Patricia Orndorff Ernsberger ’43 and Warren “Ernie” Ernsberger ’43 celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Nov. 18, in the same place as their wedding reception in Westerville, which was then called Williams Grill. They served as Grand Marshals in the Westerville Christmas Parade.
Bob Arledge ’55 finished first in the pole vault in the Ohio Senior Games in Cleveland in June 2012, and third in the U.S. Track and Field Masters National Meet in Chicago in July 2012. He competes in the 75-79 age group.
Susan Allaman Wright ’62 and husband, Wayne Wright ’60, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 29. The couple met while on an Otterbein European summer tour in 1961 for students and recent graduates.
Stephen Kennedy ’65 retired from 21st Century Communications. This is his second retirement; he previously retired from the FBI where he was a special agent supervisor. He and his wife, Betsy, reside in Connecticut and Florida.
David Hogg ’67, (right) pictured with Westerville Mayor Kathy Cocuzzi, was recognized recently by the Westerville City Council for his 10 years of service as chaplain. He began his work as a volunteer fire/police chaplain in November 2002. He became senior chaplain with the fire department following his retirement as senior pastor at Church of the Master United Methodist in 2007.
Linda Karl Chandler ’70 retired in July 2011 from the National Park Service, Fort Matanzas National Monument in St. Augustine, FL, after 21 years as an interpretive ranger. She continues to volunteer at the park one day a week as deckhand for the ferry, and as a reenactor on cannon-firing days. She is doing contract work for the National Park Service Interpretive Development Program and is taking graduate courses in archaeology through the University of Leicester (England) distance learning program.
Linda Whitehouse Pace ’70 retired from teaching in June 2011. She taught 33 years, the last 28 in second grade at Clintonville Academy in Columbus.
Janice Ciampa Astles ’72 retired from the Midlakes Central School District, Clifton Springs, NY, in October 2012.
Bruce Flinchbaugh ’75 retired after 30 years in research and development at Texas Instruments. He joined the Dallas Running Club to train for a 5K race and hopes to run marathons. Bruce, and his wife, Mary, are looking forward to traveling.
Karl Niederer ’75 concluded 34 years of service with the New Jersey State Archives, including 18 years as division director. In July he transferred to the New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services in the Department of the Treasury, where as chief he oversees compliance with legislative changes to New Jersey’s public records laws. In 2011, he received the Presidential Award from the Advocates for New Jersey History, recognizing his three decades of leadership in the State Archive
Bryan Babcock ’78 is a sales manager at Beckenhorst Press and maestro at Maynard Avenue United Methodist Church in Columbus. He has held both positions for more than 30 years. Last winter he was musical director for Gallery Players production of A New Brain, and last summer he was the accompanist in a cabaret with longtime collaborator/singer Joan Krause at the new Short North Stage.
Gary Baker ’80 (left) is the director of marketing and public relations for The Energy Cooperative, Newark, OH. He was most recently employed as deputy auditor of special projects for the Licking County auditor. He continues to freelance as a video producer. He owned and operated Baker Media Solutions for 20 years.
Sean McConnell ’86 (right) retired from the Air National Guard in November 2012, after more than 23 years service as a lead navigator with Ohio and North Carolina. He accumulated more than 600 hours flying the KC135 and 3,400 hours flying the C130. He twice served as operations officer for Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica. He logged almost 800 hours of total combat time over Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. He is employed as a systems engineer for Lockheed Martin and resides with his family in Smyrna, GA.
Robert Finney ’89 is the regional director of Midwest Voice Operations at Time Warner Cable, Columbus.
Tracy Martin Quinter ’89 (photo at left) shares her photo of three generations of Otterbein Cardinals at Homecoming 2011. Jeffrey Martin ’85, Kayle Quinter ’14, Ronald Martin ’64, Christopher Quinter ’13, Tracy Martin Quinter ’89 and Douglas Martin ’87.
Kim Juzwiak Brown ’91 was elected judge for the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas in November.
Bryan Knicely ’91 is the executive director of the Coral Springs Museum of Art, serving Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties in Florida. He also serves as a consultant for the Stonewall National Museum, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Marshall Brown ’92 is an account executive at Be the Match, National Marrow Donor Program in Columbus.
Lori Fraker ’92 received her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix in July 2011. She is currently working as a technician and assistant/patient services representative for Southwest Michigan Imaging Center at the Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI.
Carrie Liggett Stevens ’94 received a 2012 Health Care Angel Award from Jackson Magazine in recognition of her dedication to treatment and prevention of injury at Lumen Christi High School, Jackson, MI, where she has been the athletic trainer for 11 years. The nomination came from the coaches, parents and teachers with whom she has daily contact.
Anne Carlisle Ciecko ’96 joined the Tri-County Forensic Lab, Anoka County, MN, in October. She is trained and court-qualified in forensic DNA analysis.
Gina Perna Hirth ’98 became a board-certified, acute care nurse practitioner in 2010 and is currently working at The James Cancer Hospital at The Ohio State University. Her focus is working with inpatient clients with solid tumors.
Victoria Libertore ’98 performed and held a workshop at Dance New Amsterdam (DNA), in New York City in December. DNA is a nonprofit organization promoting artistic excellence through dance performances, educational programming, artist services and creative opportunities.
