Xavier Magazine

Class Notes


Flischel, Robert ’72 AB was the 2013 recipient of The Spirit of Light Award from FotoFocus. The award is presented to an individual who has shown a commitment to the art and craft of photography over a lifetime. This award also recognized the individual’s commitment to sharing, preserving and enhancing the universal language of photography. Flischel studied photography under Kazik Pazovski and credits his clean, direct style to Pazovski’s influence. Besides his photography business, he is a partner in an independent book publishing company, David-Flischel Enterprises. His books include “Cincinnati Illuminated: A Photographic Journey,” “Messages of Glory: The Narrative Art of Roman Catholicism,” “An Expression of the Community: Cincinnati Public Schools Legacy of Art and Architecture,” “The Ohio State University: Pathways to the Heart and Mind,” “The University of Cincinnati: Architectural Transformation,” and  “Then and Now: Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.”

Daniel Larsen ’74 BSBA/’80 MBA was named vice president of tax at Western and Southern Financial Group in Cincinnati. Larsen now oversees all tax-related activities for Western and Southern and its subsidiaries. He has held various tax roles for Price Waterhouse and Co., Cincom Systems and Chiquita Brands International and most recently served as the director of taxation for Givaudan.



Laura Trice M.D. ’81 BSN was named president of TriHealth Clinically Integrated Physician Hospital Organization, where she now serves as the administrative leader of the organization, which serves to align the system’s independent community providers. She comes to TriHealth from CareMore Essentials/Anthem/WellPoint in Cincinnati. During her time there as manager of clinical care, she led a support team serving 15,000 Medicare Advantage members in Hamilton and Clermont County. She was also a primary care physician focusing on geriatric medicine for TriHealth Senior’s Health for the past 15 years and held various medical director roles throughout the Cincinnati region. After practicing nursing for 20 years, she pursued a doctor of medicine degree at the University of Cincinnati. She completed her internal medicine residency at The Christ Hospital and a geriatric fellowship at University of Cincinnati.

Dan Evers ’88 MPA, director of the Grow Licking County Community Improvement Corporation, joined the organization’s board of directors. Evers, of Newark, Ohio, is a member of the Mid-Ohio Development Exchange Board of Directors and volunteers with the St. Francis de Sales St. Vincent de Paul Society and United Way of Licking County.



John A. Crisp ’92 AB, senior managing director and principal at the real estate brokerage firm Cassidy Turley in Indianapolis, was named thetop producer in office services for the seventh time. In addition, he has received the President’s Club award every year since 2003. Active in the community, Crisp serves as chairman of the 500 Festival, is a member of the Visit Indy board of advisors and sits on the Marquette Manor Foundation board. He is also an Allies for Educational Opportunity committee member and an Indiana Sports Corporation advisor.

Meg Knopf Farmer ’93 BA and her husband Brian welcomed their third child, William Reed, on July 9. He joins older brothers Jackson and Maxwell, who are 10. The family lives in Findlay, Ohio.

Paul Silva ’93 MBA was named president of First Financial Bank’s Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky region. Silva, 49, joined First Financial in 2010 and has 20 years of commercial banking experience. Silva previously was senior vice president and manager of commercial banking. Before joining First Financial, he was president of Merchants Bank.

Joe Kroger ’95 BSBA was hired by dunnhumby in Cincinnati and is now responsible for developing innovative analytic solutions that allow retail clients to better understand shopping behavior and consumer trends. Prior to joining, Kroger spent 17 years at The Nielsen Co., most recently as technology manager. 

Nicole Tzetzo ’95 BSBU, a partner and member of the executive committee at the Buffalo-based law firm Jaeckle Fleischmann and Mugel presented “New Developments in Nonprofit Law,” a review of  increased government regulation—including Executive Order 38 and the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013—at the Lumsden and McCormick Annual Exempt Organizations Conference. Tzetzo concentrates in tax and business matters including mergers and acquisitions, Real Estate Investment Trusts, and represents clients in both federal and state tax disputes. This extends to the not-for-profit sector, as well as closely held businesses and individuals in the areas of estate planning and succession planning.

Bridget Bardua ’97 BS/’02 MS, a former homicide commander with the Cincinnati Police Department and graduate of the FBI National Academy, is now leading special investigations for the CPD. Since beginning her career with the department in 1996, she has worked in patrol, in the vice section’s street corner unit and, after being promoted to sergeant in 2001, served as a district supervisor. In 2007, she was promoted to lieutenant, where she worked in West Side neighborhoods, in the inspections section and then the homicide unit. In her free time, Bardua is a certified cycling instructor for the YMCA and a resident of Green Township.

