohio State University College of Medicine June 12, 2011. Her official match day is March 17, when she’ll find out where she’ll be doing her dermatology residency.

Violi and Biden

Rosanna Violi recently met Vice President Joe Biden at an event she attended as the Neighbor Team Leader for her community during the Ted Strickland campaign this fall. She says they had a good conversation about Jesuit education and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Biden’s son was a JV in the same city she was. Rosanna, who’s the assistant administrator for Perrysburg Township, says her job is so multifaceted it’s difficult to describe; but essentially she assists with supervising the daily operations of the township, including budget, public relations, and labor relations.

Best wishes for 2011, and keep sending us news.

Brittany and Lisa

Lisa Iafelice
liafelice07@jcu.edu

Brittany Bush
bbush07@jcu.edu

Winter 2010

Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner and Lauren Reid ’07

Lots of exciting news. Jennifer Scott completed her final year of full-time volunteer service at AmeriCorps VISTA as a leader with Ohio Campus Compact. In September, she’ll be working for the Social Security Administration as a claims representative in Akron, Ohio.

Ashley Boone is working as a full- time volunteer at the Alderson Hospitality House, a nonprofit bed-and-breakfast serving families visiting inmates at the women’s Federal Prison Camp in Alderson, W.Va.

Tim Slivka ’07 and Erin Kobrinski ’07

Lauren Reid graduated from George Mason University in May 2009 with a master’s in public policy. She’s working in the Office of Financial Stability at the U.S. Department of the Treasury in Washington, D.C. Lauren, who’s engaged to be married to M. Tyson Brown, is planning a December 2011 wedding in Cleveland.

Jeannine Stiglitz graduated from the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program from Chatham University in Pittsburgh in August 2010. She accepted a position in digestive disease at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Mary Harrington, daughter of Mark Harrington ’78, married Nicholas Traut June 20, 2009. Mary’s brother, James Harrington ’09, and his wife, Jocelyn Hoffman ’08 and ’09 M.Ed., were members of the wedding party. Mary is a fifth grade teacher at Milan Elementary and a varsity cheerleading coach. Nick, a 2006 graduate of Toledo, is a mechanical engineer at Lewco in Sandusky, Ohio.

On July 10, Tim Slivka and Erin Kobrinski were united in marriage at Saint Francis Chapel. Marissa Jennings, Krista Corabi, Jennifer Sopkovich, Matt Baumann ’08, Tristan Tripodi, Patrick Keller, and Greg Bonitatibus were members of the wedding party. Guests included: Kelly D’Amato ’08, Janine Solomon ’06, Patrick Bittel ’04, Steve Spence ’08, Megan Annes, Nicole Jurich, Ashley Marsteller ’09, Cara Sharbaugh, Amy Zettle, Taylor Burton ’09, Brandon Detzel ’09, Lauren Baldarelli ’10, Jim Cosgriff, Mike Cuddy, Dan Pollick, Chris Wasik, Jeremy Kemp, Kim Herbst, JC Mudd, Derek Norris, Chris Branchen ’08, Phil Jancosko, BJ Lechner ’69, Matt Lechner ’95, and Dennis Chevalier ’83. The couple resides in Manchester, N.H.

Jenny Dambrosio and her husband JJ Cooper.

On Sept. 11 in Youngstown, Ohio, Mara Boak married Carmen Geosano. Wedding attendees included Natalie Volkin, Amanda Redwine, Elizabeth Greene, Lindsay Deering, Carmen Murphy, Dan Brown ’06, and Joe Ziegler ’08G. Mara, who works for Boak & Sons, just passed the CPA exam and is living in South Euclid, Ohio.

Jenny Dambrosio married JJ Cooper at Saint Francis Chapel July 31. Gina Benisek, Nina Dambrosio ’06, Meredith Pretz-Anderson, and Kelly Cooper ’09 were members of the wedding party. Dave Graves contributed his music talents to the ceremony.

