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"Reunion Organizers Get it Together" 
by Claudine Carlton
Oberlin News-Tribune
November 18, 2000

A special thanks goes to OHS graduate Allyson Grills who retired this fall after 30 years of service to the Oberlin Schools.  As secretary to many superintendents, it was she who provided continuity in that office.  Her dedication professionalism have served our community well.

Bravo to Sid Comings and Sally Harris, who organized the OHS Class of '65 reunion.  Sid is a receptionist at the Lorain County Metroparks and a teacher of English at LCCC, and Sally, a counselor at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor.

Glenn Hodge is area manager for General Motors Corporation, based in Parma.  His wife Sandy Favor is the owner of Hodge Enterprises, a counsulting firm which does human resource development and training.

Phyllis Hasenpflug is a stay-at-home mom in Sylvania.  Marty Kelly is executive director of Girl Scouts, Erie Shores, with headquarters in Lorain, but with service for  five counties.

It was good to see  Bill Laughlin, who lives in Youngstown. Mike Loflin, who recently completed his MBA at Kent State, is in charge of vendor relations for Express Seed of Oberlin.

Carl Schwinn is an associate professor of economics at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.  Libby Smith is an integrative arts therapist for severely emotionally disturbed children, K-12, in Traverse City, Michigan.  She uses music, movement, drama and art.  In Lorain, Janine Thompson is an evangelist. 

Now let us turn to the Class of '90 reunion.  There are three public school teachers—Meisha Baker, 6th grade, Lorain; Bay Marshall, 1st grade, Columbus; and Kurt Russell, history, OHS.  Rosa Knight Gadsden is an assistant teacher at Head Start, Oberlin.

Shari Sherrard Bartisch owns the Windmill Country Store in Oberlin. Sunny Birney is an independent educational consultant in Lorain County. Her brother Scott is director of logistics at U . S. Garden Sales in Warrensville Heights.

Bruce Colbert is working at White Springs while applying for a pastoral ministry position. Peter Comings writes for Gaylord Herald Times in Michigan.

Shannon Curtis is inventory department manager for Best Buy, Parma. Her sister Meredith is billing manager for EcuStay of Marriott in Columbus

Jayme Emerich is project coordinator for national accounts for Black Box in Cleveland.  Her sister Jenney, is merchandising supervisor for the ice hockey team the Blue Jackets in Columbus. In North Ridgeville Adam Freas is a police officer.  His wife Heidi Wessell is an occupational therapist at Welcome Nursing Home, Oberlin.

Heather Muro is national sales coordinator for Hirsch International, a textile company.  Her brother Sam owns Samuel's Olde Timber Workshop, at which he refinishes antiques and builds custom furniture.

Alisha Nolan is a certified public accountant for Ridge Tool in Elyria.  Her sister Carrie works in customer service for Diamond Products while attending Baldwin-Wallace.

Leah Young and Nick Roche manage the Maple Grove Apartments here.  Leah is also a secretary in the cardiac unit of Elyria Memorial Hospital, and Nick, a cabinet maker at East Oberlin Cabinets.

Heather Spiegelberg is a paramedic in the Columbus area.  Two grads are stay-at-home moms,   Kelly Cunningham Verda in Oberlin and Karen Adkins Wright, Ashland.

Much appreciation goes to the reunion organizers— Adam, Bruce, Heather, Jayme, Kelly, Kurt, and Meisha.

There is more news of other graduates.  Gina Baker is a survivor specialist with the policemen's and firemen's disabilities and pension fund of Ohio, with offices in Columbus.  Her brother Greg is the assistant safety director for Cincinnati. 

Alice Gates is an immigration researcher for the AFL-CIO in Oregon. Her brother Chris is teaching computer technology at  Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor.

Here is a report on the Hoover siblings. Andrea teaches kindergarten in Tucumcari, New Mexico.  Brett works in maintenance for the City of Orrville.  Candace is in furniture and interior design in Denver.  Doug is a dentist in Oxford, Ohio.  Robin is an x-ray technician at Oberlin Medical Center.

Lura Johnson is working on a graduate performance degree in piano in the studio of Robert McDonald, formerly of the OC Conservatory, at Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore.  Tommy Johnson is director of sales for Cyveillance, which deals with e-business intellige and strategic analysis, in Washington, D.C.

In San Francisco, Chris Jones is working in software creation for the startup SSB Technologies. Ramsy Mahjoub is now a national account representative for Black & Decker. His responsibility include 20 Home Depot stores in mid-Atlantic states.

Joana Miranda is a violist at Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Her sister Marta is a research associate for World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C. Frequently she travels to South America to discuss mining and other environmental issues with government officials.

Elsa Pearson is working at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency in Oakland. Jim Reynolds is a psychologist in Syracuse. His sister Judy Mackness is an English professor at Mt. Union.

Jerry Russell is a social worker in Columbus, whereas his brother Tim reads grant proposals for the Sara Lee Foundation in Chicago.

Michael Schwartz is teaching sound engineering and editing and video production at the Seattle Insitute of Art. His brother Steve is a musician in the Los Angeles area.

Tim Schoonmaker, special agent for the Drug Enforcement Agency, is now working out of Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Greg White was recently reelected Lorain County prosecutor.

Andre Willis is teaching in the philosophical studies department of Fairfield University in Connecticut, while he completes his doctoral thesis in the philosophy of religion at Harvard.

Margaret Young is supervising KIDS smART, a Nord Family Foundation grant to integrate the arts into the preschool curriculum at the Oberlin Early Childhood Center. Her brother Newell is a social worker at an out-patient center in Boston, where he is also an actor.

Al Goerlich, OHS '60, has alerted me that there is an OHS alumni website (www.oberlin-high.org). If you and/or your classmates are interesed in being included, you can contact him at goerlich@gte.net.

My columns are based on direct contact with OHS graduates or their close family relatives. If you would like to be included, please send me an e-mail telling me about yourself. My next OHS graduates column is scheduled for June.

OHS graduates, keep your news coming to
Claudine Carlton
143 Kendal, Oberlin,
(440) 774-6542.

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