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Congratulations Susan Davis-Ali, PhD, Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumna

Susan-Davis-Ali CropSusan Davis-Ali, PhD (Susan Davis) graduated from Mariemont High School with the class of 1982. She was a class officer for two years, a loud and proud cheerleader for 4 years, and was actively involved on the yearbook staff. After an undergraduate career at Miami University, Susan furthered her education by obtaining a Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Michigan.

Susan moved to Minnesota with her husband in 1992, and for over a decade was a successful business executive in test development. However, in 2006, Susan followed her passion and started her own e-platform leadership development and coaching company called Leadhership1 (the “her” is for the company’s focus on women’s leadership). Susan’s area of expertise is in the retention and advancement of women technologists, and she developed a program that is used with women all around the world who work for large technology companies.

Susan also serves as the Chief Social Science Advisor to the Anita Borg Institute – the premier nonprofit organization serving women technologists. She published a book called How to Become Successful Without Becoming a Man and was a weekly career advice columnist for USA Today. In her “spare” time, Susan volunteers for non-profits that serve the homeless in St. Paul, MN, where she lives with her husband Jeff and their children Kate (19) and Andrew (14). She returns to Mariemont often to visit her family in her childhood home on Fieldhouse Way and she still calls Mariemont “home.”

On Friday, September 28, this year’s distinguished alumni recipients will spend the day at Mariemont High School, where they will meet the faculty, visit with students and share their stories of success. At 5:30pm, they will be featured as honored guests in the school district’s annual Homecoming Parade. Finally, the Distinguished Alumni will be formally introduced and honored before the start of the Homecoming Game at Kusel Stadium.

Congratulations Jim Verdin, Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumnus

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James R. Verdin (Jim) grew up in Mariemont and graduated with the Class of 1955. He was President and CEO of The Verdin Company, a 175 year old family business located in Cincinnati. Verdin manufactures and sells bronze bells, tower and street clocks, electronic carillons and organs. Jim was instrumental in creating the Verdin Bell Foundry on Wheels for the Ohio Bicentennial. The foundry cast bells in each of Ohio’s 88 counties as a gifts to the counties. Along with church bells and clocks, Verdin creates many unique installations using bells, clocks and towers.

Nationwide, Verdin is involved in projects honoring veterans and first responders with custom bells and bell towers. The bell that opens and closes the New York Stock Exchange was recently cast by Verdin in Cincinnati. Greater Cincinnati projects include the “Foot Piano” at Smale Park; the glockenspiel in Covington, KY; and the World Peace Bell in Newport, KY. In Mariemont, the clocks in front of the Mariemont Inn and atop the Parish Center are Verdin clocks. The Emery Carillon in Dogwood Park was also a Verdin project.

Jim was also a founder of three Pendleton Art Centers. Cincinnati is the largest, with more than 250 working artists in the warehouse in Pendleton-OTR. Other Pendleton locations are Middletown, Ohio and Rising Sun, Indiana. He has been honored many times for his involvement in the arts, preservation, business and community involvement. Most recently, Jim and The Verdin Company were honored by the State of Ohio for their work in honoring and hiring veterans.

Jim passed away on August 8, 2018 at the age of 82.  His daughter and family reside in Mariemont.

On Friday, September 28, this year’s distinguished alumni recipients will spend the day at Mariemont High School, where they will meet the faculty, visit with students and share their stories of success. At 5:30pm, they will be featured as honored guests in the school district’s annual Homecoming Parade. Finally, the Distinguished Alumni will be formally introduced and honored before the start of the Homecoming Game at Kusel Stadium.

2018 Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumni Selected

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The Mariemont Alumni Association and the Mariemont School Foundation are pleased to announce the recipients of Mariemont High School’s sixth annual Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes Mariemont High School graduates of at least 10 years who have notably distinguished themselves by extraordinary contributions and/or remarkable accomplishments in their chosen career; skill, trade or business; in civic duties; in military service; in philanthropy; in volunteerism; in the arts; in the sciences; in education; in religion; or any other field, endeavor or pursuit.

