February 2020 

Featuring news received between October 1 and December 31, 2019


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.

Have news to submit? Please submit your news via the online Alumni Update Form. We'll include all news received by March 31 in the May 2020 issue.

Did we miss something? Don't see a note that you remember submitting prior to January 1? Is a correction needed? Email bwalumni@bw.edu , and we'll make the necessary additions (or edits) to this page and to the class notes archive.

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In Memoriam


E. HERSCHEL ROBY, El Dorado Hills, Calif., moved into assisted living in September. He celebrated his 90th birthday in April 2019 and his 70th wedding anniversary with his wife, Patricia, in December.


MARLIN LOVE MOORE, Annapolis, Md., has moved to Maryland from northeast Pennsylvania.


ROBERT “BOB” FISHER, Strongsville, was inducted into the McKeesport High School Hall of Fame in October 2019, along with his high school teammate and BW fraternity brother, Joe Ivcevich ‘64.


JOSEPH “JOE” IVCEVICH, Indianapolis, Ind., was inducted into the McKeesport High School Hall of Fame in October 2019, along with his high school teammate and BW fraternity brother, Bob Fisher ’63.


DOROTHY “DOTTIE” PIELSTICK GIERSCH, Lancaster, Pa., was fortunate to re-locate with her husband Brian just before Hurricane Florence damaged their home. They enjoy living in a retirement community where Dottie is active in community activities and coordinates the mentoring of new residents.


TIMOTHY BOSWORTH, Orleans, Mass., wrote Troubles in Henry’s Nose, a humorous and uplifting one-act play on the topic of personal loss. Presented locally on Cape Cod in 2019, the play is intended to be read in community and senior care settings, with the script available on Amazon.


JOSEPH HARRISON, JR., San Antonio, Texas, was selected to the board of directors of the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Awareness.


DAVID EDDLEMAN, Avon Lake, returned to the BW Conservatory as lecturer in music education during the 2018-2019 academic year, teaching instrumental music methods.

JONATHAN MEDAUGH, Corning, teaches religion for grades 6-8 at Bishop Fenwick School. He also teaches AP English literature and composition at Bishop Rosecrans High School.


ROBERT “SCOTT” OLDS, Albuquerque, N.M., is now retired after 35 years as an academic, including posts in public health at several universities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He and his wife Christina have daughters in Philadelphia and New York City.


DONALD TOLL, Parma Heights, is retired from a 27-year career with the U.S. Department of Defense Finance and Accounting Service as a project management professional. He and his wife, Pat, have three children.


SAMUEL MARTELLO, Westlake, serves on the board of directors for the Cleveland-area chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. For the third year, he will co-chair the Association’s annual charity event, A Celebration of Hope.

FRANCESCA NORSEN TATE, Raleigh, N.C., moved to North Carolina a few years ago to be closer to friends and family. She researches and writes copy and obituaries for the longstanding Brooklyn Eagle.


ALMA MOORE (MBA ’99), Cuyahoga Falls, earned her Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from Kent State University in December 2019.


JEANNE MCLAUGHLIN TURK (MAED ’91), South Russell, retired after 34 years of teaching with Garfield Heights City Schools. She now works as a part-time instructor for the Holden Arboretum’s Growing Students in Science program.


RANDELL MCSHEPARD, Medina, received a Crain’s C-Suite Award for his work as vice president of public affairs and chief talent officer for RPM, as well his work with the think tank PolicyBridge dedicated to research on minority communities and underserved populations.

STEVEN SMITH, Pittsfield, Mass., relocated from Seattle to Berkshire County to become the new president and CEO of Berkshire Choral International.


ILONA JAKUBIC, Cleveland, earned her Master of Arts and Master of Philosophy degrees at Columbia University.


JAMES DUSKY, Mount Holly, N.C., is an on-road product manager with Warnert Promotions while continuing work in the motorcycle industry.


BRENDAN SHEEHAN, Cleveland, was elected administrative judge of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas in November 2019.


JENNIFER BUGBEE, Painesville, received a Crain’s Notable Women in STEM 2019 award for her work as vice president of operations at Werner G. Smith, Inc., a bio-based specialty chemicals company.

JAMES MERLINO, Richfield, is now the chief clinical transformation officer at Cleveland Clinic.



TYRONE MOSLEY, Orrville, received the 2019 Lydia Thompson Award from the Wooster/Orrville NAACP in October 2019. The award recognized his work as a health and physical education teacher, coach and mentor of Orrville youth.


CHRISTINA PULTRONE WELBORN, Colorado Springs, Colo., re-located with her husband Gary who serves in the Army. She is now the advancement coordinator for Fountain Valley School of Colorado.


