Class Notes

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In this section, you can share news on the recent happenings in your career, education, marriage, etc. with the Lake Erie College community and fellow alumni. Class notes are also included in the Lake Erie College magazine which is published in the fall and spring each year. We invite all alumni to stay connected to your alma mater and classmates!

Fall 2017

ERIKA BENNETT MBA ’14 – a member of the Mexican National Team – joined the UTEP Miners’ coaching staff after two years at FGCU, where the former Marshall pitcher directed the pitching staff.

During Bennett’s two seasons at FGCU, the pitching staff posted a 2.82 ERA with only 268 walks and 515 strikeouts in 794 innings. Prior to coaching at in Southwest Florida, Bennett spent one year at Dodge City Community College where the Conquistadors compiled 142 strikeouts. Originally from Hereford, Ariz., Bennett previously spent time as a graduate assistant at Lake Erie College.

MITCH BROWN ‘12 has been twice-more published in Personality and Individual Differences for his work on sociosexuality and how dangerous world beliefs influence preferences for facially communicated extraversion and psychopathy, respectively. Also, his paper concerning the health-communicative properties of limbal rings (dark rings circling the iris) and their influence on mating decisions was accepted for publication in the highly cited journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

DOMINIC CRIBRARI ’13 married BRITTANY ORTIZ ’12 on June 3, 2017, at Saint Mary's Church in Painesville, Ohio. The couple purchased a home and reside in Chesterland, Ohio.

LESLIE JONES ’87 and WILLIAM “BILL” BIMBER ’86 celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in September. They met at a performance of “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You” at the C.K. Rickel Theatre in 1985. Leslie is a Youth Financial Analyst with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, DC. Bill is a teacher of AP Physics in Woodbridge, VA.

Spring 2017

ELLA (SCHULZ) LYNN ’36, Boca Raton, Fla., reminisces often about her years at Lake Erie – her friends, the professors, Miss Small, the banquets, and the visits she’s had over the years. She writes, “I’ve really appreciated the guidance and knowledge I received at Lake Erie. I was well prepared for life, and it has treated me well.”

JANE (GALLACHER) DeBARBIERI ‘67, HOLLY (CONKLIN) FITZGERALD ’67 and BOBBI (THOMAS) McGOVERN ’67 recently spent time together in Asheville, N.C. They are planning on attending the LEC 50th reunion in September 2017. “The 40th was fabulous. Please join us and celebrate this milestone! See you there!”

DIANE PERUSHEK ’68 is a librarian at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. She recently donated a wonderful collection of 172 books that were published by the University of Hawaii Press to the James F. Lincoln Library at Lake Erie College.

JOSEPH HUMPOLICK ’74 retired April 10 from the Ashtabula County Public Defenders Office, where he worked for close to 38 years.

KIMBERLY BARTLETT ’87 is a political consultant at Right Hoof Strategies, LLC in Cleveland.

DEBORAH (SMITH) ESTES ’92 is the administrative assistant to the director of the Frist Presbyterian Day School in St. Petersburg, Fla.

AMANDA (KINSER)-VINS ’98 and her husband, Wes Vins, announce the births of their two sons, Harrison Wesley, born July 7, 2014, and Jackson John, born Nov. 10, 2016. The boys join their two big sisters, Katherine, born in 2009, and Mariska, born in 2011. The Vins live on a farm in Kinsman, Ohio where they farm certified organic hay and raise their own beef, pork, chickens and turkeys; they also still have a couple of ponies. Amanda is a stay-at-home mom and loving it.

JANICE LAWRENZ ’96 accepted a new position in January 2017 as Director of Surgical Technology & Perioperative Education at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio.

CHRISTINE (WALLER) VENALECK ’97 is Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Goldberg Companies, Inc. (GCI) in Beachwood, Ohio, where she has been employed for three years. GCI, founded in 1952, is a national developer, general contractor and property manager of residential and commercial real estate. The company owns and manages over 10,000 apartments nationwide.

SONIA BROTZMAN ’09 is office manager for Brotzman’s Nursery, Inc., a family-owned business in Madison, Ohio.

JAMES GARGAS ’04 was featured in the Miami University Department of Accountancy Annual Report for 2014-2015. A forensic accountant, Gargas is Director of PwC’s Forensic Services Practice in Washington, D.C., where he has traveled six continents in his service while guiding multinational companies through anti-bribery and anti-corruption projects, his main specialty. His two co-authored white papers, “Raising Your Anti-Corruption IQ” and ‘Is Your Organization Conflicted?” sum up these two areas and provide a glimpse of what companies must consider in today’s business environment.

MELISSA NYE ’06 is the Senior Coordinator for Advancement Services at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. She moved from admissions to this new position in January 2017.

MITCH BROWN ’12 had a first-author paper accepted in December 2016 to the peer-reviewed journal “Personality and Individual Differences” addressing his continuing research on social motives and perceptions of facially communicated extraversion.

