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Published February 1, 2018
Linda Lehmann Masek (LYS '70) has published her twelfth book, Mag-ni-fi-cat and the Wartime Mysteries (Fireside/Lux Books). The book continues the adventures of Maggie the cat and her human friends as they take a trip back in time to the United States during World War II.
Ann Rowland (WRC ‘73, LAW ‘76), Assistant U.S. Attorney in downtown Cleveland, retired from the U.S. Attorney's Office after 37 years, the longest any attorney has ever worked in that office.
Katrenia Pruitt Kier(WRC ‘76), of Huntsville, Alabama, was elected vice-chair of the Alabama Forestry Commission.
Brent M. Buckley (WRC ‘77) was designated as 2018 Ohio Super Lawyer and Ohio Rising Star of the Cleveland law firm of Buckley King.
Richard M. Bain (LAW ‘79) was designated as 2018 Ohio Super Lawyer and Ohio Rising Star of the Cleveland law firm of Buckley King.
F. David Coleman (GRS ‘82, operations research) is the vice president of officiating for the Pacific-12 Conference, a collegiate athletic conference operating in the western United States and participating in 24 sports at the NCAA Division I level. Prior to this position, Coleman was the director of officiating for the National Football League.
Cynthia H. Dunn (SAS ‘82), president and chief executive officer of Judson Services Inc., has announced her plans to retire in June 2018. Dunn has held the position since 1992, helping the organization gain a national reputation as an innovator in services for older adults. Judson Services, Inc., a not-for-profit organization which has served Northern Ohio since 1906, offers independent living, assisted living, memory support services, short-term rehabilitative and long-term skilled nursing care, community memberships, outreach initiatives and home care.
Jeffrey Baddeley (LAW ’83), of the Cleveland law firm of Buckley King, was designated as 2018 Ohio Super Lawyer and Ohio Rising Star.
Raymond C. Pierce (LAW ‘83) is the president and chief executive officer of the Southern Education Foundation, a research and public-policy group formed in 1867 to promote equity and excellence in education for low-income students and students of color in southern states. During the Clinton Administration, Pierce was deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Education in charge of its Office for Civil Rights.
Paulette S. Goll (GRS ‘87, English) is president of Global Vocabulary LLC, an educational materials development company focused on preparing individuals for standardized admission tests to colleges, conservatories and graduate schools through apps and web books that enhance vocabulary acquisition.
Rosemary Sweeney (LAW ‘87), of the Cleveland law firm of Buckley King, was designated as 2018 Ohio Super Lawyer and Ohio Rising Star.
Andrea Turner (LAW ‘87), director of Human Resources at the Minnesota Department of Administration and Minnesota Management and Budget, was selected to lead St. Paul’s Human Resources Department by St. Paul Mayor-elect Melvin Carter.
Peter Dragich (CWR ‘89) is Kennametal vice president and president of the industrial business division of Kennametal, Inc., a company delivering productivity solutions through materials science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions.
Jeff Rona (CWR ‘90) is director, west region for Danforth Advisors, specialists in accounting, finance support and strategy for life science companies.
Eric Skorge (CWR ‘91, MGT ‘96) is chief financial officer for Fabuwood Cabinetry of Jersey City, New Jersey.
Paul Ong (CWR ‘93, MGT ‘09) is co-founder and chief executive officer of Monarchy Eyewear, LLC, a privately held, Cleveland-based startup that produces Italian handmade, high fashion sunglasses that sell directly to consumers via www.MonarchyEyewear.com. The company’s founders, Ong, Effy Carpenter (MGT ‘09), Leslie Feng (MGT ‘09), and Doug Romstadt (MGT ‘09), met while attending the Executive MBA program at CWRU’s Weatherhead School of Management.
Hester M. Peirce (CWR '93) was sworn into office as a commissioner for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Peirce was nominated to the SEC by President Donald Trump, and her nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Peirce comes to the SEC from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University where she served as a senior research fellow and director of the Financial Markets Working Group. She previously worked for U.S. Senator Richard Shelby on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, as counsel to then-SEC Commissioner Paul S. Atkins and as a staff attorney in the Division of Investment Management.
Joe Russo (GRS ‘95, theater) and Anthony Russo are investors and advisors for Roaring Third Productions of Cleveland, producers of Shadow of the Run, an immersive and interactive theater project about the Eliot Ness investigation of the Cleveland Torso Murders in the 1930s. Despite dark subject matter, the story is a tale of how communities form and support one another in times of crisis.
Rachel L. Fink (CWR ‘97) is the executive director for the Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
Arvin Jawa (MGT ‘97) is vice president, retail strategy for Diebold Nixdorf, a Northeast Ohio creator of software-defined solutions bridging the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently.
Ben Needham (CWR ‘98) is co-founder of Roaring Third Productions of Cleveland, producers of Shadow of the Run, an immersive and interactive theater project about the Eliot Ness investigation of the Cleveland Torso Murders in the 1930s. Despite dark subject matter, the story is a tale of how communities form and support one another in times of crisis.
Melinda Miller (CWR ‘00) is an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the Virginia Tech College of Science. Prior to coming to Virginia Tech, Miller was an assistant professor at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and a visiting assistant professor at Yale University and the University of Michigan.
Tom Stafford (MGT ‘00) is managing director for EdgePoint, a boutique investment banking firm in Beachwood, Ohio.
Harry W. Greenfield (MGT ‘01), of the Cleveland law firm of Buckley King, was designated as 2018 Ohio Super Lawyer and Ohio Rising Star.
Erin Rogalski (CWR ‘01) was named to the University Athletic Association 30th Anniversary Women’s Basketball Team. The team consists student-athletes who were selected as the UAA Player of the Year, or accumulated five or more points with two points awarded for All Association first-team recognition, and one point for second-team honors over a career.
JeNine Nickerson (CWR ‘02, MGT ‘13) was named to the University Athletic Association 30th Anniversary Women’s Basketball Team. The team consists student-athletes who were selected as the UAA Player of the Year, or accumulated five or more points with two points awarded for All Association first-team recognition, and one point for second-team honors over a career.
Jason Radachy (CWR ‘02) was promoted to Counsel at Cantor Colburn LLP, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the country.
Randy Oostra (MGT ‘05), chief executive officer of Toledo-based ProMedica health system, was appointed to the national board of Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s (LISC) national board. LISC forges communities of opportunity across America that feature great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families.
Carson Oren (CWR ‘06) was named to the University Athletic Association 30th Anniversary Men’s Basketball Team. The team consists student-athletes who were selected as the UAA Player of the Year, or accumulated five or more points with two points awarded for All Association first-team recognition, and one point for second-team honors over a career.
Geoffrey S. Kunkler (CWR ‘08, GRS ‘09, political science) was promoted to partner n the Family Wealth & Estate Planning practice of Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP in Columbus, Ohio.
Timothy Timura (MGT ‘08) is deputy director and deputy chief economist for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis.
Effy Carpenter (MGT ‘09), Leslie Feng (MGT ‘09), and Doug Romstadt (MGT ‘09) co-founded Monarchy Eyewear, LLC, with Paul Ong (CWR ‘93, MGT ‘09). The privately held, Cleveland-based startup produces Italian handmade, high fashion sunglasses that sell directly to consumers via www.MonarchyEyewear.com. Carpenter, Feng and Romstadt serve as investors and in advisory roles. The company’s founders met while attending the Executive MBA program at CWRU’s Weatherhead School of Management.
Ashleigh Tondo (CWR ‘10) was named to the University Athletic Association 30th Anniversary Women’s Basketball Team. The team consists student-athletes who were selected as the UAA Player of the Year, or accumulated five or more points with two points awarded for All Association first-team recognition, and one point for second-team honors over a career.
F. Andrew Rowan (GRS ‘11, applied anatomy; MED ‘11) is an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine and is a practicing surgeon at IU Health Methodist and IU Health North.
Ronnie Ursin (NUR ‘11) is president and chief executive officer of Jennersville Hospital in West Grove, Pennsylvania.
Erin Hollinger (CWR ‘12) was named to the University Athletic Association 30th Anniversary Women’s Basketball Team. The team consists student-athletes who were selected as the UAA Player of the Year, or accumulated five or more points with two points awarded for All Association first-team recognition, and one point for second-team honors over a career.
David Kaniecki (NUR ‘12, ‘17), of Westlake, Ohio, is a real estate agent with The Holden Agency, an independent real estate brokerage serving clients throughout the state. Kaniecki also is an acute care nurse practitioner for the Cleveland Metro Life Flight Team and author of the book Operation Flight Nurse: Real-Life Medical Emergencies (self-published), as well as several published papers. He has spoken at national conferences, served as a lab instructor, advanced practice skills instructor, lecturer, and faculty instructor.
Christine Woods (CWR ‘12) is co-founder of Roaring Third Productions of Cleveland, producers of Shadow of the Run, an immersive and interactive theater project about the Eliot Ness investigation of the Cleveland Torso Murders in the 1930s. Despite dark subject matter, the story is a tale of how communities form and support one another in times of crisis.
Evelyn Iacono (CWR ‘13) was named to the University Athletic Association 30th Anniversary Women’s Basketball Team. The team consists student-athletes who were selected as the UAA Player of the Year, or accumulated five or more points with two points awarded for All Association first-team recognition, and one point for second-team honors over a career.
Sara Bogomolny (CWR ‘16) is assistant director of Roaring Third Productions of Cleveland, producers of Shadow of the Run, an immersive and interactive theater project about the Eliot Ness investigation of the Cleveland Torso Murders in the 1930s. Despite dark subject matter, the story is a tale of how communities form and support one another in times of crisis.
Connor Faix (CWR ‘17) joined the baseball coaching staff at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa.
Sharona Hoffman (LAW ‘17), the Edgar A. Hahn Professor of Law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, was elected to the prestigious American Law Institute, a 90-year-old institute comprised exceptional judges, lawyers and legal academics internationally.
Published January 2, 2017
Kerry C. Dustin (LAW ‘70) was appointed to the board of commissioners of the city of Naples Airport Authority by the Naples City Council in Florida. The board is comprised of five citizen volunteers who are appointed to four-year terms to govern the Airport Authority. Dustin is founder and chairman of Falls River Group LLC.
Hon. Harry Field (LAW ‘70) retired from his position as Willoughby Municipal Court Judge for the 11th District Court of Appeals in Willoughby, Ohio.
James Stewart Polshek (WRC ‘73) received the 2018 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects, the organization’s highest honor, recognizing an individual whose significant body of work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. Polshek served as architect for the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas; the 1987 restoration and renovation of New York’s Carnegie Hall; the 645,000-square-foot Newseum/Freedom Forum Headquarters, a monument to journalism and free speech; and the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.
Debra J. Mines (GRS ‘77, education) of Atlanta, Georgia, wrote and published her first book, Stinky Shoes, a humorous story full of adventures and mishaps showing that not all wishes are good wishes.
Hon. Timothy J. Grendell (LAW ‘78), Geauga County (OH) Probate/Juvenile Court judge, is the president of the Ohio Association of Juvenile Court Judges. Grendell also serves as the presiding judge of the Geauga County Court of Common Pleas, as secretary/historian of the Ohio Probate Judges Association and as an executive board member of the Ohio Judicial Conference.
Hon. Mary Jane Trapp (LAW ‘81), of the Cleveland law firm of Thrasher, Dinsmore & Dolan, was named to the 2018 Ohio Super Lawyers List.
Cadmus Rich (WRC ‘87) is the chief medical officer for Aura Biosciences, a biotechnology company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and developing a new class of therapies to target and selectively destroy cancer cells.
John R. Liber (LAW ‘90), of the Cleveland law firm of Thrasher, Dinsmore & Dolan, was named to the 2018 Ohio Super Lawyers List.
Terri Goss Kinzy (GRS ‘91, biochemistry) is vice president for research at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.
Lisa D. Sutton (LAW ‘94) joined the board of trustees for Ursuline College. Sutton, of Moreland Hills, Ohio, is vice president/chief counsel – environment, health & safety for the Law Department at Eaton Corporation.
Nicole R. Nason (LAW ‘95) is the assistant secretary for administration at the U.S. Department of State.
J. Troy Terakedis (LAW ‘95, MGT ‘95) was named a 2018 Ohio Super Lawyer for Tax Law. He counsels clients on a variety of federal income tax matters as a member of the Dickinson Wright PLLC law firm in Columbus, Ohio.
Gregory Ogrinc (MED ‘97) is the senior associate dean for medical education for the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, a role that he has served in on an interim basis since 2014. Ogrinc is a professor of medicine, health policy and clinical practice, and community and family medicine at Geisel, and a hospitalist at the White River Junction VA Medical Center.
Fay Cobb Payton (GRS ‘97, management information systems), professor of information systems and technology and University Faculty Scholar in the North Carolina State University Poole College of Management, was inducted into The PhD Project Hall of Fame for 2017. The PhD Project is a national program that has increased faculty diversity at hundreds of college and university business schools. It is the only systemic nationwide program aimed at diversifying university faculty by attracting and enabling African-, Hispanic- and Native Americans to choose college teaching as a career, and to succeed in the rigorous process of obtaining a doctoral degree that qualifies them to be professors.
Jeremy Weaver (MNO ‘97) is the assistant dean of advancement for the Virginia Tech College of Engineering.
Hon. Michelle Earley (LAW ‘99), Cleveland Municipal Court judge, has been named the court's administrative and presiding judge in 2018.
Jennifer LaClair (MGT ‘01) will become the chief financial officer Ally Financial in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, effective March 1, 2018.
Adam R. Nazette (LAW ’03, MGT, ’03), partner at Thompson Hine law firm in Cleveland, was named to the Crain’s Cleveland Business 2017 “Forty Under 40” list. A resident of Rocky River, Ohio, Nazette is the president and past vice president of the Rocky River Education Foundation and serves on the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity board of directors.
Pamela Sedmak (MGT ‘06) was appointed to the board of directors of Counsyl, a company that has championed advances in genetic screening for women and their families and has screened more than 850,000 patients, served more than 17,000 health care providers and provided more than 60,000 genetic counseling sessions. Sedmak is a senior advisor at McKinsey & Company, a worldwide management consulting firm.
Alesha Washington (MNO ’07), vice president for government advocacy at Greater Cleveland Partnership, was named to the Crain’s Cleveland Business 2017 “Forty Under 40” list. Washington represents the business community of Cleveland to Ohio’s state legislators and public officials.
Geoffrey Dureska (LAW ‘09) has joined the Atlanta, Georgia, office of Dunlap, Bennett & Ludwig, PLLC as senior counsel. His current practice consists primarily of Corporate and Intellectual Property Litigation.
Michelle Hirsch (MGT ’09), senior vice president at Brunswick Cos., was named to the Crain’s Cleveland Business 2017 “Forty Under 40” list.
David Svec (MED ‘09, MGT ‘09) has been appointed to the newly created position of chief medical officer for Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare, part of the Stanford Health Care system and located in Pleasanton, California.
Olga Eliseeva (CWR ‘16), a graduate student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, is serving as one of three student voices on the board of trustees for ASM International, a professional organization for materials scientists and engineers.
