FALL 2021 

Featuring news received between June 1 and September 30, 2021


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. The archived collection of notes (including class notes, marriage and birth announcements, and in memoriam listings) begins with those received in 2010. Use the sidebar menu (at left) to navigate between the archive and past issues referenced in the notes. 

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Births In Memoriam



WILLIAM CLARK, Sheffield Village, was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame for his Navy service. Members of the Hall of Fame are honored in a permanent display at the Vern Riffe Center near the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.


W. BRUCE JOHNSON, Medina, lives in Las Vegas during the winter and returns to Medina in the summer.


LOIS MANAHAN WOLF, Milan, served as the collections registrar of the Milan Historical Museum from 1990 to 2005. In 2020, she retired as director of the Sidney Frohman Planetarium after 17 years. She is now director of the Edison Birthplace Museum, a position she has held since 2010.


CONSTANCE DUGAN POPEL, New Hope, Ala., was featured in a publication of the U.S. Department of Defense about her work as a recreation coordinator in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.


JOSEPH LEVY, Hudson, retired in 2010 after 44.5 years of working as a registered respiratory therapist and is retiring from the role of secretary at his Masonic Lodge. Joseph is now into his sixth year of driving a school bus for the Stow Munroe Falls City School District.

JOHN “JACK” MARSH, Jr., Sioux Falls, S.D., was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame as a legacy honoree for ethics and human rights. Throughout his career with Gannett, Freedom Forum and Newseum, University of South Dakota, and the American Indian Journalism Institute, Jack has advocated for media diversity and journalism education.

JOHN DAVID SMITH, Charlotte, N.C., is coeditor of the book The Long Civil War, published in July 2021 by the University Press of Kentucky.


ROD PETKOVIC, Cypress, Calif., retired from teaching in 2015 and coaching in 2020 after winning 38 Varsity League championships. He was inducted into the California Hall of Fame for coaching soccer, track, and cross country.


TONI WEHNER ROBERTS, Ocala, Fla., retired and moved to Florida three years ago.


ALLEN FRISZMAN (EMBA ’98), North Ridgeville, retired from Komatsu in April of 2020. He and his wife Cheryl are celebrating 40 years of marriage.


STEPHEN FERRE, Cincinnati, won first prize for the professional division in the Robert Avalon International Composition Competition with his String Quartet No. 5.


JOHN KENNEDY, Woodland Hills, Calif., received the President’s Distinguished Professor Award at California State University, where he is a professor of music composition.

LILLIAN SHERROD, Shaker Heights, is the owner of a travel business, Another Level Travel.

BETSY HUDSON TRABA, Sarasota, Fla., is the principal flutist of the Sarasota Orchestra where she also authors program notes for concerts. She has developed an adult education course on orchestral music and serves as the host/moderator for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College in Sarasota County.


RANDELL MCSHEPARD, Medina, joined the advisory board for Citymark Capital, a real estate fund manager headquartered in Cleveland.


JAMES PARENTI, Alexandria, Va., graduated with honors from the doctoral program at Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University in August 2021.


HOLLY SCOTT NICHOLS, Avon, accepted a civil servant position with NASA as a program specialist with the technical excellence office of the NASA Safety Center.


ANGELA PARKER, Miamisburg, retired from her career in information technology.


ALBERT PHILIPS, North Olmsted, retired from KeyBank in July 2018 after serving as the VP of credit risk management.


TONY CIPOLLONE (MAEd ’02), Westlake, is now executive director of athletics, wellness and community recreation for Cuyahoga Community College, a brand new position.

DIANA MATTONI, Winter Garden, Fla., was promoted to house manager at Dr. Philips Center for the Performing Arts.

LAURA SCHACH O'BRIEN, Olmsted Township, celebrated her five-year anniversary of owning Igloo Frozen Yogurt and Treats in Berea on September 1st, 2021.

DANIEL ORSINI, Seminole Fla., has retired after a long career in information technology.


KELLY REBLIN, Milford, was featured in the July 2021 issue of Modern Counsel for her work as employee benefits counsel at The Kroger Company. She is the 2017, 2018 and 2019 USA Track & Field Masters National Champion in the javelin and represents TEAM USA as a masters athlete in international track and field competitions.

