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(Published in the Winter 2015 Bulletin)


Ken Jasnau, Eatonton, Ga., is the inaugural recipient of an award named in recognition of his years of service to social work in Georgia. The National Association of Social Workers, Georgia Chapter, created the Kenneth F. Jasnau Community Practice/Community Organizing Award and presented it to Ken on Oct. 24.

Ralph Zecchino, Rochester, N.Y., has retired as director of the Greece, N.Y., Choral Society, after 42 years. He founded the troupe in the ‘70s. Ralph and his wife, Sandy, are retired music educators.

Mary Ann (Klaber) Keller, Hamilton, Ohio is the author of a children’s book, My Dad has Spasmodic Dysphonia. The book explains SD to children whose parents or grandparents have developed the rare voice disorder which can make it difficult to speak. It also discusses treatment options. After developing SD, Mary Ann became the leader of the Greater Dayton Support Group and is active in raising research funds as well as awareness. The book is available on the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association website (


Dr. Jane (Zartman) Woodrow, Athens, Ohio, received Ohio Women in Psychology’s Lifetime Achievement Award, presented at the OWP’s national convention in April 2014. Jane has been a licensed psychologist since 1973, having worked in several community agencies as a clinical psychologist with both children and adults.

John W. Porter, Washington, D.C., was elected trustee of the District of Columbia Counseling Association, a state branch of the American Counseling Association. For more than 40 years, he has been an active member of both organizations, serving as president of DCCA and working with ACA on regional and national efforts. He serves as a site visit accreditation team member for the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

Marilyn (Stanford) Slaby, Copley, Ohio, is serving as the state representative of Ohio’s 38th District.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has appointed Elizabeth (Ebel) Tracy, New Albany, Ohio, to the Ohio Ethics Commission.

J. Patrick Penrod, Aiken, S.C., has been inducted into the Wickliffe, Ohio, City Hall of Fame in recognition of his 30 years of working with theatre at Wickliffe High School and local community theatres.

After 40 years of practicing law, Robert Clarke, Hillsborough, N.J., received his master’s degree in theology from The College of St. Elizabeth on May 17. He is planning to work in the field of adult Christian education.

Margaret “Meg” (Lipson) Knight, North Judson, Ind., retired in December 2013 after 36 years of teaching primarily second grade.


Donald R. Keller, Galloway, Ohio, was recognized by Best Lawyers as the Columbus Labor and Employment Litigation Lawyer of the Year. He serves as lead trial council in employment-related litigation matters and as outside legal counsel to private and public employers. He also has written and lectured extensively in the areas of labor and employment matters. He practices with the McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC law firm.

Judy Goering, Albuquerque, attended the Development Dimensions International Facilitation Skills workshop, where she obtained certification to present a variety of workplace development and leadership classes for DDI.

William Schipp, Des Moines, Wash., has worked for the Superior Court the past 13 years. For the past five years, he has supervised a multi-disciplinary team doing mental health and substance abuse assessments and psychological evaluations for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.

Peggy (Overholser) Steinberg, Centerville, Ohio, was named silver medalist at the Professional Photographers of America 2014 International Photographic Competition. As a result, her work will be on display at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville in February 2015. Peggy, who specializes in floral, nature and travel photography, is a member of the Dayton Visual Arts Center.


Dan Frizell, Smithville, Ohio, has completed 32 years of teaching at Smithville.

Dr. Denise Seachrist, Rootstown, Ohio, has been appointed interim dean and chief administrative officer of Kent State University’s Stark campus. She has been director of KSU’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music since 2008.

Dr. Tom Poetter, Oxford, Ohio, ran for election to unseat House Speaker John Boehner in the fall 2014 general election. The Miami University professor’s bid was unsuccessful.

Tricia (Smith) Applegate, Ashland, Ohio, was recognized with an Academic Mentor Award at Ashland University.

Steve Emerson, LaGrange, Ky., was appointed principal of South Oldham Middle School.


Brian Filippetti, Westerville, Ohio, won an Emmy for his directing of the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey telecasts.

Kristy (Shanbrom) Meyer, Westerville, Ohio, was recently honored with the State Water Conservationist of the Year award by the League of Ohio Sportsmen. She is the managing director of Agricultural, Health & Clean Water Programs for the Ohio Environmental Council.

Sara (Creque) Thomas, Pleasant Prairie, Wis., has been conducting research on Lake Michigan for the INHS Lake Michigan Biological Station for the past 12 years. She was recently promoted to senior aquatic ecologist.


Rebecca (Denton) Shope, Toledo, has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the Advisory Group for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. She is an associate in the Toledo office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, practicing in the litigation practice group.

Philip Myers, Dayton, earned his doctorate in 2013 from Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine and is currently completing his residency for board certification in orthopedic surgery.

Rebekah Rowland, Portland, Maine, received her master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island in communication studies with a focus in organizational communication.

Alycia (Brown) Palmer, Gaithersburg, Md., received her Ph.D. in chemistry from The Ohio State University in August. She is on the faculty at Montgomery College in Maryland.

Rachael (Hoover) Potter, Dublin, Ohio, received her doctorate in exercise science last summer from The University of Toledo. She is working as a postdoctoral scientist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.

Ben Schwarz, Columbus, Ohio, is the assistant director for the Center of Student involvement, where he is heading the Greek life program and coordinating campus programs. He is married to Jessica Pavelka, ’10, who is working as the group sales manager of The Four Points by Sheraton Columbus—Polaris hotel.


Colleen Murrett, New York City, was awarded a master’s degree in chemical physics from Columbia University in May 2014. She is now a Ph.D. candidate and expects to defend her thesis in mid-2015. Her thesis research focuses on developing computational methods to predict the structure of antibodies and applies these methods to understand anti-HIV antibodies, with long-term implications for HIV vaccine development.

CORRECTION: The Lifetime Achievement award mentioned in the Summer 2014 issue of The Heidelberg Bulletin was given to Wendell Lotz Jr., ’66, and not to his father, Wendell Lotz Sr. We apologize for the error.

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