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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. Photo credit: Smith Haughet Rice & Roegge

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. Photo credit: City of Cleveland

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. Photo credit: Mark Holan/

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. Photo credit: Webster University

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. Photo credit: City of Cleveland

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. Photo credit: ANCC 

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. Photo credit: Howard Hughes Medical Institute


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, psycology, 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. Photo credit: Taft


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. Photo credit: City of Cleveland



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. 


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‌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. (photo credit: Getty Images News/Chip Somodevilla)

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.
(photo credit: Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame)

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.
(photo credit: Boston College)

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.


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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. Tulley has taught as a member of the English department and held administrative positions at the university, including co-director of the technical communication area, chair of the English department, director of the writing center, academic coordinator for online delivery and his current role as dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He also is a thesis advisor for students in the Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing Program. He received the Harriette Smith Ritz Award for service to the University of Findlay in 2013 and served as the Richard E. Wilkin Faculty Chair in the College of Liberal Arts in 2012. Additionally, Tulley has published academic journal articles, textbooks, and edited collections. His latest book, A Process Approach to Effective Writing in the Health Professions (McGraw Hill), will be released in 2017.

Fonya Atabong (NUR ‘12), an assistant professor of nursing at the Medical Education Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, championed the development of a three-year midwifery bachelor’s degree program at the University of Buea in Cameroon, Africa – her country of origin. After being selected for a Fulbright Scholar Program, Atabong served as a consultant throughout the curriculum development process of a historic arrangement between the country’s Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Higher Education and the university. The program ensures that individuals receive the proper training and quality education needed to become midwives and serves as a model in all 10 regions of Cameroon where midwifery training is offered.

Faith Chiang (MGT ‘13) of San Francisco, California, was appointed vice president of product at HG Data, a provider of market intelligence for installed technologies. Chiang previously held leadership roles at at FirstRain, a business analytics platform, and Progressive Insurance.

Greg Scholand (LAW ‘13) of Alden, NY, married Suzanne Perry on the same date and in the same location the bride’s grandparents were married 67 years earlier. Scholand is an attorney in Buffalo, NY. The couple honeymooned in Ireland and London, England.

Elizabeth Monteleone (LAW ‘14) joined the Austin, Texas, office of Winstead PC as an associate in the corporate securities/mergers & acquisitions practice area. Her practice focuses on corporate and transactional matters, primarily in the context of venture capital financings, public and private offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate counseling and representation. Prior to graduating law school summa cum laude, she worked for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the first international tribunal to try terrorism as a distinct crime.

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

Katrice Williams (MSASS ‘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.


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Jean Murrell Capers (EDU ‘32) was inducted into the 2016 class of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission Hall of Fame, a collaborative effort of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, Honda of America Mfg., Inc., Wright State University and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The Ohio Civil Rights Commission acknowledges outstanding Ohioans who are pioneers in human and civil rights and who have advanced the goals of equality and inclusion. The induction ceremony took place at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium.


Nick Coso (CLC ‘52) was posthumously honored by Ferris State University Athletics in Big Rapids, Michigan. Coso served as the Ferris State Bulldogs' head football coach from 1972-83 and will be honored with a special plaque.


Sheldon Greene (ADL ‘56, LAW ‘58) published his latest novel, The Seed Apple (Kinur Pub), the Cold War-era story of a Holocaust survivor who meets a family in California with a fantastical history and falls in love with the female engineer tasked to build a controversial military tower on the sight of what the family claims to be sacred land.


John Massoud (DEN ‘61) and his wife, Nancy, have been posthumously honored by their four daughters with a scholarship set up in their name through the Tallmadge Foundation of Tallmadge, Ohio. The endowed Dr. John and Nancy Massoud Scholarship will annually provide a scholarship to a Tallmadge High School graduating senior.


Herb (CLC ‘65, GRS ‘67, biology) and Daisy Mager (CLC ‘65, GRS ‘67, biology) of Tavares, Florida, celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on August 23, 2016. 


Wilbert Jordan (MED ‘71) delivered a lecture on the latest information regarding the testing and treatment of HIV at the Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo a private non-profit corporation which provides primary medical and dental care services to residents of the Imperial and Riverside counties of California. Jordan is the Medical Director of the Charles Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles and earned the the Surgeon General’s Award in 2000 for his work related to HIV.


Stephen M. Fleet (MED ‘77) joined Brattleboro Memorial Hospital’s Center for Cardiovascular Health.


Robert A. Salata (MED ‘79) has been named Chair of the Department of Medicine at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and Physician-in-Chief for the entire University Hospital system.


Steven Wolinsky (MED ‘80) is the chief medical officer of Zelis Healthcare, a leading healthcare information technology company. The company is based in New Jersey.


Arvind Subramanian (WRC ‘83, MGT ‘89) was named CEO and board member of HealthMyne, a company focused on delivering quantitative imaging decision support for radiology and oncology.


Beth Slayman (CIT ‘84), adjunct assistant professor in the Rader School of Business, received the Johnson Controls Award, presented to outstanding part-time faculty at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. The award recognizes the contributions of part-time faculty to the education, motivation and support of the students; encourages and recognizes excellence in teaching, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels; recognizes commitment and assistance to students outside of the classroom; and recognizes contributions to the improvement of educational programs and the effectiveness of the learning process.


‌David L. Cooperrider (GRS ‘86, organizational behavior), a global expert on Appreciative Inquiry (AI) and a faculty member at Weatherhead School of Management, was honored by Case Western Reserve University as a Distinguished University Professor, a title that acknowledges the outstanding contributions of full-time, tenured professors with a distinguished academic record of extraordinary research, scholarship, teaching and service. Cooperrider has guided the wide acceptance of AI, his strengths-based management technique now widely practiced in business, public service organizations and governments. AI’s impact on management and world affairs—as recognized by the United Nations—stems from its ability to enable innovation, sustainable design and transformative change.


Jack Daly (CWR ‘89, GRS ‘91, mechanical engineering) joined TPG Capital, the global private equity platform of the global alternative asset firm TPG, as a partner. Daly is based in San Francisco. He most recently served as a partner and managing director in the principal investment area of the merchant banking division at Goldman Sachs Group.


Mark Lindsay (LAW ‘88), director of the healthcare and pharmaceuticals practice area of The Livingston Group LLC, joined the Board of Directors of Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center. Previously, Lindsay served on President Obama’s Transition Team and in President Clinton’s White House as Assistant to the President for the Office of Management and Administration where his areas of responsibility included the White House Military Office, which managed Air Force One, the White House Communications Agency, the Medical Unit, and Camp David; running the White House Operations; and the Executive Office of the President’s Office of Administration, which was responsible for finance, information systems, human resources, legal/appropriations and security. Mark’s office was responsible for the logistics of all domestic and international Presidential travel and special air missions.


Patricia Hubbard (CWR ‘89) was appointed vice president of research and development for the materials group North America.


Randolph Hein (MGT ‘93) has been named president of the newly formed Berkley Transactional, a division of Berkley Professional Liability Underwriters, a W. R. Berkley Company.


Vernice Jackson (GRS ‘97, organizational development and analysis) is one of just 50 volunteer docents selected to help guide visitors in the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of African American History and Culture the museum, which opened September 24, 2016. More than 1,000 people applied for the positions. Jackson is an experiential education professional in the Career Services office of the Lorain County Community College and founder of Women in History, a non-profit organization that brings history to life through first-person characterizations of notable women in American history.


Lori Saviers (MGT ‘95) was named vice president, sourcing and global supply chain of Ferro Corporation, a global functional coatings and color solutions company that supplies technology-based performance materials, including glass-based coatings, pigments and colors, and polishing materials.


Nick Tucci (MGT ‘97) was appointed vice president of sales for Avery Dennison’s materials group North America.


Susan Denning (SAS ‘99) received a 2016 Alumni Service Award from the Office of Alumni Engagement at the University of Mount Union, recognizing outstanding achievement in a chosen or professional field and for service to the university or the community. It is the highest non-academic honor an alumnus/alumna can receive from Mount Union. Currently, Denning serves as the director of institutional effectiveness at the Mount Union. Previously, she is served as director of advancement at Mount Union and executive director of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, working for ten years at the Family and Community Services of Catholic Charities in Kent. Denning is a long-time member of the YWCA of Alliance and is currently the treasurer of the local chapter of the Kiwanis.


Brian Wassom (LAW ‘99) joined the law firm of Warner Norcross and Judd LLP as a partner in the offices of Clinton Township and Southfield, Michigan. The firm focuses on complex commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation. Additionally, Wassom has worked in social and emerging media, publicity rights, defamation, unfair competition, First Amendment matters and false and deceptive advertising and is a court-appointed civil mediator.


Ravi Nataraj (CWR ‘01, GRS ‘08, biomedical engineering, GRS ‘11, biomedical engineering) joined the faculty of the Stevens Institute of Technology's biomedical engineering. Nataraj joins Stevens with National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation support for his work in biomechanics. His research focuses on motor control, rehabilitation technology and development of exoskeletal systems.


Francis Papay (MGT ‘01) received the Medal of Merit at Ohio University’s 2016 Alumni Awards Gala. Papay was honored for his work as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon.


Peter W. Shaw (Case School of Engineering ‘03, MED ‘07) was appointed to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Cardiology Professional Services of Berkshire Medical Center.


Robert Jost (CWR '04) was appointed the geotechnical department manager for the Philadelphia office of ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC, a provider of geotechnical, environmental and material testing, and facility services in 13 states. Jost, a professional engineer in New Jersey and Delaware, is awaiting licensure in Pennsylvania. When not working, he enjoys spending time at the beach or a park with his wife and sons.


Elizabeth A. Sullivan (CWR ‘05, GRS ‘05, bioethics) joined McDonald Hopkins LLC as a member in the firm's national healthcare practice. Based in Cleveland, Sullivan returned to McDonald Hopkins after spending four years as associate counsel for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.


Morton Mandel (HON ‘07, CWR ‘13) participated in the dedication of The Temple-Tifereth Israel’s renovated and expanded Jack and Lilyan Mandel Building in Beachwood, Ohio. Mandel is chairman and CEO of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, the lead donor of the project.


Matt McCubbins (LAW ‘07) joined Faegre Baker Daniels as an associate in the construction law and real estate litigation practices. He will work from the firm’s Fort Wayne, Indiana, office. McCubbins will focus on litigation and dispute resolution related to all types of construction and real estate issues, including commercial real estate transactions, acquisition, development, management and financing.


Amy Orsborn (CWR ‘07), a postdoctoral scientist in neuroscience at New York University, was named one of the five recipients of L'Oreal USA’s 2016 For Women in Science Fellowship, which awards $60,000 grants to exemplary female scientists to advance their postdoctoral research. Over the last 13 years, L'Oreal USA's For Women in Science fellowship program has awarded 65 postdoctoral women scientists over $3 million in grants. The candidates were evaluated based on their intellectual merit, research potential, scientific excellence and their commitment to supporting women and girls in science.


