Moving on Up

March 26th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

Part-time law program helps graduates achieve career goals
By Rachel Phipps


The paths that lead to law school and a law degree are many, but the results – more open doors, a more creative career, and the chance to be the voice for those in need – are singular.

Catherine PageThe route that Catherine M. Page ’90 traveled to law school was, looking back, steady and straight. While a paralegal at the law firm Spengler Nathanson P.L.L. in Toledo, Page applied to the part-time program at The University of Toledo College of Law at the suggestion of one of the firm’s partners.

Page knew that she needed to continue to work during law school, for financial reasons. “Also, I not only enjoyed my job at Spengler and did not want to give it up, but it gave me continuing, valuable legal experience. As such, the part-time option was ideal for me,” she said.

Toledo Law’s part-time program allows working professionals to balance a career with evening courses. Students usually earn a law degree in four years. Admission to the program is rolling, and applicants may apply at any time with a bachelor’s degree and valid Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score.

At Toledo Law, Page was editor-in-chief of The University of Toledo Law Review, named the Outstanding Graduate in her class, and advanced to the finals in the annual College-wide oral argument competition – all as a part-time student with a full-time job and a growing family at home.

Now a partner at Page & Jorgensen LLP, a law firm in Newport Beach, California, Page remembers the part-time program as “extremely well run” and accommodating of her busy life and schedule. She also notes that she felt well prepared to take the bar exam in California, where she has lived and practiced since graduation.

“We are proud of the difference the part-time program has made in the lives of graduates like Catherine Page,” said Daniel J. Steinbock, dean of the College of Law. “With their varied life experiences and maturity, part-time students add an extra dimension to our student body. We are glad to have them.”

Toledo Law’s part-time program was included in U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Graduate Schools, and ranked 35th out of 85 programs at the nation’s accredited law schools.

Moving on Up

Robert HelmerA law degree from Toledo Law’s part-time program has helped many alumni to advance in their chosen profession.

Robert C. Helmer ’04 spent most of his career on college campuses, as an administrator and as a professor, before stepping back into the classroom – this time as a student.

When he entered Toledo Law’s part-time program, Helmer was a faculty member at Lourdes University (then Lourdes College) in Sylvania, Ohio.

“My wife and I were expecting our first child at the time,” he said. “I did the math and realized that if I started law school then I would be finished before our daughter was in school.” He quickly made plans to sit for the LSAT and apply to Toledo Law’s part-time program.

Helmer received his Ph.D. from Marquette University and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. His scholarly interests are in early Christian origins and apocalyptic literature.

During law school, Helmer continued to climb the ranks at Lourdes. He was appointed vice president for academic affairs in his second year in the part-time program, and he was named president of the university during his final year of law school.

“It all made for some busy days,” said Helmer, adding that he found Toledo Law’s faculty members to be supportive.

“When I think of [professors] Bob Hopperton and Bill Richman, I think of two professors in particular who were not only accessible but genuinely interested in the lives of the evening students,” he said. “This underlying support that I think many of us felt went a long way to encouraging our persistence and success in the program.”

Helmer served as president of Lourdes for nine years before being named the ninth president of Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio in early 2012.

He sees his law degree as an asset. “There are very few days that pass that I don’t use either the process or the materials learned in law school,” Helmer said. “Whether it is using critical thinking skills to work through an issue or considering technical information in such things as employment matters, my law degree has proven to be of great value to me personally and to the universities where I have worked.”

Changing Course

Jeffrey WebbWith a degree from Toledo Law in hand, alumni of the part-time program are also able to switch fields and begin a new career as an attorney.

The idea of pursuing a law degree had been percolating in the mind of Jeffrey A. Webb ’05 since childhood. Webb remembers discussing the legal profession with his father, an attorney and Paulding County, Ohio Common Pleas judge with 24 years on the bench.

Webb studied to be a mechanical engineer at The Ohio State University and joined Cooper Tire & Rubber Company in Findlay, Ohio after graduation. But a career in the law continued to bubble up in his consciousness, and he soon made the decision to enroll in Toledo Law’s part-time program while working full-time at Cooper Tire.

