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"OHS grads make their mark" 
by Claudine Carlton
Oberlin News-Tribune
 August 21, 2007

To this point, Oberlin High School alumni have been Indians. Henceforth, each new graduate will be an Oberlin Phoenix.

Congratulations to these alumni, who have recently finished college degrees. Sheadric Barbra has completed his doctorate in education at Georgia Southern. His thesis concerned "School Principals' Perceptions of the Impact of Teacher Diversity on Student Achievement." He is an assistant principal at Memorial School in Rockdale, GA.

Jessica Chuang Seeliger has earned her PhD in chemistry at Stanford. Her research was on the photosynthetic reaction center protein in bacteria. She is now doing postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley.

Eli Wood completed his law degree from Marquette in Milwaukee last year. Since then he has earned a Master of Law at American University. He has been working in immigration at the Department of Justice, Washington, DC.

Mary Beth DeChant has completed her master's in environmental science, emphasizing wetlands, at Michigan. She is now working with the Mystic River Environmental Group, Boston. Her sister Annie is a senior compliance specialist for Carolina Health Partners in Charlotte.

Alice Gates has received her master's in social work from Michigan. She is continuing toward her doctorate in sociology. Her brother Chris is a computer systems architect in Ann Arbor.

Kelly Ives has earned her master's in special education administration from Ashland. She works for the Clearview school system. Her father Patrick owns Ives Roofing in Oberlin.

Laura Slocum has completed her master's in higher education administration at Ohio State. Her brother Dr. Chris Slocum is a neonatal pediatrician in Roanoke.

Chloe Ball has earned her bachelor's degree in communications at Hampton. She spent the summer working in Bermuda but is now in New York City pursuing a career in publishing.

David Clark has earned his bachelor's from DeVry Institute of Technology. He works in information technology for Lane Bryant in Columbus.

Jake Culbertson completed his bachelor's degree in anthropology at Colby. He is now in New Zealand for field studies on Maori architecture and land use for his doctorate from University of California, Davis.

Tuan Le earned his bachelor's in economics and chemistry from Santa Clara. He is now working in Silicon Valley. His sister Hahn is a consultant for a Brazilian mining giant on a coal project in Mozambique. Her firm is Strategic International Management.

Tom Saxbe majored in history for his bachelor's from Oberlin. He plans to work for a nonprofit, probably in environmental issues. His brother Bo works for AmGen in Seattle.

Geoff Andrews, Oberlin Schools superintendent, was designated by Converge Magazine as one of 15 U.S. educators who are "Shapers of the Future." Cheryl Brill Lawrie teaches pre-kindergarten at Eastwood. David Jarvin and Rebecca Kanuch Lahetta teach English and social studies, respectively, at OHS.
Judy Arnold Linn sings in Frogtown Winery in Dahlonega, Georgia. Her AFS sister Tsugiko Yamagami Scullion is an advisor to the executive director of the Japan Committee for UNICEF in Tokyo.

John Burgett is an actuary, specializing in retirement plans, who lives in the Washington, D.C. area. Dean Cornwell, PhD in physics from Miami, FL, is a consultant for the Department of Defense. Brian Jaffe is the executive director of the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.

Erika Douglass is working with children at risk for type I diabetes in Seattle. Her brother Ralph works for a financial firm in Manhattan.

Sam Dyson has received a Golden Apple for his teaching of physics at the Walter Payton Preparatory School, a public magnet in Chicago. Having been chosen from more than 800 nominees from high schools in Northern Illinois, he now has a semester sabbatical at Northwestern. In addition, he received a cash award and a laptop. Yeah!

Marshall Gittler is an Asian strategist for Deutsche Bank in Singapore. Robin Pearson is now an international flight attendant for Continental. She is based in Houston.

The Greenberg sisters — psychotherapist Judy and midwife Lisa — work in Seattle. Home health aide Mary Williams Isom lives in Columbus.