Published December 1, 2017
Charles Acker (LAW '63) is proud to announce that his daughter, Christi, is the New York Supreme Court Justice for the 9th Judicial District, including the counties of Westchester, Putnam, Orange, Rockland and Dutchess.
Janice Steirer (CLC '66) and her husband Michael, a retired educator, celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 23, 2017. Jan taught second grade in the Cleveland schools and then raised four daughters. She enjoys traveling throughout the world and is a planning a trip to Panama in January.
Lee Davis (WRC ‘73) has retired, after 35 years as a school psychologist. While mental health issues in the U.S. have changed drastically during his career, he credits his undergraduate and graduate school programs for preparing him well.
Janette (Jan) Engle Lewis (NUR ‘73, ‘76) married Steve Fisher in August 2017. They live in Baja California, Mexico, where Jan is mental health consultant/educator at a women's shelter and helping Steve with a book about his five decades in Africa, where they first met 40 years ago.
Sam Srinivasan (MGT ‘73) has joined the board of directors Attivo Networks, a developer of deception technology for cybersecurity defense.
Michael Goler (LAW '77) received the Bob Rosewater Memorial Award for Meritorious Service to The Real Estate Section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association in recognition of his long-term service to the Bar Association’s Real Estate Law Section, his expertise in the practice of real estate law and his commitment to community service in Greater Cleveland. Goler, a partner in the law firm Miller Goler Faeges Lapine LLP, is a past chair of the Real Estate Section, a past chair and regular participant in the Section’s annual Real Estate Law Institute, and a founder and first chair of the Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section. In 2016, he received the Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award from the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Suzanne Rose (MED ‘85) has been named senior vice dean for Medical Education in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Rose, who will begin her new role in February 2018, currently serves as senior associate dean for Education at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
Joseph Claude (JC) Gibson (GRS ‘87, organizational development and analysis) is executive vice president of human resources for HealthSmart, an Irving, Texas, company offering customizable and scalable health plan solutions for self-funded employers.
Kathy Magliato (MED '90), a cardiothoracic surgeon in Los Angeles and a member of Dean Davis' Visiting Committee at CWRU, was selected as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs in the U.S. by Goldman Sachs. Magliato is developing a cardiovascular diagnostic device for the early, non-invasive detection of cardiovascular disease.
Charles B. Rwabukwali (GRS ‘93, ‘97, anthropology) was inducted as a fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) on October 27th in Kampala, Uganda. Rwabukwali is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Makerere University. The UNAS is an honorific organization which serves as an independent platform through which scientists exchange ideas, knowledge and experiences on topical issues that foster national development in Uganda. Rwabukwali is one of only three UNAS members who are social scientists.
Melissa Lichtler (CWR ‘94; GRS ‘01, music education), in her 21st year of teaching within the Chardon Local Schools, was featured in the Northeast Ohio’s newspaper The News-Herald for her dedication and love of teaching. Lichtler also serves as co-director of the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony and a cooperating teacher in the CWRU student teaching program.
Heidi B. Friedman (LAW ‘95), of the Cleveland law firm Thompson Hine LLP, is one of 20 environmental lawyers selected nationally as Fellows by the American College of Environmental Lawyers, a professional association of distinguished lawyers practicing in the field of environmental law.
Jackie Dalton (MGT ‘96) is assistant vice president for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Dalton is responsible for overseeing the consumer compliance and corporate compliance risk teams in the Supervision and Regulation Department.
Shelly Power (SAS ‘98, MGT ‘98), artistic director and chief executive officer of the Prix de Lausanne dance competition in Switzerland, has been named the next executive director for the Pennsylvania Ballet. Power will take over Philadelphia’s dance company and school full-time.
Laurel Domanski Diaz (MGT ‘04, SAS ‘04) is chief operating officer for Neighborhood Family Practice, a primary care provider on Cleveland's near West Side.
Angelina Bair (CWR ‘08) received a Senatorial Citation from the General Assembly of the State of Ohio on behalf of Senator Sandra Williams, recognizing my academic excellence in the field of Library & Information Science and the completion of a Master of Library Information Science degree Kent State University.
Erin Klug (LAW ‘09), an intellectual property attorney with the law firm Varnum LLP, was named one of Michigan’s “Up and Coming Lawyers” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. “Up & Coming Lawyers” are attorneys in their first ten years of practice who are establishing a name for themselves, who go above and beyond and who display the ambition drive, determination and accomplishments that set them apart from their peers. Klug has been active for eight years in the Women’s Bar Association of Oakland County, currently serving as president. She is also a Director at Large of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, which honored her with the organization's Leadership Award. Additionally, Klug is a member of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Attorneys for Animals.
Jonathan Williams (DEN ‘09, MED ‘12, DEN ‘14) is the new owner of White Mountain Oral Surgery in North Conway, New Hampshire. The practice provides a wide range of services from dental extractions and implants, bone grafting, cleft lip and palate surgery, sinus lifts, treatment and evaluation of head and neck pathology and corrective surgery of the face and jaw. His wife, Laura Williams (DEN ‘09), joined Eastern Slope Dental in North Conway.
Dawn Columbare (NUR ‘11) was elected to the board of directors for The Resource Center, a support organization for people with disabilities and their families. Currently working as a nursing education consultant, Columbare retired from Jamestown Community College in 2015 after a 22-year career.
Heather Rybasack (MED ‘13), a fellow in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, is now serving as deputy medical director to the Cumberland Rescue Service in Cumberland, Rhode Island.
Julie A. Micalizzi (LAW ‘17) joined the Cleveland office of McDonald Hopkins LLC, a business advisory and advocacy law firm, as an associate in the Intellectual Property Department.
Published November 2017
Charles (Chuck) Wiedman (ADL '54, DEN '61) and Dolores (Kasprzak) Wiedman (FSM '55) celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on August 31, 2017, with family and friends in Frisco, Texas. In addition, Chuck Weidman was inducted into the Ashtabula County (Ohio) Track, Field and Cross Country Hall of Fame in May, 2017.
Michael Cullen (ADL ’67; GRS ’75, anatomy) was honored with the establishment of the Dr. Michael J. Cullen – Impact Through Innovation Fund at the University of Evansville (UE) in Evansville, Indiana. He recently retired after 20 years at UE, where he served as professor and chair of biology, and as senior vice president of academic affairs. Prior to his time at UE, Cullen was a faculty member at the University of Southern California School of Medicine for almost 19 years. He also was a biomedical researcher at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, focusing on demyelinating diseases and neuroplasticity. Cullen and his wife, Ruth, now reside in Franklin, Tennessee.
Richard H. Thaler (ADL ‘67, HON ‘03), the Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, was honored by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences with the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2017. Thaler was recognized for his contributions to behavioral economics, a relatively new field that bridges the gap between economics and psychology. Thaler, the author of the bestselling books Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics (2015) and Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness (2008), is renowned for creating easy-to-understand scenarios that show how human behavior often contradicts traditional economic logic.
Regis Scafe (ADL ‘71) is retiring from his position as head football coach from Thomas More College, ending a 45-year coaching career. Scafe was named the PAC Coach of the Year in 2015 and 2016, and was named the D3football.com South Region Coach of the Year in 2015. He has a 127-97 record in 22 years as a collegiate head coach.
Nan Tynberg (GRS ‘72, romance languages) published Shape: Reading in Three Dimensions, her first non-academic writing. Available on Amazon, the book reflects Tynberg’s on the select works of favorite poets and storytellers.
Ivan Banks (WRC ‘74) is chair of the department of education and psychology at Alcorn State University in Mississippi. He previously was the director of the Center for Educator Preparation and Certification Services at Alabama A&M University and the former interim executive director for the Vicksburg campus of Alcorn State University.
Walter Copan (WRC ‘75; GRS ‘82, chemistry) was confirmed by the Senate as the new director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Copan also holds the title of undersecretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology.
John W. Patton Jr. (WRC ‘75) is general counsel and secretary to the board of trustees of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. In 1995, he became the first African American president of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. Patton is a member of the board of directors of CWRU’s African American Alumni Association.
Kevin Joyce (WRC ‘79) is teaching Business Ethics, Law and Communication to MBA students in the Bowling Green State University College of Business.
Amy W. Williams (MED ‘84), chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mayo Clinic Doctors Mayo Society. Throughout her career at Mayo Clinic, Williams has held numerous leadership positions and has served in leadership roles for the American Society of Nephrology, Minnesota Hospital Association, and Women in Nephrology.
David Cooperrider (GRS ‘86, organizational development) was honored with the Organization Development Network’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in October, 2017. The award is given to individuals who have served the profession over an extended period of time, have earned the respect and admiration of professional colleagues and have freely engaged not only contemporaries, but also have been committed to maintain a dynamic connection to all generations of OD practitioners. Cooperrider is the Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at CWRU’s Weatherhead School of Management and founder of the revolutionary theory on Appreciative Inquiry, an approach that examines the positive attributes of organizations in order to solve problems. He has served as an advisor to former President Bill Clinton and Nobel Laureates the Dalai Lama and Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez. His mentor and former teacher, Peter Sorensen Jr., PhD, also received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the same ceremony.
Aida Saracevic Tanaka (WRC ‘86) is the general counsel of Shape Corp., an automotive Tier 1 supplier in Grand Haven, Michigan.
Dixie Benshoff (MGT ‘88, SAS ‘88) was inducted into the Ravenna High School Hall of Fame in Ravenna, Ohio. Benshoff received the Academic/Career Accomplishment Award due to her contributions to the field of education and psychology. Formerly a department director at Akron General Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic, Benshoff is currently adjunct assistant professor of community and family medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University.
Anthea Daniels (LAW ‘89) is vice president and general counsel for Akron Children's Hospital.
Sean Higgins (GRS ‘90, applied physics) serves as an independent director on the board of directors for ShiftPixy, Inc., an on-demand human capital platform that syncs work opportunities from shift-based employers with ready-for-hire workers. Higgins is co-founder and vice president of professional services of Herjavec Group, an information security solutions firm headquartered in Toronto, Ontario.
Matt Medford (CWR ‘93) promoted to director of mechanical engineering at Symbotic, delivering automated warehouse solutions to companies around the world.
Richard Eubanks Jr. (MED ‘95), a cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgeon, joined the staff at Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus, Mississippi.
Kristin L. Pruitt (LAW ‘96) was promoted to executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel for Lake City Bank, a $4.4 billion bank headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana.
Jeffrey E. Janis (MED ‘98), professor and executive vice chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, is president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the world's largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons and foremost authority on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
Dana Parker (SAS ‘98) is working as an independent living donor advocate and a transplant social worker at the University of Colorado Health in Aurora, Colorado, a large multi-organ transplant center performing over 90 living donor transplants in 2017.
John Mansour (MED ‘99), associate professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology, received the 2017 Patricia and William L. Watson Jr., MD Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine. Established in 2009, the Watson Award is The University of Texas Southwestern’s highest clinical honor and is bestowed upon an outstanding physician whose work exemplifies the Medical Center’s commitment to patient care.
Ed Sproull (CWR ‘99; GRS ‘99, computer engineering) retired from Microsoft Corp after more than 17 years. Sproull, who lost his left leg below the knee in a motorcycle accident in 1981, has run more than 40 triathlons, including eight half-Ironman or longer events.
Gina Fridberg (MGT ‘01) is director of business development at Podolsky Circle, a commercial real estate advisory firm headquartered in Chicago. Fridberg comes to Podolsky Circle from Fifth Third Bank, where she originated and managed more than $400 million in acquisition and construction loans across the U.S.
Marco A. Rodriguez (MED ‘03), a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon, founded the International Spine Institute in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Rodriguez treats a variety of degenerative spinal conditions including herniated disc, sciatica, low back pain, spinal stenosis, neck pain, spondylolisthesis and failed back surgery.
Michael C. Diem (MGT ‘05) is senior vice president of business and corporate development for Amicus Therapeutics, a global biotechnology company focused on therapies for rare and orphan diseases.
Cynthia Mitchell (LAW ‘05) is the first woman to be appointed Pueblo County attorney in Colorado.
Elizabeth Sullivan (CWR ‘05; GRS ‘05, bioethics) is the co-chair of the Healthcare Practice Group, a team of attorneys providing legal services to individuals and entities throughout the U.S. healthcare industry, for McDonald Hopkins, a business advisory and advocacy law firm.
Christopher Chan (LAW ‘07) has been recognized by Asian Legal Business as a Top 40 Lawyer Under 40 in Asia. The list profiles the brightest young legal minds in the region.
Mary Cotton (GRS ‘08, communication sciences), a speech and language pathologist living in Burlington, Vermont, has joined the board of directors of Vermont Learning-Support Initiative. Cotton works at Champlain Valley Union High School with adolescents who experience a variety of challenges, but primarily those with language impairment and social cognition issues.
Katie Kriegshauser (CWR '09) of Kansas City, MO, became the director and co-owner of the Kansas City Center for Anxiety Treatment, P.A. (KCCAT), a center focusing on evidence-based treatment of anxiety across the lifespan, clinical research and clinician training. KCCAT is one of only a few team-based resources available nationwide offering closely-tailored care for both children and adults with anxiety and related disorders. Kriegshauser and the KCCAT team recently received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health for an early childhood mobile-app-based prevention and early intervention program for anxiety and related conditions.
Emily E. Hoffman (CWR ‘11), of Northwestern University, received the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) with the SWE Outstanding Collegiate Member award. Hoffman accepted the award at SWE’s annual conference in October 2017. The SWE Outstanding Collegiate Member award recognizes outstanding contributions to SWE, the engineering community and a college campus. Hoffman helped to found the graduate SWE group at Northwestern and currently serves at the society level as graduate programming coordinator for GradSWE. Emily also was active in SWE at CWRU.
Debra DeHass Lehr (NUR ‘11, ‘12) joined the Nursing Board of the American Health Council.
Ilirjan Pipa (LAW ‘11, MGT ‘11) was named a member of McDonald Hopkins, a business advisory and advocacy law firm. Pipa, who works out of the firm’s Cleveland office, has significant experience in securities, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate transactions.
Brandon Crane (DEN ‘13) joined the practice of Dr. Thomas R. Hughes at Avon Dental Care in Avon, Ohio. Crane spent the past four years as an officer in the United States Air Force and has provided dental care for the past three years at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.
Mariana Amatullo (GRS ‘15, management) joined The New School as associate professor strategic design and management, Parsons School of Design Strategies. Amatullo is co-founder and vice president of Designmatters, the award-winning social impact department of ArtCenter College of Design, in Pasadena, Calif. She is the recipient of numerous design and social innovation awards and honors, among them the 2012 DELL Social Innovation Education award for outstanding leadership in teaching and supporting student social innovators, Fast Company’s Co.Design 50 Designers Shaping the Future, and the Public Interest Design 100.
Nicholas Lias (DEN ‘15) joined the Advantage Dental Clinic in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Lias recently completed then went on to finish a year-long general practice residency at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center where he helped members of the armed forces.
