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Class Notes – Summer 2018


Victor Schroeder Jr., BSME ’53, retired from Upjohn Co. (now Pfizer) as director of engineering and pharmaceutical manufacturing. He holds four patents and started a company that makes kayak kits. The private pilot and plane owner of 42 years lives in Portage, Mich.


Dennis Kunick, BS ’67, retired from General Motors after 34 years as a paint processing engineer. He lives in Northville, Mich.


Edward G. Kemmerling, BBA ’70 and MBA ’78, is a Senior Lean Transformation Expert. His career includes 12 years in management with Ford Motor Co. and traveling the world as a self-employed consultant with such companies as Caterpillar and Ashley Furniture. He lives in Brighton, Mich.

Evelyn Gajowski, BA ’71, received the Barrick Distinguished Scholar Award from the University of Las Vegas, where she is a professor of English. The award recognizes her body of research on Shakespeare, including four books and lectures around the world. She has been a UNLV faculty member since 1991.

Frances Meinke, BEd ’71, retired from the Cleveland office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as an appraiser. She has been involved in prison ministry for 17 years and lives in Mentor.

Michael D. Steirer, MEd ’72, is a retired educator who served as teacher, coach, principal and professor in the Cleveland area. He and his wife, Jan, a former second grade teacher in the Cleveland schools, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in December. They live in Medina.

Thomas Hora, BA ’73 and JD ’77, joined the law firm of Begley, Carlin & Mandio, LLP as Of Counsel in the New Hope, Pa. office.

Victor Dimond, BEd ’76, was named a State Coach of the Year by the Texas Coaches Association. A four-year Viking tennis player, he is a high school teacher and tennis coach with the Port Aransas Independent School District in Texas.

Dan Gapa, BEd ’77, completed his 51st and final year of sports officiating in March. He has worked in multiple states and at multiple levels.

Paul Harris, BBA ’78, is president of the North Madison Volunteer Fire Company. His “day job” is business development manager at Xtralis, which manufactures smoke detection, gas detection and video surveillance security products for the early detection, visual verification, and prevention of fire and intrusion threats.

Steve Potash, JD ’78, received the Visionary Entrepreneur Award at the LaunchHouse Bootstrap Bash. Potash, who received CSU’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2017, is the founder and chief executive officer of OverDrive, Inc.

Donald Clement, MEd ’79, is the author of Hot Milk on My Cornflakes: Peace Corps India-33 Remembers – A Collection of Vignettes. The book shares stories of the Wooster resident and 10 fellow Peace Corps volunteers.

Rose Zatezalo Hollingsworth, BA ’79, lives in Strongsville and is a retired landscape designer. A widow, she married a widower who was her co-worker 50 years ago.

Ray Strimaitis, BSEE ’79 and JD ’89, joined AST in the newly created role of vice president, corporate development & global strategy. He is based in Silicon Valley. He came to AST, a provider of patent risk mitigation solutions, after serving as vice president and deputy general counsel for Yahoo! Inc.


Robert McGee, JD ’80, won his fourth martial arts world championship—this one in sparring in the Men’s Black Belt 50-plus age division. The 70-year-old could have competed in the 60-plus category but wanted to challenge himself. McGee has 27 gold medals from taekwondo national championships and a career total of 210 gold medals. He is an associate professor of accounting at Fayetteville State University.

Julie Unger, MA ’80, was recognized as 2017 Professional of the Year by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide. The owner and sole proprietor of Caring Counseling LLC in Littleton, Colo. was recognized for her 40 years of work in the health-care field.

Andrew Zeisser, BS ’80, is the new vice president of original equipment sales at Yokohama Tire Corp. He has been with the firm since 2013.

Joseph Mackall, BA ’82, received an Academic Mentor Award for service to students beyond the classroom from Ashland University. He is director of the creative writing program and instructor of nonfiction writing for the master of fine arts program and has been with the university since 1996.

