Class Notes


Douglas Streichert and Marie Therese Elston '54

While visiting the Harry Potter Museum at Warner Brothers, Joan Cronin Reagan ’52 was tapped on the shoulder and a person asked “Do you know Joan Cronin?” “That’s me!” Joan responded. The mysterious stranger turned out to be her friend Mary Lou Sweeney ’54 along with her husband, Jim. The reunited buddies took a picture on the set of “Friends.”

Marie Therese (Terri) Elston ’54 was married on May 13, 2010, to Douglas Streichert. Terri taught the sciences for 50 years and received her master’s degree in education from St. Xavier University in Chicago. The Streicherts are retired and live in Clearwater, Fla. They just adopted two Himalayan cats from a rescue group in South Carolina.


Vaughon Hanchett and Nancy Campbell Cise '64

Nancy Campbell Cise ’64 ended her long career creating nutrition policy for the Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) and the School Nutrition Programs for the State of Texas, and coordinating a statewide dietetic internship for WIC employees in 2007. Since then, she married retired U.S. Air Force Col. Vaughon Hanchett on Oct. 10, 2010, in Junction City, Ore. The couple spends winters in Austin, Texas, and summers in Eugene, Ore. They keep active by traveling to distant lands and skiing, as well as spending quality time with their two horses, Taz and Reno. Their first granddaughter was born on Jan. 16, 2010.


Laureen Jordan ’70 married Dennis Davis in 2007.

Karen Janiga ’75 relocated to California in 2009 and is now the radiation safety officer at the University of California in Riverside. She is also a laser safety officer and assistant biosafety officer and is involved in other areas concerned with safety of research laboratories.

After teaching elementary school for 30 years, Sr. Mary Ellen Beebe, SND ’79 (formerly Sr. Mary St. Augustine) has recently begun vocational work and work in young adult ministry for the Sisters of Notre Dame. The community has founded Cuvilly House, a welcoming place for young adults.


Rita Dorony Basalla '81 with her husband and sons.

Rita Dorony Basalla ’81 was presented with the Notre Dame College Alumni Association’s Alumna of the Year Award at the association’s Spring Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting on May 7, 2011. Rita is currently the principal of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Elementary School. She previously held the positions of teacher and assistant principal for the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Rita is very active in the Byzantine Catholic Church, in the Diocese of Parma, serving as a member of the Committees for the Protection of Children and Evangelization. In the Notre Dame College community, she has been active in the Alumni Association, where she held the office of president, and in the classroom as an adjunct faculty member at the College.

Ruby Doss Fett ’86 completed her training as a minister of consolation through the Diocese of Cleveland's Department for Marriage and Family Ministry. Ruby is a member of the Bereavement Support Committee at her parish, Holy Spirit Church in Garfield Heights. She is a board-certified hospice and palliative care nurse working at the Hospice House of Hospice of the Western Reserve.


Paula Sandor ’91 has launched a small business designing invitations, announcements and stationery called Paula’s INK (, which is featured on the popular wedding website, She is also still using her calligraphy skills taught by Notre Dame College Associate Professor of Fine Arts Rachel Morris, Ph.D.

Carol Nardi Johnson ’95 married Paul D. Siebert on Oct. 16, 2010. The ceremony was performed by South Euclid Mayor Georgine Welo at city hall. Carol exhibited her black and white photography at the South Euclid branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.

Laura Dombrowski Greenwald ’97 recently became the communications manager for Cleveland Clinic's Education Institute. Laura says it's a perfect fit, since she has a passion for education.

Lucienne Rose Cotleur

Carol Waitinas-Alaqua ’97 is proud to announce that her son, Tyler Lindgren, will attend and play football for Notre Dame College this fall. Tyler will be a fourth generation family member attending Notre Dame. He is preceded by Carol (B.A. ’97, M.A. ’04), Pamela Wright-Waitinas ’61 and Dorothy Cerny Wright ’33. The whole family is proud of him and is looking forward to having a fourth generation attend a terrific school, says Carol, who also teaches at Notre Dame.