Mike Cuddy, Tristan Tripodi, Derek Norris, Chris Branchen, Jim Cosgriff, Tim Slivka, Chris Wasik, Matt Baumann, Phil Jancosko, JC Mudd, Patrick Keller, and Dan Pollick took their fourth annual trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., during the week of May 15. A laser-tag facility was given a substantial donation to help keep its doors open, and several local drinking establishments were frequented to help the local economy thrive. However, the week wasn’t all serious business. The guys were able to get in a few golf games, and Derek Norris led the charge with three birdies.

A group from the class took their fourth annual trip to Myrtle Beach in May.

Thanks for sharing.

Brittany and Lisa

Lisa Iafelice
liafelice07@jcu.edu

Brittany Bush
bbush07@jcu.edu

Fall 2010

Whether it’s wedding, engagement, or higher education news, congratulations are in order for many of our classmates. Justin Scales ’08 proposed to Lili Morales June 20 in Chicago. No wedding date has been finalized, but they’ve been cherishing the moment as a newly engaged couple.

Megan Beatty ’06 married Matthew Ursick March 20. Gloria Gyimah was the maid of honor. Megan is finishing her last year at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry.

Maria DePiero and Ryan Scavinski were engaged this past Christmas and are planning a wedding July 9, 2011.

Captain Justin Heinrich ’06 (left), logistical officer for TF 5-5 ADA, and First Lieutenant Michael Frye ’07, 1st Armor Division general’s aide in Baghdad, Iraq.

Connie (Selent) Moores and Randall Moores celebrated their second wedding anniversary in December 2009, just a few days after Randall returned from a year-long deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The couple lives on post in Fort Hood, Texas, where Randall works as the logistics officer for 1-5 CAV and Connie works as an orientation and mobility specialist for the Ft. Hood/Killeen School District. Randall and Connie expect a baby boy late this month.

Lauren Fraser, who’s a resident minister at Carroll, will begin studies for her graduate degree in pastoral ministry at the University of Dayton.

Karri Peck let us know she and the following John Carroll grads recently received their law degrees from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law: Joseph Corsaro ’06, Katherine Gallagher ’03, Sergey Kats, Matthew O’Brien ’04, Patrick O’Connor ’06, Brian Scherf ’06, Joseph Shininger ’03, Maya Simek ’04, Christopher St. Marie ’02, and Ashley Sylvester ’06. Also receiving law degrees were Jilliann Armstrong, who graduated in May from Northwestern University School of Law, and Krista Corabi, who graduated from Duquesne University School of Law.

Best of luck to everyone, and as always, don’t forget to send us your news.

Brittany and Lisa

Lisa Iafelice
liafelice07@jcu.edu

Brittany Bush
bbush07@jcu.edu

Summer 2010

Here’s the latest – Sean McClure married Elissa Flynn on Sept. 19, 2009, at the Duke Chapel in Durham, NC. The reception followed at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club. The couple honeymooned in Hawaii. Sean is completing his final year as a law student at Duke. In the fall, Sean will be an associate at Latham and Watkins LLP in San Diego. Elissa is a law clerk for the Honorable James C. Dever III, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Katie Obloy and Nathan Steven became engaged and are planning a wedding for May 30 at the rose garden in Mill Creek Park in Youngstown. Katie is an internal auditor with Universal American in Solon, OH, and Nathan is a middle school science teacher at Summit Academy in Elyria, OH.

Joe Gehring and Kara Radie are engaged and planning a wedding at Gesu Church in University Heights for June 2011.

Matthew and Megan (Beatty) ’06 Ursick married on Mar. 20. Gloria Gyimah was the maid of honor.

Michael Bogden will graduate with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Walsh University on May 2, and will then start an 18-month physical therapy sports medicine residency at the Cleveland Clinic.

Jonathan and Jennifer (DiNapoli) Kosmata married on Feb. 12 in Sarasota, FL, where they currently reside. Jonathan is a 2007 graduate of Baldwin-Wallace. … Congratulations to everyone on their exciting news and thanks for keeping us up-to-date!

