Five Recipients Honored with Prestigious Baldwin Wallace Alumni Merit Award

April 1, 2013

At BW's 2013 Alumni Celebration on May 18, five individuals received the highest recognition that can be bestowed upon an alumnus: the Alumni Merit Award. This year’s distinguished group of honorees includes Isobel Robertson Wayrick '58, Tom Shipley '63, Laurel Yonovitz Stauber '78, Randell McShepard '86 and Matt Underwood '90.

Isobel Robertson Wayrick — Class of 1958

For blazing trails as an entrepreneurial plastics executive and global wildlife photographer

In 1954, Isobel Robertson Wayrick enrolled at BW and continued her studies until she left to marry John F. Wayrick '56. She and Jack moved to New Jersey where Isobel completed her BBA at Upsala College in 1964.

After working in the plastics industry for several years, Isobel formed her own company, GR Technical Services, Inc. in 1986.  A few years later, she merged GR Tech with Mars Electronics, Inc. to form what is now known as Mars International, providing worldwide product design and manufacturing capability for plastics, electronics, metals, and assembly. A new venture for marketing and manufacturing of proprietary products, Martec Access Products, Inc., was added in 1998. Isobel is still active in both companies.

Isobel traveled extensively for business, but in later years, her journeys from the Arctic to the Antarctic have been for her avocation of wildlife photography. She exhibits her work at the Pequannock library, several New Jersey Audubon centers, and at her local hospital. Isobel has written travel articles for Garden State Woman Magazine an one of her award-winning photographs was on view in the Smithsonian. (

Isobel's many associations have included the Plastics Academy Board, New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Board, and the New Jersey Sales and Marketing Executives Board. Current involvement includes the Plastic Pioneers, New Jersey Audubon Board and Garden State Woman Education Fund Board.

Tom Shipley— Class of 1963

For his award-winning, creative career as a compelling and notable songwriter, musician and filmmaker

Tom Shipley has earned a place in the American songbook as a singer/songwriter, most famously as one half of the folk rock duo, Brewer & Shipley. Described as folk, rock, country and love ballad, the duo’s “sound” has made it from pen to paper to recording studio.

Brewer & Shipley have performed at venues throughout North America and Europe from coffee houses to the palaces of rock and roll, including Carnegie Hall (twice). Tom and his singing partner, Michael Brewer, consider their ballads to be their best work, but they will most likely be remembered for their politically controversial songs, most notably “One Toke Over the Line.”

More recently, Tom has pursued a second career as an award-winning videographer at Missouri University of Science and Technology. His freelance work has produced several Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) awards, including CASE Gold Awards in 2006, 2008 and 2010. In 2011, his film “Tacachia” which he shot for Engineers Without Borders (EWB) in Bolivia, was the recipient of “Best Short Film Award” in the EWB-USA International film competition. Tom also made time to produce an Admission video for his alma mater, titled “BW Rocks.”

Tom graduated from Baldwin Wallace in 1963 with a B.S. in earth science and geology. He was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi.

Laurie Yonovitz Stauber — Class of 1978

For her powerful influence on research, innovation and the application of technology to benefit society

Laurie graduated from Baldwin Wallace with a BA in English and earned her M.A. from Central Michigan University at the Air Force Institute of Technology.

She is currently the Bioscience Collaboration & Partnership Lead at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, and is responsible for business development focused on biomedical work with external partners. She is also the Exploration Medical Capabilities Tech Watch Agent for the Human Research Program, formulating university capstone projects to solve long term astronaut health issues. Laurie was recently named the Federal Lab Consortium Midwest Region's Laboratory Representative of the Year.

Among her honors, Laurie received NASA's Exceptional Service Medal in 2008. She also was selected to receive an Excellence Award from the Carolina Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication for the 2011 Innovator Calendar design and publication.

Laurie is a member of the BW Alumni Association, and has mentored many students. She also is an advocate of BW's Center for Innovation & Growth. She is a member of the Fairview Park City School District Board of Education.

Randell McShepard— Class of 1986

For outstanding business leadership, service as a BW trustee and selfless devotion to community causes

Randell McShepard earned a BA in psychology and communications from BW and later earned a master's degree in urban studies from Cleveland State University. He has served on the BW Board of Trustees since 2003.

Randy is currently employed as the Vice President of Public Affairs for RPM International Inc., a $4 billion chemical coatings/paint company headquartered in Medina. He is responsible for managing external and government affairs, leading the corporate philanthropy program and facilitating corporate purchasing initiatives. Prior to RPM, he served as executive director of City Year Cleveland, assistant director of administration and program development for the Cleveland Bicentennial Commission and supervisor of training services for Vocational Guidance Services in Cleveland.

Randy has a long record of community and corporate service. In addition to his alma mater, he is currently serves on the boards of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, the John Hay School of Science and Medicine, the George Gund Foundation and Taylor Oswald LLC. He is also a co-founder and Chairman of PolicyBridge, a regional public policy think tank.

Randy also is a member of the Public Affairs Committee of the National Association of Manufacturers, and the Cleveland representative for the Transatlantic Cities Network, which brings together 25 European and American cities annually to share best practices for urban revitalization and growth.

Matt Underwood— Class of 1990

For his stellar sports broadcasting career and familiar voice for a generation of Cleveland sports fans

Matt Underwood is in his 14th season as a broadcaster for the Cleveland Indians. 2013 will mark his 7th year in the TV booth calling play-by-play with partner Rick Manning. Previously he spent seven seasons as a member of the Tribe radio broadcast team and 13 years as host of Indians Warm Up, the pregame show heard on the Cleveland Indians Radio Network.

Matt began his career while still a student at Baldwin Wallace, broadcasting football, basketball, and baseball games for the Yellow Jackets on WBWC, 88.3 FM.

After graduation, he signed on with the local ABC affiliate WEWS-TV5, where he spent 17 years and served as the station’s sports director from 1997-2000. Underwood also calls play-by-play action for NCAA football on SportsTime Ohio.

The Ashland, Ohio native and 1990 BW graduate is a member of both the Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame and the Baldwin Wallace Radio Hall of Fame. Matt hosts an annual golf tournament to raise money for Team Focus, The Ashland County Cancer Association and the Sophia Underwood Memorial Scholarship Fund.