James D. Thomas ’84 was recognized in October 2015 by the University of Toledo College of Law and the Law Alumni Affiliate with the Distinguished Alumni Award at the University’s Homecoming Gala. Jim is a partner in the Columbus and Cleveland offices of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. He has more than 25 years of experience as a trial attorney and previously served as a U.S. magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He currently focuses his practice on complex civil, business restructuring, internal investigations, ERISA and construction litigation. Jim serves on the Adrian College Board of Trustees.
Tim Baechler ’90, head football coach of PlymouthCanton High School in Canton, Mich., was inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame last September. Tim, who also teaches English at Plymouth-Canton, was also inducted into the Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2012. He and his wife, Julie, live in Plymouth, Mich.
Kristy Pawley Eisenberg ’90 was promoted to director of human resources for Oakland Family Services in June 2015. Kristy began working with OFS in 2011 as a human resources generalist and was promoted three months later to the position of manager. She also oversees the internship program for the agency. Kristy lives in Clarkston, Mich., with her husband, Jeff, and daughter, Rachael (15), and would love to connect with alumni - firstname.lastname@example.org. Gail Hartel Beausoleil ’91 accepted a new position in July 2015 as the director of career services and academic advising at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.
Cynthia A. Anthony ’85 earned her Ph.D. in educational leadership from Western Michigan University, where she also obtained a master of arts degree with a major in reading. After graduating from Adrian College, Cynthia received her teaching certification from Wayne State University. She has taught second, third and fourth grades. In 2008, Cynthia received the Comcast Teacher of the Year award based on a composition piece written by one of her third grade students. She has also appeared in two editions of Cambridge’s Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. ▲ In 2013, Sherry Minnard ’86 retired from the publishing industry in New York and headed for India to continue writing in the wellness sector. She has taken on a lifelong passion of yoga as her new subject matter. Since then, Sherry has opened a yoga teacher training school, an Ayurveda spa for visitors from around the world and a girl’s empowerment camp for high school students considering college. Sherry invites alumni to consider an alumni discounted retreat in Rajasthan and the ashram for wellness endeavors in the coming year (www.shrijasnathasan.org).
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Mike Turala ’91 and Jennifer Scher ’00 were married Aug. 6 at Bethel Lutheran Church in St. Clair Shores, Mich. Mike shared his story of how their paths crossed: Jen and Mike met in Deans Hall about a week before the 90-91 school year and quickly fell in love. They even talked about a future together and marriage plans. After Mike’s graduation, they drifted apart and went their separate ways when they realized how difficult a long-distance relationship was. They were recently reunited and have picked up where they left off in their college days. Jen has two daughters, Brittany (20) and Taylor (17). Mike has one daughter, Maddie, 14. Mike is an account delivery executive at Hewlett Packard Enterprises, and Jennifer is an assistant automotive coordinator at H.H. Barnum Co. They reside in Chesterfield, Mich. ▲