Alumni Updates 2010-2011

May 2011

Lindsay Kuntzman, MA JMC '09, has joined the Alumni Relations team as Assistant Director for Marketing. As a graduate student at Kent State, Kuntzman served as a member of UCM's PR/Marketing team writing news articles for print and online publications.  Most recently, Kuntzman was the marketing associate for Max-Wellness, developing and executing all of the company's marketing campaigns.   In addition to her marketing responsibilities, Kuntzman managed the company's website and social media accounts.

SLIS alumna Rikki Steingass, MLIS '09, received a 2011 YALSA Teen Tech Week Mini Grant for Bluffton Public Library. Their Steampunk Awareness Day featured a book discussion (and teens got to keep the book), a How-to presentation on Steampunk 'guns' (modded Nerf guns), lots of food, costumes and a movie.

SLIS alumna Tessa Catlin, MLIS '09, is the Manager of the Learning Resource Center at Strayer University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

SLIS alumnus Timothy Dickey, Ph.D., MLIS '07, has had his article "Books as Expressions of Global Cultural Diversity: Data Mining for National Collection Analysis" accepted for publication in Library Resources & Technical Services.

SLIS alumna Heidi Landskroener, MLIS '05, has been promoted to Children's Librarian at the Addison Branch of the Cleveland Public Library.

Janice Radl, MLIS '09, was hired as Librarian - Science & Technology Division at the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

Kristin Cole, MLIS '09, has recently accepted a position as Reference-Instruction Librarian at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio.

Anne M. Lowery, MLIS '02, published her first book, Rumor Has It, a true crime story about the '74 murders of Joseph and Edward Hooker at their home in rural Ashland County.

Denise K. Lee, MLS '89, was promoted to manager of the Tallmadge Branch Library.  Lee has been with the branch since 1991.

Sara A. Sampson, MLIS '04, is a law librarian and has been elected vice president/president elect of the Law Librarians Society of Washington, D.C.

Leni D. Anderson, MLIS '09, Columbus, is an adult services librarian at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Franklinton Branch.

Brenna R. Call, MLIS '10, Pomeroy, Ohio, is now the youth services director for the South Charleston Public Library.

Daniel C. Mack, MLS '89, has been named the Tombros Librarian for Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies in the Penn State University Libraries.  Mack is the head of the Arts and Humanities Library at University Park.

Michelle Smithnosky, VCD '04, MA '04, was featured in "Visual communication designs requires creativity and collaboration" earlier this month in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Christine Wisnieski, VCD '09, was featured in Communication Arts earlier this month.

Sandi (Gould) Latimer, JMC '65, published her first book in February 2011, This is Poodle Mistress: An autobiographical story of life with nine toy poodles, published through iUniverse. It is available through and several other Internet book vendors, for $13.95 and $9.99 for ebooks. 

Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, JMC '78, MLIS '91, has been named Executive Director of The Northeast Ohio Regional Library System.

April 2011

SLIS alumna Tessa Catlin, MLIS '09, is the Manager of the Learning Resource Center at Strayer University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

SLIS alumnus Timothy Dickey, Ph.D., MLIS '07, has had his article "Books as Expressions of Global Cultural Diversity: Data Mining for National Collection Analysis" accepted for publication in Library Resources & Technical Services.

SLIS alumna Heidi Landskroener, MLS '05, has been promoted to Children's Librarian at the Addison Branch of the Cleveland Public Library.

Marc Rapport, longtime technology correspondent for Credit Union Times, is now joining the staff full-time as Web editor. Rapport will be responsible for daily content on the site at as well as for additional products such as the Cutting Edge and CUT to the Chase newsletters. He will also continue on the technology beat, which he began covering for the weekly magazine in 1999. Rapport has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Kent State University and a master's degree from The Ohio State University, where he was a Kiplinger Fellow in Public Affairs Reporting. He has worked for daily newspapers, magazines and The Associated Press in Ohio, Michigan and South Carolina and currently is a resident of Columbia, S.C., where he is an adjunct faculty member in the College of Mass Communications and Information Sciences at the University of South Carolina.

Michele (Quass) Kearns, '81, launched her blog in January.  The blog's purpose is to provide support and encouragement to women who experience the sudden death of their husband and to educate people about grief by sharing the adventures encountered during her grief journey. She also helps others through the grief process by co-facilitating Church Initiative's Griefshare program at Brunswick Reformed Church. Kearns and her "daughter" Rommie (golden retriever) live near Cleveland, Ohio.

After graduation, Mackenzie Gantz, JMC '10, lived in Florence, Italy with her husband, Justin Gantz, while he completed a semester with KSU's Master's Program with his focus being in architecture. When she returned to the United States, she began her job hunt and found a job working in the Marketing Department with a commercial roofing company called Viridian Systems.

March 2011

Susan (Miller) Crowell, '84, has been appointed as one of Ohio's three delegates to the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities' (APLU) Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching (CARET). In that role, she will serve as a non-university representative, interacting with members of Congress and other key leaders about budget recommendations and legislative proposals that affect age research, extension outreach and teaching programs of the land-grant university system.  Crowell, editor of Farm and Dairy newspaper in Salem, Ohio, is also currently serving as president of the statewide Ohio State University Extension Advisory Council, and serves on the advisory council to Dr. Bobby Moser, dean and vice president for agricultural administration and university outreach at Ohio State University. She and her husband, Keith (B.S. 1982), live near Lisbon, Ohio, with their two children, Annette (Ohio University 2011) and Jon (Kent State University 2013).

February 2011

America Beautiful (KAB) announced that JMC alumnus Jim King, '85, senior vice president of investor relations and corporate affairs at The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, has been elected to serve on KAB's national Board of Directors.

SLIS alumnus William Martino, MLS '98, is the new director of the Holmes County District Public Library.

SLIS alumna Catherine Hakala-Ausperk's book Be A Great Boss: One Year to Success was just published by ALA editions. She is an adjunct instructor for SLIS and a 1991 SLIS alumna.

VCD alumnus Lou Barberio, '10, is employed at DC Shoes (skateboard clothing company) in Huntington Beach, CA.

VCD alumnus Eric Celedonia, '10, is employed with Mutual Mobile in Austin, TX.

After spending 21 years leading Berks County public libraries, Julie Rinehart, MLS '84, retired earlier this month. She taught junior high in Massachusetts for three years, served as a services coordinator for the American Red Cross and held several clerical jobs before going back to school to become a librarian. She has been a reference librarian in Toledo, Ohio, a librarian at the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center, administrator of the Meridian Library System in Nebraska and administrator of Berks public libraries since 1990.

January 2011

Andrew Gardner, COMM '10, is working for Global Technical Recruiters in its Human Resources Department as a recruiter and advertisement writer. 

Sarah (Bowen) Short, COMM '08, is working with the Akron Regional Hospital Association in hospital/healthcare disaster preparedness.

Kristy J. O'Hara, News '04, is assistant editor of Smart Business Magazine and won second place from the Ohio Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards, 2008.

Brandon Lisy, Radio-television '04, is an EMMY award-winning producer in New York, working with the "Good Morning America" show on ABC.

Jennifer Kim Bernat, COMM '04, is a Ph.D. candidate at Purdue University in the department of communication. She presented guest lectures at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, and presented a paper in a panel at the International Communication Association Conference in Singapore in June.