The 2018 recipients are Susan Davis, class of 1982, and James Verdin, class of 1955. The sixth class of recipients was selected from nominations submitted to a committee of Mariemont School Foundation (MSF) board members.

On Friday, September 28, these truly distinguished alumni will spend the day at Mariemont High School, where they will meet the faculty, visit with students and share their stories of success. At 5:30pm, they will be featured as honored guests in the school district’s annual Homecoming Parade. Finally, the Distinguished Alumni will be formally introduced and honored before the Homecoming football game at Kusel Stadium.

Susan Davis-Ali, PhD (Susan Davis) graduated from Mariemont High School with the class of 1982. She was a class officer for two years, a loud and proud cheerleader for 4 years, and was actively involved on the yearbook staff. After an undergraduate career at Miami University, Susan furthered her education by obtaining a Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Michigan. She moved to Minnesota with her husband in 1992, and for over a decade was a successful business executive in test development. However, in 2006, Susan followed her passion and started her own e-platform leadership development and coaching company called Leadhership1 (the “her” is for the company’s focus on women’s leadership). Susan’s area of expertise is in the retention and advancement of women technologists, and she developed a program that is used with women all around the world who work for large technology companies. Susan also serves as the Chief Social Science Advisor to the Anita Borg Institute – the premier nonprofit organization serving women technologists. She published a book called How to Become Successful Without Becoming a Man and was a weekly career advice columnist for USA Today. In her “spare” time, Susan volunteers for non-profits that serve the homeless in St. Paul, MN, where she lives with her husband Jeff and their children Kate (19) and Andrew (14). She returns to Mariemont often to visit her family in her childhood home on Fieldhouse Way and she still calls Mariemont “home.”

James R. Verdin (Jim) grew up in Mariemont and graduated with the Class of 1955. He was President and CEO of The Verdin Company, a 175 year old family business located in Cincinnati. Verdin manufactures and sells bronze bells, tower and street clocks, electronic carillons and organs. Jim was instrumental in creating the Verdin Bell Foundry on Wheels for the Ohio Bicentennial. The foundry cast bells in each of Ohio’s 88 counties as a gifts to the counties. Along with church bells and clocks, Verdin creates many unique installations using bells, clocks and towers. Nationwide, Verdin is involved in projects honoring veterans and first responders with custom bells and bell towers. The bell that opens and closes the New York Stock Exchange was recently cast by Verdin in Cincinnati. Greater Cincinnati projects include the “Foot Piano” at Smale Park; the glockenspiel in Covington, KY; and the World Peace Bell in Newport, KY. In Mariemont, the clocks in front of the Mariemont Inn and atop the Parish Center are Verdin clocks. The Emery Carillon in Dogwood Park was also a Verdin project. Jim was also a founder of three Pendleton Art Centers. Cincinnati is the largest, with more than 250 working artists in the warehouse in Pendleton-OTR. Other Pendleton locations are Middletown, Ohio and Rising Sun, Indiana. He has been honored many times for his involvement in the arts, preservation, business and community. Most recently, Jim and The Verdin Company were honored by the State of Ohio for their work in honoring and hiring veterans. Jim’s daughter and family reside in Mariemont.

The Mariemont School Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the long-term success of our students and community through initiatives that enhance educational excellence in the Mariemont City School District. Your support of its Annual Fund Drive is critical to the success of the organization. For more information contact Molly Smyth, MSF Trustee, at 513-271-3316. Nominations for the sixth annual Distinguished Alumni Award will be solicited in the spring. Visit http://mariemontschoolfoundation.org/ for more information.