Adam Albright (GRS ‘08, music education) a music teacher at Visintainer Middle School, was selected as the school’s teacher of the year by his fellow teaching staff. Albright has been teaching choir for 13 years in the Brunswick City School District in Ohio.


Sarah Schauerte Reida (LAW ‘08) of Marietta, Georgia, has published Monsterville: A Lissa Black Production (Sky Pony Press), a fast-paced adventure where board games come alive and winning your life depends on applying monster movie rules of survival.


Justin Bohrer (MED ‘09) of Middleton, Wisconsin, joined the health care team at Bellin Health Generations. Bohrer specializes in maternal fetal medicine.


Whitney Hadley (GRS ‘09, bioethics) joined the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter, as associate program director, responsible for delivering programs and services to the 14 counties served by the chapter.


‌Kellie Rose Willis (CWR ‘13) married Cameron Michael Schwalbach at Rockmill Brewery in Lancaster, Ohio. Willis graduates in May of 2017 from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry with a doctorate degree in dental surgery. The couple honeymooned in Tortola, British Virgin Islands and reside in Orient, Ohio.


Uzma Kazmi (MGT ‘14) was appointed senior vice president of Business Banking for the Missouri, Illinois and Central Indiana Market of PNC Bank. Additionally, she currently serves as treasurer of the AM McGregor Home for the Aging, and as the Board of Director for the Domestic Violence Child Advocacy Center.


Khlea M. Sumani (DEN ‘15) joined the Aspen Dental office in New Philadelphia, Ohio, as lead dentist.


Upashruti Agrawa (CWR ‘16, MGT ‘16) joined the real estate team of Cleveland-based Woodside Health, a medical office building acquisition and management firm, as an analyst.


Felipe Gomez del Campo (CWR ‘16), founder of FGC Plasma Solutions, a company developing a method of injecting fuel into jet engines that improves safety and decreases fuel consumption, was featured during a panel discussion at The Future of Energy: Towards a Sustainable Development, an international energy policy conference held in Rome.


Steven D. Hoehner (GRS ‘16, mathematics) of Farmingville, New York, has joined the faculty of Farmingdale State College as an assistant professor of mathematics.


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Donald E. Knuth (CIT ‘60, GRS ‘60, mathematics, HON ‘80) of Stanford University, was awarded the 2016 John von Neumann Lecture prize by The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, recognizing his transformative contributions to mathematics and computer science.


Charlene Phelps (NUR ‘65) of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, provided the initial funding for the Phelps Collaborative for Older Adult and Family Engagement, a collaboration between the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and Judson Services, Inc., a not-for-profit residential organization serving older adults in Northeast Ohio since 1906. The program creates an endowed faculty position at the School of Nursing that includes a clinical appointment at Judson, as the candidate will teach nursing students about aging adults and interact and learn more about that population and their families at Judson. (Photo credit: Judson/Keith Berr)


William J. Chiego (GRS ‘68, art history, GRS ‘74, art history) of San Antonio, Texas, has retired from his role as director at the McNay Art Museum. He served the museum for 25 years and was only the second person to hold the post. (Photo credit: Michael Cirlos)


Linda Lehmann Masek (LYS ‘70) has published her eighth book, Tales from the Buckeye State (Fireside/Lux), a collection of stories from Ohio featuring animals, historical tales and human endeavors to make the world a better place.


Andrew P. Roth (GRS ‘70, English) assumed the office of interim president of St. Bonaventure University and will serve for the 2016-17 academic year while a national search finds a successor for the university's 20th president.


Paul Shapiro (ADL ‘71, LAW ‘74) is mayor of his hometown, Mansfield, Connecticut.


Stephanie Tubbs Jones (FSM ‘71, LAW ‘74) was honored by Case Western Reserve University which named its newest residence hall after her. The late  Tubbs Jones was the first African American woman elected to Congress from the state of Ohio. At the university, she was the founder of what is now the African American Society and was active in the Black Students Law Association. A naming ceremony for the new residence hall will take place during homecoming weekend  in October.


David Hall (CIT ‘74) is the founder of Velodyne, a start-up company collaborating with Ford Motor to develop fully self-driving automobiles by 2021. Velodyne produces light-detection and ranging sensors that gather data to create high-definition 3-D maps necessary for self-driving cars. Velodyne started in 1983 as the producer of a high-end, distortion-free subwoofer and has been self-funded from the start. Velodyne’s deal with Ford, resulting in a $75 million investment by the carmaker, is the first time the company has raised outside money, which will be used to mass-produce affordable sensors.


Gary Jarkewicz (CIT '75, GRS '81, electrical engineering & applied physics) of Willoughby, Ohio, retired from Philips Healthcare. During his 38-year career in medical imaging, he worked on the world's first commercial PET/MR scanner with a concentration on user interfaces for various nuclear medicine-based scanners. He plans to spend his retirement enjoying time with his wife of 40 years, Maita Jarkewicz (CIT '75), their three adult sons and their granddaughter. He also volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America in numerous adult leadership positions.


Randall Basinger (LAW ‘77), Putnam County common pleas court judge, was the featured speaker for the Hardin County Democrats’ annual kick-off dinner. A resident of Ottawa, Ohio, he has served as an appellate judge assigned by the Supreme Court on the 11th and 8th District Courts of Appeals and previously served as an assistant prosecutor in Lake and Putnam counties.


Stephen M. Fleet (MED ‘77) joined  Brattleboro Memorial Hospital’s Center for Cardiovascular Health in Brattleboro, Vermont. Fleet is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine, Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. Most recently a member of senior staff at Lahey Clinic in Burlington and Peabody, Massachusetts, Fleet has also served on the medical staff at Beverly Hospital in Beverly, Massachusetts  and Union Hospital in Lynn, Massachusetts.


Vicki Goldston (WRC ‘77) was the special speaker at Christ Unity Church. Goldston is a minister, candidate for masters of divinity from the Johnnie Coleman Theological Seminary, a contributing author for Mark Hansen’s book, The Miracle of Tithing, and author of “Be S.A.F.E. (Still, Aware, Faithful, Excellent) and president of Camp Goldston Publishing, LLC.


William Gropp (CIT ‘77) was named acting director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Gropp joined the Urbana-Champaign faculty in 2007 and has served as NCSA’s chief scientist since 2015. Gropp holds the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science and is director of the Parallel Computing Institute in the Coordinated Science Laboratory. He also is a co-principal investigator of Blue Waters, the fastest supercomputer on an academic campus, which enables scientists from across the country to make discoveries not otherwise possible.


Deborah Klein (NUR ‘77, NUR ‘82) was appointed as a representative to the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Certification Corporation board of directors. The organization serves as  the credentialing arm of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, supporting patient health and safety by establishing and maintaining comprehensive credentialing of acute and critical care nurses.


Marc Reissner (DEN ‘77), founding periodontist of Professional Periodontics & Implant Dentistry in Denver, Colorado, has retired from practice. Reissner previously was a clinical instructor of community dentistry at Case Western Reserve University and co-authored articles published in the Journal of Periodontology, the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants, and Implant Dentistry.


Lisa Morris (LAW ‘78) of Columbus, Ohio, retired from her position as executive director of the School Employees Retirement System, a pension fund serves Ohio school bus drivers, janitors, secretaries and cafeteria workers. Morris was named executive director in 2010, after joining the organization in 2004 as deputy director. (Photo credit: SERS)


Shirley Moore (GRS ‘79, health science education, NUR ‘91, GRS ‘93, nursing), the Edward J. and Louise Mellen Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean for Research of Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, addressed Washington State University’s College of Nursing faculty in Spokane, Washington, during a two-day strategic planning session to discuss the future of nursing and interprofessional education best practices. Moore was one of four national nurse leaders invited to inspire and engage faculty.


David Scadden (MED ‘80) of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, was honored by the American Society of Hematology with the 2016 E. Donnall Thomas Lecture and Prize for his work on the bone marrow hematopoietic microenvironment.


Stuart W. Cordell (LAW ‘81), partner in the Ashtabula, Ohio, firm of Warren and Young PLL, was elected to serve a three-year term as District 18 representative on the Ohio State Bar Association Board of Governors.


Thomas J. Sakshaug (WRC ‘81, DEN ‘85) of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, was recognized as a William McKenna Volunteer Hero by the Massachusetts Dental Society, a statewide organization serving nearly 5,000 member dentists. Sakshaug was acknowledged by his peers for substantial contributions to organized dentistry at both the state and local district levels. Sakshaug has been a member of the Berkshire District Dental Society for 30 years, serving as treasurer for the past 13 years. He also has volunteered extensively with Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires, a Great Barrington-based organization that provides care for working, low-income residents in the county.


Mary Jane Trapp (LAW ‘81), of Russell Township, Ohio, received a 2016 Inspire Award from the McGregor Foundation‎ during its annual Celebrating Women: Health, Wealth and Wellness Conference. The award recognizes women leaders  in business, health, non-profit, education and religious communities for their ability to inspire other women. Trapp is a firm principal of Thrasher, Dinsmore and Dolan LPA, a former appellate court judge and past president of the Ohio State Bar Association.


Hannah Kerwin (LYS ‘82) displayed 30 photographs of Irises in a variety of settings and lighting conditions at The Art Space at Somerset County Library System of New Jersey’s (SCLSNJ) Warren Township Library branch. Many of the featured images were photographed by Kerwin at Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in Montclair, New Jersey, and at her home in Chatham, New Jersey. Kerwin currently serves as SCLSNJ’s Watchung Library branch manager and was previously the director of SCLSNJ’s Bound Brook Memorial Library branch.


Barbara Wilford (NUR ‘82, NUR ‘16), an associate professor of Allied Health and Nursing at Lorain County Community College of Elyria, Ohio, received the Face of Care in Nursing Award from Cleveland Magazine and the Greater Cleveland Nurses Association, recognizing the significant value nurses bring to patient care. Wilford also was named the winner of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses 2016 Every Woman, Every Baby and the Tara Hansen Foundation Award for her research, “Effects of Skin-to-Skin Contact on Newborn Responses During Extrauterine Transition.”


Ned Robertson (DEN ‘83) joined the governing Board of Directors of Penobscot Community Health Care of Bangor, Maine.


Scott Davido (WRC ‘83, LAW ‘87) was named president of Advantage Rent A Car and E-Z Rent-A-Car. He will be responsible for operations in all field locations, revenue management, marketing, call centers, risk, the Company’s Europcar relationship and airports.


Aziz Fellah (GRS ‘85, computer engineering) joined Northwest Missouri State University as an assistant professor of computer science and information systems. His previous experience includes service as a faculty member at the University of New Brunswick, University of Sharjah, Tulane University, University of Lethbridge and United Arab Emirates University.


