Volume 2 • Issue 1 • Fall 2004
New Philosophy in Childcare
Early Childhood Education • Page 4
The Mud Hens, Whitewater Rafting
and More! • Page 6
Meet the Board
2004-2005 Alumni Association Board
Members and Their Bios • Page 8
Welcome to our Fall issue of our Encounters Magazine. This magazine is designed to keep all our Alums up-todate
on our exciting events and activities. Our ‘Class Notes’ section keeps growing. It’s so amazing to read about
all the accomplishments and successes of our Alums. It’s truly remarkable!
In June, we hosted our first Alumni Association Mud Hens game at Fifth Third Field and it was a grand slam
event! The rain stopped just in time for the game to be played – and a spectacular firework display topped
off the evening! It was so much fun meeting new people and seeing some familiar faces from the past.
Our Annual Alumni Association meeting was held on June 23. At this meeting, our members elected six
Board of Directors to three-year terms. The new directors are Mark Carr, Steve Cotner, Kaye Koevenig,
David Seeger, Bill Steele and Frank Weaver. This brings our Board of Directors total to fifteen. Pictures
and bios of our Board member are featured on Pages 8-9 of this magazine.
During the Annual meeting, we presented our ‘Year in Review’ – which included: our
Encounters Magazines, Profiles of Excellence in The Blade, the Findlay Campus Groundbreaking
- 20 th Anniversary Celebration, President George Bush’s Toledo-area Campus visit, March Madness,
Outstanding Service Award Celebration, Golf Classic, Backpack to the Future, and Association Night
at the Mud Hens. Wow – a great year and we have just begun!
Then in July, a group of our Alumni went whitewater rafting in Oak Hill, West Virginia. They braved the
rapids – both in and out of the raft – ate lots of delicious food and enjoyed the Ace Adventure complex. A great time was had by all,
and we will definitely be going back next year!
In September, we are hosting a networking reception “Looking Back…Looking Forward” for the Office Administration students,
faculty and alums. Participants will be introduced to the latest technology and trends while reconnecting with old friends. The event
will take place in our beautiful Center for Fine and Performing Arts Rotunda and Theatre.
We look forward to continued growth of our Association and planning many worthwhile activities and events. So, if you haven’t
joined yet – join today and start enjoying your membership benefits.
On a final note, I am enjoying the letters that I am receiving from you. I value your thoughts, suggestions and kind words.
I look forward to serving as the Alumni Association President in the coming year.
Janet M. Meacham
President, Owens Alumni Association
President of the College
Christa Adams, Ph.D.
Board of Trustees
Jack Sculfort, Chair
Ronald McMaster, Vice Chair
R J Molter
Foundation Board Members
Gary Dettling, President/CEO
Paul Meinerding, Chairman
Rasesh Shah, Vice Chairman
James Baehren, Secretary
John McDermott, Treasurer
Mary Ann Whipple
J. Michael Wilder
Alumni Association Board
Janet Meacham, President
Michael Rickard, Vice President
Debra Green, Secretary
Susan Litten, Treasurer
Laura Moore, Manager
Laura Moore, Editor
Amy Karlovec, Designer
Kylee Broughton, Contributor
Kristin Kaufman, Contributor
Get Out the Vote… 2004 Elections Impact on Higher Education
Special Assistant to
the President for
In November voters will go to the polls to elect
the next President of the United States. While the
Presidential race is crucial, there are also vital local,
state and congressional elections that will have
a great impact on the day-to-day lives of people
living in Northwest Ohio. One specific area that
successful state and federal candidates will have
a major impact is higher education.
At the state level, half of the seats in the Ohio
Senate and all of the seats in the Ohio House of
Representatives are on the ballot. State legislators
elected this Fall will face a $3 to $4 billion deficit
as they formulate the state’s next two-year budget.
Some have suggested that this deficit will force a
20 to 30 percent cut in state support for higher
education. The magnitude of these cuts would
have a significant impact on the accessibility and
affordability of higher education in Ohio.
At the federal level, all of Ohio’s seats in the
U.S. House of Representatives are on the ballot, as
well as one of Ohio’s two U.S. Senate seats. Federal
legislators elected in November will likely be voting
in the next Congress to reauthorize federal grant
and loan programs that make higher education
attainable for so many individuals.
As a member of the Owens Community
College alumni community, you have first hand
knowledge of the value of higher education. As
alums, we urge you to familiarize yourselves with
the candidates on the ballot this Fall and to know
their positions on higher education issues. As a
voter you have the ability to influence decisions
that will impact the affordable access to education
for future students at Owens and elsewhere.
If you have any questions, please contact
Chris Baldwin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Owens Community College Bookstore Expands Services
The Owens Community College Bookstore is excited to
announce expanded services available to current students and
alumni. In addition to the many products sold at the College
Hall Store and new location – The Express Shop – off the SHAC
Performance Court, they are also offering medical and trade
reference books, reference materials and study aids “online.”
Just access the Bookstore Quick Link – off the Owens website
homepage – where you will see “general reference books” and
“medical reference books” options. Once chosen, these links will
direct you to websites that provide numerous titles, new and used,
in these areas. Since the Owens Bookstore is limited in the number
of titles carried, the connection to these services will expand the
resources available to students and alumni.
Titles can be ordered off the sites and shipped directly to
your home, making the process easy and quick. These sites can be
used by anyone – so spread the word! An added benefit is that a
portion of the purchase proceeds comes back to support Owens
EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
Pam Chibucos, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, was recognized
with the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award for 2004. The award was established in 2003
to honor faculty members who have made significant contributions toward enhancing
the College’s mission of providing quality service and education, as recognized by their
fellow Owens Community College employees.
