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'75 After 19 years as a faculty member in Penn State's department of architectural engineering, directing what many consider the top program in illumination engineering in the country, Dr. Craig A. Bernecker has left teaching to accept a joint administrative position with Penn State and Albright College in Reading, Pa., in which he is exploring opportunities for public universities and private colleges to create partnerships. He and his wife of four years, Gwen, have a lovely blended family with three children: Samantha, 12; Jacob, 11; and, most recently, Nathaniel, born Nov. 17, 1999. Craig Staller presented a voice recital at Messiah Lutheran Church, Harrisburg, Pa., in September as a fund raiser for Operation Scarlet, the Chinese Shar-Pei Rescue Organization of Lancaster, Pa. Craig and his partner, Douglas Bonsall, have adopted two shar-pei from Operation Scarlet into their Dauphin, Pa., home. Craig is an associate director for the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania where he is responsible for print and website communications, event coordination and network development. In June, Jeannette Tobing married Barry Johnson; they live in Wethersfield, Conn., and enjoy travel, music and the outdoors. Jeannette is director of construction services for Community Renewal Team, Hartford, Conn., where she oversees facilities management mostly for real estate development and construction. In September, Christine Ward Garrison, Ph.D., became the marketing coordinator for the YMCA of Vineland, N.J. Previously, she was senior public relations specialist at South Jersey Hospital; prior to that, she was Newcomb Medical Center's associate vice president for community services. A Cumberland County native, Christine has been a member of the Cumberland County College Board of Trustees since 1996. She is a member of the American Heart Association's local board. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.Ed. from West Chester University.
'76 Eric Lund, president of Maryland-based Lund Media Ventures, has launched the company's third upscale regional lifestyle magazine. Lehigh Valley Style, which debuted in September, is a bi-monthly publication with a focus on home and garden, travel and gourmet food and includes a 60-day calendar of Valley-wide events. Eric writes, "It's a wonderful way to stay in touch with the Lehigh Valley." For more information, visit www.lehighvalleystyle.com. In June, Michael Pocalyko was elected as a trustee of New Jersey's Fairleigh Dickinson University. He heads Monticello Capital, L.L.C., a Virginia investment bank, specializing in high-growth advanced technology companies. He and wife Barbara (Snelbaker) live in Oak Hill, Va.
'77 Pete Gifford and his wife, Debbie, are proud to announce the graduation of their oldest daughter, Jennifer, from Meadville Area Senior High School. Jennifer will spend the next year touring the world with "Up with People." In June, Capt. Douglas R. Swoish, U.S. Navy, was appointed commander, electronic attack wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
These Muhlenberg Sig Ep alums met in September at the Heart of Oaks Inn in Buckingham Township, Pa. Pictured, front (l to r): David Hissey '82, Dr. John Ochsenreither '81 and David Whittington '82. Back (l to r): Steven Dimeglio '83, Layne Zeiner '81, Bruce Zacharias '82, Stephen Bazow '81, Craig Patrick '83 and Gary Karch '81.
'78 Coopersburg, Pa., resident Michael Fiorot has been selected as employee #122 of Ariba, the premier business-to-business Internet company. He is responsible for marketing and sales in the Northeast United States for B2B portal development. Beginning Sept. 1, Jonathan Henning assumed the responsibilities of executive director of Bethany Children's Home, Womelsdorf, Berks County. He has been the Home's assistant executive director since 1995; he joined Bethany in 1993 as director of shelter care. He received his master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work in 1980 and was consecrated a Diaconal Minister of the United Church of Christ in 1999. He and wife Robin live in Robesonia, Pa.; they have two sons, Justin '04 and Jordan. Barbara (Shoemaker) Kehr received her Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in literacy from the University of Maryland in May 1999 and is in her second year as superintendent for the South Western School District in Hanover, Pa. She and husband David live in Littlestown, Pa. Daniel Wohl has relocated with wife Cindy and their two boys to Jacksonville, Fla., to assume the position of chief of pediatric otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the Nemours Children's Clinic of the Nemours Foundation.
Silver Lake, N.H., resident Anne (Rukakoski) Roser is the co-pastor at Nativity Lutheran Church in Conway, N.H. She and husband Timothy have two sons, Adam, 4, and Matthew, 1. Kenn Beam Tacchino, associate professor of taxation at Widener University in Chester, Pa., has been selected to serve as editor of the Journal of Financial Service Professionals beginning Jan. 1, 2001. He has been associated with the Journal since 1991 as an assistant editor; from 1992-98, he co-authored an employee benefits column. He also has served as an assistant editor of the Financial Planning Association's Journal of Financial Planning. A former full-time faculty member at The American College, Kenn is now one of the college's consultants, a contributing co-author to three textbooks for courses and a frequent speaker, technical expert and industry consultant for major firms in the financial planning field. He serves on the board of the National Council on Aging's Financial Planning Constituent unit and the Leadership Council for the Certified Elder Financial Adviser project.