Alumni Notes & Accomplishments
Lee Blakemore ’55, Penn Valley, Calif., retired as product line manager at Amoco Chemical in Atlanta.
Connie Kirkland ’68, Oakton, Va., is director of Threat Assessment and Behavioral Intervention at Northern Virginia Community College. She also manages the college’s Sexual Assault Services program. In 2014, she was a contributing author for “Addressing Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence,” published by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Douglas Hendel ’71, ’79, ’86, Alliance, Ohio, a retired professor of theater at the University of Mount Union, performed with the Hip to Hip Theatre Company based in Queens, N.Y.
Victor Amato ’72, Port Huron, Mich., published “Incoming, Collected Stories.” His book is available digitally and in paperback.
Richard Campbell ’72, Wall Township, N.J., retired after 25 years with AT&T Corp. in Middletown, N.J. He was a principal technical architect in the network applications and system development organization.
Patricia Rhoden Bartels ’76, Nashville, Ind., was named one of the featured member artists at the Brown County Art Guild in September 2015. She also recently won Outstanding Landscape at the 91st annual Hoosier Salon Exhibition.
Marianne Kasel Burke ’78, Parsippany, N.J., retired as director of project/program management at AT&T after 35 years.
Janet Schroer ’78, Portland, Ore., is an attorney with Hart Wagner LLP. She is recognized in the 2016 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America” as a 2016 Lawyer of the Year for Appellate Practice.
Rebecca Aguilar ’80, Dallas, received the 2015 Napoleon (Ohio) High School Hall of Fame Award for her more than 30 years in journalism and 50 awards/nominations for her work in news.
Linda Murray ’80, Midland, Mich., was named the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association District V Orchestra Teacher of the Year.
Jonathan Clark ’81, Salt Lake City, was elected to serve a three-year term as director of the Northwest Region of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society. He will also serve on Sigma Xi’s international board of directors.
Ronald Ciancutti ’83, Lakewood, Ohio, was named to Berea High School’s Distinguished Graduate Hall of Fame. He served as keynote speaker at the 2015 Park and Recreation Business National Conference.
David Coleman ’83, ’85, Cincinnati, received
the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Entertainment at the national conference
of the Association for the Promotion of
Adrian Thompson ’83, Highland Heights, Ohio, is a partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. He is Taft’s first chief diversity officer, president emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, co-chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Diversity & Inclusion Strategies Committee, and serves as a member of the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Task Force on Commercial Dockets.
Sue Cramer ’84, Bluffton, Ohio, retired in 2014 from Northeastern Local Schools, Defiance, Ohio, where she taught K-12 health and physical education for 35 years. She is a junior and senior high school volleyball official and a CPR and first aid instructor.
Matthew Balensuela ’85, Terre Haute, Ind., presented his paper, “New Paths for Music History Pedagogy: Challenges for the Next Decade,” to the International Musicological Society Study Group on Transmission of Knowledge as a Primary Aim in Music Education meeting at Juilliard.
Suzanne Cordatos ’85, Colchester, Conn., had her first novel, “The Lost Crown of Apollo,” published in the U.K. by Sunberry Books.
Holly Geaman-Koza ’85, Lima, Ohio, received the 2015 Jefferson Award for volunteer community work in the Lima area.
Jeffrey Greig ’85, Willoughby, Ohio, retired from Perry Middle School, Perry, Ohio, where he taught social studies.
Thomas Tyler ’85, Willoughby, Ohio, is supervisory administrative law judge for the Cleveland office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals, Department of Health & Human Services. He previously served 27 years as a trial attorney.
Dale Orians ’86, Highland Heights, Ohio, is a detective lieutenant for the City of University Heights Police Department.
Patrick Pearson ’89, Vernon Hills, Ill., is a teacher, orchestra director and co-leader of the marching band and color guard for Oak Park River Forest High School. He was named the 2015 Illinois Music Educator of the Year.
Lori (Everly) Stevenson ’89, Marion, Ohio, is the communications manager for the Marion Community Foundation.
Steve Clark ’90, Town & Country, Mo., is vice president for Environmental Affairs and Real Estate at Emerson, St. Louis.
Vicki Wahl ’90, Atlanta, launched her business, the hugbox (thehugbox.com), in 2014. Her company specializes in personalized gift boxes containing eco-friendly, made-in-the-USA, artisanal products.
Dianne (Malbone) Dillon ’92, Travelers Rest, S.C., is a Certified Fund Raising Executive. She received Greenville Health System’s 2015 Care Giver of the Year Award – Non Clinical.
Adam Bauser ’94, Princeton, N.J., received an Emmy Award from the New York chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his work as segment producer on the public television series “Classroom Close-up, N.J.”
