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Editor Amy D. Boyle Managing Editor Kathleen C. Kenny Contributing Writers Amy D. Boyle Beth Geraci ’90 Kathleen C. Kenny Arlene Smith Editorial Assistants Kristy Booher Katy Finucane ’06 Beth Geraci ’90 Arlene Smith Mary Kate Farrar Vega ’93 Holly Yotter Photography John Bashian ’78 Neal Busch Bill Cummings Nicolene Emerson Mark Most John Overman Nina Prusock Sarah Reed Kevin Reeves


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AlumNews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Lancer Spotlights 36, 38, 40, 41, 45, 46, 48, 49 Alumni of the Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 New Alumni Association President . . . . . . .47 Boston Strong . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50

Campus Former NBA Star Talks About Addiction . . .12 Alumni Offer Advice to Sophomores . . . . . .13 Kyle Maynard Addresses Students . . . . . . . .14 Are There Limits to Freedom of Expression .15 Update on Holy Cross Efforts in Haiti . . . . .16 Food for Thought . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Two Seniors Host First Student Entrepreneurship Symposium . . . . . . . .18 Gilmour’s Catalyst Program . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Academic Challenge Team Victorious . . . . .21 Global Spring Break Trips . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Gilmour Speech and Debate Team . . . . . . .25 Fourth Graders Deliver Proposal to LSPO . .25 Middle School Students Learning Religion by Serving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Whatever Floats Your Boat . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Young Entrepreneurs Hard at Work . . . . . . .28 Fifth Graders Take Learning Beyond the Classroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Multi-Grade Level Learning at the Lower School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Class Added to Montessori Program . . . . . .32 Assistant Headmaster Todd Sweda is New President of Archbishop Hoban . . . . . .34 Camilla Cameron to Retire . . . . . . . . . . . . .35

Lancer Athletics NCAA Signings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Alumni Hockey Players Commit . . . . . . . . .54 Former Lancer Drafted by Calgary Flames . .54 Bieber Repeats as State Champion . . . . . . .55 Cross Country Teams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Matt Lindley ’89 Coach of the Year . . . . . . .56 Swim Teams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 John Fagan Coach of the Year . . . . . . . . . . .57 Basketball Boys and Girls . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Bob Beutel Wins 600th Game . . . . . . . . . . .58 Team Belize Visits Gilmour . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Lancer Mascot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Baseball, Softball and Tennis . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Track Teams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Alex Clapacs ’14 Athlete of the Year . . . . . .61 Jim Chappelle Coach of the Year . . . . . . . .61

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ilmour Academy’s entire community of students, faculty, alumni and friends received an incredibly meaningful and generous gift. The Brutocao Family Foundation, the Heltzel Family Foundation and the Musca Family Charitable Fund have provided three restricted gifts that will support installation of a Holy Family and Marian Shrine in the expanse of land between Our Lady Chapel and the Athletic Center. All three families have a strong devotion to Our Blessed Mother and the Holy Family. The Musca family and the Heltzel family approached the school separately over a year ago about creating a space on campus that would provide an area for reflection and prayer as well as visibly represent a celebration of family and Holy Cross tradition. The Marian Shrine will be included in this area and will be dedicated to the intercessions of Our Blessed Mother. The Brutocao Family Foundation funded the castings of the original sculpture “In Celebration of

Installing “In Celebration of Family”


Family,” created by sculptor A. Wasil. Gilmour will be only the third location for placement of this exquisite representation of the Holy Family. Currently, there are two other castings of the sculpture. The original was installed at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. in 2006 and the other was installed at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif. in 2012. Sculptor A. Wasil passed away in 2008 at the age of 56. He was known for his oversized figures created out of bronze. His work can be found around the world. He created a bust of Christ that is part of the late Pope John Paul II’s collection and his pieces can be found at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, on the grounds of Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, Calif. and at San Diego’s Imperial Beach. After much research, and, again, through the generosity of the Heltzel and Musca families, the Academy was able to secure the second sculpture for the space - one of Our Blessed Mother called “Our Lady of Assumption” from a foundry in Pennsylvania. In talking about why the building of the shrine was important to his wife, Heidi, and him, Bob Heltzel ’65 reflected on the gratitude he felt to his parents for sending his brothers – Paul Heltzel ’63, Lawrence Heltzel ’66, Carl Heltzel ’73 and Michael Heltzel ’83 – and him to Gilmour. The tradition continued into the next generation as Bob and Heidi’s daughters, Jennifer Heltzel Farrior ’91 and Kathleen Heltzel Ricotti ’93 and their son-in-law, Brett Schumacher ’01 (married to Maggie Heltzel) along with Paul’s son, Ryan Heltzel ’96, attended the Academy. Bob said, “Gilmour’s been a part of our family since 1961 and I just wanted to do something that I thought would be appropriate. My mother had a tremendous devotion to Mary as do I and, quite often, in our daily business, we forget about Mary.” He continued, “I just thought it would be a place where faculty, students, alumni, teachers and visitors could

Tony and Molly Musca

Bob ’65 and Heidi Heltzel

have a time to reflect as well as relate to the Catholic identity of Gilmour.” Tony and Molly Musca also have a long association with Gilmour. They raised their family around the corner from campus, on Dorchester Road, and three of their children, Tony Musca ’84, Kathleen Musca Yoakum ’87 and John Musca ’90 graduated from the school. Today, John owns a home on Dorchester. Tony had been thinking that something religious should be done for the school. At a gathering of alumni and friends in Naples, Fla. two years ago, he listened to Head of School Br. Robert Lavelle, C.S.C. describe improvements to the academic and athletic facilities on campus. After, he approached Br. Robert about doing something for the school to reflect its Catholic identity. After attending the University of Notre Dame, Musca was inspired by the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes housed on its campus. Through the thoughtful leadership and generosity of the Heltzel and Musca families, acting on their devotion to the Holy Family and gratitude for what they have been given by God and their families, the project moved forward. With the two sculptures secured and JFD Landscaping hired as the landscape architect, ground was broken for the project during the first week of May. Asked about the importance of the shrine, Br. Robert said, “A contemplative and prayerful space has been created that honors the Holy Family and serves as a reminder to our community of students, parents, alumni and friends of the importance of nurturing and strengthening our families. We are living in a time in which culture diminishes the strong influence of faith, family, love and support in providing a more just and humane society.” Tony Musca said that he hopes the shrine will

A. Wasil’s “In Celebration of Family”

inspire those who visit it to “be thankful to God for all that they have and for a beautiful school.” He also hopes visitors will stop to “pray for the faculty and everybody at Gilmour who does such a great job with the kids.” The shrine will be dedicated at a ceremony held on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption.

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he Howley Family Foundation has been giving scholarships to students all over greater Cleveland for almost ten years. The foundation board, made up of Nick Howley, Lorie Howley, Mike Howley ’01 and Meg Howley Mitkus ’03, awards scholarships to deserving students so that they can attend private high schools. Nick Howley is the founder, chairman and CEO of TransDigm Group Incorporated, a large, public industrial company in Cleveland. Lorie Howley is the director of the foundation. Mike Howley is the managing partner of Bratenahl Capital Partners, a private equity firm in Cleveland, and Meg Howley Mitkus is a school psychologist in Philadelphia, Pa. focused on autistic children. This year, the Howley Family Foundation has more than 100 Howley Scholars receiving scholarships throughout the Cleveland area. They are in the process of doubling the size of their program to 200. But the family doesn’t stop at awarding scholarship money. Lorie Howley, the matriarch of the family, keeps in touch with all the Howley scholars and serves as a


sounding board for students while monitoring their progress through high school. In describing her efforts, Mike Howley said, “My mom has done a wonderful job of growing this program from five students to 100 and still keeping it personal. She Lorie, Mike ’01, Meg ’03 even sends care packages and Nick Howley to our grads when they go off to college.” Howley Scholars can be found at Beaumont, Benedictine, Cleveland Central Catholic, St. Joseph Academy, St. Martin de Porres, Villa Angela-St. Joseph, Lake Catholic and Gilmour. Gilmour is fortunate to currently have three Howley Scholars. Next year, the foundation is going to add two more scholarships, bringing the total to five. In describing how the family elected to sponsor Gilmour students, Mike Howley explained, “We chose Gilmour

for a number of reasons. My mom and dad have been actively involved since my sister and I started in middle school. We truly believe that Gilmour does a unique job of educating the hearts and minds of Cleveland’s future leaders. Gilmour certainly was a wonderful, life-changing event for Meg and me.” He added, “Personally, my Gilmour experience was more important to me than my college experience. Of the eight groomsmen in my wedding, six of them were Gilmour buddies.” Mike recently joined the Board of Trustees at Gilmour, saying he was honored to be asked. He looks forward to being part of the group of people working to shape the future of Gilmour. He believes he can make a difference. The Howley Family Foundation provides these scholarships in the hopes that more students are able to have life-changing experiences as a result of the years they spend enrolled at private high schools throughout Cleveland.

THE CONWAY FAMILY When asked why he gives to Gilmour, Jim Conway ’67 said, “I donate to Gilmour for two main reasons. First of all, in thanks for the education that both myself and my two daughters received at the school. Secondly, I want to follow in my father’s footsteps and set a future example for my children.” Jim’s father was very generous in donating both time and money to the schools that either he or his children attended, including Gesu School, Gilmour, Beaumont School and Case Western Reserve University. Conway’s parents were both Irish immigrants with very little education. His father put himself through school with scholarships and work study programs. He felt very strongly that schools should emphasize academics as well as values. Jim’s parents decided to send him to Gilmour, where his brother, John ’66, was a student. His brother,

Don ’70 also attended the Academy. Jim said that the all-boys environment took some getting used to. But, in the end, his Gilmour experience was wonderful. He appreciated the school’s approach to education – promoting analytical thinking through essays rather than multiple choice tests – and felt that it allowed him to understand the subject matter. Jim went on to attend Georgetown University, where he studied business. He then started what would be a long career at Beverage Distributors, Inc. Upon his retirement this past December, his son, Michael Conway, took over as president. Jim still serves as the company’s CEO, treasurer and chairman. Jim and his wife, Mary, sent their two daughters, Kara Conway Moore ’94 and Kristen Conway Fistek ’97 to Gilmour. Thinking back to what led her to choose Gilmour for high school, Fistek said, “I loved that the curriculum was so focused on writing and that it was coed.” She added, “During my time at Gilmour, I loved every second of it.” After graduating from Gilmour, Kara attended Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass. for college and Case Western Reserve University for law school. She practiced law for several years and is currently a stay-atThe Conway Family home mom. She and her husband, Patrick, have two sons, Ryan and Evan. Kristen went to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she studied creative writing and psychology. She went on to earn a master’s plus degree in school


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psychology from John Carroll University. Kristen married fellow Lancer, Tom Fistek ’95, and the couple has two children, Juliet and Graham. She works part time at Beverage Distributors, Inc. overseeing various projects. Jim said he has “always believed in giving back to Gilmour.” He feels the same way about his other alma mater, Georgetown University. He has consistently given through the years. Additionally, when his good friend, Bob Tomaro ’67, passed away, Jim made a significant gift in his memory. In 2000, Jim and Mary Conway formed the Conway Family Foundation. Board members include Jim and Mary Conway, Kara Moore, Kristen and Tom Fistek, and Mike and Courtney Conway. The group meets quarterly and each member is able to ask the others to consider supporting a specific cause, presenting to the other board members the reasons why it is worthwhile. The family determined that providing scholarships to students who might otherwise not have been able to attend Gilmour is a priority for them. The Conways appreciate the fact that Gilmour allows them to be focused with their giving – able to pinpoint a student with specific qualities as a scholarship recipient. Jim said, “Gilmour has a great program that we participate in. As donors, we designate the type of student who will receive the support from the donation.” This spring, Kristen and Tom Fistek represented the family at the annual Scholarship Luncheon for donors and student recipients and had the opportunity to meet the student who received the aid. Jim said, “We strongly recommend that other donors join the ‘program.’”

ROB ’93



Rob Bates ’93 remembers it like it was yesterday. He was an eighth grader looking to attend Gilmour Academy for high school and the day the financial aid decision was scheduled to be made had arrived. As the


youngest of eight kids, his father had been clear with him that without financial aid and/or scholarships, Gilmour was not going to be a possibility. After anxiously enduring the wait as his The Bates Family father and Director of Admissions Mr. Frank Johanek exchanged phone calls, Rob received the good news that he would, in fact, be able to attend the school that his father, George Bates ’56, had attended. Rob said, “It’s funny because even before I went to school (at Gilmour), I almost felt like I had a responsibility to perform because of what had been given to me.” He did perform and took advantage of all that Gilmour had to offer, including its coed atmosphere – he met his future wife, Lissa Tuttle Bates ’91, while there! Rob Bates feels that Gilmour pushed him academically and provided students with autonomy, which, in turn, instilled in him a sense of confidence. He feels that these two things together provided him with a strong foundation and an easy transition to Miami University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in finance. Rob and Lissa Bates married in 1999 and now live in Aurora, Ohio with their three children, Lilly, 9; Carter, 7; and Addy, 5. When the Bateses found out shortly after buying a new house that it needed a great deal of repair work and their children needed to switch from day care to a nanny for health reasons, giving back to Gilmour wasn’t exactly on their radar. But, a few years went by and when a letter arrived this past

fall from Head of School Brother Robert Lavelle, C.S.C., their view of giving back to Gilmour changed. The letter urged Rob, as a recipient of financial aid, to consider helping others in the same position. Rob was moved by the letter and thought, “You know what? He’s right.” He says he realized he needed to “step up because if that had not been available, I wouldn’t have gone there.” The Bateses did make that donation to the Generations Fund as Brother Robert’s letter had asked and they realize the impact they can have in helping students who would not otherwise be able to attend Gilmour. Rob also says that this was not a one-time donation. They want to continue to give. Who knows how they might help chart the course of a student’s life by helping to provide a Gilmour education?

KATHARINE PERKO ’04 Katharine Perko ’04 came to Gilmour in eighth grade. Her parents decided to send her to the school because they wanted their daughter to have “the best education that could be found in the area.” They believed that Gilmour was just that, as it would provide their daughter with challenging academics coupled with a “strong spiritual and social Katharine Perko ’04 structure.” While at Gilmour, Katharine particularly enjoyed her language classes – she took as many Latin and Spanish classes as her schedule allowed – and humanities courses. She says that when she thinks back to her Gilmour experience, the thing that really stands out is the use of the Socratic method.

Katharine attended Baldwin-Wallace University and, with the credits she earned through her AP coursework at Gilmour, was able to graduate early with an English degree. She then earned a master’s degree in English from Ohio University. Upon graduating, she enrolled directly into Stonybrook University’s doctoral program in English literature. Ultimately, Katharine would like to be a professor. Currently in her third year of the doctoral program, she teaches introduction to fiction while working on her studies. She employs the Socratic method in her classroom, saying that the method gave her “a new perspective on learning and now on teaching.” Last fall, after learning about the Generations Fund initiative, which encouraged those who had received financial assistance to consider giving back, she immediately knew she wanted to do something. She said, “It was really the aid that came to me that enabled me to go there and I think that, without that, I wouldn’t be where I am now.” She continued, “So, I wanted other students, other people like me, to have that same opportunity.” Katharine promptly sent a donation with a note to Br. Robert explaining that she’d love to do more, but as a graduate student living in Brooklyn, N.Y., it was the most she could give at that time. Her commitment to “paying it forward,” during a time in her life when a donation of any size is a sacrifice, spoke volumes to Brother Robert as it was a testament to Katharine’s belief in the Academy’s mission and the impact it had on her growth personally and professionally. He said, “We are grateful for all gifts and appreciate the generous heart of the giver who joins us in our commitment to fulfill our mission.”

MARY ALEXANDER RAY ’75 Mary Alexander Ray ’75 is a proud Glen Oak alumna. She and her twin sister, Martha Alexander Happ ’75, along with their sister Therese Alexander Smyntek ’77 attended the school. Her brother Patrick Alexander ’79


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and sister Lee Alexander Carine ’85 attended Gilmour. Mary described her experience at Glen Oak as “wonderful,” saying that she “found it to be a positive, encouraging environment” where she could “try new things and explore ideas with faculty and student support.” After graduating from Glen Oak, Mary attended St. Francis College in Loretto, Pa. before transferring to Ursuline College where she received a bachelor of science in nursing. She worked as a Mary Ray with scholarship winners nurse at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and then at University Hospitals in Cleveland before marrying and having children. Mary and her husband, Todd, have four children: Genevieve ’04, Collin ’05, Mary Madeleine ’09 and Isaac, who just finished sixth grade at Notre Dame Elementary School in Chardon, Ohio. After experiencing Gilmour through her three children who have graduated from the school, she said, “I love Gilmour and believe that it is now more like Glen Oak than ever.” She sees this in the way that Gilmour, like Glen Oak, prepared her children not only for college, but for life. She believes this is particularly evident in the selfassessment process and loves the accountability that the process requires. She described Gilmour as “a wonderful place for children to grow and learn and, like Brother Robert always says, to develop the competence to see and the courage to act in creating


a more humane and just society.” She added, “And you know, this simple statement is profound and true.” Grateful for the education she received at Glen Oak and for the education her children received at Gilmour, Mary has given back through the years in a way that recognizes both institutions. Since the early 80s, she has been involved in the Glen Oak Scholarship Committee, which awards scholarships to junior girls to apply toward their senior year. The scholarship was established to keep alive the spirit of Glen Oak and its philosophy of “person, service and love.” For the past 24 years, Ray has chaired the committee that reads the applications, interviews the candidates, awards the scholarship(s) and fundraises to ensure its perpetuity. She said of her work on this project for all these years, “It wasn’t duty or obligation, it was just that this is what I’m doing to give back.”

NINA PRUSOCK Technology assistant and before/aftercare instructor Nina Prusock has seen it all at the Lower School. Working at the school for the past 24 years, she has worn a lot of hats – from recess monitor to substitute teacher, from preschool aide to computer teacher to librarian – but one thing has remained consistent: Nina Prusock Gilmour is like a second home to her. Reflecting back on her time at the school, the theme that kept resurfacing was the support that she has received from her colleagues and the administration. Whether providing her with equipment to better enable her to do her job or supporting her through a family

health crisis, Prusock has always felt buoyed by her Gilmour family and, for that, she is incredibly grateful. Tearing up as she recalled the care shown to her when her husband was sick, she said, “They were just so supportive. They knew what I was going through and whenever they came down (to the Lower School), whether it was Brother Robert (Lavelle), or Todd (Sweda) or Yvonne (Saunders), they made sure that they took the time to check on me.” She decided that she had to “give back to Gilmour what Gilmour has given me.” So, each year when the Annual Fund is due, Prusock makes sure that she makes her donation. She said, “I mean, it’s not much that I can give, but that’s what I do. That’s how I was raised.” She continued, “Treat people the way you want to be treated and give in thanksgiving. Give because you’re grateful.”

