Spring 2017 Alumni Activities

Save the Dates! Carlow University Alumni Weekend is October 6-8, 2017.

For information on upcoming events, visit carlow.edu/alumni.

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Tracy L. Soltesz, PhD ’85 won the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine Educator of the Year Award, presented by the students of the class of 2019. She is a professor of anatomy and teaches gross anatomy and cell and developmental microanatomy.

David A. Bowlin, EdD ’87 completed master’s degree programs in secondary biology education and education administration, as well as a doctoral program in education administration and policy studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently the chief academic officer and superintendent of schools for the Ohio Distance and Learning Academies.


Barbara Hardie Johnson, MEd ’93 was appointed director of workforce diversity and inclusion at Susquehanna University in September 2016. In this role she will engage in strategic efforts in diverse faculty search processes, local partnerships, and employee professional development.

Nikita R. Steals ’98 was named director of human capital at Clearview Group, LLC. In this capacity, Steals will lead the strategic development and execution of Clearview's staffing and recruiting practice.

Carol L. Adams ’99 was honored with the Lifetime Commitment to the Red Cross award at the Eighth Annual Red Cross Heroes Breakfast on September 15, 2016.


Tiffany T. Huff Strothers ’02 published two books, EmpowerMoments: A 31-Day Devotional to Empower the Everyday Woman and 30 Day Stay: A Story of Escaping Death, Healing from Heartbreak and Finding Hope in Homelessness.

Jennifer L. Blumling, MSN, CRNP ’03 graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/MSN program in 2008. She also attained additional certification as a registered nurse first assistant at Delaware County Community College in 2013. Upon graduation from The University of Pennsylvania, she practiced neurosurgery in the Philadelphia area, initially in private practice and then eventually in the Neurocritical Care Intensive Care Unit at The University of Pennsylvania. Since February of 2015, she has been practicing in the inpatient setting with the Department of Neurological Surgery at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.

Sara J. Oliver Carter ’04, ’10 was named the new senior director of talent, diversity, and inclusion at Pennsylvania State University in March 2017. In this role, Oliver Carter will be responsible for successfully identifying, developing, and implementing key talent, diversity, and inclusion initiatives for Penn State.

Pamela Coudriet Arroyo ’06, ’09 transitioned into a new role at UPMC as the program director of nursing talent strategy in May 2017. She will be responsible for providing HR support for the UPMC Center of Nursing Excellence and Schools of Nursing.

Cathy A. Light ’07 was promoted to secretary of the corporation and chief of staff at Carnegie Mellon University. She will oversee the office of the president, coordinate internal and external stakeholder interactions, and support the board of trustees.

Brian P. Maloney ’07 was named operations director at Plum Emergency Medical Services in June 2017.

Robert D. Bowden ’08 was featured in a radio news story as part of the WESA.FM series, “90 Neighborhoods, 90 Good Stories.” The piece highlighted his role in rejuvenating Pittsburgh's Hill District neighborhood as the behavioral health community organizer at FOCUS Pittsburgh.

Janelle Crisp, LPC ’09, ’12 opened a private practice, Crisp Forensic Counseling LLC, in May 2017. Located in downtown Pittsburgh, Crisp Forensic Counseling focuses on bridging the gap between the criminal justice system and mental health treatment.


Melanie Roscoe Browder ’10 graduated in 2013 from the Nurse Anesthesia program at Texas Christian University and was recently named the chief certified registered nurse anesthetist of New Mexico Anesthesia Associates.

Kayla M. Sorgenson, MFA ’10 published her debut full-length poetry collection, First Red (Main Street Rag) in March 2017.

Jennifer Schaeffer ’11 accepted a position as the senior program and operations manager for Strong Women, Strong Girls.

Cheryl R. Sorensen, MBA ’13 started in a new role in May 2017 as the academic records manager at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.

Heather R. Tempest, MSN, BSN, BS, RN ’13, ’17 joined the ranks of the International Nurses Association with a publication in Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. She is a registered nurse serving patients within Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville, Pa. With more than 15 years of experience in nursing, Tempest specializes in critical care, neurological trauma, and intensive care nursing.

Jesse Kisner ’14 teaches art at The Watson Institute in Sewickley, Pa., which recently published an article commending her use of art therapy in the classroom and showcasing students' art achievements at the institute’s annual art show. The article can be found at thewatsoninstitute.org.



Barbara Getsey Palso ’67 welcomed her first grandchild, Theodore Nicholas Palso, on July 15, 2015.

Ruth Ann Roth Nelson ’68 and her husband, Stoddard Nelson, welcomed their first grandchild, Jules Arthur Nelson, on August 3, 2016.

Bernadette Skoczylas ’69 and her husband, Daniel Skoczylas, welcomed their first grandchild, Stanley Lawrence Newman, on April 19, 2017.



Tiffany T. Huff-Strothers ’02 and Travess Strothers were married on March 20, 2017.

Carrie Osborne ’04, ’08 and Greg Osborne were married April 1, 2017.

Shannon James ’07, ’11 and Andrew Hess were married on February 2, 2016.

Gina Capozoli ’08 and Scott Santoro were married on October 25, 2014.

Janelle Crisp, LPC ’09, ’12 and Michelle Sarver were married on March 17, 2017.

