Class Notes


Daniel Corn, BA ’90, works in the legal department at BTG Pactual, a global financial firm in New York City.

Claudia Motiu, BA ’90 and MA ’92, has been the manager of adjunct services at the western campus of Cuyahoga Community College for three years. She also supervised Tri-C’s evening/weekend program for two years.

Brian Cassidy, BBA ’90 and MBA ’11, is a support practice manager for Microsoft Corporation. He lives in Aurora.

Krsnanandini Dasi, BSEd ’91, is a certified family life educator/ senior minister at the Dasi-Ziyad Family Institute. She is the co-author of "Heart and Soul Connection: A Devotional Guide to Marriage, Service and Love" and the author of "A Concise Guide to Spiritual Living: The Booklet of 8s."

Drew Hocevar, MEd ’91, is retiring after 35 years as a special education teacher in the Cleveland schools. He played one of Santa Claus’ elves in the holiday classic A Christmas Story.

David Ritchie, BA ’91 (pictured), was named director of international initiatives at the Mercer University School of Law in Macon, Ga. Dr. Ritchie, who is also a professor of law and philosophy, has been a member of the Mercer faculty since 2005.

Adam J. Banks, BA ’92, is associate professor of writing, rhetoric and digital media at the University of Kentucky.

Teresa Metcalf Beasley, JD ’92 (pictured), was recognized in Crain’s Cleveland Business’ 2014 Women of Note. She is a partner with Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, as well as law director for the city of Warrensville Heights.

Thomas J. Gaffney, BBA ’92, owns American Tax & Accounting Service in Southington, Ohio, and recently opened a second office in Donalds, S.C.

Lisa Black, BS ’93, is a best-selling author of a series of mystery novels about a fictional Cleveland forensic scientist. Black, also known as Elizabeth Becka Lansky, is a former forensic scientist in the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office. She now resides in Cape Coral, Fla., where she is a latent print examiner for that city’s police department.

Terrence Deis, MBA ’93, is the newly named president of Saint Joseph London Hospital in Kentucky. He is the former president and CEO of UH Parma Medical Center.

William A. McKinney, BA ’93, is founder and executive director of the Innovative Solutions Collective in Philadelphia. The ISC is comprised of organizations committed to working towards transformative solutions and exhibiting the ability to design and execute strategies to address old and new problems.

Maryrose Sylvester, BBA ’93 (pictured), was recognized in Crain’s Cleveland Business’ 2014 Women of Note. She is president and chief executive officer of GE Lighting.

Philip Pempin, MEd ’93 and education administration certificate ’97, received a contract extension to serve as superintendent of the Vermilion, Ohio schools through July 2019. He has been the district’s top administrator since 2008.

Jim Robey, MPA ’93 and Ph.D. ’97, works for Southwest Michigan First as the managing director of economic development for the city of Marshall.

Dean DePiero, JD ’94, was appointed law director of Aurora, Ohio. He is an attorney with McDonald Hopkins.

Robert Horvath, MBA ’94, lives in Euclid and is a senior tax analyst with Sifco Industries, Inc.

Lauren O’Neil Falcone, MPA ’95 (pictured), received the American Institute of Certified Planners certification. She has been with Poggemeyer Design Group, Inc. for 20 years.

Rhonda McLean, MBA ’95, is associate director of health services at Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, Inc.

Lisa Ryan, BBA ’95 and MBA ’98, is a keynote speaker, author and founder of Grategy. She teaches corporations, associations and non-profits the power of gratitude in the workplace and helps them realize how employee productivity, customer retention and growth affect the bottom line.

Christopher Hendryx, BA ’96, was promoted to director of oracle business process improvement at Sherwin-Williams. A member of the Visiting Committee for CSU’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, he is part of a task force working to expand internship opportunities for liberal arts majors.

Lonny Rivera, BSEd ’96, was named associate superintendent of the Ohio Department of Education. Since June 2013 he has been superintendent of Oregon, Ohio schools.

Michael Ryan, JD ’96, is a Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court judge and author of the autobiography "The Least Likely: From the Housing Projects to the Courthouse."

Frank Baxter, BSEd ’97, is a social studies teacher, assistant athletic director and head wrestling coach at Fairmount High School in Kettering, Ohio.

Freddie Collier, BAUS ’97, is the director of planning for the city of Cleveland.

Wayne Zachary, BA ’97, is chief executive officer at Starship Health Technologies in Pennsylvania.

Sara Donnersbach, JD/MBA ’98 (pictured), is a partner with Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA. She was recently invited to join the Strongsville Education Foundation Board.

Guy Graf, BSEd ’98, is a residential program specialist working with violent sexual predators at the Arizona State Hospital in Phoenix. He is planning to move to China.

Joseph A. Salem Jr., BA ’98, is associate dean for Learning, Undergraduate Services and Commonwealth Campus Libraries for the University Libraries at Penn State. He recently defended his dissertation and was awarded a doctorate in evaluation and measurement from Kent State University.

Randell McShepard, MSUS ’98, is the first African American president of The Union Club in Cleveland. He is vice president of public affairs for RPM International.

Victor Leandry, MA ’99, is the executive director of  El Centro de Servicios Sociales, Inc. in Lorain, Ohio.

Jill E. MacNiven, BBA ’99, is a special education teacher at Hindman Settlement School in Kentucky. She lives in Pewee Valley, Ky.

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