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Class Notes - July 2016

  • Elaine J. Anderson (M.Ed., 1966; Ph.D., 1974) retired from the Biology Department at Shippensburg University as Professor Emerita in 2003. She relocated to Provincetown, Massachusetts, and was elected to the Board of Selectmen for two, three-year terms. Dr. Anderson later served on the Provincetown Housing Council, and was also elected to the Housing Authority for a five-year term. Simultaneously, she became a published author of crime novels.
  • Jerry Breshin (Ph.D., 1986) is a realtor with Downing-Frye Realty, Inc., in Florida, serving the Naples, Marco Island, Bonita Beach and Ft. Myers markets. 
  • Karen M. Bussard (M.S., 2002; Ph.D., 2008) was recently promoted to assistant professor (tenure-track) in the Department of Cancer Biology at the Thomas Jefferson University, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Bussard is currently supported by a 5-year K99/R00 Transition to Independence Award from the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute.
  • Shreesh D. Deshpande (Ph.D., 1985) is professor of Finance and department chair (Finance & Real Estate) at the School of Business, University of San Diego, California.
  • Emily M. Hodge (Ph.D., 2015) is an assistant professor of educational leadership at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey.
  • Keith E. Jervis (M.Ed., 1984) returned to Penn State in 2007 as a staff member. In 2013, he was selected as the director of Student Disability Resources. “I have enjoyed the opportunity to interact with faculty in Counselor Education as colleagues, and to lead our office to advocate for students with disabilities,” he wrote.
  • David L. Love (MFA, 1986) received The Barness Chair in the Visual and Performing Arts from Germantown Academy in June 2015. He has taught at the Academy since 2003. Love was also selected for the Pennsylvania Art Education Association’s 2015 Outstanding Non-Public Educator Award.
  • Edward M. McLaughlin (Ph.D., 1999) retired as Academic Dean of Luzerne County (Pennsylvania) Community College over twenty years ago. His areas of responsibility included Business, Engineering, and Information Sciences and Technology. In semi-retirement, he continued to teach until the age of 76 at King’s College and Marywood University in northeastern Pennsylvania. Dr. McLaughlin also was instrumental in the creation of the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority and Mountaintop Area Joint Sanitary Authority, serving as business manager for the former for ten years and executive director of the latter for three years. 
  • Ivelisse Ortiz-Garay (M.Ed., 1996) has been promoted to special projects officer at the Drug Enforcement Administration, Miami Field Division. 
  • Craig Pierson (Ph.D., 1973) was presented the 2016 Billings, Montana, Catholic Schools Educator of the Year Award. 
  • Kevin Rocktaschel (MBA, 2015) was named senior landman at Southwestern Energy in January 2016.  
  • Joseph R. Simoneau (Ph.D., 1975) has published a historical novel, CHEZ FRANCOIS (subtitled: Who Planted Rhubarb on Pa’s Grave?), about the financial, social, and religious struggles of a French Canadian family that emigrates to New England in the early 20th century looking for a better life, while dealing with mischievous children.
  • Jerome H. Zoeller Jr. (M.S., 1985) retired from Texas A&M University in 2001 after working in the processing and basic chemistry of coal and petroleum. He wrote that he looks forward to reading class notes from Fuel Science graduates of the mid-1980s.

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