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Fred Gray, JD (LAW ‘54, HON ‘92), the attorney who represented Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks during the Montgomery Bus Boycott and victims of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study in 1972, will be the keynote speaker for the MLK Jr. Observance Day Association’s annual MLK Freedom Gala in Savannah, Georgia. 

Ned Grossman (ADL ‘65, MGT ‘68) published his second book, How to Succeed in the 21st Century: Focus on the Things Over Which You Have Input, Impact and Control (Diamond Publishing Company). In an age driven by technology, the back-to-basics primer for success was written with his grandchildren in mind. In the book, he shares advice reminiscent of that imparted by renowned thinkers, parents, grandparents or a favorite teacher. Grossman’s first book, How to Succeed in Life: Ideas and Principles They Don’t Teach in School (Diamond Publishing Company), was originally written for his children in 1994.

Amy Daniels (WRC ‘75) has retired from her role as cantor and director of education for Temple Sha'arey Shalom in Springfield Township, New Jersey.  

Alan Goldberg (DEN ‘78) lives in Metuchen, New Jersey, and has been happily married to his wife, Diane for 42 years. He is still a practicing, full-time dentist. He has three adult children: Alysa, a patent attorney; Brian, a partner at WPA in Los Angeles, a talent agency specializing in television and film; and Jason, a television producer for E! Network. Alan has one grandson and granddaughter who will be born very soon. He refers to his education from the School of Dental Medicine as the gift that keeps on giving.

Helen H. Hobbs (MED ‘79), an investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and professor of internal medicine and molecular genetics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, was awarded the fifth annual Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine. Hobbs was recognized for her outstanding contributions to medicine and science, specifically her discovery of the link between a gene mutation and lower levels of LDL, or bad cholesterol.

Cynthia Gardner Koury (MGT ‘83) was promoted to executive vice president at CM Wealth Advisors.  Koury also serves as the firm’s chief investment officer, overseeing the investment process that includes a robust private equity program, serves on the investment committees of numerous organizations, and is a member of the CFA Society Cleveland.

Indranath Dutta (GRS ‘85, metallurgy and materials science) is director of the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering of the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture at Washington State University (WSU). Dutta has been at WSU since 2008, serving in a variety of leadership positions, including as director of the Materials Science and Engineering program, associate dean of research, and as interim director of the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Prior to joining WSU, he was a professor at the Naval Postgraduate School and held visiting positions at the Air Force Research Laboratory, the University of Oxford, Motorola, Intel and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University. He has published nearly 200 papers, holds four U.S. patents and has two pending patents. 

Julie Hambleton (MED ‘86) is senior vice president and chief medical officer, head of development for DEAYA Biosciences, Inc., an oncology-focused biotechnology company. 

Scott Hotes (CIT ‘87) is chief technology officer for TeenSafe, the first independent smartphone monitoring service for parents.

Vincent J. Pompili (MED ‘88) is senior vice president of the Novant Health Heart and Vascular Institute, part of Novant Health, an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals that deliver healthcare to communities in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. Pompili will lead heart and vascular services, including cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery, and perform clinical duties in interventional cardiology and structural heart disease at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Majdi Abulaban (MGT ‘90) was appointed as an additional independent member of the board of directors of SPX Flow, Inc., a company with product offerings concentrated in rotating, actuating and hydraulic technologies for the food and beverage, industrial and power and energy end markets. Abulaban is the senior vice president of Global Signal & Power Solutions at Aptiv PLC, a global technology company. 

Lars-Åke Norling (GRS ‘92, systems control and engineering) will join Kinnevik AB, an industry focused investment company, as investment director and sector head for the technology, media, and telecom sector, effective September 1, 2018.

Rick Adelstein (DEN ‘93) and his wife, Rachel, recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Their daughter, Melanie, currently is a first year at the CWRU School of Dental Medicine and their son, Jake, is in his second year at The Ohio State University where he is studying computer science engineering. Rick looks back at his time at the school and notes that the confidence and skills he has are because of the excellent education he received during dental school.

Robert S. Frost (LAW ‘94), of Lakewood, Ohio, was appointed to the Kent State University Board of Trustees by Ohio Governor John Kasich. This appointment runs through May 2026. Frost serves as an attorney with Capital Partners in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, and chairman of the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County.

Yi Yang (CWR ‘95) is managing principal at Summit Engineering. He is responsible for the firm’s operations, business development and other strategic initiatives. Yi also continues to serve as the Structural Division manager.

Rodney Rogers (GRS ‘96, accounting) is the president of Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Rogers was named interim president in December 2017 and assumed the role on Jan. 1. He has a long history with the University, having served most recently as provost and senior vice president since 2012, and as dean of the BGSU College of Business for the prior six years.

Rachel Foster Stuart (SAS ‘97) published her first book, Lilies for Looper (I Am My Life), the story of a fearless little girl who loves to try new things and explore what life has to offer. 

Travis Ribar (GRS ‘01, macromolecular science) co-authored The Essential Case Law Guide to PTAB Trials (American Bar Association Book Publishing), a comprehensive text providing guidance when handling highly specialized matters before the U.S. Patent Office. The book will be available in March 2018 at

Aileen Bost (MGT '06) was promoted to senior client service director for CM Wealth Advisors, a wealth management and investment advisory firm. Bost is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Cleveland and an officer for a local private foundation.

Jill Dietrich (LAW ‘07, MGT ‘07) has been named director of the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Dietrich most recently served in Washington DC VA Medical Center. She is the first female director in the history of the Dayton medical center.

Catherine Doerfler Herzog (SAS ‘07) is supervisor of Clinical Services for New Avenues, Inc., a provider of behavioral health management and employee assistance programs that is headquartered in South Bend, Indiana. In this role, Herzog will oversee utilization management, case management and disease management programs as well as supervise EAP clinical services. Additionally, she will work with the CEO in ongoing development of several behavioral health initiatives.

Morton Mandel (HON ‘07, CWR ‘13) and his wife, Barbara, will offer 26 works from their collection of modern and contemporary art at auction at Sotheby's in New York on May 16. Prices are estimated to reach more than $75 million and will benefit the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation. Beneficiaries of the Mandel Foundation include the Cleveland Museum of Art, Brandeis University, the Israel Museum and Case Western Reserve University.

Sheena Allen (DEN ‘08) owns a group specialty dental practice in downtown Dallas, Texas. She and her husband, Eric, have been married for 10 years and have a two-year-old son, Lucas. After dental school, Sheena attended a three year prosthodontic program and now practices as a board-certified prosthodontist. Of the CWRU School of Dental Medicine, Allen says she would not be in the career she is in today, had it not been for the foundation she established at CWRU and is forever grateful for a solid start.

Nicholas P. Resetar (LAW ‘09) was promoted to shareholder at the Akron, Ohio, law firm of Roetzel & Andress LPA.

J. Stephen Jones (MGT ‘10), formerly with the Cleveland Clinic, is the CEO and Board of Trustees Member of the Inova Health System. Headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, Inova leverages precision medicine and patient-centric services to predict, prevent and treat disease.  

Abraham Bergman (MED ‘58) received the Thomas Lamb Eliot Award, recognizing distinguished and sustained achievement by a graduate of Reed College. Bergman is professor emeritus of pediatrics at the University of Washington's Harborview Medical Center. He is the author of 93 peer-reviewed journal articles and 10 books.

Rudolph O. Karsch (CIT ‘66) organized and led a medical team to Nepal in February and March 2017, bringing relief to survivors of the April 2015 earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people and injured nearly 22,000. The medical team set up three clinics and treated more than 1,000 people. During the last clinic, established near Mt. Everest and Tibet, the team dentist pulled 200 teeth in ten hours.

John C. Thomas (ADL '67) received the 2018 Lifetime Service Award from the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group in Human Computer Interaction for numerous leadership positions and activities since the first Gaithersburg Conference on human factors in computing systems in 1982.

Stuart M. Terman (ADL ‘70), a retired ophthalmologist in Cleveland, knows firsthand that most doctors not only get paid for their efforts, but receive gifts from patients. Terman’s gifts have included cookies, cakes, zucchini bread and even a stepping stool, made by a carpenter. But the one that had the greatest impact was a Ukrainian Easter Egg—a pysanky— as it reminded him of the grandparents he lived with as a child. Terman’s grandmother brought her colorful egg to the United States in 1911. While fleeing unrest in Odessa, Ukraine, at 12 years old, she received the egg as a going away gift from a close friend. This gift became a treasure that reminded her of the home she left behind and was never to see again. Eventually, the beautiful egg was lost or discarded. Years later, one of Terman’s long-time patients stopped in around Easter and, with her payment, gave him a carefully wrapped gift—a pysanky. Today, this lovely gift sits at his home, a reminder of his grandmother, her courage and her journey.

Robert C. Cicco (CIT ‘71, MED ‘76) is the 2018 president of the Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) Medical Society, a local organization that represents physicians from all specialties and provides leadership and advocacy for patients and physicians. Now retired from practice, Cicco most recently served as associate director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at West Penn Hospital and was a clinical assistant professor, pediatrics, at Temple University School of Medicine.

Ronald B. Bakeman (LAW ‘73) was sworn in by City of Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson as the internal affairs superintendent for the Cleveland Division of Police Internal Affairs Unit which handles all criminal investigations involving Cleveland Police Officers.

Walter George (MED ‘75) of Aurora, Ohio, is senior vice president for physician education and services at Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care, a hospice provider. George is a clinician and medical educator with more than 32 years of service.

Avi Cohen (CIT ‘80; GRS ‘81, electrical engineering and applied physics) joined the board of directors of Piksel, Inc., a global designer, builder and manager of online video solutions.

Catherine O’Riordan (CIT ‘84), interim co-chief executive officer and chief operating officer of the American Institute of Physics, was selected as the executive director of the Ecological Society of America. O’Riordan assumes the role in April 2018.

Anthony J. Wynshaw-Boris (GRS ‘84, biochemistry; MED ‘87) of Cleveland received the 2017 Edward W. Morley Medal from his alma mater, Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio. The award recognizes significant contributions to the field of science and is named for Edward W. Morley, a faculty member at Western Reserve College from 1869 to 1906 best known for his role in the landmark Michelson-Morley Experiment in 1887, which attempted to measure the velocity of the earth and the speed of light, an experiment that paved the way for Einstein’s theory of relativity.

Patricia Hubbard (CWR ‘89) is senior vice president and chief technology officer for Cabot Corporation, a global specialty chemicals and performance materials company, headquartered in Boston.

Heidi Littman (MED ‘92) closed her pediatric practice in North Olmsted, Ohio, and retired.

Kenneth Rhee (GRS ‘97, organizational behavior) was named the dean of the School of Management for Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. He will partner with the Vice President for Academic Affairs, deans of the other schools and the college faculty in implementing the strategic vision of the college.

Brian Spitz (LAW ‘97) was named Attorney of the Month for June 2017 by Attorney at Law Magazine Cleveland.

Richard R. Hill (GRS ‘98, neurosciences; MED ‘92) was elected to the Board of Physicians for the American Health Council. He currently practices both in his private practice in Pepper Pike, Ohio, and on the near west side of Cleveland, where he serves as the staff psychiatrist for Neighborhood Family Practice, a nonprofit that delivers integrated behavioral health and primary care services.

Scott Reba (CWR '99) published his first book, Better Cocktails Through Chemistry: A Guide to Sugar Free Drinks (independently published). The book details how to make sugar-free cocktails and spirits.

Brian Hersman (CWR ‘01, MGT ‘01)
was named one of the GrowthCap’s Top 40 Under 40 Growth Investors of 2017. Hersman is a general partner for JMI Equity, a growth equity firm focused on investing in leading software, internet, business services and healthcare IT companies. GrowthCap provides transaction advisory services to growth-stage, private companies that are seeking to run a competitive financing or sale process.

Harlan S. Blynn (CWR ‘03) came across an essay he wrote in graduate school and was inspired to end his management consulting practice and start an urban farm in Denver in 2017.

Colleen Kalczynski Cochrane (CWR ‘03; GRS ‘05, mechanical engineering) and her husband, Eric Cochrane, welcomed their first child, Calin “Cal” Joseph Cochrane in November 2017.

Michael Lee (MGT ‘04) is senior vice president and payments advisor/team lead for the commercial real estate team of KeyBank Enterprise Commercial Payments.

Angelina Bair (CWR ‘08) competed in the 2018 Citizens Bank Citizens Make Change Accelerate Challenge through the Cleveland Leadership Center Competition. As one of four semi-finalists, Bair received $2,000 to donate to her employer, the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, which will be used  to start a toy lending library for special needs children. Bair also is a book reviewer for School Library Journal.

Nancy M. Pratt (CWR ‘08) launched the non-profit (n)Ever a Leader to offer workshops on leadership for human rights, civilian direct action diplomacy and peacekeeping. The workshops are taught around the world.  Visit for more information.

Daniel Smith (LAW ‘12) is an associate in the business division of the Pittsburgh office of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC, a law firm with more than 350 lawyers and government affairs professionals located in 15 offices throughout the United States.

Amy Wojnarwsky (LAW ‘13) joined the Cleveland office of McDonald Hopkins LLC, a business advisory and advocacy law firm, as an associate.  

Candace Steele Flippin (MGT ‘16)
is the executive vice president and chief communications officer for First Horizon National Corp., a provider of financial services across the United States and operator of more than 350 bank locations across the southern U.S.

Robert Kitson (CWR ‘16) graduated from the Management 101 course in the Civil Engineer School of the Air Force Institute of Technology in December 2017. Kitson is now a fully qualified Air Force Civil Engineer Officer stationed at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force in June 2017, after completing Officer Training School.

Triantaphilos Manning (CWR ‘16), of Shaker Heights, Ohio, co-founded Aurelion Arts with his brother, Simon. The company was founded on the idea that fine art should be more accessible to everyone. Their site ( allows customers to find works of art and discover artists, while providing a platform for artist to sell their craft.

Julie A. Micalizzi (LAW ‘17) has joined the Cleveland office of McDonald Hopkins LLC, a business advisory and advocacy law firm, as an associate in the Intellectual Property Department.

Linda Lehmann Masek (LYS '70) has published her twelfth book, Mag-ni-fi-cat and the Wartime Mysteries (Fireside/Lux Books). The book continues the adventures of Maggie the cat and her human friends as they take a trip back in time to the United States during World War II. 

Ann Rowland (WRC ‘73, LAW ‘76), Assistant U.S. Attorney in downtown Cleveland, retired from the U.S. Attorney's Office after 37 years, the longest any attorney has ever worked in that office. 

Katrenia Pruitt Kier(WRC ‘76), of Huntsville, Alabama, was elected vice-chair of the Alabama Forestry Commission.

Brent M. Buckley (WRC ‘77) was designated as 2018 Ohio Super Lawyer and Ohio Rising Star of the Cleveland law firm of Buckley King. 

Richard M. Bain (LAW ‘79) was designated as 2018 Ohio Super Lawyer and Ohio Rising Star of the Cleveland law firm of Buckley King. 

F. David Coleman (GRS ‘82, operations research) is the vice president of officiating for the Pacific-12 Conference, a collegiate athletic conference operating in the western United States and participating in 24 sports at the NCAA Division I level. Prior to this position, Coleman was the director of officiating for the National Football League.

Cynthia H. Dunn (SAS ‘82), president and chief executive officer of Judson Services Inc., has announced her plans to retire in June 2018. Dunn has held the position since 1992, helping the organization gain a national reputation as an innovator in services for older adults. Judson Services, Inc., a not-for-profit organization which has served Northern Ohio since 1906, offers independent living, assisted living, memory support services, short-term rehabilitative and long-term skilled nursing care, community memberships, outreach initiatives and home care. 

Jeffrey Baddeley (LAW ’83), of the Cleveland law firm of Buckley King, was designated as 2018 Ohio Super Lawyer and Ohio Rising Star. 

Raymond C. Pierce (LAW ‘83) is the president and chief executive officer of the Southern Education Foundation, a research and public-policy group formed in 1867 to promote equity and excellence in education for low-income students and students of color in southern states. During the Clinton Administration, Pierce was deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Education in charge of its Office for Civil Rights.

Paulette S. Goll (GRS ‘87, English) is president of Global Vocabulary LLC, an educational materials development company focused on preparing individuals for standardized admission tests to colleges, conservatories and graduate schools through apps and web books that enhance vocabulary acquisition.

Rosemary Sweeney (LAW ‘87), of the Cleveland law firm of Buckley King, was designated as 2018 Ohio Super Lawyer and Ohio Rising Star. 

Andrea Turner (LAW ‘87), director of Human Resources at the Minnesota Department of Administration and Minnesota Management and Budget, was selected to lead St. Paul’s Human Resources Department by St. Paul Mayor-elect Melvin Carter.

Peter Dragich (CWR ‘89) is Kennametal vice president and president of the industrial business division of Kennametal, Inc., a company delivering productivity solutions through materials science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions. 

Jeff Rona (CWR ‘90) is director, west region for Danforth Advisors, specialists in accounting, finance support and strategy for life science companies.

Eric Skorge (CWR ‘91, MGT ‘96) is chief financial officer for Fabuwood Cabinetry of Jersey City, New Jersey.

Paul Ong (CWR ‘93, MGT ‘09) is co-founder and chief executive officer of Monarchy Eyewear, LLC, a privately held, Cleveland-based startup that produces Italian handmade, high fashion sunglasses that sell directly to consumers via The company’s founders, Ong, Effy Carpenter (MGT ‘09)Leslie Feng (MGT ‘09), and Doug Romstadt (MGT ‘09), met while attending the Executive MBA program at CWRU’s Weatherhead School of Management. 

Hester M. Peirce (CWR '93) was sworn into office as a commissioner for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Peirce was nominated to the SEC by President Donald Trump, and her nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Peirce comes to the SEC from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University where she served as a senior research fellow and director of the Financial Markets Working Group. She previously worked for U.S. Senator Richard Shelby on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, as counsel to then-SEC Commissioner Paul S. Atkins and as a staff attorney in the Division of Investment Management. 

