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A Celebration of Br. Robert Lavelle, C.S.C

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Gilmour 35 years of inspiration As another school year comes to a close, so, too, does Br. Robert Lavelle’s tenure as Head of School at Gilmour. During his 35 years at the helm, Br. Robert has inspired tremendous growth, both for the Academy and for the thousands of students who were lucky enough to experience his leadership and compassion. As you will read inside, Gilmour’s campus has been transformed under Br. Robert’s watch and now rivals the campuses of many small colleges. But, it has been what has transpired within the beautiful facilities across campus that will truly be Br. Robert’s legacy. It has been in the Lower, Middle and Upper School classrooms and labs; in the theater; on the athletic fields; in the chapel; and in the hallways that students have learned to live out the Gilmour/Holy Cross mission. This is where they have developed the competence to identify a problem and where they have cultivated the courage to do something about it. This is where they have grown to understand the responsibility they have to leave the world better than they found it. And there has been no better role model for our students than Br. Robert – a leader who lives his life each day, guided by his own dedication to the Holy Cross charisms, to make the world more humane and just and to inspire the young people around him to do the same.


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Gilmour Senior Profiles


20th Anniversary of Our Lady Chapel

Meet Gilmour seniors Ryan Seibert and Sophia Zupanc.

Gilmour’s third campus chapel celebrates 20 years.

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THE VOICE 16 AROUND CAMPUS This section appears in each issue and allows readers to take a walk down 28 MAKING A DIFFERENCE memory lane as well as share their Gilmour alums Mike Porath ’93 own Gilmour stories. and Matt Barry ’13 share their inspirational stories. REFLECTIONS ON BR. ROBERT 34 ALUM NEWS Hear from members of the Gilmour family about Br. Robert’s influence.


Read about highlights from the fall and winter seasons and other athletic news.





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Reconnecting with Former Faculty Member

Frank McCamley

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In the 30 years he taught at Gilmour, English teacher Frank McCamley was as legendary for his quick Irish wit as he was for his literary expertise. We caught up with him recently from Tallahassee, Fla., where he lives with his wife, Janet, an administrative law judge, and found his brogue and his humor are still very much intact.

friendships with so many colleagues – Doc Sabik, Tiho Teisl, Bob Beach, Doc Seibert, Ray Sharnsky – too many to list. And, of course, my Penny Wars nemeses, Nickie Emerson, Dorothy Coerdt and her sidekick, Marge Baldwin, they who made me long regret my comparing them to Macbeth’s witches. I miss teaching Irish literature, a class that allowed me to indulge my passion and which seemed to attract some phenomenal students. Like Shaquille O’Neal at the free throw line, I seem to miss lots, but with people like Kathy Kenny, Lisa Forino and coaches Lindley, Klein and Chapelle, I keep up-to-date. Q: You were a big part of the Gilmour community as a whole, outside the classroom, too.

Q: Do you miss Gilmour?


A: I miss it an awful lot. I really miss being in the classroom, and I miss the kids. I had a terrific rapport with them, and why wouldn’t I? They were energetic, eager and smart. I looked forward to being in class.

A: I absolutely loved the sports teams, and I still keep up with all of them.

I also miss the faculty. There was a wonderful team spirit in the English department, and I developed close

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I especially loved track and cross country and girls’ basketball and volleyball.

Calling All Gilmour Mergers! After 33 years of coeducation at Gilmour, we have an impressive list of Gilmour mergers – husbands and wives who are both GA alumni. In our fall issue, we’ll be spotlighting some of these mergers. So, if your years at the Academy resulted in a Gilmour merger, we’d love to hear from you! 4



the quiz team. I did that for years.We won back-to-back state championships and Academic Challenge titles. But we also had the ugliest trophies.They were made of plaid wood and were ridiculously tall, like twin spires atop my CB18 bookcase.

Q: How do you spend your time today? A: I spend a lot of time reading, wrestling with the Irish Times cryptic crossword, getting together with awesome friends, Skyping Lauren and Brian and his wife,

Q:You inspired many students over the years. Did you sense it?

Maren (with her ready supply of book recommendations), sitting outside with my dog sipping coffee (no, my dog doesn’t drink coffee) and enjoying the sun. They’re the kind of lazy things that you do when you retire. It sounds drab until you recall the terms “Snow Belt” and “wind chill factor.” Q: How are you feeling?

A: You don’t ever know what effect you have on kids. It’s only after the fact when a kid emails you – and a lot of times it’s out of the blue – and when it happens you just go, “Wow,” because it’s so unexpected. Funny enough, even after I retired, I probably received about 100 college application essays from Gilmour students seeking feedback.

A: No triathlons in my future, and though I’m weaker than I was, I’m still holding my own. Q: What parting words of writing wisdom would you like to drive home to your former students? A: No wisdom, just preferences. Be visual and concrete, not flowery. Use muscular verbs and sturdy nouns. Prune the dead wood in your writing, and remove the clutter. Read good writers. Develop a voice. And remember, in the end, it’s your writing, not the teacher’s, so “to thine own self be true.”

Q: Did you read them all? A: I read all of them, absolutely. Some were from former students, some from siblings of people I had taught, and others from complete strangers who’d mustered the courage to entrust their work to some guy in Florida. I looked forward to that. All the fun of being an advocate for kids without grading them felt worthwhile.

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How Brother Robert Has Inspired Me

“During my beginning years at Gilmour, circa 2001, I first started off as a proctor in the residence hall. I was assigned the festive role of activities coordinator for the residence hall. During one of the events around the time of Cinco de Mayo, we had a Mexican celebration including a piñata roped from a ceiling beam in the newly built Great Room. As the resident students and staff whacked away at the swinging piñata to no avail, we all turned to Br. Robert, who was laughing at all the blindfolded missed efforts. We invited mighty Br. Robert to step up to the plate. Blindfolded and with cheers echoing throughout the Great Room, Br. Robert swung with excitement and, like the sultan of swing, landed a blow shattering the piñata and raining candy all throughout the room! Experiences like these are one of the many reasons why Br. Robert creates a community of youthfulness and optimism, and they are why I have been with Gilmour for the past 15 years. Thank you, Br. Robert, for your guidance, enthusiasm and commitment to Lancer Nation!”

“One of the expressions that Br. Robert has used often in addressing various faculty, parent and student groups is, ‘We are fortunate to be able to stand on the shoulders of those who have come before us, whether students, parents, faculty, or alumni.’ Aren't we now very fortunate to be able to stand and build upon Brother's ever so broad shoulders and accomplishments!” – Richard Grejtak, Upper School English instructor

“This inspiring individual has increased my positive outlook on life.”

“It was during our year as Novices in the Midwest Province of C.S.C. Brothers at Rolling Prairie, Indiana, that I became aware of Bob’s great Irish sense of humor … My most distinct memory of that year was often hearing Bob as evening recreation ended, almost always at 8 p.m., when he would go around the room asking us to ‘pray for my perseverance’ several times before the bell sounded. This entreaty was a serious request, of course, but was always made by Bob with a twinkle in his eye. Robert always seemed to have a lighthearted spirit and those of us who have known him at Gilmour over the years would generally say that this remains as one of his most endearing, and enduring, qualities.”

– John Mack, current parent

– Br. Ken Kane, C.S.C., Gilmour archivist

– Jamie Kazel, Gilmour guidance counselor


“As a filmmaker, Br. Robert supported even some of my wilder creative impulses, such as using various nooks and crannies of the campus as sets. He challenged me to use filmmaking to give back to the community, through allowing me to host one of my film’s premieres on campus, provided that all proceeds went to United Way. That screening wound up being the most well-attended non-athletic event of the year and it was very inspiring to witness the support of the Gilmour community behind my work. I remember this as being representative of the environment that Br. Robert cultivated, where students supported each other and lent their support to the greater Cleveland community in creative ways.” – TJ Misny ’05

“Br. Robert says we need to meet students where they are and teach them with Holy Cross intention. His quiet leadership and steady determination help me every day to choose the Gilmour way.” – John Overman, Upper School English instructor, director of summer camps

“His inclusiveness inspires me as an employee – I don’t feel like just one in a crowd.” – Rosalie Massey, Middle School administrative assistant




“He truly stresses that Gilmour not only strives to prepare students academically but to prepare all in the community to make a difference. He always states something to the effect of ‘bringing those less fortunate to the table.’ Every time we hear him say that, we are challenged to think about how we are doing just that – and how we are modeling that for our children.” – Laura Overman, current parent

“As a person and educator I have learned what it means to model expectations on a daily basis from Br. Robert. He is always in control and shows excellent poise.” – Jay Fowler ’00, Lower School social studies instructor

“Br. Robert’s enthusiasm for the job teachers do is definitely contagious. His example leads one to want to continuously improve the experience that our students have here on campus. The trust that Br. Robert places in me makes teaching here different from teaching elsewhere. It is empowering.” – Cindy Candau, Upper School Spanish instructor

“Br. Robert has inspired me to be a better person. His love and passion for the Gilmour community is unconditional. He epitomizes Gilmour’s values of honesty, integrity and respect.” – Jessica Grassi ’05

“He is one of the reasons I want to work at Gilmour. It is nice to work at a place where you feel valued by those in positions above you.”

“Br. Robert has tirelessly given his blood, sweat and tears to leading his beloved Academy. People are inspired by his passion for Gilmour and they cannot do anything but follow his lead in serving the students and the Academy.” – Tracy Stockard, director of college counseling

“I would not be here (at Gilmour) if not for Br. Robert … He inspires me to be a better person, teacher and leader each day. He has embraced me as a member of the Holy Cross community and inspired me to share this with others. The influence he has had on my life will stay with me forever.” – Whitney Daly, Upper School religion instructor

“Neither in my lifetime nor in my 25 years in independent schools have I met a man with more hope, compassion, integrity, kindness, or openness than Br. Robert. He is the reason I came to Gilmour.” – Devin Schlickmann, assistant head of school for admission & marketing

“As a graduate of Glen Oak, I only knew of Br. Robert from my older brother, Vince, who attended Gilmour. In 2011, I had the honor to not only meet Br. Robert, but experience his warmth and unwavering support of the planning and execution of the 2012 Glen Oak Gala. The sincerity of Br. Robert's words at the Gala's evening event healed our 30-year-old feelings of loss and built for us a new bridge from Glen Oak School to Gilmour Academy.” – Berti Guarino, GO '82

– Karen Roxbury, Upper School math instructor



A Lifelong Mission

As Br. Robert steps away as Head of School after 35 years, Gilmour’s longtime leader reflects on the foundation he leaves for his successors to bring the Academy to a new level of success and looks ahead to what’s next. 8




e walks briskly, purposefully, into the room at Tudor House. He’s wearing pressed khaki pants, a crisp button-down shirt and a sport jacket, yet his demeanor is refreshingly casual. He smiles warmly, his hand outstretched in greeting. And then comes the question, the intonation, “How are you?” It’s that outwardly focus that Br. Robert Lavelle has become so known for in his 39 years at Gilmour – 35 of them as its leader. And as he prepares to step away from his role as Head of School, his “others-first” persona still is very much intact. On this afternoon, Br. Robert rather would focus on the Gilmour community, the campus needs – anything other than himself. In fact, he changes the topic to the importance of the Holy Cross mission at every turn. And that’s OK, because at their core, the two are one and the same.

Called to Serve As a teenager, Robert Lavelle walked the halls of St. Edward High School and felt called by the palpable power of his Holy Cross education and the Brothers who embodied it. While he can’t pinpoint the exact moment he realized his vocation, there’s little doubt the young man from Cleveland’s West Side felt compelled to answer the call to serve the Lord in some way.

“A calling is a personal thing in many ways,” Br. Robert says. “It’s the desire to be of service, and it’s something you discover as it unfolds over a lifetime.” Decades later, the discovery and service continue for Br. Robert. As they do, he’s inspired in no small part by the Holy Cross Congregation and its founder, Basil Moreau. He traveled to Paris in 2007 to celebrate Moreau’s beatification. “It was an opportunity to revisit where Fr. Moreau started the Congregation and visit the areas where he once walked,” Br. Robert says. “It was being there with Holy Cross colleagues to be able to celebrate Basil Moreau’s vision. He saw the Congregation as being international, as opposed to being limited to one diocese. He was very global in his outlook.”

So how does he accomplish that goal? “You show up every day and you look at what comes your way and ask yourself what to do at that moment,” Br. Robert says. “Is it addressing an issue, is it being compassionate, is it motivating a child to see a better world for themselves? Is it engaging others to be more involved in the goals we seek as a Holy Cross school of excellence? Then that’s what you do.”

Hall of Achievement Indeed, Br. Robert works at being a master at communicating with students on their level. He wants students to be instilled with confidence and a desire to use their talents more selflessly.

So too, is Br. Robert. Under his leadership, Gilmour has extended its global outreach with its Honduras service program and by fostering relationships with schools in Chile and China, where Holy Cross has been for more than 70 years. “Basil Moreau’s global outlook resonates with me in the sense that he was a risk taker, and he trusted in divine providence,” Br. Robert says. “When you look at how the congregation grew, it’s in east and west Africa, north and south India, Mexico, Haiti, Brazil, Peru, Chile, France and Canada. Taking his charism – the gift given for the purpose of bettering the common good – and making that real for everyone. That’s what I strive to do.”