“It was a very difficult load to balance for three and a half years,” he said. “But I would do it the same way if I had it to do over again.”

He moved to the legal department at Cooper Tire shortly after entering law school, and worked on the company’s product liability and commercial litigation while earning his law degree.

Webb, now a senior associate at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in San Antonio, Texas, continues to litigate product liability cases and commercial disputes, but he also accepts federal court appointments in civil rights cases and assists the Comal County District Attorney’s Office in prosecuting criminal cases.

Last year, he appeared on the San Antonio Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list and was named a “Texas Rising Star” by Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition, published by Law & Politics Media Inc.

In looking back on his experience at Toledo Law, Webb is grateful for his colleagues’ “real world” knowledge.

“My classmates’ diversity of backgrounds and depth of experience deeply enriched my law school experience. Because many of them had prior careers and/or were also working full-time, the class discussions were much more interesting,” Webb said. “There were engineers, human resource professionals, accountants, teachers, doctors, executives, and a number of different careers represented among our classmates.”

And because nearly all of Webb’s classmates had multiple demands on their time – law school, full-time jobs, and families – everyone was supportive of one another. “For example, if you had to miss class, upon your return, there would be multiple classmates offering you their notes,” he said.

Webb, now on the lawyer recruiting end, added, “I continue to encourage our hiring committee to look at students in evening programs because I think they tend to have a better work ethic and know how to better prioritize their time.”

Learn More

If interested in learning more about the Toledo Law part-time program, contact the Law Office of Admissions at 419.530.4131 or, or visit

More information on the LSAT is available at


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UTMC Family Physicians Builds Network of Doctor’s Offices

March 26th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

By Susan Ross Wells
Talmadge doctors office waiting room

UTMC Family Physicians is growing.  Two new primary care offices have opened up in the last year, making access to the doctor easier and more convenient for Toledo area families.  A UTMC Family Physicians office opened January 14, 2013 at the Shops at Fallen Timbers in Maumee, Ohio.  Another office at the corner of Sylvania Avenue and Talmadge Road has been open since February 2012.  A year after the office opened in west Toledo, it seems that people who live in the area are enjoying the convenience of having a new doctor’s office in the neighborhood.

Talmadge doctors office waiting room“Things are going exceptionally well,” says Todd Clark, manager of off campus primary care.  “We are seeing steady growth at the office.  We have recently added a second family medicine doctor.”  Dr. Swapna Palla completed her residency with The University of Toledo and is caring for adults and children at the office right near Westfield Franklin Park Mall in west Toledo.

Clark says the location of the newest office at The Shops at Fallen Timbers, just off busy Route 24, was also chosen for its convenience for patients in a rapidly growing part of Lucas County.  Dr. Chayanika Pal is the lead clinician at the office, caring for patients of all ages, from newborn to geriatrics.

The new offices are designed to meet the needs of busy individuals and families, offering some appointments outside normal business hours.  Each facility also offers extended lab hours for those unable to come in for blood work during the work day.

Dozens crowded into the new Fallen Timbers office in mid-January for a ribbon cutting celebration and a chance to tour the facility and meet Dr. Pal.  Both new offices offer a welcoming atmosphere, including comfortable living room-style seating in the waiting areas and soothing décor featuring wood and earth tones.  But the first priority is bringing people access to quality care.

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“This location extends the reach of our hub-and-spoke model of health care delivery,” said Dr. Jeffrey Gold, chancellor and executive vice president for biosciences and health affairs, and dean of the college of medicine and life sciences.  “We are eager to meet the health care needs of this area of our community in a way that is not only convenient, but reflects the highest quality available.”

“University-quality health care includes primary care as an important part of our continuum of care,” said UTMC Executive Director Norma Tomlinson.  “Our expansion of primary care offices makes it easy for members of our community to access our services.  They benefit not only from the latest research on maintaining health, but also link quickly to the many specialists and new technology at UTMC.”

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Hospital administrators say they are studying the potential for a third off-campus primary care location but have not made a determination at this time.  The new offices are in addition to the primary care office that’s been caring for patients for years in the Ruppert Health Center on the Health Science Campus of The University of Toledo.

