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William Zelenka, BSME 52, is retired and lives in Granada Hills, Calif., with his wife of 58 years. He is the volunteer president/treasurer of the American Czech Association.


Allan Pintner, MA ’72, received the Industry Statesman Award from the National Affordable Housing Management Association. He is vice president emeritus of Millennia Housing Management, Ltd., a member of the executive committee of the Ohio Apartment Association, and chairman of the board of design and construction review in Brecksville, where he lives.

Charles Jamison, BA ’75, was named the Nutrition Physiology Company’s dairy technical services manager for the eastern United States. A doctor of veterinary medicine, he is promoting usage of the company’s direct-fed microbial product for high-performance dairy herds.

Eugene Baxendale, BSIE ’77, joined Project and Construction Services, Inc. as vice president of business development. Gene received CSU’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007.
Maria Franklin, BSEd ’77 and MAEd ’81, retired after 20 years as a middle school teacher in the Lorain system. For the past six years, she has been the internet sales manager for new and pre-owned vehicles at Sunnyside Honda. She lives in Brooklyn.

David Paris, JD ’78, received the 2011 Alumni of the Year Award from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association in recognition of his professional achievements, leadership and service to the community. Paris is the managing partner of Nurenburg Paris.

Thomas Riccio, BA ’78, is a professor of performance studies at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Michelle Garvey, BA ’79, has been with the Cleveland Heights Police Department for 23 years and was recently promoted to captain. She lives in Chardon.

Gary Zwick, JD ’79, received the Distinguished Estate Planner Award from the Estate Planning Council of Cleveland. He is a partner at Walter & Haverfield in Cleveland.

Linda Bluso, BA ’79 and JD ’82, is the new chair of the Division of Business Administration at Baldwin-Wallace College. She formerly was partner-in-charge of the Cleveland office of Brouse McDowell LPA.

Jerry Ashford, BA ’79 and MEd ’89, grew up on Clearview Avenue in Cleveland and has taught government and economics at Clearview High School in Lorain County for 29 years.


Susan Biernacki, BS ’80, is an occupational therapist at Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Tennessee.

Sandra Jean Littlefield Ahlgren, BS ’81, lives in Jamestown, N.Y., where she is the senior housing consultant for Heritage Ministries, assisting independent seniors transition to retirement communities.

Nicholas Bugosh, BS ’81, received the New Mexico Earth Science Achievement Award in recognition of his pioneering contributions to geomorphic reclamation.

Joan Cordek Weiler, BA ’82, lives in University Heights and is an arts volunteer at the Jewish Family Service Association and a drop-in center run by Ohio Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services.

Linda Lehmann Masek, MA ’83, lives in Northfield and is an English teacher at the International Cultural Center in Twinsburg. She recently published her third novel, Soul Dance, and has had articles published in Writers’ Journal and Bend of the River magazine.

Michael Fortunato, BA ’84, is the senior aerospace science instructor for Air Force Junior ROTC at John Marshall High School. The retired U.S. Air Force major lives in Bay Village.

Joseph Levanduski, BBA ’84, was named chief financial officer of A. Schulman Inc. in Akron.

Sunny Klein Lurie, MEd ’84, is the founder and chief executive officer of Fast Focus Careers, providing a strategic approach to career development and job search. She lives in Shaker Heights.

Charles P. McConnell, MBA ’84, was nominated by President Barack Obama to fill the key administrative post of assistant secretary for fossil energy in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). He joined the DOE this year as chief operating officer in the Office of Fossil Energy and was formerly vice president of carbon management at Battelle Energy Technology.

Carter Strang, JD ’84, was named president-elect of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. He will take office in 2012. The Shaker Heights resident is a partner in the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis & West LLP.

Stephen Anthony, JD ’87, was named head of the Cleveland division of the FBI.

Dr. Melissa Spirek, MA ’87 MA and BA ’85, is professor and chair of the communication department at Wright State University. 