Brooke Orcutt (CWR ‘15), a multiple-time All-University Athletic Association player, has been named the assistant women's basketball coach at CWRU.
Judy Tingley (NUR ‘16), vice president and chief executive officer for Erlanger Health System’s Heart and Lung Institute in Chattanooga, Tenn., and an assistant clinical professor of nursing for the Columbia University School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, received the Outstanding Alumni Award from Georgia Southwestern State University.
Carrie Busic (MGT ‘17), the national small business accounts sales and underwriting leader at Westfield Insurance has been named to the board of trustees for Gamma Iota Sigma, an organization promoting, encouraging and sustaining student interest in insurance, risk management and actuarial science as professions.
Published October 2017
Rosalind Coleman (MED ‘69), professor of nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and of pediatrics in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, delivered the prestigious L. Van Deenen Lecture at the 2018 International Conference on the Bioscience of Lipids, held in Helsinki, Finland.
Marc E. Milstein (CIT ‘72) joined the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, an academic medical center, as vice president of information resources and chief information officer.
Steven Altschuler (WRC ‘75, MED ‘79) is a senior advisor for Diversified Search, a professional search firm. Altschuler specializes in work in academic medicine within Diversified’s Healthcare Services Practice, providing insight into candidate fits for senior-level positions. Altschuler is an emeritus trustee of CWRU.
Matt Feldman (WRC ‘75), president and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, will serve as co-chair and ambassador for the CEO Leadership Council of the Financial Services Pipeline Initiative. He will provide strategic oversight in connection with the initiative's programming and fundraising, as well as work alongside industry leaders from a collective of approximately 19 financial institutions to manage and push forward the group’s goal of increasing the pipeline of African-American and Latino talent in Chicago's financial services industry.
Howard M. Stein (LAW ‘78), a partner at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP and based in the firm’s East Meadow, New York, office, was named to the 2017 New York Super Lawyers List. The honor recognizes top lawyers in their respective areas of practice. Stein heads the Real Estate Practice Group where he concentrates on matters related to real property acquisitions, sales, leasing, real estate finance and loan workouts. He is an adjunct professor of real estate law at Touro Law Center, and also Chairman of the School’s Board of Governors.
Krishna Venkataswamy (GRS ‘85, macromolecular science) is senior vice president and chief technology officer joins Interface Performance Materials. Headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Interface Performance Materials has manufacturing locations across the world and supplies advanced sealing solutions and thermal management systems.
David L. Cooperrider (GRS ‘86, organizational behavior), the Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the Weatherhead School of Management, was honored by the Organization Development Network with the Lifetime Achievement Award by OD Network on October 16, in recognition of his significant and lasting impact on the field and practice of organization development.
Lizellen La Follette (MED ‘88) joined the Sonoma Valley Specialists Clinic in downtown Sonoma, California. The clinic is operated by Sonoma Valley Hospital to provide residents with greater access to medical specialists.
Paul Washlock (CWR ‘90; GRS ‘91, chemical engineering) is the distribution sales manager for Pilot Chemical Company, overseeing North American distribution sales for the company’s products and services to the household and industrial detergent, personal care, lubricant, oilfield, emulsion polymerization, disinfecting and sanitizing industries.
John A. Heer (LAW ‘91) joined the Cleveland office of McDonald Hopkins LLC, a business advisory and advocacy law firm, as counsel in the Business Department. He has been an environmental attorney for more than 26 years with experience counseling clients in environmental law and regulatory matters. Heer serves on the boards of Akron Snow Angels and The LD Edge Network and is a member of the Pro Bono Committee of the Legal Aid Society.
Mary Raitano (LAW ‘91, SAS ‘95) is the first executive director for Habitat for Humanity of Medina County. Her 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector includes her work as director of refugee resettlement at the International Institute of Akron, the community impact coordinator for United Way of Medina County and manager at the Lifeline program in Akron.
John Grabnar (MGT ‘92) is general plant manager at the Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport, Pennsylvania. The stations is owned by FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp.
Alex Konya (MGT ‘97) is vice president, Global Marketing and Product Management for Interface Performance Materials. Headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Interface Performance Materials has manufacturing locations across the world and supplies advanced sealing solutions and thermal management systems.
Christine Fall (MED ‘98) was appointed to the Physician Board of the American Health Council. Fall is the author of Nutritional Harmony, a publication created to explain how food impacts chronic disease and cancer, owner of L&D Integrative Medicine Consulting, LLC., a provider of educational seminars to the public, associate professor of primary care for Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, and a medical provider at Premise Health. She is board certified in both internal medicine and integrative holistic medicine.
John DiBella II (CWR ‘01; GRS ‘04, biomedical engineering) is president of the Lancaster, California division of Simulations Plus, Inc., a developer of drug discovery and development software focused on improving the ways scientists use knowledge and data to predict the properties and outcomes of pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and chemical agents.
Vishal Singh (MGT ‘03) is president of the Milgard Windows & Doors, based in Tacoma, Washington.
Micah Litow (CWR ‘04; MGT ‘04; GRS ‘04, master of engineering & management) is chief marketing and business development officer for Preora Diagnostics Inc., a privately held medical technology company developing low-cost and highly accurate cancer screening tests.
Tim Sykes (CWR ‘10; GRS ‘11, engineering and management), a former Spartan wrestler who now lives in Houston, was visiting family in Cleveland when Hurricane Harvey hit. Sykes raised funds and transported donated goods and supplies to Houston.
Vanessa Bond (GRS ‘12, music education) of West Hartford, Connecticut, was inducted into the Hightstown High Athletic Hall of Fame in Hightstown, New Jersey.
Alexa M. Johnson (LAW ‘17) joined Klarquist Sparkman, LLP, a law firm in Portland, Oregon. Johnson’s practice includes all areas of intellectual property law, with a focus on the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications. Her areas of expertise include biotechnology, medical devices, and chemical and mechanical engineering. Prior to joining Klarquist, Johnson was a patent department extern at NASA’s Glenn Research Center.
Published September 2017
Daniel Saunders (CIT ‘48, CLC ‘50) celebrated his 91st birthday on August 17, 2017.
Dale Phillip (CIT ‘61) of Westlake, Ohio, has retired from his role as president and chief executive officer of AKS Cutting Systems, a subsidiary of Kiffer Industries and a manufacturer in the tool & die, automation, custom and precision machinery, robotic integration and metal cutting industries.
Peggy Lumpkin (WRC ‘73) is director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and assistant professor of education at Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia.
Toby Haberkorn (WRC ‘74), an experienced executive-search consultant and career coach, has co-authored Best Job Search Tips For Age 60-Plus: A Practical Work Options Resource For Baby Boomers (Baypointe Publishers). For people who want to continue working in paid and volunteer capacities, the book provides realistic work options, 21st century job search strategies and numerous resources.
David J. Helscher (LAW ‘79) of Clinton, Iowa, has been elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the Iowa State Bar Association. He will represent Judicial District 7 on the governing body.
Liz Brandt (LAW ‘82), a James E. Wilson Distinguished Professor in the College of Law, has been appointed to the position of Secretary of the Faculty at the University of Idaho, a key position in university governance.
Mohamed Djerdjouri (GRS ‘83, ‘88, operations research) is the dean of the University of South Carolina Upstate’s George Dean Johnson Jr. College of Business and Economics, located in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Krishna Venkataswamy (GRS ’85, macromolecular science) of Lancaster, Ohio, is senior vice president and chief technology officer for Interface Performance Materials, a manufacturing, design and research company focused on applied materials science and polymer chemistry.
Kay Ellen Peterson (MGT ‘88, ‘10) co-authored a book with CWRU Professor Emeritus David A. Kolb entitled How You Learn Is How You Live: Using Nine Ways of Learning to Transform Your Life (Berrett-Koehler).
Thomas Simmons (MGT ‘89, LAW ‘93), of the law firm Tucker Ellis LLP, has been named to the list of The Best Lawyers in America for 2018.
Beth A. Cherry (NUR ‘93) is vice president of Physician Services for Broward Health, a health care system in South Florida.
Mike Labbe (GRS ‘93, biomedical engineering) is the director, R&D engineering for Valtronic Technologies (USA), a medical device developer and manufacturer. Labbe holds seven U.S. patents, has been published in Med Phys, and has been a presenter at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, a scientific, educational and professional organization of medical physicists.
Marsha Atkins (NUR ‘94) is dean of nursing for Northern Virginia Community College’s Medical Education Campus.
Robert Bodde (MGT ‘94) is regional sales manager for Michigan, Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, Kentucky and West Virginia for LNS America, Inc. He assumes responsibility for sales and customer support for LNS bar feeders, chip and coolant management systems, air filtration products and workholding devices.
Eric Schnur (MGT '94), chairman, president and chief executive officer of Lubrizol, is CWRU trustee.
Diane Balciar (MGT ‘97) is a realtor with Kerr & Co Realty of Cool Springs, Tennessee.
Eric Evans (MGT ‘97) is chief financial officer for Avista Pharma Solutions, Inc., a contract testing, development and manufacturing organization providing pharmaceutical, animal health and medical device clients a range of scientifically-differentiated services.
Alex Konya (MGT ‘97) of Lancaster, Ohio, is vice president of global marketing and product management for Interface Performance Materials, a manufacturing, design and research company focused on applied materials science and polymer chemistry.
Heather Logan Melick (LAW ‘97) recently graduated summa cum laude with her BSN from Mount Carmel College of Nursing. Heather is associate general counsel with the Office of Legal Affairs at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.
Ronald D. Ford (MGT ‘98) is the senior vice president and chief financial officer of Armstrong Flooring, overseeing global finance and accounting functions.
Bruno Richard (MGT ‘99) is vice president and general manager, Travel Retail Europe Middle East and Africa for Estée Lauder.
Mark M. Crowley (MGT ‘03) is the president of Lake Catholic High School in Mentor, Ohio.
Jennifer Altstadt (MGT ‘04) is chief operating officer for Sea-Land Chemical Company, a distributor of specialty chemicals, providing a variety of products to lubricant, cleaner, coatings, adhesives, rubber and plastics industries.
Laura Gorjanc Pizmoht (LAW ‘04) is a Willoughby Hills District 1 City Council member in Willoughby Hills, Ohio.
Bruce C. Gockerman (MGT ‘08) is an industry assistant professor of public administration in the Stuart School of Business at Illinois Institute of Technology.
Steven G. Rado (LAW ‘08) is chief digital officer for The Children's Place, Inc., a children's apparel retailer.
Michael A. Weiss (MGT ‘10) is chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and director of chemical biology and biotherapeutics for the Indiana University Precision Health Initiative at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He joins Indiana University from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where he was chair of biochemistry, a distinguished research professor and the Cowan-Blum professor of cancer research.
Okezie Aguwa (MED ‘11) joined Denver Spine Surgeons in Greenwood Village, Colo.
Christopher Ryan Cave Barrett (LAW ‘11) is vice president, corporate development and intellectual property for Axial Biotherapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company exploring the link between the human gut microbiome and the central nervous system to develop a new class of biotherapeutics to improve the quality of life for people with neurological diseases and disorders. He is based in Axial’s Boston office.
Stephanie Hippo (CWR ‘15) married Jonathan Onorato (CWR ‘15) on July 3, 2016, at The Currituck Club in North Carolina.
John G. Marvar (LAW ‘16, MGT ‘16) is an associate in the Business Department of the Cleveland office of McDonald Hopkins LLC, a business advisory and advocacy law firm.
Mark Duffy (DEN ‘17) is a dentist at Bright Now Dental in Miamisburg, Ohio.
Published August 2017
John Shields (CIT ‘68; GRS ‘71, ‘75, metallurgy & material science) is a 2017 APMI Fellowship Award recipient, recognizing his work on molybdenum and its associated metals and his reputation for the research and development of alloys. Additionally, he worked with NASA to develop materials for space shuttles.
Allan Reid (CIT ‘74) is an attorney for Foley Panszi Law in Zionsville, Indiana. Reid focuses his practice primarily on criminal law and is a former master commissioner in the criminal courts of Marion County in Indiana.
Katharine Van Tassel (NUR ‘80, LAW ‘86) is associate dean of academics and professor of law at Concordia University School of Law, a Boise, Idaho, non-profit law school. Van Tassel holds an MPH in Law and Public Health Policy from Harvard University and is completing an MS in Food Safety from Johns Hopkins University. She previously was a professor of law and director of health law programs with Creighton University School of Law.
Prasan Samal (GRS ‘81, metallurgy & material science) is a 2017 APMI Fellowship Award recipient. Now retired, Samal helped develop and qualify stainless steel components for use in automotive exhaust systems. He is author or co-author of 11 U.S. patents, two books and more than 50 technical papers. APMI International is a non-profit professional society which promotes the advancement of powder metallurgy and particulate materials as a science.
Michael J. Stamos (WRC ‘81, MED ‘85) is dean of the University of California Irvine School of Medicine.
Michael Ward (LAW ‘84) is chief executive officer of Aeterna Zentaris Inc., a specialty biopharmaceutical company developing and commercializing novel pharmaceutical therapies.
Thomas J. Intili (LAW ‘86) was inducted as fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Ohio State Bar Association, during a ceremony at the Ohio Supreme Court in June 2017. The foundation promotes the pursuit of justice and the public understanding of the rule of law. A new class of civic-minded lawyers is inducted annually and volunteer for one year of service to outreach programs throughout Ohio.
Gina Beim (GRS ‘87, Systems Control & Engineering; MGT ‘04), founder and president of MCDA Consulting LLC, with the 2017 Outstanding Civil Engineer of the Year Award from The Cleveland Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Alison K. Hall (GRS ‘88, anatomy) is the associate dean of research workforce development for the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Lori Linskey (LAW ‘88) is the first woman in Monmouth County's history to be named First Assistant Prosecutor, the second-in-command of New Jersey’s Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.
Wayne Schaeffer (CWR ‘90) is Project Engineer at Tempest , a manufacturer of chillers and heat transfer systems for the food, pharmaceutical, chemical, energy, tire & rubber industries.
Lars-Ake Norling (GRS ‘92, systems control & engineering) is chairman of Digi.Com Berhad, a mobile service provider in Malaysia.
Mark Stephan (MED ‘94) is the medical director for Equality Health, a company focused on centralized technology, services and network designs intended to organize a better health care delivery system for underserved communities.
Lisa D. Sutton (LAW ‘94) of Moreland Hills, Ohio, joined the Board of Trustees of Ursuline College. Sutton is a member of the senior leadership team of the law department at Eaton Corporation, serving the Cleveland-based company as vice president/chief counsel – environment, health & safety.
David White (MGT ‘94) is vice president of sales and marketing at Standard Locknut LLC. In this role, White will drive strategic product and market expansion.
Sarah K. Masters (MNO '95) and Paul M. Kearney were married on May 20, 2017, in Arlington, Virginia at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, where Masters is the director of congregational life and Kearney is the facilities manager. The couple resides in Herndon, Virginia.
Donnette A. Fisher (LAW ‘97) was appointed law director by the city of Xenia, Ohio, by the Xenia City Council.
