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Class Notes, Fall 2009

18 December 2009 No Comment

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Class Reunion, Homecoming/ Reunion Weekend 2010

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Gilbert Belles recently received the 2009 Distinguished Friend of the College of Fine Arts and Communication Award from Western Illinois University and the Distinguished Service Award from The McDonough County Historical Society for his contributions to the cemetery sign marking project and his efforts to preserve the history of McDonough County.

Bonnie G. Berger delivered the keynote address on exercise at the inaugural conference of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology in London. She spoke on “Roles of Exercise in Quality of Life: Exploring Integral Relationships,” which is among her research specializations at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

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Ronald R. Gilbert, a member of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who in American Law, serves on the American Standards and Testing Materials International committee. In 2008, he was named in the top 25 in the aquatic industry. As an attorney with the Foundation for Aquatic Injury, he has litigated more than 300 aquatic cases in the last 25 years. Ron also has six publications in the Library of Congress.

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John A. Meister, Dayton, Ohio, has retired as manager of duplicating and materials management at Sinclair Community College

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A. Dale Truscott is a visiting instructor in the philosophy department at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He teaches humanities, religion and philosophy.

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R. Michael and Mary Hartman Huffman ’69 live in Accokeek, Md. Mary is a training specialist with the United States Investigations Services, Arlington, Va.

James P. Osborne, who spent 40 years as the head basketball coach at Gallia Academy High School in Gallipolis, Ohio, was honored by the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association as the recipient of the Paul Walker Award for his many significant contributions to high school basketball.

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David W. Chilson of Bowling Green, Ohio, has been inducted into the Brush High School Alumni Association Wall of Achievement in Lyndhurst, Ohio.

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Denver W. Bitner, Rockford, Ill., has been installed as the new president of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Des Plaines, Ill.

Paul W. Heine is pastor of Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Youngstown, Ohio.

Pamela Neely Tomkins, Yuma, Ariz., is an artist with 37 years experience at the potter’s wheel. She has been nominated for a Governor’s Art Award.

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Richard E. Harker, Silver Spring, Md., is a corporate database manager with MedStar Health, Lutherville, Md.

John G. Himelfarb, Dallas, Texas, is president of Homemade Gourmet.

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James A. Gundy III is the assistant head of school for advancement with the Western Reserve Academy, Hudson, Ohio.

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Ronald F. and Margot Morris Klawitter live in Colbert, Wash. Ron has been inducted into the Ohio Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

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Jennette Bradley is serving as chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Badgerland Council Inc., LaCrosse, Wis.

John A. Hrivnak, St. Charles, Ill., is providing architectural and facility consulting services as Hrivnak Associates Ltd.

David E. and Catherine Koch Schildknecht live in Cincinnati, Ohio. David, who writes for several publications including The Wine Advocate and Vineria, has also contributed to several books on wine. Last spring, he gave the commencement address at the University of Delaware, speaking on the value of a liberal arts education. Catherine continues to teach history at the junior high and high school level at Mount Notre Dame High School. She has been selected by the College Board in Littleton, Colo., to read AP European exams. She has traveled to London, England, and Wahnseer, The Netherlands, to participate in an NEH seminar, “The Dutch Republic and Britain: The Making of Modern Society and a European World Economy.”

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Barbara Mulhern Fowler, who is with Prudential Insurance in Newark, N.J., served as an executive-in-residence at Wittenberg. She conducted a WittPath Career Chat, made presentations to organizational behavior and human resource management classes before giving the keynote presentation, “Leadership Lessons Learned the Hard Way,” at a management department colloquium.

Hugh E. Thurlow is director of the library/resource center at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, Colo.

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Carol E. Clokey, Apex, N.C., is an attorney with the Embarq Corp., Wake Forest, N.C.

Bonnie Morris Miller, Chester, Va., is an associate warden with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Petersburg, Va.

Robert R. Perkoski is the chair of the undergraduate program in information science at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.

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Gary E. Mills, New York, N.Y., is serving as assistant to the bishop for global and multicultural mission in the Metropolitan New York Synod/E.L.C.A.

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Virginia Cargile Golden, Streetsboro, Ohio, is the principal at Heskett Middle School in Bedford, Ohio. She is a specialized foster parent who has cared for 19 children over a 16-year period.

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Tina Kus Barnauskas, Concord, Ohio, is a professor at Lakeland Community College, Willoughby, Ohio.

David W. Herrick is creative director with DH Art Direction Design, Montclair, N.J.

Sandra K. Mueller, Liverpool, N.Y., is the transportation/safety director for Arc of Onondaga. She was chosen as employee of the year for 2007.