For more information or assistance, please contact Tom
Moylan, Manager, Owens Bookstore at (567) 661-7306
Kay Heck, Professor of Office Administration, was selected by Owens Community
College, as its recipient of the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
(ACBSP) Faculty Excellence Award for 2004. Heck represented the College in the
ACBSP Great Lakes Region competition for this award.
Associate Professor of Early
Professor of Office
New Philosophy Shaping
Practices at Owens
One look in the Child Care Center
on Owens Community College’s Toledoarea
Campus will tell you that it is not
your ordinary preschool/daycare center.
With beautiful curtains dressing the
windows and astonishing pieces of art
adorning the walls, the Child Care Center
seems more like home - and that’s the goal.
Under the direction of Deborah
Ciecka and Sharon Libby, Chair and
Vice Chair of the Early Childhood and
Paraprofessional Education Technology
Department, respectively, the Owens
Child Care Center is one of a number
“How you look at
children impacts how
you teach children.”
of schools across the United States
that has been inspired by the Reggio
Emilia philosophy in Early Childhood
Education. Named after a small town
in Italy, the Emilia philosophy stresses
reflection, practice and further reflection.
The philosophy states that every child
has the right to grow and learn in a
According to Ciecka, education
in the United States focuses on adults
transmitting knowledge to children.
Under the Reggio Emilia philosophy, it
is assumed that children come to school
with skills and knowledge already learned.
There, it is the teachers’ responsibility
to provide a comfortable and safe
environment for knowledge to grow.
“The Reggio philosophy is really
based on a belief and an image of the child
as competent, caring and curious,” said
Ciecka, who recently had the opportunity
to study the philosophy in Reggio Emilia,
Italy. “Children are not empty vessels
to be filled up by adult knowledge, but
capable learners on their own, with rights
– not just needs.” Libby added, “If we
accept that children come to us knowing
things, that children deserve respect and
come with rights, we will get different
results. Their approach is that children
have a right to an education. It’s a very
subtle difference.” The difference may
be subtle, but it has ranked Reggio Emilia
as one of the 10 best preschools in the
world, according to a Newsweek article
In an effort to increase the focus on
visual arts and provide an environment for
knowledge to grow, faculty members in
the Early Childhood and Paraprofessional
Education Technology Department at
Owens have started on a journey toward
teaching under the Emilia philosophy.
“The first thing we started doing was to
address, with our own teachers, our
image of the child,” Libby said. “How
you look at children impacts how you
Exploring the image of children is
only the first step. According to Libby,
faculty members undergo deep reflection
about their role and about what teaching
means to them. “It’s a big challenge for
teachers to address the image of a child,”
Libby said. “You are confronting years of
practice. You have to think deeper than
In order for Owens’ faculty members
to fully embrace the Emilia philosophy,
the Owens Child Care Center underwent
a homey makeover. “We owe these
children the chance to be cared for
in a homelike setting where they are
encouraged to be the best they can be,”
The Reggio Emilia philosophy is a
very demanding philosophy for Owens’
Early Childhood Education faculty
members to follow. According to Libby,
they must constantly be observing,
recording, photographing and discussing
their students with each other. “It’s a
constant spiral of learning,” Libby said.
(Continued on next page…)
Profile of Excellence: Jami Recker
Owens Community College Alumna
Jami Recker, a 1999 Owens Community College graduate, can now admit that her
mother, Rae Hilvers, was right about the direction Jami’s career should take. At the time, this
realization took Jami two additional semester at Owens to embrace. “My mom knew best,”
Jami says, “and I now love admitting she was right!”
Apple Tree Nursery School
1999 Owens Graduate
“When I checked out Owens’
preschool program, I fell in love.”
The Ottawa native grew up in a family of three girls. After Jami graduated from Ottawa-
Glandorf High School in 1996, she enrolled at Owens in the occupational therapy program.
In this profession, Jami would be working with a predominately older clientele, but deepdown
Jami’s passion was young children. It was her mother that suggested to Jami that she
continue at Owens, but switch to their award-winning early childhood education program.
Not ready to admit that mom was right, Jami continued in occupation therapy for two
more semesters. “I realized I was fooling myself and my true passion,” she recalls. “When
I checked out Owens’ preschool program, I fell in love.”
Jami describes the Owens early childhood program as “great” and her instructors
“amazing.” She found everyone to be creative and very hands-on in the teaching methods.
“The amount of experience I gained at Owens in labs and hands-on exercises, I could not
have gotten at any other university,” Jami said.
By December 1999, Jami graduated with her associate degree in Early Childhood
Education and began teaching for Toledo Hospital’s Child Development Center. Then in
June 2000, Jami was hired as an Infant/Toddler Teacher for Apple Tree Nursery. Apple Tree
is located on The University of Toledo campus and serves their faculty, staff, and students.
The pre-school program is open to community enrollment.
Jami’s students are infants ranging from six weeks to eighteen months. The children stay with Jami until they are ready to move
up to the next classroom. Each day, she draws upon the tools and techniques she learned at Owens. Jami loves being part of the family
environment, which is the cornerstone of Apple Tree, and it shows.
In May 2004, the Toledo Area Parent News and the local chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children
honored Jami with a Shining Star Award for Outstanding Teacher. Kari Bonnell nominated Jami for her unending and nurturing style of
teaching. Her peers agreed.
“Jami emits radiant energy. It is amazing how she can come into work five times a week and have the same amount of energy day in
and day out. Jami lives to love and nurture the children in her room. Her child-like energy is what draws the children to her. She can be
found dancing with them, crawling through tunnels with them or putting on some kind of show for them. She is a role model of what
every infant teacher should aspire to be,” wrote Kari.
