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Nancy Beach Forderer (Ed ’62, MEd ’89) recently had her book published by The Critical Thinking Company. Her book, “Vocabulary Virtuoso: Mastering Middle School Vocabulary,” was illustrated by one of her students.

John Richard (Dick) Wilson (Ed ’61, MEd ’66, Ed Spec ’74) was inducted posthumously to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum, located in Stillwater, Okla. Wilson was a three-time NCAA Championship runner-up and a three-time All-American for UT from 1959-61. He was the head wrestling coach at UT in 1967, and coached the Rockets from 1967-1974. His 1969 team won the MAC championship; three other teams were runners-up, and another finished third. Dick Wilson Full Body

**Bob Grant (A/S ’68) is currently serving his third term as President of the Board of Directors for Community Head Start Program of Morris County, N.J., a volunteer position. Head Start is celebrating its 50th anniversary as the premiere pre-school program for children from families with incomes below the federal poverty line.


**Nancy Lapp (Ed ’74, MEd ’77) was recently elected as a Trustee on the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, Library Legacy Foundation Board of Directors.

Gulas John Gulas (Law ’83) was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) and President/CEO of Trinity Capital Corporation (TCC). He was also appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of LANB and TCC. Gulas is also listed on the annual list of top CEOs by Albuquerque Business First.

Christopher Kelly (A/S ’81) was named planned giving product specialist at PNC Institutional Asset Management Group in Ann Arbor, Mich. Kelly is a member of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, the Michigan Council of Foundations, and sits on the Boards of the Northville Community Foundation and the Planned Giving Roundtable of Southeast Michigan.

Dr. Jan Kneeland (MED ’96) has joined the new family medicine practice in the Medical Office Building at Pelham Medical Center, located in Greer, S.C. kneeland

Dr. Quehuong Pham (A/S ’90, A/S ’91, MED ’95) has joined KentuckyOne Health Surgical Associates at Saint Joseph in London, Kentucky as a general surgeon.

Miller J. Douglas Miller (Eng ’90, Law ’99) a founding member of the intellectual property law firm of Fraser Clemens Martin & Miller, LLC, was appointed by the Wood County Commissioners to the Board of Trustees for the Northwestern Water & Sewer District. Miller is currently vice president of the Wood County Economic Development Commission, president of the Bulldog Foundation, Chair of the International Service Committee of the Rotary Club of Toledo, a member of the Board of Directors for Imagination Station, and a member of the Advisory Committee for LaunchPad Incubation at The University of Toledo.

Ben Tombaugh (Bus ’92) was inducted to the Sylvania Schools athletic hall of fame. Tombaugh graduated from Sylvania Northview High School, located in Sylvania, Ohio. He earned a total of seven varsity letters and was named the Great Lakes League co-offensive player of the year twice. He still holds the record for the longest run from scrimmage in University of Toledo history at 95 yards.

*Philip S. Heebsh (Ed ’98, Law ’02) is now a partner in the law firm of Roetzel & Andress LPA, located in Toledo, Ohio. Heebsh joins the firm’s employment services group. Heebsh 2015
Jennifer Grieco Jennifer Grieco (A/S ’93, Law ’97), a partner at Neuman Anderson, P.C., a Michigan based business law firm specializing in complex commercial litigation, was sworn in as secretary for the State Bar of Michigan for the 2015-2016 year. She concentrates her practice in the areas of complex commercial litigation, professional malpractice and coverage disputes.
Jaclyn Dight (A/S ’03, HSHS ’05) was inducted to the Ohio Northern University (ONU) Athletic Hall of Fame. To be inducted, one must have made contributions to the field of athletics through their athletic performance at the university or meritorious efforts made on behalf of athletics. Dight was a member of the track and field team at ONU. Dight

Dr. Robb Wiegand (MED ’03) is the new emergency department chief at the Dayton VA, located in Dayton, Ohio.

munsch Jason Munsch (Ed ’03, MS ’06) was named the head coach of the Florida Tech track and field team, located in Tampa, Fla.

Candi Wolbert (Bus ’02) has been appointed to serve as the Eastern Region Chair of the Safety and Security Council of the National Tank Truck Carriers Association. The eastern region encompasses 12 eastern U.S. states from the east coast to Ohio.

