Alumni Updates 2011-2012

April 2012

Cindy P. Sefton, M.L.I.S '05, was named Director of Cincinnati State Library.  

Allison Wenger, JMC '03, recently joined MediaSource, a boutique firm specializing in creating and delivering multimedia content that achieves measurable results in Columbus. She has more than 10 years of television news industry experience.  She worked in several Midwestern television markets before returning to Columbus in 2006 to work as a producer for WCMH-TV.

March 2012

JMC alumnus Matt Pallotta has launched his latest project, Hit Boys, online. This is a funding tool to earn support to produce the entire 12-episode series. It is an action-comedy about two wannabe Mafiosos in Youngstown, Ohio, trying to make their way into the hit man business. His website is Red Duck Productions.

SLIS Alumna, Pamela Cass, ’78, retired from the State of Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction after 28 years. She was the recipient of the Correctional Education Association Support Person of the Year 2006.

After three years in Employee Communications at Newell Rubbermaid, where she earned national and local accolades from PRSA and IABC, JMC Alumna Leslie Schelat McBride, ‘06, accepted a promotion to associate manager with As part of the Internal Communications team, she is editor-in-chief of the company’s award-winning monthly employee magazine, @Home, and consults with internal clients to engage the company’s 2,000 employees and four business units. Her new role follows her December 2011 graduation from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University, where she earned her MBA in marketing.

February 2012

After guiding Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and more since 2008 at the Cincinnati Enquirer, TBD and The Huffington Post, JMC alumna Mandy Jenkins is moving on. In many newsrooms social media is becoming a “young person’s job,” with lower salaries and longer hours, she said. Now 31, Jenkins wants to take on other news products and processes. She wrote on her blog Thursday that she will soon leave her position as social news editor in HuffPost’s D.C. bureau for a broader portfolio of innovation responsibilities with Digital First Media. (From Poynter)

Dianna Ford, MLIS ’00, is an audiovisual archivist for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Library and Archives. She processes incoming audiovisual archival materials and performs digitization for the purposes of preservation and access. She works with donors to facilitate donations of audiovisual archival materials and provides research assistance to visitors in the Archives Reading Room.

Bill Blair, JMC ’77, graced the red carpet of the Guinness World Records Museum on Oct. 9, 2011, after setting a record for "Most Special Effect Makeup Characters Portrayed in a Career." Blair has portrayed at least 202 characters on television, movies and at other events, and the number is steadily increasing.

January 2012

SLIS alumna Marjory Mogg, M.L.I.S. '04, was listed in a Plain Dealer article on The literary year in Cleveland: 10 newsworthy events, for her success in bringing the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention to Cleveland in 2012 (Oct. 4-7). According to the Plain Dealer, "Marjory Mogg, intrepid Euclid librarian and mystery lover, scored a coup by luring the next Bouchercon World Mystery Convention to downtown Cleveland, Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 4-7. Big names -- such as John Connolly, Mary Higgins Clark, Elizabeth George and Robin Cook -- will headline the four-day extravaganza, which Mogg said took her four years of campaigning to bring here. Participants can register at" Mogg is currently Readers Advisory Librarian at Euclid Public Library.

Mark Nolan, JMC '91, will leave WKYC-TV after nearly 18 years. See "Mark Nolan leaving Channel 3"online.

Mark Nolan

Kyle Michael Miller, JMC '99, challenged Kathie Lee and Hoda to a gift wrapping contest on an episode of Today on NBC.

Kyle Miller

Bill Blair, JMC '77, set the Guinness World Record for the most special effects characters player in a year. He was featured in "Actor, Kent native sets world records for his characters" in the Record Courier.

Bill Blair

August and September 2011

Three SLIS alumni were appointed to a local library district. Per The Suburbanite, the Stark County District Library has named three new branch managers. Brett Neff now heads the East Canton Branch, Kathleen Clay the Madge Youtz Branch and Kathryn Kibler the Jackson Township Branch. 


Congratulations to SLIS Alumna Melanie Kowalski, M.L.I.S. '11, who has been appointed the 2011-2013 Research Librarian Fellow at Emory University. The new Librarian Fellows program at Emory offers participants the opportunity to develop expertise, leadership and project management skills. Melanie will be working in the Intellectual Property Rights Office on various projects relating to the digital presence and collocation of copyright educational information provided by the office, the new Open Access policy, the burgeoning Institutional Repository, and assisting students and faculty with authors' rights education and various other initiatives to support the library's Digital Scholarship strategic goals. The position is mutually beneficial in that, like a residency position, it affords her the opportunity to work in a variety of departments and gather a lot of experience in all aspects of academic librarianship.


