November 2016

Featuring news received between June 1 and September 30, 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 October 1? 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

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2000s

2010s

Marriages

Births

In Memoriam

1954

WARD JONES, Catonsville, Md., and his wife Miriam “Mimi” Jones ’56, have moved to a retirement community in the Baltimore area and look forward to staying in touch with their classmates. (To contact them, call or email the alumni office.)

1956

MIRIAM “MIMI” GRIPPIN JONES, Catonsville, Md., and her husband Ward Jones ’54, have moved to a retirement community in the Baltimore area and look forward to staying in touch with their classmates. (To contact them, call or email the alumni office.)



1960

RUTH ENGLAND SMITH, Denver, Colo., volunteers for Rocky Mountain PBS, archiving the station’s history.

 

1970

HIRAM MCDADE, Columbia, S.C., is director of graduate studies for the department of communication sciences and disorders at the University of South Carolina.

1979

WALTER HAMBERG, III, Roswell, Ga., is principal of The Hamberg Law Firm, LLC.

1980

ROBERT SERABIN (MBA), New York, N.Y., published How to Conquer Your Fear of Selling and Close That Deal (Norval Hawkins Books).

1983

MICHELE ZELKO ENLOW, Akron, is the assistant director of undergraduate programs for The University of Akron School of Nursing.

1985

MARIANNE CECCHI (MBA ’90), Independence, is the director of office administration for Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs.

MICHELLE MACARTNEY (MBA ’89), San Diego, Calif., is a managing director for U.S. banking practice at Bridgeforce, a consulting firm.

1986

TERRANCE BYRNE, Cleveland, is now director of operations of Care Alliance Health Center.

KAREN KANNENBERG, Broadview Heights, has been named the 2016 Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the Greater Cleveland chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is manager of gift and donor development for the Cleveland Metroparks.

1987

JULIE HANNAH HARRIS, Shaker Heights, received the first H. William Christ, Headmaster, Endowed Faculty Chair Award for vision and innovation. She is an early childhood educator at Hathaway Brown.

JEFFREY WEBB, Huntington, Ind., collaborated with Chris Fee ‘89 to publish American Myths, Legends and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore (Reaktion Press, London).

1988

MARGUERITE FREEMAN-FORDI, Boonton, N.J., is the principal of Banyan School, a school for students and young adults with special needs.

MARTIN UHLE (MBA), Rocky River, was named interim superintendent of the Cleveland Lutheran High School Association. He is also executive director of the Pierstorf Memorial Fund.

1989

CHRISTOPHER FEE, Aspers, Pa., published The Goddess: Myths of the Great Mother, and collaborated with Jeff Webb ’87 to publish American Myths, Legends and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore (Reaktion Press, London).

MICHELLE MACARTNEY (MBA), see '85. 

1990

MARIANNE CECCHI (MBA), see '85. 

CURT MILLER, Uncasville, Ct., is the general manager and head coach of the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun.

SHARON RUEBSTECK, New York, N.Y., is executive vice president for Polskin Arts & Communications Counselors.

1991

VERNICE SIMMS JACKSON, Lakewood, was selected to be a docent at the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

ROCKY TAYLOR, Strongsville, is the founding pastor of Abundant Life Community Church. He completed graduate work at Ashland Theological Seminary and earned a master’s degree in Christian studies from Union University in May 2016.

CHERILEE WADSWORTH WALKER, Shawnee, Kans., is the interim vice president of academic affairs at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

1992

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

IWANDA SHOWERS HUGGINS, Twinsburg, is the assistant principal for George Dodge Intermediate School in Twinsburg.

STACY BECK NUTTER (MBA ’16), Strongsville, is a hospital unit manager for Medical Mutual of Ohio.

1993

LOUIS MOORE, Westlake, is managing principal of Banc Consulting Partners. He competed for Team USA in the ITU Duathlon World Championships in Aviles, Spain.

1994

ANDREA HOGBEN (MBA ’97), Westlake, is the senior vice president of strategic communications for Medical Mutual.

1995

JENNIFER SCHAFER PARKER, Avon, was inducted to the Avon High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

1996

CRAIG BENSON, Quincy, Mass., completed a clinical fellowship in adult cardiovascular diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a post-doctoral fellowship in genetics and computational biology at Harvard Medical School. He is now working in the biotech sector for Biogen, focusing on therapies and cures for rare blood diseases.

