JULY 2021 

Featuring news received between February 1 and May 31, 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. The archive may be searched by any combination of name, class year, city, or state and is updated with each new issue. Use the sidebar menu (at left) to navigate between the archive and past issues referenced in the notes. 

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In Memoriam



LAVERNE SCHALOIS WINTER, Willoughby, celebrated her 60th wedding anniversary with her husband, Donald Winter.


JOHN FARRELL, The Villages, Fla., received BW’s Alumni Merit Award for his achievements in pedagogy including the development of the POGIL method (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) which has been adopted at many colleges and high schools throughout the U.S. He is professor emeritus at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa.


LEOLA KOLK LACKHART, Saint Cloud, Fla., moved in July of 2020 to Saint Cloud, a great location for her husband’s ham radio hobby.

NANCY CONN TERJESEN, Venice, Fla., lives half of the year in Portage Lakes, Ohio and half the year in Venice, Florida.


JANE FREEMAN MOULIN, Honolulu, Hawaii, retired in June 2021 from a 30-year career in the music department at the University of Hawaii (UH). She was professor of ethnomusicology and department chair with a focus on music and dance of French Polynesia. Jane was also honored with the UH Regents' Medal for Excellence in Teaching.


MOLLY FORCE, Middleburg Heights, retired in 2017 after teaching French and Spanish in the public schools for 32 years. She was an adjunct professor of French at John Carroll University from 2019-2020 and now virtually teaches a family of four children in the Cayman Islands. She is grateful for the education and support she received from BW. 


NANCY STOLLER OWENS, Dayton, Ore., retired from teaching high school German and English in 2008 and lives on her farm in the Willamette Valley of Oregon with her husband, Gary. They, along with their three children, manage a family hazelnut business. Nancy has six grandchildren, one girl and five boys.


BARBARA FUHS, Berea, retired from CENVEO after 34 years as an electronic pre-press/graphic artist. She is now enjoying life in her Berea home.


PAMELA PIPER STEWART, Newport, N.C., was presented with the North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine for 30 years of service with the Carteret County department of social services. This is the highest civilian honor for service bestowed by North Carolina’s governor.


DEBBIE OTCASEK LUCAS, Holly Springs, N.C., has received BW’s Alumni Merit Award for her advancements in clinical research, healthcare quality and safety, and technology and methodology development for healthcare-related data, as well as service to her community.


KATHRYN MOORE HALL, Cleveland, is vice president of diversity and inclusion for JACK Entertainment. She was also honored with the 2021 YWCA Woman of Achievement Award.


ROBERT UMEK, Seven Hills, is now consulting after retiring from his 22-year career in academia, the National Institutes of Health, and the biotech field.


CHARMAE STAMPER COTTOM, Columbia Station, is pursuing her PhD in Literature at Kent State University. Her area of focus is medieval romance.


ANITA MACTAGGART PITTMAN, Tampa, Fla., is director of human resources at Carrollwood Day School in Tampa. She is a member of the board of directors for MISBO, an organization serving non-profit independent schools. Anita and her husband enjoy watching the Florida sunsets from their boat, “Pour Choices.”


ADINA HOLLAND WILLIAMS, Brooklyn, N.Y., is executive producer of Woke Up Famous LLC. She was also a panelist for Music and the Movements, a talk sponsored by the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Along with other guests, she discussed the history of music in the pivotal moments of the 1960s through today.


D. MICHAEL O'DELL, Columbus, is pursuing a Master of Arts in creative media and technology with a specialization in writing and design for musical theater at Berklee NYC. His song cycle WEIRD will have its premiere in Cleveland July of 2021 and is an official selection for the 2021 Boulder International Fringe Festival in August.

MICHELLE OAKAR ADAMS, Charlotte, N.C., graduated with a Master of Arts in communication from Queens University of Charlotte in May 2020.


MICHAEL TEFS (MAED ’95), Wooster, was named superintendent of Revere Local Schools.


ANDY ROBINSON, Garnet Valley, Pa., is now the head of employee servicing at JPMorgan Chase.


MICHAEL TEFS (MA), see ’92.