Congratulations Maritza Stapanian (Crabtree), Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumni

Maritza_Stapanian_Crabtree (crop)Maritza Stapanian (Crabtree) graduated Valedictorian of the class of 1967.  Upon graduation, Maritza studied at the Space Physics Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she graduated with Honors.  She subsequently was admitted to the Planetary Science Program at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where she earned a PhD.  The conclusions from her doctoral thesis helped to update the time horizon calculations for the creation and evolution of individual stars, our galaxy and solar systems.  

After earning her PhD, Maritza enlisted in the US Air Force where she had a distinguished career with assignments in programs highly critical to national security.  She received numerous Air Force honors including the Commendation Medal (twice) and the Meritorious Service Medal (three times).  

Martitza’s diagnosis of ovarian cancer led her to actively support scientific research of the disease.  She died in Cincinnati in October 2001.

On Friday, October 6th, all of this year’s distinguished alumni recipients will spend the day at Mariemont High School, where they will meet the faculty, visit with students and share their stories of success. At 5:30pm, they will be featured as honored guests in the school district’s annual Homecoming Parade. Finally, the Distinguished Alumni will be formally introduced and honored before the start of the Homecoming Game at Kusel Stadium.

Congratulations Christopher Martin, Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumni

martinheadshot (crop)Christopher Martin was a member of the class of 1974. He attended Oberlin College where he graduated with Honors in Physics and was Phi Beta Kappa. Chris received a PhD in Physics from the University of California Berkeley before teaching Physics at Columbia University for 6 years. In 1993, he became Professor of Physics at the California University of Technology (Caltech), where he has taught ever since.

Christopher’s research includes his role as Principal Investigator for GALEX, a NASA Small Explorer mission, which involves an orbiting space telescope observing galaxies in ultraviolet light across 10 billion years of cosmic history. GALEX’s observations are telling scientists how galaxies evolve and change. He conceived and designed the Cosmic Web Imager at Caltech, where astronomers can obtain the first three-dimensional pictures of the inter-galactic medium (IGM). Christopher has received numerous awards for his work, including the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal.

We look forward to welcoming Chris back to the Mariemont City Schools as a part of the 2017 Class of Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumni! On Friday, October 6th, all of this year’s distinguished alumni recipients will spend the day at Mariemont High School, where they will meet the faculty, visit with students and share their stories of success. At 5:30pm, they will be featured as honored guests in the school district’s annual Homecoming Parade. Finally, the Distinguished Alumni will be formally introduced and honored before the start of the Homecoming Game at Kusel Stadium.

Congratulations Gayle Gleckler, Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumni

Gayle GlecklerGayle Gleckler graduated from Mariemont High School with the class of 1960. She was active as class Vice-President, editor of the Warpath, a member of the Pep Club, and in the visual arts. She attended the University of Florida where she received her Bachelor of Design degree.

Gayle went to New York and quickly made her mark in the advertising world. She was responsible for Clairol’s “I’m gonna wash that gray right out of my hair” and many other ad campaigns. Gayle co-wrote “Lord of the Flatbush”, a film starring Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler and has written and illustrated several books. Her paintings are shown in galleries in New York City and along the East Coast.

In her “free” time, Gayle volunteers for Pegasus Therapeutic Riding and AdVets for WarVets Foundation. Gayle and her husband enjoy travelling the world and use their experiences to inspire their next artistic endeavor.

We look forward to welcoming Gayle back to the Mariemont City Schools as a part of the 2017 Class of Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumni! On FridayOctober 6th,  all of this year’s distinguished alumni recipients will spend the day at Mariemont High School, where they will meet the faculty, visit with students and share their stories of success.   At 5:30pm, they will be featured as honored guests in the school district’s annual Homecoming Parade. Finally, the Distinguished Alumni will be formally introduced and honored before the start of the Homecoming Game at Kusel Stadium.

2017 Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumni Selected

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The Mariemont Alumni Association and the Mariemont School Foundation are pleased to announce the recipients of Mariemont High School’s fifth annual Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes Mariemont High School graduates of at least 10 years who have notably distinguished themselves by extraordinary contributions and/or remarkable accomplishments in their chosen career; skill, trade or business; in civic duties; in military service; in philanthropy; in volunteerism; in the arts; in the sciences; in education; in religion; or any other field, endeavor or pursuit.

