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Class Notes—Fall 2013

Eric Walter
Eric Walter


Eric Walter ’05 set a couple of joggling Guinness world records at O’Laughlin Stadium in April 2013. Joggling is running while juggling. He ran 1,000 meters on the SHU track in a record time of 2:46.63. The time to beat was 3 minutes flat. In the 400 meter he ran a 56.47 (57.32 was the old record). Walter also won the 200, 400, 800 and the 4×100 relay at the 2011 World Joggling Championships in Rochester, Minn.

Sister Donna Kustusch, OP
Sister Donna Kustusch, OP

Sister Donna Kustusch, OP, ’63 a long-time faculty member at SHU, passed away in July 2013. “Donna’s determination came from her deep commitments—to her students and to the mission of Siena Heights; to her sisters and to the mission of the congregation; to the call of the gospel for a preferential option for the poor; and to her prayer relationship with God,” said SHU Vice President of Academic Affairs Sister Sharon Weber, OP, a former colleague. A faculty member in the Religious Studies program from 1975-92, she had the challenge of bringing the curriculum to a new generation of students. For her enthusiasm in the classroom and her concern for the growth of each of her students, she received the award for outstanding teaching in 1991.

She also established the Spirituality and Peacemaking Institute in 1988. The institute provided such offerings as a variety of lectures in collaboration with Weber Center, prayer opportunities for students and a conference “Dominican Education in Search of Peace.” Her commitment to the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ vision of acting on behalf of the poor drew her to her work on the U.S.-Mexico border. In fact, she received the Sister Ann Joachim Award in 2002 for her work serving impoverished women and children in Juarez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas.

Priscilla, Theodore and Matt Keller
Priscilla, Theodore and Matt Keller

Matt Keller ’03 was recently named the vice president of Federal Services at GuidePoint Security in Reston, Va. “Matt brings an unrivaled skill set to our Professional Services team that includes a strong background in practical, hands-on federal information security engineering and leadership experience,” said Justin More-house, founder and principal at GuidePoint Security. “He will be the catalyst that brings GuidePoint Security’s industry-leading professional services to the Federal market and our team is honored and excited by his arrival.” According to a company release, the company will lever-age Keller’s experience to extend its Information Assurance and Technology Integration services, including Incident response and forensics, computer network defense and security architecture and design.

Keller has more than 15 years of IT experience managing and engineering solutions across both private and government networks. He previously was principal security engineer, team and technical lead and computer network defense architect for a government contract. Prior to that appointment, Keller served as the senior cyber forensics analyst and forensic lab manager for a Department of Defense cyber security operation center. He and wife, Priscilla, also recently celebrated a birth of a son, Theodore. The family lives in Leesburg, Va.

Eric and Gordie Theisen
Eric and Gordie Theisen

Gordie Theisen ’82, ’11/MA, joined his son, former SHU assistant baseball coach Eric Theisen, on the Hillsdale College baseball coaching staff. Gordie, who coached the Saints’ baseball program from 1987-2003, is serving as HC’s recruit-ing coordinator and pitching coach. Before joining his son at Hillsdale, Gordie was an assistant baseball coach at Adrian College. Eric took over as head coach at Hillsdale in May after serving as an assistant. The Chargers are members of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and NCAA Division II.

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Kimberly Wise was recently promoted to director of Human Resources at South Haven Health System. She and her husband, Ronald, and their two children, Anthony and Madison, reside in South Haven, Mich.


DeMarquis Battle
DeMarquis Battle

DeMarquis Battle recently published his first book titled “Don’t Bow: Standing Against the Idols of Our Generation.” Earlier in 2013 he graduated with a master’s degree in Bible and Theo-logy from Lincoln Christian University. It was his second master’s degree. He is employed in the financial aid department at Davenport University and resides in Lansing, Mich.


Lisa Doan opened a new business in June 2013 in Monroe, Mich. Inside Looking Out is a custom drapery design shop that carries accessories, local artists’ designs and home décor.

Misozi Houston and her husband, Anthony, announced the birth of their daughter, Lily, on July 4, 2012. The family resides in Bushkill, Pa.


Kelly Beymer is continuing her education in the master’s program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She will continue her career as a radiologist assistant. She resides in Whitestown, Ind.


Tim Krumholz currently works as a principal quality engineer for Rockwell Collins, a military and commercial avionics supplier. He currently resides in Anamosa, Iowa.

David Conklin
David Conklin

David Conklin was named the new director of the Genesee (Mich.) District Library in May 2013. He is the director of all 19 district branches, and formerly was the director of the Shelby Township Library and 19 years in the Oakland County Library system. He is a resident of Atlas Township, Mich.

