Class Notes: July / August 2024

Catch up with your classmates' weddings, new jobs, publications, awards, and more.



Joel C. Myers ’65, ’67 MS Agr, a private consultant and co-operator of his family’s farm, Myers Farm, received the 2023 Pennsylvania Leopold Conservation Award at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, alongside his brother, Don ’70 Agr. During his career, he has worked closely with agricultural producers to employ conservation practices such as no-till planting and cover cropping to improve soil health and reduce soil erosion. He lives in Spring Mills, Pa.


cover of Joel Myers' book Invisible IcebergCHRONICLES OF WEATHER: Joel Myers ’61, ’63 MS, ’71 PhD EMS, founder and executive chairman of AccuWeather, released his latest book, Invisible Iceberg: When Climate and Weather Shaped History, in January at the annual meetings of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where climate took center stage. The book details the ways in which extreme weather has impacted world events through the centuries.




Don Myers ’70 Agr, co-operator of his family’s farm, Myers Farm, received the 2023 Pennsylvania Leopold Conservation Award at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, alongside his brother, Joel ’65, ’67 MS Agr. He and his wife, Margaret Platt ’72 Nur, live in Spring Mills, Pa.

Joseph C. Korsak ’71 Lib (ΦΚΨ) retired after 48 years as a practicing lawyer. At Penn State, he originated the Phi Psi 500, chairing the first two races in 1969 and 1970. He lives in York, Pa.

Larry Conrad ’72 Lib (ΖΨ), professor emeritus at the University of Hamburg, Germany, and now director of the nonprofit Our Phoenix Foundation, published an anthology on child abuse titled Beating the Odds. In 2018, he published a workbook, Secret Doors, on the same topic. He lives in Carlisle, Pa.

Robert Biscontini ’73 H&HD, ’75 MEd Edu created the All-Time All Star Baseball Game: The Modern Era, a new and updated edition of the classic 1973 Sports Illustrated board game. He and his wife, Alice Olkein Biscontini ’74 H&HD, live in Hanover Township, Pa. Their son: Eric ’07 IST, ’12 MPS GrtVly.

Benjamin L. Jones ’74 Sci (Glee Club) retired as senior flavor chemist at Tastepoint by IFF. In his career, he developed flavors used by many major food companies. He lives in Mount Laurel, N.J.

James H. Maule ’74 A&A retired after 23 years as an independent financial adviser with LPL Financial. He also spent 10 years with Merrill Lynch and 15 years as a general manager with Penn Advertising. He is an emeritus board member and has served as a big brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters. James, his wife, Donna, and their three children live in Williamsport, Pa.

Jay Feldstein ’75 Lib, president and CEO of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), was recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal with its Most Admired CEO award, along with other distinguished executives across Greater Philadelphia. He lives in Gladwyne, Pa.

John C. Foster ’77, ’83 MEd, ’96 PhD Edu retired recently after a 50-plus-year career in education and business. In recognition of his impact in the career technical education industry, his company, NOCTI, will award the new Dr. John C. Foster CTE Excellence Award to a deserving high school CTE student each year. He is also a recipient of the 2019 Alumni Excellence Award from the College of Education. He and his wife, Pam Foster ’98 PhD Edu, live in Carlisle, Pa.

Kenneth Gilbert ’78 Sci retired Dec. 29, 2023, from Global Production Operations’ Publications Division of the American Chemical Society after 40 years as a technical editor. In 2023, he served as journal leader for The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. He lives in Columbus, Ohio. Gilbert’s brother: Robert ’82 Bus; Sister: Janet Gilbert Seebeck ’82 H&HD.

David McClellan ’78 Lib published two collections of fictional tales, The Winning Ticket: Lottery Lunatics Book 1 and Reunion: Lottery Lunatics Book 2. He lives in Myrtle Beach, S.C. His daughter: Kristy McClellan ’03 Bus.

Michael D. Miller ’78 Sci married Jeanne T. Willis in September 2023. They live in Hughesville, Pa.

