Class Notes ~ Spring 2023

  • 1941-1989


    Marion A. (Ecker) Painter celebrated her 104th birthday on Sept. 6, 2022. When she was a foreign exchange teacher in Manchester, England, in 1948–49, she had tea with Princess Elizabeth.

    Carol A. (Stiffler) Coughenour


    (PHOTO) Carol A. (Stiffler) Coughenour purchased Juniata shirts for her JC legacy family in September 2019. Three years later, on Dec. 25, 2022, she and her husband were finally able to gather in person with their daughter and three granddaughters. They are Juniata proud! Pictured (l–r) with their legacy shirts are Candice (Coughenour) Hersh, retired associate director of marketing at Juniata, Carol (Stiffler) Coughenour ’60, Jamie (Hersh) Crotsley ’11, Stephanie (Hersh) Rader ’10, Valerie Hersh ’16, and Donald Coughenour ’59.

    Ronald R. Blanck


    (PHOTO) Ronald R. Blanck Lieutenant General, was the focus of an exhibit unveiled by the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley titled “From Ephrata to Three Star General,” which had its official grand opening on July 16, 2022. Ron served in Vietnam, is past commander of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and was the 39th Surgeon General of the U.S. Army. The exhibit tells the story of his life and career, displaying a collection of personal items, photographs, awards, honors, and medals. The exhibit was open through December in the Theodore R. Sprecher Museum in the Connell Mansion. Additionally, in late 2022, Ron was selected by Intealth as Interim President of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research.


    Linda D. (Walters) Simmons retired in 2021 after working for 48 years as a registered medical technologist for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).


    Howard M. Nathan retired in January 2021 as president and CEO of the Gift of Life Donor Program after 43+ years. He has since become executive director of the Transplant Foundation, and the Gift of Life Family House was renamed Gift of Life Howie’s House in his honor. The program also launched Beyond Measure: The Howard M. Nathan Impact Fund benefitting Gift of Life Howie’s House.


    Jeffrey J. Wood was nominated by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to fill an interim duty as Magisterial District Judge in Juniata and Perry counties. He will serve through Dec. 31, 2023.

    Richard A. Smith


    (PHOTO) Richard A. Smith and wife Karen celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary by taking a trip to the Poconos. They were married Aug. 6, 1982, and they have three children and four grandchildren.

    John Kuriyan


    (PHOTO) John Kuriyan was named dean of Vanderbilt School of Medicine Basic Sciences. His appointment was effective Jan. 1, 2023, and he will play a crucial role in advancing the university’s goal of expanding global research impact. John has taught molecular and cell biology and chemistry and is a member of various esteemed science academies and organizations. He is a widely published and cited scholar in his field. John’s research focuses on molecular switches in the cell and drugs used to treat cancer at the molecular level. He has received numerous scientific honors.


    Regina K. (Wood) Pollard retired from Alfred State College (SUNY) in May 2022. She was granted Professor Emeritus status.


    Ronald J. Bowser II received his doctorate degree in divinity in August 2022.


    Jay E. Jones began his 35th year as a full-time appointed clergy in the United Methodist Church. He is serving Trucksville United Methodist Church.

    Michael S. Barnett


    (PHOTO) Michael S. Barnett gathered with friends from the classes of 1988–1990 in Corolla, N.C., for the third consecutive year. All participants enjoyed the reunion and plan to gather again in the fall of 2023. Pictured (l–r) back row: Timothy Wilson ’89, Jonathan Seckinger ’90, Steven Grater ’89, Scott Swartz ’89, Michael Barnett ’89, and Daniel Corazzi ’88. Pictured (l–r) front row: David Fouse ’89 and Christopher Glover ’89.

  • 1990-2009


    Stephanie L. (Smith) Landis is president of the Rotary Club of Boyertown and academy director for STEM Youth Explorer Academy for Rotary District 7430.


    Pamela A. Yanora Hughes was inducted into the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame. At Tunkhannock Area High School, she excelled in basketball, volleyball, and track and field, earning 12 letters overall. At Juniata, she earned three letters in volleyball.


    Jonathan S. Comitz was selected to the 2022 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, an organization of legal excellence. Only the top one percent of attorneys in the country are awarded membership. Jonathan focuses his practice on personal injury cases and commercial disputes.