1997

MATTHEW CHOJNACKI (MBA ’99), Lakewood, is the executive producer of the documentary “30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story.”

ANDREA HOGBEN (MBA), see '94.

SARA SCALZO MANSON, Parkville, Md., is now director of student engagement at Loyola University Maryland.

KIMBERLY YOUSEY ELSENER, Oneonta, N.Y., is the dean of assessment and retention at Hartwick College.

1998

KRISTIN LITTLEJOHN COON, Churchville, N.Y., earned a Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching. She is a music educator in the Hillton Central Schools. 

MELINDA RUGGERI, North Royalton, is now a Registered Nurse. She graduated from Kent State University in August 2016.

CATHERINE DOWDELL LAWRENCE, Bellevue, was appointed chaplain of Parkvue Community, a skilled nursing, memory care, and rehabilitation facility.

1999

PAMELA BAIRD ATWOOD (MBA), Lodi, has re-branded her recruitment firm, Atwood & Associates, as Gladstone Executive Search, an Ohio-based firm.

MATTHEW CHOJNACKI (MBA), see '97. 

JOSEPH DeLUCCIO, Washington D.C., performed J.S. Bach’s Concerto in F Major for oboe, strings, and basso continuo with “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra in July 2016. He now has the rank of Gunnery Sergeant.

RACHEL HUHRA SLEPECKY, Bay Village, is a psychologist for the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.

2000

STEPHANIE CLEMONS THOMPSON, Westerville, is now assistant director for residence life for The Ohio State University Housing.

2001

NEIL STEIN, Mentor, is now general manager of the Lake County Captains.

KRISTEN PUGH WEAVER, Westlake, is an area director of revenue management for Interstate Hotels and Resorts.

2002

DEREK WEAVER, Westlake, is a corporate compliance manager for WEST Forwarding Services.

2003

GREGORY DOSTER (MBA ’10), Maple Heights, is a supervising associate for financial planning and analysis at Ernst & Young.

JOHN TELLONI, Massillon, is the associate principal at Claggett Middle School in Medina.

2004

SYLVIA OLASEZEK BROCHUE, Sheffield Village, was honored with Saint Joseph Academy’s Young Alumnae “25 Under 35” Award.

LEO CHIPPY (MBA), Strongsville, is an industry manager for Sherwin-Williams.

KATHLEEN LASER, Jacksonville, Fla., is a kindergarten teacher at Callahan Elementary School.

AMY JO MARCANO-REIK, Cleveland, published Brain and Spinal Cord Plasticity: An Interdisciplinary and Integrative Approach for Behavior, Cognition, and Health (Nova Science).

TERESA PISULA, Toledo, is an associate attorney for the family law firm Mulyk, Laho & Mack, LLC.

JARED RAWLINGS, Sandy, Ut., is an assistant professor of music education at the University of Utah School of Music.

2005

KRISTEN LAUGHLIN CAROFF, Shaker Heights, serves on the board of the new Global Ambassadors Language Academy (GALA) in Cleveland.

STEPHANIE WILLIAMS (MBA ’14), Stow, is a human resources business partner for Acumen Solutions.

2006

ASHLEIGH GORDON, Roxbury, Mass., is co-founder of the concert and education series, Castle of our Skins, which celebrate Black composers of classical music.

MARY “KATIE” SNYDER LEWIS, North Canton, is an advancement associate for Walsh University.

JOHN MCDONNELL IV, Derwood, Md., is a Navy pediatrician and associate program director for the pediatrics residency at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

ALEX STEFANIAK, St. Louis, Mo., is an associate professor of musicology at Washington University. He published Schumann's Virtuosity (Indiana University Press).

2007

CORNELIUS BETHEA, New York, N.Y., is a crisis counselor advocate for Crisis Text Line.

CHRISTIAN BURDEN, Falls Church, Va., now works for the U.S. federal government.

2008

JEFFREY GATES, Mogadore, is a major market sales executive for Paycor, Inc.

JAMILYN PELECKY HOEHN, North Royalton, is now assistant principal for Dunbar and Munroe Elementary Schools in Tallmadge City School District.

2009

KATHLEEN GAWSYSZAWSKI, Whitakers, N.C., is principal resident of Edgecombe County Public Schools, as part of her participation in the Northeast Leadership Academy of North Carolina State University.