Lisa and Brittany

Lisa Iafelice
liafelice07@jcu.edu

Brittany Bush
bbush07@jcu.edu

Spring 2010

As we promised in the last issue, here are some of the details of the Brianna McKeown and Cole Clougherty wedding! The couple was married at the Church of St. Dominic in Shaker Heights, OH, on July 18, 2009. Tim Ryan served as best man, with Mark Razzante and Michael McKeown ’05 as groomsmen. The reception was at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel and was attended by the following JCU grads: Danielle Kensinger, Chrissy Pratt, Leanne D’Apolito, Tom Miller, Stacey Resavage, Betsy Measer, Colleen Schwab, Nicki (Garofoli) and Eric Abate, Julie Waring, Nicole Jurich, Kate Casey, Mike Sciandra, Tristan Tripodi, John Taddeo, Meghan Betz ’06, Steph Engel ’06, Jenna Saraniti ’06, Steve McIntosh ’06, Kate Seavers ’06, Rebecca Taft ’06, Justin Ragor ’06, Scott Wiles ’05, and Eric Domin ’05. The couple then traveled to Coronado, CA, for their honeymoon before returning to their home in North Royalton, OH.

Another newly married JCU couple is Christina Saluan and Pete Moran ’08. Christina and Pete were wed on Aug. 1, 2009, at Immaculate Conception Church in Willoughby, OH. They later celebrated at the American Croatian Lodge in Eastlake, OH.

Katie Conlisk became engaged to Cliff Moore, a graduate of Miami University, this past August, and is excited to be planning a September 2011 wedding.

Krystina McGiffin and Christopher Thomas exchanged vows at Holy Family Church on July 11. The reception took place at Mr. Anthony’s Banquet Centre in Boardman, OH, and the couple honeymooned at St. Thomas before returning to their home in Middleburg Heights, OH. Krystina’s bridesmaids included Christina Phillis and Jeannine Stiglitz.

Tom Miller and Leanne D’Apolito were married on January 15, 2010, in a candlelight ceremony at St. Luke Church in Youngstown, OH. The wedding was attended by the following JCU alums and students: Betsy Measer, Colleen Schwab, Stacey Resavage, Megan Handel, Brianna McKeown Clougherty, Coleman Clougherty, Larry Sammartino ’08, Tim Reigrut, Dave Sypert, Jessica Gibbons, Nicki (Garofoli) and Eric Abate, Adrienne Petrella ’10, and Jordan Petrella ’06.

Lauren Fraser has returned to Carroll as a resident minister for the first-year women in Pacelli Hall. She says that she is very happy to be back on campus.

This past summer, Margo Kern completed an accelerated second degree nursing program at Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, IN. She is currently working at a family practice office in Kalamazoo, MI. Margo was also recently engaged to Jon Andrews, Western Michigan University ’06, and is planning a wedding for September 2010.

Gina Benisek started teaching fourth grade this year at St. Monica’s in Garfield Heights, OH.

Lucia Biasiotta has a new position as an account executive at a small technology company in Cleveland, OH, and is training to get her yoga certification to instruct. She is also looking forward to an exciting trip to Spain this summer.

Congratulations to everyone on their wonderful news, and best wishes to all of the recently engaged and newly married couples! We look forward to hearing more news.

