February 2019 

Featuring news received between October 1 and December 31, 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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Class Notes



1960s

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

2010s

Marriages

Births

In Memoriam

1964

SANDRA SARNECKI BATEMAN, Colorado Springs, Co., is enjoying life in Colorado where she is busy playing canasta, duplicate bridge and pickle ball and being near family. She is also active with The First Presbyterian Church.

JEANNE ARBOGAST GRIMM, Morgantown, WV, retired from her position as assistant director for the Center for Excellence in Disabilities at West Virginia University (WVU). She received a master’s degree in public history from WVU, writes grants and articles for history projects, and enjoys family genealogy research. She has been married for 52 years and has two children and five grandchildren.

1967

KEN BICHEL, Laredo, Tex., is music director and orchestrator for the new romantic musical comedy Bikers in Camelot. It premieres February 20, 2019 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, with book, music and lyrics by Ken’s wife Wendy.

1970

DAVID MARSHALL, Santa Fe, N.M, has retired after 40 years of teaching in the department of mathematics and computer Science at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. He is enjoying retired life with his wife Linda and embracing the sentiment of Prof. Donald F. Watts: “I’m glad I did it, and I’m glad it’s over.”

1971

TOM SEDDON, Cincinnati, is serving as the CEO for the Warren County Foundation with offices in Lebanon, Ohio.

1973

JOHN CARNEY, Sheffield Village, received the YMCA Alumni Robert Knight Retired Director of the Year award for Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania.

1974

DOUGLAS WHIPPLE, Cleveland Heights, was included in the Ohio and Kentucky edition of Super Lawyers, an annual list of top attorneys in the region. He works in general litigation for Whipple Law LLC.

JERRY CERGOL, Elyria, is retired from multiple careers including work with IBM Corp and Cleveland Clinic and as a jazz musician. He is a professional church keyboardist and owner of Net-Work Music who composes, arranges and transcribes church music.

1978

ROBERT OLDS, Albuquerque, N.M., is retired from Kent State University’s public health department and the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center where he helped launch a College of Population Health and directed its Bachelor of Science in population health. He remains in New Mexico with his wife Christina.

1980

BARBARA REESE HALLIDAY, Strongsville, earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Ursuline College in May 2018.

1981

TOM KMIECIK, Carmel, Ind., was appointed chief operating officer (COO) at Krig DeVault LLP, a legal services firm with offices throughout the Midwest.

1982

JAMES DEAN (MBA), Chesterland, is now manager of business deposits and services at Farmers National Bank.

1984

SHARON HOSKO (MAED '88), Berea, has retired after more than 30 years of service with the Cleveland Metroparks, first as a naturalist and later as manager of the Brecksville Nature Center.

1987

COLLEEN MORROW SWEDYK, Medina, was elected the county commissioner of Medina County.

1988

CHRISTOPHER CAREY (MBA), University Heights, is now a managing director of investments for the firm We Are One Seven LLC (dba Carey Dittoe Wealth Management).

MARK DANNI, Naples, Fla., received BW’s Conservatory Alumni Achievement Award in November 2018. He is the director of theatre at the Community School of Naples and founding artistic director of TheatreZone, a professional equity theatre. He has also performed as a percussionist for several major Broadway musicals and national touring productions.

SHARON HOSKO (MAED), Berea, seee '84.

1990

MELISSA DUNN, Hampshire, Ill., was named senior vice president of sales of myMatrixx, part of Express Scripts Holding Company and a leader in workers’ compensation pharmacy services.

1992

JULIE JONES, Akron, was inducted into the Akron Softball Hall of Fame in November 2018. A graduate of Garfield High School, she was honored as one of the top 40 all-time softball players of influence in Summit County.

1993

RONALD D. CIANCUTTI, Lakewood, retired from the Cleveland Metroparks after 36 years of service as director of procurement, during which he focused on innovative methods, fiscal accountability and financial integrity.

1994

GREG ANDREGO, Hudson, received the Northern Ohio Section of the Professional Golf Association’s (PGA) Youth Player Development Award for 2018. The award recognizes leaders in the promotion and development of junior golf. Greg is a PGA professional at Ellsworth Meadows Golf Club.

1997

MICHAEL HARTLEY, Circleville, founded Swing State Strategies, a public affairs, public relations and political consulting firm. He lives with his wife Samantha and their children, Xavier and Sofia.

1998

TRACY JOHNSON GARNAR, Tucson, Ariz., earned a Master of Science in applied sociology from Clemson University in May 2018. She is now pursuing a doctorate in sociology at the University of Arizona with specialization in gender and sociology of law.

GREG HIPP (MBA ’05), Seville, was named president of IRG Realty Advisors while maintaining his position as IRG’s director of property management.

2000

BRAD CALABRESE, Avon, received University Hospitals (UH) Elyria Medical Center’s Kevin C. Martin Award, which honors one leader annually for demonstrating values essential to UH’s success.  