STUDENTS GIVING BACK Most don’t recognize the importance of giving back to an institution while still a part of the institution. But, this does not hold true for some of Gilmour’s own students. Brothers Kennedy ’13 and Austin ’20 Ricci have already realized the importance of giving back. They are part of the Ricci Family Foundation started by their father, Kenn Ricci, a few years ago. Kenn, his wife, Pamela, Kennedy, Austin and their step-sister Elizabeth meet to discuss and vote on where the foundation should be spending its resources. They all have a say in determining the allocation of funds. Through this process, Kennedy and Austin were able to make donations to the Annual Fund. When asked why that

was important to them, Kennedy replied, “I’ve had a good experience here, my brother’s had a good experience here. It’s a place I want to send my kids if I’m still in the Cleveland area.” He added, “You realize how that mission plays into the daily life and how that mission, if taken seriously by the students, can go a long way.” Interestingly, Kennedy and Austin had different ideas on how they wanted their donations utilized. Kennedy’s was earmarked for financial aid and Austin’s was put toward technological improvements. Another pair of students is giving back to Gilmour in a bit of a different way. Abigail Bartlett ’19 was collecting boxtops for a friend of hers in Virginia whose school was involved in Boxtops for Education, a fundraising program for schools. She quickly realized that this was a way she could help raise money for Gilmour. She and friend Sean Furlong ’19 teamed up and, after doing some research, realized that the school had a Boxtops number that just needed to be reactivated. They approached Director of the Lower School Diane Kingsley and she was able to reactivate the number. The Lower School students now know to collect boxtops to earn money for Gilmour. The money raised will then be used to purchase additional supplies. Sean Furlong ’19 and When asked what inspired Abigail Bartlett ’19 them to take on the project, Abigail responded, “At Gilmour, it’s about your values.” Sean added, “Gilmour’s about that. You learn it through the other kids.” They also mentioned being moved by a sign that hangs above the entrance to humanities instructor Carmel Fantelli’s classroom that charges the kids to “inspire somebody today.”

The Ricci Family


Campus On/Or About

Chris Herren with Kathy Pender and son-in-law Jeremy Clark

Former College Basketball and NBA Star Talks About His Battle with Drug and Alcohol Addiction T

he family of Michael J. Pender, a Gilmour alumnus from the class of 1990, sponsors a speaker series at the school, Educating the Heart: A Moral Compass, in memory of their son. As part of this speaker series, Chris Herren delivered two riveting presentations at Gilmour on Monday, January 28. Herren is a former college and NBA basketball star whose career was ruined by his addiction to drugs and alcohol. His story is the subject of ESPN Film’s “Unguarded,” Bill Reynolds’ book, “Fall River Dreams” and a memoir that he wrote with Reynolds titled “Basketball Junkie.” All three chronicle his rise and subsequent fall from legendary high school basketball player to drug-addicted college and NBA player. Sober since August 2008, Herren has refocused his life and now values his faith, his sobriety, and his wife and children above all else. In June 2009, he launched Hoop Dreams with Chris Herren, Inc., a basketball player development company. Off the court, he travels around the country sharing his story in the hopes of preventing other young people from following the same path of destruction. During his visit to campus, Herren addressed students in grades 7-12. His message was straightforward and honest as he described the way his life unwound due to his addictions. He told of waiting outside of the


Celtics arena, dressed in his warm-ups, about to start his first game as the Celtics point guard, desperately searching for his drug dealer because he couldn’t play without the drugs. He told of ending up without a job, sleeping behind a dumpster with $17 to his name. He told of being released from a rehab facility for the birth of his third child after 35 days of sobriety only to leave the hospital, call his dealer and get high on cocaine. Throughout his talk, Herren continued to drive home the point that he never thought he would end up a drug addict. He had two hardworking parents, his family owned three homes and he went to a good high school. He added that of all the heroin addicts he knew after being an addict for 10 years, not one ever started their addiction with heroin. They started out drinking and smoking. The students were on the edge of their seats throughout the hour-long presentation and his message was well received. Thomas DeSilvio ’14 said on his way out of Herren’s talk, “That was an eye-opening experience. I never would have thought that someone like Chris Herren could end up homeless and on the streets.” Herren then delivered a presentation to parents, alumni, and educators and counselors from area schools. His message was just as straightforward as

he told them about his fall from grace. He urged parents to stay involved and to recognize that addicts are not just the homeless people on street corners. They also live in the suburbs and are all ages. He explained why he is so passionate about spreading this message to teens across the nation, explaining that if he can save just one person from addiction, all the travel and time away from his family will be worth it. As he gave examples of students he has met across the country, their various addictions and the impact his message has had on them, it seemed as though Herren’s goal has been met many times over. Gilmour’s Dean of Student Development and Guidance Pat Brubaker said of Herren’s visit to Gilmour, “While we were excited about Chris Herren’s visit, we had no idea of the impact he would have on so many of us.” She added, “It is important for our students to hear his message of the pain and despair that drug addiction brought to him and his family; but even more important is his message of hope and redemption.” She said that if she could ask the students to take away one thing Herren said, it would be to grasp the importance of being comfortable with who they are so that they know that they don’t have to change or do things they don’t want to do in order to feel that they are worth something.



ilmour’s sophomore class had the opportunity to hear about the real world firsthand when nine alumni came back to campus to discuss their career paths and how they ultimately decided upon their chosen field. When introducing the alumni speakers, sophomore guidance counselor Jamie Kazel explained Craig Frey ’04 to the students, “If you think about it, they, too, sat where you sit today. They thought the same things that you think about today. They were just as curious and inquisitive as you are today.” Students were broken into three groups and listened to a panel of three alumni in each session. Each alumnus gave a brief talk about his/her career. After the presentations, students were able to ask questions. The alumni gave honest responses as well as advice. One alumnus, John Pawlowski ’94, vice president of customer logistics and trade compliance for the JM Smucker Company, told students that it is important to have a plan, but that they must know that the plan will change many times and adapt. Other points that the alumni stressed were the importance of internships, perseverance and hard work. In discussing the job interview process, alumnus Robert Fiala ’71, managing partner of Thendesign Architecture, said that, “even in a bad economy, the good people do get hired.” The students enjoyed the presentations as well as the question-and-answer sessions and felt they learned a great deal from the speakers’ experiences. One sophomore said that the workshop “exposed me to new potential career paths and gave me an idea of what I can do now to start planning my future.” In addition to Pawlowski and Fiala, the alumni presenters included Brittney Nascone Cogan ’03, an attorney with Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis; Liz Faller ’01, a director at Paragon Advisories, Inc.; Craig Frey ’04, a podiatric surgical orthopedic resident at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Mercy Regional Medical Center; Will Neiheiser ’06, founder and director of Will & Way Productions; Amy Poklar ’05, a staff operations specialist with the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Anthony Quagliata ’96, executive chef and manager at Alfredo’s at the Inn and owner of AQAmarketing; and Brett Schumacher ’01, a manager in advisory services with Ernst & Young LLP.


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Kyle Maynard and Erika Lawrence ’16


yle Maynard, a quadruple amputee as well as a speaker, author and athlete, addressed Gilmour students in grades 7-12 on November 14. Born with a condition called congenital amputation, Maynard’s arms end at the elbows and his legs end near the knees. Despite his disability, Maynard’s parents always encouraged him to be as independent as possible. Consequently, he can type up to 50 words per minute on a normal keyboard, eat and write without adaptation, drive a car with minimal modification and live on his own in a three-story townhouse in Atlanta, Ga. Even more incredible are the athletic feats that Maynard has achieved – feats that those born without disabilities would find challenging. He wrestled for one of the top high school teams in the Southeast, has set weightlifting records, is a mixed martial arts fighter, owns and teaches at a CrossFit fitness center and, earlier this year, became the first quadruple amputee to reach the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro without assistance. Maynard is a motivational speaker and has traveled to five continents over the past seven years delivering his message that “there are no worthy excuses” to prevent someone from accomplishing his/her goals. He is also the author of The New York Times bestseller, “No Excuses,” published in 2005. In his talk to the students, he told stories of times in his childhood when he cried himself to sleep before deciding he wasn’t going to let his disabilities prevent him from doing things. He then told them of the feats he went on to accomplish, shocking the students with what he had to do to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro – crawling


38 miles per day, leaving his limbs swollen and throbbing. He told the students, “Every single person on this planet has some sort of disability, something they struggle with, something they want to change.” He challenged the students to focus on one single habit to change, telling them to leave any excuses behind and make the change. Maynard’s appearance at Gilmour was sponsored by Merrill Lynch Wealth Management through Jon Lawrence, a director at the company and father of Danielle ’12 and Erika ’16 Lawrence. Erika introduced Maynard before his presentation, detailing his many accomplishments. Pat Brubaker, Gilmour’s dean of student development “Every single person and guidance, said of Maynard’s talk, “Perseverance on this planet has and ‘grit’ are two researched some sort of disability, qualities that contribute to something they struggle academic success.” She added, “Our goal in bringing with, something they Kyle in is to help our want to change.” students see, through his story, that the challenges they Kyle Maynard may face in life can also be seen as opportunities and that working with the gifts and strengths we have rather than focusing on what we lack will lead to success.” In October, the students heard another speaker, Cynthia Lowen, as part of the Educating the Heart: A Moral Compass speaker series. Lowen, co-filmmaker of “Bully” and co-author of “The Essential Guide to Bullying: Prevention and Intervention,” addressed the issue of bullying in her talk with the students and referenced Maynard in the section of her book that helps parents develop tools to “bully proof” their children. She says in her book, “Striving and developing an expertise can give young people a feeling of purpose and passion in their lives, but it takes perseverance, inner strength and the support of those around them to create a nurturing environment where it’s okay to be one’s self . . . like Kyle Maynard.”




ilmour hosted the second annual David A. Potenziani ’95 Symposium on April 10 with support from the M & T Trust. The symposium featured keynote speaker, Jonathan H. Adler, the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial professor of law and director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he teaches courses in environmental, administrative and constitutional law. Adler has authored or edited four books and more than a dozen book chapters on environmental policy. His work has appeared in publications ranging from the Harvard Environmental Law Review and Supreme Court Economic Review to the Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Adler is a senior fellow at the Property & Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Mont., a contributing editor to National Review Online and a regular contributor to the popular legal blog, The Volokh Conspiracy. A 2007 study named Adler the most cited legal academic under 40 in environmental law. Adler discussed the First Amendment, focusing on questions of free expression. He explained to the students that the courts have a strict list of exceptions to the law that includes obscenity, incitement, fighting words and defamation. If the instance in question

cannot be categorized as meeting one of these existing exceptions, it is permissible, according to the First Amendment. He used as an example the case of Snyder v. Phelps, which examined whether the Westboro Baptist Church’s protests of funerals were permissible. Because the court could not classify the protests as any of the exceptions, they were deemed permissible. Adler then cited several other Supreme Court cases that required the court to make such a determination. Following his presentation, students participated in an interactive question-and-answer session with Adler, further discussing several of the cases. Hope Herten ’13, said after his presentation, “It was really interesting to me because in AP Government we have gotten to debate most of the cases he referenced.” After a luncheon with Adler, students in the Constitutional Law class delivered presentations to Adler, AP Government and Constitutional Law instructor Matt Lindley ’89, the AP Government students and other faculty members on issues currently before the Supreme Court. Jennifer Furlong ’13 and Shelby Broadbent ’13 deliver their Constitutional Law presentation.


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n a letter to all who supported the Holy Cross Congregation’s efforts in Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake three years ago, Fr. Michel Eugène, C.S.C., provincial superior of the Haiti province of the Congregation of Holy Cross, provided an update on the Holy Cross efforts in the region. His depiction of the current state of affairs in Haiti was quite somber. With Haiti no longer in the spotlight and the international community that has been involved in the attempts to rebuild becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of significant results, the feeling is one of powerlessness. Amidst the chaos and frustration of the rebuilding efforts, there is some good news emerging from some of the religious communities that have spearheaded reconstruction projects. The Holy Cross efforts have led to completion of some of the projects identified as top priorities. When Fr. Eugène reported last year at this same time, the province had just signed a contract with a construction company for construction of the secondary school of the Basil Moreau School, which served 650 low-income children in Port-au-Prince.

The newly constructed secondary school building at the Basil Moreau campus in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

The primary school building at Basil Moreau suffered significant damage and has been completely restored. The secondary school building was completely destroyed. Reconstruction of the secondary school is now almost complete as is the rebuilding of the school’s administrative offices. One of the other projects identified as a top priority was the reconstruction of the Provincial House. The project has begun. However, the funds are running out and with no new donations, only two-thirds of the construction will be completed. The teachers’ college, another of the initiatives identified in the strategic plan, is running a pilot distance learning program with teachers currently teaching at Holy Cross secondary schools in the north of Haiti because there is no physical space to house the college yet. There are other projects determined to be secondlevel priority projects. These projects still need funding to move forward. They include the modular construction of a new school in Port-au-Prince and the reinforcement of the principal buildings of the Collège Notre Dame. Seismologists say there is a high probability of another high magnitude earthquake in the future and these buildings simply could not withstand another such earthquake. Amidst all the frustrations in Haiti, Fr. Eugène remains committed to the efforts and is buoyed by the progress that has been made possible through the support of the Holy Cross Congregation. In his letter, written in French and translated to English, he said, “Thank you for still believing with us that the many drops thrown in the bucket can end by making a difference.” Parents and faculty members with Haiti officials at the Basil Moreau School’s dedication ceremony in January



Podiatrist and foot surgeon Colleen DeBarr, Ph.D. meeting with Vickie Belkin ’13 and Sarah Abdalian ’13


eth Holzheimer Potratz ’86, owner of Bryah HR Strategies, heard the founder and former CEO of Oxygen Media, Geraldine Laybourne, present about a mentoring opportunity she organized in New York City that paired female protégés with experienced working women. Inspired, she began to think of ways she could create a similar event. Then, while beginning the college selection process with her daughter, a junior at Gilmour, and discussing potential career options with her, she decided to create an opportunity for Gilmour students to meet with people working in various professions to discuss how they arrived at their career choice. Her brainchild was an event called Food for Thought, held in Gilmour’s Athletic Center on Monday, December 3 for any interested juniors and seniors. The focus was on conveying to students the importance of determining their strengths and weaknesses so that they can combine their strengths with their interests and pursue a career about which they are passionate. There were 13 panel members who spoke about the various turns in their career path before they settled on their ultimate professions, stressing the importance of building transferrable skills that are useful in a variety of professions. The event was designed so that each student met with three mentors for a 20-minute rotation and, after 60 minutes, the group reconvened for a 25-minute question-and-answer session.

Potratz said of the event’s message, “It’s about leaving yourself open to explore and discover what you’re good at, what you’re not, what you like and what you don’t like.” She added, “It’s also ultimately about having the courage to act and make a transition if you find yourself in something that’s not the right fit.” The panel included current parents, alumni, former faculty members and friends of the Academy. One presenter discussed beginning her career as a dolphin trainer and then becoming a flight attendant before going back to school for her doctorate in podiatry. She is now a podiatrist and foot surgeon. Another discussed how he transitioned from being a teacher and coach to a federal lobbyist. The panel included Mark Connelly; Colleen DeBarr, Ph.D.; Mike Grabowski; Jim Herget ’62; Nancy Janasek ’85; Molly Snelling Kennedy ’88; Chris Litton; Beth Chiarucci Morgan ’84; Bill Schneider ’95; Dana Randazzo Snelling ’87; Rosemary Sweeney; Charlie Tremont ’70; and McCall Zupon ’05. Sarah Abdalian ’13 said that the event taught her that “when it comes to finding a career you love, you do not always follow a straight path.” She continued, “You can change majors, jobs and other aspects of life many times before you find something you are truly passionate about.” Halle Markel ’14 agreed, saying the event was a “fascinating opportunity to explore careers, meet interesting people and realize that, in life, paths change.” 17

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TWO SENIORS HOST FIRST STUDENT ENTREPRENEURSHIP SYMPOSIUM FOR AREA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS “We hope that all students gained inspiration of their own to continue on as an entrepreneur and realize that it’s not just adults that can be successful, but students and young adults as well.” Madison Asher ’13 Event Organizers Madison Asher ’13 and Kennedy Ricci ’13


n Wednesday, March 6, Gilmour students Madison Asher ’13 and Kennedy Ricci ’13 hosted the first Student Entrepreneurship Symposium in the Athletic Center. During their junior year, the duo took the Academy’s Management and Entrepreneurship course, a semester-long class that requires students to do research in order to create and present a business plan to a panel of local business leaders. This intensified their interest in entrepreneurship. Their particular focus within the scope of entrepreneurship is on fundraising and the plan they presented for the course was for an event planning business for nonprofit companies called Benevolenza. Asher and Ricci have been actively running fundraisers since completing the course last May and hosted two more events this spring. The first was on April 19 and was called Art for Hope and Help, benefiting Project Hope for the Homeless and Fieldstone Farms. The other was an event called the Rainbow Run, which was a color run on Gilmour’s campus on June 29 benefiting Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Their passion for entrepreneurship led the pair to create the Student Entrepreneurship Symposium, an event for students, by students. The idea was born from a professional development conference in the fall at which Kennedy and Madison were part of a student panel of entrepreneurs. Teachers lamented that students


weren’t present to hear the inspiring stories. “We are constantly reminding students to look for opportunities in challenges,” said Deanne Nowak, Ph.D., who oversees Gilmour’s entrepreneurship programs. “Kennedy and Madison seized this one and hit a home run.” Approximately 100 students from Harvey High School, Chagrin Valley Christian Academy, Beaumont School, Montessori High School, Mayfield High School, Shaw High School, St. Edward High School, Akron’s STEM High School and Gilmour attended the symposium. The event featured a panel of four students who shared their experiences as entrepreneurs and encouraged other students to pursue their interest in starting a business. Two panel members were Gilmour students. Skylar Schambs ’14 spoke about her business, Skylar Raine Creations, which is a jewelry company. Madeline Covington ’13 talked about launching her business, Creative Playmates, a child care and tutoring service provider. Brecksville/Broadview Heights student Adam Chalasinski talked about his business design and management consulting company, Fundamental Creative Consulting. Finally, Courtney den Elzen, of Toronto, a boarding student at Montessori High School in Cleveland, discussed everything that went into building her company called Wee Sang Designs, which makes a variety of products from recycled and repurposed materials.

There was a marketplace set up with representatives from Mount Union College, Lake Erie College, Case Western Reserve University, the University of Akron, Cleveland State University and Notre Dame College presenting on their respective entrepreneurship programs. Five students sold their products during the marketplace as well. The event also featured workshops led by local professionals on topics relevant to starting a business. Presenters included Fred Botek, Esq. ’85, treasurer of the Gilmour Board of Trustees, who discussed finance; Dominic DiPuccio ’82, an attorney with Taft, Stettinius and Hollister LLP, who discussed legal considerations; Stan Cort, Ph.D., management and entrepreneurship instructor at Gilmour and an associate professor emeritus of marketing and policy studies at the Weatherhead School of Management, who worked with students on their elevator pitch; and Kit Arn, owner of the Robeks smoothie shop in Mayfield Heights, who discussed franchising. The complexity of the event demanded a great deal of planning and organization, from arranging food and facilities to inviting speakers, college representatives, student entrepreneurs and participants. “Kennedy and Madison thought of everything, including name tags with their company logo and parking spots reserved for our guests,” Nowak praised. “I am inspired by their initiative, perseverance, networking skills and attention to detail, particularly since they did everything in just six weeks!”

Natalie Doe ’13 at her booth selling her handmade blankets during the marketplace portion of the symposium. Her company is called Tie Me A Blanket.

Speaking after the symposium, Asher said, “At the end of the event, we hope that all students gained inspiration of their own to continue on as an entrepreneur and realize that it’s not just adults that can be successful, but students and young adults as well.” Ricci added, “We were really glad the event was a success and that we were able to give students a chance to learn about entrepreneurship from other students who are already involved in it in the area.”