Jennifer Rubio Thatcher (CWR ‘98) of Beachwood, Ohio, opened a new optometry clinic, Beachwood Family Eye Clinic, in June 2017.
Robert L. Wagner (LAW ‘01) joined the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, office of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, bringing his complex litigation and intellectual property counsel experience to the law firm’s energy team.
Christine Wright (MGT ‘02) is director of corporate development for global public health organization NSF International.
Brian Bauman (MED ‘04) is medical director of hospital system Summa Health's Respiratory Care/Pulmonary Service and Lung Nodule Program.
Amy Gilman (GRS ‘06, art history) has been named director of the Chazen Museum of Art. The museum, opened to further the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s mission of education, research and public service, holds the second-largest collection of art in Wisconsin.
Angela Bair (CWR ‘08) is graduating in August 2017 with a Master of Library & Information Science from Kent State University, with a concentration in Youth Services.
Julie Hein (LAW ‘09) joined the law firm of BakerHostetler’s Cincinnati office as a member of the Intellectual Property Group’s Privacy and Data Protection team.
Nancy White (MGT ‘10) is general manager of Cliff House Maine, a waterfront resort on the southern coast of Maine.
Andrea N. Lee (LAW ‘12) joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP as an associate in the health care and corporate practices. Lee advises clients in the health care sector on transactional, regulatory and compliance matters.
Richard Garceau (MGT ‘14) is the vice president of sales for 7SIGNAL, a provider of Wi-Fi performance management software.
Evan Guarr (CWR ‘17) is the lab manager in the Chemical Engineering Department of CWRU.
Andrew Henning (MGT ‘17) received the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship based on his athletic and academic achievements, along with his work in the community and demonstrated leadership. He will receive a grant to be used for graduate study. Henning is the second Spartan this year to win the scholarship and the 26th student-athlete overall in CWRU history. He is also just the second member of the men’s swimming and diving team to receive the scholarship.
Published July 2017
Mary Jane Tillman Goeth (FSM '44) celebrated her 94th birthday in May 2017. She graduated from Flora Stone Mather College and continued her education at Harvard, where she earned her physical therapy credentials in a graduate program and worked at Boston Children's Hospital. Eventually, Tillman and her husband returned to their home state of Oregon to raise five children. Over the rest of her career, she worked as a physical therapist with Oregon Health and Science University and Doernbecher Children's Hospital.
Eliezer Jaffe (SAS ‘57, ‘60), founder of Israel’s first academic school of social work, the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was presented with the Bonei Zion Prize for lifetime achievement awarded annually by Nefesh B’Nefesh to immigrants from English-speaking countries in recognition of their significant contributions to Israel. Specializing in philanthropy and nonprofit management, Jaffe was the first Centraid-L. Jacques Menard Professor for the Study of Nonprofit Organizations, Volunteering and Philanthropy at Hebrew University and co-chairman of the university’s Center for the Study of Philanthropy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was also professor emeritus at Hebrew University and founder of the Israel Free Loan Association, which assisted the needy and new immigrants with interest-free loans with personal repayment plans. Jaffe passed away in May 2017.
Bradley D. Kronstat (WRC ‘73) of Guilford, Connecticut, was installed as president for the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants 2017-2018 activity year. He is the assistant controller of Connecticut Gardens, LLC, in North Branford.
Parameswar Nandakumar Warrier (MGT ‘75) wrote and published the novel Sara's Message (JustFiction Edition) and The Nordic Model: A Promise of Prosperity for All (Lambert Academic Publishing), a look at the much-acclaimed Nordic Model of growth.
William Gropp (CIT ‘77) is the director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Norma I. Quintana (SAS ’79), a documentary photographer, published her first art book, Circus: A Traveling Life (Damiani Editore). The book features a foreword by novelist Mona Simpson and presents a decade-long pictorial series of a traveling one-ring circus. Inspired by her education in social sciences and the appeal of the circus, Quintana decided to photograph a small, American circus that set up in her hometown of Hugo, Oklahoma. Expecting a reluctance to her presence, she found herself warmly welcomed into the visually stunning world of the circus. What was initially a plan to take a few photographs became a life-changing decade of chronicling the lives of a group of nomadic performers, often resulting in surreal collaborations between photographer and subject. Quintana is a photographer and educator working in the tradition of social documentary. Shooting with film and using only available light, her images are primarily in black and white. Quintana has studied under Mary Ellen Mark, Graciela Iturbide and Shelby Lee Adams and lectured nationally at major universities. She is a founding member of the Bay Area non-profit PhotoAlliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the understanding, appreciation and creation of contemporary photography. (Photo credit: Damiani Editore)
Rebecca Williams (CIT ‘79, MGT ‘93) of Apex, North Carolina, is president of the LORD Corporation’s Aerospace & Defense industry group, leading the company’s global business serving aerospace and defense customers.
Jeanne Colleran (GRS ‘80, English), provost and academic vice president at John Carroll University, was named interim president.
Michael Hopkins (MED ‘80), a gynecologic oncologist in Canton, Ohio, was inducted into the Aultman Hospital’s Hippocrates Honor Society. This lifetime achievement award, created by the Aultman Hospital medical staff, recognizes physicians who exemplify the qualities of excellence, compassion, integrity and leadership.
Carolyn Cuff (GRS ‘82, ‘87, operations research), program coordinator and professor of mathematics, received the 2017 Distinguished Faculty Award from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. The award recognizes her intellect, leadership and her influences on both her peers and students.
Rich Simons (CIT ‘83) is the vice president and general manager for Laars Heating Systems, a subsidiary of Bradford White Corp.
Kim Litwack (NUR ‘84, ‘82) is dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Elizabeth Massella (MED ‘87) was named one of Pittsburgh’s Best Doctors by Pittsburgh Magazine. Massella, who specializes in pediatrics and adolescent medicine, was recognized in the pediatrics-general category.
Jim Telljohann (MGT ‘87) is vice president, specialties, for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC, a worldwide petrochemical business headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas.
Christopher T. Hutter (MGT ‘89) joined the board of directors for Power Survey and Equipment Ltd. Hutter is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of PowerSecure International, Inc., an energy products and services company serving utilities and large industrial and commercial customers.
Lisa Danielle (DiCicco) Koch (CWR ‘90; GRS ‘98, fluid & thermal science), aerospace engineer in the Acoustics Branch at NASA Glenn Research Center, received the 2017 NASA Glenn Federal Women’s Program Award and the 2017 Cleveland Federal Executive Board Wings of Excellence Award. She also is a graduate of the first NASA GRC Women in STEM Leadership Development Program. (Photo caption: Dr. Paula Dempsey, NASA Glenn Deputy Project Manager, Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology Project; Danielle Koch, Aerospace Research Engineer, NASA Glenn Acoustics Branch; Nola Bland, Federal Women’s Program Manager, NASA Glenn Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity. Photo credit: NASA Glenn Research Center)
Robbie Das (CWR ‘91) is the chief financial officer of lighting manufacturer Tempo Industries, LLC in Irvine, California. Before joining Tempo, Das served as the CFO/COO for LED Global Corp. and his experience includes roles as a senior executive with Siemens and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Dan Schwallie (LAW ’91) recently published the articles: Roth Is on the Rise: Is Roth Right for Your Plan? in the second quarter 2017 issue of Benefits Quarterly; Hardship Withdrawals Create Hardships for Plan Sponsors in the Spring 2017 issue of the Journal of Deferred Compensation; and Is It an Unforeseeable Emergency or a Hardship Distribution? in the Summer 2017 issue of the Journal of Pension Planning & Compliance.
Robert Zakon (CWR ‘91, GRS ‘92, computer engineering) completed a year of public service in Washington, D.C., as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, a program bringing the principles, values and practices of the innovation economy into government. Established in 2012 and signed into law through the TALENT Act in Congress, the program has included 112 fellows over the past five years from companies such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook. Zakon's tenure bridged two administrations, and encompassed work with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Department of Defense and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), among several other interagency initiatives. At the Treasury, Zakon worked in the development of policy and assessment strategies around financial and emerging technology innovations. As an innovator-in-residence within Treasury's Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Compliance Policy, he explored ways to enhance governance around cybersecurity in the financial services sector, and facilitating cross-agency innovation efforts. As an advisor to several OSTP initiatives, Zakon worked to provide government transparency and access across the open data and science communities, and coordinated sharing among the government's leading innovators. Other activities included serving as a mentor for a hack-a-thon exploring ways to eliminate the gender pay gap, serving as a product strategy trainer for agile digital procurement and lecturing at the National Defense University on the future of cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data. Zakon received a letter from President Barack Obama acknowledging his contributions, "With talent and creativity, you've helped advance our mission to reimagine public service and build a tomorrow of expanded opportunity and greater possibility for all." Zakon resides in the Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire with his wife and two sons.
Malki Indich (SAS ‘93) of Lakewood, New Jersey, was honored as a VIP Member for 2017 by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide Edition for her outstanding contributions and achievements for over 20 years in the fields of counseling and education. Indich is the owner of Malki Indich LCSW, a firm that provides counseling services for children and families, and serves as a consultant at Catapult Learning Inc., a company providing educational management services.
Robert Simpson (LAW ‘93, MGT ‘93) of Farmington, Connecticut, received the Trailblazer Award from the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association. The organization’s highest award recognizes individuals who promote personal growth, leadership development and community service in the legal profession. Simpson is a trial attorney and partner with the Hartford, Connecticut, office of Shipman & Goodwin LLP, leading the firm’s Product Liability and Toxic Tort Practice Team in representing clients in federal and state litigation throughout the United States. Simpson serves on the Executive Committee for the National Bar Association, Commercial Law Section and is a division director of the ABA Section of Litigation. Additionally, Simpson is a long-standing member of the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association and the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association, on the board of the Hartford County Bar Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of Riverfront Recapture, Inc., active in leadership for the Golden Eagles Pathfinder Scout Group and stewardship director for the Faith SDA Church in Hartford.
Mark Stephan (MED ‘94) of Phoenix, Arizona, is vice president and medical director of Equality Health, a healthcare network in Maricopa county dedicated to ending health disparities among the Hispanic community.
Tshilidzi Marwala (CWR ‘95) was appointed the vice-chancellor and principal of the University of Johannesburg, effective January 1, 2018.
Elizabeth Madigan (GRS ‘96, nursing) is the chief executive officer of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.
Mark I. Froimson (MGT ‘97) of Hunting Valley, Ohio, joined the board of directors of Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a company focused on the development of new products for acute care practitioners and their patients. Froimson is currently serving as the president of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Previously, he was the executive vice president and chief clinical officer of Trinity Health, a national non-profit Catholic healthcare system.
Janet Quinzer-Gooch (GRS ‘97) is the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at Truman State University.
Vikram Gupta (MGT ‘00), founder and chief executive officer, celebrated the sixth anniversary of his company, IvyCap Ventures, India's largest homegrown domestic fund, by hosting IvyCap Day 2017 in Mumbai. The event commemorated the startup ecosystem and its spirit of innovation and was attended by more than 300 startup founders, prominent Indian and global venture capitalists, fund managers, mentors and academics.
Todd M. Leombruno (MGT ‘00) of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, was elected vice president and controller of Parker Hannifin Corporation, a global motion and control technologies company.
Jeremy Davis (MGT ‘02) is chief executive officer of Consolidated Glass Holding Inc., the managing entity for a group of subsidiary companies operating in the architectural, security and custom glass and metal fabrication businesses. (Photo credit: Consolidated Glass Holding Inc.)
Todd Platzer (MGT ‘04) co-founded Ozone Layer Deodorant, LLC, a company creating a skincare line using a patented process for infusing ozone into shea butter and creating a chemical-free deodorant.
Mark Lunter (MGT ‘05) is chief marketing officer for Rush Street Gaming, a developer and operator of casinos in the United States. Lunter most recently served as regional vice president of marketing for Caesars Entertainment, leading strategies for its eastern and mid-south regions. Lunter is based out of company’s headquarters in Chicago.
Brad M. Picha (MED ‘06), a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon, joined Laser Spine Institute in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.
Ilana Ressler (MED ‘06), a physician board-certified in reproductive endocrinology and obstetrics and gynecology, joined the Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut in Fairfield County.
John Knific (CWR '09) of Cleveland, Ohio, is president, COO & co-founder of Wisr. The Cleveland-based educational technology company, providing an engaging space for alumni and students to connect with each other, was honored with a Venture Innovation Award at the 2017 ASU+GSV Summit. Knific, who is also an EdTech Exec and DecisionDesk CEO/co-founder, was among Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s Top 25 Young Entrepreneurs in 2007. Alumni are invited to mentor current CWRU students through The Alumni Career Network, powered by Wisr, by registering at https://case.wisr.io
Jessica Malone (CWR ‘10), assistant director of development the Philanthropy Institute, Cleveland Clinic, was selected as a member of Crain’s Cleveland Business’s 2017 class of Twenty in Their 20s, a group of young professionals that are helping propel Northeast Ohio’s renaissance through their business, civic and philanthropic endeavors.
Rebecca Jones (CWR ‘16) graduated from the Infantry Basic Officer Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, becoming the first female Infantry officer from Case Western Reserve University.
Aditya Rengaswamy (MGT ‘16) of Miami, Florida, received the Undergraduate Award of Distinction from the North-American Interfraternity Conference. The award recognizes fraternity men who have found in their experience an outlet for developing as both a leader and a better man by embodying the values of their fraternity and expecting the same from those with whom they associate. While at CWRU, Aditya was highly involved in the campus community as chapter president of Theta Chi, founder of Kids Against Hunger and executive board member of the What You Do Matters Summit. Additionally, he was recognized many times for his academic contributions to the Weatherhead School of Management.
Eli William (DEN ‘17) is a recipient of the 2017 Community Commitment Award, given annually by the Delta Dental Foundation, for committing to practice in a designated health professional shortage area in an effort to increase access to dental care in areas of high need. William joined a family dental practice in St. Clairsville, Ohio.
Published June 2017
Bernard Isaacson (DEN ‘44), age 98, continues to attend classes at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology and to golf.
Ardath A. Franck (GRS ‘56, communications sciences) of Fairlawn, Ohio, was inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame by the Ohio Department of Aging, the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging and members of the Ohio General Assembly. Franck was recognized in a ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium in Columbus on May 18. She is a speech therapist whose career has spanned more than seven decades. Today, Franck serves as the director of the Akron Education Campus and also tutors law and nursing students preparing for board examinations.
Diana Attie (FSM ‘60; GRS ‘62, art education), professor emeritus of art at The University of Toledo, received the Milestones Award for her outstanding leadership qualities in the field of art from the YWCA of Northwest Ohio.