If you ask Jami where she sees herself in five years, she is very
quick to answer, “I am exactly where I want to be and I cannot
imagine being anywhere else!” A statement that makes her mother
ON The Cover
(New Philosophy Shaping Child Care Practices at Owens continued…)
“We have started a new and exciting journey. Because of the Reggio
Emilia philosophy, we are now focused on providing children with
the right to express themselves through education.”
Ciecka added, “By implementing this philosophy at the
Child Care Lab, we give students the opportunity to see in practice
what is being heralded as one of the world’s best ways of teaching
to her students.
Take Me Out To The Ballgame!
Mud Hens Night
for Alumni Association
Peanuts, crackerjacks and good times
were enjoyed by Owens Community
College Alumni Association members
at the first-ever Mud Hens Night at
Fifth Third Field. On hand to enjoy the
baseball game were almost 50 Alumni
members and their families.
The evening commenced with a hot,
grand slam buffet dinner, followed by
the Mud Hens versus the Richmond
Braves. During the evening, a visit was
made by Muddy the Mud Hen and
Scooby Doo. Both met and greeted
Alumni members and children and
provided camera-ready guests with
many photo opportunities. The Mud
Hens proved victorious and an
air of celebration wafted through the
field as the post-game fireworks
lit up the sky.
In a post-game wrap up, the results
were undisputed – the event was home
run with bases loaded for all!
Photos from Top:
“Muddy the Mudhen” give the Alumni
Association event a “thumbs up.”
Marti (’01) and Ryan Olszewski enjoy
the ballpark buffet.
Smiles all around -- Michael Sennett
(’04) and guest.
Is it Velma and Daphne? No, Scooby Doo
greats Alumni fans.
Owens Hosted 15th
Annual Diamante Awards
In honor of September being National
Hispanic Heritage Month, Owens Community
College collaborated with area institutions to
recognize and celebrate the profound and lasting
influence that individuals of Latino background
have on American history, values and culture.
The 15th annual Diamante Awards presented by
DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund took place
Friday, September 10, at the Center for Fine
and Performing Arts.
The Diamante Awards were created in 1989
by IMAGE of Northwest Ohio, a local Latino
advocacy group, to celebrate individuals and
organizations for their outstanding achievements
and service to Latinos. The Diamante Awards also
serve to raise scholarship funds for Latino youth
working toward a college degree.
The awards are a direct result of a one-of-akind
initiative sponsored by Bowling Green State
University, Lourdes College, the Medical College
of Ohio, Owens Community College, and The
University of Toledo. In addition to raising
scholarship dollars, the five institutions have
agreed to join together to raise funds through a
coordinated campaign and grant writing effort.
Owens Community College proudly hosted
this year’s premier Latino event, which began at
6 p.m. Guests enjoyed grazing and entertainment
by noted Latino band La Revancha. The awards
ceremony began at 7:30 p.m. and featured
Betty Rios, Community Liaison for Lucas
County Office of Job and Family Services, and
Marcos Popovich, Midwest Field Coordinator
for the United States Hispanic Leadership
Institute, as Masters of Ceremony. Dancing,
with entertainment by Los Cuatro Vientos,
Brave The Rapids
On Friday, July 16, Alumni Association members departed
the Owens Toledo-area campus for their maiden, whitewaterrafting
voyage. By the time the group arrived in Oak Hill,
West Virginia, they were primed for the adventure.
Early Saturday morning, the group arrived at Ace Adventure
Center, which features 1,400 private acres, bordering the
70,000-acre New River Gorge National River. By high noon,
the participants, flanked with helmets, paddles and most
important – personal flotation devices – started down the river.
The Crew (l to r): Carolyn Chapman, Kaye Koevenig, Mike Weaver, Ryan
McDaniel, Megan Dean, Ashley Ringenbach, Tim Saddoris, and Laura Moore.
Throughout the trip, the rapids ranged from Class II (easy) to Class V (very challenging). The day ended under the world’s longest
“Single Span Arch” bridge at 876 feet above the river. For beauty and immense power, no other eastern river compares with the
The inaugural alumni crew agreed that the trip was “excellent” and looks forward to BIG water and BIG fun next year.
2004 - 2005
Endowed Scholarship Recipients
Thank you to our Scholarship Donors!
William M. Butzin
Walter J. Celley
Daniel J. DeVerna
Tamela L. Druckenmiller
Eric L. Flechtner
Jim M. Hauden
Joanna L. Heck
Raymond D. Henderson
Mark E. Jimenez
Joan L. Jones
Kahle Company dba K&L
Rebecca R. Krouse
John E. Kurtz
Ron R. Lenz
Allan J. Libbe
Janet M. Meacham
Terri L. Mohr
Laura J. Moore
Marcia K. Obarski
Marcia C. O’Connor
Patricia S. Penny
Linda L. Roznoski
Beverly K. Rust
Stephen P. Shaffer
John R. Soltesz
Tamara B. Storey
Mark C. Treadwell
Frank M. Weaver
James A. Wolsiffer
Janet Meacham, President
Regional Merchant Sales Officer
Fifth Third Bank
Janet Meacham is the Regional Merchant Sales Officer for Fifth Third Bank. Her responsibilities include
setting up the bank’s processing services with local businesses and businesses throughout the country. She
joined Fifth Third in 2000 and previously served as the Regional Merchant Sales Representative. Her
community involvement includes Junior Achievement, and she is actively involved with All Saints Catholic
Church as well as Rossford High School. Meacham earned an associate degree in business management
from Owens Community College in 1998. She and her husband, Dennis (‘84) have three children Amanda
Cichocki (18), Ashely Cichocki (16), and Madeline Meacham (9). She is a resident of Rossford.
