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Contributing Writers Amy Boyle Bill Cumming Nicolene Emerson Debra Hollander Kathleen C. Kenny Kathleen McDermott Arlene Smith Editorial Assistants Katy Finucane ’06 Tricia Maisano ’96 Kathleen McDermott Arlene Smith Mary Kate Farrar Vega ’93 Holly Yotter Photography John Bashian ’78 Neal Busch Nicolene Emerson James C. Farrar ’59 Mark Most John Overman Kevin Reeves Design/Production Canale Studio, Inc. Printing Oliver Printing Director of Development James C. Farrar ’59 Director of Annual Fund and Constituent Relations Mary Kate Farrar Vega ’93


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CONTENTS Gilmour Magazine



Reconnecting with Gilmour’s Pacific Rim Alumni . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Self-Starters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Year of the Brother . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Ghana Holy Cross Residence Named for Former GA Headmaster . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Sister Mary Ann: A Living Example of the GA Mission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Update on Holy Cross Efforts in Haiti . . . . .19

AlumNews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Lancer Spotlights . . . .36, 38, 40, 42, 47, 48, 50 Turkaly Retrospective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Alumni of the Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44

Campus Fostering First-Generation Learners . . . Festival of Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David A. Potenziani ’95 Symposium . . Young Entrepreneurs Hard at Work . . A New Generation of Problem Solvers Fifth Graders, Second in National Sustainability Competition . . . . . . 10 Years of Middle School Magic . . . . Summer Sizzlers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mastering College 101 . . . . . . . . . . . . Technology Abounds on Campus . . . . Gilmour Appoints Dean of Institutional Advancement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Lancer Athletics New Athletic Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Track Squad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Gilmour Athletes to Play NCAA Sports . . . . .52 Hoop Dreams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 State Finals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 500 Wins for Coach Malloy . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 A Tradition of State Golf Medalists . . . . . . .55 Stellar Swim Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Sophomore Swimmer at Olympic Trials . . . .56

Memorial William Flesher ’51 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Our Most Sincere Condolences . . . . . . . . . .58

. . . .35 Dear Parents, We send this magazine to college-age graduates at their parents’ homes. Please forward this to keep your son or daughter informed about GA.

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or the past two decades, Gilmour Academy has served as home to more than 40 overseas students who lived on campus or with a host family while studying at Gilmour. With the help of Facebook and other social networking vehicles, Gilmour caught up with many of these alums to learn about their lives post-Gilmour. In some ways these students’ high school experiences were vastly different from their American counterparts – encountering homesickness and language barriers – while in other ways their journey was refreshingly the same – taking pride in academic and athletic successes and forming close friendships. Gilmour wants to hear from you too! Drop us a line at or like us on Facebook at Gilmour Academy. Plans are underway for receptions to reconnect Gilmour alums from the Pacific Rim area. If you are interested in attending or planning such a gathering in your home country, please let us know – we would love your support. Sang-Rok Shin ’09 is now a student at Carnegie Mellon University’s Pittsburgh campus. Originally from Korea, Shin plans to complete a master’s degree in the United States and then return to Korea for military service. Looking back on his experience at Gilmour, Shin reflects that living in the dorm helped strengthen his time management skills and improved his performance in college because Gilmour taught him to “effectively prioritize and adjust to college life.” Shin keeps in touch with some close American friends who attended Gilmour as well and has enjoyed traveling to New York City and throughout Korea since graduating. He continues to play soccer and fondly recalls soccer season at Gilmour. Kyu-bum Han ’99 is currently in the third year of a doctoral program in material science and engineering at the University of Utah where he completed his undergraduate degree. He served in the Korean military after his second year of college and returned to Utah to complete his studies. Han has earned multiple research


grants and scholarly designations for his studies in nanobiomaterials, while serving as a teaching assistant, lab aide, research assistant and tutor. In looking back, he wholeheartedly feels that Gilmour prepared him for college and beyond. “Gilmour provided me with the training that has allowed me to thrive in a Ph.D. program. It is only now that I truly realize the importance of leadership and the strong platform that was established at Gilmour Academy. People can always learn from books and other resources, but it is important to have a positive educational environment where students can learn together and develop their potential,” writes Han. Arriving at Gilmour he knew only a few sentences in English including “My name is…” and “How are you?” He fondly recalls Brother Charles Smith, C.S.C., coordinator of physical plant, encouraging him to stop by his office every day after class so he could practice his English. Han keeps in touch with other Kyu-bum Han ’99 Gilmour alums and has traveled throughout the world to China, Thailand, England, Germany and Spain. He is an outdoors person who enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking, camping and golfing. At Gilmour, Han says that he learned the true meaning of leadership, which has allowed him to be successful in life. “Gilmour not only provided me the education but also the lessons that have helped me grow and establish myself as a confident person ready to make a difference,” he concludes. Gyu-Tak Lee ’10 lives in New York City where he attends New York University (NYU). This summer he will begin his military service and plans to return to NYU to complete his studies. Lee credits his studies at Gilmour and living in the dorms with both his academic success and his understanding of American culture. When he first came to Gilmour he remembers having a hard time following in class, but with the generous support of the

Jae Yoon Kim ’97 meets up with fellow Gilmour alumni

teachers, he was soon succeeding “not only in math and science that require less English, but also history, English and religion,” he writes. Lee found the writing center at Gilmour particularly useful in his quest to learn written and conversational English. He recognizes that his adjustment to America was not without struggle. “Of course, there were times I had to go through hard situations which I wouldn’t have if I were living with my parents, but I learned that is a part of life,” reflects Lee. He keeps in touch with his Gilmour friends through Facebook and tries to meet up with them during winter and summer breaks. Recently he learned to skateboard, which has proven to be a great source of transportation through the city! His favorite Gilmour memories include BBQ dinners, Super Bowl parties, Cedar Point trips and spending time with friends. “Overall, Gilmour was a nice place for Asian students to develop and prepare themselves for the future,” concludes Lee. Jae Yoon Kim ’97 is married and the father of two boys, 5-year-old Jayden and 8-month-old Sean. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance from Indiana University and has worked for the past 10 years in various positions including research analyst, portfolio manager and trader. Currently he is working for UBS Hana Asset Management Company as an analyst for the Korean equity market. Looking back on his four years at Gilmour, he reflects that he not only received a quality education, but also learned how to collaborate with others at school and work. Living in the residence halls far away from home helped him develop self-discipline. Kim fondly remembers playing for Jae Yoon Kim ’97 the Lancer soccer team for four years. and family “I started as a freshman in JV and we won the division title my senior year!” With two active boys, it is hard to keep up with friends in the United States, but he stays in touch via Facebook and recently visited Cleveland for Gilmour’s Reunion 2012.

So In (Lynn) Yoon ’09 is a student at Washington University in St. Louis. She attended four schools throughout her high school education – in Korea, Canada and the United States – but declared Gilmour the best. “I believe Gilmour does a great job preparing students for college. Classes, class discussions, projects and activities are organized very similarly to those in college,” she says. “Without my Gilmour education, it would have been a lot harder for me to adjust to the college environment.” She credits special courses such as Catalyst, where she worked in a molecular biology lab at Case Western Reserve University, for helping her learn college-level biology and how to study independently. Yoon recalls the fun she had participating in extracurricular activities and the loads of sweets that appeared, especially around Christmastime. She keeps in touch with fellow So In Yoon ’09 alums from Gilmour and her siblings, So Chung (Kathy) Yoon and Sang Won (Kevin) Yoon, who are doing great but miss being Gilmour students too. So Chung is now a college sophomore at Vanderbilt University, while Sang Won attends Thomas Jefferson So In Yoon with siblings School in Missouri. Yoon So Chung Yoon and enjoys horseback riding, Sang Won Yoon reading, cooking and traveling – she’s been to about 15 countries to date. Sahng Vin (Vincent) Lee ’03 is living in New Jersey where he is a programming analyst for LG CNS, an IT consulting and solutions company. He attended Fordham University and served in the Korean military after graduating with his bachelor’s degree. Lee calls Gilmour a “wonderful preparatory school for higher education” and credits the school not only with challenging him academically, but also teaching him about life in the


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RECONNECTING WITH GILMOUR’S PACIFIC RIM ALUMNI (CONTINUED) United States. “Most of the time foreign students have a much more difficult time adjusting to the cultural differences than academics. I think Gilmour was an excellent place for both.” With the start of his new job, Lee has not had much time to travel, but he was able to visit Haiti as part of a reconstruction mission during his military service. He is an amateur Sahng Vin (Vincent) Lee ’03 photographer, a hobby he picked up while studying visual arts at Fordham. Thanks to social network platforms, he has stayed in touch with friends from Gilmour and college. Ji-Hun Kim ’98 lives in Korea where he works for the Hun Corporation. A graduate of University at BuffaloSUNY, he earned his bachelor’s degree in computer art. He feels his Gilmour experience helped him in college and beyond, especially because of the AP coursework he took while at the Academy. He fondly remembers the Lancer soccer team and keeps in touch with classmates, mostly members of the Gilmour Classes of ’97 and ’98. Kim enjoys climbing and recently traveled to Japan. Jeong Hoon Kim ’10 is currently working for the U.S. military under a program called KATUSA, which stands for Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army. He joined last September and writes “life has not been too bad for me.” Myung -Won (Thomas) Lee ’07 is a junior majoring in anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He began there as a freshman in 2007 and then entered mandatory military service in Korea for two years prior to returning to the university. Lee first came to the United States with his parents when he was only nine years old, while his father worked in a two-year research program at Harvard University. His family went back to Korea, but Lee realized he liked the American style of education better and returned to New Jersey with his mother for sixth and seventh grades until his acceptance to Gilmour.


Lee believes that as a preparatory school, Gilmour helped smooth his transition to college. Gilmour’s “great atmosphere and setting” helped him plan for his future. “I was able to set personal life goals and dream,” he writes. His favorite memories are of making friends in the dormitory and enjoying small class settings that enabled him to interact with students in other grade levels. Gilmour students are “still some of my closest friends today,” which made his experience as an international student unique, he says. Facebook affords him the opportunity to keep in touch with fellow Gilmour alums. Lee enjoys watching sports games and still cheers for the Cleveland Indians! He listens to classical music and continues to play the cello, as he did at Gilmour. Mark Phong ’95 is married to Agnes Chew and lives in Singapore where he is earning his MBA at INSEAD, one of the world’s leading graduate business schools. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in bioengineering and economics and then went on to serve in the Singapore Armed Forces. He also earned a doctorate in pharmacology from the National University of Singapore. Prior to returning to school full time to complete his MBA, Phong worked for a year as vice president of research and development at Curiox Biosystems and spent eight years as a group leader and research scientist at Eli Lilly & Co. Reflecting on his Gilmour education, Phong believes it was “broad and well-rounded” and provided “enough flexibility in the curriculum with AP subjects that I could take more advanced classes if I was interested.” He remembers some classes being a lot of fun and enjoyed his time with the tennis team. Being the only Gilmour alum in Singapore, he doesn’t see many classmates regularly, but has connected through Facebook. Phong is passionate about sports and fitness and enjoys digital photography and reading about history and strategy. Anita Wong ’93 married Wilson Lai and now has two children: 3-year-old Aaron and 1-year-old Alicia. The family lives in Hong Kong where Wong joined the family business as director of Hollyland Co. Ltd., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of circuit protection.

Anita Wong ’93 and family

She focuses on talent management, international sales and company investments. After graduating from Boston College with honors, she started her career in investment banking at the Morgan Stanley Hong Kong office. She has worked for a variety of companies including Executive Access, an Asian-based executive search firm focusing on investment banking recruitment, and Heidrick & Struggles, where she continued her career in senior management recruitment in the financial services industry. Looking back, Wong affectionately remembers her two years at Gilmour. “I am really grateful for my experience at Gilmour. Coming from Hong Kong, which has a completely different educational system, Gilmour gave me a great opportunity to adapt to a new learning environment. I am especially grateful to the teachers at Gilmour who truly showed me their hearts in assisting someone ‘foreign’ to blend in and to thrive,” she writes. Her favorite memories include English class with Mr. McCamley, dorm life, snow days and Halloween nights. Living in Hong Kong has provided vast opportunities to travel and she has been all over Asia including Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, Japan and different parts of China. Wong also has traveled to France, Italy, Germany, Australia and different parts of the United States and Canada both for leisure and for work. Between her career and her family, Wong finds her spare time limited, but still manages to spend time wine tasting, reading and healing and energizing herself through Qigong. Sangho (Peter) Jun ’00 works as a sales and marketing assistant manager for Taekwang Industrial Co., Ltd., a petrochemical company. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and served in the Korean military during his college years. Past jobs include working in casino marketing at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Because of the nature of his employment, he travels often and has been to Africa, South Africa and Europe to explore exotic gold mining countries. Jun’s Gilmour experience helped strengthen his skills and he

regularly connects with other Gilmour international students and the Class of ’00. Woo Choi ’97 is married to Jungeun Shimand and they have a son, Minsung Choi. The family lives in Seoul where Choi works for SK Innovation within their business development team. He graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor of science in international business and also earned a master of science in accounting from the University of Baltimore. Looking back on his Gilmour experience, Choi found the strident coursework very helpful in preparing him for college. Many of his classes, dormitory life and his sports activities are what he remembers most from high school. Nowadays he enjoys sports, especially tennis, social activities and the opportunity to travel. Atsuko (Hayase) Murayama ’99 lives in Japan with her husband. She currently works as a physical therapist for a neurosurgery clinic. She graduated from International University of Health and Welfare with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy. Her experience at Gilmour helped her immensely with learning English and developing strong study skills. Her favorite memories of Gilmour include dormitory life and her friends, who she keeps in touch with on Facebook. Murayama has had the opportunity to travel to Hawaii and France, enjoys running and loves watching American football games because her husband is a football player! Jinjoo Cho ’06 is a student at the Curtis Institute of Music/Cleveland Institute of Music where she is working toward a master’s degree in music. She is especially grateful to the Gilmour faculty and staff for their emphasis on discussion. “During my Gilmour years, I truly developed a nature for creative answers, which is crucial for artists,” she writes. Cho’s favorite memories include Mr. McCamley’s freshman English class and Mr. Horner’s history class. She has kept in touch with close friends from Gilmour and checks in with other alums via Facebook. As a musician, she has traveled to Canada, New Zealand, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Finland, Argentina, Costa Rica and many parts of the U.S.


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n recent years, Gilmour Academy has focused on an entrepreneurship initiative with programs in place at the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools, thanks to grants from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, the Veale Foundation and TiE Ohio Partnershships. Examples of programs at the Lower School include the kindergarten farm project which has students go through the process of starting up a family farm, the secondgraders’ business development project complete with the opportunity to sell their products to each other and the Young Entrepreneurs Program, which allows fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders to develop and sell a product. The Middle and Upper Schools’ programs feature the Invention Project, the Entrepreneurship Explorations Community, the GA Business Plan Competition and the new Management and Entrepreneurship course. Even before there was a specific focus on developing students’ entrepreneurial spirit through these programs, Gilmour fostered independent thinking and problem-solving skills that have produced young alumni who have taken a chance and launched their own businesses doing something they love. The scope of their services ranges from remanufactured ink cartridge sales to a cell phone app to a wholesale produce company. The Academy is very proud of its entrepreneurial alumni. Here are some of their stories.


SELF-ST Anthony Quagliata ’96 began his company, AQAmarketing, after graduating from Xavier University while working at his family’s restaurant. He felt the entrepreneurial itch and started his own marketing company, helping other companies create their brand image. As a one-man operation, Quagliata handles everything from designing to billing to selling to delivering. He believes that the personal relationships he forms with clients set him apart from other companies. Since 2002, AQAmarketing’s client list has continued to grow, with more than 100 clients currently, including Orlando Baking Company, Huntington Bancshares, Fahrenheit, Cleveland Advertising Association and National Mattress & Furniture, Inc., owned by Matt Lichko ’96. Two main clients, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Michael Symon’s restaurants, have been an integral part of the success of his company. With his restaurant industry background, Quagliata would like to expand his company’s presence, helping restaurants with logos, signage, menus and uniforms to create their brand image. In addition to running AQAmarketing, Quagliata is the executive chef and manager at Alfredo’s at the Inn. Over many years there, he has developed a particular interest in creating delicious homemade soups and has compiled a cookbook that will be published soon. Visit to learn more about Quagliata’s business.