Lucille Garber Ford (GRS ‘67, economics) was inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, by the Ohio Department of Aging, the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging and members of the Ohio General Assembly during a special ceremony at the Statehouse Atrium in Columbus. In the 1960s, Ford was the first and only woman to serve on the Ohio Edison Company Board of Directors and the first woman appointed to serve on a bank board for National City Bank. Ford made history in 1978 when she became the first woman to run for lieutenant governor in Ohio. In 1979, Ford was named dean of the School of Business Administration, Economics and Radio/TV of Ashland University. She developed several new majors and educational programs for adult students. In 1986, she became vice president of academic affairs, the nursing program, the writing center, the honors program and many other academic and administrative activities. She became provost in 1990, administering both graduate and undergraduate programs, continuing education and special programs, and is currently serving as provost emeritus, professor emeritus and board trustee emeritus. Since retiring from Ashland in 1995, she has devoted her leadership skills to the Ashland County Community Foundation, a fund enhances the Ashland County community. She has served on five major public company boards, held countless civic and community leadership positions, and sat on numerous local, state and national boards.
Carl A. Singer (CIT '68), is the national commander of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA, a congressionally chartered veterans service organization which has been continuously active since 1896 and advocates on behalf of all American veterans.
Linda Lehmann Masek (LYS ‘70) wrote and published The Mag-ni-fi-cat Mysteries (Fireside/Lux Publications). The book continue the story of Maggie the cat and her human friends in 1950's America. With illustrations created by the author, her home state of Ohio provides the local background for all the adventure.
Margaret Vugrin (FSM ‘71, LYS ‘72) received a master’s in public health from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC), Department of Public Health. She has worked as a reference librarian at TTUHSC Library in Lubbock, Texas, for the past 30 years. Vugrin moved to Texas when her husband, Davor Vugrin, MD, accepted an invitation to be chief of medical oncology at the TTUHSC Medical School. The couple's five children are scattered across the United States and their six grandchildren range in age from 14 to two years.
David W. Rose (WRC ‘74) writes the column Notes from Underground regularly featured in FUNGI Magazine, an exploration of the history of mycology via poetry, literature and biography.
Lee Fisher (LAW ‘76, MGT ‘97, MNO ‘05) is dean of Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
Barrett J. Rollins (GRS ‘79, molecular biology & microbiology; MED ‘80), chief scientific officer and faculty dean for academic affairs at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and the Linde Family Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, received an honorary degree from Amherst College during its 196th Commencement exercises on May 21, 2017.
Elaine Nichols (SAS '80) is the supervisory curator of culture at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Wesley W. Wilson (LYS ‘81), coordinator of archives and special collections at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, is the 2017 recipient of the Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., Memorial Award given by the Society of American Archivists in conjunction with the Society of Southwest Archivists. The award, honoring an archivist who has made a significant contribution to the field of religious archives, will be presented during a ceremony in July.
Michael C.H. McDaniel (LAW ‘82), a WMU-Cooley Law School associate dean and professor, was honored with the Distinguished Citizen Award by the Chief Okemos District of the Boy Scouts of America during the 2017 Distinguished Citizen Breakfast for Scouting. During the event, he also received the Key to the City from Lansing (Michigan) Mayor Virg Bernero. In addition to teaching constitutional law, McDaniel is also the director of the Homeland and National Security Law LL.M. program at WMU-Cooley Law School, a program he created in 2013. McDaniel is a retired Brigadier General and was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense Strategy, Prevention and Mission Assurance at Department of Defense prior to joining law school. In 2003, he was also Homeland Security Advisor to then-Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, and has been the chairperson for Great Lakes Hazard Coalition (GLHC) since 2012. He also served as the Assistant Adjutant General for Homeland Security with the Michigan National Guard. In 2016, McDaniel was appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to the Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee (FWICC) and helped to secure $100 million in funding from Congress. The funding sped up the process of removing hazardous water pipes, with over 600 pipes replaced by the end of 2016.
Amy Reif (WRC '82, MGT '86) of Bloomington, Indiana, is the command radiation health officer and an assistant radiation safety officer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, in Crane, Indiana.
Bob Graf (GRS ‘83, ‘85, macromolecular science) is corporate vice president of data science and analytics, a new position for the Lubrizol Corporation based in Wickliffe, Ohio.
Steven Accinelli (GRS '85, operations research), professor of aviation and director of aviation programs at the University of Dubuque, was named to the school's Faculty Hall of Fame for his nearly 20 years of work bringing the aviation program to national prominence. (Photo credit: University of Dubuque)
Forrest A. Norman III (WRC ‘86, LAW ‘92), shareholder of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. and founder and chair of Dickie McCamey’s Church Law Practice Group, presented Violence, Security and Church Liability to members of the National Conference of the Christian Legal Society in Washington, D.C. Norman lives in Hudson, Ohio.
Michelle Mohr Carney (SAS ‘89), professor and director of the School of Social Work at Arizona State University, has been named dean of the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare.
Christine Lys (CWR ‘90; GRS ‘97, biology) of San Diego, California, is associate vice president, business development at Accelovance, Inc., a global contract research organization specializing in oncology, vaccines/immunology and general medicine.
Hugh McNeelege (LAW ‘91), writing under the name Bear Kosik, was selected as one of the first resident playwrights at Manhattan Repertory Theatre. His play, Alpha Betty, was presented in June at the Players Theatre Short Play Festival and Between Panic and Desire was presented in July at the Midtown International Theatre Festival, both in Manhattan's Theater District.
Anton (Tony) Wallner (GRS ’92, chemistry) was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Webster University in Saint Louis, Missouri. He will begin his position July. He previously was at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida.
Russell Warley (GRS ‘93, chemical engineering) was named dean of faculty and professor of chemical engineering at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind.
Elaine Szeto (MGT '94, '00) is chief product officer of Western Alliance Bancorporation in Phoenix, Arizona, overseeing product strategy and development as well as services to drive innovation and meet the needs of both business and personal clients.
D. Phillip Stickney (MED ‘95) joined Kettering Physician Network Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Hamilton, Ohio. Stickney is a general orthopedist, specializing in shoulder, hip and knee replacement. He also evaluates and treats degenerative conditions of the lumbar spine.
Miguel A. Medina III (SAS ‘97), a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, joined the team of cancer specialists at Miami Cancer Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida.
Anu Hoey (GRS ‘98, molecular virology) is vice president of corporate development at Invenra, Inc., is an antibody discovery and development company focused on bispecific antibodies for immuno-oncology and based in Madison, Wisconsin.
John Melcher (MGT '98) is chief operating officer of Crystal Mountain, a family-owned, four-season resort destination southwest of Traverse City, Michigan.
Tesham Gor (MGT ‘02) is corporate vice president, corporate strategy and consumer insights for the Lubrizol Corporation based in Wickliffe, Ohio.
Andrew Lundberg (CWR '02) of Cincinnati, Ohio, is senior analyst at 84.51°, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co. focused on customer engagement.
Kate Wexler (LAW ‘02) joined Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP as senior attorney in the Business Practice Area in the Cleveland office. Wexler earned her JD cum Laude from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Justin Haselton (CWR ‘03), a civil engineer with R.E. Warner & Associates, Inc. in Westlake, Ohio, was named one of Civil + Structural Engineer Magazine’s 2017 “Rising Stars.” (Photo credit: CMP Communications)
Margaret Greco (MED ‘04), a pediatric cardiologist, joined SwedishAmerican of Rockford, Ill.
Jennifer Kahn McGinn (MGT '04) published her first children’s book Emily’s Shoes (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform), the story of a young girl who dreams in vivid color with the help of special shoes. The book was illustrated by a 12-year-old artist and proceeds support research for Batten Disease, an inherited disease of the nervous system that affects McGinn’s seven-year-old twin nieces.
Luke Feeney (LAW ‘05), mayor of the City of Chillicothe, Ohio, delivered the keynote speech at Ohio University Chillicothe’s Graduation Recognition Ceremony in April 2017.
Ellen Rudolph (GRS ‘07, art history) is chief curator at the Akron Art Museum. Rudolph previously served as executive director of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood, Ohio.
Jaeyeon Kim (GRS ‘08, biomedical engineering) is associate director of pharmacometrics at Novartis.
Erin Klug (LAW ‘09) was sworn onto the board of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan and received the group’s 2017 Regional Leadership Award at its 99th annual meeting. Klug, an intellectual property attorney focusing on patent and trademark procurement, is counsel at the Novi, Mich., offices of Varnum LLP.
Eli H. Miller (MGT ‘09) is the acting U.S. director of the Asian Development Bank and the acting U.S. director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He also is the chief of staff at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Nicholas Preusch (LAW ‘09), a tax manager at PBMares, LLP, a public accounting and consulting firm with national and international clients, was named one of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants Top 5 Under 35 for 2017.
Paul Hay (CWR '10) received his PhD in classical studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He will begin a teaching appointment in the Department of Classics at CWRU in fall 2017.
Andrew J. Wolf (CWR ‘10) joined Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP as an associate in the Labor & Employment practice area in the Cleveland office. Wolf earned his JD cum laude from William and Mary Law School, where he was the executive editor of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, earned the Legal Skills Scholar Award and won a Book Award for Topics in Disability Law. Wolf earned his BA summa cum laude from Case Western Reserve University, where he earned Phi Beta Kappa honors.
Sarah Hutnik (CWR ‘11, MGT ‘11, LAW ‘16), of Dayton, Ohio, is assistant prosecuting attorney for Montgomery County, Ohio, assigned to the Child Protection Unit of the Prosecutor’s Office.
David McCormick (GRS ‘11, early music performance), director of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, received a Rising Star Award from his alma mater, Shenandoah University Conservatory, in Winchester, Va.
Fabrice Henry (CWR ‘13) graduated cum laude from the The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and, during the convocation ceremony, he received the William Neely Taylor, MD Award in recognition of excellence in the field of Urology. Henry starts his residency in Urology at Akron General Medical Center and Akron City Hospital in July.
Sheilla Lienerth (MGT ‘15) is assistant vice president of client relations for Safeguard Properties in Valley View, Ohio.
Sara Smoter (LAW ‘16) joined the national trial and litigation law firm Kaufman & Company, LLC as an associate attorney in the firm’s Cleveland office. Smoter’s previous experience includes externships with the district judge for the U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, the United States magistrate judge for the Northern District of Ohio and the Offices of the United States Attorneys for the Northern District of Ohio. While attending Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Smoter served as executive notes editor of Case Western Reserve Law Review.
Published May 2017
John C. Thomas, Jr. (ADL ‘67) has written and published Fit In Bits: How to Stay Fit When you Have No Time to Stay Fit (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform), a guide to incorporating exercise into spare moments and situations in the course of an ordinary day.
Arthur Ross (MED ‘75) is joining the Scientific Advisory Board of MedAware Systems, Inc. A pediatric surgeon and researcher, Ross has served three medical schools as a campus executive or dean.
Richard Balnave (LAW ‘77), professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, has retired after 33 years of teaching a range of clinics in family law and children's law, as well as courses in professional responsibility. Permission to use photo in print and online granted by Kimberly Reich, Univ of Virginia School of Law. Photo credit: University of Virginia School of Law
Michael C.H. McDaniel (LAW ‘82), retired brigadier general and current Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School associate dean and professor of law, was inducted into the alumni ROTC Hall of Fame for the Seneca Battalion of the U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at St. Bonaventure University, located in Olean, New York, on April 1, 2017.
Sabra T. Pierce Scott (WRC ‘82, SAS ‘12) was sworn in by Mayor Frank G. Jackson as the City of Cleveland’s first director of quality control and performance management. The mission of this office is to track departmental performance and incorporate efficient, effective and economically sound process improvement methods to ensure high levels of accountability, compliance and quality control. Photo credit: City of Cleveland
Melissa Baumann (GRS ‘86, ‘88, metallurgy & material science) has been named the provost and chief academic officer at Xavier University, effective June 15, 2017.
Sanku Mallik (GRS ‘92, chemistry), professor of pharmaceutical sciences, received North Dakota State University’s prestigious Waldron Award for Excellence in Research. A nationally respected researcher, he has received $15.5 million in grants over the past 10 years, including a Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence grant from the National Institutes of Health for his pancreatic cancer research.
Marta Roth (MED ‘92), primary care physician at Roth Family Medicine Ltd. in Fairlawn, Ohio, has been selected to join the Physician Board at the American Health Council. She will be sharing her knowledge and expertise on family medicine.
Nimesh Mehta (CWR ‘96, MGT, ‘99) is chief operating officer and managing director of Civitas Capital Group, a family of specialty asset management and financial services companies.
Raland Hatchett Jr. (MGT ‘05) is executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit, Medina, and Stark Counties, Inc.
Angelina Bair (CWR ‘08) of University Heights, Ohio, received the Priscilla L. Drach Children’s Librarian Scholarship from Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science. The scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate creativity, leadership and dedication to children’s librarianship through academic achievement. Bair is pursuing her Master of Library and Information Science with a specialization in youth services and special collections at Kent State University, while working as a library associate substitute at Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library. She hopes to become a children’s librarian within a public library and to continue researching children’s literature. Photo credit: Kent State University
Derek Overstreet (CWR ‘08) joined the board of directors of Zoned Properties, Inc., a strategic real estate development firm whose primary mission is to identify, develop, and lease safe and sustainable properties in emerging industries. Overstreet is co-founder and chief scientific officer of Sonoran Biosciences, which develops new sustained-release pharmaceutical formulations for applications including orthopedic infection and postoperative pain management.
Michelle Buerschen (NUR ‘13, ‘16) joined the practice of Hyatt Family Care and is seeing patients at the Premier Physician Network practice in Tipp City, Ohio.
Published April 2017
George N. Havens (CIT ‘49, MGT ‘72) wrote and published Heroic Leaders: Visionary. Courageous. Inspiring. (Strategic Consulting Press) The book argues that life is richer with the benefit of heroes, by chronicling four unsung heroic leaders who have been important influences in his life: John Frank Stevens, The Hero of Marias Pass and the Panama Canal; Heinrich Harrer, a mountain climber and adventurer; T. Keith Glennan, a leader in education and at NASA; and David Ogilvy, an influential advertiser. This is the seventh book Havens has written since retiring as the head of The Jayme Organization, an advertising and marketing firm. His other books are based on his expertise and experience and include: We Made the Headlines Possible (Greenleaf Book Group) on his World War II service; A Special Time, A Special Place: East Cleveland Remembered (Greenleaf Book Group) on growing up there; A Professional Guide to Winning Presentation (Greenleaf Book Group) on his ad agency’s best practices; and The Competitive Challenge (Greenleaf Book Group) on satisfying today’s tougher customers. Havens, a resident of University Circle’s Judson Manor, now heads Strategic Consulting, a firm focused on leadership, planning and marketing.
Bob MacIntyre (CIT ‘52) of Redlands, California, has invented a syringe extender through his company ZIACOM. The product was the result of a request from Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Christopher Jobe at Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC), who was searching for a syringe extender that could be operated with one hand and provide doctors with better accuracy when working with orthopedic patients. The two men worked together on the development and the instrument is now being marketed by LLUMC officials. MacIntyre is also the inventor of The Arm Enhancer, designed to mitigate the problems of golf and tennis elbow, and The SeeCane, a tool using an LED light to provide additional stability and illumination. All of MacIntyre’s inventions were developed in his home.