KYLE ADAMS ’16 recently passed the fourth and final part of the CPA exam; he passed each part on his first try. Adams is currently a staff accountant at Skoda Minotti, CPAs, Business and Financial Advisors.

BRIDGET BEURY ’12 is an elephant keeper at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida.

JARED DALEY ’10 is the Coordinator of Employer Engagement Services with the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. He was interviewed in March 2017 on 90.3 WCPN ideastream about integrating persons with developmental disabilities into the workforce.

JULIA KUDLA ‘13 and JAMES “JIMMIE” SHAW ’13 were married on June 24, 2016 in Morley Music Building on the Lake Erie College campus. The couple met at LEC in 2009 when they were both freshmen; Kudla was on the lacrosse team and Shaw on the baseball team. Many members of the wedding party were LEC alumni as well, and many guests were shared friends and staff from the couple’s time at the College.

BRANDON LOGUE ’14 is a major crimes detective at the Henderson Police Department in North Carolina. He was honored as Officer of the Year for 2015 and 2016.

RACHELLE MOSHOLDER ’12 is a project manager for Hitachi Data Systems in Bellevue, Wash.

JAMES PERRY SHAW IV ’13 was recently promoted to Associate Partner of the New York Life office in Toledo, Ohio after three successful years as an agent. Making Executive Council for the past two years, Shaw was also awarded the “New Associate of the Year” award in 2016 as well as the 2016 “New Org Life Case Leader.”

JULIA (KUDLA) SHAW ’13 works in Athletic Development Operations at the University of Toledo.

JUSTIN SLABY ’11, CPA, has been hired as a senior staff accountant at Skoda Minotti.

BRIAN TURK ’10 is a mental health and substance abuse counselor at Glenbeigh Hospital in Rock Creek, Ohio. He graduated with a Master of Science degree in social work from Case Western Reserve University in May 2016 and achieved professional licenses as a Licensed Social Worker and Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor. He currently serves as a lieutenant for the Windsor Fire Department and is going to be a first-time uncle to a baby niece in June 2017.

Fall 2016

CAROLINE “BONNIE” (LORE) BEYER ’48, Sugar Grove, Pa., met with LEC staff members Holly Menzie and Pam Palermo for lunch in Erie, Pa. in fall 2015. Beyer spends her winters in Clearwater, Fla.

JANET (BURLEIGH) RAMSEY ’49, Austin, Texas, is still active at 88 and still living at home with her husband, Edward. She enjoys gardening, bridge and knitting.

MARTHA (AKERS) ZIER ’44, Rocky River, Ohio, and her daughter Wendy visited campus on Oct. 5, 2016. Zier shared memories of her time as a student, especially her walk from Painesville to E. Cleveland, a distance of about 30 miles!

JUDITH (RESCH) ADAMS ’59, Ludlow, Vt., is in her 29th year of teaching at The Little School (a learning center and preschool) as head teacher for the four- and five-year-old children. Her husband, John, passed away in May 2014, and she misses him every day. Adams has a 14-year-old granddaughter, Madison; Madison’s mother, Christina, and her husband, David (Madison’s stepfather), live in Springfield, Vt. Adams’ second daughter, Mary-Louise, is a freelance producer in New York.

SUE (SCHOEDINGER) ELLIS ’59, MSEd ’86, Concord, Ohio, became a member of Rotary International in 2013 to replace her husband. She serves on the boards of Andrews Osborne Academy, United Church Homes and the National Alumni Board of Lake Erie College. She took her oldest grandson to Great Britain for a graduation present; since he is a bagpiper, he really enjoyed the Royal Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle. In 2015 Ellis moved to a free-standing condo, so she now has more free time for fun activities. She is looking forward to the revitalization of the fine arts program now underway at the College.

CONNIE LUHTA ’77 was recently honored by “Crain’s Cleveland Business” in its “Eight Over Eighty” feature. Luhta, 86, is a seven-term Concord Township trustee and president of the board of trustees of the International Women’s Air & Space Museum in Cleveland. She also owns and operates Concord Airpark and still flies planes (normally a Piper Cherokee 180). She was one of the organizers of a gala held July 9, 2016 at the Steele Mansion in Painesville in celebration of Amelia Earhart’s stay at the mansion as well as the International Women’s Air & Space Museum’s 40th anniversary.

DEBRA POTTS ’74 of Indianapolis, Ind., recently signed a conservation easement with the Central Indiana Land Trust protecting more than 30 acres of secluded, wooded area on the city’s northwest side from any development. Potts is the owner of this property.

SHERYL (RYS) SPAIN ’77 is a buyer for Monitor Manufacturing in Cartersville, Ga.

RALPH LINNE, MBA ’89, Cincinnati, Ohio, the director of county facilities in Hamilton County, Ohio, was named Facility Executive of the Year 2016 in “Facility Executive” magazine; he was selected for this honor by facility management professionals. In his position since 2001, Linne manages a facilities department of more than 200 employees that maintains nearly 300 facilities totaling approximately 3.5 million square feet. Under Linne’s leadership, improvements to department operations and facilities efficiencies have flourished, even in the face of budget limitations.

