August 2018

Featuring news received between April 1 and June 30, 2018


Class Notes Quarterly features professional accomplishments, educational attainments, awards, and other life milestones celebrated by our alumni.  A section of In Memoriam listings follows to honor alumni who are no longer with us, including links to complete obituaries available online at the time of publication.

See the links below to jump to your choice of decade, or to additional sections devoted to marriage, birth, and death announcements. Based on alumni feedback, we have created easier to find and read In Memoriam listings for deceased classmates and friends, and we are pleased to provide links to their full, online obituaries as published by local media outlets, when available.

Searchable Archive: Our online class notes archive may be accessed and searched at any time.  Our archived collection of notes (including class notes, marriage and birth announcements, and in memoriam listings) begins with those received in 2010. The archive may be searched by name, class year, city, or state and is updated regularly.

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In Memoriam


WILLIAM GRUBBS, Southgate, Mich., celebrated 50 years of marriage with his wife Dolores (“Dee”) in 2017 before her death in February 2018. He remains loyal to BW and Sigma Phi Epsilon.


MARGARET “MUGGSY” BADE MASON, Rocky River, received BW’s Alumni Merit Award.

ROBERTA ZINKAND STRICKLER, Lancaster, Pa., was delighted to meet Brandyn Day ’15, starring in Million Dollar Quartet in the role of Jerry Lee Lewis at Lancaster’s Fulton Theatre, and learn more about BW’s music theatre program.


KAROLYN “KAY” HANDELMAN STONEFELT, Fredonia, N.Y., received the BW Conservatory Alumni Achievement Award in March for her career as a percussionist, including performance, teaching, and research in ethnomusicology.


DAVID O. NORRIS, Boulder, Colo., received BW’s Alumni Merit Award.


HELEN HODIL RATHBURN and TOM RATHBURN, Olmsted Falls, received BW’s Alumni Merit Award.

ADOLF and SUSAN HALL STREICH, Surprise, Ariz., have made Arizona their permanent home. They would enjoy hearing from other BW alumni in the area.

1968 - 50th Reunion Year

CARRYE BOWERS JONES, Lousiville, Ky., is retired from the Lincoln Foundation. She serves on the Rauch Planetarium’s advisory board, is a member of Louisville’s landmarks commission, and is active with Rico’s Roundtable: Big Brothers Big Sisters. She and her husband Franklin have been married 48 years.

MARGARET “MAGGIE” HOSKINS EATON (MAED ’79), Westlake, is an adjunct instructor in the School of Education and works with clinical practice and field experience students. She also enjoys time with her three-year old granddaughter in BW’s Community Music School classes.

DOUGLAS GOEPFERT, Berea, collaborated with his wife Laura to publish a historical analysis and travelogue Journal of Discovery: On the Trails of Lewis & Clark and the Native Americans of the West.


STEPHEN STOHLA, Alliance, was inducted into the Lorain Sports Hall of Fame for his achievements in football and coaching, including his successful athletic career at BW as a defensive guard.


ANN DRAPOS FRANGOS, Westlake, has been appointed by Governor John Kasich to serve as a member of the Cuyahoga Community College Board of Trustees.


DALE HERBERT, Canton, is retired from a career in teaching and coaching college baseball and enjoys time with his five grandchildren. His wife Vicki of 42 years passed away in 2016 after a battle with cancer.


DOUGLAS WHIPPLE, Cleveland Heights, received the 2017-2018 Community Service Award from the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association for his participation in its lawyer referral service.


PETER MUELLER, Prescott, Ariz., earned a Ph.D. in music theory from the University of Arizona in January 2018.


MICHAEL STEPHENS, Pine City, N.Y., has been elected vice president of the New York State Wrestling Officials Association.


KATHY GRAY, Columbus, has retired from the Columbus Dispatch newspaper after 35 years to work as a freelance writer in central Ohio for several magazines and media outlets. She is also an associate editor for The National Psychologist newspaper.



WILLIAM “BILL” RICKERT, Naperville, Ill., is interim executive director for Operation Support Our Troops—America, a non-profit organization which supports American forces.


CHERYL ROYAL PIROPATO, Fort Wayne, Ind., has retired from her position with Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo after 30 years. She now works as a zoo and museum educational consultant and blogs about baby animals.


JERI-LYNN KELLOGG, Willoughby, has returned to Northeast Ohio to be near relatives, following the loss of her partner of 40 years.


