February 2017

Featuring news received between October 1 and December 31, 2016


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.

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 December 31 in the February 2017 issue.

Did we miss something? Don't see a note that you remember submitting prior to December 31? Is a correction needed?  Email bwalumni@bw.edu and we'll make the necessary additions (or edits) to this page and to the archive.

Class Notes










In Memoriam


MARY JUNE BROOKS CHARLTON, St. Petersburg, Fla., is now living in a memory care unit of an assisted living facility.


ROBERT “BOB” MALLONEE, Duxbury, Ma., celebrated 50 years as a Catholic priest. He works at the Miramar Retreat Center.


WILLIAM “BOB” HANSEN, Pittsburgh, Pa., is retired and serving as VP of his condo association.


ROGER LOUGHRAN, Aiken, S.C., is enjoying retirement life, including golfing and skiing.


ANN MARIE DRAPOS FRANGOS, Westlake, was honored as a 2016 Distinguished Alumna by her second alma mater, Cleveland State University. She was appointed chair of the board of trustees of the YWCA Greater Cleveland.


EDWARD “ED” NAPOLEON, Strongsville, is principal at Tutis Security Consulting and Training LLC.  He received the 2016 Guardian Award from the Information Security Summit, recognizing lifetime achievement in information security. He is also a member of BW’s board of trustees.


RICHARD “DICK” BENSON, Brevard, N.C., retired from practicing law, most recently as the city attorney for Wooster, Ohio, and is now living in the Blue Ridge Mountains with his wife Christina.

THOMAS LETIZIA, Aurora, is a jazz musician, composer, and teacher. His band, the Underworld Blues Band, performed its latest album Resurrection at Cleveland’s House of Blues in January 2017.


GREGORY “GREG” RUFUS, Avon Lake, received a 2016 CFO Award from Crain’s Cleveland Business for outstanding financial leadership, asset management, and strategic vision. Greg is retired from the TransDigm Group, Inc.

SANDRA “SANDY” SCHWOEBEL, Tucson, Ariz., is a freelance flutist in southern Arizona, performing chamber music and touring productions of Broadway shows. She also teaches at Pima Community College and maintains a large private studio. Sandy and her husband celebrate their third anniversary in March 2017.


JOSEPH “JOE” SPAGNUOLO, Westlake, is president of Holistic Engineering, Inc. He received a process patent to recover energy and reduce emissions from power plant scrubbers.


THOMAS “TOM” SCULLIN, Grafton, retired from the City of Cleveland’s Division of Water in September 2016 and is now doing consulting work for Cleveland Water and Montgomery Watson.


BARBARA RETHAS, Cleveland, celebrated 30 years of service in BW’s department of biology and geology. She is also a realtor with Russell Real Estate Services.

MARK SNYDER (MBA), Elyria, was appointed chief financial officer at MT Business Technologies.


STEPHEN “STEVE” WILLETT (MBA ’87), Avon Lake, is elastomer business manager for The Plaza Group.


TERRANCE “TERRY” BYRNE, Columbia Station, was promoted to chief operating officer for Care Alliance Heath Center.


STEPHEN “STEVE” WILLETT (MBA), Avon Lake, see ’84.


JOHN BIANCO, Austin, Tex., is associate athletics director for media relations at the University of Texas. He was inducted into the Longhorn Hall of Honor recognizing achievement and contributions to athletics at the university.


KEVIN “RANDY” SNAVELY (MBA), Easley, S.C., is the president and CEO of PCC Chemax.


BRET BUTLER, Bradford, Pa., is athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

NICOLE “NIKKI” KREJCI, Cleveland, earned a Master’s degree in organizational leadership from Quinnipiac University in 2016.


KEVIN KROPF (MAED), Ozark, Mo., is now executive vice president of enrollment management at Drury University.


DAVID GELHAR, Brunswick, is an intervention specialist at Invictus High School. He earned a Master of Education degree in May 2016 from Notre Dame College.


CHRISTINE DENGLER-CRISH, Tallmadge, has been named an associate editor for the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Her research team at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) has identified a connection between an area of the brainstem affected by Alzheimer’s disease and reductions in bone mineral density.


