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Class Notes – Winter 2019


Angelo Thomas Crapanzano, BS ’51, published his eighth novel, a science fiction romance titled A Different Time, A Different Earth, and is working on number nine. A retired electronic engineer who lives in Fairlawn, Ohio, he worked for 42 years on electronic systems for military and advanced commercial aircraft. He holds several patents in aircraft electronics.


Frank Loucka, BSME ’69, retired from Alloy Bellows & Precision Welding as national accounts manager. He is a city councilman in Vermilion, Ohio.

William Reith, BS ’69, was inducted into the USA Fencing Hall of Fame. He posted 110 victories as a Viking fencer from 1964-68 and was head coach of CSU’s fencing team from 1995 to 2001. He is a member of the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame.


Diane Cuffman Ryder, BEd ’70, has worked as a newspaper reporter and photographer for 35 years. She recently published her first book, Last Flight of the Grey Geese, and is working on a second. Her husband, Ed Ryder, BA ’70 and JD ’77, retired after many years as an attorney and a decade as chairman of the Geauga County Republican Party. The couple live in Chagrin Falls.

James Lowe, JD ’72, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ohio Association for Justice’s 2018 annual convention. The founder and partner at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA, was recognized for his lifetime of service and dedication to excellence in litigation, primarily on behalf of individuals catastrophically injured by dangerous and defective products.

James C. Schwab, BA ’73, received the Goddard-White Award for national impact to floodplain management from the Association of State Floodplain Managers. He is chair-elect of the APA Hazard Mitigation/Disaster Recovery Planning Division, and an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning.

Sean Crum, BA ’74, retired from teaching art and art history at North Ridgeville High School in 2012 and now teaches art history at the Center for Life Long Learning at Lorain County Community College.

Joseph Salem Jr., BBA ’74 and BA ’98, is the new director of Michigan State University Libraries and a university librarian. For the past three years, he has been associate dean for learning, undergraduate services and commonwealth campus libraries at Penn State University.

James Reitenbach, MEd ’75, came out of retirement to serve as interim athletic director at North Ridgeville High School. His career in education includes executive director of operations and construction for Lakewood Schools, superintendent of Avon Schools for 13 years and athletic director for Elyria Schools for seven years.

James Walzer, JD ’75, practices law in the New York area and has authored a number of law publications. He lives in New Jersey.

Karen Schroeder Hudy, BA ’76, retired after 40 years as registrar at the Cleveland Institute of Art and was awarded emerita status. She lives in Vermillion, Ohio.

Joe Schwachter, JD ’76, was honored by Penn State University with the College of Liberal Arts Alumni Award, as well as the Outstanding Liberal Arts Alumni Award. The Penn 1973 political science graduate has worked at Littler Mendelson law firm since 1982.

Marilyn Cover, JD ’78, was named 2018 recipient of the Sandra Day O’Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education, presented by the National Center for State Courts. Cover retired in October following 35 years as founding executive director of the Classroom Law Project. She lives in Portland, Ore.

Gary Engle, BSCE ’78, was elected to the National Academy of Construction. He is the executive vice president, national governments, for the engineering firm AECOM. Engle retired as a rear admiral after a 28-year naval career.

Paul Deering, BA ’78 and MEd ’84, is a professor of education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has been with the university since 1993 and developed and directs the MEd in Curriculum Studies with a Middle and Secondary Level Emphasis program which recently evolved to a Pacific Islands STEAM focus (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math).

Glenn Miller, MS ’79, is a senior project manager for Compliance Technologies, Inc., an environmental/health/safety services company.


Karen Giffen, BAUS ’80 and JD ’89, received the 2018 Crain’s Cleveland Business Women of Note Award. She is the founder and managing partner of Giffen & Kaminski law firm.

Ron Lindahl, BS ’81, was named chief operating officer of Soleo Health, an infusion services provider. He joined the firm in 2016 as vice president of information technology.

Dee Perry, BA ’81, received the Cleveland Foundation Legacy Award as part of the 2018 Women of Note awards from Crain’s Cleveland Business. The retired WCPN broadcaster also is a 2018 recipient of CSU’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Tim Tarnowski, BBA ’81, was named to the newly created position of chief transformation officer at UMass Memorial Health Care. He continues to serve as chief information officer, a position he has held for four years.

William Boyd, BS ’82, was promoted to executive director, transmission programs, at FirstEnergy Corp. He has been with the company since 1982 and most recently was vice president, asset management.