“I’ve tried to help them see that their gifts are not meant for them alone, that they’re meant to be shared and used to make a difference in the world,” Br. Robert says. With that as his inspiration, as Gilmour’s Headmaster, Br. Robert, with the engaged support of many, took Gilmour from a small, prominent boys academy to a prestigious coed institution known Continued GILMOUR MAGAZINE


for its top-notch academics as well as its sports, speech and theater programs, all aimed at preparing students not only for their next step, but for life. “I’ve had the opportunity to see it transition from an all-boys day and boarding school to a coeducational environment,” observes Br. Robert. “I’ve seen it build promising young people into persons of influence for making our world a better place for all. And I’ve seen the campus grow to include not only the Middle and Upper School but also the Lower School and Montessori preschool.” Since Br. Robert arrived here from Archbishop Hoban High School in 1976 on the invitation of former Headmaster Br. Carl Shonk and his assistant, Mr. William Fitch (former brother), the school has remained on a journey of excellence and in a state of constant growth. Beginning with the merging of Gilmour and Glen Oak in 1981 (the first coed class graduated in ’83), and continuing with a myriad of expansion projects that have included, among others, the launch of a Lower School, Our Lady Chapel, the ice arena, the new Athletic Center, and the renovation of the Classroom Building, the physical plant has dramatically changed. While the campus itself has grown, so, too, has the school’s vitality. Since Br. Robert’s arrival, student enrollment has increased from 323 boys in grades 7-12 to 654 boys and girls ages 18 months to 18 years and the endowment has grown from the thousands to approximately $30 million.



in its offerings,” he concedes. “Making certain that the facilities support all of our programs was a challenge, while striving for a balanced budget, and it’s especially a challenge in that many of these buildings dated back to the 1920s, almost a century ago.”

One look at campus today and Br. Robert sees first the overwhelming support of a benevolent trustee, alumni, and current and past parent base. “That really stands out when I look around campus, whether it was people helping to support programs, build buildings or build the endowment,” he says. “We all need to be thankful, for all those who contributed in some way have enabled a wonderful and faith-based, Catholic educational experience for the young people who have come here.” These days, he’s focused on the prospect of the new Lorraine and Bill Dodero Center for Performing Arts, the renovation of Gilmour’s athletic fields and a drawing board of projects addressing future needs.

The Biggest Challenges In his more than 30 years at the helm, shaping Gilmour into the modern institution it is today was most challenging of all, Br. Robert says. “My greatest challenges have always been to keep the school contemporary

“Technology plays a huge role in changes on campus,” Br. Robert says. “Creating a 21st century education on a 20th century campus was possible by being resourceful and cultivating relationships with friends and alumni who came to be active partners in what is needed for new generations to grow and contribute to raising the tide for everyone.” It wasn’t easy. Br. Robert remembers the enormous amount of committed effort involved in securing financial support and, specifically, introducing the Generations Fund four years ago, for example. “I wrote to every alum from 1985 forward who received aid to step forward and support that fund,” he recalls. “That took a long time. I knew all of them, so I wrote an individualized note at the bottom of every letter and asked them to turn around and support the school that helped them by honoring the students who are here now at whatever level their circumstances would allow.”

Lasting Foundation It’s those detailed, significant efforts behind the scenes by many that have led Gilmour to thrive under Br. Robert’s leadership. And from Br. Robert’s own vantage point, his will be a far more communal legacy than a personal one.


“The legacy is really our Holy Cross mission,” he says. “It’s the ways we have taken hold of the charisms – outreach to the poor, hospitality, zeal, belief in Divine Providence, inclusiveness, hope and forgiveness – and weaved them together to create a true Holy Cross education.” To ensure that the Holy Cross mission endures, the Bishop Gilmour Institute for Mission Integration honoring Br. Robert Lavelle, C.S.C. has been established. The Institute will provide leadership and service programs for students and faculty to foster the Holy Cross values and Gilmour’s mission. This spring, more than $1.25 million was raised for Gilmour Academy honoring Br. Robert and in support of the Institute. In addition,

Kathy and Jim Pender have directed a testamentary gift in honor of Br. Robert and for continued Holy Cross mission integration. Their gift will provide perpetuity for the Michael J. Pender ’90 Memorial Scholarship and for the speaker series in his memory, “Educating the Heart: A Moral Compass.” With more than 30 years under his belt as Gilmour’s head, it’s time to pass the Holy Cross mantle. “It makes sense, having served as Head of School for 35 years, to step aside now and invite someone else to lead the challenge in taking the school to its next level,” he says. As we write this, Gilmour’s Corporate Board has appointed Kathy Kenny as the next Head of School. Her many years

of service to our Gilmour Community allow her to continue Gilmour’s journey of excellence within our Holy Cross tradition. “I will continue to be of service, wherever that’s going to call me,” Br. Robert says. “With 39 years of heartbeats here, I have a lot invested in Gilmour, and I will respond to whatever I’m called to do.” “I want to be open to God’s providence and say, ‘OK, I can’t manipulate the world, but I can authentically engage within it by being of service to others,” Br. Robert continues. “I am hopeful. The world is always still unfolding, and you have to be open to changing needs to which you have the gifts to respond, always having trust in God.”

What is your hope for Gilmour in the future?

That it continues to be a school well-grounded in its mission as a Holy Cross school that empowers young people to use their gifts and talents to make the world more humane and just. Gilmour is known as a school “where inspiration happens.” Where do you draw inspiration?

I’m inspired by young people, the call to live our mission and the unfolding of each new day. You can be inspired by people’s responses to the challenges in their lives, and you can see how dedicated they are. They’re taking what they’re required to do and they’re embracing it within a community that cares. What are you looking forward to?

Spending my time differently with a different set of responsibilities. I’m thrilled with Gilmour’s involvement with St. Adalbert’s, our student service program, the Honduras involvement, and the global opportunities Gilmour offers and can offer as we become more globally aware. What would you like to say to parents, past parents and donors now?

Number one, they entrusted their young people to us, their children, who are their greatest treasure. And I hope they will help us continue the Gilmour experience in ways that assist current and new generations of children as they journey to responsible adulthood in partnership with parents, who are the first educators of their children. What are some of your most memorable moments with students or the student body as a whole?

So many. I tease them and say all of their actions are in my memoirs but I’ve changed the names to protect the guilty. As the school year has its own natural cycle and rhythms, what is your favorite part of each school year?

The fall. You just can’t beat it. The grounds are gorgeous, and, even more importantly, there’s a whole campus that becomes engaged with new and returning students, faculty and staff.




Brother Robert

started at Gilmour Academy as Assistant Headmaster in 1976.

1981 Br. Robert accepted the Board’s request and became the eighth headmaster of Gilmour Academy.




1986 The Lower School opens in the building that housed Glen Oak School.



1979 Br. Robert was asked to serve as Acting Headmaster while the Board of Trustees conducted a search to fill the position. Then Chairman of the Board Tim Holzheimer ’61 said, “Br. Robert stepped forward to take the role as a temporary assignment. After a year of working with Br. Robert, it was very clear that he had the leadership qualities, the vision and the mission that were so important.”

1982 Gilmour Academy and Glen Oak School merge, ushering in coeducation at Gilmour.



1995 Our Lady Chapel is built, increasing seating from a capacity of 75 in Holy Spirit Chapel to 550.


1998 The first ice rink is built.





1994 Weber Stadium opens, honoring longtime coach and athletic director Vern Weber.

1998 The Classroom Building is renovated and the Great Room is added to the residence hall.




2008 Holy Cross House is renovated, providing updated living space for members of the Congregation of Holy Cross.

2003 The second ice rink opens.

2005 A state-of-the-art broadcast studio is built.






2007 Upper School chemistry labs are renovated.

2004 The construction of the Lynn and Michael Kelley Middle School is completed.



2014 The BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program is launched, allowing teachers to incorporate technology in and out of the classroom as another way to foster 21st century learning outcomes.

Projected 2017 The Lorraine and Bill Dodero Center for Performing Arts construction begins.

2013 The Holy Family and Marian Shrine, made possible by the generosity of the Heltzel and Musca families, is dedicated.



2009 The Athletic Center is built, featuring a natatorium; a 16,400-square-foot gymnasium with a basketball court and two practice courts; and a field house with three regulation volleyball and basketball courts, a batting cage and an indoor track.




Through the Bishop Gilmour Institute honoring Br. Robert Lavelle, C.S.C., Br. Robert's legacy of mission-focused engagement will live on. The school will continue to grow to meet the needs of the student body.





Gilmour Junior Earns Perfect Score on SAT Daniel Zhang ’16 was notified that he earned a perfect score of 2400 – 800 on critical reading, 800 on math and 800 on writing – on the SAT test he took on November 8.

to the impressiveness of Zhang’s accomplishment is the fact that he is only a junior and this was the first time he took the test. In his typical humble fashion, Zhang said, “I definitely did not expect a 2400, so I was pleasantly surprised.” Asked what he did to prepare, Zhang said that he took some practice tests, focusing on the writing portion of the exam, as that was what he found most difficult. A voracious reader, he feels that the vocabulary he has picked up from books helped him tremendously. Zhang has already taken eight of Gilmour’s 14 AP course offerings. During his junior year, he took five AP courses: AP Language and Composition, AP Physics C, AP Calculus BC, AP U.S. History and AP Computer Science A. As a sophomore, he took three AP classes: AP Calculus AB, AP World History and AP Chemistry.

In October, the College Board, the nonprofit organization that administers the test, reported that of the 1.7 million students in the Class of 2014 who took the SAT, only 583 earned a perfect score. Adding



Gilmour’s Director of the Upper School Jon Wanders said of Zhang, “Daniel has been a tremendous student at Gilmour.” He added, “The rare and excellent accomplishment of scoring perfectly on the SAT reflects what his teachers and peers already

know about Daniel: he is a very insightful thinker who always works hard to achieve high outcomes. I am really pleased to see Daniel’s efforts pay off in this way.”

“I definitely did not expect a 2400, so I was pleasantly surprised.” In an interview with Cleveland news anchor Russ Mitchell on WKYC’s evening news, Zhang was asked what his plans are for the future. He said, “My top choice is Stanford, but, honestly, I don’t really know at this point. I do want to go into computer science and business. I’d like to start my own company.”

Gilmour Expands Lower School Programming Based on the strength and success of its Montessori Early Beginnings program, Gilmour will add a second section of Early Beginnings to the Lower School for the 2015-2016 school year. The Early Beginnings classes are for students ages 18 months to 36 months. The Early Beginnings class has 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. Following Early Beginnings, students continue in the two Montessori classrooms for children 3 years old to kindergarten. The Montessori program promotes selfdirected 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 and loving environment. Students are prepared to move seamlessly into the Lower School where they are inspired to discover and express their unique voices academically, spiritually

and personally in the classroom and through extracurriculars such as the Young Entrepreneurs program, choir or the after-school sports program.

toddler blossom into a student ready for the challenges of what Gilmour will offer in the future.”

Current Montessori parent Tim Lennon said of his family’s Montessori experience at Gilmour, “This year we had one child enrolled in the Early Beginnings program and are looking forward to our second child enrolling this fall.” He continued, “We feel the program is the foundation for our children’s learning. We have been so impressed and proud to watch our

learn and it shows when we go out. She confidently tries everything and asks questions and she verbally explains to us what she is doing and what she wants.”

Another current Gilmour parent, Courtney Conway, weighed in, saying, “The Early Beginnings program has been great for our daughter, Annie.” She added, “Her speech, independence and learning from the older children and teachers in class has been extremely rapid.” Conway continued, “The Montessori method has created an environment for Annie that teaches her how to

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Learning About Running a Business – One Sock at a Time It started with making cookies. Three years ago, Andy Barba ’20, then a fourth grader at Gilmour’s Lower School, participated in the school’s Young Entrepreneurs program. Tasked with creating a product to sell, he decided to make and sell cookies at the program-culminating Market Day. He learned about the notion of making a profit after expenses and knew that he wanted to earn more. Avid basketball players, Andy and his older brother, Peter, were familiar with a trend that was sweeping the nation – Nike Elite socks. Every school-aged athlete wanted these tall sports socks and the brighter the



colors, the quicker they flew off the shelves. The pair got to thinking and realized that if colorful was good, customized and colorful was better. Wouldn’t it be great if they could create socks in whatever pattern and/or color scheme a customer wanted? They started researching and watching YouTube videos online and learned about the digital sublimation heat press printing process. They purchased a sublimation press for their basement and, in November 2013, launched League Ready Customs. Customers can visit the company website,, or shop on Etsy, EBay or Amazon to place an order. You can choose from a variety of existing designs. Or, you can contact the company directly to design your own – whether you’re creating a pair for yourself or outfitting a whole team.

Since selling their first pair a year and a half ago, the orders have been coming in fast and furious and the business takes up most of the brothers’ free time. They’ve had to hire four additional workers and have even put their mom to work! And it’s no wonder. The company has sold more than 1,500 pairs of socks on Etsy alone and sales have now topped the $200,000 mark. Asked what he has learned through the process, Barba says, “It’s not easy to start a business and it takes a while to start making money. You have to be patient and work hard.” Sounds like these brothers are off on the right foot!

