I hope everyone is well and enjoying summer. This year is flying by. It’s hard to believe we’re two years removed from JCU.
I changed jobs and am working as a financial analyst at the Cleveland Clinic. There are a number of JCU alumni in my department, but the positive comments and compliments about John Carroll from others make me appreciative of the education I received and the time I spent at Carroll.
There are many exciting engagement and marriage updates to share. Ken Clar and Catie Kirsch became engaged this past March and plan to wed in June 2017 in Pittsburgh. They plan to move to Baltimore after spending a year in Wichita, Kansas. Ken will work for Textron Systems, and Catie will work at Johns Hopkins.
Sara Kamionkowski, who completed her first year of medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, became engaged to Kyle Kerman ’15 in December 2015.
Genna Fanelli and Justin Mancine were married on June 25th at Gesu and honeymooned in Antigua. They live in Pittsburgh.
Graduate alumnus Carson Bay, who was awarded a Fulbright grant, will be conducting research at the University of Munster, Germany, during the 2016-2017 academic year.
Hilary Froelich will be attending Lourdes University in the fall to begin her master’s in theology. She’ll also be working as a youth minister at St. Joseph Catholic Parish in Sylvania, Ohio.
Paige Webb received a master’s in fine arts in creative writing from Washington University in St. Louis. She’ll teach first-year writing at Columbus (Ohio) College of Art and Design. She has publications that will appear soon in Diagram, Indiana Review, and Poets.org (Academy of American Poets). Paige also received a master’s in English from Carroll.
The teen dating violence campaign started during our senior year by Gabriella Kreuz, Love Doesn’t Shove, was approved by the state and is now officially a nonprofit organization. Gabriella has been speaking at local high schools to promote the organization’s mission to educate the community about the dynamics of healthy relationships as a means to end teen dating violence and promote a safer, happier society. The JCU Violence Prevention and Action Center sponsored the “Take a Stance and Dance” fundraiser in April and raised $700 for LDS. More information can be found here.
Please continue to send your updates so I can include them in future issues. Enjoy the rest of the summer.
Hello, all. I hope 2016 is off to a great start for everyone. There’s exciting marriage and engagement news about a few of our classmates. Nicholas Fill and Lauren Shober Fill were married on Nov. 21, 2015, in New Castle, Pennsylvania. Both are 2010 graduates of Kennedy Catholic High School in Hermitage, Pennsylvania. Nicholas works for QVC Television Network, and Lauren, a 2014 graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, is a second-year medical student at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Jacky Roznik and Jacob Kurkul were engaged on Feb. 14, 2016, on the Carroll campus. The couple is planning a wedding in November 2017. Lastly, Carman Polsinelli and Chad Robles-Feeney were engaged on New Year’s Eve 2015. They, too, are planning a wedding in November 2017.
Kayla Acklin, who attends law school at Boston College, will be working as a summer associate at Cooley LLP in Boston.
Sam Mastroianni, owner of Samson Landscape and Supply in Lyndhurst, Ohio, opened the company’s new supply yard in Orange Village. In addition to completing his education at JCU, Sam earned a certificate in landscape contracting and plant sciences at Cuyahoga Community College. Samson is part of the Ohio Landscape Association.
Continue to send me your updates via Facebook, LinkedIn, or email so they can be included in the next issue of the magazine. AMDG.
Happy 2016! I hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing holiday season with friends and family and the New Year is off to a great start. Classmates Jonathan Fox and Daniel Sullivan have been keeping busy with their company, Virtual Compass. The entrepreneurs have developed easy-to-use cloud-based software that allows for quick creation of virtual tours. The company graduated from the Flashstarts accelerator in downtown Cleveland and has targeted college admissions offices, restaurants, and real estate agencies as some of its first clients; however, it recently launched a do- it-yourself virtual tour option that will allow clients from any industry to have full control over tour customization. Jonathan and Daniel first created Virtual Compass as a capstone project while attending JCU.