Charlene Mancuso, BSN ’82 and MPA ’93, is serving a four-year term as president of Euclid City Council. A 2005 recipient of CSU’s Distinguished Alumni Award, she is a nursing faculty member at Kaplan University and a business partner in a healthcare consulting company.

Garry Augustine, MA ’83, is executive director of the Washington, D.C. headquarters of Disabled American Veterans, one of the largest private, nonprofit veteran service organizations. He lives in Huntington, Md. and has been a veterans’ advocate for 30 years.

Linda Masek, MA ’83, had her 13th book published, Mag-ni-fi-cat and the Oberlin-Wellington Rescue. She lives in Northfield.

Joseph Biernacki, MS ’83 and DrEng ’88, received Tennessee Tech University’s highest faculty honor, the Caplenor Faculty Research Award, for the second time, in recognition of his extensive record of externally funded research and publication. The chemical engineering professor has been at Tennessee Tech since 1997. 

Carter E. Strang, JD ’84, was elected vice president of special events of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation, named to the Cleveland Council of World Affairs board of directors, and elected a member of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Central Committee. He is a partner with Tucker Ellis LLP.

George Loucas, JD ’85, was elected Supreme President of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (Order of AHEPA), which provides community service and humanitarian assistance. As Supreme President, the Novelty, Ohio pharmacist and lawyer serves as CEO and principal spokesman for AHEPA in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Mike Pogorelc, BS ’85, was appointed vice president of supply chain excellence at Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, LLC. He also became the newest member of the Bendix Leadership Committee. Based in Huntington, Ind., he has been with Bendix for 28 years.

Deborah Snyder, BS ’86, is the public works director in Sumter County, Fla.

Daniel Riley, MBA ’86 and JD ’94, joined the National Broker Portal Board of Managers as chairman. He is the executive vice president of administration at Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

Marianne Corrao, BSCE ’88, is executive vice president and co-founder of Nexus Engineering Group LLC.


Kathleen Burns, BSN ’90, was named America’s Best Nurse by the American Health Council. As the senior director of nursing education for the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Burns has oversight over nursing professional development and nursing students and faculty seeking clinical experiences within the Cleveland Clinic Health System. She previously was a clinical nurse specialist and stroke program manager at Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital. She has spent 27 years in the healthcare industry.

Lonny DiRusso, BS ’90, was promoted to vice president and chief information officer at RPM International Inc. He has been vice president of information technology for the past 13 years.

Walter Parfejewiec, BBA ’90, was named Cuyahoga County’s director of health and human services after serving as interim director. He has been with the department since 1999 and previously was chief financial officer.

Steve Yuan, BA ’90, joined Edelman as executive vice president, Integrated Analytics & Innovation in the firm’s Chicago health practice.

Melanie Lynch, MEd ’91, was named a Physician Innovator by Crain’s Cleveland Business. Dr. Lynch is medical director of the Interdisciplinary Breast Program at Summa Health. Under her leadership, Summa has reduced by more than half the time patients wait from abnormal diagnostic mammogram to biopsy.

Bill March, BBA ’91, is a musician and founding member of the rock group Beau Coup. He recently released “Songs from a Lifetime,” an EP of solo material.

Judy Jackson May, MEd ’91, is a professor of education and leadership at Bowling Green State University.

Denise Polverine, BA ’91, was inducted into the Press Club of Cleveland. She is director of digital content and strategy at WKYC TV3.

Nichole Capitanio, BSW ’92, joined Duke University as director of the personal assistance service for faculty and staff. For the past 13 years she has been with the Cleveland Clinic, most recently as director for staff and employee assistance programs.

Ronda Curtis, JD ’92, was promoted to chief corporate counsel for the city of Cleveland. She had been chief assistant law director and has been with the city since 2005. 

Arthur A. Elkins Jr., JD ’92, is the inspector general of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board. He serves as chief auditor and law enforcement officer for both agencies. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area.

Richard Ott, JD ’92, retired after 20 years with the Dutchess County Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted child neglect, abuse and support cases, as well as adult protective services cases.

Douglas Rohde, MS ’92, is the Lake County Crime Lab’s supervisor of chemistry and toxicology. He was part of a large forensic contingency that traveled to Malaysia to inspect a number of governmental forensic laboratories.

Manpong Senanarong, MBA ’92, was appointed senior executive vice president-head of the issuer marketing division at the Stock Exchange of Thailand.

Teresa Taylor-Ware, BEd ’93, is the principal of Oxford Elementary School in Cleveland Heights-University Heights. She has been with the district for 25 years, with the past eight years at Noble Elementary School.