CATHERINE WARGO FICZNER, Elgin, S.C., received an MBA from the University of South Carolina in December 2018.

LORI SHERRY THOMASON (MAED ’04), Medina, was named Teacher of the Year by Crestview Elementary School. She teaches fifth grade math.

2001

CHRISTIE GREEN DAVENPORT, Berea, is now director of alumni engagement at Baldwin Wallace University.

2002

PATRICIA SANTOS, Highland Falls, N.Y., performed as a cellist with Prince Ea for the opening of the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York City for an audience including several world leaders.

2004

LORI SHERRY THOMASON (MAED), Medina, see ’00.

2005

COLLEEN O’NEILL DEPENBROK, North Ridgeville, was promoted to account manager at Falls Communications, a marketing communication and PR agency in Cleveland.

GREG HIPP (MBA), see ’98.

2006

ALLEN STEWART, Istanbul, Turkey, has been living in Istanbul for the past four years teaching English in the city’s university sector.

2007

MEGAN MATCHETT, Columbus, published her first illustrated children’s book, Phanlop the Dragon available for sale on Amazon.

THERESA SCHNEIDER TAPOCSI (MBA ’12), Brunswick, is now a client experience leader with Veritus Group, a national nonprofit consulting firm.

2008

STEFANIE DEKA, Northfield, was designated a “Rising Star” in Ohio Super Lawyers. Deka is a business litigation associate in the Cleveland office of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC.

TIMOTHY DEWALD, Lakewood, has returned to Ohio after a decade of working in television in New York. He is now a senior account executive for Dix & Eaton.

RAYSHAWN EATMON, Brooklyn, was named as one of Crain’s Cleveland Class of 2018 “Forty Under 40.” He is a senior IT applications programmer for Progressive Insurance and director of Toastmasters Area 21 which includes three clubs dedicated to public speaking and leadership skills. 

2010

STEVEN CAPLE JR., Cleveland, directed the critically acclaimed Creed II, the eighth installment of the Rocky film series.

2011

JUSTIN LEVINE, Fairport Harbor, was promoted to director of enrollment management operations at Lake Erie College.

JESSICA TOMC (MBA ’11), Cleveland, was promoted to senior manager at Ernst & Young.

2012

ANDREA “ANDI” JUDT, Summerville, is assistant director of corporate and foundation relations at College of Charleston.

2013      

KOURTNEY KOVAC, Wickliffe, earned a Master of Education in exercise science from Cleveland State University and became a certified exercise physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. She is a licensed physical therapist assistant at Cleveland Clinic Euclid Hospital and Cardinal Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation in Chesterland.

2014

DALE CROWLEY, Willoughby, is a writer and editor with Progressive Insurance as well as a part-time professor of English at The North Coast College. He has published two novels and several poems, academic articles and short stories, with a specialty in early 20th century horror and weird fiction.

2015

COLIN CUNNINGHAM, Parma, became a proud homeowner in November 2018. He is a sales and leasing consultant for Cleveland Motorsports.

KERI RENE FULLER, Bethany, Okla., will star in the Broadway national revival tour of the musical Cats as Grizabella, known for singing “Memory.” She is cast alongside fellow BW graduate DAN HOY ’18.

PAUL NERLICH, North Royalton, is a fourth grade teacher at Firelands Elementary School.

2016

MEREDITH HUDOCK HOPKINS, Allison Park, Pa., earned a master’s degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in traditional Scottish music. In September 2018 she won the title of National Scottish Fiddle Champion.

ASHLEY KING, Ravenna, is a campus wellness and Title IX specialist at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She earned a Master of Education in higher education administration and student affairs from Kent State University in 2018.

BRITTANY SMITH, Chicago, Ill., is an exercise physiologist in the general internal medicine and geriatrics division of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

2017

SYDNEY CLARK, Parma, was promoted to account manager at MCPc.

VICTORIA FARLEY (MBA ’17), Phoenix, Ariz., re-located to Phoenix and became a corporate internal auditor for PetSmart.

LAURA KEATING, Cleveland, is pursuing a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from John Carroll University.

SHANNON KEE, Madison, earned a master’s degree in art gallery and museum studies at the University of Leeds in Leeds, United Kingdom in December 2018.

ALEXANDRA MILLER (MBA ’17), Lakewood, is a staff auditor at Ernst & Young.

2018

WILL ANASTASIADIS, Indianapolis, Ind., is pursuing a doctorate of psychology in clinical psychology from at Indiana State University.

DAN HOY, Chagrin Falls, will star in the Broadway national revival tour of the musical Cats as the show’s main narrator, Munkustrap. He is cast alongside fellow BW graduate KERI RENE FULLER '15.   