    Jessica L. (Yutzey) Quinter


    Jessica L. (Yutzey) Quinter was selected to serve as Zone 2 Director for the National Association of Elementary School Principals. She will begin her three-year term in August 2023, serving Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Jessica is currently principal of Park Forest Elementary School in State College.

    Kunio M. Sayanagi started a new position in September 2022 as a research physical scientist at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. His responsibilities include developing new spacecraft designs for exploring planets and moons in our solar system.


    Ray J. Snyder was appointed as an executive board member for the National Association of Dual Diagnosis. His work with individuals with a dual diagnosis started with his human services degree from Juniata.


    Emily M. Coyle received 2023 Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch in America” recognition for her excellence in personal injury litigation.

    Jessica L. (Pritchard) Ickes was promoted to vice president for compliance and accreditation at Florida Institute of Technology in May 2022. She oversees the accreditation, compliance, risk, and legal functions of the university.


    Nicole M. (McLellan) Ayers was selected to be Juniata College’s Director of Athletics. Nikki stated, “This place holds a very special place in my heart, and I am excited to hit the ground running this summer working with the amazing coaches, staff, and student athletes… I firmly believe that our coaches and student athletes have the passion and ability to take Juniata to the next level.” Most recently, she spent six years at Claremont McKenna College, where she was the Associate AD/SWA. In 2018, she was the first soccer player inducted into Juniata’s Sports Hall of Fame.


    Benjamin R. Waxman spoke on campus on Feb. 1, 2023, about how his Juniata education helped lead him to his elected position. Ben was elected to the Pennsylvania State House to represent the 182nd legislative district in Center City Philadelphia in November 2022.


    Johncarlo B. Perna’s company, Hamilton Building Supply, raised $33,747 for Type 1 Diabetes during their November fundraising campaign. The fundraiser supported the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and Hamilton Building Supply matched every dollar donated. John is president and co-owner of the company.

  • 2010-2022


    Evan R. Hughes received his doctorate in applied experimental psychology in the summer of 2022.

    Jessica E. Mauch was named as one of Claims and Litigation Management Alliance’s 2022 Phenoms Under 40.

    Friends from the Class of 2010

    (PHOTO) Friends from the Class of 2010 reunited at the end of summer 2022. Pictured (l–r) are Paul Dennehy ’10, Megan (Peterson) Slocum ’10, Carlee (Dickey) Slocum ’10, Jordan Yeagley ’10, and Danny Reed ’10.


    Vincent R. Knecht graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy’s PharmD program. He also received the Merck Award.

    Ethan V. Wilt

    Ethan V. Wilt has been named chair of the Huntingdon County United Way 2022–23 campaign. He currently serves as first assistant to Huntingdon County District Attorney David Smith ‘89. Ethan selected the campaign theme “Beginning With a Single Step” and said the chairmanship is an honor, stating, “Huntingdon County has been so good to me over the years, and I’m excited for the opportunity to give back.” The official kick off of the campaign was during the annual “Day of Caring” on Sept. 21.


    Brittany N. Meier began working as an insights consultant for Chadwick Martin Bailey on June 27, 2022. She earned her Ph.D. from East Carolina University in December and was named Outstanding Occupational Health Psychology Ph.D. Student (2021–2022).

    Kyle T. Heasley


    (PHOTO) Kyle T. Heasley earned his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. On June 1, he began working as a full-time veterinarian at Town & Country Animal Hospital in Warriors Mark, Pa., where he provides services for large farm animals and small domestic animals.


    Scott M. Rahner Jr. graduated with a master of arts in Reading from Montclair State University and obtained the Reading Specialist certification. He is employed as a middle school special education teacher in the New Providence School District in New Jersey.

    Audrey M. Kulberg


    (PHOTO) Audrey M. Kulberg taught English on a Fulbright grant in Mongolia for the past year.


    Grace G. Cook-Huffman received the annual award from the Huntingdon Branch of the Association of American University Women (AAUW). The award is given every year to a Juniata College senior woman planning to continue her education at the graduate school level. Grace’s future graduate studies will be in communication and higher education.

    Holly E. Uses

    (PHOTO) Holly E. Uses completed the Disney College Program Sales Internship position at Walt Disney World from August 2022 to January 2023.  She worked at 15 locations across Disney property in various merchandise environments and hopes to continue her career with Disney.

