Milestones

Milestones are published as space and deadlines allow. Please email high-quality images to revieweditor@calu.edu using "Milestone Photo" as the subject line. Be sure to tell us your name, year of graduation, University activities or sports you participated in, and the identity of everyone in the photo. Please do not send printouts or low-resolution digital photos, as they will not reproduce well.


David Tanner ’67
and Janet Patterson Tanner ’67, ’73 live near Harrisburg, Pa. Janet is a retired elementary school teacher and a certified volunteer counselor at a pregnancy center. David is a retired professional architectural consultant and a retired military officer. The couple has lived and traveled in several states and foreign countries. After being named a distinguished naval graduate in Officer Candidate School and flight school, David served for nine years as a Navy P-3 pilot. Eventually transferring to the Air Force Reserve, he flew special operations EC-130 aircraft. While a director of a century architectural firm in Elmira, N.Y., he completed U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College. In 1989 he was named a distinguished graduate of the Air Force senior intelligence officer school in San Angelo, Texas. Following active duty in the Persian Gulf War, David served as senior intelligence officer at Niagara Falls ARS until his retirement in 1997. He recently received the lifetime achievement award from Marquis Who’s Who in America.

William Viola II ’69, ’70 was honored by Allegheny County, Pa., for popularizing karate in western Pennsylvania and advocating for the sport worldwide, leading to its acceptance as an Olympic sport in 2020. “Sensei Bill Viola Day” recognized him as a co-creator of the sport of mixed martial arts and the subject of a book, a documentary and a museum exhibit. He was the owner of Allegheny Shotokan, now known as Viola Karate.

Barry Sechler ’74 was inducted into the Somerset County (Pa.) Baseball Old timers Hall of Fame. He was an industrial arts teacher at Shanksville-Stonycreek High School and the school’s baseball coach.

Linda Simpson ’76, ’78 is security manager for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands (PPGNHI) in Seattle, Wash. Linda majored in anthropology and psychology at Cal U and was a member of WVCS-FM. She and Jeri Simpson live in Kent, Wash.

Craig Ruokonen ’75, of Clarksville, Tenn., is retired from the Norwin School District, which serves the communities of North Huntingdon, Irwin and North Irwin, Pa.

JohnMcCoy Jr. ’80, of Philadelphia, Pa., has been inducted into the 25 Year Club as an administrator for The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Department of Emergency Medicine, where he works in registration and quality assurance. In June 2019 he retired after 10 years with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, where he reviewed unsafe products. In September 2019, he and Cynthia McCoy celebrated their 32nd anniversary. They have two children, Fiona and Drake.

Lynn Romboski Messman ’82 is retired and living in Georgetown, Mass. For 20 years she worked in the areas of corporate communication, training and education for high-tech companies in the Philadelphia and Boston areas, including Unisys Corp., Digital Equipment Corp., Epsilon, Thomson Financial and Nuance Corp. After changing careers, Lynn was a teacher for 14 years, providing instruction in English and components of the Adobe Certified Associate curriculum in a high school vocational education environment. Most recently, she taught freshman and sophomore English at Whittier Regional Vocational Technical School in Haverhill, Mass. She retired from Whittier in June 2019 and also received the school’s 2019 WREA Educator of the Year Award. Lynn studied communications at Cal U and was active with WVCS, the campus radio station. She and her husband, Chris, have been married for 31 years. Their two children are Michael and Molly.

Richard Cramer ’82 retired from FedEx. He started as an operations auditor and spent the past 23 years as a software quality assurance analyst.

Mary Beth Zavislan Kerekes ’86 is development director for The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pa. The largest museum of its kind in the United States, it tells the full story of the American Civil War from its causes through Reconstruction. She also serves on the board of directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Central Pennsylvania Chapter. After a life of travel and building a career in nonprofit, museum and association fundraising, Mary Beth has settled in Camp Hill, Pa., with her husband of 30 years, George Kerekes, who retired as a chief warrant officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.

William Merrell ’90 was recognized by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association for his eight years on the Peters Township (Pa.) School Board. A U.S. Air Force veteran, William studied geography and regional planning at Cal U. He taught civics and government before he retired.

