Crain’s Cleveland Business: Holy Name Alumni Profiles

Thank you for visiting Holy Name High School’s Alumni Profiles Page! Every other week in Crain’s Cleveland Business, we will be featuring an alumnus or alumnae who is succeeding in his or her chosen field. We are proud of these outstanding alumni, and we are happy to share more about the role Holy Name played in developing the ‘Triple Threat’ of mind, body, and spirit in each person.

A complete list of all alumni featured in Crain’s Cleveland Business is given below. Profiles will be added as they become available.

Wendy Doubek Umberger ’73, Ph.D.

Week of April 9, 2018 – Wendy Doubek Umberger ’73: “Holy Name is my ‘rock,’ my ‘foundation.’ My experiences at Holy Name helped to mold me into a person who has been able to take on both challenges and successes in life with grace and humility.”

Go to Wendy’s full profile to read more about how her experiences at Holy Name helped launch her successful nursing career.

Kevin W. Day ’78

Week of April 23, 2018 – Kevin W. Day ’78: “Holy Name helped me build a solid foundation, and provided me with the skills, values, commitment, passion and perseverance to overcome adversity, making my aspirations a reality.”

Go to Kevin’s full profile to read more about how his experiences at Holy Name helped launch his successful business career.

Rich Cicerchi ’65, M.A.

Week of May 21, 2018 – Rich Cicerchi ’65: “Holy Name helped me make the transition to an adult person of faith. It also equipped me with character intangibles so vitally needed in the real world.”

Go to Rich’s full profile to read more about how his experiences at Holy Name helped launch his successful business career.

Shelbrey Althoff Blanc ’95, M.A., M.Ed.

Week of June 4, 2018 – Shelbrey Althoff Blanc ’95: “Holy Name taught me how to think critically and advocate for myself. We strive to continue to instill that in our students now.”

Go to Shelbrey’s full profile to read more about how her experiences at Holy Name helped launch both her successful teaching and administrative career.

Terrence J. Kenneally ’67, M.A., J.D.

Week of June 4, 2018 – Terrence J. Kenneally ’67: “From the beginning, more than 50 years ago, the Holy Name spirit captured me. As the President now and as a faculty member, that spirit remains a part of what makes me who I am.”

Go to Terry’s full profile to read more about how his experiences at Holy Name helped launch his successful law, teaching and administrative career.

Liz Bethel Eggert ’88

Week of June 18, 2018 – Liz Bethel Eggert ’88: “Holy Name provided me with the skills and values to have a successful future. Along with a solid academic education, I learned time management, teamwork, and communication skills.”

Go to Liz’s full profile to read more about how her experiences at Holy Name helped launch her successful science career.

Amanda Ehrbar Flanagan ’06, M.A.

Week of July 2, 2018 – Amanda Ehrbar Flanagan ’06: “Outside of the academics, Holy Name taught me how to be empathetic and to act as a Christian in tough situations. Our world is getting more complex by the day and Holy Name instilled in me a desire to consider alternative perspectives before judging someone’s circumstances. “

Go to Amanda’s full profile to read more about how her experiences at Holy Name helped launch her successful career as a counterterrorism analyst.

Frederick L. Keppler ’11

Week of July 16, 2018 – Frederick L. Keppler ’11: “My education and experiences at Holy Name equipped me with the skills, morals, work ethic, and passion that I have utilized to bolster my growth as a young adult and health care provider.”

Go to Frederick’s full profile to read more about how his experiences at Holy Name helped launch his successful path to becoming a dental student and orthodontic residency applicant.

Rob Powers ’84

Week of July 30, 2018 – Rob Powers ’84: “Holy Name was and still is a very special place. I would hope students know that now, but I am confident it will really hit home shortly after they graduate. I figured out in college nobody at school really cared if I passed or failed my classes. At the same time it dawned on me how much the people at HN really DID care.”

Go to Rob’s full profile to read more about how his experiences at Holy Name helped launch his successful television news career.

Rebecca A. Dreher Petts ’10

Week of September 24, 2018 – Rebecca A. Dreher Petts ’10: “Holy Name taught me to lead and work with others in a co-ed and inclusive environment. It prepared me to keep the faith in times of stress, and introduced me to some of my best friends.”

