Akron Magazine — Summer 2011
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Benjamin Ammons ’58 Receives Alumni Award

Mr. Benjamin G. Ammons ’58 was awarded a University of Akron Alumni Honor Award on April 21, 2011. Ammons has also received both the University’s Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters – the University’s highest award — in recognition of his longstanding commitment and support of UA.

Ammons was on the UA Board of Trustees from 1984-1993, serving as chairperson three times. He was on the steering Committee of the University’s Heritage and Vision Campaign, which surpassed its goal of $52 million and finished six months ahead of schedule.

He also served on UA’s Foundation Board of Directors and was chairman of its Investment Committee from 1989-1993. During that time the Foundation’s endowment grew from $40 million to $65 million. He served twice on the College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council, as well as on the H. Kenneth Barker Center for Economic Education Advisory Board and the Hower House Foundation Board of Directors.

A highly accomplished corporate executive in the rubber industry, Ammons served as Bridgestone/Firestone’s corporate senior vice president of Total Quality Control, company officer, president of the Diversified Products Group, executive vice president of World Tire Marketing and Sales, executive vice president of Carlisle Tire & Rubber and various assignments at B. F. Goodrich, including corporate director of Business Planning and Development.

UA Officials Visit Alumni in Taiwan and South Korea

Provost Mike Sherman, Vice President of Public Affairs and Development John LaGuardia, and Development Officer Scott Taylor recently visited with University of Akron alumni in South Korea and Taiwan.

The UA contingency greatly enjoyed learning about the experiences of the alums, and shared University news (and Zippy!) With the graduates as well.

The University Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship Celebrates a Decade of Helping Students

The University of Akron Alumni Association established the Legacy Scholarship in 2001 through its governing body, the National Alumni Board of Directors. The Legacy Scholarship assists new, full-time freshman who are the children, grandchildren or under legal guardianship of a University of Akron alumnus. The scholarship symbolizes the appreciation for our many alumni who have contributed to the growth and enrichment of The University of Akron.

Class Notes


Dr. Jim Chisman, BSEE ‘58, has recently published two books: “Bullette and Jessica” (juvenile fi ction) and “Travels and Tribulations: A Memoir” (episodes from travel to 78 countries). Also the feature article in the latest issue of the MENSA Bulletin, “The War Is Finally Over,” was written by him.


Bill Considine, BA ’69, president and CEO of Akron Children’s Hospital, will receive the Akron Community Foundation’s Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award.


Jill Bahr, BA’79, received an award from the City of Charleston for her artistic excellence. She is the resident choreographer for the Charleston Ballet.

David J. Bodo, Sr., AAS ’74, was named the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio Member of the Year.

Charlene Corlett, MA ’71, has been named the committee chairwoman for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival.

Anne Arundel County (Maryland) Circuit Court Administrative Judge Nancy L. Davis-Loomis, BA ’68, MA ’76, has been named administrative judge for the Fifth Judicial Circuit. After receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees from The University of Akron, she graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1982.

Dennis Gartman, BA ’72, financial trader and publisher of The Gartman Letter, has set up an endowed scholarship at The University of Akron for undergraduate English majors in the name of his favorite professor, Sally Kennedy Slocum.

Patrick Ivey, BA ’73, has been named circulation director for The Durango Herald, The Cortez Journal, The Mancos Times, and The Dolores Star, a group of family-owned newspapers in southwestern Colorado. Ivey was recently a circulation manager with the Detroit Free Press.

The law firm of Roetzel & Andress LPA is pleased to announce Robert Pritt, BA ’69, JD ’74, was recognized among best in Florida by Super Lawyers magazine.

Jay Rosman, JD ’78, has been named Lee Circuit Chief Judge.

Roger Sidoti, BAED ’71, is retiring as principal at Kent’s Theodore Roosevelt High School.

Bruce M. Winchell, BS ’70, BA ’70, JD ’74, is one of the Best of the Bar Honorees in New Mexico.


Vince Beal, AAS ’88, is the new Uhrichsville police chief.

Mark L. Blum, BSA ’82, is the new regional publisher for the Media General South Carolina Community Newspapers.

Marketing alumnus Tim Botschner, BSBA ’87, has joined Velvet Ice Cream as regional manager of the company’s Bucyrus operation.

Law alumna Martha Bushey, JD ’89, won the Athena Award from The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and the Youngstown Vindicator.

Gov. John R. Kasich named C. Randy Cole, BS ’89, as the new president of the Ohio Controlling Board, an arm of the Office of Budget and Management (OBM) that provides legislative oversight over certain capital and operating expenditures by state agencies. Cole also serves as policy advisor to OBM Director Timothy S. Keen.