Nino Sapone ’92 is the interim airport director for Flint Bishop International Airport in Michigan. Previously he was deputy airport director for operations and maintenance at Flint Bishop. He also worked as vice president of airport operations at Pittsburgh International Airport. Nino majored in education at Cal U.

Michael Andresky ’79, ’92 is a special columnist for the Mon Valley Independent, based in Monessen, Pa. His newspaper column, “The Bottom 5,” publishes Thursdays during the NFL season. It is a satirical look at the five worst teams, cities, officials or other notable items. Michael and his wife, Judy, celebrated their 41st anniversary in September 2019. Judy was an administrative assistant to the dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Cal U until she retired in 2010.

Don Record ’86, ’99 is senior project manager at LCK. The regional firm is certified by the National Women’s Business Owner’s Corp. as a woman-owned business offering project management solutions for institutions, corporations and private entities in the development of real estate. Don studied business administration at Cal U.

Donald Martin ’89, ’94 was named executive director of Intermediate Unit 1 after eight years as assistant executive director. He earned his bachelor’s degree in speech communications and his M.Ed.in elementary education at Cal U, where he is pursuing a doctorate in education administration and leadership.

Hollie Konek-Morgan ’94 teaches special education at James M. Bennett High School in Salisbury, Md. At Cal U, she was a Delta Chi little sister and a member of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority. Hollie lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with her husband and three children.

Joe Bonadio ’95 is a longtime teacher at Connellsville (Pa.) Area High School. He was an assistant coach in football and basketball, coached baseball, and is now coaching the Connellsville American Legion team.

Kellie Ketchum-Umphrey ’93 is program manager for 23 Early Head Start programs in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. She works for the Council of ThreeRivers American Indian Center, in Dorseyville, Pa. Kellie studied elementary education at Cal U. She and Mark Umphrey live in Wilmington, Del.

Gene Theodori ’93, professor of sociology at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, has received the 2019 Distinguished Rural Sociologist award from the Rural Sociological Society. The award recognizes recipients’ outstanding contributions to the discipline of rural sociology through research, extension, teaching, public service and public policy. Gene has been at Sam Houston State since 2007. He was a sociology major at Cal U.

Kelly Parsley ’96 is the track and cross country coach at Bethel College, Kansas. He studied communications at Cal U and was on the track team.

Gino Spinos ’95 is director of manufacturing engineering at the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining in Chambersburg, Pa. He studied environmental science at Cal U.

KennethM. Truver ’95, chief of the Castle Shannon (Pa.) Police Department, was among the participants in a School Shooting Prevention Leadership Forum held at Cal U. Kenneth is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and second vice president of the executive board for the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA).

Jessica Urbanik ’00, director of community relations and education at Second Half Coach Wealth Management in Latrobe, Pa., has been named chamber member of the year by the Westmoreland County Chamber ofCommerce. She studied communications at Cal U, where she previously worked in the Office of University Development and Alumni Relations.

Meaggan Wilton Pettipiece ’00 is the softball coach at the University of Akron, Ohio. She spent three years as an assistant coach at Kent State University and wasNorthwood University’s head coach for 10 seasons. She was an assistant coach
at Cal U, where she was a two-time All-American outfielder and helped the Vulcans win the 1998 NCAA Division II championship. She played for Canada at the 2000 Olympics and was an alternate on the 2004 team.

Cristine Maser ’00, of East Hempfield Township in Lancaster County, Pa., is a member of the board of directors for the Lancaster Division of the American Heart Association. She has served as director of programs for the Hempfield Area Recreation Commission for the past nine years. In this role, she promotes health and wellness through youth and adult sports, environmental and educational programming, and a playground program that serves more than 600 families. She studied parks and recreation management at Cal U.

Francesco Amati ’01 is a community development manager for the Fort Myers (Fla.) Community Redevelopment Agency. He has worked for the City of Fort Myers Community Development Department as a real estate specialist since 2013 and was promoted to the CRA. Francesco studied business administration at Cal U.

F. Dean Connors II ’01, who earned bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees at Cal U, has been the CEO and president of CMS Bankcard Services in Wheeling, W.Va., for more than 10 years. He is a real estate investor with several commercial and residential units in the area, as well as a recording artist and father of two.

Chris Dountas ’03 is director of football equipment operations for the University of Colorado. He spent three years as the assistant athletic director-equipment manager at Stanford University. Chris studied sport management at Cal U.