ARTERS In 2010, Alexander Salahshour ’06 learned that more than 6,000 Americans die each year as a result of distracted driving and that the population with the greatest percentage of these deaths is teens. He created a software solution that would make it impossible to text and drive. Salahshour uncovered scores of parents who voiced additional concerns about their children and cell phone use, including cyber bullying, sexting and other forms of cell phone harassment. What began as a texting-and-driving solution expanded to include more than 10 features to help families better manage modern challenges. The smart phone app, called CellFamily, is truly a “one-stop shop” for all a family’s mobile safety needs. Some of its capabilities allow parents to: • View the contents of text messages • Automatically identify and flag messages that contain possible cyber bullying, “sexting,” violent terms and drug reference • Block harmful people from calling and texting a child • Locate a child 24/7 • Set a “quiet time” to silence a child’s phone during critical developmental times, such as during school and late at night • View a list of people a child talks with most • View a complete history of the web browsing done from a child’s phone • Prevent texting and driving • Provide a “panic button” so that, if a child feels threatened, he/she can push it and a text message will automatically be sent to the parents with a GPS map of the child’s last-known location. CellFamily was just designated as the official

“The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.” Debbi Fields Founder of Mrs. Fields Cookies anti-texting-and-driving application for AAA Northwest Ohio after four months of testing virtually every application on the market. To get the app, parents can register at and download the app through the android marketplace. (It is currently available for android with an iPhone version to follow.) Kate O’Neil ’88 was living in New York City working on Wall Street at a Real Estate Investment Trust and her husband, Kevin Kerwin, had just graduated with his master’s degree in fine arts from Columbia University when 9/11 struck. O’Neil says that event changed everything and they decided to work together on a feature film called “Filmic Achievement.” They moved to Cleveland to finish post-production work and, after the film premiered in Cleveland and then screened in 20 other film festivals, the duo began to receive requests for commercial work. They started Authentic Films to handle these requests. Authentic Films has won the top national advertising awards for its commercial work. Some of the company’s clients include Huggies, Progressive Insurance, Hoover, Dirt Devil, Nestle, Hot Pockets and Akron Children’s Hospital. The Akron Children’s Hospital ads, featuring the stories of actual patients and their families, earned them three of the top 20 spots in the largest international trade journal of visual communication, Communication Arts’, annual list of the best commercials. Some of the others on the list were Super Bowl spots! The couple continues to work on feature films as well and have produced several award-winning independent films, including “Running America” and “Filmic Achievement.” For another production, they partnered with a Swiss company to make a documentary



S E L F - S TA R T E R S called “Cleveland vs. Wall Street” and it premiered in the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. Currently, the pair is working on a documentary called “Patrol Base Jaker.” The story follows the 1/5 Marine battalion through their deployment in the Nawa District of Afghanistan. It was one of the most successful counter-insurgency missions to date; they successfully reduced the Taliban presence, won the population’s respect and witnessed a change of industry from poppies to wheat. This exciting project focuses on counter-insurgency and the human connection between the marines and the Afghans. For more information about any of Authentic Film’s projects, go to their website at Mark Snelling ’92 received a “free” printer a few years ago from a representative of a large printer company. When it was time to replace the four toner cartridges, he discovered they were $185 a cartridge. It was going to cost him $740 to put toner in his “free” printer. After doing some research online, Snelling bought remanufactured cartridges for $70 each. He saved $460 and found that the remanufactured cartridges worked just fine. Snelling realized that this was a significant business opportunity. He and his brother, Mike Snelling ’86, and another partner, started two years ago. The company sells remanufactured inkjet and laser toner cartridges, which are 30-75 percent less expensive than the big brands. The important difference between their company and others is that their cartridges are taken apart, cleaned, rebuilt and then filled with quality ink and toner. Thus, the cartridges are remanufactured, not just refilled like those of some companies. Additionally, will only remanufacture a cartridge that has been used once. Some companies try to use a cartridge three or four times and the print quality suffers as a result. Lastly, all products are made in North America. Their return due to cartridge failure rate is 1.7 percent.



While the company has been keeping a low profile to ensure customer service levels are where the owners want them to be, sales have been growing. The B2B (business-to-business) portion of their business is expected to take off as a result of recently introduced laser toner products. The plan for is to continue to grow the company through web marketing and a significant referral program for current customers. Go to to purchase your remanufactured cartridges. Anthony Rossi ’85 always knew he wanted to own his own company one day. After talking with family friends in the wholesale produce business, he knew that there was money to be made. At 20 years old, knowing “nothing about produce or business,” he borrowed enough money from his parents to buy an old van and started buying produce from the Cleveland Food Terminal. He picked up his first customer, area restaurant Cleveland PM. Slowly, he attracted more customers and eventually replaced his old van with a truck. Rossi filled his truck with produce each morning and, by the end of each day, it was empty. Soon Rossi was busy enough to hire an employee and, eventually, they each had a truck. At this point, Rossi met his eventual partner, who also had two trucks and an employee. In 1998, they decided to merge their two operations and formed Premier Produce and Specialty Foods. Today, they have 40 employees and have grown every year but one. Premier Produce specializes in white tablecloth restaurants and prides itself on quality and service, delivering fresh produce to some of Cleveland’s finest restaurants, including all of Michael Symon’s properties; Moxie; Red, the Steakhouse; Giovanni’s; Fahrenheit and the Greenhouse Tavern. Premier Produce also provides Gilmour with all its produce. Rossi and his partner hope to expand the company to Toledo, Youngstown and other cities in the near future. Go to to learn more about Rossi’s company.

Alum Sarah O’Neil Hannibal ’89 has started not one, but two businesses. In 2005, after working in private banking for JP Morgan Chase & Co., she was tired of corporate America. Hannibal quit her job, unsure of her next step, but knowing that she wanted to be her own boss. Two weeks after she quit, one of her clients called and asked if she would be interested in starting GEM Asset Management’s second office in Chicago, where she was living at the time. Running her own office there and then relocating it to Pepper Pike in 2008 has allowed Hannibal to have her own clients, office space, autonomy and schedule. She is independent and fee only, meaning she only gets paid by clients, not for any products she sells. Each client she works with is different and she can tailor her services to that client’s needs. She can work with them on a consulting basis or provide ongoing investment management. Having spent 20 years in financial services, Hannibal has worked with all types of clients and has seen a number of complicated situations. She feels that the ability to draw on this experience sets her apart. Go to to see if Hannibal can help with your investment needs. One year after starting her first business, Hannibal and three friends traveled to Argentina for vacation. The group spent some time in Mendoza, the wine region, and fell in love with the area. While there, they met a group of American entrepreneurs who were working on multiple wine businesses. In 2007, these entrepreneurs sold Hannibal and her three friends a four-acre vineyard at the foothills of the Andes Mountains, an hour outside of the city of Mendoza in the Uco Valley and Slantwalk Wine was born! The first wines were produced in 2010 as the vines took three years to mature. The vineyard currently makes 300 cases a year. This low volume allows the company to

try new varietals and blends. Visit to place your order! Hannibal’s father, J. Philip O’Neil ’50 had his own architecture business and she saw that he was able to achieve a good work/life balance. She believes that working for oneself provides the ability to prioritize one’s life, making work more rewarding and enjoyable. She looks to her dad as a perfect example of this, as he is 80 years old and is still working! Clearly, he passed the entrepreneurship gene on. Kate O’Neil, featured earlier in this article is Sarah’s sister. Daniel Gagne ’08 took the skills he and his brother learned early on from their father and turned them into a business. Restoring and caring for boats and cars their whole lives, they started detailing companies last year. His brother details cars; Daniel details yachts with a crew of four. His company, based in Boca Raton, Fla., State of Shine Yacht Waxing’s customers are typically snowbirds whose boats need regular maintenance and care while they are away. As a stay-at-home mom to four boys ages six and under and a husband who travels extensively for work, Nicole Ferrara Hazen ’95, of Boston, was looking for a job with flexibility. Her search led her to Stella & Dot, a company that employs independent stylists to sell their line of jewelry and handbags. Hazen has thrived running her own business and has quickly amassed her own team of stylists that continues to grow along with sales. She is thrilled with the freedom and flexibility her job affords her. “I see good things in my future with Stella & Dot as I continue to build my team,” she says. To see the Stella & Dot line, go to John Rante ’06 credits his senior project with providing him the motivation to enter his current field, the credit card processing industry. For his senior project, he shadowed a vice president at BluePay, a credit card processing company and, after completing the project, the company hired him. Rante learned the



S E L F - S TA R T E R S ins and outs of the industry before heading to college. By the time he started college, he had decided to set up an independent sales office (ISO) of BluePay, which he would own and run. First Bankcard Processing, Inc. was founded in September 2006 while Rante was a college student! Working alone, Rante handles all the aspects of the business, but as an ISO of BluePay, he has access to their underwriting, risk, IT and customer service employees. Having them at his disposal allows First Bankcard all the resources of any large credit card processing company with technically only one employee. Rante prides himself on providing his customers first-rate service. His sales continue to grow, hitting a company high last December when First Bankcard processed $14 million worth of Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express cards. Go to to learn more about Rante’s company. Chris Bell ’89, of Los Angeles, has always had a passion for computers, completing an independent study in electronics during his time at Gilmour. After graduating from Tufts University with a master’s degree in water resources engineering, he went to work at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland working with synthesized data to ensure that the instruments used would yield useful data. Bell’s desire to create and develop at a faster pace led him to switch gears. Still in computing, he moved from the scientific world into e-commerce, working in research and development at Universal Music, where he focused on mobile applications. From there, Bell decided to start his own consulting



business, which he eventually shut down to join another company. He then teamed up with his brother, Michael ’83, who has worked as an account executive for the James B. Oswald Company, marketing manager for Investor’s Business Daily and executive director for a privately held law firm. The brothers launched and built Shopping Syndicate LLC, the company behind the popular consumer shopping and savings website They ran this company in their free time as they both had full-time jobs. The company demanded so much time and energy that they sold it in 2010, after learning much about the industry and about running a company. They used the knowledge, experience and resources gained from operating Dealhack to launch a new company called Zoomergy LLC, a web and mobile e-commerce and performance marketing company. The brothers are the co-founders and Chris runs the company full time. Bell says that the key to successful entrepreneurship is perseverance, as launching and running a company require a tremendous amount of work. He also contends that an entrepreneur must be able to focus on the goal, but have the ability to refocus often as change is constant. To learn more about Zoomergy LLC, visit New York-based jewelry and fashion designer, Adrienne Alaimo ’01 began to feel dissatisfied designing for someone else’s vision while working for a fashion design company. A knitwear fashion design graduate of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, Alaimo was drawn to the timeless nature of jewelry and began to create jewelry that integrated her knitting skills. In 2010, she launched AEA Jewelry. Part of her collection is one-of-akind fine knit necklaces intricately adorned with vintage, rare beads and custom metal work closures. The other part is made in small production runs with custom cut gemstones and other items that Alaimo specifically designs for each piece. The entire line is made in New York City. To see Alaimo’s line,

visit This season, she started selling with an online retailer based in Paris. You can also see her line on their website at When Gilmour was searching for someone to create a video of the Headmaster’s Christmas Party, the school approached alum Will Neiheiser ’06, who heads his own video production company. His video featured notable highlights from the entire party. Neiheiser started his company while a student at the Cleveland Institute of Art after receiving numerous requests from businesses to produce videos and take photos for their websites. His clients say that his work has a distinctive style that separates it from other companies’ products. Neiheiser attributes this to the quality of his filming, composition, detail in editing, sound design and, most importantly, the storytelling. As for future plans for the company, Neiheiser’s top priority is to make feature-length films based on stories he writes, but he also is interested in creating documentaries. He plans to continue to work with clients to meet their video production needs. Be sure to check out his work at Laura McHugh Porter ’01 did not begin her career in the conventional manner. She started out doing door-to-door sales for a marketing company in Cleveland as part of a management training program. After some time in the program, Porter transitioned to an administrative role, working her way through the ranks until she


he Gilmour Community has its very own entrepreneurial expert in Kip Marlow. His three sons, Kurt ’93, Kevin ’94 and Kasey ’97 are Gilmour graduates. Marlow heads The Entrepreneurs Club of America (TECA) and hosts a weekly radio program on entrepreneurship on WELW-AM 1330. It focuses on how to move from a good idea to a successful business. Each week he invites Kip Marlow real-world entrepreneurs on the show to share their experiences. Marlow brings his own experience as an entrepreneur to these projects as the founder of Marlow Surgical Technologies, a medical device company. The company held 13 patents and marketed surgical instruments for minimally-invasive surgeries. After selling the firm to Cooper Companies, Inc. in 1997, Marlow remained with the new owner for several years. Since retiring, Marlow has helped other entrepreneurs to be successful and says his passion is “to teach the art of entrepreneurship to current small business owners, entrepreneurs and startup organizations.” He assumed leadership of the Entrepreneurs Club, a networking group for established entrepreneurs and those looking to launch a business, developing a website and social media pages for the group and posting videos and blogs about individuals’ experiences starting companies. Marlow and a colleague from the Entrepreneurs Club, Gary Schoeniger, founder and CEO of The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (ELI), came up with the idea of starting a radio show. They launched the program in January 2010. Each week the show features interviews and commentary from successful entrepreneurs including Pandora founder Tim Westergren; Jason Kintzler, founder of Pitch Engine; and Bob Shearer, founder of Shearer’s Foods. One guest, John Gadd, founder of Flozio, a web-to-print software service provider, says, “Kip Marlow's interviews with successful business owners are the best way to learn about starting and operating a business.” Now in its third year, the radio program broadcasts locally on Mondays at 4 p.m. You can visit to see the show live. The program recently entered into a syndication agreement with Broadcast Affiliate Sales, which will make the show available to 2,000 independent radio stations nationwide. Visit The Entrepreneurs Club of America site at to view podcasts of past programs, blog entries, lists of resources, an event calendar and more.


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S E L F - S TA R T E R S Cleveland needs more people like Pat Manfroni ’99! In addition to founding US Wind Supply, LLC, Manfroni and a friend launched and operate the Cleveland Recruiting Company as their night and weekend project while working full-time jobs. Manfroni connects talented Clevelanders with great companies and realized he could create a business doing this. The key to the company’s development is forging relationships with other employer associations that mass market jobs on a weekly or monthly basis. The Cleveland Recruiting Company uses social media, specifically LinkedIn, to broadcast these job opportunities to their subscribers. Currently, the company does not charge companies a fee to post a job, but collects a success fee if one of their candidates is hired. Closing in on 1,000 LinkedIn members, Manfroni and his partner hope their firm will continue to grow with a large enough pool of candidates for employers to pay to post their job openings. Manfroni is thankful for the company’s large Gilmour following and enjoys making new connections with older and younger Gilmour alumni. As a part-time startup company, it relies on organic growth. To learn more about The Cleveland Recruiting Company, visit To see posted jobs or to post a job yourself, join their group, Cleveland Recruiting Company, on LinkedIn.


could go into business for herself as a bookkeeper. Porter is now in Atlanta and her company, Truth Financial Consulting, Inc., which incorporated in March 2010, is a national bookkeeping firm for independent companies that outsource their work and currently has three employees. Last year, Smart Circle International named Porter “Administrator of the Year.” Her goal is to continue to grow to about 100 active clients. Jonas Pattie ’95 and his brother have watched their parents’ work ethic and dedication propel their company, The Pattie Group, Inc., to extraordinary success. A nationally-renowned, award-winning landscape designer, the company has been in business for nearly 50 years, creating, building and maintaining landscapes. Most of their business has been in the residential space with only about 10 percent devoted to the commercial sector. The commercial work typically involved rare projects in the design and reconstruction of exceptional gardens as opposed to most commercial projects that are more maintenance-based. The brothers saw an opportunity in the commercial landscape maintenance market. While the Pattie Group’s success in the residential market centers on providing artistic and creative professionals who offer turnkey services, commercial landscape maintenance is price driven. The two began LandsKeepers to cater to this market. They developed an entirely new structure and separate pricing and service designed for the commercial segment, making the company competitively priced. The entrepreneurs believe their experience with the Pattie Group and access to its offices, facilities and professionals provide customers with a higher level of

(continued) quality at a competitive cost. Landkeepers benefits The Pattie Group and will eventually absorb as much as 15 percent of its overhead. Go to to learn more about LandsKeepers’ services. Blaine Westropp ’08 and his two business partners at Release Sunglasses believe that one can step back from the trials and tribulations of everyday life and make any idea a reality. They did just that, creating their own sunglass line and hope to inspire others to “release” and make their dreams a reality. This idea is what is behind their Release brand and it is what separates them from their competitors. Release Sunglasses plans to expand its marketing network by having up-and-coming artists wear Release Sunglasses. Recently, the group Timeflies featured the sunglasses in their video for their single, “Turn It Up,” providing the company huge exposure. To see their line and/or place an order, visit David Kahn ’97 was working for esteemed golf course designer, Tom Fazio, when the economy’s downturn forced the company to cut jobs. Kahn and a friend from Fazio shared a passion for golf and design and had an extensive business contact list. They realized they had the necessary components to continue design work. Within six months, the two had formed an official LLC partnership, Jackson Kahn Golf Course Design, based out of Phoenix, Ariz. In their association with the Fazio organization, the partners had the rare opportunity to work on some of the most prestigious projects in the country, gaining insight and knowledge of how best to design, build and operate high-end golf properties. This experience, coupled with their creativity, allows them to produce a golf course design product that can compare to any other designer’s product in the world. One recent project has been the renovation of the nine-hole golf course on the Walter Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands in Palm Springs, Fla. The course, originally designed by golf course architect Dick Wilson, has

hosted political leaders and legendary golfers alike, from former Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan to Ray Floyd and Lee Trevino. Jackson Kahn Golf Course Design’s task was twofold: to bring out the original character that Wilson had instilled and to give it modern playability. Following extensive research, Kahn and his partner got to work and the end product is first-rate. In the March 12, 2012 issue of Golf World, writer Ron Whitten said of their work, “Their embrace of Wilson’s characteristics, such as the long, runway tees and heavy bunkering in front of every green, ran counter to their training under Fazio, but resulted in a restoration that actually improved upon Wilson’s original plan while keeping faithful to it.” Visit to learn more about their exciting work. As this group of alumni discussed their entrepreneurial endeavors, all were quick to credit their time at Gilmour with providing them a part of the foundation necessary to start a business. Many referenced the high expectations of the faculty and their unwillingness to accept anything less than a student’s best effort. They also appreciated the faculty’s emphasis on critical thinking and remaining true to one’s beliefs. “Each faculty member encouraged me to think critically; so often I was pushed to take things ‘a step further,’ to go above and beyond, to consider situations from new perspectives, and to be true to myself and my beliefs,” Alexander Salahshour says. Others mentioned the importance of the communications skills they developed at Gilmour. “The writing skills and fundamentals I learned at Gilmour built a foundation that I use all the time,” Mark Snelling states. “Being able to communicate easily, clearly and confidently is what sets people apart.” With all the entrepreneurship programming on campus and the long-standing tradition of developing innovative thinkers, the future looks bright for the next generation of Lancer entrepreneurs to follow in the footsteps of these ambitious alumni.