Gina Beim (GRS ‘87, MBA ’04) was appointed chair of the Northeast Ohio Infrastructure Report Card Committee of the Cleveland Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Gina also serves on the Board of Directors of Summer on the Cuyahoga, a Summer Internship program created to help the Cleveland area attract young professionals, and is the founder and president of MCDA Consulting LLC, a strategy consultancy firm specializing in helping organizations make complex decisions and in strategic marketing.


Rachel Humphrey (MED ‘89) was appointed to the Scientific Advisory Board of Syndax Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of anti-cancer therapies. Humphrey is chief medical officer at CytomX, an oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company.


Laura Flanagan (CWR ‘90) was unanimously selected as the president and chief executive officer of Foster Farms. Flanagan most recently was president of the ConAgra Foods snacks division. Prior to that, she was president of ConAgra’s convenient meals division, vice president and chief marketing officer of Tropicana shelf stable juices at PepsiCo, Inc. and held brand management positions at General Mills, Inc. and PepsiCo. She holds an MBA from Stanford University.


Nancy S. Gougarty (MGT ’92) was appointed chief executive officer of Westport Fuel Systems Inc. Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, the company engineers, manufactures and supplies alternative fuel systems and components.


Eric Huweart (CWR ‘92) was appointed vice president of military and veteran health care at Apprio, a provider of specialized technology solutions, particularly for the health, defense and homeland security markets. Huweart oversees the company's support to the Military Health System and Defense Health Agency.


John Nichols (GRS ‘92, material science & engineering) of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, was appointed general manager of Franklin Bronze Precision Components, an alloy supplier. Nichols previously held leadership roles in general management, sales, operations and technical engineering.


Michelle Sabick (CWR ‘92) was named the dean of Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology at Saint Louis University. Prior to her appointment, Sabick served as the chair of the department of biomedical engineering in Parks College and chair of the department of mechanical and biomedical engineering at Boise State University in Idaho. Sabick has been awarded more than $3 million in grants from the National Science Foundation and holds U.S. patents as the co-inventor of two medical devices. (Photo credit: SLU)


Susan Stocker (NUR ‘92) was appointed interim dean and chief administrative officer of Kent State University at Geauga, located in Burton, Ohio, and Kent State’s Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg. Stocker also will continue as dean and chief administrative officer of the university’s Ashtabula Campus. (Photo credit: Kent State)


Kim Strom-Gottfried (GRS, ‘93, social welfare, MSASS ‘93) was hired as director of ethics education and policy management at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  She previously held a distinguished professorship in ethics and professional practice at UNC’s School of Social Work. (Photo credit: UNC-Chapel Hill)


Elizabeth Behrendt (LAW ‘94) of Findlay, Ohio, was sworn in as magistrate to Hancock County Common Pleas Court.


Brian Miller (GRS ‘94, electrical engineering and applied physics) launched a new STEM curriculum at Mansfield Christian School in Ohio. The new STEM courses span all grade levels, kindergarten through high school, with the goal of integrating science, technology, engineering and math principles into every classroom. Miller previously worked for Texas Instruments and NASA, among others. (Photo credit: Courtney Day - News Journal)


Jon Bartlett (MGT ‘95) of Brunswick, Ohio, was appointed senior vice president of operations for the Ohio operation and division headquarters of LSI Graphic Solutions, a division of LSI Industries Inc.


Nancy Marcus (LAW ‘97) joined the the law firm of Lambda Legal as law and policy project senior staff attorney, working out of its western regional office in Los Angeles. Marcus comes to Lambda Legal from Indiana Tech Law School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she was the founding constitutional law professor and also taught administrative law, appellate advocacy, and voting rights.


Derek Ochiai (MED ‘97) of Great Falls, Virginia, spoke at the VoyagerMed Medical Innovation Summit 2016, an event providing people across the globe with access to some of the top U.S. specialists and cutting-edge medical treatments. Ochai is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and specializes in injuries to the upper and lower extremities, including hip, knee and shoulder arthroscopy.


Andrean R. Horton (LAW ‘00) was appointed executive vice president and chief legal officer of A. Schulman, Inc., a leading international supplier of high-performance plastic compounds, powders and resins.


Colleen Clancy (GRS ‘01, physiology), professor pharmacology, was appointed associate vice chancellor for academic personnel for UC Davis School of Medicine.


Thomas C. Holmes (LAW ‘01) joined Day Ketterer in the law firm’s Hudson, Ohio office. Holmes is a member of the education law practice group and has more than 15 years experience representing public sector clients, particularly schools, in various legal matters. He has participated in hearings, trials and appeals before Ohio trial and appellate courts and the Ohio Supreme Court.


Ravi Nataraj (CWR ‘01, GRS ‘08, biomedical engineering, GRS ‘11, biomedical engineering) joined Stevens Institute of Technology as an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry and Biological Sciences. Prior to joining Stevens, Nataraj served as a postdoctoral research associate at Cleveland State University. His research on biomechanics focuses on human motor control, development of exoskeletal systems and smart rehabilitation technology.


Donna Neff (GRS ‘01, nursing) was appointed to the new position of associate dean of research at the University of Central Florida College of Nursing. Neff joined the college in 2013 as associate professor and interim director of research. She also has served as PhD program coordinator since 2014. During her tenure as interim director of research, Neff increased faculty research proposals and funding, and fostered research collaborations. Prior to University of Central Florida, Neff was an associate professor at the University of Florida College of Nursing and The University of Akron College of Nursing. Neff is a member of the Florida Hospital Systems Clinical Research Collaborative and the nursing faculty representative on the Florida Organization of Nurse Executives Research Council. She is also vice president of communications for the National Academies of Practice, associate editor for Issues in Mental Health Nursing, manuscript reviewer for Research in Nursing & Health and a member of Academy Health.


Alan Lewis (MGT ‘02) has joined Breckenridge Insurance Services wholesale brokerage division as a vice president, broker. Lewis specializes in public entity insurance, excess workers’ compensation, education and healthcare. 


Megan Price (CWR ‘02, GRS ‘03, statistics) was appointed to the Board of Directors of The Tor Project, an organization that helps people defend against online surveillance. Price is the executive director of the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, a member of the Technical Advisory Board for the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, a Research Fellow at the Carnegie Mellon University Center for Human Rights Science, and the human rights editor for the Statistical Journal of the International Association for Official Statistics.


Thomas Shaw (CWR ‘05) joined the Buckeye Veterinary Service of Burton, Ohio, as an associate. Shaw specializes in sport horse and emergency medicine. He earned his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from The Ohio State University and completed his internship at Rhinebeck Equine in the Hudson Valley of eastern New York.


Jonathan Wehner (CWR '06, MBA '11) was recently named Vice President for Enrollment Management & Dean of Admissions + Financial Aid at the Cleveland Institute of Art. (Photo credit: Cleveland Institute of Art)


Jason Cellura (MGT ‘07), founder of AMMO Athletic, debuted his company’s line of athletic wear and launched a successful Kickstarter campaign. Undergarments and tights, the first products to be manufactured, are created in Italy and debuted in the fall of 2016. (Photo credit: AMMO Athletic)


Tracy Dowe (MGT ‘07) was named vice president and relationship manager of the Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking group in northern Ohio. Dowe focuses on local middle-market companies with revenues greater than $20 million.


Morton L. Mandel (HON ‘07, CWR ‘13) committed $100,000 for the Morton L. Mandel Award endowment. The annual award honors and rewards outstanding members of the Department of Chemistry, the field in which Mandel earned his bachelor’s degree. The award’s first recipient is CWRU associate professor Blanton S. Tolbert, whose work focuses on elucidating details of the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV.


Pingshan Li (LAW ‘08) joined Thompson Hine LLP’s corporate transactions and securities practice as a partner in the firm’s Cleveland office. Li represents Asian companies in direct investment and expansion-related matters in North America, as well as U.S. companies doing business in Asia. Li's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate finance, corporate governance, public company compliance, international business transactions, managing cross-border commercial litigation, technology transactions and intellectual property rights protections.


Dale Hartz (MGT ‘10, ‘14), of Akron, Ohio, started Better Future Facilitators, an organization that helps homeless individuals become self-supporting by learning to start and run a business and ultimately create jobs for others. Better Future Facilitators combines coaching and classwork in a program it calls New Hope Business School.


David Curfman (MED ‘11) joined BJC Medical Group’s Neurology Associates at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri.


Vinny Bell (MGT ‘12, MGT ‘13) was named Player of the Match following the AFC Cleveland Royals win over the Sonoma County Sol in the 2016 National Premier Soccer League national championship game. (Photo credit: AFC Cleveland Royals/Brent Durken)


‌Mark B. Frenkel (MED ‘13) married Lindsay Gail Sher in a ceremony officiated by Rabbi Alan C. Stein at the Garden City Hotel in Garden City, N.Y. The couple met at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., where the bride is a third-year resident in internal medicine, and the groom is a fourth-year resident in neurological surgery.


Robert Gemmell (GRS ‘13, management) was named the new executive director of the Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results program  at the Georgia Institute of Technology – Scheller College of Business. Gemmell has more than 30 years of experience in various roles throughout the technology industry, including chip design engineer, tech transfer consultant and serial entrepreneur, among others. Most recently, Gemmell served as chairman and CEO for Cirronet, Inc., the Atlanta-based wireless technology firm. From 2011-2014, Gemmell served as a visiting assistant professor at Georgia State University.


Trevor J. Hardy (LAW ‘13) joined Ulmer & Berne LLP as a Cleveland-based associate in the litigation. Hardy focuses on complex business litigation and employment and labor litigation, representing and counseling public and private companies on a wide range of issues in both state and federal courts.


Indira Samuels (CWR ‘14) of Cleveland, Ohio, is developing an app aimed at keeping people safe at public transportation stops by tracking the crimes that take place at these locations.


Chris Cvecko (CWR ‘16) and his team, the AFC Cleveland Royals, defeated the Sonoma County Sol to win the 2016 National Premier Soccer League national championship.


Andrew D. Horchler (GRS ‘16, mechanical engineering) was selected as the senior research scientist on the Future Missions and Technology Team of Astrobotic, a lunar delivery service, NASA contractor and official partner with NASA in the Lunar CATALYST program. Horchler serves as a principal investigator on future technology development efforts, particularly in aiding NASA Ames Research Center mission planners in preparing for a rover mission to a Lunar pole. Additionally, he will lead proposal efforts, spearhead new research and collaborate closely with the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute. Horchler has published extensively in more than 50 papers, proceedings, abstracts, and patents and wrote and won a National Science Foundation research proposal, in which he designed and constructed a new 3D-printed, soft robot and implemented a neural-inspired control scheme for segment coordination. Additionally, Horchler completed a fellowship at the Air Force Research Laboratory, was a tech lead for Case Western Reserve’s DARPA Urban Challenge self-driving car team and invented Mini-Whegs, a series of small, inexpensive robots.


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.



published August 2016

Jean Murrell Capers (EDU ‘32) of Cleveland, was honored with the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s President’s Award at the group’s annual meeting and inaugural luncheon held in June. Capers is currently Ohio’s oldest living retired judge, having spent nearly 70 years as a lawyer, city council member and judge in the greater Cleveland community. She was honored for her unceasing advocacy for the unheard in the community and her tireless devotion to the cause of justice and the law.