Aminda Banning Seymour ’98 (right) is an emergency room nurse at Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati, OH. She was chosen by the Greater Cincinnati Health Council to receive the 2012 Advanced Preceptor Award for providing excellent mentorship and teaching to nursing students in role transition.
Lynnea Knobel ’01 is in her 11th year of teaching. She is currently teaching gifted students in grades three to five in the Johnstown Monroe School District, Johnstown, OH, after completing her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.
Jeff Stewart ’01 completed his master’s degree in information systems at the University of Cincinnati in June. He was promoted to the manager of digital marketing at TriHealth, an integrated health system in Cincinnati.
Rasheda DeShay Hansard ’02 (right) is the managing attorney for the law firm of Haynes & Haynes, LLC, in Columbus. Her practice is focused on the areas of bankruptcy, taxation, civil litigation, public finance and estate planning. She was appointed to serve as special counsel to the attorney general of the State of Ohio.
Three alumnae (photo at left) have joined the staff at the Austin E. Knowlton Center for Equine Science at Otterbein. Kari Mulherin Briggs ’03 (left) is the business manager, Emma Heald ’11 (center) is the stable manager and Tenley Struhs ’12 is a riding instructor.
Jennifer Jackson ’03 completed her graduate certificate in women and gender studies at the University of Memphis in August. She is currently employed at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, in the department of speech and theatre.
Syvisoi Soungpradith ’03 is executive chef at A Proper Garden, Delaware, OH.
Wes Clarkson ’04 is a product manager of paid products for The New York Times.
Anne Halter Gonzales ’04 was re-elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in November.
Melica Hampton ’04 was featured in the September-October 2012 issue of In Words, a newsletter for employees of Goodwill Columbus. She is an employment services specialist in workforce development.
Mei-Li Mariko Thomas ’05 is currently attending Loyola Marymount working toward a master’s degree in business administration.
Kyle Yaggi ’05 earned his master’s degree in English education from The Ohio State University in August. He is in his eighth year of teaching English language arts at Dublin Jerome High School, Dublin, OH, and serves as co-chair of the English department.
Rachael Ferrara ’06 is an associate attorney with Smith Rolfes and Skavdahl in Cincinnati, OH. She practices insurance law and specializes in areas involving property and casualty defense, bad faith litigation, insurance coverage and claim investigation.
Benjamin Garnett ’06 (right) is a 2012 recipient of the Col. Finley R. Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award. The award recognizes musicians who display outstanding musical proficiency, exceptional military leadership qualities and great potential for future outstanding service. He also received the Army Commendation Medal in December for his publicity and recruiting efforts on behalf of the U.S. Army Reserve Bands. Garnett currently serves as public affairs Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) and recruiting/retention NCOIC of the 100th Army Band, Fort Knox, KY.
Misty DeMichael Kiger ’06 received her master’s degree in marketing from The Ohio State University in December.
Sarah Pyles Miller ’07 is the individual giving coordinator for Easter Seals Central and Southeast Ohio.
Bobby Wright ’07 began his first season as an assistant coach for the Ohio University baseball team in 2012. He arrived in Athens after spending the past 10 years with the Otterbein University baseball program as both player and graduate assistant coach.
Steve Chazaro ’08 (left in photo) was the creator and coproducer of City of Hope Broadway Blows Back, a celebrity concert held on Dec. 10 in New York City, to benefit the people of New York and New Jersey affected by Hurricane Sandy. Otterbein alumna Dee Hoty ’74 participated as the Broadway Green Alliance speech/presenter and Troy Burton ’11 was a handler/ show assistant. In total, the concert raised $85,000. Pictured with Chazaro is Max Crumm (center) and Raymond J. Lee.
Heather Manring ’08 received her doctorate degree from Wake Forest University in biochemistry and molecular biology in December.
Cory Smith ’09 was cast as Fred in the world premiere stage production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which began Broadway previews in March at the Cort Theatre.
Garey Berry ’10 is a data collection specialist for two research projects in the Children’s Literacy Research Collaborative at The Ohio State University. The goal of one project is to develop an outline for a national curriculum for pre-K through third grade. The other project looks at the positive or negative effects on students based on the teacher’s professional development. He is also volunteering as the director of technology for Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity in the state of Ohio.
Kelly Butler ’10 is a marketing coordinator for Battelle for Kids, which partners with education organizations to improve educational leadership and student growth, inform instructional practice and align goals and maximize impact in schools. She provides marketing and communications support for initiatives including conferences and other tools, which enable educators to be more effective.
Sarah Jenney ’10 is pursuing her master’s degree in business administration at Middle Tennessee State University.
Molly Morton ’10 is the elementary band director in the Lexington Local School District, Lexington, OH. She is also the woodwind specialist for the Lexington High School Band of Gold marching band.
Jill Birkinbine Peck ’10 is a high school science teacher in Southwestern City Schools in the suburban Columbus area.
Travis Ell ’11 and his wife, Kristy Farren Ell ’11, joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ and will be working with students in ministry on the campuses of central Ohio, including Otterbein.
Karissa Dahdah ’12 is an assistant athletic trainer with Ohio Health in Columbus.
Lucy Milliken MSN ’12, certified nurse practitioner, joined the staff of Coshocton Hospital’s Arrowhead Physicians Clinic in Newcomerstown, OH. She is also a basic life support instructor through the American Heart Association.