Michael Grigsby is a bilingual policeman in Kansas City, Missouri. Karen Wilson is a probation officer for Lorain County Court. Greg White is now a federal attorney in Cleveland. Angela Wu is a lawyer for Legal Aid in Elyria. Eric Helke is teaching fifth grade at a school for the gifted in Virginia Beach. Having served four years in AmeriCorps and its administration, Katherine Patterson is now education manager for life science with Science City at Union Station in Kansas City.

When I read that Rainbow Babies' and Children's Hospital is the best in the Midwest, I think of Dr. Lia Henke Lowrie, who is medical director of pediatrics critical care there. Dr. Genevieve Johnson Steuber, who practices medicine at a clinic for migrant workers in Webster, New York, is also a consultant for the Population Reference Bureau, where her aunt Nancy Yinger works, in Washington, DC. Internist Dr. David DeMarco is practicing in Cincinnati.

Have you heard Andrea Hsu on All Things Considered on National Public Radio? She is a reporter and researcher for that program. Her brother Steve is a lawyer for City Bank in London.

Now let's check in on the Johnson siblings. Danny and David are mortgage brokers in St. Augustine and Atlanta, respectively. Hillary is director of community relations for Heineken in Atlanta. Tommy is senior director of sales for Cyveillance, which monitors the web for fraudsters, identity thieves and other criminals, in Laurel, MD.

Lura Johnson Lee was the pianist for the world premier of “an evolving romance for flute and piano” by Jeffrey Mumford in Utica, NY. Lura has been studying with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. Joe Michaels is doing research in microtonality with Caspar Johannes Walter at the Musikschule in Stuttgart, Germany.
Sebastian Jungschaffer is a house painter with Scott Broadwell. Ron Rimbert is the owner and operator of the 2 Point B taxicab company in Oberlin. Ahmed Tuck is a communication officer in OC security. Derek Tyree is the sous chef at Jefferson 150 in Amherst.

Artist Rachel Kahn has a studio in San Diego. Leah Reeder is the registrar of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. She has completed her four-year term as president of the board of the African American Historical Museum there.

Bob Kretchmar is founder and president of NexJen Technologies, a manufacturer of patent-pending filtration and oil separation equipment for the industrial manufacturing industry, in Cleveland. His father Dick, having studied at Ohio Wesleyan on weekends for four years, is the pastor of Zion United Methodist Church in Elyria. He is also marketing director for a CPA firm.

Jeff Lin is the founder and CEO of Bust Out Solutions in Minneapolis. His sister Monica is a graduate student in higher education at UCLA. Their cousin Charlotte is helping run a salon products distribution company in Taipei, Taiwan.

Eric Longsworth composes and performs on the cello. His home base is near Avignon, France. His sister Margaret teaches violin in Cedarburg, WI. Her husband Rick Flood is president of Solutions in Sustainability LLC, which provides advice on sustainable building practices. Ann Longsworth and her husband the priest of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, serve in Freemont.

Ramsy Mahjoub is a salesman for Cintas. He lives in Baltimore. Christopher Peterson is a producer for Clear, a media research firm, in Manhattan. Jonathan Schoonmaker, as senior vice president for human resources and facilities, has moved to Austin with his company Borland.

Olga Podwalny, now known as Alexandra Leclere, is a clairvoyant energy healer. Her recent book is "Seeing the Dead, Talking with Spirits." This is a fascinating memoir.

Natania Rosenfeld (PhD Princeton) teaches English at Knox College. Jane Sheldon (PhD Michigan, Ann Arbor) is a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, Dearborn.

Kim Smitko Dill spent March and April in Taiwan where she taught English as a second language and improved her grasp of Mandarin. Usually she is a dental hygienist in Cleveland.

Eric von Dorster, who taught English for more than 30 years in Cupertino, CA and France, is now writing novels and nonfiction in France. One novel, as yet unpublished, concerns the 40th anniversary of his 1967 OHS class.

Lisa Walsh is assistant deputy director for mental retardation and developmental disabilities at the Ohio Department of Human Services in Columbus. Her sister Sara is a lawyer in the Treasury Department in Washington, DC.

There is more information about our graduates and their class reunions on www.oberlin-high.org.

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

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