Summer 2015: 2000s


Jill McConnell, MLIS, Allison Park, Pa., is the newly appointed executive director at Cooper-Siegel Community Library in Fox Chapel. She will oversee the library collection of 80,000 books, CDs and reference materials, balance budgets, supervise staff and promote programming.


Lauren Worley, Washington, D.C., and Brett Silcox ’02, MPA ’05, Washington, D.C., witnessed the historic test flight of the Orion spacecraft from Kennedy Space Center on December 5, 2014. Worley is press secretary and senior advisor at NASA; Silcox is manager, external outreach and legislative affairs specialist for Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA. Both Silcox and Worley serve as political appointees of President Barack Obama’s administration. 


Alumni Association MemberPaul Marnecheck, MA ’10, North Royalton, Ohio, wrote, “Our son, Philip Alan Marnecheck II, was born on December 23, 2014.” 


Carrie (Wissinger) Short, MEd, is the associate director of Student Financial Aid at The University of Akron. She and her husband, Ben, reside in Medina, Ohio.


Marling Engle, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, owner of Certified Nerds, a computer sales and repair service in Akron, Ohio, announced that they have been named a 2015 NEO Success Award winner for the second year in a row. The program annually recognizes the top-performing companies in Northeast Ohio, measuring business success in sales, growth and profitability.

Murat Gurer, Cleveland, Ohio, wrote, “My wife and I welcomed our first baby boy, Sedat Ali.”


Dustin Lee, Garfield Heights, Ohio; Jon Jivan ’08, Munroe Falls, Ohio; and Terry Geer ’12, Willoughby, Ohio, are partners in Maple Films, Ltd., a Cleveland, Ohio–based multimedia production company that had three short films chosen for screening at the 39th International Cleveland Film Festival in March. Their documentary, Super Pimp, was awarded the FilmSlam Student Choice Award for Best Short Film, along with a $1,000 cash prize. Visit


Julie Fitzwater Wedding

Julie Fitzwater ’09, Columbus, Ohio, wrote, “On August 8, 2014, my husband, Kevin Pospichel ’10, and I were married at Fred Fuller Park in Kent, Ohio. Kent was the perfect location for our wedding because Kevin and I first met at the Kent State University Student Center. We celebrated our wedding with pictures at the riverfront (including our dog, Balto, and cat, Abraham), and we danced the night away. Kevin and I both graduated from Kent State, and it will forever be a big part of our lives.” Pictured above: Genevieve Okenka, Kelsey Gerbig ’12, Ryan King, Jennifer Fitzwater ’06, Aaron Urchek, Jessica Fitzwater ’10, Greg Pospichel ’03, Kara Pospichel ’05, Ron Dear ’11Jacki Fitzwater ’01 and ’06, Kevin Pospichel, Julie Fitzwater