Lisa and Brittany

Lisa Iafelice
liafelice07@jcu.edu

Brittany Bush
bbush07@jcu.edu

Winter 2009

Congratulations to those who are recently engaged or married! Lisa Iafelice and Dave Catalano tied the knot on Sept. 25 with a beautiful ceremony at Saint Francis Chapel. Dave’s brother John Catalano ’04 served as best man; Brent McWhorter and Brittany Bush were members of the wedding party. The reception was held at Pine Ridge Country Club in Wickliffe, OH. Those who attended included Dan Greene ’08, Lance Zink, Mark Ross, Jon Dittrich, Nick Turner, Jimmy Stradiot, Ashley Pendice, Kari VanDenHaute ’10, Matt McKinnon, Chris Day, and Patrice Payne. Lisa and Dave spent the following week on a honeymoon in Aruba and will live in their recently purchased home in Lyndhurst, OH. Chris ’06 and Melissa (Eucker) Kulbago were married on Aug. 1. Tom Albani served as best man. Guests included Phil Muscarella ’06, Matt Hancak ’06, Mike Hancak ’05, Michelle Lapp ’06, Pat Feeley ’05, Beth (Barrett) Eucker ’04, Marie Semple ’09, Beth (Ray) Lynch ’05, Matt Lynch ’06, Jim Kaliszewski ’06, and Nate Szabo ’06. Melissa and Chris had a wonderful Hawaiian honeymoon and look forward to purchasing their first home in the near future. Michelle Anderson MA’09 and Mario Petitti ’04 MED ’08 are getting married Jan. 1, 2010. Michelle is still working at American Greetings as a marketing analyst; she works with Jenny Dambrosio, Kristin Barclay ’03, and Jenny Merriman ’09. Ryan Mekota is in his first year of a doctoral program for clinical psychology at Roosevelt University in Chicago, and is engaged to be married next September to Diana Orabovic ’09. Several alumni met up to tailgate and catch a Pirates vs. Indians game for the Pittsburgh City Club’s JCU alumni night at PNC Park in June, including Kristi Hosko ’06, Dan O’Malley, Innocent Edache, Shawn Robinson ’05, Jake Oresick ’06, and Will O’Neill ’08.

Lili Morales was promoted to assistant director of enrollment at John Carroll and says this year is quite an exciting time for Carroll and the Enrollment Division.

Kelly Kookoothe is working in Loveland, OH, as a licensed funeral director/embalmer.

Samantha Reefer is a product manager for the Consumer Division of Jenne Distributors and living in Westlake, OH.

Nicole Garner has been very busy this year as she finished a master’s in philosophy at Cleveland State. She became an adjunct professor of philosophy at Notre Dame College and the historian for the Society for Women in Philosophy, Eastern Division. Nicole spoke at the National Popular Culture conference as well as at the Canadian and Eastern divisions of the Society for Women in Philosophy conference. She published an article titled “Breaking the Boundaries of Activism: (Un)Engaging Elitist Conceptions and (Re)Claiming Activist Histories of the Oppressed” in MP: A Feminist Online Journal. In addition, Nicole started a second master’s program in modern European studies back at Carroll. … We love all the good news!

Lisa and Brittany

Lisa Iafelice
liafelice07@jcu.edu

Brittany Bush
bbush07@jcu.edu

Fall 2009

As it’s been two years since we graduated on the quad, we hope those of you who attended our two-year Reunion enjoyed celebrating with classmates and friends on the quad!

This fall, Warren Ciabattoni will be attending George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, and John Finley will be attending the School of Visual Arts in New York City and receive his MFA in Interaction Design.

Congratulations to those who are engaged and have recently gotten married! Brittany Krist was married on June 6, 2009, to Daniel Behrens, a graduate of Cleveland State University; they are living in Richmond Heights, OH. Eileen Cooper, a bridesmaid in the wedding, is engaged to Robert Reed, a graduate of Kent State University. Eileen and Robert will be married on October 10, 2009, and will live in Euclid, OH. On June 5, Jenny Dambrosio became engaged to J.J. Cooper; they are planning a wedding July 31, 2010, at Saint Francis Chapel. Gennifer Licate Dzura and John Dzura tied the knot on June 13. Audrey Gedeon and Connie Selent Moores were both in the wedding; in attendance were Katie Purdy, Jillian Hrdy, Lindsay Deering, Jenna Cox, and Elizabeth Greene.

Jennifer Whiteleather is working as an account executive at LondyLawrence Advertising in Columbus, OH. Jennifer and Bryan Arnold were married on July 24 at the Whetstone Park of Roses in Columbus. Bryan is a graduate of Wittenberg University, is employed as assistant lacrosse coach at Wittenberg, and is youth director at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Springfield, OH.

Trista Barnhart is living in Fairfax County, VA, outside of DC. She finished her second year of teaching high school algebra and geometry at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Trista is the junior-varsity volleyball coach and the varsity assistant basketball coach. Trista’s fiancé, Matt, popped the question in August 2008; they just bought their first home in March and are busy planning a wedding for 2010. It was great to hear from everyone! If you are on Facebook, check out the JCU 2007 class column group.

