Class Notes

September / October 2021

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Katie Joy Sanchez ’20 A&A was accepted to the doctoral program in archaeology at the University of Oxford in England. Her hometown is Tower City, Pa.


Ashley R. White ’18 Lib is engaged to Derek M. Oliphant ’18 Lib. They live with their two dogs in Clayton, N.C.
Matthew W. Lasher ’16 Lib is an associate at Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, PC. He practices labor and employment law. He lives in Erie, Pa.
Christopher L. Stroup ’14 Eng (Schreyer) was promoted to lead wealth adviser at Abacus Wealth Partners. He was also appointed to the Financial Planning Association’s NexGen Board as a national volunteer coordinator. He lives in Santa Monica, Calif.
Nicole Lavric ’10 Bus was promoted to paid media director at French/West/Vaughan, a public relations and integrated marketing agency. She lives in Raleigh, N.C.


Luis C. Almeida ’08 PhD Lib , the department chair of Mass Media Studies at Talladega College, published an article in Lifehack titled “Six Strategic Ways to Aim High and Achieve Your Goals.” He lives in Cleveland, Tenn.
John Volence ’07 Eng was named a principal at Precis Engineering, where he also serves as senior director of mechanical engineering. He lives in the Greater Philadelphia area.
Jarret P. Hitchings ’07 Lib was promoted to partner at Duane Morris LLP. His practice areas are commercial finance and corporate restructuring. He lives in the Greater Philadelphia area.
Karen Schulte ’06 Eng , a mechanical engineer at Mueller Associates, was promoted to project manager at the firm. She has 15 years of experience in the design of HVAC, plumbing, piping, and fire protection systems. She lives in State College.
Richard Kornacki ’06 Bus (Swim, Parmi Nous) was named the director of 2 Wheel products for Michelin North America. He and his wife, Meagen ’20 MBA Bus, live in Greenville, N.C.
Timothy R. Geiger ’05 Eng was named partner at Bracewell LLP. He represents clients in litigation and at trial, with an emphasis on patent, trademark, and trade secret matters. He lives in Houston.
Erin Hagarty ’05 A&A and husband Ben ’05 A&A welcomed their second child, James, on Dec. 2, 2020. James joins his sister, Edie. The family live in Newtown Square, Pa.
Michael R. Chilcot ’05 Eng joined Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl LLC as an associate attorney in the Family Law Practice Group. He lives in State College.
Kenneth Rice ’04 Lib (ΤΕΦ) and Shannon Campbell Rice ’05 Com welcomed their first child, Sloane Olivia, born on Jan. 27, 2020. Kenneth is a sergeant and an attorney in the New York Police Department’s Legal Bureau and recently earned his MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. Shannon is a buyer for Ross Stores’ New York City office. They live in Westchester, N.Y.

The Accidental Teacher

While working for News 12 The Bronx in the spring of 2008, David Roush reported several stories from Harry S Truman High School, where the principal was so impressed with the way Roush interacted w

Beth M. Lalak ’03 , ’04 MS Bus and her husband, Jason, had their first child, Austin Elliot. They live in Madison, N.J.
Chuck Kimble ’02 Bus (Nittany Lion Mascot, 2000–02) was named vice president at LifeAire Systems, an evidence-based in-duct air purification company recently recognized by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf for pivoting to help with the COVID-19 pandemic and for its contribution to The White House Coronavirus Task Force. He lives in Allentown, Pa.
Kevin M. O’Malley ’02 Bus was named partner at Blank Rome LLP. His practice focuses on financial services and secured lending across several industries, including manufacturing, health care, and technology. He lives in Los Angeles.
George J. Morales ’02 Eng , a research and development packaging engineer at the Intel Corp., was named association president of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, the world’s largest engineering society. He lives in Chandler, Ariz.
Michael Fox ’02 Bus and his wife , Mara, welcomed their second child, Lylah Brooke, on Jan. 17, 2021. Lylah joins older brother Ethan. The family live in Springfield, N.J.
Danielle DeFilippis ’01 Lib (ΚΔ), a member at law firm Norris McLaughlin, PA, and co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Law Practice Group, was recognized in the “Manufacturing Power 50” list by NJBIZ for the second consecutive year. She lives in Glen Rock, N.J.
Brian F. Ellis III ’01 Lib (AROTC) retired from the U.S. Army at Fort Myer, Va., on Sept. 26, 2019, after a 22-year military career as an enlisted soldier and officer. He is now principal at Ellis & Sons Consulting, a part-time novelist, and a father of four. He lives in Fairfax, Va.
Shannon Dalton ’00 Lib/H&HD , a licensed professional fiduciary, joined estate management firm Quinn Fiduciary Services. She lives in the Santa Ynez Valley, Calif.
Brian T. Edmondson ’00 Bus/Lib (Schreyer), a digital marketing consultant, was accepted to the Kline School of Law at Drexel University and finished his first semester in the top 15% of his class. He lives in Fairless Hills, Pa.


