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*John L. Straub (Law ’69) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016, 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.


William F. Hayes (Law ’77, Bus ’80) has been appointed to chair the Aviation Law Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association. The OSBA maintains 32 standing committees and 11 sections, each of which monitors a particular area of law.

Wicklund_David_300dpi David W. Wicklund (Law ’74) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016, 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.
Dr. David Sleet (PhD ’73) was recently presented with the 2015 Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award at the 66th Annual meeting of the Society for Public Health. Sleet was honored for his contributions that have led to better evidence, more effective translation, and greater adoption of injury prevention interventions. Sleet is the Associate Director for Science, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC, in Atlanta, Ga. He was also awarded the Royal Order of Sahametrei Medal by the Government of Cambodia, with the rank of Officer-Knight 1st Class, conferred to foreigners who have rendered distinguished services to the King and to the people of Cambodia. He was honored due to his global road safety work.
**Thomas G. Pletz (Law ’71) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016, 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

Jim Suhrbier (Pharm ’72) was recently elected to a second term as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. He serves as a representative of Region 2 (Pa. W.Va., Va., Del., Tenn., N.C., S.C.).

Fynes_Jack_300dpi Jack G. Fynes (Law ’77) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016, 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.

Timothy J. Nusser (UTCTC ’75, Univ Coll ‘78, Law ’86) was awarded the prestigious AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings. The AV Rating is the highest possible rating given by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review for a lawyer.

John K. Nelson (Law ’79) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016, 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
Simpson_Joseph_300dpi Joseph S. Simpson (Law ’88) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016, 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.

Martin G. Baum (Univ Coll ’88) was named as senior vice president of commercial strategy at STELLAS Life Sciences Group. STELLAS, headquartered in Switzerland, is a development-stage biopharmaceutical company with its main focus on developing innovative products to treat cancers and central nervous system diseases.

Neema M. Bell (Law ’86) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016, 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. Bell_Neema_300dpi

**Joseph Sawasky (Bus ’85) has been selected as the President and CEO of Merit Network, Inc. Merit is a non-profit corporation owned and governed by Michigan’s public universities. They own and operate America’s longest-running regional research and education network and remains on the forefront of research and education networking expertise and services.

Woodward_Kathryn_300dpi Kathryn J. Woodward (Law ’86) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016, 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.

Sandra Kreps (MEd ’87) was hired by the Monroe Schools Board of Education as principal of Monroe, Mich. High School.

**Michael S. McGowan (Bus ’78, Law ’81) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016, 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. McGowan_Michael_300dpi

Alberto Coya (MEng ’89) was named as the country manager in Peru for MWH Global, an engineering, consulting and construction firm focused on water and natural resources. Coya will be responsible for managing all services and work in the country. He will be based in Lima, Peru.

Sanderson_Michael_300dpi Michael G. Sanderson (Law ’81) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Sanderson is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo.

John Walsh (UTCTC ’87) was appointed to the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber Board of Directors. Walsh is the chief executive officer of ValleyCare Trumbull Memorial Hospital, located in Warren, Ohio.

Mark Van Hala (Eng ’80) was named Florida Engineer of the Year by American Society of Civil Engineers. Van Hala has been an employee at Orange County Government for 14 years and currently serves as the public works representative. VanHala

Capt. Kenneth J. Szczublewski (A/S ’84) had his official retirement ceremony in July 2015 at the US Naval Memorial in Washington, D.C. after a 30 year career defending our Nation as part of the US Navy.

Bellas Stephen Bellas (Bus ’88) is the new chief financial officer for Commonwealth Credit Union, located in Frankfort, Ky.

Kirk G. Warner (Law ’83) was elected the 102nd president of Rotary Club of Raleigh, N.C. Dedicated to serving the local and international community, the club is engaged in a variety of projects. Warner is the leader of the product liability defense practice group at Smith Anderson and a senior litigator on the firm’s commercial litigation team.

Denise Hasbrook (A/S ’81, Law ’84) was appointed as Partner-in-Charge of the Toledo office of Roetzel & Andress LAP. Hasbrook focuses her practice on shareholder disputes, business litigation and representing employers in all types of issues. Roetzel & Andress has offices located throughout Ohio and Florida and also in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. Hasbrook 2011

Dr. Karen Miner-Romanoff (Law ’88) was announced as the associate provost for academic quality and executive director of the International Institute for Innovative Instruction at Franklin University, located in Columbus, Ohio.

*Timothy Yenrick (Ed ’87, MEd ’99) is the new president & CEO of Family Service of Northwest Ohio, located in Toledo. Family Service is a non-profit agency that empowers families to manage life’s challenges by providing high quality and affordable counseling, home care, outreach, advocacy, prevention education services and comprehensive crisis care.


Dr. Sharon Master (PhD ’96) is now a certified Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology. Master is currently the Biological Sciences Bureau Chief, Scientific Laboratory Division for the Department of Health.

Rothschild_James_300dpi James I. Rothschild (Law ’93) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016, 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.

Dr. Lillian Shaffer (PhD ’92) was recently elected president of the Caryl Crane Youth Theatre Advisory Board for the 2015-16 season. Shaffer is a senior portfolio director for the clinical research firm PAREXEL International, where she oversees business support and conduct of international drug trials.

Jeff Snyder (Ed ’93) began a two-year term on the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors. Snyder will serve as a Class AA representative on the state board, representing the Northwest District. He is currently the superintendent of Lincolnview Local Schools, located in Van Wert, Ohio.

Carol Pry (MBA ’93, Law ’93), managing director of Treliant Risk Advisors, received the 2015 ABA Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes leadership, initiative and accomplishment in banking regulatory compliance management.

Jenifer A. Belt (Law ’95) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016, 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

Jeff Keim (Bus ’91) is now the executive director of the Owens Community College Foundation. He is responsible for raising private and annual revenue for the foundation to provide for the needs of the college and its students.

Waleed Zoabi (Eng ’90) was named as a shareholder for Clark Nexsen, an award-winning architectural and engineering firm providing innovative design solutions to U.S. and global clients. The shareholders are integrally involved in guiding the firm’s client-focused strategy.

**Dr. Mark L. Fink (MEd ’00, PhD ’07) received the Center for Excellence award from the New Media Consortium for demonstrating excellence and outstanding achievement in the application of technology to teaching, learning or creative inquiry at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he serves as associate vice provost of online education. Fink was recently recognized among the Distinguished Women & Men in Nevada for his commitment to public service and continuously leveraging his years of experience in the technology sector to discover, develop and implement emerging and disruptive learning technologies to benefit higher education in Nevada.


Dr. Binesh Patel (MED ’00) was named as the chief medical officer at Detroit Medical Center, located in Detroit, Mich.

Dr. Gratia Pitcher (A/S ’03, MED ’07) joined Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center, located in Duluth, Minn., as a hospitalist. Pitcher is certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in internal medicine.

Priest Robert A. Priest (MEd ’03, Ed Spec ’05) was selected to be the principal of Van Wert High School, located in Van Wert, Ohio. Recently, Priest was awarded with the America Lawyer Alliance’s 2015 award for Teacher of the Year. He was selected from 16 candidates representing 12 states. Priest has been teaching at the high school since 2007.

Shelley Musshel Kennedy (Law ’05) has been appointed to chair the Aviation Law Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association. The OSBA maintains 32 standing committees and 11 sections, each of which monitors a particular area of law. Kennedy is a staff attorney for the Hon. James D. Jensen at the Sixth District Court of Appeals in Toledo.

Dr. Manu Malhotra (MED ’00) was recently named chief medical officer at Henry Ford Hospital, located in Detroit, Mich.

Josh Love (A/S ’09) was recently hired as the assistant news director at WTVG-TV, Channel 13 ABC in Toledo. Love has also served as executive producer, producer and photographer/editor, as well as a live truck technician.

Dr. Mohammad Shukairy (MED ’02) joined Midwest Orthopaedic Institute in their Sycamore, Ill. office. Shukairy specializes in minimally invasive spinal surgery, neck and back pain and microscopic neurosurgery. Shukairy

Emily Samlow (Law ’07), was inducted as a Fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation. To become a Fellow, lawyers must first be nominated by their peers before going through a selection process and committing their time to the Foundation’s outreach programs. Samlow was also awarded the 2016 Ohio State Bar Foundation Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under for District 3. Additionally, she is taking part in a Group Study Exchange through Rotary and is one of only four young professionals spending March 2016 in Scotland. Samlow is a staff attorney with the Court of Common Pleas in Wood County, Ohio and president of the Wood County Bar Association.

Courtney Tolson (Bus ’07) was named as a consultant to the Change Management and Communications practice in the human resources consulting firm Findley Davies, located in Maumee, Ohio. Tolson develops strategies focused on employee development, change management, and organizational effectiveness.

Matthew Dills (Law ’04) joined ITC Holdings Corp. as vice president, human resources and chief human resources officer. ITC, based in Novi, Mich., is the nation’s largest independent electric transmission company.


Stacy Krzyston (HSHS ’12), Air Force Airman 1st Class, completed basic training with honors from Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. She will graduate in October from Tech School Security Forces at Lackland AFB. She then plans to report to Patrick AFB in Florida with the 45th Security Forces Squadron.

DAnniballe Matt D’Anniballe (Bus ’10, MSA ’11) is a certified public accountant who recently joined the Cleveland market of The Siegfried Group, LLP as a senior associate.

Blake Young (MEd ’11) has been selected as the new principal of Wauseon Primary School, located in Wauseon, Ohio.

Katie Shepherd (Ed ’15) is a new music teacher at Jamaica, Nautilus and Starline elementary schools, located in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. Shepherd

Dr. David Peterson (MED ’10) was accepted for a 2015-16 Hand fellowship with the University of New Mexico (UNM) Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. Peterson is one of only five physicians who are joining this accredited fellowship program at UNM.