To learn more about the new UTMC Family Physicians offices or to make an appointment, call 419-383-5000.

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Class Notes

March 26th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in Class Notes

Richard Blank (A/S ’61), had a story published in Real Life, Real Miracles, by James L. Garlow and Keith Wall.

Brad A. Lee (Bus ’78), has been appointed as Vice President of the commercial banking division of Country Club Bank in Kansas City, MO.

Patricia DePompei (NRS ’85), has been named President of University Hospitals’ Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and MacDonald Women’s Hospital in Cleveland.

Judge Jeffrey L. Schmehl (Law ’80), has been nominated by President Obama for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Leonard F. Monahan (CALL ’80), recently authored a book, Rattlesnakes, Ghosts & Murderers, a Western adventure series.


Ahmed Hamid Ahmed Hamid (Eng ’96, MEng ’00), has been named a Principle of the firm and Director of Construction Services at DGL Consulting Engineers. He joined DGL Consulting Engineers in 1999.

Jennifer M. Grieco (A/S ’93, Law ’97), has been recognized as a 2013 Top Lawyer by DBusiness Magazine in the practice areas of Business Litigation and Insurance Law. This is the second consecutive year that she has been honored.

John K. Stipancich (Bus ’90), received an expanded role to Chief Legal Officer, Corporate Secretary and EMEA Executive Leader with Newell Rubbermaid in Georgia.

Melissa Sattler (A/S ’01), has been promoted and offered an equity stake in Rosenberg Advertising, a staple in Cleveland’s advertising community.

Extended Class Notes

Photo credit: The Toledo Journal

Photo credit: The Toledo Journal

African American Legacy Project hosted its eighth annual Legend’s Weekend and honored present and emerging Toledo leaders at a reception held in October 2012. Dr. Lancelot Thompson, retired Vice President from UT is seated second from the left, Emerson Cole (Ed ’64), is seated third from the left and former UT student, now a state senator, Edna Brown, is seated fourth from the left. Jacqueline Jones, current PhD candidate at UT is standing fourth from the left and Rhonda Sewell, friend of the University is standing fifth from the left.

Marriages & unions

Daniel S. Giannetti (Univ Coll ’05, Bus ’07) and Erica Blocher announce their engagement and will be married on July 13 in North Canton.

Andrew Fell (Eng ’09) and Kate Hammer announce their engagement and are currently planning a November 2013 wedding in Columbus, Ohio.

Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

*Dr. Richard Ruppert, Toledo at 81. He played a pivotal role in shaping the Medical College of Ohio during his presidency. During his 16-year tenure, he continued the college’s expansion with more clinical services and patient care, increased biomedical research activities, and additional academic offerings.    Under his leadership, the School of Nursing, the School of Allied Health and the Graduate School were established. An ambulatory care center was renamed the Richard D. Ruppert Health Center upon his retirement in 1993.

*Alice Buenning, Toledo at 88.

*Paul Arndt (Bus ’62), Toledo at 73. He was a former part-time instructor of marketing and was also a member of the UT Presidents Club and the Rocket Club.

Barbara Britsch (PhD ’90), Toledo at 86. She was a former instructor at UT.

Bobby B. “Bob” Clark, Toledo at 80. He was a UT police officer from 1968 until his retirement in 1997.

Dr. Ahmad Farhoud (Eng ’85, MEng ’87, PhD ’92), Toledo at 49. He was an associate professor of engineering technology who received tenure six years after joining the UT faculty in 2000. He served as an undergraduate adviser for electrical engineering technology. In 2004, he received the College of Engineering’s Outstanding Teacher Award.

Jo Ann Ford, Toledo at 65, was a former UT employee.

Richard “Dick” Haberstock, Waterville at 82, was a former volunteer at MCO.

Lynne R. King, Maumee at 77, was a former volunteer at UT Medical Center.

