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2021 STACC Alumni Participants
Earlier this summer, alumni from both Central Catholic and St. Thomas Aquinas came together for the 10th Annual STACC Alumni Golf Outing. This year, 25 teams and 96 golfers participated on June 12 at Sable Creek Golf Course. The event was sponsored by more than 50 sponsors. They were able to raise $7,500 to give back to St. Thomas Aquinas and Central Catholic High Schools! The 2021 winning team consisted of St. Thomas Aquinas faculty and alumni: Mike Fetters ('08), Kevin Hill, Ryan Hill, and Tim Neary with a score of -16. Over the past 10 years, the participants of the STACC have raised approximately $40,000 for our Stark County Catholic High Schools, had 700 people participate in the event, and has been supported by more than 200 sponsors. Central alumni have won six times.

Ed Purcell, 1960
Ed is living and working in the DC area. He just signed up for the Moffitt Memorial 2021 bicycle tour on the Ohio to Erie Trail. Ed rode the tour in 2019 and was thrilled to visit CCHS for the first time in 60 years.

Chuck Feicht 1963
Chuck and Roz are now living in a senior community in the Dayton area.  After CCHS, Chuck attended Notre Dame, then spent 20 years in the Air Force. Subsequently, he worked as a government contractor, implementing the country’s largest smart card program.  Now Chuck enjoys playing dulcimer with the Hithergreen Strummers at local events and traveling coast-to-coast visiting children and grandchildren.

Patricia Kraft, 1966
Patricia has three grown children and seven grandchildren, all living in Ohio. She is now retired on the shores of Lake Erie and enjoying nature daily.

Ray Miller, 1966
Ray is a Professor in Theatre Arts and Dance Studies at Appalachian State University. He wrote and directed a play, “Kent State: Then, and Again,” based on his experience at Kent State University in May 1970 when the Ohio National Guard killed four students and wounded nine others.

Mark Kramer, 1967
Mark and his wife Elaine celebrated their 44th Wedding Anniversary on May 28 and are planning to move to Pace, FL in the fall.

Ruth (Oxley) Rockidge, 1971
Ruth and her husband are enjoying retirement in the country after spending 40 years in the hustle and bustle of Southern California. They have three children; eight grandchildren; a granddaughter-in-law and two great-granddaughters. Their eldest two grandsons followed in the footsteps of their father and joined the US Marine Corps.

Rev. Richard J. Pentello, 1971
Rev. Pentello was ordained as a priest in 1979. In addition to him currently serving as pastor of St. Patrick Church in Kent, Bishop David Bonnar has also appointed him pastor of Kent State University Parish Newman Center, effective June 1, 2021. He also serves as Dean of Portage County.

Lisbeth (Wille) Tordsen, 1972
Beth has lived in Cascais, Portugal (near Lisbon) for over 14 years and loves it.

Stephanie (Schweizer) Cooper, 1978
Married 42 years, Stephanie is a grandmother of 12, a retired teacher with ten years at St. Joan of Arc and 18 years at Central Catholic, the owner/operator of “Suppers by Stephanie,” an advertising coordinator for Living Bread Radio, and an employee of St. Raphael’s Gifts and Books store.

Larry Suter, 1983
Larry is a Field Representative with the Knights of Columbus in Akron and Canton.

Lisa (Fry) Green, 1990
Lisa is currently living in SC. She and her husband, Joseph, opened Action Billiards Bar and Grille in late October 2020 and just found out they were nominated at one of the top 5 places to throw darts in all of Spartanburg County.

Lieutenant Colonel Michael H. Adorjan, 1994
Lieutenant Adjoran, U.S. Army Special Forces, serves as Deputy Director (J5) for Strategic Plans and Posture for Special Operations Command Africa. The focus is on countering violent extremist organizations and Geo-Political Competition. In addition to a BA from The Citadel, he has an MA from Webster University and the US Army School of Advanced Military Studies.

Cory Stuffelbeam, 2013
Cory is Engineering Manager at SpaceX on the Starship Program. He is working to get us to Mars from South Texas!

Patrick Murphy, 2015
In his last three outings (against Indiana and Michigan) Murphy has pitched 5.2 innings of no-run, 2-hit baseball. Read More.

Daniel Platek, 2016
Dan is a 2020 graduate of the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State and is currently enrolled at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, expecting to graduate in 2023.