Faculty, staff & friends

Dr. David Nemeth (UT Professor in Geography and Planning) won the May edition of Inside Higher Ed’s cartoon captioning competition. This monthly contest requires participants to come up with a creative caption for a cartoon provided by the magazine. In addition to having the caption and cartoon published in the magazine for the month, Nemeth received a signed copy of the comic by the artist and a cash award for his efforts.

Births and Marriages

Alysia Kay Buchs (NRS ’09, NRS ’11) and Christofer Douglas Crites were united in marriage in June 2015. The ceremony was held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Defiance, Ohio.

Julie Ann Kostura (NRS ’11) and John Joseph Milius (Eng ’12) were married in June 2015 in Columbus, Ohio.

Haskins Michael D. Haskins (HSHS ’11) and Elyssia K. Yado are engaged and will wed on October 3, 2015.

Dr. Casey Poupard (HSHS ’10, OTD ’13) and Isaiah Bross married in August 2015.

Brandon Arnold Wilkins (Eng ’11) and Kristi Ann Yoder exchanged vows in August 2015 in Mt. Hope, Ohio. Wilkins
Mitchell Kevin Mitchell (A/S ’03) and Brandi Lopez will wed on October 23, 2015 at Upland Country Club, located in St. Upland, Calif.

Andy Seger (Eng ’11) and Sarah Petty were married in August 2015 in the St. Remy Catholic Church in Russia, Ohio. Seger is employed by Honda of America as a mechanical engineer and Petty is employed by Shelby County Department of Job and Family Services as a financial and medical services specialist.

Gregory John Edelbrock (Eng ’07) and Brianna Money Swift exchanged vows in September 2015 at Villa Siena, located in Gilbert, Ariz. Edelbrock is a project manager at FNF Construction and Swift is employed at Friendship Village Retirement Community. Edelbrock

Allison Bayes (NSM ’12, MEd ’13) and Keon Ruplinger were united in marriage in June 2015. The ceremony and reception were held at Nazareth Hall in Grand Rapids, Ohio.

Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

*Charles Machala (att. 1945), Toledo at 95.

**Dorothy Schafer (att. 1944), Bradenton, Fla. at 93.

**Robert Sickelbaugh (att. 1976), Toledo at 83.

**Joan Ryan, Toledo at 85.

**Dr. Robert Wolfe, Holland, Ohio at 86.

*Dale Fischer, Bokeelia, Fla. at 85.

Dr. Anna May (Newton) Klippel, Worcester, Mass. at 93. She taught chemistry classes at UT in the late 1940s.

Marilyn Wandtke (UTCTC ’78), Perrysburg, Ohio at 85. She was a nurse at Maumee Valley Hospital and moved to work at the Medical College of Ohio Hospital.

James Koelsch (Eng ’73), Metamora, Ohio at 69. He taught civil engineering at UT.

Dr. Stephen B. McConnell, Toledo at 74. He was a technical services chair on the board of directors for UT’s Coalition to Access Technology and Networking in Toledo. Sloan also assisted with University field research on coral reefs and wild horses.

Dr. Rhua C. Ernst, Rosenhayn, N.J. at 75. She joined the UT faculty in 1967 as an assistant professor of general studies and director of the Instructional Resources Center at the former Community and Technical College. In 1970, she was named coordinator in library technology. Ernst left the University to start a family and became an elementary school teacher.

Dr. Robert L. Gibson, Bloomington, Ind. at 95. In 1957, he joined the UT faculty as associate professor and chair of guidance and counselor education. Gibson was promoted to professor two years later. The West Virginia native ran the Counseling and Guidance Training Institute, an annual summer program, in the early 1960s. He left UT in 1965 to teach at Indiana University.

Dr. John M. “Jack” Lowe Jr. (PhD ’71), Mechanicsburg, Pa. at 89. He coached track and cross country at UT from 1960-1970.

Edward B. “Ned” Wickes Jr., Madison, Conn. at 97. He was a longtime faculty member in the College of Education. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1951 and was promoted to associate professor of curriculum and teaching in 1955. Wickes taught at UT until his retirement.

Dr. R. Kenneth Wolfe, Holland, Ohio at 85. He came to the University in 1973 after working at Owens-Illinois Inc. and IBM Corp. In 1994, he received one of UT’s Outstanding Teacher Awards. Wolfe served on Faculty Senate and was chair of the systems doctoral program. He retired from the University in 1997.


Dr. Robert Binkley (A/S ’48), at 90.

Miriam Richey (Ed ’41), Ottawa Lake, Mich. at 96.

Sarah Bertram (A/S ’46), Toledo at 91.

**Helen Benschoter (Ed ’44), Toledo at 93.

James Pearson (Bus ’40), Groves, Texas at 98.

Jane Kreps (Ed ’46), Mason, Ohio at 88.

Jane Emery (Bus ’47), Sylvania, Ohio at 90.

Joseph Shugarman (Bus ’48), Toledo at 91.

William Mikesell (Bus ’49, Law ’50), Oregon, Ohio at 92.

John Muller (Bus ’48), Rochester Hills, Mich. at 89.

Jahn Tinglum (Ed ’49), Madison, Wis. at 90.

**Robert Colgan (Eng ’47), Sylvania, Ohio at 93.

John Weaver (Eng ’43), Heath, Ohio at 94.

Richard Smith (Eng ’49), Englewood, Fla. at 90.


Edward Zoltanski (Law ’58), Perrysburg, Ohio at 89.

Dr. Beverly Collier (A/S ’53), Williamston, Mich. at 80.

Dr. Richard Collier (A/S ’53), Williamston, Mich. at 82.

Jo-Ann Teufel (A/S ’50), Ottawa Hills, Ohio at 87.

**Richard Harner (Bus ’58), Toledo at 86.

Mickey Hardcastle (Ed ’50), at 87.

Mary Line (A/S ’51), Findlay, Ohio at 86.

**Donald Caldwell (Pharm ’53), Lakeside, Ohio at 84.

Bernard Janis (Bus ’59), Maumee, Ohio at 84.

William Moll (Eng ’56), Maumee, Ohio at 79.

**George Green (Bus ’50, MBA ’51), Dearborn, Mich. at 94.

Leonard Krauss (Bus ’55), at 82.

Douglas Yeager (Bus ’54), Grand Rapids, Ohio at 84.

Virginia Richmond (Ed ’54), McHenry, Ill. at 83.

**Berniece Williams (Ed ’56), Pickerington, Ohio at 96.

Dr. William Richmond (A/S ’52), at 87.

**Virginia Moll (A/S ’51), Maumee, Ohio at 94.

Donald Ziemke (MEd ’58), Maumee, Ohio at 96.


Robert Wilson (MEd ’68), Baltimore, Md. at 72.

Dr. Rhua Ernst (UTCTC ’65), Rosenhayn, N.J. at 76.

*Thomas Beidleman (UTCTC ’68), Holland, Ohio at 68.

Lynda Clark (Ed ’68), Toledo at 69.

Francis Nagy (A/S ’63), Solon, Ohio at 78.

Adrian Potter (Bus ’64, MBA ’69), Knoxville, Tenn. at 81.

David Zawodny (UTCTC ’68), Toledo at 68.

Donald Seymour (UTCTC ’62), Toledo at 76.

*William Bates (Law ’69), Rocky River, Ohio at 71.

Dr. Jerry Mallett (MEd ’64, PhD ’72), Findlay, Ohio at 76.


*Roger Verny (Ed ’70, MEd ’75), Newburyport, Mass. At 67.

Dr. John Lowe (PhD ’71), Vero Beach, Fla. at 90.

Dr. Ronald Fulkert (Ed ’75, PhD ’97), Ypsilanti, Mich. at 67.

Timothy McCartney (Pharm ’79), Toledo at 67.

Stanley Harmon (Ed ’71, MEd ’85, Ed Spec ’85), Toledo at 71.

Nicholas Batt (Law ’76), Holland, Ohio at 63.

Diane Armstrong (MEd ’78, PhD ’82), Perrysburg, Ohio at 67.

Margaret Paraham (UTCTC ’76), Toledo at 65.

Robert Schnapp (Bus ’72), Toledo at 71.

Barbara Rainey (Ed ’74), at 81.

Helen White (UTCTC ’74), Toledo at 89.

James Daniel (UTCTC ’77), Holland, Ohio at 72.

Raymond Dupuis (Ed ’70, MEd ’80), Sylvania, Ohio at 83.

Philip Provo (Ed ’70), Naples, Fla. at 69.

Thomas Connolly (A/S ’73, Law ’77), Oak Harbor, Ohio at 67.

Michael Whalen (UTCTC ’72), Maumee, Ohio at 94.

Dr. Ann Spodnik (MED ’75), at 61.

Dr. Edwin Weathington (MED ’76), East Lansing, Mich. at 75.


Warren Hem (Bus ’84, UTCTC ’88), Toledo at 57.

Sister Mary Dale Burgard (MEd ’81), Toledo at 76.

Nancy Bowers (MEd ’82), Brooklyn, Mich. at 82.

Mary Doljack (MA ’85), Columbus, Ohio at 62.

Richard Schultz (Eng ’82), Monclova, Ohio at 67.

Charles Ellerbrock (Eng ’80, Law ’86), Toledo at 63.

Miriam Hamm (MEd ’81), Toledo at 82.

Michelle January (UTCTC ’84), Toledo at 55.

Gwendolyn Ezepue (Bus ’81), Cleveland, Ohio at 57.


Janice Payne (A/S ’96), Toledo at 68.

*Joy Dougherty (MEd ’90), Toledo at 74.

*Kenneth Crothers (Univ Coll ’97), Toledo at 91.

Julie Steedman (UTCTC ’95), Northwood, Ohio at 49.

Kent Nord (Law ’93), Bloomville, Ohio at 47.

Stephanie Larkins (UTCTC ’93, Univ Coll ’01), Oregon, Ohio at 46.

Sherry Madigan (UTCTC ’92), New Madrid, Mo. At 54.

Bonita Owens (UTCTC ’98, UTCTC ’99), Bradenton, Fla. at 68.


Shannon Spino (HSHS ’04), Toledo at 35.