July 2011

Sandi (Gould) Latimer, JMC '65, published her first book Poodle Mistress: an autobiographical story of life with nine toy poodles in February. She independently published the book with iUniverse and earned Editor's Choice for quality of writing. Her book is also featured in a full-page ad iUniverse has taken out in New York Review of Books. The ad is a first for the independent book industry. iUniverse took out the ads in six issues and Latimer's book is featured in one of the July issues. The Columbus Metropolitan Library has purchased two copies of the book, an unusual move since libraries rarely purchase independently (or self-published) books. Latimer is a staff writer for the Columbus Messenger, an independent free weekly newspaper with five editions in Franklin and Madison counties and is volunteer coordinator at Green Lawn Cemetery, the second-largest cemetery in Ohio.

Ron Hess, JMC '72, is co-leading a major workshop, "Social Media as a Catalyst for Employee Engagement," at the Public Relations Society of America's 2011 international Conference in Orlando, FL October 15-18. Hess, who is president of Motiv8 Communications, an employee communications firm based in Port Orange, FL, will team with two communicators from a large medical system provider, Orlando Health, to present the material. Hess and company will discuss Inspire Wire, Orlando Health's successful online idea sharing website for employees. Hess is also an executive board member of PRSA's Employee Communications section. During a 27-year corporate career, Hess managed corporate employee communications at companies like GE, Eaton and International Paper. He formed his own company in 2002. He is a prolific speaker and writer on employee communication topics and his Ideas and Trends column features communicator case histories on hot topics in the employee communications field. Hess also regularly posts employee communication news items on Twitter. In addition, Hess, who was a member of the KSU Alumni Board in 1983-84,  leads the Southeast Employee Communication Network, where communicators "meet" via teleconference and webcast to share and discuss ideas and issues in employee communications.

June 2011

JMC alumni Jamie Ward, BS News '04, and Sandy Klepach, BS News '06, celebrated their one year wedding anniversary on June 18, 2011.

Allison Halco is a 2009 graduate of the Media Management Master's degree program. As a student, her graduate project was an online publication for the style community of Northeast Ohio called Fashionably Cleveland ( Since graduating, she has taken the site public and now has more than a dozen contributors. In mid-May, the first print magazine counterpart to the site, also called Fashionably Cleveland, was published. It is available for free at local salons, boutiques, coffee shops and the like.

SLIS alumna LaDonna Pierce, MLIS '07, is a Content Management Librarian at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

SLIS alumnus John A. Davis, MLIS '05, who recently coauthored a study on "Chat Reference Training After One Decade: The Results of a National Survey of Academic Libraries," which was published in the May 2011 issue of The Journal of Academic Librarianship. John is a part-time Reference Librarian at Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pa.

SLIS alumna Stacy Richardson, MLS '00, is the new director of the Kent Free Library as of June 1.

Jessica Hudson, MLIS '07, was appointed Associate Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer at Kent State University. In her new role, Jessica will be working directly with local, regional and national corporations and foundations to generate support for university fundraising priorities. Jessica has been working in Institutional Advancement for the past three years as a Development Research Specialist. Jessica holds a B.A. in English, an MLIS and is currently completing an M.B.A. in the College of Business.

Terry (Terrence) Bahn, BS '75 Telecommunications, MEd '77; EdD '96 Indiana University, is the founder and director of the Albert Schweitzer Fellows program, the first in Ohio and just the third in the Midwest. The new interdisciplinary community service program is hosted by the Ohio State University College of Medicine, where Dr. Bahn has worked since 1997. In serving as host for the Schweitzer Fellows program, Ohio State joins a number of prominent institutions around the country, including Harvard, UC Berkeley, the University of Pittsburg, and Baylor University. At the heart of the Fellowship is a 200-hour community service project, designed by the graduate and professional students who compete for one of about 230 Fellowships nationally. The service projects provide solutions to issues of health disparities and meet other human service needs.  For more information, visit the Columbus Schweitzer Fellows program online. And as a side note, his daughter, Alyson Bahn, will be a Kent State freshman this fall.

SLIS alumna Shannon Bohle earned a second place prize and $3,000 in the Artificial Intelligence Concept Exploration Category of the Federal Virtual Worlds Challenge at the 2011 Defense GameTech Users' Conference. The goal of the open and global challenge is to discover innovative and interactive applications implemented in a virtual environment. Among other things, Bohle's AI performs publicly accessible academic, government and Internet database searches using natural language. Award winners participated in a panel discussion at the Defense GameTech conference in Orlando, Florida on March 24 and at the National Defense University in Washington, DC on May 13. Bohle, who earned her undergraduate degree from Miami University in History and English and a Master's in Library and Information Science from Kent State University, will attend the University of Cambridge for her Ph.D. on a full scholarship.