Class Notes

Class Notes

Fall 2017

Class of 1945

Marguerite Cunningham celebrated her 90th birthday surrounded by her nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces, many of whom are fourth generation Holy Name graduates or current students!

Class of 1948

Army veteran John Sazpansky was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame last fall.

Class of 1964

Natalie Plocica has been retired from Southwest General Hospital for several years now and moved to Meadville, PA to live near family.

Class of 1967

Sharon Nawalaniec was elected by the Hiram College faculty in recognition of merit and accomplishment to the 2017 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges. Sharon transferred from Rollins College in Orlando, Florida where she was elected to Sigma Tau Delta the International English Honors Society; Alpha Sigma Lambda the Honor Society for Adult Learners in Higher Education and The National Society Of Collegiate Scholars for commitment to the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. She currently holds the position of Director of Education and Training for the Exercise Safety Association, an international membership association that she founded in 1978, where she served as international trainer and conference speaker for 30 years and continues to conduct research, train fitness professionals, and write books and articles for health and fitness teachers. She has been blessed with two daughters and two grandsons and currently lives in Maitland, Florida. Robert Ziccardi has retired.

Class of 1968

Tim Augustine wants to hear from fellow classmates. In particular, he is looking for ideas and volunteers for the Class of 1968’s 50th reunion, which he hopes will happen in summer 2018. His email is Tim has also set up a Facebook group named HNHS CLE 68 for classmates to connect through more easily.

Allen Strnad has retired after 25 years as a Detective and 13 years as a licensed Independent Social Worker Supervisor.

Class of 1969

Martha Capodiferro Edinger is working part time as an Office Manager at the Greater Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce and sings in a country band.

Class of 1970

Carol Fantelli lives in North Carolina and is a freelance writer/film set stylist. Celeste German-Gornick has retired. Paul Krzeminski works for Renewal by Andersen. Joanne Szydlowski is the Lead Analytical Chemist, Senior Chromatographer for PolyOne Corporation in Avon Lake.

Class of 1972

Michael Desh has recently moved to Ave Maria, FL. He has been retired for over 8 years and highly recommends it.

Class of 1981

Elizabeth Becka Lansky, known as New York Times bestselling author Lisa Black, release a new book called “Unpunished” in January.

Class of 1984

Tony Drockton is the chief executive officer and executive creative director at American luxury handbag brand Hammitt Los Angeles.

Class of 1985

Kevin Laviano recently received a 2017 Wings of Excellence Award from the Cleveland Federal Executive Board. Kevin is a Division Director (Finance and Capital Management Division) for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Scott McCafferty’s company, WTWH Media, was ranked 3500 on Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 list. This is the seventh consecutive year WTWH has been included on this list, which annually ranks America’s fastest-growing private companies. Ron Oscher is the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for AMETEK, Inc. based in Berwyn, PA.

Class of 1989

Maria Pallotta is a colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. She also is the director of the experiential leadership development center, LEAD Division at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Class of 1990

Thomas Washington retired from the United States Army in 2011, and is now working at Tradesmen International as a project coordinator.

Class of 1995

Peter Grasson is the Division Environmental Health and Safety Manager at Tremco Inc.

Class of 1998

Willie Jenks is the visiting clubhouse manager for the Cleveland Indians.

Class of 2001

Adam Bostwick won an episode of The Food Network’s hit TV show, “Chopped.” Along with now being a Chopped champion, Adam is the chef and owner at Cork & Cleaver in Broadview Heights.

Class of 2003

Alison Dusenbury Gerhard is a teacher in the Diocese of Cleveland. Steve Ibrahim owns two Aladdin’s Eatery restaurants in Cincinnati, Ohio, with a third location opening in Spring 2018. Lindsay Baker Minch is married to classmate Jim, and they have two children. Lindsay works in communications for PNC Bank, while Jim is an electrician for the city of Cleveland. Kerry Butanowicz Tompkins is an occupational therapist and hobby farmer. She is married with two children.

Class of 2007

Justin Zavatchen is the Assistant Hockey Coach at Strongsville Youth Hockey Club. He is also an Account Executive of the Ohio and Pennsylvania Region for Load 1 Transportation and Logistics.

