John Carroll University Summer 2012 : Page 42

AL UMNI JOURN AL to freshmen and seniors at Garfield Heights High School. Chris is managing partner of CK Mahoning. Kristen talked to shannon ( Mcnulty ) everly , sue ( Vivacqua ) Grubb , and Marty rodriguez . Shannon and her husband live in Indianapolis and have two kids, Sam and Ruth. I can only imagine how crazy it was with the Super Bowl. Sue lives in Buffalo with her husband and two children, Owen and Olivia. Marty and his wife have twins, a boy and a girl, and live on the west side of Cleveland. Marty, a senior vice president at PNC Bank, is godfather to several classmates’ children. I plan to find out more about that later. ... I caught up with andrew Connors , who’s doing well and working for Fairport Asset Management as vice president and advisor. His wife, Anne-Marie (Wolanin) ’93, is director of advancement at Hawken School, which is where their twin sons, James and Cameron, attend. He was looking forward to a relaxing summer break. ... I reconnected briefly with Mike homer , who’s living in the Tampa, Fla., area with his family. He’s working in pharmaceutical sales and doing well. He hopes everyone is doing well except when you need his devices (my own edit). ... regina Brett ’96G published a new book, the New York Times best seller “God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours,” and was on campus promoting it. I recommend you pick up a copy. ... Congratulations to Paul nungester for being promoted to senior vice president and controller at Health Care REIT in Toledo, Ohio. ... I wish you all the best and hope to hear from you soon via email, Facebook, LinkedIn, or smoke signals. I can’t read the signals, but it would make a great story for the column. Genesis all! ... Deacon alan Vincent Benander provided an update about his year at St. Michael’s Abbey. He has been teaching scripture and mathematics, as well as serving as a deacon at Masses and presiding over baptisms. He plans to return to Rome in the fall to continue his theological studies. His priestly ordination is likely to be in June 2013. He sends prayers for the JCU community, especially the class of ’99. ... Thanks to everyone who provided updates. It’s a pleasure to hear such great news from you. I look forward to hearing more. Meg Fairfield University’s 2012 Martin luther King, Jr. Vision Award winners are (from left): Jasmine Fernandez, debnam Chappell, ph.d., and Melissa (Reardon) Quan ’98. battle with brain cancer. Her husband, Jeff, and her, brother Michael ’00, said one of Kristen’s favorite memories was taking her daughter, Annelise, to JCU’s homecoming, showing her around campus, and dreaming that one day Annie would follow in her mom’s footsteps. They added that Kristen always looked back on her days at Carroll with great affection. She’s greatly missed by her family and many JCU friends. Rest in peace, Kristen. Cherie 2000 Lisa (Foster) Smith 440-339-6572 lisasmith19@hotmail.com Clare Taft claretaft@hotmail.com It’s been 12 years since we graduated from Carroll, and while people have moved, married, had babies, and pursued advanced degrees and various careers, it still feels like yesterday. Thank you to everyone who sends us notes about what you’re doing, as well as those who thank us for writing this column. It means a lot to us to know you’re reading. Now, on to the class of 2000 news. Class columnist Clare Taft and husband Jason smith welcomed their third child, James William, April 8. James – who was 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and 21 inches long – joins excited big sisters Grace (4) and Lucy (2). (See photo on page 46.) ... Also joining the ranks of future JCU grads is Julia Rose, born to parents dave Vitatoe and his wife, Chrissy. Julia was born Feb. 7 and joins big brother Andrew. ... Katie ( Farrell ) and Brian Zielaskiewicz welcomed son Evan Michael April 18. Evan weighed in at 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. Evan joins big brother Noah (3). ... Michael and angie ( Turner ) Monateri announce the birth of their daughter, Gianna Mae, who was born on March 21 and joins her big brother Dominic (2). (See photo on page 46.) ... Congrats to Katherine lavelle and husband Ben Hamburger who welcomed their first child, Annika Aylward Hamburger-Lavelle April 20. ... dave Westerfield joined Chemsultants International as sales and marketing director. ... Jon Powers has been busy. He and wife Erin have been living in D.C. the past few years and regularly see many fellow JCU grads. Jon was appointed by President Obama to serve as the administration’s federal environmental executive, where he’s responsible for promoting environmental and energy sustainability among federal government operations. The position is part of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. ... In honor of Michael Mansmann ’01, who passed away tragically May 19, 2001, and in support of the Michael R. Mansmann Scholarship Fund, dan schmidt , Chris McFarland , James Flock , Jake Mrkvica, Jeff Krause ’01, stephanie ( Walters ) Unterweger , Burke Schilderink ’01, and Steve Casker ran the Pittsburgh Marathon May 6 to raise money for the scholarship fund. The runners collectively raised $12,825 through runner donations, $11,000 through personal matches, and $5,000 in corporate donations, totaling $28,825. The scholarship fund, which has a goal of $100,000, has raised almost $48,000. The scholarship fund 1999 Meg Galligan galliganm22@hotmail.com 1997 1998 Brian Sparks 440-746-0309 bdsparks@meistermedia.com reUnIon Year Cherie (Skoczen) Kurlychek 216-741-1823 cherieskoczen@ameritech.net Congratulations to Melissa ( reardon ) Quan who was awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Vision Award by Fairfield University for exemplifying the legacy of the civil rights leader. Melissa, the associate director of the Center for Faith and Public Life, is at the heart of the university’s service-learning initiative. Her work entails supporting an array of programs that have far-reaching objectives such as helping immigrants nationwide. Melissa, who lives in Shelton, Conn., is also the director of the Office for Service Learning and has been instrumental in the Connecticut Campus Compact, which integrates community service into the academic and co-curricular cultures of its member campuses. ... Maria Trivisonno started as the teen librarian at the brand new Warrensville Heights (Ohio) Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. Maria writes: “The building is truly incredible and includes gaming and a recording studio for teens. Locals should check it out!” ... Unfortunately, once again, we end this column on a sad note: Kristen ( schneidler ) schultz passed away March 8 after a courageous Greetings! I hope everyone is staying cool this summer. Many of our classmates have great updates to share. stephen McKenney joined Neuman Anderson, P.C., a Birmingham, Mich.-based business law firm specializing in complex commercial litigation. Before joining Neuman Anderson, he ran a private practice and served as a law clerk from 2002-2003 for the Honorable James C. Cacheris, Senior U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. Stephen is a 2002 graduate of Michigan State University College of Law and resides in Royal Oak. ... Dr. Jeffrey William Kempe was scheduled to marry Erica Brooke Antonucci May 12 at St. Matthias Church in Youngstown, Ohio, with a reception at The Lake Club in Poland. Jeffrey, who received his medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean, is a physician at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center Inpatient Medical Services. Erica is a registered nurse and clinical coordinator at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. ... erin ( Collins ) soroosh , Carroll’s regional director of alumni relations and admission for the Chicago area, provided several happy updates. Wedding bells rang this spring for sheryl ( strell ) nann , who married Ben May 5 in Charleston, S.C. Fun was had by all guests, including the self-proclaimed JCU booze hounds – Erin (Collins) Soroosh, Janey ( Price ) ames , Julie ( Worthington ) Muennich , Blythe ( Fuller ) hronek , Kerry Gallagher , Megan Cannell , Kristin ( oswick ) Bergen , annie reape , and shaena ( Welsh ) Miller . Within that group, several other individuals are preparing for upcoming nuptials. Annie Reape is engaged and planning her wedding. And Megan Cannell became engaged in Charleston the weekend of Sheryl’s wedding. Best wishes to 42 SUMMER 201 2

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