Class Notes

November 28th, 2016 Posted in Class Notes

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’60’s
*Miriam Plummer Vidas (Ed ’66, MEd ’84) has enjoyed tutoring children of an Ethiopian background for a few years. They are always ready to learn and sweet, delightful, and very polite to her, adding to her positive experience. SANY0022
holdcroft **Barbara (Bertke) Holdcroft (Ed ’68, PhD ’03) has been named the co-coordinator of the Special Olympics in Avery County, located in Newland, N.C. Holdcroft has over 16 years of experience working as a coach and volunteer for Lucas County Special Olympics with her disabled daughter, Katie.
*John L. Straub (Law ’69) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Straub is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo. straub_john_300dpi
’70’s
wicklund_david_300dpi David W. Wicklund (Law ’74) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Wicklund is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo.
**Thomas G. Pletz (Law ’71) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Pletz is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo. pletz_thomas_300dpi
macritchie John MacRitchie (Bus ’71, MBA ’82) is the new vice president of commercial lending at Unity National Bank in Piqua, Ohio.
Jack G. Fynes (Law ’77) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Fynes is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo. fynes_jack_300dpi
rheddy Robert H. Eddy (Law ’79) has joined the law firm Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in their Toledo office as a partner in the litigation practice group. Eddy’s practice includes commercial litigation, product liability, professional liability, personal injury defense, insurance coverage, and bad faith and employment practices litigation.
John K. Nelson (Law ’79) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Nelson is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo. nelson_john_300dpi
’80’s
bell_neema_300dpi Neema M. Bell (Law ’86) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Bell is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo.
Dr. Carolyn F. Nemec (MED ’85) joined Health Quest Medical Practice in the primary care division in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Nemec focuses her practice in the area of women’s health. nemec
fry *Catherine Fry (Pharm ’84) made her fourth medical mission trip as a pharmacist to Haiti in September 2016. She makes the trip with Friends of the Children of Haiti.
Joseph S. Simpson (Law ’88) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Simpson is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo. simpson_joseph_300dpi
storgion **Dr. Stephanie Storgion (MED ’82, RES ’85) has been named chair of the department of physician assistant studies at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). In addition to her new role, Storgion is medical director of the intermediate care unit at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and co-medical director of pediatric neuro intensive care there, as well as professor and coordinator of faculty mentoring in the department of pediatrics at the UTHSC.
Scott Hoppert (Ed ’89) has been appointed principal at Raisinville Elementary School in Monroe, Mich. Hoppert has taught at Monroe Public Schools for 26 years and for two years led the district’s Summer Learning Academy as its administrator. hoppert
woodward_kathryn_300dpi Kathryn J. Woodward (Law ’86) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Woodward is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo.
Dr. Joy Lauerer (UTCTC ’83, A/S ’88) is the recipient of the 2016 Award for Excellence in Education from the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Lauerer received the award for her hands-on approach to learning and innovative strategies to engage students. She tries to eliminate the stigma students associate with psychiatric-mental health nursing. lauerer
mcgowan_michael_300dpi **Michael S. McGowan (Bus ’78, Law ’81) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. McGowan is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo.
’90’s
Christopher Hewitt (Bus ’90) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Hewitt is employed at the law firm of Tucker Ellis LLP in Cleveland, Ohio. hewitt-christopher
lee Sang Lee (Eng ’90) was hired as president of Larson Financial Group, headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. In his role, Lee will develop and implement processes designed to increase client retention and growth while overseeing core business functions.

Lawrence W. Lobb (Law ’97) was sworn in as the Kane County Bar Association president in June 2016. Lobb practices with the firm Drendel & Jansons Law Group, located in Batavia, Ill. His practice emphasizes consumer bankruptcy, residential and commercial real estate, zoning and land use, estate planning, contracts, collections, and civil litigation.

Brandi Carson (Bus ’99) is a recipient of the 2016 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award in Toledo. She was selected from a field of 163 candidates. The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or the community. Carson is the controller for The Anderson’s Ethanol Division. carson-brandi
beasley Col. Jonathan Beasley (Univ Coll ’94) was promoted to the rank of U.S. Army Colonel. Beasley has earned six promotions while in the U.S. Army and he has served four tours of duty, including two in Afghanistan. Beasley previously taught military science at UT. He currently works at the Pentagon on the Joint Staff as director of current operations for the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency. The Joint Staff assists the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the principal military advisor to the President, Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council.
Ryan Tackett (UTCTC ’93, Univ Coll ’94) was sworn in as the new sergeant of the Bowling Green, Ohio Police Department. Tackett has been a part of the BGPD for over 20 years. tackett

James Falter (MBA ’93) was chosen as the new dean of the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business at Buena Vista University, located in Storm Lake, Iowa.

