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Donald Staffo

Donald Staffo ’78 PhD of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has retired as professor and department chair emeritus from Stillman College following a 50-year career as an educator in health and physical education. He also retired from a simultaneous 40-year career as a sports journalist that included covering University of Alabama football and basketball for 30 years for the Associated Press. Throughout his career he has been inducted into five halls of fame, won numerous awards and distinctions, and has written 10 books and more than 2,150 articles.

Jeff Buchert

Jeff Buchert ’75 (LM) of Caledonia, Michigan, has retired after 20 years with DeWitt Packaging Corporation of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Previously, he spent 20 years as a string teacher and orchestra director in Grove City, Ohio, and Midland, Michigan.

Jelane Kennedy

Jelane Kennedy '85 MA of Schroon Lake, New York, published Women Scholars: Navigating the Doctoral Journey, a reference book for women students and alumni considering going on to earn their doctorate.

Earl Stahl

Earl Stahl ’65 PhD of Neenah, Wisconsin, published his article, “For Love of Land and Cattle,” in Range Magazine's s winter edition as its feature article. Previously, Stahl was awarded in 2017 for Best Investigative Story by the Nevada Press Association for "Wolves, Killers at Your Door” in Range Magazine.

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.

Alex Szablewski

Alex Szablewski ’15 of Monument, Colorado, is the events/competitions manager at USA Shooting.

Thomas McKenzie

Thomas L. McKenzie ’76 PHD of San Diego, California, received the Luther H. Gulick Medal, the highest honor from SHAPE America. McKenzie is the emeritus professor of exercise and nutritional sciences at San Diego State University.

Donna Messer

Donna M. Messer ’65 of Lima, Ohio, is chair of the City of Naples Airport Authority. She is also principal of Carl Ryan Associates LLC, a coaching, mentoring and team building consulting firm.

Craig Phillips

Craig Phillips ’72 (LM) of Lake Saint Louis, Missouri, is a Low Vision Therapist at the Drews Low Vision Clinic.

Richard Brown

Richard Brown ’67 (LM) of Pataskala, Ohio, is a STEM Supervisor of Mathematics Student Teachers at the Ohio State University.

Mark Weiker

Mark Weiker ’02 of Columbus, Ohio, is the author of “Online Schools in Ohio Deliver Education in a Different Way” (February 2018), a column for the Ohio State Bar Association.

Susan Cavanaugh

Susan A. Cavanaugh ’69, ’74 MA (LM) of Columbus, Ohio, is the author of A Corporation is a Person Like the Emperor’s New Clothes Were Real (October 2017).

Aimee Fowler

Aimee L. Fowler ’91 of Perrysville, Ohio, is the author of Permanent Marker: A Memoir (March 2018) and is a 2018 finalist for the National Teachers Hall of Fame. She is also the keynote speaker for the American Society of Journalists and Authors Annual Conference this May in New York City.

Michael Saad

Michael V. Saad ’05, ’07 MA (LM) of Lewis Center, Ohio, is the senior account executive at FiveHundred Degrees Studio in Columbus.

Michael Brewer

Michael Brewer ’96, ’98 MEd (LM) of Euclid, Ohio, is assistant principal in the Orange City Schools.

Tamara Bundy

Tamara Bundy ’83 of Cincinnati has published “Walking with Miss Millie,” a novel about a friendship between a young Caucasian girl and her elderly African-American neighbor in 1960s Georgia.

Judith Henberger Leddy

Judith Henberger Leddy ’78 (LM) of Colleyville, Texas, received a distinguished service award from the Carroll Independent School District in Southlake, Texas. Leddy is retired from Carroll as teacher in the gifted program.

Carol Gillespie and Ron Thompson

Carol Gillespie ’67 (LM) and Ron Thompson ’67, ’69 MS (LM) of Utica, Ohio, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 19, 2017.

Rebecca Rhinehart

Rebecca Rhinehart ’03 of Canal Winchester, Ohio, received the 2017 Bexley Educator of the Year Award from the Bexley Education Foundation. She is Theatre Arts director for the Bexley school district.

James Howley

James Howley ’91 MA of Chicago, Illinois, is dean of instruction at Wilbur Wright College at the City Colleges of Chicago.

George Lesmes

George Lesmes ’76 PHD of Simpsonville, South Carolina, serves as the chief operating officer of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and executive director of Pediatric Specialists of America. Both are a part of the Miami Children’s Health System in Florida.

Kiernan Gordon

Kiernan Gordon ’13 PHD of Rochester, New Hampshire, was a guest lecturer at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design to discuss his research, which examines people’s engagement with, and consumption of, various forms of facilities, events and related products. Gordon is an assistant professor of sport studies at the University of New Hampshire.

Anna Winders

Anna Jacks Winders ’10 has been named one of 20 Outstanding Women for 2017 in Columbus by WSNY Sunny 95.

Justin Reckers

Justin E. Reckers ’03 of Lake Elsinore, California, is president of the board of directors of the Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego.

Tracey Johnson

Tracey D. Johnson ’92, ’02 MA (LM) of Columbus was an adult honoree for The Walk to Cure Arthritis from the Arthritis Foundation Great Lakes Region.

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.

Erin Powell

Erin E. Powell ’11 of Saint Charles, Michigan, received the USDA’s Abraham Lincoln Honor Award from Michigan State University Extension.