Barbara Rogers, Ed.S. ’82, is retired and lives in Pittsburgh. She volunteers at her granddaughter’s elementary school, which is working to gain International Baccalaureate accreditation similar to the Campus International School at CSU.

George 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 Lehmann Masek, MA ’83, published her 12th book, Mag-ni-fi-cat and the Wartime Mysteries.

Michael Maloney, BA ’84 and JD ’87, was elected law director for the city of Westlake.

William Zurkey, MMus ’85, was named to the 2018 class of the National High School Hall of Fame administered by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Zurkey retired in 2012 after 35 years as a choral director for three Ohio high schools, including 25 years at Avon Lake High School. He is a part-time music lecturer at CSU and is in his sixth year as director of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra.

Mary DeGenaro, JD ’86, was appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court by Gov. John Kasich. She had been serving as a judge on the Youngstown Court of Appeals.

Edward Krauss, JD ’86, is the mayor of Solon, Ohio. He previously served as director of regional collaboration for Cuyahoga County.

Kenn Ricci, JD ’86, participated in Smart Business magazine’s Dealmakers ASPIRE Conference, where he spoke on managing portfolios to maintain optimized value. Ricci is the principal of Directional Aviation Capital and a 2016 recipient of CSU’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

James Skulina, MBA ’86, was named interim chief financial officer of TransDigm Group Inc. He has been with the aircraft components company since 1994, most recently as executive vice president.

Scott Osiecki, BA ’87, was named chief executive officer of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County. He has been with the board for 24 years and previously served as acting CEO and chief of external affairs.

Richard Seibt, BBA ’87, is a brewmaster at Willoughby Brewing Co.

Robert White, BA ’87 and JD ’91, was appointed an Elyria Municipal Court judge by Gov. John Kasich. He had been an attorney with Fauver Keyse-Walker and Donovan and had periodically served as an acting judge in Elyria.

Thomas Corrigan, BA ’88, is a reporter with the Portsmouth Daily Times.

Douglas J. Smorag, MBA ’88, was promoted to chief operating officer and executive vice president at CM Wealth Advisors. He has been associated with the firm since its inception in 1983 and employed there since 1998.

Ann Caresani, BBA ’88, MBA ’93 and JD ’94, was elected a partner at Tucker Ellis LLP.

Jodie Hausmann, BEd ’89, joined the Bay Village School District as superintendent. She served in the same post at the Perkins Local School District for the past three years.

Missi Zahoransky, BSOT ’89 and MS ’02, was named to the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Roster of Fellows, recognizing her leadership in home care, policy and practice. She received CSU’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2017 and has taught part time in CSU’s occupational therapy program for 20 years.


Chris Margevicius, BBA ’90, was promoted to assistant chief financial officer at Margevicius Construction, a residential remodeling firm in Cleveland. He was recognized as a NARI Contractor of the Year award winner at the 2017 Cleveland Conference Evening of Excellence.

Lisa Wong, BBA ’90, was named one of Cleveland Magazine’s Most Interesting People for 2017. She is the president of OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, Greater Cleveland Chapter and co-founder of Cleveland’s Asian Festival.

Bryan Brokate, BA ’91, is a training officer with the U.S. Army’s Defense Logistics Agency in Washington, D.C.

Gregory Costabile, JD ’92, has become a shareholder in the Buckley King law firm. He joined the firm in 2016 and is a certified specialist in family relations law.

Al Lorkovic, BA ’92, was hired for the new position of national sales manager, wood coatings and sealants, at Continental Products Co.

Terrence Deis, MBA ’93, was appointed president of Saint Joseph Berea and Saint Joseph Mount Sterling in Kentucky. He also continues as president of Saint Joseph London. All three facilities are hospitals in the KentuckyOne Health system.

Dale Haywood, BSCE ’94, joined Atwell, LLC as senior project manager, real estate and land development. He is based in the Independence, Ohio office of the consulting, engineering and construction service firm.

Sean Jackson, BA ’95, MEd ’03 and MEd ’09, is director of athletics for Lakewood city schools. He also is president of the Northeast District Athletic Board, which represents all Ohio high school athletic associations.