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Edward T. Estok Jr., a Roman Catholic priest, was installed as the pastor of St. Albert the Great parish in North Royalton, Ohio, on Aug. 9, 2009. Ed, who has celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ordination, regularly plays golf with his Phi Gamma Delta fraternity brothers.

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David A. and Jill Hutto Kunde ’82 live in Burnsville, Minn. David is SVP/GM of ILEC operations with Integra Telecom, Prior Lake, Minn.

Robyn L. Zimmann, Dayton, Ohio, is director of operations and education for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.

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Charles M. Diez, Sewickley, Pa., is a senior workplace strategist with Steelcase Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich.

Colleen Foegle married Bruce Allen on Oct. 27, 2007. They live in Cincinnati, Ohio, where Colleen has been awarded a graduate assistantship at Xavier University.
J. Ronald and Jenny Grooms Menning live in North Sutton, N.H. Ron is president of the aerospace, defense and positioning control division of the bearings and power transmission group at The Timken Co., Lebanon, N.H.

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John R. Nave, Dublin, Ohio, is a senior sales executive with Huntington Insurance, Westerville, Ohio.

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Lewis S. Klatt teaches in the English department at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich. His poems have been published in many literary magazines, including the Colorado Review, Boston Review, New Orleans Review and Verse. His book, Interloper:Poems, published by the University of Massachusetts Press, is the winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry.

Jay W. Rush, Concord, Mass., is a regional sales director for Sanofi-Advantis U.S. Inc., Cambridge, Mass.

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Class Reunion, Homecoming/
Reunion Weekend 2010

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Douglas A. Jr. and Jill Sebest Welch ’87 live in Lititz, Pa. Doug is teaching with Kaplan Inc. and making music with his band. Jill is a partner in the law firm of Barley Snyder LLC, Lancaster, Pa.

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Sarah Love Ireland is assistant director of admissions at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

’88 |

Lori A. Anthony of Cleveland, Ohio, has been appointed chief of the civil rights section in the office of the Ohio Attorney General.

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Adam M. Barcroft, Ashfield, Mass., is co-director of the Moreno Institute East, Amherst, Mass. He has received the Zerka T. Moreno Award, given by the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama for outstanding contributions to the field of psychodrama, sociometry, group psychotherapy and psychodrama.

Michael F. and Cheryl Klein Sternasty live in Akron, Ohio. Michael is senior vice president of marketing with Willis of Ohio, Cleveland, Ohio.

Sally J. Utley and John P. “Jay” Burns Jr. ’88 were married May 23, 2008. They live in Chicago, Ill.

Timothy J. and Michelle Norman Watson ’92 live in Waterford, Conn. Tim, an associate research fellow in chemical research and development at Pfizer in Groton, Conn., is a volunteer scuba diver and underwater photographer at Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration. He used his unique hobbies and extensive experience to author the book, Howard’s Search for a Home: An Underwater Adventure of a Moray Eel.

Susan M. Zidek is a corporate counsel with Mission Essential Personnel, Columbus, Ohio.

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Jerry R. Campbell, Olathe, Kan., is manager of sourcing and contracting with Sprint Nextel, Overland Park, Kan.

Paula Mefford Lawson, chair of the special education department at Northwestern High School, Springfield, Ohio, received her master’s degree in education from Wittenberg in December 2008.

Cynthia Wetzel Lentol of Canton, Mass., has five major-film credits and was a recent double winner at the Chlotrudis Film Festival. She was the lead actress in Well-Founded Concerns, which won first place for Best Short Film and was a featured actress in Mind the Gap, which won second place for Audience Favorite. In addition, Well-Founded Concerns won first place at the Sci-Fi London Film Festival.

Army National Guard captain William A. McGray has returned to the United States after participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom. With 20 years of military service, he is a company commander assigned to the 38th military police company, Danville, Ind. He lives in Carmel, Ind.

Gregory D. and Dianna Ford Smith ’91 announce the birth of Rebecca Catherine on Feb. 7, 2009. They live in Liberty Township, Ohio.

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Kimberly Stickney Ambrose, Pittsford, N.Y., received her M.E. in inclusive childhood education in May 2009 from Nazareth College of Rochester.

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Darrell R. Pisarra, Westfield, N.J., is with Prudential.

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Brian J. Murphy, Penfield, N.Y., is the assistant vice president, manager of research and operations with Pittsford-AM&M Financial Services.

Lara Peirce Rude, Kamas, Utah, and her husband, Peter, announce the birth of Casey Waylon on Aug. 9, 2008. Lara is a middle school special education teacher with the Park City School District.