Florence E. Kirian, Toledo at 92. She was an accounting clerk at the Maumee Valley Hospital and later at the Medical College of Ohio from 1951 until her retirement as a clerical supervisor in 1976. She volunteered at the hospital as a member of the Satellites; she was also a finance officer for the auxiliary.

John Kutsch Sr., age 58, was a respiratory therapist at UT Medical Center, he joined the MCO staff in 2003.
Chester W. Operacz, Holland at 93. He retired from the University as a locksmith.

*Richard Beck (Bus ’38), Blacklick, Ohio, at 96.

*Eleanor Bennett Bacon (Ed ’36), Toledo at 97.

Anna Belle Dusing Staiger (A/S ’37), Columbus, Ohio, at 96.

Stanley Miekicki (Eng ’42), Memphis, Tenn., at 92.

Ruston Ayers (Bus ’47), Bloomfield Hills, Mich., at 89.

*Dr. Manning Hanline (Bus ’42), Gulf Breeze, Fla., at 92.

*Walter Peterson (Bus ’48, Law ’54), Toledo at 91.

Dr. David Hamlar (Ed ’48), Columbus, Ohio, at 88.

Evelyn Agnew (A/S ’47), Florence, Colo., at 87.

*Ralph Taylor (Bus ’49), Bradenton, Fla., at 90.

*Basil Foussianes (Eng ’47, Law ’50), Naples, Fla., at 90.

Vada Justen (Bus ’46), New Hudson, Mich., at 88.

*Norman McKenna, att. 1948, Toledo at 89.

*Dorothy Erick, att. 1940, Corona, Calif.

James Justen (Bus ’49), New Hudson, Mich., at 90.

Robert Ulrich (Bus ’49), Findlay, Ohio, at 89.

Dorman Godwin (Bus ’47), Grand Haven, Mich., at 88.

Carol Manahan (A/S ’49), Toledo at 85.

Donald Weber (A/S ’47), Deep River, Conn., at 86.

Richard Snyder (A/S ’50), Toledo at 86.

*Milton Calcamuggio (Eng ’54), Toledo at 81.

Robert Johnson (MEd ’56), Dundee, Mich., at 83.

Richard Young (’54), Eugene, Ore., at 81.

Chester Zorecki (Bus ’50), Mesa, Ariz., at 85.

Clifford Lafayette (UTCTC ’59), Temperance, Mich., at 77.

John Shire (Bus ’54), Osseo, Mich., at 81.

Carolyn Patton (Ed ’59), Frederick, Md., at 92.

Marilyn Dawson (A/S ’51), Parsonsfield, Maine, at 83.

Edgar May (Pharm ’50), Hillsdale, Mich., at 90.

Iva Gollan (Ed ’57, MEd ’83), Toledo at 77.

*James Fuerst (A/S ’50), Toledo at 85.

Richard Snyder (A/S ’50), Toledo at 85.

*Dale Kline (A/S ’53, MS ’54, Law ’63), Graytown, Ohio, at 82.

*Elizabeth Houston (MS ’53), Toledo at 80.

*William Dillon (Pharm ’52), Winchester, Va., at 83.

Robert Phillips (Eng ’50), Reynoldsburg, Ohio, at 89.

*Samuel Wendt (Eng ’54), Columbus, Ohio, at 86.

Don Burmeister (Bus ’58), Temperance, Mich., at 77.

Nancy Lininger (Ed ’59), Wolverine Lake, Mich., at 74.

*Jacquelyn Wisner (Ed ’56, MEd ’79), Toledo at 78.

Charles Leslie (A/S ’55), Delray Beach, Fla., at 79.

Sheldon Rubin (A/S ’51, Law ’53), Toledo at 83.

Daniel Sutkus (Ed ’51), Northwood, Ohio, at 85.

Daniel Muszynski (Bus ’59), Erie, Mich., at 88.

Lorin Knieriemen (Eng ’50), Lutz, Fla., at 90.

Paul Hughes (A/S ’65), Fairfax, Va., at 68.

*Phillip Crary (Pharm ’66), Temperance, Mich., at 75.

*George Athanas (Ed ’62), Chicago at 78.

*Alice Buenning, att. 1965, Toledo at 88.

