Mercyhurst Magazine Fall 2014

Class notes Peter Winklebauer ‘73 received a citation fr om the P a. State Senat e and a lif etime achievement award for his excellence in the arts and dedication to the well-being of the community. Peter has taught art to high school students for many years and has impacted many students with his passion. Jefr ey Smith ‘88 was appointed executive director of St. Susan Center soup kitchen in Jamestown, New York. He previously worked in food service and hotel management through the Marriott Corporation in New York City and Dallas, Texas, and at restaurants in Florida.

Lisa Bannister ‘08 received an MBA in

Laura Osborn ‘97 has joined St. Martha School in Sarasota, Florida, as director of marketing and public relations. She relocated to Siesta Key, Florida, from Rochester, New York, where she spent 15 years working for Camp Good Days and Special Times. Diane Dominik Wickles ‘98 published her debut romance novel in September through Assent Publishing in Pittsburgh. Hong Kong Treasure is available in print and eBook. Anne Onofrey McClendon ‘00 teaches general music, choir and drama at Holy Spirit Catholic School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Her 4 th grade choir students joined Foreigner on stage at a concert in May to sing one of the band’s biggest hits, “I Want to Know What Love Is.” They earned the opportunity by winning a local radio station contest and also received a $600 grant to purchase new instruments for the music program.

general management on June 28, 2014, from Devry Keller Graduate School of Management. She has accepted an

adjunct instructor position with Mercyhurst University at the North East campus. Lisa has also started a nonproft called P roject Prom in Erie, Pennsylvania, collecting and distributing formal wear to those in need for special occasions. Colleen Gafne y ‘10 accepted a position as a marketing coordinator and graphic designer with rand* construction corporation in Washington, D.C. She was previously a marketing coordinator and graphic designer for Signature Financial Partners in Vienna, Virginia. Chelsea Lammes ‘11 star ted a nonproft called wovenheART to raise funds for For The Silent, a local organization that fgh ts sex trafck ing. She also earned a master’s degree in counseling and took a job as a counselor at Goodwill Industries of East Texas. Bethany Jones ‘12 was promoted from assistant to general manager of Panera Bread in Dublin, Ohio.

Paula Yoviene Prohaska ‘91 has joined Bufalo Hot el Supply as interior designer in the fr m’s Amherst, New York, headquarters. Paula’s previous experience

included government, education and healthcare design and she is excited to now work on interior design projects in the hospitality realm. Glenn Novak ‘93 has been hired as fnanc e director f or Global C olor Additives & Inks. He will lead the fnanc e function for GCAI, including oversight of fnancial oper ations across global business units and the continued fnancial in tegration for recently acquired businesses. Jim McManus ‘94 received the James P. Sweeney Founder’s Award and was honored as “Man of the Year” by the Retired

Brent Swain ‘01 earned his master’s degree in middle school instruction.

Emily Camilli Brady ‘03 has been hired as a State Farm Insurance agent. She plans to run her own agency in St. Louis. Sara Houston ‘06 recently defended her dissertation and graduated with her Ph.D. in biomedical science with a concentration in neuroscience from Kent State University. Sara is now a postdoctoral fellow at George Washington University Medical School in Washington, D.C. Mary Ellen Leisering ‘06 earned her Master of Liberal Arts degree at Houston Baptist Universit y (HBU) in A ugust 2014. She is entering her seventh year at HBU as assistant director of athletic media relations for the NCAA Division I school.

Jeremy Dickey ‘13 received the Douglas Smith Student Award 2014 from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in Manchester, England. The competition

Irish Police Society on March 15, 2014. Jim is a professor in charge of the

was created to help identify students with the greatest potential and to recognize a founder and honorary patron of CIPR International, Douglas Smith. Thomas Frank ‘13 accepted a position at Erie Insurance as a performance tracking analyst for the Enterprise Program Management Ofc e at the home ofc e in Erie, Pennsylvania.

criminal justice program at Lorain County Community College and a police chief for the Village of Kipton, Ohio.

Sondra Dorwart DePalma ‘97 was recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants for exceptional contributions

Ashlee Nelson ‘06 received the 2014 Outstanding First Year School Counselor Award from Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia.

to patient care and the medical profession during her 12 years as a physician assistant.


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