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1936

Catherine Culek Haggerty ’36 attended the Notre Dame College Medal dinner June 1 on campus. The 98-year old alumna joined in honoring the Sisters of Notre Dame, who were awarded the College’s highest honor, the 2013 Notre Dame College Medal.

1950

Rita McGuigan Buckon ’50 celebrated with her grandson, Kevin Sovacool ’13, as he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May.

1964

Sr. Jacquelyn Gusdane, SND ’64, was invited by U.S. Rep. David Joyce of Ohio to give the opening prayer for the United States House of Representatives on May 9, 2013. Sr. Jacquelyn is president of Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School in Chardon, Ohio, and serves on the Board of Trustees of Notre Dame College.

1969

Helen Kuhn Pigage ’69 retired in August 2012 after 43 years of teaching biology. Helen has worked at Central Catholic High School (Canton, Ohio), West Liberty State College (West Liberty, WV.), Elmhurst College (Elmhurst, Il.) and the U.S. Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, Co.). At the Air Force Academy, she chaired the Health Professionals Advisory Committee for 13 years. She currently is continuing to research at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

1981

Cristine Fischer Melillo ’81 watched her daughter, Alicia Melillo ’13, graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May.

Roseanna Boiarski Falcone ’81 celebrated with her son, Nick Falcone ’13, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May.

1984

Denise Mackert Meeks ’84, celebrated with her daughter, Tamara Meeks ’13, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May. Her daughter, Tina Meeks ’11, and husband, Tom Meeks, Notre Dame’s director of physical plant, also joined in the festivities.

1985

Tina DiBacco Jurcisin ’85 watched her daughter, Alexa Jurcisin ’13, graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology in May.

Judith Magid Feniger ’85 has been named thenew executive director of Gordon Square Arts District in Cleveland.

1987

Margaret Richards Rohrer ’87 joined her daughter, Hannah Rohrer ’13, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing, during commencement ceremonies in May.

1988

Anne Bruder ’88 conducted the world premiere of her new film, “The Vetters: All We Needed,” June 14-16 at Geauga Lyric Theater in Chardon, Ohio The film tells the story of the Vetter family from Chardon: six close-knit siblings of Mexican/Native American descent who emotionally reflect on the sacrifices and steadiness of their humble devoted father and how they overcame poverty and the heartbreaking loss of their mother to achieve unimagined success as state and national champions, Olympic contenders and World Record holders in the 1970s and 1980s. Watch the trailer and get more information about the film at www.TheVettersMovie.com.

1993

Christina Salvo Rimbach ’93 and her husband, Drew, are celebrating their fifth anniversary and are blessed by their four children, Christian (16), Daniel (12), Kate (9) and Bearett (3). Christina is entering her 18th year in education and works as a high school English teacher at Western Harnett High School Lillington, N.C.

Sarina Carrington ’93 celebrated with her daughter, Caroline Carrington-Pratt ’13, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication in May.

1995

Kacie Crider Armstrong ’95 has been named the new director of the Euclid, Ohio Public Library. Previously, Kacie served as the branch manager for the North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls and Maple Heights library branches, all in Northeast Ohio, as well as the Cleveland Public Library. She received her Master of Library and Information Sciences degree from Kent State University.

Carol Sullivan Warren ’95, who has earned a master’s degree in English and creative writing from Cleveland State University, and her husband have celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary. The couple live in Somerset County, England.

1996

Patricia Sofra DeLisio ’96 and her husband, Gene, have been certified as official foster parents. Since March 2012, they have been fortunate to care for several children.

2000

Jeannete Owczarzak Louis ’00 and her husband, Wayne, are excited to announce the birth of twins, Nathaniel Xander and Matthias Vance. The boys joined their big brothers Noah and Wayne on Feb. 27, 2013.

2002

Mandy Ford Ripplinger ’02 and her husband, Dan, welcomed their fourth child, Alec Paul, who was born on Aug. 23, 2012.

2003

Shannon Epling ’03 has received the Award for Initiative and Excellence from the American Chemical Society (ACS) for her efforts in building a training program to prepare editors to critically examine more than 80 sections of chemistry reviewed by the ACS. Shannon, an associate scientific information analyst for the society, also was recognized for overall attention to detail and the production of quality work.

Renee Hastick-Motes ’03 has earned a master’s degree in public administration from Long Island University (Brooklyn campus). She is currently the associate vice president for community and government relations at the Institute for Community Living in New York City.

2004

Lesley Evans McCue ’04 received her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Dayton. She recently accepted a position as clinical faculty at the University of Dayton in the teacher education department.

Lisa Krok ’04 has received the J. Allen Oakum Memorial Scholarship from the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University. The scholarship is awarded annually to students interested in school librarianship and is based on prior academic performance, accomplishments and demonstrated leadership. Lisa is currently pursuing a Master of Library and Information Sciences degree at Kent State. Her career goals are to become a school media library specialist and to foster the love of reading in children in the library setting.

2006

Melanie Faithwalker-Estes ’06 remarried Linwood Estes on Dec. 15, 2012, and gave birth to a son on Jan. 26, 2013. Boaz Mikael Estes weighed 8 pounds and was 22 inches long. Melanie, who is studying for her doctorate in counseling psychology with a focus on higher education and supervision, is the chief executive officer and owner of Faithwalker Counseling & Consulting.

2008

Julia Szabo ’08 passed the bar exam in February 2013. She is an attorney at Bartos & Bartos, LPA, a family law firm in Rocky River, Ohio.

2009

Rebecca Kovacs ’09 watched her mother, Lillian Kovacs ’13, graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education in May.

Philomena Meluch O’Hare ’09 celebrated with her sister, Barbara Meluch ’13, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in intelligence analysis in May.

Eris Zion Venia ’09 competed in the Women of the World Poetry competition, where she finished in 7th place out of 73 competitors in March 2013. She has recently gained international attention for her “Open Letter to Charles Ramsey,” which has been featured in the Guardian UK newspaper and has been interviewed by the BBC.

2010

Sarah Nank ’10 gave birth to Olivia Siobhan Lee on Jan. 3, 2013, at 7 pounds, 11 ounces and 19 inches long. The baby’s father is Nank’s fiancé, Robbie Lee, of Dublin, Ireland.

2011

Aubrie Birnesser ’11 celebrated with her fiancé, Keith Drenowski ’13, as he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies in May.

2013

Sabrina Tonschock ’13 graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in communication and public relations in May and is the communications specialist for the City of South Euclid.

Martez Glenn ’13 graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in adolescent/young adult education and English in May and will pursue a master’s degree in higher education at Tiffin University. He has been working at Beechbrook, a Cleveland behavioral health agency for children and families.

Brianne Schmansky ’13 participated in commencement ceremonies in May and will be returning to Westland, Mich., to utilize her degree in math in her role as analyst in the Actuarial Service Center for Towers Watson.

Lacy Lanigan ’13 earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting in May and works for University Hospitals as a financial planning accountant. She is pursuing an MBA from Lake Erie College.

Matt Roche ’13 will attend Vermont Law School, the No. 1 ranked environmental law school in the nation, on scholarship to study environmental law after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in May.