Class Notes


Janice Madigan Kennedy and son Will recently visited Eileen Leonard Ahl ‘46 and Georgia Colwell Donovan ‘46 in Shinglehouse, PA.


Janice Terry Sylvester, 1801 Wedgewood Way, Kissimmee, FL 34746


Robert Garofalo recently edited the book and CD Volume 3 of Wind Band/Ensemble Anthology: Folk Songs & Dances in the Second Suite F. Volumes 1, 3, 4 and 5 are now in print. FMI about this publication and to hear a sound clip from the CD, visit


Lew and Linda Dix ‘61 Lee celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at an open house held July 30 at Water’s Edge Restaurant in Poyntelle, PA. Ten of the 98 attendees were Mansfield alumni. “Mansfield friends are forever!”


Edna Nelson Logue, 930 Wattersonville Rd., Cowansville, PA 16218


Laura Lee Spory Spiker, POB 3548486, Gainesville, FL 32635, retired after 39 years of elementary school teaching. She would love to hear from other Mansfieldians.


Susan Fry Heil, retired teacher, actress, and grandmother, recently published a children’s book, Johnny, The Story of a Doll, about a doll doctor’s doll who comes to life and goes on daily adventures with his daughter in Lancaster, PA. To order a copy, write: Sue’s Books, Box 13, Strasberg, PA 17579.

Terry Neufer


John Quashnoc received the Snyder Alumni Appreciation Award at the 25th Annual Butsko Award Breakfast at MU in September. Austin Snyder ‘62 presented the award, which recognizes an alumnus for support and betterment of MU and the Mountaineer football program.


Carolyn Poleo Dowling, West Chester, PA

Ed Gillis received the John “Jay” Atkins Mountie Award at the 25th Annual Butsko Award Breakfast at MU in September. This award is presented annually to a current or former Mountaineer football player who “has shown tremendous dignity and perseverance in overcoming adversity.”

Dennis Miller, MU’s public relations director, recently went live with Dennis R. Miller “Author” Facebook page, His new novel, One Woman’s Revenge, was published in October. Please show your support by liking it, reading the pages and posts, and by letting him know what you think.


William Robertson has released a new historical fiction novel entitled The Bucktail Brothers of the Fighting 149th that he co-wrote with David Rimer. The book relates the adventures of two farm boys from Wellsboro who join Company A of the “New Bucktails” of Civil War fame. To promote his latest novel, Robertson appeared recently on “Conversations,” the MU TV talk show hosted by Dennis Miller. Visit to view the program on YouTube. More information about Bill’s writing is available on his website at


Patrick McCarthy, Smallwood, NY

Edwin “Tony” Sobony, Columbus, OH retired from teaching in '01 and founded the American Pie Party, a quintessential diamond-in-the-rough 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that fights cancer with Pie in the Face humor.


Russell Jones, Charles Town, WV

Janice Krouskop, Signal Mountain, TN was ordained as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church USA in April. She serves as a hospital chaplain in Chattanooga, TN.


Catherine Errico Mazur recently authored a children’s book titled Stanley Seagull about a young seagull who wanders from home and tries to find his way back, learning about humans on his journey. FMI: Stanley Seagull Facebook


Dan Marrese, 214 Terrace St, Dunmore, PA 18512 Dan writes of MU, “One great university – one great educational experience.”


John McCarthy has been named associate dean of the College of Education at Kutztown U. Dr. McCarthy was assistant dean for accreditation and assessment at the SUNY Oswego before accepting the Kutztown (PA) position.


Beverly Sindlinger Ellis, Hughesville, PA

Allen Halstead , 289 Garage Place Rd., Ghent, NY 12075

Clifford Martin, Jr., Zephyrhills, FL

Mike Thrailkill , 231 Allen Rd., Porter Corners, NY 12859


Richard Bylina authored his debut novel, One Promise Too Many, in July, the first in a series featuring Detective Roger Stark. A Matter of Faith, the follow-up novel, was planned for a September release.