Skylar Schambs ’14 selling jewelry from her line, Skylar Raine Creations

Fred Botek, Esq. ’85, treasurer of the Gilmour Board of Trustees, who discussed finance with the prospective entrepreneurs


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Brandon Slaght ’13, Monica Flocken ’13 and Vicky Belkin ’13


ilmour’s Catalyst program, which pairs students interested in science with area mentors for a semester-long collaborative project, is in its 14th year and has seen over 150 students participate. On Wednesday, January 9, three students delivered presentations to an audience of parents, faculty, mentors and guests summarizing the work they did throughout the fall semester of Catalyst. Each week, the students spent a minimum of four hours working with their mentors at their project sites. Brandon Slaght ’13 worked with Adam Redding, an electrical engineer who oversees one of NASA Glenn’s aerospace testing facilities. Redding is responsible for providing and maintaining the facility that is used by NASA as well as external companies, such as Boeing, Airbus and Lockheed Martin, who rent NASA’s facilities to do research on new engine designs. Redding must ensure that the lab provides engineers and researchers all the information that they need. Slaght learned how the Seeback effect is used to design thermocouples that measure temperature and how the piezoelectric effect makes it possible to develop


pressure probes. He studied air flow maps, learned to navigate CAD to create wiring diagrams, and simulated emergency situations in order to calibrate sensors and test the lab’s supporting systems, such as the e-stop system, which automatically shuts down the lab if it detects high levels of carbon monoxide or high temperatures. The work that Slaght did with Redding allows NASA’s lab to provide safe, accurate and efficient support to researchers within and outside of NASA. Vicky Belkin ’13 worked with Anastasia Dimitropolous, Ph.D., an assistant professor in Case Western Reserve University’s (CWRU) psychology department. She helped Dimitropolous and her assistant, graduate student Ben Feldman, design a research study, which was launched in the spring. The study will analyze facial recognition abilities in family members of persons with autism. It has been shown by previous researchers that close relatives of autism patients sometimes show broader autism phenotype (BAP) which includes diminished ability to recognize faces. This study has the potential to confirm and expand upon the earlier work by discerning specific aspects of facial recognition that are abnormal. The research might also suggest a new diagnostic tool for BAP. Belkin says of her experience, “Catalyst has allowed me to experience real-life research and has shown me what science looks like outside of the classroom. Through this class I have learned how to handle ambiguity in research and the important aspects that should be considered when designing a research project.” Monica Flocken ’13 worked with Kristian Baker, Ph.D. and Jeff Coller, Ph.D. in the Center for RNA Molecular Biology at CWRU. The research Baker and Coller do focuses on understanding how the body degrades, or breaks down, messenger RNA (mRNA). The mRNA acts as a messenger within a cell, shuttling the recipe for specific proteins from the nucleus to the cytoplasm. Once the protein is no longer needed, the body goes through a sophisticated process to eliminate the associated mRNA. Flocken and her mentors worked to understand the process so as to begin to understand what is happening in the various diseases associated with faulty mRNA decay.

On Thursday, May 16, the three spring semester Catalyst program participants presented summaries of their semester’s work in the fields of genetics, biomedical engineering and molecular biology. Olivia Vaz ’14 worked with Mitchell Drumm, Ph.D. in the department of genetics at Case Western Reserve University. They were researching a potential cystic fibrosis treatment option that involves inserting a normal copy of the gene whose mutation causes the disease into affected organs. Vaz was studying what happens once the gene is inserted and investigated leakage of the gene from the intestines into other organs. Vaz said that the thing she most enjoyed about her Catalyst experience was “getting the opportunity to work in the lab setting at Case with professional researchers and share in the same passion as they do.” Jake Althans ’14 worked with Jean Welter, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D. from CWRU’s biology department and Joseph Mansour, Ph.D. from CWRU’s department of mechanical and aerospace engineering. They worked to develop an ultrasound method to analyze the mechanical properties of tissue-engineered cartilage without disturbing its growth. This could have great implications as tissue-engineered cartilage could be an alternative to costly and invasive joint replacements. Adam Miller ’14 worked with Jeff Coller, Ph.D. and his group in the Center for RNA Molecular Biology at CWRU. They examined the essential cell function of messenger RNA (mRNA) degradation, trying to understand why and how different mRNAs degrade at different rates. The current assumption is that a complex of proteins (CCR4 and NOT) is involved and the team looked specifically at the role that NOT3 plays in the rate of mRNA degradation. This summer, nine students, a record number, will complete a Catalyst project. An additional 21 have submitted applications for next school year, which is also a record number. Most applicants are rising juniors. With these numbers, it means that roughly 25 percent of the class will have participated in Catalyst. Jake Althans ’14, Olivia Vaz ’14 and Adam Miller ’14


Connor Hurley ’13, Rocco Screnci ’13 and Kyle Cappotto ’14


n early November, the Gilmour Academic Challenge team won first place at Canton

Central Catholic, beating Canton Central Catholic and Chippewa High School. The team was made up of Kyle Cappotto ’14, Connor Hurley ’13, Rocco Screnci ’13 and alternates Daniel Zhang ’16 and Peter Hurley ’14. The episode aired Saturday, January 5 on WEWS Channel 5.


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GLOBAL TRAVEL DURING SPRING BREAK This spring break saw Gilmour students spread across the globe – from Iceland to Denmark to Honduras to New Orleans.

Mr. Teisl’s Dedication to Honduras Is Contagious – Gilmour Community Doing Great Things for People of Honduras


or the 13th year in a row, Dean of Students Tihomir Teisl led a mission trip to the village of Nuevo Paraiso in Honduras during spring break. Nuevo Paraiso is a village of approximately 60 homes and is a safe haven for children who are victims of extreme poverty and neglect. It is run by the Sociedad Amigas de los Ninos. On this trip, Teisl was accompanied by 32 people – a mix of students, parents and alumni. The group worked to build a brick wall, which will eventually be topped with barbed wire, around the village’s Hannah Newcomb ’11 with water tower. This is much kids from Nuevo Paraiso needed as the young children in the village have been climbing the water tower, which is quite unsafe. The impact of the trip, however, reaches far beyond keeping the children off the water tower. Students know of Teisl’s dedication to Honduras and, in turn, have picked up the torch themselves and initiated two separate projects to benefit Nuevo Paraiso. Additionally, a group of Gilmour community members and a group from Canada, who have all been on previous trips to the village, partnered to work to raise funds for a new house for the children of Nuevo Paraiso. Before going on the trip, two students, Alexis Anton ’13 and Megan Pryatel ’13 decided to raise money to bring to the village. They made and sold headbands and raised around $400. They met with Teisl’s contact at Sociedad Amigas de los Ninos, who said that the children could each use a pair of tennis shoes. Upon arriving in Honduras, Anton and Pryatel traced the feet of every child in the village onto pieces of paper. They took the papers with them to a local shoe store and held the tracings up to actual shoes to determine shoe sizes. They were able to purchase 49 Gilmour House 22

pairs of shoes and got every size right except one! Madison Asher ’13 and Kennedy Ricci ’13 were also inspired to do something for the village. During the Academy’s many trips to Honduras, the groups have visited Flor Azul, a safe haven for impoverished, neglected and abandoned boys, and saw firsthand the progress that is being made there. The Flor Azul Boys Community is a farm that provides a place for the boys to learn, but the community also supports them with food, clothing, a place to stay, and vocational training in several different trades. Without the farm, many of the boys would end up in gangs and/or a cycle of violence and poverty. Unfortunately, this year the sponsor of Flor Azul withdrew and, with only a couple more months until the funding from the sponsor would cease, the farm was at risk of being sold. So, Asher and Ricci made it their goal to raise the money needed to give the farm more time to find another sponsor. Working to build the wall $35,000 will run the entire farm around the water tower in for half a year. By the end of Honduras June, they had raised more than $35,000, allowing the farm to support itself through the end of the year! They did this by distributing flyers and sending emails asking people to donate through the fundraising website To learn more about the project or to donate, visit Finally, it was just announced that Gilmour House is officially open. The idea for Gilmour House came from a parent after he attended one of the Honduras trips. He provided an initial donation to get the project started and the fundraising has continued ever since.

A team effort in Honduras

A group from Canada joined with the group from Gilmour in the fundraising efforts, which resulted in the new home for children (abandoned children, orphans and wards of the state). The house can accommodate 14 children and two tias, or housemothers. Currently, there are six boys living in the house; three are brothers ranging in age from 8-months- to 4-years-old and three additional boys. In addition to providing funds for the building of the house, several individuals from the Gilmour community are involved in sponsoring these children, contributing to their daily living expenses. The dedication to Nuevo Paraiso that so many within the Gilmour community feel speaks volumes to Teisl’s commitment to this cause. As he is working to build a more humane and just society both on campus in Gates Mills and in Honduras, his passion is contagious and others can’t help but be inspired.

Gilmour Takes Iceland and Denmark by Storm On Saturday, March 16, a group of nine students and two faculty chaperones left for a Nordic adventure. Kiersten Dietrick ’15, Sarah Harmon ’15, Jackie Hawkins ’16, Maddy Hawkins ’14, Lauren Massaad ’15, Sean McLennan ’15, Markus Treppo ’15, Noah Veres ’15, Joey Young ’15, English and social studies

Robyn Cheng ’13 participates in a prayer service in Honduras.

instructor Mr. Matt Greenfield, and health and physical education instructor Mrs. Cyndi Smith arrived early on St. Patrick’s Day morning in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. They spent two days in the town of just over 100,000, exploring the landscape (Iceland is one of the most volcanically active places on earth, is dotted with hot springs and has no native trees), visiting the site of Viking meetings dating back to 930 AD and immersing themselves in the culture. Students learned about the Icelandic language, which remains relatively unchanged since its Viking origin; realized that singing is a huge part of The Northern Lights daily life in Iceland; and got a taste of Icelandic cuisine, which included a lot of fish, some lamb and even some whale meat. The highlight of their stay in Iceland for most, though, was getting to see the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis. The “stars aligned” for the group on the night they went to see the lights, as the clear sky and the trip’s proximity to the spring equinox allowed for perfect viewing. The natural phenomenon almost looked like something from a sci-fi movie with its greenish glow across the whole sky. The group then headed to Herning, Denmark, where the students were hosted by families. Some of the hosts were the families of the students who came to Most of the group next to an abstract sculpture of a Viking ship near the harbor in Reykjavik, Iceland. The name of the sculpture is "Sun Voyager." 23

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New Orleans Gilmour Crew Back row (L to R): Mike Gomillion, James Co, Jeffrey Hurt, Regan O’Brian, Macie McNichols, Patrick Cooper, Kaitie Gallagher, Mitchell Clifford, Andrew Benedejcic and Rocco Screnci Front row (L to R): Jim Rooney, Sarah Abdalian, Bridget Kearney, Madison Asher, Lyndsay Drake, Shelby Broadbent, Alexa Jackson and Carly King

Gilmour last fall. Students enjoyed the “hygge,” or coziness, of Herning. They were able to attend school for a day with their hosts. They also spent a day touring the town, visiting art museums and textile centers, before attending a potluck dinner featuring open-faced sandwiches made on rugbrød, a rye bread. From there, the group traveled to Copenhagen and, again, the students stayed with host families. They took a canal tour, visited the U.S. Embassy, attended a dance at the school, had a day free to explore the city and toured as a group on the last day. They visited Helsingor (Elsinore) Castle, the setting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet which featured a fortress used by the Danish kings since the 1100s. The Renaissance renovation, complete with a massive dance hall, features several towers that overlook Sweden just across the water. The group climbed to the very top and was treated to a rendition of a speech from Hamlet acted out by none other than Mr. Greenfield! The group had a remarkable trip and looks forward to next fall when Gilmour families will again host Danish students from Herning.

King ’14, Macie McNichols ’14, Regan O’Brian ’14, Jim Rooney ’14 and Rocco Screnci ’13. This was the third year a Gilmour group went to New Orleans and the second year they volunteered with the St. Bernard Project, an award-winning organization whose mission is to remove physical, mental and emotional barriers for those still struggling to recover from the devastation and trauma of Hurricane Katrina and the oil spill. One of the organization’s projects is assisting the thousands of people of New Orleans who, eight years after the storm, still cannot afford to rebuild their homes. Often this is due to contractor fraud. Over the course of six days, the Gilmour group worked on rebuilding two homes. They did exterior painting, mudding and dry wall work each day beginning at 7 a.m. Each afternoon, the group was able to enjoy some sightseeing. The group ate beignets at Cafe Du Monde, walked around the French Quarter, saw street performers at Jackson Square, spent an afternoon in the Garden District and visited the newly rebuilt Holy Cross High School, which had been destroyed by Katrina.

Gilmour Crew Heads to New Orleans to Help with Continued Rebuilding Efforts On Sunday, March 17, a group of 18 students departed for New Orleans, accompanied by former social studies instructor Arin Miller-Tait, math instructor Ray Screnci ’86 and Spanish instructor Monica Ruzic. The group included Sarah Abdalian ’13, Madison Asher ’13, Andrew Benedejcic ’13, Shelby Broadbent ’13, Mitchell Clifford ’14, James Co ’13, Patrick Cooper ’13, Lindsay Drake ’13, Kaitie Gallagher ’14, Mike Gomillion ’13, Jeffrey Hurt ’13, Alexa Jackson ’14, Bridget Kearney ’13, Carly Working in New Orleans 24



ilmour Academy’s speech and debate team had a successful season, advancing 18 to the Ohio state tournament, which was held from Thursday, February 28 through Saturday, March 1 at Boardman High School in Youngstown and Canfield High School in Canfield. State qualifiers included Sarah Abdalian ’13, Nicholas Abdallah ’15, Brynn Alexander ’14, Grant Bent ’15, Andrew Bieber ’13, Christian Borkey ’16, Alexis Canty ’15, Robyn Cheng ’13, Nikhil Goel ’13, Sean Kelly ’16, Maribelle Moufawad ’15, Julia Pilla ’14, Megan Porter ’15, Nicholas Redding ’13, Aire Sirvaitis ’14, Cassandra Williams ’15, Jessica Wilson ’13 and Sophia Zupanc ’15. Additionally, five of the aforementioned state qualifiers qualified for the National Forensic League National Tournament, which was held June 16-21 in Birmingham, Ala. Abdalian and Bent both advanced in the student congress category. At the congressional national qualifying tournament, there were 90 participants and only four advanced to nationals. Abdalian and Bent were two of the four qualifiers. Meanwhile, the duo of Abdallah and Borkey was one of two teams at the qualifying tournament to advance to nationals in the duo interpretation category.

Speech and debate coach Gay Janis, Grant Bent ’15 and Sarah Abdalian ’13

Redding also finished in the top two at the qualifying tournament in the category of humorous interpretation, earning him a trip to nationals. At the state tournament, Gilmour finished third in cumulative sweeps. Robyn Cheng was the state champion in original oratory. Of the 187 competitors in the student congress category, Sarah Abdalian finished in the top 12 and Sophia Zupanc finished in the top six. Andrew Bieber was a semifinalist in impromptu speech and Brynn Alexander and Nikhil Goel were quarterfinalists in prose poetry and impromptu speech, respectively. At the national tournament, Redding finished in the quarter finals of the prose interpretation division, placing in the top 24 of more than 500 students. Abdallah made it to the octalfinals in the poetry interpretation category. Abdalian finished in the top 60 of more than 1,000 students in extemporaneous speech. Finally, Abdalian and Bent were awarded Senator Stennis gavels for their elections as presiding officers, highly coveted positions, in the Student Congress division.



eeks of work for the fourth-grade students culminated with an early morning meeting in February with the Lower School Parent Organization board members. After noticing that the game cart housing the Lower School’s stash of games used for indoor recess was in need of fresh supply, fourth graders decided to take matters into their own hands. They put together a presentation for the LSPO Board requesting that they purchase new games. The students researched and came up with a list of appropriate games. They surveyed all the students in the Lower School to determine which games were the school-wide favorites. They got a 97% participation rate and were able to determine the top 10 games. The students added up the costs of the games, which were found by researching, with pencil and paper and then checked their results with a calculator. The results were then triplechecked by the third graders. The costs were included in a PowerPoint presentation delivered by the entire fourth grade to the Lower School Parents Organization Board in which the problem was stated and the proposed solution of buying new games was presented. The Board members had a chance to ask the students questions about their presentation. An interesting debate between the students ensued – some felt it would be best to buy multiple copies of the most popular games while others believed one copy of a larger number of games was the best option. The respect shown between the students as they debated and acknowledged each other’s points was noted by all the adults present. This ability to have differing opinions yet respectfully recognize the other side’s points stems from the use of the Socratic method in class discussions. The Board then met and voted on the fourth graders’ proposal. They decided that they would, in fact, fund the project and the fourth graders were able to present the Lower School with all new board games at an assembly a few weeks later. 25

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he Middle School religion curriculum is brought to life through monthly service trips. The students spend a lot time in their religion classes discussing human dignity and what it means to be a servant of God. The service trips allow them to see what it is to find God in everyone and to be true models of their faith. The program is overseen by Middle School religious studies instructor Sarah Reed. During this school year, once a month, the seventh graders went to Mater Dei Academy in Wickliffe, Ohio and worked with students ranging in age from kindergarten to second grade. Usually each Gilmour student worked with four or five Mater Dei students. During the visits, Gilmour students helped with tutoring, read with the children, helped with classroom crafts or played games. Lucia Cannata ’18 enjoyed the opportunity to get to know the young Mater Dei students and said, “These service trips have changed me because I never had a younger brother or sister so I think of the kids as my younger siblings.” She continued, “I made strong Aegeas Wertel ’18 works relationships with the kids every time with Mater Dei students. I went and it has taught me a lot.” Eighth graders traveled once a month to Altercare in Mayfield Village, Ohio, a rehabilitation and nursing home. The students spent time with the residents visiting, doing crafts, decorating their doors, making food and transporting them back and forth to their rooms.While some were initially nervous about what they might talk about with the residents, the students impressed Reed with their maturity and with how well they interacted with their elderly partners. One student came back and reported that he had been visiting with a woman whose son had played 26

college football, but she couldn’t remember where and it was upsetting her. He told her about Google and, together, they were able to “Google” her son’s name and found out for which program he played. Others spent time with a war veteran, with someone who was almost blind and with someone who only spoke Italian, to name a few. But, all the students found ways to connect and learned a great deal about themselves and the elderly in the process. For Bree Zedar ’17, the time was clearly well spent. She said, “We go there to brighten their day, but truth is, they brighten mine.” Reflecting on his experience, Cameron Landis ’17 said, “There are many ways you can learn about religion. My favorite is through service. This is, by far, the most influential experience I’ve had at Gilmour.” Each month, as the students rode the bus back to campus, Reed led a discussion on the experience. She then had them complete the year with a reflection piece on the experience as a whole, allowing them to process its impact and their roles as servants of God. She feels confident that important lessons were learned through the volunteering and said, “The service trips both seventh and eighth grade take part in are not only enjoyable experiences for them, but they are life changing.” She continued, “My favorite thing about them is seeing the students take on this role as a leader, but beyond that as a leader in Anthony Monitello ’17 their faith. They need to learn how to spends time with a be flexible with the situation they have resident at Altercare. while still treating those they are helping with respect and dignity. The students truly shine on these trips. I could not be more proud of them.”