Matthew C. Spaulding (Law ’12) joined the Toledo office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP as a staff attorney and is practicing in the firm’s litigation practice group. Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is a full service law firm with more than 240 attorneys practicing in Toledo, Columbus, Ohio, Tampa and Sarasota, Fla. and Charlotte, N.C. Spaulding_Matthew_300dpi

Dr. Aqeel Ahmad (RES ’10) has joined the Essentia Health 32nd Avenue Clinic in Fargo, N.D. as a nephrologist.

burcher Dr. Theresa Burcher (MED ’11, MPH ’11) joined the obstetrician/gynecologist practice of Crozer-Keystone Women’s Health at Silverside, in Wilmington, Del.
Births and Marriages

Sarah (Heydinger) Blakeley (A/S ’04) and Matt Blakeley (Eng ’05) welcomed a baby girl, Ellena, to their family in September 2014. She joins big sisters Charlotte and Stella.

Rebecca Catherine Swierz (Pharm ’11, PharmD ’13) and Steven Joseph Margevicius (Pharm ’11, PharmD ’13) exchanged vows on August 22, 2014 at St. James Catholic Church in Lakewood, Ohio. Rebecca is a pharmacy clinical specialist at Southwest General in Middleburg Heights, Ohio and Matt is a pharmacist and anticoagulation supervisor at Veterans Affairs in Cleveland, Ohio. SwierzMargevicius

Erin Shaffer (Pharm ’14) and Aaron Copi (Eng ’14) were joined in marriage on September 5, 2014 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, their reception was held at LaRoy’s Hall in LaSalle, Mich. Shaffer is employed by Rite Aid Pharmacy and Aaron is employed by Matrix Technologies in Maumee, Ohio.

Lopez Aaron Lopez (MEd ’08) and Shaun Murphy were married in Hillsboro, Wis. on September 26, 2015. Aaron currently works at the Chamber Main Street and the Driftless Café in Viroqua, Wis., and Shaun currently works on the couple’s organic farm and as a transportation planner for Toole Design Group, based out of Minneapolis.
Craig Matthew Dapore (Eng ’11) and Amanda Lynn Subler exchanged vows on November 21, 2015 in St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Fort Loramie, Ohio. Craig is employed by Nidec-Minster Corp. in Minster, Ohio and Amanda is employed by Brilliant Beginnings Learning Center in Versailles, Ohio as a preschool teacher. DaPore
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Edward C. Dixon, age 77, a stationary engineer at MCO from 1980 to 1999.

Ruby I. Murray, age 78, a volunteer with the Satellites Auxiliary.

Rolland D. “Rollie” Jakubowski, age 82, an internal auditor at MCO who retired in 1995.

Santiago “Jim” Flores, age 89, a custodian at MCO from 1978 until his retirement in 1991.

Dr. George P. Guthrie, age 86, joined the UT faculty in 1961 and served as chair of the Philosophy Department from 1975 to 1982. Guthrie was granted emeritus status when he retired in 1988.

Jennifer Rockwood (A/S ’78), age 64, worked at UT for nearly three decades. In 1985, she joined the faculty of the Department of Theatre and Film. She was named director of UT’s First-Year Experience Program in 2003. After 10 years in that role, she returned to teaching as a senior lecturer and retired in 2014. She directed numerous productions for the University stage. Rockwood also directed shows for the Toledo Repertoire Theatre and the Village Players Theatre. In 2013, she received the University’s Edith Rathbun Award for Outreach and Engagement for her contribution to theatre and the arts in northwest Ohio.

Nina O. Close, age 93, a former secretary at UT.

Debra D. Hecklinger, at 65, was a former senior accountant at MCO for 18 years until her retirement in 1999.

Martha Burks McCoy, at 95, a janitor at UT for 16 years until her retirement in 1997.

*Betty Wittenberg, Toledo at 91.


**Arthur Cross (Bus ’39), Sylvania, Ohio at 98. A letterman in track, Cross was a past member of the Alumni Association and what is now the UT Foundation board of trustees.


**Sylvia Thal (A/S ’44), Madison, Wis. at 94.


Russell Kinter (Bus ’51), Adrian, Mich. at 86.

Theodore Rohweder (Eng ’56), Littleton, Colo. at 85.

Dominic Bruno (A/S ’55, Law ’64), Sylvania, Ohio at 82.

Russell Rice (Eng ’52), Toledo at 91.

Edward Daunhauer (Bus ’51), Toledo at 88.

John Scarlett (Eng ’50), Toledo at 90.

Marjorie Shedd (A/S ’50), Bloomington, Ind. at 87.

