Mercyhurst Magazine Spring 2021

The ’10s Danielle Feller Kaiser ‘10 and Nick Kaiser ‘09 had a son, Caden Anthony, on Jan. 15, 2021. Danielle is the administrative assistant in the dance department at Mercyhurst and head coach for the dance team. Nick is a quality control manager for Sachs Electric, currently working on the new launchpad facility for SpaceX on Cape Canaveral. Cara Adamus Natalo ‘10 accepted a position as branch manager in the Cochranton branch of The One Federal Credit Union. Bruno Didiano ‘10 and Elizabeth McMullen Didiano ‘10 had their frst child, Dominic William, on Oct. 29, 2019. Bruno is an attorney working at Gateway Health. Elizabeth is advancement manager at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. Colleen Gafney Volkmar ‘10 and husband Jef had their frst child, Avery Rose, on Dec. 22, 2019. Emily Warren Zimmer ‘10 and husband Gregory had their frst child, Leo Edward, on April 6, 2020. Meaghan Farrell Christian ‘11 ‘14M and husband Matt had a son, Hudson Leo, on March 12, 2020. He joins older brother Lincoln. Alicia Grosso ‘11 earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Marleah Williams’12 married Evan Wolfe on Oct. 3, 2020, at Mother of Sorrows Church in Ashtabula, Ohio. Marleah is a Lead Counselor at Glenbeigh Hospital in Rock Creek, Ohio. Gretta Freyermuth ‘13 and Eric Lundgren ‘13 were

Abby Brennan Power ‘07 founded The Solutionary School in January 2020 to engage with communities of all ages to create social change. Its fagship program is “The Kids of Solutionary Street” Puppet Workshop. Abby believes play can be an inlet

to creating a more compassionate and just world. These virtual and in-person workshops reach children around the world. Crystal Milhollen Ratkovsky ‘07 and Ryan Ratkovsky ‘07 had a son, Paxton Lee, on Oct. 28, 2020. Adam Stewart ‘07 has been named assistant vice president of sales and sales strategy for PSECU, Pennsylvania’s largest credit union. Lisa Bannister ‘08 was named Employee of the Month for June 2020 at Lake Erie Correctional Institution in Conneaut, Ohio. A career tech instructor, she was reassigned during the pandemic to Front Entry to help process staf in and out each day. Classmates Mary Bennaton ‘08 and César Torres ‘08 are helping to oversee the “Honduras Hurricane ETA - Rebuild Homes Fundraiser.”The fundraiser is dedicated to helping communities recover from the devastating efects of two consecutive

hurricanes that struck Honduras in November 2020. Kerry Bowman ‘08 and Jessica Lamb Bowman ‘07 had their frst child, Robert Knox, on Oct. 23, 2019, in Arlington, Virginia. Kaitlyn Slomski Nelson ‘08 and Elijah Nelson ‘20 had a son, Theodore “Teddy” John, on Dec. 10, 2019. His dad, an adult student, fnished his last fnal only hours before Teddy arrived. Courtney Olevnik ‘08 ‘13M , who formerly served as director of

annual giving, began a new role as director of international student services at Mercyhurst. She will lead the development and implementation of strategic plans for successful recruitment, enrollment, and student services for the International Student Ofce. Kristin Peterson Pierce ‘08 released her fourth children’s book, The Sweet Dreams

married Aug. 30, 2019, at Heinz Chapel in Pittsburgh. Gretta played volleyball and Eric was a wrestler at Mercyhurst. The bridal party included fellow alumni Elyse Texido ‘13 , Katie Powell ‘13 , Becky Nagy Leush ‘13 , Kelly Perry Clarke ‘13 , Patrick Carter ‘12 , Levi Smeltzer ‘12 , Jordan Shields ‘13 , Michael Baxter ‘13 , Colin Farabaugh ‘12 , and Marc Weinheimer ‘12 . Eric and Gretta are living in Eugene, Oregon.

Express: A Meditative Bedtime Journey , on Aug. 5, 2020. It became an Amazon bestseller. On Sept. 20, 2020, she also released a memoir about her journey with ovarian cancer titled My Cosmic Hammer: When Life Shakes You Up to Wake You Up . Kristin was an athlete on the Mercyhurst volleyball team when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer between her junior and senior years at Mercyhurst at the age of 21. Kristin is the founder of Inner Compass Books and lives in Warman, Saskatchewan, Canada, with her husband, Matt Pierce ‘09, and children Aspen and Kendrix.

Alyssa Ross ‘13 married Stephen Miller on Oct. 11, 2019, in Cleveland, Ohio. Both work for large law frms in downtown Cleveland. Caitlin O’Neill ‘14 married Josh Arbogast on Oct. 10, 2020, in Brunswick, Ohio. Bridesmaids included Hannah Micsky Cianci ‘13 , Heather Mills Dudek ‘14 , and Chelsea Urlich ‘14 .


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