KATHRYN “KATY” BRYAN, Chagrin Falls, was inducted to Crain’s Cleveland Business “40 Under 40” Class of 2016 for her work as a financial planner at Skylight Financial Group and involvement in many community organizations.

KRISTY GROSS PIPER, Brunswick, co-presented a session, Dollar Store Differentiation, at both the Ohio and Indiana Music Educators Association conferences with Theresa Young ’00.

THERESA YOUNG, Middletown, co-presented a session, Dollar Store Differentiation, at both the Ohio and Indiana Music Educators Association conferences with Kristy Gross Piper ’00.


DAVID “DAVE” VANSLYKE, Columbus, has been named real estate and finance attorney for Plunkett Cooney, one of Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms.


BRADLEY “BRAD” COPLEY, Lagrange, opened BOSS Pro-Karting in Brook Park in August 2016 with his cousin, Lee Boss ’12.

JILL PAICE, South Orange, N.J., received BW’s Conservatory of Music Alumni Achievement Award.

KERRY JACKSON WOLOSZYNEK, Brunswick, is now director of fan development for the Cleveland Cavaliers. She leads youth basketball efforts, state-wide marketing campaigns, and fan club development and execution.


JULIE SAAD, Hodges, Ala., is on a two-year bicycle tour with her husband Sam. They are cycling from the U.S. to the southernmost point of South America.


ROBERT “ROB” KOVACS, Cleveland, is a pianist, musician, songwriter, and accountability coach.


BLERINA “INA” KOSTA BRUNS, Sarasota, Fla., is now clinical project coordinator for the Sarasota Memorial Health Care System.

NICOLE CHERASO, Fairlawn, is director of finance and operations for Adoption Network Cleveland.

ANNE-MARIE FLECKENSTEIN, Berea, is a therapist at Adoption and Attachment Therapy Partners. She earned an MA in psychology in 2011 from Union Institute and University and is currently pursuing doctoral work in clinical psychology.


JILL MAY, Chicago, Ill., was promoted to testing manager of selection and assessment for the City of Chicago.

ADAM PAJAKOWSKI (MBA), North Ridgeville, is a risk consulting and internal audit manager at Crowe Horwath, LLP.

DEREK SKAPES, Lakewood, is the owner of Everarbor. The company began in 2015 as a tree and landscaping business and now includes sales of outdoor apparel and a locally sourced soil supplement.

BRENDAN SORG, Independence, is now an attorney for The MetroHealth System.

MICHAEL SUMMERS, Delaware, is a disability claims adjudicator for the State of Ohio.


JONATHAN “JON” ANDERSEN, Hilliard, is an executive chef for Willow Brook.  He is also an active researcher with the Warren G. Harding Presidential Center and Library, regularly planning exhibits and presenting programs. In recent months he was the keynote speaker for the Fayette County Historical Society, and his work has been displayed and honored by the Kersey Library and Museum in Kersey, Colorado.

KELLY JAKUBOWSKI, Durham, U.K., is a music psychologist at Durham University. Her study on earworms (songs that get “stuck” in your head) was featured on CNN. 

RYAN LESNIEWSKI, Norwalk, has been promoted to systems manager at Firelands Regional Medical Center.


STEFANIE DEKA, Northfield, is an associate attorney with McGlinchey Stafford.

JEREMY FEADOR, Rocky River, is the team curator for the Cleveland Indians.

JAVAR PARKER, London, U.K., is starring in the London/UK tour 20th anniversary production of Rent as Benjamin Coffin III. He previously appeared in Showboat on London’s West End.

BRYCE SYLVESTER, Lakewood, is director of planning and development for the City of Lakewood.

JAMES VASCONI, Sharon, Pa., was appointed to the music theory faculty at Youngstown State University in August 2016.


WILLIAM “BILLY” BERNARD, Seven Hills, is director of chapter services for Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity.

COLLEEN BENOIT, Silver Spring, Md., works as an archivist in the manuscripts division of the Library of Congress.

KELLY FRAHLICH DIAMOND, University Heights, is a campus recruiter for Hyland Software.

