Alumni Notes & Accomplishments
Irwin Berg ’51, East Windsor, N.J., is an income tax expert and served in the U.S. Army Finance Corps from 1951-53.
Richard M Henningsen ’57, Northville, Mich., retired from the Charter Township of Northville after serving as treasurer for 32 years.
David LaPlantz ’66, Santa Fe, N.M., was featured in Ornament Magazine, Volume 36, No. 1 issue for his jewelry and social commentary sculpture.
Earl Frech ’69, Honeoye Falls, N.Y., retired as vice president and New York State claims officer after 31 years with Erie Insurance.
Dave Brown ’71, ’76, Sagamore Hills, Ohio, retired after 40 years in education. He recently wrote “Huron Football, Volume I and II.”
Nancy Manwell Morrison ’71, Lawrenceville, Ga., retired as an elementary school principal in Gwinnett County Public Schools in Lawrenceville after 30 years in education.
Richard A. Plewacki ’71, Cleveland, Ohio, was appointed to the American Transportation Research Institute’s Research Advisory Committee. He has been involved with the transportation and logistics industry, as a businessman and an attorney, for more than
Kathy Jo Schweitzer ’71, Port Clinton, Ohio, retired in 2001 after teaching English for 30 years at Port Clinton High School. She is a truancy mediator for Ottawa County, funeral director assistant at Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home, and owns two businesses, KJ’s Consulting-Organizing Spaces and KJ’s Camera.
Harry D. (Bud) Shehan ’71, Salt Lake City, Utah, retired as a buyer and director of advertising for 27 years at Dahle Management Corp., then earned an FAA Airframe and Powerplant rating. He began a second career teaching aviation maintenance at Salt Lake Community College and is a flight instructor.
John Michael Savage ’74, Canfield, Ohio, recently retired after 38 years of counseling, teaching and coaching at Austintown Local School. He earned his bachelor’s in education and served as a resident adviser in Bromfield Hall.
K. Brad Stamm ’74, Ada, Mich., published a book, “Faithonomics,” which is an application of economics to Scripture.
Cynthia Giffi Wilt ’74, Westlake, Ohio, founded the nonprofit Career Transition Center to assist job seekers and serves on the board.
Jim Weber ’75, Toledo, Ohio, is chair of the board of the Toledo Chamber of Commerce.
Theresa Rogers Clark ’76, Loudonville, Ohio, is a teacher with Ashland City Schools.
Kathie Kolesar ’77, Fremont, Ohio, retired in 2005 after 21 years teaching at Fremont Middle School. She is a fitness instructor for the Sandusky County YMCA.
Doris Herringshaw, ’78, ’05, Bowling Green, Ohio, is associate professor emeritus at The Ohio State University and was appointed to the position of a Wood County commissioner.
Janis Briga ’79, ’82, Marlborough, Conn., published a novel, “If I Should Die,” which uses a science fiction format to reconcile scientific facts with the existence of God.
Mark Alan Chaney ’80, Huntsville, Ala., retired after 33 years in law enforcement (the last 15 years as chief of police).
Victor Hill ’80, Indianapolis, Ind., is associate director of Championships Community Programs and Youth Clinics.
David Sabbath ’80, Columbus, Ohio, is owner of Three Dog Films, with national spots for leading companies such as Pepto Bismol, Subway, American Eagle and Lane Bryant.
Matt J. Wey, ’81, Cleveland, Ohio, leads Marsh’s Cleveland and Columbus offices. He has spent his entire 32-year career with Marsh following his BGSU graduation.
Ernest Auciello ’82, Cleveland, Ohio, was recently inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America. A trial lawyer, he is a partner in the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis where he focuses on pharmaceutical litigation, medical malpractice and long-term care litigation with an emphasis on the defense of medical professionals, hospitals and other medical institutions and product manufacturers.
David Clarence Hummel ’82, Woodville, Ohio, is retired from Toledo Area Metroparks.
Robert Reisig ’82, Orlando, Fla., is the owner of two tire dealerships. Ohio Tire Terminal in Sandusky, Ohio and Avon Park, Fla., supply tires to the agriculture original equipment manufacturer industry.
Ronald Drew Ciancutti ’83, Lakewood, Ohio, is director of procurement for Cleveland Metroparks.