Linda Lehmann Masek (LYS ‘70) wrote and published The Mysterious Cattery and Under the Cat's Paw (Fireside/Lux Publications). The books include two novellas, poetry and a full-length novel. Masek’s creative stories follow the tails(!) of: CopyCat, a feline sleuth, who solves a murder; Mag-ni-fi-cat, a cat who takes on a haunted house; and Catkin, a cat who brings a girl home to her family. With illustrations created by the author, her home state of Ohio provides the local background for all the adventure.
James N. Letendre (LYS ‘74) has retired after working in public libraries in Chicago, Miami Beach and Charleston, S.C. In 2015, he received his Master of Arts in Theology from St. Leo University in Florida. On February 11, 2017, Letendre was ordained a Permanent Deacon for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston, S.C.
Parameswar Nandakumar Warrier (MGT ‘75) wrote and published the novel The Stockholm Triangle (JustFiction Edition), in which a Somalian refugee in Sweden suspects that a new friend was involved in a massacre by U.N forces in his home village.
John McCreery (CIT ‘77) was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Iradimed Corporation, a developer of MRI compatible medical devices. McCreery has primary responsibility over the regulatory, manufacturing and engineering departments of the company.
JoAnn E. Manson (MED ‘79), chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, was honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2017 recipient of the Women’s Health Research Award, recognizing a physician for contributions that advance women’s health research in Massachusetts.
Annie L. Sobel (MED ‘83), of Lubbock, Texas, was appointed to the Texas Military Preparedness Commission by Governor Greg Abbott. Sobel is an associate professor at the Department of Medical Education and at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Texas Tech University (TTU), adjunct professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at TTU and an adjunct associate professor at the TTU Health Science Center School of Nursing. She is a former distinguished member of the technical staff at the Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, N.M., and guest scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She is also the current chair of the Permanent Monitoring Panel for mitigation of acts of terrorism for the World Federation of Scientists. Sobel achieved 20 years of military service in 2008, and retired as a Major General in the Arizona Air National Guard with an honorable discharge with prior service in the United States Army.
David J. Pristash (MGT ‘86) received his eighth patent for a vertical axis wind/solar turbine, which significantly increases the harvesting of solar energy while reducing environmental impact.
Lauren Lawrence (MGT ‘89) of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, was promoted to vice president of Karmanos Cancer Network, providing oversight and leadership for 14 cancer centers throughout Michigan. She first joined the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Health Care in Michigan in December 2013. Prior to that, Lawrence served as executive director of the Seidman Cancer Center at Lake Health University Hospitals in Mentor, Ohio, and in administrative roles in the Cleveland Clinic.
Linda Conrad (MGT ‘92) was appointed vice president, financial planning and analysis for Cooper Standard. She is based at the company's headquarters in Novi, Mich.
Robert Geho (MGT ‘94) was elected to the Cleveland Institute of Music Board of Trustees. Geho is the co-founder and CEO of Diasome Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he leads the management of the company’s development programs in new therapies for diabetes and obesity, and co-founder and director of SDG, Inc., a nanotechnology therapeutics company that is an Equity Partner Company of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Geho also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Diabetes Hands Foundation.
Chris Cronin (GRS ‘96, history) was promoted to principal consultant at HALOCK, a Chicago-based information security consulting firm. He has authored multiple risk management and governance methodologies and is a frequent public speaker on the topic of information security. Cronin serves on the board of directors of Eighth Blackbird, a Chicago-based arts organization.
Kimberley Mitchell (GRS ‘96, communications science) joined the law firm of Smith, Haughey, Rice & Roegge as a shareholder. Mitchell is a lawyer in the business and real estate law practice group based in the firm’s Holland, Mich., office.
Ronald J. O'Leary (LAW ‘97), Cleveland's current director of building and housing, was appointed Cleveland Housing Court judge in the Housing Division of Cleveland Municipal Court by Ohio Gov. John Kasich. He will take over on April 10. O'Leary will have to run for election in November to retain the seat through the end of the term, which concludes January 1, 2020.
Richik Sarkar (LAW ‘98), a member of McGlinchey Stafford’s Cleveland office, has been selected to participate in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 2017 Fellows Program, which aims to identify, train and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession. Demonstrating leadership in the legal community, Richik joins an organization of more than 240 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are personally committed to creating a truly diverse legal profession.
Gregory S. Lovins (MGT ‘99) is vice president and interim chief financial officer of Avery Dennison Corp., a global leader in pressure-sensitive and functional materials and labeling solutions. Lovins will lead the company’s finance function, including audit, financial reporting, investor relations, financial planning and analysis, tax and treasury. He will also oversee the company’s information technology group.
Jack Trachtenberg (CWR ‘99, GRS ‘99, political science) is a principal at Deloitte Tax LLP’s Multistate Tax Controversy Services practice in New York, focusing on all aspects of New York State and City tax controversy matters for corporations and passthroughs, including income/franchise and sales and use tax. He also advises clients on New York State and New York City tax matters, having successfully litigated cases before the New York State Division of Tax Appeals, the New York State Tax Appeals Tribunal and the New York State Supreme Courts. Before joining Deloitte, Jack was a partner at Reed Smith LLP focused on corporate income, franchise, gross receipts, sales and use and personal income taxes.
Dr. Chunjiang 'CJ' Qian (GRS ‘01, Systems Control & Engineering), Mary Lou Clarke Endowed Professor, was appointed chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at San Antonio.
Jacqueline Jones (CWR ‘02, GRS ‘04, ‘07, biomedical engineering) was one of 50 women across the state of Connecticut honored during the thirteenth annual Connecticut Technology Council Women of Innovation Awards Ceremony. The awards recognize women innovators, role models and leaders in science and technology professions. Of these 50 women, nine were recognized as winners in their respective categories. Jones won the category of Large Business Innovation and Leadership for her role as an R&D manager at Medtronic, a medical technology development company, where she leads a team focused on clinical engineering and user experience of a next generation surgical robot.
AnnMarie Kassouf (SAS ‘05) married Paul Lepro on July 9, 2016. The ceremony took place at St. Elias Melkite Catholic Church in Cleveland, followed by a reception at Mapleside Farms in Brunswick, Ohio, and a Mediterranean honeymoon cruise. The new Mrs. Lepro is a social worker at Cleveland Metro Health Medical Center. The couple resides in Lakewood.
John Popovich (MGT ‘05) is vice president of fluid sealing and thermal systems sales at EGC Enterprises, a company that pioneered the use of flexible graphite in fluid sealing and thermal management applications for high heat and high pressure applications.
Arlene Guzik (NUR ‘08) joined BayCare Urgent Care, of Clearwater, Florida, as director of occupational medicine services. Guzik has more than 25 years of experience in occupational health and previously served as assistant medical director and vice president, operations of Lakeside Occupational Medical Centers Inc. in Largo, Florida.
Ganesh Kumar (MGT ‘09), formerly executive vice president and chief financial official, was promoted to senior executive vice president and chief operating officer of OFG Bancorp, a financial holding company providing banking and financial services. Kumar is in charge of all retail operations, which collectively represent OFG’s largest revenue generating business, and all strategic business development and expansion endeavors.
Published March 2017
Frank Germane (CLC ‘49) received the Knight of the Legion of Honor medal from the French government for his service in the U.S. Army during WWII.
Fred Gray (LAW ‘54, HON ‘92), a prominent civil rights lawyer, received the Trailblazer Award from the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro, N.C.
James Young (GRS '71, history) published Union Power: United Electrical Workers in Erie, Pennsylvania (Monthly Review Press). The narrative extends from union organizing efforts during the Great Depression through ferocious political attacks during the McCarthy Era and economic losses of the Great recession and beyond in the quintessential American industrial town of Erie. Much of the content is supplied through oral history interviews, as well as traditional archival sources. Young serves as treasurer of the Pennsylvania Labor History Society and is working on a history of workers at the Hershey Foods facility in Pennsylvania.
Larry W. Hurtado (GRS ‘73, religion), emeritus professor of new testament language, literature & theology in the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh, received the 2017 PROSE Award in the category of archaeology & ancient history for his book, Destroyer of the Gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World (Baylor University Press).
Gina Gibney (WRC ‘79, GRS ‘82, theatre), founder, artistic director & CEO of Gibney Dance in New York City, received Dance/USA's Ernie Award at the organization’s 2017 Annual Conference. The Ernie Award honors individuals working in the dance field whose achievements have significantly empowered artists and supported their creativity individually or as a community. Gibney founded Gibney Dance in 1991 as a performing and social action dance company, which has today emerged as a cultural leader in the arts and social justice fields. She was named to the Out100 2016 list of influential members of the LGBT community, and in 2008 she was named to the Vanity Fair Hall of Fame for "making art and taking action."
Barney Olson (CIT ‘80) joined R.E. Warner & Associates Inc. of Westlake, Ohio, as senior process engineer.
George Njoroge (GRS ‘83, chemistry, GRS ‘85, chemistry), a U.S.-based Kenyan researcher and senior research fellow at Eli Lilly, has made history as the first African to be granted more than 100 patents by the US Patent and Trade Office. In addition to the more than 100 patents, Dr Njoroge has authored and co-authored over 120 scientific publications.
Maria Thomas-Jones (LAW ‘87)was named CEO of Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas.
William J. Barrett (MGT ‘89) was elected to the board of directors of 1ST Constitution Bancorp.
Anton Wallner (GRS ‘92, chemistry), an associate dean at Barry University in Florida, will join Webster University as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences this summer.
Robert Dombrowski (MED ‘93) joined The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics at its Prince William Orthopaedics, Hand Surgery & Sports Medicine Care Center in McLean, Va. Dr. Dombrowski specializes in sports medicine and joint replacement of the shoulder, knee and hip.
Paul B. Hervey (LAW ‘94) of Canton, Ohio, joined the law firm of Day Ketterer as a member.
Mylynn Tufte (NUR ‘95) was named state health officer for North Dakota by Governor Doug Burgum.
Eddie Taylor Jr. (MGT ‘99) joined the board of trustees at the Burton D. Morgan Foundation. Taylor currently serves as president of Taylor Oswald, an independent, employee-owned insurance brokerage firm. Taylor also serves as vice chair of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and board member for Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education, College Now, Greater Cleveland, Cuyahoga Community College Foundation and the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges. Photo credit: Burton D. Morgan Foundation
Michael Cosgrove (LAW ‘00) was appointed director of community development for the City of Cleveland by Mayor Frank Jackson.
Jefferey Ogden Katz (LAW ‘04), a partner at Chicago’s Patterson Law Firm, was selected as an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2017. Katz focuses his practice on professional liability cases throughout the country. Additionally, he represents attorneys before the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission and candidates for admission to the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar. Katz has served as the chair of the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section of the Professional Responsibility Committee since 2009 and has presented on issues relating to professional liability to the Chicago Bar Association, American Association for Justice and American Conference Institute. He has been cited on ESPN and in Sports Illustrated and is licensed in Illinois, Wisconsin and Kentucky. Super Lawyers is a rating service of peer-nominated lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Joe Mandato (MGT ‘04) was elected to board of trustees of Save the Children, an international humanitarian and relief organization serving children in need in the United States and around the world. Mandato is CWRU trustee and managing director of De Novo Ventures, a firm that invests in medical devices and biotechnology companies.
Anna Cerra (NUR ‘05, NUR ‘06) was appointed vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at the Greenwich Hospital of Greenwich, Conn.
Darren Norby (DEN ‘08) opened ABQ Dentures in Albuquerque, N.M.
Charles Sing (CWR ‘08, GRS ‘09, macromolecular science, GRS ‘09, macromolecular science), professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was selected for a 2017 NSF CAREER Award.
Jean Truman (NUR ‘08) of Bradford, Penn., associate professor of nursing, was named assistant dean of academic affairs at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
Matt Mendenhall (GRS ‘10, social welfare) has been named president of the Regional Development Authority. Founded in 1989 as the qualified sponsoring organization for a riverboat casino in Davenport, the RDA distributes grants to nonprofit groups with funding from casino revenues. Since 1991, the RDA has awarded a total of $60.4 million. Photo credit: Gary Krambeck
Amy Baisden (LAW ‘11) joined Yankee Farm Credit’s Middlebury, Vt., office as a Loan Documentation Specialist. For generations, her family raised beef cattle in Fayette County, WV. Amy is looking forward to turning her career toward supporting farmers and agricultural businesses.
Loressa Cole (NUR ‘12) was appointed the new chief officer/executive vice president of the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Emily Miller (SAS ‘15) joined two former high school classmates and the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation to establish the Harbor Springs Opportunity Scholarship for graduates of her alma mater, Harbor Springs High School in Michigan. Recipients of the annual $1,000 scholarship will be selected by the community foundation. Miller currently works as a research assistant and project coordinator for the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at CWRU.
Gloria Tavera (GRS ‘16, pathology) was named to the Forbes “30 Under 30” list in the health care category.
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Charles J. Wilson (CIT ‘57) of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, received the Frank W. Reinhart Award from the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International Committee on Fasteners. A member of ASTM since 1984, Wilson was specifically recognized for his outstanding contributions to the standardization of terminology for the fastener industry. In 2001, the committee honored Wilson with the Fred F. Weingruber Award for contributions to fastener standardization. Wilson previously served as director of engineering and treasurer with Industrial Fasteners Institute, and an instructor of mechanical engineering at Fenn College (now part of Cleveland State University). Wilson, a fellow of ASTM International, is also a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and an American Society of Mechanical Engineering fellow.
Robert Resnik (MED ‘65), professor emeritus at The University of California, San Diego, was selected to join the Physician Board at the American Health Council. Resnik has over five decades of experience in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology/Reproductive Medicine and is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Subspecialty Board of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Additionally, Resnik is an elected fellow ad eundem to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, United Kingdom, a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine. Resnik has published more than one hundred peer-reviewed publications and the textbook Creasy and Resnik’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Principles and Practice. (Photo credit: American Health Council)
Hon. Sheila Farmer (LAW ‘70), judge for the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Canton, Ohio, retired. Farmer has been a judge in Stark County for 39 years, including at the municipal and common pleas level.
Gerald Kohanski (GRS ‘73, English) was re-elected as president of the Aurora (Ohio) Board of Education. Kohanski has served on the board for 19 years, including 17 as president. He is an adjunct professor of English at Kent State University.
Leslie D. Dunn (LAW ‘75) of Shaker Heights, Ohio, was elected as an independent director on the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati's Board of Directors. Dunn was first appointed to the board in 2007 and was subsequently elected to four-year terms in 2009 and 2013. She is the chair of the Governance committee of the board and serves on its audit and personnel and compensation committees. She also serves on the boards of other public and privately held companies, including New York Community Bancorp Inc. and E&H Family Group Inc. Among her many civic and charitable activities, Dunn is a director of Breakthrough Charter Schools, Cuyahoga County Invest in Children, the David and Inez Myers Foundation, Mount Sinai Health Care Foundation and the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art.