Dale Davidson, MM ’88, is retiring from his job as a music teacher at Green High School.

Karen Despot, BFA ’80, owner of de Spot Art Gallery and Studio since 2005, was recently accepted into the Inaugural Art Show of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine’s “Arts in Medicine Program.”

Kevin Jerome Everson, BFA ’88, has made five feature films and over seventy shorts. Among many other honors, he was named one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine in 2006, has been featured in the Whitney Biennial, and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ohio Arts Council.

Lois Foster, MA ’83, is retiring from her position as vice president of community impact for the United Way of Summit County.

Jeanne (Cranon) Fuqua, BA ’81, will be inducted into the Woodward High School Hall of Fame.

Chris Groubert, BSA ’89, was inducted into the Crestwood Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.

Ronald Kerns, BM ’88, owns Panyard Inc., a company that is recognized as the world leader in manufacturing steel drums.

Steve Marks, BSA ’81, co-founder of Akron’s own Main Street Gourmet, has been named the 2011 Small Business Person(s) of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for Northern Ohio. Main Street Gourmet was also selected as the Wellness@Work Grand Prize Award winner for small to mid-size companies from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Mike McGlinchy, BSCE ’80, will retire as the City of Akron’s public utilities manager.

Donald B. “Mickey” McMillan, CPA, BSA ’83, has been named chief accounting offi cer and corporate controller of A. Schulman Inc.

Carolyn “Cari” Miller, BA ’89, has opened an art studio/ gallery in the Summit Artspace Building in Akron.

Harvey Nelson, BS ’89, co-founder of Akron’s own Main Street Gourmet, has been named the 2011 Small Business Person(s) of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for Northern Ohio. Main Street Gourmet was also selected as the Wellness@Work Grand Prize Award winner for small to mid-size companies from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

James Nice, BSED ’80, has been selected as the City of Akron’s new police chief.

Charles M. Obendorf, BSBA ’80, has joined MTD Products as the director of product marketing at their headquarters in Valley City.

Tamara “Tammy” A. O’Brien, BAED ’89, has been appointed to serve as judge in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas, General Division.

Joseph R. Paul, BSBA ’84, BSA ’85, MBA ’86, has been named vice president of The Davey Tree Expert Company. Paul also holds the position of treasurer at Davey and serves as a corporate officer.

The Boeing Company has named Scott R. Rudy, BSCS ’84, as director of AH-6 Helicopter Programs.

Timothy B. Saylor, JD ’89, is the new president of the Stark County Bar Association.

Paul Woodard, BAED ’89, is the new superintendent for the Newton Falls Exempted Village School District.

Winthrop Police Chief Frank Zebedis, AAS ’84, a criminal justice alumnus, is the 2011 recipient of the Come-See-Me festival’s Beyond the Call of the Glen Award.


Paula (Masuga) Adam, BSBA ’90, has joined Thread Marketing Group in Maumee, OH as integrated communications director.

Tracey Arnone, MAED ’90, will be the new principal of St. Hilary School.

Mickey E. Becerra, BA ’97, JD ’97, has been named North Royalton High School principal.

Leslie K. Belfance, BA ’91, has been named executive director of Westminster-Thurber Community, a Columbus-based continuing care retirement community.

Dianna Bennett, BSBA ’91, is the new chairwoman of Akron’s Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) chapter.

Gerard “Jerry” Brown, BSED ’74, MSED ’99, is the author of his first published book: “Four the Balance of Life.” Brown has a private practice and has worked for the Cuyahoga Falls Local Schools for the past 12 years as a middle school counselor.

David Cappuzzello, BSED ’89, MSED ’93, is the new superintendent of the Girard City School District.

Bringing comfort to families grieving the death of a pet is the goal of “Bailey’s Heartstrings,” written by Joy Chicatelli, AAB ’93, who grew up on a small farm in Holmes County, Ohio.

Ronald Church, BA ’96, is the executive director for the City of Richmond Human Rights Commission.

Curtis Clough, MSED ’98, has been hired as superintendent of the Strasburg-Franklin School District.

Paul D. Curnes, Jr., BA ’96, has been named managing director at BenchMark Financial.

David Demagall, BSME ’92, has been named partner of Fredrick, Fredrick & Heller Engineering.

Douglas Dillon, BS ’87, MS ’94, has been named county engineer at the Cuyahoga County Department of Public Works.

Joseph DiRuzza, BSA ’91, has been named Canton’s new finance director.

