Alumni Notes - September | Weatherhead

Alumni Notes - September

Posted 9.17.2012

Class of 1965

Dr. Alan Fitz, PhD '65, MS ‘63, retired in 2012. His career consisted of three venues: as a faculty member of the Yale School of Medicine (5 Years), as a Corporate Manager for OD at DEC (5 years), and as an independent Organization Development consultant (35 years). He was a member of NTL Institute and the Organization Development Network since 1970, as well as a Charter member of the Portsmouth Consulting Group since 1980, a community of professionals in the social, behavioral and organizational sciences.


Class of 1966

Dr. Stephen Jenks, PhD '66, MS '63, taught for 24 years at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. He formed the Portsmouth Counsulting Group in 1981, there still are 8 of the group 32 years later! The group included Case family-Herb Shepard, Al Fitz, Sherm Grinnell, and in the 1980s, Carolyn Lukensmeyer and John Carter. Currently Dr. Jenks is Principal with Greyledge Consulting and easing into retirement.


Class of 1983

Cynthia Koury, MBA, was appointed Partner with CM Wealth Advisors.


Class of 1987

Dr. Susan Taft, PhD, received the Distinguished Teaching Award from Kent State University, the highest university honor for faculty in fall 2011. She also received three awards of "best article of the year" from different professional journals.


Class of 1989

Moreen Bailey-Frater, MS, was appointed Vice-Chairman for the Cleveland Better Business Bureau.

Susan D. Steiger, MBA, became Vice President, Commercial Banking for Lorain National Bank.


Class of 1994

James R. Geuther, MBA, became Regional President and Head, Commercial Banking Business, NE Ohio for Chase.

Dr. Jerry J. Marty, PFP, received Baltimore's TOP DOC in Pathology (peer award) for two consecutive years, 2009 and 2010, recognized by Baltimore Magazine.

Dr. Tojo Thatchenkery, PhD, is Professor and Director of M.S. in Organization Development and Knowledge Management at the School of Public Policy. He is also a member of the NTL Institute of Applied Behavioral Science ( and the Taos Institute Policy, MBA, Organization Development, and executive development programs in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Tojo is on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences and the Journal of Organizational Change Management. Read the full bio.


Class of 1996

Steven Grzymkowski, MBA, was appointed E-Business Manager for Bearing Distributors Inc.


Class of 1998

Preet Jesrani, MBA, has worked several stints as an entrepreneur, business and IT/mobile strategy manager for Fortune 500 clients, political fundraiser for the Ohio Democratic Party and most recently, as a Senior Policy Advisor in Governor Strickland’s administration in the Ohio Treasurer’s office. In addition to his MBA from Weatherhead in Finance and Policy, he has an undergraduate degree from the Krannert School of Business at Purdue University. He resides with his wife and two children in Sandusky, Ohio. 


Class of 2000

Dr, Gregorio Banaga, Jr., PhD, has been President of Adamson University since 2003 and President of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines since 2011.

Mark H. Weiss, MBA, was appointed Administrator for Montefiore.


Class of 2002

Dr. Rama Hart, PhD, was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Organization Learning and Development at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN.


Class of 2003

Dr. Don Zeilstra, DM, is Managing Director of Bob Carter Companies. The firm provides non-profit companies with consulting focusing on fundraising, governance, and planning. Their mission is to be of service to non-profits across the United States and beyond who serve their communities, their regions, and the world in a fashion that dramatically affects lives. For more information visit


Class of 2004

Amy Kulisheck, MBA, was appointed Second Vice President for Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland.


Class of 2005

Katharine Vinciquerra, MNO/JD, was named Capital Campaign Officer for Saint Joseph Academy.


Class of 2006

Henry Wiggins, MBA/CNM, was recruited to work on an HER implementation project for Catholic Health Initiatives.


Class of 2007

Sarah Baker, BS '03, MBA '07, was appointed Business Analyst for Centric Consulting.

Dr. Jimmy Schwarzkopf, DM, teaches a course in IT Innovation for seniors at the Academic College Tel Aviv Yafo for the Information Systems Undergraduate Degree. STKI is the foremost analyst firm covering the IT scene in Israel. He is a father of three and grandfather of two: Ran just finished his fellowship at Harvard and begins his career as a Clinical Professor at University of California-Irvine; Yonathan finished his PhD in Physics at Caltech and is working in a financial trading floor software firm and starting his own startup firm; and Sharon is an electrical engineer starting her MBA at MIT Sloan (she worked at Accenture between her degrees). All are happily married and bringing grandchildren into the world.

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