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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.
||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.
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.).
||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.
||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.
**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.
||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.
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.
||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.
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.
||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.
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.
||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.
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.
||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.
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.
||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.
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.
||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.
||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.
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.
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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