Alumni News


Lorelei (Gaylord) Summerville ’54 (Behrend 1950-51) recently retired from teaching after fifty years in education, first as a high school science teacher, then as a supervisor of science for two counties in Maryland. She is now a consultant to the National Institutes of Health in Baltimore, where she serves as an animal advocate on the Animal Care and Use Committee. She and her husband, Joel Bastow, reside in a retirement community in Silver Spring, Maryland. [email protected]


Richard Irr ’89 is the president and founder of J Cubed Financial Advisory Group, Inc. in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. The firm, which derives its name from Irr’s three sons (Jason, Jake, and Joey) specializes in wealth management was well as retirement planning for small businesses. Irr resides in Moon Township with his wife, Heidi. [email protected]


Christine Lucas ’91 was named regional vice president of underwriting for Erie Insurance’s west region. She joined Erie Insurance in 1991 as an underwriter and advanced to roles in management and leadership, most recently serving as vice president and commercial product manager. [email protected]

Diane Christin Esser ’98 has founded two Erie-based environmental organizations—Plant it Forward Community Tree Planting Initiative and a children’s environmental education program, I Am Planet Kid. She recently finished work on a documentary, The Green Connection Documentary Making a Change for Climate Change & Justice, a film about climate justice and how communities can address it. See Esser’s environmental videos on YouTube (enter “Diane Esser” in search box). [email protected]


Rob Cooney ’01 completed an open water swim race across the Straits of Mackinac between the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan this summer. He reports that it was “fun, but challenging thanks to a side current and waves.” He took second place in his age group and was the twentieth finisher out of 405 swimmers. [email protected]

Eldridge McNair ’04 is working in commercial real estate as a property operations manager at PS Business Parks in Seattle, where he resides with his wife of nearly two years, Anne. [email protected]

Tommy Phillips ’07 is currently working on his fifth sports-related book. Previously published books include “Nifty Nineties: The Stories of an Amazing Decade in Pro Football History,” “Sundays at the Masters: From Jack to Tiger,” “Tribute to Troy: The Stories of USC’s Bowl Victories,” and “Packers vs. 49ers: A Golden Rivalry.” He is an avid Green Bay Packers fan who lives in Pittsburgh. [email protected]

Carl A. Sizer ’11 was recently chosen to receive the Joan M. McLane Recent Alumna/Alumnus Award from Penn State. The award recognizes a recent graduate who has provided exemplary volunteer service to the Penn State Alumni Association. Learn more at