Glenn F. Pierce (WRC ‘76, GRS ‘82, pathology, MED ‘84), of La Jolla, Calif., was appointed to the board of directors for Voyager Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage gene therapy company developing life-changing treatments for severe diseases of the central nervous system.
Richard H. Nemeth (WRC ‘78) was selected for inclusion on the Super Lawyers 2017 list in the area of consumer bankruptcy law. Nemeth, managing member of the Cleveland-based law firm Nemeth & Associates LLC, also was elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the only national bar association for consumer bankruptcy attorneys. Additionally, he was a panelist at the 2016 annual meeting of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, where he spoke on the treatment of student loans in consumer bankruptcy proceedings.
Richard M. Bain (LAW ‘79), of the Cleveland law firm of Buckley King, was named to the list of 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers and Ohio Rising Stars. Super Lawyers, a service of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Jeffrey Baddeley (LAW ‘83), of the Cleveland law firm of Buckley King, was named to the list of 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers and Ohio Rising Stars. Super Lawyers, a service of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Curtis Manley (WRC '83) released his debut children's fiction picture book, The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read (Simon & Schuster), in which a young boy finds that sometimes it takes just the right book to fall in love with reading.
Jane Semple (MGT ‘85) published her book Doctor’s Guide to Breast Cancer: Prevention and Treatment: A Naturopathic Approach and the second edition of Healthy, Vibrant Skin: A Naturopathic Approach (Woodland Publishing).
Jerry Wiggert (CIT ‘85), an associate professor of marine science at the University of Southern Mississippi, is serving as interim chairman for the university’s Division of Marine Science. He has been with the university since 2007.
Rosemary Sweeney (LAW ‘87), of the Cleveland law firm of Buckley King, was named to the list of 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers and Ohio Rising Stars. Super Lawyers, a service of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
David R. Watson (LAW ‘88) has been named executive director of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the education provider of the State Bar of Michigan. Watson formerly served as the executive director for the New York State Bar Association.
Janet Beardsley (NUR ‘93, NUR ‘96) joined the staff at Naples Family Practice in Lewiston, Maine. In addition to being a certified nurse midwife and A.N.P., Beardsley is interested in primary care, women’s health and sleep disorders and is a candidate for a doctor of nursing practice degree at University of Massachusetts Boston.
Geoff Wedig (CWR ‘94), of Torrance, Calif., and Nicholas Apostoloff received an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement for the design and development of animation rig-based facial performance-capture systems at ImageMovers Digital and Digital Domain. These systems evolved through independent, then combined, efforts at two different studios, resulting in an artist-controllable, editable, scalable solution for the high-fidelity transfer of facial performances to convincing digital characters.
Stephanie Stebich (MNO ‘99), former executive director of Tacoma Art Museum, was appointed director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Stebich holds degrees from Columbia University and New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. She is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute in Los Angeles and was a fellow at the Guggenheim Museum. She is a trustee of both the Association of Art Museum Directors and the American Alliance of Museums. She is married to Anne-Imelda Radice, executive director of the American Folk Art Museum in New York City. (Photo credit: Lui Kit Wong)
Edward Yim (MGT ‘99), of Los Angeles, Calif., was appointed president of The American Composers Orchestra, responsible for all aspects of ACO’s operations, including a leadership role in fundraising and evaluating existing activities and designing new programs that achieve and advance the mission of the now forty-year-old institution which has been responsible for performances of music by over 800 American composers, including 350 world premieres and newly-commissioned works.
Thomas Frazier II (GRS ‘00, psychology, GRS ‘04, psychology) joined Autism Speaks as its chief science officer. Frazier comes to Autism Speaks from Cleveland Clinic Children's, where he directed its Center for Autism since 2013. Previously, he was the autism center’s research director.
Samantha Hoover (GRS ‘01, art history) was named deputy director for advancement, communications and administration for the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, N.Y. Hoover previously was with the New York School of Interior Design, New York City.
Jennifer LaClair (MGT ‘01) has been appointed head of Business Banking at PNC. Based in Pittsburgh, LaClair is responsible for leading one of the largest domestic business banks. While earning her master in business administration at Case Western Reserve University, she was named the Class of 2001 Alumni Scholar and earned the Scott S. Cowen Outstanding Leadership Award. (Photo credit: PNC Bank)
Sherrie Miday (LAW ‘01) was elected judge for the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court of Ohio.
Christopher Bedford (GRS ‘03, art history), Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, has been elected to the board of directors of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.
William M. Henry (CWR ‘04) was named a partner at the law firm of Thompson Hine LLP, where he is a member of the Cleveland-based corporate transactions & securities practice group. Henry was selected to the Super Lawyers 2017 Ohio Rising Stars list and received his juris doctorate with honors from The University of Texas School of Law in 2007.
Robin Patrice Lowman (MED ‘04) of Atlanta, married Richard Andrew “Trey” White III, on December 3, 2016, at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort on Kiawah Island, S.C. Lowman is an emergency medicine physician. (Photo credit: The Decisive Moment)
Gerhard (Gary) Anderson (LAW ‘05), Weston, Conn., was promoted to partner of the national law firm Seward & Kissel LLP. Anderson is a member of the firm’s business transactions group and works with public and private companies, private investment funds, investment management firms, financial institutions, business owners and managers in connection with a variety of business transactions, financings, and general corporate matters.
Greg Lewis (LAW ‘06) joined the partnership at the law firm of Price Heneveld LLP of Grand Rapids, Mich.
Eric Woychik (MGT ‘06), of Oakland, Calif., joined Willdan Group, Inc., a provider of professional technical and consulting services, as the firm’s in-house regulatory policy expert. Woychik has more than 40 years of regulatory policy expertise in the clean-energy and utilities arena, and has worked on behalf of a broad range of organizations including the California PUC and the New York PSC.
Christine (Fleming) Hendon (GRS ‘07, biomedical engineering, GRS ‘10, biomedical engineering), assistant professor of electrical engineering at Columbia University, won the Presidential Early Career Award, the highest honor the U.S. government gives to young scientists and engineers. Hendon, who develops innovative medical imaging instruments for use in surgery and breast cancer detection, was one of 102 researchers from across the nation named by President Obama. Hendon has earned numerous honors for her groundbreaking work: in 2015 she won a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development award; in 2014 she received a National Institutes of Health New Innovator Award; in 2013 she was named to both MIT’s prestigious list of 35 Innovators Under 35; and the Forbes 30 Under 30 list of game changers in science and health care.
Conor A. McLaughlin (LAW ‘07) was named a partner at the law firm of Thompson Hine LLP, where he is a member of the Cleveland-based the product liability litigation practice group.
Nathan J. DeVries (LAW ‘09), who concentrates his practice in patent counseling, prosecution and portfolio management, was named a partner at the law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP in Grand Rapids, Mich. DeVries graduated with his law degree from Case Western University magna cum laude where he was Order of the Coif.
Alisa (Davis) Murray (SAS ‘11), of Euclid, Ohio, published Unlikely Hitter, the fictional story of a woman seeking justice after her happy life is turned upside down by a crime. In addition to writing, Murray is currently at the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority teaching people with both mental and physical disabilities how to ride public transportation.
Pooja Hitendra Rambhia (CWR ‘13) received a 2017 research grant from the American Skin Association for her study Investigating the Functional Role of a Novel Germline XPC Mutation in a High Risk Melanoma Family.
Sergio A. Garcia (MGT ‘16) was named the new president of operations and university chief of staff at State University of New York’s Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y. Garcia previously served as vice president and administrative chief of staff at St. Lawrence Health System’s Canton-Potsdam Hospital of Potsdam, N.Y., senior adviser to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and chief of staff and senior policy adviser to two assistant secretaries of state in the U.S. Department of State.
Felipe Gomez del Campo (CWR ‘16) was one of four innovators nationally selected to participate in a new two-year entrepreneurship program at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Ill.
Kevin Laverty (CWR ‘16), of New Kensington, Pa., joined VisiMax Technologies, which serves companies in commercial and industrial markets who specialize in instrumentation, lighting design and manufacturing, display, and optical systems.
Olivia Ortega (CWR ’16) of Newark, Ohio, was selected as a member of the inaugural cohort of Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellows. Ortega will work with Cleveland City Council on its new policy agenda, Civitism, and will work with the council president and committee chairs on the council's public health initiative, centered on addressing infant mortality and lead poisoning.
Addie Shock (NUR ‘16) joined the New Beginnings Pediatrics offices in Norwalk and Bellevue, Ohio, as a certified pediatric nurse practitioner. Shock is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners, Society of Pediatrics Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
Sara Smoter (LAW ‘16) joined the national trial and litigation law firm Kaufman & Company, LLC as an associate attorney in the firm’s Cleveland office. Smoter’s previous experience includes externships with the district judge for the U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, the United States magistrate judge for the Northern District of Ohio and the Offices of the United States Attorneys for the Northern District of Ohio. While attending Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Smoter served as executive notes editor of Case Western Reserve Law Review.
Dayton Snyder (CWR ‘16) of West Lafayette, Ind., was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, based on his academic and athletic achievements during his football career as a Spartan.
Judy E. Tingley (NUR ‘16) was appointed vice president and CEO of Erlanger Health System’s new Heart and Lung Institute in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Katrice Williams (SAS ‘16), policy assistant at the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, delivered the keynote address, Voting Rights in an Election Year, at the Wooster-Orrville NAACP’s annual Freedom Fund Dinner on the College of Wooster campus. Williams has worked in program development, parent and family engagement, and women’s rights and empowerment in several countries including China, Nigeria, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States and Zambia.
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Michael H. Diamant (CIT ‘68), a partner at the Cleveland offices of the Taft law firm, was named a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an international center of excellence for the practice and profession of alternative dispute resolution. Diamant completed coursework and testing in international arbitration and international award writing to be awarded his fellowship.
Bernadette Kerrigan (SAS ‘86) was named the executive director of First Year Cleveland, a City of Cleveland initiative aimed at combating infant mortality in the region.
Chip Bell (WRC ‘87) was named the managing director of the Cleveland office of Accenture, a global consulting firm. Photo credit: Accenture
Col. John O’Brien (CWR ‘89), of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, assumed command of the 111th Operations Group at Horsham Air Guard Station in Montgomery County, Pa. O’Brien is the highest-ranking officer for the unit’s remotely piloted aircraft mission, which employs the MQ-9 aircraft, an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance aircraft used for intelligence collection and dynamic execution of targets. He formerly commanded the 111th’s Operations Support Squadron.
Scott P. Bruder (GRS ‘90, biomedical sciences, MED ‘92) was appointed as an independent director and a member of the Compensation Committee of Bellerophon Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biotherapeutics company. Bruder has held a number of senior executive and scientific roles at Stryker Corporation, Becton, Dickinson and Company, Johnson & Johnson, Anika Therapeutics and Osiris Therapeutics. He is currently an adjunct professor of biomedical engineering at CWRU and recently served on an FDA advisory committee for cellular, tissue and gene therapies. He continues to serve on several academic advisory boards for biomedical engineering at leading universities.
Susan Chiancone (MGT ‘92) was appointed vice president, chief financial officer of Meister Media Worldwide. In her role, Chiancone has executive management responsibility for corporate finance, accounting and administration.
Jay R. Deshmukh (LAW ‘92) joined Arent Fox LLP as a partner in the firm’s New York office. Deshmukh joins the firm’s internationally recognized Intellectual Property practice and industry-leading Hatch-Waxman team, where he will focus on patent litigation and counseling, particularly for the generic pharmaceutical industry.
Murat Eskiyerli (GRS ‘92, electrical engineering & applied physics) relocated to the Netherlands after accepting a job from a U.S. company with offices in the Nijmegen area. Eskiyerli previously spent ten years in Turkey.
Todd M. Michney (CWR ‘93) of Atlanta, Ga., published Surrogate Suburbs: Black Upward Mobility and Neighborhood Change in Cleveland, 1900–1980 (UNC Press). The book looks at how middling African American families such as post office workers, truck drivers, and tradesmen negotiated racially discriminatory barriers in order to successfully buy land, secure mortgages and build homes in newer, outlying areas of Cleveland prior to 1930; and how after World War II, middle class black Clevelanders strove to extend these gains amid interracial tensions, land development disputes, class and status conflicts within the African American community, a declining local economy and worsening neighborhood living conditions. Photo credit: UNC Press
Amit Patel (MED ‘98) was named Chief of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Miami Health System. Patel is a leader in the development of new therapies for cardiac diseases and previously served as professor of surgery and director of Clinical Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Photo credit: University of Miami Health Systems
William J. Doan (GRS ‘99, American studies), Penn State professor of theatre and former associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Arts and Architecture, was appointed director of the School of Theatre for a three-year term. A playwright, author and solo performer, his most recent play, Drifting, received a production at Dixon Place Theatre in New York City. Photo credit: Penn State
Ralph Holmes (MGT ‘00) was named president and general manager for Cigna’s commercial health care benefits plans in Arizona, adding to its Phoenix-based leadership team. Photo credit: Cigna
Andrean R. Horton (LAW ‘00) was appointed executive vice president and CLO of A. Schulman, Inc. Horton joined Schulman in 2010.
Matthew Previts (MGT ’02), account executive at Logicalis, was honored by Crain’s Cleveland Business’ Forty Under Forty for 2016.
Mary McNamara (SAS ‘03) was sworn in as director of the Cleveland Department of Aging by Mayor Frank G. Jackson. McNamara is a licensed social worker and has been with the City’s Department of Aging since 2008. She is a board member for Abington Arms University Circle Housing and Amani Children’s Foundation as well as a committee member for the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging.
Brent Pietrafese (LAW ’03, MGT ’03), partner at Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, was honored by Crain’s Cleveland Business’ Forty Under Forty for 2016.
Tim Aten (CWR ‘04) of Vermilion, Ohio, appeared on TV’s long-running “Jeopardy!” game show in December 2016.
Adrienne N. Cvetkovic (LAW ‘04) joined the law firm of Buckley King as an associate in its commercial litigation practice in Cleveland, Ohio.
Augusta Wilson (CWR ‘05) was named the new energy law & policy fellow at the Frank J. Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law at New York University School of Law. Wilson joined the center from the Clean Air Council in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she did litigation and policy work on a number of sustainable energy issues, including hydraulic fracturing and the Clean Power Plan. Wilson previously was a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico and an associate at White & Case in New York. Augusta received her JD from Cornell Law School and is admitted to practice law in New York and Pennsylvania.
Valissa Turner Howard (LAW ’07), deputy inspector general for Cuyahoga County, was honored by Crain’s Cleveland Business’ Forty Under Forty for 2016.
Ann Marie Adornato (DEN ‘08) purchased Dr. John Albert's Periodontic and Implant Dentistry practice in Liverpool, New York. Adornato is a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, and has completed step 1 for board certification in periodontics.
Trevor Clatterbuck (CWR ‘08, CWR ‘08) has opened Ohio City Provisions in Cleveland, a store stocked entirely with food grown within Ohio's borders. In fact, some of the provisions are grown at Clatterbuck’s Wholesome Valley Farms in Wilmot, Ohio. Photo credit: Chuck Crow/The Cleveland Plain Dealer
David Ebersole (LAW ’08), assistant director of the Department of Economic Development for the City of Cleveland, honored by Crain’s Cleveland Business’ Forty Under Forty for 2016.
