Fall/Winter 2019-20: 2010s


Carolyn Conway Novak, BA ’10, Cleveland, received a “25 under 35” award from her high school, Saint Joseph Academy, in recognition for compassionate leadership, service in a global society, overall achievements and spirituality. Novak, who majored in political science at KSU, is a social activist who fosters relationships with community leaders, citizens and those working for positive change.

Meghan Hennessey Shimmin, BSE ’10, Cleveland, received a “25 under 35” award from her high school, Saint Joseph Academy, in recognition for compassionate leadership, service in a global society, overall achievements and spirituality. Shimmin, who majored in early childhood education at KSU, has spent her career working in low-income school districts and works to create and implement enjoyable, school-wide activities that foster learning.

Josef Kotermanski, BSN ’10,

Josef Kotermanski, BSN ’10, Chesterfield, Mich., obtained a Master of Science in Nursing after working in a Detroit emergency room for six years. He currently works in trauma surgery in the Detroit area.

Stephanie (St. Jacques) Walker, MEd ’10, Whitmore Lake, Mich., is now associate director of the Science Learning Center at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the SLC, she served as director of the Kent State University Academic Success Center

Carolyn Drummond, BS ’11, Durham, NC, has been promoted to program marketing manager, NA field marketing at Red Hat (which acquired Ansible Automation), focusing on event management, content marketing and project management.

Lauren Kotmel, BA ’11, Cleveland, was named to Crain’s Cleveland Business’s “Twenty in Their 20s” list (in their June issue) of upcoming community leaders to watch in Cleveland’s future.

Parva Markiw, BS ’12, MArc ’14,

Parva Markiw, BS ’12, MArc ’14, Greentree, Pa., joined the professional staff at WTW Architects of Pittsburgh, where she is currently assisting the WTW team designing a new residence hall at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, New York.

Jessica Stuck, BA ’12, BS ’12, MArc ’13, Washington, DC, has joined Quinn Evans Architects as a project architect in their Washington, DC, office. 

Rachel Walter, MEd ’12, Cleveland, currently the main academic advisor to students majoring in special education and ASL/English interpreting at KSU’s College of Education, Health and Human Services, recently began a new position as an independent career coach at CareerArc, assisting outplaced employees searching for their next career move.

Sara Courie, BA ’13, MAT ’14,

Sara Courie, BA ’13, MAT ’14, Tallmadge, Ohio, a 2nd grade teacher at Dunbar Elementary School in Tallmadge, and Matthew Claney, BS ’13, Greensburg, Pa., a graphic designer, became friends their first weeks on campus through the KSU Marching Golden Flashes—and collaborated after graduation. Courie’s 2nd grade class at Dunbar noticed a lot of trash on the school playground, so she challenged the students to do something to help keep it clean.
When Claney heard that the students had decided to create signs, he volunteered to assist and met with the class through video conferencing. Students came up with sign ideas and voted on the best designs to send him.
To raise funds for the signs, the students recycled plastic water bottles into glitter jars that they sold at school. Claney created a video for the students to illustrate the design process and reveal their final product (see http://bit.ly/CourieClass).

Amelia (Chamberlain) Plunkett, BA ’13, Dayton, Ohio, who moved up the ranks from intern to sales development manager since joining LexisNexis in 2014, was named one of the 2018 Top 25 Women to Watch in Dayton by Women in Business Networking, a program of the Better Business Bureau of Dayton and Miami Valley. The women were honored at the 25 Women to Watch gala in February 2019. She and her husband, Max Plunkett II, BA ’13, family wealth advisor/financial advisor at The Plunkett Group at Morgan Stanley, are both involved in their community and met when they were freshmen at Kent State University.

Kathryn Clarkin, BA ’14, Los Angeles, started a new position as special assistant to the governor at Office of the Governor, State of California, in May 2019.

Corey Conners, BS ’14, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., who played golf for Kent State from 2010-2014, won the Valero Texas Open at the TPC San Antonio Oaks Course in San Antonio, Texas, in April 2019. He finished 20-under-par with a final round score of 66 to secure his first PGA Tour win, banking a winning purse of $1.35 million and earning a trip to the Masters.

Alexander Evans, BS ’14, BBA ’14, BSPH ’14, MBA ’15, MGISC ’19, Columbus, Ohio, joined Franklin County Public Health as an epidemiologist. His work will focus on understanding the public health impacts of climate change and implementing a GIS to enhance environmental health programs

Angela Jameson, BSE ’14, MLIS ’18,

Angela Jameson, BSE ’14, MLIS ’18, Kent, Ohio, library media specialist at Chagrin Falls Schools, was honored by Kent State University School of Information (iSchool) with its Dan MacLachlan Award in Library and Information Science on April 25, 2019. The award is given to a library media specialist who exhibits creativity, leadership and dedication in his/her school.

