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Spring 2015: 2010s

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Amanda Kelley, Dunmore, Pa., wrote, “I work as a beat reporter covering the Pocono Mountain region of Pennsylvania for WNEP-TV. I also will be marrying alumnus Ken Brown in June 2015. We met at Kent State University in 2006.” 

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Antoinette Comer, Beaver Falls, Pa., starred in the production of Dreamgirls at Portland Center Stage, Portland’s largest theater company and one of the largest regional theaters in the United States. Comer has also performed with the national tour of Mamma Mia! (Lisa), as well as in Dreamgirls, Hairspray and The Jungle Book.

Stephen Cox, MLIS, Cincinnati, Ohio, wrote, “I accepted a position as program coordinator at Mount St. Joseph University. I will maintain a federally funded database designed to track the success of STEM students as they interview for internships, co-ops and post-graduation employment.” 

Ryan Shackelford, Ravenna, Ohio, is the director of emergency management for Portage County. The Portage County Emergency Management Agency assists local jurisdictions in managing responses to both natural (tornado, flood, blizzard) and technological (HAZMAT or nuclear) disasters. 

Ana Sigler, Tallmadge, Ohio, serves with the Peace Corps in Togo. She participated in a bike tour to train local women on proper nutrition. Sigler has also worked with six villages to assess their needs and, based on the results, is developing an educational garden. 

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Bridgette Billingslea, MLIS, MS ’13, Cleveland, Ohio, was promoted to patient access supervisor at the University Hospitals of Cleveland. She supervises 10 clinical and administrative staff members at four outpatient ambulatory medical centers throughout Northeast Ohio. 

Brittany Kinney, MSA ’13, Copley, Ohio, was promoted to senior staff accountant with Walthall CPAs, a leading regional CPA and business advisory firm.

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Dale Dunford, Ravenna, Ohio, joined the commercial diving team at EnviroScience Inc. in Stow, Ohio. Dunford served four years in the Marine Corps and was awarded the Purple Heart in 2007. For EnviroScience, he travels across the country to aid in train derailments (and other disaster relief), restoration projects and mussel surveys.

Jasen Sokol, MA, Avon Lake, Ohio, rappelled 22 stories off the PNC Center in downtown Akron in an event called Over the Edge to raise awareness and support for Hattie Larlham, a nonprofit organization that provides services to children and adults with developmental disabilities. Sokol is the host of the Jasen Sokol Show on 1590 WAKR Akron.