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Class Notes – Winter 2022

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Class Notes – Winter 2022

Read the latest news from Franciscan alumni for winter 2022.

Winter 2022

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Dr. Mary Antoinette (Gallo ’70) Sunyoger is chair of the English Department at Franciscan University. She started her professional career in education in September 1970 at Steubenville Catholic Central High School, moving into higher education at Franciscan in 1982 (adjunct) and becoming full-time in 1988. Dr. Sunyoger and her husband, Richard Sunyoger ’71, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 19, 2021. They have one son, Richard, who is an architect, and they are the grandparents of one granddaughter and one grandson. Dr. Sunyoger lives her life in thanksgiving for the opportunity that God has given her to live and share her vocation with students at Franciscan University.



Joyce (Evangelista ’80, MSE ’96) Cammilletti says, “I taught at Steubenville Catholic Central for 27 years and Indian Creek Schools for 14 years. I retired in June 2021 after 41 years in education. I am married to Tony, we have a son, Carlo, daughter-in-law, Jamie, and two grandchildren, Mary and Gino.

Dr. Annette (Jakubisin ’84) Konicki was selected as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing last August. She says, “Foundational to my practice of nursing has been the education and experiences afforded me during my initial entry to nursing at the University of Steubenville in 1984. Long before they became a social priority, serving the underserved and vulnerable populations within the paradigm of Christian values was an integral part of what was done by Steubenville nursing graduates. These tenets remain and have guided my nursing career. Now I have the honor of implementing new models in education for the next generation of primary care nurse practitioners who will improve health outcomes within this context. Being named a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing offers the opportunity to continue this advocacy work. My efforts will contribute to the academy’s mission to advance health policy and practice that advances health initiatives locally, nationally, and globally.”



After spending 24 years in the legal profession and upon a great deal of prayer and discernment, Tom Lucas ’93 was called to a new career in October 2021 to fill the newly created position of program coordinator with Catholic Charities, Diocese of Toledo, in the Sandusky, Ohio, office.



Geneva (Aull ’01) Tigue says, “I currently lead music at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Peachtree City, Ga., and have had the privilege of leading music at several Eucharistic Congresses in Atlanta. I recently had my new single, King of Kings, fully produced at a studio in Nashville, Tenn. My husband, Michael ’02, runs a software business, and we support Franciscan in both donations and prayer!”

Angie Pometto ’03 was recently promoted to the role of director for the Office of Young Adult and Campus Ministry in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. She says, “Congratulations to Patrick ’03 and Jackie (Latimore ’04) Klein on the birth of their fifth child, Mary Christina, since they never send in updates.”

David Jenuwine MA ’06 was appointed parish administrator of SS. Francis and Clare Parish in Birch Run, Mich., August 1, 2021, and graduated cum laude from Thomas M. Cooley Law School on September 26.

Scott Kay ’06 was named vice president of Finance at Christendom College in October 2021.

Nathanael Kline ’06 MA ’09 was ordained to the holy diaconate on Saturday, August 21, 2021, at Assumption of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Church in Weirton, W.Va. Nathanael completed his studies at the School of Diaconate Studies of the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Pittsburgh.

Reverend Brother Paul Dominic Marich, OP ’08 made his solemn profession in the Dominican Order on August 7, 2021, at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. He was ordained a transitional deacon at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, on September 4, 2021. He is now serving a diaconate pastoral year at St. Patrick Church in Columbus, Ohio, joining fellow alumnus Father Stephen Alcott, OP ’94, who is the pastor.

Reverend Brother Paul Dominic Marich, OP ’08


Father John Funtanares, MOP, MA ’09 is serving in Jamaica and is tertiary master in charge of the brothers preparing for perpetual vows.

Back row, left, Fr. John Funtanares, MOP, MA '09

Back row, left, Fr. John Funtanares, MOP, MA ’09



Four Franciscan alumni from different class years found themselves in the same Creighton Model NFP fertility training program. Janelle Lunde ’20, Krista Bertke ’10, Rachel (Poyo ’10) Smyth, and Bernadette (Williams ’18) Powell are all enrolled in the program offered by the St. Paul VI Institute in Omaha and will complete their internships in November 2022.

Dr. Keith Jiron MA ’11 recently completed his doctorate in sacred theology (STD) from the International Marian Research Institute, an affiliate of the Marianum in Rome.

Andrew Reeves MSA ’11 is the new assistant superintendent for the Carrollton Exempted Village School District.

