Ron ’55 and Kathleen (Rudolph) ’55 Holzman, Perrysburg, Ohio, have built a family legacy of Bowling Green State University alumni. Graduates include their four daughters, four grandsons, one granddaughter and one granddaughter-in-law. Currently enrolled at BGSU are a grandson and granddaughter.
John Bos ’58, ’60, Elida, Ohio, retired in 1989 after 31 years in the education field. He remains active these days by driving trucks for Randall Bearings, transporting rescue dogs within Ohio, and driving for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program.
Don Nehlen ’58, Morgantown, W. Va., received the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award at the 2017 American Football Coaches Awards show. The award recognizes an “individual, group or institution whose services have been outstanding in the advancement of the best interests of football.” He served as BGSU’s head football coach from 1968-76. Before his retirement in 2000, he led the West Virginia Mountaineers for 21 seasons. He was selected as one of the Most Prominent 100 Alumni as part of BGSU’s Centennial Celebration.
Terry Smith ’62, Vermilion, Ohio, taught at Vermilion High School for nearly 30 years and was inducted into the school’s 2016 Hall of Fame Class. The award honors individuals who have gone on to significant success in life as well as making outstanding contributions to the Vermilion Local Schools.
Anthony Tarasenko ’65, Summit, N.J., was re-elected to the Medical Society of New Jersey Board of Trustees. He has served on the society’s council of legislation, the county/state task force and on several of its committees. He received the Union County Medical Society’s 2015 Outstanding Service Award.
Jean (Burkett) Cramer ’66, ’98, Sandusky, Ohio, is a retired teacher. She taught full time for 35 years and served as a substitute teacher for 10 years.
Lenore Zisserman ’67, Seattle, published “Mitya’s Harbin: Majesty and Menace.” It chronicles the life of her White Russian husband and his family during the 1940s and 1950s while living in the city of Harbin, China. The book is available on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.
John Blakeman ’70, Huron, Ohio, was inducted into Ohio’s 2016 Hall of Fame for his lifelong contributions to conservation.
Robert Herbst ’71, Chester Springs, Pa., is executive director of continuing and professional studies in the John S. Watson School of Public Service and Continuing Studies at Thomas Edison State University.
Susan Lang ’72, Indian Hills, Ohio, is superintendent for the Wyoming City School District and was named the 2017 Ohio Superintendent of the Year by the Buckeye Association of School Administrators. The award is based on leadership for learning, communication, professionalism and community involvement.
Cliff Holland ’75, Annandale, N.J., a retired corporate president for Johnson & Johnson, has been appointed to the Naples Airport Authority Noise Compatibility Committee.
John Maiken ’75, Englewood, Ohio, retired from Mapleton Local Schools after a 35-year career in education. He is a coach, player and CEO of the Huff-N-Puffers fast pitch softball program, a league for people over 45.
Mark Stein ’75, Seattle, is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington and president of the American Professional Society for ADHD and Related Disorders.
Terry (Casseday) Carver ’76, Bowling Green, Ohio, retired from BGSU where she served as administrative secretary for the office of the vice president for student affairs and the department of recreation and wellness. She was also a member of the Classified Staff Council and received the council’s 2016 Outstanding Service Award.
Philip Smith ’81, Perrysburg, Ohio, retired as chief master sergeant after 23 years in the Ohio National Guard. As Ohio’s command chief, he was the principal enlisted advisor to senior leadership and responsible for influencing the health, morale and welfare of the organization’s nearly 5,000 enlisted personnel and their families. He is also retired from Perrysburg Junior High School where he was the school’s orchestra teacher.
Eric Gordon ’91, ’97, Cleveland, is CEO for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. He received the 2016 Green-Garner Award from the Council of the Great City Schools. This is the nation’s highest honor recognizing outstanding contributions in urban education.
Anthony Snyder ’92, Appleton, Wis., is CEO of the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board, one of the 11 workforce boards in the state leading the development of a productive and trained workforce to fuel the region’s economic engine.
Marc Majers ’94, Broadview Heights, Ohio, received a Master of Science in information architecture and knowledge management with an emphasis in user experience design from Kent State University.
Vincent Stephens ’99, Carlisle, Pa., co-edited “Postracial America? An Interdisciplinary Study.” He is director of the Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity at Dickinson College.
Ryan Nowlin ’00, ’04, Fairfax Station, Va., is a captain with the United States Marine Corps and assistant director of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band. His responsibilities include conducting the Marine Band and Chamber Orchestra in their winter/spring concert series and summer concerts on the National Mall as well as at ceremonies in the national capital region and at the White House. The band also performed at the January inauguration of President Donald Trump.
Theresa Crist ’05, Amelia, Ohio, is senior analyst for 84.51, where she is responsible for geospatial insights across the business.
Alexis Beachdell ’04, Cleveland, is a partner with the law firm of BakerHostetler. She is a member of the firm’s business group representing trustees, secured lenders and financial institutions, buyers and sellers of distressed assets, creditors of distressed or insolvent businesses and nonprofit entities.
Shane Lawson ’06, Lakewood, Ohio, is a partner with the law firm of Gallagher Sharp LLP. His practice focuses on representing attorneys in malpractice litigation and disciplinary proceedings, counseling and representing businesses and insurers in claims involving fire loss, and defending clients in construction disputes and personal injury cases in state and federal court.
Ryan Browne ’07, Saratoga Springs, Utah, is vice president of client success at Solutionreach.
Lindsey (Jonkhoff) Rogers ’08, Traverse City, Mich., is a sixth-generation funeral director. She has created a coloring book, “Hannah Bear,” for children who have experienced death in their family.
Matthew McGleam ’07, Chicago, is project administrator for the Chicago Department of Aviation’s design and construction division.
Elizabeth Kovar ’08, Seattle, is a fitness manager for Seattle Fitness Management, an online health adjunct instructor for Walla Walla Community College, author, and BOSU and American Council on Exercise master trainer presenter. She is a finalist for the 2017 Personal Fitness Professional Trainer of the Year Award.
Amber Ricker ’09, Zebulon, N.C., received a master’s degree in special education: blindness and low vision (birth-grade 12) from Missouri State University. She is also a public speaker on behalf of the Miracle Ear Foundation.
Elizabeth Dibble ’12, Chardon, Ohio, participated in Miami University’s Earth Expeditions global field course in Hawaii. While in Hawaii, she studied saving species in the wild and engaged with local partners testing site-specific methods of community engagement to sustain ecological and social health within the state.
Jacqueline Gedeon ’13, Eastlake, Ohio, is assistant account executive for the public relations firm of Roop & Co. Her responsibilities include public and media relations, content creation, internal communications and video production.