The introduction of propulsion systems this year proved quite successful for some.

WHATEVER FLOATS YOUR BOAT n Monday, April 29, the 8th annual Great Gilmour Boat Float set sail. Fifteen teams of Middle School students set out to test their carefully engineered designs. True to the nature of experimental design, several teams sank at the dock, several continued on valiantly and a record number of eight teams reached the far side of the pool. Of those, six raced again in the final heat. The ship GMS Nightfall emerged as the winner. Designers Maggie Kubicek ’17 and Skyllar Beckel ’17, received the grand prize award for a design that was buoyant, durable and fast. They thanked their first mate, Michael Asher ’18, for assisting them on race day. The students were excited by the success of their propulsion systems, which were a new required component this year, and were proud of the way they applied their lessons on density and buoyancy to create their boats.


With the density-based science project, students were asked to calculate the density of their boats when they were building them to make sure that each boat’s density would be less than the water’s. In describing the project, Middle School science instructor Jennifer Ault said that she considers it to be “one of the most challenging units as they use math, science, art, writing, literacy, creativity, dedicated teamwork and a lot of perseverance to build the boats.”

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ilmour Lower School’s Young Entrepreneurs group, which introduces students to the notion of entrepreneurship, recently completed its months-long curriculum and hosted two Market Days at which students were able to sell products they had developed over the past few months. The group is funded each year by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, whose mission is to strengthen the free enterprise system by investing in organizations and institutions that foster the entrepreneurial spirit. This year’s Young Entrepreneurs group was made up of 54 fourth-, fifthand sixth-grade students, 29 from Gilmour and 25 from St. Adalbert’s School in Cleveland. The grant from the foundation covered the cost of all supplies as well as the busing of the St. Adalbert’s students to the Gilmour campus. The program was overseen by Gilmour humanities instructor Bob Gralnick and before/after care coordinator Kathie Lipowski. The group was broken into two beginner teams and one advanced team, made up of students who participated last Lizzie Krajekian ’21 and year. The two Monica Joy Starks ’21 beginner teams were led by Gilmour parents, Michael and Sonya Virant and St. Adalbert teacher, Chris Sekerak. The advanced team was led by area entrepreneur Ryan King. The group met nine times and followed the TREP$ curriculum, which is a hands-on, engaging method of teaching entrepreneurship. This curriculum walked the students through the process of how to develop a product as well as how to develop a business model. The project culminated in two Market Days at which students were able to sell the products they had


developed. One was held at Gilmour’s Lower School on May 13 and one was held on St. Adalbert’s campus on May 15. Products sold ranged from handmade necklaces made with magnetized bottle caps to Danny Botek ’21 and Joe Roddy ’21 peace rocks, which are shiny stones with peace messages on them, designed to remind all that peace is possible. Gralnick said of the program, “Through the rich program developed by TREP$, the Young Entrepreneurs program provides students with the opportunity to learn the fundamental principles of business practices.” He added, “It is a rigorous and demanding program that children make a huge commitment toward and, ultimately, see the fruits of their labor.”


pon completing a unit on Native Americans this fall, the fifth graders were asked to demonstrate their knowledge by painting a mural or constructing a 3D model. One group of students, however, was so inspired by the unit that they decided to spend their recess time creating a life-sized replica of a Woodlands longhouse, a Plains teepee and campfire setup. Unbeknownst to their teachers, during their free time, the group of eight students took the knowledge they had gained from the unit, found materials to use on Gilmour’s grounds and created the structures. Their creations were so realistic that the doorway even faced east as was the custom. The structures were located outside the school building behind the playground area and were roped off so that they could be viewed without being damaged. They remained there while weather permitted. The students placed a sign in front proudly identifying their work. Humanities instructor Carmel Fantelli, one of their teachers, said, “We have never seen anything like this. This group of students has such a wonderful, natural curiosity to learn. They are so spontaneous.” Team member Yvonne Dell, the other humanities instructor responsible for this unit, said, “They were just so inspired. They went above and beyond.” The students behind these life-sized creations were Francesca Coan ’20, Cole Durdella ’20, Will Habe ’20, Will Holle ’20, Ava Musarra ’20, Faith Starks ’20, Elijah Wiertel ’20 and Leilani Zeller ’20.

Back row (L to R): Faith Starks, Ava Musarra, Elijah Wiertel, Cole Durdella, Francesca Coan, Leilani Zeller, Front row (L to R): Will Habe and Will Holle

Will Habe, Francesca Coan, Leilani Zeller and Faith Stark “warm up” by the campfire.

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ilmour’s Lower School students have been involved in many multi-grade level learning activities. From the Potato Olympics to the weekly Reading Buddies program to a collaborative robotics project to second and third graders working together on a math and engineering project, the Lower School students are learning together. The Potato Olympics was an interdisciplinary unit for third and fourth graders that incorporated writing and math skills while teaching lessons on sportsmanship and teamwork. Students had to write their own version of the Olympic Creed as well as a biography of their Olympic athlete, a hand-decorated potato. Each student’s “athlete” then competed in a series of Olympic-themed events. To track scores, students had


to utilize a multitude of math concepts including mean, median, mode, weight, distance and time. The third and fourth graders even invited the kindergarteners, who had come to watch, to participate in some of the Olympic events. The Reading Buddies program pairs fourth graders with kindergarteners for reading sessions. Humanities instructor Bob Gralnick says of the program, “It is so good for community-building while helping the kindergarteners and fourth graders at the same time.” He explains that the kindergarteners are exposed to the old classics and the fourth graders develop reading prosody, a key component of reading fluency. The third graders and Mr. van der Wee’s Montessori kindergarteners used their netbooks and the LEGO®

robotics software to create hungry alligators that could do one of several activities that included singing and either opening or shutting their mouths. The second and third graders joined forces to build the highest tower they could construct using large and small marshmallows, pieces of uncooked spaghetti and choo choo wheel pasta. Each group of three or four students was given pretend money to buy their building supplies, which were each priced differently, and had to determine which pieces would allow for the highest tower.

Payton Katz ’23, Trinity Turk ’22, Sofia DiMichele ’22 and True Pyle ’23 construct their tower.

Trinity Turk ’22, Isabella Martin ’22, Gabe Virant ’22 and Davie Black ’25 work together to build an alligator using Lego® robotics kit.

Reading Buddies Charlie Villanueva ’21, Gavin Kiebler ’25 and Jacob Maher ’21 enjoy a book together the day the Lower School celebrated St. Patrick’s Day.

Hannah Weltle ’21 and Lizzie Krajekian ’21 calculate scores during the Potato Olympics.


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EARLY BEGINNINGS CLASS ADDED TO MONTESSORI PROGRAM T Gilmour’s Montessori Program will open a new class for students ages 18 months to 36 months at the start of the school year in August 2013. The class will be called Early Beginnings. There will now be three Montessori classes at Gilmour’s Lower School. The aforementioned 18-months to 36-months class will be taught by Directress Dawn Conforti, who has Montessori certifications in both the infant to toddler and 3- to 6-years-old categories. The two existing 3-year-old to kindergarten classes are taught by Director Johan van der Wee and Directress Randi Russell, who have Montessori certifications.


he Montessori program promotes self-directed learning, allowing children to learn at their own pace and in their own style, thereby fostering a lifelong love of learning. It utilizes an interdisciplinary approach and teaches children how to learn instead of just what to learn. Gilmour’s Montessori program allows children to grow emotionally, cognitively and socially through real, lifelike interactions in a safe environment. Current Montessori parent Matt Lindley ’89 says of his family’s Montessori experience at Gilmour, “My wife and I have been thrilled with the Montessori program.” He describes all the ways in which

his two sons have blossomed academically, from one developing a love of reading, math and nature to the other finding a passion for the solar system. He adds, “They have also become very mature in their social and interpersonal skills,” continuing, “I can’t imagine our boys being anywhere else.” The new class provides a half-day and full-day option. The half-day runs from 8:15-11:15 a.m. and the full-day runs from 8:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m. The skills fostered in the Early Beginnings class will include daily practical living skills, enhanced language development, refined gross and fine motor skills, self-confidence, independence, self-help skills, problem-solving skills, social skills, sensory development, music, art and science. Conforti, who will be the directress of the new class, says of the addition to the Montessori program, “Our Early Beginnings program will offer the young child a positive first school experience in a safe, nurturing, carefully prepared environment that nurtures the spirit while supporting growth and independence.” Director of the Lower School and the Montessori program Diane Kingsley is looking forward to providing the “Gilmour Montessori” opportunity to children at an even younger age, saying, “We know the significance of our current Montessori program. These students are

receiving an excellent foundation under the supervision and care of very experienced early childhood educators.” She adds, “As we fielded more and more inquiries Gilmour’s Montessori for a Montessori class that began program allows children at an earlier age, it seemed like to grow emotionally, a natural response to incorporate these younger students into cognitively and socially our program.” through real, lifelike In the existing classes for children 3-years-old to interactions in a safe kindergarten, the 3- and 4-year-olds attend for a half-day, environment. with the option to stay for the extended day Montessori Prep program in the afternoon. The 5-year-olds spend a full kindergarten day in the Montessori program.


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ilmour’s beloved assistant headmaster, Todd Sweda, Ed.D., has been named the next president of Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron, Ohio. While he will be missed at Gilmour, this is an excellent opportunity for Dr. Sweda. His 15 years of dedicated service at Gilmour have prepared him to take on this new role. Sweda has served as the school’s assistant headmaster since 2003, working alongside Br. Robert Lavelle, C.S.C. to ensure consistency between the Academy’s Holy Cross mission and all school activities. As assistant headmaster, he worked closely with the Board of Trustees as a member of the executive committee. Additionally, he provided planning oversight for enrollment management and the technology department, served on the capital campaign executive committee and directed assessment procedures for continuing accreditation. Prior to assuming the assistant headmaster role, Sweda served as an English teacher, director of the residential program, director of the Middle School, dean of student affairs, and dean of academic programs and planning. He has also served as an academic advisor, senior project director and student government moderator. Having been involved in so many aspects of Gilmour Academy, Sweda leaves a legacy of service and commitment to advancing the mission of the school. Head of School Br. Robert E. Lavelle, C.S.C. says of Sweda, “While Todd will be greatly missed, both on the professional and personal level, he will

continue to be a member of our Holy Cross network of schools as he assumes leadership at Archbishop Hoban High School.” Reflecting on his years at Gilmour, Sweda says, “The 'Gilmour Experience' has enriched my life in so many ways. I will be eternally grateful for the opportunity to serve this extraordinary community and for the relationships I enjoy with both colleagues and alumni from over the past 15 years.”

Dr. Sweda with his advisory group during their last meeting of the school year



nyone who meets Lower School music instructor Camilla Cameron feels her love of music and children within moments. It is the essence of who she is, which is why it was not without a great deal of thought that she decided to retire at the end of this school year after 27 years at Gilmour. Mrs. Cameron earned her bachelor of arts in music education from St. Olaf College, in Northfield, Minn. and her first teaching position was as a kindergarten through eighth-grade music teacher at Aviano Air Base in Italy, where her husband, Ray Marrone, was stationed during the Vietnam War. After returning to the States, Mrs. Cameron had her four children: Elisa Marrone, who works for the city of Escondido, Calif.; Matthew Marrone, who just graduated from Case Western Reserve University’s law school and is married to Natsumi Saito ’99; Jenny Larcher, mother of four children, who lives in upstate NY and is active in her community as a vocal soloist for musicals, operas and church choirs; and Sarah Jackson ’99, who lives with Mrs. Cameron and has given her another three beautiful grandchildren. When her children were young, Mrs. Cameron worked for four years at Beaumont School teaching music appreciation and directing an instrumental and choral ensemble. She then returned to school for her first graduate degree, a master’s of music history from Cleveland State University. She later earned a second graduate degree, a master’s of music education from Case Western Reserve University. She began teaching at Gilmour’s Upper School in 1986, when her youngest was five, and, on her first day of work, found out that her husband had cancer. The mother of four young children appreciated the support she received from the Academy throughout her husband’s two-year battle with cancer. He passed away in 1988. About two years later, Mrs. Cameron moved from the Upper School to the Lower School. She taught in several locations at the Lower School before ending up with what she describes as her “dream room” in the early 2000s. The room, complete with a keyboard lab, three practice rooms, instructional space for band, and

moveable risers for singing and performing, has allowed magic to happen. She has been able to work with students as they learn to play different instruments. Kindergarteners through second graders receive piano instruction and the third and fourth graders learn to play several types of recorders before selecting a band instrument to play in the fifth- and sixth-grade band. Each grade performs two concerts a year – a Christmas concert and a spring concert. Amidst all the instrument instruction and vocal development through the regular curriculum, Mrs. Cameron also produced and choreographed Broadway Beginnings performances for fourth, fifth and sixth graders. In reflecting on her time at Gilmour, Cameron teared up, saying, “I’m going to miss the kids. I just love the kids.” Director of the Lower School Diane Kingsley said, “Camilla’s 27 years of dedicated teaching and inspirational work with students has been a ‘composition’ in itself at Gilmour Academy.” In her retirement, Mrs. Cameron is excited to spend time with family. Her second husband, Terry Cameron, whom she married in 1989, has been disabled since back surgery in 2001. She and her daughter, Sarah, handle his care and Mrs. Cameron looks forward to having more time to dedicate to him as well as to her grandchildren. She anticipates feeling some sadness at the start of the school year so she has planned a trip to San Diego to visit her daughter over Labor Day weekend. Of course, music will always be one of her passions and she plans to give private lessons and remain involved with her church’s annual summer musical production.

Angeline Monitello ’19 and Peter Breen ’20 present Mrs. Cameron with gifts from the Lower School during the Promotion Ceremony.


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n this world, there are talkers and there are listeners. Neal Lavelle ’53 is a listener. And just as he chooses his words carefully, so too is he conscientious about the institutions he supports. Lavelle, a family law attorney who practices in “the court of broken promises,” as he puts it, joined his father’s law practice in 1960, the year before he married his wife, Nancy. Lavelle has used his practice to assist his clients, but he’s also used it as an instrument for giving in other ways. “My law practice just made money more available to me so I could donate to schools and share the benefits of what I’ve enjoyed with others,” says Lavelle, who was a member of Gilmour’s fourth graduating class. Fortunately for Gilmour, it’s among Lavelle’s beneficiaries. And it’s not alone. Lavelle also supports other schools he’s attended, including Western Reserve University (now CWRU), where he received his undergraduate and law degrees, and Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., where he attended his first year of law school. “I like being able to help people,” says Lavelle, a member of Gilmour’s Blue and Gray Society. “It’s just giving back a little that I felt I received. You just look at what your roots are.” Lavelle looks back on Gilmour with fond memories, although to this day he’s not sure why he dormed there. “I didn’t know why I was in the dorms,” he says. “I could have taken the bus [home] right down to Cedar and Lee.” But he has no regrets about the education he received at Gilmour. In fact, he feels a duty to give


to the school that helped shape his intellect and his life. He’s not the only Lavelle to have attended the school, either. His brother, Neal Lavelle ’53 Brian Lavelle, graduated in 1959 and his son, David Lavelle, graduated in 1989. While a student at Gilmour, Lavelle says, Brothers Ivo and Francis Englert empowered him to express himself through writing. It was a skill that helped him in college and beyond. “My freshman year in college, my English teacher asked the class to write about an extemporaneous topic for 40 minutes,” Lavelle recalls. “After looking the assignments over, the teacher pointed out that I was one of three people in the class who could write.” Lavelle donates generously to Gilmour every year. But he’s just as generous with constructive advice on how Gilmour can improve. He feels the school needs to remain focused on college guidance and placement and must stay faithful to that when deciding how to allocate resources. It’s worthy advice from a man who’s passionate about quality education and making it accessible to others, whether through money or encouragement. Lavelle remembers vividly the moment one of his clients came to his office to thank him for his help in a lawsuit. She asked Lavelle for advice on what to do about her eighth-grade daughter, who

Mark Winter ’62 recently attended a Washington Capitals hockey game wearing his favorite GA hockey jersey in lieu of a Caps jersey. Winter is a hockey enthusiast having served on the Washington, D.C. Capital Beltway Hockey League Board of Directors. The GA jersey was a gift from hockey coach John Malloy.


was intelligent but bored and troubled in the Cleveland city schools. Lavelle encouraged the girl to apply to local private schools, despite their high tuitions. The girl did apply – and was accepted to one on a scholarship. She went on to graduate second in her class and earn a full ride to Dartmouth College. “So once in a while you feel you’ve helped somebody,” Lavelle says. Lavelle feels it’s his obligation to give back to the schools that propelled him forward through life. Today, if he overheard someone questioning whether or not to donate, he’d have one piece of advice for them: “Be true to your own heart.” Recently, Lavelle and his sister, Kathleen Heffernan, mother of Matt Heffernan ’93, made a generous gift to the speech and debate program in honor of their brother Brian Lavelle ’59, who passed away last November. Their donation allowed for the purchase of new video equipment as well as a new podium.

Congratulations to JIM McMONAGLE, named to the “Best Lawyers in America” 2013 list. Jim specializes in arbitration and mediation with Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP.

PetFix N.E. Ohio and Geauga Humane Rescue Village. She is also a member of the Western Reserve Spinners and Weavers Guild . . . DirectLine Technologies, Inc., led by President and CEO MARTHA HOLZHEIMER CONNOR, was again named to’s list of the “Top 100 Women-Owned Businesses in the State of California.” DirectLine Technologies, Inc. is widely recognized as having pioneered best practice techniques for telephone fundraising and membership sales, generating more than $158 million for its clients. The company is also credited with creating leading work process technologies.



New grandparents, RAY MURPHY, and wife, Katie, welcomed Hollis Dennemae, born to Ellen Murphy Jones and husband, Jason.

THOMAS CHAMBERS is the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Apache Oil Corporation located in Houston, TX . . . Artist, writer and filmmaker all describe RENEE GREEN. Her pluralistic practice spans a broad range of media, including sculpture, architecture, photography, prints, video, film, websites and sound. Also an educator, she is currently a professor at the Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) Program, School of Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology . . . BARB WATTS ONEY was recently featured in The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s series spotlighting entrepreneurs in

DENNIS KILLEEN continues his work with Global Volunteers and says, “It’s the kind of vacation where you feel good about doing something.” Dennis’ favorite experience – he has taken a dozen trips so far – was teaching English to third and fourth graders at Takitumi Primary School on Rarotonga in the Cook Islands.


1971 BOB FIALA, president of the Willoughby Area Chamber of Commerce, represented his board at the recent kick-off luncheon celebrating the merging of the Willoughby area and Western Lake County chambers of commerce.

