1983 Class Notes

Briana Powers Bayer, ’83, 43715 Morland Place, Leesburg, VA 20176, is a homemaker. She volunteers at school and church. She has traveled to Europe and Alaska. She is married to Thomas.

Heather Howard Bloom, ’83, 875 Sherwood Rd., Muskegon, MI 49441, is the owner and travel specialist of West Michigan Dive Center, which she runs out of her home. She was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in January 2008. She is now in remission, awaiting follow-up treatments. Heather has traveled to Mexico, the Caribbean, Indonesia, Fiji, Galapagos, Australia, and Papua New Guinea. She and her husband, Dan, have been married for 22 years. They have two sons.

Lori Kline Closson, ’83, 536 Cosmopolitan, Marshall, MI 49068, works in logistics as a team manager at Kellogg’s. She has traveled to the Canadian Rockies, Yellowstone National Park, Maine, and Germany. She has two children.

Sue Sparling Collins, ’83, 872 Arboretum Dr., Saline, MI 48176, is a staff writer for two weekly newspapers, the Saline Reporter and the Milan News-Leader. She was involved with Saline Katrina Relief, which included an auction of unique doghouses painted by local artists, to fund a Habitat for Humanity house near hurricane-ravaged New Orleans. She is also involved with the Saline Parks Commission. Sue visits Bay View every summer to visit with Nancy Rousseau Lindsay, ’83. She and her husband, Jim, celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows with their children and friends.

Carolyn Dressell Cregar, ’83, 439 N. Main St., Romeo, MI 48065. is an eighth grade teacher at Oxford Middle School. She earned her master’s degree in education leadership from Saginaw Valley State University in 2007. She and her husband, Michael, have two children.

Elise Guidobono Guidos, ’83, 4601 Ardmore Dr., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302, is a volunteer at her children’s schools and for their sports teams. She has been involved with her son’s lacrosse team for eight years. She is currently the Lahser High School boys’ lacrosse boosters president. Elise and her husband have traveled to Rome, Amalfi Coast, Sicily, Greece, and Istanbul, all with her college roommates Leslie Benser Luciani, ’83, and Cheryl Nephew Jaquiss, ’83, and their spouses. She and her husband, Stephen, have been married for 24 years and have four children.

Sue Neely Hagedorn, ’83, 4140 Emerson St., Skokie, IL 60076, is a homemaker. President of the PTA, she is also a tutor to an elementary school classroom and a room parent at her children’s elementary school. Sue is also involved with her church, working on the staff-parish relations board, teaching Sunday school, and serving as a youth group leader. She has traveled to Zion National Park in Utah, Colorado, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. She gets together every summer with five of her Albion friends. She and her husband, Jim, have been married for 20 years. They have two children.

B. Timothy Hartson, ’83, 8324 Hawkshead, Byron Center, MI 49315, is the owner of Par Five Golf Group Inc., a golf course management company. He is also an assistant varsity football coach at Lakeview High School in Battle Creek. In 2007, he traveled to Hawaii and to the 2007 Olympic Track and Field Trials in Oregon. He and his wife, Jody, were married in 2007.

Rodney Howard, ’83, 1130 Delaware St., Berkeley, CA 94702-1620, founded a consultancy called The Synectic Group, focused on elevating performance in team-based work and targets. He is a member of the executive board for the Berkeley (CA) Chamber of Commerce. Rodney was a board member for The Center for BioEthics and Culture in Oakland, CA. In 2006, he took a sabbatical from his company and moved his family to live in Olympic National Forest in Washington for six months. He and his wife, Laura, spent 10 days in Shanghai in 2007. He has also traveled to Indonesia. They have been married for 23 years. They have eight children.

Ronald Jones and Jody Vander Yacht, both ’83, 1283 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca, NY 14850, are both involved in local youth theater, including mentoring an all-youth Shakespeare Company. Ronald is a math teacher at Ithaca High School. He is also active in church choirs. Jody is in charge of development for the professional Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca.

John Key, ’83, 7733 Sandy Hollow Lane, Alto, MI 49302, is a physician and cardiologist with West Michigan Heart and an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Michigan State University. John was named Teacher of the Year by Metro Health Hospital and Garden City Hospital. He is a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. John also helps his wife, Jolene, with hosting a quarterly blood drive at church. He and his wife have five children, including Lauren Baker, ’08.