Thomas W. Wilson ’78 Com retired as a writer-editor at Pennsylvania College of Technology, a special mission affiliate of Penn State in Williamsport, Pa. He lives in South Williamsport.

Michael Hopkins ’79 Eng retired as an assistant chief of the division of air pollution control at the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, where he worked for 43 years. For most of that time, he was responsible for the development and implementation of the air pollution permitting program for industrial compliance, which works to attain and maintain air quality at a level that protects the environment for all of Ohio. He lives with his wife, Kris, and son in Columbus.

John McCarthy ’79 Lib, partner with Rawle & Henderson LLP, retired at the end of 2023 after a 41-year career at the firm. He was a highly respected defense trial lawyer representing many clients including colleges, universities, general contractors, subcontractors, convenience markets, and hotels. For more than a decade, McCarthy was a member of the firm’s executive committee, and in 2016, he was elected to the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, an honor awarded to less than 1% of the defense counsel in the U.S. He lives in Glen Mills, Pa.



Lauri Kulp Schofield ’81 Lib retired after 30 years as a middle school counselor in North Penn School District. Previously, she worked as a Student Assistance Program (SAP) counselor and as a play therapist for children. Her daughter: Lauren ’17 Edu.

Philip Ricciardi ’82 Eng was named operations manager for St. Stanislaus Parish in Lansdale Pa., in 2023. He lives in North Wales, Pa.

Roger Glendenning ’83 Lib, the chief operating officer at USDA Rural Development, was appointed acting undersecretary for the agency. He also received a 2023 Presidential Rank Award for meritorious achievement in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He lives in Boyds, Md.


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HONORS FOR 'MOMMA LORI': Lori Johnson-Vegas '83 Com, '22 PhD Edu, was named the 2023 National Mother of the Year from American Mothers Inc. for her involvement in the Home Away From Home program, which pairs new military service members with host families for meals and more. Read the full profile.


Phillip Melnick ’83 Bus retired as senior director of buildings and grounds at Penn State’s Office of the Physical Plant, where he worked for 40 years. He lives in State College.

James Newell ’84 Lib was named CEO-elect of law firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in January. He has worked for the firm for 36 years. Newell is also a charter member of the Pittsburgh Innocence Project and on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. He lives in Pittsburgh.

Todd Sherman ’86 Com (Collegian) published his first book, What Did They Say? Observations From Eighth-Grade Students. He was a language arts teacher for 23 years and a sportswriter for 11 years prior to teaching. He lives in Reading, Pa.

Kim Callari ’87 Com was named executive director of The Baltimore Station, where she previously served as deputy director. The nonprofit provides individuals, primarily veterans, who suffer from homelessness and substance use disorder with residential treatment programs. She lives in Baltimore.

GayMarie West Vaughan ’89 Edu (ΔΔΔ), a senior faculty member in the English department at St. Mark’s School of Texas, earned a doctorate of liberal studies in ethics and human rights from Southern Methodist University. She lives in the Dallas–Fort Worth area.



Dana Brownfield ’90 Eng, an engineer for KBR Inc., has served critical roles at NASA for more than 30 years and recently received a medal for her work on the Artemis I mission, a series of missions that will send astronauts to the moon and Mars. She and her husband, George ’90 Eng, live in Webster, Texas.

Henryk Marcinkiewicz ’91 PhD Edu married Susan Staley. He previously worked in higher education and retired from the Aramco Americas company, and Susan retired from Shell as an environmental engineer. They are active with the Society of Petroleum Engineers and are active hikers. They live in Houston.

Christina Novak ’91 A&A, a professor of music, is celebrating her 25th anniversary as a faculty member at Scottsdale Community College. She lives in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Doug Seaboldt ’92 Eng, a structural engineer of more than 30 years, joined Precis Engineering + Architecture as director of structural engineering. In this role, he leads structural design efforts on the firm’s projects. He lives in Harleysville, Pa.