Lisa and Brittany

Lisa Iafelice
liafelice07@jcu.edu

Brittany Bush
bbush07@jcu.edu

Summer 2009

We have lots of exciting news this issue! It was great to hear from everyone

Keep the information coming. Jessica Lubrano is working for a company in Westlake, OH, called Wellington Technologies, Inc. She is now the executive assistant to the president/CEO of the company and loves it!

Jenny Dambrosio will be finishing her master’s in business with a concentration in marketing from Cleveland State this August, and she’ll walk in December. She is currently working with Michelle Anderson and Kristin Barclay ’03 at American Greetings on the Walmart Merchant Card Team. They also sit together, which they think is fun!

Dan Pollick will be moving to Baltimore to take a McCormick in-house position as an account executive for his company MatchPoint Marketing. Also, Dan and some of our fellow graduates just finished a month-long fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. They raised over $3,500 for the foundation (enough to grant a wish) through local volunteer events in Pittsburgh. Those who helped raise the money include Patrick Keller, Jeremy Kemp, Kevin Elliott, John “Rudy” Rudell ’08, Mariana Samanez ’06, Derek Norris, and Chris Wasik. You can check out the website they developed at www.mustachepgh.com. Great job, everyone!

Jennifer Scott will be entering her third year with AmeriCorps VISTA with Ohio Campus Compact, and she has been promoted to VISTA Leader for her third term. Her first year was at Mount Union and her second (and third) at  Notre Dame College.

We also have plenty of exciting engagement news! Christa Arkebauer was recently engaged to Aaron Pumerantz, and they are planning a December 2010 wedding. Christa will graduate from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine with a master’s in biomedical sciences, and Aaron will graduate from PCOM with his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, both in 2009. They plan to move to Washington, DC, after graduation.

Brianna McKeown and Cole Clougherty were engaged in early November 2008 and will be married this July. More details to come after the wedding.

Bob Blazunas ’92 let us know that his son Frank Blazunas became engaged to Nao Tsuzuki, Christmas 2007, and they are planning a wedding for the latter part of 2009. Frank spent his junior year studying in Japan at one of JCU’s sister universities, and this is where Nao and he met. Frank is working for Bank of America. Nao works as a childcare specialist in Japan, and they plan to reside in Northeast Ohio after the wedding.

Krystina McGiffin was recently engaged to Christopher Thomas. The bride and groom plan to be married on July 11 at Holy Family Church. Krystina is the communications coordinator for Nationwide Better Health in Solon. Mr. Thomas is a social studies teacher and swim coach at Normandy High School of Parma City Schools.

Rhiannon Lathy and Alex Decker were engaged in May 2008 and will be getting married Aug. 8, 2009, in Traverse City, MI. Rhiannon will be graduating with an M.A. in English from JCU in August, and Alex is getting his master’s in education from Ursuline this May. … Congratulations to everyone and best of luck! Don’t forget: Our class has been invited to the first-ever 2-year Reunion at Carroll from June 19-21, 2009! Not too late to attend – please contact Carla Gall ’05, reunion coordinator, at cgall@jcu.edu or 216-397-1592, to register. We are looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Lisa and Brittany

Lisa Iafelice
liafelice07@jcu.edu

Brittany Bush
bbush07@jcu.edu

Spring 2009

Are you looking for a way to get together with all your Carroll friends? JCU will be inviting our class to the first ever 2-year Reunion June 19-21, 2009. Join the Facebook group JCU Class of 2007-2-year Reunion, share your ideas for the weekend and stay informed as to what will be planned for our class. If you are interested in taking part in the planning and want to be on a committee, please contact, Carla Gall ’05 reunion coordinator – cgall@jcu.edu – or 216.397.1592.

Tim Slivka and Erin Kobrinski were recently engaged, their wedding will be at Carroll on July 10, 2010. They are currently living in New England and both working for pharmaceutical companies — Tim is with Eli Lilly and Co. and Erin Abbott Laboratories.

Megan Beatty ’06 is recently engaged and planning her March 2010 wedding to Matthew Ursick at St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Willowick, OH.

Joe Rich is in his second year of law school at The University of Akron. In October, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland appointed Joe to The University of Akron Board of Trustees to serve as a student trustee.

