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Class Notes (Winter 2013)

Class Notes


Clayton Karambelas '49

Clayton Karambelas ’49 pictured with his wife, Therese.

Clayton Karambelas was presented with the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber’s “Lifetime Ambassador” Award by Wilkes President Patrick Leahy on Nov. 13, 2012 at the chamber’s annual dinner.


Janice Longo has self-published her second children’s book under the pen name Lucia Tuttle. The book, The Monkey & The Donkey, was preceded by There’s a Mouse in the House, published in 2008. Both are written in rhymed verse and teach uplifting lessons. They are available only from the author.


Gary Einhorn is in private practice as a business coach in Ashland, Ore., and also co-facilitates peer discussion groups of business owners.


Martin Naparsteck has a written a book, Sex and Manifest Destiny, studying the role sex played in America’s westward expansion. It was published by McFarland & Company, which also published his previous book, Richard Yates Up Close.


Harold Croom retired from Janko Hospitality, which he founded 13 years ago.

Paula Gilbert Gray, who is a mathematics teacher at Bernards High School in Bernardsville, N.J., was selected as Presidential Scholar Teacher and spent four days in Washington D.C. with fellow honorees from across America. She was also named the Student Council Teacher of the Year at her high school and the National Honor Society’s faculty inductee of the year in 2011.


Roy Getzeoff retired from officiating college football and now officiates at the high school level. He also started his own promotional productions company called Cynsational.

Gary Williams received the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter. The award was presented at the National Philanthropy Day luncheon on Nov. 16, 2012.


Ron Yakus '73

Ron Yakus ’73

Ron Yakus and Susan Rogers were married on May 12, 2012, at Blue Lake Ranch in Hesperus, Colo. Ron is a district sales manager for American Greetings Corp. Susan formerly was employed by Century Link in Durango, Colo. The couple reside in Phoenix, Ariz.


Mandy Williams was spotlighted in the article “Short but Sweet,” in the October 2012 issue of Entrepreneur magazine, focusing on Red & Black Productions, the business she started with her sister. The pair also authored the book What I Learned About Life When My Husband Got Fired. Williams was featured in the summer 2009 Wilkes magazine story about racing her Ferrari on the amateur circuit to raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation.


Dan Cardell '79

Dan Cardell ’79

Dan Cardell completed his goal of running a marathon in each of the 50 states. His 50th marathon was in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

Kathleen Herpich recently accepted the position of principal at Lima Central Catholic in Lima, Ohio.


Maurita (Gries) Elias ’82, MBA ’83

Maurita (Gries) Elias ’82, MBA ’83

Maurita (Gries) Elias ’82, MBA ’83 and her husband, Robert, renewed are pictured in Cinderella’s coach at Walt Disney World. The couple renewed their vows at the Magic Kingdom in 2011 and their ceremony was featured in a Disney World story promoting the park as a location for weddings. Elias and her husband are the owners of Woodhouse Day Spa in Kingston. Other alumni in attendance at the renewal of vows included Elias’ father, Joseph B. Gries ’51, sister Colleen Gries Gallagher ’81, brother Joseph Gries II ’84, Miriam Jeanne Dearden Elias ’55, and Dr. Amy Elias’ 83.


Linda Kelnock '89

Linda Kelnock ’89

Linda (Black) Kelnock competed in the Steamtown Marathon in Scranton, Pa., on Oct. 6, 2012. She ran the race in 4:20:17, a personal best, and wore her Wilkes hat in the race.


Paul Williamson was interviewed in The Times Leader’s “Meet” column, where he talked about his business, WILL-EEZE Speedy Lube, in Wilkes-Barre.


Shannon (Doughton) Kam earned her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Phoenix. She is a curriculum coordinator and data coach for the Hawaii Department of Education and a part-time adjunct for the University of Phoenix College of Natural Sciences.

Susan (Adamchak) Smith recently accepted the position of director – human resources business partner with ADP. She resides in New Jersey.


Debbie Yendrick, who teaches second grade at Lincoln-Hubbard School in Summit, N.J., was named the school’s 2012 Teacher of the Year.


Christina Ortiz Juguilon, completed her emotionally focused therapy training in October 2011 and is a therapist certified by the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy in Ottawa, Canada. Juguilon is employed with the Department of Veterans Affairs as a couples and family therapist. She also works in a group private practice. She lives in Newark, N.J.


Michael T. Beachem IV received a master of education degree in adult and organizational development from the Temple University College of Education at its 2012 May commencement. He also holds a master of arts degree in counselor education from Kean University.

J.J. ‘Fadden and his brother Darron Fadden ’05 launched a new website, USAcigarstore.com

Tara (Wilson) Kinane and Scott Kinane ’99 welcomed a son, Liam Wilson, on July 20, 2012.