GRETCHEN GOSNELL, Carrboro, N.C., was promoted to associate director of international faculty and scholar services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


MEAGAN SCHU BRUNO, Upper St Clair, Pa., was elected as vice president / president elect of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 1.

MICHAEL “MIKE” DOVILLA, Berea, completed an active duty mobilization with the Under Secretary of the Navy in Washington, D.C. and was selected as commanding officer of a Navy Reserve unit located near Seattle, WA. He also serves as the inaugural president and executive director of the USS Cleveland Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit supporting the future USS Cleveland, the fourth ship in U.S. history to be named for the City of Cleveland.


LUTUL FARROW, Akron, was promoted to director of sports medicine clinical operations at Cleveland Clinic.


RANDY KIMBRO (EMBA ’01), Grafton, traveled to Pueblo, Colorado to volunteer with FEMA, helping provide COVID-19 vaccines to underserved areas. He is a fire inspector for the North Royalton Fire Department and an emergency room medic.


RANDY KIMBRO (MBA), see ’99.


NATHANIEL “NATE” MITCHELL, Los Angeles, Calif., joined Primestor Development as vice president of development.

NED LAUVER (MAED ’09), Avon, is now director of operations for the Avon Lake City School District.

RANDALE RICHMOND, Kent, was named director of athletics as Kent State University. He is a member of the National Association of Athletics Compliance (NAAC) thought leaders group, co-chair of the NAAC convention committee and an active participant in the NAAC Athletics Compliance Elite (A.C.E.) mentoring program.


PETER KERLIN, Fuquay-Varina, N.C., and his wife moved to North Carolina to establish a new church, called Together Church, where he serves as the lead pastor.


ERICA HARRIS KENNETT, Portland, Ore., completed her master’s in health administration from Ohio University in 2012. She is a clinical informatics specialist at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.

JOHN EARLEY, Clovis, Calif., was hired as business office director at The Windham, a senior living community in Fresno, California.

LIZ REDD GOETCHIUS, Friendswood, Tex., is now in her 12th year as a scientist at the NASA Johnson Space Center. She is actively conducting human life space research projects on the International Space Station, specifically involving exercise research.

SYLVIA ROLDAN RIOS, Lorain, earned her Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Ohio University in May 2021.


GINEVRA VENTRE, Pittsburgh, Pa., has been promoted to partner at Reed Smith LLP in the firm’s Pittsburgh office. She focuses on the defense of putative class actions in the banking, consumer finance, investment management, securities industries, and counseling clients.

MARIA SORIANO YOUNG, University Heights, now works for the Cleveland Clinic as communication manager for the Chair of the Heart, Vascular, and Thoracic Institute.

RYAN LAFOUNTAIN, Roanoke, Va., is a candidate for Commissioner of the Revenue in Roanoke, Virginia.


BRITTANY CIOFFOLETTI MARINO (MAEd ’13), Medina, received BW’s Alumni Merit Award. She is a seventh grade language arts teacher and department chair at North Ridgeville City Schools and an executive board member of the Ohio Middle Level Association for middle school educators.


NED LAUVER (MAED), Avon, see ’04.

CHISOMO SELEMANI, Cleveland, received BW's Alumni Merit Award for her achievements in speech-language pathology. She is an associate professor in BW's communication sciences and disorders program, clinical supervisor in the BW Speech Clinic and coordinator of the celebrated BW-Z study abroad program to Zambia, Africa. Chisomo also supports several community organizations and initiatives.

SAMUEL STONE, San Andrés Cholula, Puebla, Mexico, is now an associate professor of law in the Department of Law and the graduate programs coordinator at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla. He also provides legal consulting for intergovernmental organization (IGOs) and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), including the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC).


BRITTANY HOUSE CONRAD, Dayton, is now assistant dean of students at the University of Dayton.

CANDICE THOMAS HOLT, Louisville, Ky., earned a Master of Education in learning and technology from Western Governors University in 2017.

NATHAN BACHOFSKY, Mayfield Heights, is director of choirs at Chagrin Falls High School and Middle School. He was featured in a Cleveland.com article for beginning the school’s first ever songwriting, composing and arranging course.