**Kathy Woodard (Ed ’01), at 39.

Kristen Wingate (A/S ’05, Ed ’05), Independence, Ohio at 32.

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*Dr. James A. Young (MA ’66) presented “The Only Losers Were the Workers: The Agony and the Redemption of Cold War Combatants in the Electrical Industry” at the Joint Conference of the Labor and Working-Class History Association and the Working-Class Studies Association at Georgetown University. Young is a professor emeritus of history at Edinboro University and is retired from professional staff work at the Service Employees International Union. He also belongs to the National Writers Union. Young anticipates the publication of his manuscript “Workin’ for the General: The Electrical Workers’ Fight for Industrial Democracy at BE, 1937-1970” late in 2015.

Rev. Henry “Hank” Harris (Ed ’67, Law ’70) retired as the pastor from St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Massillon, Ohio. Harris had been the leader of the parish for 26 years.

Dr. Homer Wesley Brown (A/S ’65) practiced 40 years as a pediatrician in Bowling Green, Ohio, Mentor, Ohio and other various locations. Brown is now hospitalized in a Veterans Administration medical center in Cleveland, Ohio with ALS. He enjoyed his time at UT and worked in the University bookstore for four years. He earned his medical degree at the University of Cincinnati.

Sister Leanne Kerschner (MEd ’79, MBA ’81) celebrated her Golden Jubilee in July at St. Mary Church in Tiffin, Ohio. The Golden Jubilee is the 50th anniversary of when a sister entered or professed vows in her religious community. Sister Kerschner is now assistant finance director for Health Partners of Western Ohio in Lima, Ohio. Sr._Leanne
dora lopez Dora Lopez (UTCTC ’76, A/S ’90, MEd ’95) was recently named as the executive director of the Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center (SQACC). The SQACC provides interest, awareness, and education about Latino art, heritage, and culture through events and programs in Toledo.

Douglas Berry (Law ’78) has been recognized by his peers as one of the top lawyers in Washington state and named to the 2015 Super Lawyers list. Berry is an attorney in the Seattle office of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn in the franchise/dealership field.

*Larry R. Cook (A/S ’78, MA ’79) is the 2015 recipient of the Book of Golden Deeds award from the Fremont Exchange Club. The award recognizes dedicated volunteers in the Fremont, Ohio area. Cook has been a volunteer at the Hayes Presidential Center for more than 30 years. He has assisted with the manuscripts division, helped patrons, conducted tours, performed research, written descriptions and processed some of the sites most important papers. Cook
Logan Paul A. Logan (Law ’79) was ordained as a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Logan is an attorney with Powell Trachtman Logan Carrle & Lombardo P.C. and a professor in the College of Engineering at Drexel University.

Dr. Thomas Steinemann (MED ’85) is the recipient of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s 2015 Secretariat Award, which recognizes special contributions to the Academy and to ophthalmology. Steinemann was also awarded the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year award by the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute.

**Dr. John K. Estell (Eng ’84) was elected as a member of the ABET Computing Accreditation Commission Executive Committee for the 2016-2017 accreditation cycle. ABET currently accredits approximately 3,400 programs at nearly 700 colleges and universities in 28 countries. Estell is professor of computer engineering and computer science in the electrical and computer engineering and computer science department at Ohio Northern University. John Estell November 2014

**Thomas Reinehr (Eng ’85) was promoted to principal fellow of The Raytheon Company, Space and Airborne Systems in El Segundo, Calif. The Raytheon Company builds radars and other sensors for aircraft, spacecraft and ships.

flood Terry Flood (Eng ’87) received the Crystal Crucible Award from the Ohio Water Environment Association. The award recognizes individuals for outstanding achievement and professionalism in laboratory analysis. Flood is a chemist at Lucas County’s Water Resource Recovery Facility, which treats 22 million gallons of water per day.

Gary D. Benz (Law ’84) was named as senior vice president, Strategy at FirstEnergy Corp., headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Benz will lead the ongoing refinement of FirstEnergy’s corporate strategy and long-term business forecast, monitor strategy implementation and oversee development of new business opportunities.

*Sharon Speyer (Law ’85) was appointed as Chair of the UT Board of Trustees. Speyer joined the board in 2009. She is the president of the Northwest Ohio Region for Huntington National Bank, a subsidiary of Huntington Bancshares. She has also served on the Alumni Association’s Board of Trustees. Speyer

Scott McClure (MA ’88) was named as the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference commissioner. McClure will be the conference’s first full-time commissioner.

Hoffman Marta J. Hoffman (Univ Coll ’88, Law ’92) was appointed by the American Health Lawyers Association to serve as a vice chair of the national organization’s Hospital and Health Systems Practice Group. Hoffman is a healthcare attorney with Plunkett Cooney, a firm out of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Jeffrey K. Haidet (Law ’85) is the co-CEO of the world’s largest law firm now that Dentons US and McKenna Long combined in July 2015. Dentons will serve clients from more than 125 locations across 50-plus countries. It will boast approximately 6,600 lawyers and professionals worldwide, with more than 1,100 of them based in the United States.

Michael Voss (Ed ’92) is the new technology director for the New Albany-Plain Local School District, located in New Albany, Ohio. voss
Rawski *Dr. Greg Rawski (MBA ’99, PhD ’05) has been named the dean of the Schroeder Family School of Business at the University of Evansville, located in Evansville, Ind. Prior to accepting this position, he served as the business school’s associate dean.
Nick Miller (Ed ’05) is now the assistant principal at Dover Intermediate School, located in Westlake, Ohio. NickMiller
Rhoades, Travis_MG_6688 copy Travis L. Rhoades, PE (Eng ’04) has been named 2015 Young Engineer of the Year by the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers. Rhoades is a structural engineer with The Mannik & Smith Group, located in Maumee, Ohio. He was recognized for this statewide award based on his community and professional work, as well as his commitment to the engineering profession.

Dr. Anne Marteel-Parrish (PhD ’03) is the recipient of the Centennial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Iota Sigma Pi, the National honor Society for Women in Chemistry, recognizes and celebrates accomplished women in the field. Marteel-Parrish teaches specialty courses such as fundamentals of materials science, and green and sustainable chemistry.

*Philip Sanford (MBA ’08) was awarded The Alumni Impact Award at the 2015 Seton Hall “Many Are One” Alumni Awards Gala. This award is presented to an alumnus or alumna whose extraordinary contributions of time, talent or treasure have greatly advanced the mission of the University. Sanford

Anthony Hall (Bus ’06, Law ’11) is a pre-litigation attorney in the new Toledo office of Kisling, Nestico & Redick. The firm focuses on representing plaintiffs in person injury lawsuits resulting from work injuries and motor vehicle accidents as well as medical malpractice and dangerous drugs and devices.

Paiz *Dr. Joshua M. Paiz (A/S ’09, MA ’11) has been awarded his PhD in English/second language studies from Purdue University and will be joining the faculty of New York University Shanghai.
Dr. Kurt Stewart (MED ’07) placed second in the world at the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons Top Gun Competition for most skilled surgeon at their 2015 annual meeting. Stewart is completing his post graduate advanced surgical training at the Minnesota Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery, located in Crosby, Minn. Stewart

*Derek Batt (Bus ’15) was recently hired at Assured Neace Lukens as a commercial lines agent. Assured Neace Lukens specializes in commercial property and casualty insurance, employee benefits, risk management and personal insurance coverage.

Chaudhry Dr. Quratulain Chaudhry (RES ’13) has joined Borgess Internal Medicine at its new location at the Borgess Medical Center, located in Kalamazoo, Mich. Chaudhry specializes in women’s health.

*Tyler Kinner (NSM ’14) is among the first 36 Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellows. The competitive program recruits both recent graduates and career changers with strong backgrounds in STEM fields and prepares them specifically to teach in high-need secondary schools.

Faculty, staff & friends
Births and Marriages

Nicole Zgela (Pharm ’06, PharmD ’08) and Andrew Hamons announced their engagement and are planning a September 12, 2015 wedding in Marblehead, Ohio.

Brandi Rice (Ed ’09) and Michael Ottenbacher (HSHS ’09) were married on August 15, 2015. Rice is employed at Furry Elementary School in Sandusky, Ohio and Ottenbacher is employed at Ventra and Plumbrook Properties in Sandusky. OtterbacherRice

*Paige Alexandria Stiriz (Bus ’14) and *Ryan Douglas Johnston (NSM ’14) exchanged wedding vows on June 20, 2015 in Toledo. Stiriz is an account representative at Rolled Alloys in Temperance, Mich. and Johnston is a third year medical student at UT.

Joshua Adam Schardt (HSHS ’10) and Erin Catherine Frazer were married on June 13, 2015 at Daniel Chapel on the campus of Furman University in Greenville, S.C.

Orwig *Dylan Orwig (Eng ’13) and Katherine Smith are engaged and planning a wedding for October 3, 3015. Orwig is an assistant superintendent at The Lathrop Company in Maumee, Ohio and Smith is a residential youth care worker at Lutheran Home Services in Whitehouse, Ohio.
Amber Christine Marsh (HSHS ’11) and Gregory John Allred were married on August 15, 2015 at Maumee Bay State Park lodge in Oregon, Ohio. Marsh is a recreation therapist at the Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry in Columbus, Ohio and Allred is a registered nurse at Mount Carmel. Marsh

Paul Meyer (Bus ’59) and Joyce (Miller) Meyer celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 11, 2015.

Emilie Johanna Brasher (MSA ’11) and Ross Perry Reyome will be married on September 12, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hudson, Ohio.

Wilson Nick Wilson (Bus ’07) and Missy Shevlin are engaged to be married on May 21, 2016 at the Liberty Hotel in Boston, Mass.
Kendra Danielle Hudson (Ed ’11) and Matthew Thomas Lindsey are planning a wedding for October 3, 2015 in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Hudson is a paralegal for the State of Ohio Chiropractic Board and Lindsey is employed by Kroger. Hudson
Daniel Benjamin Lee Daniel (Eng ’02) and Brianne Nicole Stang were married on August 22, 2015 at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Bellevue, Ohio. Daniel is a software engineer at Owens Illinois in Toledo and Stang is an operations manager at Flat Rock Homes in Flat Rock, Ohio.
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

*Howard Schultz (att. 1960), Toledo at 92.

