Alumni News

Please stay in touch with us after graduation and let us know what you are doing:  teaching, grad school, marriage, children, etc.  We hope to hear from you!          


History Department alumni: If you graduate(d) in December 2012, May 2013, or August 2013, please fill out the following survey to tell the University about your employment/further education since graduation. It must be filled out within the first 10 months after graduation when you know what you will be doing.  Please do not fill it out until you know your future plans.  Thank you!



Dan Clapper will begin the M.A. program in history at Georgetown University in Fall 2014.

Ken Kosovich will begin the M.A. program in history at the University of Akron in Fall 2014.


Dominique Pen had an internship at the Cleveland Museum of Art in the summer of 2013.

David Silvernail is starting his MA in the History of Art and Architecture program at Boston University.


Kristen Cicak is teaching Social Studies at Trinity High School in Garfield Heights, Ohio.

Lizabeth Disiena has been accepted to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University.

Rachel Dukles served an internship with the Brunswick branch of the Medina Public Library during Spring Semester 2012.

Lauren Nichols is an Executive Assistant at DuneCraft, Inc.

Alyssa Purvis was honored at the White Rose Ceremony which took place on May 6.

Maureen Wallace will be starting at Cleveland Marshall College of Law in August 2014 in the part-time evening program while she continues to work full time with the County Probate Court. 


Courtney Arena is employed by the law firm of Benesch Friedlander Coplan and Aronoff.

Katelynn Carver received an MTS with a focus on Religion and the Sciences in May 2014 from Harvard Divinity School.

Kevin Gall is beginning his first year at the Capital University School of Law.

Nicholas Mays is in his first year of the Ph.D. Program in History at Kent State University..

Erika Rhue graduated from Cleveland State University in December, 2013 with a Masters in History.  She specialized in the Museum Studies track of the History degree.  Erika has worked at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, a historic house and museum in Akron since September 2013 as Collections Technician Specialist.  She works in the curatorial department, specializing in restoration projects and the daily care of the objects, as well as aiding in exhibit research and planning. 

Brad Scarton is doing research with Mary Wilson of the Supremes for a book Ms. Wilson is writing regarding the famous costumes and gowns the group wore throughout their career. 

Ashley Smith has been accepted to the University of London Birkbeck and will begin her master’s program in history in Fall 2014.

Kair Wetzel, New York, NY is an intern in the Housing Department at Columbia University.


Robert Chiuchiarelli entered Norwich University’s Military History Graduate Program.

Sean Forester volunteered in Spain and Portugal through a program called World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) and  worked on a farm/bed and breakfast acting as both a laborer and assistant guide for adventure sports such as climbing, trekking, kayaking, and surfing.  He then took off overland to Western Africa and  traveled through Morocco, the Western Sahara, Mauritania, and Senegal. Sean currently lives and works in Denver, CO as a temp for various state agencies.  

Eric Hinkle is in his first year at Cleveland State University in the Adult Learning and Development Graduate Program.  He has an Assistantship in Cleveland State's College of Business. 

Tim Kovach is attending American University for his MA in Global Environmental Policy.

Kevin Radigan, Olmsted Falls, earned his principal's license at BW.  He is a social studies teacher, head varsity boy's track coach, and assistant varsity football coach at Midview High School.

Daniel Tylicki is beginning studies for his MA in Public Administration at Cleveland State University.


Lacey Adkins Filkins is an Admission Counselor for the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Colleen Benoit is an archivist with a historical research firm "History Associates".  During her first year on the job, she will reside in the Miami, Florida area, processing the records of the Everglades.  Colleen received her MA in Public History at Kent State University in May 2011.

Andrew Brown is tutoring students for AmeriCorps.

Broc Dial is teaching 9th and 10th grade history at Perry High School in Massillon, Ohio.

Amber Greene moved to Buenos Aires in August and plans on being here until the spring (April or May 2011). She is working as an English teacher, teaching some private individual lessons and working at a language institute called Buenos Aires Centre. She teaches all age levels (5-65) and all language levels (basic-advanced). While she is there she is also traveling to Iguazu Falls, Uruguay, Patagonia and possibly Machu Picchu.  She is also taking Spanish classes.

Brandon Mathias has a graduate assistantship at the University of Akron in the Economics Program.

Margaret Mondello is in her first year of the graduate program in history at Cleveland State University.

