Mount St. Joseph University

Classnotes Corner

Academics, Alumni & Giving

By: Mark Osborne

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1960s

Elizabeth Bass Okresik ’62 of Dayton, Ohio is a local director of the Child Evangelism Fellowship, an international Christian nonprofit organization with a purpose to evangelize children to promote Christian living.

1970s

Susan M. Gibbons ’78 of Cincinnati, Ohio, a veteran Catholic educator, is the director of educational services and superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. “Susan Gibbons has devoted her entire career to Catholic education in our archdiocese,” said Archbishop Schnurr. “She will be a steady hand as superintendent, just as she was as interim superintendent, insuring that the strong forward movement of our schools will continue.”

1980s

Julie Biermann ’80 of Xenia, Ohio was a winner at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, North Central Division, Buckeye Fuel Wars, at National Trails Raceway. She and her husband, crew chief Tim Gillespie, own a ’68 Pontiac Firebird Stocker, as well as a ’33 Ford Roadster that he races in the Super Gas category.

Cathy Cola Perkins ’81 of Westerville, Ohio, joined Jones, Troyan & Perkins as an attorney after a 32-year career in the Office of the Ohio Attorney General, the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, and the Ohio Department of Transportation, where she served as chief legal counsel and deputy director.

Lisa Gick ’87 of Cleves, Ohio, serves as a coach for WE Succeed through the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce. The three month program is designed help female business executives develop their leadership skills to advance their careers and help build their companies. Gick brings 25 years of corporate experience to the role, most recently as vice president of employee engagement for Macy’s Inc.

2000s

Kenneth Crooks ’05, ’14, of Toledo, Ohio, has joined the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, as the chief operative officer.

Eric Johnson ’03 of Kingsburg, California, is the lead service coordinator and vocational coordinator of the Dream Catcher Program, which provides job opportunities for individuals living with disabilities, including mental health disabilities.

Jeffrey Niederhausen ’03 of Cleves, Ohio, is the chief financial officer of Tech Knowledge Associates, LLC, a startup biomedical/clinical engineering company, based in La Palma, California.

Joseph Hartkemeyer ’04 of Cleves, Ohio is the director of junior tennis for Western Tennis & Fitness Club. He is a certified U.S. Professional Tennis Association professional with experience teaching junior and adult players of all skill levels.

Jason Umberg ’04 of Franklin, Ohio, is the assistant principal at Bishop Fenwick High School in Middletown, Ohio. Jason and his wife, Katie Goldschmidt Umberg ’04, have two children—Drew (6) and Elsie (4).

Jennifer Kidder ’05 of Maineville, Ohio, and her husband, Jason, gave birth to their first child, Chloe Ann, on August 18.

Megan Schlomer Baird ’06 of Cincinnati, Ohio and her husband, Nick, welcomed their first child Maximus (Max) Giovanni Baird on January 3.

Theresa Bill Mongan ’07 and Thomas Mongan ’08 of Cincinnati, Ohio welcomed their first child, Thomas Hupp Mongan III, on June 8.

Natalie Fedasch Postell ’07 of Fairfield, Ohio, and her husband, Mike, welcomed twin boys on February 23. Joshua Michael and Theodore (Theo) Roy join their sisters Madison (7), Emily (4) and Sophia (3). Postell also works at Bethesda North Hospital.

Amanda Jane Hauck ’07 of Sardinia, Ohio married Shane Samuel Fischer on May 14, 2016. The couple honeymooned in Oahu, Hawaii.

2010s

Megan Pena Ferral ’10 of Tempe, Arizona, married Joseph Ferral on February 27 in Phoenix, Arizona. Megan Seta’ 11 was the maid of honor and Peggy Kehayes ’10 was a bridesmaid. Siobhan Ryan ’10 also attended the event.

Colin McSharar ‘11 of Indianapolis, Indiana, is the interim head coach of the women’s lacrosse team at Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana. The former Lions goalie holds the Mount record for wins in a season and total goals against average.

Stephanie Spenny ‘12 of Aurora, Indiana, worked as the technical officials and International Federation services coordinator for goalball at the 2016 Paralympics Games in Rio. She oversaw scheduling, transportation and other logistics for the referees. “It was incredible,” Spenny says. “I met and worked with people for all over the world. Being able to work on such a big event was literally a dream come true.” Back in the U.S., she works as an adaptive cycling program assistant for Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program, a nonprofit that helps people with physical disabilities through sports, fitness and recreation programs.

Collin Brown ’13 of Dayton, Ohio, received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Dayton in 2016. He is now a physical therapist/assistant athletic trainer for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, an NBA Development League team affiliated with the Indiana Pacers.

Erin Bueker Grote ’13 of Cincinnati, Ohio, married Jonathan (Jon) Grote ’11 at St. Williams Church on June 24.

Olivia LaRosa ’16 of Cincinnati, Ohio is a preschool teacher at The Children’s House located in Bridgetown. The Children’s House is a Montessori inspired preschool, daycare and kindergarten with a mission to care for children as young as six weeks and up to sixth grade children.