Joseph Biernacki, DRE ’88, is a professor of chemical engineering at Tennessee Technological University. He recently organized and attended a National Science Foundation-sponsored workshop in India.

Dr. Melody J. Stewart, JD ’88, received the 2011 Alumni of the Year Award from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association in recognition of her professional achievements, leadership and service to the community. Stewart is a judge on the Ohio 8th District Court of Appeals.

Rev. Neal Buckon, BA ’89, was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services. Buckon has been serving as military chaplain in Korea. His ordination as bishop took place in February at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

Cassandra Harris-Williams, MEd ’89, recently received a Ph.D. in counseling and human development services from Kent State University. The University Heights resident is an interim academic coordinator at Cuyahoga Community College.

Janis Wirt, BBA ’89 and MBA ’92, was appointed to the Cuyahoga County Housing Trust Fund board. She is a realtor with Keller Williams Realty.


Carrie Gallo, MBA ’90, was named to the newly created position of director of ancillary services at Summa Western Reserve Hospital, where she is responsible for imaging, laboratory, cardiovascular, neurology/sleep medicine and respiratory services. She has been with the Summa Health System since 1991.

Steve Vargo, JD ’90, placed third in his age group in cycling in the 2011 Colavita-Zipp nine-race time trial series held in Ohio and Indiana. He is retired and lives in Columbus.

Paul Kubek, BA ’90 and MA ’93, is the director of communications for the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University. He and two researchers at Rutgers University School of Social Work recently co-authored On Being and Having a Case Manager: A Relational Approach to Recovery in Mental Health, published by Columbia University Press.

Jim Lukas, BS ’90 and JD/MA ’96, is the city manager of Brunswick, Ohio.

Joyce Needham, MEd ’93, is principal of St. Christopher School in Rocky River. The school was designated a 2010 National Blue Ribbon School in recognition of its high level of student achievement.

Karyn Niedetzki Newton, BA ’93, is manager of development operations in the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. She is working on a master’s degree in world literature with a concentration in classics at CWRU and spent a portion of last summer working on an archaeological survey in Turkey.

Daniel B. Peoples, BA ’93, is a senior vice president and principal at Leadership Capital Group, where he heads the expanded energy and aerospace practice. He lives in Elkridge, Md.

Donald F. Ronyak Jr., MLRHR ’93, is the recruitment manager for the Department of Safety (police, fire and sheriff)in Denver, Colo.

Kathleen McGervey, BSCE ’94, was elected to the Ohio Board of Education.

Dr. Leonard Moore, MA ’94, is associate vice president of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a professor of history.

Henry W. Young Jr., BA ’94 and MACTM ’00, was granted tenure at Cuyahoga Community College, where he is an assistant professor of speech communication and honors program coordinator at the metropolitan campus. He also is a doctoral student in conflict analysis and resolution at Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

Lee Belardo, JD ’95, was appointed chair of the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Commission on Professionalism for a one-year term.

Tom Griffin, BBA ’95, received his Ph.D. in urban education from Cleveland State. He is a marketing instructor at Maple Heights High School.

Sarah J. Moore, JD ’95, joined the Cleveland office of Roetzel & Andress, LPA as a partner.

John D. Schriner, MEd ’95, earned his Ph.D. in interpersonal communication at Ohio University. He is the director of admissions and an assistant professor of social medicine at OU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. He lives in Athens, Ohio.

Steve Alic, BA ’96, is the director of communications for USA Football and serves in a communications capacity for the 40 Days for Life Campaign and The Gabriel Project. He lives in Carmel, Ind.

Dan Tiber, BSIE ’96, is the director of manufacturing at US Endoscopy. He lives in Chardon.

Robert S. Jamieson, BA urban affairs ’96 and MPA ’98, lives in Mayfield Heights and is the service director for University Heights.

Bridget Lambright, BA ’96 and MEd ’98, was among 10 national winners of the inaugural Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award. The South Euclid resident teaches English at the Cleveland School of Science & Medicine on the John Hay campus.