Matthew D. Soraci, Chicago, Ill., is director of national sales with the Great Lakes Wine Import Co., Bensenville, Ill.

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Class Reunion, Homecoming/
Reunion Weekend 2010

Jennifer Washburn Klenke, Fairfield Township, Ohio, and her husband, Brian, announce the birth of Olivia Joie on Sept. 15, 2008. Jennifer is the senior manager of business services with Nielsen Online, Covington, Ky.

John P. and Molly Lambert Loftis ’99 welcomed the birth of their third child, Padraig River, June 8, 2009. They live in Springfield, Ohio.

Jill McKenzie Turner and her husband, Christopher, announce the birth of Wesley Joseph on Oct. 19, 2008. They live in Romeo, Mich.

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Class Reunion, Homecoming/
Reunion Weekend 2010

Gayla Schill Jackson lives in Manassas, Va.

Mitchell A. Kittlaus of Chicago, Ill., is an administrative specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Arianne Fitzpatrick Podojil is a consultant with State Farm Insurance Companies, Louisville, Ky.

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Class Reunion, Homecoming/
Reunion Weekend 2010

Jennifer A. Repetti married Joseph Watkins on Oct. 4, 2008. They live in Sparta, N.J.

Michael A. Sanders, Eaton, Ohio, is a site manager of flavor systems with Cargill Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio.

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David D. Hann, Fairborn, Ohio, is an assistant principal at Bellbrook High School.

Scott R. and Lynda Bowers Meinke ’98 live in Camp Hill, Pa. Scott is an associate professor of political science at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa.

Jeri Dietz Reddert, Hamilton, Ohio, is a Title I math teacher with the Winton Woods City School District, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Carla R. Sarratt, Charlotte, N.C., has published Just Be, the second book in her Carter G. Woodson High School series.

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Stephen G. Fabyan, Columbus, Ohio, is senior pastor at Hand of God Ministries. His second book, The Tabernacle: The Manifestation of His Glory, has been released.

James A. and Melinda Slangen McCoy live in Columbus, Ohio, where James is director of strategic sponsorships with Nationwide Insurance.

Jonathan Morgan, Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., is a multiplatform editor with The Detroit News.

Katharine Herman Nider, Annandale, Va., is with The Motley Fool in Alexandria, Va., which provides investing advice and market stock research.

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Deborah J. Cassell is the executive editor of Candy Industry Magazine, BNP Media, Deerfield, Ill. She also serves as secretary for the Chicago chapter of the American Society of Business Publication Editors and was elected PR/marketing chair for the Woman’s Club of Evanston, Ill, where she resides.

Karen M. Montgomery is a sales specialist in Helena, Ala.

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Class Reunion, Homecoming/
Reunion Weekend 2010

Adam B. and Cassie Hogan Eskew live in Smyrna, Ga. Adam is a finance manager with the Home Depot, Atlanta, Ga.

Allison E. Shaffer, Columbus, Ohio, has married Cory Shape. Allison teaches mathematics at Olentangy High School, Lewis Center, Ohio.
Wade F. and Georgina Klinzing VanHorn ’02 announce the birth of their son, Louis, on Sept. 11, 2007. They live in Madison, Wis.

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Jason M. and Ashley Schomberg Hill ’98 live in Springfield, Ohio. Jason is with the National Air Intelligence Center at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Ashley, a music teacher at Reid Elementary School in the Clark-Shawnee School District, is the recipient of a Crystal Apple award given by the Springfield Rotary Club.

Benjamin J. and Kathryn Grossman Matthews live in Alexandria, Va. Katy is an office administrator with the American Academy of Pediatrics in Washington, D.C.

Shannon J. O’Keefe, an attorney in Rochester, N.Y., and a member of the Board of the Town of Greece, has been inducted into the Greece Rotary Club. She also teaches dance and performance plus.

Justin Daniel, son of Kelly McMullen Vogel and her husband, Daniel, was born on Aug. 19, 2008. They live in Getzville, N.Y.

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Erin Moore Henshaw received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich. She is an assistant professor of psychology at Denison University, Granville, Ohio.

Kurtis G. Lindamood is an executive recruiter with The Staffing Cure, Columbus, Ohio.

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Juneer Kibria, a freelance artist living in Chicago, Ill., exhibited his artwork at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts in Dhanmondi, Bangladesh. His work was the subject of an article titled “Stimulated Luminescence,” which appeared in The New Nation.

Christopher J. Kothe is a staff accountant on the tax team with Somerset CPAs in Indianapolis, Ind.

Jason P. Larsen married Kimberly Chase on Aug. 30, 2008. They live in Charlotte, N.C.