1972 LARAMIE SANCETTA McENANEY and husband, Jim, reside in Chagrin Falls. Laramie is a volunteer for


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ndy Selfridge ’67, the principal gifts officer at the University of Virginia, travels around the country raising money for the university. Selfridge knows it’s a lot to ask, and he’s had plenty of time to refine his approach in the 20 years he’s had the job. In persuading an alumnus to make a donation, Selfridge often asks, “What would you like to accomplish with your money that would be meaningful to you?” It’s up to him to “awaken the echoes from their days as students,” he says, and to remind alumni of what was so important to them then. Selfridge often finds that the echoes he awakens – the most powerful of them, at least – originated outside the classroom. He’s heard it quite a bit since 2004, when the university kicked off a $3 billion fundraising campaign. In 2004, $3 billion seemed like a feasible goal to Selfridge and his fellow development officers. Things were “rolling along really well” until the bottom fell out in 2008, he says. “Then we got behind the curve and have been trying to catch up ever since.” With the capital campaign winding down, UVA still is $100 million shy of its goal. Meeting it sounds like a pipe dream – until one realizes donors already have given $2.9 billion. “We have a dedicated group of alumni, friends and families that are very generous to the university,” says Selfridge, who is part of a UVA development operation comprising 300 officers and staffers and 27 different foundations. Twenty-seven is a huge number, considering most universities have just one foundation. “Having 27 foundations requires massive amounts of coordination and cooperation among all the development officers and the development team,” Selfridge says. The team atmosphere in the central development


office drew Selfridge to the job. It seemed a natural fit for someone like him, who’d been part of a football team nearly all his life – from Vern Weber’s Lancers, (his brother, Tom Selfridge ’65, played as well), Andy Selfridge ’67 to the University of Virginia’s Cavaliers, to the New York Giants. “It was March of my senior year at Gilmour, and unlike students in today’s world, I had no idea where I was going to school and wasn’t the least bit concerned,” Selfridge recalls. “And sure enough, the football coach from UVA walked into Vern Weber’s office, wanted to talk to me and offered me a scholarship sight unseen.” Selfridge played defensive tackle for UVA and got drafted as a linebacker by the San Diego Chargers in 1972. He played six seasons in the NFL, three of them with the Giants. “The relationships you develop with your teammates are the most enduring thing,” he says. “The NFL is, how do you put it? It’s a totally performance-based enterprise and the scrutiny is a daily occurrence. It was good training for my post-football occupations.” Working in UVA’s development office “feels like working for the home team,” Selfridge says. “It makes a difference to me that I went to school here. And the positive experience I had at UVA probably comes through in my conversations with prospects and donors.”

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Northeast Ohio. This year she is starting the UNCOMNtv Network, an online business that promotes Cleveland colleges, institutions and businesses using unique content and live-streaming video.

1974 A video producer with the United Church of Christ National Headquarters in Cleveland, JEAN ROBINSON won a Cleveland Emmy award for video production. In 2012 she won one silver and two gold Remi awards at the Worldfest Houston Film Festival. She is a member of the Religion Communicators Council, Odyssey Networks, The National Council of Churches Electronic Media Committee, Media Communications Association-International, and International Documentary Association and is an executive board member and secretary for the World Association of Christian Communication-North America region.

1975 BRENT BERKMAN, principal with Berkman, Jorgensen, Masters & Stafman, LLC in Pompano Beach, FL, received the CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner) credential three years ago. Last year he volunteered to provide pro bono accounting and tax services to Animal Aid, Inc., a Section 501(c)(3) animal rescue shelter located in Broward County, FL . . . Cleveland Restoration

Society President KATHLEEN HACKMAN CROWTHER was recently honored as Nonprofit Executive of the Year at the 15th annual Medical Mutual Pillar Awards for Community Service. She has led the Cleveland Restoration Society for 25 years . . . Proud dad, STEVE LAMBERT, announced that his son, Max, graduated with honors from the University of Michigan.

1977 Five years ago, SALLY HURLEY KOEPKE and her mother, Patsy Flattery, founded Mom’s Gourmet, an artisan seasoning and spice blends company based in Newbury, OH. What began as handcrafted seasonings that they gave as gifts to friends and family has expanded its reach and distribution. Their products are now sold in 115 Fresh Market stores nationwide as well as in Whole Foods Markets in the southwest and small market chains in New York City, Michigan and New Hampshire. With names like Black Dog Belly Rub, Rowdy Kitty Rub and Far Out Feather Dust, the products are catching the attention of consumers nationwide.

1979 ANTHONY DICICCO was sworn in January 31 as the new mayor of Mayfield Heights, serving the remainder of the former mayor’s term, which expires at the end of the year.

1980 Congratulations to TONY WEBER who became the president of American Advertising Federation – Cleveland in June.

1986 ROSEMARY CHAMBERS NIEWOLAK is the director of Low-temp Sterilization Infection Prevention Technology at Steris Corp. in Mentor, OH.

1987 MURAD BEG was recently promoted to principal for Linsalata Capital Partners, a Mayfield Heights, OH private equity firm.

1989 Congratulations to Gilmour Cross Country Coach MATT LINDLEY, who was selected as the NewsHerald’s Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year with wins at districts and regionals by huge margins. Matt also coaches the boys team . . . Frank, Jr. is the newest addition to the family of FRANK VICCHIARELLI and wife, Kelley. Frank, Sr. is the assistant recreation supervisor for the city of Beachwood, OH.

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at Nemastil Strachota, Glen Oak ’73 looked out her office window to see 50,000 people marching on Wisconsin’s state capitol. They had been there for days. “Looking out the window, I was in awe,” recalls Strachota, a Republican legislator in Wisconsin’s House of Representatives. “There were times when the protestors would get unruly. I guess I was disappointed that they weren’t respectful of the political process. But I would say that’s what democracy is all about.” Strachota represents one of Wisconsin’s most staunchly Republican districts. The scene she recounted unfolded in 2011, a year that now stands among the most historic in Wisconsin history. In March of that year, the Wisconsin State Assembly stripped public unions of some of their collective bargaining rights (they still can negotiate wages). The fight played out heatedly and publicly in the national media. It was a battle just as much between Wisconsin Democrats and Republicans as it was between public unions and lawmakers. “We had a $3.6 billion deficit, and since the majority the government spends is on public sector wages and benefits for its 69,000 employees, the only way we were going to balance the budget was to ask for concessions from our employees,” Strachota says. To reduce the deficit, changes needed to be made. So Wisconsin lawmakers asked state workers to pay 6 percent of their own retirement wages and 12 percent of their health insurance wages. “It was tough, but we had to make those decisions,” Strachota recalls. Now the state is in a much stronger fiscal position, sitting on a small surplus, Strachota says. The battle over collective bargaining rights stands as one of the most memorable times of Strachota’s service, she says. It’s no small statement from a woman who’s served in the Wisconsin State Assembly since she was first elected to it in 2004.


Pat Nemastil Strachota, (G.O.) ’73

Strachota’s job primarily involves helping constituents navigate through state bureaucracy. And she’s deeply involved in the state’s fiscal issues, having served on the Ways and Means Committee, the Jobs and Economy Committee and the Health Committee. Not to mention that as the current vice chairperson of the Joint Finance Committee, Strachota helps oversee the state’s $68 billion budget. If it weren’t for her history class at Glen Oak, Strachota may never have gotten involved in politics. It was her history teacher, Tim McCormick, who first sparked her interest in the field. “Part of my interest in politics stems from the volunteer work we did at Glen Oak,” Strachota recalls. “We would help people register to vote on Saturdays. That gave me some knowledge of the political process and got me interested in how it really worked.” When Strachota headed off to St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Ind., she started in the nursing program. But her passion was government, and it wasn’t long before she majored in government and urban planning. Strachota’s journey to the Wisconsin House floor started in county government in 1986. She relents that the time commitment of the job causes her to “do some soul searching” every time her two-year term is up. After all, she has four children, three grandchildren and a great supporter in her husband, Tom. But in the end, she says, “I plan to run for office for as long as I’m effective.”


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eviewing the atrocities of a massacre of 440 Albanians killed in Kosovo in 1999, including autopsy and post-mortem reports and photos, might haunt the dreams of many a man. Prosecutor Charles Hardaway ’86 has a totally different reaction. “It makes me angry that people were not allowed to live their lives to whatever potential they desired and were killed for being born differently due to their ethnicity,” he says. “It is what drives me to do the best job I can to make sure the victims’ families have their day in court, and that those who are responsible are brought before the law.” Hardaway is with the War Crimes Unit for the Republic of Kosovo’s Office of the Special Prosecutor. He is employed by the U.S. State Department through a contracting firm and will serve in the position until next December. As the prosecutor on the case, Hardaway has total responsibility for the investigation of the case, including directing investigators, filing motions, preparing and filing the indictment, and presenting the case in court. Other major cases he is prosecuting include the 1999 murder of Albanian prisoners by prison officials and Serbian prisoners, and the Staro Gracko Massacre in which 14 Serbian farmers working in the fields were killed by Albanian paramilitaries and members of the Kosovo Liberation Army. Hardaway knew early in life that he wanted to be a lawyer. “As a prosecutor, I feel that I can do the most good for the most people,” he says. Hardaway believes his skills, values and mindset were formed during his years at Gilmour. “I am a firm believer of whom much is given, much is required,” Hardaway says. “That, along with my desire for social justice, was formulated by Father John (Blazek).” Before he went to Afghanistan, Kosovo and Sierra Leone, Hardaway read up on their history, current political situations, and the players involved. “That has served me well,” he says. “Rather than going in cold, I went in with an understanding. That intellectual curiosity was developed at Gilmour.” He credits his former teachers Frank McCamley and Kathy Kenny for his reading and writing skills and Gay Janis for his ability to argue cases and debate effectively. The prosecutor also applies many things

he learned in Mrs. Emerson’s government class. “Mrs. Emerson made us go beyond the words on the page and go behind the curtain to see how things actually operate,” he says. Charles Hardaway ’86 After graduating from Gilmour, Hardaway earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a law degree from The Ohio State University. He’s primarily been doing international work since 2001, when he started off by working on a project focusing on environmental legislation in Zambia. Hardaway also served as part of an evaluation team for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes in southern and eastern Africa and provided legal training for trial attorneys in south Sudan. From 2006-08, Hardaway served as a prosecutor for the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone, where he worked on two cases that would come to be very significant in the field of international humanitarian law. The first case, which he says was the most satisfying outcome of his career, dealt with the brutality of recruiting child soldiers who, as part of the recruitment process, would be forced to kill their parents and sexually assault other family members. “We were able to secure the first-ever conviction in international law for the use of child soldiers,” he says. In the second case, Hardaway was part of the trial team that introduced the concept of “forced marriage” as a violation of international humanitarian law and was able to secure a conviction on that charge. “I was very proud of not just being able to set international legal precedent twice but to also contribute to the expansion of legal protections for women and children,” he says. While working overseas, Hardaway takes advantage of his love for travel, visiting countries throughout Europe, Asia and Africa. “To see the United States from an outside perspective is fascinating,” he says, adding it’s reaffirmed his belief in his country. “For all of its faults,” he says, “America is still the ‘shining city on the hill.’”


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ilmour presented an honorary degree as well as its 2012 Alumni of the Year Awards on Saturday, December 15 at the Christmas At the Academy party held in the school’s Athletic Center. The honorary degree was presented by Head of School Br. Robert Lavelle, C.S.C. to the family of Paula Frantz Scully, who passed away last September, for her tireless dedication to Gilmour, despite not having attended the school herself. Her son, D.J. Belock ’93, thanked the school for the honor and spoke of the school’s importance to his mother, discussing her commitment to his receiving a Gilmour education. Paula’s brother, Mark Frantz ’65, mentioned that Paula came from a long line of females committed to Gilmour. Their grandmother helped recruit the school’s first board of directors. Their mother had five sons attend the school and served in various capacities, including as a trustee.


Left to Right: Roger Frantz ’69, D.J. Belock ’93, Korinne Belock, Joe Frantz ’75, Carol Frantz, Peter Frantz ’78, Tom Scully, Br. Robert E. Lavelle, C.S.C., Mark Frantz ’65, Bente Frantz, David Frantz ’66

He told how Paula, a female with five brothers attending Gilmour, spent a considerable amount of time at the school and developed a special fondness for the Academy, which led to her lifelong commitment to the school.

The Alumni of the Year Awards were presented to Charles Tremont ’70 and Roberta (Berti) Guarino (Glen Oak) ’82. Tremont is a local corporate finance and management advisor, professional golf instructor, and Gilmour’s head Varsity Golf coach. Guarino is a photographer and holistic massage therapist as well as coordinator of the first all-school Glen Oak Gala held this past September for alumnae, faculty and staff of the all-girls school that merged with all-boys Gilmour Academy in the early 1980s. The awards honor graduates who have distinguished themselves in their personal lives and careers and who have demonstrated leadership and service to the school. Tremont graduated from Gilmour in 1970 and is currently a principal at Tremont & Associates, a corporate finance and management advisory firm in Solon. He is also the finance and business manager at the Church of St. Clare in Lyndhurst and has been a professional golf instructor for the past 30 years at Grantwood Golf Club in Solon. Throughout his career, Tremont has remained dedicated to Gilmour. He served as Gilmour’s finance officer and director of admissions from 1975 to 1978. He and his wife, Karen, sent their two sons, Chris ’01 and A.J. ’04 to Gilmour. Since 2004, Tremont has served as the head Varsity Golf coach and has a match record of 57-27 and a tournament record of 483-260. He has led his teams to seven sectional team championships, seven district team championships and seven top eight team finishes in the state tournament. His team won the Division III state championship in 2010 and he has coached four individual state championship winners – Alex Andrews in ’09 and ’10 and Andrew Bieber in ’11 and ’12. After he was presented with the award, Tremont thanked the school; Br. Charles Allerton, C.S.C., his golf coach at Gilmour; Mike Kiely, a past parent and local PGA professional; Vern Weber, the school’s former athletic director and coach; and his wife, Karen. It was during Berti Guarino’s time at Glen Oak that she first developed an interest in photography. After graduating from the school in 1982, she went on to earn her degree in photography and art history from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa. Photography started Guarino on the path of

Charles Tremont ’70 and Berti Guarino (G.O.) ’82

archival research as she became interested in documenting and preserving history through people. She is also passionate about holistic massage therapy and its positive impact on her clients’ health. Her archival research skills, the interpersonal skills so valuable in her massage practice and her appreciation and passion for the education she received at Glen Oak led Guarino on a two-year quest to organize the school’s first all-school gala. Held the weekend of September 28-30, 2012, the Gala was an overwhelming success. More than 400 Glen Oak alumnae, former students, faculty and staff gathered on Gilmour’s Lower School campus, the former home of the school, for a weekend of reminiscing and reconnecting. After accepting the award, Guarino spoke, thanking all those who helped make the event such a success and describing how much the school meant to her. She also revealed that there will be another gathering of Glen Oak alumnae and former students on September 28, 2013.


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Born November 6, Collin James is the new addition to the family of JIM DAY and wife, Shari . . . KRISTIN FRANCO KIRKPATRICK and husband, Andy, announced the recent adoption of their son, Jake Widely Kirkpatrick . . . Congratulations to WILL KOVALSKI and wife, Trina, on the January 7 birth of Ava Grace.

1995 Henry, son of Sarah Gifford ’93 and Mike Porath ’93, loves his Lancer bib.

ERIC BENDUHN and wife, Annie, welcomed son, Nason David, on November 26.



MICHAEL NEMUNAITIS wrote that he was looking forward to his 20-year class reunion in June . . . Residing in Arvada, CO, MATT OCCHIONERO has developed a love for back country snowmobiling. He, his wife, Sarah, and their two daughters invite everyone to come to Colorado not only to ski, but also to ride sleds with them . . . JIM TEISL and wife, Kelly, have a new addition to their family. Nicholas Stanley was born April 24 and joins two-year-old sister, Sophia.

KATY D EMINICO BOYLE and husband, Michael, were thrilled with the birth of daughter, Gracie, on February 27 . . . Congratulations to MIKE GRYCAN, wife, Kara, and big sister, Emma, on the birth of Abigail on April 1 . . . JAMIE MICCO and husband, Scott O’Hara, are the proud parents of daughter, Violet . . . JEAN ARKEDIS and husband Kevin Croke welcomed Aidan Tobias Croke on Decemer 22 . . . MARK PANZICA is the presidentelect of the Northern Ohio Chapter of NAIOP (National Association for Industrial and Office Parks).

1994 TIM COLGROVE and wife, Tinya, announced the arrival of their third child, John Declan, born April 22. Daughter, Layli, and son, Lucan, complete the family. For the past year, Tim has been the director of operations at Sequenom, a biotech company in San Diego that, among other things, provides a non-invasive prenatal test that can detect fetal chromosomal abnormalities via a mother’s blood sample. To date this innovative test has replaced the risky option of amniocentesis for over 100,000 pregnancies . . .

1997 Congratulations to KRISTIN MORRISSEY and husband, Brian Green, on the recent birth of a baby boy, Connor . . . VICTORIA SABIO FINDLEY and husband, Silas,

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The family of Tim Colgrove ’94: Wife, Tinya, daughter, Layli, sons, Lucan and John

welcomed their third child, Elodie Ines. She joins big brothers, Bohdie and Tenzin.

1999 BEN FALLER was recently named chief housing specialist by Judge Raymond Pianka. Ben has been a staff attorney with the Cleveland Housing Court since 2009 . . . NAH-YOUNG KIM is currently working as manager of Alliance Management & Regulations, Derivatives Market Division, KRX (the sole stock and derivatives exchange in Korea). Her responsibilities include negotiating and implementing the Trade Matching Service Agreement with Chicago Mercantile Exchange, filing of Part 30 Relief on KOSPI200 Futures to the CFTC and National Futures Association and filing of No-Actions Letter on KOSPI200 Options to the SEC. Nah-Young fondly remembers her days at Gilmour and the friends she made while a student.

2000 JON MACY and wife, Elizabeth, are the beaming parents of daughter, Kaitlyn . . . PATRICK RULE and Kari Damon were married October 13, 2012. MARK RULE ’95 was one of his brother’s best men. Patrick and Kari live and work in Chicago . . . BLAISE TOMAZIC and wife, Haley, announced the April 21 birth of their first child, Aubrey.

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hen Oliver D’Silva, M.D. ’97 was 11 years old, his father, a nephrologist, brought home a three-dimensional model of a human heart. He put it on the dining room table, where it attracted the attention of his son. “I enjoyed opening up the chambers and looking at the valves,” D’Silva recalls. “The model sat on my dresser from that day on. Once in a while, when I took a break from homework in high school, I'd pick up the model and again try to learn just one new thing about the heart structures.” D’Silva recalls moments from his childhood in which he seemed destined for his craft. He often liked playing with electronic circuit boards from Radio Shack, using them to create light and sound. Years later, when he learned about cardiac electrophysiology, “I felt like I had encountered an unexpected marriage of the beautiful vascular physiology of the heart and the electronics that I had enjoyed playing with as a kid,” he says. Now D’Silva, 33, is more immersed in the human heart than ever. The electrophysiologist at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, Ill., treats patients with heart rhythm problems for a living. “When I started medical school, I really enjoyed cardiology, because in a lot of ways the heart is both complex and simple,” he says. D’Silva compares the heart to a football squeezing in and out. “There’s a discreet elegance to it,” he says. “It’s almost proof that there is a God, because it’s such an elegant design. It’s so elegant in the way it pumps blood in such a small space.” As a student at Northeast Ohio Medical University, D’Silva was drawn by the concrete science behind his specialty. And as a physician, he’s rewarded by helping people. “You get to deal with patients who really need you,” he says. “You’re directly involved. You can see the clear benefit of what you’ve done.”