Joe Russo (GRS ‘95, theater) and Anthony Russo are investors and advisors for Roaring Third Productions of Cleveland, producers of Shadow of the Run, an immersive and interactive theater project about the Eliot Ness investigation of the Cleveland Torso Murders in the 1930s. Despite dark subject matter, the story is a tale of how communities form and support one another in times of crisis. 

Rachel L. Fink (CWR ‘97) is the executive director for the Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.

Arvin Jawa (MGT ‘97) is vice president, retail strategy for Diebold Nixdorf, a Northeast Ohio creator of software-defined solutions bridging the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently.

Ben Needham (CWR ‘98) is co-founder of Roaring Third Productions of Cleveland, producers of Shadow of the Run, an immersive and interactive theater project about the Eliot Ness investigation of the Cleveland Torso Murders in the 1930s. Despite dark subject matter, the story is a tale of how communities form and support one another in times of crisis.

Melinda Miller (CWR ‘00) is an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the Virginia Tech College of Science. Prior to coming to Virginia Tech, Miller was an assistant professor at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and a visiting assistant professor at Yale University and the University of Michigan. 

Tom Stafford (MGT ‘00) is managing director for EdgePoint, a boutique investment banking firm in Beachwood, Ohio.  

Harry W. Greenfield (MGT ‘01), of the Cleveland law firm of Buckley King, was designated as 2018 Ohio Super Lawyer and Ohio Rising Star. 

Erin Rogalski (CWR ‘01) was named to the University Athletic Association 30th Anniversary Women’s Basketball Team. The team consists student-athletes who were selected as the UAA Player of the Year, or accumulated five or more points with two points awarded for All Association first-team recognition, and one point for second-team honors over a career.

JeNine Nickerson (CWR ‘02, MGT ‘13) was named to the University Athletic Association 30th Anniversary Women’s Basketball Team. The team consists student-athletes who were selected as the UAA Player of the Year, or accumulated five or more points with two points awarded for All Association first-team recognition, and one point for second-team honors over a career.

Jason Radachy (CWR ‘02) was promoted to Counsel at Cantor Colburn LLP, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the country. 

Randy Oostra (MGT ‘05), chief executive officer of Toledo-based ProMedica health system, was appointed to the national board of Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s (LISC) national board. LISC forges communities of opportunity across America that feature great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families. 

Carson Oren (CWR ‘06) was named to the University Athletic Association 30th Anniversary Men’s Basketball Team. The team consists student-athletes who were selected as the UAA Player of the Year, or accumulated five or more points with two points awarded for All Association first-team recognition, and one point for second-team honors over a career.

Geoffrey S. Kunkler (CWR ‘08, GRS ‘09, political science) was promoted to partner n the Family Wealth & Estate Planning practice of Carlile Patchen &  Murphy LLP in Columbus, Ohio. 

Timothy Timura (MGT ‘08) is deputy director and deputy chief economist for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis.

Effy Carpenter (MGT ‘09), Leslie Feng (MGT ‘09), and Doug Romstadt (MGT ‘09) co-founded Monarchy Eyewear, LLC, with Paul Ong (CWR ‘93, MGT ‘09). The privately held, Cleveland-based startup produces Italian handmade, high fashion sunglasses that sell directly to consumers via Carpenter, Feng and Romstadt serve as investors and in advisory roles. The company’s founders met while attending the Executive MBA program at CWRU’s Weatherhead School of Management. 

Ashleigh Tondo (CWR ‘10) was named to the University Athletic Association 30th Anniversary Women’s Basketball Team. The team consists student-athletes who were selected as the UAA Player of the Year, or accumulated five or more points with two points awarded for All Association first-team recognition, and one point for second-team honors over a career.

F. Andrew Rowan (GRS ‘11, applied anatomy; MED ‘11) is an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine and is a practicing surgeon at IU Health Methodist and IU Health North.

Ronnie Ursin (NUR ‘11) is president and chief executive officer of Jennersville Hospital in West Grove, Pennsylvania.  

Erin Hollinger (CWR ‘12) was named to the University Athletic Association 30th Anniversary Women’s Basketball Team. The team consists student-athletes who were selected as the UAA Player of the Year, or accumulated five or more points with two points awarded for All Association first-team recognition, and one point for second-team honors over a career.

David Kaniecki (NUR ‘12, ‘17), of Westlake, Ohio, is a real estate agent with The Holden Agency, an independent real estate brokerage serving clients throughout the state. Kaniecki also is an acute care nurse practitioner for the Cleveland Metro Life Flight Team and author of the book Operation Flight Nurse: Real-Life Medical Emergencies (self-published), as well as several published papers. He has spoken at national conferences, served as a lab instructor, advanced practice skills instructor, lecturer, and faculty instructor.

Christine Woods (CWR ‘12) is co-founder of Roaring Third Productions of Cleveland, producers of Shadow of the Run, an immersive and interactive theater project about the Eliot Ness investigation of the Cleveland Torso Murders in the 1930s. Despite dark subject matter, the story is a tale of how communities form and support one another in times of crisis.

Evelyn Iacono (CWR ‘13) was named to the University Athletic Association 30th Anniversary Women’s Basketball Team. The team consists student-athletes who were selected as the UAA Player of the Year, or accumulated five or more points with two points awarded for All Association first-team recognition, and one point for second-team honors over a career.

Sara Bogomolny (CWR ‘16) is assistant director of Roaring Third Productions of Cleveland, producers of Shadow of the Run, an immersive and interactive theater project about the Eliot Ness investigation of the Cleveland Torso Murders in the 1930s. Despite dark subject matter, the story is a tale of how communities form and support one another in times of crisis.

Connor Faix (CWR ‘17) joined the baseball coaching staff at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa. 

Sharona Hoffman (LAW ‘17), the Edgar A. Hahn Professor of Law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, was elected to the prestigious American Law Institute, a 90-year-old institute comprised exceptional judges, lawyers and legal academics internationally.

Kerry C. Dustin (LAW ‘70) was appointed to the board of commissioners of the city of Naples Airport Authority by the Naples City Council in Florida. The board is comprised of five citizen volunteers who are appointed to four-year terms to govern the Airport Authority. Dustin is founder and chairman of Falls River Group LLC.

Hon. Harry Field (LAW ‘70) retired from his position as Willoughby Municipal Court Judge for the 11th District Court of Appeals in Willoughby, Ohio.

James Stewart Polshek (WRC ‘73) received the 2018 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects, the organization’s highest honor, recognizing an individual whose significant body of work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. Polshek served as architect for the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas; the 1987 restoration and renovation of New York’s Carnegie Hall; the 645,000-square-foot Newseum/Freedom Forum Headquarters, a monument to journalism and free speech; and the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.

Debra J. Mines (GRS ‘77, education) of Atlanta, Georgia, wrote and published her first book, Stinky Shoes, a humorous story full of adventures and mishaps showing that not all wishes are good wishes.

Hon. Timothy J. Grendell (LAW ‘78), Geauga County (OH) Probate/Juvenile Court judge, is the president of the Ohio Association of Juvenile Court Judges. Grendell also serves as the presiding judge of the Geauga County Court of Common Pleas, as secretary/historian of the Ohio Probate Judges Association and as an executive board member of the Ohio Judicial Conference.

Hon. Mary Jane Trapp (LAW ‘81), of the Cleveland law firm of Thrasher, Dinsmore & Dolan, was named to the 2018 Ohio Super Lawyers List.

Cadmus Rich (WRC ‘87) is the chief medical officer for Aura Biosciences, a biotechnology company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and developing a new class of therapies to target and selectively destroy cancer cells.

John R. Liber (LAW ‘90), of the Cleveland law firm of Thrasher, Dinsmore & Dolan, was named to the 2018 Ohio Super Lawyers List.

Terri Goss Kinzy (GRS ‘91, biochemistry) is vice president for research at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.

Lisa D. Sutton (LAW ‘94) joined the board of trustees for Ursuline College. Sutton, of Moreland Hills, Ohio, is vice president/chief counsel – environment, health & safety for the Law Department at Eaton Corporation.

Nicole R. Nason (LAW ‘95) is the assistant secretary for administration at the U.S. Department of State.

J. Troy Terakedis (LAW ‘95, MGT ‘95) was named a 2018 Ohio Super Lawyer for Tax Law. He counsels clients on a variety of federal income tax matters as a member of the Dickinson Wright PLLC law firm in Columbus, Ohio.

Gregory Ogrinc (MED ‘97) is the senior associate dean for medical education for the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, a role that he has served in on an interim basis since 2014. Ogrinc is a professor of medicine, health policy and clinical practice, and community and family medicine at Geisel, and a hospitalist at the White River Junction VA Medical Center.

Fay Cobb Payton (GRS ‘97, management information systems), professor of information systems and technology and University Faculty Scholar in the North Carolina State University Poole College of Management, was inducted into The PhD Project Hall of Fame for 2017. The PhD Project is a national program that has increased faculty diversity at hundreds of college and university business schools. It is the only systemic nationwide program aimed at diversifying university faculty by attracting and enabling African-, Hispanic- and Native Americans to choose college teaching as a career, and to succeed in the rigorous process of obtaining a doctoral degree that qualifies them to be professors.

Jeremy Weaver (MNO ‘97) is the assistant dean of advancement for the Virginia Tech College of Engineering.

Hon. Michelle Earley (LAW ‘99), Cleveland Municipal Court judge, has been named the court's administrative and presiding judge in 2018.

Jennifer LaClair (MGT ‘01) will become the chief financial officer Ally Financial in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, effective March 1, 2018.

Adam R. Nazette (LAW ’03, MGT, ’03), partner at Thompson Hine law firm in Cleveland, was named to the Crain’s Cleveland Business 2017 “Forty Under 40” list. A resident of Rocky River, Ohio, Nazette is the president and past vice president of the Rocky River Education Foundation and serves on the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity board of directors.

Pamela Sedmak (MGT ‘06) was appointed to the board of directors of Counsyl, a company that has championed advances in genetic screening for women and their families and has screened more than 850,000 patients, served more than 17,000 health care providers and provided more than 60,000 genetic counseling sessions. Sedmak is a senior advisor at McKinsey & Company, a worldwide management consulting firm.

Alesha Washington (MNO ’07), vice president for government advocacy at Greater Cleveland Partnership, was named to the Crain’s Cleveland Business 2017 “Forty Under 40” list. Washington represents the business community of Cleveland to Ohio’s state legislators and public officials.

Geoffrey Dureska (LAW ‘09) has joined the Atlanta, Georgia, office of Dunlap, Bennett & Ludwig, PLLC as senior counsel. His current practice consists primarily of Corporate and Intellectual Property Litigation.

Michelle Hirsch (MGT ’09), senior vice president at Brunswick Cos., was named to the Crain’s Cleveland Business 2017 “Forty Under 40” list.

David Svec (MED ‘09, MGT ‘09) has been appointed to the newly created position of chief medical officer for Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare, part of the Stanford Health Care system and located in Pleasanton, California.

Olga Eliseeva (CWR ‘16), a graduate student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, is serving as one of three student voices on the board of trustees for ASM International, a professional organization for materials scientists and engineers.


Published December 1, 2017

Charles Acker (LAW '63) is proud to announce that his daughter, Christi, is the New York Supreme Court Justice for the 9th Judicial District, including the counties of Westchester, Putnam, Orange, Rockland and Dutchess.

Janice Steirer (CLC '66) and her husband Michael, a retired educator, celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 23, 2017. Jan taught second grade in the Cleveland schools and then raised four daughters. She enjoys traveling throughout the world and is a planning a trip to Panama in January.

Lee Davis (WRC ‘73) has retired, after 35 years as a school psychologist. While mental health issues in the U.S. have changed drastically during his career, he credits his undergraduate and graduate school programs for preparing him well.

Janette (Jan) Engle Lewis (NUR ‘73, ‘76) married Steve Fisher in August 2017. They live in Baja California, Mexico, where Jan is mental health consultant/educator at a women's shelter and helping Steve with a book about his five decades in Africa, where they first met 40 years ago.

Sam Srinivasan (MGT ‘73) has joined the board of directors Attivo Networks, a developer of deception technology for cybersecurity defense.

Michael Goler (LAW '77) received the Bob Rosewater Memorial Award for Meritorious Service to The Real Estate Section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association in recognition of his long-term service to the Bar Association’s Real Estate Law Section, his expertise in the practice of real estate law and his commitment to community service in Greater Cleveland. Goler, a partner in the law firm Miller Goler Faeges Lapine LLP, is a past chair of the Real Estate Section, a past chair and regular participant in the Section’s annual Real Estate Law Institute, and a founder and first chair of the Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section. In 2016, he received the Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award from the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. 

Suzanne Rose (MED ‘85) has been named senior vice dean for Medical Education in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Rose, who will begin her new role in February 2018, currently serves as senior associate dean for Education at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Joseph Claude (JC) Gibson (GRS ‘87, organizational development and analysis) is executive vice president of human resources for HealthSmart, an Irving, Texas, company offering customizable and scalable health plan solutions for self-funded employers.

Kathy Magliato (MED '90), a cardiothoracic surgeon in Los Angeles and a member of Dean Davis' Visiting Committee at CWRU, was selected as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs in the U.S. by Goldman Sachs. Magliato is developing a cardiovascular diagnostic device for the early, non-invasive detection of cardiovascular disease.

Charles B. Rwabukwali (GRS ‘93, ‘97, anthropology) was inducted as a fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) on October 27th in Kampala, Uganda. Rwabukwali is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Makerere University. The UNAS is an honorific organization which serves as an independent platform through which scientists exchange ideas, knowledge and experiences on topical issues that foster national development in Uganda. Rwabukwali is one of only three UNAS members who are social scientists.

Melissa Lichtler (CWR ‘94; GRS ‘01, music education), in her 21st year of teaching within the Chardon Local Schools, was featured in the Northeast Ohio’s newspaper The News-Herald for her dedication and love of teaching. Lichtler also serves as co-director of the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony and a cooperating teacher in the CWRU student teaching program.

Heidi B. Friedman (LAW ‘95), of the Cleveland law firm Thompson Hine LLP, is one of 20 environmental lawyers selected nationally as Fellows by the American College of Environmental Lawyers, a professional association of distinguished lawyers practicing in the field of environmental law.

Jackie Dalton (MGT ‘96) is assistant vice president for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Dalton is responsible for overseeing the consumer compliance and corporate compliance risk teams in the Supervision and Regulation Department.

Shelly Power (SAS ‘98, MGT ‘98), artistic director and chief executive officer of the Prix de Lausanne dance competition in Switzerland, has been named the next executive director for the Pennsylvania Ballet. Power will take over Philadelphia’s dance company and school full-time.

Laurel Domanski Diaz (MGT ‘04, SAS ‘04) is chief operating officer for Neighborhood Family Practice, a primary care provider on Cleveland's near West Side.

Angelina Bair (CWR ‘08) received a Senatorial Citation from the General Assembly of the State of Ohio on behalf of Senator Sandra Williams, recognizing my academic excellence in the field of Library & Information Science and the completion of a Master of Library Information Science degree Kent State University.

Erin Klug (LAW ‘09), an intellectual property attorney with the law firm Varnum LLP, was named one of Michigan’s “Up and Coming Lawyers” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. “Up & Coming Lawyers” are attorneys in their first ten years of practice who are establishing a name for themselves, who go above and beyond and who display the ambition drive, determination and accomplishments that set them apart from their peers. Klug has been active for eight years in the Women’s Bar Association of Oakland County, currently serving as president. She is also a Director at Large of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, which honored her with the organization's Leadership Award. Additionally, Klug is a member of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Attorneys for Animals.

Jonathan Williams (DEN ‘09, MED ‘12, DEN ‘14) is the new owner of White Mountain Oral Surgery in North Conway, New Hampshire. The practice provides a wide range of services from dental extractions and implants, bone grafting, cleft lip and palate surgery, sinus lifts, treatment and evaluation of head and neck pathology and corrective surgery of the face and jaw. His wife, Laura Williams (DEN ‘09), joined Eastern Slope Dental in North Conway.

Dawn Columbare (NUR ‘11) was elected to the board of directors for The Resource Center, a support organization for people with disabilities and their families. Currently working as a nursing education consultant, Columbare retired from Jamestown Community College in 2015 after a 22-year career.

Heather Rybasack (MED ‘13), a fellow in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, is now serving as deputy medical director to the Cumberland Rescue Service in Cumberland, Rhode Island.

Julie A. Micalizzi (LAW ‘17) joined the Cleveland office of McDonald Hopkins LLC, a business advisory and advocacy law firm, as an associate in the Intellectual Property Department.

Published November 2017

Charles (Chuck) Wiedman (ADL '54, DEN '61) and Dolores (Kasprzak) Wiedman (FSM '55) celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on August 31, 2017, with family and friends in Frisco, Texas. In addition, Chuck Weidman was inducted into the Ashtabula County (Ohio) Track, Field and Cross Country Hall of Fame in May, 2017.

Michael Cullen (ADL ’67; GRS ’75, anatomy) was honored with the establishment of the Dr. Michael J. Cullen – Impact Through Innovation Fund at the University of Evansville (UE) in Evansville, Indiana.  He recently retired after 20 years at UE, where he served as professor and chair of biology, and as senior vice president of academic affairs.  Prior to his time at UE, Cullen was a faculty member at the University of Southern California School of Medicine for almost 19 years.  He also was a biomedical researcher at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, focusing on demyelinating diseases and neuroplasticity.  Cullen and his wife, Ruth, now reside in Franklin, Tennessee.

Richard H. Thaler (ADL ‘67, HON ‘03), the Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, was honored by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences with the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2017. Thaler was recognized for his contributions to behavioral economics, a relatively new field that bridges the gap between economics and psychology. Thaler, the author of the bestselling books Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics (2015) and Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness (2008), is renowned for creating easy-to-understand scenarios that show how human behavior often contradicts traditional economic logic.