Denise Sobh recently started a new job with the Wall Street Journal in Southfield, Michigan. She is a sales coordinator working with the ad sales team on the layouts of the newspaper.
Carson Bay ’14G has been awarded an Endeavour Fellowship by the Australian government to study in the ancient history department at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. If he pursues this opportunity, he will be in Australia from July to December 2016.
Matt Serna recently started med school at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.
Beckie Reid is living back in Cleveland. She returned from North Carolina and is working for the Cleveland Cavaliers as their guest experience events coordinator.
Jacky Roznik is working in downtown Cleveland as a tax associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
It is so encouraging to hear our class is keeping busy and pursuing new career and education opportunities. Please continue to send me your updates at any time via email, LinkedIn, and Facebook. I look forward to including them in the next edition!
Our class has kept busy in our first full year after graduation. Brad Ansec, a licensed CPA, has been working for Ernst & Young.
Hilary Froelich returned to Cleveland after completing a year of service with the Amate House in Chicago. She’s back at John Carroll employed as a resident minister in Murphy Hall.
Alexis Park, who’s enrolled at the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America, also completed a year of service. Hers was with the Mercy Volunteer Corps in Erie, Pa.
Kelly Ek received a promotion and is now a transportation and logistics manager at Superior Beverage Group, a beer and wine wholesaler in Solon, Ohio. Kelly has been working at Superior for two years, first as an intern and part-time employee before being hired full time just before graduation.
Mike Floravit works a dual commission for Brookfield Township and the Village of Lordstown police departments near Youngstown, Ohio. He also became engaged to Brielle Bello, with whom he attended high school. Brielle is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University. The couple is planning a wedding in July 2017.
Please continue to send me your updates so they can be included in the winter issue.
It’s difficult to believe we’re already one year removed from Carroll, but our class has experienced significant success during that time.
Carson Bay, who earned his master’s in theology and religious studies at JCU, is now a Ph.D. student of religions of Western antiquity at Florida State University. Carson taught multicultural film in the 20th century this past year at FSU and keeps busy with his duties as an editorial assistant for “Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal,” as well as a regional student representative (U.S./Canada SE) for the Society of Biblical Literature.
Kaira Battista, who graduated with a bachelor’s in psychology, has been working for the Centers for Families and Children as a case manager for the mentally ill. She will be moving to Columbus to begin Ohio State’s counselor education graduate program, a top-10 program nationwide for obtaining a licensure as a professional clinical counselor. She’d like to move back to Cleveland after completing the program and become a marriage counselor.
Alyssa Giannirakis is the media relations coordinator at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. She works in the fundraising department, helping with public relations and marketing events. She’s located down the hall from Kristin (Sullivan) Warzocha ’93, a fellow JCU alum and the Food Bank’s president and CEO.
Congratulations to Jeff Hunt ’14G and his wife, Meghan, who welcomed their baby boy, Orrin Romeo Hunt, into the world in November.
Also, congratulations to Krystal Dazey, who became engaged to Scott Wojtkowiak on June 9 while vacationing in Myrtle Beach. They live in Northern Kentucky. Krystal attends graduate school at the University of Cincinnati for mental health counseling. They’re planning a wedding in the fall of 2016.
Andrew Spitzer and his fiancée, Veronica, tied the knot on June 20. Andrew proposed in January while at the national automobile dealers association convention in San Francisco. Andrew will manage a new Allstate Insurance division of the Spitzer organization known for its automotive retailing and real-estate developments. Veronica, a graduate of CWRU, is now studying optometry at Salus University in Elkins Park, Pa.
Megan Stonestreet works in Washington, D.C., as a litigation paralegal for the insurance recovery group at Reed Smith, LLP. Megan focuses on insurance-related matters, such as fidelity bonds and insurance coverage, and hopes to attend law school in the near future.
Chris Yurosko completed his first year of medical school at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. He’s conducting research this summer in the neurosciences department of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute.