*Charles Cole (Bus ’63), Pemberville, Ohio.

*Bessie Printzos (Ed ’60), Fort Wayne, Ind.,  at 87.

Jack Schwenning (UTCTC ’60), Toledo at 81.

Janet Wing (Ed ’64), Grand Rapids, Mch., at 70.

Gordon Sprague (Eng ’66), Oregon, Ohio, at 72.

M. Uebelhart (A/S ’66), Howard, Ohio, at 69.

David Pawelec (UTCTC ’69), Hudson, Mich., at 64.

*Barbara Hall (Ed ’62), Toledo at 77.

Charles Franz (Ed ’63), Dadeville, Ala., at 72.

Glen Wittaker (UTCTC ’63), Delta, Ohio, at 73.

Florence Clark (Ed ’64), Oregon, Ohio.

Joseph Ice (Bus ’74), Houston, Texas, at 69.

Marylaura Merritt (Ed ’72), Sugar Land, Texas, at 62.

Jay Smith (UTCTC ’77, MA ’80), Toledo at 71.

*Alice Cole (MEd ’75), Pemberville, Ohio, at 87.

Mahlon Lau (Bus ’74), Curtice, Ohio, at 91.

Barbara Bohn (UTCTC ’73), Toledo at 73.

Phillip Hoedt (A/S ’78), Toledo at 66.

John Williams (Bus ’72), Toledo at 65.

Patricia Camp (Ed ’75, MEd ’85), Sylvania, Ohio, at 77.

Sister M. Pietrzak (MEd ’73), Toledo at 86.

Milo Curtiss (Law ’77), Roseville, Minn., at 61.

Patrick Brown (Law ’74), Yakima, Wash., at 68.

*Gerald Russell (A/S ’73), Ottawa Hills, Ohio, at 64.

Andrew Jankowski (Bus ’73), Toledo at 63.

Paul Klafter (MEd ’73), Genoa, Ohio, at 83.

Joe Matthews (UTCTC ’87), Norcross, Ga., at 66.

Timothy Blaser (Eng ’81), Waterville, Ohio, at 57.

Daniel Kniss (UTCTC ’83), Grand Rapids, Ohio, at 54.

Sister Michelle Gillespie (MEd ’82), Steubenville, Ohio, at 78.

John Kutsch (UTCTC ’88), Oregon, Ohio, at 58.

Nannie Cunningham (Ed ’86), Toledo at 70.

Mary Annarino (Ed ’80, MEd ’85), Toledo at 72.

Gregory Carr (UTCTC ’81), Toledo at 55.

Kathleen Korthuis (PhD ’82), Lambertville, Mich., at 78.

Marcia Mulder (A/S ’85), Wayland, Mich., at 49.

Pamela Wolf (CALL ’85), Genoa, OH at 67.

Linda Kristo (Ed Spec ’80, PhD ’84), Noblesville, Ind., at 76.

Patricia Meiring (Univ Coll ’97, MA ’02), Gainesville, Fla., at 86.

Kimberly Wurst (UTCTC ’95), Custar, Ohio, at 40.

Harold Parks (Univ Coll ’92), Toledo at 71.

Mary Measles (Ed ’90), Toledo at 83.

Terice Warncke (A/S ’92, Law ’04), Napoleon, Ohio, at 44.

*Irene Watkins (CALL ’92), Perrysburg, Ohio, at 77.

Judith Kovach (UTCTC ’93), Grand Rapids, Ohio, at 66.

Paula Cline (MEd ’92), Monroe, Mich., at 69.

Gary Brewer (Eng ’02), Toledo at 36.

Robin Nofziger (NRSG ’06), Pettisville, Ohio, at 50.

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Alumni Profiles

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UT Alumna Stars in the NBA
by Patty Gelb

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” Michael Jordan.

