Thomas D. Trzcinski ’73 Bus, owner and lead designer of Kitchen & Bath Concepts of Pittsburgh, LLC, is the only Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer in the Pittsburgh area. He has received 11 first-place National Kitchen and Bath Association National Design Awards. He is a member of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board and the Beaver Campaign Steering Committee.
Sherman E. Hostetter ’77 Bus is the owner of Sherman Hostetter Auctioneers in Beaver Falls and is a full-time auctioneer and real estate broker licensed in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.
Lisa (Custard) Majerchik ’78 H&HD retired from her career as an RN and CNOR-certified surgical nurse in April 2012 following the death of her husband, Nicholas Majerchik ’79 Eng, in May 2011. Nicholas, who built his career at PPG Industries, had most recently worked on the glass used for New York City’s new One World Trade Center. The couple met at Beaver campus in 1975 in a sociology class taught by the late Dr. Robert Devine.
Cindy (Duganich) Hovanec ’79 Lib is a consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics and owner of Cleaning by Cindy. She and her husband, Steve Hovanec ’80 Eng, are the parents of Stephen, Nicholas and Kelsey Anne.
William Macon ’79 Eng is vice president of Michael Baker Jr. Inc. and a retired Air Force colonel. He and his wife, Sally D. Macon, also a retired Air Force colonel, live in San Antonio, Texas.
Susan (Grau) Orochena ’79 A&A is a mortgage loan consultant for SunTrust Mortgage, Rockville, Md.
Daniel L. Sheets ’79 Eng is president of Lubrizol Additives, The Lubrizol Corp., in Wickliffe, Ohio. The company is one of the world’s leading suppliers of specialty chemicals for the transportation, industrial and consumer markets.
Joseph Naughton ’82 Ag is the lead designer for all sales and use tax software and data products for CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business. He has also been an adjunct instructor in accounting at Baruch College — The City University of New York since 2007.
Louise Hiwiller ’83 Nur, ’97 MEd is a business advisor for Enterprise Intelligence, McKesson Provider Technologies; a mentor who teaches online credit courses for the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing at Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, N.J., and a volunteer in the surgical waiting room at Heritage Valley Health System’s Sewickley campus.
Graham H. Smith Jr. ’83 Eng, ’06 MEng is a senior development engineer/signal integrity engineer for TE Connectivity/Aerospace Defense and Marine Division. After 30 years with the Pennsylvania Air National Guard-211th Engineering Installation Squadron, he retired as lieutenant colonel commander in March. He lives in Mechanicsburg and has two sons, Graham III, 18, and Brandon, 15. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Mary Catherine (Gray) Kiliany ’86 Lib is a lecturer in English and coordinator of communications skills placement and assessment at Robert Morris University, where she received a master’s degree in instructional leadership in 1996. She and her husband, Regis P. Kiliany Jr., are the parents of Caitlin Mary, 11.
Diane (Barna) Canning ’87 Bus is an internal auditor with West Penn Allegheny Health System and a Certified Treasury Professional.
Lewis M. Farkas ’87 Bus is senior analyst and study director, Department of Defense, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. He received a master’s degree in systems management from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1997.
Steve Frauenheim ’87 EMS is manager of the Business Information Group, Edison Electric Institute, in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Susan, live in Herndon, Va., with sons John, 16, and Ryan, 11. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tom Day ’88 Bus is CEO of West Point Products, a U.S.-based manufacturer and distributor of consumable supplies for the printing and imaging industry that employs 550 people. Last year he established Day Capital Group, a private equity fund. He is a member of the board of directors and executive committee for the Imaging Technology Council and serves on the advisory board of GeoSpatial Innovations. Tom and his wife, Michelle (Bower) Day ’89 Eng, met at Beaver campus and live in Washington, Pa. They have two children, both of whom attend Penn State.
Greg Cerminara ’89 Eng is assistant vice president at Michael Baker Jr. Inc. and vice president of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board.