Trisha Pike, who moved to Charleston, S.C., is working as a recruiter for Millenia Medical Staffing, which staffs traveling nurses throughout the country.
Ashley Sullivan is working as a licensed insurance agent at Progressive in Highland Heights, Ohio.
Please continue to send me updates. I hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing summer.
Greetings, class. We have kept busy.
Kyle Monaco works in Williamsburg, Va., as a plant financial analyst for Eaton Corp. He’s part of the company’s finance leadership development program, which rotates analysts in three one-year rotations in its electrical and industrial sectors, in addition to its corporate division.
Connor Glowacki is a substitute teacher for Howard County Public Schools in Columbia, Md. Accepted into the University of Maryland’s graduate program for multimedia journalism, he’ll begin his studies in the fall.
Angelia Locey, who lives in Cicero, N.Y., accepted a position at Dannible & McKee LLP in its tax department. Before accepting this position, Angelia worked as an intern for Bishop Kearney High School in Rochester, N.Y., as an assistant for the finance and admissions offices.
Caleb Alpaugh ’14G launched a company called Digital Booster Club (www.digitalboosterclub.com) in St. George, Utah. The company helps schools, youth sports teams, and nonprofit organizations solve their fundraising problems by connecting them with local sponsors who buy ad space on unique sticker products.
Ryan Colby, who graduated with honors and a degree in criminology, was hired as an adult probation officer for Ashtabula County, Ohio. He’s writing the grant for an OVI/DUI court.
Hilary Froelich, who has been in Chicago completing a year of service with Amate House, is the coordinator of campus ministry at Josephinum Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school. Her responsibilities consist of assisting with admissions; advising the National Honor Society; and planning monthly school masses, retreats, prayer services, and other faith-based activities.
Brianna Eucker began working full-time at The Lubrizol Corp. in May 2014. In November, she was promoted to purchasing specialist.
Finally, Ty McTigue moved to Chicago for an eight-month work assignment with GE Lighting in a sales role. After his time in Chicago, he’ll take on a new role in strategic accounts.
It’s exciting to hear so many success stories within our first year of graduation. Please continue to send your updates so they can be included in the summer edition. AMDG.
I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday season with family and friends, and 2015 is off to a great start. The final months of 2014 brought great opportunities to our classmates.
Maura Stewart, who joined the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in August as a digital marketing specialist, creates strategic and engaging content for online users, manages multiple hospital social media accounts, and collaborates with various departments to amplify service line marketing campaigns.
Christopher Wetherill is one of 31 students enrolled in a new, innovative doctoral program at Virginia Tech. The Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health doctoral program is grooming researchers who can advance the transformation of biological discoveries into methods to prevent, treat, and diagnose diseases. Christopher acknowledges the translational aspect of the program appealed to him and the program offers a unique link between basic and applied research.
Chelsea Neubecker continues her education at SUNY Buffalo Law School.
Beckie Reid keeps busy as the director of promotions for the Lake Erie Crushers in Avon, Ohio. She also accepted a position as a softball coach for Force Sports in Westlake.
Haley Manuel accepted a position at PR Newswire on its inside sales team.
Portside Distillery & Brewery is open in downtown Cleveland at West 9th and Front Avenue, where Lauren McPherson is proud to call herself the company’s first employee. She’s directing the marketing for the startup company.
Mike Hutchison, who lives in Phoenixville, Pa., works as a portfolio analyst for SEI Investments in Philadelphia.
Christina Minjares has been working as a marketing specialist for client partnership for TTI Floor Care North America in Solon, Ohio, since May. TTI Floor Care owns brands such as Hoover, Dirt Devil, and Oreck.
Alexis Park is continuing her year of service at SafeNet Erie (Pa.), a domestic violence shelter. She volunteers through the Mercy Volunteer Corps and works as an administrative assistant, recruiting and training volunteers.
