It’s been quite an exciting summer, hasn’t it? Hard to believe it’s finally summer in Cleveland. I have lots of fun and exciting news to share about our class.
Marisa Benich became engaged to Krzysztof Zaleski in March. Marisa started a new job at Seattle Children’s Research Institute after working as a project manager for the VA Puget Sound for the past six years. Krzysztof is a structural engineer at Magnusson Klemensic Associates. The couple is planning a summer 2016 wedding in the Pacific Northwest.
Carl Joseph Blankschaen ’09G will marry Laura Terrazzino this coming fall.
Eileen Walsh and Rodney Gallaway tied the knot May 30 in a beautiful country wedding filled with laughs, homemade ale, and much love.
Christina Mullins returned home to Cleveland in May to marry Matt McGleam. They has a gorgeous reception at the Arcade downtown.
Josh and Biz (Rogers) Zieverink were “Destin to be” and married under the Florida sun on June 12.
Gina Ross married Paul Smaldone ’00 on June 6 in Cleveland. Many JCU grads and friends from “the city that cares” attended the wedding.
Kyle Nelson had a memorable Father’s Day when he and his wife, Samantha, became parents to a beautiful baby girl. Congratulations to the Nelson family.
Baby Isabelle joined big brother Tyler in February 2015 and made Sinh Nguyen and his wife, Trang ’10, parents for the second time.
Beth Wall is continuing her student affairs journey. On July 1, she started a job as a complex coordinator at Northern Illinois University. Good luck on this new adventure, Beth.
I hope everyone has a wonderful summer, and please send all the great news my way.
Hello. I hope everyone survived this crazy winter and is ready for the fun of spring and summer. I have exciting news to share.
Melissa Walton and Chris Laco ’13G married in July 2014. There were quite a few JCU family around to celebrate, including the bride’s mother, Karen Schuele, Ph.D., (dean of the Boler School of Business). The couple lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
Justin Lonczak and Rebecca Rutherford became engaged and are planning a wedding in October. What started off as friendship on the crew team is coming full circle as Rodney Gallaway and Eileen Walsh prepare for their wedding in May 2015. Rodney is a teacher and football coach at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, and Eileen just finished school to become a nurse practitioner. Congratulations to all the wonderful couples! We wish you all the best.
The seventh annual Mistletoe Madness Christmas party in December reunited many of our classmates. Those who attended include: Molly Scholla, Andrew Omastiak, Ann Awadalla, Allison Calabro ’07, Ashley Bukach ’09, Molly (Gemp) Bednar, John Bednar, Beth Wall, Eileen Walsh, Patrick Carpenter, Abby Joyce, Jenn Pompeani, Mary Baglieri, Dan Goliat ’07, Marisa Benich, Andy Costigan, Emily Monteleone, Trey Hornung ’09, Rodney Gallaway, Sam Brenner ’09, Patrick McDermott ’09, Suzy Music, Marc Hartmann, Jessica Landis ’09.
That’s all the news I have for now. Please send me your wonderful announcements so we can brag about our great class. XOXO
Hello, friends. Alecia Ott ’09, who was spotted off the California coast, completed a three-month sailing expedition, taking her from San Francisco to La Paz, Mexico. Alecia also spent this past summer sailing further up the Sea of Cortez.
Ryan and Katie (Kasych) Tappel made the move from Syracuse to the Windy City this summer just in time for the Polar Vortex Part II. The Tappel family will be growing in the spring because they’re expecting their first baby. Congrats, Ryan and Katie! And to think, your love story began in the halls of Murphy.
Allison Farmer and Jeff Fedele were married June 2014 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The wedding was attended by many JCU alums such as: Brian Bosiljevac ’09; Chelsea (Getts) Bosiljevac ’10; Katrina Fontana; Kara (Butch) Simm ’07; Sara (Martin) Friedman ’09; Rich Holtz; Stevie (Wainwright) Riggs ’07; Ryan Riggs; Dave Calabria; Caitlin Lanning ’10; Rachel DeAngelis ’10; Jim Cocita ’09, ’11G; Liz (Devore) Downs; Jim Fonow; Luke Powers; Mary (Hladky) Roberts ’06; and Chris Friedman ’09. The bride and groom live in New York City where Allison teaches students with special needs and Jeff works for KPMG.
Greg Nachman ’14G married his bride, Jackie, this past November. JCU friends who attended are Dan Kelly, Jeff Evans, Muara Neumeister ’09, Becki (Cooper) Silverstein. Becki celebrated her own nuptials to Mike Silverstein and is living in Cleveland.