Michael Cotton, MBA ’94, was elected to the board of directors of BiolQ, a healthcare technology company. He is the CEO of Providence Health Plan.

Matthew Crawford, JD ’94, was honored at the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association annual recognition luncheon. He is the chairman and CEO of Park-Ohio Holdings Corporation.

Michael Haas, JD ’94, joined the New York office of Latham & Watkins LLP as a partner in the finance department and member of the real estate practice, serving as a global co-chair.

Chris Kaderle, BA ’94, was promoted to partner, synchronous fit operations, at Kingsley Gate Partners, an executive search firm. He manages all worldwide recruiting and human capital intelligence activities and is based out of the Cleveland office.

Craig Chaikin, BBA ’95, was promoted to executive vice president and trust division manager of Texas Bank and Trust Co. He has been with the bank since 1999.

Patty Conti, JD ’95, joined Ascend Federal Credit Union as senior vice president and general counsel.

Joan Papp, BS ’95, was named a Physician Innovator by Crain’s Cleveland Business. Dr. Papp, an emergency medicine physician at MetroHealth Medical Center, launched and directs Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) in Cuyahoga County. The initiative has reversed more than 1,500 drug overdoses.

Benita Pearson, JD ’95, was honored at the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association annual recognition luncheon. She is a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Steven Stasick, BSCE ’95, is commodore of the 30th Naval Construction Regiment following his tour at the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. The change-of-command ceremony took place in July at Asian Beach, where Marines and Seabees came ashore in 1944 to liberate Guam from Japanese occupation.

Joseph Szeman, JD ’95, was named law director of Mentor, Ohio. He has been assistant law director and zoning counsel for the past 15 years. He is an attorney with Hennig Szeman Klammer in Painesville.

Miata Hunter, BS ’96, was named principal of Shaker Heights Middle School after serving as assistant principal for five years. She joined the school district in 2004 as a math teacher and is a graduate of Shaker Heights High School.

Fabian Onunaku Sr., MA ’96, earned a doctor of business administration, management and finance degree from the Baker College Center for Graduate Studies in Flint, Mich. He is the director of pricing strategy for Motion Industries in Birmingham, Ala.

Doris Savron, MBA ’97, is executive dean of the University of Phoenix College of Health Professions.

Angela Crawford, MBA ’98, was named founding dean of the College of Business at Thomas More University in Kentucky.

Beth Knezevich, BA ’98, was named Lake County Democratic Women’s Club Woman of the Year. The Painesville Township resident is a legal secretary at McDonald Hopkins LLC and a decorated eight-year Army veteran.

Randell McShepard, MSUS ’98, was named to the newly created role of chief talent officer at RPM International Inc. in Medina. He continues to serve as vice president for public affairs, a role he has held for 10 years. McShepard received CSU’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001.

Ouimet Smith, MEd ’98, is an assistant principal at Garfield Middle School in Lakewood. Previously, he was with the Shaker Heights district. He holds a superintendent’s license and is working on a doctoral degree in urban studies at CSU.

Brian Gage, BA ’98, MPA ’02 and JD ’02, joined the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority as executive director. For the past six years, he was the senior policy advisor for the Houston Housing Authority. He also spent 10 years with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Cleveland and in Washington, D.C.

Kelley Britt, BAUS ’99 and MUPDD ’01, was named to the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s board of trustees. She is a senior program and transit planner for the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency.


Floun’say Caver, MSUS ’00, is the acting general manager of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. The 2015 CSU Distinguished Alumni Award recipient has worked for RTA for 15 years, most recently as deputy general manager of operations.

Neal Schwartz, MBA ’00, joined MedeAnalytics as chief operating officer. He has more than 25 years of consulting and executive leadership experience, most recently as vice president of worldwide consulting operations for Cerner Consulting.

Heather Clayton Terry, BEd ’00 and MPA ’06, received the Women of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio and the Outstanding Service Award from the National Women’s Studies Association. She is the philanthropy coordinator for Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation.

John Sankovic, MBA ’01, is the new president and chief executive officer of the Ohio Aerospace Institute. For the past 31 years he has been with NASA.

Mark Walter, MEd ’01, is the principal of Lakewood High School, his alma mater. He has been with the district since 1998 and has been principal of Garfield Middle School for the past 11 years.

Janis Bowdler, MSUS ’02, is president of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.

Rev. Michael Denk, BA ’02, is Walsh University’s priest-in-residence for the 2018-19 academic year. He was ordained a priest in 2007.

Gina DeSantis, BA ’02, is a ceramics artist whose work was shown this summer at NY NOW.