Caralyn B. Zehnder ’99 Sci , a biology lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, co-authored a book, Learning That Matters: A Field Guide to Course Design for Transformative Education. She lives in Springfield, Mass.
Matthew Mohn ’99 Bus , a partner in the Global Corporate Group at Reed Smith LLP, was appointed vice chair of the firm’s business and finance department. He lives in Pittsburgh.
Cynthia Cogil ’98 MEng Eng , a principal and director of engineering at SmithGroup, was named a fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers. She lives in Wilmette, Ill.

For the Love of Wine and Cats

Mark Gerencher ’96 Bus and his wife, Carrie, began winemaking at home about nine years ago, experimenting with different kinds of grapes and other hand-picked fruits.

Running for Loved Ones Lost

Krista Bower ’92, ’14 MPA Lib cartwheeled across the finish line of the Lycoming County SPCA Paws Run on April 10—much to the surprise of her niece and running partner, Kathryn Pat

Fran Taloricco ’91 Lib is a partner at Bike Works LLC with two other Penn State alumni, Brian Boger ’90 Lib and Joseph Keffer ’88 Com. Their store was named “Best of Bucks County” for eight consecutive years and, in 2020, was included in the top 100 American bicycle shops by the National Bicycle Dealers Association. The trio recently opened a shop in Newtown, Pa. Taloricco lives in Doylestown, Pa.
Brian Premock ’90 Eng was promoted to vice president and general manager at InSource Solutions, a company offering digital solutions to the manufacturing industry. He and his wife, Becky, live in Richmond, Va.
Brian Boger ’90 Lib is a partner at Bike Works LLC with two other Penn State alumni , Fran Taloricco ’91 Lib and Joseph Keffer ’88 Com. Their store was named “Best of Bucks County” for eight consecutive years and, in 2020, was included in the top 100 American bicycle shops by the National Bicycle Dealers Association. The trio recently opened a shop in Newtown, Pa. Boger lives in Doylestown, Pa.
Kimberly Sarisky ’90 Edu (ΣΣΣ) married Mark Slear on May 16, 2020. She is the K–12 English language development program specialist for Danville Area School District. They live in Danville, Pa.


Ron Wagner ’89 Com , the senior vice president of marketing at The Judge Group, is a proud parent of two recent Penn State grads, Emma ’18 H&HD and Patrick ’20 IST. He lives in the Greater Philadelphia area.
Joseph Keffer ’88 Com is a partner at Bike Works LLC with two other Penn State alumni , Brian Boger ’90 Lib and Fran Taloricco ’91 Lib. Their store was named “Best of Bucks County” for eight consecutive years and, in 2020, was included in the top 100 American bicycle shops by the National Bicycle Dealers Association. The trio recently opened a shop in Newtown, Pa. Keffer lives in Chicago.
David E. Schwager ’88 JD Law , a partner at Chariton, Schwager & Malak, and 2020–21 president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, formed the Joint Task Force on Continuity of Delivery of Legal Services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the findings of which were published in a report with recommendations to prepare Pennsylvania for future emergencies. He lives in Kingston, Pa.
Michael J. Fischer ’86 Lib , the president and CEO of Client 1st Financial LLC of Fogelsville, Pa., led the Client 1st Foundation’s 2020 holiday food drive for New Bethany Ministries of Bethlehem, Pa., for which he serves as board treasurer. He also announced the local recipients of the Client 1st Foundation’s 2020 grants, which included Treatment Trends, Lehigh Valley Reads, Bill Sugra Memorial Fund, and the Third Street Alliance for Women and Children. He lives in Kutztown, Pa.
Edward P. McCauley ’81 Bus , the president and CEO of United Hospital Services LLC in Indianapolis, was issued a patent for “Laundry Container With a Lint Reduction Cover” by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Carmel, Ind.
Gary S. Linsky ’81 Bus/EMS (AFROTC), a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and rector of the Basilica of Saint Peter in Columbia, S.C., marked his 25th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood on July 8, 2020. He lives in Columbia, S.C.
Andy Gutman ’80 Bus retired after a 40-year career as a CPA and corporate financial officer. He and his wife, Karen, live in the Atlanta metropolitan area.