Vicky (Stoll) Naugle, Toledo at 60. She worked at the University for 20 years. Naugle joined the MCO staff in 1994 and worked in the Kobacker Center and was a telephone operator in Service Excellence when she retired in 2014.

Shirley Zawodni, Sylvania, Ohio at 82. She was a former UT employee.

*David J. Fickel (Law ’78), Swanton, Ohio at 61. He retired in 2014 as administrator and clerk in charge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Toledo. Since 1994, Fickel lectured about bankruptcy-related subjects at UT as a visiting lecturer.

Dr. Joseph I. Shaffer, Toledo at 87. Shaffer joined the UT Psychology Department as an assistant professor in 1966. His early research interests included sleep and stress. The Philadelphia native was well-known for advancing the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. In 1985, he founded the Sleep Network Inc., a national consortium of sleep centers. He was president of the Sleep Network and director of the Regional Center for Sleep medicine in Toledo. In 2005, he became an adjunct professor in the MUO Department of Medicine and a professor three years later.

Sue A. Wuest (A/S ’86), Toledo at 58. Wuest was the assistant director of the UT Jack Ford Urban Affairs Center. She had worked at the University since 1991 and was a former member of the Toledo Planning Commission.

Dr. Joseph R. Stevens, Sylvania, Ohio at 92. He was a clinical associate in surgery at MCO in 1970, became a clinical assistant professor in 1975, and a clinical associate professor in 1986. Stevens was a volunteer faculty member until 2003.

Wampa J. Bitz, Holland, Ohio at 87. She was a custodian at UT for 21 years before her retirement.

Dick Meyers, Toledo at 75. Meyers was an architect who had the vision to cultivate beauty on the University’s campuses. As a co-founder of the Collaborative Inc., a Toledo-based design firm, he had a hand in more than 30 landscape design and planning projects on UT campuses. He recently cited his most notable achievement as Centennial Mall, which was a parking lot before he helped design the green space. Meyers also did the planning for the landscape surrounding the Law Center, the site planning for the Student Recreation Center and the expansion of the Student Union. He also worked on many projects on the Health Science Campus, including the original site and landscape design for the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center and the Bryant Academic Commons. He also served the University for the past 10 years as a volunteer. He was one of the original members of the President’s Commission on the River, the organization that started the habitat restoration efforts for the 3,700 feet of the Ottawa River running through Main Campus. Meyers also worked on the renovation project around Savage Arena and designed the first river outlook.

Dr. Earl Matthews (PhD ’78), Pemberville, Ohio at 87. He was hired to teach general studies in 1967 and one year later became an instructor in industrial engineering. In 1969, Matthews was named director of the referral service network Office of the State Technical Services Program at the University. Later that year, he was also named assistant to the dean of adult and continuing education. In 1970, he added another title: assistant to the dean of industrial education.

Barbara Jean Huntley, Toledo at 83. She was a library technical assistant at MCO from 1968 until her retirement in 1993.

John H. Keller, Toledo at 71. He was a public address announcer at UT sporting events for a short time.

Anna May Klippel, Worcester, Mass. at 93. She taught chemistry classes at UT in the late 1940s.

Dr. Wendell J. Kollen, Perrysburg, Ohio at 80. Kollen was appointed adjunct research professor of polymer engineering and science in 1987. He continued working in the UT Polymer Institute through the late 1990s. Prior to joining the University, he was a senior physicist at Owens-Illinois Inc.

Violet Ann Pautz, Toledo at 98. She helped to start UT’s electrocardiogram program and served on its advisory board.

Dr. Ursula Ruwe, Lake Mary, Fla. at 89. She was a clinical associate of medicine in 1971 and a clinical associate of family medicine from 1972 to 1978.


Richard Keller (Bus ’38), Ojai, Calif. at 83.


Margaret Haughey (Bus ’44), Northridge, Calif. at 91.

**George Gula (Bus ’49), Sylvania, Ohio at 91.

Eugene Kaucki (A/S ’46), McHenry, Ill. at 68.


Richard Wenzel (Bus ’50), Indianapolis, Ind. at 89.

Donald Higley (Eng ’50), Toledo at 89.

**Joseph McCormick (Pharm ’55), Gaylord, Mich. at 84.

Lloyd Lewis (Ed ’51), Maumee, Ohio at 97.

John McDonald (Eng ’58), Bradenton, Fla. at 82.

June Stalder (Ed ’54), Temperance, Mich. at 83.

Dr. Robert Roberts (A/S ’50), Rehoboth Beach, Del. at 87.

Donald Maher (Bus ’57), Sylvania, Ohio at 55.

James Kritzer (Bus ’54), at 54.


Beatrice Bruen (MEd ’60), Toledo at 84.

Henry Toney (Eng ’60), Hot Springs Village, Ark. at 87.

Thomas Geiger (A/S ’63), Toledo at 78.

Kenneth Chechak (Ed ’62), Redford, Mich. at 76.

**John Arkebauer (A/S ’60), Sylvania, Ohio at 78.


Louise Luppens (Ed ’70), Hilliard, Ohio at 91.

*Brian Kest (Ed ’71, MA ’74), Springboro, Ohio at 67.

Lowell Habel (A/S ’79), Irvine, Calif. at 60.

Nathaniel Augustine (A/S ’76), Perrysburg, Ohio at 62.

William Pfau (Law ’78), Canfield, Ohio at 64.

Dr. Katherine Hess (MED ’77), Ashland, Ohio at 63.

Duane Rosenberger (Ed ’76, MEd ’93), Toledo at 73.

Ashley Fox (Pharm ’75), Nixa, Mo. at 71.

Pastor Emma Collins (UTCTC ’77), Toledo at 72.

Stephen Lewandowski (A/S ’74), Williston, Ohio at 66.

Douglas Lewton (A/S ’78, Pharm ’78), Fremont, Ohio at 54.

James Norton (Bus ’74), Maumee, Ohio at 72.


Donna Cherry (A/S ’88), Albuquerque, N.M. at 87.

Joyce Myers (UTCTC ’81), Liberty Center, Ohio at 82.

Sandra Schwartz (Bus ’82), Toledo at 55.

Deborah Heitkemper (UTCTC ’80), Loveland, Ohio at 59.


Edward Csizi (UTCTC ’93), Toledo at 54.

Rebecca Hayes (Univ Coll ’99), South Beloit, Ill. at 46.

Sue Clark (UTCTC ’94), Toledo at 66.

Marlene Coulter (UTCTC ’90), Toledo at 75.

Edmund Capas (MA ’92), Cleveland, Ohio at 64.

*Dianna Conley-Bloomfield (Univ Coll ’96), Maumee, Ohio at 52.

Natasha Haese (A/S ’98), Toledo at 43.


Visalakshi Gembala (Law ’05), Hudson, Ohio at 34.

Jennifer Randolph (Ed ’00), Fremont, Ohio at 44.

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Shel Glass (Pharm ’58) visited UT’s Main Campus when he returned to attend his 50th reunion in 2008. Glass was impressed with the Field House, which reminded him of the many times when he would avoid the bad weather by walking from Dowd Hall around to White, running past McKinnon and through the back door of the Field House, staying behind the grandstands and then through the steam tunnel to the second floor. He would then come out the opposite of the lecture hall and then walk up to the pharmacy department on the fourth floor!

Smith Doug Smith (Ed ’67, MA ’72) has been named interim vice president for institutional advancement at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, located in Terre Haute, Ind. Smith will oversee all fundraising and alumni relations activities for the institute.
Larry Rochelle (Ed ’62, Ed Spec ’80) released a new Palmer Morel Mystery, Outlaw, which focuses on President Obama’s opening of trade with Cuba. Anti-Castro forces and the CIA try to use Palmer Morel as a patsy in the attempt to stop Obama. Set in Miami and Orlando, the plot uses the Citrus Bowl Parade in Orlando as the scene for the final, explosive climax. Rochelle
Walt Churchill**Walt Churchill (Bus ’66) recently donated $500,000 to upgrade the running track at Perrysburg High School, located in Perrysburg, Ohio. The new track will be named the Walt Churchill Track. Churchill is very active in the Northwest Ohio community, owning two locations of Walt Churchill’s Market. Walt is an avid runner, including running the Boston Marathon 22 years in a row and running for the Marine Corps Reserve. He is also one of the founders of the Toledo Roadrunners Club, which started the Glass City Marathon in 1971. Churchill’s Half Marathon, named after Walt, is the second oldest race in Ohio and is one of the oldest half marathons in the country. This half marathon will have its 48th running this November.
Diane Terry (Ed ’72, MEd ’92) recently visited Genoa Elementary School, located in Genoa, Ohio. Terry attended Genoa schools as a child and taught at the schools as an adult. She was excited to return as a guest author and tell the children true-life tales about undersea creatures from her book, “Sweetlips.” Terry
John McGara (MBA ’75) is the new general manager of TECT Power in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. McGara will provide site leadership which includes all operating activity. TECT Power also has locations in Cleveland, Ohio, Thomasville, Ga., Utica, N.Y., and Wichita, Kan. McGara

Grant Aungst (Univ Coll ’89, MEd ’92) was named Brunswick, Ohio’s new director of community and economic development. One of his primary responsibilities will be to sell the city of Brunswick to new businesses.

Ann Buchele (Ed ’84, MEd ’89) is the new vice president of academic affairs and workforce development for Linn-Benton Community College, located in Albany, Ore. Buchele served for 12 years as a faculty member before moving into various administration roles.

Cathleen Nelson (MBA ’82) was selected as a new member for the Wood County, Ohio health board. Nelson is retired after serving as an administrator of Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center and president and CEO of United Health partnership, a network of 16 regional hospitals.