Sister (Mary) Jerome Corcoran (GRS ‘52, education), a Youngstown-area nun, was inducted into Ohio’s Senior Citizens Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse in May, 2006.


Robert Nolf (DEN ‘53) hit his twenty-second hole-in-one on the 145-yard ninth hole of the Cypress Point Country Club in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in June 2016. The National Hole-in-One Association reports the odds of an amateur golfer making a hole-in-one as 12,500 to 1. For a low-handicap golfer, the odds are 5,000 to 1, and for a professional, 2,500 to 1. By comparison, Arnold Palmer has 21 lifetime aces. (Photo credit: David Hollingsworth, The Virginia Pilot)


Gary Wanerka (MED ‘66) of Branford, Conn., received a Town of Branford Distinguished Service Award, presented by First Selectman James B. Cosgrove. The award recognizes his decades of service to the Branford community through his practice, Branford Pediatrics and Allergy, and was presented in a surprise ceremony during the grand opening of Branford Early Learning Center’s new playground.


Richard Hawley (GRS ‘69, political science, GRS ‘73, political science), of Ripton, Vermont, published The Three Lives of Jonathan Force (Fomite), a novel following one man’s moving search for meaning. A writer of fiction, poetry, and literary non-fiction, Hawley has published more than twenty books and his essays, articles and poems have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly and The Christian Science Monitor, among others.


Peter Gilmour (CIT ‘70) retired and relocated to the Houston, Texas area, to be near his daughter and family.


Henry Chajet (ADL ‘72) joined Husch Blackwell’s technology, manufacturing and transportation groups. He works in the law firm’s Washington, D.C. office, providing strategic counsel to clients in matters of environmental, health and safety, and antitrust law.


David W. Rose (WRC ‘74) published Friends and Partners: The Legacy of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Basil O'Connor in the History of Polio (Elsevier), a volume in a new monograph series by the March of Dimes Foundation. Rose works as an archivist for the foundation.


Tom Gerner (DEN ’77), formerly of Plattsburgh Dental Group, opened the True North Group with fellow dentist Craig Heins, DDS in Plattsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Gerner is pictured on the left. Photo credit: P-R Photo/Gabe Dickens)


James Wendelgass (LAW ’78) was named township manager of West Pikeland, Pennsylvania. He will oversee 20 employees and an annual budget of $6 million.


F. Jack Witt III (LAW ‘78, MGT ‘81) was selected as the new vice president for human resources at Kent State University.


Scott Peters (GRS ‘80, history) of Flint, Michigan, author of Making Waves: Michigan’s Boat Building Industry was the featured author at an evening lecture and book signing at the Charlevoix Public Library in Charlevoix, Michigan, as part of the Library of Michigan’s 2016 “Michigan Notable Authors Tour,” spotlighting authors whose works were chosen as 2016 Michigan Notable Books selections.


Guilda Javaheri (MGT ‘81) of Santa Monica, California, was appointed chief information officer of Golden State Foods, a worldwide distributor and food processor based in Irvine, California.


Steven B. Wertheim (MED ‘81) was named to the 2016 list of top doctors in Atlanta magazine. Wertheim practices at the St. Joseph’s and Windy Hill offices of Resurgens Orthopaedics in Atlanta, Georgia. His areas of expertise include sports medicine and arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the knee and shoulder. He is a former team physician with the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL and the Medical Director and former co-president of Resurgens Orthopaedics. Wertheim has received this honor from Atlanta magazine for four consecutive years.


Chuck Hurley (LAW ’82), a tax controversy lawyer, joined the global law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright in Washington, DC, as a partner. He comes to Norton Rose Fulbright from Mayer Brown LLP and spent more than 13 years with the US Department of Justice’s Tax Division.


Savvas Papacostas (GRS ’82, anthropology) of Nicosia, Cyprus, wrote a new book Madness and Leadership: From Antiquity to the New Common Era (Edward Elgar). The book proposes that successful leaders exhibit a mild degree of paranoia and, influenced by advances in neuroscience and genetics, argues that leadership and followership are evolutionary adaptations developed to enhance group cohesion and maximize chances for survival and reproduction, the two basic functions of living organisms.


Jay Visvanathan (MGT ‘82) was named the executive director of The Indus Entrepreneurs Silicon Valley chapter. He is the founder and chief executive officer of Los Altos, Calif.-based Cygnet Learning.


Angela Caliendo (GRS ‘83, biochemistry, MED ‘87) was named to the scientific advisory board of Mesa Biotech Inc., a privately-held, molecular diagnostic company that has developed a testing platform designed specifically for point-of-care infectious disease diagnosis. Caliendo is professor and vice-chair of medicine and vice-president of university medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.


Carol Angela Davis (LAW ’83), a media entrepreneur, children’s book author, journalist, professor and pioneer in online and mobile media based in Hampton, Virginia, was selected to participate in ProPublica’s first-ever Summer Data Institute in New York City. The 10-day intensive workshop teaches participants to use data, design and code for journalism.


Janet Donovan (LAW ‘83) of Chesapeake, Virg., was the Grand Marshal for Lakewood, Ohio's 2016 Fourth of July parade. Rear Admiral Janet R. Donovan is the Deputy Judge Advocate General for Reserve Affairs and Operations and the Deputy Commander, Naval Legal Service Command.


Kathryn L. Mercer (SAS ‘83, LAW ‘83) spoke at the 11th Global Legal Skills Conference, organized by The John Marshall Law School of Chicago and hosted by the University of Verona Department of Law. The conference drew over 100 participants from 16 countries. Mercer is a professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.


Annette Sobel, MD (MED ‘83),the executive for critical infrastructure protection and health security initiatives and an associate professor in the Department of Medical Education at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, received the Henry L. Taylor Founder’s Award from the Aerospace Human Factors Association.


Mary Jane Hill (LAW ‘84) of Sandusky, Ohio, was elected to the board of directors of Firelands Regional Medical Center. Hill is an attorney with the law firm of Flynn, Py and Kruse. She also serves on boards for the Sandusky State Theatre and the Erie County Economic Development Corporation, and is chairperson of the Erie County Community Foundation.


Nick Deeter (MGT ’86) of Warsaw, Indiana, was appointed to the Board of Directors and to the position of chief strategy officer for CarbonOne Technologies, Inc.


Tony Jones (LAW ’87) of Oakland, Michigan, a human resources leader with more than 25 years of experience, was named labor relations manager at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, effective March 28, 2016. 


Michele R. Kuhrt (WRC ‘88, MGT ‘89) of Hudson, Ohio, was promoted to executive vice president and chief information officer of the Lincoln Electric Company, a subsidiary of Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. She joined the company in 1997.


Laura Flanagan (CWR ‘90) of Wilmette, Illinois, was appointed to the Board of Directors of Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America.


Mark Haberbusch (CWR ‘90, GRS ‘93, mechanical engineering) of Amherst, Ohio, is the leader of Amherst-based NEOEx, a company that received $25,000 to further its work to develop lightweight hydrogen fuel and energy-efficient fuel cells to power unmanned aerial vehicles to provide more accurate weather forecasts. The grant was from the Lorain County Community College-based Innovation Fund, which awards money to technology-based startup companies.


Paula Anthony-McMann (MGT ‘91) of Tyler, Texas, was appointed to the Texas Health Services Authority Board Of Directors by Gov. Greg Abbott. The Texas Health Services Authority is responsible for coordinating the implementation of health information exchange in Texas. She is the vice president and chief information officer for the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System.


Michael L. Adams (CWR ‘93, GRS ‘96, mechanical engineering, GRS ‘01, mechanical engineering) was appointed the chair of the Department of Engineering Technology at Cleveland State University’s Washkewicz College of Engineering.  He joined the Engineering Technology Department as an Associate Professor. He is currently a college associate lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Cleveland State University and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Case Western Reserve University. He also owns his own consulting company, Mechanical Vibration Innovations, LLC.


Alex Rabinovitch (CWR ’93) of Naperville, Illinois, was appointed to North American business development manager, utilities & renewables for Newpark Mats and Integrated Services, a unit of Newpark Resources, Inc.


Bob Saada (MGT ‘93) of Hunting Valley, Ohio,was appointed the U.S. deals leader for PricewaterhouseCooper US, overseeing approximately 2,000 professionals who advise corporate and private equity clients throughout the entire lifecycle of a transaction. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a trustee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.


Michael Petrella (LAW ’94) of Caldwell, New Jersey, a civil litigator specializing in complex commercial litigation including securities fraud, intellectual property, antitrust, civil RICO, internal shareholder disputes and leveraged buyout suits, joined Boies, Schiller & Flexner.


Eric R. Schnur (MGT ‘94) of Mentor, Ohio, was named president of The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company. He will become chairman and chief executive officer of the company on January 2, 2017.


Thomas Ebeling (GRS ‘96, macromolecular science, GRS ‘98, macromolecular science)was named director of engineering and operations for extrusion and coating dies at Nordson Corp. of Westlake, Ohio.


Kathryn Fioravanti (NUR ‘97, GRS ‘00, nursing) of Washington, DC, was named vice president of Foundation Management Group, Inc., a full service firm offering expertise in all areas of nonprofit and foundation management. She has previously held positions at the Spanish Catholic Center of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington and Georgetown University. 


James Irwin (MGT ’97) of Twinsburg, Ohio, was named to the newly created position of vice president, strategy and corporate development for Evoqua Water Technologies.


Tracy Pierner (GRS ’97, engineering) was hired as the new president of Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville, Wisconsin.


Rachel Sizemore (NUR ’97), a certified nurse midwife, joined The Center for Women’s Health & Wellness of Mason, Ohio. Sizemore has delivered over 2,000 babies.


Anne Church (NUR ‘99) of Boise, Idaho, was named 2016 Nurse Practitioner of the Year for the State of Idaho.


Rick Batson (Law ‘02) was assigned as chief of the office of legal policy and program development at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He will also serve as the executive assistant to the Judge Advocate General.


Ajay Chandran (MGT ’02) of Schaumburg, Illinois, was promoted to senior director, Global Key Accounts and South Asia at PureCircle. In his new role, he is responsible for driving the strategy for global accounts and for the emerging region of South Asia.


Kevin Blakely (MGT ’03) of Cave Creek, Arizona, was appointed to the Board of Directors for Navigant. Blakely is also a member of the Board of Directors of HSBC’s North American subsidiary.


Edward T. Gotch (MGT ‘03) of Vancouver, Washington, was elected to the board of directors of Emerald Performance Materials. Gotch is also chief executive officer of Emerald Kalama Chemical, LLC, a business group of Emerald Performance Materials, LLC, which produces and markets technologically advanced specialty chemicals for a range of food and industrial applications.


