Catching Up with Classmates

Kristan (Welcsh) Heller, 1987
Kristan is the Director of Technology at St. Mary Akron Catholic School. She’s been married 28 years and has three children - Alyssa who is at Xavier University Grad School, Lauren who is a recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a current grad student at Ohio State, and Michael who is a Sophomore at John Carroll University.
 
Christopher J. (CJ) Obmann, 1984
CJ recently retired after 33 years with Ernst & Young, LLP where he served as Managing Director. He currently lives in California.
 
Kalee Soenhlen, 2017
Kalee was selected for the Ohio State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for 2020-21.
 
Tim Waldron, 1969
Tim’s wife passed away after 47 wonderful years together. They raised four children and now have eight grandchildren. Tim is a trained biblical crisis counselor and bible group leader. Tim started his own consulting firm in 1983 after ten years at Rockwell International Environmental Center and is now finishing 37 years of self-employment in the applied and research meteorology industry.

Archived Alumni News

Cecilia (Girten) Windell ‘72- Cecilia happily retired in 2019 and is loving it. She has three grown children with seven beautiful granddaughters and one adorable great-granddaughter.

The Honorable Taryn Health '75-  Judge Heath was recently awarded the Crisis Intervention Team Advocate of the Year Award! Judge Heath reflected upon what makes STA unique and she shared that she "believes that STA’s greatest asset is the parent-school partnership. Her positive experience at St. Thomas Aquinas led her to send her son to the school with the peace of mind knowing he was in a healthy environment with friends and parents she trusts. STA prepared (me) for future success by focusing heavily on academics. This helped alleviate the pressure that comes with the transition from high school to college. I'm grateful for the discipline...STA instilled in me." Read more about the award.

Dorothea Caiazza ’77- Dorothea is working as Client Service Manager for Shook, Hardy & Bacon, a law firm in Kansas City, MO. In her spare time, she handcrafts sterling silver jewelry as the owner of Caiazza Creations. Dorothea is currently building a home in Eureka Springs, AR with her significant other, Ronald Henson.

Dennis Waldron '77- Dennis retired after 39.5 years with First Energy (Ohio Edison) as a Control Room Operator and moved from Ohio to Arizona.

Chuck Reda ’86- After working eight years training pro football players with the NFL, NFL Europe, and Arena Football, Chuck founded Reda Sports Therapy and Athletic Performance.

Ellen Giordano ’98- Ellen a Pediatrician in Surprise, AZ.

Neil Weakland '02- Neil is an accomplished filmmaker and has recently opened a new downtown Canton business which will help support the arts, The Cut Cinema and Vital Arts. Read more. 
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Roland Dreussi ‘70- Dreussi has been married to his wife, Zita, for 42 years. The Dreussi's share four children, and three grandchildren together.
 
Class of 1973- In 2012, the "Shall We Dance Fund" was established to be of assistance to those in the STA Class of 1973. The fund assists those in need of a little extra help to move forward in life. The contributions supporting the fund come from the Class of 1973 alumni, their family members, or individuals who want to help. If you know of anyone in need of assistance, please feel free to contact anyone on the Board or [email protected] The “Shall We Dance Fund” Board members are:
Pamela Tortola Mahon, President
Harry Franze, Executive Vice President
Kathleen Seaman Oberlin, Treasurer and Secretary

Frank Forchione ’78- Stark County Common Pleas Court Judge Forchione was honored by the Ohio Association for Justice as the 2018 Jurist of the Year.
 
Stefani Schaefer ’89- Schaefer co-anchors Fox 8 News in The Morning alongside Wayne Dawson and Kristi Capel.
 
Christine (Krok) Cegielski ‘91- Cegielski has recently returned to teaching English in Loudoun County, Virginia after raising her two sons who are now teenagers. 
 
Natalie (Barone) Weingar ‘02- Weingar was inducted into the The College of Wooster’s W Association Hall of Fame on Oct. 19, 2019. Read more about her induction. 
 
Alison Silverio ’03- Silverio has been named the new women’s tennis coach at the University of Notre Dame after a successful run at Oregon. Take a look at her life after Aquinas.

Stephanie (Hunt) Boyd ’03- Boyd was recently named one of Stark County’s Twenty Under 40! She currently is a Hospital Executive at Aultman Health Foundation. Read more about her journey.
 
Elvis Drevon ‘03- Drevon was recently sworn in to the Canton Police Department. Read more about the accomplishment.
 
Julie Jakmides ’10- Jakmides currently works as a Law Clerk for Jakmides Law Offices & Alliance City Council and was named one of Stark County’s Twenty Under 40! Read more about her journey.

Richard Zeren ‘13- Zeren has recently been sworn in to the Canton Police Department. Read more about the accomplishment.
 
Tony Angelo ‘13- Angelo is the third of his generation to be sworn into the Canton Police Department. Read more about the accomplishment.

Mary Kate McHugh ’16- McHugh plays Volleyball for Notre Dame College in Cleveland and was recently named Player of the Week for the Mountain East Conference. Read more about her athletic journey.
 
Jimmy Burchett '17- Burchett is attending Notre Dame College and is majoring in Marketing. Burchett was recently named a Captain for the 2019 football team. 
 
Allison May '17- May is currently attending Baldwin Wallace University. She has a double major in Pre-Physical Therapy and Athletic Training. She was recently named Captain for the 2019 Volleyball Team.

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