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Rachael Reight

Rachael Reight ’01 of Kent, Ohio, has been selected to the list of 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. She is with the law firm Baasten, McKinley & Co.

Elizabeth T. Smith

Elizabeth T. Smith ’84 JD (LM) of Columbus has been elected trustee to the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys for 2017.

Karleya Sommer

Karleya Sommer ’09 of Columbus appeared in a December 2016 episode of HGTV’s House Hunters, helping a couple find their dream home in Columbus.

Andrew Means

Andrew Means ’09 of Columbus earned Certified Financial Planner certification from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. Means is an associate financial advisor with the Columbus-based investment management and financial advisory firm Hamilton Capital Management.

Samantha Kubick Kennedy

Samantha Kubick Kennedy ’08 of Independence, Ohio, and her husband, Jeff Kennedy, celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary October 22, 2016.

Renee Sebold Dudukovich

Renee Sebold Dudukovich ’08 of Avon Lake, Ohio, celebrated her fourth anniversary as a health physics associate in the Cleveland Clinic’s radiation safety department.

Joe Faykosh

Joe Faykosh ’06 of Defiance, Ohio, defended his dissertation, “A Party in Peril: Franklin Roosevelt, the Democratic Party, and the Circular Letter of 1924,” to earn a doctorate in political history from Bowling Green State University.

Fred Gaona III

Fred Gaona III ’00 JD of Dallas was named Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year by the Texas Minority Counsel Program. He is a member of the Dallas law firm Gray Reed and McGraw.

Amy Mass

Amy Mass ’95 JD of Howell, Michigan, has been elected trustee to the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys for 2017.

Katherine N. Mollohan

Katherine N. Mollohan ’96, ’07, ’15 PHD (LM) of Dublin, Ohio, earned a doctorate in science education from The Ohio State University in August 2015.

Noriko T. Reider

Noriko T. Reider ’90 MA, ’97 PHD of Oxford, Ohio, is the author of “Seven Demon Stories from Medieval Japan,” published by Utah State University Press.

Scott Erdy

Scott Erdy ’87 of Media, Pennsylvania, is a principal of Erdy McHenry Architecture in Philadelphia. The company was named 2016 Firm of the Year by the American Institute of Architects Pennsylvania Chapter.

Paul W. McCartney

Paul W. McCartney ’88 JD of Cincinnati, Ohio, was elected trustee for the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys for 2017.

Billie Sue Kyger

Billie Sue Kyger ’79, ’83 DDS (LM) of Gallipolis, Ohio, is a trustee of the American Dental Association. She and her husband, Timothy Kyger, operate Kyger Dental Associates.

James Kline

James N. Kline ’84 JD of Perry, Ohio, has been elected treasurer of the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys for 2017.

Joseph Crowley

Joseph Crowley ’76 DDS, a general dentist practicing in Cincinnati, is president-elect of the American Dental Association. He assumes his new role in October 2017.

John A. Cohen

John A. Cohen ’75 PHD (LM) of Ashmont, New South Wales, received the Medal Order of Australia Awarded in Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016 for services to children’s literature from the Commonwealth of Australia.

B. Louis Decker

B. Louis Decker ’65 MA of Ballwin, Missouri, was inducted into the Geospatial Intelligence Hall of Fame at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Springfield, Virginia, headquarters. Decker was chairman of the team that developed the predecessor to global positioning systems used by the U.S. Department of Defense and commercial entities. He also helped develop techniques to improve the accuracy of Doppler radar systems.