John Landers (CWR ‘04, GRS ‘05, engineering and management), Boardman, Ohio School Board member and manager of the ITS Project Management Office of Case Western Reserve University, was selected to serve on the EDUCAUSE IT Issues Panel during 2016. The panel is comprised of chief information officers, senior information technology and library leaders and faculty members from across the United States.


John Zuppo (MGT ‘04) of Canfield, Ohio, was named president of the Polymer Additives and Nitriles business group at Emerald Polymer Additives, a business group of Emerald Performance Materials.


Anand Bhushan (LAW ‘07) joined Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, a full-service law firm in India. He is running  the law firm’s new office in Chennai, India.


Kelli Sanford (GRS ‘07, contemporary dance) of North Canton, Ohio, was honored at the annual Arts Alive! Event in Akron, Ohio, recognizing area artists and leaders in the art world. The recipient of the outstanding artist in dance award, Kelli has been dancing for 31 years and established the only professional modern dance center in Summit County.  


Laura Simna (CWR ‘07) of North Olmsted, Ohio, received the “25 Under 35” award from her high school alma mater, Saint Joseph Academy. Simna is a music educator with the Cleveland Music School Settlement and concertmaster of the Lakeland Civic Orchestra. She also co-wrote and implemented the “Read to the Beat” curriculum for the Cleveland Public Library, strengthening the literacy skills of preschoolers who are at risk for falling behind.


Angelina Bair (CWR ‘08) of University Heights, Ohio, presented her research, entitled "African-American Children’s Picturebooks: Examining the Genres of Childhood, Resistance, and Cultural Identity Through Storytelling," at the Marantz Picturebook Research Symposium at Kent State University at the end of July. She received a partial scholarship towards the symposium fees.


David Nafziger (LAW ‘08) joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn as a partner in its intellectual property department’€™s patent practice group. He is located in the Bloomfield Hills, Michigan office.


Fadia Nemeh (LAW ‘10) received the “25 Under 35” award from her high school alma mater, Saint Joseph Academy. Nemeh owns her own clothing store, Mademoiselle Boutique, in Westlake and is the president of Vitamin Innovations, a vitamin retailer.


Jeremy Saks (CWR ’11, LAW ’14) joined the New York office of Fish & Richardson, a global patent, intellectual property litigation and commercial litigation law firm. Saks represents clients in patent litigation with a focus in pharmaceuticals, life sciences, chemical compositions and mechanical devices.


Kathryn Metzger (CWR ‘12, GRS ‘16, theater) of New York, New York, portrayed Catherine Givings in In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), the first production of Chautauqua Theater Company’s 2016 season.


‌Matthew D. Wright (CWR ’12) received his doctor of medicine degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., on May 22, 2016. Wright graduated summa cum laude from Case Western Reserve University in 2012. He is returning to Cleveland to complete his residency in internal medicine at Case Western/University Hospitals Case Medical Center.


Emma Cleary (NUR ‘13) received the “25 Under 35” award from her high school alma mater, Saint Joseph Academy. She recently obtained her Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University and will join the Mayo Clinic as a family nurse practitioner. Cleary, a registered nurse in El Salvador, volunteers with local and international organizations, including MedWish International, HAVEN Free Clinic and Mission Possible.


Ginu Devi Dahiya (DEN ‘13) joined Orthodontic Experts in Pilsen, Illinois.


Emily Booker (DEN ‘15) joined the dental office of Greg DeVor, DDS, in Lakewood, Ohio.


Joshua Anderson (MED ‘16) married Molly Aldridge in Traverse City, Michigan.  Anderson is an orthopedic surgery resident at University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. The couple honeymooned in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.


Mark Berton (MGT, ‘16) of Findlay, Ohio, won the inaugural Steve Gillig Memorial 8K race held during the city’s St. Wendelin Festival. Berton previously won the inaugural Steve Gillig Memorial 5K in 2012.


CJ Krimbill (CWR ‘16) of Scottsdale, Arizona, was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, based on his academic and athletic achievements during his career as a Spartan. Krimbill becomes the first player in the history of the Case Western Reserve men's tennis team to claim the scholarship and the 24th overall in the history of CWRU athletics.  He is also the third Spartan to earn the honor during the 2015-16 academic year, joining football player Dayton Snyder (CWR ‘16) of West Lafayette, Indiana, and indoor track and field honoree Nicholas Heim (CWR ‘16) of Rahway, NJ .


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.

published July 2016

Robert Duggan (MGT ‘63) was posthumously inducted into the Indiana County Business Hall of Fame, honoring his career in banking and his service to the Indiana community.  

Betsy Grob (FSM ’67) of New York City, co-edited Teaching Kindergarten: Learner-Centered Classrooms for the 21st Century (Teachers College Press). The book presents a model for kindergarten classrooms.

Richard Jay Lipton (CIT ’68) married Kathryn Tracy Farley in Atlanta, Georgia. Lipton is a professor of computer science at Georgia Tech. He is the founder and an author of Gödel’s Lost Letter, a math and science blog.‌

photo courtesy of Stacey Bode

Anne Carlisle (GRS ‘70, English, GRS ‘73, English) of Orting, Washington and Key West, Florida, published a new novel Birdwoman: Memoirs of a Lovesick Siren (Diaries of a Siren, Book One) (Absolutely Amazing eBooks). She is a professor of writing at the University of Maryland, University College and American Intercontinental University Online.

John M. Leventhal (ADL ’70), associate justice of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, wrote My Partner, My Enemy (Rowman & Littlefield), a book about his experiences as the presiding judge of the nation's first domestic violence court focused on felony charges. The book was released in June.

John S. Troy (ADL ’70) of San Antonio, Texas, was recognized by the Texas chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects with its 2016 Community Service Award for his work at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, where he serves as president.

Deborah Shelkan Remis (WRC ’74) of Swampscott, Massachusetts, hosted a sold-out performance of SARA's VOICE sotto voce, an original theatrical violin concert she has written, produced and performed in, at Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, Massachusetts in October. The piece tells the true story of a young violin virtuoso who was murdered during the Holocaust, while highlighting the music she once performed.

photo courtesy of Stuart Cohen




Jon Burroughs (MED ’77) Glen, New Hampshire, received the 2016 James A. Hamilton Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives for an outstanding health care management book, Redesign the Medical Staff Model: A Collaborative Approach (Health Administration Press), which he published in 2015.

Lawrence R. John (MED ’77) is president of the Allegheny County Medical Society in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has been a member of the society since 1977 and has served on the board since 2007.

Fiona Laird (LAW ’89) of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, is now executive vice president and chief human resources and communications officer of Newell Brands, a $16 billion consumer goods company formed earlier this year through the combination of Newell Rubbermaid and Jarden Corp.  

photo courtesy of Newell Brands


Salvatore Cezar Pais (CWR ’90; GRS ’93, mechanical engineering), an aerospace engineer at the Naval Air Warfare Center in Maryland, published two technical papers for the International Journal of Space Science and Engineering.

Kartik Gada (CWR ’95) of Santa Clara, California, published a whitepaper, “The ATOM: It is Time to Upgrade the Economy,” on the blog TechnoMedium. The paper focuses on technology-driven economic forces that are reshaping society and how individuals, organizations and how nations might adapt in order to prosper.

Sarah Joy Adams (CWR ’98) of Glendora, California, wrote Changeling's Fall - The Eisteddfod Chronicles, Vol. 1, a fantasy novel (Fallstaff Press). Adams is an associate professor of English at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California.

Natalie Ciarocco (CWR ’99; GRS ’01, psychology) of Freehold, New Jersey, co-authored the textbook Discovering the Scientist Within: Research Methods in Psychology (Worth Publishing). It was published earlier this year.

Lori Albrecht (CWR '00) opened a winery in Ashtabula, Ohio. She is a member of the Ohio Wine Producers Association.

Asim Z. Haque (CWR ’02) was named chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio by Gov. John Kasich. The agency oversees the state’s regulation of utilities, including electric, natural gas, telecommunications and water. He also chairs the Ohio Power Siting Board, which reviews and approves the siting of electric generation plants, and electric and natural gas transmission lines.

photo courtesy of Public Utilities Commission of Ohio


Erin C. Hewitt (MGT ’04, LAW ’04) joined Burr & Forman LLP’s Atlanta office as a partner in the firm’s real estate and corporate and tax groups. Hewitt focuses on capital markets and transactions, including secured and unsecured debt financings, corporate mergers and acquisitions, and various types of real estate transactions.

Angela C. Flowers (SAS ’05) of Euclid, Ohio, wrote Footprints in the Sky (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform), a children's book that chronicles a young girl’s memories of her father. In addition, a company that she and Meleika (Mohamoud) Wadley (SAS ’05) formed, Making A Difference Consulting, was chosen to participate in a business incubator program run by Jumpstart Inc., a nonprofit that assists and invests in start-ups and other companies in Northeast Ohio.

Britany L. Salsbury (CAS ’05) and Jonathan C. Noble were married at the Providence Art Club in Providence, R.I., in June. Salsbury is the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow in the department of prints, drawings and photographs at the Museum of Art of the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.

Geoffrey N. Tollett (WRC ’07) married Elizabeth S. Lewis in June. Their wedding was held on the Atlantica, a chartered yacht, as it circled the Statue of Liberty. Tollett is a vice president of Moelis & Company, an investment bank in New York, where he specializes in mergers and acquisitions.

photo courtesy of Travis Magee

Kerry Beldin (GRS ’08, social welfare) was one of nine faculty members honored by the University of Nebraska at Omaha Alumni Association during the university’s Faculty Honors Convocation in April. Beldin’s work includes training professionals on issues related to mental health and improving intervention efforts targeting violence against women. 

Komal M. Patel (CAS ’09) married Dr. Ravi Navin Shah in a Hindu ceremony at the Mandarin Oriental in New York, New York, in May.‌  

photo courtesy of Ajit Singh

Kevin C. Kozlowski (MGT ’13) married Jessica M. Newman in May. Their wedding took place at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit, Michigan, a museum and event space.

Erika L. Cyphert (CWR ’16) of Grove City, Pennsylvania, spent the past summer conducting research at the Tokyo Women's Medical University Institute of Advanced Biomedical Engineering and Science in Japan. Her work, focused on developing a new, controlled way to deliver chemotherapeutic drugs specifically to a tumor site, was funded by a grant from the Whitaker International Program, which provides grants for emerging leaders in U.S. biomedical engineering and bioengineering fields to conduct self-designed projects overseas.


published June 2016

Marjorie Greenfield (MED ’83) has accepted a position with Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine as a society Dean for one of the school’s five societies. Starting in July, Greenfield will be the Dr. H. Jack Geiger society’s assistant dean of student affairs. She will end her role as the division director for general obstetrics/gynecology at the MacDonald Hospital for Women, but will continue as the vice chair for faculty development and director of education for the department.