Adrienne Clark ’06 is working for Libra Industries as a program manager, managing customer products in Mentor, OH. Adrienne recently got engaged to Nick Greene and they are planning a fall 2010 wedding.

Betsy Rafferty is currently teaching in the Alliance for Catholic Education Program at the University Of Notre Dame. In this two-year service program, Betsy teaches at an under-resourced Catholic High School in Montgomery, AL, while also earning a Master of Education from UND.

Tricia Stege recently became engaged to Kevin Panek ’06. Tricia is a financial analyst at The Lubrizol Corporation and working toward her MBA at John Carroll. Kevin has earned his Master of Education from Carroll, specializing in school psychology. He is currently completing an internship for the program.

Melissa Eucker recently became engaged to Chris Kulbago ’06 and their wedding is set for Aug. 1, 2009. Melissa obtained a position as a benefits coordinator with Jones Day in July 2008.

Chrissy Pratt is currently working as a pharmaceutical sales rep in Silicon Valley, CA, and graduated with an M.A. in bioethics from Case Western last May.

Another Carroll couple, Leanne D’Apolito and Tom Miller were recently engaged.

If you haven’t done so, join the JCU 2007 class column group on Facebook to send us updates for the column.

Lisa and Brittany

Lisa Iafelice
liafelice07@jcu.edu

Brittany Bush
bbush07@jcu.edu

Winter 2008

It is with deep sadness that we share with you the news that Erin Thomas recently died in a car accident at the age of 23. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

Noreen Grealis is currently living in Las Vegas and working for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department as a crime scene investigator. She says she’s convinced it’s the best job in the world, but, no…it’s nothing like the show! Noreen is also working on her MS in forensic science with a concentration in DNA/Serology.

Megan Beatty ’06 is doing well in her second year of dental school at OSU and will be finished by the summer of 2011.

Kevin Elliott will finish his MBA, with a concentration in logistics, at Cleveland State University in May of 2009. If you are looking for Kevin, you can find him living in a van down by the river.

Kelly Kookoothe recently graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, and is now working in Loveland, OH, (a suburb of Cincinnati) at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home as an apprentice.

Ashley Boone has recently moved to Pence Springs, WV, to serve for a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) at Bethlehem Farm, a Catholic community in Appalachia that transforms lives through service with the local community and the teaching of sustainable practices. You can learn more about Bethlehem Farm at – www.bethlehemfarm.net.

We have also learned that Arcara and Borczynski, certified public accountants in Buffalo, recently named Jim Cosgriff staff accountant.

Jessica Lubrano loves working for a branding/marketing/web development company called Idea Engine Inc. located in Rocky River, OH, and is soon to be promoted to project manager!

Lance Zink has been working at Penske Logistics in Beachwood, OH, as a load planner since March 2008, and also graduated with his MBA from John Carroll in May 2008. Recently, he has also been working various sporting events doing television telecasts for teams such as the Cavs, Indians, Browns, Monsters, and Gladiators as well as various NCAA contests, and working part-time as a corrections officer in Valley View, OH.

Also putting his JCU degree to good use at Penske Logistics is Andre Campbell.

A common event that seems to be happening to our classmates is becoming engaged! Laura Disch and Andy Zellers were recently engaged and are planning a wedding for 2010. Andy is currently in law school and Laura is working at Crowe Horwath, LLC in Cleveland. Sara Hipp and Adam Bodell ’06 are engaged and will be having the wedding in June 2009. Sara is also working for Crowe Horwath, LLC. Another couple from ’07 and recently engaged is Lisa Iafelice and Dave Catalano. Tarah Koberna has recently also become engaged to Kevin King.

Already past the engagement period are Dan and Leah (Austin) Steele, who were married on August 2. Leah’s maid of honor was fellow classmate, Melissa Anderson and Dave Calabria ’08 was one of Dan’s groomsmen. Other classmates in attendance were Meredith Lea, Krista Corabi, Ashley Marsteller ’09, Dan Matusicky, and Missy Gorski. Also recently married, on June 21, was Katie Plavecski-Purdy to Dan Purdy. Chrissy Pratt was in the wedding party, that was attended by fellow JCU alums Allison Dusenbury ’08, Julie Marks, Liz Selan, Erin Stumper, Gen Licate, Jenn Gore, Tom O’Flaherty, Adam Green, and Ryan Higgins ’06. Congratulations to them all!