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YEAR OF THE BRROTHER OT THE ER Back Row: Br. Ken Kane, C.S.C., Br. Charles Smith, C.S.C., Br. Richard Keller, C.S.C., Br. Robert Lavelle, C.S.C., Br. Dan Kane, C.S.C. Front Row: Br. Peter Graham, C.S.C., Fr. John Blazek, C.S.C., Br. Ed Fox, C.S.C., Br. Guy Eckels, C.S.C.


n a warm, rainy afternoon in late September, 1945, two Holy Cross Brothers drove an old Dodge onto the vine-covered grounds of what was once a beautiful and productive farm. They were charged with the arduous task of carving out of this forsaken estate, known as Cedar Hill Farm, a Roman Catholic prep school. The driver, Brother Gonzaga Day, barely 25 years old, had trained to be a steward within the order. The second, Brother Theophane Schmitt, 34, was director of vocations for the Brothers of Holy Cross. He had dedicated himself to championing not only his Order, but also the education of young men. From its inception in 1837, when the Brothers of St. Joseph joined the Auxiliary Priests in the French village of Sainte-Croix, the Congregation of Holy Cross has been rooted in teaching. When the Brothers of Holy Cross decided to open Gilmour Academy, their idea was to provide education for young men in Cleveland with the independent school model which focused on lower student to teacher ratios than were seen in typical schools. They wanted to create a culture that incorporated the Holy Cross charisms with teaching and learning. These Brothers were intent on providing a contemporary education that integrated the lessons utilized in adult life. Their incorporation of the subjects of music, art and physical education was a radical departure from the traditional teaching style, but was


in keeping with the vision of the founder of their Congregation, Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., who said, “The mind should not be cultivated at the expense of the heart.” From those early days and for many years thereafter, the Brothers continued their commitment to providing young people with an excellent education. As the number of religious working on campus has decreased, there has been a transition to more lay people involved in the leadership of the school. The Brothers have placed a tremendous amount of trust in these lay people to continue to weave the Holy Cross charisms into all that is Gilmour. The value of the foundation the Brothers provided the school and the resources they have provided in continuing its development all these years cannot be overstated. Since 1946, there have been many Holy Cross Brothers who have ministered and served the Academy. Seventeen Brothers have served between 10 and 20 years, six have served between 20 and 30 years and five Brothers have served Gilmour Academy between 30 and 38 years! After Brother André Bessette, C.S.C., was canonized on October 17, 2010, the Congregation decided to celebrate “The Year of the Brother.” It began on the first anniversary of Brother André’s canonization and provides the opportunity for all to give thanks for the important role Brothers play in the lives of so many, to

celebrate their vocation and to pray that others might follow in their path. The Brothers’ vocation is relational. It literally calls for them to be persons of faith and brothers to others. As we reflect this year on the important vocation of Brotherhood, each of us is called to reflect on the sacredness of our own vocation, whether single, married or the consecrated life. We must assess our fidelity to our particular calling and be instruments of God, helping each other on our faith journeys. We must recognize the blessings of God in others and be blessings to one another. The blessings of God have been abundantly evident in the work of the Brothers as they have followed their calling to educate young people. Through all these years, they have been helping them discover who they are and instilling in them the understanding that if they follow their passion, employ good thinking skills, be lifelong learners and have a good moral compass, they, too, can, and must, make a difference in the world. There are currently eight Holy Cross religious residing at Gilmour, most of whom live in the recently renovated Holy Cross House located at the southwest corner of the campus (Cedar & S.O.M. Center Roads). We are grateful for their continuous years of ministry and the strength they bring to our Holy Cross mission.



n January 21, 2012, the Brother Rex Hennel Scholasticate House in Sunyani, Ghana, was dedicated. It is named in honor of Brother Rex Hennel, C.S.C., a former Gilmour Academy Headmaster and one of the first three Holy Cross Brothers to arrive in Ghana to begin the building of St. John’s School in Sekondi. Brother Rex was the first Headmaster of St. John’s and served there from 1959-1963. The Brother Rex Hennel Scholasticate House was built for Brothers from the district of West Africa and for members of other communities who wish to reside with the Congregation while attending the Catholic university in the area. His first Holy Cross assignment was at a mission in Bangladesh in 1941. While en route, Brother Rex and other Holy Cross missionaries were captured in Manila in the Philippines as World War II prisoners and taken to an internment camp where they were held for the duration of the war. Upon his release, Brother Rex taught at Holy Trinity High School in Chicago from 1945-1948; was Superior and Principal of Notre Dame High School in Biloxi, Miss. from 1948-1954 and became Assistant Headmaster at Notre Dame International School in Rome, the Congregation’s boarding school for children of parents working abroad. In 1957, Brother Rex was made Superior/Headmaster of St. John’s School, Sekondi. He remained there until 1963 when he returned to the United States for health reasons. He was Gilmour Headmaster from 1964-1968 before becoming Assistant Provincial in 1968. Brother Rex returned to his beloved Ghana in 1975 when he began assisting Archbishop Kodwo Amissah of Cape Coast as Chancellor of the Diocese and also supervising a health program until 1983. He returned to the United States in 1983 and for two years was the Associate Director of the Holy Cross Mission Center that supports the Congregation’s international mission work. Brother Rex continued to have a positive impact on the Brothers’ community life until his death in 2008 at the age of 89 in Notre Dame, Ind. His fidelity to both private and community prayer and his association with his fellow religious served as an example to all throughout his 70 years of loyal and faithful service to the Congregation of Holy Cross. 17

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ister Mary Ann Mehling, I.H.M., has been working at Gilmour for the past 11 years and has been a Catholic educator for 51 years! She is a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a teaching order based in Monroe, Mich. She has taught religion at both the Middle and Upper School levels and doesn’t plan to retire any time soon. She loves the students too much, she says. “They are just the nicest kids here.” Sister Mary Ann coordinates the service program. With every student required to complete 60 hours of service and a written reflection on the experience, overseeing it is no small task. Sister maintains a list of approved organizations for which the students may volunteer and also hosts a service fair so that students can meet representatives from the various agencies looking for volunteers. In addition to their required service hours, each grade level completes a specific service day; this year freshmen volunteered at the Cleveland Foodbank, sophomores tutored at area schools, juniors completed Urban Plunge and seniors did Senior Service Day. Additionally, Sister Mary Ann teaches a social justice course to juniors. As part of the religion course requirement, the students complete a Praxis project. This innovative project is the embodiment of the Academy’s mission “to develop the competence to see and the courage to act in creating a more humane and just society.”

Sister and another religious studies instructor assign students to groups that focus on a specific topic such as sustainable agriculture, poverty in education, housing issues, human trafficking, sustainable communities and models of development. Each group must research its topic, examining what the Church teaches about it; how it impacts the local, national and international communities; and determining the root causes of the problem. Then the students arrange to interview someone about his/her work as it pertains to the group’s topic. Next, the group proposes and executes an action response (typically a three-hour service project) that examines the issue or its root causes and the possible impact a group of students can have. Finally, the student groups present a case study/film to their classmates that explains the issue and responds to it in a manner that is theologically sound and reflective of Cleveland’s situation. Gilmour is fortunate to have Sister Mary Ann inspiring students to give back. As students learn more about their faith through their religion classes, the service opportunities allow them to put that faith into action. In an interview with Our Sunday Visitor, a national weekly Catholic newspaper, Sister Mary Ann spoke of how student service has affected her. “I have become more aware that we can’t say ‘I’m too old,’ or ‘I’ve done my share.’ We are called to keep making the world better. So many people need somebody to be there for them.” The Academy is certainly better because of Sister Mary Ann Mehling.

Update on Holy Cross Efforts in Haiti O n January 11, 2012, the eve of the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Father Michel Eugène, Provincial Superior of the Province of Notre Dame du-Perpétuel-Secours in Haiti, reported on the results of the Holy Cross efforts there. So many in the Gilmour Community donated so generously to this worthwhile cause and we wanted to let you know about the impact your donations helped to make. The future of Haiti lies in educating young people to assume a role in rebuilding their country. Among the top priorities identified by the Holy Cross Mission Center was to rebuild the Basil Moreau School, which served 650 low-income children in Port-au-Prince. The primary school building suffered significant damage and the secondary school was destroyed. Father Eugène reported that at the Basil Moreau School, life is slowly returning to normal. The building housing the primary school and the section of the building used by the pre-school have been restored and are occupied to the great relief of students, teachers and parents. The residence for religious is also restored and occupied once again. He stated that, in December 2011, the Province signed a contract with a construction company called CDG Beton for construction of the portion of the building that will house the secondary school, administrative offices, library, laboratories and restrooms. This will be the heart and soul of the Basil Moreau School and is expected to be functional by the end of fall 2012. Still needing to be completed at the school is construction of faculty workspaces and a multi-purpose room

to be used for Masses, shows and a cafeteria. Father Eugène went on to report that they are in negotiations with a construction company and will begin construction of the Provincial House soon. Another major project that is being finalized is the launch of a teachers’ college. They are running a pilot distance learning program with 70 teachers who are currently teaching at three Holy Cross secondary schools. As presented in the Province’s Strategic Plan in March 2010, there is a second set of priorities as well. One project in this category is the securing of the main building at the Collège Notre Dame, which was built during the 70s. Seismologists say that there is a high probability of another high magnitude earthquake in the future and this building simply could not withstand another such earthquake. Other projects include construction of a new school in Tabarre, the development of a technical division at Collège Notre Dame in Limbé and reconstruction of the École NotreDame-de-Grâce in Ravine Trompette. Father Eugène explained that the project in Tabarre would most likely be able to quickly contribute to the financing of other projects in the Haitian province. Father Eugène concluded by saying that they must continue their efforts to build and bring hope to both the Church of Haiti and the people of Haiti with the hope that it will be emulated. He explained that, while reconstruction has not really begun in the country at large, the small steps that the province has been able to make are the exception. The Gilmour Community and other Holy Cross schools and universities played an important role in this progress. Our Gilmour Community contributed over $75,000 to date to help address the still grave needs of Haiti. We continue to have Haiti on our list as needing support.


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Students Nathaniel Klein ’12, Jacqueline Schmidt ’13, Anna Soukenik ’12 and Katie Winovich ’13 with Urmi Basu


f one were to ask Urmi Basu her mantra as an anti-trafficking reformer she would say, “Education, education, education.” “Most of the women I have come across in the last 11 years who are prostitutes are illiterate,” says Basu, founder of the New Light Foundation in Calcutta, India, and director of New Light Shelters. In 2000, she established the first of her safe haven shelters in Calcutta’s red light district using her own savings and grant money. If Basu has her way, the prostitutes’ children that she works with through her organization will be literate and first-generation learners. In fact, the children that Basu started working with more than a decade ago are now attending universities. An advocate for breaking the cycle of poverty and prostitution, Basu visited Gilmour in the fall and talked to students about the perils facing youngsters caught up in human trafficking. She told the students, “We need to meet, know, strategize and act for others.”


Basu, a social worker, is well educated and from a well-to-do Indian family; her parents were political activists. After high school, she studied at Kalyani University and earned a master’s degree in social work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai. New Light protects and educates girls and women at high risk for sex trafficking by offering health care, legal aid, shelter and education. Basu explains that she set up the shelter to separate the children from their mothers while they were working with clients. “The child would be sleeping under the bed where the mother would be entertaining the client. I was completely destroyed seeing that.” Basu’s plan was to keep the children in a safe environment while their mothers worked, to make sure the children were getting something to eat and to see that they were properly prepared to go to school each day. A project that started with eight children has grown to more than 200 today. New Light established and

oversees four shelters. The first was the Calcutta Creche and Night Shelter. A second shelter was established to work with the untouchables, members of the lowest caste, to help the mothers supplement their income through education and training and to provide health care. The third shelter is for girls ages five to 18 and enables them to go to school and learn computer skills and creative arts; the fourth shelter, for girls 18 to 23 years old, prepares them to be productive and independent women who are able to support themselves. According to New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, “India is the center of the 21st-century slave trade. This country almost certainly has the largest number of human-trafficking victims in the world today.” Globally as many as 1.2 million children are trafficked annually, according to UNICEF. Basu recently received the “Making a Difference” award for her groundbreaking work from Children’s Hope India at a ceremony in New York City. The speaker noted that Mother Teresa’s work in Calcutta has been an inspiration for her. She met Mother Teresa twice while working at a shelter and at a prayer meeting and was awed by her compassion for people. In 2009, Basu’s work was recognized by the Dalai Lama. In the next decade, the activist hopes to set up an HIV/AIDS hospital and a home for boys to detract them from a life of drug dealing and running prostitutes. PBS plans to air a documentary in November that will highlight New Light’s work.

Urmi Basu with students Anna Soukenik ’12,, Ju ulia Tvardovskaya ’12, Sarah Spech ’12, Katie Wiino ovicch ’13, Jacqueline Schmidt ’13, Jacqueline Sutton-N Nicholson ’12, Tim Barry ’12, Nathaniel Klein ’12 and Randy Keller ’12

Ashton Conwell ’15 and Madeline Miller ’16


iddle and Upper School students at Gilmour Academy held a Diwali Festival of Light in the fall to benefit the New Light Shelters. They learned to wrap a sari and had henna dye applied to their skin. For a week, they were steeped in India’s culture, exploring dances, creating an Indian art project and learning a Hindu prayer. The proceeds from the week’s activities were given to New Light, which offers shelter, educational opportunities and healthcare for women and children in India who have been exploited. The students selected New Light after hearing executive director and founder Urmi Basu speak to the Gilmour faculty and students about her work in Calcutta. Diwali, one of the most celebrated festivals in India, honors Lord Rama. When the king returned to his people after defeating an evil foe, they lit lamps and burst firecrackers to ward off evil spirits and shared sweets and gifts with family and friends.


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Constitutional Law and AP Government instructor Matt Lindley ’89 introduces members of the alumni panel, Brittney Nascone Cogan ’03, Tim Fiorta ’02 and David Krueger ’02.

