Alumni News: Class Notes


  • Kathy DeFrances Alward ’79 (Behrend 1975-77) and Clay Alward ’79 (Behrend 1977) live in Henrico, Va. Kathy is director of human resources at Warren Whitney in Richmond. [email protected]


  • Susan Holder ’92 (Behrend 1988-90) is a teacher in the Reading School District. She lives in Royersford. [email protected]
  • Robin Ann Wasko Jones ’94 (Behrend 1990-92) lives in Westmoreland City with her husband, Michael, and son Scott, 15. Robin writes, “I’ve had severe health problems since Scott’s birth and had to retire from my job as a project manager in 2007. I have many wonderful memories of Behrend, especially of the late (academic support programs coordinator) Mari Trenkle, who I still miss. I’m hopeful that my son will go to Behrend in a few years!” [email protected]


  • Jon McLaughlin ’04 is an infrastructure engineer at WakeMed Health and Hospitals in Raleigh, N.C. Jon and his wife, Stacy, live in Clayton. [email protected]
  • Mary Glance ’06 M.B.A. has been named executive director of human resources at Middlesex Community College, one of the largest community colleges in Massachusetts.
  • Eric Brotherson ’08 was promoted to director of business intelligence at Erie Federal Credit Union. He also is a member of the advisory board for the MIS degree program.
  • Nathan Laird ’08, ’09 M.B.A. left health care magazine publisher Merion Matters to join Penn State’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions as a CRM campaign configuration specialist. [email protected]
  • Katherine Redington ’08 lives in Pittsburgh, where she is a contract professional at Bechtel Plant Machinery. [email protected]
  • Julie Plonski Zayac ’10 is a technical writer at The Rainmaker Group in Alpharetta, Ga. [email protected]


  • Caleb Rodgers ’11 is a resident director at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. [email protected]
  • Casey Fye Hedlund ’11, a senior scientist at LORD Corporation in Erie, was honored with a 2017 Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production) Award from STEP Ahead, a national initiative to promote the role of women in manufacturing.
  • Kassandra Barrett Sperdute ’12 lives in New Castle with her husband, Michael. [email protected]
  • Christina Corraini ’14 and Ryan Flaherty ’14 married in November 2016. They live in Jamestown, N.Y, where Chrissy is a senior performance engineer at Cummins and Ryan is a software developer for Highmark Health Solutions. [email protected]
  • Matthew Migdal is a senior data analyst for Broadcast Music Inc. in Nashville. He lives in Mount Juliet. [email protected]
  • Brandt Ruszkiewicz ’15, a doctoral student at Clemson University and graduate research assistant in its International Center for Automotive Research, has been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation, a program that recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in STEM fields. NSF received more than 13,000 applications for this year’s fellowship competition.
  • Nicole Malinowski ’16 has joined the administrative support staff of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. [email protected]
  • Chelsea Stewart ’17 has moved to Omaha, Neb., to join fiancé Bruce Russell ’16. Bruce is a project engineer at Denver Plastics. [email protected]