November 2019 

Featuring news received between July 1 and September 30, 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.

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In Memoriam


WILLIAM “BILL” CLARK, Sheffield Lake, with his wife Glenda, celebrated 75 years of marriage on October 29, 2019. Bill served as BW’s head basketball coach from 1966-1977, and he and Glenda served a combined 68 years as educators. They welcome emails – please contact the alumni office for the address. 


WILLIAM “BILL” DOSTER, Winter Park, Fla., was named in Best Lawyers in America, a peer-reviewed ranking recognizing lawyers for their professional excellence.


SANDRA SARNECKI BATEMAN, Colorado Springs, Co., has moved to be closer to her family. She enjoys pickleball, duplicate bridge, travel and membership in the First Presbyterian Church.


ROBERT STEWART, Brentwood, Tenn., has moved to the Heritage retirement community.


SUZANNE GREEN SIEGEL, Clearwater Beach, Fla., with her husband Gil, celebrated her golden wedding anniversary in Oxford, Ohio. Suzanne and Gil originally met at Miami University and still maintain a residence in Oxford when not wintering in Sand Key.


STEVEN NOBIL, Aurora, was named in Best Lawyers in America, a peer-reviewed ranking recognizing lawyers for their professional excellence.


JOSEPH MOTIKA, Hudson, N.H., recently retired from International Business Machines Corporation (IBM).


PAMELA WAY ALLGOOD, Elberton, Ga., is retired from teaching special education. Pamela is the executive director of Keep Elbert County Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. She also coordinates efforts of Anthony Shoals Preservation Group and travels as much as possible.

RONALD PYLES, Great Falls, Va., is an executive chairman of Telecom Global Consultants where he provides guidance to telecommunication carriers and infrastructure providers on a global basis. Ronald also serves on boards of multiple performing arts organizations and telecommunication companies.


BETTE LOU VERSACI HIGGINS, Elyria, was awarded Best Local Documentary at the Chagrin Falls Film Festival for Trail Magic: The Grandma Gatewood Story which premiered in 2015.


AGNES PEK DOVER, Phoenix, Ariz., has been named chair of the Baldwin Wallace University Board of Trustees.


JIM TILLOTSON, Lakewood, N.Y., was inducted into BW’s Athletics Hall of Fame for track.


BRUCE FALBY, Needham, Mass., was named in Best Lawyers in America, a peer-reviewed ranking recognizing lawyers for their professional excellence.

MARK HIMMELEIN, Alliance, received the inaugural Distinguished Service Award for Faculty at the University of Mount Union where he is a professor of German. He also received the Outstanding Faculty Award and Advisor of the Year Award from Mount Union’s fraternity and sorority life community.

STEVEN BREESE, Kings Park, N.Y., was named dean of the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University. He is also the artistic director of the Pittsburgh Playhouse, now part of Point Park.


CYNTHIA DIBIASIO, Lakewood, has enjoyed thirty years of professional singing all over the U.S. and a career as a rehabilitation clinician. She is currently a certified licensed occupational therapy assistant at HCR ManorCare Heartland of Mentor.


ROBERT SCELZA, Cleveland, was inducted into BW’s Athletics Hall of Fame for men’s basketball.


STEVEN SMITH, Seattle, Wa., is now president of Berkshire Choral International which provides immersive experiences for amateur and trained singers around the world. Steve and his partner, Jinx will relocate from Seattle to Great Barrington, Massachusetts.


JOSEPH VELKY, Frisco, Tex., was inducted into BW’s Athletics Hall of Fame for baseball.


HOLLY SCOTT NICHOLS, Avon, is a NASA Safety Center instructional systems designer for safety and mission assurance at NASA Glenn Research Center.


ANNMARIE STREMANOS MCCALLISTER, Worthington, is the director of visual communications of For Impact / The Suddes Group, which specializes in development for nonprofit organizations. She lives with her husband and two children.

MATT LUCK, Kirtland, was inducted into the Athletics Alumni Association Hall of Fame for cross country and track.