Marcia Nessle is working as a CTE Retention Specialist for Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana.

David Perzel is pursuing his Master's degree in Library and Information Science at Kent State University

Vincent Sette is pursuing his Master's degree in education technology at Notre Dame College.  He is a graduate assistant for the football team.

Samuel Stone is a Legal Intern for The Hon. Reggie B. Walton at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Donna Tressler has been accepted into Kent State University's Library and Information Serevice program.

Paul Wojdacz, North Ridgeville, is a resident hall director for Ohio State University.  


Hilary Gianantonio is a High School Representative at EDMC (Education Management Corporation) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Tina Boyle is currently working for the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority.

Michael Columbro presented a paper on the Berea quarries and the Whitney family at the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference at Kent State University.

Jeremy Feador received his M.A. in History at Wright State with a specialization in public history (museum/archival administration). He was awarded a Graduate Student Excellence Award for Outstanding Public History Student at Wright State.

Jennifer Forcier is attending Cleveland State University on an assistantship for her M.A. in Public Administration.

Holly Gaidelis has a temporary position at the Board of Elections in the ballot department and has been accepted into the Master's program at the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science.

Anne Godec has been accepted to Kent State University's graduate program and will start classes in May for a Master's degree in library science.

Dan Maxymiv is attending Alchimia, a private school of contemporary jewelry and design in Florence, Italy. In March 2009, he had two earrings on display in a gallery in Leipzig, Germany.

Kirsten Paine has started the PhD program in English at the University of Pittsburgh.

Faith Roy received her MA in History from Cleveland State University in 2011.

Brian Schmit is attending Drake Law School in Des Moines, Iowa.

Amanda Sideris is attending John Carroll University on an assistantship for her M.A. in History.

Samuel Stone, Washington, D.C., graduated with honors from George Washington University School of Law.  He is a law clerk to the Honorable Robert L. Richter of the D.C. Superior Court.

Jason White worked as an intern in the Human Resources Office of the Cleveland Indians.

Seth Whiting is attending grad school at Walsh University, pursuing an M.A. in Education and coaching football.

Gary Wilson is in his first year at Kent State University pursuing an M.A. in Library and Information Science.


Ryan Angney married Molly Gabriel ’11 on July 27, 2012.

Jason Dewald, is a captain in the United States Marine Corps,

Miles Kane and his wife, Linda Brooks Kane '95, celebrate the birth of a daughter.

Phil Kerlin is teaching 11th grade Government, 11th grade Economics, and 10th grade U.S . History  at North Ridgeville High School.  In addition, he is coaching 7th grade football.  In 2009, he will take a busload of 30-40 students to Washington, D.C., to attend the presidential inauguration.

Arthur Kinney is in his first semester at Cleveland State University and is pursuing a Master's degree in history.  Arthur is a graduate assistant and is doing research on the history of University Circle.

Corey Kregenow is working at the William G. Mather Museum.

Brian Lynch is in his last year of law school at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.  He also accepted a commission as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army JAG Corp.

Ashley McMillin is attending Kent State University for a Master's of History degree.

Andrew Szilagyi is attending Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.

David Vale is attending Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, pursuing a Master's degree for Student Affairs in Higher Education.  He has a full assistantship and is a hall director.

Chris Ventura, Arlington, VA, is an annual giving specialist at American University in Washington, D.C.  He was named one of five Outstanding Seniors at Honors Day last spring.


Mary Assad, Parma, will receive a Ph.D. in English from Case Western Reserve University in August 2014.  She is a lecturer in the English Department at Case.

Mark Belkofer spent his first year teaching World Studies, Psychology and Sociology at Lakota High School in Toledo and coached the boys JV basketball team who finished the season with a 10-10 record.  He is now teaching 8th grade history in Brunswick and is coaching basketball and football.

Michael Decker is attending the Asian Studies program at the University of Michigan.

Adam Eltrich, Columbus, works for the Ohio Department of Commerce in the Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing as the superintendent's assistant.

Whitney Grande has entered the master's program in history at Kansas State University.

Ed Roloff returned from his deployment to Iraq in March 2007 and took a new job with General Electric.  He retired from the U. S. Army Reserve on November 11, 2007.

Ashley Sable, Solon, is a program manager for Sylvan Learning Center.

Kira Thurman is an assistant professor of history and German studies at the University of Michigan.