Caroline Campbell-Twentier , 2175 Brewster Lane, Unit 1121, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

James Sheeley, 119 Arapaho Trl. Branchburg, NJ 08876, has been appointed director of the Office of Visual and Performing Arts., Newark (NJ) Public Schools.


Lois Mundy McGary

Thomas Scott, Dryden, NY and wife Nilsa celebrated their 12th anniversary in July. The couple adopted two children from Vietnam in 09, Nico and Ariana, born just a month apart and now nearly 4 years old. Thomas writes, “Email me or connect to me through Facebook.”

Tracy Winter Stritch, Carlisle, PA


Karen Buttorff Morton, S. Williamsport, PA


Carolyn Rougeux Edwards, Nazareth, PA, writes: “Having a BA in psychology was a great start to my career. My passion has become teaching preschool children with special needs. Extremely rewarding!”

Lee Gernert-Larrea, assistant professor in the Social Sciences and Social Services Div. at Corning (NY) Community College, was granted tenure. Lee holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana U. and a master’s from MU.

Karin Wulkowicz, Shillington, PA


Brian Brown, 618 Mapleview Ct., Mt Laurel, NJ 18054 writes: “I took a long time deciding what I should choose as my major because I wanted to be sure I chose a field I would be happy in the rest of my life. I think it was the end of my second year when I was called in to the Admin. office and told I must declare a major. I chose Business Admin. due to the fact that any job you can get out there is ultimately working for some sort of business. I’m now a senior internet marketing consultant and very happy with my decision.”

K. Sue Miller Young, MU Communications Dept. Chair, and Prof. Emeritus Howard Paul Travis have had their second book published this year. Oral Communication: Skills, Choices, and Consequences, Third Edition is an introductory communication skills textbook.


Mark Nugent recently accepted the position of President of Professional Services with CompuGain Corporation. CompuGain was established in 2000 as a certified Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), and is a global provider of Professional Services and innovative IT solutions.

Martin Pane was appointed by unanimous vote of the Senate to the post of US Marshal for the Middle District of PA. He also served as acting marshal for the district since January 2011.


Robert Mark Rodgers recently published a book on sales at McGraw-Hill, Accelerate the Sale. Shortly after publication, the book made INC Magazine’s business book bestseller list.


Vincent Comiskey, Chula Vista, CA writes: “I have begun a new position, in a supervisory role with the new Wounded Warrior Regiment of the Marine Corps. The program serves wounded, injured and ill Marines, using sport as a part of their recovery.”


Robert Sunda, a four-year letter winner on the MU football team’s offensive line in the late 80’s and early 90’s, has been selected as the 2011 Frank Butsko Award winner. The award, established in 86, is considered the most prestigious award a Mountaineer football player can achieve. It is given annually to a current or former member of the football program who best exemplifies Butsko’s commitment to excellence and loyalty to his teammates and the program.

Steve Williams, 6719 Paseo San Leon, Pleasanton, CA 94566

S. Benjamin Witmer , 229 Sinkler Dr., Wayne, PA 19087


Connie Stark Belden was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 32. She was able to make a full recovery due to her proactive, early detection of the cancer. Connie was recently featured as a calendar model cancer survivor in the 2012 Colondar produced by the national non-profit group, The Colon Club. The calendar features 13 men and women who surprisingly found they had colon cancer before the age of 50. To read more about each model’s story, visit


Mark and Judy Onufrak ‘74 Harvey, Endwell, NY This is Judy’s 33rd year of teaching music at Maine-Endwell, and Mark’s 10th year of teaching grades 7-12 art at Blue Ridge SD in New Millford, PA.


Michelle Walker Lincoln has accepted a position with Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg PA as the infection control practitioner.

Ali Soufan authored a new book, The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda. The book provides an inside perspective of Ali’s past experience as an FBI agent and al-Qaeda expert who led several investigations into terrorist attacks around the world. He thwarted terrorist plots while gaining confessions from al-Qaeda without use of force. To purchase, visit


Kyle Peck, St. Catharines, Ontario


Jodi Ayres Farr gave birth to a son, Nolan Cade, in June.