Scott Kinane – see 1998

Sarah (Karlavage) Rocchio and her husband, Rob, welcomed a daughter, Rebecca Hope, on April 18, 2012.


Donna Talarico MFA ’10 married Kevin Beerman ’01 on Oct. 1, 2012. They live in Lancaster, Pa.

Thomas Ward made his Two River Theater Company debut as an understudy in their production of Henry V. He performed multiple characters in Act I in both English and French.


Kevin Beerman — see 2000


Sandi Burke Fasset recently became a certified legal nurse consultant.


Melissa (Babcock) Newbury and husband Dan welcomed a daughter, Kylie McKenna, on Sept. 14, 2012.


Melissa Rose welcomed a son, Brandon Christopher, on April 2, 2012.


Darron Fadden – see 1998

Bridget (McHale) Turel MBA ’07 and Josh Turel Pharm.D. ’07 welcomed a son, Aiden Joshua, on May 30, 2012.

Nicole (Ripper) Zeiser and husband Tom welcomed a son, Cole Thomas, on Aug. 10, 2012.


David Gold '06

David Gold ’06

David Gold and wife Rachel (Moskal) Gold ’07 welcomed a daughter, Mallory May, in August 2012. Editor’s note: A class note about the Golds in the fall 2012 Wilkes magazine, which included a photo of their September 2011 wedding, incorrectly identified David as Jeff. We apologize for the error.

Frank Knorek '06

Frank Knorek ’06

Frank Knorek married Krissy Kelmer on June 30, 2012. The couple is pictured on Wilkes-Barre’s River Common.


Rachel (Moskal) Gold  – see 2006


Alison Woody is director of grants and communications at United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania in Scranton, Pa. She previously served as its communications coordinator.


Brian Switay MBA ’12 became Intern Coordinator at the National Society of Leadership and Success in Hoboken, N.J. He currently serves on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Homecoming Committee.

Graduate Degrees


Lisa (Hartman) Nonotti MBA ’07 and husband Tino welcomed a son, Nolan Anthony, on Aug. 14, 2012.

Josh Turel, Pharm.D.  – See 2005


Valerie Breznack, PharmD. ’08, left, made it a family affair on a visit back to campus for the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy’s annual white coat ceremony. All three of her siblings are alumni or current students of Wilkes Nesbitt College of Pharmacy. Pictured from left are Valerie, sister Christina, a P4 student, brother Gregory, a P1 student, brother Daniel, Pharm.D. ’10, and Bernard Graham, dean of the Nesbitt College of Pharmacy and Nursing.

Craig Czury MFA ’08, the Berks County poet laureate from 2010-2012, received the $15,000 F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship to help him finish “Thumb Notes Almanac,” a book of poetry inspired by his experiences hitchhiking in the Marcellus Shale region.


Karen Kaleta Alessi MBA ’09 and Stephen Alessi MBA ’10 welcomed daughters Braelyn Eve and Emma Marie on Sept. 13, 2012.


Stephen Alessi MBA’10 – see Graduate Students 2009

Daniel Braznack Pharm.D ’10 – see Graduate Students 2008


Brian Fanelli MFA ’11 was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his poem, “After Working Hours,” which appeared in Boston Literary Magazine. He entered the doctoral program in English at Binghamton University in January 2013.


Brian Switay MBA’12see undergraduate 2010

Morowa Yejide MFA ’12 has signed a contract with Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, to publish her debut novel, Time of the Locust. The novel is scheduled for release in spring 2014.


Extended Class Notes

Joe Pringle '47

Joe Pringle ’47

Joe Pringle Made Wilkes History By Naming The Colonels

When Joe Pringle ’47 met the Wilkes Colonel in November 2012, it was a meeting long overdue.

Sixty-five years overdue.

Pringle, now 90, made Wilkes history when he submitted the name Colonels as a nickname for the University’s sports teams. He waited a long time to get full credit. Back in 1947, when the Kingston native was attending Wilkes, his English professor required her students to submit names to a contest naming Wilkes athletic teams.

Pringle, who now lives in Wilkes-Barre, left Wilkes in 1949 and over the years, the story of how the athletic teams were named became the stuff of legends.  One of the most popular stories was that Dean George Ralston named the teams, basing it on Kentucky’s Centre College mascot called the “Praying Colonels.”

Pringle says he researched the city of Wilkes-Barre’s history and learned that the city’s namesakes were British Parliament members John Wilkes and Col. Isaac Barre. Inspiration struck and Pringle submitted what turned out to be the winning name – Colonels. His prize was a $25 war bond, presented at an October 1947 dinner dance.