Hannah D. Powell is the school leader/principal of a KIPP school serving fifth graders in one of the neediest neighborhoods in Columbus, Ohio.

Jennifer M. Stacy, Nashville, Tenn., is an executive recruiter for the marketing services, healthcare, technology and publishing verticals with The Buffkin Group, Franklin, Tenn. She remains active running marathons, participating in sand volleyball tournaments and volunteering with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Ashley J. Tipple received her M.S. degree from Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh,Pa., in May 2009. She is currently a senior enrollment manager there.
Steven P. Weldon, a second lieutenant with the U.S. Air Force, has graduated from combat systems officer advanced navigator training at Randolph Air Force Base. He is stationed at RAF Mildenhall, UK.

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Elisebeth Vanhoose Adams is in management with Assurant Specialty Property, Springfield, Ohio.

Winter L. Baker, a teacher with the Wilmington City Schools in Ohio, received her master of science degree in curriculum, instruction and assessment from Walden University, an online university.

Courtney C. Galliger and James P. Kelley were married June 27, 2009. They live in University Heights, Ohio.
Alexandra P. Horwitz is assistant director of AIABaltimore in Maryland.

Lindsay Nelson Hose received her master’s degree in school counseling from Malone University in Canton, Ohio. She is with the Massillon City Schools.

Erin L. Roberson and Ryan B. Hathaway ’97 were married June 16, 2007. They live in Evanston, Ill.

Amber L. Stinebiser is a personal line underwriter with Nationwide Insurance, Harrisburg, Pa.

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Nathan S. Bennett, London, Ohio, is director of sales with Tailored Management Inc., Columbus, Ohio.

Jennifer M. Burns and Robert B. Page were married June 13, 2009. They live in Liberty Township, Ohio. Both teach social studies and coach in the Mason City School District. Jen is a varsity lacrosse coach, and Rob is a varsity football coach.

Aria Dayani graduated from St. George University School of Medicine, New York, N.Y., on April 24, 2009. She is serving her residency in internal medicine at Drexel University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa.

David J. Wilson is an accounting technician with Defense Finance and Accounting Services, Indianapolis, Ind.

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Alexa K. Bourquin, Blacklick, Ohio, is an intervention specialist with the South-Western City Schools, Grove City, Ohio.

Julie A. Hoeksema and Jarrod A. Call ’05 were married on Oct. 4, 2008. They live in Minneapolis, Minn. Jarrod is pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota and working as a graduate research assistant.

Ann C. Lutz is a Spanish educator with the Hilliard City Schools in Ohio.

Charles R. O’Dell teaches social studies and coaches track at Bellbrook Middle School in Ohio. He is also the varsity football coach at Bellbrook High School. Charlie lives in Dayton, Ohio.
Dana M. White and Grant A. Rogers recently married and live in Washington Court House, Ohio.

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Susan J. Feuer is with Chapman and Cutler LLP, Chicago, Ill.

Jeniece L. Gibbs, Plano, Texas, is an account executive with GolinHarris, Dallas, Texas.

Thomas J. Hart Jr., Miami, Fla., is a student at the University of Miami School of Law, Fellow Center for Ethics and Public Service. He was awarded a summer law clerkship with the Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, Ariz.

Tamara L. Kasper, Parma, Ohio, is the lead instructor/grade school program director at The Little Gym of Shaker Heights.

Mark J. Mandrich, Iron River, Mich., is with Connor Sports Flooring, Amasa, Mich.

Michael A. Reese, New York, N.Y., is an associate with the Opus Advisory Group LLC, Purchase, N.Y.

Erin K. Robinson teaches at Billingsville Elementary School with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina.

Molly M. Thompson, Ft. Thomas, Ky., married Kyle Hardin on Nov. 15, 2008.

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Anthony J. Cook is a central transportation representative with Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Lesley K. Levy is a legal assistant with David Martin Co. L.P.A., Springfield, Ohio.

Mark L. Lintern is a support desk analyst I with Qbase, Springfield, Ohio.

Julie F. Moran is a nature instructor in Brinkhaven, Ohio.
Kara B. Neike is coordinator of sanctions and outreach, community standards and civility at the University of Dayton in Ohio.

Patricia A. Wendt, Wayne, Pa., is a client relationship associate with The Vanguard Group, Valley Forge, Pa.

Bradley M. Wilson, New Carlisle, Ohio, is a program analyst with the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Dayton, Ohio.

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David J. Donofrio of Dublin, Ohio, is participating in the Ohio Legislative Service Commission Internship Program in Columbus, Ohio.

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