Regis Scafe (ADL ‘71) is retiring from his position as head football coach from Thomas More College, ending a 45-year coaching career. Scafe was named the PAC Coach of the Year in 2015 and 2016, and was named the South Region Coach of the Year in 2015. He has a 127-97 record in 22 years as a collegiate head coach.

Nan Tynberg (GRS ‘72, romance languages) published Shape: Reading in Three Dimensions, her first non-academic writing. Available on Amazon, the book reflects Tynberg’s on the select works of favorite poets and storytellers. 

Ivan Banks (WRC ‘74) is chair of the department of education and psychology at Alcorn State University in Mississippi. He previously was the director of the Center for Educator Preparation and Certification Services at Alabama A&M University and the former interim executive director for the Vicksburg campus of Alcorn State University.

Walter Copan (WRC ‘75; GRS ‘82, chemistry) was confirmed by the Senate as the new director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Copan  also holds the title of undersecretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology.

John W. Patton Jr. (WRC ‘75) is general counsel and secretary to the board of trustees of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. In 1995, he became the first African American president of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. Patton is a member of the board of directors of CWRU’s African American Alumni Association.

Kevin Joyce (WRC ‘79) is teaching Business Ethics, Law and Communication to MBA students in the Bowling Green State University College of Business.

Amy W. Williams (MED ‘84), chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mayo Clinic Doctors Mayo Society. Throughout her career at Mayo Clinic, Williams has held numerous leadership positions and has served in leadership roles for the American Society of Nephrology, Minnesota Hospital Association, and Women in Nephrology.

David Cooperrider (GRS ‘86, organizational development) was honored with the Organization Development Network’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in October, 2017. The award is given to individuals who have served the profession over an extended period of time, have earned the respect and admiration of professional colleagues and have freely engaged not only contemporaries, but also have been committed to maintain a dynamic connection to all generations of OD practitioners. Cooperrider is the Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at CWRU’s  Weatherhead School of Management and founder of the revolutionary theory on Appreciative Inquiry, an approach that examines the positive attributes of organizations in order to solve problems. He has served as an advisor to former President Bill Clinton and Nobel Laureates the Dalai Lama and Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez. His mentor and former teacher, Peter Sorensen Jr., PhD, also received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the same ceremony.

Aida Saracevic Tanaka (WRC  ‘86) is the general counsel of Shape Corp., an automotive Tier 1 supplier in Grand Haven, Michigan.

Dixie Benshoff (MGT ‘88, SAS ‘88) was inducted into the Ravenna High School Hall of Fame in Ravenna, Ohio. Benshoff received the Academic/Career Accomplishment Award due to her contributions to the field of education and psychology. Formerly a department director at Akron General Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic, Benshoff is currently adjunct assistant professor of community and family medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University.

Anthea Daniels (LAW ‘89) is vice president and general counsel for Akron Children's Hospital.

Sean Higgins (GRS ‘90, applied physics) serves as an independent director on the board of directors for ShiftPixy, Inc., an on-demand human capital platform that syncs work opportunities from shift-based employers with ready-for-hire workers. Higgins is co-founder and vice president of professional services of Herjavec Group, an information security solutions firm headquartered in Toronto, Ontario.

Matt Medford (CWR ‘93) promoted to director of mechanical engineering at Symbotic, delivering automated warehouse solutions to companies around the world.

Richard Eubanks Jr. (MED ‘95), a cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgeon, joined the staff at Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus, Mississippi.

Kristin L. Pruitt (LAW ‘96) was promoted to executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel for Lake City Bank, a $4.4 billion bank headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana.

Jeffrey E. Janis (MED ‘98), professor and executive vice chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, is president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the world's largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons and foremost authority on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

Dana Parker (SAS ‘98) is working as an independent living donor advocate and a transplant social worker at the University of Colorado Health in Aurora, Colorado, a large multi-organ transplant center performing over 90 living donor transplants in 2017.

John Mansour (MED ‘99), associate professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology, received the 2017 Patricia and William L. Watson Jr., MD Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine. Established in 2009, the Watson Award is The University of Texas Southwestern’s highest clinical honor and is bestowed upon an outstanding physician whose work exemplifies the Medical Center’s commitment to patient care.

Ed Sproull (CWR ‘99; GRS ‘99, computer engineering) retired from Microsoft Corp after more than 17 years. Sproull, who lost his left leg below the knee in a motorcycle accident in 1981, has run more than 40 triathlons, including eight half-Ironman or longer events.

Gina Fridberg (MGT ‘01) is director of business development at Podolsky Circle, a commercial real estate advisory firm headquartered in Chicago. Fridberg comes to Podolsky Circle from Fifth Third Bank, where she originated and managed more than $400 million in acquisition and construction loans across the U.S.

Marco A. Rodriguez (MED ‘03), a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon, founded the International Spine Institute in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Rodriguez treats a variety of degenerative spinal conditions including herniated disc, sciatica, low back pain, spinal stenosis, neck pain, spondylolisthesis and failed back surgery.

Michael C. Diem (MGT ‘05) is senior vice president of business and corporate development for Amicus Therapeutics, a global biotechnology company focused on therapies for rare and orphan diseases.

Cynthia Mitchell (LAW ‘05) is the first woman to be appointed Pueblo County attorney in Colorado.

Elizabeth Sullivan (CWR ‘05; GRS ‘05, bioethics) is the co-chair of the Healthcare Practice Group, a team of attorneys providing legal services to individuals and entities throughout the U.S. healthcare industry, for McDonald Hopkins, a business advisory and advocacy law firm. 

Christopher Chan (LAW ‘07) has been recognized by Asian Legal Business as a Top 40 Lawyer Under 40 in Asia. The list profiles the brightest young legal minds in the region.

Mary Cotton (GRS ‘08, communication sciences), a speech and language pathologist living in Burlington, Vermont, has joined the board of directors of Vermont Learning-Support Initiative. Cotton works at Champlain Valley Union High School with adolescents who experience a variety of challenges, but primarily those with language impairment and social cognition issues.

Katie Kriegshauser (CWR '09) of Kansas City, MO, became the director and co-owner of the Kansas City Center for Anxiety Treatment, P.A. (KCCAT), a center focusing on evidence-based treatment of anxiety across the lifespan, clinical research and clinician training. KCCAT is one of only a few team-based resources available nationwide offering closely-tailored care for both children and adults with anxiety and related disorders. Kriegshauser and the KCCAT team recently received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health for an early childhood mobile-app-based prevention and early intervention program for anxiety and related conditions.

Emily E. Hoffman (CWR ‘11), of Northwestern University, received the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) with the SWE Outstanding Collegiate Member award. Hoffman accepted the award at SWE’s annual conference in October 2017. The SWE Outstanding Collegiate Member award recognizes outstanding contributions to SWE, the engineering community and a college campus. Hoffman helped to found the graduate SWE group at Northwestern and currently serves at the society level as graduate programming coordinator for GradSWE. Emily also was active in SWE at CWRU.

Debra DeHass Lehr (NUR ‘11, ‘12) joined the Nursing Board of the American Health Council.

Ilirjan Pipa (LAW ‘11, MGT ‘11) was named a member of McDonald Hopkins,  a business advisory and advocacy law firm. Pipa, who works out of the firm’s Cleveland office, has significant experience in securities, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate transactions.

Brandon Crane (DEN ‘13) joined the practice of Dr. Thomas R. Hughes at Avon Dental Care in Avon, Ohio. Crane spent the past four years as an officer in the United States Air Force and has provided dental care for the past three years at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

Mariana Amatullo (GRS ‘15, management) joined The New School as associate professor strategic design and management, Parsons School of Design Strategies. Amatullo is co-founder and vice president of Designmatters, the award-winning social impact department of ArtCenter College of Design, in Pasadena, Calif. She is the recipient of numerous design and social innovation awards and honors, among them the 2012 DELL Social Innovation Education award for outstanding leadership in teaching and supporting student social innovators, Fast Company’s Co.Design 50 Designers Shaping the Future, and the Public Interest Design 100. 

Nicholas Lias (DEN ‘15) joined the Advantage Dental Clinic in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Lias recently completed then went on to finish a year-long general practice residency at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center where he helped members of the armed forces.

Brooke Orcutt (CWR ‘15), a multiple-time All-University Athletic Association player, has been named the assistant women's basketball coach at CWRU.

Judy Tingley (NUR ‘16), vice president and chief executive officer for Erlanger Health System’s Heart and Lung Institute in Chattanooga, Tenn., and an assistant clinical professor of nursing for the Columbia University School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, received the Outstanding Alumni Award from Georgia Southwestern State University.

Carrie Busic (MGT ‘17), the national small business accounts sales and underwriting leader at Westfield Insurance has been named to the board of trustees for Gamma Iota Sigma, an organization promoting, encouraging and sustaining student interest in insurance, risk management and actuarial science as professions.

Published October 2017

Rosalind Coleman (MED ‘69), professor of nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and of pediatrics in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, delivered the prestigious L. Van Deenen Lecture at the 2018 International Conference on the Bioscience of Lipids, held in Helsinki, Finland.

Marc E. Milstein (CIT ‘72) joined the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, an academic medical center, as vice president of information resources and chief information officer. 

Steven Altschuler (WRC ‘75, MED ‘79) is a senior advisor for Diversified Search, a professional search firm. Altschuler specializes in work in academic medicine within Diversified’s Healthcare Services Practice, providing insight into candidate fits for senior-level positions. Altschuler is an emeritus trustee of CWRU.

Matt Feldman (WRC ‘75), president and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, will serve as co-chair and ambassador for the CEO Leadership Council of the Financial Services Pipeline Initiative. He will provide strategic oversight in connection with the initiative's programming and fundraising, as well as work alongside industry leaders from a collective of approximately 19 financial institutions to manage and push forward the group’s goal of increasing the pipeline of African-American and Latino talent in Chicago's financial services industry.

Howard M. Stein (LAW ‘78), a partner at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP  and based in the firm’s East Meadow, New York, office, was named to the 2017 New York Super Lawyers List. The honor recognizes top lawyers in their respective areas of practice. Stein heads the Real Estate Practice Group where he concentrates on matters related to real property acquisitions, sales, leasing, real estate finance and loan workouts. He is an adjunct professor of real estate law at Touro Law Center, and also Chairman of the School’s Board of Governors.

Krishna Venkataswamy (GRS ‘85, macromolecular science) is senior vice president and chief technology officer joins Interface Performance Materials. Headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Interface Performance Materials has  manufacturing locations across the world and supplies advanced sealing solutions and thermal management systems. 

David L. Cooperrider (GRS ‘86, organizational behavior), the Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the Weatherhead School of Management, was honored by the Organization Development Network with the Lifetime Achievement Award by OD Network on October 16, in recognition of his significant and lasting impact on the field and practice of organization development.

Lizellen La Follette (MED ‘88) joined the Sonoma Valley Specialists Clinic in downtown Sonoma, California. The clinic is operated by Sonoma Valley Hospital to provide residents with greater access to medical specialists.

Paul Washlock (CWR ‘90; GRS ‘91, chemical engineering) is the distribution sales manager for Pilot Chemical Company, overseeing North American distribution sales for the company’s products and services to the household and industrial detergent, personal care, lubricant, oilfield, emulsion polymerization, disinfecting and sanitizing industries.

John A. Heer (LAW ‘91) joined the Cleveland office of McDonald Hopkins LLC, a business advisory and advocacy law firm, as counsel in the Business Department. He has been an environmental attorney for more than 26 years with experience counseling clients in environmental law and regulatory matters. Heer serves on the boards of Akron Snow Angels and The LD Edge Network and is a member of the Pro Bono Committee of the Legal Aid Society.

Mary Raitano (LAW ‘91, SAS ‘95) is the first executive director for Habitat for Humanity of Medina County. Her 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector includes her work as director of refugee resettlement at the International Institute of Akron, the community impact coordinator for United Way of Medina County and manager at the Lifeline program in Akron.

John Grabnar (MGT ‘92) is general plant manager at the Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport, Pennsylvania. The stations is owned by FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp.

Alex Konya (MGT ‘97) is vice president, Global Marketing and Product Management for Interface Performance Materials. Headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Interface Performance Materials has manufacturing locations across the world and supplies advanced sealing solutions and thermal management systems. 

Christine Fall (MED ‘98) was appointed to the Physician Board of the American Health Council. Fall is the author of Nutritional Harmony, a publication created to explain how food impacts chronic disease and cancer, owner of L&D Integrative Medicine Consulting, LLC., a provider of educational seminars to the public, associate professor of primary care for Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, and a medical provider at Premise Health. She is board certified in both internal medicine and integrative holistic medicine.

John DiBella II (CWR ‘01; GRS ‘04, biomedical engineering) is president of the Lancaster, California division of Simulations Plus, Inc., a developer of drug discovery and development software focused on improving the ways scientists use knowledge and data to predict the properties and outcomes of pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and chemical agents.

Vishal Singh (MGT ‘03) is president of the Milgard Windows & Doors, based in Tacoma, Washington.

Micah Litow (CWR ‘04; MGT ‘04; GRS ‘04, master of engineering & management) is chief marketing and business development officer for Preora Diagnostics Inc., a privately held medical technology company developing low-cost and highly accurate cancer screening tests.

Tim Sykes (CWR ‘10; GRS ‘11, engineering and management), a former Spartan wrestler who now lives in Houston, was visiting family in Cleveland when Hurricane Harvey hit. Sykes raised funds and transported donated goods and supplies to Houston.

Vanessa Bond (GRS ‘12, music education) of West Hartford, Connecticut, was inducted into the Hightstown High Athletic Hall of Fame in Hightstown, New Jersey.

Alexa M. Johnson (LAW ‘17) joined Klarquist Sparkman, LLP, a law firm in Portland, Oregon. Johnson’s practice includes all areas of intellectual property law, with a focus on the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications. Her areas of expertise include biotechnology, medical devices, and chemical and mechanical engineering. Prior to joining Klarquist, Johnson was a patent department extern at NASA’s Glenn Research Center.

Published September 2017

Daniel Saunders (CIT ‘48, CLC ‘50) celebrated his 91st birthday on August 17, 2017.

Dale Phillip (CIT ‘61) of Westlake, Ohio, has retired from his role as president and chief executive officer of AKS Cutting Systems, a subsidiary of Kiffer Industries and a manufacturer in the tool & die, automation, custom and precision machinery, robotic integration and metal  cutting industries.

Peggy Lumpkin (WRC ‘73) is director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and assistant professor of education at Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia.

Toby Haberkorn (WRC ‘74), an experienced executive-search consultant and career coach, has co-authored Best Job Search Tips For Age 60-Plus: A Practical Work Options Resource For Baby Boomers (Baypointe Publishers). For people who want to continue working in paid and volunteer capacities, the book provides realistic work options, 21st century job search strategies and numerous resources.

David J. Helscher (LAW ‘79) of Clinton, Iowa, has been elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the Iowa State Bar Association. He will represent Judicial District 7 on the governing body.

Liz Brandt (LAW ‘82), a James E. Wilson Distinguished Professor in the College of Law, has been appointed to the position of Secretary of the Faculty at the University of Idaho, a key position in university governance.

Mohamed Djerdjouri (GRS ‘83, ‘88, operations research) is the dean of the University of South Carolina Upstate’s George Dean Johnson Jr. College of Business and Economics, located in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Krishna Venkataswamy (GRS ’85, macromolecular science) of Lancaster, Ohio, is senior vice president and chief technology officer for Interface Performance Materials, a manufacturing, design and research company focused on applied materials science and polymer chemistry.

Kay Ellen Peterson (MGT ‘88, ‘10) co-authored a book with CWRU Professor Emeritus David A. Kolb entitled How You Learn Is How You Live: Using Nine Ways of Learning to Transform Your Life (Berrett-Koehler).

Thomas Simmons (MGT ‘89, LAW ‘93), of the law firm Tucker Ellis LLP,  has been named to the list of The Best Lawyers in America for 2018. 

Beth A. Cherry (NUR ‘93) is vice president of Physician Services for Broward Health, a health care system in South Florida.

Mike Labbe (GRS ‘93, biomedical engineering) is the director, R&D engineering for Valtronic Technologies (USA), a medical device developer and manufacturer. Labbe holds seven U.S. patents, has been published in Med Phys, and has been a presenter at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, a scientific, educational and professional organization of medical physicists.

Marsha Atkins (NUR ‘94) is dean of nursing for Northern Virginia Community College’s Medical Education Campus.

Robert Bodde (MGT ‘94) is regional sales manager for Michigan, Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, Kentucky and West Virginia for LNS America, Inc. He assumes responsibility for sales and customer support for LNS bar feeders, chip and coolant management systems, air filtration products and workholding devices.

Eric Schnur (MGT '94), chairman, president and chief executive officer of Lubrizol, is CWRU trustee.  

Diane Balciar (MGT ‘97) is a realtor with Kerr & Co Realty of Cool Springs, Tennessee.

Eric Evans (MGT ‘97) is chief financial officer for Avista Pharma Solutions, Inc., a contract testing, development and manufacturing organization providing pharmaceutical, animal health and medical device clients a range of scientifically-differentiated services.

Alex Konya (MGT ‘97) of Lancaster, Ohio, is vice president of global marketing and product management for Interface Performance Materials, a manufacturing, design and research company focused on applied materials science and polymer chemistry.

Heather Logan Melick (LAW ‘97) recently graduated summa cum laude with her BSN from Mount Carmel College of Nursing. Heather is associate general counsel with the Office of Legal Affairs at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Ronald D. Ford (MGT ‘98) is the senior vice president and chief financial officer of Armstrong Flooring, overseeing global finance and accounting functions.

Bruno Richard (MGT ‘99) is vice president and general manager, Travel Retail Europe Middle East and Africa for Estée Lauder.

