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Find out what your fellow Notre Dame College alumni are up to these days.

1940s

Margaret Walsh CampbellThe Notre Dame College Alumni Association honored Margaret Walsh Campbell '46 as its Alumna of the Year at its Annual Spring Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting. The Luncheon was held at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven’s Room on the Green on April 25. Margaret graduated from Notre Dame College in 1946 with a degree in chemistry. She and her dearly departed husband Regis have been dedicated supporters of Notre Dame and the Alumni Association for many years. Margaret most recently served as a committee member for the Renewal of Christ the King Chapel fundraising campaign. She is also very active as program chair of Breadth of Life, which meets at St. Noel’s Parish.

1960s

Mary Kay Meacham Hemenway ’65 received a Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Texas on April 30.  Mary Kay has been busy with the International Year of Astronomy Events in 2009. She traveled to Paris for the Opening Ceremonies at UNESCO in January and will be going to Brazil for the International Astronomical Union triennial meeting in August.

Francine Wrobel Barr ’69 left the country on May 15 for a 6-month volunteer vacation in Nicaragua. She will study Spanish four hours a day for the first ten weeks at the Segovia Spanish School. She will then begin the volunteer and cultural immersion part of the experience. She might work with special needs children in the school system and/or teach English as a foreign language (TEFL) to adults in the community. Francine is a certified TEFL instructor. The agency she is working with is Travel Alive, which has programs in Nicaragua and Ecuador. The program in Nicaragua has been in operation for over eight years.

1970s

Miriam Maczuga Mosinski ’70 wrote in to share lots of family news. Her eldest son Joe married in July. Miriam’s daughter Sara also married in January and Miriam will be a first time grandmother in November. Her ‘baby' graduates from Gannon University and will begin a graduate assistantship at West Virginia University this year. 

Leslie Stadler Berch ’71 was married on November 15, 2008 to Don Berch. She also just became grandmother for the third and fourth time with the birth of twins, Charlie and Kendall Stadler.  She is happily employed with the @home division of Lee Hecht Harrison. She has enjoyed her previous positions in the business world and her adjunct teaching at several colleges, but the career coaching work is her favorite. She offers many thanks to Notre Dame College for providing her with an excellent education.

Darlene Hood ’71 retired from the Cleveland Municipal School District two years ago. She had been teaching 35 years, 25 of which in Cleveland. She now has time to volunteer at Birthright.

Linda Burke-Dugovic ’73 is an independent distributor for Mona Vie juice products. On May 3 her youngest son Thomas had his Eagle Court of Honor. His older brothers Daniel and Michael are also Eagle Scouts and were the Honor Guards at the ceremony.

Barbara Latona Samson ‘73 will retire from full-time public school teaching in the Mentor Schools in July. She served as a reading and adapted physical education teacher and is grateful for her invaluable education from NDC, Kent State University and the University of Akron. Her retirement career will continue to include teaching Brain Gym 101 at Notre Dame College in June and private consultation.

Cynthia Excell Keating ’74 is working as a systems analyst for the Cleveland Clinic. She has been at the Clinic for 34 years. Cynthia and her husband John will celebrate their 34th wedding anniversary on September 13. She says she would love to hear from fellow classmates Grace, Roberta, Judy and Lynn. Contact the College to reconnect!

Sr. Karen Dolovacky ’75, currently a chemistry teacher at Regina High School, went on the trip of her lifetime last summer – a cruise tour to Alaska. “It was fantastic,” Sr. Karen said. She has more than 500 pictures and four hours of video for anyone who wants to see it.

The class of 1976.Members of the Class of 1976 gathered with the family of Judith Cipriano Uhlik ’76 to honor her memory. Judy’s family and friends generously contributed to support the Notre Dame College Spring Production “The Trouble Is…” Friends of Judy met before the show for a small reception and the opportunity to reminisce about their friend and their happy memories of their time at Notre Dame College.

Clare Cavoli Lopez ’76 has been staying busy teaching intelligence community students about the Iranian intelligence services and the spreading influence of Islam, Jihad and Shariah in western society for the CI Centre in Alexandria, Va. She is also training Department of Defense military intelligence students in clandestine operations techniques as they prepare to head downrange.  Clare recently published a major report, "The Iran Lobby," for the Washington D.C. think tank, Center for Security Policy. She is initiating a relationship with law enforcement in Kansas City, Mo. for training on Hezbollah threat to the homeland and integration of classic intelligence concepts with patrol-level law enforcement. She tries to stay balanced (and sleep at night) with the help of family, friends and a sadistic trainer at the local gym! Clare is looking forward to the Washington D.C. Race for the Cure on June 6.  Her daughter Jennifer (22), who is home for the summer, plans to lifeguard at a local child care center before heading back to class to finish up her Bachelor in Public Relations.