Go to Rebecca’s full profile to read more about how her experiences at Holy Name helped launch her successful path to becoming a dental student and orthodontic residency applicant.

Fr. Damian J. Ference ’94, M.Div., M.A., Ph.L.

Week of October 9, 2018 – Fr. Damian J. Ference ’94: “Holy Name taught me that I was loved by God, that He had a plan for me, and that His plan was to pour myself out in self-giving love for others. Holy Name also taught me that I wouldn’t find happiness in power, money, or pleasure, but in doing the good for the sake of the good. Those lessons have proved very helpful in my life. “

Go to Fr. Damian’s full profile to read more about how his experiences at Holy Name helped with his faith formation, and decision to enter the priesthood.

Donna Hanzlick Deye ’76

Week of October 22, 2018 – Donna Hanzlick Deye ’76: “My experience at Holy Name helped me at Miami University and also helped develop my confidence.”

Go to Donna’s full profile to read more about how her experiences at Holy Name helped launch her successful business career.

Drew Kraemer ’02, M.B.A.

Week of November 5, 2018 – Drew Kraemer ’02: “I could sum up the impact that Holy Name has had on my adult life in one word…VALUES. Holy Name taught me how to be a good person and to establish certain values that I live by today. Learning to live by certain values, such as caring, compassion, appreciation, family, dedication and faith, has made me the person I am today.”

Go to Drew’s full profile to read more about how his experiences at Holy Name helped launch his successful business career.

Aaron Gober-Sims ’07, J.D.

Week of November 19, 2018 – Aaron Gober-Sims ’07

George Selim ’98, M.A.

Week of December 3, 2018 – George Selim ’98: “Holy Name helped prepare me for the complexities of adult life in many ways. First, it gave me a great academic foundation that helped get me through undergrad and graduate school. Second, my HN experience taught me the importance of service to both community and country, which have been critical guide posts in my personal and professional life. Third, Holy Name helped teach me what it means to be part of a community.”

Go to George’s full profile to read more about how his experiences at Holy Name helped launch his successful career in our nation’s capital.

Kara Gorey ’05, PT, DPT, OCS

Week of January 7, 2019 – Kara Gorey ’05: “Aside from the curriculum and teachers preparing me to successfully complete college and graduate school; Holy Name is the foundation on which my faith, knowledge, loyal friendships, and acts of service have been securely built upon.”

Go to Kara’s full profile to read more about how her experiences at Holy Name helped launch her successful career as a physical therapist.

Pat Chun ’92, M.S.

Week of January 21, 2019 – Pat Chun ’92: “Some of the most meaningful friendships I have in my life started decades ago at Holy Name High School. Those same friendships have supported and guided me throughout my life.”

Go to Pat’s full profile to read more about how his experiences at Holy Name helped launch his successful career as an athletic director at the collegiate level.

George Palko ’83, M.B.A.

Week of February 4, 2019 – George Palko ’83: “Holy Name High School started me on the path of critical thinking and discipline, which was used in furthering my education and is now used in everyday life.”

Go to George’s full profile to read more about how his experiences at Holy Name helped launch his successful career as a president and CEO.

Colleen Morris Lorber ’98, Ph.D.

Week of February 18, 2019 – Colleen Morris Lorber ’98: “The academic rigor I experienced at Holy Name prepared me for my entire undergraduate and graduate college educational career and success. When my collegiate peers were struggling through writing papers or high college expectations, I did not because of the way Holy Name held us to the highest of standards.”

Go to Colleen’s full profile to read more about how her experiences at Holy Name helped launch her successful career as a COO.

Honorable Deanna O’Donnell ’83, J.D.

Week of March 4, 2019 – Honorable Deanna O’Donnell ’83: “My four years at Holy Name taught me that we all have the power to make a difference. And with that power comes a great responsibility to live a life of meaning; not only for ourselves but for those around us.”

Go to Deanna’s full profile to read more about how her experiences at Holy Name helped launch her successful career as a municipal court judge.