Mark M. Crowley (MGT ‘03) is the president of Lake Catholic High School in Mentor, Ohio.

Jennifer Altstadt (MGT ‘04) is chief operating officer for Sea-Land Chemical Company, a distributor of specialty chemicals, providing a variety of products to lubricant, cleaner, coatings, adhesives, rubber and plastics industries.

Laura Gorjanc Pizmoht (LAW ‘04) is a Willoughby Hills District 1 City Council member in Willoughby Hills, Ohio.

Bruce C. Gockerman (MGT ‘08) is an industry assistant professor of public administration in the Stuart School of Business at Illinois Institute of Technology. 

Steven G. Rado (LAW ‘08) is chief digital officer for The Children's Place, Inc., a children's apparel retailer.

Michael A. Weiss (MGT ‘10) is chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and director of chemical biology and biotherapeutics for the Indiana University Precision Health Initiative at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He joins Indiana University from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where he was chair of biochemistry, a distinguished research professor and the Cowan-Blum professor of cancer research. 

Okezie Aguwa (MED ‘11) joined Denver Spine Surgeons in Greenwood Village, Colo.

Christopher Ryan Cave Barrett (LAW ‘11) is vice president, corporate development and intellectual property for Axial Biotherapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company exploring the link between the human gut microbiome and the central nervous system to develop a new class of biotherapeutics to improve the quality of life for people with neurological diseases and disorders. He is based in Axial’s Boston office.

Stephanie Hippo (CWR ‘15) married Jonathan Onorato (CWR ‘15) on July 3, 2016, at The Currituck Club in North Carolina. 

John G. Marvar (LAW ‘16, MGT ‘16) is an associate in the Business Department of the Cleveland office of McDonald Hopkins LLC, a business advisory and advocacy law firm.

Mark Duffy (DEN ‘17) is a dentist at Bright Now Dental in Miamisburg, Ohio.‌

Published August 2017

John Shields (CIT ‘68; GRS ‘71, ‘75, metallurgy & material science) is a 2017 APMI Fellowship Award recipient, recognizing his work on molybdenum and its associated metals and his reputation for the research and development of alloys. Additionally, he worked with NASA to develop materials for space shuttles.

Allan Reid (CIT ‘74) is an attorney for Foley Panszi Law in Zionsville, Indiana. Reid focuses his practice primarily on criminal law and is a former master commissioner in the criminal courts of Marion County in Indiana.

Katharine Van Tassel (NUR ‘80, LAW ‘86) is associate dean of academics and professor of law at Concordia University School of Law, a Boise, Idaho, non-profit law school. Van Tassel holds an MPH in Law and Public Health Policy from Harvard University and is completing an MS in Food Safety from Johns Hopkins University. She previously was a professor of law and director of health law programs with Creighton University School of Law.

Prasan Samal (GRS ‘81, metallurgy & material science) is a 2017 APMI Fellowship Award recipient. Now retired, Samal helped develop and qualify stainless steel components for use in automotive exhaust systems. He is author or co-author of 11 U.S. patents, two books and more than 50 technical papers. APMI International is a non-profit professional society which promotes the advancement of powder metallurgy and particulate materials as a science.

Michael J. Stamos (WRC ‘81, MED ‘85) is dean of the University of California Irvine School of Medicine.

Michael Ward (LAW ‘84) is chief executive officer of Aeterna Zentaris Inc., a specialty biopharmaceutical company developing and commercializing novel pharmaceutical therapies.

Thomas J. Intili (LAW ‘86) was inducted as fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Ohio State Bar Association, during a ceremony at the Ohio Supreme Court in June 2017. The foundation promotes the pursuit of justice and the public understanding of the rule of law. A new class of civic-minded lawyers is inducted annually and volunteer for one year of service to outreach programs throughout Ohio.

Gina Beim (GRS ‘87, Systems Control & Engineering; MGT ‘04), founder and president of MCDA Consulting LLC, with the 2017 Outstanding Civil Engineer of the Year Award from The Cleveland Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Alison K. Hall (GRS ‘88, anatomy) is the associate dean of research workforce development for the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Lori Linskey (LAW ‘88) is the first woman in Monmouth County's history to be named First Assistant Prosecutor, the second-in-command of New Jersey’s Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.

Wayne Schaeffer (CWR ‘90) is Project Engineer at Tempest , a manufacturer of chillers and heat transfer systems for the food, pharmaceutical, chemical, energy, tire & rubber industries.

Lars-Ake Norling (GRS ‘92, systems control & engineering) is chairman of Digi.Com Berhad, a mobile service provider in Malaysia.

Mark Stephan (MED ‘94) is the medical director for Equality Health, a company focused on centralized technology, services and network designs intended to organize a better health care delivery system for underserved communities.

Lisa D. Sutton (LAW ‘94) of Moreland Hills, Ohio, joined the Board of Trustees of Ursuline College. Sutton is a member of the senior leadership team of the law department at Eaton Corporation, serving the Cleveland-based company as vice president/chief counsel – environment, health & safety.

David White (MGT ‘94) is vice president of sales and marketing at Standard Locknut LLC. In this role, White will drive strategic product and market expansion.

Sarah K. Masters (MNO '95) and Paul M. Kearney were married on May 20, 2017, in Arlington, Virginia at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, where Masters is the director of congregational life and Kearney is the facilities manager. The couple resides in Herndon, Virginia.

Donnette A. Fisher (LAW ‘97) was appointed law director by the city of Xenia, Ohio, by the Xenia City Council.

Jennifer Rubio Thatcher (CWR ‘98) of Beachwood, Ohio, opened a new optometry clinic, Beachwood Family Eye Clinic, in June 2017.

Robert L. Wagner (LAW ‘01) joined the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, office of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, bringing his complex litigation and intellectual property counsel experience to the law firm’s energy team.

Christine Wright (MGT ‘02) is director of corporate development for global public health organization NSF International.

Brian Bauman (MED ‘04) is medical director of hospital system Summa Health's Respiratory Care/Pulmonary Service and Lung Nodule Program.

Amy Gilman (GRS ‘06, art history) has been named director of the Chazen Museum of Art. The museum, opened to further the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s mission of education, research and public service, holds the second-largest collection of art in Wisconsin.

Angela Bair (CWR ‘08) is graduating in August 2017 with a Master of Library & Information Science from Kent State University, with a concentration in Youth Services.

Julie Hein (LAW ‘09) joined the law firm of BakerHostetler’s Cincinnati office as a member of the Intellectual Property Group’s Privacy and Data Protection team.

Nancy White (MGT ‘10) is general manager of Cliff House Maine, a waterfront resort on the southern coast of Maine.

Andrea N. Lee (LAW ‘12) joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP as an associate in the health care and corporate practices. Lee advises clients in the health care sector on transactional, regulatory and compliance matters.

Richard Garceau (MGT ‘14) is the vice president of sales for 7SIGNAL, a provider of Wi-Fi performance management software.

Evan Guarr (CWR ‘17) is the lab manager in the Chemical Engineering Department of CWRU. 

Andrew Henning (MGT ‘17) received the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship based on his athletic and academic achievements, along with his work in the community and demonstrated leadership. He will receive a grant to be used for graduate study. Henning is the second Spartan this year to win the scholarship and the 26th student-athlete overall in CWRU history. He is also just the second member of the men’s swimming and diving team to receive the scholarship.


Published July 2017

Mary Jane Tillman Goeth (FSM '44) celebrated her 94th birthday in May 2017.  She graduated from Flora Stone Mather College and continued her education at Harvard, where she earned her physical therapy credentials in a graduate program and worked at Boston Children's Hospital.  Eventually, Tillman and her husband returned to their home state of Oregon to raise five children. Over the rest of her career, she worked as a physical therapist with Oregon Health and Science University and Doernbecher Children's Hospital.

Eliezer Jaffe (SAS ‘57, ‘60), founder of Israel’s first academic school of social work, the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was presented with the Bonei Zion Prize for lifetime achievement awarded annually by Nefesh B’Nefesh to immigrants from English-speaking countries in recognition of their significant contributions to Israel. Specializing in philanthropy and nonprofit management, Jaffe was the first Centraid-L. Jacques Menard Professor for the Study of Nonprofit Organizations, Volunteering and Philanthropy at Hebrew University and co-chairman of the university’s Center for the Study of Philanthropy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was also professor emeritus at Hebrew University and founder of the Israel Free Loan Association, which assisted the needy and new immigrants with interest-free loans with personal repayment plans. Jaffe passed away in May 2017.

Bradley D. Kronstat (WRC ‘73) of Guilford, Connecticut, was installed as president for the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants 2017-2018 activity year.  He is the assistant controller of Connecticut Gardens, LLC, in North Branford.

Parameswar Nandakumar Warrier (MGT ‘75) wrote and published the novel Sara's Message (JustFiction Edition) and The Nordic Model: A Promise of Prosperity for All (Lambert Academic Publishing), a look at the much-acclaimed Nordic Model of growth.

William Gropp (CIT ‘77) is the director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Norma I. Quintana (SAS ’79), a documentary photographer, published her first art book, Circus: A Traveling Life (Damiani Editore). The book features a foreword by novelist Mona Simpson and presents a decade-long pictorial series of a traveling one-ring circus. Inspired by her education in social sciences and the appeal of the circus, Quintana decided to photograph a small, American circus that set up in her hometown of Hugo, Oklahoma.  Expecting a reluctance to her presence, she found herself warmly welcomed into the visually stunning world of the circus. What was initially a plan to take a few photographs became a life-changing decade of chronicling  the lives of a group of nomadic performers, often resulting in surreal collaborations between photographer and subject. Quintana is a photographer and educator working in the tradition of social documentary. Shooting with film and using only available light, her images are primarily in black and white. Quintana has studied under Mary Ellen Mark, Graciela Iturbide and Shelby Lee Adams and lectured nationally at major universities. She is a founding member of the Bay Area non-profit PhotoAlliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the understanding, appreciation and creation of contemporary photography. (Photo credit: Damiani Editore)  

Rebecca Williams (CIT ‘79, MGT ‘93) of Apex, North Carolina, is president of the LORD Corporation’s Aerospace & Defense industry group, leading the company’s global business serving aerospace and defense customers.  

Jeanne Colleran (GRS ‘80, English), provost and academic vice president at John Carroll University, was named interim president. 

Michael Hopkins (MED ‘80), a gynecologic oncologist in Canton, Ohio, was inducted into the Aultman Hospital’s Hippocrates Honor Society. This lifetime achievement award, created by the Aultman Hospital medical staff, recognizes physicians who exemplify the qualities of excellence, compassion, integrity and leadership. 

Carolyn Cuff (GRS ‘82, ‘87, operations research), program coordinator and professor of mathematics, received the 2017 Distinguished Faculty Award from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. The award recognizes her intellect, leadership and her influences on both her peers and students.

Rich Simons (CIT ‘83) is the vice president and general manager for Laars Heating Systems, a subsidiary of Bradford White Corp.

Kim Litwack (NUR ‘84, ‘82) is dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Elizabeth Massella (MED ‘87) was named one of Pittsburgh’s Best Doctors by Pittsburgh Magazine. Massella, who specializes in pediatrics and adolescent medicine, was recognized in the pediatrics-general category. 

Jim Telljohann (MGT ‘87) is vice president, specialties, for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC, a worldwide petrochemical business headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas.

Christopher T. Hutter (MGT ‘89) joined the board of directors for Power Survey and Equipment Ltd. Hutter is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of PowerSecure International, Inc., an energy products and services company serving utilities and large industrial and commercial customers. 

Lisa Danielle (DiCicco) Koch (CWR ‘90; GRS ‘98, fluid & thermal science), aerospace engineer in the Acoustics Branch at NASA Glenn Research Center, received the 2017 NASA Glenn Federal Women’s Program Award and the 2017 Cleveland Federal Executive Board Wings of Excellence Award.  She also is a graduate of the first NASA GRC Women in STEM Leadership Development Program. (Photo caption: Dr. Paula Dempsey, NASA Glenn Deputy Project Manager, Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology Project; Danielle Koch, Aerospace Research Engineer, NASA Glenn Acoustics Branch; Nola Bland, Federal Women’s Program Manager, NASA Glenn Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity. Photo credit: NASA Glenn Research Center)

Robbie Das (CWR ‘91) is the chief financial officer of lighting manufacturer Tempo Industries, LLC in Irvine, California. Before joining Tempo, Das served as the CFO/COO for LED Global Corp. and his experience includes roles as a senior executive with Siemens and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Dan Schwallie (LAW ’91) recently published the articles: Roth Is on the Rise: Is Roth Right for Your Plan? in the second quarter 2017 issue of Benefits QuarterlyHardship Withdrawals Create Hardships for Plan Sponsors in the Spring 2017 issue of the Journal of Deferred Compensation; and Is It an Unforeseeable Emergency or a Hardship Distribution? in the Summer 2017 issue of the Journal of Pension Planning & Compliance.

Robert Zakon (CWR ‘91, GRS ‘92, computer engineering) completed a year of public service in Washington, D.C., as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, a program bringing the principles, values and practices of the innovation economy into government. Established in 2012 and signed into law through the TALENT Act in Congress, the program has included 112 fellows over the past five years from companies such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook. Zakon's tenure bridged two administrations, and encompassed work with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Department of Defense and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), among several other interagency initiatives. At the Treasury, Zakon worked in the development of policy and assessment strategies around financial and emerging technology innovations. As an innovator-in-residence within Treasury's Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Compliance Policy, he explored ways to enhance governance around cybersecurity in the financial services sector, and facilitating cross-agency innovation efforts. As an advisor to several OSTP initiatives, Zakon worked to provide government transparency and access across the open data and science communities, and coordinated sharing among the government's leading innovators. Other activities included serving as a mentor for a hack-a-thon exploring ways to eliminate the gender pay gap, serving as a product strategy trainer for agile digital procurement and lecturing at the National Defense University on the future of cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data. Zakon received a letter from President Barack Obama acknowledging his contributions, "With talent and creativity, you've helped advance our mission to reimagine public service and build a tomorrow of expanded opportunity and greater possibility for all." Zakon resides in the Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire with his wife and two sons.

Malki Indich (SAS ‘93) of Lakewood, New Jersey, was honored as a VIP Member for 2017 by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide Edition for her outstanding contributions and achievements for over 20 years in the fields of counseling and education. Indich is the owner of Malki Indich LCSW, a firm that provides counseling services for children and families, and serves as a consultant at Catapult Learning Inc., a company providing educational management services.

Robert Simpson (LAW ‘93, MGT ‘93) of Farmington, Connecticut, received the Trailblazer Award from the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association. The organization’s highest award recognizes individuals who promote personal growth, leadership development and community service in the legal profession. Simpson is a trial attorney and partner with the Hartford, Connecticut, office of Shipman & Goodwin LLP, leading the firm’s Product Liability and Toxic Tort Practice Team in representing clients in federal and state litigation throughout the United States. Simpson serves on the Executive Committee for the National Bar Association, Commercial Law Section and is a division director of the ABA Section of Litigation. Additionally, Simpson is a long-standing member of the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association and the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association, on the board of the Hartford County Bar Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of Riverfront Recapture, Inc., active in leadership for the Golden Eagles Pathfinder Scout Group and stewardship director for the Faith SDA Church in Hartford.

Mark Stephan (MED ‘94) of Phoenix, Arizona, is vice president and medical director of Equality Health, a healthcare network in Maricopa county dedicated to ending health disparities among the Hispanic community. 

Tshilidzi Marwala (CWR ‘95) was appointed the vice-chancellor and principal of the University of Johannesburg, effective January 1, 2018. 

Elizabeth Madigan (GRS ‘96, nursing) is the chief executive officer of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.

Mark I. Froimson (MGT ‘97) of Hunting Valley, Ohio, joined the board of directors of Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a company focused on the development of new products for acute care practitioners and their patients. Froimson is currently serving as the president of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Previously, he was the executive vice president and chief clinical officer of Trinity Health, a national non-profit Catholic healthcare system.

Janet Quinzer-Gooch (GRS ‘97) is the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at Truman State University. 

Vikram Gupta (MGT ‘00), founder and chief executive officer, celebrated the sixth anniversary of his company, IvyCap Ventures, India's largest homegrown domestic fund, by hosting IvyCap Day 2017 in Mumbai. The event commemorated the startup ecosystem and its spirit of innovation and was attended by more than 300 startup founders, prominent Indian and global venture capitalists, fund managers, mentors and academics.

Todd M. Leombruno (MGT ‘00) of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, was elected vice president and controller of Parker Hannifin Corporation, a global motion and control technologies company.

Jeremy Davis (MGT ‘02) is chief executive officer of Consolidated Glass Holding Inc., the managing entity for a group of subsidiary companies operating in the architectural, security and custom glass and metal fabrication businesses. (Photo credit: Consolidated Glass Holding Inc.)
Todd Platzer (MGT ‘04) co-founded Ozone Layer Deodorant, LLC, a company creating a skincare line using a patented process for infusing ozone into shea butter and creating a chemical-free deodorant.

‌‌Mark Lunter (MGT ‘05) is chief marketing officer for Rush Street Gaming, a developer and operator of casinos in the United States. Lunter most recently served as regional vice president of marketing for Caesars Entertainment, leading strategies for its eastern and mid-south regions. Lunter is based out of company’s headquarters in Chicago.

Brad M. Picha (MED ‘06), a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon, joined Laser Spine Institute in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.

Ilana Ressler (MED ‘06), a physician board-certified in reproductive endocrinology and obstetrics and gynecology, joined the Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut in Fairfield County.‌

John Knific (CWR '09) of Cleveland, Ohio, is president, COO & co-founder of Wisr. The Cleveland-based educational technology company, providing an engaging space for alumni and students to connect with each other, was honored with a Venture Innovation Award at the 2017 ASU+GSV Summit. Knific, who is also an EdTech Exec and DecisionDesk CEO/co-founder, was among Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s Top 25 Young Entrepreneurs in 2007. Alumni are invited to mentor current CWRU students through The Alumni Career Network, powered by Wisr, by registering at

Jessica Malone (CWR ‘10), assistant director of development the Philanthropy Institute, Cleveland Clinic, was selected as a member of Crain’s Cleveland Business’s 2017 class of Twenty in Their 20s, a group of young professionals that are helping propel Northeast Ohio’s renaissance through their business, civic and philanthropic endeavors. 