Patrick Hansford ’83, Centerville, Ohio, was awarded the 2013 Warner Professional Practice Award for Region 3 by the board of directors of Epsilon Pi Tau.
Patte O’Connor ’83, Toledo, Ohio, is owner of Kick Ash, LLC, a tobacco cessation coaching service.
Brian Sooy ’84, Elyria, Ohio, launched a new design practice, Aespire, to complement the 16 year-old design firm Sooy+Co that he leads with Lisa Glassburn Sooy ’84.
June (McIntee) Ryan ’84, Washington, D.C., will be promoted to admiral and completed the Coast Guard frocking. She is the first female in more than the 200-year history of the Coast Guard to advance from the lowest rank of enlisted to admiral.
Diane (Klein) Thorpe ’84, Toledo, Ohio, was The Toledo Blade January 2013 Teacher of the Month. She is a member of the Ohio Art Education Association fellows group and will serve as the local coordinator at the 2013 annual conference.
Kimbal Fatica ’85, ’08, Tampa, Fla., owner of Hemlock Point Marketing, was named Volunteer of the Quarter in January 2013 by the American Marketing Association of Tampa Bay. He is the organization’s email marketing manager and was recently nominated to serve on its board of directors.
Karen Goodwin Losekamp, ’85, Westchester, Ohio, is assistant vice president of business and financial affairs at the University of Cincinnati.
Karen S. Hamilton, ’86, Angola, Ind., is interim dean of the Franks School of Education at Trine University.
Gregory Ruffer ’87, ’95, Milwaukee, Wis., is president and CEO of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
Phil Schoen ’87, Pembroke Pines, Fla., commentates on soccer matches from Spain, Italy and around the globe for beIN SPORT sports channel. For the previous 10 years, he served in a similar capacity for Gol TV.
Tricia Lee Perry ’88, Poland, Ohio, is a fundraiser for The Rich Center for Autism and the funding officer for WYSU 88.5 FM on the Youngstown State University campus. She previously was a radio and television journalist.
Brian Bonham ’93, ’94, Avon, Ohio, is an attorney for Wickens, Herzer, Panza,
Cook & Batista.
Bryan R. Gardiner ’93, Palmyra, Va., is director of internal fixed income for the Virginia Retirement System with responsibility for $10.5 billion of the state’s defined benefit retirement plan.
Tom Limbert ’93, San Francisco, Calif., is the author of “Dad’s Playbook: Wisdom for Fathers from the Greatest Coaches of All Time” which contains more than 100 inspiring quotes from great coaches.
Michele Martinez, Ph.D. ’93, Toledo, Ohio, is interim dean of students at the University of Toledo.
Amy M. Sajko ’93, Prescott, Ariz., is foundation development officer with NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.
Brian Stier ’93, Westerville, Ohio, is assistant athletic director and middle school athletic director at Worthington Christian Schools in Worthington, Ohio.
Michael Peter Marsh ’94, Toledo, Ohio, is president and CEO of the Toledo Fair Housing Center, a nonprofit civil rights agency serving northwest Ohio.
Thomas E. Dauber ’98, Croton, Ohio, is director of advancement for The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy.
Nathan Searles ’99, Akron, Ohio, is director of sales for Main Street Gourmet.
Teresa A. Thompson ’99, Sandusky, Ohio, is celebrating her 30th anniversary in business as Teresa A. Thompson Interiors.
Elliot Nicely ’00, ’07, Amherst, Ohio, published a book of poetry, “Tangled Shadows: Senryu and Haiku.”
Christie Chipps Peters ’00, Williamsburg, Pa., is director of Richmond’s Animal Care and Control. She previously served as executive director of the Portsmouth Humane Society and worked at the Heritage Humane Society. She holds a master’s in nonprofit management from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.
Mathew Brueggemann ’01, ’07, Pittsburgh, Pa., is program manager at Family Links where he is an advocate for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Justin M. Crawfis ’01, Ottawa, Ohio, is the genealogy associate at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library.
Michael Lotz ’01, Houston, Texas, is assistant principal for Clear Creek school district.