Cavs-Lakers-20121211-6988If there is a person who personifies this quote from Michael Jordan, it would be the young Allie Clifton a 2010 graduate from The University of Toledo with a degree in Sports Analysis and Communications. You may remember her as the 5’11” forward that tore up the court while playing for the Toledo Rockets, but this year she translated that basketball experience into a position as the new sideline reporter for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Born Allyson Bethany Clifton to parents Bill and Kim Clifton in Van Wert, Ohio, Allie grew up playing sports alongside her younger brother Corey and her older sister Abbie. Her sports “career” started at the young age of six when she swam competitively for the local YMCA. Shortly thereafter, she started playing basketball for the YMCA co-ed league – although she was the only girl on her team.

In 7th grade, Allie was faced with the decision of having to choose to play basketball or swim competitively as the seasons ran consecutively. As fate would have it, Allie chose basketball. Throughout junior high and high school she played basketball, volleyball and competed in track & field.

When it came time to decide on a college to attend, Allie went on many recruiting visits. She was 90% committed to Butler University but had one more recruiting trip to make – The University of Toledo. “It felt like home the moment I walked onto Centennial Mall,” said Allie. “Then when I saw Savage Hall and met with the coach, I turned to my parents and said, ‘This is where I want to go to school.’ I wanted to commit on the spot!”

Her parents told her to wait, that this was a very big decision and that she needed to think about it and they should discuss it. “We got as far as the Wendy’s in Perrysburg on the way home before it was finalized,” Allie said. Not only did she love the campus and the area, she felt being only an hour and a half from home was comforting and her parents could come and see her play.

Allie speaks VERY fondly of her time her at The University of Toledo. She certainly had an incredible basketball career. With the Rockets, she was a four-year letter-winner and three-time captain. During her time here she started 83 of 100 games and finished with averages of 8.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest. She notched double-figures on 41 occasions and is in UT’s top 10 in career field-goal percentage.

Allie came to The University of Toledo with the intention of getting her degree in the field of education. She comes from a family of educators. Her father is the High School Principal at Van Wert High School, her sister is a para-professional, and her aunts, uncles, and cousins are all in the field of education as was Allie until three and a half years at UT. Literally, the day before she had to have classes changed before the last semester for her undergrad degree, she decided education wasn’t for her. She went to her dad and told him she wanted to give sports broadcasting a try. She loved basketball and sports so much and she knew that she was finishing as a player – but didn’t want to leave the field. Her parents were very supportive of her decision. “It was meant to be,” Allie added. “All of my classes transferred perfectly and I was able to graduate on time with the degree that I wanted.”

While working on her Masters in Communications at UT she got her first broadcast job at BCSN. Her first year there she did color commentary for girls high school basketball games. “I was awful,” said Allie. “But I kept plugging away, getting more on-camera experience and learning.” She then got an intern position at Channel 11, WTOL in the Sports Department with Dan Cummins, Mike Lacett and Jordan Strack. She shot game highlights, learned the mechanics of the cameras, along with the editing systems and she put together video packages. After her internship was over, she stayed on as a volunteer where she was on camera for several months starting in the football season. She stayed on at WTOL learning everything that she could. While finishing her Masters, Allie got a paid position at Channel 13 ABC as a reporter. She did sports features, live news, even covered a double homicide murder.

Cavs-Lakers-20121211-4173At that point, she was offered a position working with the Toledo Mud Hens for all of the home games as a field reporter. Although she never played softball; her Dad was a baseball coach, her brother played baseball and she was around it most of her life. “I can’t learn a sport by reading about it,” said Allie, “I have to be inside the game and I have an emotional connection to sports.” She did such an incredible job that she has already been signed on for the 2013 season and will be the field reporter for 85 games this season.

When Allie first graduated, she sent her audition tape and resume “EVERYWHERE” as she put it. Out of the blue, she got an email from the Coordinating Producer of Fox Sports Ohio. He had received her tape and heard of her from another producer across the country. He asked Allie if she would interview for a position with Fox Sports Ohio/Cavs. Her interview was on a Wednesday and she got the job two days later on Friday. Being a lifelong Cavaliers fan – this position was a dream come true.

Her first game on the sidelines she says she was incredibly nervous. “I just kept thinking to myself – no one is watching, no one is watching, only mom and dad are watching.” But in reality over 20,000 people were watching… and they liked what they saw. That first game she did a half-time segment, a walk off the court interview and lots of commentary. “It was frightening at first – it was a fear of the unknown.”

