Spring 2017: 2000s


Megan (Nellis) Burnside, BS ’00, Pittsburgh, Pa., wrote: “Chris Burnside, BA ’01, and I are excited to share a collaborative project that was released by the Dayton Writers Movement, a new creative company dedicated to telling well-written stories with a mission. “Unwritten” is an eight-episode serialized podcast (with writers and actors from Ohio) that launched on September 1. The dramatic and comedic podcast brings up important topics surrounding LGBTQ, sexual violence and mental health.”


Virginia (Dressler) Hall, BA ’01, MLIS ’07, Newbury, Ohio, assistant professor and digital librarian at Kent State University Libraries, presented “Digitally Archiving History: A Game Plan for Large, Unruly Archival Collections with Limited Staffing” at the Archiving 2016 Conference at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., on April 20, 2016.


Alumni Association MemberJennifer (Noble) Miller, BBA ’02, MEd ’06, MBA ’09, Streetsboro, Ohio, has been named assistant dean for student and accreditation services in the College of Public Health at Kent State University.

Kyle Lyons, BSN ’03, Severn, Md., was promoted to the rank of Commander (O-5) in the U.S. Public Health Service. He is a senior policy adviser to the U.S. Surgeon General and is stationed in Washington, D.C. Lyons currently resides in Severn, Md., with his wife, April, and son, Trystan.

Alumni Association MemberPaul Marnecheck, BA ’03, MA ’10, North Royalton, Ohio, has been appointed to the Diocese of Cleveland Catholic Charities Board of Directors. His term will run until 2020 and he will be assigned to the Board Education/Development Committee and the Program Committee.

Edmund Rossman, MLIS ’03, Cleveland, Ohio, adult services librarian at Shaker Heights Public Library, Shaker Heights, Ohio, is author of 40+ New Revenue Sources for Libraries and Nonprofits (ALA Editions).


Alumni Association MemberSteven Flaughers, BS ’04, Akron, Ohio, owner and CEO of Proforma 3rd Degree Marketing, has acquired three printing/promo businesses in the past two years. Proforma ranked 1,794 in the annual Inc. 5000 list of the top 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States.


Alumni Association MemberRussell Galeti, BA ’05, Washington, D.C., and Mary (Wagley) Galeti, BA ’05, announce the birth of their first child, Latham Elizabeth “Bizzy” Galeti, on June 27, 2016.Russell Galeti also was accepted as a term member to the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C.


Heidi (Ludwick) Baumgart, BS ’06, Chardon, Ohio, has been named marketing director at Event Source in Cleveland, Ohio. Event Source is a leading Midwest event rental company that purchases, inventories, delivers and rents luxury event products in Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit and Pittsburgh. She will be leading a rebranding charge as well as new product launch initiatives.

Shelley Blundell, BA ’06, BS ’07, MLIS ’09, PhD ’15, North Canton, Ohio, is now an assistant professor, journalism and communication studies, at Youngstown State University.


Matthew Major, BA ’07, Hoboken, N.J., joined national law firm Wilson Elser as an associate in new insurance coverage at its New Jersey office.

Holly Mueller, BS ’07, Lakewood, Ohio, started Holly M Communications, a strategic public relations and communications firm, in May 2016. She and her team provide professional communications training and consultation services for clients who need help telling their story—whether it’s through improving their media relations presence, delivering effective speeches and presentations or providing strategic guidance for global and domestic marketing campaigns (www.hollymcommunications.com).


Alumni Association MemberApril Samuelson, BS ’08, Columbus, Ohio, recently graduated with her MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She will be starting as a marketing program manager at Vertiv Company, formerly Emerson Network Power in Westerville, Ohio.