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lisa zone

Profession: Public relations executive
Major: Communications

Why do you feel it is important for alumni to stay connected?

When my diploma was handed to me, I didn’t view it as the end of my John Carroll education — I realized it was only the beginning of a lifetime of learning. Staying connected to JCU has helped me continue to grow both personally and professionally, to connect with old friends and make new ones, and to make an impact on current students so they can carry on the JCU legacy when they make the transition from student to alum.

Bethany Beal - Alumni Board

Profession: Director, Treasury at American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.

 

Tommy Bruno

Profession: Executive Director and General Manager, The Summit & KIDJAM! Radio
Major: Communications

What impact did John Carroll have on your life and where you are today?

Besides a depth of knowledge in media and communications, my education at John Carroll University impacted and ultimately empowered me to be in control of my career. I gained an enormous amount of self-confidence and freedom of mind to pursue an endlessly fulfilling vocation.

That life’s work began as a JCU intern at FOX8 Television, which led to full-time employment, and ultimately an infinitely satisfying career in television. That experience then led me to become executive director and general manager “The Summit” – a listener-supported, public radio station(s) serving a variety of audiences through, The 330, KIDJAM! Radio and Rock and Recovery.

My hands-on, real-world training came directly from WJCU 88.7 Radio Station and JCU-Television Station. I felt prepared and ready for my career upon graduation. I treasure my time at JCU.

Jeff Culliton alumni board

Profession: President at Adcom Group

Gina Dalessandro - Alumni Board

Profession: President and Founder of the Dalessandro Group

John Davidson

Profession: Owner, KylesHill Group LLC
Major: Finance

Why do you feel it’s important for alumni to stay connected?

I met several of my best friends at JCU. Some of them met their spouses here. We have seen each other get married, raise families, run businesses, change jobs, lose loved ones. We have traveled together with our families. We have shared and celebrated each other’s success, and grieved over losses, together. These are some of the best people in the world. We each know that we are here for each other. And it all started in dorm rooms and classrooms at Carroll. Staying connected means maintaining these relationships, making sure that the net is always there.

Doug Ennis - Alumni Board

Profession: CEO at Waratek

Jennifer Gardner - Alumni Board

Profession: Associate Attorney at Gallagher Sharp

Tony Grego Alumni Board

Profession: Director of SEC Reporting & Technical Accounting at Mister Car Wash
Major: Accounting

 

Why do you feel it is important for alumni to stay connected?

I feel a responsibility to give back to John Carroll, as it has given so much to me. Serving on the Alumni Board is a great way for me to support the University and connect with other alumni. I believe that alumni are the strongest ambassadors of an institution, as the successes of the alumni reflect upon the quality of education provided by the school.  

Michael Hollins - Alumni Board

Profession: Assistant Athletic Director for Student Success and Leadership at John Carroll University
Major: Exercise Science

Why do you feel it is important for alumni to stay connected?

I believe it is important for our alumni to stay connected to bridge the gap between where the students are as they graduate to where they want to go as they leave this place.

Maggie Hutchison - Alumni Board

Profession: Impact Manager CREO
 

Geroge Lewandowski - Alumni Board

Profession: Gynecologic Oncologist, private practice
Major: Chemistry

What impact did John Carroll have on your life and where you are today?

Other than meeting my spouse at the freshman picnic in 1974, JCU had impact on me by demonstrating the importance of full effort and genuine honesty. Much later, when I was able to revisit Jesuit values through the Ignatian Colleagues Program, it was interesting - and a little scary - to see that the values that were important in the 1970s actually formed the foundation of whatever success I found in the world... and when I deviated I didn't ultimately end up where I wanted to be. "Men and women for others" is both a challenge and a reward.

Patrick Manning

Profession: Attorney, Elizabeth A. Bernard, LLC
Major: English

Why do you feel it is important for alumni to stay connected?

John Carroll’s biggest asset is its people; the faculty, the staff, the students, and the alumni. The community we have built over the last century plus is a strong one, and that strength has allowed JCU and its people to achieve great things. When alumni stay connected, they keep that spirit of Carroll going, and keep that community strong. While giving and fundraising are certainly important, alumni can also inspire one another to stay involved with the school, to help current students, and to spread the message about John Carroll in the broader community.

Jim McDonald alumni board

Profession: Senior Vice President, Intelligrated Systems LLC
Major: Business

 

What impact did John Carroll have on your life and where you are today?

Almost any aspect of my life I can attribute the the critical thinking skills that I learned while at JCU. How to make the right decision, how to understand complex processes, the list goes on and on. I believe that all of us Jesuit educated folks have these skills and belief structure.

 

mark mcdonnell

Profession: Vice President, Adventure Development
Major: Business

What impact did John Carroll have on your life and where you are today?

I always tell people how fortunate I was to attend JCU at the time I did. In addition to meeting my wife, Maureen 83, I also began life long friendships that have guided me for the past 35 years. I do not go a week without talking with friends that I made at John Carroll.We tak about everything from family, business and current events. This group has always provided my support and guidance when I have needed it.

Dave Robinson

Profession: Marketing Representative, Hospice of Michigan
Major: History

Why do you feel it is important for alumni to stay connected?

To sustain the special relationships you make both as a student and an alumnus of John Carroll. It has been my experience, that the relationships I have made have been two-way. I have benefited professionally and personally. As a result, I have been able to give back in time, talent and treasure to those relationships and to the university.

Pat Vecellio alumni board

Profession: Urology Resident Physician at University of Buffalo