Shelly Miller ’01, Bloomville, Ohio, received the Beta Phi Mu Student Achievement Award from the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University. She is a reference librarian at Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Quinn Library and continuing education coordinator at OHIONET.
Pete Stella ’01, Los Angeles, Calif., is digital content manager at FOX Sports West in Los Angeles. He previously served as college football editor for FOXSports.com.
Jennifer Osburn ’02, Columbus, Ohio, a certified public accountant, is the director of Community Action Practice for GBQ Partners LLC.
Sarah E. Diller ’03, ’04, Toledo, Ohio, a certified public accountant, is controller at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP.
Brystana Kaufman ’03, Graham, N.C., is a candidate for Master of Science in Health Policy and Management at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Jason Kessler ’04, Wilson, N.C., is community development coordinator with North Carolina New Schools, a private-public catalyst for education reform in the state.
Kelly Wilhelm ’04, Edgerton, Ohio, is owner and director of Visiting Angels of NW Ohio, a private duty home care agency for seniors.
Sue Ballard ’05, Cincinnati, Ohio, is the major gifts officer at the College of Mount St. Joseph.
Leslie Wagner ’05, Fredericktown, Ohio, is staff historian at the Dawes Arboretum in Newark, Ohio. She previously worked at the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Carrie Klypchak ’06, Commerce, Texas, was recently named University Theatre Educator of the Year by the Texas Educational Theatre Association.
Alexander L. Pal ’06, Wadsworth, Ohio, an associate with Obral, Silk & Associates, was selected as a Rising Star on Ohio Super Lawyers magazine’s 2013 list.
Matt Skitzki ’07, South Euclid, Ohio, released his third feature recording, “Do What You’re Good At,” featuring jazz icons Ken Peplowski and Ernie Krivda.
Amanda Skowronek ’07, Ypsilanti, Mich., is the communications and graphic design manager at the Eastern Michigan University Foundation.
Kari Leann Bailey ’08, Alpharetta, Ga., is a special education teacher at State Bridge Crossing Elementary School in Johns Creek, Ga., and was chosen as the 2013 Teacher of the Year. She is the first special education teacher to receive this award for her school.
Jamie Lynne (Hoover) McConnell ’08, Roseville, Ohio, graduated in December 2012 with a Master of Science in Agricultural and Extension Education from The Ohio State University.
Preston Ramsey ‘08, Fayetteville, N.C., is assistant director of student involvement and leadership at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He oversees management of 90+ student organizations and serves as the Student Government Association adviser. He is president of the BGSU Band Alumni Society.
Richard Cistone ’09, Phoenix, Ariz., is vice president of business development and marketing at PhoenixMart.
Terry Streetman ’09, Lansing, Mich., attended the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2013 Leadership Summit on behalf of the Michigan Great Lakes Chapter and is membership and advocacy coordinator for Michigan Nonprofit Association.
Douglas J. Swearingen ’09, Huron, Ohio, is a member of the Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Law Business Organizations and Tax Department.
Lois Snavely ’11, Naperville, Ill., is marketing manager for Jump Rhythm Jazz Project in Chicago.
Erwin L. Taganas ’11, Alta Loma, Calif., founded EAT Productions, a technology startup firm that manufactures the Videopage, a video player for books.
Anthony Copley ’12, Gibsonburg, Ohio, has been accepted into the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at The University of Findlay.
Maria Bituin C. Simmons ’12, Solon, Ohio, is a software engineer for Hanson Inc.
Kayla Marie Sullivan ’12, Delaware, Ohio, is moving in August 2013 to Turkey to teach English as a second language.
Tim Goodenow ’01, Morgantown, W.Va., is the senior specialist for North America communications at Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Steve Evert ’02, Toledo, Ohio, is an account executive with Madison Avenue Marketing Group in Toledo and has been elected to serve a one-year term on the On Hold Messaging Association’s Board of Directors.
Matthew Brian Morris ’03, Lancaster, Ohio, was ordained a priest of the Roman Catholic Church on May 25, 2013. He celebrated his first Mass the following day at Lancaster’s St. Mary Church.
Robert Rowland ’03, Orlando, Fla., is an e-commerce specialist for Goodwill Industries of Central Florida Inc.
Julie Kiechel ’04, South Dartmouth, Mass.,
had a solo exhibition in September at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, Mass.