Brad Schulte ’02, ’04 received Drexel University’s Harold W. Pote “Behind Every Graduate”Award. He was nominated by a former Drexel student for his mentorship. Brad earned his master’s degree in technology education from Cal U and teaches at Baldwin (Pa.) High School.

Brent Carbonara ’09, of Fairmont, W.Va.,is a general maintenance supervisor at Murray Energy. He and Kristin Carbonara were married in October 2018. Brent studied electrical engineering technology at Cal U.

Carol L. Ackerman ’05, who earned her B.S.N. at Cal U, is retired from UPMC after a 40-year nursing career. She worked for 25 years as a staff nurse at UPMC Braddock. She transferred to UPMC McKeesport, where she worked as a clinician for 15 years. During her career, Carol was awarded the 2011 Clinical Nurse Leadership Award from the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nursing. She published a book, Chemotherapy for theMedical-Surgical Nurse, in 2007and an article, “Not on My Watch: Treating and Preventing Pressure Ulcers,” in MedSurg Nursing, March/April 2011. She also was featured on the cover of MedSurg Nursing in 2009. Carol is courageously battling ovarian cancer.

Krista Mathias ’05 extended her contract as superintendent of the Somerset (Pa.) Area School District. She earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a superintendent letter of eligibility from Cal U.

Scott DiTullio ’06 recently earned his doctorate in education from Northeastern University, Boston. He is director of bands and athletic director at the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Area School District in Foxburg, Pa. Scott also is an adjunct instructor at St. Vincent College, near Latrobe, Pa., where he directs the jazz band, teaches the trumpet studio and consults with the marching band. Scott earned his principal’s certification at Cal U.

Jessica Curran ’06 is associate professor of graphic design and communications at Salt Lake Community College, Utah. She majored in graphic design at Cal U.

Ashley Krenn ’08, who studied secondary education at Cal U, is the curriculum manager for the middle school science department at Lincoln Learning Solutions, where she oversees the development of all new middle school science courses. She also is a volunteer for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Career Development program and is active with the United Way of Beaver County. She and Jarrod Krenn ’08 have a daughter, Gabrielle, who will be 3 in December 2019.

Tim Fusina ’07, ’08 is head men’s basketball coach at Waynesburg (Pa.) University. He was the head coach at Centenary University in Hackettstown, N.J., for five years.

Dr.Neil Cronin ’09 is vice president for Academic Affairs, Curricular Innovation and Professional Learning at Wyoming Seminary, a private school in northeastern Pennsylvania. His Cal U master’s degree is in educational administration and leadership.

Nicholas Robinson ’10, of John Brown University in Arkansas, was named the 2019 Sports Information Director of the Year for the Sooner Athletic Conference. He earned his master’s degree in sport management from Cal U.

Jeremy Stockdill ’11, of McKeesport, Pa., is a photographer, editor and drone pilot for KDKA-TV, CBS Pittsburgh. He majored in communication studies at Cal U and was involved in CUTV and WCAL.

Eric Lauver ’12, of Jefferson Hills, Pa., is an elementary principal in the Trinity Area School District, Washington, Pa. He earned his principal’s certification at Cal U.

Tony Mehalic ’10 was inducted into the Ocean City (N.J.) Beach Patrol Hall of Fame and received the 23rd Robert Stowe Award for contributing to the profession of ocean lifesaving. Tony has worked for Ocean City Beach Patrol for 13 years; he also competes in lifeguard races. He’s a physical education teacher at Latrobe (Pa.) Elementary School, where he coaches cross country and track and field. Tony lives in Latrobe with his wife, Abigail Wilson Mehalic ’07, and daughter, Sadie.

Austin Stoddard ’12 completed an unusual challenge to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: walking his way through 100 holes at Conewago Valley Country Club in Warren, Pa. That was 53 more holes than he’d ever played in a day and included roughly 27 miles of walking, all for a good cause.

Tyson Brown ’12 is the strength and conditioning coach for football at Washington State University.

Bryan Kline ’12 has been accepted into the Doctor of Criminal Justice program at Saint Leo University in Florida.

Kaitlynn Fratz ’15
is assistant coach for the University of Maryland women’s basketball team. In 2015 she helped lead the Vulcans to the NCAA Division II women’s basketball championship.