Jon Goldsby, MBA ’02, was honored as Senior Technology Fellow of the year at the annual Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) STEM Conference. In 2012, he received the Outstanding Technical Contribution Award at BEYA. He has been employed by NASA since 1990.

Mahogany Green, BA ’02, was named head women’s basketball coach at Hamilton College in New York state. For the past two years, she was an assistant coach at Colgate University. The former Viking was named most outstanding player after her senior year at CSU.

Mary Kovach, MBA  ’02, is an assistant professor of commerce in the College of Liberal Arts & Applied Sciences at Miami University in Ohio. She had an article published in the summer/fall edition of the Journal of Values-Based Leadership.

Eileen Sheil, MPA ’02, was appointed by Gov. John Kasich to the Ohio University board of trustees. She is executive director of corporate communications at Cleveland Clinic.

Barry Simpson, MEd ’02, was selected by the U.S. Department of State for a 10-month fellowship, teaching English in Bosnia and Herzegovina at the University of Bihac. He is one of just 160 U.S. citizens chosen for the 2018-19 English Language Fellow Program. The Solon resident has worked at Kent State University for a decade, teaching English as a Second Language and working in teacher training.

Chris Kraska, MEd ’03 and BA ’17, does marine archaeology on Lake Erie and around the world and was part of the team that found and identified a WWII destroyer off Malta in 2014 and recovered its bell in 2017. He recently was admitted to the Explorers Club and was made a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. This fall he searched for lost WWII bombers in the Mediterranean.

Grace Gallucci, MSUS ’04, received the 2018 Crain’s Cleveland Business Women of Note Award. She is the executive director of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency and a 2016 recipient of CSU’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Mehdi Shishehbor, MPA ’04, was named a Physician Innovator by Crain’s Cleveland Business. Dr. Shishehbor has perfected minimally invasive treatments for limb ischemia to help prevent amputation. He is director of the Cardiovascular Interventional Center at University Hospitals and he was named to CSU’s 2018 class of Fascinating Alumni.

Timothy Beyer, BMus ’04 and MMus ’09, is the artistic director of No Exit, a new music ensemble.

Gregory Geist, MBA ’05, was named commercial banking market executive, Arizona for BMO Harris Bank. He brings 16 years of commercial and private banking experience to the role.

Victor Ruiz, MEd ’05, was named a visiting member of the Plain Dealer editorial board. The Cleveland resident is the executive director of Esperanza Inc. and chairs the board of trustees at Cuyahoga Community College.

T.J. Ebert, MEd ’06, was named Ohio’s 2018 National Distinguished Principal by the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators. He has been the principal of Redwood Elementary School in Avon Lake for seven years and has been with the district for 12 years.

Gigi Traore, BSW ’06, is the first African American to serve on the Newburgh Heights Council. The councilwoman-at-large is also the youngest person on council. She is the principal consultant for G3 Management Firm.

Michelle Leighty, MA ’08, is manager of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s Perkins Wildlife Center & Woods Garden, where she oversees care for over 100 animals that have been injured or orphaned and cannot be released into
the wild.

Carmella Williams, MPA ’08, is director of diversity and inclusion at the Youngstown Business Incubator and owner of Carmella Marie, a natural hair care product line.

Cyrus Harper, BBA ’09, biked from Los Angeles to Massillon, Ohio to raise awareness of mental health issues. He is a motivational speaker.

Dean Palombaro, MBA ’09, is the executive director of Ohio Living Breckenridge Village in Willoughby. For the past two years, he was executive director of Ohio Living Lake Vista in Cortland, Ohio.

Allison Taller Reich, JD ’09, received the President’s Award at the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association annual recognition luncheon. She is an associate with Frantz Ward LLP.


Tanja Menesse, MAUS ’10, was named community development director for the city of Cleveland. She formerly was economic development director of Shaker Heights.

Ricky Watters, BA ’10, is the athletic director and men’s coach for Bryant & Stratton College’s new athletics program. He formerly was the head women’s coach at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School.

Timothy Clos, BA ’10 and MS ’12, earned a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Toledo, where he is a visiting assistant professor.

Rebecca Kimpton Bailey, MEd ’11, and Todd Bailey, MS ’11, own a Peace Love & Little Donuts franchise in Avon, Ohio.

Matthew Morris, BA ’11, is director of marketing and technology at Leikin Motor Companies.

Rachael Holstein, MA ’12, is the marketing coordinator for Transworld Business Advisors, a brokerage firm in Colorado.