1980s

Martie Fleming Aiello ’81 began a new position as program director for the St. Francis Spirituality Center on July 1, 2008. She describes her new position as “providing the space and environment for individuals and groups to find respite from the busy chaos of worldly pursuits. The Center and grounds are conducive to quiet reflection and contemplation. I work with individuals and groups to find the right experience to fit their needs.”

Elder MediationPatricia Giltner Bertschler ’81 and her husband John have published “Elder Mediation: A New Solution to Age-Old Problems.” The book is based on input from mediators around the world who contributed case studies, insights, articles and specific information about the practice of elder mediation. It discusses imbalances of powers, ethics, style of mediation and conducting an intake, and gives 55 practical tips to build a mediation practice. Patti and John are co-owners of Northeast Conflict Solutions in Seven Hills, Ohio. Their practice specializes in counseling, mediation and training. This is Patti’s second book.

Josephine Cannizzaro Petkovsek ’82 is the owner of Travel Encounters in Chardon, Ohio. She has twin boys who are both freshmen in college. One attends Cornell University and the other attends Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. Her daughter received her undergraduate degree from the College of Wooster and went on to earn a Master in Forensic Psychology from Tiffin University.

Helen DeCrane Kasper ’86 is living in Naperville, Illinois with her husband Ray and three children, Matt, Emily and Andrew. Helen and Ray celebrated their 20th anniversary by taking a trip to Napa Valley, Calif. She is the Director of Sales for The Hartford, an insurance group. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Family Shelter Service in Chicago.

Paula Kampf ’89 writes in to say that after 15 years in parish ministry, she has transitioned into working with hospice patients, families and volunteers as a hospice volunteer coordinator at the Visiting Nurse Association. She notes, “Companioning with families and volunteers during this most-vulnerable part of a person's journey is an immense and humbling privilege. Connecting volunteers with families needing care, comfort and assistance during this time brings me great joy!”

1990s

Tina Salvo-Rimbach ’93 married Drew Rimbach on January 27. Tina’s three children attended the wedding: Christian, 12, D.J., 8, and Katie, 5. The happy family is living in North Carolina and loving it. Tina still teaches high school English and world history. Drew is in the army at Fort Bragg.

Laura Malee Greenwald ’97 is proud to be a grandmother for the second time. Kiera Ashlynn was born on New Year’s Eve. She joins her big sister Brenna Kay.

2000s

Heid ShafferHeidi Englebry Shaffer ’00 and her husband John welcomed baby girl Marleighna last fall.

Christina DeFrank ’01 has moved to Atlanta, Ga. to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD Atlanta Campus). She is pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design.  Christina will put her graphic design skills to use while she is completing her advanced degree.

Deborah McGuigan ’01 welcomed her first grandchild, Dylan Gregory Tippie, on December 22, 2008. Dylan’s proud parents are Dustin and Ashley Tippie. Dustin is also familiar to Notre Dame, as he served on Tom Meeks’s maintenance staff during the summer of 2000. Deborah’s daughter Leah Tippie was recently engaged to Jeff Enquist and the couple is planning a September wedding in Seattle, Wash.

Wendy Barker Zielinski ’03 is teaching at Shaw High School in East Cleveland. She earned a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in August 2008.

Melanie Faithwalker ’06 has returned to Notre Dame College as a counselor trainee for the College’s Counseling Center. The Counseling Center on campus provides a wide range of services such as individual and group counseling, as well as outreach and educational programs for students, while also providing significant support to student life staff and other College personnel. Melanie is in her last semester at John Carroll University where she is finishing a Master of Arts in Community Counseling. 

Class of 2009

Here’s a quick survey of where some of our newest alumni are headed after commencement.

Philly Meluch and Gregory ClawsonMichael McDonnell will attend the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations to pursue a Master’s Degree in International Affairs.

Shannon McPeek will start her Master in Speech Therapy at Cleveland State University.

Philomena Meluch will attend The Law School at the University of Notre Dame.

Nanette Musch will work full-time as a corporate tax accountant for Forest City Enterprises, Inc. in downtown Cleveland. She has also been accepted at Cleveland State University, where she will begin a Master of Accountancy in Tax Accounting on a part-time basis.

Lauren McNally, Margie Jones and Jessica Skoien.Adam Sanders will join the pharmacy program at The Ohio State University. Until he leaves for Columbus, he will continue his internship as a microbiologist at Ben Venue Laboratories in Bedford, Ohio.

La-Taunya Shaw will attend Cleveland State University to pursue a Master’s of Business Administration.

Jessica Skoien is going to attend John Carroll University to begin her work toward a Master in Communications Management.