Rob Duns ’11G joined the NBC2 team of meteorologists in May 2014 in Florida. Prior to this job, Rob was a host on “Wandering Wisconsin” and was acknowledged with five awards from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. Congrats on the accomplishment, Rob!
Beth Wall, who received her master’s degree in 2011, works at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., as a residence hall director.
That’s all for now. I hope everyone has a blessed New Year, and I hope to hear from you soon!
Before we start, introductions are in order. Hello, everyone! I’m Ann Awadalla, your new class columnist. Our class is quite special, and it’s my honor to be able to share your exciting news with our classmates. Please feel free to email me with news. Now let’s get on to the good stuff.
Love is in the air. Jonathan Messina asked, and Rachel Eichenberger said, “Yes!” The engaged couple is excited as they plan their wedding. John Bednar and Molly (Gemp) Bednar celebrated their one- year wedding anniversary on Aug. 24, 2013. They live in Baltimore where John works as an ER physician assistant and Molly is a clinical specialist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.
Congratulations to many of our classmates who tied the knot this summer. Lauren Mascha married Dan Gliha on July 5, 2014. Lauren and Dan’s bridal party included several JCU alumni including Bryan Colosi ’06, Kevin Kocsis ’06, Amanda Maggiotto, and Jen Sabados. Other guests included Angela Yingling ’06, Mary Chichanski ’06, Colleen (Andrassy) Kutz ’06, Chris and Liz (Lohr) Ainscough, Tina (Sheridan) Axelson, Jessica (Weibley) Urban, Natalie (Meyer) Tannehill, Linzee Vito ‘07, Julie (Dwyer) Seline ’00, and Joe Gibbons. Maulin Shah married his bride, Megha, on June 7, 2014 in Chicago. JCU alumni who attended included Greg Nachman ’09, Jeff Evans, and Dan Kelly.
Tom and Carla Haren welcomed their daughter, Monica Marie, on Sept. 24, 2013. Tom works as an attorney at Seeley, Savidge, Ebert & Goroush Co., LPA in Westlake, Ohio. He’s running as the Republican candidate in the November general election for the Ohio Senate in District 23. Carla works in the executive office at the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority. The Harens live in Parma with their dog, Gus.
On the work front, Rich Ganim was hired as CEO of Keller Williams Realty On the Water in Bradenton, Fla. Ben Beehner lives in Seattle, working as a building manager for Plymouth Housing Group, a nonprofit providing low-income housing to formerly homeless adults. In his free time, Ben plays professional ultimate Frisbee for the Seattle Rainmakers. Rina Russo joined Walter Haverfield LLP this past February.
As for me, I graduated from medical school in May 2013 and started my second year of my internal medicine residency at South Pointe Hospital right down the road from JCU. Continue sending me your wonderful announcements. I look forward to hearing from you.
Hello again. Hopefully, 2013 wrapped up nicely for you.
Keriann Hurst had a reason to celebrate after graduating first in her class from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine this spring. Keriann received the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Award for Clinical Excellence, the Ethicon Award for Surgical Excellence – Small Animal, the Merck Top 10% Award, and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine Award for Excellence in Scholarship. She’ll continue her pursuits at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University, specializing in small animal medicine and surgery.
Congratulations to Maulin Shah and his fiancé Megha Gandhi for their recent engagement. Maulin proposed to Megha in Chicago, and their wedding is set for June 2014.
I also have a bit of news to share. I tied the knot with my wife, Michelle, on Sept. 13. It was an awesome day, as many JCU friends attended, including: Brandon Bonham ’09, Phil Jancosko ’07, Katie Mahoney, Cosi Polino ’11, John Sullivan, Chris Wasik ’07, and a trio of my groomsmen – Brendan Lewis ’09, Matt Thoma ’10, and Andrew Wisniewski.
Hopefully everyone’s summer is going well. Congratulations are in order for Martina Sheridan and Alex Axelson for their recent engagement.
Additionally, a special honor went out to Captain Andrew Reeves for completing the Crossfit “Murph” workout while serving in Afghanistan. The workout is in honor of fallen Navy SEAL Sean Murphy, who gave his life in 2005 in the line of duty.
Keep sending your items. I look forward to hearing from all of you.
I owe an apology to Dan and Megan (DeLane) Cross. I left their marriage announcement out of the last issue in an act of oversight typically reserved for 8 a.m. classes. Megan and Dan were married last June in Lakemore, Ohio, and live in Pittsburgh. Amy Briggs served as a bridesmaid and was one of many JCU alums who attended.
