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Fred Grove ‘60 MED and Nancy Neff ‘70 MED were among 26 philanthropists honored by the Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council with Voices of Giving Awards. The Awards recognized local philanthropists for their selfless generosity and foresight in contributing a bequest or planned gift to their favorite charitable cause. Fred and Nancy have devoted decades of services as educators in the Cincinnati Public Schools as well as the community outside the classroom. Nancy has co-authored two books on curriculum development and education, volunteers at the Loveland Healthcare Center and supports other nonprofits. Fred has also volunteered to improve lives through diverse organizations.

Betsy Newman ’65 MED of Hyde Park, a speaker, business consultant and author of five leadership and career-enhancing books, has been selected executive director for the Greater Cincinnati SCORE chapter.
In 2012, Newman completed a five-year contract with Cygnus Corp. as director of a $10 million government project. She has also been a keynote speaker at 100-plus conferences and seminars. Newman was a nominee for the Enquirer’s Woman of the Year and YWCA Career Woman of Achievement awards and serves on numerous community boards.

John Lechlieter ’75 BS is a member of Ford Motor Company’s board of directors. Lechlieter is the President and CEO of Eli Lilly and Company, one of the largest pharmaceutical firms in the world, and also serves on the board of Nike, Inc., United Way Worldwide, Xavier University, the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and the Life Sciences Foundation.

Darlene Yeager-Torre ’75 EC/’83 MED has an art display at Gifts of Art Gallery in the Taubman Health Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Yeager-Torre creates her art at night by shining flashlights on landscapes and using extremely long camera exposures. After a career of teaching art, she began exploring her own artistic vision. A presentation on night photography piqued her curiosity about that genre and sent her on the adventures that now fill her evenings. Despite the difficulty of long exposure photography, the resulting, glowing images fuel her creativity and rejuvenate her spirit.

Barry Cesafsky ’80 MHA was elected Secretary of the Union League Club of Chicago, a 135-year-old non-partisan civic, cultural and philanthropic organization. A resident of the Oak Brook Ill, Cesafsky is president and chief executive officer of CES partners, a nationally recognized healthcare executive search firm he founded in 2001. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. A member of the Union League Club of Chicago since 1995, Cesafsky previously served as a board member for three years, when he chaired the member events committee. He has also served on the club’s athletic, house, and personnel and administration committees. In 1996, Cesafsky was appointed to the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners, as the Baldrige Program began to consider healthcare organizations for performance excellence. He is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Healthcare Information Management Systems Society, American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration, and the Society for Human Resource Management. Cesafsky and his wife, Marcia, a senior broker in the Construction Services Group of Aon Risk Services Inc., are the parents of four children and one grandchild.

Ken Stecher ’82 MBA is the Chair of the Board of Trustees at Mount St. Joseph University.

Vicki Knauff ’83 MED was hired as director of the Highland House Museum by the Highland County Historical Society.

Donald Feldmann ’85 MBA has been elected chairperson of the board of trustees for the Union Institute and University. Feldmann is president and CEO of Rippe and Kingston Capital Advisors Inc. the broker-dealer affiliate of Rippe and Kingston Certified Public Accountants and Consultants, a regional CPA firm based in Cincinnati. He is responsible for advising clients on capital market transactions, including arranging acquisitions, financing acquisitions and growth, mezzanine financing, valuations and negotiations support. For the past 25 years Feldmann has been involved in the money and capital markets, advising clients on M&A transactions and raising capital. This work has involved Fortune 500 companies to companies with less than $5 million in revenue. In 2013, Feldmann was awarded the prestigious Silver Beaver award, given by The Boy Scouts of America. The Silver Beaver Award is the council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council. The Silver Beaver is an award given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication and many years of service. It is the highest honor the council can confer on a volunteer and it is the ultimate in local service.

Kahil Mulla ’85 AB joins Sibcy Cline Realtors, as a residential real estate specialist in Fort Mitchell, Ky. Prior to beginning his real estate career, Mulla had a wide range of experience including nine years teaching students with special education needs; four years in landscaping and construction; three years as a plant production foreman; 20 years in all aspects of restaurant management; and an Honorable Discharge after serving 10 years with the United States Marine Corps Reserve.

Amy Searcy ’85 AB of Crosby Township, was named Domestic Relations Court judge in Hamilton County by Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The Domestic Relations Court handles divorce, protection of domestic violence victims and support and care of children.