JACLYN “JACKIE” LEE (MBA '12), Charlotte, N.C., received BW’s Alumni Merit Award for her achievements in accounting and community involvement. She is an audit manager for Wells Fargo Bank certified in financial crime and fraud examination and internal auditing. Her community service includes domestic violence court advocacy and support of children and family services.


LYNN KERNYA (MBA ’13), Brunswick, earned a Juris Doctorate with a concentration in labor and employment law from Cleveland Marshall College of Law in May 2021. Lynn received the ABA-BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law. She is now with Nesco Resource in the human resource and compliance department.



ALEXANDRA FARONE, Pittsburgh, Pa., is an attorney at the Babst Calland law firm, practicing litigation and employment law. She purchased her first home in the Pittsburgh area.

PAIGE LEWIS KREINAR, Olney, Md., earned her Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA) through the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration.


ERIN WIENCZKOWSKI, Erie, Pa., moved back to her hometown of Erie, PA to start a new job as marketing coordinator of Bison Hill Stonecrafts.

JOSEPH KASPER, Mentor, is now defensive quality control coach for the Philadelphia Eagles football team.

KIA FRANK KUNSELMAN, Berea, earned a Master of Music in early music from Indiana University in 2019. She moved back to Berea in August 2020.


CASSANDRA DWYER, Lancaster, N.Y., is pursuing a master's degree in library and information science with a focus in archival studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Her expected graduation date is August 2022.

CHRISTIN GODALE, Burlington, Ky., was selected by the Society for Neuroscience’s national fellowship program as an early career policy ambassador.

ELISE BIGLEY, Shaker Heights, received 501(c)3 status for Northeast Ohio Women’s Sports Alliance which she co-founded in 2018. The Alliance helps expand awareness and access for adult women’s sports opportunities. Due to their rapid growth, two BW students are interning at the Alliance this summer.

JORGE GUZMAN, Pepper Pike, was named CEO of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

KATHRYN “KATIE” O’MALLEY, Mount Vernon, is now assistant director of donor relations at Kenyon College.


KATHRYN AULDRIDGE SMITH, Wilmington, Del., was promoted to the position of business excellence supervisor for Daimler Trucks in Swedesboro, New Jersey. She also graduated with an MBA from Kettering University in 2020.

KIMBERLEY OWENS HARMON, Lake City, Fla., works as a speech language pathologist assistant in many schools.

MORGAN HANEY, Westlake, is a human resources specialist for Surety Human Resources, a professional employer organization. She is happy that her degree in psychology from BW has led her down a fulfilling career path in the HR field.


KIRSTEN GODDARD BRAMLEY, Olmsted Township, moved to Olmsted Township with her husband John Bramley ’13.  

RACHEL REGULA, Rocky River, is the CEO and owner of Cleveland's first bottle refill shop, Better World Refill Shop, dedicated to helping the community live more sustainably. The City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office of Sustainability recognized Rachel during Women’s History Month in March 2021 as a woman leader in sustainability.

MELINDA MOMEYER KLINAR, Fairview Park, graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis in May 2021. She is now an outpatient physical therapist at the Cleveland Clinic.

MICHAEL BROWN, Middleburg Heights, is BW’s new manager of veteran and military services.


ANDREW HENTHORN, Alexandria, Va., was promoted to assistant to the director of operations and chief of staff for U.S. Senator Rob Portman. He is also working towards a master’s in political management at George Washington University.

JAMES SCHLEMMER, Cleveland Heights, is a marketing and communications assistant for GroundWorks DanceTheater.

CARY FERGUSON, Lakewood, was promoted to quantitative analytics senior manager in the Enterprise Analytics group at KeyBank.


AMBER REVELT, Lakewood, is a probation officer in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. She was inspired to pursue a career in probation after taking a course taught by professor Dean Jenkins and touring Lakewood's Probation Department. She is excited to serve her community.

ELIZABETH WAGNER, Clinton Township, Mich., moved to the Detroit metro area after working virtually for the past year.


ALEXANDRIA KOZICH, Avon, is pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at The Ohio State University.