Michael D. Dougherty, BS ’89, MBA ’98, is the new electric superintendent for Cuyahoga Falls.

Mark Fedor, BSME ’94, received the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce 2011 Business of the Year award.

Heather Frigyes, BSED ’95, is Minerva High School’s new girls’ varsity basketball coach.

Melody Hasch, BS ’98, MA ’02, has been promoted to director of information technology for Greenbax Enterprises and Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co.

Teresa Hazlett, BSA ’97, has been hired as the deputy service director for the City of Cuyahoga Falls.

Pamela (Merolillo) Houston, BA ’92, was inducted into the Warren High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.

Alumnus Ronald Johnson, AAS ’75, MPA ’99, is retiring as chief of the Dover Police Department.

Jason M. Keith, BSCHE ’95, was promoted to full professor of chemical engineering at Michigan Technological University.

Paula (Good) Mattei, BSED ’89, MSED ’91, owner and operator of www.myteamjewelry.com, has been listed as one of the top 25 Fund Raisers that www.momsteam.com loves.

Kelly McCarthy, BA ’94, MSED ’97, is the newest member of the North Ridgeville Board of Education.

Roy E. Mosley, III, BS ’92, is Streetsboro’s new police chief.

Sandra M. Pollino, MSED ’98, has written for release in January 2012: “Flying Fear Free – 7 Steps to Relieving Air Travel Anxiety.” She earned her BS in psychology from Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA; her master’s in counseling from The University of Akron; and her doctorate in clinical psychology from California Southern University.

Law alumnus Scott Reinbolt, JD ’95, Blanchester’s police chief, has been named Officer of the Year by the American Legion.

Simone R. Richardson, BA ’91, MA ’99, has created a new pardon resource guide. “Executive Clemency by Pardon: A Guide to Pardon Success” provides advice From state pardon boards and governors to help pardon applicants understand the criteria necessary for pardon consideration.

Kim Schroeter, MBA ’90, received an award for being an outstanding employee at Stark State.

Marcy Smith, AAB ’95, received the Father Thomas F. Mahar Outstanding Alumni Award from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

Shawn J. Smith, BSA ’87, MT ’93, is the president of Millennium Health Care Consulting, LLC.

Brent Stadler, BS ’97, is now the lead plant finance manager for GE Lighting in Ravenna, Ohio.

Scot A. Stevenson, BA ’89, JD ’92, was recently named magistrate of the Cuyahoga Falls Mayor’s Court.

Jonathan Swarts, BA ’91, has been promoted to associate professor of political science at Purdue University North Central.

Cathy Torgler, AAB ’85, BSIM ’91, received an award for being an outstanding employee at Stark State.

Jane Ann Turzillo, AAS ’83, BA ’90, writes about Ohio history and true crime. Her new book, “Wicked Women of Northeast Ohio,” combines both. She has won several Ohio Press Women awards for fiction and nonfiction and is the author of two historical books on Bath Township and Hudson, Ohio.

Tim Vandersall, BS ’90, is an environmental engineer at the Countywide Recycling and Disposal Facility, a 921-acre landfill located approximately ten miles south of Canton.

Fifth Third Bank’s Northeastern Ohio unit announced that Ted Walter, MBA ’90, has been named Akron president.

Christina Weyrick-Cooper, BA ’99, is the new outreach manager for the North Canton Chamber of Commerce.

Noell K. Wolfgram Evans, BA ’97, is the author of “Animators of Film and Television,” featuring a number of talented writers, directors, and artists who affected animation and changed popular culture.

Christopher Woofter, BSED ’93, MSED ’98, was appointed as the Chagrin Falls School District’s Intermediate School principal.

Stephanie York, JD ’94, will handle the City of Akron’s communications with the media and the public, in addition to handling legal cases for the city and reviewing contracts for the city administration.


Debra Albert, BSN ’87, MSN ’08, has been named CNO at MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn, Illinois.

Jason Anderson, BA ’94, MA ’00, representing the Cuyahoga Portage Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, was named Outstanding Teacher of American History.

Steven Ast, MSED ’05, has been named principal of Streetsboro High School.

Katherine Pauline Bennett, MA ’05, has earned her master’s degree (MEd Reading) from Edinboro University.

Nicholas A. Canitano, MT ’06, has joined KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, as a managing director leading its federal tax practice in Cleveland.

Chelsea Coleman, BSBA ’10, is a financial representative at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network.

Carla Conant, MBA ’10, was promoted to associate product manager at Saint-Gobain PPL. She will spend time at the Brazil facility and work on marketing strategy in South America.

