Mary Jane Kline Van Sickle ’42 and husband, Frank Van Sickle ’41, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with family and friends at the clubhouse in the Villas of Canterbury Woods, Westerville. They were engaged in March 1941 when “Van” was a senior and Mary Jane a junior. They were married at Church of the Master on Feb. 20, 1943.
Claire Kerr Reynolds ’51 retired as director of the Colorado Springs, CO, show choir, Vocal Fusion. In addition to publishing several original compositions and arrangements, she was a K‑12 music teacher, concert organist and music director/accompanist at several churches. She founded three choral groups: Song Spinners in 1974, A Touch of Class in 1985 and Vocal Fusion in 2003. She is moving to Missouri to be near family.
Beverly Thompson Kelly ’52 was named 2013 Laywoman of the Year, United Church of Christ, by the Florida UCC Women at Good Samaritan Church, Pinellas Park, FL.
Joe Booth ’65 was recently inducted into the Zanesville High School Hall of Fame. He was a doctor in private practice until his retirement after 30 years of serving his hometown area. He was also Muskingum County coroner for three years, team physician for the Zanesville High School track team for six years and president of the Muskingum County Medical Academy.
Col. Robert Meyer ’65, U.S.Air Force (retired), was inducted into the Ohio National Guard Hall of Fame in April. He retired in 2003 after serving 37 years in the U.S. Air Force and the Ohio Air National Guard.
Marlene Lansman Deringer ’69 has retired from her position as associate professor of education at Otterbein after 26 years. She was instrumental in the program that sent 39 student teachers to the McCurdy School in Española, NM, between 1995 and 2011.
Dee Dee Krumm Heffner ’69 and husband, Dennis Heffner ’69, retired from their ministries in Española, NM, where they have served as home missionaries since 1975. Dee Dee leaves behind a legacy at the McCurdy School, including working with 39 Otterbein student teachers between 1995 and 2011; Dennis worked as pastor and director of a senior citizens’ ministry. They plan to reside in Tijeras, NM, and enjoy spending time with their four grandsons, ages 5‑13.
Dennis Mammana ’73 was featured in the May issue of Astronomy Magazine. Through his celestial photography, astronomy writings, public lectures and courses, and astronomical enrichment tours to some of the most exotic places on Earth, he has brought the cosmos to audiences around the world.
Thomas Heil ’75 was inducted into the Teays Valley High School Athletic Hall of Fame in February. He was a guidance counselor at Teays Valley High School until his retirement in June 2011.
David Marcia ’81 completed his doctorate degree at the University of Missouri in December. He began teaching at Beloit College, Beloit, WI, where he directed Hay Fever this April. He will also direct the premiere of his play Coward Land in the fall. Coward Land and his previous play, What Breaks Your Heart? were semifinalists at the O’Neill Theatre Center’s New Play Competition.
Jan Madak O’Daniel ’86 has worked seven years as a search engine optimization (SEO) copywriter, freelance magazine writer and writing mentor. Prior to launching her consultancy, she spent 20 years in radio, television, publishing and interactive marketing.
Rob Gagnon ’87 is the senior vice president of RalphLauren.com.
Kathleen Clinger Brown ’89 was appointed to serve as the West Ohio Conference superintendent for the Capitol Area South District, effective July 1. As superintendent, she will have spiritual administrative oversight for 123 congregations and numerous mission sites and projects.
Kyle Ramey ’89 was named the superintendent of Oakwood City Schools in Dayton, OH, in March. He previously served as director of instructional services for Kettering City Schools.
Craig Sutherland ’89 co‑founded ICEbox Solutions, LLC, in Columbus. The product is designed to be a personalized, secure online vault for personal identification records, important documents and medical records available on computers, tablets or smartphones.
Kelley Grant‑Kelley ’93 and husband, Brian, are owners of Studio Om Yoga in Pataskala, OH. She is a registered yoga teacher with 200 hours of training. Her school has been certified by Yoga Alliance. She will be teaching classes and managing the business.
Todd Crain ’94 guest-starred on a January episode of NBC’s 30 Rock as the grown up, not‑so‑pure‑of‑heart Charlie from the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
James Friesner ’94 was awarded a doctorate of ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, in May. He is an ordained member of the roster of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and serves in the greater Grand Rapids, MI, area.
Jenny Stratton Johnson ’95 is an emergency room registered nurse at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. She and her husband, Brian, reside in Upper Arlington with their four children.
Heather Rutz ’95 received her master of arts in education degree from Bluffton University, Bluffton, OH, in May.
Erin Stewart Miller ’97 is the environmental steward for the mayor of the City of Columbus. She managed the city’s residential recycling rollout to 187,000 homes this year. In an effort to “green up” the city’s vehicle fleet, a large scale solar energy system was dedicated in May. Columbus now has the greenest fleet in North America.