Gilmour Second Grader Publishes Book Gilmour second grader Maddie Figgie ’25 started playing a game with her mom each night before bed when she was 3 years old. The pair would try to come up with the most creative endings to the phrase, “I love you more than…” Four years later, the entrepreneurial 7-year-old has turned their nightly declarations of love into a book called, “I Love You More Than…” Figgie partnered with an 11-yearold family friend, Noelle Kostyack, who drew all the book’s illustrations. Figgie filled the pages with some of her favorite and most creative love statements such as, “I love you more than all the seashells on the beach” and “I love you more than all the pizzas in Italy.” Figgie said she wrote the book because “she wants families to know how important loved ones are – pets, family members and parents’ parents.”

Asked what she and Kostyack plan to do with their profits, Figgie said they will donate 20 percent of the proceeds to charity. “We’re going to play Rock, Paper, Scissors and whoever wins gets to choose the charity (to receive the profits first).” The real winners are the readers and the two charities the young girls have selected as recipients of their profits. Each year the proceeds will go to either Figgie’s charity of choice, Rescue Mission, or Kostyack’s, Providence House. The girls will alternate between their two charities each year.

“I Love You More Than…” is available at and can be purchased in paperback or downloaded to a Kindle device.





Gilmour Honors Alumni Man and Woman of the Year At the annual Christmas at the Academy party, Gilmour presented its 2014 Alumni of the Year Awards to Larry Weber ’73 and Beth Chiarucci Morgan ’84. Weber is a globally known expert in public relations and marketing services and a loyal Gilmour supporter. Morgan is a brand strategist with almost 20 years of experience in the advertising, marketing and consumer insight field. Over the past two years, she has lent her expertise to Gilmour as a consultant.

Gilmour Among First High Schools in Country to Launch Social Media App To get the Lancer Nation app, search for Lancer Nation in the App store.



who have attended the Academy, her father serving as an Honorary Life Trustee and Gilmour roots on her husband’s side as well, her Lancer loyalty runs deep.

Br. Robert Lavelle, C.S.C., Beth Chiarucci Morgan ’84, Larry Weber ’73 and Alumni Association president Brett Schumacher ’01 The awards honor Gilmour graduates who have distinguished themselves in their personal lives and careers and who have demonstrated leadership and service to the school. In accepting the award, Morgan talked about how much Gilmour means to her whole family. With two sisters who graduated from Glen Oak in ’74 and ’76, nieces and nephews

Weber was then presented with his award. He expressed his gratitude to the Academy and entertained the crowd with some of his favorite Gilmour memories – from his earliest days when the Weber family hosted the Brothers at their home to his parents taking care of the football team and from funny pranks he and his classmates pulled as students to the lessons he learned in the classroom. He said, “The greatest gift my parents ever gave me was coming to Gilmour because it created a love of learning that has stayed with me my whole life.”

Gilmour became the first high school in the state of Ohio and only the third in the country to launch an app that rewards its loyal fans. The athletic department created the Lancer Nation app, which tracked fan attendance throughout the 2014-15 academic year. Its concept is

Gilmour Lower School Students Participated in Wind Tu r b Competition; Sixth Grader Won and Advanced to R e g i on a Gilmour students prepared for weeks for the KidWind Challenge, which was held at the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center on March 7. Fifth-grade students, as part of their study of renewable energy, build wind turbines in class. The KidWind Challenge was an optional, afterschool opportunity that allowed fifthand sixth-grade students to expand on that knowledge.

Pictured is Christina Horvath with her first-place prize. The students met after school with science instructor Lynne Sojda as they prepared for the competition.

similar to those used by a number of NCAA Division I colleges. Director of Athletics Jeff Walrich spearheaded the project and he, along with Associate Athletic Director Kristy Booher, have been maintaining the platform throughout the school year.

After learning about the promise and limitations of wind energy technology, they were tasked with designing and creating a wind turbine. At the competition, teams from around Ohio competed for the most creative and functional turbine. Students also had to create a board with evidence of the testing that went into creating the turbine. Additionally, the students had to present about their project and field questions from a panel of judges about wind energy. Two groups of Gilmour students entered the KidWind Challenge. Christina Horvath ’21 and the team of Isabella Martin ’22, Patrick Miklus ’22 and Nathan Nootbaar ’22 worked hard to prepare for the competition. Horvath won the Middle School division (grades 4-8). The judges remarked afterward that it was her presentation that set her apart from the other competitors, saying that it could have easily rivaled the high school teams.

“This is one facet of our social media campaign that helps increase brand awareness and encourages students to support their classmates,” said Walrich. “We assign points to varsity, JV and Middle School games for all sports,” said Walrich. “We pick out a few for each team and then we also give

Horvath advanced to the regional competition, which was held April 25 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.



Pictured are fifth graders Nathan Nootbaar, Patrick Miklus and Isabella Martin analyzing data at the competition Lynne Sojda said of the students’ efforts, “All the students embraced the process with a genuine interest in the challenge, not just with an eye on the prize.” She added, “They supported one another as they worked to improve their understanding of clean energy and the engineering design process.”

points to other school functions such as plays, the Red Cross Blood Drive, preseason meetings, and speech and debate competitions. It’s a great way for our students and families to stay involved with all that’s going on in the school, not just athletics.”






Ryan Seibert What grade school did you go to? I’m a lifer. I have gone to Gilmour since preschool. What has been your favorite class at Gilmour? My favorite class was AP Biology with Dr. Turk. What has been your hardest class at Gilmour? I don’t really have a hardest class, all have their own unique challenges. What is the best thing you have gotten involved in at Gilmour?

“It rains on the just and the unjust.” – Coach Chappelle What was your favorite Gilmour lunch? Grilled chicken sandwiches What was the best senior privilege? The ability to wear any type of oxford shirt we want (I like oxford shirts). Where are you going to college? Case Western Reserve University

The best thing that I have gotten involved in at Gilmour is the cross country/track team because it has taught me a lot about myself and has given me a lifelong passion.

What do you intend to major in?

What has been your greatest accomplishment at Gilmour?

My dream job is to be a professor and researcher at a university.

Being published with Dr. Turk

What are you doing this summer?

How did you meet your closest Gilmour friend?

I was hired by my Catalyst mentor to continue working in her lab this summer and when I start at Case in the fall.

I met my closest friend on the cross country team freshman year.


Is there a quote/saying from one of your Gilmour teachers/coaches that you’ll remember long after you graduate?


Biochemistry What is your dream job?

GILMOUR SENIOR Sophia Zupanc What grade school did you go to? Before coming to Gilmour, I attended Mentor Public Schools for both elementary and middle school. I went to Fairfax Elementary and Memorial Middle School. What has been your favorite class at Gilmour? AP Calculus BC What has been your hardest class at Gilmour? This is probably a toss up between Intro to Fashion Design (I’m not very artistically inclined) and AP Calculus BC. What is the best thing you have gotten involved in at Gilmour? Speech and debate because it has opened my eyes to the world around me and inspired me to do something to change it What has been your greatest accomplishment at Gilmour? My greatest accomplishment at Gilmour was probably being named the NSDA’s North Coast Ohio District Student of the Year because this award is given to somebody who embodies the values of speech and debate, not just the person who is most ‘successful.’ How did you meet your closest Gilmour friend? Through speech and debate Is there a quote/saying from one of your Gilmour teachers/coaches that you’ll remember long after you graduate? Oh gosh … I don’t even know. There have been so many memorable things said to me by Gilmour faculty. I don’t know if there is one specific thing I could pin down that I’ll

remember, but I’ll certainly always remember the way that they’ve always challenged and inspired me to be the best I can be. What was your favorite Gilmour lunch? Hands down the salmon. In my opinion, it’s easily the most underrated lunch we serve; I mean how could you not love a perfectly cooked piece of salmon on a Tuesday afternoon? What was the best senior privilege? Being able to wear our own oxford and polo shirts. Where are you going to college? Wellesley College What do you intend to major in? I intend on majoring in economics and probably doing a second major in something else. I don’t know what that something else is yet, but it’s between political science and math. I fell in love with Wellesley because, as a liberal arts college, I have the freedom to explore pretty much any area of study I want. Wellesley also has a strong relationship with MIT so I can take any course there – including graduate classes. What is your dream job? I don’t have a dream job per se, but rather a dream goal. My dream goal is to help equalize opportunities within the city of Cleveland, so I guess whatever job lets me do that is my dream job. What are you doing this summer? This summer I will be working as an intern at Policy Matters Ohio, an economic think tank dedicated to working for a more vibrant, equitable, sustainable and inclusive Ohio (read as: I’ll be fetching coffee and reading about public policy).





Catalyst Program helping For years, Julie Fiorelli, Ph.D. '04, clinical psychologist, dreamed of being a pediatrician.

Spring semester Catalyst students Megan Polak '15, Andrea Doe '16 and Madeleine Miller '16

This semester, three more science-minded students participated in the Catalyst program, gaining incredible hands-on research experience. Madeleine Miller ’16, who hopes to one day become a pediatrician, worked alongside Dr. Goutham Narla at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Dr. Narla is researching a new cancer treatment using an existing class of drugs that have been found to have efficacy in fighting cancer. Andrea Doe ’16 was mentored by Dr. Amy Hise, of CWRU. Doe assisted her with her research on understanding the immune response to fungal infections.



Megan Polak ’15, who will head to Lehigh University in the fall to pursue a neuroscience degree and play Division I volleyball, worked with Dr. Lee Thompson (wife of Gilmour physics teacher Paul Appelbaum) at CWRU. They were designing different models to test working memory in college students. They then used these models to gauge their efficacy as a significant predictor of higher mental abilities. Miller, Doe and Polak join a group of nearly 200 Gilmour students who have participated in the Catalyst program. Many have gone on to pursue careers in the science field and often credit their involvement in Catalyst with giving them their start.

“Part of what drew me to Catalyst was getting experience for medical research,” she recalls. In Catalyst her junior year of high school, Fiorelli tested samples in a lab at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, contributing to research on pediatric polycystic kidney disease. “I have always been into the creative problem solving aspect of math and science, and the Catalyst program gave me the opportunity to develop and use those skills,” she says. The findings of the pediatric polycystic kidney disease research

For Mark Nasca '06, analyst at a heathcare-focused equity hedge fund, Catalyst is where it all began. The analyst says Gilmour’s esteemed science program marked his foray into research-based science. “My love of science just kind of clicked in my brain,” Nasca says. “The program was great, because it allowed me to go deeper into things.” For his Catalyst project, Nasca worked in the organic chemistry lab at Hiram College. It shed light on

to shape careers in the sciences were published in a national scientific research journal. “It was the most real world experience that I had up to that point,” Fiorelli says. Fiorelli has had a lot more real world experience in the years since. She chose a slightly different path than pediatrics, earning instead her doctorate in clinical psychology. Her work still has a pediatric focus, though. She did a yearlong internship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Now she is in the midst of her post-doctoral fellowship

what he wanted in his career, and what he didn’t want. “I realized I didn’t see myself working in a lab. But I also saw how fun it is to put A and B together and get C,” Nasca recalls. “I recognized that I loved science.” Through Catalyst, Nasca came to speak the language of science and learned how to problem solve – two things that help him in his job today. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Colgate University in 2012 with a degree in economics.

training at Alfred I. du Pont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del. There, Fiorelli says, she is “working to integrate psychology into the pediatric primary care setting and to show through research that integrated care is effective at reducing costs and improving quality.” With changes in U.S. healthcare and more focus placed on prevention, Fiorelli says, “it’s important for psychologists to have good relationships with pediatricians. When located right in the pediatrician’s office, families have greater access to clinical psychologists and their services. My goal as a clinical psychologist is to be more accessible to families.”

Nasca, who clocked time as an equity research associate covering pharmaceutical stocks at Morgan Stanley, now works for a healthcarefocused equity hedge fund called Ghost Tree Capital in New York City. He is an analyst who covers the entire therapeutics industry, including pharmaceuticals and biotech. “It’s wild,” he says. “The amount of volatility and the sheer magnitude

That mission will continue for Fiorelli when she takes on another year of fellowship training at University of Colorado School of Medicine/ Colorado Children’s Hospital in Denver Sept. 1. The focus this time will be on infant mental health – for the zero to 3 age group. “It’s really the ultimate early intervention and prevention experience,” she says, as it addresses issues such as parent mental health and child development. “Though the content of my research is different, much of my work now demands the same creative problemsolving and research skills I was exposed to through the Catalyst program,” Fiorelli says. “It was an ideal way to get my feet wet.”

of the stock price moves that you see on a daily basis in the therapeutics space are what make the space so unique.” He loves the science-based path he’s chosen and the challenge it presents. “Every day is hard and every day is new,” he says. “I am always dealing with a new challenge or a new financial model. Failures are important because they add to the body of work. Proving that something isn’t true is just as important as proving that it is true.”