BENJAMIN “BEN” SCHAEFER, Cleveland, is now a project manager for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.


LAUREN BELTZ, Cincinnati, was promoted to senior account executive for Procter & Gamble.

JESSICA NEESON, Cleveland, is an event planner for LaCentre conference and banquet facility.


CYNTHIA AHONEN COGSWELL (MAED), Stow, earned a Ph.D. at Indiana University. She is now a postdoctoral fellow for assessment and evaluation at Dartmouth College.

DANIEL FERRY (MBA), Brunswick, was promoted to chief financial officer at Crystal Clinic Orthopedic Center.

CAITLYN PECINOVSKY HAUFF, Mobile, Ala., earned a Master’s degree in kinesiology from Georgia Southern University in 2013 and a Ph.D. in kinesiology from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2016. She is now an assistant professor of health promotion at the University of South Alabama.

NICOLE CARLONE LOSI, Lakewood, was promoted to director of social media at Kent State University.


LEE BOSS, Avon Lake, opened BOSS Pro-Karting in Brook Park in August 2016 with his cousin, Brad Copley ’02.

NICHOLAS “NICK” CIULLA, Alabaster, Ala., was granted tenure as second trumpet of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.


EMILY BAUER, Fairfield, is now development coordinator for the Cincinnati Ballet.

RICHARD “RICK” HUNDORFEAN (MBA), Cleveland, is now director of the Neurological Institute at University Hospitals.

JILL TIGHE, Takoma Park, Md., is an actress in the D.C. area and a PAC/Grassroots Associate for the American Occupational Therapy Association. She recently appeared in TAME., an Avant Bard production nominated for a Helen Hayes Award.

NICHOLAS “NICK” VOGELPOHL, Wilmington, Calif., earned an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. He is now a technical designer for All Access Staging and Productions.


LYDIA “DIA” GRIFFITHS, Berkeley Springs, W.Va., is a young adult volunteer in South Korea for the Presbyterian Church USA, working with children in after-school programs and exploring Korean culture and history.

CAITLIN HOULAHAN, New York, N.Y., made her Broadway debut in October, performing the role of Dawn in the musical Waitress.


SARAH BRIGADIER, Berea, is a research assistant at Case Western Reserve University.

COLIN CUNNINGHAM, Medina, is alumni engagement and special events coordinator for Alpha Sigma Phi International Fraternity.

FRANK ZONA, Hinckley, ran as the youngest candidate in Ohio for a state level office in the November elections.


SHONTAE DORTCH CARLTON, Cleveland, is a lab technician for the Cleveland Clinic.  

THOMAS JACKSON, Hermitage, Pa., is a business analyst for product management at MRI Software.

MARCIA JACOBS, Richmond Heights, is HR/payroll coordinator for Koroseal Interior Products.

CHRISTOPHER MARKUS, Brooklyn, is a finance fellow for the Cleveland Clinic, rotating every 3-5 weeks through various areas of healthcare finance.


Marriage Announcements

For more details on these announcements, including wedding dates and locations (when provided), search the archive of online class notes here.

COURTNEY STELZER ’05 to Jamieson Leslie

PATRICIA CACHAT ’06 to Andrew Sanzotta

ERICA SHERMAN ’11 (MBA), to Neil Klein


JULIA KILKENNY ’13 to Zachary Kelly

Birth Announcements

For more details on these announcements, including baby names and birth dates (when provided), search the archive of online class notes here.

