Fall/Winter 2018-19: 1990s


Michael Lanstrum, BS ’91, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, wrote: “I presented ‘Historical Women in Mathematics’ at the Dwyer Memorial Senior Center in Bay Village, Ohio, in March 2018.”

Seth Thomas, MBA ’91, Ijamsville, Md., wrote: “My wife Jennifer Himes Thomas, MBA ’91, and I met at Kent State in 1989 while pursuing MBAs. We married in 1992 and recently celebrated our 25th anniversary. We have two children—a son (Penn State junior) and a daughter (Ohio University freshman). Jen earned her bachelor’s degree at Penn State, and I earned mine at OU.”

Jodi (Benedictis) Groh, BS ’92, North Royalton, Ohio, wrote: “I am currently a channel marketing manager at Kichler Lighting, and was previously marketing director at Nanofilm. I was honored in February with an Achievements in Excellence award by the National Sales and Marketing Executives (NSME) Akron/Canton for my professional experience and achievements as well as community involvement.”

Neil Colby, MS ’94, Macedonia, Ohio, has been promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer at CM Wealth Advisors in Pepper Pike, Ohio. He started with the firm in 2014 as director of operations and led the sourcing and implementation of a new comprehensive reporting system, among other achievements. He retains his role leading the operations team and other responsibilities on behalf of the firm and its clients.

Francisco Owens, MArc ’94, Los Angeles, has been promoted to principal at the Los Angeles office of SmithGroupJJR, one of the world’s preeminent integrated design firms. A member of the American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles chapter, he is currently serving as lead designer on the new $20 million, 150,000-square-foot Caltech Chen Neuroscience Research Building and a senior designer on the new $150 million, 179,000-square-foot Multidisciplinary Research Building at the University of California, Riverside, slated to open fall 2018.

T. Douglas Clifford, BA ’95, Norwalk, Ohio, an attorney, received the American Chemical Society Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation as recognized by the Chemistry and the Law Division of the ACS. This designation is to recognize proficiency in forensic toxicology in criminal and DUI defense.

Kevin Louise (Hoop) Schaner, MLS ’95, Cleveland, wrote: “Last year I published Dinner by Candlelight: Comfort and Joy for Advent with Xulon Press. Perfect for personal reflection or small group study, the essays invite conversation towards a positive approach to the Advent season. How we celebrate Christmas may have changed—with loss of parents and relationships or absent adult children—but we can continue to treasure our traditions while considering new ways to celebrate Christ’s birth. Available from Amazon.”

John Caparulo, BA ’98, Calabasas, Calif., stand-up comedian, has a residency at Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, which began May 10. Jamie (Kelly) Caparulo,
BA ’08
, is producing the show.