Mike Kosiara, ’83, 357 North First St., Rogers City, MI 49779, is a teacher and varsity football coach at Rogers City High School. He took a Mabinogian Tour of Wales in 2006. He is married to Anne.

Frederick Kraft, ’83, 360 Chandler, Romeo, MI 48065, has been teaching fifth grade for 12 years. He previously worked in sales. He and his wife, Susan Bishop Kraft, ’81, have two children, Fred Kraft, ’09, and Elizabeth Kraft, ’12.

William Kriekard, ’83, 1555 Dogwood Dr., Portage, MI 49024, is an attorney. He has a daughter.

Debra Caudel Lipp, ’83, 3828 Knollwood Dr., Birmingham, AL 35243, does contract work developing and editing Web-based training programs for several companies. She and her mother own Ta Bom’ Jewelry Designs, which sells handmade jewelry. Her husband, Eric Lipp, ’82, is senior vice president of development for Welden-Field Inc., a development company. They are involved in the local schools and sports organizations. Their youngest daughter was diagnosed with type 1 juvenile diabetes in 2007. Their family volunteers to mentor newly diagnosed patients and their families as they adjust to the rigors of managing this disease. They created a team to walk in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk for a Cure. They have visited Pennsylvania, Utah, New York, Wyoming, and Washington. They moved from Philadelphia to Birmingham in 2007. They have four children.

Desie Mehrabian, ’83, 2442 Briarwood Dr., San Jose, CA 95125, is a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator. She works for a non-profit agency that plans diabetes camp and community outreach activities. She previously ran the diabetes education program at a local hospital. She volunteers for Our City Forest, a local urban forest agency, and at her son’s school. Desie previously worked as a tutor for a library literacy program. She has traveled to Moscow, Athens, and Mazatlan. She and her husband, Mark TenBrink, have adopted two sons from Russia.

Jeffery Mills, ’83, 1224 Crystal Pointe Circle, Fenton, MI 48430, is a high school social studies teacher. He is married to Allyson.

David Musselman, ’83, 39 Stonybrook Lane, Shrewsbury, MA 01545, is vice president and general counsel for International Power America Inc., where he has worked for five years. He is a member of All Saints Church, an Episcopal Church in Worchester, MA. David was recently elected to the Town Democratic Committee for Shrewsbury. He earned his M.B.A. from Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in 2001. He and his wife, Johanna, traveled to England and Scotland. They have a daughter.

Connie Kuhn Pelton, ’83, 3260 Kernway Court, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304, is a volunteer at school and church. She attends the Explorers’ Bible study at First United Methodist Church in Birmingham. Connie is a homemaker. Her family traveled to New York City this summer by way of Cooperstown. She and her husband, Eric, have been married for 17 years. They have four children.

Laurie Pohl, ’83, 3B Wadden Court, Marblehead, MA 01945, is the vice president for enrollment and student affairs at Boston University, where she has worked since 2003. After earning a Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry, she spent 15 years working at the University of Virginia. Laurie is working on her master’s degree at Boston University. She splits her time between Boston and Marblehead.

Kellie Evans Rao, ’83, 1614 Redbud Dr., Troy, MI 48098, is a music teacher at St. Hugo of the Hills in Bloomfield Hills and is also a music minister at St. Rita in Holly. Kellie gives private voice, piano, and guitar lessons. She has traveled to Europe and Mexico. She will earn her bachelor’s degree in music from Oakland University in 2009. Her husband, Duane, passed away in 2007. She has two children.

Melany Pirkle Raubolt, ’83, 1732 Charlton, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, is a full-time mom and a pediatric nurse practitioner. She is the representative for the Ann Arbor Parent Advisory Committee. Melany is also a member of the Washtenaw County Autism Society and P.E.O. She has traveled to Georgia and Oregon, as well as Russia and Guatemala. She and her husband, Joseph, have two sons.

