Class Notes

May / June 2021

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Kristina Salvatore ’19 EMS married Anthony Preucil ’19 EMS on Sept. 19, 2020, with many Penn State alumni in attendance. They live in Burlington, N.J.
Michael DePierro ’14 Eng married Rachel Barenburg ’14 Bus on Oct. 17, 2020. They live in Skillman, N.J.
Kara Mazer ’10 H&HD and Ben Spanswick ’10 IST (ΣΝ) welcomed their son, Dean, on Oct. 26, 2020. They live in the Lehigh Valley, Pa.


Ryan Lagola ’07 IST and wife Michelle Kelly Lagola ’07 Lib have a son, Jackson Ryan. Jackson was born on Nov. 24, 2020, and joins sisters Harper and Hayden. The family live in Phoenixville, Pa. Ryan’s mother: Cheryl Lyn Emerich ’79 Bus. Michelle’s brother: Jordan Troy Kelly ’10 Eng.
Andy Hirneisen ’07 Agr , a senior food safety educator at Penn State Extension, received the New Professional Award for the Eastern Region of the National Extension Association of Family Consumer Science. He lives in Reinholds, Pa.
Daniel Hellmann ’07 EMS, ’18 PhD IST joined the Institute for Defense Analyses as a research staff member in the Operational Evaluation Division. He lives in Arlington, Va.
Crystal Brown ’06 MPA WC is now an assistant professor in the Department of Social Science and Policy Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Her research compares policies and politics that impact marginalized groups in different societies. She is also a 2017-18 Fulbright Schuman Scholar and received the Russell Sage Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Proposal Development Institute award for Summer 2020. She lives in Worcester, Mass.
Anthony J. Vogel ’06 Bus was named a partner of law firm Robinson+Cole , in Hartford, Conn., where he is a member of the real estate and development group. He lives in New York City.
Erica Grow ’02 EMS married Kevin Cei ’07 EMS on May 8, 2020 at the Centre County Courthouse. They live in State College.
Brian Raff ’01 A&A was promoted to vice president of market development at the American Institute of Steel Construction. He lives in the Greater Chicago area.

Weathering Every Storm

Trisha Fehlinger Mikita has only worked for one company since graduating from college, but in a senes she’s had five different careers during her 20 years at AccuWeather.


Jeff Lipson ’97 MS IST Grt Vly was awarded the Legion of Merit by the United States Armed Forces in recognition of his creation of cybersecurity units for the Marine Corps Forces Reserve. He is also CEO of Layer 8 Security, LLC. He lives in Exton, Pa.
Carol L. Franklin Smith ’96 Agr was elected as a national member of the Executive Board of the Zimbabwe Association of Dairy Farmers. She manages dairy operations on her family farm in Mutare, Zimbabwe.
Shawn A. Kachmar ’94 Hbg , an attorney at HunterMaclean business law firm, was recognized as a 2020 Legal Elite by Georgia Trend. He lives in Savannah, Ga.
Craig Berger ’93 A&A , an associate professor and chair of the Visual Presentation and Exhibition Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, is now chair of the institute’s Communication Design Pathways Department. He lives in Voorhees, N.J.
Richard R. Young ’93 PhD Bus , a retired distinguished professor emeritus of supply chain management at Penn State Harrisburg, co-edited Intermodal Maritime Security: Supply Chain Risk Mitigation. He lives in Middletown, Pa.
Laurie Kashuba Smith ’92 Sci was named a fellow of the Society of American Foresters. She and her family live in Oneida, Tenn.


Edward M. Manns ’87 Eng was promoted to senior technical director of NACE International. He recently completed his third term as a member of the board of directors of the American National Standards Institute. He lives with his daughters and wife, Samantha, in Bethel Park, Pa. Daughter: Courtney ’20 H&HD.
Christine Miller Junker ’87 Edu , ’91 MBA was elected secretary/treasurer for the board of directors of The Oscar Hammerstein Museum and Theatre Education Center. She lives in the Greater Philadelphia area. Her father: Gary S. Miller ’64. Children: Matthew ’22 undergrad; Cecilia ’24 undergrad.
Jeanne Cotter ’86 Eng joined Urban Engineers as a quality manager for the firm. She has more than 30 years of experience in quality management development and implementation. She lives in Philadelphia.
Ron Wróblewski ’84 PhD Sci , a physicist and data scientist, received a fourth patent for a method to create an efficient semantic index for big data, which was issued to the San Diego branch of the Naval Information Warfare Center. He lives in San Diego.
Ben Cooper ’84 Agr , a continuing education instructor at Allegany College of Maryland, wrote a children’s book, Created Critters with Wings. The book showcases the diversity of winged creatures. He lives in Hyndman, Pa.
Paul Michali ’82 Eng retired after 38 years as a software engineer working in networking and cloud computing. Most recently, he served as technical lead/software engineer at Cisco Systems, where he worked for 27 years. He lives in the Greater Boston area.


Randy Dymond ’79 , ’80 ME, ’87 PhD Eng, a professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, was named professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. He lives in Blacksburg, Va.
Peter Devereaux ’78 A&A , the CEO of architecture and engineering firm Harley Ellis Devereaux, was inducted as a senior fellow of the Design Futures Council. He lives in Los Angeles.
Philip J. Ponzurick ’77 Agr , ’79 Lib retired from the U.S. Marshals Service – Western District of Pennsylvania as a program and management analyst. He and his wife Joan M. Eastlake ’79 Nur, who retired as a school nurse at Westmont-Hilltop School District, live in Harrison City, Pa.
Pete Prutzman ’77 Agr , chairman of the board of Kingwood Forestry Services, Inc., received the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ouachita Society of American Foresters. He lives with his wife, Linda Camise Prutzman ’77 Edu, in Arkadelphia, Ark.
Helena A. Huk Williams ’77 Lib , ’80 MA Lib Hbg earned a doctorate in hospitality administration from Texas Tech University and serves as a visiting research scholar at the David D. Reh School of Business at Clarkson University. She and husband Robert ’78 Bus, ’87 MBA Hbg celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on October 4, 2020. They live in Potsdam, N.Y.
William A. Gregory ’75 A&A (Blue Band, AROTC) retired as superintendent of Canton Central School District in New York. He and his wife, Dawn, live in Lemont, Pa. Son: Matthew ’06 Lib. Daughter: Katherine ’12 Lib.
David W. Parker ’75 Edu retired after 39 years as a business banker with PNC Bank. He lives in Collegeville, Pa.
Robert A. Nelson ’72 Sci (ΣΝ) and his wife, Becky, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 11, 2021. They were married in Eisenhower Chapel on Penn State’s campus. Now retired, they have two children and two grandchildren and live in State College.
Marc Pollack ’71 Sci , a former associate professor of clinical emergency medicine at Penn State Hershey, retired after 36 years of practicing emergency medicine. He and his wife, Patti, live in Philadelphia.


A Pioneer of Multicultural Counseling

In 1968, when Harold Cheatham began his graduate degree in counseling at Colgate University, he was offered an appointment as assistant dean of students, with the responsibility of helping an increasing number of Black male students adjust to the institutional environment.


Marion Deppen ’50 Agr and his wife , Winabelle, celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary on Aug. 28, 2020. They live in State College. Children: David ’72 A&A, Mary Beth Holden ’74 H&HD, Sandra Baker ’80 H&HD, and Robert ’81 H&HD.