Kathryn Felsenthal Stephens ’97 was honored as part of the 21st class of promising central Ohio young professionals by Columbus Business First Magazine as part of its annual Forty Under 40 awards. She is the only paid employee of Walk With A Doc, an international nonprofit organization headquartered in Columbus. The program arranges for physicians to give a 10‑minute health talk followed by a one-hour walk with participants around public parks.
Shannon Towers Johnson ’98 is the director of human resources at Tween Brands, Inc. in New Albany, OH. Tween Brands is the largest specialty store providing fashion merchandise and accessories for girls and boys ages 7-12.
Celina Clarich Polanco ’98 is an associate director of admissions for the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, CA. She also spent most of the last year performing as Camila in the second national tour of the Tony Award winning musical, In the Heights.
Aaron Ramey ’98 played General Glossop and understudied the lead roles and John Utterson in the pre‑Broadway tour of Jekyll & Hyde. The company began a 13–week run in April at the Marquis Theatre in New York City. Opening night marked 11 years to the day since he had his Broadway debut in Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Elizabeth Minnich Saltzgiver ’99 recently completed The Next Generation of Leaders in the Arts Fellowship Program, which is designed to help middle managers foster and cultivate leadership skills in order to excel in higher‑level arts administration. She is currently employed by Otterbein as the audience services director in the Department of Theatre and Dance.
Rob Burk ’00 accepted a position with the United States Eventing Association, Leesburg, VA, as their senior director of programs. He will work with the CEO, board of governors and other colleagues to expand the association’s competition programs and develop new programs.
Jim Cooney ’00 is the associate choreographer for Guys and Dolls at Great Lakes Theatre, which is directed and choreographed by Dan Knechtges ’94. Cooney is choreographer of the world premiere Brazilian musical Eramos Gays, running in Salvador; artistic director and choreographer of MASQ, a new annual masquerade event featuring circus, dance and burlesque; and a creative consultant for Unique New York Productions, owned by Mike Kirsch ’01.
Donna Valput Hanly ’00 was promoted to chief nurse executive for all Ohio Health campuses. This is a newly-established senior leadership position at Ohio Health. She previously held the position of chief nurse executive at Grant Medical Center.
Ashley Palmer ’00 can be seen this summer as Haley in the independent feature film, A Strange Brand of Happy. She also appears as a secretary in the fifth and sixth seasons of AMC’s Mad Men.
Chasity Lambert ’01 is a child welfare caseworker at Franklin County Children Services in Columbus. She handles a specialized caseload of 10 to 24 cases consisting of the most sensitive and those of advanced difficulty.
Lindsay Chambers ’02 is performing in Forbidden Broadway, an off‑Broadway show that has been spoofing Broadway seasons for more than 25 years.
Jennifer Jackson ’03 completed her doctorate degree in communication and also received a women and gender studies graduate certificate from the University of Memphis in August 2012. She is currently employed by Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, in the speech and theatre department.
Traci Meister ’04 is the founder and CEO of The Word Movement, LLC, a literary and ministerial organization which encompasses her literary, vocal and ministry objectives, projects, products and services.
Aleesha Nash ’04 wrote and performed her one‑woman play, Yours Truly, Vincent, based on the life and works of Vincent Van Gogh. The goal of her play is to bring to life the letters written over 18 years to friends, family and acquaintances. The play earned her a performance spot at the NYC Emerging Artist Theatre in March.
Jessica Henning Derr ’05 was awarded the Air Force Association Medal of Merit for the Great Lakes Region for outstanding service. AFA is a non‑profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association whose mission is to promote a dominant United States Air Force and a strong national defense, and to honor Airmen and our Air Force Heritage.
Benjamin Garnett ’06 was named Distinguished Honor Graduate of the Advanced Leaders Course at the Non‑Commissioned Officers (NCO) Academy, U.S. Army School of Music, Little Creek, VA. The two‑week course is required for Army NCOs and assesses students in the areas of musical and soldiering skills. He is a trumpet player and public affairs Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge (NCOIC) for the 100th Army Band and has earned his 9V (vocalist) and C1 rating, the highest proficiency rating an Army musician can achieve.
David Hard ’06 was promoted to trust examiner at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Lexington, KY, in March. He earned his master of business administration degree from Columbia Southern University, Orange Beach, AL, in June 2012 and was awarded the Ohio Distinguished Service Medal after 20 years of service in the Ohio Army National Guard.