Miata Hunter, BS ’96 and School Principal Certification ’10, was featured in the cover story about first-time homeowners in the August/September issue of Shaker Life magazine. She chairs the mathematics department at Shaker Heights Middle School. 

Tracy D. Crandall, JD ’97, associate general counsel at RPM International Inc., has taken on the additional title and responsibilities of assistant secretary. The Medina resident is a member of the visiting committee for the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Sam McNulty, MUPDD ’97, co-owns Market Grewery & Distillery in Ohio City.

Sara M. Donnersbach, JD ’98, was named an Ohio Rising Star for the third time in Cincinnati magazine’s Ohio Super Lawyers edition. She is a partner with Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA.

Brenda L. Ellis, MEd ’98, is a computer engineer with NASA and an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Maryland.

Mildred Gonzalez, BA ’98, has been a probation officer for the Lorain County Domestic Relations Court for 12 years. She serves on the board of directors for Lorain County Children Services and for El Centro de Servicios Sociales, Inc.

Cynthia D. Peeples, BBA ’98, graduated with a master’s degree in information technology from Capella University. Her specialization was information assurance and security.

Iken S. Sans, BSCE ’98, graduated from The University of Akron School of Law this June with a JD degree.

Paul Weisinger, BBA ’98, was elected to the Ohio Society of CPAs’ Executive Board. He also was named a Rising Star by the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is a senior manager with Walthall, Drake & Wallace LLP.

Jennifer McCafferty Case, BA ’99, and her husband, Douglas, run their own business and donate all proceeds to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. The Brunswick resident, cancer-free since 2008, also volunteers for LLS.

Phuoc Thai, MSEE ’99, was honored by the NASA Space Flight Awareness Program for his leadership in providing software safety and assurance support to several space flight programs. He works in the Program and Project Assurance Division in the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate and lives in Strongsville.

Ilah Adkins, BA ’99 and JD ’03, is vice president and legal counsel at Charter One Bank, as well as president of the board of directors of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.

Christopher Viland, BA ’99 and JD ’04, is the chief of police in Solon, Ohio.


Sean P. Brennan, MEd ’00, was elected president of Parma City Council after serving as Ward 2 councilman for seven years.

Matthew Burg, JD ’00, was named an Ohio Rising Star in Cincinnati magazine’s Ohio Super Lawyers edition. He is an attorney with Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA.

Sharon E. Gregor, MSUS ’00, had her second book, Rockefeller’s Cleveland, published. She lives in East Cleveland.

Miranda Johnson-Parries, BA ’00, is the director of student affairs and career services for The Art Institute of Virginia Beach.

Apryl Seide, JD ’00, joined Safeguard Properties as general counsel.

Garrett Matyas, MBA ’00 and MLRHR ’02, was named director of human resources for National Airlines, an international large aircraft charter, passenger and cargo hauler based in the Ann Arbor area. He lives in Belleville, Mich.

John Keller, BA ’01, is the director of alumni regional activities and education for the Oberlin College Alumni Association.

Melissa C. Keith, MEd ’01 and MSW '08, relocated to the Washington, D.C. area and is working as a mental health therapist in behavioral healthcare.  She recently passed the Clinical Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) exam.

Carla Jenkins, MBA ’02, passed the Project Management Institute’s certified associate project manager exam. She lives in Washington, D.C. and is an economist with the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Mike Neumann, BA ’03, is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of TRITON International Inc., a veteran-owned small business that provides IT services and solutions to all levels of government. The Virginia resident served in the U.S. Army National Guard for nine years as a military intelligence officer.

Jennifer Boresz, BA ’04, has worked as a reporter for CBS television affiliates in Toledo and Erie. Recently she played the role of a reporter in the movie Unstoppable.

Benjamin Hoen, JD ’04, was named an Ohio Rising Star in Cincinnati magazine’s Ohio Super Lawyers edition. He is an attorney with Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA.