Michael Rickard, Vice President
Athletic Coordinator, Student Enrichment and Athletics
Owens Community College
Michael Rickard is the Athletic Coordinator for Student Enrichment and Athletics at Owens Community
College. His main responsibility is to assist the director in performing department functions. He is also
a member of Maumee Rotary and Delta Eagles. Rickard earned his bachelor of education in athletic
recreation from The University of Toledo in 1984. He is also an Owens graduate, having received his
associate of science in recreation in 1982. He enjoys spending time with his children, Alexa (10) and Austin
(4) and is also an avid golfer, poker player and enjoys baseball and softball. He resides in Toledo.
Debbie Green, Secretary
Secretary to the Vice President of College Advancement
Owens Community College
Debbie Green is the Secretary to the Vice President of College Advancement at Owens Community
College. Her responsibilities include providing administrative support for the Vice President as well as
serving as Assistant Secretary for the Foundation. Prior to joining the Owens staff, she worked as a Data
Coordinator for Brush Wellman and Green Office Services, a home-based office support company. Green
earned her associate degree in applied business/office administration from Owens Community College
in 1978. Green is a member of the Glass City Chapter of the International Association of Administrative
Professionals. She enjoys music and reading. She and her husband, J. Keith (‘83), have two daughters,
Katie (20) and Jenny (18). She resides in Graytown.
Susan Litten, Treasurer
St. Luke’s Hospital
Part-Time Faculty Instructor – Imaging Technologies
Owens Community College
Susan Litten is an MRI Technologist for St. Luke’s Hospital. Her responsibilities include performing
MRI/technical procedures. She also works as a Part-Time Faculty member for Owens Community College.
She is an instructor for the Imaging Technologies where she serves as a Lab Assistant in open labs during
the evenings. Litten earned her associate degree in radiography from Owens Community College in 1979.
She also is actively involved in her community serving as chair for the ways & means committee for the
Maumee High School band. She has three children, Eric Heinze (18), Bradley Heinze (16) and Kirsten
Heinze (14) and resides with her husband, Jonathan Litten, in Maumee. She enjoys reading, organizing
and planning, gardening and shopping.
Laura J. Moore, Association Manager & Director
Manager, Alumni Affairs
Owens Community College
Laura J. Moore is the Manager of Alumni Affairs for Owens Community College and the Alumni
Association. In late September 2002, Moore became the first, full-time manager of alumni activities for
the College. In this role, she is responsible for the overall direction, coordination and operation of all
alumni programming. Prior to joining Owens, Moore enjoyed an 18-year career with Dana Corporation.
Her community involvement includes Junior Achievement volunteer, Junior League of Toledo, assistant
coach for All Saints girls’ volleyball, member of All Saints School Advisory Council, and Maumee Valley
Girl Scout Association. She received her bachelor’s degree in business education from Bowling Green
State University in 1983 and earned an associate degree in business from Bowling Green State University
in 1981. Moore enjoys reading, sports, traveling and her children. She has three daughters, Kaitlin (11),
Kelsey (8) and Mackenzie (6), and resides in Perrysburg.
Mark Carr, Director
Vice President and Mortgage Originator/Lender
Mark Carr serves as a Vice President Mortgage Originator/Lender for Sky Bank. His duties include
originating, approving and closing mortgage loans as well as cross selling other bank services. He has
been with Sky Bank for twenty-four years, where he has held various positions, including, Teller,
Collections Manager and Banking Center Manager in various offices. He received his associate degree
in financial management from Owens in 1980. He also attended Adrian College for one year. Carr’s
community involvement includes active participation at All Saints Church, as well as basketball and
baseball coaching. He enjoys coaching and watching his children participate in their various activities.
They are Marcus Carr (21), Kaycie Carr (19), Cody Carr (13), Makaila Korakas (20), and Morgan
Korakas (18). Carr and his wife, Lori, reside in Perrysburg.
Steven R. Cotner, Director
Corporate Intelligence Consultants
Steven R. Cotner is the President of Corporate Intelligence Consultants. His responsibilities include
investigations for corporate clients and attorneys, pre-employment screening, and security management.
He founded Corporate Intelligence Consultants in 1977 and previously served in law enforcement as an
undercover narcotics investigator. His community involvement includes the Perrysburg Rotary as well as
the Board of managers at the Perrysburg YMCA. Cotner received his bachelor degree in criminal justice
from Bowling Green State University in 1977. He also earned an associate degree in law enforcement from
Owens Community College in 1975. Cotner enjoys fishing and traveling. He and his wife, Debby Peters,
reside in Perrysburg.
Gary Dettling, Ex-officio Director
Vice President, College Advancement
Owens Community College
Gary Dettling, Vice President of College Advancement for Owens Community College, draws on over
15 years experience in fundraising, marketing, public relations and web development, as he oversees these
initiatives for the College. Prior to joining Owens in February 2002, he served as the Dean of College
Advancement at St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron, Michigan. At Owens, he has
initiated a variety of fund development strategies to include a capital campaign, strengthened the College’s
Foundation Board, and enhanced the College’s image through heightened marketing and public relations
endeavors. Dettling is a member of the Toledo Club, Toledo Country Club, and sits on the Board of
Directors of the Greater Toledo Area Chapter, American Red Cross. He also serves his country in the
National Guard, holding the rank of Major. Dettling earned his master’s degree in educational leadership
from Eastern Michigan University and bachelor’s degrees in education and history from the University of
Montana. He has two daughters, Sophie (4) and Sarah (2).
Allen Gunn, Director
World Financial Group
Allen Gunn is the Managing Partner for World Financial Group in Maumee, Ohio. He is responsible for
growth and expansion in this region and coaches families in the creation of wealth. His previous experience
includes serving in the military, sales consultant for Toshiba and account executive for Innoware. Gunn
earned his associate’s degree from Owens Community College in 2003, majoring in marketing and sales.