Rebecca Jones (CWR ‘16) graduated from the Infantry Basic Officer Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, becoming the first female Infantry officer from Case Western Reserve University.

Aditya Rengaswamy (MGT ‘16) of Miami, Florida, received the Undergraduate Award of Distinction from the North-American Interfraternity Conference. The award recognizes fraternity men who have found in their experience an outlet for developing as both a leader and a better man by embodying the values of their fraternity and expecting the same from those with whom they associate. While at CWRU, Aditya was highly involved in the campus community as chapter president of Theta Chi, founder of Kids Against Hunger and executive board member of the What You Do Matters Summit. Additionally, he was recognized many times for his academic contributions to the Weatherhead School of Management.

Eli William (DEN ‘17) is a recipient of the 2017 Community Commitment Award, given annually by the Delta Dental Foundation, for committing to practice in a designated health professional shortage area in an effort to increase access to dental care in areas of high need. William joined a family dental practice in St. Clairsville, Ohio.


Published June 2017

Bernard Isaacson (DEN ‘44), age 98, continues to attend classes at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology and to golf. 

Ardath A. Franck (GRS ‘56, communications sciences) of Fairlawn, Ohio, was inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame by the Ohio Department of Aging, the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging and members of the Ohio General Assembly.  Franck was recognized in a ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium in Columbus on May 18. She is a speech therapist whose career has spanned more than seven decades. Today, Franck serves as the director of the Akron Education Campus and also tutors law and nursing students preparing for board examinations.

Diana Attie (FSM ‘60; GRS ‘62, art education), professor emeritus of art at The University of Toledo, received the Milestones Award for her outstanding leadership qualities in the field of art from the YWCA of Northwest Ohio.

Lucille Garber Ford (GRS ‘67, economics) was inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, by the Ohio Department of Aging, the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging and members of the Ohio General Assembly during a special ceremony at the Statehouse Atrium in Columbus. In the 1960s, Ford was the first and only woman to serve on the Ohio Edison Company Board of Directors and the first woman appointed to serve on a bank board for National City Bank. Ford made history in 1978 when she became the first woman to run for lieutenant governor in Ohio. In 1979, Ford was named dean of the School of Business Administration, Economics and Radio/TV of Ashland University. She developed several new majors and educational programs for adult students. In 1986, she became vice president of academic affairs, the nursing program, the writing center, the honors program and many other academic and administrative activities. She became provost in 1990, administering both graduate and undergraduate programs, continuing education and special programs, and is currently serving as provost emeritus, professor emeritus and board trustee emeritus.  Since retiring from Ashland in 1995, she has devoted her leadership skills to the Ashland County Community Foundation, a fund enhances the Ashland County community. She has served on five major public company boards, held countless civic and community leadership positions, and sat on numerous local, state and national boards.

Carl A. Singer (CIT '68), is the national commander of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA, a congressionally chartered veterans service organization which has been continuously active since 1896 and advocates on behalf of all American veterans.

Linda Lehmann Masek (LYS ‘70) wrote and published The Mag-ni-fi-cat Mysteries (Fireside/Lux Publications). The book continue the story of Maggie the cat and her human friends in 1950's America. With illustrations created by the author, her home state of Ohio provides the local background for all the adventure.

Margaret Vugrin (FSM ‘71, LYS ‘72) received a master’s in public health from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC), Department of Public Health. She has worked as a reference librarian at TTUHSC Library in Lubbock, Texas, for the past 30 years. Vugrin moved to Texas when her husband, Davor Vugrin, MD, accepted an invitation to be chief of medical oncology at the TTUHSC Medical School. The couple's five children are scattered across the United States and their six grandchildren range in age from 14 to two years.

David W. Rose (WRC ‘74) writes the column Notes from Underground regularly featured in FUNGI Magazine, an exploration of the history of mycology via poetry, literature and biography.

Lee Fisher (LAW ‘76, MGT ‘97, MNO ‘05) is dean of Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. 

Barrett J. Rollins (GRS ‘79, molecular biology & microbiology; MED ‘80), chief scientific officer and faculty dean for academic affairs at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and the Linde Family Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, received an honorary degree from Amherst College during its 196th Commencement exercises on May 21, 2017.

Elaine Nichols (SAS '80) is the supervisory curator of culture at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Wesley W. Wilson (LYS ‘81), coordinator of archives and special collections at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, is the 2017 recipient of the Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., Memorial Award given by the Society of American Archivists in conjunction with the Society of Southwest Archivists. The award, honoring an archivist who has made a significant contribution to the field of religious archives, will be presented during a ceremony in July.

Michael C.H. McDaniel (LAW ‘82), a WMU-Cooley Law School associate dean and professor, was honored with the Distinguished Citizen Award by the Chief Okemos District of the Boy Scouts of America during the 2017 Distinguished Citizen Breakfast for Scouting. During the event, he also received the Key to the City from Lansing (Michigan) Mayor Virg Bernero. In addition to teaching constitutional law, McDaniel is also the director of the Homeland and National Security Law LL.M. program at WMU-Cooley Law School, a program he created in 2013. McDaniel is a retired Brigadier General and was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense Strategy, Prevention and Mission Assurance at Department of Defense prior to joining law school. In 2003, he was also Homeland Security Advisor to then-Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, and has been the chairperson for Great Lakes Hazard Coalition (GLHC) since 2012. He also served as the Assistant Adjutant General for Homeland Security with the Michigan National Guard. In 2016, McDaniel was appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to the Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee (FWICC) and helped to secure $100 million in funding from Congress. The funding sped up the process of removing hazardous water pipes, with over 600 pipes replaced by the end of 2016.

Amy Reif (WRC '82, MGT '86) of Bloomington, Indiana, is the command radiation health officer and an assistant radiation safety officer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, in Crane, Indiana.

Bob Graf (GRS ‘83, ‘85, macromolecular science) is corporate vice president of data science and analytics, a new position for the Lubrizol Corporation based in Wickliffe, Ohio.

Steven Accinelli (GRS '85, operations research), professor of aviation and director of aviation programs at the University of Dubuque, was named to the school's Faculty Hall of Fame for his nearly 20 years of work bringing the aviation program to national prominence. (Photo credit: University of Dubuque)

Forrest A. Norman III (WRC ‘86, LAW ‘92), shareholder of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. and founder and chair of Dickie McCamey’s Church Law Practice Group, presented Violence, Security and Church Liability to members of the National Conference of the Christian Legal Society in Washington, D.C. Norman lives in Hudson, Ohio.

Michelle Mohr Carney (SAS ‘89), professor and director of the School of Social Work at Arizona State University, has been named dean of the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare.

Christine Lys (CWR ‘90; GRS ‘97, biology) of San Diego, California, is associate vice president, business development at Accelovance, Inc., a global contract research organization specializing in oncology, vaccines/immunology and general medicine.

Hugh McNeelege (LAW ‘91), writing under the name Bear Kosik, was selected as one of the first resident playwrights at Manhattan Repertory Theatre. His play, Alpha Betty, was presented in June at the Players Theatre Short Play Festival and Between Panic and Desire was presented in July at the Midtown International Theatre Festival, both in Manhattan's Theater District.

Anton (Tony) Wallner (GRS ’92, chemistry) was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Webster University in Saint Louis, Missouri. He will begin his position July. He previously was at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida.

Russell Warley (GRS ‘93, chemical engineering) was named dean of faculty and professor of chemical engineering at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind.

Elaine Szeto (MGT '94, '00) is chief product officer of Western Alliance Bancorporation in Phoenix, Arizona, overseeing product strategy and development as well as services to drive innovation and meet the needs of both business and personal clients.

D. Phillip Stickney (MED ‘95) joined Kettering Physician Network Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Hamilton, Ohio. Stickney is a general orthopedist, specializing in shoulder, hip and knee replacement. He also evaluates and treats degenerative conditions of the lumbar spine.

Miguel A. Medina III (SAS ‘97), a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, joined the team of cancer specialists at Miami Cancer Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida.

Anu Hoey (GRS ‘98, molecular virology) is vice president of corporate development at Invenra, Inc., is an antibody discovery and development company focused on bispecific antibodies for immuno-oncology and based in Madison, Wisconsin.

John Melcher (MGT '98) is chief operating officer of Crystal Mountain, a family-owned, four-season resort destination southwest of Traverse City, Michigan. 

Tesham Gor (MGT ‘02) is corporate vice president, corporate strategy and consumer insights for the Lubrizol Corporation based in Wickliffe, Ohio.

Andrew Lundberg (CWR '02) of Cincinnati, Ohio, is senior analyst at 84.51°,  a wholly owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co. focused on customer engagement.

Kate Wexler (LAW ‘02) joined Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP as senior attorney in the Business Practice Area in the Cleveland office. Wexler earned her JD cum Laude from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Justin Haselton (CWR ‘03), a civil engineer with R.E. Warner & Associates, Inc. in Westlake, Ohio, was named one of Civil + Structural Engineer Magazine’s 2017 “Rising Stars.” (Photo credit: CMP Communications)

Margaret Greco (MED ‘04), a pediatric cardiologist, joined SwedishAmerican of Rockford, Ill.

Jennifer Kahn McGinn (MGT '04) published her first children’s book Emily’s Shoes (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform), the story of a young girl who dreams in vivid color with the help of special shoes. The book was illustrated by a 12-year-old artist and proceeds support research for Batten Disease, an inherited disease of the nervous system that affects McGinn’s seven-year-old twin nieces.

Luke Feeney (LAW ‘05), mayor of the City of Chillicothe, Ohio, delivered the keynote speech at Ohio University Chillicothe’s Graduation Recognition Ceremony in April 2017.

Ellen Rudolph (GRS ‘07, art history) is chief curator at the Akron Art Museum. Rudolph previously served as executive director of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood, Ohio.

Jaeyeon Kim (GRS ‘08, biomedical engineering) is associate director of pharmacometrics at Novartis.

Erin Klug (LAW ‘09) was sworn onto the board of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan and received the group’s 2017 Regional Leadership Award at its 99th annual meeting. Klug, an intellectual property attorney focusing on patent and trademark procurement, is counsel at the Novi, Mich., offices of Varnum LLP.

Eli H. Miller (MGT ‘09) is the acting U.S. director of the Asian Development Bank and the acting U.S. director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He also is the chief of staff at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Nicholas Preusch (LAW ‘09), a tax manager at PBMares, LLP, a public accounting and consulting firm with national and international clients, was named one of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants Top 5 Under 35 for 2017.

Paul Hay (CWR '10) received his PhD in classical studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He will begin a teaching appointment in the Department of Classics at CWRU in fall 2017.

Andrew J. Wolf (CWR ‘10) joined Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP as an associate in the Labor & Employment practice area in the Cleveland office. Wolf earned his JD cum laude from William and Mary Law School, where he was the executive editor of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, earned the Legal Skills Scholar Award and won a Book Award for Topics in Disability Law. Wolf earned his BA summa cum laude from Case Western Reserve University, where he earned Phi Beta Kappa honors.

Sarah Hutnik (CWR ‘11, MGT ‘11, LAW ‘16), of Dayton, Ohio, is assistant prosecuting attorney for Montgomery County, Ohio, assigned to the Child Protection Unit of the Prosecutor’s Office.

David McCormick (GRS ‘11, early music performance), director of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, received a Rising Star Award from his alma mater, Shenandoah University Conservatory, in Winchester, Va.

Fabrice Henry (CWR ‘13) graduated cum laude from the The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and, during the convocation ceremony, he received the William Neely Taylor, MD Award in recognition of excellence in the field of Urology. Henry starts his residency in Urology at Akron General Medical Center and Akron City Hospital in July.

Sheilla Lienerth (MGT ‘15) is assistant vice president of client relations for Safeguard Properties in Valley View, Ohio.

Sara Smoter (LAW ‘16) joined the national trial and litigation law firm Kaufman & Company, LLC as an associate attorney in the firm’s Cleveland office. Smoter’s previous experience includes externships with the district judge for the U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, the United States magistrate judge for the Northern District of Ohio and the Offices of the United States Attorneys for the Northern District of Ohio. While attending Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Smoter served as executive notes editor of Case Western Reserve Law Review.

Published May 2017

‌John C. Thomas, Jr. (ADL ‘67) has written and published Fit In Bits: How to Stay Fit When you Have No Time to Stay Fit (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform), a guide to incorporating exercise into spare moments and situations in the course of an ordinary day.

Arthur Ross (MED ‘75) is joining the Scientific Advisory Board of MedAware Systems, Inc. A pediatric surgeon and researcher, Ross has served three medical schools as a campus executive or dean.

Richard Balnave (LAW ‘77), professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, has retired after 33 years of teaching a range of clinics in family law and children's law, as well as courses in professional responsibility. Permission to use photo in print and online granted by Kimberly Reich, Univ of Virginia School of Law. Photo credit: University of Virginia School of Law

Michael C.H. McDaniel (LAW ‘82), retired brigadier general and current Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School associate dean and professor of law, was inducted into the alumni ROTC Hall of Fame for the Seneca Battalion of the U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at St. Bonaventure University, located in Olean, New York, on April 1, 2017.

Sabra T. Pierce Scott (WRC ‘82, SAS ‘12) was sworn in by Mayor Frank G. Jackson as the City of Cleveland’s first director of quality control and performance management. The mission of this office is to track departmental performance and incorporate efficient, effective and economically sound process improvement methods to ensure high levels of accountability, compliance and quality control. Photo credit: City of Cleveland

Melissa Baumann (GRS ‘86, ‘88, metallurgy & material science) has been named the provost and chief academic officer at Xavier University, effective June 15, 2017.

Sanku Mallik (GRS ‘92, chemistry), professor of pharmaceutical sciences, received North Dakota State University’s prestigious Waldron Award for Excellence in Research. A nationally respected researcher, he has received $15.5 million in grants over the past 10 years, including a Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence grant from the National Institutes of Health for his pancreatic cancer research.

Marta Roth (MED ‘92), primary care physician at Roth Family Medicine Ltd. in Fairlawn, Ohio, has been selected to join the Physician Board at the American Health Council. She will be sharing her knowledge and expertise on family medicine.

Nimesh Mehta (CWR ‘96, MGT, ‘99) is chief operating officer and managing director of Civitas Capital Group, a family of specialty asset management and financial services companies.

Raland Hatchett Jr. (MGT ‘05) is executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit, Medina, and Stark Counties, Inc.

‌Angelina Bair (CWR ‘08) of University Heights, Ohio, received the Priscilla L. Drach Children’s Librarian Scholarship from Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science. The scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate creativity, leadership and dedication to children’s librarianship through academic achievement. Bair is pursuing her Master of Library and Information Science with a specialization in youth services and special collections at Kent State University, while working as a library associate substitute at Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library. She hopes to become a children’s librarian within a public library and to continue researching children’s literature. Photo credit: Kent State University

Derek Overstreet (CWR ‘08) joined the board of directors of Zoned Properties, Inc., a strategic real estate development firm whose primary mission is to identify, develop, and lease safe and sustainable properties in emerging industries. Overstreet is co-founder and chief scientific officer of Sonoran Biosciences, which develops new sustained-release pharmaceutical formulations for applications including orthopedic infection and postoperative pain management.

Michelle Buerschen (NUR ‘13, ‘16) joined the practice of Hyatt Family Care and is seeing patients at the Premier Physician Network practice in Tipp City, Ohio.

Published April 2017

George N. Havens (CIT ‘49, MGT ‘72) wrote and published Heroic Leaders: Visionary. Courageous. Inspiring. (Strategic Consulting Press) The book argues that life is richer with the benefit of heroes, by chronicling four unsung heroic leaders who have been important influences in his life: John Frank Stevens, The Hero of Marias Pass and the Panama Canal; Heinrich Harrer, a mountain climber and adventurer; T. Keith Glennan, a leader in education and at NASA; and David Ogilvy, an influential advertiser. This is the seventh book Havens has written since retiring as the head of The Jayme Organization, an advertising and marketing firm. His other books are based on his expertise and experience and include: We Made the Headlines Possible (Greenleaf Book Group) on his World War II service; A Special Time, A Special Place: East Cleveland Remembered (Greenleaf Book Group) on growing up there; A Professional Guide to Winning Presentation (Greenleaf Book Group) on his ad agency’s best practices; and The Competitive Challenge (Greenleaf Book Group) on satisfying today’s tougher customers. Havens, a resident of University Circle’s Judson Manor, now heads Strategic Consulting, a firm focused on leadership, planning and marketing.

Bob MacIntyre (CIT ‘52) of Redlands, California, has invented a syringe extender through his company ZIACOM. The product was the result of a request from Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Christopher Jobe at Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC), who was searching for a syringe extender that could be operated with one hand and provide doctors with better accuracy when working with orthopedic patients. The two men worked together on the development and the instrument is now being marketed by LLUMC officials. MacIntyre is also the inventor of The Arm Enhancer, designed to mitigate the problems of golf and tennis elbow, and The SeeCane, a tool using an LED light to provide additional stability and illumination. All of MacIntyre’s inventions were developed in his home.

Linda Lehmann Masek (LYS ‘70) wrote and published The Mysterious Cattery and Under the Cat's Paw (Fireside/Lux Publications). The books include two novellas, poetry and a full-length novel. Masek’s creative stories follow the tails(!) of: CopyCat, a feline sleuth, who solves a murder; Mag-ni-fi-cat, a cat who takes on a haunted house; and Catkin, a cat who brings a girl home to her family. With illustrations created by the author, her home state of Ohio provides the local background for all the adventure.