Regina Rogers Taylor is studying for her master’s degree in information resource management at Central Michigan University. She is scheduled to graduate in May 2014. She and her husband, Jason, reside in Dearborn, Mich.

Les Morrison recently was named the director of Marriage and Family Services at the Perspectives of Troy (Mich.) counseling centers. He also conducts marriage seminars and retreats at the Perspectives’ office as well as at churches in the Midwest.

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Leslie Butler works as a claims supervisor for EMC Insurance Co. in Lansing, Mich. He resides in Lansing.

Gail Kowalski
Gail Kowalski

Gail Kowalski was featured in the June edition of Rapaport Magazine, a publication that chronicles the diamond jewelry industry news and economic trends. The article is titled “Hollywood Likes Us: Gail Kowalski creates red-carpet designs from her JBG Jewelry by Gail gallery located on the wild Outer Banks of North Carolina.” It details her career and events leading to her successes on the red-carpet Holly-wood scene. The full article can be seen in the news section at Kowalski is a 36-year resident of Nags Head, N.C., and has won numerous national and international awards.

Kenneth Thompson had his solo exhibit on display titled “The Illus-trated Facts of Global Warming” at the Lenawee County of Visual Arts at the Croswell Opera House from Sept. 25-Nov. 9. Thompson is the owner of Flatlanders Art Gallery and Supply in Blissfield, Mich.

Donald Ford is retired from the Barry County (Mich.) Sheriff’s Department. He resides in Micanopy, Fla.

Michele Seaman Morrell reported the death of her husband, David, who drowned in Puerto Rico while working for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security earlier this year. She asked that the Siena community keep her and her two daughters in their prayers. They reside in San-dusky, Mich.

Kenneth Kops was assigned as chief of staff with the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C. In July 2013 Col. Kops was awarded the Legion of Merit medial for his meritorious service while assigned to the 353rd Civil Affairs Command, where he served as deputy commander before his new assignment. He and his wife, Yeon, live by the motto, “Ain’t life grand!” They reside in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Scott McClure
Scott McClure

John Detro was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Army on Sept. 5, 2013, during a ceremony at the Fort Bragg (N.C.) Medical Simulations Training Center. His former high school track coach, Frank Connolly, and his mother, Grace, attended the ceremony and helped pin on his new rank. Detro is the XVIII Airborne Corps deputy surgeon for clinical operations and training and supervises the site that trains thousands of first responders and medics who have deployed in support of the global war on terrorism. When the XVIII ABC headquarters deploy to Afghanistan early in 2014, he will remain on the base as Task Force Bragg surgeon.

Scott McClure was recently hired as the athletic director at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill. He was a former sports information director, coach and adjunct instructor at Siena Heights and also worked at the National Association of Intercolleg-iate Athletics for many years.

Larry Bryant
Larry Bryant

Larry Bryant threw out the opening pitch on April 27, 2013, before the Detroit Tigers baseball game honor-ing the Negro Leagues. Bryant received the honor as an employee at Comerica Bank.

Tracey Ladd was recently named the new director of the Starkweather Arts Center in Romeo, Mich. Ladd has taught art at several universities and was also a coordinator at the Toledo Museum of Art. As an art-ist, she works in the mediums of silversmithing, painting, and glass.

Matt Ostapowicz is employed as a lieutenant in the Special Response Team with the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Police Department. He and his wife, Amy, and their three children reside in Jenison, Mich.

Mark Harvey is employed in sales at DirectBuy of Woodbridge, Va. He and his wife, Stacey, and their two children reside in Woodbridge.

Sister Paula Terese Pilon
Sister Paula Terese Pilon

Sister Paula Terese Pilon professed her final vows as a sister of the Congregation of St. Joseph Sept. 21 at the congregation’s center in Nazareth, Mich. Sister Paula entered the congregation in 2003 and began her novitiate in 2005. She currently works as the coordinator for Work-place Spirituality for Borgess Health. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in Pastoral Studies at the Catholic Theological Union.

Courtney Aldrich works as a victim rights specialist with the Mackinac County (Mich.) Prosecutor’s Office. She is also nationally credentialed as an intermediate level advocate with the specialties of sexual assault intervention and comprehensive/system based intervention through the National Organization for Victim Assistance. She resides in St. Ignace.

Gabrielle Clemons was recently hired as a graphic designer for Sparrow Health Systems in Lansing, Mich.