Julian E. Gray ’91 Lib is the founder and managing attorney of Julian Gray Associates, the largest elder care law practice in western Pennsylvania. He was the campus commencement speaker in May 2012.
Reed Hankinson ’92 Edu is director of programs for EduLink Inc., an educational consulting and technology company he co-founded in 1998. Hankinson and his wife, Mandy, live in Cranberry Township with their children, Benjamin, Carson, and Reagan. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
George Logue ’92 Sci is owner and CEO of Devware Technology Inc, Pittsburgh. He and his wife, Leah, have three children: Jackie, 24; William, 22, a Penn State student, and Tyler, 18, and a granddaughter, Adrianna, 4. The couple lives in Moon Township. Contact Logue at 412-253-0602 (office), 412-977-7494 (cell), or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael Botte ’93 Eng is associate director of sales for EMD Millipore Corp., Billerica, Mass. The company is a division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. He and his wife, Jodi (Petrillo) Botte ’93 Lib, were married in 1995, have a 7-year-old daughter, Teya, and live near Philadelphia.
David Carlin ’93 Eng is a technical sales representative for Ribelin Sales Inc. and has traveled through Europe, Asia, South America and North America. He and his wife, Jessica Carlin ’95 Com, have been married for 11 years and own a side business of purchasing distressed properties to renovate into modern rentals. They live in Atlanta.
Craig Hanselman ’93 Bus is CEO/Owner of TremTek, Palm Beach, Fla., an online advertising space company specializing in email. He and his wife are parents of Mia and Chase, 9-month-old twins. Contact him at chanselman@TremTek.com or 561-864-3378.
Donna Newell ’93 Eng, ’96 MEng is principal owner and president of NTM Engineering, Dillsburg, which specializes in water resources and structural engineering and engineering course development and instruction. She was the speaker at the Beaver campus fall 2012 commencement.
Sean Strickland ’93 Bus has been head men’s basketball coach and assistant director of athletics, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, for three years. He and his wife, Tracy (Penson) Strickland ’94 Eng, have five children: Taryn, 13; Trey, 8; Tayton, 6; Tyler, 3; and Troy, 3 months.
Michael Lambert ’94 Eng is senior engineer, Fluid Systems and Turbine-Generator Engineering, Westinghouse Electric Co. He and his wife have a 15-year-old son and a daughter, 13, and live in Saxonburg.
Leigh Ann (Paich) Sobzack ’94 Bus is a CPA and manager of Lally & Co., LLC, Pittsburgh.
David Tomich ’94 Sci is a doctor of osteopathy and chief of medicine at Chandler Regional Medical Center, Chandler, Ariz. He graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is part owner of Alliance Hospitals, Phoenix, Ariz. He and his wife, Rosanne, were married in 2012.
Cynthia Hamlin ’95 Bus is a financial consultant for Investors Group Financial Services Inc. of Winnipeg, Canada, where she works with women and companies owned by women. Hamlin earned an M.B.A. at Utica College of Syracuse University in New York and lives in Toronto, Canada.
Kirk List ’95 Bus is first vice president and branch manager for Stifel Nicolaus Co. Inc., Beaver, and assisted with last year’s opening of the company’s office in Green Tree. He assists individuals and businesses in designing and monitoring investments in retirement and estate plans.
Jill Ciciarelli ’97 Lib is a holistic health coach, founder and owner of First Comes Health, and author of “Fermented: A Four Season Approach to Paleo Probiotic Foods,” which is an educational guide and cookbook focused on the health benefits of fermented foods. Victory Belt Publishing will release the book Aug. 6 to all major books retailers. She is also an Italian language teacher.
Matt Ciciarelli ’98 Lib is assistant vice president for Pershing LLC. He and his wife, Julie ’99 H&HD, live in Willow Grove with their children Aaron, 5, and Faith, 3.
David Smarrelli, CLU ’98 Eng is a financial advisor with Smarrelli Financial/MassMutual, Pittsburgh, and can be contacted at www.smarrellifinancial.com or 412-562-4457.