“I want to start by saying thank you to Frank and Cheryl Potenziani for their support and interest in what it is that we have been doing in the area of Constitutional Law and what it is that we continue and aspire to do in bringing constitutional law issues of justice to young students in helping them emerge as people of compassion and concern for each other within a constitutional democracy. In fact, the name of this symposium, the David A. Potenziani Symposium, which is in memory of their son, really grows out of David’s own commitment to these very things. David was, first and foremost, a young man with a huge heart and out of that heart and concern and compassion for others came this immense desire to really look critically at issues of justice, at issues concerning rights for others. Out of that was born that academic interest in constitutional law and what it does for those who are ardent supporters of democracy and ardent believers in the rights of individuals as well as the rights of and the powers of state and how it is that those two work together to create this country, really, out of the blueprint of our founding fathers as it was meant to be.” J. Brian Horgan Director of the Upper School


ilmour Academy hosted the first annual David Potenziani ’95 Symposium on April 18 with support from the family of David and the M&T Trust. The symposium featured keynote speaker, Dr. Phillip Muñoz, the Tocqueville associate professor David Potenziani ’95 of religion and public life in the political science department at the University of Notre Dame. Muñoz writes and teaches across the fields of constitutional law, American politics and political philosophy with his recent research focusing on the theme of religious liberty and the American Constitution. Muñoz spoke to students from Gilmour, Archbishop Hoban High School and fellow Holy Cross institution Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, Ind. on issues concerning the First Amendment. His address also targeted the recent controversy concerning Church v. State with regard to President Obama’s proposed health care initiative and its impact on Catholic institutions which offer healthcare to employees. Dr. Muñoz’s presentation was quite interactive. He asked for the students’ opinions on historical Supreme Court cases, showing them how these cases shaped future Supreme Court decisions. Gilmour Constitutional Law and AP Government instructor Matt Lindley said of the experience, “The students really enjoyed Dr. Muñoz’s presentation, listening and discussing the origins of religious freedom and what exactly that means in today’s society.” Following a question and answer session with Dr. Phillip Muñoz Muñoz, the students gathered for a luncheon in the Athletic Center which featured a panel of four Gilmour alumni who are practicing attorneys. Fred Botek ’86, Tim Fiorta ’02, David Krueger ’02 and Brittney Nascone Cogan ’03 spoke about their career paths from high school to college to law school and beyond. After the luncheon, Gilmour students in the Constitutional Law class delivered presentations to Dr. Muñoz, the AP Government students and the visiting students on issues currently before the Supreme Court.



ilmour Academy’s Lower School partnered with St. Adalbert Catholic School in a Young Entrepreneurs program to introduce entrepreneurship in the classroom. The group was funded by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation whose mission is to strengthen the free enterprise system by investing in organizations and institutions that foster the entrepreneurial spirit. Morgan, who lived from 1916-2003, considered the free enterprise system to be America’s number one advantage over the rest of the world. Lower School humanities instructor Bob Gralnick and Kathie Lipowski, coordinator of Before/After Care and the Preschool Prep program, oversaw the program. The Young Entrepreneurs group was made up of 50 students, 20 from St. Adalbert and 30 from Gilmour. It introduced students to entrepreneurship through the TREP$ curriculum, a hands-on, engaging entrepreneurship curriculum designed for students in grades 4-8. Over the course of nine sessions held weekly throughout the spring, the students learned how to develop a product and a business plan. The Morgan Foundation provided participants with TREP$ workbooks and covered the cost of supplies and transporting the St. Adalbert students to Gilmour for the weekly sessions. The process culminated in Market Days at both St. Adalbert and Gilmour, allowing the students to sell their products.

There were three Young Entrepreneur teams. Two were beginner groups and one was an advanced group, made up of students who participated in the program last year. Gilmour parents William Velotta III ’71, Kenneth Espenschied, Anne McDowell and Sonya Virant led the two beginner teams and community volunteer Ryan King led the advanced team.

Students put their ideas to the test at Market Day. Pictured here are Ryan Gallan ’18 and Sean Breen ’18 buying from Noah Virant ’20. Next to them, Matthew Roddy ’18 does some shopping.


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t starts in kindergarten. Students in the Montessori kindergarten class create their own working farm. Math, engineering and art are utilized as the potential profit of various farm animals is discussed and the farm model is designed and built. By the time they are sixth-graders they will be making room models to scale with furniture, windows and doors properly proportioned. Then they will apply their knowledge of circuits, volts, currents and resistors to add electricity to the model rooms. All of this comes under the heading of STEAM, which applies skills and knowledge to critical thinking problems by incorporating science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics into lesson design. So when young engineers build a robot, they do so with aesthetics and functionality in mind, while using modern science and technology to bring it to life. The Lower School strives to be at the vanguard of the STEAM movement by working with actual scientists and engineers, bringing in experts, immersing itself in science and technology and staying up on best practices by attending conferences. Gilmour is committed to STEAM to cultivate a passion for math and science in the early grades and to engage students in the use of science and technology to meet 21st century challenges. Sustaining America’s leadership in science, technology, mathematics and engineering is critical to economic growth and national security and to securing a productive future for generations to come. Gilmour has been applying STEAM principles to teaching for more than a

STEAM Club members from the Class of 2018 Aegeas Wiertel, Sean Breen and Andrew Denk practice their suturing technique with plastic surgeon Dr. Greg Fedele.

decade. A STEAM consultant visiting campus to give an in-service training said that the Lower School is 10 years ahead of other schools with STEAM, according to Desia Joseph, math and science instructor and K-2 discipline leader. Joseph, who coordinates the STEAM program, attributes this to the Lower School’s structure. “Teachers specialize in their academic subjects starting from first grade,” Joseph explains. “Our first-grade through fourth-grade staff is primarily responsible for teaching math and science. This focus facilitates the intentional integration of math and science, a core STEAM principle, and facilitates in-depth knowledge and skill at the elementary level.” The STEAM teaching philosophy inspires students to innovate, invent, question and solve problems from every perspective setting the path for future Renaissance men and women as they prepare to become leaders in the global community.

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he fifth-grade students were just named the secondplace winners in the Grades 3-5 Division of the Siemens “We Can Change the World” Challenge. This challenge is the premiere national environmental sustainability competition for grades K-12. Over 27,000 students comprising 72 teams from 34 states participated. For the competition, students were tasked with identifying an environmental issue in their schools, communities or world and creating a replicable green solution under the guidance of a teacher or mentor. The class researched various topics pertaining to sustainability and eventually settled on a project designed to reduce the school’s energy consumption. They decided that their project would center around educating the school community on ways to decrease energy consumption. The project crossed several disciplines as the students dove into their work. Important math and science concepts were reinforced as students examined kilowatt usage on the school’s electric bills and created graphs detailing the usage. Artistic skills were employed as the students created a school-wide awareness

campaign that included posters, brochures, graphs, videos and power point presentations. Fifth-grade science instructor, Lynne Sojda, was thrilled with the way the students embraced the project. She said that they continued to ask to work on it outside of the classroom and that the project really was student-driven, with the class coming together to work toward a common goal. Sojda said of their efforts, “This common sense of purpose naturally led them to work in a collaborative and spirited fashion.” The class so enjoyed the project that the teachers are trying to build a follow-up component into the sixth-grade curriculum. They are hoping to have the students do a second round of data analysis after one year of energy conservation efforts. The class’ second-place finish in the competition earned the Academy a $3,000 grant to be used to supplement math and science education centered around the environment and sustainability. Additionally, each student in the class will receive a “green” prize pack valued at $50.


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his spring, when the curtain rose for the Middle School’s production of Alice in Wonderland, it was a time to celebrate not only this year’s talented group of thespians, but the scores who have come before them as well. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the Middle School musical. After completing her first year as director of the Middle School, Yvonne Saunders wanted to create something for the Middle School to do at the end of the school year to provide students with a sense of excitement and celebration. She had heard that English instructor Bonnie O’Leary had a real talent for directing theater and approached her with the idea of creating a Middle School musical. O’Leary agreed. Saunders also approached art instructor Matt Vanek and he took on the role of technical director, overseeing all the set design and construction, which now is usually studentled with his guidance. Gilmour alum Billy Yanesh ’07,


an eighth grader at the time, had an incredible piano talent. O’Leary asked Yanesh to be the musical director for the first production. He says of the experience, “When Ms. O’Leary asked me if I would be interested in musical directing a show during the ’02-’03 academic year, I was beyond thrilled.” He adds, “Given that the Middle School simply didn’t put on musicals at the time, setting the precedent by bringing in an eighthgrade pianist to help create the show was a flattering leap of faith.” Yanesh continued to help with the musical directing for several years before attending Carnegie Mellon University from which he graduated in 2011. Music instructor David Kilkenney took over as musical director and now handles all the audio. That leap of faith Yanesh spoke of was indicative of what the musical would do for Middle School students for the next decade. With this talented trio at the healm, many students were recognized for their talents and given the opportunity to soar. O’Leary is known for being able to find the perfect role for students. Saunders describes her as having a unique talent. She says, “Bonnie has a real gift for recognizing the talent in each of the students and finding just the right role.” Saunders says that she can go through each of the musicals in her mind and, in each one, recall roles being played by students who were perfectly fitted for that character – Rachel Kenney ’08 and Brenden Kelley ’08 as the witch and the lion in “The Wiz” and Cam Carmen ’11 as Professor Harold Hill in “The Music Man,” to name a few. Often times, that experience in the Middle School musical is a student’s first exposure to theater and he/she is able to discover a great deal about himself/herself. Carmen says, “Being a threesport athlete at the time, sports had always been

School faculty helps out and the parents have been my life.” He adds, “With a chance like this, I was unbelievable as well, helping with everything from able to broaden my horizons and become a more costuming to providing meals for students. well-rounded person.” “Each student has For some, acting enabled them to Two parents, Mrs. Carmen and Mrs. Bent, express themselves in ways they had something special to are still involved in helping with costumes never experienced, leaving students with a despite not having any students left at the newfound confidence at a time in their lives share and as the group Middle School! Saunders says that what sets when it was most beneficial. Eighth grader, begins to recognize Gilmour’s Middle School Musical apart is Sean Mullee, the white rabbit in this year’s that, “despite not being required, the and appreciate this, musical gets nearly 100 percent student production of “Alice in Wonderland,” says the best part about being in the musical participation. They truly enjoy it.” wonderful things was “being able to express yourself through O’Leary sums up the experience happen.” the arts and to not be afraid to show who saying, “The beauty of the Middle School you are.” Kelley states, “Singing my solo as Bonnie O’Leary theater program is, to me, watching the the cowardly lion was what got me to fall in students come together in pursuit of a common goal.” She continues, “Each love with the theater. I learned how to find student has something special to share and as the my own voice and find the confidence to share it with the world.” He adds, “Ask any of my classmates and group begins to recognize and appreciate this, teachers and they will tell you that once I found my wonderful things happen.” She adds, “Matt, David and I voice, I never kept quiet!” refer to it as ‘The Magic’ and, somehow, it all works.” Some of these Middle School musical alumni are still involved in theater to this day thanks to the start they got at GA. Yanesh is a pianist and composer. Amy Greene ’08, who played Dorothy in “The Wiz” and was the student choreographer, is a recent graduate of Indiana University. She continues to do a musical every year and works at Stagecrafters’ theater camp in Orange every summer as a choreographer and dance instructor. Kelley played Demetrius in his college, Washington & Jefferson’s, production of “A Mid Summer Night’s Dream” this past fall. Whether students pursue acting after participating in a Middle School musical or just enjoy the camaraderie of being a part of it once or twice, all would agree that it is a community building endeavor, with just about every Middle School student involved in the production in some capacity. The whole Middle


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The contingent with Señora Candau in Toledo, Spain


t’s never too soon for students to begin to fine tune their career expectations. Gilmour Academy offers a Summer Opportunities Program for students in grades eight through 12. Gilmour students can explore public policy debate at the University of Notre Dame or evolutionary biology at Emory University. They can study architecture at Carnegie Mellon University or Pratt Institute, photojournalism at Washington University or what it takes to become a global entrepreneur at Lehigh University. Some have successfully competed for internships at the Cleveland Clinic, ArtWorks and the Cuyahoga County Metropolitan Bar Association. Others have elected to serve in programs such as Habitat for Humanity, to shadow a professional or pursue ad-hoc opportunities in companies. “Over the years I have seen students transformed returning from this kind of summer experience,” says Michele Kay, coordinator of learning enhancement at Gilmour. “I view these opportunities as gifts students should give themselves to discover their strengths and weaknesses and their ability to be independent and to grow.” Last year eight Gilmour students ventured to Spain and unraveled the wonders of Madrid, Sevilla, Cordoba, Granada and Toledo. During their two-week


immersion trip they lived with Spanish families and attended school for half the day. The students learned to dance the Flamenco and to cook Spanish foods, visited the Prado Museum and Madrid’s Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Retiro Park. “The students learned a lot of Spanish and experienced the European lifestyle according to the Spaniards,” says Upper School Spanish instructor Cynthia Candau, who led the group. Candau, also Department Chair of Classical and Modern Languages, guided the world travelers: Spencer Antunez ’12 an nd Kennedy Ricci, Jacob Saliba, Andrew Benedejciic, Monica Flocken, Tania Saliba and Jessica Wilson from the Class of 2013. Kay begins alerting students in September about the Summer Opportunities Prograam through postings and announcements. “One of the biggest hurdles is getting the students to thiink ahead about what they want to do and to explo ore the opportunities in a timely fashion,” she says. “Some programs are very competitive and d require students to take initiative early in the scho ool year.” Thee guidance counselor sits down with applicants to disscuss their interests and goals and students then co omplete an interest questionnaire. “Some of the

students are all over the map in what they would like to do and need to inventory what their goals are,” she says. Kay advises students to analyze criteria such as their interests, compatibility with their summer schedule, geography, cost and length of the program before making a decision. “We make an appointment to research and discuss personal options,” she says. The students then discuss the options with their parents. Kay also communicates with parents abo out Oelschlager Institute student leaders and staff the opportunities and logistics through meetin ngs and phone calls. About 25 percent of Gilmour students participate in the program and about a thiird of the opportunities offer college credit. essay to increase their competitiveness. The percentage mer Opportunities Taking advantage of the Summ of high school students applying to U.S. colleges and Program has a bounty of ben nefits and students return universities has increased 70 percent in the last decade to school realizing that they are one based on information from the “I view these opportunities National Center for Education step closer to getting wheere they need as gifts students should give statistics. to be for their next thrreshold. They themselves to discover their can enrich a talen nt such as music or Michele Kay knows all too well strengths and weaknesses how difficult it can be for students to art or enhan nce their skills in problem and their ability to be solving, decision making and time “step out of the social routine of a independent and to grow.” teenager” and is aware that “they managem ment. Participants can Michele Kay want to sleep in and be with their expeerience a new environment and possibly college life. They can expand friends.” She also believes that the their cultural awareness and sensitivity and even get program allows students to invest themselves in the a head start on college applications, portfolios and Gilmour mission, noting, “Part of our mission is to be writing requirements. Some of the participants redirect able to see what is out there and to have the courage the electives they take at Gilmour and incorporate their to act.” experience into the college application and college

Kela Cook ’12 and fellow participants at the Learning About Business program through Lake Erie College


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Students Thomas Hollis ’13, Jacqueline Schmidt ’13 and Katie Winovich ’13 meet with Director of College Counseling, Tracy Stockard.


auliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education,” Mark Twain once wryly said. For students (and parents) it is an enterprise not to be borne lightly. Mastering the college selection process is the springboard for charting a student’s course in higher education today. The Office of College Counseling at Gilmour Academy is all about helping students find the right fit for the next threshold of their education. During the fall, Gilmour hosted a record number of reps from 119 prestigious schools – Dartmouth, Davidson, Duke, Middlebury, Swarthmore and Yale University, to name a few. This allowed students to learn information about the school, ask questions and network. Usually the rep did a group presentation followed by a Q and A session. Visits by college admissions reps also benefit students who may not have the resources to visit many schools. “This can be helpful as students try to do research and narrow down college choices,” according to Tracy Stockard, Director of College Counseling. “Nine times out of 10, the visiting admissions reps have a say in a student’s admission decision,” she notes.