Anne Tait ’94, Providence, R.I., has her artwork, “The Erosion of Memory: Works by Anne Tait,” on display at the fall 2015 exhibition at the Doug Adams Gallery, Berkeley, Calif. She was a speaker at the New York Chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies and presented a paper “Making Sense of Memorials” at the 2015 annual conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association.
Rick Thorp ’95, Shadyside, Ohio, placed first and fourth in the Division 3 Feature Story category in the 2015 Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Writing Contest.
Sallie Stiens ’96, Chicago, is an attorney and director of global public policy for Grant Thornton in Chicago.
Betsy Kling ’97, Cleveland, was selected by the Press Club of Cleveland to receive this year’s prestigious Chuck Heaton Award. She is chief meteorologist and evening weather forecaster for WKYC.
Scott Irelan ’98, ’02, Portage, Mich., is associate dean for Western Michigan University’s College of Fine Arts. He has co-authored a book, “Experiencing Theatre,” which shares the process of moving a play or musical from the page to the stage.
Sarah Pappalrado ’00, Laurel, Md., is a teacher and department team leader at Dunloggin Middle School in Laurel. She participated in Miami (Ohio) University’s Earth Expeditions global field course in pursuit of her master’s degree from the university.
Kathryn Davidson ’03, Cincinnati, received a master’s in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Cincinnati, where she continues to pursue a Ph.D. in speech language pathology with a research focus on the performing voice.
John Houser ’03, Portales, N.M., is director of marketing and communications for Eastern New Mexico University.
Joshua DeWar ’04, Louisville, Ky., received the 2016 Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Award from the Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc. He is a second grade teacher at Engelhard Elementary School in Louisville.
Michael Hill ’06, Fort Myers, Fla., is the sports information director for Florida SouthWestern State College.
Janna Carpenter ’07, Alachua, Fla., is manager of customer service and front end operations at Alta Systems Printing Co., Gainesville, Fla.
Jeremy Foskitt ’09, Orlando, Fla., is the human resource administrator at the University of Central Florida. He is currently pursuing his second master’s degree at the university.
Bethany Truax ’09, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, participated in Miami (Ohio) University’s Earth Expeditions global field course in Guyana as part of her master’s program. She is a science teacher at Canal Winchester Middle School in Columbus.
Nicholas Derksen ’10, ’12, Canal Winchester, Ohio, received Bowling Green State University’s 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award in the Master of Public Administration program.
Brittany Tackett ’10, Piqua, Ohio, is a college completion coach with AmeriCorps at Edison Community College.
Lauren Drossman ’11, Sandusky, Ohio, is a science teacher at Margaretta High School. She traveled to Thailand to participate in Miami (Ohio) University’s Earth Expeditions global field course program to study Buddhism and spiritual connections to nature.
Jillian Hagerman ’11, Pickerington, Ohio, received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bradenton, Fla. She is a resident physician in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Katie Pollifrone ’11, Sarasota, Fla., participated in Miami (Ohio) University’s Earth Expeditions global field course in Baja. She is a science teacher at Riverview High School in Sarasota.
Brittany Rasmussen ’11, Brook Park, Ohio, participated in Miami (Ohio) University’s Earth Expeditions global field course in Thailand where she studied Buddhism and spiritual connections to nature. She is a chemistry and biology teacher at Olmsted Falls High School in Cleveland.
Elizabeth Dibble ’12, Toledo, Ohio, participated in Miami (Ohio) University’s Earth Expeditions Global Field course in Thailand where she studied Buddhism and spiritual connections to nature. She is an outdoor camp education program developer in Chardon, Ohio.
Kerbie Minor ’13, Columbus, Ohio, is appearing in this fall’s production of “Margie” at the Columbus Performing Arts Center.
Amit Taneja ’13, Worchester, Mass., is the associate dean for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at the College of the Holy Cross.
Nicholas Vanderpool ’13, Cincinnati, received his Master of Arts in Health Studies from the University of Alabama.
Benjamin Bacni ’14, Sandusky, Ohio, won first prize in the University Division at the International Horn Competition of America. He has also been recognized for his performance of “Lament for Horn Solo.” He is pursuing a master’s degree in music performance at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
Mackenzie Fork ’14, Oregon, Ohio, is director of marketing and communications for CGS Imaging in Maumee, Ohio.
Ilyssa Peltz ’14, Beachwood, Ohio, produced and directed a documentary, “Where Do the Torahs Go?,” while a student at Bowling Green State University. The film was accepted and screened at the fall 2015 Chagrin Documentary Film Festival.
Sara E. Lahman, Ph.D, ’15, is an assistant professor of biology at the University of Mount Olive in North Carolina.
Matthew Spaulding ’15, Toledo, Ohio, is a staff attorney for the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP where he is practicing in the firm’s litigation practice group.