Toi Comer, BA ’96 and MPA ’99, was appointed vice president and executive director for City Year Cleveland. The South Euclid resident has been with the organization since 2011.

Eileen Bitterman, JD ’97, was selected to serve on the 2017-18 ACA International Member Attorney Program Committee. ACA International is an association of credit and collection professionals. Bitterman is a shareholder and compliance officer with Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA. She has been with the firm for more than 20 years and is based in the Brooklyn Heights office.

Frank Costanzo, BBA ’97, joined The NRP Group in Cleveland as vice president
of taxation.

Jeffrey Duke, MSCE ’97, won a seat on the Berea Board of Education as a write-in candidate. He lives in Brook Park and is an engineer and certified geographic information system professional.

Ian Friedman, JD ’97, was elected president of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. The criminal defense attorney at Friedman & Nemecek and adjunct faculty member at CSU’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law received CSU’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011.

Sharon Dumas, MA ’98, was named interim chief of staff for Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. She has worked for the city since 1999, most recently as finance director.

Heather Trepal, MEd ’98, is president-elect of the American Counseling Association and will begin serving as president in July 2019. She has been an ACA member for more than 17 years and is a professor and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program coordinator at the University of Texas at San Antonio.


Sean Brennan, MEd ’00, was elected to his third term as president of Parma City Council. He has been a Council member since 2004. Brennan is an American government teacher at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School and has taught in the district for 23 years. He recently ran his 67th full marathon.

Linda Gilbert, MMus ’00, is a naturalist with the Geauga Park District.

Jason Crusan, BA ’00, BSEE ’02 and MSCIS ’06, received NASA’s Unsung Hero of the Year award for his contributions to human spaceflight. He is director of Advanced Exploration Systems and started at NASA in 1996 as a student intern.

Michael LaMattina, MMus ’01, holds the principal percussion position with the Dayton Philharmonic and is director of Percussion Studies at Miami University, where he also conducts the Percussion Ensemble.

Melissa Jones, JD ’02, became a partner at Frantz Ward LLP. She has been with the firm for more than 17 years.

Donna Day, BEd ’02 and MEd ’04, was named head volleyball coach at Niagara University in New York. She has been assistant coach for the last two seasons.

Jerald Solomon, BA ’03, serves on the board of directors of the Union Miles Development Corporation and the advisory board for the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition. The retiree lives in Cleveland.

Joe Symanski, BEd ’03, owns the Waterford Crossing N2 Publishing franchise in Strongsville. N2 publishes private monthly magazines for more than 900 affluent neighborhoods across the nation.

Morris Beverage, BBA ’03 and MBA ’06, was named 2018 campaign chairman of United Way of Lake County. He is the president of Lighthouse Advisers.

Ben King, BSEE ’04, is the co-founder and chief executive officer of 1487 Brewery in Alexandria, Va.

Jennifer Rozic Scroggs, JD ’04, joined First Federal Bank as vice president and senior trust fiduciary officer. She works out of the bank’s Sylvania, Ohio office, heading the trust department and servicing the Toledo and Adrian area markets.

David Van Slyke, JD ’04, was named a 2018 Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine. He is co-leader of the title insurance law practice group in the Columbus office of Plunkett Cooney.

Doug Besozzi, BEd ’05, was inducted into the Tuscarawas County Cy Young Baseball Association Hall of Fame. The four-year starter for the Vikings was a catcher who went on to play Class A baseball. He was the head coach at his alma mater, Claymont High School, and is now a radio announcer for high school games.

Jan Edmondson, BA ’05, is a licensed K-12 intervention specialist working in the East Cleveland schools. She lives in Cleveland Heights.

Alisa Hatcher Rising, BA ’06, was inducted into the Bellefontaine High School Hall of Fame. The former Viking volleyball player now lives in Lakewood, Colo. and is a graphic designer.