The 2017 recipients are Gayle Gleckler, class of 1960, Advertising Executive, Writer, Artist; Christopher Martin, class of 1974, Astrophysicist and Professor; and Maritza (Crabtree) Stapanian (dec.), class of 1967, Astrophysicist and Air Force Major. The fifth class of recipients was selected from nominations submitted to a committee of Mariemont School Foundation (MSF) board members.

On Friday, October 6, these truly distinguished alumni will spend the day at Mariemont High School, where they will meet the faculty, visit with students and share their stories of success. At 5:30pm, they will be featured as honored guests in the school district’s annual Homecoming Parade. Finally, the Distinguished Alumni will be formally introduced and honored before the Homecoming football game at Kusel Stadium.

Gayle Gleckler graduated from Mariemont High School with the class of 1960.  She was active as class Vice-President, editor of the Warpath, a member of the Pep Club, and in the visual arts.  She attended the University of Florida where she received her Bachelor of Design degree.  Gayle went to New York and quickly made her mark in the advertising world.  She was responsible for Clairol’s “I’m gonna wash that gray right out of my hair” and many other ad campaigns.  Gayle co-wrote “Lord of the Flatbush”, a film starring Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler and has written and illustrated several books.  Her paintings are shown in galleries in New York City and along the East Coast.   In her “free” time, Gayle volunteers for Pegasus Therapeutic Riding and AdVets for WarVets Foundation.  Gayle and her husband enjoy travelling the world and use their experiences to inspire their next artistic endeavor.

Christopher Martin was a member of the class of 1974.  He attended Oberlin College where he graduated with Honors in Physics and was Phi Beta Kappa.  Chris received a PhD in Physics from the University of California Berkeley before teaching Physics at Columbia University for 6 years.  In 1993, he became Professor of Physics at the California University of Technology (Caltech), where he has taught ever since.  Christopher’s research includes his role as Principal Investigator for GALEX, a NASA Small Explorer mission, which involves an orbiting space telescope observing galaxies in ultraviolet light across 10 billion years of cosmic history.  GALEX’s observations are telling scientists how galaxies evolve and change.  He conceived and designed the Cosmic Web Imager at Caltech, where astronomers can obtain the first three-dimensional pictures of the inter-galactic medium (IGM).  Christopher has received numerous awards for his work, including the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal.

Maritza Stapanian (Crabtree) graduated Valedictorian of the class of 1967.  Upon graduation, Maritza studied at the Space Physics Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she graduated with Honors.  She subsequently was admitted to the Planetary Science Program at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where she earned a PhD.  The conclusions from her doctoral thesis helped to update the time horizon calculations for the creation and evolution of individual stars, our galaxy and solar systems.  After earning her PhD, Maritza enlisted in the US Air Force where she had a distinguished career with assignments in programs highly critical to national security.  She received numerous Air Force honors including the Commendation Medal (twice) and the Meritorious Service Medal (three times).  Martitza’s diagnosis of ovarian cancer led her to actively support scientific research of the disease.  She died in Cincinnati in October 2001.

The Mariemont School Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the long-term success of our students and community through initiatives that enhance educational excellence in the Mariemont City School District. Your support of its Annual Fund Drive is critical to the success of the organization. For more information contact Molly Smyth, MSF Trustee, at 513-271-3316. Nominations for the sixth annual Distinguished Alumni Award will be solicited in the spring. Visit http://mariemontschoolfoundation.org/ for more information.

 

Now Accepting Distinguished Mariemont High School Alumni Nominations

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The Mariemont School Foundation and the Mariemont High School Alumni Association are seeking nominations for the Mariemont Distinguished Alumni Award. A nomination form and guidelines are available here, or by calling the Mariemont School Foundation office at (513) 272-7509. Nominations are due May 31, 2017.