RICHARD ”RICK” SIMMONS, Chardon, released his first book, Unleashed: Harnessing the Power of Liminal Space. The book, co-authored by Rick's wife and business partner, Amy Simmons, is published through ForbesBooks.


AARON DANIELS, Roslindale, Mass., is now a visiting associate teaching professor at Northeastern University in Boston.


SHEFFIA RANDALL DOOLEY, Lakewood, was appointed CEO and president for the Center for Arts Inspired Learning.

BRETT ROBINETT (MBA), Louisville, was named vice president of strategy for Delta Care RX.


MELISSA COLEMAN HALL, Miamisburg, celebrated her 25th wedding anniversary with her husband, Chris Hall. Their son Joshua Hall ’20 celebrated his one-year wedding anniversary in August with his wife, Emily Holtrup Hall.


JULIE SCHLEICH, North Olmsted, retired in February 2020.


BEN HODGE, Avon Lake, was named superintendent of Avon Local Schools.

ALLEN FRISZMAN (EMBA), North Olmsted, see ’77.

FRED SAYLOR, Uniontown, is a 2021 inductee of the BW Athletics Hall of Fame for football.


LEAH ROMOND GIBBONS, Bay Village, was named senior vice president and general manager of brokerage at Howard Hanna Real Estate.

MARY KOVACH, Kings Mills, is the host of a new business management show and podcast, both titled ROCKSTAR Manager. She also released her new book, ROCKSTAR Manager: From Theory to Practice, in June 2021.

DEBORAH GYURKO YOUSE, Fort Wayne, Ind., accepted an interim position for the 2021-2022 academic year with IvyOnline as the assistant faculty lead for math. 



BEVERLY HONKONEN JOYCE, Brecksville, moved to Brecksville a year ago. In the last year she has published nineteen poems and twenty-five photographs, in various literary journals and magazines. One of her poems, titled “Marble,” was runner-up for the William Carlos Williams’ Prize for Poetry.


MEGHAN GUTHRIE MARSAC, Lexington, Ky., published a new book, Afraid of the Doctor: Every Parent's Guide to Preventing and Managing Medical Trauma. Meghan is a pediatric psychologist and a tenured associate professor at the University of Kentucky and Kentucky Children’s Hospital.

STEFANIE CEDRO MOHR, Cheswick, Pa., was named director of marketing and engagement for the Carnegie Museum of Art in December 2019.


ANDREW HIGGINS, Albuquerque, N.M., received his Ph.D. in 2017 from the USAF Air Command and Staff College. He completed combat tours in 2009-2010 and 2013-2014 in support of Operation Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.

CLINT NEEDHAM, Strongsville, composed Inspiring Light for BW’s 175th anniversary celebration. Composed for a mixed brass ensemble of faculty, students and alumni, it premiered at BW’s 2020 Commencement ceremony in May and has also been shared in virtual settings.


JESSICA PALIVODA KERRIGAN, Fairview Park, joined Lockton Ohio as an assistant vice president. She will be the first in the global brokerage firm’s Midwest series to lead expansion of risk management offerings throughout the state and the Midwest.

BRYAN MORGAN, Litchfield, has led North Ridgeville’s boys basketball program for the last nine years and is now also head football coach.


ERIC KOWALEWSKI, Strongsville, was named executive vice president of Florida operations for PGT Innovations which manufactures and supplies premium windows and doors.


STEVE HORNE (MBA), North Royalton, is now general manager for Industrial Parts and Service.

MATTHEW CODY KIDD, Northampton, Mass., is a 2021 inductee of the BW Athletics Hall of Fame for baseball.

AMY MARTIN-MADELEY (MAED ’15, BSN ’17), Garfield Heights, received her CRRN nursing certification and MSN degree in nursing education from Cleveland State University in 2021. She was also featured on the CRRN website.

DANIEL SAVAGE, Canton, is now the assistant principal at Coventry High School after serving as its athletic director and dean of students for five years.

BENJAMIN SCHAEFER, Berea, is now executive assistant to the mayor and special projects manager for the City of University Heights.