Leila Vespoli (LAW ’84) has been elected by FirstEnergy Corp. Board of Directors to executive vice president, Corporate Strategy, Regulatory Affairs, and chief legal officer. Vespoli, who had been executive vice president, Markets, and chief legal officer, will be responsible for corporate strategy, regulatory affairs and legal matters.  She also will maintain responsibility for Federal, State and Local Governmental Affairs and Economic Development, Rates, Corporate Affairs & Community Involvement, Business Development, and the Corporate Department which includes Real Estate and Records Management.


Robert Zakon (CWR '90, GRS '92, computer engineering) was named a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow. A thought leader in technology and innovation, Zakon will work with top civil-servants and change-makers at the highest levels of the federal government to tackle some our nation’s biggest challenges. As an entrepreneur, he is most recently co-founder of Zakon Group LLC, a technology management consulting and development firm, and founder of OpenConf, a web software startup already powering events in over 100 countries. Zakon volunteers as a business mentor with SCORE, a coach with FIRST Lego League and an advisory board member for the First Run Angels investment group.

Robyn H. Strosaker (CWR ’95, MED ’00) has been appointed Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, effective June 1. Strosaker will lead major initiatives including high-reliability medicine, quality and safety, patient advocacy, physician relations, and utilization and case management for the academic medical center.

Sarah Joy Adams (CWR '98) of Glendora, Calif. announced the publication of her fantasy novel Changeling's Fall - The Eisteddfod Chronicles, vol 1 (Fallstaff Press). Book one will be released this summer. Adams is an associate professor of English at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa Calif. 

Brooke Decker (MED ’07) has been named VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System’s 2015 Co-Physician of the year alongside Dr. Adrian D’Amico. A native of Baltimore, Md., Decker has served as Director of Infection Prevention since joining VA Pittsburgh in 2014. Previous to joining VA Pittsburgh, Decker served at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland where she was part of the critical care/infectious diseases program team. She resides in O’Hara Township in Pittsburgh’s North Hills.

‌Renee Leber (SAS ’09) with her husband, Dan, moved back to their hometown of Milan, Ohio with their 3-year-old son Jameson. The family welcomed their second son, Barrett on February 23, 2016. Renee has started working for Fisher Titus Medical Care to expand their mental health services and is also a Beachbody Coach.

published May 2016

Henry Levine (ADL ’68, MED 72) was recently named winner of the 2016 Physician of Excellence Award by the medical staff of his local hospital, PeaceHealth St. Joseph located in Bellingham, Wash.

Irene MacDougall (WRC ’80, LAW ’83) joins the northeast Ohio law firm Walter | Haverfield LLP as partner. MacDougall will serve as chair of the public finance group. She has more than thirty years of experience in financial transactions of all types. In addition to her public and structured finance background, Irene has handled complex commercial, real estate and healthcare lending transactions, real estate development transactions, and credit-tenant and off-balance sheet financings. Irene is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the National Association of Bond Lawyers and is the immediate past president of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Cleveland.

Robert Allan Knight (MGT ’86) has joined the University of Northern British Columbia as the new vice president of finance and operations. Knight and his wife, Karen Louise (CWR ’94), reside in Prince George, BC.



Kevin McNeelege (LAW ’91) announces the publication of his book, Restoring the Republic: A New Social Contract for We the People (Bearly Designed), published under his pen name, Bear Kosik.  The book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and his online store,


Julie Kass (LAW ’94) is one of six Ober|Kaler attorneys who have been selected for the 2016 edition of Washington, D.C. Super LawyersSuper Lawyers is a ranking of outstanding lawyers from over seventy practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Kass is co-chair of  Ober|Kaler's Health Law Group, and focuses her practice on the fraud and abuse aspects of Medicare and Medicaid, including the federal Stark and antikickback laws, OIG exclusion authorities and civil money penalties.

Steven Rash (CWR ’05) is the director of bands at Odem High School in Odem, Texas. His Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall on June 11th, 2016 by invitation of Distinguished Concerts International New York.

Kayla DeVault (CWR’ 13), a project engineer for the Ft. Defiance Agency with the Navajo Division of Transportation (Navajo DOT), was named one of fifteen members of the Youth Perspectives on Climate Justice Work Group, an advisory subgroup of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. DeVault has been working with Navajo DOT since last August on developing Navajo Nation’s infrastructure network. DeVault, grew up in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, as an enrolled member of the Shawnee Tribe and is also Anishinaabe. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, concentrating on a GeoEnvironmental specialty. She is currently pursuing an Associate of Arts degree in Navajo Studies at Diné College to immerse herself in Navajo culture and language.

Jeremy Frank (CWR’ 15) is one of four new students accepted this 2015-16 academic year into the Ph.D. program for comparative biology at American Museum of Natural History in New York City, the only museum in America with the authority to grant a Ph.D. degree. Working alongside our internationally recognized staff of scientists and curators, Jeremy will conduct research on the evolution of behavior in solitary wasps. 

published April 2016

Thomas Urling Walker (CIT ’51), resident of Watertown, NY for over 60 years, is enjoying retirement with his wife, Mabel Brooks Walker. Walker was born in 1925 in Pittsburgh. In 1943, he became an aircraft mechanic for the U.S Army Air Corps. Promoted to crew chief on a B-24 Liberator, he served in the Asian Pacific Theater of World War II. Walker attended Pittsburgh area schools including Washington and Jefferson College before transferring to Case Institute of Technology.  After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Walker worked with New York Air Brake Co. in Watertown for ten years. He had subsequent careers in housing and the Council of Churches, and was elected to 2 four-years terms as mayor of Watertown (1983-1991). Walker was a key figure in the expansion of the Watertown Foundation, now known as the Northern New York Community Foundation. He also taught as a professor of Engineering at Jefferson Community College for 10 years. Today, the Walker family offers three scholarships at Jefferson Community College: the Walker Family Engineering Scholarship, the Winifred G. Walker Nursing Memorial Scholarship and the Constance Walker Monroe Liberal Arts Memorial Scholarship. 


‌Raymond Keen (ADL ’63) announces the release of his new drama, The Private and Public Life of King Able (CreateSpace Independent Publishing), a short work that portrays two days in the life of a paranoid king. Kirkus Reviews calls it a “clever, creepy drama about paranoia and control.” Keen lives with his wife in in Sahuarita, Ariz., and is also author of Love Poems for Cannibals, published February 2013 (CreateSpace Independent Publishing).


Alice O. Martin (GRS ’69, biology) was one of 17 attorneys from Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Chicago office included on the Illinois Super Lawyers list for her work in intellectual property and intellectual property litigation. Her practice covers biotechnology, agriculture-plants and animals, medical compositions and devices, laboratory equipment, genetics, treatments and assays for various diseases, surgical techniques, tissue culture methods, stage equipment, computer systems, business methods and waste management and monitoring. Dr. Martin received her M.S. in genetics from the University of Michigan in 1963 and her Ph.D. in biology (genetics) in 1969 from Case Western Reserve University. She received her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law, Chicago in 1989.


John Leventhal (ADL ’70) reports his book, My Partner, My Enemy (Rowman & Littlefield), about his experiences and cases as the presiding judge of the nation's first felony Domestic Violence Court, will be released June 16, 2016. The book is available for prepublication purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


Michael Dougherty (WRC ’82) of New York, NY joins Hogan Lovells’ New York office as partner in the Intellectual Property Media and Technology (IPMT) Practice Group. Dougherty has published on pharmaceutical and biotechnology issues in publications such as the Food and Drug Law Journal, and has served on the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Issues committee of the Intellectual Property Owners Association. 

Vivian Jones Funkhouser (MGT ’95) has been named director of business development at Allen Technologies in Austin, Texas. Funkhouser's background in marketing, business development and technology positions her to maximize Allen's value to patients, healthcare providers and the healthcare industry as a whole.

Nicholas Janda (CWR ’03) has joined One LPP’s new San Diego office as Partner. Located in the Del Mar area, One LLP is an intellectual property, technology and media law firm.  Janda brings nearly a decade of IP counseling experience, and has represented clients in matters of biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications patent litigation. Previously with O’Melveny & Myers and Knobbe Martens, he advises clients on sensitive disputes throughout the country and complex business transactions. 


Valissa Turner Howard (LAW’07) was elected President of the Norman S. Minor Bar Association on November 18, 2015 for a two year term beginning January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2018. Turner works in Cleveland, Ohio at the Cuyahoga County Agency of Inspector General as a Deputy Inspector.

published March 2016

‌IRENE MACDOUGALL (WRC’ 80, LAW ’83) partner at Tucker Ellis LLP, has been inducted into the Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame. Ms. MacDougall is one of 100 professionals selected for the Hall of Fame’s sixth class. A member of the Tucker Ellis Real Estate Group, Ms. MacDougall has more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate, with an emphasis on financing and development. Ms. MacDougall is immediate past president of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network, Cleveland Chapter. She received CREW’s 2011 national Impact Award for Economic Improvement in recognition of her work on the Flats East Bank project, and she is the 2015 recipient of the Bob Rosewater Memorial Award for Meritorious Service to the Real Estate Section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA).

KENNETH ZWEIG (LAW ’15) was hired as Vice President of Compliance and Legal at Park Strategies, LLC in New York City effective October 2015. Kenneth deals in contract drafting, lobbying, and compliance with New York City, New York State, and Federal laws and regulations. Park Strategies, LLC is a top lobbying and consulting firm in the State of New York. Zweig received his Juris Doctorate from Case Western University School of Law after graduating in December 2014. Kenneth received his B.A. in Political Science from Hunter College in 2010.

WILLIAM C. HARPER JR. (ADL ’66, GRS ’67, education) and WILLIAM BENJAMIN were married February 14, 2016 at their Manhattan apartment. Benjamin is a retired sales associate at Ermenegildo Zegna, the men’s wear designer, in New York. Harper is a Manhattan-based jewelry artist whose works are sold directly to private collectors. His work is displayed in over 30 museum collections including: Metropolitan Museum; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Cleveland Museum of Art; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Los Angeles County Museum; Houston Museum of Art; Dallas Museum of Art; The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England; Renwick Gallery, the Smithsonian; The Vatican Museum of Modern Art; The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.


DONALD SANDERS (ADL ’72) president of Learning Sites Inc., was the keynote speaker at the annual City of David archaeology conference in Jerusalem where he spoke about the vital role of digital technologies for the preservation, conservation and reconstruction of buildings as way to ensure cultural heritage is not lost and cultural memory persists. Sanders is also the recipient of the prestigious Tartessos Prize for lifetime achievement in virtual archaeology, presented by the Spanish Society of Virtual Archaeology at the International Congress on Digital Heritage, Granada, Spain.


ALAN OLSON (CWR’93) of Carnegie, Pa.,was ordained as a Teaching Elder and Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) on October 10, 2015. Olson is currently serving as the Interim Pastor of First United Presbyterian Church, Houston, Pa. A second-career pastor, Olson graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2014 with a Master of Divinity.