LAURA NOVOSEL LITTLE, Lakewood, was honored with the Lifetime Contribution to Mathematics in Education Award by the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She shared the honor with her husband and BW professor emeritus Dr. Richard “Dick” Little.

DORIS BOLDS SHAW, St. Louis, Mo., is the new dean of Maryville University’s John E. Simon School of Business.


PATRICIA GUINTO STONE, Ashtabula, is back in Northeast Ohio. She is a district manager for Junior Achievement of Ashtabula County, serving area public school districts.


KAY ALTHOUSE LOW, Tallmadge, is an intervention specialist for the I Promise School, a cooperative effort between the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools opening in fall 2018.


MICHAEL (DAVID) O’DELL, Columbus, created a 90-minute musical, The Velocity of Arrows which has been selected for the 2018 NYC International Fringe Festival in October.


KELLY MAXWELL, Ypsilanti, Mich., is chair of the board of directors of the Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center, an organization that uses best practices to create conversation around social and political issues in the higher education world.


IAN FRANK, Chagrin Falls, was honored for his work as an attorney for the firm Frantz Ward, LLP in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.


JENNIFER FORD BILEK, Medina, is now an HR business partner at ALICE Training Institute.

MARGARET “PEGGY” MCKINNEY SCHAUER, Fairview Park, is an assistant professor of secondary education at John Carroll University.


CLOUD PAWELETZ, Boston, Mass., leads the translational research laboratory at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Belfer Center for Applied Cancer Science. His primary focus is the detection of mutant DNA in blood to inform targeted cancer therapies.


MICHAEL BIGHAM, Hudson, is chief quality officer at Akron Children’s Hospital, a new position responsible for quality, safety and patient experience.

MICHELLE DALLACHIESA FLANIK (MBA ’06), Bay Village, is now executive director of human resources for American Greetings Corporation, overseeing all of the company’s global HR operations.

DAVID JENKINS, Westlake, has been named executive vice president and COO of the Cleveland Browns. He is in his 15th season with the team.


KEVIN LORSON, Dayton, has developed a Health and Opioid Prevention Education (HOPE) curriculum for Ohio K-12 students. He is a professor and director of the physical education licensure program at Wright State University.


FRANK BORSH, Herriman, Utah, earned his Master of Science degree with an emphasis on industrial hygiene from the University of Utah in May 2018.


GEOFFREY HENSON, Charlotte, Mich., is sports information director at Olivet College. In April, he received the 2017-18 Gorton and Peggy Reithmiller Award, which recognizes Olivet’s top administrator. 2018 also marked his 15th year of service to the college.

CRAIG HORBUS, Uniontown, is now a partner with Brouse McDowell in the law firm’s corporate and securities and real estate and construction practice groups. He was previously named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.


JODIE MENTZER HAUSMANN (MAED), Strongsville, is the new superintendent of Bay Village City School District.

SARAH MURPHY, Cleveland, is a support administrator at the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities.


RACHAEL MATTIS BISSETT, Pataskala, was honored by the City of Pataskala as its 2017 Distinguished Citizen of the Year.

STEVEN HOPPEL, Moorpark, Calif., is CEO of Kelsey Financial, LLC, his own registered investment advisor firm and president of the Kiwanis Club of Moorpark. Among several family milestones, he and his wife Jennifer will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary this year.

NICOLE M. BELL MITCHELL, Long Beach, Ca., received BW’s Alumni Merit Award.

AMY SMIALEK, Fairview Park, has earned a master’s in English from Cleveland State University. She teaches classes and tutors for ACT/SAT/HSPT standardized test prep and is on the administration of a grades 6-12 school for special needs students as an instructional coach. Amy is also the executive secretary for The Cleveland Theatre Conference.


MARGARET “MOLLY” HARAGAN, Medford, Mass., earned a Master of Arts from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in May 2018. Her areas of focus were business for social impact and international environment and resource policy.


JESSICA CONRAD FARRELL (MAED), Brook Park, is principal of the Kent State University Academy of Performing Arts at Firestone Community Learning Center in the Akron Public Schools.


SHANINA MOORE KNIGHTON, Euclid, earned a PhD from Case Western Reserve University in 2017. She is a post-doctoral fellow and adjunct professor of biomedical engineering at CWRU, teaching a course called BioDesign. She is also the recipient of a training grant from the National Institutes of Health.

JENNIFER NOVOTNY, Hollister, Calif., is a sourcer for Google.