Meghan Foy ’10 and Paul Martin were married on October 8, 2016.

Ashley Bodnar ’13 and Michael Temple were married on October 3, 2016.

Emma McCormick ’15 and Joseph Rabel were married August 13, 2016. Joseph is a 2006 graduate of The Campus School of Carlow University.




Dorothy Eckert Cramer ’40, December 17, 2015.

Gertrude Loftis DaParma ’40, August 16, 2016.

Jane Surman Kotnik ’41, October 3, 2015.

Ruth Purcell Neely ’41, May 13, 2017.

Elizabeth Plantes Kodis ’44, March 10, 2017.

Emma Lou Love Sayers ’45, April 18, 2017.

Margaret Hamas Kopay ’46, March 20, 2017.

Joan Schmitt McCafferty ’48, November 26, 2015.



Donna Guiser Sherbine ’50, February 15, 2017.

Sister Anna Neal, RSM ’52, March 15, 2017.

Sister Mary Louise Nash, RSM, PhD ’57, November 19, 2016.

Theresa Grab Giglio ’58, June 5, 2017. 

Margaret Yahner Soisson ’58, June 7, 2017.



Marjorie Brehl ’61, November 25, 2016.

Lois Labik Reppar ’61, July 25, 2016.

Sister Margaret Ritchie, RSM ’61, March 20, 2017.

Sister M. Arthur Tipping ’63, February 27, 2016.

Sister Georgetta Haley, RSM ’64, October 9, 2016.

Joanne Agatha Howe ’64, February 7, 2016.

Judith Hanratty Koehn ’65, October 3, 2016.

Linda Peterlin Isenburg ’66, February 18, 2017.

Kathleen Weyers Monahan, EdD ’66, April 10, 2016.

Thomasina P. Schneider ’67, May 11, 2017.

Marguerite Daly McCleary ’68, November 30, 2015.

Diane Cameron Sullivan ’68, May 17, 2017.



Donna Mae Jaksic ’70, August 6, 2015.

Karen Evans McClure ’70, March 14, 2017.

Colleen Gay Daniels James ’72, July 6, 2015.

Marigail Dougherty Cavolo ’77, March 15, 2015.

Linda Schornagle Lape ’79, July 14, 2017.



Mary Ellen Jeffreys ’81, March 27, 2016.

Gerladine Simonetti ’82, May 24, 2017.

Anne McNeff Brandt ’85, August 16, 2016.


Jean Strock Glontz ’90, August 21, 2016.

Mary Redshaw Burich ’92, April 24, 2017.

Elizabeth Hodgson Wertz Evans, PhD ’93, August 17, 2016.

Mary McFeely Susalla ’94, March 13, 2017.

Kimberly Ann Foley Aloe ’95, January 16, 2016.

Mary Beth Mong Freda ’99, February 8, 2016.



Louise Jeannine Humphreys Zylwitis ’01, January 12, 2017.

Janice Loebig McGrath ’01, ’08, May 20, 2017.



Dawn Huffman Catalano ’10, April 4, 2014.

Mark Gerard Geherin ’13, July 1, 2017.



Dalton Robert Bacco, May 3, 2017.

Lindsey Marie Michaels, September 3, 2017.



Ruth Donnelly Egler, September 3, 2017.

Walter Noll, June 6, 2017.




Lois Brown Gaffney ’41, for the loss of her daughter, Louise Gaffney Gross, May 23, 2016.

Rhodora Jacob Donahue ’47, for the loss of her husband, John F. "Jack" Donahue, May 11, 2017.



Nora Smith O'Mara ’50, for the loss of her sister, Mary Louise Conn, April 17, 2017.

Shirley Phillips Marvin ’56, for the loss of her husband, Frank Richard Marvin, February 18, 2017.

Constance Ruzo Dakmyer ’59, for the loss of her husband, Frederick L. Dankmyer, November 13, 2016.



Carol Ford Haverkamp ’60, for the loss of her husband, Albert D. Haverkamp, MD, January 26, 2017.

Sister Jane Fadgen, RSM ’65, for the loss of her brother, John F. Fadgen, May 28, 2017.

Anita Sammartino Dacal ’69, for the loss of her brother, Ellis Paul Sammartino, June 10, 2017.



Mildred Ankrom Mazgaj ’72, for the loss of her husband, Rev. Marian S. Mazgaj, PhD, April 7, 2016.

Mary Kathleen Scully ’75, for the loss of her mother, Virginia Scully, December 11, 2015.



Mary Rooney Duffy ’88, for the loss of her father, Daniel M. Rooney, April 13, 2017.



Phyllis M. DiNardo Harker ’94, for the loss of her mother, Marie J. Brunetti DiNardo, June 11, 2017.

Teya Kamel ’96, ’16, for the loss of her stepfather, Thomas Magill, March 22, 2017.



Valerie Vivio Phillips Mazza ’00, for the loss of her brother, Joseph Vivio, Jr., October 12, 2016, and her grandmother, Patricia Vivio, April 2, 2017. 



Margaret Swick Haselhoff ’10, for the loss of her father, Lawrence F. Swick, March 30, 2017.

Jean Sant Geherin ’14, for the loss of her husband, Mark Gerard Geherin ’13, July 1, 2017.