Laura Juliani ’86 MBA joined the Catholic Schools Office of Cincinnati as associate director of school finance. Her work experience includes positions at large, multi-national corporations and small, local businesses in the areas of financial analysis, operations, and accounting. She and her husband, Sid, are parishioners at St. Mary’s in the suburban neighborhood of Hyde Park. Their daughters, Maggie and Kate, are graduates of St. Mary’s School and students at St. Ursula Academy.

Phil McHugh ’86 BSBA was named the CISE 2014 campaign chair by Archbishop Dennis Schurz and the advisory board of the Catholic Inner-city Schools Education Fund (CISE). The annual campaign is the major source of funding for CISE, which provides tuition assistance, operating support and enrichment programs for the CISE elementary schools. More than 1,700 children at eight Catholic elementary schools in Cincinnati’s urban neighborhoods will benefit from the CISE program during the 2014-2015 school year.

Patrick Earley ’87 MBA has been promoted to vice president-international of CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services, which helps companies develop drugs and medical devices to obtain regulatory approval. He’ll lead the Blue Ash-based company’s strategic global expansion and oversight in Europe and Latin America. Earley has been general manager of CTI for more than five years, creating and overseeing a variety of aspects deemed vital to the clinical and operational growth of the company. Previously, Earley held positions in the health care and insurance industries, with MetLife and First Health.

David Van Schoik ’88 MBA was added as a CFO AdvisortoLGI CFO a Greater Cincinnati outsourced CFO company for small businesses and nonprofits. Van Schoik has been a CFO, plant controller and financial analyst for a variety of manufacturing and other firms since 1988. Van Schoik is a committed volunteer at the Over-the-Rhine Kitchen each Wednesday, cooking, serving food and aiding in kitchen cleanup. He has carved out a successful and diverse career in cost accounting, financial planning and analysis, manufacturing accounting and executive financial management. Starting in a large corporate environment where he learned professional discipline and processes, he most recently worked in a small manufacturing environment. He was for nearly 11 years the chief financial officer of a privately held leading manufacturer of physical security products sold to U.S. financial institutions and government agencies and developed financial processes, controls and reporting to support the firm’s rapid growth. He also has international experience working overseas as a plant controller, in addition to four years supporting global processing facilities.

Jamal Walker ’91 BLA was named Princeton High School’s new varsity boys basketball coach. Walker played point guard for Xavier from 1987-1991 under Pete Gillen, helping the XU to its first-ever NCAA Sweet 16 appearance after the Musketeers knocked off a Georgetown University team featuring future NBA stars Dikembe Mutumbo and Alonzo Mourning. He may be best known locally for his game-winning shot in the 1990 Crosstown Shootout against the University of Cincinnati his junior year. It gave XU a 90-88 victory and denied Bob Huggins a win in his first try in the storied rivalry. Walker had some NBA looks, but spent most of his professional playing career in the Continental Basketball Association and overseas. Walker was elected to the XU hall of fame in 2003. Walker spent 14 years as athletic director at Woodward High School before starting work at Princeton last school year. The Springdale resident’s 12-year-old son—also named Jamal—will begin in Princeton Middle School and the elder Walker wanted to be around his boy.

Mark Russell ’92 BSBA was promoted to human resources operations officer at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati. Russell previously served as benefits and human resources information systems manager. He oversees the administration of and assures compliance related to HR policies, procedures, benefits programs and information systems. He joined the FHLBank in 2010.

Kezia Carpenter ’93 MED was honored by the American Red Cross with its International Services Volunteer Award. Carpenter received the award for her work with Restoring Family Links, an organization that helps reconnect family members separated by the United States-Mexico border. She also served on the Non Governmental Organization Committee on Migration for the United Nations, in which she encouraged and promoted protection of migrants and their human rights in accordance with the United Nations Charter. She also served as an educational consultant in Ecuador and as a program director for Early Head Start and Head Start programs in Queens, N.Y. In June, she moved to Panama to serve as an early childhood curriculum and assessment coach and coordinator and will continue her volunteer work as a caseworker for the International Services Restoring Links program.

Kevin Fleming ’94 BS received the Outstanding Executive in Greater New York Award from SmartCEO Magazine. Fleming currently serves as the Chief of Staff at Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), which aims to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures. Fleming was cited for his work over the past decade managing programs that impact people on the East Coast. Along with serving as Chief of Strategy/Staff at the NFTE and as a National Sr. Project Manager-Communications and Electronic Access Solutions at the Federal Reserve Bank, Fleming also worked at Operation HOPE Inc. as 1st SVP of global Field Operations.