Marriage Announcements

JENSEN HANNA ’04 to EMILY BISCHOFF ‘04

HARISA LAGJI ’14 to CHARLES R. HENDERSON II ’14

PAUL NERLICH ’15 to HAYLEY GERONIMO ’17

BRIANA SINN ’15 to DANIEL O’BRIEN ‘15

MEREDITH HUDOCK ’16 to ISAAC HOPKINS ’16

Birth Announcements

SARA SCALZO MANSON ’97 and husband Joseph, a son

MONICA MANCINI ZOLTON ’03, ’03 and GREG ZOLTON ’01, a son

JESSICA HORNER HOLL ’06 and husband Troy, a son

KELLY ALLISON KERNS ’09 and husband Brad, a daughter

JENNIFER SCHWAN LEVINE ’14 and JUSTIN LEVINE ’11, a son

EMILY HOUSEHOLDER STACEY ’14 and BRUCE STACEY ’15, a son

In Memoriam

1942

VELMA ROWE STANZEL, Amado, Ariz., died on October 29. Earned a bachelor of arts. Member of Zeta Tau Alpha.

1945

FRANCES WACKERMAN KELLER, Akron, died on December 26. Majored in home economics. Member of Delta Zeta.

1946

MARILYN R. PETERSON, Lakeland, Fla., died on November 21. Majored in English. Member of Beta Sigma Omicron. 

SACHI ISHIDA, San Francisco, Calif., died on December 2. Majored in English. 

1949

MAYNARD ELLIOTT, Nokomis, Fla, died on July 24. Majored in business administration. Member of the acappella choir.

HOWARD KOCH, Lima, died on October 21. Majored in biology. Member of Alpha Sigma Phi.

1950

ALLEN CHEYNEY, Berea, died on October 29. Majored in health and physical education.

1951

MARY LOU BRUNSKILL, Medina, died on October 20. Majored in home economics.

1952

MARGARET “PEGGY” POOLE GUJU, Centennial, Co., died on September 29. Majored in biology. Member of Delta Zeta.

1957

RODNEY D. BROWN, Dallas TX., died on October 31. Majored in health and physical education. Member of Alpha Tau Omega. He also competed in intramural wrestling.

1958

JEROME “JERRY” SCHACHT, Perrysburg, died on October 12. Majored in history. Member of Alpha Sigma Phi.

1959

ROBERT LEWIS, North Ridgeville, died on November 11. Majored in business administration. Lettered in football.

LARRY SKLENAR, Georgetown, S.C., died on November 7. Majored in English. Member of Lambda Chi Alpha and worked on the staffs of The Exponent, Grindstone, and Mill.

1960

JOSEPHINE “JOSIE” DEWEY, Rochester, N.Y., died on November 12. Majored in education. Member of Zeta Tau Alpha.

NED B. CRISLIP, Pennington, N.J., died on November 1. Majored in music education. Member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Received BW’s Conservatory Achievement Award in April 1994.

1963

JOHN SCOFIELD, Lakewood, died on November 29. Majored in physics and astronomy.

1964

SUSAN FINE RUSSELL, Estero, Fla., died on October 31. Majored in home economics. Member of Alpha Gamma Delta.

1965

JEFFREY LEWIS, Westerville, died on November 28. Majored in health and physical education. Member of Lambda Chi Alpha.

1966

BARBARA CHAPIN BENSON, Neshannock Township, Pa., died on October 23. Majored in home economics. Member of Alpha Xi Delta.

DONNA NOSS, Fairview Park, died on December 28. Majored in zoology.

1968

CAROLE FILSINGER RATCLIFFE, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., died on November 10. Majored in zoology. Member of Alpha Phi, senior class president, and active with the Women’s Recreation Association in several sports. She was instrumental in the funding of student programs at BW’s Center for Innovation and Growth.

1969

ROBERT TECLER, Amsterdam, NY, died on November 19. Majored in education.

1971

TIMOTHY MARTIN WISE, Fredericksburg, Va., died on October 5. Majored in business administration.

1979

DAVID SANDERSON, Lima, died on October 26. Majored in pre-engineering. Member of Phi Kappa Tau. 

1981

JOHN J. MILLER, JR. (MBA), Jefferson City, Tenn., died on November 11. Earned an MBA in business administration.

1982

ABIGAIL SAMMON, Bay Village, died on December 13. Majored in business administration.


1983

DANIEL J. CANZONIERO, Easton, Md., died on November 28. Earned an MBA in executive management.

1985

DAVID KROPP, Frisco, Tex., died on November 1. Earned an MBA in business administration.

2007

NADIA BISHARA DORENKOTT (MBA), Westlake, died on October 9. Earned an MBA in business administration.

2010

MATTHEW DANIEL, Westlake, died on December 24. Majored in English.

FRIENDS OF BW

KATHERINE EVERSOLE, Richmond Heights, died on November 25. Katherine was a long-time member and volunteer of the Conservatory Women’s Committee, now Friends of the Conservatory.

NORA MOORHEAD, Olmsted Township, died on December 4. Nora was a volunteer and secretary for BW’s Institute for Learning in Retirement.

PAUL A. DISANTIS, North Royalton, died on November 24. He was a lecturer in BW’s School of Education.


 

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