Mike Scott (Bus ’88) is now the city administrator of Rossford, Ohio. Scott was previously the mayor during his 23-year career with the city. Scott is a founder of the Wood County Port Authority, and helped bring the world headquarters of Owens-Illinois Inc. to the area.

Burmeister Chris Burmeister (UTCTC ’96) was recognized as the 2015 Sidney, Ohio Police Officer of the Year. Burmeister was hired by the city of Sidney as a part-time dispatcher in 1996 and was hired in 1998 as a full-time police officer for the city.
Jerry C. Stollings (Law ’99) was sworn in as the new juvenile court administrator for Williams County in Ohio. Stollings will lead the juvenile courts family intervention court process and reclaiming futures initiative. Stollings

James Bechtolt (Univ Coll ‘99) is currently a Detective Sergeant with the Miami University Police Department and he has just graduated from the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University. Miami University is located in Oxford, Ohio.

Chris Scheel (Univ Coll ’97) has been promoted to the position of general manager of Paccar Parts Australia. PACCAR is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of premium light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates.

Ted Haselman (Ed ’97) was appointed to the position of superintendent of the Pike-Delta-York school district. He served as the principal of Swanton Middle School for the past five years.

Angeline Lee (A/S ’98, MA ’10) is a new staff member in the economic development department of the city of Toledo.

Hall Breanne R. Hall (Bus ’04) is the coach of the first women’s golf program in Arden, N.C. The Cliffs Clubs, The Cliffs at Walnut Cove Community and the University of North Carolina at Asheville have teamed up to create the university’s first women’s golf program. The Cliffs at Walnut Cove, a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, will serve as a primary practice facility for the team.

Tom Dimit (Law ’04) and Theresa Carroll started a food truck serving handcrafted pies. The food truck, Tasteful Trolley, is based in Sylvania, Ohio, but they also take it to festivals and farmers markets.

Sari Cattoni (MHHS ’10) has been hired as a part of the SwimEx Inc. sales team. Cattoni will be teaching consumers about the advantages of owning a SwimEx and health benefits of aquatic fitness and therapy. She was a college-level swimmer, and has experience with athletic training and aquatic therapy. Cattoni
Faculty, staff & friends

Ryne Krock (current UT student) was named as president and chief executive officer of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corp. Krock will receive his bachelor’s degree in political science from UT in 2015.

Erin Swedish (current UT student in psychology) has accepted a post-doctoral fellowship position at Harvard’s Dana Garber Cancer Institute, located in Boston, Mass.

Chandrima Bhattacharya (current UT student in psychology) accepted a faculty position at Palm Beach Atlantic University, located in West Palm Beach, Fla. This is a tenure-track assistant professor position in cognitive psychology.

Meredith Claycomb (current UT student in psychology) recently published on her research on posttraumatic stress disorder and rumination. Her research paper was published in the journal, Plos One.

Monica Rohrabaugh (current UT student in psychology) recently received an award for her paper presentation at the American-Psychology and Law Society annual conference held in San Diego, Calif. She was competitively awarded the Outstanding Student Presentation in Novel-Topic Research award for her paper which focused on children’s memory for conversation.

Births and Marriages

Doug Giere (A/S ’08, Ed ’08) and Stephanie Ruhenkamp were married on May 22, 2015 in the St. Michael Catholic Church in Fort Loramie, Ohio. Stephanie is employed by Celina Insurance Group and Doug is employed by Versailles Exempted Village Schools.

athey Joshua Jeffrey Athey (Bus ’04) and Lisa Danielle Hix announced their engagement and upcoming marriage on August 15, 2015 in Troy, Ohio. Lisa teaches pre-kindergarten in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg N.C. school system and Joshua is a credit analyst at Wells Fargo Bank. The couple resides in Charlotte, N.C.

Lauren Jayne Maidon (Bus ’12) and Scott Andrew Goedde (Eng ’13) are planning a wedding at Christ the King Catholic Church in Nashville, Tenn. on September 19, 2015. Lauren is a certified public accountant and is employed as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP and Scott is an estimator for Drees Homes. The couples resides in Nashville, Tenn.

Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Dr. David Ager, Raleigh, N.C. at 62. He was a member of the UT faculty in the 1980s.

Robert F. Mitro, Toledo at 79. He volunteered with the Satellites Auxiliary from 2003 to 2010.

James A. Metzger, Perrysburg, Ohio at 83. He joined the MCO staff as a building operator in 1985 and retired in 1995.

Ronald D. Raitt, Toledo at 83. Raitt joined the College of Law as an assistant professor in 1966. He was promoted to associate professor in 1969 and a few years later to professor. He served as assistant dean and director of admissions programs in the College of Law. Raitt published articles on evidence and product liability law and was the co-author of “Evidence, Cases and Problems.” He received the University’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 1997 and law classes from 1990, 1993, 1995, and 1997 named him Outstanding Teacher in the College. He retired in 2002.

Thomas I. Webb Jr., Toledo at 66. He served on the MCO Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2005. He was a partner in the Toledo law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick.

**Betty Brockbrader, Toledo at 82.

*Randal Digby, Ida, Mich. at 58.


Dr. Fred Hartman (A/S ’37), Worthington, Ohio at 100.


Gloria Ziton (Bus ’48), Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Nathan Schwartz (Bus ’40), Toledo at 96.

Rev. Howard Barks (Ed ’43), at 95.

**Dr. George Spaulding (Bus ’42), Mount Pleasant, S.C. at 95.


Dr. Duane Hall (MA ’51), Temecula, Calif. at 67.

Dean Bolton (UTCTC ’51), Temperance, Mich. at 90.

*Dale Bolton (Eng ’50), Mount Penn, Pa. at 91.

*Edward Wilusz (MEd ’52), Toledo at 86.

Leland Monroe (Eng ’52), Chester, Conn. at 88.

Jack Dotson (Eng ’51), Yorba Linda, Calif. at 80.

*Edward Tucholski (Ed ’58), Rossford, Ohio at 82.


John Erhard (Ed ’69), at 68.

**W. Black (Bus ’60), Ashville, Ohio at 78.

*Thomas Belegrin (UTCTC ’65), Toledo at 73.

John Mermer (Bus ’60), Perrysburg, Ohio at 81.

**Walter Wollenbecker (Bus ’68), Astoria, Ore.

Walter Harrah (A/S ’62), Louisville, Ky. at 65.

Dr. Peter Reeme (Pharm ’65), Cincinnati, Ohio.


Stephanie McKnight (MA ’79), Benicia, Calif. at 58.

Eric Arendt (Eng ’79, MEng ’81), Maryville, Tenn. at 62.

Robert McBride (MS ’74), Brighton, Colo. at 61.

**David Emrick (Bus ’71), Perrysburg, Ohio at 68.

John May (A/S ’77), Toledo at 64.

Terri Weintraub (A/S ’72), Tierra Verde, Fla. at 64.

James Keller (A/S ’76), Toledo at 67.

David Dussel (A/S ’75), at 65.

Richard Clement (Ed ’71), Toledo at 68.

Sharon Strong Stolberg (Ed ’71), Little River, S.C. at 83.

Temora Barnes Harris (MEd ’77), Toledo at 90.

**Dr. Paul Wieber (PhD ’73), Silver Springs, Md. at 78.


Margaret Crouch (UTCTC ’87), Toledo at 85.

Mary Menendez (A/S ’88, MA ’90), Perrysburg, Ohio at 54.

Kenneth Bishop (Ed Spec ’80), Sarasota, Fla. at 79.

Marcia Krisher (MA ’80), Toledo at 68.


Mary Skeldon (Univ Coll ’95), Toledo at 63.


Dr. Abraham Traub (RES ’06), Longmeadow, Mass. at 55.

Visalakshi Veerappan (Law ’05), Hudson, Ohio at 34.

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Arthur LaVerne “Verne” Tiffany (Bus ’55), Paul Winslow (Ed ’55) and their family members met for lunch in Punta Gorda, Fla. in April. This was only the second time that Paul and Verne have had the opportunity to visit with each other since their graduation 60 years ago. Verne resides in Punta Gorda and Paul and his wife, who live in Detroit, happened to be passing through prior to leaving on a European cruise.


Thomas A. Rohr (Law ’68) was named a Top Lawyer in New York State in 2013. Rohr was ranked very high in legal ability and legal ethics in 2014 by Martindale-Hubbell. He also sits on the Monroe County Bar Association Professional Performance Committee in Rochester, N.Y.

**Diana (Dee) H. Talmage (MEd ’65) was honored as a recipient of the Dr. Alice Skeens Outstanding Woman Award, given at the 29th annual Outstanding Women’s Award Ceremony at UT. The award is for excellent service and dedication to the campus community. Talmage is a UT Women and Philanthropy member, UT Foundation Board of Directors member emeritus, UT Alumni Association past president and community volunteer. For her dedication to the University, she received the Blue T Award at Homecoming in 1996. Her community involvement includes serving on the Owens Community College Board of Trustees and Foundation Board of Directors, and she has been elected Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee Woman for Senate District 2 since 2002.


Dr. Steven Yarinsky (RES ’89) was named a Regional Top Doctor for 2014, recognizing him as one of the leading physicians in the Saratoga Springs, N.Y. area. This honor indicates that Yarinsky is a medical leader in the community and metropolitan areas surrounding Saratoga Springs.

LoVerme Dr. Paul LoVerme (RES ’85) has been elected to serve on the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities, Inc., board of directors. AAAASF provides accreditation to independent and/or office-based surgery centers that meet and maintain several strict standards of safety and care. LoVerme is a plastic surgeon in Verona, N.J.
Dr. Kenneth Urban (MA ’85) has been selected as the fourth president of West Shore Community College, located in Scottville, Mich. Urban

Denise Hasbrook (A/S ’81, Law ’84) was elected as chair of the board of trustees for Mercy Health – Toledo. Mercy serves the residents of 20 counties in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Hasbrook is a partner at Roetzel & Andress LPA, located in Toledo.