ALLISON MAY, Louisville, is pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Bellarmine University.

ANTHONY YAMNITSKY, North Royalton, is pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Ohio University.

ASHLEIGH VARNER, Fairview, Pa., is pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at The Ohio State University.

EMILY HAMILTON, Broadview Heights, is pursuing a master’s degree in special education with a concentration in applied behavior analysis at Bowling Green State University.

JOSEPHINE FENN, Pittsburgh, Pa., is pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Pittsburgh.

LUKE RAZZANTE, Highland Heights, is enrolled in a physician assistant program at Emory & Henry College in Marion, Virginia.

MELISSA LYNN, Cleveland, is enrolled in BW’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

NICHOLAS SMITH, Mentor, is pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Gannon University.

TAI BLOCH, Berea, is employed by Nationwide Children’s Hospital as an orthopedic technician and will soon begin a physician assistant program at the University of Findlay.

Marriage Announcements

KATHRYN AULDRIDGE SMITH ’17 to Patrick Smith (2020)

Birth Announcements




ALANA JOCHUM ’05 and husband Graham Binnig, a daughter


SAMUEL STONE ‘09 and partner Karen Perez, a son (2020)


KAYLA TOMKO HECKATHORN ’10, ’13 and DAVID HECKATHORN ’10, a daughter (2020)


In Memoriam 


RUTH ELIZABETH MUNTIS, Lakeside, died on May 29. Majored in music education with a focus in flute.


EDWARD “ED” HRIVNAK, Berea, died on February 5. Majored in health and physical education. Member of Alpha Tau Omega. Ed was inducted into the BW Athletics Hall of Fame in 1980 for basketball and track.


CHARLES “CHUCK” SHADEL, Chattanooga, Tenn., died on May 4. Majored in history.

EDWARD “ED” DOHANOS, Wellington, died on March 12. Majored in health and physical education.


SHIRLEY BICHSEL HERBERT, Mentor, died on January 27. Majored in secretarial science. Member of Alpha Xi Delta.

ARTHUR SYDOW, Willoughby, died on March 20. Majored in music. Member of Alpha Sigma Phi.


VIRGINIA BLISS STELL, Harker Heights, Tex., died on December 21, 2020. Majored in music education. Member of Alpha Xi Delta.


MARY LEE WITTICH BALDWIN, Aurora, Colo., died on March 26. Majored in elementary education. Member of Alpha Phi.

ROSALIE LYON MILLER, Delaware, died on February 14. Majored in education.


CHRISTINE GITLIN MILES, Berea, died on March 16. Majored in music. Member of Alpha Gamma Delta. Christine was honored with BW’s Conservatory Achievement Award in 1979 and served as the president of the Conservatory Women’s Committee.

DAVID BENSON, Naples, Fla., died on March 23. Majored in business administration. Member of Alpha Tau Omega and lettered in football and baseball.

NANCY BONHAM FORD, Delaware, died on March 6. Majored in elementary education.


WESLEY “WES” DAVIS, Waxhaw, N.C., died on April 24. Majored in business administration. Member of Alpha Tau Omega and lettered in baseball.


JOHN "JACK" CONNOR, Cypress, Tex., died on February 15. Majored in business administration. Member of Alpha Tau Omega.

ROBERT SPELLMAN, Anna, Ill., died on March 12. Majored in history. Member of Alpha Sigma Phi.


EMMA WEBB, Valencia, Pa., died on March 9. Majored in home economics. Member of Alpha Xi Delta.


JANE WITTEN PETERSEIM, North Ridgeville, died on February 8. Majored in speech and communication. Member of Phi Mu and a chief radio announcer for WBWC.

KAREN VAN ALMEN-SACKETT, Battle Creek, Mich., died on January 29. Majored in art education. Member of Alpha Gamma Delta and served as class officer.

ROBERT MELVIN "MEL" ROSS, Rockville, Va., died on February 16. Majored in business administration.


MARY JANE GARRATT PERRY, New Hartford, N.Y., died on January 29. Majored in speech and communication.