Joseph Connolly (GRS ’09, systems control & engineering), an aerospace engineer at the NASA Glenn Research Center, honored by Crain’s Cleveland Business’ Forty Under Forty for 2016.
Diane DeVivo (NUR ‘09, NUR ‘10), Director of Patient Care Services at Northwell Health, has been selected to join the Nursing Board at the American Health Council, where she will be sharing her knowledge and expertise in Leadership and Emergency Medicine. DeVivo's career as an emergency nurse has spanned over 25 years and her career in Critical Care Leadership and Operations for the past 13 years. DeVivo is affiliated with the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and Society for Critical Care Medicine. She actively volunteers with her local community church.
Katherine Krynak (GRS ‘15, biology), assistant professor of biology at Ohio Northern University, received a Fulbright Scholarship opportunity to study in Ecuador. Her study, Effects of Introduced Trout on Glassfrogs of Ecuador and the Relationship to Amphibian Disease Susceptibility, has the potential to make a positive impact on the region’s environment and people. She previously worked in Panama studying indigenous golden frogs and as a zookeeper in Cincinnati and Cleveland. She currently is working with the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo to study relationships between western lowland gorillas and heart disease and an upcoming project involving black rhinos and insulin resistance. Photo credit: Ohio Northern University
Suneil Kamath (MGT ‘16) was named to LinkedIn’s second annual Top Voices List. The list features 180 writers whose work stands out among the more than 160,000 stories published on LinkedIn every week. Writers are selected based on a diverse set of factors, including engagement and follower growth, and write on a wide variety of topics, including education, entrepreneurship and artificial intelligence.
C.J. Krimbill (CWR ‘16) was selected to receive the NCAA Today's Top 10 Award, recognizing former student-athletes for their successes on the field, in the classroom and in the community. The 10 recipients, selected from all three NCAA divisions, completed their athletics eligibility during the 2015-16 academic year and were recognized at the Honors Celebration during the NCAA Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
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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.
Fred D. Gray (LAW ‘54, HON ‘92) was honored by Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., as the university renamed its legal seminars program the Fred D. Gray Institute for Law, Justice & Society.
William J. Miller (LAW ‘54) of Fairlawn, Ohio, was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Class of 2016 for his service in the U.S. Army during World War II. Miller’s long record of community service includes a lifelong involvement the Boy Scouts of America, and has earned the Wood Badge training award, the District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver -- an award given to those who implement the scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice and dedication. He is a founding member and past president of the Fairlawn Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of American Legion Post 19 in Akron and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 349 in Fairlawn. Miller served as the featured speaker at the Governor's 36th Annual Holocaust Commemoration in May, where he spoke about his experience in liberating a concentration camp.
Marianne Krizner (CLC ‘57) of Johnstown,Pennsylvania, was inducted into the Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center Artists’ Hall of Fame, established to commend artists and art advocates for the work they have done to ensure that the arts remain a vital part of the community. (photo credit: Holly Lees)
Harold R. Weinberg (ADL ‘66, LAW ‘69), Everett H. Metcalf, Jr. Professor of Law, retired from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he taught for nearly 45 years. With a focus on the areas of uniform commercial code, antitrust, legal drafting and intellectual property, Weinberg also has published pieces in numerous law journals, including the Tulane Law Review, Journal of Legal Studies, Minnesota Law Review, Business Lawyer and Journal of Intellectual Property Law.
Susan F. Goekler (FSM ‘67), Emeritus CEO of the American School Health Association, was appointed to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Since 1979, the Healthy People initiative has set disease prevention and health promotion objectives for the nation.
Hon. Frank J. LaBuda (LAW ‘74) of Sullivan County, NY, delivered a lecture to the faculty of law for the University of Travnik in Sarajevo. The lecture covered the legal, evidentiary and psychological issue of child sex offender cases in the United States and was part of a lecture series that helps improve the legal system of developing countries by teaching foreign law students about the best practices of law in the U.S.
William N. Farran (LAW ‘76), partner at Nicoll Davis & Spinella LLP, will lead the firm’s new Philadelphia office, bringing Outside General Counsel™ services to small- and mid-cap businesses.
David Sedlacek (MSASS ‘76, social administration, GRS ‘79, MSASS, MSASS ‘79) was named an ombudsman in the newly created ombuds office at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. The office will serve about 6,000 faculty, staff and students.
Joseph G. Ouslander (MED ‘77) of Boca Raton, Fla., was named senior medical advisor for Pathway Health, a post-acute care professional services organization and training, education, management and consulting services company.
Steven Rubinstein (MED ‘80) received the 2016 Outstanding Caregiver Award from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
Laura Quatela (LAW ‘82) is the new chief legal officer for Lenovo, one of the world’s largest smartphone manufacturers and PC vendors. She remains a director of Technicolor, a position she has held since 2013. Her previous experience includes co-founding Quatela Lynch Intellectual Property, as well as legal roles at Eastman Kodak, Clover Capital Management, SASIB Railway GRS and Bausch & Lomb.
James Zizelman (CIT ‘82, GRS ‘84, mechanical engineering) of Rochester, Michigan was named vice president, engineering at Delphi Electronics and Safety. In this position, he is globally responsible for the development of all active and passive safety, infotainment, user interface and autonomous driving technologies. In his prior role, Zizelman was the managing director at Delphi Powertrain, responsible for business leadership for all engine management products in the Americas region. James is married to Francine Blatnik and has one son, Matthew, attending Michigan State University.
David S. Michel (LAW ‘83) joined Rumizen Weisman Co. of Cleveland on an of counsel basis. Michel will continue to focus his practice on representing individuals and families that have suffered injury or loss. He was admitted to the Ohio State Bar Association in 1984.
Patti Berns (DEN ‘84, DEN ‘86), along with two of her children, Josh and Dani, received the 2016 Generation Award from the Cleveland Jewish News as part of their annual 18 Difference Makers awards. Berns is a chair for The Race, an annual Mother’s Day event to raise funding and awareness for breast cancer co-founded by Josh and Dani. The Race has raised more than $1 million since 2004, with 100 percent of proceeds going to breast cancer research.
Gautam N. Yadama (SAS ‘85, GRS ‘90, social welfare) was named dean of the Boston College School of Social Work. Yadama has also served as director of international programs at the Brown School of Social Work and as a visiting professor in India, Azerbaijan, Mongolia and the Republic of Georgia. Author of the recent book Fires, Fuel and the Fate of 3 Billion: The State of the Energy Impoverished, Yadama currently serves as an advisory group member with the Implementation Science Network for the National Institutes of Health and is an active member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Public Health Association, the Council on Social Work Education and the Society for Social Work and Research.
Gina Beim (GRS ‘87, systems control & engineering, MGT ‘04, MGT ‘04) of Shaker Heights, Ohio, celebrated the tenth anniversary of her company, MCDA Consulting. The firm offers chief marketing officer services on a contractual basis to small and mid-size manufacturers targeting the engineering and construction industry, as well as those interested in expanding into Latin America.
Mark Miller (CWR ‘91) was promoted to Senior Vice President – Account Manager for the Washington, D.C., operations of Skanska, one of the world’s leading construction and development firms. Miller has managed several landmark projects, including the Stamford Hospital 650,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art expansion and renovation project in Fairfield County, Connecticut, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Va., The Newseum in Washington, D.C., the Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Va., and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Fla. Miller recently graduated from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, with distinction, where he earned a Master of Design in real estate and urban development. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Construction Institute at the University of Hartford.
Tom Pavilon (MGT ‘92) has been appointed marketing director for St. Louis-based PolyAd Services, LLC, a global plastic additives organization. Pavilon's experience in marketing, sales, business development, technical service, innovation management, supply chain management and engineering extends over three decades with market-leading, global companies including Arizona Chemical, Hexion Inc., Lubrizol Corp., Monsanto and PRTM, now part of PwC.
John E. Scheatzle Jr. (MGT ‘93) was appointed president of DMC Global Inc.'s NobelClad explosion welding business.
Rick Costello (MGT ‘95) joined the Cleveland office of Align Capital Partners, LP, a private equity firm, as operating partner.
Alan M. Scarrow (MED ‘96, LAW ‘96) was appointed president for 2016-2017 by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Scarrow currently serves as president of Mercy Health System for the Springfield Communities in Missouri, where he has practiced for 13 years.
Alysia K. Lorincz (CWR ‘97, GRS ‘03, practice oriented master’s) joined KS Associates Inc., a civil-transportation engineering and surveying firm located in Elyria, Ohio, as roadway group leader, project manager in the Transportation Group. Lorincz is responsible for promoting and managing transportation projects, with a focus on roadway engineering.
Amy L. Smith (NUR ‘97) joined the Cape Coral Obstetrics and Gynecology office of Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida as a certified nurse midwife. Smith has 19 years of experience as a registered nurse and certified nurse midwife, working in both hospital and private practice settings in Ohio and Florida. She also has served as a clinical instructor for nursing students at Mercy College of Northwest Ohio in Toledo, Ohio.
Lori Niederst (MGT ‘98) was appointed Chief Human Resource Officer of the Progressive Corporation in Mayfield Village, Ohio. Niederst has held numerous senior human resources positions within the company, including business leader, compensation and benefits and senior human resource business leader for claims.
Wayne White (MGT ‘98) was appointed Vice President of Sales for North America at Alcatel, the fourth largest mobile phone manufacturer in North America. White assumes responsibility for growing the Alcatel product family among carriers and expanding the company's presence in the enterprise segment.
Asaf Batelman (CWR ‘00) joined the Washington, D.C. office of Cantor Colburn LLP in Alexandria, Virginia. Batelman’s practice focuses on preparing and prosecuting patent applications. He has experience in a wide range of technical areas, including semiconductor packaging and fabrication, petrochemicals, chemical and gas processing, and battery technologies.
Antoine Daher (MGT ‘00) was appointed chief executive officer of Gulf Bank in Kuwait. Daher, previously was named deputy CEO, Wholesale Banking at Gulf Bank in 2013. Prior to joining Gulf Bank, he served as general manager for Domestic Corporate Banking at National Bank of Kuwait from 2011 to 2013 and head of the Domestic Multinational unit from 2007 to 2011. (photo credit: Gulf Bank)
Jennifer Hackwith (NUR ‘04) was named the new coordinator of Idaho State University’s accelerated nursing program, based at the Meridian campus. The program allows students to earn a second bachelor’s degree in an intensive 12-month program.
Joe Mandato (MGT ‘04) was elected to the Board of Directors of Valeritas Holdings, Inc. Mandato is currently a managing director at DeNovo Ventures where he led investments in 10 medical device companies. He has served on the board of directors of numerous companies, including but not limited to Hansen Medical, Align, Facet Solutions, and AxoGen, Inc. Mandato also serves on the CWRU Board of Trustees.
Katy Wane (CWR ‘04, GRS ‘04, bioethics, LAW ‘09, MED ‘09) joined FisherBroyles, LLP as a partner in the full-service law firm’s Health and Pharmacy Law practice.
LaToya Logan (MSSA ‘06) was sworn in to the Cleveland Community Police Commission by Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson. The commission makes recommendations on policies and practices related to community and problem-oriented policing, bias-free policing, and police transparency; works with the communities that make up Cleveland for the purpose of developing recommendations for police practices that reflect an understanding of the values and priorities of Cleveland residents; and reports to the City and to the community to provide transparency on police department reforms. Logan is a social worker who specializes in trauma, criminal justice and crisis management. She is a licensed independent social worker, certified clinical trauma professional with the International Association of Trauma Professionals, and a supervisor with the Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board of Ohio. Logan is the founder and director of Project L.I.F.T.
Joshua F. Coleman (MED ‘07) was appointed Vice President of Medical Affairs for GenomOncology. Coleman will oversee clinical content development and curation of scientific evidence, enhancing the company's proprietary knowledge-enabled platform.
Susan M. Kornatowski (LAW ‘08), of Walthall CPAs in Cleveland, was named to the Law Alumni Association Board for Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Michael J. Kubit (MGT ‘08) was appointed to the position of vice president for Information Technology and chief information officer by the Penn State Board of Trustees. Prior to his new position, Kubit served as deputy chief information officer for Information Technology Services at Case Western University. Kubit belongs to a number of professional organizations, including EDUCAUSE and the Society of Information Managers, and has served on committees at both the university and with community and professional institutions.
Cheryl Greer Jordan (MGT ‘09) was appointed chief diversity and inclusion officer at the Milwaukee-based Medical College of Wisconsin. Jordan was previously the associate vice chancellor of diversity and inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care in Worcester.
Shahrzad Kojouri (LAW ‘09) has joined the Access Group of West Chester, Pennsylvania, as assistant general counsel. Kojouri will provide legal counsel related to operations and legal affairs, review and negotiate contracts, and provide legal advice on litigation, regulatory, compliance and policy issues.
Patricia A. Sharpnack (NUR ‘09), dean and Strawbridge professor of Ursuline's Breen School of Nursing, was elected president of the Ohio Board of Nursing. Sharpnack was appointed to the Ohio Board of Nursing in 2014. (photo credit: Ursuline)
Zachary David Christoff (CWR ‘12, DEN ‘16) of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, married Shannon Marie Smrek. The newlyweds honeymooned in Hawaii.
Gaye Ficarrotta (NUR ‘12) of Palm Harbor, Florida, joined Florida Hospital Physician Group as their first certified nurse midwife. Ficarrotta has delivered just under 1,000 babies as a certified nurse midwife and has ten years of labor and delivery experience as a hospital staff nurse. She is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
Emma Cleary (NUR ‘13) joined the family medicine team at Mayo Clinic Health System in Le Sueur, Minnesota.
Frank Gehry (HON ’13), world renowned architect, was among 21 artists, athletes and innovators to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barak Obama. (Photo credit: Getty Image News/Chip Somodevilla)
Stephan Liozu (GRS ‘13, management) joined the board of directors of Laticrete, a manufacturer of construction solutions for the building industry.
Nancy Jaskowak Cresse (NUR ‘16) was among 13 nurses honored by the New Jersey State Nurses Association for outstanding professional career accomplishments at its 2016 Divas and Dons in Nursing celebration. Cresse is a faculty member at Rutgers University School of Nursing Camden and a noted philanthropist.
Sara Smoter (LAW ‘16) joined the national trial and litigation law firm Kaufman & Company, LLC as an associate attorney in the firm’s Cleveland office. Smoter’s previous experience includes externships with the district judge for the U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, the United States magistrate judge for the Northern District of Ohio and the Offices of the United States Attorneys for the Northern District of Ohio. While attending Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Smoter served as executive notes editor of Case Western Reserve Law Review.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, www.bearlydesigned.com.
Julie Kass (LAW ’94) is one of six Ober|Kaler attorneys who have been selected for the 2016 edition of Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers. Super 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 anti-kickback 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 <academia.com>. 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