DJ Kruzer, BA ’04, started KSD Studios, a recording studio in North Ridgeville, while also working as the production manager at Church on the Rise in Westlake.

Michael Oatman, BA ’04 and MFA ’08, received the 2011 Cleveland Arts Prize/Emerging Artist Award. He is only the second person in the 100-year history of Karamu House to hold the title of playwright-in-residence.

John Anzelc, BA ’06, is an associate with Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York. He earned his law degree at the University of Michigan.

Amanda Montague, BBA ’06, and her husband are the owners of Lilly Handmade Chocolates in the Tremont area.

Alexius Tomaszewski, MBA ’06, lives in Copley and is the vice president and program manager for university banking with PNC.

Lindsey Frick, BME ’07, is a partner with The Manufacturing Mart.

Katie Jagusch, BME ’07, is a project engineer with the Global Security Group of URS Corporation.

J. Scott Muscatello, MUPDD ’07, lives in Cleveland and works for the city of Euclid as zoning coordinator for the Planning and Zoning Commission and secretary for the Architectural Review Board.

Brian Ditz, BBA ’08, was promoted to in-charge accountant at Walthall, Drake & Wallace LLP.

Melanie Murphy Miller, BA ’08, is the reigning Mrs. Ohio. The 2006 Miss Ohio lives in Ashland and is the youth ministries director for the Salvation Army Community Center.

Shawn C. Mishak, BA '08, directed the movie Long Way To Oblivion. He also performs in the Cleveland-based band Kid Tested.

Laura Kuenzel, BBA ’09, joined the Liggett Stashower advertising/public relations agency as an assistant media buyer. She lives in Lakewood.

Mirela Qirjazi, MACC ’09, a certified public accountant who works as a controller, was featured in an American Society of Women Accountants’ special report on the opportunities and challenges women face in the accounting and finance industries.

Matt Stegmoyer, MACC ’09, was promoted to level two accountant at Walthall, Drake & Wallace LLP.

Chris Knoblock, MS ’10, was promoted to director of systems development at RPM International Inc. He lives in Copley.

Peter St. John, MA ’10, serves as a U.S. Army aviation platoon leader at Hunter Army Air Field in Savannah, Ga.

LeeDaun Williams, JD ’10, is a family law attorney with Zoller Biacsi Co., LPA.

