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1960s

Terri Kochik Erickson ’60 and her husband Bill say they are grateful to God for 50 exciting, adventurous, challenging and blessed years of marriage, enriched by seven uniquely talented children and 10 wonderfully energizing grandchildren. They are currently enjoying life and the wonders of Seattle at Providence Mount St. Vincent Long Term Care Facility, where Bill is managing his Parkinson's Disease. 

Marilyn Zele Van Doesburg ’62 celebrated her first gallery exhibit this past April. After years of painting for herself, she decided to go public at the Gallery De Werkvloer in Utrecht, Netherlands, the city near her home. The event was a dream come true, Marilyn says. Her husband Cor, who has been a jury member for many art events, gave the opening speech, and a fellow villager sang a series of French songs for soprano. To top it all off, Marilyn sold three paintings!

1970s

Sister Margaret Gorman ’71 has been appointed the new provincial superior for the Sisters of Notre Dame of Christ the King Province in Chardon, Ohio. Her six-year term began July 31. Sr. Margaret worked with the faculty and staff at Notre Dame serving in various capacities on the College's senior administrative team from the mid 1990s to early 2000. As the principal of Regina High School, she also worked closely with the College on the Seniors at Notre Dame (SAND) program, which allowed Regina seniors to complete their final high school year at NDC while earning college credits.

1980s

Karen Gilliam, Ph.D. ’87, manager of organization and employee development for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, has earned the Certified Diversity Executive Certification. This recognition covers topics such as equal employment opportunity laws, strategic diversity planning, diversity training, diversity recruiting, employee resource groups, and diversity measurement. Karen is the author of the book “Finding Your Voice in a World That Needs It,” which provides a unique look into the inner person and self-realization. She recently gave a presentation to the faculty and staff at Notre Dame College encouraging them to unlock their unique potential and live a life of purpose.

1990s

Carole Iseli ’90 would like to share special news on behalf of many Notre Dame College alumni: On May 15, the Associates of the Sisters of Notre Dame (SND) celebrated the 10th anniversary of the associate relationship with the congregation at a special liturgy and dinner at the Provincial Center in Chardon, Ohio. Eight alumni who were part of the first group of associates in 2001 were among those celebrating: Brenda Crawford ’02, Bernice Dondero ’78, M.Ed. ’97, Carole Iseli ’90, Claudette Matero ’90, Patricia Scholl ’82, Marilou Battista Strathern ’56, Susan Synek ’74 and Pamela Wright Waitinas ’61. Claudette and Pamela are past presidents of the Notre Dame College Alumni Association, and Claudette and Bernie are former and current co-directors respectively of the Associates of the Sisters of Notre Dame.

Claudette Matero ’90 was certified as a spiritual director by the Ignatian Spirituality Institute of John Carroll University this past August. A spiritual director companions people on their journey to a deeper relationship with God. In addition, he or she can also lead individuals in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.  

Sharon Minor Joles ’93 and three other participants were selected from 27 applicants to be part of a management training program at Progressive Insurance. The group is now supervising front line support center representatives. In a year to 18 months Sharon will be reviewed for a position in IT management. She has been at Progressive for 12 years now. Sharon and her husband also just celebrated their 16-year wedding anniversary with a trip to Las Vegas in May.

Rachel Strutz '95Rachel Strutz ’95 fulfilled her lifelong dream of visiting each of the 50 states this July. Rachel spent her childhood visiting many of the 50 states with her parents. The final states on her list were Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. After landing in Minneapolis, Minn., Rachel ventured across the border to see the St. Croix River in Wisconsin. She then visited the bridges of Madison County, Iowa – John Wayne’s birthplace – and traveled along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Rachel walked in the corn fields of Nebraska, where the stalks were three feet taller than her, before reaching Kansas. There, Rachel found time to reflect upon the state and its special meaning to her. Her late mother’s name was Dorothy and, drawing upon the state’s connection to the Wizard of Oz, Rachel felt her mother was there with her in spirit.

Luke Roger GrejdaLuke Roger Grejda was born April 29 at 7:30 a.m. to Arlene Kray Grejda ’98 and her husband Andy. Luke weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 21 inches long.

Heidi Day Hall 99 gave birth to a bouncing baby boy on June 11 at Akron General Medical Center. Luca Joseph Hall was welcomed into the world by his proud father Eric and loving big sister Lola. 

Gina LaVerde 99 and her husband David Ellis welcomed their daughter Silvia Regina Ellis on June 1. Silvia made her debut at St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan and weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces. She is the first grandchild for NDC faculty members Tony and Eileen LaVerde.

2000s

Theresa Waters Sacher ’01 is proud to announce the birth of her daughter Lilian Faye Sacher, who was born on April 21 and weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces.

Kathleen Harris ’03 received her Ph.D. in Special Education from Kent State University in August 2010. Kathy is now teaching early childhood education and special education classes as an assistant professor at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pa.

Olivia Rose PenningtonAshleigh Bielek Pennington ’05 and her husband Scott welcomed baby Olivia Rose on July 2.

Stefanie Wagner ’05 obtained her clinical social work license in June. She currently works as a child and adolescent mental health therapist for the Bedford City Schools. Stefanie married the love of her life Andrew Ryan on August 19. The couple resides in Warren, Ohio. Andrew is a small business owner in Boardman, Ohio.

Magan Johnson ’06 accepted a position at the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority in April. She became engaged to Miguel Torres on May 28, and the couple plans to be married on July 6, 2012, at the Church of Saint Clare in Lyndhurst, Ohio. 

Jessica Baron '07Jessica Baron ’07 is currently in her fourth year as a kindergarten teacher at Perry Elementary School. Jessica married Jarod Miller at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Mentor, Ohio, on July 16. Jessica’s sister Meghan Baron ’11 was the maid of honor. Alumnus Robert Tracy ’07 was the best man. Alumni Kristy Stefanski McKibben ’08, Patty Stefanski ’08, Carmella LoCascio ’07 and Nicholas Somich ’06 were members of the bridal party. Megan Dennis Tracy ’07 served as a reader at the wedding.

Marcia Bogarty ’07 received her Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Capella University on June 17.

Amanda GurskiAmanda Gurski ’07 married her long-time boyfriend Eric Darrow at the Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, Ohio, on June 4. They recently bought their first house together and are enjoying married life at home with all of their fuzzy pets.

Christian Taske ’07 and his wife Tricia welcomed their first child, baby girl Maia Teresa, on April 20. Maia weighed 9 pounds, 1 ounce and was 21 inches tall. The happy family lives in Painesville Township, Ohio, with Maia’s big brother, toy poodle Muchie.

Krystal Workman ’08 has begun her studies to receive a Master in Forensic Science and Technology at Pace University in New York City.

Patricia Jennings ’09 has been working as an account manager with National Enterprise Systems in Solon, Ohio, since April.

2010s

Lauren Robare '10Lauren Robare ’10 and Daniel Williams were married in Notre Dame's Christ the King Chapel on May 27. Their large wedding party of 19 included brothers, sisters and little cousins, and was an amazing celebration of family and friends. After the wedding, the couple enjoyed a honeymoon in Las Vegas.