ROGER PETERSON (MBA), Hatfield, Pa., was appointed to vice president of sales at Oticon, Inc.


THOMAS BAKER, Lakewood, was named one of The Best Lawyers in America, a peer-reviewed ranking recognizing lawyers for their professional excellence. He specializes in commercial litigation at Tucker Ellis LLP.

LISA TOMAK CAMP, Avon, is now chief of staff at the Office of the Provost of Case Western Reserve University.


JENNIFER KADLOWEC, Solon, returned to Baldwin Wallace University as a professor of engineering in fall of 2019.


CHRISTINA PULTRONE WELBORN, Colorado Springs, Colo., is an advancement coordinator at Fountain Valley School of Colorado.

DAVID SWANN, North Royalton, was promoted to business controller at NeoGraf Solutions, LLC.

TAMMY MAZURE, Parma, was one of 200 educators nationwide selected by the U.S. Department of State for a 10-month fellowship training teachers and teaching English in Amman, Jordan. She has over ten years of experience teaching English as a second language on multiple continents.


LESLEY VYSOKY MILLER, Fairview Park, is the parent of a BW freshman. Her son Caleb majors in computer science with a minor in sport management.  

AMY MINADEO YATES, Wickliffe, was crowned Mother of The Year by the Northeast Ohio Mothers of Multiples Club in May 2019.


JENNIFER NOBLE MALCOLM, Olmsted Township, founded and runs Jennasis & Associates, a virtual workplace that offers full-service digital marketing to clients.


ARIANE PROHASKA, Tuscaloosa, Ala., was promoted to associate professor of sociology at the University of Alabama where she is also associate chair of the criminology and criminal justice department.

GEOFF HELMLINGER, Hinckley, was inducted into the Athletics Alumni Association Hall of Fame for football and baseball.

TANYSHA HOSTON CARROLL, Conyers, Ga., self-published a book titled Chosen to Rise: How to Stay True to Your Assignment When Your Flesh Wants to Quit.


SAL LAZAR (EMBA), Kelle Frisco, Tex., runs Lazar Consulting, LLC that serves the consumer packaged goods industry. This endeavor follows years of leadership positions at PepsiAmericas, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and Purpose Tea.


ROBIN GOEPFERT WALTERS, Strongsville, is the head of the worship ministry at Grace Christian and Missionary Alliance (CM&A) Church. She is also pursuing a doctorate program at Nyack Alliance Theological Seminary.


DOUG NELSON, Columbus, is the new reporter of decisions of the Ohio Supreme Court. He leads the Reporter’s Office, which edits, reports and oversees the print publications of the Supreme Court.

HANNAH PURDY BUDIC, Berea, is the owner and founder of Hunny B Design. Her designs incorporate nature-based materials to create unique works of art.


NICOLE BELL MITCHELL, Los Angeles, Ca., is the first director of diversity and inclusion for Cedars-Sinai Hospital System.


IAN GIBSON, Indianapolis, Ind., was assigned in August 2019 as pastor of the Metropolitan Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME) in Cincinnati.

JENNIFER DICKEY FISHER, Rocky River, was appointed to a seven-year term on the Rocky River Public Library Board of Trustees.

LAURA LEACH LESNIEWSKI, Norwalk, was inducted into BW’s Athletics Hall of Fame for volleyball.


NICOLE LOUDIN, University Heights, was inducted into BW’s Athletics Hall of Fame for softball.


TABITHA GLISTA, New York, N.Y., has completed her first year as a performance and house manager at Carnegie Hall.

SANDRA “SANDY” SCHWOEBEL, Tucson, Ariz., played a solo recital in Nova Scotia as part of the “Summer Sounds” series at St. Matthew’s United Church of Canada. Also in 2019, she conducted a work called “For Love of Swans” by Catherine McMichael at the National Flute Association convention.


NICHOLAS RANALLO (MAED ’17), Brunswick, is now athletic director and assistant principal of Highland High School.