Nick Kiger ’06 was promoted to associate director of the Ohio Region for Church World Service (CWS) in Columbus, OH. CWS is an international development and humanitarian aid agency, and is funded primarily by CROP Hunger Walks. Otterbein annually hosts the Festival of Sharing where a 53 feet long semi truck is filled with disaster kits with the help of Otterbein students and staff. Most recently, Otterbein raised money and assembled emergency clean‑up buckets for use in the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Peter Sichko ’08 is a senior RF Intercom technician for Maryland Sound International (MSI), a live audio production company in the Washington, D.C., area. MSI provides audio for corporate functions, concerts and sporting events. He assisted with all aspects of the presidential inauguration at the Capitol last January, primarily responsible for the RF/Inter‑Com for the ceremony.
Claire Tinkler ’09 is a web designer at Tween Brands in New Albany, OH. She designs site and email material for shopbrothers.com, participates in photo shoots and creates in‑store marketing.
Micaela Coleman ’10 is the legislative correspondent/press assistant to Congresswoman Joyce Beatty OH‑03 in Washington, D.C.
David Dziedzicki ’10 is the head athletic trainer at Worthington Kilbourne High School, Worthington, OH. He recently co‑authored an article, “Alcohol Consumption Behaviors Among Collegiate Athletes,” published in the International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training.
Eric Folks ’10 performed in columbinus at the American Theatre Company, Chicago, IL. The production was a world premiere, debuting the show’s new third act. He is also a member of the Bats, the resident acting company at the Flea Theatre in Tribeca in New York City dedicated to producing new and challenging works.
Charlotte Halliday ’10 is senior special project manager at treetree, a brand communications agency in Columbus, OH. She is the liaison to the client, with tasks including planning, communications and copywriting.
Randi Honkonen ’10 is a marketing and communications specialist at The Ohio State University’s Office of the Chief Information Officer.
Sarah Jenney ’10 earned her master of business administration degree with a certificate in health care management from Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN. She recently accepted a position with OhioHealth at the Westerville Medical Campus.
Kolby Kindle ’10 is currently touring the U.S. and Japan in the musical Dreamgirls playing the role of Marty.
Jihad Milhem ’10 appeared in Philadelphia Artist Collective’s production of Timon of Athens followed by EgoPo Theatre Company’s production of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. He co‑produced his first full‑length play, Mosque, the story of a father and son living in New York City during the summer of 2010 amid the controversy of a mosque being built near Ground Zero.
Jasmine Thomas ’10 works with Homeport Community Life’s AmeriCorps Program, formerly Columbus Housing Partnership. The program provides direct support to low and moderate income families within the Homeport communities.
Todd Thomas ’10 is the assistant director of student activities and campus events for fraternity and sorority life at Embry‑Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. He earned his master of education degree in college student personnel from Ohio University in May.
Sandra Vojta ’10 workee as the head tailor on the second season of NBC’s Smash. She continues to work as head tailor in television with a pilot called The Blacklist, and on the fifth season of White Collar. She also freelances, when time allows, doing costume rebuilds for Broadway shows.
Barbara Bednarczuk ’11 performed the role of Eponine in Les Miserables at the Utah Shakespeare Festival last summer and fall. She is currently in the ensemble of the national touring company of Spamalot and will be returning to Utah this fall to be part of the Marvelous Wonderettes.
Jayme Detweiler ’11 is the social media manager and associate editor at Delta Gamma Fraternity executive offices, Columbus. While managing the sorority’s social media platforms and creating videos and slideshows, she also writes, edits and designs for the quarterly alumnae magazine.
Eli Inkrot ’11 is working with the Ohio Public Employees Retirement Service, Columbus. He earned his master’s degree in finance from the University of Tampa, FL, in December.
Shayna Gabrielle ’12 was on the equity national tour of Martha Speaks, produced by TheaterWorks USA, playing the role of Martha.
Andrea Keil ’12 opened Music Makers Piano Studio, a private piano studio offering lessons to students of all ages in her southwestern Columbus area home.
Catherine Kerber ’12 interned for the Fulbright Commission at their London office. As part of her internship, she helped plan the annual USA College Day, where students wishing to study in the U.S. come to meet exhibitors representing American universities.
JP Lococo ’12 is an account executive for the Columbus Crew, the Major League Soccer franchise in Columbus, OH.
Derrick McPeak ’12 taught the Properties for the Theatre course at Otterbein this past semester, while freelancing as a props master at Columbus Children’s Theatre. He returned to the Utah Shakespeare Festival in May for his second season as a props artisan. His other credits include props carpenter at The Cleveland Playhouse.
Sarah Myers ’12 was highlighted in Columbus Business First Magazine for her work in social media. She is a public relations specialist at Baker Creative in Columbus.
Jake Robinson ’12 is currently seen on the CW Network drama, The Carrie Diaries, in the role of Bennett Wilcox. Since moving to New York City, he has had roles on NBC’s Smash; Showtime’s Timmy Two Chins; an indie film, Long Shot Louie, and feature film, Old 37.