The Lorraine and Bill Dodero Center for Performing Arts

Fundraising Initiative

Momentum continues to build for the Lorraine and Bill Dodero Center for Performing Arts. Through the generosity of members of the Gilmour family, to date we have raised more than $6.5 million of the $13 million needed for the project. Below are the naming opportunities that have been secured. The Lorraine and Bill Dodero Center for Performing Arts


The Little Theatre – in honor of Patrick and Catherine O’Rourke


The Bell Tower Entrance – in honor of The John P. Murphy Foundation


Speech and Debate Presentation Room – in honor of Oliver E. Seikel ’55


Outside Commons & Garden East Entry – Kathy and Jim Pender


The Nacy and Rosemary Panzica Portico Entrance


Outside Commons & Garden West Entry – The Dudley Sheffler Family


The Box Office – in honor of The Kulas Foundation


The Academic Courtyard – in honor of Carole and David Carr


Faculty Office – Michael Nestor ’98


Speech and Debate Practice Room – in honor of Christian Borkey ’16


Speech and Debate Practice Room – in honor of Robert S., Linda L., Anthony ’17 and Angeline ’19 Monitello Speech and Debate Practice Room – in honor of Richard, Lisa, Matthew ’11 and John ’16 Oliver Speech and Debate Practice Room – in honor of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Borkey, Sr. Family

$15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Don’t miss your chance to see your name in lights! To learn more about the variety of naming opportunities and/or to learn more about ways you can help Gilmour’s vision for the arts become a reality, please contact Mary Kate Farrar Vega ’93 at or (440) 473-8009 or Kathy Kenny at or (440) 473-8018.



Two of the existing programs that will be able to expand in both size and scope when the Center for Performing Arts becomes a reality are the speech and debate and drama programs. Both saw great student successes this year and eagerly await the opportunities the new space will allow. The National Speech and Debate Association has recognized the Gilmour Speech and Debate team as a member of Society 300, which signifies that the team ranks in the top one percent of all speech and debate teams in the United States, regardless of size. The team also won the Leading Chapter Award for Excellence in Speech, placed first in cumulative sweepstakes points at the Ohio High School Speech League state tournament and placed second in overall sweeps. Individually, many team members had incredible seasons as well. Twenty-six students qualified for the state tournament, where the following students placed:

Alexis Canty ’15 – state champion in dramatic interpretation Sophia Zupanc ’15 – second place in Student Congress Sean Kelley ’16 and Christian Borkey ’16 – second place in duo interpretation Nicholas Abdallah ’15 – fourth in prose poetry interpretation Nupur Goel ’17 – fourth in original oratory Andrea Doe ’16 – fifth in oratorical interpretation Eight students have also qualified for nationals, which will be held in Dallas June 14-19. National qualifiers include Borkey, Canty, Goel, Claire Jacobs ’15, Kelley, Kylie Velotta ’16, Sebastian Williams ’18 and Zupanc. Additionally, Sean McLennan ’15 and Megan Porter ’15 won the Dr. Larry Banks Award, presented to the LincolnDouglas team with the most wins at districts.

Grant Bent ’15 was the top speech and debate points earner this season in the state of Ohio and set a Gilmour record for points earned as well. Zupanc was named northeast Ohio’s Student of the Year in speech and debate by the Cleveland district of the National Speech and Debate Association. She also received the Gay Janis Award, established in 2008 by the Cleveland district and named for longtime Gilmour speech and debate coach Gay Janis. It is awarded annually to northeast Ohio’s Outstanding Student Congress competitor. Finally, the Drama Club was again recognized by the American High School Theater Festival for its overall level of achievement and has been invited to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. This is the world’s largest theater showcase.

Even the littlest Lancers are excited about the new Center for Performing Arts! Br. Robert Lavelle received these three notes, each with a $1 donation for the new facility, from Evan ’27, Nathan ’26 and Ben ’24 Lindley.



making a DIFFERENCE Mike Porath ’93 built his career at the likes of ABC News and The New York Times, where he mastered digital media and storytelling. Last year, armed with a greater vision, he left his job to create with his wife, Sarah Gifford Porath ’93. The Mighty is a media company designed to help people facing health-related challenges. Using honest and often inspirational stories, the Poraths and their growing team see it as a vehicle to offer support and connect people facing difficult situations. We talked to Mike recently about how The Mighty is flexing its muscle. Q: Why did you create The Mighty? A: To help people facing disabilities, diseases and chronic health conditions. Q: What do you hope it achieves? A: I hope one of our stories helps someone get through their day. It’s that simple. Q: Where did the idea for The Mighty come from? A: It really came from our personal experience. Our daughter Annabel has Dup15q Syndrome, a rare chromosome disorder that includes autism and a number of other challenges. Connecting with other families who are facing the same condition has helped us more than anything else. That’s at the heart of The Mighty. Q: And the name? A: We wanted to emphasize the positive – the strength, joy and beauty that we’ve experienced. Sarah and I sat at the dining room table one night and wrote down 28


100 or so names. We both liked the word “mighty.” When I saw the domain “” was available, I pounced and bought it. It felt right. Q: What has surprised you most about it? A: The speed at which we’ve grown. Our first 1,000 stories have been read more than 20 million times. I did not expect that level of growth in our first six to nine months. Q: Is it challenging focusing on positive stories in today's journalism world? A: Most stories on the web are throwaway stories that aren’t worthy of our time. At The Mighty, we try to produce takeaway stories – stories that stay with you. If these stories help people, they will share them with others, which will drive our growth. So far that’s working well.

Henry, Sarah, Annabel, Mike and Isaac Porath Q: How do you envision The Mighty evolving? A: Short term, we’re going to start producing our own video stories. Long term, I think our future is very bright if we just stay true to our purpose. When someone gets a diagnosis, I want them to know The Mighty and our community is here to help them through their journey. Stories are just the start. We can build the world’s largest community around this. Q: What do you say to parents struggling to find the right solutions for their kids? A: I suggest connecting with other people facing similar challenges. You get great insight from people who have been in your shoes, as well as emotional support. Q: Anything you want to add? A: You can find us at If you want to submit a story, email us at


Brave Face

her old normal of 55-hour work weeks. My brother (Tim '12) has been able to remain close by coming home every few weekends to visit from Kenyon College. Q: What’s a typical day like for you?

When Matt Barry ’13 was diagnosed in August with the most treatable form of pediatric leukemia, it changed his world. As he undergoes treatment and dreams of life as a normal college student, he takes some time to talk to us about his experience with the disease, his positive outlook and how you can help. Q: How did it feel to hear you had leukemia? A: I was glad to hear it because it meant we had established a game plan. When I heard the leukemia diagnosis, I knew that I was in for a long and strenuous journey, but I recognized I was going to get through this a stronger person. After the doctor delivered the diagnosis and left the room, I began to focus on the Indians game that was on in the background. Amazingly, Michael Brantley hit a walk-off home run in extra innings to end the game. I looked at his success in a clutch situation as a metaphor for my cancer. This is a hard battle, but I will outlast the cancer and it will make a mistake. Q: What impact has your diagnosis had on your family? A: My family is very close and very strong. My dad (Dean '84) has been my right hand, spending over 60 nights in the hospital with me. My mom has shown her juggling skills by managing her new normal with me being sick and

A: Every day is a challenge. Many times, I don't get a good night’s sleep because of one thing or another. I have much less energy than I once did and struggle to complete seemingly routine activities. Your sense of accomplishment changes dramatically when you have leukemia. There are days when leaving my bedroom is an achievement because the chemotherapy is so taxing. Everything aches, but I deal with it. I can't do anything to change it other than press on. Q: What gives you hope? A: The people around me, my faith and knowing that I will eventually be cured. Q: What do you dream about? A: I dream about being back at Denison University with my friends. I look forward to the day when I am stressed about my class work and what I am doing that night rather than my next chemo treatment or some part of my body that happens to be aching. After graduating, I hope to work for University Hospitals of Cleveland in

development because of the care and love they have shown my family and me. Q: Your family has raised money for the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at UH’s Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. How much have you raised to date? A: More than $100,000, which includes a dollar-for-dollar match from an amazingly generous, anonymous donor. We have raised money by asking our family and friends, as well as using social media such as my Facebook page, BarryCancer. Q: How can others donate? A: Go to, select “other” from the designation section and fill in the box by typing Matt Barry Fund at UH. You can also mail a check payable to University Hospitals to 11100 Euclid Ave. MCCO-5062, Cleveland, Ohio 44106 or contact Megan Massacci at Q: What else do you want people to know? A: All childhood cancers received only four percent of federal cancer research grants. Though my form of cancer is curable, the process is grueling and about 20 percent of those who start the treatment don't make it. We need to eradicate this disease to end the suffering that individuals and families experience on a daily basis. Secondly, please consider donating blood. To date, I have had 35 blood transfusions and 12 bags of platelets. Blood is so important for hospitals to have on hand.






Our Lady


20TH A N N I V E R S A R Y S E P T E M B E R 1 3, 2 0 1 5

By Beth Geraci ’90


ince the 1970s, Fred A. and Alice Lennon were regulars at Gilmour Mass on Saturday evenings. As Fred prayed in the intimate confines of the small chapel week after week, however, he was dreaming of something much bigger.

In December 1994, the Swagelok founder, Gilmour Honorary Trustee, past parent and prolific donor called Fr. John Blazek, ’58 C.S.C. saying he wanted to donate a new chapel. It was no insignificant offer. The last time Gilmour had a new chapel on campus, it was September 1946. “When I think of Fred today, my heart is filled with gratitude for his vision and his faith,” says Fr. John. By June 17, 1995, when the first Mass was held at the new Our Lady Chapel, Lennon’s vision had become a reality. And on Sept. 16, 1995, it was officially dedicated. As Our Lady Chapel approaches its 20th anniversary this September, we look back at the history of the chapels on campus and how Lennon’s notable legacy is fostering an indelible sense of community for the Academy and other worshipers. Using his own company architect and builder for the project, Lennon first imagined the new chapel as an expansion of Gilmour’s chapel. But because of the structure of Tudor House, his architect said it was impossible. Only then did Lennon begin thinking about building a brand new chapel on campus. And he could not have imagined the far-reaching impact his brainchild would have.




Our Lady


Small Chapels of Yore Our Lady Chapel is drastically different from Gilmour’s earlier chapels, which were much smaller and more intimate. Whereas Our Lady Chapel seats 550, Gilmour’s very first chapel, dedicated on Dec. 24, 1945, was a small room located on the third floor of Tudor House. It was used for less than a year. The following September, a four-car garage attached to Tudor House was converted to Gilmour’s second chapel. The Holy Spirit Chapel, as it was called, was designed by Brother Loyola, C.S.C. It’s the chapel Lennon began going to in the ’70s and the one most Gilmour alumni will remember. It was Gilmour’s chapel for nearly 50 years – from Sept. 2, 1946 to summer 1995. For his first 15 years on campus, Fr. John said Mass in the Holy Spirit Chapel, where the capacity was just 75. “Let’s

The Early Years



We live a deeper sense of spirituality than we probably were living before, and the chapel plays a huge part in that. Because we have grown so much, we have not had a "spiritual place" large enough to gather. And now that place has become a way of life. ~ Fr. John Blazek, C.S.C.

face it, you were on top of each other there,” Fr. John says. “You put 75 people in there, it was like sardines.” Many a person will remember the sight of Fr. John’s sneakers peeking out from beneath his vestment robe during those old Saturday evening Masses. In such a small room, it was hard not to notice. And with such tight quarters, as Gilmour’s student body grew in those five decades, school Masses had to be

held in the gym. “That was always difficult, because it’s a gym,” Fr. John says. “How do you tell a teenager, ‘It’s not a gym right now, it’s a church?’”

Our Lady Chapel Changes Everything By donating Our Lady Chapel, Fred Lennon changed forever the Mass experience at Gilmour – for the student body, Fr. John and the entire Gilmour community.


For students, Our Lady Chapel meant that school Masses no longer would have to be held in the gym. Our Lady Chapel is big enough to host regular school Masses as well as Convocation every Tuesday through Friday morning.

larger and more unique, more open, has enabled it to flourish.”

spiritual space, but to think about how it’s led to the faith of the community becoming more engrained in our daily life is pretty amazing.”

“We live a deeper sense of spirituality than we probably were living before, and the chapel plays a huge part in that,” he says. “Because we have grown so much, we have not had a ‘spiritual place’ large enough to gather. And now that place has become a way of life.” Our Lady Chapel offers space for daily Mass, drawing about 70 people to Saturday vigil Masses and 125 people to Sunday Masses. During Mass, Fr. John invites people around the altar. “In the old chapel, you couldn’t do that because you were already gathered around the altar, just by sitting there,” he says. Our Lady Chapel offers space for more than celebrating Mass, too. It also provides space for retreats, special events, and youth group gatherings.

“This is about Holy Cross spirituality, about belonging, being a family, being a community,” Fr. John says. “There are a number of people who consider it their place of worship. And the space being


The people of Our Lady Chapel, by coming together, are more spiritual as a result of the sacred building, Fr. John adds.

“It’s a more sacred experience now in the new chapel as a result, without a doubt,” says Fr. John. “It gives us a sense of community that we didn’t have before. The idea of the whole school being together is a very essential part of who we are. The new chapel really embodies the Holy Cross way in that it’s all about community.”