Blayre Holmes Davis ’12, who earned a degree in communication studies at Cal U, is the director of community relations for the Pittsburgh Steelers. She previously held positions with the Women and Girls Foundation of Pittsburgh and Adagio Health. Blayre received the 2017 Jennie Carter Leadership Award from Cal U.

Anthony Kane ’11, ’12 is assistant director of Residence Life at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He studied social work at Cal U and is engaged to Ashley Geese. At Cal U, Anthony was active with the Black Student Union, Cal U Men United, SABUG and STAND.

Michael Price ’13 is director of athletics for the Oxford (Pa.) Area School District. He studied sport management at Cal U. Michael and Ann Marie Price live in Coatesville, Pa.

Ryan Deveney ’15 is the principal at Red Mill Elementary School, in the West Shore School District, Lewisberry, Pa. He earned his master’s degree and principal’s certification from Cal U.

Margaret Campagna ’14 is a project manager and scrum master for Keystone Collections Group. She majored in technology management and robotics engineering technology at Cal U. She and her husband, Chris Joseph, live in Irwin, Pa.

Erin Moran ’14 is head coach of the field hockey team at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Kyle Halfpop ’14 is head women’s soccer coach at the University of Minnesota Crookston. He comes to the job from the University of Sioux Falls (S.D.), where he was an assistant coach. Kyle earned a master’s degree in sport management from Cal U.

Robert Rizzo ’15 is assistant superintendent of the Spring-Ford Area School District in Montgomery County, Pa. He earned his superintendent letter of eligibility from Cal U.

Michael Meketa ’16 graduated from New York University’s Tish School of the Arts with a Master of Fine Arts in musical theatre writing. He works at Lake Dillon Theater in Silverthorne, Colo.

Melissa White ’16 is a sixth-grade teacher at Wendover Middle School in the Hempfield Area School District, Hempfield Township, Pa. She also is a mental performance coach for Hempfield Area High School.

Kelly McGowan ’16 is the principal at Belmont Hills Elementary School in Bensalem, Pa. Kelly earned her principal’s certification from Cal U.

Jodi Vander Schaaff ’17 is the acting principal at East Union Intermediate Center, in the Deer Lakes SchoolDistrict, Cheswick, Pa.

Lisa Cushing’17, ’19 lives in Modesto, Calif. She studied sport management and exercise science and sport studies at Cal U.

Kerry Jo Green ’17, who studied history at Cal U, lives in Waltham, Mass.

Cody Maimone ’16, Jeremy Rosinger ’16 and Dom Pomposelli ’16 are members of the musical production team One800. One of their projects was a collaboration with Anthony Willis ’16, also known as My Favorite Color. The project was part of The Pittsburgh Sessions, where Cody, Jeremy and Dom worked with 20 Pittsburgh-area artists.

Nathan Kaylo ’17 is manager of guest services and tours for Chicago Theatre. He studied business administration at Cal U, where he played hockey and volunteered with the Habitat for Humanity Club.

Barry Luciani ’18 is executive vice president and chief operating officer of Carroll Community Bank, Maryland. He has a B.A.
in liberal arts and history from Cal U.

Work by Samantha Middlemiss ’17 and Dr. Peter Cormas, an associate professor of childhood education at Cal U, was accepted for publication in the journal School Science and Mathematics. Their work also yielded conference presentations at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, in Baltimore, Md., and at annual conferences presented by the State System of Higher Education and Cal U.

Paul Sheppick ’15, ’17 is a test specialist for Argo AI, an autonomous vehicle company operating in Pittsburgh. He studied commercial music technology and business administration at Cal U. He’s also a member of the Mon Valley Push band.

Russ Joy ’18 writes for the Crossing Broad website and is co-host/producer of several sports podcasts.

Brett Mooney ’19 is unit director of the medical/surgical intensive care unit at UPMC Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh. His Master of Science in Nursing practicum project, on alternatives to the use of restraints, won first place as a poster presentation at the 2019 Southwestern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders conference.

Stephanie Anderson ’13, ’17 is head women’s basketball coach at Fairmont State University.

Sam Swetz ’19 is the women’s volleyball coach at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, in Fayette County, Pa. She earned her master’s degree in sport management studies with a concentration inintercollegiate athletic administration.