Even before the college reps showed up on campus, Gilmour’s college counseling staff began touring 25 distinguished U.S. colleges and universities such as Notre Dame, Brown, Barnard, Columbia, Tulane and Northwestern to become better informed about the schools when they work with students to create their college lists. “By touring colleges we have a better feel of what schools will be a good fit for a particular student,” notes Stockard. The college visits also connect college counselors with admissions reps, deans and directors and encourage them to visit Gilmour. “Members of our college counseling staff have traveled extensively and worked hard to secure an impressive number and list of schools visiting our campus,” says Upper School director J. Brian Horgan. “This has presented our seniors with broader and more diverse college options for consideration.” Gilmour stacks up well against the nation’s public schools’ student-to-counselor ratio (460:1 compared to the Academy’s 116:3). Only 26 percent of public

Mastering the college selection process is the springboard for charting a student’s course in higher education today. The Office of College Counseling at Gilmour Academy is all about helping students find the right fit for the next threshold of their education.

schools have a counselor whose primary responsibility is college counseling vs. 73 percent of private schools that have at least one counselor doing this. The college selection process begins at Gilmour in the fall of junior year. Gilmour juniors receive a questionnaire and college search inventory at a kickoff meeting. The questionnaire allows the counselor to gain a better understanding of a student’s strengths and weaknesses and academic and extracurricular accomplishments while the inventory requires students to begin thinking about the size, location and type of school they are interested in plus possible majors. When students and counselors meet they review the two documents and their academic profile, which includes grades, test scores and coursework. Based on those factors and a conversation with their parents, they put together a tentative list of schools the students should research. During spring semester the counselors typically meet with each student at least twice – once individually and once with their parents. Senior year the meetings between college counselors and the students are ongoing and parents are encouraged to set up a meeting with the counselors in the fall. The counseling staff recommends that students apply to at least five to seven colleges. The expectation is that each student will go through the college process and be admitted to at least one four-year college. The teachers’ letters of recommendation and college essays help to differentiate students beyond grades and test scores. The spring of junior year, counselors hold a workshop for those who want to get a jump on writing college essays. English department teachers do a unit on college essay writing during senior year. Also held senior year is a workshop sponsored by the Women’s Club called “College 101” which helps to prepare the students for college life. The seniors learn valuable information from area professionals on topics such as finances, health, safety, and legal rights and

responsibilities in four separate speaker sessions. Students heard from a member of the University of Akron Police Department’s Community Policing and Training Division about campus safety. They heard from an attorney about the legal rights and responsibilities associated with turning 18, a financial advisor about financial fitness and, finally, from members of Ursuline College’s nursing faculty about staying healthy while away at college. In addition to guiding the juniors and seniors through the college selection process, the College Counseling Office provides information to sophomores and their parents to prepare them for what lies ahead. They held a sophomore college night this spring. “We have found that there is a craving for information about the college selection process sooner rather than later,” Stockard says adding that sophomores want to know what is going to happen in their junior and senior years. The College Counseling Office also held a coffee event to discuss selective college admissions for parents of freshmen and sophomores. By starting the process so early, the College Counseling Office works to make sure both students and parents are prepared for the very important process of selecting a college. Then, through the questionnaire, the college search inventory and by having the students drive the college selection process from the onset, the College Counseling Office is able to deliver very personalized attention to each student with the end goal being that each student select a school that is the best fit for him or her.

Matthew Rains, a financial advisor at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., speaking to the students about financial responsibility while away at college


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ately, there has been a lot of talk in the media about innovative uses of technology within the classroom. In February, “60 Minutes” did a segment on Khan Academy, an online resource that allows students to listen to ten-minute lectures posted by founder Sal Khan at their own pace, replaying parts as needed. The Khan Academy math program is being piloted in 23 schools right now, most of which are in California. Teachers at the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools at Gilmour are using technology in many incredible ways within their classrooms. One of the premises of the Khan Academy model is the notion of a “flipped classroom,” which allows each student to master a particular topic before moving on by listening to a


recorded tutorial at home, pausing and rewinding as needed. Then, they come to class having already heard the lesson, ready to work on problems with the teacher functioning as a coach or mentor. Chemistry teacher Bill Cumming has been using the “flipped classroom” method. The notion began when he was with colleagues at the AP Chemistry grading session at the University of Nebraska in 2008. They came up with the idea of making short video podcasts for students. That summer, Cumming prepared one and when school resumed, he posted it on Moodle for his Chemistry II students to use. The very next day, before Cumming had even notified students that the podcast was available, a student had already downloaded it on his iPod Touch

and had it in class. Cumming knew he was on to something. Cumming produced more podcasts which were used primarily for review and as supplements to classs lectures. At this point, Cumming heard about the notion of a “flipped classroom” in which the podcasts beecome the main vehicle for introducing and presenting course content. Chemistry instructors Dr. Edward Turrk and Dr. Neena Goel currently collaborate with Cum mming in planning the flipped chemistry classroom ms. The premise of the flipped classroom is that the students become responsible for their leaarning and the teacher becomes the coach. Instead d of delivering lectures or demonstrations, the studentts watch and listen to short podcasts and take notees, just as they would in a traditional lecture exceept with the ability to stop the lecturer (podcast) at any time and replay important points as many timess as needed. Class time is then used fo or active problem solving, Danny Botek ’21 using a computer software individual or small group disscussions and lab work. program to design and build a robot made from LEGOS® Cumming notes, “We work k with every student during every class and we have made significantly greater the classrooms. The teachers have extensively progress than in the passt. We have also completed, researched learning websites and direct the students to with better understandiing, twice as many labs as in websites that feature activities in line with the subject the past.” matter covered in class. Additionally, some of these Another benefitt is that students do not miss any sites allow the teachers to handpick learning modules material if they arre absent from class. They simply to assign to the students. The students are able to go online and view the podcast. Additionally, the complete these at their own pace and the teachers are chemistry instrructors are able to track each student’s able to track which students have completed which activity on Moodle. The site statistics allow them to see modules and their grasp of the subject matter through when and what each student has viewed so they can their performance on related activities. The NetBooks ensure thaat students are completing their assignments. are also used as a tool for assessing and The Lower School teachers have been teaching writing skills. Through a program utilizin ng technology as well to augment the bedrrocks of their pedagogy: inquiry, explo- Class time is then called WPP Online, students write to a specific prompt. The program then evaluates ratiion, discovery, problem-solving and used for active the writing and individualizes a course of engineering. Examples of their use of technology include taking the students on problem solving, study to meet the specific needs of the students, pinpointing areas in which “virtual field trips” to the White House, the individual or teachers can provide extra help. Lincoln Memorial and the moon and using The fifth- and sixth- grade students are websites and programs to engage students small group using technology daily as there are one-onin the lesson at hand. As part of their discussions and one laptops in each classroom. Students astronomy unit, students in Mrs. Desia use them to access websites for enrichment Joseph’s class “traveled” to the Paranal lab work. activities as well as research, to create Observatory in Chile. They were able to Powerpoint and video presentations, and experience the ride up the mountainous to access specific online tutorials determined by the road, view the Atacama Desert and the Pacific Ocean, teachers to augment classroom lessons. Fifth-grade “meet” three scientists and explore the sky and workstudents will use probeware, a program that allows ings of the eight large telescopes located on top of the teachers and students to attach microscopes, 8,600 foot mountain. temperature sensors and motion sensors through The third and fourth graders at the Lower School USB ports to see graphs and to make digital photos. are provided with NetBooks which are used daily in


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TECHNOLOGY ABOUNDS ON CAMPUS (continued) Students in the Middle School have been using a 3-D printer called Makerbot Cupcake CNC that was built two years ago by art instructor Matthew Vanek and several students. This printer takes a 3D model from the computer and prints it layer by layer in ABS plastic (the plastic that LEGO® bricks are made from). The seventh-grade art class just finished a project in which the students created board games entirely on the computer. The 3D “pawns” were created in a CAD program and printed in plastic and the game boards were created in Photoshop and mounted to foam core board. The high school students also use the printer, but for projects that are more mechanical in nature. The implementation of technology throughout the Lower, Middle and Upper School is a win-win for all involved. The students are more engaged in learning. According to third grader, Mollie Edmondson, the websites, activities and modules “make learning more fun.” These supplements allow teachers to hone in on their students, addressing weaknesses and providing extra challenges as needed, making learning much more personalized.

Natalie Doe ’13 using a Vernier Melt-Station attached to a Vernier Labquest to determine the melting point of the acetylsalicylic acid she synthesized in the chemistry lab.

Art instructor Matt Vanek and seventh graders Nikhil Nair and Cameron Landis using the 3-D printer



fter a national search, Gilmour Academy is pleased to announce that Mr. Justin Coleman has been appointed Gilmour’s Dean of Institutional Advancement effective July 1. He will oversee all areas currently under advancement and admissions. Mr. Coleman brings to Gilmour over 15 years of experience that includes fundraising as well as admissions and marketing. He will be coming to Gilmour from Bear Creek School in Redmond, Washington, where, for the past five years he has served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement. In this role, he has overseen all development, alumni, communications and enrollment management functions of the school. He spent the prior ten years at Erie Day School in Erie, Pennsylvania, where he served as Director of Development and Marketing. Before entering the world of independent schools, he served as Assistant Mayor for Community and Public Relations for the city of Erie. Headmaster Brother Robert Lavelle says, “Mr. Coleman brings a wealth of experience to the Academy’s current priorities and is committed to advancing our Holy Cross mission.” Dr. Todd Sweda, Assistant Headmaster, who spearheaded the search committee, believes that “Mr. Coleman has a deep understanding of independent schools.” He adds, “He possesses the experience to engage the Academy in effective communication and strategy for a powerful impact on our development and admissions efforts.” Mr. Coleman and his family are thrilled to be moving to Cleveland as it is much closer to their hometown in northwest Pennsylvania. Growing up, he says he had always heard of Gilmour. Now that he’s spent the past 15 years in the world of independent schools, he understands the operations of such

institutions. He says that there are “a handful” of what he would consider exceptional independent schools and includes Gilmour on that short list. He is very excited to be joining a team “filled with a lot of great energy and passion” and that Gilmour is willing to embrace the model of institutional advancement in which all three departments – development, admissions and marketing – “come together to move the institution forward and allow Gilmour to thrive not only now, but for the next 100 years.”


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hen Gilmour Academy opened in 1946, Bud (Norman) McLeod ’50 was one of its first students. He holds the distinction of being Gilmour’s first student council president. His mother was the first Women’s Club president and his father the second Men’s Club president. Entering the Academy as a ninth-grader, McLeod was the first of his brothers to graduate from Gilmour in 1950. John ’54 and William ’60 followed. Throughout his four years at Gilmour, McLeod was kept busy with classes, soccer, basketball and track, where he says he learned to organize people. After graduating from Gilmour, McLeod earned a Bud McLeod ’50 bachelor’s degree in sociology at John Carroll University in 1954. He was president of the university’s glee club and was vice commander of the ROTC unit, commander of Scabbard & Blade and vice commander of Pershing Rifles. After serving with the U.S. Corp of Engineers in Germany, McLeod was a service station manager and rubber tire salesman before becoming the first lay development director at Gilmour. He held similar posts at the former Dyke College, Tri-State University in Angola, Ind., and Morristown Bear Prep School in New Jersey. He also was a residential realtor for 15 years from 1987-2002 and was a professional fashion and character model. The alum even played Santa for seven years in Morristown. On their way to relocate in Vermont, McLeod and his wife, Louise, took a detour to Rhode Island. “We were so captivated by the beauty of the Ocean State we decided to relocate there,” he says. Four of their five children attended either Glen Oak School or Gilmour and Michael ’75 and John ’77 are Gilmour graduates. Active in politics throughout his life, McLeod ran for mayor of Solon in 1983 and was chairman of the Morristown Republican Party. He served on AARP’s State Legislative Committee for the past eight years and received its Volunteer Leader of the Year Award in 2009. SO Rhode Island magazine saluted McLeod for his leadership in September with a cover photo and full-page article. The magazine referred to him as a self-starter. McLeod started the first AARP Boomers Group for those 50-64 in the United States and the first Fibromyalgia support group in his area.


TED SCHAFER reports that his granddaughter attends Wisconsin Milwaukee University on a full athletic and academic scholarship and is playing Division I soccer. His 12-year-old grandson’s baseball team is the Illinois State Champion and his cross country team was in the state cross country meet.

Jackson, WY residents, JULIUS MUSCHAWECK and wife, Erika, enjoyed the gala concert at the Grand Teton Music Festival Golden Anniversary. In November 2010, Julius was awarded the Golden Diploma of the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Erika and Julius Muschaweck ’52 at the Grand Teton Music Festival

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MARK HANLON, who lives in Jupiter, FL, reports he is now happily retired . . . Engineer BOB LELAND sold his plastic company and joined the ranks of those retired . . . A five-year lung cancer survivor, MIKE MacMANUS is doing okay now.

MARK SULLIVAN, retired Army Reserve JAG colonel practicing law in Raleigh, NC, was in Washington, DC last fall on the drafting committee of the Uniform Deployed Parents Custody Act. His two-year term on the committee is now completed.



DON VICHICK is recovering from a spinal cord injury and had to give up racing his old Porsche. He still works one to two days a week. Don’s oldest granddaughter is in law school and he has four greatgrandchildren.

Congratulations to RAY MURPHY, selected as the 2012 Life Member Honoree of The Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland. Ray’s longstanding commitment has been important and instrumental in advancing the mission of this great organization.

PHIL GALLAGHER reports his children are doing well. One son is a banker, the other a chemical engineer and his daughter is a dentist . . . TOM HOWLEY has 24 Panera Bread franchises in New England. Tom’s son, Brett, a graduate of Gettysburg College, is going to Kenya to work in an orphanage . . . ED McKENNA and wife, Patricia, are celebrating the birth of their first grandchild, Charlotte Elise McKenna . . . An engineer with Falmouth Scientific, Inc., TOM MIGNONE sells precision oceanographic instruments all over the world.

1958 On June 24, DEACON ROGER MULLANEY, K.H.S. celebrated his 40th anniversary of Ordination to the Diaconate during Mass at St. James Church in Highwood, IL.

1961 MARK SWEENEY had a great time seeing “old” classmates at their 50th reunion in June 2011. Mark says Gilmour does an excellent job holding these events.

1962 Since joining a bicycle club in 2011, JOHN NAYLOR has ridden over 3000 miles biking in six states. He received “Rookie of the Year Honors” awarded to a first-year biker with the most miles. John writes “A 67-year-old ‘rookie,’ now that’s an oxymoron!”

Class of ’66 Amigos George Elliott, Al Cawley, Jim Piraino and Terry Dailey

1966 Continuing to enjoy his retirement, LARRY KENNEDY (cancer-free for 11 years) works at Grantwood golf course and volunteers with five organizations. His wife, Maryann, a national director with Roche Labs, is soon retiring after 34 years . . . For the past 10 to 15 years on a semi-annual basis, GEORGE ELLIOTT, AL CAWLEY, JIM PIRAINO and TERRY DAILEY have gotten together for a long weekend. Calling themselves “The Amigos” (and sometimes including their significant others), their recent trips have been to Winchester, KY, the mountains of western Maryland and Canaan Valley, WV.

1970 RICHARD PANTALONE is currently working in Zululand as a trauma and hand surgeon. Richard writes he would like to hear from “old, graying friends.”

1971 TIM COLEMAN is recovering from recent knee replacement surgery . . . The 2011 club champion at Seven Oaks Country Club, GEOFFREY HERALD says he’s “blazing the path for GA golf.”

1972 DirectLine Technologies, founded by MARTHA HOLZHEIMER CONNOR in 1990, was recently named one of the Top 500 Small Businesses in America and also ranked among the Top 100 Small Businesses in the state of California. Martha is president and CEO of the company based in Modesto, CA, which is widely recognized for having pioneered best-practice techniques for telephone fundraising and membership sales. 37

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t has been 70 years since the United States entered World War II, but one writer has been closely connected to it. James Breig ’64, a retired newspaperman, recently published “Searching for Sergeant Bailey,” a book about an Army sergeant who went off to New Guinea to fight then returned to his hometown near Petersburg, Va. “There is a line from ‘Death of a Salesman’ that says, `Attention must finally be paid to such a person,’” Breig recalls. “In telling Sergeant Bailey’s story, I am really telling the story of four million other men and women who went around the world and gave up their plans to do what the country asked them to do.” Breig retired in 2008 as editor of the Catholic newspaper in Albany, N.Y., called The Evangelist. He discovered Bailey’s letters to his mother in an antique store in Virginia. Breig and his wife, Mary Jane, honeymooned in Williamsburg and their daughter lives in the state so they visit regularly. While driving the back roads, they found the shop. “I saw these letters sitting in a bowl. They were a dollar apiece and were V Mail (victory mail),” he says. He forgot about the letters for several years and when he began writing articles for Williamsburg and for History Magazine he thought they might make a good article. Before long, Breig was meeting the director of Prince George County’s Historical Society and standing in front of the house where Bailey grew up. “It became an obsession to learn as much as I could about Bailey and his town and county,” Breig admits.