Jeremy Lindner ’00 Bus, is director of Housing and Food Services at Penn State Beaver. He and his wife, Aubre ’09 MEd, are the parents of Tessa, 6, and Libby, 3.
Melissa (Tomich) Smith ’01 Eng works for GHD, an engineering, architecture, and environmental consulting firm in Harrisburg that serves global markets of water, environment, transportation, energy and resources, and property and buildings. Her husband, Chris Smith ’06 MEng, is employed by Modjeski and Masters Inc., Mechanicsburg, one of the world’s largest bridge engineering firms.
Nicole Wilson ’02 Com is a professional development coordinator for the Pittsburgh office of Reed Smith, a global law firm. She designs and facilitates continuing education courses for attorneys and paralegals. In December she received a master’s degree in instructional leadership from Robert Morris University and holds a certificate in human resources management from Penn State Continuing Education. Wilson is also a volunteer facilitator for The Highmark Caring Place, Warrendale, which aids grieving children and families.
Elizabeth M. (Foley) Zona ’02 Sci is an anesthesiologist in the West Penn Allegheny Health System Anesthesia Department, Forbes regional campus. She and Christopher Zona ’03 Bus, a customer service manager at Bayer MaterialScience, were married in 2005 and have a 19-month-old son, Zachary. Zona was the Beaver campus commencement speaker in May.
Anthony Budris ’03 Lib was named police services supervisor at Penn State Beaver in January 2012. He was a police officer at Penn State Mont Alto for five years before transferring to Beaver in 2009. He is a 2003 graduate of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Police Academy.
Shawntaye Scott ’03 IST recently completed the Health Information Technology certificate program at the Community College of Allegheny County, Boyce campus. In May she completed the Master of Education program in Teaching English as a Second Language at Concordia University.
Justin Vendemia ’03 Eng is an automation project engineer at Harsco Metals Americas, Cranberry Township, where his duties include electrical power and controls design and project management. He recently received the Harsco Continuous Improvement Certification for Proficiency in Lean Methodology and Problem Solving.
Tina (Mancini) Altman ’05 H&HD is a kindergarten teacher at Baden Academy Charter School and lives in Center Township. In 2008 she received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in elementary education from California University of Pennsylvania.
Kate Hertneky ’05 Sci is a technical service representative for DuPont in Wilmington, Del. Since 2007 she has also worked for StudyPoint as an in-home tutor in high school mathematics, chemistry, and test preparation. In addition, she is in her fifth consecutive year as a volunteer fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen 3Day event.
Eric McIntosh ’05 Bus is director of human resources for UPMC International & Commercial Services Division and UPMC Cancer Center. He was featured in the International Business section of the “Pittsburgh Thought Leaders” article in Pittsburgh magazine, October 2012. He and his wife, Jamie, live with their daughter, Samantha, in Beaver.
Jaskaran Singh Oberoi ’05 Bus is co-owner of Temple Clothing Inc., Boston. He and his wife were married in India last year.
Erik Savini ’05 IST is senior IT project coordinator for ANH Refractories, Moon Township. He also owns Savini Realty and is a part-time firearms instructor and range safety officer.
Jessica (Leuthold) Young ’06 Lib and Josh Young ’06 Lib live and work in Peoria, Ill. Both obtained advanced degrees from Duquesne University. Jessica is a corporate attorney with Advanced Correctional Healthcare and holds a juris doctorate. Josh is a mental health therapist for the Children’s Home and holds a master of education in community counseling.
John Elsman ’07 Lib is director of marketing for Sincerely Yogurt, a Pittsburgh-based company with eight locations and plans to expand.
Casey Fenton ’07 Com is a communications assistant for The Steel Recycling Institute, a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute. He lives in Crescent Township.
Michael Mancini ’07 Bus is a B2B Sales Consultant at Staples Business Advantage.
Vicki Viskovicz ’07 Lib is a therapeutic staff support for Family Behavioral Resources in Somerset, Pa. She works with special needs children, including those with autism, bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and attention deficit disorder. She is pursuing a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy at Seton Hill University.