Class of 2009

Andrea Klonowski Zabor is a stay-at-home mom to her toddler, Cecilia, and twin baby girls, Felicity and Clare. She and her husband are actively involved at St. Charles Parish in Parma, where they help coordinate the Pre-Cana program for engaged couples.

Class of 2012

Morgan Paskert is a marketing and public relations professional.

Class of 2013

Last fall, Daniel Cunningham was inducted into Baldwin Wallace University’s Dayton C. Miller Honor Society, which is achieved by less than four percent of the BW undergraduate student body. Shannon Halloran is pursuing her Doctorate of Pharmacy at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. Nora Kornelakis is working at JP Morgan Chase & Co. in New York City as a financial analyst. Callie Scott was the 2017 West Side Irish American Club’s Queen. Her friend and classmate, Meghan Adams, was on her court. Meghan also had her own success in the Irish community this year, as she was selected as the 2017 Ohio Rose of Tralee, and traveled to Ireland to compete in the Rose of Tralee International Festival in August.

Class of 2014

Thomas Gliebe earned second place in Investopedia’s first ever Market Madness Investing Challenge. The competition was powered by Investopedia’s Stock Simulator. Students were provided with $50,000 in virtual cash, with prizes given to the three highest percentage gainers for use in investment funds.

Fall 2016

Class of 1947

Martha Lang Patton remembers going to the 1946 Charity Game versus Cathedral Latin, a game that is celebrating its 70th anniversary and is still known for having the second-largest attendance at an American football game (70,955) in history. Martha and her friends went to the game, sitting in the highest seats since the stadium was packed. Although Holy Name lost the game, Martha remembers it fondly, and eventually married a Latin grad, the late Bernard Patton, in 1950.

Class of 1950

The Class of 1950 held their annual reunion Sunday, September 25, 2016. The event this year was lunch at Carrie Cerino’s in North Royalton. The class plans to return to this venue Sunday, September 24, 2017.

Class of 1951

Sam Scopellite is semi-retired, but still working part-time as a plumber.

Class of 1953

Sr. Therese Horan, O.S.U., celebrated her Diamond Jubilee Anniversary as an Ursuline Sister. A Mass was held in honor of this occasion on August 27, 2016 at Mary Queen of the Apostles Parish in Brook Park. Afterwards, a reception took place in the church hall. Fellow Namers who attended were Jean Kader ’53 and Gerald ’53 Boldt, Lillian Pelko ’52 and Gerald ’53 Cunningham, the late John Farone ’52, Beth Gallagher ’52 and Bryan ’53 Powers and Sr. Sharon Anne Yanak, C.S.A. ’53.

Class of 1957

Fr. Donald Cozzens was the featured commencement speaker at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, CA this past May. During commencement, Fr. Cozzens received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree.

Class of 1959

Joan Chodyna Cech is fully enjoying retirement!

Class of 1961

The Class of 1961 celebrated their 55-Year Reunion at the All-School Reunion at Holy Name High School on June 10. Classmates Rose Burke and George Armbruster came in from Colorado, and Mary Kay McFadden Willa came in from Florida. A great time was had by all. Our thanks to Colleen Corrigan Day and the other staff at HN for arranging this wonderful event. Please contact Bob Gray at or 216-533-9696 if any of your information changes, so that we can stay in touch.

Class of 1962

Robert J. Cermak retired from the Cleveland Division of Police in 1999, and last served as the commander of the Bureau of Special Investigation. He retired from Cuyahoga County in 2010, where he worked as the senior manager of the Public Safety Division.

Class of 1966

Fifty years after his own graduation from Holy Name, Tom Joyce celebrated the graduation of another ‘Thomas Joyce’ – his grandson, Tommy. Tommy was a member of the Class of 2016, and is now studying at Cleveland State University. At graduation, Tommy was able to process in with his cousin and his grandfather’s niece, Maureen Joyce, a fellow 2016 graduate.

Class of 1967

Timothy Krolikowski is retired from Holy Name, but remains active at St. Ambrose Church in Brunswick.

Marty Surella and his family recently took pictures to celebrate his birthday. The photographer, Emily Jones, took a special Holy Name photo, featuring Marty, his children, Matt ’87 and Laura Surella Calaiacovo ’88, and his grandchildren, Mary Calaiacovo ’16 and Joe Calaiacovo ’18.

Class of 1968

Edward Craft became a volunteer for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad as a trainman in 2015.