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It took three years, but gradually Breig began to unearth the story of the soldier’s life before and after the war. When Bailey was in his late 20s he was a quartermaster, a job that involved supplying ammunition, guns, clothes and food to infantry soldiers. Although Bailey participated in the invasion of the Philippines, he was never captured. He was in the Army for four years and resumed his job as a delivery man for Coca-Cola when he returned. He never married or had children, but is said to have loved a woman named Jane. Although all of Bailey’s relatives are dead, Breig visited Bailey’s hometown and talked to people who knew him to piece together the sergeant’s story. The book was published in 2011 by Park Chase Cathedral Foundation and is available through or through the publisher at Since the book’s publication, Mr. Breig has given about 20 lectures and has done about two dozen media interviews. Breig wrote for Gilmour’s student newspaper as a student. He earned a bachelor of art in English and a master’s degree in English literature from John Carroll University. He taught at Archbishop Hoban High School and St. Rita School and worked for The Evangelist for 37 years. His column ran nationally in Catholic papers and reached one million readers. Breig has been a freelance writer for Our Sunday Visitor and The Catholic Messenger. He and his wife live in East Greenbush, N.Y. and have three children – James, Matthew and Caroline Hester, plus seven grandchildren.

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Featured as the 1970s Lancer Spotlight in the Fall 2011 Gilmour Magazine, JOHN KRALIK told of his journey that led him to write a book, “A Simple Act of Gratitude.” John was also featured in the January 1, 2012 issue of Parade Magazine, sharing his remarkable experiences as a result of thanking people . . . Congratulations to ED RYBKA whose name was recently added to the Wall of Tolerance in Montgomery, AL. The wall provides inspiration to all those who choose to take a stand against hatred . . . Kudos to LARRY WEBER who won the Diane Davis Beacon Award for lifetime achievement from PRSA Boston (Public Relations Society of America).

JAMEY ASHER and wife, Wendy, announced the birth of daughter, Anna Rose, who joins big brother, Ralph . . . RAY FERNANDO recently accepted the position of Director, Benefits Compliance and Governance at The Boeing Company. He left a partnership at McDermott Will & Emery, LLP.

1985 COL. PETER KOVATS, a U.S. Air Force flight surgeon, is stationed at Lakenheath, U.K. where he lives with his wife, Krisztina, his son, Peter (15) and his daughter, Lydia (11).

1987 LAURA DOLINAR HOFFMAN and husband, Eric, sent us news of the recent birth of their fourth child, Liam Eric. The family resides in Kingwood, TX.

1990 Congratulations to BRIAN FRANCO and wife, Courtney, on the birth of their third son, Andrew Michael . . . Married and living in Colorado Springs, PETER HANSON works for Progressive. His wife, Jocelynn, gave birth to Alexa on November 26, 2011.

1992 TINA TRZASKA JOYCE and husband, PETER ’91 have added to their family. Owen Thomas, born April 1, 2011, joins Peter, Ashley, Kailey and James.

1993 MICHELLE MURRAY COLEMAN relocated to Bowie, MD and is working at George Mason University in student affairs. She enjoys the work immensely . . . KATHRYN GOYER was promoted to partner with the international law firm McDermott Will & Emery, LLP,

Anna Rose and Ralph, children of Jamey Asher ’88 effective January 1, 2012. Located in New York City, she will specialize in matters pertaining to federal securities laws . . . CHRIS POLONY and wife, Kimberly, welcomed Christopher Zoltan Polony II on November 17, 2011 . . . MIKE PORATH and SARAH GIFFORD PORATH announced the birth of their third child, Henry Michael, born May 4, 2012.

1994 Baby news from KARA CONWAY MOORE and husband, Patrick, is that Evan James arrived February 9, 2012 . . . RENEE PERLATTI NEMETH recently completed a three-year appointment as a council member for Ohio’s Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities. She and husband, John, welcomed Luke Patrick on August 6, 2011. Big brother, Jack, and sister, Grace, are excited about the new addition. continued on page 43


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omehow it seems appropriate that Kathleen Hackman Crowther ’75, lives in an 1880 farmhouse near her childhood home in Shaker Heights. Executive director of the Cleveland Restoration Society, Crowther is a leading historical preservationist and became president of the society last year. Since 1987, the Glen Oak graduate has transformed the Cleveland Restoration Society from a small, volunteer-run organization into one of the largest and most respected preservation organizations in the country. It tackles preservation issues in Cleveland, its suburbs and the Northeast Ohio region. “You want the old and the new to mesh. . . . to have new buildings respect existing buildings,” Crowther told The Plain Dealer last year. During her tenure, the alum established the Neighborhood Historic Preservation Program in inner-city neighborhoods, the Preservation Resource Center of Northeastern Ohio, the Sacred Landmarks Assistance Program and the Heritage Home Preservation Program. Glen Oak laid the groundwork in preparing her for her career, Crowther believes. The school, which merged with Gilmour in 1982, “encouraged creativity,” she says. “Learning was fun, not drudgery. We felt that we were different from everyone else and liked that.” Crowther earned a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in art history and English from Case Western Reserve University, a master’s degree in urban studies from Cleveland State University and was selected a fellow of the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 2002. Crowther received the “Alumni of the Year Award” from Gilmour in 2003. She has served on Gilmour’s alumni directory committee and alumni reunion committees and was a speaker for its Cum Laude Society.


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Crowther and her husband, Hub, a 1974 Gilmour graduate, have a 13-year-old son. She loves to travel and plans to visit Barcelona, Spain. “Balance is the challenge, not always achieved,” she says. “I try to remember what my parents used to tell me – first things first; smile, kid; a place for everything and everything in its place.” Throughout her career, Crowther has served in leadership capacities on the state and national levels, particularly in association with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She was selected as the first local executive director to chair the National Trust’s Statewide and Local Partners Program. She is affiliated with the National Arts Strategies organization, which provides leadership development to arts leaders that helps them find new approaches to tough challenges. In 2007, Crowther participated in an exchange with French professionals in conjunction with the Courants Program of the French-American Foundation in New York City. In 2010-11, she was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome. Crowther keeps in touch with Gilmour alumni and plans outings through Facebook. “I really like Facebook now,” she admits. “It took awhile.”

Turkaly Retrospective Honors GA Sculptor The Croatian Embassy in Washington, D.C., held a retrospective exhibit of world-renowned sculptor Joseph Turkaly, former Gilmour Art Department Chair and Gilmour parent of Anthony ’80, Andrew ’81, John ’83, Paul ’85, Peter ’85 and Thomas ’88. The exhibit, which ran from October to January, showcased more than 30 of his sculptures. Many of the included pieces were from Turkaly’s personal collection and some were borrowed from private collectors. The pictures shown here are from the opening reception at the embassy, which was well attended with many foreign dignitaries and ambassadors present. The sculptor was born in Croatia and died in 2007.


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hristmas Day 2010 and the nine days that followed were days that Janey Patton Russell ’89 will never forget, describing them as the darkest time of her life. Her daughter, Megan, 10 at the time, had never been sick before. She had never even had an ear infection. Yet, she woke up on Christmas morning extremely ill with a fast heartbeat, a fever that could not be lowered and a gland the size of a grapefruit. Megan was admitted to Diamond Children’s Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz., where she spent six days in the intensive care unit and an additional three in the hospital before finally being releaseed. Russell didn’t leave Megan’s side, sticking to her mantra of “I leave when Megan leaves.” She describes a night in the hospital wheen her husband, Mike, had gone to taake their other daughter, Annie, home to bed.. It was after midnight and Russell was feeling particularly scared. She went into a dark room next to Megan’s and cried. She desccribes looking to her faith and telling God that she was open to whatever lesson it was He was trying to teach herr. She was ready to givee back. Russell desccribes two thingss as being instrumenttal in Megaan’s recoverry: the rallying support of her community in Tucson n and the special programming that the Diamond Children’s Medical Center had for thee children. Russell remembers looking out of Megan’’s hospital window and seeing a crowd of people gathered with “get well” signs for her. She also recalls that on the day Megan was releaseed, they were not able to drive thee car down their street because so many people had gathered d to welcome them home. The support and love fro om their neighbors and fellow Tucson reesidents had buoyed the family as they endured those nine daays in the hospital. Equally important were the things thatt eased Megan’’s spirit while there. Russsell rememb bers a harpist playiing in the hallwaay at night, soothing the sick children to slleep. She also recalls a labrador that


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routinely visited Megan. These therapeutic programs did wonders to entertain and distract her but were later eliminated due to the struggling economy. One week after Megan returned home, with the family still celebrating her recovery, tragedy struck the city of Tucson when Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot a mere six miles from the Russell home. Once again, the city came together. So moved by the camaraderie and supportiveness of the Tucson community, Russell decided to start SHINE ON Tucson. Originally, the mission was to bring inspiration, sun and warmth in dark times to the city of Tucson by connecting people through volunteerism. But, Russell reaalized that, if she started a nonprofit and raised money, she could have a more specific mission. She decided that what she really wanted to do was to enablee every family with a child at Diamond Children’s Medicaal Center to have what her family had in terms of ng.. support and programmin In November, SHINE ON Tucson officially became a nonprofit and was able to begin accepting donations. Within two weeks, SHINE ON had raised enough ney to bring back the harpist. The fundraising has mon continued and so has Russell’s determiination. She sleeps with a notebook next to her bed for middle-ofthe-night inspirattions! The group p’s work ranges from ddy bears and fuzzy so ocks providing the patients with ted to bringing in football stars from the University of Arizona to visit with the childreen. They also have been able to pay for meal passes to cover 26 weeks worth of food for needy familiees wiith chiildreen at the hospital. SHINE E ON already has raiised $18,000 and is in the nts. On ne will allow building process of securing two gran a “SHINE ON Room,”” which will be a combiination of touch therapy, musicc therapy and pet therapy. The other grant will provide three new monitors for the pediatric intensive caree unit.

Russell credits Gilmour with providing her with the tools that have enabled her to give back the way she felt called to that night in the hospital. She believes the Academy gave her a solid foundation and value system. She says that she developed character at Gilmour, citing Mr. McCamley’s and Mrs. Forino’s belief in her when she didn’t believe in herself. Russell says, “They knew what I was capable of and wouldn’t accept anything less than my best.” She values the knowledge that her teachers instilled in her and cherishes the lifelong friendships she formed at Gilmour, namely the sister-like bond she shares with Kelly Conrad ’89. They visit twice a year and talk on the phone daily. Russell also recently visited with Sarah O’Neil Hannibal ’89 and enjoys the Gilmour friends she has reconnected with on Facebook. Janey feels blessed that Megan made a full recovery and that something so positive came from the experience. She loves to spend time with her husband of 14 years, Mike, and her daughters Megan, now 12, and Annie, 9. In addition to devoting her time and talent to SHINE ON, Russell was recently selected to a three member panel of the national “Stand and Deliver Campaign” sponsored by the pharmaceutical company, Asclera. Their task is to identify women across the country who are making a difference in their communities. She also recently won More Magazine’s national beauty contest which asked, “Why are you more beautiful today than ever before?” Despite having done a significant amount of modeling in the past, Russell does feel more beautiful today than ever before because of the work she is doing to bring warmtth to people during their darkest days. Shine On, Janey! For more information about SHINE ON and the work they do, go to or visit their Facebook page.

Mia and August, children of Wyatt Nelson ’95

1995 WYATT NELSON and wife, Faye Kommers, are the proud parents of twins – Mia and August . . . KRISTINE BORDEN WHIGHAM and husband, Danny, are celebrating the November 29, 2011 birth of Taylor Anne.

1997 Seamus, son of JODI NALLY McGEE and husband, Chris, was baptized St. Paddy’s Day weekend. Big sisters are Shannon (5) and Kelly (3). Seamus’ godmother is KRISTIN MORRISSEY GREEN ’97. continued on page 46

Jodi Nally McGee ’97 and family at baptism of son, Seamus

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ilmour Academy presented its 2011 “Alumni of the Year Awards” to Tom Callaghan, a local attorney and advocate for improved health care, and Amy Farrar Walsh, a former talent/news booker for “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” The award honors Gilmour graduates who have distinguished themselves in their personal lives and careers and who have demonstrated leadership and service to the school. Callaghan spent more than 30 years in private law practice. Committed to improving health care, Callaghan was a trustee of Mt. Sinai Medical Center before it closed in 1997. He is a past trustee of the

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Cleveland Clinic Myeloma Foundation. Since 2001, he has traveled around the country providing support and encouragement to patients and families confronting multiple myeloma. Also, as former Chairman of Laurelwood Hospital, where he served for 20 years, Callaghan steadfastly led efforts to improve the quality and scope of behavioral health care services in the region. A 1965 Gilmour alumnus, Callaghan graduated magna cum laude and received a bachelor of art in English and economics from Boston College, where his son, Brendan, is also a graduate. He returned to Cleveland after graduation and taught physical education at St. Clare School and coached Freshman and Junior Varsity football at Gilmour. In 1973, Callaghan earned a juris doctor from Cornell Law School. Over the years, he has been a loyal Gilmour supporter. Callaghan currently is a Gilmour trustee and has been active with PROMISE AND RENEWAL: The Capital and Endowment Campaign for Gilmour Academy, co-chaired the Class of 1965’s Annual Fund Committee and was inducted into Gilmour Academy’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.

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Farrar Family

After graduating from Gilmour in 1996, Amy Farrar Walsh earned a bachelor of art in communications from Miami University. She began her career in the media field as an intern at CNN’s “Late Edition” with Wolf Blitzer in Washington, D.C. From there, she went to work on the program “Crossfire” as a researcher. In 2003, Walsh moved to Chicago to work for “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” She spent the past eight years booking authors and other distinguished guests for the show, including former President and First Lady George and Laura Bush and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. With the last episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” having aired last May, Walsh accepted a position booking speakers for October’s “Chicago Ideas Week.” It is a week-long event with over 200 speakers from around the world. She also is focusing on her daughter, Ainsley, born in Sept. 2010 to Walsh and her husband, Mike, an associate partner with the Chicago design firm PSA Partners.

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MEREDITH AGGERS O’BRIEN and husband, PATRICK ’01, welcomed Patrick Kane on April 8, 2012.

2001 Monte Lutterman and Meghan Morrissey ’98

1998 MEGHAN MORRISSEY and Monte Lutterman were married February 10, 2012 in Steamboat Springs, CO where they reside . . . TIM POZSGAI was recently hired as the new radio play-by-play announcer for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, the Cleveland Indians Class A affiliate in the New York-Penn League.

2000 ANDREA BARKOUKIS GEFTEAS and husband, Greg, are the proud parents of Evangeline (Eva) born earlier Andrea Barkoukis this year . . . Gefteas ’00, MATTHEW KIM husband, Greg, and baby, Eva owns his own company called LED Kinetics ( They are an importer of energy efficient LED lights and luminaries. They also work with organizations to get their energy costs down and reduce their carbon footprint by retrofitting their current lighting systems. He has clients from the Dominican Republic all the way to Michigan . . .

ERICA URBAN CHABALKO and husband, Justin, are the proud parents of Grace Marie, their first child . . . LAURA McHUGH and Nathan Porter were married at St. Dominic’s Church in Shaker Heights, OH on September 3, 2011 . . . Connor Patrick is the new addition to the family of TOM STONE and wife, Julie . . . Congratulations to KELLY DRAKE TORRES and husband, Jim, on the recent birth of son, Lucas.

2002 BRANDEN HANSEN is working for SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. and is living in Richmond, VA . . . After completing his intern year in preliminary medicine at Loyola University, BILLY NAVARRE will start his anesthesiology residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in July.

have a well-established organization and history of success educating urban youth. Dave and Katherine Lawrence are recently engaged and planning an August 2013 wedding . . . BRANDON COX, a third year student at Cleveland Marshall School of Law, is editor of their school paper and was a member of the second runner-up team for the Midwest region at the national Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition . . . Newly married ANNIE KANNER and husband, Patrick Mitchell, are living in Washington, DC . . . MARSHALL CHUBIRKA and wife, Ashley, welcomed their new arrival, Eloise Mae, on May 12, 2012.

2003 DAVID CORVI is a high school English teacher and team leader with Mastery Charter Schools. They are one of the largest networks of charter schools in Philadelphia and Eloise, daughter of Marshall Chubirka ’03


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Carissa Ray ’04 at her wedding with classmates Max Gerboc, Erika Blair, Annie Kurdziel, Genevieve Ray Lyons and her brother Colin ’08

CARISSA RAY and Wrion Bowling were married September 2, 2011 in Cleveland, OH. Gilmour alums in attendance included her classmates MAX GERBOC, ERIKA BLAIR, ANNIE KURDZIEL, GENEVIEVE RAY LYONS and Carissa’s brother, COLIN ’08 . . .