Suzann (Salo) Charlton ’08 Bus is accounting manager/franchise support for CSI Corporate Security and Investigations, Monaca, and lives with her husband, Lee, stepdaughter, Hannah, and son, Grant, in Oakdale.
Justin M. Chrobak ’08 Bus is the owner and operator of Krobs Klassics LLC, which buys and sells classic cars to clients in the United States and abroad, including Germany, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Sweden. He lives in Sarasota, Fla.
Rhiana Hertneky ’08 Bus is a sales operations leader at AT&T headquarters, Dallas, Texas, and is enrolled in the master’s degree program in the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement at Duquesne University. She received the 2012 Rookie Award from Habitat for Humanity, Dallas Chapter, and is one of several AT&T employees eligible for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Christopher Bowyer ’09 Com is a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.and is stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Fla., where he’s training to be an air battle manager.
Cynthia Brown ’09 Lib is a therapist for Gateway Rehabilitation Center’s Extended Care Services-Halfway House, where she provides substance abuse therapy and support for adult men in an inpatient facility. She is also co-owner and operator of Keystone Kettle Korn, Monaca.
Heather (Moore) Herstine ’09 Lib received a master’s degree in secondary English from Slippery Rock University in 2011, the same year she married Ryan Herstine, an IT associate for Frank Furher Wholesale. She is a substitute teacher at Beaver Area High School, a private tutor at Laughlin Children’s Center in Sewickley, an adjunct faculty member at Pittsburgh Technical Institute, and owner of That Girl, an independent distributor of Premier Designs jewelry. Contact her via Facebook or LinkedIn, or email email@example.com.
Melissa Swoager ’09 Bus is an executive team leader of sales floor/guest experience for Target.
Dustin Baxa ’10 IST is an intelligence analyst II at Bayer MaterialScience and is enrolled in Penn State’s master of business administration program.
Rachel Blick ’10 Lib is a milieu therapist at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, General Adult Inpatient Services Division, UPMC Pittsburgh, and is enrolled in Chatham University’s doctoral program in counseling psychology.
Matt Jones ’10 Com is a freelance writer for the Beaver County Times and e-commerce content coordinator for Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Stephanie Shearer ’10 Lib is a human resources assistant for Godiva Chocolatier, Reading, Pa.
Matt Strope ’10 Bus is manager of analytics-loss prevention for Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Elizabeth Vincenti ’10 Bus married Dave
Kremin on Oct. 27, 2012.
Seth Edwards ’11 Bus and Jennifer Hain ’10 Com moved from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles, where Edwards is a professional recruiter for Maxim Healthcare Staffing. In February Hain founded A Breath of Fresh Air, a Facebook site that provides inspirational news, comments, and advice.
Alexa J. Farrell ’11 Com is a human resources specialist in the HR1 Solution Center, which she helped to launch for Thermo Fisher Scientific, Pittsburgh.
Jason A. Magnotte ’11 Bus was named project manager for ECM Solutions Group, LLC, in May. He is assistant to the COO and chief engineer. In addition, he is an Apple certified Macintosh technician and is pursuing a master’s degree in management information systems from Colorado State University.
Gary Miller ’11 Com is a producer at WBVP and WMBA radio stations in Beaver Falls and a board operator for CBS Radio Pittsburgh, where he oversees operations for The Fan(93.7fm), Y108fm, and Star 100.7fm.
Lucas Morack ’11 Bus is a guest services representative at the Courtyard by Marriott Pittsburgh North and owner of The DJ Booth.
Justin Parasida ’11 Com works in sales at Bisco Industries in Pittsburgh. He married Amanda Boswell in May 2011.
Megan Platz ’11 Nur is a trauma/transplant neuro nurse specializing in neurosurgery at UPMC Presbyterian. She also has a primary role in research projects involving brain and spinal cord trauma and works with patient care, positioning, and the innovation of minimally invasive cranial and spinal surgery.