Archived Alumni News

Kenneth Berry, CCHS, 1984
Ken is retired from the food industry, where he worked in both retail and sales. He lives in the Cincinnati, OH area, and has two children - a son and a daughter – and two granddaughters.
 
Tom Shuman, CCHS, 1999
Tom is a Fire Program Administrator for the Ohio DNR Division of Forestry. He and his wife Kristin have two children - William (8), Elizabeth (6).
 
Patricia (Mang) Suchan, 1957
Patricia entered the convent in Euclid, OH in 1961 and spent ten months in France as a nun. She left the order in 1970 to work as a registered nurse. She retired after 45 years.
 
Donald King, 1966
Don retired in August of 2019 and is currently living in Florida, where he serves on the adjunct staff of St. Joseph Parish in Stuart, FL.
 
Mary Lou (Seimetz) Wentzel, 1958
In 2018, Mary Loy retired from teaching after 25 years at Bishop D. J. O'Connell High School in Arlington, VA. Her husband, Jim (’58) is a retired lawyer. They have three children and eight grandchildren. Presently, Mary Lou is a substitute teaching at her parish school in Richmond, VA.
 
Joyce Rothermel, 1963
Joyce and her husband Michael Drohan celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary this year. Joyce is a member of the national board of Bread for the World, a collective Christian voice to end hunger at home and abroad. Joyce also serves as the Chair of her parish's Social Justice and Peace Committee.
 
Jeffrey Caracillo, 1980
Boeing Executive - Retired BS, MS Mechanical Engineering Executive MBA Ohio State Alumni
 
Geraldine (Pilati) Aventino, 1957
Geraldine retired from FirstMerit Bank and First Merit Mortgage in April 2015.
 
Angela (Marks) Marasia, 1974
Anglea is a retired School Administrator with 2 daughters 5 grandchildren.
 
Scott Johnson, 1981
Scott is a retired Shift Commander from the Canton Township Fire Department.
 
Colleen L (Konen) Rowland, 1972
Coleen serves as Vice President, Commercial and SBA Lending at PlainsCapital Bank.
 
The Honorable Alan Page, 1963
Judge Page played 15 seasons in the NFL and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. After leaving the NFL, he pursued a legal career and served on the Minnesota Supreme Court from 1993 until 2015 when he retired. In 2018, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
 
Bryce Abbott, 2019
Bryce was named to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference 2019-2020 Academic All-Conference Team at Walsh University.
 
N. Michael Jackson, 1981
Husband, Father, Musician, IT Business Owner, all-around cool guy.
 
James Laubacher, 1975
Jamies is retired after 34 years with BP.
 
Rita Hutcheson, 1963
Rita retired as a Colonel from the Army Nurse Corps in 1992 and as Fire Chief at SE Thurston Fire Authority in 2011.
 
Geraldine Allen, 1965
Geraldine is a Pink Zebra Independent Consultant and has two daughters and sons-in-law with two granddaughters and two grandsons.



George Jordan '68- George is a retired Marine, Vietnam veteran, and retired police lieutenant.

Tracy (Clugston) Fout '74- Tracy has been married to her husband, Blaine for 40 years. She is currently employed by Nickles Bakery in the Electronic Data Interchange and Business Administration Departments.

Susan Marie Husser '76- Susan is currently an Administrative Assistant at Stark State College for Disability Services and Military Services. 

Vincent Scarpitti '79- Vinnie is a musician and music instructor.

Doug Fischer '80- Doug "retired" in October 2019 as the Anoka County Highway Engineer after 28 years in public service. However, he then immediately started at the engineering consulting firm TKDA in St. Paul, MN as its Vice President of the Municipal Services Division. He is a proud father of four children and has three grandchildren.

Thomas Samartino '84- Married February 13, 2014, to Cindy, Tom works part-time at Freedom Alliance, an agency that serves disabled veterans and active-duty military service members.

Lori (Schroeder) Wemhoff '84- After spending 10 years as Executive Director of the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce, Lori was recently named Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing for the American Osteopathic Association headquartered in Chicago.

Anthony Brown '89- Anthony married Lisa (Kiko) Brown ('89) on June 8, 2020.


Suzanne (Eberhardt) Turner '90- Suzanne is married to Jeff ('89) and the couple has three children - Christian (20), Gracie (16), Sydney (15).