Nancy Micali Rotatori, ’83, 1727 Barcelona Way, Winter Park, FL 32789, is a homemaker and sales representative for Jofit Inc. She is involved with Lake Highland Prep. Nancy traveled to Thailand for the International Children’s Games and to Germany for German Master’s Golf. She has also traveled to Italy. She is co-director of Flashes of Hope, and is involved with the Morning Star School Auxiliary and the Orlando chapter of Shepard’s Hope. She and her husband, Scott, have been married for 20 years and have four children.

Amy Evans Rullo, ’83, 2535 Pershing Oaks Place, Orlando, FL 32806, is a national account consultant for Southern Wine and Spirits. She helps with her daughter’s church day care group. She travels to Wyoming and Cape Cod on alternating summers. Amy and her husband, Tom, have a daughter.

Valerie Kostrzeba Sheridan, ’83, 4764 South Pay Dirt, Gold Canyon, AZ 85218, is a physician and general surgeon. She is currently on the board for the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. Valerie and her husband, Michael, are active with their church. They have organized a “Teen Center Night” and also travel with the church youth group on their mission trips. They helped people following Hurricane Katrina in Bay St. Louis, MS, and also in Grand Junction, CO. They are active with their boys’ school activities. They have traveled to Mexico, Great Britain, the Caribbean, and throughout the United States. They have been married for 23 years and have three sons.

Jennifer Fought Souder, ’83, 937 Brook St., Elgin, IL 60120-2101, is a performance improvement consultant with United Health Group. She is on the board for Play for Peace, a global organization focused on teaching people to be leaders for peace and how to live and play together in creating more peaceful communities. Jennifer also plays the French horn in the Fox Valley Concert Band, for which she is board president. She is also active with Bethlehem Brass, a not-for-profit quintet with a focus on supporting local service groups’ fund-raising efforts. Her home was selected to be part of Elgin’s 2008 Historic House Walk. She is married to Don.

George Sterling, ’83, 2460 E. Bellerive Place, Chandler, AZ 85249, is a district sales manager for Siemens Building Technologies Inc. The family moved to Arizona in 2007. They are involved with East Valley Bible Church in Gilbert, AZ. He and his wife, Kari Zamarron Sterling, ’86, are both involved with the school boosters program. They have traveled to Hawaii and San Diego. They have four children.

Glenn Storie, ’83, 622 Grant St., Atlanta, GA 30312, works for The Winston Team Inc., part of RE/MAX. He frequently travels to Europe, including France. He is also currently searching the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica for an ocean front home. Glenn and his partner have been together for nearly 25 years.

Anne Baker Tuccillo, ’83, 8257 Colling Ridge Court, Alexandria, VA 22308, is a senior analyst for federal student aid at the U.S. Department of Education, where she has worked for 24 years. She counsels families on the complexities of applying for federal student aid. Anne initiated a special-needs Boy Scout troop in her community. She also raises awareness and funds for mitochondrial disease as a board member for the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. She and her husband, Robert, have been married for almost 20 years. They have two children.

Ginny Sullivan VanBlaricom, ’83, 5323 Sand Lily Dr., Naperville, IL 60564, is a stay-at-home mom. She volunteers at her children’s schools, her church, a homeless shelter, and a world food organization. She and her husband, Patrick, have three children.

Kathy Jo Misner VanderLaan, ’83, 425 W. Grove St., Greenville, MI 48838, is the executive director of the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber won the Small Chamber of the Year award from the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Executives in 2006. Kathy Jo is on the board of the Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity chapter. She is also treasurer of Greenville First United Methodist Church. She was named Greenville Woman of the Year in 1996. She and her husband, Jim, have been married for 25 years, and they have two children.

Barbara Weiskittel, ’83, 14 Sycamore Lane, Randolph, NJ 07869, is a director for new products in global human health at Merck and Co. Inc. She has worked globally, including in Asia-Pacific, to help bring new pharmaceutical advances to patients, providers, and colleagues.

Paul Wilkins, ’83, 330 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236, and his wife, Ann, were married in 1986. They have four sons.

William Zenoniani II, ’83, 607 Fitch St., Albion, MI 49224, is an assembly person and line supervisor for Advanced Fuel Components. He is treasurer for Knights of Columbus Council #5255 and Albion Right to Life. He has traveled to Washington, D.C., Florida, and South Carolina. William and his wife, Laurene Ruggie Zenoniani, ’81, have been married for 24 years.