In Memoriam

Grace Oldenkamp, BA ’37, in June 2011

Ruth Sheldon, BA ’38, in June 2011

Austin Showman, BA ’39, in August 2010

Stuart Haynsworth, BBA ’41, in June 2011

Francis Shockey
, BSME ’41, in February 2010

Richard Anderson, BS ’42, in February 2011

Manny Spero, BBA ’42, in January 2011

Albert Moliff, BBA ’43, in May 2010

Michael Sipko, BSME ’43, in May 2011

Arthur Tabbert, BBA ’43, in February 2010

Carolyn Mason, BA ’44, in November 2010

Edward Kain, JD ’46, in February 2010

Edwin Istvan, BS ’46, in February 2010

Sam Close, BSME ’47, in April 2007

Allen Henke, BBA ’48, in March 2011

Kenneth Hughes, BBA ’48, in May 2011

Joseph Bauer, BBA ’49, in February 2011

George Hancock, BSEE ’49, in December 2010

Edward James Sr., BBA ’49, in December 2010

Frank Kreiner, BSCE ’49, in February 2011

Richard Maurer, BSEE ’49, in November 2010

Jack McGaw, BSME ’50, in March 2011

Richard Palenschat, BBA ’50, in January 2011

Max Price, BA ’50, in March 2011

Donald Harvey, LLB ’52, in June 2011

Chester Kapp, BS ’52, in January 2010

Franklin Melena, BS ’52 in December 2010

Richard Neu, BSCE ’52, in January 2011

Robert Rhoades, JD ’52, in March 2009

Seymour Brown, JD ’53, in December 2010

Fred Kunc, BBA ’53, in April 2011

Kenneth Soderlund, BA ’53, in June 2010

John Foytik, BBA ’54, in January 2011

Richard Patton, JD ’54, in July 2011

Sanford Pevaroff, LLM ’54, in July 2010

Eleanore Spence, BBA ’55, in January 2011

Peter Gaughan, BBA ’56, in October 2010

John Higgins,  JD ’56, in June 2011

Lewis Peck, BBA ’56, in February 2011

Carol Taylor Vogler, AAS ’56, in September 2009

Daniel Rachek, BS ’58, in July 2010

Aaron Jacobson, JD ’59, in December 2010

Marvin Kelner, JD ’59, in January 2011

Jay Metzger, BBA ’59, in May 2010;