Maria Trinh Kraus ’93 Bus, the chief financial officer at Wedgewood Pharmacy, was elected chairman of the Milton Hershey School Board of Managers and the Hershey Trust Company Board of Directors. A certified public accountant and chief financial officer at Wedgewood Pharmacy, Kraus is a 1989 graduate of the Milton Hershey School—she was valedictorian of her graduating class and received the school’s Alumni Career Achievement Award—and is the first female graduate to serve in the chairman position. She lives in Morrisville, Pa.

Matteo G. Martemucci ’94 Lib (AFROTC) was promoted to the rank of major general in the U.S. Air Force. He serves as deputy chief of central security service for the National Security Agency and is stationed at Fort George G. Meade, Md. He and his family live in the Washington, D.C., area. Wife: Rebecca ’95 Eng (AFROTC). Son: Mario ’23 Lib (AFROTC).


photo of Bartholomew wedding with Nittany Lion, courtesy
BLUE AND WHITE NUPTIALS: It was Penn State through and through at the June 17, 2023, wedding of Kathi Shoemaker Mello-Bartholomew ’94 A&A and Brandon Bartholomew, a former student at Penn State Lehigh Valley, with grilled stickies, Creamery ice cream, and drinks prepared by Alexandria Solt ’12 Lib, owner of mobile bar Buzz Gypsy. Guests danced to the music of David Duong ’04 Bus—and the Lehigh Valley Nittany Lion made a surprise appearance. Courtesy.



Michael Trettel ’02 Eng was promoted to vice president of Tarlton, St. Louis’ largest women-owned general contracting and construction management firm. He has worked in the construction industry for 20 years and oversees Tarlton’s general contracting, construction management, and design-build projects. He lives in the St. Louis area.


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PODCASTING THE SINGLE LIFE: Jared Freid '07 Lib launched The JTrain Podcast in 2013 and co-hosts the podcast U Up?, both of which have established him as an unlikely relationship guru and landed him his first Netflix special. Read the full profile.



Caitlin A. Daley ’10 A&A was named president of BKP Architects, where she has been a partner and principal since 2020, leading the firm’s architecture and planning work throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. She lives in Philadelphia.

William Kesler Jackson ’10 MA Hbg, an adjunct professor at Utah State University and assistant professor at Salt Lake Community College, is known as the “nomadic professor” and travels the world to teach history with on-location YouTube videos. Based in Orem, Utah, he and his wife and four children plan to travel to Pakistan to complete his next lecture series.

Justin T. Molitoris ’11 Lib was elected partner at Barrett McNagny LLP. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions, data privacy, and cybersecurity and is part of the firm’s transaction team. He also serves as the vice president for the board of directors of the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre. He lives in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Michael Zupan ’11 Lib, started his teaching career three years ago in Fairfax County, Va., and was named 2023-2024 Outstanding Teacher at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School in Falls Church, Va. He lives in Burke, Va.

Eli Burnstein ’14 Lib wrote Dictionary of Fine Distinctions: Nuances, Niceties, and Subtle Shades of Meaning, a page-turner for kids and adults. He lives in London.

Lindsey Dale ’14 Edu married James Fagan ’16 Bus on June 10, 2023. They live in Conshohocken, Pa.


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CREATOR OF NONTOXIC COATINGS: Ryan Pearson '14 Sci co-founded Cypris Materials Inc., a company that uses self-assembling polymers to develop sustainable paints free of toxic pigments and dyes. Read the full profile.


Caroline Myrdek Guiles ’17 JD Law was made partner at Coughlin & Gerhart LLP, a firm she joined as an associate in 2017. Her areas of practice include estate planning and administration and real estate transactions. She was recognized as a 2023 Upstate New York Rising Star. She lives in Binghamton, N.Y.


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MEDICAL MATES: Jessica Parascando ’17 MPH Medicine and Stephen Matthews ’21 PhD Medicine got engaged at the place where they first met, the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, with the Nittany Lion as witness. Courtesy.


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EMBODYING THE AMERICAN DREAM: U.S. Air Force Major Timothy Truong ’19 MIA SIA serves as an operations officer in the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Energy Americas East, which is responsible for procuring and transporting fuel ranging from  diesel for the U.S. Coast Guard to jet fuel for the Air Force. Read the full profile.