Congratulations to fellow Buffalonian Maura Comerford on her marriage to Daniel Devlin. Daniel and Maura were married in Buffalo this past July, and a host of Blue Streaks were on hand to celebrate with them. In all, there were 19 alums at the celebration, including: Madison Snow, Meghan Danahy, Caitlin Donohue, Meghan Donohue, Amanda Shannon, and Christina Daly ’12. The Devlins reside in Chicago.
Andrew Lombardo and Tiffany Janis celebrated their marriage last summer in Bay Village, Ohio. Fellow JCU alums Christina Phillis ’07 and Chris Hooton served in the wedding party. Andrew and Tiffany each work for Sherwin-Williams in Cleveland and reside in Bay Village.
Additionally, John Hagerty has taken on the role of director of annual giving for Urban Community School in Cleveland. Congrats to John on the promotion.
I also have good news to share: My fiancé, Michelle, and I are celebrating the purchase of our first home. I’ll be moving in soon, and we’ll both be in after our wedding this fall.
Congratulations to Tiffany Janis and Andrew Lombardo on their marriage this past summer in Bay Village, Ohio. It was quite the Blue Streak wedding,with a number of JCU alums on both sides of the aisle, including Chris Hooton as best man.
A happy first anniversary to Erica (Miller) and Nicholas Yacobozzi, who celebrated last October in Hudson, Ohio.
One interesting bit of news comes from Arthur Funni ’08G. He has taken the popular children’s book “Auntie Claus” and turned it into a colorful radio broadcast. As an award winner for his production of “A Very Private Miracle,” Funni put “Auntie Claus” on the air just in time for the Christmas season.
I’d also like to send a special acknowledgement to the lacrosse alumni group as the team prepares to make the transition to the NCAA ranks. It was a great experience to be part of the team for four years, particularly during the time spent with Chris Hooton, MJ LaPerch, Chris Schmoldt, and Andrew Wisniewski when the wheels were put in motion that led us to this point. Great work, guys.
Hopefully, fall is treating everyone well, especially Bills fans. Late summer was hectic and filled with news. I proposed to my girlfriend, Michelle McNamara, and we’ve set a wedding date for fall 2013.
Congratulations to all newlyweds, including Mallory (Wiltshire) Olson, who married July 21 in Cleveland and celebrated with a number of classmates. Mallory and her husband, Danny, live in Minneapolis. By the time this issue prints, Amy Briggs and Josh Rodgers will be newlyweds after their September wedding. The couple resides in the greater Washington, D.C., area. Amy was fresh off serving as a bridesmaid in Megan (Delane) Cross’s wedding June 1. Megan and Daniel, who were wed in Akron, reside in Pittsburgh. Brian Nichols and Nicole Martinez were married in Boardman, Ohio, Sept. 15. And lastly, congratulations to Brittany Colucci and Robert Jonath, as well as David Kaszar and Elizabeth Tyrrell, on their engagements.
A number of classmates have celebrated impressive achievements. Nathan Moss received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Toledo and will serve his residency at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Nathan is on active duty with the Navy. He and wife Angielique (Lokaj) ’06, ’08G welcomed their son, Nathan Adam Jr., to the world in January.
Jonathan Glaab is set to begin his residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland after graduating from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
David Rhodes is beginning his general practice residency at St. Elizabeth Health Center after completing time at The Ohio State University’s College of Dentistry.
Michael George finished his postgraduate work at the University of Akron School of Law.
Congratulations to all. Don’t hesitate to share exciting news or announcements you have. I’m always happy to share information with our classmates.
Hopefully, the mild winter I enjoyed in Buffalo extended to the rest of my classmates.
Scott Lynch made history when he was elected to the Euclid City Council in November, making him the youngest elected councilman in the city’s history. Scott and his wife celebrated the birth of their son, Arjun Scott David Lynch, Nov. 16.
There are more weddings and engagements to celebrate. Justin Scales ’07 married Liliana Morales ’07 Oct. 29 in Chicago. Dan Kelly and Bethany Crawford also married Oct. 29 with many JCU alums in attendance. Among the Blue Streaks celebrating with Dan and Bethany were: Jeff Evans, Mel Haney ’09, Mike George, Mike Krainz ’09, Greg Nachman ’09, Maulin Shah, Lisa Shano, and Megan Wall ’09. After attending the Kelly-Crawford wedding, Lisa Shano celebrated her engagement to Mike Krainz Christmas Day. The couple is planning to marry in June 2013.