Sharan Gibson

Sharan Gibson ’02 PHD of Escondido, California, is the author of “Every Young Child a Reader,” published by Teachers College Press.

Susan Wiltshire

Susan Wiltshire ’09 (LM) of Strongsville, Ohio, is a contract administrator for Stock Equipment Company in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

Scott Bryant

Scott Bryant ’07, ’14 of Canal Winchester, Ohio, is an education program specialist in the Office of Curriculum and Assessment in the Ohio Department of Education in Columbus.

Bill Kenley

Bill Kenley ’96 MA of Noblesville, Indiana, is a finalist for the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Emerging Author Award. An English teacher at Noblesville High School, Kenley has authored “High School Runner (Freshman).”

Richard M. Krach

Richard M. Krach ’74, ’77 MA, ’86 PHD of Towson, Maryland, conducted two summer workshops for teachers in the Baltimore County, Maryland, Public Schools. One workshop was titled “Mathematics in the Middle,” and featured content emphasized by the Common Core State Standards for middle school students. The other was the Summer Algebra Institute, also featuring Common Core State Standards. Krach is a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics at Towson University.

Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor ’04 MA is assistant dean of academic services for the Quinnipiac University School of Business in Hamden, Connecticut. He and his husband, David, live in Watertown, Connecticut, with their three children.

Lisa Bower Gossman

Lisa Bower Gossman ’00, ’01 MEd and Flint Gossman of Upper Arlington, Ohio: January 16, 2016.

Kerry Ignatz

Kerry Ignatz ’99 (LM) of Briarcliff Manor, New York, earned professional certification in volunteer administration from the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration.

Carrie A. Jones

Carrie A. Jones ’98, ’99 MEd (LM) of Raleigh, North Carolina, was elected as High School Division Director on the National Science Teachers Association Board. She is president of the North Carolina Science Teachers Association.

Ken Friedlander

Ken Friedlander ’82 of Dublin, Ohio, received a patent for Create-A-Space, a portable seat partition for air travelers. Create-A-Space is a product of Solutions at Large.

Shaman Sharma

Shaman Sharma ’16 of Columbus is a career firefighter with the Washington Township Fire Department in Dayton, Ohio.

Neal Craft

Neal Craft '78 (LM) of Elm City North Carolina, is president of Craft Technologies in Wilson, North Carolina. The company was awarded a nearly $850,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for analytical work aimed at improving nutrition in the developing world.

John Schaefer

John P. "Phil" Schaefer '62 of Dacula, Georgia, was inducted into the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. He previously was inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame and was given the Masters Major Achievement Award by the Augusta National Golf Club in 2010.

Robin Graves

Robin Graves '01 of Charlotte, North Carolina, is a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch.

Jane Best

Jane R. Best '96 MA of Denver, Colorado, is director of the Art Education Partnership in Denver.

Katherine McClellan

Katherine Orr McClellan '95 of Greensboro, North Carolina, is clinical administrative manager for the Hematology/Oncology Department of Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

​Terry Beck

Terry Beck '88 MA (LM) of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, is a real estate professional with Sotheby's International Realty. He also started a golf cart rental business, Coconut Carts Belize, on Ambergris Caye.

​Nancy Vandayburg Johnson

Nancy Vandayburg Johnson '81 of Kennesaw, Georgia, has retired as a teacher in the Paulding County Schools in Dallas, Georgia.

​Susan P. Crites

Susan P. Crites '79 (LM) of Worthington, Ohio, is a compliance and operations specialist in the Columbus-based investment management and financial advisory firm Hamilton Capital Management.

​Frank Shushok

Frank Shushok '93 MA (LM) received the 2015 Research and Publication Award from the Association of College and University Housing Officers International. Shushok is senior associate vice president for student affairs and associate professor of higher education at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

​Kevin J. Meyer

Kevin J. Meyer ’99, ’01 MS, ’07 PhD of Louisville, Ohio, teaches an eight-week course at the University of Mount Union. The “Face Your Fear Project” was featured in an episode of ABC’s “Nightline.” The course teaches how a mental illness is diagnosed and treated.

​Steve Crawford

Steve Crawford ’03 MA received a Fulbright Fellowship to Germany in the fall of 2015. Crawford is director of alumni relations at Denison University.

​Richard T. Bunner

Richard T. Bunner ’66, ’68 MA of Zanesville, Ohio, received the 2015 Jenny Pomeroy Public Health Award by Prevent Blindness.

​Kelsey Brax

Kelsey Brax ’14, ’15 MEd of Erie, Colorado, was chosen by the Knowles Sciences Teaching Foundation as a member of the 2015 Teaching Fellows. She teaches math at Erie High School.

Travis Mountain

Travis Mountain ’15 PhD of Christiansburg, Virginia, is an Extension specialist and assistant professor of agricultural and applied economics in the Virginia Tech

Jackie Jackson-Dean

To Jackie Jackson-Dean ’00, ’02 MA (LM) and Brian Dean of Trinity, Florida: a girl, Mya KayLynn, July 30, 2015.

Laura Arend Haverkamp and Michael F. Haverkamp

To Laura Arend Haverkamp ’99, ’00 MEd (LM) and Michael F. Haverkamp ’99 (LM) of Dublin, Ohio: a boy, Miles Francis, May 21, 2015.