JAMES DOUGLAS KNIGHT, Wintersville, earned his license in social work. In August 2019, he also earned his Masters of Social Work degree from Campbellsville University, which followed graduate work in criminal justice at Youngstown State. James has worked in the Jefferson County juvenile court system for 24 years and is an active community volunteer.


DANIEL HAIGHT, Grafton, was elected to the Midview Local Schools Board of Education in November 2019.

GRANT REDHEAD, Bryan, is a teacher and head football coach at Bryan High School. His wife Jennifer also teaches in the Bryan schools, and their two daughters attend Bryan High School.


KRISTIN WALKER BOOSE, Broadview Heights, is a real estate attorney at Ulmer & Berne LLP, where she was elected partner in January 2020. Her work in real estate law has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for the past three years.


ALMA MOORE (MBA), see ’84.


MARWAN MAALOUF, Saint Paul, Minn., is special teams coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings. The 2019 season was his 15th working in the NFL.


ANN KOPAC KOEPKE, Brecksville, was elected to Brecksville City Council in November 2019.

NEIL STEIN, Mentor, is now executive director of Remarkable Lake County, Ohio, formerly known as the Lake County Visitors Bureau.


CARL KAMM, Berlin Heights, was elected to a six-year term as judge of the Erie County Municipal Court in Milan, Ohio in November 2019.


MARIE GALLO, Parma, was elected to Parma Heights City Council-at-Large in November 2019.


BLERINA KOSTA BRUNS, North Royalton, has relocated to Cleveland from Sarasota, Fla. She is a project manager at Cleveland Clinic.

JUSTIN FITZGERALD, Fort Myers, Fla., is director of community engagement at Florida Gulf Coast University.


MERIDITH ELIASON WITT, North Royalton, received a Crain’s Notable Women in STEM 2019 award for her work as an assistant professor of physics at Baldwin Wallace.


SARAH MARTIN WERING, Fairview Park, was elected to Fairview Park City Council in November 2019.


KIRSTEN PAINE, Pittsburgh, Pa., earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pittsburgh in July 2019.


KELSIE BAKER GUNNOE, Dover, is an administrative assistant supporting counseling services at Community Hospice.


GREGORY DEGIROLAMO, Parma, became a tenure-track assistant professor of psychology at St. Xavier University in Chicago.

NATHANIEL WARD (MBA), Parma, is now director for the Global Business Center at the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University.


MARGARET HARAGAN, Harrisburg, Pa., is a senior sustainability analyst with the responsible sourcing team at The Hershey Company.

RICARDO LÉON, Cleveland, received a Crain’s Forty Under 40 award for his work as managing director of the Metro West Community Development Organization.


WILL PANTAGES, Gainesville, Fla., is the associate athletic director for athletic communications at Wake Forest University.


DANIEL O’BRIEN (MMS ’17), Warren, is an emergency medicine physician assistant at Cleveland Clinic Akron General.


NICHOLAS MALVASI, Charlotte, N.C., is a valuation analyst at Greer Walker LLP.


MIKE CEFALO, Pittsburgh, Pa., is playing the role of The Telephone Guy in the national tour of the Broadway musical "The Band’s Visit."

DAVID DEVICH (EMBA), Brunswick, is now global chief information officer at Momentive Quartz Technologies.

HAYLEY NERLICH GERONIMO, North Royalton, earned a Master of Education in middle childhood language arts and social studies from John Carroll University in December 2019.

KIMBERLEY OWENS HARMON, Gainesville, Fla., is a speech-language-pathologist assistant at several charter schools in her area.

JOSIAH JAZWA (MBA), Vermilion, is a financial planner in training at Integrity Financial.

BRIANNA KINGSTON, Ashtabula, earned Master of Science in exercise science from the University of Toledo in May 2019. She is an athletic trainer at Laurel School in Shaker Heights.

DANIEL O’BRIEN (MMS), Warren, see ’15.


CHRISTEN FORD, Elyria, presented at the Blockland Solutions Conference in Cleveland, Ohio on the topic of smart contract programming and other aspects of the Ethereum computing platform.


HAYLE FISHER, Medina, is a clinical mental health counselor for adolescents at Premier Behavioral Health Services. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from John Carroll University.

TAYLOR LUNDIN, North Canton, is a third grade teacher and JV soccer coach for Wadsworth City Schools.

Marriage Announcements


KIMBERLEY OWENS ’17 to Austin Harmon

SOPHIA SZELES ’18 to Brian Jones


Birth Announcements

KELSIE BAKER GUNNOE ’06 and Shane Gunnoe, a daughter

WHITNEY ZUNIC DEICH ’08 and Adam Deich, a son

ALLISON NOVAK O’MALLEY ’10 and SEAN O’MALLEY ’09, a daughter

EMILY MILLS GESSNER ’12 and Carson Gessner, a daughter

In Memoriam


NORMA DOLEZAL, Lakewood, died on December 24, 2019. Majored in middle childhood science. Member of Alpha Gamma Delta.