Brittany and Lisa

Lisa Iafelice
liafelice07@jcu.edu

Brittany Bush
bbush07@jcu.edu

Fall 2008

We hope everyone had a fun and safe summer! Here is what some of your classmates have been up to: Pete Aubry received and accepted a graduate assistantship at the University of Akron and will begin classes there in the fall.

Maria Kacik is currently the business reporter with The Gazette in Medina County, OH. However, starting in August, Maria will be taking a three month break from her job to volunteer in Moshi, Tanzania, with the nonprofit group Cross Cultural Solutions.

Brittany Soeder accepted a position this past April as a news reporter for WCJB TV20, an ABC affiliate in Gainesville, FL. You can read her staff biography and watch her reports live at wcjb.com and she would love to hear from her JCU friends – bsoeder@wcjb.com.

Jesus Sanchez and Susana Gonzalez were married in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico. Jennifer Marshall, Kenny Poleski, Tom Haren ’08, Katy DeGirolamo, Rosanna Violi, Luz Betancourt, and Jon Sattelmeyer attended the wedding to celebrate Jesus’ special day.

Competing for the annual Miss Ohio Scholarship Program is Jillian Dansko, Miss Central Ohio. Her talent is tap dance to “Drums” and her platform is Artistic Involvement for the Disabled.

Megan Morris and Brian Salem exchanged vows May 24, 2008, at First Christian Church, Bellefontaine, OH. Megan is a manager for Pile Dynamic Inc. of Cleveland.

Brittany Bush participated in this year’s Alumni Golf Classic on June 2 along with over 140 JCU alumni and friends held at Windmill Lakes Golf Club in Ravenna, OH.

Lisa Iafelice, Ashley Boone, Brittany Bush, Angela Tortelli ’08, Rosanna Violi, Laura Pareso, Jeannine Stiglitz, Jessica Kramer, and Jenny Dambrosio met up under the big tent at this year’s Reunion for the All Cleveland Night, Hawaiian style.

Keep us updated on all the exciting things happening in your lives so we can update your friends and classmates.

Lisa and Brittany

Lisa Iafelice
liafelice07@jcu.edu

Brittany Bush
bbush07@jcu.edu

Summer 2008

We have not received a lot of news this time, but it seems like things are going great for the people we have heard from! Liz Mahoney is currently engaged and will be getting married to Kevin Barmann ’06 on October 18, 2008, in Philadelphia, PA.

David Schuld is currently completing graduate studies in Brussels, Belgium, and will begin working for the European Parliament in May.

Michelle Anderson is still busy at JCU as a graduate student and resident minister. She will be traveling to Duran, Ecuador, as part of JCU’s Rostro de Cristo immersion experience.

Don’t forget to send us your news!

Lisa and Brittany

Lisa Iafelice
liafelice07@jcu.edu

Brittany Bush
bbush07@jcu.edu

Spring 2008

There has been a lot going on with our class from post-graduate schooling to volunteering to new jobs! Laura Pareso just finished her first three blocks at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She is also involved in UC Med-mentors, which is a program that pairs up Cincinnati medical students with Cincinnati public school students. Through this program, she mentors a seventh grade student and motivates her to succeed in her schoolwork and on the basketball team, and Laura also enjoys going to plays with her.

Currently working as a marketing coordinator at Swagelok in Solon, Ohio, Michelle Anderson also keeps busy as a resident minister at Carroll. She lives in Pacelli with first-year women while pursuing a master’s in communications management.

In Baltimore, Md., Lauren Fraser is working at Catholic Charities – St. Vincent Center with foster kids who have survived abuse and multiple home placements. She is completing a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

Stephanie Cuddy is in Chicago working for Rosenthal Collins Group as an HR generalist.

Back in the Cleveland area, Christina Phillis is an associate editor for Ophthalmology Times, a trade magazine in North Olmsted, where she is in charge of its practice management section as well as web management.