WILLIAM “BILL” DOSTER, Winter Park, Fla., died on May 12. Majored in political science. Member of Lambda Chi Alpha.


CONSTANCE THRASHER LINK, Steamboat Springs, Colo., died on March 31. Majored in psychology.


RALPH "ROB" BOEHNKE, Ann Arbor, Mich., died on April 21. Majored in psychology. Member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and lettered in swimming and diving.


BRUCE CHASE, Rochester, N.Y., died on April 10. Majored in English literature.  

ROBERT "BOB" WALTHER, Alexander, N.C., died on January 25. Majored in business administration.


DAVID GARCIA, Cape Coral, Fla., died on March 20. Majored in health and physical education.

EDWARD SELAVKO, Oberlin, died on February 23. Majored in education. He served as president of BW’s Evening Student Council.


MIRIAM SWORDS RIKER, Cincinnati, died on February 19. Majored in German. Member of Alpha Xi Delta.

WILLIAM WALBOM, Avon Lake, died on May 28. Majored in business administration. Member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.


RONALD “RON” HAWORTH, Painesville, died on February 7. Majored in business administration.


CHARLOTTE HAROLD, Albuquerque, N.M., died on May 2. Majored in biology.


JAMES TOOMEY, Largo, Fla., died on April 27. Majored in English.


DAVID RUPLE, Mentor, died on February 22. Majored in studio art.


DEAN WHITESIDE, San Bernardino, Calif., died on March 22. Majored in education.


RONALD HOLLIS (MAED), Independence, Mo., died on May 26. Earned a Master of Arts in Education with a focus in literacy.


GERALD “JERRY” BROVE, Lakeside Marblehead, died on May 14. Majored in business administration.


BARBARA REESE HALLIDAY, Strongsville, died on February 15. Majored in psychology.


MARY JO MANOCCHIO, Mansfield, died on March 10. Majored in business administration. Member of Alpha Gamma Delta.


CALVIN POPOVICH (MBA), Lutz, Fla., died on January 20. Earned an MBA in management.

FRED PERRY (MBA), Shaker Heights, died on January 14. Earned an MBA in management.

NICHOLAS “NICK” COLABIANCHI, Parma Heights, died on February 8. Majored in political science.


LAWRENCE TIEFENBACH, Perrysburg, died on April 8. Majored in business administration.


BARBARA HOLLEFREUND (MBA ‘88), Henderson, Nev., died on April 23. Majored in psychology and earned an MBA in management.


THOMAS JUHASZ (MBA), Mentor, died on October 21, 2020. Earned an MBA in management.



CAROLE MUTNANSKY MUCHA, Berea, died on February 9. Majored in business administration.

DIANE SHAW KINSER (MAED), Amherst, died on February 4. Earned her Master of Arts in Education with a focus on reading and literacy.


ANTHONY “TONY” CAPSTICK, Gilbert, Ariz., died on March 20. Majored in computer information systems. Lettered in cross country and track.


ANTHONY "TONY" SANO (MBA), Canfield, died on February 1. Earned an MBA in management.


PATRICIA RICHARDSON GREBECK, Lakewood, died on April 19. Majored in business administration.


JASON "JAY" FRANEY, Cleveland, died on April 11. Majored in criminal justice.


DEBORAH ROSENBLUM, Amherst, died on November 22, 2018. Majored in psychology and French.


DYLAN MATZ, Berea, died on May 13. Majored in philosophy.

JAMES NICKERSON III, Underhill, Vt., died on February 23. Majored in film studies.


ALBERTA SEARS GILL, Olmsted Falls, died on April 9. She worked in BW’s Conservatory of Music and was a member of the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR).

GEORGIA SCHUFF, Berea, died on May 9. She taught English as a second language at BW.

JOAN ANN BROWN, Parma, died on March 25. She was active in the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR).

WILLIAM "BILL" TARASCHKE, Norwalk, died on April 7. Bill coached BW men's and women's track and field and cross country teams from the 1980s to 2010s, leading the Yellow Jackets to 47 OAC titles. He was inducted into the BW Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015 and served as a professor in BW's Division of Health and Physical Education. 


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