Fr. John means that quite literally. The chapel’s impact extends well beyond the school into the surrounding Gates Mills community.


Lennon passed away in 1998. But were he alive today, Fr. John knows just what he would say to him about the profound impact his unique gift has had. “I would say to Fred neither he nor I ever really knew what this chapel would mean to us as the Gilmour family,” Fr. John says. “The reaches of the chapel touch so many in so many different ways. I originally thought of it as a

Gilmour invites you to join in celebrating the 20th anniversary of Our Lady Chapel. The celebration will be held Sept. 13, two days before Founders Day, which marks the founding of the Holy Cross mission. It will begin with a 10 a.m. Mass said by Bishop Roger Gries, followed by a champagne brunch in the athletic facility.

To register for the brunch, please contact Tricia Maisano '96 at or (440) 684-4591.





Who’s Doing What, When and Where 1950 TED SCHAFER has been retired since

2003 following a 45-year career as a family physician and 33 years as a Navy reservist.

1951 Congratulations to BILL O’NEILL and wife, Kathy, the Christ Child Society of Cleveland’s 2014 Persons of the Year. Both have a long history of community involvement.

1955 News from CHARLES GRADY is that, as of October 2014, he is now a full-time Florida resident.

1964 VINCE COLLETTI writes that his 50


Gilmour reunion was wonderful. He and wife, Frances, are blessed with one grandchild, Jack, with two more expected.

1966 JIM MCCRYSTAL, of Brzytwa Quick &

McCrystal LLC, has been honored with a Prentice Marshall Faculty Award for the Development of Innovative Teaching Methods by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. For more than 40 years, this organization has provided learn-bydoing advocacy training for lawyers in the United States and over 20 foreign countries; Jim has been a volunteer with them for nearly 25 years. 34


Pictured from left to right: Dave Hinckley, Mark Lameier, Tim Coleman, John Eby, Frank Piraino, Mike Svoboda, Dave Janasek, Rick DeJohn, Bob Zhun and Tim Tremont.

1971 Congratulations to BOB FIALA, managing partner of ThenDesign Architecture, who was recognized by the Willoughby Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce as the Business Leader of the Year. The company, started by Fiala in 1989, specializes in architecture, planning and interior design … JOHN MURRAY was recently designated as a 2015 Ohio Super Lawyer, a distinction that only five percent of lawyers in Ohio receive each year. The list recognizes exceptional lawyers who have achieved notable professional accomplishments that are recognized by their fellow lawyers and judges through peer review … Well they did it again! Having had

such a great time meetin’ up and gettin’ down in Hilton Head in October 2013, party-minded members of the Class of ’71 descended on beautiful Siesta Key, Fla., home to BOB ZHUN for the last 25 years and the #1 rated beach in the USA. Numbers grew this time around with first timers DAVE HINCKLEY, JOHN EBY, RICK DEJOHN and TONY PANZICA joining TIM TREMONT, MIKE SVOBODA, TIM COLEMAN, FRANK PIRAINO, DAVE JANASEK and MARK LAMEIER for a long

weekend of beach, fun and golf – topped off by a poolside bash at Bob’s shack featuring a feast of international flavors. And they’re all getting together once more the first weekend of November 2015. All class members are encouraged to attend!


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What’s a good book? Walter Isaacson’s book on Steve Jobs. I don’t think (Jobs) would be my best friend, but I was amazed how one person’s will can change so much of what goes on in society today. So that book was truly amazing for me. Who’s your favorite architect? I’m a huge Frank Lloyd Wright fan. I just think he was such a perfectionist. Again, somebody I don’t think you’d have a lot of fun with, but I’m a huge fan of his work. You’ve said your class, the Class of ’60, is a tight group. Yes, thanks mainly to the care of Bill Crookston, we are kept in the loop of all of our members’ movements and whereabouts when known. There are about 39 out of 49 of us still lingering about and we all think it's still the late 1950s. If I could do it all over again… I would have held on to my Turner stock.


Where do you like to kill time in New York City? I love walking up and down the Hudson River when the weather’s nice. They’ve redone the whole west side, and there are a couple places where you can stop for a drink.




TOM ASHLEY TOM ASHLEY ’60 is at it again. He has another TV production in the works, and he’s excited about this one. It’s about one of his longtime passions – architecture. Ashley’s architectural interests were burnished among the notable buildings of his hometown Detroit. They’re rooted, too, in Rome, where he attended the Notre Dame International School as a high school sophomore. But nothing piqued his interest in architecture more than the Empire State Building.

“We took a boat back from Rome. As soon as I got off the boat I immediately took off to the top of the Empire State Building,” Ashley recalls of his 16-year-old self. “That’s what really kicked it into gear.” Years later, in 2012, Ashley produced a one-hour documentary on the iconic building. It aired on several PBS outlets. Although he didn’t know it then, it was the catalyst for his current project, “Build It High,” a three-part documentary on skyscrapers. If successful, “Build It High” will be the first segment in a new architectural TV series. It initially will air on the state-owned network of Italy. “After that, who knows?” Ashley says. “I’d love to see the entire series come to fruition,” says Ashley, who is producing and directing the documentary. Ashley has had a successful career in broadcasting. He headed Turner Broadcasting’s advertising sales division for 10 years, moving it from Atlanta to New York as the company grew. He also found fame as the creator of the “This Day In” vignettes that ran on TV from 1988 to 1995. If Ashley has the Empire State Building to thank for his current project, he has the Notre Dame International School – once a Gilmour sister school – to thank for bringing him to Gilmour his junior year. For Ashley, who long battled attention problems, the guidance of Br. Ivo, Vern Weber and Br. William was just what he needed. Under Weber’s direction, Ashley shined at the 440-meter in track, setting a school record. “Whenever I return to Gilmour I take a lap around the track,” Ashley says. “I also go over to the bust of Br. Ivo and give him a pat on the head and thank him for somehow getting me into Georgetown.”



What have you learned about yourself this year? That I can thrive no matter what life throws at me. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and deepens your understanding of life. You are married to David Teisler, also from Cleveland, and have a daughter, Maggie, 12, whom you adopted from China. What would you like to say about them? Maggie is such a gift. She’s developing as a martial artist and musical talent, performing Mozart and Bach on piano and learning to sing things like liturgical pieces in Italian at the Bard Preparatory Division of the Conservatory, Plus, she’s the ultimate snuggle bunny. What’s the best part of your day? A good day is when I can meditate and paint, when it's quiet and the sun is out, and my family is happy, healthy and all in their right places. What makes you smile? My daughter’s music and martial arts skills and her love of horses, plus, my dog’s utter devotion to me and my daughter, and my husband’s sense of humor that hits the mark every once in a while.




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What motivates you? The desire to see my child graduate from college






MARY ANNE O’MALLEY ’72 never liked boarding school. She wanted desperately to study art. However, the school and her family wouldn’t let her. “My family thought art was silly,” she says. “Then I went to Glen Oak.”

There, O’Malley had the Art Barn, with sculpture and a dark room. She painted, made films, developed photos and worked with Mr. Turkaly after school. “Glen Oak was an explosive, creative time, and I really blossomed,” O’Malley says. “I knew at that point I wanted to be an artist.” O’Malley’s career has been steeped in art at every turn. As a student at the Cleveland Institute of Art and a young professional, she focused on contemporary painting, printmaking and sculpture. In 1980, she moved to New York City, showing her sculptures at Leo Castelli Gallery and other well-known galleries. Sculpture, in turn, led to “a natural progression to architecture,” O’Malley says. So in 1981, she enrolled in Pratt Institute’s architecture program, continuing to sculpt and show in her free time. Upon graduating from Pratt in 1984, she designed multi-use buildings and stayed with it until 1993, when a stress-related illness and tanking economy caused her to look elsewhere – and inward. O’Malley yearned for a career centered on more spiritual values. “I’d always wanted to study iconography, so I thought, ‘Why not do that now?’” O’Malley says. She studied with renowned Russian iconographers who helped her hone her skills. And she found that iconography – painting images of religious icons – was her calling. It’s been her passion for the past 25 years. In painting images of the Virgin Mary and saints for churches, chapels and private clients nationwide, O’Malley uses an ancient style of painting called egg tempera, a combination of egg yolks, gold leaf, gems and minerals. She recently completed a large group of paintings for a New York church and is working on a commission, a tryptic of the Raising of Lazarus. “When you paint an icon, you’re painting that saint only in light, in a transfigured body, a spiritual perfection," O’Malley says. “I love the spiritual aspect of it. I feel as if it's been what I have been training to do for my entire life."

BILL MULLIGAN ’72 is managing partner of Primus Capital Funds, a Cleveland-based private equity organization. But he’s also heavily invested in several non-profits. A board member at the Cleveland Clinic, Western Reserve Land Conservancy and Land Trust Alliance, among others, Mulligan long has involved himself with charitable causes. “I find the work to be interesting and believe there is an obligation to get involved and support organizations that are helping others,” he says. Mulligan’s involvement with charitable organizations doesn’t often extend beyond serving on boards, although he has led annual funds and capital campaigns. Given his financial expertise – he currently is investing a $353 million fund for Primus – he typically is given investment-related responsibilities. Of all his charitable involvement over the years, Mulligan feels closest to causes such as education, health care and land conservation. He serves on the board of Denison University, where he earned a bachelor’s in economics in 1976 (and met his wife), and is a former longtime Gilmour board member whose father, Thomas, served as Gilmour’s general counsel. “I got a great education and made many good friends,” Mulligan says of his time at Gilmour. “It prepared me well.”

Who was your best teacher at Gilmour? Paul Primeau. There was not a better chemistry teacher.

What skill would you like to learn? I’d like to play a musical instrument. Maybe in my retirement I’ll find the time to learn.


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What’s your favorite thing about Cleveland? The people and opportunities to get involved and make a difference.



Tell us about your family. I am married to Hattie. We have two children and one grandchild.



What’s something you’re looking forward to? My second grandchild, due in early June.





Pianist ROBERT DUBBS has started a new business in downtown Cleveland as a freelance entertainer.

BILL JUNGLAS, wife, Barb, and children,

Holy Cross Br. Andre Bessette, C.S.C. Volunteerism Award for her 10 years of service at St. Edward High School in Lakewood.

Kelly and Tori, have been in Sacramento for 10 years. Daughter, JESSICA JUNGLAS PERKEY ’99, is in Houston and son, TIM ’02, lives in Cleveland.




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At Gilmour, MIKE NOONAN ’87 shined in the pool, a champion swimmer. Nearly 30 years later, his aquatic reputation is surging again.






Except this time, Noonan is finding success on the water, as a photographer of oceans, lakes and rivers worldwide. “I've always noticed how light and color reflect off water, and I always thought it was beautiful,” says Noonan, who got his first camera as a high school graduation gift. “But it wasn't until around eight years ago that I started trying to capture the images with a camera.” When he did, he was struck by the vibrant colors that emerged. Viewers of Noonan’s work likewise are impressed by the colors. Often they cannot even gauge what they are seeing. It’s one of the great surprises of his work, Noonan says, especially because his photos, all large-scale and raw, aren’t enhanced in any way. That abstract perspective is the key to Noonan’s artistry. It’s why he doesn’t consider himself a photographer so much as an artist. “Yes, I know how to work a camera and a lens and get nice pictures of things, but when I take pictures of water it is more about composition, patterns and colors,” he says. In the end, things like light, currents, waves, water traffic and sea life shape his work. Noonan’s work is found in private and corporate collections worldwide. Five of his works were on display at the Olympia Centre in Chicago. The building purchased the pieces for its corporate collection. After May 3, they were dispersed throughout the city at the company’s other buildings, including the Willis Tower. When he’s not shooting in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean or right here stateside, Noonan owns and operates a luxury leather goods company called PVMN in Chicago, where he lives with his partner of more than 10 years, Phil Palmer. And while his art clientele is building more and more, Noonan isn’t quitting his day job yet. “Maybe someday,” he says.



What would be a dream come true for you? I would love to see one of my photographs sell at Art Basel (the premier international art show for modern and contemporary works). Or an even bigger dream would be to one day see a piece of mine in a museum. What's the best place you've traveled to? Myanmar (Burma). We went in 2013, and it had recently opened up. It is a place that seems to be untouched by the western world. What's one thing you couldn't travel without? My camera. And my partner. Which famous person would you love to meet? I already know Mrs. Kenny. What is your favorite vice? Cocktails with friends

1981 Now living in Colorado, VINCE GUARINO is working at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

1984 DEAN BARRY is now a trustee at

the Cleveland Museum of Art; he was elected to a five-year term last September.

Patrick Mancino ’88 at the NASDAQ Opening Bell ceremony competitor, having run in the New York City marathon, the Washington D.C. Marine Corps marathon and a previous Chicago marathon.

