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Class Notes—Spring 2013

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SHU—Battle Creek

Rob Viland ’97 was recently named executive vice president of Business Development for Post Community Credit Union. He has more than 20 years of financial institution experience. He lives
in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Timothy Bourgeois '98
Timothy Bourgeois '98

Timothy Bourgeois ’98 will represent local law enforcement after being appointed to a four-year term on the 14-member Mental Health Diversion Council by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. The council will operate within the Michigan Department of Community Health. His term will expire Jan. 30, 2017. With more than 35 years of law enforcement experience, he currently is the chief of police for the Charter Township of Kalamazoo.


Tom Cochran ’10 was elected to the Michigan state legislature during the November 2012 elections. He will serve as state representative for the 67th District. He resides in Mason, Mich

Misozi Houston ’12 and her husband, Anthony, announced the birth of a daughter, Lily, who was born July 4, 2012. The family recently relocated to Pennsylvania.


Suzy Manning ’91, ’95/MA is a radio talk show personality on the Military Mom Talk Radio network. She is also the creator of Sizzzl, a motivational counseling program for women, and also the author of “Wise Women-Circle of Wisdom” and “You Were Born Magnificent.” The transitional coach and speaker also has the web site

Steven Aggas ’95 has carved out an impressive career in the engineering field. He currently owns 22 patents, and designed and built Arizona’s largest, privately owned telescope. He also is founder/director of Apache-Sitgreaves Astrophysics, and astronomers at the Catalina Sky Survey named an asteroid after him that is recognized by the International Astronomical Union. The name of the asteroid is 152533 Aggas (2007 AL26). He said completing his Siena Heights degree “made all the difference.” He currently lives in Gold Canyon, Ariz.

Donna Cole ’97 recently received her Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Michigan. While attending Michigan she received the Margaret Dow Towsley Scholarship from the Center for the Education of Women. She currently resides in Highland, Mich.

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Sister Maria Rubio, MSCJ ’58 is still active with the education pastoral of Apostolic Vicariate of Guapi, Cauca, which is located on the Pacific coast. She served the Catholic Church for 30 years traveling through jungles and writing guides of religious education for the native peoples. She currently resides at the Missionary Community of the Sacred Heart regional house in Medellin, Columbia.

Members of the 45th Reunion Class of 1967 catch up with their Siena Heights choir teacher. Sister Maura Phillips, OP ’39 (third from right), during a Homecoming visit to the Dominican Life Center.
Members of the 45th Reunion Class of 1967 catch up with their Siena Heights choir teacher. Sister Maura Phillips, OP ’39 (third from right), during a Homecoming visit to the Dominican Life Center.


Pat Hoffman Kostel ’67 of Rock Hill, S.C., and Tirabul Vichaiprom Krisadapong ’67 of Bangkok, Thailand reconnected by email last summer in advance of their 45th reunion. They reunited at Siena for Homecoming 2012, and then got together again this winter when Pat and her husband, George, traveled to Thailand.


Charles Fort ’74 published a series of poems entitled “We Did Not Fear the Father” by Red Hen Press. According to his bio, his other books include “Mrs. Belladonna’s Supper Club Waltz, New and Selected Prose Poems,” Volumes 1 and 2, and “The Town Clock Burning.” Fort’s poems have appeared in “The Best American Poetry 2003” and The Best American Poetry 2000.” Fort has started writing his first novel: “The Last Black Hippie From Connecticut.” He considers himself “semi-retired,” spending summer 2012 writing in Paris, France. Previously he was a visiting professor at Oklahoma St. University. He also has the distinction of being Siena Heights’ first editor of “Eclipse,” and currently resides in Newington, Conn.

Leo Butler ’75 was honored by the NAACP of Norwich, Conn., with the Excellence in Education Award in October 2012. He is currently the director of Diversity at the Norwich Free Academy. He and his wife, Karen, reside in Providence, R.I.

John Warner ’76 and his wife, Barbara ’78, recently returned from their son’s wedding in Germany. John is employed as a senior lab technician for DSM Functional Materials in Elgin, Ill., where he is involved in 3D modeling, prototype design and function. Barbara is still employed as a teacher. The couple resides in Carpentersville, Ill.


The Rev. James Splitt ’81/MA retired March 1, 2013, and he and his wife, Kathleen, relocated from Adrian to Axtell, Neb.

John Meszaros ’82 and his wife, Amy, continue to take bicycle trips. In fact, they plan on taking one to either Chicago or Toronto this year. His brother, Bob ’85 and friends and alums Jack Perion ’85 and Fred Vera ’85 have traveled with them around the Midwest since 1995. John is employed as the director of Admissions at Holy Cross Children’s Services in Clinton, Mich. He and his wife have two children, Sarah and John, and live in Adrian.

Michael Barbo ’83 made an appearance in the television movie “The Makeover” Jan. 27, 2013. He appeared four times during the movie that included stars like Julia Stiles and David Walton.

Michelle Turk Leuthard ’83 is employed in information technology for Consumers Energy in Jackson, Mich.

John Detro ’85 recently changed command and is currently the deputy surgeon for the XVIII Airborne Corps, Clinical Operations/Training. His duties include all aspects of clinical medicine for the four divisions and separate brigades of the XVIII Airborne Corps. In addition, he mentors the several hundred Army physicians assistants assigned to the Corps. Recently, his fellow FST commanders nominated him and he was selected as an Iron Major for the Army Medical Specialist Corps. Later, he will travel to Washington, D.C., to take part in a week of leader development provided by senior members of his corps. He is currently completing the defense strategy course at the Army War College. Also, his daughter, Xaviera, is deploying to Afghanistan in the near future, and his three grandchildren have moved to North Carolina to stay with he and his wife, Moraima, until she returns. Although “moving slower,” he still finds time to run five days a week. They reside in Fayetteville, N.C.