James N. Letendre (LYS ‘74) has retired after working in public libraries in Chicago, Miami Beach and Charleston, S.C. In 2015, he received his Master of Arts in Theology from St. Leo University in Florida. On February 11, 2017, Letendre was ordained a Permanent Deacon for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston, S.C.

Parameswar Nandakumar Warrier (MGT ‘75) wrote and published the novel The Stockholm Triangle (JustFiction Edition), in which a Somalian refugee in Sweden suspects that a new friend was involved in a massacre by U.N forces in his home village.

John McCreery (CIT ‘77) was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Iradimed Corporation, a developer of MRI compatible medical devices. McCreery has primary responsibility over the regulatory, manufacturing and engineering departments of the company.

JoAnn E. Manson (MED ‘79), chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, was honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2017 recipient of the Women’s Health Research Award, recognizing a physician for contributions that advance women’s health research in Massachusetts.

Annie L. Sobel (MED ‘83), of Lubbock, Texas, was appointed to the Texas Military Preparedness Commission by Governor Greg Abbott. Sobel is an associate professor at the Department of Medical Education and at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Texas Tech University (TTU), adjunct professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at TTU and an adjunct associate professor at the TTU Health Science Center School of Nursing. She is a former distinguished member of the technical staff at the Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, N.M., and guest scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She is also the current chair of the Permanent Monitoring Panel for mitigation of acts of terrorism for the World Federation of Scientists. Sobel achieved 20 years of military service in 2008, and retired as a Major General in the Arizona Air National Guard with an honorable discharge with prior service in the United States Army.

David J. Pristash (MGT ‘86) received his eighth patent for a vertical axis wind/solar turbine, which significantly increases the harvesting of solar energy while reducing environmental impact.

‌‌‌Lauren Lawrence (MGT ‘89) of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, was promoted to vice president of Karmanos Cancer Network, providing oversight and leadership for 14 cancer centers throughout Michigan. She first joined the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Health Care in Michigan in December 2013. Prior to that, Lawrence served as executive director of the Seidman Cancer Center at Lake Health University Hospitals in Mentor, Ohio, and in administrative roles in the Cleveland Clinic.

Linda Conrad (MGT ‘92) was appointed vice president, financial planning and analysis for Cooper Standard. She is based at the company's headquarters in Novi, Mich.

Robert Geho (MGT ‘94) was elected to the Cleveland Institute of Music Board of Trustees. Geho is the co-founder and CEO of Diasome Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he leads the management of the company’s development programs in new therapies for diabetes and obesity, and co-founder and director of SDG, Inc., a nanotechnology therapeutics company that is an Equity Partner Company of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Geho also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Diabetes Hands Foundation.

Chris Cronin (GRS ‘96, history) was promoted to principal consultant at HALOCK, a Chicago-based information security consulting firm. He has authored multiple risk management and governance methodologies and is a frequent public speaker on the topic of information security. Cronin serves on the board of directors of Eighth Blackbird, a Chicago-based arts organization.

Kimberley Mitchell (GRS ‘96, communications science) joined the law firm of Smith, Haughey, Rice & Roegge as a shareholder. Mitchell is a lawyer in the business and real estate law practice group based in the firm’s Holland, Mich., office. 

Ronald J. O'Leary (LAW ‘97), Cleveland's current director of building and housing, was appointed Cleveland Housing Court judge in the Housing Division of Cleveland Municipal Court by Ohio Gov. John Kasich. He will take over on April 10. O'Leary will have to run for election in November to retain the seat through the end of the term, which concludes January 1, 2020. 

Richik Sarkar (LAW ‘98), a member of McGlinchey Stafford’s Cleveland office, has been selected to participate in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 2017 Fellows Program, which aims to identify, train and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession. Demonstrating leadership in the legal community, Richik joins an organization of more than 240 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are personally committed to creating a truly diverse legal profession.

Gregory S. Lovins (MGT ‘99) is vice president and interim chief financial officer of Avery Dennison Corp., a global leader in pressure-sensitive and functional materials and labeling solutions. Lovins will lead the company’s finance function, including audit, financial reporting, investor relations, financial planning and analysis, tax and treasury. He will also oversee the company’s information technology group.

‌‌Jack Trachtenberg (CWR ‘99, GRS ‘99, political science) is a principal at Deloitte Tax LLP’s Multistate Tax Controversy Services practice in New York, focusing on all aspects of New York State and City tax controversy matters for corporations and passthroughs, including income/franchise and sales and use tax. He also advises clients on New York State and New York City tax matters, having successfully litigated cases before the New York State Division of Tax Appeals, the New York State Tax Appeals Tribunal and the New York State Supreme Courts. Before joining Deloitte, Jack was a partner at Reed Smith LLP focused on corporate income, franchise, gross receipts, sales and use and personal income taxes.

Dr. Chunjiang 'CJ' Qian (GRS ‘01, Systems Control & Engineering), Mary Lou Clarke Endowed Professor, was appointed chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at San Antonio.

Jacqueline Jones (CWR ‘02, GRS ‘04, ‘07, biomedical engineering) was one of 50 women across the state of Connecticut honored during the thirteenth annual Connecticut Technology Council Women of Innovation Awards Ceremony. The awards recognize women innovators, role models and leaders in science and technology professions. Of these 50 women, nine were recognized as winners in their respective categories. Jones won the category of Large Business Innovation and Leadership for her role as an R&D manager at Medtronic, a medical technology development company, where she leads a team focused on clinical engineering and user experience of a next generation surgical robot.

AnnMarie Kassouf (SAS ‘05) married Paul Lepro on July 9, 2016. The ceremony took place at St. Elias Melkite Catholic Church in Cleveland, followed by a reception at Mapleside Farms in Brunswick, Ohio, and a Mediterranean honeymoon cruise. The new Mrs. Lepro is a social worker at Cleveland Metro Health Medical Center. The couple resides in Lakewood.

John Popovich (MGT ‘05) is vice president of fluid sealing and thermal systems sales at EGC Enterprises, a company that pioneered the use of flexible graphite in fluid sealing and thermal management applications for high heat and high pressure applications.

Arlene Guzik (NUR ‘08) joined BayCare Urgent Care, of Clearwater, Florida, as director of occupational medicine services. Guzik has more than 25 years of experience in occupational health and previously served as assistant medical director and vice president, operations of Lakeside Occupational Medical Centers Inc. in Largo, Florida.

Ganesh Kumar (MGT ‘09), formerly executive vice president and chief financial official, was promoted to senior executive vice president and chief operating officer of OFG Bancorp, a financial holding company providing banking and financial services. Kumar is in charge of all retail operations, which collectively represent OFG’s largest revenue generating business, and all strategic business development and expansion endeavors.

Published March 2017

Frank Germane (CLC ‘49) received the Knight of the Legion of Honor medal from the French government for his service in the U.S. Army during WWII. 

Fred Gray (LAW ‘54, HON ‘92), a prominent civil rights lawyer, received the Trailblazer Award from the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro, N.C.

James Young (GRS '71, history) published Union Power: United Electrical Workers in Erie, Pennsylvania (Monthly Review Press). The narrative extends from union organizing efforts during the Great Depression through ferocious political attacks during the McCarthy Era and economic losses of the Great recession and beyond in the quintessential American industrial town of Erie. Much of the content is supplied through oral history interviews, as well as traditional archival sources. Young serves as treasurer of the Pennsylvania Labor History Society and is working on a history of workers at the Hershey Foods facility in Pennsylvania.

Larry W. Hurtado (GRS ‘73, religion), emeritus professor of new testament language, literature & theology in the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh, received the 2017 PROSE Award in the category of archaeology & ancient history for his book, Destroyer of the Gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World (Baylor University Press).

Gina Gibney (WRC ‘79, GRS ‘82, theatre), founder, artistic director & CEO of Gibney Dance in New York City, received Dance/USA's Ernie Award at the organization’s 2017 Annual Conference. The Ernie Award honors individuals working in the dance field whose achievements have significantly empowered artists and supported their creativity individually or as a community. Gibney founded Gibney Dance in 1991 as a performing and social action dance company, which has today emerged as a cultural leader in the arts and social justice fields. She was named to the Out100 2016 list of influential members of the LGBT community, and in 2008 she was named to the Vanity Fair Hall of Fame for "making art and taking action." 

Barney Olson (CIT ‘80) joined R.E. Warner & Associates Inc. of Westlake, Ohio, as senior process engineer.

George Njoroge (GRS ‘83, chemistry, GRS ‘85, chemistry), a U.S.-based Kenyan researcher and senior research fellow at Eli Lilly, has made history as the first African to be granted more than 100 patents by the US Patent and Trade Office. In addition to the more than 100 patents, Dr Njoroge has authored and co-authored over 120 scientific publications. 

Maria Thomas-Jones (LAW ‘87)was named CEO of Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. 

William J. Barrett (MGT ‘89) was elected to the board of directors of 1ST Constitution Bancorp.

Anton Wallner (GRS ‘92, chemistry), an associate dean at Barry University in Florida, will join Webster University as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences this summer.

Robert Dombrowski (MED ‘93) joined The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics at its Prince William Orthopaedics, Hand Surgery & Sports Medicine Care Center in McLean, Va. Dr. Dombrowski specializes in sports medicine and joint replacement of the shoulder, knee and hip. 

Paul B. Hervey (LAW ‘94) of Canton, Ohio, joined the law firm of Day Ketterer as a member.

Mylynn Tufte (NUR ‘95) was named state health officer for North Dakota by Governor Doug Burgum. 

Eddie Taylor Jr. (MGT ‘99) joined the board of trustees at the Burton D. Morgan Foundation. Taylor currently serves as president of Taylor Oswald, an independent, employee-owned insurance brokerage firm. Taylor also serves as vice chair of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and board member for Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education, College Now, Greater Cleveland, Cuyahoga Community College Foundation and the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges. Photo credit: Burton D. Morgan Foundation

Michael Cosgrove (LAW ‘00) was appointed director of community development for the City of Cleveland by Mayor Frank Jackson. 

Jefferey Ogden Katz (LAW ‘04), a partner at Chicago’s Patterson Law Firm, was selected as an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2017. Katz focuses his practice on professional liability cases throughout the country. Additionally, he represents attorneys before the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission and candidates for admission to the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar. Katz has served as the chair of the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section of the Professional Responsibility Committee since 2009 and has presented on issues relating to professional liability to the Chicago Bar Association, American Association for Justice and American Conference Institute. He has been cited on ESPN and in Sports Illustrated and is licensed in Illinois, Wisconsin and Kentucky. Super Lawyers is a rating service of peer-nominated lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  

Joe Mandato (MGT ‘04) was elected to board of trustees of Save the Children, an international humanitarian and relief organization serving children in need in the United States and around the world. Mandato is CWRU trustee and managing director of De Novo Ventures, a firm  that invests in medical devices and biotechnology companies.

Anna Cerra (NUR ‘05, NUR ‘06) was appointed vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at the Greenwich Hospital of Greenwich, Conn. 

Darren Norby (DEN ‘08) opened ABQ Dentures in Albuquerque, N.M. 

Charles Sing (CWR ‘08, GRS ‘09, macromolecular science, GRS ‘09, macromolecular science), professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was selected for a 2017 NSF CAREER Award. 

Jean Truman (NUR ‘08) of Bradford, Penn., associate professor of nursing, was named assistant dean of academic affairs at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Matt Mendenhall (GRS ‘10, social welfare) has been named president of the Regional Development Authority. Founded in 1989 as the qualified sponsoring organization for a riverboat casino in Davenport, the RDA distributes grants to nonprofit groups with funding from casino revenues. Since 1991, the RDA has awarded a total of $60.4 million. Photo credit: Gary Krambeck

Amy Baisden (LAW ‘11) joined Yankee Farm Credit’s Middlebury, Vt., office as a Loan Documentation Specialist. For generations, her family raised beef cattle in Fayette County, WV. Amy is looking forward to turning her career toward supporting farmers and agricultural businesses. 

Loressa Cole (NUR ‘12) was appointed the new chief officer/executive vice president of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. 

Emily Miller (SAS ‘15) joined two former high school classmates and the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation to establish the Harbor Springs Opportunity Scholarship for graduates of her alma mater, Harbor Springs High School in Michigan. Recipients of the annual $1,000 scholarship will be selected by the community foundation. Miller currently works as a research assistant and project coordinator for the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at CWRU. 

‌Gloria Tavera (GRS ‘16, pathology) was named to the Forbes “30 Under 30” list in the health care category.

Published February 2017

Charles J. Wilson (CIT ‘57) of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, received the Frank W. Reinhart Award from the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International Committee on Fasteners. A member of ASTM since 1984, Wilson was specifically recognized for his outstanding contributions to the standardization of terminology for the fastener industry. In 2001, the committee honored Wilson with the Fred F. Weingruber Award for contributions to fastener standardization. Wilson previously served as director of engineering and treasurer with Industrial Fasteners Institute, and an instructor of mechanical engineering at Fenn College (now part of Cleveland State University). Wilson, a fellow of ASTM International, is also a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and an American Society of Mechanical Engineering fellow.

Robert Resnik (MED ‘65), professor emeritus at The University of California, San Diego, was selected to join the Physician Board at the American Health Council. Resnik has over five decades of experience in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology/Reproductive Medicine and is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Subspecialty Board of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Additionally, Resnik is an elected fellow ad eundem to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, United Kingdom, a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine. Resnik has published more than one hundred peer-reviewed publications and the textbook Creasy and Resnik’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Principles and Practice. (Photo credit: American Health Council)

Hon. Sheila Farmer (LAW ‘70), judge for the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Canton, Ohio, retired. Farmer has been a judge in Stark County for 39 years, including at the municipal and common pleas level.

Gerald Kohanski (GRS ‘73, English) was re-elected as president of the Aurora (Ohio) Board of Education. Kohanski has served on the board for 19 years, including 17 as president. He is an adjunct professor of English at Kent State University.

Leslie D. Dunn (LAW ‘75) of Shaker Heights, Ohio, was elected as an independent director on the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati's Board of Directors. Dunn was first appointed to the board in 2007 and was subsequently elected to four-year terms in 2009 and 2013. She is the chair of the Governance committee of the board and serves on its audit and personnel and compensation committees. She also serves on the boards of other public and privately held companies, including New York Community Bancorp Inc. and E&H Family Group Inc. Among her many civic and charitable activities, Dunn is a director of Breakthrough Charter Schools, Cuyahoga County Invest in Children, the David and Inez Myers Foundation, Mount Sinai Health Care Foundation and the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art.

Glenn F. Pierce (WRC ‘76, GRS ‘82, pathology, MED ‘84), of La Jolla, Calif., was appointed to the board of directors for Voyager Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage gene therapy company developing life-changing treatments for severe diseases of the central nervous system.

Richard H. Nemeth (WRC ‘78) was selected for inclusion on the Super Lawyers 2017 list in the area of consumer bankruptcy law. Nemeth, managing member of the Cleveland-based law firm Nemeth & Associates LLC, also was elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the only national bar association for consumer bankruptcy attorneys. Additionally, he was a panelist at the 2016 annual meeting of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, where he spoke on the treatment of student loans in consumer bankruptcy proceedings.

Richard M. Bain (LAW ‘79), of the Cleveland law firm of Buckley King, was named to the list of 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers and Ohio Rising Stars. Super Lawyers, a service of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Jeffrey Baddeley (LAW ‘83), of the Cleveland law firm of Buckley King, was named to the list of 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers and Ohio Rising Stars. Super Lawyers, a service of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Curtis Manley (WRC '83) released his debut children's fiction picture book, The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read (Simon & Schuster), in which a young boy finds that sometimes it takes just the right book to fall in love with reading.

Jane Semple (MGT ‘85) published her book Doctor’s Guide to Breast Cancer: Prevention and Treatment: A Naturopathic Approach and the second edition of Healthy, Vibrant Skin: A Naturopathic Approach (Woodland Publishing).

Jerry Wiggert (CIT ‘85), an associate professor of marine science at the University of Southern Mississippi, is serving as interim chairman for the university’s Division of Marine Science. He has been with the university since 2007.

Rosemary Sweeney (LAW ‘87), of the Cleveland law firm of Buckley King, was named to the list of 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers and Ohio Rising Stars. Super Lawyers, a service of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

David R. Watson (LAW ‘88) has been named executive director of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the education provider of the State Bar of Michigan. Watson formerly served as the executive director for the New York State Bar Association.

Janet Beardsley (NUR ‘93, NUR ‘96) joined the staff at Naples Family Practice in Lewiston, Maine. In addition to being a certified nurse midwife and A.N.P., Beardsley is interested in primary care, women’s health and sleep disorders and is a candidate for a doctor of nursing practice degree at University of Massachusetts Boston.

Geoff Wedig (CWR ‘94), of Torrance, Calif., and Nicholas Apostoloff received an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement for the design and development of animation rig-based facial performance-capture systems at ImageMovers Digital and Digital Domain. These systems evolved through independent, then combined, efforts at two different studios, resulting in an artist-controllable, editable, scalable solution for the high-fidelity transfer of facial performances to convincing digital characters.

Stephanie Stebich (MNO ‘99), former executive director of Tacoma Art Museum, was appointed director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Stebich holds degrees from Columbia University and New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. She is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute in Los Angeles and was a fellow at the Guggenheim Museum. She is a trustee of both the Association of Art Museum Directors and the American Alliance of Museums. She is married to Anne-Imelda Radice, executive director of the American Folk Art Museum in New York City. (Photo credit: Lui Kit Wong)

Edward Yim (MGT ‘99), of Los Angeles, Calif., was appointed president of The American Composers Orchestra, responsible for all aspects of ACO’s operations, including a leadership role in fundraising and evaluating existing activities and designing new programs that achieve and advance the mission of the now forty-year-old institution which has been responsible for performances of music by over 800 American composers, including 350 world premieres and newly-commissioned works.