Jean Podolny, BBA ’59, in December 2010

Walter Riemenschneider, JD ’59, in November 2010

Edward Thellmann, BS ’59, in January 2011

Bernard Champa, BSME ’60, in December 2010

Mary Lou Frank, BSEd ’60, in April 2011

Jane Parker, AAS ’60, in January 2011

Phillip Taylor, JD ’60, in August 2010

Edward Peters, BS ’61, in January 2010

Paul Sanislo, JD ’61, in June 2011

Albert Corsi, JD ’62, in June 2011

Bill Davis, BSEE ’62, in November 2010

Otto Galba, JD ’63, in March 2011

Thomas Gray, JD ’63, in April 2011

Francis Sweeney Sr., JD ’63, in April 2011

Melvin Weinstein, JD ’63, in November 2010

George Lutjen, JD ’64, in January 2010

Frank Stringer, JD ’64, in December 2010

James Webb, BSME ’64, in November 2010

Max Berry, JD ’65, in April 2011

Joseph Ozimek, BBA ’65, in October 2010

Joseph Chmielewski, JD ’65 and BBA ’71, in December 2010

Donald Bolton, JD ’67, in January 2011

Harry Lesko, BBA ’69, in February 2011

Robert Hussey II, JD ’70, in May 2011

John “Jack” Hyland, JD ’70, in December 2010

Michael Murray, JD ’70, in March 2011

Richard Puzder, BA ’70, in December 2010

Ronald Ziegler, BS ’70, in November 2010

Robert Golden, BBA ’71, in August 2010

Martin Despins, JD ’72, in January 2011

Harold Fried, MEd ’72, in September 2010

David Fuller, BBA ’72, in April 2010

John Piccirillo, BS ’72, in December 2010

Donald Thrall, MEd ’72, in May 2011

Lillian Gustincic Braun, BA ’73, in January 2011

James Erdman Jr., BBA ’73, in December 2010

Richard Louth, JD ’73, in May 2011

Robert Malinowski, BA ’73, in December 2010

William Mang, BA ’73, in May 2010

James Payne, BBA ’73, in February 2011

Larry Peterson, BBA ’73, in November 2010

Ralph Abbott, BA ’75, in November 2010

Theodore Bender, MEd ’75, in September 2010

Nancy Isakovic, BEd ’75, in November 2010

Joseph Robison, JD ’75, in January 2011

John Aikens, BBA ’76, in April 2011

Richard Day, MBA ’76, in December 2010

Paul Grau, JD ’76, in May 2011

Jeffrey Greiner, MA ’76, in November 2010

Allen Lowenkamp, BSCE ’76, in September 2010

Ray Horne, BBA ’76 and MBA ’82, in January 2009

Rito Collazo Jr., BA ’76 and MEd ’94, in December 2009

Sharon Adams, BS ’77, in December 2010

James Andrews, MBA ’77, in December 2010

Loretta Roth, BA ’77, in July 2010

Mercedes Spotts, MSUS ’77 and JD ’80, in February 2011

Mona Bergold, BA ’78, in November 2010

Annie Easley, BA ’78, in June 2011

Dora Henry, BA ’78, in March 2011

Edward Horvath, BS ’78, in December 2010

Frances Rebman, MEd ’78, in June 2011

Christopher Pasiadis, BA ’78 and JD ’85, in April 2011

James Chresos, BA ’79, in October 2009

George Foster, BBA ’79, in December 2010

Janet Arneson, MS ’80, in June 2011

Jean Bencivengo Peters, BBA ’81, in June 2011

Richard Stone, MBA ’81, in June 2011

Catherine Harper, MSUS ’82, in March 2011

Mirko Champa, BSME ’83, in December 2010

Betty Klaric, JD ’84, in February 2011

Stanley Tytko, Ph.D. ’84, in April 2011

Charles “Chip” Henry, JD ’85, in May 2011

Virginia Winkelman, MSUS ’85 and MBA ’89, in January 2011

Martha Tessaro, BS ’86, in December 2010

Barbara Ann Nyegran, BA ’88, in November 2010

Deborah McMillan, JD ’89, in September 2010

Debbie Garrett, BS ’89 and BBA ’89, in January 2011

James Guy, JD ’93, in January 2010

Edward Hutchison, JD ’93, in May 2011

Roseline Intrater, MA ’93 and MEd ’93, in November 2010

David Danszczak, BA ’94, in December 2010

Michael Rothgery, BA ’96, in August 2010

Jessie Duckworth, BA ’00, in January 2011

Pamela Malik, MSCIS ’00, in June 2011

Queah Habern, BA ’00, in March 2011

Brock Brzygot, MSUS ’01, in June 2011

Barbara Green, BA ’01, in March 2011

Marcel Gerard Craciun, BA ’03, in November 2010

Diane Gerlach, BA ’03, in May 2011

Stanley Smith, MA ’03, in May 2011

Julia Kunes, BA ’04, in May 2011

Kristin Brown Al-Rousan, MEd ’07, in January 2011

Saint Anthony Crawford IV, MEd ’07, in December 2010

Steven Weaver, BA ’10, in February 2011

Cleveland State Deaths

Jocelyn Chang, MA ’02, in November 2010. A harpist, Ms. Chang was a member of the music faculty for 26 years.

George Coulman in January 2011. Professor Emeritus Coulman retired in 1996 after 20 years at CSU. He served as dean of the Fenn College of Engineering from 1989 to 1996.

Phillip Emerson in February 2011. Associate Professor Emeritus Emerson taught psychology and retired in 1994 after 18 years at CSU.

Hal Estis in February 2011. Mr. Estis was an assistant basketball coach for two years.

James Flynn in February 2011. Dr. Flynn was a business faculty member for 33 years and chaired the operations and supply chain management department for eight years.

Glenda Rink, BA ’05, in February 2011. In her 21-year career at CSU, Ms. Rink served as a secretary in the mechanical engineering department and the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Jane Pease in March 2011. Ms. Pease organized the women’s basketball team and was its first coach. She also was the first woman inducted into the CSU Athletic Hall of Fame. The associate professor emerita retired in 1992 after 16 years.

Jill Black in April 2011. A faculty member since 1994, Dr. Black was an associate professor and coordinator of the community health education graduate program.

David Evett in May 2011. Professor Emeritus Evett taught English for 31 years. He retired in 2001.

President Emeritus John A. Flower in May 2011. Dr. Flower joined CSU in 1973 and served as vice president for academic affairs and the University’s first provost. He was named CSU’s fourth president in 1988 and served four years. A world-renowned pianist, he also held the title of professor emeritus of music.

Edith Seiple in May 2011. In her 20-year career, Ms. Seiple served as coordinator of community programs in the Visitors Bureau.

Joseph W. Cole in June 2011. Dr. Cole was the director of career services and organized the first Viking golf team. He retired in 1981 but continued as a lecturer in the marketing department until the age of 90.

Bernard Stuplinski in June 2011. Mr. Stuplinski served on the CSU board of trustees from 1974 to 1983.

Mary Heiser in July 2011. Associate Professor Emerita Heiser taught French and linguistics at CSU for 21 years.


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