CARA MIA (ROWAN) DUNCAN ’99 is a teacher at Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

MICHELE (HALL) RILEY ’93 of Stuart, Fla., returned to campus on April 29, 2016 to give a presentation on the topic of equine insurance. Riley is a licensed broker at Serenity Equine Insurance where she sells equine and farm insurance. She is also an accomplished dressage rider and competed in the 2014 USDF National Championships in Kentucky where she placed well in the Prix St. George, Intermediate I and II freestyle classes.

LOUISE SULLIVAN ’96, MBA ’16 is the organizational change management director at Avery Dennison, responsible for a $50 million-plus business transformation project that includes deploying a new enterprise resource planning system. She was a non-traditional student at LEC who worked full-time while obtaining both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. This enabled her to create a two-way applied learning environment, enable her to bring fresh, new classroom ideas to her workplace and real-world business problems to the classroom.

“The MBA program at Lake Erie College is outstanding! It provided an affordable, close to home, flexible program that worked with my busy schedule,” Sullivan said. “I also had the great opportunity to learn from some outstanding professors who engaged and inspired critical thinking, problem solving and intellectual curiosity.”

TOMMY COLE ’08 is a professional singer/songwriter based in Nashville, Tenn. He returned to Lake Erie College to present a mini-concert in the Holden Center on March 16, 2016.

ELISHA CRUTCHER ’04 is a referral office liaison for MetroHealth in Old Brooklyn, Ohio.

JAMES GARGAS ’04 finished his tenth year in forensic services with Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP in Washington, D.C.

KIMBERLEY (FORD) McCORMACK ’04 of Streetsboro, Ohio, and her husband, Michael, welcomed a son, Alexander Michael McCormack on Aug. 5, 2016. Alex weighed 8’ 14 oz. and was 21-1/2” long – his parents couldn’t be prouder!

HEATHER McELWAIN ’06 is a dispatcher in the Lake County Sheriff’s Department in Painesville, Ohio.

KRISTEN MILLER ’08 is a database administrator at Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus, Ohio.

HOWARD WASHINGTON II ’08, Broadview Hts., Ohio, is CEO of NeVer-Not-Working, LLC.

JOE AICHELE ’12 and CHRISSY DELANEY ’14 were married at Lake Erie College in Morley Music Building on July 9, 2016. They currently reside in Tampa, Fla.

GUS ARMBRUSTER ’12 is a product manager at Atlas Copco in Independence, Ohio.

MITCH BROWN ’12, a current graduate student at The University of Southern Mississippi in psychology, had his first first-author paper accepted for publication in evolutionary psychological science. The paper is called “Avoiding Extraverts: Pathogen Concern Downregulates Preferences for Extraverted Faces.” Brown also recently received confirmation of the acceptance of a paper in the academic journal “Personality and Individual Differences.” This was his second first-author paper in a month, giving him a total of six accepted peer-reviewed publications.

CAMERON CASTRO ’12 has returned to his alma mater as the head baseball coach for the Lake Erie College Storm. Castro played for the Storm as a pitcher during the 208-11 seasons and since then has had several successful stints coaching college-level athletes.

CAMERON CROSSAN ’12 and JESSICA MEYER ’14 were married in Lexington, Ky. on May 14, 2016. The couple met in 2011 while they were students at LEC. Other LEC alumni in the wedding party were MITCHELL CROSSAN ’12, CARLO GENTILE ’10, JULIA KOKAVEC ’11, SAMANTHA PARLAPIANO ‘14 and MATTHEW SWANSON ’15.

STEPHANIE JOHNSON ’13 is a counselor at Premier Behavioral Health Services in Mentor, Ohio.

STEPHANIE KILPER ’12 recently began graduate school at Columbia College in Chicago for dance/movement therapy and counseling.

BRITTANY MARTIN ’10 is lead teacher for OHDELA in Akron, Ohio. She was a 2015-16 nominee for OCCS Teacher of the Year.

PATRICK McCANN ’13 is an accountant at Quality Electrodynamics (QED) in Mayfield, Ohio.

SAVANNAH MILLS ’16 has started work toward her Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences training program at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

CHELSEA (GIESEN) MURPHY ’12 of Farmington Hills, Mich., graduated from medical school and began a residency in emergency medicine at Beaumont Botsford.

ALLISON PAVKOV ’16, Copley, Ohio, is a pharmacist at Walgreens.

SAMANTHA RONDE ’12 of Lancaster, Ohio, and Dennis Boerstler were married Dec. 12, 2015.

TYLER TESNY ’14 and ELIZA HINES ’16 were married at Lake Erie College in Morley Music Building on June 4, 2016.

ALYSSA WAGERS ’11, MBA ’13 is a human resource generalist for Saint-Gobain in Solon, Ohio.

TYLER WALTERS ’10 works in small commercial sales for The Frank Agency in Middlefield, Ohio.

ERIC WIEDENFELD ’14, MBA ’16 is a staff schedule associate at the Cleveland Clinic.