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Louis Farr

Louis Farr '86, senior financial advisor at Merrill Lynch, was recognized by Forbes as a "Best in State Wealth Advisor" for 2018. He lives in Oak Park, Illinois.

Gay Su Pinnell

Gay Su Pinnell ’68 MA, ’75 PHD (LM) of Dublin, Ohio, an Ohio State Professor Emerita, received an honorary doctorate from Lesley University, located in Cambridge, Mass., on Saturday May 19. Upon receipt of her degree, she addressed over one thousand master’s and PHD candidates from Lesley’s Graduate School of Education and Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences with a message about the importance of educational access and literacy education.

Tom Levenick

Tom Levenick ’84 (LM) of Columbus, Ohio is the author of Buckeyes for Life (2018), in which Levenick shares insider stories about his experiences as a former Ohio State football player. Levenick played for Woody Hayes and Earle Bruce and in three bowl games – The Gator Bowl, Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl, and also was a finisher in the 1989 Hawaii Ironman Triathlon World Championship. Buckeyes for Life is a look at college sports from the inside.

Matthew Ambrose

Matthew Ambrose ’12 MA, ’14 PHD (LM) of Arlington, Virginia, is the author of The Control Agenda: A History of the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (2018), a comprehensive history of the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks under the Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan administrations.

William Oldfield

William Oldfield ’85 (LM) of Annapolis, Maryland, is the co-author of Inspector Oldfield and the Black Hand Society: America’s Original Gangsters and the U.S. Postal Detective who Brought them to Justice (2018). The book chronicles his great-grandfather’s crucial role in taking down an early-20th century Italian mob, breaking the silence of his family’s most treasured, tightly kept secret.

Lauren Mifsud

Lauren Mifsud ’07 MS of Loveland, Ohio, is an analyst lead at 84.51°, a customer engagement firm. In her new position, Lauren is responsible for the development of customer-driven analytic solutions for Kroger.

Jacob Thomas

Jacob Thomas ’91 MS of Franklin, Tennessee, is a chief executive officer in the Carlstar Group LLC.

Nicole Kraft

Nicole Kraft ’03 MA (LM) of Columbus, Ohio, has earned a doctorate in education leadership from Lamar University.

Bob Strickley

Bob Strickley ’08 of Cincinnati, Ohio, has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Bob works at The Cincinnati Enquirer.

James Mears

James Mears ’16 MD of Scott Depot, West Virginia, has been named West Virginia Family Doctor of the Year by the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians.

Larry Obhof

Larry Obhof ’00 of Medina, Ohio, is the recipient of the Ohio State Bar Association’s (OSBA) 2018 Lawyer-Legislator Distinguished Service Award. Larry is president of the Ohio Senate.

Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson ’75 (LM) was recently elected to the Siena Heights University Board of Trustees of the Higher Learning Commission. He is senior vice president of business and finance for Siena Heights University.

Jeremy Bowers

Jeremy Bowers ’03, ’03 MAcc of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, is a member of Barnwell Whaley law firm. Jeremy provides legal and business advice to entrepreneurs and local and national businesses.

Clarence Bucaro

Clarence Bucaro ’02 of Nashville, Tennessee, will release his new album, Passionate Kind, on May 18. Bucaro began his musical campaign during his time at Ohio State, and has since signed with an Americana label out of Portland, Oregon.

Nicole Crum

Nicole Crum ’99, ’03 JD of Boston, Massachusetts, was named a “rising star” by two leading trade publications, Fund Action and Fund Directions. Crum also heads the corporate governance and board advisory practice group at her firm, Sullivan & Worcester LLP.

Diane Cappelletty

Dr. Diane Cappelletty ’91, ’93 DRP of Monclova, Ohio, is chair of the department of pharmacy practice at the University of Toledo. She has also been admitted to the Global Medical Missions Hall of Fame.

Sereana Dresbach

Sereana Dresbach ’92 PHD (LM) of Circleville, Ohio, is the associate dean for Extension at the University of Guam. She is also an associate professor in the College of Natural and Applied Sciences.

Bryan Knicely

Bryan W. Knicely ’96 MA (LM) of Billings, Montana, is the executive director of the Yellowstone Art Museum.