Justin Singer, MBA ’06, was named commercial banking officer for Erie Bank’s Lake and Ashtabula County markets. He lives in Madison.

Deberra Schroeder, BA ’07, is one of only three women firefighters working for the city of Cleveland. She is a battalion chief with 32 years of service.

Joshua Hill, BBA ’07 and MBA ’10, was named chief strategy and innovation officer of Lorain city schools. He also serves as treasurer for the schools.

Antoine Moss, MPA ’07 and Ph.D. ’11, received the Early Career Achievement Medal from NASA, where he is a logistics team leader and program manager at the Glenn Research Center.

DeAnna Domino, BFA ’08, is an interior decorator, photo stylist and owner of the Style by Deanna Domino studio in Lakewood.

Brent Burkey, MBA ’09, is the president of Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk, following a 14-year career with Cleveland Clinic. Most recently he was chief medical officer at Cleveland Clinic’s Avon Hospital.

Cathryn Greenwald, MA ’09 and JD ’09, was elected a partner at Thompson Hine LLP. She is a member of the real estate practice group in Cleveland.

Tania Menesse, MSUS ’10, is the economic development director for the city of Shaker Heights.

Richie Muniak, MBA ’11, is director of administration at I.D. Images, LLC in Brunswick.

Hidayat Nagori, MPA ’11, was named
to the America’s Best Dentists registry for 2018. An orthodontist, he practices in San Antonio, Texas.

Laura Rodriguez-Carbone, BA ’11, was named to Crain’s Cleveland Business’ 2018 Forty Under 40 list. The community outreach coordinator for Lifebanc also received the Resilience Award at CSU’s Alumni Recognition event in January.

Kurt Farrell, MS ’11 and DrEng ’16, accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. As a member of the Friedman Brain Institute and the Ronald M. Loeb Center for Alzheimer’s Disease, he is continuing his work in neuroscience which started at CSU. The National Institutes of Health recently awarded him an F-32 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, a prestigious fellowship which will last for three years.

Lauren Burgess, MSW ’12, was named executive director of the Lorain County Office on Aging. She has been with the agency for seven years and lives in North Ridgeville.

Stephen Coburn, BS ’12, joined Sea-Land Chemical Company as a customer service specialist.

Allison Kolezynski, MBA ’13, received a 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award from Chowan University, where she earned her undergraduate degree. An outstanding student-athlete, she spent four years as assistant athletic director/director of athletic communications at Chowan. In 2017, she was named assistant commissioner for communications and operations at the Mountain East Conference. She lives in Fairmont, W. Va.

Jen Kotik, MBA ’13, joined the Siegfried Group, LLP as a market associate in Cleveland. Most recently she worked at PR Newswire as an enterprise account director.

Alekzandria Peugh, BMus ’13, joined the Idaho Falls Symphony as executive director. For the past three years, she was director of operations and education with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in Ohio.

Cory Shawver, BAUS ’13, is a project manager for the Lorain County Port Authority.

Vince Marbury, MEd ’13 and MBA ’15, is the new director of athletics at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School.

Lisa Meeks, Ph.D. ’14, is a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. She co-founded the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education and co-authored a report on medical students and doctors with disabilities for the Association of American Medical Colleges. The report received multi-segment coverage on National Public Radio.

Andrew Dickson, BS ’15, is a student at Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dickson spent two years as a community health worker in Cleveland through the AmeriCorps Program and will enter the U.S. Air Force as an officer after earning his medical degree.

Susan Kornatowski, BBA ’15, passed all four parts of the CPA exam and is now a certified public accountant. She is a supervisor with Rea & Associates accounting firm.

Megan Smith, BA ’15, is a dual-degree medical student at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, pursuing both her master of public health degree and her M.D. degree. She recently spent a week shadowing a patient at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

Michael Houser, MPA ’16, was chosen by precinct committee members to fill a vacant seat on Cuyahoga County Council. He represents District 10, which includes East Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, University Heights, Bratenahl and parts of Cleveland.