**E. Jermann (Law ’56), Sylvania, Ohio at 91.


Jane Kinney (Ed ’66), at 86.

Doris Gannon (MEd ’67), Pinehurst, N.C. at 88.

**Geneva Ramsuer (A/S ’66), Toledo at 101.

Paul McCrory (Law ’64), Toledo at 81.

John Robinson (Ed ’64, MEd ’68), Corvallis, Ohio at 79.

Kenneth Kujawa (A/S ’68, Law 71), Sylvania, Ohio at 68.

Delores Heath (Ed ’63, MEd ’75, Ed Spec ’81), Sylvania, Ohio at 84.

James Siewert (MEd ’69), Findlay, Ohio at 81.

Albert Baumgartner (att. 1964), Toledo at 76.

Paula Pushka (MBA ’66, Eng ’73), Lakewood, Colo. at 65.

**Jay Gilchrist (Ed ’61, MEd ’65), Toledo at 78.


Carol Downs (Bus ’74), at 63.

James Wilson (Ed ’75), Freedom, Pa. at 64.

Gussie Hawthorne (UTCTC ’71, Ed ’81), Toledo at 78.

Waldron Fowler (att. 1973), Toledo at 84.

Ronald Goodman (Law ’79), Toledo at 71.

Nandor Darvas (Eng ’76, MBA ’81), Sylvania, Ohio at 67.

**Eloise Chantoff (Ed ’71, MEd ’76), Toledo at 88.

Richard Hyer (Law ’72), Forked River, N.J. at 69.

Louis Schira (MEd ’71), Montpelier, Ohio at 88.

Jerome Operacz (Eng ’70, MBA ’84), Temperance, Mich. at 69.

Marcia Gurecky (UTCTC ’78, Univ Coll ’80, Law ’86), Lima, Ohio at 59.

George Bowers (Bus ’70), Johns Island, S.C. at 74.


Dr. John Webster (Law ’81), Maumee, Ohio at 82.

Leroy Crummer (Eng ’86), Toledo at 74.

Joyce Gueldenzoph (Ed ’83, MEd ’97), Toledo at 73.

Jeffrey Warnicke (MEd ’73), Port Clinton, Ohio at 73.

**Amy Litten (AS ’87), Avon, Ohio at 51.

**William Fahrenbruck (MA ’88, MA ’91), Tiffin, Ohio at 99.

Sue Kerekgyarto (UTCTC ’84), Chicago, Ill. at 53.

*Cindy Wright (Nurs ’82), Cornelius, N.C. at 56.

Julie Forrester (A/S ’80, MEd ’88), Monroe, Mich. at 59.


Anne Zahradnik (A/S ’91), Toledo at 67.

Anna Colnar (Ed ’92), Maumee, Ohio at 59.

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William F. Hayes (Law ’70, 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.

John Langenderfer (Bus ’85, MBA ’90) was named Huntington Bank’s director of healthcare sales and origination. Langenderfer will work to develop Huntington’s commercial banking relationships with senior living and long-term care facilities, home healthcare, hospitals, medical and dental groups, medical device manufacturers, specialty pharmaceuticals and other niche healthcare services. He will be based in Cincinnati, Ohio. langenderfer

Robert T. Germann (Eng ’88) is now chief of the Operations Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District.

Christopher Kelly (A/S ’81) was named as the planned giving product specialist at PNC Institutional Asset Management Group in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Gulas John Gulas (Law ’83) was listed as a top CEO by Albuquerque Business First. Gulas was one of 20 honorees selected from the business services, health, nonprofit and technology industries in Albuquerque, N.M. He was appointed chief executive officer of Los Alamos National Bank and president/CEO of Trinity Capital Corporation in May 2014.

Dr. Barbara Keirns Melendez (A/S ’88) was recognized by Worldwide Branding for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in obstetrics and gynecology. Keirns Melendez is assistant chief of Surgical Sub-specialties and Director of Women’s Services at Arnot Medical Services-Ivy OB/GYN and Midwifery.

**Mark Urrutia (UTCTC ’88) was honored at the Diamante Community Awards with the Latino Adult Professional Award. Urrutia works in insurance as the general agent for the Catholic Order of Foresters and the principal agent for Skyway Financial Group, located in Toledo. He has been a leader in several Latino interest organizations in Toledo, including the Latino Alumni Affiliate, the Latino Alliance, the Spanish American organization, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.


