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(Published in the Winter 2014 Bulletin)


Dr. J. Wendell Lotz, Milford, Ohio, is the recipient of the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the Book Industry Study Group.


Gerald R. Leipply, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, is the recipient of the Akron Bar Association’s 2013 Professionalism Award for dedication to the standards of the profession, integrity and humanitarian concern.


Mary Lee (Russell) Minor, Bucyrus, Ohio is serving a two-year term as president of the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs.


In October, Dr. Raul Cuero, Cypress, Texas, received the Hispanic Scientist of the Year award from the Museum of Science and Industry. He has been widely recognized for his work in biotechnology. He taught at Texas A&M University and has been part of several NASA investigations. He currently works for a lab near his home.

Rev. H. Wayne Gregory, Browntown, Wis., is the pastor at Peace Church in Christ in Browntown.

Tina (Jamieson) Knobel, Granville, Ohio, retired July 1 as the first lady of Denison University along with her husband, Dale, who had served as Denison’s president for 15 years. She was recognized for her contributions to the campus with an honorary Distinguished Alumni citation and in the community for her civic leadership on symphony, museum and social services boards. Denison designated Knobel Hall to recognize the couple for their service to the university.

Jesse Ramey, Hilliard, Ohio, completed his master’s degree in education from Muskingum University and has used the training to expand his tutoring practice. His graduate project consisted of writing several software applications for teaching and learning science and math.

Bill Tashima and Chris Bentley were married Aug. 10, 2013. They live in Fall City, Wash.

Diane DiFernando, Wayne, Pa., retired in June after teaching Spanish and French at Valley Forge Middle School in Wayne.

Robert Lockett, Columbia, Md., received an “out of the box” award from Howard County Library System for his idea for a film series that features recently released independent and foreign films. The series has grown in popularity over the years.


Jeffrey R. Ellsworth, Brewster, N.Y., recently celebrated 25 years as a horticulturist for New York City parks. He is an attorney with Grais & Ellsworth.

Ellyn Ruthstrom, Somerville, Mass., co-organized the first White House Roundtable on Bisexual Issues, held on Sept. 23. She is president of the Bisexual Resource Center, which led a group of 33 activists from around the country who presented to Obama administration officials information about their community’s health and mental health disparities, hate crimes and bullying, workplace discrimination, partner violence and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Rev. Elizabeth Long-Higgins, Canal Winchester, Ohio, has been hired as the director of church and community relations for United Church Homes. She is married to David Long-Higgins, ’84, and serves on Heidelberg’s Board of Trustees.

Col. Chad Breeden assumed command of Marine Air Control Group 38 during a ceremony in San Diego in August. Chad and his family relocated to the San Diego area in June.


Mr. & Mrs. Bryce Tuohy, Blacklick, Ohio, are the parents of a daughter, Anna Caroline, born Feb. 8, 2013.

Tracy Canavan-Dallmeyer, Plainfield, Ill., received Plainfield District 202’s Friend of Bonnie McBeth Learning Center Coordination of Administration and Parent Groups for Educational Efficiency Award for her volunteer service to make sure the Bonnie McBeth Learning Center strives for excellence. She had served as the center’s PTO president.

Jeff Sellers, Xenia, Ohio, is the new vice president of philanthropy at Episcopal Retirement Homes of Cincinnati.

Mr. & Mrs. Larry Libbee, Fort Wayne, Ind., are the parents of a daughter, Allison Grace, born April 15, 2013.

John Kramer, Tiffin, was named technology integration specialist for the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center in Tiffin. In his new position, John travels to area schools to train teachers and students in the use of technology in the classroom and team teaches with them in technology projects.


Mr. & Mrs. Don (Andrea Ferris) Graves, LaGrange, Ohio, are the parents of a son, Tristan Edwards, born Feb. 18, 2013.

Mr. & Mrs. Matthew (Maria Monte, ’02) Schondel, Blacklick, Ohio, are the parents of a daughter, Teagan Mara, born Aug. 1, 2013.

Sheryl Scanlon & Ty Schwamberger were married June 15, 2013. They reside in Stow, Ohio.

Jeff Kreger, Canton, Ohio, is the new manager of the Sandy Valley Branch of the Stark County District Library.

Mr. & Mrs. Mark Kiedrowski, Layton, Utah, are the parents of a son, Joseph Robert, born in August 2013.

Mr. & Mrs. Adam (Heather Hart) Powers, Lakewood, Ohio, are the parents of a daughter, Cordelia Rae, born Aug. 31, 2012.

