Fall 2016: 2000s


Marcia Ballinger, MBA, North Ridgeville, Ohio, provost and vice president for learner services at Lorain County Community College, has been named president of the two-year school.

David Dees, PhD, Youngstown, Ohio, has been appointed interim dean and chief administrative officer of the Kent State University Columbiana County campuses, effective July 1. Dees joined Kent State in 1991 and has served as director of Kent State’s Center for Teaching and Learning since 2013.

Brian Meng, BS, BArch ’01, Lakewood, Ohio, has been promoted to senior associate at Bialosky & Partners Architects, where he has been a leading project manager for mixed-use projects such as the award-winning Crocker Park and newly-completed Portage Crossing.


Justin Weese, BS, Landisville, Pa., has joined Godfrey, a nationally ranked business-to-business marketing communications agency, as associate creative director.


Alumni Association MemberLiz Opsitnik, BS, Arlington, Va., is now managing editor, advice products, at U.S. News & World Report. Previously she was deputy managing editor, autos, U.S. News & World Report, and has been with the company since 2011.


Jill Christoff, BA, Lakewood, Ohio, has been promoted to associate at Bialosky Cleveland. She received AIA Cleveland’s Emerging Professional Award in 2013.

Crystal Davis, BA, Twinsburg, Ohio, was hired as the new Cleveland-based policy director for the nonprofit Alliance for the Great Lakes, based in Chicago. She will lead the alliance’s policy and advocacy efforts related to Lake Erie and will manage the Ohio office. Davis spent eight years in government relations with Kent State University, recently serving as the federal relations director for the university’s Office of Government and Community Relations.

Kelly (Sweeney) Stephens, BBA, AA ’01, North Olmsted, Ohio, has been named to the new position of business development director by Sweeney, a leading full-service agency.


Kira Kittoe-Krivosh, BA, Bay Village, Ohio, an assistant prosecuting attorney for the Cuyahoga County Office of the Prosecutor, received the 2016 Northeast Ohio Top 25 Under 35 Movers & Shakers Award from the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club, the longest-running young professional group in Northeast Ohio.

Steven Oluic, PhD, Chardon, Ohio, retired dean of arts and sciences at Lakeland Community College, received a Fulbright Community College Administrators Seminar Award in Russia, as announced by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.


Alumni Association MemberJanet Gbur, BS, Canfield, Ohio, doctoral candidate in materials science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University, co-authored a paper, “Fatigue and Fracture of Wires and Cables for Biomedical Applications,” in International Materials Reviews.


David Berlekamp, BS, MUD and MArch ’09, Cleveland, Ohio, has been promoted to associate at Bialosky Cleveland.

Philip Erb, BS, MUD and MArch ’11, Cleveland, Ohio, has been promoted to associate at Bialosky Cleveland.

Christina (Mastrangelo) Haas, MEd, and John Haas, BA ’05, MEd ’10, Newport, R.I., announce the birth of their son, James Thomas Haas, on March 21, 2016.


Ashley Altiero, BA, Columbus, Ohio, graduated with a master’s degree in counseling from Youngstown State University in 2011. She is employed by Capital University in Bexley, Ohio, where she works as the director of student success and as an adjunct faculty member for the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. She is pursuing her Juris Doctor at Capital University Law School and will be getting married in December.

Alan Hipps, BS, MArch ’09, Northfield, Ohio, has been promoted to associate at Bialosky Cleveland. Hipps was named to the 2016 Top 25 Under 35 by the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club.

Elena Long, MA, PhD ’12, Dover, N.H., is one of the executive committee members on the American Physical Society’s ad hoc committee on LGBT issues. They assembled a new report, “LGBT Climate in Physics,” the first rigorous study of its kind to look at LGBT issues and demographics in the field. 


Daniel Alcorn, BGS, AA ’08, Rutland, Vt., wrote: “I was recently promoted to assistant director of enrollment advising for Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS). I was also promoted to senior instructor at CGCS, and I have been teaching at Norwich since 2012.”

Tyler Sullivan, BBA, Pewaukee, Wisc., founded Badger CrossFit in 2011, which has become one of the most successful CrossFit gyms in Wisconsin, with over 10,000 square feet, 300-plus members and 10 coaches. The gym earned recognition from Reebok International in 2012 and sent a team to the CrossFit Regionals in 2015.