ANDREW LANGHOLT (EMBA), Gaithersburg, Md., is the executive director of the Salvation Army Harbor Light Center in Washington, D.C.

JOHN CLIFFORD DERRICK, Indianapolis, Ind., self-published a young adult superhero novel with his wife, Rachael Derrick titled Bounceback. The novel is set in Cleveland.

GINO RUSSO, Rocky River, was inducted into BW’s Athletics Hall of Fame for wrestling.

TODD ALEXANDER, Cleveland, was inducted into BW’s Athletics Hall of Fame for soccer.


STEVEN DOTTERER, Crescent, Pa., is a senior manager of business valuation practice for H2R CPA in Pittsburgh where he provides valuation services and assists with litigation support services. He is also a member of the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts.

STEVE HORNE (MBA), North Royalton, is now national sales manager for KION North America.


LORRIN PRINGLE RADZIK, Rocky River, is the pastor of Rockport United Methodist Church.

ALEXANDRIA ROMANOVICH (MAEd ’12), Cleveland, is now program manager of Cleveland Humanities Collaborative at Cuyahoga Community College.


MICHAEL ZAVOSKY, Fort Worth, Tex., moved to Texas and is now a senior accountant for corporate fixed assets and leases at Core-Mark International.



DERRON HAMILTON, Euclid, began working as a sales associate at Progressive Insurance and bought his first home.


CANDACE HISEY, Akron, received the Excellence in STEM Teaching Award from the Ohio STEM Learning Network for her work teaching STEM-integrated language arts at the Bio-Med Science Academic in Rootstown.

KELSEY AMIDON, Lyndhurst, is a stormwater inspector for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.

RICHARD TEEL, North Royalton, is an associate attorney at Lieberman, Dvorin & Dowd, LLC, a firm focused on real estate, landlord-tenant law and business law.


PATRICK MAHONEY, Cleveland, was recognized as a 2019 Crain's Cleveland Business "Twenty in Their 20s" honoree. He is a clinical research regulatory specialist at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, a Cleveland Ward 3 – Precinct I committee chairperson, a city advocate for the Downtown Cleveland Alliance and a volunteer soccer coach.


ASHTON CLUTS, Bluffton, teaches second grade in West Goshen, Indiana. Her classroom is 50% Hispanic/Spanish-speaking.

ERIN JADALLAH (MMS), Columbus, is a physician assistant in plastic and reconstructive surgery at The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.


AUDREY ZYBURA, Houston, Tex., is a music therapist at Houston Methodist Hospital using customized playlists to help behavioral health patients regulate emotions in times of crisis.

DAVID SHAPIRO, Berea, is now the growth practice manager for the Center for Innovation and Growth at Baldwin Wallace University.

KENDRA BLACKBURN (MAEd ’19), Wadsworth, is teaching seventh and eighth grade science as well as an advanced biology course at Menlo Park Academy.

CHRISTIN GODALE, Burlington, Ky., was granted a pre-doctoral fellowship by the American Epilepsy Society. She is an epilepsy scientist and researcher at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

ANGELINA KINNEY, Brunswick, teaches fifth grade at Douglas MacArthur Girls Leadership Academy in Cleveland.

JACOB MAUER, Asheville, N.C., is the administrative director of Laurels of Summit Ridge nursing care community where he started a veteran’s support group. He himself is a combat veteran and current Army Reservist.

JONATHAN CARTWRIGHT, Cleveland, is an IT specialist with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.


ALEXANDER JONES, Huntington, W.Va., earned his master’s in sport management at West Virginia University. After serving as director of football operations at Fairmont State, he is now assistant director of player personnel for Division I Marshall University.  

AUDREY LARKIN, Westfield, Ind., is production manager of the Carmel Apprentrce Theatre, also known as The Cat Theatre. Newly signed with the Helen Wells Talent Agency, she directs, performs and produces.  

EMILIE MOLKENTIN, Euclid, earned a Master of Arts in museum studies from John Hopkins University.

HAYLE FISHER, Medina, is an adolescent clinical mental health counselor in private practice. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling.