Dr. Patricia A. Relue (Eng ’88) was honored as a recipient of the Dr. Alice Skeens Outstanding Woman Award, given at the 29th annual Outstanding Women’s Award Ceremony at UT. The award is for excellent service and dedication to the campus community. Relue is a professor of bioengineering and director of the undergraduate program in bioengineering in the College of Engineering. She joined the faculty in 1993 and her research applies engineering first principles to solve problems involving biological systems. These include producing ethanol and multispectral imaging of skin for diagnosis of cancer.

Kay Jones Kenetta Kay Jones (Bus ’94) has been elected vice president of community relations for the Northwest Ohio Human Resource Association. Jones is currently the human resources manager for the Rudolph Libbe Group, headquartered in Walbridge, Ohio. Rudolph Libbe is one of the region’s largest contractors and employer of the region’s largest self-perform workforce.

Christopher Camut (Univ Coll ’93) joined Integra Business as their 13th president. Integra is a fiber-based, carrier-grade networking, communications and technology solutions provider, headquartered in Vancouver, Wash.

Dr. Michele Lambert (PhD ’99) is the new principal of St. Joseph’s Academy, located in Baton Rouge, La. St. Joseph’s Academy is an all-girls Catholic school, established in 1868. Lambert

The Hon. Albert E. Davies III (Law ’91) was sworn in as the Eastern County Division Court Judge in Belmont County, Ohio. Prior to assuming the bench, Davies had an extensive criminal defense practice which involved representation of individuals within the Belmont County court system.

Langley Tina Langley (MEd ’99) is the new head coach of the women’s basketball team at Rice University, located in Houston, Texas. Langley began her coaching career at UT as a graduate assistant, then became a recruiting coordinator. Toledo made three NCAA Tournament appearances during her tenure.

Matt Cleland (Bus ’95) joined the Metroparks of the Toledo Area as deputy director of administration. Cleland will be responsible for supervising the agency’s risk management, volunteer services, and financial operations and investments.

Dr. Judy Beck (MEd ’95, PhD ’97) is the new dean of the school of education at University of South Carolina Aiken. Beck has been on faculty at USC Aiken since 2003. Beck

Jonathan R. DeFosse (A/S ’99) joined the firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP as a partner in the intellectual property litigation practice. DeFosse works in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

Bain Janet Bain (Ed ’96) was named as the 2014-15 Teacher of the Year at Penta Career Center. Bain has been an instructor of Cosmetology at Penta since 1991.

Jenny Schaub (A/S ’97) was selected as the new program coordinator for Hancock Saves, an affiliate of America Saves, a national organization focused on helping individuals increase savings and manage debt. Schaub has been involved with Hancock Saves in Findlay, Ohio, since 2008 as part of the volunteer committee, providing advice, assistance and time with the programs offered.

Kim Cutcher (A/S ’99) is now the executive director of the Local Initiatives Support Corp. Located in Toledo, LISC is dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity-good places to work, do business and raise children. Cutcher

Marcus Beaumont (A/S ’96) is now a project manager at Vargo, a provider of material handling system integration, software and equipment solutions for major fulfillment and distribution operations. In his role he will manage software installation, oversee projects and maintain client relationships. Vargo is located in Hilliard, Ohio.

Dr. Michelle Grigore (MS ’92, PhD ’99) joined the staff of the Metroparks of the Toledo Area in March as the new director of programming. Grigore worked for the Metroparks from 1986-1999 and served for over 10 years as the director of parks and recreation for the City of Bowling Green, Ohio.

*Lt. Tressa Johnson (UTCTC ’90, Univ Coll ’98, HHS ’04) was honored as a recipient of the Dr. Alice Skeens Outstanding Woman Award, given at the 29th annual Outstanding Women’s Award Ceremony at UT. The award is for excellent service and dedication to the campus community. Johnson is a member of the UT Police Department and joined the staff in 1998. She started the Healthy Boundaries Program that promotes strong relationships among students, and she implemented the UT Police Department’s first domestic violence training program, providing resource materials for all officers.

Hefner Cory Hefner (Ed ’09) is the new varsity football coach at Cory-Rawson High School, located in Rawson, Ohio. Hefner was also hired as a high school math teacher teaching algebra I and II.
Dr. Allison Parkman (MED ’03) has been named medical director of FASTLane Urgent Care by Lane Regional Medical Center, located in Zachary, La. Parkman is a board-certified family medicine practitioner with more than seven years of urgent care and family medicine experience. Parkman
Gamble Rob Gamble (Bus ’04) has joined the real estate team at Bee Gee Realty, located in Van Wert, Ohio. Gamble is very active in the Van Wert community and enjoys spending time with his wife, Nicci, and their two children, Robbie and Jordyn.
Dr. Nicole (Fortier) O’Brien (MED ’02) is a physician in the division of critical care medicine and director of the global health certificate program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. O’Brien is the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. She plans to travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to study the epidemiology, treatment and outcome of pediatric traumatic brain injury. Nicole-O'Brien

Pam Dymond (NRSG ’07) recently joined the staff at the Sandusky Wellness Center, located in Sandusky, Ohio. Dymond also works part-time as a nurse practitioner in the emergency departments at Fulton County Medical Center and The University of Toledo Medical Center.

Beth Tischler (Law ’03, MBA ’03) was the featured speaker at the University of Rio Grande Honors Alumni Banquet in March 2015. Tischler has a degree from The University of Rio Grande, located in Ohio, and is currently the City of Maumee, Ohio, law director. As city law director she drafts city policy and procedure, assists with finance and budgetary issues and manages the entire law department for the Maumee.

Eric Benington Eric Benington (MBA ’11) has accepted the position of chief financial officer for the Rudolph Libbe Group. Rudolph Libbe, headquartered in Walbridge, Ohio, is one of the region’s largest contractors and employer of the region’s largest self-perform workforce.
Nathan Elias (VPA ’11) had his short film “The Chest” accepted into the 2015 Cannes International Film Festival, located in Cannes, France. Elias directed, co-wrote and co-starred in the film. The dramatic short is about three dysfunctional siblings battling over their father’s possessions after his death. The Cannes Film Festival is invitation-only and being accepted is one of the most prestigious honors for filmmakers. Elias
Faculty, staff & friends

Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich (current UT faculty) was honored as a recipient of the Dr. Alice Skeens Outstanding Woman Award, given at the 29th annual Outstanding Women’s Award Ceremony at UT. The award is for excellent service and dedication to the campus community. Bryant-Friedrich is an associate professor of medicinal and biological chemistry and director of international pharmaceutical sciences graduate student recruitment and retention in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She is a strong advocate for women in science.

Dr. Celia Regimbal (current UT faculty) was honored as a recipient of the Dr. Alice Skeens Outstanding Woman Award, given at the 29th annual Outstanding Women’s Award Ceremony at UT. The award is for excellent service and dedication to the campus community. Regimbal joined the UT faculty in 1986 and serves as chair of the Faculty Senate Committee on Academic Regulations and is the UT Faculty Athletic Representative for the NCAA.

Births and Marriages
Sima Albert J. Sima Jr. (Univ Coll ’96) and Rebecca L. Janka announced their engagement and are planning to marry on July 11, 2015.
Natalie Bauer (Bus ’12) and James Dubbert are now engaged and they are planning a wedding for September 26, 2015. Bauer
Spitler *Noelle Spitler (NRSG ’14) and Robert Isphording announced their engagement and will wed on July 25, 2015.
Frederick L. Cooper IV (A/S ’07) and Glenda Judith Vasquez were married on April 18, 2015 at the Chapel Springs Assembly of God in Bristow, Va. Cooper
Garrett Shaundra Janelle Garrett (HHS ’06, OTD ’09) and Oscar Earl Blair Jr. are engaged and plan to wed on April 2, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio.
John Dennis Thobe (Eng ’11) and Carla Ann Meyer were married on May 30, 3015 in the St. Michael Catholic Church in Fort Loramie, Ohio. Thobe

David E. Long (NSM ’13) and Angela Katterheinrich were joined in marriage on May 23, 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, located in St. Marys, Ohio.

Allison Kantner (MEd ’09) and Sean Blomquist were married on April 12, 2014 at Christ the King Roman Catholic Church in Toledo.

Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Earl W. Apgar, College Station, Texas at 71. Apgar was a former Toledo Public Schools administrator and taught some UT education classes.

Dr. Evelyn F. Baugh, Toledo at 89. She was affiliated with MCO Pediatrics for 21 years. Baugh joined the college of medicine as a clinical associate in pediatrics in 1975. In 1977, she joined the faculty as an instructor and was named an assistant professor in 1980 and an associate professor in 1992. She retired in 1996.

*Dr. John M. Croci (A/S ’69, MED ’72), Key West, Fla. at 68. Croci became a volunteer clinical associate in family medicine in 1975 and was a volunteer clinical associate professor of family medicine from 1978-2009.

Barbara Ann (Hirschle) Karst, Port Clinton, Ohio, and Bonita Springs, Fla. at 77. She was a member of the Satellites Auxiliary and served as its president in 1977. She coordinated the organization’s second cookbook and was the chair of Escapades International IV in 1976.

Dr. Michael J. Magura, Toledo at 71. He joined the faculty in the Department of Economics as an assistant professor in 1969, was named associate professor in 1977 and professor in 1987. Magura served as chair of the department and on the Faculty Senate and the Arts and Sciences Council. In 1992, he was named a Master Teacher. Magura conducted economic forecasting for cities, including Toledo. He retired in 1999 and was named professor emeritus.

Jayna L. Minnich, Toledo at 46. She was a volunteer with the Satellites Auxiliary since 2004.

Joycelyn “Joy” Harrison, Toledo at 68. She started working as a temp as a secretary from 1989-1990 when she was hired as a secretary in Infection Control. In 1992, she moved to Quality Assessment, and she was a secretary in Pediatrics when she retired in 2010.