Thomas Frazier II (GRS ‘00, psychology, GRS ‘04, psychology) joined Autism Speaks as its chief science officer. Frazier comes to Autism Speaks from Cleveland Clinic Children's, where he directed its Center for Autism since 2013. Previously, he was the autism center’s research director.

Samantha Hoover (GRS ‘01, art history) was named deputy director for advancement, communications and administration for the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, N.Y. Hoover previously was with the New York School of Interior Design, New York City.

Jennifer LaClair (MGT ‘01) has been appointed head of Business Banking at PNC. Based in Pittsburgh, LaClair is responsible for leading one of the largest domestic business banks. While earning her master in business administration at Case Western Reserve University, she was named the Class of 2001 Alumni Scholar and earned the Scott S. Cowen Outstanding Leadership Award. (Photo credit: PNC Bank)

Sherrie Miday (LAW ‘01) was elected judge for the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court of Ohio.

Christopher Bedford (GRS ‘03, art history), Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, has been elected to the board of directors of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

William M. Henry (CWR ‘04) was named a partner at the law firm of Thompson Hine LLP, where he is a member of the Cleveland-based corporate transactions & securities practice group. Henry was selected to the Super Lawyers 2017 Ohio Rising Stars list and received his juris doctorate with honors from The University of Texas School of Law in 2007. 

Robin Patrice Lowman (MED ‘04) of Atlanta, married Richard Andrew “Trey” White III, on December 3, 2016, at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort on Kiawah Island, S.C. Lowman is an emergency medicine physician. (Photo credit: The Decisive Moment)

Gerhard (Gary) Anderson (LAW ‘05), Weston, Conn., was promoted to partner of the national law firm Seward & Kissel LLP. Anderson is a member of the firm’s business transactions group and works with public and private companies, private investment funds, investment management firms, financial institutions, business owners and managers in connection with a variety of business transactions, financings, and general corporate matters.

Greg Lewis (LAW ‘06) joined the partnership at the law firm of Price Heneveld LLP of Grand Rapids, Mich.

Eric Woychik (MGT ‘06), of Oakland, Calif., joined Willdan Group, Inc., a provider of professional technical and consulting services, as the firm’s in-house regulatory policy expert. Woychik has more than 40 years of regulatory policy expertise in the clean-energy and utilities arena, and has worked on behalf of a broad range of organizations including the California PUC and the New York PSC.

Christine (Fleming) Hendon (GRS ‘07, biomedical engineering, GRS ‘10, biomedical engineering), assistant professor of electrical engineering at Columbia University, won the Presidential Early Career Award, the highest honor the U.S. government gives to young scientists and engineers. Hendon, who develops innovative medical imaging instruments for use in surgery and breast cancer detection, was one of 102 researchers from across the nation named by President Obama. Hendon has earned numerous honors for her groundbreaking work: in 2015 she won a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development award; in 2014 she received a National Institutes of Health New Innovator Award; in 2013 she was named to both MIT’s prestigious list of 35 Innovators Under 35; and the Forbes 30 Under 30 list of game changers in science and health care.

Conor A. McLaughlin (LAW ‘07) was named a partner at the law firm of Thompson Hine LLP, where he is a member of the Cleveland-based the product liability litigation practice group.

Nathan J. DeVries (LAW ‘09), who concentrates his practice in patent counseling, prosecution and portfolio management, was named a partner at the law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP in Grand Rapids, Mich. DeVries graduated with his law degree from Case Western University magna cum laude where he was Order of the Coif.

Alisa (Davis) Murray (SAS ‘11), of Euclid, Ohio, published Unlikely Hitter, the fictional story of a woman seeking justice after her happy life is turned upside down by a crime. In addition to writing, Murray is currently at the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority teaching people with both mental and physical disabilities how to ride public transportation.

Pooja Hitendra Rambhia (CWR ‘13) received a 2017 research grant from the American Skin Association for her study Investigating the Functional Role of a Novel Germline XPC Mutation in a High Risk Melanoma Family.

Sergio A. Garcia (MGT ‘16) was named the new president of operations and university chief of staff at State University of New York’s Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y. Garcia previously served as vice president and administrative chief of staff at St. Lawrence Health System’s Canton-Potsdam Hospital of Potsdam, N.Y., senior adviser to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and chief of staff and senior policy adviser to two assistant secretaries of state in the U.S. Department of State.

Felipe Gomez del Campo (CWR ‘16) was one of four innovators nationally selected to participate in a new two-year entrepreneurship program at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Ill.

Kevin Laverty (CWR ‘16), of New Kensington, Pa., joined VisiMax Technologies, which serves companies in commercial and industrial markets who specialize in instrumentation, lighting design and manufacturing, display, and optical systems.

Olivia Ortega (CWR ’16) of Newark, Ohio, was selected as a member of the inaugural cohort of Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellows. Ortega will work with Cleveland City Council on its new policy agenda, Civitism, and will work with the council president and committee chairs on the council's public health initiative, centered on addressing infant mortality and lead poisoning.

Addie Shock (NUR ‘16) joined the New Beginnings Pediatrics offices in Norwalk and Bellevue, Ohio, as a certified pediatric nurse practitioner. Shock is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners, Society of Pediatrics Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Sara Smoter (LAW ‘16) joined the national trial and litigation law firm Kaufman & Company, LLC as an associate attorney in the firm’s Cleveland office. Smoter’s previous experience includes externships with the district judge for the U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, the United States magistrate judge for the Northern District of Ohio and the Offices of the United States Attorneys for the Northern District of Ohio. While attending Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Smoter served as executive notes editor of Case Western Reserve Law Review.

Dayton Snyder (CWR ‘16) of West Lafayette, Ind., was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, based on his academic and athletic achievements during his football career as a Spartan.

Judy E. Tingley (NUR ‘16) was appointed vice president and CEO of Erlanger Health System’s new Heart and Lung Institute in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Katrice Williams (SAS ‘16), policy assistant at the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, delivered the keynote address, Voting Rights in an Election Year, at the Wooster-Orrville NAACP’s annual Freedom Fund Dinner on the College of Wooster campus. Williams has worked in program development, parent and family engagement, and women’s rights and empowerment in several countries including China, Nigeria, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States and Zambia.

Published January 2017

Michael H. Diamant (CIT ‘68), a partner at the Cleveland offices of the Taft law firm, was named a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an international center of excellence for the practice and profession of alternative dispute resolution. Diamant completed coursework and testing in international arbitration and international award writing to be awarded his fellowship. 

Bernadette Kerrigan (SAS ‘86) was named the executive director of First Year Cleveland, a City of Cleveland initiative aimed at combating infant mortality in the region.

Chip Bell (WRC ‘87) was named the managing director of the Cleveland office of Accenture, a global consulting firm. Photo credit: Accenture 

Col. John O’Brien (CWR ‘89), of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, assumed command of the 111th Operations Group at Horsham Air Guard Station in Montgomery County, Pa. O’Brien is the highest-ranking officer for the unit’s remotely piloted aircraft mission, which employs the MQ-9 aircraft, an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance aircraft used for intelligence collection and dynamic execution of targets. He formerly commanded the 111th’s Operations Support Squadron. 

Scott P. Bruder (GRS ‘90, biomedical sciences, MED ‘92) was appointed as an independent director and a member of the Compensation Committee of Bellerophon Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biotherapeutics company. Bruder has held a number of senior executive and scientific roles at Stryker Corporation, Becton, Dickinson and Company, Johnson & Johnson, Anika Therapeutics and Osiris Therapeutics. He is currently an adjunct professor of biomedical engineering at CWRU and recently served on an FDA advisory committee for cellular, tissue and gene therapies. He continues to serve on several academic advisory boards for biomedical engineering at leading universities.

Susan Chiancone (MGT ‘92) was appointed vice president, chief financial officer of Meister Media Worldwide. In her role, Chiancone has executive management responsibility for corporate finance, accounting and administration.

Jay R. Deshmukh (LAW ‘92) joined Arent Fox LLP as a partner in the firm’s New York office. Deshmukh joins the firm’s internationally recognized Intellectual Property practice and industry-leading Hatch-Waxman team, where he will focus on patent litigation and counseling, particularly for the generic pharmaceutical industry.

Murat Eskiyerli (GRS ‘92, electrical engineering & applied physics) relocated to the Netherlands after accepting a job from a U.S. company with offices in the Nijmegen area. Eskiyerli previously spent ten years in Turkey.

Todd M. Michney (CWR ‘93) of Atlanta, Ga., published Surrogate Suburbs: Black Upward Mobility and Neighborhood Change in Cleveland, 1900–1980 (UNC Press). The book looks at how middling African American families such as post office workers, truck drivers, and tradesmen negotiated racially discriminatory barriers in order to successfully buy land, secure mortgages and build homes in newer, outlying areas of Cleveland prior to 1930; and how after World War II, middle class black Clevelanders strove to extend these gains amid interracial tensions, land development disputes, class and status conflicts within the African American community, a declining local economy and worsening neighborhood living conditions. Photo credit: UNC Press

Amit Patel (MED ‘98) was named Chief of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Miami Health System. Patel is a leader in the development of new therapies for cardiac diseases and previously served as professor of surgery and director of Clinical Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Photo credit: University of Miami Health Systems 

William J. Doan (GRS ‘99, American studies), Penn State professor of theatre and former associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Arts and Architecture, was appointed director of the School of Theatre for a three-year term. A playwright, author and solo performer, his most recent play, Drifting, received a production at Dixon Place Theatre in New York City. Photo credit: Penn State

Ralph Holmes (MGT ‘00) was named president and general manager for Cigna’s commercial health care benefits plans in Arizona, adding to its Phoenix-based leadership team. Photo credit: Cigna

Andrean R. Horton (LAW ‘00) was appointed executive vice president and CLO of A. Schulman, Inc. Horton joined Schulman in 2010.

Matthew Previts (MGT ’02), account executive at Logicalis, was honored by Crain’s Cleveland Business’ Forty Under Forty for 2016. 

Mary McNamara (SAS ‘03) was sworn in as director of the Cleveland Department of Aging by Mayor Frank G. Jackson. McNamara is a licensed social worker and has been with the City’s Department of Aging since 2008. She is a board member for Abington Arms University Circle Housing and Amani Children’s Foundation as well as a committee member for the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging.

Brent Pietrafese (LAW ’03, MGT ’03), partner at Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, was honored by Crain’s Cleveland Business’ Forty Under Forty for 2016. 

Tim Aten (CWR ‘04) of Vermilion, Ohio, appeared on TV’s long-running “Jeopardy!” game show in December 2016.  

Adrienne N. Cvetkovic (LAW ‘04) joined the law firm of Buckley King as an associate in its commercial litigation practice in Cleveland, Ohio.

Augusta Wilson (CWR ‘05) was named the new energy law & policy fellow at the Frank J. Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law at New York University School of Law. Wilson joined the center from the Clean Air Council in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she did litigation and policy work on a number of sustainable energy issues, including hydraulic fracturing and the Clean Power Plan. Wilson previously was a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico and an associate at White & Case in New York. Augusta received her JD from Cornell Law School and is admitted to practice law in New York and Pennsylvania.

Valissa Turner Howard (LAW ’07), deputy inspector general for Cuyahoga County, was honored by Crain’s Cleveland Business’ Forty Under Forty for 2016. 

Ann Marie Adornato (DEN ‘08) purchased Dr. John Albert's Periodontic and Implant Dentistry practice in Liverpool, New York. Adornato is a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, and has completed step 1 for board certification in periodontics.  

Trevor Clatterbuck (CWR ‘08, CWR ‘08) has opened Ohio City Provisions in Cleveland, a store stocked entirely with food grown within Ohio's borders. In fact, some of the provisions are grown at Clatterbuck’s Wholesome Valley Farms in Wilmot, Ohio. Photo credit: Chuck Crow/The Cleveland Plain Dealer

David Ebersole (LAW ’08), assistant director of the Department of Economic Development for the City of Cleveland, honored by Crain’s Cleveland Business’ Forty Under Forty for 2016. 

Joseph Connolly (GRS ’09, systems control & engineering), an aerospace engineer at the NASA Glenn Research Center, honored by Crain’s Cleveland Business’ Forty Under Forty for 2016. 

Diane DeVivo (NUR ‘09, NUR ‘10), Director of Patient Care Services at Northwell Health, has been selected to join the Nursing Board at the American Health Council, where she will be sharing her knowledge and expertise in Leadership and Emergency Medicine. DeVivo's career as an emergency nurse has spanned over 25 years and her career in Critical Care Leadership and Operations for the past 13 years. DeVivo is affiliated with the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and Society for Critical Care Medicine. She actively volunteers with her local community church. 

Katherine Krynak (GRS ‘15, biology), assistant professor of biology at Ohio Northern University, received a Fulbright Scholarship opportunity to study in Ecuador. Her study, Effects of Introduced Trout on Glassfrogs of Ecuador and the Relationship to Amphibian Disease Susceptibility, has the potential to make a positive impact on the region’s environment and people. She previously worked in Panama studying indigenous golden frogs and as a zookeeper in Cincinnati and Cleveland. She currently is working with the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo to study relationships between western lowland gorillas and heart disease and an upcoming project involving black rhinos and insulin resistance. Photo credit: Ohio Northern University

Suneil Kamath (MGT ‘16) was named to LinkedIn’s second annual Top Voices List. The list features 180 writers whose work stands out among the more than 160,000 stories published on LinkedIn every week. Writers are selected based on a diverse set of factors, including engagement and follower growth, and write on a wide variety of topics, including education, entrepreneurship and artificial intelligence.

 C.J. Krimbill (CWR ‘16) was selected to receive the NCAA Today's Top 10 Award, recognizing former student-athletes for their successes on the field, in the classroom and in the community.  The 10 recipients, selected from all three NCAA divisions, completed their athletics eligibility during the 2015-16 academic year and were recognized at the Honors Celebration during the NCAA Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. 

published December 2016

‌Sam Miller (ADL ‘41), co-chairman emeritus of Forest City Realty Trust and trustee emeritus of Case Western Reserve University, received a 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cleveland Jewish News as part of their annual 18 Difference Makers awards.

‌Richard Garwin (CIT ‘47), a physicist and longtime science adviser to the U.S. government, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama. 

Fred D. Gray (LAW ‘54, HON ‘92) was honored by Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., as the university renamed its legal seminars program the Fred D. Gray Institute for Law, Justice & Society.

William J. Miller (LAW ‘54) of Fairlawn, Ohio, was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Class of 2016 for his service in the U.S. Army during World War II. Miller’s long record of community service includes a lifelong involvement the Boy Scouts of America, and has earned the Wood Badge training award, the District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver -- an award given to those who implement the scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice and dedication. He is a founding member and past president of the Fairlawn Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of American Legion Post 19 in Akron and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 349 in Fairlawn. Miller served as the featured speaker at the Governor's 36th Annual Holocaust Commemoration in May, where he spoke about his experience in liberating a concentration camp.

Marianne Krizner (CLC ‘57) of Johnstown,Pennsylvania, was inducted into the Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center Artists’ Hall of Fame, established to commend artists and art advocates for the work they have done to ensure that the arts remain a vital part of the community. (photo credit: Holly Lees)

Harold R. Weinberg (ADL ‘66, LAW ‘69), Everett H. Metcalf, Jr. Professor of Law, retired from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he taught for nearly 45 years. With a focus on the areas of uniform commercial code, antitrust, legal drafting and intellectual property, Weinberg also has published pieces in numerous law journals, including the Tulane Law Review, Journal of Legal Studies, Minnesota Law Review, Business Lawyer and Journal of Intellectual Property Law.

Susan F. Goekler (FSM ‘67), Emeritus CEO of the American School Health Association, was appointed to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Since 1979, the Healthy People initiative has set disease prevention and health promotion objectives for the nation.

Hon. Frank J. LaBuda (LAW ‘74) of Sullivan County, NY, delivered a lecture to the faculty of law for the University of Travnik in Sarajevo. The lecture covered the legal, evidentiary and psychological issue of child sex offender cases in the United States and was part of a lecture series that helps improve the legal system of developing countries by teaching foreign law students about the best practices of law in the U.S.

William N. Farran (LAW ‘76), partner at Nicoll Davis & Spinella LLP, will lead the firm’s new Philadelphia office, bringing Outside General Counsel™ services to small- and mid-cap businesses.

David Sedlacek (MSASS ‘76, social administration, GRS ‘79, MSASS, MSASS ‘79) was named an ombudsman in the newly created ombuds office at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. The office will serve about 6,000 faculty, staff and students.

Joseph G. Ouslander (MED ‘77) of Boca Raton, Fla., was named senior medical advisor for Pathway Health, a post-acute care professional services organization and training, education, management and consulting services company.

Steven Rubinstein (MED ‘80) received the 2016 Outstanding Caregiver Award from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. 

Laura Quatela (LAW ‘82) is the new chief legal officer for Lenovo, one of the world’s largest smartphone manufacturers and PC vendors. She remains a director of Technicolor, a position she has held since 2013. Her previous experience includes co-founding Quatela Lynch Intellectual Property, as well as legal roles at Eastman Kodak, Clover Capital Management, SASIB Railway GRS and Bausch & Lomb.

James Zizelman (CIT ‘82, GRS ‘84, mechanical engineering) of Rochester, Michigan was named vice president, engineering at Delphi Electronics and Safety. In this position, he is globally responsible for the development of all active and passive safety, infotainment, user interface and autonomous driving technologies. In his prior role, Zizelman was the managing director at Delphi Powertrain, responsible for business leadership for all engine management products in the Americas region. James is married to Francine Blatnik and has one son, Matthew, attending Michigan State University.

David S. Michel (LAW ‘83) joined Rumizen Weisman Co. of Cleveland on an of counsel basis. Michel will continue to focus his practice on representing individuals and families that have suffered injury or loss. He was admitted to the Ohio State Bar Association in 1984.