Maria Shamsi ’11 Bus is a management assistant at Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s McCandless Township office, where she handles sales and customer service. Previously she worked in Enterprise’s Cranberry Township and Pittsburgh International Airport offices.
Dana Sklack ’11 Com is pursuing a master’s degree in international journalism with a focus on television and entertainment from City University London. In April she was a guest speaker at Beaver’s welcome dinner for students who have been accepted to Penn State.
Ashley Stansfield ’11 Com is a deduction analyst in the Credit and Finance Department of Eaton Corp., Moon Township office, headquarters for the Eaton’s Electrical Division. She married Jeffrey Peternel in May, and they have a 15-month-old daughter, Jaelyn Elizabeth Peternel.
Justin A. Vorbach ’11 Bus joined Penn State Beaver as an admissions counselor in November. Previously, he spent a year as an undergraduate enrollment counselor and recruiter at Penn State New Kensington. He is also a freelance photographer for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Kim Aurin-Davies ’12 Bus is controller for GPX Inc. and owner/manager of K&D Accounting Services, LLC. She and her husband are the parents of Clinton, 21; Kyle, 18, and Kayla, 16. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jessica Bartges ’12 Lib is a corrections monitor for Gateway Rehab-Sheffield, where she works with the female inpatient, work release, and parole violator programs. Contact her at email@example.com.
Matthew Collingwood ’12 Lib is a customer service representative with United States Investigation Services and plans to apply to law school. He and his girlfriend, Kaylin Clingensmith, are expecting their first child, Maxwell, in June.
Valerie Cycholl ’12 IST is an operating systems engineer at UPMC and a newly elected member of the Board of Directors, Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association. In February she was the guest speaker at Beaver’s welcome dinner for students who have been accepted to Penn State.
Nicole DeFerrari ’12 Lib is pursuing a master’s degree in sport psychology from Chatham University, where she also works as a research assistant. She works part-time at the YMCA as a youth and teen instructor for hockey, basketball and flag football.
Roger Garza ’12 IST is a software engineer for UPMC’s Technology Development Center in Pittsburgh. He and his wife, Jody, who also attended Beaver, live with their 5-year-old son, Ryan, in the North Hills.
Amy Green ’12 Com is an adoption counselor for Animal Friends, Pittsburgh. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elizabeth Hain ’12 Com is a senior team lead at Target Corp. in North Fayette Township.
Trey W. Hudspeth ’12 Com is a human resources representative at Sears in Center Township.
Julie Leeper ’12 Com is an agent, producer, and customer service representative for Farmers Insurance and assisted in opening the company’s Bridgeville office in January. Her job includes sales, prospecting new clients, and coordinating daily maintenance of existing clients’ policies and inquiries.
Scott O’Hara ’12 Lib is a youth caseworker for juveniles at Adelphoi Village, Rochester. He has a son, Ryan Michael, 25. Contact him at 724-683-5118 or email@example.com.
Jessica Sassic ’12 Sci is a laboratory manager and research technician with the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.
Taylor Voss ’12 Lib is a legal advocate for Crisis Center North, a domestic violence awareness and prevention agency in Pittsburgh that offers a variety of services, including counseling, court accompaniment, and a 24-hour hotline.
George E. Zeranick Jr. ’12 Bus works in customer service in the Coil Coatings Division at CENTRIA’s Ambridge plant. The company is headquartered in Moon Township. He and his wife, a nurse for Heritage Valley Health System, Beaver, live in Center Township and have two children, George III, 4, and Ashtyn, 10, who plans to study nursing at Penn State.
Steven J. Dusicsko ’13 Bus is employed in the GE Commercial Leadership Program in the Erie area. He will work in various areas of business sales and marketing in four six-month rotations. In April he was a guest speaker at Beaver’s welcome dinner for students who have been accepted to Penn State.
Stories inside the 2013 Edition of Nittany News
- Alumni Information
- Penn State Beaver Alumni Society
- Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association