ZAC GAYDOSH, St. Petersburg, Fla., is regional sales manager for the Southeast at Cornerstone Building Brands.

NICHOLAS SMITH, New York, N.Y., transitioned to the role of full-time program manager at the International Center of Photography in New York, New York. He previously worked in graduate admissions at the School of Visual Arts.


KIM CHINN, Zanesville, is a 2021 inductee of the BW Athletics Hall of Fame for track and cross country.

SAINTY REID NELSEN, Sherman Oaks, Calif., won a Tony Award for Best Play with her husband Eric as co-producers of The Inheritance about the AIDS crisis. The Inheritance also garnered awards in three other categories. When not producing, Sainty works as an actress and voice actress.

ANTHONY PALETTA, Columbus, was named the 2020 Educator of the Year by the Whitehall Education Association. He now teaches social studies at New Albany High School and coaches tennis at Westerville South. Anthony also lends his expertise to the Ohio Association of Student Leaders and the Ohio Department of Education.

KEVIN PHIPPS, Ithaca, N.Y., is a 2021 inductee of the BW Athletics Hall of Fame for football and track and field. 

SABREEN TAHA, Doha, Qatar, joined HEC Paris, one of the world’s leading business schools, as the head of community engagement. This is her second post in Qatar, after previously working at Carnegie Mellon University’s branch campus there.


DENNIS CAMPBELL JR. (MAEd), Stow, was recognized in the Greater Akron Chamber’s list “30 for the Future” honoring young professionals making a positive impact on the Akron area. Dennis is assistant director of fraternity and sorority life at Kent State University and an officer with the Kent Jaycees.

MARGARET “MOLLY” HARAGAN, Harrisburg, Pa., was promoted to manager of responsible sourcing at The Hershey Company. She was also elected as president of the non-profit neighborhood association, Friends of Midtown, in the Harrisburg area.


AUBREY JOHANSEN, Riverview, Fla., was selected as one of the up-and-coming grillers on the Food Network’s CHOPPED series. The segment aired on August 31, 2021.

MELISSA FANNON PALETTA, Columbus, earned a master’s degree in STEM education in 2019 from The Ohio State University. She teaches math at Westerville South High School.


NAIFARRAH “FARRAH” BELL, South Euclid, is a full time Medical Mutual of Ohio employee. She has also started a cookie business with her eight-year-old daughter Marisa called Fairy Godmother Arts and Crafts. On July 29, 2021, Farrah and Marisa were featured on the Fox 8 News show Kickin’ It with Kenny.

EMILY HOUSEHOLDER STACEY, Alliance, owns and operates her own travel agency, Aida's Adventures.



ENRIQUE SONDAKH-DORANTES, Dallas, Tex., began working as an associate manager of marketing capabilities for Keurig Dr. Pepper.

BRUCE STACEY II, Alliance, is now working at the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a volunteer coordinator. Bruce, his wife Emily Householder Stacey ’14, and their son, moved to Alliance for his new position.


MADELINE “MADDIE” SOUTHALL WALLACE, Cleveland, was named the 2021 Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year by the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Cleveland.

RACHEL WILKEN, Columbus, Ind., was promoted to assistant director of the J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program at Indiana University.


NICHOLAS HANSON, New Orleans, La., is now a resident director at Tulane University in New Orleans.


COLTON RYAN, Lexington, Ky., plays the role of Connor Murphy in the 2021 film version of Dear Evan Hansen. Colton had understudied the roles of Connor Murphy and Evan Hansen in the original Broadway production.


CARLYNN ARTHUR, Hiram, was promoted to associate director of development and alumni relations at Hiram College.

LAUREN DALZELL WILLIAMS, Shaker Heights, is attending Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University as a J.D. candidate.


MADISON THOMPSON, Wellington, worked in the automotive and security fields after graduation before enrolling in a training program with National General Insurance where she will soon begin processing vehicle claims.


THOMAS LUNDIN, North Canton, is a fifth grade math and science teacher at Ranger High Tech Academy (STEM Academy).

JULIA PETRY, Medina, works at Hey Now! Media as a content marketing manager.


