Mercyhurst Magazine Fall 2017

CLASS NOTES CAREERS AND EDUCATION Alicia King Redfern ’70 was elected

’86 . Narda Gatgen LCSW-R has worked at New Directions Youth and Family Services for 25 years and is the clinical director. Narda and Christopher reside in Jamestown, New York. Kate Riley ’03 married Cory Palmer on Nov. 6, 2016, in a small ceremony at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. She was walked down the aisle by her parents, Jack Riley ’74 and Gina Luzzi Riley ’76 . A larger party was held at Riley’s Pour House (owned by her uncle, James Riley ’79 ) in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 14, 2016.

Ryan Gibson ’05 and Jaclyn Kerper Gibson ’05 had a daughter, Quinn Marilyn Gibson, on Jan. 26, 2017. Ryan and Jaclyn, who met on the rowing team at Mercyhurst, celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary this September. Kate Lynch Knecht ’05 and husband Jef had a son, Aedan Michael, on Jan. 20, 2017. Aedan joins big sister Addison.

Mike Pruzinsky ’03 has been named sales ofce manager at Reed Manufacturing Company in Erie. With Reed since 2003, Mike previously served as assistant sales ofce manager for the past nine years. He will also continue as Reed’s account specialist for Afliated Distributors. Corinne Pitts ’06 graduated in July 2016 with an MBA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. Corinne, who earned her bachelor’s degree in intelligence studies at Mercyhurst, is a workforce engagement manager for Accenture in the Washington, D.C., metro area. Emily McGuirk ’07 , Emily Paskert ’06 and Leah Kozlowski ’07 received “25 Under 35” awards from their high school, Saint Joseph Academy in Cleveland, Ohio, for displaying outstanding leadership and having a positive impact on their communities. McGuirk is a mental health technician at Akron Children’s Hospital, where she works with adolescents with mental and behavioral health issues. Paskert is an intervention specialist at Metro Catholic School, the only Cleveland Catholic elementary school with extensive programs to assist refugee students and those with cognitive learning disabilities. Kozlowski is the assistant head of school and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme coordinator at Montessori Caitlin Ewing ’14 was appointed creative lead at Speakeasy Content Marketing, owned by the Dallas Morning News . Trent Frey ’14 has accepted a position as football assistant strength and conditioning coach for the UCLA Bruins. Lauren Kenny ’17 will play Division I Volleyball at Florida Southern where she will study for an MBA and work as a graduate assistant. MARRIAGES AND ENGAGEMENTS High School.

Pennsylvania state organizer of P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) at its annual convention in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, on June 4, 2017. She was previously the state treasurer of P.E.O. Tony Pol ’79 retired

as fre chief of the City of Erie, a position he

held for more than 10 years. He was a member of the Fire Department for more than 33 years. He and his wife, Chris, live in Erie.

Eileen McGoun Law ’05 and husband Adam had their frst child, Natalie Therese, on April 10, 2016, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Katherine Good Graeca

’06 and husband Ryan had a daughter, Emilia Louise, on Feb. 16, 2017, in Erie, Pennsylvania. Carrie

Mary Kaliszak ’86 is the aquatics coordinator at the Barber National Institute and recently helped oversee a revamp of the Barber Institute pool area. Artists painted a 32-by-8-foot ocean-themed mural to ofer swimmers a calming, beautiful scene. Kaliszak, a swimmer at Mercyhurst, was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996. Chicaga Parson Bauer ’98 has launched her frst children’s book,


Boufard ’02 and Chris Boufard ’02 had a son, Kevin Christopher, on Dec. 30, 2015. He joins sister Kathryn and brother Ryan. Jennifer Smolinski John David ’94 and wife Jocelynn had their second child, daughter Sullivan Hannah David, on July 15, 2016. Sullivan joins big brother Finn.

Karsznia Strickland ’06 and husband Brandan had their frst child, Lucy Louise Strickland, on Dec. 15, 2016.

the beginning of a series designed to “inspire and equip our youth with a fre of confdence and moral conviction of heart to fully live out their life purpose; therefore, positively impacting the

Jeremy Hewitt ’07 and Kristin Leonard Hewitt ’08 had a son, Cameron Leo, on May 3, 2017. Katie Jarocki Streets ’07 and husband Nathan had their frst child together, Sophie Irene Streets, on Dec. 22, 2016. Sophie joins big brother Levi. Alicia Santoliquido McCraw ’08M and husband Jason had a son, Joshua Graham, on Jan. 16, 2017. Joshua joins big brother Robert.

world in which we all live and share responsibility.” For more information, visit . The book is available at, and . Victor Laurenza ’02 joined Key Private Bank as vice president, wealth advisor. His role region’s high net- worth investment management and fduciary portfolio. Marie Watt Palano ’02 was promoted to supervisor of data and federal programs within the Seneca Valley School District. focuses on further development of the Sarah Hinsdale Schnarrs ’02 has been named chief accounting ofcer/director of Patterson-Erie Corporation in Erie.

Kelly Froelich McColgan ’02 and husband Michael had a daughter, Moira, in August 2016. Kristen McCaskey Rice ’02 and husband Seth had their third child, Quinn Elyse, on Dec. 29, 2016. She joins sister Jillian and brother Collin.

Emily Neder Roueche ’11 and husband

James had a son, Theodore James, on Feb. 22, 2017.

Narda Gatgen ’87 married Christopher Oberg on Oct. 8, 2016, on Longboat Key, Florida. Maid of honor was Anne Janosko


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