He is active in his church, is a soccer coach for Perrysburg Youth Soccer Association, and has begun an
organization for fathers called All Pro Dads. Gunn enjoys golfing, driving and playing with his kids. He and
his wife, Fran, have four children, Thomas (12), Emily (8), Lily (6), and Luke (2) and reside in Perrysburg.
Dr. Angela K. Jackson, Director
Doctor of Optometric
Quality Family Eyecare, Inc.
Angela Jackson is a Doctor of Optometric and owner of Quality Family Eyecare, Inc. in Rossford, Ohio.
Her private practice serves over 5,000 patients providing primary eyecare including the treatment of many
ocular diseases, contact lenses and low vision. Previously. Jackson was an associate with Maumee Eye Clinic.
She is a member of St. Jerome Church, the treasurer of the Toledo Area Optometric Society and a volunteer
at Mildred Bayer Homeless Clinic. Jackson received her Doctor of Optometry from The Ohio State
University in 1997 and an associate degree in applied science from Owens Community College in 1991.
Jackson enjoys running, reading and playing with her children. She and her husband, Thomas have two
children Sophia (5) and Harrison (3) and is a resident of Lake Township.
Kaye Koevenig, Director
Owens Community College
Kaye Koevenig is the Assistant Controller at Owens Community College. Her responsibilities include
coordinating monthly closings of the general ledger, maintaining the accuracy of the general ledger
balances through the review process or the preparation of account analysis. She also ensures that the
College is meeting the financial recording and reporting requirements established by outside agencies.
Kaye has been an Owens employee since June 1986, working various positions such as: Student Worker,
Staff Accountant-Special Projects Staff Accountant and Assistant Controller. Kaye is actively involved in
the Junior League of Toledo and is also a Board Member for Erie Shores Credit Union. Kaye earned her
associate degree is accounting from Owens in 1992. She then received her bachelor’s degree in business
administration from Heidelberg College in 1996, and in 1998, her MBA with an emphasis on public
administration from the University of Findlay. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, outdoor
activities, gardening and thoroughly enjoying and making the most out of life. Kaye is a Toledo resident.
David W. Seeger, Director
President & Chief Executive Officer
Great Lakes Credit Union, Inc.
David W. Seeger is the President and CEO of Great Lakes Credit Union, Inc. He serves as the Director of
Marketing in addition to his administrative duties. He has also worked for Toledo Pubic Schools Credit
Union, First Federal of Toledo and First Federal of Delta. Seeger received his bachelor of arts in business
administration from Lourdes College in 1988. He graduated from Owens Community College is 1980
with his associate degree in marketing & sales. His community involvement includes serving as an Ohio
Reads Volunteer, a member of the Executive Committee for the American Heart Association, and as the
leader of the YMCA annual fund campaign. He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Toledo, Chamber
of Commerce, Sylvania Chamber of Commerce, Perrysburg Chamber of Commerce, the Society of Credit
Executives, and the Credit Union Executive Society. Seeger enjoys music, reading and staying physically fit.
He and his wife, Tracy, reside in Maumee. He has two children, Anthony (20) and Jonathon (13).
William Steele, Director
Principal, Director of Marketing and Design
Spring Valley Architects, Inc.
William Steele is Principal and Director of Marketing and Design for Spring Valley Architects, Inc.
in Maumee, Ohio. He directs the company’s marketing and all building designs. He has fifteen years
experience as a licensed architect. A 1978 Northview High School grad, he earned his associate’s degree
from Owens Community College in 1981, majoring in architectural technologies. In 1990, he earned
a bachelor of architecture from the University of Arizona and then a master of architecture degree
with design communications. Steele is also the Public Relations Director for the American Institute of
Architects, Toledo Chapter. He is on the Ottawa Hills Schools building committee, a member of the
Oregon Economic Development Foundation and the Wood County Economic Development Commission.
Steele enjoys snow and water skiing, golfing, tennis and has recently taken up motorcycle riding. He and
his wife, Cynthia, have a seven year-old son, Benjamin (7). He is a resident of Toledo.
Frank Weaver, Director
Sports Flooring Specialist
Midwest Paper Specialties
Frank Weaver is a Sports Flooring Specialist for Midwest Paper Specialties. His responsibilities include
the design, installation and refinishing of high-performance sports flooring for public and private arenas.
Weaver enjoys performing in community theatre and recently played a lead role in the Owens production
of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Weaver received an associate degree in business
management from Owens Community College in 1999. He enjoys golfing and music. He resides in Toledo.
Center for Fine and Performing Arts
Rotunda and Theatre
September 22, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Reserve your tickets by calling Laura Moore,
Alumni Affairs Manager, at (567) 661-7410
You are cordially invited to a Networking
Reception to reconnect with old friends and look
forward to new trends in business.
William Caldwell (General
’65) retired from Chrysler
and resides in Oregon, Ohio.
Robert Osstifin (Electro-
Mechanical Engineering ’68)
resides in Maumee, Ohio.
Chris Fletcher (Agribusiness
Management ’70) works for
Lorain County JVS and lives
in Litchfield, Ohio.
Bonnie Giles (Marketing &
Sales ’70) lives in Temperance,
Michigan with her husband,
Jack. She works for Monroe
County Community College.
William Meader (Accounting
’71) works for FirstEnergy
Corp. He and his wife, Carol,
live in North Olmsted, Ohio.
John Alexander (Law
Enforcement ’73) resides
in Maumee, Ohio and is
the Administrator for
Dennis Weaver (Electro-
Mechanical Engineering ’73)
works for National Machinery
and resides in Tiffin, Ohio
with his wife, Sharon.