Mary Elizabeth Sokol Cotleur ’98 and her husband, Mark, have a new little bundle of joy. Lucienne Rose Cotleur (“Lucy” to her friends, “Lulu” to her daddy) was born on Nov. 4, 2010. She weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces and was 21 inches long. Lucy is already looking forward to graduating from Notre Dame in 2033.

Susan Previts Paez '98

Susan Previts Paez ’98 received her Ph.D. in Counseling and Human Development Services from Kent State University in December 2010. Susan joins her sister, Dr. Joanne Previts ’00, and her father, Dr. Gary Previts, in the family tradition of achieving a doctoral degree.


Jennie Snoddy Cottrell ’02 grew her family on Sept. 18, 2010. Daughter Julia Lynn was born at 8 pounds, 5 ounces and 19.5 inches long, with blue eyes and brown hair. Big brother Jared (2.5  years) just adores his little sister and can't get enough of her. She was baptized on Nov. 7 at St. John Vianney Church in Mentor, Ohio.

This February, Lisa Radonich ’02 began a new job as a cost accountant at Our Pets in Fairport Harbor, Ohio.

Vanya Neykova McNamara ’02 married her Irish sweetheart, Patrick, on Jan. 10, 2007. She and her husband welcomed their little boy, Svetlin Alexander McNamara, on Oct. 14, 2008.  Vanya is currently attending Tiffin University to obtain her Master of Business Administration in leadership, and is expected to graduate in May 2011.

Amanda Felder '03

Amanda Felder ’03 was married on Oct. 8, 2010 to Jeffrey Hassan.

Darci Biscoff Usher ’04 recently left Ernst & Young LLP after 12 years and accepted a position as controller at the national headquarters of the United Church of Christ.

Jennifer Thrower ’06 married Hendrik Wolfert ’05 on July 3, 2009. Jennifer Pirnat Polak ’06 was the maid of honor. Nick DePompei ’05 was a groomsman. Stephanie Wagner ’05, Elise Coneglio ’05, Beth Clegg ’06, Shayne Clegg ’05 and Kenny Searight ’05 all were in attendance. Jennifer graduated from Ursuline College in 2009 with a master's in educational administration. The Wolferts welcomed son Hendrik Arie Wolfert on Sept. 7, 2010.  

Christy Carlson ’07 married Charles Esau on Sept. 4, 2010. Charles is a computer software engineer for CGI in downtown Cleveland. Christy is a technical editor for Lubrizol and received her master’s in English from John Carroll University in August 2010.

Toccara Mullenix ’07 married Derek Ball at St. Bernard-St. Mary’s Parish in Akron on Dec. 4, 2010.

Elizabeth Oles ’07 graduated from Ursuline College in May 2010 with a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. She currently teaches ninth and 10th grade English at Padua Franciscan High School.

Jackie Winkel ’08 has accepted the position of assistant director of admissions at Ashland University.

Christopher Palagyi ’08 has returned to his alma mater as an admissions counselor.

Patricia Jennings ’09 has begun working as an account manager at National Enterprise Systems in Solon, Ohio.


Sarah Nank ’10 has taken the position of assistant to the directors at Paytime Payroll. She is currently working on her master’s degree in clinical and mental health counseling with a chemical dependency counseling certification at John Carroll University.

Join us for the 2011 Homecoming Weekend

Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 2

Homecoming is a great time for ALL alumni to come back to campus
and reconnect with Notre Dame College.

We hope you will join us for some wonderful celebratory events including:

  • 3rd Annual Alumni & Friends Clambake
  • Alumni Men’s Soccer Game
  • Homecoming Football Game
  • Campus Tours
  • 2011 Alumni Reunion Brunch, honoring classes that end in ‘1 or ‘6

 Don’t see an event you want to attend? 
Get involved in the planning by joining the 2011 Homecoming Planning Committee. Call 216.373.5316 to join or e-mail


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