Wade Jacoby, 3440 Cranmere La, York, PA 17402


Tori Crawford Conway

Vincent Simmons, 502 South St, Apt B2, Bristol, CT 06010 has been named head women’s basketball coach at Lincoln College of New England.

John “Jay” Wieners will be promoted to lieutenant for the Parsippany (NJ) Police Dept. He was hired as a police dispatcher in ‘97 and in ‘00 was hired as a police officer. As a patrol officer, John received a lifesaving award and two exceptional duty awards.


Amy Spaulding Buddemeier, Belcamp, MD was married to Jon Buddemeier in August. They recently rescued their first dog, a corgi named Stubbs.


Andrew Taylor was promoted to partner of the law firm Weber Gallagher. Andrew focuses his practice in family law and regularly argues cases before the PA Superior Court. This year, Andrew was one of 27 PA attorneys under age 40 selected by The Legal Intelligencer as a “Lawyer on the Fast Track,” an honor recognizing the future leaders of PA’s legal community. In ’08 and ’11, he was recognized by the publisher of the PA edition of Super Lawyers magazine as a Rising Star, and honor given to only the top 2.5% of attorneys in PA who are 40 or younger or in practice for 10 years or less.


Scott Grochowski was inducted into the Shenandoah Valley Athletic Hall of Fame in September. Scott excelled in football, basketball and baseball at SV HS, earning 10 varsity letters. After playing football at MU, Scott returned to SV and served as an offensive coordinator for current head coach Nick Sajone for 7 seasons.

Katie Drake Rhodes, Horseheads, NY


Amy Faben-Wade, a licensed social worker in NY, was selected to write test questions for the North American Social Work licensing examinations. She works for Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services as a trainer and curriculum developer.

Melissa Shaffer-O’Connell accepted a position as instructor of political science in the School of Social Sciences at Lake Superior State U. She is completing a PhD in political science at Western Michigan U.

Lindsay Archer Thurston and Adam Thurston were married in October at Seneca Lake, Watkins Glen, NY. Lindsay is a social worker with the National Health Service and Adam is a constable in the Hertfordshire Constabulary, Hertfordshire, England. The couple honeymooned in Berlin, Germany and reside in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, England.


Kristen Wiltse Ouellette


Drew Grieshober staff recruiter and trainer for Glen Mills Schools, Concordville, PA, recently visited MU’s Career Center, Alumni Relations and CJA depts. hoping to connect with current MU seniors and alumni who are interested in working at Glen Mills Schools and making a positive impact in the lives of troubled youth. FMI: Glen Mills School website,, or contact Drew directly: 610-450-8100. ext. 233.

Rachel Kresge Fagan , Butler, PA

Kyle Peck , Ontario, Canada

Alison White Williams, Enola, PA


Jennifer Hardee

Sarah Stow Kelley has been promoted to asst. professor of reading at Jamestown (NY) Community College.

Sarah Livingston and Jordan Allison ‘08 are engaged, and a June 2012 wedding is planned. Sara is a chemist for Lancaster Laboratories, Inc. and Jordan is employed as a fisheries biologist with the PA Fish and Boat Commission.

Toby Motyka, Sports Anchor for WHAM-TV (Rochester NY), is part of a team who recently received the New York State Broadcasters Award for “Best Broadcast in New York State.” Their entry combined live broadcasts from three different games, including Motyka’s coverage of a Rochester Institute of Technology women’s hockey game. Toby previously spent three years as a news anchor for WENY-TV (Elmira NY).


Heather Singley Schimpf and Scott Schimpf ‘09 were married in June in Gettysburg, PA. The couple honeymooned in the Bahamas.


Laura Shutts Fry and Nathan Fry, Williamsport, PA, were married in October, 2010. Laura is employed by Susquehanna Health as a Registered Nurse and Nathan is employed by JAB Livestock, Jersey Shore, PA, as a truck driver.

Heather Regnosky and Andrew Stout announced their engagement and are planning a June 2012 wedding.

Devin Sherman


Anna Kuznetsova, 8-16 Martynovzky per., Moscow, Russia 109004 will be in London, UK doing graduate studies in Art Business until the end of 2012.

Sarah Loher, Mansfield, PA

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