While electrophysiology Oliver D’Silva, M.D. ’97 was a burgeoning field from the 1970s to the 1990s, today it’s at the forefront of medicine, D’Silva says, and the mental stimulation it provides him drives his work most of all. He compares the feeling of making a diagnosis to the elation one feels after completing a complicated jigsaw puzzle. Sometimes, all it takes is a one-day procedure to permanently cure a patient’s lifelong heart problem, he says. With new discoveries in cardiology happening so rapidly, now is an ideal time to be an electrophysiologist, says D’Silva, who himself is making some of those discoveries. In October, he was part of a team that published research in the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology. In its study, the team used a three-dimensional mapping system to track ultrasound-based catheters in the body without using an X-ray. The team strove to find a way to reduce X-ray use and the radiation it builds up in the body over a lifetime. “We published a series featuring 60 patients where we didn’t use X-rays for even one second,” D’Silva says. “We’re probably the only medical center in the country performing these procedures without using any X-ray. We’re pretty proud of that, because we think that’s something that can help patients.” When D’Silva’s not tending to patients at Advocate Illinois Masonic, he sits on the board of directors of a local clinic that provides free medical care to underserved Chicagoans on the city’s north side. It’s run by medical students and supervised by established doctors. D’Silva first volunteered at the clinic as a cardiology fellow seven years ago, doubtful he’d be able to squeeze it into his schedule. However, after his first visit, he says, “I knew I would be back.”


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hen Pakistan held landmark general elections this May, Sairah Zaidi ’05 was watching closely. Zaidi, a Pakistani-American, spent several years in Pakistan as a child. But she enrolled at Gilmour in eighth grade after her father, a physician, established a private practice in Solon. Now Zaidi is an assistant for Asia programs at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) in Washington, D.C. The 26-year-old works on democracy development programs in Asian countries, particularly Pakistan and Afghanistan. Recently, she spent much of her time assembling a team of international observers for Pakistan’s May elections. “These elections are unprecedented, because it’s the first time a civilian government in Pakistan will complete its term and transfer power to another,” says Zaidi, who started at NDI last November. “Pakistan has basically had a cycle of military dictatorships interrupting democratic rule, and there’s a lot of talk about how this could be a turning point in the country’s history.” Zaidi’s team sent over long-term observers to look not only at election preparations, but also at what’s being done to promote the political involvement of women in a country hardly renowned for gender equality. “Women’s political participation is really near and dear to my heart,” says Zaidi. And she has her trailblazing grandmother to thank for that. Though her formal education runs only through seventh grade, in 1991 Zaidi’s grandmother founded a small school in the slums of Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city. Today it has flourished to more than 500 students. “She is such an inspiration for me,” says Zaidi of her grandmother. “As is my father – like so many overseas Pakistanis, he maintains a remarkably deep connection to his home country.” Zaidi first visited her grandmother’s school in the summer of 2011. At the time, Zaidi was a Georgetown University graduate student interning in Islamabad with the United Nations Development


Sairah Zaidi ’05 doing fieldwork in rural Pakistan for Children’s Global Network, an education NGO.

Programme (UNDP) and the Children’s Global Network, an education NGO funded by USAID. Though she was based in the city, Zaidi often traveled throughout the country to conduct field research and sometimes had to enter areas that were breeding grounds for extremist groups. “We had no armed guards, but I had an advantage – I could blend in and keep a low profile,” she says. “Although there are very real security threats, I also think Pakistan is misunderstood because of the disproportionate focus of the international media on militant violence. There is so much more to the country, and Pakistanis are incredibly resilient and hospitable people.” During her UNDP internship, Zaidi researched the lack of equal opportunity in the country’s land ownership laws and practices, interviewing agricultural laborers in the process. “That was very difficult,” she recalls. “Some of them would reluctantly admit on condition of anonymity that the land they were working on belonged to them on paper, but had been stolen by powerful feudal landlords who took the lion’s share of what they produced every month.” Zaidi received her master’s in foreign service from Georgetown last May and spent the summer after graduation studying the Bengali language in Bangladesh, a country that, like India, has clashed with its neighbor Pakistan. Despite the tense history – Bangladesh was part of Pakistan until a bloody war of independence in the 1970s - Zaidi found the Bangladeshi people to be open, hospitable and curious about her background. When it came time for her to apply for jobs at summer’s end, she tried to narrow her prospects to different areas of work in Pakistan, where her family, and especially her father, still has deep charitable involvement with her grandmother’s school. “I was interested in promoting democracy, but in a smart way,” Zaidi says of her career choice. “NDI has a record of success and a very broad reach in terms of Pakistan. We’re really doing exciting work, with the elections and beyond.”

Katie Poklar ’01 and Colin Shafer

2001 LAURA McHUGH PORTER and husband, Nathan, are the proud parents of Meredith Marie, born on October 28, 2012. The family resides in Roswell, GA . . .KATIE POKLAR and Colin Shafer were married July 21, 2012 at St. Francis of Assisi in Gates Mills, OH. Katie’s sister, MICKI ’91, was one of the best women; AMY POKLAR ’05, LIZ FALLER ’01 and NAINA BHADRA ’01 were bridesmaids. 2001 classmates joining in the celebration were MIKE HOWLEY,

PAT O’BRIEN, GINA MANCUSO O’DONNELL, THERESE ROCHE and HEATHER KONO . . . ERICA URBAN CHABALKO, husband, Justin (who returned from deployment in Afghanistan in January), and daughter, Grace, have been in the state of Washington for nearly two years and are enjoying the Pacific Northwest. Erica is currently acting chief of resource management at Madigan Army Medical Center, which has an annual operating budget of $540 million. She was recently informed that she placed first in the annual essay contest for the American Society of Military Comptrollers. In her downtime, she put in quite a few miles preparing for a marathon that was held in Seattle in June.

2002 DANIELLA MARUSIC GERY and husband, Patrick, announced the birth of their son, Desmond . . . LUDMILLA SAVELIEFF received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in May. She graduated cum laude and with an award from

the dean recognizing her service to the school. Milla will be joining the D.C. office of Patton Boggs, a law and lobbying firm, in the fall of 2013.

2003 DEVIN BROW and wife, Jessica, are first-time parents with the recent birth of daughter, Lexi . . . DAVID CORVI has a lot going on right now. He is getting married in August and has been named a principal for one of the K-8 schools in Camden, NJ, one of the most violent cities in the country with some of the lowest student achievement rates. Of the 27 schools in the district, 23 are at the bottom of NJ’s rankings. After founding a charter school (Boys’ Latin) and turning around one of Philadelphia's worst performing and most violent schools (Mastery Charter School's Simon Gratz High), school turnaround seems to be his niche. . . FRANK SANTOIEMMO is a new associate with the Beachwood, OH law firm of Singerman, Mills, Desberg & Kauntz continued on page 51


rett Schumacher ’01 assumed the role of president of Gilmour’s Alumni Association July 1. He took over for Rob Ondak ’91, who served in this capacity since September 2010. During Ondak’s tenure, he was responsible for initiating some of the current annual events, such as the Alumni Service Day and the Brett Schumacher ’01 alumni networking events. After graduating from Gilmour, Schumacher attended Ohio Wesleyan University, where he played football, ran track and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics with a concentration in management. He started his career in consulting at Accenture and is currently a manager in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP. He is a Performance

Improvement – Performance Technology professional. He utilizes his eight years of experience working with clients to align system functions and business process initiatives. He has been involved in the full life cycle of multiple strategic and complex Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and custom system implementations. He has provided these services in a wide range of industries including the pharmaceutical, metals and mining, state government, county government, chemical manufacturing, food manufacturing, and food distribution industries. He is married to Maggie Heltzel Schumacher, daughter of Gilmour Trustee, Robert Heltzel ’65 and his wife, Heidi. The Schumachers are the proud parents of daughter, Izzy, born last fall. Schumacher is also active in the community as a member of the associate board for Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeast Ohio and is a parishioner of Gesu parish. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, traveling and spending time with family and friends.


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cCall Zupon ’05 was a senior at High Point University studying business when her mom, Jill Zupon, approached her about an idea she had to open a comprehensive treatment center for families struggling with ADHD. Zupon didn’t need to be convinced. She had for years witnessed the struggle her own family endured trying to determine a diagnosis for a close relative. Zupon was just as passionate as her mother about preventing other families from having to endure the same frustrations. While trying to determine the cause of this person’s learning and behavioral issues, Jill Zupon spent four years working with 15 different specialists, none of whom were collaborating with each other. Jill Zupon was left trying to piece together their findings to determine a course of action and none of it was working. Eventually, the family did receive a proper diagnosis of ADHD for him, which allowed them to start treating his issues and help him. After graduating from High Point in 2009 with a bachelor of science in business administration, McCall Zupon enrolled at Clemson University and began working on her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling so that she could pursue her dream of opening the medical facility with her mom. Zupon graduated from Clemson in 2011 and by the end of that year, the doors of The Attention Center were officially opened. Located at 5000 Rockside Attention Road in Independence, The Center Logo Attention Center provides comprehensive 360-degree care for children, families and adults affected by ADHD. The unique piece about The Attention Center is that it allows


for cohesive care provided by an interdisciplinary team of professionals. All the needs of someone with ADHD are addressed. Each person being treated is assigned a case manager who is available to the individual and his/her family every step of the way as they navigate testing, school accommodations, medications and any other issues with which they might need guidance. The person being treated is also evaluated by one of the Center’s clinical psychologists and meets with a registered dietitian, who explains the impact of diet on symptoms. After the initial assessments and evaluations are complete, the Center can provide a customized treatment plan to include any of the additional services they provide, such as therapy, coaching, acupuncture, organization training and education. Zupon was instrumental in launching The Attention Center with her mom. She served as a case manager most recently, but wore many additional hats at the Center as they got it up and running. Her business background proved quite useful as she worked on marketing initiatives and was involved on the human resources side as well. Zupon always had a goal of getting back to the South. After tirelessly interviewing with a Swedish company called QBTech over the course of three months, she was recently hired by them. The company has designed a medical device that is used to help diagnose ADHD and monitor medication effectiveness. She has relocated to Atlanta, Ga. and serves as their ADHD clinical advisor. She says of her new role, “I am so excited about this opportunity as I am their first U.S. hire and am responsible for market entry of this device in the U.S.” No doubt she arrives well prepared after immersing herself in the launch of The Attention Center for the past year and a half. She says, “I am extremely sad to leave the Center, but am so happy to see it successfully up and running.”

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lec Janda ’10, who just finished his junior year at Ohio State University, saw the fruits of almost two years of work when, last summer, he helped install the first rainwater catchment system at the university. Not only did he help build it, it was his brainchild! “I actually worked on the system from proposing the project to putting in the final bolt,” he says. After attending a conference on rainwater catchment systems with his dad, Scott Janda ’80, Janda became interested in the topic. In theory, a rainwater catchment system could provide a home with all the fresh water it needs, allowing the owners to be completely self-sufficient and not dependent on city water. He says, “This is something very simple that’s been around for thousands of years…We’re spending billions of dollars on areas like solar and wind and we could spend just a few thousand dollars on rainwater catchment.” After arriving at OSU his freshman year, Janda approached the director of Ohio State’s Energy Services and Sustainability and told her of his idea to install a rainwater catchment system to mitigate storm water runoff and create a potable supply of fresh water for reuse by plants and people. Initially, Janda says that she did not take him seriously, thinking he would never follow through on his ideas. But, he remained committed to the project, sending reminder emails and following up, which, in turn, let the school officials know he was serious about the project. His persistence paid off. The project was eventually awarded a $50,000 grant from the Presidents and Provosts Council at OSU, which allowed the university to build a rainwater catchment system on a set of greenhouses. The system catches 10,000 gallons of water from a 2 inch rainfall and provides all the water used to water the plants.

Janda so impressed the company building the system that they hired him to work for them last summer. He enjoyed being able to see the project through from start to finish. With the buzz that the project generated on campus and beyond, Janda has been asked to weigh in on other rainwater projects at Ohio State. But, he doesn’t feel that he has enough time left on Alec Janda ’10 campus to see another project through. Rather, he hopes that his efforts have created awareness and that they will inspire other students to pick up where he left off and continue with more sustainability initiatives at the school. In the meantime, Janda has been busy with two more side projects. The first is a company, called Renewable Refreshments, which he and his business partner, a fellow student in one of his entrepreneurship classes, hope to start soon. The company will produce aluminum bottles that will be sold in venues where the consumer will purchase, consume and dispose of the bottle. The bottles will then be collected from the recycling containers, sterilized and reused. The duo had hoped to start production of the bottles this spring, but the project has been put on hold for now due to time constraints. The other thing keeping Janda busy these days is an internship with Enpac Corporation, a mid-sized manufacturer of plastic spill containment products. He will be working there full-time as an account manager when he graduates in December 2013.


Boston Strong The following is an article written by Natalie Yuhas ’12 that appeared in the Boston College student newspaper, The Observer, on April 23. Reprinted with permission from Yuhas.


rom the moment I stepped onto Boston College’s campus as a student, I was promised that Marathon Monday weekend would be the greatest weekend of my life. The Boston Marathon holds a special spot in the heart of the BC community because we are the 21st mile of the marathon. Runners pass by campus to begin their five-mile home stretch to the finish line after victoriously conquering Heartbreak Hill. This 21st mile is hope and the promise that “the heartbreak is over.” I was overwhelmed with just how much energy, support, enthusiasm, and encouragement was radiating from our community as together we cheered on and high fived these runners who have worked so hard to be able to cross that finish line. Within these encouraging words from spectators was the celebration that “the heartbreak is over.” A large Boston College inflatable arch even solidified this celebration of reaching the 21st mile with “The Heartbreak is Over” printed on the top in maroon and gold. An hour later, I was sitting in a dorm room with my closest friends, eyes glued onto the TV when I looked over to see my best friend was wearing the fluorescent pink Marathon tank top saying, “The Heartbreak is Over.” I was suddenly struck with the harsh reality that the heartbreak is far from over as the image of the bombs exploding on Boylston flashed and the audio of joyous screams of triumph turning to screams of terror played over and over again on the TV screen. The heartbreak is so very real for the victims, the spectators, the runners, this city, our school, and our nation. Never in a million years would I have imagined I would be so close to such a tragedy. Just on Saturday I had watched the finish line be assembled and got the chills just thinking how perfect and beautiful this city is. Two days later I was watching the runners and soldiers who had passed Mile 21 get blown off their feet in the very same spot. An area that we love so much has now been stained by the blood of such innocent people in such a tragic event. Where was God in all of this? Why would He ever let something so horrific happen to our beloved Boston? I struggled with this question as I watched


Copley go up in smoke over and over again. How could God be there? How can the person or people behind this tragedy get away with this? The Boston Marathon bombing has been the hardest thought I have ever had to process and has resulted in a lot of time reflecting. Through all this time reflecting, the one thought that remains on my mind is that God was very Natalie Yuhas ’12 present on Monday. The verse I keep coming back to says, “But in fact God has placed the parts of the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be” (1 Corinthians 12:18). There was no huge miracle on Monday that stopped the bombs from going off, but that doesn’t mean that God was absent. God was everywhere on Monday, broken into different, perfectly placed parts that symphonized together to create the Body of Christ here on Earth. There were the people who kept running past the finish line to the hospitals so that they could donate their blood. There were the police and spectators whose first instinct was to run toward the explosions and help instead of away from it. There were the tons of people who opened the doors of their homes and restaurants to those stranded and hurting. There was a packed St. Ignatius Church for a Mass of healing on our very own campus and The Final 5 walk to commemorate this tragedy organized within hours after the bombing. The entire nation has rallied behind Boston with their support and prayers. A body cannot function properly or efficiently without these different parts working together, just as God’s presence and work at the Marathon could not be effectively executed without these good people and touching moments working together. Even though there was immense heartbreak this Monday and will forever be immense heartbreak associated with the Boston Marathon, I am absolutely astounded by the amount of love I encountered here on our campus and around the nation. The heartbreak is far from over, but we are the Body of Christ and we are Boston Strong. We are BC.

Brian McCamley ’03 and Maren Monitello were married on April 20, 2013 in Tallahassee, Fla. Pictured are: Lauren McCamley ’08, Janet McCamley, Frank McCamley, Brian McCamley ’03, Maren Monitello McCamley, Bob Monitello, Linda Monitello, Angeline Monitello ’19, Rachel Rychcik and Anthony Monitello ’17.

Co., LPA. He will continue his practice in the areas of real estate law, business law, and corporate and real estate financing . . . BRIAN MCCAMLEY and Maren Monitello were married in Tallahassee, FL on April 20. It was quite a Gilmour family celebration and included Brian’s parents, Frank (former Upper School instructor) and Janet, and sister, LAUREN ’08. The bride’s Gilmour connections were her parents, Bob (Gilmour trustee) and Linda, and siblings ANTHONY ’17 and ANGELINE ’19.

2004 Georgetown University School of Foreign Service student, ALLISON MARANUK, is studying 21st century diplomacy at Georgetown’s Institute for the Center of Diplomacy. Allie was selected for a spring State Department internship in the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. She will be in the Office of External Relations helping to coordinate efforts between the State Department, UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency), IRC (International Refugee Commission) and the Red Cross.

2006 Teaching at the Gambaga Senior High School for Girls, located in a poor, rural district in the northern region of Ghana, CLAIRE KENNEY successfully set up a basic library and computer resource center in the school. Gilmour’s class of 2012 donated to her project and part of Live Jive’s profits were donated as well.

2007 Congratulations to BEN HARPER, Gilmour cross country and track alumnus, who coached the Leflore County (Mississippi) High School boys track team to its first ever regional championship! Ben is doing Teach for America at Leflore, and making a difference in the classroom and on the track . . . SARA ROSSI’S recent master’s recital was streamed live from Yale over the Internet. Sara is very excited about being awarded the first of ten available full scholarships to the doctoral program at Rutgers University . . . After earning her master’s in science education from the University of Rochester last August, KATELYN SELISKAR is teaching seventh- and eighth-grade science at St. Bernard Academy in Nashville, TN. She was recruited for the position by HANNAH BEACH DWYER ’98 and says it’s awesome working with another Gilmour grad!

2008 Following his graduation in August from Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.S. in information technology, RYAN CARABOOLAD is working for FAST

Enterprises as an Implementation Consultant. He is currently working on a project at a company site in Kansas City, MO . . . REED GARETTO graduated with honors from Mercyhurst University with a bachelor of arts degree in political science and finance.

2010 STEVE PRYATEL, majoring in marketing, is a member of the men’s outdoor track and field team at Ashland University.

2011 Accepted into a nursing exchange program through The Catholic University of America, CLAIRE WAGNER spent the spring semester taking nursing classes and doing a clinical placement in Melbourne, Australia.

