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]


Tom Wood ’63 (Behrend 1958-60) is a retired senior vice president at Capital One Bank. He and Carol have downsized from their 6,800 sq. ft. historic home in Magnolia, Miss., to a more manageable ranch in Hammond, La., to be closer to one of their daughters and two of their four grandsons. Prior to the move, Tom was an alumni admissions volunteer for Penn State. [email protected]


Bob Carter ’95, ’03 M.B.A., relocated to Raleigh, N.C., to become the business development manager for engineered foams at global plastics manufacturer Armacell. [email protected]

Crystal Brown-Battle ’99 (Behrend 1995-97) has published the book “If Passports Could Talk,” a memoir of her travels in 60 countries available on Amazon and Bookbaby. Crystal lives in Attleboro, Mass., with her husband, Trevor; follow her on Instagram at crystalbattle2018. [email protected]

J. Brian Foht ’98 (Behrend 1992-94) owns Foht Investments, a real-estate investment firm in Erie and Naples, Fla., specializing in affordable and luxury properties. [email protected]


Kara Holden Onorato ’00 is the CFO at Unity Health Care in Washington, D.C. She is an active volunteer, advocate, and fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in memory of her daughter, Sonny, who passed away at age 20 from acute myeloid leukemia. [email protected]

Doug Davidowski ’02 is a product engineering manager for commercial products at JCB North America. He managed the 2017 JCB Team of the Year, which designed the world’s first telescopic single-arm skid steer and compact track loader. Doug and his wife, Leslie ’04, live in Pooler, Ga. [email protected]

Krista Mikula Shore ’07 and Michael Shore ’06 are engineers at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Va. They live in Fredericksburg with their 2-year-old son, Kristopher. [email protected]

Kristen Pivarnik ’08 is the accounting and budget manager for the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office in Pittsburgh. [email protected]


Jeff McCausland ’10 and Marie Ebner McCausland ’12 (Behrend 2008-10) are both postdoctoral research fellows in Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine. They live in Cleveland with their son, Jeffrey. [email protected]

Chris Desmond ’13 has been promoted to business development manager at ARC Group Worldwide, working on new-product development for plastics products and metal injection molding. Chris lives in Longmont, Colo. [email protected]

Jeremy O’Mard ’13 recently was promoted to managing consultant at IBM and to the rank of captain in the Maryland Defense Force. He lives in Upper Marlboro. [email protected]

Josh McAleer ’15 is a data and analytics specialist in the underwriting division of Erie Insurance.