CAROLYN NOLL SORG, Independence, is director of enrollment programs and services for The College Board, consulting with U.S. colleges and universities.  


LAUREN HANNA, Berea, has been honored by Delta Zeta’s “35 Under 35” program, recognizing young professionals successful in their industries. She is a sales manager for Blue Technologies.

SEAN ROBINSON, Milwaukee, Wis., is manager of global assessments and engagement at Molson Coors Brewing Company and an adjunct professor at Marquette University. He earned a PhD in industrial/organizational psychology from Ohio University in 2014.

KENDRA ALVEY URDZIK (MBA), Cleveland, has been named president and CEO of Judson Services, Inc., a senior living non-profit organization.


ASHLEE AMMONS, Franklin, Tenn., has been honored by Delta Zeta’s “35 Under 35” program, recognizing young professionals successful in their industries. She is the founder of Mixtroz, an event networking business.

TAMI ENDER MARINELLA (MBA ’11), Cleveland, is now chief financial officer at Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority.


ZACHARY GAYDOSH, Nashville, Tenn., joined Firestone Building Products, a subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas.


SCOTT GOODWIN, Mentor, earned a Master of Science in applied anatomy from Case Western Reserve University and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.

TAMI ENDER MARINELLA (MBA), Cleveland, see ’09.

CHRISTINA “TINA” SADOWSKI, Maple Heights, displayed her first solo photography exhibit, “Reflections of Cleveland,” at E11even 2 art gallery, which she co-owns and operates.

CHESLEY TALISSÈ, Ontario, celebrates six years as founder of the music department of Richland School of Academic Arts, a public charter school. She is also assistant director of the Reynoldsburg Community Band, serves on the Galion Theatre Board, and is pursuing a master’s degree in music education.


JORDAN JAVIER (MBA), Gates Mills, is director of University Hospitals’ new Rainbow Center for Women and Children in midtown Cleveland.


SARAH HUMMEL, Fayetteville, N.Y., earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and has joined a small animal emergency practice in Syracuse.

JASON ICE, Medina, earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in May 2018 from Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.


BROOKE HRADISKY, Lakewood, has been honored by Crain’s Cleveland Business “Twenty in their 20s” awards recognizing professional achievements and civic contributions in Northeast Ohio. She is a vice president at Carleton McKenna & Co.


ELLE BENKO, Vermilion, earned a Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) from Case Western Reserve University in May 2018. She is now a licensed social worker (LSW) and full-time therapist with Ohio Guidestone.

DESHAWN FRANKLIN, Los Angeles, Calif., is a software engineer for Basis Worldwide, a technology-focused marketing company.

AUBRIE POWELL, Los Alamos, N.M., earned a Master of Music in composition from the University of Missouri - Kansas City in May 2017.


JONATHAN CARTWRIGHT, Cleveland, is an IT specialist with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS). He is pursuing an MBA in management at BW and is captain of BW’s cyber defense team.

ALANNA CRUMMIE, Parma Heights, is now the producer for 98.5 WNCX’s morning show, Cleveland’s Classic Rock.

ASHLEY HAWLEY, North Royalton, is a grants coordinator for Providence House, a Cleveland nonprofit providing families and children with resources and housing during crisis.

JENNIFER JOURILES, Moreland Hills, is an accountant for the Cleveland Clinic. She also served as a Spanish language interpreter on a medical mission trip to Honduras.

NICHOLAS LYNCH-VORIS, Oak Harbor, has returned this summer as a staff member with Santa Fe Opera in wig and makeup design. The recipient of several awards, he is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in wig and makeup design at University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

NICHOLAS MALVASI, Charlotte, N.C., is an analyst in the valuation and corporate actions department of Barings Capital Management.

KATHRYN “KATIE” O’MALLEY, Berea, is an event coordinator for the alumni association of Case Western Reserve University.

ANTHONY PINZONE, Brunswick Hills, is pursuing a Master of Arts in English literature at Cleveland State University and interning with Tremonster magazine.


ALLISON DEIGHAN, Painesville, is a labor and delivery nurse at St. Vincent Hospital in Erie, Pa.

KIMBERLEY OWENS, Gainesville, Fla., is a speech-language pathologist assistant at Fundamental Therapy Solutions.

PATRICK PERALTA, Rochester, N.Y., won the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music’s guitar concerto competition, which earned him a solo performance with Eastman’s symphony orchestra.

MARVIN WILLIAMS, North Olmsted, is an operational support specialist for Ohio Alcohol Monitoring Systems (Ohio AMS).