Births & Adoptions

Laura H. Gregory ’11 and Gustavo Almaraz Rico are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Lionel David, on April 20, 2022.

Zane Michael

(PHOTO) Sheena Zolla Mandichak ’11 and Ian Mandichak welcomed their son, Zane Michael, on Oct. 9, 2021. Zane joins older sister Reagan.

Erin N. Kreischer ’13 and Sheridan L. Norris ’12 are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Adeline Elwood, on Nov. 10, 2022.


Sarah K. Moryken ’09 and Chris Frech were married Dec. 18, 2021.

Harris E. Cauler ’15 and Joseph D’Ambrosi were married on Dec. 30, 2022.

Brea M. Neri ’15

(PHOTO) Brea M. Neri ’15 and Benjamin Deutsch were married Oct. 8, 2022. In attendance were (l–r) Arielle Maines ’15, Caitlyn Pingatore ’15, Devin Apple ’16, Rachel Murphy ’15, Brea Neri ’15, Clare Lewis ’15, Harris (Cauler) D’Ambrosi ’15, Megan O’Connor ’13, and Laura Bancroft ’15.

James Kollinger ’16

(PHOTO) Brittney E. Marchand ’17 and James R. Kollinger ’16 were married Feb. 6, 2021. Attending the ceremony were (l–r) James Kollinger ’16, Brittney (Marchand) Kollinger ’17, Neal Donovan ’16, and Heather Marra ’17.

Olivia A. Charles-Pike ’20 and Robert Mullins were married June 12, 2022.

I Met an Alum

Sarah E. Bay Nawa ’06

Sarah E. Bay Nawa ’06 and Caitlan M. Zlatos ’06 were hiking on the Appalachian Trail in southern Pennsylvania in October when they ran into Leah J. (Yingling) Antolin ‘06, who was hiking from the opposite direction. The three stayed the night at the same shelter and were able to catch up and reminisce about their time together at Juniata, including living together in Mission House during their senior year.

Erica E. (Kross) Hill ’09

Erica E. (Kross) Hill ’09 met Kate (Leisey) Carbaugh ’02 while attending a wilderness first aid training in October 2022. Erica saw Kate wearing a Juniata College sweatshirt, and the two spent the weekend together bandaging, splinting, and enjoying the great outdoors.

Stephanie M. Letourneau ’20

Stephanie M. Letourneau ’20 met Jon E. Hoey ’07 at Central PA Slamfest in Mifflinburg, Pa.

Holly E. Uses ’22

Holly E. Uses ’22 met Heather M. (Gibney) Ramsey ’04 in a Walt Disney World park. The two shared a good conversation and fun memories of their times at Juniata. Holly has also met other alumni while working at Disney and says, “Interactions like these are one of the many reasons I am proud to be an alum.”

Patricia D. (Stinson) Judd ’63

Patricia D. (Stinson) Judd ’63 met Naomi Radio, Juniata’s head women’s lacrosse coach, and team members while playing at Bridgewater College in March 2022. They met at Smiley’s, a local ice cream shop.

Jeffrey J. Wood ’76

Jeffrey J. Wood ’76 met Telah Zinobile ’23 while vacationing at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. He was signing the guest registry at The Chapel of the Transfiguration and noted Telah and her family were also from Pennsylvania. The two quickly made their shared Juniata College connection.

Gail E. (Zimmerman) Wills ’78

Gail E. (Zimmerman) Wills ’78, daughter of Francis Zimmerman ’54 and Shirley (Nell) Zimmerman ’52, met Jane Allen Schlamowitz, daughter of Arthur Allen ’52 and Dorothy (Hummer) Allen ’52. The two bonded over their mothers’ 67-year long friendship, as well as their decades-long participation with nine other Juniata women in a Round Robin chain letter. These alumni included Marjorie (Seidel) Kochard ’52, Lois (Robinson) Darby ’52, Lois (Miller) McDowell ’52, Jo Ann (Barksdale) Calderwood ’52, Ruth (Armentrout) Felix ’52, Mary Lou (McKee) Landes ’52, Kay (Wright) Oliver ’52, Sarah (Keller) Ayers ’52, and Miriam (Smith) Wetzel ’52.