Jason Westerhaus ’04, Las Vegas, Nev., won his second Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Pacific Southwest Chapter.
Jeffrey Nolish ’05, Huntington Woods, Mich., is a 2012 graduate from Depaul University’s School of Public Service, earning a Master of Public Administration in Metropolitan Planning and Urban Affairs. In June 2013 he enlisted in the Air National Guard as an Airman First Class.
* Denotes an alumnus who attended, but did not earn a degree from BGSU.
Mary (Walker) Kalbfleisch ’33
Kathryn (Kelsey) Krout ’34
Bernice (Butler) Ahrns ’35
John Hartman ’35, ’54
Florence (Laskey) Oberle ’35
Valena (Sutter) Zimmerman ’35
Wayne Phillips ’37
Floyd Gehres ’38
Mary (Gray) Greetham ’38
Jeanette (Seiss) McCracken ’38
Esther (Lee) Andre ’39
Pat Cordisco ’39
Richard Hagemeyer ’39
Laura (Ebersole) Clymer ’41
Col. Robert H. Wayland Jr. ’41
Mildred (Wolf) Dilworth ’42
Martha (Baughman) Hayes ’42, ’72
June (Smith) Klevins ’42
Dondus (Berndt) Schober ’42
Dorothy (Quellhorst) Schwepe ’43
Dorcas (Litherland) Weidner ’44
Virginia (Merrell) Austin ’47
Phyllis (Reetz) Walter ’47
Phyllis (Sangston) House ’48
Harold Merillat ’48
Marilyn (Brown) Nyce ’48
George Schmidt ’48
Dorothy (Anderson) Shelton ’48
Richard Bishop ’49
James Dunn ’49
Leroy Graziotti ’49
Alice (Vietmeier) Loomis ’49
Harriett (Burnett) McConahay ’49
Robert Spackey ’49
Margaret (Sweeney) Turner ’49
Dorothy (Culbertson) Brown ’50
James Goebel ’50
William Huff ’50
Charles Jantho ’50
Alexander Reed ’50
Paul Sackett ’50
Ben Vetter ’50
Virginia (Clymer) Whitman ’50
James Zeller ’50
Ruth (Shaffer) Carrott ’51
Joyce (McGowan) Hartzell ’51
Edway Johnson ’51
Shirley (Beetler) Rogers ’51
Weldon A. Smith ’51
Carolyn (Arnholt) Fitzsimmons ’52
Ernest P. Sposato Jr. *
Rudolph Barto ’53
Richard Ginther ’53
Sheldon Hall ’53, ’55
Carl Long ’53
Thomas Webster ’53
Roland Wrightsman ’53
John Cochran ’54
Stanley Fox ’54
Helen (Harned) Kahl ’55
Eldon Nonnamaker ’55
John Wheeler ’55, ’57
Mary (Wiegman) Bartels ’56
Donald Davis ’56
George Guttschalk ’56
Charles Pike ’56
William G. Barnard, III ’57
Norman Decker ’57, ’59
Ned England ’57
Richard Haugh ’57
Ronald Walsh ’57, ’61
James Thompson ’58
Burnell Brandeberry ’59
John Gregory ’59
Robert Ramlow ’59, ’61
Larry Dove ’60
David Garen ’60
Robert Lewe ’60
Robert Smith ’60
Barry Blosser ’61
James Dimling ’61, ’65
James Manner II ’61
Ralph Weibel ’61
Margaret (Smith) Williams ’61
Judith (Cress) Brown ’62
Albert Diringer ’62
Richard Meinka ’62
Robert Neiderhouse ’63
James Stoltz ’63, ’65
John Bistay ’64
Rita (Carpenter) Rombach ’64
C. Ann Leathers ’65
Joan (Wadsworth) Meyer ’65, ’67
Nan Nichols ’65
William Shepherd ’65
Margretta (Lee) Verteletsky ’65
Ronnie Essinger ’66, ’68
Donald Garris ’66
Robert Heidel ’66
Donald Larsen ’66, ’68
Karen Smith ’66
Lee Wombold ’66
Timothy Brandyberry ’67
Jan Sorgenfrei ’67
Annabel Strauch ’67
Thomas Anderson ’68
David Cherney ’68, ’70
Marilyn Ede ’68
Howard Mabel ’68
James Banks ’69
Lynda (Papesh) Janovsky ’71
Malcolm Mackey ’71, ’76
Linda (Chovan) Mann ’71
Nancy (Pelak) Sharkody ’71
Larry Vogtsberger ’71, ’93
Thomas Bird ’72