ERA MCCLURE MCMAHON ’95, and husband Brian, a daughter

KEN BURT GAMBOA ’00, and husband Eric, a son and a daughter

KELLY LOZAN LANGE ’01, and husband Jason, a daughter

STEFANIE CEDRO MOHR ’03, and husband Brandon, a son

KRYSTI ADDAMS VEAL ’04, and husband Noel, a daughter

CHRISTINA LEES MARINO ’06, and husband Antonino, a daughter


JONATHAN ANDERSEN ’07, and wife Jessica, a son

AMARA O’DONNELL NELIGH ’08, and husband Paul, a daughter


JARED MORRISON ’10, and wife Tanya, a son

In Memoriam

See below for in memoriam listings of alumni and friends who died between October 1 and December 31, 2016 as well as those who passed away prior to October 1 of which we learned only recently.  These listings include BW academic records, other student involvement while on campus, as well as BW honors received after graduation (i.e. the Alumni Merit Award, the Athletic Hall of Fame, etc).  For more information on the person's life, click on his/her name to see the complete obituary as originally published in local media sources. If you see an error in the in memoriam listing, please email bwalumni@bw.edu or call (440) 826-2104 and we will correct it immediately, both on this page and in the archive.  

While not specifically highlighted in these listings, many of the following alumni were generous in their giving to Baldwin Wallace. Consider celebrating a classmate or friend below with a tribute gift. You may make your tribute gift online or by calling the Office of Annual Giving at (440) 826-2739.


H. WALTER “BEBOP” WERME, Camano Island, Wash., died on October 1. Majored in economics. Member of Phi Kappa Tau.


GENE JESUNAS BUTLER, Huron, died on December 11. Majored in education. Member of Alpha Xi Delta.

HARRY HALL, Parma, died on October 1. Majored in humanities. Member of Alpha Tau Omega.

MARTHA CARMAN SINGLETON, Cleveland, died on November 19. Majored in music. Member of the Black Student Alliance.


WILLIAM “BILL” HARRIS, Brecksville, died in November. Majored in chemistry.


THOMAS “TOM” SYKORA, Rocky River, died in August. Majored in business administration. Member of Alpha Sigma Phi.


JOHN “JACK” KITKO, Brandon, Fla., died on October 21. Majored in business administration.


JOHN “JACK” REEKS, Columbus, died December 5. Majored in business administration. Member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and lettered in baseball. 


JAMES “JIM” MANNING, Uniontown, died November 15. Majored in business administration. Member of Lambda Chi Alpha and played basketball.


KARL “FRITZ” JUSTUS, JR., Lancaster, died on December 18. Majored in health and physical education. Member of Lambda Chi Alpha and lettered in football.


JUDITH SCHWADERER BISHOP, Santa Fe, N.M., died December 1. Majored in mathematics. Member of Phi Mu and the Women’s Recreation Association.


JOHN STINE, Snowmass Village, Colo., died on November 2. Majored in business administration.


KAREN FRITSCH PITKIN, Cherry Hill, N.J., died on January 5, 2016. Majored in French. Member of Alpha Xi Delta and the Exponent newspaper staff.


SUSAN BRYAN-COLLINS, San Antonio, Tex., died on November 2. Majored in music.


WARD PITKIN, Cherry Hill, N.J., died on September 17. Majored in business administration. Member of Alpha Sigma Phi.


JAMES “JIM” ATKINSON (MBA ’78), died on December 18.Majored in business administration and later earned a Master of Business Administration.


RICHARD “RICK” WINTERICH, Peoria, Ariz., died December 4. Majored in business administration. Member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and lettered in football.


ADELYN REED KENNEDY (MAED), Amherst, died on December 20. Earned a Master of Education in early childhood.



MARJORIE PORTER KEITH (MAED), Grafton, died on November 4. Earned a Master of Education.


RICHARD BRIZZ (MBA), Chagrin Falls, died November 29. Earned a Master of Business Administration.


SEEPERSAUD SAMAROO (MBA), West Palm Beach, Fla., died on October 8. Earned a Master of Business Administration.


JAMES “JIM” DREY, Akron, died on February 3. Majored in marketing.


CONSTANCE “SUPER-CONN” BURLESON ALLEN, Strongsville, died on November 26. Professor of speech, communications, broadcasting, sign language, audiology and speech disorders from 1974 to 1999. Advisor for WBWC radio.

MICHAEL “MIKE” DWYER, Berea, died November 15. Professor of psychology from 1979 to 2015. Received the Strosacker Award for Teaching and the Bechberger Award for Human Development. (No obituary available.)

RUDOLPH “RUDI” KAMPER, Olmsted Falls, died on December 7. Member of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute Advisory Board.



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