*Dr. Caroline M. Brackette (A/S ’94, A/S ’98, MEd ’00, PhD ’07) was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor of counseling at Mercer University in Atlanta, Ga. Brackette was also appointed as assistant dean for graduate programs of the Penfield College at Mercer University. She is involved in leadership and advocacy for the counseling profession and will serve a three-year term on the professional standards committee for the American Counseling Association.

The Hon. Adolfo Tornichio (Law ’98) has been appointed to serve as judge in the Greene County Court of Common Pleas Juvenile Court Division. Tornichio has served in the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for 19 years. Greene County is located in Xenia, Ohio. Tornichio

Pat Hoffman (Bus ’98) was appointed as the assistant vice president of operations for Safeguard Properties in Valley View, Ohio. In this newly created position Hoffman will assist the COO in identifying and executing on a number of strategic operational initiatives. Safeguard Properties is the largest mortgage field services company in the U.S. The company inspects and maintains defaulted and foreclosed properties for mortgage servicers, lenders, and other financial institutions.

Oliva-Christopher Christopher Oliva (MBA ’93) has joined Crowne Horwath LLP, one of the largest public accounting, consulting and technology firms in the U.S., as a director in tax services. In this role, he will provide corporate level tax support to the firm’s New York-area corporate tax and audit clients.

*Josh Flores (Ed ’99) was honored at the Diamante Community Awards with the Latino Adult Leadership Award. Flores is a Spanish teacher at Waite High School in Toledo and is involved with the Latino community at UT as well as youth mentoring.

Steve Macy (A/S ’92) has been named senior associate athletic director of external relations at the University of Memphis. Macy will be responsible for the development and management of strategic and communications plans for the department while providing executive oversight of athletic marketing and promotions, athletic communications and ticket operations.

Lt. Col. Christopher Cutler (A/S ’93, MEng ’98) was recently named a Fellow of the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management for his efforts promoting American National Standards Institute-accredited credentials for environmental professionals. Cutler is currently serving in the US Air Force as the bioenvironmental engineering flight commander at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.


*Derrick Ball (Bus ’05) received the Bold Leader Spirit Award at the cadet leadership course graduation ceremony at Ft. Knox, Ky. The award is presented to the cadet who best demonstrates appropriate motivational techniques, inspirational leadership, and the spirit of a leader. Ball was a cadet in the 8th Field Artillery Regiment.

Dr. Jodi Tinkel (MED ’00, Res ’03) has been named medical director of ambulatory care at the UT Medical Center. Tinkel was previously a faculty member of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences since 2009 and has served as medical director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center since 2010.

Dr. Joshua Philbrick (CMS ’05, MED ’09) joined the medical staff at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Mass. Philbrick, an orthopedic surgeon trained in hand surgery with special interests in shoulder replacements, as well as treatment and surgery of the upper extremities, will see patients in Salem, N.H.

Darin Higgs (Law ’09) opened Higgs Law Office in Evansville, Ind. Higgs has been practicing for six years handling cases ranging from landlord-tenant, family, employment, criminal, bankruptcy and will/estate planning.

Haylie Linn (Bus ’10, MBA ’12) is now a full-time assistant coach for the South Dakota State women’s basketball team. During the 2014-15 season, Linn was director of basketball operations. linn

Rob McColley (Law ’10) joined the law firm of Clemens, Korhn, Liming and Warncke, located in Defiance, Ohio. McColley will practice in the areas of wills and estate planning, business planning and real estate law.

Green Jason Green (Bus ’10) joined Wausau Window and Wall Systems as an architectural sales representative serving Connecticut, northern Delaware, western Massachusetts, southern New Jersey, upstate New York, eastern Pennsylvania and Vermont. Wausau Window and Wall Systems is an industry leader in engineering window and curtainwall systems for commercial and institutional construction applications.
Births and Marriages
Jennifer H. Wilkins (Ed ’10) and Jeager W. Ticknor were married on October 10, 2015 in the outer banks of North Carolina. Wilkins is employed at Smith Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, N.C. and Ticknor is employed at Ticknor’s Men’s Clothier in Raleigh, N.C. Wilkins

Shannon Marie Abbey (HSHS ’11) and Kevin William Aschemeier (Eng ’13) were united in marriage on September 26, 2015. The ceremony and reception were held at the Clazel Theatre in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Doster Jamie Marie Doster (MHHS ’11) and Christopher James Szulc were married on June 6, 2015 at Kilkerrin Barn in Wakeman, Ohio. Doster is a speech pathologist employed at Bexley City Schools and Szulc is a physical therapist employed at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Andrew Backur (Eng ’10) and Katie Hurbean married on October 17, 2015 at The Canton Club in Canton, Ohio.

