Class Notes


Clare Cavoli Lopez ’76 has been named to the board of directors of the Congressional Task Force on National and Homeland Security. The task force is the action arm of the Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Caucus headed by Reps. Trent Franks, Roscoe Bartlett, Yvette Clark, and Executive Director Dr. Peter Vincent Pry.

Clare shared her counterterrorism expertise when she spoke about Iranian, Hezbollah and Syrian weapons of mass destruction at the Counterterrorism Expo in Washington, D.C. on May 16 and 17. She also gave a talk titled “Allah's Law in the Dar al-Harb” at the national conference of ACT! for America in D.C. on June 29.

Clare’s daughter Jennifer headed back to Marymount University in Arlington, Va., this fall to finish up the last few credits of her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. 



Frances Rifici Ratka ’79 was named the planetarium director at the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center in Bay Village, Ohio.



Trish Sgro Kickel ’86 screened her short film, “Super to the Heroes,” which she directed at Notre Dame College, at Comic-Con International in San Diego on July 13. Trish had 48 hours to script, film and edit the movie. It can be viewed at

Comic-Con San Diego is a popular convention showcasing comic books, science fiction/fantasy movies, television series and related popular arts. Every year it boasts over 130,000 attendees, including world-famous movie stars.



Linda Kimble ’87 has been named executive director of the Cleveland Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP). She has also been elected to a two-year term on the board of directors of Community Shares, which supports Greater Cleveland social justice organizations through workplace giving programs and other philanthropic initiatives.

Linda has over 10 years experience working with community-wide collaborations and change initiatives. She has coordinated and managed local educational and public health campaigns for non-profit organizations. Her deepest commitment is to improve the quality of life for minorities.

A registered organ, eye and tissue donor since 1987, Linda is excited to be part of MOTTEP, whose mission is to decrease the number of people in need of organ and tissue transplants and to increase the number of donors in the Greater Cleveland African-American community.



Jody Jurkiewicz Kocsis ’89 has been granted an additional five U.S. patents in the motor oil, fuels and refinery industries this year. She has a total of 13 patents at the Lubrizol Corporation.



Anita Hanks ’96 has been appointed to the board of directors of Womankind, a non-profit organization that provides a full range of services to pregnant women and their families in need since 1975.



Gloria Woullard Wilder ’96 has retired from the Cleveland Municipal School District. She is currently working with schools in Meridian, Miss., and enjoying live in her home state.



CotleurDirector of Alumni Relations Mary Elizabeth Cotleur ’98 and her husband Mark welcomed their second daughter Vivienne Colette to the world.  Vivienne was a homecoming baby as she was born at 4:05 a.m. on Oct. 7, the last day of NDC’s homecoming and alumni reunion weekend. Vivienne weighed 9 pounds, 12 ounces and was 21 inches long. Big sister Lucy was excited to welcome the new baby to the family and adores her new best friend.



Cynthia Bashinsky Bydash ’00 and her husband Tom celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Sept. 6, 2011. They spent a week in beautiful Lake Placid, N.Y., and were surprised with a family party when they returned home.



Dakota King-White ’01 received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Toledo in May. She recently accepted a full-time position at Malone University as an assistant professor in the counseling and human development department.



After finishing an internship at Brigham Young University's counseling center, Kathleen McBrearty Hutchinson ’05 graduated from the University of Akron with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. She is excited to continue her pursuit of becoming a psychologist as a postdoctoral fellow at the Dayton, Ohio, VA hospital.



Mary Bush ’09 went on a mission trip to Guatemala with Help for Orphans and Widows Worldwide (HOWW). Mary and her team stayed in Guatemala City and drove out to rural areas and small towns to feed and minister to orphans and the poor.



PerfectKristen Perfect ’09, M.Ed. ’12 married Matty Lynn in a beautiful ceremony on July 28. Debbie Beatty ’08, Erin Butterfield ’09, Jess Mazzorato ’10 and Craig Pickering ’10 were part of the wedding party while many other alumni were in attendance.

The wedding was an international affair, as Matty is from Newcastle upon Tyne, Great Britain. Kristen recently took the voyage across the pond to join her husband in England, where the couple plans to reside permanently.



Holli Reyna ’09 has been named the head volleyball coach at Clarendon College in Clarendon, Texas.  



Alyssa Henning ’10has joined the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland as a special events manager.



Jason Lockett ’10 continues to pursue a career in marketing. He will graduate with his MBA from Ashland University this spring.



DawesLeslie Dawes ’11 traveled to Russia this summer to visit the country’s most iconic sites in Moscow, Pskov and St. Petersburg.

The trip was designed to enhance Leslie’s master’s degree studies in national security and information protection at The University of New Haven.

Leslie was able to have a dialog with lawyers, judges, police officers and law professors for an inside look at Russian law enforcement. She was exposed to how the country addresses crime and national security concerns on a daily basis. She even witnessed police officers and K-9 units in action as they dealt with a bomb threat in Moscow’s Red Square.

When not in meetings, Leslie visited all the wonders Moscow has to offer. She also visited Pskov, a small city with an equally rich past and beautiful collection of cathedrals, as well as St. Petersburg, which came alive for Leslie with its ornate beauty.



Kayla Kirkpatrick ’12 was featured in the June edition of Cleveland Magazine as one of five recent nursing graduates who are poised for successful careers.


Save the Date

The Notre Dame College Alumni Association will host a Retreat Day in the College’s Great Room from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9. For more information and to sign up, contact Sr. Eileen Quinlan, SND ’74 at or 216.373.5230.

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