Marriage Announcements




GWYN DUBEL KLAMER ’19, ’19 (MBA) to Michael Klamer


ERIN BOBACK ’18 (MS) to Christopher Nutt

Birth Announcements

ADAM TAYLOR ’07 and wife Kerri, a daughter (2020)

MELISSA FANNON PALETTA ’13 and ANTHONY PALETTA ’11, a daughter (2020)

ALISON TOMIN HURTUK ’10 and husband Steve, a son


MICHAEL ULATOWSKI ’02, and wife Alicia, a daughter

In Memoriam 


HELEN MAYER KAIN, Santa Fe, N.M., died on August 9. Majored in business.

JOHN LANGENHAN, Iowa City, Iowa, died on June 3. Majored in business administration.

DONALD “DON” SWEGAN, Sebring, died on June 17. Majored in physical education. Member of Alpha Tau Omega and lettered in basketball. Don coached basketball and served as chair of the health and physical education department in the 1960s. He also served BW as professor of education, director of teacher education, dean of student affairs. and special assistant to the vice president for advancement. Don received the Alumni Merit Award in 2016.


RICHARD BAKER, Berea, died on December 4, 2020. Majored in business administration. Member of Alpha Tau Omega. Richard was also a member of the Navy V-12 unit at BW.

ROBERT “BOB” BARENSFELD, Ellwood City, Pa., died August 2, 2021. Majored in economics. Member of Alpha Tau Omega. BW honored Bob with the Alumni Merit Award in 1983 and an honorary Doctor of Laws in 1986. He also served on the BW Board of Trustees.

HORACE “JAY” BRAGGINS, New Port Richey, Fla., died on June 27.  Majored in economics. Member of Alpha Tau Omega.

MARTHA BLOUCH MCMAHON, Westlake, died on July 11. Majored in psychology.

STANLEY WOLCZYK, Wadsworth, died on August 22. Majored in business administration. Member of Phi Kappa Tau.


RICHARD “DICK” KRISHER, Berea, died on August 14. Majored in business administration. Member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

PHYLLIS TULK THOMIN, Amherst, died on April 17. Majored in English. Member of Alpha Phi.


ANN STEWART HUMPHREYS, Medina, died on July 2. Majored in music. Member and president of Alpha Xi Delta.


MALINDA CALVIN GILBREATH, San Diego, Calif., died on September 2. Majored in education. Member of Alpha Gamma Delta and the Women’s Recreation Association.


LOIS MALISH HUBLER, Elyria, died on May 24. Majored in music.

GERALDINE PECK JEROME, Jefferson, died on March 24. Majored in education.

CAROL BUGAY TIDYMAN, Sequim, Wash., died on September 6. Majored in middle childhood science education.


CAROL SEELEY MILLER, Dover, died on July 7. Majored in education. Member of Phi Mu.


ROBERT “BOB” CILIMBURG, Westlake, died on September 28. Majored in health and physical education. Member of Alpha Tau Omega and lettered in wrestling.

LLOYD MADIS, Medina, died on August 6. Majored in art.


JEAN RYAN CARLEY, Inverness, Fla., died on August 30. Majored in home economics. Member of Alpha Gamma Delta.


EUGENE “GENE” BORZA, New Cumberland, Pa, died on September 5. Majored in history. Member of Alpha Sigma Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa. Gene was honored with BW’s Outstanding Educator Award in 2016.

CARL SCHRAIBMAN, Springfield, died on May 17. Majored in health & physical education. Member of Alpha Sigma Phi and lettered in basketball.

LOUIS WIRTH, Middleburg Heights, died on August 23. Majored in business administration. Member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.


EVELYN PRICE BELLUS, Buellton, Calif., died on June 11. Majored in music education.

ERNEST FRANTZ, Boise, Idaho, died on August 30, 2020. Majored in business administration.

L. DEAN RUMMERY, North Ridgeville, died on July 12. Majored in business administration.

CATHERINE “CATHY” MEYER SCHACHT, Perrysburg, died on August 4. Majored in home economics. Member of Delta Zeta.


GLORIA BROWN SWEENEY, Rudolph, died on December 12, 2020. Majored in music education.


LOUSIE “WHEEZY” HALLOWAY GLOVER, Belmont, N.C., died on August 24. Majored in French.

