Fall/Winter 2018-19: 2000s


Amber Jimenez Fonseca, BA ’01, Fort Smith, Ark., wrote: “I became a new financial advisor with Edward Jones of Fort Smith, Arkansas, in May 2018.”

Shawn Hoke, MEd ’01, Shippenville, Pa., wrote: “I was recently promoted to assistant vice president for student affairs at Clarion University and received a PhD in administration and leadership studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in May.”

Jason Zygadlo, BBA ’02, Brunswick, Ohio, wrote: “I took a new position with Biotronik as a sales rep selling cardiac rhythm management and vascular interventional devices.”

Brad Gable, BS ’04, MS ’05, Columbus, Ohio, a physician who specializes in critical care medicine, has been elected as chair of the Graduate Medical Education Committee at Riverside Methodist Hospital.

Bryan Flachbart, BS ’06, Danville, Ky., was selected as the principal of Cedar Grove Elementary in Shepherdsville, Kentucky.

Timothy Jarome, BA ’06, Niles, Ohio, has been named assistant professor of animal and poultry sciences in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. His research examines the neurobiology of learning and memory, focusing on how memories for aversive experiences are stored in the brain and shape future behavior.

Marianne Riggenbach-Senvisky, BA ’08, Kent, Ohio, was hired as business development manager for Hope Homes Foundation in Stow, Ohio. The Foundation’s mission is to provide safe, affordable and accessible housing to individuals with special needs.

Nicholas DiSabatino, BA ’09, Sommerville, Mass., wrote: “I recently started working as a publicist at the MIT Press in Cambridge, Mass. I spent five years at Beacon Press working my way up from assistant to associate to publicist. I think back to my time at KSU fondly and know I couldn’t have done it without the support of my professors and faculty advisers, especially Kim Winebrenner.”

Laura Kordalski, BS ’09, Evanston, Ill., was recently recognized as a ‘2018 Top 200 Retail Housewares Executive’ in Housewares Executive Publication. She is currently the buyer for cookware, cutlery, ovenware and food for Crate and Barrel.

Andrea Piasecki Legg, MLIS ’09, Dover, Ohio, has written her first children’s book, Flap Your Wings, Little Robin, which was released to major retailers from Mascot Books in February 2018. It’s “an encouraging animal tale with an important message for children with disabilities,” according to Kirkus Book Reviews. Visit www.andrealegg.com to purchase signed copies, obtain ASL resources and learn about upcoming promotional events.

Jenniffer Omaitz, MFA ’09, Cleveland, a painter and installation artist, participated in a recent exhibition, “Illustrious Decay,” at the Cleveland West Art League Gallery, from September 21, 2018 through October 19, 2018.

Kristina Deckert, BS ’10

Kristina Deckert, BS ’10, Brooklyn, NY, has been promoted to art director of the National Audubon Society. Previously she worked for three years as a designer of the nonprofit environmental and bird conservation organization’s Audubon magazine and affiliated print products. Pictured left at her office at the National Audubon Society in Manhattan. Photo by Caitlin (Saniga) Hawksley, BS ’09

Mr. and Mrs. Ferrell

Talea Drummer, PhD ’14, and Colin Ferrell, BA ’07, MA ’15, married at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center on February 10, 2018. They met while working together with the Kent State Football team in 2013. Photo by Jason Garrett, BA ’12

Hillary Smith

Hillary (Smith) Nauer, BS ’12, MEd ’15, and Christopher Nauer, BA ’08, MEd ’16, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, met at Kent State during graduate school for School Counseling in 2013. Christopher proposed to Hillary at White Hall on June 3, 2017. The couple celebrated their marriage on June 23, 2018 at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center. Photo by LMAC Photography

Habbyshaw Lack

Sarah Lack, BS ’12, and Steve Habbyshaw, BSE ’14, Athens, Ohio, got married on October 21, 2017, at Brookside Farm in Louisville, Ohio. Photo by Renee Lemaire Photography


Sneha Jose, BS ’11, from Varanasi, India, and Daniel Cogan, BA ’11, from Canton, Ohio, met at Kent State in December 2011, a week before graduating and Sneha’s move to Texas. They got married in Varanasi, India, on June 17, 2017, in the presence of their families and close friends from KSU. Photo by Sambhavna