Sandra Mroz is employed as a therapist at Parkside Family Coun-seling in Adrian, Mich. She resides in Adrian.

Nichole Markusic Zimmerman is employed as a computer teacher at the Woodward Academy in Detroit, Mich. She and her husband, Joseph, and their son, Lucas, reside in Plymouth, Mich.

Rebecca Pavka is employed as an admissions representative at Davenport University. She resides in Wixom, Mich.

Audra Miller and Bradley Mohler were united in marriage Dec. 29, 2012, at the historic Baker Street Station in downtown, Ft. Wayne, Ind. The bride is the owner of A. Miller Photography in Delphos, Ohio. The couple resides in Delphos.

Chet Hesson
Chet Hesson

Liz Artz graduated in May 2013 with a master’s degree in educational leadership from Central Michigan University. She is currently employed as a student engagement coordinator at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Mich.

Chet Hesson was named the new assistant athletic director for compliance at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla. He is responsible for the administration of a comprehensive NCAA Division I, Atlantic Sun Conference and Pioneer League rules compliance program. His primary duties include investigation and reporting of rules infractions, preparation of waivers and releases, monitoring of playing and practicing seasons and recruiting.

Kelly Sawyer Woodland works as an accounting assistant with the State of Michigan. She and her husband, Lance, reside in Pleasant Lake, Mich.

Corey Alexander
Corey Alexander

Corey Alexander signed a professional baseball contract with the Traverse City Beach Bums, a member of the independent Frontier League. Alexander, a left-handed pitcher, was signed for the 2014 season. In his senior year at SHU, he was 8-4 with a 1.96 earned run average and helped the Saints to a conference tournament title and an appearance in the NAIA national tournament. It will be his first ap-pearance in professional baseball.

Kyle Armstrong is beginning his second year as a graduate assistant track and field coach at William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He is studying for his master’s degree in business leadership.

Tama and Rose Louise Lunsford
Tama and Rose Louise Lunsford

Stephen Guerra is beginning his second year as a math teacher at St. John’s Jesuit High School and Academy in Toledo, Ohio. He said, “I am very thankful to the faculty at Siena through my time there. … I feel so prepared and ready to take on anything. … It makes me very glad I chose Siena for my undergrad and shows that they truly are renowned for educating teachers. Even my principal had heard of SHU, and I can’t help but think that is what put me at the top of the list.”

Tama Lunsford and her husband Nathan ’15, celebrated the birth of their daughter, Rose Louise, Aug. 28, 2013. The family resides in Tecumseh, Mich.

Andy Switzer
Andy Switzer

Andy Switzer is currently working as an English teacher at Yiling Senior High School in Yichang City, China. He works with 3,000 students and teaches 14 classes a week. He is doing private lessons through a Cambridge University-sponsored program called “Online School of Education.” He said, “I found myself reviewing old Siena notes, lesson plan designs and student teaching reflections. There are truly invaluable and really made a huge difference.”



Marjorie Gable Reagan ’44
Sister Martin Mary Ryan, OP ’49
Sister Joan Liberty, OP ’50
Sister Marjorie McEntee, OP ’52
Catherine Turner ’52
Clare Wrona Marcyan ’53
Ann Rose Cummins ’54
Sister Mary Margaret Donnelly, OP ’54
Sister Shirley Ruder, OP ’54
Sister Paul Emelia Brown, OP ’55
Sister Helene Dompierre, OP ’55
Sister Michele Gebhardt, OP, ’55
Sister Clara Patricks, OP ’55
Sister Jean Harlan, OP ’56
Joan Watson Klusnick ’58
Dr. Marvel Proton ’60, ’66/MA
Sister Kathleen Gaynor, OP ’61
Sister Ursula Ording, OP ’61
Sister Donna Kustusch, OP ’63
Sister Mary Patrice Kerin, OSF ’64/MA
Sister Anne Wasco, OP ’67
Shawn Medley ’06
Chris Comstock ’08


Marilee Uyttenhove—former SHU staff member.


Nancy Karanja(Sr)

Graduated 2009.Assigned as a Deputy to the principal as well as teaching English in a Girls’ High school in Africa. Glad to have gone through Siena Heights that exposed me to so many challenges which in turn made me farm and daring. Will never my forget my at Siena was fun especially the insect collection for my project in the ontomology course. Just the other day I saw a wonderful but strange insect which I kept at least for two days thinking of how I could pin it down as I use to do at Siena and mail it to Siena to be adde to the insect collection. Am grateful to Siena community and its my hope that you are all well. My dream is that one day I’d visit.

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