In Memoriam ALUMNI

1940s • Alfred Deptula, BSCE ‘43, in February 2017 • Alan Boers, BBA ’47 and JD ’57, in November 2017 • Kenneth McConnell, BSME ’48, in January 2018 • 1950s • George Gatzke, BS ’50, in January 2017 • William Haessly, BBA ’50, in November 2017 • Paul Meaden, BBA ’50, in October 2017 º Richard Summersgill, BSME ’50, in February 2017 • Jack Thompson, BSME ’50, in August 2017 • Robert Cox, BBA ’51, in May 2017 • Orlando Smerillo, BS ’51, in May 2017 • Martin Bente, BSEE ’52, in September 2017 • William Sanderson, BS ’52, in October 2017 • Jerome Koziatek, BSME ’53, in December 2017 • Michael Ranallo, BS ’53, in October 2017 • William Rogers, BSCE ’53, in February 2018 • Mark Smith, JD ’53, in February 2017 • Walter Stephens, BS ’53, in March 2017 • Leo Casini, BBA ’54, in September 2017 • Loyal Luikart Jr., JD ’54, in March 2017 • Richard Sadler, JD ’54, in September 2017 • Barbara Davidson, AAS ’56, in February 2018 • James Garman, BSME ’56, in April 2017 • Paul Tuffin, JD ’56, in October 2017 • Irving Barkan, JD ’57, in October 2017 • Patricia Christenson, BBA ’57, in December 2017 • George Herbert, JD ’57, in March 2017 • Anthony Schement, BBA ’57, in October 2017 • Joseph Balazs, BSEE ’57 and JD ’63, in January 2018 • Raymond Dauscher, JD ’58, in December 2017 • Francis Stockdale, BBA ’58, in May 2017 • Nicholas Travis, LLM ’59, in June 2017 • 1960s • Stanley Bennett, JD ’60, in December 2017 • George Kuzoff, JD ’60, in June 2017 • James Vance, JD ’60, in November 2017 • William Hotes, JD ’61, in December 2017 • Daniel Lockwood, BSME ’61, in February 2017 • David Vulich, BBA ’61, in January 2018 • John Collins, JD ’62, in December 2017 • Sheldon Apple, JD ’63, in December 2017 • John Cole, BSEE ’63, in January 2017 • Andrew Kubala, BS ’63, in October 2017 • Margaret Mazza, JD ’63, in February 2018 • David Carpenter, JD ’64, in August 2017 • Jean Collister, BS ’64, in December 2017 • John Trybuski, BSEE 64, in August 2017 • Dale Walker, BSME ’66, in June 2017 • John Kless, JD ’67, in January 2017 • Raymond Patchan, BBA ’67, in April 2017 • Gerald Rosen, BS ’67, in July 2017 • Anthony Stringer, JD ’67, in October 2017 • Ronald Brodt, BA ’68, in February 2018 • Thomas Taplinger, BBA ’68, in October 2017 • Kenneth Hoehn, BS ’69, in September 2017 • Robert Kichak, BSEE ’69, in October 2017 • Richard Strouss, BSME ’69, in January 2018 • 1970s • Byron Coffman, BA ’70, in August 2017 • Alfred Denman, JD ’70, in November 2017 • Donald Michel, JD ’70, in September 2017 • Ann Wacker, MEd ’70, in October 2017 • Thomas Keptner, BBA ’71, in August 2017 • Richard Kimpel, BSME ’71, in February 2017 • Frank Whalen, BBA ’71, in February 2018 • Franklin Beavers, BA ’71 and MEd ’76, in January 2018 • William Menner, JD ’72, in March 2017 • Michelle Pugh, BEd ’72, in November 2017 • Tihomir Teisl, BA ’72, in December 2017 • John Boerwinkle, BBA ’73, in September 2017 • Burton Clemons, BA ’73, in May 2017 • Robert Floyd, BS ’73, in July 2017 • Martha Lovett, MA ’73, in December 2017 • Andrew Piskura, BA ’73, in February 2017 • Gloria Ridenour, BBA ’73, in November 2017 • James Schwartz, BA ’73, in December 2017 • Richard Kruszynski, BBA ’74, in March 2017 • Garland Langston, BBA ’74, in November 2017 • Michael Terrell, BBA ’74, in November 2017 • Jean Wiant, MEd ’74, in October 2017 • Ivan Hall, BBA ’75, in May 2017 • Beverly Moffet, JD ’75, in February 2018 • Robert Parker, BBA ’75, in February 2018 • Edith Prendergast, BA ’75, in October 2017 • Lee Allison, BA ’76, in October 2017 • Drago Androjna, BS ’76, in March 2017 • Carol Coleman, BA ’76, in October 2017 • Thomas Hackett, BA ’76, in September 2017 • Frederic Jaros, BA ’76, in November 2017 • Steven Slive, JD ’76, in October 2017 • Toby Takayama, BEd ’76, in November 2017 • George Gohagan, BSEE ’77, in July 2017 • Judy Long, BA ’77, in September 2017 • Mary Morella, BA ’77, in February 2018 • Elisabeth Dreyfuss, JD ’78, in December 2017 • Eli Goldner, BBA ’78, in February 2018 • Theodore Kozenko Jr., BBA ’78, in October 2017 • Richard Loyer, JD ’78; in December 2017 • Frank Niuzzo, MEd ’78, in February 2018 • Goodloe Rodgers, MEd ’78, in December 2017 • Bruce Schwarz, BBA ’78, in February 2017 • David Standeven, MSEE ’78, in March 2017 • Laura Witzke, BSCIS ’78, in October 2017 • Dorothy Naugle, BMus ’78 and MMus ’82, in February 2017 • John Franklin, BA ’79, in April 2017 • George MacDonald, JD ’79, in April 2017 • Clara Maurus, MSUS ’79, in January 2018 • Joseph Meszaros, BS ’79, in March 2018 • Allen Smith, BA ’79, in September 2017 • Gerald Stueber, MEd ’79, in January 2018 • Patricia Ann Vavrina, BS ’79, in January 2018 • Allen Thomas, BBA ’79 and MBA ’93, in April 2017 • 1980s • Robert LaForce, JD ’80, in November 2017 • Gretchen Schultz, BS ’80, in January 2017 • William Goepfert, MBA ’81, in November 2017 • June Gracyk, BSCE ’81, in October 2017 • John McCarthy, JD ’81, in November 2017 • James Morgan, BSEE ’81, in October 2017 • D. Bruce Russell, BBA ’81, in December 2017 • Thomas Weiler Jr., BA ’81, in February 2017 • Carol Ann Breitenbach, BBA ’82, in February 2017 • Sally Dettelbach, JD ’82, in March 2017 • Valeria Harper, BA ’82, in January 2018 • Peggy King, MEd ’82, in November 2017 • Betty Jean Wolfe, BSCIS ’82, in June 2017 • James Griff, BA ’82 and MBA ’84, in February 2017 • Mary Louise Tobin, JD ’83, in February 2017 • Marilyn Tobocman, JD ’83, in January 2018 • Brent White, BBA ’84, in December 2017 • Sharon Horndeski, JD ’85, in August 2017 • Linda Sevcik, MBA ’87, in January 2017 • Robert Clark, BA ’88, in March 2018 • Van Johnson, BSCE ’88, in December 2017 • Judith King, BBA ’88, in March 2018 • David Pesec, BSCIS ’88, in November 2017 • Rebecca Behrens, BBA ’89, in November 2017 • Robert Myers Jr., JD ’89, in January 2018 • 1990s • Robert Andolsen, JD ’90, in November 2017 • Erin Bower, JD ’90, in January 2018 • Corey Rubino, JD ’90, in June 2017 • Patricia Spahr, BEd ’90, in October 2017 • Helen See Pereira, MA ’91, in February 2018 • Andrew Simonds, BA ’91, in March 2017 • Lynn Hertrick Leavitt, MEd ’93, in December 2017 • Bernard Rosenblum, JD ’93, in December 2017 • Maria Continenza Albanese, MEd ’94, in December 2017 • Gerald Tirch, BSEE ’94, in January 2018 • Nina Walton Lodge, MEd ’95, in January 2018 • Robert Osborn III, MA ’97, in September 2017 • Jennifer Petras, BA ’97 and MA ’98, in December 2017 • Kenneth McCain, JD ’98, in August 2017 • Nancy Peyton Blair, JD ’99, in January 2017 • Janet Ink, BBA ’99, in December 2017 • 2000s • Anthony D’Amico, MBA ’02, in October 2017 • Holly Prioreschi, BSN ’03, in March 2017 • Amanda Green, BA ’06, in December 2017 • Larry Hill, BSN ’07, in June 2017 • Eric Leiser, BA ’08, in December 2017 • Heather Wilsey, BA ’11, in February 2017 • Daniel French, MEd ’13, in October 2017