Lastly, there was a unique ’08 reunion held in Rio de Janeiro at Christmastime. Steve Downie, Neil Fotre, Matt McDiarmid, and Katie Szabo visited Cristo Redentor, Sugarloaf Mountain, Ipanema Beach, and other sites in Rio with friends. The group was reunited from throughout the nation: Downie completed his MBA from Clemson University; Forte is serving as a First Lieutenant Cavalry Officer in the Army and is stationed in Afghanistan; McDiarmid is finishing medical school at Nova Southeastern University; and Katie is working in Chicago after finishing her MBA at JCU in 2009.
If anyone else has exciting travel stories, engagement, wedding, or birth news, don’t hesitate to touch base.
A big congratulation goes out to Kelly D’Amato and Tristan Tripodi ’07 as they tied the knot at the end of the summer in front of their family, friends, and numerous JCU classmates.
For alumni in Wisconsin, keep an eye out for Rob Duns as he begins his tenure as the weekend weather forecaster and reporter for Newsline 9 in Wausau. Rob will have typical in-studio duties in addition to covering a special called Wandering Wisconsin.
Sarah Stroney, who began an internship in East McKeesport, Pa., has earned high praise from her co-workers for her work itemizing and sorting properties in the Pittsburgh suburb. Stroney is working toward a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Lastly, congratulations are in order for Carla Provenzano upon her recent engagement to Tom Haren.
Again, if you have news you wish to send, don’t hesitate. Whether it’s a wedding, engagement, promotion, new job, or even something completely random, please send it to me. I look forward to hearing from you all soon.
Hopefully, everyone had a good summer. There’s been plenty of news since the spring.
Megan McLaughlin married Anthony Ramos May 14. They have Sarah Hummer to thank for her matchmaking. Megan’s bridesmaids included three classmates: Loren Antolino, Amanda DiNunzio, and Dana McClain.
Another handful of our classmates are celebrating engagements: Katie Repko will marry John Sabo Oct. 8 in Destin, Florida. Elizabeth Lohr and Chris Ainscough became engaged July 22 and are planning their wedding for the fall of 2012. Erica Miller and Nicholas Yacobozzi were engaged this spring and will tie the knot this October. Michael Pecchia and Tiffany McMillan were married July 16.
Congratulations to Jessica Dickson on the birth of her first child, Abigail Ellen, April 4.
Jeremy Burkhart graduated from the University of Akron Law School May 15.
Lastly, Jenna Pathadan, Jamie Rhodes, and Tom Rudnicki each received their white coats and stethoscopes as first-year osteopathic medical students at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Continue to send me your news and announcements of engagements, weddings, promotions, or anything else newsworthy that may happen in the coming months. I look forward to hearing from everyone.
Hey, everyone. It’s been a big year for engagements. In December, former Carroll News editor-in-chief Katie Mahoney became engaged to Rob Lauderaugh in
Pittsburgh. Tricia Graham ’06 will be Katie’s maid of honor for their wedding on June 16, 2012. Christie Bonvissuto and Brian Weber ’07 became engaged while
vacationing in Naples, Fla. They’re planning a wedding in Saint Francis Chapel Aug. 4, 2012. A trio of swimmers will be getting married in 2011. Kristen Kovach and Ehren Eschmann will wed in August, and Rachel Rex will marry Christopher Lobesac in October. Ryan Tappel and
Katie Kasych live in Syracuse, N.Y., and are engaged. Ryan is pursuing a doctorate in environmental biochemistry, and Katie is a mental health and substance abuse therapist. Greg Lucsko is planning a wedding with his fiancée Megan Wetzel for June 2012.
A special congratulations goes out to Andrew Reeves, who’s on active duty in Iraq with the Army, on his marriage to Karrisa Sears this past June.
Keep sending me any exciting news you may have.
The life of a mid-20s JCU alum brings similar sensations felt the first day of class. We find ourselves at new junctions almost daily and are in a perpetual state of change. Our lives transition from our first serious relationships to engagements, our first on-campus jobs to our first promotions, and our first moves from home turn into establishing our own lives – in the place where we grew up or elsewhere.
I became engaged to Jenny Grassi in August and will marry in Raleigh, N.C., where we’ve lived for the past 2.5 years, Oct. 15, 2011. Also engaged are Annie DePaul ’07 and G.I. Zaratsian. Annie and G.I. will marry July 9, 2011, in Cleveland, where Annie is attending grad school and G.I. holds a job with Speedeon Data.
Michael Rowe married his high school sweetheart, Angela, Aug. 8, 2009. They own their first home in Dublin, Ohio. He’s also enjoying success at Cardinal Health, where he has been for two years, earning a promotion as a senior sales analyst.