LINDA ROBINSON (FSM ’61) and the Commission for Women received a Proclamation from the Miami Dade County Commission for their work in spreading awareness of human trafficking. Robinson has been chair of the human trafficking committee since she was elected in 2012. Robinson continues to spread awareness throughout the city of Miami in a state that ranks second in the nation for trafficking destinations.  As member of the National Council of Jewish Women she has created an active campaign to meet with school’s Parent Teacher Associations and teachers to shed the light on the situation. 

published February 2016

KIMBERLY Y. SMITH RIVERA (LAW ’96) was elected a new member of McGlinchey Stafford (effective January 1, 2016). 

Rivera is based in the firm’s Cleveland office and practices in the areas of consumer financial services litigation and employment law litigation. She received her Juris Doctrate, cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1996, and her bachelor’s in psychology and communication studies, summa cum laude, from Taylor University in 1988.


ARIC D. KAISER (CIT ’85) has been announced an inductee to the College of Fellows of The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Kaiser, expert biomedical engineer, Center for Devices and Radiologic Health/Office of Device Evaluation/Division of Orthopaedic Devices, US Food and Drug Administration, was nominated, reviewed and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for outstanding contributions to the regulatory approval process of tissue-engineered orthopaedic products and the resulting advancements in patient care.

A formal induction ceremony will be held during AIMBE’s 25th Annual Meeting at the National Academy of Sciences Great Hall in Washington, DC on April 4, 2016. Dr. Kaiser will be inducted along with 160 colleagues who make up the AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2016.

JAMES A. YOUNG (GRS ’71, history) professor of history, emeritus presented his paper, The Only Losers Were the Workers, at the joint conference of the Labor and Working Class History Association and the Working Class Studies Association, Fighting Inequality, at Georgetown University, May 31, 2015. Young also presented Social Security: The Long Road at the annual conference of the Pennsylvania Labor History Society, October 3, 2015 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. His paper, The Italian Working-Class Left and Resistance to War, 1911-1915, has been posted on <>. Young currently serves as treasurer of the Pennsylvania Labor History Society.

PAUL MALIE (CWR ’98) has been promoted to counsel at Tucker Ellis LLP of Cleveland. Malie focuses his practice on business transactions, commercial banking, corporate finance, and securities. He represents numerous companies, financial institutions, private equity firms, and venture capital funds in transactions including acquisitions, dispositions, lending and equity, debt and bond financings. He provides corporate counseling to clients in diverse industries on a variety of corporate, lending, commercial and administrative matters, and provides individualized counseling to start-up companies. Malie received his law degree cum laude from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and his undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University.

LAUREN SUTER (MGT’08) AND KRIS SUTER (CWR’06) welcomed daughter Isabella Rose Suter on November 24, 2015. Isabella joins big brother Lukas and big sister Olivia.

published January 2016

BRUCE H. BERGEN (WRC ’77), a lifelong native of Union County, NJ who is a resident of Springfield, was selected as Chairman of the Union County Freeholder Board at the 159th annual reorganization meeting held in the Union County Courthouse in Elizabeth. Before being chosen by his eight colleagues and sworn in as 2016 Chairman, Bergen was sworn in for his second term of office as a Freeholder by Union County Clerk, Joanne Rajoppi (FSM '70) who was also re-elected this past November. This is his first term as Chairman of the Freeholder Board.

Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen announced a comprehensive series of initiatives for 2016, entitled “One County, One Community” that includes new announcements for economic development, transportation, public safety, seniors, veterans, education, parks and environmental programs.

STACY SIMERA (SAS ’96) has been recognized internationally for her advocacy in adolescent sleep. Simera serves on the Executive Board of the national non-profit Start School Later and serves as chair of the sleep committee for the Ohio Adolescent Health Partnership. This past year Simera was interviewed on the topic of adolescent sleep for a Korean documentary by EBS TV, asked to write a guest editorial on American school start times for the British journal Education and Health. She has spoken at multiple state conferences including the All-Ohio Institute on Community Psychiatry Conference, Ohio CASA/GAL Conference, Cuyahoga County ADM Roads to Recovery Conference, Ohio NASW Conference, and the Ohio Adolescent Health Partnership Summit (pictured). In 2016 she will speak at the Ohio Association of School Nurses Conference.

MEGAN HACH (CWR ’14, GRS ’14) and ROBERT AHLMAN (CWR ’14) are engaged to be married in Cleveland October 14, 2016. They are thankful to have met as CWRU students living in Little Italy. Hach and Ahlman currently live in Lakewood where Megan works as a speech language pathologist at the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center and Rob works as a business technology analyst with Deloitte.

LLOYD WEEMA (CWR ’02) set a world record on November 21, 2015. For 24 hours Weema performed chest to ground with overhead clap burpee exercises. The new 24-hour record is 4,369 total repetitions. View the video.

NORBERT “NOBBY” LEWANDOWSKI (MGT ’64) was honored to receive The Annie Glenn National Leadership Award at the OSSPEAC conference in Columbus of which he was the keynote speaker. The award recognizes individuals who exemplify excellence in leadership, specifically those who are committed to innovative change through sustained clinical and research excellence in communication, language and literacy. Professionals who know him say that he is tireless and passionate about life, giving his all to everything he undertakes. Norbert Lewandowski Award

published December 2015

JOAN LYNAM (CIT ’84) received a doctorate degree in chemical engineering in August 2015 from the University of Nevada, Reno.

MICHAEL BOSS (CWR ’00) recently married Melissa Anne Schiltz September 12, 2015, at Amasa Stone Chapel.

Boss received a doctorate degree in physics from The Ohio State University and currently works with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, Colo. His work focuses on developing standards for quantitative magnetic resonance imaging and the project collaborates with CWRU scientists including Mark Griswold, who is using one of the MRI reference objects to ensure reproducibility and quantitative data acquisition across MRI scanners.  This project recently won the Governor's Awards for High-Impact Research from CO-LABS in Colorado. Boss was presented in April 2015 with the Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer.

LAWRENCE MATTSON (CIT ’57) passed away in January 2015. He may be remembered as the guy who at the age of 72, rode his bicycle from Santa Monica, Calif. to Cleveland (mostly via Route 66) to attend his 50th reunion.

MARY DUNBAR (MGT ’85) completed the Boston Marathon and was elected to a second term on Cleveland Heights City Council in 2015.

CHERYL BROWN (CWR ’07) Cheryl (Johnston) Brown married Darren Brown on September 6, 2015 at Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, N.C. They currently live in Cary, N.C. where Cheryl works as an advisory software engineer at IBM and Darren works as a senior accountant at Cisco. The Browns spent their honeymoon in Hawaii.

published November 2015

PREM BAJAJ (GRS ’67, GRS ’68, MATHEMATICS) received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kansas Authors Club (KAC) at its convention held in Topeka, Kansas on October 2 – 4, 2015. KAC was founded in 1904 and is one of the oldest writing clubs with members from all over the United States.

 RODNEY L. STUMP (GRS ’93, PHILOSOPHY) was recently appointed Chair of the Department of Accounting in the College of Business and Economics at Towson University, Md. Stump also serves as the Coordinator of the University Core Curriculum and is a Board Member of Volunteers of America Chesapeake.

CARLOS GARRITANO (CWR ’01) joins Tucker Ellis LLP as partner in its Intellectual Property and Brand Protection Group. Garritano works closely with clients to create “big picture” plans that provide multiple layers of coverage and protection for their patents, copyrights and/or trademarks. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University and law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.


JEAN TRUMAN, DNP (NUR ’08) has been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of nursing with tenure at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.  Truman is the coordinator of the Associate of Science in Nursing program at Pitt-Bradford, where she has taught since 2003. On October 3, 2015, Truman accepted the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association’s Teaching Excellence Award. In 2009, she received the Pitt-Bradford Chairs’ Faculty Teaching Award.

CHARLES (CHUCK) WIEDMAN (ADL ’54, DEN ’61) was recently honored by his high school as he was inducted into the Ashtabula High School Alumni Hall of Fame. Previously, Chuck has been inducted into the CWRU Athletic Hall of Fame. He and his wife Dolores (Kasprzak) Wiedman (FSM ’55) reside in Frisco, Texas 

GLENDA GILLASPY (GRS ’91, BIOCHEMISTRY) has been named head of the Department of Biochemistry at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Gillaspy, who has been a faculty member since 1998, studies molecular pathways that plants use to respond to the environment — a critical area of study for developing strategies to increase crop yield in stressful or nutrient-poor soil conditions. Her work also has implications for basic mechanisms to control phosphate pollution in watershed areas such as agricultural run-off areas in the Chesapeake Bay.

VON HARDESTY (GRS’64, HISTORY) prepares for the publication of his new book Camera Aloft: Edward Steichen in the Great War (Cambridge University Press), which features photography pioneer Edward Steichen. His earlier work, Red Phoenix Rising: The Soviet Air Force in World War II has been named an “Outstanding Academic Title” by Choice Magazine (Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, 2013). Hardesty is a former curator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum (NASM) in Washington, D.C., a position he held for nearly three decades. Hardesty currently co-edits the Centennial of Flight series for Cambridge University Press.

published October 2015

MICHELE L. CONNELL (LAW ’03) Squire Patton Boggs is pleased to announce that Michele L. Connell has been appointed‌ ‌managing partner of the firm’s Cleveland office. The managing partner role transitions to Connell from David S. Goodman, who served as the Cleveland office managing partner for the past nine years and will now focus his attention more exclusively on his public finance practice. They will serve as co-managing partners until March 2016, at which time Connell will become the managing partner.

J. JEFFREY RICE (LAW ’75) Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A., announces J. Jeffrey Rice, managing partner of the Southwest Florida law firm, has been selected by his peers to be included in the 22nd Edition of The Best Lawyers© in America, (Woodward/White) for his work in the practice area of commercial litigation. Rice has received this distinction for seven years, and is recognized as one of the top attorneys in his field.

COURTNEY L. BIRNBAUM (CWR ’93) Phillips Nizer LLP is pleased to welcome Courtney L. Birnbaum as a counsel in the Corporate & Business Law and Real Estate Law Practices. Birnbaum will advise established businesses and entrepreneurs on a broad array of matters, including structuring, financings, day-to-day operational and contract matters, intellectual property licensing, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate transactions. 

ANNETTE LUSHER (FSM ’49) stays actively involved in several volunteer organizations and activities, and enjoys volunteering weekly with Holocaust survivors. Lusher is currently taking classes with the Institute of Learning in Retirement.

MEGAN SWANSON (CWR ’07) spent this summer studying model community-based efforts to preserve Bornean species along the Kinabatangan River in Sabah (East Malaysia) on the island of Borneo. Swanson a high school science teacher at Calabasas High School in Santa Monica, Calif., took the graduate course as part of Miami University's Earth Expeditions program


AVI WILLIS (DEN ’15) and Yonit Green were married July 30, 2015. They currently live in Philadelphia where Willis works at a pediatric dental practice and Green, originally from San Diego, works as a fashion stylist and designer.

published September 2015

‌IRENE MACDOUGALL (WRC '80, LAW '83)  and THOMAS SIMMONS (CWR '89, LAW '93 ) both of Tucker Ellis LLP in Cleveland have been named to the list of The Best Lawyers in America for 2016. MacDougall works in the field of Banking and Finance Law and Simmons focuses in Employment Law - Management. 