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes Mariemont High School alumni who have been graduated at least 10 years and who have notably distinguished themselves by their significant contributions and/or remarkable accomplishments in their chosen career, skill, trade or business; in civic duties; in military service; in philanthropy; in volunteerism; in the arts; in the sciences; in education; in religion; or any other endeavor or pursuit, including post-high school athletics. Nominees may be living or deceased.

Nominations will be considered by a committee comprised of Mariemont School Foundation trustees, Mariemont High School Alumni Association members and district officials. The number of recipients each year is at the discretion of the committee. Nominations will remain on file for five (5) years.

Distinguished Alumni Award recipients will be recognized during the Mariemont High School Homecoming weekend in the fall of 2017. A permanent dedicated space at Mariemont High School also honors recipients.

Congratulations James (Jay) Monroe III, Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumnus

Monroe 1 CropJames (Jay) Monroe III is a graduate of the class of 1973 and attended college at Tulane University.

Jay exemplifies the spirit of the American entrepreneur. In 1984 he and his wife used $40,000—the proceeds of the sale of their New Orleans home—to start Thermo Companies, a business selling electricity to utility companies. Jay later raised millions in debt and equity to finance the construction of Thermo’s first power plant in Colorado. After building four power plants, Thermo began investing in natural gas exploration projects. Jay and his partners operated these businesses for 20 years and used the profits to build sizable companies in commercial and resort real estate, financial services and aircraft leasing, industrial distribution and telecommunications.

Currently, Jay’s largest telecommunications business interest is in the satellite industry, where Thermo holds a majority interest in Globalstar. Globalstar is a publicly traded provider of satellite phones and communications infrastructure to the 3 billion people in world without cellular or landline access. Jay is currently Globalstar’s Executive Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Jay and his wife split their time between Denver and New Orleans.

We look forward to welcoming Jay back to the Mariemont City Schools as a part of the 2016 Class of Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumni! On Friday, October 7th, all of this year’s distinguished alumni recipients will spend the day at Mariemont High School, where they will meet the faculty, visit with students and share their stories of success. At 5:30pm, they will be featured as honored guests in the school district’s annual Homecoming Parade. Finally, the Distinguished Alumni will be formally introduced and honored before the start of the Homecoming Game at Kusel Stadium.

Congratulations Marie Huenefeld, Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumnus

huenefeld Photo CropMarie (Caroselli) Huenefeld was an active member of the class of 1959, participating in athletics, the arts, and journalism.  She attended Ohio University and graduated with a degree in journalism.

Marie is a lifelong volunteer. Numerous volunteering experiences after college led her to become a trustee of the Association of Volunteers of the Convalescent Hospital for Children. The association has raised millions of dollars for the Convalescent Hospital and the Medical Center and Marie continues her active role on that board today. She is also a member of the Convalescent Hospital Board of Trustees, Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship, and the Cincinnati Horticultural Society. For more than four decades, Marie has served on 12 other city and community non-profit boards.

In 1987, voters elected Marie to the Mariemont City School District Board of Education, where she served as president four times. She retired from the school board in 2015 and was honored with the inaugural Marie Huenefeld Friend of Mariemont Schools Award. She was a Cincinnati Enquirer Women of the year in 1999. Along with her volunteer activities, Marie has played an active role in the family business, Dee Sign Co. Marie lives in Mariemont and is the proud mother of two Mariemont graduates, Braden and Kirk.

We look forward to welcoming Marie back to the Mariemont City Schools as a part of the 2016 Class of Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumni! On Friday, October 7th, all of this year’s distinguished alumni recipients will spend the day at Mariemont High School, where they will meet the faculty, visit with students and share their stories of success. At 5:30pm, they will be featured as honored guests in the school district’s annual Homecoming Parade. Finally, the Distinguished Alumni will be formally introduced and honored before the start of the Homecoming Game at Kusel Stadium.

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