Mercyhurst Magazine Spring 2018

Class notes

Kaitlyn Slomski ‘08 married Elijah Nelson on Oct. 25, 2015. The bridal party included man of honor Jonathan Slomski ‘11 , matrons of honor Rachel Auld Reed ‘08 , Jessica Kocent Rodriguez ‘08 and Marie Blum Capizzi ‘08 , bridesmaid Kate Balconi ‘10 , groomsman Charles Hatfeld ‘04 , and mother of the bride former professor Jill Slomski . Jenna Kaufman ‘09 married Anthony Koch on Oct. 22, 2017.

David Swickline ‘10 married Leanne Abate at the Abilena Plantation in New Bern, North Carolina. They reside in New Bern, where David is a school psychologist in the Craven County School District and Leanne is a speech language pathologist. Randi Heitman ‘11 married Bernie Cage on July 15, 2017, outside their home in Waterford, Pennsylvania. Her bridal party included maid of honor Deidre Hartz ‘11 and bridesmaid Jane Henry ‘12 . Randi is employed by the Wattsburg Area School District as a music teacher for grades 5-12 while her husband works in logistics at Verizon in Erie.

A Hurst love story

Jessica Mathew ‘11 married Ryan S. Neal on July 22, 2017, in Zelienople, Pennsylvania. The bridal party included maid of honor Alex Brooks Hyland ‘12 , bridesmaid Katelyn Schulmeister ‘11 and bridesman Shamus O’Donnell ‘11 . A reception was held at the Doubletree by Hilton in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. The newlyweds honeymooned in Budapest, Vienna and Prague. Jessica is a family and consumer science teacher at Harbor Creek High School. The couple resides in Erie. Charity Moore ‘11 and Matthew Weiss ‘11 were married on Aug. 12, 2017, in Christ the King Chapel at Mercyhurst University. The maid of honor was Christy Moore ‘13 and the best man was Joshua Tracey ‘11 . Bridesmaids were Briana Duncan ‘11, Emma Bradic ‘11 and Rachel Kandefer ‘11 . Groomsmen were Jessy Chase and Dr. Zachary Kwasnicka ‘11 . Charity and Matthew reside in Morgantown, West Virginia, where they are both employed as archaeologists. They spent their honeymoon visiting archaeological sites in England and Scotland.

- With both of them fnally back in Erie in 2015, Alex was ready to make it ofcial, but those locks prevented him from returning to the Old Main roof to propose. Instead he took Kaleigh back to the now completed Habitat house in east Erie, where owner Rosemary helped pull of the surprise. “I got down on one knee and proposed in the exact spot where it all started,” he says. They were married in Christ the King Chapel on Sept. 16, 2017, with a wedding party that included many of their close Mercyhurst friends. They honeymooned in Jamaica. - Kaleigh is a physician assistant with OB GYN Associates in Erie, and Alex works as a logistics analyst at Ryder Supply Chain Solutions. They recently bought a home in Erie, and are making plans for a trip to England and Ireland this spring. “We couldn’t be happier that our love story started at the Hurst,” they agree. How’s this for a quintessentially Mercyhurst love story? Kaleigh Hubert ‘13 and Alex Vinesky ’14 met in August 2012 when both worked on The House That Hurst Built, a Habitat for Humanity build to celebrate Mercyhurst’s new university status. “The two of us volunteered to help put up the roof. I noticed that Kaleigh was struggling to move her ladder and ofered to help – that’s how it all started,” Alex recalls. A few months later, he asked her to be his girlfriend on the roof of Old Main (in the days before the area was locked at all times). They continued to see each other, even heading to Mississippi on a spring break Habitat for Humanity trip. Grad school and jobs took them to diferent cities after graduation, but they made the best of their long-distance romance.

Heather Mills ‘14 married Kevin Dudek ‘14 on Aug. 12, 2017, in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. John Wagner ‘14 was a groomsman. They reside in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and are doing well as a second grade teacher and sales representative. Caitlin English ‘15 married Nathan Lumley on June 17, 2017, in Frederick, Maryland.

McKenzie Rowland ‘15 and Steven Messina ‘14 were married in Spring Hill, Tennessee, on Oct. 8, 2017. McKenzie and Steven reside in the Washington, D.C., area.


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