Jaclyn Schneeberger and Nicholas Bjelac married July 10, 2010, at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Concord, Ohio. A reception followed at La Malfa Center in Mentor. The bride is the daughter of John ’83 and Aileen Schneeberger of Mentor, Ohio. Parents of the groom are Marc and Deborah Bjelac of Newton Falls, Ohio. Fellow class members who were part of the wedding party are: bridesmaid Colleen Ferron and groomsmen Brandon Kurtz, Edward Subel, Stephen Beiting, and William Kohn. The new Mrs. Bjelac is a third-year medical student at Wright State University. Nicholas received his master’s of engineering management from Duke University in 2009 and is employed at L-3 Communications in Cincinnati as an engineer. The couple honeymooned in Riviera Maya, Mexico, and reside in Dayton, Ohio.
Another happy John Carroll couple, John and Jessica (Klingshirn) Hagerty married Nov. 28, 2009, at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland.
Jonathan Briggs and Meghan Galinas ’07 married May 1, 2010, at Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church in North Royalton, Ohio. Recently, they bought a home in Brecksville, Ohio, where they’ve lived since their wedding in May. Jon works at Medical Mutual of Ohio in Cleveland, and Meghan works at Antares Management Solutions in Strongsville.
This is my last class column, so please send your news and information to Chris Ostrander at Costrander08@gmail.com, or call him at 716-713-8085.
A lot has certainly happened over the last six months for the Class of 2008. As we move from recent grads to young professionals life now presents a new set of landmarks and responsibilities. Our focus has shifted from crafting the perfect spring semester or Friday night to what our next career move will be. And for a few of us our personal relationships have brought us to a different commitment, marriage. Angielique Lokaj ’06 and Nathan Moss were married May 2009 in Buffalo, NY. While at Carroll, Nathan received his bachelor’s in science and now is heading into his third year at The University of Toledo College of Medicine. After medical school, Nathan will serve as a physician as an ensign in the United States Navy. Angielique received a bachelor’s in Science and a master’s in education at JCU and is currently an eighth grade science teacher for Toledo Public Schools were the couple owns their first house. Congrats guys!
In December, Louis Volino was married to Erin Solterbeck. There was no shortage of John Carroll alumni in attendance. Congratulations to you too. It’s always nice to see that many Blue Streaks in one spot! … If you have any news you would like to see in print, please share it with me as soon as it happens and I will gladly put your news in print. I work off your good news and accomplishments and look forward to seeing my inbox full of more Class of 2008 news.
As the first year since our graduation comes to a close, a lot has happened in the world. A historic election and an unprecedented economic climate have been the news for the first part of the year in our country while our classmates continue to experience it.
Niki Foos and Steve Gittinger are now engaged to be married and have set the date for July 3, 2010. The couple, who were high school sweethearts, made it official on Dec. 17. Steve received his bachelor’s in mathematics while Niki received hers in biology. Good luck, guys!
Todd and Tonya (James) Kline were united in marriage on June 21, 2008, at Stan Hywet Hall in Akron. The couple honeymooned in Antigua and resides in Green. Tonya earned a bachelor’s of business administration in accounting from Kent State University and a master’s degree in business administration from John Carroll.
Master’s recipient Helen M. Dumski was named program director for the Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland (DAGC). Previous to this role, Helen held the titles of VP and COO. Ms. Dumski is a registered licensed dietitian and has been intricately involved with the diabetes community in Northeast Ohio for more than 25 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in medical dietetics from The Ohio State University and her master’s in non-profit administration from Carroll.
As always, please submit any and all news to my contact listed above. Take care,
As the fall Homecoming made known, the Class of 2008 has now became known as “Alumni.” A full day of activities at Don Shula Stadium and the Cleveland night scene has shown that we’re all doing well. Ask almost anyone from our class what they have found themselves doing and you will find anything from community service projects, to graduate school, and the work world.
As that is my segway — I would like to introduce myself, a member of the class of 2008 and recent witness to the network that John Carroll provides across the country. Despite its small size, I hope you have found, that JCU is both a well known and well respected school. I always seem to come across someone who has gone to, had an experience with, or heard of the great things John Carroll students have done. Whether it is the life and times of the late Tim Russert ’72, the accomplishments of Don Shula ’51, or the interactions they had with lesser known, but not less important, graduates that have came out of the University since 1886 – it’s all good news. So as the new columnist for our class, I encourage you to keep in contact with me and your classmates in whatever way you can, because, you’ll never know who you’ll meet.
Class of 2008 in full stride,