1989 BARBARA ROMER is a producer of the

Carter Franklin and Saige Joi Dunn

1988 Congratulations to DUANE DUNN and wife, Constance, on the October 24, 2014 birth of twins, Carter Franklin and Saige Joi … PATRICK MANCINO participated in the NASDAQ market bell opening ceremony in New York City during the 2014 United Nations General Assembly Week with HE Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani, Minister of Economy and Commerce for the state of Qatar, and Mrs. Matilda Cuomo, former first lady and first mother of the state of New York … PAT RHODE completed the Chicago Marathon last October; it was his personal best time of 3 hours 59 minutes. Pat is a veteran marathon

movie “Days and Nights,” which won awards at Sundance and opened at the IFC Center in New York last September.

1990 For the second year in a row, CHRISTIAN ERIKSON, a pediatric intensivist at Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas, was elected by his peers as one of the top 59 doctors in Houston.

1991 Congratulations to JP FARRAR and wife, Colleen, on the birth of Seamus Patrick. He joins sisters Maeve and Cecelia. The family resides in Chicago … MARK POOLOS started a new company, Elite Medical Distributors LTD. Located in Fairview Park, Ohio, the company sells medical, surgical, and therapy equipment and services.

1992 JUNE KYU LEE, the executive managing

Pat Rhode ’88 on his way to a personal record in the Chicago Marathon.

director of Seokwang Development Co., Ltd, is the 2015 president of the Junior Chamber International Korea-Seoul … VERONICA VAZQUEZ is now the head of the math department at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire. The second edition of her GED flashcards is almost ready for publication. GILMOUR MAGAZINE






STEVEN ABOOD, the co-director of the

RAVI KUMAR and wife, Robyn, are the

JOE BRADLEY and wife, Krista,

Invincible Woman Project, is teaching Invincible Woman Self Defense at

proud parents of Acton Masatoshi, born September 9, 2014.

announced the birth of their son, Cameron Joseph … ANTHONY QUAGLIATA and wife, Gina, welcomed son, Anthony Ronald; big sister is Lyla.

1995 Congratulations to MARK RULE, who married Amie Durr at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame on November 9. A reception was later held in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Invincible Woman self-defense class Florida International University. He has taught self defense to the U.S. Army, multiple police departments and members of the FBI and U.S. Navy Seals. The Invincible Woman Project is a Kickstarter campaign to make the self-defense course available to as many women as possible by producing a DVD set and phone app and making it accessible to battered women’s shelters. You can learn more about the project on their Invincible Woman Project Facebook page … MATT HEFFERNAN reported that son, Patrick Murphy, has arrived; he and his mom, Allison, are doing great. This is the Heffernan family’s second child … JOY EMERSON IANNICCA is the judicial secretary to Honorable Judge Melody J. Stewart of the 8th District Court of Appeals. Previously, Joy was a paralegal with the Cuyahoga County Public Defender for 16 years … BRAD LIGUZINSKI and wife, Vanessa, are the proud parents of Nicholas, their first child … CHRIS RHODE and Julia Blyum were married in October 2014 on the beach in Tulum, Mexico. The couple will continue to reside in Moscow, Russia.



Ainsley, Hadley and Jameson Walsh, children of Amy Farrar Walsh ’96

1997 Congratulations to AMY HORVAT PHELPS and husband, Bart, on the December 16, 2014 birth of Briar Ann Phelps.

Mark Rule ’93 and Amie Durr at the Basilica at the University of Notre Dame

Chris Rhode ’93 and Julia Blyum at their Tulum, Mexico beach wedding

1998 KATE DAVIS ANDREWS is working on her

Masters in French at Lyon 2 Lumière University in Lyon, France. She is doing a comparison of writer Henri de Monfreid’s autobiographical work, “Mer Rouge,” and his photographs from the same period. Kate also successfully ran her first fundraising campaign in November, raising money for the Academy of Applied

Kate Davis Andrews ’98

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LAURA SHOEMAKER ’92, D.O., has built her career on some of life’s most poignant moments. They’re the intimate moments at the end of a life, when loved ones sitting vigil speak in hushed tones. When making the patient comfortable is the premier goal. When tears are often plentiful.


Formerly a medical director at Hospice of the Western Reserve, Dr. Shoemaker has worked in the Cleveland Clinic’s Hospice and Palliative Medicine Program since 2013. As a hospital consultant, Shoemaker works with patients with cancer, lung disease and other complex illnesses, helping them manage their symptoms and alleviate their pain. “Usually there are things I can do to make them more comfortable, but I can also do things like minimize fear and give them relief emotionally when I can’t give them relief physically,” Shoemaker says. Communication – both with patients and their loved ones – is a chief component of Shoemaker’s job. On any given day she talks to terminally ill patients about their prognosis, their values or their wishes. She acts as a liaison between patients and medical teams. And she coordinates interdisciplinary care with nurses, chaplains and more. Shoemaker considers it a privilege to work so closely with those who are scared and vulnerable. “I feel like I get to do every day what I went to medical school to do, which is to make people feel better,” says Shoemaker, who received her degree in osteopathic medicine from Ohio University in 2002. “I also like the social piece – connecting with people and supporting them as they walk that journey of illness.” While her work has inherently sad moments, “in no way is it depressing,” Shoemaker says. “It’s often life affirming.” Which skill helps you most on the job? Being a good listener. It enables me to respond to people’s concerns in the best possible way. The medical piece is huge, but there’s more value to everyone involved with the social aspect of the job.

What do you do in your free time? I spend it with my family. I have been married to my husband, Mayur Panpya, for 11 years. He is a psychiatrist at the Cleveland Clinic. We have a son, Sameer, 7, and a daughter, Sara, 4.

Myofunctional Sciences in support of Tempormandibular Disorder Awareness Month … CHRISTINE DEOREO and husband, Doug Krenik are the proud parents of Cara Rose … MARK FORQUER and wife, Emma, announced the recent birth of William.

What is one quality you’d like to impart to your children? Kindness

What’s something that stands out about your parents? Their commitment to education

Where do you feel most comfortable? At home with my kids and husband

What is your greatest indulgence? Chocolate

1999 BEN FALLER recently accepted the

position of executive director of HRRC (Home Repair Resource Center). He is also an adjunct professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, teaching courses in community development

and mediation, and serves as the board chairperson for Larchmere Porchfest … Congratulations to MEREDITH PANZICA MANNING and husband, Joe, on the birth of their second son, Louis, in December.




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ANDY BRETT ’03 was sporting a tattered Gilmour shirt, gearing up for his run.






It’s the same way the former Gilmour cross country star had set out on countless other runs. But this one was different, bigger, colder. It was, after all, in Antarctica. And with it, Brett’s two-year quest to run a marathon on each of the seven continents came to a triumphant second-place conclusion. Brett’s journey began in Switzerland in May 2013. It included an ultra-marathon through Australia’s Blue Mountains, a 75K in Kenya, a 50K in the Philippines, and a photo finish alongside a horse in Patagonia. As Brett braced for the chill of Antarctica, he knew he was seasoned enough to withstand the course’s toughest moments. He had the Blue Mountains to thank for that. “I was running, and you just know you’re going to hit a hill and lose all the momentum you built up,” he recalls of the grueling Australia ultra-marathon. “So it’s important to have this internal force that will empower you to build momentum again. I know that drive is down in me now.” Brett’s “seven marathons on seven continents” goal was born from his love of travel. His longtime job as a freelance software developer allowed him to travel often and work from anywhere. Ultimately, his tech skills garnered the attention of one of his clients, Move Loot, who hired him full-time at its San Francisco headquarters one year ago. Brett is lead mobile engineer for Move Loot, an app and website that allows relocating people to buy and sell furniture on consignment. “We’re trying to keep furniture out of landfills and off of the curb with a ‘free’ sign on it,” Brett says. “Also, if you go the Move Loot route you can obtain name-brand furniture more affordably.” Whether Brett is building apps or furniture (his weekend hobby), “it has to have a degree of quality to it,” he says. “It’s important that I can look at my product and stand behind it and say, ‘Yes, I built that and a lot of people are using it now.’”



What are some things you’ve built at home? I built my bed. I’m working on a dresser later today. When you finish it, you have more than an object. You have this story of all these decisions you made in creating it, and you have an explanation for why it is the way it is. You have four siblings, all of whom run. What does family mean to you? They’re the people who don’t care how strange you are because they’re strange, too. Which innovator inspires you? Elon Musk Where’s your favorite place to run? So many! The Marin Headlands near San Francisco; Forest Park in Portland, Oregon; and the Blue Mountains, to name a few. You haven’t lived until you’ve_____. Jumped in the ocean with your clothes on

2001 ERICA URBAN CHABALKO and husband,

Justin, welcomed their second daughter, Mary Lynne. She joins big sister, Grace … KELLY DRAKE announced the birth of Max Gabriel, the newest family member; older son is Lucas.

2002 Born February 24, 2015, Mary is the daughter of REBECCA WELLMAN MCAVOY and husband, Rich … Comedian PHOEBE ROBINSON recently made her late-night television stand-up debut on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” She’s been on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and Comedy Central’s “Broad City” and was a staff writer on MTV’s “Girl Code” … Congratulations to MILLA SAVELIEFF and Steve Kasulke who were married in Mentor, Ohio on October 25.

2003 MARSHALL CHUBIRKA and wife,

Ashley, welcomed George William on September 20, 2014. Big sister Eloise is delighted … A major gifts development officer in the San Francisco office of EDF (Environmental Defense Fund), BRITTANY JANIS was recently named president elect for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Golden Gate Chapter for 2015 and will assume the presidential mantle next year … Congratulations to PATRICK and Ashley KEARNEY on the birth of their son, AJ. The family resides in Madisonville, Ky. … In Park City, Utah, JUSTIN PARKHURST has opened his own media company, “Daze Digital Media,”

working with online publishers and their advertisers to deliver authentic and powerful advertising campaigns. The company’s current client list includes Oakley, Levi’s, Burton and Converse.

2004 Living in Austin, Texas, JANE CIUNI is a college counselor and admissions coordinator at St. Michael’s Catholic Academy, a coed private high school … WHITNEY KING and Louis LoPiccolo were married at the Cleveland Botanical Garden on November 14, 2014. The couple lives in Mayfield Heights, Ohio and Whitney is currently working at Apex Dermatology as an assistant … JT MALLOY spent a month in Zambia working on the HIV/AIDS portfolio at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission based in Lusaka. He and wife, Megan, live in Washington, D.C. where he works for Jefferson Consulting Group.

Whitney King ’04 and Louis LoPiccolo

Max Gabriel, son of Kelly Drake ’01, born October 11, 2014

2005 CAROLINE GRECO and Charles Dodd were

married September 27, 2014 at Holy Rosary Church in Cleveland … DIANA FEDELI REYNOLDS, husband, Daniel, and son, Daniel, Jr., announced the October 30, 2014 arrival of the newest family member, Camila Anne … MARWA AZEM SCHWEN and husband, Zeyad, are the proud parents of their first son, Zaynedeen Ryan.

George William, son of Marshall Chubirka ’03, born Sept. 20, 2014

Camila Anne, daughter of Diana Fedeli Reynolds ’05, born Oct. 30, 2014 GILMOUR MAGAZINE



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Every day, MONICA NEFF ’10 shakes out her shoes, looking for scorpions and spiders. It’s just part of life in the desert, and that’s where she’s been living.






Neff is in Bat, Oman, on an archaeological dig at a prehistoric stone tower. “We hope to find evidence of the ancient civilization that lived during the Hafit period (ca. 3100-2700 B.C.),” she says. “Past excavations have provided some evidence to possible irrigation within this area of Oman, and we hope to discover further verification.” Neff is working alongside archaeologists and specialists from all over the world. Soon, she will be heading home to Cleveland to prepare for graduate school. But for now, she’s enjoying the exotic nature of her work. “The best part of the dig thus far has been the trips to other archaeological sites, markets and getting to know the locals in Bat,” she says. Oman presents a prime opportunity for Neff, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Miami University last May, minoring in both Middle Eastern Islamic Studies and the Arabic language. Her interests were cultivated first at Gilmour, where she worked in the anthropology lab at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History as a senior in Gilmour’s Catalyst science program. Living in Oman has heightened Neff’s awareness of social customs and gender roles. “Many situations and conversations that I have had with people in Oman have conformed to different social customs that I was not used to,” she says. “It’s important to remember that these social customs are done to be polite and out of respect.” Neff is sure Oman has changed her, but it’s too early to say how. “It isn't until you get home and you are around people who know you that you find out exactly how you have changed,” she says. “I just feel like I have accomplished something and gained a great deal of experience.”



Why archaeology? It presents questions that you have to answer about the past using only the evidence you do (or don’t) find. What do you hope to be doing five years from now? I hope to continue my studies and be in a Ph.D. program. What is your favorite time of day? It depends on what I am doing that day. What's the most random thing you brought with you to Oman? In the desert, everything can be used purposefully.