Kim Burns ’97 BLA, a member of the Winton Woods Board of Education since 2011, was elected board president. Burns has been employed by Procter and Gamble for more than 20 years. Her current role is as an accounts receivable business process expert. She is the mother of two children.

Kornau, Tracey ’98 MED earned her 400th career win as a varsity head volleyball coach at Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio. She has the rare distinction of both playing on and coaching an Ohio Division I State Championship team. As a high school student, she led Seton High School to a state champions in 1984. She is just the 30th girls volleyball coach in Ohio to reach the 350 career win milestone. She teaches physical education at Lakota West.

Michael Roberts ’99 MED received an Associated Press Media Editors President’s Award for his work guiding APME’s signature program, NewsTrain. From its inception in 2003, Roberts has been a part of the low-cost, national traveling journalism workshop. He started as a featured speaker before taking over as its director in 2011. The President’s Award is given at the discretion of the organization’s president. In addition to his work with NewsTrain, Roberts is a newsroom trainer and consultant who works with news organizations in the United States and Canada. He was deputy managing editor of staff development at The Arizona Republic from 2003-2010. Previously, Roberts designed and taught the American Press Institute’s first online seminar for copy editors. He has also presented programs for the Poynter Institute, American Press Institute, the Maynard Institute, Freedom Forum and various National Writers Workshops. Before joining the Republic, Roberts was for 10 years a training editor and writing coach at The Cincinnati Enquirer. He has also held writing and editing positions at the Midland (Mich.) Daily News and the Detroit Free Press, and worked as an editor at two magazines.

Dr. Jennifer Scott ’99 MA/’04 PSYD received the Ohio Psychological Association’s Award of Excellence. Dr. Scott is a clinical psychologist and faculty member in the Doctor of Psychology program at the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati. She earned the award for her exceptional accomplishments benefiting the profession of psychology or the psychological and mental health of consumers or citizens.



Amy Slater ’00 MBA transfered from her role as executive assistant at the Canton (Ohio) Health Department to director of personnel for human resources.

Mary (Draus) Solomon BSU ’00 and Jeffrey Solomon BSU ’01 welcomed daughter Elizabeth Grace. Ellie joins big sisters Anna, 7, Madeline, 5, and Olivia, 3. Mary is a primary care sports medicine physician at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital while Jeff is a hospitalist at Akron Children’s Hospital and Akron General Medical Center. The family recently purchased a home in Richfield, Ohio.

Maggie McKinley ’01 MED is senior associate athletic director of compliance and administration at the University of Cincinnati. She is taxed with the task of being the enforcer and preventer of all things disciplinary within the athletic department. McKinley oversees the day-to-day compliance operations of UC’s 19 intercollegiate athletic teams. The compliance office also ensures that athletes are not being pushed past their limits, protecting their ability to succeed in academia before athletics.

Matt Eversole ’04 BSBA is now vice president of strategic affiliations for Mercy Health and Mercy Health’s parent organization Catholic Health Partners in Cincinnati, where he is responsible for implementing Mercy Health’s affiliation strategy with perimeter hospitals and federally qualified health centers. He leads the integration of key hospital-based clinical service lines and holds responsibility for contractually obligated operational performance, quality and regulatory compliance and strategic planning for these services. For the last three years, he was chief technology officer. He also led the transition of The Jewish Hospital to Mercy Health’s IT platforms and oversaw the creation of CHP’s service operations center. Prior to joining Mercy Health, Eversole worked for Miller Brewing Co. as a brewing systems analyst and at Quantum Chemical Co. as an associate information technology analyst. Eversole lives in Fairfield Township with his wife Suzanne and their three children.

Vanessa Vonderhaar-Picard ’04 MED/MSN was named chief nursing officer at Jewish Hospital in Kenwood, Ohio. Her duties include supervising 400 nurses and nurse managers as well as recommending strategies to improve services at the hospital, which is part of the Mercy Health system. She previously spent 16 years with Mercy Health’s Fairfield Hospital, most recently as clinical director of nursing for emergency services. She also worked in Fairfield Hospital’s intensive care unit, critical care department, Outpatient Infusion Center and Simulation Lab, as well as in telemetry services, diabetes education, nursing education and staff development. She is a Certified Nurse Manager Leader and an active member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She also is a master trainer with TeamSTEPPS, a teamwork system for health care professionals that works to improve patient safety. Vonderhaar-Picard lives in Evendale, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.