Will Mechling ’72, ’74
Scott Smith ’72
Patricia Williams ’72
Ron Bigley ’73
Jacques Morgan ’73
Ann (Vaughan) Ainsworth ’74
David Amstutz ’74, ’80
Sister Agnes Hartlieb ’74
Lynne (Berryman) Jackson ’74
Robert Jackson ’74, ’76, ’86
Jennifer Moorman ’74
Karen (Knestrict) Dorrell ’75
Debra (Smith) Duetemeyer ’75
Michael Gabes ’75
Joyce (Bresler) Johnston-
Jane (Corbin) Kaiser ’75
Janis (Beaver) Loch ’75, ’79
John Sobczak ’75
Richard Long ’76
Benny Morse ’77
Oscar Retterer ’77, ’84
Michael Sanford ’77
Stanley Feaster ’78
Mary McKenzie ’78
Frederick Tafel ’78
Kathy (LaGana) Kayle ’79
Christie (Prenslow) Rosen ’79
James Franks ’80
Bruce Polce ’81
Albert Stoltz ’81
Mark Koehler ’82
Ann (Hense) Stevens ’82, ’83
Deborah (Holl) Norris ’83
Todd Neighbor ’84
Mary Peresta ’85
Sara (Martin) Boos ’89
Jeffry Rybak ’90
Joyce (Link) Nafziger ’91
Wagner ’91, ’01
Dawn (Knapp) Barlow ’94
Mark Foster ’95
Scott Gallaway ’95
Julie (Wirks) Masony ’95
Jamie (Brandenburg) Jantz ’97
Amy (Barda) Buehrer ’98
Ryan Gabel ’98
Suzanne (Melby) Geckle ’98
Susan (David) Hanely ’98
Cory Sprow ’98, ’02
Alan Ludwikoski ’00
Robin Nofziger ’01
Melody Meadows-Kramer ’03
Douglas Will ’07
Rachel (Lockrey) Kominek ’10
Nathan Trask ’11
*Denotes an alumnus who attended, but did not earn a degree from BGSU.
Shirley L. Asmus
Nancy (Kopp) Coy ’94, special events coordinator
Joyce Drain, custodial services
Deborah Fentress, retired clerical services
Glen R. Frey, associate professor emeritus of geography (climatology)
Bradley Gabbard ’08, adjunct instructor in philosophy
Dawn Glanz, associate professor emeritus of art
Esther M. Gonyer, retired manager of Bowen-Thompson Student Union
R. Elaine Green, retired account clerk in University Bookstore
William R. Hoskins, professor emeritus of business (marketing)
Harold J. Johnson, professor emeritus, former chair of psychology
Richard Layman, retired maintenance services
Thomas L. Lichtenberg, former offensive coordinator for Falcon Football
Evelyn J. (Leimgruber) Lindquist, retired custodial services
Patricia (Gangwer) Mayeux ’88 (Hon.), retired administrative assistant, Office of the President
Joann Ninke, retired dining services
Edythe Petteys, dining services
Keith A. Pogan, retired director of maintenance
Patrick Saunders ’02, ’03, adjunct instructor of humanities, BGSU Firelands
Rev. John T. Snyder, inventory management of physical plant
Jeffrey K. Wagner, retired associate professor, former chair of natural and social sciences, BGSU Firelands
CLARIFICATION: A previous In Memoriam listed William Shepherd ’65. There were two graduates of that year who shared a name.
Deceased is William A. Shepherd, of Forest, Ohio, who earned his master’s degree in mathematics in 1965. The late Mr. Shepherd retired in 1995 after teaching nearly 30 years for the Department of Defense Overseas Schools.
Living is William G. Shepherd, Jr., ’65, ’67, of Van Wert, Ohio. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business in 1965, and is retired from the Central Mutual Insurance Company.
BGSU Magazine apologizes for any confusion related to this listing.