PEGGY SANBORN YOUNG, Prescott Valley, Ariz., died in December 2018. Majored in education. Member of Alpha Phi.

HELEN SENIOR HARROD, Copley, died on October 5, 2019. Majored in health and physical education. Member of Alpha Phi.


THELMA WINTER WALTON, North Royalton, died September 4, 2019. Majored in music education and English.

ILA KING WALRATH, Alexandria, died on November 3, 2019. Majored in music. Member of Phi Mu.


HENRY “JERRY” SMITH, Grafton, died on October 9, 2019. Majored in health and physical education. Lettered in football.


DORIS SLAPAK HUMMEL, Lititz, Pa., died on December 29, 2019. Majored in education.

AUDREY HENNING KNOWLES, Medina, died on December 23, 2019. Majored in music education.


WILLIAM PROKASY, Athens, Ga., died on November 4, 2019. Majored in psychology. Member of Phi Kappa Tau and Kappa Mu Epsilon.


ROBERT WILSON, Lagrange, died on September 30, 2019. Majored in business administration.

NANCY KUHNS JOHNSON, Sebring, died in November 2019. Majored in education. Member of Delta Zeta.


RICHARD GRABER, Greenville, S.C., died on November 19, 2019. Majored in business administration. Member of Alpha Tau Omega.

MERILYN CHAFFEE RICHARDS, Berea, died on November 25, 2019. Majored in elementary education. Member of Alpha Phi.

EARL SULMONETTI, Gaithersburg, Md., died on May 5, 2019. Majored in sociology. Member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.


GRETCHEN KEEFER REED, Youngstown, died on November 5, 2019. Majored in education. Member of Phi Mu.


RONALD GOETZ, Phoenix, Ariz., died on December 2, 2019. Majored in religion. Member of Alpha Sigma Phi.

ROBERT LEE, Madeira, died on August 18, 2019. Majored in business administration.


EDWARD LOGUE, Chapel Hill, N.C., died September 28, 2019. Majored in music education. Member of Alpha Sigma Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa.

HELEN ANDERSON MACKEIGAN, Mentor, died on December 22, 2018. Majored in education.


JAMES DYER, Galion, died on December 17, 2019. Majored in history.

LOUIS CESARATTO, New Paltz, N.Y., died on October 26, 2019. Majored in psychology. Member of Phi Kappa Tau and Omicron Delta Kappa. Lettered in baseball and served as student body president.


DANIEL BULLICK, Aurora, Colo., died on November 25, 2019. Majored in accounting. Lettered in football.

JAY ROSS, Elyria, died on December 17, 2019. Majored in music education. Member of Phi Kappa Tau and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.


JUDITH ARNOLD SPENCER, Avon Lake, died on October 15, 2019. Majored in economics. Member of Delta Zeta.


FRANK GENIVIVA, Ellwood City, Pa., died on December 30, 2019. Majored in biology. Member of Lambda Chi Alpha.


ALICE MCKINNEY HART, Scottsdale, Ariz., died on October 7, 2019. Majored in zoology.


MARILYN MILLS, Rocky River, died on December 29, 2019. Majored in math. Member of Kappa Mu Epsilon and Kappa Delta Pi.

EDWARD SPANG, Maumee, died on December 8, 2019. Majored in business administration. Lettered in football.


LIGA STRAUTS DAIGA, Toledo, died on November 6, 2019. Majored in German. Member of Kappa Mu Epsilon and Delta Phi Alpha.


JERRY “MICHAEL” THOMAS, Westlake, died in October 2019. Majored in business administration. Lettered in baseball.


DOUGLAS THOMPSON (MAED), Beaufort, S.C., died on December 14, 2019. Earned a master’s degree in education.


THOMAS MILLER (MBA), Columbus, died on December 2, 2019. Earned an MBA in management.


STEVEN WALTERS, Painesville, died on November 6, 2019. Earned an MBA in executive management.

NICHOLAS ZULLO (MBA), Aurora, Ill., died on November 12, 2019. Earned an MBA in management.


NICHON HENDERSON JAKUSZEWSKI, Alliance, died on November 18, 2019. Majored in music education. Member of Alpha Phi and Kappa Delta Pi.


HEATHER MITCHELL, Columbus, died on December 26, 2019. Majored in history.


LAURIE BOGGS, Grafton, died on September 29, 2019. Majored in human resource management.


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