PATRICK PERALTA, Rochester, N.Y., performs regularly in hospital settings with the Eastman Performing Arts Medicine program at Eastman School of Music.

NICHOLAS RANALLO (MAEd), see ’08.                                                                                                                                     

SHANNON KEE, Madison, earned a Masters of Arts in art gallery and museum studies from the University of Leeds in December 2018.

SARAH SCHROEDER, Brook Park, teaches first grade at Green Inspiration Academy, Boys Campus in Highland Hills.

SAMANTHA “SAMMY” VIDNOVIC, Avon, is a K-2 intervention specialist at Emerson Elementary School in Lakewood.


BRIANA BOZIN, Parma, is a Title I teacher at Falls-Lenox Primary School in the Olmsted Falls City School District.

ANDREA “ANDIE” HOBSON (MMS), Rocky River, is a hospitalist with Summa Health in Akron. She also serves as a preceptor for students in BW’s physician assistant program.

MEGAN KADERBEK, Brunswick, is a Title I teacher at Old Brooklyn Community Middle School in Cleveland.

KAYLA SCHLEIMER, Brook Park, is a Title I teacher at Harrison Elementary School in Lakewood.


NATALIE ALEXANDER, Sharon, Pa., teaches fifth grade at E Prep and Village Prep Cliffs Campus, a Breakthrough charter school in Cleveland.

ADELEINE WHITTEN, Berea, works in the sales department on the proposal services team at Hyland Software.


OLIVIA POLLACK, Aurora, was accepted into the Peace Corps as a health volunteer in Lesotho focused on HIV/AIDS prevention.

STEPHANIE KELLEHER, New York, N.Y., is a tour management coordinator for Disney Theatrical Group, including national tours of The Lion King, Aladdin, and Frozen.

ZIJIN ZHANG, YunNan Province, China, is bringing back what she learned at BW to improve education in China. She teaches kindergarten in Wenshan City. 



STANLEY TOLLIVER, SR., was posthumously inducted into the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame on October 10, 2019. He was honored for his work as a criminal defense attorney, civil rights advocate, and federally appointed monitor of the Cleveland Public Schools during desegregation, among other contributions. Stanley died in 2011.


DR. LOUIS “LOU” BARONE, was inducted posthumously into BW’s Athletics Hall of Fame as an honorary recipient for his service and leadership to the OAC and NCAA as a faculty representative. He was also an assistant softball coach, a public address announcer, and track and field sport official for many years. Lou died in June 2019.


Marriage Announcements

HOLLY SCOTT ’88 to Jarred Nichols

ARIANE PROHASKA ’99 to Jay Vaughan

KELLY HEIMBURG ’02 to Patrick Conrad

ALLISON SMITH ’13 (MBA ’13) to Ryan Bores


KIMBERLEY OWENS ’17 to Austin Harmon



Birth Announcements

NICOLE BAKER RUTHERFORD ’06 and Eric Rutherford, a son

LORRIN PRINGLE RADZIK ’10 and David Radzik, a daughter

SHANICE CHRISTOPHER BROWN ’10 and husband Kirk Brown, a daughter

BRITTNEY BOLTON ’11 and husband Dustin Thur, a son


KATIE ADKINS ’16 and Ryan Adkins, a son

In Memoriam


MARGARET NEAL UHL, Olmsted Township, died on January 9, 2017. Majored in music composition. Member of Phi Mu. 

MADELON VAN DEUSEN, Rocky River, died on September 10. Majored in organ performance. Member of Alpha Xi Delta. Madelon also served as a member of the BW Alumni Council. 


LUELLA BOTZ, Amherst, died on June 15. Majored in English, Spanish, and sociology. 



BARBARA BREY BONSELL, Aurora, died on September 4. Majored in home economics. Member of Delta Zeta. Barbara served on the Class of 1949 50threunion committee. 