Amy Lynn Schroyer, RN ’95 MBA was named interim site executive of the Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care, a position akin to being administrator of the 21st largest hospital in Greater Cincinnati. Schroyer was chief nursing officer and vice president for patient care services at Drake from 2007-2010. Before that, she served as director of case management and revenue cycle at the hospital on West Galbraith Road in Hartwell. In her new role, she is to lead a strategic planning process to determine growth opportunities and a clear vision for the long-term care hospital. Schroyer previously held positions with several other medical centers. She was regional vice president of Sound Physicians and CEO of Regency Hospital, a long-term care facility for the critically ill in Cincinnati. She also served in nurse management positions at Deaconess Hospital, St. Luke Hospitals and Christ Hospital, and as a nurse at the old St. Francis/St. George Hospital.

Julie Schneider ’97 MED, Henderson Ky., was named principal at East Heights Elementary School.She and her husband Dan have four children.

Mike Schwarz ’98 MHA was promoted to internal audit officer at The Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati.Schwarz previously served as manager-Information Systems Audit. He is responsible for the oversight and completion of information systems audits and special projects. He joined the FHLBank in 2006 and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor.

Matthew Steele ’00 BAU, a senior attorney in Miller Canfield’s Cincinnati office, has been inducted into the Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (CALL), a program sponsored by the Cincinnati Bar Association and the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Steele completed the CALL sessions this spring and was inducted into the group in May. As part of the CALL program, Steele and others in this year’s class are creating a Youth Court in conjunction with the Hamilton County Juvenile Court, the Chase College of Law and the UC College of Law. The Youth Court is a diversionary program that allows juveniles charged with certain minor misdemeanors to be “sentenced” by a jury of high school students to one of a list of potential community service punishments, instead of being subject to the juvenile court system. He resides in Mason.

Mark Wallace ’00 MHSA, a former Cleveland VA Medical Center official, was named chief of patient business services at the Dayton VA Medical Center. He plays a key role in this post for the coordination of benefits, the management of clinical and health information, and coordination of care at the medical center.

Brian Hertzman ’01 MBA was promoted to vice president at American Financial Group Inc. downtown. Hertzman joined AFG in 1991 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in the area of financial reporting over his 23-year tenure. Since April 2012, he has served as assistant vice president and controller of the company with responsibility for financial reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission and establishing GAAP accounting policies.

Adam Michael Mitzel ’01 BA andCynthia Marie Taylor exchanged vows on May 4, 2013, at The River Church. John Ellerbrock ’01 BS and Paul Wesseling ’01 BS shared the duties of best man. The bride graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in education. She is a human resource specialist at Luxottica North America in Mason, Ohio. The groom is an underwriter for Cincinnati Financial in Cincinnati.

James R. Fowler ’02 MBA has been appointed vice president and Chief Information Officer for GE Capital. Fowler, who joined GE in 2000, has held a range of IT leadership roles at GE Aviation, GE Corporate, and GE Power and Water, where he most recently served as Chief Information Officer.

Steve Rossi ’02 MED was named the athletic director at Roger Bacon High School. Rossi, a certified athletic administrator, has eight years of experience leading high school athletic departments. Before Roger Bacon, Rossi was the director of athletics and student leadership for Yellow Springs High School. He also spent five years in Cincinnati Public Schools as an assistant athletic director at Western Hills and as athletic director at Aiken. While he was at Aiken, the school became one of the first in CPS to win the Ohio High School Athletic Association Harold A. Meyer Award for Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity. He and his wife, Melissa, a Roger Bacon graduate, live in Wyoming, Ohio.

Lauren Gray ’04 BA joined Camino Public Relations. Gray has nearly seven years of experience transforming complex legal language and intersectional concepts into clear, dynamic messaging and leading campaigns. Most recently, Gray helped shape the national conversation surrounding military sexual assault reform as Communications Director for Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN), the advocacy organization that worked alongside New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to form and draft the Military Justice Improvement Act. She also worked at the Delaware Department of Justice in the Office of Attorney General Joseph R. Biden III. Gray has secured coverage in publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Huffington Post, US News and World Report, Politico, and The Hill as well as programming featured on MSNBC, CNN, PBS, NPR, and FOX News. She has a law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she focused on human rights.

Ryan Hubbard ’06 BS / ’10 MED has been named Finneytown Wildcats head football coach. Hubbard has been coaching football at Finneytown for the past 11 years both as a middle school and high school coach. He has held the positions of special teams coordinator, defensive coordinator, and assistant head coach at Finneytown. Hubbard, a 2002 Finneytown High School graduate, teaches math and social studies at Finneytown Middle School. He is a member of the Southwest Ohio Football Coaches Association.