Religion teachers Kevin and Jules Berry welcomed their little Lancer, Josephine Principe, March 16. She weighed 6lbs 6 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Claire Kenney ’06 in Ghana



ilmour student-athletes Andrew Bieber ’13 and Danny Urban ’13 signed NCAA Letters of Intent on November 14 in the Gilmour Athletic Center. Bieber, who turned 18 that day, signed to play golf at Duke University in Durham, N.C. Urban signed to play baseball at St. Bonaventure in Allegany, N.Y. Bieber came to Gilmour as a sophomore after relocating to Cleveland with his family. He has played on the Varsity Golf team each year and has been named to the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) All-Ohio First-Team and the Northeast Ohio Golf Coaches Association First-Team each year. During his first season as a Lancer in 2010, he finished as an individual medalist at the Division III district tournament. At the state tournament, the team won the Division III state championship and Bieber finished tied for fourth place. Last year, he was an individual medalist at both the sectional and district tournaments. The team went on to finish sixth at the state tournament and Bieber was the Division III individual state champion. This season, as team captain, Bieber retained his state champion title, making him only the 14th dual champion in state history. He set a low score record of 144 for the state championship held at NorthStar Golf Club. He was named to the Ohio High School Golf Coaches Association (OHSGCA) Academic All-Ohio Team, was the Northeast Division III district and sectional runner-up, was named the McDonald’s Player of the Week on News Channel 5 and was an individual medalist at the Archbishop Hoban Invitational where he set a tournament record low score with a 66. He was


Edie Bieber, M.D., Andrew Bieber ’13 and Eric Bieber, M.D. as Andrew signs on at Duke also selected as the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA)/GTM Sportswear® October Athlete of the Month and was presented with the award on Thursday, November 15 at the school’s morning Convocation. The presentation was a surprise for the student body. Additionally, Bieber qualified for the U.S. Open sectional at age 16 and qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur for three consecutive years in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Bieber was a member of the National Honor Society, earned the highest honor roll and was twice named to the HP Scholastic Honor Roll. He intends to major in neuroscience and psychology and minor in theology or philosophy. He said he chose Duke because of its “unique combination of academics and athletics” as well as “the wonderful climate and the ability to practice at their incredible facilities even during the winter months.” The Gilmour golf team is coached by Charlie

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Coach Jay Fowler ’00, Danny Urban ’13 and Carolyn Urban Tremont ’70 and Anne Caja. In describing Bieber, Tremont said, “Andrew is a rare high school athlete because he not only makes his team better because of his abilities, but Andrew works with individual teammates to help them improve their games during the season. His priority is not individual accomplishment, but rather, team success.” Caja added, “Andrew embodies the characteristics of the student-athlete. He succeeds in golf and the classroom due to his passion and desire to excel. He strives for perfection and works toward that goal with countless hours of practice before and after school while maintaining a 3.9 GPA.” Danny Urban has played Varsity Baseball for Gilmour since his sophomore year, earning Team Rookie of the Year and Honorable Mention AllCuyahoga River Baseball Conference honors that year. During his junior season, he earned Gilmour’s Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year honors as well as being named All-Sun Messenger and a News-Herald All Star. Urban currently plays shortstop, but will most likely move to third base at the college level. Before his senior season was cut short due to surgery on his elbow, in 13 games, he had 15 hits, 18 RBIs 11 runs and a batting average of .357. Urban has also played basketball for Gilmour for four years, earning two varsity letters, and was part of the Olweus bullying prevention program, the Investment Club and worked on the yearbook. He is considering majoring in business at St. Bonaventure. When asked how he decided on St. Bonaventure, Urban said, “At the end of the day, it was the best fit. The academics, athletics and social aspects of it fit me very well.” He added, “It’s important Danny Urban ’13 to me that I will still be getting a Catholic education.” Head Varsity Baseball coach Jay Fowler ’00 said, “Danny is a very gifted baseball player whose passion and dedication to the game of baseball has provided him a great opportunity. St. Bonaventure will be getting more than just a baseball player, but a well-rounded individual who will garner success both on and off the field of play.”

On Wednesday, February 20, Briah Owens ’13 signed an NCAA Letter of Intent. She signed to join the track and field team at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Owens is a four-year member of the Varsity Track and Field team as well as the Indoor Track club team. As a senior, Owens was a district champion in the 100m and as a member of the 4x400m relay team. She also was the district runner-up in the 200m. At the regional level, she helped the 4x400m relay to a firstplace finish and took third in the 100m and fifth in the 200m. She was a state qualifier in the 100m and a part of the 4x400m relay team that placed fourth at the state meet. Varsity Track and Field coach Jeff Klein said of Owens, “Briah is an outstanding sprinter who is one of the hardest workers in the weight room and on the track.” Assistant coach Jim Chappelle added, “Briah is the latest in an outstanding list of Gilmour female sprinters.” He continued, “She will be missed at Gilmour not just for her on-the-track talents, but also for her scholastic achievements and Back row: Coaches Matt Lindley ’89, Jeff Klein her engaging and Jim Chappelle personality.” Front row: William, Briah ’13 and Ericka Owens Owens said of signing to run at Miami, “It is the best choice for my family and me and I can’t wait to run with the girls on the team.” She plans to major in kinesiology and become a physical therapist. On Thursday, April 25, Thomas Hollis ’13 signed an NCAA Letter of Intent to join the track and field team at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W. Va. Hollis is a four-year letter winner in cross country and served as team captain this past season. He is also a four-year letter winner in track. He has run nearly every event on the track, but has especially excelled in the high jump. During his senior season, Hollis placed seventh at the state championship after jumping a personal best 6'2". Assistant Varsity Track coach and head Cross Country coach Matt Lindley ’89 said of Hollis, “Tommy has always been a quiet leader. Through his example, he has guided the teams to greater and greater


NCAA SIGNINGS CONTINUED success.” He added, “He is an outstanding young man: kind to others, hardworking and dedicated to being the best he can be.” Hollis said of his decision to attend Wheeling Jesuit, “Academically, I am looking forward to the small classes, which will give me a stronger connection Thomas Hollis ’13 to my professors, especially in engineering.” With regard to participating in track and field for the school, he said, “Athletically, I am looking forward to working with my specialized coaches to improve my talents in the high jump and any other track event I pursue in track and field.” At the same April 25 commitment ceremony at which Hollis signed his letter of intent, 10 other student-athletes announced decisions to compete in athletics at the collegiate level. These included



Meghan Pryatel ’13, who will participate in cross country and track and field at Xavier University; Lyndsey Hylwa ’13, who will play hockey at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute; Louie Abounader ’13, who will play hockey at Nichols College; Maggie Dick ’13, who will be a member of the track and field team at Washington and Lee University; Joey Ferrara ’13, who will play soccer at John Carroll University; Monica Flocken ’13, who will swim at Washington and Lee University; Marisa Ketterman ’13, who will play hockey at Franklin Pierce University; David Linane ’13, who will play basketball at John Carroll University; Zach Schlotter ’13, who will play baseball at Bethany College; and Alexis Anton ’13 who will be a member of the cross country and track and field teams at the University of Cincinnati.

Former Lancer Drafted by the Calgary Flames


ohn Gilmour, former Gilmour Academy Lancer, was fter graduating from Gilmour last spring, Hampus selected by the Calgary Flames in the seventh round Gustafsson ’12 went on to play junior hockey for the Amarillo Bulls and was quickly noticed of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The skilled defenseman attended by NCAA hockey scouts. In November, Gilmour Academy for one year in Gustafsson announced his NCAA 2010-2011, and scored 44 points commitment to Merrimack College. He in 62 games. John was a catalyst looks forward to playing with his brother, in leading the Lancers to their first John, who is already at the school. ever Mid-America District Michael Phillips ’11 played junior Championship and berth in the hockey for the Boston Bandits after U18 Midget Major Tier I nationals. graduating. In January 2013, he John then played one season in announced that he has committed to Hampus the USHL with the Cedar Rapids Babson College for the fall of 2013. The Gustafsson ’12 Roughriders, scoring 24 points in Babson Beavers won their conference 58 games. It was during his USHL championship this spring and advanced to career that he committed to attend the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament. Providence College and play Brendan Conroy ’12 went John Gilmour hockey for the school on to play junior hockey for The (Hockey East). As a freshNew Jersey Titans after graduating man this past season, he from Gilmour last June. In December scored 13 points and played in all 38 games. 2012, Conroy announced that he has A native of Quebec, John excelled for the committed to Bowdoin College for Lancers in the classroom and on the ice. next season. “I was looking at Congratulations, John! Bowdoin for a while now,” said Conroy. “It’s a great school with a tremendous hockey program, and that’s what was so attractive to me.” Brendan Conroy ’12


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enior Andrew Bieber became the 14th player in Ohio history to record consecutive individual golf state championships after earning medalist honors at the 2012 Division III Golf state championship. Bieber also set a new course record at NorthStar in Sunbury by recording a two-day total of 144. The record was previously set at 145 by Gilmour alum Alex Andrews ’10 and Sugarcreek Garaway’s Ryan Troyer in 2010. Bieber's championship also makes Gilmour the only school to have four straight individual medalists with Bieber winning in 2011 and 2012 and Andrews earning individual honors in 2009 and 2010. This season, Bieber was also named to the Ohio High School Golf Coaches Association (OHSGCA) Academic All-Ohio Team, was named the Player of the Year by the News-Herald and the Plain Dealer, was the Northeast Division III district and sectional runner-up, was named the McDonald’s Player of the Week on

Eric Bieber, M.D., Andrew Bieber ’13 and Edie Bieber, M.D.

News Channel 5, and was an individual medalist at the Archbishop Hoban Invitational where he set a tournament record low score with a 66. In addition to the above awards, Bieber was selected as the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA)/GTM Sportswear® October Athlete of the Month and was presented with the award on November 15 at Convocation. Bieber says of the award, “Receiving an award from the NHSCA is especially meaningful to me since my own high school coaches have been such an inspiration to me these past four years. From my time in Danville with Coach Kanaski to my time at Gilmour with Coach Tremont and Coach Caja, my coaches have had a tremendous influence on the player and the person I’ve become.” Bieber has signed to play golf at Duke University this fall.

Andrew Bieber with Coaches Tremont and Caja



he Girls Cross Country team had another great season, winning districts and regionals before finishing in third place at the Division III state championship held at National Trail Raceway on November 3. The team totaled 123 points, placing behind just two of 16 total teams, including champion Liberty Center with 101 points and runner-up Coldwater with 116 points. Alexis Anton ’13 led the Lancers with a 20th place finish in a time of 19:11.94. Other Gilmour finishes included Hanna Markel ’16 (27th), Halle Markel ’14 (35th), Madeleine Krakowiak ’14 (56th), Caitlin Whetstone ’15 (59th), Rachel Novinc ’14 (60th) and Catherine Dolohanty ’16 (72nd). The Boys Cross Country team had a strong season and, in a tightly run race, the Lancers came up one point shy of qualifying for the state meet. Great team running and strong efforts propelled the Lancers to their best showing at regionals since 2005. On the individual side, John Brett ’14 finished in 13th place, which

qualified him for the state meet. In the Division III state championship, Brett finished in 28th place with a time of 16:20.81

John Brett ’14




n the fall, cross country coach Matt Lindley ’89, was named News-Herald Coach of the Year. The girls team won districts and regionals by huge margins and finished third in the state. They have qualified for the state meet as a team in seven of the last eight years and won the team title in 2006. The boys team finished in second (by one point) at districts and, at the regional meet, missed qualifying for states by one point. In addition to winning Coach of the Year, Lindley received the University of Chicago’s Outstanding Educator Award in the fall of 2012. Currently an instructor in social studies at the Upper School, Lindley was nominated last spring by valedictorian Holly Rapp ’12. Each year, the university asks its incoming freshmen to nominate the teacher who had the most profound impact on them during high school. Rapp was a member of the cross country team and, as a junior, took Lindley’s AP Government class. Lindley received notification in November that he had been selected from a national pool to receive the award. In his typical humble fashion, Lindley was quick to focus on what an excellent student Holly was and how much he enjoyed having her as his student, saying that she could have taught the classes herself! He said of her nomination of him, "It’s nice when you have a student of Holly’s caliber think of you as worthy of this distinction."


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he Girls and Boys Swim teams had a fantastic season that culminated with both teams competing in the OHSAA Division II Swimming and Diving state championships on February 20-23 at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. The Girls team finished in sixth place out of 46 teams with a total of 145 points. The Boys team was 16th out of 57 teams with 43 points. Macie McNichols ’14 defended her state title, winning the 50yard freestyle and finished third in the 100-yard freestyle. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Kiley Eble ’15, Agnes Mirando ’14, Abby Koerwitz ’16 and McNichols placed second. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Eble, Mirando, Monica Flocken ’13 and McNichols finished third. Eble also placed fifth in the 100-yard butterfly and finished seventh in the 200-yard IM. Mirando finished 14th in the 200-yard freestyle. Koerwitz finished 10th in the 500-yard freestyle. The Boys 200-yard medley relay team of Joey Cerer ’14, Tad Resch ’13, Zach Hostoffer ’15 and Zach Korman ’14 finished 10th with a time of 1:40:18. Resch also finished in eighth place in the 100-yard breaststroke and Hostoffer placed 10th in the 100-yard freestyle. The Boys 400-yard freestyle team of Korman, Andy Badertscher ’14, Resch and Hostoffer finished 12th. The 2013 OHSAA Division II Diving state championships were held on Wednesday, February 20 at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. Gilmour diver Brooke Zedar ’16 was one of 24 divers in the state to qualify for the competition. She scored a total of 356.5 points after 11 dives to finish 11th in the state, earning the Lancers points for the team standings.




irst-year swim team coach, John Fagan, was named Coach of the Year by

the News-Herald. Both the Girls and Boys Swim teams competed in the

OHSAA Division II Swimming and Diving state championships this season. The Girls team finished in sixth place out of 46 teams with a total of 145 points. The Boys team was 16th out of 57 teams with 43 points. Fagan joined Gilmour this year with an extensive coaching background that includes several state appearances and Junior National championships. He previously coached at Firestone High School in Akron, Ohio and with Firestone Akron Swim Team (FAST), where he coached multiple state champions, USA Swimming Sectional champs and Junior and Senior National qualifiers.



Jess Janota ’14


he Boys Varsity Basketball team had a great season finishing with a record of 21-4, which included a big win against rival University School by a score of 71-67. During the season, David Linane ’13 was honored for scoring his 1,000th career point. The threeyear Varsity team member reached the milestone during a 79-47 win at Hawken on February 16. In that game, he went 7-for-7 from the floor with four three-pointers, scoring a total of 20 points. The team advanced to the district final game after defeating Columbia High School by a score of 58-56. This was their first district final since 1998. In the end, Gilmour lost a close game to Beachwood by a score of 55-52.


ongratulations to Girls Varsity Basketball coach Bob Beutel, who won his 600th high school girls basketball game on February 4 when the Lancers defeated visiting Cleveland Central Catholic, 57-27. With the 600th victory, Beutel is now in the top seven overall in the state of Ohio for victories and in the top 75 nationally. The girls team finished the season with 605 wins for Beutel. He completed his eighth season with the Gilmour Academy girls basketball program where he has directed the Lancers to a 144-47 overall record with seven district tournament appearances, including two district championships and three district runner-up finishes. His teams also made it to the regional semifinals in 2009 and were Sweet Sixteen participants in 2010. In his 33 years of coaching high school basketball, his teams have amassed an overall record of 605-181. 58

The Girls Varsity Basketball team also lost in the district final game against Beachwood on March 2 by a score of 55-47. They finished the season with a 22-4 record, earned the #1 seed in the district and, at one point, were ranked third in the state. Jess Janota ’14 reached an impressive milestone. Just 30 seconds into the contest against Lake Catholic on January 19, she scored a putback to give herself 1,000 career points. She is the first Lancer to reach that mark under the direction of eighth-year head coach Bob Beutel. Janota scored nine that game, but unfortunately, the Lancers fell in defeat.

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n Monday, April 22, the Gilmour Academy Boys Varsity Basketball team hosted Team Belize, a national high school all-star basketball team from Belize. The team was assembled after a nationwide tryout during which 220 high school athletes vied for 15 spots. The team was in town to participate in the King James Classic, an AAU basketball tournament named after LeBron James. While at Gilmour, team members each attended a class with a Gilmour basketball player, received a tour of campus from Coach David Pfundstein ’93, ate lunch with the Gilmour students and then practiced in the school’s Athletic Center.


n November, the athletic department revealed a new athletic logo and mascot. Naming of the mascot was opened up to students, faculty and staff members. After the votes were counted, the new name for the mascot was Sir Lancelot. Sir Lancelot has made appearances at a variety of athletic events this year along with the Lower School Christmas Family Gathering event. Be on the lookout for Sir Lancelot at Gilmour sporting events. You never know where you might see him next!

Associate Athletic Director and Middle School Director of Athletics Kristy Booher, Sir Lancelot and Athletic Director Jeff Walrich




fter an exciting season that, at one point, included an 11-game winning streak, the Varsity Boys Baseball team won the sectional tournament. They entered the district tournament as the top seed, but lost in the semifinals 7-6 to Garfield High School on May 21. Coach Jay Fowler ’00 credits his seniors, who were freshmen when he took over the program, for leading the team this season. Matt Botek ’14 cheers on Brandon Jaces ’14 as he slides home.

GIRLS VARSITY SOFTBALL After winning sectionals, the Gilmour Varsity Softball team lost to LaBrae High School 6-0 in the Division III district semifinals on Friday, May 24. Losing only one senior due to graduation, Payton Wright ’13, the future looks bright for next year’s Lancer team.

Madeline Tuohey ’14



es Noall ’14 qualified for the Division II state tennis tournament after beating both of his opponents in straight sets at the district tournament held May 24. The state tournament was held at Ohio State and started May 31. Noall lost to his opponent from Cincinnati Country Day, who went on to finish as the state runner-up.

Wes Noall ’14


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Alex Clapacs ’14 was named the News-Herald Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year, capping off an incredible season. Highlights include his anchor leg run on the state championship-winning 4x800m relay, his third place finish in the 800m, his anchor run on the ninth place 4x400m relay team, a second place finish in the 800m at regionals with a school record time of 1:54.78, and second place finishes with the 4x800m and 4x400m relay teams at regionals. Head Boys Track coach and assistant Girls Track coach Jim Chappelle earned News-Herald Coach of the Year honors for helping to guide his Boys team to a 13th place finish at the Division III state championship after co-winning the district title and placing sixth at regionals. Coach Jim Chappelle

he Girls and Boys Track teams had great seasons! Both teams won the Division III district meet on May 24 at Independence High School. For the girls, it was their 11th consecutive district championship. The boys won their first district title in six years, sharing the crown with defending champion Cortland Maplewood. At the regional meet on May 31, the boys finished sixth and the girls won the title – marking their fifth consecutive regional title and seventh overall. At the state meet held on June 7 and 8 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at Ohio State University, the Lancers had several impressive finishes. The Boys 4x800m relay team of Paul-Henry Schoenhagen ’14, Alex Ulatowski ’14, Charles Hoge ’13 and Alex Clapacs ’14 finished in first place with a time of 7:58.25. This is the first Boys 4x800m state title in school history and the Lancers’ 11th event championship alltime. Alex Clapacs finished third in the 800m with a time of 1:54.95 and Tommy Hollis ’13 finished seventh in the high jump after jumping a personal record high 6’2”. For the girls, Alexis Anton ’13 finished third in the 800m with a time of 2:15.35 and Halle Markel ’14 placed seventh in the 3200m, finishing in 11:16.79. The Girls 4x400m team of Briah Owens ’13, Meghan Pryatel ’13, Brooke Zedar ’16 and Alexis Anton finished fourth with a time of 4:02.24. The 4x800m team of Caitlin Whetstone ’15, Hannah Markel ’16, Halle Markel and Alexis Anton finished in sixth place with a time of 9:42.86.