Patti Berns (DEN ‘84, DEN ‘86), along with two of her children, Josh and Dani, received the 2016 Generation Award from the Cleveland Jewish News as part of their annual 18 Difference Makers awards. Berns is a chair for The Race, an annual Mother’s Day event to raise funding and awareness for breast cancer co-founded by Josh and Dani. The Race has raised more than $1 million since 2004, with 100 percent of proceeds going to breast cancer research.

Gautam N. Yadama (SAS ‘85, GRS ‘90, social welfare) was named dean of the Boston College School of Social Work. Yadama has also served as director of international programs at the Brown School of Social Work and as a visiting professor in India, Azerbaijan, Mongolia and the Republic of Georgia. Author of the recent book Fires, Fuel and the Fate of 3 Billion: The State of the Energy Impoverished, Yadama currently serves as an advisory group member with the Implementation Science Network for the National Institutes of Health and is an active member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Public Health Association, the Council on Social Work Education and the Society for Social Work and Research.

Gina Beim (GRS ‘87, systems control & engineering, MGT ‘04, MGT ‘04) of Shaker Heights, Ohio, celebrated the tenth anniversary of her company, MCDA Consulting. The firm offers chief marketing officer services on a contractual basis to small and mid-size manufacturers targeting the engineering and construction industry, as well as those interested in expanding into Latin America.

Mark Miller (CWR ‘91) was promoted to Senior Vice President – Account Manager for the Washington, D.C., operations of Skanska, one of the world’s leading construction and development firms. Miller has managed several landmark projects, including the Stamford Hospital 650,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art expansion and renovation project in Fairfield County, Connecticut, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Va., The Newseum in Washington, D.C., the Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Va., and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Fla. Miller recently graduated from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, with distinction, where he earned a Master of Design in real estate and urban development. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Construction Institute at the University of Hartford.

Tom Pavilon (MGT ‘92) has been appointed marketing director for St. Louis-based PolyAd Services, LLC, a global plastic additives organization. Pavilon's experience in marketing, sales, business development, technical service, innovation management, supply chain management and engineering extends over three decades with market-leading, global companies including Arizona Chemical, Hexion Inc., Lubrizol Corp., Monsanto and PRTM, now part of PwC.

John E. Scheatzle Jr. (MGT ‘93) was appointed president of DMC Global Inc.'s NobelClad explosion welding business.

Rick Costello (MGT ‘95) joined the Cleveland office of Align Capital Partners, LP, a private equity firm, as operating partner.

Alan M. Scarrow (MED ‘96, LAW ‘96) was appointed president for 2016-2017 by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Scarrow currently serves as president of Mercy Health System for the Springfield Communities in Missouri, where he has practiced for 13 years.

Alysia K. Lorincz (CWR ‘97, GRS ‘03, practice oriented master’s) joined KS Associates Inc., a civil-transportation engineering and surveying firm located in Elyria, Ohio, as roadway group leader, project manager in the Transportation Group. Lorincz is responsible for promoting and managing transportation projects, with a focus on roadway engineering.

Amy L. Smith (NUR ‘97) joined the Cape Coral Obstetrics and Gynecology office of Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida as a certified nurse midwife. Smith has 19 years of experience as a registered nurse and certified nurse midwife, working in both hospital and private practice settings in Ohio and Florida. She also has served as a clinical instructor for nursing students at Mercy College of Northwest Ohio in Toledo, Ohio.

Lori Niederst (MGT ‘98) was appointed Chief Human Resource Officer of the Progressive Corporation in Mayfield Village, Ohio. Niederst has held numerous senior human resources positions within the company, including business leader, compensation and benefits and senior human resource business leader for claims. 

Wayne White (MGT ‘98) was appointed Vice President of Sales for North America at Alcatel, the fourth largest mobile phone manufacturer in North America. White assumes responsibility for growing the Alcatel product family among carriers and expanding the company's presence in the enterprise segment.

Asaf Batelman (CWR ‘00) joined the Washington, D.C. office of Cantor Colburn LLP in Alexandria, Virginia. Batelman’s practice focuses on preparing and prosecuting patent applications. He has experience in a wide range of technical areas, including semiconductor packaging and fabrication, petrochemicals, chemical and gas processing, and battery technologies.

Antoine Daher (MGT ‘00) was appointed chief executive officer of Gulf Bank in Kuwait. Daher, previously was named deputy CEO, Wholesale Banking at Gulf Bank in 2013. Prior to joining Gulf Bank, he served as general manager for Domestic Corporate Banking at National Bank of Kuwait from 2011 to 2013 and head of the Domestic Multinational unit from 2007 to 2011. (photo credit: Gulf Bank)

Jennifer Hackwith (NUR ‘04) was named the new coordinator of Idaho State University’s accelerated nursing program, based at the Meridian campus. The program allows students to earn a second bachelor’s degree in an intensive 12-month program.

Joe Mandato (MGT ‘04) was elected to the Board of Directors of Valeritas Holdings, Inc. Mandato is currently a managing director at DeNovo Ventures where he led investments in 10 medical device companies. He has served on the board of directors of numerous companies, including but not limited to Hansen Medical, Align, Facet Solutions, and AxoGen, Inc. Mandato also serves on the CWRU Board of Trustees. 

Katy Wane (CWR ‘04, GRS ‘04, bioethics, LAW ‘09, MED ‘09) joined FisherBroyles, LLP as a partner in the full-service law firm’s Health and Pharmacy Law practice.

LaToya Logan (MSSA ‘06) was sworn in to the Cleveland Community Police Commission by Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson. The commission makes recommendations on policies and practices related to community and problem-oriented policing, bias-free policing, and police transparency; works with the communities that make up Cleveland for the purpose of developing recommendations for police practices that reflect an understanding of the values and priorities of Cleveland residents; and reports to the City and to the community to provide transparency on police department reforms. Logan is a social worker who specializes in trauma, criminal justice and crisis management. She is a licensed independent social worker, certified clinical trauma professional with the International Association of Trauma Professionals, and a supervisor with the Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board of Ohio. Logan is the founder and director of Project L.I.F.T.

Joshua F. Coleman (MED ‘07) was appointed Vice President of Medical Affairs for GenomOncology. Coleman will oversee clinical content development and curation of scientific evidence, enhancing the company's proprietary knowledge-enabled platform. 

Susan M. Kornatowski (LAW ‘08), of Walthall CPAs in Cleveland, was named to the Law Alumni Association Board for Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Michael J. Kubit (MGT ‘08) was appointed to the position of vice president for Information Technology and chief information officer by the Penn State Board of Trustees. Prior to his new position, Kubit served as deputy chief information officer for Information Technology Services at Case Western University. Kubit belongs to a number of professional organizations, including EDUCAUSE and the Society of Information Managers, and has served on committees at both the university and with community and professional institutions.

Cheryl Greer Jordan (MGT ‘09) was appointed chief diversity and inclusion officer at the Milwaukee-based Medical College of Wisconsin. Jordan was previously the associate vice chancellor of diversity and inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care in Worcester.

Shahrzad Kojouri (LAW ‘09) has joined the Access Group of West Chester, Pennsylvania, as assistant general counsel. Kojouri will provide legal counsel related to operations and legal affairs, review and negotiate contracts, and provide legal advice on litigation, regulatory, compliance and policy issues.

Patricia A. Sharpnack (NUR ‘09), dean and Strawbridge professor of Ursuline's Breen School of Nursing, was elected president of the Ohio Board of Nursing. Sharpnack was appointed to the Ohio Board of Nursing in 2014. (photo credit: Ursuline)

Zachary David Christoff (CWR ‘12, DEN ‘16) of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, married Shannon Marie Smrek. The newlyweds honeymooned in Hawaii.

Gaye Ficarrotta (NUR ‘12) of Palm Harbor, Florida, joined Florida Hospital Physician Group as their first certified nurse midwife. Ficarrotta has delivered just under 1,000 babies as a certified nurse midwife and has ten years of labor and delivery experience as a hospital staff nurse. She is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

Emma Cleary (NUR ‘13) joined the family medicine team at Mayo Clinic Health System in Le Sueur, Minnesota.

‌Frank Gehry (HON ’13), world renowned architect, was among 21 artists, athletes and innovators to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barak Obama. (Photo credit: Getty Image News/Chip Somodevilla)

Stephan Liozu (GRS ‘13, management) joined the board of directors of Laticrete, a manufacturer of construction solutions for the building industry.

Nancy Jaskowak Cresse (NUR ‘16) was among 13 nurses honored by the New Jersey State Nurses Association for outstanding professional career accomplishments at its 2016 Divas and Dons in Nursing celebration. Cresse is a faculty member at Rutgers University School of Nursing Camden and a noted philanthropist.

Sara Smoter (LAW ‘16) joined the national trial and litigation law firm Kaufman & Company, LLC as an associate attorney in the firm’s Cleveland office. Smoter’s previous experience includes externships with the district judge for the U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, the United States magistrate judge for the Northern District of Ohio and the Offices of the United States Attorneys for the Northern District of Ohio. While attending Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Smoter served as executive notes editor of Case Western Reserve Law Review.

published November 2016

Forrest A. Norman (ADL ‘52, LAW ‘54), shareholder of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. and founder and chair of Dickie McCamey’s Church Law Practice Group, presented Violence, Security, and Church Liability to nearly 400 members of the National Conference of the Christian Legal Society in Washington, D.C. The non-denominational association’s annual meeting attracts leaders in the practice and study of law, defense of religious freedom, and provision of legal aid to the needy.

Annette Garner Butler (FSM '66) of Cleveland, was honored at the 2016 Cleveland State University (CSU) Alumni Awards with the George B. Davis Award for service to the university. This award is the highest award conferred by the CSU Alumni Association and recognizes a graduate's generous dedication and service to the growth and advancement of CSU. Butler is a graduate of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Gregory Stark (CIT ‘72) has left his position at Aurora Machine and Manufacturing, but continues his volunteer food prep work at The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Rochester, NY.

J. Jeffrey Rice (LAW ‘75), managing partner of the southwest Florida law firm Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A., was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 23rd edition of The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White) for his work in commercial litigation.

William B. Cowen (WRC ‘76) was named regional director for the National Labor Relations Board’s Region 21 Office in Los Angeles. In his new position, Mr. Cowen is responsible for enforcing the nation’s labor laws covering private sector employees in Southern California.

Kishore Kar (GRS ‘77, mechanical engineering; GRS ‘81, mechanical engineering), a fellow at The Dow Chemical Company, recently retired after 36 years of service. During his professional career, Kishore developed multiple products and chemical process technologies, provided solutions to the unmet needs of manufacturing; and managed and mentored over 100 researchers in the core R&D division. Kishore holds 16 U.S. patents and has authored 25 publications, including two chapters in the Encyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (Marcel Dekker, Inc.).

Franklin S. Bennett (LAW ‘80) was named Outstanding Alumnus by the Poland (Ohio) Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence. Bennett was honored for his law career and his lengthy record of community service, including roles at Poland Presbyterian Church, Youngstown State University’s board of trustees, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Western Reserve Joint Fire District and the Youngstown Foundation, among others.

‌Ava Shamban (MED ‘82) opened SKINxFIVE, a new skin clinic in Pacific Palisades, California. Shamban also is the founder of AvaMD, a medical and cosmetic dermatology practice based in Los Angeles, and a board-certified dermatologist licensed to practice medicine in California, New York and Hawaii. In addition to serving as assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the UCLA-Geffen School of Medicine, Shamban is the resident expert on the Emmy-winning daytime talk show “The Doctors” and the author of Heal Your Skin: The Breakthrough Plan for Renewal (Wiley).

Arvind Subramanian (WRC ‘83, MGT ‘89) has been named the chief executive officer and board member of HealthMyne. Subramanian was previously at the General Electric Company as well as on the executive management teams of two venture capital backed technology start-up companies, including ProVation Medical.

Gary Haynes (GRS '84, pathology, MED '86) was appointed Professor and the Merryl and Sam Israel Chair in Anesthesiology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He previously was Chair of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at Saint Louis University.

Greg Machnik (DEN ‘84) married Doug Coffman on 12/13/14. After working for 22 years in the California prison system, Machnik retired in 2015. In 2016, Machnik and Coffman relocated to a home on the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

David A. Montecalvo (CIT ‘86) was appointed senior vice president, global operations and supply chain of West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., a manufacturer of packaging components and delivery systems for injectable drugs and health care products. Headquartered in Exton, Pennsylvania, the company’s sales reached $1.4 billion in 2015. Montecalvo previously held senior positions at Medtronic plc, Urologix, Inc. and Lectec Corporation.

Nancy Sackson (GRS ‘87, art history) was appointed chief philanthropy officer of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

James Slotta (CIT ‘87) has been named a new associate professor and first associate dean for research in the Department of Teacher Education, Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction in Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. Slotta previously was the inaugural dean for research, an associate professor and the Canada Research Chair in Education and Technology at the University of Toronto.

Philip Weeks (GRS ‘89), professor emeritus of history at Kent State University, published the third edition of his book Farewell, My Nation: American Indians and the United States in the Nineteenth Century (Wiley). The new edition incorporates new scholarship on the complex and often tragic relationships between American Indians, white Americans and the US government throughout the nineteenth century.

Dan Schwallie (LAW ’91) of Hudson, Ohio, recently published the third edition of the Cash Balance Plan Answer Book (Wolters Kluwer). An associate partner of Aon plc, a global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services, Schwallie is also the author of numerous journal articles including: “A Choice for Tax-Exempt Employers: 403(b) or 401(k) Plan?,” Benefits Quarterly, Volume 32; “A Few 403(b) Compliance Quirks,” Journal of Deferred Compensation, Volume 22; and “Plan Loans-Whose Money Is It Anyway and Why Should You Care?,” Journal of Pension Planning & Compliance, Volume 1.

Joyce Fitzpatrick (MGT ‘92, HON ‘92), an internationally renowned researcher, author, educator, leadership coach and the Elizabeth Brooks Ford Professor of Nursing at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, accepted the Living Legend award at the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) annual conference in Washington, D.C. Of the 3.5 million nurses in the United States, only 2,400 hold the distinction of membership in AAN and only a handful are chosen each year for the academy’s designation of Living Legend.

Kenton Zinn (CWR ‘93, GRS ‘96, civil engineering) was promoted to director of the Great Lakes Region, including Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, of Michael Baker International, an engineering, planning and consulting service.

Vijay Pujar (GRS ‘94, material science and engineering, GRS ‘97, material science and engineering) was inducted as one of six new Fellows at UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. that designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries. Pujar’s area of discipline is material & processes for emerging and green technologies research & development.

Giuseppina "Jessie" Bitetti-Griffin (MGT, ‘97) was named assistant vice president in the Federal Reserve System's Retail Payments Office, a division of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta which serves the Sixth Federal Reserve District encompassing Alabama, Florida, Georgia and sections of Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Doug Meil (GRS ‘98, Practice Oriented Master's) of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, was appointed an IBM Distinguished Engineer. He is the co-founder of Explorys, a medical informatics software company acquired by IBM in 2015.

Richik Sarkar (LAW ‘98), a member in McGlinchey Stafford’s Cleveland office, was featured in Crain’s Cleveland Business’ “Who to Watch in Law 2016.” Richik joined McGlinchey Stafford’s Commercial Litigation practice group in October 2015.

Joseph W. Boggs II (GRS ‘03, biomedical engineering, GRS ‘05, biomedical engineering) has been appointed to the Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special Disabilities Programs by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Boggs is vice president of research and development at Cleveland-based SPR Therapeutics.

Jordan L. Strauss (LAW ‘03) was appointed associate managing director in the investigations and disputes practice of Kroll, a New York-based global provider of risk solutions through investigations, cyber security, due diligence and compliance, physical and operational security and data and information management services. Strauss is a former prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, a deputy justice attaché and senior legal advisor in Afghanistan, and a director specializing in incident management with the White House National Security Council Staff.

Shari Hansen (MGT ‘04), resident of Concord, Ohio, and senior manager of network and telecom operations at Progressive Insurance, joined the Malone University board of trustees.

Matthew J. McCracken (LAW ‘04) joined Weston Hurd LLP as a partner, providing strategic analysis, negotiation and drafting support to lenders, small to medium-sized businesses, and individuals in business-related matters. McCracken also serves as outside general counsel to The Better Business Bureau Serving Greater Cleveland and numerous regional and closely-held businesses. In addition to his Ohio Bar admission, McCracken has been admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Nicole Smith-Sandilands (MED ‘06) joined the medical staff at Penobscot Community Health Care’s Helen Hunt Health Center of Old Town, Maine, and also will provide services at area nursing homes through the group’s Community Care & Geriatrics division.

Brent R. Leslie (MGT ‘07) was named chief financial officer for TruWest, a diversified real estate consulting, investment and development enterprise. He will manage all financial and administrative duties for TruWest and portfolio companies including Technology Recovery Group, River Capital, River SaaS Capital, Sibling Revelry Brewing and MRK Technologies.

Allen J. Mistysyn (MGT ‘09) was elected by the Board of Directors of the Sherwin-Williams Company to serve as senior vice president – finance and chief financial officer. Mistysyn previously served as Sherwin-Williams' senior vice president – corporate controller.

Terri Ann Parnell (NUR ‘09) of Garden City, NY, joined TVR Communications, a provider of Interactive Patient Systems and related services to hospitals and health systems, as chief nursing officer. Parnell is a health literacy expert, award-winning author, lecturer, and principal and founder of Health Literacy Partners LLC. She is a fellow in the New York Academy of Medicine and has been selected for the 2016/17 New York Academy of Medicine Fellow Ambassadors Program. Parnell is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Thomas G. Martin (MED ‘10), internist and surgeon, joined Mercy Clinic Adult Hospitalists in Washington, Missouri, caring for hospitalized patients at Mercy Hospital Washington.

Ron Tulley (GRS ‘10, English) was named a Distinguished Alumnus for 2016 by the University of Findlay Alumni Association. Tu