Dennis Kebrdle is a partner in a management consulting firm.

Class of 1969

Fr. Dennis Bogusz recently celebrated 25 years on WEDO 810 in McKeesport, Pennyslvania, where he does a weekly show called “Echoes of Poland.” It can be heard online at

Class of 1971

Robert Chura works at AJ Rose Manufacturing.

Class of 1973

Last fall, Andy Krakowiak went to Washington, DC as a special guest of U.S. Congressman Jim Jordan to represent Ohio’s fourth congressional district during Pope Francis’s address of the U.S. Congress. During the Pope’s address, Andy sat in the gallery of the Capitol Building. Andy was chosen to go after Congressman Jordan’s Chief of Staff, Ray Yonkura ’90, recommended him to the congressman as someone who has positively impacted students in Ohio.

Class of 1974

Margaret McCarthy is enjoying life in paradise (Florida). She is semi-retired after owning a PR/marketing company in Colorado for 16 years.

Class of 1975

All classmates are invited to attend the Class of 1975 60th Birthday Party at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017 at London Pickleworks, 7265 Fitzwater Road, Brecksville, OH 44141. Cake will be provided!

Over 30 women in the Class of 1975 have reconnected through a closed Facebook Page. As a group, they attend plays, baseballs games and concerts, are planning a girls’ weekend to celebrate their 60th Birthdays, and meet up just to share a little girl talk. They invite other ladies from ’75 to connect as well. You don’t need to be on Facebook – just contact Ann Jacobs Kiss at or Chris Cieplowski Mahnic at and they will be happy to bring you into the fun.

Class of 1981

Lisa Black (Elizabeth Becka ’81) released a new book in April. The book is titled That Darkness. Lew Hodgett recently retired from a career in engineering.

Terry McGinty is a truck driver at Prime Instruments.

Class of 1982

Janet Dunn Kovachic is working in the health insurance and retirement income planning fields. She also has a real estate license.

Class of 1985

David Chmielewski is a restaurant general manager. WTWH Media, LLC Co-Founder and Managing Partner Scott McCafferty was named a 2016 Northeast Ohio EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Finalist earlier this year.

Class of 1988

Dr. Margaret Farrar is the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at John Carroll University.

Class of 1989

Gary Zielinski is an RN at Rosary Hall, St. Vincent Hospital.

Class of 1990

Marc A. Majers recently graduated with a Master of Science in Information Architecture & Knowledge Management with an emphasis in user experience design from Kent State University. He is a professional software designer.

Class of 1991

Chris Schrader is working in the mortgage industry.

Class of 1992

David Abshire is a trainer for State Farm Insurance in Tempe, Arizona. Rena Scalish Galeti is the owner of Galeti Insurance Solutions. Julie Meier is a Civil Engineer Corps Officer in the US Navy, stationed in Washington, DC.

Class of 1993

Dave Grasha is working for the Cleveland Police Department. He is also coaching soccer in Medina.

Class of 1994

Valerie Tancredi Dreier is the principal of Old Orchard Elementary School (K-8) in the Toledo Public School District and working toward her superintendent certificate.

Brian Hirsch was appointed by Ohio Governor John Kasich to serve as a member of the State of Ohio Board of Sanitarian Registration. This board regulates all the registered sanitarians (health inspectors) within Ohio.

Class of 1995

Carol Loria Cales is currently working as a paralegal for James M. Hungerford Co. LPA.

Class of 1996

Jessica Amrozowicz Kerins is a professor of Biology at Eastfield College. Michael Schramm is the director of Information Technology for Cuyahoga Land Bank. David Zelenka relocated to Florida to accept the position of director of development; major gifts for the University of Miami School of Business.

Class of 1998

Corrine Callaghan is a social worker. Allison Pokorny Patrick is a program manager for maternal child health programs at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.

Class of 1999

Bridget Corrigan Coleman has been a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service for nine years. Janet Kaparoff Geist is a project manager at Sherwin Williams. Sara Sheffler Millet is a payroll manager for a local family owned electrical contractor.

Megan Mutryn Schuplinski and her family now live in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Her husband, Jerry, is the assistant quarterbacks coach for the New England Patriots. Megan and Jerry have three daughters, Macy, Bryn and Jaxi.