DANIEL "DAN" MIHUTA, Middleburg Heights, died on August 10. Majored in psychology. Dan served as student body president and later as president of the BW Alumni Association from 1971-1973. He received BW’s Alumni Merit Award in 1974 and Outstanding Educator Award in 2005. 


THELMA WINTER WALTON, North Royalton, died on September 4. Majored in English. 



VIRGINIA BRUGGER HUMBERGER, Cleveland, Tenn., died on November 19. Majored in sociology. 

THOMAS LINKE, Cleveland, died September 1. Majored in middle childhood science education. Member of Pi Lambda Phi. 



RICHARD “DICK” RETHERFORD, Gahanna, died on May 5. Majored in business administration. Member of Lambda Chi Alpha and lettered in basketball. Inducted into BW’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1971. 

RONALD HANDY, Hudson, died on August 27. Majored in history.



MARION “BUD” BUCKLES, Findlay, died on February 12. Studied humanities and music. 

GENE MOLNAR, Springfield, Mo., died on July 2. Majored in business administration. Member of Alpha Sigma Phi, Interfraternity Council and Omicron Delta Kappa. 



GERALD “JERRY” SUESS, Youngstown, died on August 23. Majored in health and physical education. Lettered in baseball and inducted into the BW’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1991.

WILLIAM “BILL” HUNGER, Middleburg Heights, died on August 14. Majored in music. Member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Bill also served BW as a student teacher supervisor in the Division of Education. 



PATRICIA AHREN JOSSART, Flower Mound, Tex., died on July 16. Majored in sociology. Member of Alpha Gamma Delta. 

PAMELA WALZ CREWS, Fairfax, Va., died on August 19. Majored in English. Member of Alpha Gamma Delta and the Aqualenes. 

THEODORE WATERFIELD, Upper Arlington, died on August 30. Majored in psychology. Member of Pi Lambda Phi. 



GUY BURT, Binghamton, N.Y., died on March 26. Majored in philosophy. 

STEVEN MINTER, Cleveland, died on September 19. Majored in health and physical education. Member of Pi Lambda Phi. Steve received BW’s Alumni Merit Award in 1970 and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 1974. 

JAMES RANKIN, Kent, died on September 14. Studied humanities. Member of Alpha Tau Omega and lettered in baseball. 



GERALD HEWUS, Des Moines, Iowa, died on March 8. Majored in music education. Member of Kappa Kappa Psi. 



TOM GOOSBY, Akron, died on June 25, 2018. Majored in health and physical education. Lettered in football. Tom was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 1977.

MARGARET BRAND MINKS, Oxnard, Ca., died on September 26. Majored in music.


JOE YORE, Sarasota, Fla., died on July 8. Majored in health & physical education. Lettered in football. 

TIMOTHY BRATTON, Jamestown, N.D., died on August 1. Majored in history. Member of Pi Alpha Theta and program director of WBWC. 



JOHN WARHOLA (MAED ’87), Avon Lake, died on September 6. Majored in biology. Member of Alpha Sigma Phi. 

SHIRLEY HART BORZY, Fiddletown, Ca., died on June 22. Majored in education. No obituary available at time of publication.


CLEO “VICKY” BLACKSTON, Millersville, Pa., died on August 17. Majored in political science. Member of Delta Sigma Theta. 

EDWARD POWELL, Cleveland, died on May 29, 2017. Majored in music. 

GEORGE “JOE” DIMAS, Cleveland, died on April 22, 2018. Majored in psychology. 



ERWIN WILL JR. (MBA), Painesville, died on August 30. Earned an MBA in systems management. 



JOHN WARHOLA (MAED ’87), see ’74.


MARY ANN NEWMAN, Cleveland, died on August 30. Majored in education. 



BRENDA BURKE WEEGAR, Lakewood, died on September 5. Majored in psychology. Member of the Dayton C. Miller Honor Society. 



KAREN SCHILERO, Twinsburg, died on March 4. Majored in business administration. 



RABBI MICHAEL OPPENHEIMER, Aurora, died on September 4. Rabbi Oppenheimer served as an adjunct professor in BW’s religion department.




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