**Dr. Mary A. Lenkay (RES ’72), Toledo at 93. She joined the faculty at MCO as a clinical instructor of psychiatry after she completed her residency. She was named assistant professor of psychiatry and in 1984, she became a clinical assistant professor and clinical associate professor three years later. In 1994, Lenkay was designated clinical associate professor emerita.

Barbara Wetzel, Toledo at 67. She joined the staff as a custodial worker in 1983 and became a clerk 2 in 1995.

*Dora Schiller (att. 1950), Farmington, Mich.

*Charles Koch (att. 1973), Toledo at 92.


**Beverly Girkins (A/S ’37), Naperville, Ill.


James Geiger (Ed ’48), New Port Richey, Fla. at 95.

James Gilger (Bus ’47), Tavares, Fla. at 92.


Craig Bruns (Bus ’53), Toledo at 84.

Norman Bercher (A/S ’50), at 58.

Herbert Amamoto (Eng ’51), Bethel Park, Pa. at 85.

Mary Maag (A/S ’52), Columbus, Ohio at 86.

*William Shull (Bus ’56), Toledo at 83.


**Rose McDaniel (Ed ’64, MEd ’71, Ed Spec ’75), Toledo at 86. She was a past member of the Alumni Association Board of Trustees.

Terence Lehaney (Eng ’66), Holland, Ohio at 73.

Judith Kauser (Ed ’64), Sarasota, Fla. at 73.

Siegfried Pelwecki (A/S ’68, MEd ’81), Lambertville, Mich. at 73.


Dr. John Moorhead (MED ’72), Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. at 69.

Thomas Aubry (UTCTC ’77), Perrysburg, Ohio at 67.

Gary Koester (Ed ’70), Toledo at 68.

Richard Bartkiewicz (Eng ’73), Temperance, Mich. at 79.

Thomas Friend (UTCTC ’74), Toledo at 70.

F. Bercher (Bus ’75, MBA ’80), Toledo at 62.

Walter Hoff (Law ’76), Columbus, Ohio at 67.

Valerie Mikluscak (A/S ’75), Cleveland, Ohio at 62.


Dr. Jerome Hightower (RES ’87), Youngstown, Ohio at 61.

Amy Brehm (MBA ’89), Whitmore Lake, Mich. at 48.

**Dr. William Steers (MED ’80), Charlottesville, Va. at 60. He was named the College of Medicine and Life Sciences Distinguished Graduate for 2013.

Gary George (Bus ’86, MBA ’95), Toledo at 62.

Sara Cottle (Univ Coll ’81), Toledo at 56.

Daniel B. Gerogosian (Bus ’82), Vandalia, Ohio at 53.


Michael Moore (LLSS ’12), Swanton, Ohio at 34.

*Annual Alumni Association Member
**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

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Day Dr. Michael Day (MED ’72) wrote a book about his career as a doctor in Lafayette, Ind. His 30-chapter book, “Lessons My Patients Taught Me,” contains many anecdotes about his patients. All proceeds from the book are going to charities and medical organizations.

Dennis J. “Denny” Addis (Bus ’75) has announced his plans to retire in May 2015 from The Andersons Grain Group from his role of president. Addis had a 43-year career with The Andersons, beginning 1971 bagging fertilizer and loading trucks as a part-time employee while a student at UT.

**Ed Ciecka (MA ’73) is stepping down from his position as the Rossford, Ohio city administrator to join his wife in retirement. Ciecka worked for 31 years with Lucas County, where he was the county administrator. He held the position of city administrator in Rossford for 11 years and will remain in the Toledo area to enjoy retirement.

Hal Gregory (Ed ’89) was appointed as Superintendent of Oregon City Schools, located in Oregon, Ohio. Gregory has been with the district for 12 years and has been assistant superintendent since 2008. Gregory
Mack Jonathan Mack (Law ’83) has been selected by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel for its “Nation’s Top Attorneys” recognition. Mack is the vice chairman of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Council of Trustees and executive committee member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors.
Teresa Ghazoul (MED ’85) joined Avita Health System as a medical specialist in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery. Her office is located in Ontario, Ohio. Ghazoul
Dixon Amy L. Dixon (A/S ’80) published a non-fiction book, “A Hole in the Fence: Getting to the Other Side of Divorce.” The book is about hope and healing after a divorce.
Steve Rhodes (Bus ’85, MBA ’91) has been re-elected as president and chairman of The Touchstone Energy Board of Directors. Touchstone Energy is a national brand associated with nearly 800 electric cooperatives located across the U.S. Rhodes has served on the board since 2010. 2015 Steve Rhodes
Snyder Dr. Timothy Law Snyder (A/S ’81, A/S ’81, MS ’83) was named as Loyola Marymount University’s 16th president. Loyola, located in Los Angeles, Calif., is a private university with 9,400 students. Snyder was vice president for academic affairs at Loyola University Maryland from 2007-2014. He was awarded by the UT College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics as their Outstanding Alum of the Year at Homecoming in 2014.

Celia Williamson (UTCTC ’83, A/S 88) received the Jefferson Award, which honors individuals for community and public service. Williamson was selected from a list of 53 nominees and 15 finalists for her efforts as a social worker to fight human trafficking. She founded the Second Chance Program in 1993 and also secured federal funding to create the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition. UT created the Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute to help educate people across the nation about what she calls modern-day slavery.

Patricia R. Richards (A/S ’83) was elected by her colleagues as the new chair of the board of directors for the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP). Richards is the president and CEO of SelectHealth, located in Salt Lake City, Utah. SelectHealth is a part of one of the nation’s top-ranked integrated health systems, ensuring high-quality healthcare at the lowest possible cost for the community.

Ford Weber (A/S ’83, Law ’87) was hired as director of economic development for the city of Dayton, Ohio. Weber will be responsible for planning, organizing and implementing strategies to build Dayton’s economic base. He will seek to retain businesses in Dayton and attract new investment.

Annette P. Sabo Johnson (Ed ’88) was elected to the Eastern Michigan University (EMU) Foundation board of trustees in February 2015. The EMU Foundation operates with the sole mission and purpose of providing additional financial support to students, programs and services on behalf of the University.

Dr. James T. Harris III (Ed ’80) was selected as The University of San Diego’s fourth president since the 1972 merger of the San Diego College for Women and the University of San Diego College for Men and School of Law. The University has over 6,300 students on four campuses in two states and is recognized as one of the nation’s top universities for civic engagement.

Pradeep Saha (Eng ’88, MBA ’91) is the new president and CEO of Horsburgh & Scott, located in Cleveland, Ohio. The company employs about 200 people and is a custom gear and gearbox manufacturer.

*Patricia A. Wise (Law ’85) is a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace. The Select Task Force will examine the problem of workplace harassment in all of its forms and look for ways by which it might be prevented and addressed. Wise is one of 16 Task Force members from around the country. She is a partner at Niehaus, Wise & Kalas, located in Toledo, Ohio Wise
Christner Dr. Jennifer Christner (MED ’95) has been named dean of the school of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, located in Houston, Texas.
**Steven Cavanaugh (Bus ’92) is the 2015 recipient of the Business Pacemaker Award from the UT College of Business and Innovation and the Business Engagement and Leadership Council. The Pacemaker Award recognizes an individual for outstanding achievement in business as well as contributions to the community and the University. Cavanaugh is executive vice president and chief operating officer of Toledo-based HCR ManorCare Inc., a healthcare services company with yearly 60,000 employees. He also received the James K. Larson Distinguished Achievement Award from UT’s Jesup Scott Honors College at Homecoming 2013. cavanaugh_steven
Kelly Phillips Kelly Phillips (NRSG ’93, PhD ’06) received an Honorable Mention from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL). A CNL is a fast-emerging nursing role developed by the AACN in collaboration with leaders from education and practice to improve the quality of patient care and better prepare nurses to thrive in today’s healthcare system in any setting. Phillips is the program director for the MSN Graduate Entry Clinical Nurse Leader program at the UT College of Nursing.
Sarah Prout (Law ’98) was hired as the executive director of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology. She brings nearly 20 years of advocacy and leadership experience to the position. The Michigan Council of Women in Technology is focused on growing the number of women in the technology fields and making Michigan the top state for women in technology. It supports Michigan’s female IT workforce, students, and corporate partners and provides programs and funds to help educate and engage young female students in IT. Prout

John Stipancich (Bus ’90) was appointed as executive vice president and chief financial officer at Newell Rubbermaid, located in Atlanta, Ga. As chief financial officer, he will be responsible for external reporting, financial planning and analysis, treasury, internal audit, risk management, information technology and investor relations. Newell Rubbermaid is a global marketer of consumer and commercial products, such as Sharpie, Paper Mate, Calphalon and Rubbermaid.

Chad Yoakam (Ed ’94, Ed ’94, MHHS ’00) is the new clinic director for the Manhattan office location of Excel Physical Therapy. Yoakam specializes in the rehabilitation of lower extremity dysfunction including complex foot and ankle problems.

Phil Kortokrax (MBA ’93) has been promoted to the position of vice president of North American tire operations of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company. In this role, he will be responsible for the strategic leadership and growth of all Cooper operations in the U.S. and Canada. Cooper Tire & Rubber is the parent company of a global family of companies that specialize in the design, manufacture, marketing and sale of passenger car and light truck tires. They are headquartered in Findlay, Ohio.

*Gino Torio (Eng ’98, MEng ’06) joined Parker Hannifin in the hybrid drive division, located in Columbus, Ohio. Torio will serve as the division program manager and will be responsible for new product introduction projects and product portfolio management. Parker Hannifin, headquartered in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, specializes in motion and control technologies, including aerospace, climate control and fluid and gas handling.