Class of 2000

Adrian P. Defante recently was published in Science Advances, a high impact journal in the scientific community, and discovered that liquid water has ice like properties when confined between two charged surfaces. For more information on this article, visit or

Class of 2001

Katie Krolikowski Dodge moved to the Washington, DC area and is a business analyst for Xerox.

Class of 2003

Kate Allanson is a stay-at-home mom. Jenny Hulsmann Bandura previously worked as an intervention specialist, and is now a stay-at-home mom. Sarah Langa Blaha is a finance manager for the Pacific South Division of Nordson Corporation.

Chelsea Mead Blake is an engineer at Caterpillar, Inc.

Stephanie Szuba Coleman is working at a finance company. Jennifer Coad DeLeva is a legal assistant at Siegel Jennings Law Firm. Maureen Dixon is a human resources manager at Flow Polymers, LLC. Mike Galassi was inducted last winter into the Walsh University Wall of Fame.

Steve Ibrahim owns two Aladdin’s Eatery restaurants in Cincinnati.

Angie Kilbane teaches at Binus School Simprug- an IB World School- in Jakarta, Indonesia. Caitlin Krupka is a private bank underwriter for J.P. Morgan. Marianne Kucinski is a claims supervisor at Fleet Response. Brenda Yano Kuenzig is a CPA for Elmer’s Products. For the past four years she has lived in Georgia and then Alaska while her husband was an Officer in the United States Army. Kristen Poling Massey is an MRI technologist for the Cleveland Clinic.

David Roth is a paramedic transitioning into nursing.

Becky Snyder Shultz is a kindergarten teacher at Incarnate Word Academy. Ryan Wynn is a financial analyst at Ernst & Young.

Class of 2005

Nathan Barbo was recognized this September for his volunteer work at Earl’s Place, a transitional housing program in Baltimore that provides long-term housing and supportive services to men who are homeless, and want to change their lives.

Class of 2006

Amanda Ehrbar Flanagan married Kevin Flanagan on September 3, 2016. Members of the bridal party included her sisters, Grace ’09 and Mary ’15, brothers Bill ’08 and John ’13 and cousin Rebecca Dreher Petts ’10, as well as friends Dorothy DiMarino ’06, Krysten Cotone Jasin ’06 and Bridget Dolan Sison ’06. Brittany English Morawiec is a college admissions advisor at the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute. Michelle Siba was promoted to deputy general counsel at the Ohio Casino Control Commission.

Class of 2007

Josephine Begin received her law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in May 2015. She is now employed at The Law Offices of Manning & Manning Co., L.P.A. Aaron Gober-Sims is now an associate at Jones Day Law Firm in Cleveland.

Bobby Luczko is working at The Thrasher Group as a CAD operator; he also assists his wife with her photography business.

Chrissy Mastronicolas is a police officer in the city of Fairview Park.

Class of 2008

Stephanie Gurgol is licensed to practice law in the state of Ohio, and currently works for Jones Day Law Firm. Danielle Kohler is a Registered Nurse at Cleveland Clinic and working on finishing her Nurse Practitioner degree from Ohio University. Kevin Malloy is a combat medic and paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, stationed at Fort Bragg, NC.

Class of 2009

Chris Cmolik is employed by Apple as a site reliability engineer, working on Siri. Melissa Moscalink is an administrative/ HR assistant at the Music Box Supper Club in Cleveland, Ohio.

Class of 2010

Michael Johnson is working at Akron Children’s Hospital as the head athletic trainer at Woodridge High School.

Class of 2011

Tim Dollard is the youth director at St. Basil the Great Parish in Brecksville. Tyler Lung is finishing up college and working at MTD. Jessica Seichko is working in Columbus as a radiographer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and as a mammographer at The Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center.

Class of 2012

David Hudyka was named the Elmhurst College 2016 Computer Science Student of the Year. Currently, he is living in the Chicago, IL area and working in the web design and development field. Mary Theus graduated from Ashland University in December 2015, majoring in Middle Childhood Education.

Class of 2013

Brianna Gerhard traveled to Malaysia during her junior year at Ohio University to help promote wellness in older adults.

Nora Kornelakis is studying finance at Ohio University, and working at J.P. Morgan & Chase Co. in New York City. Maddison Sullivan is studying at Carnegie Mellon.

Class of 2015

Valerie Polinko is attending Cleveland State University, and studying to be a nurse anesthetist. She also continues to sing and perform with her band.