Summer 2016: 2000s


Teresa Cianchetti, MEd, Munroe Falls, Ohio, a first-grade teacher at Suffield Elementary School in Portage County, received the 2016 Ohio Teacher of the Year award during a surprise assembly at the school in October 2015. She focuses on literacy skills and is described by the school principal as an “amazing teacher” who consistently excels at engaging and empowering students. 

Jayne Juvan, BA, Twinsburg, Ohio, a partner in Roetzel's Cleveland, Ohio, office, has been named a 2016 Ohio Super Lawyer—Rising Star in the field of Mergers & Acquisitions by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine.


Donald Crews, MLIS, Cincinnati, Ohio, wrote: “My first book, Cincinnati’s Freemasons was published by Arcadia Publishing late last year. Told with a combination of text and historic images, it reveals the story of the fraternity’s activities, personalities and buildings in the Queen City.”

Alumni Association MemberVincent Defebo, BS, North Hollywood, Calif., was promoted to production supervisor at Stereo D, the industry leader in theatrical 3D conversion. They recently completed work on Star Wars Episode 7 and this summer’s The BFG, directed by Stephen Speilberg.

Alumni Association MemberPaul Marnecheck, BA, MA ’10, North Royalton, Ohio, wrote: “I was reelected to my fourth term on North Royalton City Council.”


Alumni Association MemberJennifer Carle, BBA, Canal Winchester, Ohio, has been named staff accountant for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF). Carle will work on financial activities for OFBF, Ohio Farm Bureau Development Corporation, Our Ohio, county Farm Bureaus and contractual companies.  

Haraz Ghanbari, BS, Perrysburg, Ohio, director of military and veteran affairs at the University of Toledo and a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, received a 2015 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award presented in September at the 20th Anniversary of the annual 20 Under 40 awards ceremony. He was selected from a field of 148 candidates.


Marling Engle, BS, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, founder and CEO of Metisentry, announced that the company was selected as one of the 2015 Top 25 Coolest Tech Companies in Northeast Ohio by Inside Business magazine.

Alumni Association MemberJanet Gbur, BS, doctoral candidate in materials science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University, was awarded a $10,000 American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International Graduate Scholarship. In addition, she recently was awarded the Ruby Leigh Orgain Founders Grant for $9,000 from the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation. 

Kelly Hirsch, BS, Columbia Station, Ohio, and her sister Katie (Cvijovic) Kekelik, BS ’11, are celebrating the third anniversary of their business, Wicked Sugar Fashion Jewelry & Accessories Boutique, located in Strongsville, Ohio. They recently launched an eCommerce website.

Luigi Russo, MLS, Mantua, Ohio, wrote: “I self-published a poetry book, Zombie Land Poetics, available on Amazon, and I will be donating a copy to KSU’s library.”


Jennifer Bandura, BS, Cleveland, Ohio, married Jerry Bandura on June 28, 2014. They welcomed their first child, Kaitlyn Marie, on their one-year anniversary. Kaitlyn also shares her birthday with her great-grandfather.

Tammi Mackey-Shrum, BA, Canton, Ohio, has joined Historic Zoar Village and Fort Laurens as historic site director. She is a board member for the Tuscarawas County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.  


Taylor (Moss) Brodersen BBA '08

Taylor (Moss) Brodersen, BBA ’08, and Sean Brodersen, BBA ’10, were married on September 12, 2015 at the Barn at Fallingwater. They first met in 2005 at Kent State. Several Kent State alumni attended the wedding. The couple now reside in Raleigh, N.C.


Daniel Alcorn, BGS, Rutland, Vt., is the assistant varsity football coach for Rutland High School. His team won the Vermont Division 1 State Championship on November 7, 2015. RHS has won 18 state D1 Football Championships. 

Brandi Neloms, BS, Charlotte, N.C., announced the launch of Spring Blossoms Agency, a boutique communications firm based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Focusing on strategy, dynamic tactics and real-time analysis, Spring Blossoms Agency uses exceptional communication to elevate brands of all sizes.