Alumni Class Notes Summer 2021

Weddings in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel

Gabi Gehner '16 and Payne Wissler in Summit's Chapel


Gabriela Faith Gehner ’16 was joined in marriage to Payne Schilling Wissler in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel on July 11, 2020.

Maggie Fisk ’16 and Reece Jackson ’16 were married in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel on Jan. 17, 2021. The bridal party included Summit alumni Katie Voytek ’12, Bradley Fisk ’12, Kyle Fisk ’14, Eric Fisk ’19, Allison Kinross ’16 and Justin Ayer ’16.

Birth Announcements

Whitney Hinckley Serr '01 daughter Emilia






Whitney (Hinckley) Serr ’01 and her husband, David, welcomed their second daughter Emilia (Emme) Rose Serr in Sept. 2020.

Lucinda Rosalie Thomas

Anne Sammarco ’02 and her husband, Jerry Thomas, welcomed a new baby girl, Lucinda Rosalie, in July 2020. They reside in Chicago, Ill.

Ashwin Bhirud







Anisha Kumari Jindal ’06 and her husband, Ashwin Bhirud, welcomed their first child, Bodhi Devraj Bhirud, on Feb. 21, 2021.

Loretta Anderson








Virginia (Schmidt) Anderson ’07 and her husband, Thom, welcomed their daughter, Loretta Virginia “Lottie” Anderson, on Nov. 6, 2020. Lottie is named after her great-grandmother, Loretta Leen, who graduated from The Summit in 1910!


Wallace M. Hall ’38 PreSBS March 28, 2021
Margaret "Peggy" Henkel Schott ’42 Dec. 31, 2020
Martha (Heekin) Bunker ’44 April 9, 2021
William J. Favret SBS ’46 Dec. 30, 2020
Roger Arling SBS ’48 Jan. 11, 2021
Donna (Hocks) Meakin ’49 Jan. 20, 2021
Susan (Smith) Castellini ’56 March 13, 2021
Sylvia (Schultz) Johanning ’57 Sept. 19, 2019
Sarah (Sally) Gaede ’58 Nov. 11, 2020
Fr. Charles "Chuck" W. Niehaus, S.J. SBS ’59 Jan. 10, 2021
Mary Alice (Burtschy) Swenfurth ’61 Dec. 10, 2020
Jane (Dumler) Klare ’83 Feb. 8, 2021
Sarah (Miller) Smith ’87 March 31, 2021

Class Notes

Carole Tuke Rutan, Mary Wessel Gleason and Joan Winstel King








A group from the Class of 1960 met together for a reunion lunch in Naples, Fla. Those in attendance were Carole (Tuke) Rutan, Mary (Wessel) Gleason and Joan (Winstel) King. They get together every winter in Florida. Carole lives in Wheaton, Ill. Mary lives in Cincinnati and Joan lives in Naples.

In March 2021, Dress For Success, a Cincinnati nonprofit, announced that Pam (Dixon) Sibcy ’66 will be co-chairing their first fundraising campaign.

Thomas Cassady SBS ’68 was elected to be the Chair of UC Health’s Board of Directors.

Dr. Eileen (Steinle) Alexander ’76






Dr. Eileen (Steinle) Alexander ’76 was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in March 2020. "Dr. A" teaches epidemiology, quality management, ethics and global health systems in the Department of Health Services Administration. Xavier is one of a select few universities offering MS-HECOR in health analytics & accredited BS-HSA and MHSA programs. The tenure recognition ceremony was conducted outdoors by XU President Fr. Michael Graham and Provost Dr. Melissa Bauman at Xavier University's Our Lady of Peace Chapel.

Bill McJoynt 84






Bill McJoynt ’84 was promoted to the Hamilton County Board of Elections Chief Information Officer.

Renee Schuler ’91 is a partner for L-Eat (pronounced elite). This dinner experience company is owned by five women, including Summit parents Lindsey Huttenbauer and Maya LaLonde.

Craig Erickson ’95 was a Health Care Hero Finalist for the Cincinnati Business Courier in March 2021.

Alicia Bond-Lewis ’97 joined Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley’s “ethics panel to reevaluate the city’s official interactions with developers,” formerly called the Cincinnati Economic Development Reform Panel.  

Betsy (Fraser) Leonidas ’00 started a new online business, “Elizabeth In Kind” in Feb. 2020. The paper goods and gift shop is about encouraging kindness among women and girls.

Phil Schneider








In Jan. 2021, Philip Schneider ’02 began work as the Regional Director of Development for IDEA Public Schools. He is leading the expansion of IDEA's high-performing charter school network into the Cincinnati region. He and his wife, Heidi, live in Anderson Township with their two sons.

Katie (Cassidy) Tranter ’03 was promoted to be a partner at DBL Law in April 2021.  

Jimmy Champlin ’05 is now an Assistant Attorney General for the state of Georgia.

Neil Townsend '07





Neil Townsend ’07 is now the Director of Budget and Administrative Operations for Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services in Cincinnati.

Sophie Lawson ’09 was promoted to be a Manager Technical Services - Formulation & Ingredient Development with Nestlé Purina North America in St. Louis, Mo. in March 2021. Previously, she was a Category Procurement Buyer - Fish & Seafood and a Senior Product Development Specialist with Nestlé Purina. Sophie credits her love for science to Upper School science teacher, Karen (Cruse) Suder.

Lauren Meister ’11 graduated from UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning in April 2021 with her Master of Architecture degree as well as a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies.

Tino Delamerced ’14 is a third-year medical student at Brown University. He started a podcast called “Firsts.” It is about the first-time medical experiences that he’s had during his training.

Carter Fee ’17 was featured in a March 2021 Ohio University College of Arts & Sciences Forum for his preparation for the United States Air Force. Carter “majored in history with a double minor in political science and aerospace studies. He also completed four certificates while in undergrad, Middle East and North Africa, Islamic Studies, War and Peace, and African Studies.” Carter was in the Air Force ROTC while in undergrad and will be moving on to pursue a career as an Intelligence Officer in the USAF.

Meghan O'Brien '17





Meghan O’Brien ’17 graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in May 2021. She received her diploma from President Joe Biden and is now an Ensign in the Coast Guard. Her Uncle and Godfather, Col. Martin O’Brien, presented her commission. She will be serving on the USCGC JOHN MCCORMICK (a Fast Response Cutter based out of Ketchikan, Alaska). Meghan recently competed for the Bears in the NEWMAC conference championships in the 800 meter race as well as a relay event. She ran for the cross country/track team for 3 years.

Caroline Walton ’17 was admitted to the UNC School of Medicine.

Libin Zhou '17 was accepted into Purdue's Computer Science department as a Ph.D. candidate studying databases.

Shang Qing (Albert) Cao ’18 was a co-author of a new study titled, “The cause of unaccounted microplastics and ways to minimize the uncertainty in estimating microplastic concentration in wastewater samples,” published in the April 7, 2021 issue of ACS Environmental Science & Technology Water. Albert, who is an undergraduate at UCLA, was a part of the data analysis project that took place at UCLA.