mercer James Mercer (Ed ’98) is the new principal of Henry County Middle School, located in McDonough, Ga.
Jenifer A. Belt (Law ’95) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Belt is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo. belt_jenifer_300dpi
pankowski *Jared Pankowski (MEd ’96) has been named the new corporate health consultant at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, located in Mooresville, N.C.
Dr. Andrea Milner (Ed ’93, MEd ’01, PhD ’08) has been named the new dean of graduate studies at Adrian College, located in Adrian, Mich. Milner is also an associate professor of teacher education and director of Adrian College’s Institute for Education. milner
kimball Andrea Kimball (Law ’97) was hired as vice president and general counsel for Sporting Kansas City. Kimball will oversee all legal matters for the club, including contract negotiations, business deals, and risk management. Sporting Kansas City is an American professional soccer club based in Kansas City, Missouri, playing its home games in Kansas City, Kansas. The club competes as a member of the Western Conference in Major League Soccer.
James I. Rothschild (Law ’93) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Rothschild is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo. rothschild_james_300dpi
dawn-rose-sohnly Dawn Rose-Sohnly (UTCTC ’93) is the new manager of the Toledo office of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.
’00’s
Patrick Sadowski (A/S ’02) is a recipient of the 2016 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award in Toledo. He was selected from a field of 163 candidates. The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or the community. Sadowski is a member attorney at Eastman & Smith Ltd. in Findlay, Ohio. sadowski-patrick
snyder-ben **Ben Snyder (A/S ’01, MA ’08) is a recipient of the 2016 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award in Toledo. He was selected from a field of 163 candidates. The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or the community. Snyder is the lead pastor at Cedar Creek Church, one of the largest and fastest-growing churches in the United States.
Ben McFarland (Law ’05) joined the litigation team of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, located in Wheeling W.Va. McFarland focuses his practice almost exclusively on litigation, focusing on professional liability, construction disputes, workplace accidents, premises liability, and other matters relating to workplace safety. mcfarland
hutcheison-roy Roy Hutcheison (Bus ’05) is a recipient of the 2016 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award in Toledo. He was selected from a field of 163 candidates. The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or the community. Hutcheison is a commercial portfolio officer with Signature Bank.

Xiao-qun Zeng (PharmD ’08) was certified as Registrant of the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists. Professionals are certified microbiologists in food, pharmaceutical and medical device, and biological safety microbiology at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels. Zeng is a project team lead of LexaMed, Ltd, located in Toledo. LexaMed provides quality lab services in microbiology and chemistry.

Nicole Khoury (Law ’01) is a recipient of the 2016 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award in Toledo. She was selected from a field of 163 candidates. The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or the community. Khoury is a self-employed criminal defense attorney and a musician with Artic Clam Front Woman. khoury-nicole
schumacher Jodie Schumacher (Law ’04) is the new assistant prosecutor of the Richland County Prosecutor’s Office, located in Mansfield, Ohio.
Dr. Kraig Korbas (Pharm ’07, PharmD ’09) was promoted to director of pharmacy at Fisher-Titus Medical Center, located in Norwalk, Ohio. In his new position, Korbas is responsible for planning, budgeting, directing, and supervising pharmacy activities and personnel, including managing new programs within the department and for the hospital. korbas
fulcomer Dr. Eric W. Fulcomer (PhD ’03) was welcomed to the SwedishAmerican Hospital board of directors. Fulcomer is currently the 18th president of Rockford University. Rockford is a private American liberal arts college in Rockford, Ill.
Christine Kilman (A/S ’01) was elected chairman of the board for Worldwide Partners, Inc., the 10th largest marketing communications network in the world. Kilman is the vice president of account services for Gelia, a full-service agency specializing in strategic marketing communications that drive integrated campaigns with measurable results. kilman
tighe Dr. Ryan Tighe (HSHS ’08) was added to the Novant Health Oceanside Family Medicine’s Southport, N.C. office as a family medicine physician.
Cheryl Swisher (Bus ’00) was hired by the Defiance City Schools board of education as the new CFO/Treasurer for the district. swisher
fisher Robert Fisher (UTCTC ’09, Bus ’16) accepted the position as the Paulding, Ohio village administrator. In this role, his duties include communication goals, objectives and programs to village departments and to the general public in the development and implementation of special projects and programs.
’10’s
Getro Jean-Claude (Bus ’15) is a recipient of the 2016 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award in Toledo. He was selected from a field of 163 candidates. The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or the community. Jean-Claude is a financial analyst for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. jean-claude-getro
matthews-holly Holly Matthews (Law ’11) is a recipient of the 2016 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award in Toledo. She was selected from a field of 163 candidates. The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or the community. Matthews is the executive director of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council where she oversees a staff of 45 and a budget of $3.8 million.
*Will Lucas (Bus ’14, Bus ’15) is a recipient of the 2016 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award in Toledo. He was selected from a field of 163 candidates. The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or the community. Lucas founded Classana, a software which helps people share, discover, and organize educational resources for personal and professional development; as well as Creadio, a brand-marketing firm servicing nationally recognized brands. lucas-will
josh-driskell Josh Driskell (Law ’11) was elected to the board of directors of Leadership Pasadena, an 8-month program designed to strengthen individuals to become more effective leaders for the Pasadena, Calif. community and build strong cross-sector relationships among diverse community and business leaders. Driskell is the managing partner of Primuth & Driskell, LLP. in Pasadena.
Births and Marriages