President and COO of Goldman Sachs Gary Cohn ’79 Provides $750,000 Donation for Scholarship in Honor of Br. Robert Lavelle, C.S.C. GARY D. COHN ’79, the president and chief operating officer of Goldman Sachs, has provided $750,000 to Gilmour to establish the Gary D. Cohn ’79 and Br. Robert Lavelle Endowed Scholarship. Mr. Cohn has created this fund in honor of Br. Robert Lavelle’s 35 years of dedicated service as Head of School at Gilmour. The scholarship will provide funding for recipients in grades 7-12 who demonstrate significant financial need, high academic potential, consistent effort and a commitment to extracurricular activities. Cohn’s decision to endow this scholarship was influenced by his own experiences as a Middle and Upper School student at Gilmour. He has been a longtime Gilmour supporter. Cohn said of his gift, “It is a joy to be able to honor Br. Robert. His impact on Gilmour and the lives of its students is immeasurable. He has given so many of us the gift of loving to learn.” Kathy Kenny, who will succeed Br. Robert as Head of School on July 1, says of the impact of Cohn’s gift, “Gary’s philanthropy to Gilmour extends more than 25 years. He has served as a trustee, an advisor to Br. Robert, and a loyal and generous alumnus. He values his Gilmour education and has put in place a scholarship that significantly honors Br. Robert and provides future generations of students the life-changing opportunities of a Gilmour education. We are so grateful for Gary’s leadership and steadfast support.”

2006 JINJOO CHO recently won Gold at the

International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. As the winner of the competition, Jinjoo was awarded a $30,000 cash prize; international concert engagements, including a Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium recital debut; career management for the next four years; and the four-year loan of the 1683 “ex-Gingold” Stradivarius.

2007 Stationed at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., BEN HARPER was recently commissioned as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army … MYUNGWON LEE is a venue guide specialist/project manager for The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic

Winter Games. He will be providing education and guiding domestic and international VIPs at the Olympics. He will also be responsible for protocol during VIP visits to venues and cooperating with relevant organizations in Korea and abroad.



JOHN CHANEY, a 2014 academic and

RACHEL KENNEY’S acting career is

keeping her busy. She’ll appear in three episodes of the premier season of the new TV show “Eye Candy” on MTV. She plays a detective on the series, which airs Mondays at 10 p.m. Eastern on MTV. She was also cast as the understudy for the lead role in a play, “The Mystery of Love and Sex,” at Lincoln Center Theater, which ran in March and April.

News from SARAH SIEDLAK is she is currently a 1L at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

2011 men’s golf athletic All-American at Wittenberg University, will earn a double major in sport management and business marketing this year. He is currently a play-by-play broadcaster and media intern at Wittenberg and president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee … Following graduation from Georgetown University this spring, ELIZABETH COERDT will serve as a Teach for America corps member in Cleveland.



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FALL/WINTER SPORTS The fall sports season was another good one at Gilmour, with several team and individual state finishes. The girls volleyball team finished its season 26-3 overall with a 6-1 record in the postseason. The team earned sectional, district and regional championships on its way to a state runner-up finish. The team lost to Huron, which was ranked #8 in the state.


In tennis news, Claudia Althans ’17 finished fourth at the state tournament in Columbus. She won her first two matches 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-3 before losing to the eventual state champion 3-6, 5-7. A young cross country team finished eighth at the state meet, led by Hannah Markel ’16, who finished in eighth as well, with a time of 19:19.89. All but two members of the team will be returning this fall, so the outlook is good for 2015. Moving into the winter season, Kiley Eble ’15 finished as the state champion in the 100m butterfly, defending her 2014 state title. She also finished as the state runner-up in the 100m backstroke. The 200m medley relay team of Caroline McCormick ’15, Gwyneth Resch ’18, Emma Meyer ’17 and Eble finished in fifth place and the 400m freestyle relay team of Abby Koerwitz '16, McCormick, Meyer and Eble finished in seventh. Diver Brooke Zedar ’16 placed seventh in the state as well. Overall, the girls team finished seventh in Division III.

Be sure to visit the Gilmour website and the Gilmour Lancer Facebook page for results from our spring sports teams!




From the boys team, Zach Hostoffer ’15 finished third in the 100m breastroke and fourth in the 100m freestyle.



, COACHES CORNER New Football Coach Named


Gilmour recently hired its new varsity football coach. Coach Chris Kosiorek comes to Gilmour with a wealth of coaching experience. He has 12 years of head coaching experience and has been involved in a variety of successful programs. During his time at Benedictine, Twinsburg, Mechanicsburg, Crestwood, NDCL, Eastlake North and Hiram College, he has always emphasized the development of leadership skills, teamwork and commitment; has built a family atmosphere with his teams; communicates openly with parents; and believes in student-athletes playing multiple sports.

Coach K By the Numbers: 30+ former players have gone on to play in college 10 former players named All-Ohio 6 trips to the state playoffs 3 trips to the regional finals 2 trips to the state semi-finals 1 state championship (Benedictine)

Gilmour Coaches Receive Top Honors

Head boys and girls swimming coach John Fagan was named Boys Northeast District Coach of the Year.

Former varsity volleyball coach Kelly Coughlin, whose brother is taking over the program this season, was named District II Coach of the Year and received the Coach’s Achievement Award from the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association (OHSVCA).

Joe Ciuni Jr. was named Bob Beutel was inducted into Assistant Coach of the Year by the Greater Cleveland Sports the Greater Cleveland Scholastic Hall of Fame. Soccer Coaches Association (GCSSCA).



STUDENT SIGNINGS Two Gilmour Student-Athletes Sign NCAA National Letters of Intent in November Signing Ceremony On November 19, two Gilmour studentathletes officially signed NCAA Letters of Intent to participate in athletics at the collegiate level during a ceremony at Gilmour’s Athletic Center. Kiley Eble ’15 will swim for Division I Florida Golf Coast University in Fort Myers, Fla. and Megan Polak ’15 will play volleyball at Division I Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

ready for what is to come the next four years at Florida Gulf Coast University.” Undecided on her major, Eble says, “I can’t wait to train and study with such a great group of girls and become part of the FGCU family.” She says she’s most looking forward to living in a dorm on the beach and being able to train outdoors all year.

Polak graduated with a 4.232 grade point average despite a heavy course load that included seven AP courses. She was a member of the Honor Council, the National Honor Society and the Cum Laude Society. Polak participated in Gilmour’s science internship program, Catalyst, completing advanced neuroscience research with a mentor at Case Western Reserve University.

Polak’s athletic accomplishments Eble, a four-year varsity swimmer are equally notable. This season, and two-year varsity cheerleader she earned First Team All-State, has accomplished a lot in her four District Most Valuable Player and years at Gilmour. This season, Eble First Team All-Area honors after earned a repeat state title in the recording 1,072 assists (12 per 100m butterfly and was the state game), 142 digs, 94 kills, 72 blocks runner-up in the 100m backstroke. and 48 aces. She also became one In 2014, she was named the Plain of only three setters in Ohio history Dealer Girls Swimmer of the Year; with more than 3,000 career earned her first state title in the assists and ranked first of those 100m butterfly, was a member of three with 3,556. the state champion 200m freestyle relay and the 400m freestyle relay; Polak intends to major in and was the state runner-up in the Megan Polak and Kiley Eble at the November ceremony neuroscience and selected 100m backstroke. She is the 100m Lehigh because it will enable her backstroke district record holder; earned AllPolak is a four-year varsity volleyball player to pursue her passions in and out of the American status in multiple swimming events and has been a team captain for the last classroom. She says, “I chose Lehigh for the each season; is a USA Swimming national three years. The team has earned state combination of academics and volleyball, the qualifier; and holds Gilmour school records in runner-up status in three of her four years beautiful campus, plus it’s one of only a few the 100m butterfly, 100m backstroke, 100m with the program. This March, she was schools that offer neuroscience as a major.” breaststroke, 200m freestyle relay and the named to the 2014 She says she feels well prepared for college 400m freestyle relay. High School Volleyball First Team Academic thanks to Gilmour’s “challenging academics, All-American team. This honor recognizes the strong athletic program, the emphasis Eble says her Gilmour coaches have prepared Polak as one of the top eight players placed on building and development of her to swim at the collegiate level with the nationwide with regard to academic character, and the recognition that a sense early morning practices and the intense achievement and athletic talent. of service and community are gifts to be training schedule. She says, “It has gotten me appreciated.”




One Signs NCAA National Letter of Intent and Seven Sign Commitment Letters in April Ceremony In the second ceremony of the year, on Wednesday, April 15 Caitlin Whetstone ’15 signed a NCAA National Letter of Intent to run cross country and track at Division II University of Tampa. She is undecided on a major, but leaning toward business. She says that she is “excited to be part of such a successful team with lots of talented runners.”

Also participating in the ceremony were seven student-athletes indicating their decision to compete in athletics at the collegiate level. Rachel Carranza ’15 will play women’s ice hockey at Division III Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva N.Y. She intends to major in international relations. Carranza played prep hockey her junior and senior seasons at Gilmour. Taylor Chisholm ‘15 will play women’s ice hockey at Division III Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. She was a member of the National Honor Society and Dorm Leadership Council and is undecided on a college major.

Brandon Phillips, Caitlin Whetstone, Carly Menges, Taylor Chisholm, Jocelyn Hunyadi, Caroline McCormick, Will Velotta and Rachel Carranza at the April ceremony Whetstone has run both cross country and track all four years at Gilmour. She earned Academic All-Ohio distinction in both sports and was a member of the National Honor Society. Whetstone was also involved in the Measles Initiative, was a leader for the Kairos retreat program and volunteered with the Gilmour track team with the Special Olympics. Head cross country and assistant track coach Matt Lindley said, "Caitlin has been a focused, determined leader on both the cross country and track teams." He continued, "Having reached the state meet each of her seasons, she still aims even higher each week. In many ways, she has been the engine of the team these past years."

Jocelyn Hunyadi ’15 will play women’s ice hockey for Division III Amherst College, where she plans to major in biophysics. Hunyadi played on the prep hockey team all four years and played varsity lacrosse the previous three years. She was a member of the National Honor Society and the Cum Laude Society and was co-president of the Cartooning Club. Hunyadi earned the Headmaster’s Award, given to students in the top 10 percent of their class and with a 4.0 grade point average or higher, each of the past four years. Caroline McCormick ’15 will swim for Tufts University, the Division III program in Boston. At Tufts, McCormick plans to major in biomedical engineering to prepare her to work in the field or possibly attend medical school. While at Gilmour, she was a member of the varsity swim team all four years, qualifying for states each year. McCormick was also a member of the National Honor Society, the yearbook staff and the prom committee.

Carly Menges ’15 will play women’s ice hockey at Division I University of Maine, where she intends to major in athletic training. Ultimately, she plans to attend graduate school for physical therapy. Menges has played on the prep hockey team all four years and was the assistant captain this season. She also played varsity softball for three years and was involved in the Measles Initiative. Brandon Phillips ’15 will run cross country and track at Division I Cornell University, where he plans to major in mechanical engineering. Phillips ran both cross country and track all four years. At the 2014 track and field state championship meet, Phillips was a member of the 4x800m state champion relay team and the third place 4x400m relay team. He also placed 10th in the 800m race. His efforts helped Gilmour’s boys track and field team earn a state runner-up finish last season. Will Velotta ’15 will play men’s soccer for Division III Ohio Northern University. He will major in exercise physiology. Velotta played varsity soccer all four years at Gilmour and was a team captain his senior season. He also played varsity baseball junior and senior years and was a member of the Leadership Council, the Ultimate Frisbee team and the CYO basketball team. At press time, Zach Hostoffer '15 signed a NCAA Letter of Intent to compete in men's swimming at Division I University of Cincinnati. This decision was after the ceremony date.





• Memorial Sr. Claudia Klyn, O.S.U.............Page 54 Beverly Jo “Bev” Weber.............Page 54 Ray Sharnsky................................Page 55

Gilmour Academy expresses sympatһy to tһe families of tһe following: RICHARD D. BERTSCH ’75 DAN CHRISTOPHER HOWLEY ’61,

father of Christopher ’85 and Michael ’89 Howley and Sara Howley Callari ’87; brother of Lee ’65 and Thomas ’68 Howley


brother of Terrence Kaiser ’83 CHARLES F. TREMONT ’70,

father of Andrew ’04 and Christopher ’01 Tremont; brother of Timothy Tremont ’71



Sr. Claudia Klyn, O.S.U. Sr. Claudia Klyn, O.S.U., who served as

director of Glen Oak School from 1977 until it merged with Gilmour, passed away on March 10, 2015. She was 85.

When Glen Oak and Gilmour merged, Sr. Claudia then joined the Gilmour faculty. She served as a Trustee of Gilmour and subsequently became an Honorary Life Trustee. “Sr. Claudia and I collaborated well during the years she served as director of Glen Oak and her subsequent years at Gilmour,” Br. Robert Lavelle recalled. “She was very helpful in promoting a smooth transition in 1982, when the schools combined.”

After leaving Gilmour, Sr. Claudia returned to the congregation to establish the Ursuline Sisters’ development office and serve as its first director. She spent 65 years of her life with the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland. Throughout her career, she was a teacher, principal, headmistress, development director and consultant. In her spare time, she liked to read, play tennis, golf, swim and take photos. She also liked to garden, a talent she inherited from her father, who founded Klyn Nurseries in Perry, Ohio.

Sr. Claudia earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from Ursuline College and the University of Notre Dame, respectively. Her 51-year career in education also included time at St. Ann School, Christ the King School, Sacred Heart Academy and Beaumont School, where she served as teacher, principal, principal/development director and executive director.

