Class Notes

July 30th, 2013 Posted in Class notes/In memoriam

Martin E. Mohler (’73 LAW) was elected to become the Ohio State Bar Association’s president at the Ohio State Bar Association. He took office as president on July 1. He is a partner in the Toledo firm of Shindler, Neff, Holmes, Worline and Mohler, LLP.

Dr. Helen Marlais (’87 A/S) is on tour this summer in South Korea, Italy, and the southern United States. Helen is an associate professor of music at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich.

Steve Rhodes (’85 Univ Coll, ’91 MBA) was selected as the new CEO at CHELCO Electric Cooperative in DeFuniak Springs, Fla. CHELCO is an electric utility serving 44,000 homes and businesses in the Destin, Fla., area. He previously held the position of president and CEO at Kosciusko Electric Cooperative in Warsaw, Ind., since 2003.

*Ken Alexander, R.Ph., Ph.D. (’81 Ed Spec) is the recipient of the 2013 Bowl of Hygenia Award for outstanding service to his community. The award is presented annually to honor a pharmacist who has contributed to the progress of his/her community within the state of Ohio. A faculty member in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences since 1972, he resides in Lambertville, Mich.

Martino Harmon (’87 Bus, ’98 MEd) has been named associate vice president for student affairs at Iowa State University. Previously, he was the executive director of student success and retention at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

**Robert Shindell (’95 Ed, ’02 MA) recently graduated from Texas Tech University with his Ph.D. in higher education administration. He was a 2005 recipient of the Edward H. Schmidt Young Alum of the Year award from The University of Toledo Alumni Association.

Jenifer A. Belt (’95 LAW) was awarded the Order of the Heel award presented by the Toledo Junior Bar Association. This award is presented to a member of the Bar who has given most unselfishly of his or her time, talents and energies to assist young lawyers. She is a partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo, Ohio.

Vanessa Painter (’98 Ed) had her hand-stamped, sterling silver flowering branch mom necklace included in a collaborative swag bag. The bags were prepared by The Artisan Group for some of Hollywood’s most talked about mothers and moms-to-be, including Shakira, Claire Danes, Jessica Simpson, Megan Fox, Jennifer Nettles and many others. The bags were distributed for Mother’s Day. Her shop can be found at

FINK Mark Fink (’99 MEd, ’07 PhD) has been promoted to associate vice president for online education in the division of education outreach at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.


FINK Kirk T. Sprague (’04 Eng) was promoted in the firm of Westlake Reed Leskosky for recognition of his design and technical excellence and superior project implementation that enhanced the firm’s fully integrated design services.

Julie Rubini, a current UT student, is being honored with the Outstanding Scholar Award for The College of Adult and Lifelong Learning. Julie’s oldest child passed away 12 years ago at the age of 10 due to a misdiagnosed heart condition. In order to help herself cope with the loss, Julie founded a non-profit called Claire’s Day in honor of her daughter, Claire. It is held at the Maumee Library each year, and over 5,000 people benefit from northwest Ohio’s largest free book festival. Through her work with Claire’s Day, Julie was also commissioned to write a children’s book, “Hidden Ohio,” which was published three years ago. Please read more at

Marriages & unions
Denise (Orphey) Mueller (’94 A/S, ’99 LAW) and Jerry Stollings (’99 LAW) were married on May 26, 2013 at The Claddagh at Polaris. They live in Upper Arlington, Ohio and they honeymooned in Ireland in June. Jerry is entering his second year at Methodist Theological School in Ohio earning a Master of Arts in counseling ministries – addiction track and a master’s in theology. He also practices law part-time. Denise is the managing attorney for Student Legal Services at The Ohio State University.

Shawnee Schleappi, a current UT student, and Brandon Maertin (’09 Bus) were married on June 15 at Kingwood Center in Mansfield, Ohio. schlaeppi maertin

Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends
William F. Brandel, Toledo at 89. He was a Satellites Auxiliary volunteer and for 20 years he distributed communion at the hospital.

Leona F. Restorick, Canal Fulton, Ohio at 93. She volunteered at MCO as a member of the Satellites Auxiliary.

*Gene McMorgan, Scottsdale, Ariz. at 82.

Doris Stifel (’45 A/S), Toledo at 89.

Joseph Mennitt (’49 Eng), Toledo at 89.

Charles Gustafson (’49 Eng), Raleigh N.C. at 88.

William Sigler (’48 Eng), North Fort Myers, Fla. at 89.

Marian Rogers (’46 Ed), Toledo at 95.

F. Cory (’56 Eng), Maumee, Ohio at 80.

Richard Morris (’54 Bus), Elgin, S.C. at 81.

Allen Durbin (’51 Eng), Toledo at 86.

John Cohen (’53 A/S), Toledo at 88.

Nancy Gear (’52 Edu), Cincinnati, Ohio at 82.

Douglas Dietrich (’53 A/S), Toledo at 82.

Robert Ochs (’59 A/S), Naples, Fla. at 76.

William Durham (’59 Bus), Dallas, Texas at 77.

Sue Schramm (’69 UTCTC), Chatham, Ill. at 65.

Don Stambaugh (’64 A/S), Toledo at 86.

Emma Senn (att. in ’66, ’87 Univ Coll), Toledo at 71.

M. Donald Carmin (’65 Law), Toledo at 80.

Charles Leech (’69 MA), Gambier, Ohio at 82.

Mary Backensto (’68 Ed), Carlsbad, Calif. at 66.

William G. Weissenberger (’64 Bus), San Rafael, Calif. at 70.

Carol Wagner (’77 UTCTC), Maumee, Ohio at 57.

Mamie Graham (’73 MEd), Holland, Ohio at 83.

*Robert Williams (’79 Ed Spec), Toledo at 81.

Jeffrey Long (’77 Ed, ’82 MEd), Sylvania, Ohio at 57.

**Richard Prutow (’76 MED), San Diego, Calif. at 71.

Randolph Rudes (’76 Univ Coll), Martin, Ohio at 66.

Michael Calmes (’74 Univ Coll), Maumee, Ohio at 63.

*Matthew Matell (’78 Univ Coll), Toledo at 62.

James Hite (’74 Bus, ’75 MBA), Strongsville, Ohio at 61.

Kyle Fair (’74 Ed, ’89 MBA), Whitehouse, Ohio at 61.

James Wietrzykowski (’84 UTCTC), Gahanna, Ohio at 66.

Fr. Scott Carroll (’89 Ed, ’98 MA), Saint Meinrad, Ind. at 46.

Gretchen Watson (’81 UTCTC, ’89 Univ Coll), Sylvania, Ohio at 54.

Linda Damon (’87 UTCTC), Jenison, Mich. at 67.

Marilyn Williams-Bayer (’85 MEd), Hillsdale, Mich. at 77.

Timothy Steward (’86 MEd), Toledo at 54.

Andrew Hart (’97 A/S, ’97 A/S, ’01 LAW), Bowling Green, Ohio at 38.

Steven Schmidt (’96 Univ Coll), Toledo at 35.

Lisa Guerrero (’90 A/S), Graytown, Ohio at 45.

Fred Tschanz (’00 Eng), Olmsted Falls, Ohio at 24.

Douglas Rhoades (’03 Eng), Fremont, Ohio at 33.

Lisa Terry (’00 Bus), Lambertville, Mich. at 51.

*Annual Alumni Association Member
**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

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