Nick Hanna, Lakewood, is a law student at Cleveland State University.

Steven Genther and Amanda Cermak (06), Olmsted Falls, were married August 5, 2006.  The wedding party included Heather Wagner '04.

Andrew Russell, Indianapolis, IN, is a social studies teacher and the assistant football and baseball coach for Mill Creek Community School Corporation.

Stephanie Zych Senko, completed the Option 3 Master's of Education program at Baldwin Wallace in spring, 2010.  She is currently employed at Wellington High School in Ohio as their intervention specialist.

Nikki Wendling, Medina, married Nick Greco on July 14, 2007.

Christen Whitehouse is assistant manager of the American Apparel store in the Coventry area of Cleveland Hts.

Bill Wurl, Lakewood, is employed by Giant Eagle in Rocky River, OH. .


Ned and Nikki Lauver (BW '04, '09) welcomed Julian William Lauver who was born at 5:12 p.m. on March 27th, 2012.  He was 7 pounds, 12 ounces and 19 inches long at birth.

Matthew Daly, Raleigh, N.C., graduated from the University of Richmond School of Law on May 10, 2009.

Lisa Heilmeier is a social studies teacher at Stow-Munroe Falls (OH) High School.

Katie Lange Sears is on the Board of Directors for the Willard Hope Center.

Ned Lauver and wife Vicki are the proud parents of twin sons born in 2014.

Randale Richmond was promoted to assistant director of compliance and eligibility in the athletics department at Kent State University.

Brian Ristau received his MA in History in 2006 from Cleveland State University where he had a graduate assistantship.   He married Elizabeth Farrell in August, 2009 and is currently history at Chelsea High School in Chelsea, OH.

Katherine Stamm, Toledo, married Micah Vogt on November 3, 2007.  She is a social studies teacher for Springfield Local Schools.

Jay Van Buren, Elgin, IL, is a family support-educator with Little City Foundation in Chicago.  Jay received his Master's degree in special education from Northern Illinois University in May 2007.

Heather Wagner, Berea, is an enrollment counselor at the University of Phoenix.  She married Danny Overman on November 5, 2011 in Charlotte, NC. 

Christen Whitehouse, Avon lake, is an event planner at Marigold Catering.


Mary Bozikis is attending law school at Cleveland State University.

Cynthia Gedeon is a Graphic Designer working for a direct mail advertiser headquartered in the Greater Cleveland area.

Erik Henderson married Christina Coniam on October 27, 2007.

Todd Hodkey, Wellington, was married in 2011 and is the father of daughters Madelyn, born in December 2012, and Alaina, born in March 2015..  Todd is associate principal at Medina High School.

Matt Kish is teaching at North Royalton High School.

Mike Luzniak graduated from the Ohio Patrol Academy with the top academic honors in a class of 30.  He is currently a lieutenant with the Parma Hts. Police Department.  Mike earned his Master's of Art in Education Administration from Baldwin Wallace in May, 2007.

Scott Meikle married Paula Lisy on June 7, 2007.  They became the proud parents of a baby girl, Kelsey, at 2:36 p.m. on August 7, 2008.  She weighed 5 lbs. and was 17 inches long.  Scott
teaches for the Advanced Technologies Academy in the Clark County School District (in Las Vegas, NV) and specializes in AP US Government and Psychology.

Joe and Beth (Smotzer) Mieskowski welcomed a son, Joseph Henry, Jr. on November 1, 2014.  He joins his 2 year old big sister Caroline.

Jeremy Milam, Willoughby Hills, married Lindsay Taylor on July 23, 2005.  Jeremy is a substitute school teacher for the Willoughby-Eastlake School District.

Regina Morabito, North Ridgeville, married Chris Vicha on July 29, 2005 at St. Mary's in Berea.

Beth Smotzer teaches social studies at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School, where her teaching responsibilities have included American History, World History and American Government. She served as head Varsity Volleyball Coach for the past two seasons and is also pursuing a Master's degree in History at Cleveland State University.  Beth married Joe Mieskowski '03 on July 31, 2010.

Vinnie Ventimiglia resides in Tokyo, Japan.  He is married to Yuko Hayakawa, and they have two sons.  Vinnie attended McGill University's Montreal and Tokyo campus and graduated with an MBA in October 2008.  He is currently sales manager for English OK! KK, a training company in Tokyo Japan.

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