More than 60 years later Pringle attended a veterans’ event at Wilkes and told President Patrick Leahy and Times Leader reporter Bill O’Boyle that he was the one who named the Colonels.  O’Boyle, with a typical reporter’s passion for a good story, sifted through The Beacon archives until he found confirmation in a June 4, 1948 edition, in a column called “Notes on Notes,” penned by Reese Pelton. The column confirmed Pringle’s winning contest entry.

Pringle came to campus to meet the Colonel, gaining official recognition as the man who named him.


Judy Gallagher, second from left, with members of the Hot Flashes rowing team.

Judy Gallagher, second from left, with members of the Hot Flashes rowing team.

Judith Gallagher ’62 Rows Against Aging Stereotypes

Judith Gallagher ’62 wakes up at 5:30 a.m. and drives from her home in Margate, N.J., to Brigantine Island, located just off New Jersey’s Atlantic coast. By 6:30 a.m., she and her friends Kay Papandrew, Roe Burke and Carol Sost launch themselves, in their four-seat rowing boat, known as a quadruple scull, out of a cove on the Brigantine beach.

It’s windy. The winds churn the tides into what Gallagher and her friends have come to call “The Soup Bowl.” Before they can get on with their morning routine, the foursome must cross the “bowl,” which tosses their boat up and down. Once that’s passed, they row the six miles circumference of the island before returning.

In the summer, Gallagher does this four days a week. It’s just practice. She is 71 years old, the eldest member of both The Hot Flashes, the rowing team comprising her and her friends that is part of the Brigantine Rowing Club.

“We’re not super-jocks or anything,” Gallagher says. “We just like to keep healthy and keep doing things.”

Super-jocks or not, The Hot Flashes achievements are considerable. Some of the biggest include first-place wins in races in the 2011 King’s Head Regatta and the 2011, 2010 and 2009 Navy Day Regatta, as well as two bronze medals in the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta and a U.S. Masters National championship in 2000.

Gallagher doesn’t limit herself to rowing. In the winter, her passion for active living sees her trading in oars for skis.

“We have a place in the Poconos, so I go up there a lot. Most people go down to Florida in the winter, but I go up to the Poconos. I love the mountains,” she says. “I belong to the 70+ Ski Club and there are people there who would put me to shame, people in their 80s and 90s who are still skiing to this day.”

Though the Wilkes science major retired from her job as reading curriculum coordinator for the Margate public school system in 2001, she points to her slope-shredding elders as examples of self-actualization at any age.

“You have to keep moving. It’s not always easy when you get older and you wake up in the morning with all the aches and pains. But you have to keep on going through that,” Gallagher says.

“One of the nicest things that I have as the oldest person in the boathouse is seeing all these younger people who want to do new things. It keeps me inspired. It keeps me young.”


Christine Kiesinger '88

Christine Kiesinger ’88

Experience Informs Research For Christine Kiesinger ’98

Keeping professional and personal life separate is standard practice for many. For Christine Kiesinger ’98, personal experience has informed her research.

Kiesinger, a Wilkes communication studies major who received her doctorate from the University of South Florida in 1995, has studied the role of interpersonal communications among those with eating disorders. She isn’t shy about acknowledging the roots of her research.

“I myself struggled with bulimia for a number of years. I decided in graduate school to really take a look at that, academically and theoretically, as a way of understanding myself,” Kiesinger says. “It actually contributed greatly to my own recovery.”

Hoping that her work can also contribute to the recovery of others, Kiesinger — who returned to Wilkes this spring as an instructor — has turned her doctoral dissertation, “Anorexic and Bulimic Lives: Making Sense of Food and Eating,” into a book which has received interest from publishers. She also is considering a possible documentary film project as an expansion of her work.

All these things, Kiesinger notes, are just one aspect of her larger interest in intrafamily dynamics.

“I’ve spent a lot of time looking at family systems in which one member is identified dysfunctional in some way,” she says.

Fittingly, Kiesinger’s own family dynamics are once again at the forefront of her research. Married to a widower with two young children, she’s spent the last few years researching “post-bereaved family systems.”

“That’s a family where one parent has died and a new parent comes into the system,” she explained. “What, if any, responsibility does that parent have in keeping the memory of the deceased parent alive for the children? In many family systems, that doesn’t happen at all; it’s sort of ‘We put that person on the shelf.’ But to really create a family system where kids are going to thrive if they’ve lost a biological parent, in my case, I’ve had to make a real effort at making sure those children know their biological mother.”

In putting so much of her personal experiences into her studies, what does Kiesinger feel is the relationship between the two aspects of her life?

“Looking at various theoretical constructs that address disordered eating and grieving families gives me frameworks from which to better understand the things that I’m living,” she says.



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