Alumni News


Alan Wnuk ’62 has retired after a long career with GTE. Al and his wife, Mary Alice, met at a Behrend social gathering; they celebrated their 56th anniversary in September. Al and Mary Alice have lived in four states and now reside in Ormond Beach, Fla. [email protected]


Edmund Fratus ’76 and his wife, LaRonda, recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. After decades as a field service engineer, Edmund writes that he is “working on my own invention. Just installed my idea at a test site and awaiting results.” [email protected]


Gina Halkias Goth ’81, ’91 (Behrend 1977-79) has been a licensed professional counselor in private practice for over 30 years and, at times, teaches in the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, Helmut; they enjoy traveling to visit family in Greece, Italy, and Germany. [email protected]
Tim McIntyre ’85 (Behrend 1981-83) is sales and marketing manager at P&C Replacement Windows in Pittsburgh. “I have great memories of Behrend, great friends and great times,” Tim writes. “Playing intramural sports, lobby dances in Niagara, off-campus parties, movies in the RUB, working in Dobbins Hall and great teachers who were always there to help.” [email protected]


Christopher Mong ’90 has been named the City of Erie’s director of economic and community development.
Patrick Wilczynski ’92 is vice president for coated paperboard at International Paper. He lives in Memphis with his wife, Jennifer. [email protected]
Daniel DiNardo ’95 is a regional program manager for Eaton Corp.’s electrical sector. Daniel lives in Youngstown, Ohio. [email protected]
Shawn Eakin ’97 is an engineer at Century Drive Systems. Shawn and his wife, Keri, live in Franklin. [email protected]


Meisha Freeborough ’01 is a disclosure desk analyst at NVR Mortgage. She lives in South Park with her son, Noah, and boyfriend, DJ Haddad; the trio enjoys hiking with their newly adopted dog, Valentino. [email protected]
Melissa Huffman Deremer ’04 and her husband, Dave, are new parents: David William was born in June. Melissa is manager of executive recruiting at Schneider Downs Staffing in Pittsburgh. [email protected]
Jessica Sarver ’05 is an assistant professor of chemistry at Westminster College in New Wilmington. She earned her doctoral degree at the University of Pittsburgh.
Jean Roos Schnur ’05 and her husband, Carl Schnur ’06, moved to Leesburg, Va., last October. They have three children, Jackson, 6, Tenley, 5, and Bennett, 1. [email protected]
Joell Sperry ’06 was honored with the Lois Schweikart O’Dell Anchor Award at Alpha Sigma Tau sorority’s national convention in June. The award honored Joell’s dedication to both Behrend’s undergraduate chapter and to the Baltimore Alumnae Chapter, for which she’s organized food drives and helped to fund an undergraduate scholarship. Joell is a senior accountant at Legg Mason in Edgewood, Md.
Eric Baker ’07 is a mortgage closing coordinator at Community Bank in Olean, N.Y. [email protected]
Casandra Sheldon Bardsley ’07 was named to Products Finishing magazine’s 40 Under 40 list of young professionals who are shaping the future of the finishing industry. Cassie is manager of materials and compliance at Erie Plating Co. [email protected]
Paul Swiderski ’08 is channel marketing manager at Take-Two Interactive in New York City. [email protected]
Allison Babish Peters ’09 and Jeff Peters ’10 welcomed future Penn Stater Logan Grant on Oct. 4. The family lives in McKees Rocks. [email protected]


Jacob Dolecki ’10, ’14 is a reactor operator licensing examiner for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Rockville, Md. Jake and his wife, Tomi, live in Germantown with their 2-year-old daughter, Amelia. [email protected]
Danielle McFadden Bemis ’11 and Ryan Bemis ’09 are the proud new parents of baby Rylee, born April 16. Both work at Erie Insurance; Danielle is a personal lines underwriter and Ryan is a product configuration specialist in personal lines product development. [email protected]
Bradley Bush ’11 is a senior drilling supervisor at ExxonMobil working on a joint venture in Abu Dhabi, UAE. [email protected]
Andrew Blake Kittridge ’12 is an associate mechanical engineer at Philips Respironics. He lives in Oakmont. [email protected]
Ashley Burns ’13 has completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice-Family Nurse Practitioner degree at the University of Pittsburgh. She is now a cardiology nurse practitioner at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. [email protected]
Joshua Sadowy ’13 is a production supervisor at Welch’s Foods in North East. [email protected]
Emily Savage ’13 and Stefan Gracik ’12 , ’14 were married in May and now live in Oakland, Calif. Emily is head microbiologist for CW Analytical, a quality assurance laboratory for medical cannabis. Stefan, who earned his M.S. in mechanical engineering at the University Park campus, is a licensed professional engineer and energy analyst for Integral Group. [email protected]
Breanne Bachovchin ’14 lives in Spring, Texas. She is an associate at Alliantgroup in Houston. [email protected]
Nicholas Evers ’15 now works as procurement coordinator in the Chicago headquarters of The Gettys Group, an international hotel design firm. [email protected]
Jarett Thompson ’15 is mechanical engineer at Sensus in DuBois. [email protected]
Joseph Calabro ’16 is a project accountant at Unified Door and Hardware Group in Pennsauken, N.J. Joe lives in Mullica Hill. [email protected]
Matthew Popovich ’16 is a software engineer at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems in Linthicum Heights, Md. He’s pursuing a M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from Johns Hopkins. [email protected]

Former soccer player Taylor Troyan ’16 was a conference nominee for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.