Walter G. Meyer ’78 Com , an author of six books including Rounding Third and the widely produced stage play GAM3RS, published a new anthology-memoir titled If You Weren’t Here This Would Not Be Happening: plogs from my life. He lives in San Diego.
Rick Craven ’77 Sci , ’81 Hershey retired from his medical practice. A specialist in emergency and occupational medicine, he was also a certified clinical researcher and an associate professor at the Eastern Virginia Medical School. He was given the award for Outstanding Teacher, Scholar, and Physician by the Department of Emergency Medicine, and named Outstanding Operational Medical Director by the governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. He and his wife, Lois, live in Virginia Beach, Va.
Bruce Kistler ’77 MS H&HD was ranked No. 1 worldwide by the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation in the trick event for water-skiers aged 65 and older. He is a four-time national champion and set a Florida state record for his age division in the trick event in 2020. He also wrote his first historical novel, Across the Blue Mountain: A Pennsylvania Family Saga and Memoir. He and his wife, Susan ’76 MS H&HD, live in Winter Haven, Fla.
Martin Ford ’75 H&HD , a senior associate dean for George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development, published and co-authored a book titled Motivating Self and Others: Thriving with Social Purpose, Life Meaning, and the Pursuit of Core Personal Goals. He also co-authored The Penn State Football Button Book with his brother, Russell ’73 H&HD. He lives in Fairfax County, Va. His father: Donald ’56 Lib.
Greg Moore ’72 , ’73 MS, ’81 PhD Agr published a book titled What Do We Know and How Do We Know It? Making Informed Decisions in a World of Vested Interests. He and his wife, Paula, live on a ranch along the Goodnight-Loving Trail south of Pueblo, Colo.
Dan Wallace ’71 Lib , author of Tribune of the People: A Novel of Ancient Rome and Run West: A Novel of the Civil War, has also published three short story collections: Blossom Gold and Other Stories; Garbage in Space: Speculative Stories; and Jury of Peers: City Stories. He lives in Silver Spring, Md.
Kenneth James Kwasniewski ’71 Edu has continued his career as a licensed/certified speech and language pathologist since graduating from Penn State. He and his wife, Jane, live in Collier Township, Pa. Daughter: Merrie Christine Kaltz ’02 Edu.
Ronald J. Kuznar ’70 Eng and Elaine Andrews Kuznar ’70 H&HD celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 30, 2021. They are both retired and live in Cincinnati.
David S. Pollock ’70 Lib , a founding partner of Pittsburgh family law firm Pollock Begg, was reappointed to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee for a three-year term. He lives in Pittsburgh.


Michael Saks ’69 Lib Research suggests that avoidable injury or infection resulting from health care claims several hundred thousand lives every year. In his new book, Closing Death’s Door: Legal Innovations to End the Epidemic of Healthcare Harm, Michael Saks ’69 Lib brings behavioral science together with the law to explore ways to reduce hospital malpractice and improve patient safety. Saks is a law professor at Arizona State University.
G. Robert Omrod ’67 A&A , a veteran and retired teacher of 40 years at Spring-Ford Middle School in Royersford, Pa., is an artist and creator of fantastical miniature dioramas, which are featured at the American Treasure Tour Museum in Oaks, Pa. He lives in Royersford.


George M. Werkheiser ’49 Agr and Ruth Brown Werkheiser ’49 H&HD celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on Nov. 22, 2020. They live in Scotrun, Pa.