Joe Cimperman will become the new president of Global Cleveland, a non-profit organization focused on regional economic development by actively attracting, welcoming and connecting newcomers to Greater Cleveland’s many economic and social opportunities.
Joe has been a Cleveland City Councilman for the last 18 years. He lives in Cleveland with his wife, Nora Romanoff, and their two children.
We are saddened to learn that Kathleen Smolenski passed away in July 2015.
From her obituary: “[Kathleen was a] passionate advocate for the less fortunate, she was selfless in her support of others, with a particular soft spot for pets and the environment.”
I’m writing this short class column on the last day of summer – hope yours was as healthy and fun and active as mine. Time to come inside and gather up the news! Scott Tennant wrote a “once-every-few-years update” to tell us he’s director of communications at Vitamix in Olmsted Township. Scott lives with his wife, Terry, and three of their five children in Wickliffe. Their oldest is a senior marketing major at Cleveland State University, while another daughter is a freshman biomedical engineering major at the University of Akron. Scott says he occasionally gets back to John Carroll when one of his kids participates in an Academic Challenge tournament there. “Good times and good memories for me, even as one of the small but mighty army of Carroll commuters back in the day!” Thanks for the news, Scott, and for the reminder to us all to update the Class with personal, family and professional accomplishments. We also caught the news that Heath Fear was appointed chief financial officer and treasurer of Retail Properties of America, Inc., a real estate investment trust and one of the largest owners and operators of shopping centers in the U.S. Heath has a JD from the University of Illinois College of Law, and in his previous job he orchestrated more than $32 billion of debt and equity transactions. Summer fun, family pride or work changes – tell us, please. Use the online form at www.jcu92.org/ to send your updates.
As winter set in, here are updates from classmates who had nimble fingers for typing into our jcu92.org submission form.
Marcie Rinka Wessels has authored her first children’s picture book, Pirate’s Lullaby: Mutiny at Bedtime, which will be published by Doubleday Books for Young Readers in August 2015. Mary Beth Fraser Connolly is assistant director of the Lilly Fellows Program at Valparaiso University in Indiana. She recently authored a monograph, Women of Faith: The Chicago Sisters of Mercy and the Evolution of a Religious Community, and coauthored Empowering the People of God: Catholic Action Before and After Vatican II. Tim Keo has worked for Great Lakes Theater as an actor and teacher for 11 years, visiting classrooms to connect young people to classic theater. He also sings in a 50’s doo wop band called The Belairs. Patty (Martincic) Callahan earned her PharmD dedgree in 2013 from Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy and is currently working for Walgreens Pharmacy in the Birmingham, Alabama area. Patty and her husband, Tom Callahan (JCU ’89), have 3 children ages 9-17 and when they aren’t running the kids from one activity to the next, they enjoy working on their house and swimming in the pool. Dan Georges is client services technical operations manager at Explorys in Cleveland, and principal trumpet for the Solon Philharmonic Orchestra (he’s also an accomplished guitar and sax player). [pullquote]”It turns out doing research for alpaca farms is a lot more interesting than researching insurance technology.” − Bonnie Simon[/pullquote] Bonnie Simon had worked in IT for Progressive Insurance for ten years, but now she lives in Colorado Springs, raises chickens in the heart of the city and runs a small business called Hungry Chicken Homestead, which promotes local food, local farms and local business through writing, marketing and home economics training. “It turns out doing research for alpaca farms is a lot more interesting than researching insurance technology,” she says. Meg Pinkerton Dunn was back at Carroll in September to take her oldest child on a college visit. “Lots of great memories there and I was amazed by some of the changes,” she reports. Meg is VP at a credit union in Grand Rapids, MI. Dave Hutzel and Carol Cullen (JCU ’88) have been married more than 20 years. They live in Erie, PA, and their oldest child is a freshman at Virginia Tech. Dave retired from the Navy in 2003, and he is a internal medicine physician at UPMC Hamot. Liz (Mitchell) Pacioni lives in Milwaukee with her husband, Jim, and daughter, Sydney, a competitive gymnast. Liz enjoys her career with Johnson and Johnson, but also likes to travel to warm tropical places for much-needed cold weather breaks!
Speaking of which, I’m about to get on a plane to go to Hawaii to run the Honolulu Marathon with my dad and brothers, 21 years since we first ran that race together.
If you have a race story to tell, or any other updates for us, visit jcu92.org to submit your news.