SUE VANDERVORT MOORE, Englewood, died on September 12. Majored in English.

JANICE CROCKER NIEPERT, Columbus, died on August 1. Majored in education.


RUDOLPH “RUDY” STREW, Strongsville, died on June 29. Majored in English and teacher education.


STEPHEN “STEVE” BOESEL, Sarasota, Fla., died on September 23. Majored in economics. Steve was a trustee of BW and its most generous philanthropist. He made historic gifts to the Conservatory of Music (including for the building of the Boesel Musical Arts Center), School of Business, and many other strategic initiatives that have advanced BW. Steve was honored with the Alumni Merit Award in 2000 and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2006.

KAREN KRONENBERGER, Akron, died on May 10. Majored in music.

STEPHEN STURDEVANT, Emerald Isle, N.C., died on July 18. Majored in business administration. Member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.


JAMES “JIM” STORRY, Sagamore Hills, died on June 27. Majored in music education. Member of Pi Lambda Phi.


ROSE WEILAND, Valley City, died on July 16. Majored in education.


RONALD OLEJKO, Atlanta, Ga., died on September 5. Majored in speech and communication. Member of Theta Alpha Phi.


ALVIN LUDWIG, Scott Depot, W.Va., died on December 5, 2020. Majored in business administration.


CYNTHIA MILLER CONNER, Cleveland, died on September 17. Majored in business administration. Member of the Black Student Alliance.


ALBERT EARL MORTON (MBA), Beaumont, Calif., died on February 18. Earned an MBA in management.

EUGENE “GENE” OCHALEK (MBA), Leesburg, Fla., died on February 12, 2020. Earned an MBA in management. No obituary available at time of publication.


HOWARD CARROLL, Greeneville, Tenn., died on August 3, 2019. Majored in mathematics.


MICHAEL GREGORY, Massillon, died on July 8. Majored in business administration.

DAVID “DAVE” MEYERS (MBA), Lorain, died on September 24. Earned MBA in management.


ANN PERRY CHURCHILL (MAED), Murray, Ky., died on June 4. Earned a Master of Arts in Education.


TIMOTHY BARBER, Needham, Mass., died on July 22. Majored in business administration.


GEORGE ZIVICH (MBA), Mentor, died on September 27. Earned an MBA in management.


RONALD “RON” HONKONEN (MBA), Brecksville, died on August 6. Earned an MBA in management.

PETER ZERGA (MBA), Findlay, died on January 15. Earned an MBA in management.


KATHLEEN KANNENBERG ASMONDY, Strongsville, died on September 24. Majored in education.

JAMES “COACH” “LARGE” FREY (MBA ’91), Land O Lakes, Fla., died on September 19. Majored in business and later earned an MBA in management.


JANET “JAN” WUNDERLICH ENNES, North Ridgeville, died on August 2. Majored in music.



ANNMARIE IRWIN, Cleveland, died on January 22. Majored in theatre.

ROSE-MARIE DELUCA KENDALL, Hinckley, died on August 11. Majored in business administration.

BARBARA JAN THOMAS, Valley City, died on January 30. Majored in business administration.


DEANNA MIHALICK BONTEMPO (MAED), Berea, died on July 11. Earned a Master of Arts in Education with a focus in literacy.


NICOLE DAWN LUCAS YOUNG, Winchester, Va., died on September 2. Majored in health and physical education and health promotion. Lettered in track.


JOSEPH “JOE” HARBOUR, Canal Fulton, died on July 2. Majored in history. Lettered in football.


DENISE DENEGA-EASTER (MAED), Blacksburg, Va., died on June 27. Earned of Master of Arts in Education.


JASON CLINKER, Dover, died on August 21. Majored in business administration.


NANCY LOUISE HESS LANG, North Liberty, Iowa, died on July 6. She worked in BW’s Registrar’s Office.

GILBERT “GIL” H. SIEGEL, Oxford, died on August 6. He was the husband of Suzanne Green Siegel.

BARBARA BREESE WINBIGLER, Berea, died on September 25. In 1973 she began her faculty career at BW in the department of Speech, Communication and Theatre, retiring in 2004.




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