Ben Huckleby (Registered
Nursing ’75) lives in Rio
Rancho, New Mexico.
Janet Eppard (Registered
Nursing ’76) works for Rescue
Mental Health Services and
resides in Oregon, Ohio.
Robin Kramer (Dental Hygiene
’77) works for Toledo Lucas
County Health Department
and resides in Sylvania, Ohio
with her husband, James.
Robin (Purkey) VanGorder
(Marketing and Sales ’77) is
the Agency Manager for Purkey
Insurance Agency. She and
her husband, Steve, live in
Torda (Executive Secretarial
Technology ’78) works for
Owens Community College as
the Secretary to the Executive
Assistant to the President/
CTO. Her husband, Arthur
Design Drafting ’76), works for
Daimler Chrysler Corporation
as a Tool and Process Engineer.
They live in Perrysburg, Ohio.
Darla Hamstreet (Registered
Nursing ’79) works for Owens
Community College and
Promedica at Flower Hospital.
She and her husband, Thomas,
reside in Petersburg, Michigan.
James Hemp (Design /
Drafting ’79) works for
Marathon Special Products
and lives in Luckey, Ohio.
Edward Nitkiewicz (Business
’79) resides in Whitehouse,
Ohio and works as an
Accounting/Credit Manager for
Mike Weaver (Hospitality
Management ’79) works for
Hinkle Manufacturing and
lives in Toledo.
Chris Welsh (Business ’79)
earned his Bachelor of Arts
in Lodging and Institutional
Management from Siena
Heights University in
Adrian, Michigan. He has
resided in Boise, Idaho since
1994, where he is working
towards a Bachelor’s degree in
at Boise State University
of Fine Arts.
David Seeger (Marketing &
Sales ’80) is the President and
CEO of Great Lakes Credit
Union, Inc. He and his wife,
Tracy, live in Maumee, Ohio.
Shirley (Sinclair) Carvalho
(Electronics ’81) lives in Weare,
New Hampshire with her
husband, Edward. She works
for EastPoint Technologies, Inc.
David Torda (Radiography ’81)
works for St. Charles Hospital
and lives in Toledo with his
Mary Wagner (Dental Hygiene
’81) works for Dr. Garber
& Associates with her husband,
Mark (Electronics ’82),
George Brymer, Jr. (Computer
Programming ’82) is the Owner
and President of All Square, Inc.
He and his wife, Vicky, reside
Timothy Keller (Electro-
Mechanical Engineering ’82)
retired from General Motors
after 30 years of service. He
now works for The University
of Toledo as a Judicial
Affairs Graduate Assistant
where he is also pursuing his
Ph.D. in Higher Education
Administration. He resides
in Lakeside, Ohio.
(Registered Nursing ’83) works
for St. Vincent Mercy Medical
Center in Toledo. In June 2004,
her article, “Breaking Tradition,”
was published in Critical
Douglas Dreps (Biomedical
Electronics ’84) earned his
Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees
in Business Administration.
He now works as the Manager
of Clinical Engineering for
Memorial Hermann Healthcare
System’s eleven hospitals
and specialty facilities in the
Houston area. Doug celebrated
twenty years of marriage with
his wife, Robin. They have three
children, Steven (14), Nick (8),
and Lauren (4).
Daniel Jankowski (Business
Management ’85) works in
the Information Services
Department at the Medical
College of Ohio. He lives in
Sylvania with his wife, Sue.
Glenn Hardison (Design/
Drafting ’86) earned his
Associate degrees in Avionic
Systems and Maintenance
Production Management in
2001. He is now the Owner/
Director of Business Sense in
Goldsboro, North Carolina.
Business Sense is a one-stop
Kim Roessner (Business
Management ’86) works for
the Ohio Department of
Transportation. She and her
husband, Bennett, live in
Bowling Green, Ohio.
Sue Sherman (Registered
Nursing ’86) works for
Healthcare and lives with her
husband, Fred, in Toledo.
David Vermilya (Accounting
’86) works for Marco’s Pizza and
lives in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Carl Barnt, Jr. (Mechanical
Engineering ’87) works for King
Tool in Adrian, Michigan.
He and his wife, Mary, live
Keith Szenderski (Marketing
and Sales ’87) works for the
City of Toledo and lives
Joan Ciarelli (Accounting ’88)
resides in Milford, Ohio.
John Butson (Communication
Electronics ’89) works for
Interactive Intelligence, Inc. and
lives with his wife, Karen Marie,
in Metamora, Ohio.
Carol Krieger (Registered
Nursing ’89) works for the
Medical College of Ohio and
The University of Toledo. She
resides in Wauseon, Ohio.
Patricia Cairns (Accounting
’90) works for Penta Career
Center and lives in Toledo.
Carolyn Chapman (Office
Administration ’91) recently
earned her Master of Arts in
from Spring Arbor University.
She works for the Lucas County
Board of Mental Retardation
and Developmental Disabilities.
She lives in Holland, Ohio.
Brian Sabo (Electro-Mechanical
Engineering ’91) works for
Recaro North America. He and
his wife, Amy, live in Oxford,
Matthew Traver (Fire Science
’91) works for the City of
Findlay Fire Department. He
and his wife, Julienne, live in
Linda Hamilton (Registered
Nursing ’92) is a Staff Nurse at
The Toledo Hospital. She lives
in Walbridge, Ohio.
(Registered Nursing ’92) works
for the John D. Dingell VA
Medical Center in Michigan.
He resides in Toledo.
Pam Osborne (Information
Processing/Secretarial ’92) works
for HiSAN and lives in Findlay
with her husband, Jeff.
Holly Ray (Microcomputer
Business Systems ’92) works for
Photonics Systems in Toledo.
Nancy Mayer (Business
Management ’93) is retired
and lives in Toledo.