Congratulations to Genna Fanelli and her fiance, Justin. The couple became engaged in Rome on June 8th. Genna, who accepted a position as a digital marketing specialist at Garrison Hughes Advertising in Pittsburgh, is working exclusively for University of Pittsburgh Medical Center as part of its digital marketing team.
Congratulations to Lauren Cafarell, who became engaged to Enzo Miceli ’12 Nov. 8. Lauren works as a marketing associate for Manning & Napier Advisors.
Please keep the updates coming. Contact me via email, Facebook, or LinkedIn, or send information to the alumni office. AMDG.
I hope everyone is well and you had a nice end to the summer. It seems strange not heading back to Carroll for the first time in four years, but I hope this column will keep us connected as we begin a new chapter of our lives.
Our class has been busy in the short five months since commencement. I have good news to report about the condition of Maggie Fay, who ended up in the emergency room hours after the commencement ceremony. What she initially thought was a stomachache turned out to be appendicitis. Doctors removed her appendix the day after graduation, but she recovered and is doing well. Maggie, who’s pursuing a nursing degree, takes classes at Lorain County Community College and plans to enroll at Ursuline College in May with hopes of earning her BSN in 15 months.
Jackie Mitchell, former campus editor of The Carroll News, joined the Cleveland Jewish News staff as a reporter. Jackie, who earned her degree in communications, wrote for John Carroll and Paragould Premiere magazines.
Bobbie Blakeslee accepted an administrative position in the Mentor Public School District. Bobbie, who earned her M.Ed. in early childhood education, works as the district’s coordinator of childcare programs.
Service and career opportunities have brought several of our classmates to various locations throughout the country. Alexis Park, who’s doing a year of service in Erie, Pa., volunteers through the Mercy Volunteer Corps, where she works as a children’s advocate for a domestic violence shelter.
Two recent grads headed out to the West Coast. Steve Epprecht accepted a position at Safeway’s corporate headquarters in San Francisco as a category analyst in the dairy department. Friend and classmate Jack Walton quickly took advantage of the opportunity and visited Steve for a week. They explored some of the sites the city and surrounding areas have to offer, including Fisherman’s Wharf, Big Sur, Pebble Beach, and Santa Cruz. Lauren DeLuca also moved out West. She’s a financial analyst for Allstate in Sacramento, Calif., where she works in the controller’s department forecasting and planning small lines of insurance. Lauren also has traveled throughout California and the surrounding states, road-tripping to Salt Lake City, Yosemite National Park, Reno, and Lake Tahoe.
John Brady and Ty McTigue celebrated their four years of hard work by taking a month-long trip to Europe 10 days after graduation. They traveled to Ireland, Hungary, Switzerland, Germany, and Belgium. While in Belgium, they stayed with classmate Stephen Baznik, who lives in Brussels. Then John met up with Kelly Lackey, and Ty met up with Chelsea Gerken, and they went their separate ways, visiting England, the Netherlands, and Italy. In Rome, Ty and Chelsea met up with fellow grads Danny Potter and Chelsie Long. What a memorable experience to cap off their time at Carroll!
Danny Gonzalez was also busy traveling, as he completed the 2014 study tour of Japan. He works at thunder::tech, which is an integrated marketing company in Cleveland. He has a position on the company’s tech support team.
I’m excited to hear all your stories and share them with the rest of our class. Please contact me with any news so I can include it in the winter edition.
Hello, recent alumni of 2014. It’s still surreal we’re college graduates and commencement was just months ago. It was the perfect day, and we were so lucky this memorable event was held on campus. I hope the first summer of postgrad life has been treating everyone well. Many of us have been accepted to grad school, committed to a year or more of service, or have landed our first real job – all of which have taken us to places throughout the world. I started my job in Cleveland at NCS, working as a legal assistant in the construction services group. It’s a unique industry, and I’ve learned quite a bit in just a few months. I also returned from vacation to New Orleans and several cities in Texas and now can say I’ve been to 48 of the 50 states. I’d love to hear about the adventures you’ve taken. Contact me so I can share your news in the next column. I look forward to hearing from you.