Moneen McBride, MBA ’12, and her husband Brad own Burning River Adventures in Cuyahoga Falls and recently expanded their business to include Mahoning River Adventures. The companies offer kayaking trips on the Cuyahoga and Mahoning Rivers.

Nika Pierre-Louis, MS ’12, joined Sanford Medical Center in Bismarck, N.D. and is working at Vibra Hospital of the Central Dakotas.

Gary Robinson, DBA ’12, was named president and CEO of the Centers for Dialysis Care. He has 30 years of health care leadership experience at Summa Health Systems, Cleveland Clinic and Lake Health.

Eric Bonzar, BA ’13, joined the marketing and communication team for the Lorain School District.

Jennifer Sanders, BSN ’13, and Cody Miller, BSME ’14, were married in June. She is a nurse in the cardiac ICU unit of Cleveland Clinic’s main campus. He is a regional maintenance manager with NPR Group. 

Terrence Upchurch, BA ’14, is a business specialist with Collinwood Nottingham Villages Development Corporation. 

Robin Beavers, MEd ’15, is the principal of Garfield Middle School in Lakewood. She taught science at the school for four years and served as assistant principal of Harding Middle School in Lakewood for the past year.

Scott Carpenter, BBA ’15, joined Libra Industries as an inside sales associate. For the past three years, he has been an outside sales professional at Marketing Communication Resource.

Kendale King, MAcct ’15, joined The Siegfried Group, LLP as a senior associate in the Los Angeles market. He is a certified public accountant and formerly was a senior associate at Deloitte.

Todd Polikoff, MBA ’15, returned to Ohio as the chief executive officer of the Jewish Community Board of Akron. Most recently, he was president and chief executive officer of the Jewish Federation of Nevada.

Amanda Russell, BA ’15, is employed by the Goddard School in Westlake. This October, she married fellow alum Ethan Dexter, BBA ’16, who works at Nestle in Solon.

Amy Sondej, BA ’15, is a professional horse trainer and owner. She lives in Walton Hills, Ohio.

Emily Alberty, BEd ’15 and MEd ’16, was named a “teacher hero” by PNC Bank for her dedication to her pre-K students at Marion Seltzer Elementary School in Cleveland. She received an award to purchase resources for her classroom.

Nick Bowers, BSN ’16, works in the trauma department of MetroHealth and was the September recipient of the Daisy Award. Established in 1999 by a family to honor the memory of their son, the award is now given to compassionate nurses in more than 3,300 healthcare facilities and schools in all 50 states and 18 other countries.

Melanie Davis, BA ’16, is touring with Donny and Marie Osmond. Her job includes running meet and greets and handling VIPs and overexcited fans.

Emily Dotson, BA ’16, is a recipient of the Samuel Neff Fellowship for International Studies from the Community Foundation for Crawford County. She is pursuing a master’s degree in theater design at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and has studied in Paris.

Lisa Langford, MFA ’16, is the 2018-19 Nord Family Foundation Playwright Fellow at Cleveland Public Theatre.

Kristen Schuler, BA ’16 and BS ’16, coached a team of seven seniors at St. Joseph Academy in Cleveland that won the national grand prize in the high school category of the Lexus Eco Challenge. The national STEM education contest empowers students in grades 6–12 to learn about the environment and take action to improve it.

Mohanned Shobain, MEd ’16, is a professional basketball player in Saudi Arabia. He opened Swish Basketball Academy to teach fundamentals of the game and promote a healthy lifestyle in that country.

Anthony Chadwick, BA ’17, was promoted from ticket sales to manager of corporate partnerships for the Akron RubberDucks.

Bruce Johnson, BEd ’17, was named head basketball coach at Owens Community College. He was an assistant coach at Oberlin College for the past year.

Mackenzie Magruder, BSME ’18, is a manufacturing engineer with Keene Family of Companies in Mayfield Heights. He interned for the company for three years as a CSU student.

Michael Platko, BBA ’18, started working at Keene Building Products last year as a student intern. He was hired this May and is now a staff accountant for all four Keene companies.