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ocial and economic equity are more than just buzzwords for Solana Rice ’97. They are integrated into her daily life. Rice, who lives in Oakland, Calif., is a senior associate for PolicyLink, a national action and research institute that focuses on creating more inclusive communities where everyone can have the opportunity to prosper. “We work on local policies and federal legislation that direct funding for infrastructure and healthy places,” says Rice. She has worked in Atlanta, Detroit and the San Joaquin Valley on research, mapmaking and writing reports to improve life in low-income communities and those where people of color live. “It’s fulfilling work,” says Rice, who recently organized the institute’s fourth national conference in Detroit. “The deep and varied culture of service and justice at Gilmour was by far the most important value and gift that has influenced my everyday experience,” Rice says. She contends that volunteering at the Cleveland Children’s Museum, the Foodbank and other venues taught her the importance of giving back. “Through these experiences, as well as academic coursework, I was exposed to the tremendous needs of communities and the injustices and inequities that stem from systems and policies,” she says. Rice recalls that part of her senior thesis was to research the trends of gentrification in downtown Cleveland. The

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experience led to “a lifelong pursuit of trying to understand how access to economic opportunity is influenced by the built environment and how we design and plan for neighborhoods and communities,” she adds. Rice graduated from Washington University in 2001 with a bachelor of arts in architecture and minors in business and anthropology after receiving the John B. Ervin Scholarship. She served with AmeriCorps VISTA for two years, focusing on youth education and health in St. Louis’s Soulard neighborhood, teaching young people to construct affordable housing. In 2005, Rice earned a master’s degree in urban planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After graduating from MIT, Rice began her career working as a comprehensive planner for St. Louis County, sat on the board of a community land trust and remained involved with Washington University. Since marrying Nate Dewart and moving to Oakland in 2008, she has provided technical assistance and directed advocacy efforts for PolicyLink. Rice worked with a team to craft and pass state legislation to improve sidewalks, road striping and bike racks to allow children to walk and ride bikes to school safely. Yoga, hiking, cooking and travel are favorite pastimes.

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olly Merriman ’00, a credit analyst in Philadelphia, is expanding the educational horizon for thousands of students. She is a loan officer for the Reinvestment Fund, a community development financial institution that finances neighborhood revitalization projects. “The organization has proven to be a great fit for me,” Merriman says. The Reinvestment Fund has been Molly able to play an important role in helping schools Merriman ’00 secure capital for a quality facility, closing more than $230 million in loans to 70 charter schools that educate more than 33,000 students in the mid-Atlantic area. As a loan officer, the alum works primarily with nonprofit charter schools that operate in low income communities helping them secure or renovate their facility. Charter schools are public schools that receive funding from public sources, but must locate and finance their own buildings, Merriman explains. “Walking through different charter schools and learning about the unique aspects of their programs is the best part of my job,” she says. Merriman graduated from Villanova University where she majored in finance and has a master’s degree in public administration from New York University. At NYU, she studied financial management for nonprofit organizations and worked with a number of social service organizations in the city through an internship at Fiscal Management Associates. Previously she was an associate with KPMG, a top international financial services network and management consultant. As an advocate for charter schools, Merriman says she continues to be inspired by good teachers and principals who are helping students to lead happy and independent lives. “There are schools with visionary leaders and engaging curriculums that are doing incredible work—getting students who have fallen far behind to perform at or above grade level,” she notes. “I think about Gilmour often when I walk through schools,” Merriman notes. “I feel incredibly lucky to have had such a strong, solid education with inspired teachers who are interested in the lives alumni are leading.” Merriman is engaged to Dan Melloh, also a Villanova graduate. They plan to marry in the fall.


Julia Salashour ’04, Brandon Cox ’03 and Colin Ray ’05 at the September 16, 2011 Induction Ceremony at Cleveland Marshall School of Law

JULIA SALAHSHOUR was recently inducted into the Cleveland Marshall School of Law Honor Society.

2005 In January 2011, MICHAEL JOHNSON was assigned to serve with Patrol Coastal Crew Kilo on the USS Firebolt as part of the Fifth Fleet in the Persian Gulf based out of Bahrain. He returned from deployment in July and is back in Little Creek, VA. Michael said he had a good hitch, loved driving the RHIB, but no pirate sightings . . . Congratulations to COLIN RAY, who was inducted into the Honor Society at Cleveland Marshall School of Law.

2006 COREY NEWCOMB LESKO and husband, ADAM ’05, are celebrating the birth of son, Noah Matthew. Adam, a Gilmour staff member, divides his time between the athletic department and the Upper School.

2007 BILLY HALLAL has been accepted to the Florida State MFA program in creative writing and will have the opportunity to work with Bob Shacochis, a two-time National Book Award winner.

Pat Nally ’08, Matt Mihalik ’08, Chuck Wepler and Colin Ray ’08 after watching Matt play in a football game for University of Virginia

Adam Shemory ’08



During her four-month internship at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC, TRUDY ANDRZEJEWSKI wrote the lead article “Building Entrepreneurs and Excitement with Pop Ups” for their Main Street Now publication . . . In his free time while studying abroad for the semester at Bond University located on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, ADAM SHEMORY enjoys sailing at the Great Barrier Reef, scuba diving and snorkeling.

NOELLE NEIHEISER has launched her own makeup line “RAW by Noelle Marie.” The products are all natural; check out her youtube video at

2011 CAMERON CARMEN, a freshman majoring in political science, was named to the dean’s list for fall semester at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, OH . . . Congratulations to JENNA KLEIN and the MIT Men’s Ice Hockey team on winning their second straight

Northeast Collegiate Hockey Association (NECHA) Championship in the American Conference finals with an overtime victory. Jenna plays goalie for the men’s team and gave an outstanding performance throughout the game, which was tied 3-3 at the end of regulation. With the game in sudden death overtime, there was a great deal of pressure on her. She did her part to protect the net and her teammates did their part, scoring a goal for the Engineers just two minutes into overtime and securing the victory.


o Matt Weisman ’05 the motto “A Few Good Men” is more than a movie title or recruiting slogan especially since he joined the U.S. Marine Corps in October and is attending Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Va. “The Marines say, ‘The few and the proud,’” Weisman notes. “My core values coincide with theirs,” he says. “I wanted to be with the best of the best and to help out.” The former co-captain of Gilmour’s Varsity Football team was an assistant coach of the Lancers for the 2009 season. After graduating from GA, he earned a bachelor of arts in politics and government from Ohio Wesleyan University. “Gilmour promoted working well with others on the playing field and in the classroom and we were required to do community service,” he says. “This correlates with doing public service in the Marines.” During training, Weisman will test his leadership abilities, taking orders from officers then translating and communicating them to soldiers below his rank. He also will be tested on how he handles pressure and behaves in the field when facing obstacles. Although his grandfather, Fred Weisman, who served in World War II, and his father, Mitchell, wanted him to pursue a law career and join the family criminal defense law firm, Matt Weisman had his heart set on the military. “I knew I would regret not joining the military now,” he says. The Weisman

family is supportive of Matt’s decision. Sisters Megan ’06, an associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City, and Molly ’09, a junior at The Ohio State University, are onboard too. Weisman says, “My parents were nervous, but they realize how passionate I am about doing this and have supported me.” Gilmour classmate and football teammate Jacob Kaweck, who graduated from the Citadel Megan ’06, Matt ’05 and and is a Marine, also has helped Weisman Molly ’09 Weisman negotiate the prep work to join the Marines. Weisman will not know where he will be stationed until he completes his training and becomes a second lieutenant, but he wants to be an infantry officer. His official commitment to the Marines is four years of active duty. Down the road, he has considered coaching football as a career. In the meantime, he subscribes to advice from national syndicated columnist Harvey Mackay. “Find something that you love to do and you’ll never have to work in your life.”


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at Fagan ’10 credits his education at Gilmour with helping him to think critically. As a sophomore biology major at the University of Notre Dame, he is considering medical school and has found the ability to think critically to be invaluable. He says, “When it comes to anything medical, it’s all about thinking on your feet, thinking things through, because you don’t want to just jump to the first conclusion.” Fagan is putting his critical thinking skills to good use these days as he works on breast cancer research as part of a five-person team. The group’s mentor professor has been researching cancer cells’ ability to, at times, evade programmed cell death, a process called apoptosis, which happens on a daily basis to maintain healthy tissues. This process is regulated by many different proteins within the cell. However, mutations within the cells’ DNA, which can be caused by an oncovirus (cancercausing virus) or a carcinogen, can alter these proteins, rendering them dysfunctional. Without this important mechanism, cells can grow, spread and proliferate in other parts of the body. The mentor professor found instances in which the apoptosis mechanism had been evaded and, yet, cellular death still occurred. Fagan and his partners are working on determining what that second method of cellular death is. If Fagan and his team can determine how to induce this second type of cell death in cancer cells, it could have big implications in the fight against cancer. While Fagan loves the research end of science and excelled in his studies while at Gilmour and is now doing so at Notre Dame, he lives by the philosophy that the things you


learn outside of the classroom can provide Pat Fagan ’10 some of the best education. He loves working with people and, for this reason, is leaning toward going to medical school as opposed to following the research vein. He hopes to gain some insight as to whether the medical profession is for him this summer when he works at Camp Sweeney, a summer camp just outside of Dallas, for children with Type 1 diabetes. In his role as activities counselor there, he will be in charge of four children for three weeks at a time (there are three separate three-week camp sessions). He will work with doctors at the camp to tailor the children’s meals, will help the children check their blood glucose levels, attend medical seminars with them and plan activities and events so they realize they can participate and have fun while managing their diabetes. On his days off from camp duties, Fagan plans to volunteer at the local hospital. When asked what he remembers most about his time at Gilmour, Fagan is quick to credit Neena Goel with instilling his love of biology. She holds a Ph.D. and is an Upper School science instructor. Additionally, he believes the lessons he learned from Gay Janis, Speech and Drama Director at Gilmour, help him each day. He said she would never let him only look at the surface of an issue or a character, but, instead, forced him to dig deeper. Fagan believes this greatly improved his problem-solving and critical thinking skills which help him in all his work.

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ilmour Academy announced the hiring of Jeff Walrich, R.A.A. as its new Athletic Director, effective July 1. He brings to Gilmour a wealth of experience as an assistant athletic director, school administrator and teacher, having spent time in the classroom at the lower, middle and upper school levels. He also brings business experience, as he spent a few years in a leadership position in the Informational Technology sector before deciding to return to the education field. Walrich comes to Gilmour from Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Atlanta, Ga. where he served as Assistant Athletic Director, 10th grade Dean of Boys, broadcast journalism teacher, media literacy teacher and head wrestling coach, having led his team to the 2012 Georgia state wrestling championship. With his IT background, he created the media literacy curriculum track for Holy Innocents’ as well as their broadcast journalism program. He also produced a weekly news show for the school. Prior to working at Holy Innocents’ and his years in the business sector, Walrich taught physical education to kindergarten through seventh grade classes. Having taught at all grade levels, he says he has “a developmental understanding of where athletes are and when to insert different skill sets.” He expressed the importance of introducing athletics at a young age, allowing students to try different sports and determine

their interests. Walrich understands the spectrum of athletics at Gilmour and the needs of an elementary school athlete in addition to ones at the varsity level. The Gilmour search committee was impressed with Walrich from the start as his preparation was outstanding. He had done extensive research on the Academy, its mission and its athletic programs. This preparedness allowed him to clearly show the school’s leadership what he could bring to the Academy in terms of working with the Jeff Walrich full range of constituents that comprise the athletic arena. Director of the Upper School, J. Brian Horgan, who spearheaded the search committee, said of Walrich, “Jeff brings a great deal of knowledge, energy and enthusiasm for collaborating with students, coaches and others in really developing the athletic program in new ways.” Walrich describes the Athletic Director position at Gilmour as “his dream job” adding that he felt “humbled and honored” to have been chosen. He cited the incredible facilities and the warmth of the Gilmour community throughout the interview process as what set the Academy apart and is excited to begin in July.



he boys and girls track teams had another successful season. The girls team won their 10 th straight district title and the boys finished third. The girls went on to finish first at regionals as well, winning their fifth straight regional title. Halle Markel ’14 qualified for states in the 3200 and the 1600, Alexis Anton ’13 qualified in the 1600 and the 800 and Briah Owens ’13 qualified in the 200 and the 100. The 4x800 team of Meghan Pryatel ’13, Caitlin Whetstone ’15, Markel and Anton qualified as did the 4x400 relay team of Markel, Pryatel, Anton and Owens. For the boys, Justyn Greene ’12 qualified in the 200 and the boys 4x800 relay team of Alex Clapacs ’14, Brandon Phillips ’15, Paul-Henry Schoenhagen ’14 and Charles Hoge ’13 qualified as well. Erin Abdalian ’12, Megan Diemer ’12, Rachel Novinc ’14, John Brett ’14 and Alex Ulatowski ’14 all

qualified as alternates on the 4x800 and 4x400 relays. At the state meet, the girls team finished in sixth place overall. The 4x800 relay team of Pryatel, Whetstone, Markel and Anton finished in sixth place. Briah Owens placed second in the 100 and sixth in the 200. Alexis Anton finished fifth in the 800 and Halle Markel was fifth in the 3200 in a new school-record time of 11:18. The boys 4x800 finished just out of the medals. The great news is that most of these incredible runners will be back next year! 51

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hen Pennsylvania State University kicks off its inaugural Division I women’s hockey program next season, three senior members of the Gilmour Academy Girls Prep Hockey team will be players. Micayla Catanzariti, Katie Zinn and Celine Whitlinger signed NCAA National Letters of Intent in November. Catanzariti played right wing on Gilmour’s Girls Prep Hockey team. Prior to Gilmour, she earned USA National Championship medals in 2009 and 2010 and was captain of her former team. The Lancer was selected for one of the premier USA Hockey Select Player Development Camps in the Pacific District in 2010 and 2011. She plans to study psychology or sociology at Penn State. “Micayla is a ball of energy during our contests and has the ability to score points, kill penalties and be involved physically in our games,” says Rick Filighera, head coach of Gilmour’s Girls Prep Hockey team. Zinn was a forward for Gilmour. Last year in Canada she led her team in goals scored and was third in assists. She began playing hockey at age four and plans to major in environmental engineering. “Katie has a very good hockey IQ and she understands all the small nuances of the game,” Filighera says. “She has the ability to find an open player with pinpoint accuracy on her passing.” Whitlinger, a goaltender, was named the best goalie from the Pacific District of the U.S. Hockey Camp. “Celine is a shut-down goaltender and gives up very few rebounds,” Filighera says. “She is consistently in position and has the ability to make the key save at the most important times and gives her team a chance to win every game.” During the Ohio Flames Ignite the


Marissa Cangelosi

Ice Tournament in September, Whitlinger played all five games, recording three shutouts while only giving up two goals. Gilmour has the only girls prep hockey team in Ohio. It is one of 10 teams from the United States and Canada in the North American Prep Hockey Association. All three players bound for Penn State played in the Ignite the Ice Tournament earlier this season when Gilmour won the championship. Three more student-athletes signed NCAA National Letters of Intent and one signed a National Letter of Commitment in April. Julia “Katelyn” Parker signed a letter of intent to play hockey at Division I Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. She is undecided as to a major, but is thinking about pre-med. She is excited to be able to play for a great Division I program at a school known for its academic excellence. During her senior season at Gilmour, Parker was only able to play in 24 games because of knee surgery, yet scored eight goals and had eight assists in her shortened season. Marissa Cangelosi signed a letter of intent to play softball for Division II Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W.Va., where she plans to study nursing. Cangelosi played varsity softball for four years, earning the Coaches’ Award and News-Herald Honorable Mention. She also played varsity soccer for the Academy. Duncan DeFino signed a letter of intent to play golf for Division I Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y. and plans to study business. His efforts as the team’s second top player earned him First-Team All-Northeast Ohio, All-Sun Press and All-News-Herald. DeFino

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played varsity golf all four years at Gilmour, helping the Lancers earn sectional and district championships each of those years. He helped the team earn additional state finishes of fourth and first place during his sophomore and junior years, respectively. DeFino also received the team’s “Break Out Player” award his sophomore year and was named a Plain Dealer “Player to Watch” heading into his senior year. Carolyn Curran will join 2011 Gilmour grad and former News-Herald Volleyball Player of the Year, Brittany Link as a Bear at Brown University in Providence, R.I. Drawn to both the volleyball program and the excellent engineering program, Curran describes the school as having all the qualities she wanted as a student-athlete. Curran played varsity volleyball for Gilmour for three years, earning numerous awards and helping the team to back-to-back Division III state championship runners-up titles. This year, Curran earned the Ohio High School Student Athlete Award, was named to the District All-Star team, the Sun Press All-Star team and was a News-Herald Honorable Mention.



ilmour Girls Varsity Basketball coach Bob Beutel was named Coach of the Year and four Lancers were named to the 2011-2012 Associated Press Northeast Lakes All-District Boys and Girls Basketball Teams. Abbey Deckard ’12 and Jess Janota ’14 were named to the Division III All-District First Team and Calla Telzrow ’12 to the Third Team. From the Boys Varsity Basketball Team, David Linane ’13 was selected for the Division III All-District First Team. Deckard and Janota also were named to All-Ohio Basketball Teams – Deckard to the All-Ohio Second Team and Janota to the All-Ohio Third Team.