*Kathyrn Whitehill (Eng ’16) and *Austin Norden (Eng ’15) were married on October 22 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Napoleon, Ohio. Kathyrn is working on her second degree in history and Austin is employed at Cooper Tire in Findlay, Ohio.

Dr. Hillary Hannah Voss (A/S ’08) and Nicholas Hirth exchanged vows on October 21 at Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church with a reception following at The Golf Club at Yankee Trace, located in Centerville, Ohio. Hillary is completing her residency in pediatrics and Nicholas is completing his residency in family medicine in Dayton. voss
young Katie Young (MED ’14) and Chad Estep were married on September 24 and held their wedding and reception at the Hotel Monaco in Chicago.
Megan Almaraz (LLSS ’14) and Brian Wellman (Eng ’15) exchanged wedding vows on October 1 at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Defiance, Ohio. Megan is currently working on her master’s degree in counseling and is employed at Werlor Waste Control and Brian is employed at Jones and Henry Engineers. almarazwellman
babcock Jennifer Lynn Babcock (A/S ’05) and Jason Allan DeGraff were married on September 10. Jennifer is employed in media sales at Time Warner Cable and Jason is employed at Schwann’s Food Company.
Chase Landon Roan (Eng ’07) and Shianne Jewel Gunther announced their engagement and forthcoming wedding in July 2017. Chase is a construction project manager for Larion Engineering and Shianne is a business operations analyst for Cisco Systems. The couple will reside in Cedar Point, N.C. after the wedding. roan
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

John K. Clement, Toledo at 101. He and his wife, Dorothy, established the Clement Gallery at the Center for the Visual Arts in honor of their daughter, Susanna, who died in 1988.

Dr. Thomas O. Karst, Port Clinton, Ohio at 78. He joined the MCO faculty in 1973 and retired in 1993. Karst worked with local businessman Marvin Kobacker, whose family donated funds for the Kobacker Center, which serves children and teens with emotional troubles. Karst and other MCO colleagues also helped develop a therapeutic community for adults that became Bittersweet Farm.

Dr. Maureen M. McCorquodale, Winfield, Ill. She was an associate professor of pediatrics from 1975 to 1989. While at MCO, she directed laboratories and published research on prenatal diagnosis, medical genetics, and biochemistry.

30’s

Charles Husum (A/S ’37), Toledo.

40’s

**Martha Merrill Sheets (Ed ’45), Toledo at 93.

50’s

Janet Gerlinger (Ed ’52), Advance, N.C. at 87.

60’s

Eugene Alexander (Law ’66), Madison, N.J. at 76.

James Dyko (A/S ’69), Toledo at 69.

**Beverly King (Ed ’60), Lambertville, Mich. at 79.

Duane Brown (Bus ’60), Perrysburg, Ohio at 84.

70’s

Gary Graalman (Bus ’71), Englewood, Colo. at 74.

Richard Kern (UTCTC ’79), Toledo at 58.

Ronald Kotwica (Law ’72), Pittsburgh, Pa. at 72.

**Nancy Emrick (Ed ’71, MEd ’73), Perrysburg, Ohio at 67.

**Barbara Bruce (A/S ’71), Oregon, Ohio at 83.

Douglas Burlew (Bus ’75), Toledo at 74.

Pamela Palmer (A/S ’74), Moscow, Idaho at 63.

Thomas McGrail (Bus ’72, Law ’76), Perrysburg, Ohio at 79.

Carolyn Zimmerman (UTCTC ’73), Toledo at 86.

Joseph Hollister (UTCTC ’79), Curtice, Ohio at 58.

80’s

Marianne Barabash (A/S ’84, MHSHS ’09), Temperance, Mich. at 59.

90’s

Sandra Cline (UTCTC ’96), Bowling Green, Ohio at 45.

Kevin Clapp (UTCTC ’90), Toledo at 53.

Erika Zimmerman (UTCTC ’91, A/S ’92, MEd ’97), Oak Harbor, Ohio at 79.

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