Kimberly (Rogers ’12 MA ’14) Camosse says of her time at Franciscan, “I was in Stella Mariae Household and worked for the University Admissions Office. During my last semester of grad school, I volunteered with Vagabond Missions and ended up meeting my husband there. Fast forward to 2017, we were married at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Jacksonville, Fla., and welcomed our first child, Kairos Joseph, this past November. Kairos, in the theological sense, means “God chosen moments.” Kai was baptized on the feast of St. Joseph in March, as St. Joseph has been a powerful intercessor for my husband and me throughout our relationship. We now reside in the small town of Niceville where I work as the school counselor at the Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College. I look back fondly on my time at Franciscan, a time when so much seemed uncertain. My trust in the Lord wavered in those years of growth, but God proved in his timing he makes all things good for those who love him. I will never forget the nights I spent in the St. “Tommy More” dorm chapel praying for all God has blessed me with now. I am simply overwhelmed by God’s goodness in my life and humbled that it all began during my time at Franciscan University.”

Kimberly (Rogers '12 MA '14) Camosse

Kimberly (Rogers ’12 MA ’14) Camosse


Patrick Gunning ’13 MA ’16 is the new campus minister at University of St. Thomas in Houston.

Sister Mary John (Sylvia) Pulaorak, OSF ’13 professed final vows August 2, 2021, the feast of Our Lady of the Angels, at the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration convent chapel in Mishawaka, Ind.

Victoria (Bonutti ’13) Yeago is the head of the English Department and teaches English and grammar at the Seton School in Manassas, Va.

Christina (Lawrence ’16) Chew and her husband, David, brought their first child into the world, Tyson Anthony Chew, on January 26, 2021.

Hannah (Mutz ’16) Perry and her husband, Seth, welcomed their first baby, Lucy Gianna, February 15, 2021.

Kayla Spaar ’16 is an account manager for Condit Exhibits, a worldwide tradeshow exhibit house, in the Denver office.

Bethany Weinand ’16 is the coordinator of Residence Life at the University of Dallas.

On September 25, 2021, Nicole Marshall ’17, Victoria Marshall ’20, and Meghan O’Malley ’20, completed the YMCA Wrightsville Beach Sprint Triathlon just outside Wilmington, N.C., where Victoria finished first in her age group. The race is the oldest sprint triathlon in the United States.

Nicole Marshall ’17, Victoria Marshall ’20, and Meghan O’Malley ’20 completed the YMCA Wrightsville Beach Sprint Triathlon

Nicole Marshall ’17, Victoria Marshall ’20, and Meghan O’Malley ’20 completed the YMCA Wrightsville Beach Sprint Triathlon


Ann Arvidson ’18 is an administrative assistant and grant administrator for the Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments in Maryville, Mo.

Sister Anunciata (Jennifer) Freitag MA ’18 pronounced final vows May 15, 2021, at St. Mary Church in Corvallis, Ore., with the Sisters of the Society of Mary. She serves at the OSU Newman Center, where she guides the house of women volunteer missionaries, helps lead a course that welcomes people back to the faith, directs liturgical preparation, and aids many young women in their spiritual lives.

Joseph Nguyen ’18 was ordained to the diaconate on June 5, 2021, in Gilroy, Calif., for the Diocese of San Jose.

Michael O’Connor ’19 participated in First Things magazine’s Intellectual Retreat in New York City this past August. The theme of the two-day conference was solidarity, and the participants discussed excerpts from Dostoevsky, Cicero, Sacred Scripture, St. John Paul II, The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, and other sources. Michael currently works with Benzinga, a financial media outlet in Detroit, as a writer and content editor.

Grace Mosher ’20 was commissioned as a Salesian Lay Missioner on August 20, 2021, and is currently serving in Bolivia.

Grace Mosher ’20

Grace Mosher ’20


Jessica Resuta ’21 and current MA theology student William Nardi were married June 19, 2021.

William and Jessica (Resuta ’21) Nardi

William and Jessica (Resuta ’21) Nardi


In Memoriam

We have just learned Charles “Chuck” Caldwell ’59 died April 26, 2019.

Richard “Dick” Crugnale ’62 died September 11, 2021.

Anna D’Aurora ’63 died October 24, 2021.

Joseph Tripodi ’63 died September 11, 2021.

Lawrence “Larry” Coppa ’67 died August 31, 2021.

Donald DeVore ’75 died October 15, 2021.

Robert “Bob” Giannamore ’75 died October 25, 2021.



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