The National Black Nurses Association installed its first male president, Dr. Eric J. Williams August 2, 2015 at its 43rd Annual Institute and Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Williams is Assistant Director/Faculty Leader and Professor of Nursing at Santa Monica College, Los Angeles, Calif.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Nurses Association/California and the American Assembly of Men in Nursing.

FRANK A. CELLURA, JD (ADL ’72) announces the publication of his book, The Last Nail in the Warren Commission Coffin: Startling Revelations of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Outskirts Press. The book is available through Outskirts Press and Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions.

ANTHONY M. VERNA III (CWR '99) married Michelle Elizabeth Carter on June 13, 2015 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Verplanck, N.Y.  Other CWRU alumni who attended the wedding were Christopher Morrell (CWR ’99), J. Mark Saunders (CWR ’99) and Mark Hagenau (CWR ’99). The Verna’s spent their honeymoon in St. Pete Beach, Fla.

Upon returning from his honeymoon, Anthony was made Counsel to WR Samuels Law, PLLC, in New York, N.Y.  Anthony's focus remains on trademark, copyright and advertising law, now in a law firm that also focuses on patent law.‌‌

HELEN HOBBS (MED ’79) recently worked in her laboratory with third year student and Sarnoff Fellow Shenise Gilyard at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. 

COURTNEY NICOLAI-GUZY (GRS ’14, Positive Organizational Development) will begin her new role as Executive Director of the Hiram House located in Chagrin Falls, Ohio starting September 1. The Hiram House Camp is the oldest camp in Ohio, and one of the first camps in the U.S., founded in 1896. Open year round, it serves thousands of children through a variety of outdoor education and recreation programs. Nicolai-Guzy will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Hiram House staff, programs, expansion and execution of mission, development and funding, public awareness and relationship building with other area agencies and organization.

MARGARET GROVER (LAW ’83) Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP Partner Margaret (“Maggie”) Grover has been named to the Board of Directors of Oakland’s historic Paramount Theatre in California. Grover is a long-time patron of the theater. Her legal practice focuses on employment matters, representing both employers and employees. Designed by San Francisco architect Timothy L. Plueger, the theatre was completed in 1931 and remains one of the finest examples of Art Deco design in the U.S. It has since undergone much restoration to preserve authentic details, and was named a National Historic Landmark in 1977. Today, the theatre is home to the Oakland East Bay Symphony. 

LINDA MASEK (LYS ’70) announces the publishing of her seventh book, Intrigue on Kelley’s Island, by Fireside Books. The mystery novel’s action takes place on Kelley’s Island off the Marblehead Peninsula, close to Cedar Point in Ohio. Set in the 1930’s, the novel transports the reader into the glory days of Cleveland to the mansions of Millionaire’s Row and the elite Stockbridge Hotel.

Masek is a native Clevelander who in addition to writing enjoys activities such as gardening, traveling and supporting animal shelters. Intrigue on Kelley’s Island and Masek’s six other books can be ordered on Amazon in print, on Kindle and from The books can also be found at antique and collectible store, The Purfect Place, located at 715 Broadway Avenue in Bedford, Ohio.

CANDICE L. MUSIEK CAPOZIELLO (CWR ’04) is welcomed by Ulmer & Berne as associate in its Cleveland office. Capoziello represents lending institutions, finance companies, and mortgage servicers in a range of commercial finance actions. She helps clients navigate common law claims as well as violations of the Consumer Sales Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the Uniform Commercial Code. 

Capoziello has a B.A., cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

SHERYL A. SCOTT (NUR ’15) After graduating in May, Scott moved into the position of Chair of the School of Nursing at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has been at the college since 2009 as an assistant professor of nursing.

NEAL C. MURPHY DDS, MS (GRS ’76, Periodontal Dentistry) of Agoura Hills, Calif., a graduate of the Department of Periodontics in the School of Dental Medicine, published the first case study in viable stem cell therapy in an orthodontic patient. This approach to clinical orthodontics obviates any need for healthy tooth extraction. The article is available upon request or in the textbook Stem Cell Biology and Tissue Engineering in Dental Sciences, Vishwakarma A., et. al., Elsevier, New York, 2015. Murphy, with his CWRU periodontal colleague M. Thomas Wilcko, DDS, has been instrumental in developing periodontal techniques, which cut the time of orthodontic care by 30-50 percent. 

BYERS “BUD” SHAW (MED ’76) introduces his forthcoming memoir, Last Night in the OR: A Transplant Surgeon's Odyssey, which‌ will be published by Plume September 15. Part of the team that revolutionized liver transplant surgeries in the 1980’s, Dr. Shaw reveals harshly intimate moments of his medical career.

An internationally renowned transplant surgeon by age 35, Shaw left Pittsburgh in 1985 to start a new transplant program in Nebraska that quickly became one of the most respected transplant centers in the world.  His prize-winning essay, My Night With Ellen Hutchinson, published in Creative Nonfiction Magazine, was nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize and received Special Mention.

published August 2015 

Charles E. Levy, MD (WRC ‘78) of Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (CINDRR) NDRR received the 2015 Paul B. Magnuson Award. It is an RR&D award and is the highest honor that a VA rehabilitation researcher can receive. Levy is a well-funded COIN investigator in addition to being the Chief of the PM&R service at NF/SGVHS and a Co-Director of the CINDRR Gainesville site. 

Barnes has written an eBook, Saints and Sinners Under the Pines <link:>., about his experiences as a Lutheran pastor serving Northeastern Minnesota's Iron Range. The book explores life and ministry at Tomahawk Lutheran Church and celebrates the good that small congregations do. The Mesabi Iron Range has been the main source of iron in the United States involving a number of Cleveland firms such as Cleveland-Cliffs since the late 1800’s. Saints and Sinners is available on Amazon, iBooks and 

Commander Rick Batson has been selected for promotion to the rank of Captain in the United States Coast Guard.

Batson has been selected as the U.S. Coast Guard representative to the Military Justice Review Group, an 18-month task force established by the Secretary of Defense and DoD General Counsel to conduct a comprehensive review of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the military justice system, including the Rules for Courts-Martial and Military Rules of Evidence. 

Batson was also chosen as a 2014-2015 fellow for Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI: Foreign Politics, International Relations, and the National Interest.

Dabson is delighted to announce Covered Bridge Publishing has released her debut novel, The Muralist’s Ghost, available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Based on the true-life experiences of artist Maxo Vanka, the tale centers on his creation of social justice mural in a Croatian church near Pittsburgh and why a spirit appears to him only as he works.

Taft Stettinius & Hollister partner Michael H. Diamant has been elected a fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators <link:>. Established in 2001, the College of Commercial Arbitrators (“CCA”) is a national organization of commercial arbitrators providing a meaningful contribution to the profession, the public and to the businesses and lawyers who depend on commercial arbitration as a primary means of dispute resolution. CCA comprises nationally and internationally recognized commercial arbitrators and promotes the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and practice in the field of commercial arbitration.

Diamant was also elected to the board of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center (“SVAMC”). The organization serves the global technology community by promoting business practical resolution of disputes through alternative dispute resolution. SVAMC advances the use of arbitration and mediation by companies and individuals involved in technology and technology-related business disputes in Silicon Valley, throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Emmerich (MSASS '82) has published her first book A Girl on a Bike:  Musings on Life, Loss, and Hot Flashes <link:>.  (Second Wind Publishing 2015). Sometimes serious, other times humorous, the collection of essays invites the reader to ride along on a journey that includes adjusting to an empty nest, aging parents, divorce, and again seeking love.  Emmerich is actively working on her second collection. 

John Giorgis was President of the National Park Travelers Club from August 2009 to July 2013, a membership organization providing networking and recognition to visitors of the U.S. National Park System. He is now President Emeritus of the NPTC, and as of April 2015 has visited 305 of the current U.S. National Parks.

John and his wife Sara Giorgis welcomed their daughter Madeleine Catherine Giorgis on September 14, 2014. Madeleine joins big brother John Paul Giorgis born November 20, 2010.

Grill, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Neurobiology at Duke University, received a Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award  from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), an arm of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The award is given to scientists for their “superior competence and outstanding productivity,” and it “provides long-term support to investigators with a history of exceptional talent, imagination, and preeminent scientific achievement.” The Javits Award is a four-year grant that can be extended to seven years, and Grill will use the funds to pursue research to understand and advance deep brain stimulation – a brain pacemaker – to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Haberkorn has recently published two books available on Amazon. Bye-Bye Moon <link:>.  pulls inspiration from her own children's complaints at bedtime and offers a light-hearted approach to an issue that is contentious in many households. When My Grammy Forgets, I Remember: A Child’s Perspective on Dementia <link:>. stimulates discussion between parents and children about compassion and this debilitating disease.

Following the recent completion of her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Harris has been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of Nursing at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri. Her first nursing book, Created and Called: A Journey to and Through Nursing <link:>.  will debut this July 2015 (New Leaf Publishers - ISBN # 978-0-89221-736-6). 

The author of Doc for the Mob <link:>  is pleased to announce that the book has been accepted for distribution on Amazon, Kindle, Nook and Barnes & Noble.

Now residing in Atlanta, GA, Lambrecht has self-published a book entitled Living Among Friends, Housing Options for Boomers <link:>. The book is available on Amazon and eBay.

The Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA) has reappointed David B. Reynolds Jr., CPA of Glastonbury to serve as a member of its Advisory Council for the organization’s 2015-2016 activity year, representing the Employee Benefit Plans Interest Group.  The Advisory Council’s charge is to counsel the CTCPA Board of Directors and to appoint a nominating committee each year.

Mr. Reynolds is assistant vice president and financial advisor at United Bank, Infinex Investments, Inc. in Suffield.  He holds a B.A. in economics from Denison University and an MBA in finance & accounting from Case Western Reserve University. 

Tomsik retired from the U.S. Army Reserve Dental Corps (Colonel) and recently sold his own practice in 2013. He is currently an interviewer of candidates to the Dental School as part of the CWRU Admissions Committee. Tomsik was also appointed an Assistant Professor of Comprehensive Dental Care (CWRU) in 2014. 

Kate Hook married Clay Whaley on September 27, 2014 at Dawes Arboretum in Newark, OH. Other CWRU alumni who attended the wedding were Elizabeth Fink, Thomas Boyle (CWR’00, GRS’03) and his spouse Mackenzie Varkula (CWR’00, GRS’01), and Lisa Fledderjohann (CWR’01). The Whaley’s spent their honeymoon in Ochos Rios, Jamaica.

Kate Hook and Clay Whaley also announce the arrival of their daughter Braxtyn Michaela Whaley, born May 2, 2014 weighing 6 lbs 4 oz and was 19.5 inches long.