CAROLINE ZURBRUGG, Alliance, is a medical oncology nurse for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.


MCKENZIE CAMERIERI, Brecksville, is an admission counselor and coordinator of engagement at Ursuline College.

KAITLYN WITSAMAN (MAED), Medina, is a financial aid counselor at Fairmont State University. 


RICHARD “DICK” LITTLE, Lakewood, was honored with the Lifetime Contribution to Mathematics in Education Award by the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics. He shared the honor with his wife, Laura Novosel Little (see ’83).

Marriage Announcements

JESSICA HELMAR ’09 to Jamie McCauley




CASSANDRA “CASSEY” TURIC ’09 to William D’Amico

Birth Announcements

STEFANIE CEDRO MOHR ’03 and husband, Brandon, a son


MATTHEW SEITZ ’05 and wife Melissa, a daughter

JENNIFER SLAGA GEGORSKI ’06 (MAED ’10) and husband Matt, a daughter

SHANNON FRALEY-BARON ’12, and husband Roger, a daughter

In Memoriam


JEAN BARTEL SPRAGUE, Strongsville, died on May 29. Majored in science education.


JOSEPH CASAREGOLA, Cleveland, died on April 29. Majored in chemistry.


KENYON GORNALL, Oberlin, died on June 19. Majored in humanities.

LENORE “LEE” BARBAT SANDOR, Juneau, Alaska, died on April 4. Majored in history. Member of Phi Mu.


JAMES “JIM” TURCHANIK, Columbus, died on May 5. Majored in humanities. Lettered in football.


ROLAND “RON” ARNOLD, Houston, Tex., died on April 23. Majored in economics. Member of Alpha Sigma Phi and lettered in baseball.

ILA MILLER, Mercer, Pa., died on May 17. Majored in education.


E. DONALD “DON” CHADWICK, Avon Lake, died on May 8. Majored in mathematics. Member of Lambda Chi Alpha and lettered in football. Inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame for wrestling and football in 1979.

DAVID WALKER, SR., North Ridgeville, died on April 25. Majored in history. Member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.


ALICE “JEAN” STARR MCCLURE, Johnstown, died on May 2. Majored in home economics.

JOHN RUBY, Mandeville, La., died on April 18. Majored in biology. Member of Alpha Tau Omega and lettered in basketball and track.


JOANNE LINDEMAN RASMUSSEN, Painesville, died on May 11. Majored in English. Member of Delta Zeta.


KENNETH “KEN” COOK, Berea, died on June 5, 2017. Majored in business administration.


JAY STEIGER, Westfield, Ind., died on May 5. Majored in business administration.


THOMAS “TOM” RODGERS, Wichita Falls, Tex., died on June 30. Majored in business administration. Member of Alpha Tau Omega and lettered in basketball and football.


GARY COLONIUS, Medina, died on May 6. Majored in political science.                                                                    


NANCY APPLEGATE VALIANTE, Newark, Del., died on April 13. Majored in education. Member of Zeta Tau Alpha.


DON GAULT, Parma, died on January 8. Majored in mathematics and pursued graduate studies in education.

THOMAS KOSTELNIK (MBA), Peoria, Ariz., died on May 19.  Earned an MBA in management.


PLATT SAFFORD (MBA), Kent, died on May 29. Earned an MBA in management.


RYAN CHANDLER, Dublin, died on June 29. Majored in health & physical education. Member of Lambda Chi Alpha.

KAREN GNANDT NAPOLI, Avon Lake, died on May 8. Majored in business administration.


MARY BERNARD HAGAN (MAED), Miromar Lakes, Fla., died on June 13. Earned a Master of Arts in Education. 


ANTHONY RUMLER (MBA), Brunswick, died on June 18. Earned an MBA in management.


TODD “BUBBA” ENGLE, Amherst, died on May 2. Majored in health & physical education. Member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.


DAVID ELSASS, Bowling Green, died on June 9. He was an associate professor of education at BW from 1957 to 1959.

CHARLES GORHAM, Wexford, Pa., died on May 14. Charles was a trumpet instructor for the Conservatory of Music in the 1950s and 1960s. He also played with The Cleveland Orchestra and the US Air Force Band.

ALLEN KOFSKY, Beachwood, died on June 7. Allen was a professor in the Conservatory of Music for 51 years. He was also a member of The Cleveland Orchestra for 39 years, playing trombone, euphonium and bass trumpet.






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