Arielle “Ari” Alex ’18 is director of Queenpin PGH, a community organization for the advancement and empowerment of black women and women of color in the Pittsburgh area.

Julie Kerlicker ’18 was named Propel Schools ’2018-2019 Rookie of the Year. She is a special education educator at Propel Pitcairn (Pa.). She studied education at Cal U.

Rachael McKriger ’18 works in marketing for Dick’s Sporting Goods. She’s also a commentator for the University of Pittsburgh women’s soccer program on the ACC Network.

Cassidy Zemrose ’18 and Kyle Snyder ’17, ’19
are engaged. Cassidy teaches seventh-grade English language arts, and Kyle is an emergency management planner. They met while working as Community Assistants at Cal U and plan to be married in October 2020.

Mark Novak ’10 and Melissa Wilson were married in July 2019. Mark studied environmental science and now works for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. They live in Meadville, Pa.

Mariah Howze ’18 and Demetrious Peoples Jr. were married in July 2019. Mariah is a development assistant at Cal U, and Demetrious is a student in Cal U’s computer science program.

Joseph Gibbons ’16 and Colby Cottell were married in September 2018. Joseph has a Cal U master’s degree in sport management studies, with a concentration in intercollegiate athletic administration. He is a project coordinator at Pride Mobility and head boys basketball coach at Mountain View High School in Kingsley, Pa.

Emilee Richardson '16 and Lukas Miller '17 were married in July 2019 in Somerset, Va. Emilee studied Spanish and secondary education at Cal U; she teaches high school Spanish in Orange, Va. Lukas, a Theta Xi alumnus, studied technology education at Cal U, and he’s pursuing a master's degree from the University. He teaches technology in Culpeper, Va.

Anissa Comunale ’95, ’00 and Dennis Kingwere married in October 2019. Anissa is in her 21st year of teaching at East Allegheny School District. Dennis is a masonry foreman for the Sidley Corp.They live in Monroeville, Pa.

Jared Long ’17 and Jennifer Babiak ’14 were married in May 2019. Jared is an automation engineer for STIHL, and Jennifer is the public affairs officer for the City of Virginia Beach Department of Emergency Medical Services.

Crystal Erb ’13, ’15, ’19 married Brandon Joyce in June 2019 and welcomed baby girl Remi Hope Joyce in August 2019. Crystal studied criminal justice throughout her 10-year academic career at Cal U.

Tamba ’11 and Paige ’14 Rape Marenah were married in September 2019 in Topsail, N.C. The wedding party consisted of many Cal U graduates, and more than 50 alumni attended the ceremony. The couple lives in Charlotte, N.C.

Gary Hicks Sr. ’01 and Jamie Ford Hicks ’01, of South Euclid, Ohio, celebrated their 15th anniversary in August 2019. Gary is an intervention specialist, basketball coach and founder of Young Men Growing mentorship program. He works for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Jamie is a loan officer at Third Federal Bank.

Isabelle HarrisAnderson ’53

Susan E.Behrendt ’70, ’73

Cynthia J.Schaude Buckley ’75

Richard D.Carter ’63

Dr. AlbertDascenzo ’67, ’69, - emeritus professor of education

Ann D. Fisfis,*emerita professor, Manderino Library coordinator

E. Ray Kist '69

George Benjamin “Ben” Gapen ’88

Darlene Ann Lozosky Klus ’65

Donald Joseph Lang Jr. ’70

Pauline Marie Law ’68

Marguerite “Margie” Salva Lawrence ’65

Alan Ludwig ’64

Paul Madaras ’69

Joseph R. Markulike Sr. ’64

George A. Martin IV ’67

Dolores “Doe” Mendola Mascara ’79

Jimmie R.McGinnis ’61

Dr. ThomasMoon,* - emeritus professor of biology

David L. Moskovitz ’82

Carolyn S. Orbin ’98

Virginia Alger Peterson ’05

John L. “Jack”Pratt ’74

Dr. Carmen Putorti ’57

Rosemarie Quayle*

Audra MarieStepp ’88

Kaelyb Suchevits ’16

Adam Charles Tarbert ’07

Frank Taucher ’98

Bruce Nicholas Wells ’72

Bill Wilson ’73

Angela Zondos,*emerita professor of health and physical education

*No class year available or on file.
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