Mercyhurst Magazine Fall 2013

alumni notes


Richard Gignac ‘91 completed his master’s degree in educational leadership at edinboro university in december 2012. he and his wife, Christine Bonadio Gignac ’91 , and their two children live in warren, pa., where he works for the warren county school district. James McManus ‘94 was appointed to the board of governance for the lorain/ medina community based correctional facility. Jim is an assistant professor and criminal justice program coordinator at lorain county community college and serves as a part-time police chief for the Village of kipton, ohio.

Jane Bassett Millett ’75 married Thomas Heuer ’76 .

Carolyn J. McQuillen ‘97 , daughter of former president Dr. Michael McQuillen , married sascha meyer on aug. 11, 2013, in the rocky mountains. carolyn works in denver as a dialysis rn and in evergreen, colo., as a certifed massage therapist. professor Keiko Miller ofciated.

members of the class of 1963 are pictured during their 50th anniversary celebration at reunion weekend. from left: Amy Skinner Sargent , Mary Lou Cuddyre Ghezzi , Rosemarie Scarsella Janosko , Nancy August Voskuhl , Barbara Kraus Von Hoene , Sr. Patricia Whalen, RSM , Rita Strobel Bajura and Carolyn Anderson Ruth .

Kate Lynch ‘05 married Jef knecht on June 8, 2013, in pittsburgh, pa. bridesmaids included Natalie Pasquale ‘05 and Justine Adams

Lauren N. Diulus ‘98 , an of-counsel attorney with leech Tishman in pittsburgh, was recognized as a 2013 pennsylvania rising star by pennsylvania super lawyers magazine.

Sally Carlow Kohler ‘51 has been elected the frst emerita member of the mercyhurst university

‘05 . Tim Knecht ‘09 ‘11 was a groomsman. kate works as a sales and catering account manager for marriott in pittsburgh and Jef is a senior technical recruiter, also in pittsburgh. Elyse Lagana ‘08 and Alfred Jones ‘09 were married on July 13, 2013, in geneseo, n.y. groomsmen included Mike Morgan ‘08 and Matt Stay ‘09 . The couple lives in colorado springs, colo. Marissa L. Starin ‘08 and John A. Wayner ‘08 were married on aug. 24, 2013. The wedding party included co-maids of honor Haylie Starin ‘09 and Chelsea Starin ‘14 , bridesmaids Sarah Wayner Polito ‘06 and Angela Balacco ‘08 , co-best man Michael Wayner ‘12 , and groomsmen Chris Davis ‘08 , Brian Folland ‘08 and Robert Blackburn ‘09 .

alumni association. she was the alumnae board president in 1958 and has served consecutively on the alumni board for more than 27 years.

Bridget Kirkland ‘98 graduated from winthrop university with an mfa in general studio art. she begins teaching this fall at the university of south carolina upstate and continues to serve on the interactive committee for Tedxgreenville.

Mary Ellen Dahlkemper ’73 has been named president of mercyhurst preparatory school. most recently, she was the chief administrative and development ofcer at stairways behavioral health.

Michael A. Nagy ‘03 , an attorney in the pittsburgh ofce of civil defense litigation law frm marshall dennehey warner coleman & goggin, has been invited to join the claims and litigation management alliance (clm).

James Daniel ‘84 was named inspector for the city of erie police department, ofce of professional standards.

Breanna Haggerty ‘09 and Dan Bertolini ‘08 were married July 6, 2013. The wedding party included bridesmaids Beth O’Neil ‘09 , Elizabeth Wagner ‘09 and Page

Andrea L. Bauer ‘03 of pittsburgh, pa., won the media representative of the year award for her volunteer

David A. Armstrong, Esq. ’86 has been named the 16th president of Thomas more college in crestview hills, ky.

Christensen ‘09 and best man Brett Pitzulo ‘08 . breanna is a graphic designer at mercyhurst and dan is the baseball coach at mercyhurst north east.

eforts for the pancreatic cancer action network on april 14, 2013. andrea, who works as a credit analyst for sapa extrusions north america, lost her mother to pancreatic cancer in 2006. Kurt Rader ‘04 was promoted to senior vice president, international relationship manager at hsbc in washington, d.c. he also completed an mba at the university of maryland in 2012, with a concentration in corporate fnance and a minor specialty in international studies. Melissa Newell Reynolds ‘05 has joined standard Textile corporation in cincinnati, ohio, as a senior marketing communications specialist.

he had previously served as vice president and general counsel of notre dame college in south euclid, ohio.

Kathryn McKemie Kolker ‘09 married christopher bryan miller on may 25, 2013, in fairport, n.y. The wedding party included maid of honor Shannon Murphy ‘09

works by Michael R. Grine ‘91 were featured in a summer 2013 show at new york city’s pleiades gallery of contemporary art.

and bridesmaid Danielle Feller ‘10 . kathryn works in rochester, n.y., as a pediatric physical therapist, and christopher is an operations manager at rain for rent.


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