Sr. Claudia passed away at Regina Health Center in Richfield, Ohio, where she had lived since March 2013. A Mass of Christian burial was held March 12 at the Ursuline Motherhouse in Pepper Pike, Ohio, and she was interred at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon, Ohio, on March 13. Donations in her memory can be made to the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland online.

Beverly Jo “Bev” Weber Bev Weber passed away Oct. 27, 2014 at

Bev loved the time she and Vern spent living in Cape Cod, Mass., and often invited people in their Gilmour network up for a visit. But more than anything, she enjoyed spending time with her 11 grandchildren.

age 80. She was best known for being an extraordinary wife to Vern and mother to their five children. Beloved by many, Bev was a retired teacher who taught at St. Pascal Baylon and at Gilmour. “Bev was an integral part of Gilmour for the many years in which Vern coached, her children were in attendance, and as a wonderful, thoughtful leader and teacher for many young people,” recalls Br. Robert Lavelle. “She passed on Oct. 27. I try to keep as busy as possible, but when you’re married to a woman that you loved and adored for 60 years, it’s hard to live without her,” says Vern.



“Her personality was outstanding,” Vern says, “and you were either right or wrong. There was no in-between with her. And that’s how she operated. I loved that about her.” Bev and Vern were married June 12, 1954. Together, they had five kids. Four of them (Larry ’73, Terry ’76, Tony ’80 and Heidi ’84) graduated from Gilmour, while one, Tracey ’78, graduated from Glen Oak.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held October 30 at Our Lady Chapel at Gilmour Academy. Contributions may be made to the Vern Weber Scholarship Fund at Gilmour Academy, 34001 Cedar Rd. Gates Mills, OH 44040.


Ray Sharnsky Ray Sharnsky, longtime Gilmour coach,

He earned the respect of his students through tough love, or not at all.

died Feb. 23, 2015 after a lengthy illness. He was 65. In his 31 years as a Gilmour coach, Sharnsky became one of the most acclaimed high school sports coaches in the region.

“Winning was not easy for Coach,” Murphy said. “It came with a price. It took strict disicipline, hard work and tough love. If you were a player, you loved him. Coach rarely took ‘no’ for an answer. He expected his players to be ready at all times and to portray themselves within the values established by the Brothers of Holy Cross.”

But his legacy reaches far beyond his notable 510-225 record as Gilmour baseball coach or the acclaim he brought the golf program under his tenure, reaping Gilmour four straight Division III state championships from 1991 to 1994. Just ask his former players, who feel the loss of a coach who led them to victory on the field and cultivated their character off of it. “Ray Sharnsky was, without question and without hesitation, absolutely the very best coach I have ever played for in any sport and at any level,” says Matt Figgie ’84, who starred on the Gilmour baseball team under Sharnsky. “So much more than a coach, Ray was a teacher first and foremost. His lessons, counsel and guidance have made a fierce and priceless impact on the course of my daily life since my very first session of Lancer baseball.” Under Sharnsky, Gilmour won 14 league baseball championships and made eight appearances in the regional baseball tournament. He was an

Figgie, too, recalled the “intensity, drive, focus, passion and fearlessness” that Sharnsky instilled in all his players.

inductee to the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association and Gilmour Halls of Fame. Less than a month before his death, on Jan. 28, the Greater Cleveland Baseball Coaches Association honored Sharnsky with the Golden Deeds Award for his efforts on behalf of youth and amateur baseball. John Murphy ’88 knew his coach well.

He told of how Sharnsky began his baseball coaching career at Gilmour in 1979. Murphy said, "He would only have one more losing season over the next 30 years." Between golf and baseball, Murphy said, Sharnsky coached more Gilmour athletes than any other Gilmour coach in history.

Sharnsky’s memory will live on in Sharnsky Stadium at Figgie Field, Gilmour’s upcoming state-of-the-art baseball facility. It “will forever, and with the utmost respect, honor, celebrate and perpetuate Coach Ray’s legacy and teachings,” Figgie said. Sharnsky is survived by his sons, Brian ’09 and Brent; his father, Albert; his brothers, Russell and Richard; and extended family. A Mass of Christian burial was held at Gilmour’s Our Lady Chapel. The Sharnsky family is encouraging people to make a donation in support of the Ray Sharnsky Stadium. Gifts can be mailed to Gilmour Academy, 34001 Cedar Rd., Gates Mills, Ohio 44040 or by visiting



• Memorial -

Our sympathy is also extended to the alumni and families of the following: KAROLE V. BAIRD,



grandmother of Baird Ramsey ’94

father of Antonio ’90 and Ralph ’96 DiLallo

uncle of Christina Horvath ’21


mother of Mary Humensky, former Gilmour human resources director


uncle of Cynthia Lowry, Gilmour Upper School instructor ANNABELLE BREITSCH,

relative of Br. Ken Kane, C.S.C., Gilmour archivist SALVATORE BUCCIERI,

father-in-law of Jean Buccieri, former Gilmour instructor FRANCES D. BURKE,

grandmother of Hannah Beach Dwyer ’98 and Miriam Beach Wallace ’99; mother-in-law of Robert Beach, Gilmour Upper School instructor ROSS P. CARBONE,

father of Allison Carbone Spinos ’92 and Ross Carbone ’95 LAWRENCE CASSESA,

father of Michael Cassesa, Gilmour strength and conditioning coach RITA M. CHAMBERS,

mother of Gregory Chambers ’63 DIANE DEMARCO,

cousin of Patricia Szaniszlo, Gilmour Our Lady Chapel administrative assistant ELSPETH DEPOULD,

grandmother of Nicole DePould ’91 and Kristel Miller ’96 ROSE DESIMONE,

aunt of June Cekada, Gilmour school nurse DOROTHY DIPIETRANTONIO,

aunt of Natalie Collins ’17



mother of Mary Suzanne Helfrich, Gilmour alumni parent; grandmother of Sarah Helfrich Strong ’02 FLORENCE DRUCKENBROD,

mother of Michael ’62, James ’64 and Mark ’79 Druckenbrod and Mary Druckenbrod Visintine G.O. ’75 JOSEPHINE C. FRANKINO,

mother of Lorraine Dodero, Gilmour trustee; grandmother of Corinne Dodero Salvador ’02 EDWARD GAUCHE,

father of Yvonne Dell, Gilmour Lower School instructor; grandfather of Emily ’02 and Hilary ’05 Dell LIBBY GORDON,

wife of Charles Gordon ’64 JOHN GUYOT,

father of Grace Guyot, former Gilmour student and stepfather of David Doll ’02 DORIS HALL,



grandfather of Robert Richardson ’24 BRIAN KENNY,

uncle of Michaela ’05, Mary ’07 and Maureen ’10 Kenny; brother-in-law of Kathleen Kenny, Gilmour senior advancement officer and incoming head of school MICHAEL KLEMA,

father of Michael ’80 and Joseph ’83 Klema SISTER CLAUDIA KLYN, O.S.U.,

former Glen Oak School director and Gilmour faculty member; sister of John Klyn ’52 MARY KORBER,

aunt of Joseph Szepchinski, Gilmour maintenance staff EMILY KUHAR,

grandmother of Laura Wasnick ’11

niece of Patricia Brockway, former Gilmour administrator



mother of Mary Beth Hayes Zatko, former Gilmour Montessori instructor; mother-in-law of Frank Zatko ’72

aunt of Anthony ’88 and Melinda ’91 Geraci


father of Thomas Lamb, Jr. ’87

grandfather of Hunter ’07, Preston ’09 and Charles ’13 Hoge RONJA HOLLE,

mother of former students John and Will Holle


father of Mary Ann G.O. ’72, Carol G.O. ’79 and Susan ’87 Lasch ANN LASKO,

aunt of Gino Zavarella ’86





aunt of Matthew Lobe, Gilmour digital and visual communications officer

nephew of Paul Primeau, former Gilmour instructor

grandmother of Morgan Mills ’11



sister-in-law of Linda Linaburg, admission administrative assistant mother of Samuel LiPuma ’80

husband of Mary Margaret Rhoa, former Gilmour employee; father of Michael ’80 (deceased) and Matthew ’81 Rhoa; father-in-law of Hugh Tarpley, former Gilmour business manager

sister of Wayne Lobue, former Gilmour instructor; aunt of Daniel ’82 and Paul ’83 Lobue




grandmother of Halle ’14 and Hannah ’16 Markel KATHLEEN A. MARLOW,

grandmother of Kurt ’93, Kevin ’94 and Kasey ’97 Marlow ROBERT R. MASSA,

father of Barbara Hammer, former Gilmour staff member; grandfather of Jessica Hammer ’09; father-in-law of Peter Hammer ’78 ELIZABETH MCALPINE,

grandmother of Luke ’24 and Peter ’26 Daberko DAGNY MEISNER,

mother of Donald ’72 and Charles ’73 Rodenfels and Donna Rodenfels Schmader G.O. ’73 ERMA ROGERS,

sister of Eva Alderman, Gilmour AVI staff HENRI SALÈTES,

father of Christine Allchin, Gilmour Upper School instructor IRENE SCHNEIDER,

mother of Irene Gajewski, Gilmour transportation staff RAYMOND A. SHARNSKY,

great-grandmother of Sylvia Leonor ’18

former Gilmour baseball and golf coach and instructor; father of Brian ’09



mother of Pierce Mullally ’71 (deceased); grandmother of John Murphy ’97; mother-in-law of Raymond Murphy ’65 AMANDA MURPHY,

grandniece of Br. Robert Lavelle, C.S.C., Gilmour head of school JOSEPHINE NAJM,

aunt of Charbel Najm ’16 CATHERINE PHILPOT,

mother of Mona Philpot G.O. ’74 (deceased) CAROL PIKE,

aunt of Bryon ’08 and Natalie ’11 Pike

former Gilmour director of food services RICHARD SLAGHT,

great uncle of Brandon ’13 and Spencer ’17 Slaght RHONDA STEFANSKI,

wife of Marc Stefanski ’72; aunt of Brian ’05, Gavin ’07, Evan ’11 and Amanda ’13 Stefanski; sister-in-law of Ben Stefanski ’56 BROTHER DONARD WILLIAM STEFFES, C.S.C.,

former Gilmour athletic director and instructor EDWARD K. STEPHENS,



father of Michael and Matthew Sullivan, former Gilmour Middle School students JOSHUA SWIBEL,

cousin of Virginia Dybicz, Gilmour Upper School instructor GEORGE THOBURN,

cousin of Gay Janis, Gilmour Upper School instructor, and Brittany Janis ’03 JOHN THOMPSON,

grandfather of Whitney Daly and Erin Thompson, Gilmour Upper School instructors DAVID TIBALDI,

cousin of Dennis ’86 and Jennifer ’95 Kavran MARY TIMM,

mother of Kevin Timm ’80 and Kathleen Timm Skove G.O. ’82 BETTY TRUE,

grandmother of David True ’99 ANTOINETTE VENTRA,

great aunt of Joelle Palladino ’17 BEVERLY WEBER,

former Gilmour instructor; wife of Vernon Weber, former Gilmour athletic director, coach and instructor; mother of V. Lawrence ’73, Terrence ’76 and Anthony ’80 Weber, Teresann Weber Stoffer G.O. ’78 and Heidi Weber Herten ’84; grandmother of Hope ’13 and James ’15 Herten; mother-in-law of Kevin Stoffer ’76

father of Darren ’85 and Saul ’91 Stephens





ilmour’s Night in the CLE was an incredible tribute to one of Cleveland’s finest, Br. Robert Lavelle, C.S.C. for his 39 years of dedicated service to Gilmour, 35 as Head of School. The evening was spectacular, with 550 of Brother’s closest friends in attendance. The event was sold out a week after invitations were sent. The field house was transformed thanks to the creative vision of Director of Special Events and Constituent Relations Megan Marrie Schlickmann ’90. From the ice bar complete with a carving of the Cleveland skyline, to the Rust Belt chic décor that included burnt orange seat



a Beautiful Tribute to a Wonderful Man

cushions and rustic, lit East Side and West Side signs over the megabars, to the food stations representative of Cleveland’s favorite haunts (West Side Market, Municipal Stadium, Little Italy, East 4th Street, Ohio City, etc.), elements of Br. Robert’s hometown could be found at every turn. The Silent Auction featured more than 200 fabulous items, including a Cleveland Browns suite, Cavs playoff tickets, tickets to the Notre DameBoston College game being played at Fenway Park, a week in Florida, a week in the Outer Banks, diamond hoop earrings and much more.

The highlight of the night was a video tribute featuring current and former faculty members, students, parents and friends of the Academy talking about Br. Robert’s long-lasting legacy. Thanks to the event and table sponsors, those who donated items for the auction, the countless volunteers who donated hundreds of hours of their time, and those who came to the event and bid on items that night. Those in attendance will remember the night for a very long time – all of us will remember Br. Robert Lavelle, C.S.C. forever.

“A calling is a personal thing in many ways. It’s the desire to be of service, and it’s something you discover as it unfolds over a lifetime.” ~ Br. Robert Lavelle, C.S.C.



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Gilmour Academy Spring 2015 Magazine  
Gilmour Academy Spring 2015 Magazine