Rebecca King Roehm ’89 is employed as an administrative assistant in the University Michigan’s Biology Department. She maintains financial paperwork and accounts, purchasing, travel/hosting and payroll/employment for the department. She and her husband, Charles, have two children, Adam and Mary. They reside in Saline, Mich.


Rob Gordon ’90 is a writer for the online website The site provides complete fantasy baseball analysis. He was a primary contributor for the 2013 Minor League Baseball Analyst, a book that integrates sabermetrics and scouting.

Christopher Keivit ’92 is employed as a real estate manager for Foresite Realty Partners. He resides in Chicago, Ill.

Catherine Yezak ’92 is employed as a special education teacher at North Branch (Mich.) Area Schools. She resides in Dryden, Mich.

Don Dziuk ’94 was promoted to assistant principal at Anchor Bay (Mich.) High School. Before that he was an honors English teacher and varsity boys soccer coach at Anchor Bay for 18 years.

Marc Daly ’95, ’01/MA is currently employed as an administrator at Battle Creek Christian School. He and his wife, Tennille, announced the birth of a daughter, Alexa, who was born Jan. 14, 2013. She joins siblings Jessica, Joshua, Sean, Krystyn, Bryce, Teagan (deceased) and Elise. The family resides in Jackson, Mich.

Kevin Sunderman ’98 published the book, “Tales from the Unemployment Line,” in November 2012. The book is a “truthful, hard-hitting, straightforward look at the United States today,” according to a press release. The book is published by PublishAmerica.

Nathan Smith ’99 works as a paralegal for Front Range Court Research. He lives in Denver, Colo.


Jennifer Bennett ’00, ’07/MA was named principal at Custer Elementary School in Monroe, Mich. She had been the assistant principal at Custer the past two years. She and her husband, Steve, have three children, Reganne, Brendon and Cole. They reside in Monroe.

Elizabeth Thompson Davis ’00 is the MYOI coordinator for the state of Michigan’s Department of Human Services. She and her husband, Zachary, and their two sons, Chase and Jaxen, reside in Adrian, Mich.

Michael Nelson ’01 is currently the owner of a Home Instead Health Care franchise in Monroe, Mich. He and his wife, Sara (Brondige) ’00, have three children, Joslyne, Chloe and Katelyn. They reside in Toledo, Ohio.

Joe Danley ’05 is currently employed as a financial advisor for Morgan Stanley. He and his wife, Melanie, reside in Detroit, Mich.

Arthur Zook ’06 and Kate Graham ’06
Arthur Zook ’06 and Kate Graham ’06

Arthur Zook ’06 and Kate Graham ’06 were married June 16, 2012. Jolynn Baldwin ’06 officiated the ceremony. The bride completed her Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction from the NEOMFA by way of Cleveland St. University in May 2012. She is employed as a technical writer for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. The bridegroom completed his Master of Arts degree in literature from the University of Toledo and teaches college-level English courses for Tiffin University. The couple lives in the Cleveland, Ohio, area with their son, Garet.

Ricardo Valdez ’07 is starting his fifth year working as a lay ecclesial minister at Holy Family Catholic Community. He and his wife, Luz, have three children, Diego, Santiago and Sofia. They reside in Frederick, Md.

Angela Edward Gbeyetin ’09 recently moved to the Twin Cities area of Minnesota after living two years in Joplin, Mo., to attend graduate school. She and her husband, Gbedolo, live in Burnsville, Minn.


Christine Jankowski Averill ’10 is currently a graduate assistant for SHU’s Criminal Justice program under director Elly Teunion-Smith ’89.

Samantha Zaucha ’11 and Chad Barth were married June 30, 2012. The bride is currently employed at the Beach Bar.

Don LaFollette ’12 recently was hired as entertainment coordinator at Give Kids the World, a resort near Disney in Kissimmee, Fla., that provides children with life-threatening illnesses and their families to a weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacation. LaFollette also works seasonally for Disney and resides in Davenport, Fla.

Harmony Mead ’12 is employed as environmental coordinator for the MPS Group at the Chrysler Engine Plant in Dundee, Mich. She helps with the recycling operation, as well as educates employees on the floor about the system.



Sister Mary Burke, OP ’45
Sister Marie Decker, OP ’46
Sister Virginia Mullins, OP ’48
Marjory Thompson Iott ’49
Sister Clare O’Connor, OP ’50
Sister Mary Crimmins, OP ’52
Sister Jean Sporer, OP ’54
Sister Jean Librizzi, OP ’57
Sister Margaret Reardon ’58
Sister Margaret Stechschulte, OP ’59
Sister Mary Giacopelli, OP ’62, ’74/MA
Sister Miriam Mullins, OP ’62
Sister Marie Damian Schoenlein, OP ’63/MA
Gloria Davila Calhoun ’64
Sister Lorraine Mordenski, OP ’64
Elaine Elliott ’71—also SH adjunct counseling faculty member.
Gail Derbyshire ’73
Margaret Case ’7/6MA
Kirby Langford ’77
Jane Chi ’82/MA

Linda Guzman
Linda Guzman


Sister Margaret Gray, OP—former bookstore manager.

Linda Guzman—Staff member.

Sister Jean Hitzeman, OP—former biology faculty member.

Dr. William McDermott—former faculty member, Metro Detroit Dean.

John Wittersheim—Art faculty member. See more about John here.

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