Rivera Dr. Lonny J. Rivera (MEd ’00, PhD ’09) took a position as the associate superintendent for the Ohio Department of Education. Formerly Rivera was the superintendent at Oregon City Schools, located in Oregon, Ohio.
Erika Beckman (MEd ’06) has been selected as principal of Erie Huron Ottawa Vocational Education (EHOVE) Career Center, a leading career tech school in Milan, Ohio, for the 2015-2016 school year. Beckman served as an assistant director at EHOVE since 2010. Beckman
Shatnawi Dr. Aymen Shatnawi (PhD ’07) has joined the University of Charleston in the School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutical and Administrative Sciences as an assistant professor.
Dr. Paul Hong (PhD ’00), the professor of operations management in the UT College of Business and Innovation, wrote “Building Network Capabilities in Turbulent Competitive Environments: Business Success Stories from the BRICs.” The book presents strategies for recognizing the challenges and optimizing the opportunities for building network capabilities and competitive advantage with the context of the emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC). PaulHong

Alex J. Adams (Pharm ’07, PharmD ’09) was selected by the Pharmacy Leadership & Education Institute and the Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society as the recipient of the 2015 Albert B. Prescott Pharmacy Leadership Award. This award is presented to a young pharmacist no more than 10 years into his or her career who has demonstrated exemplary leadership accomplishments.

Martha Champa (MEd ’00) was the February 2015 teacher of the month, awarded by Toledo newspaper, The Blade. Champa works in the Washington Local school district with the gifted population.

Matt Smith (Ed ’06) is the men’s varsity basketball coach at Swanton High School, located in Swanton, Ohio. Smith currently serves as the dean of students at the Swanton Middle School.

Mellon Sarah Mellon (MEd ’10) recently joined Michigan State University, located in Lansing, Mich., to serve as the veteran resource representative for the university’s Veterans Resource Center. In this role, she will assist service members, veterans, their spouses and dependents with information and resources necessary to meet their academic, professional and personal goals.
Dr. Greg Guzman (PhD ’14) was appointed as Northwest Ohio’s representative on the Ohio Commission on Hispanic-Latino Affairs. Guzman is the executive director of Central City Ministry for the Toledo Catholic Diocese. He oversees Queen of Apostles and Rosary Cathedral, both K-8 elementary schools. Guzman
Faculty, staff & friends

Ciara Metzoian, Steuart Besley, Julia Brookover, Megan Cunningham and Mackenzie Shiflett (current UT students in psychology) are all members of the UT Psychology Honor’s Society, Psi Chi, and presented at the annual conference of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago, Ill. Their presented research is on how individuals’ personal theories about weight and feelings of weight stigma influence self-perceptions and cognitive attention.

Jacob Fox (current UT student in psychology) was awarded the Psi Chi Regional Research Award. This award was given for his research project “Does Choosing Help Everyone?: Examining the Relationships Between Choice, Self-Construal, and Pain.”

Dr. Kamala London (current UT faculty) recently had an article accepted in the journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology. The article is entitled “Development Trends in False Memory Across Adolescence and Young Adulthood: A Comparison of DRM and Memory Conformity Paradigms.”

Jill Brown and Heather Haught (current UT doctoral students in psychology) had a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Behavioral Decision-Making. Heather recently took a research position to work at North Carolina Department of Commerce, located at Raleigh, N.C.

Erin Vogel (current UT doctoral student in psychology) won two awards at the Midwest Graduate Research Symposium held on UT’s campus in March. She won the Top Women in STEM award from the Association of Women in Science as well as second place for an oral presentation award.

Births and Marriages
Kundmueller Nicholas Kundmueller (Eng ’05) and Amy Kundmueller (HHS ’05) are elated to announce the birth of their second child, Lorelai Grace Kundmueller, on June 10, 2014. She joins her big brother Clayton to make a family of four.
Matthew R. Clausing (Bus ’06) and Jennifer L. Clausing (HHS ’06, OTD ’09) celebrated the birth of their first child, Nolan Robert Clausing, on December 23, 2014. Nolan
Rohrs Deborah C. Rohrs (Law ’09) and Jeremiah G. Frank were joined in marriage on April 11, 2015 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Defiance, Ohio.
Evan Michael Wolf (Bus ’08) and Brooke Michelle Higdon (CALL ’11) announced their engagement and are currently planning a wedding for August 22, 2015. HigdonWolf
Lyczkowski Ryan Beat (Eng ’02) and Emily Lyczkowski (Bus ’13) are engaged and will wed on August 8, 2015 at Nazareth Hall, located in Grand Rapids, Ohio. Emily is a human resource specialist at UT and Ryan is an electrical engineer at SSOE.
Craig Ewing Soller (Bus ’08, MBA ’09) and Ashley Lin Feher exchanged vows on July 26, 2014 at St. Petri’s Lutheran Church in Toledo. Craig is employed as a financial analyst for Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and Ashley is employed as a nurse at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, also located in Columbus. Stoller
Shields Kristi Shields (A/S ’06) and Dave Mehrman were married on October 18, 2014 at Lacuna Artist Lofts in Chicago, Ill. The couple honeymooned in Thailand and resides in Chicago, Ill.
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Daniel G. Sundberg, Sylvania, Ohio at 60. He was an instructor in the Department of Mathematics since 2004.

Lowell I. Hinkle, Perrysburg, Ohio at 78. He was a former UT instructor.

Dr. Clayton L. Ziegler (Eng ’52, MBA ’67), Waterville, Ohio at 90. Ziegler became a lecturer of mathematics in 1961 and in 1965 became an instructor in engineering technology in the Community and Technical College. He also served as chair of the Engineering Technology Department from 1975-1977 and from 1980-1984. While at UT, he helped develop the bachelor of engineering technology two-plus-two program. He also established four two-year programs: industrial engineering technology in 1969, climate control technology in 1975, plastics engineering technology in 1984 and quality engineering technology in 1987. Ziegler was granted emeritus status in 1987 and continued to teach one term a year until 1996.

Dr. James L. Bailey, Garfield Heights, Ohio at 84. He joined the UT faculty as an associate professor in 1963 and was named a professor 10 years later. In 1968, Bailey and two engineering faculty members were selected by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission to conduct research on the effects of earthquakes near nuclear plants. While at UT, he also taught graduate courses at NASA in Cleveland, Ohio. Bailey retired in 1987 and was granted emeritus status and continued to teach one term a year until 1995.

Jeffrey A. Huffman (A/S ’89), Copley, Ohio at 48. As a student he wrote for The Collegian and after graduation he joined the UT staff as an assistant director in the Sports Information Office. In 1995, Huffman moved to the Alumni Relations Office, where he served as assistant director of the annual fund, associate director of alumni relations and director of alumni programming.

Dr. Robert D. Matz, Toledo at 68. He was an assistant professor of educational psychology during the mid-1970s.

Joanne P. Roehrs, Toledo at 82. She was a member of the Satellites Auxiliary who volunteered at the hospital.

John M. “Jack” Ford (Law ’75, MA ’78), Toledo at 67. He was a longtime politician and was Toledo’s first black mayor and a former Democratic leader in the Ohio House of Representatives. He was president of city council for 21 years, and he served as mayor from 2002-2005.

Carole J. Napolski, Toledo at 80. She was hired in 1978 and in 1987 was named assistant manager in the Business Office. One year later, she was named assistant manager of special projects. In 1991, Napolski became special assignments coordinator and left the institution in 1992.

Mary F. Spencer, Toledo at 83. She worked at UT for more than two decades. Spencer was hired as a clerk typist in the Physical Education Department in 1969. Two years later, she was named secretary in the department, where she retired from as secretary II in 1992.

Cheryl A. Wesolowski, Mesa, Ariz. at 59. She was a nurse at MCO from 1976 to 1983.


Phyllis Siskind (A/S ’41, MEd ’59), Toledo at 81.

Jean Wagener (Ed ’49), Naples, Fla. at 88.

Virginia Blakesley (Ed ’42), West Tisbury, Mass. at 94.

Dr. Leo English (A/S ’40), San Jose, Calif. at 96.


**William Hundley (Bus ’53), Ponte Vedra, Fla. at 88.

**Robert Rejent (Eng ’52), Toledo at 86.

Bernard Johnson (Pharm ’50), Marco Island, Fla. at 87.

**Richard Cox (Bus ’53), Whitehouse, Ohio at 84.

Loann Kent (Ed ’58), Naples, Fla. at 80.

Joan Wiley (Bus ’53), Perrysburg, Ohio at 84.


Sandra Meyers (Ed ’64), Yorba Linda, Calif. at 73.

Roger Trudel (A/S ’62), Toledo at 75.

Jacqueline Kirkendall (Ed ’68, MEd ’78), Sylvania, Ohio at 71.

Christopher Hill (UTCTC ’68, Univ Coll ’79), Ida, Mich. at 68.


**Dr. Mary Lenkay (RES ’72), Toledo at 94.

Jane Hillebrand (Law ’79), Livermore, Calif. at 58.

John Kalisz (UTCTC ’76), Holland, Ohio at 74.

Richard Oehlers (UTCTC ’75), Hamilton, Ind. at 77.

Charles Feilhardt (Univ Coll ’75), Toledo at 63.

Kenneth Crots (Bus ’70), Riga, Mich. at 67.

Bonnie Swan (UTCTC ’76), Holland, Ohio at 62.

Gary Osburn (UTCTC ’76), Toledo at 79.


Anne Hasenauer Getz (UTCTC ’87), Toledo at 49.

The Hon. Thomas Bunch (Law ’80), Chillicothe, Ohio at 66.

Linda Castro (UTCTC ’86, A/S ’91), Toledo at 57.

*Mary Spencer (A/S ’87), Toledo at 84.

Rose Lonsway (Univ Coll ’84), Tiffin, Ohio at 71.

Robert Losey (Law ’84), Huntington, W.Va. at 63.

Mark Macksey (Bus ’87), Toledo at 54.


Michael Corey (Bus ’91), Perrysburg, Ohio at 48.

Brian Ueberroth (Ed ’98), Swanton, Ohio at 42.

*James Terry (Ed ’90), Perrysburg, Ohio at 51.

Ellenie Ash-Godwin (Ed ’97), Toledo at 66.

Lori Kohler (Ed ’93), Toledo at 46.


Kristine Grooms (HHS ’01), Toledo at 38.

*Annual Alumni Association Member
**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

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