Patrick Baker ’05 MA, chief nursing officer for West Chester Hospital near Cincinnati, was named one of the 100 alumni transformers in nursing and health care for Ohio State’s College of Nursing over the last 100 years. The award is granted to those who have deeply impacted the profession of nursing and the health care system. He was also named a top-performing 2013 C-Suite Executive by Cincinnati’s Venue Magazine and Healthcare Administrator of the Year in 2011 by the United States Air Force Air National Guard. In 2009, after a six-month deployment at a military installation in Balad, Iraq, he received the Tuskegee Airman Award for outstanding service. Baker worked as a health care administrator for the Ohio Air National Guard and the United States Air Force, which included deployments to Iraq, where he served as a flight commander for the 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group.

Matthew Klecka ’05 and Marissa Champa ’03 were married in Cleveland on Oct. 13, 2012. Included in the wedding party were fellow alums Michael Furey ’05, Joseph Moritz ’05, Andrew Degnan ’05, Emily (Klecka) Joines ’10, Amy Grayson ’02 and Sarah (Joseph) Jarboe ’03.

John Muller ’05 BS was hired by dunnhumbyUSA in Cincinnati where he is responsible for leveraging models and analytical solutions to deliver innovative strategies to dunnhumby clients. Prior to joining dunnhumby, Muller spent more than five years at CSC, most recently serving as a senior consultant.

Reid C. Schlotterbeck ’07 MBA joined Truepoint Inc., a nationally recognized wealth management firm based in Blue Ash, Ohio, as a senior manager for tax management. His role at Truepoint focuses on advising clients on individual and business income tax.

Joseph Simari ’06 and Kelly Donlin ’06 were married in Cleveland in June. Included in the wedding party were fellow alums Molly Donlin ’04 (maid of honor), John Kane ’05 (best man), Peter Kahler ’06, Daniel Coleman ’06 and Shawn McNamara ’06.

Kesi Tahirah Brock ’06 BS married Charles J. Williams on Dec. 14 in Cleveland and will reside in Twinsburg, Ohio.

Joe Van Deman BA ’06/MBA ’07 married Leah Bassett on Sept. 21 in an outdoor ceremony in Franklin, Ind. Joe works in sales operations at Google Inc. The couple resides in Chicago. Other XU alumni in attendance for the ceremony included Louis Sandor ’06, Jon Beres ’06, Kristin (Vogt) Patterson ’06, John Patterson ’07, Matt Bigelow ’06, Laura (Hemmelgarn) Bigelow ’06 and Brett Simmons ’09.

Kevin McKean ’08 BS and Molly Pace-Scrivener ’09 BA were married Sept. 7 at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Cincinnati. Their wedding party included Xavier graduates Parissa Andideh ’10 BSBA, Brad Gaskill ’08 BS, Laura (Havens) Hall ’09 BSBA, Kathryn Landel ’09 BSBA and Lisa Suttman ’09 BA/’12 MA. Kevin is a sales supervisor at TruGreen, and Molly is a project specialist in the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.



Kyle Hackett ’10 BA graduated from Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law in May and is taking the bar exam at the end of July. Prior to graduating, he received the Judge Joseph H. Harter Memorial Award for Excellence in Trial Practice.

Thomas Scanlan ’10 BSBA married Parissa Andideh ’10 BSBA on Aug. 17 at St. Peter the Fisherman in Arch Cape, Oregon. They were surrounded by family and friends, some of which are Xavier alumni including Molly McKean (Pace-Scrivener) ’09, Christopher Meyers ’10, Kristin Norris ’10, Megan Kron ’10 , Danny Bradford ’10, Josh Badall ’10, Ola Oginni ’10, Hayley Parker ’10, Dan Rozier ’10 and Jason Westerheide.

Elizabeth McDaniel ’11 MA was named vice president for Blue Crane Creative, an Anderson Township-based agency that produces creative copy for fundraising agencies and direct marketing companies nationwide. McDaniel started as a writer for Blue Crane in 2009, taking on additional duties as director of creative services two years ago. She has taken leadership roles in campaigns for such well-established nonprofits as Christian Appalachian Project, Environmental Defense Fund, Wounded Warrior Project, MADD, the Duke Cancer Institute at Duke University Medical Center and more. McDaniel brings a diverse background in public policy and environmental advocacy to her work for Blue Crane. She gained experience performing a variety of constituent communications and media relations tasks in the offices of Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson and U.S. Senator Evan Bayh. She also developed grant writing and fundraising skills while working with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. Prior to joining Blue Crane Creative, she served as clean water associate for Wisconsin Environment.

Jamie Updike ’13 BSBA hired by dunnhumbyUSA where she is responsible for working with consumer packaged goods clients to create and execute personalized customer communications and targeted media campaigns. Previously was a member of dunnhumbyUSA’s internship program.

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