ALYSSA PHILLIPS NADIN (MBA ’09), Broadview Heights, was honored with Saint Joseph Academy’s Young Alumnae “25 Under 35” Award.

CHISOMO SELEMANI, Elyria, was selected to serve as a Next Einstein Forum ambassador, representing her home country of Zambia. The Forum explores innovation and change in Africa.

MICHAEL WALLACE, Canton, is the associate pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church.

2010

GREGORY DOSTER (MBA), see '03.

KAYLA TOMKO HECKATHORN (MBA ’10), Berea, is a marketing coordinator for UpSearch.

JARED MORRISON, Pataskala, is an event planner for The Ohio State University Extension.

GARY PLATKO (MBA ’10), Willowick, is now chief financial officer for Riverside School District.

LORRIN PRINGLE RADZIK, Seven Hills, was ordained a pastor in June 2016. She now serves as pastor for Seven Hills United Methodist Church and Independence United Methodist Church.

BRIAN BOVEINGTON, Columbus, is a senior athletic academic counselor for The Ohio State University.

2011

STEPHEN GRUSHETSKY (MBA), Lyndhurst, has been appointed to City Council in Lyndhurst.

ENDRIT KOSTA (MBA ’13), North Royalton, is a project manager of digital projects & custom solutions for UBM Americas.

STEPHANIE SWINEHART LAWRENCE, Akron, earned a Master’s degree in nonprofit administration and leadership from Cleveland State University.

ERIK DROST, Mentor, has his original photographs installed in Cleveland’s Burnham Restaurant and in guest rooms of the Hilton Cleveland Downtown Hotel.

2012

ANGELICA BREWER, Brook Park, is a cognitive behavioral coordinator for Oriana House.

DENNIS CAMPBELL (MAED), Akron, is now assistant director for fraternity and sorority life at Kent State University.

TAYLOR ROTH, Sandusky, is the assistant men’s basketball coach at New York University.

LISA KUNDMUELLER ZESZOTEK, Middleburg Heights, is a library technician for the Fairview Park Schools.



2013

DOUGLAS DEGIROLAMO (MAED ’16), Cleveland, is coordinator of strategic events for Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine.

BROOKE HAMILTON, Fairview Park, is a law clerk for Gallagher Sharp. She earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law in May.

ENDRIT KOSTA (MBA), see '11. 

RICHARD TEEL, North Royalton, earned a Juris Doctor degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He works as a law clerk for Matty, Henrikson, and Greve in downtown Cleveland.

2014

HEATHER LOW, Elyria, is a community psychiatric supportive treatment (CPST) worker for Ohio Guidestone.

DANIELA MUHAJ, Washington D.C., is a research analyst at the International Monetary Fund.

ROBERT STAMMITTI, Pittsburgh, Pa., is a community partner of CLASS (Community Living And Support Services).

STEPHANIE WILLIAMS (MBA), see '05.

CHRISTOPHER ZANELLA, Chicora, Pa., is an assistant band director for the Perkins Schools.

2015

CAITLYN ABBEY, Caro, Mich., was selected to serve in the Peace Corp’s Madagascar group. She will work in the agricultural sector on issues of food security.

ANURATI JAIN, Bloomington, Ind., is a full-time board certified music therapist at Fogerty Music Therapy LLC.

BRADLEY JOHNSON, Olmsted Township, is now Frostburg State University’s top assistant basketball coach.

KAYLA STARTA, Akron, is marketing director for Enfusen.

2016

MALIK AKIL, New York, N.Y., debuted on Broadway in the new Irving Berlin musical Holiday Inn as a member of the ensemble.

REBECCA BROWN, Abilene, Tex., is a game operations assistant for Abilene Christian University.

DOUGLAS DEGIROLAMO (MAED), see '13.  

WALTER “JAKE” HARDERS, Rocky River, works in research for the Cleveland Clinic’s department of biomedical engineering. His research focuses on the potential use of magnets in medical devices.

KEVIN HULSMANN, Cleveland, is the assistant director of sports information for Case Western Reserve University.

MICHELLE KOKLAUNER, Eek, Alaska, is a junior high teacher in the Lower Kuskokwim School District. Her students are native Alaskans, taught in a contained classroom for all subjects.