The state champion 4x800m relay team anchored by Clapacs

Courtesy Jeff Forman The News-Herald


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Louise O’Neill Alexander F

ormer trustee Louise O’Neill Alexander died January 26, 2013. Affectionately called Lu Lu by friends and family, no description of her life seems complete without mention of her devotion to her faith and her commitment to her passions. Mrs. Alexander attended Gesu School in University Heights and then graduated from Beaumont School in 1948 and Ursuline College in 1952. Her Catholic schooling left her with a deep faith and love of the Church. She was a daily communicant and had a great fondness for those in Catholic vocations. Her son Patrick Alexander ’79 said that Lu “believed intensely that a ‘humane and just society’ must have God at the center” adding that she felt that anything short of that meant “you were just fooling yourself.” R. Reece Alexander was a teaching professional at Shaker Heights Country Club and met Louise O’Neill when he taught her how to play golf. The pair married in 1957 and went on to have five children: Martha Happ GO ’75, Mary Ray GO ’75, Therese Smyntek GO ’77, Patrick ’79 and Lee Carine ’85. Together they opened Legend Lake Golf Club in Chardon, Ohio in 1968, which the family owned until selling it in 2010. The whole family worked there at various times and daughters Mary, Martha and Therese met their husbands at the course. While committed to the family business, Mrs. Alexander gave freely of her time to other causes as well. She was instrumental in bringing the Sisters of the Sacred Heart to Cleveland to launch Glen Oak. The school, rooted in an ecumenical approach to religious instruction, team teaching, interdisciplinary studies, open classrooms and non-graded evaluations, was something in which Mrs. Alexander believed strongly. She served as a trustee of Glen Oak and was fond of saying, “I think we’re onto something here.”


The Alexanders’ three older daughters attended Glen Oak. Patrick began at Gilmour Academy in seventh grade. Lee graduated from Gilmour as well, as Glen Oak and Gilmour had merged by that time. After the merger, Mrs. Alexander became a trustee of Gilmour and remained dedicated to the school until her passing. She was proud of her family’s continued involvement with Gilmour. Four of her grandchildren are alumni: Genevieve Ray ’04, Colin Ray ’05, Mary Madeleine Ray ’09 and Mackenzie Alexander ’11. One, Brynn Alexander ’14, is a current student. Head of School Br. Robert E. Lavelle, C.S.C. said of Mrs. Alexander, “Lu and her family were very committed to Catholic education and leaders in the founding and culture of Glen Oak and its shared life with Gilmour.” In addition to her work with Glen Oak and Gilmour, Mrs. Alexander served for 25 years as a trustee at Heather Hill, growing it into a world-class healthcare facility that includes a nursing home, rehabilitation hospital and the Corrine Dolan Alzheimer Center. Much like her belief in the value of educating the whole person, Mrs. Alexander believed that the focus of health care must be on treating the whole person and encouraged the use of every tool available. Her son, Patrick, laughed, saying, “Let’s be honest, though, there were probably a few days when Lu might have even sprinkled some holy water on somebody!” Mrs. Alexander’s other passions included horses and books. Inheriting her grandfather, Hugh O’Neill’s, horse training talents, she grew up raising and riding horses and traveled to shows as a hunter jumper throughout high school and college. She equally adored books and was an avid reader her whole life. She created a book club for her friends before they were en vogue. For 56 years, she gathered her friends together on the second Monday of each month to discuss the latest book selection – no gossip or idle chit chat allowed! Louise O’Neill Alexander lived a full life – giving wholly of herself to her religion, her family and her passions.

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Raymond D. Meyo


aymond D. Meyo, longtime friend of the Academy and former Trustee, passed away on November 8, 2012 from a sudden heart ailment. He is survived by his wife, Marie; daughters, Lisa Bricker ’93 and Nicole; and son, Joseph ’94. Mr. Meyo served as a trustee from 1990-2002 and he and his wife were incredibly generous in their support of Gilmour. They participated in many different initiatives on campus including the school’s 50th anniversary celebration and the Congregation of Holy Cross’ sesquicentennial celebration. They underwrote one of the school’s art shows, donated sports tickets for boarding students, provided for technological improvements on campus and made regular donations to the Annual Fund. In describing Mr. Meyo, Head of School Br. Robert E. Lavelle, C.S.C. said, “Ray had a great love for education and appreciated our Holy Cross tradition of educating ‘the mind but not at the expense of the heart.’” He went on to say, “I am grateful for the trust, commitment, leadership and support of Ray and his family for the Holy Cross congregation and Gilmour. They have set a pace for others to follow and I hope many more will be inspired to do so.” The Meyos’ generosity was not limited to Gilmour. They were involved in a number of organizations. Mr. Meyo was also a trustee at the University of Notre Dame (from which he graduated in 1964), the University of Akron, Old Trail School, the Ohio Ballet and the Akron Art Museum. Mr. Meyo’s philanthropy was the result of a very successful career, which grew out of the premise that adversity makes a person stronger. His life was not without its share of challenges. As a child, he had such a severe speech Raymond D. Meyo impediment that he was labeled by the family’s physician as “mentally retarded.” (photo provided by Mr. Meyo worked tirelessly in front of a mirror to overcome his speech Old Trail School) impediment and did; much of his adult life was spent delivering speeches and no one would have guessed that he had ever had trouble speaking. The man misdiagnosed as mentally disabled went on to graduate from St. Edward High School and the University of Notre Dame by age 19. He then graduated from Case Western Reserve University’s law school. At age 22, Mr. Meyo scored in the top one percent nationally on the Ohio Bar Exam. After discovering a zest for sales and following that career path, he went on to help lead his company, Telxon Corp., to unprecedented heights. When the company’s initiative to develop custom software was not as successful as planned, he pledged that he would step down as chief executive officer if sales did not improve. Always true to his word, when the company failed to post higher earnings, he did resign. After leaving the company in 1992, Mr. Meyo was involved in a number of fruitful business projects. He leaves a legacy of success built on ambition and perseverance and rooted in a passion for giving back.


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John “Jack” Gale and Rosemarie Teisl W

ithin the span of four weeks, the Gale family and, therefore, the Gilmour community, lost two wonderful souls. On January 29, John “Jack” Gale passed away. He and his wife, Eleanor, are the parents of Thomas ’66 (Sarah), Jeanne O’Toole, William (Faye), Katherine Gale, Rosemarie Teisl (deceased) (Tihomir), Mary Anne Gale, Linda Farrell (Robert), Lawrence ’74, Margaret Colacicco (Victor), James (deceased), Nancy Gale (Jacob Rabatin), Marie Porter (William ’84) and Elizabeth Merinsky (Walter) and are the grandparents to 29 grandchildren, including James Teisl ’93, Michael Teisl ’95, Stephen Teisl ’00, Jacqueline Porter ’10, Nicole Porter ’12 and Michelle Porter ’15. Mr. Gale served at Gilmour Academy for nearly 40 years as an English teacher, Latin teacher, dean of students and dean of studies. He was a beloved member of the Gilmour family and inspired four decades’ worth of students and fellow faculty members. He and dear friend Lisa Forino met over 30 years ago as members of the English department at Gilmour. In a written tribute to him, Forino said, “Little did I know then that our relationship would flourish into a lifelong friendship. I’ll never forget how John helped and guided me over the years, generously sharing his time and experience.” She went on to describe his zest for learning and love of reading. Forino talked about visiting with Gale more recently and said, “Realizing his love for reading and his failing eyesight, I bought him a Kindle and a pair of glasses with lights in the frame. We enjoyed many hours discussing great works of literature and providing him with books he wanted


to revisit – such works of Karl Marx, Euripides, Aristotle and Aristophanes. It was such a joy to see how little it took to make him happy.” Longtime English and Latin instructor Richard Grejtak delivered a eulogy at Gale’s funeral. He recounted the day he met the man who would become his mentor. It was 44 years ago during Grejtak’s job interview at Gilmour. He remembers being “struck by his breadth of knowledge, his demeanor, his wit and his equanimity.” The two became lifelong friends and shared the ups and downs of life in the teaching profession. When Grejtak was frustrated one day, Gale looked at him and said with a twinkle in his eye, “feremus humaniter,” which translates to “we shall bear/endure with equanimity.” This became the pair’s Latin mantra, always reminding them to strive for that sense of calmness that Grejtak had observed in Gale all those years ago during his interview. Grejtak attempted to sum up Gale, describing his as “loving husband, caring father of 12 children, grandfather of 29, great-grandfather of seven, colleague to so many, mentor to even many more, renaissance man to the core, lifelong learner to the end.” He added, “How can we not miss a man of such talents, such accomplishments?” Since his retirement, the Gilmour English department annually presents the John Gale Distinguished Scholar award to the top language arts students. Head of School Br. Robert E. Lavelle, C.S.C. commented on Gale’s impact on Gilmour Academy, saying, “John Gale was truly a renaissance man who spent the largest portion of his life committed to his family and educating and inspiring generations of Gilmour students, now alums, who continue to learn and serve their families and the world.” He added, “All of us are indebted to him and his family.” Sadly, just 26 days after Mr. Gale’s death, his fifth child, Rosemarie Teisl, passed away. Teisl, wife of Dean of Student Life and Discipline Tiho Teisl, had been battling cancer since last summer. Tiho fondly recalled meeting Roe, as she was called, in 1972 when she and a few of her sisters

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MEMORIAL worked for Br. Henry and Br. Michael in Gilmour’s kitchen. The Gale family lived on campus and the family hosted many gatherings for the young faculty members who lived on campus as well. Teisl, a new college graduate living in the dorms, spent a great deal of time at the Gale house. Roe and Tiho Teisl The two quickly began to spend more time together and, by December 1973, they married. They had four boys: James, Michael, Stephen and Christopher. Tragically, Christopher passed away at only age three. Mrs. Teisl was incredibly devoted to her family and her work as a payroll administrator for companies including Gulla Construction, Hillcrest Hospital and University Hospitals. She loved her role as a mother and, in recent years, as a grandmother. James (Jim) and his wife, Kelly, live in Arlington, Va., where Jim is a Medicaid policy analyst for the federal government and Kelly is a veterinarian. They have a daughter, 2-year-old Sophia, and a son, Nicholas, who was born in April. Michael and his wife, Jennifer, are psychologists in Rochester, N.Y. and have 3-year-old Elina and 1-yearold Emily. Stephen (Steve) and his wife, Valerie, married last August and live in the Cleveland area. Steve does testing on pre-K and kindergarten students in the Cleveland public schools to ensure that they are at the appropriate levels and Valerie is finishing a biology degree at Cleveland State University. When asked what he hoped people would remember most about his wife, Teisl didn’t hesitate for a second, saying, “her smile.” He added, “She was very kind and gentle and had such a strong family orientation. She was so happy when she ended up with three granddaughters after four boys!”

Gilmour Academy expresses sympathy to the families of the following:


Our sympathy also is extended to the alumni and families of the following: LOUISE O’NEILL ALEXANDER, former Glen Oak and Gilmour trustee, mother of Martha Alexander Happ G.O. ’75, Mary Alexander Ray G.O. ’75, Therese Alexander Smyntek G.O. ’77, Patrick ’79 and Lee Alexander Carine ’85; grandmother of Genevieve ’04, Colin ’05 and Mary Madeleine ’09 Ray and Mackenzie ’11 and Brynn ’14 Alexander LUCILLE ANDONIAN, grandmother of Connor ’12 and Ian ’16 Moriarty; mother-in-law of Matthew Moriarty ’74 JEAN ANDREWS, mother of Lynn Hammond, Gilmour Upper School library manager


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DONALD DILENO, father of Brian ’73

THEODORE HIRSHMAN, grandfather of Noah ’09

KATHLEEN M. DUNN, aunt of Sarah Dunn Adler ’88, Thomas Dunn ’89 and Jessica Dunn Coffey ’92

BRADLEY D. HOLLINGSWORTH, uncle of Delaney Kilkenny ’16; brother-in-law of David Kilkenny, Gilmour Middle and Upper School instructor of music

continued FRED BERTOLINI, brother of Gloria Cotton, retired Gilmour assistant dean of residential life DAVID W. BLACK, father of David Dominic ’25 JUDY BRAY, grandmother of Morgan Mills ’11

ANNE F. EIBEN, stepmother of Christopher ’67 and Thomas ’68

WILLIAM H. BROWN, grandfather of Alexa Jackson ’14

TORSTEN ESBORN, father of Theodore ’70

SALIM E. CARABOOLAD, grandfather of Eric ’04, Nicole ’05, Ryan ’08 and Katrina ’10

JOHN J. GALE, retired Gilmour instructor, father of Thomas ’66 and Lawrence ’74; grandfather of James ’93, Michael ’95 and Stephen ’00 Teisl and Jacqueline ’10, Nicole ’12 and Michelle ’15 Porter; father-in-law of Tihomir Teisl, Gilmour dean of student life and discipline and William Porter ’84

SOPHIE L. CIUNI, grandmother of Joseph R. ’77; great-grandmother of Ryan J. ’07, Robert V. ’12 and Joseph J. ’14 Catanese and Joseph G. ’03, Jane ’04, Thomas ’06 and Michael ’08 Ciuni ROBERT J. COERDT, husband of Dorothy, retired Glen Oak/Gilmour instructor; father of Thomas ’78 and Timothy ’80 (deceased); grandfather of Elizabeth ’11 HARRIET COHEN, grandmother of Adysen ’16 JOHN E. COLETTA, father-in-law of Jacquelyn Pawlowski Coletta ’96 THOMAS J. CONNELLY, JR., grandfather of Mackenzie ’15 and Michaela ’16 THOMAS F. COX, father of Patrick ’83 THOMAS COZZENS, uncle of Brian Dombek ’96 and Christine Dombek Garrett ’98 EDWARD T. CUNNEEN, father of William ’67 (deceased) and Patrick ’71


JACK EDELMAN, great-uncle of Christopher ’09 and Bridget ’13 Kearney

KATHERINE GEIS, grandmother of Conrad ’15 and Alexandra ’18 DORIS P. GERBITZ, mother of Brooks ’81, Clayton ’83, Blake ’85 and Reece ’90 GERRY REGAN GLENN, aunt of Arthur ’70 and James E. ’86 Rooney; great-aunt of James P. Rooney ’14 WILLIAM GUTBROD, former Gilmour football coach WILLIAM HARRIS, JR., uncle of Eugene Odenbrett ’15

IRENE T. HURLESS, grandmother of Kelly ’07 EDWARD J. HURLEY, grandfather of Thomas Lyons ’13 ALBERT J. INCORVAIA, uncle of Kevin ’81 and Sean ’85 Marrie and Megan Marrie Schlickmann ’90, Gilmour director of special events and constituent relations; brother-in-law of Thomas Marrie, Gilmour trustee ELIZABETH JULIANO, mother of L. James ’67 and Richard ’85; great-aunt of Michael ’08, Steven ’10, Meghan ’13 and Kevin ’15 Pryatel ELEANORE KAPEL, mother of Marianne Kapel MacLean G.O. ’72 and Kevin Kapel ’76 JAMES H. KISKER, grandfather of Hannah ’21 and Trevor ’24 Weltle; father-in-law of Melvin Weltle, Gilmour AVI general manager ANG KOEHLER, great-aunt of Emily ’15 and Natalie ’18 Kirk RICHARD A. KOT, grandfather of Vincent ’18 and Nicholas ’22 Barone WILMA B. LAVIGNA, mother of William ’68 and Robert ’75

JOSEPH HELLKAMP, uncle of Dominic F. DiPuccio ’14; brother-in-law of Dominic A. DiPuccio ’82

DONALD G. LINDMARK, father-in-law of Glmour trustee Michael Howley ’01

WARD J. HILL, SR., father of Mark ’72

ALBERT MAZZARO, grandfather of Megan Polak ’15

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JAMES P. MEHLING, brother of Sr. Mary Ann, I.H.M., Gilmour Upper School instructor in religious studies and service coordinator RAYMOND D. MEYO, former Gilmour trustee; father of Lisa ’93 and Joseph ’94 MICHAEL MINNAUGH, father of Erin ’06 JOHN M. MINO, father of John ’77 ROSE MARIE MISNY, grandmother of T.J. ’05 and Jonathan ’06 RITA MONITELLO, mother of Robert, Gilmour trustee; grandmother of Anthony ’17 and Angeline ’19 JUDITH A. MORAN, mother of Peter ’88 and Kelly Moran Noall ’90 FRANK J. MUSCATELLO, grandfather of Paul ’14 and Mallorie ’17 Piazza PHILIPPE S. NAJIM, father of Samuel ’79 ROBERT N. NEMUNAITIS, uncle of John ’74, Gregory ’76, Bradley ’80, Brian ’84, Marc ’86 and Michael ’93 JOHN R. PAPESH, father of J.R. ’93 and Jeffrey ’94 CHARLES J. PATTERSON, husband of Barbara (deceased), former Gilmour English instructor and director of development; father of Charles M. ’79, Neil ’81 and David ’83 DUANE LLOYD PATTERSON, grandfather of Isabel Cherry ’14 LYNELLE PODWOSKI, stepmother of Christopher ’77, Mary G.O. ’78 and Lisa Podwoski Biggio G.O. ’76

ANNE D. POKLAR, mother of Robert ’71 and Michael, Gilmour trustee; grandmother of Michelle ’91, Aaron ’02, Amy ’05 and Katharine Poklar Shafer ’01 RITA ROONEY, sister of Arthur ’70 and James E. ’86; aunt of James P. ’14 ANTOINETTE L. ROSS, grandmother of Ellen Pohly ’06 NEIL THOMAS RUDDOCK, JR., father of Ann ’98, Caroline ’00 and Brian ’04 CARLOS SANABRIA, grandfather of Isabel ’12 and Sofia ’16 Fehn VIRGINIA SCHADE, grandmother of William ’95 and David ’97 Jirousek JEANNE SCHOUWEILER, mother of David ’66 JOHN P. SEDLAK, father of Jeff ’68 MARY STECEWYCZ, grandmother of Joseph ’03 and Heather ’06 DeGrandis MICHAEL M. STOFFER, father of Kevin ’76; father-in-law of Teresann Weber Stoffer G.O. ’78 DANIEL STRAHM, father-in-law of Erica Miele Strahm ’91 ELIZABETH SUTHERLAND, aunt of John Reid ’76; great-aunt of Margot Reid ’17 ROSEMARIE TEISL, wife of Tihomir, Gilmour dean of student life and discipline; mother of James ’93, Michael ’95, Stephen ’00 and Christopher (deceased); daughter of John Gale (deceased), retired Gilmour instructor; sister of Thomas ’66 and Lawrence ’74 Gale; aunt of Jacqueline ’10, Nicole ’12 and Michelle ’15 Porter; sister-in-law of William Porter ’84

SUSAN THOMPSON, grandmother of Jessica Janota ’14 BARBARA A. TINKER, sister of Arlene Smith, Gilmour development office associate; aunt of Lyle Smith ’88 (deceased) CHARLES TOY, uncle of Roberta Latanich, Gilmour Upper School administrative associate DORIS VAN HEECKEREN, mother of Christiaan ’86 WILLIAM P. VELOTTA, JR., father of William III ’71, John ’76, James ’78, Christopher ’79 and Michael ’82; grandfather of Jeffrey ’00, Christine ’02, Michelle ’06 and Patrick ’08 Embleton and William IV ’15, Kylie ’16 and Gianna ’20 Velotta JULIANNE M. VISHNEVSKY, mother of Cassandra ’15 and Sebastian ’18 Williams DOLORES WEAVER, grandmother of Nathan ’22 and Kevin ’24 Flaherty EDWARD P. WHELAN, father of Matthew ’93 RITA M. WILLIAMS, mother of Anthony ’60 JOHN WOLF, grandfather of Holly Yotter, Gilmour director of marketing and communications RALPH YOUNG, great-uncle of Harrison Rogers ’22 WILLIAM J. ZOLTOWICZ, father of John ’85 and Peter ’87


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