Doug Andrus (Business
Management ’94) earned his
Bachelor’s degree from the
University of Findlay in Finance
and Economics. He then went
on the get his MBA. He now
works as a Business Analyst for
Cooper Tire and Rubber. Doug
lives in Findlay, Ohio.
Debra Hansen (Registered
Nursing ’94) resides in Toledo.
Paula Cohen (Accounting ’95)
lives in Perrysburg, Ohio and
works for SJ Wozniak CPA, Inc.
Tanya (Snider) Tuttle
(Registered Nursing ’95) works
for Southern Ohio College and
resides in Findlay, Ohio.
Kristy Osstifin (Info
resides in Maumee, Ohio.
Harry Tinney (Landscape/Turf
Management ’96) works for
Black Diamond Nursery and
resides in Perrysburg, Ohio.
Angela Kurnik (Physical
Therapy Assistant ’97) works
for United Rehab and lives
Eric Flechtner (Landscape/Turf
Management ’98) lives in Rio
Grande, Puerto Rico and works
for the Coco Beach Golf &
Jodi Hojnacki (Registered
Nursing ’98) works for
Heartland Home Health
& Hospice. She lives in
Sylvania, Ohio with her
Randy Saint John (Law
Enforcement ’98) earned his
Bachelor’s degree in Criminal
Justice from Lourdes College.
In 2003, he was hired part-time
to teach at the Toledo Police
Academy on the Owens campus.
He was recently assigned to a
Counter-Terrorism Unit with
Deputy U.S. Marshal Status.
He also works part-time for
the Berkey Police Division.
He credits his education with
achieving his promotion to
Captain. Randy took the
Law School Application
Test (LSAT) in June 2004
and plans on attending law
school at The University of
Toledo. He has three children,
Jordan (18), Scerena (4), and
Attention All Nursing Graduates:
We have a solution for you!
The Owens Student Nurse Association would like to
start a “uniform recycling” program. This program would
offer student uniforms, lab coats, and books for Owens
nursing students to purchase for a small cost. Items will be
listed online at a set price. The money made at the end of
each semester will be used for the purchase of nursing pins for
those who may not be able to purchase one. The long-term
goal is to cover the cost of pins for all the graduates.
Are your old textbooks gathering dust?
Have you stuffed your student
uniform away in a box?
Are your HESI and NCLEX study
guides taking up too much room
on your bookshelves?
What items can you donate?
• Gently used uniforms and lab coats
• Textbooks, reference books
• HESI and NCLEX materials
• Any drug books or PDR’s
(including out of date materials)
How can you donate?
Drop off donations to
the Nursing Office
Email the SNA at
Andrea Cutcher (Business
Administration ’99) works
for The University of Toledo
as a Senior Human Resource
Specialist. She became
engaged in July 2004 while
in San Francisco, California.
She was elected to office
of Secretary for the Toledo
Area Human Resource
Association for 2004-2005.
She is also serving as the
Sponsorship Chair for the
Ohio Human Resource
Conference. She lives in
Connie Dunn (Digital
Media ’99) works for
Canberra Corporation and
resides in Toledo.
(Water Treatment Certificate
’99) resides in Toledo with
her husband, Jason, and
works as an Environmental
(Corrections ’99) earned
her Bachelor of Science in
Criminal Justice from The
University of Toledo in
May 2001. She works for
the Wood County Sheriff’s
Office and recently returned
to Owens to earn her Ohio
Peace Officer’s Certificate.
Eric Paul (Business
Management ’99) works
for Owens as a Computer
Technician. He lives is
Jason Pietrzak (Computer
Electronics ’99) lives
Becky Rudnicki (Registered
Nursing ’99) works for
Daimler Chrysler. She and
her husband, Dennis, live
in Oregon, Ohio.
Teresa Sulaica (Business
Administration ’99) was
recently named Retail Banking
Officer/Branch Manager for
The Exchange Bank. She
oversees branch operations
and business development
while building, growing and
enhancing relationships with
current and potential customers
in Wood and Lucas counties.
Teresa is a graduate of the
University of Findlay and is
active in the March of Dimes,
Rotary International and the
of Commerce. She lives in
Sylvania Township, Ohio.
Carolyn (Curry) Warnimont
’99) lives in Findlay, Ohio.
Catherine Bargy (Accounting
‘00) works for Toledo Ticket
Company and resides in Toledo.
Matthew Good (Basic
Supervision Certificate ’00)
works for Aramark Uniform
Services and lives in Swanton,
Ohio with his wife, Cathie.
Lynnette Lemke (Health
Systems ’00) works for St.
Vincent Mercy Medical
Center and lives in Toledo.
Rachael Lanning (Business
Administration ’00) and her
husband, Nevin, live in Toledo.
Rachael works for NAMSA as a
James Wolsiffer (Electrical/
Electronics ’00) works for
Buckeye CableSystem and lives
in Millbury, Ohio with his
Stacy Cowell (Education ’01)
lives in Rossford, Ohio. She is a
student at Bowling Green State
Tammy Esper (Digital Media
’01) resides in Toledo and works
as a Production Artist/Designer
for Naptime Productions.
Erica Hayes (Registered
Nursing ’01) works for The
Toledo Hospital and resides
Jamie (Grosteffon) Morris
(Business Management ’01)
and her husband, Mark, live
in Perrysburg, Ohio. She works
for Norplas as an Assistant
Deborah Shuff (Registered
Nursing ’01) works for
Flower Hospital and lives
in Perrysburg, Ohio.
John Westhoven (Agri-
Business Management ’01)
earned his Bachelor’s degree in
from Bluffton College in May
2004. He is employed with the
Pioneer Hi-Bred International,
Inc. – Grand Rapids Production
Plant in Grand Rapids,
Ohio. He works in the Seed
Conditioning Department. John
resides in Liberty Center, Ohio.