Kyra Rudy, BSME ’18, was awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation graduate fellowship to pursue doctoral studies at Northwestern University. She will specialize in rehabilitation engineering and conduct research at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, which is affiliated with Northwestern’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

In Memoriam ALUMNI

1940s • Clifton Arick, BBA ’43, in January 2018 • Muriel Harrison, BA ’44, in June 2018 • William Jones, BSME ’44, in June 2018 • Xenophon Zapis, BBA ’49 and JD ’54, in June 2018 1950s • Daniel Pressler, BSME ’50, in March 2018 • Charles Carr, BS ’51, in July 2018 • Stanley Lipka, BSME ’51, in September 2018 • Harry Postan, BS ’51, in September 2018 • Bernard Curtiss, BBA ’52, in September 2018 • Frank Isaac, JD ’52, in May 2018 • Richard Baker, BS ’54, in July 2018 • Roger Blum, BS ’54, in May 2018 • Patricia Pilla, AAS ’55, in November 2017 • Robert Tomsich, BSME ’55 and honorary D.Sc. ’02, in August 2018 • Meigs Kirkendal Adams, AAS ’56, in April 2018 • Arnold Herzog, LLM ’57, in January 2017 • James Masterson, BS ’57, in July 2018 • Donald Smith, JD ’57, in July 2017 • Robert Sommer, JD ’57, in June 2018 • Neal Winston, BBA ’57, in February 2017 • David Fulton, JD ’58, in August 2018 • William Fisher, BSME ’59, in May 2018 • Joseph Snyder, BSCE ’59, in March 2018 • 1960s • Thomas Jones, JD ’61, in March 2018 • Irwin Perr, JD ’61, in March 2018 • John Reed, BS ’61, in May 2017 • Peter Youngwerth, BS ‘61, in January 2018 • Frank Podner, BBA ’62, in August 2018 • John Polomsky, BS ’62, in September 2018 • William Bodnovich, BSCE ’63, in June 2018 • Daniel Corrigan, JD ’63, in October 2018 • Terrence Kurtzweil, JD ’63, in July 2018 • Gerald Garl, JD ’64, in April 2018 • Russell Sage, BSCE ’64, in November 2017 • Raymond Schmidlin Sr., JD ’64, in January 2018 • Allen Slaman, JD ’64, in September 2018 • Paul Warther, BS ’64, in March 2018 • Thomas Turk, JD ’65, in July 2018 • David Gomersall, BBA ’66, in April 2018 • Theodore Mowinski, BBA ’66, in March 2018 • Glen Bohusch, BSME ’67, in November 2017 • Edward Gilliam, BSME ’67, in September 2018 • Alfred Lucas, JD ’67, in January 2018 • James Polk, BBA ’67, in May 2018 • Terrie Botkins, BEd ’68, in May 2018 • Robert Goff, JD ’68, in June 2018 • Jacquie Kenyon, BA ’68, in March 2017 • Barbara Ann Convey, MEd ’69, in August 2018 • Susan Miljenovic, BA ’69, in July 2018 • 1970s • James Burke Jr., JD ’70, in June 2018 • Jane Crotser, BA ’70, in November 2017 • Terrance Ferguson, BBA ’70, in August 2018 • Richard Sander, JD ’70, in July 2018 • William Sheroke, JD ’70, in November 2017 • William Bauer, MEd ’71, in December 2017 • Harriet Bush, BEd ’71, in August 2018 • John Chevrolet, BBA ’71, in August 2017 • Donald Kurtz, BBA ’71, in October 2017 • James Ramagli, BBA ’71, in September 2018 • Catherine Bunsey Crow, BA ’71 and MEd ’81, in April 2018 • Clifton Allen, BS ’72, in July 2018 • Bruce Colosimo, BBA ’72, in May 2018 • Lola Harris, MEd ’72, in January 2018 • Ronald Studeny, BBA ’72 and MBA ’81, in April 2018 • William Bush, BSCE ’73, in August 2018 • Raymond Flachbart, BA ’73, in July 2018 • Raymond Gidich, BS ’73, in June 2018 • Ralph Palazzo, BS ’73, in August 2018 • Joseph Mutko, BBA ’73 and MBA ’79, in July 2018 • Janet Kimmell, BEd ’73, MEd ’81 and MA ’82, in August 2018 • Koo Bon-moo, MBA ’74, in May 2018 • Thomas Cinadr, BA ’74, in April 2018 • William McDonald, BBA ’74, in August 2018 • Ellen Nathison, BSW ’74, in April 2018 • Martha Vagi, MEd ’74, in June 2018 • Richard Zwilling, BA ’74, in August 2018 • Donna Germano, BA ’74 and MA ’78, in July 2018 • Richard Agopian, JD ’75, in September 2018 • James Crawford, BBA ’75, in August 2018 • Cort Fields, BA ’75, in April 2018 • Thomas Gentile, BBA ’75, in April 2018 • Robert Lach, BBA ’75, in July 2018 • Oliver Murdock, BAUS ’75, in June 2018 • Helen Schatschneider, BEd ’75, in June 2018 • Joanne Allanson Scott, BEd ’75, in March 2018 • Janice Zaletel, BA ’75, in July 2018 • Martin Bitner, BS ’76, in April 2017 • James Bowers, MEd ’76, in June 2018 • Patricia Lobo, JD ’76, in May 2018 • Martha Scott Halliday, MEd ’77, in July 2018 • David Rolnicki, BS ’77, in July 2017 • Byrdie Lee, MSUS ’78, in August 2018 • Robert McKean, BBA ’78, in July 2018 • James Shumaker, BASW ’78, in April 2018 • Karla Westlake, MEd ’78, in August 2018 • Robert Berry, BBA ’78 and MBA ’80, in May 2018 • Gloria Goldstein, MEd ’79, in June 2018 • Steven Poeppelman, BBA ’79, in April 2018 • Gerald Stueber, MEd ’79, in January 2018 • 1980s • Patrick Lawlor, MBA ’80, in August 2018 • Constance Gaglione Velotta, BA ’80, in July 2018 • Margaret Hoven, MSUST ’81, in March 2018 • Dorothy Hazel, MEd ’82, in February 2018 • Linda Lee Kesterson, JD ’82, in July 2018 • William Ciszczon, JD ’83, in May 2018 • Gregory Holtz, MSUS ’83, in June 2018 • Connie Klausz, BS ’83, in June 2018 • Lynn Semega, MEd ’83, in April 2018 • David Kraus, BA ’83 and JD ’87, in April 2017 • Dorene Ellingson, JD ’84, in July 2018 • Kenneth Fiore, MBA ’84, in July 2018 • Charles Horn, MEd ’84, in February 2018 • Corey Frost, BA ’84 and JD ’87, in July 2018 • Scott Hardwick, BBA ’85, in September 2018 • John McMeechan, BS ’85, in May 2018 • Frederick Corbin, JD ’86, in March 2018 • Frances Boyce Sohl, MEd ’86, in July 2018 • Patricia Jalowiec Wearsch, BEd ’86, in April 2018 • Mary Biggins, BA ’86 and JD ’89, in April 2018 • Robert Bernetich, MEd ’89, in August 2018 • William Frye, BBA ’89, in March 2017 • Elinor Parish, JD ’89, in March 2018 • 1990s • John Telep, BA ’90, in August 2018 • Carol Bosley, MEd ’92, in March 2018 • J. Michael Petit, MA ’92, in July 2018 • Robert Weber, BS ’92, in July 2018 • Barbara Fabregas, BA ’93 and MA ’00, in June 2018 • Shirley Weigl Nain, BEd ’94, in May 2018 • Craig Palcisko, BA ’95, in September 2018 • Myron Hubler, BA ’97, in March 2018 • Sonya McLoyd, BA ’97, in March 2018 • Peter Spencer, MS ’97, in February 2018 • 2000s • Claudia Negrut, BSN ’00, in May 2018 • Maureen Pruitt, MA ’05, in March 2018 • Kristopher Hebble, BA ’06 and MA ’10, in March 2018 • Terrence McMahon, BAUS ’11, in July 2018 • Anna Marie Ruckgaber, BS ’11, in June 2018 • Brian Webster, MPA 13, in July 2018 • Daniel Khanin, BS ’16, in January 2018 • Daniel Weddell, BA ’18, in June 2018