Meghan Marano, AA ’14, BA ’14, Willoughby, Ohio, associate banking advisor at PNC Bank, was nominated for the inaugural Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year Award in 2019 by the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Cleveland. Previously, she was awarded Volunteer of the Year from Youth Opportunities Unlimited in 2017 for her service to youth in communities across NE Ohio.

Sarah Roman, BA ’14, Lakewood, Ohio, received a “25 under 35” award from her high school, Saint Joseph Academy, in recognition for compassionate leadership, service in a global society, overall achievements and spirituality. Roman, who majored in art history at KSU, uses art to help others work through painful experiences and difficult times. 

Hattie Tracy, MPA ’14, Medina, Ohio, was named senior vice president of clinical services for Coleman Professional Services. Most recently, Tracy was senior director of clinical strategy, community outreach and healthcare integration at Child Guidance and Family Solutions of Summit County. She is both a licensed independent social work supervisor and a licensed chemical dependency counselor III.

Jasmine Hoff, BSN ’17, MSN ’19,

Jasmine Hoff,  AAS ’16, BSN ’17, MSN ’19, Cleveland, was appointed by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to a two-year term as a graduate student trustee of the Kent State University Board of Trustees. Hoff’s term began June 11 and ends May 16, 2021. She is pursuing a doctorate in nursing practice and an adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner graduate certificate. A registered nurse who has achieved board certification, she currently serves as assistant nurse manager at Cleveland Clinic’s Heart and Lung Transplant Unit in Cleveland and as adjunct faculty in Kent State’s College of Nursing. 

Laura Roch, BS ’16, Youngstown, Ohio, accepted a position with Notre Dame Mission Volunteers AmeriCorps as the site director for Northeast Ohio (Cleveland/Youngstown). Among other duties, she will be recruiting potential AmeriCorps members and nonprofit educational sites in the Northeast Ohio area, doing member training, and assisting with leadership skills and professional development.’

Madison Viering, BS ’16,

Madison Viering, BS ’16, Carmel, Ind., received a master’s degree in school counseling from Butler University’s College of Education. Upon graduation, she accepted a position as school counselor at Suncrest Elementary School in Frankfort, Ind. Pictured (l to r): Holly Viering (mother), Maddie Viering, Chip Viering, BS ’86 (father), Patrick Viering (brother)

Torey Frame, BA ’17, Atwater, Ohio, is the first full-time female officer in Streetsboro in over 20 years. She graduated with a degree in criminology and psychology and decided to pursue law enforcement as a career. 

Chad Kozan, BA ’17, CER1 ’18, Madison, Ohio, is a natural resources officer for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, specializing in marine and operating-while-under-the influence enforcement. He gives back to the community as a boating instructor on a volunteer basis and is attending Bowling Green State University for a master’s degree in criminal justice.

Diane Smith, MA ’17, Phoenix, public relations and communications manager at Pima Medical Institute, was awarded “Best Public Relations Pro (Female)” by Arizona Foothills Magazine.

Brandon Bounds, BS ’19,

Brandon Bounds, BS ’19, Columbus, Ohio, associate producer at 10TV.com, was part of a team of top journalism students from 19 universities who earned the 2019 Student Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Digital Reporting for their project “Hate in America.” Their package of multimedia stories focused on acts of intolerance, racism and hate crimes across the country, as part of the Carnegie-Knight News21 program, an in-depth journalism collaborative based at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication recognized Bounds earlier this year with the Robert G. McGruder Student Award for Diversity, for his work on the project, which also received a 2019 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in the college category. The 2019 winners were recognized at the Edward R. Murrow Awards black tie event hosted by the Radio Television Digital News Association Oct. 24 in New York City.

Emma Buss, BBA ’19, New Philadelphia, Ohio, was hired as marketing services coordinator by Whitemeyer Advertising, where she interned in summer 2018. Her responsibilities include assisting account executives in digital and social media marketing strategies and media research and implementation, along with operations and client service responsibilities.

Julian Edelman, BIS ’19,

Julian Edelman, BIS ’19, Boston, former Golden Flash quarterback, current Patriots wide receiver, three-time Super Bowl champion, 2018 Super Bowl MVP, 2015 Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal and Varsity “K” Hall of Fame Inductee, finished the degree he started working toward in 2006. Prior to attending the Commencement ceremony in May 2019 to receive his diploma, he said he had completed a Bachelor of Integrative Studies degree to keep a promise he made to his parents more than 10 years ago and set an example for his daughter.