Allie Clifton is a shining star that is only going to keep rising. Although she is very happy with where she is, she does say that like her sports career, “I am never satisfied. One day, I would love to see myself at a national network. I am always working to improve. I am always striving to better myself. I know that what I am doing right now will give me the experience to prepare myself for that one day.”

When asked what she felt when she first came to The University of Toledo she said “It was a new beginning for me. I can’t imagine where I would be if I went anywhere else. I am getting married in August. Timing was perfect because my fiancé started at UT as the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at UT after my playing career was over. Four out of my seven bridesmaids are friends, teammates and roommates from UT. The University of Toledo has been a blessing to me. I was back on campus just a couple of weeks ago and everyone should be so proud of all of the work that is being done on campus and around the campus. It just looks beautiful. I love Toledo and the University and if the opportunity ever presents itself, I would love to raise a family there. I credit my success to UT and Toledo.”

Mr. Parker Goes to Washington
By Patty Gelb

Parker-0021-2012_ppThe life that Darnell Parker, CFE, lives is dedicated to pursuing his passions. He graduated with his BBA (’96) in Finance and Accounting from The University of Toledo and his MBA (’00) in Information Systems from Central Michigan University. Since then, Darnell has been building his career in the areas of Finance and Information Systems. During the 2008 financial crisis, he worked in the FDIC Division of Resolutions and Receivership Investigation Department investigating bank failures.

In May, 2012, Darnell was detailed to the Office of Complex Financial Institutions (CFI) in Washington, D.C., as a Senior Resolution Planning and Implementation Specialist. The CFI is a new organization within the FDIC with the mission to promote financial stability and public confidence by conducting risk analysis and supervision of systemically important financial institutions. It also provides leadership and coordination with foreign entities and regulators, developing and implementing effective resolutions and liquidation strategies. It does all of this without financial assistance by or cost to the U.S. taxpayer. The FDIC says that the establishment of the CFI is the first step in ending the presumption of “too big to fail.”

As a Resolution Planning and Implementation Specialist, Darnell’s role focuses on FDIC’s plans, strategies and readiness efforts for troubled Systemically Important Financial Institutions (SIFI’s) as required under Title II of the Dodd-Frank Act. Darnell researches, analyzes and implements FDIC’s internal resolution planning in the event of a firm’s insolvency and a systemic risk determination being made, appointing FDIC as a receiver. This involves developing strategies and policies for FDIC to resolve the entity at the lowest cost to the creditors, while mitigating systemic risk to the economy as a whole.

When asked how his time at The University of Toledo helped him in his career, Darnell said, “The University of Toledo cultivated global relationships and broaden my unique understanding of religion, education, finance, and social reengineering to maneuver within diversity challenged and politically sophisticated organizations, making my career a reality.”

Parker-0014-2012 copy_ppDarnell holds several certifications, in addition to his BBA and MBA. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and has six other certifications as a Certified Internal Auditor. He has two Information Technology licenses, is a Certified Governance of Enterprise IT and Certified Risk & Information System Control by the ISACA. Darnell is a Certified Project Manager and a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Green Belt.

Outside of work, Darnell’s greatest joy is uplifting the youth in the communities he lives in. He is the founder of Community Fitness & Education, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The organization assists underserved high school students by preparing them for the ACT and SAT tests and emphasizing the importance of collaboration to combat obesity and promote active lifestyles in kids ages 5 – 18. He is a member of the 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, Inc. and serves in the Saturday Leadership Academy, which works to enhance academic performance and teach leadership skills to African American youth in the Washington, D.C. area.

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UT in the News

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Intern in Ohio at UT

College of Medicine and Life Sciences Match Day 2013

Honors College Focus

University of Toledo seeks to bolster its reputation to new students with honors college overhaul. Click here to read the article.

Dr. Mike Cushing on 2013 Comets

Research Dollars to Study Algae

Millions of research dollars go to Ohio scientists studying algae. Click here to read the article.

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