Duane Davis, Salem, Ind., was awarded a certificate as an educational specialist in teacher leadership from the Riley School of Education and Leadership at Walden University. His research pursuits are in classroom management and poverty. He is a doctoral candidate at Riley School, majoring in teacher leadership.

Mr. & Mrs. Eric (Jessica Woodring) Goepfert, Boca Raton, Fla., are the parents of a daughter, Elyse Charlotte, born June 13, 2013.

Mr. & Mrs. Brian (Carisa Frysinger) Lanning, Mount Vernon, Ohio, are the parents of a daughter, Abigail Mae, born on Dec. 12, 2012.

Jessica Maloney, Orlando, Fla., has accepted the role of manager of new business initiatives supporting Disney Worldwide Resort Operations. In her new role, Jessica is leading the lodging responsibilities for multi-site third party contract initiatives that advance Disney Resorts strategy and deliver financial, brand and experiential value back to the company. She is married to Benjamin Sargent, ‘03.

Anna (Krupar) Pack, Wickliffe, Ohio, is the associate director of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association in Chagrin Falls. AOSA is a professional organization of educators dedicated to the creative music and movement approach developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman. She has been employed with AOSA for seven years.

Mr. & Mrs. Ryan Wason, Cumming, Ga., are the parents of a daughter, Ella Jewell, born Oct. 15, 2012.

Chad Campbell, Eastlake, Ohio, completed his doctoral degree in STEM education from The Ohio State
University in August 2013. He is married to Jennifer (Fox) Campbell, ’04.

Amanda Maple was one of five recipients of the Science Foundation Arizona’s Bisgrove Scholars Award. She earned her Ph.D. in psychology and neuroscience at Arizona State University in May. Her research about schizophrenia has been published in several journals.

Heather Palmer, Fort Wayne, Ind., completed her master’s degree in special education at Indiana University’s IPFW campus. Since 2009, she has been working as the director of therapy services at Ferraro Behavior Sciences, where she developed and manages the music and recreation therapy departments.

Mr. & Mrs. William Andrew (Sarah Witkowski, ‘05) Yount, Greensburg, Pa., are the parents of a son, Aiden Andrew, born Sept. 13, 2013.

Mr. & Mrs. Jordan (Stefani Roniger) Burgess, Dayton, Ohio, are the parents of a son, Lincoln, born Feb. 21, 2013.

Sarah Clark married Killian Johnson on Aug. 17, 2013. They reside in Delaware, Ohio.

Mr. & Mrs. Jay (Erin Eick) Gallaher, Etna, Ohio, are the parents of a daughter, Olivia Jayne, born April 5, 2013.

Capt. Joel McMichael, Zanesville, Ohio, took command of the Ohio National Guard’s Alpha Company, 237th BSB in Cleveland on April 14. He was promoted to his current rank on Sept. 15.

Brett Hastings & Kimberly Pagan were married Sept. 7, 2013. They reside in Dublin, Ohio.

Whitney M. Buterbaugh, Jacobsburg, Ohio, received her doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Cincinnati’s James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy.

Mr. & Mrs. Martin (Hillary Deuble) Frase, North Canton, Ohio, are the parents of a son, Bennett James, born March 23, 2013.

Michael Rando, Franklin, Ohio, received his doctoral degree in physical therapy in the summer. He is working as a physical therapist in Dayton. He is married to Jessica (Evans) Rando, ’07.

Justin Toft married Diane Myers on Oct. 5, 2013. The couple lives in Sandusky, Ohio.


Travis Kinn & Melissa Shomody, ’11, were married on June 22, 2013. They reside in Findlay, Ohio.

Dennis LoConti, Wooster, Ohio, completed his master’s degree in higher education leadership in May from Baldwin Wallace University. In August, he accepted an area director position in the Office of
Residence Life at the College of Wooster.

Karyn (Anders) Moyer, Temperance, Mich., has been promoted to the position of digital operations and promotions coordinator at Cumulus Broadcasting in Toledo.

Sarah Ward, Cincinnati, has published her first non-fiction book, If You’re a Princess, Where’s Your Crown earlier this year.

Tommy Cobus & Tinleigh Fisher, ’12, were married Aug. 18, 2013. They reside in Hilliard, Ohio.

Danielle Pike, Columbus, has been promoted to senior legislative aide in the Ohio House of Representatives, where she currently works for the Democratic Leader of the House.

Alayna Stastny, Westerville, Ohio, is teaching ninth grade math at Westerville North High School.

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