Robert Heard Sr., BA ’79, and Lisa Thomas Ph.D. ’08, were reappointed by Mayor Frank Jackson to the Cleveland School Board. Vice Chair Heard has been a board member since 2004. He is twice retired, from State Farm Insurance and the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Thomas has been a board member for seven years and is a visiting professor and director of CSU’s Center for Experiential Learning.
Yogesh Patel, MSCIS ’00, and Ritesh Patel, MSEE ’12, are entrepreneurial brothers who own numerous convenience stores and started a BeerNow delivery service
CSU’s Museum Studies graduates are enjoying career success, Michelle Epps, MA ’09, is president of the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network; Matt Seaman, MA ’10, is collections and traveling exhibits manager at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum; Sale Holder, MA ’12, is assistant librarian at the Rock Hall; and Olivia Girl, BA ’17, is curator of Nebraska’s Legacy of the Plains Museum.

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September 26-29

Do you have great memories of your days at CSU? Do you cherish the friendships you made? Did a favorite faculty member help guide you to career success?

Celebrate CSU and all it means to you by attending Homecoming September 26-29. Activities to reconnect alumni with one another, their Colleges and the University are being planned.

Highlights will include the investiture of President Harlan Sands, a Homecoming parade celebrating CSU’s new First Family, VikeFest with a Silver Anniversary reunion for the class of 1993, the Distinguished Alumni Awards, the Golden Apple Awards honoring faculty and staff nominated by alumni, and a Golden Anniversary reunion brunch saluting the Class of 1968.

If you are a ’68 or ’93 graduate, we need your help in contacting classmates and planning 50th and 25th reunions to remember. To get involved, call 216-687-2078. And visit for Homecoming updates.

In Memoriam CSU DEATHS

Robert Hastings in November 2017. The professor emeritus of management and labor relations joined the faculty in 1969, retired in 1991, and then taught part time until retiring again in 1998.

George Kramerich in December 2017. The professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering retired in 2008 following a 40-year career at CSU. In addition to teaching, he chaired the electrical engineering, engineering technology and electrical and computer engineering departments and was an assistant dean of the College of Engineering.

Elaine Woloshyn in December 2017. She was a part-time lecturer in Urban Studies from 2005 to 2013.

Dianne Oloff in January 2018. After 15 years in the Registrar’s Office, in 2003 she moved to the College of Graduate Studies, where she was a student services specialist. A revered staff member, her knowledge of the University was unmatched.

Allan Peskin in January 2018. The professor emeritus of history joined CSU in 1962 and retired in 2000. He served as president of the Retired Faculty Association and was the author of numerous books, articles and book reviews.

Michael Pechura in February 2018. He joined CSU’s Department of Computer and Information Science in 1976 and retired in 2010 as an associate professor.

Samuel Richmond in February 2018. Professor Emeritus Richmond joined CSU in 1969 as chairman and associate professor of social work. He became a professor of philosophy when that department was established and also was a founder and director of CSU’s First College. He retired in 2008.

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