Tricia Ostertag '99- Tricia recently earned a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Akron. Dr. Ostertag’s dissertation was “Using Creative Placemaking and Community-led Design to Revitalize Downtowns: A Study of Canton, OH.” She currently serves the community as Vice President of ArtsinStark and is an adjunct professor at Walsh and Kent Stark.

Tiffany (Gets) Ruiz '01- Married for seven years, Tiffany and her husband are both veterans of the USMC and the Navy. They have two boys. Tiffany currently works as a cryogenic plant operator for Air Products in Cleveland.

Gabe Turk '06- Gabe is slated to marry Ashley Poland of Marysville, Ohio on October 20, 2020.

Lisa (Angelo) Sponseller '09- Lisa was married in 2019 and is expecting a baby in October 2020.

Joseph E. Cebulko '10- Joseph has earned a Master of Science in Applied Meteorology and currently works for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) at National Water Center.



Harold Ziegler, Jr. ’51- On March 5, Ziegler was honored with the Stark Catholic Elementary School Alumni partnership's 2019 Alumnus of the Year Award. Ziegler was presented this year’s award by the 2018 Alumna of the Year honoree, Renee Powell. The morning was filled was filled with speakers including Dana Scallon, a Catholic singer and composer who shared stories about Ziegler and Catholic education. Read more about the 2019 Alumnus of the Year honoree.
 
Kathy (Healy) Wagner '60- Kathy Wagner has been married to Don Wagner for 50 years and they share two adult children, two adult grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Wagner is president of Centerville Garden Club and in June 2019 will be installed as second Vice President for Garden Club of Ohio.
 
Renee Powell ’64- Renee Powell was the second African-American women to compete on the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour, the first black woman to be elected to membership in the PGA of America, and was one of  seven women to be named as honorary Members of the 260-year-old Royal & Ancient Golf Club in St. Andres, Scotland. In 2017, Powell was inducted into the PGA of American Hall of Fame. In 2018, Powell was named the 2018 Alumna of the Year honoree by the Stark Catholic Elementary School Alumni partnership.
 
Bob Belden ’65- Bob Belden is now a member of the Board of Directors of Stark County Catholic Schools and is the CEO of The Belden Brick Co. After CCHS, Belden attended Notre Dame College and was a standout quarterback for the football team, leading him to the NFL. 

Rosemary (Lonce) Cramer ’69- Rosemary (RN, BSN) went on to become a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Reiki Master at ReikiTouch, LLC. She has been nursing for 42 years and is now retired.
 
William J. "Bill" Hammel '69- Hammel is the retired founder, Chairman and CEO Synovus Bank of Jacksonville.

Terry A. Snow ’74- Dr. Smith is the Executive Director of the Dallas County Juvenile Department. She has a daughter and granddaughter.

John P. Hughes ’82- John has been inducted into the Clarion Sports Hall of Fame for his time spent as a football player.

PJ Chavez ’00- PJ was selected as one of the recipients of the “Twenty under 40” award winners this year. He is currently the Director of Campus Ministry for CCHS and director of liturgical services at Walsh University.

Andrea Legg ’00- Andrea has been named Librarian of the Year by the Ohio Library Council. She currently oversees four branch locations, a mobile services department, and a busy technical services department.

Ryan Bitzel ’00- Ryan has been named the Major League Physical Therapist for the Seattle Mariners baseball team. This is his first season with the Mariners organization, and he spent the last seven years with the San Diego Padres as their minor league rehab coordinator.  

Cameron DeMarsh ’10- Cameron recently graduated from dental school and moved back to the Canton area to practice.

Andrew Farina ’14- Former CCHS Swimmer Andrew Farina earned a top 50 academic award at Ohio Wesleyan’s 14th Annual Dale J. Bruce Scholarship Athlete Awards Dinner. He recently finished 25th in the 200-meter breaststroke and 26th in the 400-individual medley at the North Coast Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships.

Griffin Baumoel ’17- Griffin, a Navy linebacker, has received the Vice Admiral William P. Mack Award, which is presented to the most improved player during spring football drills as voted on by the Midshipmen’s coaching staff.
 
Clay Richards ’18- Richards has earned 21 merit badges, in only four years, from the Troop 265 in North Canton. For Clay’s service project, he built and installed houses for wood ducks along a walking trail within the Stark Parks North Canton area. Currently, Richards is studying civil engineering at Stark State.

Central Catholic’s 2008 State Championship Baseball Team was inducted into the Greater Stark County Amateur Baseball Association’s Hall of Fame on Jan. 20, 2018!

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