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.