Members of the Girls Prep Hockey team gather to congratulate Micayla Catanzariti, Celene Whitlinger and Katie Zinn after they signed their Letters of Intent for Penn State University.

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Madeline Tuohey ’14 and Maria Cup ’12 holding the Division III State Volleyball Runner up trophy for 2011

eading into the 2011 season, the Girls Volleyball team’s motto was simple: “Respect all, fear none.” They began the season with a win on the road at Perry. The schedule that followed included several high level opponents such as Walsh, Kenston, St. Joseph Academy, Beaumont and Tuscarawas Central Catholic, a Division IV State Final Four participant in 2010. The Lancers, concluding the regular season with only two losses, hosted and won the Gilmour Tournament which eight of the top-ranked teams in the state attended. After five matches the girls earned a must-win against Dalton in the Regional Finals before

defeating Bishop Ready in the State Semi-Finals. Although the team fell to Miami East in the State Finals, the girls agreed that the whole season was one of the most memorable they had ever played. Maggie Schmidt, Diana Klonaris, Carolyn Curran and Oliver Flesher


ohn Malloy has some major numerology thing going on with the number five. The head coach of the Varsity A Hockey team celebrated his 500th win on his 55th birthday November 25. “I guess I will have to make five my new special number,” he says. Hugs and handshakes abounded in the locker room when the Lancers topped Findlay High School with a 3-0 win. Malloy is only the fifth coach to hold this honor according to OHSAA coaching records. “Actually there are few wins I remember, but I do remember the players I have coached,” Malloy says. “While I went into coaching because I love hockey, I have stayed coaching because of the players.” Malloy, Director of Ice Programs at Gilmour, has coached at the school more than 13 years. He joined the Academy as arena and hockey director, coached Boys Prep Hockey and was assistant coach for the


Lancers’ Varsity Golf team for two years. Prior to that he coached at Cleveland Heights High School, Rocky River High School and coached the Club hockey team at Miami University after earning a bachelor of science and master of education there. On a side note, Malloy feels he has come full circle. Player Carl Bleick was on his team when Malloy had his first win at Cleveland Heights. Bleick’s son, Calvin, a Gilmour freshman, was on the team that netted Malloy his 500th win. Malloy believes his success can be traced to the wonderful assistant coaches he has worked with over the years and to his committed and talented players who have been willing to sacrifice some individual goals to put the team first. “I hope that I have been able to give them some insight into the game and maybe even, perhaps, life in general,” he says. Malloy also credits his wife, Erin, and their children, J.T. and Jayne, for their support and accommodation during all the mornings, nights and weekends he has coached over the years.

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Golf Team with Coach Tremont and Coach Caja


or the golf team, last season ended with the program's fifth Division III State Championship. This season, however, had a different look. Head Coach Charles Tremont said, "We have a young team which I expected to improve as the season progressed. Our young players needed to gain tournament experience." He commented that the team "built up strong momentum in September" and that "each individual improved incrementally." Three of the top golfers were back from last year: Andrew Bieber ’13, Duncan DeFino ’12 and Connor Moriarity ’12. The Lancers won the District title by 12 strokes with Bieber shooting a 73, Moriarity an 81 and DeFino an 87. Jake Althans ’14 shot an 84 and Jeff Hurt ’13 a 92. At the State Tournament on The Ohio State University's Scarlet Course, the Lancers shot a team total of 710 to finish sixth out of 238 teams in Division III. The team battled fierce weather and 45 mph winds during the two days of play. Andrew Bieber was the medalist, shooting equal rounds of 77, winning by four strokes. He was also named to First Team All-Ohio for the second consecutive year. The Lancer Award winner was Connor Moriarty.

Andrew Bieber with his All-Ohio plaque at the 2011 Ohio State Division III golf tournament. Andrew is being courted by the University of Notre Dame, Stanford, Yale and Harvard.


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ilmour swimmers were outstanding performers at the 2012 Division II State Swimming Championships on February 23-24 at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. The girls team placed fifth overall and the boys team finished 13th. Macie McNichols ’14 won both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle. The girls 400-yard freestyle relay team took second place and the girls 200-yard freestyle relay team finished third. The boys 200-yard freestyle relay team placed sixth. Several Lancers received honors. McNichols was named to the News-Herald First Team; Kiley Eble ’15, Monica Flocken ’13 and Agnes Mirando ’14 to the Second Team and Caroline McCormick ’15 to the Third Team. Alexa Jackson ’14 made Honor Roll.

Girls and Boys Swim Team with Coach Adam Katz

State Swimming Champ McNichols Participated in Olympic Trials Sophomore Macie McNichols, who won both the 50 free and the 100 free at the State championship meet is not resting on her laurels. Macie participated in the Olympic Trials which were held from June 25-July 2 in Omaha, Neb. In preparation for the Trials, Macie participated in several of the USA Swimming Grand Prix events. These meets served as an opportunity for swimmers to race against some of the best competition in the country and featured participants including Olympic medalists Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Natalie Coughlin. While Macie did not qualify for the Olympics this time around, we know she has big things ahead of her! 56

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Loyal Alum, Parent, Grandparent and Trustee Passes William Flesher ’51


r. William Flesher ’51, an alumnus, trustee and long-time friend of Gilmour and the Brothers of Holy Cross, passed away on May 11. A member of the school’s second graduating class, he remained loyal to the Academy in his capacity as Trustee, parent and grandparent. Mr. Flesher and his wife, Patricia, sent four of their sons to Gilmour; William graduated in ’72, Timothy in ’76, Robert in ’77 and Tom in ’81. Two of Mr. Flesher’s grandchildren graduated from the Academy as well, Emma ’09 and Oliver ’12 Flesher. Commencement Day for the Class of ’09 Bill ’51, Emma ’09, Mr. Flesher gave very generously of his time and talent, Oliver ’12 and Tom ’81 Flesher serving the school as a Trustee from the mid-seventies until late 1990 when he became an Honorary Trustee. Br. Robert Lavelle, Headmaster, says of Mr. Flesher, “He was grateful, generous and willing to engage whenever help was needed.” All one has to do to see the lasting impact that Mr. Flesher made on campus is to look east from Tudor House at the repositioned St. Mary’s Lake and Shrine to Our Blessed Mother that Mr. Flesher, his wife, Patricia, and their family so graciously provided. Br. Charles Smith, C.S.C., physical plant coordinator, says of Mr. Flesher’s commitment to the school, “…he served for many years on the Board of Trustees and on the Buildings and Grounds Committee, evidencing his great love of Gilmour Academy by promoting campus improvements.” Mr. Flesher was the owner of Mr. Excavator, Inc. He founded the company, an Ohio-based site excavation contractor specializing in mass site excavation and utility installation, in 1961.


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Our sympathy also is extended to the alumni and families of the following:

Gilmour Academy expresses sympathy to the families of the following:

MARGARET MARY FAY, grandmother of Matthew ’18 and Joseph ’21 Roddy; mother-in-law of Matthew Roddy ’86

EILEEN L. ADAMS, sister of Br. Robert Lavelle, C.S.C., Gilmour Headmaster

JAMES FRANCIS B. FOLEY, uncle of Catherine Kessler ’06

JON A. BARLETTA ’67, brother of Robert ’64 and Donald ’70

THOMAS A. BELL, father of Michael ’83 and Christopher ’89

MARY PATRICIA FOLEY, wife of Edward Foley, Gilmour Honorary Trustee; mother of Michael ’76

JAMES L. BOURKE, JR. ’63, brother of Rory ’60

FRANCIS BIZILY, grandfather of Courtenay Konet Coniglio ’85

FRANCIS J. BRICKMAN ’64 JOHN F. CASEY III ’63, brother of William ’64 WILLIAM A. FLESHER ’51, father of William J. ’72, Timothy ’76, Robert ’77 and Thomas ’81; grandfather of Emma ’09 and Oliver ’12 CHARLES H. FULLER ’65 THOMAS J. FURLONG ’67 JAMES T. GRIFFIN, JR. ’59 MICHAEL M. HUGHES, SR. ’55, father of Michael, Jr. ’82 and Kevin ’88; brother of Thomas Hughes ’56 ALLISON M. IMMORMINO ’03, sister of Christopher ’05; cousin of Alexandria ’09, Nicolas ’10 and Julia ’14 Pilla WILLIAM M. MALLOY ’52 TIFFANY M. NEFF ’05, sister of Monica ’10; cousin of Geoffrey Krueger ’05, Daniel ’78, Andrew ’84 and Morada ’91 Sabio, Christine Sabio Socrates ’85, Victoria Sabio Findley ’97, Ian ’15 and Sarah ’15 Socrates GEORGE F. PARKER ’56 HENRY J. SCHMIDT III ’57, grandfather of Alexander Perry ’12 ASHTON S. WOS-CLARSON ’98

MARJORIE BORDEN, grandmother of Andrew ’07, Julia ’10 and Kristine Borden Whigham ’95 RODGER BRITTEN, Gilmour food service employee RICHARD S. CARABOOLAD, stepfather of Adena Tutino Loranger ’96; uncle of Eric ’04, Nicole ’05, Ryan ’08 and Katrina ’10 Caraboolad SHARRI CASTO, mother of Sara Fekete ’07 MARY CIRICILLO, grandmother of Joseph P. Regalbuto ’89; great-grandmother of Joseph F. ’13 and Nicholas ’15 Regalbuto ANTHONY AND GLORIA COLADANGELO, parents of Carmel Fantelli, Gilmour Lower School instructor; great-grandparents of Ryan ’19 and Francesca ’20 Coan ROBERT M. CURRAN, brother of Honorable Thomas Curran ’54 NIKOLAY DAVIDENKO, Gilmour youth hockey coach DONALD DAWSON, SR., father of Donald Jr. (Chip) ’65 and Michael ’68 Dawson GEORGE E. DOWIDCHUK, father of George ’86, Alex ’87, Katrina ’88 and Alexis ’90 NICHOLAS JOSEPH FARINACCI, SR., grandfather of Nicole Ferrara Hazen ’95 and Ricky Ferrara ’97 NICHOLAS JOSEPH FARINACCI, JR., uncle of Nicole Ferrara Hazen ’95 and Ricky Ferrara ’97


JESSICA FRANKEL, relative of Desia Joseph, Gilmour Lower School instructor DALLAS GARBER, father of Kris Rogers, ex-officio Gilmour Trustee; grandfather of Harrison Rogers ’22 JOSEPHINE GALLUCCI, aunt of Lori Gallo Zeiser GO ’76 and Charles Gallo ’80; great-aunt of Tori ’11 and Charles ’14 Gallo JOSEPHINE K. GAYDOS, grandmother of Adam ’02 ALMIRA B. GERBITZ, aunt of Brooks ’81, Clayton ’83, Blake ’85 and Reece ’90 MURIEL GESNER, wife of Canon Lloyd Gesner, former Glen Oak Headmaster; mother of Susan GO ’75 BOB GIBBONS, grandfather of Katie Saunier, Gilmour Middle and Upper School Assistant Director of Admissions GERALDINE GILMORE, mother of Meg Anderson, Gilmour Lower School instructor DAVE GRIFFITHS, grandfather of Evan McCuaig ’15 THELMA HALMATION, grandmother of Jaylen ’06 and Dominique Edomwande ’13 DOROTHY L. HAWKINS, grandmother of Claire ’09, Madeline ’14 and Jacqueline ’16 TOM HERBKERSMAN, cousin of Daniel Kohn, Gilmour Director of Maintenance

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JOHN HOLLIS, SR., father of David ’80, John ’83, Michael ’85, Diane Hollis Ambrosia ’86 and Laura Hollis Waltz ’88; grandfather of Thomas ’13 and Nicole ’14 JOHN A. HORNER, JR., father of John III, former Gilmour Upper School instructor WILLIAM S. JIROUSEK, grandfather of William ’95 and David ’97; father-in-law of Christopher Velotta ’79 CAROL JOHNS, wife of Frank ’50 ELSIE JOHNSON, grandmother of Michael ’05 RICHARD KENNEY, family relative of Br. Kenneth Kane, C.S.C., Gilmour Upper School instructional support staff STEPHEN KRISTOF, cousin of Patricia Szaniszlo, Gilmour Our Lady Chapel Administrative Assistant HENRY L. KRNAC, father-in-law of Vicki Krnac, former Gilmour Lower School reading instructor ALICE G. KRUS, mother of David ’83; mother-in-law of Carole Moran Krus ’86; aunt of Alexander ’04 and Christian ’05 Letizia EDMOND LaFRANCE, father-in-law of Marc Pender ’83; step-grandfather of Matthew ’11 and Charlotte ’13 Pender PHILIP LANDY II, brother of Thomas ’55 and John ’62 JOSEPH LONGO, uncle of Tori ’11 and Charles ’14 Gallo; brother-in-law of Charles Gallo ’80 JOSEPH M. MALAK, father of Joseph ’73; grandfather of Ryan ’10 and Lyndsay ’13 Drake MARY MALONEY, mother-in-law of Gregory ’74; grandmother of Andrew ’10 and Patrick ’13 Cooper LJUBICA V. MARUSIC, grandmother of Adrian ’15

DAN McCARTHY, grandfather of Caroline ’16 and Emily ’23 Ursu ELEANOR L. McFARLANE, mother of Gayle Svets, former Gilmour Lower School instructor JEANNE McGUIRE, aunt of Richard ’65 and Matthew ’74 Moriarty; great-aunt of Connor ’12 and Ian ’16 Moriarty CAROLYN J. MOLLICA, grandmother of Nicholas ’96 RICHARD J. MORIARTY, Jr., father of Richard ’65 and Matthew ’74; grandfather of Connor ’12 and Ian ’16 PAMELA J. MULVEY, mother of Melissa Mulvey Crisp ’05

VESTA M. RAE, sister of Jeffrey ’66 (deceased) EDWARD RICHARDS, grandfather of John ’07 and Leigh ’10 DOLORES M. RODIER, mother of Gregg ’79, Jeffrey ’80, Jane Rodier Brandenburg GO ’75 and Suzanne Rodier Evans ’85 DOTTIE SHELTON, sister of John Malloy, Gilmour Director of Ice Programs; aunt of John Tyler Malloy ’04 HELEN SHARNSKY, mother of Ray, retired Gilmour Upper School instructor; grandmother of Brian ’09 LYNN SOUKUP, mother of Randal ’05 and Alyssa ’07

PAUL E. OPEL, nephew of Nicolene Emerson, Gilmour Upper School associate

L. MICHAEL STARR, father of Pamela ’97 and Maryjean ’99

HAROLD P. O’ROURKE, grandfather of Grace ’08

PAUL STEFFEN, grandfather of Margaret Dick ’13

JOHN PAOLUCCI, grandfather of Meredith Murphy ’12

JOSEPHINE G. STROBEL, mother of John ’72

CONCETTA PARISI-ROSSI, mother-in-law of Helen Parisi, Gilmour Upper School office associate

JUDITH L. SULLIVAN, mother of Amy Sullivan Murphy ’88; mother-in-law of John Murphy ’88

ANGELA T. PAWLOWSKI, grandmother of John ’94, Michael ’96 and Jacquelyn Pawlowski Coletta ’96

ZDENKA V. TEISL, mother of Tiho, Gilmour Dean of Student Life; grandmother of James ’93, Michael ’95 and Stephen ’00

RALPH J. PELEGRIN, father of Thomas ’63; grandfather of Kevin ’99 JOSEPH G. PILLA, grandfather of Allison ’05 (deceased) and Christopher ’05 Immormino; great-uncle of Alexandria ’09, Nicolas ’10 and Julia ’14 Pilla ROSE M. POHLY, grandmother of Ellen ’06 RITA N. QUINN, grandmother of Bridget McGinty ’02 DOUG RADANT, brother-in-law of Linda Linaburg, Gilmour Admissions associate

MELCHIOR LOUIS VENTURELLA, grandfather of Michael Johnson ’05 CHRISTINE D. VICCHIARELLI, grandmother of Frank ’89 and Lori Vicchiarelli Sperling ’90 ELI VRANEK, grandfather of Josh Mihelcic ’99 MRS. WIMMER, grandmother of Mark Most, Gilmour Upper School fine arts instructor MARIA ZAVARELLA, great-grandmother of Diana Fedeli ’05 MARY CATHERINE HAGBERG ZUNT, mother of Monica Zunt Klein ’83


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