Congratulations to alumni who received Smart Business magazine’s Corporate College Smart 50 Award: Michael Boddy, BA ’92 and MA ’94, Anderson-DuBose Co.; Anthony Mercurio, MBA ’00, National Interstate Insurance; Grace Gallucci, MSUS ’04, Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency; Elizabeth Newman, MSUS ’05, Centers for Families and Children/Circle Health Services; and Annemarie Grassi, Ph. D. ’12, Open Doors Academy. 

Corine Corpora, BBA ’88, and Ann Caresani, BBA ’88, MBA ’93 and JD ’94, were named to the Chambers USA 2018 list of outstanding lawyers. Corpora is counsel and Caresani is a partner, both at Tucker Ellis LLP.

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Congratulations to 11 alumni named to the 2019 Leadership Cleveland Class by the Cleveland Leadership Center: Christopher Alvarado, MUPDD ‘99, executive director, Slavic Village Development; Stephen Anthony, JD ’87, special agent in charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Kevin Bishop, BBA ’95, member, Cleveland City Council; Heather Brissett, BA ’99, MSW ’05 and MNAL ’12, director, Wellness and Family Resource Center, Murtis Taylor Human Services System; Jason Bristol, JD ’00, partner, Cohen Rosenthal & Kramer LLP; Katherine Gallagher, JD/MPA ’10, mayor, city of Brooklyn; Nora Loftus, JD ’05, partner, Frantz Ward LLP; Kelly Manderfield, MA ’08, chief marketing officer, Cleveland Metroparks; Kevin McDaniel, BA ’97 and MEd ’02, executive director, Neighborhood Leadership Institute; Erica Penick, MBA ’18, executive director, The Presidents’ Council; and Daniel Urban, JD ’96, executive vIce president and chief operating officer, Wickens Herzer Panza Cook & Batista Co. In addition, Nigamanth Sridhar, dean of CSU’s College of Graduate Studies, was named to the 2019 class.

Dean Rooney, JD ’83, of Lakewood and Daniel Hinkel, JD ’10, of Cleveland were named to the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers. Both are attorneys with Kadish, Hinkel & Weibel. Rooney was named for the practice areas of commercial litigation and litigation, trusts and estates while Hinkel was named for real estate law.

Yulu Li, MPA ’14, and Ken Kalynchuk, MUPDD ’16, were recognized as up-and-coming professionals on Crain’s Cleveland Business’ Twenty in their 20s list. She is assistant vice president of Hanna Commercial Real Estate Co. He is a senior financial analyst at Project Management Consultants.

Caroline Beatty, BS ‘16, and Diane Quimper, BS ‘18, are both graduate students in Miami University’s Global Field Program. Beatty, of Lakewood, spent the summer studying desert and marine landscapes as part of Miami’s Earth Expeditions global field course in Baja. Quimper, of Avon, studied coral reefs, manatees, howler monkeys, jaguars and other wildlife as part of the Earth Expeditions course in Belize.

Congratulations to 11 alumni named to the Crain’s Cleveland Business Forty Under 40 List: Steven Lake, BA ’01 and MEd ’03, vice president, development and community affairs, NewBridge Cleveland; Dave Wintrich, BCIS ’03, co-founder and chief academic officer, Tech Elevator; Tiffany Charkosky, MUPD ’05, senior project director, LAND Studio; Sean McDermott, MUPD ’05, chief planning and design officer, Cleveland Metroparks; Conor Coakley, MSUS ’06, first vice president, CBRE; Julie Crocker, JD ’06, partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister; Gusty Molnar, BBA ’06, CEO, Molnar Development; Sean Medina, JD ’07, partner, Hahn Loeser & Parks; Ian Andrews, MUPD ’09, executive director, LakewoodAlive; Zhenting Men, MAcct ’09 and MBA ’10, vice president, Cleveland International Fund; and Dimetrius Harris, BBA ’14, Ohio retail banking vice president, regional manager, Citizens Bank.

In Memoriam CSU DEATHS

James Hanson in December 2017. The professor emeritus of computer and information science joined the faculty in 1965 and retired in 1993.

Theo Lant in January 2018. The associate professor of world languages, literatures and cultures joined the faculty in 1966 and retired in 1994.

Maryjoyce Coffee in February 2018. She was an administrative assistant in the department of accounting from 1981 until her retirement in 2005.

John Domonkos in March 2018. The associate professor emeritus of finance joined the faculty in 1969 and retired in 1996. He served several terms as interim chair of the finance department.

Ralph Gardner-Chavis in March 2018. The associate professor emeritus of chemistry joined the faculty in 1968 and retired in 1985.

Maureen Pruitt in March 2018. She was a lecturer in world languages, literatures and cultures from 2005 until her death.

Dennis Jackson in April 2018. He was a custodial worker from 2004 to 2007.

Pam Rutar in May 2018. The associate professor and associate dean of research and collaborative partnerships was with the School of Nursing from 2009 until her death.

James Schoeffler in May 2018. The professor emeritus and chair of computer and information science joined the faculty in 1975 and retired in 1999.

Harold Emery Jr. in June 2018. He was a custodial worker from 2011 until his death.

Edward March in June 2018. He was a member of the University Police Department from 1972 until his retirement in 2000.

John Masnovi in September 2018. The professor of chemistry was a CSU faculty member for 33 years.

Lillian Hinds in October 2018. The associate professor emerita of teacher education passed away one day after her 100th birthday. She was a faculty member for 19 years.

Christopher Knott in October 2018. A member of the professional staff from 1970 to 1995 and an Associate of the University, he served as coordinator of cooperative education, assistant dean of business and director of undergraduate advising in business.

Robert MacNaughton in October 2018. The professor emeritus of curriculum and foundations was a member of the faculty from 1966 to 1994. He chaired the department for four years and directed the Office of Field Services..

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