Jeanelle DeMuth (LLSS ’12) and Dustin Carnahan (Bus ’13) were united in marriage on September 19, 2015 at the Church of the Nazarene in Paulding, Ohio. DeMuth is employed at Midwest Community Federal Credit Union and Carnahan is employed at Indiana Michigan Power. DeMuthCarnahan

*Sarah Grzybowski (HS ’15) and Luke Hall (LLSS ’13) announced their engagement and plan to marry in Akron, Ohio this December.

harple Aaron M. Harple (HSHS ’07) and Ashley L. Miller married in December 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sandusky, Ohio. The couple resides in Columbus, Ohio.
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Linda R. Balusik, Toledo at 71. She was a former MCO employee.

Delores T. Geronimo, Toledo at 85. She worked as a registered nurse at MCO and later was an assistant professor of nursing from 1996 to 2003.

**Charles G. Yeager (Bus ’40), Toledo at 97. He served as a member of the former UT Alumni Foundation Board.

Frederick C. “Mike” Henry, East Lansing, Mich. at 92. He taught pediatrics at MCO for two decades. His association with MCO started in 1969 as a volunteer clinical associate professor. Henry served as acting chair of the Pediatrics Department in 1978 and 1979, and was named a clinical professor in 1984.

Don Reiber, Toledo at 68. As an associate professor of communication and the director of media services in the Department of Communication, Reiber oversaw the University’s television studio and production facilities, and he taught classes in television production, live-truck production, and radio production and programming. His students and alumni number in the thousands, working in broadcasting in Toledo, throughout the United States, and for national news organizations like CNN. Reiber received the Outstanding Teacher Award in 2007, and he was honored with the Students First Award, which was presented by the University administration for his dedication to instruction and mentoring; the Difference Maker Award from the College of Business and Innovation; and the Rocket Award from the women’s basketball team for his commitment to that program.

Ruby Carr, Toledo at 86. She was a hospital aide at MCO from 1968 until her retirement in 1993.

**Richard G. LaValley (Bus ’51, Law ’53), Sylvania, Ohio at 86. From 1962 to 1965, LaValley taught a tax course at UT and was a former president of the UT College of Law Alumni Association. In 1998, the Richard G. LaValley Sr. Law Library in the College of Law was dedicated in his honor; he and his family pledged $1 million towards the development of electronic and technological resources for the law library. In addition, he established the Richard G. LaValley Sr. Scholarship Fund.

John J. McGowan (A/S ’50), Perrysburg, Ohio at 87. He was a former UT business instructor.

Martha “Marti” Adams, Perrysburg, Ohio at 74. She was a staff nurse at MCO/MUO/UT Medical Center from 2002 until her retirement in 2010.

Joy Ann (Marohn) Dougherty (Ed ’90), Toledo at 74. She taught administrative office technology and computer courses in the Business Technology Department from 1987 until her retirement in 2010.

Donald M. Henry (A/S ’93), Maumee, Ohio at 75. He taught French at UT.


Florence Zimmerman Schall (A/S ’37), at 99.


*Jerome Szpila (Eng ’49), Southampton, Pa. at 91.


Richard Heuerman (Law ’56), Petoskey, Mich. at 85.

**William Vaughan (Bus ’57), Whitehouse, Ohio at 85.


Willie Hancock (Ed ’61), at 81.

John Wolfarth (Ed ’67), Fostoria, Ohio at 90.

Robert Irwin (MEd ’65), Pawleys Island, S.C. at 75.


Georgina Bentley (UTCTC ’75, Univ Coll ’85), Berkey, Ohio at 60.

Don Yasenchak (Bus ’70), Carleton, Mich. at 67.


Billye Jean Wilson (Ed Spec ’80), Monroe, Mich. at 84.

Donald Koskie (UTCTC ’81, Univ Coll ’86), Commerce Township, Mich. at 65.

Sara Rios (Univ Coll ’82, Law ’85), Toledo at 63.


Donald Henry (MA ’93), Maumee, Ohio at 75.

Tracy Smith (HHS ’96), Avon, Ohio at 40.


Nathan Wise (CALL ’14), Toledo at 27.


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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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