CHRISTIN LIGHT, Newark, is a general music teacher for grades K-5 at Northridge Local Schools.

STACY BECK NUTTER (MBA), see '92.

EMILY RHOADHOUSE, New Albany, is director of orchestras for the Newark City Schools.

 

Marriage Announcements

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

MARY LAVENIA ’01 to Nicholas Mitchell

KATHRYN KOVACS ’10, ‘10 to Greg Bader

LISA KUNDMUELLER ’12 to Martin Zeszotek

SARAH MAXWELL ’10 to Jereme Frey

MARISSA BOZAK ’11, ’14 to Jeremy Rapsik

JULIE CHAMBERS ’14 to ROBERT HOOD ‘14

Birth Announcements

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

MOLLY RATHBURN KRAYNIK ’97, and husband John, a daughter

JENNIFER ANDREWS MARKOVICH ’00 and WILL MARKOVICH ’01, a daughter

KRISTEN PUGH WEAVER ’01 and DEREK WEAVER ’02, a daughter

ELIZABETH ZEMAN MIRANDA ’02 and husband Jonathan, a daughter

TIFFINY MARIE BUTLER ’05, ’09 and husband John, a son

 

In Memoriam

See below for in memoriam listings of alumni and friends who died between June 1 and September 30, 2016.  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.  

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.

1941

BURDETTE “BURT” BARTH, Solon, died September 7. Majored in history. Member of the History, Writer's, Education, and Barbarians Clubs.

1944

NORINE WINES SHARP, Cleveland Heights, died on July 13. Majored in music. Member of Mu Phi Epsilon. Honored with the Conservatory Alumni Achievement Award in 1979.

1948

CLARK WILLIAM PECK, Westlake, died on September 11. Majored in science education. Member of Alpha Tau Omega. Attended BW as part of the Navy V-12 program.

1950

WILLIAM “BILL” FEATHERSTONE DAVIS, JR., Rittman, died October 3. Majored in philosophy. Member of Lambda Chi Alpha.

1957

ROBERT “BOB” MENDENHALL, Lakewood, died on June 17. Majored in business.

1958

MARY PERRY HUHTA, Murfreesboro, Fla., died on May 27. Majored in education. Member of Alpha Phi.

1959

MARGARET SCHANDEL COY, Carrollton, died on July 31. Majored in education.

1962

GLENN D. MILLER, West Unity, died September 2. Majored in music. Member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Participated in BW’s alumni marching band.

1967

TERRY GUSTAFSON, Scottsdale, Ariz., died on October 2, 2015. Majored in business administration. Member of of Alpha Sigma Phi.

FRANK PHILLIPS, Charlotte, N.C., died on July 27. Majored in business. Member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

1970

DAVID POLK, York, Pa., died June 4. Majored in biology.

1973

THOMAS “TOM” SCHWEDA, Louisville, Ky., died on August 31. Majored in business. Member of Phi Kappa Tau.

1974

DENNIS BUTTS, Akron, died in September. Majored in psychology.  Member of the Intravarsity Christian Fellowship.

EDWARD “ED” JOSEPH CRANN, Berea, died July 24. Majored in sociology and anthropology. Member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

DANIEL EVERETT CRAFT, Frisco, Tex., died July 20. Majored in health and physical education. Member of Lambda Chi Alpha. Played football and baseball.

JOYCE PATRICIA MCCARTHY, Cary, N.C., died September 11. Majored in English.

1983

SHARON MILLER-ZEGARAC, Avon, died on January 30. Majored in psychology. Member of the Dayton C. Miller Honor Society.

1984

GREGG JOHNSTON, Hilliard, died on August 12. Majored in business.

1993

JAMES CLARDY, Medina, died on July 29. Majored in economics. Member of Lambda Chi Alpha, Student Senate, and lettered in football. Inducted to the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.

1995

DAVID COVERDALE, Parma Heights, died on July 13. Majored in chemistry. Member of Dayton C. Miller Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa, and lettered in football.

1998

VIRGINIA “GINNIE” FORTINO ESKEW, Bay Village, died on September 19. Majored in sociology and anthropology.  Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha and Pi Gamma Mu.

FRIENDS

REUBEN McDANIEL, Austin, Tex., died February 10.  Served as director of educational services, assistant to the dean, and assistant professor in BW’s Division of Education in the 1960s. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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