Samantha Reefer is a product manager for consumer telephony products at Jenne Inc., serving as the liaison between Jenne and its manufacturers, such as GN/Jabra, Plantronics, Sennheiser, EnGenius, and Vtech. She works with manufacturers and the Jenne marketing team to create marketing campaigns and collateral materials. In addition, she works with Jenne’s inside and outside sales team to ensure customer product questions are answered and to make our marketing material available to them. Samantha resides in downtown Cleveland and is involved in several professional organizations.

Lyndi Startari and Brandon Oing ’06 were recently engaged and are planning a wedding for November 29, 2008. In other engagement news, Sarah Nairne is engaged to Todd Schafer, and is planning a wedding for August 2008. Sarah is currently a coach at Stow-Munroe Falls High School.

We hope everyone is successful in whatever they are doing, and when something great happens, don’t forget to let us know!

Brittany and Lisa

Lisa Iafelice
liafelice07@jcu.edu

Brittany Bush
bbush07@jcu.edu

Fall 2007

Now that the Holidays are just around the corner, you are probably wishing you still had a winter break! Many of us returned back to campus for Homecoming Weekend in September, which kicked off with Bob Saget’s crazy antics in Kulas Auditorium. We cheered on the Blue Streaks for the first time as alums, and attended the Mass and breakfast on Sunday. In October, we enjoyed the Young Alumni Happy Hour at the Blind Pig on West 6th.

Currently in Nashville, TN, Jason Miller is doing a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. He is working with the Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement helping refugees who have recently come to the United States from all over the world to find jobs. Also doing a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps is Rosanna Violi, who is working in Portland, OR. Rosanna is working at the Downtown Chapel, which is a Catholic parish that serves the poor and homeless in Portland.

In Chicago, Brian Pender is working with GE Commercial Finance as an investment analyst.

AndrewMarin is working in Solon as a project manager at The Technology House, a rapid prototyping and engineering company.

LilianaMorales is sticking around JCU by working as an admission counselor in the Office of Admission.

Emily Schmatz is working at Arcadia Therapy Service in sunny Phoenix, AZ. She is a caseload manager of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Services.

Also in Chicago, Maria Khoury is volunteering at the Jesuit Alumni Volunteer program at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, a dual language (Spanish-English) school where the students work in professional internships five days a month to help pay for the school. She is teaching economics, working as a campus minister, moderating student council, and driving school buses.

It sounds like everyone is doing great, and we can’t wait to hear more!

Brittany and Lisa

Lisa Iafelice
liafelice07@jcu.edu

Brittany Bush
bbush07@jcu.edu

Summer 2007

As of the day this column is due, it has been exactly two months since we graduated. The time has definitely gone by very quickly! We have gotten a lot of wonderful news from people, so keep sending us your new information so everyone can keep in touch!

Megan Kimmich is working at American Eagle Outfitters in Pittsburgh in AE direct (online.) She is busy doing men’s merchandising there, while at the same time looking for a place to live. Michelle Dunphy is working at Great Lakes Publishing for Inside Business Magazine as a marketing assistant. David Catalano is working in Beachwood at Penske Logistics.

As for graduate school news, there are quite a few people from our class working towards becoming doctors. Nate Franley is off to The University of Toledo College of Medicine for a four-year MD program. Megan Beatty ’06 will be attending The Ohio State University’s College of Dentistry for the next four years. Also attending OSU are Jenny Sopkovich and Alena Neton ’06, who will be going there for medical school. Krista Corabi will be attending law school at Duquesne. The person with what is almost certainly the most interesting new school is Kelly Kookoothe. Kelly will be attending the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in the fall.

As for us, Brittany Bush recently started as a project coordinator for SearchPath International in downtown Cleveland, and Lisa Iafelice is the circulation director for Northern Ohio Live magazine located in Little Italy in Cleveland. Hopefully we get a lot more great news for the next issue. Good luck to everyone with their new activities!

Brittany and Lisa

Lisa Iafelice
liafelice07@jcu.edu

Brittany Bush
bbush07@jcu.edu