Kathleen Dodd, BSBA ’01, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the DC Chapter of the American Advertising Federation. She also is the new marketing & communications manager at Georgetown University.

Bill Dubinsky, BSBA ’11, will ride his motorcycle across the country to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Dance alumnus Antwon Duncan, BA ’04, will participate in DanceWorks at Cleveland Public Theatre as part of the Verb ballets.

Christine Dutrow, BA ’05, was selected as the 2011 Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award recipient for Charles County.

GOJO Skin Care and Technology Scientist Sarah Laureen Edmonds, BS ’02, MS ’05, received the APIC 2011 William A. Rutala Award for distinction in scientific discovery.

Sayata Ghose, Ph.D. ’04, has been named one of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ (SME) Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers for 2011. Ghose is senior research scientist at the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, VA.

Dustin Grella, BA ’07, won the Next Great Filmmaker Award at the Berkshire International Film Festival for his short film, Prayers for Peace, a narrative stop-motion animation confronting the memory of his younger brother who was killed in the current conflict in Iraq.

Jeff Hildebrand, MSED ’01, has been named head football coach for Western Reserve Academy.

Cindy Hoyt, AA ’94, BSBA ’94, MBA ’03, is the new revenue director for Robinson Memorial Hospital.

Kevin Kroskey, BA ’01, MBA ’05, has opened a second Ohio office location for True Wealth Design, a holistic wealth management firm.

Maria Liossis, BS ’06, is the new tax department supervisor at Brockman, Coats, Gedelian & Co.

The Timken Company announced the appointment of Douglas R. Lucas, BS ’95, MS ’02, to the position of chief engineer of wind energy application engineering for Timken’s process industries business.

Scott Martin, MAED ’02, received the Frank Giampetro Distinguished EMS Educator Award from the Ohio American College of Emergency Physicians.

School of Communication alum and former Z-TV producer Mike Mattes, BA ’07, has been in L.A. for the past four years, working on the team that produces Cesar Milan’s “Dog Whisperer” show that airs on the National Geographic channel.

Computer Science alumnus Michael P. McCarthy, BS ’09, joined Siemens AG as a software engineer on June 1.

Eric R. McMillan, MA ’05, recently accepted a position with the Rutherford County Regional Planning Commission as their GIS planner.

Dr. Michelle A. Miller, Ph.D. ’09, received the Outstanding Thesis-Dissertation Award at the National Association of Developmental Education Conference.

Joachim Ifezuo Oforchukwu, MAED ’02, MA ’05, earned a doctorate in practical theology in May 2011, from the South African Theological Seminary, South Africa. Also, Dr. Oforchukwu published a new book entitled, “Perspectives on Leadership: A Synthesis of Types and Theories.”

Sara Otto, BSN ’08, has been named East Liverpool City Hospital’s Star Employee.

Brian Pelanda, MA ’08, was recently named valedictorian of the Whittier Law School 2011 graduating class, located in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Marijo N. Perry, BAED ’02, has earned her master’s degree (Med Reading) from Edinboro University.

Dr. Scott E. Randolph, MA ’02, of Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA has accepted a position as assistant professor of history at the University of Redlands in Redland, Calif.

Ryne Romick, BS ’09, is the assistant baseball coach at Ohio Valley University.

Artemio San Martin, MBA ’02, MS ’02, is a financial analysis consultant at Dell, Inc.

Maria Schiele, BA ’06, was awarded the Ohio Foreign Language Beginning Teacher Award by the Ohio Foreign Language Association.

Mike Studer, MS ’10, senior accountant at Rea & Associates, passed the exam to become a certified public accountant.

Social work alumna Michelle Tope, BA ’08, will be the next director of Tuscarawas County Job and Family Services.

Social work alumna Crystal Torrence, AAS ’97, BA ’01, has been appointed as administrator of Majora Lane Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing Care in Millersburg.

Michael Trecaso, II, AAB ’10, works full time as a chef at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse in Copley and as needed at Mary Coyle, the family’s ice cream shop.

Lori Visner, BA ’01, is the new facility director of the Cuyahoga Falls Natatorium.

Jeffrey Walker, BS ’07, was recently hired as the northern region emergency planner for the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

School of Communication alumni and former Z-TV producer Georges Yazbek, BA ’07, took fi rst and second place awards at the PX3 - Prix De La Photgraphie 2011 with both of his entries.

Dan Zaratsian, BS ’07, received his master of science in analytics (MSA) from North Carolina State University in May 2011. After completing his degree at NC State, Dan accepted a position as a text analytics consultant with the SAS Institute in Cary, NC.