Kristine Frech ’08 BA has been making headlines through her work with Cincy Sundaes, a creative micro-funding program she co-founded early this year. Through the program, participants contribute $5 for a frozen treat and the chance to hear local leaders and entrepreneurs pitch their ideas for new products, initiatives and start-ups, then vote on the winners. Designed to build on what Frech and her co-founder describe as Cincinnati’s “huge ice cream culture,” Cincy Sundaes reflects Kristine’s commitment to helping people in her city realize her potential. A Cincinnati native, she first began her career as a Teach For America corps member teaching special education in Charlotte, NC. Inspired by what her students were able to achieve, she has since returned to the community she calls home and is currently pursuing her Master’s in school leadership at Xavier.

Robert Munson ’08 MBA is Loyola University Chicago’s new Senior Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Rob comes to Loyola from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where he has served as the vice president for finance and administration, CFO, and assistant treasurer. At Wittenberg, he led finance and several other administrative areas. He was a member of the University’s senior staff and the president’s extended Cabinet and the liaison to several board committees. Prior to his time at Wittenberg, Rob spent nearly a dozen years at Xavier, serving as vice president for finance, assistant vice president for planning and budgeting, director of financial planning and budgeting, and director for financial services. He brings to Loyola a dozen years of higher education experience, as well as many years in the services industry and at a “Big 4” public accounting firm. In his new position, Rob leads all aspects of the University’s finances, including the following departments: Budgeting and Financial Analysis, Bursar’s Office, Controller’s Office, Payroll and Payment Services, Purchasing, Sponsored Program Accounting, and the Treasurer’s Office. He leads the University’s Budget Review Team, serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet, and plays a key role as a liaison and resource to the Board of Trustees and their executive, finance, audit and investment policy committees. He collaborates with partners at LUHS and Trinity Health in ensuring the success of shared commitment to Catholic health care education and research.

Kyle Hackett ’10 BA earned his Juris Doctor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2014. Kyle received The Judge Joseph H. Harter Memorial Award for Excellence in Trial Practice. He took the bar exam at the end of July.

Kylee Barnett ’11 BSBA is the diversity relations coordinator for the Cincinnati Reds. Barnett has direct responsibilities for managing the Reds Diversity Initiatives, of fan, vendor and recruiting inclusion. He is responsible for new and existing relationships between the Reds and community organizations. He has been with Reds since May 2010. As a member of the Community Relations team, Barnett assists in the fulfillment of Reds donation requests for community events, player ticket programs and special visits to batting practice for Make-a-Wish. He also assists in the planning and execution of local outreach programs such as the Miracle League clinic, MLB’s Pitch, Hit and Run Clinic, Amigos de Los Rojos and Umps Care. Before joining the Reds full-time, Barnett worked as an intern for Castellini Management Company. He helped with the development of the Cincinnati Minority Business Collaborative Group to improve the MBE resource pipeline, creating an efficient path for entrepreneurs across all levels.

Karel Jelinek ’11 MED joined Thomas More College in Crestview Hills as alumni giving and athletic fundraising coordinator. Jelinek previously worked at Miami University, where he was an administrative assistant in the Athletic Business Office. He coached NCAA Division III basketball for 15 years, including seven years as a head coach at Thiel College and Washington and Jefferson College. Jelinek earned a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. where he played basketball and baseball. He is a native of the Czech Republic and grew up in Middletown, Ohio.

Kyle Foster ’12 BSBA/’14 MBA was hired by dunnhumbyUSA as a Data Solutions Group Consultant, in the Cincinnati office. Kyle will be responsible for the implementation of the data strategy and relationship with client IT/data contacts. Prior to joining dunnhumbyUSA, Kyle worked as a Consultant for Sogeti USA. He is a Member of Little Brothers—Friends of the Elderly. Kyle resides in the neighborhood of Mount Adams.

Lindsey Burns ’14 MBA was honored by the National Association of Professional Women as a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year. Burns is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in research and development. She recently joined Assurex Health, a psychogenonic company that focuses on personalized medication for behavioral health focusing on psychotropic, ADHD and pain medications, as a Clinical Development Associate. Prior to joining Assurex Health, Burns was a Research Assistant at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for eight years. During her tenure there, she honed her skills in behavior research, leadership and administration. From laboratory management to daily training to preliminary analysis and training, she worked closely with collaborators, skillfully managing the various studies that were being conducted and carefully collecting and analyzing data.

Elizabeth Gerbus ’14 BSBA joined Comey and Shepherd Realtors in Montgomery as a residential sales associate. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Ohio Association of Realtors, and the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors.


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