Alumni News


Ronald Young ’57 (Behrend 1950-51) and Dorothy Hughes Young ’57 are retired and living in Sun City West, Arizona. Ron writes that he would love to hear from other Behrend students from the early ’50s. [email protected]


Douglas Cook ’62, who lives in Sarasota, Fla., also would like to hear from his Behrend classmates. [email protected]


Barry Westcott ’94 is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry and the associate dean of the School of Engineering, Science, and Technology at Central Connecticut State University.
Jennifer Heilman ’96 is the marketing manager for small aerospace and industrial products at Arconic in Cleveland; she’s also a writer and recently completed her master’s degree in professional writing at Chatham University. Jennifer lives in Parma, Ohio. [email protected]
Jason Geer ’97 is a manufacturing engineer at Greenleaf Corp. who writes that “it was one of the best experiences of my life to get my education at Behrend. My class was the first to [graduate from] the accredited Electrical Engineering program and we are all proud of that…go Class of 1997!” Jason and his wife, Melissa, live in Meadville. [email protected]


Dana Williams Smith ’03 is an IT project manager at Penn State’s University Park campus. She and her husband, Carl, are the new parents of a future Penn Stater: CharlotteMae Jayne was born September 7, 2017. [email protected]
Ana Filcheva ’08 is a senior financial analyst at Unicredit Bulbank in Sofia, Bulgaria. Ana lives in Sofia with her husband, Diliyan Lazarov. [email protected]
Scott Jackson ’09 is a salesperson at Ed Shults in Warren. He and his wife, Amanda, live in Titusville. [email protected]
Adam ’09 and Nicole Kaschauer Wingertsahn ’09 live in Carnegie. Adam is a planning manager at McKamish Inc. [email protected]
Justin ’09, ’15 M.B.A. and Brittany Bennett Ford ’10 may have relocated to Lewisville, Texas, but Justin writes that they are still raising their two sons and daughter to be future Penn Staters. Justin is an engineering manager for Siemens and Brittany is a kindergarten teacher. [email protected]


Jeremy Gurdak ’11 recently was hired by Oracle Data Cloud as a consultant on the partner solutions team overseeing the Pinterest partnership. Jeremy lives in Denver. [email protected]
Shannon Strong Maines ’11 is the curriculum manager at Bryant & Stratton College. She lives in Lockport, N.Y., with her husband, Drew ’11 [email protected]
Patrick St. Andrews ’12, ’13 M.B.A. was promoted from video coordinator to assistant coach of the Atlanta Hawks.
Michael Soprano ’13 is a teacher in the Corry Area School District. [email protected]
Paul Lukasik ’15 is a digital project manager at General Electric. Paul recently moved to Frankfurt, Germany, to launch a data analytics project for locomotives used in Germany, France, Poland, and the UK. [email protected]
Kyle Peterson ’15 is a third-year J.D. student in the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a member of the school’s Health Law Program. He will sit for the Pennsylvania bar exam in July. [email protected]
Andrew Lesko ’16 is an operations research analyst at Systems Planning and Analysis Inc. in Alexandria, Va. He lives in Arlington. [email protected]
Brooke Colley ’17 is an engineering manager at Matco Tools in Lakewood, N.Y. Brooke and her husband, Kevin, live in Jamestown. broo[email protected]
Ciara Cox ’17 is a laboratory technician at RETAL Industries in Washington, Pa. [email protected]
Robert Gorka ’17 lives in Erie, where he is an associate IT analyst at Erie Insurance. [email protected]
Paolo Maressa-Yamamoto ’17 works for Morgan Stanley in Las Vegas. [email protected]
Ryan Naylor ’17 is a global technology and operations auditor for Bank of America in Charlotte. [email protected]
Chelsea Stewart ’17 and Bruce Russell ’16 live in Omaha, Neb., where Chelsea works as a digital marketing strategist at Omaha Media Group and Bruce is a production manager at Denver Plastics. [email protected]