Nicole (Whitcum) Vail
(Office Administration ’01)
and her husband, Joshua, live
in Northwood, Ohio. Nicole
works for Bay Park Hospital
as a Unit Secretary.
Dana (Coker) Blalark
(Education – Trans. Middle
Childhood ’02) is the President
of Elect Ladies in Detroit,
Michigan. She resides in Toledo.
Richard Cook III (OPOTA
Certificate ’02) is a Police
Officer for Clay Center, Ohio.
He resides in Perrysburg, Ohio.
(Marketing and Sales ’02)
works for Angels Lobster Feast
and lives in Orlando, Florida.
Bethany Dixon (Accounting
’02) resides in Toledo.
Kristin Gawronski (Business
Administration ’02) works
for Pilkington and resides in
Ralph Hall (Computer
Systems Certificate ’02) lives
in Sylvania, Ohio.
Joanna Heck (Registered
Nursing ’02) lives in Swanton,
Ohio and works at St. Charles
Matthew Holdridge (Digital
Media ’02) lives in Toledo and
works for Naptime Productions
as a Production Artist.
Mary Pavlov (General Studies
’02) married Chris Ebright on
February 21, 2004. She attends
Bowling Green State University,
where she is working towards
her Bachelor’s degree in Social
Work. Mary also works for
Sunshine Inc. of Northwest
Ohio as a Residential Specialist
working with mentally retarded
adults. She and Chris live in
Linda Roznoski (Business ’02)
is the proud grandmother of
two boys. Her first grandson
was born April 27, 2003 and
her second grandson was born
September 23, 2003. She works
for the Lutheran Home Society
Family and Youth Service as
an Administrative Assistant
in Accounting. She and her
husband, David, live in Toledo.
James Rutkowski (Auto
Business Management ’02)
works for George Ballas Buick
GMC Truck and resides in
Pat Sill (Accounting ’02) works
for Chemcentral and resides in
Grand Rapids, Ohio.
Wanda Terrell (Social
Sciences ’02) went on to
earn her Bachelor’s degree in
Individualized Studies from
Lourdes College. She credits
Owens with preparing her
to complete her degree. She
followed in her mother, Juanita
Terrell’s (Early Childhood
Education ’74), footsteps and
also graduated with honors.
Wanda has a 15-year-old son
who is a sophomore at St. John’s
Jesuit High School. She is also
currently pursuing her MBA at
Lourdes. Wanda says she enjoys
living and working in Toledo.
Elizabeth Tester (Accounting
’02) works for Robison,
Curphey & O’Connell
and resides in Toledo.
Sitta Washington (Registered
Nursing ’02) works at St.
Vincent Mercy Medical Center
and lives in Toledo.
Thomas Clark (Computer
Programming ’03) resides in
Bowling Green, Ohio. His
summer plans include taking
a month off from work to visit
family in Washington and
Oregon. After his visit to the
Northwest he will then travel to
Michigan for a relaxing, week
Edward Deisher (Criminal
Justice ’03) works for Walgreen’s
and lives with his wife, Kelly, in
Allen Gunn (Marketing
and Sales ’03) decided it was
time to leave the rat race
of corporate America as a
Consultant and do something
important for his community
and family. He says “ I used
many of the lessons learned
while attending Owens to
get my owns business up and
running and now have time
to do the things that are really
important in life.” He is now
able to be more involved in his
community and Church and
“to give back out of the surplus
he is now receiving.” Allen is
the Managing Partner/Principal
of World Financial Group and
resides in Perrysburg, Ohio.
Frances Hoke (Microcomputer
Business ’03) works at Loma
Linda Restaurant and lives in
David Knisel (Skilled Trades
Electrical ’03) currently resides
Brandon Norviel (Accounting
’03) resides in Fostoria, Ohio.
Greg Baumgartner (Hospitality
& Food Management ’04)
works for Island House and
lives in Fremont, Ohio.
Debra Keiser (Microcomputer
Business Systems ’04) lives in
Sean Matson (Computer-
Aided Design ’04) works for
The Home Depot and lives in
Carrie Mayweather (Education
– Transfer Early Childhood ’04)
lives in Toledo and works for
EOPA Head Start.
Emily O’Neal (Marketing
and Sales ‘ 04) works for
Charter One Bank and lives
in Rossford, Ohio with her
Matthew Schanke (Wide
Area Networking ’04) lives
in Toledo and works for
Matrix Technologies, Inc.
in System Services.
Assistant ’04) resides in
Toledo where she is
employed by the
Medical College of Ohio.
State ____________ Zip _______________
Gayla Coleman (Digital Media
’03) received her Bachelor’s
degree from Bowling Green
State University. She is a
part-time faculty member at
Owens in the Center for Fine
and Performing Arts and is
currently working towards her
Master’s degree in Technology
from BGSU. She is a member
of Epsilon Pi Tau, Phi Theta
Kappa, Tau Alpha Pi and Chi
Alpha. She owns GJC Graphics,
where she is also the
Charlene Day (Accounting ’03)
is an Administrative Assistant
for Eight Federal Credit Union
and resides in Toledo.
Desiree Shumaker (Registered
Nursing ’03) works at Bucyrus
Community Hospital. She
lives in Tiffin, Ohio with her
Raymond Stacy (Computer
Programming ’03) lives
in Toledo and works for
Technology Solutions, Inc.
as a Programmer.
Tamara (DeBrosse) Storey
(Marketing & Sales ’03) works
for Newlove Realty Inc. as a
Manager/Realtor. She lives
Timothy West (Biology ’03)
lives in Millbury, Ohio.
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