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(Published in the Summer 2015 Bulletin)


Gene Gilliom, Columbus, was inducted into the Bluffton (Ind.) High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He is professor emeritus of social studies and global education at The Ohio State University.


M. Rupert Cutler, Roanoke, Va., has been elected president of the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy and also is serving on the Roanoke Arts Commission.


Dr. Jim Poyak, Scottsdale, Ariz., continues to enjoy a full-time dental practice in addition to taking dental mission trips with his wife, Susan, to Jamaica and Haiti. He serves as vice president of the International Association of Orthodontics and loves scuba diving.


Ron Johnston, Marietta, Ohio, was named best sports columnist at the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors newspaper competition in May. He has covered sports for the Marietta Times for many years.

Kenneth A. Parker, Washington, D.C., received his Ed.D. degree from Delaware State University. He retired from the District of Columbia Public Schools in 2003, and taught for 10 years at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. Currently, he is an adjunct professor at Trinity Washington University.

Bob Roland, Gloucester, Mass., has been selected for induction into the Gloucester High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Bob served 36 years in the Gloucester Public Schools as a physical education teacher, football and track coach and athletic director. He also was inducted into the Brewster Academic Athletic Hall of Fame in Wolfeboro, N.H.


Barbara (Tollefson) Burdick, Canton, N.Y., gave an invited piano recital at the Hayner Cultural Center in Troy, Ohio, in November 2014, as part of the center’s annual Homecoming Concert. In Canton, she is president of the Grasse River Players and treasurer of the North Country Music Teachers Association. She has directed the pit orchestra for several high school musicals and regularly teaches about three dozen piano students, from pre-school to adult.


Martin Hemmer, Westfield, N.Y., teaches the New York State Standards of First Aid Skills and Knowledge with CPR/AED to high school coaches and teaches and advises Theory and Techniques of Coaching and Health Sciences Applied to Coaching, both New York requirements to coach at the junior high and senior high levels. In the summer months, he is the pro shop manager at Chautauqua Point Golf Course.


Mark Peeples, Columbus, is serving as president of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, which is the honor society of scientists and engineers that recognizes scientific achievement and works to enhance the health of the research enterprise. Mark has been a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University for the past 11 years. He leads an active research lab at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.


Sue (Hartshorn) Dunbar, New Salem, Mass., recently retired after 38 years teaching instrumental music in grades 4-6 at Amherst Public Schools. She also serves as her church’s treasurer, is a member of the Scots Highland Pipes and Drums in Massachusetts and does library technical outreach for her local library.


Elrich “Pete” Greene, Burlington, N.J., was inducted into the New Jersey elected Officials Hall of Fame Feb. 4 and was honored by Burlington’s mayor and township council for his 20 years of service as councilman. On March 29, he was ordained a deacon at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Burlington. He is married to Barbara Ann (Wesley), ’78.


Frank Lamoreaux, Attica, Ohio, as retired after 30 years of coaching baseball at Seneca East High School. His final season was called off in June when he was named the state’s Division IV coach of the year. The Tigers went 406-270 under Frank.


Dr. Paul Adams, Hays, Kan., has been appointed dean of the College of Education and Technology at Fort Hays State University. He had been professor of physics at Fort Hays State.

Melinda Quellhorst, Lancaster, Ohio, is serving as senior pastor at Grace United Church of Christ in Lancaster, as of September 2014.


Thirty years after qualifying for the Division III national championships in track during his senior year at Heidelberg, Dr. Dennis Brickner, Springboro, Ohio, competed in the Senior Olympic Nationals in Minnesota in July. His events were the 50-, 100- and 200-meter dashes.He recently completed 25 years as a doctor of chiropractic.


Dr. Grant Cook, Alliance, Ohio, has been promoted to the rank of professor at the University of Mount Union, where he currently serves as the director of choral activities.


Dr. Jeff Waple, Milford, Ohio, is the new vice chancellor for student affairs at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He previously was assistant vice president for student engagement and dean of students at Northern Kentucky University.


Anita Newman, Urbana, Ohio, received her master’s degree in differentiated learning from Concordia University Chicago on May 9.

Julie (Wang) Warren, Lakewood, Ohio, was named the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce 2015 Business Person of the Year. Julie and her husband, Shawn, own and operate Erie Design a local sign company. She has served on the chamber’s board for nine years.


Christine (Haviland) Shanahan, Fairport, N.Y., has been named program coordinator for Girls o the Run of Greater Rochester.


Stephanie (Mowles) Hlavin, Longwood, Fla., recently received her master’s degree in humanities with a concentration in art and visual media from Tiffin University.


Mr. and Mrs. Dan (Fran Gittinger) Shook, Tiffin, are the parents of a son, Grant Daniel, born Jan. 28, 2015.


Mr. and Mrs. Brian (Rachael Patt) Meier, Fishers, Ind., are the parents of a daughter, Abigail Catherine, born Nov. 15, 2013.


David Harmon, Delaware, Ohio, was appointed superintendent of the Benjamin Local School District in May. He is married to Allyson (Yusko), ’00.


David Granata, Columbus, has a new position as control room specialist for JP Morgan Chase.

President Barack Obama has named Melissa Harrison press secretary of the U.S. EPA.



Michael Cole, Cleveland, has been promoted to assistant vice president for Fifth Third Bank residential Lending Department.


Mr. and Mrs. Sean (Abigail Tkacz) Rice, Toledo, are the parents of a daughter, Kennedy Irene, born Feb. 11, 2015.


Mr. and Mrs. Greg (Ashlie Burkhart) Gowitzka, Clyde, Ohio, are the parents of a son, James, born Nov. 20, 2014. Additionally, Ashley earned her master’s degree in classroom technology from Bowling Green State University. She teaches biology at Perkins High School in Sandusky.

Mr. and Mrs. Rodney (Angelica Ardner) Hillis, Willard, Ohio, are the parents of a son, Alex Xavier, born Aug. 23, 2014.

Scott Knisely, Fremont, Ohio, has been named the head football coach at St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo.

Libby Wagner married Ryan Kyle on July 5, 2014. They reside in Sandusky.


Mr. and Mrs. John (Amanda Bowser) Wass, Addison, Pa., are the parents of two children, John IV, born June 26, 2012, and a daughter, Josie, born March 25, 2014.

Nicholas and Ashley (Foust) Rossiter, Aurora, Ohio, are the parents of a daughter, Avery Grace, born Jan. 12, 2014.

Mr. and Mrs. Justin Toft, Sandusky, Ohio, are the parents of a son, Theodore A., born June 28, 2015.

Brandon Zeller and Ashley Klaco, ’11, were married April 18, 2015. They reside in Columbus.


Kimberly States, Brooklyn, N.Y., performed the role of Agnes McIntyre in the New York premiere of baby shower by Bruce Trinkley and Jason Charnesky with the Fresh Squeezed Opera Company in June.


Colleen Murrett, New York City, successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation at Columbia Univeristy in the field of theoretical chemistry. Her research focused on antibody modeling and simulation.


Chris Hogan and Dani Merritt, ’12, were married on Dec. 31, 2014. The couple resides in Delaware, Ohio, where Dani teaches in Lexington and Chris works as an accountant in Columbus.


Amber Mahan, Logan, Ohio, has enrolled in Ohio Northern University to pursue her law degree.

Taylor (Stout) Kidwell, Ashley, Ohio, gave birth to a daughter, Sophia Alexis, on Jan. 16, 2015.

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